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  • Diver saves turtle and gets a 'thank you'

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    lmoss
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Dive partners Cameron Dietrich and Colin Sutton were fishing off the coast of Mexico when Dietrich saw a sea turtle caught in a line.   Dietrich immediately jumped in the water and removed the ropes while Sutton filmed the moment with his GoPro.   Once freed, the turtle started to swim away, but to the divers' surprise, the animal turned back around and swam right up to Dietrich.  
  • What is Green Living?

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    Mi Muba
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Many people wonder what is green living. Is it a catchy slogan or a practical idea? Can one really adopt this type of way of living or it just looks good in pledges and promises. Many people fail to look around them any person with a green lifestyle. People hardly learn about anyone one fully… Read More »The post What is Green Living? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Jon Stewart Rips Sarah Palin’s Call For Impeachment, But Not For The Reason You’d Think

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    Mike Confino
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    For Jon Stewart, the most surprising part of Sarah Palin’s recent Facebook video wasn’t her call for President Obama’s impeachment, but a certain analogy she used to justify it. After Palin compared herself (or America?) to a “battered wife” who must say “no más” to Obama’s handling of the current immigration crisis, Jon Stewart welcomed “Latina Sarah Palin” on to the scene: “It appears that ex-Governor Palin has finally finished mangling the English language and has moved on to making Spanish incomprehensible. She’s…
  • The Economics of Your Food Choices

    The Urban Ecolife
    Emily Uebergang
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let’s start off with a quick (but rather loaded) question.   When you eat, do you eat for yourself or do you eat for the world?   No pressure. But just think about it for a moment. It’s kind of a crazy thought because yes, of course, we are eating for ourselves. We need to eat in order to live. Our bodies require the nutrition and the calories or else, we may as well be standing in line at the post office and perishing … →
  • World's largest aquatic insect has 8-inch wingspan and 'giant snake-like fangs'

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    bnelson78
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The world's largest aquatic insect has been discovered in the remote mountains of China's Sichuan province, and it's terrifying. As Yahoo News reports, this monstrous beastie has a wingspan of about 8.3 inches, but most intimidating are its menacing mandibles, which have been described as "giant snake-like fangs" and look like they could easily dismember a human finger.   
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe – Vegetarian and Delicious

    Shawna
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Here is another great salad from the Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook – it is time to harvest fresh herbs and lettuces in the garden before they start to bolt. And dontcha know we are using one of my favorite herbs, parsley, to build a delicious Mediterranean salad recipe that is vegetarian and will knock your socks off with flavor yumminess. Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe Hands-on time: 10 min. Total time: 34 min. 1 cup water 1⁄2 cup uncooked quinoa 3⁄4 cup parsley leaves 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced celery 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1⁄2 cup finely chopped dried apricots 3…
  • A Middle of the Garden Season Caladium Planting Solution

    Shawna
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Everyone has had the problem of a section of plants dying or lettuce’s bolting or a group of ravenous insects attacking the garden and you have had to pull the plants out. This leaves a remarkably ugly blank spot in the garden beds, but it is too late in the season to plant anything that might be a long term grower. Usually I throw in the “leftover plants” from some other area of the garden or perhaps plant some cool season vegetable seeds. Last season I discovered a creative planting solution using caladiums that turned out remarkably well. The problem: a super ugly…
  • Indigo Rose Purple Grafted Tomato

    Shawna Coronado
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Imagine growing common vegetables at reasonable prices that have super antioxidant value and a higher level of health value? This season I am growing the deep purple Indigo Rose Grafted Tomato from Jung Seed as a test experiment in my front lawn tomato garden to see how it works (so far pretty great as you can see in the photos). To celebrate summer goodness with me and all my peeps, Jung Seed will be giving away a $75 gift card on this blog post (see rules below). About the Jung Tomatoes I’m Growing Indigo Rose purple grafted tomato is GMO free and one of the first tomatoes with a high…
  • Unfried Chicken Recipe and a LYFE Restaurant Review

    Shawna Coronado
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Recently I was invited to LYFE Kitchen to try their healthy food. My two vegetarian daughters and I took a break from gardening to visit the LYFE Kitchen in Evanston, Illinois to see if their claims to deliciousness are true. LYFE focuses on food that’s prepared quickly, but fits your special lifestyle. Flexitarian. Locavore. Gluten-free. Vegetarian. Vegan. Whatever your food LYFE style is, LYFE’s food MENU has options that fit. They grow fresh herbs on site and proudly display a full ingredient list with calorie, sodium, and nut allergy information. There is indoor or outdoor…
  • How To Avoid Wasp Stings and Still Save Pollinating Wasps

    Shawna
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Wasps are super important for the environment – they function as pollinators and also consume other insects. I love the wasp photo above as you can see the pollen on his bottom and legs. What is interesting about a wasp is that while it might be one of the smallest creatures in our garden, it is also one of the most feared. Here is the news – killing a wasp is unnecessary unless you have them stinging and swarming near you, your pets, or your children. I am severely allergic to their sting, but since I had one traumatic swarm incident when I was young, I have never been stung…
 
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  • Feeling a Cold War Chill over Ukraine

    Matthew McKinzie
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Matthew McKinzie, Director, Nuclear Program and Senior Scientist, Lands and Wildlife Program, Washington, D.C. Reflecting on the Ukraine crisis, in a July 20, 2014 CNN interview Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein agreed that U.S.-Russian relations are at Cold War levels. Reacting to Senator Feinstein's viewpoint, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul stated his judgment that "Mr. Putin is returning to a Cold War mentality [1]." How valid is this assessment? And are we therefore at greater risk of sudden, catastrophic nuclear conflict between the…
  • State's Own Report Shows PA Flunking in Fracking Regulation, but Courts Continue to Keep State Out of Local Zoning

    Daniel Raichel
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Daniel Raichel, Project Attorney, New York It’s worth stating the obvious: whether it’s the 209 confirmed cases of water pollution from oil and gas drilling the last 7 years, the state’s willful blindness toward certain drinking water testing results related to suspected contamination from fracking, or allegations that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) purposely ignored complaints from residents living next to well pads and compressor stations related to respiratory and other health problems, one thing is clear— Pennsylvania regulators have failed to…
  • Enforcement of key maintenance provision lacking under Port of LA's Clean Truck Program

    Morgan Wyenn
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Morgan Wyenn, Project Attorney, Santa Monica Tomorrow, July 24, the Port of Los Angeles’ Board of Harbor Commissioners will vote on whether to adopt a new Concession Agreement in its landmark Clean Truck Program. First adopted in 2008, the Port of L.A.’s Clean Truck Program was the first-of-its-kind policy aimed at cleaning up the thousands of trucks that service the Port. Now, several years later, the Port claims that the program has reduced diesel emissions from port “drayage” trucks by as much as 90 percent. This is, of course, wonderful news, but there is one major…
  • Getting Around: Innovative Collegiate Shared-Use Mobility Programs

    Deron Lovaas
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Washington, D.C. This blog was penned by a colleague in our Urban Solutions Group: Dylan Anslow, a MAP Fellow and Stanford University student. ZipCar’s signature bright green stickers have become ubiquitous on America’s college campuses. On my campus, the day you check your PO Box and find your ZipCard waiting is a rite of passage. Suddenly, the world is your oyster; you can take your friends to Half Moon Bay, go for a picnic in Dolores Park in San Francisco, or, more realistically, pick up laundry…
  • Illinois' Water Plan: How to Prepare for a Warmer, More Flood-Prone Climate

    Peter Lehner
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City Days before the 4th of July weekend, the Chicago Park District closed every one of the city’s lakefront beaches, due to concerns about water pollution. Heavy rains had overwhelmed the city’s combined sewer system, pushing billions of gallons of polluted stormwater and partially treated sewage into the Chicago River, which re-reversed its flow and sent the tainted water into Lake Michigan. An earlier storm had similarly overwhelmed sewer systems a couple of months earlier, submerging highways and basements and forcing school closures…
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    Grist

  • Seals discover offshore wind farms are all-you-can-eat seafood buffets

    Jim Meyer
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Looking to catch up with legendary British pop sensation and noted beach ball enthusiast Seal? The “Kiss from a Rose” singer has been soaking in the North Sea sun as he frolics amongst the offshore wind farms. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the four-time Grammy-award-winning, semiterrestrial mammal is drawn by the ample fish provided by these artificial reefs. [Editor’s note: Not Seal, Meyer, seals. Remind me again, how did you get this job?] Well that makes a great deal more sense. Let’s let Eva Botkin-Kowacki at the Monitor explain: The scientists observed…
  • Norwegian reindeer are enjoying the balmy weather, breeding like bunnies

    Jim Meyer
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    When you’re planning your next incarnation, consider the majestic Norwegian reindeer. Sure you will have to deal with the draconian labor practices of one Mr. S. Clause and his union-busting elf goons, but on the flip side, job security. Also, it looks like Norwegian reindeer are doing OK with climate change. Nature World News has more on the story: [A] study … conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester and the Norwegian Arctic University in Tromsø [has] found that contrary to popular belief, warm climate hasn’t reduced populations of reindeers in the high…
  • The NFL’s newest stadium is also one of the greenest

    Andrew Simon
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Traditionally, sports fans have not been the most eco-minded lot. One way pro leagues and team owners can help fans jump on the green bandwagon: LEED by example. That’s the promise of the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium, which on Monday received LEED Gold certification. Levi’s Stadium, set to open next month, is the second NFL arena to earn Gold cred (the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium is the other). Here are more details on the Niners’ new digs, from The Sacramento Bee: The 49ers’ stadium achieved the certification through a number of means,…
  • This little fox loves transit. Should we tell him he just missed his stop?

    Darby Minow Smith
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    This fox was found sleeping on the seat of an OC Transpo bus in Ottawa this morning. http://t.co/mYoJagF1Kk— Stu Mills (@StuMillsCBC) July 23, 2014 The fox was probably on the way to visit the raccoons who are taking over your neighborhood, the wolf-coyote hybrids who are prowling your park, and the deer who are munching on your parsley. Despite the fact that the bus was empty, the fox only took up one seat. If only all encroaching wildlife (including humans) were so polite. Have no fear: The fantastic little guy snuck onto the parked bus for a snoozer and left on his own accord…
  • In Pennsylvania, Dr. Frack will see you now

    Heather Smith
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    People who live near fracking sites have been complaining for years about headaches, nosebleeds, and birth defects. Now one such population, in Washington County, Penn., is getting some help in the form of free medical consultations — but not from the usual suspects. Washington County is a place known for its many picturesque bridges. It’s also known for its “wet gas” — an underground smorgasbord of methane, propane, butane, and ethane that hasn’t seen daylight since the Devonian era. During the drilling process, most of this gas is captured, but a certain…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

    Scott Edward Anderson
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Here's My Top 5 reasons cleantech is alive and well:  1.) China. China finally seems poised to address its outrageous pollution problem. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection estimates it will cost China upwards of $800 billion to clean its air. $800 billion. Cleaning up Beijing alone could cost as much as $163 billion. And its water doesn't fair much better: seventy percent of the groundwater in the north China plain is unfit for human contact. Not just consumption, contact. And only half the water sources for Chinese cities are safe to drink. The Chinese…
  • Ideas on Energy: Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum Looks to the Industry’s Future

    Scott Edward Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    (Note: This is reposted from my friends at Pepper Hamiliton LLP, co-hosts of the Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum with the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic, of which I am co-founder.)The future of the energy industry; the technologies with the potential to impact energy exploration, delivery and efficiency; and the energy industry investment climate were on the agenda at the 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum.Pepper’s Energy and Emerging Company Groups hosted the April 3, 2014 event in Philadelphia, along with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (which…
  • Coming Up: 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Energy Tech Investment Forum

    Scott Edward Anderson
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Six years. We've been running these cleantech and energy tech investment forums for six years. And by "we" I mean my co-founder of the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic, Kevin Brown of Hobbs & Towne, and me, along with our pal Tom Dwyer, who was part of the original team putting this show together.Now Tom is at Pepper Hamilton, which joins us as co-sponsor this year, but we'll be at the same venue, as the past few years, the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Or as my kids used to call it, the "dinosaur museum."This year, we've got another stellar line up, with keynote speaker Bob…
  • My Key Take-Aways from the Cleantech Innovation Summit 2014

    Scott Edward Anderson
    21 Feb 2014 | 9:28 am
    "There's more optimism than ever for cleantech,"according to Raj Atluru of SilverLake Kraftwerk. Atluru was speaking at the Cleantech Innovation Summit in Newport Beach, California last week.His was not the only optimism to be heard on the dais, in the breakout rooms, and in the halls. In fact, it seemed optimism was at an all-time high after several years of a perpetual negativity death-spiral.The optimism comes, in part, from the announcement of NEST's acquisition last month by Google for $3.2 billion. That certainly changed the mood. Yet also because there are other successes to…
  • If I Could Speak at Davos: My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

    Scott Edward Anderson
    22 Jan 2014 | 2:18 pm
    My colleague who posts as @EY_Cleantech had an interesting tweet this morning. She posited the question, If you could speak at the World Economic Forum on cleantech, what would you say?Here is my answer.Cleantech isn't dead. It hasn't crashed, hasn't lost its value, and has only grown more important and necessary.Here's My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well:1.) China. China is finally acknowledging and stepping up to the plate to address its outrageous pollution problem. China's air and water quality is breaking its ability to make progress. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of…
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    Ecorazzi

  • Joseph Morgan Celebrates Marriage With Vegan Cake and Menu

    Allyson Koerner
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The TV stars officially tie the knot in Jamaica alongside family, friends and a plant-based menu. Read MoreThe post Joseph Morgan Celebrates Marriage With Vegan Cake and Menu appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Rhino Poacher Sentenced to 77 Years in Prison

    Natalia Galbetti
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    South African authorities are cracking down on rhino poachers – hoping longer sentences will deter others from killing the endangered animals. As part of of this pattern, a poacher was Read MoreThe post Rhino Poacher Sentenced to 77 Years in Prison appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Demi Lovato Feels Better on Mostly Raw Plant Based Diet

    Natalia Galbetti
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Demi Lovato indulged in a slice of pizza last month, despite her allergy to dairy, because she just couldn’t say no in front of the commander in chief. Read MoreThe post Demi Lovato Feels Better on Mostly Raw Plant Based Diet appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Bahamas Dolphinarium Ordered to Close, Release Dolphins

    Natalia Galbetti
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    The Bahamas are taking a huge step towards the protection of marine mammals. A court in the Caribbean island has ordered that an illegal dolphinarium shut down and is questioning Read MoreThe post Bahamas Dolphinarium Ordered to Close, Release Dolphins appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Ariana Grande Thinks Bacon is ‘Disgusting’

    Natalia Galbetti
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Think you can’t live without bacon? Ariana Grande would not approve. The singer took to Twitter on Monday to make her feelings about the pig product very clear. Read MoreThe post Ariana Grande Thinks Bacon is ‘Disgusting’ appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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  • 4th of July Giveaway: FREE “PEACE” Tee

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

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

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

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

    Apple
    21 Sep 2013 | 7:55 am
    Thinking about arranging a “bachelorette party” that leaves your gang feeling proud and capable instead of grumbling about hangovers and embarrassing memories? Check out these all-American Eco-friendly excursions where your crew can enjoy some good clean fun while making the world a little bit better place! Picture By: reverbca Saving Instead of Paving Paradise The spectacular trails on Maui wind through outstanding tropical scenery, but they require a lot of upkeep to remain serviceable in the tropical climate with all the rain, roots and rot. The Sierra Club of Maui organizes…
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • handmade decoupaged botanical necklace

    Maureen O'Connor
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Art meets commerce … Husband and wife, Margaux and Walter Kent are the owners of Peg and Awl, a Philadelphia-based design shop offering a mixed bag of finely crafted fashion accessories and items for the home, both inside and out. A collective of artisans, they feature funky finds, often olde, forgotten, tossed materials and transform these remains into useful and decorative objects. The attractive Botanical Wood and Leather Necklace, 7 Blocks above, is carefully created from scraps of antique wood, reclaimed leather and paper, pieced together with ph neutral adhesive, covered with…
  • Keep Exhibiting Green

    guest
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    It’s well known that exhibiting at a trade show can do wonders for any brand or business. It’s a great way to make new contacts and to hopefully draw in some new customers and clients. However, a lot of money can be wasted on unnecessary products, and many don’t think about the implications trade shows can have on the environment. Thousands of leaflets and flyers that will probably end up in the bin, cardboard signs discarded after one use and an abundance of little plastic pens. Useful, but how long will it take for that pen to biodegrade after it’s finished? Some display companies…
  • kickstarter green find: yoloha cork yoga mats

    Ross Dulmaine
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    We love yoga and we love renewable cork  — Yoloha is currently raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign for the manufacture of their innovative cork yoga mat. The top surface of Yoloha mats utilize a natural cork surface. Each mat is hand-built and features an unmatched grip that increases the more you sweat. The mat is also self cleaning – cork is naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, naturally eliminating bad smells, bacteria, and mold. No need to wipe these mats clean. Yoholo has been working with cork for many years on surfboards and other products and have a deep…
  • Be Entranced by the Perfect Entrance to Your Home

    Paul Watson
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Do you ever put your key in your front door, only to have it fall off at the hinges? Does your doormat have the durability of used toilet paper? Do people regularly throw bits of rubbish at your doorstep because they’ve mistaken it for a skip? Yeah, you might want to consider sprucing up your entrance. Your doorway is the first impression any visitors will get of your home, so you have to make sure it’s in tiptop condition. So, what can you do? Simply try a few of these tips. A matter of mats You know what it’s like – you wipe your feet on your doormat, only for it to hold about as…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Wooly Mammoths and Mastodons loved Cincinnati!

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Their scruffy beards weren't ironic, but there are reasons mammoths and mastodons could have been the hipsters of the Ice Age. According to research from the University of Cincinnati, the famously fuzzy relatives of elephants liked living in Greater Cincinnati long before it was trendy -- at the end of the last ice age. A study led by Brooke Crowley, an assistant professor of geology and anthropology, shows the ancient proboscideans enjoyed the area so much they likely were year-round residents and not nomadic migrants as previously thought.
  • Size and Age of Plants Impact Their Productivity More Than Climate

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    The size and age of plants have more of an impact on their productivity than temperature and precipitation, according to a landmark study by University of Arizona researchers. UA professor Brian Enquist and postdoctoral researcher Sean Michaletz, along with collaborators Dongliang Cheng from Fujian Normal University in China and Drew Kerkhoff from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, have combined a new mathematical theory with data from more than 1,000 forests across the world to show that climate has a relatively minor direct effect on net primary productivity, or the amount of biomass – wood…
  • New research compares environmental costs of livestock-based foods

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Trust me, no one loves a nice, big, juicy steak more than me and while I have no immediate plans of becoming a vegetarian, I am a little concerned about the resources and costs it takes to produce the proteins of our favorite meals. From the land that is used by livestock to the supplies and energy it takes to raise these animals for our consumption, it is evident that environmental resources take a toll. But what is the real cost? New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, conducted in collaboration with scientists in the US, calculates these environmental costs and compares various…
  • NASA getting ready to test engines for Space Launch System rocket

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Since the end of the Space Shuttle flights, NASA has been relying on help from Russia to launch men and women into space. The agency has been planning on replacement rockets to take humans into space and now engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
  • Devil Rays are deep divers!

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Thought to dwell mostly near the ocean's surface, Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) are most often seen gliding through shallow, warm waters. But a new study by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and international colleagues reveals that these large and majestic creatures are actually among the deepest-diving ocean animals. "So little is known about these rays," said Simon Thorrold, a biologist at WHOI and one of the authors of the paper, published July 1, 2014, in the journal Nature Communications. "We thought they probably travelled long distances horizontally,…
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • Mixed Melons Sorbet Recipe

    Shelly Kaldunski
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This refreshing sorbet recipe showcases melons at their summer best. Choose from the sweetestsmelling melon varieties at the  market or just pick your favorite For a refreshing twist add 1 ⁄4  cup loosely packed fresh spearmint leaves to the food processor while puréeing the melon mixture Makes about 1 1/2 quarts Ingredients 3 ⁄4  cup sugar 4 cups  diced  ripe melon (from about 1 small melon) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Pinch  salt Directions In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and 3 ⁄4 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar…
  • #ExpressYourSelfie Photo Contest ($1000 Value!)

    Sara Novak
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Who doesn’t love a selfie? Whatever your mood, you can express yourself all at an arm’s length. And now you can win a $1000 photo contest just by showing off your selfie. Yes, that’s considered a word now. Selfies have single handedly changed our culture–showing all aspects of social interaction, humor, body language, self-awareness, and privacy–it’s the self portrait of our age. Only you don’t have to pay a small fortune to get it done. All you need is a smartphone and a good angle. And what better way to celebrate the selfie than with a photo contest? Attitude…
  • Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Pretty Ugly’ Future if Restoration Efforts Don’t Improve

    Jill Ettinger
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Australia’s world heritage site, the Great Barrier Reef, is in serious jeopardy as a result of ocean pollution and global warming. What would happen if we lost the Great Barrier Reef? Considered the “rainforests of the sea”, reefs play a major role in healthy ocean life. They make up only 0.2 percent of the ocean’s mass, yet one-quarter of all marine species live in reefs, including an estimated 4000 species of fish as well as crustaceans and reptiles along with bacteria, fungi and seaweed. And according to Australian scientists, the magnificent Great Barrier Reef is now in the worst…
  • Bike Hack: Here’s How to Wear a Skirt on a Bike Without Flashing Everyone

    Sara Novak
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    For the ladies who want to look cute as they bike to work or out for the evening, keeping a dress or skirt in check can be a real bummer. This bike hack can help. When bike riding is a part of your daily routine you get a built in work out, you don’t have to park, you don’t have to deal with a car, and you get to feel the breeze blowing through your hair. Every morning, I ride my vintage sage beach cruiser to the coffee shop. It couldn’t be a more gorgeous ride–the marsh on either side of the path, an elegant bridge over the Intercoastal Waterway. But whenever there’s a…
  • Lastbutnotleast’s Upcycled Clothing Ideas Will Have You Thinking Twice About Cheap Fashion

    Lauren Carfagno
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Hong Kong based upcycling brand, Lastbutnotleast, is stepping up to the plate to take a swing against mass production, inferior quality, and unethical working conditions with their inventive upcycled clothing ideas. Today it’s almost too easy to go to a chain retail store and find an article of clothing for super cheap. You can find an item such as a shirt for as little as five or ten dollars. Fast fashion is an obscene epidemic the industry and more upcycled clothing ideas like Lastbutnotleast are changing the way we view fashion. The dedicated enthusiast behind this movement is fashion…
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    Digg: alternative Stories

  • The Camel Ambulance

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    If a jeep is not handy, Ali tells me, then the only other alternative is to climb the tallest sand dune and hope that one of Pakistan’s five telecom giants has sent some signal your...
  • 'Fight Club 2' Is Coming In 2015

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Chuck Palahniuk is writing the second part of "Fight Club." It won't be a new film (yet?) — Dark Horse is publishing this new story in a 10-issue maxiseries illustrated by Cameron Stewart, starting in 2015.
  • Using Laughing Gas To Relieve The Pain Of Childbirth

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Though it's popular in other countries, the U.S. has historically shied away from giving nitrous oxide to women in labor. Now some hospitals are championing it as an alternative to epidurals.
  • Glove And Boots Come Up With 'Fun' Healthcare Alternative s

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Healthcare isn't for everybody. Personally, we're into the whole "live fast, die in horrendous debt" thing.
  • The Weird World Of Alternate Side Parking

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Every day, drivers across New York double-park their cars as street sweepers pass by, a practice known as alternate-side parking.
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • French Grocer Sees Major Success in Marketing "Inglorious" Fruits and Vegetables

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    A major French grocery chain, Intermarche, has launched a novel campaign to curb food waste and Watch Video "Grotesque Apple" poster market visually flawed produce. The "Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables" campaign aims to revamp the image of imperfect and non-conforming produce, much of which is thrown away by growers because it doesn't meet grocery retailers' standards. Intermarche began welcoming the "Grotesque Apple," "Ridiculous Potato," "Hideous Orange," and other infamous items to its shelves, created posters to explain that the produce is as nutritious and flavorful as the more…
  • Earth Observation Satellites Help Scientists Better Understand Global Change

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Global warming is affecting more than just atmospheric temperatures — it is also changing water cycles, soil conditions, and animal migrations. Earth observation satellites aid scientists in measuring and monitoring these changes so societies can better adapt. Although there are well over 1,000 active orbiting satellites, less than 15 percent are used to monitor Earth’s environment. Yale Environment 360 presents a gallery of satellites that scientists are using to better understand how the planet is changing. View the gallery.
  • Costs of Urban Light Pollution Highlighted in Citizen Science Effort

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    A recently launched citizen science project aims to highlight the environmental, social, and financial impacts of excessive nighttime lighting in cities around Click to Enlarge Shanghai, China, at night the world. The project, called Cities at Night, enlists people to help identify the cities pictured in thousands of blindingly lit photos taken by astronauts orbiting the earth. Organizers hope that when residents and officials see the bright photos of their cities at night, they will be prompted to cut nighttime light use and energy consumption. Widespread artificial lighting has made light…
  • India Doubles Coal Tax to Fund Ambitious Clean Energy Initiatives

    Yale Environment 360
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    India's finance minister has doubled the tax on coal imported to or mined in the country, raising the tariff from $0.83 to $1.67 per metric ton, with plans to use the revenue to fund a host of renewable energy projects over the next decade, Clean Technica reports. The revenue will be added to the National Clean Energy Fund, which was established to provide low-cost financing for renewable energy projects. The fund's scope will be expanded to include environmental projects as well as clean energy research and development, including a national wind energy program, four major solar power…
  • Primate Rights vs Research: Battle in Colombian Rainforest

    Yale Environment 360
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    A Colombian conservationist has been locked in a contentious legal fight against a leading researcher who uses wild monkeys in his search for a malaria vaccine. A recent court decision that banned the practice is seen as a victory in efforts to restrict the use of monkeys in medical research. BY CHRIS KRAUL
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • Shelter Dog With Dirty, Matted Fur Gets Life-Saving Makeover -- And A Happy Ending

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    When it comes to dog adoption at a busy shelter, looks matter. Luckily, a Los Angeles-based dog grooming company is here to help. Bailey was brought to a high-kill L.A. shelter in bad condition after being found on the streets. At overcrowded shelters like this one, dogs don't have much time to attract the right owner and get adopted into a new home. Since Bailey's fur was tangled and filthy, his odds of finding a home quickly were greatly reduced. Thankfully, the folks at Hollywood Grooming came to this pup's rescue. The groomers gave Bailey an incredible makeover that left him looking like…
  • Elephants Protect Baby From Being Swept Away By River During Bath Time

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    It takes a village to raise a child and a herd of elephants to raise a calf. In the video above a group of elephants is seen wading in a river for bath time at the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary and rescue center in Thailand. The adults have no problem fighting the current with their massive bodies, but one little calf didn't have that size advantage. To stop the baby from being swept away, the adult nannies helped block the current and guide the little guy to safety. This isn't the first time we've seen a herd of elephants protecting their young against a strong current, because elephants…
  • This Year's Mayfly Hatch Was So Big It Showed Up On Radar And Caused A Car Wreck (PHOTOS)

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    If you're an animal that enjoys eating mayflies, and you live in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, this is your time to chow down. If (as is likely the case) you are human, you're out of luck. The annual mayfly hatch along the Mississippi River is in full swing, and on Sunday evening the event was large enough to appear on radar in the western Wisconsin area. According to the National Weather Service, parts of the swarm flew as high as 2,500 feat above the ground in the La Crosse, Wisconsin, area: Minnesota outlet KARE 11 compared the radar signature to that of a "significant rain storm,"…
  • New York Increases Penalty For 'Particularly Heartless Offense' Of Pet Theft

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) - Stealing someone else's pet in New York state became five times more expensive on Wednesday after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law increasing the fine to $1,000. The fine, which had not been increased since 1970 when it was set at $200, applies to anyone caught stealing or harming someone else's pet. "For many New Yorkers, a pet can be an extension of their family," Cuomo said in a statement, "which is why pet theft is a particularly heartless offense." The American Kennel Club, which supported the legislation, says thefts of pet dogs are on the rise: 609 dogs…
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: America Will 'Sink Lower' Before Congress Acts On Climate Change

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson predicted during an interview with Salon published Wednesday that climate change will have to "get very bad" before Congress feels threatened enough to advance meaningful environmental legislation. "In my read of history, when things get very bad, people tend to come into agreement about what next steps they need to take and there's less arguing," Tyson said, citing the United States' reluctance to invest in space exploration programs until the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1957. "So I think maybe we have to sink lower before the pistons of Congress and the…
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  • Could There Be an Economic Rebirth for Rural America?

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I live in rural America. But my rural America is not the agricultural fields of waving grain so often imagined. It is not a land locked state in the center of our country. My county crashes up against the wild surf of the Pacific Ocean. It is filled with great natural beauty and diversity, encompassing forests of giant redwood groves, rugged coastlines, coastal mountains, small inland towns nestled in valleys, and yes, agricultural areas. We are a tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. While much of rural America encompasses large agribusinesses, for many rural communities…
  • The AnthropoZine: New Environmental Thinking For A New Era

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    At some point in the last few hundred years, our species pushed the thin veneer of life that coats our planet past its breaking point. We broke the biosphere, and now we own it. That's the defining premise of the epoch we're now in: the Anthropocene, and it's also the editorial stance of a blog/newsmagazine I'm experimenting with called The AnthropoZine. This is not a project of Forest Trends (at least, not yet), but rather a site by and for people who take it as a given that we now live on a managed planet, and there's no turning back. We either manage this mess right, or we lose it. Others…
  • Idaho at Its Best

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Last year, about 900,000 people marveled at the majestic old-growth redwoods of Muir Woods. But if President Theodore Roosevelt had not saved those trees by declaring a national monument, people would be admiring a municipal reservoir rather than the majestic Cathedral Grove. The importance of national monuments was on our minds as we headed to the final stop on our family tour of special places that the Sierra Club is working to protect. If it happens, the proposed Boulder-White Clouds National Monument in Idaho will be one of the biggest conservation achievements of the Obama…
  • Mother India Cannot Survive Without Grandmother Nature

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    What does Narendra Modi's emphatic win portend for India's natural riches? Covering just 2.2 percent of Earth's land, India harbors close to 13 percent of Earth's bird species, 7 percent of mammals, 5 percent of reptiles and 4 percent of amphibians. Of the 240 species of living carnivores, 25 percent occur in India. Imagine any single country in which tigers, lions, elephants, rhinos, brown bears, elk, wolves, and hyenas all roam free. These natural riches are compellingly summed up as "our bountiful mother nature, clad in deep greenery" in the nationalist lyric Vande Mataram, which was…
  • Hearings and Rallies Next Week! Your Voice is Needed to Support Climate Action

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever national standard to clean up carbon pollution from power plants. Now the EPA is holding public hearings on the proposed standard in four cities. If you live near DC, Pittsburgh, Denver, or Atlanta, we hope to see you next week! Join Sierra Club and our allies as we march and rally outside these hearings. We've all got to do our part to show strong support for the EPA to take bold action on climate disruption! Polluters are gearing up to try and stop this standard in its tracks, so it's especially important that everyone…
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  • 2-hour Arizona execution stirs outrage

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Lawyers of Arizona death row inmate said he was gasping, snorting for an hour.
  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
  • Plane crashes while landing in Taiwan, killing 48

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 48 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground.
  • Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.
  • Judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month.
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Eco-pottery product from water treatment sludge

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Sludge obtained from water treatment plants were studied as suitable materials to be used in the pottery industry to make suitable pottery products.
  • Vasculature of the hive: How honey bees stay cool

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. New research also supports the theoretical construct of the bee hive as a superorganism — an entity in which its many members carry out specialized and vital functions to keep the whole functioning as a unit.
  • Bird 'backpacks' put wood thrush migration on the map

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    Researchers have created the first migratory connectivity map produced for a songbird, using tracking from both breeding and winter sites. They were able to trace the route taken by wood thrushes from North America using bird 'backpacks'. They discovered that wood thrushes from Canada don't migrate to the same areas as their southern neighbors, and actually have a longer migratory route. The map will help identify specific areas for habitat protection.
  • 15-year analysis of blue whale range off California finds conflict with shipping lanes

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    A comprehensive analysis of the movements of blue whales off the West Coast found that their favored feeding areas are bisected by heavily used shipping lanes, increasing the threat of injury and mortality. But moving the shipping lanes off Los Angeles and San Francisco to slightly different areas -- at least, during summer and fall when blue whales are most abundant -- could significantly decrease the probability of ships striking the whales.
  • Major impact of climate change on Antarctic fur seals

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Genetic analysis of Antarctic fur seals, alongside decades of in-depth monitoring, has provided unique insights into the effect of climate change on a population of top-predators. The findings show that the seals have significantly altered in accordance with changes in food availability that are associated with climate conditions. Despite a shift in the population towards 'fitter' individuals, this fitness is not passing down through generations, leaving the population in decline.
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

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

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

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

    Dara O'Rourke
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:48 am
    We are very excited to announce that GoodGuide has been acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) that’s focused on helping people make, market, find, and trust greener, healthier, more sustainable products. This merger brings together two organizations deeply committed to sustainability and product transparency. (You can read more about our partnership here.) Don’t worry: GoodGuide’s web and mobile apps are not going away. We will continue to operate “business as usual,” and our team will still be building tools and rating products to…
  • The Naked Brand

    Dara O'Rourke
    21 Jun 2012 | 12:42 pm
    GoodGuide is honored to be featured in a powerful new documentary film – which is having its San Francisco Premiere today. The Naked Brand is: about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It’s an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard to create better products and a better planet. Corporations have incredible influence on the world we live in and that’s given them free reign to pollute, collude and mislead us, but advances in technology are rapidly making them accountable not just to shareholders, but…
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    Forbes - Energy

  • Why Has The Combustion-Based Engine Technology Not Evolved?

    Quora
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    Despite the cutting edge technology in automobile design and safety, why has the combustion-based engine technology not evolved? This question was originally answered on Quora by Jason Lancaster.
  • Homeopathic Environmentalism Informs Opposition To Fracking

    Michael Lynch
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    When my daughter was in elementary school, she asked me about a display of homeopathic medicine, and I explained that it was medicine without any actual medicine in it. She digested this for a few moments, then replied, "That’s really stupid." Which, I admit, it is.
  • Commodity Price Volatility: What Should Users Do?

    Bill Conerly
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    What can you do in your business about commodity price volatility? I’ve written recently: Commodity Prices: Basics for Businesses That Buy, Sell or Use Basic Materials Commodities Prices: Why Do They Shoot Up And Then Collapse? Commodity Price  Volatility: What Should Producers Do About It? This article addresses the concerns of businesses that purchase commodities. The price they pay can change sharply, putting the company’s economic viability at risk. Can commodity users hedge away the problem? And if they can, should they?
  • Google Offers $1 Million Prize For Anyone Who Can Build A Better Power Inverter

    William Pentland
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:59 pm
     Google, the internet search behemoth based in Mountain View, CA, is offering to pay a $1 million prize - as part of the Little Box Challenge - to anyone who can design and build a better small-scale power inverter.
  • The Hospital Disinfectant That's Making Fracking Greener

    Rosa Trieu
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    An EPA-approved disinfectant could subside major environmental and health concerns in fracking.
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    The Good Human

  • Natural Gas is Worse Than Coal and Oil?

    David Quilty
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Um… uh oh. All this talk about how natural gas is going to save the human species from certain climate change should go quiet. According to Dr. Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, natural gas is not going to be the saving grace of the climate issues facing us. Howarth has concluded that shale (fracking) and conventional natural gas have a “larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating.” And since that’s what it’s mostly used for, this…
  • Texas Family Wins $3 Million Verdict in Fracking Case

    David Quilty
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    And yet, the denials over the dangers of fracking continue to pour in from those set to make the most off the “technology” – oil companies and their investors. Before you read any further, I would suggest you read my post What is Fracking? for information about it, in case you don’t know yet. The rest of this piece will make more sense then. Earlier this week, a Texas judge upheld a previous $3 million verdict against Aruba Petroleum by a family that claimed that fracking activities near their 40 acre ranch was making them all sick. The case started three years ago…
  • Will Organic Food Make You Healthier? Who Cares.

    David Quilty
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Are chemicals that are less chemical-y better for you? Is breathing less smoke from the back of a 1985 Ford Truck better for you? If it’s called global warming, why is it cold outside? We as humans ask some pretty stupid questions. The question is not really “is organic food healthier?” That is not a valuable question, not in the least. Whether or not organic food makes you healthier isn’t important; rather, we should be asking if they are better for us then the conventionally-grown, pesticide-laden, chlorine-bleached, and irradiated food found at your favorite grocer.
  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 365

    David Quilty
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I missed last week because it was the 4th of July, so I had a good excuse. But I’m back with a fresh installment of green news for you… 4 Toxic Products That Can Ruin Your Summer and the Environment Whether you are looking at spending some time away from home or you are planning on opting for a few staycation ideas, you are going to want to stay away from toxins and harmful chemicals that could not only put a damper on your summer, but will likely have a significant impact on the environment as well. To keep you and your family safe, here are 5 toxic products you will want to…
  • These Companies Test on Animals

    David Quilty
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    According to ARME’s Beagle Freedom Project, these companies test on animals, even in spite of most people thinking it’s absolutely wrong. “The Beagle Freedom Project is a mission to rescue beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and give them a chance at life in a loving forever home.” How can you go wrong with that mission? They even offer a Cruelty-Cutter app, which allows you to scan an item in the store and find out if it is tested on animals. So if you care about buying products that don’t do their testing on animals, keep an eye out…
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Not Just the Atlantic: Obama Leasing Millions of Gulf Acres for Offshore Drilling

    Steve Horn
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Deploying the age-old “Friday news dump,” President Barack Obama's Interior Department gave the green light on Friday, July 18 to companies to deploy seismic air guns to examine the scope of Atlantic Coast offshore oil-and-gas reserves. It is the first time in over 30 years that the oil and gas industry is permitted to do geophysical data collection along the Atlantic coast. Though decried by environmentalists, another offshore oil and gas announcement made the same week has flown under the radar: over 21 million acres of Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas reserves will be up for lease…
  • Obama Administration Releases Weak Proposed Rules On Crude By Rail After Industry Lobbying Blitz

    Justin Mikulka
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    The Department of Transportation released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking today for the transportation of crude oil and ethanol by rail. With the release of the proposed new regulations, a public comment period now begins before the rules will be finalized. The proposed rules offer a wide variety of options for the public to comment on with the weakest proposals essentially being the status quo, as is the case for the rail tank car recommendations. These proposed regulations have been under review for the past several months at the White House’s Office of Information of Regulatory…
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Regulators Flunk State's Own Shale Gas Audit

    Sharon Kelly
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    In January 2013, Pennsylvania's auditor general announced that he would conduct an investigation into whether state regulators were effectively overseeing the impacts from the shale gas drilling rush. A year and a half later, the results are in: the state's environmental regulators are failing badly in at least eight major areas, at times declining to cite drillers who broke the law. In a damning 158-page report, the state's auditor general highlighted the agency's wide-ranging failures. The report detailed the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) use of a legal “loop hole” to…
  • BNSF Nears Shift To One-Member Crews, Possibly Even on Dangerous Oil Trains

    Guest
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    This is a guest post by Cole Stangler. For decades, the U.S. railroad industry has successfully shed labor costs by shifting to smaller and smaller operating crews. Now, it’s on the verge of what was once an unthinkable victory: single-member crews, even on dangerous oil trains. A tentative agreement reached by BNSF Railway and the Transportation Division of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) union would allow a single engineer to operate most of the company’s routes. It would mark a dramatic change to a labor contract that covers about 3,000 workers, or 60 percent of…
  • Maine Residents Fight American Petroleum Institute Lobbyists Over Ban on Tar Sands Shipments

    Justin Mikulka
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Portland, Maine, has become the latest battleground in the fight against tar sands oil, with local residents facing off against energy industry forces in an attempt to ban tar sands oil from the city’s port. The South Portland Clear Skies Ordinance, would ban tar sands oil from being loaded on to ships at the local port. City council will take a final vote on the measure today. Three weeks ago, about 200 people attended a presentation on the proposed ordinance, many wearing blue “clear skies” t-shirts to show their support. Only three people spoke against the ordinance at…
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    Urban Workbench

  • How I Keep My Lists in Order – Workflowy

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

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

    Mike Thomas
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last week I received a report on our departmental progress, it was in effect, a reminder of what we’ve “shipped” over the past six months. Having a regular reminder of your progress seems like a good thing, and it is supported by research: making headway on meaningful work brightens a person’s inner work life and boosts long-term progress. It isn’t monetary rewards and recognition that truly motivate us. It’s a sense that we are accomplishing something meaningful – day by day. Why a ‘done’ list beats a to-do list Tracking these things we’ve done makes…
  • Begbie Lake

    Mike Thomas
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    A rarely visited lake just off HWY23 south of Revelstoke. No real beach, but lots of rainbow trout waiting to be caught from a float tube. Note:It would be challenging to get a canoe down the trail from the hwy. Begbie Lake Camera: iPhone 5cTaken: 21 June, 2014Location:  
  • Arrow Lakes Drawdown

    Mike Thomas
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Columbia River looking across to Mt Begbie This section of the Columbia River just below Revelstoke is known as the Arrow Lakes Drawdown. At the start of summer this area usually becomes flooded as BC Hydro fills the Arrow Lakes Reservoir for the summer. Many of Revelstoke’s recreation trails on the flats become submerged for a couple of months and areas we would walk or bike can be canoed over. Camera: iPhone 5cTaken: 21 June, 2014Location:    
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  • Behind the Scenes with European Flower Shop

    Jacquelyn Clark
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    In my next life I’d love to own a flower shop. Not only do you get to work with your hands each and every day, but your canvas is a vase filled with overflowing beauty. There’s something magical about it that just can’t be described. So when I get the chance to pick the brains behind beauties like the European Flower Shop, I jump at the chance. With photos from Ashley Sawtelle, there’s more beauty to be found over here. SMP: Tell us a little about European Flower Shop! EFS: We are a boutique floral design studio, creating inspired designs for weddings and events.
  • Mango Banana Breakfast Smoothie

    Joanna & Molly
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    My most recent pregnancy craving has been smoothies… lots of them! So I thought we would share one that has great nutrition and super filling for breakfast! This smoothie recipe is great for a summer breakfast meal, full of protein and yumminess. Adding oats and chia seeds will fill up your tummy while also filling it with lots of nutrients to start your day – fiber, protein and calcium! Enjoy! Joanna & MollyMango Banana Breakfast SmoothieThe perfect way to start your day off on the right foot!prep timecook timetotal timeServes 0Ingredients1 Cup Frozen Mango 1 Banana 1/2 Tbsp…
  • How To Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets + DIY Message Board

    Jacquelyn Clark
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Now that your kitchen tools and dish collection have expanded since your wedding, it’s time to get real about organization and storage. We’ve recently teamed up with Macy’s to bring together a handful of awesome Registry to Reality ideas. And today we’re chit-chatting all about tackling those cupboards of yours! Plus? We’ve got the cutest DIY message board that ever existed. - First and foremost, you need to take stock! Chances are, there’s a handful of things you’re missing. Try to dedicate one afternoon to pulling everything out of your cupboards and…
  • Mini Blueberry Tarts

    Jacquelyn Clark
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I’m telling you right now that this recipe is everything. And though it doesn’t always work out this way, I can assure you that these mini blueberry tarts are as tasty as they are adorable. One part sweet, one part tart, and one part pure deliciousness all wrapped up in a tiny pie shell. Big hugs to Tasteful Temptations for sending this yummy treat our way! Jacquelyn ClarkMini Blueberry Tartsprep time15 Minute/scook time40 Minute/stotal time55 Minute/sServes 0IngredientsCRUST: 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter cold diced or sliced ¼ cup ice water…
  • DIY Table Runners

    Jacquelyn Clark
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    We fully subscribe to the notion that if you can’t find it, make it (one peek at our DIY archive and you’ll see just what I mean)! Which is why we adore Threaded Together. Because when they set out to put together their rustic dinner party, they had a vision and they didn’t want to part with it. And when they couldn’t find table runners to fit said vision? Well, they made them! Fabric Yard Stick or Tape Measure Scissors Fray Check Dye if desired Pre-measure the table you will be using these on so you know how much yardage to buy of the fabric. The runners should…
 
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    Environmental Health News

  • Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As Washington still fights over whether climate change is real, people across the country are paying costs scientists ascribe to it. All over the Midwest, from Chicago to Indianapolis and Milwaukee, residents face difficult issues as changing weather patterns collide with aging infrastructure. The costs — for governments, insurance companies and homeowners — are often measured in quality of life.
  • Earth's hottest June follows hottest May. The new normal? (+video).

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This June was the warmest one since record keeping began in 1880, a NOAA center reports. Same was true for May. It's more evidence the planet is heating up, climate scientists say.
  • Why the California drought affects everyone.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    All of California is in a state of emergency because of the prolonged drought, now in its third year. And it’s more than just Californians who are feeling the impact – the state uses its scarce water to provide the nation with more food than any other state.
  • Sea erosion leaves thousands of Liberians homeless.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The homes and businesses of thousands of poor people living on Liberia's coast are being swept away by rising sea levels. Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency says a project is underway to help stop the erosion, but that there is not enough funding.
  • Seals connect the dots to feed in offshore wind farms.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As wind farms march out into coastal waters to meet energy demands, seals are learning to use them like local grocery stores, scientists say. A few have been spotted prowling the grids of turbines, checking for fish congregating around pillars, and stopping to feast when they find them.
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  • Iowa study suggests miscanthus would yield more biomass in Iowa soil than originally thought

    Mike Millikin
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Miscanthus, a perennial grass with vast potential to produce biomass, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University. The research indicates that miscanthus could have a major role to play in the future of Iowa agriculture, both as a source of biomass for energy and as a means of protecting the environment, said Emily Heaton, an assistant professor of agronomy, project leader and co-author of the study. The paper, published earlier this year in the journal Industry Crops and Products, looked at Miscanthus x giganteus,…
  • Opel will drop the Ampera; new EV in 2014-2018 time frame

    Mike Millikin
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Taking a page out of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter-based announcement style, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann (@KT_Neumann) tweeted today (in both English and German) that after the run-out of the current generation Ampera plug-in hybrid, Opel will introduce a successor product in the EV segment as part of its major model offensive from 2014-2018 (27 new vehicles). We see #eMobility as important part of the mobility of tomorrow and we will continue to drive down costs & deliver affordability. 1/3— Karl-Thomas Neumann (@KT_Neumann) July 23, 2014 After the eventual run-out of the…
  • EEI encourages utilities to spend at least 5% of fleet acquisition budgets on plug-ins

    Mike Millikin
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) released a white paper, “Transportation Electrification: Utility Fleets Leading the Charge,” that focuses on the electric power industry’s effort to accelerate the expansion of electric transportation in commercial and retail markets, beginning with electric utility fleets. The paper encourages investor-owned electric utilities to meet an industry-wide goal to spend at least 5% of annual fleet acquisition budgets on plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and technologies. An analysis of utility fleets by Utilimarc shows only about 1.7% of the vehicles…
  • New lightweight metals institute will be headquartered in Detroit

    Mike Millikin
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    The new $148-million lightweight metals manufacturing institute announced in February by President Obama (earlier post) will locate in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, officials from the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) and the city announced today. ALMMII is a public-private partnership led by Ohio-based manufacturing technology nonprofit EWI, the University of Michigan and Ohio State University. The initiative is part of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation and is being led by the Department of Defense. The institute, expected to…
  • SwRI receives $1.8M DOE award to develop linear motor reciprocating compressor for hydrogen

    Mike Millikin
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    Compression is a major contributor to the cost of hydrogen fueling. Source: Elgowainy et al. Click to enlarge. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will begin work in August on a $1.8-million contract awarded by the US Department of Energy DOE to develop, to fabricate and to test a linear motor reciprocating compressor (LMRC). The contract is one of 10 awarded by DOE for projects that will advance hydrogen production and delivery technologies for this fuel source. (Earlier post.) In its 2012 Multi-Year Research, Development and Demonstration Plan, DOE notes that hydrogen fueling station…
 
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  • Nature-Powered Casinos: Is It Possible?

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Most casinos operate on a 24/7 basis and the energy they’re consuming is no joke. According to 8 News Now, the “sky beam” light located on top of the Luxor Casino has 39 individual lamps that consumes 7,000 Watts each. That is 273,000 Watts of electricity consumption, which is enough to power more than a ... The post Nature-Powered Casinos: Is It Possible? appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Must Have Solar Gaming Accessories

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    You’ll often see solar panels on roofs, the top of street lights, even on torches, but not so often in the gaming realms. Yet there are plenty of great gadgets out there to improve your play on the likes of FIFA 2014 or Call of Duty, and help save the planet simultaneously. From controllers, to ... The post Must Have Solar Gaming Accessories appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • The journey of 6000 miles across 10 countries, with zero carbon emissions

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    A 6000-mile journey starts with a single step. For 33-year-old Naveen Rabelli, it begins with a ray of hope, rays of the Sun and an array of solar panels on the roof of his tuk-tuk along with an electric battery to power his one-ton vehicle. Rabelli plans to travel to 10 countries in order to ... The post The journey of 6000 miles across 10 countries, with zero carbon emissions appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Jeep environmental progress

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    If you mention Jeep to any environmental activist or anyone concerned about the degradation of our environment, you’re likely to be met with growls or even the odd nervous tick. With the latest Jeep Cherokee being the greenest Jeep ever produced, though, that might all be about to change.   It’s 1998 and you’ve got ... The post Jeep environmental progress appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Adding Solar Energy to Your Home Now

    admin
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:42 am
    With the many ways available to make sustainable Earth friendly living a reality in your home now, many people are looking for the next big step. Sorting recyclables has become the norm, and adopting an upcycle and reuse mentality for all the products in your home is common. The next big step for the eco-conscious ... The post Adding Solar Energy to Your Home Now appeared first on Eco Friend.
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  • Americans Have Caught the Fever

    Sam Parry
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    By Sam ParryThis is an amazing, exciting time. I, like so many millions of Americans, have been completely swept up in the groundswell of exhilarating national pride peaking just as we are about to celebrate our 238th anniversary as an independent nation.It’s time to wave that flag high and proud! Flickr/Little Baby G Americans have caught on to a movement that most of the rest of the world has long embraced. From Germany to England, France to Mexico, Brazil to South Korea, it unites so much of the world in a common purpose, a shared sense of hope and global cooperation. And over these last…
  • Supreme Court Reaffirms EPA’s Bedrock Legal Authority to Cut Carbon Pollution from Power Plants

    Tomas Carbonell
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    By Tomas CarbonellSource: Openclipart The United States Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA (No. 12-1146) this week, resolving the last of many multi-year legal challenges to EPA’s first generation of climate protections under the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-to-2 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permissibly read the Clean Air Act to require large new or modified industrial pollution sources to deploy modern pollution controls for greenhouse gases. Thus, new and rebuilt large emitters of other regulated…
  • "Risky Business" stands out in growing sea of climate reports

    Gernot Wagner
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    By Gernot Wagner Receding beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Source: FEMA/Tim Burkitt (This blog originally appeared on EDF Voices) This blog post was co-authored by Jonathan Camuzeaux. Put Republican Hank Paulson, Independent Mike Bloomberg, and Democrat Tom Steyer together, and out comes one of the more unusual – and unusually impactful – climate reports. This year alone has seen a couple of IPCC tomes, an entry by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the most recent U.S. National Climate Assessment. The latest, Risky Business, stands apart for a number…
  • Defenders of dirty power plants use doublespeak to shape debate

    Keith Gaby
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    By Keith Gaby Under the proposed Clean Power Plan, plants must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. (This blog originally appeared on EDF Voices) As we’ve noted before, few opponents of the federal Clean Power Plan want to stand up and say they favor unlimited carbon pollution. So they’re apt to frame their arguments in more clever ways. Under the proposed Clean Power Plan, plants must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Sometimes their approach is to use misleading statistics – like when they talk about the cost of…
  • Supreme Court Decision Leaves Greenhouse Gas Permit Requirements for Large Industrial Polluters in Place

    Pamela Campos
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:12 pm
    By Pamela Campos(This post was written by EDF Senior Attorneys Pamela Campos and Peter Zalzal) Source: Daderot (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsThis morning the Supreme Court issued a 7-to-2 decision confirming that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may continue to require large industrial sources of climate pollution to use the best available control technology when building or rebuilding plants.  A 5-to-4 majority also determined that such pre-construction permits would not be required for the many smaller sources that EPA had concluded would pose significant…
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  • Lack of emissions reporting from (some) cloud providers is a supply chain risk

    Tom Raftery
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Lack of emissions reporting from (some) cloud providers is a supply chain risk We here at GreenMonk spoke to Robert Francisco, President North America of FirstCarbon Solutions, last week. FirstCarbon solutions is an environmental sustainability company and the exclusive scoring partner of CDP‘s (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), supply chain program. Robert pointed out on the call that there is a seed change happening and that interest in disclosure is on the rise. He noted that carbon scores are now not only showing up at…
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty five with SAP Mentor Chris Kernaghan

    Tom Raftery
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty five with SAP Mentor Chris Kernaghan Welcome to episode twenty five of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had cloud architect and SAP Mentor Chris Kernaghan as the guest on our show. This was not Chris’ first time co-hosting the Technology for Good show, so as an old hand, I knew this was going to be a fun show, and so it was. We covered a lot of topics in the show, including the repeal of carbon tax in Australia, IBM and Apple’s enterprise partnership, and…
  • Microsoft powering more of their Cloud from renewables

    Tom Raftery
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Microsoft powering more of their Cloud from renewables We’ve mentioned the issue of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with cloud computing once or twice in the past, and we’ve even ranked cloud computing companies based on their emissions. Obviously not all cloud companies report on their emissions (shame on you Amazon), and consequently those that don’t are at the bottom of the rankings. In looking at cloud computing providers Microsoft ranked very highly. According to the EPA, Microsoft is the third highest…
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty four with GE CTO Jeremiah Stone

    Tom Raftery
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty four with GE CTO Jeremiah Stone Welcome to episode twenty four of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had GE’s CTO for Digital Energy Jeremiah Stone as the guest on our show. We have recorded videos with Jeremiah previously, and they’ve always gone well, so we were reasonably confident this one would be good too, and it was. Given Jeremiah’s work in Digital Energy, not surprisingly we had several good conversations around Electricity 2.0 and smart grids…
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty three with Theo Priestley

    Tom Raftery
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty three with Theo Priestley Welcome to episode twenty three of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had  Software AG‘s Chief Technology Evangelist Theo Priestley as our guest on the show. Theo is one of those guys who I have come across online, but this was the first time we had ever talked, so I wasn’t sure how the hangout would go. As it was, I needn’t have been concerned, it went really well. Last week was July 4th, Independence Day in the US, so there…
 
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  • Seals taking advantage of the wind farms for hunting grounds

    Marian Dumitri
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    Active wind farms in Germany and UK are being rendered by seals for hunting grounds for food. This act has shocked the scientists who saw the same via satellite trackings in the area. ive areas. A research in the journal Current Biology showed that seals encountered a series of pipelines making multiple trips in a day. Far away from the coasts of Germany in Alpha Ventus, 4 out of 96 seals visited while 7 out of 22 reached the Southern England into the Sheringham Shoal wind farm. It seems that the new quote now should be, Be Seal Smart, these seals are moving from one area to the other in the…
  • Six-Crore-Year-Old Dinosaur Fossilised Feces Found In Narmada Valley In India

    Marian Dumitri
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Rare fossilized feces of six-crore-year-old dinosaurs have been found in the Narmada valley in the Madhya Pradesh region. Though this region has been rich in dinosaur remains, fossilised feces have been found for the very first time. These have been discovered in the Umarban area near Mandu in the Dhar district. Earlier dinosaur bones and eggs have been recovered from the area, fossilised feces are very rare to find. These will unravel the food habits of the creatures that lived back then. These feces belong to the last generation dinosaurs that existed at the times of adverse climatic and…
  • Vantablack – the darkest material absorbs only 0.035% light

    Marian Dumitri
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Vantablack is the darkest material made by the British Company Surrey NanoSystems. It is made of nanohair, which is 1000 times thinner than human hair and are packed so closely that it prevents light to enter. It is so dark that nothing can be as dark as it is. The Vantablack has a number of applications. It is used in astronomical cameras, telescopes, and infrared scanning systems. It is going to be one of the most useful products that will help in a number of experiments at the global level as well. The device is made of tubes which are small enough to prevent light from entering them. A…
  • Brazil vs Cameroon: Fifa 2014 live streaming and highlights

    Marian Dumitri
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    The host team Brazil will take on Cameroon in today’s Fifa 2014  match. Brazil currently with 4 points need to win this match or at least draw it to advance further. The match starts at 12 30 am India time. A loss will brighten the situations for Mexico which is to take on Croatia with 4 and 3 points respectively. The match will be a deciding factor; it will ascertain the teams that will go ahead to the next level in the 2014, Fifa World Cup. Follow the Brazil vs Cameroon match live scores here. Today will be like a golden opportunity for Brazil to justify its presence in the game and…
  • India vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI: Cricket live score & Star Sports live stream info

    Marian Dumitri
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    India skipper Suresh Rain won the toss and decided to bat first in the third and final ODI against Bangladesh being played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Thursday, June 19, 2014. For Bangladesh Sohag Gazi replaces Ziaur Rahman. And for India, Vinay Kumar and Manoj Tiwary come in. The match start time is 12:30 India time. India leads the 3-ODI series by 2-0. Bangladesh lost a chance to equal the series in the 2nd ODI. Their bowlers did wonderfully well to restrict the mighty Indian batsman to just 106 runs. And then came the little known Stuart Binny to bowl. The final squads…
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  • Video: This is what happens when you drive your Nissan Leaf beyond empty

    Sebastian Blanco
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Nissan, UK, Videos If you see an AAA truck bringing someone a can of extra gas, it's rarely a big deal, but when an EV driver runs out of charge, people pay attention. Whether its a writer for The New York Times or hardcore Tesla fans, people are curious about this newfangled technology and the things that could go wrong. "I don't know what the opposite of range anxiety is. Range annoyance?" - Robert Llewellyn Well, few people have more fun with their EV than Robert Llewellyn, the actor (best known for Red Dwarf) and star of his own pro-EV show Fully…
  • Motorsports: Jay Penske's Dragon Racing signs Jérôme d'Ambrosio for Formula E

    Noah Joseph
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Racing When it comes to open-wheel racing, there are few names as big as Penske. But while Roger may not be fielding a team in the new Formula E championship, his son Jay is. The media mogul runs his own Dragon Racing team in the IndyCar Series, and will be competing in the electric racing series this season as well. The LA-based team previously announced Mike Conway, an accomplished IndyCar racer, to drive one of its cars, and has now confirmed Jérôme d'Ambrosio to drive the other. Like Conway, d'Ambrosio successfully worked his way up the single-seater…
  • Official: Opel CEO talks new EV, will likely be fresh face for Chevy, too

    Sebastian Blanco
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Chevrolet, Opel The rumored demise of the Opel Ampera has been confirmed, but there's good news, too. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has been busy Tweeting information about the brand's next plug-in vehicle, admitting that the Ampera is on the way out but that plug-in vehicles are here to stay. His Tweets, in full, read: After the eventual run-out of the current generation Ampera, we'll introduce a successor product in the electric vehicle segment. Our next electric vehicle will be part of our massive product offensive - with 27 new vehicles in the 2014-2018 time frame.
  • Recharge Wrap-up: VW Golf TDI wins green car award, DC buses might go electric

    John Beltz Snyder
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Filed under: Diesel, EV/Plug-in, Transportation Alternatives, BMW, Volkswagen, Renault, North America, South/Latin America, USA The 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI has won the award for 2014 Northwest Green Car or the Year. The distinction comes from the Northwest Automotive Press Association during its Drive Revolution event in Portland. Co-chairman of the event, Jeff Zurschmeide, says, "Volkswagen has led the diesel passenger car market for years, and the Golf TDI proves that they're likely to stay on top for a while." The 2015 Golf TDI has 10 more horsepower than the outgoing model, while…
  • Report: China decrees 30 percent of new government vehicles will plug in

    Danny King
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Legislation and Policy, China Maybe Warren Buffett's bet on Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD will pay off after all. That's because the Chinese government just made a commitment to buy lots of advanced-powertrain vehicles through its government-vehicle system in an effort to address the notorious pollution problem in China's largest cities, the Associated Press says, citing China's Xinhua News Agency. China is committing to have at least 30 percent of its new government vehicles to be either plug-in vehicles, including battery electrics and plug-in hybrids, or…
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  • Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

    Kristine Lofgren
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A new breakthrough in the way we fight sexually transmitted diseases could be a complete game changer. Within the next few months, condoms that can kill HIV, HPV and herpes could be hitting the market. An Australian biotech firm has developed a gel called VivaGel that actually fights STDs and has proven effective in killing 99.9% of viruses. Read the rest of Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ansell Condom, Ansell HIV condom, Ansell HIV killing gel, fighting herpes, fighting HIV, fighting HPV, herpes killing…
  • Japanese Artist Snaps Mind-Bending Photos of Bonsais in Space

    Timon Singh
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Over the past few years, a number of people have sent objects into space via giant helium balloons. Hello Kitty, a LEGO space shuttle, and even Breaking Bad’s Walter White have all ascended to the cosmos – and now a Japanese artist has lifted the first bonsai tree into orbit! Azuma Makoto sent several floral arrangements into space and snapped mind bending images of the result. Read the rest of Japanese Artist Snaps Mind-Bending Photos of Bonsais in Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art in space, astral arrangements, Azuma Makoto, bonsai in space, bonsai tree,…
  • McDonalds, KFC and Starbucks Pulled Into Chinese Rotten Meat Scandal

    Beverley Mitchell
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The latest Chinese meat scandal is spreading, with reports confirming that Chinese McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Starbucks outlets all purchased meat products originally sourced from Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd. Shanghai Husi was shut down by authorities on Sunday after television station Dragon TV showed footage of workers repackaging and relabeling expired beef and chicken products and throwing meat that had fallen onto the factory floor back into mixing machines. Read the rest of McDonalds, KFC and Starbucks Pulled Into Chinese Rotten Meat Scandal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post…
  • The Green School’s Magnificent Bamboo Tent is Made from Locally-Sourced Materials in Bali

    Lidija Grozdanic
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Read the rest of The Green School’s Magnificent Bamboo Tent is Made from Locally-Sourced Materials in Bali Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andrew Ma bamboo, Balinese architecture, bamboo architecture, bamboo poles, Bamboo Tent Bali, Green School Bali, Indonesia architecture, locally sourced building materials, sustainable building materials
  • INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

    Jill Fehrenbacher
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    <br /> <A HREF=”http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/N3643.145749.INHABITAT/B8123027.108788360;sz=1×1;ord=[timestamp]?”><br /> <IMG SRC=”http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/N3643.145749.INHABITAT/B8123027.108788360;sz=1×1;ord=[timestamp]?” BORDER=0 WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=1 ALT=”Advertisement”></A><br /> You may have heard the riddle about mushrooms being the only rooms with no walls, but David Benjamin is flipping the script on the old joke with some incredible mycotecture built from mushroom bricks! The architect and his firm, The…
 
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  • Climate Change & US Energy Structure

    Jennifer Hermes
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    According to a recent GAO report, US energy infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to a range of climate change impacts, increasing the risk of disruptions of energy critical for your operations, such as: • Resource extraction/processing infrastructure. Oil and gas platforms, refineries, and processing plants are often located in areas vulnerable to severe weather/sea level rise. […]
  • Himark BioGas to Build 3 Food-Waste-to-Energy Plants

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Himark BioGas has signed an agreement with NEO Energy for the design, construction, and start-up of three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer plants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The AD plants will recycle food waste to produce organic-based fertilizer and renewable electricity. AD plants designed on Himark BioGas’ patented IMUS technology can produce renewable […]
  • Industry Warns Carbon Rules ‘Not Workable’

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Industry groups have sent a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy warning that the Clean Power Plan is “not workable,” The Hill reports. The Partnership for a Better Energy Future, which represents 140 organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, National Mining Association, American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and more, wants the EPA […]
  • PSE&G Incentives Employees’ Electric Cars

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    PSE&G has launched a program to encourage New Jersey businesses to provide employees with electric car charging at work by providing smart charging equipment for about 150 cars. Charging stations will be given out on a first come, first serve basis to companies that secure a commitment from a minimum of five employees that they […]
  • Lego to Greenpeace: Everything Is Awesome

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    Lego will continue its partnership with Shell despite pressure from Greenpeace to stop making toys with Shell’s branding. Greenpeace says Shell is threatening the Arctic and using Lego to neutralize controversy over its climate impacts and plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. Since starting its campaign against the toymaker, Greenpeace has staged protests […]
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  • The Road to Renewable Raw Materials Is Paved with Strategic Partnerships

    Peter Nieuwenhuizen
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    As the demand to reduce carbon-based raw materials intensifies, companies are not only looking at how they can reduce their consumption, but also at how they can find appropriate replacements for fossil fuel-based raw materials.To meet this challenge, a number of forward-thinking companies in the chemicals industry are developing strategies aimed at driving a successful transition to renewable alternatives. But how do companies successfully manage this transition? And what are the challenges?It is important to recognize that many carbon-based raw materials have been in development for over…
  • Packaging and Paper Waste Costs NYC $600 Million Annually

    Aarthi Rayapura
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    New York City taxpayers spend $600 million every year to manage post-consumer packaging and printed paper, reveals a new data analysis by UPSTREAM, a national environmental policy organization. In Europe and now increasingly in Canada, these costs are borne by corporations selling consumer goods.According to the Mayor’s Management Report, the Department of Sanitation of New York disposed of 3.26 million tons of garbage and collected roughly 540,000 tons of paper/cardboard (one stream) and commingled metal, glass containers, rigid plastics and beverage cartons (second stream) through…
  • Bridging the Gap: Using Sustainable Finance to Improve Cocoa Farmer Livelihoods in Côte d’Ivoire

    Hélène Roy
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Smallholder cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire produce 40 percent of the world cocoa supply and are the backbone of a global industry worth billions of dollars. Yet while they generate up to 15 percent of the Ivorian GDP, the vast majority still live in poverty due to declining productivity.Cocoa yields in Côte d’Ivoire are some of the lowest in the world, primarily due to aging trees, deteriorating soils and disease. In the absence of long-term financing opportunities, cocoa farmers have been changing to other crops with better income opportunity, such as rubber trees.Investing in…
  • How to Make (Sustainability) Data Work for You

    Renée Morin
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    In the business world we are inundated with data on a daily basis: from bill of materials, formulations, and purchasing records to customer transactions, production volumes and utility bills. The amount of data available for use within organizations continuously increases — so much so that we aren’t just talking about “data” anymore, but “big data,” which puts us into a part of the metric system that I’m not sure we even learned back when I was in elementary school (petabytes of data anyone?). We all recognize there is a lot of data embedded within our business systems, but the…
  • Panasonic Provides Daytime Power to Indonesian Island with PV Power Package

    Sustainable Brands
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Panasonic Corporation announced Tuesday it has installed the “Power Supply Container” (PSC), a stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) power package that it developed, at the National Elementary School Karimunjawa 01 in Karimunjawa Island, Jepara District, Central Jawa Province, Indonesia. On July 17, a handover ceremony was held jointly with project partner Koperasi Pundih Artah and the Institute of Business and Economic Democracy Foundation (IBEKA), an Indonesian NGO.On the Island of Karimunjawa, electricity is available at night thanks to diesel generators, but in the daytime these generators…
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  • This DIY Pool Heater Requires No Electricity

    Important Media Cross-Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Do you own a pool? Sorry…! No, really – we had a small one at our house in Las Vegas, and I swore “Never again…” The work required to keep it clean, the costs for supplies, energy, and those inevitable pump repairs just weren’t worth it to me… and I really enjoyed a quick dip after a long, hot day. That’s me, though… you may enjoy your pool more, but still want to keep the expenses (and the environmental impact) down. Obviously, a pool requires water, but you can cut the cost of keeping that water warm (which does require quite a bit of…
  • How to Make Popsicles with Common Household Materials [Recipe]

    Talancia Pea
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
      Summer is here and it’s a great time to invite your children into the kitchen to mix up a batch of homemade popsicles. Your family can have a cool treat without worrying if it’s filled with mystery ingredients. From citrus and herbs to fruit and chocolate, the flavor combinations are endless. There’ll be no arguing because everyone can have their “favorites.” Plus, it’s an easy way for moms like me to get our little ones try new fruits. It’s okay if you don’t have fancy popsicle molds; I’ll tell you about three common household items that will work great for…
  • How to Reduce Food Waste: 3 More Ideas

    Important Media Cross-Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Yep, we’re all about creative ideas for reducing food waste… and we’re just thrilled to see a few more. You’ve likely heard this scary statistic: 40% of the US’ food gets wasted along the supply chain. Most of that occurs towards the end, at retailers, restaurants, and homes. Yet people still go hungry… so we still have to work at getting this wasted food (most of which is still perfectly edible) to those in need. Mary Gerush, who writes at sister site Eat.Drink.Better, found a few more innovative approaches to keeping edible food out of dumpsters, trash…
  • Solar Power in India: Making it Affordable for People without Electricity

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Have you priced a solar energy system for your home lately? While new incentives and financing options make solar power more attractive than ever, purchasing a system isn’t cheap: you’re still looking at $20,000 minimum in most cases (before incentives, of course). Now, imagine you’ve never been able to afford electricity for your home, and trying to make ends meet on less than $10 a day. A solar system, even a small one that could run a light, and maybe charge a phone, could easily create a ton of opportunity for you and your family… but there’s no way you can…
  • What Does Bycatch Really Cost Our Fishermen… and Our Fisheries?

    Guest Contributor
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    By Amanda Keledjian When most people think about the fishing industry in the United States, images of single boats braving the elements out on the water might come to mind. What many people may not realize, however, is that fishing is big business, and the amount of waste occurring every day in our nation’s fisheries could significantly impact our oceans and our economy. In fact, according to a new report by Oceana  titled Wasted Cash, U.S. fishermen could be losing $1 billion in revenue every year due to wasteful discarding. The staggering amount of fish thrown away every year in the…
 
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  • Drier Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Washington Post: The water could start at any time. Every few hours, Anita Pointon refreshes the Web site that tells when it’s coming, because the work begins as soon as they know. Her husband, Chuck, 62, will set out to walk the farm with a moisture probe to see which fields are the driest. One run of water covers only about 18 acres of their 500, so they have to choose carefully. As rural America wilts, this is how those left working its powder-dry land get by: At the appointed hour, Chuck turns the head...
  • South-west is the UK's jellyfish hotspot, survey finds

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Guardian: The south-west may be home to some of the cleanest beaches in the UK, but the first survey of its kind in over 40 years shows that it is also a thriving area for the country's jellyfish. More jellyfish were spotted per kilometre along the south-west coast than anywhere else in Britain's waters, with the south-east home to the fewest, according to an analysis of nine years of data collected by the public. The study by a team at the University of Exeter also shows that reports this year of swarms...
  • Australia: Great Barrier Reef's decline buried in government reports, says agency

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    Guardian: Australia’s marine research agency has warned that the government has downplayed the declining health of the Great Barrier Reef and there is “clear potential for conflicts of interest” in development decisions. The Australian Institute of Marine Science (Aims) said assessments of the Great Barrier Reef’s condition, compiled by the federal and Queensland governments, effectively buried the bad news of the reef’s decline. John Gunn, chief executive of Aims, said that while the federal and state...
  • Climate change wins precarious slot in proposed development goals

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Reuters: Proposed new global development goals, drafted by a U.N. working group, include a goal to take urgent action on climate change, despite opposition from some countries - even though the goal is weaker than many campaigners would like. How the "post-2015 development agenda' -- which will follow the expiring Millennium Development Goals -- should approach climate change has been a thorny issue for the past 18 months, not least because the world is simultaneously trying to hammer out a new deal to...
  • Tinderbox Explodes in Wildfires Across Northwest

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New York Times: A cool, wet spring that drew out luxuriant growth in parts of the Pacific Northwest, followed by a ferociously hot and dry early summer, has created a fire-season tinderbox across the Pacific Northwest that exploded over the past week with dozens of wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres and forcing thousands of residents from their homes. More than 3,500 people, including fire crews from all over the country and National Guard troops in Washington and Oregon, have been battling the...
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • Study Finds Kids Prefer Healthier Lunches. School Food Lobby Refuses to Believe It.

    Kiera Butler
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    From all of the commotion around the new federal school lunch standards, you'd think they were really Draconian. Republican legislators have railed against them. Districts have threatened to opt out. The School Nutrition Association (SNA), the industry group that represents the nation's 55,000 school food employees, has officially opposed some of them—and doubled its lobbying in the months leading up to July 1, when some of the new rules took effect. Here's who doesn't mind the new standards: kids. For a study just published in the peer-reviewed journal Childhood Obesity, researchers…
  • California Farms Are Sucking Up Enough Groundwater to Put Rhode Island 17 Feet Under

    Julia Lurie
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    California, the producer of nearly half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, plus export crops—four-fifths of the world's almonds, for example—is entering its third driest year on record. Nearly 80 percent of the state is experiencing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. In addition to affecting agricultural production the drought will cost the state billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and a whole lot of groundwater, according to a new report prepared for the California Department of Food and Agriculture by scientists at UC-Davis. The authors used current water…
  • The Great Barrier Reef Will Be Ravaged By El Niño

    Oliver Milman
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Great Barrier Reef is set to be ravaged by the expected El Niño weather phenomenon and scientists warn that similar warming events have significantly impacted upon the reef’s coral. Research by the University of Queensland studied large Porites coral colonies, a type of coral considered more resistant than others to changes in the environment. By analysing and dating coral samples, researchers found there was a significant correlation between mass coral mortality…
  • One of the Biggest Opponents of GMO Labeling Is Offering More Non-GMO Products

    Jenna McLaughlin
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Cargill, a giant privately held food manufacturer, is one of the biggest enemies of laws requiring companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. But even as the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an anti GMO-labeling lobbying group Cargill belongs to, fights GMO-labeling laws in state legislatures and courthouses around the country, Cargill is introducing more GMO-free products. Last week, Cargill announced its newest non-GMO crop, soybean oil, which will join corn and beans on Cargill's list of unmodified products offered in the United States, among others.
  • "Make It a Quickie," "Get Paid for Doing It," and Other Advice From San Francisco's Water Agency

    Julia Lurie
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In response to California's ongoing drought, San Francisco's water agency has come out with a hilariously creepy ad campaign to make saving water sexy. In addition to the commercial above, featuring a water-efficient showerhead being stroked and a seductive male voice telling you to "screw them on," ads encourage water users to "Make it a quickie" and "Get paid for doing it" ("it" referring to your shower and the replacement of your old toilet, respectively). Unfortunately, new data from the state's Water Resources Control Board shows that Californians need to be "doing it" a lot more. Gov.
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    mnn.com

  • A British supermarket that's powered by its own garbage

    mhickman
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    While you’ll still find food packaging aplenty at Sainsbury’s, the United Kingdom’s second largest supermarket chain behind multinational retail behemoth Tesco, the London-based company remains an industry leader when it comes to keeping surplus foodstuffs and expired edibles as far away from landfills as humanly possible.  
  • PETA urges Kevin Spacey to go vegetarian for charity BBQ

    mdestries
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Kevin Spacey's charity BBQ for the arts has caught the eye of PETA; with the animal rights org offering the "House of Cards" star a monetary donation should he decide to make the private dinner a vegetarian experience.   
  • 'Survive the Tribe' takes survival TV to a new level

    gmiller
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    For biologist and survival guide Hazen Audel, the best way to learn about indigenous people is to live with them and live like them, adopting their customs, diet and way of life, no matter how dangerous, difficult or bizarre they seem.
  • World's largest aquatic insect has 8-inch wingspan and 'giant snake-like fangs'

    bnelson78
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The world's largest aquatic insect has been discovered in the remote mountains of China's Sichuan province, and it's terrifying. As Yahoo News reports, this monstrous beastie has a wingspan of about 8.3 inches, but most intimidating are its menacing mandibles, which have been described as "giant snake-like fangs" and look like they could easily dismember a human finger.   
  • Want to get a serious case of happy feet? Watch this

    lmoss
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Feel like dancing? After watching this collection of memorable dance scenes you will.   Featuring cuts from 93 movies — including scenes starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as well as Chunk's "Truffle Shuffle" from "The Goonies" — this four-minute video is sure to get you moving.  
 
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • Google’s $1M Challenge: A Laptop-Sized Solar Inverter

    Jeff St. John
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Back in May, Google announced its Little Box challenge, a $1 million prize for technology that can radically shrink the size and weight of inverters. This week, it opened the contest to applicants, announced the IEEE as a partner, and clarified just how small it’s hoping to get with the next-generation power conversion technologies. According to Google’s Tuesday blog post, its goal is to shrink today’s picnic-cooler-sized DC-to-AC inverters, used to connect solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles and other grid edge devices, into something “the size of a small…
  • Beyond the Rooftop: Commercial Net Metering in California

    Adam Kotin, Ben Peters
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Net energy metering (NEM) in California lets businesses offset their on-site load through the same simple, straightforward tariff structure used by homeowners. A recent report from E3 called the NEM Impacts Analysis notes that commercial system interconnections might actually provide a net benefit to ratepayers, allaying utility concerns and protests regarding a supposed "cost shift" caused by NEM programs. In order to promote further growth in the commercial solar sector, new NEM options are being introduced to encourage customers to go solar. Today, solar is truly cost-effective for many…
  • Are Flying Robots the Next Smart Grid Technology Ready to Take Off?

    Jeff St. John
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) come in all shapes and sizes -- and they’re not all like the missile-equipped drone aircraft in use by the U.S. military. A new breed of tiny, battery-powered flying robots are performing all kinds of non-lethal tasks, from trade show package delivery demos for Amazon, to flying over solar farms to look for maintenance problems. Utilities are another natural fit for UAVs. They have thousands of miles of transmission lines to inspect every year, many of them stretching over untracked mountain and desert terrain that require expensive helicopter flights or…
  • Do Networking Standards Really Matter in Connecting the Smart Home?

    Katherine Tweed
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Everyone agrees that the smart home market will flourish when there is a variety of popular, connected devices on the market that work seamlessly together. But exactly what it will take for that to happen is still an open debate. Last week, Nest and Samsung announced a new mesh networking protocol, Thread, which promises to “help the internet of things realize its potential for years to come.” But at least one major retailer that sells many of the things for the home that will connect to the internet is not that impressed by news of yet another protocol. “We’ve taken a…
  • What’s Ahead for PV Inverter Technology?

    Sponsored Content
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the primary point of interconnection between the generation and distribution sides of a photovoltaic system, the solar inverter directly affects multiple aspects of solar project development. Consequently, the right inverter has the potential to significantly impact a PV project’s delivered value. A growing focus for successful integration of PV power on a large-scale, distributed basis has been to add smart features and functionality to inverters. At the same time, other inverter technology advancements are gaining popularity in North America. Three key trends are making a…
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    Direct2Dell

  • 23 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am

    DELL-Deborah A
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    How do we get teams together in Austin, this is such a great idea and I'd love to participate.
  • Blog Post: Why Great Data Visualization (Alone) Does Not Equal Great Insight

    Joanna Schloss
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Data visualization is one of the hottest capabilities sweeping over the big data market. Visualization platforms sit on top of analytics and present information about organizational data using a barrage of colors, heat maps and word clouds.
  • 23 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am

    Laura P. Thomas
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    @Jeffffff - Just sent you a private message. If you can reply to that with some details, I'll get someone to look into the issue. Thanks!
  • 22 Jul 2014 | 6:11 pm

    Jeffffff
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Hi, I just attempted to order a computer using bitcoin off Dell.com, and it's turning into a real headache. The money has been deducted from my Coinbase account, and accepted by Dell.com (according to Coinbase), and yet it is still in "verification" . Ordered it on Friday the 18th.
  • 22 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am

    sangaman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    I was hoping to see bitcoin being accepted on Dell Outlet, and was disappointed to see that's not the case today. It was truly the difference for me between buying the laptop right away and waiting to explore my options for buying a new laptop.
 
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    New Republic

  • The Israeli Army Knew Gaza Was a "Ticking Bomb" Before War Broke Out

    Neri Zilber
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Of all the reasons for the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the most important is arguably the most prosaic: money. Before Hamas started firing over a thousand rockets into Israel, before Israel responded with airstrikes (and now, ground forces), and before the brutal kidnappings and murders of three Israe
  • The Innovation Myth

    Elizabeth Winkler
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the twenty-first century, the crucial element of a more-perfect society is innovation. Or so think tanks, urban planners and entrepreneurs would have you believe. A recent report
  • Strangely Beautiful Photos of Tiny Bugs

    TNR Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The seed beetles in Silvia Andrade's photographs, typically known as weevils, measure less than 5 millimeters and could easily go unnoticed by humans—but she's hoping they won't. Andrade's aim is to, quite literally, help us zoom in on some of nature's most miniscule, near-invisible wonders. Andr
  • Republicans Always Listen to the Pentagon—Except When It Says Climate Change Is Real

    Rebecca Leber
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Faced with mounting scientific evidence that humans are causing climate change, Republicans are having an increasingly hard time denying the facts. Those denials became even more laughable Tuesday, when one of the party's favorite agencies, the Department of Defense, told Congress that climate chang
  • Chart: Russia Is Insanely Dependent on Oil and Gas Money

    Danny Vinik
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    As the United States and Europe prepare to impose tougher sanctions on Russia, it’s worth remembering just how dependent that country is on energy exports. This is a double-edged sword: The dependence gives the world significant leverage to inflict economic damage on the Kremlin, but Europe’s re
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Storing Data in the Cloud: How Safe is It?

    Andrew Burger
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Inherent in corporate social responsibility, data security takes on even greater importance given the profusion of mobile devices and use of cloud services. Though it remains of paramount concern, research indicates cloud security concerns will abate with greater familiarity and usage.
  • Manufacturers Back Bill to Limit Liability for Energy Star Ratings

    Jan Lee
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    The Alliance to Save Energy, an association of lawmakers and manufacturers are promoting a bill that would strip consumers of the right to lodge class action litigation against companies that falsify Energy Star ratings. Consumer advocates and trial lawyers argue however that companies stay honest when they know that there is more to risk than simply having to return a customer's good-faith investment.
  • $10 Million for Native American Climate Resilience

    Andrew Burger
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Announced by the president and launched last week, the Tribal Climate Resilience Program should benefit American Indian tribes and the nation economically, socially and environmentally.
  • Houston’s One-Bin Recycling Program: Path to Zero Waste or Environmental Racism?

    Alexis Petru
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When you think of zero waste, you might picture towering compost heaps or overflowing recycling carts – but what about one bin for all your household waste, from carrot peels and chicken bones to junk mail and soda bottles? That’s the idea behind Houston’s “One Bin for All” program, which aims to boost the city’s dismal recycling rate of 19 percent, which falls 15 percent below the average national recycling figure. Public officials predict the initiative will help the city keep 75 percent of its trash from the landfill, but critics of the program, ranging from the Texas Campaign…
  • CSR Asia Highlights Inclusive Business Opportunities in Cocoa

    Andrew Burger
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Identifying and implementing inclusive business opportunities can assure sustainability and benefit consumers and participants across the cocoa value chain, according to a CSR Asia case study that focuses on cocoa production and the supply chain in Indonesia and Vietnam.
 
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    Max Gladwell

  • Commuting Machine: Cannondale SuperX Hi-MOD Black Inc.

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

    Max Gladwell
    6 May 2014 | 11:41 am
    Whether building a startup company or getting faster on a bike, achieving goals is all about the application of mental energy I achieved two major life goals over the past four years. Although they are closely related and even intertwined with one another, they are also completely different types of goals, one being intellectual and the other highly physical. And what I realized in hindsight is that there was one factor at the center of each that ultimately made them achievable. First, I founded a technology company in 2010. I’d been exploring a few different models around the…
  • Backbone Trail to Will Rogers – Pacific Palisades

    Max Gladwell
    4 May 2014 | 9:12 pm
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    Max Gladwell
    26 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
     
  • The Meaning of Entrepreneurship

    Max Gladwell
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    What the topic of entrepreneurship means for this particular conversation Entrepreneurs are as varied as the types of businesses one can build. These can range from local restaurants to publicly traded technology conglomerates. They can be for-profit or nonprofit ventures. They can be corporations, LLCs, or sole proprietorships. Which is to say that entrepreneurship is a broad topic, and broad topics are tough to cover in any depth. So we’ll take this opportunity to narrow it down by describing the type of entrepreneurship we’ll explore. As a working definition, we mean…
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • 4 Ways to Support the Children in Crisis at the Border

    Katy
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    image care of Save the Children I have watched helplessly as the news has come in about the thousands of children coming into the country from Central America. First, I was astounded– no one was talking about it. Children were coming alone, thousands of miles, into our country, and there was very little news other than a cursory mention or two. How different would this be if the children were from Europe? If the children who needed help were American? As the wealthiest nation on the planet– we had children coming into our country without anyone helping them, looking out for their…
  • Legos, Shell, Dirty Fuel, and Marketing to Children

    Katy
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    What do Lego toys and the Shell oil company have in common? 16 million Lego toys have been sold with Shell oil printed on the side, with the Ferrari model collection valued at $116 million. This is the result of a robust campaign by Shell to clean up their image by partnering with Legos to promote their brand.  Why do they need their image cleaned up? Well, here are a few reasons: they were banned from drilling in the Arctic because of accidents, oil spills, faulty equipment and shortcuts that harm this fragile environment want climate denial curriculum taught in schools sold off renewable…
  • Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer with ENERGY STAR

    Katy
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    (Here is an important and timely guest post from our friends at EPA’s Energy Star! You can keep cool and save energy. Happy summer, Non-Toxic Kids readers!) Even when the temperature goes up, your utility bills can still stay low. With help from ENERGY STAR you can keep your cool, tame those bills, and help fight climate change. The secret is to keep your cooling system from working too hard. Discover these Top 5 Ways to Chill Out with ENERGY STAR, so that you and your cooling system can both enjoy the summer! Find out more at www.energystar.gov/cooling. 1. Keep the heat out Take…
  • Toxic Free Car Seats (a much needed study!)

    Katy
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    One of my most visited posts is about the toxic flame retardant chemicals in car seats. Parents want to know the safest brands and models to buy. This is very hard to keep track of since models and material use among companies is always changing. Non-Toxic readers send me questions asking about updates to car seat information. This is hard to find…unless… read below! The life cycle of chemicals have a big impact on the life cycle of your child, and toxics, like lead and brominated flame retardants, are persistent in products our families use everyday. Despite the concerns of major…
  • Goodbye, #EcoTipTue (join us tomorrow for the last one)!

    Katy
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:11 am
    It has been quite a ride. For a full year I have hosted MomsRising’s #EcoTipTue Twitter chat on environmental health, toxics, education, and natural living.  I have interviewed hundreds of expert guests, had so many insightful, hilarious, inspiring, and informative interactions with literally millions of people. I am honored to have been the host of this weekly chat. Tonight will be the last official #EcoTipTue weekly Twitter chat! We will have guests Safer Chemicals to discuss the toxic chemicals found in Walgreens products and what we can do about it. It’s at 9pm EST/6pm PST.
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • Extend the Growing Season Into Fall & Winter

    Tiffany
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    No matter where you live, there are crops and gardening techniques that allow you to enjoy homegrown produce year round.  Sure you can go to just about any supermarket, even in the dead of winter and buy all sorts of vegetables, but they won’t be as good as what comes right out of your own garden. […]
  • What You Need to Know Before You Buy Sunscreen

    Tiffany
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Over the years we have had it drilled into our brains that too much sun exposure is bad for us. Sun bathing? Bad, gives you cancer. Tanning? Way bad, gives you cancer and makes you look like a saddle bag by the time you are 30. We have also heard throughout our lives that that the best […]
  • Healthy Snacking With OneBar

    Tiffany
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Attn: Giveaway at the bottom of this post! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of OneBar. I am not a big fresh fruit eater. I just don’t usually care to grab an apple or an orange, or any fruit really to snack on. Maybe occasionally I might grab a banana or a […]
  • Changing The Way Kids Play

    Tiffany
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This is a guest post from Aby Nicole League Children, it seems, are losing childhood. It’s a story I hear too often from my friends. Much to my surprise, this story has been passed to me and now that I’m months away from my firstborn, I’m quite feeling the pressure of juggling things perfectly to raise […]
  • Small Scale Aquaponics – Growing Greens With a Fish Tank

    Tiffany
    29 May 2014 | 8:20 am
    One of the biggest hopes you can have as a mom and an environmentalist is that your kids will want to take up your causes as they grow and mature. I could not be prouder of my oldest child (nearly 14) as he grows into a stellar young man. He is kind, empathetic, smart, a great cook […]
 
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Seeing the Forest for the Cars

    Mindful Echo
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Mindful Echo takes a hike.Hiking is one of my favourite pastimes. I love being able to escape into the trees for a while and just exist amongst the leaves, and dirt, and rocks, and water, and wind, and ... decomposing cars?It's so confusing to me when I see this type of thing on a trail in the middle of nowhere. I have so many questions: Where did it come from? How long has it been there? And perhaps most importantly, how long is it going to be there?I think it's a bit of a jolt back to reality to remember just how long all our human-made, manufactured items stay with us. Although by the same…
  • Easy Food Preservation

    Amber Strocel
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Climate Crusader shares her tips for storing the summer bounty without breaking a sweat.Local eating is pretty mainstream these days - so mainstream, in fact, that many big corporations are trying to cash in. In spite of the greenwashing out there (I saw a McDonald's truck boasting that their potatoes were "grown right here in Canada"), reducing your food miles is a great way to go green. When you eat locally you're reducing your carbon footprint and supporting local farmers. You're also enjoying fresher food, which is more nutritious and tastier to boot.At this time of year it's easy to…
  • The Benefits of Bolting

    Christy
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Queen Composter shares reasons to leave edible plants go to seed.We are approaching the dog days of summer and in the heat many vegetables are starting to flower. I am always surprised when I see people pulling up all their plants that have bolted, to make way for new plants. Of course once some plants have bolted their greens are bitter to taste and we need to remove them so that we can have a continuous supply of plants to eat. But those plants that have flowered are great for the garden. I would like to make an argument for intentionally letting some vegetables flower and go to seed.Seed…
  • 5 Steps to Natural Pest Control

    Green Bean
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    From the bean, and dirty hands, of Green Bean.1) Healthy SoilTwo years ago, a friend and I attended an edible garden tour.  Each garden we visited so lush, so healthy and each had the same underlying theme - long time gardeners, amending the soil year after year.  We have only been in our current yard for four years but got a jump start the first year with sheet mulch.  (Learn about sheet mulching here.) In addition, I have always composted but last year, I got serious.  We built a three bin compost system and celebrated one year later with this black gold!Finally, mulch…
  • Dealing with Mosquitos: I Need Some Help!

    Eco Yogini
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Our first summer in our gorgeous new (to us) yard, with a babbling brook, trees, flowers and birds.... and mosquitos. Lots and lots of mosquitos.Two weeks ago I discovered that I am allergic to mosquito bites. Not just, oh they swell a bit or look a bit more red and itch, but like each bite swells the diameter of two to three twonies (or a baseball for non-Canadians ;) ), hurts like I don't know what, leaves bruising for weeks afterwards and looks disgusting.(The bite the day after being bitten. It's like an extra head is trying to grow out of my arm...)I've always been sensitive to mosquito…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Let Your Pet Play Hard but Stay Cool

    Haley
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Let your pet play hard but stay cool this summer! Living in Northern Michigan I have to admit, I am a bit of a hermit, until summer hits. Now that longer and warmer days have arrived I can enjoy the great outdoors. I have a family of 6, which includes my husband, 1 kid, 3 dogs and myself. This is the time of year that Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Let Your Pet Play Hard but Stay Cool The post Let Your Pet Play Hard but Stay Cool appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Let it Go and Enjoy the Summer Day

    greenandcleanmom
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    My house is so quiet and calm. I’m sure I have something to do. Something to clean, fold or scrub. There’s a drawer to organize, a cobweb to dust and a dish to put away. I’m sure there’s a bill to pay, a plant to water and plenty of files to file. There’s always something to do. Instead I’m pounding away on my keyboard. The Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Let it Go and Enjoy the Summer Day The post Let it Go and Enjoy the Summer Day appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Kettlepop a Healthy Low Calorie Organic Snack

    greenandcleanmom
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Each day I pack a morning and afternoon snack for my kids at summer day camp. When they come home and tell me to pack something again, I know I’ve hit a homerun. My kids can be picky and when they’re at camp they get hungry and they want snacks they love. This can be challenging because they want junk food and I want healthy Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Kettlepop a Healthy Low Calorie Organic Snack The post Kettlepop a Healthy Low Calorie Organic Snack appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Rice for Lunch in Just 1 Minute

    greenandcleanmom
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Rice for lunch in just 1 minute? Sign me up! I’m rice fan. I’ve always liked rice and remember my mom making canned tomato soup with rice on rainy days with grilled cheese. I loved, loved, and loved that meal. I actually still do but now I attempt to make my own homemade tomato soup. I like to make rice with spicy sausage, add different Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Rice for Lunch in Just 1 Minute The post Rice for Lunch in Just 1 Minute appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Funniest Pet Contest and Our Betta Fish Phil

    greenandcleanmom
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Not too long ago my son bought himself a Betta fish. He was so proud and excited. Of course, I had to clean Gilbert’s tank (that’s what he named his new pet) and Betta fish jump or they can jump. Gilbert jumped out of the Rubbermaid bowl while his tank was being cleaned and he died. It was tragic because I didn’t see it; I Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Funniest Pet Contest and Our Betta Fish Phil The post Funniest Pet Contest and Our Betta Fish Phil appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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    GreenStyleMom

  • To Do List 7.13.14

    Greenstylemom
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Last week's progress... I feel like I should get partial credit for a few to-do's that I at least attempted...Finish quilting baby quiltCut off old jeans and stitch edges (not absolutely sure I want to stitch edges...)Put away Fourth of July decorationsClean out pantryHang art in family roomBox up Zappos returnDrop off Zappos return box at UPSHang clock in mountain home (ran into a design snafu...)Spray paint little skier statueHang art in guest roomMake daily to do list for kidsReturns to Banana Republic & DSWSchedule horse back riding trail ride for Kate and meLibrary…
  • Good Weekend

    Greenstylemom
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Nice weekend in the mountains! Hiked to Mohawk Lake on Saturday afternoon. Haven't been on this trail for a couple years. Then had an outdoor viewing of Back to the Future with our mountain neighbors. Pretty fun on a cool night when you are bundled under comforters!Continental FallsKate & I posingPotential Christmas card photo?Snow fields!Lower Mohawk Lake
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    Greenstylemom
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
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  • To Do List 7.6.14

    Greenstylemom
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Thought I might get back to my To Do list, because it makes me feel somewhat accountable if I put it out on my blog. So here is what I want/need to get accomplished this week (in addition, of course, to all the normal family to do's).Finish quilting baby quiltCut off old jeans and stitch edgesPut away Fourth of July decorationsClean out pantryHang art in family roomBox up Zappos returnDrop off Zappos return box at UPSHang clock in mountain homeSpray paint little skier statueHang art in guest roomMake daily to do list for kidsReturns to Banana Republic & DSWSchedule horse back riding trail…
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    I know I've said it before, but I'm always so happy with a baby in my arms- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
 
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    Green Talk®

  • Natural Weed Killers. Learn What Works.

    Anna@Green Talk
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    I hate weeds.  You think you got them all and then suddenly, there is twice as many as you previously picked.  It’s maddening.  But the worse weeding is removing ones that are stuck between the itty bitty cracks of pavement, pavers, and sidewalks.  Crabgrass and dandelions adore these spaces.  Instead of cursing them, banish them using some nontoxic methods. Natural Weed Removal Methods that haven’t worked for me: 1.  Boiling water:  How many of you have seen the “throw” boiling water on your weeds idea?  I have tried this idea.  Perennial weeds just laugh at…
  • Low Flow Faucets Can Change the World

    Anna@Green Talk
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Even though we all still need to brush our teeth, flush the toilet and take showers, California is in the throes of an historic drought that makes every drop of water precious. You can do your part to conserve our water supplies – not to mention save money — with some simple changes in your home, starting with changing your bath and kitchen fixtures to low flow water saving ones. Low flow faucets and showerheads can cut water usage by as much as 40% with little noticeable difference to the person who is washing up. High-efficiency toilets perform well and can significantly reduce your…
  • Prevent Squash Vine Borers from Killing Your Squash & Pumpkins

    Anna@Green Talk
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    June is the beginning of summer, kids get out of school, and graduations.  For gardeners it is the beginning of squash vine borer season.  Yes, the dreaded squash vine borer that can decimate your pumpkin and squash crop with a blink of an eye.   In fact last year, I think the borer also attacked my melon plants . The best way to avoid these bugs is with a good offense.  Listed below are preventative tips to catch those buggers before they eat you out of house and pumpkin. The borer usually appears in late spring but check with your agricultural extension when to be on the outlook for…
  • Square Foot Gardening Layout so Easy with the Seed Square!

    Anna@Green Talk
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    Gardening is incredibly enjoyable but it takes a lot of work.  One of the reasons I  converted to a square foot gardener was this method increased yields and reduced weeding.  However, laying out the grids and planting easily 300 seeds in an 8 by 4 foot bed is back breaking and time consuming.   Jennifer and Karl Pratt developed the seed square  which helps to plant seeds faster.  When I saw it, I jumped with glee. Watch the video below. Square Foot Gardening Layout Is So Easy! When you plant using the square foot gardening method, sometimes you plant 9 or more seeds in a 12 by 12…
  • Reuse or Recycle Food Storage Bags Rather than Trash Them.

    Anna@Green Talk
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    While I was taking a picture of Hubs recycling my Ziploc® brands bags at a big box store, someone approached me and asked what was I doing.   Was I in trouble (said my inner four year old?)  I guess it just seemed a little odd.  As I explained that I was writing a post about how you can recycle your food storage bags, she squealed with glee.   “I had no idea I could recycle lunch and food bags!” she explained.  I bet you didn’t know either. But recycling  is only one way to keep plastic food storage bags out of  landfills and waterways.  Read on to learn ways to…
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  • Tweet #shopcartons to Save Trees This Month

    Micaela
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
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  • Say Hello to La Mav Organic Skin Care {Giveaway}

    Micaela
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
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  • How to Stay Healthy During a Remodel

    Micaela
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
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  • Best Allergy Friendly Flowers for Your Garden #HealthierHome

    Micaela
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
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  • 4 Recipes for Cleaning from Scratch {Giveaway!}

    Micaela
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida

    Alice Benny
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Going Green Vacation – Four years ago, my aunt gave my sons tee shirts from Venice Beach in Florida. She told them all about the shark teeth to be found right on the beach there. Another friend saw them wear the shirts and also raved about the shark teeth hunting and beautiful beaches. From then… Read more The post Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget

    Alice Benny
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    Islands to Visit on Budget: The Caribbean region, comprising of more than 700, breath-taking beautiful islands is a haven for sore eyes and enthusiastic travelers. As some say, the islands are enough in number for you to take annual holidays on a different island each year. From serene beaches to white, pristine sands to exotic… Read more The post Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Best Things to Do In Chicago You Cannot Miss

    Greg Head
    7 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The City of Chicago is an amazing tourist destination filled with extensive parklands, a variety of tourist attractions, diverse neighborhoods, and fresh water. It is a multicultural city and is recognized as a passionate sports town within the United States. Chicago offers safety and security to its citizens along with affordable housing and a great… Read more The post 5 Best Things to Do In Chicago You Cannot Miss appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Enjoying Long Journeys: 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps

    Alice Benny
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Bags packed- Check, travel guide and documents- Check, Smart phone-Double Check!! Cruisers Apps – Triple Check!!! Long journeys can be thrilling but if there is no other distraction, such trips can be extremely boring. Here are ten exciting Apps essential for travelling. and cruisers apps. You can also check out our list of 10 Awesome Green iPhone… Read more The post Enjoying Long Journeys: 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Recycling Facts for Kids and its Significance

    Alice Benny
    1 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Some fun recycling facts for kids can comprehensively describe the growing need and importance of recycling. The younger generation needs to understand the significance of saving and protecting their environment, their home, their planet. One can only hope they do a better job than ‘us grown adults’ in taking things more seriously while growing up.… Read more The post Recycling Facts for Kids and its Significance appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Walmart Donates $15M to Fight Childhood Hunger, and You can help!

    Monica Brady
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Summer time can be a very busy time for a lot of people. Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that work is out for a lot of parents, or that sports stop… but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on quality family time. Eating family meals together is very important for several reasons. Research shows that when families eat dinner together, they are more likely to eat more vegetables and fruits — and fewer fried foods, soda, and foods with trans fats  Besides promoting better nutrition, you also get to have some good conversation, and really show your…
  • DIY – Independence Day Door Wreath

    Monica Brady
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I know, I’ve been making a lot of wreaths lately, but I can’t help it!! They’re so pretty! I have loved making wreaths for different holidays, and I knew exactly how I wanted my Independence Day wreath to look. The nice thing is that this wreath will work for anytime, not just Independence Day! It’s very easy to make, and looks awesome on the door. Here’s what you need: 18″ Grapevine Wreath 12″x18″ US Flag Red, White & Blue artificial flowers Glue Gun & Glue Sticks How you make it: 1. Trim all of the stems from the flowers. I leave about…
  • Michael’s Passport to Imagination Program

    Monica Brady
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Summer is here, and goodness knows, I need to find things to keep my girls busy! They get bored very easily, and one thing I do not want, is for them to sit in front of the TV, or on their tablets all day during the Summer. Sure, I’ve signed them up for a couple of week long Summer Day Camps, but, those can get quite expensive. Michael’s Stores have a really neat program for kids ages 5 and up, called the Passport to Imagination. From June 16 to Aug. 1, Michaels stores nationwide will host Passport to Imagination classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Rayovac- Proudly Made in the USA

    Monica Brady
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    There are products we like, and there are products that we LOVE.. Rayovac is one of those products that we love… Not only are they reasonably priced, and reliable… but they are MADE IN THE USA!!!! Every year about this time, we stock up on Rayovac alkaline batteries of all sizes, for a few reasons. One… It’s the beginning of our Hurricane season… We have to have enough flashlights, a radio, and batteries to cover us in the event of a power outage. But also because, Summer time means lots of out doors time! Evenings become one of our favorite times to sit out and…
  • Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Dental Whitening Kit

    Monica Brady
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:20 am
    I have been very blessed to have pretty darn excellent teeth. I never needed braces, and my teeth have always seemed pretty white. I am very self conscious about my smile, and want it to look the best that it can. While I don’t smoke, I do drink red wine, and coffee, and have heard that it can stain my teeth. I’ve never used whitening treatments, either professional or at home, but have always been curious, so when Walmart gave me the chance to try out the new Crest 3D White Whitestrips, I had to jump at the chance. So the concept is simple. Each packet comes with one upper and…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Home Canning: Putting Food By the Old-Fashioned Way

    Veshengro
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    We looked to our readers to find out why home canning is experiencing a modern revival. Their answer: Canning produces flavorful, high-quality food that saves money, builds self-reliance and creates lifelong memories. We’ve compiled everything you need to start canning, including a list of recommended how-to and recipe books, places to find your supplies, a list of our favorite canning products from Etsy, and even an app or two. Find it all in our Home Canning Guide It’s Saturday morning and you’ve just popped out your back door, your bare feet making an impression in warm dirt. You…
  • Homemade Sawbuck for Cutting Firewood

    Veshengro
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Use this portable homemade sawbuck for securing logs to be cut into firewood. Sawbucks are devices for holding logs or branches that are being cut into firewood. They make the task safer and more efficient. I live on a city lot and needed a sawbuck that could fold up and store in a limited amount of space. I built it from salvaged 2-by-4s and scraps of plywood or particleboard. It can be made any size, depending upon your need. This “mini-buck” stands only 20 inches high and has two sets of legs. The plywood is first glued to the legs with construction adhesive, then screwed, nailed or…
  • Eat Your Weeds! The Best Edible Weeds

    Veshengro
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Easy-growing weeds are surprisingly tasty and packed with nutrients. Long used as cleansing tonics, easy-to-find spring weeds are rich in vitamins and minerals. Local weeds’ leaves, flowers and roots make yummy additions to salads, soups and other dishes. If you’re collecting weeds in the wild, be certain you are foraging from a location free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Proper identification is essential; invest in a great guide like A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants or seek out a local herbalist or botanist to take you on a “weed walk.” Otherwise, you can grow weeds…
  • A growing appetite for local food sends us back to our root cellars

    Veshengro
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    Tucked in a grassy ridge cutting across the Small Family CSA Farm in La Farge, Wis., is a refrigerator so efficient it requires not a single watt of electricity, yet it can keep some crops chilly for months. It’s not some high-tech, Swedish-designed, solar-powered cooling unit. Just a good old-fashioned root cellar, kept cool through the summer months, and above freezing in the winter, by the soil surrounding it. Shunning hulking and energy wasting refrigerated cold storage, Jillian and Adam Varney four years ago chose to build this two-room cellar for $10,000. Over time, like solar panels,…
  • Building Garden Soil With Wood Mulch

    Veshengro
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    In the short term (two years), wood mulch can potentially lower soil fertility, but in the long term their value in building garden soil is beyond question. Most organic gardeners find that following nature’s patterns serves them well. When it comes to building richer soil, nature’s plan relies heavily on trees — fallen limbs, leaves, cones, seeds and, eventually, the massive trunks. Adapting this plan for building garden soil by using a wood mulch — such as wood chips, sawdust or other woody residues — is a strategy that promises huge, long-term returns. Field studies dating back…
 
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  • Is Self-Sufficiency Just a Dream in the Modern World?

    Guest
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Are you preparing for the zombie apocalypse? I’m kidding about the zombies, of course, but one part of the question is valid. Are you prepared to be completely self-sufficient should the need arise? If the world’s infrastructure suddenly collapsed and we were all left to fend for ourselves, most of us would be in big trouble. For […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Is Self-Sufficiency Just a Dream in the Modern World?
  • Happy Earth Day. Now Do Something for Her.

    jennae
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    As a blogger who focuses largely on sustainability here and who weaves it into Green & Gorgeous as often as possible, I talk and think about sustainability often. As a result, I tend to neglect Earth Day, because I try to be mindful of the Earth every day. But in the future, I’m going to do […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Happy Earth Day. Now Do Something for Her.
  • Homey Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom

    jennae
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Have you thought about what you’re giving the mom (or moms) on your list? If you’re like most people, it probably involves flowers and a card. Those are great, especially if the flowers are organic, but I typically like to give more personal gifts that reflect moms true interests. Uncommon […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Homey Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom
  • We’ve Finally Finished Our Eco-Friendly Shared Nursery

    jennae
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    So, my baby girl is 11 weeks old today. That means this post has been at least 12 weeks coming. I really wanted to share it before she was born, but since she surprised me and came 3 weeks early, the nursery wasn’t quite done. And since she’s been sleeping in her co-sleeper in the […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.We’ve Finally Finished Our Eco-Friendly Shared Nursery
  • Join Seventh Generation’s Fight Against Toxic Chemicals

    jennae
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I’ve been blogging about green living since 2008 — which feels almost like a lifetime. Since then, so many of our habits as a family have changed, and we have become much more mindful of the things we put in and on our bodies. As a mom, I am particularly mindful of the things I […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Join Seventh Generation’s Fight Against Toxic Chemicals
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  • Cabin in the Woods is Supported by Salvaged Tree Forks

    Christine Walsh
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    This modern cabin was built in Victoria, AU’s Central Highlands region built by Paul Morgan Architects. It is called Trunk House, due to the fact that its structural framework is made of tree forks, which is a part of the tree usually discarded by the commercial logging industry. The rest of the cabin is also made of wood harvested from the building site. Trunk House is located in a forest of Stringybark trees. The initial idea of the architects was to somehow also incorporate sheep and kangaroo bones into the structure, since these can easily be found on nearby farmland and forests, but…
  • A Super Portable Solar Charger

    Christine Walsh
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    When traveling to remote areas, charging your phone or tablet can be quite a hassle. But the portable solar charger SunJack, which was created by Harold Tan, can make this problem go away. The solar charger is also a great emergency kit addition for off-the-grid travel. SunJack is very portable, as it folds up to the size of an iPad. The creator will also be donating a part of the sales to help give the villagers in Papua New Guinea healthy, access to non-toxic lighting, since in these areas the people still use lighting that is quite hazardous. The SunJack solar charger is available in two…
  • Honda Smart House US Ready For Testing

    Christine Walsh
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    The Honda Smart House US has recently been constructed on campus at the University of California (UC), Davis. The house will serve as a test for an off-the-grid living space of the future. Homes and cars are responsible for about 44% of all the greenhouse gases emitted in the US, and in constructing the house, the designers of The Honda Smart House aimed to try and find a way to neutralize these emissions. The house also generates enough solar energy to power both car and home, with a little left over to feed back into the grid. The Honda Smart Home US is run by the company’s home…
  • General Motors to Help Build a Shipping Container Home in Detroit

    Christine Walsh
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    The GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is joining forces with the non-profit Michigan Urban Farming Initiative to build a homestead out of shipping containers. They plan to turn a shipping container into a sustainable home that will also come with a plot of farming land to cultivate. The home will be designed by TAKD Design and built by the Integrity Building Group of Detroit. The shipping container they will use to build this home was donated by the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. It measures 40 feet by 10 feet, which will yield 320 square feet of living space that will be taken up by 2…
  • A Possible Skyscraper of the Future

    Christine Walsh
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    The world is becoming overcrowded, and it is estimated that by 2040 the population of NYC will grow by another million. This is definitely a problem that needs solving, which is why Metropolis Mag launched the ‘Living Cities’ design competition. The aim of the competition was for designers and architects to propose plans for a residential tower of 30 to 40 stories. The designs also required the use of an innovative structural steel system. Sustainability, multi-use strategies, lifestyle amenities, and multi-generational design were also required to be a part of the proposal. The…
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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • Europe To Build Only 192 GW of Wind Power Capacity by 2020

    Alex Morales, Bloomberg News
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Falling power demand and an economic slump in Europe prompted the region’s wind-turbine industry group to cut its forecast for installations through 2020.
  • Solar Energy ‘Lighting Up’ Professional Sports

    Rhone Resch
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, “We believe it
  • Community Solar Gardens Sprout from Contaminated Sites

    Emily Hois
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Shiny solar electric panels will soon be constructed where redwood barrels once cured 5,000 tons of pickles. The former Dreher Pickle plant, which operated from 1921 to 1988 in Fort Collins, Colo. will be revitalized by community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to produce renewable energy for local residents. Railroad tracks dissect t
  • ABB Hit by Wind, Solar Charges for Third Consecutive Quarter

    Patrick Winters, Bloomberg News
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    ABB Ltd. earnings dropped for a third consecutive quarter, missing analyst estimates, amid mounting charges at the unit for offshore wind and solar projects.
  • “Mom, My School Bus Is a Peaking Power Plant” and Other Things We Didn’t Say When We Were Kids

    Paul Bundschuh, Ideal Power and Russell Ristau, Coritech Services
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    It is amazing that we get to see things we never thought were possible within our lifetime. The smartphone is a great example — who could imagine that we’d have technology more advanced than what we saw on Star Trek as a kid?
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • One Home, Two Purple Hearts

    tparsons
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Honoring military families for their service and sacrifice “We’re not really used to being the recipients of service from someone else,” said U.S. veteran Todd Shaw. “We’re used to being the ones lending a hand.” Todd and his wife Cathrine have devoted their lives to serving their country and their community. “We both come from military families,” Cathrine explained. “Todd’s family goes back a while, but mine has had someone in the armed service going all the way back to the Revolutionary War.” Todd and Cathrine are both members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
  • Rebuilding Together and Philips Work to Repair Homes, Community Centers and Provide Energy Efficient Upgrades Across U.S.

    tparsons
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:57 am
    WASHINGTON, DC- June 19, 2014-  In an effort to make communities safer, healthier, and more environmentally aware, Rebuilding Together and Philips are partnering to host six large volunteer projects across the country this summer and fall. As part of these projects, hundreds of volunteers will provide critical repairs and renovations to homes and community centers through the Philips Cares employee community service program. Additionally, Philips is donating its Philips LED lighting to the recipient homeowners to improve both the quality of their light and the energy efficiency in their…
  • Rebuilding Together, Lowe’s Work to Preserve Homes in the Dorchester Neighborhood

    tparsons
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    More than 80 Lowe’s Heroes employees will take part in the two-day community revitalization effort in Boston  Boston, MA, June 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, and its local Boston affiliate are teaming up with Lowe’s to provide critical repairs and renovations to two homes in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Mass.  More than 80 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from Boston-area stores will volunteer on June 11-12 to provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and other safety improvements as part of a $90,000 Lowe’s grant. These…
  • Rebuilding Together Announces $2.5 Million Donation from Lowe’s

    tparsons
    22 May 2014 | 9:37 am
    Expanded Partnership Makes More Critical Home Repairs Possible for Low-Income Homeowners Across the Country WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2014 /3BL Media/- Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, today announced a $2.5 million donation from Lowe’s to support the mission of providing critical home repairs for low-income homeowners. To kick off this year’s partnership, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers will join with community members in Nashville on May 29-31 to provide critical repairs to 15 homes and build a playground. …
  • National Healthy Homes Conference Announces Keynote Speakers

    tparsons
    1 May 2014 | 8:58 am
    Conference to address serious health and safety concerns in housing today WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan will keynote the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville May 28 through 30. Secretary Donovan is joined by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, Rebuilding Together President and CEO Charley Shimanski, and HGTV’s Jack Thomasson as plenary speakers in Nashville. Secretary Donovan will address the evidence linking health and housing while Cisneros will share his experience and expertise on…
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • The DIY Cider Press

    Steve Spence
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    We have an awesome freebie for you today! Detailed plans for building your own apple cider press. There are few drinks so satisfying as a well-made home-brewed apple cider and the process is a simple one. You simply grind the apples into a pulp that you then press to extract the sweet, flavorable juice. You can grind small batches in a blender, or buy / build a grinder for large batches. This free DIY article explains how to make an inexpensive press. Cider Press Excerpt For this project, and 24 more awesome DIY Self Sufficiency Projects: Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency 1. Cider Press…
  • Are We Freegans Now?

    Steve Spence
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    We have embarked on our journey of Freeganism. What is Freeganism you ask? Well, think of dumpster diving for food. Not actual dumpster diving (although some do) as our free waste food comes straight from the grocery store shelves. We recently connected with a source of this still quite edible (and delicious) food that is just out of date, or has some easily removed bad spots. Included in this bounty were Melons, citrus, grapes, pineapple, even kiwi and mango, as well as cucumbers, corn on the cob, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower. Other fruits and vegetables are available at times as well.
  • Mexico Aquaponics & Methane Digester Project

    Steve Spence
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    We have been asked to come to Mexico and show a village how to set up a aquaponics system to feed themselves, and set up a methane digester to provide gas for cooking and electricity. We are also setting up Black Soldier Fly Larvae Composters to produce food for the fish. We will post project details and photo’s when we return. Many projects like these fail when the designers and volunteers leave because there is no local buyin or ownership of the project. Not the case here. The local mission and villagers are the ones being taught to build and maintain their systems. They are…
  • Shake Lights, No Batteries! (DIY)

    Steve Spence
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:55 am
    Many folks have seen or used a batteryless shake light. The concept is simple: A magnet slides up and down in a tube wrapped with wire, charging a capacitor, that feeds a LED.  Well, now you can build your own. You will need a cheap flashlight, a bridge rectifier, capacitor, magnet, and some wire. A few other incidentals, but with scrounged materials, you may be able to build this for less than $10
  • Emergency Heat When The Power Goes Out

    Steve Spence
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    Our tradition has been to share what works. We have been using our Big Buddy portable propane heater for many years (7+), in our off grid home in NY, on the road in our camper (we full timed for 2 years), and even here in SC where the heating season is very short. The Ice Storm this winter left us powerless for a week, and the Big Buddy kept us warm! The Big Buddy takes 1 lb. propane canisters, and although they can be stored pretty much forever, they run out quickly when it’s really cold, and they are expensive. They can be refilled from a larger bottle (20 lb grill bottle), but we…
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    greenstrides

  • Hidden Toxins in Plants from Big-Box Retailers

    Joyce Benson
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    A report recently released by the Pesticide Research Institute and Friends of the Earth warns that, “More than half of ostensibly bee-friendly plants sampled at 18 Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart garden centers in the U.S. and Canada contained high levels of neonicotinoids (a pesticide), which are considered highly toxic to bees, butterflies and other [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • 6 Architectural Elements that Add Character and Structure to the Garden

    Joyce Benson
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Creating a sense of place, or identity, in any landscape design includes utilizing elements that fit in with the context of the site, which may be historical, cultural, environmental or geographical.  In addition, architectural features that help create or enhance the special character of a place can be functional, whimsical and/or simply beautiful. To keep [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Nesting Materials For The Birds

    Joyce Benson
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    While taking a little time to stop and smell the roses this spring, you may notice the intricate handiwork of birds building their nests. It’s amazing what these instinctive architects can create with found materials.  While an ideal environment provides them with the right building materials, we can also lend a helping hand by providing [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Topiary Gardens Take a Giant Leap

    Joyce Benson
    29 May 2014 | 6:42 am
    They’re whimsical and imaginative, artful and sculptural…topiary gardens take many shapes and sizes.  The precisely sheared shrubs and trees seem to come to life.  Recently though, topiary gardening has morphed into something even more magical:  Mosaiculture.  These public works of horticultural art, often several stories high, encompass wire frames that act as colossal planters filled [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Best Blooming Native Trees

    Joyce Benson
    15 May 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Trees have so many benefits, from providing shade to intercepting rain water, but some have additional appeal–they put on a lovely flowering show for us each spring.  Native trees have especially great value in our landscapes, as they provide food and habitat for song birds, butterflies and other wildlife.  Native plants are also well adapted [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
 
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    Cooking Up a Story

  • Our Growing Collection of Wine Videos

    Cooking Up a Story
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • Frikeh, Freekeh, Fereek: Green Wheat Wonder (video)

    Cooking Up a Story
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • How to Make Sorrel Soup

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    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Wes Jackson Speaks Out for Sustainability

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    26 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
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    WeHeartWorld

  • India is planting over 2 billion trees along its 62,137 miles of highways

    Cactus Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Jadav Payeng, the Indian man who single-handedly planted up 1,360 acres of forest, may soon have some competition on his hands, or allies, depending on which way you want to look at it. There’s a new afforestation initiative from India’s Rural Development Ministry that aims to plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s 62,137 miles of highways. Basically, the idea is to both combat rural poverty and youth unemployment while also improving the environment and helping to clean up India’s chronic air pollution, and this plan cannot come soon enough. Not only does India have a…
  • Albuquerque, the hidden gem of the American West

    Alfie Joshua
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The United States is arguably one of the most, if not THE most, environmentally diverse and beautiful countries on the planet, and its cities are equally so. However, most people look to regions like the Piedmont, Appalachia, or the Pacific Northwest for beautiful cities while those in more arid areas tend to be ignored. Albuquerque is one of those cities. When most people think about Albuquerque, they think about boring deserts and meth, you can thank Breaking Bad for the latter. The New Mexican city is so much more than that though, and it’s a shame that so many people overlook it. Here…
  • ACs are making Phoenix hotter, which makes people want more ACs

    Mercedes Hart
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Researchers have identified a way in which city-dwellers are inadvertently stoking up the heat of the night… by installing air conditioners. Because the cities are getting hotter as the climate changes, residents are increasingly investing in air conditioning systems, which discharge heat from offices and apartment blocks straight into the city air. And the vicious circle effect is that cities get still warmer, making air conditioning all the more attractive to residents. In fact, a new study shows that the first transaction is not a wash at all. The air conditioning actually is heating up…
  • Helsinki wants to render privately-owned vehicles obsolete

    Alfie Joshua
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When it comes to urban transport, you’d be hard pressed to find a system plan that’s both ambitious and realistic. Whether it be the cost, the viability, the necessity, or the opinion of local residents, ambitious urban transport systems have the tendency to die in the womb, or fail to meet their original goal. Undeterred by this, the government of Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is undertaking one of the most ambitious urban transport plans in recent memory, and it intends to see it through to the end. The goal of this plan? To render personally-owned cars completely obsolete by the…
  • Tesla has unveiled the $35,000 Model III electric vehicle

    Jesseb Shiloh
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Tesla Motors is bringing its electric vehicles to the mass market in 2017 with the Model III. The electric vehicle will cost a mere $35,000, far less expensive than the luxury-focused Model S which generally goes for around $80,000 to $90,000. If the Model III is anywhere close to the quality of its previous automobiles, automakers like BMW and Mercedes should be very concerned. One of the biggest obstacles that electric vehicles face is their range. Tesla has generally rendered this a non-issue with its previous cars, something that it intends to do again with the Model III. Tesla’s CEO,…
 
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    Green Cotton Blog

  • An Autumn -Winter Inspired Living Room Décor Theme

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

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

    bb846174
    1 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    The modern, minimalistic and antique home designs are all quite bold and leave a very heavy impact on the room. Believe it or not, the more design elements you bring in the room, the heavier would the room appear. Therefore, you must also look forward to some light themes for your house. Going cottage would definitely be a great relief to the eyes. This kind of furniture and home decoration themes are really light in color and they provide as much calmness and serenity as does a modern spacious home design. The best thing about this kind of décor is that you always feel an open and airy…
  • Find A Green Spa Bathroom At Home

    bb846174
    22 Feb 2014 | 11:11 am
    If you love great home designs, then you definitely can’t ignore the bathroom. This is one of the most beautiful and sacred spaces in your house and if you really want some kind of great home décor, then you must first start thinking about your bathroom. The hottest color of this season is the most soothing as well. This color is green. The color has been able to make headlines this year and it is expected that it would continue to influence home designs for the next couple of years as well. The best thing about the green hue is that it is very relaxing and comforting. These qualities…
  • Friends Of Green-Color Combos We Like The Most

    bb846174
    9 Jan 2014 | 11:09 am
    Green is one of the best and the most versatile colors that can be used in home decoration. The color is so beautiful and attractive, that you can use it in every room of your house with ease. There are absolutely no issues regarding the dearth of shades. When it comes to green, you can get an innumerable number of shades that match with every single color in existence. As a result, you are always left with plenty of options to choose from. Moreover, you are always able to get the right kind of effect when used with other colors. This might also confuse you at times. Green looks great with…
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    INHABITAT

  • Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague

    Kristine Lofgren
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    You might have thought that the bubonic plague was ancient history, but last week a man in Yumen, China died of the disease, prompting the country to seal off an entire city in order to stop it from spreading. The man contracted the disease after coming in contact with a dead marmot that was carrying the virus. Now, about 30,000 people in Yumen have been placed under quarantine and no one is being let in or out of the city. Read the rest of Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: black plague, black plague cases,…
  • Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows Them Whole

    Ross Brooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Read the rest of Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows Them Whole Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abandoned houses, alien home, Bob Lee, Cape Romano Dome Home, futuristic home, Janet Maples, Kristian Maples, Mila Bridger, rising sea levels, space-age house
  • INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on How to Embrace Rising Sea Levels

    Bridgette Meinhold
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Sea levels are rising, floods are prevalent, and cities are at greater risk than ever due to climate change. Now that we’ve accepted these facts, it’s time to design and build more resilient structures. Koen Olthuis, one of the most forward-thinking and innovative architects out there, has a solution for rising sea levels. His solution: Embrace the water by incorporating it into our cities; creating resilient buildings and infrastructure that can handle extreme flooding, heavy rains, and higher water. Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio.nl have been showing coastal communities the…
  • World’s First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK

    Colin Payne
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Proving that there’s life beyond the dumpster for wasted food, a U.K. store just became the first in the country to be totally powered by leftovers. The Guardian reports that a Sainsbury’s store in the West Midlands of the U.K. is set to leave the national power grid in favor of food power created through the anaerobic digestion of food scraps – via a partnership with waste recycling company Biffa. Read the rest of World’s First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative, anaerobic, bio, digestion,…
  • Levi’s Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

    Beverley Mitchell
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Read the rest of Levi’s Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold Certification as New Construction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bay area, California, football, hntb, leed certification, LEED gold certification, Levi's Stadium, San Francisco, San Francisco 49ers, santa clara, Solar Power, stadium, super bowl
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    TheCityFix

  • People-oriented Cities: Mixed-use development creates social and economic benefits

    Luis Zamorano
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Mixed-use development combined with pedestrianization on Mexico City’s Calle Madero promotes sustainable, prosperous communities. Photo by Julius Reque/Flickr. The “People-oriented Cities” series – exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights – is an exploration of how cities can grow to become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part series will address different urban design techniques and trends that reorient cities around people rather than cars. Mumbai, India can be a commuter’s nightmare. Downtown sits a full ten miles from the…
  • Customers protest new women-only cars on São Paulo metro system

    Renato Lobo
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    To help increase safety for women on mass transport, cities in Latin America are requiring women-only passenger cars on metro systems. Photo by Gustavo Gomes/Flickr. Cities around the world face the challenge of creating safe public spaces for women. In Brazil, sexual assault is a prevalent problem. Alarmingly, a survey by the Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada, a major Brazilian research institute, found that 65% of respondents agreed that “women who wear clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked,” a finding that sparked considerable public response. Perceptions…
  • Congestion pricing can make Beijing a more equitable city

    Ying Wang
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Congestion pricing has the potential to pave the way for more equitable mobility in China’s cities. Photo by GuoZhongHua/Shutterstock. China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government “quick fixes” aimed at easing congestion problems in the short-term. In Beijing and other cities, these include creating numerous expressways, flyovers, and tunnels throughout the city. But this infrastructure that…
  • Friday Fun: Cinema shows the power of sustainable transport

    Zhou Jia
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Cinema has the power to influence our perceptions on sustainable transport and confront us with tough questions about the future of urban development. Photo by Tama Leaver/Flickr. Movies have the power to shape our perceptions of love, of adventure, and of growing up. More subtly, movies also have the ability to shape our perceptions of small things, like how we interpret different cities, clothing brands, and even transport – who uses transport, how they use it, and why. All of these different social norms can be expressed in just a few scenes. Here are some of TheCityFix’s favorite…
  • What does a sociological approach to safe cities reveal?: Findings from a national workshop in India

    Neha Mungekar
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    In order to make cities safer and public spaces more inviting for all, EMBARQ India studied how women perceive – and how they are perceived in – India’s urban public spaces. Photo by EMBARQ. While concerns of violence against women are not new, women’s safety in public spaces has received significant attention in India in the past two years. Cities are seeing increased demands around making public spaces safer for women, ranging from better infrastructure, effective policing, more stringent punishment for perpetrators, creating “eyes on the street,” and more. Specifically,…
 
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • Spotted: Brammo Empulse R Electric Motorcycle

    Jean-Paul
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Looks like Brammo’s new electric motorcycle is all grown up. The Empulse R is a beefy and badass looking naked sportbike, with a design reminiscent of the Ducati Monster or Streetfighter. Packed with power, it retains the title for world’s fastest electric motorcycle in serial production both riding and charging. Impressive specs showcase the progression of technology in electric motorcycles with performance similar to a twin cylinder 650cc bike. Regenerative braking and quick charging capabilities allow this motorcycle to accommodate the daily riding needs for most riders. The…
  • Your Personal Farmer – Farmscape Gardens

    Jean-Paul
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Ever wanted a personal or private garden? If you have the space, they will come… personal farmers that is. Farmscape Gardens is already in Los Angeles, and coming to San Francisco. Creating a personal food garden has never been so easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb, or think you don’t have the space. Farmscape Gardens will come to your home and create your own personal farm, right in your own yard. That’s right, professional farmers will come to you, plant and harvest your own garden, and leave the fresh greens, fruits and vegetables on your doorstep, just like…
  • A Study in Sustainable Systems – Voices of Transition Documentary Film

    Jean-Paul
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    Voices of Transition is an inspirational look at problems and solutions to the food security challenges we face as a society. A perspective into a movement from three different angles: agroforestry models in France combining orchards with diverse agricultural fields; permaculture and transition town community initiatives in England; and the abrupt, but necessary, organic farming revolution in Cuba. How can we feed ourselves in the future? What alternatives are there to industrial agriculture? How can we make the transition to a re-localized, truly resilient economic system? Voices of…
  • Local Organic Produce Delivery CSA Box

    Jean-Paul
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:47 am
    In an ever expanding world of home delivery, produce is making a comeback. It is a common occurrence here in the San Francisco Bay Area to see Amazon Fresh and Safeway delivery trucks. On top of that, there are many organic and local produce delivery services popping up in urban areas (see a previous review of SPUD delivery service), but which to choose? I happen to prefer the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) delivery programs of local organic farms, and signed up with Greenhearts Family Farm due to several factors including: Local Produce All sourced farms are within the Bay Area,…
  • Is Your Own Tap Water Cleaner than Bottled Water?

    Jean-Paul
    16 May 2014 | 1:21 pm
    It’s possible. The fact is, cities and states have regulations for water quality, unlike bottled water, which can have higher levels of arsenic, bacteria, and other contaminants*. Recent studies of bottled water commissioned by EWG* have found high levels of disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication, including 38 chemical pollutants altogether. “FDA Safety and Consumer Protections [for bottled water] Are Often Less Stringent Than Comparable EPA Protections for Tap Water” – 2009 U.S. Government Accountability Office Report (pdf) Water quality can…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature!

    Emily White
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature! Inspired by this week’s poster by Constanza Gaggero, we’ve decided to have a competition. We love her little crazy recycled creatures so we’re inviting you to get a bit silly and see who uses their rubbish the most imaginatively to create a creature of their own. All ages welcome! Take a photo of your critter and post it to facebook or twitter (@dothegreenthing) using #buylessplaymore. The competition ends on Wednesday evening (23rd July) and the winner will get a free copy of Constanza’s lovely poster. So, get creating and…
  • Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach

    katee
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach Here at Do the Green Thing we’re not massive fans of the consumer lifestyle but we’re taking you to a supermarket with a difference. The shelves of the Tru-Cost Super M-Art are lined with the morphed shapes and broken fragments of plastics found washed up on beaches in Devon and Cornwall. Quirky labels adorn the items on show, advertising Bang Tidy!!! cleaning products and Get Lucky bags: ‘A mystery selection found in less than 5 minutes’. This subversive convenience store has been set up by two Brighton based artists Lou…
  • Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas

    katee
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas An ingenious design by Ayca Dundar, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, calls for the end of useless umbrellas. How often do you see broken umbrellas lining the streets and stacked up by bins after a spot of bad weather, leading to the waste of many an unrecyclable heap of polyester and aluminium*? Well this was Ayca’s inspiration to create a sustainable umbrella that wouldn’t break at the first sight of wind and as our climate continues to change and gale force winds tear through the country more frequently, this is definitely something…
  • The Beautiful Side of Climate Change

    katee
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    The Beautiful Side of Climate Change The Guardian is currently hosting a mesmeric, absorbing piece of digital art by Lia, which allows you to create your own tornado. Although we at Do The Green Thing would like to consider ourselves, on the whole, anti-tornadoes, it is hard to deny the deific joy in creating and manipulating your own miniature weather event and watching as it spirals out of control beneath your mouse. Sadly, climate change means that extreme weather events will occur with ever-greater regularity (although the evidence on a link to tornado frequency is equivocal).
  • Luis! Ditch the Meat and Go Green

    katee
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    Luis! Ditch the Meat and Go Green Dear Luis, We were a little disappointed to see that you had failed to heed the (alarmingly prescient) advice we sent your way last year. Although fans of what you get up to with a football, we have a few concerns about your appetite. After all, we already eat too much bloody meat If only he’d listened… Our desire to see a reduction in meat consumption extends to the tender shoulders of Italian footballers flown halfway round the world.  However, we are just as saddened by you and your teammate’s predilection for a meaty barbecue. Tasty,…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature!

    Emily White
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature! Inspired by this week’s poster by Constanza Gaggero, we’ve decided to have a competition. We love her little crazy recycled creatures so we’re inviting you to get a bit silly and see who uses their rubbish the most imaginatively to create a creature of their own. All ages welcome! Take a photo of your critter and post it to facebook or twitter (@dothegreenthing) using #buylessplaymore. The competition ends on Wednesday evening (23rd July) and the winner will get a free copy of Constanza’s lovely poster. So, get creating and…
  • Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach

    katee
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach Here at Do the Green Thing we’re not massive fans of the consumer lifestyle but we’re taking you to a supermarket with a difference. The shelves of the Tru-Cost Super M-Art are lined with the morphed shapes and broken fragments of plastics found washed up on beaches in Devon and Cornwall. Quirky labels adorn the items on show, advertising Bang Tidy!!! cleaning products and Get Lucky bags: ‘A mystery selection found in less than 5 minutes’. This subversive convenience store has been set up by two Brighton based artists Lou…
  • Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas

    katee
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas An ingenious design by Ayca Dundar, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, calls for the end of useless umbrellas. How often do you see broken umbrellas lining the streets and stacked up by bins after a spot of bad weather, leading to the waste of many an unrecyclable heap of polyester and aluminium*? Well this was Ayca’s inspiration to create a sustainable umbrella that wouldn’t break at the first sight of wind and as our climate continues to change and gale force winds tear through the country more frequently, this is definitely something…
  • The Beautiful Side of Climate Change

    katee
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    The Beautiful Side of Climate Change The Guardian is currently hosting a mesmeric, absorbing piece of digital art by Lia, which allows you to create your own tornado. Although we at Do The Green Thing would like to consider ourselves, on the whole, anti-tornadoes, it is hard to deny the deific joy in creating and manipulating your own miniature weather event and watching as it spirals out of control beneath your mouse. Sadly, climate change means that extreme weather events will occur with ever-greater regularity (although the evidence on a link to tornado frequency is equivocal).
  • Luis! Ditch the Meat and Go Green

    katee
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    Luis! Ditch the Meat and Go Green Dear Luis, We were a little disappointed to see that you had failed to heed the (alarmingly prescient) advice we sent your way last year. Although fans of what you get up to with a football, we have a few concerns about your appetite. After all, we already eat too much bloody meat If only he’d listened… Our desire to see a reduction in meat consumption extends to the tender shoulders of Italian footballers flown halfway round the world.  However, we are just as saddened by you and your teammate’s predilection for a meaty barbecue. Tasty,…
 
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    Green Building Law Update

  • Lawyers' Opinions in Green Building Transactions

    Stuart Kaplow
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    We are increasingly called upon to give legal opinions that a green building is LEED certified, ‘certifiable’ or otherwise really a green building. The purpose of a legal opinion given in a commercial real estate transaction is, most simply put, to provide the recipient of the lawyer’s writing with comfort regarding specified aspects of the transaction.  One might ask why they need an opinion from a lawyer that their building is green? The best response is because in many instances their lender requires it. While legal opinions are given in a variety of commercial…
  • E-Cigarettes will be Prohibited in Future LEED Buildings

    Stuart Kaplow
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    On July 1st the U.S. Green Building Council released a change to LEED classifying electronic cigarettes as a form of tobacco smoking for the purposes of the smoking prohibitions of the LEED Environmental Quality Prerequisite 2, Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control, which is also applicable to LEED v4.  Project teams must follow rating system addenda posted before their project’s registration date. Addenda are often substantive changes to LEED content including corrections, interpretations and alternative compliance paths that may substantively change the way a given…
  • Baltimore City is Adopting the IgCC

    Stuart Kaplow
    22 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    This evening an ordinance will be introduced in the Baltimore City Council for the purpose of adopting the International Green Construction Code.  The IgCC will be adopted as an overlay in conjunction with existing building, fire and related codes and will apply when a permit is required, except the new green code will not apply to: 1 or 2 family dwellings, multiple family dwellings that contain no more than 5 units, a structure that is LEED Silver certified or higher, or a structure that is ASHRAE 189.1 compliant.   It is necessary to appreciate that Baltimore City was an…
  • Ohio Law Rolls Back Unwise Renewable Portfolio Standards

    Stuart Kaplow
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Last Friday, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 freezing the state’s renewable energy portfolio and energy efficiency requirements at 2014 levels.  Environmental activists decried the new state law by evoking apocalyptic fears of ecological collapse while characterizing renewable portfolio standards as just the type of collective sacrifice needed to avoid the end of the world. Average Ohio citizens made it clear they wanted no part of the increased monthly utility bills that Toledo Edison said would rise from $54 today to $241, if no changes were made in the 2008…
  • Demand Response Needs a Mulligan

    Stuart Kaplow
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has nullified the retail electric market Demand Response programs governed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, putting a chink in the armor of the new EPA carbon curbs.  Demand Response is defined in FERC’s Order 745 as “a reduction in the consumption of electric energy by customers from their expected consumption in response to an increase in the price of electric energy or to incentive payments designed to induce lower consumption of electric energy.” When the electric grid is near its capacity (for example, when weather…
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    Solar Drop

  • What Upfront Rebates for Residential Solar Are Left Around the States?

    Solar Fred
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Where the solar rebates are. It used to be that homeowners could receive some very generous upfront rebates that could offset 30% or more of the cost of installing a solar system. But as the price of installing solar PV has dramatically dropped over the last three years, so has the upfront rebates offered by states and utilities. In addition to the wide spread decrease in rebate funding and amounts, many programs have switched from upfront payments that defer the cost of installing to performance based incentives that pay you a certain amount for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced by your…
  • The U.S.-China Trade Case Determination and What It Means for Solar Installers and Consumers

    Solar Fred
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    A few months back, we published a post on All You Need to Know About the US-China Solar Trade Dispute and how it might affect solar installers and consumers if the case isn’t settled. Well, a preliminary decision is in. The Department of Commerce (DOC) has made a preliminary determination on June 10th in favor of SolarWorld, the German/U.S. solar panel manufacturer who filed the suit. Before we get into the penalties being proposed and finalized, we should remind readers that there are two parts to this case: Part 1: The DOC Decision A package of solar cells The first part, now in the…
  • 2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations

    Elizabeth Hill
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations   Solar panel installations have been gaining ground all around the globe as the drive for a greener world intensifies. The United States is not left out of the solar power revolution, which has also received more boosts with drop in solar panel prices. From all indications, it looks like a bigger boom in solar panel installations is on the way in 2014.   Fall in Prices   A few years back, one main argument against solar panel installation was the costs involved. Things have changed for the better as more responsible…
  • Micro Solar, a Solution for Both the Industrial and Developing Worlds

    Solar Fred
    12 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    You often hear about home solar and megawatt solar projects, but micro solar devices are also important energy sources for both the developing world and for consumers in our own industrial world. Micro solar, sometimes referred to as “pico solar,” are portable solar chargers that typically consist of a small photovoltaic panel, some type of battery, and a USB connection. Mobile devices, such as phones, tablets, lights, and laptops can juice up from either the micro solar’s battery pack or directly via the solar panel. The benefit of a small solar powered charger is also a challenge,…
  • Telemarketers Stealing GoGreenSolar.com Name

    David Tan
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Over the past two years, we have had people call or email us to complain about a company operating a Telemarketing campaign identifying themselves as “Go Green Solar” or using a name that is very similar. Please be advised that this is NOT GoGreenSolar.com. We do not, and have never done any kind of outbound telemarketing. Our business is obtained only through passive advertising and referrals from satisfied customers. We have determined that these unsolicited telemarketing calls are the work of an unscrupulous lead generation company which is using our name or something very similar to…
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    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Are you part of Chelsea Green’s growing online community? We love sharing inspirational projects that will benefit your home, community and the planet. You can find recipes, DIY projects, food and gardening tips and be the first to learn about exclusive offers, giveaways, new releases and more! And now, you can follow us on Pinterest. We’ll share everything from backyard projects to homesteading basics, as well as staff favorites and so […]The post Do you like us? Join our Online Community appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Stop Inviting Bears to Dinner

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    As conflicts between humans and black bears continue, it seems the message “Don’t feed the bears” bears repeating. Just this month, a man in Montgomery, VT was charged by the Fish & Wildlife Department for allegedly feeding bears. It was the first time that a person has been charged under a new law in Vermont that […]The post Stop Inviting Bears to Dinner appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Putting Grasslands to Work

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    This year’s annual international conference of the Savory Institute will be held in London the first week of August, and will feature two Chelsea Green authors – Courtney White (Grass, Soil, Hope) and Judith Schwartz (Cows Save the Planet) along with Joel Salatin whose books Chelsea Green distributes. The conference theme — “Putting Grasslands to […]The post Putting Grasslands to Work appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • DIY Dilly Beans: Voted “Best Snack Ever”

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    For those who love fermented foods, I now welcome you into the world of the dilly bean. If you already make your own, this recipe is killer. If you’ve yet to try it…and you’re like me, a vinegar obsessed freak on the verge of collapse every time a pickle is near, then brace yourself for […]The post DIY Dilly Beans: Voted “Best Snack Ever” appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • RECIPE: Summer Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s that time of year again…outdoor barbecues are a weekend staple, trips to the beach or pool are becoming more frequent, and cherries are ripe for the picking! Take this seasonal cue and enjoy the fresh fruit while you can with this recipe for summer cherry cornmeal cobbler from Cooking Close to Home. Authors Diane Imrie and […]The post RECIPE: Summer Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • World's largest aquatic insect has 8-inch wingspan and 'giant snake-like fangs'

    bnelson78
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The world's largest aquatic insect has been discovered in the remote mountains of China's Sichuan province, and it's terrifying. As Yahoo News reports, this monstrous beastie has a wingspan of about 8.3 inches, but most intimidating are its menacing mandibles, which have been described as "giant snake-like fangs" and look like they could easily dismember a human finger.   
  • Is Antarctica getting icier? New study sparks debate

    mnnadmin
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    As Arctic sea ice vanishes at an alarming rate, scientists have reported a surprising finding in Antarctica. There, sea ice seems to be expanding.  
  • Is rescuing ducklings from a roadway an emergency?

    lmoss
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    A New Hampshire woman who stopped in a highway median to rescue a group of ducklings was ticketed by police.   Hallie Bibeau was driving on Route 101 on Friday when she saw the ducklings on the side of the road.  
  • Bats use polarized light as a nighttime compass

    mnnadmin
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Polarized light is something people wear sunglasses to avoid, but for bats, it's actually useful, and can help them find their way.  
  • Elephants have a more powerful sense of smell than dogs and rats

    mnnadmin
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Elephants are known for their impressively long trunks, but perhaps less well known is the large number of genes that code for their sense smell.   In a study of 13 mammals, African elephants were found to be superior sniffers, possessing the largest number of genes associated with smell — five times as many as humans and more than twice that of dogs.  
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  • How to take your dog anywhere, with the help of these 6 smartphone apps

    jheimbuch
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    If you want to take your dog with you everywhere you go, there are a few resources you're going to want to have on hand to make finding dog-friendly locations fast and easy. These six apps are excellent options for locating anything from hotels to restaurants to parks, for helping you know what to do for your dog should an emergency arise, and even for finding a pet sitter for those evenings during your travels where you want to go somewhere that is humans-only.  
  • How to get comfortable in a stranger's skin

    sstevens
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Kevin Slavin, director of MIT Media Lab’s Playful Systems research group, is a fan of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. But he’s also the first to admit there’s a dark side to social media — and not one you’ve probably considered.  
  • 9 of the most interesting inventions of 2014

    kbell
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Every year, creative minds from around the globe come up with great new innovations — ideas that may make you exclaim "Why didn't I think of that?" This is a list of a few great ideas that have debuted so far in 2014. They are attention-grabbing because they are either eco-friendly or just super cool. Enjoy.     XStat
  • New mapping software takes you on the scenic route

    mnnadmin
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Most GPS mapping apps are designed to get you where you want to go quickly. But for those who seek the scenic route, experimental software being developed by Yahoo researchers promises paths that are not just efficient, but also beautiful, pleasant and emotionally stimulating.  
  • Amazon tests unlimited e-book subscription service for Kindle

    mnnadmin
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Amazon may be testing a new unlimited subscription program for Kindle e-books for $9.99 per month. This would be a direct challenge to competitors Oyster and Scribd, which offer similar programs at $9.95 and $8.99 per month, respectively.   
 
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  • 14 surprising foods that contain animal products

    lmoss
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    If you're a vegetarian or vegan, you know the obvious foods to avoid — there's no confusion about where that steak came from. But the ingredients of other foods aren't so obvious.   Food labels can be confusing or even misleading, and some foods that seem meat-free can contain hidden animal products.   Take a look at our list of foods that aren't vegetarian- or vegan-friendly.   Bagels and bread products
  • How to cook artichokes: 7 delicious recipes

    jheimbuch
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Globe artichokes are native to the Mediterranean but chances are good that the 'chokes you buy from the store are from Castroville, California. This is the self-proclaimed "Artichoke Center of the World" and three-quarters of all artichokes grown in the state are grown here. Wherever they’re grown, artichokes are an entirely underestimated vegetable. These unusual-looking bulbs of tough leaves look like nothing you’d want to consume, and yet they are actually a superfood.
  • How to make a basil gimlet

    krossiter
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    I love entertaining in the summer time. On a sunny day, the afternoon stretches out ahead of you and everyone is relaxed and happy. Other times of the year entertaining is often linked to events such as birthdays and holidays and can be stressful, but in summer you have a few friends over on a nice day, just because it's a lovely thing to do. It's casual, and having some burgers on the barbeque is a totally acceptable dinner.  
  • The health benefits of pomegranate

    jnelson
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    If you’re not familiar with pomegranate, it’s one of the oldest known fruits native to Persia. This dense, interesting-looking fruit has also been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and life — and research now backs up that pomegranate may be one of the healthiest fruits going. It also has a unique, slightly tart, slightly sweet flavor.  
  • 6-Ingredient No-Bake Almond-Pecan Date Squares (vegan)

    jheimbuch
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Take a classic road trip on America's longest highway

    joshwlew
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    An aura of history and romance surrounds famous highways like Route 66.  Modernization, as well as the pursuit of convenience and safety, have led to more four- or eight-lane highways crisscrossing the nation, like I-90, I-35 or I-94.
  • Student-designed cars race for fuel-efficiency gold

    networx
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Imagine a car that travels more than 12,000 miles per gallon! This is not a science-fiction writer's vision of fuel consumption in the far distant future. Rather, it shows the incredible achievement of the Eco-Marathon, an event that pits teams of students against one another in a competition to design and build the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible.   History
  • Re-routing flights could reduce climate impact of contrails

    bnelson78
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Air travel has officially made clear blue skies a thing of the past. It seems rare to look up these days without finding a crisscross of contrails outlining the solid blue. Even worse, scientists have found that contrails are contributing significantly to global warming by helping to trap infrared energy in the atmosphere.  
  • 'Round-the-world' Solar Impulse 2 plane takes first flight

    mnnadmin
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:29 am
    The Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft powered entirely by the sun, successfully completed its maiden voyage on June 2.  
  • Fly the germy skies: Airplane seat-back pockets have more bacteria than toilet handles

    mnnadmin
    20 May 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Concerned about germs while traveling by plane? It turns out that your seat-back pocket might actually be germier than the toilet handle, according to a new study, which also suggests that certain bacteria can linger on surfaces within airplanes for longer than a week.  
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  • 'Survive the Tribe' takes survival TV to a new level

    gmiller
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    For biologist and survival guide Hazen Audel, the best way to learn about indigenous people is to live with them and live like them, adopting their customs, diet and way of life, no matter how dangerous, difficult or bizarre they seem.
  • Getting Warped (and feeding kids at the same time)

    kbell
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    For the past nine years, I have attended one of the largest and longest-running music festivals in the world — Vans Warped Tour.  
  • 'Manhattan' marries fact and fiction to recreate the birth of the atomic bomb

    gmiller
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    In the early 1940s, some of the greatest scientific minds of the era were secretly spirited to the New Mexico desert to work on a top-secret project: the atomic bomb that would end World War II. This rarefied milieu is the setting for the WGN America series "Manhattan," which employs fictional characters — "Father of the Atomic Bomb" J. Robert Oppenheimer aside — to tell the factual story of what came to be known as the Manhattan Project.  
  • Does Harry Potter belong to J.K. Rowling or readers?

    lmoss
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final installment in J.K. Rowling's bestselling series, was released in 2007, but the fictional wizarding world continues to make headlines today.  
  • The biggest city you've never heard of

    joshwlew
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Mega-cities are usually quite famous. Iconic New York City, sprawling Los Angeles, teeming Mexico City and modern Tokyo are well-known to everyone.
 
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  • Parkour 101: Everything you need to know about the art of the movement

    sgunther
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Parkour!   Parkour is the art of moving from one place to another in a fast, fluid, efficient, and dynamic manner with nothing but the clothes on your back and the shoes on your feet — and even those are optional. Practitioners of parkour work to perfect their ability to leap, grasp, swing, roll, and stride under, over, around, and through any kind of obstacle. Though parkour is primarily practiced in urban environments, the art form is equally applicable in the woods and mountains.  
  • Beachgoers pelted with hail as storm strikes Siberia

    sgunther
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Hail is no joke.   Beachgoers in Novosibirsk, Siberia, recently found that out after dark storm clouds intruded on their summer day (temperatures were near 100 degrees Fahrenheit) and pelted them with volleys of hail. Someone happened to be filming during the "attack of the storm" and caught this on video:      
  • Lion cub life lesson No. 1: Don't get in over your head

    sgunther
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    You know you’re having a bad day when you get your head stuck in a buffalo — and the wrong end of a buffalo at that.   This video shows a poor young, eager lion cub who made the mistake of diving into the backside of a buffalo without a good exit plan. The poor little guy (or girl) is seen in the video thrashing around and appears to pass out from the lack of oxygen.  
  • Legal cannabis: The next great American industry

    sgunther
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    “Three months in the cannabis industry is like five years in any other industry.”  
  • Meet Hugh Whalan, a clean-tech entrepreneur making waves in Africa

    sgunther
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:37 am
    I first met entrepreneur Hugh Whalan back in 2010 when I learned about Energy In Common, the startup company he founded that was like Kiva, the micro-loan provider, except greener.
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  • New app delivers personalized weather forecast with attitude

    jsavedge
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    So you left your house this morning ready for that big meeting at work or a hike in the park with the kids only to have your day spoiled by an unexpected afternoon thunderstorm.  When you left this morning the weather forecast was calling for sunny skies, but your rain soaked pants beg to differ.    
  • Beat summer brain drain with summer brain gain

    jsavedge
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Ok folks, it's crunch time.  The end of the summer is near and that means that school is right around the corner.    
  • Hero cat fights off bullies to save 5-year-old

    jsavedge
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    A tabby cat name Smudge has become a national celebrity in the United Kingdom after the news hit that he saved his 5-year-old "human" from a gang of bullies. Smudge has been nominated for Hero Cat of the Year in the U.K.'s National Cat Competition, coming up next month.  
  • Teen's death prompts caffeine powder investigation

    jsavedge
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    We sure do love our caffeine in this country. All across America, the day begins with percolating coffee and steeping tea, and for many, the caffeine fix keeps coming throughout the day. We joke about our need for caffeine and treat each cup coffee, tea, or soda as if it were a lifeline.  
  • Finland supports new moms with an amazing box of baby supplies

    jsavedge
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Seventy-five years ago, Finland had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. But that rate has dropped considerably over the past several decades thanks in part to a government program that supports new moms. And it all starts with a box.  
 
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  • Couponing helps inmates transition to life after prison

    rshreeves
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    I wonder if my monthly natural and organic coupon roundup is must-read material in prison. That might seem like an odd musing until you hear about Oregon State Correctional Institute’s Transitions Road to Success program.
  • What does cooking 'from scratch' mean to you?

    rshreeves
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    In France, restaurants now have a way to let customers know if the food is made from scratch or not.
  • I drank Bulletproof Coffee for one week. Will I keep drinking it?

    rshreeves
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    A week ago, I told you about Bulletproof Coffee, a trendy way to drink coffee blended with butter from grass-fed cows and a medium-chain triglyceride oil that’s supposed to boost physical and mental clarity.  
  • Looking for an awesome summer experience? Try flying trapeze school

    rshreeves
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    It was the morning of the 4th of July, and my free-spirited 12-year-old was about as free as he’d ever been – flying through the air and literally becoming “the daring young man on the flying trapeze” at Fly School Circus Arts in Philadelphia. “You are my hero!” I said as he climbed down the ladder with a huge smile on his face.
  • 7 fresh tomato cocktails

    rshreeves
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    The farmers market was exploding with tomatoes this past weekend, and the prices were much lower than they were just two weeks ago. That’s the beauty of buying produce in season. When it’s abundant, the prices are very reasonable. I was able to get a basket of bruised tomatoes for $1, and I turned them into a huge bowl of fresh salsa.  
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  • Dreamliner stunts are cool, but not the whole story

    jmotavalli
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Boeing’s new 787-9 Dreamliner is the company’s bright hope for the future against rival Airbus, but it’s not been controversy-free. Problems with fires in the plane’s lithium-ion battery packs kept the whole fleet (now numbering some 140 planes) grounded for three months last year.  
  • Look out, it's the Pinto Stampede!

    jmotavalli
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Remember the Pinto? The all-American economy car was a hit with the public in the fuel-conscious '70s. More than 3 million were built between 1971 and 1980, but sales crashed following Mark Dowie’s sensational 1977 story in Mother Jones about the fiery dangers of the model in Mother Jones.
  • Meet Audi's 'no-compromises' plug-in hybrid

    jmotavalli
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    I’m cruising in the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, watching the electric charge bars glow, one by one. Unlike the Chevy Volt, probably the gold standard for plug-in hybrids, an e-tron with a depleted battery can charge on the fly. That’s just one way this sporty entry, due on the American market early next year, can distinguish itself in a still-small but growing cadre that includes the Prius Plug In, the Mitsubishi Outlander (coming soon) and two Ford Energis.  
  • Transit use zooms as economy recovers

    jmotavalli
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Riding both the Boston and New York subways last week, I was struck by how many people are using public transit these days. The subway cars were packed everywhere. And the statistics bear that out: in the first quarter of 2014, light rail continued its dizzying climb, up 3.2 percent from the same period last year. Subways and elevated rail were up 1.8 percent, and commuter rail up 1.1 percent. Bus ridership in larger cities was up 2.1 percent.
  • Car deal too good to be true? It's probably a scam

    jmotavalli
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    If the car ad sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Let’s say you see the following: 1966 AC Cobra, recently rebuilt matching-numbers 260 V-8, excellent original condition, new tires. Too many cars! $10,000.
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  • Want to get a serious case of happy feet? Watch this

    lmoss
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Feel like dancing? After watching this collection of memorable dance scenes you will.   Featuring cuts from 93 movies — including scenes starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as well as Chunk's "Truffle Shuffle" from "The Goonies" — this four-minute video is sure to get you moving.  
  • Diver saves turtle and gets a 'thank you'

    lmoss
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Dive partners Cameron Dietrich and Colin Sutton were fishing off the coast of Mexico when Dietrich saw a sea turtle caught in a line.   Dietrich immediately jumped in the water and removed the ropes while Sutton filmed the moment with his GoPro.   Once freed, the turtle started to swim away, but to the divers' surprise, the animal turned back around and swam right up to Dietrich.  
  • 'We can all touch, change and even save lives': Michael Sam lights up ESPYs

    lmoss
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam delivered a powerful speech after accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs.   Sam was recognized for his courage in publicly coming out and becoming the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.  
  • How to gently evict a family of foxes

    lmoss
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Humane Wildlife Services in Washington, D.C., recently responded to a call about a family of foxes living beneath a backyard shed slated to be torn down. To humanely evict the fox and her seven 5-week-old kits, workers first tore up the shed's floor to make it unusable, and then they collected the young foxes and placed them in a reunion box. Watch what happens when the mother fox returns.
  • Hedgehog celebrates birthday party with tiny cake

    lmoss
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    How does a hedgehog celebrate its birthday? With tiny cake, tiny hats and tiny hamster friends, of course.   Related on MNN: Watch more adorable videos of animals chowing down on snacks.
 
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  • Rallies Next Week! Your Voice is Needed to Support Climate Action

    Heather Moyer
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever national standard to clean up carbon pollution from power plants. Now the EPA is holding public hearings on the proposed standard in four cities. If you live near DC, Pittsburgh, Denver, or Atlanta, we hope to see you next week!Join Sierra Club and our allies as we march and rally outside these hearings. We've all got to do our part to show strong support for the EPA to take bold action on climate disruption! Polluters are gearing up to try and stop this standard in its tracks, so it's especially important that…
  • Coal Exports: "You Don't Know Longview"

    Heather Moyer
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last week we highlighted the amazing work of the Longview, Washington, community in standing up against coal exports and speaking out for a strong clean-up of a toxic port site in their town. Residents packed a hearing to say as much.We want to share the powerful testimony from one of those Longview residents, Mary Lyons: Tonight, July 16, 2014, is an important anniversary for me, in that 27 years ago this evening I was in Intensive Care at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle after surviving a Sudden Cardiac Arrest while playing softball with friends. I was on life support and comatose and…
  • ‘Pay-as-you-go’ solar financing hits new milestone

    Compass Team
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: pay-as-you-go solar is the future for those working beyond the grid. From Pakistan to Kenya, anecdotal reports have trickled in that pay-as-you-go solar finance -- the off-grid solar market’s version of a “solar lease” --  is driving record sales. Now, we have one more data point to add to the mounting evidence. Solar market leading d.light, a manufacturer and distributor of solar light and power products that just closed a $11 million series C investment, announced it sold a record 500,000 solar systems. Those systems will serve a…
  • How much water is poisoned to produce a barrel of tar sands? Just ask Pepsi.

    Heather Moyer
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the last year, activists have been pushing PepsiCo and other companies using tar sands in their massive corporate vehicle fleets to do the right thing and stop using this dirty source of fuel that's poisoning our water, our climate, and our communities.You might remember when activists unveiled a Pepsi can re-design in the hottest spots of San Francisco and New York City to highlight the company's use of tar sands. You might remember when a no tar sands protest showed up outside the door of an environmental conference for the food and beverage industry that PepsiCo sponsored.You…
  • Washington supports highest cleanup standard at toxic port -- and no coal exports

    Heather Moyer
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    On Wednesday night, more than 100 community members turned out in force at the Washington state Department of Ecology's hearing on proposed cleanup options for the old Reynolds aluminum smelter site in Longview, Washington.Currently contaminated by cyanide, fluoride, PCBs and other known carcinogens, the site must undergo cleanup funded by Alcoa and Millennium Bulk Terminals, the latter of which wants to use the polluted port as a controversial coal export facility.The community is staunchly against the coal export plan, and of the six options being presented as "solutions" to…
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  • Not Just the Atlantic: Obama Leasing Millions of Gulf Acres for Offshore Drilling

    Steve Horn
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Deploying the age-old “Friday news dump,” President Barack Obama's Interior Department gave the green light on Friday, July 18 to companies to deploy seismic air guns to examine the scope of Atlantic Coast offshore oil-and-gas reserves. It is the first time in over 30 years that the oil and gas industry is permitted to do geophysical data collection along the Atlantic coast. Though decried by environmentalists, another offshore oil and gas announcement made the same week has flown under the radar: over 21 million acres of Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas reserves will be up for lease…
  • Obama Administration Releases Weak Proposed Rules On Crude By Rail After Industry Lobbying Blitz

    Justin Mikulka
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    The Department of Transportation released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking today for the transportation of crude oil and ethanol by rail. With the release of the proposed new regulations, a public comment period now begins before the rules will be finalized. The proposed rules offer a wide variety of options for the public to comment on with the weakest proposals essentially being the status quo, as is the case for the rail tank car recommendations. These proposed regulations have been under review for the past several months at the White House’s Office of Information of Regulatory…
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Regulators Flunk State's Own Shale Gas Audit

    Sharon Kelly
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    In January 2013, Pennsylvania's auditor general announced that he would conduct an investigation into whether state regulators were effectively overseeing the impacts from the shale gas drilling rush. A year and a half later, the results are in: the state's environmental regulators are failing badly in at least eight major areas, at times declining to cite drillers who broke the law. In a damning 158-page report, the state's auditor general highlighted the agency's wide-ranging failures. The report detailed the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) use of a legal “loop hole” to…
  • BNSF Nears Shift To One-Member Crews, Possibly Even on Dangerous Oil Trains

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    22 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    This is a guest post by Cole Stangler. For decades, the U.S. railroad industry has successfully shed labor costs by shifting to smaller and smaller operating crews. Now, it’s on the verge of what was once an unthinkable victory: single-member crews, even on dangerous oil trains. A tentative agreement reached by BNSF Railway and the Transportation Division of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) union would allow a single engineer to operate most of the company’s routes. It would mark a dramatic change to a labor contract that covers about 3,000 workers, or 60 percent of…
  • Maine Residents Fight American Petroleum Institute Lobbyists Over Ban on Tar Sands Shipments

    Justin Mikulka
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Portland, Maine, has become the latest battleground in the fight against tar sands oil, with local residents facing off against energy industry forces in an attempt to ban tar sands oil from the city’s port. The South Portland Clear Skies Ordinance, would ban tar sands oil from being loaded on to ships at the local port. City council will take a final vote on the measure today. Three weeks ago, about 200 people attended a presentation on the proposed ordinance, many wearing blue “clear skies” t-shirts to show their support. Only three people spoke against the ordinance at…
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  • Try These Five Yummy Seasonal Summer Fruit Cocktails

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    The abundance of berries, pears, and tropical fruits just may be my most favorite part of summer. And it isn’t a coincidence that summer fruits make for refreshing, creative summer cocktails. Here are some recipes to round out the last days of laying in the sun, and watching the heat wave over us! Vodka and Watermelon Cooler healthygreenkitchen.com Watermelon is, according to my not-so-humble opinion, the best summer fruit. It’s sweet, refreshing, and ever so full of crisp and soft texture. One of my favorite summer moments this year is having a vodka-free version of this drink in…
  • Divers Rescue Sea Turtle: Watch It Swim Free!

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    You should stop what you are doing right now, and watch this beautiful footage of two divers rescuing a sea turtle from a flipper trapped in a rope. This viral video features divers Colin Sutton & Cameron Dietrich who, while diving in the brilliant waters of the Dominican Republic, noticed that a beautiful turtle was trapped in some rope. They took their diving gear down to save their turtle friend, and had a bonus tender moment with him in the end. Compassion towards animals is such wonderful things. It reminds me that humans can do a lot of good to offset our own damage, and we can…
  • Lots of Laughs: Summer is Rough on Busty Girls

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    The summer months are notoriously hard on us busty girls. From the neck-breaking lure of the halter top to the embarrassing realization that your under-boob sweat is showing. It’s hard not to curse the day you ever crossed that threshold into puberty. True Story: I was wearing a breezy, thrifted button down maxi to an appointment just this week, and I sat down on the train, I felt a breeze in the chest area. One of my buttons had, once again, popped open! The best way to deal with our Busty Girl Problems is really to laugh at them. I love this Buzzfeed video. It’s a really cute…
  • 7 Seasonless Eco Fashion Pieces on Sale Now

    Starre Vartan
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    It’s midsummer, which means that it’s sale time almost everywhere. And that includes online ethical fashion boutiques and labels, who are all looking to make room for Fall 2014 inventory. If you are on a budget, this is the best time to shop—to prove it, I pulled 7 fabulous pieces from around the web that will wear beautifully into fall and winter. The Ladder Shell Top from Feral Childe is made in NYC and has a pretty hand-drawn print all over. At Ethica for $151. Slouchy silk pants made fairly in India from Eileen Fisher will wear from now until Christmas and would only need to…
  • Party Time! Sustainable Summer Fiesta This Saturday in Brooklyn

    Starre Vartan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
      FAQs:  OMG you’re doing a party with a place called Beef Cuts?  Yes! But it’s just a name. The story is that their first indoor venue nearby on Morgan had a poster on the wall diagramming the different cuts of beef, and they ran with it. Vegetarians and vegans are totally welcome. In fact, while grass-fed burgers are on the menu, they also will have a vegetarian portobello sandwich, and can make it vegan for you. Or you can pop over to the Vegan Shop-Up a few blocks away, grab something tasty, and come right back! What’s the deal with the reusable cups? …
 
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Infiniti Q40 Sedan

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In a rather unconventional move -- especially for a luxury brand -- Infiniti has opted to hold onto the old, by keeping the outgoing version of its mid-size sport sedan, formerly called the G37 Sedan, around for an extra year or two, as an entry model that will likely be popular for lease deals. And instead of calling it what it's...
  • Infiniti Renames G37 Sedan The Q40 For 2015

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    What used to be called the Infiniti G37 Sedan continued to be sold through the last model year, as a 2013 model, while the model that was to be its replacement was introduced as the 2014 Infiniti Q50, and as the former G37 Coupe was renamed the Q60. Now for 2015, the former G37 Sedan returns, continuing on as the Q40. If you're a bit confused by...
  • Porsche, Hyundai Are Tops In J.D. Power APEAL Study, But Dodge Scores A Coup, Too

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    For nearly two decades, J.D. Power has polled customers to gauge how well they like their new rides. This morning, the firm released the results of its 19th annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout study (aka "the APEAL study"), and while luxury brands earned the highest marks from consumers, several mass-market brands proved that...
  • 2015 Nissan Rogue

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Nissan Rogue was redesigned for last year–at least one version of it. You can still find a 2015 version of the previous-generation Rogue on the road today. It's called the Rogue Select, and it's intended only for rental fleets. The newer version of the Rogue you can buy is now only a year old, and it's more stylish and more...
  • 2015 Nissan Quest

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    The 2015 Nissan Quest is a minivan that confuses us–at least in part–with its seating versatility and safety ratings that are only average, despite its family-friendly intentions. However, it's more rewarding to drive than its competitors, so the Quest remains compelling for the right shopper. Safety and features are an...
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

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

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

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

    Dara O'Rourke
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:48 am
    We are very excited to announce that GoodGuide has been acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) that’s focused on helping people make, market, find, and trust greener, healthier, more sustainable products. This merger brings together two organizations deeply committed to sustainability and product transparency. (You can read more about our partnership here.) Don’t worry: GoodGuide’s web and mobile apps are not going away. We will continue to operate “business as usual,” and our team will still be building tools and rating products to…
  • The Naked Brand

    Dara O'Rourke
    21 Jun 2012 | 12:42 pm
    GoodGuide is honored to be featured in a powerful new documentary film – which is having its San Francisco Premiere today. The Naked Brand is: about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It’s an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard to create better products and a better planet. Corporations have incredible influence on the world we live in and that’s given them free reign to pollute, collude and mislead us, but advances in technology are rapidly making them accountable not just to shareholders, but…
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • United Technologies’ Project Vidya: Improving Young Lives in India through Education

    3BL Media
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    As part of UTC’s commitment to the communities where it does business, the company recently announced a major new partnership with SOS Children’s Villages India entitled Project Vidya, which is a Sanskrit word [...] The post United Technologies’ Project Vidya: Improving Young Lives in India through Education appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • ACEEE Ranks World’s Largest Economies on Energy Efficiency

    Justmeans
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    We see a lot of analyses and projections showing why renewables, despite their rapid growth will not be able to provide sufficient energy to allow us to get off fossil [...] The post ACEEE Ranks World’s Largest Economies on Energy Efficiency appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date

    Vikas Vij
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Global corporations are picking up speed to make a shift towards renewable sources of energy in order to reduce their environmental footprint. Some of the major technology companies such as [...] The post Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises

    3BL Media
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    A thriving social enterprise sector is essential to increasing community resilience and improving the lives of those who’ve been marginalized by the global economy. Social enterprises—which are in business to solve [...] The post Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities

    Sangeeta Haindl
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are running high after days of fighting. The peace process has faltered and the shadow of terrorism remains as property is [...] The post Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • July 29, 2014 Maine Drupal User Group Meeting

    Lisa
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Join us on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Energy Circle, 81 Bridge Street, Yarmouth, Maine (Sparhawk Mill), for the next meeting of the Maine Drupal User Group. Eric Napier (Miles Partnership) and Thomas Scola (Energy Circle) will lead a discussion on Features: Why use Features, when to use Features, and what can be done with Features. This month we’re going to do a “beer swap” (entirely optional!). Bring a six pack of your favorite beer, and we’ll split up and bring home whatever is left after the meeting. Energy Circle will pick up the tab for pizza.
  • 4 Ways to Market Home Performance During the Summer Swelter

    Ryan
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    While winter might be an easier time to attract the attention of homeowners looking for energy efficient upgrades, a sultry summer should not be overlooked. The hot weather presents a golden opportunity to market home performance services to potential customers who are living in excessively hot and uncomfortable homes. And considering the unfortunate state of the current building stock in this country, chances are good that there are many such homeowners in your service area who are actively looking for relief. Besides the obvious gains in overall energy efficiency, home performance services…
  • The Energy Audit of the Future

    Peter Troast
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    I'm seeing two big opportunities to expand the services offered by whole house energy auditors and contractors--healthy home and electric car/home integration. But before we think about the future, it's important to acknowledge that this critical entry point into home performance--the energy audit--still remains widely misunderstood. First, a bit of background.  Practitioners of the whole house approach to diagnosing buildings know that it produces much more than an assessment of a home's energy use. Smarter-than-us brand consultants who parachute into our industry…
  • Making Your Website Perform: Building Your Authority with Superlinks

    Peter Troast
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    In the constant quest for more and better leads, a highly performing website should be at the center of every contractor's marketing strategy. High performance on the web means attracting the right traffic and efficiently converting site visitors to leads. Getting your site to rank higher in organic and local search results--what we geeks call Search Engine Optimization, or SEO--is the holy grail: natural or organic traffic to your site is free, and generally will grow over time. And this kind of traffic, called inbound marketing, can be higher quality than other types because people are…
  • Welcome Google My Business! Our Take on the Big News in Local Search

    Peter Troast
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    On Wednesday of his week, Google announced Google My Business--the answer, we hope, to the cluster**** that has surrounded Google Places, Google+ Local, Google Local, and Google+ Business. For the uninitiated, this is the system in which local businesses list their companies and, as we've discussed ad nauseam, how home performance companies rank in local search results. Ironically, at the time of the announcement, I was in front of a jammed room of efficiency contractors at the ACI Chesapeake Conference talking about this very issue: how to claim or fix your listing, how to optimize for…
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    SLC Urban

  • Echinacea

    Andrew Stone
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
  • Shasta Daisy

    Andrew Stone
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:10 pm
  • Ghost Signs – Inside the Annex

    Andrew Stone
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
  • Presidente Apricot Jam

    Andrew Stone
    24 Jul 2012 | 2:30 pm
    As I write this post there are 13 jars of apricot jam boiling away in water bath.  It is the last of many batches of apricot jam (thanks to buckets of fruit gifted by neighbors) that I made this year and it is a very special batch.  You see, I learned it was National Tequila Day today and in honor of this day I did what anyone would do and I threw two shots of top shelf tequila in my jam and then 2 more shots of Grand Marnier.  Purely on a whim and no recipe in site.  Well, no recipe, until now. What I can tell you about this jam is that it is AMAZING.  Seriously amazing.  I had no idea…
  • Simple, Easy, Strawberry Jam

    Andrew Stone
    30 Apr 2012 | 6:55 am
    Nothing quite signals the start of canning season like strawberry jam.  Many may argue that rhubarb is the start, but I typically just freeze it for use later, so it is strawberries for me.  To top it off, strawberry jam is easy to make, a great beginner canning project and nothing quite tastes like a jar of homemade strawberry jam.  I love always having it available in the larder. So I wait for that magical sale every year, the one where you can buy a few flats for a few bucks and this year the magical price was $5.88 for four pounds of berries.  I left with 16 pounds and the canning…
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    Sweet Greens

  • 4 Reasons to Eat Seasonally and Locally This Summer

    Lauren Dartt
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    If you shop at the farmer’s market, are a local CSA member, or frequent the “local” section of your grocery store’s produce aisle, you are well aware that fruits and vegetables come into and out of season. Depending on the climate where you live, you may have a wide variety of fruits and veggies to choose from year round, or you may notice that summer is truly a more abundant season for produce. Wherever you live, eating seasonally has its benefits. If you’re not already doing so, here are four reasons to eat seasonally. #1: Fresher, More Nutritious Produce Produce that doesn’t…
  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

    Lauren Dartt
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s no secret that our landfills are filling up, and fast. Each person in America generates approximately 4.5 lbs of trash each day—with a population of 317 million people, that’s a LOT of garbage! We all know about the obvious ways to reduce solid waste—donating old clothes, recycling containers, composting, and choosing biodegradable when possible—but it turns out that a lot of other commonly used products can be recycled or reused, too. Here’s a list of 7 you may not have known about. #1: Markers Crayola’s ColorCycle initiative takes old Crayola markers and re-uses and…
  • #shopcartons to Save Trees this Month!

    Jennie
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    During the month of July, you can help donate a tree just by tweeting! The folks at the blog, Choose Cartons, are partnering with Trees for the Future to donate a tree each time the hashtag #shopcartons is mentioned! By partnering with Trees for the Future, Choose Cartons, an Evergreen Packaging initiative, aims to help replant as many of the valuable resources they use for their packaging as possible. In fact, they are donating up to 10,000 trees during the month of July. All you have to do is tweet. Pretty cool, huh? Learn more about #shopcartons! Choose Cartons is a blog for eco-conscious…
  • Coffee on the Beach + A Water Tornado

    Jennie
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    A water tornado, otherwise known as a waterspout is exactly that a tornado that forms over water. I remember the first time that I saw a water tornado (waterspout), the mister and I were on our honeymoon in the Florida Keys and were several miles off the coast, snorkeling at a reef. While they were in the distance, I didn’t find it to be scary and wasn’t really even concerned! Since we are camping on the beach, the mister and I like to spend some of our mornings sitting next to the ocean while we drink our coffee, observe wildlife and chat. Last week while in the Florida Keys, we…
  • Happy Independence Day!

    Jennie
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hello, Friends! We are still in the Florida Keys enjoying our family summer vacation. We have been spending our mornings paddleboarding and our afternoons snorkeling and beach-combing. We even spent one entire afternoon relaxing – which means the mister and dogs took a nap, Eben drew and read and I caught up on a little blogging! It was so nice, especially since we spent the entire day before paddleboarding, snorkeling and kayaking (my arms are sore!) We are still trying to decide how we want to spend our 4th of July evening. Some years while in the Keys, we have visited a nearby town…
 
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    Newsy Headlines

  • Cuomo Coaxes CBS To Keep Colbert's 'Late Show' In NYC

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Watch VideoListen up, Colbert Nation: the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" is officially staying put in the big apple. (Via Getty Images)After rumors swirled of a possible West Coast shift, CBS and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the iconic late-night comedy show will stay put at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan when Colbert takes the reigns from Letterman. (Via CBS / "The Late Show With David Letterman")CBS President Les Moonves said his network is excited to continue the show's tradition…
  • Dogs Appear To Become Jealous Of Owners' Attention

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Watch VideoMan's best friend — whether named Fido, Rocket, Rufus, Porkchop, Spike, or whatever — might want to be your only friend. (Via Getty Images) Okay, it's not that serious but a new study shows canine companions aren't too keen on their owners giving attention to others. U.C. San Diego psychologists and professor Christine Harris found that dogs get jealous too, especially when humans give attention to other dogs. Even if they aren't real! Harris and one of her former students recorded the behavior of 36 different dogs in their own homes. The…
  • Adele Wins Lawsuit Over Paparazzi Photos Of Son

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Watch VideoLooks like Adele's son will receive five figures in damages after a British court ruled the paparazzi crossed the line in photographing private moments. (Getty Images)The Grammy-winning singer and her partner, Simon Konecki, sued Corbis Images in the U.K. for taking pictures of their 1-year-old son's "milestone moments," saying the child is not public property.The couple's lawyer issued a statement after the ruling saying, "It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his…
  • Jon Stewart's Ridiculous $10B Plan To Buy CNN

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Watch VideoHe's long been a thorn in Cable Network News' side — criticizing and critiquing just about everything from the 24-hour news network. (Via Getty Images)  "They realized, 'Oh s***, we still have 23 hours and 59 minutes left to fill.'" (Via Comedy Central / "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart") Now, it looks like Jon Stewart is trying to be an even BIGGER pain. It all stems from Rupert Murdoch's recent bid to buy Time Warner. If he were to be successful, under U.S. law, he'd likely have to sell Time Warner…
  • Professor Creates Site Revealing Where People's Cats Live

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Watch VideoA Florida State University professor has created a project that tracks your cat pictures and then figures out where that cat lives. Wait ... seriously?It's called I Know Where Your Cat Lives, and you can keep hitting the "Random Cat" button to find more real cats all over the world and their exact geographical locations.OK, so it sounds totally creepy, but the thing is — it's supposed to be. Professor Owen Mundy is trying to show us how unsafe it can be to post pictures online.Cameras often encode the latitude and longitude of where a…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Japanese Government and World Bank Launch Project to Share Lessons from Great East Japan Earthquake

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright The World Bank All Rights Reserved. The Japanese government and the World Bank launched a joint project called "Learning from Mega Disasters" in October 2011, driven by a goal to learn from the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The project involves compiling a variety of knowledge on disaster risk reduction and post-disaster reconstruction in order to share it as international public assets.
  • Tokyo Announces CO2 Emissions, Confirms Continued Implementation of Energy-Saving Measures

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) compiled preliminary reports on reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2012 submitted by over 30,000 small and medium-sized companies and on March 6, 2014, announced its findings. The small and medium-sized companies decreased CO2 emissions by 11 percent compared to fiscal 2010 levels.
  • Energy-Saving Effort with Peak-Shift Vending Machine Wins 2013 Energy Conservation Award

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Junnosuke Fukui Some Rights Reserved. The Energy Conservation Center, Japan, announced on January 22, 2014, the winners of the 2013 Energy Conservation Awards. The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize was awarded to a peak-shift vending machine developed by Coca-Cola Japan Co. The Director-General Natural Resources and Energy Prize was awarded to an energy-saving air-conditioner called the Five Star Zeas Series, which was developed by Daikin Industries for office use. Both companies are corporate members of Japan for Sustainability.
  • Solar Power Project to Meet All Household Electricity Needs in Japanese Town

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The government of Shizukuishi Town in Iwate prefecture announced on January 22, 2014, that it entered into a cooperation agreement with Etrion Corporation, a solar power producer based in Switzerland, and Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., to develop a large-scale solar power generation project with an output of about 25 megawatts. The companies will jointly establish a special-purpose company dedicated to the project in Shizukuishi Town and will construct a solar park on 51 hectares of private land in the town's Numagaeshi district.
  • Japanese Institute to Develop Forest Management System called e-forest

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Mie Prefecture Forestry Research Institute All Rights Reserved. The Mie Prefecture Forestry Research Institute is researching and developing a system known as e-forest, a forest management system that simplifies forest management plans and regenerates healthy forests. The study period is scheduled to last five years, from fiscal 2010 to 2014.
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Rooftop plants to add beautiful style to your garden

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    If you love gardening, but do not have an outdoor garden, a roof top gardening is the best alternative. Many nurseries these days provide roof top plants that not only are easy to maintain but make your garden look adorable. They make the garden more colorful and showcase huge varieties. Some of these small trees ... The post Rooftop plants to add beautiful style to your garden appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Allow your windows the green touch

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Windows can be a good alternative to save consumption of energy. Using the right shade, material and strategically placing them can help you save on your utility bills. Moreover, you do not have to compromise on your interiors and designs too. Following are simple window treatments that can help you save energy. Shades Window shades ... The post Allow your windows the green touch appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Building a home right with eco-friendly materials

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    These days many prefer greener homes. Eco friendly interiors are expected to rise by 55% in 2016. Why do people prefer this? The reasons are energy conservation, pollution free atmosphere at home, and less maintenance and lower bills. Moreover, such homes not only are durable but also keep the members of the family healthy. Following ... The post Building a home right with eco-friendly materials appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • An eco friendly lifestyle is easy to get hold of

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    These days, eco-friendly thinking is rising. People are concentrating more on going green, reusing things, the impact the products they buy will have on the nature etc.   Designing the house using recycled waste These days, interior designers are focusing more on themes that can recycle the natural elements like water and air present/used in ... The post An eco friendly lifestyle is easy to get hold of appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Eco-friendly boutique hotels that make your eco-shopping experience worthwhile

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    Boutique hotels are expanding these days. They comprise of a specific theme around which the indoors and the outdoors of the hotel is constructed. Eco-friendly boutique hotels are growing these days. They cater to the desire of people to have as little environmental impact as possible, even when on vacation. Using conservative methods and interiors ... The post Eco-friendly boutique hotels that make your eco-shopping experience worthwhile appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    EBR - News

  • Stornoway Diamonds selects SNC-Lavalin for EPCM services at Renard diamond project

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Stornoway Diamonds has selected SNC-Lavalin for project management, detailed engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services at the Renard Diamond project in Quebec, Canada.
  • Leni intersects more oil with fourth Goudron development well in Trinidad

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Junior energy firm Leni Gas & Oil (LGO) has intersected 187ft of net oil pay at GY-667 well, the fourth of its planned 30 new development wells at the Goudron Field in Trinidad, and the third well from this drill pad, in the Goudron Sandstone, based on analysis of the electric logging.
  • GE to support CHP plant project in Mexico

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    GE's Distributed Power business said that its channel partner in Mexico has secured a contract to provide its gas engine technology for a new combined heat-and-power (CHP) plant project.
  • ADB loan to help unlock Indonesia’s clean energy potential

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a loan of up to $50 million, supported by the Clean Technology Fund, to share risks with the private sector during the project development and exploration phase of the Rantau Dedap geothermal project in Indonesia.
  • Yingli Solar opens new office in Chile

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Yingli Green Energy) has expanded its footprint in the Americas by opening the Company's third Latin American office in Santiago, Chile.
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Shucking Corn Without Making a Hairy Mess

    Mary Gerush
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Ah, corn. Sweet, juicy, fresh, and an utter mess to prep. But shucking corn doesn’t have to leave you standing in an explosion of silks. Check out this nifty kitchen hack the next time you’re in the mood for this summertime treat, thanks to the folks at America’s Test Kitchen — one of my favorite sources of kitchen know-how. Step 1: Cut Chop off the bottom of your ear of corn (that’s the stalk end) removing about an inch of the bottom corn kernels, shuck, cob, and all. Step 2: Nuke Put the corn in the microwave, and turn that bad boy on high for two to four…
  • Seafood Contaminated by Neutrogena, Johnson & Johnson Products

    Jennifer Kaplan
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    A new study confirms that fish and seafood contaminated with harmful plastic fragments can be traced back to products like Neutrogena’s Deep Clean and Johnson & Johnson’s Clean & Clear. According to the International Campaign Against Microbeads In Cosmetics, microbeads pass into household waste water streams directly and are too small to be retained by the standard filters used at sewage treatment plants and therefore enter the marine environment. They enter the sea and there animals eat or tangle in plastic pollution. Some of it inevitably enters the food chain. Where…
  • 5 Best Fermented Foods for Your Health (and why you should eat them!)

    Becky Striepe
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fermented foods are getting a lot of cred lately as superfoods. Here’s what makes them so healthy along with some ideas for how to eat more of them. What’s so great about fermented foods? Fermentation used to be all about preserving foods, but it turns out that this process also yields some great health benefits. Fermentation basically means letting beneficial bacteria digest some of the carbohydrates and sugars in food. Fermented food can basically go two ways. Those beneficial bacteria either produce alcohol or acid. Before you slam some beers in the name of health, I have bad…
  • Where’s the Beef? Causing Global Warming, Study Finds

    Jill Ettinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Beef is contributing more to global warming than poultry, pork, eggs or dairy, finds a study published in the current issue of the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie than other animal proteins. And, according to the study, beef produces six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, requires 11 times the water and uses 28 times the amount of land. Cows just aren’t the most efficient when it comes to converting feed into protein, lead author Gidon Eshel, an environmental physics professor at Bard College in New…
  • Bycatch: Hidden Waste in the Fishing Industry

    Important Media Cross-Post
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Amanda Keledjian, a marine scientist at Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans Bycatch threatens ecosystems and costs fishermen around $1 billion per year. Learn about bycatch and how we can reduce this problem. When most people think about the fishing industry in the United States, images of single boats braving the elements out on the water might come to mind. What many people may not realize, however, is that fishing is big business, and the amount of waste occurring every day in our nation’s fisheries could significantly…
 
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    PlanetSave

  • Perpetual Source Of Recharge (cartoon)

    Sandy Dechert
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Many thanks for this one to Michael Leunig, an astute observer of Australian society. We found his cartoon on Facebook, attributed to the age.com.au. The omniscient wiki tells us that Leunig is a fifth-generation Australian and a cartoonist, poet, and cultural commentator. His best known works include The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama and the Curly Flats series. He was declared an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1999. We’re very proud to share his position on recharge and hope you are, too! Perpetual Source Of Recharge (cartoon) was originally…
  • Happy 45th Anniversary: Humans Land On The Moon

    Sandy Dechert
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    PlanetSave would be remiss if we didn’t say something today to recognize that 45 years ago humans first set foot on another celestial body. Launched on an expendable multistageliquid-fueledSaturn V rocket on July 16th, 1969, Apollo 11 crew left Earth for the first human mission to land on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin went into an initial Earth-orbit, and two hours and 44 minutes after launch, another burn of the engines put the spacecraft into a translunar orbit. Commander Armstrong, a former Navy…
  • Shape-Shifters, Vampires, And Chimeras Under The Sea (video)

    Sandy Dechert
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Where did that octopus emerge from? (Gallo TED talk) Having recently visited Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 under the sea and a water creature from long ago (Lyrarapax unguispinus), we thought it might interest you to revisit what’s hiding deep in the oceans today. For this, we turn to a classic video from oceanographer David Gallo: “Underwater Astonishments,” as related by Gallo in a very popular TED talk. “Today we’ve only explored about 3% of what’s out there in the ocean. Already we’ve found the world’s highest mountains, the world’s deepest valleys, underwater lakes,…
  • Genesis Of The Energy-Saving Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (cartoon)

    Sandy Dechert
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    “That’s my story about compact fluorescents, and I’m sticking to it.” Many thanks to “I f*cking love science” for the Little Twisty family here! Genesis Of The Energy-Saving Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (cartoon) 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.
  • First light for China’s antediluvian sea monster, Lyrarapax unguispinus

    Sandy Dechert
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Lyrarapax unguispinus (artist’s impression, from Nicholas Strausfeld) Paleontologists headed by the University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science announced an amazing find yesterday in the journal Nature. Near Kunming, southwest China last year, they found beautifully preserved fossil remains of Lyrarapax unguispinus, a half-billion-year-old arthropod now thought to be far-distant kin of modern spiders, scorpions, spiny lobsters—and butterflies. The largest and most diverse animal group on Earth, arthropods like this now comprise over a million described species, over 80% of…
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  • This DIY Pool Heater Requires No Electricity

    Important Media Cross-Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Do you own a pool? Sorry…! No, really – we had a small one at our house in Las Vegas, and I swore “Never again…” The work required to keep it clean, the costs for supplies, energy, and those inevitable pump repairs just weren’t worth it to me… and I really enjoyed a quick dip after a long, hot day. That’s me, though… you may enjoy your pool more, but still want to keep the expenses (and the environmental impact) down. Obviously, a pool requires water, but you can cut the cost of keeping that water warm (which does require quite a bit of…
  • How to Make Popsicles with Common Household Materials [Recipe]

    Talancia Pea
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
      Summer is here and it’s a great time to invite your children into the kitchen to mix up a batch of homemade popsicles. Your family can have a cool treat without worrying if it’s filled with mystery ingredients. From citrus and herbs to fruit and chocolate, the flavor combinations are endless. There’ll be no arguing because everyone can have their “favorites.” Plus, it’s an easy way for moms like me to get our little ones try new fruits. It’s okay if you don’t have fancy popsicle molds; I’ll tell you about three common household items that will work great for…
  • How to Reduce Food Waste: 3 More Ideas

    Important Media Cross-Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Yep, we’re all about creative ideas for reducing food waste… and we’re just thrilled to see a few more. You’ve likely heard this scary statistic: 40% of the US’ food gets wasted along the supply chain. Most of that occurs towards the end, at retailers, restaurants, and homes. Yet people still go hungry… so we still have to work at getting this wasted food (most of which is still perfectly edible) to those in need. Mary Gerush, who writes at sister site Eat.Drink.Better, found a few more innovative approaches to keeping edible food out of dumpsters, trash…
  • Solar Power in India: Making it Affordable for People without Electricity

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Have you priced a solar energy system for your home lately? While new incentives and financing options make solar power more attractive than ever, purchasing a system isn’t cheap: you’re still looking at $20,000 minimum in most cases (before incentives, of course). Now, imagine you’ve never been able to afford electricity for your home, and trying to make ends meet on less than $10 a day. A solar system, even a small one that could run a light, and maybe charge a phone, could easily create a ton of opportunity for you and your family… but there’s no way you can…
  • What Does Bycatch Really Cost Our Fishermen… and Our Fisheries?

    Guest Contributor
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    By Amanda Keledjian When most people think about the fishing industry in the United States, images of single boats braving the elements out on the water might come to mind. What many people may not realize, however, is that fishing is big business, and the amount of waste occurring every day in our nation’s fisheries could significantly impact our oceans and our economy. In fact, according to a new report by Oceana  titled Wasted Cash, U.S. fishermen could be losing $1 billion in revenue every year due to wasteful discarding. The staggering amount of fish thrown away every year in the…
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • Mason Jar Centerpieces that Sparkle!

    Becky Striepe
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    These mason jar centerpieces are easy to make and add a little bit of shine to your tablescape. Psst! I have a secret about these mason jar centerpieces: only one of them is actually made from a mason jar. Don’t get me wrong. We love mason jar crafts over here. But what I love more than a mason jar is upcycling. For many mason jar crafts, any old glass jar will do. I love the eclectic look of different shaped- and sized-jars on a table! If you’re using an old pickle or pasta sauce jar, you will need to remove the label, and you’ll probably need to get the residual smell out…
  • 30 DIY Side Table Ideas: Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate!

    Bonnie Getchell
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Don’t buy new — reduce, reuse, redecorate! Today we’re sharing 30 repurposed, DIY side table ideas to inspire you! From the living room to the bedroom, side tables (or night stands) are super important! They hold all of our “stuff” like drinks, cell phones, alarm clocks, picture frames, and adorable DIY decor. Despite their ordinary purpose, side tables don’t have to be boring! Switch things up in your home by repurposing, recycling, and upcycling items into unique DIY side tables! You’ll find that your side table will become a focal piece and even a conversation starter! Here…
  • Product Review: Zinsser Bulls Eye Zero Primer

    Julie Finn
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    It’s a pain in the butt to extensively research the perfect eco-friendly craft supply that also, you know, WORKS. It sucks if you buy something that’s eco-friendly but doesn’t perform the way that you want it to, or if you feel as if you have to buy something harmful to the environment in order to get the result that you want. It feels terrible to accidentally buy something harmful when you know that eco-friendly alternatives exist. However, it feels AWESOME to buy something that’s eco-friendly AND that performs perfectly while looking even better than the…
  • Spotted: Upcycled Comic Book Cans

    Becky Striepe
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Need a little bit of craft supply storage? Grab an old tin can or coffee can and some comic book pages for this simple comic book craft! I know, cutting up a comic book feels like sacrelidge. For this craft project, choose a comic book that’s already in bad shape. A quick trip to the thrift store will turn up lots of old comic books, and as an ethical crafter you want to leave the readable ones on the shelf. Susan at Organized 31 says that this mom-and-son project took them 15 minutes to complete, and it took 20 minutes to dry. That mean that you can create some pretty upcycled storage…
  • Card Catalogue into Studio Storage

    Julie Finn
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    I LOVED my antique card catalogue from the second that I saw it in my local university’s surplus store, but I have to admit that it did look pretty janky. Someone had half torn out most of the awesome labels, and scrawled messily across the ones that they didn’t tear– –there were scratches and scuffs across one side, where it had clearly been transported with little care, and worst of all, whoever first purchased this card catalogue had chosen a model with a white laminate exterior around the solid wood catalogue drawers–yuck! 1. Prep and prime. I removed all…
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    The Green Blog Network

  • Berlin Startup Ecosia Acquires Bloson

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

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

    Paige Donner
    30 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Beau Bridges, Actor: "…A uniquely exciting adventure that capture the heart and the soul of the reader." The Emissary: Interpreting the Songs of the Whales to Save the Earth's Oceans Indiana Jones-style Elisabeth Rohm, actor, author, activist, mother: "The whales and dolphins of this planet need our help – and Patricia Cori is their Emissary!" Los Angeles, CA, April 29, 2014 – Fans of Animal Planet would likely call bestselling author, Patricia Cori, the "whale whisperer."  However, Cori's fans deem her a "real-life Indiana Jones."  One thing is for…
  • Une Way Of Life: Burnt Red Nails

    Paige Donner
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    By Paige DonnerWe love (as in love ! love !) Une’s Slightly Burnt Red nail enamel. Red livens up any outfit and adapts to all clothes and makeup, regardless of coloring. Deep and almost brickishly red, it’s a perfect color for early spring and on into the summer. Did we mention how nicely it wears with a deep brown tan ? Something else you’ll find with UNE nail poishes is an XXL brush that applies your enamel varnish on your nail in one easy stroke. Its not-too-hard, not-too-soft brush fans out over the nail so you’ve got full color coverage precisely and in a flash of…
  • Couvrance - For A Complexion Worthy of The Big Screen

    Paige Donner
    13 Feb 2014 | 7:27 am
    by Paige Donner   Cake-free and doll perfect. That’s you, right ? Of course it is ! And if you feel you need just a tiny little nudge of help in getting there, look no further than Couvrance, the clean pure makeup by Avène, and its line of complexion correcters and foundations.   Couvrance is based on the premise that a woman’s skin is one of her most sensitive and prescious organs. Hence, tender loving care are the operating words here for this line of medical makeup.    The other philosophy is to use the correcter sticks that come in Coral, Yellow…
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    Free Energy

  • New Book By Veljko Milkovic

    Jim
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Written in Serbian and English, Veljko Milkovic’s new book, GRAVITATIONAL MACHINES, covers the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, Tesla, and the latest discoveries. The most important aspect of his new book is how Veljko proves that the pendulum is more efficient than electric motors that rotate. This video contains that information and more. For your […]
  • And Now?

    Jim
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    Hmm, okay. And now, it’s not gravity control. Well, it is, but it’s as if the world is being destroyed by bad decisions. Unmerited aggression, The fake wars. Personally, I was shocked that the US would attack another nation. They said they never would. But they did, because they couldn’t come up with a better […]
  • Lucid Dreaming

    Jim
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    That moment between sleep and awake. A moment. Look up The Phase. Lucid dreaming basically means you know you are dreaming. And during that dream, because you know you are dreaming, You discover that you can manipulate that dream. We are vibrations. Frequencies. the universe is a symphony The Universe Is A Symphony Frequencies respond […]
  • Nick Cook UFO Doc 2014

    Jim
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:13 am
    Nick Cook’s job is to report on secret stuff. He wrote The Hunt For Zero Point, a book I read when it came out, then again two years later and I was amazed at how much more I had learned in the interim. Which actually means how much more I understood after the second reading […]
  • Also Rare MST3K

    Jim
    27 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    The previous post and others point to the same problem. “man these people look like pigs” “aahhhmmm missed him. I’ll leave a note” “Seconds” “I thought I heard sirens. It’s George Goble.” “Generic cops! They’re cheaper than brand cops” This is rare, where the slimey movie turns into a special story. Mystery Science Theatre 3000 […]
 
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    PR Newswire: Energy

  • Newcrest Mining Limited - Expected asset impairment

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    MELBOURNE, Australia, July 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM). The Company is conducting its carrying value review of all assets as at 30 June 2014 in accordance with its usual policy and processes, including an assessment of the reasonableness of all physical, cost...
  • Chengda Renews Strategic Relationship with Intergraph®

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- China Chengda Engineering Co. Ltd., the leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company in China, has renewed its Strategic Alliance Agreement with Intergraph®, reaffirming its commitment to a...
  • MSA Announces Second Quarter Results

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    PITTSBURGH, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Inc. (NYSE: MSA) today reported results for the second quarter of 2014. Quarterly Highlights Revenue was $282 million, down 1 percent from the second quarter of 2013.  Income from continuing...
  • SPE Shifts Its Unconventional Focus to URTeC

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Makes Decision to Reduce Number of US-based Events In Move to Address Industry Needs TULSA, Okla., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), a partner with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of...
  • CLB Q2 2014: Core Lab Reports GAAP EPS Of $1.42; Q2 2014 Ex-Items EPS Of $1.35

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    AMSTERDAM, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: "CLB US" and Euronext Amsterdam: "CLB NA") reported second quarter 2014 GAAP earnings per diluted share ("EPS") of $1.42, and second quarter EPS of $1.35, when excluding foreign exchange translations ("ex-fx") and...
 
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  • LEED v4 Green Associate "Silver" Study Bundle

    rpfjr
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Price:  $59.99 Short Description A:  Save on a great set of study tools and pass the LEED v4 Green Associate exam. Poplar’s 131 page LEED v4 Green Associate PDF study guide, 100 question bonus test, plus 400 practice questions with exam simulator. Everything is delivered to you immediately, 100% online. Access the materials from any device! New to Green Building and LEED?: Poplar's LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide and 100 Question Practice Test is designed for students who are new to LEED v4 and/or green building. Prepare to Pass and Succeed in Your Sustainability Career Save…
  • LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide

    rpfjr
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Price:  $39.99 Short Description A:  Poplar's LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide and 100 Question Practice Test is designed for students who are new to LEED v4 and/or green building. Save 50%! LEED v4 Green Associate "Silver" Study Bundle: Get this 131 page study guide along with 400 LEED Green Associate practice questions in Exam Simulator format for only $59.99 - >>Learn More Buy Code:  Course Provider:  Green Buildings Online Inc. is the #1 provider of free and premium LEED exam preparation and project experience. Since 2009, we have helped individuals and companies…
  • Question about LEED CI Tenant Space Size Requirements?

    rpfjr
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:49 am
    Question:  Yogi asks: Hi, I am wondering are there any specific ranges regarding the size of a tenant area within a building as it pertains to LEED CI? Since our client rents an entire building and wants to earn LEED CI. We understand that LEED CI cannot be earned by the entire building, thus we are thinking to modify only a few floors. According to the guide, it only outlines a situation for 'Projects Less Than 75% of Total Building Area' and 'Projects 75% or More of Total Building Area'. I am not sure that how the two regulations can be applied in my client's…
  • What Does an ASHRAE Level 2 Commercial Audit Cost?

    rpfjr
    22 May 2014 | 11:43 am
    Question:  Ethan asks: I know there will be variables involved, but can you get me in the ballpark of what the cost would be to have an ASHRAE level 2 audit performed in a 4-story, 36,000 sq. ft. commercial office building? thank you! Just your best guess would be great so that I have at least some frame of reference. Hi Ethan, The ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audit Cost Level varies depending on the building size and also the systems being assesses. However, to give a very rough parametric value, a system specific audit can cost you starting from 0.04 cents per sq.ft. . The audit for the…
  • How Should I Build a LEED Certified Restaurant?

    rpfjr
    6 May 2014 | 6:36 am
    Question:  John asks: Hello, I'm thinking about starting my own restaurant and I want it to be LEED certified. It will most likely be in an existing building, but I do not have a set location for it yet. I was wondering if and how I should get started on my certification or do I need to have a place before I get started on my project? Hi John, For your LEED certified project, your rating system would be LEED for Retail Commercial Interiors which has been launched recently. You would firstly need to access the LEED for Retail -Commercial Interiors rating checklist and reference guide…
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    Green Eco Blog

  • What The Movies Have Taught Us About Cars

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

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

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

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cautious optimism is the general mood since auto sales increased 6% in March. That may not seem like huge growth. But after a 3% decline in January and a flat result in February, any sign of momentum is a good one for the industry. Coming after many months of strong growth, the sluggish results earlier this year raised a troubling question in many investors’ minds: Was it just the weather keeping buyers away from car dealers, or was the economic tide starting to turn for the worse? Several automakers made a point of saying on Tuesday that the pace of sales improved significantly in…
  • Peek at the 2015 BMW i3

    admin
    1 Aug 2013 | 9:08 am
    Love this model and was very excited to see what they have in-store for the 2015 model year! The BMW i3 has been officially released as of today, simultaneously worldwide in London, New York City and Beijing. The city car is powered by an electric motor producing the equivalent of 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The rear-wheel-drive, 2,635-pound car can sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 7.2 seconds and can achieve a range as high as 118 miles. An optional 650cc two-cylinder gasoline engine is available as a range extender for a combined 186-mile range. Read the full story and see the pics here.
 
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    The Green Samaritan

  • The Ripple Effect – Pick Me Up Instead!

    Jeanne
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Help!  If you have been to the beach lately, it’s highly likely you encountered all kinds of trash littering even the most pristine and priciest of beaches.  From bottle caps, to plastic bags,... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Safe & Healthy Tips for Fun in the Sun

    Jeanne
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    With the opening of neighborhood pools, beach weekends and outdoor outings all over to celebrate the beginning of summer, a sun burn for many is just a few rays away. By implementing safe and smart... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • National Audubon Society 11th Annual Women In Conservation Luncheon

    Jeanne
    21 May 2014 | 8:22 am
    On Tuesday at the Plaza Hotel in New York, The National Audubon Society celebrated its 11th annual Women in Conservation Luncheon by presenting the 2014 Rachel Carson Award to yet another three... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Don’t Go Bananas! Easy Ways to Remember What Those Produce Labels Mean

    Jeanne
    5 Apr 2013 | 6:20 am
    If you haven’t already, take a closer look at those little sticky labels on the fruit and vegetables you buy at the grocery store.  Those numbers provide important information regarding just... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Green & Health Resolution for March: Reuse and Refine

    Jeanne
    11 Mar 2013 | 6:30 am
    Continuing on with a monthly green and healthy resolution to implement, in March the goal is to begin and/or increase the practice of using reusable items such as bags and bottles. Let’s start... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
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  • Six ideas for fast, healthy, real food

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Today's post was inspired by a photo our friend shared on Facebook from the Food, Inc. page. We've become so indoctrinated into the idea that food needs to be quick, fast, and easy that we'll buy a tube of vegetarian ham, flavored like chicken, which couldn't be further from what it is supposed to be in the first place. We got to thinking how we've fooled ourselves into thinking that the only
  • Cutting costs using reflective coatings

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    Applying a reflective coating of paint or a similar substance to your roof is a great way to cut energy costs that most people don't even think about. Reflective coatings come in a wide variety of options. There are different paints, textures and membranes that can be applied to your rooftop to reflect solar and ultraviolet heat. Applying a reflective coating can reduce the temperature of the
  • Going green with your home improvement projects

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Advancements in technology have provided us with conveniences many of us would not know what to do without. While these innovations have provided us with the tools to become more efficient and enjoy time with our loved ones, they are negatively impacting our environment. If you are embarking on home improvement projects, there are products available to help you stay green and reduce your carbon
  • What soda companies really mean by "sugar" (infographic)

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
  • Is bamboo a type of artificial grass?

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    "Bamboo Feb09". Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons Bamboo isn't a type of artificial grass, but it's a grass that looks and behaves very much like hardwood after it's been processed. Indeed, bamboo is harder than some hardwoods. One of the selling points of bamboo is that it grows quickly, like most grasses, but some species can grow to 100 feet tall within a few years. After it's
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  • Protect Crucial Marine Life from Overfishing

    Justine Liebenson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Target: NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan Goal: Protect delicate coastal ecosystems from the harms of industrial overfishing NOAA’s refusal to acknowledge the role of overfishing in the decline of the Pacific sardine poses a grave threat to an already fragile ecosystem.  In recent years, overfishing off of North America’s Pacific coast has devastated sardine populations, which play a crucial role in marine food webs. Several predator species have struggled tremendously in the wake of diminished sardine presence. NOAA’s own scientists have found that the collapse of Pacific sardine…
  • Stop the Legalization of Child Labor

    Jennifer Ip
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: President of Bolivia Evo Morales Goal: Stop the legalization of child labor in Bolivia As the rest of the world works to permanently ban child labor, Bolivia is on the verge of legalizing it. Congress has already approved the proposal, and it is up to President Evo Morales to sign it into law. This inhumane and unethical legislation should not come to pass, as children should be in school preparing themselves for the future instead of being forced to work. Those who sponsor the bill say that they are lowering the work age from 14 to 10 because many poor families have their children…
  • Thank State for Protecting Camels

    Emily Teleposky
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Vasundhara Reje, Prime Minister of Indian State of Rajasthan Goal: Thank government of Rajasthan for working to protect the local camel population In 2003, the world had around 500,000 camels. Just a little over ten years later, there are 200,000 to 300,00 remaining. Rajasthan, India’s largest state, is the first in the country to notice and respond to this issue. This is a problem beyond the fact that camels are living creatures who deserve a certain level of respect. Camels are also a huge part of Indian culture and economy, from their use on farms and to carry cargo, to their…
  • Applaud City for Implementing Bikeshare Program

    Jessica Moore
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Governor of Santiago, Claudio Orrego Goal: Applaud the governor of Santiago for implementing a comprehensive bikeshare program to reduce pollution In the Chilean city of Santiago, more than 2,000 bikes will be available to the public starting in downtown Santiago and Providencia. The arrival of the city-wide bike hire system coincides with the recent increase of environmental alerts. In winter 2014, Santiago experienced a smog emergency as the cold air trapped the pollution in the city, leading to many health problems. In fact, the Metropolitan Regional Governor Claudio Orrego…
  • Stop Airport from Ruthlessly Poisoning Birds

    Matt Camorongan
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Carl Newman, General Manager of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport Goal: Stop administering poison to the local bird population as a means of pest control The George Bush Intercontinental Airport has begun dispersing a deadly poison to nearby birds in attempts to repel them from the runways. Though some claim the poison is a safe deterrent, the slow, horrific deaths of hundreds of birds that ingested the chemicals speak to the contrary. Not only is this form of pest control extremely vile, it is ultimately ineffective. Animal rights group PETA states the drug being…
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Understanding the 3 R’s of Eco-Friendly Tires

    greenwise
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Automobile tires aren’t traditionally considered “green.” From having to pay an expensive disposal fee at the tire shop to the chemicals and various earth-unfriendly products that go into making them, tires have definitely been more black than green. Fortunately for our planet, this is all starting to change. Tires are becoming more eco-friendly, which is […]
  • Heating Your Home – Eco-friendly Considerations

    greenwise
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    It is summertime now in the northern hemisphere, but that is not too soon to begin preparing for the colder months that are inevitable later this year. And for readers in the southern hemisphere, this post may be timely. If you pay the heating bills, you will have noticed that their continued rise does not […]
  • Green Fitness Is Catching On

    greenwise
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    The idea of harvesting the kinetic energy from a person’s movements has always intrigued me. It makes sense to try to take advantage of technology that can generate useful energy in this way. Simple things you do throughout the day—walking down the street or across the office or up and down stairs—require energy from you. […]
  • Motorcycles Are Becoming Lean, “Green” Machines

    greenwise
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that motorcycles can be, and typically are, more fuel-efficient than their four-wheeled counterparts. But it does take science to shoot holes in the theory that motorcycles are better for the environment overall. A few years back, those cooky but clever guys on Discovery Channel’s “Myth Busters” showed […]
  • Is More Manufactured Housing the Solution to Helping Britain Become More Green?

    greenwise
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:24 am
    Housing within the UK is amongst the least energy efficient in Europe and running them accounts for nearly half of our carbon emissions. Housing is so poorly insulated that athird of all UK homes (6.7 million) are rated E or worse on their energy performance certificate, meaning they have a poor standard of energy efficiency. […]
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • The Carbon Footprint Of Meat

    Ramon Arratia
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Most people know and accept that meat has a huge carbon footprint. The land required to harvest red meat is 28 times more than that of pork or chicken. Red meat also needs 10 times the amount of water, and results in more climate-warming emissions by a factor of 5. It’s also worth noting for context that over 90% of our water footprint is created by food production. Are you a heavy meat eater, or a vegan? This graph courtesy of Vox breaks it down: This recent article from Climate Progress collates multiple sources to illustrate the problem, and this image shows the carbon footprint of…
  • Destroy Carbon! Buy Carbon Permits For £6.47

    Ramon Arratia
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Let’s all help destroy carbon! In a good way of course. In Europe, big polluters need pollution permits. These EU permits provide a legal limit on CO2 emissions. However there are too many permits, meaning there’s little incentive to reduce pollution and the millions of tonnes of extra CO2. Sandbag’s Carbon Destruction initiative gives us the power to change this. The permit price is now around €6 per tonne, and you can ‘buy to cancel’ permits via the Sandbag website for £6.47 (They make no profit on sales, and only cover admin costs). The basic idea is…
  • UK quietly slashes millions of tonnes of emissions

    Ramon Arratia
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Sandbag recently released this article reviewing emissions targets and what action has been taken in the UK. They look at what is really going on in emissions trading and encourage lobbying to ensure fewer permits are handed out. They also buy up the permits already on the market, and destroy them. “With little fanfare, the UK government cancelled 36 million tonnes of carbon pollution rights in May. These carbon allowances relate to the UK’s carbon budgets and cover emissions outside the ETS that could otherwise have been banked forward into future budgets. With the stroke of a pen…
  • Here comes the sun – Solar Energy

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Top Documentary Films have posted this video on their site focussing on solar energy. “If it were up to the sun, we would have no energy problem. Every half hour on the Earth’s surface, there is more than enough light to provide energy needs for the whole world in a year. We don’t have an energy problem, we have a conversion problem. If we are able to harvest sunlight in smart way, then we can prevent a global energy crisis. That sounds nice but that does not mean it will succeed, at least that is what many different bodies want us to believe. It’s too expensive, takes…
  • The Interface Pop-Up Showroom

    Ramon Arratia
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    Interface is preparing to create a stir in Bristol with its latest business innovation – a pop-up showroom. Over the next few months, customers will be able to visit the showroom to see the company’s latest product collections and sustainability services in situ and attend a series of events. Congratulations to Tony Ward (@tonyinterface) and the team. The post The Interface Pop-Up Showroom appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:55 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 Jul 2014 | 6:55 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 Jul 2014 | 6:55 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 Jul 2014 | 6:55 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 Jul 2014 | 6:55 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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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Infiniti Q40 Sedan

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In a rather unconventional move -- especially for a luxury brand -- Infiniti has opted to hold onto the old, by keeping the outgoing version of its mid-size sport sedan, formerly called the G37 Sedan, around for an extra year or two, as an entry model that will likely be popular for lease deals. And instead of calling it what it's...
  • Infiniti Renames G37 Sedan The Q40 For 2015

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    What used to be called the Infiniti G37 Sedan continued to be sold through the last model year, as a 2013 model, while the model that was to be its replacement was introduced as the 2014 Infiniti Q50, and as the former G37 Coupe was renamed the Q60. Now for 2015, the former G37 Sedan returns, continuing on as the Q40. If you're a bit confused by...
  • Porsche, Hyundai Are Tops In J.D. Power APEAL Study, But Dodge Scores A Coup, Too

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    For nearly two decades, J.D. Power has polled customers to gauge how well they like their new rides. This morning, the firm released the results of its 19th annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout study (aka "the APEAL study"), and while luxury brands earned the highest marks from consumers, several mass-market brands proved that...
  • 2015 Nissan Rogue

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Nissan Rogue was redesigned for last year–at least one version of it. You can still find a 2015 version of the previous-generation Rogue on the road today. It's called the Rogue Select, and it's intended only for rental fleets. The newer version of the Rogue you can buy is now only a year old, and it's more stylish and more...
  • 2015 Nissan Quest

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    The 2015 Nissan Quest is a minivan that confuses us–at least in part–with its seating versatility and safety ratings that are only average, despite its family-friendly intentions. However, it's more rewarding to drive than its competitors, so the Quest remains compelling for the right shopper. Safety and features are an...
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    Green Car Reports

  • 2015 VW e-Golf Vs. Golf TDI, Tesla Model X Prep, 2015 Ford F-150 Engine Details: Today's Car News

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Today on Green Car Reports: We drive the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car and Golf TDI diesel back to back, Tesla halts Model S assembly to prepare for the Model X, and Ford details fuel-efficient engines for the 2015 F-150. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Electric or diesel? We compare the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf and Golf TDI in a...
  • Tesla Halts Model S Assembly, Prepares For Model X

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tesla Motors has halted production of the Model S electric car while it upgrades the assembly line for its next vehicle--the Model X crossover. A two-week production hiatus will give the firm enough time to complete a full $100 million upgrade to the plant, before production restarts at increased speed. According to Bloomberg, the upgrade will add...
  • Ford Details Small Fuel-Saving Engine For Big F-150 Lineup

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's been a while since full-size trucks have used engines as small as 2.7 liters, but that's exactly what the 2015 Ford F-150 will use when you tick the Ecoboost box in the dealership. It's not just 2.7 liters, of course--you also get six cylinders and two turbochargers, and it's those that Ford says gives it capability and performance to match...
  • Electric Cars Equal Gasoline Cost Of Just 75 Cents A Gallon

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The last time you could buy a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. for 75 cents was around the late 1970s. If you own an electric car today though, the price you're paying for electricity is equivalent to about 75 cents per gallon. READ: Tesla's Important Not Only For Electric Cars But For Silicon Valley: Opinion According to a study by the Northeast...
  • 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Vs. Golf TDI: Back-To-Back Test Drive

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    With the introduction of the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf late this year, VW will be the only automaker to offer (in the U.S.) both diesel and all-electric versions of the same model in the U.S. While we expected to plan a back-to-back drive of these two models at some point, we didn’t expect it to come so soon. At a ride-and-drive event called...
 
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • Should the U.S. Implement a New 'Value-Added Carbon Tax' to Replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund?

    JEMiller_EP
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    As Congress struggles to develop revenue generation solutions for needed Highway and Roads infrastructure projects the Federal Highway Trust Fund is going broke. Is it time to consider generating needed, long-term revenues by implementing a new tax such as a ‘value-added carbon tax’?read more
  • Power Over Pollution: How Legal Enforceability Will Drive Implementation of EPA's Power Plant Rule

    Ari Peskoe
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Under EPA's Clean Power Plan proposal, states will submit plans to the EPA describing how they will meet 2030 carbon intensity targets. A state can include any strategy that will produce a quantifiable and verifiable reduction in carbon intensity, so long as it has legal authority to enforce its implementation.read more
  • High-Energy Africa

    MichaelShellenberger
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Six of the best performing economies have come from Africa in the past six years, but energy poverty continues to be a significant barrier for development goals. Sub-Saharan Africa will need to power its factories, hospitals, schools, and other foundational infrastructure with cheap and reliable sources of electricity.read more
  • The Climate Protection-Urban Expansion Nexus

    Roman Kilisek
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this urban growth trend continues uninhibited at a fast clip. By 2050 it is projected that 67 per cent of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers. They will have to deal with Climate Change.read more
  • A New Paper on Disaster Losses and Climate Change

    Roger Pielke Jr
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    A new paper appeared in Climatic Change this week by Visser et al. which looks at disasters and climate change. Like other studies and the IPCC assessment, Visser et al. find no trends in normalized disaster loses, looking at several metrics of economic and human losses.read more
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    LEEDdaily

  • 49ers’ rooftop garden, solar energy propel Levi’s Stadium to LEED gold status

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Pedestrian bridges decked out in solar panels and a living roof ready for private parties and photo ops might not scream professional football. But those green design elements and others at the San Francisco 49ers’ new $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium on Tuesday helped land the team its long-sought LEED Gold certification at the Santa Clara venue, which officially opened with a ribbon cutting last week.
  • 49ers Home Levi’s® Stadium the First NFL Venue to Open with LEED Gold Certification

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Adding to its growing list of firsts, Levi’s® Stadium has become the first stadium in the U.S. that is home to a professional football team to receive LEED Gold certification as new construction. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. “The Bay Area is a world leader in sustainable efforts, and achieving LEED Gold certification for Levi’s® Stadium is another example of our…
  • Magnetic bearing chiller technology

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Daikin Magentic Bearing Chiller technology is available up to 1500 ton capacity through the Magnitude centrifugal chiller line. The oil-free system design maintains “as new” performance by eliminating the heat transfer loss when oil contaminates the refrigerant and builds up in the evaporator. Magnitude also meets LEED certification criteria with the HFC-134a refrigerant. The Applied RideThrough feature allows the chiller to eliminate the impact of short duration power failures by catching the spinning motor rotor and returning to the original pre-power loss capacity. The…
  • Minnesota Twins Name Tennant Company Strategic Cleaning Solutions Partne

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Tennant Company TNC -0.56% , a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing of solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world, has been named the strategic cleaning partner for the Minnesota Twins. As a leading innovator of sustainable cleaning solutions, the partnership further enhances the Minnesota Twins’ public commitment to water conservation and environmental sustainability. More than a dozen Tennant cleaning machines will now be used to help keep the 39,021-seat open-air ballpark cleaner, safer and healthier for employees and fans. Tennant equipment will…
  • 1M SF spec warehouse at Clarius Park Joliet achieves LEED Silver – See more at: http://www.rejournals.com/2014/07/21/1m-sf-spec-warehouse-at-clarius-park-joliet-achieves-leed-silver/#sthash.FRufG3pU.dpuf

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Clarius Partners announced that Building #1, a 1,001,184 square foot speculative warehouse facility has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Core & Shell (LEED-CS) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The property is located in Joliet, Illinois at 3851 Youngs Road within Clarius Partners’ $70 million master-planned industrial park, Clarius Park Joliet. Situated on a 51.4-acre land site, the building features 32’ clear ceiling heights, 50’ x 52’ column spacing, 75’ speed aisles and an ESFR sprinkler system. The property also includes 120 dock…
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    The Greenwashing Blog

  • Tar Sands: Ethical Oil?

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

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

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

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

    Thomas Schueneman
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Some examples of greenwashing A look at some of the more pernicious greenwashing messages in advertising: Can changing your oil change the world? Will buying a Nissan save the polar bears? Will buying water in bottles made from “30 percent plant-based materials” help solve our waste problem? No, no and no. It isn’t that each one of these products may, at some level, reduce some form of environmental impact. It’s just that each one of these ads employ some form of the six sins of greenwashing, confusing the hapless consumer into thinking real, substantive solutions only…
 
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    PLANET

  • These Young People Are Pioneering Appalachia's Post-Coal Economy

    Joe Solomon
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Joe Solomon is a campaigner with Energy Action Coalition. Highlander Center staff and Appalachian Transition Fellows don helmets in preparation for a trip into a mine at the Coal Mine Museum in Benham, Ky. Photo by Catherine Moore. In the Hunger Games novels, heroine Katniss Everdeen comes from a coal mining region known as District 12. Her people are poor and looked down upon, but they’re also resourceful and know how to work together. In the end, it’s those skills that allow Katniss and her friend Peeta to win the games against better-trained rivals from the wealthy capital. You could…
  • This Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Clean 50,000 Pounds of Baltimore’s Trash Per Day

    Brandon Baker
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This article originally appeared at EcoWatch.com. Photo by Inhabitat Blog / Flickr. A large wheel has been strolling the Baltimore Inner Harbor the past month, doing its best to clean the trash that has littered a city landmark and tourist attraction. It’s called the Inner Harbor Water Wheel, and though it moves slow, it has the capability to collect 50,000 pounds of trash. The timing for John Kellett’s solar-powered creation is crucial—hands and crab nets simply can’t keep up with the growing amount of wrappers, cigarette butts, bottles, and other debris carried from storm drains…
  • Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?

    Yessenia Funes
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    A child learns to ride on a bike rented from P’tit Vélib’. Photo copyright Jean-Baptist Gurliat / Mayor of Paris. Mini aspiring cyclists in Paris can now be seen biking alongside their parents—or at least trying to—while rocking a red, green, or pink helmet adorned with a playful “P’tit Vélib’” logo on the side. P’tit Vélib’ is the first bike-share program in the world to include tiny bikes for toddlers. P’tit Vélib’, launched June 16, is an extension of Vélib’, one of the world’s largest bike-sharing services—public programs where people can cheaply and…
  • The Eerie Beauty of Landscapes Devastated by Industry

    Christine St. Pierre
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Photos copyright Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Galerie Ropke, Koln / Galerie Springer, BerlinPhoto from Edward Burtynsky's "Water Series," the Colorado River Delta. Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s work speaks for nature that has been exploited by human industry and consumption. Taking photos from cranes, planes, and helicopters, often above areas that are not otherwise accessible, Burtynsky captures a wide view of devastation: oil wells dotted across a vast plain, railroads slicing through forest, polluted streams curving across landscape,…
  • Scared of Biking in Traffic? These Cities Are Making It Safe

    Jay Walljasper
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This article originally appeared at On the Commons. Cyclists use a protected bike lane in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by Paul Krueger / Flickr. You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks, Alaska, to St. Petersburg, Fla., transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just for cars and trucks. Dutch bike ridership has doubled since the 1980s, when protected bike lanes began to be built in large numbers. “Over the past five years we’re seeing an infrastructure revolution, a rethinking of our streets to accommodate more users…
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    GoGreenNation.org

  • Jon Stewart Rips Sarah Palin’s Call For Impeachment, But Not For The Reason You’d Think

    Mike Confino
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    For Jon Stewart, the most surprising part of Sarah Palin’s recent Facebook video wasn’t her call for President Obama’s impeachment, but a certain analogy she used to justify it. After Palin compared herself (or America?) to a “battered wife” who must say “no más” to Obama’s handling of the current immigration crisis, Jon Stewart welcomed “Latina Sarah Palin” on to the scene: “It appears that ex-Governor Palin has finally finished mangling the English language and has moved on to making Spanish incomprehensible. She’s…
  • Feds ask developer to stop work on Walmart in rare Miami-Dade forest

    Mike Confino
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A developer building a Walmart on a tract of disappearing forest between two national parks in south Miami-Dade County should stop all work until a survey of endangered wildlife is completed, federal officials warned this week. In a strongly worded letter sent to Ram Realty Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said at least eight threatened species, including the federally protected Florida bonneted bat and two endangered plants, could inhabit about 140 acres of pine rockland north of Zoo Miami off Coral Reef Drive. Field Supervisor Craig Aubrey said Ram should first obtain a federal…
  • Welcome to the Spanish Town Where People Come Before Profit

    Mike Confino
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the south of Spain, the street is the collective living room. Vibrant sidewalk cafes are interspersed between configurations of two to five lawn chairs where neighbors come together to chat over the day’s events late into the night. In mid-June the weather peaks well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the smells of fresh seafood waft from kitchens and restaurants as the seasonably late dining hour approaches. The scene is archetypally Spanish, particularly for the Andalusian region to the country’s south, where life is lived more in public than in private, when given half a chance.
  • Bill Maher Slams Militarized Police Culture In America

    Mike Confino
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Bill Maher used his closing monologue on the July 18 episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher” to take a jab at militarized police culture in America. He listed different small towns that use military-style tanks and “toys” in their police departments. “Once you start dressing and equipping people like an occupying army, they start acting like one,” he said. “Every day there’s another story in the paper about cops beating innocent people.” He noted that police culture isn’t just borrowing equipment and machinery from the army, but also…
  • Obama Opens East Coast To Oil Exploration For First Time In Decades Amid Wildlife Concerns

    Mike Confino
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation in coastal states, creating thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure. But it dismayed environmentalists and people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism. The cannons create noise pollution in waters shared by whales, dolphins and turtles, sending sound waves many times…
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    simple.green.organic.happy.

  • Me Time and My TV Boyfriends

    Robin
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:13 pm
    After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. ― Philip Pullman   Let’s get those disclosures out of the way: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team. This is a sponsored post. I didn’t take this photo of Benedict. This guy did and I’m using under the permissions of Creative Commons. If you follow me on Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook, you know I spend a lot of time at CrossFit Riverfront. You know I work a lot and seem to have more tech issues than the average bear. You see me with the kids— going…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Mama Robins are Tough

    Robin
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them. ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper   Less than a month passed, from discovery of the robin’s eggs to keeping the dogs inside while the fledglings learned to fly. Mama Robins have it tough, man. I know I wasn’t ready to see them fly the nest yet. They get so big so fast….      ** all photos taken by Jeff and texted to me to make me smile. I think. **  
  • When I Was Your Age, We Had 8 Channels: Boob Tube Nostalgia and a Netflix Giveaway

    Robin
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    how sad and bad and mad it was but then, how it was sweet ―Robert Browning   My nine-year-old is hooked on Gilligan’s Island. I thought it was funny when I was a kid, I guess. I certainly watched a lot of it, on summer days and when I was home sick from school. You didn’t have a lot of choice, back then; I had channels 3, 6, 10, 12, 17, 23, 29 and 57. That was it. During the day at least half of those were judge shows, talk shows or soap operas. We all watched the same sitcoms; we all share that cultural heritage. Back to Gilligan: the episodes drive me nuts now. I…
 
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    Green Sheet

  • Wall Street Memo Admits That Cyberattack Could Be 'Devastating For The Economy'

    Stephanie Yang
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Government and industry action against cyber attacks isn't moving fast enough for Wall Street. Now banks are proposing a cyber war council to defend against future threats to their data.  According to a Bloomberg report, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Sifma) has submitted a proposal for a committee of executives to protect banks from cyber terrorism. The group would work on active defense strategies and speedy communication between agencies and the private sector, if an attack were to occur. The members would come from the Treasury Department, the…
  • The Nation's Salad Bowl Is Turning To Dust

    Dina Spector
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    The entire state of California is reeling from three years of catastrophic drought that will soon force cities and farmers to limit the amount of water they use during the summer, the driest time of the year. Central Valley, often called the "nation's salad bowl" because it provides a majority of our fruits and vegetables, has been especially hard hit by the ongoing drought. One-third of produce in the United States is grown in the Central Valley, made up of Sacramento Valley in the north and San Joaquin Valley in the south. Here's how these crippling water shortages and restrictions are…
  • The Nation's Salad Bowl Is Turning To Dust

    Dina Spector
    26 May 2014 | 10:59 am
    The entire state of California is reeling from three years of catastrophic drought that will soon force cities and farmers to limit the amount of water they use during the summer, the driest time of the year. Central Valley, often called the "nation's salad bowl" because it provides a majority of our fruits and vegetables, has been especially hard hit by the ongoing drought. One-third of produce in the United States is grown in the Central Valley, made up of Sacramento Valley in the north and San Joaquin Valley in the south. Here's how these crippling water shortages and restrictions are…
  • 18,000 New Species Were Discovered Last Year — Here Are The Best

    Leslie Baehr
    23 May 2014 | 8:50 am
    A sea anemone that lives under an Antarctic glacier and a translucent snail from Croatia are among the top 10 new species of 2014 named by an international team of scientists on Thursday. The list comes from the nearly 18,000 species that were newly discovered last year.  The top 10 list, compiled this year by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s (ESF), has been released each year since 2008 to coincide with the birthday of 18th century Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus, who is considered the father of modern taxonomy. The list should not be…
  • Before And After Photos Show How Climate Change Is Already Melting The World's Glaciers

    Dina Spector
    17 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    While climate change is affecting every corner of the planet in different ways, the most striking evidence of a warming world is often captured by images of shrinking glaciers and the widespread disappearance of snow and ice. Scientists are most concerned about how the dramatic loss of Antarctic land ice contributes to global sea level rise. Researchers reported on Monday that the West Antarctic ice sheet is now in a state of irreversible collapse and could raise sea levels by as much as 4 feet by the end of the century. The rapid retreat of the West Antarctic ice sheet is anecdotal of…
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    Green Prophet

  • Solar panels and saving money at home

    Green Prophet
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    How would you like to save money by no longer paying electric bills? There are several ways in which this can be accomplished. The first option is to go completely off the grid, and choose not to use electricity of any kind. This may not be suitable for the average person and will definitely not be comfortable, even for the extremist. The next option is live very frugally and save energy in every way possible by limiting the amount of time in the home with the lights on, unplugging appliances, and even lowering the heat settings. Again, this is not a comfortable option. This option also does…
  • Demand safe work conditions in the Middle East where laws may be lacking

    Green Prophet
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Some workplace environments are naturally going to be considered more dangerous than others, meaning that someone working in an industrial or agricultural occupation is likely to be more exposed to dangerous working conditions than a person working in an administrative role in an office. Regardless of the obvious risks associated with perhaps a blue-collar worker in a working in a chemical plant compared to a white-collared counterpart who is based in an office, there are strict rules and regulations that have to be adhered to in order to protect the safety of workers everywhere. If you run a…
  • Green tourism the “next big thing” in Middle East

    Karin Kloosterman
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    An exciting tourism project is set to promise a bright economic future for Saudi Arabia. Saudi native Aziza Turkistani has created her own green tours in order to tempt tourists back into the region after disappointing visitor figures in June. She has been licensed to operate tours in Makkah, Jeddah and Taif for eight years, and would also like to provide transportation for pilgrims to Makkah, while attracting Saudi and GCC women to the tours. The move is an important one for Saudi natives, who consider tourism to be a “woman-friendly” industry as there are no religious restrictions that…
  • Beef much worse than chicken or pork – for the environment

    Karin Kloosterman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Confirming what we’ve known all along, the consumption of beef is much worse than a vegetarian diet, and also worse than eating other animal meat products like pork and chicken, a new study from Israel confirms. While veganism, even fruitarianism is picking up speed in Israel, researchers on the ground set out to quantify the impact of eating beef in hard numbers. New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, done in collaboration with scientists in the US, compared the environmental costs of various foods and came up with some surprisingly clear results. The findings, which appear…
  • Turkey’s Designnobis turns plastic bottles into solar-powered lanterns

    Tafline Laylin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    If you live in the Middle East, surely you are accustomed to seeing plastic bottles lining city streets and even far-flung desert areas. While a tiny fraction of these might be recycled in some countries, most of them will languish for years in informal and formal landfills. A young firm from Turkey, Designnobis wants to turn them into lanterns! Unlike other solar-powered lanterns that are currently on the market, Infinite Light treats waste (plastic bottles) as a valuable resource, which helps to drive down its overall carbon or environmental footprint. It could also potentially drive…
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Can a Global City be Good to Locals?

    futurecapetown
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Making progress possible, together” stands boldly at the top of Cape Town’s website. The ‘together’ part of the slogan is the catch. As we celebrate our progress of becoming a globally competitive city, I believe we need to take stock of whether the benefits of our progress are experienced together.read more
  • Congestion Pricing can make Beijing a more Equitable City

    EMBARQ
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government “quick fixes” aimed at easing congestion problems in the short-term.read more
  • Drink Your Water, And Eat The Bottle?

    Mark LeChevallier
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    The need for drinks on-the-go that won’t pollute our environment with bottles is far from news, as the movement to increase the use of reusable/refillable water bottles has been gaining momentum. But as the movement grows, so does the American appetite for drinks sold in plastic bottles.read more
  • Detroit Aquaponics Business Combines High-Tech Ag, Social Justice Mission

    Seedstock
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Many of Detroit’s urban agriculture ventures have a down-on-the-farm feel, but not the CDC Farm & Fishery. With its tubes and tanks, the business seems futuristic. You see, they are among the first aquaponic operations to set up in Detroit following the passage of an urban agriculture ordinance.read more
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Argentine Architecture: The Venice Biennale

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    In line with the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Argentine exhibition aims to reflect on how society incorporated modern ideas from the 20th century, to present, into its built environment.read more
 
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    Nokero

  • Onelamp Uganda Aims to Improve Primary Education with World’s Only Solar Light Bulb

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 18th, 2014 4:04 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 Nokero International, LLC today announced the launch of Uganda dealership, Onelamp, to provide solar light bulbs to Eastern Africa and combat a surge in East African illiteracy rates. Founded by Derrick Opio, Onelamp is illuminating the future of Ugandan education by providing a safe, sustainable, solar light to primary school children. Inspired by his education and social entrepreneurship research at New York City’s DO School, Mr. Opio Derrick Hosea found that 7.5 million Ugandan primary school children needed a cleaner alternative to kerosene lighting.
  • Mentionable Monday: Solar Promotes Ethical Fashion in Navajo Nation

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 14th, 2014 12:37 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Where exactly does ethical fashion meet technical innovation? At the crossroads of Etkie and Nokero: two sustainable companies based in the United States of America that promote equality. Equality in energy, and equality in social empowerment. One little, plastic, solar-powered LED is now transforming a Native American jewelry business by providing more time to work at night despite darkness across Native American Reservations. While Nokero believes that everyone deserves equal access to energy worldwide, Etkie uses sustainable energy to increase business efficiency and promote equal access…
  • Patented Solutions Will Change Our World: Celebrating the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Opening in Denver

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">June 27th, 2014 8:45 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    As the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prepares to open a satellite location in Denver (Colorado), Nokero reflects on their long journey through the patent world. On Monday June 30, Nokero Founder/CEO Steve Katsaros will speak at the USPTO opening ceremony about the importance that patents have played in this patent agents’ life and why patented products deliver better solutions to the bottom of the pyramid. Standing alongside Procter & Gamble at the Patents for Humanity Award Ceremony in 2013, it became evident that Nokero’s patent can change the world. As a winner in the…
  • Nokero’s Launches World’s Most Affordable Solar Light Bulb To Address Extreme Energy Poverty

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">June 27th, 2014 6:00 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Denver, CO—Nokero International, LLC today announced the availability of its ultra-efficient solar light bulb, the N182, billed as the world’s most affordable LED solar light bulb.  At twice the brightness but two thirds the size of the previous N180 model, Nokero’s latest design utilizes the highest efficacy LED, a radically redesigned circuit board, and a cost-effective solar panel. The versatile, pocket-sized N182 housing is configured so that it may be used as a hanging light, a standing task light, or a personal flashlight. The patented design emphasizes ease of use and efficient…
  • Colorado Energy Expo- Steve Katsaros Remarks on Brilliant Colorado Ideas

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">June 26th, 2014 7:38 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Steve Katsaros has a theory: that ideas can change the world, and specifically that Coloradans’ ideas about energy will change the world. Tomorrow kicks off the annual Colorado Energy Expo, which presents an opportunity for thousands of people to ‘discover our energy’ and learn how Colorado has made strides within the energy sector. Speaking amongst other thought leaders will be Nokero CEO, Steve Katsaros, in conversation about how ‘cleantech’ has become a global industry. Before clean technology began to spread throughout the world, kerosene was often the only source of light for…
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • Busch Gardens All-Day Dining Deal

    Calley Pate
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you usually take advantage of dining plans when you go to theme parks?  This past weekend while at Busch Gardens we decided to see if it was worth the price. Yes, there is a price associated with the all-day dining deal at Busch Gardens.  For adults, the price is $32.99 and for kids (ages 3-9) the price is $16.99.  If you are a passholder you can get a discount on the dining deals.  That may seem like a lot of money on top of the price of admission and parking, but I’ll explain why it’s a good deal! What’s included in the all-day dining deal?  Each person in your…
  • Avocado, Lime, Banana, Coconut Yogurt Push Pops

    Calley Pate
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week while shopping we found these adorable push pop molds and for $1.99 I couldn’t resist.  They sat hidden below the sink for a week until I decided what to put in them.  As I mentioned in my Avocado, Lime, Banana Smoothie recipe, I have a love affair with all things avocado! We decided to spike the recipe we used yesterday with some shredded coconut for a little texture.  While I bought a bag of shredded coconut for this recipe; my daughter actually convinced me to buy a real coconut for her.  Have you ever tried to crack a coconut?  It’s not as easy as it looks but…
  • What Makes A House a Home?

    Calley Pate
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    When you look around your home what do you see?  At first glance you may see the physical aspects of your home; the floors, the color on the walls, or the mirror at the end of the hall, but when you really look inside a home there is so much more to a home than the walls and beams. Look closely around you for the finger prints on the walls from when your kids forgot to wash their hands after painting the picture you have hanging on the refrigerator.  Or the sand that your little one emptied from her shoes after playing at the beach.  The collection of sea shells that your family brought…
  • Avocado, Lime, Banana Yogurt Smoothies

    Calley Pate
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    What could say summer more than a refreshing tropical smoothie?  I’ve always been an avocado junkie (seriously, I could live off these things) but my love was revitalized last week when I saw a friend of mine post a recipe about Tropical Avocado Popsicles.  They just looked absolutely delicious.  Today on my trip to the grocery store I filled my shopping cart with a few ingredients that I was craving; avocados, limes, bananas, and some Smooth & Creamy Vanilla Stonyfield yogurt.  My intention was to make some avocado push pops using some new molds we found at the store last week.
  • 10 Tips for Reducing Plastic in our Lives

    Calley Pate
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Take a minute and look around you.  How much plastic do you see?  So many products that we use everyday are made of or stored in plastic.  Plastic will NEVER break down – EVER!  You may be able to upcycle it or recycle it but there is a limit to the number of times it can be used.  In the end, it will end up floating in our oceans as tiny little plastic pellets that will harm the animals and ecosystems.  I won’t go into the details behind all of the waste but I encourage you to visit a friend of mine, Beth Terry, and her blog My Plastic Free Life.  While she may be one of…
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    TheCityFix

  • People-oriented Cities: Mixed-use development creates social and economic benefits

    Luis Zamorano
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Mixed-use development combined with pedestrianization on Mexico City’s Calle Madero promotes sustainable, prosperous communities. Photo by Julius Reque/Flickr. The “People-oriented Cities” series – exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights – is an exploration of how cities can grow to become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part series will address different urban design techniques and trends that reorient cities around people rather than cars. Mumbai, India can be a commuter’s nightmare. Downtown sits a full ten miles from the…
  • Customers protest new women-only cars on São Paulo metro system

    Renato Lobo
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    To help increase safety for women on mass transport, cities in Latin America are requiring women-only passenger cars on metro systems. Photo by Gustavo Gomes/Flickr. Cities around the world face the challenge of creating safe public spaces for women. In Brazil, sexual assault is a prevalent problem. Alarmingly, a survey by the Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada, a major Brazilian research institute, found that 65% of respondents agreed that “women who wear clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked,” a finding that sparked considerable public response. Perceptions…
  • Congestion pricing can make Beijing a more equitable city

    Ying Wang
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Congestion pricing has the potential to pave the way for more equitable mobility in China’s cities. Photo by GuoZhongHua/Shutterstock. China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government “quick fixes” aimed at easing congestion problems in the short-term. In Beijing and other cities, these include creating numerous expressways, flyovers, and tunnels throughout the city. But this infrastructure that…
  • Friday Fun: Cinema shows the power of sustainable transport

    Zhou Jia
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Cinema has the power to influence our perceptions on sustainable transport and confront us with tough questions about the future of urban development. Photo by Tama Leaver/Flickr. Movies have the power to shape our perceptions of love, of adventure, and of growing up. More subtly, movies also have the ability to shape our perceptions of small things, like how we interpret different cities, clothing brands, and even transport – who uses transport, how they use it, and why. All of these different social norms can be expressed in just a few scenes. Here are some of TheCityFix’s favorite…
  • What does a sociological approach to safe cities reveal?: Findings from a national workshop in India

    Neha Mungekar
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    In order to make cities safer and public spaces more inviting for all, EMBARQ India studied how women perceive – and how they are perceived in – India’s urban public spaces. Photo by EMBARQ. While concerns of violence against women are not new, women’s safety in public spaces has received significant attention in India in the past two years. Cities are seeing increased demands around making public spaces safer for women, ranging from better infrastructure, effective policing, more stringent punishment for perpetrators, creating “eyes on the street,” and more. Specifically,…
 
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    EarthTechling

  • Malibu Leads U.S. Mainstreaming of Stop/Start Technology

    Guest Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Fuel-saving ‘blink of an eye’ standard application combats effects of vehicle idlingIn the blink of an eye, the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is leading the way in bringing fuel-saving standard start/stop technology to the mainstream sedan market.Ninety-seven percent of customers who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu – accounting for about 83,000 vehicles – opted for the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder base engine equipped with standard stop/start technology. It is the most aggressive rollout of stop/start technology in the U.S. by an American automaker.Stop/start reduces fuel consumption and…
  • Last Month Was the Hottest June of All Time

    EcoWatch
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just like the month that preceded it, June 2014 was the hottest of its kind in our planet’s history.According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), global land and ocean surface temperatures combined for an average of 61.2 degrees, making last month the hottest June ever. That figure exceeded the previous record in 1998 by 1.3 degrees.In addition to marking the second consecutive month with a record high global temperature, June was also the fifth month this year to rank among the four hottest of all time for its respective month. February was the only…
  • Renewables: More Than Half of 2014′s New U.S. Energy Capacity

    EcoWatch
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Renewable energy continues growing its share of new electricity generation in the U.S.According to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, solar and wind energy constituted more than half of the new generating capacity in the country for the first half of 2014. Solar and wind energy combined for 1.83 gigawatts (GW) of the total 3.53 GW installed from January to June. New generation in-service (new build and expansion). Graphic credit: FERCNatural gas constituted much of the remainder of installed capacity with about 1.56 GW. Coal and…
  • How Does U.S. Rank in Energy Efficiency?

    EcoWatch
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    While the rest of spent much of the past month watching the World Cup, hoping our fandom would help push the U.S. to a better outcome, one nonprofit was busy ranking the world’s top energy efficiency performers.The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has unveiled the top 16 countries in terms of energy efficiency policies and programs. The U.S. finished near the bottom, placing at No. 13. The country scored a 42 out of a possible 100 on its scorecard, which is based on four categories: Buildings, industry, transportation and national effort.Meanwhile, Germany…
  • Colbert Pokes Fun at ‘Rolling Coal’

    EcoWatch
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you’re the type of person others would consider an environmentalist or you just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, you might be subjected to a fellow motorist “rolling coal.”Apparently, it’s the new middle finger.When a driver rolls coal, he or she revs up their diesel truck engine to produce and emit large black clouds from the $500 smoke stacks they would have needed to install on their vehicles. Also known as “Prius repellent,” the act of rolling coal is basically a protest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, President Barack Obama and any inkling…
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    Intercon

  • Transforming the D.C. Navy Yards with Transit Oriented Development

    T. Caine
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    As one of the country’s oldest cities Washington has a lot to see and, as a result, a lot one can miss. Amidst the migrating swarms of people milling around for the 4th of July festivities, the nation’s capital recently provided me with some top quality dining, refreshing beverages, art museums, monuments and even some transit oriented development complete with dash of adaptive reuse. I was fortunate enough to walk around the evolving landscape of the D.C. Navy Yard. This post-industrial area continues to undergo a series of remarkable changes that have been in the works for over…
  • The Ground Up Sustainable City

    T. Caine
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
    Of the many things that the Middle East has historically been known for, sustainability has not usually been at the top of the list. The clash of Western values with the harshness of the local climate can wedge sustainability between a lot of sand and a hard place. Though there is a broad critique of the unsustainable attributes of the region’s development path, for years there has still been the budding prospect of Masdar City in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. Despite years of slow progress and still having a healthy way to go, Masday City still has a wealth of potential to…
  • Transit Oriented Development Needs More than Just Location

    T. Caine
    27 May 2014 | 5:53 am
    At the apex of Interstate 93, Interstate 95 and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, a new project is underway touting its focus on Transit Oriented Development (TOD). The term garners support (and rightly so) from designers and planners for its methodology of building denser communities around existing mass transit corridors as an alternative to sprawl. The site for University Station in Westwood, Massachusetts has all of the key components for a successful TOD project. However, as the project has developed its direction has become a better example of how design and planning choices can…
  • Sobering Fact: Plenty of Asbestos Still Sold in the US

    T. Caine
    14 May 2014 | 11:38 am
    Most people that have conducted maintenance on a home or apartment in the last two decades have probably bumped into asbestos. Asbestos is a fibrous material whose strength and resistance to fire and decay made it a popular choice for numerous products in the first half of the 20th century including floor tile, adhesives and building insulation. Unfortunately, asbestos fibers can flake off over time to move throughout the air. Eventually we can breathe the fibers in where they can cling to the lining of our lungs and inner cavity tissue. The result can be Mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer…
  • Drifting in a Cloud of Amenities

    T. Caine
    12 May 2014 | 6:02 am
    Most architects care to believe that people will recognize a well-designed space when they see it and that the nuances of a successful design process will be ascribed value in the eyes of potential occupants. However, what seems to be increasingly often, there are extra features and accoutrements that are added to the package outside of the inherent quality of the living space in order to sweeten the deal for payors and entice them to cough up that little extra something. These property amenities are emerging as an interesting barometer for how our culture is ascribing value. But of all of…
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    ecolissa

  • Giveaway: Threads 4 Thought Britta Top! Ends 7/27

    Melissa Dion
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Enter to Win the Gorgeous Threads 4 Thought Britta Top!Giveaway: One of our lucky readers will win the Threads 4 Thought Britta Top!The Threads 4 Thought Britta Top is a must-have spring tank! The soft cotton-modal fabric is lightweight and perfect for the warmer months, while the floral lace back makes this tank both fun and flirty. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. 100% vegan. Available in Small, Medium, or Large.Scoop necklineWide tank strapsFloral lace backImported60% organic cotton, 40% modal jerseyEntries go in the…
  • New Arrivals: Threads 4 Thought Delphine Maxi Skirt

    Melissa Dion
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Threads 4 Thought Delphine Maxi Skirt is a lightweight knit skirt with high slits on both sides. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Vegan. Available in Black (as shown). $40.Fitted through the hipFloor lengthSheer stripe materialImported60% recycled poly, 40% organic cotton
  • New $14 Organic Cotton Scoop Neck Tees!

    Melissa Dion
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Threads 4 Thought Basic Scoop Neck is is the perfect layering piece for everyday. With a slightly longer length and feminine scoop neck, it is a great fit for every body type. It is so comfortable and flattering, that we are sure you'll want one in every color! Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Available in Black, White, Robin Egg, and Wild Orchid. $14. Slim FitImportedHem hits below the hip60% Organic Cotton, 40% Recycled Polyester Shop Now
  • New $12 Organic Cotton Tees!

    Melissa Dion
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The Threads 4 Thought Basic V-Neck has a long and lean fit and is the perfect layering piece for everyday. The smooth and lightweight blend creates an easy drape and is comfortable to wear. In a variety of delicious hues, make sure to grab one in each color! Made of 60% Organic Cotton and 40% Recycled poly. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Imported. Available in Black, White, and Blue. $12 each.Shop Now
  • New Arrivals: Threads 4 Thought Summer Fashions

    Melissa Dion
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Threads 4 Thought Hudson Dress$40  Threads 4 Thought Britta Top$36  Threads 4 Thought Everyday Dress$40 At Threads 4 Thought fabrics are made using the most sustainable materials possible such as organically grown cotton, and polyester derived from recycled water bottles. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Fabric is cut and sewn into a specified style. Embellishments such as prints, beads, stones are applied last. Screen prints are often done using K2 water…
 
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Environmentalists have a right to protest – but not at all costs

    Sinclair Davidson, Professor of Institutional Economics at RMIT University
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Environmental activist Jonathan Moylan (centre) with supporters as he leaves a Sydney court in 2013. Moylan has been charged over a hoax email that affected the share price of Whitehaven Coal.AAP Image/Dean LewinsHere is a tough question – what are the limits of legitimate protest? As Lord Keynes is famously reputed to have said, everything depends on everything else. What is protest? What is legitimate? I’m going to take as my starting point that protest is legitimised by the rule of law. The kind of acceptable behaviour that one might observe in a liberal democracy is very different…
  • What should we do with Australia's 50,000 abandoned mines?

    Corinne Unger, Industry Fellow, Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation at University of Queensland
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Australia has a strategy for abandoned mines - but it needs implementing. Caveman/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDWandering around Australia, you might want to watch your step — the country currently has more than 50,000 abandoned mines. Some represent a significant threat from contamination; others may pose safety risks; and still others may be losing their value as cultural heritage. Recently experts met in Brisbane for the four day Life of Mine conference to explore how to leave positive legacies from mining. This included exploring the challenges of, and long term solutions for, our abandoned mines.
  • Abbott may have delivered the ETS' last rites, but what did Bernardi’s G8 do?

    David Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies at Monash University
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    AAP/Alan Porritt If Tony Abbott had been expecting to get a lift in the polls from carbon tax repeal, he would have been left disappointed by weekend polls which had him tracking from bad to worse. His adept handling of the MH17 tragedy might give him a slight lift in the next poll, but these polls are even more calamitous for Abbott if we accept claims that landline-based polls have been underestimating the Labor and Green vote for many years. Many revelations have come out with the carbon tax repeal, including disclosures about an inner core or ‘Group of 8’ within the Coalition who have…
  • Affordable batteries for green energy are closer than we think

    Iven Mareels, Dean of Engineering at University of Melbourne
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Battery costs can make up a quarter of the cost of an electric car such as this Tesla Model S. Shal Farley/Flickr, CC BY-SAAt the heart of the current debate around energy is the question of storage. In cars, how to build batteries that run for hundreds of kilometres; in electricity, storing energy from solar panels for when the sun doesn’t shine. Our analysis shows that the past very high storage costs are now rapidly falling. This suggests that the financial appeal of electric cars and stationary storage is set to keep increasing considerably in years ahead. First introduced by Sony in…
  • Space tracking reveals turtles' record-breaking ocean swim

    Graeme Hays, Professor of Marine Science at Deakin University
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Green turtles can travel immense distances using stored fat reserves.R.D Kirkby & B.S KirkbyA satellite-tracking study of green turtles in the Indian Ocean has rewritten the record books for long-distance marine animal migration, showing that they can travel some 4000 kilometres without stopping for food. The turtles roam far beyond the borders of large marine protected areas, raising questions about whether large marine parks, in isolation, offer enough protection for migratory species. The Chagos Archipelago protected area covers 640,000 square kilometres around the isolated group of…
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  • Third week of Plastic Free July #pfjuk

    Mrs Green
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Welcome to week 3 of my Plastic Free July challenge. You might remember that I didn’t feel I could take on the whole challenge. So I pledged to buy all fruits and vegetables naked throughout the month as this is a habit that has crept back in recently… The first two weeks went brilliantly. During […]
  • Second week of Plastic Free July #pfjuk

    Mrs Green
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    I swear the Universe is beaming down on my with the winds of good fortune. If you remember last week, I was feeling a bit of a newbie about taking up my mini Plastic Free July challenge. I pledged to reduce the amount of plastic packaging I end up with from buying fruits and vegetables. […]
  • First week of Plastic Free July #pfjuk

    Mrs Green
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    How are you getting on with Plastic Free July? You might remember I made a tentative pledge: To reduce the plastic packaging that’s been creeping back in my life on fresh fruit and vegetables. I know exactly why that is… An increasing work load has meant the quick and simple option for me is to […]
  • What single use or disposable item could YOU give up?

    Mrs Green
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Here’s a topic close to my heart and it happens to involve a woman close to my heart too! Small Footprints is someone I admire greatly. She inspires me daily, runs a fantastic blog and motivates people across the globe to take action in mkaing the world a greener, KINDER place to be! She does […]
  • Are you taking part in Plastic Free July?

    Mrs Green
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:27 am
    It’s plastic free July – what a brilliant month to get involved with before you take part in the Boot Camp that is otherwise known as Zero Waste Week! Created in Perth, Australia, Plastic Free July was birthed in 2011. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging […]
 
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  • Easy Upcycled Planters

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Gardening in small spaces is a great way to bring fresh ingredients into your diet. Try these easy upcycled planters (perfect for herb garden!) to get you started. Planter Materials: Empty Cartons Scissors Soil Seeds or plants Planter Instructions: Have one or many, these easy planters are cute, functional and perfectly sized for herbs or small flowers. Rinse your carton and let dry. Using a knife or scissors, carefully cut out one side of the carton. Fill with soil, plant your seeds (or seed-lings!) and watch them grow! Because these cartons are made for liquids, you can water your plants…
  • Eco Print Scarves

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Oh, how I love making eco-patterns on playsilks and scarves. Silk takes color like crazy and the natural materials used in the patterns are easy to see. There are as many ways to eco-print as there are crafters in the world. Try this simple (yet satisfying) technique. What you’ll need: 100% silk scarf or playsilk, any size & pre-wetted (try Dharma Trading Company) White vinegar Small bowl with some white vinegar Non-reactive pot Rubber bands Plant materials such as eucalyptus, dark rose petals, onion skins, etc. (I favor the silver dollar leaf type of eucalyptus, but use whatever type…
  • Garden Caprese Salad

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A classic, this garden Caprese Salad is simple to make and guaranteed to satisfy and impress! Ingredients: Balsamic Vinegar Basil Tomoatoes Mozzarella Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt & Pepper Directions: Create a balsamic reduction by pouring a bottle of Balsamic vinegar into a small pot and boil gently for 20-25 minutes, until it creates a thick but pourable sauce. Set aside. Slice tomatoes & mozzarella into thick slices and arrange on a plate. Sprinkle on a pinch of salt and pepper. Add a basil leaf or two for each piece of tomato and mozzarella. Drizzle the dish with olive oil and the…
  • Unexpected Pleasures: Finding Joy in Daily Routines

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Line drying clothes always seemed like a lot of work. Rather than just throwing laundry from the washer to the dryer, I would have to haul a heap of damp clothing outside, individually clip each item to the clothesline, and then remember to come back later to take everything in again. In the meantime anything could happen—rain, wind, or even nosey neighbors laughing at my dainties. Despite my misgivings, however, when we rented a small house with a gorgeous backyard, I knew I had to give it a try. On the first sunny day after I had installed our clothesline (and by “I,” I mean “my…
  • Juicy Burgers with Gruyere

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A fun twist on a classic, these juicy burgers have fresh flavors and diet are versatile for those with allergies.   Ingredients 1 1⁄4 pounds ground beef 1 teaspoon kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 3 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (sharp Cheddar is also good) 1 avocado 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated 1⁄2 cup Quick-Pickled Onions Directions: Place the chicken, bacon, eggs, avocados, fennel, cheese, tomatoes, and blossoms (if using) in their own bowls. Place the bowls in the center of your dining table. In a large salad bowl, lightly dress the salad greens. Pour the…
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  • Landmark Decision for Local Control – Major Setback for Fracking Supporters

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

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

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

    Rose Ellen O'Connor
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Mingo Logan WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court refused on Monday to hear the Mingo Logan case, which revolves around whether the Environmental Protection Agency may veto a dumping permit already granted by the Army Corps of Engineers. The case now goes back to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. At issue is whether the EPA may stop Arch Coal from building a huge mountaintop mine in Logan County, W.Va.  St. Louis-based Arch Coal, one of the world’s largest producers of coal, according to its website, is the parent company of Mingo Logan Coal Co. Arch Coal’s Spruce…
  • CIA Cover Story Gives Birth to Deep Ocean Mining

    Robert Thomason
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:10 am
    K-129, surfaced-Azorian (top); Polymetallic Nodules (bottom, USGS) Resting deep on the seabed of the Pacific are two symbols of oceanic politics, one decaying as time ticks by; the other slowly growing at a pace measured in millions of years. The first symbol is the salvage site of Soviet submarine K-129. Once it prowled the seas with three nuclear missiles, but suddenly she and her crew were lost to the depths. After sinking mysteriously in 1968, the diesel-powered submarine became the object of an expensive and elaborate operation of the Cold War. The Central Intelligence Agency and Howard…
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    EarthTechling

  • Malibu Leads U.S. Mainstreaming of Stop/Start Technology

    Guest Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Fuel-saving ‘blink of an eye’ standard application combats effects of vehicle idlingIn the blink of an eye, the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is leading the way in bringing fuel-saving standard start/stop technology to the mainstream sedan market.Ninety-seven percent of customers who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu – accounting for about 83,000 vehicles – opted for the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder base engine equipped with standard stop/start technology. It is the most aggressive rollout of stop/start technology in the U.S. by an American automaker.Stop/start reduces fuel consumption and…
  • Last Month Was the Hottest June of All Time

    EcoWatch
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just like the month that preceded it, June 2014 was the hottest of its kind in our planet’s history.According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), global land and ocean surface temperatures combined for an average of 61.2 degrees, making last month the hottest June ever. That figure exceeded the previous record in 1998 by 1.3 degrees.In addition to marking the second consecutive month with a record high global temperature, June was also the fifth month this year to rank among the four hottest of all time for its respective month. February was the only…
  • Renewables: More Than Half of 2014′s New U.S. Energy Capacity

    EcoWatch
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Renewable energy continues growing its share of new electricity generation in the U.S.According to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, solar and wind energy constituted more than half of the new generating capacity in the country for the first half of 2014. Solar and wind energy combined for 1.83 gigawatts (GW) of the total 3.53 GW installed from January to June. New generation in-service (new build and expansion). Graphic credit: FERCNatural gas constituted much of the remainder of installed capacity with about 1.56 GW. Coal and…
  • How Does U.S. Rank in Energy Efficiency?

    EcoWatch
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    While the rest of spent much of the past month watching the World Cup, hoping our fandom would help push the U.S. to a better outcome, one nonprofit was busy ranking the world’s top energy efficiency performers.The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has unveiled the top 16 countries in terms of energy efficiency policies and programs. The U.S. finished near the bottom, placing at No. 13. The country scored a 42 out of a possible 100 on its scorecard, which is based on four categories: Buildings, industry, transportation and national effort.Meanwhile, Germany…
  • Colbert Pokes Fun at ‘Rolling Coal’

    EcoWatch
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you’re the type of person others would consider an environmentalist or you just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, you might be subjected to a fellow motorist “rolling coal.”Apparently, it’s the new middle finger.When a driver rolls coal, he or she revs up their diesel truck engine to produce and emit large black clouds from the $500 smoke stacks they would have needed to install on their vehicles. Also known as “Prius repellent,” the act of rolling coal is basically a protest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, President Barack Obama and any inkling…
 
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    CleanTechies

  • There’s No Reason To Wait for Next-Generation Electric Cars

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The most popular electric cars available today, like the Nissan Leaf (shown above), offer a driving range of between 80 and 90 miles per charge. Many consumers view this range as insufficient—even though U.S. motorists, on average, drive less than 40 miles per day. Some of these drivers are waiting to buy or lease their [...]
  • Infographic: Interactive Guide To UK Renewable Heat Incentive

    Solar Tech Ltd.
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    The UK’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is now available and will be administered by the energy regulator Ofgem. The RHI will support and reward households who move away from fossil fuels for heating their homes. Use this helpful guide on how to apply and what the benefits will be. This content is brought to you [...]
  • International Energy Efficiency Ranking Shows How the US Shortchanges its Economy

    Elisa Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    A new international energy efficiency ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy places the United States at a lowly 13 out of 16 leading world economies. There are many reasons to bemoan the finding. The US is throwing away a lot of economic opportunity. Energy is a basic economic input. Using more, where [...]
  • 100 MW Ontario Solar Project to Move Forward

    CleanTechies Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    CarbonFree Technology, solar project developer and operator, based in Toronto, Canada, announced its participation as a development partner of Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. and Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure in a 100 MW solar power project located in the City of Kingston and Loyalist Township, Ontario. The Kingston Solar Project, which will produce enough emission-free electricity to meet [...]
  • First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Wins Federal Funds, Courtroom Fights

    3BL Media
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    For over a decade, Cape Wind’s proposal to build a turbine farm off Cape Cod has generated excitement and opposition in large measures—but no power. New federal funding and recent courtroom victories may soon change all that, and launch America’s offshore wind industry in earnest. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office has announced [...]
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  • Create a Magical Mini Succulent Garden With Repurposed Wine Corks

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    I have a confession to make–we drink a fair amount of wine in our household. There’s not much else better than enjoying a nice dinner with an even nicer bottle of wine, or having a Prosecco Mimosa on Sundays with friends on our back deck. What that means though is that we pretty much always have leftover wine corks hanging around our house. When I start to collect too much of one kind of thing it starts me thinking–no, not that we are drinking too much wine, but what could I do with all those corks! I turned them into a succulent garden. How about that for repurposed? In…
  • How to do a Headstand: What Your Yoga Teacher Isn’t Telling You

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Learning how to do a headstand can be scary and fun–but it should always be safe. For some of us, the last time we were upside down was when we were kids. Walking into a studio and practicing yoga poses—especially inversions like headstand and handstand—is a chance to revisit the sense of fun and freedom that comes from literally flipping your usual perspective on its head. But, how to do a headstand isn’t often as easy as it was when we were kids. The idea of placing weight on our heads and necks can be scary, and  in a drop-in class, yoga teachers are working with students…
  • Vegan Chocolate Gelato Recipe with Coconut Milk and Dark Rum

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This chocolate gelato recipe is vegan though you would never guess it by the rich and full mouthfeel that goodquality dark chocolate and coconut milk provide When churned in an ice cream machine the texture is creamy and luscious as if actual cream were included in the recipe. Makes about 1 quart Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1 cup coconut water 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate such as Scharffen Berger or Valrhona, finely  chopped 2 cups coconut milk 1 tablespoons dark rum Pinch of salt Directions In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, coconut water, and cocoa…
  • 5 Vegan Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial in maintaining overall health – they are found in every single cell of the body. But it isn’t as simple as increasing consumption of foods with an omega-3 content, as the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids is just as important. Too much omega-6 can overshadow the benefits of omega-3 and deem any food, otherwise rich in omega-3s, a bad source for the fatty acid. There is a list of foods, most notably cold-water fish, that provide omega-3s whilst keeping the ratio with omega-6s low, but we’ve sorted out the vegan options so you can keep your diet…
  • 5 Ways to Survive Multiple Dietary Restrictions at Dinnertime

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Food intolerance and ethics are tricky subjects at many family dinner tables. But when your food issues clash–think vegan and Paleo–you can have some serious dinnertime drama when it comes to dietary restrictions. Implement our five ways to survive mixed food issues at family dinner to survive the struggle with ease. Our family has several dietary restrictions. I’m a gluten-free (mostly) vegetarian and my daughter is dairy and nightshade intolerant. Between those two issues and the fact that the rest of the family eats meat, we’ve had a few challenges with eating…
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    Hip Moms Go Green

  • Healthy Guacamole w/ Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Nickie Knight
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I was raised in Houston, Texas so I can never turn down a freshly made guacamole. The one I am sharing with you today is my version of one of my favorite restaurants here in Scottsdale called The Mission. They make their guacamole tableside and it is super fresh. There is no reason all of […]
  • Are You a Rockstar Copywriter that No One Knows Yet?

    Nickie Knight
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Hi there. It’s Nickie Knight here from HipMomsGoGreen. I am about to make a HUGE move from this original website over to my “name” site. I need someone who can write kickass copy to clearly communicate what I am all about. Some of the greats have now moved on to teaching instead of one-on-one work. […]
  • Cherry Mint Limeade

    Nickie Knight
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:33 pm
    One of my favorite things to do in the summer time is make refreshing drinks. There is nothing like a healthy thirst quencher served poolside!  I love this recipe because it is super fast when the kids are begging for something sweet on a hot day. **all ingredients are organic 1/2 cup frozen cherries 2 […]
  • The Benefits of Quinoa

    Nickie Knight
    16 May 2014 | 4:09 am
    I certainly didn’t grow up eating quinoa since rice was the main staple in southern Louisiana! Quinoa doesn’t go to well with gumbo, gravy and etoufee. However, I have incorporated it into my diet for many reasons. This quinoa info graphic spells it out perfectly. Quinoa is gluten free and has tons of magnesium. So […]
  • Summer Slim Down

    Nickie Knight
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Picture this: For 21 days a Holistic Nurse and Certified Health Coach tells you how to eat, what to eat, and why to eat it. You’ll learn everything you need to know about food and nutrition in 21 days flat. I am super excited to have partnered with my good friend Elizabeth Rider for this […]
 
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    Planet Forward

  • 10 Alternate Uses for Nail Polish Remover

    Planet Forward
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Did you know nail polish remover could be used for more than taking off your nail polish? Today, we’ll show you the versatility of this common household product. As you may know we are always looking for new ways to help you live a more sustainable and economical lifestyle, and part of that mission includes upcycling. Upcycling is the term used for taking something old and repurposing it into something new and useful. (photo: sallyhansen.com) In our extensive sustainable living series we’ve shared with you how to repurpose: plastic bags, paper towel rolls, tin foil, old t-shirts,…
  • Plastic Bag Outdoor Pillow Insert Eco-friendly Craft

    Planet Forward
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Summer is here and if you’re looking to get your outdoor space ready for a BBQ, we’ve got a handy eco-friendly craft for you. This might entail putting out pillows on a swing, bench, or chair. A relatively simple and inexpensive way to do this is to make your own pillow insert using plastic grocery bags. This is a no-sew project, so anyone can do it with ease. Most people have now made the transition from plastic to sustainable bags; however plastic bags are still lingering around your home. With this craft project you can put those bags to good use and help keep them out of landfills.
  • Organic Gardening and My Planting Layout

    Planet Forward
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I did it! I finally planted my garden. Hello and welcome back my fellow greenthumbers to another edition of my organic gardening series and today we’re talking about herbs and vegetables. As you may know a harsh winter and lingering cold pushed planting back a few weeks in my area, but I finally got to plant. The process was fraught with peril as my rototiller didn’t start at first, but eventually the very handy person who helps me and I got it going. I know many of you believe in turning your soil by hand or not at all, but I’m on clay and it is too hard to do by hand. I am careful not…
  • DIY Key Wind Chime Eco-friendly Craft

    Planet Forward
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The weather has finally turned warm, and that means you’re getting the outside of your home ready summer gathers, BBQs, and time spent outside. A great addition to any outdoor space is a wind chime as there is something special about that soft, melodic, tinkling sound wafting in on a warm summer breeze. That is why today we’re sharing with you this DIY key wind chime eco-friendly craft. Know that, as always, this meets our three tier criteria for what makes great DIY craft project. First, the main element has to be something you’re upcycling. For this project that item would be the keys…
  • Organic Gardening And The Death of An Ash Tree

    Planet Forward
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and welcome back my fellow greenthumbers to another edition of my organic gardening series. Today, we’ll once again be discussing my front yard. Unfortunately I have some sad news to share with all of you, the tree in front of my home is dying. (photo: arnprior.ca) I knew something was off when winter’s icy grip finally lifted and the trees started to bud and bloom. I noticed that like many of the trees in my area, only the bottom portion began bud and the top branches were barren. Never in all the years I’ve lived in my home, which is coincidentally how old the tree is, has this…
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • Contemporary Jewish Museum explores legacy of Pond Farm in special exhibit

    christine
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    View of interior of Pond Farm barn/studio. Photograph: Anthony Veerkamp. Courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation. Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. On view April 24–October 6, 2014. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Last year in February I wrote a story for BayNature.org on a significant but little known historical site tucked away in the rolling hills above the Russian River Valley in what is now Austin Creek State Recreation Area – a California state park. Here a French Jewish woman by the name of Marguerite Wildenhain became one of the most…
  • Yosemite became world’s first nationally protected park 150 years ago

    christine
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Valley of the Yosemite, Painting by Albert Bierstadt, 1864 Monday, June 30, 2014, marks the 150th anniversary of the federal land grant that dedicated 39,000 acres of the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees and Yosemite Valley to the state of California for protection in perpetuity. The legislation protecting these lands in the Sierra Nevada symbolized the first time a federal government set aside lands solely for preservation for the people. The 19th century artist Albert Bierstadt first visited the glacier-carved Yosemite Valley in 1863 to sketch the cliffs, domes and waterfalls of one of…
  • Celebrating projects to study and protect wildlife in the Bay Area

    christine
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma Valley is part of the Sonoma Land Trust’s Wildlife Corridor Study In a post to celebrate Earth Day today, Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, points out that the United States has many “firsts in conservation:” “We were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. “ To follow her lead, I am dedicating this post to honor…
  • Famous mountain lion illuminates plight of wildlife on urban edge

    christine
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Griffith Park Mountain Lion P-22 when he was healthy. Photo credit: National Park Service A celebrity lives in a park above the Hollywood Hills amid a thick cover of chaparral and oak woodlands. He has helped rally the public to understand the plight of wildlife living on the urban fringe. He goes by the name “P-22” as the 22nd mountain lion to wear a GPS radio-collar in a study by the National Park Service. Widely known as the “Griffith Park mountain lion,” P-22′s improbable existence on an island of nature in the high hills above Los Angeles gained widespread media…
  • Nancy Duarte: Transforming audiences to change the world

    christine
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    “Changing the world starts with transforming an audience, and an audience will only change if you resonate with them.” That was the advice of Nancy Duarte in her presentation at a gathering of the San Francisco Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) on April 4, 2014. Presentation innovator Nancy Duarte is the CEO of Duarte Inc. based in Sunnyvale, California and the publisher of books on how to create engaging and memorable presentations that move audiences. Duarte’s clients have included politicians, thought leaders, nonprofit organizations…
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    Eco Friendly Home Furniture Design Ideas

  • Examples of Eco-Friendly Glass Countertops

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

    Sarah Clarke
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Is there anything more soothing and serene than a stroll through a beautifully lit, atmospheric green forest? Or a walk on a fall day through the orange, reds and browns of an autumn wood? Even a day spent in the bare trees and white serenity on a winter walk can bring a busy mind to a quiet place. Trees and forest scenes just have a way of making any space look more relaxing and zen-like. So its no surprise that designers and homeowners have latched on to the trend of papering their walls with forest themed or tree patterned wall paper and murals. There are so many gorgeous options available…
  • Looking to Buy a New Standing Desk?

    Sarah Clarke
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    More and more ergonomic experts agree: sitting all day isn’t great for your mind OR body. It’s not just hurting your back, neck and eyes – many scientists agree that sitting for hours at a time may do long term damage to your insides, too.  One study suggests that sitting all day increases your risk of heart disease by up to 65%.  Check out this infographic to see just how many issues arise from sitting at your desk, day in and day out. For this reason, designers developed standing desks, or stand up desks, which are built so that you can stand and work at your computer,…
  • Vintage Lighting with Beautiful Edison Bulbs

    Sarah Clarke
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    With the public’s design aesthetic leaning more and more towards an old fashioned, vintage look – lighting and lamps are one of the design elements most easily utilized for achieving this fantastic rustic modern look.  Vintage lamps that house Edison bulbs have started showing up everywhere.   You can find these gorgeous lightbulbs inside wrought iron globes and cages, in chandeliers, or just hanging from cords. Because these light bulbs give off such a soft and pleasing light, they can be hung bare, and their antique look is the most popular trend in lighting design in homes,…
  • A Few Eco-Friendly Workspace Decorating Tips

    Sarah Clarke
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Your job site is your second home. Therefore, if there is any chance you can decorate it the way you want and save the planet at the same time, go for it. You have unlimited options available to you if you are seeking a way to create an eco-friendly area that is yours and no one else’s. You can mix and match different colors and different materials that are all safe for the environment. The following is a list of basic eco-friendly work space decor tips: Choose furniture that provides room for light to enter your room. This will reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your…
 
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  • Elon Musk: Telsa Model X

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Tesla Idles Factory To Retool For Model X Production The retooling will cost about $100 million, . . . which is less than normal thanks to a series of tax cuts, . . . passed by California aimed at landing the Gigafactory. With the goal of delivering at least 35,000 vehicles in 2014, . . . Tesla is aiming for more than a 50% increase over last years sales. . . . if you think that’s ambitious though, wait until you see what . . . Elon Musk has planned for 2015 and beyond. 07-23-2014 Source:  Elon Musk: Telsa Model X
  • Self-Cooling Solar Cells

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Solar panels in full sun can easily reach temperatures of, . . . 130 degrees Fahrenheit and above. . . . Those temperatures lead to efficiency loss and . . . shorten the lifespan of the panels, . . . by breaking them down more quickly. Scientists at Stanford, have created a passive cooling technology, . . . that solves all of those problems and . .. they've published their research in the Optical Society's journal Optica. The society explains that by adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass, . . . to the surface of ordinary solar cells, . . . the team has found a way to let solar…
  • Standard & Poor’S "warning"

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    US-based credit ratings group Standard & Poor’s has become the . . . latest financial market heavyweight to lend its voice to growing concern . . . that the majority of the world’s remaining coal assets could end up stranded, . . . risking billions of dollars in investments and . . . threatening the economic security of exporting nations. This was a concern for investors, not to mention the world’s coal producers, . . . which in 2012 included: . . . . . . China (3.5 billion tons), . . . . . . U.S. (1.0 billion tons), . . . . . . India (0.6 billion tons), . . . . . . Australia (0.4…
  • Make More, Waste Less

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Can you . . . . . . tinker, . . . . . . reinvent, . . . . . . fix, or . . . . . . create, . . . something that turns up the efficiency and . . . turns down the waste? Do it!  Just share how you made your home more efficient, and . . . explain how others can do the same. The top 5 winning projects, voted by the community are at the link below. 07-23-2014 Source:  Make More, Waste Less
  • Internet Speeds 10X Faster?

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Researchers have developed a technique that can boost internet data speeds, . . . by up to 10 times, by making the nodes of a network much smarter and . . . more adaptable. The advance also vastly improves the security of data transmissions, and . . . could find its way into: . . . . . . 5G mobile networks, . . . . . . satellite communications and . . . . . . the Internet of Things. 07-22-2014 Source:  Internet Speeds 10X faster?
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • 5 Ways the Biomass Heating Industry is Laying the Foundation for Explosive Growth

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    At HeatSpring, we connect and build communities of learners and experts. Sharing knowledge is our passion. We collaborate with people in technical, complex industries to develop awareness, inspire creative ingenuity, and push boundaries. Most recently, we’ve focused on the biomass energy heating industry. To get a pulse for what’s happening in the industry, we connected with six awesome individuals who are working on increasing the adoption of biomass heating systems: Dr. Harry “Dutch” Dresser, Managing Director of Maine Energy Systems Maura Adams, Executive Director…
  • New Massachusetts Solar Bill H.4185 Would Destroy Community Solar Potential In the Commonwealth

    Chris Williams
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    This is a guest post from Sam Rust from SRECTrade about new solar legislation in Massachusetts. (Editor Note: A note about the importance of community solar for lowering customer acquisition costs, something EVERYONE in the solar industry cares about. Everyone is talking about lowering customer acquisitions costs and soft costs and community solar has the potential to instantly drop acquisition costs by 50% to 80% for solar companies offering roof mounted and community solar projects. Why? It’s simple math. If you had 100 solar leads, a good conversion rate of leads to customers would…
  • Free Solar Design Tool: String Sizing Tool For Commercial Solar Projects That Works with All Inverters

    Chris Williams
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    One of the most important aspects of designing a solar array is sizing module strings to operate within the parameters of the selected inverter. This is especially true for commercial and megawatt solar projects. To help in this process, we’re providing a free solar design tool to our readers. Ryan Mayfield and Renewable Energy Associates has developed a free solar design tool to help in that process. Most inverter manufacturers offer some type of sizing tool, whether it’s simple or advanced, it’s usually limited to selecting only their products. The REA System Sizing Tool lets you…
  • Designing Wood Gasification Boiler Protection Systems: T & ∆T Pumping: An application that leverage both strategies

    Chris Williams
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    This is a guest article from John Siegenthaler. In the fall, John is teaching an advanced design course on Hydronic-Based Biomass Heating Systems. This is the most advanced and technically challenging biomass design course that you’ll find anywhere. The capstone project for the class will be designing a system and getting it reviewed by John. The class is capped at 50 students, and there are 30 discount seats. You can get a discount and sign up for a test drive here. Click here to join our Linkedin group to connect with professionals and share best practices for selling, designing and…
  • How to Normalize Energy Consumption For Weather Influences Using RETScreen ® Plus

    Chris Williams
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    This is a guest post by Michael Ross from RER Energy Inc. Michael is teaching a 6-week, 30 hour class on Mastering RETScreen for Clean Energy Project Analysis. The class is capped at 50 students, and there are only 30 discounted seats. Get your discount here. Download Tutorial EmailEnter EmailConfirm EmailThis is the email where the article will be sent. Article Goal  This article shows engineers and energy data analysts how to “normalize” energy consumption or production to account for the variation in weather over time. By the end of the article, you should understand why normalizing…
 
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • Top Green Beauty Products 2014 Update: My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

    paigewolf
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    My favorite natural beauty products is becoming an annual round-up, as I find better, cleaner, more amazing favorites! My original post was in 2011 and was followed up in 2013. After spending another year trying out some of the best organic luxury beauty products on the market, I have a few new favorites to share and a few that have stood the test of time. Others have been removed from the list because of purity of ingredients, annoying repackaging, or simply finding something that worked better.   Piperwai Natural Deodorant I met these two girls at a Philly flea market and…
  • Mark Your Calendars – And Call for Vendors! CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell Fall Craft Show Celebrates American Handmade Wares

    paigewolf
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Philly tourists can bypass the made-in-China liberty bell magnets and other worthless tchotchkes marketed as “souvenirs!” Here’s a new craft show that highlights true sustainability – handcrafted items made in the U.S.A. and sold at the steps of Philadelphia freedom! CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell is holding its first Fall show on Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Presented at the epicenter of American History, surrounded by iconic monuments and greenery, the outdoor juried art fair is staged adjacent to the Liberty Bell…
  • Sustainable Summer Swaps on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta

    paigewolf
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    If you didn’t catch my segment on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta – or you did and want to know where to find the products – here is the scoop on eco-friendly summer solutions for the busy mom. CBS46 News We all want to be kinder to the planet and make safer, greener choices for our families. Summer can be a particularly harried time for moms so we have some simple swap-outs for more sustainable solutions! 1.Sunscreen Most conventional sunscreens include chemicals classified as endocrine disrupters, meaning that with repeated exposure they can mess with your hormones. The most…
  • Giveaway: Boiron Arnicare Gel and Calendula Cream

    paigewolf
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Yes, I am that “green mom” who still relies on plenty of conventional medicine. I don’t think herbs alone will cure an ear infection or keep my anxiety in check. That said, when there is an alternative or homeopathic method that works for my family, I am all about it! I’m a big believer in integrative medicine, and have found acupuncture and arnica to be just as beneficial to my well being as aspirin. One natural brand I have found to be safe and effective is Boiron, a world leader in homeopathic medicines. Boiron  is committed to providing products that work…
  • Lessons in Sustainability: When Your “Green” Changes are Less Than Eco-Friendly

    paigewolf
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    Sustainability, green living, healthy choices, safer products – it’s all a learning curve – and a curve with “curve balls” at that. Just when you think you are doing something right you find out it’s actually kinda wrong. Just this week Consumer Reports proposed putting a ban on the word “natural” on food labels – because it is completely meaningless! It’s frustrating for sure – but the important thing is to not give up! Remember that perfect is unattainable but better is always possible! With that said, here are a few things I…
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  • PETA urges Kevin Spacey to go vegetarian for charity BBQ

    mdestries
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Kevin Spacey's charity BBQ for the arts has caught the eye of PETA; with the animal rights org offering the "House of Cards" star a monetary donation should he decide to make the private dinner a vegetarian experience.   
  • 'Survive the Tribe' takes survival TV to a new level

    gmiller
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    For biologist and survival guide Hazen Audel, the best way to learn about indigenous people is to live with them and live like them, adopting their customs, diet and way of life, no matter how dangerous, difficult or bizarre they seem.
  • World's largest aquatic insect has 8-inch wingspan and 'giant snake-like fangs'

    bnelson78
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The world's largest aquatic insect has been discovered in the remote mountains of China's Sichuan province, and it's terrifying. As Yahoo News reports, this monstrous beastie has a wingspan of about 8.3 inches, but most intimidating are its menacing mandibles, which have been described as "giant snake-like fangs" and look like they could easily dismember a human finger.   
  • Want to get a serious case of happy feet? Watch this

    lmoss
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Feel like dancing? After watching this collection of memorable dance scenes you will.   Featuring cuts from 93 movies — including scenes starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as well as Chunk's "Truffle Shuffle" from "The Goonies" — this four-minute video is sure to get you moving.  
  • Getting Warped (and feeding kids at the same time)

    kbell
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    For the past nine years, I have attended one of the largest and longest-running music festivals in the world — Vans Warped Tour.  
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    Greener Ideal

  • This eco-friendly supermarket is using food waste to power its store

    Ian Andrew
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    When you think about how often food in your fridge goes bad and needs to be thrown out, it’s easy to see how the issue of food waste would be amplified for places such as restaurants and supermarkets. It’s pretty common to see heavily discounted fresh food at the grocery store, because the store owner knows […] Read the full article: This eco-friendly supermarket is using food waste to power its store on Greener Ideal
  • Could Your Next Vehicle Fill Up with Hydrogen?

    Greener Ideal
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Austrian industrial gas systems-maker Linde AG has launched an H2 production line to support commercial demand for the development of hydrogen filling stations. Currently the previously nascent hydrogen-fueled vehicle segment has seen to be generally cost-inefficient, particularly since the market concept has been applied without a proper public delivery infrastructure solution in tow.   Linde, on the other hand, […] Read the full article: Could Your Next Vehicle Fill Up with Hydrogen? on Greener Ideal
  • Why the World Needs Clean Water (and how you can help)

    Ian Andrew
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The infographic below is full of astounding stats, such as:  780 million people lack access to clean water Every 30 seconds a child dies from a waterborne illness 80% of all disease in the world is caused by contaminated water and 3.4 million people die every year from water related diseases It’s eye-opening to think […] Read the full article: Why the World Needs Clean Water (and how you can help) on Greener Ideal
  • 10 Safe Sunscreens For Your Sunny Summer Days

    Sarah Burke
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    Rates of people who are diagnosed with skin cancer have been on the rise since the 1970s when studies revealed the dangers of too much sun exposure. In the Environemental Working Guide’s (EWG) 2014 Guide to Sunscreens, they argue that it’s because people have become too reliant on sunscreens to protect their skin and therefore don’t […] Read the full article: 10 Safe Sunscreens For Your Sunny Summer Days on Greener Ideal
  • Installing a Residential Wind Turbine for Your Home

    Colin Dunn
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Power from home-based wind turbines can be used locally, or sold back to the utility to offset power costs. Utilities buy green power from homeowners at retail rates, rather than the lower wholesale rates that the large generating stations receive. There is a great deal of power to harness in the wind, and even a […] Read the full article: Installing a Residential Wind Turbine for Your Home on Greener Ideal
 
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    Wilderness News Online

  • Storm Blows Down Trees, Injures BWCAW Campers

    gregseitz
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Jon Davis via Wikipedia Storms with high winds have caused widespread damage in the Boundary Waters, and trapped at least two parties of campers under fallen trees. A man and boy were rescued early Tuesday morning on Lac La Croix after a tree fell on their tent about 3 a.m., according to Northland News Center. The 13-year-old boy was having trouble breathing, and the 37-year-old man suffered a broken shoulder and arm. A local outfitter rescued them and transported them by boat to the Crane Lake Portage, where rescuers took them to receive medical treatment. Tuesday afternoon, the St.
  • Major Twin Metals Partner Declines To Increase Stake in Project

    gregseitz
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Drilling equipment at a Twin Metals mineral exploration site. Chilean mining company Antofagasta PLC has declined an opportunity to take a bigger financial stake in the Twin Metals project near Ely, MN. The move means the company—which has invested more than $200 million in the joint venture so far—will pass up the chance for a controlling stake in the project, and operations will revert to junior mining company Duluth Metals. The announcement comes just before the release of a Pre-Feasibility Study for the project, which will include detailed information about the project’s…
  • EPA Will Study Source of Air Pollution in Region’s National Parks and Wilderness

    gregseitz
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    Best and worst haze conditions in the BWCAW (via U.S. Forest Service) Reduced visibility in federally-protected areas in northern Minnesota and Lake Superior was the subject of a legal settlement reached last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups. Xcel Energy’s largest power plant, the Sherco facility 45 miles north of the Twin Cities, contributes to haze in Voyageurs and Isle Royale National Parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, all of which are required to have the most pristine air in the nation. Reducing the haze would be a costly…
  • Study Will Examine Water Quality in Rainy River Watershed

    gregseitz
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Rainy Lake (Photo by Jeff Kantor, via Wikipedia) The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has begun a 10-year effort to protect and restore water in an area covering much of the Quetico-Superior region. The study will involve scientists from many public agencies “collecting water, sediment, biological and fish data to help better understand what factors are influencing water quality and the aquatic plants and animals dependent upon it,” according to a news release. A public meeting was held at the Gunflint Lodge on June 19th to provide information and seek volunteers for monitoring…
  • High Water Wreaks Havoc on Rainy Lake

    gregseitz
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:11 am
    By Greg Seitz Submerged stone bridge at Mallard Island on June 16, 2014 (Photo by Bob Hilke, courtesy Oberholtzer Foundation) Heavy rains and the remnants of spring runoff have combined to cause extremely high water levels on Rainy Lake on the Minnesota-Ontario border. The impacts include the lake encroaching on Mallard Island, the home of 20th-century wilderness explorer and advocate Ernest Oberholtzer. A few buildings on the island have been flooded, according to Beth Waterhouse, executive director of the Oberholtzer Foundation, which preserves and operates the site as a retreat for small…
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Imlay City, Michigan: Mulefoot Gastropub redefines the food culture

    GTG Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    | A Green Field of Dreams | It’s on a beach walk along wind-swept Lake Huron in the Thumb—do as all Michiganders do and think of the state as mitten-shaped and you get the picture—that we meet Paul Weideman. He is playing with his big, boisterous dogs. We begin to chat. A friendly guy, we soon […]Imlay City, Michigan: Mulefoot Gastropub redefines the food culture is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market

    GTG Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    | Green Travel News | Health-conscious travelers now make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. travel marketplace and that number is trending upward—fast. Already a $439 billion market, the wellness travel industry is expected to grow another 50 percent through 2017, according to the Global Wellness Tourism Congress. Meanwhile, hotels and resorts are […]Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Coatepec and Xico, Mexico: Veracruz green high

    GTG Staff
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    | In the Land of Chipichipi | We could feel the air cool and freshen as we began to ascend la Ruta de la Niebla, the Way of Fog, into las Alturas, the highlands of Mexico’s Veracruz state. Whereas down on the brown sands of its Gulf of Mexico beaches it had been hot and humid and there was […]Coatepec and Xico, Mexico: Veracruz green high is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Los Angeles: a festival of green reasons to go

    GTG Staff
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    | Earth Friendly L.A. | Looking for another reason to visit Los Angeles? The Green Festival, the nation’s premier green living event, comes to L.A. September 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This unique experience celebrates positive, sustainable solutions. It’s where people come to meet renowned authors, actors, visionaries and community leaders; shop with hundreds of green […]Los Angeles: a festival of green reasons to go is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way

    GTG Staff
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    | Sabor Mexicano Farm | It’s a perfect afternoon in Northern California’s Russian River resort area of Sonoma County, hot but not too, and a smiling and jovial Jorge Saldana is doing what countless numbers of his countrymen back in Mexico are doing on this and every Sunday—happily grilling under deep blue skies, surrounded by hungry people […]San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
 
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    Hexa Green

  • Alstom to supply turbines for massive Renova Energia project

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    €320 million contract entails 127 wind turbines for Umburanas wind farm complex. Under the terms of the deal, Alstom will deliver, erect and commission the wind turbines, which comprise the ECO 122, ECO 110 and ECO 100 models. The agreement also includes operation and maintenance services, for over €1 billion. When complete, the Umburanas wind complex is expect4ed to generate 355.5 MW — enough energy to provide power to approximately 700 000 people. “Our partnership with Renova Energia is one of the largest onshore agreements in the wind industry globally,” said Yves…
  • Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in First Half of 2014

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed). Solar alone has accounted for nearly a third of new U.S. generating capacity thus far in 2014: 32.1 percent (1,131 MW). Wind provided 19.8 percent (699 MW), followed by biomass (2.5 percent – 87 MW), geothermal (0.9 percent – 32 MW), and…
  • Study ranks Germany as world’s most energy efficient economy

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    A landmark study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has awarded Germany the top honor, less than a week after the country’s Nationalmannschaft swept all before it on its way to World Cup soccer glory. The ACEEE report found that Germany’s economy performed particularly well on all metrics, with strong codes on environmentally friendly buildings and a healthy appetite towards renewable energy, including solar. The U.S. and Australia, in contrast, came in for particular scorn amid concern around the pace of environmental efforts in those countries,…
  • WindStream Technologies installs world’s largest wind-solar project in Jamaica

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    Indiana-based WindStream Technologies is set to erect the world’s largest wind-solar hybrid installation in Kinston, Jamaica. The 80 kW installation consists of 50 WindStream SolarMill units that will generate more than 106,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually, (25 kW of wind and 55 kW of solar), and an expected return on investment of less than four years for Kingston law firm Myers, Fletcher & Gordon (MFG), which commissioned the project. The SolarMill is a new distributed energy technology consisting of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT), solar panels and proprietary…
  • India’s national solar mission back on track

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    India’s ambitious solar plans have received a much needed boost from the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi following disruptions caused by delays and trade diputes. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) last week issued guidelines for the installation of 1.5 GW of solar power plants — the biggest tender to date. In addition, the government has tapped state-owned company NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) – the trading arm of the state-owned electricity giant NTPC — to accelerate the solar rollout and help meet the targets set by the solar…
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    Ecology Global Network

  • How a Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change

    Jay Walljasper
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Courtesy of On the Commons It offers an appealing alternative to more stuff and more money, which drives environmental destruction today. It’s easy to not think about the looming climate crisis. For one thing, it’s depressing to ponder the misery ahead if we don’t take drastic steps now to curb greenhouse emissions. It’s even more depressing when you consider that even the most modest steps to reduce carbon use in the US have been derailed by corporate lobbyists and ideological zealots. And even when we do think about climate change, it feels abstract and distant. How can a few parts…
  • Depopulation Debate in Japan, One of the World’s First Countries to Face the Issues

    Guest
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Courtesy of Japan for Sustainability by Kaori Iwashita and Junko Edahiro Issues surrounding depopulation have been hotly debated in Japan in recent years. The country’s population almost tripled over the course of a hundred years and peaked in 2008. By October 2013, however, it had dropped back to 127.29 million, a decrease of approximately 800,000 people. If the population were to continue decreasing at this pace, we are told, it would drop to one-third the current number over the next 100 years. If this trend continues, population decline and aging will lead to a decrease in the…
  • Indigenous Mountain Farmers Unite on Climate Change

    Guest
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Courtesy of Sci Dev Net Farmers from 25 indigenous mountain communities in ten countries have come together to share traditional knowledge that could help them to mitigate climate change and to lobby governments for greater recognition of their unique knowledge. The International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples was formed at a workshop in Bhutan last month (26 May-1 June). It includes communities from Bhutan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Taiwan, Tajikistan and Thailand. Member communities from Bhutan, China and Peru had already agreed to exchange…
  • Baltimore Harbor’s Water Wheel Powered Trash Interceptor

    Jane Engelsiepen
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Baltimore Harbor has been struggling to improve its water quality in recent years. With the goal of restoring the harbor to a “swimmable and fishable” state by 2020, the city has deployed an innovative new product to alleviate the trash and debris that storm water runoff carries from the Jones Fall watershed into the Baltimore Harbor. The Water Wheel Powered Trash Interceptor uses the current of the river to turn a water wheel, which lifts floating trash and debris from the water, up a conveyer belt and into a dumpster barge. The debris is taken to a waste-to-energy plant where it is…
  • The “Green Economy” Can Encourage Jobs and Innovation

    Guest
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Courtesy of the European Environment Agency Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits. ‘Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies‘ considers how European economies can drive more efficient material resource use as part of the transition towards a ‘green economy’, a recently stated aim of the EU. While many environmental trends are gradually improving, the EU needs…
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    ecocitizenaustralia.com.au

  • Eco-Friendly Tyres – An Overview

    Tracey Hordern
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Here’s something I bet you rarely think about, yet the chances are you have four of them, but perhaps only two. These inanimate objects are often lifesaving if they are in good working condition, but you need to replace them regularly. Replacing them is based on distance travelled, rather than time. So what are they? Tyres of course! If most adults in Australia regularly replace their tyres, as they should, where do all these tyres go? This question bears more weight, bearing in mind they take hundreds of years to break down - and that’s if they are exposed to sunlight. Alarmingly, if…
  • Greening The Concrete Jungle: Sydney’s New Green Wall and Roof Policy

    Samantha Winterland
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:45 pm
    So much has been said about the necessity of greening our cities. From reducing air pollution, the urban heat island effect and managing water resources more efficiently to creating better places to raise our children, we have heard it all. All around the world local authorities fight for budget to fund the creation of parks amidst the concrete jungle. Yet, one Australian city has upped its game, taking the fight for more green areas vertical. The City of Sydney introduced the first-of-its-kind (for Oz) green roof and wall policy which aims to encourage both residential and commercial…
  • Think inside the box – Boxed Water is Better

    Tracey Hordern
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Boxed Water is Better is about sustainability and giving back. The US based developers wanted to start a new water company that has sustainable packaging, gives back to foundations (especially those linked to water) that they feel are important and develop a product that has a lower carbon footprint than today's traditional bottled water. The Americans are letting us in on the little secret that boxed water is better. Inspired to create a brand of bottled water that is better for the environment, the Michigan-based company came up with the idea of boxed water. Boxed Water Is Better delivers a…
  • Another intelligent life form is right here on earth: plants

    Ross Kendall
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:56 pm
    The new discipline of plant neurobiology is at last treating our fellow earthlings as intelligent, feeling and communicating beings. The first collective and concerted effort to study the intelligent capabilities of plants could well be traced back to the first meeting of the Society for Plant Neurobiology in Florence 2005. The society itself notes the term plant neurobiology could be changed to something like: Sensory Biology in Plants. But goes on to note: “these names don't quite cover adaptive plant behaviour, signalling and communication and topics like plant immunity, plant memory and…
  • Mental Health Awareness Could Save Lives

    Nina Hill
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Mental Health is an issue that is quite close to me. Growing up in a family where illness such as schizophrenia is a very big part of my loved ones life, means I understand the complications and stresses it leaves not only on that person but also on that persons loved ones. Over 250,000 Australians suffer from Schizophrenia and over another million people care for them (ABC online). It is difficult to determine the exact symptoms of schizophrenia as there is not one set of symptoms per person, the disease can vary from case to case. There are even different sub types of schizophrenia and…
 
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    ecokaren

  • How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You

    Karen Lee
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    GAPS diet has taken me on an interesting gastronomic journey and revelations. I knew fermented food was great but GAPS diet puts fermented foods all the way at the top of the list of good foods for gut health. I’ve been making and eating fermented veggies for years and I never knew how much it...  Read More » The post How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret How to pickle your summer harvest Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet
  • How to make bone broth and why it’s healthy

    Karen Lee
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Bone broth. I started seeing those two words all over the web recently. I wondered, what’s the big deal with bone broth? I always made my own chicken or veggie stock so I wondered, ‘What is the difference? Isn’t all broth the same? Just boil some meat and bones and you got broth/stock, right?” Well,...  Read More » The post How to make bone broth and why it’s healthy appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Foods That Heal Your Gut Sea Veggies Primer: Kombu (Kelp), Dulse, Wakame, and Nori What Vegans Don’t Eat
  • Country Living Fair with Hometalk

    Karen Lee
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    I had an amazing opportunity to attend the annual Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY, courtesy of Hometalk.com, a few weeks ago. I had been cooking non-stop for my family’s new GAPS diet for days and it was great to be out in the sun, walking around the Duchess County Fairground at my favorite country...  Read More » The post Country Living Fair with Hometalk appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! Celadon Road: Natural Products for a Greener Life
  • Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret

    Karen Lee
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    You know I’m a kimchi mama, being Korean and all. But I don’t limit myself to just kimchi, when it comes to eating fermented veggies. I love eating any fermented vegetables, including fermented green cabbage and cucumbers. Since I grew up eating kimchi, I often crave salty, sour fermented foods with my meals. During hot...  Read More » The post Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You Korean Kimchi Recipe Demystified 10 Fail Proof Ways to Eat Healthy
  • Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet

    Karen Lee
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    We are ending this week with one more post on gut health. I know I might sound like a broken record but I’ve been on a healing path to address my family’s health through addressing their gut. So excuse me if your think this topic is not “for” you. But I hope you’ll explore the...  Read More » The post Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Heal Your Gut & Heal Your Life Foods That Heal Your Gut How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You
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  • Solid Wood Desks 10% Off: Back to School Sale

    Manchester Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Discover the quality of our American made solid wood desks at 10% off during our Back to School Sale. Although this sale probably doesn’t pertain so much to first year college students, or those boarding for high school studies where most furniture is supplied in dorm living; this blog focuses more on the student returning this school season with a more definitive approach on his or her future. We can’t think of better items for study and work than our American made solid wood desk furniture. Providing your child, grandchild, or yourself with a product that will not only last…
  • A Few Grateful Giveaway Responses

    Manchester Wood
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Our July Montauk Chair Gratitude Giveaway is receiving many grateful responses! Here are a few… As our monthly giveaway about gratitude winds down, we share a few responses of what people are grateful for. If you’d like to enter for a raffle drawing on a FREE Montauk Chair, join us! There are 2 things I am MOST grateful for…my Family & my Freedom!-Lacey B. I’m grateful for libraries — just got access to an academic library after a few years without, and I’m reminded all over again how lucky we are to have access to so much good, free information.-Jenny I am thankful…
  • Why Free Shipping Matters

    Manchester Wood
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Our solid wood furniture ranges from $20 to over $80 in shipping costs… but it’s Free Shipping always for you, and our prices are still reasonable. It’ll be hard to find another American made furniture maker who offers Free Shipping always no matter if there is a sale or not. It’s not a special promotion. It’s a promise. And that promise is not to tack on fees after you’ve agreed with a price. To not be surprised when checking out to discover a huge cost added on to dampen the experience. We don’t believe in buyers remorse at Manchester Wood. We feel…
  • Buying Not Because It’s Easy

    Manchester Wood
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Our furniture isn’t easy to find unless you know us. And if you’ve found us, you’ve discovered something very hard to find. We recently had a consultant come into the factory who mentioned the famous JFK speech on going to the moon. It was about how JFK as a leader stood up and said essentially, we’re going to the moon… we don’t know how we’ll do it, we haven’t the slightest idea exactly how it’ll all work out… but we will do it regardless of obstacles. Casting out the high expectancies of a dream not knowing when but knowing someday…
  • Testimonial: Hardwood Coffee Table

    Manchester Wood
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    We love hearing our customers say exactly how we feel when marketing our furniture. This hardwood coffee table is not only affordable and similar to one at Pottery Barn, it’s made out of solid wood – not MDF! I bought this table in chestnut color [pictured above] for my small living room. I wanted something casual, solid and made in USA. This table fits every criteria that I have! It is also hard to believe that the cost is not through the roof for a solid hardwood table that’s made here. The quality is great. I was debating between this table and a similar one from Pottery…
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  • 5 Best Beaches in Spain

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    From highs that once reached somewhere between 30-60 million, wild bison on the plains of North America had dropped to an estimated 100 by the...
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    Beyond the Southern border of the United States lies Mexico, the fifth largest of all countries in North and South America combined; a land romanticized...
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  • get industrial… in your own backyard

    bambeco
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sleek and chic… perfect for outdoors Throw open the windows and the doors! Bask in the sunshine and let go. Summer is time to relax and unwind, to reconnect with friends and family. And time to take your entertaining outdoors! … Continue reading → The post get industrial… in your own backyard appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • solar magic… light up the night

    bambeco
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Like fireflies flickering on a summer night…at your next outdoor gathering, give the moon some competition and set your yard aglow. If the idea of outdoor solar lighting brings up images of the practical, but plain, it’s time for a … Continue reading → The post solar magic… light up the night appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • go rustic… the great outdoors is calling

    bambeco
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A place neglected by time. Covered in vines and greenery. Still standing, ready to be transformed, given new life. You don’t need to find a fabulous old barn to get the same feeling of accomplishment, the same striking look of … Continue reading → The post go rustic… the great outdoors is calling appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • it isn’t (only) about the beer…

    bambeco
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Picnics at the beach, or in the park. Refreshing beverages on the patio with friends. A slower pace, time to relax, recharge, and enjoy. The concept of “celebration” wasn’t conceived in Germany…but we think they have it pretty close to perfect. … Continue reading → The post it isn’t (only) about the beer… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • sangria party

    bambeco
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A fresh summer day. Relaxing outdoors with friends. Hours spent talking, laughing, living. Celebrate the season in easygoing, sustainably chic style. Invite friends over for a Sangria Party! Think Sangria and most immediately imagine dining on an outdoor balcony on … Continue reading → The post sangria party appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Joyfully Green

  • How to Make Time for the Things You've Been Longing To Do

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    "And if not now, when?" -- Hillel There's a lovely stretch of "country road" that winds through our town (actually, there are many lovely stretches in this part of New Jersey, but for the sake of this story, I'll concentrate on one). Every time I've driven along this particular road, on my way from one errand to another, I've made a mental note to stop there "someday" and take pictures of the horses. Someday... The problem with "someday" is that it often boils down to "never." Yesterday, I realized that I had to actually…
  • Monday Snapshot: Pretty in Pink

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    No, not the Molly Ringwald film (although that's one of my favorites from way-back- when)...these little blooms, photographed at Greenwood Gardens. If you know what they are, I'd love to know, too! Hope your week is just as lovely! Join me on Google+ where I share new photographs (almost) daily. © 2014 by Joy Sussman/JoyfullyGreen.com. All rights reserved. All photos and text digitally fingerprinted and watermarked. Please do not use any of my photographs without asking me first for permission at JoyfullyGreen.com@gmail.com and then clearly linking back to this site with photo…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 27: A Mixed Bag of Loveliness

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    You're in luck: Two weeks in a row of wonderful reads for your weekend! A short and pretty post at Thinking Through My Lens: Let Them Fly. I love how my friend Lois fosters nature appreciation in her grandchildren, as she does in this thought-provoking post called Nature In Distress My friend Connie's post made me hug my (still-young) children a little tighter: Four Ways In Which My Life is Totally Different Now That My Kids Are Teenagers. Tricia at Little Eco Footprints writes about how there are now TV screens at gas pumps in Australia. When will the madness end, filling up every…
  • Capture and Release

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    "MOM!!! There's a HUGE BUG in here," my daughter yelled to me from the family room this morning. I'm not a big fan of my kids yelling, especially first thing in the morning. But it was what she said next that warmed my heart: "GET YOUR CAMERA!" I love how my children no longer fear bugs, but instead see them as something to study. This didn't come naturally; they squished quite a few critters "back in the day." But since I don't freak out whenever I see a bug, and show a real interest and enthusiasm for them, the kids seem to have co-signed on…
  • Monday Snapshot: Land of Make Believe

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    One of our favorite summer traditions is taking the kids to The Land of Make Believe, an old-timey amusement park in the town of Hope, New Jersey. Even with the water park, the rickety roller coasters, and cherry-flavored ices on a hot summer day, the kids' favorite thing to do is participate in the play at the outdoor theater. They're never sure what parts they'll get, or what costumes they'll wear, or who will be the Bad Guys and who will be the Good Guys, but it's always a story that ends with "happily ever after." Making believe is the best part of being…
 
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  • get industrial… in your own backyard

    bambeco
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sleek and chic… perfect for outdoors Throw open the windows and the doors! Bask in the sunshine and let go. Summer is time to relax and unwind, to reconnect with friends and family. And time to take your entertaining outdoors! … Continue reading → The post get industrial… in your own backyard appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • solar magic… light up the night

    bambeco
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Like fireflies flickering on a summer night…at your next outdoor gathering, give the moon some competition and set your yard aglow. If the idea of outdoor solar lighting brings up images of the practical, but plain, it’s time for a … Continue reading → The post solar magic… light up the night appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • go rustic… the great outdoors is calling

    bambeco
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A place neglected by time. Covered in vines and greenery. Still standing, ready to be transformed, given new life. You don’t need to find a fabulous old barn to get the same feeling of accomplishment, the same striking look of … Continue reading → The post go rustic… the great outdoors is calling appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • it isn’t (only) about the beer…

    bambeco
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Picnics at the beach, or in the park. Refreshing beverages on the patio with friends. A slower pace, time to relax, recharge, and enjoy. The concept of “celebration” wasn’t conceived in Germany…but we think they have it pretty close to perfect. … Continue reading → The post it isn’t (only) about the beer… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • sangria party

    bambeco
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A fresh summer day. Relaxing outdoors with friends. Hours spent talking, laughing, living. Celebrate the season in easygoing, sustainably chic style. Invite friends over for a Sangria Party! Think Sangria and most immediately imagine dining on an outdoor balcony on … Continue reading → The post sangria party appeared first on inspired habitat.
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  • Greentech news for March

    greenadmin
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Icelandic power plant builder Reykjavik Geothermal announced plans to commence drilling in Ethiopia by the middle of this year. The project will use steam escaping from a collapsed volcano to power the turbines  more The White House launched a climate plan to cut methane gas emissions from landfill sites. The American Petroleum Institute opposed the new rules suggesting voluntary efforts as an alternative more Plans to build a cable from Norway to Germany to trade renewable energy looked doubtful as concerns were raised over the profitability of the project more The post Greentech news for…
  • Greentech news for February

    greenadmin
    28 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Here is your round -up of Greentech news for February… In India farmers are being encouraged to use solar energy to power pumps to irrigate their crops. In order to conserve water the farmers must agree to use drip irrigation in exchange for subsidies to purchase the solar powered pumps more Plans were submitted for the creation of a tidal lagoon in Swansea, Wales that could provide power for 120,000 homes. Tidal power is a very reliable form of renewable energy as the production of electricity is not dependent on weather conditions. More Australian Prime Minister and climate change…
  • Greentech news for January

    greenadmin
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Welcome to our first round-up of greentech news for 2014 Ford introduced a concept electric car the C-Max Solar Energi that recharges it’s self using solar power. A neat idea but although photovoltaic cells have improved efficiency in recent years the car would still need a solar concentrator to focus the suns rays. The five meter high canopy focuses light like a magnifying class to improve efficiency. While parked the semi-autonomous car moves backwards and forward to capture as much sunlight as possible. While the C-Max Solar Energi may never be sold to customers an improved version…
  • Greentech news for December

    greenadmin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Falls in the cost of wind turbines suggest that they are close to being profitable without subsidies. Warren Buffet’s utility company MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co has ordered $1bn of turbines for projects is Iowa more NASDAQ listed Canadian Solar gained 700% this year. A new strategic direction to sell power plants delivered the company’s best quarterly results for 2 years more The increasing cost of coal power in India means that Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd may invest up to $400m in renewable energy projects more The post Greentech news for December appeared first on The…
  • Greentech news for November

    greenadmin
    9 Feb 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Biofuel manufactures in the US were lobbying the the Environmental Protection Agency to try and prevent a watering down of the US renewable fuel mandate. Pressure from fossil-fuel producers resulted in the EPA proposing a reduction in the amount of renewable fuel that refines must blend with gasoline more Apple’s announced that their new plant based in Arizona will run entirely on renewable energy. The plant will create 2,000 jobs and is part of a policy to boost manufacturing in the US more UK power producer RWE Innogy shelved plans for a 240 turbine wind farm. The 1,200 MW Atlantic…
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • Holly’s Homemade Dog Food

    Kirsten
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    This week I have a guest post for you from dog lover & rescuer, Holly Lindsey, who will help you SAVE money, while still giving the dogs in your life a healthy diet. I have two beautiful dogs, both strays that found their way to me. One is a half lab, half chow that used…
  • Grilled Polenta with Oven-roasted Balsamic Tomatoes and a Rocket Salad

    Guest Writer
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:03 am
    This week I am honoured to bring you a guest post from Robyn B. of Modern Day Missus. This recipe looks delicious, and I see it entering my menu this very weekend. I lovely way to get some salad into my winter menu while combining it with something warm from the oven.  Tasting notes Bring…
  • Detox with Delightful Homemade Body Scrubs

    Kirsten McCulloch
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Have you tried using a DIY (or even shop bought) body scrub before? They can be quite divine, as long as you get/make a good one. I have made the sugar scrub below before – it makes an excellent Christmas present too – and of course I have used the Norwex Organic Olive Oil Salt…
  • What’s Your Why?

    Kirsten McCulloch
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In the world of business and entrepreneurial practice, this is a question we are asked to think about, because if you know your why, you are more likely to take the actions needed to get you to your where or what. But it applies in other parts of life too, including learning to live more…
  • DIY Cold & Flu Remedies, for those Change of Season Bugs (Shower Disks & Vapor Rub)

    Kirsten McCulloch
    1 Jun 2014 | 3:41 pm
    This post was first published last year as the winter came to an end. But now it’s starting up again and I have got the lurgy good and proper. So instead of spending Sunday in my office, writing this week’s blog post and catching up on paperwork, I spent it in bed with no voice…
 
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • Making Batteries, Not Cars, Will Be Tesla’s Priority in the Future

    Clay Miller
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Ever since it was founded back in 2003, Tesla Motors has been regarded as a car manufacturer first and foremost, despite the fact that the company itself has been stating that its primary goal is to supply other car makers with highly-efficient EV batteries, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of green vehicles, and developing EV technology, rather then selling cars, is its long-term priority. But, due to the immense success of the Model S, the all-electric sedan Tesla introduced in 2012, along with the fairly positive reception of the Roadster, the first vehicle produced by Tesla, this…
  • Precycling 101: Proactive Recycling

    Clay Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Precycling is the process of thinking things through before buying something. Before buying a product ask yourself, “When I am finished with this product what will happen?” Will it go off to a landfill, am I going to recycle it, will I be able to reuse it somehow or am I going to donate it to someone? Knowing the answer to these questions before buying a product is a great step in a great direction. Precycling is a very good way to reduce the buildup of waste, items to landfills and even can save you money. Below are ways to think ahead and Precycle: buy items in bulk and avoid…
  • Business Model Changes for Real Estate, Construction & Architecture Industry to Tap into Green Construction

    Clay Miller
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Over 40% of global energy is consumed by the real estate industry, which includes constructing and operating buildings. They don’t just account for large energy consumption, but they also produce 25% of the global waste. The demand for sustainable technology is on rise and the construction industry is aligning its resources to provide sustainable building solutions. Firms that operate in the construction industry have to make specific changes to their business model to tap into rising demands for sustainable buildings. Research identifies that traditional construction industry business…
  • What Are The Benefits Of Eco Bags?

    Clay Miller
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:53 am
    Good question! First of all, we will look at some plastic facts and the effect plastic bags have on our environment. Worldwide, it is estimated that there are between 500 million and 1 trillion plastic bags used across the world each year. Also, plastic bags are in fact recyclable but it is only around 3% of them that can be recycled – the rest fill up landfill wastes, the ocean and make up a huge chunk of the litter on our streets. What’s more, once these plastic bags end up in landfill sites they stay there for around 1,000 years before they decompose. They still release toxic chemicals…
  • Can Your Roof Save the Planet?

    Clay Miller
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Now I’ve never been on the Family Feud, but I can guarantee that if you ask one-hundred people what the best way to save money on household energy costs is, you’ll see close to the following breakdown: About 50 of them will say windows and making sure they’re not leaking hot or cold. Another 20-25 of them will tell you it’s all about finding safe but solid insulation products. You will probably have 10 or so people mention appliances and cutting down electricity needs. Other answers you might get: Light bulbs, phantom leads, programmable thermostats, etc. Not to say that everybody…
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  • What is Sustainable Development and What are its Goals?

    Rinkesh
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development is the practice of using guidelines for environmentally responsible and energy savings to create new development projects and to maintain and retrofit older projects. It can include using green materials in new construction, designing projects that can harvest their own energy to reduce load on a power grid, or that incorporate green space in order to counterbalance the green space removed to build the onsite facilities. There is a heavy emphasis on making sure that what is built can be maintained and repaired in a way that minimizes…
  • Top Tips For Reducing Running Costs

    Rinkesh
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Top Tips For Reducing Running Costs There are so many power-hungry appliances out there in the world, with a lot of the older model appliances being the major culprits. Many of them are 10 years old or older. But, newer appliances offer more than just good looks. They offer power savings that translate into lower energy costs. Even still, there are ways to further reduce your energy consumption and only pay for devices you’re using. Avoid Leaving Appliances On Standby Energy companies, often recommend unplugging appliances that you’re not using. An alternative to this is to purchase a…
  • What is Sustainable Living and 15 Easy Ways for Sustainable Living?

    Rinkesh
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product that is made using practices that don’t promote sustainability; and sometimes it means changing how you do things so that you start becoming more of an active part of the cycle of life. We all know that climate change, global warming, depletion of ozone layer and resource depletion are real and their impact on human and animal lives can be devastating. It…
  • 15 Environmental Problems That Our World is Facing Today

    Rinkesh
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:18 am
    Environmental Problems Our environment is constantly changing. There is no denying that. However, as our environment changes, so does the need to become increasingly aware of the problems that surround it. With a massive influx of natural disasters, warming and cooling periods, different types of weather patterns and much more, people need to be aware of what types of environmental problems our planet is facing. Global warming has become an undisputed fact about our current livelihoods; our planet is warming up and we are definitely part of the problem. However, this isn’t the only…
  • Various Tropical Rainforest Plants

    Rinkesh
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:55 am
    Tropical Rainforest Biome : Plants The rainforest has a variety of different types of plants, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The tropical rainforests are usually found in the Central and South American regions, and their plants are split up into four different types. While the rainforests cover only about 8 percent of the actual earth, they are home to more than half of the plants and animals that live on the earth. The most prevalent type of plant that is found in the tropical rainforest is the tree. Trees make up nearly two thirds of the rainforest plants that…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Welsh solar farm receives approval

    Daniel Birkett
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    An 11.5MW solar farm in Wales has been approved by the Neath Port Talbot Council. Plans were submitted to the Neath Port Talbot Council to construct an 11.5MW solar array at Tyle’r-fedwen Farm, Cwmafan which has now been given approval. […] The post Welsh solar farm receives approval appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Farmer makes case for wind turbine

    Daniel Birkett
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    A North Devon farmer has described how a wind turbine would be of great benefit to his business. The owner of Slade Farm in West Anstey A North Devon farmer has described how a wind turbine would be of great […] The post Farmer makes case for wind turbine appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Knockhill Racing Circuit goes green

    Daniel Birkett
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Plans have been submitted to build two wind turbines at Knockhill Racing Circuit in an attempt to improve the track’s green credentials. The owners of Knockhill Racing Circuit in Scotland have submitted proposals to Fife Council to construct two wind […] The post Knockhill Racing Circuit goes green appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Plans afoot for £60m solar PV network

    Daniel Birkett
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    A new renewable energy partnership has announced plans to develop a series of solar PV projects in the UK. A ‘pipeline’ of solar PV projects is set to be developed at a number of local government sites in the UK, […] The post Plans afoot for £60m solar PV network appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Wave and tidal power sites receive approval

    Daniel Birkett
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Crown Estate has approved a number of potential wave and tidal power sites off the UK coastline. Various sites have been approved as possible sites for wave and tidal power projects off the west coast of Anglesey and South […] The post Wave and tidal power sites receive approval appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
 
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  • INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Something we can’t get enough of at Raintees are inspiring companies with a social and environmental conscience. INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion, is one such brand that we love. Created by Scott Leonard and Matt Reynolds in 1994, their line utilizes all natural materials and low impact dies, free of both heavy metals and harmful chemicals. By using natural materials, they are able to fulfill their commitment to produce clothing that honors the environment and doesn’t bring added harm to local water tables or communities where the garments are produced. ​Photo credit:…
  • Bottles We Love: BKR

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    If there is something we’ve learned, it’s that getting enough water throughout the day is key for feeling good and staying focused. Having something you can take on the go is also important and is why we  can’t get enough of these  colorful, simple and beautifully designed water bottles from Bkr! ​Photo credit: Bkr The creators of Bkr started their company on the belief that beauty can change the world. They wanted to provide an alternative for a world that was using too many disposable plastic water bottles. Their goal was to create something beautiful to bring to the gym,…
  • Empty Hands, Open Arms: Success and Conservation in 320 pages

    raintees
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    We love having a good book on our summer reading and Empty Hands, Open Arms is a perfect addition to your list. The book follows the travels of writer Deni Bechard into the rain forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo as he interviews both American and Congolese conservationists. These critical interviews detail their wildly successful methods for saving the world’s second largest rainforest and one of man’s closest genetic relatives, the Bonobos ape. We asked Deni a few questions and he has generously offered 3 copies for Raintees to give away. Why did you write it? “I wrote Empty…
  • Find your Bliss with Alo

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:44 am
    We all need time to recharge and rejuvenate, but sometimes hitting the yoga mat or treadmill in tired out leggings and tops isn’t the most zen-inducing practice. That’s why we’ve chosen to share with you a great brand from our home here in LA, supplying some of the most high-quality, stylish apparel that will last you years of namastay-ing. Photo credit: Alo Yoga Alo Yoga is designed by a team of yoga enthusiasts who create durable and light-weight pants, tops and shorts. They create quality products for both men and women in vibrant prints and solid colors to suit your personal needs…
  • My Best Summer Eco Adventure

    Kimberley Fowler
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:03 am
    Want to combine an adventure with environmental responsibility? Eco-adventures are available in every continent on the planet, whether you’re floating down a river in South Africa or exploring a tree canopy in the Brazilian rainforest. For our eco-adventure, though, my husband and I didn’t have to stray far from home. We spent a weekend at Long Point Eco Adventures, located in St. Williams, Ontario Canada. We loved every second of our trip, and appreciated the emphasis on conservation and environmental awareness. Photo credit: Long Point Eco Adventures The luxury accommodations of their…
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Solar Roadways Becomes Most Popular Indiegogo Campaign Ever

    Aven Satre-Meloy
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Stories about solar usually don’t go viral like, say, videos of cute cats doing silly things or South Korean popstars’ strangely amusing dance moves, but one solar story in particular seems to have reached the upper echelon of internet virality. As of this writing, the hit YouTube video “Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!” has been viewed over 17.1 million times, and this comes after an enormously successful Indiegogo campaign that just ended last week and raised $2.2 million for Scott and Julie Brusaw’s new solar technology, making it the most popular campaign ever in terms of backers…
  • Mosaic & Enphase Energy Enter Alliance to Offer First Residential Solar Loan with Operations & Maintenance Service

    Katie Ullmann
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Mosaic & Enphase Energy Enter Alliance to Offer First Residential Solar Loan with Operations & Maintenance Service $100 million funding available for first home solar loan that includes an O&M service SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Intersolar North America  — July 8, 2014 EMBARGOED UNTIL 6am PT –Mosaic, the nation’s peer-to-peer platform for solar finance, and Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), a global leader in solar energy systems, join forces to launch the first home solar loan packaged with residential operations and maintenance (O&M) services, offering unprecedented…
  • Home Solar Loans are Changing How People Go Solar

    Bill Ehrlich
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Mosaic’s new home solar loan offering is the last piece to the puzzle for a complete solar finance ecosystem for homeowners. As the price of installed solar power has dropped precipitously over the past 5 years from $10/watt down to around $3/watt, solar enthusiasts and more recent converts have decided to “go solar.” Residential solar installations in the past required a large upfront investment by the homeowner since financing in the past was largely unavailable. The price of a solar system ends up being for the average American similar to the price of a car; the price range can vary…
  • Why the Koch Brothers May Be Good for Solar

    Bill Ehrlich
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Koch brothers have been in the news a lot recently as apparent opponents to renewable energy. For those unfamiliar with the Koch brothers, the “Koch brothers” are Charles and David Koch (pronounced “coke”), and are the owners of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned business in the United States. Koch Industries was founded in 1940 by their father, Fred Koch. Today, 78 year old Charles Koch is the Chairman & CEO while 74 year old David Koch holds the Executive VP position, each has a net worth of $40 billion. SOURCE: http://www.kochind.com/ Koch Industries is a…
  • Sierra Club’s MyGeneration Campaign aims to #PutSolarOn California

    Dan Schreiber
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Recently, people all over the country participated in the wildly successful #PutSolarOnIt social media campaign. Among the local groups who participated was Sierra Club’s MyGeneration Campaign based in Los Angeles. According to the campaign, their main goal is: “By 2020, 30 percent of California’s electricity needs will be met with local clean energy.” Over 1.1 million children and adults in Los Angeles County suffer from asthma. One of the major causes of this terrible illness is air pollution. The air pollution produced from burning fossil fuels negatively impacts the health…
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  • Don’t Take Office Lighting Lightly

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    It’s amazing that one small piece of the office interior design puzzle can be so important in many different ways.  What is that crucial element?  Lighting.  Although it may be an afterthought when designing a work space, lighting can have dramatic effects on office workers. Lighting can affect… Health – Bad lighting can cause everything from eye strain to falls. Mood – Light has a direct effect on the hormones of our body, making us either happy and alert or tired and cranky. Perception – When a new customer walks into a drearily lit office, they might get the wrong impression…
  • Don’t Forget This Important Interior Design Element

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    When people begin to design their office space, they think about what furniture they will use, what colors they will implement, and what wall hangings would improve the environment.  However, one of the most important design elements – one that staff and customers will encounter every day – is often overlooked or chosen without much thought.  The floors! Here at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we understand just how important your flooring choice can be. Don’t make the mistake of hastily choosing this important office feature.  Here are three things to consider when choosing the…
  • Use Color to Boost Office Productivity

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    If you’re looking for a simple way to make your workplace more productive, you may just need a bucket of paint and a brush.  Really!  Studies show that certain colors can make us more creative, productive, or emotional.  Depending on the mood that you want to set, you just need to choose the right color in which to decorate your office.  Here is a simple guide to the psychology of office color. 1.  Blue.  For quite a while, everyone from psychologists to scientists were saying that blue calms and focuses us.  It must have quite a sway as the majority of corporate logos and websites…
  • 3 Signs Your Office Needs a Makeover

    admin
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:13 am
    Did you know that if you are in a familiar environment, you’ll only detect changes in your surroundings 70% of the time?  While that’s a good excuse from time to time, it also explains why we sometimes forget to update things when we’re used to seeing them – like outdated office spaces.  Many offices haven’t been redesigned in years if not decades, and for everyone but those who work there, it is painfully obvious.   It might be time for an office redesign if… 1. There’s departmental distance. Is your development department way across the office from your marketing…
  • Recent Study Suggests Millennials Seek Social Workspaces

    admin
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:20 pm
                    For years, sociologists and psychologists lamented that people were becoming more and more isolated.  They blamed the internet and cell phones for making human contact less relevant in people’s lives.  Many wondered if this was the end of humans being social creatures. It turns out that they got it all wrong.  Recent studies show that those who are more active on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are actually more social in general and have stronger relationships in their lives.  It seems that particularly Millennials…
 
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  • Aquatic Biodiversity: The Changing Shape Of Our Planet

    Mi Muba
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Aquatic biodiversity means diversity of life in water. It mainly includes animals and plants. Water environment is different from land environment. On land human beings, animals and plants can live. But human beings can’t live in water. So this is the unique feature of water that it carries two main forms of life i.e animals and… Read More »The post Aquatic Biodiversity: The Changing Shape Of Our Planet appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • What is Green Living?

    Mi Muba
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Many people wonder what is green living. Is it a catchy slogan or a practical idea? Can one really adopt this type of way of living or it just looks good in pledges and promises. Many people fail to look around them any person with a green lifestyle. People hardly learn about anyone one fully… Read More »The post What is Green Living? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • DIY Ideas For A Dwindling Budget To Continue Simple Living

    Mi Muba
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you know the art of management you can manage your life with least of resources. Here knowing the art of management does not mean expertise in it. You simply need to know what to do and what not to do to continue your simple living in a small budget. Life does not remain same.… Read More »The post DIY Ideas For A Dwindling Budget To Continue Simple Living appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How To Select The Best Organic Bedding And Pillow For A Safe Sleep?

    Mimuba
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    You can’t compromise on your health and environmental safety. You can’t compromise may what come especially if you are sleeping. If a risk stubbornly moves around you while you are sleeping, your concern for it is more obvious. No person sleep lesser than six hours in the night and one to two hours in the… Read More »The post How To Select The Best Organic Bedding And Pillow For A Safe Sleep? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Different Types Of Green Energy

    Mi Muba
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Energy means power. It is used to lighten the darkness and to move the wheel. A few decades ago every type of energy was produced with burning of fossil fuel. Do you know what fossil fuel is? All types of fuel that is extracted from the soil including oil, gas and coal is called fossil… Read More »The post Different Types Of Green Energy appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • Permaculture Paradise on Isla de Ometepe

    Emily Uebergang
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Imagine a lush green volcanic island teeming with such an abundance of natural beauty that as each day passes, you become more possessed by the temptation to scrap the rest of your travel plans and pitch a tent there for the remaining days of your life on planet earth and allow the mystic draw of the place to swallow your soul whole. An island with a sort of ‘Jurassic Park-like’ appeal that’s bursting with natural biodiversity, foliage the brightest shades of … →
  • The Economics of Your Food Choices

    Emily Uebergang
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let’s start off with a quick (but rather loaded) question.   When you eat, do you eat for yourself or do you eat for the world?   No pressure. But just think about it for a moment. It’s kind of a crazy thought because yes, of course, we are eating for ourselves. We need to eat in order to live. Our bodies require the nutrition and the calories or else, we may as well be standing in line at the post office and perishing … →
  • What Do All These Ethical Standards and Labels Mean?

    Emily Uebergang
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all want to make the best possible choices as consumers, not only for ourselves but for others and the environment, right? Right people? I’m imagining a wave of applause and shouting in agreement as I write this. After all, no one wants to be responsible for the plight of the Orangutan, the loss of biodiversity, over fished oceans, the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest and the poverty of whole nations to be casting a shadow over their head as they weigh between two different brands of coffee … →
  • The Most Ingenious Recycled Pot Plant Containers

    Emily Uebergang
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    As I made my way through El Salvador, I stopped by a lesser frequented town called Juayúa. Not only was I treated to a weekend of amazing local food at the renowned weekend food festival (think chargrilled meats, fresh tortillas, sides of yucca, vegetables and yes, even frog!), stunning crystal clear waterfalls and trekking through jungles and sustainable coffee plantations, but also an endearing little hostal where I couldn’t help but be inspired by their garden paradise. Hostal Casa Mazeta is … →
  • Do you make these recycling mistakes? Time to rethink your recycling.

    Emily Uebergang
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Now I’m not one to pull the ‘Peeping Tom’ on someone’s trash can and pass judgment on their recycling mistakes and attempt to predict what kind of person they may or may not be based on the fact whether they know how to separate their recyclables from their organics from their landfill (*gasp*, you actually make landfill?). But then again, I did once work as a waste auditor during my university years, so yes, maybe I am that kind of person after all. Trash peeping Tom … →
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  • What Upfront Rebates for Residential Solar Are Left Around the States?

    Solar Fred
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Where the solar rebates are. It used to be that homeowners could receive some very generous upfront rebates that could offset 30% or more of the cost of installing a solar system. But as the price of installing solar PV has dramatically dropped over the last three years, so has the upfront rebates offered by states and utilities. In addition to the wide spread decrease in rebate funding and amounts, many programs have switched from upfront payments that defer the cost of installing to performance based incentives that pay you a certain amount for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced by your…
  • The U.S.-China Trade Case Determination and What It Means for Solar Installers and Consumers

    Solar Fred
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    A few months back, we published a post on All You Need to Know About the US-China Solar Trade Dispute and how it might affect solar installers and consumers if the case isn’t settled. Well, a preliminary decision is in. The Department of Commerce (DOC) has made a preliminary determination on June 10th in favor of SolarWorld, the German/U.S. solar panel manufacturer who filed the suit. Before we get into the penalties being proposed and finalized, we should remind readers that there are two parts to this case: Part 1: The DOC Decision A package of solar cells The first part, now in the…
  • 2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations

    Elizabeth Hill
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations   Solar panel installations have been gaining ground all around the globe as the drive for a greener world intensifies. The United States is not left out of the solar power revolution, which has also received more boosts with drop in solar panel prices. From all indications, it looks like a bigger boom in solar panel installations is on the way in 2014.   Fall in Prices   A few years back, one main argument against solar panel installation was the costs involved. Things have changed for the better as more responsible…
  • Micro Solar, a Solution for Both the Industrial and Developing Worlds

    Solar Fred
    12 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    You often hear about home solar and megawatt solar projects, but micro solar devices are also important energy sources for both the developing world and for consumers in our own industrial world. Micro solar, sometimes referred to as “pico solar,” are portable solar chargers that typically consist of a small photovoltaic panel, some type of battery, and a USB connection. Mobile devices, such as phones, tablets, lights, and laptops can juice up from either the micro solar’s battery pack or directly via the solar panel. The benefit of a small solar powered charger is also a challenge,…
  • Telemarketers Stealing GoGreenSolar.com Name

    David Tan
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Over the past two years, we have had people call or email us to complain about a company operating a Telemarketing campaign identifying themselves as “Go Green Solar” or using a name that is very similar. Please be advised that this is NOT GoGreenSolar.com. We do not, and have never done any kind of outbound telemarketing. Our business is obtained only through passive advertising and referrals from satisfied customers. We have determined that these unsolicited telemarketing calls are the work of an unscrupulous lead generation company which is using our name or something very similar to…
 
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  • Green City

    Prasun Barua
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Green City is the system of creating a green and sustainable city by utilizing and implementing green technologies and policies. It includes renewable energy generation, environmental impact per person, environmentally friendly green transport used by people, recycling programs, constructing green building and reserve green spaces.Following implementations are necessary in order to create a Green City:Appropriate urban planning should be made comprehensively.Location with green natural beauty makes people feeling a connection to their surroundings.Going green not only save the planet but also…
  • Bio electricity

    Prasun Barua
    21 May 2014 | 2:38 am
    Bio electricity is the process of producing electromagnetic energy by living organisms. The bio electric activity which happens throughout the human body is very necessary to life. Living cells can produce electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields which enable the action of muscles and the transmission of information in the nerves. This is the concept of quick signaling in nerves. It produces physical processes in muscles or glands. There is some similarity among the muscles, nerves and glands of all organisms. The early development of fairly efficient electrochemical systems is the…
  • Solar Boat

    Prasun Barua
    17 May 2014 | 5:39 am
    Solar boat is an electrical boat which is powered by solar energy utilizing solar photovoltaic modules, batteries and other necessary electrical accessories. They are quiet, independent and clean engines. Here, batteries store free energy from the sun.The available sunlight is converted into electric power by solar cells which is temporarily stored in batteries. It is used to drive a propeller through an electric motor. Typically, power levels are within a few hundred watts to a few kilowatts. A specific solar boat can run on solar energy depends on its technical design, the amount of…
  • Bio plastics

    Prasun Barua
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What is Bio plastics?Bio plastics are the bio based plastics produced from renewable resources like corn starch, pea starch, vegetable fats and oils. On the other hand, conventional plastics or fossil fuel plastics are produced from petroleum. Conventional plastics create more greenhouse gas which is very dangerous for our environment. Petroleum is very limited resource in the earth. It becomes expensive day by day. One day, this resource will be finished. During burning petroleum products like plastics, carbon is emitted and it causes the climate change. Conventional plastics are harmful…
  • Solar Water Disinfection

    Prasun Barua
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    We know that water is an important element in our life. Our lives are survived by water. Indeed, our body contains huge amount of water. Purified water can save our life. On the other hand, germ infected water can destroy our life. So, we need to drink water which is disinfected. We can make our water disinfected by utilizing various systems. Solar Water Disinfection is one of the significant system to make our water disinfected.Solar Water Disinfection is a system which utilizes solar energy to remove biological agents like bacteria, protozoa, viruses and worms from water and makes it…
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  • Energy expenses improvement during the year

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    calculating monthly expenses During the winter season, many households have the tendency to increase the energy consumption by burning more natural gas for heating or by consuming more electricity if they a device which needs electricity to produce heat. During the summer, any household increases its energy consumption by using more electricity needed for fans and for air conditioning units and also using more water due to the heat which burns almost everything from the garden if we don’t provide plenty of water to all green plants and trees which live in our garden. Now being summer,…
  • How to reduce cooling costs during summer

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Summer is upon us since two months already. The outside temperatures have been raised and raised until in some regions we have full heatwave that is very hard to bear by old people and cardiac. Because we need lower temperatures to assure our daily comfort inside the house we need to use heavily our cooling system based on air conditioning devices. If the temperatures are very high our cooling system will work much more and will consume more energy and a lot of money from our pockets. Instead of losing money without control just to cool down the house, you need to know and use some bright…
  • How to harvest rainwater at home and what is good for?

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Heavy rain in northern areas It is summer now, but even if the temperatures is very high now, in many areas nature produces sudden rains or even storms just to cool down the atmosphere. It is a natural mechanism which creates balance in areas where heat is too high (except desert areas). As we know, rainwater is already filtered so if we live in healthy areas (without heavy industry or other sources of pollution), the rainwater that comes from above is good to use for garden or other home activities, but if we want to drink it or use it for cooking we need to filter it first to be sure that…
  • How to improve energy efficiency for home, business or public building?

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Energy audit for your home As we know, energy is more and more expensive every day and to keep this trend at a reasonable level for our pocket or budget we need to manage our energy consumption with great interest. In order to really reduce our energy consumption we first need to contact an energy consulting service. As a home owner, you need to be aware of higher energy prices and because you cannot control the prices you need to control the consumption. The first step to achieve this goal is to order an energy audit for your home or your company buildings. Such an audit can show you very…
  • How to reduce cooling bills in the hot season

    admin
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:32 am
    Air conditioner for home use The hot season is already here, and large waves of heat have overwhelmed us since June. Now, instead of heating our home we need to cool it down just to create a bearable environment inside the house. In order to this this it is not enough to use fans, fans will always move the air inside the house all over the place, but the air moved will remain hot even if we use a fan which has water spray. A real cool down can be reached with the help of a cooling system. The problem is that our cooling system requires much quantities of electricity, and this can be very…
 
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  • Mitticool – Affordable Refrigeration

    Ecoideaz
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Author – Darshna Mahadevan Refrigeration is an essential food storage technique, which brings down the reproduction rate of bacteria by lowering temperature in a confined space, and in turn reducing the rate of food spoilage. A refrigerator (colloquially fridge) is a common household appliance that consists of a thermally insulated compartment and a heat pump that transfers heat from the interior of the fridge to the exterior, so that the inside is cooled to a temperature below the ambient temperature. Much of India’s population falls into the below poverty line category who cannot…
  • Students innovate Eco-friendly Batteries

    Ecoideaz
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Author – Arushi Prakash The last two decades have been marked by a massive scramble to find new and sustainable ways to generate electricity. People have tried to capture the power of wind, water and the sun to replace conventional sources of electricity such as coal and petroleum. However, renewable energy needs to be stored in electric batteries so that it can be used when needed. Today, electric batteries are omnipresent at home across numerous electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, remote controls, wall clocks, watches. These can be single-use (disposable after the first use) or…
  • Opt for Ecotourism in India

    Eshaa Patnaik
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Dudhsagar Falls Via GHAC India as a travel destination cannot be underestimated in terms of offering a diverse range of geographical options. Many of them offer not just tranquility, but also provide us with opportunities to experience almost every adventure activity viz surfing, mountaineering, desert safari, rafting, skiing. Our rich culture, the green atmosphere, strong connection with ancient values and our artistic talent all combine to make India the first and the final stop for travelling. However, in the past century, we have exploited Mother Nature in our quest for material wealth…
  • The Need for Green Buildings in India

    Ecoideaz
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:22 am
    Author – Rishi Rawat Are you aware that your office or residential building could be harming the environment? Is it possible that your building is spewing harmful pollutants without you realizing it? We are well aware about various environmental issues such as global warming, water and air pollution and the measures that need to be taken to prevent them. If we switch to sustainable architecture and green buildings in India, not just for nature’s sake, but for ourselves, we could not only save the environment but also reduce our total ownership costs. The building construction industry…
  • EcoSan Sustainable Toilet Solutions For Rural India

    Ecoideaz
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:03 am
    Author – Shikha Shah In 2012, I had to undergo induction training during my first job as a young social development professional. As part of it, I had stay in a house of a marginal farmer in a remote village of Seoni district, Madhya Pradesh called Banjara Tola. I still remember walking alone to a barren field every morning, around 500 meters away from the mud house I had stayed in. Carrying a bottle of water and soap in hand, I had to cross patches of corn fields and a small stony stream to answer nature’s call. Finishing the task, I washed my hands in the same stream from which many…
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