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  • Ramboll Acquires Environ

    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News
    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Denmark-based Ramboll has acquired the US-based global consultancy, Environ, adding more than 1,500 environment, health and safety specialists in 21 countries. The acquisition positions Ramboll among the top 10 leading environmental consultancies globally with 2,700 experts working within environment, health and water worldwide and a total staff close to 12,500 employees in 35 countries. At the […]
  • Emissions Rules Could Cost Homebuilders $55M

    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News
    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    New emissions standards could cost homebuilders and other manufacturers more than $55 million initially and close to $20 million each year after to comply with, The Hill reports. The EPA proposal, announced this week, would set emissions standards for the manufacturers of brick, structural clay, ceramic walls, floor tiles, and other products used to build […]
  • eco-fashion friday finds: winter shades of grey

    The Alternative Consumer
    Maureen O'Connor
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    (above) Head turning … Everyone needs some great-looking yoga leggings. These yoga pants are made with sustainable bamboo terry. The fit is slightly roomier than most thinner leggings so you may want to go a size down if you like a snugger fit. They feature a beautiful original henna style wing print to reflect your yoga spirit. The organic bamboo fabric is super soft and with the option to fold down the high waist and shorten the length at the ankle. Great for running around or a serious yoga experience. $47.81 from Sea of Wolves Design (above) Make a statement … This handmade,…
  • green furniture: handmade mid century modern

    The Alternative Consumer
    Ross Dulmaine
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    Artisanal furniture maker and designer, Chris Williams, and his company Moderncre8ve create sweet, mid-century handcrafted furniture that’s evocative of some of our favorite 1950′s Heywood Wakefield pieces. Most of the furniture pieces (pictured above and below) are created from FSC-certified black walnut and made to order. No filler, plywood or veneers found here – the furniture is made of solid, high quality walnut. Many pieces are finished with Danish oil and beeswax. Love the simple lines and craftsman construction. The clean, modern pieces are handmade in the…
  • Tips on How To Reduce Plastic

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna Coronado
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    This plastic infographic (below) on putting down the plastic really hit home for me. I’ve been struggling for years to try to reduce plastic exposure in my family’s lives and find it a ginormous struggle because EVERYTHING seems to be wrapped in plastic. Help me do a better job of it — leave a comment below and give ideas on how we all might take some of the plastic out of our lives. Thanks for your help! Click to Enlarge Image Put Down The Plastic Infographic by CustomMade The post Tips on How To Reduce Plastic appeared first on Shawna Coronado.
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  • Tips on How To Reduce Plastic

    Shawna Coronado
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    This plastic infographic (below) on putting down the plastic really hit home for me. I’ve been struggling for years to try to reduce plastic exposure in my family’s lives and find it a ginormous struggle because EVERYTHING seems to be wrapped in plastic. Help me do a better job of it — leave a comment below and give ideas on how we all might take some of the plastic out of our lives. Thanks for your help! Click to Enlarge Image Put Down The Plastic Infographic by CustomMade The post Tips on How To Reduce Plastic appeared first on Shawna Coronado.
  • Saving the Park Bench

    Shawna Coronado
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    I’ve had two benches out for many years now and find they’ve greatly enhanced the community experience. My “kick ass green” park bench (right) had its slats pulled out by a person or persons who will not be named and park benches have  been important to this garden as it helps people in our community, so I sought a replacement. In order to find a replacement bench, I went to one of my favorite bench companies, Belson, and told them the story. They responded in less than an hour saying that they would be thrilled to donate a bench or two for the garden. I was blown…
  • 8 Last Minute Gift Ideas – Garden Books

    Shawna
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    This year has been an amazing year for good garden reading. The garden books included in the post I read with interest and thought you might like them. Below (in no particular order) is a list of some of my favorites for 2014 with links so you can order them if you like along with a brief book review. I consider them wonderful last minute  holiday gift ideas that would please most any gardener. One book is even a good read for the chicken gardeners I know. Happy Holidays! 1. Fine Foliage By Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz Fine Foliage is a magnificent little book that shows gardeners how…
  • Holiday Gift Idea – Glass Bee Preservers

    Shawna Coronado
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:41 am
    Glass bee preservers from Glass Gardens NW are a great holiday or Christmas gift idea. Attracting honey bees to your garden is a good idea if you would like better pollination of your flower plants and vegetables. Additionally, rescuing bees and other pollinators makes a lot of sense – we have a world pollinator crisis going on. Bees need water, but many water sources do not have a landing area for bees and they can drown in deeper water. Bee preservers are wonderful glass balls with bumps on them that float on top of a water source and allow honey bees to crawl to the water without…
  • Pomegranate Guava and Lemon Thyme Martini Cocktail Recipe

    Shawna
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    Searching for the magnificent for your holiday cocktail celebrations? Try my Pomegranate Guava and Lemon Thyme Martini Cocktail Recipe. SUPER YUMMY! Watch the quickie video below that shows you the easy steps to put it together. If you do not have access to fresh lemon thyme, substitute a bit of lemon zest and muddle the thyme and lemon zest for a bright taste. One fantastically memorable cocktail recipe!. Pomegranate, Guava, and Lemon Thyme Martini Cocktail Recipe – Muddled Lemon Thyme — Handful (or plain thyme with some lemon zest added) Citron Vodka – 3.0 oz Simple Syrup…
 
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  • What might the future look like if we took climate change seriously?

    Merrian Borgeson
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Energy and Transportation, San Francisco A new analysis lays out several detailed “pathways” to a low-carbon future for the United States, and offers practical guidance for policy makers. The bottom line finding is that there are multiple ways we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with known technologies and with an incremental cost equivalent to less than 1 percent of gross domestic product. But the choices we make in the short term matter a lot if we want to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. This work is…
  • 2014 Meant More Renewables In More Places For Less Money: The Year In Review

    Nathanael Greene
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, New York City Another in NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments  This year, the already good news about renewable energy in the United States got even better: Wind and solar power cost less than ever before and are being used in more places across the nation. True, there were political setbacks—some at the state level and, especially, Congress’s failure to significantly extend the Production Tax Credit for wind power. (It helps level the playing field for pollution-free electricity and fight…
  • Success Story from Vibrant Gujarat: Evaluating Ahmedabad's Heat Action Plan

    Anjali Jaiswal
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco Guest blog by Nehmat Kaur, NRDC India Representative Located in the hot and urbanizing northwestern corner of India, the state of Gujarat is abuzz with anticipation for the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat 2015 Summit that will be held in January. Vibrant Gujarat is an initiative created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the state’s Chief Minister to showcase the state nationally and internationally as a place for progress, development and business. This year’s summit anticipates attendance by international companies and…
  • California Energy Efficiency Coalition Offers First Set of Recommendations for New Program Planning Model

    Lara Ettenson
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Lara Ettenson, Director, California Energy Efficiency Policy, San Francisco Nearly twenty diverse groups interested in energy efficiency—including consumer and social justice advocates, utilities, local governments, environmental groups, and efficiency program implementers—have been working over the past year to develop recommendations for how the California Public Utilities Commission should transition to an innovative approach for program planning. This week, the coalition made the first in a series of suggestions to the commission. The “rolling portfolio” approach…
  • Progress Despite Politics: Ohio's Energy Future Tour Launches in Cleveland

    Samantha Williams
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago Photo: Mr.TinDC on Flickr, under Creative Commons licensing. Ohio’s Energy Future Tour, a statewide series of forums for Ohioans to discuss the positive economic and health impact of clean energy in their lives and communities, kicked off Monday at Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center. The tour is being planned and implemented by a broad, bipartisan coalition of businesses, local governments, environmental advocates (including NRDC) and trade associations—a coalition that reflects the scope of interest in these issues across the…
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    Grist

  • Make your own Febreze, no benzisothiazolinone required

    Amelia Bates
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    Instead of buying cheap, mass-produced gewgaws to give out this season, show your loved ones you care with a little DIY. During Grist’s 12 days of DIY gifts, we’ll share some crafty projects, with instructions that even we can follow. There’s sure to be a whatsit or wowsit for everyone. Do you know someone who just can’t stop spraying Febreze all over everything they own? For fancy-fresh smell without the extra chemicals, try some homemade linen spray. It is incredibly easy to make, and — bonus! — one of the ingredients may come in handy around the holidays (Hint: It is…
  • Villains who poisoned W. Va. drinking water could end up behind bars

    Sam Bliss
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Remember back in January when a chemical spill poisoned drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians? Well, this week, six owners, managers, and employees of the (ir)responsible company, Freedom Industries, were indicted by a federal grand jury. The prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, said that the company executives’ “flagrant disregard for the law” resulted in the “completely preventable” toxic leak. As 2014 wraps up, the (something resembling) justice system inches a small step closer to punishing the perpetrators of the contamination crime that…
  • Obama sounds like he’s about to reject the Keystone pipeline

    Ben Adler
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he’s poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to date of its potential costs and benefits — lots of costs and few benefits. Climate hawks rejoiced, not only because of Obama’s implied opposition to Keystone, but because he finally confronted American ignorance of how the oil market works, and attempted to reorient our energy policy around reality. At the press conference, Obama took a question from The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin on…
  • Is China’s demand for coal going to keep rising? Don’t bet on it

    David Roberts
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The fate of the world more or less depends on the trajectory of coal use in China. (To say nothing of the fate of major coal companies.) So what is that trajectory, anyway? Recently the International Energy Agency released its Medium-Term Coal Market Report for 2014, prompting a spate of news stories assuring readers that, though it would slow a bit, coal demand in China was going to keep rising and rising — 2.6 percent a year through 2019. That would put the lie to any talk of a China coal “peak” and put the world’s consensus climate targets out of reach. Not so fast,…
  • We wrote (and sang!) these climate apocalypse holiday carols just for you

    Sara Bernard
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Getting sick of all the holiday cheer? Want to stick it to your climate-change-denying relatives and celebrate our impending doom this season? The Grist Family Singers are here to help. I know that we, at least, feel a little better now. Huge hat-tip to the talented Sam Bliss for these inspiring lyrics! And if you’re so inclined … raise a glass of egg nog and sing along: Away in the Climate Apocalypse Future Away in the future most species are dead There’s still some poor humans, their hearts filled with dread If typhoons and cyclones don’t blow them away In simmering…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • 10 Favs; 10 Years: Caring, or A New Conservation Ethic

    Scott Edward Anderson
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    My son Jasper tagging a saltwater croc,Mexico, January 2005. Photo by the author.This post originally appeared on The Green Skeptic in October 2005. It clearly demonstrates my concerns about the disconnect between people and conservation and articulates my view of the need for a new conservation ethic.Over the past several weeks, in the conference centers of Monterey, the wilderness of Yosemite, and the halls of my company's offices in suburban Washington, our talk has been about drawing a closer connection between conservation and people.We've come a long way, but still have miles to go…
  • 10 Favs; 10 Years: What We Talk About When We Talk About Protecting and Saving

    Scott Edward Anderson
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post originally appeared on The Green Skeptic in March 2008, when I was about to speak at the Aspen Environment Forum. It was a pivotal time for conservation and I think some of the strides that my former organization, The Nature Conservancy, and others in conservation have made are reflective of some of my espoused views. There's more progress that can be made, but it's a start.##Village children on Batanta Island, Indonesia. Photo by the author.Everything we think about saving or protecting ecosystems and habitats is wrong.This week, I'm at the Aspen Environment Forum, where…
  • 10 Favs; 10 Years: The Coming Disruption - Lead It or Lose It

    Scott Edward Anderson
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    Back in 2011, disruption was very much on my mind -- personally, professionally, and economically. Reading that post now -- in the wake of the current social unrest and new revelations about the banking system -- I wonder if plummeting down the same cliff. The questions I ask in this post still seem relevant and worth asking. The answers, alas, are still a way off. The disruption, I suspect, has already begun. Here is my post from October 2011 on "The Coming Disruption":I feel like our economy -- our very way of life -- is in a simultaneous state of suspended animation and free fall. …
  • 10 Favs; 10 Years: IMAGINE The Man Who Cared, John Lennon

    Scott Edward Anderson
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    It was 34 years ago today John Lennon was shot to death outside his home on West 72nd Street and Central Park West in New York. Here's a post that I wrote on the 25th Anniversary of that horrible event in 2005:John Lennon watercolored by the author.I was hundreds of miles away when I heard about John Lennon's death from Howard Cosell. He announced the news during the New England Patriots game on Monday Night Football. I had just picked up John's "comeback" interview in Playboy, which had just come out earlier that day.My stepmother Sandi called me as soon as she heard the news and we…
  • 10 Favs; 10 Years: Falling Up --The Choices We Make May Be Our Own

    Scott Edward Anderson
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Letchworth Gorge by J. Stephen Conn, used by permission.Back in November 2011 I posted about the need for change in our economy and the way we approach that change. Here is my post "Falling Up -- The Choices We Make May Be Our Own":When I was 15 years old I was hiking in Letchworth Gorge in upstate New York. (Here is a picture of the gorge, left.) A beautiful place.Despite the warnings or perhaps because of them -- I was a teenager after all -- I got too close to the edge. And I fell. I fell for what seemed like a long way and a long time, but in reality it was perhaps just a matter of…
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    Ecorazzi

  • 2014 Was The Worst Year for Rhino Deaths in South Africa

    Brianne Hogan
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As the year comes to a close, South Africa has set a new record when it comes to rhino slayings by the hands of poachers. What’s even more startling about the Read MoreThe post 2014 Was The Worst Year for Rhino Deaths in South Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Unilever Drops Lawsuit Against Vegan ‘Just Mayo’

    Amanda Just
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    After several weeks of media coverage, a Change.org petition, and plenty of public outcry on social media, Unilever (the makers of Hellman’s mayonnaise) has finally dropped their lawsuit against sustainable Read MoreThe post Unilever Drops Lawsuit Against Vegan ‘Just Mayo’ appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Score Vegan Gifts At NYC’s Bryant Park Winter Village

    Brianne Hogan
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    Christmas in New York City got even better with the news that Bryant Park Winter Village is home to over 80 vegan merchants. Whether you want to indulge in a Read MoreThe post Score Vegan Gifts At NYC’s Bryant Park Winter Village appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • New York Mayor de Blasio is PETA’s Person of the Year

    Brianne Hogan
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Congratulations are in order for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. On Thursday, PETA named him its 2014 Person of the Year. The group honored the new mayor for his Read MoreThe post New York Mayor de Blasio is PETA’s Person of the Year appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Aerial Drones Cause Dramatic Fall in Rhino Poaching

    Anthony Marcusa
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Rhinoceros populations have a new ally, as deployments of drones in South Africa have proven to cause a drastic reduction in poaching, according to a new report. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in Read MoreThe post Aerial Drones Cause Dramatic Fall in Rhino Poaching appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • eco-fashion friday finds: winter shades of grey

    Maureen O'Connor
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    (above) Head turning … Everyone needs some great-looking yoga leggings. These yoga pants are made with sustainable bamboo terry. The fit is slightly roomier than most thinner leggings so you may want to go a size down if you like a snugger fit. They feature a beautiful original henna style wing print to reflect your yoga spirit. The organic bamboo fabric is super soft and with the option to fold down the high waist and shorten the length at the ankle. Great for running around or a serious yoga experience. $47.81 from Sea of Wolves Design (above) Make a statement … This handmade,…
  • green furniture: handmade mid century modern

    Ross Dulmaine
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    Artisanal furniture maker and designer, Chris Williams, and his company Moderncre8ve create sweet, mid-century handcrafted furniture that’s evocative of some of our favorite 1950′s Heywood Wakefield pieces. Most of the furniture pieces (pictured above and below) are created from FSC-certified black walnut and made to order. No filler, plywood or veneers found here – the furniture is made of solid, high quality walnut. Many pieces are finished with Danish oil and beeswax. Love the simple lines and craftsman construction. The clean, modern pieces are handmade in the…
  • APT Motoped™ Facilitates Your Escape from Civilization… or Zombies

    Jordan Stauder
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:17 am
    For those of you who live in a fair climate and jump into your gas-guzzling machines each day to make the commute to your place of business, the guilt you feel at the gas pump could now be replaced with the joy of the wind through your hair as you rumble down the roadway getting 150-200 miles per gallon on your new Motoped™ from American Performance Technologies (APT). These are the same people who brought you the SmartCarb, which is proposed to be installed on the various Motoped™ models in the near future to provide even higher fuel efficiency. For those who enjoy tinkering and…
  • How to Have a Great and Stress-free Christmas

    Natalie Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    When our calendars show December 1st, we all know what that means – Christmas is around the corner. The kids get excited and can’t wait to open their Advent Calendars, taste some delicious milk chocolate, and open their Christmas presents delivered by Santa. It is so much fun to see kids running around excitedly because Christmas means family time and many new great memories. But what does it mean to a mom? To many, a little bit more work to do around the house and a lot of headaches. Before you get to the final stage, where you open the presents together, mom is usually the one doing…
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    Environmental News Network

  • Organic Chemistry Found on Mars

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill. "This temporary increase in methane -- sharply up and then back down -- tells us there must be some relatively localized source," said Sushil Atreya of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a member of the Curiosity rover science team. "There are many possible sources, biological or non-biological, such as interaction of water and rock."
  • The role of taxes (and EV's) in reducing CO2 emissions from cars in Europe analyzed

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    The Netherlands had the lowest CO2 emissions from new cars in the European Union last year, thanks to its tax regime favouring fuel economy and low-carbon vehicles.Germany and Poland are among the countries with the highest C02 emissions from new cars and the weakest national tax policies, a report by NGO Transport & Environment has found.Cars are responsible for 15% of Europe’s total CO2 emissions and are the single largest source of emissions in the transport sector. 
  • Crows join rank of species that exhibit advanced relational thinking

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Next to humans, other species in the animal kingdom such as apes and monkeys have exhibited advanced relational thinking. But are there others? The newest species to join this list of highly intelligible animals? Crows.
  • Study finds reefs reduce wave energy by 97%

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    We have a lot of stake in the coast. Coastal waters are where we host fisheries, build homes and turn to for tourism and recreation. So how should coastal communities, which comprise nearly 40 percent of the world's population, safeguard against flooding, erosion and violent weather? Marine scientist Michael Beck suggests the solution is growing right beneath some waves and, in many cases, it has been waiting there for thousands of years. 
  • New York fracking ban has broader implications for America

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:48 am
    After years of public pressure, New York today became the second state to ban hydraulic fracturing because of risks to people and the environment. The announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo adds to the pressure on the Obama administration to end fracking across the country, including on America’s public lands. “New York just took a huge leap forward in protecting its people and wildlife from the dangers of fracking,” said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Now it’s time for other leaders to follow, including President Obama and…
 
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    EcoSalon

  • Major Victory in New York: Hydraulic Fracturing Banned

    Sara Novak
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    New York state’s environmental commissioner Joseph Martens said he will ban hydraulic fracturing in New York. The decision comes in response to a 5-year study done by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Martens says that the practice of high volume hydraulic fracturing will be prohibited. “I will then issue a legally binding findings statement prohibiting (fracking) in New York state at this time,” Martens said at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s year-end cabinet meeting. State health commissioner Howard Zucker gave a detailed presentation on why fracking…
  • 16 Gift Wrapping Ideas to Take Your Holiday Prezzies to the Next Level

    Krissy Brady
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Step up your game with these ah-mazing Christmas gift wrapping ideas. I’ve gotten into this terrible habit of putting so much thought into my Christmas gifts that I gas out when it comes time to wrap them. Seriously, it’s like my fam rips the wrapping paper off so quickly not because they’re excited about their gift, but because of how awful it looks. Well, no more. Here are 16 gift wrapping ideas to help you kick things up a notch (or in my case, seven): 1. Make gift boxes from cereal boxes By making gift boxes out of your empty cereal boxes, not only will you save some…
  • Are Superfoods Actually Bad for Us?

    Anna Brones
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Acai berries! Kale! Spirulina! Quinoa! Oh the world of superfoods, where some foods just get a better reputation than others. But when it comes to healthy eating, are superfoods actually doing us more harm than good? The first problem with superfoods is that there is actually no definition of what a superfood is. In fact, if anything, the term “superfood” is used more for marketing purposes than health. Be honest: if you see “superfood” on the label of something at the market, you consider buying it now don’t you? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. In…
  • The Stephen Colbert Highlight Reel that Says it All [Video]

    Jill Ettinger
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    We can’t believe he’s gone. Stephen Colbert’s final episode ran last night and now all that’s left is every second of the last nine years recorded and free to watch on the internet. So, here’s to another nine years of clip watching. We kick things off with these fantastic food clips that demonstrate why the man is was is King. Find Jill on Twitter @jillettinger Related on EcoSalon Stephen Colbert is Probably Not, Definitely Maybe, Almost the Best Replacement Ever for David Letterman ‘The Daily Show’ Effect: Why We Love (and Trust) Fake News The Chelsea…
  • Dyeing Armpit Hair (and Keep it Smelling Fresh) is the Latest Hot, Weird Trend

    Abbie Stutzer
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Guess what the hot new hair trend is? And no, we aren’t referring to the hair on your head… we’re talking about armpit hair. Yes, ladies. You can be part of the wave of women dying their armpit hair. Now, before you accuse us of making this trend up, I present to you the following proof: On December 1, Refinery29 reported on this emerging trend that has, apparently, been around for quite a while. According to Refinery29, the whole armpit hair dying craze started about a year ago (a year!) and was born from Lady Pit Hair, an Instagram account run by Anna Biotics. So, how did this trend…
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    Yale Environment 360

  • 'Nuisance Flooding' Will Affect Most of U.S. Coastline by 2050, Report Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    By 2050, most U.S. coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due sea level Enlarge
  • Clearing Rainforests Distorts Global Rainfall and Agriculture, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Clearing forests not only releases carbon into the atmosphere, it also triggers worldwide shifts in rainfall and temperatures Enlarge
  • Asia’s Fragile Caves Face New Risks from Development

    Yale Environment 360
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    The limestone caves of Southeast Asia and southwest China are home to scores of species of plants and animals, many of them rare. But a rise in tourism, mining, and other human activities is increasingly placing these biodiverse environments at risk. BY MIKE IVES
  • Obama Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay From Oil and Gas Development

    Yale Environment 360
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    President Obama yesterday announced protections for Bristol Bay, Alaska, one A grizzly bear catches a salmon in Bristol Bay. of the most productive fishing grounds in the nation, from future oil and gas development. The president's action is expected to benefit commercial fishermen and Native Alaskans and boost conservation efforts in the region, which is roughly the size of Florida. Noting that Bristol Bay is the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery and the source of 40 percent of U.S. wild-caught seafood — a catch worth $2 billion annually — Obama vowed to ensure long-term safeguards…
  • Falling Gasoline Prices Have Little Effect on Car Travel, Analysis Shows

    Yale Environment 360
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Although the average retail price of gasoline in the U.S. has fallen 28 percent from its peak in June 2014, Enlarge
 
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    GreenBiz

  • Three Big Myths about Big Data and Energy Management

    Jenna Burnett
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Big data and data analytics are terms used increasingly to describe the current state and future opportunities of enterprise energy management. To gain greater insight, GreenBiz Group, in partnership with Siemens Building Technologies, surveyed energy managers from large corporations, hospital systems, governments and educational institutions. The results highlight the early nature of using big data analytics for enterprise-level energy management and identified three common misconceptions. Join us for a discussion about how organizations are leveraging big data for energy enterprise…
  • GreenBuzz – December 1, 2014

    Joel Makower
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Happy December. For our U.S. readers, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. As December dawns, we're beginning to look both backward and forward — at the year just ending, and and all that's yet to come. For starters, we're planning our annual package of year-end stories, including the voices of many of your colleagues on the highs and lows of 2014 and a look forward at 2015. The GreenBiz team is mainly looking forward: at the 2015 State of Green Business report, to publish on January 27; at the three January meetings of the GreenBiz Executive Network, in San Francisco, Las Vegas and…
  • Recycling 2.0 – Changing Consumer Behavior Amid Changing Waste Streams

    Jenna Burnett
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Consumer recycling, once seen as the most basic of environmental practices, has become decidedly more complex. Some communities have mandated aggressive, long-term, zero-waste goals to divert sometimes up to 90 percent of their waste from the local landfill. That can lead to a  wide array of what’s collected — and what’s not —  engendering confusion among residents (citizens). The result: After decades of growth, recycling rates have plateaued, or even dropped. How can cities regain the momentum? There are some tried and true methods, but it takes a village, literally — producers,…
  • How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traits

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

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

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:10 pm
    (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Coal ash is not hazardous waste under U.S. agency rules

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:12 pm
    (Reuters) - In a disappointment to environmentalists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste.
  • Coal ash is not hazardous waste under U.S. agency rules

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    (Reuters) - In a disappointment to environmentalists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste.
  • Ecuador halts environment deals with Germany over rainforest visit

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador halted environmental cooperation deals with Germany worth some 43 million euros to the Latin American country after German lawmakers tried to visit an Amazon rainforest recently opened for oil production, the foreign minister said on Friday.
  • Obama: Keystone benefits for U.S. consumers, workers nominal

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers in perhaps his strongest comments on the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline to date.
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • This Sparkling New Park Was A Toxic Brownfield Just 4 Years Ago

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    It is truly incredible what can be achieved when a neighborhood unites. Though one would never guess by looking at it today, the site of Chicago’s newest city park was a contaminated eyesore not long ago. This turnaround has everything to do with local citizens working together for something better, say community leaders in the Little Village neighborhood, where the park is located. “It feels good to get to this point and see the impact on the neighborhood,” Antonio Lopez -- executive director for the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, a group that campaigned to make the…
  • How To Watch The Ursid Meteor Shower, The Last Shooting Star Bonanza Of 2014

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    Skywatchers will have another shot at seeing shooting stars in 2014, thanks to the Ursid meteor shower. The Ursid shower, which seems to originate in the constellation Ursa Minor, has been active since Wednesday and is expected to peak overnight on Monday, Dec. 22 through Tuesday, Dec. 23. The best viewing hours for skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere are between midnight and dawn local time. Ursid meteors active around December solstice http://t.co/AeP6f0KXUd pic.twitter.com/kusyKxGK45— EarthSky (@earthskyscience) December 19, 2014 The Ursids won’t be quite as spectacular as the…
  • White Lion Euthanized At Cincinnati Zoo

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    CINCINNATI (AP) — An aging white lion given to the Cincinnati Zoo by performers Seigfried & Roy had to be euthanized because of age-related health issues. The zoo says Future — one of two male African white lions loaned permanently by Siegfried and Roy in 1998 — was put down Thursday. He was 17 years old and struggled to walk in recent days. Mark Campbell, the zoo's director of animal health, says it was the humane thing to do. The average lifespan for lions in North American zoos is nearly 17 years. Future and his brother, named Sunshine, came to the Cincinnati Zoo when they were 3…
  • Hawaii's Lava Trees Are A Haunting Natural Wonder

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tucked just east of the massive Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii is a spooky little forest called the Lava Tree State Monument -- a jungle gateway to Middle Earth where you can find a cluster of spooky stumps known as lava trees. What the heck is a lava tree, you ask? Well, when a particular kind of fast-moving lava meets a cool, moisture-rich tree, the base of the tree will cool the 2,000ºF lava in such a way that it insulates the tree from the rest of the flowing lava, rather than immediately gobbling it up. Eventually, the tree will burn away or bake into charcoal, but…
  • Eat The Enemy: How Eating Autumn Berries Can Help The Environment AND The Fight Against Cancer

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This story is part of "Eat The Enemy," a HuffPost series on edible invasive species, non-native plants and animals you can help contain from the comfort of your dinner table. Not all invasive species are edible, and some included in this series can be dangerous, including lionfish and wild boar. Please take caution when foraging or hunting for your own food. The term "invasive species" calls to mind images of aggressive animals that tear up landscapes and destroy everything in their path -- wild boar or Asian carp are well-known culprits -- but would you ever think to include berries on that…
 
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  • Presidential Task Force Releases Recommendations for Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Last week, our government took a huge step forward in stopping seafood fraud and illegal fishing. President Obama's Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud delivered its recommendations for stopping this international problem that harms consumers and our oceans. President Obama announced the task force in June at the global Our Ocean conference, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry. There, he directed federal agencies to work together for six months to develop recommendations to combat seafood fraud and illegal fishing. Seafood fraud…
  • A Carbon Neutral Future Starts With Smart Energy Policy Today

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Too many people -- and way too many members of Congress -- can't seem to come to terms with this simple fact: no energy source or technology can succeed without a helping hand from Uncle Sam. That's why the big question, as Council on Foreign Relations energy expert Michael Levi so artfully put it, is: Will the federal government be involved in energy in "a smart way or a stupid way?" A lot of people on the left think it's pretty stupid that the government spends billions in tax handouts and regulatory favors on an industry that is causing the climate to change and threatening the future of…
  • Prince William's International Leadership on Animal Conservation

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, rose to new heights as an international leader earlier this month when he traveled to the United States to address The World Bank on the need to end the illegal wildlife trade. As someone who has been leading the international fight to end the illegal poaching of elephants for 25 years, I applaud his leadership and urge him to continue to fight this fight which can be won. I know it is possible, because when it comes to elephant tusks, we've already won it once. In the 1990s I led the Kenya Wildlife Service, and we destroyed the illegal market for ivory…
  • Two Is Not Enough: Why the Campaign Against D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative Failed So Badly

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Image credit: DCMJ Last month, the District of Columbia voted overwhelmingly to legalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana for adults' personal use. It's been back in the headlines lately because of Rep. Andy Harris' rider on a must-pass spending bill prohibiting federal funds from being used to enact marijuana legalization in D.C. It's been signed into law but doubts remain as to whether it blocks the enactment of the ballot initiative, or just the planned D.C. Council bill to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. Whether or not it ends up being successful, this attempt to block…
  • What SeaWorld Should Do

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    SeaWorld has been pummeled by revelation after revelation about its treatment of cetaceans: dolphins, orca whales, and beluga whales that they are responsible for. The most punishing blow came more than a year ago from the shocking documentary "Blackfish," in which several former SeaWorld trainers expressed their own anguish and hurt for the orcas in their care -- SeaWorld insists on calling them "killer whales." One SeaWorld orca, Tilikum, has been involved in the killing of three people so far, yet is still kept for public performances and, perhaps more importantly, for milking of his sperm…
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    GreenBiz

  • Three Big Myths about Big Data and Energy Management

    Jenna Burnett
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Big data and data analytics are terms used increasingly to describe the current state and future opportunities of enterprise energy management. To gain greater insight, GreenBiz Group, in partnership with Siemens Building Technologies, surveyed energy managers from large corporations, hospital systems, governments and educational institutions. The results highlight the early nature of using big data analytics for enterprise-level energy management and identified three common misconceptions. Join us for a discussion about how organizations are leveraging big data for energy enterprise…
  • GreenBuzz – December 1, 2014

    Joel Makower
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Happy December. For our U.S. readers, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. As December dawns, we're beginning to look both backward and forward — at the year just ending, and and all that's yet to come. For starters, we're planning our annual package of year-end stories, including the voices of many of your colleagues on the highs and lows of 2014 and a look forward at 2015. The GreenBiz team is mainly looking forward: at the 2015 State of Green Business report, to publish on January 27; at the three January meetings of the GreenBiz Executive Network, in San Francisco, Las Vegas and…
  • Recycling 2.0 – Changing Consumer Behavior Amid Changing Waste Streams

    Jenna Burnett
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Consumer recycling, once seen as the most basic of environmental practices, has become decidedly more complex. Some communities have mandated aggressive, long-term, zero-waste goals to divert sometimes up to 90 percent of their waste from the local landfill. That can lead to a  wide array of what’s collected — and what’s not —  engendering confusion among residents (citizens). The result: After decades of growth, recycling rates have plateaued, or even dropped. How can cities regain the momentum? There are some tried and true methods, but it takes a village, literally — producers,…
  • How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traits

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

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

  • Shooter of 2 NYPD officers identified

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    The officers were shot inside their patrol car in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
  • Teen gets portrait with rifle into yearbook despite objections from staff

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    A teenage girl from Broadalbin-Perth High School in upstate New York managed to get her hunting picture into the yearbook even after a school committee objected to its inclusion.
  • North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.
  • Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:20 pm
    By Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man. If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tensions over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparked protests around the country and drawn in President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder.
  • CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times. The review panel is looking into the search by agency officials of staffers from the Senate Intelligence Committee who were investigating the CIA's use of torture in interrogations of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. ...
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • New species found in the deepest trench on Earth

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:05 am
    Researchers have returned from the first detailed study of the Mariana Trench aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor. The expedition set many new records, including the deepest rock samples ever collected and the discovery of new fish species at the greatest depths ever recorded.
  • Europe shows that humans and large predators can share the same landscape

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    The recovery of large carnivores in Europe is a great success for nature conservation. At one third of mainland Europe, at least one species of large carnivore is present, according to a new article. It is an excellent example that humans and carnivores can share the same landscape, say researchers.
  • Yellowstone's thermal springs: Their colors unveiled

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Researchers have created a simple mathematical model based on optical measurements that explains the stunning colors of Yellowstone National Park’s hot springs and can visually recreate how they appeared years ago, before decades of tourists contaminated the pools with make-a-wish coins and other detritus.
  • A vegetarian carnivorous plant

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Carnivorous plants catch and digest tiny animals in order and derive benefits for their nutrition. Interestingly the trend towards vegetarianism seems to overcome carnivorous plants as well. The aquatic carnivorous bladderwort, which can be found in many lakes and ponds worldwide, does not only gain profit from eating little animals but also by consuming algae and pollen grains.
  • 'Tipping points' for sea level rise-related flooding determined

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    By 2050, a majority of US coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due to dramatically accelerating impacts from sea level rise, according to a new study.
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Breaking: Fracking Permit Issued in Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish

    Julie Dermansky
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a drilling permit for Helis Oil and Gas today, bringing the company one step closer to realizing its ambition to frack in St. Tammany Parish. Public outcry against fracking in St. Tammany Parish, an area known for its pristine water and picturesque wetlands 40 miles east of New Orleans, was not enough to sway the state agency. But the public's input has led to unprecedented conditions being attached to the permit. Concerned citizens in St. Tammany Parish fill the bleachers in the Lakeshore High School gym in Mandeville, LA. ©2014…
  • New EPA Coal Ash Regulations Are Not Enough To Stop The Next Coal Ash Spill

    Mike Gaworecki
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
    The Environmental Protection Agency released long-awaited coal ash regulations today, the first rules ever to be imposed on the storage and disposal of the toxic waste left over after burning coal for electricity—the second largest industrial waste stream in the U.S. But according to Earthjustice and the 10 environmental and public interest groups it represented in suing to force the release of the regulations in the first place, the EPA’s new rules are not nearly stringent enough to stop the next coal ash spill before it happens. The new rules will not phase out the practice of storing…
  • Top Five UK Fracking Moments of 2014

    Richard Heasman
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:09 am
    DeSmog UK has compiled a list of the top 5 fracking moments of 2014 for our #FrackingFriday series – complete with controversial government reforms, industry blunders and the defining moments of a debate that has exacerbated the relationship between public and energy, government and industry, people and planet. Fracking Beneath Your Floor In the heat of a scorching summer, the UK government confirmed reforms to the Infrastructure Bill that will now allow fracking companies to drill directly under people’s homes. This is despite 99% of the public opposing the changes.  The amendments,…
  • Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

    Steve Horn
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    DeSmogBlog recently revealed how Big Oil's lobbyists snuck expedited permitting for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on public lands into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015, which passed in the U.S. House and Senate and now awaits President Barack Obama's signature. A follow-up probe reveals that the public lands giveaway was not the only sweetheart deal the industry got out of the pork barrel bill. The NDAA also included a provision that opened the floodgates for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S.—cars that would largely be fueled by gas obtained…
  • What Americans Don’t Know About Climate Change Could Be Really Bad For Their Health

    Mike Gaworecki
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    When it comes to the health impacts of global warming, Americans are woefully uninformed. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, only about one in four can even name a health problem associated with global warming that their fellow Americans might be suffering from. Only 14% of Americans are aware of one of the most obvious health impacts of all the global warming pollution that has been dumped into our atmosphere: respiratory problems like asthma and other lung…
 
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    Urban Workbench

  • APEGBC to Vote on Professional Development Requirements

    Mike Thomas
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    British Columbia’s Engineering and Geoscience professional body, APEGBC, is conducting a survey for members on proposed changes to the bylaw regarding Continuing Professional Development Requirements. The current process of voluntarily declaring compliance to the requirements is obviously not ideal. For a profession that is self regulating, we need to do a better job of ensuring adequate experience, practice and training is being maintained across the membership. In the fall of 2015, APEGBC members will be asked to ratify a bylaw to establish a program requiring members to complete and…
  • Logjams and Debris Flows

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

    Mike Thomas
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Last time I was in Kelowna, I had an opportunity to see the new bus terminal and roundabout downtown. Designed by MMM Group, and with visionary input from the City of Kelowna and BC Transit, this project sets a new standard for urban transportation and spaces in the interior of British Columbia. And for those who are wondering how to use a roundabout, the City of Kelowna has a helpful guide on their webpage. Camera: iPhone 5cTaken: 8 October, 2014Location:  
  • Finding the Leak

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

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

    Jess Blazejewski
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    A lightly minted palate cleanser is the perfect ending to any holiday meal! These festive bites are an ideal balance of sweetness without tasting overly rich. Whether for a cookie swap or family gathering, a plateful of thin mints is sure to delight! Jess BlazejewskiHoliday Thin Mint Cookiesprep time55 Minute/scook time10 Minute/stotal time1 Hour/s 5 Minute/sServes 8Ingredients1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla ¾ teaspoon salt 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 16 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate 1 ½ teaspoon peppermint…
  • Social Hour!

    Michelle Hoover
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With a blazing yule before us, here at SMP Living we’re keeping cozy and kicking off the celebrations to come with our rendition of Social Hour! We’ve collected your weekly favorites from Instagram and Pinterest in one pretty place. The festivities are beginning as it’s time to strike the harp and join the chorus by clicking through below! Most Loved Pics of the WeekView Slideshow ONGOING GIVEAWAYS… Weddington Way Gold Dress, courtesy of Brandi Smyth Photography 31 Bits This week’s DISCOUNTS… Squarespace Zola Blick MyPublisher Starwood Hotels &…
  • A Glitter and Gifting Holiday Afternoon + recipe

    Erin Lepperd
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Wrapping is a daunting task for me. It always starts out fun but about 3 presents in I’m ready to throw everything in a gift bag, slap on a bow and call it a day. But if that wrapping were taking place with my girlfriends, cocktails and donuts at our fingertips, I think I would be singing a new tune. Have a look at this glittering wrapping party crafted by La Ricki, Hoot And Holler and photographed by The Birdie Girl plus a yummy cocktail recipe below! And for even more, check out our 2014 Holiday Mag. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From La Ricki… Our inspiration was…
  • DIY Sugar Cookie Kits

    Jess Blazejewski
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    We all know that the holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without a day of cookie decorating! Make it easy on the ones you love with this cute kit stocked full with everything you need to make perfectly lovely sugar cookie art. Take a peek at our Holiday Mag for cookie decorating tips and more DIY gift ideas! Glittery Christmas tree boxes  Ribbon Cellophane bags Mini acrylic containers Sugar Cookie labels Sprinkles Christmas cookie cutters Sugar cookies & royal frosting Scissors Loose sequins Disposable frosting bags #3 Frosting tip White cardstock Bake cookies and make frosting…
  • How to Wrap the Perfect Present

    Mandy Kellogg Rye
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    While there are so many different things about this time of year I love, I must say wrapping gifts for my loved ones may trump them all. It’s a tradition my family takes very seriously. There may even be a yearly competition between my father and I. I always win obviously (just don’t tell him that). And over the years I’ve picked up a few tricks of the family trade I thought I’d share with you all. Happy Holidays Loves! xoxo, Mandy of Waiting on Martha. Large, clean surface to work Sharp scissors are a MUST Double Sided Tape Decorative Washi Tape Tape Cutter Ribbon and…
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    Environmental Health News

  • Climate activists choosing to nibble at the corners.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions.
  • Peering beyond the biggest AGU meeting headlines.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    At a meeting the size of the American Geophysical Union - with 25,000-plus attendees - a lot gets covered and a lot inevitably is missed. Here's a rundown of developments that didn't get top billing this week but are likely to make bigger news in coming years.
  • To cheers and jeers, Michael Peevey presides over final PUC meeting.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    During 12 years at the helm of the powerful Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey took California out of an energy crisis to become a world leader in renewable energy. Amid praise and controversy, he presided over his last meeting Thursday.
  • Antarctic photo science archive unlocked.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Aerial photos from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula. UK scientists are comparing the images with newly acquired data sets to assess the changes that have occurred in some of the region's 400-plus glaciers.
  • White House updates draft guidance on NEPA greenhouse gas evaluations.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Federal agencies should consider the climate impact of any action that would increase greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, the White House Council on Environmental Quality said in updated draft guidance.
 
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    Clean Edge

  • Retail Investment Expands in Clean Energy Markets

    Sabrina Gonzales
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Image: Source: Clean Energy Finance Forum Source Link: http://cleanenergyfinanceforum.com/2014/12/12/retail-investment-expands-in-clean-energy-markets/?utm_source=Clean+Energy+Finance+Forum+12%2F17%2F2014+-+Issue+%2369&utm_campaign=12%2F17%2F2014&utm_medium=email
  • Hawaii Electric and NextEra Energy ‘combine’ in US$4.3 billion deal

    Sabrina Gonzales
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Image: Source: PV-TechSource Link: http://www.pv-tech.org/news/hawaii_electric_and_nextera_energy_combine_in_us4.3_billion_deal
  • In Clean Energy, Macro Trends Trump Midterm Political Winds

    Clint Wilder
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Here are some notable news headlines from the month of November: -SunEdison, TerraForm to buy First Wind for $2.4 Billion- LED Bulbs Fall Below $8- US and China Reach Historic Climate Accord- Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels- Cuomo Unveils First NY Green Bank Transactions for Clean Energy Projects- Amazon Pledges to Run on 100% Renewable Energy, Joining Apple, Google, and Facebook- Republicans Sweep to Big Midterm Victories, Win Control of Senate No, this is not a ‘which of these does not fit?’ quiz. It’s an attempt to characterize clean energy in the…
  • Climate Leadership Conference

    Sabrina Gonzales
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Event Date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 06:15 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 22:15Image: Link: Climate Leadership ConferenceEvent Description:  The Climate Leadership Conference is an annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions.
  • Clean Energy Retail Investing: The Rise of Bonds, REITs, Yield Cos and Other Investment Vehicles

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Just three years ago, investing in clean-energy deployment was the domain of large corporates and institutional investors. Now it's becoming increasingly open to retail investors with the advent of clean-energy yield cos, ETFs, REITs, and bonds. In this webinar we'll talk with leading financial and impact-investing experts about these new financial offerings, how clean-energy deployment is opening up to retail investors, and what the world might look like in the near- to mid- term. Speaker Bios: Tim NewellVice President, Financial Products,  SolarCity Read Bio [+] Tim Newell is leading…
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    Green Car Congress

  • U Maryland team devises new method to stabilize high-capacity Si anodes for Li-ion batteries: interfacial oxygen

    mmillikin
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Interfacial oxygen between the silicon and carbon improves electrode performance. Credit: ACS, Son et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at the University of Maryland have improved the cycle life of silicon/carbon matrix-composite electrodes by 300%, even at mass loadings, solely by the chemical tailoring of the interface between the silicon and the carbon with atomic oxygen. The interface-tailored electrodes simultaneously attained high areal capacity (3.86 mAh/cm2); high specific capacity (922 mAh/g based on the mass of the entire electrode); and excellent cyclability (80% retention of…
  • Tesla to begin piloting battery pack swap program for invited Model S owners

    mmillikin
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Starting next week, Tesla Motors will pilot a battery pack swap program with invited Model S owners. The selected owners will have the opportunity to swap their car’s battery at a custom-built facility located across the street from the Tesla Superchargers at Harris Ranch, CA. Tesla intends the pilot program to test the technology and to assess demand. The Harris Ranch Superchargers sit off the I-5, the interstate highway connecting Los Angeles (and San Diego) with the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento in the north. Harris Ranch is roughly equidistant from Sacramento (~187 miles); San…
  • Ford CEO: Ford to focus on 5 key areas of innovation: mobility, autonomy, connectivity, customer experience and performance

    mmillikin
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In a pre-Christmas media event, Ford president and CEO Mark Fields said while 2014 was a good year for the company, 2015 has the potential to be a “breakthrough year”. Fields said that Ford’s investments in products, people, plants and technology, combined with industry growth, are not only delivering a year of growth in terms of revenue, pricing power, operating margins and profitability in 2014, but are setting the stage for growth in and beyond 2015. The global automotive industry is staged to experience $1 trillion of revenue growth over the next five years, Field said: from about…
  • Volvo Cars, POC and Ericsson to demo connected car and bike helmet prototype at International CES 2015

    mmillikin
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will present an innovative safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists at the International CES in Las Vegas next month. The technology consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that will establish 2-way communication, offering proximity alerts to Volvo drivers and cyclists with the goal of avoiding accidents. Using a popular smartphone app for bicyclists, such as Strava, the cyclist’s position can be shared through the Volvo cloud to the car, and vice versa. If an imminent collision is calculated, both…
  • Volvo’s new Electric Hybrid (PHEV) buses with overhead fast charging enter scheduled service in Hamburg for first time; Innovation Route 109

    mmillikin
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    New Volvo Bus 7900 Electric Hybrid (plug-in hybrid) buses (earlier post) began scheduled operation in Hamburg on 18 December, coinciding with the opening of the Innovation Route 109. The public transport company in Hamburg, the Hamburger Hochbahn AG, is using the route to run comparative tests of innovative drive technologies under the strict everyday conditions of scheduled services. The city of Hamburg intends to acquire only emission-free buses from 2020 on. Alongside three Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses, Volvo’s diesel hybrid buses in both 18 m articulated and 12 m versions will also…
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  • Making versatile uses out of nail polish bottles

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    Women love nail polish and to adorn their nails with sparkling nail colors. Some women not only love the nail polish but also the bottle of that nail color. In order to satisfy their color whim, women collect a wide assortment of nail polish bottles, and after using the nail paint, they throw the bottles ... The post Making versatile uses out of nail polish bottles appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Understanding the basics of sustainable agriculture

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    The term sustainable has become very popular in today’s world and there are numerous things for which this term is used now. This article intends to describe sustainable agriculture, its need, the benefits, and several issues related to it. Agriculture is the backbone of human existence on earth and today there are two types of ... The post Understanding the basics of sustainable agriculture appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Modernist buildings that derive power from the wind

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    In order to reduce carbon footprint, many countries have invested in buildings that are powered by wind. Huge wind turbines are installed on the rooftops to harvest the energy from wind that can be seen at top of high-rise structures. It is a renewable energy strategy that some countries have got the hang of. Check ... The post Modernist buildings that derive power from the wind appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Being an eco-friendly person is not that tough

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:31 pm
    An eco-friendly person is a little different from the lot. He is more conscious about how his actions can lead to a negative impact for complete environment. He is the one who believes that a small effort from his side can bring a big change for the entire mankind. He is the one who feel ... The post Being an eco-friendly person is not that tough appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Shoe brands touched with the eco-friendly wand

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

    Derek Walker
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    By Derek Walker California state Senate President Kevin de León arrives at the conference center for the UN climate talks in Lima, Peru. Image used with permission from Senator de León. The chattering classes of the climate policy world are abuzz with their customary post-mortems following the latest breathless two-week session of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change 20th Conference of Parties (also known simply as COP 20), held in Lima, Peru. Consensus is forming around a “slightly better than nothing” assessment of the Lima Call for Climate Action, which was adopted in the…
  • Illinois Legislators Pledge Support for EPA’s Proposed Carbon Regulations

    EDF Blogs
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Dick Munson, Director, Midwest Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sorts through the more than 1.6 million comments received on its proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP), one group is stepping out to pledge its support of the landmark proposal. 53 Illinois legislators recently signed a letter urging the EPA to finalize the plan, which will set limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time ever. Power plants currently account for nearly 40 percent of the nation’s carbon pollution and Illinois’s…
  • Climate hope amid melting ice, rising temps

    Ilissa Ocko
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    By Ilissa Ocko(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) An ice berg drifts off a West Antarctica glacier — Courtesy NASA   As 2014 draws to a close, two recent developments show that global temperatures are rising at an alarming rate. The world, it seems, is on a run-away train – and yet, we have more reason to feel hopeful than we did a year ago. I’ll explain why that is. But first, let’s have a look at where we are right now. West Antarctica ice sheet loss is accelerating The latest science shows that ice loss from West Antarctica has beenincreasingnearly three times…
  • 5 reasons EPA is right about tougher smog standards

    Elena Craft, PhD
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    By Elena Craft, PhD(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) Robert S. Donovan The Environmental Protection Agency last week released much-awaited, tighterstandardsfor smog pollution, common-sense protections that will save lives and safeguard human health from one of the nation’s most ubiquitous air pollutants – ozone. As expected, it took but a few hours before critics lashed out, while ignoring key facts behind EPA’s proposal. Here are five reasons EPA is on the right track: 1. The current standard doesn’t do enough to protect human health About half our population, some 156…
  • Good News for America: Cleaner, More Efficient Trucks that Protect Our Environment and Strengthen Our Economy

    Jason Mathers
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    By Jason MathersSource: Flickr/MoDOT Photos 2014 is shaping up to be a great year for truck equipment manufacturers. Sales through October are running 20% higher than their 2013 levels. It’s a banner year that continues to pick-up steam. 2015 is looking even stronger, with forecasts suggesting it will be the 3rd strongest year ever for truck sales. There are several factors driving this market. Higher fuel efficiency is top among them. This point was brought home recently by the lead transportation analyst for investment firm Stifel, who noted that “the superior fuel efficiency of the…
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  • Tips for starting out coding for the Internet of Things

    Tom Raftery
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Tips for starting out coding for the Internet of Things We attended the SAP TechEd && d-code events recently. One of the more interesting parts of the showfloor was the Internet of Things (IoT) area. In this area there were demos of Internet of Things technologies currently in use by the likes of port of Hamburg, SK Solutions intelligent crane solutions (of which, we’ll be publishing a video in a subsequent post), and Internet connected vending machines, amongst other displays. Even more interesting than the demos though…
  • The coming together of the Internet of Things and Smart Grids

    Tom Raftery
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at The coming together of the Internet of Things and Smart Grids I was asked to speak at the recent SAP TechEd && d-code (yes, two ampersands, that’s the branding, not a typo) on the topic of the Internet of Things and Energy. This is a curious space, because, while the Internet of Things is all the rage now in the consumer space, the New Black, as it were; this is relatively old hat in the utilities sector. Because utilities have expensive, critical infrastructure in the field (think large wind turbines, for example),…
  • Technology for Good – episode thirty seven with Mike Maney

    Tom Raftery
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode thirty seven with Mike Maney Welcome to episode thirty seven of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show our guest is independent spin doctor Mike Maney. Mike is a regular attendee, and supporter of our annual Monktoberfest conference, and an all-round good guy! Some of the more fascinating stories we looked at on the show, included a look into the latest developments in mobile payments, Microsoft making Office free on all mobile platforms, and Facebook launched it’s own Tor site.
  • GE publishes Grid Resiliency survey

    Tom Raftery
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at GE publishes Grid Resiliency survey GE’s Digital Energy business produced this infographic recently, based on the results of its Grid Resiliency Survey measuring the U.S. public’s current perception of the power grid. The survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of GE from May 02-06, 2014 among 2,049 adults ages 18 and older and from June 3-5, 2014 among 2,028 adults ages 18 and older. Given the fact that hurricane Sandy was still reasonably fresh in people’s minds, and that polar vortices meant that early 2014 saw…
  • Technology for Good – episode thirty six with Esteban Kolsky

    Tom Raftery
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode thirty six with Esteban Kolsky Welcome to episode thirty six of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show our guest is independent analyst
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  • Baby Animal Abduction Becomes the Next Main Threat to Wildlife Preserves in Zimbabwe

    Siyahi
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:39 am
    As if animal poaching wasn’t enough to bring down Zimbabwe’s wildlife population to piteous numbers, poachers are into large-scale baby abduction. Despite being a nation with bright prospects for wildlife affluence, Zimbabwe is facing serious concerns when it comes to preservation of wildlife, the new issue being abduction of infant animals. Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has reported that wildlife infants are being abducted from National Park for being shipped to zoos in China. Not to mention that these zoos have been in the news for their deplorable conditions. The recent update on…
  • Sweden’s Ambition to Go Green Results in a New Hydrogen Filling Station at Gothenburg

    Siyahi
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    Automotives running on hydrogen fuel is drawing interest from manufactures across the globe. Sweden has remained a nation that has been keen on promoting the use of the fuel. The country’s efforts have resulted in hydrogen-filling stations being set up at different places and now a new filling station is coming up in the city of Gothenburg. Situated in the Västra Götaland region, the permanent refilling station will be the first in the city of Gothenburg which will be added to the list of stations at Oslo, Norway and Malmö. The new filling station, situated near the premises of PowerCell…
  • Anti-Bacterial Compound in Hygienic Detergents Turns Out to be Cancer Causing

    Siyahi
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Detergents are not life-savers, but they certainly bring the concept of hygiene to our mind. However, none could have thought these would be life-taking stuff. Triclosan, the key ingredient in most antibacterial stuff like toothpaste, gel hand sanitizers, hand wash detergents and dish detergents, is proved to cause serious diseases like cancer. Recent studies have shown that the compound can transform liver tissues into a lump of scar tissues that leads to liver cancer. Studies were carried out on mice, which were detected with liver cancer following the effect of the compound. To add to the…
  • Humanity May Suffer the Catastrophe of Cretaceous Era

    Siyahi
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Human race has always wondered about the events of the cretaceous era that led to total wipe out of dinosaurs. We haven’t reached any conclusions so far, but it’s certain that if we continue to exploit nature indiscreetly we are in for the same fate. Scientists and biologists have been studying the reasons behind the K-Pg event for a long time. Their theories are now heading toward new directions, which are being depicted in the documentary titled “Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink”. The documentary appears to be a warning for human race by sending out the message that the entire…
  • Video: Eaten Alive, Paul Rosalie One Hour in Anaconda’s belly

    Marian Dumitri
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:44 pm
    For Paul Rosalie, it was a long time goal to get eaten up by the largest snake in the world, and finally he had done that it in the wildest manner. ‘Eaten Alive’, the Discovery Channel Program featured an Anaconda eating Rosalie, and finally he came out from the belly of the snake without any harm. The program was aired in the Discovery Channel on December 7, 2014 at 9 PM EST, and it was opened to mixed reactions. As per Paul Rosalie, he has conducted this dare devil stunt to proclaim the vitality of protecting the rain forests. “I wanted to try to do something that would shock people…
 
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  • Mazda3 versus BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 in Euro diesel showdown

    Danny King
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Filed under: Green, Audi, BMW, Mazda, Europe, DieselFrom drag races to roominess comparison, the Mazda3 came out ahead of the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series in a diesel-hatchback comparison.Continue reading Mazda3 versus BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 in Euro diesel showdownMazda3 versus BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 in Euro diesel showdown originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Next-gen Chevy Volt gets Corvette looks, adjustable regen levels

    Danny King
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Filed under: Green, Chevrolet, ElectricMore details are leaking out about the 2016 Chevy Volt, including that the new Corvette influenced the design and that the ELR's adjustable regen braking levels will be available in the Chevy plug-in hybrid as well.Continue reading Next-gen Chevy Volt gets Corvette looks, adjustable regen levelsNext-gen Chevy Volt gets Corvette looks, adjustable regen levels originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Ridesharing jeopardizes taxi medallion values

    John Beltz Snyder
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Filed under: Green, CODA, Alternative Fuels, ElectricA number of short green car news items. Today, how ridesharing is putting the hurt on taxi medallions and how EVs can get cleaner over time.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Ridesharing jeopardizes taxi medallion valuesRecharge Wrap-up: Ridesharing jeopardizes taxi medallion values originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • China's answer to Elon Musk seeks license to build electric car

    Chris Bruce
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, China, ElectricChinese tech billionaire Jia Yueting is trying to get a license to build electric cars in China, and he thinks that they could be a revolution there. Even if Jia doesn't make it, other companies are getting ready to jump into China's emerging EV marketplace.Continue reading China's answer to Elon Musk seeks license to build electric carChina's answer to Elon Musk seeks license to build electric car originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email…
  • Bultaco returns with new offroad electric bike

    Chris Bruce
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Filed under: Green, Europe, Motorcycle, Bikes, ElectricSpanish motorcycle brand Bultaco is back on the scene with its latest electric cycle. The Brinco is an electrically assisted moped made to traverse rough roads, with disc brakes and lots of suspension travel at the front and rear. Its four-horsepower motor can go about 19 miles on a charge or, you can start pedaling.Continue reading Bultaco returns with new offroad electric bikeBultaco returns with new offroad electric bike originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of…
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  • Solar-Powered, Concrete Hull Boat

    Philip Proefrock
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    Carter Quillen is an engineer who bought an old, concrete hulled sail boat named the ‘Archimedes’ and, instead of refitting it with new masts, decided instead to turn it into the largest solar powered concrete hulled boat in the world. The ‘Archimedes’ is a 50 feet (15.24 meters) long, with a displacement of 20 tons and is able to travel at up to 5 miles per hour (8 km/hour) powered solely by a 5kW solar array. Quillen is traveling along the Intercoastal Waterway as an advocate for microgrid energy production as well as using his boat as a demonstration platform for…
  • Is BEHA the Greenest Plane, or a Kitchen Sink?

    Philip Proefrock
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:35 am
    Most people thought the triplane was a relic of the past, an ungainly aircraft from the early days, left behind as more modern designs came to the fore.  But the triplane could be getting another lease on life if the Kickstarter campaign by Faradair Aerospace Limited is successful. The BEHA (which stands for Bio-Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is an odd looking design which seems to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it.  The design is intended to be a six-seat aircraft with “sports car feel,” with an emphasis on safety.  The cabin is intended to have Formula 1 style…
  • Super-Efficient Solar Water Desalination

    Philip Proefrock
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    A novel approach to desalinating water could be very beneficial in providing fresh water for many parts of the world needing clean water.  This is a relatively inexpensive process which uses graphite to use solar energy far more efficiently than ever before. Desalination is an important way to provide fresh water in many parts of the world, but it is usually an extremely energy intensive process.  In order to produce fresh water, the brackish water must be heated to produce steam, which leaves the salts behind.  Then, the steam is condensed to yield clean water. Solar power would seem to…
  • Better Cement for Construction with Less CO2

    Philip Proefrock
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Greener cement for construction may be already well within reach, based on a new study carried out by researchers from MIT in the United States and CNRS in France.  While modern-day cement has its roots extending back to the mid-1700s, the ratios of the two main ingredients, calcium (from limestone) and silica (from clay), which are used to manufacture it can vary widely, and had not been studied to this extent before. The potential reduction in carbon emissions from the production of cement could be as much as 60 percent, according to Dr. Roland Pellenq, the senior research scientist for…
  • Electric Turbochargers to Improve Engine Efficiency

    Philip Proefrock
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    In the ongoing quest to improve, electrically powered turbochargers may be the next step in increasing engine efficiency for automobile engines.  The first such to be included in a production model is slated to come in 2016 from Audi on its SQ7 SUV. Turbo boost has been a popular way of increasing the power of an engine without increasing its size.   Ford’s EcoBoost is an example of this approach, using 3-, 4-, and 6-cylinder engines in vehicles which had previously used larger engines.  Turbocharging an engine increases the amount of air, and therefore fuel, being fed into the…
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  • Obsession with material possessions makes you anxious and depressed

    Kristine Lofgren
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    We’ve all heard that possessions won’t make you happy and now here’s the proof:  a new report reveals that those who prioritize possessions experience more negative emotions than people who don’t. The bottom line? During this holiday season, keep in mind that it’s not the material things that count. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ama, ecouterre, emotional health, emotional impact of material possessions, emotional impact of things, emotional shopping, holiday shopping, material possessions, shopping anxiety, shopping depression
  • Eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives for the holidays

    Catherine Winter-Hebert
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    Chances are that a lot of us will be wrapping some last-minute gifts this weekend, whether we’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or Festivus. Rather than going for regular store-bought wrapping paper, which is as wasteful to use as it is to create, there are some brilliant eco-friendly alternatives to use instead. Re-usable bags, fabric, or homemade wrap are just a few fun ideas that can be put to use to wrap presents, so read on past the jump for some ideas on how you can make this holiday the most eco-savvy yet! Read the rest of Eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives for the…
  • Unlock a New App Experience on Your Windows Devices

    Inhabitat
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Brought to you by Windows Store Windows Store gives you access to tons of gaming, lifestyle, entertainment and social apps. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find some gems. Read the rest of Unlock a New App Experience on Your Windows Devices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apps, gaming, microsoft, social apps, windows app store, windows store
  • Study finds that holiday goods from retailers like Target and Walmart contain toxins

    Kristine Lofgren
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    As the holidays kick into high gear, it’s worth noting that many of the holiday goods that you might pick up at major retailers like Target and Walmart might actually be bad for your health. A study found that a high percentage of holiday goods contain toxic chemicals. More than two-thirds of the products tested showed a high enough level of toxins that it could raise serious concerns, which is particularly concerning if you have those holiday purchases around children. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christmas decorations, christmas decorations toxins,…
  • Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid? Give it to a family in need? Send one to a school in Africa? The team from Desolenator is exploring those possibilities – and you can help. Read the rest of Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa clean water, Africa water, clean drinking water, desalination, desalination for drinking…
 
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  • Kamik Recycled and Recyclable Rain Boots

    Beth Terry
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    So, I have kind of a confession.  I waited until we had the biggest rainstorm in years to even think about buying rain boots.  I waited until my work shoes and socks were soaked through, and I was sloshing around the office all day, to ask myself, “I wonder if I can buy Kamik recycled rain boots here in the Bay Area.”  I’d already researched the boots for inclusion in my book.  I just hadn’t bothered to actually try them out.  Until now. So, last Thursday evening, I found myself in Nordstrom at San Francisco Centre asking if there were any Kamik rain boots and…
  • Kamik Recycled and Recyclable Rain Boots

    Beth Terry
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    So, I have kind of a confession.  I waited until we had the biggest rainstorm in years to even think about buying rain boots.  I waited until my work shoes and socks were soaked through, and I was sloshing around the office all day, to ask myself, “I wonder if I can buy Kamik recycled rain boots here in the Bay Area.”  I’d already researched the boots for inclusion in my book.  I just hadn’t bothered to actually try them out.  Until now. So, last Thursday evening, I found myself in Nordstrom at San Francisco Centre asking if there were any Kamik rain boots and…
  • GreenCitizen does more than recycle your e-waste

    Beth Terry
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I first learned about GreenCitizen several years ago when I was trying to figure out what to do with old CDs and DVDs.  Since then, Michael and I have taken several dead gadgets to them: our old rice cooker, our old blender, and some obsolete computer equipment.  So I was excited to take a tour of GreenCitizen’s hub in Burlingame this weekend and have a chat with founder and CEO James Kao. Kao was born in Taiwan and graduated from UCLA in 1982 with a degree in math and computer science.  He went on to get an MBA and work for companies like HP, IBM, and Oracle as a software…
  • Plastic-Free EcoEtsy Holiday Gift Give-Away

    Beth Terry
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    If you’ve read my book or regularly follow this blog, you know I love me some Etsy.  I love shopping for plastic-free products on Etsy, and I love that I can contact the sellers and ask them not to use any plastic shipping materials.  So, in the tradition of last year, Team EcoEtsy is once again giving away seven different holiday gifts to seven different readers of My Plastic-Free Life.  Please read the full post in order to enter the drawing. Team EcoEtsy is a global team of eco-minded Etsy sellers, whose mission is dedicated to protecting our planet by utilizing methods to…
  • Ask eBay to Stop Recommending Plastic Bubble Wrap to Sellers

    Beth Terry
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Sign the petition to ask eBay to quit recommending plastic bubble wrap. Cory Trusty of Aquarian Bath (a small business owner and sponsor of this blog who is committed to reducing her plastic footprint) got tired of all the plastic bubble wrap she receives when ordering supplies from eBay sellers.  While she has found her own unique way to request and receive less plastic with her orders (explained below), she realized that getting sellers to reduce their plastic packaging across the board would require help from above, specifically from eBay itself.  Why?  Because through its…
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  • Companies Pay $9.7bn in EPA Enforcement Actions

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    EPA enforcement actions in fiscal year 2014 required companies to invest more than $9.7 billion to curb pollution and clean up contaminated sites, according to the agency’s annual enforcement and compliance results. The EPA’s cases resulted in $163 million in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties, and criminal fines. Other results include: Reductions of an […]
  • Emissions Rules Could Cost Homebuilders $55M

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    New emissions standards could cost homebuilders and other manufacturers more than $55 million initially and close to $20 million each year after to comply with, The Hill reports. The EPA proposal, announced this week, would set emissions standards for the manufacturers of brick, structural clay, ceramic walls, floor tiles, and other products used to build […]
  • EH&S Tech Services Leaders Revealed

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    CH2M Hill, ERM and E2 ManageTech are among the nine leading environment, health and safety information management and technology services firms, according to a Verdantix report, Green Quadrant EH&S Technology Services. The study findings are based on interviews with 15 buyers of EH&S information management consulting services, a survey of 250 heads of EH&S and […]
  • Ramboll Acquires Environ

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Denmark-based Ramboll has acquired the US-based global consultancy, Environ, adding more than 1,500 environment, health and safety specialists in 21 countries. The acquisition positions Ramboll among the top 10 leading environmental consultancies globally with 2,700 experts working within environment, health and water worldwide and a total staff close to 12,500 employees in 35 countries. At the […]
  • Landscaping to Save 5M Gallons of Water Annually

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Bank of America’s drought-tolerant landscaping is expected to save 2 million additional gallons of water over original estimates. In August, Bank of America announced water conservation efforts to transition traditional landscaping at six of its banking centers in Southern California to fully drought-tolerant landscaping known as xeriscaping. The pilot builds on existing water management efforts […]
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  • eBay Drops ALEC After Pressure From Environmental Groups; Activists Set Sights on AT&T, UPS

    Sustainable Brands
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    On Thursday, after months of pressure from climate change activists, eBay confirmed its departure from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).“This is a major victory for those of us who  have continued to pressure eBay executives to drop ALEC,” said Ryan Canney, Senior Campaigner with Forecast the Facts. “Denying climate change has no place in the modern economy, and this decision shows the credibility of eBay’s commitment to climate change.”Over the past six months, key players in the tech community — including Microsoft, Google, Facebook and AOL — have left…
  • Sustainability Managers Bring More to the Table Than Environmental Expertise

    Dr. Faye McIntyre
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Many companies today view sustainable business practices as an integral part of their overall strategy — and much more than an opportunity to enhance their brand image. A natural extension of this trend is increased demand for experienced executives who can help companies meet their environmental goals. According to a 2014 report by the International Renewable Energy Agency, approximately 625,000 ‘green’ jobs were created in the renewable energy sector alone in the United States last year. In many cases, these are well-paying positions requiring higher education and/or specialized…
  • New Mobile App Encourages Fitness, Rewards You for Reducing Your CO2 Emissions

    Sustainable Brands
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Looking for something to hold you accountable on your New Year’s resolution to be more active? Changers — a German startup whose mission is to motivate behavior change by making sustainable actions measurable — has launched CO2 Fit, a new mobile app that measures the CO2 generated during various types of travel and rewards more active and lower-emitting options with Recoins, the world's first ‘green’ currency based on CO2 savings.Now available for Apple iPhone and Android smartphones, CO2 Fit calculates the net CO2 effect of cycling, taking a bus or train, or driving a…
  • Tradeshift Waiving Fees for Companies Building Circular Economy Apps

    Mike Hower
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    Tradeshift, which digitally connects enterprises with their suppliers via a cloud-based platform, announced on Tuesday that it will waive the 30 percent revenue share it receives from organizations that build apps on the platform which help to support the circular economy. Organizations that build apps supporting the circular economy will receive all profit from their app.The circular economy is an alternative to the traditional linear economy. It decouples growth from scarce resource use allowing economic development within natural resource limits and allowing companies to innovate to enable…
  • Google, Microsoft, Walt Disney and BMW Have Best CSR Reputations

    Mike Hower
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Google, Microsoft, Walt Disney and BMW have the best CSR reputations globally, according to new research from the Reputation Institute (RI).Although this year Google beat out Microsoft for the top spot, the same companies remain in the top four as last year. The top companies based on their CSR reputation come from the IT, automotive, consumer goods and media/entertainment industries. The new entrant in the top 10 this year is LEGO, while Nestle is no longer in the top 10 list.The 2014 CSR RepTrak® Study, which ranks the world’s 100 most reputable companies based on citizenship,…
 
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    Sustainablog

  • Easy Upcycling: Light Bulbs As Holiday Ornaments

    Guest Author
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Want new holiday ornaments for the Christmas tree? If you'v got burned-out incandescent bulbs laying around, try this easy upcycling project The post Easy Upcycling: Light Bulbs As Holiday Ornaments appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Plastic Trash In The Ocean: How Much Is There? [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    A new paper attempts to quantify the amount of plastic trash in the ocean, and offers ideas for cutting the wast that goes into these ecosystems The post Plastic Trash In The Ocean: How Much Is There? [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Redesigning Play Time: How An Engineer Creates Toys From Trash To Educate Children

    Talancia Pea
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    Engineer Arvind Gupta thinks the trash can or recycle bin can enhance a child's play time much more than the toy or discount store The post Redesigning Play Time: How An Engineer Creates Toys From Trash To Educate Children appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Secret Of The Circular Economy

    Stephen Hanley
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    A sustainable business needs to have a circular economy model that re-purposes its waste products as raw materials for new products The post The Secret Of The Circular Economy appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Safety And Efficiency In The Boiler Room [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Boilers are already pretty efficient, but a few retrofits can save your even more fuel; proper maintenance will also keep your boiler room safe The post Safety And Efficiency In The Boiler Room [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.
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  • UN chief, visiting Ebola region, urges respect for health rules

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Reuters: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, starting a visit to Ebola-hit states in West Africa on Friday, urged their people to set aside traditional practices like washing the dead by hand so as to help end an epidemic that has killed nearly 7,000 people. Ban said he hoped to use his two-day tour of the region - his first since the outbreak was detected in March - to raise the profile of the fight against the disease and to thank the thousands of health workers who have participated. The virus, which...
  • Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Associated Press: Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease. A total of 1.9 million voters are registered to participate in 15 Senate races throughout the country contested by 139 candidates. But Jerome Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission, said Saturday afternoon that turnout had been low. "What...
  • World's deepest fish discovered 5 miles under the ocean surface

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Mother Nature Network: Five miles beneath the ocean, the pressure is over 800 times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level. Very few creatures can survive at this depth. In fact, no fish has ever been recorded swimming so deep under the sea -- that is, until now. A team of researchers led by the University of Hawaii recently filmed video of what is believed to be an unknown species of snailfish at a depth of 26,700 feet, which is the world record for the deepest swimming fish ever found, reports the Independent....
  • United Kingdom: Prince Charles: reclaim the streets from cars

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Telegraph: The Prince of Wales has made an impassioned plea for Britain's streets to be "reclaimed from the car'. Prince Charles urges architects to place pedestrians "at the centre of the design process' as part of a 10-point "master plan' he has devised for the developments of towns and cities. He also calls for many street signs to be removed. "Slow' and "Reduce Speed Now' signs, for example, should be taken down and replaced by features such as squares, bends and trees that "naturally' encourage motorists...
  • The heartbreaking plight of thousands of Ebola orphans is being eased by the British public'

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Mirror: The Archbishop of Canterbury is backing the Sunday Mirror Christmas campaign to raise money for desperate orphans of Ebola. Justin Welby heard about the efforts of our readers and charity Street Child while on a visit to Sierra Leone this week. He visited an orphanage near the capital and said: “Ebola just comes out of nowhere and you can’t identify it as an enemy as you can in a war. "I think what I saw today just reminded me of that. “You have these kids whose parents just get taken...
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  • How a 20-Minute Conversation Can Convince People With Anti-Gay Views to Change Their Mind

    Inae Oh
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A recent study suggests that a single conversation between a gay person and a same-sex marriage opponent may have the power to change the person's mind on the issue.  The study, published last week in the journal Science, analyzed data collected by the Los Angeles LGBT Center after it sent pro-gay marriage canvassers to areas of southern California that had voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008 until the Supreme Court overturned it in 2013. Starting in 2009, canvassers—both gay and straight—engaged in over…
  • New York State Just Banned Fracking

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York's top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. From the New York Times: The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks. "I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of…
  • These Are the Cutest Animal Videos of 2014, According to the World's Leading Science Journal

    Tim McDonnell
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Nature is one of the world's flagship peer-reviewed scientific journals, a venue for some of our best new ideas about the world. Sometimes, those ideas are about animals that also happen to be outrageously, unconscionably cute. I'm talking baby-penguins-and-pomeranians-and-monkeys-cute. This morning the ingenious folks in Nature's video department rounded them all up into one face-melting video. Here's how to put a YouTube video on endless loop. You're welcome.
  • Here's How Much the Storm Is Helping California's Epic Drought

    Julia Lurie
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    In the midst of the most intense drought in hundreds of years, Northern California is being bombarded with rain (here are some crazy photos). In a state that produces roughly half of the country's fruits and veggies, the water is more than welcome. The storm is expected to dump 2-8 inches of water in the Bay Area, and 2-5 inches in Southern California. But California would need 18-21 more inches of rain over the next six months in order to make up for the drought, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The state usually gets about 23 inches of rain per year. Check…
  • There's a Big Coal Giveaway in the Cromnibus Bill

    Kate Sheppard
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    This story originally was originally published by The Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. financing of coal plants abroad. In October 2013, the Treasury Department announced that it would stop providing funding for conventional coal plants abroad, except in "very rare" cases. And in December 2013, the Export-Import Bank announced a new policy that would restrict financing for most new coal-fired power plants abroad. The bank, often called…
 
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  • December 21

    dailynews
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dec. 21, 1938:  South African fishermen haul in a prehistoric catch:  A coelacanth (at right), previously seen only in fossil form.  
  • Birds can sense storms days in advance, say scientists

    bnelson78
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Do some animals have a "sixth sense" that allows them to predict things like earthquakes or the weather? According to scientists who are studying the migration patterns of the golden-winged warbler, the answer is yes, at least in regards to the weather, reports the Guardian.  
  • World's deepest fish discovered 5 miles under the ocean surface

    bnelson78
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Five miles beneath the ocean, the pressure is over 800 times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level. Very few creatures can survive at this depth. In fact, no fish has ever been recorded swimming so deep under the sea -- that is, until now.  
  • December 20

    dailynews
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dec. 20, 1983:  Occidental Chemical, who bought the Hooker Chemical Co. of Niagara Falls, New York, settles a lawsuit with over 1,000 residents of the contaminated Love Canal neighborhood for $20 million.  
  • How to start a 365 photo project

    svartan
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:17 pm
    If you've been inspired by the 365 photo projects that have been making their way around the Internet over the last couple of years (check some of the most incredible projects I could find here), you might have thought about creating your own, seeing as there's a new year just around the corner! But as excited as you feel when you are watching other people's successful forays into this world, it can also be pretty intimidating when you sit down to do the work. 
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • Will Tesla Model S Owners Want to Swap Their Car’s Battery?

    Eric Wesoff
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Elon Musk, the CEO of electric vehicle builder Tesla Motors, sent out some tweets today announcing the launch of a pilot Model S battery-swap program: Pack swap now operating in limited beta mode for SF to LA route. Can swap battery faster than visiting a gas station. Tesla blog out soon. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2014 Tesla fast battery swap details http://t.co/4XWWUlOeQE — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2014 An entry on the Tesla blog today notes that "Starting next week, we will pilot a pack swap program with invited Model S owners. They will be given the…
  • With US Nuclear in Decline, Scientists and Analysts Urge Support for Next-Generation Technologies

    Stephen Lacey
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The global nuclear industry is in steady decline. Since hitting a peak in 1996 at nearly 18 percent of global energy production, the industry's share has dropped down to less than 11 percent. Even with countries like China and India looking to boost their low-carbon energy supplies with nuclear, project developers around the world have faced long delays, cost overruns, and strong competition from natural gas and distributed resources, as well as policies designed to phase nuclear out entirely. America is facing its own imminent decline in nuclear generation. With a wave of aging plants…
  • 5 Questions to Help Us Understand How Commercial Solar May Grow in 2015

    Jesse Grossman
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    With 3.9 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics installed in the U.S. through September, pushing the country past 16 gigawatts of cumulative capacity, the industry enters 2015 with a lot of momentum.  Like many solar CEOs, I’m left pondering exactly how next year's growth will play out. So I've come up with five questions that I think address the fortunes of large-scale commercial and industrial (C&I) development in the new year. Which states will lead the nation? Currently, 29 states plus Washington, D.C. have a renewable portfolio standard, and twenty-four states plus D.C.
  • US Power Sector Needs $2.1 Trillion in Investment by 2035, Says IEA

    Jeff St. John
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The United States needs to spend $2.1 trillion over the next 30 years to modernize the electricity grid and prepare for more renewable energy, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. While the country’s “energy policy landscape has fundamentally changed” since 2008, it still faces some serious barriers to reaching its carbon reduction and energy independence goals, according to the agency. The report leans heavily on data collected for IEA’s 2014 World Energy Outlook, released last month, which called for a redistribution of government…
  • Smart Thermostat Programs Roll on in Texas, Arizona and Maryland

    Katherine Tweed
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    TXU Energy was one of the first energy retailers to offer a smart thermostat program, way back in 2009. The Texas retailer has now chosen EnergyHub to manage those thermostats, which number in the tens of thousands, according to EnergyHub. The iThermostat program will now come with location-based controls, via which customers can set their thermostats to adjust as a mobile device leaves or returns to the house. The system works so that multiple devices are all connected. For the past five years, Comverge was the platform provider for TXU’s iThermostat program. Recently, however, TXU has…
 
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    Direct2Dell

  • Making Life Easier for IT Departments with Enhanced Systems Management Tools

    Brett Hansen
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Technology in the workplace is moving at an incredible pace. In fact, our latest Global Evolving Workforce Study and International Tablet Survey show some of the dramatic ways workplaces are changing in lieu of these new technologies. And while these have opened new doors for employees to be productive in a range of new locations and situations, it also means that IT departments are now busier than ever. This is why we’re continually innovating our Dell Client Command Suite to provide the most manageable solutions in the industry.  Not only do IT professionals have to…
  • Research Shows Advanced Analytics is a Key CIO Priority

    DELL-Grant B
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Petabyte, exabyte, zettabyte, yottabyte—some analysts predict it won’t be long before we’re talking about the brontobyte. With massive amounts of structured and unstructured data flowing through organizations at alarming rates it’s no wonder CIOs have placed advanced analytics at the top of their to-do lists. In the simplest sense, advanced analytics is the most direct way to ford these Big Data rivers to get to the information businesses need to make their best decisions. Recent research—conducted by the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) and sponsored…
  • We Gave ‘Em Something to Talk About at Dell World 2014

    Laura P. Thomas
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Dell World 2014 took place more than a month ago, so it’s really great to see several of the more than 6,000 attendees are still talking about it! Last week one of our PartnerDirect Premier partners, Interworks, posted key takeaways from Dell World on their blog: “The most interesting and relevant session we went was put on by the CIO for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee. As one of the largest school districts in Tennessee, their IT needs were extensive. They spent $7 million on wireless infrastructure alone. One of their unique challenges was scaling IT…
  • New Dell SonicPoint Series Enhances Wireless Network Security Solution

    DELL-Scott Grebe
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wireless has become an imperative for virtually every type and size of organization. Businesses add wireless into their network infrastructure as they look to increase customer value and improve employee productivity through mobility initiatives such as BYOD. K-12 schools and universities use wireless as a means to provide students with a more connected educational environment while hospitals and dental offices utilize wireless to enable medical staff to access patient information while roaming. Fueling this requirement for wireless is the continued proliferation of WiFi-enabled devices, both…
  • Dell, Software, and the Future of Backup: Q&A with Robert Amatruda

    Dell-Michael G
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Last month, we at Dell Software had the pleasure of welcoming long-time industry analyst Robert Amatruda to the Dell family as the newest member of our data protection product team. Long one of the data protection industry’s most visible and well-respected third-party voices on issues relating to data backup, recovery and storage, Robert brings a wealth of insight and experience to the Dell team, and his presence will help us exponentially as we continue to enhance our portfolio of backup and recovery offerings. As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2015, data protection is an industry…
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    The New Republic

  • Can Potential Terrorists Be "Rehabilitated"?

    Jesse Singal
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Syria’s civil war is causing problems in the European Union. As the fighting has grown more and more brutal, and as reports of human-rights atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime have spread, the war has become an attractive destination for a certain subset of young, frustrated Europea
  • The World Is Experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

    Daniel Trilling
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hoppers Way in Singleton, Kent, is a quiet suburban cul-de-sac of red-brick detached houses, each with its own garage and driveway. Parked outside No 8, there is often a large white-and-grey camper van—a luxury Swift Kon-tiki 679 model, with a double bed in the back and another over the cab. Singl
  • EPA Is Finally Regulating Coal Ash Disposal—But Letting the Industry Police Itself

    Rebecca Leber
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When power plants burn coal, they’re left with a coal ash residue containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and selenium. Until Friday, there were no federal standards for utilities to dispose of it. Utilities produce more than 100 million tons of the stuff annually, and what’s not recycled into concre
  • British Conservatives Have Been at War With the BBC for Decades—and This Time They Might Win

    John Simpson
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    They never seem to learn. If you’re a top politician, attacking the BBC’s reporting is the most obvious way of showing that you’re worried about the way that people will react to what you’re doing.The first reactions to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement had mostly been rather good. The nex
  • Obama's Right: Belgium Really Does Need a Politico

    Brian Beutler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In 2009, when I was a bright-green congressional reporter for TPM, and Josh Marshall and David Kurtz told me I’d be covering the health care reform debate full time, it felt like trial by fire. In hindsight, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but one of the things that made it such a daunting a
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers From Our Favorite B Corps

    Mary Mazzoni
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you waited until the last minute for stocking stuffers (again), bypass those dollar-store trinkets, and give a gift you believe in.
  • 3p Weekend: 10 Crowdfunding Campaigns to Support This Holiday

    Mary Mazzoni
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    As is always our motto around the holidays: It's better to give than to receive. With that in mind, this week we're rounding up 10 crowdfunding campaigns to support this season.
  • Luxury Tourism: Going Green in China

    Virginia Tech CLiGS
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    China is relatively new to domestic tourism, but as is typical of most things Chinese, its tourism industry is developing on a grand scale, experiencing double-digit growth.
  • New York State to Ban Fracking Due to Health Risks

    Jan Lee
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    NY Department of Health's 186-page review of the state's environmental impact statement on fracking left many stymied: How do you quantify the impact of an industry that is known to affect water quality and the environment, but hasn't been studied enough to determine the breadth of its impact on humans? The DOH's unusual conclusion that it can't, led it to a not-so-unusual move by the state: It plans to ban fracking.
  • South Africa Fights Blackouts with Concentrating Solar Power

    Andrew Burger
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Having tripled its national renewable energy targets, South Africa has awarded a contract to build a 100-MW concentrating solar power-molten salts energy storage facility. Spain's Abengoa is leading the project development group, which has secured $1 billion of financing from a consortium of multilateral and South African banks.
 
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Celebrate a Local Treasure with Auditorium Theatre Day

    Christine Escobar
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University celebrates 125 years this season with a full line-up of performances and special events to commemorate its long legacy as one of the city's oldest cultural treasures. December 9 has been declared by Mayor Emanuel as Auditorium Theatre Day. On this day in 1889, the Auditorium Theatre was founded as "a theatre of the people and for the people". To celebrate the Auditorium's 125th anniversary, a special birthday trolley will travel throughout the city on the morning of December 9. Passengers, including members from the “Too Hot…
  • "Class Dismissed", New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

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

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

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

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

  • 5 healthy Mediterranean recipes

    Blogger
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    According to a Mayo Clinic, investigate shows that a normal Mediterranean diet reduces a risk of heart disease. In a investigate of roughly 2 million healthy adults, it was found to be related to a reduced risk of genocide from heart illness and cancer, as good as a reduced occurrence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. When adopting a Mediterranean diet, we will be eating essentially fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. This diet also calls for replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil, and to extent red beef to no some-more than a few times a month. If we consider…
  • 6 Ways to Make Sure You’re Buying an Energy-Efficient Home

    Blogger
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    There is copiousness to cruise about when we are buying a home — but small is some-more critical than anticipating a home we can afford. Among a characteristics new homebuyers are looking for in a home, appetite potency is apropos increasingly important. So how do we know if a home we are shopping is immature adequate for you? Check out a following ways to safeguard your home will save income and assistance save a planet. 1. Get Copies of Past Utility Bills If we are looking during a resale home, one of a many advantageous ways to check on a home’s potency is seeking a stream owners for…
  • High-energy attractions eyed for Thacher park

    Blogger
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    SARATOGA SPRINGS An aerial ropes course, stone climbing area and towering bike skills venue are new adventure-type attractions designed for Thacher State Park in a Helderbergs subsequent year. A British Columbia firm, Wild Play Element Parks, has performed a 10-year agreement to build and work a ropes course, that officials wish will turn a vast informal draw. The towering bike skills site would be managed and confirmed in partnership with Saratoga Mountain Bike Association, that has trails on Skidmore College skill and in Rensselaer County as well. Plans call for formulating a unenlightened…
  • Ex-Packers Pro Shop trainer Hogan joins Prevea Health

    Blogger
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Kate Hogan(Photo: Submitted) ASHWAUBENON – Kate Hogan switched industries, though she pronounced there are commonalities between using sell operations for a Green Bay Packers and handling wellness programs for Prevea Health. “A lot of a forms of meditative we need to do and a patron use are really similar,” she said. “I had an event to build a business over time previously. From a artistic standpoint, we adore that.” She assimilated Prevea on Tuesday as clamp boss of Corporate Relations and Innovations. She will lead plan growth for Prevea’s LeadWell programs,…
  • 5-Day Clean Eating Meal Plan

    Blogger
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    The holidays are all about family, community, and sharing—and indulging in those stately pies or buttery side dishes are offering during a Thanksgiving table. Being benefaction and partaking in a festivities is indeed a bonus for your mental, emotional, and earthy wellbeing. So, this year, let your health-foodie-hair down and penchant any bite, meaningful that this offset five-day devise can get we behind on track. During a subsequent 5 days, concentration on a following 5 principles: 1. Anti-inflammatory foods: Combat damaging inflammation from sugar, dairy, and ethanol with plenty fruits,…
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • 5 Handmade Gifts Under $50

    Katy
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:05 pm
    So much of the holidays these days are about large corporations. Turn in the TV for 2 seconds and you will see many vying for your hard earned dollars this holiday.  While sometimes their prices are good, the gifts are far from unique, are often made overseas with lax human rights and environmental standards, and the money does not support local communities or artists themselves. That’s why UncommonGoods is a fabulous choice for holiday shopping. Their mission and goals align with mine. Just check this out: “Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods…
  • Women’s Voices for the Earth Non-Toxic Gift Guide

    Katy
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Did you see the 2014 Women’s Voices for the Earth Non-Toxic Gift Guide? It came out a few weeks ago and is loaded with fantastic gift ideas for personal care products, for your partner, the the home, for the kitchen, eco-clothing, baby products, toys, fitness, DIY gifts, and book picks. Almost any category you may need a gift for! I was lucky enough to be asked to create the non-toxic toy guide. You’ll find my list included in the PDF. Here are a few of my ideas, see the guide for them all! I selected these picks based on their ability to promote creative play, develop skills, for…
  • 7 Ways to Detox Your Cosmetics Bag

    Katy
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    (first posted at Earth911) If you are like most American women, you use over 12 different products each morning to get ready to face your day. These can include creams, make-up, deodorant, and perfumes. According to the Environmental Working Group, that means exposing ourselves to 168 chemicals daily. Many of these have never been tested for safety, and many of them (such as lead, phthalates, parabens and triclosan)  are already considered harmful. Did you know? 60,000 chemicals in the market place have never been tested for safety at all. Add that to the ones we already know that are…
  • Black Friday Gift Guide

    Katy
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you  had a restful, tasty, and joyous time with your families. I won’t be going near any stores on black Friday. With a big adversion to crowds, lines, early or late shopping, it is not for me. I might saunter down to our little town at some point over the weekend. Instead of black Friday in Montpelier, it is flannel Friday. Wear your flannel for 20 percent off. We shop local and in flannel. Love Vermont! Online, though, there are many deals to be had. Here are some of our favorites. 1. Montage Photo Books: Have you spent hours making photo books–…
  • Planning for an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

    Katy
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    (First posted at Earth911.com) Thanksgiving is coming up quickly! It’s hard to believe we are well into November already. Sometimes, it can feel challenging to hold on to environmental values during the rush-rush of the holiday season. Here are a few ways you can plan an eco-friendly (and healthy) Thanksgiving for you and your family. 1. Go Canned Food Free this Thanksgiving (and holiday season). Most canned food, while convenient, has the hormone altering chemical BPA in the lining. This leaches into food and has been linked to numerous health problems including obesity, cancer, and…
 
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • A Guide to Carrier Oils and Butters

    Tiffany
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Carrier oils and butters become something of interest when you want to start making your own beauty products, herb infused oils, and when you want to use essential oils for beauty and for wellness. A carrier oil “carries” the beauty product or essential oil to broad area of the body. Imagine if you will, putting a drop or two of lavender oil on your fingers. How far will those drops of lavender go? How much skin can be covered? The answer is not much. This is why a carrier oil or butter comes in handy. Not only does it dilute more potent ingredients, it also allows you reach…
  • Tis The Seasoning For Health

    Tiffany
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Spices and seasonings have a lot to offer by way of health benefits. They aren’t just for making your food taste amazing, they can also do amazing things for your health and wellness. This is typically the “season” for stress, over indulging in empty calories, and also getting sick so we might as well add some “seasoning” to kick our wellness efforts up a notch. Clove – Clove has one of the highest antioxidant rankings of any spice. This makes it excellent for antiaging. Add it to fruit salads, mulled cider, or spicy curries. Cumin - This is what gives…
  • Spicy Peanut Shrimp Soup Recipe

    Tiffany
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This is a new favorite of mine. I could eat it a couple times a week. It really warms you up on a cold day and it is so good for the immune system with its garlic and gingery goodness. The fish sauce and peanut butter combo gives it a savory-salty kick. As a soup fan and an Asian food fan…this dish totally satisfies. Try it, you won’t be disappointed! Spicy Peanut  Shrimp Soup 6 cups chicken broth 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 small sweet red peppers, sliced 2 small red chilis, sliced 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, chopped 2 Tbsp fish sauce 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (look for no sugar…
  • Simple “Get Happy” Tips for Winter and the Holiday Season

    Tiffany
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This is a wonderfully hectic season. So many people get stressed out during the holidays and winter itself can be a real downer for our mood and general happiness levels. It is so very easy to forget the simple pleasures of life and to put your own health and mental well being to the side. By making a few quick and simple changes we can make feeling happy in the moment a little easier… Turn It Off – The TV that is. Holiday ads are screaming “BUY, BUY, BUY!” Quiet the craziness by pushing the off button. Let your DVR handle things for awhile. Instead pick up a book or…
  • Roasted Garlic Soup Recipe

    Tiffany
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I love cooking with garlic. Lots of garlic. Luckily this yummy soup does indeed have lots of garlic…two whole heads actually. What is that…20-30 cloves? You just can’t have too much. I like to make this recipe when it is cold because it is very warming. It is also great to eat during cold and flu season because garlic helps boost the immune system. It is also very affordable for eating well on a budget. Potatoes and garlic don’t cost all that much so I splurge and buy really good parmesan cheese to go with it. Enjoy! Roasted Garlic Soup Recipe Ingredients: 8 Ounces…
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  • December = The Gift of Free Oils!

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:43 pm
    If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably figured out I’m pretty much in love with doTERRA essential oils. I’ve been using them for myself and my family for about a year and a half now and have had great results — from immune support to peace and calming, from digestive support and skin issues to bumps and bruises and so much more! Because of the success we’ve had with doTERRA’s Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, I want to share the love with you all and there are some great specials going on in December that make now a PERFECT time to…
  • 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…
  • Hannah’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin On Guard Cookies

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Perfect for fall, these gluten-free cookies are a little piece of awesome. Made with pumpkin, spices and a couple doTERRA essential oils, they are sure to be a hit in any crowd. Bake them up and watch them disappear! A big thanks to my friend Hannah Gaitten for sharing this amazing recipe with me. Gluten-Free Flour Blend mix well and store in an airtight container 1 cup brown rice flour 1 cup potato starch 1/2 cup almond flour (not meal) 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 tsp xantham gum Hannah’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin On Guard Cookies makes approx. 3 dozen cookies Ingredients: 2 cups Gluten-Free…
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  • Connecting With Nature: Winter Solstice

    Christy
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter shares ways to spend time in the cold days and nights.This time of year in our society many people (ok, most) are focussed on the holiday season of peace, joy and gift giving. It is not a time when people look to spend time outdoors. In the northern hemisphere it is either too cold, too wet or too dark to do much at all outdoors.But it is important to remain connected to the cycles of the Earth and seasons year round. As the season darkens and the natural world goes to sleep, we, too, turn inward and slow down.The solstice, the longest night of the year, and a turning point…
  • 9 Ways to Shop Local for the Holidays ... And Beyond

    Green Bean
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.A banner hangs across the main street of a local town.Last year, I tried for a Nothing New Christmas, but this year, I admit that I am buying a bit more.  That said, I am trying to make my money count.  Did you know that "$45 out of every $100 spent at small businesses stays local."  Only $15 out of every $100, by contrast, stays local when you shop at national chains?  There are many more reasons to buy local - preserve the character of your area, create local jobs, foster entrepreneurship, and "help sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town…
  • Green Living and Frugal Living: Friends or Foes?

    Amber Strocel
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The Climate Crusader is contemplating how green living and frugal living go hand-in-hand...and how they don't.Last week I got one of those phone calls that is never a whole lot of fun - I was laid off from my part-time job as an editor. I was planning to leave the position late this summer, because I'm going back to school full-time in September to earn my teaching credentials. I am very lucky in that losing my job now is not the end of the world for me, and simply hastens the inevitable. However, it does mean that I'm losing seven months of income I was counting on. 2015 is going to be a…
  • Classic Wet Shaving: The New Old-Fashioned (and eco-friendly) Way to Shave

    Heather
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    In which the Parsimonious Princess tells you how the men in your life can shave in the new old-fashioned way - and be eco-friendly while they're at it. My husband hated shaving. He avoided it. He looked forward to camping and vacations partly just because it meant he wouldn't have to shave. I think avoiding shaving was a main part of his motivation to grow a beard in the wintertime.However, I've always liked it better when he's clean-shaven. The smell, the smoothness -- all good things. But then I found out why he disliked shaving so much. The various creams and gels on the market…
  • Last Minute Present: DIY Plastic Free Food Wrap

    Christy
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter shares a quick and easy DIY gift to make for family and friends.I believe in the personal touch for the holidays and I always try to make at least some of my gifts. Sure it takes more effort, and at this busy time of year homemade gifts may be the first thing to go when schedules fill up. But I believe that I have the perfect last minute homemade gift: plastic-free food wraps.There are commercially produced beeswax food wraps if DIY really isn't your thing, and I do love supporting companies that make environmentally friendly and ethical products. Abeego is one such…
 
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  • Tips for Sailing Disney and Why You Should Sail Disney

    greenandcleanmom
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Going on a Disney Cruise? You should. It’s all kinds of amazing and I could talk forever and ever and ever about why you should go. I told you I’d go again and yup, my family and I will be setting sail again and I cannot wait. Between the last time and this time, I’ve learned a few things about traveling with kids and cruising Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Tips for Sailing Disney and Why You Should Sail Disney The post Tips for Sailing Disney and Why You Should Sail Disney appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Healthy Garden Goodness Dip or Salad

    greenandcleanmom
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
      The holiday season is busy. For me, there are parties, events and gatherings of every sort. All of which I love but it can be hard to eat healthy this time of year when you have bacon wrapped everything and cookies galore. Which is why when it comes to snacking this holiday season, I’m being extra good! This can be hard to do but Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Healthy Garden Goodness Dip or Salad The post Healthy Garden Goodness Dip or Salad appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • 5 National Geographic Kids Books for Christmas

    greenandcleanmom
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’re in need of some last minute gifts for kids or stocking stuffers, look no further. I just placed an Amazon order today and it will arrive on Wednesday. So there is plenty of time. As much as my children LOVE technology, I’m supporting books and more books this holiday season. In fact, Amazon has their Kindle on sale, today only, for 50% off! Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.5 National Geographic Kids Books for Christmas The post 5 National Geographic Kids Books for Christmas appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Storing Holiday Lights and Winterizing Your Home

    greenandcleanmom
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Christmas tree lights and saving money on my heating bills – these are two topics that have been on my mind lately. What do these two things have to do with one another and why am I writing about this? It’s simple; I’ve been doing some writing for Home Depot. Exciting stuff, eh? I think so. Two recent topics that I’ve written about are you Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Storing Holiday Lights and Winterizing Your Home The post Storing Holiday Lights and Winterizing Your Home appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Beginner Snowmobiling Tips for Women

    greenandcleanmom
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    The snow if flying in Michigan and this means it is time to get our snowmobiles ready for the trails. I cannot wait!!! I’m new to snowmobiling and last year I learned a lot. I mean a lot. I took my first very long snowmobile trip with my husband and wow, I wish someone would have given me some of these tips before I hit Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Beginner Snowmobiling Tips for Women The post Beginner Snowmobiling Tips for Women appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    I was up early this morning - too early for Tripper because he wouldn't come out of his kennel. I left the door open and went downstairs thinking he'd follow me down in a bit. When he didn't show up, I went looking for him and found this...My two sweet boys snuggled up sound asleep.
  • Right Know

    Greenstylemom
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Kate's volleyball game
  • Homeschool Moment

    Greenstylemom
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Car design & programming in Lego robotics class
  • Homeschool Moment

    Greenstylemom
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    Kate giving report in homeschool program history class. She wrote a fiction story about a girl traveling with the Polynesian navigators that found Hawaii.
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Just us girls are in Ft. Collins for a swim meet this weekend, and we decided we *needed* room service dessert!
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    Green Talk®

  • Watermelon Jam. Saving Summer for Later.

    Anna@Green Talk
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    I love watermelon, but you can’t grow it in the dead of winter. But I can surely grow them in the summer–10 to 15  large watermelons.  By the third watermelon, my children scream”ENOUGH.”  So, what happens to all those watermelons?  I either give some away and the rest, I juice and store in the freezer to make watermelon jam in the winter. But that’s not all. I come from the waste not background, and try to use every part of the plant.  So, I also cut off the watermelon rind and save the peels as well for later use.  (Stay tune for another post.) Back to…
  • 10 Tips for a Green Christmas. Start with the Tree.

    Anna@Green Talk
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    So, now that you know purchasing real trees is the ticket toward a greener holiday, what else can you do to promote an eco-friendly Christmas? Here are 10 green Christmas tips from The Nature Conservancy: #1 Cut Your Own Tree Cut your own tree from a nearby National forest or state land if you can. Permits are usually inexpensive, and it can be a fun family tradition. If you’re lucky, maybe you live near one of the top five Nature Conservancy preserves where you can take your family to get a Christmas tree. #2 Buy Two Trees Get two permits or buy two trees, and donate your extra…
  • Planting Garlic in the Fall

    Anna@Green Talk
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:31 pm
    If you love garlic as much as I do, then frost is your best friend.  Why?  It is time to plant garlic! Bearing any disasters, next year you will be smothering in garlic.  Can’t you just smell the garlic now? Where Do You Order? I order from various places based upon when I remember to order.  Many of my go to places run out by the time Peter Rabbit thumps me on the head to remind me that it that garlic planting time.   I always order organic garlic.  Below are some of my favorite places.  Grey Duck (ordered from) Filareefarm (this year I ordered from them.) In the video below,…
  • 5 Green Thanksgiving Tips: Gratitude for the Earth & Your Body

    Anna@Green Talk
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  As part of your ritual of gratitude, add some green into your Thanksgiving festivities.  Listed below are five earth friendly and health conscious tips that are easier on the Earth and your body. 5 Green Thanksgiving Tips #1 Ditch the Cans Majority of cans have a protective lining  containing Bisphenol A (BPA.) It is a chemical that helps to harden the plastic and found in medical devices, dental sealants, canned foods and drinks and many other products. According to WebMD,  BPA could affect the body as follows: “Hormone levels. Some…
  • Green Pepper Leaves Are Delicious! {+Recipe}

    Anna@Green Talk
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    At the end of gardening season, I am sad when I pull my plants since it signifies the end of garden season.  Generally most of the plants’ leaves are shriveled at this point–except my pepper plants.  My bestie, Karen of Dr.Karen Lee, encouraged me to use my green pepper leaves in her family recipe! Her family has been eating them for years.  All I have to say is now I am growing peppers just for their leaves. The trick is to pick them before the plant leaves start to darken.  I picked mine after a light frost since I knew that the peppers on the plant were never going to…
 
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    Mindful Momma

  • Christmas in Mexico

    Micaela
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
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  • Simple Pesto Goat Cheese Spread + a Cutting Board Giveaway

    Micaela
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
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  • A Gift for YOU! Yuzen Box Giveaway

    Micaela
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
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  • Greener, Safer, Better Stocking Stuffers for Grownups

    Micaela
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
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  • Greener, Safer, Better Gifts for Dudes

    Micaela
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Family Road Trip Southwest Colorado and Durango

    Dawn Head
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Many people have memories of road trips traveling across the United States as a child. This past summer we were fortunate enough to be able to experience the beauty and natural wonders of southwest Colorado. We started our journey in Colorado Springs with our first destination of Pagosa Springs, a wonderful resort town, built around… Read more The post Family Road Trip Southwest Colorado and Durango appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Legoland Chicago – Everything You Need to Know

    Dawn Head
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    My sons and I are Legoland Chicago Discovery Center experts. We have been there at least 13 times that I can recall. If your kids are anything like mine, they love all things Lego. Whether or not you have a membership, this place is affordable (with one of their specials) and fun. It is small… Read more The post Legoland Chicago – Everything You Need to Know appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Conscious Travel and the Decisions We Make

    Elizabeth
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Conscious Travel: As I write this article, I have to tear myself away from the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam that is trained on the nest of two eagles in the process of laying and caring for their seasonal eggs. What a fascinating and addicting display of nature that can be experienced without expending any of… Read more The post Conscious Travel and the Decisions We Make appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Take Family Vacation to Cuba

    Alice Benny
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    When most people consider vacationing on a Caribbean island, a family vacation to Cuba probably isn’t the first destination that springs to mind. That’s particularly true for Americans, many of whom are under the mistaken impression that traveling to Cuba is illegal. Actually, Americans can travel to Cuba, though they have to jump through hoops… Read more The post How to Take Family Vacation to Cuba appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Review of Best Portable Travel Chargers

    Greg Head
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    I remember back-in-the-day when my old Nokia phone said I had ‘low battery’ it meant that I had 2 days to find a charger. Now daily, and sometime multiple times a day, I’m re-charging my , headset, and …etc etc.  Unless I’m in my office, home, or I’m out of luck. Travel (commuting, day-trip, multi-days/weeks) these… Read more The post Review of Best Portable Travel Chargers appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • Be The Cool Parent. Give the Gift of Communication

    Monica
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    ‘Tis the season to give the gift of…. communication!!! It’s time to spread some #StraightTalkCheer! Has someone you love been needing a new or upgraded phone? What about getting them a new phone from Straight Talk? Straight Talk provides nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks for half the cost, and with great deals on the latest devices and wireless plans, Straight Talk has the best gifts for your family’s holiday wish list that won’t blow your budget Start shopping for the perfect gift here: www.straighttalk.com/shop Already have a cell phone,…
  • Last Minute Gift Ideas from Walmart

    Monica
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Christmas is coming up quickly! We are down to just 6 shopping days! Is there anyone on your list that you still need to grab a gift for? Is your company party coming up and you still haven’t gotten something for the gift exchange. Don’t worry! Walmart has you covered! Walmart is truly your one stop shop this Holiday Season! Grab the meat and cheese tray for the party, and get your gift exchange item too! Not sure what to get? No problem! Grab something off of Walmart’s Top 100 Gifts list, or check out the Seasonal Gift Section of the store and you’ll find all kinds…
  • Prepping Your Home for Holiday Guests

    Monica
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:25 pm
    The holidays mean lots of visitors here in our home. Whether they are here for a few hours, or a few days, one room that everyone spends a little bit of time in, is our downstairs bathroom. We were lucky enough to have a full bathroom (toilet, sink, tub/shower) downstairs rather than just a 1/2 bathroom (toilet & sink), so we decided to turn our downstairs “office” in to the guest room as well. It makes it easier  for our guests, so that they don’t have to deal with stairs, and it makes it nicer for us, giving them that privacy as well. So, our downstairs, or guest…
  • The Top 100 Gifts of 2014 at Walmart

    Monica
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Are you having trouble trying to figure out what gifts to get for people? Worry no more! I’ve got the top 100 Gifts of 2014 from Walmart, and there’s got to be something here for just about everyone on your list, and one awesome thing about this list…. You can shop from home and it includes FREE SHIPPING! Yes, you can shop in your comfy clothes, all snuggled up under a blanket, while watching football… WHAAAAT??? Yes, I may or may not have done that… Some of the ideas on the Walmart Top 100 Gifts are really awesome, and there are things on here that even I…
  • Recipe: Not Your Momma’s Green Bean Casserole

    Monica
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    In fact, this recipe isn’t for a casserole at all! But it does have green beans! It’s very inexpensive, it only takes ONE dish to cook it in, and it goes a long way! It even includes bacon.. How can you go wrong with that? This green bean/bacon dish one of my absolute favorites from when I was a child. It’s easy to make for every day dinner as a side, or scale it up for a larger crowd! It’s something my daddy made for us a lot growing up, and it’s still my most favorite way to eat green beans. We make this dish for just about any holiday meal that we host at…
 
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Reuse Economy

    Veshengro
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This is not about reusing the economy but about an economy of reuse rather. Reusing what we have and this reuse can, does and will take many different forms. It will, however, stifle the economic growth – and a good thing that will be too – that the powers-that-be keep telling us we must have in order to prosper; they that is, not us, the ordinary man and woman. The economy today, the one that they promote, is an obsolete model. It is not broken, however. It was designed this way. It is, however, not fit for any purpose on a finite Planet and is only designed…
  • Buy less and make do with what you've got

    Veshengro
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The average person – guess I am not one of them – is bombarded with about 5000 ads per day telling them to buy more and how much happier they would be if they just would buy this, and that and the other. Far too many, unfortunately, fall for that trick and actually believe that if they have more and buy more they are happier, be this possessions or money to buy those possessions. And they try to do just that. They have the iPhone that only came out say six months ago but as soon as a new version comes out they have to queue up to get the newest one, and to…
  • Repurposing NOLA: An entire store full of stuff made from scrap and waste

    Veshengro
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Being in New Orleans for the big Greenbuild conference, we didn't get a whole lot of time to look in stores. However it was hard for a TreeHugger to pass a store called REpurposing NOLA, billed by founder Traci L. Claussen as " female-owned triple bottom line company utilizing excess fabrics of our community to create sustainable designer goods." In 2009 Traci started making bags from burlap coffee sacks and old carpet. She began designing bags for her own travels: an eco-duffel for a trip to the Jurassic Coast of England; a burlap HoBo handbag for running around town; a…
  • London is too rich, and too expensive, for its own good

    Veshengro
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    ‘Capital of the world’ means nothing if only the wealthy can afford to live in it A group of us, mostly metropolitan types, found ourselves in a public house in Hull city centre last weekend. I ordered a round of drinks: two pints of bitter, a pint of lager, a large glass of white wine and a pint of lime juice and soda. I got out £30 from my wallet, as I'm used to London prices. The barmaid leaned over to me and asked me for £9.40. No, you've made a mistake, I told her. She hadn't. That's what this round of drinks costs in a very nice pub in Hull, with a pool table, cheese cubes and…
  • State Of Texas Tried To Shut Down A Sustainable Community

    Veshengro
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Earlier this year, the state of Texas brought several SWAT teams to the quiet and peaceful Garden of Eden Community and threatened its existence. In what appears to be an intimidation tactic, only a single arrest was made based on unrelated outstanding traffic violations, and a handful of citations were given for city code violations. Absolutely no drug related violations were found and all inhabitants of the community were unarmed. Each of the community members present in the house were initially handcuffed at gunpoint by heavily armed SWAT officers. This included the mother of a 22 month…
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  • Arizona utility introduces residential solar program

    SolarFeeds
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    A utility in southern Arizona is attempting to head off the proliferation of private solar leasing rooftops and exercise control over where installations occur by installing its own systems on customers’ houses. Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has announced it will launch a Residential Solar... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

    SolarFeeds
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    In July of this year, Greenpeace installed a solar/battery microgrid in the village of Dharnai in eastern India. The 100-kilowatt system was designed to provide power for the village’s 2,400 residents, 50 businesses, 2 schools, and other infrastructure. Greenpeace called the project “inspiring,”... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Creating a ‘Win-Win-Win’ Situation for the Solar Industry, Utilities, and Customers

    SolarFeeds
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    When the conversation about proliferating distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV) turns to the growing concerns of the utilities, it’s not uncommon to hear solar industry folks uttering dismissive things like “ah, they’ll figure it out” or “they should have seen this coming.” In fairness to the... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • NYS Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar

    SolarFeeds
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    For New Yorkers like me, who’ve wanted to put solar panels on their roofs but found it wasn’t feasible, there’s some excellent news, thanks to an effort NRDC and others helped initiate at the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). Soon, we’ll be able to join the growing number of Americans... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Desolenator churns out clean drinking water using solar power

    SolarFeeds
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Desalination may one day prove the savior for regions of the world where clean drinking water is scarce, but current technology dictates that this process is often expensive and energy-intensive. The team behind the Desolenator has high hopes of delivering water security to those in need, with a... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
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  • Aerogarden Review & Update: 19 Days Later

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

    jennae
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Baby Juliza has reached a destructive mobile phase. That gave me great pause when the time came to put up a Christmas tree. Understand that I love decorating the Christmas tree. It’s probably my favorite part of the holidays, especially because we opt for a real tree every year. We take great pains in picking out […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Have a Baby? Put a DIY Christmas Tree on the Wall
  • Adding a Deck? Composite Wood Might be Right for You

    Guest
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    This is about the time of year when we all begin to miss being outside. Well, adding a deck to your home will add value to your property, but it will also give you more living space. No matter where you live, you can get a lot of use out of additional outdoor space. You […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Adding a Deck? Composite Wood Might be Right for You
  • Aerogarden: Perfect for the Lazy Gardener

    jennae
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Over the years, I have tried growing things SO many times. Really, I have. The problem is that I’m really just not good at it. You see, I have a habit of forgetting to check on plants. They’re usually on the balcony or now that we’re in a house, on the back patio. Therefore, they […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Aerogarden: Perfect for the Lazy Gardener
  • Make a Festive, DIY Table Runner for Thanksgiving

    jennae
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I spend much of Thanksgiving in the kitchen cooking all the dishes that we traditionally make to go with the turkey. As a result, my yearly table decor is nothing if not simple. Because I just don’t have time for anything too elaborate. This year likely will be no exception. So when Walmart challenged me to […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Make a Festive, DIY Table Runner for Thanksgiving
 
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    Jetson Green

  • Awesome Multi Story Shipping Container Homes

    Christine Walsh
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    One of the key characteristics of shipping containers is that they can easily be stacked one on top of another and still retain their structural soundness. After all, when they were still used for their primary purpose i.e. the shipping of goods, they where stacked high into the air. Because of this, these building blocks lend themselves fabulously to building multi story buildings, such as family homes, apartment buildings or student housing. Below you will find a few great examples of creating functional buildings out of shipping containers. 1. Student Housing in Johannesburg, South Africa…
  • Space Saving Sliding Furniture

    Christine Walsh
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Living small requires that every piece of furniture performs it’s own function, as well as some extra one’s besides. Storage is usually the biggest problem, and the Spanish firm PKMN Architectures came up with a unique way to solve this obstacle during the renovation of a small villa in Madrid, Spain. To do so, they designed a series of innovative modular units, which are easily movable and thereby capable of creating entirely flexible living and workspaces. The All I Own House, as the villa is called, only measures 538 square feet (50 square meters) and the owner uses it both as a home…
  • Living Sustainably in a Dumpster

    Christine Walsh
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Dr. Jeff Wilson of the Huston-Tillotson University in Texas has embarked on a very unique and special experiment. He has transformed a dumpster into a home and plans to live in it for a full year, so that he can learn as much as he can about sustainable living. The experiment is called the Dumpster Project and its main aim is a hands-on study of how much space a person actually needs to live. The drastically increasing population and limited space on the planet should be prompting us all to start thinking of downsizing, which is the main aim of this project too. Wilson’s dumpster home…
  • Innovative New Passive House Prefab

    Christine Walsh
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    Sonya Newenhouse, the founder of the green consulting company, Madison Environmental, is putting theory into practice through building the so-called NewenHouse, which is a prefab sustainable, passive house. The home is also Passivhaus certified. According to her, the house is superinsulated, furnace-free and functions well even in cold climates. Sonya’s NewenHouse was built Wisconsin, and it measures a modest 1100 square feet, which is still enough to house her family of three. It is shaped like a cube, and while most of the windows are tiny, it does also have several large ones that face…
  • 5 Awesome Off-The-Grid Shipping Container Homes

    Christine Walsh
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    Shipping container architecture is a great way to build a sustainable home, but many architects and homeowners are also going a step further, and using these building blocks to build truly off-the-grid homes. The main advantages of such homes are the ability to place them virtually anywhere, minimizing the footprint and lowering the monthly costs to virtually zero. Below are 5 examples of shipping container homes, which feature a variety of great technologies and methods to make them self-sustaining. 1. Wisconsin Off-The-Grid Home This shipping container home features 500 square feet of…
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  • Full Circle Suds Up Bamboo Dish Brush

    Courtney
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    After folding laundry, doing dishes by hand is my least favorite chore. However, sometimes certain items do help make those unfavorable tasks just a little bit better. As a runner-up chore I’ve managed to make my next least favorite chore, dish washing, just a little bit better. That is where the Suds Up Bamboo Dish […]Check out the review @ Full Circle Suds Up Bamboo Dish Brush
  • SunRidge Farms Organic Chocolate Peanuts & Yogurt Clusters

    Courtney
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    SunRidge Farms makes wonderful contributions to the environment with the distribution facility in Royal Oaks, CA. They facility is powered by 2,500 solar panels, which eliminates 1,315,00 pounds of CO2 every year. By SunRidge Farms eliminating that much CO2 is equal to planting 1,800 acres of trees. Many of these actions have helped to verify […]Check out the review @ SunRidge Farms Organic Chocolate Peanuts & Yogurt Clusters
  • Duchy Originals Organic Shortbread Cookies

    Courtney
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    As an American growing up in the United States I was aware that the Royal Family of England always positively contributed to society by goodwill actions. Though I never knew that they had started their own food company, Duchy Originals. Back in 1992 Prince Charles of Wales decided to create food that was of the […]Check out the review @ Duchy Originals Organic Shortbread Cookies
  • Dogwood Farms at Duke Farms

    Courtney
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last Saturday I took a day trip to visit Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The expansive over 2,000 acre estate of the Duke Family, including Doris Duke has become a steward for environmental conservation and a popular place to enjoy a nice walk or jog within in their vehicle-free paths. The land was once […]Check out the review @ Dogwood Farms at Duke Farms
  • Leafygreen.info in the News

    Courtney
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front, but I’m happy to share that we have been quite busy on the social media front. Specifically creating an Instagram feed for Leafygreen.info. It’s a place where I share small reviews/opinions of eco-friendly products that may not warrant a larger review on the site. But they […]Check out the review @ Leafygreen.info in the News
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  • Researchers Developing Affordable Flow Battery Technology

    Leah Twilley, Grand Valley State University
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    The wind and sun can produce great amounts of power, but it can usually only be harnessed when it’s windy and the sun is shining. Researchers at Grand Valley State University and Ann Arbor-based Vinazene are working to change that by creating a new type of flow battery technology that will allow the capture, collection and storage of energy through organic compounds.
  • Germany to Help Finance Chile’s First Solar-Thermal Power Plant

    Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Germany will provide funds to build Chile’s first solar-thermal power plant, a $1.2 billion project, as the Latin American nation expands its sources of renewable energy.
  • Illinois Solar Gets Closer to Game Time

    Eric Stam
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    The Illinois solar market is marching ahead to an eventful 2015.  Recent action on the Supplemental Procurement Plan means solar energy system owners should look for the Illinois SREC market to come to fruition very soon. Earlier this month, the Illinois Commerce Commission released a draft Proposed Order on the Illinois Power Agency’s (IPA) Supple
  • Listen Up: What Influences People to Install Rooftop Solar?

    The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    Ahhh. The Holy Grail of Customer Acquisition. Maybe it's low price ... great company reputation ... special technology ... brand name products ... ubiquitous marketing? I've tried all of them and they all work, to a degree. But these tactics are not cheap, consistent or scalable.
  • Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy — Reliably — Every Day

    John Moore, Senior Attorney, The Sustainable FERC Project
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into the nation’s electric grid to date. That’s enough electricity to supply 17.9 million homes.
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • Extinguishing a Deadly Holiday Tradition

    Linley Beckbridge
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    By Charley Shimanski and Steve Risotto Each December, the number of home fires around the country peaks. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 150,000 fires claim 630 lives and cause $936 million in property damage during the holiday season alone. Holiday home fires can impact individuals from every walk of life. However, there are factors that increase the likelihood of these often catastrophic events. Low-income homeowners, like those served by Rebuilding Together, are disproportionately affected. The inability to make necessary home-safety updates, deferred home maintenance,…
  • Charter Communications Launches National Philanthropic Initiative, Charter Our Community

    vobanion
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
    In partnership with Rebuilding Together, the program is a national effort to combat the crisis of unsafe and unhealthy housing in the United States Stamford, Conn., December 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Today, Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) announced the launch of its first national philanthropic initiative, Charter our Community, a program that will seek to improve 25,000 homes in the Charter footprint by 2020. The program is designed to impact 10 percent of the 250,000 low-income families in Charter communities living in homes deemed unsafe and unhealthy by the U.S. Department of…
  • Rebuilding Together and NAFRA Partner to Launch “Celebrate Safely” Campaign to Improve Holiday Fire Safety

    vobanion
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Campaign Offers Five Tips to Families on Protecting their Homes from Fire during the Holidays WASHINGTON, D.C. December 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ —Rebuilding Together, a national organization devoted to safe and healthy housing, and the American Chemistry Council’s North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA), a group that represents manufacturers of flame retardants, today  jointly launched a campaign to improve home fire safety over the holidays. The month-long campaign, Celebrate Safely, comes in response to an annual increase in home fires during the winter holiday season. “The…
  • Rebuilding Together celebrates Arundel’s own Bob the builder

    Mike Man
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel/bs-md-ar-bob-the-builder-20141102-story.html By Peter Crispino, BaltimoreSun.com | Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2014   Bob Sharpe has volunteered with Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County since day one. It was April 27, 1991, when he and a group of 30 volunteers spent 14 hours renovating the home of an elderly disabled man in Arnold, the first project for the local chapter of the national organization. Twenty-three years, 530 homes and tens of thousands of volunteer hours later, Sharpe was voted this month as Tradesperson…
  • Red Cross Superstorm Sandy Two Year Update

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

  • Chile business turning fishing nets into skateboards ramps up sales

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Chilean innovators collect discarded fishing nets from the country's long coastline and turn them into skateboards for U.S. teenagers. Sales start taking off. Tara Cleary reports.
  • Study links autism spike to pollution

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    A new Harvard study found children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have a higher risk of developing autism.
  • New York bans fracking

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    New York announced Wednesday it will ban hydraulic fracturing in the state after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas production process poses health risks
  • Greenland ice may be melting faster than predicted

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Scientists say sea levels may rise faster than previously thought as they gain new insights about the rate at which the Greenland Ice Sheet melts into the sea. In two new studies, researchers found that the mechanics involved in ice loss are more complex than what current models account for. Ben Gruber reports.
  • Old ship records to shed light on Arctic ice loss

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    Researchers are looking to the past to gain a clearer picture of what the future holds for ice in the Arctic. A project to analyse and digitize ship logs dating back to the 1850's aims to lengthen the timeline of recorded ice data. Ben Gruber reports.
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  • Researchers developed a farm for plastic-eating mushrooms

    Cactus Williams
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Traditional plastics take anywhere from 20 to 1,000 years to break down naturally, often times blocking waterways and killing animals in the process. It’s for this reason that two industrial designers from Vienna have teamed up with a group of microbiologists from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands to create something called the Fungi Mutarium. This Mutarium is a glass dome that houses several pods that contain bits and pieces of plastic within their cavities. These pods are made up of a combination of agar, sugar, and starch that serve as food to nourish the fungi that the…
  • Canadian researchers develop new spray-on solar cells

    Jesseb Shiloh
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Solar cells are arguably one of the most promising forms of alternative energy out there at the moment. The power of the sun is available to everyone, in every part of the globe, every single day. However, while the power of the sun may be readily accessible, the technology required to actually harness that power isn’t. Rooftops are one of the most popular places to put solar panels, but they’re big, clunky, and often times prohibitively expensive. Many people also don’t like how they look on a house, including numerous homeowners associations that have been known to reject the…
  • Side effects could be eliminated from drugs using mushrooms

    Mercedes Hart
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    While there are plenty of species of mushroom that are perfectly edible, there are even more that can make ill or even kill you if you eat one. In the process of studying how these fungi manage to be so poisonous, a team of researchers at Michigan State University may have discovered a way to create a new generation of pharmaceuticals with highly targeted side effects, according to Geek. The study, which is available in the journal Chemistry and Biology, talks about a previously undiscovered enzyme that’s behind the deadliness of poisonous mushrooms. The study also reveals how the enzyme…
  • Recycled laptop batteries could bring power to the poor

    Alfie Joshua
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Researchers at IBM claim that 70% of the world’s discarded laptop batteries cold be used to power lighting in locations where electricity supplies are unreliable, such as slums and other impoverished areas. Their study suggests that these batteries could make LED lighting much more affordable than either solar panels or rechargeable batteries. The groups of scientists, who’re based in Bangalore, managed to develop some prototype devices that can be used to provide several hours of light to people who aren’t connected to an electrical grid, according to Popular Science. The prototypes…
  • Farmers can use lasers to know exactly when to harvest fruit

    Chastity Mansfield
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A new study published to Applied Optics on Wednesday reveals that team of researchers from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale de Brest in France have developed a method that could enable farmers to harvest climacteric fruits, such as apples and bananas, at the most optimal moment. “Fruits are divided into two categories: climacteric or non-climacteric fruits,” Rana Nassif, a researcher affiliated with both Saint Joseph University and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale de Brest, explained in a statement. “Climacteric fruits…
 
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    Green Cotton Blog

  • One Bedroom, Many Greens

    bb846174
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    Designing a bedroom for the kids can be a really tasking thing to do. If you do not have enough time to buy items for the kids, it is likely that you would mess up the theme and would be forced to spend an entire weekend to rework the bedroom again. Children need something that is more playful and beautiful as compared to the adult rooms. You have to make sure that their bedrooms reflect their playfulness and makes them rejoice in their own personal space. In this post, we would be talking about a special bedroom design for the kids. This theme is based on forests and panda bears. There is no…
  • Our Top Picks For Artistic Green Chairs

    bb846174
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:11 am
    When it comes to buying really beautiful and authentic green chairs for your house, you have to focus on the design as well. Green is the color of nature. Therefore, you must ensure that you include some or the other natural patterns to make the furniture look awesome. On many occasions, you might also have to think about many different kinds of furniture options in the green hue. They may be traditional, modern or downright minimalistic. In order to ensure that you are getting the most unique furniture items for your house, you have to look for certain artistic influences. These days, there…
  • Why Using Green Is Important In Your House?

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

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

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

  • Obsession with material possessions makes you anxious and depressed

    Kristine Lofgren
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    We’ve all heard that possessions won’t make you happy and now here’s the proof:  a new report reveals that those who prioritize possessions experience more negative emotions than people who don’t. The bottom line? During this holiday season, keep in mind that it’s not the material things that count. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ama, ecouterre, emotional health, emotional impact of material possessions, emotional impact of things, emotional shopping, holiday shopping, material possessions, shopping anxiety, shopping depression
  • Eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives for the holidays

    Catherine Winter-Hebert
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    Chances are that a lot of us will be wrapping some last-minute gifts this weekend, whether we’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or Festivus. Rather than going for regular store-bought wrapping paper, which is as wasteful to use as it is to create, there are some brilliant eco-friendly alternatives to use instead. Re-usable bags, fabric, or homemade wrap are just a few fun ideas that can be put to use to wrap presents, so read on past the jump for some ideas on how you can make this holiday the most eco-savvy yet! Read the rest of Eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives for the…
  • Unlock a New App Experience on Your Windows Devices

    Inhabitat
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Brought to you by Windows Store Windows Store gives you access to tons of gaming, lifestyle, entertainment and social apps. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find some gems. Read the rest of Unlock a New App Experience on Your Windows Devices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apps, gaming, microsoft, social apps, windows app store, windows store
  • Study finds that holiday goods from retailers like Target and Walmart contain toxins

    Kristine Lofgren
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    As the holidays kick into high gear, it’s worth noting that many of the holiday goods that you might pick up at major retailers like Target and Walmart might actually be bad for your health. A study found that a high percentage of holiday goods contain toxic chemicals. More than two-thirds of the products tested showed a high enough level of toxins that it could raise serious concerns, which is particularly concerning if you have those holiday purchases around children. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christmas decorations, christmas decorations…
  • Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid? Give it to a family in need? Send one to a school in Africa? The team from Desolenator is exploring those possibilities – and you can help. Read the rest of Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa clean water, Africa water, clean drinking water, desalination, desalination for drinking…
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • CyberWeek Deals: WordPress Maintenance

    Jen
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    CYBER WEEKEND DEALS CONTINUE! Just like buying a house, your website needs maintenance. You need a good foundation and you want to protect your investment. You don’t want all that hard work bogged down by slow servers or worse hijacked by a hacker bot. We’re delivering some awesome Cyber Week WordPress Deals to make sure your website runs smooth and stays secure and up to date. WordPress Maintenance: Once you have your website built on the best platform out there and it’s supported by our favorite green host, you MUST maintain your site. Did you know that over 70% of…
  • Black Friday WordPress Deals: Gifts Your Website Will Love!

    Jen
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    CYBER WEEKEND DEALS CONTINUE! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for, including Eco-Office Gals. I could never ask for a better gift then the ability to be my own boss and work with some of the most amazing clients.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with creative entrepreneurs and  small businesses, building their little piece of web real estate. It’s been a pleasure I hope to enjoy for many years to come. Just like buying a house, your website needs maintenance. You need a good foundation and you want to protect your investment. You…
  • How to Have a Greener Holiday Season

    Kate Wilson
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    There are plenty of ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle this winter, even if the weather isn’t particularly friendly to you. Below are eight tips to make your winter a little bit easier on the earth.   Pass on Paper Gift-wrapping paper, that is. It’s incredible just how much paper we use around the holidays. Make a promise not to buy any new wrapping paper or gift bags in which to wrap your presents. Instead, use leftovers from years past or get creative with old newspapers, magazines, and other paper you have lying around. You can even check out your own backyard…
  • 6 Reasons Why Your Business Should be Paperless

    Kate Wilson
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Did you know that it takes around 24 trees to produce one ton of paper? That’s nothing to sneeze at, considering the rate at which we use and dispose of paper every day. Of course, that’s not the only reason to go paperless, especially if you’re a small business owner. When you migrate your files into a digital environment, it: Increases your efficiency You only need a few seconds to find an electronic file. If you’re a PC user, all you have to do is press the “Start” menu button—the one with the Microsoft logo—on your keyboard, type in the file name,…
  • Green Restorations

    Jen
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Homes require restoration work for many different reasons. Sometimes a house is just old and decrepit. Other times, extreme weather events force homeowners like you to take immediate action or face further damages and costs from accumulated deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute has research showing wind and water damage are the first and second most frequent losses claimed by homeowners respectively. With the effects of climate change becoming commonplace, homeowners are especially susceptible to events that can force a remodeling of your home. When water damage occurs it usually…
 
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    ProPublica: Energy & Environment

  • New York’s Gas Rush Poses Environmental Threat

    ProPublica
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    Abrahm Lustgarten On May 29 New York state's top environmental officials assured state lawmakers that plans to drill for natural gas near the watershed that supplies New York City's drinking water posed little danger. A survey of other states had found "not one instance of drinking water contamination" from the water-intensive, horizontal drilling that would take place across New York's southern tier, the officials told lawmakers in Albany. Reassured, the legislature quickly approved a bill to speed up the permitting process for a huge influx of wells that could bring the state upwards of $1…
  • EPA Officials Weigh Sanctions Against BP’s U.S. Operations

    ProPublica
    28 Nov 2012 | 6:44 am
    Abrahm Lustgarten Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields. Over the past 10 years, BP has paid tens of millions of dollars in fines and been implicated in four separate instances of criminal misconduct that could have prompted this far more serious action. Until now, the company's executives and their lawyers have fended off such a penalty by promising that BP would change its ways. That…
  • Fracking Tales: Stories From the Frontlines of Gas Drilling

    ProPublica
    22 Jun 2010 | 7:48 am
    Karen Weise Since we launched, we've been reporting on the environmental threats of drilling in natural gas reserves around the country. (Here’s a good primer on the process of hydraulic fracking that is used to release the gas.) The potential risks of hydro-facking have been gaining attention, and we wanted to point to two on-the-ground stories that have recently come out. This month's Vanity Fair has a long piece, "A Colossal Fracking Mess," on the human and environmental effects of the drilling. It follows Dimock, a town in northeastern Pennsylvania, where residents are fighting the…
  • Read the Internal Document that Contradicts BP’s Claims on Oil Flow

    ProPublica
    21 Jun 2010 | 11:49 am
    Sasha Chavkin Rep. Ed Markey has been among BP's toughest critics in Congress following the Deepwater Horizon blowout, accusing it, among other things, of lowballing its estimates of oil flow. On Sunday, Markey was at it again. As you may have read, the Boston Democrat released an internal BP document that shows that early company estimates for worst-case oil flow scenarios were far higher than the company has ever acknowledged -- up to 100,000 barrels per day if all containment mechanisms were to fail. Take a look at the document for yourself. The document is not dated, but a statement from…
  • OSHA Director: Offshore Cleanup Workers Will Get More Training

    ProPublica
    21 Jun 2010 | 7:57 am
    Sasha Chavkin Last week, we reported that experts and health officials are concerned that Gulf cleanup workers aren't getting enough safety training. On Thursday, C-SPAN asked the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about our reporting -- and he agreed that "more training is needed" for many spill responders. We spoke with OSHA's director, David Michaels, after that interview, and he said the agency is working with BP to increase the safety training for workers on vessels at sea. Michaels said he did not know exactly when the new classes would begin, but said it should…
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  • Friday Fun: Write about your ideal city to win a trip to Masdar City

    Coby Joseph
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    This rendering from Masdar City shows one version of an ideal city of the future. What does your city look like? Photo by Forgemind Archimedia/Flickr. What will your ideal city look like in 2030? That is the question of the third annual international blogging contest hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company behind Masdar City. One winner will receive a paid trip to Abu Dhabi – where Masdar City is located – in mid-January, 2015, and will serve as VIP blogger during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The contest asks participants to think creatively about the future of urban…
  • Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa leads Bogotá’s inclusive urban transformation

    Dario Hidalgo
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    With a focus on sustainable urbanism and social justice, Enrique Peñalosa used a wide variety of people-oriented policies that helped transform Bogotá. Photo by Colin Hughes/Flickr. This is the seventh entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many stories, TheCityFix seeks to challenge our readers to think carefully about what defines leadership and innovation in sustainable transport and…
  • 189 cities and counting: Track the growth of bus rapid transit on the redesigned BRTdata.org!

    Priscila Pacheco
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The redesigned BRTdata.org platform shows the global rise in bus rapid transit and bus priority corridors, and allows users to compare bus systems across a wide range of metrics. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Every day, more than 31 million people use bus rapid transit (BRT) systems and bus corridors in 189 cities. From Istanbul to Mexico City, BRT is saving people time, improving the environment, and making cities safer, more sustainable places to live worldwide. Does your city have BRT? Or, is your city planning a new system? You can find out that and much more on the redesigned…
  • The need to visualize public transit data for better bus systems in India

    Prashanth Bachu
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    As Indian cities invest in information technology services, minimum standards should require the use of visualization tools to better utilize transport data and improve bus planning. Photo by EMBARQ. Over the past decade, many transit agencies in Indian cities have implemented information technology services (ITS) to improve bus planning and operations in urban areas. These typically require huge investments financed either by the city government or by the transit agency alone. However, using such technologies alone does not guarantee tangible improvements in level of service. Without the…
  • Seven ways Belo Horizonte, Brazil inspires sustainable cities

    Luísa Zottis
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    From developing bus rapid transit to improving public spaces, Belo Horizonte, Brazil is working to become a sustainable city. Photo by Eduardo Beltrame. Belo Horizonte, Brazil is a city of remarkable cuisine, green spaces, and architecture. The city is increasingly designed using people-oriented urban development strategies that prioritize the people who make the city come alive. Even for outsiders, this state capital feels like home. A number of initiatives are transforming the city into an example of best practices for sustainable transport, people-oriented spaces, and resilience to…
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  • 2071 Reviewed

    Hannah Jarratt
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    2071 – A play about climate change Climate change often gets lost in a mire of controversy and is the gnawing unsolved issue of communicators everywhere. This year, a brave new approach was taken in the form of a stage performance (not sure the term play is correct). The writer Duncan Macmillan talks with one of the world’s most influential Climate Scientists Chris Rapley and this is the creation. We have enlisted the eyes and ears of Cyrielle Garson, a PhD student in Contemporary British Theatre at the University of Avignon, France, here is her take on this new form of climate…
  • My Cyber Monday struggle by Naresh Ramchandani

    Hannah Jarratt
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    My Cyber Monday struggle by Naresh Ramchandani   Cyber Monday is upon us. Completing four days of rampant consumerism that began with Black Friday, it is our annual commercial clickfest, and boy do we splurge. On this day last year, the UK spent £10,000 every second, mostly on technotronica. And today we are likely to beat our previous record as we salivate on this year’s screens at next year’s screens, frantically wondering what combination of phone, tablet, television, console and camera can complete us, can make us more on it and with it than we already are.   Am I…
  • This Changes Everything

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

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

    Emily White
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Holiday at Home One Minute Brief Responses Thanks to everyone who took part in our second One Minute Briefs ad campaign yesterday and to James and Nick at OMB for pulling it off for us again! This time around we wanted inspiration to Holiday at Home in order to cut the huge carbon emissions of jet setting off around the world and to appreciate what the UK has to offer in the summertime. We had another fantastic amount of entries, showcasing all the beautiful bits of Britain, the painful parts of going on holiday and the super savings to be made, both for your pocket and the planet.
 
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  • 2071 Reviewed

    Hannah Jarratt
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    2071 – A play about climate change Climate change often gets lost in a mire of controversy and is the gnawing unsolved issue of communicators everywhere. This year, a brave new approach was taken in the form of a stage performance (not sure the term play is correct). The writer Duncan Macmillan talks with one of the world’s most influential Climate Scientists Chris Rapley and this is the creation. We have enlisted the eyes and ears of Cyrielle Garson, a PhD student in Contemporary British Theatre at the University of Avignon, France, here is her take on this new form of climate…
  • My Cyber Monday struggle by Naresh Ramchandani

    Hannah Jarratt
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    My Cyber Monday struggle by Naresh Ramchandani   Cyber Monday is upon us. Completing four days of rampant consumerism that began with Black Friday, it is our annual commercial clickfest, and boy do we splurge. On this day last year, the UK spent £10,000 every second, mostly on technotronica. And today we are likely to beat our previous record as we salivate on this year’s screens at next year’s screens, frantically wondering what combination of phone, tablet, television, console and camera can complete us, can make us more on it and with it than we already are.   Am I…
  • This Changes Everything

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

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

    Emily White
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Holiday at Home One Minute Brief Responses Thanks to everyone who took part in our second One Minute Briefs ad campaign yesterday and to James and Nick at OMB for pulling it off for us again! This time around we wanted inspiration to Holiday at Home in order to cut the huge carbon emissions of jet setting off around the world and to appreciate what the UK has to offer in the summertime. We had another fantastic amount of entries, showcasing all the beautiful bits of Britain, the painful parts of going on holiday and the super savings to be made, both for your pocket and the planet.
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  • 179D Tax Deduction Brought Back to Life in the Tax Extenders Bill

    Stuart Kaplow
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    Last night the 113th Congress passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act, better known as the tax extenders bill, when H.R. 5771 passed the Senate 76 to 16. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later this week.   And while this legislation is significant, it should be lost on no one that the bill expires 14 days from now on December 31, 2014, and, as such is only applicable to the 2014 tax year. Each of the tax provisions in the bill had previously expired at the end of 2013. For those interested in green building, the most important tax provision extended in the bill is the…
  • ICC 700 Authorized by National Defense Authorization Act for 2015

    Stuart Kaplow
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    While many have focused on the funding to fight the Islamic State terrorist group or the 1 percent boost in military pay, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 makes a major change in green building across this nation when it authorizes use of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.  Congress has passed and this week President Barack Obama is expected to sign H.R. 4435 which is the comprehensive legislation to authorize the $584.2 Billion budget authority of the Department of Defense. To appreciate the impact that the Department of Defense has on the real estate industry,…
  • 2015 IgCC Has Been Approved

    Stuart Kaplow
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    On November 14, the International Code Council announced that the 2015 version of the International Green Construction Code had been approved. News of the approval has not circulated widely, likely in part because the announcement was a bit cryptic when the ICC press release reported “the 2014 Group C code development cycle results.”  Following a nearly two year voluntary consensus process, the updated IgCC includes those items that were raised at the Committee Action Hearings held in Memphis in April of this year. Each proposed change from the 2012 version of the green code…
  • ASHRAE 189.1 - 2014 Green Building Standard Is Now Available

    Stuart Kaplow
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Last week the 2014 version of the ASHRAE 189.1 Green Building Standard was published and became available for use.  ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildingsaddresses site sustainability; water-use efficiency; energy ef­ficiency; indoor environmental quality; and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.  Standard 189.1 is an alternative compliance option of the International Green Construction Code. When Baltimore City adopted the IgCC last week, its…
  • International Green Construction Code Now Mandatory For All Building in Baltimore

    Stuart Kaplow
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Last evening the Baltimore City Council adopted the International Green Construction Code 2012 as an overlay to the City’s building, fire and related codes. Baltimore, the 26th most populous city in the country, was among the first jurisdictions, in 2007 to mandate that all “newly constructed, extensively modified non-residential buildings” .. “achieve a Silver rating in the appropriate LEED rating system or satisfy the Baltimore City Green Building Standard” (a LEED-like local enactment). That mandatory law had some efficacy with new construction but almost no…
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  • 10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […]The post 10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • The clock is ticking on our Holiday Sale!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Looking for something on your holiday shopping list? Look no further; we’ve got the book for you! Shop our online bookstore and find that perfect gift for your friends and family. But hurry, there are only a couple of days left to ensure it arrives by Christmas. You’ll find the right gift for anyone, from […]The post The clock is ticking on our Holiday Sale! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • New Audio Books: Bears and Elephants Oh My!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Whether you’re keen on learning more about the secretive lives of black bears or how to unlock the secrets of political framing, two recent Chelsea Green books are now available in audio so you can listen in the car, at home, or wherever you prefer. To sample the audio of either book, check out the […]The post New Audio Books: Bears and Elephants Oh My! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • A Look Back at 2014: Our Top 10 Blog Posts

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    As we look back on the year almost finished, we’ve started to take stock in what our community has found most useful to them. If it’s one thing (or two) we know about our readers, it’s that they love growing food and getting their hands dirty. How can we be so sure? Six of our […]The post A Look Back at 2014: Our Top 10 Blog Posts appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Wine Pairings for the Holidays

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    As you prepare to celebrate with friends or sit down with family this holiday season, it’s good to know what kind of wine to serve on the right occasion with the right meal, right? Deirdre Heekin, wine maker and author of An Unlikely Vineyard, is here to share some of her favorite wines along with […]The post Wine Pairings for the Holidays appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • Birds can sense storms days in advance, say scientists

    bnelson78
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Do some animals have a "sixth sense" that allows them to predict things like earthquakes or the weather? According to scientists who are studying the migration patterns of the golden-winged warbler, the answer is yes, at least in regards to the weather, reports the Guardian.  
  • World's deepest fish discovered 5 miles under the ocean surface

    bnelson78
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Five miles beneath the ocean, the pressure is over 800 times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level. Very few creatures can survive at this depth. In fact, no fish has ever been recorded swimming so deep under the sea -- that is, until now.  
  • What did we learn from Indian Ocean tsunami?

    gmiller
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Ten years after a tsunami out of the Indian Ocean devastated the coastal areas of 14 countries, killing 230,000 people and causing billions of dollars in damage, two specials take an in-depth look at the Dec. 26, 2004 disaster to explain how it happened, and what we've learned since then about how to save lives if it ever happens again.  
  • The 6 biggest challenges all new puppy owners face

    jheimbuch
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    You may think that the biggest problem you'll have with a new puppy is being overwhelmed by all the cute. And in a way, that is your biggest challenge. You have to get past all the fluffy, floppy, big-eyed, clumsy cuteness to create and enforce rules and training that create a happy, balanced dog when all that puppy cuteness fades away.
  • First U.S. one-year space voyage has astronaut excited

    mnnadmin
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    A NASA astronaut is getting ready to be the first American to spend a continuous year in space, and he is excited.  
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  • Philae comet landing named top breakthrough of 2014

    mnnadmin
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    The first-ever soft landing of a robotic probe the surface of a comet has just been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2014 by the journal Science.  
  • 10 ways graphene could change the world

    bnelson78
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    Graphene might be the world's most useful material. Though it is only one carbon-atom thick, it is 100 times stronger than steel, and highly flexible to boot. Ever since it was first isolated by researchers about a decade ago, the list of patents involving graphene has grown exponentially every year. It may not be long before this supermaterial spawns a technological revolution that could truly change the world.   Here are 10 of the most profound graphene inventions to look forward to in the near future.  
  • 'Smart' bicycle has radar, vibrates when it senses obstacles

    bnelson78
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    A new "smart" bicycle has been unveiled in the Netherlands, and its high-tech gadgetry might be the closest thing to a Pee-wee Herman bike on the market, but far less accident prone.
  • Cute cartoon shapes show how easily segregation occurs

    lmoss
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    An adorable new computer game accurately illustrates how individual biases can create racially segregated neighborhoods.   Created by programmers Vi Hart and Nicky Case, Parable of the Polygons begins with the statement "This is a story of how harmless choices can make a harmful world," and it features a community of blue squares and yellow triangles that are "slightly shapist."  
  • British spy agency releases cryptography app

    mnnadmin
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    The last thing you'd expect a spy agency to do is open itself up to the public, and yet Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) wants as many people as possible to learn a thing or two about cryptography. The spy agency, the equivalent (and a close partner) of the United States' National Security Agency, recently released Cryptoy: an Android app that teaches kids the basics of making and breaking codes, then lets them try to make something unbreakable themselves.
 
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  • Baked Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

    jheimbuch
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
  • Could these fungi make plastic edible for humans?

    bnelson78
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
     
  • Mushroom Lentil Bourguignon

    jheimbuch
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The first thing my wife said when she tasted this dish is, "It tastes like beef stew." Little did she know that's exactly what it's supposed to taste like, proving this recipe can easily replace the well-loved traditional version. All the hearty, comforting flavor of a thick beef stew minus any red meat.  
  • What's wrong with my cookies? A troubleshooting guide

    anorris
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    More than anything during the holidays, I enjoy baking cookies – specifically chocolate chip cookies. It's something my mom and I do together to relax, to escape the pressures of shopping and entertaining.   But every now and then, our chatty nature gets the best of us and when we pull out a batch of cookies from the oven, we can't help but gasp. What's wrong with these cookies?  
  • Chickpeas Simmered in Masala Sauce

    jheimbuch
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I knew I'd love this dish just by looking at the ingredients. It has so many fantastic spices with simple chickpeas and tomatoes to soak them all up and provide texture. But I had no idea that it would come together so easily. Though it calls for quite a few spices, some of which aren't regulars in my spice rack, it's a simple and speedy dish to put together.  
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  • 'Smart' bicycle has radar, vibrates when it senses obstacles

    bnelson78
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    A new "smart" bicycle has been unveiled in the Netherlands, and its high-tech gadgetry might be the closest thing to a Pee-wee Herman bike on the market, but far less accident prone.
  • Dubai reaches for world's largest airport crown

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

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

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

    lmoss
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Commercial flights aren’t known for their comfort — especially if you're flying in economy class.   And if you're on a long-haul flight (six to 12 hours) or an ultra long-haul flight (greater than 12 hours), comfort is even more important.  
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  • When it comes to influence, the language you speak matters

    lmoss
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    The number of famous people a country produces has less to do with its wealth or the size of its population and more to do with its language, according to a recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  
  • 15 words you never knew came from literature

    chief
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    All words are made up, but where did these words come from? Some words we use every day come to us from books and plays, and we may never have known it! Ranging from sources such as a 12th century epic poem to a 20th century horror novel, these are 15 words that writers have given us.  
  • Botswana's high-value, low-volume tourism strategy

    joshwlew
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Botswana was listed among the world's poorest countries when it gained full independence from Great Britain in 1966. Since then, it has become one of Africa's biggest success stories. Today, this landlocked nation to the north of South Africa and the east of Namibia boasts a stable democracy and one of the highest per capita GDPs on the continent.  
  • Best books of 2014 in conservation photography

    jheimbuch
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    This year has seen the publication of many extraordinary books celebrating the natural world and all that is worth saving. We've created a collection of some of the best works created by conservation photographers. The following are some of the most beautiful yet important must-read books of the year.   'In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians' by Robin Moore
  • The face of children's literature is about to change

    lmoss
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    Lamar Giles, author of the young adult thriller "Fake ID," was an avid reader as a child, but although he read a variety of books, he struggled to find characters he could relate to.  
 
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  • Are abandoned oil and gas wells dumping methane into the atmosphere?

    sgunther
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    A new study conducted by researchers at Princeton University suggests that the more than 3 million abandoned oil and gas drilling wells in the United States could be a major contributor to our overall methane emissions.  
  • Legal cannabis: A business resource guide

    sgunther
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Recreational marijuana use is fully legal in four states (Colorado, Washington, and now Oregon and Alaska, which will open stores next year), and the elections in 2016 are sure to bring a handful of other states to the legal side of the table — I'm looking at you Massachusetts, Nevada, California, Arizona and Maine. The interest in the business of legal cannabis has never been higher ... I mean, broader.  
  • How broke is Detroit? Fire stations get alerts by fax and soda can

    sgunther
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    If I asked 10 random people to name a U.S. city that's in bad financial shape, I'd wager that most of them would place Detroit in their top three picks, if not the top spot itself. The Motor City has seen better days. It's population has dropped drastically, with thousands of people leaving the inner city for the suburbs or elsewhere.
  • Battery + magnets + copper coil = World's tiniest electric maglev train

    sgunther
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    Maglev trains use powerful magnets that create just the right amount of attraction to keep a train hovering less than an inch above and/or below their tracks. The magnets are also used to propel the trains, taking advantage of the natural repulsion of the two ends of magnetic polarity to push the cars down the line. Although maglev trains can be cheaper to maintain than conventional rail systems, they are a lot more expensive to build and are not compatible with existing rail systems.
  • Is the OpenWorm Project creating life from keystrokes?

    sgunther
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Caenorhabditis elegans in motion. (Photo: Bob Goldstein/Wikimedia Commons)  
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  • Shelter dogs get surprise extreme makeover

    jsavedge
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
      Thank goodness for the heartwarming stories in the news to offset the sad ones – and this is one of the feel-good ones.  
  • This balance test could predict your risk of stroke

    jsavedge
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Can you stand on one leg? For more than 20 seconds?    New research indicates that your ability (or inability) to do so may give doctors a good indication of your stroke risk.  
  • Big bellies linked to higher risk for cardiac death

    jsavedge
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    Could your muffin top turn lethal? A new study has found a significant link between belly fat and sudden cardiac death.  
  • Napster co-founder donates $24M to allergy research

    jsavedge
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    As a kid, Sean Parker — the co-founder of Napster and the first president of Facebook — spent a lot of time in the hospital due to reactions to food allergies. Parker is violently allergic to nuts, shellfish and other foods.
  • When you lose fat, where does it go?

    jsavedge
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    The language of weight loss is one of destruction. We cut calories, slash weight, burn fat — all in an effort to shed those unwanted pounds. But as anyone who has ever studied elementary science can tell you, matter can neither be created nor destroyed. So if that's the case, where do all of those pounds go when you "lose" them?  
 
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  • What to drink this weekend: Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail

    rshreeves
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    On Sunday, I’ll be traveling down to Baltimore for one of my favorite holiday traditions – watching my niece dance in her final performance of "The Nutcracker" for the season. After the performance, family and friends will gather for dinner, and Cranberry Prosecco Cocktails will be one of my contributions to the festivities.  
  • A genius use for the can opener this holiday season

    rshreeves
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Some of the gifts you give or get this holiday season will probably come in packaging that induces rage. Shouldn’t a holiday gathering be rage-free — at the very least? When it takes two people, your sharpest scissors, and the knowledge that you may end up with a large gash in your hand to open a gift packaged in a clamshell, there’s a problem.  
  • What is salt block cooking?

    rshreeves
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    One of the food trends that has been slowly emerging the last couple of years is salt block cooking. Have you heard of it?   A salt block is a slab of pure salt, and one of the popular options is the pink Himalayan salt block, which is made by stonemasons who mine the millions-of-years-old crystallized chunks of salt from mines in Pakistan.  
  • 17 things you didn't know you could do in a waffle iron

    rshreeves
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    If you use a little creativity, your waffle iron can be a multi-purpose cooktop. There are many foods besides waffles that can be made in the waffle iron. (I’m particularly interested in seeing if it really can make something edible out of old French fries.)
  • 10 everyday foods to cook in a rice cooker

    rshreeves
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    I already have a love affair with my slow cooker, and I think I’m about to have one with my rice cooker, too. This morning, I cooked steel-cut oats in my rice cooker and realized that I have neglected its multi-purposefulness for far too long. After an Asian cooking phase my family went through about a year ago, the appliance has been collecting dust on a shelf. No more.  
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  • 30 states ban dangerous guardrails

    jmotavalli
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    When it comes to highway safety, cover-ups and delaying tactics aren't a good idea. Full disclosure is usually a much better option. Consider the history: Ford stonewalled on its exploding Pintos, and that ended up costing the company far more than if it had just quickly admitted there was a problem. General Motors dragged its feet on defective ignition switches, and Toyota fought off any suggestion that its cars unintentionally accelerated.
  • When there is no driver, car interiors can go wild

    jmotavalli
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    It took a long time before car designers realized they didn't have to deal with a horse. That may sound funny, but the  first “horseless carriages” looked just like, well, carriages. And it’s going to be just like that as we switch to self-driving cars. It’s a challenge that calls for out-of-the-box thinking.  
  • Carsharing expands (with apologies to Uber)

    jmotavalli
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    While all the news is about ride services (Uber’s ballooning $40 billion valuation and sometimes high-handed behavior does tend to make headlines), a related innovation — carsharing — is pushing forward just as fast.  
  • The states where electric cars rule

    jmotavalli
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    As they say on the public radio show "Marketplace," let’s do the numbers. According to forecaster IHS, 2014 could be a big year for car sales in the U.S. Sales are expected to reach 16.4 million this year (the best results since 2006). And 2015 could top 17 million.
  • Why older drivers aren't a highway menace

    jmotavalli
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Trust the AARP to put a positive spin on driving while aged. The iconic group, a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the rights of the retired, says that the cliché about older motorists being a menace on the roads is all wrong.
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  • Dog fails obedience test, wins hearts

    lmoss
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Finland's Koira Mestari dog competition showcases canines that exhibit exceptional focus, obedience and speed.   The first two canine competitors ran past a variety of distractions, earning top marks, but the third dog had other things on his mind.  
  • How to wrap a cat for Christmas

    lmoss
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    How do you wrap a cat? The short answer is you don't.   But if you happen to share your home with a patient and forgiving feline, this YouTube user offers a helpful (and adorable) video tutorial for holiday cat wrapping.   If nothing else, it's a great mental break from wrapping those easy boxes.  
  • Tiny hamster eats big Thanksgiving dinner

    lmoss
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
      There's a lot of anxiety involved in preparing a Thanksgiving feast for discerning palates.   But, as the well-dressed chef in the video above proves, the payoff makes it all worthwhile. Watch this hungry hamster and his furry friends devour their specially created meal.  
  • It's playtime for these adorable white lion cubs

    lmoss
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Watch Sasha and Shimba, two 8-month-old white lion cubs, as they run, tumble, play and roar.  
  • Watch this marching band's insane salute to classic TV

    lmoss
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
      Ohio Statue University’s marching band is known for its incredibly detailed choreographed routines, and on Sept. 6 the band kicked off the football season with a fitting tribute to television.  
 
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  • 2014 Grassroots Anti-Coal Movements To Watch

    Compass Team
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    Wherever there are coal mines, coal shipping ports, and power plants around the globe, local communities are fighting back against deadly pollution and economic destruction. Today, the Sierra Club released our fourth annual report on some of the world’s major, ongoing grassroots coal fights around the world. Pitted against unimaginable wealth and power and too often facing violence and intimidation, these are the people that refuse to be silent. This year, the danger coal poses to local communities has never been more apparent. In January, a chemical used to wash coal was leaked into the…
  • Holiday Season Brings Big Developments For International Coal Financing

    Compass Team
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    While we were celebrating the start of the holiday season last week, there were a lot of big developments around the world to be thankful for, and a few to be wary of. As the world turns its eyes to Lima for the COP20 climate negotiations, which kicked off on Monday, France decided it was not going to wait until next year’s negotiations in Paris to show leadership. President Francois Hollande announced an end to export credit financing for coal, making France the latest domino to fall as countries and banks commit to ending support for this deadly fossil fuel, whose pollution kills up…
  • Grassroots Activists Leading The Fight For A Nuclear Free Future

    Compass Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Susan Corbett, team leader of the Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign, has been a leader in anti-nuclearactivism since the 1970’s. Growing up in South Carolina, the state with the highest dependence on nuclear energy in the US, she was drawn into the anti-nuclear movement when a nuclear plant was built 10 miles from her childhood home. This past weekend, Corbett joined over 70 other leaders in the anti-nuclear movement, representing over 30 U.S. states, Canada and Japan for The Summit for a Nuclear Free Future in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Sierra Club’s Nuclear Free Campaign was there in…
  • The World’s First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

    Compass Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that’s the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets, starting with pico solar products like lanterns, from the bottom up. But just over the horizon lies much larger solar home systems and the next big opportunity capable of powering whole communities -- mini-grids. One way to get us from here to mini-grids is a novel new concept: rural feed-in tariffs, or RFITs for short.   What an RFIT does is…
  • Beyond-the-Grid Is Not Just About Light, It’s About Resiliency

    Compass Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Photo courtesy of Prudhvi Mitra At times when the grid fails, distributed generation offers a way to keep the lights on -- not only in areas beyond the reach of the grid but in cities as well. People often highlight the cost-effectiveness and rapidity of deploying beyond-the-grid solar solutions. As the story goes, beyond-the-grid solar companies are providing power to rural places in developing countries where the grid hasn’t yet reached and at a lower cost than other available options. But distributed generation has other important benefits: it can offer more reliability than a…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Breaking: Fracking Permit Issued in Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish

    Julie Dermansky
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a drilling permit for Helis Oil and Gas today, bringing the company one step closer to realizing its ambition to frack in St. Tammany Parish. Public outcry against fracking in St. Tammany Parish, an area known for its pristine water and picturesque wetlands 40 miles east of New Orleans, was not enough to sway the state agency. But the public's input has led to unprecedented conditions being attached to the permit. Concerned citizens in St. Tammany Parish fill the bleachers in the Lakeshore High School gym in Mandeville, LA. ©2014…
  • New EPA Coal Ash Regulations Are Not Enough To Stop The Next Coal Ash Spill

    Mike Gaworecki
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
    The Environmental Protection Agency released long-awaited coal ash regulations today, the first rules ever to be imposed on the storage and disposal of the toxic waste left over after burning coal for electricity—the second largest industrial waste stream in the U.S. But according to Earthjustice and the 10 environmental and public interest groups it represented in suing to force the release of the regulations in the first place, the EPA’s new rules are not nearly stringent enough to stop the next coal ash spill before it happens. The new rules will not phase out the practice of storing…
  • Top Five UK Fracking Moments of 2014

    Richard Heasman
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:09 am
    DeSmog UK has compiled a list of the top 5 fracking moments of 2014 for our #FrackingFriday series – complete with controversial government reforms, industry blunders and the defining moments of a debate that has exacerbated the relationship between public and energy, government and industry, people and planet. Fracking Beneath Your Floor In the heat of a scorching summer, the UK government confirmed reforms to the Infrastructure Bill that will now allow fracking companies to drill directly under people’s homes. This is despite 99% of the public opposing the changes.  The amendments,…
  • Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

    Steve Horn
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    DeSmogBlog recently revealed how Big Oil's lobbyists snuck expedited permitting for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on public lands into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015, which passed in the U.S. House and Senate and now awaits President Barack Obama's signature. A follow-up probe reveals that the public lands giveaway was not the only sweetheart deal the industry got out of the pork barrel bill. The NDAA also included a provision that opened the floodgates for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S.—cars that would largely be fueled by gas obtained…
  • What Americans Don’t Know About Climate Change Could Be Really Bad For Their Health

    Mike Gaworecki
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    When it comes to the health impacts of global warming, Americans are woefully uninformed. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, only about one in four can even name a health problem associated with global warming that their fellow Americans might be suffering from. Only 14% of Americans are aware of one of the most obvious health impacts of all the global warming pollution that has been dumped into our atmosphere: respiratory problems like asthma and other lung…
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  • When Gnomes Come Home: A Solstice Story

    Starre Vartan
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    ‘Twas a foggy morning in Wren, Oregon, when I saw them, this time the first. Rain rolled over the lower Coast Range, dampening summer’s thirsty thirst. Per usual, I took myself (and my mug of tea) to perambulate the meadows (Why? To balance my Chi). When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but red-hatted gnomes where usually, there are only deer! A tall one and a short one, each with impressively long white beards—as you can see. Every time I turned my back, they moved, but when I looked at them, they just peered—inscrutably—at me. Clearly they were travelers, and even…
  • Tasty Tipples and Celebratory Cocktails to Keep the Season Merry and Bright

    Starre Vartan
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Winter drinks can be tough; you want to do something special without wandering into ‘cutesy’ territory. Well, do I have some solutions for you! From all-white creamy cocktails to bright red sips, from green-in-a-pretty-way party-pleasers to hot and spicy. Check these fun ideas out and have a very Happy Holiday!   Check out Tasty Tipples for Winter Celebrations by Starre Vartan at Foodie.com This post sponsored by Foodie.com, but all the delicious drinks I chose were my own! Main image via John Morgan/Flickr The post Tasty Tipples and Celebratory Cocktails to Keep the Season…
  • Why You Should Nix Baby Wipes from Your Life

    Starre Vartan
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Why are so many women using baby wipes for cleansing instead of washing their faces? I’m not sure, but it likely has to do with the fact that it’s quick and doesn’t require a trip to the bathroom (although I hope you’re brushing your teeth at night, so you’re already in the bathroom…). But while baby wipes seem convenient, they’re really not great for cleansing, for several reasons—not to mention they’re wasteful. According to Dr. Susan Stuart, the co-founder of La Jolla Plastic Surgery Dermatology: They may be convenient, but baby wipes as…
  • Animal Rescue: Expert Advice and How-Tos

    Veronica Goin
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Don’t feed ducks– or any wild animal– bread or other human food! By Veronica and Dana Goin Animal rescue can be a daunting mission. Kind-hearted people who find a stray often don’t know how to help or where to turn. I’m very lucky; if I ever need to ask for advice about an animal, especially about rescuing a stray, I know exactly where to turn. My sister Dana has always been one of those extraordinary people to whom animals are inexplicably and universally drawn.  It’s as though she broadcasts a hum of sound inaudible to the human ear that says “It’s okay.
  • Black and White and Gold: 7 Festive Ethical Fashions for Party Season

    Starre Vartan
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    It’s that time of year! Parties, parties everywhere, and you need something cool, confident, and comfy (who can have a good time in uncomfortable clothes?) to rock as you celebrate the holidays and a new year (already, eeeek!). Each of these lovely pieces would be very wearable after the New Year too, and even into the Spring, so it’s definitely not disposable party clothes we’re advocating (you know we love it when stuff lasts for years). This Myrrhia Pyramid dress in this totally unique graphic gold pattern would look fabulous with tall black heeled boots for a festive…
 
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  • Toyota And Nissan Trucks To Detroit, Mercedes Heading To Atlanta? The Week In Reverse

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Beware, Chevy, Ford, GMC, and Ram truck fans: Both Nissan and Toyotahave chosen the heart of the domestic auto industry—Detroit—for the world debut of completely new pickups. The two models, to be introduced at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) next month, are the 2016 Nissan Titan and 2016 Toyota Tacoma...
  • 2015 Dodge Charger R/T: Quick Drive

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Without question, the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the member of the Charger sedan lineup that’ll attract the most attention this year. But if you’re not headed to the track or looking to wow friends with timed performance runs and Hellcat bragging rights, you could save a lot of money just going for the...
  • 2015 Dodge Charger

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Dodge was, until recently, steering its Charger in the same retro-muscle-car direction as its Challenger coupe. But starting for 2015, the Charger follows a different course, instead taking on a more modern look on the outside—one that serves almost as a counterpoint to the Challenger's faithful retro-revival, all while...
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Once the entry-level Mercedes model in the U.S., the C-Class has now grown up and out of that role and is now a very adult car that looks and acts like a smaller version of the brand's S-Class flagship. Offered as a luxury two-door coupe and a four-door sedan, the C-Class takes on competitors such as the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the Audi A4 and A5...
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is the first front-wheel-drive car offered by the brand in the U.S. and somewhat of a spiritual successor to the 190E. The CLA returns for the 2015 model year basically unchanged, again available in standard and AMG versions. Mercedes has also added the CLA-based GLA-Class SUV, which uses the same underpinnings. The...
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    Green Living

  • A\J's Winter Holiday Survival Guide

    vszeto
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:54 pm
    This handy guide will help you navigate the chaos of December Article provided by Alternatives Journal December isn’t always an easy time of year.read more
  • Banana Oatmeal Mookie

    vszeto
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    A great recipe for a healthy treat that can also double as a thoughtful holiday gift! by Real Food for Real Kids Healthy Baking from Real Food for Real Kids Makes 2 dozenread more
  • Best Eco-Gifts in Hurry!

    vszeto
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Great gift ideas that you can feel good about giving by Green Living Editors You made your list and checked it twice, but now you realize there’s one gift you forgot to get. If the thought of heading to a mall at this time of year gives you anxiety, fear not!read more
  • The healing power of bees

    vszeto
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:49 pm
    3 natural products to have on your radar by Green Living Editors Photo credit:  istockphoto.com/antb Everyone is buzzing about bees as the latest natural secret to health and beauty. Check out these three fabulous products that utilize our black and yellow friends.read more
  • The key to your greener home away from home

    vszeto
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Green Key Rated Hotels by EcoParent Magazine Photo credit:  istockphoto.com/ZLuketina When your family hits the road for some adventure, you don’t have to leave your eco values at home! The
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  • Safety Simplified: Oil & Gas Onsite Inspections

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Hosted by Intelex oil and gas solutions specialist Steve Buffett, this webinar showcases how safety has never been simpler!Key topics covered include:Behavior based strategies for ensuring that you ace your next auditHow to get consistent, reliable data from on-sites conducted by multiple inspectors across multiple locationsMaking the most of your observations by discovering trends in at-risk behaviorsSimple tactics for identifying and acting on the metrics you can use to improve safety performanceLeveraging technology to increase the efficiency and reliability of your onsite safety…
  • Empowering Your Energy Management Program - ISO 50001 Certification Made Easy

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Intelex energy management solutions specialist Fraser Dickie will guide you through everything you need to know about ISO 50001. In this webinar you will learn:The ROI of certification – how ISO 50001 registration will boost your bottom line.How to expedite registration by aligning implementation with existing management systems, such as an ISO 14001 environmental management system.Optimizing existing energy consumption by leveraging compliance tools.Achieving internal buy-in for an ISO 50001 implementation campaign, and more.Request Free!
  • Eliminating the Top 5 HSE and Quality Risks in Oil and Gas

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    To successfully address the top HSE and quality risks you face, you need the right strategies, policies and procedures in place. This 30-minute webinar outlines the 5 major HSE and quality risks in the oil and gas industry, proven strategies for eliminating them and how implementing a risk management program can lead to better business practices.Learn how to stop HSE and quality risks in their tracks by:Conducting proactive audits and inspectionsTracking leading indicators to prevent near-missesMaintaining compliance by staying on top of permit renewalsManaging CAPAs to reduce the frequency…
  • Life After the Incident: Claims, Cases, Lost Time and the Hidden Cost of Hazards in Utilities

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Fraser Dickie and Graham Campbell, Intelex's energy and utilities solutions specialists explore the importance of not only reporting an incident, but how it relates to corrective and preventive actions, the subsequent claims, time away from work, the hard and soft costs to the organization, case management, reporting to regulators, and many other related factors.Key topics covered include:Tying your incidents to all organizational impacts, including claims, cases, lost time, RTW, WCB, Form 7, OSHA, hard costs, soft costs, and more.Learning to view the incidents you report as a proactive tool…
  • 6 Steps to Control Emissions & Costs with Wireless Fleet Management

    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the relentless pursuit of operational efficiency, cost control reigns supreme. But more organizations are also seeking to implement processes and policies that are environmentally friendly.In this eBook learn six steps to a greener fleet, such as:Monitor emissionsReduce idle timeImprove vehicle maintenanceReduce speedingImprove routing, and much moreSave money and shrink your company's environmental footprint. Download your personal copy of this eBook now!Request Free!
 
 
 
 
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  • The List: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift

    3BL Media
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Are you shopping green for your holiday gifts? As I’ve been rounding up gifts for my family and friends, I’ve been trying to be as responsible as possible: I’m shopping [...] The post The List: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture

    3BL Media
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    When I graduated from college in 1980 (yes, I’m aging myself), I had a degree in Agricultural Journalism because there were so many open jobs in the agricultural industry. We’ve [...] The post Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF’s Water Cellars for Mothers

    3BL Media
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    China is a dynamic industrial engine and an emerging leader in the world economy. However, there is another China, full  of rural communities, often lacking basic infrastructure and competing for limited [...] The post PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF’s Water Cellars for Mothers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • 51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

    3BL Media
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Samsung today announced the 51 state winners in the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging students and [...] The post 51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate

    3BL Media
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Are they real or fake? Most of us who celebrate the holidays with a Christmas tree have an opinion about which type of tree is better, so we decided to take [...] The post Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • From the Experts: Home Performance Industry Predictions for 2015

    Peter Troast
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In last week’s webinar we reviewed the upcoming trends in home performance from a marketing perspective. After a great response, we invited a few of the experts in our industry to share their take on what 2015 has in store. From economic and political trends, to the impact technology will have on our day to day business, this is a full view of what to expect in the year to come. Instrumentation and Technology Working Together Frank Spevak, The Energy Conservatory 2015 means major shifts in how we talk about home performance. I am concerned that prices for both gasoline and natural gas…
  • A Look Back on 2014: Did Our Predictions Make the Grade?

    Peter Troast
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    It’s a tradition at Energy Circle that at the end of each year we take a look back at the trends and opportunities we forecasted for the previous year. So how'd we do? Of the seven predictions we made for the Home Performance Marketing Trends to Watch for 2014, almost all of them developed the way we expected them to. Some of them grew more slowly than others, and we were pleasantly surprised that our more hopeful predictions for the industry changed more than expected. Here is our look back on each trend that we hoped would drive the industry forward in 2014 and a rating on how…
  • How to Do Mobile Right: Building an Action Based Mobile Site to Drive Leads

    Emily Straubel
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    As smartphones and tablets continue to change, it seems like our world is also changing, almost faster than we can keep up. It has left business owners and marketers wondering "What does that mean for us? Will desktop websites be completely taken over by mobile?" During this week's Energy Circle Pro webinar, we started digging into the mobile data for home performance companies across our Energy Circle network (over 325 companies in 49 states) to see if what is perceived as trends in business as a whole are also true for our industry.  While digging into the depths of…
  • Don't Start Redesigning Your Website Until You Answer These Questions

    Peter Troast
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Before buying or building a house you have to ask yourself a few serious questions about your family's future. Will I get married? Are we going to have any more kids? Do I really want to drive to work? How secure is my financial growth? You would never buy a one bedroom apartment when you're getting ready to start a family, or a property with a 3 car garage if you only own a bike. That seems like common sense to any homeowner because it's a common part of the planning process.  This week's Energy Circle Weekly Webinar was on the Latest in Web Design, and there was some…
  • Building Bigger Impact: The Value of Your Website's Domain Authority

    Peter Troast
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I’ve been talking a lot recently about the concept of Domain Authority, and several people have asked for more clarity on what this metric means and how to influence it. Ask and ye' shall receive! In simple terms, Domain Authority (DA)  is a measure of the “strength” of your website. Why pay attention to DA? Across the network of home performance businesses we work with, no other singular factor has as much impact on general online success. As DA grows, we’re able to directly measure and track the lift in search rankings, and therefore, site traffic. You can…
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    21 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    There are generally plenty involving benefits that will a single duvet deal with provides. Getting the same flowers which are round the bed set will possibly be best. Anytime your truck's payload can't be seen, odds are few which it is likely to be stolen. the steering wheel holder widely helps in gripping the actual brake pedal as well as accelerator for you to set it inside to some desired position. Simply a new reputed organization using numerous many a extended time of expertise is amongst the accurate secret considerations regarding selection.This is actually especially beneficial inside…
  • Decorating A Child's Room With Monogram Wall Decals

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    15 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
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  • Looking After You Child after A Divorce

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    13 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Unfortunately, emotions can get in the way. This kind of gives an authentic encounter for your new driver. Attempt for you to limit these through sustaining your student conscious of the actual situation and the correct processes to stay away from such mistakes. Kid support guidelines produced by state law aid get in order to the amount yet another parent or guardian must pay.  Your little one provides being taught how to consider great proper treatment of his as well as her skin to aid keep it as clean as possible.New kinds involving signs, merges, lights, and more, could have been added to…
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    10 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
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    Sweet Greens

  • 4 Organic and Natural Stocking Stuffer Treats

    Jennie Lyon
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    The big day is almost here, are your children’s so excited that they can’t stop talking about Christmas? I love every-single-thing-about-it! From decorating our home and selecting the perfect gifts to sipping hot cocoa with peppermint sticks and listening to holiday music. This time of year is perfection! One of my favorite part’s of the holiday is picking out stocking stuffers for Eben. When I was little, the stocking was always my favorite part – I remember taking my sweet time opening each and every tiny gift that my mom found to pack inside it. If I had only…
  • 3 Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers from Blue Orange Games

    Jennie Lyon
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:38 am
    Every year when doing my holiday shopping, board and card games are always at the top of my list. Even as Eben gets older, I have found that playing a round of cards or a quick board game with him after dinner is a great way to bond. This year, I headed straight to my favorite eco-friendly game shop to stock up! Blue Orange is my favorite because all of their games are super well made with heavy-duty pieces that will not fall apart. These are games that you will pass down from generation to generation. They are come packed in fantastic tins which is perfect for keeping all of those pieces…
  • Happy Hanukkah!

    Jennie Lyon
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hello, Friends! Happy 1st night of Hanukkah to everyone who celebrates! I hope you have an amazing eight nights of beautiful light with everyone you love. We have nights of menorah lighting, family dinners, macaroon noshing and dreidel playing. How are you celebrating? Happy Hanukkah! I love this simple menorah for kids via Parents Magazine – brilliant! The post Happy Hanukkah! appeared first on Sweet Greens.
  • Helping Holidays: 4 Green Gifts That Give Back

    Jennie Lyon
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The holidays are all about celebrating acts of giving, making it the perfect opportunity to make your gift giving smarter this season. There are so many amazing businesses out there that give back when you purchase one of their products. These companies are tied to doing good somewhere in the world every time a purchase is made. Read on for my 4 favorite gifts that give back – and if you hurry you can still get these goodies by Christmas. 1. Warby Parker Glasses Eben and I both wear glasses and love the stylish, affordable frames from Warby Parker. For every pair of glasses that you…
  • 4 Green Ways to Unwind As a Family on School Nights

    Jennie Lyon
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    With tests, sports, homework, and lessons, after school schedules during the school year can get hectic quickly. Right now, Eben works with his art tutor 3 times a week and his math tutor once – so, I would say that our schedule feels a little overwhelming right now. If you spend the school year wondering what’s your spouse and kids are up to, try these 4 tips for unwinding and reconnecting as a family on school nights. #1 Family Dinner or Breakfast Even if everyone in the house has a different schedule, try your best to sit down as a family even for 30 minutes to eat dinner or…
 
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    Newsy Headlines

  • Ebola Claims 7,000 Lives, Hits Sierra Leone Hardest

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Watch VideoThe death toll of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to climb; the outbreak has killed nearly 7,400 people since it began, and the World Health Organization says that more than 19,000 have been infected across the region. This news comes as U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-Moon tours the Ebola-stricken countries. Moon has said there are signs to be "cautiously optimistic" about stemming the outbreak in Sierra Leone but added there is still a long way to go before the country is rid of the disease.Sierra Leone is one of the countries suffering the most…
  • Will China Help The U.S. Investigate Sony Hack?

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Watch VideoSo now, things are getting confusing. In an effort to investigate the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the U.S. has reportedly reached out to several countries for help — including China. We say confusing because China is one of the countries implicated in the attack. An unnamed U.S. official told Reuters earlier this week China might've played a part in the Sony hack. Neither the FBI nor any other U.S. agency have confirmed that bit of information. The U.S. asking for China's help makes sense considering Beijing's relationship with…
  • Two NYPD Officers Ambushed, Killed In Brooklyn

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Watch VideoTwo New York City police officers were shot and killed as they sat in their squad car Saturday in an apparent ambush.New York Mayor Bill deBlasio told reporters, "When a police officer is murdere, it tears at the fabric of our society According to police, the suspect opened fire into the officers car as they patrolled a Brooklyn neighborhood. The shooter then fled into the subway, where he apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.The suspect has been tentatively identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old Baltimore man who's believed to be behind…
  • Will Cuba Give Up Assata Shakur, FBI's Most Wanted Woman?

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Watch VideoThe U.S. and Cuba are pressing reset on diplomatic relations. And here's one of the many questions coming out of this story: will Assata Shakur be extradited and face life in prison back in the U.S.?"I come from a very strong history, and I simply want to live on this planet," said Shakur. Shakur was convicted of the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper during a shootout. She was shot twice by officers during the incident. (Video Via RBGStreet Scholar)Shakur was given life in prison but always proclaimed her…
  • Here's Why Gas Prices In The U.S. Are So Low

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Watch VideoConsider it an early Christmas present. This week, gas prices are their lowest since 2009.The average gas price in the U.S. dipped down to $2.43 and there are stations in 24 states selling gas for under $2 per gallon. This drop in price is thanks to an oil boom. The high supply has pushed the cost of oil down to about $60 a barrel. Back in June, the price was $115 a barrel. The boom is a response to the high oil prices of 2010; the U.S. stepping up its crude oil production to combat those prices. By last summer, the U.S. became the largest source of…
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  • Toward a Sustainable Japan: Fukushima Accidents Show Japan's Challenges

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.147 (November 2014) Greens/EFA MEPs' action to remember the disaster and its victims at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on March 11, 2014Image by greensefa Some Rights Reserved. Junko Edahiro, chief executive of Japan for Sustainability delivered a keynote speech on September 10, 2014, at an international symposium "Cope with the Stress of Future Changes - Preparing States, Region, Cities, Organization, Families and People for the Ongoing Transition" organized by the Club of Vienna, an international network of experts in economics, social, natural and environmental…
  • Residents Work Together to Restore Coastal Pine Groves Damaged by Disasters

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright Watari Green Belt Project All Rights Reserved. Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article in an eastern Japan newspaper called the Tokyo Shimbun. The weekly article 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, about an initiative dubbed the "Yui-Yui Project," which supports victims of the earthquake. This month, JFS introduces an article published on April 18, 2014,…
  • What Kind of Economy Produces True Affluence? - Interview with Philosopher Takashi Uchiyama (Part 2)

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.147 (November 2014) The former Kurosawa family residence Ueno Village, Gunma PrefectureImage by TANAKA Juuyoh Some Rights Reserved. The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society, with JFS as its outreach partner, is undertaking a project, "What Is Economic Growth? -- Interviews with 100 People," in collaboration with Patagonia Japan. The project aims to encourage people to think about economic growth by asking specialists from many different fields to share their ideas about economic growth.
  • Suntory Sets Future Vision and Aims for Creating Sustainable Global Environment

    6 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Copyright Suntory All Rights Reserved. Suntory Holdings announced on January 30, 2014, that it has formulated the Suntory Environmental Vision toward 2050 and has set 2020 targets in light of its globalizing corporate activities. Based on the two pillars of "Preserving and Regenerating the Natural Environment" and "Reducing Environmental Impact," Suntory promotes environmental management globally to realize its corporate philosophy -- In Harmony with People and Nature.
  • Study Project Begins Seeking Happy Local Communities

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Copyright Local-Happiness Lab All Rights Reserved. What factors are essential for local regions and their residents to be happy? This is the theme of a new study project named "Local-Happiness Lab," which recently started in Japan. We would like to report on part of this study by reprinting an article from the website of the Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society, of which Japan for Sustainability is an outreach partner.
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    1800Recycling.com

  • Recycling Profile: Bethesda, MD

    1-800-RECYCLING
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> <img class="undefined" title="bethesda-recycling" alt="Bethesda-recycling.png" data-cms-alignment="right" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/12/Bethesda-recycling_400x400.png"> Bethesda, MD (pop. 63,374), and surrounding communities in Montgomery County on the north side of <a href="/2012/05/recycling-profile-washington-dc" target="_blank" title="Recycling Profile:…
  • Kirsten Muenster Jewelry: The Beauty of Recycled Metals

    Wendy Gabriel
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    If you are looking for something extraordinary for a certain special someone this holiday season, here is a great idea for you. <a href="http://www.kirstenmuensterjewelry.com" target="_blank" title="Kirsten Muenster Jewelry" class="">Kirsten Muenster Jewelry</a> is not only gorgeous, but the company also uses a transparent supply chain, which is important in an industry that is fraught with human rights violations, toxic waste and environment damage. Kirsten Muenster, the founder and designer of the jewelry line, works with 100% recycled…
  • Upcycled Gift Idea: Bike Chain Bowl

    Maggie Wehri
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Finding the perfect eco-gift is no easy task — especially when we need something for our significant other, parents, teachers, co-workers and mentors on short notice. One gift that could appeal to all of the above might be <a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/bike-chain-bowl" target="_blank" title="Uncommon Goods’ Bike Chain Bowl" class="">Uncommon Goods’ Bike Chain Bowl</a> (<i>$84</i>). Each bowl is handmade in Oregon by Graham Bergh, a biker and artisan that has been collecting thousands of pounds of used bike…
  • Recycled Gift for the Techie on Your List: Reveal Cases

    April Stearns
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Still stuck looking for a holiday gift or two? For many of us, this is a great time to look into sturdy, practical gifts that will consistently come in handy and last a long time. Many environmentally friendly gifts will fit these criteria, but I want to point out <a href="http://revealshop.com/shop/eco-materials/recycled-fabrics.html" target="_blank" title="Reveal’s recycled fabric mobile and tablet cases" class="">Reveal’s recycled fabric mobile and tablet cases</a>. <a href="/2012/09/recycling-profile-seattle"…
  • Recycling Profile: Brandon, MB, Canada

    1-800-RECYCLING
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    <img class="undefined" title="brandon-recycling" alt="Brandon-recycling.png" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/12/Brandon-recycling_400x400.png"> <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> Brandon, MB, Canada (pop. 46,061), an agricultural and industrial hub in the southwestern part of the province, is known across Canada for its high quality of life, despite bone-chilling winters averaging nearly 40 inches…
 
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Training Your Children toward a Sustainable Future

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:43 am
    It is very important for kids to develop a greener lifestyle while appreciating nature and its resources. Sustainability is not just limited to our environment. It involves our entire community’s quality of life. If you wish your children to have a good quality of life in future, then now is the time to teach them ... The post Training Your Children toward a Sustainable Future appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Ways to Make Your Laundry Clean and Green

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Have you ever given it a thought that your laundry load is actually a load on the environment too? Yes, it can create a large impact. According to some studies, only washing and drying our laundry contributes as much as 80 percent of the impact of our clothing lifecycle. This means that we can do ... The post Ways to Make Your Laundry Clean and Green appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Ways to Recycle Rain Barrels and Turn Them into Useful Objects

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Rain barrels are used to collect rainwater that is later used for irrigation and similar purposes. As you recycle the collected rainwater, you can also recycle rain barrels that are no longer required. While some types of rain barrels can be recycled to create useful objects, other types of rain barrels can only be recycled ... The post Ways to Recycle Rain Barrels and Turn Them into Useful Objects appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Eating Organic Without Burning a Hole in Your Pocket

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    Most of us want to shift to organic foods for a healthier lifestyle. However, the high prices of organic foods tend to deter our ambitions quite a bit. Not to worry though, for here are some budget friendly ways to enjoy organic foods in order to remain healthy and contribute to the environment in the ... The post Eating Organic Without Burning a Hole in Your Pocket appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Take Care of Your Car the Green Way

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    If you have a car, you most probably know that taking good care of it is one of the best ways to maximize its performance and preserve the environment at the same time. Accordingly, here are some simple and yet effective car care tips that would help you take care of your car better and ... The post Take Care of Your Car the Green Way appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
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    Pure Natural Diva

  • Tony Robbins Daily Gratitude & Abundance Ritual

    Odesk Test
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    A friend (Lewis Howes) had the opportunity to interview Tony Robbins.  The discussion was full of wisdom and insight delivered in a relaxed unplugged format. […] The post Tony Robbins Daily... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Keep Your Holiday Tree Fresh & Green This Year

    Tania Reuben
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Keeping your holiday tree green and fresh through the season is possible! Use the tips here and extend the freshness of your holiday tree this […] The post Keep Your Holiday Tree Fresh &... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Natural Teeth Whitening from the PND Pinterest Page

    Odesk Test
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Are you as addicted to Pinterest as we are? I use it to organize all my  favorite internet finds, plan projects I’ll likely never have […] The post Natural Teeth Whitening from the PND... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • 6 Reasons Argan Oil is a Skincare Essential

    Odesk Test
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Argan oil is one of the hottest new trends in beauty – for good reason too!  After reading this it may become an essential part […] The post 6 Reasons Argan Oil is a Skincare Essential... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Thanksgiving Menu: Recipes for the Entire Meal

    Tania
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
      Last year I spent hours choosing the recipes I would use for Thanksgiving.  Everything turned out  well.  Being a creature of habit.  We’ll have […] The post Thanksgiving Menu:... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • 3 Great Cookbook Gifts For Foodies (Including one that’s free!)

    Jennifer Kaplan
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I spend a lot of time reviewing artisanal, unique and conscious cookbooks on this site. Here are five cookbook gifts I am giving this holiday The post 3 Great Cookbook Gifts For Foodies (Including one that’s free!) appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Added sugar is worse for your body than salt.

    Becky Striepe
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Added sugars are a fact of life if you eat pretty much any processed foods, and we knew that wasn't good news. But a new study revealed that in the battle of white powders, added sugar is even worse for us than added salt The post Added sugar is worse for your body than salt. appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Organic Farm Yields Are Higher Than You May Think

    Mary Gerush
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Research found that organic farm yields are higher than previously estimated. Say bye-bye to conventional farming. Organic farming has a bright future The post Organic Farm Yields Are Higher Than You May Think appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Why I Didn’t Return Monsanto’s Phone Call

    Jill Ettinger
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    A few weeks ago, I received an email from a PR person identifying herself as writing on behalf of Monsanto, the multinational biotech company that’s so vilified, there’s an annual “March Against Monsanto” event The post Why I Didn’t Return Monsanto’s Phone Call appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Study: Skipping Meals Linked to Childhood Obesity

    Becky Striepe
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    A study from the University of East Finland found that skipping meals can lead to obesity in children as young as ages six to eight The post Study: Skipping Meals Linked to Childhood Obesity appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
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    PlanetSave

  • SunPower & Sunverge Team Up For Solar + Storage In US & Australia

    Zachary Shahan
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    One of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world, the producer of the most efficient commercial solar modules on the planet, and a large solar developer — SunPower* — is teaming up with Sunverge Energy, a producer of “advanced Solar Integration System (SIS) energy storage solutions to residential customers and utilities.” Basically, the two SunPower & Sunverge Team Up For Solar + Storage In US & Australia was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on…
  • BC May Break A Treaty If It Builds The Site C Dam

    Roy L Hales
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Originally Published on the ECOreport There are many reasons to oppose the proposed Site C dam. It will flood what is reputedly some of the province’s most promising farmland. Most of the inhabitants of the Peace River Area, where the dam would be built, oppose the project. There are alternative energy sources, such as geothermal, which BC Hydro has BC May Break A Treaty If It Builds The Site C Dam 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,…
  • Community Solar Power To Blow Up With First Solar Jumping In

    Zachary Shahan
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:32 am
    There has long been a huge gap in the solar market, a gap between large, utility-scale solar projects and rooftop solar projects. It would be a disservice to numerous companies, organizations, citizen investors, and solar-supportive politicians to say that there has been nothing between those two installation types, but this middle space has long been Community Solar Power To Blow Up With First Solar Jumping In 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…
  • Solar Gets The Glory, But Your Boiler Is Important Too!

    Zachary Shahan
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    I love writing about the coolest cleantech solutions on the planet — solar panels, wind turbines, learning thermostats, LEDs, and electric cars. However, there are a lot of improvements you can make in your home to cut your energy use to a large degree. One of those is concerns one of the “least-cool” technologies running your home: Solar Gets The Glory, But Your Boiler Is Important Too! 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…
  • Residential Solar PV Prices Keep Dropping In US

    Zachary Shahan
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:54 am
    Originally published on Solar Love. The SEIA/GTM Research US Solar Market Insight™ report for the 3rd quarter was released today. Over on CleanTechnica, Josh covered the continued growth of the US solar power market. In this article, I want to quickly run down the pricing side of things. The short story is that solar prices continue Residential Solar PV Prices Keep Dropping In US was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
 
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    Sustainablog

  • Easy Upcycling: Light Bulbs As Holiday Ornaments

    Guest Author
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Want new holiday ornaments for the Christmas tree? If you'v got burned-out incandescent bulbs laying around, try this easy upcycling project The post Easy Upcycling: Light Bulbs As Holiday Ornaments appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Plastic Trash In The Ocean: How Much Is There? [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    A new paper attempts to quantify the amount of plastic trash in the ocean, and offers ideas for cutting the wast that goes into these ecosystems The post Plastic Trash In The Ocean: How Much Is There? [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Redesigning Play Time: How An Engineer Creates Toys From Trash To Educate Children

    Talancia Pea
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    Engineer Arvind Gupta thinks the trash can or recycle bin can enhance a child's play time much more than the toy or discount store The post Redesigning Play Time: How An Engineer Creates Toys From Trash To Educate Children appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Secret Of The Circular Economy

    Stephen Hanley
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    A sustainable business needs to have a circular economy model that re-purposes its waste products as raw materials for new products The post The Secret Of The Circular Economy appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Safety And Efficiency In The Boiler Room [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Boilers are already pretty efficient, but a few retrofits can save your even more fuel; proper maintenance will also keep your boiler room safe The post Safety And Efficiency In The Boiler Room [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.
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    Crafting a Green World

  • How to Make Mouthwash with Two Ingredients

    Becky Striepe
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Store-bought mouthwash often contains nasty chemical ingredients, and natural brands of mouthwash can be on the pricy side. Here's how to make mouthwash with ingredients that you probably have in your house already The post How to Make Mouthwash with Two Ingredients appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Kids Level up Their Eco Skills at DIY.org

    Julie Finn
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    My two favorite things about technology are 1) its ability to empower everyone, especially kids, to learn what they want to learn and do what they want to do, and 2) its potential for presenting information and encouraging people, especially kids, in ways that interest and engage them The post Kids Level up Their Eco Skills at DIY.org appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • 9 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts to Make this Weekend

    Becky Striepe
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    We've got exactly a week to get Christmas sorted out, y'all. Are you panicking? Don't panic. You've got this, because we've got nine last-minute Christmas gifts that you can make quickly in batches The post 9 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts to Make this Weekend appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Spotted: Book Page Star from House Revivals (and 11 other Book Page Projects)

    Julie Finn
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Got some beat-up books? You've got free craft supplies! The post Spotted: Book Page Star from House Revivals (and 11 other Book Page Projects) appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Holiday Craft: Make a Leftover Rice Ornament

    Crunchy Scott
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Who knew leftover rice could make such an adorable holiday craft? This crafty elf, that's who! So let's make one, or two, or three The post Holiday Craft: Make a Leftover Rice Ornament appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
 
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    Free Energy

  • Royal Raymond Rife

    Jim
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:35 am
    I have been discovering that our old links for Rife are no more. Here’s a great doco about Royal Raymond Rife, a truly great scientist of the twentieth century.
  • Need Funding?

    Jim
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    Well, okay. But first you must agree with this and sign here, forever. GoFundMe charges a flat fee of 5% on all payments collected. The service works with WePay in the USA and PayPal or Stripe internationally to ensure that all donations go directly to you automatically – and in real-time. If you’re raising money […]
  • The Speed Of Light

    Jim
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am
    Einstein said the speed of light is the ultimate speed. Okay, how might you get around an ultimate speed? gravitycontrol.org/projectunity
  • GC: I’ll Take You There

    Jim
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
  • World Economy According To GC

    Jim
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    This video, the Max Keiser Report, covers Bitcoin, gold as money and economics we might understand, how big is your pile of chips. ? Although gravity control is not mentioned in this report, there’s snappy dialogue here that makes sense.
 
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • Where Can I Find Evidence of Green Retrofit ROI?

    rpfjr
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Question:  Chris asks: Where can I find evidence for the ROI on a green retrofit. Are there any documents you can point me to in this regard? Hi Chris, Summary of News:  There are numerous studies that offer analyses of the benefits of green buildings and green building retrofits in existing buildings. Here are five examples. Expert:  Divya Nambiar, LEED AP Related Advice:  Energy Efficiency Retrofit Market for Commercial Green Buildings to Double by 2020 Green Jobs: New York to Cut Energy Use by 20% with Building Retrofits read more
  • Should I Insulate Above my Garage?

    rpfjr
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Question:  Bill asks: I have a 1400 sq ft 1-story home. The builder did not insulate over the garage or over the outside porch both of which are under my attic. Should I insulate these areas? Hi Bill, Thank you for your question. Where you are located makes a big difference. If you are located in the northeast or somewhere where it gets very cold in the winter, the need to insulate becomes more urgent. The colder it is outside, the more the warm air inside the conditioned attic is going to want to leave through the uninsulated floor above your garage/porch. For instance if it's 20…
  • LEED v4 Green Associate MP3 Study Guide

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

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

    rpfjr
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Price:  $69.99 Short Description A:  GreenStep’s LEED AP v4 Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Study Guide with Project Experience was developed specifically for the LEED v4 exam, which measures understanding of working on LEED projects from within the exam itself. GreenStep’s LEED AP v4 Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Study Guide with Project Experience was developed specifically for the new LEED v4 exam, which measures understanding of working on LEED projects from within the exam itself. You'll prepare for the LEED v4 exam the best way possible, not only by focusing…
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    Green Eco Blog

  • New Green Cars Revealed at L.A. Auto Show

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    The LA Auto Show was the natural place for automakers to reveal their new green cars to the public for the first time. California is leading the charge for the new technology, with sizeable investments from municipalities, government agencies, and the companies building the cars. If a sustainable hydrogen economy is going to materialise in the US, it will be in California. That said, Toyota was alone in debuting a production-ready fuel cell car – the Mirai – after Honda made a late decision to delay the launch of its rival sedan. With the Mirai, Californians now have a choice of two…
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Reach Record High in US

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Easy Ways to Wrap for the Holidays

    Jeanne
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday, The Return of Black Friday keep coming and going .  In the mix of all this crazy shopping, it’s now time to get ready to wrap... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • RT and #ShareATree for Good Green Holiday Giving

    Jeanne
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation have teamed up once again for their annual Share A Tree campaign. Every year, Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation partner to give a gift to... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Sharing a Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition: Classic Cranberry Mold

    Jeanne
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Welcome & Hospitality Heading into Thanksgiving week, I wanted to follow up on an earlier recipe tradition and share a relatively new one.  About six years ago, I purchased this ceramic pineapple... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 4 Easy Homemade Recipes To Clean Your Fruits and Veggies

    Jeanne
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Though we may try hard to stick with the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list when buying fruits and vegetables, there may be times we stray simply due to cost or availability. In those cases, what are the... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • The Ripple Effect – Pick Me Up Instead!

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

  • Benefits of having a quality utility company

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Having constant access to electricity and heat in your home is a practical necessity nowadays. In order to have access to these services, you will need to hire a home utility company to provide them to you. Once a home utility company, such as Palmco, has initiated services in your home, you will be assured that you will have constant access to both electricity and heat. While it is very
  • Cleaning your solar panels

    30 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Everyone who has solar panels installed at their home or business knows the value of these systems. Solar panels are good for the environment as they limit the reliance on electricity. Not only do the panels reduce your carbon footprint, they reduce your energy costs. While there are numerous benefits to having solar panels, they will need to undergo maintenance periodically. Many people know
  • GreenHab the Office (infographic)

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    While you most likely practice recycling and energy saving at home, it’s critical to be an active participant in helping your office reduce its carbon footprint. Cafe Quill has created an infographic entitled “GreenHab the Office”. From starting a recycling program at your office, to smart ways to conserve energy, this infographic has tons of great tips to making your office as green as possible.
  • [Giveaway] SunJack Portable Solar Charger

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
  • Modern Kids Design Holiday Giveaway

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
 
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    ForceChange

  • Applaud Charges Against Negligent Veterinarian

    Jennifer Schwager
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney Goal: Praise charges against veterinarians that left four animals to starve to death A veterinarian responsible for the deaths of four dogs has been charged with several counts of felony animal cruelty. The veterinarian, Dr. Amardeep Sangha, was contracted by the village of Dolton to house stray pets in his animal hospital. Instead of caring for them, Sangha neglected them until four were dead and another 10 were found ill. The deplorable conditions in the facility were first discovered by a police officer who dropped off a stray dog…
  • Support Animal Welfare in China

    Jennifer Schwager
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China Goal: Show support for a new bill that would update and improve decades-old animal protection laws China will soon implement new animal protection laws for the first time in nearly three decades. The law, which is currently being drafted, seeks to reduce the trade and consumption of wild animals, an issue rampant in some parts of the country. It will increase protection for all wildlife and wild animals in captivity, and will even protect animals captured from the wild and forced to…
  • Success: New York State Bans Fracking

    Jennifer Ip
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo Goal: Applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing in New York Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” has come under fire in recent years because of the detrimental consequences it has on our health. Fracking involves drilling underground to harvest oil and gas, but it pollutes our soil and groundwater. The issue has been heavily opposed by environmentalists, and now citizens are joining the fight. ForceChange published several petitions on this issue. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, recently…
  • Demand Retraction of Sexist Abortion Bill

    Matthew Royal
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Rick Brattin, Missouri State Representative Goal: Retract proposed bill that requires man’s permission for abortions Recently, a bill was introduced to the Missouri State House of Representatives that would require women seeking an abortion to get the father of the child’s permission first. The bill’s author, Rick Brattin, makes allowances for cases of rape and incest but like most white, male, Republicans, fails understand what abortion truly is. This bill goes against all that men and women who believe in gender equality have fought for and must be stopped before…
  • Fire Cop For Threatening Tweets

    Lindsey Weedston
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: San Jose Chief of Police Larry Esquivel Goal: Fire police officer who threatened to kill police brutality protesters over Twitter A police officer was caught sending out disturbing and violent tweets talking about how he would kill people who disagreed with him. Buzzfeed found two posts on the officer’s Twitter account, one which said “Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter” and the other which said, “By the way if anyone feels they can’t breathe or their lives matter I’ll be at…
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Put an extra $2000 in your pocket in 2015 by Going Green

    greenwise
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Living greener and more sustainably is an overlooked way to put extra cash in your bank account.  If you are finding that times are tough and you could use some extra money, let me show you how to give yourself a $2000 raise in 2015—and every year after that. I have spent years researching and […]
  • How to Eat for Health and Sustainability

    greenwise
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    There’s plenty to think about when it’s time to what constitutes a healthy diet. But there’s also another question that you could – and should – be asking yourself: Is this meal sustainable? Fortunately, many others have had the same question in mind when preparing their own meals, and they have had the foresight to […]
  • Have a Great (and Green) Thanksgiving

    greenwise
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    A Green Thanksgiving post courtesy of The Nature Conservancy. My thanks go out to them–and to all of you who read this blog–this Thanksgiving. Make your holiday a little more Earth friendly by choosing an eco-theme for your feast, like one of the three outlined below — it’s a fun way to start a new tradition with an […]
  • 5 Simple Methods To Increase Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

    greenwise
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. on November 7, 2014, was $2.94, the lowest level since December 2010, according to the latest Lundberg survey. But that doesn’t mean motorists should get complacent when it comes to saving money on fuel costs, particularly when a few simple adjustments can save you […]
  • How Are Casinos Becoming More Environmentally Friendly?

    greenwise
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    With global warming and the green-living culture becoming a significant issue, companies in all industries are having to re-think their strategies of production, sales and performance to in keep with a more environmentally friendly business plan. As casinos become more popular in modern day society, the gaming sector is striving to reduce their carbon footprint. […]
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    Almost All The Truth »

  • Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    ‘Tis the season of giving. The holidays are just around the corner and it can be hard to find the right gift while staying true to your eco-friendly values. Luckily I have a lot of great green friends who have created holiday gift guides for everyone on your list this year! Living Consciously Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – A great list of non-toxic, healthy gifts that anyone would love to get! Features gift ideas for kids, anyone, and stocking stuffers. Green Child Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Featuring gift ideas for the whole family from tiny babes…
  • Social Justice in the Wake of Ferguson

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    It has been long enough now that everyone likely has an opinion on what they believe is the true story of what happened in Ferguson, MO the day Michael Brown was shot dead by Darren Wilson. Everyone likely has an opinion about the community’s first outrage and the continued protests there and around the world. The shocking difference in opinions seems to come down to a few points: (1) First understanding why a marginalized segment of our population has found this narrative so compelling and/or the straw that broke the camel’s back, (2) Confirmation bias or The Backfire…
  • Climate Change After Mid-Term Election

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Climate Change After Mid-Term Election The activists, scientists, and policy makers working on slowing (hopefully stopping and reversing, but let’s start with the small steps) climate change, took an enormous hit this mid-term election due to the Senate majority moving into the hands of the GOP. This means the lead climate-change-denier GOP Senator Jim Inhofe is taking over the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The environment could not have sustained a bigger blow when it comes to the policies we need moving forward. Stephen Colbert’s humorous take on…
  • Happy Halloween: Links I Like

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

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

  • The Basics Of Climate Science

    Ramon Arratia
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    It doesn’t get much simpler than this.  In this video The Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences explain climate science in 60 seconds. The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. “Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. It is now more certain than ever, based on many lines of evidence, that humans are changing Earth’s climate. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, accompanied by sea-level rise, a strong decline in Arctic…
  • Waste Management’s 2014 Sustainability Report

    Ramon Arratia
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Waste Management have released their comprehensive sustainability report called “CREATING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY “. Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 20 million customers in the U.S. and Canada. “As part of our strategy, we are committed to developing new waste solutions that can help communities and organisations achieve their green goals, including zero waste.” As with all self served sustainability reports it can sometimes be hard to distinguish ‘company line’ from hard fact but this…
  • Why I love Tesla

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Last week I was lucky enough to drive a Tesla – What an experience! Thanks to Laura Cremer who organised the event for the Interface Sustainability Ambassador Training participants. The entire driving experience was amazing: immediate torque, no noise, huge computer display. I hope one day I’m fortunate enough to own one. The company is not just interesting for being a pioneer in electric cars, or for making electric cars sexy (now the mainstream German manufacturers are trying to copy it). What IS interesting from Tesla is now that that job is done, and electric is on its way to…
  • How Solar Will Light The Way in the UK [Study]

    Ramon Arratia
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    German think-tank Thema1 has published a report where they outline the solar situation in the UK. Here are some key extracts – to download the full report click on the image. — In 2015, solar PV globally will overtake both gas and coal to become the number one power generation technology in terms of annual installations. * We investigate three markets in solar power: large- scale, ground-mounted “solar farms”; commercial roof-top; and residential rooftop. We estimate that all three will be economic without support in the next decade. *  Increasing cost-competitiveness and…
  • An Economy That Works

    Ramon Arratia
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    UK business coalition backs “better growth” roadmap to get economy working harder for the environment and society. A coalition of some of the UK’s biggest businesses today backed a new macro-economic roadmap for Britain and launched a new independent campaign called “An Economy That Works” based on the findings of a major report. Campaign founders the Aldersgate Group and its progressive alliance of NGOs and UK businesses argue in their first report that the UK economy risks becoming detached from the long-term needs of society. It says that GDP growth is an…
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    Talking About Green

  • Why You Should Grow Your Own Produce

    Tushar Mathur
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    If green living is one of your passions, you may have given thought to growing your own fruits and vegetables. From healthier menu options to a more sustainable lifestyle, there are many benefits to be had from growing your own food. And if you’re still not convinced, keep reading to discover all the great advantages of growing your own produce. Growing Your Own Produce Helps the Environment Are you looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs can significantly lessen your family’s impact on the planet. First of all, if you forego harsh…
  • Environmental Home Improvements The Wave Of The Future In Canada

    Tushar Mathur
    1 Nov 2013 | 10:13 am
    Canadians by and large are becoming more environmentally cautious with each breaking revelation about global warming.  Many people even bring their eco-friendly positions directly into their homes. People are increasingly choosing to buy energy efficient homes or retrofit their homes with environmentally friendly products to make the unit greener.  The position of eco-friendly Canadians is that by saving energy, they contribute to the shift towards greener living and also save money on their energy bills over the long run. For example, energy efficient products can save an average Ontario…
  • Better Business Energy Contracts for SMEs

    Tushar Mathur
    13 Aug 2013 | 4:20 pm
    You may not have heard of Love Energy Savings – they are an online price comparison engine for the business energy market. The thing that makes this very different to the consumer market is that business energy contracts often end up rolling over if the customer (or SME) doesn’t switch energy provider soon enough. The commercial gas and electricity markets are slightly different for businesses. Contracts can last 2-3 years so being locked into a business energy contract after being rolled-over onto a high tariff is a business nightmare. The consumer market is much more regulated by…
  • 10 Supreme ways to choose the best career and focus on them

    Tushar Mathur
    30 Jun 2013 | 9:14 pm
    We’ve been having dreams about our career since childhood. For most people, the dreams change as they grow up when they discover their skills and options available. Sometimes, the interests change when they start exploring the other better options they have as they grow up. At the current rate of competition, one is clearly confused while choosing the career that would suit their expectations and interests. Therefore, it has become quite difficult for both students and parents to try and find a way to get to their suitable career and focus on it. The worst thing one could do is letting the…
  • Eco Friendly Products: 7 Best Ideas For Green Living

    Tushar Mathur
    27 Apr 2013 | 9:56 pm
    Green living is a great way to improve your overall life, save money and help create a more eco-friendly environment. Now more than ever, it is important for people to take action and begin preserving the environment. Thankfully, there are more than a few ways you can help the environment, and here are seven of the best ideas for living a green life. 1. Avoid Animal Products Items containing leather, furs, ivories, pig or any other living creature harm innocent animals during their making. Furthermore, it negatively affects our environment. By eliminating the use of these products, you make a…
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Top Ten Cool Ways that Animals See in the Dark

    Earth Rangers
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    During the winter months, things get dark outside pretty early which really cuts into key hours that could be spent playing outside. If only you could see better in the dark! Lots of animals have amazing night vision thanks to some pretty cool adaptations. Here’s a countdown of adaptations that help animals see in the dark. 10. Eye Size The colossal squid has the largest eyes of any known animal, reaching up to 30 cm across. That’s larger than a dinner plate! This species of squid lives in water up to 2 km deep. It’s pretty dark at these depths so having large eyes is a really important…
  • Earth Ranger Nicholas is on An Animal Saving Mission

    Earth Rangers
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Meet 10-year-old Nicholas, an Earth Ranger who has done some amazing things to help protect animals. Nicholas first learned about Earth Rangers when we visited his school in Portage La Prairie in Manitoba. Since then he has been busy doing his part to preserve the wild spaces that animals call home. On a Mission Nick and his bird feeder Nicholas accepted the Battery Blitz Mission and went to his dad’s work to collect batteries. He collected 400 batteries! To support the For the Birds Mission he came up with his own design for a bird feeder that will help birds in the winter and hopefully…
  • How to Catch a Wolf (and Make Sure it Doesn’t Get Hurt)

    Earth Rangers
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This summer and fall, Dr. Brent Patterson and his team were busy studying eastern wolves to learn more about where they travel and how they use their habitat. The team caught 28 canids (wolves plus coyotes), took measurements and placed tracking collars on the wolves’ neck so we can track them for the next couple of years. Dr Brent Patterson (right) and Earth Rangers’ Dr. Scott But wait a minute! How on earth did they get so close to the wolves without them running away? Well, Dr. Patterson has a secret that he wants to share with all Earth Rangers around the world. He’s a…
  • Countdown of Animals that Change Colour in the Winter

    Earth Rangers
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Just like we change our clothing for the winter, many animals also change their appearance to help them stay warm and to camouflage from predators. Check out this countdown of animals that look completely different from winter to summer. 1) Ptarmigan in the Summer 2) Ptarmigan in the winter 3) Arctic Hare in the Summer Photo credit: Flickr user Alan Sim 4) Arctic Hare in the Winter 5) Long Tailed Weasel in the Summer 6) Long Tailed Weasel in the Winter 7) Male American Goldfinch in the Summer 8) Male American Goldfinch in the Winter 9) Arctic Fox in the Summer 10) Arctic Fox in the Winter
  • Earth Rangers at Parliament Hill

    Earth Rangers
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    On Thursday, November 20, 2014 nine Earth Rangers members from the Ottawa area joined us at Parliament Hill for a very special event. Earth Rangers Nate, Mason, Ryan, Georgia, Emilia, Ella, Maizie, Sadie and Elijah with Dr. Colin Carrie, Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq and Laureen Harper. These members made posters about the work they have done to protect animals to help introduce Earth Rangers to Members of Parliament. The Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Mrs. Harper and numerous other MPs all stopped by to meet these Earth Rangers and hear how they are…
 
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:54 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

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:54 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

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:54 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

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:54 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

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • Toyota And Nissan Trucks To Detroit, Mercedes Heading To Atlanta? The Week In Reverse

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Beware, Chevy, Ford, GMC, and Ram truck fans: Both Nissan and Toyotahave chosen the heart of the domestic auto industry—Detroit—for the world debut of completely new pickups. The two models, to be introduced at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) next month, are the 2016 Nissan Titan and 2016 Toyota Tacoma...
  • 2015 Dodge Charger R/T: Quick Drive

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Without question, the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the member of the Charger sedan lineup that’ll attract the most attention this year. But if you’re not headed to the track or looking to wow friends with timed performance runs and Hellcat bragging rights, you could save a lot of money just going for the...
  • 2015 Dodge Charger

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Dodge was, until recently, steering its Charger in the same retro-muscle-car direction as its Challenger coupe. But starting for 2015, the Charger follows a different course, instead taking on a more modern look on the outside—one that serves almost as a counterpoint to the Challenger's faithful retro-revival, all while...
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Once the entry-level Mercedes model in the U.S., the C-Class has now grown up and out of that role and is now a very adult car that looks and acts like a smaller version of the brand's S-Class flagship. Offered as a luxury two-door coupe and a four-door sedan, the C-Class takes on competitors such as the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the Audi A4 and A5...
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is the first front-wheel-drive car offered by the brand in the U.S. and somewhat of a spiritual successor to the 190E. The CLA returns for the 2015 model year basically unchanged, again available in standard and AMG versions. Mercedes has also added the CLA-based GLA-Class SUV, which uses the same underpinnings. The...
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    Green Car Reports

  • Tesla Battery-Swap Pilot Program To Launch Next Week In California

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Tesla Motors will shortly announce that it is launching a pilot program next week to test the long-promised battery-pack swapping technology for its Model S electric sedan. The swapping site will be located at a facility across the street from the Tesla Supercharger site in Harris Ranch, California--184 miles south of San Francisco and about 200...
  • 2016 Toyota Mirai First Drive, Green-Car Tax Breaks, BMW i3 REx Road Trip: Today's Car News

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    We wrap up the week with a first drive report of the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, plus stories on extended green-car tax breaks and a BMW i3 REx electric-car road trip. All this and more on Green Car Reports. See what it's like to take a road trip in the 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car, getting by on 72 miles of electric...
  • 2016 Toyota Mirai: First Drive Of Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Sedan

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car will get a huge amount of promotion and attention from its maker, despite the very low numbers that will be built in its first years. In that respect, it's very similar to the first Toyota Prius hybrid back in 1997--a first sketch of what a future powertrain may promise. But what's it actually like to...
  • Tax Breaks Back For Electric-Car Charging Stations, Natural-Gas Cars, Through End Of Year

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    It's the end of another Congressional session, which means that a budget extension bill has now been rushed through and is likely to be signed. Called The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771), it contains special provisions, rule tweaks, and concessions for many, many, many different constituencies. It extends more than 50 provisions of...
  • California Urged To Stay The Course On Electric Cars, Help Owners Charge Cheaper

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Gas prices are falling: Michigan has signs advertising regular at $1.99 per gallon. It's now below $3 a gallon even in California, which continues to be the focal point for electric-car adoption. Now an electric utility CEO has joined with an environmental advocate to urge that Californians stay the course in their adoption of plug-in electric...
 
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Olives — Yum

    kb
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    A few months ago (before I was dizzy!) the folks at Olives from Spain offered up their expert, Annie Sibonney, the Cooking Network star, for an interview. They let me ask her questions and recorded her answers. Here, find that video with plenty of interesting olive facts as well as some recipes that sound delicious. The best part: They are offering one NaPM reader a nice gift — some free olives and olive-related items. Want them to come to your house? Comment below and tell me one thing you like about olives.
  • Things They Don’t Tell You About Concussions

    kb
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    As I am finally starting to slip out of the everyday-I’m-dizzy dizziness, I figured it’s time to share some info I learned along the way. Mostly, so others who are dealing with concussions can learn from my experience. (And what a SUCKY experience it was/is!) Here are some of the more upsetting/annoying things in no particular order… 1) Your resting heart rate and blood pressure may go up. As an avid exercise fan, I always had a low resting heart rate so when I started having palpitations and a feeling of my heart beating fast I went to the ER. They hooked me up to machines…
  • Adjusting to My Non-Super Status

    kb
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    One of the things that always bothered me was when people — mostly other moms — said I was a super mom. I felt like it set me apart and made people less likely to want to be my friend. Since the concussion, I have done a lot of what feels like slacking. It’s completely changed how I feel about myself and swung the pendulum the other direction. Take religion: I am a catechist for my older daughter. I am one of three teachers since we have a huge class. I realized quickly that teaching — heck, even sitting in — the classes makes me dizzy. So much head movement. So…
  • Life as a Dizzy Shut-In

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

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

  • We smell strong oil fumes in our family room (oil furnaces right below room). What kind of professional do you call for proper ventilation?

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Is it dangerous to smell oil fumes from your furnace? What kind of professional do you call for proper ventilation? Our oil co. conducted its routine maintenance check and could not solve the problem. There is a fireplace in the family room - would a chimney co. help with the ventilation problem? Please help! Recommend contact a certified HERS rater and conduct a blower door test. However not just any HERS rater one that also has the carbon emission gas appliance certification. What you...
  • Putting a recirculation system in my house to get instant hot water for my faucets. do you think it would help as well as lower my bill some

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    At this time I have to run my faucets for a few seconds to get hot water. Trying to lower my water bill do you think this would help me. A recirculation system will save water and it'll be nice to have hot water sooner. To estimate the amount of water savings let's assume a 2.5 GPM (Gallons Per Minute)...
  • Winter position ceiling fan

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    For winter, clockwise or counter? Clockwise while you are looking up at it - also low speed For More: http://thehtrc.com/2014/faq-ceiling-fan-direction-summer-winter ...
  • Is it worthwhile to put Low-E reflective polyfoam insulation under new shingles in addition to housewrap?

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    I live in New England and have a house build in 1975 that's sheathed with T-111 plywood. Am planning to shingle it, and put housewrap under shingles to improve envelope. Question - is it worthwhile to put Low-E reflective polyfoam insulation under the shingles in addition to housewrap? Builder says it'll be equivalent to R4.2. I'm keen on improving the house's insulation by any means possible. Is this a good application of this product? Thanks! If your attic is vented, outdoor air will pass from the eave vent to the ridge vent and adding insulation on the top side of the roof…
  • Cost effective Cool Roof options for a low slope residential home near Atlanta

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    I'm having a hard time finding if any Cool Roof options are cost effective for a residential roof located near Atlanta. The roofers say it's not worth reflective shingles, which don't seem all that reflective. The south side of the home has no attic, it's drywalled high ceiling with no ductwork. A steel coated roof would be an option but concerned about rain sounds. Years ago I painted thermoelastic reflective material on the roof and it was cool to the touch compared to the brown asphalt shingles and appeared to actually protect the roof keeping the aggregate on relative to…
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • Christmas and Carbon: What's The Connection?

    anand.smartdata
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The evolution of the shopping trends from offline to online is a unique case study as far as climate change discussions go. While retailers have been saving energy on commuting, lighting and inventory holding costs, they are also consuming more paper and cardboard due to individual shipping.read more
  • Smart Meters Need Effective Electricity Pricing to Deliver Their Full Benefits

    EDFEnergyEX
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Smart meters, which can provide energy consumers with detailed electricity use data throughout the day, are a critical piece of a smarter, more resilient 21st century energy system. But they are not a cure-all for modernizing our antiquated power grid.read more
  • Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2014 Winners, 2015 Picks

    Eric Wesoff
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups -- but there have been relatively few cleantech IPOs over the past few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups.read more
  • Finding the 'Secret Sauce' to Define and Motivate Your Target Audience

    KatieMandes
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Most people can agree that being efficient consumers of energy is a good thing. And yet encouraging energy efficiency can be challenging, in part because the potential audience can be huge and diverse, and in part because making a change, even if it saves you money, typically requires effort.read more
  • Energy Quote of the Day: Putin, the Ruble, Rosneft and Economic Crisis

    Jared Anderson
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Russian economy is heavily dependent on oil – prices of which have been falling precipitously – and sanctions imposed by western governments in retaliation for Russia’s aggressive action in Ukraine are putting extreme pressure on the country’s currency.read more
 
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  • Report finds Pennsylvania a rising U.S. leader in clean energy

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Pennsylvania added nearly 1.4 gigawatts of clean energy capacity and attracted $3.5 billion in private investment between 2009 and 2013, helping to make the Keystone state a “rising leader” in renewable energy investment, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Meanwhile, new clean energy projects planned in Pennsylvania over the next decade are expected to add 5 gigawatts of capacity and generate $17.7 billion in investment, according to the report, which is part of an analysis by the Pew Trusts’ Clean Energy Initiative. “That’s a pretty impressive economic…
  • WMU earns national recognition from U.S. Green Building Council

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Western Michigan University is one of just 10 schools and individuals nationwide honored Dec. 17 by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, which named the top innovators in school sustainability at all educational levels. WMU was named the 2014 Best of Green Schools recipient in USGBC’s higher education category. The annual awards program is designed to recognize the best environmental efforts in schools across the country. In making the announcement, the council’s leadership lauded more than 20 years of WMU sustainability accomplishments in energy…
  • Timken HQ Receives LEED Gold Certification

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    The Timken Company recently announced that its World Headquarters building has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) sets the international standard for green-building excellence, and this certification recognizes The Timken Company’s adherence to solid green design and practices. Built in 1966, the building located near the Akron-Canton airport recently underwent a $65 million, 240,000-square-foot renovation and expansion to serve as the company’s new world headquarters. The building brings…
  • LEED IEQ Certification Services in Texas & the Gulf Coast offered by Indoor Environmental Consultants

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Across Texas and the Gulf Coast, a growing number of building owners and management companies have recognized the benefits of obtaining the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for their properties.  To obtain this coveted status, there are a number of credit categories where points can be earned towards certification. One major category for LEED certification is indoor environmental quality credits.  One of the foremost LEED consulting firms in the region that specializes in helping those in search of certification achieve seamless compliance with these…
  • Leed Resources passes AGM resolutions

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    StockMarketWire.com - Leed Resources, (AIM: LDP), the natural resource investment company, has confirmed that, at the AGM held earlier today, all resolutions were duly passed. At 3:13pm: [LON:LDP] Leed Resources PLC share price was -0.02p at 0.09p Story provided by StockMarketWire.com – See more at: http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/4939311/Leed-Resources-passes-AGM-resolutions.html#sthash.gDRtwuI8.dpuf
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  • Net Zero Home: An Affordable Green Option for Homeowners

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    There is a new competitor for certified green homes in Utah, known as Net Zero certified homes. Zero Home, the first of these eco-friendly Utah residences, is totally green, energy efficient and completely certified. What Makes Zero Home Unique? With amenities such as geothermal heating, special green-conscious insulation, special cooling and heating units, and solar technologies, many green homes are popping up all over the country. Zero Home, however, takes things just a few steps further. If you simply look at it quickly, it is difficult to see what sets Zero Home apart from all the rest.
  • Easy Ways to Save Energy at Work

    admin
    29 Nov 2013 | 11:54 am
    By Karen Canas Saving energy isn’t always about huge changes. You don’t have to be a city planner or engineer installing a hydrodelectric dam to make a big difference in energy consumption. One of the best ways you can be a smart energy user is to take your regular practices to work. Whether you work in an office building, a school or an industrial power plant, chances are good you can make changes and get your co-workers on the bandwagon to conserve energy like never before. Taking the time to make a few small changes in your workplace can make a huge difference in the long run,…
  • Save Money and Help the Environment: Learn How to Slay Energy Vampires

    admin
    25 Oct 2013 | 7:18 am
    By Kathy Montgomery From the nearest cineplex to the pages of a classic bodice ripper, the undead are all the rage these days. But bet you didn’t know there are vampires lurking in your home at this very moment. We don’t mean the garlic-fearing, casket-dwelling, “I vant to suck your blood” variety, but we do mean something as equally insidious, at least when it comes to your monthly electric bill: energy vampires. These are appliances that draw power 24 hours a day, even when you think they’re not in use. And while you can’t kill them with a stake to the heart, there are…
  • Energy Efficiency 101: Home Appliances & Efficiency Tips

    admin
    18 Sep 2013 | 8:17 am
    By Jordan Remington Home appliances are the largest culprits that make energy bills skyrocket. The three most voracious energy gobblers are heaters, air conditioners and water heaters. The energy used to operate water heaters is higher than the monthly consumption of almost all small appliances and digital devices in a typical home combined, according to Duke Energy. As appliances age, efficiency declines, and energy use naturally increases. Older appliances and new Energy Star appliances run better and cost less to operate with proper cleaning and maintenance in the following ways. Climate…
  • Best Apps for Monitoring and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

    admin
    17 Sep 2013 | 2:39 pm
    For the past decade, the phrase “carbon footprint” has worked its way into the nation’s vocabulary. More people know that it relates to environmental impact, but what does it mean, exactly? The two main factors that should be considered are carbon dioxide and methane emissions of a population (or person), a system or an activity, according to a generally accepted definition written by Laurence A. Wright, Simon Kemp and Ian Williams in 2011. “This should allow the carbon footprint to become a cost-effective, practical and repeatable metric that can be adopted by all types of…
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    PLANET

  • Neighbors Helped This Immigrant-Owned Dry Cleaner in Boston Go Nontoxic—and Stay in Business

    Chuck Collins
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Chuck Collins is a co-founder of JPNET and Polly Hoppin is co-leader of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Photo courtesy of the authors. In 1996, Guatemalan immigrant Myra Vargas and her Venezuelan husband Ernesto bought J&P Cleaners, a neighborhood dry cleaner in Boston. But something always smelled funny. “The chemicals we used—we knew they were not healthy,” Myra said. She stayed away from the shop when she was pregnant with her second child. The evolving local economy doesn’t have to use materials that make everyone sick. Like most conventional dry cleaners in the…
  • Northern California's Railroads Are Carrying More Crude Oil Than Ever—But These Neighbors Aren't Having It

    Tara Lohan
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This article originally appeared at Faces of Fracking. Ed Ruszel’s family business is in an industrial park in Benicia, California, where Valero Energy is hoping to build a new rail terminal at its refinery to accept 70,000 barrels of crude oil a day. Photo by Sarah Craig. Ed Ruszel’s workday is a soundtrack of whirling, banging, screeching—the percussion of wood being cut, sanded, and finished. He’s the facility manager for the family business, Ruszel Woodworks. But one sound each day roars above the cacophony of the wood shop: the blast of the train horn as cars cough down the Union…
  • UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up

    Jim Shultz
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Peruvian President Ollanta Humala addresses the Conference of Parties. Photo by Presidencia Perú / Flickr. During one of the “high-level” climate policy negotiating sessions here in Lima, where the words of the top diplomats seemed to float in to the air and disappear, a senior representative from Mexico used his time to tell a story. He recounted how he had once attended a meeting in Mexico City with an important international delegation when the city’s famous seismic alarm system sounded, signaling a serious earthquake less than a minute away. “The political battles that matter…
  • These 3 Colleges Stopped Investing in Fossil Fuels—One Year Later, Their Endowments Are Doing Just Fine

    A.C. Shilton
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Photo by Flickr / Light Brigading. You can hear the sounds of new construction from just about any point on Sterling College’s bucolic Vermont campus. The whir of saws and plink of hammers ricochet off the nearby Lowell Mountains as students—26 percent more than were enrolled just two years ago—shuffle to class through a carpet of fall leaves. Several colleges and universities have completed the process of divestment. None has declared financial ruin. Things have never been better at this small college, which specializes in environmental education. An entire Sustainable Agriculture and…
  • The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity

    Fran Korten
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. In June, I attended an event in Boston that signaled to me that the concept of the New Economy—and the grassroots movement behind it—had come of age. Click here to subscribe to YES! The event was the conference of the New Economy Coalition. The halls were full of students, cooperative leaders from the deep south, climate justice activists from Native reservations, labor leaders, and others identifying with the New Economy. Folks who had been at conferences such as this for years were also there—farmers, Main Street business owners, sustainability entrepreneurs,…
 
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  • Oil Companies Are Pausing Plans to Drill the Arctic

    Mike Confino
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Earlier this week, the Danish government joined Russia and Canada in the jostling over the North Pole. Part of the draw is bragging rights—what northern nation wouldn’t want the North Pole?—but a bigger draw is the oil and mineral-rich sea floor. But the appeal of the Arctic’s oil riches is predicated on the assumption that we’ll be able to access and exploit them. That assumption, so far, seems optimistic, at least at the moment. Two years ago Royal Dutch Shell poked a toe into the frigid Arctic waters. Yet almost immediately that exploratory campaign started having…
  • Europe set to allow individual nations to ban GM crops

    Mike Confino
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    European Union member states may soon be allowed to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their soil even if these crops have already been given approval to be grown in the EU. The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, is expected to vote on the matter on 13 January, with the outcome being rubber-stamped later in the month by environment ministers within the Council of the EU. If voted through as anticipated, the amendments to a 2001 directive are likely to come into force by June next year. They will mean that countries that want to ban GM crops are no longer obliged to…
  • Obama Says Keystone Pipeline Will Have Little Impact on U.S. Gas Prices

    Mike Confino
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers in perhaps his strongest comments on the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline to date. “There is very little impact – nominal impact – on U.S. gas prices, what the average American consumer cares about,” Obama told reporters during an end-of-year press conference. Obama picked apart some of the most common arguments of its proponents: that it would create jobs, lower domestic…
  • A Zero Energy House That Truly Pulls Its Weight

    Mike Confino
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    We’re always looking for ways to be more energy conscious, but what if your house already did the legwork for you? This tilted, ecologically savvy model dwelling near Larvik, Norway, actually creates more energy than it consumes—a “plus house,” it’s called. Brought to life by the combined creative genius of the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings and design firm Snøhetta, the zero energy house was created as both an exercise in eliminating greenhouse gases emitted by buildings as well as a stage for increasing understanding of “plus houses” and their potential impact.
  • EPA to unveil long-anticipated coal ash regulations

    Mike Confino
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Long-anticipated regulations regarding the disposal of coal ash — a toxic byproduct containing hazardous materials such as arsenic and lead — are due to be released Friday by the U.S. government. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to the Friday deadline as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups. The agency had first proposed rules governing the storage of waste material created through the burning of coal in 2010 in the wake of a massive spill at a ruptured holding pond in Tennessee. But regulations were never finalized, prompting activists to sue…
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  • Everblue & USGBC South Florida Chapter Partner to Present LEED Exam Prep

    Lesley@Everblue
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
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  • The 2015 New American Home

    Lesley@Everblue
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    In September 2013, we posted a blog called Las Vegas: Bright Lights, Green City? questioning how energy efficient a place nicknamed “Sin City” could actually be. That post focused primarily on the growth of LEED-certified buildings in the city. Here we are now, and I see that the 2015 New American Home will debut at the International Builders Show in – where else – Las Vegas…actually, Henderson, which is about 20 minutes southeast of Las Vegas.read more
  • Instructor Spotlight: Sasha Sampaio

    Lesley@Everblue
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Welcome to our new series called Instructor Spotlight! As you can guess from the name, this series will be dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of one of our experienced educators in the field.read more
  • Poor HVAC Installation Leads to Increased Energy Use

    Lesley@Everblue
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that poor installation of air conditioning and heat pump units often leads to unsatisfactory energy performance. This research took three years to compile, with the help of surveys, field evidence, and various measurements for modeling. The most common installation errors included leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, oversizing of systems, and restricted air flow.read more
  • Sustainability Certification is on the Horizon

    Lesley@Everblue
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Last week, Everblue President Vince DiFrancesco attended the national conference for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) in Denver, CO. The biggest news to surface at the conference was the announcement of an official certification for sustainability professionals.read more
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    Green Prophet

  • Un-Islamic critics want to veil “shameless” private parts of buildings in Iran

    Maurice Picow
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Islamic versus non-Islamic or simply Western style architecture is an issue in many parts of the Middle East where locals, kingdoms and sheikdoms refuse or steadfastly hold onto their identity. Look...
  • A million mummies unearthed in Egypt – can you dig it?

    Laurie Balbo
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    Maybe you’ve heard of the Million Man March? Or the Million Mom March?  Or last year’s Million Muslim March? Brace yourself for a macabre riff on that theme. A team of archaeologists from...
  • 3D-printed paws allow lame dog to run!

    Laurie Balbo
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    This is the amazing tale of Derby the dog. The life of this little pup born with withered front legs took a radical turn when he met an animal lover named Tara Anderson. See the power of tech to...
  • Project Pressure captures Iran’s melting glaciers (PHOTOS)

    Laurie Balbo
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    Project Pressure has created the first open source glacier archive, recording the environmental impact of climate change by documenting the world’s changing glaciers. Danish photographer Klaus...
  • Egloo heats your room for a dime a day!

    Laurie Balbo
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    An Italian design student dreamed up a gizmo that he claims can heat a room for 10 cents a day. I just paid $700 to half-fill an oil tank that, if I’m Scrooge-like with that “on”...
 
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  • Holiday Solar Sale: 30% Off Through December 26th

    Erin Preston
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
      Give the gift of solar light! 30% all products through December 26th.  Looking for a few last minute unique gifts for your loved ones, neighbors or colleagues?  These lights are compact, affordable and long lasting. Just charge the light in the sunshine and it will provide hours of light at night. Our solar products run from $8 for our basic solar light to $45 for our light that also charges mobile phones via USB. 30% off through December 26th during our Holiday Solar Sale. Go to Store.Nokero.Com and enter the promo code LS14 at checkout to receive the discount. Happy holidays and…
  • Building Brighter Futures in Cambodia

    Erin Preston
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    Building Brighter Futures Foundation (BBFF) is a small organization in Australia that is having a big impact on rural communities living in Cambodia.  Building Brighter Futures Foundation’s mission is to support and facilitate community based projects and programs that encourage, enhance and enable the gaining of knowledge, understanding and skills that will allow the young people living in these communities to build a brighter and more sustainable future for themselves and their families. And one way they are seeing their mission through is access to light by distributing Nokero…
  • Pen pals in Tanzania Inspire Philanthropy in a 10-year-old Coloradan

    Erin Preston
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Eva is a 10-year-old girl who attends St. Vrain Community Montessori School in Colorado. With her fellow students, Eva helps to run the student organized and operated Upendo Emporium, the proceeds from which go to support learning activities and supplies for their pen pals at the Upendo school in Tanzania. Most of the students at the Tanzanian school lack access to electricity and are unable to read or study past dusk. Eva knew she wanted to do something to help her pen pals and was fascinated by the Nokero solar light bulbs when her mother introduced her to them. Knowing that these solar…
  • Empowering Young Minds

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

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

  • Coding with Kids – Hour of Code

    Calley Pate
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
        My kids go to possibly the coolest school EVER!  They attend a charter school (we’re in Florida) and have the ability to learn Greek language, music, art, and even computer science.  While they do still teach the basics and follow common core, they have a lot of freedom in the classrooms. My daughter is in Kindergarten and has been learning Greek since she was 3 yrs old (they also have a pre-K program). On Friday, I got our daily email from her teacher and she shared a very cool website that they worked on; Code.org.  There is an ongoing movement to show the importance…
  • Cool Kids Gift Ideas

    Calley Pate
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
      Affiliate links present in this post.  My kids are on different extremes when it comes to Christmas gifts this year.  My daughter is 5 (almost 6) and wants EVERYTHING she sees on TV or in the sales flyers. I seriously think if they came out with a LaLaLoopsy lump of coal she’d want it.  My son is 11 and a little more difficult to shop for this year.  There really isn’t much that he’s asked for.  Here are just a few gift ideas for kids of all ages… Lottie & Friends Lottie is a relatively new set of dolls for children ages 3-9.  Unlike traditional…
  • Techie Gift Gear Ideas

    Calley Pate
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    If you are anything like me, this is the week you scramble trying to find just the right gift for everyone on your list. I do most of my shopping online so this is THE week to get stuff ordered so it will arrive in time.  Here are just a few of my favorite techie finds this year that may or may not be found under the tree on Christmas morning. Powerslayer by Velvetwire: Can you ever have too many iPhone chargers laying around? In a house full of techies we’re always fighting over the cords and you can never find them all when you need them.  With my old iPhone 5, I would constantly…
  • How to Bake the PERFECT Christmas Cookie

    Calley Pate
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I’m FINALLY in the Christmas spirit and in the mood to bake a few batches of our favorite cookies.  We don’t bake much the rest of the year, but I always find time to bake cookies with the kids in December.  You probably won’t stumble upon my recipes pinned on Pinterest or on the pages of a magazine, but I make the PERFECT Christmas Cookies!!  Do you want to know my secret? First, go to the baking aisle of your favorite store and pick up a few packs of morsels that look good to you.  I couldn’t find our favorite mint chocolate chips from last year, but I did find…
  • Sea World’s Christmas Celebration 2015

    Calley Pate
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This past weekend we were invited to Sea World’s Christmas Celebration to get a glimpse behind the scenes and to learn more about the special Christmas performances going on around the park.  Unlike some of the other area theme parks, Sea World includes their Christmas performances with your regular park admission.  Plus, kids get in FREE through the end of December with a paying adult. Sea World will always hold a special place in my heart and the Christmas spirit just enhances that love of the park and the work they do to help preserve our natural world. I found myself a little…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • Friday Fun: Write about your ideal city to win a trip to Masdar City

    Coby Joseph
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    This rendering from Masdar City shows one version of an ideal city of the future. What does your city look like? Photo by Forgemind Archimedia/Flickr. What will your ideal city look like in 2030? That is the question of the third annual international blogging contest hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company behind Masdar City. One winner will receive a paid trip to Abu Dhabi – where Masdar City is located – in mid-January, 2015, and will serve as VIP blogger during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The contest asks participants to think creatively about the future of urban…
  • Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa leads Bogotá’s inclusive urban transformation

    Dario Hidalgo
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    With a focus on sustainable urbanism and social justice, Enrique Peñalosa used a wide variety of people-oriented policies that helped transform Bogotá. Photo by Colin Hughes/Flickr. This is the seventh entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many stories, TheCityFix seeks to challenge our readers to think carefully about what defines leadership and innovation in sustainable transport and…
  • 189 cities and counting: Track the growth of bus rapid transit on the redesigned BRTdata.org!

    Priscila Pacheco
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The redesigned BRTdata.org platform shows the global rise in bus rapid transit and bus priority corridors, and allows users to compare bus systems across a wide range of metrics. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Every day, more than 31 million people use bus rapid transit (BRT) systems and bus corridors in 189 cities. From Istanbul to Mexico City, BRT is saving people time, improving the environment, and making cities safer, more sustainable places to live worldwide. Does your city have BRT? Or, is your city planning a new system? You can find out that and much more on the redesigned…
  • The need to visualize public transit data for better bus systems in India

    Prashanth Bachu
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    As Indian cities invest in information technology services, minimum standards should require the use of visualization tools to better utilize transport data and improve bus planning. Photo by EMBARQ. Over the past decade, many transit agencies in Indian cities have implemented information technology services (ITS) to improve bus planning and operations in urban areas. These typically require huge investments financed either by the city government or by the transit agency alone. However, using such technologies alone does not guarantee tangible improvements in level of service. Without the…
  • Seven ways Belo Horizonte, Brazil inspires sustainable cities

    Luísa Zottis
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    From developing bus rapid transit to improving public spaces, Belo Horizonte, Brazil is working to become a sustainable city. Photo by Eduardo Beltrame. Belo Horizonte, Brazil is a city of remarkable cuisine, green spaces, and architecture. The city is increasingly designed using people-oriented urban development strategies that prioritize the people who make the city come alive. Even for outsiders, this state capital feels like home. A number of initiatives are transforming the city into an example of best practices for sustainable transport, people-oriented spaces, and resilience to…
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    EarthTechling

  • Big solar step: Super-efficient system sets record

    Curated Post
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    A new world record is making the future of solar energy look pretty bright. Researchers in Australia recently developed a solar energy system that can convert more than 40 percent of the sunlight that hits it into electricity the highest efficiency ever reported for a commercially available photovoltaic system.The technology first achieved the record-breaking efficiency in outdoor tests in Sydney, Australia, and later at an outdoor test facility operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, the primary lab for renewable energy and energy efficiency research…
  • Saving Our Soils and Climate with Biochar

    EarthTalk
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Dear EarthTalk: What is biochar and how can it help reduce my carbon footprint?  – William Jarvis, Bethlehem, PABiochar is a naturally occurring, fine-grained, highly porous form of charcoal derived from the process of baking biomass—and it’s been associated with fertile soils for some two thousand years. “Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices,” reports the International Biochar Initiative (IBI), a trade group representing the world’s burgeoning biochar industry. “Intensive study of biochar-rich…
  • Remote Start Functionality for its Blink Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    PR Newswire
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) (“CarCharging”), the largest owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services, announced that it now offers remote start functionality for its Blink EV charging stations via the Blink mobile application (“App”). This feature provides EV drivers with the ability to start an EV charging session directly from the App, which is available for iOS and Android devices.Once a driver locates and selects the Blink EV charging station on the Blink App, they have multiple options for beginning the charging session,…
  • Report Misses Link Between California Drought and Human-Caused Climate Change

    EcoWatch
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Just a couple months ago, I critiqued a pair of studies that disputed any linkage between human-caused climate change and the exceptional 2014 California drought. Now comes yet another study (“Causes and Predictability of the 2011-14 California Drought”) with the imprimatur of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced with great fanfare (a NOAApress conference), drawing yet again the same conclusion. My criticisms of the latest study are yet again basically the same, but for reasons I explain below, that conclusion is even more implausible now than it was just…
  • Getting Kids Into Environmental Activism

    EarthTalk
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Dear EarthTalk: Do you have any tips for helping me get my kids involved in environmental protection advocacy? – Jeanine Black, Charlotte, NCThere’s no time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up to protect it. Of course, any good environmental education starts at home: parents should always keep in mind that they are role models for their kids, and should act responsibly. And most schools today incorporate issues of sustainability into their curricula. But kids who want to do more can sync up with one of any number of nonprofits focused…
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    Green Nation Today

  • Where in the Building Should You Perform the Test for Radon Gas in Your Home?

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    When you suspect there is radon gas in your home or you just want to check and make sure that your health is not at risk, you can either buy a test kit and follow the guidelines to perform it or you can hire a certified Apple Aire professional to do it. If you decide to perform the test yourself, you should know that a realistic estimate of the radon level can only be obtained when you make the measurements at the lowest level of your living space, which is the lowest level occupied or used by a family member for more than 4 hours a day. This space could be the basement or the ground floor.
  • College Basketball Rumors: Niagara Women’s Hoop Team Is Still Stranded On A Bus

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    The latest college basketball rumors at Sports Glory talk about Niagara women’s hoop team and how they are still stranded on a bus due to a snowstorm. It has been over 24 hours since the Niagara women basketball team has been stuck on their bus. They left Pittsburgh after playing the team there for home on Monday night, but unfortunately, just 50 miles from their campus, their bus ran into a snowstorm and got stuck. They girls from the team have been stuck in that same spot with the police troopers still nowhere in sight. While the girls have heat, electricity and Wi-Fi on their bus, the…
  • Services of Minneapolis Plumber Contractors Excellent

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    It will not take too much time for leaks to begin destroying the inside of a home, as water can create serious damages to such areas like the flooring, ceilings and walls. When you need assistance with regards to this type of matter, then have Minneapolis plumber professional services contractors provide their quality workmanship to resolve this kind of plumbing issue, which is why their services are such a valuable option to consider for issue with the plumbing system in the home. There are several other reasons for a homeowner to opt for the services of these local plumbing contractors that…
  • The Benefits Of Getting Used Drum Sets And Other Musical Instruments From The Internet

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    If you’re interested in learning to play a new instrument or want to upgrade the old one, you should learn about why it is much more advantageous to buy and sell used musical instruments online. Many people believe that new instruments are better than old ones. While this might be an obvious one, new doesn’t equal better in the music world. That is because used instruments actually produce finer tones in time, and that is because any instrument will richen its tones after a few years of proper usage. So you will get much more from your used instrument than from an old one. One reason why…
  • Have You Heard Of Green Politics?

    admin
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Green politics is a political ideology that intends to make an ecologically sustainable society rooted in grassroots democracy, social justice, and environmentalism. It started taking shape in the western world in the 1970s; since then Green parties have achieved some electoral success, and have developed and created themselves in many nations around the world. Along with environmental and democracy problems, eco-friendly politics is concerned with civil liberties, social justice, nonviolence, occasionally forms of localism and tends to support social progressivism. The program of the party…
 
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    Intercon

  • Architects Hail from NYC and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

    T. Caine
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Contrary to the statements of some and the hopes of many, there are no silver bullets for solving challenges surrounding sustainability. Part of this is due to the complexity of the problems, some is due to the fact that there are so many points of view for problem solving and a piece of the responsibility falls on the fact that there are so many different situations around the world with unique contextual conditions, making their problems in turn unique. As a result, collaboration makes a world of sense as we approach sustainable goals and the best solutions can come from components that…
  • Testing the Numbers on Recycling of Recyclables

    T. Caine
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    By now, most of us know the drill for washing out glass and plastic containers and placing them the blue or green bins rather than bundling them with the rest of the trash. It has been decades since residents were first able to separate out recyclables from other waste for curbside pick-up. What started out as smaller local trends are now mature municipal services in some of the largest cities across the country. However, despite the millions of tons of waste that has been diverted from landfills for a life of reuse, we have certainly not reached the point where we are recycling everywhere in…
  • Energy Conservation at Home Needs Real Time Data

    T. Caine
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    In the United States, sustainable progress most often takes the form of ways to engineer a more efficient version of the status quo. Products that allow for a reduction in net resource use while allowing customers to live the same way are seen as a win/win. To be fair, the small advances we can take through greener product choices are a first step and certainly better than nothing, even if course-altering impacts towards a sustainable culture will require the underlying lifestyle to evolve. If greener consumerism is one of the paths that Americans are responding to then the products need to…
  • Seeking Sustainability the Building Industry Targets Human Health

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

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

  • New Arrivals: Green Tree Jewelry Holiday Earrings

    Melissa Dion
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!Green Tree Jewelry Snowman Earrings$12    Green Tree Jewelry Candy Cane Earrings$12    Green Tree Jewelry Gift Earrings$12   Green Tree Jewelry Ice Earrings $12Green Tree Jewelry is an innovative San Diego based company, that delivers cutting edge wood jewelry and product design
  • Eco and Vegan Fashion Holiday Gift Guide

    Melissa Dion
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Shop for great green gifts at every price!eco gifts under $15eco gifts under $20eco gifts under $30eco gifts under $50eco gifts under $75eco gifts under $100eco gifts $100+
  • Eco and Vegan Holiday Gifts $100+

    Melissa Dion
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you haven't started your holiday shopping yet what are you waiting for? Get started with these great eco gifts over $100!Also check out our great eco gifts under $15eco gifts under $20,eco gifts under $30,eco gifts under $50,eco gifts under $75,and eco gifts under $100!   Indigenous V Neck Poncho$132  Ecoskin Camrose Tie Dye Wrap$104  Ecoskin Liverpool Dress$128  Ecoskin Mauna Dress $128  
  • Eco and Vegan Holiday Gifts Under $100!

    Melissa Dion
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you haven't started your holiday shopping yet what are you waiting for? Get started with these great eco gifts under $100!Also check out our great eco gifts under $15eco gifts under $20,eco gifts under $30,eco gifts under $50,and eco gifts under $75!  Ecoskin Trinity Top$84 Second Eco by Yoga Jeans Justine Organic Denim  $89.99  Indigenous Pocket Scarf$88  Ecoskin Halifax Leggings$88   Ecoskin Killara Dress$89.99   Second Eco by Yoga Jeans 2100 Skinny Organic Denim$79.99
  • Eco and Vegan Holiday Gifts Under $75!

    Melissa Dion
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    If you haven't started your holiday shopping yet what are you waiting for? Get started with these great eco gifts under $75!Also check out our great eco gifts under $15eco gifts under $20,eco gifts under $30,and eco gifts under $50! Elroy Aster Sweater$59.99  Ecoskin Willowbrook Top$72 Ecoskin Newcaste Top $72 Ecoskin Bronte Dress$74.99 Ecoskin Manhattan Jacket$69.99  Indigenous 4 Way Skirt$72  Ecoskin Starfall Top$68  Ecoskin Kaila Top$60  Elroy Cedar Pant$69.99  Ecoskin Malana Top$56  Ecoskin Tamarama Dress$59.99 Ecoskin Airdrie Top$72…
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Australia faces a stormier future thanks to climate change

    John Allen, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Convection &amp; Climate Predictability at Columbia University
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    'Plates of the Outback' - A supercell thunderstorm near Urana, NSW drifts over the landscape. John Allen, Author providedThe supercell that hit Brisbane on November 27 this year caused more than A$500 million worth of damage, produced hail up to 7.5 cm in diameter, and lashed the city with winds of more than 140 km an hour. In the news, we hear about tornadoes or supercells, and wonder if climate change is beginning to have an impact on these events. In fact, the evidence suggests that while there has been no increase in severe storm activity in the past, we are likely to see stronger…
  • The Great Barrier Reef should not be listed as 'in danger'

    Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director, Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Over the past three years, there's been increasing concern over the future of the Great Barrier Reef. american_rugbier/Flickr, CC BY-SAThe Australian government has stepped up its campaign this month to prevent the Great Barrier Reef being listed as a World Heritage site “in danger” at international meetings next year. The World Heritage Committee — the international body that oversees World Heritage sites — has shown increasing concern about the future of the reef over the past three years, and in response has threatened to list the reef as a World Heritage site “in danger”.
  • Scorching 2014 sees records tumble in 19 European countries

    David Karoly, Professor of Atmospheric Science at University of Melbourne
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:29 pm
    A man relaxes in some decidedly un-Scottish weather outside the venue for this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. AAP Image/Dave HuntIt’s clear: 2014 has been a scorcher. As well as probably being the hottest year on record globally, regional and local climate records have tumbled too. Australia recently had its hottest spring on record, beating the previous record set only last year. Human influences on the climate very likely played a significant role in this event, just as they have globally. Most of the world’s land areas have been significantly warmer than average this year.
  • This summer at the beach, watch out for the world's biggest turtle

    Graeme Hays, Professor of Marine Science at Deakin University
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Open wide: don't be fooled by the appearance of a Leatherback's mouth, they eat only jellyfish. Tom DoyleGoing to the beach this summer? If you’re in southern Australia, keep your eyes peeled for the world’s largest turtle, the leatherback. If you do, you can report sightings to researchers at Deakin University, which will help scientists answer vital questions about these creatures. In parts of Australia – New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania – you might think you’re far from turtle habitats. In fact you have the best chance of seeing the largest turtle,…
  • Chile's mines set hot pace on renewables — Australia take note

    John Mathews, Professor of Strategic Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Increasing Chinese investment in renewables is driving costs down. The Danish Wind Industry Association / Vindmølleindustrien/Flickr, CC BY-NCMining is the fourth-largest energy consumer in Australia, using roughly 10% of Australia’s total. Some of this comes from the electricity grid — but much is supplied offgrid in the form of diesel and other fossil fuels. Could some of this be replaced by renewable sources? Recently I participated in the Australia Chile: Asia Pacific Economic Forum in Santiago, Chile. I was surprised to learn that Chile is now emerging as the southern hemisphere’s…
 
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    Dark Optimism

  • Interview on grief, Dark Optimism, aliveness and activism

    Shaun Chamberlin
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    This is an excerpt from a longer video interview Rhonda Fabian conducted with Shaun Chamberlin at the New Story Summit in Findhorn, Scotland as part of a Findhorn Foundation documentary initiative. — Rhonda Fabian: Shaun, please tell me what Dark Optimism means to you. Dark Optimism is a widely misunderstood term. I get a lot of people coming up to me saying, “Are you feeling dark today, or optimistic?” That’s not quite what I mean. Dark Optimism means being unashamedly positive about the kind of world we could create, but unashamedly realistic about how far we are from doing that…
  • RapNews on the New World Order

    Shaun Chamberlin
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    ~~~ RapNews have outdone themselves, and that’s saying something: Tweet This! Share this on Facebook Share this on del.icio.us Digg this! Share this on Reddit Stumble upon something good? Share it on StumbleUpon Share this on Technorati Email this to a friend?
  • August wanderings…

    Shaun Chamberlin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    A couple of nice videos from my wanderings in August. I started with a few days at the ever-wonderful Transition Heathrow, to support them through their threatened eviction. You can see how that went in the short video above. And then a coach was arranged from Grow Heathrow up to the Reclaim The Power anti-fracking camp in Blackpool, where I gave a couple of workshops, on TEQs and the Grow Heathrow eviction resistance, as well as doing my first Legal Observer training. The video below tells the story of that camp, and I certainly learned a lot there, as well as having a great time. It…
  • ‘The Impact of Transition. In numbers’ – a note of caution

    Shaun Chamberlin
    19 May 2014 | 6:48 am
    This post was originally written by me as a guest post for Rob Hopkins’ Transition Culture blog, but I have kindly given myself permission to reproduce it here A response to a recent post by Rob Hopkins ‘The impact of Transition. In numbers.‘. Transition is a wonderful melange of conversations, projects, interactions, inspirations, hard work, failures, successes and entirely unexpected events which we are altogether unsure what to make of!  Transition initiatives themselves are as unique as the people who make them up.  Initially termed ‘Transition…
  • The secret truth behind environmentalists’ favourite argument

    Shaun Chamberlin
    20 Jan 2013 | 10:54 am
    When environmentalists argue amongst themselves, whether at some formal debate or late at night over a few drinks, I confidently predict that the argument will go like this. One will say (in one form or another): “There’s no time to wait for radical change or revolution; the crisis is overwhelmingly urgent, we simply have to act within the frameworks we have now”. The other will argue (in one form or another): “But there’s no point in acting without radical change or revolution; without that we are only addressing symptoms and not the real problems”.
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    MY ZERO WASTE

  • You won’t believe how great this recipe is!

    Mrs Green
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Cauliflower stumps. Great things huhn? For the compost heap maybe. But all that has changed with a recipe I came across on Lazy Girl Goes Green. She shares innovative ways to get a bit greener without TOO much effort. For Zero Waste Week, Trudi made a pledge to use up ALL food – including as […]
  • Mrs Green has a rant

    Mrs Green
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    As you know, I like to think of myself as the friendly face of recycling. How ever tiny your achievement, I’m here to big you up and make you feel as if you could take on the world.   No matter how small the step forward, I’m ready to make companies feel like they’ve taken […]
  • Does this shop help us reduce food waste or make us buy more?

    Mrs Green
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    There is so much confusion around Use By dates on food. The long and short of it is, USE BY dates are the ones you need to adhere to. They are linked to food safety and you’ll find them on products such as meat, fish and dairy. BEST BEFORE dates you can safely ignore – […]
  • Can you help me?

    Mrs Green
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you find this site helpful, find value in what you read here or have enjoyed participating in Zero Waste Week, I wonder if you could help me. For the past 12 years, Resource magazine has been celebrating the work of those in the waste and resources industry by publishing its annual list of movers […]
  • Are you keeping up with the Joneses?

    Mrs Green
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Have you ever given into peer pressure? What about exaggerating the truth to make yourself seem better than you are? Or how about blatant lying just to make yourself feel good? Come on, you know me by now, you can admit it. I promise not to laugh or gasp in horror… It appears we’re a […]
 
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    Green Child Magazine

  • Wheat-Free Cauliflower Mushroom Dressing

    Amanda Hearn
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    Wheat-Free Cauliflower Mushroom Dressing 2014-12-08 10:38:23 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms 1 pound loose ground pork sausage 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 medium onion, diced 1 head cauliflower 1 green pepper, chopped 4-ounce can/jar roasted red peppers 8 ounces Portabella mushrooms, sliced 2 tablespoons ground golden flaxseed 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon ground sage 1 teaspoon ground thyme 1 teaspoon ground tarragon Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Instructions Preheat oven to 350° F & bring 12 ounces…
  • North Pole Cupcakes

    Amanda Hearn
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    North Pole Cupcakes 2014-12-08 10:26:57 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour 1 cup organic sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup grass fed butter, softened 1 cup organic milk 2 organic eggs 1 tsp organic pure vanilla extract Instructions Preheat oven to 375°F . Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) Add in wet ingredients (butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla) and mix on med-high until smooth. Scoop the batter into a tin with paper cupcake linings. Fill about 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a…
  • The Christmas Tree Debate: Real vs. Artificial

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:40 am
    We all have a different idea of what a traditional Christmas looks like. Some take solace while packing their tree away that it will be reused year after year, saving money and the lives of beautiful evergreen forests. Others feel the connection to nature while hunting down the perfect tree, safe in the knowledge that their tree will provide mulch after it has performed its cheerful holiday duty. And so far, both sides have seemed accurate in their assumptions. Until now. It seems that one side has a slight edge over the other, and it might come as a surprise that the suggestion is this: go…
  • Embracing the Spirit of the Season with Children

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Love is what’s in the room with you if you stop opening presents and listen.” ~ Bobby, age 7 If you have a deep faith and keep the rituals of your religious tradition, then you’ve probably given a lot of thought to your child’s spiritual development and have your holiday religious plans all mapped out. If, on the other hand, you wonder how to put what you believe into words and aren’t sure what spiritual beliefs you want to pass on to your kids, this post is for you. All humans have a spiritual dimension.  You don’t have to believe in a supreme being to teach…
  • Oak Meadow Full Homeschool Curriculum Package Giveaway (up to $510 value)

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve been considering homeschool education, here’s your chance to try one of our top choices in home education.   Oak Meadow has been a part of the educational landscape since 1975.  Their compassionate, child-centered approach to homeschool encourages critical thinking and intellectual development through hands-on activities, interdisciplinary projects, and thoughtful reading and writing practice. In fact, some of the Green Child staff children are distance learners through this program, and our team is continually impressed with the logic and critical…
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    Almost All The Truth »

  • Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    ‘Tis the season of giving. The holidays are just around the corner and it can be hard to find the right gift while staying true to your eco-friendly values. Luckily I have a lot of great green friends who have created holiday gift guides for everyone on your list this year! Living Consciously Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – A great list of non-toxic, healthy gifts that anyone would love to get! Features gift ideas for kids, anyone, and stocking stuffers. Green Child Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Featuring gift ideas for the whole family from tiny babes…
  • Social Justice in the Wake of Ferguson

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    It has been long enough now that everyone likely has an opinion on what they believe is the true story of what happened in Ferguson, MO the day Michael Brown was shot dead by Darren Wilson. Everyone likely has an opinion about the community’s first outrage and the continued protests there and around the world. The shocking difference in opinions seems to come down to a few points: (1) First understanding why a marginalized segment of our population has found this narrative so compelling and/or the straw that broke the camel’s back, (2) Confirmation bias or The Backfire…
  • Climate Change After Mid-Term Election

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Climate Change After Mid-Term Election The activists, scientists, and policy makers working on slowing (hopefully stopping and reversing, but let’s start with the small steps) climate change, took an enormous hit this mid-term election due to the Senate majority moving into the hands of the GOP. This means the lead climate-change-denier GOP Senator Jim Inhofe is taking over the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The environment could not have sustained a bigger blow when it comes to the policies we need moving forward. Stephen Colbert’s humorous take on…
  • Happy Halloween: Links I Like

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

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

  • Big solar step: Super-efficient system sets record

    Curated Post
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    A new world record is making the future of solar energy look pretty bright. Researchers in Australia recently developed a solar energy system that can convert more than 40 percent of the sunlight that hits it into electricity the highest efficiency ever reported for a commercially available photovoltaic system.The technology first achieved the record-breaking efficiency in outdoor tests in Sydney, Australia, and later at an outdoor test facility operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, the primary lab for renewable energy and energy efficiency research…
  • Saving Our Soils and Climate with Biochar

    EarthTalk
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Dear EarthTalk: What is biochar and how can it help reduce my carbon footprint?  – William Jarvis, Bethlehem, PABiochar is a naturally occurring, fine-grained, highly porous form of charcoal derived from the process of baking biomass—and it’s been associated with fertile soils for some two thousand years. “Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices,” reports the International Biochar Initiative (IBI), a trade group representing the world’s burgeoning biochar industry. “Intensive study of biochar-rich…
  • Remote Start Functionality for its Blink Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    PR Newswire
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) (“CarCharging”), the largest owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services, announced that it now offers remote start functionality for its Blink EV charging stations via the Blink mobile application (“App”). This feature provides EV drivers with the ability to start an EV charging session directly from the App, which is available for iOS and Android devices.Once a driver locates and selects the Blink EV charging station on the Blink App, they have multiple options for beginning the charging session,…
  • Report Misses Link Between California Drought and Human-Caused Climate Change

    EcoWatch
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Just a couple months ago, I critiqued a pair of studies that disputed any linkage between human-caused climate change and the exceptional 2014 California drought. Now comes yet another study (“Causes and Predictability of the 2011-14 California Drought”) with the imprimatur of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced with great fanfare (a NOAApress conference), drawing yet again the same conclusion. My criticisms of the latest study are yet again basically the same, but for reasons I explain below, that conclusion is even more implausible now than it was just…
  • Getting Kids Into Environmental Activism

    EarthTalk
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Dear EarthTalk: Do you have any tips for helping me get my kids involved in environmental protection advocacy? – Jeanine Black, Charlotte, NCThere’s no time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up to protect it. Of course, any good environmental education starts at home: parents should always keep in mind that they are role models for their kids, and should act responsibly. And most schools today incorporate issues of sustainability into their curricula. But kids who want to do more can sync up with one of any number of nonprofits focused…
 
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    CleanTechies

  • Back to the Future: Can Nuclear Energy Save the World?

    CleanTechies Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The Nuclear Science and Engineering Library at MIT is not a place where most people would go to unwind. It’s filled with journals that have articles with titles like “Longitudinal double-spin asymmetry of electrons from heavy flavor…
  • Annual US Solar-Plus-Storage Market to Surpass $1 Billion by 2018

    CleanTechies Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    According to the latest report from GTM Research the U.S. solar energy storage market will expand rapidly over the next 4-5 years. The report, The Future of Solar-Plus-Storage in the U.S., forecasts the nation to install 318 cumulative megawatts of behind-the-meter solar-plus-storage capacity through 2018. FIGURE: U.S. Solar-Plus-Storage Annual Market Size Forecast Between California’s recent [...]
  • Passive House Windows Save Money Throughout Projects

    CleanTechies Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
  • SunPower Invests in Smart Energy Home Technology

    CleanTechies Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    Throughout 2014, SunPower  has invested in integrated technology solutions to help home and business owners manage their cost of energy. According to the company,  these moves aim to reinforce SunPower’s evolution to offering Smart Energy solutions for its residential, commercial and utility customers. Recent key activities include: Yesterday, SunPower announced an exclusive agreement with Sunverge for [...]
  • Identified Global Wind Potential almost 100 Million Megawatts

    CleanTechies Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:40 am
    The Technical Committee of the World Wind Energy Association has published the first World Wind Resource Assessment Report. The report gives a comprehensive overview of currently available wind resources assessment from most world regions. The total wind potential of the world, as identified by these existing studies, is 95…
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • Awe, wonder and giving back

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

    christine
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Thousand Island Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is the source of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. Photo: © 2010 Steve Dunleavy What happens to California’s San Joaquin River after it flows from its high altitude headwaters in the Sierra Nevada toward the San Francisco Bay? In June a CNN journalist, who had never kayaked in a river before, set out on a 400 mile journey to find out. Why? Because in April the nonprofit American Rivers named the San Joaquin the #1 endangered river in the United States. The group is concerned that “outdated water management and…
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum explores legacy of Pond Farm in special exhibit

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

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

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

  • Sustainable Vintage Apartment Decor Ideas

    Sarah Clarke
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The modern lifestyle is incredibly wasteful and harmful to the environment. Luckily, there are many ways to avoid this and to have tasteful yet sustainable decorations throughout your apartment. There are many places where you can obtain ideas for sustainable apartment décor ideas, but I like to get my inspiration from nature. As such, in my apartment I keep as many plants as possible in bloom which improve the quality of the air and provide a sustainable, easy, and beautiful decoration. Visiting garage sales for furniture to use in your apartment is part of a eco-friendly lifestyle and is…
  • Amazingly Unique Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

    Sarah Clarke
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    I tend to go CLASSIC when it comes time to decorate the Christmas tree in my house. A few simple strings of white and mulitcolored lights, some gorgeous and special christmas tree ornaments that I’ve collected since I was a child, and a few simple silver garland strands for that wonderful icicle effect. It’s perfect in it’s simplicity – but I have seen some incredible unique takes on the decorated tree, that I have to share with you, especially if you’re considering throwing out the tradition book this year and decorating your tree in a brand new way! Go for it!
  • My Search for the Cutest Christmas Tree Ornaments

    Sarah Clarke
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Sometimes  I think I have an addiction to cool, unique and cute Christmas tree ornaments. I find myself looking for them on every trip or vacation I take, and I catch myself eying all kinds of non-ornament objects to see if there’s someway I could attach a hook to them. It’s getting out of control and at some point I’m going to have to have a thirty-foot high tree to house my ever expanding collection. That said, here are the fruits of this year’s online search for the cutest tree ornaments this side of the North Pole. Check out a ton more by clicking the “More…
  • Examples of Cool Office Wall Art

    Sarah Clarke
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Life in a dull drab cubicle at work is certainly very boring. A boring cubicle leads to less efficient work day. Even a dull work space in a home office could benefit from some cool work space wall art. Envision your wall in the work space. Think of it as a bare canvas. Let your imagination go wild. A work space probably has limited wall space. It is important to use the wall space in a way that is most effective. The best cool work space wall art might consist of art that is associated with your business or career. One business woman filled her home office walls with poster size pictures of…
  • Rustic Modern: A Great Look For The Bedroom

    Sarah Clarke
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Rustic Modern is one of the most popular design aesthetics in today’s home decorating. With the increasing popularity of the idea of using reclaimed, repurposed and recycled materials in furniture and objects, its only natural that the combination of rustic flair with a modern touch would start invading the homes of the design-conscious. The bedroom is often a great place to start if you’re redesigning your home. It’s the place most of us find solace and peace in, and so many people want that space to be as warm as inviting as possible, while maintaining a certain level of…
 
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  • Largest Behind-The-Meter Energy Storage System

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    The solar+energy storage market is expected to grow, . . . at a very fast rate in the coming few years, but the storage market beyond solar-connected projects, . . . will grow very fast as well. Used for: . . . . . . Peak shaving, . . . . . . Frequency regulation, . . . . . . Grid stability, and . . . . . . Grid reliability, energy storage serves many purposes. “CODA Energy provides the most innovative, reliable, and . . . technologically advanced storage systems currently available. This system is actually comprised of 2 networked, and . . . aggregated multi-tower systems, . . . that can…
  • Price Drop For Solar Power Storage Systems

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Prices for solar power storage systems have fallen by 25% since spring. . . . Solar industry expects continued growth in demand for storage systems.   . . . Over 15,000 households in Germany, . . . already cover significant amounts of their electricity consumption, . . . from their own solar power systems, even during evening hours; . . . this gives them greater independence from rising electricity prices. 12-20-2014 Source:  Price drop for solar power storage systems
  • India Plans 100 Mw Solar Canal Covers

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    The program will see solar photovoltaic power projects of capacity, . . . 1 to 10 MW installed over canals and on the banks of the canals in India. 12-20-2014 Source:  India Plans 100 MW Solar Canal Covers
  • Follow The Money: $1 Billion Usa Solar + S...

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    US Solar + Storage Market To Go Beyond, . . . $1 Billion A Year By 2018. 12-20-2014 Source:  $1 Billion USA Solar + Storage
  • Follow The Money: $1.3 Billion Solar Project

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    750 MW Solar Power Plant In India, . . . Likely To Be Largest Solar Power Plant In World, . . . Gets World Bank Financing Commitment 12-20-2014 Source:  $1.3 Billion solar project
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  • Give the Gift of Education!

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Learn more about our NEW gift certificates below! We started getting calls this holiday season from smart gift givers… “Do you sell gift certificates?” We didn’t, but thanks to the smart, inquisitive gift givers calling us, we do now. That’s the magic of HeatSpring. Ask us to do something and chances are high we’ll figure out how to make it happen. It’s one of our company values: great customer service. In our world, relationships matter. We love providing quality learning experiences and consistently do everything in our power to make quality…
  • [New Course] Renewable Energy Policy Master Class

    Brian Hayden
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
      One of my favorite memories of any conference I’ve ever attended was watching Jigar Shah on a panel at NESEA’s Building Energy Conference. A question came from the audience about why he pushes solar over building efficiency, when building efficiency is the most efficient form of conservation. This question comes up all the time, and I personally don’t like it, because it pits the two things against each other. The battle between renewables and efficiency has always seemed counterproductive to me, and apparently Jigar didn’t like it either, because he was quick…
  • Steep Challenge: A Case Study of a Sloped Residential Green Roof

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    In this guest post, David Aquilina, a business communications professional who represents Xero Flor America*, outlines a green roof project at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. He provides details behind the design and installation. At the end of the article, you can watch a short video of the green roof project. WHO SHOULD READ THIS HOMEOWNERS looking to learn more about green roofs CONTRACTORS, ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS interested in designing and installing green roofs Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will be offering their first online Green Roof Professional (GRP) Accreditation Training…
  • A New Energy Calculator for Roofing Professionals

    Dr. James Hoff
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    For the roofing professional seeking to compare the energy-savings potential of different roofing systems, many well-designed calculators are available to help. Currently, you can find a wide variety of (mostly free) web-based calculators to evaluate almost every element of roof-related energy, including roof thermal insulation, “cool” roof surfaces, air/moisture movement, rooftop solar power, and skylight systems. But how do you go about tying all these different calculators together to achieve a reasonable and simple estimate of total energy savings? The good news is that a simple tool…
  • How Wall Street Capital Is Standardizing Commercial Solar Due Diligence

    Chris Williams
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    One of the largest trends happening in solar right now is Wall Street capital flooding into the industry looking to buy projects quickly before 2016. One could suggest that in some markets, project capital is actually over-supplied. This is happening because many other places in the market are not seeing amazing returns, so Wall Street is looking for places to invest that will get high yield, low risk returns. I’ve heard stories of this trend impacting the wind industry as well, where there is a small secondary market opening up as Wall Street is buying wind projects that have already…
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  • A Skeptic’s Venture Into Essential Oils

    paigewolf
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Readers know I straddle the line between crunchy green mom and conventional parent. My green colleagues and I chat endlessly about organic tampons and whether to scrub out peanut butter jars so they can be recycled. But when the conversation turns to essential oils I pretty much tune out. It probably doesn’t help the well-meaning essential oil consultants that a few have gone around professing that their oils can cure Ebola, inciting an FDA crackdown. But when it comes to sinus congestion, back pain, or even a great stain remover, I am perfectly open to exploring unconventional…
  • Join the Buy Nothing Project to Freely Give and Receive

    paigewolf
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Have you heard of the Buy Nothing Project? A collection of independent Facebook groups popping up across the country, this project sets itself apart from Craigslist and Freecycle by asking members to join only one Buy Nothing group and ask and give where they live. The idea is to facilitate local gift economies around the world, communities that take care of their local members while conserving the carbon footprint of our giving When I heard about the Buy Nothing Project I was so excited to find one in my area. But, alas, there was nothing remotely near Philadelphia – though there…
  • What Happens When We All Can’t Breathe?

    paigewolf
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    It’s 9:15 am on a Friday morning and I’m on a SEPTA bus heading to West Philly. I’ve been up off and on since 2 a.m. when my 18-month-old started screaming. When I finally fell back asleep around 4, my 5-year-old came into my room freaking out because he couldn’t figure out how to change out of his wet pajama pants – because he was trying to pull a shirt over his legs. My children have been dressed and fed and walked to school in the freezing wind, and I have headed back in the opposite direction to catch the bus. I tried to explain to my five-year-old son why I…
  • Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp Recipe with a Healthy Topping Twist

    paigewolf
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Greek yogurt is better than ice cream. OK, nothing is better than chocolate Haagen Dazs, but Stonyfield Organic Vanilla Greek Yogurt and Cafe Latte Greek Yogurt are definitely a satisfying healthy swaps for most lame store bought ice cream. It’s easy to make that swap at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday, but how about as a dessert topping? I tried it on my favorite holiday (and everyday) dessert recipe featuring simple seasonal ingredients. Apple Cranberry Crisp 1. Preheat oven to 325 2. Use some coconut oil to grease up a glass baking dish 3. Peel and slice about 3 cups of apples and pour into…
  • The Best Apps to Make Urban Parenting Easier – Plus Promo Codes!

    paigewolf
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    I’ve said before that there is no way I could accomplish half of what I do without modern technology. I seriously don’t even know how working mothers did it just ten years ago. Who has time to constantly shop for groceries and diapers? And how can you possibly do that when you are living in the city with limited or no access to a car? I am super thankful for these smartphone apps and wanted to share with you my favorites with some lovely referral codes that will get you some amazing savings – and, in full disclosure, some kickbacks to me! Here is the honest scoop and the…
 
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  • December 21

    dailynews
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dec. 21, 1938:  South African fishermen haul in a prehistoric catch:  A coelacanth (at right), previously seen only in fossil form.  
  • Birds can sense storms days in advance, say scientists

    bnelson78
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Do some animals have a "sixth sense" that allows them to predict things like earthquakes or the weather? According to scientists who are studying the migration patterns of the golden-winged warbler, the answer is yes, at least in regards to the weather, reports the Guardian.  
  • World's deepest fish discovered 5 miles under the ocean surface

    bnelson78
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Five miles beneath the ocean, the pressure is over 800 times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level. Very few creatures can survive at this depth. In fact, no fish has ever been recorded swimming so deep under the sea -- that is, until now.  
  • December 20

    dailynews
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dec. 20, 1983:  Occidental Chemical, who bought the Hooker Chemical Co. of Niagara Falls, New York, settles a lawsuit with over 1,000 residents of the contaminated Love Canal neighborhood for $20 million.  
  • How to start a 365 photo project

    svartan
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:17 pm
    If you've been inspired by the 365 photo projects that have been making their way around the Internet over the last couple of years (check some of the most incredible projects I could find here), you might have thought about creating your own, seeing as there's a new year just around the corner! But as excited as you feel when you are watching other people's successful forays into this world, it can also be pretty intimidating when you sit down to do the work. 
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    Greener Ideal

  • The UK Has Created A Bio-Bus… That Uses Human Waste For Fuel!

    Sarah Burke
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    The UK Has Created A Bio-Bus… That Uses Human Waste For Fuel! For years we’ve known that human waste can be made into fuel, but it’s not until more recently that the practical applications have started to pop up. Specifically, in Britain they have introduced the first of its kind bio-bus that’s fuelled by – yes, you guessed it – human waste. The bus service will run […]
  • The Best Green Technology for Future Homes

    Jennifer Moore
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    The Best Green Technology for Future Homes Global warming, toxic waste, pollution, illness all are tell-tale signs of a rapidly deteriorating world. That’s exactly the reason why we should all do our part and implement new products and technologies that are green and eco-friendly.  Sure – if we are thinking of remodeling or building a home, we can think of eco-friendly materials […]
  • BMW Launches Flexible Mobility Program For i3 Electric Car

    The Auto Future
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    BMW Launches Flexible Mobility Program For i3 Electric Car Back in early 2013, BMW announced the i Flexible Mobility program which would coincide with the all-electric i3. The program would allow those who owned the i3 to rent gas cars from local dealerships when customers were driving long distance, something that the 81 mile electric range just can’t cater for.
  • Rinspeed Previews Ambitious Budii Concept Ahead of Geneva Show

    The Auto Future
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    Rinspeed Previews Ambitious Budii Concept Ahead of Geneva Show Based on what looks like the BMW i3, the Rinspeed Budii is an attempt to “redefine the relationship between man and machine.”, which ultimately translates to further blueprints for autonomous driving.
  • A Controversial New Study Fuels the Wolf Management Debate

    Sarah Burke
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    A Controversial New Study Fuels the Wolf Management Debate Recently, anti-wolf billboards have cropped up in eastern Washington State. The message is clear, with an elk, dogs and a little girl happily minding their own business, while 2 yellow eyes appear beside the text “The wolf… who’s next on their menu?” The campaign, which clearly uses scare tactics to drive its point home, isn’t […]
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  • Bamboo Garden Design Ideas

    guillermobravo
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    We know that bamboo can be used as a lot of things nowadays; from furniture to bedding, flooring and even electronics this miracle plant does it all. But when it comes to using it for what it’s normally supposed to do i.e. make our gardens look pretty, a lot of people tend to be at a loss as to what to actually do with it. That’s why we’ve came up with a couple of good design ideas that you try out with Bamboo at home to make your garden look great and more importantly, be completely eco-friendly. : – Space Fill With Golden Bamboo With thick glossy stems this beautiful plant gives…
  • Bamboo: The Wonder Grass (Infographic)

    guillermobravo
    12 Dec 2013 | 1:53 am
    What is the first picture that pops into your head if someone mentions bamboo? Chances are it was something resembling a tropical oasis, a green field full of pandas snacking, or lucky plants found on your desk. But did you know that beautiful plant you are thinking of is actually one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly plants on earth? With bamboo quickly becoming the new trend in green living, you may find yourself curious but unsure why many are calling this plant a miracle worker for a greener planet, a better home, and even a healthier life. Bamboo, which is actually a…
  • Top 20 Eco Friendly Flooring Options

    guillermobravo
    3 Dec 2013 | 7:11 am
    Some people believe that eco-friendly materials are boring and bland. While this might have been the case years ago, most of these materials are used in modern designs that look amazing. It doesn’t matter which room you are decorating. The right material will make everything look just right. Here are 20 of the best eco-friendly materials that you can choose from that will help both the room and the planet. Cork Everyone associates cork with wine bottles, but it has recently become a very popular flooring material. This material is good for the environment because it is harvested from the…
  • At Home Among the Trees – Bali Mansion Created From Bamboo

    guillermobravo
    4 Nov 2013 | 2:46 pm
    Although bamboo has been very well established as a primary raw building material in eastern countries of the world for thousands of years, it has recently made its presence known in modern countries throughout the world in a major, new way. We see this emergence occurring as the push towards more sustainable architecture becomes more apparent and people begin to look for building materials that are more affordable yet equal in strength to the conventional materials saturating the construction market today. The move towards constructing buildings primarily out of bamboo has become so…
  • Cultures Combine in Bamboo Furniture Collection by Jeff Da-yu Shi

    guillermobravo
    30 Oct 2013 | 1:16 pm
    Cutting-edge design is about much more than simply employing the latest materials and considering “ergonomic” design techniques. The leading contemporary designers succeed in merging innovation with time-honored craftsmanship. They also allow their style to be guided by the direction of contemporary culture and sustainable practices. Jeff Da-Yu Shi makes all of these things evident in his latest work to make its debut at the Dragonfly Design Center. Entitled “slowwork teastyle,” this exhibition of groundbreaking pieces that are both elegant and functional edges out into the forefront…
 
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    ourtakeongreen.com

  • The Amateur’s Guide To Solar Energy Resources

    blogadmin1
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:36 pm
    You should feel good about your decision to convert to solar power. This simple, yet advanced, way to power a business or home is both cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly. The article below has some key information with regards to solar energy. When you maintain it, your solar power set-up will last. Inspect your solar energy system on a monthly basis and hose down the panels to remove dirt and grime. Don’t fear hiring a pro to clean and check the panels, but remember that you may save a lot of you can do it yourself. Find out if your local energy provider offers meter rollback…
  • These Green Energy Tips Will Save You Money

    blogadmin1
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:36 am
    Every day, many people waste tons of energy, while using many things in their home. Whether it’s through simple appliances or water usage, people waste energy at home, rather than using green energy. Here is a bit of advice that will help you make use of green energy in your own home. If you are repairing or replacing your roof, and you have good sun exposure, look into having photovoltaic (PV) cells integrated into the roofing material. Modern PV cells are much less noticeable than older styles. If you don’t use all of the electric generated by your home, some utility companies…
  • Simple Ways To Properly Use Solar Energy

    blogadmin1
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    The idea of installing solar panels in your home or business should not be taken lightly. It is a major step, and it’s important that you’re well-informed about all of your options and what all they entail. Continue reading to find out more about solar energy so that you can make the right moves. Solar energy systems allow you to cut your ties to the outside world. You can go completely off grid with one of these systems. You will not have to pay monthly fees or wonder who is watching your power use. You can increase your level of privacy while saving the environment and your…
  • Learn Some Excellent Advice About Purchasing HVAC Equipment

    blogadmin1
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    A quality HVAC system will assure that you are comfortable at all times. Although most homes have systems such as these installed, sometimes it becomes necessary to have one installed or replaced after a certain period of time has elapsed. That is why it’s important that you understand exactly what your HVAC system does and find the right system when it’s time to make the replacement. Following is some advice. Although most people are thinking of their heating systems during the winter months, air conditioning is also important. When installing a new furnace or heating system,…
  • Why Are Green Energy Sources Better Than Others?

    blogadmin1
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    As the world’s population gets bigger, it becomes more important to minimize pollution. One way to do that is through the use of green energy. Green energy minimizes pollution and only has a minor impact on the environment. But what can you do to go green? Keep reading this article to find out. Make use of fans inside the home. You can easily use floor fans or have a ceiling fan installed to increase airflow inside the home. You can use these even if you already have an air conditioner because you can turn the thermostat higher and just use the fans for air movement. Make sure that your…
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Want cheaper plane tickets? Use a ‘fake’ location

    GTG Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    | A Simple Trick To Save Money | I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage. For reasons I never quite understood, […]Want cheaper plane tickets? Use a ‘fake’ location is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015

    GTG Staff
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    | Green Travel News | Each year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world’s developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry. “Travel has become the world’s largest industry, exceeding a trillion-dollar annual footprint,” notes […]World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Surf for the new LEED hotel on Honolulu’s Waikiki beach

    GTG Staff
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    | Green Travel News | Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, which opened a year ago in December 2013, has achieved LEED certification as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The upscale, urban timeshare resort hotel earned the internationally recognized certification for implementing environmentally friendly construction practices and building systems. “Hokulani Waikiki […]Surf for the new LEED hotel on Honolulu’s Waikiki beach is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • California wine country: 10 great places to hike, bike and sip

    GTG Staff
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    | Eco-Active In The Vines | Now that the harvest rush is winding down, it’s the perfect season for green wine lovers to savor the good weather and fall vineyard landscapes with a hike or bike ride in California wine country. Capped off with, of course, some wine tasting. All of California’s dozens of wine regions offer hiking and biking opportunities, […]California wine country: 10 great places to hike, bike and sip is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Jalisco, Mexico: on the elusive trail of organic tequila

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

  • The French Garden Reimagined: Biolabrynthus

    Janis Blackschleger
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    For Italy’s international creative garden show, Orticolario 2014,  the jury awarded French landscape architects Corinne Julhiet Détroyat and Claude Pasquer first prize for creating the most illustrative, informative and exciting garden. Titled Biolabrynthus, classic French garden traditions are re-imagined and re-purposed into sustainable horticultural concepts that serve to advance and promote biodiversity. As new concepts evolve, new possibilities emerge, and often, too, a  new vocabulary  to express them. To wit, in the Biolabrynthus – a labrynth or maze in pursuit of…
  • Ocean Acidification Affecting Shellfish Hatcheries

    Guest
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ocean acidification a culprit in commercial shellfish hatcheries’ failures Mediterranean mussels at the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm in Washington’s Puget Sound. Credit: Penn Cove Shellfish Farm The mortality of larval Pacific oysters in Northwest hatcheries has been linked to ocean acidification. Yet the rate of increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the decrease of pH in near-shore waters have been questioned as being severe enough to cause the die-offs. Now, a new study of Pacific oyster and Mediterranean mussel larvae found that the earliest larval stages are sensitive…
  • Lima Climate Talks End, Paris Clock Ticking

    Guest
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    The UN climate talks in Lima have ended with the setting of deadlines for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change. By Paul Brown Thousands march in Lima to add pressure on climate negotiators. Photo courtesy treealerts.org LONDON, 14 December, 2014 – A deal struck in Lima between 196 nations today leaves open the possibility of saving the planet from dangerous overheating. But its critics say the prospects of success are now slim. The talks – which ran two days longer than scheduled – set a series of deadlines which mean that every…
  • Pygmy Seahorses – Masters of Camouflage

    Jane Engelsiepen
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Tiny pygmy seahorses live in the depths of the ocean attached to a type of coral called a Gorgonian sea fan. The seahorses use their long monkey-like tails to hold on to the branches of the sea fan. They use their amazing camouflage to blend in so perfectly with the color and texture of the sea fans that they are almost invisible. Biologists from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco are exploring the amazing biodiversity of the dark depths of the ocean. They carefully brought a very tiny and rare pair of pygmy seahorses back from an expedition to the Philippines to study in…
  • Bird Evolution ‘Big Bang’ Mapped

    Guest
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Genes reveal histories of bird origins, feathers, flight and song Peregrine falcons are more closely related to parrots and songbirds than to hawks, eagles, or owls. Credit: Wikimedia Commons The genomes of modern birds tell a story: Today’s winged rulers of the skies emerged and evolved after the mass extinction that wiped out dinosaurs and almost everything else 66 million years ago. That story is now coming to light, thanks to an international collaboration that has been underway for four years. The first findings of the Avian Phylogenomics Consortium are being reported nearly…
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  • The Future Role of Green Energy

    Keshav Saini
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Article Link: The Future Role of Green Energy Solar Panel Installation We are installing solar panels on rooftops to get cheaper energy for homes, we are lowering carbon emissions to cut down on taxes and we use bikes more instead of cars because we want to breathe less polluted air. However, are these efforts going to go any further or are we stuck? Are the renewable energy sources ever going to be the norm? The answer to this question lies in the new government policies. Enterprises, organizations, corporations, and all the big players are encouraged to acquire even more green solutions and…
  • Eco Friendly Computing – Saving Energy and Environment

    Keshav Saini
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Article Link: Eco Friendly Computing – Saving Energy and Environment Eco Friendly Computing Technology and digital devices have become a crucial part of our daily lives. We work on computers, we watch netflix on the tablet and laptop and we socialize on our smart phones. With us being so reliant on technology, we consume and use a lot of electricity powering them and this has a big impact on the environment. Despite this, we can make small changes that can add up to something big when it comes to saving energy and the environment. Even something like lowering the brightness on your…
  • Solar Energy – An Alternative of Conserving Energy

    Keshav Saini
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Article Link: Solar Energy – An Alternative of Conserving Energy “We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” (Wangari Maathai) Since the beginning of time, the human race has been struggling with the slowly reducing resources of the earth. Replenishing these resources is definitely impossible, but preserving them is not. The question of conservation is one of the heated debates in every Climate Change Convention; however, till now the experts have not been able to…
  • Getting Started with Eco-Tourism – Plan for Green Vacation

    Keshav Saini
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:23 am
    Article Link: Getting Started with Eco-Tourism – Plan for Green Vacation Many of us have begun to live a greener lifestyle, and that doesn’t just apply to our home lives; these days, eco-tourism is all the rage and people are getting turned on to the idea of greener travel. But if you’re a first time eco-tourist, how can you make the switch to more environmentally friendly travel? While we’re barely out of January, most people are beginning to formulate some kind of plan for their annual vacations. If you’re looking to partake in a greener vacation this year without…
  • What are the Causes of Climate Change?

    Keshav Saini
    17 Jan 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Article Link: What are the Causes of Climate Change? We all know the implications a flood or storm can have on society and the economy, but we may be unaware as to what extent weather and climate can impact our lives. Predicting just how the global climate will change over the next few centuries is of primary importance to scientists, as it allows governments and organizations to take action and minimize the damaging effects of adverse weather conditions. There is already evidence in place to suggest that what we do and how we lead our lives can have a significant effect on the environment,…
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Last Minute Stocking Stuffers SAME DAY DELIVERY!

    kristen
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    THE PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER – Instant Delivery!  Check them out here. Gift the Perfect Gift to those extra special people in your life. A GIFT CERTIFICATE to Ahimsa Designs. A PERSONALIZED pdf file of the Gift Certificate filled in with the recipients NAME, the AMOUNT, the GIFT GIVER and a COUPON CODE will be emailed to the buyer’s email address on the same day you place your order! SAME DAY DIGITAL DELIVERY We will send your completed customized gift certificate on the SAME DAY you place your order! Available in several amounts:…
  • Last Day For Holiday Orders

    kristen
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF OUR STORE-WIDE SALE & THE LAST DAY FOR HOLIDAY ORDERS! Don’t miss out. What a perfect time to get your last minute shopping completed without having to fight the crowds at the mall! It’s not too late to save big with our LAST MINUTE STOREWIDE SALE!  http://AhimsaDesigns.Etsy.Com/ Everything in our store is on sale for TODAY ONLY! Shop Now: http://Ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/    
  • Three Days Left & Storewide Sale

    kristen
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    THREE DAYS LEFT FOR HOLIDAY ORDERS! It’s not too late to save big with our LAST MINUTE STOREWIDE SALE!  http://AhimsaDesigns.Etsy.Com/ Everything in our store is on sale for THREE DAYS ONLY!  (No Coupon Code is needed.) 12/17 IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY! Shop Now: http://Ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/  
  • It’s Not Too Late!

    kristen
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    It’s not too late for holiday delivery from Ahimsa Designs! Order now and save 10% Storewide! This year, the last day to place an order (including customized orders) to have it by 12/24 is 12/17. (International orders 12/10) Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns about your order. SAVE 10% ON ALL ORDERS ON ETSY. 12/17 IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY! Order Online here. USE COUPON CODE: VIP2014 I am so grateful for each person who has supported my work this year. It means so much to be able to do something I love. Thank you again for a…
  • It’s Small Business Saturday!

    kristen
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    It’s Small Business Saturday! Shop Small and Save Big with our once-a-year Holiday Sale. This amazing sale continues through Sunday the 30th! Just in time for the holidays, for the next 2 days get 25% OFF your purchase while shopping at my Etsy Store. Simply use the coupon code: GRATEFUL Get your holiday gift-giving off to a great start this year with this huge savings opportunity. Thank you so much for all of your support. Kristen Shop Now: http://Ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/ COUPON CODE: GRATEFUL   Our 25% Off Holiday Sale also includes personalized and custom orders!  
 
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • Health Benefits of Buttered Drinks (Recipes)

    Dr. Karen
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    I’ve been hearing about Bulletproof® coffee for awhile but the thought of adding a stick of butter in my morning coffee  just made me gag. Did you see the scene on The Big Bang Theory when Sheldon served coffee with sticks of butter in them with a mocking tone? Yea. That was me too, in... Read More » The post Health Benefits of Buttered Drinks (Recipes) appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Vegan Mango Lassi Recipe Juicing vs. Blending? Which is better? NYC Banning Large Sugary Drinks. What next Mr. Bloomberg? Extra butter on the popcorn?
  • Radiation and Seafood: Is Fish Safe to Eat?

    Dr. Karen
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    When I posted my Gravlax recipe, some of you emailed me with the question, aren’t you concerned with radiation from Fukushima. That’s a rightful concern and I should have added the info with the recipe. Here are my thoughts on fish and radiation. Radiation and Seafood: Is Fish Safe to Eat? Personally, I eat a... Read More » The post Radiation and Seafood: Is Fish Safe to Eat? appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: The BEST Salmon (Fish) Cakes Recipe 25 MORE Ways to Eat Sustainably When to buy organic – Dirty Dozen and Clean 15
  • How to Make Gravlax

    Dr. Karen
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    I’m from New York. You can buy bagels and lox anywhere in NYC and I used to pay a pretty penny for them too at a corner deli on the way to work every day. There is nothing like the salty sweet lox on a warm squishy bagel with a piping hot coffee to wash... Read More » The post How to Make Gravlax appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: The BEST Salmon (Fish) Cakes Recipe Radiation and Seafood: Is Fish Safe to Eat? Cioppino Recipe
  • World’s First FREE Autoimmune Summit

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

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

  • 4 Highlights in 2014

    Manchester Wood
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    As 2014 winds down we take a look at 4 major happenings at Manchester Wood this year. 1. Our First Mail Order Catalog For nearly four years customers of ManchesterWood.com have been asking for a catalog. This year we finally pulled together enough resources and time to produce what we feel is our best literature to date on who we are and what we presently offer. For decades we’ve made wholesale catalogs for retailers, but this year marked something very new… our first very own mail order catalog. 2. 33 New Products Compact Workstation Table Between our New for 2014 and New Fall…
  • Gift Guide Spotlight: Oval Cherry Coffee Table

    Manchester Wood
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    There isn’t much nicer than Cherry Wood Furniture. Manchester Wood’s President writes about the Contemporary Furniture collection. It’s transformation into affordable Solid Cherry Wood Furniture pieces, namely with our popular Oval Cherry Coffee Table. Featured in this month’s Holiday Gift Guide. Several years ago we developed a new contemporary series of tables to fill that need in our product assortment. Since our main hardwood species is Ash, we came up with a round, rectangle, and oval shaped coffee table line to solve the look for more contemporary styled room…
  • Gift Guide Spotlight: Chairside Drawer Table

    Manchester Wood
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Smaller spaces means space-saving furniture. Manchester Wood’s President writes about the popular Chairside Drawer Table, which is apart of our Small Space Solutions category. Featured item in this month’s Holiday Gift Guide. We are finding most homes today have smaller rooms and tighter spaces in which to live. Having a narrow table to fit into these tight spaces has become very important for the homeowner, apartment dweller, or condominium resident. Our first ‘Chairside’ table was our Chairside Storage Table which has hidden storage under half of the top. Based on…
  • 10% Off Holiday Bonus Sale!

    Manchester Wood
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:22 am
    NOW until Tuesday, December 9th enjoy 10% OFF store-wide on ManchesterWood.com! Promo Code: ‘Sale’ at Checkout FINAL sale of the year! Please note: Thursday, December 11th will be the last day we guarantee your order by Christmas!
  • Gift Guide Spotlight: Compact Workstation Table

    Manchester Wood
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Transforming an antique invention into a modern, space-saving innovation. Manchester Wood’s President talks about the Compact Workstation Table, featured item in our Holiday Gift Guide. At Manchester Wood we strive to bring you products that are not only attractive but useful, practical, and provide a solution to your current home furnishing needs. The Compact Workstation Table is a perfect example of that. My wife and I peruse the local antique fairs in Vermont and Upstate New York seeking any items made years ago that could be transformed to a useful product of today. We found a…
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    inspired habitat

  • National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco

    bambeco
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    We're so excited! National Geographic hosts a trunk show in the museum store at their Washington, DC headquarters. This year, the trunk show will feature bambeco products! Continue reading → The post National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY

    Janene Kraft
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Did you know you spend about 333 months of your life sleeping?  In fact, it is likely that you spend less time in other health-related activities like running, working out or walking your dog. For more reasons then you are … Continue reading → The post SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • FROM CHORE TO CHAIR

    Janene Kraft
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    http://youtu.be/D9JzHhl51iA FROM LAUNDRY JUGS to JUST UNBELIEVABLE Changing the world isn’t about being radical but real. It’s about doing something good for the planet, everyday, sometimes without even knowing the full impact of our positive actions. For instance, how many … Continue reading → The post FROM CHORE TO CHAIR appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities

    bambeco
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Apple pie… it’s the all-American classic. As summer begins to wind down, with fall right around the corner, we relish the idea of crisp, cool days and apples fresh from the orchard. And we’ve got everything you need to get … Continue reading → The post all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • a salute to charm city firefighters…

    bambeco
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Bambeco salutes the men and women of the Baltimore City Fire Department - protecting Charm City for over 150 years. Today, there are 38 stations serving the city, and over 1,800 active members. Thank you for all you do! Flask and…The perfect … Continue reading → The post a salute to charm city firefighters… appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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    Joyfully Green

  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 41: Healthier Holiday Treats

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    My goodness, the long stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve is a slippery slope of sinfully scrumptious food, isn't it? (That's one of my favorite desserts EVER, pictured above: my mother-in-law's pumpkin flan.) With the holidays potentially piling on the pounds, I thought this might be just the right time for another round-up of healthy food recipes. Well, not all of them are technically "100% healthy", but they're all healthier versions of holiday treats. Ready for some good food for good times? Dig in! From Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips: 30…
  • So We Started a New Holiday Tradition...

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It's a challenge to come up with gifts for Hanukkah when (1) we're already tripping over the kids' overloaded toy supply and (2) we--the parents--don't want any more stuff for ourselves. Giving experiences has become one of our favorite ways to celebrate. But sometimes, you can combine a fun experience with choosing something small (and not pricey) to take home with you. Case in point: Last Sunday, we combined something that we (our family of four) all love--books--with someplace we all love to visit--Strand Books in New York City. I've written about it before, but…
  • Monday Snapshot: Crazy Breakfast, Lazy Weekend

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Here's one of my favorite ways to spend a lazy weekend morning: Making a creative, slightly crazy breakfast with the kids. (They're in full-on "Chef Mode" lately, thanks to "Master Chef Junior.") What's the dish they concocted, above? It's challah french toast, sprinkled with powdered sugar, chocolate chips, pomegranate seeds, and maple syrup, of course! It won't win any awards for good health (although the pomegranate helped me feel slightly less guilty), but it was good fun to spend Saturday morning whipping up something wild and wacky with my…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 40: How to Get More Joy out of Winter

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    One of the tricky things about having a blog is that it takes a bit of time for it to find its "friends"--the faithful readers who share your interests and your general views of the world. As I'm heading towards the 2.5-year mark of blogging here at Joyfully Green, I'd like to say a warm "thank you!" to those of you who have been with me from the very beginning, as well as "welcome!" and "I'm so glad you're here!" to the new friends who have found my little corner of the internet. I'm really so touched by your kindness and…
  • An Exhibition of My Nature Photography Students' Work (plus 6 things that might surprise you!)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Last month, I presented a special exhibition of pictures created by the students in my "Art of Photography" e-course and it turned out to be one of my very favorite posts ever. Not just because I'm crazy-proud of my students (which I am!), and not just because their photographs turned out beautifully (which they did!), but because I remember where each of those students began. Every one of them had taken my first e-course, "How to Take Better Photos of Nature and the World Around You." Some had a little more experience behind the lens than others (in fact, a couple…
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    inspired habitat

  • National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco

    bambeco
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    We're so excited! National Geographic hosts a trunk show in the museum store at their Washington, DC headquarters. This year, the trunk show will feature bambeco products! Continue reading → The post National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY

    Janene Kraft
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Did you know you spend about 333 months of your life sleeping?  In fact, it is likely that you spend less time in other health-related activities like running, working out or walking your dog. For more reasons then you are … Continue reading → The post SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • FROM CHORE TO CHAIR

    Janene Kraft
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    http://youtu.be/D9JzHhl51iA FROM LAUNDRY JUGS to JUST UNBELIEVABLE Changing the world isn’t about being radical but real. It’s about doing something good for the planet, everyday, sometimes without even knowing the full impact of our positive actions. For instance, how many … Continue reading → The post FROM CHORE TO CHAIR appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities

    bambeco
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Apple pie… it’s the all-American classic. As summer begins to wind down, with fall right around the corner, we relish the idea of crisp, cool days and apples fresh from the orchard. And we’ve got everything you need to get … Continue reading → The post all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • a salute to charm city firefighters…

    bambeco
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Bambeco salutes the men and women of the Baltimore City Fire Department - protecting Charm City for over 150 years. Today, there are 38 stations serving the city, and over 1,800 active members. Thank you for all you do! Flask and…The perfect … Continue reading → The post a salute to charm city firefighters… appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • Infographic: Solar Energy Celebrity

    Clay Miller
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Renewable energy has been a hot topic in recent years. We regularly see content in the media related to the issue of climate change around the world and how it will inevitably affect us all. We have seen many erratic changes to weather patterns and there have been a number of related natural disasters. Weather experts and scientists claim that this pattern will continue as climate change continues to take hold. We as individuals have the opportunity to make a difference even if it means small changes in our behaviours. Recycling more household products, choosing renewable energy options are…
  • To Tree or Not to Tree?

    Clay Miller
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:35 am
    photo credit: Harold E. Malde We love trees. They clean our air and water, store our carbon, and lend a hand in creating many of life’s needful things, from our homes and furniture to America’s beloved baseball bats. So we should never, ever cut one down for the sole purpose of decorating our living rooms for the month of December, right? Actually, wrong. If you choose a real Christmas tree over an artificial one, count yourself among the “greener” holiday makers.   5 Reasons to Go Green with Real Trees: Real trees help keep land covered in forests instead of…
  • Infographic: GreenHab the Office

    Clay Miller
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Did you know that a toner cartridge for your office printer could take roughly 1,000 years to decompose?  Recycling 100,000 toner cartridges saves 9,599 kilograms of aluminum, 40 tons of plastic and 1,000,000 liters of soil. Toner cartridges are just one item that you can start recycling today. Take some time to look around your office and start thinking about ways you can cut down your carbon footprint. Courtesy of: Quill.com The post Infographic: GreenHab the Office appeared first on Ways2GoGreen Blog.
  • Steps for Energy Savings in a Large House

    Clay Miller
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    When owning a large home, you must be ready to maintain the home. This means more rooms to clean, more floors to mop, etc. As the owner of a large home it also means larger cost. Not only does the home have a large cost with the mortgage but you also have operational cost. A big operational cost in any home is with electricity but in a large home, the amount of electricity used can be astronomical. It is important to learn how to save energy in the home to not only be environmentally friendly but also to lessen the blow of your monthly utility bill. Below are a few simple steps you can take…
  • Why Reclaimed Wood Flooring Saves More Than Just Money

    Clay Miller
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Wooden flooring instantly adds character and a warm richness to a room but laying down a new solid wood floor can be an expensive investment. Reclaiming the wooden floors, frames and beams from old buildings and upcycling the wood has very popular as the concerns over deforestation and sustainable wood resources continue to rise. Source: gretzl.com If you are attracted to the style of antique wooden floors but are concerned about the damage that the demand for solid wood causes on sustainable forestry efforts, salvaging wooden flooring could be the perfect project for you. The story and…
 
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    Hulsey Services Blog

  • Commercial Septic System Pumping & Repair

    John Grindle
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comHow frequently will your commercial septic system need to be pumped? Under a greater load than residential tanks, your commercial system’s requirements will vary based upon the following factors: Volume of customer traffic in your business. The capacity of your business’s septic tank. Volume and rate of wastewater flow at your business. The amount of organic material in the wastewater. The post Commercial Septic System Pumping & Repair appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
  • Bio Diesel

    John Grindle
    11 Nov 2011 | 1:38 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comBiodiesel is meant to be used in standard diesel engines and is thus distinct from the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used alone, or blended with petrodiesel. Biodiesel can also be used as a low carbon alternative to heating oil. Biodiesel has better lubricating properties and much higher cetane ratings than today’s lower sulfur diesel fuels. Biodiesel addition reduces fuel system wear,and in low levels in high pressure systems increases the life of…
  • Food Processing Plants

    John Grindle
    11 Nov 2011 | 12:17 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comHere in the breadbasket of the world we have an abundance of food and food processing plants. Hulsey Environmental provides all of the following services to: Wastewater recycling Wastewater pretreatment DAF sludge Installation and modification Biological systems Call Hulsey Environmental if you have a high fat wastewater that needs to be disposed of, or are just looking for ways to reduce your Biological Oxygen Demand. Hulsey caters to the needs of Food Processing Plants throughout Georgia and the entire…
  • Bulk Hauling

    John Grindle
    30 Oct 2011 | 1:02 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comCommercial wastewater bulk hauling services are available for projects which require pumping, transporting and disposing of large volumes of liquids such as leachate, sewer sludge, sanitary wastewater, industrial waste and many other types of wastewater. Hulsey Environmental and LHR Farms meets all of your nonhazardous wastewater disposal needs for food processing plants and farms. The post Bulk Hauling appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
  • Septic Tank Pumping

    John Grindle
    24 Oct 2011 | 12:48 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comYour Septic Tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years depending on household size and usage. Regular Septic System pumping of the Septic Tank will reduce accumulation of scum layer in the Septic Tank. The scum layer should never reach 24 inches thick, if the material reaches 24 inches and beyond in depth there is a risk that material will flow into the outlet pipe and into the drain field, causing drain field failure. The post Septic Tank Pumping appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • Causes and Effects of Environmental Degradation

    Rinkesh
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    What is Environmental Degradation? Environmental degradation is the disintegration of the earth or deterioration of the environment through consumption of assets, for example, air, water and soil; the destruction of environments and the eradication of wildlife. It is characterized as any change or aggravation to nature’s turf seen to be pernicious or undesirable. Ecological effect or degradation is created by the consolidation of an effectively substantial and expanding human populace, constantly expanding monetary development or per capita fortune and the application of asset…
  • Push for Solar Power

    Rinkesh
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Push for Solar Power: A Strong Yet Silent Aussie Revolution Many Australians want to switch to solar power. Why? Because they believe that this is the wave of the future. A recent study found that 9 our of 10 Aussies prefer solar to other forms of energy. The study, conducted by Earnst & Young, discovered that money was a key driving force for 70 per cent of those who had already installed solar panels. The cost of installation, however, was a major limiting factor. While Australia enjoys plentiful sunshine during the year, the costs for installing solar can be tens of thousands of…
  • Is Global Warming Real? Top 5 Arguments in Favor and Against it

    Rinkesh
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:47 am
    Is Global Warming Real? Global warming is a hot topic these days. Debate over global warming has been going all around the world. While few consider as it biggest challenge of all times, others consider it as a climate shift that occurred in early 90’s and have fallen flat since then. Those who believe it have their own scientific reasons to back their claims, others have their own reasons to disregard their theory. Understanding global warming and its impact is important to meet the challenges pose by it. If you want to start a lively conversation going the next time you are out among…
  • What are the Major Biomes of the World?

    Rinkesh
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    What is a Biome? Biomes are those regions of this planet where plants, animals, insects and people live in a particular type of environment. While hot and humid biome, called the tropical rainforest exists, in Brazil, the frosty biome, called the Arctic tundra, exists in Alaska. The flora and fauna are adapted to that particular temperature and any small change in temperature can lead to increase or decrease of a certain species of plant or animal. The climate and geography of a region determines what kind of biome can exist there. The plants and animals living in each biome are as different…
  • Australian Researchers Transform Solar Power to Electricity

    Rinkesh
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    Australian Researchers Transform Solar Power to Electricity with more than 40% Conversion Solar Panels aren’t just becoming cheaper as the years go by. They’re also becoming more and more efficient. Converting solar energy into electricity isn’t a perfect technology yet. That’s why when some researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) were able to convert more than 40% of solar power into electricity, scientists considered the result a milestone. According to reports, the technology used by the Australian researchers consisted of a custom optical bandpass filter that…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • High performance at Lindhurst wind farm

    Daniel Birkett
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    In three days Lindhurst wind farm generated enough electricity to power around 10,000 homes. Lindhurst wind farm near Mansfield achieved extremely high levels of performance in early November due to high wind levels over a three day period. The wind […] The post High performance at Lindhurst wind farm appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Germany to phase out coal plants

    Daniel Birkett
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Germany could shut a number of coal plants as the nation looks at ways to meet its green targets. Proposals which could lead to the closure of eight major coal plants in Germany are being considered by its government. The […] The post Germany to phase out coal plants appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Rampion offshore wind project revised

    Daniel Birkett
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    E.ON has announced its finalised plans for the Rampion offshore wind project which will be built off the coast of Sussex. German energy firm, E.ON has unveiled its finalised plans for a 400MW offshore wind farm near the coast of […] The post Rampion offshore wind project revised appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Amazon announces renewable energy commitment

    Daniel Birkett
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Amazon has announced its long term goal to use 100% renewable energy, which would significantly reduce its environmental impact. Internet and technology giant, Amazon has revealed a plan to reduce its carbon footprint and aims to eventually power all of […] The post Amazon announces renewable energy commitment appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Plans approved for Cumbrian solar park

    Daniel Birkett
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Plans to build the first solar park in Cumbria have been given approval by the local council. Approval for a solar park near Aspatria, Cumbria has been granted by Allerdale Council’s development panel. Permission for the project was originally given […] The post Plans approved for Cumbrian solar park appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
 
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    Raintees

  • Animals Asia and the Fight to End Bear Bile Farming

    Natasha Urbany
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Mangled teeth. Disfigured paws. Starved and dehydrated. Bleak, cramped cages. These are the conditions that 10,000 (and counting) Asiatic black bears- an already endangered species-suffer through on a daily basis in Chinese bear bile farms. These bears live in cramped, cruel- ridden conditions in order to be “milked” for their bile. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the bile and the gall bladders of the bears to craft folk medicine. Bile farmers use cruel, invasive procedures such as the only government authorized  “free drip” to remove the bear’s bile.  Even though the government…
  • Feature: La Bella Figura, SkinAgain, and LURK

    Natasha Urbany
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Save yourself the hassle of endlessly searching for the right makeup, skincare, and perfume during this hectic holiday season. Here at Raintees we’ve found three fantastic brands and have picked out products that we’re sure will become your go to items! La Bella Figura: More Thank Makeup- http://www.labellafigurabeauty.com Founded by Victoria Fantauzzi and Karen King, La Bella Figura is an organic, luxe skin care line that has launched its More Than Makeup functional beauty line (prices range between 30-38$) just in time for the holidays! La Bella Figura has infused each piece with a…
  • Holiday Gift Guide Part Two: Fashion, Household, Food and Wine!

    Natasha Urbany
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    In case you have been having trouble finding the perfect gift for the fashionista, homemaker, gourmet foodie, or wine lover in your life our Holiday Gift Guide has you covered! Here at Raintees’ we’ve found fantastic brands and gifts that you and your loved ones will enjoy this season! Part Two: Fashion, Household, Food and Wine Fashion and Household: Pure HANDKNIT. 4125 Celebrate T- Neck. Pure HANDKNIT- http://pureandco.com Pure HANDKNIT is passionate about hand crafted knitwear made from 100% Cotton. Pure HANDKNIT has partneredwith over 4500 female knitters in Chiang Mai,…
  • Holiday Gift Guide- Part One: Skincare and Beauty!

    Natasha Urbany
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Now that Halloween has come and gone it is time to pack away the orange and black and welcome the Holiday season! So, while you are relaxing by the fire and enjoying a nice mug of peppermint hot chocolate check out Raintees’ Holiday Gift Guide and peruse our choices for skincare, beauty gourmet food, fashion, household and wine! Part One: Skincare and Beauty! (stay tuned for part two!) Kari Gran Starter Kit. Kari Gran-http://karigran.com Kari Gran is a luxurious skin care line that prides itself on using high quality, natural, non-GMO ingredients. All of the products are paraben and…
  • Raintees Luxury Beauty Products Package Giveaway

    raintees
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:35 pm
    We’re having another giveaway and we are so excited to give you a chance to win one of 2 amazing luxury beauty products prize packages featuring products from some of our favorite brands like Hana Organics, Juice Beauty and L’eclisse Cosmetics! Hana Organics  Hana Organics specializes in hand-made, organic, non-GMO, cruelty and gluten free skin care. We love their simple packaging and the fact that they use only the finest organic/biodynamic ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible. Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, Washington, their products are created in…
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Alcatraz to Annobón: Islands Turn to Solar to Survive, Thrive

    Thad Wharton
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Solar array on the island of Tokelau. Credit: Powersmart Solar From one of America’s most famous tourist destinations to some of the world’s most remote settlements, islands are increasingly turning to solar to provide low-cost energy, cleaner air, and perhaps the biggest direct response they have available to fight climate change at ground zero of its impact. Energy has been a major stress-point for islands throughout their history. At best, most islands have to import fossil fuels over vast distances, paying a premium price for their dependency. Or, many undeveloped islands are…
  • Prevent Double Submit jQuery Plugin

    Eric Broder
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Web developers love the expression “user error”. It’s the code monkey way of responding to a bug report by saying “it’s not me, it’s you.” However, a good website is so user-proof that even if the user happens to be a cat sitting on a laptop and rubbing against the trackpad, it will still steer them through the happy path. This is where Mosaic’s Prevent Double Submit jQuery Plugin comes in. A common “user error” is when a form is meant to be submitted only once, but the user accidentally submits it twice. Sometimes this doesn’t really matter, like a search form. If you…
  • California leads US with Renewables Portfolio Standard

    Mandy Shold
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Sometimes our energy future can seem pretty bleak…especially in California. And sometimes we have good reason to be scared. We have a laundry list of problems. Left and right, politicians are shouting about the consequences of climate change on energy infrastructure. Populations continue to grow, particularly in areas like the Silicon Valley, and with them the amount of energy demanded. The number of electric vehicles didn’t grow by nearly the predicted growth rate this year. Southern California still is home to the worst air quality in the nation. In recent years, Californian oil…
  • Solar + Batteries: are we all going off-grid?

    Pablo Astorga
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Becoming your own utility has never been easier, but should you do it? www.souvenirpixels.com/photo-blog/electric-sunset For over a hundred years, power plants have been built in a very specific way: large, centralized facilities usually located far from where actual energy consumption takes place. These plants typically have been owned by big corporations (mostly utility companies) on which consumers rely to get electricity. More important, these centralized plants have made the electric grid indispensable, as power needs to be transported and distributed to the load centers. However, with…
  • Home Solar for Dummies…or Anyone Who Doesn’t Work in Solar

    Mandy Shold
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Solar power. The sun’s been ready for 4.5 billion years. It’s time you were too. And with electric prices rising, more and more people are realizing that it is no longer a question of “to solar or not to solar?” – it’s about <how> to solar. Solar power is like coffee – everyone takes it a little different; whether you take it with cream or 20 years worth of payments, the base is a beautiful, beautiful thing. But solar is not a one-size-fits-all product. Your solar needs are different than your neighbors’. And that’s where all the…
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  • Building an Effective Preventative Maintenance Plan

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Proper planning is the first step in any effective preventative maintenance plan. And in order to keep your property and equipment running as smoothly as possible, it’s best to implement a plan that involves these 3 aspects of maintenance: inspection, detection, and correction. Generally, preventative maintenance involves a specific plan or series of steps that help mitigate fires, keep costs low, and maximize machine production. An efficient preventive maintenance program (PM) might include the testing and replacement of parts of that are no longer functioning properly. Whatever steps…
  • Is Playa Vista the New Silicon Valley?

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It looks like Silicon Valley isn’t the only place tech savvy mega-corporations like to set up shop. Google recently bought 12 acres of vacant land in Playa Vista, Ca., where the technology behemoth reportedly paid $120 million. They are also expected to lease the hangar that sits right next to the property, once built by aviator Howard Hughes to house his famous “Spruce Goose” airplane. Made entirely of wood, Hughes’ plane was the largest ever built and after more than 70 years, still remains a symbol of American industry during WWII. One thing that CFS found…
  • Make Your Office Holiday Party the Best

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The holidays are barreling down upon us, and the planning of a holiday office party can be quite a headache.  Money is stretched thinner than it used to be and no one wants to participate in something perceived as merely another obligation.  The key to getting employees to willingly participate in these annual events is to keep it inexpensive and unique. One idea is to have a cookie contest.  Have everyone make, buy or decorate enough cookies to share and then vote on the winner.  Who doesn’t like cookies?  Another idea along those same lines is to have a potluck lunch.  While some…
  • Tips to Get Your Office Under Control

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Every business has times where things seem overly chaotic. For many, the holiday season can bring extra stress. When you feel chaos is upon you, it is time to take a step back and examine the root of the problem to help get your office under control. Some basic changes can be made at work to help restore order. Commercial Flooring Solutions wants to help you take back control of your office with these tips. Set office guidelines. It is key to provide clear communication on the office guidelines, expectations, and schedules so that everyone is on the same page. Be an example, and make…
  • 9 Awesome Apps for Office Managers

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    At Commercial Flooring Solutions, we have a great team in charge of keeping business running smoothly.  Ask them what their secret is, and they will tell you “technology”. While computers and their applications can sometimes be challenging, they have undoubtedly made our lives more convenient. Today there are countless apps for your tablet or smart phone to help make life easier. Check out these 8 awesome Apps for Office Managers. 1. Evernote.  This app allows you to record voice notes of almost any length, and access them later on one central device.  That means you can use the…
 
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  • How to do green awakening with Twitter?

    Mimuba
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Do you want to learn how to go green? You also want your friends learn this. It means you want to achieve two goals. One is to learn to go green and then make your friends adopt a green way of living. Obviously you also want to do this in minimum time. It is obvious… Read More »The post How to do green awakening with Twitter? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 10 deadliest excuses of polluting industries

    Mimuba
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    This is very common in poor countries and in some of the advance countries also. Whenever any act of polluting is pointed out its perpetrator has so many excuses to save him from legal action. Mostly polluting industries very smartly use lame excuses to save their skin. Many of these excuses are so ridiculous but… Read More »The post 10 deadliest excuses of polluting industries appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Simple improvements for a greener home to save huge money

    Mimuba
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Life at home is happier than the professional life at a workplace. People live in their home with their loved ones. They relax, enjoy, take rest and party so informally at their home. In short they can live at their home in a way they love. They can do whatever they want to do at… Read More »The post Simple improvements for a greener home to save huge money appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to create a Facebook Page to promote a green cause?

    Mimuba
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:42 pm
    In this age of information technology it is quite easy to promote a green cause to get the support of public. It may be any cause related to environmental care. You can support it with so many sources especially online sources where you even need not to pay any fee. Yes there are no charges… Read More »The post How to create a Facebook Page to promote a green cause? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Why Americans have no choice but to use mostly GMO products?

    Mimuba
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    You must have read the hue and cry against GMO products but maybe not fully aware of its harms. Also it is quite surprising that in an advance country like USA almost 70% produce contains GMO. So let’s first understand what it is and then move to our topic. What is GMO? It stands for… Read More »The post Why Americans have no choice but to use mostly GMO products? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • Why 2014 Kicked-Butt and How 2015 Will Rock Your Socks Off

    Emily Uebergang
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    I have this thing. This thing where every year tends to kick the previous year in the butt. Like literally. Whether it’s for the better or the worse. They just love trying to trump each other. What’s with that? THANKFULLY, 2014 kicked 2013 in the butt in a good way.   I freaking fell in love with 2014 and well, tis the season for reflection after all as we near to the end of the year that was. I’m almost scared to let go … →
  • There Is A Time To Rest and A Time To Boogie

    Emily Uebergang
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here I am. Sitting here, watching the waves roll over each other imagining myself out there gliding over each one. But I choose to sit and observe. The morning glow of the sun shimmering the most magnificent shades of gold off the white foam. Beneath is a deep blue. During the ever so brief moments of calm it even looks like silky smooth velvet. As the waves crash, I deliberate over whether the sounds come first or because I”m looking at … →
  • Why I’ve Never Had a Gym Membership and Don’t Plan To… Ever

    Emily Uebergang
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I may be the last standing human on this planet (or at the very least, in the privileged world of the West) who has never held a little gold plated gym membership card in her hot little hands. I’m 25 years old. This is prime time (apparently) to be sporting crop tops and butt revealing short shorts in an attempt to woo other muscle bulging, weight pumping junkies. Supposedly.   I’ve never been very good at following the expectations of society though, … →
  • A day with Joel Salatin on Polyface Farm

    Emily Uebergang
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    If ever there were such a thing as farming celebrity (which I totally think there should be – take that mind numbing Hollywood), Joel Salatin would be an A-lister. Well, he kind of is if you speak with anyone hailing from any of the Permaculture, Paleo, Real Food, Sustainable Agriculuture, ‘Save the world from the plight of factory farming and earth pillaging’ movements. He’s got a voice and he’s not afraid to use it.   So here I am. Little Aussie me. IN … →
  • 12 Paleo Recipe Blogs To Drool Over

    Emily Uebergang
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Since my current ‘circumstances’ that have something to do with gypsy-like global gallivanting often finds me far from the comfort of a kitchen (possibly the only downside of travel… oh, and missing loved ones at home probably ranks up there too), I don’t have a great deal of opportunity to get stuck into my usual weekly routine of real food recipe creation. If you haven’t noticed this, I’ll forgive you. I don’t shy away from the fact that sometimes I feel like I’m living … →
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  • Biofuels obtained from waste materials

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:55 am
    Waste water can be used to produce EEB Our future must be green if we want to save the climate and our environment for us and the future generations. To achieve this goal we need to develop and take advantage of every green resource that can be used to produce biofuels and electricity. As we know, in the US and in Brasil, bioethanol is a biofuel which is used widely to lower the vehicle emissions. Bioethanol is a green alternative of the regular gas and it is an alcohol obtained by fermentation and using the sugar found in different starch crops like sugarcane, corn and sweet sorghum. The…
  • While Coal loses ground, Wind Energy becomes more interesting

    admin
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:19 am
    A field of wind turbines and the purple sky In the today’s US society, energy produced by burning coal is not a viable energy source anymore. The number of households which still use coal for heating or cooking at home is dropping and all of these because natural gas and wind energy have become the main rivals for coal. While natural gas has been introduced even in remote places, coal lost more and more ground. As a confirmation of the fact that coal loses the battle against other sources of energy, the latest report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says that no new…
  • The real costs of global warming for us

    admin
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Pumpjack pumping crude oil – This is your future? Winter has almost started in the Northern hemisphere, but reality shows that Winter is far from being here either now when December is upon us. Yesterday and even Today at noon, the outside temperatures showed 60 F and this is a pretty strange situation for us because we are preparing for Christmas and in just a few days we need to prepare the Christmas tree without any signs of snow. The real issue appears in January and February when we usually had temperatures way below freezing and all viruses and viral strains have disappeared.
  • Winter is here, your pocket is aware of this?

    admin
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    A house which uses both solar panels and a wind turbine. Well, as the title says, Winter is here again to make us use warmer clothes and increase our energy bills over night. Here in our place we have a prolonged Fall, but either way we started consuming more natural gas and electricity since October already. We have an energy plan for our residence, so every month we call a robot from our natural gas supplier and we tell him what numbers we have on our natural gas meter. This method is better than the method which uses a pre plan to estimate the monthly consumption. By using the monthly…
  • Low Electricity Bills for Winter

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Wood stove for heating, image source thecozyflame.com Winter is almost here, in our area the temperatures are not very low yet so we don’t have snow or ice, but either so we need to prepare ourselves for the cold season because the environment and our pockets are the most important in this case. In this article we will talk about homeowners which use electricity to heat their home instead of using natural gas. We all know that electricity from your local supplier is more expensive than natural gas. For example last year, when our team was moved in the middle of December to a new…
 
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  • The, Oh, So (Not) Fun Ingredients Found in Common Kids’ Candy

    Green Mom
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    By Fredrica Syren: Since committing to as natural a lifestyle as possible for my family, reading ingredients lists and saying no to certain kids’ foods has become a daily chore for me. I always have to question ingredients, read labels and be suspicious. Sometimes I feel like the bad food police and a really mean ...
  • Green Holiday Wrapping

    Kim Robson
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    By Kim Robson: We all want to reduce waste during the holidays and avoid wrapping paper, especially non-recyclable metallic or foil paper. But I get so tired of those uninspired gift bags. Luckily, there are many creative and beautiful ways to wrap gifts that don’t harm the planet. Plenty of paper companies have gotten on ...
  • Only Five White Rhinos Left in the World

    Larraine Roulston
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    By Larraine Roulston: In December 2014, Angalifu, another of the last northern white rhinos, the largest of the rhinoceroses that exist in the world, has died at San Diego Zoo, striking a heavy blow to a species already on the brink of extinction. This event comes so soon after another white rhino death. In October 2014, ...
  • Ecocentric Mom Discovery Boxes

    Andrea Patin
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Andrea Patin If you are looking to give a woman in your life something that will help her discover more natural, organic, sustainable and ethical products check out www.Ecocentricmom.com. With holiday shopping here, what could be better than shopping online and giving a gift that comes throughout the year. Deliveries happen every other month and ...
  • Making Kids Happy with a Low Key Christmas

    Green Mom
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    By Fredrica Syren:  I struggle with how to make my children happy with a lower key, fewer-presents sort of Christmas. I think a large part of our children’s problem is that their expectations are too high. And when that’s the case, giving more and more every year won’t fix the problem. Of course no child ...
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  • 4 Earth-Friendly Commercial Practices

    Lillian Connors
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    4 Earth-Friendly Commercial Practices. If you want your existing business to become more successful, it is important that you look into adopting the green way, meaning that you company will care more about the carbon footprint it leaves behind. Not only that, but going green means that your company will be able to get more business done, as new clients are looking into dealing with Eco-friendly businesses. Once you make the green change, your business will immediately feel the difference as you will be able to save up some money from certain aspects of your business. Becoming Sustainable For…
  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Oven For An Efficient Cooking

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Oven For Efficient Cooking. If you are the one who love to  go out to picnics so much, or the one who love to cook your food efficiently in your house ,Then you should be hearing of what so called solar cooking, if you are new to this expression ,it is actually pretty easy ,it means that you cook your food with the help of the sun, no fuel or gas or any stuff required. Actually the only device you can use  for applying solar cooking is Solar Oven. Solar oven is used for cooking pretty any type of food with the help of the sun only. So this…
  • How to Support Renewable Energy When On – Budget

    Heather Roberts
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    How to Support Renewable Energy When On – Budget. As the Eco – friendly lifestyle gained popularity, the prices of the renewable energy and the energy – efficient appliances are dropping. But they are considerably more expensive than the commercial methods. For most of the people, installing a solar panel is a commodity when it comes to costs. The external conditions, such as the weather characteristics in a certain place, play important role. Sometimes the house is situated in a shady area and there is not enough sunlight penetration. Maybe you are renting the place and you can’t…
  • Bamboo Tree – Renewable Energy Source and So Much More

    Ariel Bellamy
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Bamboo Tree – Renewable Energy Source and So Much More. Long time ago, some significant changes in temperatures, air quality, and the quality of life on Earth in general were discovered.Over the centuries, people had enormous effect on the planet,and the results are not good. Pollution and global warming are just some of the problems that have occurred that have to be stopped immediately, or at least reduced. As people are trying to be more eco-friendly and save our planet from destruction, they started using different materials for clothing, furniture, heating,and one of the most…
  • What Does The Future Hold For Solar Energy?

    Edrick Hypolite
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
      What Does The Future Hold For Solar Energy? About 200 years back, wood was the primary source of energy. However, now we have several alternatives that include a fast growing array of renewable energy innovations including solar energy. The 21st century has seen solar power grow rapidly to become part of our daily life. From sun-powered homes to solar heated pools, many examples exist that clearly demonstrate the importance of using clean energy. Moreover, as concerns increase regarding the ugly effects of over-reliance on fossil fuels as well as the impending threat of exhausting…
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  • A Brownfield Success Story: the Jefferson Davis Hospital Before and After

    Michael Manouel
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A Brownfield Success Story: the Jefferson Davis Hospital Before and After   Brownfields are, in short, pieces of real property, which—by the suspected presence or actual presence of hazardous pollutants, chemicals, or contaminants—have been held back from reuse, redevelopment, or commercial growth. Although it might sound like a condemning blow for once-successful properties to be declared a brownfield, closed down, and cordoned off from the public, there are many former sites that have become prosperous centers of commerce, art, industry, and, sometimes even sports, post-cleanup.
  • New Coal Ash Rules Deserve Your Attention

    Jessica Hope
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    New Coal Ash Rules Deserve Your Attention A critical decision about the classification of coal ash is due this month. It’s been over four years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their plans to finalize federal rules regarding coal ash, but come December 19th, the EPA might finally make good on their promise. Most people, aside from industry representatives and environmentalists, don’t have this issue on their radar. It’s not hard to make sense of – after all, coal regulations don’t exactly make for sexy headlines. But the classification of coal ash could…
  • Bioremediation: The Inexpensive, Organic Remediation Method

    Michael Manouel
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Bioremediation: The Inexpensive, Organic Remediation Method   What’s the process?   Bioremediation involves the use of tiny organisms, called microbes, to help clean up contaminated soil and groundwater. These living organisms (usually some type of bacteria) feed off of the contaminants (such as solvents, oil and petroleum products, and pesticides) in or on a site. When the microbes eat these contaminants, they will eventually digest and metabolize them, at which point the contaminants will be changed into water or harmless gases, like ethene, or carbon dioxide. The technique of…
  • Understanding Underground Storage Tanks: Dangers and Regulation

    Michael Manouel
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Understanding Underground Storage Tanks: Dangers and Regulation Definition An underground storage tank (UST), in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definition, is any tank with ancillary piping that has at least 10% of its combined volume submerged underneath the ground. Federal EPA regulations only apply to USTs that store either petroleum or certain other hazardous substances, such as methane, solvents, and ethylene glycol. According to the EPA, the following tanks are also exempt from regulation, Farm and residential tanks of 1,100 gallons or less containing motor fuel for…
  • How to Properly Dispose of Vinyl Flooring

    Michael Manouel
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    How to Properly Dispose of Vinyl Flooring Vinyl flooring is cheap, durable, resistant to spills, and easy-to-maintain, which makes it a highly attractive option for use in homes and offices. But some vinyl composition flooring (VCT) is made with a plastic called Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), which is one of the most toxic plastics ever created. Also, older VCT or vinyl sheet flooring from the late 1950s to the early 1980s may also contain asbestos, adding to the toxicity of the material. The first thing to understand when you’re thinking of disposing of vinyl flooring in a home or office is…
 
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  • When The World Needs Copper

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:45 pm
    The scrap metal business is not a buy-anything-industry. To make most out of the manual labor work, the business would need to have a steady flow of metals with great value. While Gold and Silver may be what you have in mind, people don’t normally go to the scrap metal business owner to have their gold and silver sold to. There’s a different metal, they call it “red gold”. In lay mans term, Copper. It’s one of the most sought after metals by all kinds of scrappers. They are found in almost any electrical junk thrown out by the public. A regular home would keep old appliances that…
  • Scrap Your Junk before Going Shopping

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    The season of gift-giving is fast approaching. In Singapore, this is evident in the vast number of clearance sale outlets and promotional packages of various establishments. While buying sale items seems like a way of life for many Singaporeans, accumulation of used products in residential areas is becoming a negative consequence of this habit. A habit easily passed on to younger generations. In order to address this, Singaporeans must reconsider the importance of recycling, through creative skills in innovating old materials and the knowledge of local establishments that accepts your old…
  • Why going to the library is one of the best things I do for my...

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Why going to the library is one of the best things I do for my kids and the planet.
  • Mother Nature is pissed off. Literally.

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
    Mother Nature is pissed off. Literally.
  • Incineration And Landfills Are Just A Temporary Solution

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    Trash in Singapore is managed with the use of Waste-to-energy plants or Incineration plants plus the Semaku landfill. It’s the incineration plants that reduce the size of the trash and generate 1-3 percent of electricity for this country. Once the trash has been reduced, it’s then off to the landfill for proper disposal. Being a country with limited space, incineration plants were built to keep up with the increasing wastes the people produce. Although the National Environment Agency has strict guidelines for the process, the question really is “Can we keep on building incineration…
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  • What Are E-cigarettes? How Do E-cigs Work?

    Brian
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    What are E-cigarettes? How do E-cigarettes Work? E-cigarette is the short form of Electronic Cigarette. It is a substitute of real cigarettes and often used to quit smoking. Most E-cigarettes have a similar exterior with real cigarettes, usually with a white cylindrical tube, red glowing tip and brown filter. Comparing with real cigarettes, they usually have more various tastes and can give people a real sensation of smoking as well. E-cigarettes are powered by battery and filled with nicotine. Some E-cigarettes… Continue Reading ›› The post What Are E-cigarettes? How Do…
  • Vicks Humidifier Reviews 2015 – Which is the Best Vicks Humidifier to Buy

    Brian
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Vicks Humidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer reports 2014 – 2015 If you always wake up with a sore throat, if you always get zapped by static electricity, maybe it’s time to get some moisture into your room. It’s especially the case during the winter season, when the heating system tend to dry out the air and cause some uncomfortable conditions. A Vicks Humidifier is just what you need. Our post of Vicks humidifier products today will include Vicks cool mist humidifier… Continue Reading ›› The post Vicks Humidifier Reviews 2015 – Which is the Best Vicks Humidifier…
  • Is Second Hand Smoke Bad for Dogs? – Pets and Secondhand Smoke

    Brian
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Is Cigarette Smoke Bad for Dogs? —- Are you listening? Your pets are saying: “No! Secondhand smoke!” It’s almost known to everybody that secondhand smoke is harmful to human body causing numerous grisly diseases. Health authorities release that thousands of non-smokers are dying from secondhand smoke every year. However, only a few know that secondhand smoke also has dangerous effects on pets. Or in some cases, people tend to ignore and underestimate the effects of secondhand smoke on pets. Yet… Continue Reading ›› The post Is Second Hand Smoke Bad for Dogs?
  • Best Humidifier and Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2014-2015

    Brian
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    The Guides of Choosing A Best Humidifier What Is The Best Humidifier? Our post here is for Humidifier reviews, to give you a better impression of humidifiers choosing. We will pick out some best rated humidifiers, and listed the main features and ratings and compare them, in the term of technology, including some ultrasonic humidifiers, cool mist humidifiers, warm mist humidifiers, and in the term of usage, some whole house humidifiers, some baby humidifiers, etc.. What is A Humidifier? How Does A Humidifier… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Humidifier and Reviews,…
  • Best Home Humidifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Choosing Best Humidifiers for Home: Home Humidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015 Have you ever considered to get a humidifier for your home, especially when enormous unpleasant symptoms occur frequently, such as clapped lips, dry skins, flu infection, cough and forth. If you do have this inclination, you should get enough information about buying a home humidifier. There is much information available online about how to get the best home humidifier, you can have a reference. Personally, I have some suggestions about… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Home Humidifier and…
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