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  • U.S. Shale Gas Production Expected to Fall for First Time, Government Says

    Yale Environment 360
    Yale Environment 360
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Natural gas production from all seven major shale formations in the U.S. is projected to drop next month for the first time since Enlarge
  • Why Siemens and a California tribe are building a microgrid

    GreenBiz
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:41 am
    Can microgrids make reservations more resilient? This project looks to be a fitting proving ground for energy independence.
  • Gardening for Arthritis Tools – Product Review and Contest

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna Coronado
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    When Troy-Bilt sent me several tools at the beginning of the summer to review, I had no idea I would be getting a diagnosis of severe degenerative arthritis and how a tool might truly make a difference in my garden for my health. I am very tough on tools – I chew them up and spit them out – and below are four tools I reviewed from Troy-Bilt that I’ve used a grading scale of A, B, or C with a mention if I feel they are good for gardening if you have arthritis or another condition. If I find a tool that’s an F, I’m not even going to share that horror with you, so…
  • INDIA GREEN NEWS: India's INDCs in Final Stage; Sustainable Development Possible Along with Greenhouse Gas Cuts; Plans Approved for 'Solar Cities'

    Switchboard, from NRDC
    Ariel Cooper
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Ariel Cooper, Program Assistant, San Francisco India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India. Week of August 21-28, 2015 CLIMATE CHANGE Sustainable development possible along with greenhouse gas cuts: study New Delhi: India can improve sustainable development metrics while at the same time reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, said a study released on Thursday that places quality of life for all at the centre of India's development strategy. The study by the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), a Bengaluru-based…
  • In Appalachia, the coal industry is in collapse, but the mountains aren’t coming back

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    Laura Gottesdiener
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    In Appalachia, explosions have leveled the mountaintops into perfect race tracks for Ryan Hensley’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV). At least, that’s how the 14-year-old sees the barren expanses of dirt that stretch for miles atop the hills surrounding his home in the former coal town of Whitesville, W.Va. “They’re going to blast that one next,” he says, pointing to a peak in the distance. He’s referring to a process known as “mountaintop removal,” in which coal companies use explosives to blast away hundreds of feet of rock in order to unearth underground seams of coal. “And then…
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  • Gardening for Arthritis Tools – Product Review and Contest

    Shawna Coronado
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    When Troy-Bilt sent me several tools at the beginning of the summer to review, I had no idea I would be getting a diagnosis of severe degenerative arthritis and how a tool might truly make a difference in my garden for my health. I am very tough on tools – I chew them up and spit them out – and below are four tools I reviewed from Troy-Bilt that I’ve used a grading scale of A, B, or C with a mention if I feel they are good for gardening if you have arthritis or another condition. If I find a tool that’s an F, I’m not even going to share that horror with you, so…
  • #NeverGiveUp – Surviving Degenerative Spinal Arthritis

    Shawna Coronado
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    A month ago I was diagnosed with degenerative Spinal Osteoarthritis, also known as Degenerative Disc Disease. Initially I was devastated because there is no cure. I have had daily pain for about four years and have noticed some challenges this year in taking care of my garden. For example, I have not been able to maintain the behind-the-fence garden as well due to the pain in my upper back and shoulders. An orthopedic discovered with x-rays that there is very little padding left between the vertebrae in my back, my spine is already starting to become malformed, and I am an inch shorter than I…
  • Beet Greens in a Yummy Vegan Salad Recipe

    Shawna Coronado
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:28 am
    Beet Greens. I know. It sounds so very weird and yet is one of the most delicious salads I have ever tried. Growing your own beets from seed is super easy – J.W. Jung Seed Co provided the seeds for these amazing red beets – and beyond providing beautiful color in the garden, they also provide lots of vitamins for your plate. If you are bored with the same old-same old garden salads, definitely experiment with a vegan salad made of beet greens – you will love it. HOW TO MAKE a VEGAN BEET GREEN SALAD RECIPE Here’s the secret to this recipe – use any quantity of…
  • An Easy Living Wall Entry Garden

    Shawna Coronado
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    One of my favorite gardens at my home has been the freestanding living wall entry garden I built to reside next to my front door in an awkward little spot between the garage and stoop. I wrote about how to do it in Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, my latest book. I love it as an oxygen providing “umph” when you exit or return to the house, and it gives any house a spot of curb appeal that is appealing and attractive. Below are some excerpts from the book that show you how easy it is to assemble and maintain. Beyond curb appeal, this is also a magnificent…
  • Native Plant Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) for the Garden

    Shawna Coronado
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:01 am
    Gardening with native plants is a win-win for both you and the environment. For example, Butterfly Weed or Asclepias tuberosa is drought tolerant, animal resistant, attracts bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, and requires no soil amendment. Native plants are easy-to-grow and Butterfly Weed is one of the easiest that like to be planted in late summer and fall and require minimum of care. Below is an excerpt from my book, the Indiana Getting Started Garden Guide, which will give you an idea on how to plant and grow your very own Butterfly Weed. Butterfly Weed Botanical Name – Asclepias…
 
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  • INDIA GREEN NEWS: India's INDCs in Final Stage; Sustainable Development Possible Along with Greenhouse Gas Cuts; Plans Approved for 'Solar Cities'

    Ariel Cooper
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Ariel Cooper, Program Assistant, San Francisco India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India. Week of August 21-28, 2015 CLIMATE CHANGE Sustainable development possible along with greenhouse gas cuts: study New Delhi: India can improve sustainable development metrics while at the same time reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, said a study released on Thursday that places quality of life for all at the centre of India's development strategy. The study by the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), a Bengaluru-based…
  • Yes, California Can Cut Our Need for Petroleum in Half by 2030. Here's How.

    Simon Mui
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Simon Mui, Director, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, San Francisco Senate Pro Tem Kevin De León and Governor Jerry Brown, together with a host of other state leaders, have made cutting the state's need for petroleum in half, expanding renewables, and increasing building efficiency core priorities. In doing so, they sent a clear signal to the world that California is going "to build for the future, not steal from it" through clean energy investments. Now, all eyes are on the California Assembly, which will vote in the next two weeks on SB350 (De León), which would direct state agencies to take…
  • Opposition Poll Still Shows Californians Overwhelmingly Support New Clean Energy Targets in SB 350

    Alex Jackson
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Alex Jackson, Legal Director, California Climate Project, San Francisco More than two-dozen California companies this week added their support to California's Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (SB 350, De León and Leno), which would establish long-term clean energy targets to reduce our dependence on petroleum, grow renewable energy, and increase energy efficiency. The announcement comes just one week after Small Business California, which represents more than 5,000 employers and 3.6 million small businesses, endorsed SB 350. These endorsements - and many others - recognize…
  • How a California State Agency Is Dropping the Ball on Water Efficiency During an Epic Drought

    Tracy Quinn
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Tracy Quinn, Water Policy Analyst, Santa Monica, California Earlier this week, a state agency tasked with revising green building codes that aim to ensure new buildings are water and energy efficient presented proposals for new code language to a green code advisory committee. The proposals not only fell far short of their goal, but staff also refused to accept many of the recommendations on how to improve the proposals from both the panel of experts to whom they were presenting and other stakeholders in the room. Here's the background: California Department of Housing and Community…
  • Elevated Indoor Air Pollution Levels During NDTV Breathe Clean Conclave in New Delhi

    Anjali Jaiswal
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco Guest blog by Nehmat Kaur, NRDC India Representative in New Delhi NDTV, a popular media house in India, organized a televised experts discussion on ways to address air quality challenges across India earlier this week as part of its "Breathe Clean" campaign. India's Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar presented his "clean air is my birthright" views as part of his keynote address to the audience. Other air quality experts, including NRDC, presented their views as part of the panel discussion that…
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    Grist

  • In Appalachia, the coal industry is in collapse, but the mountains aren’t coming back

    Laura Gottesdiener
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    In Appalachia, explosions have leveled the mountaintops into perfect race tracks for Ryan Hensley’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV). At least, that’s how the 14-year-old sees the barren expanses of dirt that stretch for miles atop the hills surrounding his home in the former coal town of Whitesville, W.Va. “They’re going to blast that one next,” he says, pointing to a peak in the distance. He’s referring to a process known as “mountaintop removal,” in which coal companies use explosives to blast away hundreds of feet of rock in order to unearth underground seams of coal. “And then…
  • Are women obligated to have children? This man thinks so

    Katie Herzog
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Vox recently commissioned an essay by Torbjörn Tännsjö, Swedish professor and public intellectual, and then rejected it after finding his submission too loony for their tastes. In his manifesto, Tännsjö argues that humans have a moral obligation to reproduce — and to do it early and often. “I am very, very uncomfortable telling anyone that it is their obligation to bear child after child, starting at the moment of first fertility and ending only at menopause,” editor-in-chief Ezra Klein explained after Tännsjö published his rejection letter. “And I…
  • This is a story about weed and hoes

    Nathanael Johnson
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    I’ve been hearing for a while now that farmers in certain parts of the country were having a hard time, but I didn’t think things were this bad. First of all, farmers had a weed problem. That led to superweeds. And now, farmers are relying on hoes to support them. According to Progressive Farmer writer Pam Smith (paywalled), farmers are turning back to this old technology — the garden hoe (wait, what did you think I was talking about?) — to combat weeds, now that many plants have gained resistance to herbicide. Twenty years ago, Smith writes, it was common for…
  • Here’s a solution for those out-of-control toxic algae blooms

    Heather Mack
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:20 pm
    I have a confession to make: I love corn. I also love soy. Dammit, I even love wheat, like most American eaters. I love it baked, ground, deep-fried, or transformed into sirloin. And, let’s face it – even the most packaged-food snubbing, label-reading locavores among us let some form of these conventional, fertilizer-loving crops slip past our lips every now and then. Unfortunately, feeding these crops and ourselves also means feeding environmental catastrophe. Case in point, the massive algae bloom that has cropped up on Lake Erie. Show me a crop that loves fertilizer, and I’ll show…
  • Jeb Bush once tried to house Katrina victims on cruise ships

    AJ Vicens
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Trailing Donald Trump in the polls by a widening margin, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is trying to use the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday to highlight his successes in crisis response. On Tuesday, his presidential campaign released a two-minute ad promoting Bush’s handling of hurricanes as governor. Bush has been widely praised for his response to Katrina, in contrast with the criticism his brother, George W. Bush, faced as president in addressing…
 
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  • Shrinking Sea Ice Forces Alaskan Walruses Ashore

    Brianne Hogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Global warming is forcing thousands of walruses in Alaska to clamour inland due to the shrinking loss of Arctic ice. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the massive group Read MoreThe post Shrinking Sea Ice Forces Alaskan Walruses Ashore appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Mobile Games Combat Poachers in Indonesia

    Anthony Marcusa
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    In an attempt to curtail poaching, Indonesian Society for Animal Welfare has taken an innovative new approach. They have teamed up with mobile game developers to protect the diverse and endangered Read MoreThe post Mobile Games Combat Poachers in Indonesia appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • ‘Cowspiracy’ Coming to Netflix

    Brianne Hogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    The groundbreaking doc, “Cowspiracy,” was recently acquired by Netflix and will debut on the global streaming service on Sept. 15. The film, which is executive-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a controversial Read MoreThe post ‘Cowspiracy’ Coming to Netflix appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • ‘Blackfish’ Director: ‘I Hope This is Only the Beginning’ 

    Natalia Lima
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    In a tone much like her critically acclaimed documentary’s — heartfelt and thorough — ‘Blackfish’’s director, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, wrote an op-ed for The Guardian regarding how her work has changed Read MoreThe post ‘Blackfish’ Director: ‘I Hope This is Only the Beginning’  appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Famous TV Chef Will Explore Illegal Wildlife Trade for BBC

    Brianne Hogan
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will investigate illegal poaching in a new one-off special for BBC1. “Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall on Poaching” will explore illegal hunting as well as those who pay top Read MoreThe post Famous TV Chef Will Explore Illegal Wildlife Trade for BBC appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Study links air pollution to low GPAs

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    A University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) study on children’s health has found that fourth and fifth graders who are exposed to toxic air pollutants at home are more likely to have lower GPAs.
  • New study predicts future Antarctic ice loss

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:16 am
    A new international study is the first to use a high-resolution, large-scale computer model to estimate how much ice the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could lose over the next couple of centuries, and how much that could add to sea-level rise. The results paint a clearer picture of West Antarctica’s future than was previously possible. The study has been published in The Cryosphere, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).“The IPCC’s [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] 4th and 5th Assessment Reports both note that the…
  • Dust in the Waters

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Each spring, powerful dust storms in the deserts of Mongolia and northern China send thick clouds of particles into the atmosphere. Eastward winds sweep these particles as far as the Pacific, where dust ultimately settles in the open ocean. This desert dust contains, among other minerals, iron — an essential nutrient for hundreds of species of phytoplankton that make up the ocean’s food base.
  • NASA's latest satellite data reveals global sea level rise

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    Global sea levels have risen nearly 3 inches in less than 25 years, with some locations around the world rising more than 9 inches, according to NASA’s latest satellite data. An intensive research effort now underway, aided by NASA observations and analysis, points to an unavoidable rise of several feet in the future.
  • Carbon Credits Under Kyoto Protocol Actually Increased Emissions

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    At the end of November, governments will come together in Paris to hammer out agreements for a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. Under the KP, there are two greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions offsetting mechanisms: joint implementation (JI) and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).JI allows countries with emissions-reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol to generate Emission Reduction Units (ERUs) from GHG reduction projects and transfer them to other countries. Almost 872 million ERUs had been issued under JI as of March 2015, about a third of all Kyoto offset credits.
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    EcoSalon

  • 10 Delicious, Light, and Fun Labor Day Recipes

    Aylin Erman
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Labor Day conjures imagines of grilling, picnics and outdoor festivities surrounding by friends, family, and neighbors. So instead of letting the reason to celebrate go to waste, gear up for a Labor Day to remember, making recipes perfectly fit for the occasion. The following 10 Labor Day recipes are meant to inspire your taste buds and get you enjoying the last that summer has to offer. 10 Labor Day Recipes 1. Zucchini Patties Recipe with Lemon-Yogurt Sauce Zucchini is a popular summer vegetable that is quite versatile. This recipe for zucchini patties with lemon-yogurt sauce is testament to…
  • The Fierce Link Between Unhealthy Relationships and Emotional Eating

    Krissy Brady
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Fighting with your beau could cause an uptick in your emotional eating habits. If you and your guy aren’t fans of the whole choosing your battles thing, your relationship woes could be doing a number on your waistline, according to a recent study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. Researchers from Ohio State University and the University of Delaware found that getting into a spat effs with your bod’s ability to regulate your appetite: Fighting causes a surge in the hormone ghrelin, which is basically your hunger alarm. What’s worse, you’re also…
  • Bedroom Decorating Ideas to Create Your Own Private Oasis

    Jen Wallace
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Try these simple bedroom decorating ideas to create your private oasis! For many of us, our bedroom spaces are sacred places. If your bedroom could use a little freshening, read on for some easy bedroom decorating ideas to make your bedroom your own private retreat! No Headboard, No Problem Create a cool, calm and serene space from which to arise every morning feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world (or at least your corner of it). No headboard is required though. Create the illusion of a headboard by painting a mural of a “faux-board”, like as seen in this project. Affix…
  • Donate, Toss, or Repurpose Leather and Fur: The Herbivore’s Dilemma

    Jamie Duncan
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Whether you’re a veteran vegan or just embarking on a newfound vegetarian voyage, you may still have a few old leather jackets lying around, or even Grandma’s mink coat collecting dust in the dark corners of your closet. So before tossing them out with yesterday’s trash, consider learning how to repurpose leather and fur – it can be beneficial whether you’re an herbivore or not. Since adopting a plant-based diet many years ago, I have struggled with something that I’m sort of embarrassed to admit…I still own and wear leather products that I purchased prior to abstaining…
  • Is Hair Gloss the Solution to Your Post Summer Tress Distress?

    Liz Thompson
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Summer may have provided a zen experience for your psyche. Your hair? Not so much. Could hair gloss be the answer to your tress distress? You know how summer feels good for the soul? All warm and relaxing and fun-filled. Well, it’s not quite as great for hair. Rather than rejuvenated, tresses can be dry, straggly, and straw-like post summer vacation. We all love a little gloss for lips. What’s good for your pucker could be good for locks too. Sort of. Hair gloss is gaining popularity as a way to instantly improve the look of hair in need of a boost. What the heck is hair gloss? Remember…
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • NASA Study Quantifies Plants' Role in Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effect

    Yale Environment 360
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    The presence or scarcity of vegetation is an essential factor in determining how much urban areas heat up, according to a NASA study. Enlarge
  • In Canadian Peaks, Scientists Track Impacts of Vanishing Ice

    Yale Environment 360
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    Earlier this month, a team of Canadian scientists braved a cold-weather thunderstorm, snow, rain, and high winds to spend a week working on the last extensive icefield in the interior of the Northwest Territories. Accompanying them was Yale Environment 360 contributor Ed Struzik, who reports on the trip and the importance of the research team’s investigations. The group worked on the Brintnell/Bologna icefield, which has shrunk by more than a third over the last three decades and continues to melt at a rapid clip. The scientists hope to determine how the melting of these glaciers and the…
  • U.S. Shale Gas Production Expected to Fall for First Time, Government Says

    Yale Environment 360
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Natural gas production from all seven major shale formations in the U.S. is projected to drop next month for the first time since Enlarge
  • Endangered Chimpanzee Population Much Larger Than Estimated, Study Shows

    Yale Environment 360
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    A population of endangered eastern chimpanzees in Uganda is actually significantly larger than scientists had thought, new research Eastern chimpanzee from the University of Southern California shows. Using DNA from fecal samples, the scientists estimated the size of the chimp population living in two reserves in western Uganda to be 250 to 320 chimps, divided among at least nine communities, whereas previous estimates had pegged the total at roughly 70. Because the forest they live in is not protected, however, the chimpanzees have been heavily impacted by forest fragmentation, and the fruit…
  • In Clash of Greens, a Case for Large-Scale U.S. Solar Projects

    Yale Environment 360
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    Weaning the U.S. economy off fossil fuels will involve the wide deployment of utility-scale solar power. But for that to happen, the environmental community must resolve its conflict between clean energy advocates and those who regard solar farms as blights on the landscape. BY PHILIP WARBURG
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • SeaWorld's 'Day In The Life Of Tilikum' Video Is Super Depressing

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    SeaWorld thinks you might like to know how famous orca whale Tilikum, star of "Blackfish," spends his time nowadays. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
  • Obama Will Restore Mt. McKinley's Name To Denali On Alaska Trip

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:11 pm
    WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, siding with the state of Alaska in ending a 40-year battle over what to call a peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. The historic change, coming at the beginning of a three-day presidential trip to Alaska, is a sign of how hard the White House will push during Obama's remaining 16 months as president to ensure his fight to address climate change is part of his legacy. Renaming the mountain, which has an elevation of more than 20,000 feet (6,100…
  • Obama To Rename Mount Mickinley As Mount Denali

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, ending a 40-year battle over what to call the peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. The symbolic gesture comes at the beginning of a three-day trip to Alaska where Obama hopes to build support for his efforts to address climate change during his remaining 16 months in office. The peak was named Mount McKinley in 1896 after a gold prospector exploring the region heard that Ohioan William McKinley, a champion of the gold standard, had won the…
  • Thousands Join Largest Protest Yet In Lebanon's Garbage Revolt

    29 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Thousands rallied in downtown Beirut Saturday in the largest anti-government protest yet over a summer garbage crisis, chanting "revolution, revolution" and setting a three-day ultimatum for authorities to respond to demands, including the resignation of a Cabinet minister. It signaled the most significant public outburst of anger against a dysfunctional system of government, but demonstrators have yet to chart a clear path toward change. The government's failure to resolve the trash crisis has evolved into wider protests against a political class that has dominated Lebanon…
  • Why The Debate Over Europe's Migration Crisis Is Full Of Myths

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Hein de Haas, professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam and former co-director of the International Migration Institute. European nations' struggle to cope with an influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees in recent years has exacerbated a growing humanitarian crisis in the region.  The number of people seeking a better life in Europe currently shows no signs of decline. Countries including Germany and France have signaled the need to…
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • 5 Post-Katrina Innovations New Orleans Can Brag About

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The Green Project's paint-recycling program. | Photo courtesy of Christal White/The Green Project It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, taking the lives of 1,500 people and destroying countless homes, churches, businesses, and schools. The people of New Orleans have spent a decade rebuilding their city, but not everyone has felt the full impact of the recovery effort. A recent survey revealed a stark racial divide in how residents perceive improvements to infrastructure and their standard of living. But don't be too discouraged: We found five green innovations that have…
  • One Heart at a Time

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Feeling blessed to find a neighborhood hairdresser; I strolled just around the corner for my first appointment. As I walked in, Kim says "this is Sporty" as she hoisted the elder statesman up into the salon chair. We talked about my cut, maybe a color and, of course, about Sporty. I learned that the tan and white beloved one is a "pit bull", and maybe this is the first time I hear this term. He is strikingly handsome and has a very strong presence that transcends his advanced age. If you are a student of the human experience, you always notice strong bonds. The one between this gal and her…
  • Our Future Generations Can Teach Us a Thing or Two About Arctic Drilling

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Last week, President Obama made a terribly risky decision for the Arctic. His administration cleared the final hurdle that allows for drilling into oil-bearing zones in the Arctic Ocean, approving one of Shell Oil's modified drilling permits for the Chukchi Sea. That decision puts the fate of the fragile Arctic Ocean, and a piece of our climate future, in the hands of Shell - a company with a track record of stumbles and mishaps in the Arctic that hardly inspires confidence. To put this decision into context, it's important to understand the climate legacy President Obama has sought to put…
  • Argentina and Russia Take Cruelty Free Step

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:53 pm
    With more than 8,000 miles between them and marked differences in climate and culture, Argentina and Russia seem to be worlds apart, but recently something spectacularly similar happened in these two countries -- the introduction of bills to end animal testing for cosmetics. The first was Argentina. In June, Senator Magdalena Odarda introduced a Bill that would end the animal testing of cosmetics ingredients and prohibit the sale of new animal tested cosmetics in Argentina after a two year phase in. Violation of the law would result in hefty fines which would be ear-marked for animal…
  • What You Need to Know about Solar Power

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    "The world is finally producing renewable energy at an industrial scale." -Achim Steiner The U.S. energy is booming and now is the time for businesses, homeowners and investors to profit. Solar energy isn't just limited to the US; it has now become a global standard. Increasing worries about climate change have compelled many to relook at the role of solar energy. It's not just sustainable, but also renewable like wind and biomass, which means there will always be enough of it to go around. However, with so much information on solar energy systems and companies, installation, cost and…
 
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  • White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:52 pm
    President Barack Obama will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of the president's historic visit to Alaska.
  • Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:46 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who thrilled audiences with iconic and bloody suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" that made his name synonymous with horror, has died. He was 76.
  • Americans are 'cutting the cord'

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Dozens of apps, subscription services and devices can help you ditch your cable company without facing any FOMO. Cable companies are scrambling to catch up by building better bundles and providing more options to their consumers.
  • Sharper forecasts may help avert repeat of Katrina disaster

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. A range of technological advances, from a new generation of satellites to supercomputers and unmanned drones, promises more-accurate forecasts that would increase public officials' confidence in weather experts' advice. If authorities were quicker to heed warnings about the devastating potential of Katrina before it made landfall in Louisiana on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, some of the nearly 1,800 lives that were lost may have been…
  • Suspect in Houston officer shooting to appear in court Monday

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    The accused man, Shannon Miles, is scheduled to appear in Harris County District Court, records show. Miles is accused of shooting deputy Darren Goforth on Friday evening at a Houston gas station, sheriff's officials said. Goforth's wife, Kathleen, described her late husband as "an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility" in a statement released to NBC affiliate KPRC in Houston.
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    Forbes - Energy

  • Eni Boasts of 'Super Giant' Gas Discovery in Egypt, Threatening Israeli Export Plans

    Christopher Coats
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Italian energy giant Eni has continued its push into Egypt with news that it has discovered an enormous offshore natural gas field just off the country's Mediterranean shore, boosting the country's energy aspirations.
  • Blackstone Billionaire Stephen Schwarzman Pays Visit To Nigerian President

    Mfonobong Nsehe
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    American billionaire investor Stephen Schwarzman held a closed-door meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday.
  • 3 Reasons You Should Be Paying Attention To India's Renewable Energy Market

    Lyndsey Gilpin
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you search Google for "clean tech" or "clean energy," you're almost guaranteed to find an article about India. Every week, there's news about the country's ambitious renewable energy efforts and the hurdles it must overcome to reduce its carbon emissions.
  • Why N.Korea Caved On War Threat: China Warned, 'Don't Rain On Our Parade'

    Donald Kirk
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:23 pm
    U.S.  army Sergeant Eric Flynn knew what he was talking about when I encountered him behind an M2A3 Bradley -- a "fighting vehicle" that looks like a tank --  at a live-fire drill before thousands of mostly South Korean spectators about 20 miles below the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. "We'll see if war pops up," he remarked laconically as U.S. and South Korean warplanes bombed targets in the Seung-jin fire drill field, a vast playground for war games in which tanks rumbled and roared and 150-mm cannon boomed on cue. He wasn't worried -- "not with China…
  • 3 Takeaways From Bosch's Purchase Of Battery Startup Seeo

    Ucilia Wang
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Bosch's purchase of California lithium-ion battery startup Seeo is not only an interesting move for the German industrial giant, it also reflects some of the key trends in the energy storage tech world.
 
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    The Good Human

  • 33 Ways That Hydrogen Peroxide Can Be Your Best Friend At Home

    Lisa Warner
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Hydrogen Peroxide is amazing! I didn’t even know it myself until recently, but this colourless, odourless lliquid can really be your best friend at home. You may even have a bottle lurking in your first aid box. Hopefully after reading this article you will discover the many ways that it can help in everyday life and tell your ffiends too! Hydrogen Peroxide, or H202 is a germicidal agent, made up of water and oxygen. It is therefore non toxic, and it is highly effective at killing bacteria, viruses, spores and yeasts through oxidation – which is really a kind of controlled…
  • 13 Reasons Why Witch Hazel Should Be In Your Skin Care Routine

    Lisa Warner
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    Witch Hazel is widely recognised as a natural astringent. It tends to sit unassumingly on the shelf at the pharmacy, where we overlook it for bottles of fancy expensive creams, lotions and potions. This is a call to relook at Witch Hazel. It is a natural, inexpensive alternative to a number of cosmetic products that you probably use everyday. Swapping to Witch Hazel will likely reduce your exposure to toxins and also protect the environment from the synthetic alternatives that find their way into our water systems. You will be pleased to know that Witch Hazel is really rather impressive when…
  • How To Have More Empathy & Sympathy. What Is The Difference?

    Lisa Warner
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:54 am
    Empathy and Sympathy. Two words, that many of us take to be synonymous. Sure – they both mean being there when someone is in need right? Isn’t it a good trait to demonstrate sympathy when a friend is going through a tough time? Well, you’d think so. But when you actually stop to analyse the difference between sympathy and empathy you may change your mind. Definitions Let’s start by looking at the straight definitions of these two similar, rhyming words. Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Sympathy: feelings of pity and sorrow for…
  • 14 Easy Ways To Ditch Sugar For Good

    Lisa Warner
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:51 am
    Sugar! It has been the subject of huge debate recently. Scientific evidence is mounting, warning against our seemingly insatiable appetite for the white stuff….which has been likened to cocaine on more than one occasion. Excessive consumption has been connected to many chronic and potentially fatal diseases. We all know that sugar plays havoc with insulin, which is linked to obesity, which is linked to huge medical problens too. So what can we do about it? Sugar is in EVERYTHING! And it is so hard to give it up….it tastes so sweet. The good news is that we have a whole host of…
  • How To Make Easy Healthy Meals Ahead Of Time

    Lisa Warner
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    Week nights in the average household are a crazy affair. Rushing home from work on public transport or traffic jams, picking up kids, sorting homework, opening the post, fitting in a work out, planning tomorrow……and what is everyone going to eat? Feeding yourself and your family healthy balanced meals can feel near impossible on top of all of the others things you have to juggle. But fortunately The Good Human is here to impart some unbelievably simple tips that will have you breathing a sigh of relief when you hear that call….“What’s for dinner?” These…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Will This Be Remembered as The Summer North Americans Woke Up to Climate Change?

    James Wilt
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Smokey haze, intense heat, encampments of evacuated residents next to the highway: these were the conditions that greeted Renee Lertzman when she recently drove through Oregon. It’s no wonder why the environmental psychology researcher and professor resorts to the term “apocalyptic” to describe the scene. It was a surreal experience,” says Lertzman, who teaches at the University of San Francisco and Victoria’s Royal Roads University. “We’re all driving along and it’s so smoky and it’s terrifying. Yet we’re all doing our summer vacation thing. I couldn’t help but wonder:…
  • On 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Former New Orleans Resident Questions African-American Leaders Siding With Climate Deniers

    Guest
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    This is a guest post by Evlondo Cooper, senior fellow with the Checks and Balances Project, cross-posted with permission.  New Orleans has many nicknames: The Crescent City, The Birthplace of Jazz, and The Big Easy. It’s also my hometown but Hurricane Katrina cast me out. In 2005, I was an investigator for the New Orleans district attorney’s office who was invested in making a great city even better. Along with hundreds of thousands of others, I had to flee New Orleans. This month is the 10-year anniversary of Katrina and its devastating punch, which we now know was made far worse by…
  • Obama Barely Touches on Climate Change In New Orleans Speech Marking the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

    Julie Dermansky
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    President Obama briefly mentioned climate change during his remarks in New Orlean’s Lower 9th Ward during his visit to New Orleans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Standing in the city’s Lower 9th Ward, Obama spoke instead of the inspiration he had drawn from the city’s “come back” and the resilience of its people. Obama’s on-off relationship with climate change and the impact it is having on New Orleans is mirrored by his administration’s decisions that contradict the president’s concern. Click here for reuse options! Tags: hurricane…
  • B.C. Minister Bennett’s Visit Fails to Ease Alaskans’ Mining Concerns

    Judith Lavoie
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    Promises of a closer relationship between B.C. and Alaska and more consultation on B.C. mine applications are a good start, but, so far, Southeast Alaska has no more guarantees that those mines will not pollute salmon-bearing rivers than before this week’s visit by B.C.’s Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett, say Alaskan fishing and conservation groups. Bennett, accompanied by senior civil servants from the ministries of Energy and Mines and Environment, took a conciliatory tone as he met with state officials, policy-makers and critics of what is seen as an aggressive push by B.C. to…
  • Scientists Not Surprised Climate Denialist Lawyer Christopher Horner Has Financial Ties to Alpha Coal Company

    Graham Readfearn
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:25 pm
    A lawyer who has used intimidating legal requests to try to gain access to the records and emails of climate scientists has a financial relationship with a major coal company, it has been revealed. Christopher Horner, who works with two groups to pursue scientists and environmental regulators, is listed in the bankruptcy papers filed by lawyers on behalf of Alpha Natural Resources and its 150 subsidiary companies in the coal industry. The Heartland Institute, a “free market think tank” and major promoter of fringe views that greenhouse gases are not a problem for the planet, is also…
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    Style Me Pretty » Blogs » Living

  • DIY Personal Olive Oil Jars

    Thia Laurain
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Whether you’re hosting an outdoor dinner party, looking for chic favors to make for a sophisticated shower, or simply adore miniature goodies (who doesn’t?!), these personal olive oils are a great DIY for almost any occasion. The best part? They only take few minutes to put together, but can last forever — though we doubt they’ll make it past the main course. Read on for this easy DIY from Fashionable Hostess below! From Amanda… I always love dipping fresh bread into olive oil at restaurants so I loved the idea of bringing this concept home, and what better way…
  • Rustic Chic Outdoor Dinner Party from Fashionable Hostess

    Thia Laurain
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Ever since moving from NYC to her family’s new home in Nashville, Amanda of Fashionable Hostess, knew she wanted to take advantage of her home’s newfound outdoor space for summer entertaining. And boy, did she. After a single glance at this dinner party, we’re wondering how we can nab an invite to her next rustic chic affair. Scroll on to see it all! From Amanda… Ever since moving into our home and falling in love with our patio, I knew I wanted to throw the perfect outdoor party to host our first round of guests.  My vision was a rustic chic vibe with lots of…
  • DIY Succulent Box Centerpiece

    Thia Laurain
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been looking for a long-lasting, beautiful centerpiece for your dining table, why not take matters into your own hands and make this DIY succulent box from Fashionable Hostess? All you’ll need are four garden supply store materials, and 30 minutes to spare! Ready to get started? Click through the slideshow for Amanda‘s easy how-to! DIY Succulent BoxView SlideshowDIY Succulent BoxView Slideshow From Amanda… While planning for my first outdoor party on our new patio, I wanted to go with a unique centerpiece to compliment the rustic chic vibe of the space,…
  • How to Style Your Bar Cart for Summer Cocktails

    Gabrielle Hurwitz
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    When I move into a large enough apartment, one of my first new purchases will be a bar cart—not because I need one (I drink more wine than cocktails), but because I want one (they’re just so pretty!). And when I get one, I’m going to turn to The Fashionable Hostess and her genius tips to style it. When it comes to summer time entertaining, I love to stock up my bar cart with a mix of pretty decorative items and of course, delicious cocktails, for guests to enjoy and admire while we lounge on the patio for Happy Hour. I am in love with my Target barcart {only $129.00}…
  • Banana Cream Pie

    Gabrielle Hurwitz
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth. My desert island food would be without a doubt some kind of sweet, and judging by these pictures from A Happy Food Dance, there’s a real possibility it would be this delectable melt-in-your-mouth banana cream pie. And, I would have no regrets. For the full recipe and more delicious inspiration, check out A Happy Food Dance! Gabrielle HurwitzBanana Cream Pieprep time1 Hour/s cook time30 Minute/stotal time1 Hour/s 30 Minute/sServes 8IngredientsPie Crust 1¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut…
 
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    Environmental Health News

  • U.K. Government cuts to funding for solar panel installation are short-sighted.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    In terms of timing, last week’s government decision to slash subsidies that help families and small businesses install solar panels could not have been worse. This year promises to be the hottest on record. At the same time, international negotiations on the establishment of climate change controls are scheduled to reach their peak in Paris in a few months.
  • This is climate change: Alaskan villagers struggle as island is chewed up by the sea.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is what climate change looks like, up close and personal.
  • Glaciers in Central Asia shrinking fast: study.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Central Asian glaciers have melted at four times the global average since the early 1960s, shedding 27 percent of their mass, according to a recent study. At stake is a critical source of water for people in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, as well as a section of northwest China.
  • South Florida sees summer of seaweed.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The cause of the seaweed surplus, which occurred in even greater volume in the Caribbean Sea, is a mystery to scientists, although one with several prominent suspect, including fertilizers washed off farms and climate change.
  • How will climate change affect your livelihood?

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: “How will it affect my livelihood?” Well, that depends — on your profession, your age, and exactly where you live, among other things.
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    Green Car Congress

  • Eni discovers a supergiant gas field in the Egyptian offshore; largest ever found in the Mediterranean Sea

    mmillikin
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Eni has made a world class supergiant gas discovery at its Zohr Prospect, in the deep waters of Egypt. The discovery could hold a potential of 30 trillion cubic feet of lean gas in place covering an area of about 100 square kilometers. Zohr is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea. At 30 trillion cubic feet of lean gas in place, the field represents one of the world’s largest natural-gas finds, located in a permit where Eni holds a 100% of the Contractor’s working interest. The discovery well Zohr 1X NFW is located in the economic waters of Egypt’s…
  • 60% of $18B in US clean energy tax credits 2006-2012 went to top 20% by income; 90% in the plug-in program

    mmillikin
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:53 am
    A working paper by a team at the Energy Institute at Haas, University of California, Berkeley, has found that 60% of the $18 billion in US federal income clean energy tax credits issued between 2006 and 2012—e.g., for weatherizing homes, installing solar panels, and buying hybrid and electric vehicles—went to the top income quintile in the US (above $200,000 per year). The bottom three quintiles (up to $75,000 per year) received about 10%. The most extreme case, Severin Borenstein and Lucas Davis found through their examination of tax return data from the IRS, is the program aimed…
  • EERC working with Fuel Cell Energy on $3.5M ARPA-E project for electrochemical cell to convert natural gas to methanol

    mmillikin
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is working with FuelCell Energy, Inc., an integrated stationary fuel cell manufacturer, to develop a durable, low-cost, and high-performance electrochemical cell to convert natural gas and other methane-rich gas into methanol, a major chemical commodity with worldwide applications in the production of liquid fuels, solvents, resins, and polymers. The US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) awarded $3,500,000 to the project, led by Fuel Cell Energy, as part of its REBELS (Reliable…
  • California ARB has awarded 2,000 vouchers for low-carbon hybrid and zero-emission trucks since 2010

    mmillikin
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:16 am
    The California Air Resources Board has awarded 2,000 Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Vouchers. Since its launch in 2010, the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) has provided more than $63 million to help California fleets statewide purchase more than 430 zero-emission trucks and buses and 1,800 hybrid trucks and buses. Additional funding is on the way. Funding for this program is primarily supported through California Climate Investments, programs funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund using proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions.
  • Port of Honolulu testing hydrogen fuel cell generator; Sandia-led Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell project

    mmillikin
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    At Young Brothers Ltd.’s Port of Honolulu facility, Sandia National Laboratories is leading the Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell project to test a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered generator as an alternative to conventional diesel generators. The project kickoff is being marked today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by US Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Young Brothers President Glenn Hong and Sandia California Vice President Marianne Walck. In June, Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed four energy bills, including one that strengthens Hawaii’s commitment to clean energy by directing the state’s…
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    Eco Friend

  • Trendy eco-friendly products to stimulate your green thumb

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:25 pm
    With the negative effects of human activity on the environment becoming pervasive, it is no secret that keeping with this unhealthy trend, the nature will not be able to sustain life on the earth for long. Therefore, a positive trend towards creating eco-friendly products is getting set in. This involves creating biodegradable materials for making ... The post Trendy eco-friendly products to stimulate your green thumb appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Eco-friendly gadgets for the responsible camper

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Going out into the laps of nature is an exhilarating experience and there is no better way to do so than to go out camping and staying there for a while. However, away from the amenities of modern life, particularly the uninitiated can get very messy about managing themselves in the wild. Lack of power ... The post Eco-friendly gadgets for the responsible camper appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Recycle your old books into these stunning creations

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:26 pm
    There are many unused and outdated books lying around in some dingy corner of our house serving no ultimate use to us than we giving them off for discarding. It is simply a sad spectacle to us the book lovers that they should have such an inglorious and sad end. However, by using your ingenuity ... The post Recycle your old books into these stunning creations appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Recycling cans for a creative and green garden décor

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Much of our food products like milk, coffee, jams, pickles, salted fish, drinks and chocolates come in cans. After a period of collecting them and using them for storing, we know not what to do with them and simply throw them away with trash. But these cans have a few more years to live and ... The post Recycling cans for a creative and green garden décor appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • India unveiling world’s first solar powered airport

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:52 am
    India has unveiled plans for the world’s first International airport that will operate completely on solar power. Kerala’s Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) took the green initiative and now has become the only solar powered airport in the world. An epoch in the history of aviation With its inauguration by the Chief Minister of Kerala, ... The post India unveiling world’s first solar powered airport appeared first on Eco Friend.
 
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • How the Clean Power Plan Can Benefit Latino Communities

    Lucía Oliva Hennelly
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:52 pm
    By Lucía Oliva HennellyEarlier this month, the United States announced a major step forward in addressing air quality concerns and climate change threats to Latinos.  I’m talking about the Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from powerplants and places us on a path to heed Pope Francis’s call to protect our planet. Unfortunately, critics began attacking the plan even before it was final.  Some of these attacks have targeted the Latino community in particular, arguing that the Clean Power Plan will disproportionately and negatively harm…
  • Legal Experts Affirm the Strong Legal Basis for the Clean Power Plan

    Tomas Carbonell
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    By Tomas CarbonellLike other major Clean Air Act standards protecting our climate and public health, the Clean Power Plan will likely be subject to numerous legal attacks. EPA has a long history of successfully defending its rules against such attacks – and the Clean Power Plan is on similarly strong legal footing. Leading law enforcement officials, former EPA officials, and prominent legal scholars have concluded that the Clean Power Plan is firmly within EPA’s long-standing authority under the Clean Air Act: Statements on the Final Clean Power Plan We are in the process of reviewing the…
  • An Early Look at the Clean Power Plan in Six Charts

    Nicholas Bianco
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    By Nicholas Bianco(This post was written by EDF’s Nicholas Bianco and Tomás Carbonell) On August 3rd, 2015, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic set of Clean Air Act standards that will finally put an end to the era of unlimited carbon pollution from America’s fossil fuel-fired power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants are the nation’s single largest source of climate-destabilizing pollution, accounting for nearly 40 percent of our emissions of carbon dioxide. Unlike other major air pollutants from the power sector that have been subject to protective…
  • 3 Ways the Clean Power Plan Will Strengthen Our Economy

    Jim Marston
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    By Jim Marston(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Clean Power Plan, the first initiative of its kind to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing U.S. power plants. By improving air quality, the plan promises to prevent 90,000 childhood asthma attacks and avoid up to 3,600 premature deaths each year – without compromising economic growth. In fact, the Clean Power Plan is an incredible economic opportunity that states can’t afford to miss. By limiting power plants’ “free pass” to pollute, EPA…
  • The Clean Power Plan: A ticket to the top

    Fred Krupp
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:11 pm
    By Fred Krupp(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) Paxson Woelber With the Environmental Protection Agency’sClean Power Plannow final, the era of unlimited carbon pollution from America’s power plants is finally coming to an end. That’s excellent news, because climate change has put us in the race of our lives – and the countries that move the fastest toward clean energy will be the most competitive, create the most jobs and have the healthiest air. It’s a race to the top, and the Clean Power Plan gives the United States a better chance of winning. Below are excerpts from…
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  • You Can Now Name a Planet

    Siyahi
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    We all might have wondered how the naming system of all the planets in this universe works out. But here’s your chance to name a few of them. The golden chance is now being offered by International Astronomical Union, who is now calling out to the public to decide the names of 20 planetary systems, and the exo-planets that constitute those systems. Collectively, the systems represent 32 exo-planets and 15 stars in it. A website has already been made ready that contains the list of over 200 names shortlisted from the entries that flew in from nearly 50 nations. It’s now your chance to give…
  • World’s Smallest Rodent Found in China

    Siyahi
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
    It’s a well-known fact that China remains the abode for a wide population of jumping mice. But what was unknown till now was the fact that the country is also a home for the world’s smallest jumping mouse, which was discovered recently in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Chen Wenjie, a local bird lover, would have seldom thought of having a meeting with the smallest jumping mouse while driving his way through the village road in Hotan Prefecture. But so it happened, and so did he observed the small hopping creature under his lamps. With no bigger size than that of…
  • Why Does Lake Tahoe Sport Blue Hues

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

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

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

  • Why Should I Buy Coconut Flooring?

    GreenMan
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    You should buy coconut flooring because it is as beautiful, strong, hard and long lasting as hardwood flooring but unlike hardwood flooring it is environmentally friendly. Furthermore, buying coconut flooring helps the economies of rural communities in many developing countries. Coconut flooring is made from coconut palm trees that have stopped producing coconut fruit. This […]
  • Things to Look for When Hiring a Web Designer

    GreenMan
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    Things to Look for When Hiring a Web Designer If you are planning on starting an online business in the near future, choosing the right people to design it is a critical decision. This is especially true if you are going to depend on the income generated from your online business to support yourself. If […]
  • Whole Trees Architecture

    GreenMan
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    Whole Trees Architecture Green interior design should not be just about changing the interiors of already existing structures to make them healthier for people, more energy and water efficient and more environmentally friendly. Sometimes it is necessary to re-examine basic principles. That is just what a small company in America called Whole Trees Architecture and […]
  • Tax Planning for Small Business Owners

    GreenMan
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    Tax Planning for Small Business Owners Tax planning is the process of looking at various tax options to determine when, whether, and how to conduct business and personal transactions to reduce or eliminate tax liability. Many small business owners ignore tax planning. They don’t even think about their taxes until it’s time to meet with […]
  • How Can I Outperform My Competitors Online?

    GreenMan
    7 Aug 2015 | 2:26 am
    How Can I Outperform My Competitors Online? Because more and more business owners are advertising their goods and services online, corporate leaders who want to stand out need to know how to outperform their competitors. If you’re interested in making your company an industry leader and leaving the competition in the dust, be sure to […]
 
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    Autoblog Green

  • Arro app lets NYC taxis compete with Uber [w/video]

    Chris Bruce
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    Filed under: Green, Videos, Smartphone, Commercial VehiclesThe new smartphone app Arro allows traditional cab drivers in the Big Apple to challenge Uber. The service lets users hail a taxi and pay for it from their phone without ever having surge pricing.Continue reading Arro app lets NYC taxis compete with Uber [w/video]Arro app lets NYC taxis compete with Uber [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • 2016 Toyota Prius: Our best look yet

    Steven J. Ewing
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Filed under: Green, Spy Photos, Toyota, Hatchback, Electric, HybridHere's an up-close look at the highly anticipated, fourth-generation Toyota Prius.Continue reading 2016 Toyota Prius: Our best look yet2016 Toyota Prius: Our best look yet originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Autoblog Minute: Uber competes with automakers for commuter attention, dollars

    Autoblog Staff
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Filed under: Green, Videos, Driving, Autoblog MinuteWith Uber's IPO rumored to launch sometime within the next 24 months, it appears on-demand commuter services are here to stay. Autoblog's Eddie Sabatini reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute, with commentary from Autoblog Green's Sebastian Blanco.Continue reading Autoblog Minute: Uber competes with automakers for commuter attention, dollarsAutoblog Minute: Uber competes with automakers for commuter attention, dollars originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of…
  • In Iowa, Hillary Clinton says ethanol holds promise

    Autoblog Staff
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Ethanol, United StatesPresidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says ethanol holds great promise for automobiles and aviation.Continue reading In Iowa, Hillary Clinton says ethanol holds promiseIn Iowa, Hillary Clinton says ethanol holds promise originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Wheego working on two new models, coming to China first

    Sebastian Blanco
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Filed under: Green, Green Automakers, ElectricWheego Electric Cars is not dead yet, it turns out, and says it will bring two new EVs to market. These will be sold in China first, then the US.Continue reading Wheego working on two new models, coming to China firstWheego working on two new models, coming to China first originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
 
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  • My Favorite Plastic-Free Sandwich and Snack Baggies and Containers

    Beth Terry
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    Are you still relying on plastic baggies, bags, or containers to pack lunches for school or work? Are you concerned about the chemicals that can leach out of plastics into the foods you or your kids eat? A lot of plastic food containers are touted as BPA-free. But BPA-free does not necessarily mean safe because the chemicals used in place of BPA can have the same harmful effects. And plastics like polypropylene may contain antibacterial chemicals like Triclosan, which have been found to leach. Here are a few of my favorite reusable cloth and stainless steel sandwich/snack baggies or…
  • One Week Without Plastic Trash in Germany

    Beth Terry
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:49 pm
    The following is a guest post by two German students, Laura and Sophie, who tried an experiment to live one week without plastic trash.  Click here to check out their blog and read this story in the original German.  These posts reveal their successes, frustrations, and attempts at trying new things (like black coffee!)  Please enjoy, and if you know of good resources in Germany, please be sure and leave a comment for them. Sophie: The first plastic-free shopping The first plastic free shopping was not that easy. Once you enter the supermarket, you notice that there is almost nothing you…
  • Homemade Tooth Powder and Facial Scrub Recipes, Sans Plastic Microbeads

    Beth Terry
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Neutrogena Deep Clean gentle scrub still contains microbeads as of 08/02/2105. Photo from Drugstore.com website. Are you still rubbing plastic all over your face? Since I first reported on microbeads–those tiny bits of plastic added to facial scrubs, toothpaste, and other personal care products–in 2007 and then again in 2013, the NY Times has reported on them, several U.S. states have passed legislation to ban them,  Canada is on the verge of banning them, and the Story of Stuff Project has created a video and campaign to get other states and countries to follow suit.
  • Storing Produce in Glass Is Safe, Healthy, and Beautiful

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

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

  • Capitalizing on a Low-Carbon Future

    Karen Henry
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:32 am
    Speaking to leaders in corporate environmental and sustainability departments, I’ve found most organizations are focused on sustainability as an operational issue. They prioritize carbon disclosure and decarbonization of their operations, and are measuring and addressing the carbon footprints of their supply chains and products. Despite the social and environmental value of their sustainability efforts, these […]
  • Xcel Energy ‘On Track’ to 30% Carbon Footprint Reduction by 2020

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    Xcel Energy says it’s the first US utility to verify and register all of its greenhouse gas emissions data with The Climate Registry for seven consecutive years. The company’s emissions reporting validates Xcel Energy’s more than 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in the last decade. Xcel Energy achieved Climate Registered status by successfully […]
  • Wanted: Recycling, Reuse Tenants for New [re]Manufacturing Hub

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    The city of Austin, Texas is accepting letters of interest from potential recycling and reuse industry tenants interested in locating at Austin’s [re]Manufacturing Hub. Located on redeveloped land owned by Austin Resource Recovery, this new industrial park aims to become a home for the local circular economy that will attract, retain and grow zero-waste businesses. […]
  • LLamasoft Aims to Eliminate Supply Chain ‘Data Gaps’

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Sustainable supply chain software company LLamasoft has partnered with three supply chain companies — Transplace, Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium and Xeneta — to provide increasingly detailed data to its modeling customers. Transplace, a 3PL and supply chain technology company and long-term LLamasoft partner, increased engagement with LLamasoft customers by providing intra-Mexico benchmark truckload rate data. […]
  • Do Carbon Offsets Actually Increase Emissions?

    Karen Henry
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:29 am
    A study released by the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) has revealed serious issues with the environmental integrity of carbon credit issued under Joint Implementation (JI). According to the review, about three-quarters of the carbon credits issued under JI may have actually increased emissions by about 600 million metric tons. JI enables countries with emission reduction […]
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Trending: 'Freaky Friday' Technologies Grow Metal, Create Batteries from Trees

    Brynn McNally
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    We know from the emerging discipline of biomimicry that natural systems can stimulate sustainable designs for human use. Two recent innovations use trees for inspiration and materials in unconventional products that may revolutionize very different industries: large-scale metal production, and battery technology to suit cars and wearable devices.First, a startup in Seattle has developed a process to “grow” high-performance metals using only electricity, saving significant costs and energy. Modumetal announced this weekitraised $33.5 million in funding for increasing production and sales…
  • The Nebulous Nexus: Collaboration Is Key to Ensuring Success of COP21

    Dr. Gemma Cranston
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    The threats climate change poses to the private sector are significant and the need for international agreements on climate change to keep global warming below 2°C is ever more pressing. The challenge that we all face now is in finding consensus and a common vision that is applicable not only to all countries but to all corporate sectors too. So, as we reach #100daysToParis, how can the ambitions of COP21 be met and what is the role of collaboration in achieving this?Let’s start with the facts: Current upward trends for consumption, population and economic growth are placing enormous…
  • Texas Teen Develops $20 Water Purifier to Fight E-Waste Pollution

    Mike Hower
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Eighteen-year-old Perry Alagappan of Texas has created a renewable heavy metal filter capable of removing 99 percent of heavy metals from water that passes through it, The Guardian reports.This could be particularly useful in countries such as China and India, where recycling factories are recovering e-waste exported from around the world, but discharging heavy metals and chemicals into local water supplies in the process.Built from graphene nanotubes, the filter can be rinsed with a vinegar concentrate and reused, according to The Guardian. The highly concentrated waste can then be…
  • Dewar's Distillery Powering Itself, 8,000 Homes with Biofuel from Whisky By-Products

    Hannah Furlong
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:58 pm
    The Rothes CoRDe, a John Dewar & Sons distillery part-owned by The Combination of Rothes Distillers, is the latest facility under the Bacardi umbrella to produce energy through a biomass boiler fuelled by Scotch whisky distillery by-products. The Dewar's facility produces enough energy to power entire communities of neighboring distilleries — along with about 8,000 homes.“A number of whisky companies are part of an industry consortium looking at sustainable ways of processing by-products from our distilleries,” says Iain Lochhead, Operations Director for John Dewar & Sons Ltd.,…
  • Study: Contrarian Climate Studies Contain Notable Scientific Errors

    Brynn McNally
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    A new study published in the journal Theoretical and Applied Climatology examines contrarian climate science — the 3 percent of studies questioning the existence and human causes of climate change — and finds they include critical mistakes in selection and interpretation of data.The authors tried to replicate the results of 38 examples of contrarian climate research, selected for their high visibility and their arrival at different conclusions than consensus climate studies.“Our hypothesis was that the chosen contrarian paper was valid, and our approach was to try to falsify this…
 
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    Sustainablog

  • The Waste Biz: Is Plastic To Oil A Step Forward For The Circular Economy?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Is a plastic to oil waste recovery program really an example of the circular economy? Dow Chemical thinks so; some activist organizations disagree The post The Waste Biz: Is Plastic To Oil A Step Forward For The Circular Economy? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Will Creating More Plastic Waste Save Water? Um, No…

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    Shade balls have been all the rage as a potential California drought solution... except they won't work. They will create lots of plastic waste, though The post Will Creating More Plastic Waste Save Water? Um, No… appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Whiskey Distillery Waste Good For Heating Homes, Feeding Cattle [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    A whiskey distillery produces waste, and a group of Scotch makers in Scotland has figured out a good use for that waste: burn it to make electricity The post Whiskey Distillery Waste Good For Heating Homes, Feeding Cattle [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • How To Recycle Plastic Into “Paint”: South African Artist Mbongeni Buthelezi [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    South African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi has developed a method to recycle plastic waste into "paint" for his own unique method of expression The post How To Recycle Plastic Into “Paint”: South African Artist Mbongeni Buthelezi [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Waste Biz: The Costs – And Opportunities – Of E-Waste

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    The e-waste stream is growing: what are the costs and opportunities created by the increasing amount of electronic waste we create The post The Waste Biz: The Costs – And Opportunities – Of E-Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • New Study Finds That Humans Should Kill Smaller, Younger Animals

    Gregory Barber
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    When it comes to food, humans gravitate to the biggest item on the menu: overstuffed turkeys, 1,000-pound sturgeons, the fattest burger. But a new study in Science shows how our obsession with taking down the biggest prey is damaging the world's wildlife. Looking at 282 marine species and 117 terrestrial mammals, researchers at the University of Victoria found that human hunters and fishers overwhelmingly target adult animals over juveniles. Driven by the prestige and financial payoff of a trophy kill or gargantuan catch—and an aversion to killing young animals that might be seen as…
  • There Might Be Fracking Wastewater on Your Organic Fruits and Veggies

    Josh Harkinson
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    The US Department of Agriculture's organics standards, written 15 years ago, strictly ban petroleum-derived fertilizers commonly used in conventional agriculture. But the same rules do not prohibit farmers from irrigating their crops with petroleum-laced wastewater obtained from oil and gas wells—a practice that is increasingly common in drought-stricken Southern California. As I reported last month, oil companies last year supplied half the water that went to the 45,000 acres of farmland in Kern County's Cawelo Water District, farmland that is owned, in part, by Sunview, a company that…
  • The FDA Just Approved "Viagra for Women"

    Luke Whelan
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:35 pm
    More than 17 years after it ushered in Viagra, the Federal Drug Administration approved the first women's sex-drive drug, flibanserin, earlier today.  Sprout Pharmaceuticals will manufacture the drug, which they've named Addyi, and sell it to women with low libido, or hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). While the pill has garnered much attention under monikers like "pink Viagra" or "Viagra for women," its purpose and mechanism have little in common with the famous blue pill for men. The drug will not physically bring blood to parts of the body to assist arousal, but instead…
  • California Is on Fire. This Map Shows Where.

    Luke Whelan
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    On August 17, 2013—two years ago today—a deer hunter near California's Yosemite National Park ignored a campfire ban and burned trash from his dinner. The embers blew into dry brush, starting the third worst wildfire in the state's history. All told, the Rim Fire, as it came to be called, burned 257,314 acres in and around Yosemite. No wildfires of that scale have occurred since, but, thanks to drought and climate change, California is far from out of the woods. In fact, in 2015, 4,382 wildfires have already scorched a total of 117,960 acres, more than double the five-year average…
  • Your Meat-Eating Habit Is Killing More Than Just Cows

    Gabrielle Canon
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    The earth is in the middle of its sixth mass extinction, and die-offs are happening more quickly than ever before. In a little over a century, the world has said goodbye to more than 400 species—and many biologists believe this is just the beginning. Scientists predict that in the next 35 years, as many as 37 percent of the world's species could go extinct, if current trends continue. While we know that climate change is a major culprit in the loss of biodiversity, some researchers now believe burgers might also be to blame. In a new report, a team from Florida International University…
 
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • How Local Organizers Thwarted One of the Biggest Utility Acquisitions in History

    Stephen Lacey
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Until this week, most people thought Exelon's planned $6.9 billion acquisition of Pepco was a sure bet. But in a blow to both companies, regulators in the District of Columbia rejected the deal. What happened? The story is not just about a business deal gone awry. It’s a story about local empowerment, how utilities are dealing with the dramatic swing in America’s electricity market, and the tough decisions regulators are grappling with as they consider how to promote a cleaner grid. We will talk to Anya Schoolman, an organizer in DC who opposed the deal, about how a group of…
  • America’s Utility-Scale Solar Generation Is 31 Times Higher Today Than a Decade Ago

    Stephen Lacey
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    There was a moment in 2013 and early 2014 when utility-scale solar hit a snag in America. California utilities were reaching the upper limits of their renewable energy mandates, concentrating solar power costs were not coming down as expected, and investors had turned their attention to the booming residential PV market.  But that moment passed fairly quickly. Moving into the second half of 2014, utilities all around the country signed an unprecedented number of contracts for utility-scale PV projects -- in large part because the technology had gotten so cheap. California had largely…
  • What’s the Current Operational Capacity of the US Microgrid Market?

    Mike Munsell
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to week two of GTM's Energy News Quiz. I'm your host, Alex Trebek Mike Munsell. Take the quiz below. If any questions leave you puzzled, we've provided explainer links at the bottom. How'd you do? Feel free to brag (or shame yourself) in the comments section. ***SPOILERS BELOW*** 1. Which of these elements is NOT part of President Obama's recently announced clean energy plan? 2. AGL Resources was just acquired for $8 billion by which firm? 3. Speaking of acquisitions, which firm just acquired Seeo's Solid-Electrolyte EV-Battery Technology? 4. Name the most…
  • Solyndra Execs Lied to the Government to Get Its Loan, Investigators Conclude

    Stephen Lacey
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:16 am
    Washington Post: Top Leaders of Solyndra Repeatedly Misled Federal Officials Top leaders of a troubled solar-panel company that cost taxpayers a half-billion dollars repeatedly misled federal officials and omitted information about the firm’s financial prospects as they sought to win a major government loan, according to a newly-released federal investigative report. The report, written by the Energy Department’s Inspector General, summarizes the findings of the four-year-long investigation conducted by FBI agents and investigators from the Office of the Inspector General.
  • Solar Monitor Draker Labs Lays Off Staff but Hopes for White Knight

    Eric Wesoff
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Draker Labs, one of the leading providers of monitoring systems and services for commercial and utility-scale solar power, had to “downsize” last Friday, according to the Burlington Free Press. Sources indicate that most or all of the company's employees were let go. Other sources suggest that Draker has left customers without monitoring capabilities and scrambling for a replacement. Last month, Draker and monitoring firm Inaccess were set to merge. The two firms would have had a combined portfolio of 5 gigawatts of utility and commercial-scale solar power plants, according to…
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    Direct2Dell

  • Product Safety Awareness – Do You Need a New Battery?

    Gary Schrempp
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Battery life is a key element to the enjoyment and usefulness of smart phones, tablets and notebook computers.  To help ensure the best user experience with battery power, Dell designs and tests its packs to maximize battery life and to ensure performance that is safe and reliable with Dell systems.  But all device batteries eventually reach a time when their ability to hold energy diminishes and you need to give thought to replacing the battery. With today’s lithium ion batteries you should exercise care in selecting a replacement. Dell devotes significant resources to…
  • Dell on Dell: How We Use Our Products, Solutions and Services to Power our Own Story

    pauljwalsh
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Practice what you preach. Walk the walk, or my favorite - drink your own champagne. We’ve all heard these sayings but how many of us are putting them into practice? As CIO of Dell, I’m proud to share that we run our business on technology that is over 85 percent Dell. From the data center to the desktop, from monitoring to security, we’re often our own best case study by implementing the end to end solutions we offer our customers.  Every IT organization in the industry struggles with a common issue – complexity. Greater complexity leads to decreased IT agility…
  • Dell IoT Gateways in Action at Intel IDF

    Kirsten Billhardt
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    A pleasant surprise for us at Intel Developer Forum 2015 last week was seeing our Dell IoT gateways in action, powering a number of demos at the show.  SAS shared a demo based on sensors placed throughout the conference floor, capturing data around motion, sound and light. This data was fed into the Dell IoT gateway on which they had loaded their SAS® Event Stream Processing application, and from there the data was sent to the cloud.  Bradley Klenz, Principal Architect, Advanced Analytics R&D, explains the logic: “We’ve been doing work on streaming analytics.
  • In a League of Their Own - Dell's 1st Gaming Monitor and New 27” Curved Display

    DELL-Vinay A
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    At Dell, we aim to create the most cutting-edge and high performance displays for our customers. We are constantly designing new products to suit our customers’ needs and continuing to expand our lineup of displays as the world’s #1 monitor brand for two consecutive years, according to NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Desktop Monitor Shipment and Forecast Report (2013 and 2014). In the high-end PC gaming department, we are dedicated to developing state-of-the-art technologies to help serious gamers achieve a competitive edge and in-game advantage. Today, on the eve of PAX Prime,…
  • How Dell Supports Millennials’ Careers

    DELL-Meredith Harrison
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Millennials are the hot topic in recruiting these days - how to attract them, what interests them when considering a job and how their unique experiences are changing today’s workforce. Millennials are essential partners in change and Dell’s goal is to hire at least a quarter of our workforce directly from universities. Not only do we want to attract these young professionals, we also provide support and opportunities to help them continue to learn and grow through career development programs and their Employee Resource Group (ERG), GenNext. (Please visit the site to view this…
 
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    Orion Magazine

  • Letter from Colorado: On the Dirty, Deep-seated Origins of the Animas River Spill

    Scott Gast
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    In early August, the EPA accidentally released three million gallons of contaminated water from the Gold King mine into Cement Creek, a tributary of Colorado’s Animas River. Jeff Snowbarger, who’s at ... The post Letter from Colorado: On the Dirty, Deep-seated Origins of the Animas River Spill appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • Concrete Progress: LA’s Creative Approach to Freshwater Storage? Thousands of Plastic Balls

    Scott Gast
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    Concrete Progress is an ongoing series of columns by Peter Brewitt devoted to exploring America’s infrastructure. It is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project.   The Los Angeles Reservoir, 175 acres ... The post Concrete Progress: LA’s Creative Approach to Freshwater Storage? Thousands of Plastic Balls appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • Concrete Progress: The Charlotte Airport’s 8,000 Square Feet of Worms

    Scott Gast
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Concrete Progress is an ongoing series of columns by Peter Brewitt devoted to exploring America’s infrastructure. It is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project.   Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, in Charlotte, North Carolina, ... The post Concrete Progress: The Charlotte Airport’s 8,000 Square Feet of Worms appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • Ana Maria Spagna on Her New Book, 100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It)

    Scott Gast
    10 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    When Orion’s Enumeration department made its debut in 2013, one of the first contributions was from Ana Maria Spagna, whose writing has appeared frequently in the magazine. Her piece, “10 Skills ... The post Ana Maria Spagna on Her New Book, 100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It) appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • Concrete Progress: From Waste to Watts at One of the World’s Biggest Automobile Plants

    Scott Gast
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Concrete Progress is an ongoing series of columns by Peter Brewitt devoted to exploring America’s infrastructure. It is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project. Above: a landfill flare burns off excess ... The post Concrete Progress: From Waste to Watts at One of the World’s Biggest Automobile Plants appeared first on Orion Magazine.
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    The New Republic

  • The Rehabilitationists

    Brian Beutler
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In November 2013, a who’s who of America’s conservative legal establishment descended on the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., for an annual meeting of the Federalist Society, the most influential conservative legal organization in the country. Current presidential candidates Scott Walker and
  • Why Is Donald Trump Winning Over Evangelical Voters?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    As Donald Trump has enjoyed an astonishing lead in a packed Republican primary field, a vexing question has gone unanswered: Why are evangelicals, those most desired of conservative voters, fond of Trump? There isn’t a single Republican in the mix who isn’t openly courting the evangelical vote.
  • The Flooding of America

    The New Republic Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
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  • Republicans Come to Terms with Their Worst Trump Nightmare

    Brian Beutler
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    The tenor of Republican Party rhetoric has darkened. Until recently, most Republican candidates and strategists regarded Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as something ephemeral—
  • Gun Control Advocates Make Slow Progress—Just Not in Washington

    Suzy Khimm
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    The response to the fatal shootings of two journalists in Virginia feels depressingly familiar: the same calls from Democrats to ramp up gun control; the same calls from Republicans to blame mental illness; the same Onio
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: The Foodie’s Travel Guide to the World’s Most Sustainable Restaurants

    Mary Mazzoni
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    For those die-hard foodies who couldn't dream of traveling without hitting up all the locally-esteemed eateries, this week we pulled together a travel guide featuring sustainable restaurants from all over the world. Bon appétit!
  • New Water Analysis Tool Monetizes Revenue at Risk

    RP Siegel
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    World Water Week is going on right now in Stockholm, Sweden. This year marks the 25th edition of the annual international event aimed at calling attention to issues surrounding water. A new tracking tool was launched at the event that may help businesses rethink water risk.
  • Toxic Lead: Nestle’s $100M Pot of Troubles in India

    Jan Lee
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Maggi brand is big business for Nestle, especially in India, where it is considered the go-to, inexpensive staple for many households. But the world's biggest food manufacturer is in trouble with the government of India, which launched a suit for $100 million against Nestle for excessive lead levels in popular packaged noodles. Many of Maggi's loyal consumers, however, could care less about the battle -- they just want their noodles on the shelves.
  • Brazil Ups Arrests as Timber-Laundering Sweeps the Nation

    Grant Whittington
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    More than 30 officials were arrested in Brazil after an investigation revealed local businessmen and sawmill owners were illegally tampering with documents, allowing them to increase the amount of timber harvested from their land.
  • Sustainable Aid: The Long-Term Solution to Poverty

    3p Contributor
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Poverty has decreased very slightly over the past 30 years. In order for this issue to be solved, a new method of action needs to be taken. Using sustainable aid is the long-term solution to the issue of poverty. Not only does this approach provide a new beginning for families, but it also a brighter future for their communities.
 
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    Max Gladwell

  • The Ultimate Bike Commuting System

    Max Gladwell
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Everyday commuting on electric-hybrid bikes is all about the system of gear in support of the program Bike commuting is inherently good. It’s good for the environment by reducing traffic congestion and pollution. It’s good for the body by way of exercise and good for the mind by pumping more oxygen to the brain in preparation for the workday. According to a study done by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. Nevertheless, bike commuting can be a chore.
  • Gear of the 2015 Tour de France

    Max Gladwell
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    The kits, wheels, tires, helmets and shoes that lead to victory in this year’s Tour de France. It takes years of dedicated training — not to mention a fair measure of natural talent — to ride like a professional cyclist. To ride with professional cycling gear, however, is just a matter of swiping a credit card. In other words, the gear of the 2015 Tour de France is widely available for purchase. Here are a few key pieces, together with the victories in which they played a starring role. MTN-Qhubeka jersey ($119): I’m typically not a fan of wearing pro team kits. If…
  • The Story of Localized Marketing – Part II

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

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

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

  • 4 Great Reads (parenting, climate, and inspiring fiction)

    Katy
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:23 pm
    (First posted at Moms Clean Air Force) The dog days of summer are here. The last few beauties before the busy fall kicks in. Have you lingered on your porch with a good book? There is still time. Here are the latest books in the areas of climate change, nature, parenting and historical fiction that are on my to-read list! While Glaciers Slept: Staying Human in the Time of Climate by M. Jackson Understanding the science of climate change is not enough. As parent activists, we must get the heart of our issue — how climate change affects children. Families and community stories are vital to…
  • Summer News (Dumbledore, asbestos in crayons, and Menards)

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Labor Day Weekend: Important Road Trip Tips

    Tiffany
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:54 pm
    For years, Labor Day weekend has remained one of the most popular celebrations in America. After all it is the last big weekend of the season. Kids and adults alike want to squeeze in just a little more “summer”. Although some people choose to relax at home, there are others who plan to hit the road and take a trip. Here are a few important Labor Day travel tips to keep in mind. Make sure the car is in tip-top shape Before hitting the highway, the vehicle needs to be in tip-top condition. In order to prevent disaster on the road and avoid a holiday interruptus headache, the…
  • 3 Steps to Creating a Minimalist Kitchen

    Tiffany
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Less really is more, especially when it comes to practicing minimalism in the kitchen. And while there are hundreds of books and magazines that can steer you towards creating the ideal minimalist kitchen, the truth is that most of us don’t have the time or resources to spend on remodeling or even on purchasing new equipment. The good news is that practicing minimalism in the kitchen does not require that you spend big bucks. It’s all about getting back to basics and eliminating all the extemporaneous things from your space. You can achieve the clutter free existence and peace of mind that…
  • We Got It! Our Suburban Homestead…

    Tiffany
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Yay!!! I am so excited to share with you all that I am a new homeowner. My husband and I closed on our homestead in June. We bought in a suburb of Columbus (20 minutes away from downtown). It has over half an acre, a nice patch of woods, and a creek running through it. The urban/suburban part has always been important to me. I am not a fan of rural living (been there, done that) and I personally feel that the vehicle for change…for our environment, our food system, and for our society in general needs to happen in cities. We need to green the cities, not move out of them. I would…
  • Why is One-on-One Time with your Kid So Important?

    Guest
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Each day, most of us struggle to complete our necessary chores. In the midst of all these necessities, it’s easy to forget to slow down and pay attention to the little things, like spending quality one-on-one time with your kids. Everyday chaos means that some of life’s opportunities to create good and long lasting memories are often missed. Children won’t remember whether or not you took out the trash or made dinner, but they will remember the time that you built a fort out of sheets and blankets in the living room. These times matter because they make each child feel…
  • Planting Fruit Trees in the Fall

    Tiffany
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    Growing your own fresh fruit is as easy as 1-2-3; the right planting location for a fruit tree, the right fruit tree variety and a plan of attack for pests and disease. This approach will provide you with fresh fruit, fragrant blooms in the spring, landscape beauty, bird lodging and wood for the BBQ or smoker that will add flavor to home cooked meals. Fruit trees can be planted any time of the year but fall is especially good because cooler temperatures are less stressful on the trees and less water is required to help establish them. Plant them in the fall and they have time to take root…
 
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    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  • Making Some Headspace and a Meditation Challenge

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Being present. Living in the now. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I will share more about this in the posts ahead, but for now all I feel comfortable saying is my anxiety has returned periodically in one form or another. As I look for new ways to address it, I have begun exploring meditation as a viable option. My husband Jody joined the Headspace community eight months ago in an effort to work with anxious feelings of his own. If you aren’t familiar with HeadSpace, it is “a gym membership for your mind” or simply a course of guided…
  • Breathing New Life into My Blog

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Remember that time more than 10 years ago when I sat down and wrote my first blog post? Well, you probably don’t, but I do. I was a new mom — my daughter Ava was just 8 months old — and I was on fire with a cause. The cause doesn’t matter much now, but my passion at the time did. I was a mom on a mission to make the world a better place and I had to start somewhere, anywhere. And so I did. I signed up with Blogger and “penned” my first post. And then my next post and next post and before long, I was hooked. Over the years, I’ve shared so many…
  • The 365 Gratitude Photo Challenge

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    For 2014 I took part in a 365 Gratitude Photo Challenge on Instagram. The basic premise is that you take and post a picture every day for a year of something for which you are grateful and tag it with #365grateful or #365gratitude. It has been a great reminder of the many blessings I have. Amazingly enough, I haven’t missed a single day this year (knock wood!). Even on days that I felt like crap with a migraine I’ve found something for which I am thankful. There’s so much for me to appreciate in my life, even on the hard days. It’s been an eye-opening experience and…
  • I’m going to ShiftCon

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Two weeks from today I’ll be in Los Angeles to attend the first ever ShiftCon — an eco-wellness social media conference. The focus of ShiftCon is health, wellness and the environment — three of my biggest passions! I wasn’t sure about going at first since I haven’t been as big a part of the blogging world as I used to be, but when a wait-list ticket opened up several weeks ago, I decided to throw caution to the wind and bought my ticket. Not only that, my husband Jody and I decided to make it into a short family vacation so the four of us are all heading to LA!
  • Your Cash Register Receipt May Contain BPA

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Disclosure: This post was created as part of the BPA in Receipts Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience. Keeping your family healthy and staying away from nasty chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) — a nasty endocrine disruptor — at the grocery store can be a daunting task. But there is new research (#ad) that shows that it’s not just the food that could contain BPA, it’s the cash register receipts as well. Specifically it’s the thermal register receipts that are the issue. That kind of…
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Voting is the Greenest Thing

    Amber Strocel
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    The Climate Crusader is working to green her vote.Here in Canada a federal election was recently called. Things work differently here than in the US. Rather than having fixed election dates, the Prime Minister typically decides when to call an election. A law was passed in 2007 stating that elections would be held on the third Monday in October every four years, but they can be called sooner, as our last election was in 2011. That's an aside, though. My main point is that I'll be voting soon. And my feelings on the environment in general and climate change in particular will impact the…
  • Upcycled Crafts with Jeans

    Christy
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    Queen Composter shares an alternative to donating clothing.I am an avid crafter, but as someone who cares about environmentalism, I am ashamed to admit how much I spend on buying new craft supplies.I have kicked the dollar store habit because of the unknown toxins in the products, but with my list of crafting hobbies growing (knitting, bead making, DIY jewelry, card making, scrapbooking, sewing, embroidery, crochet, homemade personal care products) I often have to spend money to buy supplies to feed my habit.There are so many reasons to be mindful when buying new supplies for crafting. First…
  • The Power to Change

    Green Bean
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:58 pm
    From the bean of Green Bean.Have you read the latest report on climate change? Environmental degradation? Mass extinction? It does not matter which one. They are all bad. All depressing.It is enough to make one bury her head in the sand. And, while there are days that I definitely feel like doing that, yesterday was not one of them.Yesterday, I donned my superhero cape and rocked the environmental world. That is how I felt, at least, when I visited my local legislator with a small group of concerned constituents.It is so easy to say no but when I got the phone call asking me to attend this…
  • Why You Should Share Green Good News with Your Kids

    Betsy Escandon
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Recently I've been reading and writing about How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott P. Sampson. The chapter on "The Rewilding Revolution" included a passage that grabbed my attention:"One of the greatest gifts we can give to children is an optimistic outlook on the future. Particularly for kids in early childhood, avoid negative stories about the natural world and the declining environment. This can lead to emotional detachment rather than caring. Recognize, however, that kids in middle childhood will likely be getting a doom-and-gloom message about the state of the world, even if it…
  • The Plants That Always Thrive

    Amber Strocel
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:53 pm
    The Climate Crusader is looking at weeds through different eyes.It has been a hot, dry summer here in the Pacific Northwest. We are usually known more for our liquid sunshine (read: rain) than actual sunshine, but so far 2015 has been an exception. My lawn long ago gave up the ghost and turned brown. If I forget to water my garden for a couple of days some of the plants look more than a bit parched. But amid all of this, there are some plants that continue to do well.They are green. They are flowering. Lush, even. What are they? Weeds.Only, not really.Let's get down to basics and consider the…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • The Magic of 360 Degree Cooking George Foreman Style

    greenandcleanmom
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:10 pm
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  • Organic and Easy To Make Baby Food Recipes

    greenandcleanmom
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
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  • How to Make a Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

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    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Healthy Breakfast and Lunch Ideas

    greenandcleanmom
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Shopping Amazon for Baby Shower Gifts

    greenandcleanmom
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
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    GreenStyleMom

  • (Mid)DayBook 8.24.15

    Greenstylemom
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Writing mid-afternoon. Seems to be the time I can find these days. So many things I'm not doing so I can sit here and just be.Outside my window... I am outside. Lots of birds in the yard the last few days. Nina is lounging in the sun next to me. Tripper has his nose to the ground finding smellsI am hearing those birds and a lawn mower in the neighborhood. But mostly the birds.I am feeling... pretty good. Very antsy this afternoon for a sweet treat.I am thinking... that I would like an eye lift. Never did I think that I would some day be thinking that…
  • Summer Review

    Greenstylemom
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    We have had a fabulous summer, but I haven't had much time for blogging. Hoping that being back on a more routine schedule as autumn approaches will help. Here is the bullet highlights of our summer. Hoping to get more details and pictures on the blog at some point.JuneTrip to Club Med in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with my friend/tennis partner Jordana and her family. A new experience for us as we had never been to an all exclusive resort (this was actually the last weekend in May but seemed like the kickoff to summer for us)Jack did 2 weeks of STEM camp through a local university and…
  • DayBook 8.3.15

    Greenstylemom
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    It's been almost 6 months since I've written a DayBook post. Thought it might be a good start to my get-back-to-blogging-more-regularly attempt.Outside my window... overcast and green. The mountains look dark, but I am so happy to see them.I am hearing birds chattering, the trampoline springs assisting Kate skyward, and the mumble of the audiobook entertaining Jack as he gets dressedI am feeling... motivated!I am thinking... about what life is going to look like this school year. With one in school full time, there will be no big travels. As that reality sets in, I'm…
  • Right Now - My Boys

    Greenstylemom
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Plenty of room in Tripper's new crate
  • Right Now - Madlibs & Music

    Greenstylemom
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    Heading towards home
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    Green Talk®

  • How to Preserve Zucchini and Summer Squash

    Anna@Green Talk
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    As gardeners we talk a lot about how to grow and harvest our vegetables but rarely talk about what to do with the excess from those prolific bearing vegetables.  You know which ones I am talking about– zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes.  In the past, I provided a tutorial on how to can tomatoes, but you can’t can zucchini or eggplant. For purposes of this article, I will stick to the overabundance of zucchini and summer squash issue.  So, what the heck do you do with all those zucchinis and summer squash? Well, I have a trick for you so you can bask in zucchini and summer…
  • Powdery Mildew Spray with Milk. Nip it in the Bud.

    Anna@Green Talk
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Powdery mildew on your plants seems like a rite of passage as a gardener.  The fungus causes the leaves to become a rainbow of colors of yellow, white, and brown.   Eventually, many of the leaves die.  My squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers are infected with powdery mildew every year.  So instead of fighting it, I am proactive in preventing it.  Here’s how. What is Powdery Mildew? According to Colorado State Extension “Powdery mildews produce mycelium (fungal threads) that grow only on the surface of the plant. They never invade the tissues themselves. The fungi feed by sending…
  • 14 Ways Raising Backyard Chickens Help the Environment

    Anna@Green Talk
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Raising your own chickens is the new black. Seriously. I haven’t gone down this alley due to my abundant wildlife issue.  My property is teaming with hawks, raccoon, fox, and other hungry animals.  I couldn’t bear to see them killed. But if you are thinking about raising backyard chickens, read 14 reasons how raising chickens can save your garden and the environment. Thanks to Happy Chicken Coop for sending me this wonderful infographic which lays it out plain as day why raising your own chickens benefits the Earth.  Be sure to add your own ideas in the comments below. Raising…
  • How to Identify and Remove Squash Vine Borer Worm

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

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

  • Unique Eco Friendly Baby Shower Gifts

    Micaela
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
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  • The Coolest Reusable Lunch Gear for Back-to-School

    Micaela
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
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  • Adventures in Nature: Family Camp at Wolf Ridge

    Micaela
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
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  • Make It: Maple Vanilla Frozen Yogurt with a YayLabs! Ice Cream Ball

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

    Micaela
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Best Travel Pants for Women that are Stylish and Comfortable

    Dawn Head
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    When you are traveling you want clothes that are comfortable and do not get dirty or creased easily. For those traveling light or going away for long periods, it is important that their pants are easy to wash, multi-functional, lightweight, fast drying, crease resistant and durable. If you are a woman, the best travel pants… Read more The post Best Travel Pants for Women that are Stylish and Comfortable appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Fitbit One vs Fitbit Zip ~ Here’s What’s Great about Them

    Dawn Head
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    Here’s the lowdown on the Fitbit One vs Fitbit Zip. Learn about the differences between these best-selling Fitbits so that you can buy one with features that are important to you and that will meet your needs. Learn how these easy-to-use devices can help keep you motivated and why they are fun to use. Why buy a Fitbit… Read more The post Fitbit One vs Fitbit Zip ~ Here’s What’s Great about Them appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Fitbit vs Jawbone ~ Which is Best for Your Needs?

    Dawn Head
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:56 pm
    There are now dozens of fitness trackers and trainers available. Many firms have entered the market, and now there is a lot of competition. Companies have to continually work to maintain their edge over their competition and continue to invent better products and features. This is great for consumers because it means that there are many choices… Read more The post Fitbit vs Jawbone ~ Which is Best for Your Needs? appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Best Travel Pants for Men for Any Occasion

    Greg Head
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Best Travel Pants for Men If you are looking for men’s travel pants this is definitely the page for you. We have searched the market and have come up with a list of the best travel pants for men who love to travel or just be comfortable in day-to-day activities. Best Travel Pants for Women… Read more The post Best Travel Pants for Men for Any Occasion appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 11 Tips to Prepare for International Travel

    Katie
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Regardless of how many times you’ve traveled domestically, preparing for an international trip can be overwhelming. There are so many things to think about, including customs, border crossings, visas, how to get around while you’re there, and, of course, long plane rides. But international travel can be rewarding and exciting, and sometimes even stress-free. Here… Read more The post 11 Tips to Prepare for International Travel appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Yankee Candle Comes to Walmart with American Home

    Monica
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
      New in stores this Fall, just in time for the holidays are two very cool candle brands, perfect to keeping your home smelling fresh. Here’s a little bit more about them, and I’m very excited about both of these brands! I got to take a sneak peek on my last trip over to Walmart Home office during the Shareholder’s week, and now, I finally get to spill the beans! Burt’s Bees Scented Candles If you’re a fan of Burt’s Bees products, you’ve got to check these out! Burt’s Bees now makes scented candles for the home! I got to take a look at these,…
  • Walmart- Your One Stop Shop for Back to School

    Monica
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:32 pm
    It’s that time of year again… Some parents are dancing and rejoicing and some are wishing for just a few more days of sleeping in. Yep… It’s back to school time. How do you survive it all? The shoe shopping, the clothing shopping, and the dreaded supply shopping… Did you know that you can get it all done in one place? Walmart has everything you need to get in, get what you need, and get out and do it on a budget! Now, I could tell you how you could save all kinds of money on your kid’s school lunches and school supplies by buying at Walmart, and using…
  • Quick and Easy Clean Ups with Dyson V6 Slim

    Monica
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Do you have pets or kids… or a messy spouse? Are you constantly cleaning up spilled cheerios, pet food, or crumbs? If you need to clean up a quick mess, but don’t want to deal with pulling out the big clunky vacuum cleaner, you should check out the Dyson V6 Slim. The latest Dyson V6 Slim vacuum (a Walmart exclusive model) is lightweight, versatile, and has Dyson suction power, without the hassle of a cord. With 20 minutes of fade-free run time, the V6 Slim is light and easy to maneuver between high, low and hard to reach spaces. No more fiddling with plugs or tripping over cords.
  • From Day to Date Night with Walmart

    Monica
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Moms… It’s about to get super busy! School is starting up again, which means meetings, and volunteering, and who knows what else… You also need to make sure that you get some time for yourself… and your hubby! Consider this. The kids have been at school all day. You’ve been running errands, and have a PTO meeting that afternoon. Your hubby gets off early an hour early and wants to take you out to dinner at a pretty nice restaurant… You don’t get many of these because your schedule is always so packed, so of course you can’t possibly turn down…
  • No More Frizz with Remington PROtect Straightener

    Monica
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    Humidity is one of the worst things to have to deal with when it comes to your hair. My hair is almost always up and in a ponytail or a haphazard bun during the hot days of the year, mostly because if it isn’t, it is a big mess. Once in a while I leave it down, but it usually looks a bit dry and still a little rough because of the heat, chlorine and other factors of the season. I was sent a new hair straightener from Remington called the TStudio PROtect Flat Iron to try out, and while I don’t usually use a straightening iron because my hair is pretty flat, this one has changed my…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Council bans gardeners from selling fruit and veg grown on allotments

    Veshengro
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    Jobsworth council bans gardeners from selling fruit and veg grown on their allotments - because just ONE person complained Gardeners started selling produce to raise funds to improve allotments Spent weeks supplying fruit and vegetables to their friends and neighbours But they were ordered to stop after one resident complained to the council A group of gardeners were banned from selling fresh fruit and vegetables grown on their allotments after the council received a single complaint about the enterprise. The group, who call themselves The Plotties, started selling their produce to raise…
  • How America’s Most Useless Crop Also Became Its Most Commonly Grown One

    Veshengro
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    Contrary to what you may think (and what your food labels may suggest) corn is not the most grown crop in America. The most grown crop is something no one is eating, no one is asking for, and no one is quite sure what to do with. It’s your lawn. Top image: Satellite imagery of crops growing in Kansas / NASA Earth Observatory. The U.S. devotes a full one-fifth of its land to agriculture (408 million acres, or 637,500 square miles) for farmers to grow on, of which corn is the largest food crop. However, there are almost 50,000 square miles of lawn growing in the U.S.—almost three times as…
  • Making local woods work

    Veshengro
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Making local woods work for community enterprises by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Fifty communities across the UK will receive support to transform unmanaged woodland into opportunities for jobs, leisure, education and services and to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. The Big Lottery Fund is awarding £1,151,111 to the Plunkett Foundation for its Making Local Woods Work project. The pilot project, due to launch later this year, will help people to create social enterprises in local unmanaged woodlands so they can grow into sustainable businesses,…
  • Management of council woodlands

    Veshengro
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The management of such woodlands, whether in town, in parks, open spaces, cemeteries, etc., or in the countryside, whatever the size, should be handed over to groups of citizen foresters and coppice worker cooperatives. Let's face it, most councils, whatever the size, do not have the financial means, nor the wherewithal, as to managing such woods and trees and thus generally just leave them to get on with it. The cooperative movement in the UK in early 2015 basically asked government to have all those unmanaged and undermanaged council woods (and others) to be…
  • Wine bottles get a second life as chic, multifunctional furniture

    Veshengro
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    Wine bottles are easy to recycle into new, more interesting and more functional objects, be they lamps, glasses or even whole buildings. Brazilian, Spain-based designer Tati Guimarães takes the pragmatic route, repurposing wine bottles into stylish, multifunctional furniture that wouldn't look out of place in a fancy living room or gathering. We've seen the designer recycle wine corks too; here, Divinus is Guimarães' simple but clever collection of versatile pieces made out of wood and reused wine bottles. Guimarães' design studio, Ciclus, attempts to marry eco-friendly materials with a…
 
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  • Innovative Tree-Like Homes

    Christine Walsh
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    The architecture firm OAS1S from Holland has come up with a unique proposal for a community of small houses, which would be built to resemble trees. The dwellings would all be made from recycled wood, and would function completely off-the-grid. These homes would be called “treescrapers” and the designers envision that once they are built, it would be like walking through a forest in the middle of an urban area. The structures could either be single family, multi-family, or even hotels and office spaces, and other leisure and commercial units. Each would sport a green roof. Each…
  • Design Your Own Apartment

    Christine Walsh
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    The task of furnishing a new apartment can be quite daunting for many, given that the walls and windows just about always wreak havoc on your vision of what the place should look like. This won’t be a problem for those inhabiting the Vijayawada Garden Estate, a new apartment building in India, which is currently under construction. The building will be modular in a way that will allow future residents to create rooms by simply picking and choosing where the walls should be. All that is needed will be a part of a catalog from which they will be able to choose, and then slot the chosen…
  • Kenya to Receive a Number of Solar Powered Schools

    Christine Walsh
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    The company Aleutia from the UK is currently in the process of building a school in every one of the 47 counties in Kenya. This will allow for the education of more than 20,000 primary school children, while the schools will also all be powered by solar energy. The company began working on this so-called “Solar Classroom in a Box” project in 2013, and they are finally ready to introduce this all-in-one solar classroom. It ships complete with energy efficient computers, cabling and solar panels. They initially planned to repurposed containers for this, but they soon realized that…
  • Towers Built of Shipping Containers

    Christine Walsh
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    The city of Mumbai, India is facing quite a shortage of adequate living spaces, so a project has been proposed for a temporary housing solution in the form of a two towers made of used shipping containers. The towers were designed by CRG Architects who decided on a cylinder shape for the structures, which they deemed the best way to take into considerations the terrain and offer all the occupants great views and good ventilation. The structures were dubbed Containscrapers and will be constructed by stacking the containers in a way that offers a larger façade, and thereby lets more light into…
  • Water Purifying Sculpture

    Christine Walsh
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    For a few years now, the MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program has been using art installations to help raise awareness about pressing environmental issues. This year, they are showcasing COSMO, a giant sculpture that also purifies water. It was designed by NYC and Madrid-based Spanish architect Andrés Jaque and aims to raise awareness about growing water shortage and the need for healthy water systems. COSMO is basically a “moveable artifact” and is made out of normal agricultural irrigation components, which are widely available. The sculpture is able to filter 3,000…
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  • Spoonk Mat

    Andrew
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    For the past few years I have traveled around to learn about new healthier/cleaner/more efficient alternatives to activities of my everyday life. I’ve wander the isles of various festivals learning about new variations of products that I use many times in my life, ranging from dish soap to water bottles, super foods to medicines. Each […]Check out the review @ Spoonk Mat
  • Alternative Powered Jeeps at All Breeds Jeep Show-Part 2

    Courtney
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    To read part 1 of alternative powered Jeeps, click here. If I wasn’t already amazed at the fact that there was an electric Jeep at this Jeep festival, I was floored again when I came across a Jeep CJ7 that was converted into a stellar solar powered camper. The solar panels on the roof power […]Check out the review @ Alternative Powered Jeeps at All Breeds Jeep Show-Part 2
  • Alternative Powered Jeeps at All Breeds Jeep Show – Part 1

    Courtney
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Last month I attended a Jeep Festival with a friend in York, PA. It is known to be a rather large two-day gathering full of offroad enthusiasts and their beefed up vehicles. Now I’m sure you’re wondering why a person who cares about organic food, historic and nature preservation would care to attend a Jeep […]Check out the review @ Alternative Powered Jeeps at All Breeds Jeep Show – Part 1
  • Earth Friendly Cooking Tips

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

    Courtney
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Violets Are Blue is a line of beauty products created without harsh synthetic fragrances, parabens, sodium laureth sulfate or propylene glycol. They also offer a secondary “Beloved Line” of fragrance free products specifically created by Cynthia Besteman, a breast cancer survivor. The Beloved Line gives “Chemo Care” packages to women who are beginning their treatment […]Check out the review @ Violets Are Blue Beloved Deodorant
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  • Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s Recognize the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Continue Community Revitalization Efforts

    Grant Beck
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Over 170 Lowe’s Heroes Employee Volunteers to Help Revitalize Gentilly New Orleans neighborhood this August 10 and 11   PRESS RELEASE Thursday, August 6, 2015 – 10:00am WASHINGTON, August 6, 2015 /3BL Media/ – As the nation remembers the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Lowe’s awarded Rebuilding Together a $150,000 grant and will partner with them on a two-day community revitalization effort August 10-11, 2015 in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. This effort will celebrate perseverance and continue the recovery of this diverse community that suffered some of…
  • Proceeds from HGTV’s ‘Brother vs. Brother’ Renovated Homes Benefit Rebuilding Together

    Grant Beck
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
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  • Join Rebuilding Together NYC for the 2015 NYC Marathon!

    Grant Beck
    29 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon is one of the world’s great road races. This year, the 26.2 mile race will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Rebuilding Together NYC has charity spots available for interested runners. To apply: If you are up for the challenge and want to be considered for Rebuilding Together NYC’s 2015 team, please email events@rebuildingtogethernyc.org with your name, address and phone number.
  • Rebuilding Together and Partners Win Innovative Program of the Year Award at 2015 National VOAD Conference

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

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

    Tammy Rucker
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:15 pm
    In a recent test study by Consumer Reports it was found that sustainable beef has half the amount of bacteria (grass-fed even lower) when compared to conventional. From 26 cities around the country, 458 pounds of beef was tested. The tests include 5 main bacteria: Salmonella, C. Perfringins, S. Aureus, E. Coli and Enterococcus. The findings were sobering. Because my sarcasm was lost on the last post… here's the full report from Consumer Reports on what's going on… http://t.co/dLU3aDAGyU — Food Babe (@thefoodbabe) August 26, 2015 According to their findings: One of…
  • Horses found after fifteen years of neglect

    Tammy Rucker
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:38 pm
    This story won’t give you confidence in humanity. After 15 years of neglect three horses were found on farm in Woodbine, Maryland surrounded by four-feet of manure. Their hooves had grown to over 3 feet long which made them unable to walk without getting tangled up. One miniature mare had to be euthanized. The other two were 18 year-old males that will need a minimum of one year rehabilitation, if they survive. Neglected horses locked up for 15 years found 'wallowing in manure' with 3-foot-long hooves: http://t.co/jB2xRIYN4c pic.twitter.com/MmXGGgtMpC — AOL.com (@AOL)…
  • Monsanto lobbyist says he won’t drink ‘safe’ chemical because he’s not stupid

    Chastity Mansfield
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    A Monsanto Lobbyist was in the middle of an interview where he was defending the use of glyphosate, a chemical component in Monsanto’s pesticide Roundup, in Argentina and that he believes it isn’t connected with the increases in cancer. He goes on to say, “you can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you.” Little did the lobbyist know that the interviewer had some glyphosate on hand. When asked if he’d be willing to drink it the lobbyist said “I’d be happy to…but not really.” He continued to state how safe it was and that it…
  • Hawaiians fight GMO companies over ‘guinea pig’ status

    Kerry Marasco
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:54 pm
    On August 9th 10,000 people took to the streets in Hawaii’s Waikiki district to protest big biochemical companies such as, DOW, BASF, Syngenta and Dupont for their disregard for public safety and what many claim is causing a disturbing increase in birth defects. Hawaii's Spike In Birth Defects Puts Focus On GMO Crops https://t.co/hoMatDlIm4 via @YouTube — Jade Langley (@ShatteredKarma) August 24, 2015 United against the poisoning of our people and environment. Nothing will stop us. Even one child, one child… http://t.co/l1JgDmOkzx — BabesAgainstBiotech…
  • One Direction hiatus is ‘definitely not a split’ but definitely looks like a split

    Kerry Marasco
    23 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    As public relations damage control goes, working with famous musicians has proven to be challenging for even the best at their jobs. Girls around the world are being crushed by news of a “hiatus” by boy band One Direction in what appears to be a split that’s being called anything other than a split. The machines in both directions are working furiously to calm down fans and prevent any rumors from starting, but they’re already starting. One Direction to split http://t.co/vUJiaJrPYZ pic.twitter.com/8WkaycKwRI — Breaking News Feed (@PzFeed) August 23, 2015 The…
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  • Halving cars

    Michael Lockhart
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:57 pm
    When we recently moved towns we went from a two-car family to a one-car family. We barely noticed the difference. Of course there was a time when no families had cars and so it now seems incredible that there are more cars in the United States than there are drivers. Countries like New Zealand and Australia aren’t too far behind […] The post Halving cars appeared first on Econation.
  • Have your meat and eat it too

    Michael Lockhart
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The following tips will help you enjoy meat on a regular basis but still allow you to reduce your ecological footprint. People in affluent countries eat too much meat. Too much meat is not good for your health or for the health of the planet. Meat has a high ecological footprint, calorie for calorie, relative to other forms of food. […] The post Have your meat and eat it too appeared first on Econation.
  • Paul Hawken’s Unforgettable Commencement Address

    Michael Lockhart
    8 Aug 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Paul Hawken is a renowned entrepreneur, visionary environmental activist, founder of Wiser Earth and author of many excellent books including The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitaland most recently, Blessed Unrest a book about how disparate social movements throughout the world are redefining how we relate to our environment and to each other and are ‘healing the wounds of the world […] The post Paul Hawken’s Unforgettable Commencement Address appeared first on Econation.
  • The benefits of adult education

    Michael Lockhart
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Adult education is one very good way to help sustain and improve our society; it’s relatively low cost can easily be justified by the multiple, varied benefits. However, in recent years government funding for adult education courses has plummeted. In 2009 the Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce said that though adult education courses benefited students, it was a question of whether […] The post The benefits of adult education appeared first on Econation.
  • Lean Technology

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

    Firespin
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Great stickers can have a multitude of uses from giving you a quick and easy way to promote your brand to making your home look fantastic. Creating custom stickers is an art form so lets look at some great examples to help you on the way ecooffice-gals chatted with custom sticker experts Blue Bee Printing who recommended some cool eco sticker examples to get inspired from. Hand Writing Think Green Ecology   We forever speak of writing our destinies and stories. As we pick up a wooden pencil to do, we write the story of a planet too. Our home. This poster places the power over nature in…
  • Running a More Efficient and Greener Business

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

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

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

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

  • Friday Fun: Three Cities Innovate Solutions for Tackling Water Scarcity

    Caitlin Drown
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    As cities face increasing populations and long periods of drought, urban areas are being forced to innovate new ways to produce clean water. (Photo: David Berkowitz / Flickr. Slightly modified from original) Today marks the end of World Water Week in Stockholm, where experts from across the globe convene to discuss the world’s water issues. To further explore water stress across the globe, take a look at the interactive maps and resources of Aqueduct, a signature initiative of WRI. Accompanied by record high temperatures, regions across the globe are currently facing life-threatening…
  • Accelerating Building Efficiency Improvements in Latin America

    Clay Nesler
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    To decrease energy consumption, cities in Latin America–such as Mexico City–are launching new initiatives to boost the energy efficiency of their buildings. (Photo: Joseph Wingenfeld / Flickr) Energy efficiency improvements in the building sector can yield significant financial and environmental benefits including reduced energy costs, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, improved occupant health and increased local employment.  However, long standing market and policy barriers stand in the way of achieving these potential benefits at scale.  Latin America, facing increasing…
  • New Rules of the Road in Mexico City

    Kelly Larson
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    To improve road safety and protect pedestrians, Mexico City is ushering in new street designs, improving enforcement strategies, and slowing traffic. (Photo: CarlosVanVegas / Flickr) This week, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera celebrated the Day of the Pedestrian by announcing strong new policies to reduce speed limits and to increase penalties for dangerous driving. In doing so, he ushered in a new era of traffic safety in Mexico City. Mayor Mancera’s actions reflect a growing global recognition of road safety as global health crisis. Around the world, 1.24 million people die in car crashes…
  • How Two Community Groups Are Successfully Fostering Bike Culture in Brazil

    Priscila Pacheco
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    To create a strong biking culture, organizations in Brazilian cities are creating community bike shops and teaching beginners how to safely bike in dense, urban areas. (Photo: Upslon / Flickr) Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking…
  • President Obama’s Challenge to Cities: An Opportunity for Global Climate Action

    Alex Rogala
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    President Obama’s recent announcement of new clean energy initiatives is a major opportunity for galvanizing climate action at a global level. Photo by United Nations/Flickr. Yesterday, the number of US cities pledging to reduce emissions with the Compact of Mayors nearly doubled. With 19 cities in the U.S. already signed onto the Compact—a global coalition of mayors dedicated to climate action—this most recent move brings the total to 34. But President Obama has signaled that more can and needs to be done, publicly challenging all Mayors to commit to a climate action plan before…
 
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Righteous Rapanui

    Hannah Jarratt
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
      Righteous Rapanui: great clothes with a side of ethical   The ever elusive and wavering landscape of ‘ethical fashion’ is as much besmirched as it is encouraged, derision over historic hemp use is a reputation that brands old and new are trying to shake off. In strolls Rapanui, living the circular economy dream, where rather than adding sustainability to business, they are built on it. Born and raised amongst the far flung rolling hill filled horizons of the Isle of Wight, local lads and Rapanui founders Rob and Mart Drake took on  a DIY strategy to fill the void of simply…
  • Cartoons versus Climate Change

    Hannah Jarratt
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    Shop Until You Drop by Cartoon Ralph for Do The Green Thing   Cartoons versus Climate Change A friend to Do The Green Thing and the environment, we talk to the brain behind Cartoon Ralph, a cartoonist who isn’t content to let things slide. What first got you involved in climate change/environmental issues? I am fascinated and inspired by wildlife and always have been. A close friend’s dad recently told a story about when I was at kids party, aged 5 or 6, I refused to drink the juice provided as it was connected to Coca – cola who were at that time accused of felling the…
  • Creativity Against Consumption for Earth Overshoot Day

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

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

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

    Hannah Jarratt
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
      Righteous Rapanui: great clothes with a side of ethical   The ever elusive and wavering landscape of ‘ethical fashion’ is as much besmirched as it is encouraged, derision over historic hemp use is a reputation that brands old and new are trying to shake off. In strolls Rapanui, living the circular economy dream, where rather than adding sustainability to business, they are built on it. Born and raised amongst the far flung rolling hill filled horizons of the Isle of Wight, local lads and Rapanui founders Rob and Mart Drake took on  a DIY strategy to fill the void of simply…
  • Cartoons versus Climate Change

    Hannah Jarratt
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    Shop Until You Drop by Cartoon Ralph for Do The Green Thing   Cartoons versus Climate Change A friend to Do The Green Thing and the environment, we talk to the brain behind Cartoon Ralph, a cartoonist who isn’t content to let things slide. What first got you involved in climate change/environmental issues? I am fascinated and inspired by wildlife and always have been. A close friend’s dad recently told a story about when I was at kids party, aged 5 or 6, I refused to drink the juice provided as it was connected to Coca – cola who were at that time accused of felling the…
  • Creativity Against Consumption for Earth Overshoot Day

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

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

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

  • Court Blows Away Permits for Wind Turbine Eagle Kills

    Stuart Kaplow
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    On August 11, a federal court set aside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule allowing 30 year permits to “take” bald and golden eagles. In an industry born from tax credits and government energy policies an interruption of one of those key policies can bring wind turbine construction to a halt. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which was enacted in 1940, imposes criminal and civil penalties against “whoever” shall “take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import” bald and golden eagles, except…
  • Climate Change Disclosures by Public Companies

    Stuart Kaplow
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    In recent weeks this law firm has received more inquiries than at any time in recent years about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s disclosure requirements for public companies as they apply to climate change matters. Possibly the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule for emission reductions for existing power plants triggered this heightened level of interest or it could be President Obama’s newly announced series of executive actions on climate change or maybe it is simply increased concern over shareholder activism. The SEC required disclosures are not limited…
  • Litigation over First LEED Platinum Building Comes to an End

    Stuart Kaplow
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    On July 23, 2015, the parties in the lawsuit The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc., et al v. Weyerhaeuser Company, et al, pending in the U.S. District Court for Maryland, filed a Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice following a confidential Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release. Because the settlement is confidential we do not know precisely how this case ended.   But we do know the facts as recited by the trial judge in a May 4, 2015 opinion ruling on motions, .. More than 15 years ago, CBF contracted with SmithGroup, Inc. to design the Philip Merrill Environmental Center,…
  • IgCC will now be Powered by ASHRAE 189.1

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

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

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    For years we’ve been a leading publisher of print books about organic farming and gardening, homesteading, local food, resilient living, and much more. Now, we’ve gone digital too! For the first time, we’re selling eBooks right from our online store. While some prefer to have a hard copy in hand, opting for an eBook can […]The post Dive into Digital: We’re Now Selling eBooks Direct! appeared first on Blog.
  • Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:11 pm
    When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start. Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes […]The post Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake appeared first on Blog.
  • 5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and […]The post 5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them appeared first on Blog.
  • What in the World is a Pawpaw?

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […]The post What in the World is a Pawpaw? appeared first on Blog.
  • Beat the Heat with End of Summer Savings!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Now through Labor Day we’re having our end of summer sale to make room for our forthcoming fall releases! You have four chances to save — up to 90% off — on our new and bestselling books, as well as old favorites. But hurry, it is only while supplies last. Deep Savings with 50% Off […]The post Beat the Heat with End of Summer Savings! appeared first on Blog.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • Energy Efficient Windows

    mastadonzq
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    This post was written by me but originally appeared at http://blog.tashmans.com/ The first window was made about 3.3 million years ago and was a hole in the wall of whatever was being used for shelter at the time. The purpose was to better see enemies and wild animals approaching as well as to enjoy a cool breeze on a hot summer night. The Romans were the first known to use glass for windows, a technology likely first produced in Roman Egypt—In Alexandria ca. 100 AD. The technology has advanced significantly over the years although some people still use Jalousie windows which are only…
  • The probability of earthquakes has changed following new study

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

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

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

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

    James Wilt
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Smokey haze, intense heat, encampments of evacuated residents next to the highway: these were the conditions that greeted Renee Lertzman when she recently drove through Oregon. It’s no wonder why the environmental psychology researcher and professor resorts to the term “apocalyptic” to describe the scene. It was a surreal experience,” says Lertzman, who teaches at the University of San Francisco and Victoria’s Royal Roads University. “We’re all driving along and it’s so smoky and it’s terrifying. Yet we’re all doing our summer vacation thing. I couldn’t help but wonder:…
  • On 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Former New Orleans Resident Questions African-American Leaders Siding With Climate Deniers

    Guest
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    This is a guest post by Evlondo Cooper, senior fellow with the Checks and Balances Project, cross-posted with permission.  New Orleans has many nicknames: The Crescent City, The Birthplace of Jazz, and The Big Easy. It’s also my hometown but Hurricane Katrina cast me out. In 2005, I was an investigator for the New Orleans district attorney’s office who was invested in making a great city even better. Along with hundreds of thousands of others, I had to flee New Orleans. This month is the 10-year anniversary of Katrina and its devastating punch, which we now know was made far worse by…
  • Obama Barely Touches on Climate Change In New Orleans Speech Marking the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

    Julie Dermansky
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    President Obama briefly mentioned climate change during his remarks in New Orlean’s Lower 9th Ward during his visit to New Orleans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Standing in the city’s Lower 9th Ward, Obama spoke instead of the inspiration he had drawn from the city’s “come back” and the resilience of its people. Obama’s on-off relationship with climate change and the impact it is having on New Orleans is mirrored by his administration’s decisions that contradict the president’s concern. Click here for reuse options! Tags: hurricane…
  • B.C. Minister Bennett’s Visit Fails to Ease Alaskans’ Mining Concerns

    Judith Lavoie
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    Promises of a closer relationship between B.C. and Alaska and more consultation on B.C. mine applications are a good start, but, so far, Southeast Alaska has no more guarantees that those mines will not pollute salmon-bearing rivers than before this week’s visit by B.C.’s Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett, say Alaskan fishing and conservation groups. Bennett, accompanied by senior civil servants from the ministries of Energy and Mines and Environment, took a conciliatory tone as he met with state officials, policy-makers and critics of what is seen as an aggressive push by B.C. to…
  • Scientists Not Surprised Climate Denialist Lawyer Christopher Horner Has Financial Ties to Alpha Coal Company

    Graham Readfearn
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:25 pm
    A lawyer who has used intimidating legal requests to try to gain access to the records and emails of climate scientists has a financial relationship with a major coal company, it has been revealed. Christopher Horner, who works with two groups to pursue scientists and environmental regulators, is listed in the bankruptcy papers filed by lawyers on behalf of Alpha Natural Resources and its 150 subsidiary companies in the coal industry. The Heartland Institute, a “free market think tank” and major promoter of fringe views that greenhouse gases are not a problem for the planet, is also…
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    Eco-Chick

  • Surfing Got Me In Touch With My (Risk-Taking, Badass) Inner Child

    Sophie Hessekiel
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Image from Flickr user Dave Hosford Once upon a time, my mother dragged little me to watch my big sister’s basketball game at the Middle School gym. When I grew bored, I wandered off, climbed up the bleachers and onto some precariously stacked mats, and then leapt onto a pull-up bar. I dangled there, high above the crowd. My poor mother spotted me and ran over, insisting that I come down. She told me to stop pulling these crazy stunts. I patted her arm. “Oh, Mom,” I said. “You know I’m a risk-taker.” It was true—I wasn’t an athletic child, but I was an ACTIVE child. Team…
  • 7 Natural Beauty Subscription Boxes That Rock (Including 2 Vegan Ones!)

    Starre Vartan
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Trying out the Mahalo Face Mask from SpaHeroes while wearing a headband from Buddhibox. You hear it often: Invest in your own self-care and you will reap the benefits of greater health, happiness, and longevity. But it’s not always very obvious what that actually means. Eating healthfully, exercising, spending time in nature, and doing some kind of mindfulness exercise, especially meditation, are often trotted out as ways to care for oneself that are low-cost, and it’s true, those are all smart, long-lasting solutions. But sometimes, it’s nice to have a short-cut (and no,…
  • Watch: Moisturize Dry Summer Skin and Win $300 in Mineral Fusion Products!

    Starre Vartan
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    Moisture is a must-have in the summer—even if you are living in a hot and damp part of the world, you are sweating it out (so be sure to drink plenty of water to hydrate from the inside). Despite the humidity outside, your skin could still be moisture-starved. And the drier your skin, the more obvious the wrinkles are. I’ve spent my summer in Oregon, and it is crazy-dry here! (You may have heard about all the wildfires because of it.)  Since my skin is already naturally on the dry side, it’s a double-whammy of Sahara-ness. Which is why I’m careful about my…
  • How Meditation Has Changed My Life

    Starre Vartan
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    When I was 15, I was angry. Somehow, and I don’t remember exactly who or what or when, I learned some basic meditation techniques. When I was a teenager, I used them specifically to calm myself down when I was pissed off, but only then. So, I used meditation as a tool, during specific moments, as a remedy for overwhelming and nasty feelings. There were great chunks of time when I didn’t meditate during my 20s, but when I started doing yoga, I was reminded of the benefits—and instructed about how meditation could be used as preventative mental “medicine” of sorts.
  • Be Kind To The Earth and Your Wallet: End-of-Summer Eco Fashion Sales!

    Sophie Hessekiel
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
      I’m gonna drop a truth bomb here. Ready?  Here we go. Often, buying organic, sustainable, eco-friendly, fair-trade stuff is more expensive. That’s what happens when the people who are making your stuff are paid a fair wage, the environment isn’t dumped into, and stuff is made in the USA or Europe instead of shipping it halfway around the world and back (right now, fossil fuels are still cheap compared with paying people a decent wage/providing healthcare). You COULD say that actually, the inexpensive, made-by-slaves-poisoning-the-environment clothes are artificially…
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  • Study: Autonomous Vehicles Will Go Mainstream In 5 - 10 Years

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Auto enthusiasts and analysts have been debating autonomous cars for years. Some critics think they're decades away from becoming a reality, and at least one survey has shown that a majority of motorists don't want to be anywhere near them (despite the fact that autonomous cars are better drivers). On the other hand, as J.D. Power demonstrated...
  • Ford Bronco Comeback, 2016 Subaru BRZ, 2016 BMW 7-Series: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: Holy Crap, The Ford Bronco May Make A Comeback, Too It's been a week of highs and lows for Ford fans. On Monday, the company's stock took a nosedive, thanks largely to fears about China and Ford's future there. But that bad news was balanced out a couple of days later, when rumors began circulating that Ford was planning...
  • Yes, Drivers Do Want Apple CarPlay, Android Auto...When They Know What It Is

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Why wouldn’t new-car buyers want to take their familiar smartphone interface and apps into their vehicle? It’s an open question asked in the wake of results released this past week by J.D. Power, mentioning Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as among the 14 technology features that 20 percent or more of owners don’t want in their...
  • 2016 Subaru BRZ Sports Car Gets Lower Price, More Equipment

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    Sometimes prices really do go down—even on sports cars. Subaru has cut prices by $300 across its BRZ model line for 2016. And versus the 2015 BRZ, Subaru has also added standard equipment. The base-model 2016 Subaru BRZ Premium is now priced at $26,190, including the typical $795 destination and delivery fee. CHECK OUT: Holy Crap, The Ford...
  • J.D. Power: Drivers Ignore High-Tech Car Features, Don't Want Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    This week, J.D. Power released its 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, which reveals that motorists often don't use or appreciate the high-tech features in their new cars. The results should be a wake-up call to automakers around the globe. Heck, even Apple and Google should be concerned. To conduct its survey, Power polled...
 
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    Green Living

  • Back to School in Green Guide 2015

    vszeto
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Check out the best in litterless lunch, sustainable supplies, and earth friendly duds in EcoParent's 2015 B2S guide! From EcoParent
  • Green Living Enterprises named a 2015 BCorp Best for the World honoree

    maghaee
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    The best businesses don’t just turn a profit—they’re a force for good. That’s why we’re proud to be a 2015 Best for the World honoree.
  • 12 Top Performing Brands You Should Be Using

    maghaee
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Here are the top beauty products free from questionable ingredients! With all of the talk about potentially cancer causing ingredients which seem to appear in almost every beauty and personal care products; natural and organic beauty products are getting much more read more
  • Vegan Bread Pudding with “Unwanted Fruit”

    jhillman
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    A delicious recipe inspired by Chef Daniel Holloway’s mid-western roots Photo credit:  Justin Eastman Media There is a long history of mid-western farmers in Chef Daniel Holloway’s family.read more
  • Plan your visit to the 2015 Green Living Show!

    jhillman
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Taste, Shop, Discover, Experience and Play! By the Green Living Online editors 1) Taste: The Mindful Plate: a delicious way to shrink your "foodprint” An impressive array of Ontario
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    Mommy Goes Green

  • Safer Sand and Water Toys Guide

    Tiffany
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 /12 / 13 / 14 / 15 /16 / 17 / 18 /19 /20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 Modeled after our popular post on Safer Bath Toys, we’ve put together a list of BPA free, PVC free and phthalate free sand and water toys.  These are the toys we would (and do!) buy our own kids. American Plastic Toys – They tell me that all of their toys are BPA free, PVC free and phthalate free.  Both the 10 Piece Spring Value Set  and the Sand and Water Wheel  are perfect beach toys. For toddlers, the Water Wheel Play Table is great for summer in your backyard.
  • Replacing Ziploc: Alternatives to Plastic Baggies

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

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

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

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

  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • The World Can Have Sustainable Palm Oil

    Sangeeta Haindl
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. It’s estimated that it is used in about half of all packaged products sold in the supermarket from [...] The post The World Can Have Sustainable Palm Oil appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Campus Reach Program by Southwest Airlines Inspires Students

    Vikas Vij
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Einstein famously said: “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” The Southwest Airlines Campus Reach program appears to be following this axiom to engage [...] The post Campus Reach Program by Southwest Airlines Inspires Students appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Global LEAD Transforms Study Abroad

    3BL Media
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    It all started with a scribbled note on the steps of Angkor Wat in 2007. It was onthisnote that friends Robbie Reese and Garrett Gravesen, graduates of the University of [...] The post Global LEAD Transforms Study Abroad appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • What Amazon’s Work Culture Tells Us About Employee Disengagement

    Ryan Scott
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    The New York Times’ recent expose of working conditions inside Amazon has set off a tsunami of discussion about how far Corporate America is willing to push employees to excel. [...] The post What Amazon’s Work Culture Tells Us About Employee Disengagement appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • An Enduring Commitment to Strengthening Cisco’s Communities

    3BL Media
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    By Ricardo Benavidez It started one day with a quiet knock on a classroom door where I was volunteering. A student at Joseph George middle-school in East San Jose asked [...] The post An Enduring Commitment to Strengthening Cisco’s Communities appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • Avoid Being “Closed Now” on Google!

    Dan Paradee
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Google’s recent change to how it displays local search results – where almost every search result for home performance has been relegated to the local 3 stack – has had a big impact. As if it weren’t hard enough to rank, now we’re competing for only 3 spaces. But in addition to that major change, some other changes have occurred. Among those is that your hours of operation are now much more prominently displayed in the search result. And, most importantly, if the person looking at your listing is doing so outside of your normal hours, they see a big, red,…
  • Creating a Rockin’ Facebook Ad

    Amelia Krahe
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    This is the third part in my three-part series about Facebook advertising. If you haven’t seen the others, be sure to check out Part I and Part II first! If I’ve been persuasive, by now you’re 1.) convinced that using Facebook ads is a great idea for your business and 2.) really good at targeting your specific audience. The final ingredient for your potent Facebook ad cocktail? The ad itself. Linking: Where should you drive ad traffic? Each ad must link to a specific page of your website, and making sure your ad creative is directly relevant to the page it links to is…
  • Google's Big Local Search Change: Implications for Home Performance

    Peter Troast
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    On August 7th, Mother Google dropped another bombshell. This one affects all local businesses, but has important implications for companies providing all types of home performance services, from HVAC to insulation to healthy home. Here's what changed. You may recall from past Energy Circle posts and webinars, that we've frequently talked about the configuration of a search engine result page (SERP for us geeks). A typical page, like the one below for "Furnace Repair, Boston, MA" would generate a mix of paid listings (the ones marked ads), organic results (Yelp and Home…
  • 9 Ideas for Lead Capture for High-Performance Home Builders

    Peter Troast
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    One of the greatest marketing challenges for builders and remodelers, and especially for those in the high performance (or green or passive or net zero or EnergyStar) market, is lead capture. Your potential client starts thinking about a project many years before it might happen. That lengthy period of dreaming, research and study is when you’d ideally capture the lead – and nurture that opportunity through to a contract. The fundamental question, of course, is how to do that given that the consideration phase of a new project is such a long and winding journey. At Energy Circle,…
  • EC PRO Platform 101: How To Create Lead-Generating Landing Pages

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

  • 3 Delicious Organic Lunchbox Lunches

    Jennie
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    School just started, however 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 few servings of healthy…
  • 7 Easy Steps to Start Living a Green Lifestyle Today

    Jennie
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Starting to live a green lifestyle can be totally overwhelming – the first thing you think is you have to make a lot of changes all at once. Not true. You can start greening your lifestyle by taking small steps – one at a time. It is about changing your mindset and creating new routines. Once you start to incorporate these small steps into your daily, weekly and monthly routine, it will naturally just become a part of you life. Back to school time is the perfect time to get started, follow my 7 easy steps to living a green lifestyle and work your way through the list. 1. Eliminate…
  • 6 Eco-Friendly Lunchbox Essentials for Green Kids

    Jennie
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Now that the kids are back at school – you are probably testing out the new lunchbox. If you are like me, it can be hard to find the perfect lunchbox essentials. We have had a hard time with the lunch bag being too small, containers leaking, water bottles that won’t fit inside the lunchbox and even worse, the lost lunchbox. Over the years, we have fine tuned Eben’s lunchbox and have found 6 essentials that we highly recommend – all of them are eco-friendly too, read on to check them out! 1. Large Reusable Insulated Lunch Bag $35 Over the years we have tried out quite a…
  • Back to School: 3 Reasons to Let Kids Pack Their Own Lunch

    Lauren Dartt
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Back to school time is here which means busier mornings and evenings.  Finding the time to prepare and pack nutritious, homemade lunches every morning or evening for your kids can be challenging with homework, family dinner, extracurricular activities, and social time all packed into a few hours before bedtime. Some parents may feel frustrated to see half their carefully prepared lunch return home in the lunch box, too! There are so many reasons to teach your kids to pack their own lunch for school; read on for our top 3. #1: It’s a Time and Energy Saver In the beginning, especially with…
  • Starbucks Gets Real: Real Food for a Healthy Planet

    Jennie
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    Starbucks is giving their top selling Pumpkin Spice Latte a makeover this fall, marking a positive change for the environment. The coffee giant is updating their recipe to include real pumpkin, and they’re making other changes too, like eliminating the artificial caramel coloring from their drinks. The change comes as part of the growing real food movement and bodes well for both our health and the environment. Jump over to The Keeper Blog for the whole story! The post Starbucks Gets Real: Real Food for a Healthy Planet appeared first on Sweet Greens.
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  • Master Of Horror Wes Craven Dead At 76

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Watch VideoWes Craven, the director known as the Master of Horror for films like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," died Sunday of brain cancer. He was 76.Craven was a prolific writer, producer and director, with nearly 100 credits to his name — most of which fell within the scary movie genre. (Video via American Film Institute)He wrote, directed and edited his first film, "The Last House on the Left," in 1972. The film was about a pair of teenage girls kidnapped by a gang of convicts. In 1977, Craven created the…
  • Taylor Swift And Nicki Minaj End Their Feud With VMA Duet

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Watch VideoStop the presses. Shut them down. Because the music feud to end all music feuds is officially, officially over. During her second year opening the MTV Video Music Awards, Nicki Minaj treated us to a little bit of twerking, some questionable patting but, more importantly, this moment. (Courtesy of MTV)"The night is still young. The night is still young. The night is still young and so are we." (Courtesy of MTV)What!? Yes, that is indeed Taylor Swift singing a Nicki Minaj song with Nicki Minaj. And no, I'm not going to make a "Bad Blood" reference. Taylor…
  • The Wackiest (And Nakedest) Looks On The MTV VMAs Red Carpet

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Watch VideoThe fashion on the MTV VMAs red carpet was all over the place, to say the least. I, I just can’t.It really seemed like celebs either wanted to go with the least amount of clothes or the wackiest outfit possible.Cue host Miley Cyrus. What was she wearing?! I mean, it’s really no shock that she bared literally everything, but c’mon. It’s safe to say she wore the least amount of clothes on this year’s carpet. (Courtesy of MTV)Also, Amber Rose and Blac Chyna’s outfits will definitely make some headlines. Profanity was printed across their dresses, which they said…
  • Why Netflix Is Dumping 'The Hunger Games'

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Watch VideoIf you’ve been thinking about sitting down to watch “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on Netflix, you might want to move those plans up. A month from now, that title and many others will disappear from the streaming service.Netflix says it won’t be renewing its agreement with Epix, a premium cable channel with the rights to films like “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “World War Z,” and “Catching Fire,” all of which will be off Netflix at the end of September.So, why the move? Netflix says it prioritizes exclusivity, making sure the titles on…
  • Box Office Top 3: 'Compton' Crosses Two Major Milestones

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Watch VideoThe “Straight Outta Compton” cast and crew passed a major milestone at the box office this weekend and they have two weeks worth of exceptionally bad movies to thank. For the third week in a row, “Straight Outta Compton” takes the No. 1 spot at the box office, bringing in an estimated $13 million, making the domestic total $134 million. Which leads me to that major milestone I was talking about earlier.“Straight Outta Compton” is now the highest grossing music biopic ever, beating out Johnny Cash's “Walk the Line” by about…
 
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    Japan for Sustainability

  • Nagano Tokyo Gas Forest Marks 10-Year Anniversary

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Tokyo Gas All Rights Reserved. On May 27, 2015, Tokyo Gas Co. announced the 10th anniversary of the Nagano Tokyo Gas Forest, a wooded area managed by the company for environmental education purposes, located in Miyota Town, Nagano Prefecture. Spanning 194 hectares encompassing 1,000 to 1,230-meter-high mountain ridges and glens, the forest is home to over 400 species of plants and animals, including 17 mammals, 75 birds and 324 plants.
  • Japanese Non-Profit Opens Cafe in Fukushima to Support Parents Raising Children

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright 37 Republic All Rights Reserved. Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article which appears in an Eastern Japan newspaper called the Tokyo Shimbun, and delivers news and stories on reconstruction efforts in the areas devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The series of articles is submitted by JKSK: Empowering Women Empowering Society, a certified non-profit organization, and focuses on an initiative called the Yui-Yui Project, which supports survivors of the earthquake. This time, JFS will introduce an article published on March 20, 2015,…
  • Halocarbon Emissions Rise in Japan Following 2011 Earthquake

    23 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Image by MemoryCatcher An international study group including the National Institute for Environmental Studies from Japan announced on April 6, 2015, that halocarbon emissions into the atmosphere in Japan have increased considerably since the Great East Japan Earthquake. To ascertain halocarbon emissions, the group estimated Japan's total emissions of halocarbons including chlorofluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbon substitutes, which are potent greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances, by using high-frequency atmospheric monitoring data. The study revealed for the first time that…
  • Yahaba Waterworks Supporters Workshop -- Citizens Decide on the Future of the Water Supply

    19 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
    JFS Newsletter No.155 (July 2015) Copyright Junji Hashimoto All rights reserved. At a symposium on local governance and the water supply in November 2014, I heard Water and Sewerage Section Chief, Ritsuji Yoshioka, of Yahaba, a town in Iwate Prefecture, describe an interesting initiative. He said, "Citizens' understanding is essential to implementing water supply policies, but in reality they are less and less interested in the water supply. Most citizens have had tap water all their lives, so they take it for granted. For them, it is natural to get water by just turning on a faucet. Those…
  • LIXIL and Tohoku University Unveil Toilet Lighting System That Works Even in Blackouts

    16 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright LIXIL All Rights Reserved. Since July 2014, LIXIL, a Japanese living and housing solutions company, and Tohoku University, have been conducting research to develop the "Zero Energy Toilet (ZET)," which allows people to use toilets comfortably even in times of disaster. As part of the study, on June 2, 2015, they announced the development of a zero-energy lighting system that utilizes electricity generated from the power of water flushing down the toilet bowl to light the room.
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    1800Recycling.com

  • What Can You Do with Old Pots and Pans?

    Rachelle Gordon
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:39 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="bakingset" alt="bakingset.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/8/bakingset_400x400.jpg" /> It seems that there comes a point in nearly every person’s life where they realize that their pots and pans collection is out of control. If you can barely squeeze everything into that one space under the oven, it’s probably time to thin the herd. Besides, a lot of those older metal pieces may have become scratched or tarnished over…
  • Sports Teams Go Sustainable

    Michelle Lovrine Honeyager
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    <img class="undefined" title="astroturf2" alt="astroturf2.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/8/astroturf2_400x400.jpg" /> When it comes to sporting events, we sure know how to go big or go home. 2015 has an estimated $14.31 billion in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.statista.com/statistics/217141/super-bowl-weekend-related-consumer-spending-in-the-us/" title="" class="">Super Bowl-related spending</a>&nbsp;in the…
  • How to Recycle Needles

    Sophia Bennett
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    <img class="undefined" title="needles2" alt="needles2.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/8/needles2_400x400.jpg"> According to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm278763.htm" title="" class="">U.S. Food and Drug Administration</a> , 9 million people use needles, syringes or other “sharps” at home. Since most of those people use&nbsp;them frequently, the agency estimates…
  • 6 Ways to Reuse Plastic Tablecloths

    Wendy Gabriel
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="plastictablecloth" alt="plastictablecloth.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/8/plastictablecloth_400x400.jpg" /> If you know me at all, you know that I try to&nbsp;<a href="http://mygreenside.org/?p=4370" title="" class="">avoid using plastic</a>&nbsp;whenever possible. For the health of my family and the environment, I&nbsp;strive to find plastic alternatives or reuse and…
  • Aquaponic Farming: The FAQs

    Wendy Gabriel
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    <img class="undefined" title="aquaponics" alt="aquaponics.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/8/aquaponics_400x400.jpg"> &nbsp;Aquaponic farming has always intrigued me. As I am always looking for new ways to garden that are healthy for my family and the environment and aquaponic farming doesn’t use chemical pesticides of any kind, I was – unsurprisingly - interested in learning more about it. <h2>What is aquaponic farming?</h2>…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Why To Make Your Home Eco-Friendly  

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:42 am
      In newspapers and magazines we often find articles advising us on how to make our homes eco friendly or energy efficient, reminding us to switch off unused lights and take shorter showers. It’s common knowledge that this is all done in order to protect the environment around us from further human damage to the ... The post Why To Make Your Home Eco-Friendly   appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Go the DIY route and make a rug out of your old tablecloth

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Most of us have a few colorful tablecloths lying around the house that we simply don’t have the heart to dispose. Well, here’s a simple project that can help you transform these useless tablecloth into useful and really beautiful rugs you can spread out on the floor. Take a look at the DIY steps below ... The post Go the DIY route and make a rug out of your old tablecloth appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Experience the Benefits of Living in an Eco-Friendly State

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
      Looking to relocate in the near future but not sure exactly where to go? Choosing the right location is essential for sustaining a decent quality of life. Of course when you consider moving, you think of all the practical preferences such as nearby school systems, cost of living, job availability, and so on. However, ... The post Experience the Benefits of Living in an Eco-Friendly State appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Evaporation energy is a new face in the world of renewable energy

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    23 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Although the world has been moving forward in terms of green energy, the search is still on for a potential energy source that is both renewable and easily available. Recent developments have led to the rise of a new form of energy source that satisfies these criteria perfectly. Considered the new kid on the block, ... The post Evaporation energy is a new face in the world of renewable energy appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Child geniuses who have contributed big for the environment

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    As it is said, that saving the environment is not an individual’s or a particular group’s responsibility because every single person on this planet is responsible. It seems these little geniuses took this responsibility quite seriously and have come up with some real, very effective alternatives to save the environment. Param Jaggi Image Source : ... The post Child geniuses who have contributed big for the environment appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Keurig Coffee Maker Problems You Need to Know About

    Jennifer Kaplan
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    We all know the Keurig K-Cup, a single-serving coffee brewing system. Awesome as they seem, there are several problems with your little brown coffee maker The post Keurig Coffee Maker Problems You Need to Know About appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Kids ARE Pure Evil: They Throw Away Healthy School Lunches, Study Finds

    Jill Ettinger
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Okay, so as every parent knows, kids are pure evil. I’ve watched my daughter torture cherry tomatoes like they were on trial for war crimes. (Just mine? Really?) But here’s proof that it’s not just your kid (or mine) who's the devil incarnate: They’re throwing away perfectly good-for-them fruits and vegetables. Duh, you’re thinking, right? That’s not news. What kid doesn't scoff at Brussels sprouts? But mommies and daddies, now we have actual SCIENCE to back us up. Pass the wine The post Kids ARE Pure Evil: They Throw Away Healthy School Lunches, Study Finds appeared first on Eat…
  • Stop Counting Calories for a Healthier Heart

    Becky Striepe
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    A new paper, published in the journal Open Heart, argues that counting calories isn't as important as looking at food's nutritional value when it comes to heart health The post Stop Counting Calories for a Healthier Heart appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Turning Spent Grains into Fuel in Scotland

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    A group of Scottish distillers is using spent grains from whiskey production to generate power for 8,000 homes! The post Turning Spent Grains into Fuel in Scotland appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Study: Going Veg Could Cut Your Carbon Emissions in Half

    Derek Markham
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    People who eat vegan average half the carbon emissions of meat eaters, according to a recent study The post Study: Going Veg Could Cut Your Carbon Emissions in Half appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
 
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    PlanetSave

  • Man Vaccinated Against Polio 28 Years Ago Has Been Shedding Mutated Highly Virulent Form The Whole Time; Other Mutated Strains Found In Sewage Samples The World Over

    James Ayre
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    In yet another example of things turning out not quite the way that they are advertised… It’s come to light that a man vaccinated against polio 28 years ago has actually had an active infection in his gut the whole time, shedding the virus in his stools for the whole 3 decades. More interestingly (or Man Vaccinated Against Polio 28 Years Ago Has Been Shedding Mutated Highly Virulent Form The Whole Time; Other Mutated Strains Found In Sewage Samples The World Over was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free…
  • Jurassic World: A Premonition For Humanity With A Real Bite

    Zachary Shahan
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Matthias Mueller is the creator of Sustainability Compass*, an app that offers users an actionable guide to sustainability in everyday decisions. Through strategic planning and consideration, the compass introduces the user to a series of sound, sustainable principles. It is an app with a philosophy: Think Smarter and Act Smarter. “Biological diversity is messy. It Jurassic World: A Premonition For Humanity With A Real Bite 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),…
  • Seneca Lake Defenders Find Inspiration in Pope Francis

    Robyn Purchia
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    Originally published on EdenKeeper In just two months, Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Praised Be: On Care for Our Common Home,” has inspired a lot of good for the environment. Large religious groups divested their holdings from fossil fuel companies. Rabbis came together to promote wind power. Organizations as large as the Girl Scouts, and as small Seneca Lake Defenders Find Inspiration in Pope Francis 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…
  • Market For Energy Efficient Windows Growing Fast

    Stephen Hanley
    15 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    he market for energy efficient windows is growing almost 20% a year. Electronically switchable windows cut heating and cooling cost by up to 20% a year. Market For Energy Efficient Windows Growing Fast was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • Tanzania Has Lost Two-Thirds Of Its Elephants In Just The Last 4 Years

    James Ayre
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Tanzania has lost two-thirds of its elephant population in just the last 4 years, as a result of growing demand for ivory and the increasing professionalism of poachers, according to recent reports. Elephant numbers in the African country stood at around 316,000 individuals in 1976 (based on aerial surveys); 13,084 in 2013; and 8200 in Tanzania Has Lost Two-Thirds Of Its Elephants In Just The Last 4 Years 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…
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    Sustainablog

  • The Waste Biz: Is Plastic To Oil A Step Forward For The Circular Economy?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Is a plastic to oil waste recovery program really an example of the circular economy? Dow Chemical thinks so; some activist organizations disagree The post The Waste Biz: Is Plastic To Oil A Step Forward For The Circular Economy? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Will Creating More Plastic Waste Save Water? Um, No…

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    Shade balls have been all the rage as a potential California drought solution... except they won't work. They will create lots of plastic waste, though The post Will Creating More Plastic Waste Save Water? Um, No… appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Whiskey Distillery Waste Good For Heating Homes, Feeding Cattle [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    A whiskey distillery produces waste, and a group of Scotch makers in Scotland has figured out a good use for that waste: burn it to make electricity The post Whiskey Distillery Waste Good For Heating Homes, Feeding Cattle [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • How To Recycle Plastic Into “Paint”: South African Artist Mbongeni Buthelezi [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    South African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi has developed a method to recycle plastic waste into "paint" for his own unique method of expression The post How To Recycle Plastic Into “Paint”: South African Artist Mbongeni Buthelezi [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Waste Biz: The Costs – And Opportunities – Of E-Waste

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    The e-waste stream is growing: what are the costs and opportunities created by the increasing amount of electronic waste we create The post The Waste Biz: The Costs – And Opportunities – Of E-Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • Make Outdoor Building Blocks from Upcycled Wooden Pallets

    Julie Finn
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Make your kiddos a set of outdoor building blocks, using nothing more than the ubiquitous wooden pallet. You don’t always want your kids to play with their nice building blocks outside. Sure, outdoor play is great for minds and bodies, but their building blocks will get dirty, rained on, lost, and run over by the car, and then what will they play with inside? Instead of subjecting heirlooms to the elements, then, make your kiddos a set of outdoor building blocks using nothing more than the ubiquitous wooden pallet. These blocks require a bit of time sanding them down, BUT they’re…
  • Make a Play Blender for Your Kid’s DIY Play Kitchen

    Becky Striepe
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Turn an old coffee container into a DIY play blender for your kid’s play kitchen. Then kick back, and watch the pretend play unfold! My two-year-old’s relationship with blenders is…complicated. He loves smoothies and “banana swirl,” bit the loud noise from my Vitamix freaks him out. He has to actually leave the kitchen before I turn the blender on most of the time. Related: 6 Ways I Engage My Toddler in the Kitchen I’ve been trying to help him through his fear of blenders (frappophobia?), so I was delighted when he wanted to pretend play that an old coffee…
  • Stop Making Crayon Candles

    Julie Finn
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    Pro tip: There is more than one way to make a crayon candle. Here, I’ll break down which method for making crayon candles works and which one doesn’t. If you’ve never heard of the phenomenon known as “crayon candles,” then stop here, open a new tab, and Google it. Go ahead! Don’t be afraid! Just say, “OK, Google! What are crayon candles?” You’ll find that the tutorials that come up in the search results fall under two categories: 1) tutorials that teach you how to make candles just using crayons and wicks, and 2) tutorials that teach you…
  • Make Miniature DIY Flower Pots from Old Bottle Caps!

    Crunchy Scott
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    Don’t toss the caps from your bottle of laundry detergent and spray paint! Turn them into mini DIY flower pots instead! For months I’ve been staring at my stash of plastic bottle caps – wondering what the heck am I going to do with those things. I’m not talking about the caps from water and drink bottles. Those are pretty easy to find uses for. I’m talking about the plastic tops that come on spray paints, laundry detergents and cooking sprays. I try very hard NOT to buy things with those types of tops because I know most are not recyclable. But every now and…
  • How-to: DIY Wooden Children’s Toys Made from Pallet Wood

    Julie Finn
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    Upcycle old pallets into wooden children’s toys. It’s actually a lot easier than you might think! Have you ever seen lovely wooden children’s toys, cut into fanciful shapes, stained in bright colors, perhaps with woodburned accents, and wished that you could make something like that yourself? It’s actually not that hard! My kids and I make toys like these out of the lowliest material imaginable: pallet wood. And let me tell you, you are going to be SHOCKED at how well pallet wood cleans up! Our pallet wood wooden children’s toys may not be impeccably…
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    The Green Blog Network

  • Celebrate World Water Week With Us!

    Paige Donner
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    5 Water Purification Designs for Third World Countries(Infographic courtesy of http://ufonline.ufl.edu/infographics/five-water-purification-designs/)According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 748 million people lack access to uncontaminated drinking water sources. Moreover, WHO estimates that 1.8 billion people use a fecally contaminated drinking water source, 2.5 billion lack access to improved sanitation facilities and more than 840,000 people die from water related diseases annually. Contaminated water is the number one cause of death in developing countries, causing diseases such…
  • The Race for Water Odyssey in Guam For New Scientific Analyses

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

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

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

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

  • Anxiety turns to fear: Markets, energy, Pan and the Zeitgeist

    30 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The characteristic feeling of the post-2008 world has been one of anxiety. Occasionally, that anxiety breaks out into fear as it did in the last two weeks when stock markets around the world swooned and middle class and wealthy investors had a sudden visitation from Pan, the god from whose name we get the word "panic." Pan's appearance is yet another reminder that the relative stability of the globe from the end of World War II right up until 2008 is over. We are in uncharted waters.
  • The Collapse of Western Civilization: Review

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Collapse is a scenario of decline. The question is whether it is a useful one.
  • Don’t jump to Rasher Conclusions. Pigs offer Bacon of Hope to Sustainable Food Systems

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:13 am
    The access to local and sustainable pork tells a story of its own.
  • Alternatives to Capitalism

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    It is said that capitalism believes in competition but hates competitors. With this thoughtful book, Robin Hahnel and Erik Olin Wright aim to strengthen the resources of anti-capitalist politics against the charge that ‘there is no alternative’.
  • The Anthropocene and Ozymandias

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    Much has been made lately of the so-called Anthropocene — the idea that Homo sapiens has so taken over and modified Earth that we need a new name for our geological age instead of the outmoded Holocene.
 
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    The Green Samaritan

  • Easy Ways to Save and Savor Fresh Herbs

    Jeanne
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Sometimes it can be a little frustrating to have to buy a bunch of herbs for a recipe that only requires a tablespoon or two. What to do with the remainder before it goes bad? Or need to harvest... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Get Ready for Summer School! Tips to Keep Practicing the 3 Rs

    Jeanne
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    School is almost officially out!   A welcome relief from packing lunches, carpool, homework and overall hectic schedules. So while we take a little break from the traditional 3 Rs of... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 12th Annual Women in Conservation Rachel Carson Awards

    Jeanne
    28 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    Through the power of social media and Twitter, TGS connected with the Women In Conservation back in 2010 for the 7th Annual Luncheon recognizing Isabella Rossellini and Fernanda Kellogg. On May 20th,... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Thoughts to Consider to Green Your Non-Green Clothing Purchase

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

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

  • Five ways to keep animals from harming your lawn

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Taking good care of a lawn or yard makes your property both beautiful looking and inviting. The trouble is the property might end up being inviting to animals. Even those who love our four-legged friends do not want to see the creatures ruin a lawn. To keep such a disaster scenario from occurring, here are five tips to protecting a lawn or yard from animals.
  • Safe and all-natural solutions for bed bugs

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

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

    8 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    These days, many cleaning companies are interested in optimizing their businesses. Whether this optimization is conceptualized in terms of increased conversion or an expanded sphere of influence, there are numerous ways to put the growth process in motion. Here are three: 1. Buy supplies online. Although most business owners understand that time is money, not all of them capitalize on this
  • Week #4: Community Supported Agriculture - featuring Rainbow Swiss Chard

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    The past few weeks, our CSA has consistently provided Swiss Chard. I absolutely love Swiss Chard, to me it's like spinach with a backbone. By mercedesfromtheeighties (Chard in the Victory Garden) via Wikimedia Commons As I mentioned last week, my spouse's Lebanese sitto (grandma), always used Swiss chard instead of spinach in her fatayer. What I didn't mention is that the leftover filling
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    ForceChange

  • Ban Dangerous Walking Safari Tours

    Kari Maze
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: E. Chidziya, Director General of the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority Goal: End guided walking wildlife tours at all national parks. A tour guide was recently killed by a lion while giving a guided walking safari tour. It is important to take action in order to ensure that others do not meet the same fate. Quinn Swales had very little to defend himself with when a male adult lion approached him and his tour group at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Guests were only able to make noise in order to try and scare the animal away. Unfortunately, such tactics only…
  • Find and Punish Animal Control Impersonators for Taking Dogs

    Hang Lisa Huynh
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Morristown Hamblen Humane Society Animal Shelter Director, Pam Velder Goal: Punish alleged animal control impersonators who have been stealing neighborhood pets from their homes. A number of dogs have gone missing in Morristown, Tennessee and it is allegedly because a group of people are pretending to be animal control officers and stealing the neighborhood dogs. It has been reported that 10 dogs have disappeared in only a span of two weeks. The thieves also hit several neighborhoods nearby Morristown. According to WBIR News, Morristown Hamblem Humane Society Animal Shelter Director…
  • Stop the Execution of an Innocent Man

    Rachael Garcia
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Governor Mary Fallin Goal: Stop the execution of Richard Glossip, an innocent man on death row. An innocent man is scheduled to be put to death in September by the state of Oklahoma. After a flawed justice system let him down, it is now– in the last few weeks of his life– up to public outcry to convince Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to save his life. Gov. Fallin, a death penalty enthusiast, hasn’t overturned the conviction despite the complete lack of evidence or motive linking Richard Glossip to the crime. While Glossip waits to die, the self-confessed murderer sits…
  • Support Government Crackdown on “Natural” Cigarettes

    Kelsey Jenkins
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    Target: Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Goal: Support the government crackdown on cigarettes that are advertised as “natural” or additive-free when those products  can be just as dangerous as regular products. Cigarette companies like Winston, Natural American Spirit, and Sherman’s that want to advertise their products as “natural” and “additive-free” to make their products appear healthier must now must first submit an application with scientific evidence supporting such claims to the FDA. The FDA says…
  • Success: Fast-Food Unions Supported by Labor Board Ruling

    Kelsey Jenkins
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:48 am
    Target: National Labor Relations Board, comprised of Mark Gaston Pearce, Kent Y. Hirozawa, Philip A. Miscimarra, Harry I. Johnson, III, and Lauren McFerran Goal: Praise continued support for fast-food unions that fight for workers’ rights and better working conditions. Thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Support Striking Fast-Food Workers in New York, a ruling that would make it easier for unions to negotiate on behalf of workers at fast-food chains and other companies relying on contractors and franchisees has been passed by the National Labor Relations Board.
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Going Green Made Easy: 4 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

    greenwise
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Most people have a big misconception about water and energy conservation. They think that, if you really want to save the planet, you have to make huge, life-altering changes to your routine. But you don’t have to take your home totally off the grid on the first day to make a difference. Going green is […]
  • Family Green Home Improvements You Might Not Think Of

    greenwise
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    Going green on a family budget isn’t always easy, but we are going to show you a few things to get you started. Changing out light bulbs to more energy efficient ones, buying some large curtains, and switching to a timed heating & cooling system are all fantastic suggestions. However, we have some ideas that […]
  • 3 Money-Saving Summer Eco-Boosts for Your Home

    greenwise
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    The idea of living “green” or eco-friendly can be quite daunting for the beginner. Rest assured that the end goal is to actually make changes. Small changes over time are better than no changes at all. None of these projects should be too terribly difficult, even for the eco-novice. However, these recommendations will save some […]
  • 6 Ultimate Ideas to Use Renewable Resources for a Greener Home

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

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

  • Biophilic design – Not just beautiful spaces

    Ramon Arratia
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    Biophilic design is only going to become more prevalent in the work place over time. There are some great examples out there already, including these below captured by Oliver Heath from Human Spaces. These are on a large scale and in most instances are works in progress. However if you skim through Google you’ll come across many smaller businesses who apply the same principles in their working spaces – bringing the outside in, allowing nature to lead the way. 1. Apple’s Campus 2, Cupertino, California, USA Designed by UK based Foster + Partners Apples new HQ is proposed to be…
  • More on Net-Works – Recycling Initiative

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:22 am
    Net-Works is an initiative we helped set up that enables local residents in developing countries to collect discarded nets, which wreak havoc with the marine ecosystem, and sell them back into a global supply chain – giving those destructive, broken nets a second life as beautiful and long-lasting carpet tile. The product of an unlikely partnership, the Net-Works programme is proof that when business, conservation, and communities innovate together, we can create positive, sustainable change. Here is a great resource for more information. We would really appreciate your support and…
  • Understanding the UNFCCC negotiations on climate change – Infographic

    Ramon Arratia
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    A quick flick back in recent time to take a look at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in one mapped infographic via The Climate Group. UNFCCC SIGNED – 1992 The original UN climate treaty. Established the basic framework and principles for international climate change action. Developed countries committed to take the lead with developing countries agreeing to take action with financial and technological support and as they developed. No legally emission targets agreed for any countries. KYOTO PROTOCOL SIGNED – 1997 Requires industrialised countries to make…
  • The Mission Zero Green Highway

    Ramon Arratia
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Is it possible to have a ‘green highway’? The #MissionZero Corridor Project in West Georgia believes that it is. It has appointed breakthrough innovation consultancy Innovia Technology to help create a ‘travel corridor’ and rethink the purpose and function of this infrastructure to generate social, environmental and economic value. Alastair MacGregor, CEO of Innovia Technology, is excited by the challenge, which will see the company evaluate the technologies identified by the project, for example: algae biodiesel gas stations; smart solar-powered roads; moon-cycle adjusting lights;…
  • Biophilic design needs by country – An insight

    Ramon Arratia
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    In this video Professor Cary Cooper highlights the main differences, when it comes to biophilic design needs, between the 16 countries examined in the Human Spaces Global study. The full Human Spaces Report offers a global perspective on the effect that biophilic design has on happiness, productivity and creativity in the workplace. The post Biophilic design needs by country – An insight appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
 
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Looking Back at the Pollinator Power, Shoreline Saver and Outdoor Explorer Missions

    Earth Rangers
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    In the last 3 Missions, we asked you to help pollinators, clean shorelines and get in touch with nature. Now it’s time to find out how these Missions went from some Earth Rangers like you! Pollinator Power For this Mission, we asked you to plant a pollinator garden to keep bees and other pollinators strong and healthy! Over 9,000 Earth Rangers have accepted the Pollinator Power Mission. Accept yours by clicking the button below. Shoreline Saver For this Mission, we asked you to become a Shoreline Saver by cleaning up a shoreline to give animals the safe and clean home they deserve. Over…
  • Learn to Camp with Parks Canada

    Earth Rangers
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    From the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the low tides of the Bay of Fundy, Canada is filled with incredible natural wonders protected by Parks Canada. There are over 200 national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas in Canada. Accept the Outdoor Explorer Mission and go visit a park near you, then take it to the next level by planning a camping trip! Camping is an awesome way to have an adventure; you get to sleep in a tent, walk around at night with a flashlight, check out the stars and tell spooky stories around a campfire. Camping is like having a…
  • Apprends à faire du camping avec l’aide de Parcs Canada

    Earth Rangers
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Des plus hauts sommets des montagnes Rocheuses aux marées basses de la baie de Fundy, le Canada est très riche en merveilles naturelles dont Parcs Canada assure la protection. On trouve plus de 200 parcs nationaux, lieux historiques nationaux et aires marines nationales de conservation dans notre pays. Accepte la Mission d’Explorateur de la nature et va visiter un parc de ta région, pour passer ensuite à l’étape suivante en y retournant faire du camping! Le camping, c’est une aventure fantastique : on dort dans une tente, on se promène dans le noir avec sa lampe de…
  • Résumé du projet pour protéger le goglu des prés

    Earth Rangers
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Voilà une autre année qui tire à sa fin pour une série de projets Restaurer la nature, et les Éco Héros se sont vraiment fait un meilleur ami à vie : le goglu des prés! Vous avez été fantastiques dans vos démarches de collecte de fonds! Alors, voyons comment l’argent recueilli a permis d’aider cet oiseau extraordinaire. De septembre 2014 à août 2015, presque 4 000 enfants se sont inscrits pour protéger le goglu des prés. Grâce à tous vos efforts, nous avons pu aider les chercheurs à étudier la population de goglus des prés, à restaurer des habitats de…
  • Western Screech Owl Project Wrap-Up

    Earth Rangers
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    Hoot Hoot Hurray, we’ve helped protect the western screech owl! Western screech owls face serious threats, which have caused their populations to decline. In Canada, western screech owls are listed as an endangered species. To protect this amazing bird, we teamed up with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to lead an epic owl saving campaign. Over the past year, six thousand Earth Ranger kids started Bring Back the Wild campaigns for the western screech owl. These awesome eco-heroes took action by raising awareness and support for the western screech owl. Earth Ranger members raised donations…
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    Phoenix Home Energy Audits Blog

  • Home energy saving tips with a water heater timer

    11 Aug 2015 | 1:17 am
    Lower your energy bills with a water heater timer. APS utility rates double during peak hours in the summer. SRP energy rates almost double during peak summer hours. This water heater timer shown by energy auditor David Byrnes of Green ID can turn off during peak hours, saving valuable kWhs. In Phoenix, it's impossible to get cold water during the summer anyways so why waste energy with your
  • How To Perform A Variable Speed Pool Pump Calibration & Save Money On Your Energy Bills

    11 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    As energy auditors and home performance contractors we often find variable speed pool pumps that have never had a proper calibration. Although we do install Hayward and Pentair variable speed pumps because of the great energy savings realized, a post-install calibration can be performed DIY. Here are some easy steps to follow to save money on your energy bills and get the most out of your
  • What is a hard start kit and does it help my air conditioner?

    9 Aug 2015 | 8:44 pm
    You may have heard your AC technician talk about installing a hard start kit on your HVAC unit and dismissed it as an unnecessary add on. Are hard start kits a scam?  The truth is that hard start kits actually help your heating and cooling unit, unlike some HVAC products. The problem is that most AC technicians aren't educated enough or understand how they work. Hard start kits work to
  • What you need to know about green energy barrier scams

    7 Aug 2013 | 2:20 pm
    While making energy saving improvements to your home is backed by both APS, SRP and the Department of Energy's Home Performance With Energy Star Program there are many unethical companies out there that are taking advantage of these programs and making a bad name for those home performance companies that are doing things right. Many of the unethical companies are using the APS and SRP
  • What to ask before going solar?

    6 Aug 2013 | 12:06 pm
    Congratulations on making a commitment to a more sustainable future by reducing your electricity consumption with solar electricity. Here are a list of questions to consider before purchasing solar panels.What to ask for purchasing solar panels?1. How do the APS rebates work/ how do the SRP rebates work?2. How do the state and federal rebates work?3. Who is the ideal homeowner to purchase
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
 
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    High Gear Media Network Feed

  • Study: Autonomous Vehicles Will Go Mainstream In 5 - 10 Years

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Auto enthusiasts and analysts have been debating autonomous cars for years. Some critics think they're decades away from becoming a reality, and at least one survey has shown that a majority of motorists don't want to be anywhere near them (despite the fact that autonomous cars are better drivers). On the other hand, as J.D. Power demonstrated...
  • Ford Bronco Comeback, 2016 Subaru BRZ, 2016 BMW 7-Series: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: Holy Crap, The Ford Bronco May Make A Comeback, Too It's been a week of highs and lows for Ford fans. On Monday, the company's stock took a nosedive, thanks largely to fears about China and Ford's future there. But that bad news was balanced out a couple of days later, when rumors began circulating that Ford was planning...
  • Yes, Drivers Do Want Apple CarPlay, Android Auto...When They Know What It Is

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Why wouldn’t new-car buyers want to take their familiar smartphone interface and apps into their vehicle? It’s an open question asked in the wake of results released this past week by J.D. Power, mentioning Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as among the 14 technology features that 20 percent or more of owners don’t want in their...
  • 2016 Subaru BRZ Sports Car Gets Lower Price, More Equipment

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    Sometimes prices really do go down—even on sports cars. Subaru has cut prices by $300 across its BRZ model line for 2016. And versus the 2015 BRZ, Subaru has also added standard equipment. The base-model 2016 Subaru BRZ Premium is now priced at $26,190, including the typical $795 destination and delivery fee. CHECK OUT: Holy Crap, The Ford...
  • J.D. Power: Drivers Ignore High-Tech Car Features, Don't Want Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    This week, J.D. Power released its 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, which reveals that motorists often don't use or appreciate the high-tech features in their new cars. The results should be a wake-up call to automakers around the globe. Heck, even Apple and Google should be concerned. To conduct its survey, Power polled...
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  • Renewable Energy Doing So Well That Subsidies Could End: Energy Secretary Moniz

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Government subsidies have been an important lifeline for renewable energy, helping to make different technologies viable even when costs are not in their favor. But at what point will the industry be competitive enough with fossil fuels that subsidies will no longer be necessary? It's possible that will happen sooner, rather than later. DON'T...
  • Tesla P85D Love, Hydrogen Stations, Electric Hyundai, New Smart ForTwo: The Week In Reverse (Video)

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Which green car broke the Consumer Reports new-car rating system? And, what automaker did we hear may be planning an all-electric car before the end of next year? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, August 28, 2015. Friday, we explored why owners of the BMW i3 REx...
  • 2016 Smart ForTwo: First Drive Of All-New Two-Seat Minicar

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    The 2016 Smart ForTwo is the first entirely new version of the European two-seat minicar since that vehicle was launched in the late 1990s. And it's a much better car, with more power, a choice of manual or automated transmissions, modern comfort and interior features, and fuel economy that's stayed at the same level even given its added equipment...
  • 2016 Smart Drive, BMW i3 Coding, Wheego Withdraws: Today's Car News

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Among vacations, staff travel, and Hey-It's-The-End-of-August-Yawn, we're a little light on stories today. But we've still got what owners are doing to BMW electric cars that may make the German company mad, a small two-seat car that's all-new, much better, and a lookalike that's faded away into history. All this and more on Green Car Reports...
  • BMW i3 REx Electric Car: 'Coding' Unlocks Features Owners Want (And May Void Warranty)

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The BMW i3 REx model is an unusual beast, the sole example to date of a car built specifically to comply with California regulations that define it as a zero-emission electric car even though it has a range-extending engine. That's because its gasoline range (EPA-rated at 78 miles) is more or less equivalent to its battery range (EPA-rated at 72...
 
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • Mexico's Energy Reforms: Is the Country Now Open for Business? [PODCAST]

    RobertRapier
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    In August 2014, Mexico enacted a series of comprehensive energy reform laws, promising to radically transform the electricity and oil and gas sectors. Long controlled by state-owned companies, Mexican President Peña Nieto intended the reforms to open his nation's energy sector for new investment.read more
  • Deflationary Collapse Ahead?

    Gail Tverberg
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    This mismatch between rising costs of oil production and stagnating wages is what has been happening. The unaffordability problem can be hidden by a rising amount of debt for a while (since adding cheap debt helps make unaffordable big items seem affordable), but this scheme cannot go on forever.read more
  • The Best Shot for Slowing Climate Impacts in Alaska and the Arctic

    Durwood Zaelke
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    I worked in Alaska many years ago as a young attorney defending the forests, fisheries and other remarkable natural resources of the last frontier. The “termination dust” that fell every fall ahead of the deep freeze of winter made my job easier, providing an annual pause in development.read more
  • Katrina 10 Years On: The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Provides a Way Forward

    nrdcswitchboard
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    This month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It was the costliest, as well as, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. When the levee system safeguarding New Orleans catastrophically failed, our nation watched in horror as the flood waters spread.read more
  • Real Energy and Cost Savings. Right Now. Here, in Texas

    Kate Zerrenner
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:19 am
    We are nearing the end of another successful season of EDF Climate Corps, the 8-year-old program run by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) that “embeds” grad students inside companies to find ways to save energy and money and lower carbon emissions.read more
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    GoGreenNation.org

  • Green Drinks Meets Cinema Verde Sept. 2! Join Us!

    Trish Riley
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Green Drinks Meets Cinema Verde Sept. 2! Join Us! Green Drinks Meets Cinema Verde will host a Welcome Back networking and film night with a special reprisal of our Cinema Verde Audience Choice 2012 award-winning film Confessions of an EcoTerrorist, a fun yet vitally important film based on the adventurous work saving marine wildlife by the Sea Shepherd Society made famous on Whale Watchers. Please join us for a fun Happy Hour with locals interested in creating a sustainable future – a world where we want to live. 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Market Street Pub, 112 SW 1st Ave, Gainesville,…
  • Pesticides contaminate streams

    Christine
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 21, 2015) Neonicotinoid insecticides contaminate over half of urban and agricultural streams across the United States and Puerto Rico, according to a study released earlier this week by the U.S. Geographical Survey (USGS). Neonicotinoids (neonics) are bee-toxic insecticides that have been linked to the global decline in bee populations by a large body of science. The study, titled “First national-scale reconnaissance of neonicotinoid insecticides in streams across the USA” and published in Environmental Chemistry, was conducted from 2011 to 2014 and spans 24…
  • Chinese seed spies stalk GMO producers

    Christine
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    Ted Genoways, contributing editor for the New Republic and author of The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, covers Chinese seed spies and the FBI, revealing troubling strategies of food as a weapon. Read the entire story here. In December 2013, after collecting this evidence, U.S. marshals arrived at Mo’s home in Boca Raton, Florida. He was taken into custody and extradited to Iowa, where he has been under house arrest in Des Moines ever since. The FBI also brought charges against five alleged co-conspirators, all Chinese, who remain at large, including the three men stopped by…
  • Whale Ahoy! visits San Simeon Cove

    Christine
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    John FitzRandolph reports on a young humpback whale in San Simeon Cove: This story could develop into the North Coast’s marine mammal mystery of the year, and it could prove to be among the most treasured wildlife encounters witnessed here in many years. This photo taken by Vicki Morrow, as published in The Cambrian. For 24 consecutive days (as of Tuesday, Aug. 4), a juvenile humpback whale has been dining on anchovies, sardines and other small bait fish in the San Simeon Cove. Why has this whale lingered for so many days in the Cove? If there are ample schools of bait fish in the Cove, why…
  • The Monarch Manifesto

    Christine
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
    From the David Suzuki Foundation By David Suzuki Jode Roberts has spent a lot of the summer checking out ditches and fields along the sides of roads, railways and trails. At first, he didn’t like what he was seeing. Roberts, who is leading the David Suzuki Foundation’s effort to bring monarchs back from the brink, was searching for signs that the butterflies had visited patches of milkweed plants. Despite the bleak start, he recently hit the jackpot: a half-dozen eggs and a couple of monarch caterpillars, calmly munching on milkweed leaves. Read the rest here.
 
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    simple.green.organic.happy.

  • I Wasted My Vacation, from Sunup to Sundown

    Robin Strong Elton
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:34 pm
    When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. -Rainer Maria Rilke Every time we go to the beach I have all these grandiose plans. Imma gonna ride a bike, run in the mornings. I’m going to read at least three of these five books I packed. I’m going to photowalk every day and stock up on images for every situation. I’m going to write for hours every day and pull ahead of my content calendar. I’m…
  • Tips for Watching and Photographing the Perseid Meteor Shower

    Robin Strong Elton
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile. ―Ralph Waldo Emerson The night sky is always amazing to behold and ponder, but in mid-August our little planet crosses paths with the Swift-Tuttle comet and pieces of debris enter the Earth’s atmosphere only to burn up in a shining blaze of glory. This year the peak is expected to be on the 13th, with…
  • The 3 Most Precious Resources of Life

    Robin Strong Elton
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
      If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and Nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature. Nature we have always have with us, an inexhaustible storehouse of that which moves the heart, appeals to the mind, and fires the imagination— health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and joy to the soul. To the scientist Nature is a storehouse of facts, laws, processes; to the artist she is a storehouse of pictures; to the poet she is a storehouse of images, fancies, a source of inspiration;…
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    Everblue blogs

  • Training With a Purpose

    Lesley@Everblue
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    Our sustainability training courses prepare individuals for jobs in emerging green fields. With course topics that span green building, home energy auditing, and renewable energy, we help our students learn industry-specific terminology, acronyms, concepts, and technical field skills. These valuable lessons enable our participants to gain eligibility on work projects, become qualified for new jobs and promotions, and/or further develop their knowledge and skills in existing roles.read more
  • Advocating for a Climate Change Solution

    Lesley@Everblue
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Meadread more
  • Free Solar Installation Opportunity in NJ

    Lesley@Everblue
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    We’re happy to be working with GRID Alternatives to provide free solar PV installation experience for our solar students. All candidates seeking a NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification must work on 3-5 solar PV installation projects after Everblue’s Solar PV Mastery Combo (which fulfills the training and education requirement), and working with GRID Alternatives is the perfect opportunity to gain this field experience! read more
  • How to Earn a LEED Credential (Visual)

    Lesley@Everblue
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    In the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, LEED has become a well-known and reputable standard for green building. Practitioners in these industries often work on LEED projects and/or interact with LEED accredited professionals. For those relatively new to the industry, you do a Google search for "LEED," and I'm sure you get flooded with thousands of results. It can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What, exactly, are you looking to earn - LEED Certification or LEED Accreditation?read more
  • Update on ISSP Certification Beta Testing

    Lesley@Everblue
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    I just logged off the August 2015 webinar from the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), recapping the beta testing experience for its new Sustainability Associate and Certified Sustainability Professional certifications.read more
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    Green Prophet

  • Hydroponics in the house in Qatar!

    Laurie Balbo
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Qatar – the tiny desert nation known for sinking millions into futuristic follies like artificial clouds and underwater TV studios – has come down to earth with a plan to grow up to 70...
  • Meet the teen eco-rapper headed to COP21!

    Laurie Balbo
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    Colorado-raised eco-activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a powerful voice in the youth-led climate movement. He’s got a 2014 Ted Talk under his belt, and he received the 2013 United...
  • The Cropking family makes it hydroponics back to school time

    Karin Kloosterman
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Parents are happy to be sending their kids back to school soon. But Green Prophets everywhere know it’s open season to keep learning no matter your age. Urban farming is all the rage. Forget...
  • New Jersey kids doing hydroponics? forghedaboudit!

    Laurie Balbo
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    There are green things growing in a New Jersey public school, a small shift from the traditional farming that gives the “Garden State” its nickname. A newly installed lab within the...
  • Organic ink grows 3D printed gardens (and then what?)

    Laurie Balbo
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Students at Slovenia’s second largest university adapted a computer numerical control (CNC) machine to act as a 3D printer, substituting the usual printing materials (such as plastics, nylon,...
 
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • The Greening of Sports to Save the Planet

    evolveEA
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Sports is a $1.3 trillion global industry, with over $450 billion of this spent in the US. And small wonder – sports figures and celebrities have the greatest influence on us, aside from family. Sporting events occur constantly and can reach every one of us. Sports engage us on a visceral level and have the power to forge lifelong allegiances, create rivalries, and symbolize a city or even a country. Think of Brazil with soccer, Canada with hockey, Norway with skiing, Kenya with running, and so forth.read more
  • Heading to the Field: the Urban Decarbonization Research Project

    lmtozer
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    Cities are increasingly adopting ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, such as 80% reductions by 2050. To make that ambition a reality, people in cities are trying out new initiatives ranging from local government’s financial incentives for solar energy to community group’s efforts to develop alternative, low-carbon economies using sharing. However, research has shown that these attempts are experimental and uncertain in their long-term impact.read more
  • Nurturing an Industrial Cluster in Nigeria

    Charles Arthur
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    Clustering is the phenomenon whereby firms from the same industry gather together in close proximity. Economists explain clustering as a means for small companies to enjoy some of the economies of scale usually reserved for large ones. read more
  • Inspiring Urban Youth for a Biodiversity-Friendly Approach to Development

    The Nature of Cities
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    We all know that we are living in a deep crisis regarding the rate of our use of natural resources. We also know that addressing these problems will have inter-related and resonating effects. Such interconnection also has good aspects. Smart catalytic action can produce benefits across many levels—science has explained that butterfly wings can affect planetary weather.read more
  • Design Thinking for a Post-Industrial Century

    The Dirt
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Gas Works Park in Seattle. Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord in Germany. Ariel Sharon (Mount Hariya) Park in Tel Aviv. Freshkills Park in Staten Island, NY. The High Line, in Manhattan. And the 606, Chicago’s newest rail-to-trail park. These landmark places transform the remnants of industrial landscapes into new parks.read more
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    A Tampa Green Living Mom Blog - Cloth Diapers - DIY - Disney - Travel - Family

  • Surviving Back to School

    Calley Pate
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:07 pm
    I’ve been dreading this day for a few weeks now, my kids are going back to school today! I have completely enjoyed our laid back summer with no bedtimes, no schedules, no routines, and no car lines. This summer was a little different than usual with my husband traveling more for business, but we managed to find our special moments and embrace them. Just last weekend we were sitting on Sanibel Island listening to the waves crash into the shore and now I’m dreading the stack of papers I’ll have to fill out tonight after they get home from school. Preparing for back to school…
  • How to Use Snap Pliers to Make an Adjustable Waist on Kids Clothing

    Calley Pate
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    My kids have tiny waists and are tall, they get this from both my husband and I. My mom was always tacking the waist of my clothes (pre-adjustable waist clothing) as a child. Thank goodness that most clothing these days come with the adjustable waistband. I picked up 2 athletic shorts/skorts for my daughter this weekend at the Old Navy clearance sale and got home to find out they were too big in the waist!! Shocking…I know! Neither pair had drawstrings or adjustable waist so I was going to pull out the needle and thread and tack them to fit.  Then I remembered my brand new snap pliers…
  • Minecraft 101 for Moms

    Calley Pate
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    Affiliate links present in this post.  This summer my six year started playing Minecraft.  My oldest has been playing it for a while, but he’s never needed “help” with it like she does.  He’s pretty intuitive and if he has questions he goes to YouTube to find his answers.  We have a collection of Minecraft books that he has to help him (most are pretty advanced resources), but again, that’s not something she’s ready for yet.  At six, she just wants to know how to play!  My son did attempt to teach me how to play once, but I was left being buried in…
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun Giveaway

    Calley Pate
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:55 am
    Do you have a little girl (or a little boy who rocks pinks and purples)? Today Thirsties adds a few new items to their collection of cloth diapers.  They have added a new purple color, Iris, and a revamped print, Alice Brights.  Alice Brights has been retired for quite a few years now, but has been revamped with poppy and iris colors. The trend this year with cloth diaper companies is to freshen up their color palette and Thirsties has done a great job with that task.  While some of the soft “baby” colors remain, they are now complemented with some brighter, more vivid colors.
  • Stonyfield Southwestern Taco Dip featuring Late July Tortilla Chips

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

  • Friday Fun: Three Cities Innovate Solutions for Tackling Water Scarcity

    Caitlin Drown
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    As cities face increasing populations and long periods of drought, urban areas are being forced to innovate new ways to produce clean water. (Photo: David Berkowitz / Flickr. Slightly modified from original) Today marks the end of World Water Week in Stockholm, where experts from across the globe convene to discuss the world’s water issues. To further explore water stress across the globe, take a look at the interactive maps and resources of Aqueduct, a signature initiative of WRI. Accompanied by record high temperatures, regions across the globe are currently facing life-threatening…
  • Accelerating Building Efficiency Improvements in Latin America

    Clay Nesler
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    To decrease energy consumption, cities in Latin America–such as Mexico City–are launching new initiatives to boost the energy efficiency of their buildings. (Photo: Joseph Wingenfeld / Flickr) Energy efficiency improvements in the building sector can yield significant financial and environmental benefits including reduced energy costs, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, improved occupant health and increased local employment.  However, long standing market and policy barriers stand in the way of achieving these potential benefits at scale.  Latin America, facing increasing…
  • New Rules of the Road in Mexico City

    Kelly Larson
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    To improve road safety and protect pedestrians, Mexico City is ushering in new street designs, improving enforcement strategies, and slowing traffic. (Photo: CarlosVanVegas / Flickr) This week, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera celebrated the Day of the Pedestrian by announcing strong new policies to reduce speed limits and to increase penalties for dangerous driving. In doing so, he ushered in a new era of traffic safety in Mexico City. Mayor Mancera’s actions reflect a growing global recognition of road safety as global health crisis. Around the world, 1.24 million people die in car crashes…
  • How Two Community Groups Are Successfully Fostering Bike Culture in Brazil

    Priscila Pacheco
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    To create a strong biking culture, organizations in Brazilian cities are creating community bike shops and teaching beginners how to safely bike in dense, urban areas. (Photo: Upslon / Flickr) Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking…
  • President Obama’s Challenge to Cities: An Opportunity for Global Climate Action

    Alex Rogala
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    President Obama’s recent announcement of new clean energy initiatives is a major opportunity for galvanizing climate action at a global level. Photo by United Nations/Flickr. Yesterday, the number of US cities pledging to reduce emissions with the Compact of Mayors nearly doubled. With 19 cities in the U.S. already signed onto the Compact—a global coalition of mayors dedicated to climate action—this most recent move brings the total to 34. But President Obama has signaled that more can and needs to be done, publicly challenging all Mayors to commit to a climate action plan before…
 
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    EarthTechling

  • New Device Lets You Access Solar Power Without Panels

    Jen MacCormack
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    SunPort DeviceA new Kickstarter project is hoping to shift more people into using solar power, one plug at a time.The SunPort device separates the production and consumption of solar energy, so that everyone who wants to use more solar power can do so without producing it themselves.Solar panels are a fantastic energy source, but are not available to everyone (renters, those with low credit scores, or people who live in something other than single-family homes). Some government initiatives are encouraging development of shared solar installations, so many who couldn’t otherwise install…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign Pushes Ambitious Green Energy Goals

    Jen MacCormack
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hillary Clinton has made renewable energy a big part of her election platform, and has some very ambitious plans to reshape the energy landscape of the United States.As the 2016 election season approaches and the presidential hopefuls start attracting more and more media attention, they’re making big promises about how they will move the country forward if they are elected to office. Energy policy is an important part of any candidate’s platform, and Hillary Clinton has shown her green side by setting ambitious renewable energy goals right from the start. Her energy policy aims to…
  • Solar Desalination to Ramp up in California

    Susan Kraemer
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    For making steam, solar thermal is already cheaper than fossil fuels. Desalination puts this cheap steam tech to great use.An innovative solar thermal desalination project in California will clean agricultural water through solar distillation, using the sun’s heat to evaporate out selenium and other agricultural impurities that build up in drainage water.“We are efficiently boiling the water and separating the steam and then condensing it,” WaterFX founder Aaron Mandell told EarthTechling.“But the key to what we’re doing is having the energy coming from solar…
  • Australia’s Prime Minister Cuts Funding for Wind Power

    Jen MacCormack
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Albany Wind Farm in Western AustraliaAustralia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, doesn’t like wind turbines. He has made dramatic cuts in government subsidies for wind farms, in a move that’s sure to hold back Australia’s renewable energy sector.Tony Abbott has made it clear where he stands on wind farms, with The Guardian reporting that Abbott called wind turbines noisy and “visually awful” in a recent radio interview. Australia’s government-funded Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has been given instruction to cease investment in future wind farm projects.
  • Old Golf Courses in Japan Find New Life as Solar Farms

    Jen MacCormack
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    An abandoned golf course in Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture will soon have a new life as a solar farm. Once construction is completed in 2018, The 92-MW Kanoya Osaki Rolling Solar Hills project is expected to provide power for approximately 30,500 local households.The sport of golf is in decline across much of the world, with Japan in particular seeing a drop in participation of up to 40% since the days of peak golf popularity in the 1990s. Golf courses are expensive to maintain and take remarkable amounts of water to keep green, so with fading interest in the sport, it’s getting harder for…
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    Green Nation Today

  • Green Roofing – The Type That Fort Collins Roofing Specialists Consider the Future of the Industry

    admin
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    According to Fort Collins roofing firms, the green roof trend is growing day after day. This type of roof is not new at all, since the first green roofs date back thousands of years. What is really impressive with this type of roofing is its wonderful creativity, the amazing directions of development, the fact that green roofs are fresh, innovative and living. When roofing Fort Collins companies install green roofs, they not only provide shelters to the structures below, but also become active participants in the architecture of the environment and interact with the landscape. It is not rare…
  • Picking Up The Right Sofa For You Is A Piece Of Cake With The Help Of The Professionals From Denver Furniture Stores

    admin
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    Searching for the right couch is like searching for a lifelong partner. It is one of the most important pieces of furniture in the entire house, as one will usually relax on it after a long day at work or will share important memories with other family members. No wonder that all furniture stores Denver is home to have a wide variety of sofas/couches available for all the tastes and all the budgets. After all, the couch has become a star in both the English language and the American cinematography. Expressions like „couch potato” or „couch doctor” insist on the importance of this…
  • Dentists in Highlands Ranch – Cosmetic Dentistry

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

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

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

  • Google’s Headquarters Falls Short on Sustainability Details

    T. Caine
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    One of sustainability’s greatest shortfalls can also operate as one of its greatest strengths. As a term, sustainability has been criticized for lacking concrete definition and encompassing too many different topics and perspectives. Part of that is by design. The core components of sustainability revolve around balance and dynamic equilibrium, basic tenets of natural ecosystems–which are far from simple. The result is that the effectiveness of any efforts under the banner of sustainability can be weighed by a number of sources through a series of different lenses. While good for the…
  • The Greenest Supermarket Needs More Than Efficiency

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

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

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

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

  • What does the 'Border Farce' tell us about the future of crisis politics in Australia?

    David Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies at Monash University
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:25 pm
    AAP/Richard MilnesThe convulsive reaction to Friday’s failed security operation by the Australian Border Force (ABF) in Melbourne was almost as farcical as the event itself. Operation Fortitude had been announced in a press release to raise the visibility of the newly formed ABF by positioning them: … at various locations around the CBD speaking with individuals we cross paths with. The event was to culminate in a “launch” that would show the ABF was capable of working with Victoria Police, Metro Trains, Yarra Trams, the Sheriff’s Office and the Taxi Services Commission. But such a…
  • Newcastle's 'divestment' is a chance for the world's largest coal port to consider its future

    Sara Bice, Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Government at University of Melbourne
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:14 pm
    While the Newcastle council decision may not trigger divestment from fossil fuels, it is a chance for the port to consider its future direction. Jeremy Buckingham/Flickr, CC BYThe City of Newcastle council’s Tuesday night endorsement of an “environmentally and socially responsible” investment policy threw more mud than a pig wrestling competition at the country show. The controversy thickened this morning as stories emerged that the council also recently accepted an A$12-million offer to expand coal terminals at its port, the world’s largest in terms of coal exports. Amid jeers of…
  • Setting priorities for environmental research is daunting when the questions are so huge

    Ian Lowe, Emeritus Professor, School of Science at Griffith University
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Gamba Grass is altering fire regimes in the Top End, threatening human life and property, natural assets including Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, and compromising savanna burning programs. Samantha Setterfield, Author providedThis article is part of our series on the Science and Research Priorities recently announced by the Federal Government. You can read the introduction to the series by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Ian Chubb, here. Ian Lowe Emeritus Professor, Griffith University and former president of the Australian Conservation Foundation A few years ago I was part of an…
  • The 'green-tech' future is a flawed vision of sustainability

    Samuel Alexander, Research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at University of Melbourne
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Digging up that nature strip and planting tomatoes is one way of reducing consumption. Mosman Council/Flickr, CC BYWhat does your vision of a sustainable future look like? Some people imagine a scenario whereby technology solves the world’s most pressing environmental problems. In this world we all drive electric cars and have solar panels on our roofs that power our air conditioners and flat-screen televisions. We purchase “eco” products that provide all the convenience and comfort but without degrading the planet. We continue consuming and growing our economies, yet Mother Nature wins…
  • Speaking with: Crystal Legacy on the politics of transport infrastructure

    Dallas Rogers, Urban Studies Lecturer at University of Western Sydney
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Congested roads and overcrowded public transport services are common problems in many of our cities. Dam Himbeechts/AAP As anyone who travels to work would probably realise, Australia’s transport infrastructure needs urgent upgrades. As our cities continue to grow, it is virtually impossible to escape the tangle of peak-hour congestion. But with governments focused on reducing deficits, only one or two transport infrastructure projects are likely to be implemented. So how are decisions about which infrastructure to build made? And how much of a say do the people who actually use the…
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    Green Conduct

  • 5 Green Ways to Travel to Work and Around Town

    alicebenny
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Source: Eco-Office Gals Many people are striving to practice eco-friendliness within their home, working lives, and when traveling. This results in a positive step in the bid to reduce carbon emissions. However, one of the largest contributors of carbon emissions haven’t quite been tackled – transport. Essential commutes, like the commute to and from work, are significantly affecting climate change. Traffic congestion means journey times are longer than usual in rush hour, resulting in more fuel consumption and consequently more carbon emissions. Using alternative, green ways to travel…
  • Bike Sharing Creating Better Places

    greghead
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    Bike Sharing Creating Better Places Bike Sharing Creating Better Places: Increasing Transportation Choices, Saving Communities Money Washington, DC and Arlington County, VA recently launched a bike share program, Capital Bikeshare, making over 1,100 bikes available at 110 stations. With 11,000 members, it is already the largest in the nation. These programs have been successful in Europe and have sprouted up throughout the US as cities look to provide greener, cheaper, healthier transportation choices. One particular aspect of bike sharing is illustrative of why it is successful and how it…
  • What does Going Green mean?

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

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

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

  • 5 ways to reuse Tetra Pak cartons

    Mrs Green
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    I’m busy writing the content for this year’s Zero Waste Week. You ARE signed up, right? If you’re not signed up already it’s not too late – Press on the button below to sign up for free now: This year’s theme is ‘reuse’ and I’ve been thinking about paper and cardboard. It struck me what […]
  • Decluttering your home the zero waste way

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

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

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

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

  • New Device Lets You Access Solar Power Without Panels

    Jen MacCormack
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    SunPort DeviceA new Kickstarter project is hoping to shift more people into using solar power, one plug at a time.The SunPort device separates the production and consumption of solar energy, so that everyone who wants to use more solar power can do so without producing it themselves.Solar panels are a fantastic energy source, but are not available to everyone (renters, those with low credit scores, or people who live in something other than single-family homes). Some government initiatives are encouraging development of shared solar installations, so many who couldn’t otherwise install…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign Pushes Ambitious Green Energy Goals

    Jen MacCormack
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hillary Clinton has made renewable energy a big part of her election platform, and has some very ambitious plans to reshape the energy landscape of the United States.As the 2016 election season approaches and the presidential hopefuls start attracting more and more media attention, they’re making big promises about how they will move the country forward if they are elected to office. Energy policy is an important part of any candidate’s platform, and Hillary Clinton has shown her green side by setting ambitious renewable energy goals right from the start. Her energy policy aims to…
  • Solar Desalination to Ramp up in California

    Susan Kraemer
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    For making steam, solar thermal is already cheaper than fossil fuels. Desalination puts this cheap steam tech to great use.An innovative solar thermal desalination project in California will clean agricultural water through solar distillation, using the sun’s heat to evaporate out selenium and other agricultural impurities that build up in drainage water.“We are efficiently boiling the water and separating the steam and then condensing it,” WaterFX founder Aaron Mandell told EarthTechling.“But the key to what we’re doing is having the energy coming from solar…
  • Australia’s Prime Minister Cuts Funding for Wind Power

    Jen MacCormack
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Albany Wind Farm in Western AustraliaAustralia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, doesn’t like wind turbines. He has made dramatic cuts in government subsidies for wind farms, in a move that’s sure to hold back Australia’s renewable energy sector.Tony Abbott has made it clear where he stands on wind farms, with The Guardian reporting that Abbott called wind turbines noisy and “visually awful” in a recent radio interview. Australia’s government-funded Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has been given instruction to cease investment in future wind farm projects.
  • Old Golf Courses in Japan Find New Life as Solar Farms

    Jen MacCormack
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    An abandoned golf course in Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture will soon have a new life as a solar farm. Once construction is completed in 2018, The 92-MW Kanoya Osaki Rolling Solar Hills project is expected to provide power for approximately 30,500 local households.The sport of golf is in decline across much of the world, with Japan in particular seeing a drop in participation of up to 40% since the days of peak golf popularity in the 1990s. Golf courses are expensive to maintain and take remarkable amounts of water to keep green, so with fading interest in the sport, it’s getting harder for…
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • A summer adventure on the John Muir Trail

    christine
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    This past spring and summer I was immersed in learning and writing about the benefits of nature and wilderness for youth, for science, for parks and for everyone. I attended a summit at UC Berkeley in March (where I shook hands with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell!), relished the Bay Area Open Space Council’s 25th Anniversary conference in May and wrote grant proposals (for projects like this one) to support a stronger and more diverse constituency for our national lands. It was time for me to drink from the streams of adventure and discovery. On my first day on the trail,…
  • Women rising to leadership

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

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

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

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

  • A New Energy Paradigm

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    India's Modi asked for $100 Billion to build 100 GW of Solar. . . . Foreign banks responded, with $300 billion over the next decade. The revolutionary aspect of a Multi-Billion focus on rooftop PV, . . . in a developing nation is historic. “Twice the sunshine, 1/2 the cost, that means 4 times the efficiency,” . . . Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son told reporters in a conference. With the world’s financial backing, a 100 GW solar target is achievable. 08-29-2015 Source:  A New Energy Paradigm
  • Revolutionize Electric Vehicle Charging

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Researchers claim to have hit on the right combination of, . . . solar cell type and battery to charge an electric vehicle, . . . with higher efficiency than ever before. Maybe, even while being driven. 08-29-2015 Source:  Revolutionize electric vehicle charging
  • Follow The Money: Us$24 Million

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), made . . . US$24 million of funding available in total for the : . . . . . . 11 projects, across . . . . . . 7 US states, with the basic goal of . . . “doubling the amount of energy” solar panels can collect, . . . according to a Whitehouse release. 08-29-2015 Source:  Follow the Money: US$24 million
  • California: Utility Solar 6.931 Gw

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Governor Jerry Brown, call for California to receive at least, . . . 50% of its electricity via renewable energy resources by the year 2030, . . . the constant flow of new records are encouraging. 08-29-2015 Source:  California: Utility Solar 6.931 GW
  • Follow The Money: Nuclear Vs Renewables

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Nuclear:   One of Britain’s most controversial energy projects for decades, . . . £24.5bn nuclear power development at Hinkley Point in Somerset – is, . . . poised to get the green light. £92.50 per megawatt hour for the electricity it generates, . . . nearly 3 times the current price, . . . to the French state-controlled generator. Renewable: The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, . . . has proposed to make calamitous cuts to, . . . the country’s renewable energy Feed-in Tariff scheme. 08-28-2015 Source:  Follow the Money: Nuclear VS Renewables
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    GREENandSAVE.com Green News and Entertainment

  • Commercial LED Lighting Solutions Part 3 of 3 Why Us?

    cszoradi
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    This is the third in a three part article series on “Green” communications. Communicating any disruptive technology takes clarity and focus. Business decision makers do not have time to read through volumes of research analysis, watch dozens of videos, or click through long powerpoint presentations.read more
  • Commercial LED Lighting Solutions Part 2 of 3 Why Partner?

    cszoradi
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    This is the second in a three part article series on “Green” communications. Communicating any disruptive technology takes clarity and focus. Business decision makers do not have time to read through volumes of research analysis, watch dozens of videos, or click through long powerpoint presentations.read more
  • Commercial LED Lighting Solutions Part 1 of 3 Why Now?

    cszoradi
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    This is the first in a three part article series on “Green” communications. Communicating any disruptive technology takes clarity and focus. Business decision makers do not have time to read through volumes of research analysis, watch dozens of videos, or click through long powerpoint presentations.read more
  • US Made Green Efficiency Now Comes to LED High Bay Fixtures with Competitive Pricing

    cszoradi
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Over the last decade the imported LED products that have primarily come from China have been less expensive than American made counterparts. Success in the American Energy Revolution in part relies on companies that can produce top quality energy efficiency products at competitive prices.read more
  • Supreme Court Obamacare ruling helps sell commercial LED tubes and lighting?

    cszoradi
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:55 pm
    There may be a positive and surprising correlation between the country’s highest court and the adoption of energy saving lighting. read more
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Earning Solar Continuing Education Credits with HeatSpring

    Abby Thompson
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    In addition to gaining applicable experience, completing projects, and learning from expert instructors, taking a HeatSpring course can also provide you with the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Credits. Many of our courses are approved by professional solar organizations for continuing education units, also called learning units, credits or hours. Earn Advanced NABCEP Certification Hours NABCEP PV Installer Certification Exam Prep with Sean White Approved for: 16 Advanced NABCEP Certification Hours Megawatt Design with Ryan Mayfield Approved for: 30 Advanced NABCEP Certification…
  • Earning Sustainable Building Continuing Education Credits with HeatSpring

    Abby Thompson
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    In addition to gaining applicable experience, completing projects, and learning from expert instructors, taking a HeatSpring course can also provide you with the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Credits. Many of our courses are approved by professional sustainable building organizations for continuing education units, also called learning units, credits or hours. Earn BPI Credits Hydronic-Based Biomass Heating Systems with John Siegenthaler Approved for: 23 AIA CEUs , 11.5 BPI credits Mastering Building Science with Allison A. Bailes III, Phd. Approved for: 17.5 BPI…
  • Free Tool: Water and Hot Water Usage Estimator

    Abby Thompson
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Download Andy Shapiro‘s FREE Water and Hot Water Usage Estimator! This tool is used in Building Energy Analytics: Measuring and Understanding Building Energy Use course, approved for 10 AIA LU/HSW Credits , 15 Building Performance Institute (BPI) CEUs , 6 GBCI credits (CE Hours for LEED Professionals) This spreadsheet calculator has a very simple calculator at the top right, based on typical usage by number of bedrooms. It also has a detailed calculator that allows you to build an estimate from the “ground up,” looking at each usage, how often it occurs, what…
  • Solar Women Summer Series: Success in the Employee-Owned Solar Business Model

    Abby Thompson
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    The Solar Women Summer Series continues with Co-Owner and Director of Strategic Planning & Initiatives at Namasté Solar, Amanda Bybee. Namasté Solar provides PV design, engineering, installation, maintenance, and consulting services to residential, commercial, builder, non-profit, and government customers throughout the U.S., with a mission to propagate the responsible use of solar energy, pioneer conscientious business practices, and create holistic wealth. Amanda spoke with us about her career path, her role at Namasté and success in the employee-owned solar business model.  Tell…
  • The Layers and Pathways of Heat Flow in Buildings

    Allison Bailes
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    In this article, you will learn… How heat flows layer-by-layer through a building assembly made of multiple materials Series and Parallel pathways and the varying ease of heat flow between two different pathways, like the framing of a wall or an insulated cavity Calculations for average U-Values and R-Values __________________________________________ We used to build houses without giving much thought to heat flow through the walls, ceilings, and floors. The main thing was to provide some resistance against wind and rain, and then we’d get a fire going to try to make the indoor…
 
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • Building a Better Big Kid Bed with Naturepedic Two in One Kids Mattress

    Paige Wolf
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    With the growing knowledge of phthalates, VOCs, and toxic flame retardants in conventional mattresses, new parents are increasingly interested in organic mattresses for their babies and children. After all, babies and young children spend at least half their time in bed! I’ve written before about my regret using a conventional mattress for my newborns and made the switch to organic cotton for both of their big kid beds. Unfortunately, without proper knowledge, you might find yourself buying a fake organic mattress. Since greenwashing know no limits – and no government agency…
  • Make Money, Do Social Good, and Avoid Landfills: How to Do the Most Good Discarding Unwanted Items

    Paige Wolf
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    Did you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? Did it lead you to throw away every item in your house or was the only thing you threw away the book? It was a lovely sentiment, especially for someone who loathes clutter and takes pleasure in moving unwanted items to new homes. But what Marie Kondo was missing was the next step – what do you do with all that unwanted stuff? Can you make money with it? Do social good? Upcycle it? Give it to a neighbor? For all you unclutterers out there, I have created a flow chart to help you figure out exactly what to do with the items you no…
  • Getting a Tattoo for my 36th Birthday: The Eco Risks Versus The Rewards

    Paige Wolf
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    “My tattoos represent much of the pain and suffering I have endured. They are part of me, just like my scars, my fat, my eternal struggle with gravity. None of our bodies are ‘perfect’. We live in them. They aren’t supposed to be ‘perfect’.” – Margaret Cho, who got her first tattoo in her mid-30s. Did I really need to get a full color tattoo the size of my hand three days before my 36th birthday? By the grace of God I was wise enough to avoid tattoos in my teenage years. So many people I know have ill-advised butterfly tramp stamps that cause them to…
  • Packing the “Perfect Lunch?” At Least I Can Count On Stonyfield

    Paige Wolf
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    A six-year-old and a two-year-old. Two separate schools and two packed lunches every day. And, despite all efforts, the pickiest eaters in the world. It seems like I can never get them to sit down for a proper breakfast or dinner. Threats, rewards, hiding vegetables in cake, cutting potatoes into letters and arranging fruit into smiley faces – I have tried it all. But for whatever reason, the one thing they (and almost every other kid I know) can agree on is yogurt. Thankfully there is Stonyfield stocking us with every variety of organic yogurt under the sun. Smoothies, squeezies,…
  • My Brush with the Big Screen: Being an Extra on Equity

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

  • 5 great green hotels in Canada

    GTG Staff
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    | Greening in Canada | When it comes to traveling, people who have sustainable lifestyles might think that they have to leave their green practices at home and tolerate an overwhelming amount of wasted resources when staying at a hotel. However, lodging doesn’t have to be classified as “wasteful” anymore. Today, an increasing number of […]5 great green hotels in Canada is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Big-game trophies not welcome aboard, says Delta

    GTG Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    | Green Travel News | Delta, the only U.S. airline with direct flights to South Africa, just put up a big roadblock for American hunters hoping to bring home animal trophies. In a statement sent to the website TakePart.com, Delta said it has banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo parts on its […]Big-game trophies not welcome aboard, says Delta is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • A traveler’s guide to upcycling & recycling

    GTG Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:27 pm
    | Greening on the Road | Here’s a cool infographic which aims to increase awareness of the environmental effects of traveling and features a number of typical travel essentials such as sunscreen bottles, suitcases, towels, books and plastic water bottles. It highlights the effects each particular item has on the environment and the benefits of […]A traveler’s guide to upcycling & recycling is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • America’s top 10 sweatiest cities

    GTG Staff
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    | Green Travel News | Making summer travel plans? No sweat, or should we say lots of it. A team of environmental scientists has ranked major American metropolitan areas on their “sweatiness.” These places are not merely the hottest, they’re also where the most heat gets trapped in the summer months, which contributes to overall ickyness and […]America’s top 10 sweatiest cities is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Wynn Resorts named to ‘top green U.S. companies’

    GTG Staff
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:55 pm
    | Green Travel News | Wynn Resorts was ranked number 100 out of 500 companies on Newsweek magazine’s 2015 list of top green companies in the U.S. The ranking is based on research by Corporate Knights Capital and HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Investor, Inc. and considers eight environmental performance indicators, including energy productivity, water […]Wynn Resorts named to ‘top green U.S. companies’ is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Prevent Birds from Hitting Windows

    Guest
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Linda Richards If Nature Could Talk Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) Photo: Annetta Hoagland We’ve had two birds die from hitting windows over the last two weeks. It used to happen in our last house, which featured big picture windows facing a canyon. But now I think the native plant and wildlife friendly habitat we’ve nurtured is bringing more birds to our Redlands CA house. Here are some suggestions to help prevent birds from hitting windows, from several bird organizations: the Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, along with a local…
  • Old Dogs Learn New Tricks

    Guest
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:36 am
    Scientists have found evidence that profound changes in climate caused ancient predators to evolve into the ancestors of today’s dogs. By Tim Radford Climate News Network Gray Wolf Photo Gary Karmer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (CCO) Man-made climate change is expected to have a “significant effect” on the wildlife of the planet. And, if fossil evidence is anything to go by, it could seriously alter the course of evolution. The hunting habits of the wolf – ancestor of man’s best friend, the dog – evolved over millions of years to cope with profound climate change, according to…
  • Men and People Over 65 Sleep Better When They Have Access to Nature

    Guest
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    By Phyllis Picklesimer University of Illinois News Men and persons age 65 and older who have access to natural surroundings, whether it’s the green space of a nearby park or a sandy beach and an ocean view, report sleeping better, according to a new University of Illinois study published in Preventive Medicine. “It’s hard to overestimate the importance of high-quality sleep,” said Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, a U of I professor of kinesiology and community health and a faculty member in the U of I’s Division of Nutritional Sciences. “Studies show that inadequate sleep is associated…
  • A Beautiful Spring Begins With Fall Planting

    Guest
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:11 am
    By University of Illinois News Have you ever admired the vibrant colors of spring flowers and wondered how to create this beauty in your own landscape? “The time to plant for spring bloomers is now,” said University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Jennifer Nelson. “Every spring at least one person asks me where they can purchase spring flowers for planting, such as tulips, hyacinths, or daffodils,” Nelson said. “When I explain that they are typically purchased and planted in the fall, their exuberance quickly changes to disappointment as they exclaim, ‘Well, I’ll…
  • Reducing Tropical Deforestation is Key to Curbing Climate Change

    Guest
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams New studies show how easy it could be to curb one driving force of climate change, and the devastating consequences if we don’t Tropical deforestation is a driving force behind rising greenhouse gases and must be curbed in order to prevent irreversible global temperature rise, new research finds. Photo: Shankar S. /flickr/cc) Without drastic efforts to reduce deforestation, rising greenhouse gases, and unsustainable global agriculture, the planet is on track to lose a massive quantity of its tropical forests—a crucial element in the fight against…
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen AndersonAhimsa Designs – Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Did You Feel That Today?

    kristen
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    This is the first day that I felt the air change. Waking up the house felt crisp. Stepping outside the cool air invigorated me enough to inspire me to go for a walk. {The fact that my thoughtful son suggested I walk in the opposite path of his bus stop so that I wouldn’t get hit by the bus is a different topic. Either his bus driver is not in her ideal profession or he is embarrassed by his mom who has been known to wave as the bus passes} There is a stirring in me too. I have always loved fall. The cooler air. The promise of hot cocoa, roasting marshmallows, sitting around the fire,…
  • Give Me Something Good

    kristen
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    I remember the morning they first caught my eye. Out of my window I thought I saw the tiniest bud on the dogwood. The next time I noticed, the tree was in full bloom, the white blooms so vibrant, life bursting forward. It was impossible to ignore the feeling of hope vibrating from hundreds of points. Possibility. Potential. What could be. What will be. What is. The American Craft Council show was last weekend. I found myself not only inspired, but driven. To be more. More me. I look at the things we create…art, music, businesses, meals, families. We are amazing! I hope your heart is…
  • Here We Go Again!

    kristen
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    When you open yourself up (and when you have a marketing director who is on it), things happen! So many opportunities followed the launch of my wedding line, Jewelry For the Wild at Heart, at the Lovesick Expo. Including another wedding show. This one is The Perfect Wedding Guide Wedding Show this Sunday at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Come check out my new line and see what is hot in Atlanta for weddings this spring. Fashion shows, goodie bags, hors d’oeuvres, cake samples and massages! What could be better for Valentine’s Day weekend? Well, maybe an impromptu trip to Costa Rica for two, but…
  • Best Wedding Show Ever!

    kristen
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    …When a Show is Actually a Party! Last night I had that feeling of being tired, in the most positive way. It was a long day. Twelve hours for a show day that included loading up, driving, setting up, talking with people about my new wedding line, packing up, driving home and crashing! All in 4 inch heels. I should also mention that there was free alcohol, a burlesque show and a great band. The Lovesick Expo was extremely well produced by a group of some of the nicest people I have ever met. They are very selective about the cities in which they bring the event and we are so fortunate…
  • The Things We Do For Love

    kristen
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    You need to be at the Lovesick Expo this Sunday. I love deadlines. I am a competitive person, with no one more than myself. I like to surprise myself with my ability to focus and produce. When I want something, I will do everything to make it happen. I love to sketch out my designs. Just the smell of my Prismacolor pencils and the feel of the recycled paper in my spiral sketchbook make me feel giddy. Throw in a cup of green chai tea and I am done. Absolute bliss. Some of those designs make it to metal. Some just make my sketchbook pretty. I am ok with either result. The process is…
 
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee - Wholistic Health Practitioner

  • Paleo Takeout Cookbook Review and Giveaway

    Dr. Karen
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    One of many challenges of eating healthy whole foods is not being able to take advantage of the convenience of eating out or ordering in take-out foods. While there have been some improvements in fast foods, like Chipotle’s and Panera Bread, other take-out foods are still known to be high in refined carbs, trans fat, hydrogenated oils, contain artificial flavors & colors, MSG, and other “mysterious” ingredients. Many of them are worse than packaged & processed foods but we wouldn’t know it since nutrition label is not readily available, if at all. So…
  • What’s Sex Got To Do with Health?

    Dr. Karen
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Now that I got your attention, the answer to the question is… A LOT! Let me explain. You may know the book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus but did you know that when it comes to health, this phrase is not too far from the truth? In other words, when it comes to gender differences, even the way we exhibit signs and symptoms for certain ailments are different. Aside from gender specific ailments, there are stark differences for some of the most common ailments between the two sexes. I discuss these differences at The Mogul Mom where I am the “Health and Wellness”…
  • Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi (Oi-So-Bagi)

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

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

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

  • Live Edge Wood Coffee Table

    Manchester Wood
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Our Live Edge Wood Coffee Table: Handcrafted to the next level. The Live Edge Wood Coffee Table is our first step towards the next generation of American craftsmanship at Manchester Wood. It’s a true one-of-a-kind conversation piece that brings an unmatched aesthetic to any home. Our hope is to grow our live edge wood furniture line in the future to offer more products showcasing the modern-day American craftsperson. As with all our solid wood furniture, it’s 100% Made in the USA at our facility in Upstate New York on the Vermont border in the foothills of the Adirondack…
  • Back to School Lap Desk Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Win a FREE Lap Desk by sharing your favorite childhood school memory. It will automatically enter you to the raffle drawing the end of the month. A favorite teacher? Favorite sport? A memory from winning a state championship game, or getting into the school of your choice? In the month of August we’re still enjoying summer, but the school year is quickly upon us too. In the spirit of the season (along with our Back to School Sale) Manchester Wood is making this month’s giveaway a FREE Lap Desk with entry by commenting on this blog, emailing us, writing on our Facebook page, or…
  • Annual July Montauk Chair Gratitude Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Win a FREE Montauk Chair from Manchester Wood! Tell us what you’re grateful for! Write a comment on this blog, on our Facebook page, or mention us on Twitter (@manchesterwood) with what you’re grateful for, and you’ll be entered to win a FREE Montauk Chair in July’s monthly giveaway raffle drawing. The joys of summer have just begun! Enjoy the fireworks, food, and festivities! Let us know what you’re grateful for. You’ll be entered into our monthly raffle drawing for a FREE solid wood furniture piece from Manchester Wood; this month, it’s the Montauk…
  • A Special Giveaway with Every Order this Independence Weekend!

    Manchester Wood
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Starting today, July 1st until supplies last, we will be shipping every order on ManchesterWood.com with a FREE Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey DVD. Happy Independence Day!  
  • Fourth of July: 10 Fun Facts

    Manchester Wood
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    American Bald… Turkey? In a letter to his daughter in 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote that he was displeased that the bald eagle had been chosen as the symbol for the nation. “He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly,” he wrote. “You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk.” A turkey is a far “more respectable” bird, he argued. “Turk’y… [is a] true original Native of America,” Franklin wrote. “He is…
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    greenismything

  • Can you pull a climate solution from thin air?

    Anna
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
     So much attention is given to cutting back the amount of NEW carbon dioxide we emit into the atmosphere that it’s easy to overlook the CO2 that’s already there. But, a team of scientists at George Washington Univeresity is trying to do something about existing atmospheric CO2 concentrations. They found a way to pull the CO2 out of the air and turn it into carbon nanofibers (which are in demand by carbon composite consumers like manufacturers of airplanes, sports equipment, and wind turbine blades). Unlike carbon capture and storage (CCS), this method takes carbon out of the air…
  • Making a Splash in Portland

    Anna
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    Credit: Lucid Energy One of my favorite things about renewable energy is that it can come from some truly creative places. Taking advantage of infrastructure already in place, Lucid Energy (of Portland, Oregon) has designed a hydropower turbine that generates electricity from water moving through City drinking water pipes. The system is designed to use the power of gravity as water flows through the pipes; the water’s movement turns the turbines, and the turbines power a generator resting on top of the pipes. Specifically, the turbines replace the role of a pressure relief valve in a…
  • Top Businesses Pledge Climate Action

    Anna
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
      I briefly mentioned in my most recent post that 13 major US corporations have come out in support of strong action against climate change with the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which includes: Explicit support for a strong climate policy to emerge from the upcoming Paris climate summit; Pledged commitment to climate action, including $140 billion in new low-carbon investment and more than 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy generation; and A second round of additional businesses expected to sign the pledge this Fall. I think this is fantastic – businesses taking…
  • The most delicious way to save the planet

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

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

  • Muttville Sends Senior Dogs To Happy Retirement Homes

    bambeco
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
      They say every dog has its day. For some of them that day just takes a little longer to come. In honor of National Dog Day, we’re highlighting one of our favorite organizations. Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San … Continue reading → The post Muttville Sends Senior Dogs To Happy Retirement Homes appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Earth Is Out Of Resources

    bambeco
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday was Earth Overshoot Day, or Ecological Debt Day. As of August 13, we have depleted all of the natural resources the Earth can provide for a year. Everything we use from today on is borrowed from the future, a … Continue reading → The post Earth Is Out Of Resources appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Perseid Meteors: See A Light Show Tonight

    bambeco
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Tonight is one of the final nights to see the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, which will be visible until August 14. In the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll be able to see as many as 50 meteors per hour, all with the … Continue reading → The post Perseid Meteors: See A Light Show Tonight appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Elephants: Big Victims of Climate Change

    bambeco
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today is World Elephant Day, a day to recognize and raise awareness of the dangers facing one of the planet’s most majestic creatures. Native to Africa and Asia, elephants are symbolic of many things across cultures, revered and admired for … Continue reading → The post Elephants: Big Victims of Climate Change appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Everyday Sustainability: Our New Brasserie Dinnerware

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

  • It's All My Fault (and I'm Not Sorry)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Last week, one of my friends (a former student from my nature photography course) posted the following note on her Facebook page, along with some gloriously detailed shots that she took of a few bugs buzzing around her garden: It is totally Joy Sussman's fault that instead of saying, "Eewww, a bug!" I now say, "Oooooo, a bug!" and grab my phone to take a picture! And I felt so...proud. Proud because I don't think it's in our collective human nature to be excited (in the happy way) when we see a bug enter "our" space. Often, our first impulse is to…
  • How to Have a Simple, Happy Birthday (even if it's a milestone)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I just celebrated one of those "big" birthdays--you know, one with a zero at the end of it. Thankfully, I still feel like I'm 32 (I think I've felt 32 since senior year of high school!), so it wasn't all that traumatic. It was exactly my kind of birthday because I spent it doing all kinds of my favorite things, without even one dreary chore or one ounce of guilt mixed in. Just pure, simple pleasures. If that sounds like your kind of birthday, too, help yourself to this recipe for celebrating. (Feel free to make your own substitutions, according to taste.) 1. Head…
  • Prepare to be Wowed: A New Exhibition of My Nature Photography Students' Work

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:02 pm
     Heron by Beth Matthews, Hartwell, Georgia Long time no blog, huh? I returned from a week in Connecticut and dove right into teaching a new session of my Art of Photography e-course. (Yet another lovely group of students, thank heavens--and knock on wood! I'm enjoying them immensely.) Before I get back into the full swing of blogging, I thought I'd treat you to the AMAZING work of my students from the most recent session of my nature photography course, How to Take Better Photos of Nature and the World Around You. Whenever I share these exhibitions of student work, I feel like I…
  • Monday Snapshot: The Very Picture of August

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    This is what the beginning of August looks like in my neck of the woods, here in northeastern New Jersey: Our Rose of Sharon bush is in full, crazy bloom, and the "donut peaches" are ripe and ready to eat. (I think these peaches are actually called "Saturn Peaches" but they look more like donuts to me!) Bountiful blooms, ripe fruits...this is August at its best. Pssssssst! Final call! My online photography course, The Art of Photography: How to Take Your Pictures to the Next Level, starts next Monday, August 10, 2015. Join me to create some beautiful pictures of your own!
  • Pictures Save the Day: 7 Ways to Make Your Vacation Photos More Memorable

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

  • Muttville Sends Senior Dogs To Happy Retirement Homes

    bambeco
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
      They say every dog has its day. For some of them that day just takes a little longer to come. In honor of National Dog Day, we’re highlighting one of our favorite organizations. Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San … Continue reading → The post Muttville Sends Senior Dogs To Happy Retirement Homes appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Earth Is Out Of Resources

    bambeco
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday was Earth Overshoot Day, or Ecological Debt Day. As of August 13, we have depleted all of the natural resources the Earth can provide for a year. Everything we use from today on is borrowed from the future, a … Continue reading → The post Earth Is Out Of Resources appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Perseid Meteors: See A Light Show Tonight

    bambeco
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Tonight is one of the final nights to see the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, which will be visible until August 14. In the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll be able to see as many as 50 meteors per hour, all with the … Continue reading → The post Perseid Meteors: See A Light Show Tonight appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Elephants: Big Victims of Climate Change

    bambeco
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today is World Elephant Day, a day to recognize and raise awareness of the dangers facing one of the planet’s most majestic creatures. Native to Africa and Asia, elephants are symbolic of many things across cultures, revered and admired for … Continue reading → The post Elephants: Big Victims of Climate Change appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Everyday Sustainability: Our New Brasserie Dinnerware

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

  • Why Microfibre Instead of Vinegar? And Why Norwex?

    Kirsten McCulloch
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    People ask me: Since I use and sell Norwex now, does that mean I think it’s better than vinegar and bicarb and the DIY recipes I still promote? And if so, why do I still promote them? The answer to the first question in all honesty is essentially yes. But also no. The answer to…
  • How to Clean a Stainless Steel Stove, with No Nasties (of course!)

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

    Kirsten McCulloch
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This morning I was looking at my fridge and I had a brain wave! It didn’t have to be so messy. The photos stuck up there with crappy old fridge magnets from tradies we’ve probably never even used don’t have to keep falling down. And those crappy fridge magnets can disappear too. No, I am…
  • Is Your Dishwasher Making You Sick?

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

    Guest Writer
    18 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    It seems like such a simple thing – toxin-free utensils. But, more and more, people are discovering that manufacturers have traded convenience for safety, and consumers are paying the price. Here’s how to choose utensils that won’t make you (or your family) sick. Avoid Plastics, When Possible Plastics often contain BPA, Bisphenol A, a chemical…
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • How To Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce Every Day

    Clay Miller
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:04 pm
    When everyone started climbing on the Recycle, Reuse, Reduce bus I wondered what had taken them so long to realize that we only have one planet and at the rate we’re going it’s going to be used up, worn out and pretty much broken down in a couple of decades. I’ve always been a little bit of a flower child and my Gran taught me from an early age that everything deserves a second chance. Just because most people look at something and only see garbage, doesn’t mean it deserves to go in the trash! Recycling really is quite easy, especially when you get individual bins for paper, glass,…
  • How to Make Eco-Friendly Household Purchases

    Clay Miller
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    Many people have the desire to do more to conserve the environment. However, not many of these people engage in environmental conservation, reason being that they do not know where to start. Environmental conservation begins by understanding the factors that make every aspect of the world a part of the conservation process. Also, people should learn how they can contribute to the conservation of the environment. The best way to start being eco-friendly is by changing the individual aspects of personal life. If everybody in the world engaged in eco-friendly habits, the world would be ideal for…
  • Eco-Friendly Fishing Guide for Less Impact on Environment

    Clay Miller
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    We now live in a World where going green is becoming an important and major part of every global business on the planet, including the fishing industry. As the World begins its change to a more environmentally focused outlook, so do the fishing methods we use. From the boats that are being used, the engines that are guzzling down fuel faster than they can be filled, and right through to the ways that we catch fish are all being addressed to make way for a cleaner, prosperous and greener future for the fishing market. The big engines from the past, that required more and more fuel, and…
  • Infographic: 10 Best Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

    Clay Miller
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    The infographic below details the top plants which are healthy for your family because they improve indoor air quality. From studies by NASA, certain houseplants filter out harmful compounds in our homes – all linked to acute conditions and chronic disease. Each top houseplant is described as well as care tips.     10 best houseplants to improve indoor air quality [Infographic] by the team at Barratt Homes   The post Infographic: 10 Best Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality appeared first on Ways2GoGreen Blog.
  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Here’s How Yoga Helps Combat Depression

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

  • What is Peak Oil?

    Rinkesh
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    What is Peak Oil? Peak oil is defined as the exact point in time that the global product of crude oil hits its maximum rate. After this point, the production of oil will then start to gradually decline. The theory of “Peak Oil” was developed by M. King Hubbert, who claimed that the oil production follows a bell-curve with the peak of production occurring when approximately half of the oil has been extracted. The theory came about because crude oil is a non-renewable energy resource that we cannot mine and use indefinitely: one day, the reserves that are hidden deep under the…
  • How to Become the Most Eco-Friendly Driver

    Rinkesh
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    Become the Most Eco-Friendly Driver As the world’s supply of fossil fuels dwindles, petrol and diesel prices continue to soar and people become more and more eco-conscious, the importance of environmentally friendly driving is increasing. Already there has been a significant rise in the number of eco-cars on the roads in the past couple of years. Car manufacturers are developing more efficient, cleaner vehicles all the time to meet the changing demands and priorities of their customers. Having an energy efficient vehicle is the first stepping stone on the path to becoming an eco-friendly…
  • Renewable and Non-renewable Resources

    Rinkesh
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:24 am
    Renewable and Non-renewable Resources When discussing different sources of energy, you often hear the terms “renewable” and “non-renewable”. What is the difference? Quite simply, a renewable energy source like solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, ocean is one that can be replenished in a human’s lifetime. Non-renewable sources such as fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) will technically replenish, but over many, many, thousands of years meaning we use them up much faster than they are produced. Here in this article, we will learn about different renewable and…
  • Causes, Effects and Solutions of Desertification

    Rinkesh
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    What is Desertification? Desertification is defined as a process of land degradation in arid, semi-arid and sub-humid areas due to various factors including climatic variations and human activities. Or, to put it in another way, desertification results in persistent degradation of dryland and fragile ecosystems due to man-made activities and variations in climate. Desertification, in short, is when land that was originally of another type of biome turns into a desert biome because of changes of all sorts. A huge issue that many countries have is the fact that there are large pockets of land…
  • What is Renewable Energy and What are Renewable Energy Sources?

    Rinkesh
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    What is Renewable Energy? When you hear people talking about renewable energy, they are referring to a source of energy that can be replenished or replaced within a human’s lifetime. The important of renewable energy comes down to sustainability. Since the industrial revolution, global energy demands have skyrocketed and our current dependence on fossil fuels, a non renewable source of energy, to meet those needs is not something that is sustainable in the long term since we are using up the resources faster than the earth is producing more. It is reasonable to assume that our energy needs…
 
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Port of Barry solar farm energised

    Daniel Birkett
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    A new £5m solar farm at the Port of Barry has been switched on to help power the site’s operations. A 4.5MW solar farm which has cost in the region of £5m has been switched on at the Port of […] The post Port of Barry solar farm energised appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Twin solar farms planned for Swindon

    Daniel Birkett
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    Two solar farms are set to be constructed in Swindon as part of a recent Local Development Order. A successful Local Development Order has granted Swindon Council permission to construct over 20 solar projects across the local area, with two […] The post Twin solar farms planned for Swindon appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • UK’s largest solar Carport installed in Nottingham

    Daniel Birkett
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nottingham Council has installed the UK’s largest solar carport at one of the city’s leisure centres. A newly installed solar carport at the Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham is said to be the largest in the UK. Installed by […] The post UK’s largest solar Carport installed in Nottingham appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • New solar array exceeds expectations

    Daniel Birkett
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    A food producer’s recently installed solar array has generated a third more energy than expected. Kanes Foods, a food producer based in Evesham has revealed that its new solar array has produced a third more energy than expected in its […] The post New solar array exceeds expectations appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Work begins on giant wind farm

    Daniel Birkett
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    ScottishPower Renewables are to start work of the Kilgallioch wind farm in South Ayrshire. The construction of the 239MW Kilgallioch wind farm in Scotland, which will be made up of 96 turbines is set to get underway. The giant wind […] The post Work begins on giant wind farm appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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    Raintees

  • Can International Businesses Ever Be Truly Green?

    Tribal Leader
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    More businesses than ever are taking their moral responsibilities seriously and adopting an eco-friendly ethos. Any small step is a start and smaller businesses may be able to implement green policies relatively easily, such as encouraging recycling among employees, using video conferencing to reduce employee travel, purchasing hybrid vehicles for employees to use and for deliveries, using sustainable goods and materials wherever possible, and installing solar panels or other means of generating renewable energy. Larger, international corporations should be able to make even more of a…
  • Tips For Using Sustainable Materials For Interior Design

    Tribal Leader
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
    Despite the wide range of materials available for implementing interior design ideas today, including metal, plastic and ceramic finishes, the popularity of wood remains at the top of the list for many people. Wood is a naturally occurring resource that has the capacity to undergo many different treatments and finishes, rendering it one of the most valued and valuable products for the home. Alongside this fact, however, people increasingly have concerns about the environment, and like many others you may want to ensure that the resources you use are planet-friendly as well as affordable.
  • Tips on How to Pack for a Volunteering Holiday

    Tribal Leader
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
      More travelers than ever are seeking meaningful adventures that give back. However, unless you have been on a volunteering holiday before, you may not know what to pack. Here we have compiled some suggestions, and feel free to leave a comment with your own too! Clothing The first thing that you will want to do is find out what the weather is going to be like for the time of year at the place where you will be volunteering. The last thing you want is to show up in a cold climate with nothing warm to put on or have heavy clothes for an assignment to a hot and humid country. If you are…
  • The Top 10 Farmers’ Markets In the USA

    Tribal Leader
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:10 am
    The Top 10 Farmers’ Markets In the USA Farmers markets offer healthy, sustainable foods that are locally grown and harvested seasonally. Here are a few of our favorites that made our top 10 markets in the country.  Do you have a favorite? Leave a comment and let us know! 1. Chicago: Green City Market Find everything from organic greens and meat to hand crafted cheeses every Wednesday and Saturday between May and October! 2. New Orleans: Crescent Farmers’ Market This summer visit NOLA and hit up the Crescent Farmer’s Market! Visit their vendors on any given Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,…
  • Creating Change That Matters

    Tribal Leader
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
      At Raintees we are passionate about using business as a means to create widespread social and environmental good so when we recently heard about an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist also using business to make a major impact for our planet we were very inspired. Ibrahim AlHusseini spent the past decade as a very successful venture capitalist, but it’s his latest initiative to end our global waste crisis that is truly remarkable.   Between 1960 and 2013 the United States accumulation of municipal waste rose from over 88 million tons to 250.9 million tons and Ibrahim…
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    CFS » Blog

  • Southern State to Become Home to Windmill Farm

    admin
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    In the Farmlands of North Carolina, a massive crew will soon begin work on a project that no one in the Southern United States has seen before. As this project progresses, the skyline with be altered a great deal as the crews begin work constructing a commercial-scale wind energy farm. Here at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we are thrilled to hear about such a large project to help source renewable energy. The commercial sized farm has an estimated cost of $600 million dollars and is being handled by the Spanish firm Iberdrola Renewables, LLC. Even after a regulatory process lasting years…
  • August is the Month of Care with MilliCare and the CHAIRity Program

    admin
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    Every single day, over 1,200 kids enter foster care in the US. They often feel forgotten and neglected from the larger eye of the public, and that’s why Together We Rise, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, works everyday to improve and better the lives of fostered youth. But this August, MilliCare and CFS is helping too with our Month of Care CHAIRity Event. For every chair cleaned (or committed to be cleaned) this month, your MilliCare provider will donate $1 to Together We Rise. “MilliCare is a franchise network that feels like a family, full of incredible owners, technicians and…
  • Hempcrete is Making a Big, Sustainable Impact

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

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

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

  • How to improve air quality on self-help basis for healthy living?

    Mimuba
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:03 am
    Our basic necessities are food, shelter and clothes. These are our economic necessities. Before them we do need certain natural necessities. Most important of them are air and water. We must have air to breathe and water to drink. But here quality of both the above natural needs does matter a lot. If we don’t… Read More »The post How to improve air quality on self-help basis for healthy living? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Top 5 Frugal Baby Essentials For Simple Living

    Mimuba
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    It is so easy to follow simple living. For this purpose one simply needs to first understand the benefits of a living without much formality. Top brands are created to make the life happier. But going crazy to use them may prove counterproductive. You are in this world to enjoy and not to go crazy… Read More »The post Top 5 Frugal Baby Essentials For Simple Living appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How To Know The Level of Air Pollution Around You?

    Mimuba
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    Air pollution is one of the lethal types of pollution. The highest number of deaths all over the world are reported every year because of air contamination. It negatively affects people very slowly. That is why many people don’t worry about it in the beginning. When they come to know how badly it affected their… Read More »The post How To Know The Level of Air Pollution Around You? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 25 catchy slogans on tree plantation

    Mimuba
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:09 am
    Trees are the best natural defense system against air pollution. They keep us safe from the effects of poor air quality and we can breathe fresh air.   They release oxygen in the day and offset its shortage in the air due to release of various harmful gases from vehicles and factories. As a result the air we inhale… Read More »The post 25 catchy slogans on tree plantation appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Can The Battle Of Climate Versus Economy Not Be Won?

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

  • 6 Foods That Are Best To Eat Organic

    Emily Uebergang
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:57 pm
    It seems like all this talk of organic foods began only a few years back. Some may even consider it a passing trend like Pogo-sticks, The Spice Girls and Pokemon cards. But we know better don’t we? Step back in time a few decades ago, and everyone ate organic produce as compared to non-organic (conventional) foods now. There was only one way to grow and care for fruit and vegetables – the natural way. We didn’t care for economies of scale, maximizing profits and scaling operations to unmanageable … →The post 6 Foods That Are Best To Eat Organic appeared first…
  • Beekeeping in Romania and The Unromantic Side of ‘Romantic’ Dreams

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

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

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

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

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:52 am
    Tesla upgrades its showrooms for the debut of the Model X SUV. If you visit a Tesla showroom you can have quite an amazing experience because there you can learn very quickly what is the difference between an electric vehicle and a normal car, you can learn about the network of charging stations available for Tesla cars, you can learn how to save energy, you will find information about reselling your Tesla, and many other useful things regarding the electric car market. Tesla started to upgrade its showrooms these days because they prepare for the debut of the Model X, which is a Tesla SUV.
  • President Obama plans to further develop the renewable energy sector in the U.S.

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    President Obama speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit. President Obama spoke at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas announcing new financial incentives created to further develop the renewable energy sector in the U.S. The President started by announcing that Iran will not obtain a nuclear weapon and all this due to the strong intervention of the U.S. diplomacy. Regarding the climate change issue, Obama said that the American nation has the power, the initiative and the creativity to solve the climate issue while keeping the engines of the American economy moving. The U.S. has…
  • Belgium plans to build 80 new wind turbines by the end of 2015

    admin
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Belgium plans to increase its wind power capacity by the end of 2015. Belgium’s wind generation capacity will be increased by 30% this year if the new wind project will be finished by the end of the year. Wind turbines are already constructed at Lochristi wind farm in Belgium and in the following months will be constructed along Flemish roads. The recent increase in wind power capacity in Flanders has represented 604 megawatts in 2014, and by the end of this year another 195 megawatts will be added. Electrabel, which is the largest electricity group in Belgium, announced in July this…
  • Do you want a free Tesla Model X?

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:17 pm
    If you are already a Tesla owner, you can also get a new model X for free. Tesla Motors has just launched a referral program to support sales and to reward all the customers that help them advertise the Tesla products among their friends. The Referral Program sounds like this: Anyone who orders a new Tesla Model S prior to October 31, 2015, and using a referral link of a current owner, will receive $1,000 off the purchase price, and the current owner will receive $1,000 discount, which can be used to buy a new car, visit the service center, get accessories for its Tesla vehicle. These…
  • A grass that can help us reduce climate change effects

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

  • Make Paper at Home! Save Trees, Spread the Eco-Love!

    Ecoideaz
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:57 pm
    The common efforts to replace the use of plastic in house revolves around paper and jute bags. However, the commercial production of paper is rigorous process and consumes questionable amount of ecological goods and services. Thousands of trees are lacerated every year as a raw material for paper production along with use of several chemical treatments to the pulp. These chemicals enhance quality of paper but produce harmful by-products like bleach in form of hydrogen peroxide and sodium hydrosulfite. This is topped off with costs of transportation (aka the fuel consumption rates) and harmful…
  • Starting a Green Home: Eco-Friendly Interior Designing

    Sahana Rajan
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Green Your Home! Eco-Friendly Interior Designing is the minimizing the resources involved in construction and taking up eco-friendly materials with emphasis on the health and environmental impact of the same. The benefits of green interior design comes include low maintenance cost, better air quality, energy efficiency, better waste management and low exposure to toxic material. Eco-Flooring : Bamboo Renewable and with high level of growth rate, Bamboo can be cut off without harming the root allowing it to regrow. Bamboo is also used for making furniture. Image Source Eco-Flooring : Cork…
  • Green Innovations at IIT Campuses

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

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

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

  • The Dangers Of Untrimmed Trees

    Contributing Author
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:34 am
    Last updated:27th August, 2015, 9:34 AMTrees offer many benefits to your yard and home. Lush green trees add to your home’s curb appeal and beauty. They also provide shade for your home on hot days. As useful and beautiful as your trees may be, they can be dangerous if they are left untrimmed. Here are 6 ways your untrimmed trees can pose a danger to your home or others.   1. Untrimmed trees can provide wild animals with direct access to your home. Wild animals such as squirrels, raccoons and rats inhabit trees. When a tree is trimmed, the animals may not pose a problem for you.
  • Designing A Flood-free Future

    Contributing Author
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Last updated:24th August, 2015, 2:44 PM Despite certain measures such as the construction of the Thames Barrier, London is still at risk from flooding. Climate change, increased demand on the capital’s drainage, increased building and expansion and the accompanying rise in hard surfaces mean measures need to be taken to reduce London’s flood risk.   What is the flood risk? Various factors combine:   Climate and structural Sea levels are rising and London has sunk by about one third of a metre since the second world war. The London Climate Change Partnership estimates that by the…
  • Earth-Friendly Ways On How To Clean A Pool Patio

    Lillian Connors
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:31 am
    Last updated:20th August, 2015, 10:53 AM  Concrete surfaces are prone to mold which can spoil the appearance of the patio and make the area slippery and slick. Especially critical areas are those around the pool, which are becoming older-looking, moldy and dirty under the influences of continuous humidity and often spilling of greasy matters from food or sunscreen. Mold is considered not very easy to remove and that’s why most of the people turn to harsh chemical cleaners. This is damaging, not only for the plants surrounding the pool, but for the air too. There are, however, ways to…
  • An Objective Insight into Eco-Friendly Paints

    Lillian Connors
    9 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Last updated:9th August, 2015, 6:06 PM A growing number of paint manufacturers have made a united effort to minimizing the negative impact of chemicals on the environment and health. What the difference between conventional and eco-friendly paints is, what chemicals pose a greatest threat to the environment and health and what types of eco-friendly paints can be found on the market is the topic of the article. Conventional paints Conventional paints consist of four types of materials: solvents, binders, pigments and additives. Even though all of these materials can contain toxic substances,…
  • Green printing Can Improve Your Business And This Is How

    Diana Smith
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Last updated:6th August, 2015, 10:40 PM With new technologies it is easier to see what green printing is becoming a great and creative solution for any business which wants to expand. On the other hand, you have to take into account that customers will like companies and business more if they adopt a green way of conducting business. However, make sure that you understand the importance of printing and how it can still influence a business from the within, and from outside as well. Unless you look into various green methods, it will be hard to keep up with modern demands and to keep costs…
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    AirBetter.org

  • How to Maintain the Quality of Indoor Air

    Brian
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:09 am
    10 Easy Tips: How to Maintain the Quality of Indoor Air Clean air is essential to good health. If the air you breathe is clean and free from allergens, then you can safeguard your health from elements that can only impact your body negatively. So, if you want to be sure that the air in your home is free from impurities, then it is best to apply these simple tips and techniques to help you achieve your goals. 1. Minimize … Continue reading How to Maintain the Quality of Indoor Air → The post How to Maintain the Quality of Indoor Air appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • 5 Tips for Better Air Quality in Your Home

    Brian
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality Reducing indoor air pollution is critical to the health and well-being of your family. By eliminating the sources of contaminants in the air and properly ventilating your home, you will increase the amount of clean air, reduce the build-up of moisture, and also remove pollutants through filtration. We’ve compiled a list of handy tips to help you clean the air in your home. Be Careful at Pollutants Many of us come into contact … Continue reading 5 Tips for Better Air Quality in Your Home → The post 5 Tips for Better Air Quality in Your Home…
  • 10 Messages You Need to Know About Quitting Smoking

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

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

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

  • Restoring Wetlands through Aerial Planting of Mangroves

    Kasey Krifka
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    Guest Post by Tierra Resources Story covered by The New Orleans Advocate – August 26, 2015 Tierra Resources is proud to announce the success of a three-year pilot project to plant mangroves to protect against wetland erosion and hurricane surge. This marks the first successful test of air seeding of mangroves by crop duster airplane, providing a cost-efficient, scalable method to prevent wetland loss. Additionally, the American Carbon Registry has certified Tierra Resources’ expansion of a wetland carbon quantification methodology that provides a path to market for verified emissions…
  • Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in Portland and Kunming

    Kasey Krifka
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust August 20, 2015 The Climate Trust is actively involved with exploring the potential to generate carbon credits from changes in agricultural nutrient management practices. Some months ago, this work led our executive director, Sean Penrith, to take part the Portland-Kumning EcoPartnership in Portland’s sister city of Kunming in China’s Yunnan Province. The goal of the trip was to scope the potential to harness the power of the country’s new emissions trading systems to reduce agricultural runoff pollution in one of the province’s major water…
  • Sustaining the Future of Rice

    Kasey Krifka
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust August 20, 2015 USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) recently announced the rollout of their National Rice Regional Conservation Partnership (RCPP) project. The RCPP offers rice producers from every major rice-growing county in each of the six rice-growing states the assistance needed to address water quantity, water quality, and wildlife habitat on their farms. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing $10 million in funding to the project, leveraged by $6.8 million of cash and in-kind contributions from private sector…
  • All Digital 2014 Annual Report

    Kasey Krifka
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust August 19, 2015 The Climate Trust, a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in financing climate solutions, today announced the launch of the first digital edition of our Annual Report. Streamlined, user-friendly, dynamic, transparent: this comprehensive communication features extensive financial and programmatic information, including project milestones, client spotlights, and comments from senior leadership. The Report provides an interactive framework to experience The Climate Trust’s 2014 activities and perspectives for clients, partners, and…
  • Citizens Benefit from Saving Astoria Trees

    Kasey Krifka
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust Live on P.R. Web – August 11, 2015 Through an innovative agreement, Oregon-based climate services nonprofit, The Climate Trust, announced that it will purchase verified carbon emission credits from the City of Astoria. Astoria has agreed to reduce the volume of timber harvested in the city-owned Bear Creek Watershed in return for carbon credits from the stored carbon. The City plans to harvest about one third of the amount of annual growth in the coming decades, significantly less than what is allowed under the Oregon Forest Practices law. This new…
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  • Heroic Food: Helping Veterans through Sustainable Farming

    Annika Tostengard
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:22 am
    American farming is in somewhat of a crisis, seeing as 30% of farmers are currently over the age of 65 and only 10% are younger than 35. At the same time, American veterans often face a crisis when they return home from the traumatic environment that is war. Enter Heroic … The post Heroic Food: Helping Veterans through Sustainable Farming appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • 5 Promising Renewable Energy Startups in Africa

    Annika Tostengard
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Even though Africa has the potential to generate tons of renewable energy, two out of three people living in an African country do not have access to electricity. This number will start dropping soon, though. During the first quarter of 2015, Africa was noted by Bloomberg as a top renewable … The post 5 Promising Renewable Energy Startups in Africa appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • UK to Have Special Wireless EV Charging Lanes

    Annika Tostengard
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Soon, electric car drivers won’t even have to pull over to refuel. The UK government is well on their way to creating roads that can generate energy and charge electric cars while they are on the road. The Highways England and Transport Minister, Andrew Jones, has announced that they will … The post UK to Have Special Wireless EV Charging Lanes appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Freedom Cove: An Off-the-Grid Floating Island Home

    Annika Tostengard
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    A Canadian couple has constructed not just an off-the-grid home, but an entire floating, off-the-grid island in Tofino, British Columbia. Called “Freedom Cove”, the island even includes a greenhouse, a lighthouse and a dance studio. Wayne Adams and Catherine King began construction all the way back in 1992, and did most … The post Freedom Cove: An Off-the-Grid Floating Island Home appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • New Citizen Science Equipment for Monitoring Air Quality

    Annika Tostengard
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Canadian residents will soon be monitoring local air quality while they go about their daily business. The new equipment, which can be attached to a bike or baby stroller for on-the-go data collection, is a device that both measures particulates in the air as well as the GPS location of … The post New Citizen Science Equipment for Monitoring Air Quality appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
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    GROG: green tech blog

  • Energy Efficient Windows

    mastadonzq
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    This post was written by me but originally appeared at http://blog.tashmans.com/ The first window was made about 3.3 million years ago and was a hole in the wall of whatever was being used for shelter at the time. The purpose was to better see enemies and wild animals approaching as well as to enjoy a cool breeze on a hot summer night. The Romans were the first known to use glass for windows, a technology likely first produced in Roman Egypt—In Alexandria ca. 100 AD. The technology has advanced significantly over the years although some people still use Jalousie windows which are only…
  • The probability of earthquakes has changed following new study

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

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

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

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

  • A Clean Energy Future in Sight

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    President Obama sees the pathway to a clean energy future and confronts fossil fuel interests that are blocking progress and stifling free markets. With the Paris Climate COP only months away, the heat is on world leaders to back big talk with viable plans for future climate action. Earlier this week, President Obama, at the forefront of the global stage, kicked off a 100-day climate tour with an impassioned presentation at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.
  • What's Behind the Tiny House Craze? Location Envy

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    A marketing firm makes the case that Millennials are attracted to the tiny home trend because it's their best option for proximity to urban amenities. The "Social Drivers" section of the article by Kleber & Associates is the section of their analysis that seemed most valuable to would-be developers of tiny properties.--Editor:
  • When Humanitarians and Sustainable Design Collide

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Inspired by more than the American Dream, Journeyman International partners university students with local and global humanitarian organizations to complete meaningful projects. Daniel Wiens was getting ready to graduate from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California with a degree in construction management. Most students were preparing to work on theoretical thesis projects. He decided there had to be a more practical, meaningful approach so he partnered with an architecture student and they designed and built a dental clinic in Belize. This would mark the beginning of Journeyman International…
  • 3 Advantages to Solar Powering Your Home

    RESNET
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    Are there any real advantages to using solar to power your home? WE'VE ALL GOTTEN USED to the sight of solar roof panels as more and more homeowners opt for using solar as an energy option for their homes. But are there any real advantages to using solar to power your home? The short answer is yes, and here are 3 of them:
  • Building in the High Country

    20 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    Summer at Mariposa Meadows has been interesting so far, to say the least. WE FACE SOME unique challenges here, as well as some that are more universal to the building industry. The apparent victory in the beaver battles last fall has proven to be less than conclusive. After several months of ignoring the main irrigation gate, our furry friend recently mounted a new offensive and overwhelmed the previously invincible “beaver deceiver” by plugging the intake with large chunks of willow and aspen, followed by reams of grasses—all topped off by an impressive volume of thick mud.
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    The Greenhouse Farmer

  • Wake up and smell the dead roses

    Benjamin Hoopes
    8 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Derek Cunningham at the Lynchburg Grows farm/former rose nursery What do a pharmaceutical rep, a lawyer, a job coach for special needs individuals, and a glass artisan have to do with farming?  They all came together to start Lynchburg Grows, “It was like winning the lottery,” says Dereck Cunningham, one of the founders and current President, “Imagine getting a bank to lend you money when all they see is dead roses.” The group was looking to purchase property to farm and provide educational programming to special needs individuals.  They came across a former rose production…
  • Designing Symbiotic Architecture

    Benjamin Hoopes
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Forward Thinking Architecture’s Dyv-Net proposal, a vertical farming design for Hong Kong photo:http://www.forwardthinkingarchitecture.com/Bio-Productive-DYV-NET-RESEARCH) I interviewed Javier Ponce, the Founder and CEO of Forward Thinking Architecture about some of his amazing projects and his vision for the future of progressive architecture. The Greenhouse Farmer (TGF): Tell me your story, how did you begin and how did you end up where you are today? Javier Ponce: I’ve always been attracted to the combinations and synergies between different systems or programs and the results…
  • The benefits of coconut-based soil

    Benjamin Hoopes
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Coconut dust is a byproduct of the coir industry and can be an excellent soil Among the many soil medium alternatives to choose from, the medium known as “coco” is a fascinating one.  Created from coconut matter, it’s an organic soil and has a number of beneficial properties for plants. Palm trees have been cultivated for thousands of years, in part because of the many uses of coconuts.  In the thirteenth century, Marco Polo found that coconut fiber, also known as coir, was being extracted from coconuts in the Persian Gulf and China to make rope for ships and…
  • How to grow for 90 days without watering

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

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

  • Certification: A step-by-step process

    Joe Gorley
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    What’s your timeline for earning LEED certification for your project? Before Greenbuild in November? Before the end of the year? USGBC has published on its website the deadlines for each important step in certification. Here is a summary: Regular Review Timeline before Greenbuild (Nov. 18, 2015) Aug. 13, 2015, 9 a.m. ET: Standard and Construction PRELIMINARY reviews Oct. 16, 2015, 9 a.m. ET: Standard and Construction FINAL reviews Regular review timelines include 25 business days after the preliminary review is returned for project teams to prepare clarifications and submit for final…
  • Green Building Continues to Expand Around the World

    Joe Gorley
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    The green building industry is red hot around the world. Brazil is host this month to the 6th Greenbuilding International Conference and Expo in South America. The World Bank Group is partnering with real estate organizations to promote green building and resource efficiency in India. Canada is aggressively addressing greenhouse gas emissions in its building sector. Chinese has become the most popular foreign language for LEED exams. Much of this activity involves the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private membership-based nonprofit that promotes sustainability in building design,…
  • There’s never been a better time to advance your career with LEED

    Joe Gorley
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    Are you a young professional who wants to launch or advance your career in the booming green building industry? There has never been a better time. Last month, the National Mortgage Professional Magazine released data about how prosperous the future looks. Here is a startling fact from that report: The market for green building materials reached nearly $43.8 billion last year and is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 9.5 percent to nearly $69 billion in 2019. According to a study by BCC Research in Wellesley, MA, the market will increase “due to increased demand for sustainable…
  • Baseball a Leader in Green Stadiums

    Joe Gorley
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    Heading to a ball game soon? Take a look around — the outfield isn’t the only thing green about many professional baseball stadiums. Professional baseball is a leader when it comes to building green stadiums. New stadiums in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Miami have taken green to a whole new level. In 2008, Nationals Park, home of the MLB Washington Nationals, was the first North American professional sports venue to be awarded LEED Silver Certification for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. The beautiful landscape around the park is made up of 100 percent plant…
  • With Office Buildings, Pay Now or Pay Later

    Joe Gorley
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    Years ago there was a TV ad for Fram oil filters in which an auto mechanic made the case that it was cheaper to routinely install a clean oil filter than to pay for the considerably more expensive consequences of a seized engine. His punch line became a classic in the world of preventive maintenance: “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” Conscientious property managers follow this advice diligently, especially when preparing for a change of seasons. July is not January, even in the most temperate climates. The preparations for summer heat require specific steps. While much of…
 
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    TheGreenMiles.com

  • Big Government for Me, Not for Thee

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    Libertarians in practice are people who support government programs that directly benefit them but oppose the ones that don't.So basically, they're just selfish. Which is fine, but lay off the FREEEEDOM shtick. They say every small-government, anti-tax Tea Party Libertarian is only one disaster away from being a socialist. #morefreedom Source: http://bit.ly/1JklQVo Photo: Elaine Thompson, APPosted by Red State Dems on Tuesday, August 25, 2015
  • Nothing Natural About Fracked Gas

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    We don't call it "natural oil" or "natural coal." So why do we refer to methane gas - especially the gas that's been fracked - as "natural"? Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well. [...] The extensive use of fracking in the US, where it has revolutionised the energy industry, has prompted environmental concerns. The first is that fracking uses huge amounts of water…
  • Hottest Month Ever: Time to Stop Leaving Climate Action to the Politicians?

    22 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    July was the hottest month in recorded human history, with 2015 on track to be the hottest year ever, which would break the record set just last year.While climate activists and science deniers get most of the attention, the vast majority of Americans remain on the sideline. That's enabled by media coverage that either ignores the latest science or paints it as a horse-race political issue. But you have to wonder: How bad will things have to get before more Americans start moving from disengaged to concerned and from cautious to alarmed?If you do want to get involved, find your local 350.org…
  • How Big Coal Gave Us The Clean Power Plan

    12 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    As polluters and their political allies decry President Obama's Clean Power Plan, it's understandable they're ignoring the reality that they created it. As Kate Sheppard recounts at Huffington Post, friends of the coal industry, namely the minority of Republican and coal state Democrat senators, filibustered the 2010 clean energy & climate bill, which contained the ungodly sum of $177 billion to subsidize carbon capture & storage at coal-fired power plants. Despite that massive giveaway offer negotiated by coal ally Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), despite President Obama making clear that…
  • Bike Manual's Top Safety Tip: Avoid Getting Run Over

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    My wife and I recently bought new Electra Townie bicycles and the manual is basically 54 pages of "if you get hit by a negligent driver, you're done for, so avoid that."I don't blame Electra, it's just an interesting window into how we take it for granted that the vast majority of our roads aren't designed to be safe for people on bikes. (Wearing a bike helmet does much less to keep you safe than proper bike infrastructure like protected bike lanes.)Got my first bike since middle school, a Townie #ElectraBike, thanks to nudging from the lovely @bethaniegrant. Going to start a new series,…
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    Climate Dispatch

  • Some Recent Climate Change Videos I Liked - August 2015

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Climate Change, Consumerism and the PopeSynopsis from UCTV:  After being summoned to the Vatican to advise on climate change, Dan Kammen of UC Berkeley shares an insider's view on what inspired Pope Francis to issue such a passionate plea to protect the earth in Laudato Si, his 2015 encyclical on the environment. As a practicing Catholic, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (now with U C Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute) praises the Pope for presenting "human ecology" as a moral issue in this lively exchange with Kammen and Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public…
  • Traitors to Humanity

    11 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    I consider myself an optimist.  I believe people are generally good hearted, honest and well meaning.  I believe world leaders will finally recognize that climate change must be addressed and must be addressed quickly.My optimism is validated by recent climate actions of President Obama, Pope Francis and others. However, my optimism is tempered by the scientific reality and the persistent denial from leaders who know better.The problem is that quick climate action is now defined as taking steps that will limit global warming to about 2 degrees centigrade.  We're already at…
  • California Coast: Get Ready for Sea Level Rise

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

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

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