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  • Favorite Compost Tools of the Garden Season

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna Coronado
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Want to speed up your composting so that it breaks down a lot faster? With fall upon us weather begins to cool and composting slows down, yet it is still possible – and easy – to compost year round. Granted, composting works better with warmth and heat, but winter composting is possible if you continue to work at it. This year I tried out two different composting tools and have found both to be surprisingly successful at solving some of my compost problems. Below is a brief review of each so you can decide if you might like them. They turned out to be my favorite compost tools of…
  • NRDC's Initial Take on EPA's New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan's Carbon Pollution Limits

    Switchboard, from NRDC
    David Doniger
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C. This summer and fall the EPA has continued its marathon stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October 28th reflect EPA’s interest in hearing from all parties and getting the rule right. EPA also released a supplemental proposal to address carbon pollution from affected power plants in Indian Country and U.S. territories. We'll continue pressing for the strongest carbon…
  • In the fight for bike-safe streets, we’ll need everyone to join the ride

    Grist
    Sara Bernard
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    At the mention of “bicycling advocates,” you probably picture dread-headed hippies at a Critical Mass ride, or yuppie professionals whining about their commutes. But it’s just not true. Not only do people of all backgrounds totally bike, but there are also tons of folks out there making the movement toward bike-friendly cities a lot more diverse. To wit: A new, comprehensive “bike equity” report put out by the League of American Bicyclists profiles dozens of groups from El Paso to Milwaukee to New York that are bringing more bikes to people, more people to…
  • Nat Bullard's Four Moments in Cleantech Time

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    Scott Edward Anderson
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    My pal Nat Bullard of Bloomberg New Energy Finance kicked off EY's 4th annual Cleantech CEO Retreat, which I hosted a couple of weeks ago, with a look back.Here is his post from his Sparklines email newsletter, reprinted with his permission:Four moments in cleantech time EY (aka Ernst & Young) hosted its annual Cleantech CEO Forum in Napa this week.Below is my opening presentation to the 90+ CEOs of cleantech pure-plays and high-level senior executives: "Four moments in cleantech time."Speaking to a group of cleantech executives in 2014 is exciting, because it is an exciting time for the…
  • WATCH: Matt Nathanson Gives Others the Gift of Hearing

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    Allyson Koerner
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Singer Matt Nathanson gives others the gift of hearing through his new music video for his song "Headphones." Read MoreThe post WATCH: Matt Nathanson Gives Others the Gift of Hearing appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Favorite Compost Tools of the Garden Season

    Shawna Coronado
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Want to speed up your composting so that it breaks down a lot faster? With fall upon us weather begins to cool and composting slows down, yet it is still possible – and easy – to compost year round. Granted, composting works better with warmth and heat, but winter composting is possible if you continue to work at it. This year I tried out two different composting tools and have found both to be surprisingly successful at solving some of my compost problems. Below is a brief review of each so you can decide if you might like them. They turned out to be my favorite compost tools of…
  • Houseplants Part II – Home Air Purification

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

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

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

    Shawna
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    ‘Tis the season for pumpkins. I loved these displays of blue and white pumpkins at the Morton Arboretum. While it is too late to plant a pumpkin this season, it is not too late to start planning the garden for next season. I’ve fallen madly in love with the white pumpkins. Jung Seed has many varieties, but I think the ‘Full Moon’ variety is easy to find in seed and is an experiment in growing; it can grow to 60 pounds and 3 feet high. Smaller varieties of white pumpkin include Crystal Star and Baby Boo Miniature. All are whimsical and fun. Perfect for painting or…
 
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  • NRDC's Initial Take on EPA's New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan's Carbon Pollution Limits

    David Doniger
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C. This summer and fall the EPA has continued its marathon stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October 28th reflect EPA’s interest in hearing from all parties and getting the rule right. EPA also released a supplemental proposal to address carbon pollution from affected power plants in Indian Country and U.S. territories. We'll continue pressing for the strongest carbon…
  • A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions from Ports and Shipping

    Barbara Finamore
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing As President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the agenda. This summit therefore provides an important opportunity for these leaders to address one of the most significant –and largely unregulated -- sources of toxic air pollutants and black carbon emissions in Asia: its ports and shipping system. Asia is home to nine of the ten busiest and most densely populated container ports in the world…
  • Report Shows Minimal Energy Development Potential in Prime Greater Sage Grouse Habitat in the West

    Amanda Jahshan
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Amanda Jahshan, Wildlife Energy Conservation Fellow, Bozeman, MT   A new report shows minimal energy development potential in prime Greater Sage Grouse habitat in the West. The report was commissioned by Western Values Project and conducted by Western EcoSystems Technology (WEST). In fact, according to the report, 73-81% of areas with medium to high potential for energy development (oil and gas, solar, and wind) across the West fall outside of priority sage grouse habitat.   While folks are concerned that conserving the sage grouse could hamper energy development that is crucial to…
  • Tar Sands Train to Ruin: How tar sands producer Southern Pacific Resources is going broke on shipping tar sands by rail

    Anthony Swift
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Anthony Swift, Attorney, International Program, Washington, DC This blog was co-written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International In the summer of 2012, advocates of Keystone XL hailed Southern Pacific Resources’ announcement that it had signed a five-year contract to bypass pipeline bottlenecks and ship tar sands by rail to the Gulf Coast as proof that tar sands projects would move forward with or without pipelines. Two years after becoming the first tar sands producer to attempt to rely entirely on rail to ship its production to the Gulf, Southern Pacific…
  • Proven Pathways to Clean up China's Ports, a Major Source of China's Air Pollution Problem

    David Pettit
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    David Pettit, Director, Southern California Air Program, Santa Monica, CA For twelve years, NRDC has been working with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to clean up the pollution that comes from ships, trucks and trains that serve those ports.  As a result, diesel particulate pollution in the ports’ neighborhood has dropped nearly 80%. Under the leadership of my NRDC colleague Barbara Finamore, NRDC is taking the lessons we learned locally to the ports of China; in particular, the ports in the Pearl River Delta such as the heavily-populated cities of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and…
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    Grist

  • In the fight for bike-safe streets, we’ll need everyone to join the ride

    Sara Bernard
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    At the mention of “bicycling advocates,” you probably picture dread-headed hippies at a Critical Mass ride, or yuppie professionals whining about their commutes. But it’s just not true. Not only do people of all backgrounds totally bike, but there are also tons of folks out there making the movement toward bike-friendly cities a lot more diverse. To wit: A new, comprehensive “bike equity” report put out by the League of American Bicyclists profiles dozens of groups from El Paso to Milwaukee to New York that are bringing more bikes to people, more people to…
  • Surprise: Biodegradable plastic bags usually aren’t

    Sam Bliss
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Reducing waste is hard. Who really knows what packaging is safe to recycle or compost when labeling standards are weak, companies regularly get away with green fraud, and seemingly every city has a different sorting game to play with bins? Straightforward rules and enforceable standardization would certainly go a long way toward clearing things up. Even with the confusion, most people agree plastic bags suck. Perhaps sensing that we’re finally catching on, plastic bag makers have unleashed the greenwashers to make tiny changes to their product (like add a little metal) and then…
  • Fracking pollution just went airborne

    Madeleine Thomas
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    From contaminated groundwater to polytechnic displays at the kitchen faucet, most of the major concerns around fracking have centered around how fracking fluids and methane could be polluting our water supply. But we’ve started to suspect that fracking impacts the air, too, and a new study published this week in the journal of Environmental Health adds one more piece of evidence to the pile. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at University at Albany, State University of New York —  and the lead author of this study — says his…
  • These wearable air monitors fight pollution from the streets

    Amelia Urry
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Here’s a Kickstarter that got our attention this month: The AirBeam, a wearable air monitor designed by Brooklyn-based environmental justice nonprofit HabitatMaps. The device costs $200 to produce, fits in your palm (if you’re Sasquatch), and is designed to measure particulate pollution on city streets, as well as temperature and humidity. It’s also kinda adorable — which is good, considering that the group is counting on hundreds of people wearing them around NYC in the near future. But don’t let those cute blue Mickey ears fool you — the AirBeam is a…
  • Scary maps show how bad California’s water shortage is

    Tom Philpott
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Just how bad is California’s water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state’s ongoing and epochal drought: J.T. Reager / NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory The maps come from a new paper in Nature Climate Change by NASA water scientist James Famiglietti. “California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins have lost roughly 15 cubic kilometers of total water per year since 2011,” he writes. That’s “more water than all 38 million Californians…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • Nat Bullard's Four Moments in Cleantech Time

    Scott Edward Anderson
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    My pal Nat Bullard of Bloomberg New Energy Finance kicked off EY's 4th annual Cleantech CEO Retreat, which I hosted a couple of weeks ago, with a look back.Here is his post from his Sparklines email newsletter, reprinted with his permission:Four moments in cleantech time EY (aka Ernst & Young) hosted its annual Cleantech CEO Forum in Napa this week.Below is my opening presentation to the 90+ CEOs of cleantech pure-plays and high-level senior executives: "Four moments in cleantech time."Speaking to a group of cleantech executives in 2014 is exciting, because it is an exciting time for the…
  • Review: SUPERSTORM: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy by Kathryn Miles

    Scott Edward Anderson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Two years ago tonight, Superstorm Sandy hit New York with a vengeance. Whatever you call her: hurricane, superstorm, Frankenstorm, Sandy was a massive, monster storm. Sandy was the second costliest hurricane in recorded history. Only 2005’s Hurricane Katrina was costlier in terms of damages -- $68 billion and counting as of the spring of 2014 – and Sandy was responsible for at least 286 deaths in seven countries.Sandy’s storm surge swamped New York City, flooding tunnels, subways, and streets; cutting off power to residents in and around the city.At 49 feet above sea level in Park…
  • Top 10 Reasons You Won't See Me at the People's Climate March

    Scott Edward Anderson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    "This is an invitation to change everything."Right. So says the notice about the (so-called) People's Climate March. It goes on to say, "In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an…
  • 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…
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    Ecorazzi

  • WATCH: Matt Nathanson Gives Others the Gift of Hearing

    Allyson Koerner
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Singer Matt Nathanson gives others the gift of hearing through his new music video for his song "Headphones." Read MoreThe post WATCH: Matt Nathanson Gives Others the Gift of Hearing appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: Leonardo DiCaprio in Third Installment of Eco-Doc

    Brianne Hogan
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Leonardo DiCaprio lends his voice to the third edition of the short documentary series, Green World Rising, about climate change. Read MoreThe post WATCH: Leonardo DiCaprio in Third Installment of Eco-Doc appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: Patagonia Says No to Live Plucking Birds for Down

    Natalia Galbetti
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Patagonia is making a pledge to reduce the cruelty involved in obtaining down and hoping that other companies will follow suit. Read MoreThe post WATCH: Patagonia Says No to Live Plucking Birds for Down appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Walking Dead Star Calls for End of Dog Experiments

    Natalia Galbetti
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Jon Bernthal will be mailing a letter to the Wayne State University president urging the institution to end its practice of doing experiments on dogs. Read MoreThe post Walking Dead Star Calls for End of Dog Experiments appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Study Links Milk to Higher Mortality and Bone Fracture Rates

    Natalia Galbetti
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Got milk? Too bad because the latest research shows that drinking dairy can increase chances of bone fractures and mortality. Read MoreThe post Study Links Milk to Higher Mortality and Bone Fracture Rates appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • eco-fashion friday finds – monster mash-up

    Maureen O'Connor
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    The Moto Jacket in organic cotton by blue canoe, zip up and take off. Perfect for running around town or catching a flight. Available in navy, black or crimson ($129.95) An easy piece to transition from day to night, the Christel Tube Skirt ($160) @ NYC-based, withandwessel.com, bonus point for hand or machine (cold water) washable. fabric: 100 percent merino wool lightweight jersey A nifty clutch for your ipad plus on-the-go essentials like wallet, keys, and such. The Tartan Gemini is made in New York and ecofashioned from ethically sourced materials, natch. ($225) @ eco-boutique KaightShop.
  • BRZ Brands Hot Art: A Greener, More Attractive Space Heater for Your Home

    Jordan Stauder
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    These attractive heating panels from BRZ Brands, dubbed “Hot Art™,” are far and away the prettiest space heaters coming to market this fall. Hanging on the wall as your typical home décor piece, these works of art act as highly efficient room-heaters, using the same infrared heating technology as the many umbrella-like heaters you find on restaurant patios in the winter. Hot Art pieces serve as hidden, energy efficient heaters in the home and can even be placed in covered areas outdoors, providing a much-needed aesthetic makeover to the common space heater. But how are they more energy…
  • The Most Popular Pets Worldwide

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    30 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Keeping pets is a popular pursuit all over the world and although different nations have different attitudes about pets, in the end, we all favor one kind of pet over all others. Here are the four most popular pets worldwide. Dogs and Cats The most popular pets worldwide are dogs and cats, however there is some confusion about which are the most popular. While it used to be thought that there were many more cats than dogs, in fact pet dogs outnumber pet cats by a factor of two. A report published by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) estimates that there are 432 million…
  • Crafty DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

    Sheila Thomas
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Something wicked this way comes: Adding some low impact flare to your Halloween décor As with any holiday, when looking around for fun decorations it’s important to think about the materials those decorations are made from and what will become of them when they are tossed out. So keeping this in mind and counting down to the last day before Halloween – I’m going to share a fun and simple DIY anyone can do to add some last minute-flare using basic cardboard. (above and side photos) Lantern boxes are fun display items made from any cardboard or paperboard box that you might have…
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    Environmental News Network

  • Canadian bats facing bleak future

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    With Halloween just days away, you’re undoubtedly seeing bat images everywhere, which is kind of perfect since it’s also National Bat Week. Too bad that in the real world, bats are suffering, sick and endangered, while governments can’t get their acts together to save bats from a truly monstrous disease: white-nose syndrome (WNS). Instead of fearing bats this holiday, we should be scared of a world without them.Care2′s Alicia Graef let us know about the American bats that urgently need federal protection: the northern long-eared bat was hit hard by…
  • "Shrinking goats" another indicator that climate change affects animal size

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Alpine goats appear to be shrinking in size as they react to changes in climate, according to new research from Durham University. The researchers studied the impacts of changes in temperature on the body size of Alpine Chamois, a species of mountain goat, over the past 30 years.  To their surprise, they discovered that young Chamois now weigh about 25 per cent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s.
  • Adélie penguin chick weights correlated to temperatures

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Oceanographers have reported a connection between local weather conditions and the weight of Adélie penguin chicks. Adélie penguins are an indigenous species of the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth. Since 1950, the average annual temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula has increased 2 degrees Celsius on average, and 6 degrees Celsius during winter.Adélie penguins are an indigenous species of the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth. Since 1950, the average annual temperature in the…
  • MIT finds switching to higher octane fuel would reduce carbon emissions

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    If the majority of light-duty vehicles in the United States ran on higher-octane gasoline, the automotive industry as a whole would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons per year, saving up to $6 billion in fuel costs, according to a new analysis by MIT researchers. In a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the team considered a scenario in which fuel is manufactured under a redefined octane rating — the measure of a gasoline’s ability to resist engine knocking during combustion.
  • World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to size of France; Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value / year. UNU study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed to feed world’s fast-growing population. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to a new study — Economics of Salt-induced Land Degradation and Restoration — published today by the UNU Institute for Water,…
 
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • Cozy Up to Eco-Chic with The Box: Winter Wonderland Edition

    Erika Herman
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    As the temperature dips, cozy up to the ultimate seasonal must-haves with EcoSalon’s The Box: Winter Wonderland Edition. This exclusive hand curated event features a $515+ spread of the best in eco-chic fashion, beauty, wellness, accessories, and gifts for only $129.00 + free shipping. That’s a 75%+ discount! The Box: Winter Wonderland Edition is filled with 12 brands, including snuggly organic housewares, eco-luxe accessories and jewelry, pampering non-toxic beauty products, fortifying, immune-boosting food and supplements, and more essentials ‘n treats for wintertime!
  • ‘Strong is the New Skinny’ is No Better than Skinny is the New… Whatever?

    Abbie Stutzer
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every season there’s a never-ending deluge of what the new look is. Sadly, the new look many people are talking about involves how a woman’s body should look with “strong is the new skinny” becoming an obsession for many. For years, women have felt pressure to pursue skinniness at all costs. Eat a salad at every meal, only eat a grapefruit for breakfast, avoid carbs at all costs — all the previously mentioned mantras were totally acceptable — and followed by many people. Now, though, there is a “new” body look that’s gaining momentum. Strong is the new skinny…
  • 9 Owl Decor Ideas to Celebrate Owls

    Jen Wallace
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The majestic owl seems to be an animal that resonates with many people. From live web cameras of owl nesting boxes and the phone apps featuring owl sounds to owls showing up on everything from t-shirts, owl decor and everything in between, owls have been having a moment. And they’ve been having a moment for decades. I know from growing up in the 1970s, owls have been a part of my life for a very long time. From my first owl calculator at age six to an handmade ceramic owl necklace that my Grandma gave me, I have been influenced by and been a fan of owls. I, along with countless others,…
  • 9 Stylishly Cool Leggings to Keep You Warm All Winter Long

    Krissy Brady
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cool leggings to amp up that winter wardrobe of yours. Even if you’re a winter lover (you know, unlike myself), it’s hard not to fall into a frumpy phase, where you’re more concerned about your body temperature than how you look. Seriously, the number of black leggings one woman can own astounds even me. If you’re guilty of this too, you won’t have to feel guilty much longer. Below are 9 pairs of cool leggings that’ll look so fabulous you’ll feel a serious strut coming on (all while maintaining that whole body temperature thing): 1. Dove Grey Fair…
  • White Privilege: Normal White Guy Walks Through NYC for 10 Hours and Becomes a King [Video]

    Jill Ettinger
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
     If you haven’t seen the viral video of a woman walking through the streets of New York for 10 hours and being cat-called or worse at least 100 times, you’re bound to view it sooner or later. It’s been all over the web this week, and now, Funny or Die gives a spin on it featuring a white man. The result is funny–not because it mimics the other video (making fun of harassment would not be funny)–because it demonstrates that stereotypes and white privilege exist in a major way. Which is not as funny as it is sad, but sometimes, all we can do is find something…
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Giant Galapagos Tortoises Are Making a Strong Comeback, Researchers Say

    Yale Environment 360
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Giant Galapagos tortoises have made a remarkable comeback over the last five decades, and their Giant Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis hoodensis) population on the Galapagos island of Española is now secure, according to researchers from the U.S. and Ecuador. Although their global population was down to 15 individuals in the 1960s, after 40 years of captive breeding and reintroduction efforts, the species now numbers roughly 1,000, the study found. About half of the tortoises released on the island since 1975 were still alive in 2007, and they’re now reproducing on their own in the…
  • China Is Top Developing Nation for Clean Energy Investment, Analysis Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    China is the most attractive among developing nations for low-carbon investment and deployment, according to an analysis by the Climatescope project, a partnership among various international development agencies and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. China received top marks because it is the largest manufacturer of wind and solar equipment in the world, has the largest demand market for wind and solar energy, and has taken major strides to improve its domestic policy framework score, the analysis said. Brazil ranked second, largely due to the country's aggressive approach to clean energy…
  • A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for the World’s Rainforests

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    After decades of sobering news, a prominent conservationist says he is finally finding reason to be optimistic about the future of tropical forests. Consumer pressure on international corporations and new monitoring technology, he says, are helping turn the tide in efforts to save forests from Brazil to Indonesia. BY RHETT BUTLER
  • Weather and Climate Key in Weights of Antarctic Penguin Chicks, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Local weather and large-scale climate trends have the largest impact on the weights of Adélie penguin chicks An adult Adélie penguin feeds its chick. — not food availability — according to researchers at the University of Delaware. Adélie penguins are native to the West Antarctic Peninsula, and their habitat is warming faster than most other parts of the planet. Looking at records dating back to 1987, scientists found that year-to-year changes in local weather — including wind speed, temperature, rain, and humidity — could cause chicks’ weights at the time they leave their nests…
  • Scientists Find Seafloor Fallout Plume of Oil from Deepwater Horizon Spill

    Yale Environment 360
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Researchers say they have found a large fallout plume of oil on the seafloor from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon oil at the surface of the ocean disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. According to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a portion of the 2 million barrels of oil thought to be trapped in the deep sea after the spill appears to have settled across a 1,250-square-mile patch of the seafloor centered around the Macondo Well, which discharged an estimated 5 million barrels of oil in the nearly three months between its blowout in April and eventual…
 
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    GreenBiz

  • How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traits

    Bridget Croke
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traitsBridget Croke9:00amFeatured Image: Popular opinion says that millennials are different animal from the rest of the populace. And with millennials quickly moving through their 20s and 30s, the yet-to-be-definitively-labeled Gen Z'er is coming of age and becoming a more critical decision maker. With all the conflicting information on millennials' relationship with social change, how do we successfully engage these generations in positive behavior change? Do they care about your brand's social impact? Do they actually align…
  • Why understanding the true value of water is smart business

    Steve Bolton
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Why understanding the true value of water is smart businessSteve Bolton8:00amFeatured Image: Concerns about water availability are increasing around the world. Water scarcity threatens the ability of companies and communities to operate as they have in the past. Business value may be at risk if they do not have insight into these natural capital considerations and adjust their operations accordingly. Understanding the true value of water and pinpointing limits to growth is a growing global trend. Companies that quantify their natural capital dependencies will benefit from a more complete…
  • For Sprint, communications is core to climate resilience

    Ann Goodman
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    For Sprint, communications is core to climate resilienceAnn Goodman8:45amFeatured Image: In what surely is a glaring understatement, Tanya Jones, manager of Sprint Corp.’s vital Emergency Response Team Operations, observed, “We learned quite a bit from Hurricane Sandy.” Indeed, Sprint, like all telecommunications carriers, lost cell sites on the northeastern seaboard and in New York City in the 2012 superstorm, which hurt its cellular operations. Fortunately, Sprint’s ERT was able to provide critical communications services to various first responders and emergency agencies using…
  • Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt Center

    Mike Hower
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt CenterMike Hower7:30amFeatured Image: Catch Denis Hayes in person at VERGE SF 2014, Oct. 27-30. The Seattle Bullitt Center has been touted as one of the world's greenest commercial buildings. Spearheaded by the Bullitt Foundation, which offers grants to organizations working to advance environmental initiatives in the Pacific Northwest, the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building was completed last year and is undergoing certification for the Living Building Challenge — a standard more ambitious than LEED. To be declared a Living Building, a…
  • Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola waste

    Janet Howard
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola wasteJanet Howard7:15amFeatured Image: How do hospitals prepare for the potential Ebola virus waste stream with science-based decision-making and start off with a best management approach to this waste? While this is an emerging topic with evolving practices, the most important resource is The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web page for interim guidance on the best approaches for protective equipment, segregation, storage, packaging and removal of this Category A infectious material. While this waste stream may not…
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  • Now You Can Dive To A Massive Underwater Sculpture Because Art

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Bahamas are known for pink-sand beaches, insanely cool private islands, pigs that swim and great diving. And near Nassau, we've found a new treasure that's definitely worth diving for -- an artwork that is, according to its creator, the largest single underwater sculpture in the world. The sculpture, called "Ocean Atlas," is a rendition of a Bahamian girl that measures over 16 feet high and weighs more than 60 tons. Conveniently, "Ocean Atlas" also doubles as an artificial reef for marine animals. Created by British artist and diver Jason DeCaires Taylor, the sculpture sits underwater…
  • Two Arrested As People Flock To Hawaii Lava

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) -- Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see lava, police said Friday amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow. Hawaii County police said officers saw a man and a woman on county property Thursday taking photos within 5 feet of the lava in the small town of Pahoa. The 65-year-old woman and 59-year-old man had two golf clubs that had been dipped in lava, which had hardened on the clubs, police said. They crossed private property to get to the spot where they watched the lava. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl…
  • U.S. Postal Service Is Worried About What Climate Change Will Mean For Mail

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service has a reputation for being unstoppable. And while rain, snow and gloom of night can't stop the U.S. mail, the heat just might. The Council on Environmental Quality, the White House office overseeing environmental issues, released plans on Friday from 38 federal agencies that detail how they each may need to adapt to climate change. Some of the agencies' concerns are to be expected: The U.S. Forest Service is looking at the threat of wildfires, the National Park Service is assessing how parks might be affected and the Department of Defense is looking at…
  • Lobbyist-Tied Group Accused Of Faking Support For Potentially Higher Energy Bills

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Wisconsin is the latest state to see a national group attempting to influence state-level policies on utility rates and solar energy -- and this one used a campaign that allegedly faked support from locals. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission is reviewing three cases where utility companies have asked for changes to the rate structure. As part of the public comment process on those proposals, a group named the Consumer Energy Alliance submitted a petition claiming support from 2,500 Wisconsin residents "who believe every energy consumer should pay a fair share for maintaining the…
  • We Could End Hunger If We Recovered Half Of The 1.3 Billion Tons Of Food Wasted Each Year

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Advocates claim a new, innovative website could help salvage some of the alarming amount of global food waste. The Global Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction was launched last week by three United Nations agencies -- the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program -- and aims to be a global resource for individuals and organizations hoping to curb food waste, according to a press release from the U.N. According to the World Food Program, about one in nine people -- or 805 million -- do not have enough…
 
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  • Skate for Cleaner Waves: Patagonia Invests in Recycled Skateboard Startup

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    What if you could not only clean the ocean, but turn the pollution you collect into something people want? That's the basic idea behind Bureo Skateboards. With the motto "Skateboards for plastic-free oceans," and the slogan "Ride your Footprint," Bureo aims to reduce the amount of sea pollution by recycling discarded fishing nets -- which make up 10 percent of the world's ocean pollution -- into skateboard decks. Three surfers and skateboarders -- Ben Kneppers of Mattapoisett, Mass., David Stover of Block Island, R.I., and Kevin Ahearn Montauk, NY -- co-founded Bureo Skateboards, a…
  • 3 Traps to Avoid When Speaking About the Environment

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    My 15-year-old son is a smart, responsible kid with a very strong sense of right and wrong. But he groans when I remind him to toss his empty can in the recycling, and he rolls his eyes when he hears people talk about climate change. Given that I've spent much of the past decade thinking about the environment (and, because I have children, thinking especially about climate change) his dismissiveness baffled me until I asked him: "Do you think taking care of the environment is stupid?" "No," he answered. "I think taking care of the environment is really important. What's stupid is how people…
  • National Bison Day Provides a Chance to Connect with an American Icon

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    If you put your ear to the ground and listen very carefully, you might hear a faint rumbling sound. That stampede you hear is the approach of National Bison Day, which we celebrate this year on November 1. For the third year in a row, the more than 50 diverse entities of the Vote Bison Coalition, including bison producers, Native Americans, conservationists, educational institutions, sportsmen/recreationists, zoological institutions, health organizations and other businesses, will use the first Saturday in November as a chance to sing the praises of the most uniquely American animal. An…
  • After the Flood: Reflections on Climate and Corporate Control

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The most important event this past week in New York was not the 400k People's Climate March, nor the UN Summit, nor any of the Climate Group-backed events around the city. Not even Leonardo DeCaprio, Sting or Al Gore. The most important event was Flood Wall Street. The reason it looms large is that this was the single event that precisely targeted the root of the problem -- the system that is preventing the changes that must be made if we are to survive into the future. Flood Wall Street boldly denounced and bypassed the false solutions, greenwash, vague promises, voluntary "commitments" and…
  • NRDC's Initial Take on EPA's New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan's Carbon Pollution Limits

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    This summer and fall the EPA has continued its marathon stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October 28th reflect EPA's interest in hearing from all parties and getting the rule right. EPA also released a supplemental proposal to address carbon pollution from affected power plants in Indian Country and U.S. territories. We'll continue pressing for the strongest carbon pollution standards to combat the threats posed by climate change. Supplemental…
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  • How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traits

    Bridget Croke
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traitsBridget Croke9:00amFeatured Image: Popular opinion says that millennials are different animal from the rest of the populace. And with millennials quickly moving through their 20s and 30s, the yet-to-be-definitively-labeled Gen Z'er is coming of age and becoming a more critical decision maker. With all the conflicting information on millennials' relationship with social change, how do we successfully engage these generations in positive behavior change? Do they care about your brand's social impact? Do they actually align…
  • Why understanding the true value of water is smart business

    Steve Bolton
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Why understanding the true value of water is smart businessSteve Bolton8:00amFeatured Image: Concerns about water availability are increasing around the world. Water scarcity threatens the ability of companies and communities to operate as they have in the past. Business value may be at risk if they do not have insight into these natural capital considerations and adjust their operations accordingly. Understanding the true value of water and pinpointing limits to growth is a growing global trend. Companies that quantify their natural capital dependencies will benefit from a more complete…
  • For Sprint, communications is core to climate resilience

    Ann Goodman
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    For Sprint, communications is core to climate resilienceAnn Goodman8:45amFeatured Image: In what surely is a glaring understatement, Tanya Jones, manager of Sprint Corp.’s vital Emergency Response Team Operations, observed, “We learned quite a bit from Hurricane Sandy.” Indeed, Sprint, like all telecommunications carriers, lost cell sites on the northeastern seaboard and in New York City in the 2012 superstorm, which hurt its cellular operations. Fortunately, Sprint’s ERT was able to provide critical communications services to various first responders and emergency agencies using…
  • Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt Center

    Mike Hower
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt CenterMike Hower7:30amFeatured Image: Catch Denis Hayes in person at VERGE SF 2014, Oct. 27-30. The Seattle Bullitt Center has been touted as one of the world's greenest commercial buildings. Spearheaded by the Bullitt Foundation, which offers grants to organizations working to advance environmental initiatives in the Pacific Northwest, the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building was completed last year and is undergoing certification for the Living Building Challenge — a standard more ambitious than LEED. To be declared a Living Building, a…
  • Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola waste

    Janet Howard
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola wasteJanet Howard7:15amFeatured Image: How do hospitals prepare for the potential Ebola virus waste stream with science-based decision-making and start off with a best management approach to this waste? While this is an emerging topic with evolving practices, the most important resource is The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web page for interim guidance on the best approaches for protective equipment, segregation, storage, packaging and removal of this Category A infectious material. While this waste stream may not…
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  • Investigators, Branson go to spacecraft crash site

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    Investigators will examine the wreckage of the winged spaceship designed to give wealthy tourists a high-altitude view of Earth.
  • New question in Texas: Can Wendy Davis survive defeat?

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — It's a sunny afternoon just before the election and Wendy Davis isn't addressing an arena packed with adoring supporters, speaking on national television or working a hotel ballroom of top donors.
  • Ebola quarantines a 'disincentive' for health workers

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Yahoo News Friday that “blanket restrictions” on health care workers returning from West Africa could worsen the Ebola epidemic in the region.
  • Branson to meet Virgin Galactic space team after crash

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    By Alex Dobuzinskis MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) - Richard Branson is set to meet his Virgin Galactic space team in California's Mojave Desert on Saturday following the crash of a passenger spaceship being developed by his company that killed one pilot and seriously injured the other. The entrepreneur has pledged to keep up the drive for space travel, saying on the company's web site: "Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together. ...
  • Ebola costs encourage budget flexibility among U.S. Republicans

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Worries about Ebola are chipping away at some congressional Republicans' support for maintaining across-the-board spending caps on U.S. government agencies and the military. An increasing number of Republicans are speaking out in favor of Ebola "emergency" funds, which would be passed outside of the normal budget process, and would not require offsetting spending cuts or explicit sources of revenue. ...
 
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  • Cleaning Green

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

  • Is fleet diversity key to sustainable fisheries?

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Concern about fisheries is widespread around the world. Over the past several decades, a robust discussion has taken place concerning how to manage fisheries better to benefit ecosystems and humans. Much of the discussion has focused on preserving biological diversity, a critical component of healthy ecosystems. One aspect that gets less attention is the role of fishing fleet diversity.
  • Green spaces don't ensure biodiversity in urban areas

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Green spaces in cities are great, but they don't ensure biodiversity, according to biologists. The team found insect abundance was lacking in two common urban trees, suggesting insect movement may be limited by barriers, such as roads and buildings.
  • Lack of oxygen delayed the rise of animals on Earth

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Scientists have long speculated as to why animal species didn't flourish sooner, once sufficient oxygen covered the Earth's surface. Animals began to prosper at the end of the Proterozoic period -- but what about the billion-year stretch before that, when most researchers think there also was plenty of oxygen? Yale University researcher Noah Planavsky and his colleagues found that oxygen levels during the 'boring billion' period were only 0.1 percent of what they are today.
  • Strange, fanged deer persists in Afghanistan

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a strange deer with vampire-like fangs still persists in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan according to a research team that confirmed the species presence during recent surveys.
  • Captive rhinos exposed to urban rumbles

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    The soundtrack to a wild rhinoceros’s life is wind passing through the savannah grass, birds chirping and distant animals moving across the plains. But a rhinoceros in a zoo listens to children screaming, cars passing and the persistent hum of urban life. A group of researchers believes that this discrepancy in soundscape may be contributing to rhinos’ difficulties thriving and reproducing in captivity.
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Coal, Carpetbaggers And Congressional Candidates

    Ken Silverstein
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    During the 2014 Mid-Term Elections, the term “carpetbagger” is getting used to describe opportunistic politicians who are finding voids in the electoral maps and then jumping into those open races. And no where is that scenario more prevalent than in coal-heavy West Virginia that has long been fertile ground for exploitation.
  • This Halloween Stake Your Energy Vampires And Bury Your Energy Zombies

    James Conca
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Energy Vampires are everywhere in our home this Halloween. Nationally, these socket-suckers drink as much energy as the State of Maryland. But energy vampires and zombies in your home have changed since you were young. Now your cable box, DVR, sound system, plasma TV and satellite system are the worst. And it doesn?t matter much whether these devices are on or not.
  • Emerging Markets Are Leading The Way On Clean Energy Growth

    Mike Scott
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    It is easy to think of the clean energy revolution as largely a developed world phenomenon – Germany’s Energiewende scaling up the solar power sector, offshore wind turbines in the North Sea and Tesla’s electric sports car are some of the images that come to mind.
  • What Would Republican Control Of Senate Mean For The Energy Industry?

    Michael Lynch
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Tuesday’s elections could well see a major upheaval in American politics, with Republicans possibly achieving control of both the House and Senate, and thus having a somewhat freer hand legislatively. (Obama can still veto legislation, and it’s not clear how reluctant or enthusiastic he will be.)
  • Growth on Track - Factors Raising And Hampering Economic Growth

    Bill Greiner
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Recent Questions – Growth Sustainability
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Faces Of Fracking: A Farmer Seeks To Protect San Benito County, California From High-Intensity Petroleum Operations

    Guest
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    This is a guest post by Tara Lohan that originally appeared on Faces Of Fracking, a project of the CEL Climate Lab in partnership with Grist that was launched to capture the stories of concerned residents who live on the front lines of fracking. Of all the things that could threaten Paul Hain’s livelihood, squirrels are near the top of the list. And then there are the oil companies. Last year, squirrels gorged themselves on 14 of Paul’s 20 acres of walnut trees. And oil companies have been eyeing his bucolic corner of California recently with a project in the works that may result in…
  • DeSmogCAST Episode 1 Drilling Down: Fracking, Lobbying and the U.S. Midterm Elections

    Carol Linnitt
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    This week DeSmog is launching its inaugural episode of DeSmogCAST, a weekly newscast featuring our writers, experts and invited guests. Each week we’ll discuss breaking stories and engage in analysis of politics, energy and environment issues in the U.S., Canada and around the world. In this episode, hosted by DeSmog contributor Farron Cousins, our team discusses Steve Horn’s recent story on the new Post Carbon Institute report that calls into question the viability of forecasts for oil and gas production via fracking A Horn explains, “if you look at this report it second guesses a lot…
  • Oil and Gas Industry's "Endless War" on Fracking Critics Revealed by Rick Berman

    Sharon Kelly
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Leave it to Washington's top attack-dog lobbyist Richard Berman to verify what many always suspected: that the oil and gas industry uses dirty tricks to undermine science, vilify its critics and discredit journalists who cast doubt on the prudence of fossil fuels. In a speech at an industry conference in June, surreptitiously recorded by an energy executive, Rick Berman, the foremost go-to guy for Republican smear campaigns, gave unusually candid advice to a meeting of drilling companies. Think of this as an endless war,” he told executives in a speech, which was leaked to The New York…
  • Richard Berman, Tobacco To Fossil Fuels

    John Mashey
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    The NYTimes just ran “Hard-Nosed Advice From Veteran Lobbyist: ‘Win Ugly or Lose Pretty’ - Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped”. Rick Berman has long been the architect of “public charities” for any client willing to pay. Berman's Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF, EIN 26-0006579) evolved from his Guest Choice Network,  but much of the tax-exempt “contribution” went to his own corporate PR firm. Many cogs in the fossil fog machine have been funded by Big Tobacco, as per Fakery 2, Fostering the TEA Party, Tobacco operative hired by Kochs, Think tanks fight for…
  • World’s Major Banks Poured Over $80 Billion into Coal Last Year Alone

    Chris Rose
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At least $83 billion USD in financing was provided to 65 coal mining and energy companies last year by 92 of the world’s leading commercial banks, according to a Dutch report published Wednesday. Leading banks provided $500 billion in financing for the coal industry through 2,283 lending and underwriting transactions between 2005 and April 2014, said the report Banking on Coal 2014, which was released by BankTrack in Nijmegen. The top 20 financiers provided 73 per cent of this amount alone, added the report, released just days ahead of the publication of the fifth United Nations…
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    Urban Workbench

  • Logjams and Debris Flows

    Mike Thomas
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Fresh debris on the Illecillewaet River Log Debris at Greely BridgeThis logjam at the Greely Bridge across the Illecillewaet River was a result of a debris flow last week. I provided information gathered on this event to the Revelstoke Times Review for an article. The slide caused water flows to increase almost six-fold in the span of less than two hours. According to hydrometric data collected by Environment Canada, flows went from 34 cubic-metres per second at 7:45 p.m. all the way to 185 cubic-metres per second at 9:20 p.m. Flows didn’t return to normal until late the following morning.
  • Finding the Leak

    Mike Thomas
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    City of Revelstoke crews operating the vactor truck to locate a watermain break using hydro-excavation.
  • Watermain Replacement

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

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

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

  • Social Hour

    Megan Sheeley
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Before you head out trick-or-treating, or to your awesome costume party, we thought we would share our social media darlings of the week. You pinned, you liked, and we are sharing what you loved. Enjoy this combo of your favorite pinterest and instagram shares of the week. Happy Halloween! This Week's Most Adored PhotosView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | Comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
  • Scotch and Cigar 30th Birthday Party

    Megan Sheeley
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Dapper Gentleman and Ladies take note! Theme parties are not just for girly girls. This 30th birthday bash is centered around scotch and cigars and a really good cake. What’s not to love? It’s masculine, polished and all crafted by Ashley Lindzon Events. Check out the full gallery photographed by Tara McMullen for even more, including a late night ice cream truck cameo. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Ashley Lindzon Events… Planning Daniel’s birthday party was too much fun! The theme was based on his favorite things; scotch, cigars and sweets! To…
  • Blanco Cocktail

    Abby Larson
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We spotted this cocktail over on this wedding and knew we needed the recipe. Aside from the gorgeous jewel toned hue, the muddled blackberry was enough to send us clear over the cocktail edge. And seeing that today is a day of celebrating (right?), we figured why not do Halloween up right with some seriously amazing cocktail treats. Photos by Marisa Holmes, Styling by Brooke Keegan. Abby LarsonBlanco CocktailA fun blend of Fortleza blanco tequila, muddled blackberry, lime juice and agave syrup. prep time5 Minute/scook timetotal time5 Minute/sServes 1Ingredients3 blackberries 2 ounces fresh…
  • Black and White 1st Birthday

    Megan Sheeley
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I love a good classic first birthday party. Especially those that are sweet in design but timeless in execution. Take for example this “Never Stop Exploring” celebration. Laura from Lace and Arrow Designs crafted and photographed the party for her son, pulling together some awesome DIY projects to make it a bit more personal. See all the adorableness here. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Laura…I am a mother of two and run an online boutique. When my sons 1st birthday was approaching I knew I needed to make it more on the simple side (I tend to go OVER BOARD!).
  • Traditional Meets Cozy Home Tour in Long Island

    Megan Sheeley
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Beyond being styled to perfection, a home should feel curated and collected; where cozy furniture intermingles with favorite pieces ripe with memories and family photographs are lovingly folded into the mix. Jennifer Markowitz was spot on with making this space feel warm, inviting and polished all rolled into one and through the lens of Cynthia Chung, it really springs to life. See the full tour right here! Share this gorgeous gallery on   Photographer: Cynthia Chung | Interior Designer: Jennifer Markowitz © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | 6 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post…
 
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    Environmental Health News

  • On Sandy, Christie gets a 'D.'

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Most New Jerseyans would give the governor a better overall grade than our "D." Maybe they give him style points. But polls show that those hit hardest are the least satisfied: Two-thirds of storm victims are dissatisfied with the state's recovery effort. Based on this report card, they have good reason to be.
  • LNG emissions bill is a shameful betrayal of future generations.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bill 2 dismantles key elements of Premier Gordon Campbell’s continent-leading climate policies. And it replaces these policies with a made-in-Alberta, Harper government approach that will instead allow for a dramatic increase in greenhouse gas emissions in B.C.
  • Election-year water crisis taking a toll on Brazil's economy.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    After a grueling election campaign in which officials faced fierce criticism for downplaying the effects of a year-long drought, Brazil's most populous state is finally coming to terms with an uncomfortable reality: It is running out of water.
  • GMO rice is vital to help feed a growing population.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    For the sake of 3 billion rice consumers, and for the sake of the world's environment, we can and must use this technology where appropriate to make farming more productive and more environmentally sustainable.
  • Politics and the pipeline: Plains bedfellows.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Despite the overwhelming support in South Dakota, the Keystone XL pipeline has also created new alliances in opposition to it, pushing ranchers from red, rural counties to join with the political bloc perhaps most well-versed in fighting for land rights in South Dakota and elsewhere: Native Americans (Part 2 of 3).
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    Clean Edge

  • The Rise of Retail Clean-Energy Investing

    Ron Pernick
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    In recent years at Clean Edge, we’ve been tracking and reporting on three major shifts in clean-tech investing: 1) the shift to expansion-stage corporate and institutional investing from early-stage venture capital; 2) the shift from equity investments in technology companies to debt finance for projects; and 3) the advent of investment vehicles for retail investors. In our 2012 book Clean Tech Nation, we talked about the need to leverage proven investment tools from the oil, gas, and real estate sectors, such as master limited partnerships and real estate investment trusts (REITs), as part…
  • EV Roadmap 8

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Event Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 (All day) to Friday, July 31, 2015 (All day)Image: Link: EV RoadmapEvent Description:  The EV Roadmap Conference has established itself as one of the leading electric vehicle conferences in the United States, offering a "graduate course" in electric vehicle deployment.
  • Intersolar

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Event Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 19:00 to Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 19:00Image: Link: IntersolarEvent Description:  With events spanning four continents, Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners.
  • West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC)

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Event Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 18:45 to Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 18:45Image: Link: West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC)Event Description:  The West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) is the largest energy conference and technology expo held on the U.S. West Coast specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users.
  • Sustainable Brands '15 San Diego

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Event Date: Monday, June 1, 2015 - 18:30 to Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 18:30Image: Link: Sustainable Brands '15 San DiegoEvent Description:  B’15 San Diego is a gathering of many of the world’s largest global brands, disruptive social entrepreneurs, NGOs, investors, academia plus a multitude of other stakeholders that support them.
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    Green Car Congress

  • DOE SBIR/STTR Release 2 topics includes fuel-cell hybrid trucks and QC devices for PEM fuel cells

    Mike Millikin
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the 2015 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 2 topics, which include two hydrogen and fuel cell related topics: fuel cell-battery electric hybrid trucks and in-line quality control devices for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells. The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) aims to build on other early niche market successes in applications such as fuel cell-powered lift trucks by helping industry initiate another market in motive power applications and to enable a robust…
  • DOE awarding $13M to 5 companies for advanced nuclear reactor projects

    Mike Millikin
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $13 million to five companies to lead key nuclear energy research and development projects supporting advanced reactor technologies. The cost-share agreements will help address significant technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next generation nuclear reactors, based off needs identified by industry designers and technical experts. DOE began this program in 2013 to partner with industry in developing next generation reactors that have the potential to achieve significant advances in safety, efficiency and economics. The…
  • ICCT study finds state EV incentives playing a significant role in driving sales

    Mike Millikin
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    A study by a team from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows that state electric vehicle incentives are playing a significant early role in reducing the effective cost of ownership and driving electric vehicle sales. As described in their white paper, “Evaluation of state-level US electric vehicle incentives”, the researchers found that some of the states with the largest electric vehicle incentives—i.e., California, Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington—have electric vehicle sales shares that are approximately 2–4 times the national average. A…
  • Chevy byproducts provide homes for bats; helping in the fight against white-nose syndrome

    Mike Millikin
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    General Motors is using waste adhesive from the production of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to build stalactites for artificial bat caves. International bat experts from such non-governmental organizations as Bat Conservation International and the Organization for Bat Conservation are reviewing the application. White-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus appearing on the muzzle and other parts of hibernating bats, has killed more than 5.7 million bats to date in the United States and Canada. Bats with the disease act abnormally and wake from hibernation too frequently, leading to death. There…
  • NHTSA fines Ferrari $3.5M for failing to submit early warning reports, three fatal accidents

    Mike Millikin
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that Ferrari will pay a $3.5-million civil penalty and has been ordered to comply with NHTSA oversight requirements as set forth in a Consent Order for failing to submit early warning reports (EWR reports) identifying potential or actual safety issues. Federal law requires large manufacturers and affiliates of large manufacturers to submit comprehensive EWR reports on a quarterly basis, in order to provide notice to the Department of potential safety concerns. Ferrari, an affiliate of…
 
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    Eco Friend

  • Shoe brands touched with the eco-friendly wand

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    If you have already gone green in numerous aspects, now probably it is your turn to go green on shoes. Green shoes available today are extremely stylish, stunning, and obviously, they are eco-friendly. Whether you want high heels for that chic look, formal shoes for office, or sneakers for walking, you can get the eco-friendly ... The post Shoe brands touched with the eco-friendly wand appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Architectural structures that touch the sky and harvest the wind

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    In order to reduce the carbon footprint, many institutions have invested in buildings that are powered by alternative energy sources. Wind energy of course shows up in the set, and huge wind turbines are installed on the rooftops wherein there is enough wind for conversion into electricity with the help of wind turbines. Check out ... The post Architectural structures that touch the sky and harvest the wind appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Intelligent ways to put household junk into use

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    It is rightly said that everything in this world has a certain purpose to serve and the same goes for trash as well. No matter how strongly you feel that junk is useless and it is worthless to think of it as something useful, but junk can actually be useful. Read further to find out ... The post Intelligent ways to put household junk into use appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Stylish planters made from recycled trash

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    If you have a penchant to bring some uniqueness and freshness to your garden then look at the junk lying in your store. Those numerous things that you are about to discard or throw in the trash can turn into stylish planters, which will make your garden look so unique and fresh that you will ... The post Stylish planters made from recycled trash appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Interesting things you could conjure from egg cartons

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    Egg cartons often go waste at homes, but why waste them when you can create some wondrous craft items from them. Egg cartons make fun crafts and some creative pieces of home décor. So, next time thing once before you decide to throw the egg cartons at home. Click through to get the hang of ... The post Interesting things you could conjure from egg cartons appeared first on Eco Friend.
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • The Clean Power Plan and Early Action by States to Reduce Carbon Pollution

    Megan Ceronsky
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    By Megan Ceronsky(This post originally appeared on Resources for the Future's Expert Forum on EPA's Clean Power Plan, on October 24, 2014) Should EPA credit early action taken by states to reduce carbon emissions? If so, how? Under the Clean Power Plan, the United States will finally have Clean Air Act standards to address carbon pollution from existing power plants. During the long wait for these standards, a diverse group of states and companies have acted, leading the way in reducing carbon pollution. They have done so by deploying renewable energy, harvesting demand-side energy…
  • Flexible Pollution Rules can Boost the Economy: 5 Reasons Why

    EDF Blogs
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Diane Munns, Senior Director, Clean Energy Collaboration Source: Flickr/Brookhaven National Lab Nobody likes being told what to do. Gina McCarthy, head of Environmental Protection Agency, knows that. So she asked her agency to craft a plan that leaves it up to states to shape their energy future – as long as they cut carbon emissions from power plants. Often lost in the heated debate over EPA’s Clean Power Plan, however, is the fact this built-in flexibility will also give a boost to clean technology ventures, and speed up energy innovations already under way in many…
  • The Clean Power Plan and the Deployment of Renewable Energy

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

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

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

  • Schneider Electric – focussed on making organisations more efficient

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rockin’ Green

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

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

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

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

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

  • ETC: 2015 BMW i8 sets everyone's tongues wagging in Northern Michigan

    Chris Paukert
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Filed under: Coupe, Hybrid, Performance, Etc., Supercars, BMW, Electric Like few other cars we can remember, people want to talk about the 2015 BMW i8. Drive one, and you'll soon find out what we mean. They stop you at gas stations. They accost you in Walgreen's parking lots. They stream out of neighborhood bars, beers in hand. At least, that was our experience this week during Autoblog's Technology of the Year testing. We had the pleasure of driving the plug-in hybrid BMW sports car up to and around Petoskey, MI, a resort town where seeing such exotics is rare enough, let alone in the off…
  • Video: 2016 Chevy Volt powertrain video teasers

    Sebastian Blanco
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Manufacturing/Plants, Chevrolet, Videos If there's one thing we've learned about plug-in vehicle fans, you have a thing for seeing your cars get made. The series of videos showing BMW i3 production was strangely popular, as were the shots from inside the VW e-Golf plant. Well, with General Motors pulling the veil off of the 2016 Chevy Volt this week, it's time to take a peek at the production process for that vehicle as well. You're welcome. Up first we've got a clip from CNN Money showing a little bit about how the new Volt's new battery pack and other…
  • Report: Hyundai/Kia's Prius rival to arrive by 2017

    Chris Bruce
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Filed under: Hybrid, Technology, Hatchback, Hyundai, Kia, South Korea The Toyota Prius is the undisputed king of the hybrid market, but Hyundai and Kia are hoping to challenge its reign in the coming years with their own dedicated model. However, in all likelihood this is the same technology being shared between them. "We will take the lead in the future by raising the competitiveness of our environment-friendly cars like hybrid-only cars, plug-in hybrid cars and fuel cell hydrogen cars," Hyundai Motor CEO Kim Choong-ho said to Reuters, during the launch of another vehicle in South Korea.
  • Rumormill: Is Land Rover developing an all-electric Tesla Model X rival?

    Brandon Turkus
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Filed under: SUV, Technology, Land Rover, Electric, Off-Road Tesla will soon put its all-electric Model X crossover on sale, and if it's anywhere near as successful as the brand's four-door sedan the Model S, then it'll be a hell of an attention getter for mainstream automakers. Land Rover isn't waiting for proof of the Model X's success, though. According to reports, Land Rover could be preparing an all-electric Range Rover. Likely more crossover than full-size SUV, the new vehicle would probably be far more aerodynamic than current models. But the new EV would still take advantage of LR's…
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota FCV Rally Car To Compete, Barra bullish on Chevy Volt

    John Beltz Snyder
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Filed under: Ethanol, EV/Plug-in, Hydrogen, Chevrolet, GM, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Daimler, Videos The Toyota FCV will compete in the last stage of the 2014 Japanese Rally Championship. The sport-tuned hydrogen-powered car will tackle the 177-mile Shinshiro Rally on November 1 and 2, emitting no greenhouse gases in the process. The rally course will help prove the safety of the vehicle before it goes on sale in Japan in the next several months. The Toyota FCV, rumored to be called "Mirai" in Japan, will begin sales there before April, according to Toyota, and in the summer in the US and…
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    Awake at the Wheel

  • Volkswagen unveils a rugged Golf Alltrack TDI

    Shell
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    The new VW Golf SportWagen (which is replacing the Jetta SportWagen) was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in the souped-up Alltrack edition. It’s not only the angular, more masculine lines that differentiate the Alltrack from its less adventure-oriented SportWagen sibling. … Continue reading →
  • More diesels, please! Chrysler ramps up Ram 1500 EcoDiesel production

    Shell
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    As we mentioned a few months ago, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was named Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” thanks to its super efficiency and overall stellar performance. And people loved it. As the only half-ton pickup on the market sporting … Continue reading →
  • Propel mobile app—now available for iPhone & Android

    Shell
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
     Use the app to find Propel Flex Fuel E85 & Biodiesel locations and daily pricing. Access these features for Apple and Android phones today. Price Check: Find today’s prices and save Locator Map: Discover locations & driving directions Vehicle Check: … Continue reading →
  • Diesel hybrid from VW finally on the market (in Europe)

    Shell
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    Back in 2011 we posted about this space-agey diesel-electric hybrid concept from Volkswagen dubbed the XL 1. At the time, the XL1 was just a prototype and not strictly “street legal.” However, as reported by Inside Climate News, the auto … Continue reading →
  • Audi RS5 TDI Concept

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

  • Nobel Prize Awarded for Blue LEDs

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

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

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

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

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

  • Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

    Lidija Grozdanic
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    The crumbling stones of the Giza pyramids may be a sight familiar to most people, but the original look of these ancient structures was considerably different. In a recent short documentary made by the Smithsonian Channel Harvard University, Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson explains the way each of the stones was manually polished to create glistening outer shells of the famous pyramids. Read the rest of Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient building techniques, ancient buildings,…
  • Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

    Lori Zimmer
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Read the rest of Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Austria, crane-lifted penthouse, eco design, graz, green design, hotel Daniel, loft cube, Loftcube, pop up penthouse, prefab design, studio aisslinger, sustainable design
  • This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

    Laura Mordas-Schenkein
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Next year will mark thirty years since the construction of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s iconic Hundertwasserhaus in the Kegelgasse district of Vienna, Austria. Hundertwasser’s fantastical artistic vision was inspired by his dream to align architecture with nature in every sense. At its conception, the artist vowed to replace every piece of vegetation lost in the construction of the residential complex. For every square foot of structure built, an equal area of trees and shrubs was added, resulting in the abundant majestic greenery that cloaks its facade today. Read the…
  • The World’s Smallest, Cheapest 3D Printer Can be Yours for $299

    Charley Cameron
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Getting a start in 3D printing can be a pretty costly and intimidating endeavor, with most printers in the affordable range coming in at around $1,000. But for $299, the makers of the iBox Nano aim to provide an alternative that is not only cheaper, but also easier for novice makers to operate—so long as your 3D printing ambitions fall somewhat on the micro side of design. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of The World’s Smallest, Cheapest 3D Printer Can be Yours for $299 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printer, 3D printing, cheap printer, home…
  • U.S. Shrimp May Not Be What Consumers Bargained For

    Lori Zimmer
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Marine conservation group Oceana has uncovered a nationwide shrimp scandal that has seafood lovers feeling queasy. Using DNA testing, the group examined 143 shrimp dishes from stores and restaurants across America, finding that a whopping 30 percent were misrepresented. Their findings, which ranged from mislabeling farm-raised shrimp as wild, or misrepresenting species of shrimp being sold, have prompted authorities to push for the passing of the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act, which has been introduced to Congress and awaits approval. Read the rest of U.S. Shrimp May Not Be…
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • VOC Treatment Expected to Reduce 99% of Emissions

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Environmental technology company Tecam Group has signed an agreement with Bol&For Impresores, a flexible packaging manufacturer, for the supply of one exhaust air reduction system for the abatement of gas emissions emitted during the production process. The regenerative thermal oxidizer system for volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions treatment will be installed at Bol&For Impresores’ production plant […]
  • Company Fined $1.6M for Oil Spill Violations

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Superior Crude Gathering has agreed to pay a $1.61 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2010 crude oil spill from tanks at Superior’s oil storage facility in Ingleside, Texas. The United States’ complaint alleges that Superior Crude discharged at least 2,200 barrels (or 92,400 gallons) of crude […]
  • Creative Recycling: Bats Find Homes in Chevy Byproducts

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    An adhesive used in production of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray may help preserve a threatened bat species in North America. General Motors found that when processed, the adhesive can serve as a stalactite in artificial bat caves. International bat experts from such non-governmental organizations as Bat Conservation International and the Organization for Bat Conservation […]
  • Green Buildings Market Grows to $260 Billion

    Ken Jennison
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Construction of green buildings rose to 325 million square meters of new floor space in 2013, representing a $260 billion market, according to a report by Lux Research. In addition, green buildings are delivering predictable internal rates of return of 5 percent or more. Lux analysts studied utility savings, rental rates, resale value and government incentives in […]
  • Monsanto, Dow, Others Raise Nearly $8M to Defeat GMO Ballot Initiative

    Ken Jennison
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences are among the seed companies that have raised about $8 million to defeat a Maui County voter initiative to temporarily ban GMO farming until the county conducts a public health and environmental study of its impact, as reported by the Honolulu Civil Beat. Campaign spending records show that agribusiness giant Monsanto […]
 
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Bunge Jumps into Deforestation-Free Palm Oil with a Splash

    Lael Goodman
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    On Monday, Bunge — an agribusiness and food ingredient company based out of White Plains, New York — indicated its intention to ensure the palm oil that it sources will be deforestation- and peat-free. Coming from one of the largest traders of palm oil in the world, Bunge’s announcement is significant for what it means for both the world climate and for ecosystems at risk due to palm oil production. But to me it also signifies that the status quo — palm oil that is linked with deforestation and peatland destruction — is a sinking ship that is increasingly risky to stay…
  • Researchers Develop Process to Make Nanostructured Carbon from Sawdust Waste

    Mike Hower
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Chemists at the University of Birmingham have found a new way to make nanostructured carbon using the waste product sawdust, according to research published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Green Chemistry.By cooking sawdust with a thin coating of iron at 700 degrees centigrade, the researchers found they can create carbon with a structure made up of several tiny tubes. These tubes are one thousand times smaller than an average human hair.Scientists are looking for new ways of making carbon nanomaterials because they can be expensive and difficult to manufacture. Carbons with a very…
  • Tarkett to Acquire Desso

    Sustainable Brands
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tarkett, a global leader in flooring and sports surfaces solutions, has reached an agreement in principle with Bencis Capital Partners and minority investors to acquire 100% of Netherlands-based Desso, producer of high-end and Cradle to Cradle Certified carpet flooring for the commercial, consumer and sports markets throughout Europe.“The acquisition of Desso will enable Tarkett to accelerate its profitable growth strategy by targeting the European market of added value carpet for commercial and residential use, as well as innovative sports surfaces.Desso’s Tom Franckenwill discussthe…
  • Former Cigarette Plant to Produce Batteries for Solar and Wind Energy Storage

    Mike Hower
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    The Philip Morris cigarette plant in Concord, North Carolina is switching to produce batteries to store energy for wind and solar farms, Fortune reports.The plant used to manufacture a billion cigarettes annually, but a reduction in the number of Americans smoking took its toll and Philip Morris stopped producing cigarettes at the plant several years ago.Swiss-owned battery manufacturer Alevo bought the 3.5 million square foot facility for $68.5 million, which will make lithium-iron-phosphate batteries that can be charged within 30 minutes, run 24/7 and last for 40,000 charges. Alevo says it…
  • Lead Up to #SB14London: Sky Continues to Explore New Avenues for Showing Stakeholders 'The Bigger Picture'

    Maxine Perella
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The Bigger Picture is Sky’s approach to building not only a more responsible business for the long term, but contributing to a more sustainable society through inspiring action on the ground.The far-reaching programme has many highlights to draw on since its inception five years ago. These include its Sky Rainforest Rescue partnership with WWF that has raised over £8 million in fundraising, its Sky Academy initiative helping thousands of young people build skills and confidence, and the delivery of a 40 percent reduction in emissions intensity across the business.We caught up with Sky’s…
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  • What’s Your Business Waste Worth? Find Out on a Commercial Materials Exchange

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The commercial materials exchange takes business waste from one place, and offers it for sale or use to organizations or other businesses that need it The post What’s Your Business Waste Worth? Find Out on a Commercial Materials Exchange appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • From Recycling Nylon to Regenerating Virgin Material: ECONYL [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Like other plastics, recycling nylon has largely been a downcycling process. Aquafil's new ECONYL system makes nylon 6 endlessly recyclable, though The post From Recycling Nylon to Regenerating Virgin Material: ECONYL [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • What to Do with Used Cooking Oil: How about Turning it into Jet Fuel?

    Important Media Cross-Post
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Boeing has come up with a novel idea of what to do with used cooking oil, particularly the large amounts coming from China: fuel planes with it The post What to Do with Used Cooking Oil: How about Turning it into Jet Fuel? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • DIY: Turn an Old Sweater into a Winter Head Wrap

    Talancia Pea
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Want a new look for the cold Winter months? Turn an old sweater you no longer wear into a fashionable & hair-friendly head wrap The post DIY: Turn an Old Sweater into a Winter Head Wrap appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Wind energy jobs not only contribute to the growth of clean energy; they also support the conservation of water. The post Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.
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  • Lonely Species Matter Too

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Nature World: The lemur, Javan rhino and Santa Cruz kangaroo rat are all lonely animals, but they matter too, according to a new study. As endemic species, living in habitats restricted to a particular area, they are more important to biodiversity than previously thought. Factors like climate change and urban development have all forced these animals into a lonely existence, however, they have also developed unique strategies as a means for survival. And these characteristics, as described in the journal PLOS...
  • #Ebola Death Toll Rises

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Reuters: The Ebola epidemic has killed 4,951 people out of 13,567 infected in eight countries, the World Health Organization said on Friday, slightly revising downwards its figures for cases mainly due to "suspected cases in Guinea being discarded." The toll reflects a rise of 31 deaths since the United Nations agency reported its previous figures on Wednesday, while the number of overall cases fell by 136. All 83 contacts of a health care worker in Spain infected with Ebola have completed a first 21-day...
  • Kaci Hickox 'Humbled' by Maine Judge's #Ebola Ruling

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    NBC: A judge in Maine ruled Friday that Kaci Hickox, the nurse who treated Ebola patients and defied a state-imposed quarantine, can come and go as she pleases, as long as she is monitored for symptoms and lets health officials know where she’s going. The same judge had issued a temporary order on Thursday night ordering Hickox to stay at least three feet away from other people and to stay away from crowds and public transportation. But the judge, Charles C. LaVerdiere of state court, lifted those...
  • How Liberia Is Starting To Beat #Ebola, With Fingers Crossed

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    National Public Radio: If you want the inside scoop about what's happening with the Ebola outbreak, then just hang out at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia. It's packed with scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, international reporters and a bunch of guys and gals in camouflage from the U.S. Army. " Nobody would want to eradicate Ebola from their own neighborhood more than those who live in the neighborhood. - Katie Myler, founder of the nonprofit More Than Me They all like to hang out at...
  • Genes may play a role in #Ebola survival chances

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    NHS: "Genetic factors could play an important role in whether people survive the Ebola virus," BBC News reports. Researchers found around one in five mice remained unaffected by the infection. Researchers investigated how mice with a different genetic make-up responded to Ebola infection. The research involved eight research strains of mice said to represent the majority of genetic variation seen across major mouse species. They were infected with Ebola and had their disease response examined. The...
 
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  • Will Snow Ruin Your Halloween?

    Tim McDonnell
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    The snow forecast from today through the weekend. This data represents a worst-case scenario; there's a 95 percent change there will be less snow than this. National Weather Service Happy Halloween! Hope you have a good costume lined up that isn't this horrible "sexy Ebola nurse" one. Anyway, this year the weather seems pretty determined to mess with your trick-or-treating plans: We've already seen pumpkin prices spike thanks to the ongoing drought in California. And now it seems that a snowstorm is headed for the Midwest and East Coast. But fear not: It's unlikely that the goblins and…
  • The Craziest Things Republican Candidates Have Said About Climate Change In One Video

    Amber Ferguson
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Can the GOP's 2014 candidates give a straight answer on climate change? It appears not. Many Republican candidates have offered roundabout answers to climate change questions. Some have said the climate isn't changing at all, while others have disputed research showing that human activity is driving those changes. Then there's Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), who said during a debate this year that he's confident our climate isn't changing because he has "Googled this issue." Lee…
  • 5 New York Epidemics That Were Way Worse Than Ebola Will Be

    Tim McDonnell
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    An 1865 cartoon from Harper's Weekly ridicules the incompetence of the New York City Board of Health, first established to fight yellow fever. US National Library of Medicine Ebola has arrived in New York City. So should residents here be worried about a widespread outbreak? Almost certainly not: The disease is not airborne, and infected patients are only contagious once they show symptoms. Craig Spencer, the infected doctor in New York, has said he didn't have symptoms Wednesday night when he rode the subway between Manhattan and Brooklyn and went bowling. Three people he came into contact…
  • Environmentalists Don't Like Europe's New Climate Plan. Can Obama Do Better?

    James West
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Environmental groups are warning that a new European agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 sets the bar far too low. The pact—which was reached early Friday in Brussels—makes the European Union the first major bloc of countries to commit to emissions targets ahead of next year's crucial climate change talks in Paris. At the Paris meeting, world leaders will attempt to hammer out a global agreement that will keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The Guardian reports that in addition to their commitment to cut greenhouse emissions…
  • In Just 15 Years, Wind Could Provide A Fifth Of The World's Electricity

    James West
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Up to one fifth of the world's electricity supply could come from wind turbines by 2030, according to a new report released this week by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). That would be an increase of 530 percent compared to the end of last year. The report says the coming global boom in wind power will be driven largely by China's rebounding wind energy market—and a continued trend of high levels of Chinese green energy investment—as well as by steady growth in the United States and new large-scale projects in Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa. The report,…
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  • November 1

    dailynews
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nov. 1, 1755:  The Lisbon Earthquake strikes off the coast of Portugal.  The quake and a resulting tsunami cause widespread damage in Spain and Morocco, but Portugal’s capital city is nearly destroyed by a series of fires.   At least 10,000 perished in Lisbon alone.  
  • Architecture of terror: 10 perfectly haunt-worthy architectural styles

    mhickman
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    You know the place — that imposing Victorian at the end of the block with the knee-high-weeds, broken-in windows, turn-of-the-century paint job and tendency to send potential buyers fleeing because of its reputation as being, well, supernaturally stigmatized.  
  • What killed King Tut?

    gmiller
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Thanks to the wealth of buried treasures that Howard Carter discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in 1922, the name Tutankhamun has survived 3,300 years of history. But less is known about the king's lineage, and why he died so young. The question of what or who killed him has confounded archaeologists since Carter's time, but now, with DNA and CGI technology, it's possible to analyze and reconstruct Tut's mummy in a virtual autopsy to find the answer.
  • Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo explodes after takeoff

    mdestries
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    SpaceShipTwo, the suborbital spaceplane designed for Virgin Galactic's commercial space tourism venture, crashed today during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert. This is the second such event this week, after the Antares rocket carrying science experiments and supplies to the International Space Station crashed on Thursday.
 
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  • Millennials: The Core of the Clean Economy? Or Overhyped as the Green Generation?

    Stephen Lacey
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Depending on your perspective, millennials are either the most globally aware, technologically savvy generation or the most distracted, dependent, self-obsessed generation. For many, those feelings about millennials extend to the environment. Some criticize their shallow engagement and say young people mistake Facebook “likes” and virtual signatures for actual action. Others believe millennials are much more sophisticated about the environment, pointing to the surge in green MBAs and cleantech startups working to solve big problems. In this week’s podcast, we’ll be…
  • SunPower’s New China Joint Venture Lines Up Gigawatts of C7 Concentrated Solar

    Eric Wesoff
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Earlier this week, GTM suggested that SunPower is one of the last firms standing in bringing concentrated solar technology to market. That might turn out to be an understatement. What's more, investment firm Baird has suggested that SunPower's "C7 technology is not fully appreciated." That might be changing as well. SunPower just added several gigawatts' worth of solar projects to its pipeline with a new joint venture in China that will predominantly consist of power plants using the C7 tracker technology. The deal has SunPower investing up to $20 million for a 4.6 percent…
  • Enlighted Launches Its Smart Lighting Network-as-a-Service

    Jeff St. John
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Networked lighting startup Enlighted says that its intelligent, wireless control nodes can reduce a building’s lighting energy bill by 50 percent or more, providing a quick return on the cost of retrofitting a building with LEDs or other energy-efficient lights. Now it’s launching a program to deliver those savings without any upfront cost for its customers, much like SolarCity has done for rooftop solar or Stem is doing for behind-the-meter batteries. On Thursday, Enlighted announced its Global Energy Optimization (GEO) program -- a financing package that gives customers a…
  • Here Are 9 Storage Companies New York Thinks Are Promising

    Julia Pyper
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    As part of an effort to position itself as a leader in energy storage, New York state has announced a $2.2 million program to support nine companies developing novel battery chemistries, capacitors and components. The funding is intended to help companies move experimental projects from the lab to commercial scale, where they can be used to reduce power needs, produce more energy-efficient vehicles and electronic devices, and maximize the productivity of renewable resources. The support is also part of a broader vision led by NYSERDA to attract and keep storage companies in the state. All…
  • Startup Borrows Financing Model From Solar, Efficiency Sectors to Launch EVs in Fleets

    Julia Pyper
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    California-based startup Vision Fleet took a couple of pages out of the clean energy sector’s playbook to make low-carbon, alternative-fuel vehicle fleets cheap and easy to operate. Vision Fleet unveiled an innovative new contract model this week, which it calls the Clean Mile Solution. The model was inspired by business practices that transformed the solar and energy efficiency industries: power-purchase agreements (PPAs) and energy service companies (ESCOs). Much like solar and energy-efficiency projects a decade ago, one of the main factors inhibiting the purchase of electric…
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  • Innovation, Speed, Energy: Dell’s First Year Private Again

    Laura P. Thomas
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This month marked a major milestone in Dell history. Fourteen years ago I came to work at Dell Financial Services. Oh! And, as Michael Dell noted on LinkedIn, October also marked the one-year anniversary of Dell once again becoming a private company! “The energy and clarity of purpose is wonderfully reminiscent of the early days of Dell,” he said. I joke about my anniversary and Dell’s privatization coinciding in the month of October, but these days I can’t mention the first without someone asking me about  the impact of the second. Some of my teammates have put…
  • Educause – The Latest Thinking in Higher Education

    DELL-Jen S
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Educause is the premiere gathering for higher education IT professionals, and Dell played a big part at this year’s show in Orlando, Florida. There were a couple of reports released at the event which highlighted the latest trends in IT for higher education that directly correlate to the explosion of mobile devices on campus. Casey Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project, highlighted the trends in his annual survey of computing and information technology representatives in the US higher education market. Topping the list of priorities identified for the next 2-3 years…
  • Learn About Dell IT Lifecycle Services at Dell World

    Jim Roth
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Here in Austin, Texas, it seems we have some type of festival or event going on all the time, and they quickly gain momentum and become traditions. From the Austin City Limits (ACL) festival to the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 races (check out this video on Caterham 1 and their partnership with Dell), Austin has something for everyone. And, for all the techies out there, as well as those who want to understand how technology can take their organizations to the next level, we have Dell World. In prior blogs and talks, I’ve shared my thoughts on how prevention is the best support.
  • Physical Mobility Drives Technology Mobility, Email Reigns Supreme

    Laura P. Thomas
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A majority of information technology decision makers (ITDMs) in tablet-using organizations across 10 countries say that tablets are used by employees who travel extensively or on-site employees who move throughout the office/facility. That’s just one of the stats recently compiled in our 2014 International Tablet survey released last week. It proves out through quantifiable numbers some of the things we’ve been sharing in the stories of our customers. “A tablet really gives a real estate agent mobile productivity. You can’t pick up your desktop computer and bring it…
  • Gearing up for Europe’s Largest Technology Event: Dublin Web Summit 2014

    Aongus Hegarty
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    There’s an electric atmosphere here in Dublin at the moment, as the Web Summit, tech’s largest global gathering, draws even closer. To announce our official support for the Summit, I recently had the pleasure of meeting with co-founder Paddy Cosgrove (pictured left of me below), and his enthusiasm and passion for the event was infectious. “Michael Dell is the role model for many young entrepreneurs today. The fact that the company is 30 years old yet still maintains a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is central to its long term success,” Cosgrove noted.
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    Orion Magazine Articles

  • The New Farmers

    Lauren Markham
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Lauren Markham SPRING IS THE TIME of year when Deena Miller, owner and operator of Sweet Roots Farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, thinks of quitting. Her body hurts, money is tight, and just enough of her organic, love-sown seeds have sprouted from the ground that she can see her failures: wimpy leaves, frost-stunted sprouts, roots chewed through by beetles. It’s the fourth season that thirty-year-old Miller and her husband, Robbie Martin, have farmed three and a half acres on a slight slope in the fertile Penn Valley, north of Sacramento. And yet despite the challenges, each…
  • Preamble

    H. Emerson Blake
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    H. Emerson Blake TODAY, AS WE GO to press with this issue of Orion, we’re in the gap between yesterday’s People’s Climate March and the United Nations Climate Summit, which begins tomorrow. No one knows yet whether or how the march will influence the summit’s deliberations, which in turn will set the stage for the discussions that will take place at the international climate treaty talks in Paris next year. But we do know what happened at the People’s Climate March. The march, which took place in New York City on September 21, was a spectacularly powerful…
  • Right of Way

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

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

    Wendy Call
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Wendy Call ON A RAINY WINTER evening, seventy people jammed into a Seattle recording studio to listen to poetry by Irma Pineda, who had traveled from her hometown of Juchitán, Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. She writes in Isthmus Zapotec, the mother tongue of several people in the audience that night—immigrants from Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec who were anxious to hear the sounds of home. Most others in the audience had never heard Zapotec before, much less listened to its literature. Pineda’s traditional, formal dress had filled most of her suitcase: a cropped…
 
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  • College Sports Aren't Like Slavery. They're Like Jim Crow.

    Brando Simeo Starkey
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Usually the inventor knows his creation best. Walter Byers, who became the first executive director of the NCAA in 1951, turned a toothless organization into one that controls college sports. He grew disenchanted with his creation, however, writing in his 1995 memoir that the NCAA is “firmly commi
  • One Kid's Passport Could Determine the Future of Presidential Power

    Yishai Schwartz
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    For seven months in 2011, the United States carried much of the weight in NATO’s extensive Libya campaign. Now, an American-led coalition is pummeling targets in Iraq and Syria. Neither of these extensive military actions was ever voted on by Congress. And just in the last few weeks,
  • What You Won't Learn About Thomas Cromwell by Reading Hilary Mantel

    Suzannah Lipscomb
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    It cannot have gone unnoticed by any careful observer that the history of five centuries ago has become part of the cultural zeitgeist. Hilary Mantel’s two Man Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, have been produced as sell-out stage plays and are be
  • Margaret Atwood: “Ooooh! Are We Going to Talk About Dying?”

    Erica Wagner
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    An autumn morning in Ilkley, North Yorkshire. Summer has finally slunk away, and not long after breakfast I find myself tramping, in the chill grey air, down the hill to the train station with Margaret Atwood. She is dressed in sensible travelling black, but for a colorful scarf and pink-and-purple
  • I Asked My Brother to Donate Sperm to My Wife. That Was the Easy Part.

    Stephanie Fairyington
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Eight months ago, my wife Sabrina and I visited Chicago to meet her sister Sophia’s beautiful newborn, Delfina. Huddled around “baby Del” in the maternity ward of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, my mother-in-law squawked in her distinct Bronx accent: "She looks just like Marty!""Why do you thi
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  • "Class Dismissed", New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Blogger
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A new national consult on how states are improving appetite potency programs ranks Alaska nearby a bottom. But a state appetite central pronounced Alaska might not be given adequate credit for a work it’s finished in that area. The Washington, D.C.- formed American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has been tracking appetite inefficiencies for 8 years. It issues an annual consult on how and either states are creation progress. This year’s consult ranked Alaska 47th in a nation. Annie Gilleo, a council’s state process investigate analyst,…
  • CLIPPERS: To no one’s surprise, Ballmer is high-energy for opener – Press

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    1 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    CLIPPERS: To no one’s surprise, Ballmer is high-energy for opener Share Pin It More Galleries LOS ANGELES — Steve Ballmer, high-tech guru and new Clippers owner, sensitively took his chair on a baseline 15 mins before tipoff. He didn’t hurl into Staples Center on Thursday like a stone star hyped adult on Red Bull as he did during a fan convene this summer. Sure, there were hugs, handshakes and headlocks before a diversion opposite a Oklahoma City Thunder, though for a many partial Ballmer was comparatively subdued. That is, until a newly commissioned LED lights went dark.
  • Be a ‘Modern’ Bombshell: Sofia Vergara’s Workout and Diet Plan

    Blogger
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Jason Merritt/Getty Images Modern Family star Sofia Vergara has many claims to fame: a Colombian singer is rarely learned during her qualification — she’s been nominated for 4 Golden Globes and 4 Primetime Emmys — and always looks glamorous walking the red carpet. Of course, one of Vergara’s many enviable qualities is her Hollywood bombshell body. She has a ideal hourglass frame, and it’s no tip that she works tough for it! Vergara’s personal and veteran schedules are jam-packed, so she has to make a accordant bid to contend a unchanging health and aptness regimen. By doing so,…
  • Halyard Health staid to gleam in entrance on behind of Ebola scare

    Blogger
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    (Reuters) – When Kimberly-Clark Corp motionless a year ago to carve off a medical division, it substantially did not visualize rising a association amid a deadliest ever conflict of a Ebola virus. Since Ebola was initial diagnosed in a United States, direct has surged for a eye shields, face masks and disposable gowns done by Halyard Health Inc, that is set to make a marketplace entrance on Monday. “The investment village seems really intent and are seeking us a lot of questions,” Warren Machan, Halyard’s comparison vice-president of business strategy, told Reuters.
  • Don’t Let Your Low Energy Become a Norm

    Blogger
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Why do we accept low quality? The some-more we pronounce during workplaces, a some-more I’m assured that headaches and low appetite have spin an supposed partial of life. This has me perplexed. If a bank was being attacked and we called a military observant there are alarms toll during a bank. When they showed up, if a incited off a alarm and let a criminals go, would that be OK? They solved a problem we complained about. No some-more alarm. We do this same thing with a body. The headache and low appetite is a alarm. Instead of looking to caring for a health, we pronounce Advil/Tylenol…
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  • 10 Ways to Avoid Lead Poisoning in Children

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

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

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

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

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

    Tiffany
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of the first alternative healing methods that ever interested me was aromatherapy and the use of essential oils and this was years before I would truly identify as “natural” or “green”. I just loved the idea that plants had healing powers…that all around us were these tiny little powerhouses that we could harvest and use to heal ourselves. The idea that a person may decide to take a variety of drugs to help with headaches and another may look to flowers and leaves and get better results is kind of thrilling. It’s like magic…the magic of nature.
  • A Healthier Orange & Black for Halloween

    Tiffany
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This time of year everything is orange and black. Pinterest is loaded with images of cupcakes, cookies, and sweets galore with orange and black icing and sprinkles. Thank goodness my kids don’t frequent pinterest or I would pulling my hair out with requests for all these items. As it is I avoid taking them to the store this time of year because I don’t want requests for all the candy on the shelves. But because I know they will get candy at school, at parties, and while trick or treating I just plan ahead and amp up the nutrients and healthy foods during and after this sugary…
  • My Garden Wishlist

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

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

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

    Robbie
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    The e-mail request on the surface seemed simple enough. The room mother still needed treats for the goodie bag for the class Halloween party.And then I got to the end of the message.Also, please make sure none of the treats include peanuts (SEVERE peanut allergy) and 2 kids are gluten free!Wow. That moment gave me pause. Because while I've learned to adjust to my child's friends' food allergies in real life (play dates, parties, etc.), I had no idea what to do in a classroom setting. And it was even made worse by a school rule that said no homemade treats.At one of our local stores, I scoured…
  • Here's a Scary Story About Bats

    Mindful Echo
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Mindful Echo has the scariest story of all: bye bye brown bats. Happy Halloween, Boothers! Everyone have a good costume ready? Something scary? Maybe a vampire? Or a bat?For a long time we've saddled bats - the sweetest nocturnal critters ever - with a decidedly undeserved reputation as ghoulish, creepy, and evil. I suppose we can blame Dracula, or the fact that they sometimes live in cold, dark caves, or maybe we can say it's because they're creatures of the night.Regardless of their stigma from days past, I think we all know that, in reality, bats perform a formidable service for our…
  • An Honest Post

    Eco Yogini
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Today is my day to post...But after the events of this week in Ottawa, I'm really at a loss as to what to say.I'm not even ready to really share my thoughts on what it means to have a Terrorist attack our Canadian parliament, or against our national military forces, by individuals who were BORN and raised Canadians. Or how I feel about the loss of a personable and approachable (relatively) political space.So. This is what I'm sharing with you, boothers. An honest tidbit: I really don't feel very hopeful at all; I actually feel pretty darn conflicted.I am not a fan of warfare. I'm pretty much…
  • Overcoming Green Living Fatigue

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

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

    greenandcleanmom
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Tree’s rock, don’t they? I remember making a video for my 3rd grade K12 students and I read them a book about a mom who hugs trees. The kids loved it and because I was virtual teacher I couldn’t read it to them in person so a video was a perfect way to share a story I loved and my passion for the environment. I Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Tree’s Rock Kid’s Video Contest & Giveaway The post Tree’s Rock Kid’s Video Contest & Giveaway appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Easy to Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

    greenandcleanmom
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Macaroni and cheese is comfort food in my house. It’s also a meal that everyone likes and I hear no complaining about. As a mom, I’m used to someone at the dinner table saying they don’t like this or they refuse to eat that. Not when I serve my homemade easy to make macaroni and cheese! Instead I hear, “Seconds, please!” I’ve been making this Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Easy to Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese The post Easy to Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Good Enough is Okay

    greenandcleanmom
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    I’m learning to be good enough. I’m learning to not be perfect and to love myself. Some weeks are rough (this was a rough one) but church always makes me feel better. Each time I go, I leave feeling so much better. I don’t know what it is or why but often times I find myself crying in church and then laughing. The range of Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Good Enough is Okay The post Good Enough is Okay appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

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

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

    Greenstylemom
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Matt is going to be so mad...but Tripper LOVED the shower!
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It's been tough to get much done today. This lil' guy needs a lot of snuggle time, but I think he is adjusting easily to our household.And he finally has a name - Tripper!
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    It's 3am...(But I still love him!)
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Driving home with our new pup! I'm smitten...
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    Green Talk®

  • 25+ Recipes for Tomatoes to Cure the Tomato Glut

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

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

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

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

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

    Micaela
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
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  • Better Snacks

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

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

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

    Micaela
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
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    Chemically Green

  • Why North Dakota Is Now America’s Wealthiest State

    Like New
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    If somebody asked you to name something exciting about North Dakota, what would it be? Not to put down the state as a whole, but most people might struggle to answer that question. Out of the 50 States in the Union, North Dakota isn’t exactly known for thriving culture or bustling metropolises. Well, as luck would have it, something exciting started happening in North Dakota about 10 years ago: the biggest domestic oil boom since the 70s. Keep reading to find out how it turned North Dakota into the richest state in the country. Shale Changed Everything Oil producers have been drilling shale…
  • The Richest State That Nobody Knows About: North Dakota

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Family Friendly Places to Ring in the New Year

    Amy Whitley
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Just because you’re traveling with kids doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the new year in style. As more parents jet-set with their kids, cities and resorts are offering Family Friendly Places to Ring in the New Year festivities that appeal to both generations. The following 5 New Year’s Eve events for families combine celebration with relaxation,… Read more The post 5 Family Friendly Places to Ring in the New Year appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Costa Rica Ecotourism Extremely Popular Destination

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

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

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

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

    Monica Brady
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The holidays are coming up soon, which means that there will be a lot of travel going on. With college kids coming home to visit and teens going to parties- you’ll want to have peace of mind while they are driving back and forth while still letting them feel like grownups. Enter the Safe Driver Car Connection from Straight Talk Wireless. I’ve written about this device in a previous post, and thought it was a really neat idea. It’s a great way to keep an eye on your family’s driving, without totally invading their privacy! It’s awesome for building trust in your teen driver Straight…
  • Let’s Talk Halloween Safety

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

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

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

    Monica Brady
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Crock-Pot has a solution for every occasion. Whether you’re looking to entertain guests, make a family meal, or take food to the tailgate party, Crock-pot has you covered. Crock-Pot is launching their annual consumer contest – the Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock-Star Contest Oct. 1, and they want to give YOU the chance to win! Details on the Contest: If you are a savvy slow cooking fan, the Crock-Pot brand is kicking off its annual Ultimate Crock-Pot CrockStar Contest. To enter: Visit CrockStars.com between October 1-31 Submit a 1-minute “video selfie” prepping your favorite original…
 
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Poor Countries Tap Renewables at Twice the Pace of Rich

    Veshengro
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Emerging markets are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed nations, a report concluded. A study of 55 nations -- including China, Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay and Kenya -- found that they’ve installed a combined 142 gigawatts from 2008 to 2013. The 143 percent growth in renewables in those markets compares with an 84 percent rate in wealthier nations, which installed 213 megawatts, according to a report released today by Climatescope. The boom in renewables is often made for economic reasons, Ethan Zindler, a Washington-based Bloomberg New Energy…
  • Broccoli drink helps body fight air pollutants

    Veshengro
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A clinical trial involving nearly 300 men and women in one of China’s most polluted regions has found that daily consumption of a broccoli beverage helped excretion of benzene, a known carcinogen, and acrolein, a lung irritant Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, working with colleagues at several US and Chinese institutions, used a broccoli sprout beverage to provide sulforaphane, a plant compound already demonstrated to have cancer preventive properties in animal studies. “Air pollution is a complex and pervasive public health problem,” said John…
  • Why Everyone Should Care About Rainwater Harvesting

    Veshengro
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    (and How to Do It) Rain, rain, go away? Don’t be so quick to reject the water falling from the sky. Turns out harvesting rainwater is an ancient practice with loads of modern-day benefits. Here’s the lowdown on the practice, and how to put the rain that falls on your home to good use. What Is Rainwater Harvesting? Quite simply, rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting and storing rainwater (typically from the roof of a home or building) for later use. Rainwater harvesting systems range from the very simple—a rain barrel placed under the downspout of a building’s gutters—to…
  • Dancing from the heart

    Veshengro
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    According to psychologists, dance can not only help improve our mood and fitness, it can aid creativity and make us feel more alive. Jini Reddy discovers how even novice dancers have no excuse not to get their bodies moving My toes are gripping the springy floor and I scan the room. I’m relieved to see that none of my fellow dancers are in a tutu. Our ages run the gamut from 18 to 80 and collectively we’ll never make it onto the West End stage. But no one much cares. The reason? This is a Laban Dance Movement Choir and experience, age and appearance are irrelevant. “A movement choir is…
  • Amish Farmers Study Plant Immunology, Avoid Using Pesticides Completely

    Veshengro
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Amish farmers are studying plant immunology in order to grow healthy organic produce free of harmful chemicals. Amish farmers avoided the draft during WWII, even choosing to face jail time over going to war because they didn’t believe in combat, and now they are taking up a different fight altogether – peacefully – by studying plant immunology in order to grow healthy organic produce without pesticides, herbicides, and other harmful chemicals that biotech companies are lavishing on crops like cheap perfume on an uncouth lady. Samuel Zook, an Amish farmer recently explained to a…
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    Solar Feeds

  • Who Started the Solar Decathlon? Richard King

    SolarFeeds
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Have you thought about how the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon got started? Who was the first person to want to have a student competition that demonstrates the use of solar rooftop systems? According to Solar Decathlon, it began with Richard King. In 1999 he had been working at the... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Altus Power America: The company that’s spreading solar energy by making it a boring investment.

    SolarFeeds
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Back when it was an expensive, unproven technology, solar energy was driven by hippies in sandals rigging up off-the-grid systems. About a decade ago, change-the-world Silicon Valley types hoping to make gazillions of dollars entered the fray, raising venture capital and promoting moonshot... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Forget Fracking: Solar Power Actually Has a Bright Future in the US

    SolarFeeds
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    The news: If current trends hold, in just a couple of years, solar power will no longer be a niche market limited to well-off, eco-conscious people: It will become a mainstream method of energy production. That’s the argument made by a new Deutsche Bank report published this week, which... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

    SolarFeeds
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Comprehensive Review of Climate Change Science from the Green Market Oracle

    SolarFeeds
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    SolarFeeds note: We bumped into this Green Market Oracle post from 2012 and it was too good not to share. Republished (with permission) here in its entirety , the post inspired SolarFeeds to create a new category for not-so-new stuff worth sharing. The category is called “Awesome”! The... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
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    Green Your Decor

  • Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize

    jennae
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Custom Family Pillow I may or may not have a serious crush on this pillow. And one can never have too many decorative pillows, right? Well, this one is extra special, as it tells your family’s story, all in graphic type that makes my modernist heart sing. They’re inspired by the look of vintage trolley […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize
  • Who Knew a Smart Light Bulb Could be So Much Fun?

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

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

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

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

  • G-pod Dwell is a Spacious Shipping Container Home

    Christine Walsh
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    G-pod Dwell is yet another modular shipping container offering, and it was designed and constructed by the company G-Pod. The units are rather unique in that they offer a larger interior living area compared to much of the competition. The G-pod Dwell can also be taken off-the-grid with an array of optional upgrades and extras. The first units are still in production, but are expected to be available for shipping soon. The G-pod Dwell is made from a single shipping container, but features a unique expandable design, that calls for manually pushing out side “push-out” areas, which the…
  • Glamping in a Tiny House Made From Repurposed Water Tanks

    Christine Walsh
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Downsizing is becoming a priority for many in this new economic reality, and while the innovative Taku-Tanku home by the company Stereotank, may not be adequate as a permanent residence, it does make for a very sustainable cabin or tent alternative. Once assembled, it is even light enough to be towed on the back of a bicycle. Stereotank’s Taku-Tanku is made of two 670-gallon water tanks, which are joined together by a ring of wood. This wooden ring also serves the purpose of forming the entrance and the skylight of the tiny house. The house is very small and can be assembled easily. It…
  • Simple Yet Cozy Shipping Container

    Christine Walsh
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Jimmy from Costa Rica, the man behind the ContainerHome.net company, has successfully recycled plenty of shipping containers into comfortable, small apartments. One of his biggest successes is the home introduced in this post, which is basically a small apartment made from a standard 20-foot ISO shipping container. The shipping container home features a huge unfolding door, which creates a deck area and extends the effective living space of the home considerably. One of the longer sides of this home is covered by large French windows, which open onto the deck and allow plenty of light to…
  • MIT Researchers Develop A More Efficient Battery

    Christine Walsh
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    The more widespread adoption of renewable sources of energy is at least in part hampered by our poor ability to store energy. But a team of MIT researchers has recently a made a breakthrough in developing a new battery system. This all-liquid battery system is more efficient at storing energy, and costs less to produce, than currently available solutions. The further development of this system and use could make solar and wind energy more attractive and therefore facilitate its wide scale adoption. The batteries in this all-liquid system are composed of several layers of molten material, each…
  • Printing Houses From Mud

    Christine Walsh
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    The technology for the 3D printing of homes is still in its infancy, but the idea has great potential in this world where population is growing, and adequate and sustainable housing is just not keeping up. Wasp is an Italian firm that recently developed a 3D printer that can create affordable homes using mud as the main ingredient. Given the freely available and nearly limitless nature of mud, such a tech shows great promise. Wasp’s 3D printer is about 20 feet tall (6 m) and can print buildings that are 10 feet (3 m) in height. Wasp envisions this technology to be used for building homes on…
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    The Green Parent

  • Sweet news! Chocolate may help improve memory

    Jenn
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Researchers find that plant compounds called flavanols are the key to reducing memory loss. (Photo: Dasha Petrenko/Shutterstock) Good news chocolate lovers! New research has found that a compound found in chocolate may help improve memory skills and reduce the memory loss that often accompanies old age. It’s all about the flavanols. Researchers have found that these plant compounds – found in chocolate – are the key to the improvements. In a new study, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center tested a special cocoa drink – highly concentrated with flavanols…
  • Win a Garmin Forerunner 405 with Heart Rate Monitor and USB!

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

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

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

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

  • Massachusetts Eyes Net Metering for Small Hydropower Projects

    Gregory Poindexter, Associate Editor, HydroWorld.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued notice of a technical conference to study proposed net electricity metering by small hydroelectric projects. The conference is scheduled Nov. 7, with comments to be filed by Dec. 5.
  • Brazil Solar Power Auction May Spur $1 Billion in Investment

    Vanessa Dezem, Bloomberg
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Brazil’s first national energy auction with a specific category for power generated from sunlight may spur as much as $1 billion in investment in solar power.
  • Power REIT: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

    Tom Konrad, Contributor
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I first became interested in Power REIT (NYSE MKT:PW) in 2012 because of the company's plans to become what would have been the first US-listed "yieldco," i.e. a clean energy power producer paying a high level of reliable dividends to investors. The company was an infrastructure Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with a single asset: its subsidiary, Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway (P&WV) which owned 122 miles of track leased to Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE:NSC), which had in turn subleased the track to Wheeling & Lake Erie (WLE.)
  • GRID WARS: The Battle to Control Your Electricity

    James R. Wrathall, Contributor
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Rarely has a major U.S. industry reached a crossroads as stark as that facing today’s electric utilities. EPA’s recent proposal for regulating carbon emissions from power plants is just one part of a broader trend, as the century-old model of centralized fossil fuel burning electricity generation moves towards obsolescence.
  • Listen Up: An Architect's Perspective on Rooftop Solar

    The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Architects are in the driver's seat when it comes to building new homes or overseeing major remodeling projects. Although they are familiar with rooftop solar, their designs generally do not include solar panels. Whether it's because of cost, technology or aesthetics, it's a big opportunity that is lost to almost all new homeowners.
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • Red Cross Superstorm Sandy Two Year Update

    Mike Man
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Source: http://www.redcross.org/nj/sewell/superstorm-sandy-update By American Red Cross, Jersey Coast Chapter, RedCross.org | American Red Cross | October, 2014   In late October 2012, 900-mile-wide Superstorm Sandy came ashore near Atlantic City, N.J., having already pummeled Puerto Rico and an extensive swath of the East Coast. Sandy’s strong winds, torrential rains and flooding caused 117 deaths in the United States, including 53 in New York and 34 in New Jersey, and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. The devastating storm brought widespread destruction and…
  • Dedicate Your Saturday Workout To Rebuild Homes

    Mike Man
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Source: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/10/news/dedicate-saturday-workout-rebuild-homes_108345 By Jene Shaw, Triathlon.Competitor.com | Triathlete | October 22, 2014 Race2Rebuild holds first “Run, Ride, Rebuild” event to recover Hurricane Sandy-damaged homes. Since Hurricane Sandy hit two years ago, the Race2Rebuild organization has been working to support rebuilding projects after disaster through racing. This Saturday (Oct. 25), Race2Rebuild is launching a “Run, Ride, Rebuild” event, where athletes can do a 5K run/walk, 8-mile run or 20-mile bike and then volunteer with…
  • 2 years after Sandy, volunteers kick in where government lags

    Mike Man
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613771/After-the-Storm-2-years-after-Sandy-volunteers-kick-in-where-government-lags.html By Lane Anderson, DeseretNews.com | Deseret News | October 24, 2014 Adelaide and Irving Tucker, a couple in their eighties, hunkered down on the second floor of their small home in Rockaway, Queens, when Hurricane Sandy blasted the neighborhood. That was two years ago this week. Now the FEMA tents have come and gone, and the streets of Rockaway are swept clean. Even flower beds are returning to life with fresh soil free of saltwater. From the outside, the…
  • PrimeSource and Rebuilding Together Help Oklahoma City Homeowner Return to His Home after 2013 Tornado

    tparsons
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    September 17, 2014 05:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time OKLAHOMA CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. and Rebuilding Together announced today that they had repaired the home of an Oklahoma City resident who had been forced to relocate after his home was severely damaged by the tornado that devastated parts of Moore, Okla. in May 2013. Oklahoma City resident Keith was fortunate to survive the storm that caused a large tree to fall onto his house, damaging his roof and flooding his entire home with storm water. Faced with a physical disability from his job as a…
  • CBRE Group, Inc. Marks Anniversary of Shelter Program with Fifth-Annual BuildMonth

    tparsons
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    MORE THAN 5,400 CBRE EMPLOYEES HAVE HELPED IMPROVE THE LIVES AND HOMES OF THOSE IN NEED ACROSS THE U.S. Los Angeles, CA., September 8, 2014 /3BL Media/– CBRE Group, Inc. today announced its fifth-annual “BuildMonth,” the signature event of its Shelter Program, which focuses on providing shelter to individuals in need by improving housing options in low-income communities across the United States. Since its inception, more than 5,400 employees have donated over 40,000 hours of service through the Shelter Program by participating in 130 housing rebuilding projects. This initiative is a…
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    Green-Trust.Org

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

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

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

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

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

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

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Hurricane Sandy killed 159 people and destroyed more than 650,000 homes. But two years later, residents of New York's Fire Island are embracing how the storm allowed for clean water to flush the long polluted South Bay. Nathan Frandino reports.
  • Northern lights put on spectacular show over Sweden

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Stargazers in Sweden have filmed what they describe as "the most intense Northern Lights display" in recent years.
  • Saharan solar power opens energy corridor to Europe

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The TuNur project aims to generate clean energy from a giant solar plant in the Tunisian Sahara from where it will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated undersea cable. TuNur say their initiative will produce roughly twice as much energy as any current nuclear power plant and can even produce energy when the sun is down. Matthew Stock reports.
  • “Plan Bee” creates buzz around Chile's struggling bee population

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    An environmental group in Chile has started a campaign to save bees by establishing refuge reserves and promoting urban flower planting. Bee populations in Chile and around the world have plummeted in recent years due to a phenomena called "Colony Collapse Disorder" which scientists say has the potential to wipe-out the pollinating insects. Tara Cleary reports.
  • Deep sea 'mushroom' could be early branch on tree of life

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Miniature deep sea animals discovered off the Australian coast almost three decades ago are puzzling scientists, who say the organisms have proved impossible to categorise. Academics at the Natural History of Denmark have appealed to the world scientific community for help, saying that further information on Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides could answer key evolutionary questions. Jim Drury has more.
 
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    WeHeartWorld

  • Scientists say Australia’s plan to save the Great Barrier Reef is “inadequate”

    Chastity Mansfield
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In an effort to prevent the United Nations from reclassifying the Great Barrier reef as “in danger,” the Australian government unveiled a 35-year plan on Monday which it hope will manage the risks to the reef, one of the natural wonders of the world and widely considered to be one of the most important ecological areas on Earth. However, according to The New York Times, not everyone is pleased with the plan. “The plan does not deliver bold, concrete actions that scientists have told us we need to turn around the future of the reef,” said Louise Matthiesson, a reef campaigner with the…
  • Galapagos Island tortoises have been rescued from near-extinction

    Cactus Williams
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Conservationists announced on Tuesday that the giant tortoises which are found exclusively on the Galapagos island of Espanola have made a miraculous recovery, and have been brought back from the brink of extinction, having gained a strong enough foothold that the reptiles will be able to survive without assistance from humans, according to TIME. “We saved a species from the brink of extinction and now can step back out of the process. The tortoises can care for themselves,” said James Gibbs, a vertebrate conservation biology professor at the State University of New York College…
  • Boeing is turning used cooking oil into biofuel for jets

    Alfie Joshua
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Boeing is already the first company to have flown a biofuel-powered aircraft across the Pacific Ocean, and now according to Gizmag, it’s taking things a step further with the announcement that the American aviation giant is teaming up with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China in order to turn used cooking oil into fuel for aircraft. Known as the China-US Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project, the demonstration facility will convert so-called “gutter oil” into a sustainable biofuel which will help power more than 6,000 new aircraft which are expected to be built in China by 2033 in…
  • EU leaders agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%

    Chastity Mansfield
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    The leaders of the European Union have struck a braid climate change pact which promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the entire European Union by at least 40% by the year 2030. Critics of the pact, however, claim that it could empower automakers to push back against more effective attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “The draft text makes the theoretical possibility of transport in the ETS move closer to reality,” said Greg Archer of environmental group T&E, according to Reuters. “It is a dangerous precedent that will undermine reductions in transport…
  • New biofuels facility in Kansas turns plant waste into ethanol

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

  • Why Using Green Is Important In Your House?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

    Lidija Grozdanic
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    The crumbling stones of the Giza pyramids may be a sight familiar to most people, but the original look of these ancient structures was considerably different. In a recent short documentary made by the Smithsonian Channel Harvard University, Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson explains the way each of the stones was manually polished to create glistening outer shells of the famous pyramids. Read the rest of Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient building techniques, ancient buildings,…
  • Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

    Lori Zimmer
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Read the rest of Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Austria, crane-lifted penthouse, eco design, graz, green design, hotel Daniel, loft cube, Loftcube, pop up penthouse, prefab design, studio aisslinger, sustainable design
  • This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

    Laura Mordas-Schenkein
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Next year will mark thirty years since the construction of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s iconic Hundertwasserhaus in the Kegelgasse district of Vienna, Austria. Hundertwasser’s fantastical artistic vision was inspired by his dream to align architecture with nature in every sense. At its conception, the artist vowed to replace every piece of vegetation lost in the construction of the residential complex. For every square foot of structure built, an equal area of trees and shrubs was added, resulting in the abundant majestic greenery that cloaks its facade today. Read the…
  • The World’s Smallest, Cheapest 3D Printer Can be Yours for $299

    Charley Cameron
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Getting a start in 3D printing can be a pretty costly and intimidating endeavor, with most printers in the affordable range coming in at around $1,000. But for $299, the makers of the iBox Nano aim to provide an alternative that is not only cheaper, but also easier for novice makers to operate—so long as your 3D printing ambitions fall somewhat on the micro side of design. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of The World’s Smallest, Cheapest 3D Printer Can be Yours for $299 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printer, 3D printing, cheap printer, home…
  • U.S. Shrimp May Not Be What Consumers Bargained For

    Lori Zimmer
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Marine conservation group Oceana has uncovered a nationwide shrimp scandal that has seafood lovers feeling queasy. Using DNA testing, the group examined 143 shrimp dishes from stores and restaurants across America, finding that a whopping 30 percent were misrepresented. Their findings, which ranged from mislabeling farm-raised shrimp as wild, or misrepresenting species of shrimp being sold, have prompted authorities to push for the passing of the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act, which has been introduced to Congress and awaits approval. Read the rest of U.S. Shrimp May Not Be…
 
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • 8 Ways to Make Your Landscaping Eco-Friendly

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

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

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

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

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

  • Friday Fun: Dancing zebras for safer streets

    Coby Joseph
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    This zebra directing traffic is not a joke. It is one of hundreds of city employees saving lives while making streets in La Paz, Bolivia friendlier for pedestrians. Photo via oneillinstituteblog.org. The streets of La Paz, Bolivia present severe risks for pedestrians. The country’s capital faces rising demand for cars, and has inadequate traffic signs and universally accessible pedestrian infrastructure. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the traffic fatality rate in La Paz is 12 deaths per 100,000 people, with 36% of these deaths involving pedestrians. However, the city also…
  • What if there was no need for cars in the world’s biggest cities?

    Tina Duong
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Helsinki, Finland announced ambitious plans to eliminate the need for cars by 2025, making it an ideal site to explore the range of possibilities for the future of sustainable urban mobility. Photo by Katri Niemi/Flickr. This question is at once lofty and ordinary, addressing one of the most pressing sustainability challenges of our times and one of the most routine. How to get to and from home to work, school or market is simple enough, but to do it reliably, affordably, and sustainably for billions of people is a challenge society has not yet solved. Much has been done already to place…
  • The role of private developers in sustainable mobility

    Anjali Mahendra
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Gated communities are on the rise on Bangalore’s periphery. As demand for housing increases and incomes rise across Indian cities, private developers play an important role in promoting sustainable development by ensuring access to alternative modes of transport. Photo by Ed Yourdon/Flickr. Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demand for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates in the upper-middle and middle classes. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for…
  • Safer cities for the Asian Century

    Ben Welle
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Despite daunting challenges, rapidly urbanizing Asian cities have a range of options to improve road safety and save lives. Photo by Ashok/Flickr. With the next few decades expected to witness to Asia’s swift rise in economic and political influence, the eyes of the world have focused on Asian cities as the engines of this growth. Last month’s Asian Development Bank Transport Forum 2014 – which brought together policymakers, transport officials, and industry leaders from across Asia – highlighted the need for safe, sustainable transport in the Asian Century. Participants discussed the…
  • How cities can provide universally accessible mobility services: A Q&A with Tom Rickert

    Coby Joseph
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Though progress has been made, cities worldwide must continue to implement universal design solutions that make transport services accessible for disabled persons. Photo by Igor Schutz/Flickr. TheCityFix recently interviewed Tom Rickert – Founder and Executive Director of Access Exchange International – to learn more about how cities can improve mobility for disabled persons. Access Exchange International was founded in 1990 to promote accessible public transport for persons with disabilities and seniors in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Eastern Europe. An estimated 650 million people…
 
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • tonlé – Waste Free Ethical Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

  • This Changes Everything

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

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

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

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

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

  • This Changes Everything

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

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

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

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

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

  • LEED v4 Delayed, Again

    Stuart Kaplow
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that projects will still be able to register under the current LEED 2009 through October 31, 2016. News of the extension of LEED 2009 began circulating yesterday and is being heralded and widely supported as positive across the environmental industrial complex.  This is arguably the third extension of the date when projects must use the new LEED v4. The date is an extension from the close date of June 1, 2015, announced in summer 2102 when the vote on “LEED 2012” (now LEED v4) was delayed. In USGBC’s announced 3 year cycle…
  • Greenbuild: Designing the Perfect Green People

    Stuart Kaplow
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The USGBC’s annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo in New Orleans wrapped up last Friday and the question I am most asked is, “what was the highlight?” My response is that the highlight at Greenbuild was all the ‘green’ building people.  I was in an education session watching presenter on the LEED materials credits talk about ‘cradle to cradle’ while Bill McDonough (the author of one of the most important environmental manifestos of our time, “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things”) was leaning against the wall in the back…
  • I have been trekking and mountaineering in Tibet

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

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

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

  • Growing Food in the Face of Global Warming

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    If you want proof of how difficult it is to grow food in the face of global warming, look no further than the food basket of the United States. There, especially in California, soils are crumbling, drying, and the fight over water resources is increasing between farmers, cities, and rural residents. Crop insurance rates are […]The post Growing Food in the Face of Global Warming appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    One thing you can count on this time of year is an abundance of acorns underfoot. Why should the squirrels have all these nutrient rich nuts to themselves? Acorns are completely edible, according to fermentation expert Sandor Katz, and they have historically been a critical source of nutrition for many native peoples in North America […]The post Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Capturing Landscape in a Wine: The Unlikely Vineyard

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Is it possible to capture landscape in a bottle? To express its essence of place—geology, geography, climate, and soil—as well as the skill of the winegrower? That’s what Deirdre Heekin and her chef/husband, Caleb Barber, set out to accomplish on their tiny, eight-acre hillside farm and vineyard in Vermont. “Our farming came from wanting to grow […]The post Capturing Landscape in a Wine: The Unlikely Vineyard appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Eliot Coleman’s Guide to Creating a Root Cellar

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

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

  • How to Stay True to Your Sweet Self & Build Badass Boundaries (at the same time!).

    Sarah Harvey
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    My softness and sensitivity are like beautifully fierce falcons that surround my heart and remind me to take care of myself, always.
  • A Yoga Playlist that Will Burst Your Heart Wide Open.

    elephant journal
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    This is for rainy days, juicy yin practices, heart opening conversations with our besties, snuggling with our little ones, smooching with our sweethearts and the days when we feel a little tender.
  • F**kit List. {Adult!}

    elephant journal
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    What is on your sexual bucket list? We all have to settle down sooner or later. Well, no we don’t. But we all have to chill out sooner or later…well, no we don’t. But, you know, eventually. So let’s make a list. A bucket list. A…fukkit list. Problem: I’m pretty happy with wholesome sex. I’m not into […]
  • “Russian make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan turns Models into 2D paintings.” (20 Photos)

    elephant journal
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Russian make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan Turns Models Into 2D Paintings Via Imgur: Relephant bonus: Adobe – The New Creatives from Nathan Shipley on Vimeo.
  • The Paradox of Letting Go.

    elephant journal
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    I thought reaching the top was the hard part until I asked how to get down. Just lean back, my nephew said, which translated to me as letting go of the rock I’d been clinging to the whole way up. The only thing scarier than holding on to a rock 30 feet up was letting go of it.
 
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    mnn.com

  • Ancient stone circles in Mideast baffle archaeologists

    mnnadmin
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades.   Archaeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of 11 ancient "Big Circles," all but one of which are around 400 meters (1,312 feet) in diameter. Why they are so similar is unknown but the similarity seems “too close to be a coincidence" said researcher David Kennedy.  
  • Is Grand Canyon sighting really a gray wolf?

    lmoss
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    A gray wolf may be roaming the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and if that's confirmed, it would be the first wolf sighting in the park since the last one was killed three more than 70 years ago.   Photos of the animal, which show it wearing what seems to be an inactive radio collar, were recently taken by a park visitor.  
  • Earth's water existed 135 million years earlier than scientists originally thought

    mnnadmin
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    The water that supports life on Earth may have been on the planet much earlier than scientists previously thought, new research suggests.  
  • Underwater 'lump' may be wreckage from Amelia Earhart's plane

    mnnadmin
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    The hunt for Amelia Earhart's lost plane will continue next summer.   An underwater "anomaly" detected off the coast of the tiny Pacific atoll Nikumaroro could be the wreckage of Earhart's aircraft, as it is the right size and in the right location, according to the International Group For Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).  
  • 'Ghost light' of long-dead stars haunt the Hubble

    mnnadmin
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
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  • Chilly record! Coldest object on Earth created in lab

    mnnadmin
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    A chunk of copper became the coldest cubic meter (35.3 cubic feet) on Earth when researchers chilled it to 6 millikelvins, or six-thousandths of a degree above absolute zero (0 Kelvin).  
  • Tiny human stomachs grown in lab using stem cells

    mnnadmin
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    A glowing photo of a miniature human stomach grown in a laboratory. (Photo: Kyle McCracken)  
  • Dubai reaches for world's largest airport crown

    joshwlew
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport recently made headlines when it overtook Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to become the world’s busiest airport in terms of overall air traffic. O’Hare saw more than 585,000 takeoffs and landings during the first eight months of 2014. Hartsfield-Jackson was close behind at 582,138.  
  • What does your facial shape say about your personality?

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

    mnnadmin
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    The DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say.  
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  • Southwest-Style Breakfast Hot Pockets

    jheimbuch
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I've been exploring options for hot, healthy breakfasts that are as easy as humanly possible, since I don't like to make a lot of fuss in the kitchen early in the morning but I do like something warm and comforting on chilly mornings.
  • Weight-loss superfood: 6 tips for a healthy gut

    mnnadmin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Over the years, I've noticed that clients who added a certain item to their diet seemed more likely to lose weight. And this happened even when their calorie intake remained the same. What is this superfood? It's nothing weird, and it's not a supplement — just a product that appears to go back to Neolithic times: yogurt.   
  • 12 recipes to elevate spinach to best-friend status

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

    bnelson78
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Meat is a big part of the diets of modern day, protein-obsessed athletes and tailgaters alike, but new research out of the Medical University of Vienna in Austria and the University of Bern in Switzerland has found that meat was exceptionally rare in the diets of the most macho arena warriors of them all: Roman gladiators.  
  • How to make kefir (and what it is, if you don't know)

    egili
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    From a few kefir grains in the bottom of a bowl to a delicious smoothie, here's what you need to join the growing kefir movement. (All photos: Enrique Gili)  
 
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  • Dubai reaches for world's largest airport crown

    joshwlew
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport recently made headlines when it overtook Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to become the world’s busiest airport in terms of overall air traffic. O’Hare saw more than 585,000 takeoffs and landings during the first eight months of 2014. Hartsfield-Jackson was close behind at 582,138.  
  • Paper airplane sets record with 82-mile flight

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

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

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

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

    gmiller
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Thanks to the wealth of buried treasures that Howard Carter discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in 1922, the name Tutankhamun has survived 3,300 years of history. But less is known about the king's lineage, and why he died so young. The question of what or who killed him has confounded archaeologists since Carter's time, but now, with DNA and CGI technology, it's possible to analyze and reconstruct Tut's mummy in a virtual autopsy to find the answer.
  • From exotic cocktails to big cats and terracotta warriors: There's plenty to watch in November

    gmiller
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    There are entirely too many good viewing opportunities this month, so we've sorted them into categories to make it easier to digest.   For nature lovers
  • Why Nik Wallenda wants to conquer the Windy City

    gmiller
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    In June 2013, wirewalker Nik Wallenda made headlines and broke ratings records by traversing the Grand Canyon in a live Discovery Channel broadcast. On Nov. 2, Wallenda will attempt to top himself with an equally daring feat: walking a wire between two Chicago skyscrapers, and for part of it he'll be blindfolded.  
  • When a scientist picks up a camera: An interview with Andrew Snyder

    jheimbuch
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Andrew Snyder is a conservationist working on his PhD research in the wilds of Guyana. Spending his days and nights tracking down reptiles and amphibians has given him an extraordinary opportunity to hone another skill set: his camera work.
  • 12 horror films that reveal Mother Nature's evil side

    mhickman
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    With sharks, bugs, plants and things that go bump in the night (at the campsite) firmly covered, we thought we’d h
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  • 8 videos of dogs interrupting major sporting events

    sgunther
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    > Knock knock.   Who's there?   > Interrupting dog.   Interrupting do…   > BARK!BARK!  
  • How much can a 2,000-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail change a man? Take a look

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

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

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

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

    jsavedge
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to gender equality, the U.S. is making gains, but we still have plenty of work to do.   
  • Will corneal implants replace reading glasses?

    jsavedge
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    I can already feel it starting to happen: my arms are getting shorter.   Just the other day, I was trying to read the teeny-tiny print on the back of a medicine bottle when I realized that I could not hold the bottle far enough away to be able to read the instructions. Clearly, my arms have shrunk.   
  • Couple's ashes scattered at 72,000 feet

    jsavedge
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
      Lois and John Lafferty always loved a good adventure. It's safe to say that at the end of their days, they got just that. The couple recently embarked upon a final voyage together as their ashes were released 72,000 feet above the Earth's surface via a weather balloon.  
  • Baby wipes recalled for bacterial contamination

    jsavedge
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Before you change your baby's next diaper, take a closer look at the packaging on your baby wipes. Nutek Disposables of Pennsylvania recently announced that it is conducting a huge voluntary recall of its baby wipes — which are manufactured under 10 brand names — because the packaging may contain bacteria.  
  • Why Latinas have a much lower rate of breast cancer

    jsavedge
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    A new study may finally explain why Hispanic women have lower rates of breast cancer than other American women. According to federal data, Latinas have less than a 10 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer, compared with about 13 percent for non-Hispanic whites and 11 percent for blacks.  
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  • What to drink this weekend: Ghoulish Glow Cocktail

    rshreeves
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    If you’re not going to be pairing wine with your Halloween candy this weekend, you might want to try this cocktail. Prairie Organic Spirits sent me some ideas for Halloween-themed cocktails, and I shook up their simple Ghoulish Glow cocktail made with their vodka. It’s well named. The drink has an orangey-brown drink with almost a black undertone.
  • Good Food Org Guide: Meet the nonprofits cultivating a better food system where you live

    rshreeves
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    A new publication from Food Tank and The James Beard Foundation has taught me something: I am far from familiar with all of the organizations in my state that are working to make our food system better.  
  • How much sugar is a gram?

    rshreeves
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The nutrition label on processed foods is vague when it comes to sugar. As it stands now, there is one line for sugar and it doesn’t differentiate between natural sugar and added sugar. There isn’t a percentage of daily value on the label because the FDA has not set one for sugar like it has for protein or sodium. And, the sugar is measured in grams.
  • 'The Spirit of Gin' covers the spirit's origins to its revival

    rshreeves
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Gin is back in fashion, according to the soon-to-be-released "The Spirit of Gin: A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival" by Matt Teacher. It has always been in fashion for me. I make it no secret that it’s my spirit of choice, so I was particularly interested in checking out this book.  
  • Guide to pairing wine with Halloween candy

    rshreeves
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Come this Saturday morning there will be a ton of candy in my house. I allow my boys to go trick or treating on Halloween, and they come home with pillowcases stuffed with all sorts of candy.  
 
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  • Been car scammed? Get it fixed (and get revenge, too)

    jmotavalli
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Have you ever been ripped off in a car deal? I know, that’s like asking, “Have you ever owned an automobile?” There are plenty of scam artists out there who take advantage of you if you buy or lease a car, rent a car, get a car repaired or sell a car to someone else.  
  • When it comes to speed limits, how fast is too fast?

    jmotavalli
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    We’re all probably of two minds about speed limits, chafing under their confines (and enduring the occasional ticket from cops with quotas) but also recognizing that they’re saving lives. Cars.com recently pointed out that since the mandatory 55 mph speed limit was repealed in 1995, more than two thirds of the states have gone up to at least 70 mph, and libertarian-minded Texas is at 85 mph. Much of the Midwest and West (but not the West Coast) is at 80 mph.
  • This Impala runs on sewage, beer and food scraps

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

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

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

    Heather Moyer
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    94. That's the number of days this year the air was unsafe to breathe in Southern California because of smog. And it's up from last year, when the number was 88. Over the decades we’ve made progress towards cleaning up the nation's dirtiest, smoggiest air basin, but fossil fuels and air pollution still place a heavy burden on families across the region. The toll of this pollution is immense. Every year, local kids miss more than 1.1 million days of school due to dirty air and Southern Californians suffer from more than 120,000 asthma attacks. Even worse, over 5,000 people die prematurely…
  • Coalition Launches New Website For Coal Activism

    Compass Team
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Today, a suite of environmental, social justice, and health advocates from around the world launched Endcoal.org, a resource for global communities, activists, students, and researchers who want to learn more about the problems with coal and the solutions to meet global energy needs The website includes resources on the nexus between coal and climate, water, health, finance and economics, and mining as well as updates on international coal activism. It also highlights blogs from some of the leading international writers and activists on coal -- including the Sierra Club. The site also hosts…
  • The TTIP: A Very Scary Proposal

    Compass Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Cartoon by Courtenay Lewis What do Halloween and the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have in common? Both are packed with things that should make your skin crawl. Earlier this October, I joined a meeting hosted by the Catalonian Campaign against the TTIP in Barcelona to discuss the many risks of the TTIP, a massive proposed free trade agreement between the U.S. and EU. That same weekend, towns and cities across Europe protested  the TTIP and its corporate-empowering, fracking-enabling rules. These events reconfirmed that Americans and Europeans share many…
  • From Hurricane Sandy to the People's Climate March

    Heather Moyer
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Two years ago this week, Myrtle Williams' life changed in a way she had never imagined. The healthcare professional was at work in a nursing home in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York, when Hurricane Sandy came ashore. The deadly storm destroyed homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands -- including the nursing home. Yet despite damage to her house, Williams and many of her colleagues chose to stay in the nursing home and take care of the patients.Now on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Williams has much on her mind."I'm still thinking about the…
  • From Narmada to Tata Mundra: Iconic Indian Activist Demands Clean Energy Transition at World Bank

    Compass Team
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Medha Patkar speaking in Washington, D.C. in October 2014. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Medha Patkar made her name fighting the push for large dams in the 1980’s. Decades later, the fight rages on. That fight all began with the Narmada River Valley Project -- the largest river dam development in India. When Medha was researching social inequality and social movements for her PhD, she learned of the plight of indigenous people in Gujarat in conjunction with the construction of the dam. Wanting to help the cause, Medha  began working with Adivasi youth groups in the districts of Dang,…
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  • Faces Of Fracking: A Farmer Seeks To Protect San Benito County, California From High-Intensity Petroleum Operations

    Guest
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    This is a guest post by Tara Lohan that originally appeared on Faces Of Fracking, a project of the CEL Climate Lab in partnership with Grist that was launched to capture the stories of concerned residents who live on the front lines of fracking. Of all the things that could threaten Paul Hain’s livelihood, squirrels are near the top of the list. And then there are the oil companies. Last year, squirrels gorged themselves on 14 of Paul’s 20 acres of walnut trees. And oil companies have been eyeing his bucolic corner of California recently with a project in the works that may result in…
  • DeSmogCAST Episode 1 Drilling Down: Fracking, Lobbying and the U.S. Midterm Elections

    Carol Linnitt
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    This week DeSmog is launching its inaugural episode of DeSmogCAST, a weekly newscast featuring our writers, experts and invited guests. Each week we’ll discuss breaking stories and engage in analysis of politics, energy and environment issues in the U.S., Canada and around the world. In this episode, hosted by DeSmog contributor Farron Cousins, our team discusses Steve Horn’s recent story on the new Post Carbon Institute report that calls into question the viability of forecasts for oil and gas production via fracking A Horn explains, “if you look at this report it second guesses a lot…
  • Oil and Gas Industry's "Endless War" on Fracking Critics Revealed by Rick Berman

    Sharon Kelly
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Leave it to Washington's top attack-dog lobbyist Richard Berman to verify what many always suspected: that the oil and gas industry uses dirty tricks to undermine science, vilify its critics and discredit journalists who cast doubt on the prudence of fossil fuels. In a speech at an industry conference in June, surreptitiously recorded by an energy executive, Rick Berman, the foremost go-to guy for Republican smear campaigns, gave unusually candid advice to a meeting of drilling companies. Think of this as an endless war,” he told executives in a speech, which was leaked to The New York…
  • Richard Berman, Tobacco To Fossil Fuels

    John Mashey
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    The NYTimes just ran “Hard-Nosed Advice From Veteran Lobbyist: ‘Win Ugly or Lose Pretty’ - Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped”. Rick Berman has long been the architect of “public charities” for any client willing to pay. Berman's Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF, EIN 26-0006579) evolved from his Guest Choice Network,  but much of the tax-exempt “contribution” went to his own corporate PR firm. Many cogs in the fossil fog machine have been funded by Big Tobacco, as per Fakery 2, Fostering the TEA Party, Tobacco operative hired by Kochs, Think tanks fight for…
  • World’s Major Banks Poured Over $80 Billion into Coal Last Year Alone

    Chris Rose
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At least $83 billion USD in financing was provided to 65 coal mining and energy companies last year by 92 of the world’s leading commercial banks, according to a Dutch report published Wednesday. Leading banks provided $500 billion in financing for the coal industry through 2,283 lending and underwriting transactions between 2005 and April 2014, said the report Banking on Coal 2014, which was released by BankTrack in Nijmegen. The top 20 financiers provided 73 per cent of this amount alone, added the report, released just days ahead of the publication of the fifth United Nations…
 
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  • Vegan Supplements: The Two Vitamins You Need

    Veronica Goin
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Source I’d like to say immediately that no one should begin a supplement regimen without consulting a physician. Furthermore, this article is not a replacement for professional medical advice. I have linked to sources where I used them.  Even though I have only been vegan for a few months, I have been a vegetarian since I was thirteen. Even at thirteen, I had to defend myself from people who insisted that I needed animal protein to survive, I must be anemic, and my parents were horrible and neglectful for letting me eschew meat. Obviously, those people were haters, my parents were…
  • Eco Apocalypse: This Week’s New Yorker Fiction Is Terrifyingly Good

    Starre Vartan
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    This week’s New Yorker fiction story is a doozy. Written by Jess Rowe, “The Empties” is set in a post-apocalyptic (or is it dystopian?) future Vermont, two years after everything has gone wrong. And all of a sudden, the environment, the natural world, is a major player again. Not the bit player we treat it as today. Grab a cup of tea, and enjoy the read: Warning—it creeps up on you, and stays with you. Or at least it did me, because it felt so real. Too real. An excerpt from “The Empties”: Here is a thing that happened today, she wrote at the top of every page…
  • Woodzee Recycled Whiskey Barrel Sunglasses: How I Wear Eco Fashion

    Starre Vartan
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    As you may know, we at Eco Chick take our product-testing seriously. We get asked to try lots of stuff, but first, it has to meet our ethical guidelines, and then it has to be awesome for use/wear to write about it. And boy are we excited about this one!   Woodzee sunglasses not only passed our standards, but surpassed them! I tried the Trinity style made from (get this!) recycled oak whiskey barrels from the Columbia Barrel Company! I’m loving them—they are lightweight and have these wonderful spring-loaded hinges, so they push out slightly (which makes them perfect for wearing…
  • Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

    Veronica Goin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Say good night, Moe. I’m not much of a baker. I read once that baking is like science and cooking is like art. I think that sums it up perfectly. Baking is literally chemistry, after all. I also don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I’m not really drawn to baking the way a lot of people are. However, I do love a man who loves sweets. My wonderful boyfriend is a willing test subject for any cookies, cakes, or cupcakes (hell, sometimes even candy!) that I try reinterpret with vegan and gluten-free ingredients. This pumpkin bread is for him. A little sweet, a little spicy.
  • Easy, Healthy, Last-Minute Halloween Treats

    Starre Vartan
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I know there are people out there that plan for Halloween for weeks, and already have their scary witch-face cookies baked and frozen, waiting for their big reveal this weekend. But I’m not one of those people. So if you are like me, here’s some delicious (nutritious!) ideas for Halloween treats that don’t require any particularly special ingredients. In fact, you can make plenty of these treats the day-of or the day before Halloween, no big deal. Because holidays should be about having fun and celebrating in non-ordinary ways, not slaving away in the kitchen or stressing…
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  • Infiniti QX56 And QX80 Recalled For Airbag Shrapnel Worries

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nissan North America is issuing a recall of some 2013 Infiniti QX56 and 2014 Infiniti QX80 sport-utility vehicles over concerns that the airbag could malfunction, potentially sending sharp metal fragments into occupants. In affected models, the inflator for the driver’s frontal airbag might have been manufactured with the incorrect part...
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    If you've even considered going gasoline-free with a vehicle like the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive -- the only way you can get a B-Class in the U.S. -- you’re probably already acutely aware that plugging in, and going all-electric, is a numbers game. Will you have enough available miles for your daily driving and...
  • 2015 Lexus GX

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    The 2015 Lexus GX 460 is the kind of 'tough-truck' luxury SUV that was all the rage a decade ago; yet today it's a niche product – one that offers a luxurious cabin for family-hauling, as well as a full-fledged off-roading four-wheel-drive system for weekend warriors. For the U.S. it's become an increasingly hard sell, as even...
  • 2015 Toyota Corolla

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    The focus of the Toyota Corolla has long been basic, trouble-free, and relatively comfortable transportation, without the frills. But that all changed a bit a couple years ago, when Toyota added some more technology and flair to the Corolla, and free of biases that have long pegged the Corolla the blandest of the compact-sedan bunch...
  • 2015 Lexus ES

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The 2015 Lexus ES lands squarely between the IS and GS sport sedans in the Lexus lineup, and it serves as a comfort-minded and far less performance-oriented counterpart to them both. The ES 350 and ES 330h hybrid are based on the Toyota Avalon architecture (rather than, a few years ago, the Camry), and with a major redesign a couple of...
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  • The Definitive Guide to Sharing Mobile Maps for Utilities

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

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    Published since 1882 and read by managers and engineers, POWER is the oldest and most trusted source of information in the energy industry. Coverage includes boilers and combustion systems, environmental management; instrumentation, controls, computers, and software; information technologies; natural gas, oil, coal, and renewable fuels; nuclear power; pumps, compressors, valves, and piping; turbines, engines, and generators; water treatment.Request Free!
  • Power Engineering

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    Power Engineering, first published in 1896, is a monthly engineering and applications magazine that serves the North American power generation industry including electric utilities, industrial power plants, independent power producers, co-generators, and the engineering design and construction firms serving this industry.Request Free!
 
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  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

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

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

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

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

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

    3BL Media
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Every day, 22 military veterans commit suicide, according to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.  Between 2005 and 2011 the veteran suicide rate rose 2.6 percent a year, over [...] The post Social Media: A Window into a Post Traumatic World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • More of Today’s Social Change Agents Focus on the Future Than the Present

    3BL Media
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Even in a world of instant gratification, adults across the globe are working toward long-term positive social change. According to Walden University’s 2014 Social Change Impact Report, more people believe [...] The post More of Today’s Social Change Agents Focus on the Future Than the Present appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • #GivingTuesday: A Day to Flex Your Corporate Philanthropy Muscle

    Ryan Scott
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Can you hear it?  The holiday drumbeat has begun.  It’s a long march up the hill towards Halloween, straight to Thanksgiving, ‘round the curve past Black Friday, down the path [...] The post #GivingTuesday: A Day to Flex Your Corporate Philanthropy Muscle appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • 7 In Depth iTunesU Courses to Inspire Social Entrepreneurs

    Grant Trahant
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Digital education is moving very fast. We now have tons of options to choose from. One great option is iTunesU. It has free courses and classes from some of the [...] The post 7 In Depth iTunesU Courses to Inspire Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right

    Vikas Vij
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Green building is more than just a development trend. It involves a range of environmental aspects such as emissions reduction, water conservation, storm water management, temperature moderation, and waste reduction. [...] The post Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • Local Search Ranking Factors 2014 - What it Means for Home Performance Businesses

    Peter Troast
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    One of the most worshipped reports of the year for the crew at Energy Circle is the Local Search Ranking Factors Report, produced by David Mihm of Moz. For any service area business--which pretty much includes the entirety of the home performance businesses we serve--understanding the latest changes in how Google handles search for “local” businesses is critical to being successful online.  Having studied and acted on the findings of this report going on 3 years now, we can attest to the power of this information. Do as it says and your local rankings will improve. So…
  • Your Email List: Two Huge Reasons to Have One Beyond Email

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Delicious Organic Lunchbox Lunches

    Jennie Lyon
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Now that we are into the 2nd quarter of the school year, your student may be getting sick of seeing the standard PB&J in her lunchbox (or you’re sick of making it!) I know this happens in our family – Eben will want the same thing for lunch for a few weeks and then all of a sudden as I am packing lunch – he chimes in that he wants something different! If you are struggling for new lunch ideas, it’s time for a box-lunch upgrade! Read on for three new lunchbox standards that your child will be asking for again and again. #1 Wraps and Burritos Wraps are a great way to get a…
  • Flackers and Seedsters: Healthy Snacks for the Holidays

    Jennie Lyon
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    We are always looking for yummy snacks that are healthy – especially around the holiday season. We all have family and friends visiting for the holidays and it’s always nice to have healthy snacks in the pantry for those last minute get togethers too. Flackers and Seedsters are the perfect snack to keep on hand! The Doctor in the Kitchen is a company bringing what many of us are looking for to the table, a healthy alternative to snacking – which is perfect for the holidays. Their motto, “Good Food is Wise Medicine”, makes complete sense when you glance at their…
  • This Holiday Season Consider a Green Retreat

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

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

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

  • Former FAMU Student Found Guilty In Hazing Death

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Watch VideoA former student at Florida A&M University was convicted Friday in the 2011 hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion.Twenty-seven-year-old Dante Martin was found guilty on one count of manslaughter and three hazing-related charges for organizing the hazing incident that lead to Champion's death. Martin's sentencing is on Jan. 9; he could face 22 years behind bars. (Video via WFTV)Champion died of internal hemorrhaging after enduring the brutal FAMU hazing ritual "Crossing Bus C," which involves passing down a bus aisle through a…
  • Facebook To Allow Software That Keeps Users Anonymous Online

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Watch VideoThe social network most often blamed for destroying privacy as we know it made a surprising move Friday. Facebook enabled support for Tor, a software program that enables people to access the Internet anonymously without revealing their IP address and physical location.Facebook announced the move in a blog post Friday. Previously the software would not work properly with the site because its security measures interpreted Tor users as potential hackers.Facebook is the first Certificate Authority site, which is a site that establishes a secure connection with…
  • HSBC Exec Apologizes For Linking Slavery And HK Protests

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Watch VideoA member of banking giant HSBC's board of directors has come under fire for some pretty insensitive comments she made comparing residents of Hong Kong to emancipated slaves.According to The Standard, Laura Cha said in a meeting Thursday, "American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later, so why can't Hong Kong wait for a while?"Cha was referring to groups of young professionals and students who have been protesting since late September for a more democratic election process in Hong Kong, as part of the…
  • Top 3 Ridiculously Silly Stories Of The Week

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Watch VideoAs we were scanning the news headlines this week, we noticed that a lot of stories were just plain silly. I mean, animals jumping on beds? And what about that entire town that’s currently on the market? Yeah, we’re talking seriously ridiculous stories here, people.First up, we’ve got that abandoned Connecticut town that was put up for auction. People reported the starting bid was $800,000 for the 62 acres.A blogger pointed out the town of Johnsonville has “been vacant for more than 20 years and through its history, has been abandoned not once, not twice, but…
  • Chelsea Handler Joins Ranks Of Women Challenging Instagram

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Watch VideoChelsea Handler is the latest celebrity to challenge Instagram's nudity policy. She posted this image to Instagram, which she re-posted on Twitter, spoofing a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a horse while topless.And, of course, Instagram took it down and sent her a message explaining it violated their community guidelines. So, just like the rest of the Internet, she went on Twitter to express her frustrations, saying: "Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to show I have a better body than Putin." And, "If…
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Initiatives for Explaining the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster in a Simple Manner

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.146 (October 2014) Source: The Simplest NAIIC Website The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC) was established by the National Diet of Japan in December 2011 to investigate the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, owned by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). The accident occurred following the huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 off the Pacific coast of Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. The NAIIC was independent from any parties connected with the accident, such as the government and TEPCO, and its members…
  • NEC to Offer Social Business Class for Retirees

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright NEC All Rights Reserved. Japan's NEC Corporation announced on July 8, 2014, that it will again hold the NEC Takumi Juku (meaning "craftsman class" in Japanese) for corporate retirees seeking opportunities to utilize their skills and experience in social contribution activities or social business. The program is designed to help senior professionals to work in professional volunteer services (pro bono) at an NPO or NGO, or to start a social enterprise of their own, thereby promoting the creation of new community-oriented businesses and job opportunities.
  • Study Shows Growing Number of Young Japanese Urbanites Want to Settle in Rural Areas

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Toshihiro Gamo Some Rights Reserved. Japan is one of the first countries in the world to face, head-on, the serious issues of depopulation and an aging society. We introduce here the results of a public opinion poll on the changing attitudes of Japanese urban youth, which perhaps could point to a resolution of the problem of population over-concentration in the Tokyo Metropolitan area (outlined previously in an article in the June 2014 issue of the JFS Newsletter, titled "Depopulation of Society: Debate in Japan, One of the World's First Countries to Face the Issues").
  • Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation (Part 2)

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Junko Owada All Rights Reserved. Through the Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, JKSK Empowering Women Empowering Society, a certified non-profit organization, submits weekly reports on the reconstruction of the quake-hit areas in the Tokyo Shimbun, a regional newspaper covering eastern Japan. Titled Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), the article series started in August 2012. The Yui-Yui Project was launched by JKSK, a certified non-profit organization. With consent from JKSK and the Tokyo Shimbun, Japan for…
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    1800Recycling.com

  • Recycling Profile: Dover, DE

    1-800-RECYCLING
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    <img class="undefined" title="dover-recycling" alt="Dover-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/Dover-recycling_400x400.jpg"> <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> Dover, DE (pop. 37,366), is the capital of the nation's first state, and one of the smallest state capitals in the U.S. It is home to a low cost of living with steady economic growth, and is known as one of the iconic stops…
  • YumEarth is the Perfect Organic Halloween Candy Brand

    April Stearns
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Halloween is tomorrow, which means you may be making a last-minute candy purchase this evening. Most people take part in decorating and buying costumes, but if you are in a neighborhood with kids, buying tons of candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters is a must. When looking for a package (or packages) of candy to buy, a great option to consider is <a href="http://yummyearth.com/index.html" target="_blank" title="YumEarth" class="">YumEarth</a>. YumEarth is a candy company founded by two fathers that were interested in giving their kids an…
  • 1800Recycling.com Profiles Recycling Efforts in Austin, St. Petersburg, Knoxville, Champaign, Cambridge, and Other North American Cities

    1-800-RECYCLING
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    <img class="undefined" title="1800recycling-web-header-logo" alt="1800recycling-web-header-logo.png" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/1800recycling-web-header-logo_400x400.png"> 1800Recycling.com, an interactive website dedicated to enhancing and democratizing the consumer recycling experience while making practical suggestions about green living, continues to provide consumers with new regional recycling profiles, expanding on its series of blog articles…
  • How to Recycle Swimming Pool Chemicals

    Sophia Bennett
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="pool-chemical-recycling" alt="pool-chemical-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/pool-chemical-recycling_400x400.jpg"> If you have a swimming pool or hot tub, you know that you need to keep pool chemicals around to balance the chlorine and pH levels of the water. Failing to maintain the proper chemical balance in a pool can make people sick, cause injuries and leave you with an icky-looking body of water. However,…
  • Halloween Reuse Idea: Frankenstein Goody Bucket

    Maggie Wehri
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    So many Halloween decorations seem oh so tempting this time of year, but maybe this could be the season in which you take a step back and get creative making decorative items with materials already in your home. Discovering creative ways to make what we see on the shelves is not always an easy task, which is why we have the perfect Halloween craft for the trick-or-treaters at home. On the big day, we all need a nice goody bag to put our treats in. It’s so easy to buy a plastic pumpkin or bag from the store. Instead of buying a few extra items you may not necessarily need, utilize the ice…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Martifer Solar – Powering the world with Pure Energy

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    The photovoltaic market is well acquainted with the name of Martifer Solar, as it is a major driver in revolutionizing the entire photovoltaic market. Martifier Solar, has built for itself such a profound global name by effectively working according to the customer expectations and contributing to the world the natal ideas in the development of ... The post Martifer Solar – Powering the world with Pure Energy appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Ways you could be powering your green car in the future

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    The current situation of the planet from its environment point of view is not what we all want or expect. Global temperatures are steadily rising and the polar ice caps are constantly melting, giving way to a range of crisis right from climate change to water scarcity. One of the biggest contributors to global warming ... The post Ways you could be powering your green car in the future appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Concept washing machines intended to make your laundry green

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    The world is presently facing two major threats – energy and water. Although both these resources currently appear to be in abundant, barring the fact that they are getting expensive with every passing day, the fact remains that both these resources are nearing depletion. Energy, which is largely produced by coal-fired power plants, and clean ... The post Concept washing machines intended to make your laundry green appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Can volcanoes power the world in the future?

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Currently there is a race going on among renewable energy advocates to conceptualize the next big source of renewable energy to power the world when oil well and reservoirs of natural gas run dry. There are currently a few decent options, which although generate energy in its cleanest form, but are dependent on climatic conditions, ... The post Can volcanoes power the world in the future? appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Eco-friendly commercial buildings

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    The environment is suffering massive destruction due to our increase in energy consumption but to make business grow we need more and more buildings to expand the industries. The need of eco-friendly commercial buildings is becoming more and more important that we look forward to build buildings that are eco-friendly. It is time when we ... The post Eco-friendly commercial buildings appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Milk Nutrition Claims Debunked in 30 Year Study

    Jill Ettinger
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    For decades, nothing has been touted as a healthier, more wholesome food than milk. It does a body good, they say. For women especially, milk nutrition benefits include strong bones and the prevention of osteoporosis, a concern for millions of women in the U.S. and billions more worldwide. But according to a new study, milk isn’t the healthy food we think. In fact, it may actually cause the bone loss it’s supposed to prevent, and in this study’s case, it can even lead to early death The post Milk Nutrition Claims Debunked in 30 Year Study appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 5 Best Foods to Prevent Wrinkles

    Becky Striepe
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Food alone can't prevent wrinkles, but a diet rich in certain nutrients can help your skin bounce back from sun- and age-related damage. These five foods are high in wrinkle-preventing vitamins and minerals The post 5 Best Foods to Prevent Wrinkles appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Atmospheric Water Generator: EcoloBlue

    Guest Contributor
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    An atmospheric water generator harvests condensation from the air and puts out clean water that you can use to eat, drink, bathe, and even grow food The post Atmospheric Water Generator: EcoloBlue appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • The Monsanto Company Has a Director of ‘Millennial Engagement’ Now

    Jill Ettinger
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Monsanto is misunderstood. At least, it feels like it could have a better relationship with Millennials. But instead of learning how to twerk, or getting Taylor Swift to do an ad campaign for GMOs, it has hired a Director of Millennial Engagement The post The Monsanto Company Has a Director of ‘Millennial Engagement’ Now appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Clean water from oysters? You betcha.

    Jo Borrás
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Oyster populations are waning, and the impacts could be more profound than the end of raw bars as we know it. How are oysters and clean water linked The post Clean water from oysters? You betcha. appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
 
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    PlanetSave

  • Greenland Ice Sheet Less Stable Than Previously Thought, Research Finds

    James Ayre
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The Greenland ice sheet is far more vulnerable to climate change than wraps previously thought, based on recent findings from the University of Cambridge. Through the use of a new model — which takes into account the role that the “soft, spongy ground beneath the ice sheet plays in its changing dynamics”, as well as Greenland Ice Sheet Less Stable Than Previously Thought, Research Finds 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…
  • Salamanders Threatened With Extinction Via Emerging Disease Spread By Wildlife Trade

    James Ayre
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    European and American salamander species could very well cease to exist thanks to an emerging disease spread by the international wildlife trade if there’s nothing done to stop it, according to new research from the University of Maryland. The new disease — caused by a fungus brought to Europe from Southeast Asia — is already Salamanders Threatened With Extinction Via Emerging Disease Spread By Wildlife Trade 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),…
  • Good Halloween Biotech Read: Frankenstein’s Cat

    Sandy Dechert
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    A very readable, thought-provoking, and balanced look at Halloween biotech, Frankenstein’s Cat emerged from extensive research and interviews with scientists, conservationists, ethicists, and entrepreneurs by science journalist Emily Anthes. Animal prosthetics, cloning, and animal-machine hybrids comprise most of the stories, with forays into cryogenics and endangered species protection through biotechnology. Genetics, electronics, and computing come alive here in Good Halloween Biotech Read: Frankenstein’s Cat was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave,…
  • Short Climate Change Program Sparks Viewers

    Sandy Dechert
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    We Americans could use “a population shift in knowledge and positive engagement in the issue of climate change,” as environmental scientist  and media guru Anthony Leiserowitz and colleagues have characterized it. While people and governments of other nations, believing their survival is at stake, have rushed to codify mitigation and adaptation measures—only 15% of the US Short Climate Change Program Sparks Viewers 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…
  • Racing Extinction — New Trailer Shows CO2 Emissions As They Occur Using Technology

    James Ayre
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Ever wished that you could actually see carbon dioxide emissions as they occur? That people could actually see the huge quantities of the heat-trapping gas that are released from the industrial facilities and machines that cover our modern landscape? That would certainly make it easier to explain anthropogenic climate change to people who have trouble Racing Extinction — New Trailer Shows CO2 Emissions As They Occur Using Technology was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also…
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    Sustainablog

  • What’s Your Business Waste Worth? Find Out on a Commercial Materials Exchange

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The commercial materials exchange takes business waste from one place, and offers it for sale or use to organizations or other businesses that need it The post What’s Your Business Waste Worth? Find Out on a Commercial Materials Exchange appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • From Recycling Nylon to Regenerating Virgin Material: ECONYL [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Like other plastics, recycling nylon has largely been a downcycling process. Aquafil's new ECONYL system makes nylon 6 endlessly recyclable, though The post From Recycling Nylon to Regenerating Virgin Material: ECONYL [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • What to Do with Used Cooking Oil: How about Turning it into Jet Fuel?

    Important Media Cross-Post
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Boeing has come up with a novel idea of what to do with used cooking oil, particularly the large amounts coming from China: fuel planes with it The post What to Do with Used Cooking Oil: How about Turning it into Jet Fuel? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • DIY: Turn an Old Sweater into a Winter Head Wrap

    Talancia Pea
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Want a new look for the cold Winter months? Turn an old sweater you no longer wear into a fashionable & hair-friendly head wrap The post DIY: Turn an Old Sweater into a Winter Head Wrap appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Wind energy jobs not only contribute to the growth of clean energy; they also support the conservation of water. The post Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • Craftivism in Action: Embroidering Against Sexism

    Becky Striepe
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Crafter Marie Brian - aka The Cotton Floozy on Instagram - was fed up with hateful and sexist comments on her blog. Rather than start a flame war, Brian grabbed her embroidery needle in a stunning example of craftivism The post Craftivism in Action: Embroidering Against Sexism appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Make These 10 Cleaning Supplies Instead of Buying

    Becky Striepe
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Homemade cleaning supplies are the best. There. I said it. They're cheaper than store-bought. You can reuse containers to reduce waste. And you control the ingredients, so you can be sure you're not "cleaning" your home with toxic chemicals The post Make These 10 Cleaning Supplies Instead of Buying appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Craft Elegrams to Raise Funds for The Nature Conservancy

    Julie Finn
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Craft an elegram and save the elephants! The post Craft Elegrams to Raise Funds for The Nature Conservancy appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Halloween Craft: How to Make a Smudge Stick

    Crunchy Scott
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Halloween Party Host Gift Idea: Smudge Stick Halloween is on a Friday this year, which means it’s time to par-TAY! (That’s “party” for those of you who haven’t been to one in a while.) I’ve got a few friends who are throwing bashes on Saturday too. It seems people’s need to get their “freak on” really [&hellip The post Halloween Craft: How to Make a Smudge Stick appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Make a No-Sew Hood from a Babywearing Wrap

    Julie Finn
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    You don't need a sewing machine to turn your kid into a vampire, assassin, young Jedi, ranger, or any other hooded creatures this Halloween. All you need is a wrap used for babywearing, and you'll have this no-sew hood configured in no time The post Make a No-Sew Hood from a Babywearing Wrap appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
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    The Green Blog Network

  • R20 Regions For Climate Action - Paris Highlights October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Casing Theory

    gwandauteam
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The Casing Theory in PDF Format – Click Here
  • GC Forum Down

    Jim
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    So far our efforts to restore the forum are for naught. When you click the gravitycontrol.org/forum you get this: 8192: Function ereg_replace() is deprecatedFile: /hermes/bosoraweb048/b2172/ipw.gravityc/public_html/forum/Sources/Subs.phpLine: 733 Love the word, deprecated.  Hope it means less than it implies. Any One with any thoughts to help us restore our forum much appreciated.      
  • The Casing Theory

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

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

    Jim
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    He has the same name as another Moray. Look it up. This is a two hour presentation from Moray King.  
 
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    PR Newswire: Energy

  • PetroMaroc Announces Resignation of a Director

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    CALGARY, November 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PetroMaroc Corporation plc (TSXV: PMA) (the "Company" or "PetroMaroc") today announced the resignation of Greg Boland from the board of directors (the "Board") of the Company effective immediately. Due to Mr. Boland's continuing commitments and...
  • PetroMaroc Announces Resignation of a Director

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    CALGARY, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - PetroMaroc Corporation plc (TSXV: PMA) (the "Company" or "PetroMaroc") today announced the resignation of Greg Boland from the board of directors (the "Board") of the Company effective immediately. Due to Mr. Boland's continuing commitments and...
  • Chloroacetyl Chloride Market Research Analysis on China and Worldwide Regions

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    DALLAS, November 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ReportsnReports.com offer 2014 Deep Research Report on Global and China Chloroacetyl Chloride Industry in its store.  This is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Chloroacetyl Chloride Industry in Global and China....
  • Shell Supplier Diversity Introduces New Strategy To Help Suppliers Interested in Doing Business with Shell

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shell Supplier Diversity is introducing a new strategy and technology to create efficiencies while helping potential suppliers interested in doing business with Shell.  The new Shell Diverse Supplier Pipeline Management System, which...
  • Green Brick Partners, Inc. Reports Inducement Grant Under NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4)

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    DALLAS, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GREEN BRICK PARTNERS, INC. (NASDAQ:GRBK)(the "Company" or "Green Brick"), today announced a stock option grant to James R. Brickman, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company, as an inducement material to Mr. Brickman entering...
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    Resilience

  • Energy Crunch: Losing power?

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Should we be worried about the threat of a cold dark winter?
  • ShareHub: at the Heart of Seoul's Sharing Movement

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    Supported by the municipal government and embedded in numerous parts of everyday life in Seoul, the Sharing City project has proven to be an inspiration to city leaders, entrepreneurs, and sharing enthusiasts around the world.
  • Are We Hard-Wired to Think We Can Grow Forever?

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    If rational arguments were primary catalysts for social change, perhaps a steady state economy would already be a reality.
  • Frack Waste Investigation Launched by Pennsylvania Congressman

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    In light of an increasing number of studies showing that fracking produces toxic emissions that have serious human health impacts throughout the entire process, Pennsylvania Congressman Matt Cartwright, a first-term Democrat, has opened an investigation into how toxic wastes from fracking are regulated.
  • The Peak Oil Crisis: A Reality Check

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    For the last four or five years, we have been bombarded with a stream of stories about the “shale revolution.
 
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • LEED v4 Green Associate MP3 Study Guide

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

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

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

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

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

  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Reach Record High in US

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    In a single year, the percentage of plug-in electric vehicles of total vehicle sales rose 20%. Last month, plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) made up the highest percentage ever tallied of total vehicles sold in the United States. This is news for optimism. For an environmental group like the Sierra Club, it is this percentage that we care about more than total EV sales (which were strong, but not outstanding last month). As a way to slash oil use and emissions, we need people to switch from driving to transit, biking and walking — meaning fewer auto sales and less driving overall. But for…
  • The Greenest Vehicle on the Market is the One Fueled by Human Power

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    If you’re looking for a green vehicle, look no further than the bicycle. New bike sharing programs make this green mode of transportation super accessible and can lead to a more sustainable world. Owner of Alta Bicycle Share, explains that the tagline of his company is “Transportation, Recreation, and Innovation” and that they manage bike-sharing systems in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Melbourne, and other cities. In five years their bikes have been ridden more than 35 million miles on more than 25 million rides. That’s more than a billion…
  • What The Movies Have Taught Us About Cars

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

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

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

  • Inside the American pumpkin patch (infographic)

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Thank you to Spare Foot for this fantastic infographic!
  • Off the grid (Infographic)

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Source: http://www.idealhomegarden.com
  • Adventures in remodeling and working with vendors

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Earlier this year, Mr. Daily Green and I decided to remodel our master bathroom. There were a couple of reasons for this decision. It started with damaged shower grout, that we knew was causing floor damage (we soon learned how significant indeed). But as we were gathering quotes to fix the shower, we realized that if we were going fix one thing, we should fix all of them. "As long as we were
  • Handling the bounty of Fall with #BallJars

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    As the gardening season winds down, Our Daily Green has grudgingly and slowly said goodbye to our fresh offerings from our garden. Over the past several years, however, we have rekindled a love of preserving our food for the winter, either via canning or freezing. For this reason, we contacted our friends at Ball canning jars to inquire about working together. Much to our delight, they sent us a
  • We broke down and turned on the furnace: now what?

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

  • Growing Food in the Face of Global Warming

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    If you want proof of how difficult it is to grow food in the face of global warming, look no further than the food basket of the United States. There, especially in California, soils are crumbling, drying, and the fight over water resources is increasing between farmers, cities, and rural residents. Crop insurance rates are […]The post Growing Food in the Face of Global Warming appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    One thing you can count on this time of year is an abundance of acorns underfoot. Why should the squirrels have all these nutrient rich nuts to themselves? Acorns are completely edible, according to fermentation expert Sandor Katz, and they have historically been a critical source of nutrition for many native peoples in North America […]The post Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Capturing Landscape in a Wine: The Unlikely Vineyard

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Is it possible to capture landscape in a bottle? To express its essence of place—geology, geography, climate, and soil—as well as the skill of the winegrower? That’s what Deirdre Heekin and her chef/husband, Caleb Barber, set out to accomplish on their tiny, eight-acre hillside farm and vineyard in Vermont. “Our farming came from wanting to grow […]The post Capturing Landscape in a Wine: The Unlikely Vineyard appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Eliot Coleman’s Guide to Creating a Root Cellar

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

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

  • Restrict Excessive Use of Capital Punishment

    Eavie Arntzen
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Chairman Zhang Dejiang, National People’s Congress of China Goal: Support limitations on the death penalty in China China is responsible for more executions every year than the rest of the world combined. Currently, 55 different crimes are punishable by death in China, ranging from wartime rumors to counterfeiting money. Fortunately, the ruling Communist Party is now considering removing nine offenses from the list. The proposed changes are part of a recently submitted draft amendment focusing on reforming the country’s legal system. China’s heavy use of capital punishment has…
  • Restore Voting Rights to 40,000 Citizens

    Lindsey Weedston
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp Goal: Process the 40,000 missing voter registrations immediately so that these people can vote in the upcoming election The state of Georgia recently found that 40,000 voter registration applications mysteriously went missing shortly before the 2014 midterm elections. When civil rights activists petitioned Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court to force Georgia’s Secretary of State to process them before November 4, the judge dismissed them, calling the lawsuit “premature” in spite of the fact that the…
  • Hold Dictatorship Accountable for Human Rights Abuses

    Jennifer Ip
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon Goal: Hold North Korea accountable for its horrific human rights violations Many news stations that cover human rights abuses often focus on North Korea, whose staggering number of violations has been met with public condemnation. Citizens are starved, tortured, and killed over minor offenses. Generations of families suffer for one person’s small crime. Despite these atrocities, North Korea has not been punished or taken to court. As news agencies and the United Nations review further reports on North Korea, actions must be…
  • Applaud Return of Buffalo to Their Native Land

    Courtney Heitter
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Montana Governor Steve Bullock Goal: Praise decision to return bison to their historic range Bison are an iconic image of early America. Rolling, golden plains occupied by hundreds of bison herds can be seen in many films and books depicting earlier, unindustrialized times. Sadly, human sprawl has not been kind to the native herds of bison. Displacement is now common, with many herds residing in non-native sanctuaries and other arrangements. However, times are changing and bison will once again traverse their native land, thanks to the Governor Steve Bullock of Montana. Under the…
  • Stop Illegal Mass Pet Breeding

    Lindsey Weedston
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: West Springfield, Massachusetts Mayor Edward C. Sullivan Goal: Ban retail sales of cats and dogs that fuel demand for horrific “puppy mills” and “cat factories” Animal rights activists in West Springfield, Massachusetts are pushing a city ordinance that would ban retail sales of cats and dogs, with exceptions given to stores working directly with shelters and hobby breeders. This ordinance would significantly decrease the high demand for illegal facilities that breed and raise cats and dogs in extremely cramped and unsanitary conditions, often referred to as…
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • 9 Simple Ways for your Company to Go Green

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

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Halloween: Links I Like

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
      Happy Halloween to one and all. I wish you good weather and fun times for witches and goblins of all ages. Looking for a little reading to get you through until it’s time to put on the costumes and join the reverie? I’ve got a few I’ve been reading this week I’d like to share… Community Changes the World - “It is past time to stand together and say enough is enough. United is how we will effect change. Community changes the world.” Environmentalists sue over nuclear reactor’s impact on Columbia River – Something we must keep in…
  • 5 Fun Ways to Use Carved Pumpkins After Halloween

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Halloween is almost here and pumpkins everywhere are waiting to make their way to homes, stoops, and porches. What to do with them after the carving and decorating is done? Here are 5 fun ways to use carved pumpkins after Halloween is over…   1. Pumpkin Bird Feeder. What better way to use a good chunk of pumpkin than to feed the neighborhood birds? There are several ways to make a bird feeder depending on how you carve your pumpkin. If the bottom, top, or side is left as a bowl or curved shape it is quite easy! Just cut the piece away from the rest of the pumpkin to form…
  • Breast Cancer, Pinkwashing, and Strength

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

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

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

  • The Environmental Footprint Of Carpet Tile

    Ramon Arratia
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    Commissioned by Interface to celebrate our Mission Zero anniversary, John Elkington has written a case study titled – ‘Interface: The untold story of Mission Zero in Europe’, which charts our journey over the past 20 years highlighting the systems changes we have brought into the core of our business. Here is an excerpt that looks at the footprint of carpet tile. You can download the full study here. “Interestingly, in a pattern seen with many other industrial products, LCA research reveals that the environmental footprint of carpeting is disproportionately…
  • CLG position on EU Climate & Energy Package #EU2030

    Ramon Arratia
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    The Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), of which we are a member, released the following press statement on Friday clearly defining our position on the EU Climate and Energy Package #EU2030: EU Climate and Energy package is a major step forward but weak on renewables and energy efficiency. European Council has just agreed a new climate and energy deal that sets a binding domestic Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) target of “at least” 40% but which failed to agree ambitious targets for the share of energy from renewable sources and for energy efficiency. The influential European…
  • Technology coupled with clever product standards policy is the answer

    Ramon Arratia
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    This week I’m in Finland at a Chief Technology Officer’s forum organized by SITRA, the Finnish Innovation Fund. After talking to some CTOs at these very innovative companies, you realise that technology has most of the answers. Today I’m very optimistic about the task ahead, a feeling I never get when coming out of conferences full of sustainability wonks or brand/marketing folks talking empty stuff… Some lessons… * The main learning was confirming that technology, supported by strong product performance standards, will be a key part of the fight against climate change. * I…
  • EU 2030 Climate & Energy Declaration

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

    Ramon Arratia
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Was pleased to come across this online again recently – one of a series from Banksy, c. 5 years ago painted on the side of the Regent’s canal in London at the close of the Copenhagen climate conference. The post “I don’t believe in global warming” appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
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    ecoINSITE

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Earth Rangers National Tour

    Earth Rangers
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Are you a kid? Do you live in Canada? Then there’s a good chance Earth Rangers might be visiting a school near you! We love travelling to communities all over the country and we really love getting kids excited about protecting animals and their habitats. Without safe, clean places to live, animals can be in real trouble. That’s why we’re visiting more than 600 schools across Canada this year to teach kids, just like you, about why it’s important to protect the wild spaces animals need to survive. Right now there are Earth Ranger teams in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia…
  • Top Ten Funny Halloween Animals

    Earth Rangers
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    These animals are in the Halloween spirit year round thanks to their striking black and orange colouring. We’ve given them some fun captions to share what we think they’d have to say about Halloween! Can you think of any other animals that remind you of Halloween? Share your suggestions below. 1) Orange tarantula “Check out my ghost costume, I spun it myself!” 2) Cheetah “Halloween is upon us… I can sense it” 3) Black-capped squirrel monkey “I’m going to steal all of your Halloween candy!” 4) Orangutan “I’m not smiling again until it…
  • Top Ten Big Scary Looking Animals

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

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

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

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • Infiniti QX56 And QX80 Recalled For Airbag Shrapnel Worries

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nissan North America is issuing a recall of some 2013 Infiniti QX56 and 2014 Infiniti QX80 sport-utility vehicles over concerns that the airbag could malfunction, potentially sending sharp metal fragments into occupants. In affected models, the inflator for the driver’s frontal airbag might have been manufactured with the incorrect part...
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    If you've even considered going gasoline-free with a vehicle like the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive -- the only way you can get a B-Class in the U.S. -- you’re probably already acutely aware that plugging in, and going all-electric, is a numbers game. Will you have enough available miles for your daily driving and...
  • 2015 Lexus GX

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    The 2015 Lexus GX 460 is the kind of 'tough-truck' luxury SUV that was all the rage a decade ago; yet today it's a niche product – one that offers a luxurious cabin for family-hauling, as well as a full-fledged off-roading four-wheel-drive system for weekend warriors. For the U.S. it's become an increasingly hard sell, as even...
  • 2015 Toyota Corolla

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    The focus of the Toyota Corolla has long been basic, trouble-free, and relatively comfortable transportation, without the frills. But that all changed a bit a couple years ago, when Toyota added some more technology and flair to the Corolla, and free of biases that have long pegged the Corolla the blandest of the compact-sedan bunch...
  • 2015 Lexus ES

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The 2015 Lexus ES lands squarely between the IS and GS sport sedans in the Lexus lineup, and it serves as a comfort-minded and far less performance-oriented counterpart to them both. The ES 350 and ES 330h hybrid are based on the Toyota Avalon architecture (rather than, a few years ago, the Camry), and with a major redesign a couple of...
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    Green Car Reports

  • Small Electric Cars, Toyota Prius 'Pushback,' 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco: Today's Car News

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Today we ask whether carmakers were right to launch the current wave of electric cars as small cars, confirm that negative stereotypes of the Toyota Prius hybrid and its drivers are still prevalent, and introduce another one of our 2015 Best Car To Buy nominees, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The...
  • Toyota: 'No One Wants Us To Build Electric Cars'

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Well, here's one that may give electric-car owners and advocates a Friday morning chuckle. Toyota is well-known not only as one of the world's three largest carmakers, but also the global leader in hybrids. DON'T MISS: Toyota Fuel-Cell Ad Asks: Are You 'The Bold Few' Or A 'Handbrake'? And it's a staunch proponent of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles...
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    The third of our five nominees for Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid version of the Korean maker's mid-size sedan. This new-for-2015 version of the Sonata is the sole model to use a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, in this case producing 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft...
  • Were Small Cars Exactly The Wrong Way To Launch Electric Cars?

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Historically, most technology innovations in automobiles start at the high end and gradually work their way down the lineup until they've become standard features of even the humblest of cars. From automatic transmissions to disc brakes, turbochargers to fuel injection, high-end audio systems to touchscreens, the most expensive cars get the...
  • Toyota Prius Hybrid 'Pushback': Still A Real Thing

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In three generations and over a decade on sale, the Toyota Prius hybrid has become a common sight on U.S. roads, and has spurred the launch of numerous other hybrid models. Yet many people's views of the Prius haven't changed for the better. DON'T MISS: Toyota Racks Up 7 Million Hybrids Sold Since 1997: UPDATED "Pushback" from skeptical non-hybrid...
 
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Life as a Dizzy Shut-In

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

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

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

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

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

  • 11 Tutorials to Make Repurposed Shopping Bags

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

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

    Stephanie
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    My kids love bringing lunch to school. School lunches have improved, generally speaking, over the past several years, but we still enjoy the flexibility of bringing lunch rather than buying it. The challenge comes in finding more eco friendly containers for the kids’ lunches. Kids are great for losing things, so you don’t want to […] Related posts: It’s Time For Back to School! Do You Have Green School Supplies? Can You Save By Packing Your Child’s School Lunch in Reusable Containers? How to be Eco Friendly When You Shop
  • Coping With the California Drought

    Stephanie
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    You may know that California is in a particularly intense drought right now. If you live in California, you had better know that, as things are bad enough that watering incorrectly can cause you to be fined. I’m fortunate enough to be in an area where it isn’t as bad as it is elsewhere, as […] Related posts: Is it Reasonable to Expect that Southern Californians Keep a Green Lawn? Here Comes the Drought? I Guess My Attitude Toward Watering Will Be Different from the Neighbors’ in Our New Home
  • 5 Habits That Make You Less Eco Friendly

    Stephanie
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    We all have those habits we wish we could break. If you’re trying to be more eco friendly in your daily life, there are probably a number of things you would like to change, but just haven’t managed to yet. Here are some bad habits you may want to work on changing so you can […] Related posts: 5 Habits of Eco Friendly Families Are You Wasting Reusable Bags? How to be Eco Friendly When You Shop
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    LEEDdaily

  • Alliance Apartment Property in Arizona Wins LEED Platinum

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Broadstone Lincoln, a 264-unit multifamily development in Scottsdale, has won LEED-H Platinum certification. The property, at 7100 E. Lincoln Dr., is the second one nationwide by developer Alliance to earn that designation, which applies to single-family homes, low-rise multifamily (one to three stories), and mid-rise multifamily (four to six stories). The developer implemented a wide range of building features to win Platinum, the highest level under the LEED system, including energy efficiency, water conservation, and other sustainable measures. The building has, among other things, an…
  • LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Between 2012 and 2013, green building investment jumped by $1 billion in the retail sector, and the percentage of retail owners involved in green building more than doubled, from 18 percent in 2011 to 38 percent in 2013, according to the Leed in Motion: Retail report by the US Green Building Council. The USGBC projects the number of retailers involved in green building to grow to 52 percent in the next two years, and nearly two-thirds of retail and three quarters of hotel owners expect to have green operations and maintenance systems in place by 2015. In additio Read…
  • Georgia World Congress Center Becomes World’s Largest LEED Certified Convention Center

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) was recently awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system for the design, operation and maintenance of green buildings. The GWCC is now the world’s largest LEED certified convention center. With 3.9 million square feet, the GWCC is also the 14th largest LEED certified building in the world. The facility, located in downtown Atlanta, first opened in 1976 with a total of 750,000 square feet. The fourth and final phase of construction of the…
  • USGBC Announces LEED 2009 Extension

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    The US Green Building Council says it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016 — an extension of almost a year and a half. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 15, 2015. The USGBC says extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED, which features increased rigor and multiple updates. Read more: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/10/30/usgbc-announced-leed-2009-extension/#ixzz3Hio8XHby
  • MaxLite expands assembly and testing capabilities with LEED-certified building

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    The 48,864-square-foot-building increases MaxLite’s product assembly and testing capabilities and features the company’s first full showroom on the West Coast. Located in the Anaheim Concourse development at Ocean Circle, the $7.5 million new construction is outfitted entirely with energy-efficient MaxLite LED lighting products. The building, which was developed by Panattoni Construction Company, received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for following best-in-class green building strategies and practices. “The…
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    PLANET

  • In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts

    Dahr Jamail
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Jay Inslee, governor of Washington State, tours the Chehalis River Valley, the site of some of the worst floods in the Pacific Northwest. Photo by Dahr Jamail. This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. The Chehalis River Valley is stunningly beautiful, verdant and home to some of the most bountiful farms in Washington State. From Christmas trees to flowers to some of the most luscious tomatoes you could ever eat, on a sunny day, it feels like one has landed in paradise here. Unfortunately, the valley is also the site of some of the worst…
  • Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds

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

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

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

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

  • How Iowa Scientists Are Fighting To Get Climate Change On The Political Radar

    Mike Confino
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    A little less than three weeks ago, over 180 Iowa scientists sent a clear message to their state’s leaders: climate change is here, is impacting Iowans and needs to be taken seriously. The Iowa Climate Statement 2014: Impacts on the Health of Iowans was the fourth iteration of an annual effort by the Iowans who actually study climate change to raise awareness among their fellow residents, their state lawmakers and their national representatives. Each year’s statement has drilled down on a different aspect of climate change. In 2014, the scientists chose to highlight the threats to public…
  • Big Food uses dirty tricks in ballot fights over GMO labeling, soda taxes

    Mike Confino
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    On Nov. 4, voters in three Western states will decide four food-related ballot measures that seem to have little in common: The two state-level measures in Oregon and Colorado would require genetically engineered aka GMO foods to be labeled as such, and two local initiatives in California in San Francisco and Berkeley would place a small tax on sugary soft drinks. But they do have something in common. A large portion of the opposition for all four measures is being funded by two megacorporations: Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Moreover, the opposition is using many of the same tactics. via Big Food…
  • Inside The Little-Known Push To Mine Alabama For Tar Sands

    Mike Confino
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Over the last few years, a little-known company named MS Industries has bought up as much as 2,500 acres of land in Alabama and drilled holes in it. In total, they have drilled hundreds of exploratory bore holes in the northwestern portion of the state — according to some residents, the number is as high as 2,700 but the company’s CEO, Steve Smith, said they’ve done over 1,500 holes of drilling. Their search got a boost in July 2013, when the governors of Mississippi and Alabama signed a Memorandum of Understanding that raised a few eyebrows. Govs. Bryant and Bentley agreed to study tar…
  • Libertarians Sue White House Over Climate Change Video

    Mike Confino
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A libertarian think tank has sued the White House over a video that claimed global warming might be tied to last year’s extreme cold spell, commonly referred to as the “polar vortex. ” The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s lawsuit filed Wednesday says White House Office of Science and Technology director John Holdren was wrong when, in the January video, he cited a “growing body of evidence” linking the so-called “polar vortex” to climate change. Specifically, Holdren said he believes that the United States will see “more of this pattern of extreme cold” as global warming…
  • Politics and the Pipeline

    Mike Confino
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The only sign of the six-year fight over the 400 acres of land that belong to Shannon and Kevin Graves is a wooden stick on the edge of a cornfield across from their modest home, located down a dirt road about an hour west of Lincoln. The stick marks where a section of the Keystone XL pipeline may one day be laid. Each day, as their nephew Daniel tends their cornfields, Kevin and Shannon Graves drive about 15 minutes away to their store, Tradition Hardware, located in the one-street town of Polk. Over the years, that daily drive past the stick has morphed into a reminder that, even as the…
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    Everblue blogs

  • LEED 2009 Project Deadline Extended

    Lesley@Everblue
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    As many of you may be aware, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched a new version of its LEED Rating System in November 2013. The update, called LEED Version 4, applies to individual credentials as well as building projects. The USGBC has allowed an overlap of projects being submitted for consideration under LEED 2009 and LEED v4 standards. The deadline for LEED 2009 projects was originally set for June 15, 2015, but the USGBC recently announced that they are extending the deadline to October 31, 2016.read more
  • Sustainability Roundup

    Lesley@Everblue
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    The sustainability industry is a fast-growing and ever-changing one. It can be difficult to keep up with all the news. In this sustainability roundup, we'll provide a basic overview of interesting events that have recently happened. Of course this is not a full list of all recent news stories but instead a brief recap of milestones and events that we've found particularly interesting. If you'd like to discuss other recent news, send us a note on Facebook. We look forward to hearing about which news stories are important to you!read more
  • BPI IDL Certification Update

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

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

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

  • Nilofar – Oman’s New Meteorological Nemesis

    Basel Ismaiel
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:31 am
    Although the tropical cyclone Nilofar has been veering away from Oman’s coast downwind towards Pakistan and India, it had inundated the infrastructure of several areas in the country,...
  • Halloween: a mix of stone-age, medieval and modern traditions

    Brian Nitz
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Once again there are calls for Halloween to be banned in Jordan and other parts of the Muslim and Christian world where this ancient solstice tradition is misunderstood. Halloween of today is a mutt...
  • Halloween goes green with fantastic DIY costumes (PHOTOS)

    Laurie Balbo
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    Halloween landed on a Friday this year, meaning your “I have to work tomorrow” excuse for not dressing up becomes as flimsy as a ghost.  So, with a few hours to prep before tonight’s...
  • 6 things “green” businesses should know about barcodes

    Green Prophet
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    All round the globe and most importantly the business world, the use of barcodes has been emphasized in areas other than the traditional stock identification. Barcodes are more than just codes...
  • Secret gardens planted by Syrian refugees in Jordan

    Karin Kloosterman
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Mostly we hear stories of pain and tragedy from Syrian refugee camps. But the Za’atari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, a place where Green Prophet’s Laurie Balbo is knitting together and...
 
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Public Art for Brighter Cities

    EMBARQ
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Cities in the United States can now participate in the Public Art Challenge, a new program to support innovative temporary public art projects by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program invites U.S. cities with 30,000 or more residents to submit proposals for creative and transformative projects.read more
  • Five Farm Implements That Did Not Exist 25 Years Ago

    Seedstock
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Farming has gone high-tech. With the convergence of science and technology, as well as no-till methods and increasing concerns about soil composition and fertilizer use, growers can now access information and tools unheard of twenty-five years ago.read more
  • Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [INFOGRAPHIC]

    JeffMcIntireStrasbu
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Think you’d like to work in the field of water conservation? Though you may be tempted to think that such gigs exist almost completely within the non-profit, academic, and government spheres, water gets used (and often reused) in all sorts of industries.read more
  • Richmond's Green Alleys

    The Dirt
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Monroe Park in Richmond, Virginia's capitol city, the spatially-unique neighborhood of the Fan literally spreads out, with the spines of the unfolding fan taking the form of long avenues that stretch through Victorian-era residences, parks, and alleys.read more
  • Florianópolis, Brazil Signs Agreement to Improve Urban Mobility

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Municipality of Florianópolis and EMBARQ Brazil signed an agreement of technical, financial, economic, social and environmental cooperation. The act was formalized between Mayor Cesar Souza Junior and the Director of Strategic Development & Relations for EMBARQ Brazil, Rejane Fernandes.read more
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    Nokero

  • Empowering Young Minds

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

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

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

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

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

  • Flu Shots? Yes or No?

    Calley Pate
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Photo Credit: Doug Jordan, M.A. via CDC While this post is sponsored by CVS MinuteClinic; all opinions are my own. Let’s debate (peacefully please) flu shots!  Do you get them for yourself?  Do your kids get them? Why or why not?   I asked this question earlier in the month on Facebook and received a wide range of replies.  Many of you swear by the flu shot and get them every year for your entire family; while others are anti-vaccinations and never get the flu shot.  I can respect both sides of this debate. Post by The Eco Chic.   Fact: This is the first year that I can ever…
  • MommyCon Newport Beach – November 1st – Giveaway

    Calley Pate
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    It’s time for another exciting MommyCon weekend.  This week they will be in Newport Beach, California celebrating with a Halloween flare!  If you’re in the area and are pregnant, have babies, or even toddlers….you should consider going to MommyCon. MommyCon is a full day of workshops to help parents learn some valuable tips to help make parenting a little bit easier, and much more fun.  During the day you can attend workshop sessions on cloth diapering, breastfeeding, sleep consultations, babywearing, car seat safety and more.  Dr Alan Green will be there to help you…
  • Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Calley Pate
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    There’s really no use in hiding my secret any longer, I’m a chocoholic!  Ok, so I guess if you follow me on social media then it’s really no big secret that I have a love affair with chocolate.  My #chocolateaday hashtag on Instagram may have given that away! For the most part, my addiction to chocolate is very mild.  I have my limits and I am good at moderating my chocolate intake.  My husband actually laughs at me because I can make a full size Godiva bar last for 2 weeks by only eating one square a night.  It’s just enough of an indulgence to cure my craving. I…
  • Giveaway – New Thirsties OS AIO + Rumparooz Sherbert

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

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

  • Friday Fun: Dancing zebras for safer streets

    Coby Joseph
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    This zebra directing traffic is not a joke. It is one of hundreds of city employees saving lives while making streets in La Paz, Bolivia friendlier for pedestrians. Photo via oneillinstituteblog.org. The streets of La Paz, Bolivia present severe risks for pedestrians. The country’s capital faces rising demand for cars, and has inadequate traffic signs and universally accessible pedestrian infrastructure. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the traffic fatality rate in La Paz is 12 deaths per 100,000 people, with 36% of these deaths involving pedestrians. However, the city also…
  • What if there was no need for cars in the world’s biggest cities?

    Tina Duong
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Helsinki, Finland announced ambitious plans to eliminate the need for cars by 2025, making it an ideal site to explore the range of possibilities for the future of sustainable urban mobility. Photo by Katri Niemi/Flickr. This question is at once lofty and ordinary, addressing one of the most pressing sustainability challenges of our times and one of the most routine. How to get to and from home to work, school or market is simple enough, but to do it reliably, affordably, and sustainably for billions of people is a challenge society has not yet solved. Much has been done already to place…
  • The role of private developers in sustainable mobility

    Anjali Mahendra
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Gated communities are on the rise on Bangalore’s periphery. As demand for housing increases and incomes rise across Indian cities, private developers play an important role in promoting sustainable development by ensuring access to alternative modes of transport. Photo by Ed Yourdon/Flickr. Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demand for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates in the upper-middle and middle classes. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for…
  • Safer cities for the Asian Century

    Ben Welle
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Despite daunting challenges, rapidly urbanizing Asian cities have a range of options to improve road safety and save lives. Photo by Ashok/Flickr. With the next few decades expected to witness to Asia’s swift rise in economic and political influence, the eyes of the world have focused on Asian cities as the engines of this growth. Last month’s Asian Development Bank Transport Forum 2014 – which brought together policymakers, transport officials, and industry leaders from across Asia – highlighted the need for safe, sustainable transport in the Asian Century. Participants discussed the…
  • How cities can provide universally accessible mobility services: A Q&A with Tom Rickert

    Coby Joseph
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Though progress has been made, cities worldwide must continue to implement universal design solutions that make transport services accessible for disabled persons. Photo by Igor Schutz/Flickr. TheCityFix recently interviewed Tom Rickert – Founder and Executive Director of Access Exchange International – to learn more about how cities can improve mobility for disabled persons. Access Exchange International was founded in 1990 to promote accessible public transport for persons with disabilities and seniors in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Eastern Europe. An estimated 650 million people…
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    Clean Economies

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Corvette to Cave: Chevy Byproducts Give Homes to Bats

    Guest Post
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    An adhesive used in production of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray may help preserve a threatened bat species in North America.General Motors found that when processed, the adhesive can serve as a stalactite in artificial bat caves.International bat experts from such non-governmental organizations as Bat Conservation International and the Organization for Bat Conservation are reviewing the application.White-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus appearing on the muzzle and other parts of hibernating bats, has killed more than 5.7 million bats to date in the United States and Canada. Bats with the…
  • Developing Countries Invest in Renewables Twice the Pace of Industrialized Nations

    EcoWatch
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    A popular narrative among climate deniers and green energy pooh-poohers is that addressing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change by promoting clean energy sources is a burden on the world’s poorer countries and prevents their citizens from having access to affordable energy. A new report, Climatescope 2014: Mapping the Global Frontier for Clean Energy Investment, undermines that contention, showing that some of the world’s poorest countries are already renewable energy leaders. Distributed energy from clean energy sources, like these solar panels in South Africa, may be more…
  • Incentivizing Consumers to Buy Electric Vehicles

    Guest Post
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    My interest in cars has been called atypical. Growing up, my father worked as a mechanic for a Chrysler dealership on Chicago’s south side and later as a bus mechanic for the CTA. I grew up surrounded by cars in various states of repair but I generally viewed cars as that thing that made my old man swear in the garage.It wasn’t until electric vehicles started becoming feasible that I started actively reading car news. Now I can’t get enough of it – especially as it relates to electric vehicles. Between Tesla coyly teasing the D and the Gigafactory announcement for Nevada, it’s an…
  • New Wood Construction Technology Gets Boost

    Jason Ridge
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    At the Wood Solutions Fair, Oregon BEST today announced a new round of commercialization funding that will team southern Oregon-based DR Johnson Lumber Co. with Oregon State University researchers to determine how a new engineered building material made from lumber might catapult Oregon wood products to the forefront of construction innovation and technology.Production of cross laminated timber, or CLT, has taken off in Europe in the recent years, but only two plants produce structural grade CLT in North America, both located in Canada.CLT panels, which can be up to 10 feet wide by 60 feet…
  • Sweden’s Environmental Leadership

    EarthTalk
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank?                    — Raul Swain, New York, NYIt’s true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI). Norway, Costa Rica, Germany and Denmark rounded out the top five. The rankings take into account a wide range of economic indicators and datasets regarding…
 
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    Intercon

  • Seeking Sustainability the Building Industry Targets Human Health

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

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

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

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

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

  • Direct Action's here, but how will Australia cut carbon after 2020?

    Anna Skarbek, Executive Director at ClimateWorks Australia at Monash University
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Bernie Fraser of the Climate Change Authority, environment minister Greg Hunt, and Clive Palmer announce a deal on a plan to cut Australia's emissions this decade. What happens after that isn't so clear. AAPImage/Alan PorrittWith the passage of the Emissions Reduction Fund through the Senate last night, the federal government has taken a step towards achieving Australia’s minimum target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 5% below 2000 levels by 2020. The Emissions Reduction Fund is the centrepiece of the Coalition’s Direct Action plan, which will replace the Carbon Pricing…
  • Four decades later, has America finally got over the oil crisis?

    Jennifer Hunt, Lecturer, Centre for International Security Studies at University of Sydney
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Gas guzzled: OPEC's 1973 oil embargo threw America into crisis and underlined the political power of energy. David Falconer/Wikimedia CommonsThe Australian Financial Review recently trumpeted America’s “re-emergence as a world oil power”. It is an accomplishment four decades in the making and its success is still under debate. Energy security, or “energy independence”, appeared suddenly on America’s national security agenda in the 1970s, in the wake of the oil embargo that drastically interrupted daily life for Western consumers. Although the images of (now vintage) cars…
  • Palm oil plantations are bad for wildlife great and small: study

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Where the rainforest meets the plantation: there are probably a lot more insects. Ryan Woo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), CC BY-NC-NDPalm oil plantations have an overall negative impact on biodiversity, according to research released this week. The study, published in Nature Communications, found palm oil plantations are home to fewer insect species than even intensive rubber tree plantations. “The big message is that oil palm is bad for biodiversity, in every sense of the word — even when compared to damaged rainforests that are regenerating after earlier logging…
  • Like eating fish? It's time to start caring where it comes from

    Carissa Klein, Postdoctoral research fellow in conservation biology at The University of Queensland
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    How do you know if your fish supper is sustainable? Mw12310/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SAAustralians love seafood. Whether it’s fish and chips by the seaside or prawns on the barbie at Christmas, it’s integral to many of our traditions and social gatherings. Yet very little of the seafood we consume is sustainable. For a country that has such a love affair with the ocean, I find this perplexing. The health of the world’s oceans and its fisheries are in decline, and this applies to one of Australia’s most precious icons, the Great Barrier Reef. Although there a range of actions required…
  • Five years on from Black Saturday, most survivors are doing OK

    Lisa Gibbs, Academic, Population Health at University of Melbourne
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Five years on, the bush and people are recovering well from the Black Saturday fires. AAP Image/Joe CastroFive years on from the devastating Black Saturday fires that swept through central Victoria in February 2009, research shows that people and communities are largely recovering well. In the first major data release of the ongoing Beyond Bushfires study, of which I am a lead researcher, we found a majority of people affected by the fires are not experiencing ongoing psychological distress. The results will be presented at the Beyond Bushfires sympoisum at the University of Melbourne today.
 
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    Green-Change.com

  • Wollongong PCYC Permaculture Community Garden Tour

    Darren
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Back in July I visited the Wollongong PCYC (Police Citizen’s Youth Centre) permaculture community garden for the first time. I’ve wanted to take a tour of this garden for a while, as a lot of local permaculture people have been involved in it and I’ve heard lots of good things about it. I’ve never quite found the time, though, despite working just around the corner from it! It was well worth it! Let me take you on a short photographic tour… The welcome sign reads: The Garden Welcome to a community garden educational and dynamic demonstration site. Community…
  • Mandarin Glut!

    Darren
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Our mandarin tree gave us a bumper crop this winter, but the fruit is too tart to eat much of it straight from the tree. The birds have discovered the fruit, too, so if we wait any longer for it to sweeten up we won’t get any mandarins at all! What to do? Preserved Mandarins Our first idea was to preserve mandarin segments in bottles, adding plenty of sugar to sweeten them up. So, we started peeling… I then stuffed Fowlers jars with the segments, dumped a heap of sugar on top, and filled the jars with water. OK, the one on the left got filled with brandy – I thought it…
  • Garage Sale Finds

    Darren
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    A couple of weekends ago, I noticed a garage sale sign outside my local general store. The garage sale was that day, and just around the corner. How could I resist?! Much to my delight, the people holding the garage sale were farmers. They had a lot of older “junk” farming equipment to give away, most of which they’d replaced with bigger/better/faster equipment over the years. I think they’d held onto the old stuff “just in case”, but were now taking the opportunity to clear out some space. The first find was this awesome Tirfor T516 hand winch for $25.
  • Sustainability Leadership Development Program – Illawarra 2014

    Darren
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    It’s been quite a while since my last post – we’ve been very busy with renovations, and I don’t currently have a proper spot to set up my computer. I’ll start posting more regularly in the next few weeks, with luck! Meanwhile, here’s a really interesting-sounding program for anyone living in the Illawarra – this course usually costs $2,500, but you have an opportunity to do it for free… WANT TO CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE GLOBALLY AND LOCALLY? SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ILLAWARRA 2014 – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN This program…
  • Blackberry Pie

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

  • 10 ways to have a zero waste Halloween

    Mrs Green
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    I love how all the fabulous bloggers on the internet can save you so much time! You have an idea for a blog post, you don’t have time to write it, but you know someone else will have done a brilliant job. And that’s how it is with Halloween this year. Here’s my roundup of […]
  • 25 Reuse ideas for a plastic Quality Street Tub

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

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

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

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

  • Too Many Toys? Keep them rotating for fresh fun!

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Despite the notion that lots of toys brings hours and hours of fun, the truth is that kids with too many toys often become overwhelmed, frustrated and even bored. Even if you’re not the one buying lots of toys, they have a habit of piling up. Decluttering is one way of reducing, but even then, you may find yourself with just too many toys. Implementing a toy rotation system is the next step in keeping the toys available to your child to a manageable level. Toy rotation is a simple idea. You’ll choose a small selection of toys for your child to play with and box up the rest. Occasionally,…
  • A Little Free Library Can Make a Big Difference

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Maybe you’re homesteading on a super rural road and don’t have ready access to a public library. Perhaps you and your neighbors are avid readers without the time to hit up the library regularly. Or, maybe you just want to connect with your community and share your love of good books. Then, the Little Free Library trend might be up your alley. Anyone can place a “little free library” box in their yard with a handful of used-but-great books and a notebook for folks to jot down their thoughts. It then becomes a take-a-book, leave-a-book place and a way to encourage interaction between…
  • Beautiful Earth: Complete Baby Care Package Giveaway

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

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

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

  • Happy Halloween: Links I Like

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
      Happy Halloween to one and all. I wish you good weather and fun times for witches and goblins of all ages. Looking for a little reading to get you through until it’s time to put on the costumes and join the reverie? I’ve got a few I’ve been reading this week I’d like to share… Community Changes the World - “It is past time to stand together and say enough is enough. United is how we will effect change. Community changes the world.” Environmentalists sue over nuclear reactor’s impact on Columbia River – Something we must keep in…
  • 5 Fun Ways to Use Carved Pumpkins After Halloween

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Halloween is almost here and pumpkins everywhere are waiting to make their way to homes, stoops, and porches. What to do with them after the carving and decorating is done? Here are 5 fun ways to use carved pumpkins after Halloween is over…   1. Pumpkin Bird Feeder. What better way to use a good chunk of pumpkin than to feed the neighborhood birds? There are several ways to make a bird feeder depending on how you carve your pumpkin. If the bottom, top, or side is left as a bowl or curved shape it is quite easy! Just cut the piece away from the rest of the pumpkin to form…
  • Breast Cancer, Pinkwashing, and Strength

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

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

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

    Peter Mantius
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    John Marvinstands beside Painted Post Water Train on Oct 24, 2014 (Photo by Peter Mantius) Withdrawal Permits, Bulk Water Sales Approved Without Environmental Reviews PAINTED POST, N.Y. — Barely a football field away from John Marvin’s modest house, 42 black railcars full of water sit waiting for the signal to begin rolling south to supply fracking drill pads across the Pennsylvania border. When the water train lurches and clanks through the village — often at pre-dawn hours — it sounds ear-splitting whistles at each street crossing. “How is everybody supposed to sleep at night?”…
  • FERC Approves NY Methane Storage Project

    Peter Mantius
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Vineyards in the Seneca Lake (Wikipedia) Brushing aside warnings of dangerous geological risk, federal regulators say construction can start immediately on a methane gas storage project next to Seneca Lake that has galvanized opposition from wine and tourism businesses across the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. The Sept. 30 decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission represents a major breakthrough for Houston-based Crestwood Midstream. The company has been waging a five-year campaign for permission to convert long-abandoned lakeside salt caverns into a regional storage hub for…
  • Fossil Fuels Get Huge Master Limited Partnership Tax Breaks – “Green” Energy Shut Out

    Peter Mantius
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Since 2008, investors have poured several hundred billion dollars into fossil fuel-related master limited partnerships that shield income from virtually all corporate taxation. The MLP tax loophole — a sort of reverse carbon tax — has heavily subsidized the nation’s ongoing oil and natural gas fracking boom. Solar, wind and other renewable energy companies are not eligible for the MLP tax dodge. Although bipartisan support is building in Congress to extend the tax deductions to them, insiders say legislation to do so will most likely have to wait for and be a part of a comprehensive tax…
  • Landmark Decision for Local Control – Major Setback for Fracking Supporters

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

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

    Guest Post
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    An adhesive used in production of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray may help preserve a threatened bat species in North America.General Motors found that when processed, the adhesive can serve as a stalactite in artificial bat caves.International bat experts from such non-governmental organizations as Bat Conservation International and the Organization for Bat Conservation are reviewing the application.White-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus appearing on the muzzle and other parts of hibernating bats, has killed more than 5.7 million bats to date in the United States and Canada. Bats with the…
  • Developing Countries Invest in Renewables Twice the Pace of Industrialized Nations

    EcoWatch
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    A popular narrative among climate deniers and green energy pooh-poohers is that addressing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change by promoting clean energy sources is a burden on the world’s poorer countries and prevents their citizens from having access to affordable energy. A new report, Climatescope 2014: Mapping the Global Frontier for Clean Energy Investment, undermines that contention, showing that some of the world’s poorest countries are already renewable energy leaders. Distributed energy from clean energy sources, like these solar panels in South Africa, may be more…
  • Incentivizing Consumers to Buy Electric Vehicles

    Guest Post
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    My interest in cars has been called atypical. Growing up, my father worked as a mechanic for a Chrysler dealership on Chicago’s south side and later as a bus mechanic for the CTA. I grew up surrounded by cars in various states of repair but I generally viewed cars as that thing that made my old man swear in the garage.It wasn’t until electric vehicles started becoming feasible that I started actively reading car news. Now I can’t get enough of it – especially as it relates to electric vehicles. Between Tesla coyly teasing the D and the Gigafactory announcement for Nevada, it’s an…
  • New Wood Construction Technology Gets Boost

    Jason Ridge
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    At the Wood Solutions Fair, Oregon BEST today announced a new round of commercialization funding that will team southern Oregon-based DR Johnson Lumber Co. with Oregon State University researchers to determine how a new engineered building material made from lumber might catapult Oregon wood products to the forefront of construction innovation and technology.Production of cross laminated timber, or CLT, has taken off in Europe in the recent years, but only two plants produce structural grade CLT in North America, both located in Canada.CLT panels, which can be up to 10 feet wide by 60 feet…
  • Sweden’s Environmental Leadership

    EarthTalk
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank?                    — Raul Swain, New York, NYIt’s true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI). Norway, Costa Rica, Germany and Denmark rounded out the top five. The rankings take into account a wide range of economic indicators and datasets regarding…
 
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  • China is Top Developing Nation for Clean Energy Investment, Analysis Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    China is the most attractive among developing nations for low-carbon investment and deployment, according to an analysis by the Climatescope project, a partnership among various international development agencies and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. China received top marks because it is the largest manufacturer of wind and solar equipment in the world, has the largest demand [...]
  • LEED v4 Delayed, Again

    Stuart Kaplow
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that projects will still be able to register under the current LEED 2009 through October 31, 2016. News of the extension of LEED 2009 began circulating this week and is being heralded and widely supported as positive across the environmental industrial complex. This is arguably the third extension [...]
  • DOE Paper: Keep Calm and Net Meter On

    The Vote Solar Initiative
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    The problem is not too much solar. That might seem self-evident, but that is basically what utilities around the country are arguing — and trying to ‘fix.’  As energy users are increasingly turning to solar to generate their own emission-free power, utilities are responding by trying to get rid of net metering, and change rate [...]
  • ACEEE State Scorecard: Why Carrots Are Good

    Elisa Wood
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    We do not live in a simple world. The US economy, especially, often gets to where it wants to go only by way of rules of the road so complicated that few businesses can operate without attorneys as chauffeurs. So it’s refreshing when a common sense idea, one that requires no new laws, regulations or [...]
  • Renewable Energy Attracts Investment and Funding in 3Q

    3BL Media
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The dollars continue to flow into the renewable energy sector, in investments of all types and in government funding. Financial activity in renewables is strong and trending upward, despite questions of uncertain subsidies and rapidly changing costs. In the third quarter of this year, total corporate funding in the wind energy industry totaled $2.4 billion, according [...]
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  • 9 Fresh DIY Rug Ideas to Breath New Life Into Your Old Floors

    1 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wish you could redo your floors, but major renovations just aren’t in your budget right now? Well, do the next best thing and place area rugs in key locations to both hide imperfections and to add a little style to your decor. And don’t worry, you can do it on the cheap with some DIY rug ideas, just as long are you are willing to do the work yourself. Whether it is your kitchen, living room or bedroom floor (or all three) that need updating, you can cover up a lot of wear and tear with area rugs. That’s not to mention that brightly-colored and patterned rugs can help draw attention away…
  • Here’s the Shocking Way the Food Industry Lies to You [Video]

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Leave it to Russell Brand to get right to the “meat” of the issue: deception in the food industry. But you probably already know that. You won’t believe what he reveals with Helena Norberg-Hodge. Jaw-dropping. Find Jill on Twitter @jillettinger Related on Organic Authority WHO Calls for ‘Harmonization’ on Nutrition Facts on Food Labels Around the World Blood, Sweat and $1 Billion A Day: Oxfam’s ‘Behind the Brands’ Campaign Targets Food Industry Giants Big Food Brands Want You to Put Steak Sauce on Everything The post Here’s the Shocking Way the Food Industry…
  • From Our Friends: October 31, 2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy Halloween! Before you head out to your spooky soirées and begin trick-or-treating with your kids, read this week’s From Our Friends. From Our Friends is OA’s weekly roundup of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web. This week’s post features an article filled with cute animals, an article about pet lovers, a post about how great walnuts are, a handful of tasty pumpkin recipes, and a tutorial on how to make a no-sew hood. Also: a home décor article and a piece about warm woolens. 1. Let’s start off this list with a smile. HooplaHa has a…
  • BPA and 22 Other Controversial Chemicals Focus of Forthcoming EPA Review

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    There may soon be more restrictions on 23 common chemicals, including BPA (bisphenol-A), seven types of phthalates and two flame retardants, as the EPA has announced plans to review these chemicals for regulations on specific uses. The agency will begin assessing these controversial chemicals some time after 2017, and if the agency finds reason, could choose to alter regulations to include tighter restrictions. All of the chemicals on the new list met the criteria such as “being used in children’s products or being carcinogenic, persistent in the environment or harmful to development,…
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe with Apple Cider and Rosemary

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    This roasted pork tenderloin recipe exudes fall flare and warmth: a hint of apple fruit, a woodsy rosemary aroma, and a bare-bones, robust pan-sauce gravy. It’s foolproof to master and takes just minutes of hands-on cook time. Serve with a side of smashed root vegetables, sautéed greens, and a tall mug of warm cider for the ultimate seasonal dinner. Much of today’s meat is still raised in large industrial animal farm systems referred to as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).  There has been concern that these large industrial systems are not only an inhumane way to raise…
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    Jubbling.com - Consume less. Reuse more.

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

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

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

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

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

    paul
    20 May 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s like a breath of fresh air watching 923 people pile out of this small SUV in oil- rich Kuwait. Tears of Jubbling joy! [A]
 
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  • Complete Energy Value Chain

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    “Complete Energy Value Chain” is intended to promote the . . . . . . Production, . . . . . . Storage, and . . . . . . Effective use of , . . . “environmentally friendly” energy production. 10-31-2014Source:  Complete Energy Value Chain
  • 3D Printed Battery

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    A team of scientists may have a new way of creating, . . . an energy-dense graphene battery pack which could, . . . revolutionise battery manufacturing forever: 3D printing. What’s more, the practice of printing a battery, . . . could even make it possible to build structural battery packs: . . . ones which serve not only as an energy store, . . . but also as a structural component in . . . solar panels? 10-30-2014 Source:  3D Printed Battery
  • American Energy Game Changer

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    The biggest shift in global energy markets, . . . is that the U.S. is producing an unprecedented amount of oil now. Even though America has a ban on exporting crude, . . . the fact that it's importing less, . . . has led to a flood of foreign oil on the global market, according to Terzic. 10-30-2014 Source:  American energy game changer
  • What Is Your Home’S Power/weight Ratio?

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    You know that a car with 300 hp and weighs 6K lbs, . . . will accelerate slower than a car with 150 hp and weighs 1500 lbs, . . . because each horsepower in the former car must drive 20 lbs,, . . . whereas each of the latter car’s horses must propel 10 lbs . . . (adjusting for things like aerodynamics of course). Improving power-to-weight ratios, is why the best marathoners stay rail thin, and . . . people buy carbon fiber spoke nipples for their bicycle wheels. Lowering weight is often the easiest strategy for gaining effective power. How does that pertain to your home?  'The…
  • How Does Big Societal Change Happen?

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Consumer Technology It depends on the type of societal change to which we are referring. . . . If we’re talking about consumer goods and technology, . . . the process is pretty well understood. Better products are developed, but they start out expensive. . . . “Early adopters” with a lot of money buy them first, . . . which helps the companies who produce them to gain economies of scale and . . . bring down the costs. Furthermore, there’s often a lot of room for improvement with new technologies, . . . so they get better and costs come down through work “in the labs” as well.
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Building Microgrids? Four Economic Factors to Consider

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Microgrids are poised to alter the economics and topology of the electricity grid, ultimately transforming the electricity industry as we know it. In this article, we discuss the four economic factors to consider before and during microgrid development and provide an opportunity for designers, policymakers, and industry experts to join a community of microgrid professionals looking to capture the green, reliable, resilient energy of microgrids. TWO CASE STUDIES  Last week, Dr. Mahesh Bhave, Visiting Professor of Strategy at Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, India, explained how…
  • What Commercial Solar Developers Need to Know about Yieldcos

    Chris Williams
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    If you’d like to listen the interview, please scroll to the middle of the article.  There’s been a huge amount of buzz about yieldcos and their potential impact on financing more commercial solar projects by providing cheaper capital. There have been 8 IPOs in 2013 and 2014 with many more on the horizon. If you need to brush on details of financing commercial solar, sign up for our free course on Commercial Solar PPAs 101. If you need to learn exactly how to finance commercial solar projects from start to finish, sign up for our 6 week Solar Executive MBA that starts this…
  • How Massachusett’s Alternative Energy Credit Prices Will Impact Heat Pump and Biomass Operating Costs

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

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

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Building science is complex. It takes time and experience to understand and integrate physics, chemistry, climatology, and ecology into building enclosures. Understanding the complex interplay of heat, air, and moisture flows within and across building enclosures— while paying attention to the conditions that occupants impose on the indoor environment—is integral to building success. In this 60-minute video lesson, you will learn 3 essential building science specifics: 1) How to distinguish between air barriers, vapor retarders, and drainage planes 2) How to explain the role of vapor…
 
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  • DIY Jake and The Neverland Pirates Costume

    paigewolf
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    I refuse to buy made-in-China junky Halloween costumers for $50 a pop – simply refuse! In the past I have borrowed used costumes, bought used costumes on Ebay, and occasionally been known to piece together things on my own. But this year when Sam announced his plan to be “Jake” from DisneyJr’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” and have his little sister be “Izzy,” I was ready to go totally D.I.Y.! It was still more than a month before Halloween when I passed a $1 costume rack outside a local fabric store and saw this bizarre blue and yellow top…
  • Mama May i: Local, Sustainable Toys For Learning Through Play

    paigewolf
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    It’s no news that I love a local, sustainable company – especially one that creates better products for parents and children. Inspired by Waldorf and Montessori methods – as well as old fashioned, naturally-enhanced play – Mama May i’s handmade learning toys blend the best of developmental psychology and design to offer a unique learning-through-play experience. Based in Philadelphia, founder and principal designer, Jessica Perkins, has been creating for as long as she can remember, originally helping her mama with her handmade toy store over 20 years ago. With the…
  • Experience Farm to Skin Beauty from Board and Batten

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

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

    paigewolf
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    We talk a lot about the importance of an organic mattress and organic linens. But what about your pillow? This is where your face is spending about a third of your life! Personally, I need a firm pillow, and many of the organic pillows on the market just weren’t cutting it. So when I tried out the Naturepedic Trio Organic Pillow System I was thrilled to find something natural, pure, and sturdy! A great pillow requires a soft surface for comfort and a contouring support system for proper postural alignment. Many pillows approximate this balance, but to fully realize it requires some out…
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    dailynews
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
  • November 1

    dailynews
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nov. 1, 1755:  The Lisbon Earthquake strikes off the coast of Portugal.  The quake and a resulting tsunami cause widespread damage in Spain and Morocco, but Portugal’s capital city is nearly destroyed by a series of fires.   At least 10,000 perished in Lisbon alone.  
  • Architecture of terror: 10 perfectly haunt-worthy architectural styles

    mhickman
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    You know the place — that imposing Victorian at the end of the block with the knee-high-weeds, broken-in windows, turn-of-the-century paint job and tendency to send potential buyers fleeing because of its reputation as being, well, supernaturally stigmatized.  
  • What killed King Tut?

    gmiller
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Thanks to the wealth of buried treasures that Howard Carter discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in 1922, the name Tutankhamun has survived 3,300 years of history. But less is known about the king's lineage, and why he died so young. The question of what or who killed him has confounded archaeologists since Carter's time, but now, with DNA and CGI technology, it's possible to analyze and reconstruct Tut's mummy in a virtual autopsy to find the answer.
  • Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo explodes after takeoff

    mdestries
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    SpaceShipTwo, the suborbital spaceplane designed for Virgin Galactic's commercial space tourism venture, crashed today during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert. This is the second such event this week, after the Antares rocket carrying science experiments and supplies to the International Space Station crashed on Thursday.
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  • Halloween is Nearly Here, so Here’s How to Celebrate in Eco-Friendly Style!

    Sarah Burke
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Halloween is Nearly Here, so Here’s How to Celebrate in Eco-Friendly Style! Halloween is almost here, and for those of you who plan on celebrating the spooky holiday, you’ve probably started putting together a few ideas for costumes, parties and treats. And while we only want you to have the best of fun on Halloween, it’s not too late to consider a few greener alternatives.   Costumes […]
  • Mercedes-Benz’s Newest Vehicle: A plug-in hybrid luxury crossover

    Greener Ideal
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Mercedes-Benz’s Newest Vehicle: A plug-in hybrid luxury crossover It’s anticipated to be the start of a new era for Mercedes-Benz. The existing M-Class is being ‘spruced up’ once again and it’s rumored that the M could instead become GLE. Though this has not been confirmed as of yet, it would make sense with the E stating the class in which the car falls under as Mercedes […]
  • Where Does Jet Exhaust Go?

    Jennifer Moore
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Where Does Jet Exhaust Go? Look up in the sky and you’ll see those beautiful white strips of clouds that jets leave behind. While those may just seem like simple innocuous clouds, jet exhaust can actually be posing a problem. In fact, airports across the world could pose a bigger threat than once thought, especially when sunlight hits the exhaust […]
  • 10 Tips to Reduce the Carbon Footprint in your Pantry

    Jennifer Moore
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    10 Tips to Reduce the Carbon Footprint in your Pantry Go open your pantry and see how green it really is. You may be surprised to find how environmentally unfriendly your pantry really is. Not to worry though — just follow these 10 tips and your pantry will be greener and more environmentally aware than what is now. And once you’ve made it more environmentally […]
  • The Ford Model… S? Is Detroit Ready to Take on Tesla?

    Greener Ideal
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    The Ford Model… S? Is Detroit Ready to Take on Tesla? Ford has stated their ability, but not their intentions, to build a full-size all electric vehicle, an on par equivalent of Tesla’s Model S with the high-tech, high performance and long range capabilities included.
 
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  • Jalisco, Mexico: on the elusive trail of organic tequila

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

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

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

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

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

  • Suzlon Energy Secures Orders for Wind Turbines worth $200 Million

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

    Team HexaGreen
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    The Commission, assisted by the European Environment Agency, today releases its annual Progress Report assessing the headway on climate action. According to latest estimates, EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 fell by 1.8% compared to 2012 and reached the lowest levels since 1990. So not only is the EU well on track to reach the 2020 target, it is also well on track to overachieve it. The Progress Report also for the first time provides data on the use of fiscal revenues from auctioning allowances in the EU Emission Trading System (ETS). This new source of revenues for Member States amounted…
  • Electric Vehicles Are Expected to Make Up 2.4 %of Global Light-Duty Vehicle Sales by 2023

    Team HexaGreen
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    A new report from Navigant Research provides a comprehensive overview of the overall light duty vehicle (LDV) market, including global forecasts for annual LDV sales and vehicles in use through 2023. The rapidly changing market for electric vehicles (EVs), which includes hybrids (HEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), and battery electric vehicles (BEVs), is a small but growing part of the global automotive industry.  Keen to see increasing penetrations of EVs due to the environmental, economic, and energy security benefits they provide, governments are pushing automakers to develop EVs and…
  • Investment in Smart City Technologies is Expected to Exceed $174 Billion by 2023

    Team HexaGreen
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    A recent report from Navigant Research examines the evolution of the global smart city market, including global market forecasts, segmented by industry sector and region, through 2023. Rapid urbanization, particularly in developing regions of the world, is creating increasing demand for smart grids, advanced water monitoring systems, transportation management systems, and energy efficient buildings.  Underpinned by information and communications technologies (ICT) that are deeply embedded in the fabric of old and new cities, these technologies have the potential to profoundly change the…
  • Telangana to Add 500 mw Solar Power Projects in 10 months

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

  • The New “F” Word for Bees

    Susan Colby
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    More Bad News for Bees By David Suzuki Honey bee covered in pollen. Photo coutesy Nenad Janicijevic Have you heard of flupyradifurone? Probably not, unless you work for the federal government agency poised to approve this new pesticide for use in Canada. But take note: This new “F” word is bad news for bees. Flupyradifurone is an insect-killing systemic pesticide similar to the controversial neonicotinoid, or neonic, family of bee-killing chemicals. When applied to seeds or soil, it’s absorbed by plant roots and travels to leaves, flowers, pollen and nectar, making the plant potentially…
  • We Can’t Go On Eating Like This

    Guest
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    With more of us crowding a warming planet, we need agricultural change. By John Feffer Courtesy of Other Words Once the human race stopped throwing spears and gathering berries, our bodies suffered. Planting seeds and harvesting produce made leisure possible, but it also meant we grew shorter, fatter, sicker, and considerably more overworked. An alien visiting from another planet during that critical transition period to a more settled existence might have thought that we were being domesticated by our livestock and not the other way around. Sure, hunting and gathering was hard, what with…
  • Bats Aren’t Just for Halloween!

    Guest
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Fun Facts About Bats BATS! By Elizabeth Hagen ~ ASU School of Life Sciences Have you ever looked up at the sky around the time the sun is going down? Did you see some animals flying around? At first you might have thought they were birds. After watching for a while you notice they just don’t seem to fly like birds. Instead of swooping and gliding they tend to have a more erratic or unpredictable pattern. Most likely you are seeing bats. Misunderstood bats Like humans, bats are mammals. They are warm-blooded, covered in hair, have live young, and nurse their young (called pups). Unlike…
  • Origami Inspires 21st Century Engineering

    Guest
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    21st century engineering applications for this ancient art form continue to unfold Most people who know of origami think of it as the Japanese art of paper folding. Though it began centuries ago, origami became better known to the world in the 20th century when it evolved into a modern art form. In the 21st century, origami has caught the attention of engineers who are using it to create all sorts of new structures–from collapsible packaging to airbags for cars. Origami has even found its way into space! With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), mechanical engineer Larry…
  • Deepwater Horizon Oil in Davy Jones’ Locker

    Guest
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    New analysis traces oil to its resting place on the Gulf of Mexico sea floor Hydrocarbons from the Deepwater Horizon spill overlaid on sea floor bathymetry of the study area. Credit: David Valentine et al. Where’s the remaining oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? The location of 2 million barrels of oil thought to be trapped in the deep ocean has remained a mystery. Until now. Scientist David Valentine of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of California,…
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    Build Green Things

  • Eco-friendly Fairytale Sauna in Russia Features Chic Details

    Mike
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    In Russia, it is common to see separate unique small houses for bath procedures. The typical bathroom for every home or establishment is made of little houses that have complete bath amenities. The Russians call these huts “Izbushka.The architectural studio Artecology, which is led by Russian architect Andrey Bugaev, wanders off from the usual bathroom designs. The architectural firm showed off a fairytale sauna on an apparently charming land. The bathroom design is absolutely charming and is made of natural building materials.The aesthetic of the fairytale sauna is enhanced…
  • How to Acquire Solar Energy with 8 DIY Projects

    Anjustin
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Solar energy is the cheapest alternative source of electricity. How are you going to utilize the free energy that the sun is giving us? We give you 8 ideas on how you can get energy from the sun using some cheaper materials and make them into something useful.Project 1: Solar DehydratorA very intelligent way to dry your foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish and hebs is to make this home-made solar dehydrator out of recycled materials. Try this out and have your delicious dried foods meal later.Project 2: Home Solar Power SystemSolar panels may be expensive but this solar power…
  • DIY: Make Your Own Fall-Themed Home Decor

    Anjustin
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
     If you are a fan of fall season, you may be interested in making your own fall-themed home décor. This fall decor is super easy that you can make it even when you`re eyes are closed. (Just kidding! But seriously, it`s super easy) All you need are unlit tea lights or little candles, jars of different sizes, artificial leaves, and glue gun. By reading the materials, I think you already have an idea of what we are going to make and how we are going to make it. But for those who are really clueless, I`ll give you a chance.To start, glue each artificial leaf on the inside wall of the…
  • Top 10 Eco-Friendly Driving Tips

    Anjustin
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Pollution is one of the factors that destroy our Mother Earth. In order to reduce the pollution caused by vehicles, The Society of Motor and Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) launched a campaign just recently, giving eco-friendly diving tips in order to reduce fuel consumption.Some of these techniques include checking up the vehicle regularly, limiting aircon use and even attending effective driving lessons. Through this campaign, SMMT envisioned that fuel expenses will have an estimated drop of 20%, aside from reducing the pollution, if drivers will just follow the basic eco-driving…
  • DIY: How to Make Pine-Cone-Flower-Decorated Mason Jars

    Anjustin
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    For someone who is enthusiastic about the coming of the fall season, decorating your home with fall-themed ornaments may be a great idea. Thus, I`m going to teach you how to make home decors that match the fall season. Before we can create our pine-cone-flower-decorated mason jars, we need to gather first our materials:Pine ConesMason Jars Glue Gun and Glue SticksNeedle Nose PliersRound Wooden PlugsCraft Saw Strong ScissorsJute TwineSueded CordingCircular Chipboard ShapesIf you are familiar with pine cones, you won`t be asking why we need needle nose pliers and craft saw.
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Art, Connection and Fighting My Ego

    kristen
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    I am fighting with my ego. Again. During what should have been a productive day in my studio, I decided to ramble on in my own mind about what defines art. I started piecing together snippets from different conversations with people I admire, creatively and personally. I am trying to make peace with this girl in my head who keeps telling me I am not an artist. So, here is the backstory. Over a decade ago I began this journey of creating jewelry. Working full time as a therapist with teenagers whose stories and struggles and pain left me in tears for most of my hour drive home, I found I…
  • The Seduction of the Sun

    kristen
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Sometimes there is a beauty that just leaves me speechless. No words adequately express the stirring, the knowing, in a place so deep within me that, for a brief moment, I feel certain of my connection to the whole. This afternoon the sun flirts with me. The leaves dance so that the sun shimmers, touching my face in this magical production. Just as I begin to surrender to her warmth, I’m left cold again with just sparkling pieces of her. The golden sun produces a deep longing in me, a yearning so intoxicating that it feels almost like pain. I know she is fleeting and will leave me with…
  • It’s Another Free Earring Friday!

    kristen
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    FREE EARRINGS TODAY ONLY! This pair of Handcrafted Designer Sterling Silver, Crystal Quartz Earrings is FREE with any Ahimsa Designs purchase from our Etsy shop TODAY! (http://ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/) Each Friday we will be showcasing one pair of our designer earrings that will be a FREE gift with any handmade purchase from our shop. (Friday only) FREE TODAY ONLY – Ahimsa Design’s Hand Crafted Designer FACETED CRYSTAL QUARTZ, STERLING SILVER EARRINGS. These earrings go with everything! A beautiful 8mm round faceted Crystal Quartz set within oxidized Sterling Silver. Visit our shop to…
  • Ahimsa Yoga Festival 2014

    kristen
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    I have grounded myself since I had kids. I have struggled with even more fear about traveling and being away because I think I can’t do anything stupid, by my own choice, that would cause my kids to have to grow up without me. Motherhood has been the perfect soil in which to grow my roots of fear. But I have this person in my life now (my Sacred Other) who encourages me to be more, to do more, to live outside and beyond my fear. If my spirit is calling me to do something, he helps quiet all of the reasons my head can invent to remain paralyzed. Small. Less. He sees the other part of me that…
  • END OF SUMMER SALE – 25% OFF – 2 DAYS ONLY!

    kristen
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    END OF SUMMER EVENT – Handmade, Eco-Friendly, Yoga, Zen & Vegan Designs. 25% OFF! (Virtual, Online Event) https://www.facebook.com/events/1375504982739822/ End of Summer blues? Thankful to be back into your groove? SAVE 25% – 2 DAYS ONLY! Get an early start on your HOLIDAY Gift List! Either way celebrate with us! We are giving thanks for a beautiful Summer by having a not-to-be-missed SALE. Shop our Etsy store and take a whopping 25% OFF of everything for 2 DAYS ONLY! We are cleaning out our inventory to make way for our new Fall Yoga collection, so get the pieces you love…
 
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • World’s First FREE Autoimmune Summit

    Dr. Karen
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Have you, a friend, or family member been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, like Hashimoto Thyroiditis, Graves, Lupus, Crohns, Allergies, Celiac, Eczema, and Arthritis? Do you have insidious health issues that no one can figure out, like hormonal imbalance, gut problems, joint pain, inflammation, acne, irritable bowel syndrome and more? Or do you have a family... Read More » The post World’s First FREE Autoimmune Summit appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts:
  • How to Prevent Low Back Pain Naturally

    Dr. Karen
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    There are many causes  for low back pain (LBP) and unfortunately, if you have had one episode, the chances are, you will have another. And to avoid a reoccurrence, you have to treat the cause. But more importantly, you have to be proactive and take preventive steps. Here is a multi-prong, natural approach to having... Read More » The post How to Prevent Low Back Pain Naturally appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Low Back Pain: Common Causes and Treatments
  • Low Back Pain: Common Causes and Treatments

    Dr. Karen
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Low Back Pain (LBP) results from an injury to the lumbar spine and it affects nearly everyone – 80% of population – at some point in their lives, interfering with work, recreation and daily activities. LBP costs the healthcare industry over $50 billion annually and it’s the leading cause for missed work. LBP is the... Read More » The post Low Back Pain: Common Causes and Treatments appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: How to Prevent Low Back Pain Naturally
  • Cider Braised Swiss Chard with Apples (adapted from the nourished kitchen)

    Dr. Karen
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    A month ago, I received a cookbook called The Nourished Kitchen (affilaite) by Jennifer McGruther to review. Instead of just trying the recipes, I’ve been reading the cookbook like it’s a novel. I can’t remember the last time I actually ‘read’ a cookbook. I’m enthralled with this one. The Nourished Kitchen is a 300+ page cookbook... Read More » The post Cider Braised Swiss Chard with Apples (adapted from the nourished kitchen) appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Wild Rice and Garden Veggies Frittata Recipe Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild…
  • How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You

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

  • Manchester Wood’s Gratitude Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    It is with great pleasure that Manchester Wood is offering this month’s free product giveaway with a gift in gratitude. The month of November is about Thanksgiving, feeling grateful for all the things in our lives, most importantly our family and friends. At Manchester Wood we’re especially grateful for you, the loyal customers who buy our products, and help keep our jobs and business producing quality, handcrafted truly American made furniture. And as we begin to think about everyone else this season, and what they’re grateful for we simply ask… What are you grateful for? To enter…
  • Manchester Wood Unveils New Fall Furniture

    Manchester Wood
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Manchester Wood could easily be the fastest growing strictly American made furniture eCommerce site today. With over 50 new products added this year, our first mail order catalog due out next month, and a Quality Guarantee and Free Shipping Always promise that find our quality and pricing tough to beat. In the midst of the fall season, our American made furniture company is unveiling nearly 20 new products that expand the ever-growing popularity of our Solid Cherry furniture collection, Contemporary, Shaker, and the tried-and-true, TV tray table category. Alongside is a 10% off store-wide…
  • Fantastic Fall Savings!

    Manchester Wood
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    We’re offering 10% off store-wide for a short period this Fall Season to get us ready for the winter months ahead! Fall is a time to look indoors, and Manchester Wood has both the savings and now these additional savings to provide you the best affordable quality hardwood furniture for your latest home decor. Until October 19th, enjoy 10% off sale on ManchesterWood.com with promo code: ‘Fall’ at checkout. From our popular TV tray tables, Solid Cherry collection, Mission furniture, and more, we have many options of handcrafted American made furniture for you. We hope you…
  • Halloween Costume Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Show us your costumes! Win FREE Tea Cup/Mug Stand! Last year’s winner! Trish and her family (including 4 grandchildren). In keeping with the spirit of the season this month of October we’re offering our Tea Cup/Mug Stand FREE of charge to the best Halloween costume – past, present, or future – from childhood to adulthood, with submissions accepted via email (service@manchesterwood.com), Twitter (@manchesterwood), or Facebook. BONUS: 10% off any purchase to the runner-up! As with the rest of our hardwood furniture, the Tea Cup/Mug Stand is 100% made in the USA using sustainable…
  • TV Trays: Perfect for Work & School

    Manchester Wood
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    TV Trays make perfect sense for this fall weather. We’re getting back to school and the grind of work after hours in the now cooler, calmer nights. At Manchester Wood our TV Trays are some of the most sought after in the market. Not only are they made of solid hardwood, but they’re also 100% made in America at our mill in Upstate New York in the Adirondack foothills. Backed by our Quality Guarantee and Free Shipping Always, you’ll find many of our customer testimonials are in rave review of these TV trays. During the early 1980s, Manchester Wood transitioned from…
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    Interactive Jungle

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    15 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
  • Beach Hot Spots, Literally

    amazon
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    When winter rolls around, it isn’t long before most people are ready to get away to a warm beach. There is no better feeling than...
  • 5 Best Beaches in Spain

    amazon
    9 Feb 2014 | 7:35 am
    Spain has over 5,000 miles of coastline. This coastline is graced with beautiful beaches. Some of its beaches rank among the best in the world....
  • Working on the National Bison Range, Montana

    amazon
    20 Jan 2014 | 6:45 am
    From highs that once reached somewhere between 30-60 million, wild bison on the plains of North America had dropped to an estimated 100 by the...
  • Five of the Best Beaches in Mexico

    amazon
    7 Jan 2014 | 6:28 am
    Beyond the Southern border of the United States lies Mexico, the fifth largest of all countries in North and South America combined; a land romanticized...
 
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    greenismything

  • [Just for Fun] Get Amped Up About Exercise

    Anna
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    What would it look like if fitness fused with clean energy? A little device called Ampy. Ampy combines the idea of a Fitbit or other similar activity-tracking devices with the ability to turn kinetic energy into electricity (you know, like those flash lights that you can crank to power them?). Basically, you move, and Ampy generates and stores electricity that you can use later to charge your devices, plus it tracks how many calories you’re burning in that process. The website indicates that you should be able to get 3 hours of smartphone battery life out of running for 30 minutes, cycling…
  • Green Vehicle Showdown

    Anna
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I recently posted about a former Prius exec’s comments on hybrid vs. electric vehicles and why I thought hybrids could only be a stepping stone on the way to all electric vehicles (EVs). And, that post got me wanting to know more about both hybrid and electric cars – what are their capabilities? How practical are they? How affordable are they? And, how much do they really cut down on emissions? Well, I did some digging, and here is what I found out: Let’s compare the Tesla (most popular EV) with the Prius (most popular hybrid). TESLA S TOYOTA PRIUS Range 265 miles max. 595 miles max.
  • I still think electric cars are a good idea…

    Anna
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “By definition we must move towards renewable energy. How can people argue against that?” –Elon Musk, Tesla CEO Yale’s Environment360 blog recently featured an interview with former Toyota executive Bill Reinert, who was part of the team that designed the Toyota Prius. In the interview, Reinert reaffirmed his opinion that electric cars aren’t the way of the future, but rather we should continue to look to hybrid vehicles. And though Reinert has made important contributions to improving vehicle fuel efficiency and therefore reducing emissions (and while it’s interesting to…
  • Great Scot! Glasgow Scientists Make Hydrogen Fuel Breakthrough

    Anna
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Is hydrogen the answer to cutting our cars’ greenhouse gas emissions? We may be hearing more about hydrogen fuel again in the near future. Researchers at Glasgow University have recently discovered what could be a breakthrough methodology for producing hydrogen fuel from water. The new method utilizes renewable energy sources to run an electric current through water (electrolysis) to create hydrogen fuel 30 times faster than the current state-of-the-art production method. This method is a vast improvement over the currently prevailing practice, which relies heavily on fossil fuels…
  • The “Dirt” on Carbon Emissions

    Anna
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Is the secret in the soil? We often think of carbon as only being in the air – as emissions, what we exhale, what plants inhale; but a great deal of carbon is also stored within our soil. Plants absorb and store carbon in the soil. So, when today’s industrial farming methods use tilling to overturn the soil, it actually releases large amounts of carbon into the air. According to journalist and writer Kristen Olsen, we can help reverse climate change by returning to no-till farming methods, which will leave the soil undisturbed and will keep that carbon trapped underground. In fact, David…
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    Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty...Get Informed Now!

  • Think The Love Canal Disaster is Over? Think Again

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Visit HERE to hear Will talk about the current Love Canal DisasterThis Seriously Cannot be Happening Again...Can It?  My friend Mike Schade from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families was kind enough... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Protect Your Kids from Ebola

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    We Moms Are Freaking Out But Seriously, Should We?  First let me say I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. So therefore it follows that this advice is just one mom trying figure out this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Change One Light Bulb and Change the World...No Seriously This is Good

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Do You Feel Buyer's Remorse with Your Energy Efficient Bulbs?  Well first you may be wondering if I fell off of the face of the earth as I have not posted since July. YIKES!  I am still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Want to Feel Powerful Today? Here's How It's Done

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Join with Me and Call Walgreens for Safer Products! We need you to join with us today and give 5 minutes to your future health.  It's so easy and there is no more powerful form of communication... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is Aquaponic Gardening? Is It Organic? Is It Easy? Sylvia with The Aquaponic Source Is Glad You Asked

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Post Powered By The Aquaponic SourceMy Latest Green Intrigue...Aquaponic Gardening  I get the pleasure of meeting the most amazing green folks from across the planet in my work with EB and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Joyfully Green

  • My Week in 5 Photos: Farewell, October!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It's been a particularly wet October here in northern New Jersey, but somehow, the rain didn't shorten the lives of the leaves. They hung on for longer than I expected. In fact, a good portion of them are still hanging on! Our driveway would NOT be a good example of the leaves hanging on... I like to take the prettiest fallen leaves indoors for simple autumn bouquets. It's not just the fall foliage that's been amazing around here lately. The sunsets have been like oil paintings! I'll miss October, won't you? Final 3 days to sign up! Join me and learn how to take…
  • A Tale of Three Collectors (and 10 Crucial Questions to Ask Yourself about Your Stuff)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A couple of years ago, I met a distant, elderly relative who collected owls. Not live ones, of course, but owl figurines, stuffed animal owls, owl paperweights, owl kitchen tools, stained glass owls, owl magnets--hundreds of variations of miniature owls were perched all over her small apartment. Big eyes and little beaks surrounded me! It was a mini museum, and I have to admit, I was completely charmed by it. Not only had she lovingly searched out her "pets", but everyone who knew her was aware of her owl-love, so she often received owl gifts. She lived alone, and her owls…
  • Monday Snapshot: Central Park, Late October

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I consider it a privilege that we live an hour outside of New York City. This past weekend was jam-packed with metropolitan fun! On Saturday, we took the children to their first opera (our friends won tickets to "The Magic Flute"--very kid-friendly, and Ana Durlovski's highest notes could make Mariah Carey weep). On Sunday, we traveled back into the city to take the kids to their first dim sum in Chinatown (at Nom Wah Tea Parlor--delish!). We ended the weekend in Central Park (pictured above). It wasn't their first visit to the park, but the beauty of the country in the…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 35: Awesome Autumn Craft Ideas!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It's official: I'm head-over-heels in love with autumn! Even the rainy days have a certain beauty, as the colors of the leaves really shine. In the spirit of soaking up all of the fun and natural beauty the season has to offer, I rounded up five posts that feature super-easy, not-your-run-of-the-mill, ultra-creative crafts using three of the biggest stars of autumn: leaves, acorns, and pumpkins. Best of all, they're not just for kids (although I'm sure my kids will love them). I can't believe how pretty and elegant some of these designs are--wait 'til you see…
  • From "Sacred Time" to Art Journaling: How to Really, Truly Focus

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    When I was a little girl, my favorite gifts from my parents were always new sketchbooks. I could spend hours alone in my room, drawing and doodling, filling up sketchbook after sketchbook with pictures, ideas, and (let's face it) a healthy dose of nonsensical ramblings! My parents were both artists (one by trade, the other by hobby), so they knew first-hand the importance of starting with a blank canvas. Just recently, I had one of those Oprah "Aha!" moments: I realized that even after all of these years, I still can really benefit from a blank canvas. Starting off the day with…
 
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • 8 Essentials for Sustainable Camping

    Kirsten McCulloch
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Most people, when they’re going camping, prefer to have as little impact on the environment as they can. And yet it’s also a time when many of us allow ourselves to use disposable products we might avoid otherwise. We are out of our comfort zone and it can all feel a little hard. Here are…
  • 10 Benefits of Air Purifiers

    Guest Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    This week we have a guest post from Janet Miller who is passionate about living with clean air. Kirsten previously wrote about how air purifying plants can play a very important role in naturally cleaning the air in our living environment. In this article I would like to share an alternative to air purifying plants:…
  • Camping Sustainably – Leave No Trace

    Liam Junior Correspondent
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    LEAVE NO TRACE: ETHICS OF THE OUTDOORS ‘A thing is right when it tends to preserve the INTEGRITY STABILITY AND BEAUTY of the biotic community. It is wrong when it dose OTHERWISE’, As Aldo Leopold said. Leave no trace: what is it, people ask. Is it a responsibility, a stewardship, a passion, a legacy or…
  • Flood-Proof Mum: What’s My Why?

    Kirsten
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I am still travelling – mostly camping, and currently on the way up to Yellowstone – and have much more limited internet access than I expected, hence the long silence. But this week I have an inspiring story to share with you from Tanya of Flood Proof Mum. Please leave her a comment below, or…
  • 7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions

    Kirsten McCulloch
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A month or two ago, knowing that I would be pushed for time (and internet access) while I am travelling, I put out of a call to my regular readers for guest posts. This week I have a guest post for you from Mary Jo Nieson of www.DelicatePawsLLC.com, sharing her favourite safe garden solutions. Please note…
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  • Three Ways to Use Reclaimed Wood in Your Home

    Clay Miller
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    If you’re environmentally conscious, one of the issues that is likely to be pressing on your mind is deforestation. When you know that over 36 football fields-worth of forest are destroyed every single minute, it’s difficult to imagine how anybody could support such action. Yet despite this, wood is one of the best materials to use in the home. It adds character, colour, texture and atmosphere to a room wherever it is used, and for this reason, many people are willing to overlook the environmental and ecological ramifications of purchasing wooden furniture and installing wooden features…
  • Why Solar Power Is Cooler Than You Think

    Clay Miller
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    You probably know all there is to know about domestic solar panels, and kudos to you if you’ve already installed these clever photovoltaic cells on your roof, as you’re totally doing your bit to reduce CO2 and conserve energy (not to mention the money you’re saving on energy bills). There are plenty of other ways solar power is being used in the world though, do you know about these?   Public Charging Stations Solarbox are buying up disused red phone boxes, painting them green and hoping to install them all over the UK, allowing users to recharge their phones and gadgets for free…
  • Purple Buddha Project: Helping Cambodia by Upcycling Jewelry Artifacts

    Clay Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Cambodia is one of the most bombed countries in the World. The 2014 Fall Collection of the Purple Buddha Project is based on the foundation that we can learn something from the past and use it today to change the future. Upcycling artifacts from around the World from Germany, India, United States, to Cambodia; the Purple Buddha Project integrates these objects of history into jewelry constructed in Cambodia. The collection of jewelry pieces integrating history into each piece consist of: weapons of conflict from Cambodia, meteorites from space, coins of the British East India company, and…
  • 5 Tips for Utilizing Energy Efficient Windows to Your Advantage

    Clay Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    As the eye of the home, windows are not only cherished for their natural beauty but also their versatility. A beautiful window increases the charisma of your living space, while at the same time, gives your room a much-needed dose of natural lighting and warmth. Because the enjoyment of your windows largely depends on your purchase and customization decisions, here are 5 practical tips that will help you to get the most out of your windows:   Tip 1: Choose a Window Style that Fits Your Architectural Design Windows come in many styles to serve different purposes. Bay windows offer you a…
  • Self-Assembly Homes – The Next Generation

    Clay Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    “Flatpack” immediately conjures images of Sunday afternoon nightmares putting together a miserably cheap MDF chest of drawers and a bi-annual re-tightening of every bolt in the name of frugality. An acceptable compromise for a coffee table, but you’d hardly want to trust the roof over your head to your (let’s be honest) questionable skills with an Allen key. But as click-together sofas and a new wave of innovative self-assembly design are showing, flatpack doesn’t have to mean sub-par. Cheap as chips housing Flatpack’s raison d’etre has always been…
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  • Commercial Septic System Pumping & Repair

    John Grindle
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comHow frequently will your commercial septic system need to be pumped? Under a greater load than residential tanks, your commercial system’s requirements will vary based upon the following factors: Volume of customer traffic in your business. The capacity of your business’s septic tank. Volume and rate of wastewater flow at your business. The amount of organic material in the wastewater. The post Commercial Septic System Pumping & Repair appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
  • Bio Diesel

    John Grindle
    11 Nov 2011 | 1:38 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comBiodiesel is meant to be used in standard diesel engines and is thus distinct from the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used alone, or blended with petrodiesel. Biodiesel can also be used as a low carbon alternative to heating oil. Biodiesel has better lubricating properties and much higher cetane ratings than today’s lower sulfur diesel fuels. Biodiesel addition reduces fuel system wear,and in low levels in high pressure systems increases the life of…
  • Food Processing Plants

    John Grindle
    11 Nov 2011 | 12:17 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comHere in the breadbasket of the world we have an abundance of food and food processing plants. Hulsey Environmental provides all of the following services to: Wastewater recycling Wastewater pretreatment DAF sludge Installation and modification Biological systems Call Hulsey Environmental if you have a high fat wastewater that needs to be disposed of, or are just looking for ways to reduce your Biological Oxygen Demand. Hulsey caters to the needs of Food Processing Plants throughout Georgia and the entire…
  • Bulk Hauling

    John Grindle
    30 Oct 2011 | 1:02 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comCommercial wastewater bulk hauling services are available for projects which require pumping, transporting and disposing of large volumes of liquids such as leachate, sewer sludge, sanitary wastewater, industrial waste and many other types of wastewater. Hulsey Environmental and LHR Farms meets all of your nonhazardous wastewater disposal needs for food processing plants and farms. The post Bulk Hauling appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
  • Septic Tank Pumping

    John Grindle
    24 Oct 2011 | 12:48 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comYour Septic Tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years depending on household size and usage. Regular Septic System pumping of the Septic Tank will reduce accumulation of scum layer in the Septic Tank. The scum layer should never reach 24 inches thick, if the material reaches 24 inches and beyond in depth there is a risk that material will flow into the outlet pipe and into the drain field, causing drain field failure. The post Septic Tank Pumping appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
 
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  • What is Energy Conservation and List Few Energy Conservation Techniques?

    Rinkesh
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    What is Energy Conservation? Energy conservation is one of the words you are hearing more and more. Unfortunately, a lot of the places you will hear it will be in ads marketing products or lifestyle habits that may have nothing to do with actual energy conservation. To learn what real energy conservation techniques are, you have to begin to understand the theory of conservation behind them. Understanding Energy Conservation Energy conservation is not about making limited resources last as long as they can, that would mean that you are doing nothing more than prolong a crisis until you finally…
  • List Top 10 Natural Resources in the World

    Rinkesh
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    What are Natural Resources? Natural resources are those resources that occur within the environment in their original and natural form, undisturbed by humanity. They take years to form without the intervention of humans. The Mother Earth is abundant with natural resources that develop on this planet using its surrounding environment. These natural resources are derived from the environment. While few of them are used for our survival like water, air, rest of them like coal, gas, oil are used for satisfying our daily needs. From forests to mountains to minerals to coastal shores and wetlands,…
  • What is Being Eco-friendly and 10 Steps to Become Eco-friendly?

    Rinkesh
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    What is Being Eco-friendly? Being eco-friendly or environmentally friendly is becoming more and more important. You can see the term used in everything from job ads to dating profiles to even listings houses and vacation homes. So, what is being eco-friendly? The simplest way to define what being eco friendly means is to say that it is the act of living with intent. The intent is focused on not creating harm to environment, and to prevent as much harm from occurring to the environment through your interactions with it. It goes beyond an idea and extends to actual practices that influence how…
  • What is Environmental Law and it’s Components

    Rinkesh
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    What is Environmental Law? Environmental law looks at all the factors that pertain to an economy and its production and industry to assess its impact on the environment and to propose regulations that will reduce environmental harm. It is mostly considered with regulations and treaty agreements between countries, corporations and public interest initiatives that work to promote the conservation of natural resources and to enhance energy efficiency. According to Wikipedia, “Environmental law – or “environmental and natural resources law” – is a collective term…
  • Causes and Solutions to the Global Energy Crisis

    Rinkesh
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    What is the Energy Crisis? The energy crisis is the concern that the world’s demands on the limited natural resources that are used to power industrial society are diminishing as the demand rises. These natural resources are in limited supply. While they do occur naturally, it can take hundreds of thousands of years to replenish the stores. Governments and concerned individuals are working to make the use of renewable resources a priority, and to lessen the irresponsible use of natural supplies through increased conservation. The energy crisis is a broad and complex topic. Most people…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • A new ‘green’ whisky project in Scotland

    Daniel Birkett
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    The Green Investment Bank has backed a new ‘green’ whisky distillery project in Nairn, Scotland. A new ‘green’ whisky project has received investment from the Green Investment Bank (GIB), which will see a biomass boiler installed at the Royal Brackla […] The post A new ‘green’ whisky project in Scotland appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • M&S to build rooftop solar network

    Daniel Birkett
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Retail giant, Marks & Spencer is set to build the UK’s largest network of rooftop solar panels M&S are set to install 24,000 solar PV panels on top of its distribution centre at Castle Donington which would make it the […] The post M&S to build rooftop solar network appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Industrial emissions in Scotland fell by 8%

    Daniel Birkett
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Scottish industrial emissions fell by 8% in 2013 following the closure of a coal-fired power plant. Latest figures show that industrial Co2 emissions in Scotland fell by 8% in 2013, with the shutdown of the coal-fired Cockenzie Power Station cited […] The post Industrial emissions in Scotland fell by 8% appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Oxfordshire a hotbed for community energy

    Daniel Birkett
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Oxfordshire has established itself as a hotbed for investors in community energy projects. According to recent reports, Oxfordshire has become a hotbed for investors who are willing to put their money into community energy projects. The Make Money Do Good […] The post Oxfordshire a hotbed for community energy appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Wind power makes big contribution

    Daniel Birkett
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    Wind power performing well following a halt in nuclear and gas generation over the weekend. A weekend of strong gales saw wind power make a large contribution to electricity supply in the UK. This increase in wind generation was welcomed […] The post Wind power makes big contribution appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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  • Best Gourmet Food Brands: They’re Good For You Too!

    Natasha Urbany
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    When your sweet tooth hits, drop the unnatural, over processed candy bar. Instead indulge in gourmet confections that are good for you too! Here, at Raintees we’ve rounded up the best gourmet food brands that use natural and healthy ingredients. 1) Coco Bakes – Gluten Free Bakery in LA (http://cocobakesla.com) Tis the season for Coco Bakes’ ginger bread cakes! Owner, Coco Kislinger, ditched law school for Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and has come to Los Angeles to share her gluten free and dairy free treats. For those suffering from celiac disease or any degree of lactose intolerance,…
  • Best Dried Flowers For Long-Lasting Beauty

    Natasha Urbany
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Selecting a beautiful flower arrangement is hard enough as it is because of the variety of flower species, colors, and textures. Making your arrangement last more than 7 days? Even harder. So, when searching for the perfect arrangement this fall avoid the hassle of trekking to your local flower shop to find the perfect flowers. Instead, look no further than SummerSweet Boutique and NotJustWeeds dried flower boutiques on Etsy!   Spice up your walls with this rustic arrangement of dried jute, wheat, and pennycress! SummerSweet Boutique offers one of a kind, hand crafted arrangements and…
  • 3 Common Pet Health Myths Busted

    raintees
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    As a society, our understanding of human health is always evolving and our habits generally evolve along with our changing understanding. A quick look at the evolution of the food pyramid over the past 50 years is a perfect illustration of this – whereas a diet heavy in grains used to be recommended, now we know that we should be eating more vegetables. General understanding of pet health, on the other hand, has not evolved quite as dramatically. For the most part, people still care for their pets the same way they did half of a century ago. Is that because no new information has come to…
  • Woodland themed living room ideas

    raintees
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Nature lovers can now embrace the growing trend for woodland themed interior décor by transforming their living rooms into rural retreats. Photo credit: Houzz.com Adopting a woodland theme in the living room is a sure way to evoke images of the great outdoors by incorporating rustic finishes, animal prints and natural textures. In order to make the room more authentic, homeowners can experiment with various woodland motifs on wallpapers, cushions, throws or drapes. Common woodland creatures traditionally featured in such motifs include stags, rabbits, hedgehogs, geese or bears. Trees and…
  • Five tips for volunteering abroad

    raintees
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    By Ghalia Farzat I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit many countries from Europe to the Americas to the Middle East to Asia to little islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I have seen many different cultures and interacted with people of all backgrounds. However, out of all this travel, two of my dearest trips are volunteer trips. I have had the chance to volunteer in Nepal and in Indonesia. Both of these trips were done with Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a not-for-profit organization based in Doha, Qatar where I currently live. Namaste! The formal greeting in Nepal…
 
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    Green Home Gnome

  • Fact and Fiction on CFL and LED Light Bulbs

    editor
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Are you hesitating to make the switch to LED or CFL bulbs for your home? Recent legislation is going to make it harder to find incandescent bulbs, so what’s holding[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • 9 Common Costly Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

    editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Storing household goods on garage and attic trusses - Garage and attic trusses are designed to support the weight of the roof and ceiling and not the weight of anything else.[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • The Dirt on Greenhouse Staging

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    You’ve got some big gardening plans now that your greenhouse is built. The whole time you were putting all the nuts and bolts together, you couldn’t stop thinking about the[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Specialize and Thrive: The Secret to Success with Small Commercial Greenhouses

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    We live in a world of one-stop super shops, but don’t feel pressured to take your young greenhouse and transform it into a one-stop shop for everything growing. The idea[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Loving the Late Season Garden

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    When the nights start to get a little cooler, most gardeners take that as a sign that it’s time to roll up the garden and put it to bed for[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Solar + Batteries: are we all going off-grid?

    Pablo Astorga
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Becoming your own utility has never been easier, but should you do it? www.souvenirpixels.com/photo-blog/electric-sunset For over a hundred years, power plants have been built in a very specific way: large, centralized facilities usually located far from where actual energy consumption takes place. These plants typically have been owned by big corporations (mostly utility companies) on which consumers rely to get electricity. More important, these centralized plants have made the electric grid indispensable, as power needs to be transported and distributed to the load centers. However, with…
  • Home Solar for Dummies…or Anyone Who Doesn’t Work in Solar

    Mandy Shold
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Solar power. The sun’s been ready for 4.5 billion years. It’s time you were too. And with electric prices rising, more and more people are realizing that it is no longer a question of “to solar or not to solar?” – it’s about <how> to solar. Solar power is like coffee – everyone takes it a little different; whether you take it with cream or 20 years worth of payments, the base is a beautiful, beautiful thing. But solar is not a one-size-fits-all product. Your solar needs are different than your neighbors’. And that’s where all the…
  • Levi’s 49er Stadium Leads the Net-Zero Energy Race

    Thad Wharton
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA   The San Francisco 49ers have kicked off their new home season in a brand new building.  The 49er stadium consumes over 1.8 million square feet, and powers up among many other things a 13,000 square foot scoreboard, 12,000 physical network ports, 2,500 TV monitors, 370 concession areas, 176 suites, 81 public restrooms, 38 escalators, 25 elevators, 10 clubs, 12 electric vehicle charging stations, 6 ATMs, 1 museum and 2 alcoholic beverages per purchase thank you…while playing host to 68,500 guests.   So it’s very nice to know that on gameday, this…
  • Master Limited Partnership- Parity Act: A Call for Action

    Nick Blair
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    http://www.wrpawprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dysfunctional-Congress.jpg It goes without saying that these are trying times for the US Congress. They cannot seem to agree on anything, both Democrats and Republicans seem to be waiting each other out for the midterm elections in November, and then the blame game will continue. However, even in times like these, there are patches of sunlight for Congress and for the rooftop solar industry. This time it comes in the form of legislation supporting Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) for renewable energy. …
  • 400,000 People Joined the Climate March

    Dan Schreiber
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    On September 21, more than 400,000 people poured into New York City from all over the county to march for the climate. The People’s Climate March as it was called, was organized to demonstrate mass American support for climate action. World leaders, including President Obama, are set to debate action on the issue at the Unite Nations climate summit this week. This climate march was huge, and in fact was the largest demonstration on the issue in history. Over 520 buses ensured that  communities from all over the Unites States were well represented. Everyone from retired Kentucky coal…
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  • Get the Best Clean with MilliCare’s Carpet Cleaning Services from CFS

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
      Caring for your carpet means more than just giving it a good cleaning. What it actually means is that you are creating a healthier, more productive environment for your clients and employees. It also means that you are prepared to protect the life and investment of your carpet. It means you are committed to improving the quality of the air in your office and that you are just as adamant about saving money on usage costs. With Millicare Textile and Carpet Care services you can achieve just that. Those of us here at Commercial Flooring Solutions don’t have to tell you that dust,…
  • Younger Workforce Fuels Portable Office Design

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Today’s office design is all about collaboration, openness, and portability. The by-product is inspiration, success, and productivity. We’re now in the age of the Internet. Our office culture is shifting and as more and more Millennials enter the workforce, and as a result, companies have begun to alter the way they do business. Business, that is, from within the office environment. The burgeoning workforce values a more unreserved, self-determining, and equitable office space. Instead of opting for the solitude of the private office, some employees prefer a cozy spot in the…
  • Spooky Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Office

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    What’s not to love about the holidays? With Halloween right around the corner, the spirit of the season is upon us. Commercial Flooring Solutions offers some ghoulishly fun Halloween decorating ideas for the office. It’s not too late to spice up your work space with some devilishly entertaining decor. Whether you’re looking to add a few splashes of Autumn color here and there, or cover your office in Halloween themed decor, it’s always more fun when everyone’s involved. Synthetic cobwebs, plastic spiders, and craft pumpkins are essential for creating creepy…
  • Create a More Productive Business Through Workplace Design

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Poor Design = Lower Office Productivity Did you know that good workplace design can actually help benefit your business? It’s true! In fact, poor design can actually adversely affect on-the-job productivity and efficiency. Many offices today are designed based on outdated layouts and obsolete configurations. Drab partitioned cubicles and stuffy corner offices are becoming less and less of the norm nowadays, as companies are looking to revamp their offices to create more organizational and collaborative spaces. As the modern business model continues to change, so does corporate design…
  • CFS Proudly Offers MilliCare Carpet and Textile Care

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Commercial Flooring Solutions (CFS) has grown to become the largest franchise within the MilliCare brand. MilliCare offers textile and carpet care services that use sustainable practices and products to ensure that your office’s flooring is thoroughly clean and will last. Millicare offers a plan that will extend the life of your office carpet. By using the right products and methods, we can guarantee that your office will be cleaner than it ever ha been before our services. If you’re not satisfied with our work, we will come back and re-do it at no additional charge. That’s how…
 
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    Pollution Pollution

  • How to hold a questions and answers session on a green topic?

    Mimuba
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    It is very important for environmental organizations, government environment departments and companies with a green cause to brief all stakeholders on their green performance. Especially they need to fully inform following communities on what they are doing to protect the environment of their area. Environmental journalists Environmental NGOs Environmental consultants Environmental experts Environmental students Environmental… Read More »The post How to hold a questions and answers session on a green topic? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to make your car green without any paint?

    Mimuba
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    You may be surprised to read the topic of this post. You are right to think how one can make his car green without any paint. But it is possible. Here by green car I don’t mean physically or paint-wise green. It means it has all the green features to least hit the environment. Right?… Read More »The post How to make your car green without any paint? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to buy an organic wool blanket?

    Mimuba
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    In winter blankets are used to have a warmer sleep. People buy them after checking their quality. They want soft, warm and beautiful ones to have a joyous and comfortable sleep. They want every quality which a blanket could have. They also want to buy the best one in minimum price. People forget the fact… Read More »The post How to buy an organic wool blanket? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to do green awakening with a street theater?

    Mimuba
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A theater is a building where live drama is played. It is also called stage drama. But now theater itself is taken as a live stage drama and this term so common everywhere. If the word street is prefixed with it then it becomes a live drama played in a street or at an open… Read More »The post How to do green awakening with a street theater? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How green living helps you to become a brilliant student?

    Mimuba
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Green living means spending your life without wasting all types of resources and without harming your surrounding environment. It is a candid reality that there is no harm of going green. It is a win-win way of living where you gain everything and lose nothing. Even you help others gain and avoid losing anything which otherwise… Read More »The post How green living helps you to become a brilliant student? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • Solar arrays along highways in Minnesota

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Minnesota highway – source OKRoads.com Minnesota is not only snow, fishing and progressive politicians, it is something much more, and lately something related to the renewable energy sector. Actually, The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has released a request for proposal (RFP) which will accept financial offers to build and manage large solar arrays along the state highways. This solar project is created to supply the state’s grid with a new and reliable resource of green energy for at least 20 years from now. The state government was obliged by the Minnesota Statute…
  • Why we need Solar Power Inverters?

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    How solar panels work? We know that nowadays, solar power becomes more popular than ever especially because the environment requires lower carbon emissions all over the world. Solar power is a pretty recent green energy resource and it works very simply. To convert the solar energy (the sunshine) into electricity we need a solar panel, an inverter and at least one solar battery to store the green energy produced. The system works this way: the solar panel receives the sunlight and turns it into DC (direct current). This type of electricity is not good for our household devices so we need the…
  • Energy saving tips for winter

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Cellulose-based insulation, image source thermaxinsulation.com In the previous article we talked about how important is to have an insulated home while outside we have winter conditions or extreme heat specific to the summer. An insulated house can keep a nice warm habitat inside your house even if outside there are freezing temperatures so your central heating system will work much less, and if outside is summer and the temperatures are extremely hot, your insulated house will keep a cooler and very pleasant temperature inside the rooms, and your air conditioning units will work much less.
  • How important is to have an insulated home

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    External wall insulation – image source energytherm.co.uk We can say that since the year 2000, the temperatures started growing all over the world and this change was felt during the summers while experiencing extreme heats and during the winters when we had almost no snow at all, and temperatures pretty high for that period of time. In other places we had extreme cold conditions with tons of snow and much lower temperatures than usual. All these changes in the weather conditions were only a sign that the process of dangerous climate changes was already started without our knowledge.
  • The EU commission considers onshore wind energy cheaper than oil and gas energy

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Onshore wind turbines In a recent report of the European Commission released on Monday in Brussels it is specified that the relative cost of onshore wind energy compared with the fossil fuel energy resources like coal and gas can be cheaper if we talk about the technologies involved. This fact creates a good lead for onshore wind power plants to be built in the area and a very good outcome for the environmentalists. This report was conducted by Ecofys, a leading renewable energy consultancy company on the order of the EU commission and this report is considered the first one that speaks about…
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  • Eco-friendly options for sanitary napkins

    Ecoideaz
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    Author – Rayomand Gheesta SheCup – Image Source Wikimedia.org I woke up the other day to the sound of the garbage man arguing with one of the residents of the township I stay in. He was protesting about the way sanitary napkins and used diapers were disposed off. Since they are medically pathogenic, he wanted people to recognize a proper way of throwing them off after use. On giving it some thought, I figured he had a point. There isn’t a standardized way of disposing a sanitary napkin. It is just rolled in paper, put in a plastic bag and just thrown off in garbage. Waste workers…
  • Natural Fibers in India

    Thirumagal Jayaraman
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Author – Thirumagal J Image via commons.wikimedia.org by John Washington Fabrics and textiles play a vital role in meeting our basic clothing needs. Evidently, the textiles and fashion industry has emerged as a dominant sector in Indian industry. Fabrics are closely associated with every aspect of our lives right from birth till death. A study of fabrics shows that their earliest use dates back to over 10,000 years. The oldest fibers used by mankind are flax (10000 BC) cotton (5000 BC) and silk (2700 BC), while jute and coir have also been used since ages. While we are well exposed to…
  • Low Cost Stoves in India

    Ecoideaz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Author – Rishil Anthony Kitchen is an integral part of an Indian household. However, we could say that Indian kitchens are highly energy inefficient and unhealthy, primarily because of the traditional mud stoves (chulhas). This is true for most of the Indian rural households that depend on firewood or local biomass as the source of fuel. Traditional firewood stoves are uneconomical and harmful in many ways. They use firewood that is non-renewable and is a major cause for deforestation. Rural women have to travel long distances to fetch firewood and finally, they spew noxious smoke, which is…
  • Dairy Farming in India: A sustainable path

    Ecoideaz
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Author – Wasim Quazi Food security in India is a topic that never seems to go out of front page news. Now that the monsoons are deficient this year and there has been an international outrage against India’s insistence on subsidy to its farmers, the food security issue will not subside any time soon. Despite the success of the Green Revolution in the early 1970-80s, our agricultural system is no way capable of being self-reliant both in terms of producing enough food as well as reducing the costly fertilizer imports. However, India has been able to create a large growing and…
  • Is large scale Biogas power feasible?

    Ecoideaz
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Author – Sakshi Gupta The Twenty First century has been all about being ahead of others and using latest technology gadgets. But little do we realize, while we are creating new innovations, we are running out of that basic energy that powers everything. If we continue to increase our energy consumption, the major non-renewable energy sources are expected to be exhausted within this century. Further, the fossil fuel-based energy production harms the nature in gruesome ways by causing global warming, air, water and land pollution. In order to ensure our sustainability, we need to switch to…
 
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    Green-Mom.com

  • One-On-One Time With Kids

    Green Mom
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I try to spend a little one-on-one time with each of my children, and today it was my oldest, Bella’s turn. She wanted to eat a real hotel breakfast, so we went to a hotel close to us. She told me secrets. Then she took me on a walk through the forest and showed me ...
  • Tips on How To Use Lavender Essential Oils

    Emma Grace
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    By Emma Grace Fairchild:  Essential oils have become increasingly popular, as many people are trying to use nontoxic products. They serve a purpose in personal care and around the home, as well as in emotional contexts. Lavender oil is a great example of a fragrance that serves many functions and can be incorporated easily into ...
  • Lego Stops Playing with Shell

    Green Mom
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Fredrica Syren: Legos have provided so much inspiration and learning. They have kept my kids entertained for hours (as well as myself when I was a child) that, when I heard that Lego has been supporting the oil giant Shell, I was heartbroken. Thanks to Lego’s deal with Shell, 16 million Shell-branded Lego kits ...
  • GREENING HALLOWEEN

    Larraine Roulston
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    By Larraine Roulston: Be EEEKO friendly!! For the Halloween hype, parents can green the orange and black treats, costumes and parties. Dressing up can become much more creative by looking in your closets for old clothes, hats or fabrics. A trip to a thrift store may also provide some good choices. Avoid cheap costume jewelry, painted ...
  • The Sorry State Of US School Lunch Programs

    Kim Robson
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    By Kim Robson: A recent government study has found what most parents already suspect: U.S. school lunches are unhealthy and contributing to childhood obesity. Kids who eat school lunches are more likely to be obese by the time they get to the third grade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded study, published in the Journal ...
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    Survival Renewable Energy

  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Outdoor Solar Lights

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Outdoor lighting is essential for your house especially if you have a large house ,Therefore you should be choosing the right and the efficient kind of bulbs. Not only that ,but also the good-looking bulbs. Speaking of efficiency and the good-looking kind of bulbs ,The first thing that comes to mind is to choose the Outdoor Solar Lights not only because they are efficient but also has they have a very nice look which will make you outdoor house really fascinating. To make life more easier for you, I’ve picked the 10 best outdoor solar lights out there in the market, you just choose the…
  • Mind Blowing Energy Facts

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Continue To Watch - How Does Wind Energy Work? & Is It Worth The Investment? The post Mind Blowing Energy Facts appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
  • The Importance of HVAC Maintenance

    Rachel Heagney
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    An HVAC system is an expensive investment that can account for up to 50% of a household’s monthly utility bill. However, many homeowners tend to neglect its proper upkeep. They don’t realize that regular care and maintenance is necessary for their HVAC unit to provide comfort through cooling and heating. No matter what kind of HVAC system you have at home or in the workplace, you should never underestimate the importance of regular preventive maintenance. Read on to find out why it is a must. HVAC maintenance can help you save money. This reason alone should be enough to encourage…
  • Renewable Energy For Sustainable Development

    Rose Murray
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Renewable energy is becoming increasingly popular as society shifts towards a more environmentally friendly approach to energy production. This allows new developments to be sustainable into the future as they will not deplete resources faster than these resources can replenish. Renewable energy doesn’t just have an impact on the sustainability of our global resource pool, but has been attributed to improvements in health due to lower pollution levels, and reduction in unemployment, due to new energy production facilities and service companies. Solar Solar energy is currently one of the…
  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Panel Charger For Outdoor People

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    If you travel a lot or you consider your self to be an outdoor person, Then you might have experienced a low battery issues through your phone ,your tablet or even your laptop. and Who has not?. This would be embarrassing if you are having an important meeting or a conference or otherwise you are traveling  somewhere or having a trip. But on the other hand technology does not stop at inventing those smart devices only ,but also has a lot of progress of how you can easily charge them any time any where. Next Are the 10 best solar panel chargers that have an excellent feedback and rating 5…
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    Environmental Remediation Experts

  • 4 Tips to Help Prevent Surface Water Contamination

    Jessica Hope
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    4 Tips to Help Prevent Surface Water Contamination Speaking plainly, “surface water” is a body of water with a visible or accessible surface. This includes ponds, lakes, rivers, wetlands, streams and oceans. Most species (including ours) depend on these resources for survival. If their integrity is diminished, we’re all in trouble. But even though most of us understand this concept (at least in general terms), surface waters continue to be polluted, depleted, and destroyed the world over. Surface water contamination issues don’t belong on the backburner – it’s time we take a…
  • A Church on a Mission: Asbestos Abatement

    Jessica Hope
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    A Church on a Mission: Asbestos Abatement Walt Gore, a trustee of Christian Tabernacle Church, found himself in a tough situation. For quite some time, the over 100 year old church in the heart of Chicagoland had been dealing with some occasional water leakage. The water would often leak on to an area of floor tiling that secretly contained a sleeping giant. Walt first contacted a repairman to come out and fix the water leak. The repairman noticed the damage done to the floor and informed Walt that these types of tiles almost always contained asbestos and would likely require removal. Rather…
  • Question Your Community: 3 Simple Pollution Mapping Tools

    Jessica Hope
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Question Your Community: 3 Simple Pollution Mapping Tools We live in an era of big data and constant technological improvements, and it translates into every aspect of our lives. Thankfully, data plays a role in more than just targeting and predicting consumer behavior; big data, assisted by technology, also gives us the ability to further safeguard our health by finding and evaluating pollution near our homes and businesses. 1.) TOXMAP To give you a truly comprehensive snapshot, TOXMAP pulls data from three trusted sources: the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory and Superfund National…
  • Mold Remediation: 5 Signs You Need Professional Help

    Jessica Hope
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Mold Remediation: 5 Signs You Need Professional Help Though it’s certain to turn a few stomachs, mold is a perfectly natural thing. In fact, when found outdoors, mold plays an important role in the decay of organic matter, and is a vital component of the decomposition process. Mold is a natural part of the environment, but only the outdoor environment. The indoor environment is another story. Indoor mold has been linked to numerous health issues. In a report issued in June of 2006, the CDC said that, “excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in…
  • Don’t be Green-Washed by “Biodegradable” Packaging

    Jessica Hope
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Don’t be Green-Washed by “Biodegradable” Packaging There was a knock on the door.  I knew right away what it was – the package finally arrived.  It was the birthday gift I had been impatiently awaiting all month.  It was from an old friend who lives across the globe so it’s always a great feeling to get something from him.  After signing for it, I immediately began tearing at the box like a younger version of myself on Christmas Day, rife with anticipation and fixed with determination. As I was childishly digging through the contents of the package, I couldn’t help but notice…
 
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    Scrap Metal Gods

  • Mother Nature is pissed off. Literally.

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
    Mother Nature is pissed off. Literally.
  • Incineration And Landfills Are Just A Temporary Solution

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    Trash in Singapore is managed with the use of Waste-to-energy plants or Incineration plants plus the Semaku landfill. It’s the incineration plants that reduce the size of the trash and generate 1-3 percent of electricity for this country. Once the trash has been reduced, it’s then off to the landfill for proper disposal. Being a country with limited space, incineration plants were built to keep up with the increasing wastes the people produce. Although the National Environment Agency has strict guidelines for the process, the question really is “Can we keep on building incineration…
  • 9 Things That Never Made It to the Scrap Yards

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    When we take out the value of a material, it usually ends up in the scrap yards or land fills. But, thank God for creative people and their swagger ideas of giving things a second life. Even the unusual ones we thought of throwing, was given a new purpose. Hard to believe these things never made it to the scraps. Get some inspiration and start creating your own. 1. A Car Rim Source This pure metal could well end up in a scrap metal recycling plant. But, it was cleverly used for some backyard or camping cooking. Easy to setup and last longer too. Plus food cooked in wood tastes better! 2.
  • Trash Island - Thilafushi. Located in Maldive Islands. One of...

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Trash Island - Thilafushi. Located in Maldive Islands. One of the best islands in the world. But, the backdoor is strewn with trash. More of this story here.
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    AirBetter.org

  • Some Facts You Need to Know About Home Humidity

    Brian
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    What is The Suitable Indoor Humidity Level? A right indoor humidity level benefits our well-beings significantly. It’s good for creating a comfortable and odor-free environment. Recommended humidity level is about 35% to 55%. But how to know the humidity levels of our home? It’s very simple. Just get a hygrometer to your home, and you can read the humidity levels precisely. A hygrometer is a little device that is user-friendly and inexpensive. Ideally, the humidity level between 40% and 50%… Continue Reading ›› The post Some Facts You Need to Know About Home Humidity…
  • Main Types of Air Purifiers

    Brian
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    Types of Air Purifiers The contaminants concentrated in the air of your homes are much higher than that of outdoors. Many products used daily in our home release dangerous chemicals into the air, such as formaldehyde and benzene. However, we can’t survive if we don’t breathe the polluted air. That’s why we need air purifiers. Air purifiers have the ability to clean our air, making it pure and healthy. With good air purifiers, the quality of the air can be… Continue Reading ›› The post Main Types of Air Purifiers appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • Mold or Water Stains – Signals for You Need A Dehumidifier

    Brian
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    It’s very critical to detect the mold or water stains caused by excess humidity problems when you are going to buy a home, since it will be an annoyance for living if it turns out there is a possibility of moisture, especially when it occurs often. You need to look for the mold stains on the walls or ceilings in the bathroom and inspect grayish or white water marks in basements carefully. As some sellers will show you the perfect… Continue Reading ›› The post Mold or Water Stains – Signals for You Need A Dehumidifier appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • For Allergy Suffers: 6 Must-Have Home Appliances

    Brian
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    6 Powerful Home Appliances for the Allergy Suffers To an allergy sufferer, dust control will often be an annoying thing. It is important to pick befitting appliances to make you feel better. So, what home appliances we need if we facing allergy problem? Now, let’s go to the appliances we could get on the market today. 1. Air Purifier After you make a clean sweep in your house, it is also an indispensable thing to build a defensive. An air purifier… Continue Reading ›› The post For Allergy Suffers: 6 Must-Have Home Appliances appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • What is Mold? How to Avoid Mold Indoors?

    Brian
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    What is Mold? Why Should We Get Rid of Mold and Mildew? What is Mold? Mold is a kind of fungus, which is developed from airborne spores, and is harmful to your health. Mold can be spotted in humid environments, especially in places where lacks an adequate airflow, like bathrooms and laundry rooms. A high concentration of molds can cause a bunch of unpleasant symptoms, including coughing and sneezing, eye irritation and skin rash. Black mold which forms on damp… Continue Reading ›› The post What is Mold? How to Avoid Mold Indoors? appeared first on AirBetter.org.
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