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  • Egrets on the Illinois Prairie – Wordless Wednesday

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Egret photo taken up the street from my house during an August sunset at the prairie in Fermilab Natural Areas. The post Egrets on the Illinois Prairie – Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Shawna Coronado.
  • Latino Leaders in California Legislature Steer Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Bill onto Governor Brown's Desk

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    Linda Escalante
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Linda Escalante, Policy Advocate, California and Latino Advocacy programs, Santa Monica After several attempts to pass a California statewide ban on  flyaway single-use plastic bags, our state Assembly and Senate have made proud history by voting to turn our Golden State into the first of the 50 states to ban these bags.  Senate Bill 270 was spearheaded by the state’s Latino political powerhouses  NALEO President and State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Senate President Pro Tem Elect Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), and CA Latino Caucus President , Senator Ricardo…
  • Do not buy oceanfront property

    Grist
    Sarah Zielinski
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    The Canadian couple on my television screen tours a small home on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. The couple, on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, are hoping to buy a vacation home for $300,000 or less — something in a secure neighborhood and with an ocean view. This home looks ideal, with a modern kitchen and infinity pool, the back gate just feet from the ocean. What’s never mentioned are the piles of sandbags sitting between the back fence and the high-tide line. Does the house flood during storms? During exceptionally high tides? Is the ocean eating away at the land? Home…
  • Jesse Eisenberg: An ‘Accidental’ Environmentalist

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    Brianne Hogan
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Actor Jesse Eisenberg‘s new flick, “Night Moves,” in which he plays an environmentalist, looks to have rubbed off on him in real life. The movie, which is being released internationally Read MoreThe post Jesse Eisenberg: An ‘Accidental’ Environmentalist appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • eco fashion friday finds – end of summer sales

    The Alternative Consumer
    Maureen O'Connor
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    Hard to believe Labor Day’s this weekend. Time to cash in on some good ol’ savings. Nau’s current sale includes some great outdoorsy stuff and transitional pieces like this Carry-On Blazer designed for the all-weather commuter. This figure flattering blazer is made from densely woven recycled poly – the soft shell is designed to cut through the wind and rain to create the quintessential tailored travel piece. The pared-down, durable construction makes the Carry-On as light as possible for storing in your travel bag. Marked down from $225 to $158 @ nau.com One our NYC…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Egrets on the Illinois Prairie – Wordless Wednesday

    Shawna
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Egret photo taken up the street from my house during an August sunset at the prairie in Fermilab Natural Areas. The post Egrets on the Illinois Prairie – Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Shawna Coronado.
  • Cold Frames To Protect Your Garden

    Shawna
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every spring and fall I try to make it out to the Chicago Botanic Garden to see what inspiration they might toss at me in those transitional gardening seasons. In both the fall and spring I am completely and totally captivated by the Chicago Botanic Garden’s lovely row of cold frames in the vegetable garden. Cold frames are used as a tool to protect your plants from frost either in spring or fall and can be an invaluable tool for lengthening the gardening season, particularly in northern states. It can also be used as a protective spot in southern states for container plants and…
  • Garden Design With Orange Colors

    Shawna
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Up the road a ways from my home in my very suburban neighborhood is a lovely little garden designed with orange colors and an adorable white cat. The gardener grows tall orange and mixed color zinnias along the city sidewalk that always make a show in August. Beyond the zinnias, the rest of her garden is decorated with plants that are varying shades of green. Her color design comes through with accessories like the amazing recycled orange garden chair that sits in the garden entryway above. Her goal with her urban garden is to make it a simple and comfortable place to relax; not perfection. I…
  • HGTV Plant Collection Makes a Difference For Kokomo, Indiana

    Shawna Coronado
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Kokomo, Indiana is my hometown; a small town in central Indiana where I was born.  Without a doubt, my grandmother’s helped stimulate my passion for gardening in their country gardens near the city. I grew up climbing trees, crawdaddy fishing, and picking wildflowers on a farm in it’s outer limits, went to Northwestern High School, and learned from an early age in this small town that hard work and family were fundamental to life. For the last eight years the city has worked hard to revitalize parts of Kokomo by creating a beautiful, welcoming community via flower displays…
  • Blue Balls Mason Jar Martini Cocktail Recipe

    Shawna
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    This week is my birthday week – I want no well wishes please – instead just send me a pitcher of Blue Balls. You heard me right – it sounds naughty, but it tastes absolutely delicious. Today we learn how to make Blue Balls Mason Jar Martini Cocktail’s. Yummy delicious and a total conversation piece in the garden, it is perfect for a hot August afternoon or a fun evening on the patio with friends. Below is the cocktail recipe – give it a shake (or two)! Blue Balls – Blue Ball Jar Cocktail Recipe – Muddled Mint — Handful UV Blue Vodka — 1…
 
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  • Latino Leaders in California Legislature Steer Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Bill onto Governor Brown's Desk

    Linda Escalante
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Linda Escalante, Policy Advocate, California and Latino Advocacy programs, Santa Monica After several attempts to pass a California statewide ban on  flyaway single-use plastic bags, our state Assembly and Senate have made proud history by voting to turn our Golden State into the first of the 50 states to ban these bags.  Senate Bill 270 was spearheaded by the state’s Latino political powerhouses  NALEO President and State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Senate President Pro Tem Elect Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), and CA Latino Caucus President , Senator Ricardo…
  • India Green News: Solar and Wind Potential Receives Investment Interest; Governments Partner to Tackle Climate Change

    Avinash Kar
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Avinash Kar, Staff Attorney, San Francisco India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India.   Compiled by Ariel Cooper Week of August 25th-29th CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change is real and happening in India NEW DELHI: Ahead of the UN climate summit which is to be organized in New York on September 23 to give a political push to future negotiations, Indian scientists on Friday emphasized the need to take urgent steps to address the issue of climate change that has potential to adversely affect the country. Taking stock of climate change…
  • President Appoints Arkansas Utility Commissioner to FERC

    Allison Clements
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Allison Clements, Senior Attorney, Project for Sustainable FERC Energy Policy, New York The nation is again one step closer to having a full slate of five commissioners to preside over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates America’s transmission grid, wholesale sales of electricity, and gas pipeline infrastructure.   The White House this week announced plans to nominate Colette Honorable to fill the seat left by Commissioner John Norris (who earlier this month departed for a U.S. Department of Agriculture position in Italy). The nomination follows a…
  • Map-gate: The Newest Strange Claims About the Clean Water Protection Rule

    Jon Devine
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C. Over the last couple days, there has been a barrage of stories about a set of maps that the Environmental Protection Agency had produced, from long-public data maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey, indicating the location of various types of water bodies.  These stories have been fueled by breathless charges of government overreach lodged by some members of Congress and by industry lobby groups opposed to an important effort by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore protections against pollution to small streams and…
  • Latin America Green News: Mexico's solar panel tariff, Chile's "five star" glacier law, and Brazil's deforestation gang

    Carolina Herrera
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Carolina Herrera, Latin America Advocate, Washington DC Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. August 23 – August 29, 2014 Renewable Energy The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) expects to invest $500 million in Central America for renewable energy power generation, especially in Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama. While 65 percent of energy produced throughout Central America comes from renewable sources, that figure represents only 7 percent of the region’s energy potential.
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    Grist

  • Do not buy oceanfront property

    Sarah Zielinski
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    The Canadian couple on my television screen tours a small home on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. The couple, on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, are hoping to buy a vacation home for $300,000 or less — something in a secure neighborhood and with an ocean view. This home looks ideal, with a modern kitchen and infinity pool, the back gate just feet from the ocean. What’s never mentioned are the piles of sandbags sitting between the back fence and the high-tide line. Does the house flood during storms? During exceptionally high tides? Is the ocean eating away at the land? Home…
  • Why coal is (still) worse than fracking and cow burps

    Chris Mooney
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Is fracking for natural gas good for the planet? To understand the pitched fight over this question, you first need to realize that for many years, we’ve been burning huge volumes of coal to get electricity — and coal produces a ton of carbon dioxide, the chief gas behind global warming. Natural gas, by contrast, produces half as much carbon dioxide when it burns, and thus, the fracking boom has been credited with a decline in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. So far so good, right? Umm, maybe. Recently on our Inquiring Minds podcast, we heard from Anthony Ingraffea, a professor of…
  • This California bill will make electric cars way less pretentious

    Madeleine Thomas
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Finally, electric cars are for everybody, and not just the snooty, Prius-driving set: California’s legislature has just passed a first-of-its-kind bill that would up the number of electric cars on the state’s roadways by increasing their availability to disadvantaged and low-income drivers. The Charge Ahead California Initiative – SB-1275 — sponsored by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), would put at least a million zero-emission and near-zero-emission cars on California roads by January 2023. Gov. Jerry Brown has until the end of September to sign it. If passed, the…
  • Thanks to fracking, there’s something in the water in Pennsylvania

    Eve Andrews
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    It’s been a bad, bad summer for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. But arguably, it’s been a much worse summer for the actual citizens of Pennsylvania, because they have been repeatedly and consistently screwed over by an unhappy combination of corporate interests, bureaucratic incompetence, and methane. That’s quite a cocktail of misery — when life gives you a Long Island iced tea, if you will. The latest development: The DEP has released a list of 243 reports of drinking water contamination in Pennsylvania since the fracking boom first started in 2008. The…
  • Why Idaho is doing french fries right

    Eve Andrews
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Blake Lingle Boise Fry Company Boise, Idaho Let’s face it: The Gem State is really the Potato State, and Americans tend to consume their spuds in the form of french fries. Restaurant Boise Fry Company makes its from predominantly organic potatoes. Why we chose these fries: Ninety percent of Boise Fry Company’s potatoes are sourced from within an eight-hour radius of Boise, and 80 percent of their potatoes are organic. Lingle won’t rule out a farmer if he or she lacks the official certification, however: “We usually will try to meet with those farmers to make sure that they’re…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • Jesse Eisenberg: An ‘Accidental’ Environmentalist

    Brianne Hogan
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Actor Jesse Eisenberg‘s new flick, “Night Moves,” in which he plays an environmentalist, looks to have rubbed off on him in real life. The movie, which is being released internationally Read MoreThe post Jesse Eisenberg: An ‘Accidental’ Environmentalist appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Louisiana’s Captive Animals Need Your Help Now

    Natalia Galbetti
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Show your support for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' proposed rule that will protect wild animals to make sure it passes. Read MoreThe post Louisiana’s Captive Animals Need Your Help Now appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Mayim Bialik’s Emmys Fun Included Vegan Goodies

    Allyson Koerner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    "The Big Bang Theory" actress started and ended her Emmy night with some plant-based deliciousness. Read MoreThe post Mayim Bialik’s Emmys Fun Included Vegan Goodies appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Aquarium Owner Under Investigation for 220 Animal Deaths

    Natalia Galbetti
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    As construction for a new aquarium in San Antonio kicks off, details on the owner’s shady past are surfacing. Ammon Covino co-owns aquariums in Austin, Portland and Boise with his Read MoreThe post Aquarium Owner Under Investigation for 220 Animal Deaths appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Tweets Take Action Against #TarSands

    Brianne Hogan
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio has taken to his Twitter to promote his opposition against tar sands oil production in Alberta, Canada. The Oscar-nominated star was in the Great White Read MoreThe post Leonardo DiCaprio Tweets Take Action Against #TarSands appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • eco fashion friday finds – end of summer sales

    Maureen O'Connor
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    Hard to believe Labor Day’s this weekend. Time to cash in on some good ol’ savings. Nau’s current sale includes some great outdoorsy stuff and transitional pieces like this Carry-On Blazer designed for the all-weather commuter. This figure flattering blazer is made from densely woven recycled poly – the soft shell is designed to cut through the wind and rain to create the quintessential tailored travel piece. The pared-down, durable construction makes the Carry-On as light as possible for storing in your travel bag. Marked down from $225 to $158 @ nau.com One our NYC…
  • 12 story Delta passive house by studio505

    Ross Dulmaine
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Innovative Australian architectural and design firm, studio505, is the creative force behind an exciting new project being developed for their client, Grocon LTD. Plans have begun for a 10-to 12-story “Passive House” apartment building currently called Delta. The green building is designed to be carbon neutral and built entirely from engineered timber on the former site of the Carlton Brewery in Melbourne. The triangular residential tower will eventually rise 10-12 stories above downtown Melbourne and will stand atop a 6-story podium building designed by studio505 to house an ultra-modern…
  • The Virtual Water Dilemma: Act One – Food

    Sheila Thomas
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    What is virtual water? In times of drought people try their best to not let the faucet run, take a shorter shower and water the gardens less. But these are all activities during which we can see how much water we are wasting, making saving it simpler; we just don’t use as much. But what most people don’t think about is virtual water. Virtual water is a term for all the water that goes into making an end product. Perhaps the most common source of virtual water in our daily lives is the food we choose to eat. In fact more than 50 percent of our water footprint is derived by the food we…
  • American Performance Technologies: The SmartCarb

    Jordan Stauder
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Small engine fuel delivery systems have experienced a constant evolution since the introduction of the internal combustion engine towards the end of the 19th century, with innovations such as the carburetor and the electronic fuel injection (EFI) system appearing to feed larger and more powerful engines. It’s now become common knowledge that the newest EFI systems provide the optimal blend of engine power, fuel efficiency and emissions reductions, but one good ol’ American company is working to change that. The SmartCarb® from American Performance Technologies, based in Kansas City,…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Reducing Water Scarcity

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016. Irrigation techniques, industrial and residential habits combined with climate change lie at the root of the problem. But despite what appears to be an insurmountable problem, according to researchers from McGill and Utrecht University it is possible to turn the situation around and…
  • Abandoned landfills are a big problem

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Abandoned landfill sites throughout the UK routinely leach polluting chemicals into rivers, say scientists. At Port Meadow alone, on the outskirts of Oxford, they estimate 27.5 tonnes of ammonium a year find their way from landfill into the River Thames. The researchers say it could be happening at thousands of sites around the UK.
  • Study Suggests More Research before Fracking Continues

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    An independent report on fracking has recommended a temporary moratorium on the controversial process and says that communities should give permission before it can proceed. The interdisciplinary expert panel set up by the Nova Scotia regional government says the science of fracking is relatively unknown and therefore its introduction should be delayed in the Province until the science and its environmental effects are better understood.
  • Dengue reported in Japan

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    After reporting the country's first domestically acquired case of dengue fever in nearly 70 years yesterday, Japan's health ministry today confirmed finding two more patients. The initial patient, a girl in her teens, had a sudden onset of high fever on 20 August and was hospitalized in Saitama City, near Tokyo. Hospital staff, suspecting dengue, on 26 August sent blood samples to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, which confirmed the diagnosis.
  • "Global Roadmap" Created to Balance Development with Environmental Protection

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Roads make it possible to bring goods to market, to get to the office, to log a forest, to hunt its wildlife. Without roads, human society as we know it could not exist. However, to build roads, trees must be cleared and swamps drained, shrinking valuable wildlife habitat and fragmenting populations in the process. A new study, published today in Nature, unveils an innovative map that defines which areas of the world would best be used to build roads – and which should be left alone. Scientists estimate more than 25 million kilometers of new roads will be built worldwide by 2050,…
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • Triple Berry Crisp Recipe: For Gobs and Gobs of Summer Berry Goodness

    Sara Novak
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
      Do you have a few pints of berries leftover from the farmer’s market? Maybe you went berry picking recently and you have more berries leftover than you could ever dream of using. No worries, this berry crisp recipe will use them right up. Crisps or crumbles, which ever name you prefer, are an excellent way to put summer berries to work. They’re simple, colorful, and loaded with flavor. For those of us, myself included, who aren’t natural bakers, crisps are the ideal dessert. Use whatever berries you have on hand. If you want to reduce the sugar content, feel free. Make this…
  • 23 Pawsitively Purrfect Quotes About Cats

    Krissy Brady
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    They’re self-absorbed, self-serving and… well, self-everything – and it’s fabulous! Here, 23 quotes about cats you can dedicate to the one who’s probably ignoring you right now. “If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.” -Nan Porter “There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.” -Anonymous “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” -Charles Dickens “Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow.” -Monica Edwards “I wish I could write as mysterious…
  • 9 Wonderfully Practical Repurposing Ideas For the Kitchen

    Jen Wallace
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Add some eco-friendly chic to your kitchen with these repurposing ideas.   Looking to update your kitchen decor or add some organizational touches, then consider do-it-yourself repurposing ideas and projects. Repurposing is a great way to reuse items destined for the landfill or recycling bin. You can also repurpose thrift store, estate sale or yard sale finds for way less money than purchasing new. That’s not to mention that repurposing can keep you out of that cycle of conspicuous consumption, which is a way better choice for the planet. DIY repurposing is also one way to get truly…
  • Obama Pursues ‘Politically Binding’ International Global Climate Change Agreement

    Sara Novak
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Obama Administration is working on a sweeping international global climate change agreement that would reduce emissions, according to an article in The New York Times. The agreement would be signed at a UN summit in Paris next year. President Obama is trying circumvent a polarized Senate, which would normally require a two-thirds vote for treaty ratification. It’s using a “politically binding” deal that would shame countries into reducing their emissions as part of this global climate change agreement. According to The New York Times: American negotiators are instead homing in…
  • Jon Stewart on Ferguson and the Indignity of Not Being White [Video]

    Jill Ettinger
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We know Jon Stewart works hard and deserves vacation time, but why does it seem like the hugest news stories happen while “The Daily Show” is on vacation? Well, Stewart didn’t disappoint on this recap of the cluster in Ferguson. He distilled it down to it’s most important and obvious point: that every person of color in this country has faced an indignity because of the color of their skin. We can change that, but first, we have to recognize the truth. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook Find Jill on…
 
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  • Is Health Goth The New Street Goth?

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    ...Grabarek and Jeremy Scott of the Portland based, alternative R’n’B duo, Magic Fades . Browsing their page, it's obvious there is more to this style than a shared taste i...
  • The Most Amazing Lie In History

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    “This operation is not being planned with any alternative s,” barked General Dwight D.
  • John McAfee In Crazytown

    10 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Ultimately, as insane and riveting as John McAfee's tale is, what’s most interesting is the way he has weirdly come to symbolize his audience.
  • Surprise: TV Networks Are Already Unbundling From Cable

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Sick of the big cable bundle? Luckily, the number of alternative s are growing — and some are coming from the very people who say the bundle isn’t going away.
  • Using Laughing Gas To Relieve The Pain Of Childbirth

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Though it's popular in other countries, the U.S. has historically shied away from giving nitrous oxide to women in labor. Now some hospitals are championing it as an alternative to epidurals.
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    Yale Environment 360

  • New Database Tracks Ecologic Health Impacts of Dams on World's Rivers

    Yale Environment 360
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    A newly launched online database illustrates the impacts of nearly 6,000 dams on the world's 50 major Click to Enlarge Dams in the Yangtze basin river basins, ranking their ecological health according to indicators of river fragmentation, water quality, and biodiversity. The "State of the World's Rivers" project was developed by the advocacy organization International Rivers and created using Google Earth. Users can compare the health of individual river basins, see the locations of existing and planned dams, and explore 10 of the most significant river basins in more depth. The 6,000 dams…
  • Rail Transport of U.S. Oil Up By 9 Percent, Creating Rail Car Shortage

    Yale Environment 360
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    The amount of U.S. oil shipped by rail rose 9 percent during the first seven months of the year compared to 2013, reaching 16,000 carloads per week in July, Click to Enlarge Rise in rail oil transport according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). U.S. crude oil production reached an estimated 8.5 million barrels per day in June for the first time in 18 years and is driving the increase in rail transport, the EIA said. Only 3 percent of petroleum shipped by rail in 2009 was crude oil; now crude accounts for more than half. Over the past three years, much of the oil has come…
  • Fate of the Passenger Pigeon Looms as a Somber Warning

    Yale Environment 360
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    This September 1 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last known passenger pigeon on earth. The extinction of this once-abundant North American bird still stands as a cautionary tale. BY JOEL GREENBERG
  • Obama Seeks International Climate Accord Without Congressional Approval

    Yale Environment 360
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Obama administration is aiming to forge a legally binding, international agreement that would cut fossil Barack Obama fuel emissions and direct funds to poor nations dealing with climate change, without ratification from Congress, The New York Times reports. The agreement would combine legally binding updates to an existing 1992 climate change treaty — allowing Obama to sidestep the constitutional requirement that treaties be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate — with voluntary pledges for specific emissions targets and aid to help poorer countries adapt to climate change. Nations…
  • Global Meat Production, Especially Beef, Strains Land and Water, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    Global meat production has expanded more than four-fold over the last 50 years — and 25-fold since Beef cattle graze in Colombia 1800 — due to growing purchasing power, urbanization, and changing diets, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute. Consumers in industrial countries still eat much larger quantities of meat (75.9 kilograms per person) than those in developing nations (33.7 kilograms), though that gap is beginning to close, the report says. Nearly 70 percent of the planet's agricultural land and freshwater is used for livestock, with additional land and water used…
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • Travel The Appalachian Trail With This Nature-Loving Vine User

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Vine user Isaiah Cooper posted his first trail Vine when he started a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail four months ago. Since then he's entertained followers with posts of wildlife, scenic views and trail culture and cuisine. Cooper's most recent post lets us know he's somewhere in the Presidential Range of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Through his Vines he has answered all sorts of questions about life on the trail and has also been sending postcards to fellow Vine users. Though he first offered postcards to anyone who asked, after getting tons of requests he had to make the postcards…
  • Government Looking For Trains To Haul Radioactive Waste, But There's Nowhere For Them To Go

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. They won't be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048. No one knows where those sites will be, but the…
  • Chefs, Breeders Pair Up To Create Tastier Vegetables

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    VERONA, Wis. (AP) — There's a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While plant breeders at many public universities focus on improving field corn, soybeans and other crops used in food manufacturing or livestock feed, those in Madison want to produce better-tasting vegetables. The university has long had ties to the vegetable processing industry, as Wisconsin is among the top two or three states in producing canned or frozen sweet corn, green beans and peas. But…
  • Magnitude-6 Earthquake Hits Northern Pakistan

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A magnitude-6 earthquake struck northern Pakistan on Sunday, authorities said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Pakistan Meteorological Department official Mohammad Shahid said people felt the quake in Peshawar and Islamabad. He said its epicenter was in the Hindu Kush mountains on the country's border with Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The U.S. Geological Survey described the temblor as a magnitude-5.1 quake that struck in Afghanistan, some 280 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of the capital, Kabul. Such conflicting data is common…
  • Dog Turns On Stove, Sets Laptop On Fire

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Police say a New Jersey family's dog turned on the stove, which caught the laptop resting on the burner on fire and sent smoke through the roof. The fire was reported early Friday evening in Lacey Township while the owners were away. Police tell the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1uanK1O) that investigators believe the dog accidentally turned on the stove, though they didn't specify how that occurred. Police say heat from the stove eventually burned a laptop computer that had been left on top of the appliance. Smoke was pouring from the roof when firefighters arrived, but the blaze was…
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • Oil Industry's Image Is Tarnished in Louisiana, Green Activist Says

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Oil and gas operators have lost their luster in Louisiana, Lafayette resident Mike Stagg, a civic activist and organizer with the grassroots Green Army group, said in New Orleans this month. Before the oil boom went bust in the 1980s, the industry was regarded as benevolent because its severance taxes paid for Louisiana's roads, bridges and hospitals. "And before the BP spill, oil companies were seen as benign because nothing really bad had happened here," he said at First Unitarian Universalist Church on South Claiborne Avenue on Aug. 19. His topic was "Oil and Water Don't Mix." Stagg called…
  • Legal Case: White House Argues Against Considering Climate Change on Energy Projects

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogJust over a month before the United Nations convenes on September 23 in New York City to discuss climate change and activists gather for a week of action, the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) argued it does not have to offer guidance to federal agencies it coordinates with to consider climate change impacts for energy decisions.It came just a few weeks before a leaked draft copy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest assessment said climate disruption could cause "severe, pervasive and irreversible…
  • Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More!

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 29 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal. The North Pole and surroundings are experiencing much…
  • What Happens When an Earthquake Strikes the Place Where You Grew Up?

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    As you've likely heard, the Bay Area was hit by a staggering 6.0 earthquake at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday morning. The epicenter of the quake was in Napa Valley, smack dab between Napa (the town itself) and American Canyon, in the heart of one of the world's most renowned tourist regions. This wine wonderland suffered substantial damage: Historic buildings were wrecked beyond repair, small businesses suffered, a fire in a mobile park burned several homes down, a 16-kilometer crack formed on the ground, and about 120 people were rushed to the hospital (three are in critical condition). It's worth…
  • #NapaQuake: How You Can Help Keep #NapaStrong

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Bottle shock.  Crushed.  Shaken, not stirred.  Whatever word you choose to describe it, the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa Valley early Sunday morning has left behind more than spilled wine.  More than 100 homes and buildings red-tagged.  The facade of the beautiful Vintners Collective building gone.  Homes shaken off foundations, cracks in walls, chimneys toppled.  Countless glasses, plates and other personal possessions shattered.  Gallons and gallons of wine lost.   All this happening as harvest is underway. Winemakers who lost tanks and barrels are scrambling to find…
 
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  • Protesters clash with Pakistan police, storm TV

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    Antigovernment protesters briefly force the state TV channel off the air as they clashed with police.
  • Kiev: Ukraine soldiers in battle with Russian tanks in Lugansk

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    Ukrainian troops on Monday were battling a Russian tank contingent in the eastern city of Lugansk, Kiev said, accusing Moscow's army units of moving into large cities in the region. "The battle between Ukrainian paratroopers and a reinforced tank battalion of the Russian armed forces is continuing with the goal of controlling the Lugansk airfield," military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin wrote on his Facebook page. Ukraine's Defence Minister Valeriy Geletey further said that Russian units are moving into other towns in the region, including the largest city of the region…
  • Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 7

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    PARIS (AP) — The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building has risen to seven in a northeastern Paris suburb after emergency crews pulled the body of an elderly woman from the rubble.
  • Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    Pro-democracy lawmakers disrupt a Beijing official's speech on tightly limited voting reforms.
  • Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart climbed from his battered car, took a big gulp of water, and surveyed the damage.
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • New biodiversity metric defined by researchers

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    To understand how the repeated climatic shifts over the last 120,000 years may have influenced today's patterns of genetic diversity, a team of researchers developed a new biodiversity metric called 'phylogeographic endemism.'
  • Snails tell of the rise and fall of the Tibetan Plateau

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    The rise of the Tibetan plateau -- the largest topographic anomaly above sea level on Earth -- is important for both its profound effect on climate and its reflection of continental dynamics. Scientists have now employed a cutting-edge geochemical tool -- "clumped" isotope thermometry -- using modern and fossil snail shells to investigate the uplift history of the Zhada basin in southwestern Tibet.
  • Flapping baby birds give clues to origin of flight

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The origin of flight is a contentious issue: some argue that tree-climbing dinosaurs learned to fly in order to avoid hard falls. Others favor the story that theropod dinosaurs ran along the ground and pumped their forelimbs to gain lift, eventually talking off. New evidence showing the early development of aerial righting in birds favors the tree-dweller hypothesis.
  • Second-hand e-cig smoke compared to regular cigarette smoke

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Second-hand e-cig smoke has 10 times less particulate matter than regular cigarette smoke; but higher levels of certain toxic metals, a new study finds.
  • Prehistoric migrations: DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    A new DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic. We know people have lived in the New World Arctic for about 5,000 years. Archaeological evidence clearly shows that a variety of cultures survived the harsh climate in Alaska, Canada and Greenland for thousands of years. Despite this, there are several unanswered questions about these people.
 
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    Forbes - Energy

  • Why The Energy Markets May Be At A Turning Point

    Jesse Colombo
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    The energy markets may be turning around after this summer's rout.
  • Is BP Too Big To Punish?

    James Conca
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    BP was fined $4 billion for the 2010 Macondo Well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, pleading guilty to eleven felony counts of manslaughter, one count of felony obstruction and various misdemeanor charges under the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. This amount is trivial to BP. But will they get debarred, a much bigger punishment?
  • Don't Drive To The Coast And Complain About Offshore Drilling

    Loren Steffy
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    After I filed my earlier post about hydraulic fracturing in Colorado, I spotted this piece by the Sierra Club's Dan Chu on the Huffington Post that hits on a similar theme. Chu is spending Labor Day weekend "exploring the wonderful beaches lining a small South Carolina coastal town." He notes that local residents are concerned about oil companies' plans to begin seismic surveys off the Atlantic coast, the first step toward possible offshore drilling.
  • A Mountainous Reminder Of Fracking's Link To Cheap Gasoline

    Loren Steffy
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    I’m doing some driving in Colorado this weekend, and every gas station I pass is a reminder that gasoline prices this Labor Day weekend are at their lowest in four years. Prices were running just under$3.50 a gallon heading out of Denver, which was about the average based on the prices being reported on GasBuddy.com.
  • A Split Is Possible Way Out Of Ukraine Crisis

    Marcel Michelson
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    There might still be a way to solve the Ukraine crisis without escalating military action and the debilitating economic consequences of increased and lengthy sanctions, and that would be to give up the east of the country, just as the Crimea, and quickly join the rest to Europe, according to some analysts.
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    The Good Human

  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 368

    David Quilty
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    5 POSITIVE green news stories for this Friday, August 22! This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power. Researchers have discovered that the world’s energy needs could easily be met by harnessing the power potential of high-altitude winds. Their key finding: winds that blow from the surface to a height of 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet) appear to offer the potential to generate more than…
  • Buy Once, Buy For Life: Quilty Co. is Live!

    David Quilty
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Most of you who have read this site for any length of time know that I have been pushing the idea of buying well-made, quality goods that will last a long time, instead of cheap stuff from China that ends up in the landfill. Well, after years of writing about durable goods, I decided to just start making my own. Late last night, after months of work, Quilty Co. launched, selling leather goods like wallets, iPhone cases, key lanyards, and several other items, all handmade by yours truly. Everything I sell is made by me without the use of automation or machines. I cut and dye the leather, punch…
  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 367

    David Quilty
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Catch up on your green news! U.S. planemaker Boeing has teamed up with South African Airways to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in Africa’s most advanced economy. Well, I suppose that’s a much better use of tobacco than getting lung cancer is. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied an application to use a hazardous pesticide on 3 million acres of Texas cotton fields, after groups representing environmental, public health, and organic farm interests urged the agency to reject the request based…
  • GMO Free USA Call to Action Against The Nature Conservancy

    David Quilty
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    As most of you know, since 2009 I have been writing about how hypocritical TNC is when it comes to where their funding comes from. Finally, people are starting to take notice. Today, GMO Free USA announced a Call to Action against TNC, please take a look. CALL TO ACTION: The Nature Conservancy, a 501c3 non profit, claims to protect nature and preserve life. All the while they are accepting donations from, and partnering with Monsanto, Dow & Dupont. While the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announces that they are banning GMOs and neonicotinoid insecticides in all wildlife reserves by…
  • The Nature Conservancy Profiting Off Oil Drilling on Protected Land

    David Quilty
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Guess the millions they get from Monsanto just isn’t enough for The Nature Conservancy. They want in on the oil and gas boom, too. For years I have been writing about the absurd partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Monsanto. One, a destroyer of the environment. The other, a (supposed) environmental group. See any conflict of interest there? TNC doesn’t think so, even after they provided me with funding documents in 2009 that detailed just how many millions of dollars Monsanto shovels their way. That may have been 5 years ago, but that partnership continues today. This…
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  • DeSmog UK Launches To Combat Climate Denial in Europe Ahead of Paris Climate Talks

    Brendan DeMelle
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    A welcome message from DeSmogBlog executive director Brendan DeMelle. We’re pleased to introduce DeSmog UK, a brand new investigative journalism and research outlet dedicated to clearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science and exposing the individuals and organizations attacking solutions to global warming. The newest addition to the international DeSmog network, DeSmog UK seeks to expose the same fossil fuel industry funded attacks on science and democracy that its colleagues at DeSmogBlog and DeSmog Canada investigate every day.  DeSmog UK has appointed as Editor the intrepid…
  • Nine Years After Katrina, Coastal Restoration Plans Remain Distant Dream for New Orleans

    Julie Dermansky
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The scars of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans that remain nine years later are a reminder of the city’s vulnerability to rising tides and storm surges. Both Katrina and Rita, a hurricane that followed just weeks later, washed away miles of coastal marshland, the state’s first line of defense from storms. The landscape in Plaquemines Parish’s Braithwaite neighborhood is still that of a ghost town two years after Hurricane Isaac hit, underscoring the need to restore the coast.    Blighted homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward on August 22. © 2014 Julie Dermansky Home…
  • Is California’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan Really About Conservation?

    Mike G
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    To understand what California Governor Jerry Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan is all about, you have to understand a bit of history. Back in 1982, once and future governor Jerry Brown pushed through a plan to build a canal that would divert water from the Sacramento River before it gets to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in order to feed the voracious appetite for water among farmers in California’s Central Valley and municipalities in Southern California. The canal plan was defeated by a state-wide referendum in a stinging rebuke of Brown’s plan. Californians’ objections…
  • Legal Case: White House Argues Against Considering Climate Change on Energy Projects

    Steve Horn
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just over a month before the United Nations convenes on September 23 in New York City to discuss climate change and activists gather for a week of action, the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) argued it does not have to offer guidance to federal agencies it coordinates with to consider climate change impacts for energy decisions. It came just a few weeks before a leaked draft copy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest assessment said climate disruption could cause “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems…
  • Swapping Farmland For Coal Trains: Union Pacific’s Texas Land Grab

    Farron Cousins
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Railroad giant Union Pacific has some big plans for a tiny Texas community.  According to locals in the Brazos River Valley, the railroad company is hoping to turn some of the most fertile farmland in Texas into a massive, 72-line rail yard. Union Pacific’s plan would consume as much as 1,800 acres of farmland in the region, effectively putting numerous family-owned farming operations out of business.  The toxic loads that Union Pacific’s trains would be hauling in and out of the area on a daily basis would then threaten the remaining farms in the region. The Brazos River Valley,…
 
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    Urban Workbench

  • When are your creative times?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Social Hour

    Jacquelyn Clark
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Before we all dig in to what’s sure to be a beauuuutiful long weekend, we wanted to take a moment to peek at our favourite posts so far this week. We’re calling it “social hour” and it’s by in large thanks to you! We’ve pored through our latest Instagrams and Pins and have selected the most liked this week. Apparently you guys have good taste because they’re kind of my favorites as well… What's Hot on SMP LivingView Slideshow And if you aren’t following us on Instagram or Pinterest yet, you may want to do so immediately! I mean, no…
  • Peter Rabbit Birthday Party

    Jacquelyn Clark
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you’re ever at a loss for birthday party inspiration, you can always rely on the classics. I mean, they’re that way for a reason after all. Velveteen Rabbit, the original Winnie the Pooh, or in this case Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit. Styled by Eventful Wedding Planning and photographed by Alexandra Wallace, this is one children’s birthday party that guests are sure to remember! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Colleen Gregory, of Eventful… The inspiration for this party comes from photographer, Alexandra Wallace, and wedding planner and my…
  • The Fig Manhattan

    Jacquelyn Clark
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    For those of us who like a classic cocktail but aren’t afraid to shake it up a little, I present to you WINK! Weddings‘ fig manhattan. All the goodness of the traditional manhattan, with a delicious twist. Fig and thyme and bourbon are shaken up and the results are wow-worthy. With photos from One Love, you can peek at this cocktail in action over here (excuse me while I swoon over all of the pretty). Share this gorgeous gallery on   Jacquelyn ClarkThe Fig ManhattanA classic drink with a twist.prep time3 Minute/scook timetotal time3 Minute/sServes 0Ingredientscubed ice 3/4…
  • Labor Day Food on a Stick

    Abby Larson
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    We all know the standard Labor Day culprits. Hamburgers, hot dogs, maybe a potato salad or two. Delicious, sure. But Pinterest worthy? Meh. So we’re having some fun with our food this holiday weekend by stick-ifying our favorite Summer classics. Making the littlest guests feel right at home and gifting our guests with one smile after another because let’s face it, everything tastes better on a stick! Food on a StickView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | 2 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
  • Flora Farm 50th Birthday Party

    Jacquelyn Clark
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The minute a party is referred to as a hootenanny, you can consider my on board. Not only doe it imply that a whole lot of fun is too be had, but it also means that said fun will be light and frivolous and likely outdoors.Perfect example: this farm inspired 5oth. The secret to its success? Dinner, live music, and wheelbarrows filled with bevvys! With photos from Sara Richardson, there’s more farm fun in the gallery.  Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Maria Boehme, the event coordinator… So happy I got to do the first Mango Grove party!!!!! The Mango Grove is the new…
 
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    Clean Edge

  • Green Plains, Inc

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Last: 43.96Close: 43.76Change: 0.20Year - Range: 13.78 - 44.58Capital: 1.651BVolume: 1 284 190Ticker: GPRE
  • National Clean Energy Summit 7.0

    James Belcher
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Event Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014 (All day)Image: Link: National Clean Energy Summit 7.0Event Description:  The seventh annual National Clean Energy Summit bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders to discuss empowering Americans to develop our massive clean energy supplies, secure greater energy independence, and create jobs.
  • Wind Now Provides Nearly 4.5 Percent of All U.S. Electricity

    James Belcher
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the Department of Energy. With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the U.S. wind energy market remains strong and the U.S. is moving closer to doubling renewable electricity generation from energy resources like wind power yet again by 2020. After modest growth in 2013, total installed wind power capacity in the United States now stands at 61 gigawatts (GW), which meets nearly 4.5 percent of…
  • PACE Financing Provider Ygrene Raises $30 Million

    James Belcher
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Source: Energy Manager Today
  • Plug-In EV Numbers Nearly Doubled in Past Year

    James Belcher
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Source: Smart Grid News
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  • Energy consumption – why are you feeling guilty?

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Feeling guilty about your energy consumption? Or maybe you’re just interested in the cost-saving possibilities of a more sustainable business. Whatever your reasons for reducing your toll on the environment, here are 11 easy ways to go green in the office. 1. Go Paperless One of the easiest ways to become eco-friendly is by reducing ... The post Energy consumption – why are you feeling guilty? appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Cordwood homes sweeten the pot with eco housing

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    The trend of eco friendly homes is becoming very popular these days, as people are becoming more conscious about the environment. For this, people are going for homes and furniture made of recycled materials. In this age of increasingly eco-conscious populace, cordwood is a desirable method for building eco friendly homes. It is an energy ... The post Cordwood homes sweeten the pot with eco housing appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Eco friendly elastane by Hyosung

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    Hyosung is a South Korea based company renowned as the largest spandex producer in the world. The company has recently announced its new brand Creora. It is an eco-friendly elastane especially designed to reduce water usage. The company launched its new eco friend product at the Paris Mode City Interfiliere Show. The main motive of ... The post Eco friendly elastane by Hyosung appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • China plans the world’s tallest eco-friendly skyscraper

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:55 am
    After Shanghai tower, China is aiming to build the tallest and eco-friendly pair of towers. The buildings will be named “Phoenix Towers”, which is estimated to be significantly taller than the current highest tower of the world “Burj Khalifa”. The height of these towers is estimated to be 3,281 feet tall after its construction; it ... The post China plans the world’s tallest eco-friendly skyscraper appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Russia takes an eco-friendly approach to space with the Angara rocket

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    Russia is known for its technology, especially in the realm of rockets and missiles. The country has put its knowledge to use, and created the first eco-friendly space rocket. The design of the rocket is very impressive and scientists took more than two decades to design this special type of rocket. Angara-1.2PP rocket has been ... The post Russia takes an eco-friendly approach to space with the Angara rocket appeared first on Eco Friend.
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  • EPA’s State-by-State Carbon Limits Indicate Smart Policy, Not Arbitrary Rulemaking

    EDF Blogs
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Kate Zerrenner In June, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced – for the first time ever – standards to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Currently power plants emit 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, but under the proposed Clean Power Plan, the U.S. power sector will cut carbon pollution by 30 percent below 2005 levels. Since this announcement, the usual suspects have attacked the CPP, calling its proposed state-by-state reduction standards arbitrary. Their claims couldn’t be further from reality. When…
  • 5 Undeniable Truths about the Clean Power Plan

    Ben Schneider
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    By Ben SchneiderDo you get a sense of déjà vu when you hear the fossil fuel industry arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new climate change plan? You’re not imagining things – we’ve heard these many, many times before. The EPA recently held public hearings around the country to solicit comments on its new proposal to put reasonable, nationwide limits on climate pollution from power plants. The plan is moderate, flexible, and paves the way for considerable economic gains, but the substance hardly mattered for some die-hard opponents: The fossil fuel industry…
  • Why Support the Clean Power Plan? Testimony from the EPA Hearings

    EDF Blogs
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    By EDF BlogsBy Dan Upham Across the country this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held public hearings to solicit comments about its Clean Power Plan, which will put the first-ever national limits on the amount of climate pollution that can be emitted by power plants. EDF’s president, a senior attorney, and a clean energy specialist were among the hundreds of Americans who testified in support of the Plan. As these selections from EDF staff testimonies illustrate, the Plan offers moderate, flexible, and necessary measures to address climate change at the federal and…
  • Americans Have Caught the Fever

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

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

    Tom Raftery
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty seven with SalesForce’s Peter Coffee Welcome to episode twenty seven of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had SalesForce‘s Vice President of Strategic Research, Peter Coffee as the guest on our show. We have met a talked with Peter a couple of times, and have always been impressed by the breadth of his knowledge, as well as his thoughts on things environmental. Also having seen that, when asked to come up with a challenge for the Cap Gemini Super Techies…
  • The Global Reporting Initiative, their new CEO, Social, Mobile and Big Data

    Tom Raftery
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at The Global Reporting Initiative, their new CEO, Social, Mobile and Big Data We were delighted to hear this week that friend of GreenMonk’s for many years now, Michael Meehan was recently appointed as CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI is a non-profit organisation that produces one of the world’s most prevalent framework’s for sustainability reporting. One of the GRI’s main aims is to make sustainability reporting by all organisations as routine as, and comparable to, financial reporting.
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty six with Open Data Institute’s James Smith

    Tom Raftery
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty six with Open Data Institute’s James Smith Welcome to episode twenty six of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had The Open Data Institute‘s James Smith as the guest on our show. I was very keen to have James on the show, especially since he recently announced that he is standing for election to the UK parliament next year. James is running on the principles in the OpenPolitics Manifesto, an open source plan for the UK that anyone can contribute to.
  • Big Data and analysis tools are facilitating huge advances in healthcare

    Tom Raftery
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Big Data and analysis tools are facilitating huge advances in healthcare As we noted recently here on GreenMonk, technology is revolutionising the healthcare industry, and the pace of change is astounding with new products and services being announced daily. We were recently given a demonstration of two products currently being developed by SAP (Genomic Analyzer, and Medical Research Insights), and they are very impressive products. The Genomic Analyzer (pictured above) can take large numbers of genomes and interrogate them for various…
  • Lack of emissions reporting from (some) cloud providers is a supply chain risk

    Tom Raftery
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Lack of emissions reporting from (some) cloud providers is a supply chain risk We here at GreenMonk spoke to Robert Francisco, President North America of FirstCarbon Solutions, last week. FirstCarbon solutions is an environmental sustainability company and the exclusive scoring partner of CDP‘s (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), supply chain program. Robert pointed out on the call that there is a seed change happening and that interest in disclosure is on the rise. He noted that carbon scores are now not only showing up at…
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  • Watch Star Sports live streaming of India vs England 2nd ODI

    Marian Dumitri
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:54 pm
    The 2nd ODI between India vs England will be played at Cardiff on August 27, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. India time. No one would want summer cricket on England soil to be drenched in rain. But it happened when the opening match of the ODI series against India was on at Bristol. The match had to be called off without even a single ball of cricketing action. The saga is just a repetition of the previous years, with the first match being abandoned for the same at Headingly and Cardiff in the past couple of years. The squads for todays match will be posted here soon. Catch up all the ction live on the…
  • California Makes Strides in Energy Use Awareness

    Alex Ion
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    Nationwide, we are seeking alternative energy sources in any means possible. Every state is seeking alternative sources of collecting energy, whether that be wind, solar, hydroelectric, biofuel, or any other means available. As a country, we are well aware that fossil fuels are depleting and if action isn’t taken to find other fuel sources immediately, we will face various problems in the near future. While many states have instituted environmentally friendly programs for new construction, building rehabilitation, and general energy consumption, these programs are most effective on a…
  • Seals taking advantage of the wind farms for hunting grounds

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

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

    Marian Dumitri
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Vantablack is the darkest material made by the British Company Surrey NanoSystems. It is made of nanohair, which is 1000 times thinner than human hair and are packed so closely that it prevents light to enter. It is so dark that nothing can be as dark as it is. The Vantablack has a number of applications. It is used in astronomical cameras, telescopes, and infrared scanning systems. It is going to be one of the most useful products that will help in a number of experiments at the global level as well. The device is made of tubes which are small enough to prevent light from entering them. A…
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  • Official: This Labor Day, low gas prices mean more cars on the road [w/video]

    Sebastian Blanco
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Filed under: Etc., Green Culture It's not hard to understand, when gas prices go up, Americans sometimes drive less on national holidays. This year, though gas prices are lower than they have been right before Labor Day since 2010, and that means the American Automobile Association (AAA) is predicting that the number of people taking a road trip of more than 50 miles is expected to rise compared to last year. AAA says that 35 million people will make a 50+ mile trip this year, the highest number since 2008 and up 1.3 percent from 2013. There's a video report on this increase available below.
  • Report: Ford hybrid sales rebound following MPG controversy

    Brandon Turkus
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Filed under: Hybrid, Ford, Lincoln Ford hybrid customers apparently have very short memories. With two EPA fuel economy reratings in the last year, sales of the C-Max, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ haven't been too terribly dented, Ward's Auto reports. All three vehicles saw sales dips following the August 2013 rerating, although sales of the MKZ Hybrid had begun to rebound as early as November of that year. C-Max sales, meanwhile, took slightly longer, with sales on a steadily improving course as early as February of this year. The second rerating, in June of this year, has had an even…
  • Read This: There are ways to sneak Tesla Model S into Russia for just 6.5M rubles

    Brandon Turkus
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Filed under: Sedan, Russia, Tesla, Electric Tesla Fever has extended far and wide, winning over critics and everyday enthusiasts alike. The company is rapidly expanding its efforts both in its home market and abroad, but for some of its wealthy fans, that move isn't happening quite fast enough. Dmitry Grishin is one such enthusiast. The 35-year-old multi-millionaire founder of Russia's Mail.ru is a big fan of Elon Musk's operation, so much so, in fact, that he's decided not to wait for sales to begin in the Russian Federation. Instead, he's gone off on his own and simply imported a Model S to…
  • Report: Audi recalling 70k TDI models worldwide over braking problem [UPDATE]

    Steven J. Ewing
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, Recalls, Crossover, Hatchback, Audi, Diesel Audi is issuing a recall covering some 70,000 vehicles worldwide, due to problems with their brake boosters. According to Automotive News Europe, diesel-powered examples of the A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7 are all being called back due to this issue. The report indicates that while the brakes in these vehicles still function, the enhancing power from the booster may fail due to a possible leaky membrane. All of the affected vehicles are powered by the 3.0-liter TDI turbodiesel V6, and were built between March and December of…
  • Report: Tesla Model S rentals in the UK are crazy expensive

    Danny King
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors, UK The bad news about trying to rent a Tesla Model S electric vehicle in the UK for a day is that it will run you about $580. The good news? You get 200 free miles worth of driving. The good news? Considering British fuel prices of about $9 a gallon and fact that the average fuel economy in the UK is around 38 miles per gallon, you're at least getting around $45 worth of travel for your $580. And you're doing it in one of the most popular EVs around. UK-based EVision is offering right-hand drive Model S to motoring enthusiasts at a starting rate of about…
 
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    Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

  • Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

    Ana Lisa
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: customizable home, echo, ECHO eco pods, eco pods, energy efficient, modular shelter, off grid home, prefabricated design, solar-powered eco pods, sustainable wood, timber home, tiny homes, wooden eco pods, wooden shelter
  • DIY: How to Make Delicious Nutty Coconut Breakfast with Leftover Rice

    Kristine Lofgren
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    You slept through your alarm, the kids are in chaos and the cupboards are bare. What’s a savvy person to do? How about using last night’s leftover rice to make a protein-packed tropical coconut breakfast in just a few minutes. All you need is some coconut milk, nuts, seeds and dried fruits and you are off and running. Read More > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: breakfast recipes, coconut rice, coconut rice breakfast, coconut rice pudding, coconut seedy rice, easy breakfast recipes, fruit breakfast rice pudding, rice breakfast, rice breakfast recipe, Rice Pudding…
  • 9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

    Lucy Wang
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Read the rest of 9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "sustainable architecture", cabin porn, cabins, Community Forests International, green cabins, International Backwoods Cabin Competition, Sustainable buildings, sustainable cabins, sustainable treehouse, tiny cabins, tiny houses, tiny treehouse, Treehouses
  • Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

    Lidija Grozdanic
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Read the rest of Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Baobab-inspired treehouse, Baobed treehouse, biomimetic architecture, Biomimetic Design, biomimicry, cacoon-like treehouse, mobile houses, tiny architecture, tiny homes, transportable architecture, treehouse design, Treehouses
  • Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

    Mike Chino
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    It’s that time of year again – school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we’re offering you a chance to win a brand new PUBLIC Bike or a Voltaic solar backpack! We’re looking for smart ideas that will lower your environmental footprint for the coming academic year, and our grand prize winner will receive their choice of a PUBLIC C1 or PUBLIC V1 bike decked out with a rear rack, a metal basket, and a brass bell (worth a total of $574!), and three…
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  • 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…
  • BALM! Baby’s Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway

    Beth Terry
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    It’s the final week of Plastic Free July, and BALM! Baby, a company that packages the majority of its personal care products without plastic, wants to reward everyone who participated by giving away crazy numbers of prizes.  I’ll throw in a copy of my book, Plastic-Free, as well.  Here’s all you have to do: Challenge Details: Challenge ends July 31, 2014. Form must be filled out & filled out HERE (it’s short) Switch one thing either within your household or your place of business within the month of July that helps to reduce plastic use. Then post a picture to…
  • Join Me in Berkeley and Around the World For Plastic-Free July

    Beth Terry
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, now’s your chance to join with other like-minded folks IN PERSON to support one another and learn about local resources to reduce plastic use.  And if you’re not in the SF Bay Area, why not start your own local group (either online or in person) to celebrate Plastic-Free July? While plastic reduction is important year-round, Plastic-Free July is a powerful time when people around the globe come together (in person or virtually) to make an extra effort to go plastic-free for a whole month and to spread the word that we can live…
  • Plastic-Free Vegan Lip Balm from Juniperseed Mercantile

    Beth Terry
    1 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    Tiffany Norton of Juniperseed Mercantile tried different kinds of packaging for her delicious lip balms until she found the right one.  She sent me one to try in its brand new cardboard tube, and I love it. Here’s what Tiffany has to say: Now packaged without plastic and made without beeswax!! I am super excited to share my new paper tube lip balms! They are more than three times the size of a typical little plastic tube, so they will last you quite a long time. And since there is no plastic involved in the packaging (even the label is made of recycled paper), you can recycle or…
  • Welcome #EcoWed Twitter Participants!

    Beth Terry
    30 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Hi everyone.  This is the official blog post for tonight’s #EcoWed Twitter party… all about ways to reduce plastic consumption and our exposure to toxic chemicals in plastics.  Leave a comment here to enter to win a free hardback copy of my book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.  (U.S. residents only, I’m afraid.)  As we chat tonight, I’ll try to update this post with interesting points and links that may come up.  Feel free to ask questions and share information here as well.   Notes from the Twitter Chat: Don’t forget…
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    Environmental Management & Sustainability News

  • Hyatt Sets 2020 Environmental Goals

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Hyatt Hotels has committed to reducing water use per guest night by 25 percent by 2020 — one of the hotel chain’s new environmental goals announced yesterday. The Hyatt 2020 Vision sets targets across three focus areas: use resources thoughtfully, build smart, and innovate and inspire. Use Resources Thoughtfully: Hyatt says it will identify ways […]
  • Food Companies to Report Chemicals to FDA

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    The Grocery Manufacturers Association, whose 300-plus members include the Coca-Cola Company, General Mills and Kraft Foods, has launched an initiative that will, among other things, give the FDA access to a database of food companies’ safety information for chemicals and other ingredients used in processed foods. The GMA says it’s an effort to improve the […]
  • Tenneco Unveils Tier 3 Emission Control Technologies

    Ken Jennison
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Tenneco has exhibited a demonstration vehicle equipped with several emission control technologies designed to meet upcoming US EPA Tier 3 emissions regulations. In addition to meeting the Tier 3 emissions regulations, the technologies are designed to deliver efficiency improvements that can help automakers further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. US EPA Tier 3 emissions standards are […]
  • Farmers Generate Energy from Coffee Wastewater

    Ken Jennison
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    It is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills, according to project findings by UTZ Certified. The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project was launched by UTZ Certified in 2010 in Central America with the goal of addressing environmental and health problems caused by the wastewater […]
  • Climate Change Boosts Some Arctic Industries

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    Shipping, fishing and tourism in the Arctic are getting a boost from climate change — but at a price, says Reuters, adding the economic benefits aren’t a “cold rush.” Temperatures in the Arctic are rising twice as fast at the world average. This thaw has brought new industries to the icy region: a first cruise ship […]
 
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Grocery Industry Initiative Promoting Food Ingredient Transparency

    Mike Hower
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has announced it is launching a modernization initiative that will improve the process and increase transparency for making Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) determinations of ingredients added to food.GMA will take the lead in defining a standard that will provide clear guidance on how to conduct transparent ingredient safety assessments. These procedures will be documented in a Publicly Available Standard (PAS) for GRAS determinations. The PAS will be a science-based framework that specifies a rigorous and transparent ingredient safety…
  • IBM’s Watson Helping Researchers Make Data-Driven Discoveries

    Mike Hower
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    IBM has announced significant advances in its artificially intelligent computer system, Watson's, cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data.Available now as a cloud service, IBM's Watson Discovery Advisor is designed to scale and accelerate discoveries by research teams. It reduces the time needed to test hypotheses and formulate conclusions that can advance their work -- from months to days and days to just hours -- bringing new levels of speed and precision to…
  • 12 Industry Leaders Unveil Methodology for Assessing Social Impacts of Products

    Sustainable Brands
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    A group of companies united in the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics today announces the publication of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment, a practical tool for assessing a product’s social impacts throughout its life cycle. The handbook is the result of a unique collaborative effort of a group of market leaders across a variety of industries.“Stakeholders increasingly demand transparency about the social impacts of products,” says João Fontes of consulting firm PRé Sustainability, spokesperson for the Roundtable.As supply chains and product life cycles span the…
  • Hyatt Unveils 2020 Sustainability Strategy

    Sustainable Brands
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    In conjunction with the release of its 2013-2014 Corporate Responsibility Report and hot on the heels of a new commitment to sustainable seafood, Hyatt Hotels has unveiled a set of the ever-popular 2020 environmental goals — the hotel chain says the goals are “designed to strengthen Hyatt’s collective ability to collaborate, inspire and further its commitment to environmental stewardship.”Hyatt says it is significantly expanding the scope of its existing sustainability initiatives and will continue to focus strongly on measuring and reporting progress.Known as the Hyatt 2020 Vision,…
  • 20 Semi-Finalists Announced for 'Socially Responsible Design's Highest Award'

    Sustainable Brands
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced the semi-finalists for the 2014 Fuller Challenge. Named "Socially Responsible Design’s Highest Award," the Fuller Challenge invites scientists, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit their solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.The 20 Fuller Challenge semi-finalists, selected out of an entry pool of over 450 proposals, have undergone a rigorous review for…
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  • Renewable Natural Gas: Turning Waste into Energy [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    When I first saw the phrase “renewable natural gas” over at Sustainable America’s site, I thought “Hmmmm…. someone’s hired a PR firm.” OK, I suppose that fossil fuels are technically renewable… as long as you don’t mind waiting a few million years for that renewal. For those of us on a more human time frame, the methane and other gases emitted from decomposing organic matter work just as well as the stuff you have to frack out of the ground… and, as you can see in the infographic below, create all sorts of opportunities to deal with…
  • 12 Ways to Repurpose Beer Cans After Labor Day

    Talancia Pea
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    As we prepare to celebrate Labor Day weekend, I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the holiday than kicking back and spending time with loved ones. This is a perfect time to fire up the grill and toast to a great Summer with a cocktail (or two) and cold beers. If you’ll be traveling to or from an event, please remember to ride with a sober, designated driver. Maybe it’s the mother in me, but I couldn’t write this posting without reminding you to drink responsibly. Now, let’s continue on as I share with you some cool ideas to repurpose empty beer cans after your festivities are…
  • Coffee Processing Wastewater: a Great Source of Energy

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
      What do you do with your coffee waste? You may add the grounds to your compost bin, or put them directly onto your roses and other plants as a fertilizer. If you’re in the business of coffee processing, though, you’re dealing with much more waste… particularly wastewater. According to Dutch sustainable agriculture non-profit UTZ Certified, every cup of coffee we drink requires 140 litres (nearly 40 gallons) of water to process. After that water’s used, it’s full of organic material. If it simply gets discharged into other water sources, as it often does in…
  • Time to Get the Fall Vegetable Garden Started!

    Important Media Cross-Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    I know, I know – it feels nothing like Fall right now! Despite a polar vortex-y beginning of August that was downright pleasant, Summer’s back with a vengeance here in flyover country: heat and humidity make any time outside miserable. But I also know that, come October, I’m going to really want a pot full of kale and white beans, and I’d love for that kale to come out of my backyard.  So, time to get the Fall vegetable garden started. I’m thinking of my Fall garden as my do-over opportunity: I had critters get into the leafy greens early on, so my kale,…
  • The Human-Powered DIY Washing Machine: 5 Plans

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Need a DIY clothes dryer? That’s easy: string up a line between two trees, fence posts, or whatever you’ve got. A DIY washing machine, however, is just a bit more involved… but as I’ve discovered after poking around, not much more.  With a repurposed container for a “drum,” and a few other easily-available materials, you can be washing your clothes and getting some exercise in a few hours. 5 Plans for DIY Washing Machines 1. The Hillbilly Washer: We’ll start simple here – all you need for this project are a 5-gallon bucket, a toilet plunger,…
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  • On climate change, much work is needed to save our globe

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Daily Star: A crack in a house’s foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable. Its occupants must then move to another home. But the world’s population cannot move somewhere else. Houses, while not cheap, are replaceable; our planet is not. Climate change, as we have known for years, is one such crack in the foundation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been studying the phenomenon since 1988. Twenty-two years ago, the...
  • Scientists identify deforested idle land as source of Indonesia "haze" fires

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Reuters: A month after Singapore was shrouded in a thick haze produced by Indonesian fires in June 2013, scientist David Gaveau went to the source of the smoke in Riau province to survey the charred aftermath. News reports attributed the haze to slash-and-burn forest clearance to make way for oil palm plantations. But what Gaveau, a scientist with the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), discovered during his five days examining the still-smouldering ground on Sumatra island...
  • Americans have a moral obligation to tackle climate change now

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Oregonian: My children's names are Aaron and Norah. Aaron is a somewhat serious 9-yr-old who likes to build things and tease his sister. Norah is a bubbly, curly haired 4-year-old who likes princesses and anything pink or green, especially if it is growing in the garden. Hearing about climate change denial makes me feel frustrated that my children's future is dangerously at stake. I know that with global warming there are only two uncertainties: "How bad will things get and how quickly will things deteriorate?"...
  • Rich nations have moral duty to help island nations as climate change shifts weather patterns

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Sydney Morning Herald: Small island nations, particularly those in the Pacific, are already experiencing "extreme effects" from global warming, and rich nations including Australia have a "moral responsibility" to help them cope with future unavoidable threats, a senior World Bank executive said. Atoll nations including Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands are seeing shifting rainfall patterns, rising sea-levels and ocean acidification that are forcing islanders to move, said Rachel Kyte, the World Bank's special...
  • Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    PhysOrg: A new study, published today in Nature Climate Change, suggests that - if current trends continue - food production alone will reach, if not exceed, the global targets for total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2050. The study's authors say we should all think carefully about the food we choose and its environmental impact. A shift to healthier diets across the world is just one of a number of actions that need to be taken to avoid dangerous climate change and ensure there is enough food for...
 
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • 5 Terrifying Facts From the Leaked UN Climate Report

    James West
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    How many synonyms for "grim" can I pack into one article? I had to consult the thesaurus: ghastly, horrid, awful, shocking, grisly, gruesome. This week, a big report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked before publication, and it confirmed, yet again, the grim—dire, frightful—reality the we face if we don't slash our global greenhouse gas emissions, and slash them fast. This "Synthesis Report," to be released in November following a UN conference in Copenhagen, is still subject to revision. It is intended to summarize three…
  • Earthquake Warning Systems Exist. But California Won't Pay for One.

    Alex Park
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As Bay Area residents clean their streets and homes after the biggest earthquake to hit California in 25 years rocked Napa Valley this weekend, scientists are pushing lawmakers to fund a statewide system that could warn citizens about earthquakes seconds before they hit. California already has a system, called ShakeAlert, that uses a network of sensors around the state to detect earthquakes just before they happen. The system—a collaboration between the University of California-Berkeley, Caltech, the US Geological Survey (USGS), and various state offices—detects a nondestructive…
  • 5 Ways Climate Change Is Ruining Your Breakfast

    Rebecca Cohen
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the worst breakfast-related crisis since Lord of the Rings: There might be an impending Nutella shortage. And there's a good chance the culprit is climate change. The price of hazelnuts, a main ingredient in the delicious chocolate spread, is up 60 percent after unseasonable ice storms devastated hazel tree farms in Turkey's Black Sea coastal region this year. And colder winters and heavier precipitation are exactly what the EU's Centre for Climate Adaptation says the Black Sea coast should expect as climate change advances. Though Nutella's manufacturer hasn't raised its prices…
  • Drought Weighing You Down? Nope, It's Lifting You Up

    Julia Lurie
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here's a odd piece of news: According to a study published Thursday in Science, the water loss due to this year's drought has caused the entire western side of the United States to literally rise. After examining data from nearly 800 GPS stations across the country, researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography found that the area west of New Mexico has risen by an average of four millimeters this year. In the Sierra Nevadas and along California's coast—two areas that have received far less precipitation this year than normal—the land rose 15 millimeters. Adrian Borsa, a…
  • Should Pregnant Women Eat Zero Tuna?

    Jenna McLaughlin
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Food-safety experts at Consumer Reports crunched the numbers on mercury levels in seafood—and they have a new recommendation for pregnant women: Don't eat tuna at all. The FDA recommends that pregnant and nursing women consume between 8 and 12 ounces of fish per week to provide proper nutrition for a baby's brain development and overall health. But some fish are very high in mercury, a neurotoxin that can lead to serious cognitive problems and birth defects in children and babies. And the mercury levels in oceans are rising—humans have tripled the mercury content in oceans since…
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  • September 1

    dailynews
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sept. 1, 1894: In drought-stricken northern Minnesota, two small forest fires converge near the town of Hinckley and grow into a massive firestorm. At least 400 die as Hinckley and five other small towns are destroyed.  
  • August 31

    dailynews
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Aug. 31, 1966: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) begins its annual meeting in London, where the group bans commercial hunting for blue whales (at right), the largest and one of the most endangered whale species.  
  • Toronto yanks brilliant, litterbug-shaming ad campaign

    mhickman
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Just as fast as it came, Toronto’s acclaimed anti-littering campaign in which discarded name-brand packaging is used as a means of deriding public litterers has been trashed due to concerns over copyright infringement. Mostly, it’s because a few major companies were none too pleased with seeing their products being used to spell out words like “selfish” and “dumb.”  
  • Tips and recipes for packing healthy school lunches

    kimi.harris
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    It’s that time of year again! The bustle getting everything ready for the school year has began, and the need to pack school lunches is here! Here is a collection of recipes, tips and ideas for packing healthy school lunches. It certainly doesn’t have to be boring.   Methods and tips Quick and easy lunch ideas (real food): Simple and fast ideas for making real food lunches 
  • What's a 'facekini'? Swimwear and wrestling garb add up to bizarre fashion trend

    photoblog
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • Would Solar Roadways Work? A Government Engineer Discusses the Controversial Technology

    Stephen Lacey
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    The reaction was expected given how technically difficult it would be to execute their vision of electrifying roads and highways with reinforced solar panels. Some questioned whether the application for solar is even necessary.  But one organization -- the most important agency governing America's roads -- was willing to give them a shot at proving the concept. In 2009, after a couple years of tinkering in their driveway, the Brusaws secured a $100,000 grant from the Department of Transportation for their company, Solar Roadways. The grant was supposed to be used for…
  • Austin, Texas Passes a New Law Making Solar a ‘Default’ Generation Resource

    Stephen Lacey
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    The city of Austin may have just single-handedly propelled the Texas solar market into the top-ten leading states. Last night, the Austin city council voted in favor of a resolution that would increase the city's rooftop and utility-scale solar targets by 800 megawatts over the coming years. It creates a plan that would build a small paradise for distributed energy companies, including a utility-scale solar target of 600 megawatts by 2017, a rooftop solar target of 200 megawatts by 2020, explicit language enabling third-party solar ownership, a floor price for the value-of-solar tariff,…
  • Why Bill Gates’ Claims About the Cost of Renewable Energy Are So Important to Address

    Stephen Lacey
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Bill Gates is a very influential guy -- not just because he founded Microsoft, but also because of his powerful foundation. With a $40 billion asset trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one the biggest charitable organizations in the world focusing on global health, clean water, energy access and financing for entrepreneurs. So when Gates writes on his blog that developing countries can’t afford renewable energy, that carries a lot of weight. That’s exactly what Gates did last week when he promoted the work of Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg, writing that…
  • TempoIQ: Taking On Solar and Smart Grid Data in Real Time

    Jeff St. John
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Time has critical implications for the distributed energy infrastructure that Greentech Media has dubbed the grid edge. Electricity operates by its own inflexible split-second rules, which means that sensors, networks and software being built to manage solar PV, batteries, smart thermostats, plug-in electric vehicles and other grid-edge agents must be fast, accurate and synchronized. This kind of environment deserves a data management structure that puts the temporal dimension front and center, according to TempoIQ. Founded in 2011 as TempoDB, the Chicago-based startup has created a…
  • Renewables and Resiliency Help Reverse a 30-Year Decline in US Transmission Investments

    Stephen Lacey
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    America has fallen behind when it comes to investing in new energy infrastructure.  According to the latest report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, energy companies have chronically under-invested in the electrical grid, oil and gas pipelines, and storage facilities for fuels. The organization gave America a sorry D+ grade for the shortfall. When it comes to the aging U.S. grid, ASCE estimates that there's a $94 billion investment gap on both the distribution system and transmission system. That doesn't even account for the coming turnover of aging power…
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  • 29 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am

    Libbi Jaillet
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    I'd like to thank the Dell community for their continued support of my husband, Michael/MJ. It means so much to our family and we are truly grateful. If you'd like to know more about our foundation, please check out www.MJsArmy.org. Again, thank you!!!
  • Blog Post: “Running in Mud” - One Dell Team Member’s Personal Battle with ALS

    Sarah Lavender
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    It was during the July 4th holiday in 2010 that executive director Michael (“MJ”) Jaillet, a Dell team member for more than 16 years, experienced the first symptoms: general weakness, fatigue, sore muscles.
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    sarasota1
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    This report presents a snapshot of issues of relevance to policy-makers stemming from communications trends affecting consumers of digital media. It was commissioned from Professor Sidneyeve Matrix, who teaches mass communications and marketing at Queen’s University. read more at: http://www.
  • Blog Post: Breakouts and Slams at Dell World 2014

    Laura P. Thomas
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    With sessions and labs led by key engineers, architects and developers from design centers around the world, attendees will get practical knowledge to help manage their enterprise IT environment.
  • Blog Post: Improving Security & Technological Flexibility for Federal Government Customers

    Steve Septoff
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    In our work with customers across the federal government landscape, we often come across challenges that highlight the complex nature of carrying out an IT strategy in the federal space.
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    Orion Magazine Articles

  • The New Commute

    Mark Svenvold
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Mark Svenvold ON A CHILL MORNING in late January of 2007, Paul Minett, a mustachioed man with a clean pate, a notebook, and a pleasant if un-pin-pointable accent, spent the better part of two hours standing near a Safeway grocery store at the intersection of College and Clairmont streets in Oakland, California, where, from an unobtrusive distance, he observed a group of people on a sidewalk. He took careful notes and tabulated their movements, as if studying the behavior of a rare animal in the wild. The target of his observation was a group of commuters leaving downtown Oakland for downtown…
  • The Rules of the River

    Kathleen Dean Moore
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Kathleen Dean Moore AT MIDNIGHT ON THE Toklat River in the Alaska Range, the thermometer recorded ninety-three degrees. The sun, dragging anchor in the northwest sky, fired rounds of heat against the cabin. I was lying naked on the bunk, slapping mosquitos. Next to the wall, my husband lay completely covered by a white sheet, as still and dismayed as a corpse. He would rather be hot than bitten, and I would rather be bitten than hot. I had come to the Toklat River to think about global warming, and it wasn’t going well. The week’s heat was breaking all-time records, drawing a new…
  • 21 Laws of Nature as Interpreted by My Children

    Brian Doyle
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Brian Doyle 1. If you shake hands with an evergreen tree and the branch bites you, that’s a spruce. 2. Insects rule the world, but they don’t talk about it. 3. The reason the ocean is salty is because all the animals have been peeing right in it since before there was even time. 4. One of our grandmothers is dead, and now she is growing flowers. 5. Dad says all beings are holy in the same proportions, except the Los Angeles Lakers, who are demonic. 6. The best way to eat a worm is to have another kid do it. 7. A shrew is like a mouse with a bad temper. 8. Dad says every time you…
  • Taming the Wilderness

    Christopher Ketcham
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Christopher Ketcham LAST WINTER, as if to flip its middle finger at the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the state of Idaho dispatched a hunter-trapper on horseback to track and slaughter two packs of wolves in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the contiguous United States. Ragged with mountains and cut by chutes of whitewater, the Frank Church is a forbidding and trackless place. Here the cougars slip through the forests. The wolverines show their claws. And the wolves howl and hunt and take down elk for dinner, which was the…
  • The Wilderness Paradox

    Jordan Fisher Smith
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Jordan Fisher Smith IN THE END of June 2011, Roderick Nash and I were rowing a worn inflatable raft piled with camping gear and equipped with only a roll of duct tape in the event of a puncture through sharp metamorphic boulders and tumbling froth on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. Nash and I were having a bit of a disagreement over who got to row the best rapids—a strange argument to have with a seventy-two-year-old man with an artificial hip. But Nash is no normal septuagenarian. He is a wiry, athletic, white-haired intellectual with piercing blue eyes and a…
 
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  • The Ten Worst Paying Jobs in America

    Naomi Shavin
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s easy to forget now, but the original purpose of Labor Day wasn't to invite your friends over for a cookout, some beers, and one last chance to celebrate the summer. It was to recognize the contributions of American workers, at a time of
  • Happy Labor Day. Are Unions Dead?

    Jonathan Cohn
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Editor's Note: Rich Yeselson worked in the labor movement as a strategist and researcher for contract and organizing campaigns for over 20 years.  "Fortress
  • Miami Is the #1 Airport in America for Shipping Dead Foreigners. Here's What It Costs to Fly a Corpse Home.

    Jan Nijman and Michael Shin
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In October 2012 a raft carrying twenty-three Cuban refugees on its way to Miami capsized and a reported fourteen people drowned. It had happened to hundreds more before them, and they surely will not be the last. Every year more than 1,000 Central Americans die trying to illegally cross the U.S. bor
  • Science Does Not Support the 'Rule of Seven' for Relationships

    Alice Robb
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bloggers and busybodies are divided over whether or not the age difference between actress Jennifer Lawrence, 24, and musician Chris Martin, 37, automatically renders their relationship inappropriate. Daily Mail “relationship expert” Tracey Cox
  • I Didn't Realize How Addicted My Kids Were to Sugar—Until I Took It Away

    Tracey Thorn
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m so obedient it’s tragic, really. I am a government campaign’s model audience. Give me a command, see how I run. A few weeks ago, the news was full of how sugar was killing us all. I approached the newspaper articles with some complacency, taking for granted that we were a virtuous househol
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Health Care Savings Will More Than Cover the Cost of Reducing Emissions

    RP Siegel
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    A cost-benefit study conducted by a team of MIT researchers and published in the journal Nature Climate Change looked at three different climate intervention scenarios, taking into account the health care cost savings. What they saw was that in one scenario, the health care cost savings achieved were actually ten times greater than the cost of implementing the scenario.
  • Survey: Furniture Companies Dropping Flame Retardants

    Jan Lee
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    It's been a good month for sustainable furniture advocates in California. The state's recent update of TB 117, which in effect allows furniture manufacturers to drop flame retardants from their product ingredients, is having a noticeable effect on the industry, according to the Center for Environmental Health. At the same time, California Senate took another step toward ensuring new flammability standards will be ready to go by Jan. 2015. All of this was bad news for chemical company Chemtura, which filed suit against the state to stop TD 117. A tentative ruling released last week rejected…
  • 3p Weekend: 6 Ways Eco-Labels Can Help Us Stay Sustainable

    Mary Mazzoni
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Eco-labels may not sound like the most exciting topic at first. But when you look a bit more closely, it's easy to see that labels and certifications are the backbone of any sustainability claim, whether it's a product or practice. Of course, navigating the wide world of eco-labels can be confusing at times. To clear things up, this week we rounded up six ways eco-labels can help consumers and businesses stay sustainable -- no matter what their interests are.
  • Sustainable Palm Oil Sales Surge as Demand Meets Supply

    Leon Kaye
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week the RSPO announced that the sales of sustainable palm oil are surging as demand outpaces supply for the first time ever.
  • Founder of Lonely Planet on Heritage Preservation

    Andrea Newell
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Heritage conservation not only preserves historical record, it can open up a previously difficult-to-visit location to travelers and give them a whole new view of the region and its culture, while spurring tourism and economic enrichment in nearby communities.
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Nature as Nurturing: An Educator’s Narrative to Motivate Nature Play

    Christine Escobar
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    A soft breeze graces against our skin, birds chirp happily in the tree tops and the sweet smell of a magnolia tree perfumes the air around us. Many of us recall distinctive sensory memories from our time outdoors and nature poses a feast for the senses. Visual stimuli abound: greenery of all shapes and sizes, leaves garnished with edges from smooth to jagged, and an array of characters from pale brown squirrels to vermillion insects. Nature invigorates and nurtures all of our senses: visual, auditory, tactile and olfactory. Nature offers a lot more to us than just sensory memories, however.
  • Calling All Newbie Campers: Family Camp Out at Chicago Parks

    Christine Escobar
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Chicago Park District has just announced its second year of Family Camping geared toward novice campers. For a single low registration fee, families can take advantage of guided nature hikes, marshmallow roasts, fishing, fire building demos and camping under the stars at some of the most popular parks in the city.  Registration is now open for camping at Garfield Park Conservatory, Calumet Park, Bull Frog Lake in (in partnership with the Cook County Forest Preserve), and Northerly Island. The Family Camping registration fee is $50 per family of up to six members, including children…
  • Green Homes for Everyone: Talking Passive Homes with Evolutionary Home Builders' Brandon Weiss

    Christine Escobar
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
      The availability and affordability of green housing is a concern for many eco-conscioius home buyers in the U.S. today. As green building technology continues to improve, more and more home buyers are realizing the long term benefits of building green. A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders, reports that the majority of green homeowners would purchase another green home and recommend purchasing a green home to friends.  This weekend, the U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois is organizing the 2014 Green Built Home Tour. All homes on the Green Built Home Tour…
  • Chicago Parks To Continue Free Swimming Classes for Kids and Teens This Summer

    Christine Escobar
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The Chicago Park District will once again offer a free session of swim lessons to new enrollees age 6-17. The Park District initially offered the popular program this past January. The first session (10 weeks) of Learn to Swim classes for kids and teens ages 6-17 will be free, when using coupon code FIRSTFREE.  Fees will apply for Learn to Swim classes in subsequent sessions, or for an additional class in the same session.  The Learn to Swim fee is $22 for each 10 week session. (This fee may be waived for qualifying families.) The FIRSTFREE coupon code can be used when registering…
  • The 606 to Host "Trail Mix" of Events For Families and Design Enthusiasts

    Christine Escobar
    17 May 2014 | 8:57 am
    Chicago's soon to be completed new park, The 606, has a variety of events in store this summer around the city for families and those interested in the design and construction of the park, which is currently under construction along the site of the former Bloomingdale Trail. "Trail Mix" kicked off on Tuesday with a conversation at The Darwin School Auditorium on native plants that will inhabit the park, and continues June 7 with a family bike ride and potluck at the McCormick Tribune YMCA. Organizers say Family Days are geared toward children ages 3 to 12 and their caregivers…
 
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    EnergyBloggers

  • Omni Hotels & Resorts and Chef Cheryl Forberg Launch Healthy Traveler Video … – Business Wire (press release)

    Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Omni Hotels & Resorts and Chef Cheryl Forberg Launch Healthy Traveler Video …Business Wire (press release)Eat healthy, high-energy foods that will keep metabolism levels up for added energy. Make a fitness plan – It only takes a few minutes. Pack workout shoes and clothes. Travelers enrolled in Omni Hotels & Resorts’ complimentary Select Guest loyalty … and more
  • Stampede Sign High Energy Forward – JuniorHockey.com

    Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Stampede Sign High Energy ForwardJuniorHockey.com“Mike is a high energy, good skating forward that will bring a lot of tenacity to our team,” the coach said of his son. “Mike has played in the Western States Hockey League with the Fresno Monsters and also spent a season in the Tier I Elite League …
  • Homebuilder plans large-lot development in West Sacramento – Sacramento Business Journal

    Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Homebuilder plans large-lot development in West SacramentoSacramento Business JournalEvergreen Communities says Myers Ranch, a 16-home subdivision on one-acre lots, will appeal to buyers who both want a larger houses and low energy bills. Evergreen President Mike Stettner said the project site, on the southeast side of Jefferson … and more
  • Simple tune-up of diet and exercise can help restore vigor – SFGate

    Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    SFGateA 45-year-old software engineer visited me recently complaining of fatigue. “I’m so tired,” he said. “I must be getting old.” It is hard to argue with his premise: Yes, we are all aging. But at 45, or even 65, we don’t need to accept low energy as a … and more
  • Bridgette Kern Releases Her High Energy Worship Single “He Shall Reign” – Hallels

    Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    Bridgette Kern Releases Her High Energy Worship Single “He Shall Reign”HallelsGospel singer, songwriter and worship pastor Bridgett Kern has just released her brand new single “He Shall Reign,” which is now available on iTunes. This high energy worship song is lifted off Bridgett’s forthcoming album “No One Greater.” Weekly …
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  • Top 6 Back to School Posts

    Katy
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Twas the night before school, and all is quiet in the house. Not a creature was stirring– except this parent and teacher. It is like the quiet before an impending storm. Lunches! Backpacks! Times tables! They are off for another year. Here are 10 of our top back to school posts that will (hopeful) ease the transition for your little learner. Remember, parents, take care of yourself too! Those little ones will be tired. You will be tired. Everyone will need a bit of adjustment time and a whole lot of patience. I know I certainly will! 1. Green and Health Back to School: This post…
  • 6 Ways to Transition Kids (and you!) Back to School

    Katy
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I don’t know about you, but we’ve all shifted. Later bedtimes, lax routines, lose schedules. Ah, summer. The time to catch firefires, watch the super moon, make S’mores. It is also the time of sleep deprivation, lazy days, and open schedules. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that these days are coming to an end (sob!). If you haven’t noticed, the back to school media machine has been churning for weeks. I ignore most of it. Until I start to feel the tug myself. Then I know we must start thinking about the transition to back to school. How can we make this…
  • 4 Ways to Support the Children in Crisis at the Border

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

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

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

  • Almost Amish book club!

    Crunchy Chicken
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I recently heard about this book, Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life (2012) and decided to put it on hold at the library. In it, the author of the book, Nancy Sleeth, talks about how she tried to reduce her and her family's reliance on technology and get back to a simpler lifestyle. Along the way, she explains how she went about making conscious choices
  • Drying laundry indoors and out

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

    Crunchy Chicken
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
    For those of you readers who don't follow me on Facebook or just don't like Facebook, I wanted to give you a wrap-up of what I've been up to the last week. Or, if you're on Facebook and you missed it, here's what's been going on around our homestead. Well, aside from the usual gardening business of being inundated with tomatoes, basil, blackberries, lettuce and green beans. Gleaning 1. Apples
  • August Garden Porn - Raised Bed Edition

    Crunchy Chicken
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The other day I created a list of all the stuff I've currently got growing in the garden (as of August 2014) and I claimed that I'd post some pictures. I took a bunch of photos yesterday afternoon, but photo editing them is taking freaking forever, so I've decided to post them in chunks. Therefore, today's post includes the 8 (eight) 4' x 4' raised beds in the backyard (minus the strawberries,
  • Life in the Garden - August 2014

    Crunchy Chicken
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Since I post a little here and there about what I've got growing on our urban farmstead, I thought it would be helpful to give you a run down of everything I've got growing, foodwise, on our less than 1/10th of an acre in Seattle. Fruits: Blackberries Raspberries Blueberries Strawberries Apples Pears (haven't yet produced anything) Cherries Plums Grapes Figs (don't really produce anything)
 
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • What Goes in a Compost Pile?

    Tiffany
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Is composting hard? No, not all. You just need to learn a few basic dos and don’t then you just get out of the way and let nature do it’s thing. What Goes In Compost: * Urine: dilute it with water first. * Chicken manure: ideally from organically reared chickens. * Comfrey: rich in many nutrients, […]
  • Go Primal – Wear Your Baby

    Tiffany
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    You seem to hear about baby wearing everywhere these days. Moms at the park are talking about it and everywhere you turn a new celebrity mom or dad is wearing their baby and making it the next “hip” thing to do. So what is all the buzz about?  Only the latest, greatest, way to carry […]
  • 10 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Children

    Tiffany
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I am not a professional photographer but I do love to take photos. I especially love taking pictures of my kids. In fact they were what motivated me to buy a DSLR camera. I wanted more professional looking photos (as opposed to candids) but I didn’t have the money to be hiring a photographer several times […]
  • Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

    Tiffany
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    I love tacos. In fact I love all Mexican food. I also love the crockpot. I use it all year long but it is especially helpful in the summer when I don’t want to heat the house. These days though I need recipes that only require 4 hours, instead of 6-8 as typical. I just don’t […]
  • Back to School Shopping for all Seasons

    Tiffany
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    It’s that time.  Time to go back to school and get all of the supplies you will need for the coming school year. It might be tempting to buy clothes for all weather scenarios that might arise during the school year. If you did that, though, it would probably be a mistake. You’ll just end […]
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    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  • Preventing Back-to-School Sickness with Essential Oils

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Back-to-school time is often filled with anticipation, excitement and germs! Wait, what?! Germs?? Yes, GERMS. Thankfully though, there are easy, healthy and natural ways to prepare for the germs and boost your child’s immunity at the same time. Although my children don’t attend school or daycare, they still spend a lot of time around other kids through enrichment programs, play dates, park days, etc., and I’ve come to appreciate and rely on several doTERRA essential oils for preventing illness and attacking it when we do get hit. I love that doTERRA essential oils are…
  • Talking about Unschooling with Barb Lundgren

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    I recently had the opportunity to attend a free talk about unschooling by Barb Lundgren, a mother to three (now) adult unschoolers. Barb is also the founder of the Rethinking Everything Conference and the editor of Home Education Magazine, devoted entirely to unschooling. The talk was at the co-housing community of Nyland in Lafayette, Colo., and was facilitated by Leslie Potter of Pure Joy Parenting. I took some notes and would like to share a little bit about what I took away from the evening. It may seem a little disjointed, but I just wanted to put these thoughts “out…
  • I am a runner, but I wasn’t always…

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.Priscilla Welch Loathing Running from an Early Age Over a year ago, when I was considering adding some form of exercise into my life, my well-intentioned friend Rebecca — a runner — suggested that I start running. I told her I’d only run “if someone was chasing me with a knife.” And I kind of meant it. I’d hated running since high school freshman gym class when — at the end of the semester — we had to run “the…
  • Computer Programming for Kids

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    I recently heard from a homeschooling friend about this site called Code, which encourages people of all ages to learn computer science by completing an “Hour of Code.” Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms. After a busy day of art and parkour classes, jumping on the trampoline, Minecraft, playing and more, my husband Jody and the kids sprawled out in the…
  • A Day In The Life: The Taste Test Challenge

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Hey friends! I decided to start a new series on my blog to give you an idea of some of the things the kids and I do in our unschooling/life learning journey. It’s called “A Day In The Life” and this will be the first installment. Yesterday Ava was watching YouTube (one of our favorite resources) videos from a group of girls who do different “challenges.” One of them was a “taste test” challenge, where one girl is blindfolded and the other gives her a variety of foods to eat and hopefully figure out what they are by taste alone. Ava asked me to set up…
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  • Working for the Earth

    Amber Strocel
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    On Labor Day, the Climate Crusader is thinking about the unpaid work that so many environmentalists do.Today is Labor Day. This is a day to spend with friends and family, wringing the last bit of fun out of summer. It is also a day to think about work, and the contributions of workers to our society. As I was considering it today, I started to think about the work that so many environmentalists do - much of it unpaid.I think about 'labor' differently now that I have children. My 'labor' is not just about my paid work anymore. My labor is also about the parenting I do, which is often harder…
  • Technology for the Greater Green

    Mindful Echo
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    Mindful Echo is finding the bright side.Every so often we're lucky enough to find an event, a book, a group, or a product that combines some of our multiple passions. Although I'm not particularly tech-savvy in too many ways, I'm definitely a sucker for some good technology. Likewise, I know that my electronically-based pastimes can rarely coexist with my intention to live a green lifestyle. So I'm sure you can imagine how excited I get when I see research projects with applications that can undoubtedly help us all to live more eco-friendly lives. It seems a team of researchers, along with…
  • My Surrogate Garden: the Farmers Market

    Betsy Escandon
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    So here's the deal. I don't have a garden. I drool a bit over all the garden photos on The Green Phone Booth and elsewhere. I even have a Pinterest Garden board. I do aspire to having a garden, but I just don't have the mental space, time, or energy to embark on this new endeavor just yet. (If you'd like to come plant stuff in my yard for me and tell me exactly what to do afterwards, just let me know!)But you know what I've got? I've got the farmers market. And oh, how I love the farmers market. I shop at one, sometimes two farmers markets every Saturday and purchase at least 90% of my…
  • Freezing the Harvest

    Christy
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Queen Composter shares how she preserves the bounty of the season for the long winter ahead.This is the time of year when the earth's bounty is overflowing. The harvest is in full swing and there is abundant fresh, local and often organically grown vegetables and fruit. Those of us who have kitchen gardens are faced with buckets full of tomatoes, beans, zucchinis, greens and herbs. If you don't have your own garden, it is easy to find local food at farmers markets and local farms. I am trying to bake as much zucchini bread as I can, but it is nice to have homegrown, or locally grown food in…
  • Greening Back to School

    Amber Strocel
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    The Climate Crusader is getting ready to send her kids back to school sustainably.When I logged into Instagram this morning, I saw that for many children in the United States, today was the first day back at school. Where I live on the West Coast of Canada, kids will be heading back to class the day after Labour Day in a couple of weeks. (We hope - as Queen Composter mentioned, there is an ongoing labour dispute that may or may not be resolved in time.) Regardless of whether your kids are already back in class or whether you have a few more weeks of summer vacation to look forward to, there…
 
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • BLACK + DECKER 16V MAX Lithium FLEX™ Vac

    greenandcleanmom
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    The BLACK + DECKER 16V MAX Lithium FLEX™ Vac with floor head is my friend. My husband calls it my new toy. The kids tease me and say I need a holster for my belt. I’m using this hand held vacuum several times a day. It’s me versus the drywall dust and I’m determined to win. Here’s what I love about the BLACK + DECKER Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.BLACK + DECKER 16V MAX Lithium FLEX™ Vac The post BLACK + DECKER 16V MAX Lithium FLEX™ Vac appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier Review

    greenandcleanmom
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Home renovation can be exciting but in my experience is also means drywall dust. Drywall dust means vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. Repeat daily for the rest of your life! Slight exaggeration but that is how I feel right now. Luckily, I was sent a Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier and boy what a difference it has made. We actually need more than one of these Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier Review The post Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier Review appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Be a Super Hero and Run for a Good Cause

    greenandcleanmom
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Last year my 3rd grade student’s wrote stories about being super heroes. What powers would they have if they could be a super hero? It was  very inspiring to hear so many of them saying they’d save people from bad guys, feed hungry people, make sure that cancer was cured or everyone had warm clothing.  Of course some of the children wanted to turn tree’s Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Be a Super Hero and Run for a Good Cause The post Be a Super Hero and Run for a Good Cause appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Saving the Planet, One Scoop at a Time

    greenandcleanmom
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    I have fond memories of chasing the ice cream truck as a kid. I remember hearing the music and dropping whatever I was doing to get a push-up or a bright yellow PAC Man with a bubble gum eye. Tell me you remember those and eat the bubble gum eye first? Childhood fun and dreams, something I relish but even as we grow up we don’t Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Saving the Planet, One Scoop at a Time The post Saving the Planet, One Scoop at a Time appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • 3 Lessons Learned From Home Renovation

    greenandcleanmom
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I’m learning a few lessons from home renovation and we’re knee deep in it so I’d love to share with you my experience but also gain any wisdom you might have. If you’ve gone through home renovation for any reason you’ll probably be able to relate! Contractors, suppliers, installers and workers are usually not on time.  They’re kind of like the cable company and if they say they’ll Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.3 Lessons Learned From Home Renovation The post 3 Lessons Learned From Home Renovation appeared first on Green and…
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  • State Fair

    Greenstylemom
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Took the kids to the Colorado State Fair the other day. There was plenty of fair food, rides, animals and general fun. I learned that my tummy can no longer handle fair food and fair rides!
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    My Pom Pom socks
  • Field Trip List

    Greenstylemom
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I started this list back in June so I had a place to track and reference things we want to do in our local-ish area. We didn't do as many things as I planned this summer (I crossed off the few things we did do), so I'm going to keep the list going. Some of these we've never done (I'm embarrassed to admit), some we've done before but maybe it's been awhile (I've * those). Really want to do a better job of outings this year.Rocky Mountain National ParkBent's Old FortPaint MinesGarden of the Gods Visitor Center for Junior Ranger Badge programAir Force Academy*Pioneers MuseumWill Rogers…
  • Homeschool Moment

    Greenstylemom
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Figuring out a new version of a favorite game(I was going to apologize for any background messes but decided I don't actually care about our messes and see no need to apologize for them!)
  • DayBook 8.25.14

    Greenstylemom
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    FOR TODAYOutside my window... beautiful day! This morning as I rode bikes with Jack to his tutor, I  could smell the first bit of fall coming.I am hearing... the kids working on keyboarding.I am feeling... pretty good. Motivated for this week. Excited for Labor Day weekend and upcoming travels.I am thinking... about far away friends.I am thankful for... the mountains. Some days I still have to pinch myself that I see mountains every. single. day.From the kitchen... made a ham in the crockpot the other day. We had it…
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  • Propagate Plants: Save Money to Create New Plants

    Anna@Green Talk
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    I love to grow my own flowers and seeds but lately I discovered I can grow them without using seeds.  What, you say?  No, I haven’t lost it.  I just started using my own plants to make more plants.  My kitchen window sill is my laboratory–a new plant propagation system.  Want to learn how? Keep reading. Oh, and watch my video below.  You get an inside view of my “laboratory.” 3 Ways to Propagate Plants. New Seedlings in a Garden Bed I have the perfect conditions–wind, pavers, and abundant plants.  I have seedlings everywhere.  Joe Pye Weed, spirea,…
  • Supercharge Your Health with 5 Simple Green Living Hacks

    Anna@Green Talk
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. With summer almost behind us and kids going back to school, isn’t it time to jump start a healthier greener lifestyle? Ditching the toxins, choosing healthier food options and getting that butt off the couch sounds like a plan? Before you balk and say “been there done that,” listed below are some easy green living hacks to start moving in the right healthier direction. I am. Are you with me? My Story I think of myself as a pretty healthy person. I exercise at least three to five times a week and try…
  • Mexican Bean Beetle: Learn How to Id and Prevent it.

    Anna@Green Talk
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Last year I thought my bush bean leaves were ravished by the Japanese beetles.  The beetles didn’t touch my black or white beans  So I ignored the beetles to focus on bigger problems–the cabbage looper.  Well, ignorance is not bliss  since that “beetle” was the Mexican bean beetle which ravished all of my bean leaves this year.  He or she looks just like a ladybug but don’t be fooled by its seemingly harmless demeanor.  It is worse than teenage boys looking for food in your kitchen. What is the Mexican Bean Beetle? It is a tan colored lady bug with 16 spots…
  • Radish Health Benefits + Recipes (Using Leaves & Pods Too.)

    Anna@Green Talk
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Radishes are an acquired spicy taste but are quite healthy for you.   Hubs love them– especially the the black radishes. This year I decided to grow Daikon radishes as well as Hub’s beloved black radishes.  But the root is not the only star in the game. The leaves as well as the beans pods are amazing. (If you let the plant flower, it produces bean pods.)  So, are you ready to eat some radishes?  Listed below are some recipes that you can use to cook all parts of the radish. Just an FY, when you cook radishes, their spicy demeanor fades away.  They become mellow and sweet. …
  • Get Rid of Squash Bug Eggs with this Simple Hack

    Anna@Green Talk
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Who dislikes squash bugs?  Raise your hands.  I have 8 ways how you can keep those bugs at bay.  Well, if all your efforts fail, you still need to remove the eggs from the back of your leaves.  Why?  They can suck the life out of your squash leaves.  (Those little vampires.)  So every summer, I am on red  egg alert with my new found favorite hack to easily remove those eggs from the leaves. Good bye squash bugs. {And good riddance.) As you can see in the picture above, squash bugs lay eggs in a pyramid type orientation.  The eggs are quite small.  In fact, one had the nerve to…
 
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  • KidStir Kits – For the Love of Cooking!

    Micaela
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
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  • 5 Easy Homemade Nut Butters

    Micaela
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
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  • 5 Reusables to Make Lunch Packing Fun

    Micaela
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
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  • How an Oyster Feeds a Bay

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    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
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  • A Vermont Experience

    Micaela
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Best Reusable Drinking Straws for Kids

    Dawn Head
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    I went on a search for the best reusable drinking straws for kids as I attempted to transition my children from their sippy cups to regular glassware. It took awhile to remove the cups permanently from our home. It happened when I finally broke the habit of giving the cups to them – they are… Read more The post Best Reusable Drinking Straws for Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Why More and More Tourists Find Exploring Vienna by Bike Fascinating

    Greg Head
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Exploring Vienna by Bike: At the turn of the 20th century, cycling was building momentum across European cities. As automobiles became the dominant means of transportation, bicycles started to lose their ground, only to re-emerge victorious in the 21st century, hovering across the paved streets of the eco-metropolises of the world. Amsterdam, with its iconic… Read more The post Why More and More Tourists Find Exploring Vienna by Bike Fascinating appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida

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

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

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

    Monica Brady
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    When I think about Labor Day, I think about the beginning of football season… I also think about cookouts and fun with friends. It’s still technically Summer time, which means it’s pretty hot outside. I don’t want to spend all day cooking snacks, so I go for something quick and easy. Something I used to make for all of our cookouts while we were living in Japan, that was really quite popular, are these very easy dips. All you need is a can or two of chili beans, or a jar or two of salsa, depending on how many people you need to accommodate, and cream cheese! If they…
  • Exclusive Footage on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-Ray Combo Pack!

    Monica Brady
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Have you seen the Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet?  We had the chance to watch it on our recent airplane trip across the country, and it was awesome! If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should, and if you have seen it, and want to again, it’s out on DVD & Blu-Ray and now you can own it! Walmart has a great price on their Blu-ray combo pack for $19.96. The pack includes Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The Blu-ray combo pack is a must-own with 13 deleted scenes plus 100 minutes of extras! You can get The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-Ray combo in your local Walmart stores nationwide…
  • Buzzle Ball- A Whole New Way to Puzzle

    Monica Brady
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    I love puzzles… I loved the Rubik’s Cube as a kid, and I have always loved the wooden puzzles that you find in different toy stores. My grandpa used to have all kinds of puzzles around their house, and I’d always pick them up and try them out. Sometimes I solved them quickly, and other times, it took me some time. Eventually, once I figured out the trick, and there’s always a trick, I was able to get a little bit quicker. The Buzzle Ball is  actually quite a bit of fun. We had to move everything around when we first got it to loosen it up a little, but once we got it…
  • Back to School DIY School Supply Cake for Teacher!

    Monica Brady
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    It’s that time again! The kids are having mixed feelings about going back to school. On one hand, they can’t wait to see all of their friends again, but on the other hand, they really don’t want to sit in a classroom and do homework again. Me, well, I’m mixed too. I love having the girls at home, and we’ve had a great Summer, but I also can’t wait to see what new things they learn this year. One of the craziest things about Back to School season, is school supply shopping, and in our area, it’s serious! The sales, the crowds, the aisles and aisles of…
  • Erasable Pens That REALLY Erase- Pilot Frixion Clicker

    Monica Brady
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    I remember back in my school days… way back when… Quit asking how long ago that was! Anyway… I remember the old “erasable” pens that would smear and smudge and never erase clean enough to actually read what you were writing over the erased text. I’m sure I’m not the only one that remembers those pens… They were great because you were able to write with a pen, yet you were supposed to be able to correct your mistakes. Imagine how awesome that would have been during note taking, or report writing, if they had worked as well as you wanted them to.
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    Green (Living) Review

  • A new, better world is possible ... but we have to create it

    Veshengro
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A new, better and fairer society and world is possible but we have to create it and give it life. No one can do it for us, and capitalism and the power-that-be certainly have no interest in doing such a thing. In fact they will do their darnedest to prevent us from doing so. Only we, ourselves, together, in small steps, can create and make this new, better and fairer world and society by getting, to start with, off the perpetual growth economy bandwagon and the pursuit of more, and ever more; more money, more possessions, the latter which often means more debt,…
  • Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around

    Veshengro
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Having poor people in the richest country in the world is a choice. We have the money to solve this. But do we have the will? Inequality and poverty are suddenly hot topics, not only in the United States but also across the globe. Since the early 1980s, there has been a growing underclass in America. At the same time a much smaller class, now called the superrich, built its wealth to levels of opulence not seen since France’s Louis XVI. Despite this, the resulting inequality went mostly unnoticed. When the Great Recession of 2008 hit, and the division between the very wealthy and the rest…
  • 4 Reasons to Plant a Vegetable Garden in the Front Yard

    Veshengro
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    One of the first landscaping changes we made upon moving into our new house last year was getting rid of several sprawling, weed-ridden mounds of winter jasmine that were choking the life out of all the plants in our front yard. We covered the dirt with mulch and then turned our attention to planning a vegetable and herb garden for the backyard. As we were getting ready to break ground for the new beds, inspiration struck. Why not put the garden out front, in the area we had just cleared? My husband, who is not known for his sense of adventure, balked. What would people think? Cornstalks and…
  • The 10 Quickest Ways to Boost Your Happiness

    Veshengro
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Articles with titles like this usually offer up simple platitudes for being happy, such as “accept everyone,” or “live a balanced life.” While those ideas are true, such platitudes are so general that they don’t really give you anything that impacts your daily life. This article offers what scientific research found to be the top 10 things you can quickly do to boost your level of happiness. By doing any one of the 10 items below, you will almost surely feel dramatically better in under three minutes. In addition, by combining items from the list below, you can increase their…
  • What’s More Important… Economic Growth or Sustainability?

    Veshengro
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    “The world has physical limits that we are already encountering, but our economy operates as if no physical limits exist.” -Christopher Martenson What will the earth look like in 50 to 100 years from now? To some of us that may sound like a long time, but in reality it will be here before we know it and even if we are gone, the children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren of billions of people living now will still be here. Think of today, think about the lack of opportunities available to people trying to live free, happy and healthy lives and how many are struggling in various ways…
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  • Five Obvious Ways to Make Your Home Greener

    jennae
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Sometimes, I tend to forget that all of you haven’t been reading Green Your Decor since the beginning. I assume that you’re all pretty far along on your journeys toward a greener home, and I write with that underlying assumption in mind. Well, this post is for the people who may not be so far […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Five Obvious Ways to Make Your Home Greener
  • Throwing Shade: Our Hopes for the Backyard

    jennae
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    So…I mentioned that we finally moved into a house! I’ve sort of mentioned it in passing, about how awesome it has been thus far. And “awesome” really is the best way to describe it. But so is “overwhelming.” After three years of living in the same apartment and doing all that we thought we could really […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Throwing Shade: Our Hopes for the Backyard
  • Review: GreenLife Ceramic Nonstick Cookware

    jennae
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Quiet as it’s kept, I really like nonstick cookware. Mostly because I don’t enjoy wasting my precious elbow grease scrubbing the day’s meals off my pots. What I don’t like is the toxic crap that’s found in most nonstick coatings. The type of stuff that we really don’t want ending up in our food. So […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Review: GreenLife Ceramic Nonstick Cookware
  • Back to School: DIY Homework Station

    jennae
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Now that school is back in session, and we’re in a new home and new school district, we’re working to get our routine back on track. Mornings are pretty solid, but afternoons are a bit trickier. In this county, my daughter gets home from school a full hour later than she used to, so homework has […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Back to School: DIY Homework Station
  • Personalize Baby’s Room with Wooden Letters

    jennae
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    After what felt like endless years of apartment living, my family and I have finally moved into a house! Technically, we’re still renting, but it is amazing not to have neighbors upstairs or downstairs. Of course, there are some (tiny) downsides. You remember that beautiful shared nursery we created for baby Juliza and her big […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Personalize Baby’s Room with Wooden Letters
 
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  • Inspiring Shipping Container Home Designs

    Christine Walsh
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Building a home using a shipping container can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish. Since the basic units that will make up the rooms in your new home are already pre-built, all that is really left is to decide how to assemble them. Below you will find six awesome shipping container home designs, which are sure to inspire you. 1. Bondi Beach House This gorgeous shipping container house was designed by Czech architect Ales Javurek and the plans were recently awarded the first prize in the [AC-CA] Architectural Competition. When finished, it will be a two-story, 3660 square-foot vacation…
  • Clinic Built From a Repurposed Shipping Container

    Christine Walsh
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Building Trust International recently announced the winners of the 2014 Moved To Care competition. The competition called for a solution for providing healthcare in rural areas of Asia, and the student winner of the competition was Christopher Knitt of the University of Wisconsin for his design of Reflex, a clinic made from a repurposed shipping container that can easily be deployed anywhere. Apart from being upcycled, this clinic can also operate off-the-grid and invites the participation of the local community in its deployment. Using recycled shipping containers as a mobile medical clinic…
  • Pros and Cons of Shipping Container Architecture

    Christine Walsh
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Building homes using shipping containers has been all the rage lately and few can deny that these structures lend themselves very well to building sustainable, cozy and unique homes. But not everything about using shipping containers as building blocks is perfect. This article looks at the main pros and cons of shipping container architecture, starting with the good stuff. Pros of Shipping Container Architecture 1. Green-Building This is perhaps the most obvious benefit. Hundreds of thousands of steel cargo containers are discarded in ports across the globe, mainly due to one way shipments of…
  • Discarded Cigarette Butts can be Recycled into Energy Storage Devices

    Christine Walsh
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Cigarette butts are one of the most haphazardly discarded items, and an estimated 766,571 metric tons of them end up deposited into the environment each year across the globe. Furthermore, even if the cigarette butts are disposed of properly, they still pose a threat since arsenic and other harmful chemicals leak from them into the earth and waterways. But now a team of researchers from Seoul National University have found a way to recycle used cigarette filters into super-effective energy storage material. They recently published their findings in the journal Nanotechnology. The scientists…
  • Year Long Study of Net-Zero Energy Home Completed Successfully

    Christine Walsh
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    It has now been a year since the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) in Washington DC has been built and its energy harvesting capabilities began to be monitored. The home was built on the campus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists and researchers conducted a computer simulation that replicated the energy consumption of a family of four. The results showed the home to be a success, since after a year the home generated 13,577 kWh of energy. This is about 491 kWh more than was needed. The test home measures 2,700 square feet (252 sq m)…
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    Sustainable Motherhood

  • Green, Cheap, and Cool School Supplies

    Sustainable Mom
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Freen's First Day of Kindergarten 2009 Even in the land of endless summers, I have an end of summer pit in my stomach and with three weeks left before the Freen starts fifth grade, I've started pestering him about whether he wants a new backpack or will be happy with the old one.  He really doesn't care and the old one is perfectly fine but as I walk the aisles of brand new shiny new ones it
  • Green Bronx Machine

    Sustainable Mom
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    One man and some seeds can change the lives of many. This presentation is from 2012 and tells his story.  You can learn more about his success at Green Bronx Machine and like Green Bronx Machine on Facebook.
  • Bicoastal Bitchin

    Sustainable Mom
    19 Nov 2013 | 11:30 am
    O tells California Bear what he thinks of him. Being a New Yorker sets your satisfaction bar very high and your expectations pretty low.  That's why they call us jaded New Yorkers after all.   For us nothing is as good, as tasty, as fast, as available, or as easy as it is in New York. In the end I think it just comes down to the convenience...nothing is as good when you
  • Traveling Light - Easy ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    Sustainable Mom
    20 Sep 2013 | 2:27 pm
    @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} Embracing a green lifestyle is not always obvious; take traveling, for example. How does an eco-conscious citizen of the world who enjoys traveling balance both passions? With that conundrum in mind, let us consider
  • Sustainable Motherhood Invites Guest Bloggers to Join in the Fun

    Sustainable Mom
    16 Sep 2013 | 12:01 pm
    Easy Living in Hermosa Beach So after four fast and furious years in New York City, this summer we packed it all up once again and moved to Hermosa Beach.  For those of you who don't know, HB is in the South Bay about 15 minutes south of LAX and just north of Long Beach.  The slogan "The Best Little Beach City" pretty much sums it up.  Yes, there is June Gloom (that seems to last
 
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • Is it illegal to trade saved seeds?

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

    Steve Spence
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    We just got back from a Off Grid Solar Install in Arkansas. We helped the homeowner install nine 275 watt solar panels ( 3 banks of 3), twenty four 6v batteries ( 3 banks of 8 in series), and a power panel that included a 80 amp MPPT charge controller, a 48v 3500 watt sine wave inverter/charger, and associated breakers and disconnects. The Outback Mate 3 now includes a network jack for monitoring your system with a computer, either locally, or remotely. The install team consisted of myself, Ricky Todd, and Nathaniel and Crystal Burson. The homeowners were happy to see their deep freezer,…
  • The $50 Mexico Water Purifier

    Steve Spence
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    For my trip to Mexico next week, I’m taking the parts to build my DIY Berkey Filter. This is a homebuilt version of the venerable British Berkefeld water purifier used around the world for generations, producing potable water from bacteria ridden sources. The DIY version consists of two filter candles, a faucet, and two plastic buckets. No Montezuma’s revenge for me!
  • The DIY Cider Press

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

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

  • Shell is trying once again to begin drilling in the Arctic

    Jesseb Shiloh
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Royal Dutch Shell has asked the United States federal government for permission to begin drilling in the Arctic, not too far off of the coast of Alaska. The company’s previous attempts to begin drilling in the Arctic came to a halt back in 2012 due to numerous pratfalls and violations of federal regulations. It has since revised its plan and resubmitted it for approval. The revised exploration plan, which the company submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Anchorage, calls for two drilling vessels to operate in the Chukchi Sea at the same time, rather than the previous plan…
  • Climate change is eventually going to hit Hawaii hard

    Chastity Mansfield
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A new report from the University of Hawaii is warning the state’s tourism industry to begin preparing to feel the effects of climate change. The report warns that Hawaii will most likely begin seeing a lot more competition from easier-to-access tropical resorts along the coastal regions from Texas to Arizona. Thanks to climate change, Hawaii is expected to become hotter and drier. That means less cooling trade winds, roaring waterfalls, and gorgeous forest streams, and more droughts. There will also be fewer beaches as the sea levels rise and the coast begins to erode away. The report was…
  • Louisiana is being swallowed into the Gulf of Mexico

    Cactus Williams
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Scientists are saying that one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the history of the United States, the rapid loss of land that is occurring in the southeast portion of Louisiana, is on the fast track towards a catastrophic conclusion over the next few decades. The Louisiana coastline has been shrinking over the last few decades, and the rate at which it gets swallowed into the Gulf of Mexico is increasing every year. It has been estimated that the state loses a chunk of land equal in size to a football field every hour or so. According to ProPublica: “In 50 years, most…
  • Existing power plants will spew forth over 300 billion tons of CO2

    Alfie Joshua
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Power plants across the globe are going to spew forth more than three-hundred billion tons of carbon dioxide over their expected lifetimes, adding massive amounts of the climate-warming gas to the atmosphere. That number is just from the power plants that are currently in existence, it doesn’t include power plants that have yet to be built. This is according to findings by scientists from the University of California in Irvine (UCI) and Princeton University. These findings, which appeared in Environmental Research Letters earlier this week, are the first to quantify just how quickly these…
  • Hundreds of methane plumes have been found along the East Coast

    Alfie Joshua
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    During a sweeping survey of the United States Atlantic Coast, it was discovered that hundreds of gas plumes are currently bubbling up from the sea floor. While ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, according to research report that was published yesterday. “We don’t know of any explanation that fits as well as methane,” said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University. Between Cape Hatteras in North Carolina and Georges Bank in Massachusetts, around 570 methane seeps are clustered in eight regions,…
 
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    INHABITAT

  • Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

    Ana Lisa
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: customizable home, echo, ECHO eco pods, eco pods, energy efficient, modular shelter, off grid home, prefabricated design, solar-powered eco pods, sustainable wood, timber home, tiny homes, wooden eco pods, wooden shelter
  • DIY: How to Make Delicious Nutty Coconut Breakfast with Leftover Rice

    Kristine Lofgren
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    You slept through your alarm, the kids are in chaos and the cupboards are bare. What’s a savvy person to do? How about using last night’s leftover rice to make a protein-packed tropical coconut breakfast in just a few minutes. All you need is some coconut milk, nuts, seeds and dried fruits and you are off and running. Read More > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: breakfast recipes, coconut rice, coconut rice breakfast, coconut rice pudding, coconut seedy rice, easy breakfast recipes, fruit breakfast rice pudding, rice breakfast, rice breakfast recipe, Rice Pudding…
  • 9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

    Lucy Wang
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Read the rest of 9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "sustainable architecture", cabin porn, cabins, Community Forests International, green cabins, International Backwoods Cabin Competition, Sustainable buildings, sustainable cabins, sustainable treehouse, tiny cabins, tiny houses, tiny treehouse, Treehouses
  • Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

    Lidija Grozdanic
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Read the rest of Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Baobab-inspired treehouse, Baobed treehouse, biomimetic architecture, Biomimetic Design, biomimicry, cacoon-like treehouse, mobile houses, tiny architecture, tiny homes, transportable architecture, treehouse design, Treehouses
  • Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

    Mike Chino
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    It’s that time of year again – school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we’re offering you a chance to win a brand new PUBLIC Bike or a Voltaic solar backpack! We’re looking for smart ideas that will lower your environmental footprint for the coming academic year, and our grand prize winner will receive their choice of a PUBLIC C1 or PUBLIC V1 bike decked out with a rear rack, a metal basket, and a brass bell (worth a total of $574!), and three…
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    TheCityFix

  • Friday Fun: You, too, can build a sustainable city through crowdfunding

    Ryan Schleeter
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Do you want a say in infrastructure projects in your city? Crowdfunding can allow citizens to turn creative, sustainable projects into reality. Photo by David Berkowitz/Flickr. Here at TheCityFix, we love exploring the latest, most breathtaking innovations in sustainable urban development. And for good reason! Measures like São Paulo’s citizen hackathons, Medellín’s aerial cable cars, glow-in-the-dark road markings, and Hamburg and Helsinki’s plans for car-free mobility all serve as inspirational reminders that urban sustainability is not so unreachable a goal as was once thought.
  • Recognizing the role of gender in the informal urban economy

    Thomas Abbot
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Governments can improve the livelihoods of female street vendors by creating safe public spaces and supporting member-based groups of informal workers. Photo by Jeff DeMaria/Flickr. The informal economy is often referred to as the “shadow economy,” a glaring indicator of its absence from the eyes of policymakers. As discussed on TheCityFix, street vendors are frequently ignored in surveys of jobs and economic productivity, despite their extensive connections to the formal economy. Further, the specific challenges faced by female street vendors are mostly absent from public discourse.
  • Sustainable development and integrated planning mark Europe’s new green capital

    Priscila Pacheco
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Ljubljana recently won the 2016 European Green Capital Award based on its comprehensive approach to sustainable development, which has transformed urban life in the past decade while minimizing the city’s environmental impact. Photo by Rhobinn/Flickr. Ljubljana, Slovenia has won the 2016 European Green Capital Award, given annually by the European Commission to cities that set an example of sustainable urban development best practices. With an ambitious sustainability plan and that has led to significant improvements in the past decade, the capital of Slovenia joins cities such…
  • Medellín Metrocable improves mobility for residents of informal settlements

    Coby Joseph
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Medellín’s Metrocable is the centerpiece of an inclusive urban upgrading strategy that has improved mobility and economic opportunity, while reducing violence in disadvantaged areas. Photo by Gabinete/Flickr. In 2004, Medellín – the second largest city in Colombia – introduced the Medellín Metrocable system to connect low-income residents to public transport. As the world’s first modern urban aerial cable car transport system, this innovative addition to Medellín’s existing metro system was built in response to significant spatial inequalities in metro access. Metrocable was…
  • São Paulo wins 2014 City/State MobiPrize by empowering citizens and fostering innovation

    Coby Joseph
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    São Paulo has improved sustainable mobility through new bike and bus lanes, a revised master plan, and an innovative approach to support developers creating mobility solutions. Photo by Stanley Calderelli/Flickr. The city of São Paulo has won the 2014 Enterprising City/State MobiPrize following its support of user information and public participation platforms to advance sustainable transport solutions. MobiPrize was launched in 2012 by the University of Michigan SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) initiative to honor entrepreneurs and governments that…
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    Science & Energy

  • Formlabs Form 1+ review: a workhorse for 3D printer users who care about quality

    Signe Brewster
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Form 1+ was up and running within five minutes of coming out of its box. It's a beautiful and surprisingly easy to use option for an SLA 3D printer. Formlabs Form 1+ review: a workhorse for 3D printer users who care about quality originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Here’s a (slightly) more budget friendly, beautiful connected thermostat

    Stacey Higginbotham
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    Welcome another thermostat to the market with awesome design, connectivity and a pledge toward openness that could win fans. It's also a wee bit cheaper than the Nest. Here’s a (slightly) more budget friendly, beautiful connected thermostat originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Tesla teams up with China’s wireless carrier Unicom for charging network

    Katie Fehrenbacher
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Tesla finally announced its strategy for building out an electric car charging network in China: a domestic partner in the second largest wireless carrier. Tesla teams up with China’s wireless carrier Unicom for charging network originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Studying how dogs herd sheep could help robots learn how to herd humans

    Signe Brewster
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Robots could someday be used in disaster situations to help people out of burning rooms or collapsed buildings. They could also control huge crowds, which herding dogs already do with ease. Studying how dogs herd sheep could help robots learn how to herd humans originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • It’s not just Amazon: Google is developing delivery drones too

    Signe Brewster
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Google is two years into developing "Project Wing," which relies on a cross between a plane and a helicopter to deliver goods. It’s not just Amazon: Google is developing delivery drones too originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
 
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Biodegr(edible). The new disposable.

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

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

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

    Emily White
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Not So Far-A-Field 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and this figure is rising all the time. The idea of getting fresh fruit and vegetables from a field only a couple of miles away from a city dwelling is almost laughable. In fact, the meal you had for dinner last night travelled on average an incredible 4,200 miles to get from where it was produced to your plate. But what if instead of all of our food being produced in a handful of large-scale establishments around the world or a field far outside the city, we all had a small farm just around the corner? The phenomenon…
  • Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet

    katee
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet This hypnotic video released by aviation body North Atlantic Skies reveals the true extent of our dependence on CO2 burning planes. Every day, between two and three thousand aircraft cross the North Atlantic, each burning an average of 220 tonnes of CO2 per crossing. The live Flight Radar is another way to see the excessive number of aeroplanes in our skies. In fact, so many flights are leaving Europe and the USA that the countries are no longer visible, shrouded behind a mass of yellow plane icons. Worst of all, many of the planes will be…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Biodegr(edible). The new disposable.

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

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

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

    Emily White
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Not So Far-A-Field 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and this figure is rising all the time. The idea of getting fresh fruit and vegetables from a field only a couple of miles away from a city dwelling is almost laughable. In fact, the meal you had for dinner last night travelled on average an incredible 4,200 miles to get from where it was produced to your plate. But what if instead of all of our food being produced in a handful of large-scale establishments around the world or a field far outside the city, we all had a small farm just around the corner? The phenomenon…
  • Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet

    katee
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet This hypnotic video released by aviation body North Atlantic Skies reveals the true extent of our dependence on CO2 burning planes. Every day, between two and three thousand aircraft cross the North Atlantic, each burning an average of 220 tonnes of CO2 per crossing. The live Flight Radar is another way to see the excessive number of aeroplanes in our skies. In fact, so many flights are leaving Europe and the USA that the countries are no longer visible, shrouded behind a mass of yellow plane icons. Worst of all, many of the planes will be…
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    Green Building Law Update

  • Saint Paul has an Alternative to LEED

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

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

    Stuart Kaplow
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    In 2015 the use of LEED v4 will become mandatory, a new 2015 International Green Construction Code will be available, an updated ASHRAE 189.1 will be published, the new ICC 700 National Green Building Standard will be approved, and there will be a 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.  In the arena of green building standards, green rating systems and green codes among the widely respected residential rating systems is the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. While the Criteria was developed by Enterprise to “provide a clear, cost-effective framework for all affordable…
  • Litigation Over First Ever LEED Platinum Building Tarnishes Green Building

    Stuart Kaplow
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Last week, a federal appeals court brought back from the dead, a more than $6 Million lawsuit filed over materials supplied in 2000 for the first ever LEED certified Platinum building. Despite that the unpublished opinion is not binding precedent, it will have a chilling effect on green building and in particular on the selection of new or untried materials and products that are the keystone of many sustainable projects.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation v. Weyerhaeuser Company arose from the construction in 1999 of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Lawsuit Over LEED Documentation

    Stuart Kaplow
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    A case filed last week in a California court is a prime example of the importance of contract documents in a LEED project. Earlier this year the City of Palo Alto gave notice firing Flintco Pacific, Inc., the general contractor responsible for construction of the Mitchell Park library, a proposed LEED Platinum project. With a performance bond in place, the City and the surety announced in early March that they has negotiated a takeover agreement that will allow a new contractor to complete construction.  But the current dispute playing out in letters between counsel for Palo Alto and…
 
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    Chelsea Green

  • New Inspiring Books from our Publishing Partners

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    From learning how to address personal, social, and environmental concerns in simple practical steps in our daily lives to building a low-impact roundhouse, we’re bringing a handful of new books to US readers for the first time. At Chelsea Green Publishing, we partner with like-minded publishers and writers around the world to bring their books […]The post New Inspiring Books from our Publishing Partners appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Make Your Own Fruit Wine

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Have an excess harvest of a favorite fruit that you don’t know what to do with? Look no further—making your own fruit wine is easy, safe, and it’s as delicious as homemade pie or jam without the expiration date! All you need is an abundance of the fruit of your choosing, orange juice, wine yeast, […]The post Make Your Own Fruit Wine appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • What Can Humans Learn from Bears?

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Imagine having an all-access pass to the world of bears. Being so comfortable with them, and they with you, that you are able to crawl into their dens, take photographs of their cubs and come nose to snout with them everyday. Welcome to the world of black bear expert Benjamin Kilham. He has been studying […]The post What Can Humans Learn from Bears? appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • End of Summer Sale: Everything on Sale!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    It’s that time of year again, our end of summer sale! We’re offering four chances to save—up to 75% off—on some of our new and bestselling books, as well as old favorites. All of our titles are 25% off with the discount code SUMMER at checkout. Then, save big on some select titles: Deep discounts […]The post End of Summer Sale: Everything on Sale! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Janisse Ray to Keynote First Annual Harvest Conference

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you have a green thumb? Perhaps you’re more of an activist, interested in preserving the integrity of heritage produce? Or, maybe you’re just looking for some guidance and optimism in an era that seems irrevocably scarred by environmental unrest and a lack of community spirit. Join like-minded individuals at the First Annual Harvest Conference […]The post Janisse Ray to Keynote First Annual Harvest Conference appeared first on Chelsea Green.
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    elephant journal

  • Photo: one of the Great Sculptures of this year’s Burning Man, in flames.

    elephant journal
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Embrace.   Two relephant comments via Reddit: “Doesn’t look too environmentally friendly.” “Those hippies sure do love driving RVs hundreds of miles to watch carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.” Note: Burning Man is radically inclusive, and there are all kinds. It’s impossible to generalize. That said, burning glue and plywood and rich folks […]
  • Not Your Average Marital Advice. ~ Francesca Harris

    elephant journal
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    I kind of wish someone had talked to me about this before I walked down the aisle nine years ago.
  • A New God: When We Merge Science & Spirituality. ~ Christine Horner

    elephant journal
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    What if the world has it wrong, and the Creator is not separate from us, but is us, as part of the totality of Creation?
  • Customer Care is Human Care.

    Robert Rabbin
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    I watched him become fully present, suddenly alive, engaged, and attentive. In my view, the young man was not a puppet of circumstances. That is, he could choose how to be. He could be surly or friendly, present or withdrawn, acknowledging or ignoring. His choice. My choice. Your choice. How we are with one another is simply a matter of choice.
  • On Tribe & Yoking. ~ CJ Keller

    elephant journal
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    From the Marine Corps to yoga circles and many others others in between. For now, I’ll focus my attention on the military veteran and yoga communities. These two populations are often content with keeping a safe distance from one another and seldom intermingle. I suspect this is because we tend to support and empower our members quite differently, and have mismatched values, goals and ways we go about reaching them.
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    mnn.com

  • Who really discovered Neptune?

    mnnadmin
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Neptune will appear directly opposite the sun in the sky tonight (Aug. 29), but despite the potentially clear view of the planet from Earth, the truth about the person who first discovered the distant world remains cloudy.   Neptune was supposedly discovered in 1846 by Johann Gottfried Galle using calculations by Urbain Le Verrier and John Couch Adams, making it a joint British-French-German discovery.  
  • No descendants are left from the first Arctic Eskimos

    mnnadmin
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    Ancient human DNA is shedding light on the peopling of the Arctic region of the Americas, revealing that the first people there did not leave any genetic descendants in the New World, unlike previously thought.  
  • NASA's new mega-rocket expected to launch by 2018

    mnnadmin
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    NASA new mega-rocket, a towering booster designed for deep space missions, will be ready for its first test flight no later than November 2018, space agency officials announced on Aug. 27.  
  • How to watch Neptune and 'dodgeball' asteroid in the sky tonight

    mnnadmin
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Armchair astronomers can enjoy a cosmic double play tonight (Aug. 29), with back-to-back webcasts featuring faraway Neptune and a close-flying asteroid.  
  • What if Raleigh and Atlanta just merged?

    sgrover
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    For all the talk of new urbanism and walkable neighborhoods, you'd be forgiven for assuming that we're all going to live in Copenhagen-style small cities complete with bike paths, cute cafes and teeny-tiny refrigerators. But assumptions can be dangerous.
 
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  • 'Jeopardy!' winner crunching data for science

    mnnadmin
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Watch out, Sherlock, there's a new Dr. Watson in town. IBM's Watson, the computer that famously won the quiz show "Jeopardy!", is now helping researchers make scientific discoveries.  
  • Massive online brain being built for the world's robots

    bnelson78
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Those who fear an inevitable robot apocalypse will probably think this is a very, very bad idea: Stanford engineers are currently working on creating a massive online brain that all the world's robots can access, reports Wired.  
  • Schrodinger's cat comes into view with strange physics

    mnnadmin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    By sending green, red and yellow laser beams down a path to detector, researchers have shed light on the famous physics idea known as the "Schrödinger's cat" thought experiment.  
  • Bad memories can be transformed into good memories with 'flip of the switch'

    bnelson78
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Have you ever had a particular place or event ruined because of a bad memory or painful association? Ever left a bad first impression you wish could be reversed? Well, in a feat that sounds closer to science fiction than science fact, scientists may soon be able to change a bad memory into a good one with nothing more than a "flip of the switch," reports the BBC.  
  • New quantum camera capable of snapping photos of 'ghosts'

    bnelson78
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    By utilizing a process that Einstein famously called "spooky," scientists have successfully caught "ghosts" on film for the first time using quantum cameras.  
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  • How to become a food bank gardener

    toder
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    It hurts when your stomach is empty. Across the land of plenty that is the United States, 49 million people in 17.6 million households feel that pain.  
  • Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Filling and Lemon Buttercream Frosting (vegan, gluten-free)

    jheimbuch
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Should what we eat change as we age?

    rpomerance
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    A highly publicized study released earlier this year claimed that eating meat in midlife may cause early death but eating meat later in life can protect older people from frailty. The conclusion was interesting, but the study raised a more general question: Should we eat differently at different ages? Should our diet shift, as we do, across our lifespan?   
  • Is there really a Nutella shortage?

    lmoss
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A global hazelnut shortage has Nutella lovers worried their favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread could disappear from store shelves, but Nutella's parent company says there’s no need for alarm.  
  • The real paleo diet: Ancient humans ate snails

    mnnadmin
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Escargot is more than just a modern delicacy: Ancient humans who lived 30,000 years ago ate the mollusks too, a new archaeological excavation has revealed.  
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  • How to survive a long airplane flight

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

    sgrover
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Replacing an energy-dense liquid like petroleum with alternative fuels is easier said than done. From the hidden carbon footprint of ethanol to some serious questions about the sustainability of hydrogen fuel cells, many replacement options come with their own significant environmental baggage.  
  • The 10 scariest roller coasters in the world

    svartan
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Remember when your high school physics teacher illustrated potential and kinetic energy using a roller coaster as an example?
  • Take a classic road trip on America's longest highway

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

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

    gmiller
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Straightjackets, jail cells, coffins, and all sorts of chains, locks and shackles couldn't confine Harry Houdini. A master illusionist whose daring stunts remain legend eight decades after his death, Houdini was the first superstar of magic. But how much do we really know about him? The new History Channel movie "Houdini," airing over two nights Sept.
  • Is Cape Town the Hollywood of Africa?

    joshwlew
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Hollywood is synonymous with movie making. During the Golden Age of Cinema, a majority of the films that were produced for the big screen were shot at studios in this glamorous Southern California city. Over the past couple decades, movie company purse strings have gotten tighter, and location scouts have been looking beyond sunny and sprawling L.A. for budget-friendly places to film the latest would-be blockbusters.  
  • September TV has tiny kittens, giant pandas and David Hasselhoff

    gmiller
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    Here's what we'll be watching this September.  
  • If Hello Kitty isn't a cat, what is she?

    lmoss
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Hello Kitty is one of the most recognizable characters in the world, and her whiskered face has appeared on clothing, guitars, motor oil and even gravestones.   But despite those pointed ears and whiskers — despite her very name — Hello Kitty is not a cat.  
  • 5 honey treatments for great skin and hair

    jnelson
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    If, like mine, your pantry is full of various jars of honey you’ve scooped up this summer at farmers markets and vegetable stands, you may be wondering what to do with all that sticky sweet stuff.  
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  • 'Signs from the Near Future' imagines what the world may be like

    sgunther
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    We live in the future of my childhood. When I was a young boy kicking my way through the 80s, the future that I imagined, aided by the popular media of my time, wasn't too far off from the reality found outside my door. As the writer William Gibson put it, "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed." I count myself as lucky to live where that future is somewhat distributed and still get blown away every now and then at the amazing advances technology and science has given the world.
  • Prairie dog needs help squeezing out of too-tiny tunnel

    sgunther
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Check out this adorable video of a couple who stopped their car to rescue a prairie dog that was having a hard time squeezing out of a tunnel in the road.    
  • Wingsuit insanity: Skimming the tree tops and surfing the gaps

    sgunther
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    We're big fans of wingsuit flying here at MNN so I knew I had to post this video as soon as I saw it. Wingsuit flying is, more or less, the act of throwing yourself at the ground and missing. Practitioners ride the so-called ground effect, gliding close to the ground in webbed suits reminiscent of flying squirrels, as they surf down the vertical gradient.  
  • No sense of direction? Vibrating shoes could help

    sgunther
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The Indian tech firm Lechal is working on a project set to release this fall that merges insertable footbeds with your smartphones to do things like track the number of steps you take, alert you if you leave your phone behind, and, perhaps most interestingly, help you navigate a path between two points in a city by buzzing left or right to indicate the direction to turn (as directed by Google Maps).  
  • Dogs with wheel carts still want to have fun

    sgunther
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    It doesn't get sweeter than this. Check out this video of a gaggle of wheel cart-bound dogs playing fetch with as much gusto as any canine around. The dogs' wheelchairs are well designed and handle the rutted and grassy terrain without a problem, allowing them to bound and wheel themselves to fetch the stick like a good boy. Who's a good boy?     It's great to see these pups exercise their full range of dogitude.
 
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  • Jilted groom turns canceled wedding into charity fundraiser

    jsavedge
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    So let's just say you are a groom-to-be, about to marry the love of your life in just a few short days, when suddenly the relationship sours and the wedding is called off.  You have already shelled out around $15,000 for the reception - and it's too late to get a refund.  Do you:   A. cancel anyhow and host an pity party of epic proportions on your sofa? B. party like a rock star with all of your friends?
  • Concussion recovery 'reversed' once kids got back in the game

    jsavedge
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Parents of athletes, listen up. A new study has found that kids who have suffered from a concussion may reverse their recovery after returning to exercise.  
  • Tripping seniors for science?

    jsavedge
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    It almost sounds like a cruel joke. Researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago are tripping senior citizens for science. And the seniors are thanking them for it.    
  • How to choose a nursing home

    jsavedge
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The search for a quality nursing home can be an overwhelming experience.  Far too often, the news reports are filled with stories about once-reputable nursing homes that have fallen into disrepair or whose employees have been found neglecting or harming residents.
  • Parents honor daughter's life by finishing her bucket list after her death

    jsavedge
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Almost one year ago, 21-year-old nursing student Kristina Chesterman was riding her bicycle home from a long day of studying when she was hit by an allegedly drunk driver and killed.  Her young life was cut short before she ever got a chance to really live it.  But not before she had a chance to make a bucket list full of her wishes and dreams for the future.    
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  • What to drink this weekend: Dry Rose Sangria

    rshreeves
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you’re looking for a drink recipe for a crowd to add to your Labor Day menu, Sangria is a great choice. It can be made with inexpensive wine, and it’s refreshing in the heat.  
  • Have Mason jars spread from your kitchen into the rest of your home?

    rshreeves
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    A friend of mine recently mentioned that her brother was getting married and was going to have a hipster wedding. I asked her if that meant there would be Mason jars used in all sorts of ways and she laughed and said, “yes.”  
  • The only Labor Day recipes you'll need

    rshreeves
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Welcome to Labor Day weekend — the unofficial end of summer. It’s not nearly as exciting as the unofficial start of summer — Memorial Day weekend. Still, we celebrate this weekend, usually with family, friends and food. If you’re looking for recipes to please a crowd, we have plenty here on MNN for you to choose from.   Incidentally, all the recipes are meatless, but the crowd might not even notice.   Dips and spreads
  • Soon, you'll be able to eat the food packaging too

    rshreeves
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    It drives me crazy when grocery stores wrap a bunch of bananas in plastic wrap. Bananas already have a protective wrapping on them; it’s called the banana peel. Harvard professor David Edwards has taken inspiration from protective wrapping around fruits and vegetables like banana peels and created an edible food and beverage packaging called WikiPearl.  
  • Salvage Supperclubs: Dining in dumpsters for a cause

    rshreeves
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    People who live in Brooklyn aren’t novices when it comes to using dumpsters in unconventional ways. They’ve been known to swim in the trash receptacles; now, they’re dining in them.  
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  • What's a Twike? It's half-bike, half-electric car

    jmotavalli
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Meet the Twike. It’s a made-in-Germany combination of an electric bicycle with an EV. It may be that we’ll see more of these hybrids popping up as our cities get less friendly to gas guzzlers. Driving 60 miles is going to cost you $2, the company says.  
  • What if we could have a 261-mpg VW in the U.S.?

    jmotavalli
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    I loved my brief drive in the Volkswagen XL1, a tiny, ultra-lightweight car that gets over 260 miles per gallon. Of course, I was put off by its $146,000 price tag and limited-edition, Europe-only distribution plan. I pulled the wraps off the car in Chattanooga, but I can’t register one in America for love or money.  
  • Who owns the very first Ford Mustang?

    jmotavalli
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    It’s the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, and the Saratoga Auto Museum in upstate New York is featuring the marque.   On a visit there this week, I saw a bunch of cool ones, including a ’65 Shelby Cobra GT 350 ($4,547 new, a fortune now), a ’65 British-built coupe (three were made) with Ferguson all-wheel drive and Dunlop anti-lock brakes!, and a fastback 350H, one of the cars supplied to Hertz (you had to be 25 to rent it).  
  • Forget electric cars; it's time for electric boats!

    jmotavalli
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — Who says it’s only cars that are going to be electric powered? Access to today’s highly efficient lithium-ion batteries means that a number of companies (including GE and Boeing) are avidly working on electric and hybrid airplanes. And that same factor explains the sudden interest in electric boats.
  • 5 car distractions (that aren't cellphones)

    jmotavalli
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    If I say “distracted driving,” you’re going to get the mental picture of a teenager texting, right? But it’s not only about that. We do plenty of other things that distract us from the road ahead. And it’s not just kids — 83 percent of teenagers say their own parents engage in unsafe driving with them in the car.
 
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  • How sneaky is a border collie? (Just ask his pals)

    lmoss
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    One sly border collie sneaks up on another sly border collie ... and then they sneak up on more border collies.   Related on MNN: Meet Momo, the dog that hides in plain sight
  • Things cats do that would be weird if humans did them

    lmoss
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Cats are notorious for knocking objects off tables, coughing up hairballs in the worst possible places, and leaving dead critters as "gifts." It's just what cats do.   But what if humans exhibited those same behaviors? As this video proves, it would be weird. Very weird.  
  • Watch the Rose of Jericho come back to life

    lmoss
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    The Rose of Jericho earned the nickname “resurrection plant” because it’s one of the most resilient plants on Earth.   During particularly dry weather, this desert plant curls into a tight ball, and it can survive in this state for years. When it’s exposed to moisture again, the Rose of Jericho unfurls its leaves.  
  • The Internet's most famous cats team up to save tigers

    lmoss
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    The world’s most famous cats have united to help save some of their brethren: the planet’s most endangered big cats.  
  • Webcam catches baby sea turtles hatching

    lmoss
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    A live-streaming webcam on a Florida Keys beach captured the hatching of about 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles on July 25. Light from the camera allowed filming in the night as the 3-inch babies crawled from their nest and headed to the Atlantic Ocean.   The camera uses infrared lighting, so hatchlings would not be confused by artificial light and will head toward the sea, guided by moonlight reflecting on the water.
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  • Uncertainty, Rising Costs Cloud Indian Coal Sector After Landmark Supreme Court Rulings

    Compass Team
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    India’s coal bubble is perilously close to bursting. This week the Indian court system handed down three landmark energy rulings. While an ultimate decision still looms, the combined weight of these initial rulings reaffirms one thing -- it’s time to diversify away from coal. Of the three rulings, the most talked about came in response to public outrage over sweetheart deals for private mining companies that provided access to coal mine leases for next to nothing. The discovery of these backroom deals -- now referred to as the ‘coal gate’ scandal -- has rocked the Indian government,…
  • Labor of Love: How My WV Small Town Launched a Game-Changing New Model to Go Solar

    Heather Moyer
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    This week, my small town in West Virginia cut the ribbon on a solar project that isn't just the largest crowd-funded solar project in the state, but also launches a new model making it possible for any WV community organization to go solar. On a perfect sunny day, 100 elementary school students and dozens of community members joined my husband, Than Hitt, and my daughter Hazel, who cut the ribbon for a 60-panel solar system at the historic Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. It was an unforgettable day that crystalized all our hopes for the future of West Virginia, and exemplified the power of…
  • 100+ Indian Organizations Sign Letter Opposing Export-Import Bank Coal Project

    Compass Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    After the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) stated last month that it was considering financing Reliance Energy’s 3,960-megawatt Tilaiya Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) and associated coal mine in the Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand, India, over 100 organizations in India signed a letter urging the the Bank to reject the coal project. The fact that Ex-Im would consider financing Tilaiya is particularly shocking given the human rights and environmental abuses the Indian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) uncovered at Reliance Energy’s 3,960-megawatt Sasan UMPP and associated mine. These…
  • More Than A Light Bulb: How Clean Energy Is Powering Health Clinics Beyond the Grid

    Compass Team
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Photo courtesy of SunFarmer It is hard to overstate the effect that access to reliable electricity can have on people’s lives in rural communities worldwide.   That’s why we are so supportive of interventions like off-grid clean energy that not only put power directly in people’s hands, but do it in a time frame that matters: now, not decades from now. That’s something traditional grid extension and centralized power plants simply can’t do. Despite the important leg up off-grid clean energy provides these communities, we’ve heard some concerns that these interventions can…
  • Big Clean Air Victory in Indianapolis

    The Sierra Club
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    After a two-year campaign by 50 organizations in the Power Indy Forward Coalition, Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) has announced its intention to stop burning coal at its downtown Harding Street power plant in 2016 and close the unlined coal ash lagoons at the plant, located on the city's south side. "Harding Street is the largest single source of industrial pollution, sulfur dioxide, soot, and carbon in our city," says Megan Anderson, an Indianapolis-based organizer with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. (That's Anderson at center, below, delivering…
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  • DeSmog UK Launches To Combat Climate Denial in Europe Ahead of Paris Climate Talks

    Brendan DeMelle
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    A welcome message from DeSmogBlog executive director Brendan DeMelle. We’re pleased to introduce DeSmog UK, a brand new investigative journalism and research outlet dedicated to clearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science and exposing the individuals and organizations attacking solutions to global warming. The newest addition to the international DeSmog network, DeSmog UK seeks to expose the same fossil fuel industry funded attacks on science and democracy that its colleagues at DeSmogBlog and DeSmog Canada investigate every day.  DeSmog UK has appointed as Editor the intrepid…
  • Nine Years After Katrina, Coastal Restoration Plans Remain Distant Dream for New Orleans

    Julie Dermansky
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The scars of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans that remain nine years later are a reminder of the city’s vulnerability to rising tides and storm surges. Both Katrina and Rita, a hurricane that followed just weeks later, washed away miles of coastal marshland, the state’s first line of defense from storms. The landscape in Plaquemines Parish’s Braithwaite neighborhood is still that of a ghost town two years after Hurricane Isaac hit, underscoring the need to restore the coast.    Blighted homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward on August 22. © 2014 Julie Dermansky Home…
  • Is California’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan Really About Conservation?

    Mike G
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    To understand what California Governor Jerry Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan is all about, you have to understand a bit of history. Back in 1982, once and future governor Jerry Brown pushed through a plan to build a canal that would divert water from the Sacramento River before it gets to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in order to feed the voracious appetite for water among farmers in California’s Central Valley and municipalities in Southern California. The canal plan was defeated by a state-wide referendum in a stinging rebuke of Brown’s plan. Californians’ objections…
  • Legal Case: White House Argues Against Considering Climate Change on Energy Projects

    Steve Horn
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just over a month before the United Nations convenes on September 23 in New York City to discuss climate change and activists gather for a week of action, the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) argued it does not have to offer guidance to federal agencies it coordinates with to consider climate change impacts for energy decisions. It came just a few weeks before a leaked draft copy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest assessment said climate disruption could cause “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems…
  • Swapping Farmland For Coal Trains: Union Pacific’s Texas Land Grab

    Farron Cousins
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Railroad giant Union Pacific has some big plans for a tiny Texas community.  According to locals in the Brazos River Valley, the railroad company is hoping to turn some of the most fertile farmland in Texas into a massive, 72-line rail yard. Union Pacific’s plan would consume as much as 1,800 acres of farmland in the region, effectively putting numerous family-owned farming operations out of business.  The toxic loads that Union Pacific’s trains would be hauling in and out of the area on a daily basis would then threaten the remaining farms in the region. The Brazos River Valley,…
 
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  • Healthy, Classic End-of-Summer Desserts (or Breakfasts!)

    Starre Vartan
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Desserts can be decadent and blow-your-mind sweet—but they don’t have to be! Fruit, at its height as a nutritional powerhouse at the end of summer, is packed with micro- and macro-nutrients, and is part of a healthy diet. Natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup contain minerals and digestive enzymes. So bring on the desserts—or breakfasts! Check out Superhealthy Desserts: Nutritious and Low Calorie by Starre Vartan at Foodie.com Main image via Flickr User Sharyn Morrow. Post sponsored by Foodie.com, but recipe choices are Starre’s own! The post Healthy, Classic…
  • California Natural with Nau’s Micromodal Pants: How I Wear Eco Fashion

    Starre Vartan
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I’ve just moved to Berkeley, California to accompany my partner, Simon, while he attends law school here, and I am having some serious fun exploring my new town. Recently, we checked out some of the incredible vintage and salvage stores in the area to find interesting pieces for our new apartment, which is in a 1930s-era home that’s been divided into residences. And we had so much fun checking out everyone’s gardens (and admiring all the adorable dogs and cats (and birds) in people’s yards! This guy was just too cute not to capture. Because we’d be walking lots…
  • 8 New Ways to Green Your Workspace: Back To School Time!

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Whether you are heading to school, helping a significant other pack their things into a cube of a room in a building full of excitable teenagers, or using the Back to School sales to stock up on office and paper supplies, it’s always a great idea to keep it green. Office supplies, like anything else on the planet, can—and should—be made in a sustainable way. Thanks to science (!) companies all over the world have found genius ways to put a green spin on our favorite and most essential office work needs. From banana paper to staple-free ways to “staple” this list is will…
  • Eco Chick Eats: Why Chia Seeds Are So Awesome (Plus Smoothie Recipe)

    Starre Vartan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Long before Chia Pets were a pop culture fad, Chia seeds were considered a staple of the Aztecs. According to Keren Gilbert MS, RD, a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist, this ancient “superfood” is an item that everyone should incorporate into their daily diet. “Chia seeds are rich in many nutrients including antioxidants, minerals, fiber, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids,” notes Gilbert, Founder and President of Decision Nutrition™, a nutrition consulting firm. “In addition to nutritional benefits, Chia seeds are low in calories and are a great supplement for weight…
  • 7 Fresh Ways to Sustainably Transition Into Fall Fashion

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Fall is almost here. I can feel it in the tendrils of cool weather that have reached us this past week. Though it’s not officially September, I am looking forward to all the layering, prints, and warm colors (like bordeaux!) that autumn brings. Moving beyond Vogue’s trends of straight lines and muted colors, the coming season gives us an opportunity to roll out the best in warm sustainable fabrics. From cupro and organic cotton to silk and wool, this season is all about layering unique cuts, cute sweaters, and warm jackets. These are some of the chic, cool pieces you can get your…
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  • Buick Encore

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Buick Encore was new for 2013, and has been carried over largely unchanged since then. It's a subcompact crossover with some luxury cues that competes with vehicles like the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, MINI Countryman, and the BMW X1. Europeans have been buying Encores for the past year, but under a different name: Opel Mokka (or in the UK...
  • Toyota Sienna

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Toyota Sienna is a family-friendly minivan that boasts features like all-wheel drive and airline-style second-row seats, features its competition doesn't offer. A relatively stylish and economical offering in its segment, the Sienna is a rival for vans like the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, and the new Kia...
  • Smart Fortwo

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    The Smart ForTwo is a two-seat hatchback that, to date, is the smallest highway-legal car sold in the U.S. Even though it’s been on the market in the U.S. since 2008, it hasn’t caught on nearly as much as it has in Europe. Its chief rival in the U.S. is the equally slow-selling Scion iQ. MORE: Read our 2015 Smart Fortwo review Launched...
  • Chrysler Town & Country

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    The Chrysler Town & Country was one of the very first minivans on the market, if traced back to its Dodge Caravan roots. Given a major refresh for 2011, the Town & Country carries over to the 2015 model year nearly unchanged--since a new model is expected for 2016. The Town & Country has rivals in the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Toyota...
  • Lexus NX

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    The Lexus NX is a new member of the Lexus family, and of the quickly growing lineup of compact luxury crossovers. It's the brand's first utility vehicle in this size class, as well as its first model ever to feature a turbocharged engine. With the NX, Lexus jumps into an already crowded field, which counts the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Mercedes GLK...
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  • To keep or to purge, that is the question

    Tiffany
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I’m over at The Art of Simple today sharing the 5 questions I’ve been using to purge 30 boxes worth of stuff from our house. From the post: I will fondly remember the summer of 2014 as a season of purging. Just off three moves in three years and finally settled into a more permanent home, I’m finally ready to sell, donate, and gift many of the possessions I’ve carefully stored. I was so determined to simplify that I literally went through every item that came through the door. Each one was evaluated with a few mental questions to decide whether or not it would stay. Come on over…
  • Tear-Free Hair Care for Curly Haired Kids

    Tiffany
    26 May 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I have cursed (under my breath) on more than one occasion while combing my daughter’s hair. My 7 year old has a beautiful head of curls but it took a few years to figure out the right arsenal of tools to make it look adorable and keep tears out of the process. This is what works for us: Ditch the Shampoo I haven’t used shampoo on my own curly hair in several years.  When I started employing this method on my daughter’s hair, it made a HUGE difference. She wets her hair, scrubs in some conditioner and rinses. She swims every day in the summer and we still only use…
  • 17 Simple Tips for a (Very) Successful Garage Sale

    Tiffany
    18 May 2014 | 9:15 pm
    photo credit I’ve had a lot of garage sales over the last 15 years but none as successful as the last two. We made over $1000 each time and are gearing up for another one in June. Here’s a few tips that I believe helped us get there. Prepare 1. As I organize and get rid of clutter, I add all the unneeded items to boxes labeled ‘garage sale’ knowing that we will probably have enough accumulated by the following spring for a garage sale. 2. For a month or two before your sale, save paper and plastic shopping bags to  use for shoppers that purchase multiple items.
  • 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides on Produce

    Tiffany
    7 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    Last month, the EWG released their updated shopper’s guide to pesticides in conventional (not organic) produce. The Clean 15 are the top 15 fruits and vegetables the EWG states are the least likely to test positive for pesticide residues.  The Dirty Dozen Plus are the most contaminated conventional fruits and vegetables – those to be avoided. What to know The majority of pesticide exposure comes from the food you eat. At least 65% of the conventional produce samples tested had at least one pesticide. In 2014, the USDA detected 10 different pesticides on at least 5 percent of 777…
  • 15 Gift Ideas for a Green Mom

    Tiffany
    5 May 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Mother’s Day is just a week away but I’m always in need of a few ideas for my birthday and holiday wish lists so I’m sharing them here. Gifts Under $50 A gift card from Etsy :: I will always and forever be able to spend money on Etsy for lovely, handmade items. You can never go wrong with an Etsy gift card.  Plus it comes via email, no paper waste. Jewelry that gives back :: I am smitten with the beautiful jewelry from the Noonday Collection. Each piece is carefully made by a woman in Ethiopia, Ecuador or Uganda and helps to restore their communities and provide business…
 
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  • IT Monitoring Buyers Guide 2014

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you want to end the chaos and simplify your monitoring through unification, then download this guide...If you want to know the key trade-offs of the types of software out there, then download this guide...If you want to find out what kind of monitoring solutions have been proven to work and why, then download this guide...Request Free!
  • Power Engineering

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    Power Engineering, first published in 1896, is a monthly engineering and applications magazine that serves the North American power generation industry including electric utilities, industrial power plants, independent power producers, co-generators, and the engineering design and construction firms serving this industry.Request Free!
  • POWER

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    Published since 1882 and read by managers and engineers, POWER is the oldest and most trusted source of information in the energy industry. Coverage includes boilers and combustion systems, environmental management; instrumentation, controls, computers, and software; information technologies; natural gas, oil, coal, and renewable fuels; nuclear power; pumps, compressors, valves, and piping; turbines, engines, and generators; water treatment.Request Free!
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    1 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
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    1 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
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  • What’s Next in the World of Prosthetics

    3BL Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    This past week, Eastman Innovation Lab and Altair Thinklabs, a product development design firm, hosted a breakfast seminar at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Conference in Austin, [...] The post What’s Next in the World of Prosthetics appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500

    Justmeans
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Guest Blog By Nick Sorrentino, Future 500 I must admit that I usually loath discussing issues in terms of race, gender, class, etc.  But in this case I will make [...] The post Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500 appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In case you live in a bubble and don’t know that California is in the third year of one of its worst droughts, driving through many towns in the state [...] The post Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • My Gig at the EPA: Support for Clean Power

    Josh Valentine
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Three glassy-eyed reps from the EPA listened all day to supporters and opponents of the newly proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions considerably in order to [...] The post My Gig at the EPA: Support for Clean Power appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Eco-friendly “GreenBox” Pizza Packaging Launched in Boston

    3BL Media
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    America’s love for pizza knows no bounds. 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. Out of total five billion pizzas consumed worldwide each year, the US [...] The post Eco-friendly “GreenBox” Pizza Packaging Launched in Boston appeared first on SocialEarth.
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  • Google Pigeon Update: What it means for your local rankings

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

    Peter Troast
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    This year's Summer Camp, officially the 18th Annual Westford Symposium on Building Science, was a corker. The combination of deep building science (for example, Osmosis and the Blistering of Liquid Applied Membranes), the awesome community of people from all around the world, and no shortage of food and drink make this the event of the year. I'm privileged to be part of it. Joe Lstiburek and Betsy Pettit graciously open their home to the gaggle; the food, beverages, music and community are spectacular. For the 6th year running, a group of us gather in Joe and Betsy's conditioned…
  • Customer Review Management Services: 4 Things you Need to Know

    Ryan Buckley
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Question: Who has the power to upend your home performance company’s reputation in less than 250 characters? Answer: Any one of your customers with internet access and an opinion to share. At Energy Circle, we have watched and remarked on the astonishing rise of online customer reviews over the past few years. Once relegated to obscure third-party websites, reviews of your company now appear prominently in the search engine results page. Customers use online reviews to judge your company With the rise in accessibility of customer reviews, searchers are now relying on what past customers…
  • July 29, 2014 Maine Drupal User Group Meeting

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

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

  • Reopen Abandoned Water Contamination Investigations

    Alec Phillips
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy Goal: Reopen abandoned investigations into contaminated water The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shut down three investigations into contaminated water over the past year even though it already had data showing that the water was polluted. Instead of doing its job and protecting the people from harmful contaminants in their water, the EPA gave in to pressure from oil and gas companies and abandoned the investigations. In Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Texas, the EPA shut down its water investigations that were…
  • Save Our Oceans from Destructive Overfishing

    Nick Engelfried
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: US Congress Goal: Stop the plunder of our oceans by the commercial fishing industry *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
  • Demand an End to Wolf-Killing Competition

    Aven Frey
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Target: Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Director Tim Murphy Goal: Tell the Bureau of Land Management to deny approval for a multi-year predator killing derby An organization calling itself “Idaho for Wildlife” has requested permission from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to host a multi-year predator slaughter derby on American public lands. The event would take place every winter for five consecutive years, targeting wild animals during their most vulnerable time of the year and awarding cash prizes for the most lives taken. Although the primary targets of this killing…
  • Save Turtles from Extinction

    Afieya Kipp
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Target: President Xi Jinping of China Goal: Urge protection of wild turtle species being forced into extinction For thousands of years turtles have been used in holistic Chinese medicines and therapies to treat a plethora of ailments and diseases. From curing sexual incompetence to diminishing cancer cells, wild turtles are regarded as, more or less, a miracle drug. Despite a strong lack of scientific evidence proving that turtle consumption correlates with any medicinal benefits, many people in China believe that turtles are essential for living a long and healthy life. With that being said,…
  • Stop Luxury Cruise from Destroying Arctic Glaciers

    Alyson Gines
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Target: Crystal Cruises President Edie Bornstein Goal: Disband planned luxury cruise that will rapidly destroy the environment and increase glacial melting Recently, Crystal Cruises President Edie Bornstein announced a new luxury cruise set to launch 2016. The ship will follow the Northwest Passage which takes passengers from Alaska to New York in just 32 days. It will cost each guest up to $40,000 to have a front-seat view of the deteriorating Arctic ice. What’s worse is that they will be contributing to the ruination: the cruise will produce more than triple the amount of carbon than that…
 
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    Sweet Greens

  • Happy Labor Day!

    Jennie
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello, Friends! I hope you are enjoying the long weekend. Hooray for bar-be-ques and outdoor parties! We plan to spend the day at the beach soaking in the 1st day of September. I saw these photos on Martha Stewart’s Labor Day Party Ideas page and fell in love with the Sangria – I am definitely adding it to my Labor Day menu! I hope you enjoy a fun Labor Day full of watermelon, sunshine and corn on the cob!   The post Happy Labor Day! appeared first on Sweet Greens.
  • Have a Lovely Weekend + A Few Green Things

    Jennie
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello, Friends! How have you been? I haven’t written “A Few Green Things” in quite some time. I have been super busy building my virtual assistant firm and as you may have noticed, I have hired a few writers to help ensure that Sweet Greens is being updated with great green content each week! In fact, if you are interested in being a contributor,please email me, I would love to chat! Eben started 8th grade this week – it really is amazing how quickly time flies. He was only 8 years old when I started writing Sweet Greens and now he is in his last year of middle school.
  • 6 Time Saving and Eco-Friendly Back to School Organizing Tips

    Jennie
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Eben just started 8th grade! Can you believe it? Wow – how time flies. We have his creative space ready to go and we  have updated his homework station with all of the supplies that he needs. He is still reusing this backpack (4 years and still in perfect condition (it’s the Lands End Eco-Friendly back pack) and I used my best eco-friendly back to school shopping tips to get all of his done. Yay! As a parent, I feel that one of the most important tips for back to school is being organized. I have shared a lot of my tips in the past, however, there are still so many other tips…
  • 6 Great Kid-Friendly Uses for Organic Coconut Oil

    Beth Brass
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Remember the father in law in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” who used Windex to cure everything? Well, I’m that way with coconut oil. I’m convinced it does everything that duct tape can’t. But we all know by now that coconut oil is practically a deity when it comes to health, wellness, and being green. I use for everything from conditioning my hair and brightening my smile to soothing chapped lips and rough elbows! You may be wondering how your children can benefit from coconut oil too? I put together a list of my six favorite ways to incorporate coconut oil into your child’s…
  • 6 Eco-Friendly Lunchbox Essentials for Green Kids

    Jennie
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Now that the kids are back at school – you are probably testing out the new lunchbox. If you are like me, it can be hard to find the perfect lunchbox essentials. We have had a hard time with the lunch bag being too small, containers leaking, water bottles that won’t fit inside the lunchbox and even worse, the lost lunchbox. Over the years, we have fine tuned Eben’s lunchbox and have found 6 essentials that we highly recommend – all of them are eco-friendly too, read on to check them out! 1. Large Reusable Insulated Lunch Bag $35 Over the years we have tried out quite a…
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    Newsy Headlines

  • Israel Seizes 1,000 Acres Of Land In West Bank

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Watch VideoLess than a week after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas halted the bloody 50-day war in Gaza, Israel announced it is appropriating almost 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank for Israeli settlers.Israeli officials declared a 990-acre region as "state land," effectively confiscating it from Palestinians who live nearby and claim ownership. The land is west of Bethlehem, in an area with several established settlements. (Video via Al Jazeera)Peace Now, an Israeli group opposed to further settlements, called the…
  • Amazon Chases Netflix And HBO With Five New Pilots

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Watch VideoAmazon has just released another slate of show pilots, and the whole Internet now has a chance to help decide which shows will make it to the company's video streaming service.The most recent crop, with three comedies and two dramas, marks the third time Amazon's reached out to its viewers for input about their next season of shows. All five pilots are now available for free on Amazon's Instant Video apps — along with a survey for users to leave feedback about each show.It's a tactic Amazon used to good effect in the past. The…
  • Apple Wants Your iPhone To Become Your Wallet

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Watch VideoA new rumor suggests Apple will soon announce a feature for the next iPhone — one that allows phones to act as a credit card in brick and mortar stores.Re/code reports that Apple is in private talks with American Express on partnering up to bring this feature to the next model, the iPhone 6. Reports have already circulated that Apple has been in similar talks with Visa and Mastercard.And Wired wrote last week that the next iPhone will likely include a near-field communication chip, which would make these types of mobile payments possible.While…
  • Wages Still At Heart Of Labor Day Protests 100+ Years Later

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Watch VideoLabor Day is more than just a random day of the year to close shop, take a three-day weekend and head to the pool for one last trip of the summer. It's also a day to pat yourself on the back about all the hard work you've put in. That's what the national holiday was truly created for. It's now been more than 125 years since the first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York.The USDL site says Labor Day, "constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity,…
  • Parents Arrested For Taking Son With Tumor From Hospital

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Watch VideoTwo parents who took their son out of a British hospital against doctors' orders, setting off an international search, have been arrested in Spain.Parents Brett and Naghemeh King are being held by authorities over allegedly denying treatment to their son Ashya. Ashya has a brain tumor and doctors say he needs 24/7 care from professionals. After his parents took him from The University Hospital in Southampton Thursday, medical experts told police the boy is in grave danger without his feeding tube.Interpol then launched an international missing…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Coca-Cola Japan Providing Mineral Water Products for Kyoto University's Water Circulation Research Project

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
     Copyright Coca-Cola Japan Co. All Rights Reserved. Coca-Cola Japan Co. announced on May 8, 2014, that it will provide bottled mineral water products as sample materials for a water circulation research project at Kyoto University, Japan, and that the Coca-Cola Foundation will support the forest-water investigation of Kyoto University, of which this project is a part.
  • Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation (Part 1)

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    JFS Newsletter No.144 (August 2014) Image by Keihin Nike Some Rights Reserved. On July 2, 2014, Masanao Ozaki, Governor of Kochi Prefecture, delivered a presentation entitled "Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation" at a cross-industrial study meeting hosted by "e's Future Co-Creation Forum" led by Junko Edahiro, chief executive of Japan for Sustainability. His speech focused on the comprehensive efforts being implemented by this prefecture which has been experienced the nation's common problem of depopulation ahead of other prefectures. This issue of the JFS newsletter…
  • Survey Provides Update on Corporate Social Responsibility Activities of Japanese Companies

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Yahho. A research team with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Study Project established by the Tokyo Foundation, a non-profit independent private think tank in Japan, conducted a survey to gauge the status of enterprises' CSR activities in Japan in 2013. The survey focused on the relationship between social issues that Japan and the world are facing and the CSR activities of enterprises, and covered about 2,000 companies, including those listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, major unlisted companies, and major foreign companies operating in Japan. The…
  • Community-Led Energy Association Launched to Promote Renewable Energy

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies All Rights Reserved. The National Local Energy Association announced on May 23, 2014, its official launch after the inaugural meeting held on the same day. The purpose of the association is to create sustainable local communities by promoting renewable energy development and energy-saving initiatives by local citizens.
  • Let's Use Rainwater! Recent Trends in Rainwater Use in Japan

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by oseigt Some Rights Reserved. In recent years, a growing number of municipalities in Japan have been making use of rainwater. Blessed with a large amount of rainfall compared to other countries, since the post-war urban development period Japan has tended to deal with this abundance by "disposing" of rainwater. Over the years, however, this thinking has gradually shifted toward taking advantage of rainwater as a natural resource. In this article, we will introduce the recent trends in rainwater use in Japan.
 
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    1800Recycling.com

  • Recycling Profile: Champaign, IL

    1-800-RECYCLING
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> <img class="undefined" title="champaign-recycling" alt="Champaign-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="right" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/8/Champaign-recycling_400x400.jpg"> Champaign, IL (pop. 82,517), located directly in between <a href="/2013/05/recycling-profile-chicago" target="_blank" title="Recycling Profile: Chicago"…
  • Dell Establishing a Compostable Legacy

    Maggie Wehri
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    For all the PC lovers out there, the carbon impact of shipping electronics to your front door step is now so much easier. Being at the top of list for innovation and consumer satisfaction, <a href="http://dell.com" target="_blank" title="Dell" class="">Dell</a> is branching even further outside of conventional packaging materials. In 2009, Dell unveiled its dramatic move from polyethylene foam to bamboo-based packaging. However, this sustainable, natural product came with some limitations, which only suited smaller products like laptops and…
  • Eleven Perfect Projects to Repurpose Nail Polish

    Falesha Wojitysiak
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Most women own multiple bottles of nail polish. Some are bought to match a certain outfit, some on a whim. Most bottles are never fully used because the owner gets tired of the color or finds another she likes better. Instead of letting those bottles go to waste, here are some great ways to repurpose them into something more. <div style="text-align: center;"><b style="color: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: initial; background-color: initial;">1. Bobby pins</b></div> <img class="undefined"…
  • How to Recycle Tennis Balls

    Sophia Bennett
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    <img class="undefined" title="tennis-ball-recycling" alt="tennis-ball-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/8/tennis-ball-recycling_400x400.jpg"> Looking to green your tennis game? While you may not be able to put tennis balls in your recycling cart, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are several ways to recycle and reuse them. <h4><b>What are tennis balls made of?</b></h4>Tennis balls are essentially rubber balls…
  • Reuse in the Garden with EcoScraps

    Wendy Gabriel
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="ecoscraps" alt="EcoScraps.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/8/EcoScraps_400x400.jpg"> Do you know what happens with the food that you throw away? I used to think it just decomposed naturally in our local landfill and quietly went back into the earth. Unfortunately, that is not the whole story. The millions of tons of food waste that is generated each year by people across the country releases a greenhouse gas called methane.
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • The Biggest Wind Turbines in the World

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:18 am
    As wind energy is becoming one of the primary forms of renewable energy, manufacturers are aiming to reduce costs and one solution is to have large turbines that can produce more electricity. In the following sections, we will look at some of the biggest turbines based on their blade diameters as well as production capacity. ... The post The Biggest Wind Turbines in the World appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Tips to Help You Become an Eco Friendly Traveler

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    Going out on vacation is quiet exciting and a lot of fun for everyone in the family. However, we need to reduce our carbon footprint while we travel and try to take measures, which are totally eco-friendly. If you are not sure how you can become an environment friendly traveler, then the following tips will ... The post Tips to Help You Become an Eco Friendly Traveler appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Leading Solar Energy Generation Companies in the World

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    As awareness is growing about use of renewable sources of energy, it in turn is helping emergence as well as growth of many solar companies. The competition in this alternative energy industry is also rising due to the increase in demand. At the initial stages, the cost seems to be higher but over a long ... The post Leading Solar Energy Generation Companies in the World appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Powercube Opens Up a New Option for Power Generation in Disaster Zones

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    If a major disaster strikes then there is dearth of water, communication and energy supply. Such situation is challenging for relief workers as well as residents alike. Now there is a solution available to all these problems and it only requires proper sunlight.   Produced by Ecosphere Technologies, the Ecos PowerCube has been developed in ... The post Powercube Opens Up a New Option for Power Generation in Disaster Zones appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Best Products Made from Recycled Sails

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    The new craze nowadays is to use products made out of recycled sails. These products look trendy as well as play their part in saving the environment, since instead of throwing off the sails, they are being used to create utility product. In the following sections, let us look at some of the few interesting ... The post Best Products Made from Recycled Sails appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    PR Newswire: Environment

  • Un double anniversaire pour la porcelaine « made in Germany »

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    KAHLA, Allemagne, September 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KAHLA, l'une des entreprises de porcelaine les plus modernes d'Europe, se réjouit de fêter plus de 170 années d'Histoire  L'un des fabricants de porcelaine européens les plus couronnés de succès...
  • DoE Awards Strengthen QM Power Focus to Become Preeminent Energy Solutions Provider for HVACR

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    NEW YORK, September 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- QM Power Inc., an enabling platform technology company setting a new high standard for energy efficiency and power density in electric motors, generators and actuators, announced it has been awarded two prestigious highly competitive million...
  • U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 31

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: RUNS ON SUN Profile America — Sunday, August 31st. The 1950s may be recalled for many now-quaint things, but it was also a decade with antecedents...
  • LDK Solar Announces Filing of Scheme of Arrangement and Resignation of Xiaofeng Peng

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LDK Solar Co., Ltd. in provisional liquidation ("LDK Solar" or the "Company") and its Joint Provisional Liquidators ("JPLs"), Tammy Fu and Eleanor Fisher, both of Zolfo Cooper (Cayman)...
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts: Banner Day for Bluefin

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A bright new chapter for bluefin tuna has begun. NOAA Fisheries just issued a strong final amendment Aug. 29 for protecting these giants of the ocean. With the promulgation of implementing regulations, the new amendment will help stop...
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    Eat Drink Better

  • To Get Kids to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables, Should We Be Using Gimmicks?

    Jill Ettinger
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re in a whatever-it-takes crisis mode when it comes to getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. But is a processed food approach the best way to solve this crisis? Would you believe that on average, most Americans still aren’t eating enough servings of fruits and veggies on a daily basis? And as any parent knows, getting a child to eat more fruits and vegetables can feel like an impossible task. Now, supermarkets are stepping in with their own solution: snacking sections for kids, reports NPR, “Giant Eagle is in the process of installing the go-to kid sections in about 200…
  • My Month Without Eating Kale

    Jill Ettinger
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I haven’t eaten kale in just about a month. It’s not that there’s a kale shortage (there really isn’t). It’s just that, well, I usually eat A LOT of kale. So I decided to see what would happen if I gave eating kale a break. Not to sound like one of those people, but I’ve been eating kale since it was just a mildly unpalatable food Birkenstock-wearing hippies at health food stores ate back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. I worked at a health food co-op way back then and on our café menu was steamed kale. I resisted at first. For a long while, actually. But then like any self-respecting…
  • Eating Junk Food Decreases Ability to Appreciate ‘Healthy’ Foods, Study Finds

    Jill Ettinger
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Can eating junk food actually make you lose your appetite for healthy foods? That’s the conclusion of a recent study out of Australia, reports the Daily Mail. While the study, which is published in the recent issue of journal Frontiers in Psychology, was performed on rats, not humans, the findings do indicate a connection between eating junk food and the stimulation of reward signals in the brain that could help to explain why eating poorly is an extremely difficult habit to break for many people and why overeating junk foods is also incredibly common. The research team trained rats to…
  • Austin Beerworks Proves Everything Is Bigger in Texas

    Mary Gerush
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    99 bottles of beer on the wall? Nope. 99 cans of award-winning craft beer in one humongous case. The folks at Austin Beerworks are inspired. Cheers to them! Those crazy kids have packaged their Peacemaker Anytime Ale — the first beer they ever brewed — in 82-pound, 7-foot long boxes of boozy goodness. 99 cans for $99. Just in time for your Labor Day celebration. This isn’t just a good deal, it’s a good beer — an extra pale ale that won a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. Austin Beerworks believes you can drink this light, refreshing beer anytime…
  • 5 Awesome Resources for School Lunch Ideas

    Becky Striepe
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Now that the school year is officially in full swing, do you need some school lunch ideas to spice up your kid’s lunch box? Here are some places to find school lunch inspiration! Do you feel like you’re packing your kid the same PB&J or hummus sandwich day after day after day? I think that my son might stage some sort of coup if he sees another hummus on wheat with avocado slices and sweet potatoes on the side. If you’re experiencing a packed lunch rut, I’ve rounded up a few resources for school lunch ideas to help you break out and jazz things up! 5 Resources for…
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    PlanetSave

  • Ebola: And Senegal Makes Five

    Sandy Dechert
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    As you may know, PlanetSave posts important health stories as well as the popular science, nature, and climate reports we’re usually known for. (In fact, we’re working toward 500 health posts over these few years!) Today we excerpt from Examiner.com some news that follows up our Ebola story and exclusive interview with public health expert Vince Silenzio Ebola: And Senegal Makes Five 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…
  • 17 Critically Endangered Juvenile Siamese Crocodiles Released Into Wild

    James Ayre
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Seventeen critically endangered juvenile Siamese crocodiles were just released into an area of protected wetland in Lao PDR by the Wildlife Conservation Society, according to recent reports. The relatively small (20-39 inches) 1-2 year old crocs were raised in protected facilities managed by local communities working with the WCS. The aim of the project being 17 Critically Endangered Juvenile Siamese Crocodiles Released Into Wild 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),…
  • Discarded Fishing Traps Wreaking Extensive Environmental Damage, NOAA Research Finds

    James Ayre
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    It may not be something that you’ve ever given any thought to, but there are literally thousands of fishing traps that are lost or simply abandoned every year in US waters — what happens to these traps after being abandoned? It should go without saying, they continue to catch and kill sea-life (fish, turtles, carbs, Discarded Fishing Traps Wreaking Extensive Environmental Damage, NOAA Research Finds was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on…
  • Conversations Between Plants, Bacteria, And Fungi Explored By New Research

    James Ayre
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Most people may not think about plants or bacteria or fungi as being forms of life that carry on conversations with each other, but, in fact, that’s exactly what they’re doing nearly all of the time. The highly complex interactions of these different organisms via the mechanical forces and chemical signals that they release constitutes Conversations Between Plants, Bacteria, And Fungi Explored By New Research 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…
  • Before The Holiday, Mark Calendars For “24 Hours”

    Sandy Dechert
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    If you have concerns about climate, or even if you don’t, set aside a day in September for learning and another 24 hours within the next year for doing. And please tell your friends. The September day begins at noon on September 16. At this time, 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope will come to Before The Holiday, Mark Calendars For “24 Hours” 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

  • Renewable Natural Gas: Turning Waste into Energy [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    When I first saw the phrase “renewable natural gas” over at Sustainable America’s site, I thought “Hmmmm…. someone’s hired a PR firm.” OK, I suppose that fossil fuels are technically renewable… as long as you don’t mind waiting a few million years for that renewal. For those of us on a more human time frame, the methane and other gases emitted from decomposing organic matter work just as well as the stuff you have to frack out of the ground… and, as you can see in the infographic below, create all sorts of opportunities to deal with…
  • 12 Ways to Repurpose Beer Cans After Labor Day

    Talancia Pea
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    As we prepare to celebrate Labor Day weekend, I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the holiday than kicking back and spending time with loved ones. This is a perfect time to fire up the grill and toast to a great Summer with a cocktail (or two) and cold beers. If you’ll be traveling to or from an event, please remember to ride with a sober, designated driver. Maybe it’s the mother in me, but I couldn’t write this posting without reminding you to drink responsibly. Now, let’s continue on as I share with you some cool ideas to repurpose empty beer cans after your festivities are…
  • Coffee Processing Wastewater: a Great Source of Energy

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
      What do you do with your coffee waste? You may add the grounds to your compost bin, or put them directly onto your roses and other plants as a fertilizer. If you’re in the business of coffee processing, though, you’re dealing with much more waste… particularly wastewater. According to Dutch sustainable agriculture non-profit UTZ Certified, every cup of coffee we drink requires 140 litres (nearly 40 gallons) of water to process. After that water’s used, it’s full of organic material. If it simply gets discharged into other water sources, as it often does in…
  • Time to Get the Fall Vegetable Garden Started!

    Important Media Cross-Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    I know, I know – it feels nothing like Fall right now! Despite a polar vortex-y beginning of August that was downright pleasant, Summer’s back with a vengeance here in flyover country: heat and humidity make any time outside miserable. But I also know that, come October, I’m going to really want a pot full of kale and white beans, and I’d love for that kale to come out of my backyard.  So, time to get the Fall vegetable garden started. I’m thinking of my Fall garden as my do-over opportunity: I had critters get into the leafy greens early on, so my kale,…
  • The Human-Powered DIY Washing Machine: 5 Plans

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Need a DIY clothes dryer? That’s easy: string up a line between two trees, fence posts, or whatever you’ve got. A DIY washing machine, however, is just a bit more involved… but as I’ve discovered after poking around, not much more.  With a repurposed container for a “drum,” and a few other easily-available materials, you can be washing your clothes and getting some exercise in a few hours. 5 Plans for DIY Washing Machines 1. The Hillbilly Washer: We’ll start simple here – all you need for this project are a 5-gallon bucket, a toilet plunger,…
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    Crafting a Green World

  • 5 Sensory Activities for Busy Toddlers

    Becky Striepe
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sensory activities are great for kids and for parents: your child gets to have fun and learn while you get a few minutes of quiet time. Experiencing all of those new smells, textures and colors helps your child’s development. Kids also tend to get engrossed in sensory play, so you can maybe sneak in a quiet cup of coffee. Everybody wins with sensory activities! I know, I’m always talking about sneaking in a cup of coffee. You probably think that I spend all day avoiding my kid! The truth is, I love playing with my guy. We read, sing songs, color, build towers with blocks, and are…
  • Totally Washi Light Switch Plate

    Julie Finn
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Like one of those “kid-tested, mother-approved” cereals, washi tape is exactly that. My kids love washi tape because it’s colorful and easy to use. I love washi tape because it’s made from natural fibers, so it’s eco-friendly, and it’s backed with a low-tack adhesive, so even the most enthusiastic applications of it are easy to remove. Totally Washi, by Ashley Ann Laz, which I received free to review, contains tutorials for 50 kid-friendly washi tape projects. My kids wanted to washi tape their walls, but we don’t have that much tape in the house, so…
  • Nature Play for a Rainy Day

    Becky Striepe
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This fun nature play box is a great rainy day activity to keep busy toddlers entertained. Set it up on your back porch or in your kitchen. Warning: this creative nature play box looks pretty messy. It’s fine for indoors, but you’re almost certainly going to be vacuuming afterwards. A small price for happy kids that are playing independently though, right? Related: 15 Free Toddler Activities, Healthy Snacks for Toddlers What I love about this video from Mama’s Nook is that she’s creating a sensory and creative play experience by using what she has. Raid your backyard…
  • 20 DIY Kids’ Art Supplies

    Julie Finn
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    Kids LOVE to do arts and crafts and sensory activities of all sorts, and when you can make the supplies yourself (usually for a lot cheaper than you can buy them!), it’s easy to indulge your miniature Cassatts and Rembrandts. Check out these tutorials for tons of DIY art supplies that your kids are going to enjoy creating with: 1. Chalk. Make your own sidewalk chalk! cinnamon dough 2. Cinnamon dough. Bake this delicious-smelling play dough, and it will keep nearly forever. 3. Cloud dough. You may substitute any oil that you’re comfortable with for the baby oil called for in…
  • Spotted: 10 T-Shirt Reconstruction Tips

    Becky Striepe
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    T-shirt reconstruction can range from simple to complex, and working with reclaimed tees can come with its own challenges. These are some handy tips to make it easier! We love a good t-shirt reconstruction craft, so you know we also loved this guide that Beth Byrge contributed to Sew Mama Sew. Beth walks you through 10 crucial steps to reconstructing an old t-shirt. She goes into everything from choosing the right pattern to choosing the right needle to understanding the fabric. It’s an awesome resource! Related: Crafting with T-Shirt Sleeves, A Neckerchief-Style T-Shirt Scarf, A…
 
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    Greenr

  • Eco-Friendly Luxury Custom Homes

    greenEditor
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Luxury homes typically are not what come to mind when people think about eco-friendly homes. In fact, they are often criticized for being wasteful, having a big carbon footprint and ostentatious. However, many luxury homes are being constructed to include eco-friendly features. www.calgarycustomhomebuilder.ca and below are some of the features that eco-friendly luxury custom homes often have: Solar Panels People who live in a sunny climate often use solar panels. Solar panels are devices that can be used to convert sunshine into energy that people can use in their household. Solar panels not…
  • Screw Heaters and Flanged immersion Heaters

    greenEditor
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    You might have learned about mess plug immersion heating units sooner or later. You may find out a little about the subject, and even possess a kind of general idea about what they are employed for. Piece of content provide a deeper check out the subject and will assist to reveal a few of the ins and outs of the screw connect heating units. Screw plug immersion heaters directly heat several liquids as well as gas with an immersion heating method. This includes all kinds of oils and also the liquids involved in a number of procedures. These units are used for process water heating system and…
  • What Does Eco-Friendly Pest Control Look Like?

    greenEditor
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    When people think of pests like mice, rats, cockroaches and bedbugs, usually the first thing they feel is a shiver of revulsion. That shiver might be at the thought of the bugs themselves, but soon enough, they will find themselves shivering at the chemicals that must be used in the home to get rid of them. The truth of the matter is that eco-friendly pest control is not only possible, it is also something that can be very accessible. Check online more eco-friendly practices at www.pestcontroltoronto.me For example, if you have small children and pets in the home, eco-friendly pest control is…
  • Eco-friendly Construction Equipment Rentals

    greenEditor
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Reliable equipment: First and foremost, when you want to rent the item to fix up your house, you will want to make sure it’s reliable. If not, you will deal with serious problems when you need to start the eco-friendly equipment. Think about it, if it dies in the middle of a project, not only will you deal with frustration, but you will end up costing yourself a lot of time and money. However, if you find a place offering reliable equipment, you are well on your way to choosing the right provider of eco-friendly construction equipment. Visit online www.smsrents.com/fr for “Location…
  • Eco-friendly Installation of Granite Countertops

    greenEditor
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Granite countertops look so beautiful in a kitchen or other work areas that sometimes people don’t realize how ecologically friendly granite countertops really are. The fact is that from beginning to end, granite and marble contertops are installed in a very ecologically friendly way at www.rockstella.ca. The Mining Process All the major suppliers of granite show concern for the environment at every stage, including the very beginning. After the granite has been mined, the area left behind is completely renewed by planting trees and vegetation that is native to the region. Measurement…
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    The Green Blog Network

  • What are you doing for World Elephant Day August 12?

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Quest For Gravity Control

    Jim
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    I remember where I was when I thought that the government would save us from combustion self pollution. I was working at CJOR 600 Radio, mostly a talk station. The former news anchor for CBC, Stanley Knowles, was the guest on the Jack Wasserman Show. I was the announcer producer. And as I said, noowww […]
  • Gravity Control Explained

    Jim
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    W. David Barclay disagrees with modern science. But modern science doesn’t seem so modern compared to Barclay’s take on what’s happening. PROJECT UNITY Chapter one Project Unity is the result of more than 40 years of study and research that redefines our perception of universe in relation to the form and function of physical structure. […]
  • New Book By Veljko Milkovic

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

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

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

  • Un double anniversaire pour la porcelaine « made in Germany »

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    KAHLA, Allemagne, September 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KAHLA, l'une des entreprises de porcelaine les plus modernes d'Europe, se réjouit de fêter plus de 170 années d'Histoire  L'un des fabricants de porcelaine européens les plus couronnés de succès...
  • DoE Awards Strengthen QM Power Focus to Become Preeminent Energy Solutions Provider for HVACR

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    NEW YORK, September 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- QM Power Inc., an enabling platform technology company setting a new high standard for energy efficiency and power density in electric motors, generators and actuators, announced it has been awarded two prestigious highly competitive million...
  • U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 31

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: RUNS ON SUN Profile America — Sunday, August 31st. The 1950s may be recalled for many now-quaint things, but it was also a decade with antecedents...
  • LDK Solar Announces Filing of Scheme of Arrangement and Resignation of Xiaofeng Peng

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LDK Solar Co., Ltd. in provisional liquidation ("LDK Solar" or the "Company") and its Joint Provisional Liquidators ("JPLs"), Tammy Fu and Eleanor Fisher, both of Zolfo Cooper (Cayman)...
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts: Banner Day for Bluefin

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A bright new chapter for bluefin tuna has begun. NOAA Fisheries just issued a strong final amendment Aug. 29 for protecting these giants of the ocean. With the promulgation of implementing regulations, the new amendment will help stop...
 
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • Recycled Steel and LEED Post Industrial Content?

    rpfjr
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Question:  Jim asks: If a casting producer has a yield of good castings of 45% and the remaining iron or steel material is recycled and remelted to produce new castings is the material that is remelted considered post industrial material? Hi Jim, Re-melting and reusing the molten scraps is a sustainable practice but the remelted iron or steel in this case may not be considered as a post industrial material. Summary of News:  LEED V4 Green Buildings Design & Construction Reference Guide defines pre-consumer material as ‘material diverted from the waste stream during the…
  • LEED v4 Changes for 2009 Credential Holders?

    rpfjr
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Question:  Kashfia asks: I passed the LEED GA exam on Sep 2012 under 2009 rating system. I have maintained my credentials which was supposed to be in every 2 years. Now I am planning to take LEEP AP exam and I have some question before I start studying for LEED AP. Do I have to take the LEED GA exam again under LEED V4 rating system as I passed under 2009 rating system? Am I still eligible for taking the LEED AP this year as 2 years have passed since I passed the LEED GA. I will greatly appreciate your answers. Hi Kashfia, Thanks for your question. You do not have to take the LEED Green…
  • LEED v4 Green Associate "Silver" Study Bundle

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

    rpfjr
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Price:  $39.99 Short Description A:  Poplar's LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide and 100 Question Practice Test is designed for students who are new to LEED v4 and/or green building. Save 50%! LEED v4 Green Associate "Silver" Study Bundle: Get this 131 page study guide along with 400 LEED Green Associate practice questions in Exam Simulator format for only $59.99 - >>Learn More Buy Code:  Course Provider:  Green Buildings Online Inc. is the #1 provider of free and premium LEED exam preparation and project experience. Since 2009, we have helped individuals and companies…
  • Fast 15 LEED Green Associate CE Pack

    rpfjr
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Price:  $149.99 Short Description A:  Complete all 15 CEUs in as little as 5 hours! Self-paced LEED project credits to fulfill 100% of your LEED Green Associate CMP requirements using our award winning process. Save up to 10 hours of your time when compared with online video! Self-paced LEED project credits fulfill 100% of your 15 LEED Green Associate CEUs, including all LEED specific requirements. Our award winning online LEED project experience approach combines expert instruction with common LEED credits in a self-paced program that can be completed in as little as 5 hours.
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    The Green Samaritan

  • 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
  • Safe & Healthy Tips for Fun in the Sun

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

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

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

  • Is an electric vehicle for me? (Infographic)

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    by niegeborges.
  • Going beyond going paperless to save energy

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    image courtesy of : wikimedia commons Going paperless is a mantra of many cost and environmentally conscious folks. We embrace the opportunity to utilize email for communication. We use email to receive everything from jokes, to sales fliers, to family news, to corporate communication. If you've embraced paperless communication in order to lessen your impact on the environment, you're ready
  • What does organic mean and why should it matter?

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    The Organic Movement  Anyone with two ears, two eyes, or a health nut for a friend has more than likely heard of organic foods, why they're so good for us, and why they're good for the environment. The growth of the organic industry has been going on for longer than most people probably realize. It can be beneficial to learn more about the industry as a whole in addition to just how
  • Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot (reprinted from Otherwords)

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It's hard to rig the rules against increasingly competitive green energy options By Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall. Unlike some other denizens of the fossil-fueled set, this gang isn't beating oil
  • Different Types of Outdoor Lighting

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Looking for a way to refresh your exterior design? Or maybe you're just tired of stumbling through the dark every time you get home late from work. Whatever your reasons for considering outdoor lighting, here are just six ways to illuminate your yard and breathe new life into your landscape. 1. Lampposts  Guide your guests straight to your door by installing lampposts along your driveway or
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    Green Marketing Blog

  • How Small Firms Can Build a Winning Facebook Profile

    Carolyn Parrs
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Top Strategies for Making the Most of a Home Page on the Social Network by Andrea Coombes For most of us, a Facebook profile is a way to connect with our friends and to let the world know what we like. For a small business, it can be a crucial way to attract customers. When people search for businesses on the social network, a profile page is the first place they end up. In addition to posting engaging updates and vibrant photos to that page, owners can use the page to cram in details about the company that can give prospective customers all they need to know, as well as reasons to keep…
  • Verizon Offering $6M for Powerful Answers to Four Global Problems

    Carolyn Parrs
    20 May 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Verizon is now accepting applications for its Powerful Answers Award, which offers a total of $6 million in prizes for ideas that have the power to create groundbreaking change. Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award invites innovators, developers and entrepreneurs to leverage Verizon’s technology to deliver world-changing solutions and social good. This year, the multimillion-dollar global competition will focus on four categories: Education, Healthcare, Sustainability and (a new category for 2014) Transportation. Now in its second year, the Powerful Answers Award offers innovators a chance to…
  • 10 Companies Thriving in American Downtowns

    Carolyn Parrs
    12 May 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The migration of major companies from urban downtowns to surrounding suburbs has spanned decades. Across the U.S., commuters sit idly in traffic jams while cities become blighted by decreased business activity and population loss. But as more Americans move back to once-forgotten urban centers, top companies are doing the same — bolstering their bottom lines and revitalizing downtowns in the process. 1. Zappo’s CEO is turning Las Vegas into startup paradise In 2011, Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh announced he was starting a $350 million fund to transform a blighted stretch of downtown Las…
  • 5 Celeb-Backed Green Marketing Campaigns We Can Actually Get Behind

    Carolyn Parrs
    1 May 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Celeb-backed environmental campaigns are often sigh-inducing displays of greenwashing, but we’re all for giving a pat on the back when things are done right. Campaigns incorporating celebrities can bring the conversation to a far wider audience — an ultimate necessity if we hope to move the needle forward on issues like climate change and ocean health. With that in mind, this week we rounded up five celebrity-backed green marketing campaigns that we can actually get behind. 1. Leonardo DiCaprio buys a racing team to spur EV adoption Actor and longtime environmental activist Leonardo…
  • Case Study: Michael’s Naturopathic Programs

    Carolyn Parrs
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
      In 2013, Global Industry Analysis, a large research organization, released a study that estimated that the global vitamin and mineral market will reach total sales of $30 billion in 2015. This is one-third of the total sales within natural, organic and healthy products marketplace, which is reported around $91 billion. Not bad. However, despite overall size of industry, it has been showing slower growth in recent years. This has been attributed to a number of factors including economic crisis, regulation difficulties, and a saturation of products in mature markets. Today, the choices…
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    ForceChange

  • Applaud Program Promoting Peace and Wellness in Crime Ridden Neighborhood

    Jeanette Beauregard
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Tameka Lawson, Executive Director, I Grow Chicago Goal: Praise woman for finding new ways to bring peace to troubled district of Chicago Englewood is a neighborhood on the Southwest side of Chicago with a poverty rate of 44% and a crime rate counted as one of the highest in America. Cameras are posted throughout the streets to discourage criminal activity. Within a one month period, there were 34 violent robberies, 27 cases of battery, 17 counts of assault, 3 homicides and 2 reported instances of sexual assault. Facing this daily challenge of survival, a non-profit organization is…
  • Protect Alaskan Wildlife from a Mining Disaster

    Nick Engelfried
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator Goal: Stop a toxic mining spill from threatening wildlife in Alaska’s wilderness *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
  • Convince Senator to Return to Work on Immigration Reform

    Chance Yager
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: United States Senator John McCain Goal: Get the senator to continue work on comprehensive immigration reform It becomes much more difficult to create quality legislation when the very people involved in its writing keep backing away from their own work. United States Senator John McCain, who has worked on a comprehensive immigration reform bill with other senators since 2013, recently took steps away from the effort. According to Talking Points Memo, Senator McCain said that “[w]e need to assure the American people that the border is secure” before any other work can…
  • Applaud Homeless Veteran for Striving to Improve the Lives of Others

    Jeanette Beauregard
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Myron Smith, via Whole Man Ministries Goal: Congratulate homeless veteran on progress and encourage him to continue Myron Smith is a homeless veteran who, after bouts of severe depression and contemplation of suicide, was finally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Now on medication, Myron is trying to re-establish himself and is helping other vets at the same time. Myron currently volunteers his time remodeling homes for other homeless veterans and one day hopes to have a home of his own. It is approximated that there are 57,000 homeless veterans across the United States.
  • Demand Punishment for CEO Who Abused Puppy

    Melinda Pham
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target:  Chief James McElvain & Vancouver Law Officials Goal: Arrest and charge Centerplate CEO for abusing dog Desmond Hague, who is the CEO of Stamford-based catering company Centerplate, was staying at a hotel in Vancouver, Canada where he was caught on surveillance video abusing a friend’s Doberman puppy in an elevator. The video in question clearly shows Hague kicking the puppy several times as it cowered in the corner of the elevator, snapping its leash, and lifting the puppy off the ground by its neck with the leash. After leaving the elevator, he angrily drags the puppy…
 
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  • KillaCycle Racing fastest at Bonneville, with 240 miles/hr electric motorcycle

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    KillaCycle racing came away from this weeks Bonneville Motorcycle Time Trials not only setting a new land speed record on Thursday, but scoring the fastest time of everyone at the time trials. This is the first time in history...
  • California giving electric car owning tenants right to install charging stations

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    On Monday, the California Legislature sent Gov. Brown a law meant to ease a big electric car adoption hurdle. The law, AB-2565, which passed in the California Senate on Monday after earlier approval by the House, will require...
  • Tesla Motors really did break ground in Reno on Gigafactory

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    On Thursday, the Tesla Motors letter to shareholders contained a verification of a some of us reported on the last couple weeks. Namely, there's a site near Reno Nevada where preparations are underway for what looked like...
  • Tesla, Panasonic, announce Gigafactory operating agreement

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Panasonic and Tesla Motors have finally announced, on Thursday, the expected deal under which the two companies will collaborate to build the Gigafactory. That factory, whose location has not been announced, is slated to dramatically increase...
  • Mugen's McGuinness and Anstey shatter TT ZERO lap records, at 117.366 miles/hr

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    Electric motorcycle racing took another huge leap forward on Wednesday, as Team Mugen's John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey shattered lap speed records in the 2014 TT ZERO on on the Isle of Man. Both McGuinness and Anstey...
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • 5 Ways to Save Green While Going Green This Summer

    greenwise
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    For many homeowners, the dog days of summer can lead to some pretty hefty electricity bills. From keeping a home cool to running the pool pump more often, it can be challenging to save energy. Fortunately, there are several tips homeowners can try that can help them to stay as green as possible, even when […]
  • Tales from the Dark Side: Is it Actually Greener?

    greenwise
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Every day, tens of thousands of motorcyclists take to the road on their Harleys, Yamahas and Hondas, content to get where they are going on their standard motorcycle tires. But in recent years, a growing group of passionate and extremely opinionated riders have started to swap out their motorcycle tires and replace them with car […]
  • 3 Ways To Avoid Water Waste At Home

    greenwise
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    California has just imposed the most stringent restrictions on water use in its history, so a reminder about ways to conserve water is timely. More than 70 percent of planet Earth is water. But do you know that less than 1 percent of all the water on earth is fresh water that we can actually consume? This leaves […]
  • More Sustainable Business: Going Green at Conferences

    greenwise
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Part of doing business is attending conferences. Traveling to the conference location, going to meetings, getting around while you are there, eating and drinking. A lot happens that could be done more sustainably. Here are some some simple ideas to make your conference attendance more sustainable. 1. Walk when you can. Weather permitting, walk to […]
  • Understanding the 3 R’s of Eco-Friendly Tires

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

  • Everyday products that contain harmful chemicals

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    Last week Apple announced that it would stop using two harmful chemicals, Benzene and n-hexane, that are used in the final assembly process across its lines of iPads, iPhones and Macs. These chemicals are thought to cause cancer and nerve damage. Apple are not the only company using rare earth elements, toxic chemicals, or untested materials in their products. The long term issues and damages caused by these will be unknown for many years. The real issue will probably be their combined use. Not only is this a worry for our health but it also can be a challenge as we try to build a more…
  • Barcelona – The #sustainable city

    Ramon Arratia
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Barcelona is one of the trailblazer sustainable cities, integrating renewable energy, sensible public policy and waste management strategies into its core infrastructure. Of course there’s more that can be done, and many cities are on the same track, but let’s look at Barcelona’s progress and key points to date: * Home to 1.7m People in the city with c. 5m within urban proximity across 300 square miles. * Spain’s second largest city. * Top 5 EU city by GDP. * In 2000, Barcelona became the first European city to have a solar thermal ordinance. In 2006 the Spanish…
  • Net-Works – 9 tons of fishing nets arrives in Slovenia for recycling

    Ramon Arratia
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    At the end of last month a container ship with 9 tons of fishing nets arrived in Slovenia from the Philippines. These monofilament nets were recovered by local villagers participating in the Net-Works™ project. Net-Works is a community-based initiative established by us and the Zoological Society to recover and recycle fishing nets from fishing villages in impoverished regions, connecting some of the dots for a more circular economy. Over 660 million people on the planet depend upon the oceans to support their livelihood. But year after year, pollution in our waters and beaches gets…
  • 2020 – An important #sustainability milestone

    Ramon Arratia
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    2020 is going to be a busy year. In the year 2020 we will see many initiatives, events and milestones reached, and it’s only 6 years off. London’s Crossrail is scheduled to be in full service by 2020, the Summer Olympics will be kicking off in Japan, and Toyota says that all cars it will produce will be hybrid. Other initiatives include the IFPRI Food Security vision, GM have pledged to use 125 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020, and let’s not forget the 5 targets that the EU have set around - Employment, innovation, climate change/energy, education and poverty. The…
  • The impact of regulated labelling: Your Fridge needs dramatically less energy

    Ramon Arratia
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Energy efficient household appliances have lead to a drop in electricity consumption as the chart below illustrates. Here is some of the content from the announcement from the DECC detailing the drop in absolute costs of electricity consumed by household goods. The technical progress with fridges in particular has been incredible – energy requirements have dropped from 300Kwh in 1990 to less than 100Kwh today. This is a combination of mandatory, regulated EU labelling, accompanied by strong innovation incentives. Can you image what would we could achieve if we tried harder?
 
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  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

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

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

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • Buick Encore

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Buick Encore was new for 2013, and has been carried over largely unchanged since then. It's a subcompact crossover with some luxury cues that competes with vehicles like the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, MINI Countryman, and the BMW X1. Europeans have been buying Encores for the past year, but under a different name: Opel Mokka (or in the UK...
  • Toyota Sienna

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Toyota Sienna is a family-friendly minivan that boasts features like all-wheel drive and airline-style second-row seats, features its competition doesn't offer. A relatively stylish and economical offering in its segment, the Sienna is a rival for vans like the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, and the new Kia...
  • Smart Fortwo

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    The Smart ForTwo is a two-seat hatchback that, to date, is the smallest highway-legal car sold in the U.S. Even though it’s been on the market in the U.S. since 2008, it hasn’t caught on nearly as much as it has in Europe. Its chief rival in the U.S. is the equally slow-selling Scion iQ. MORE: Read our 2015 Smart Fortwo review Launched...
  • Chrysler Town & Country

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    The Chrysler Town & Country was one of the very first minivans on the market, if traced back to its Dodge Caravan roots. Given a major refresh for 2011, the Town & Country carries over to the 2015 model year nearly unchanged--since a new model is expected for 2016. The Town & Country has rivals in the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Toyota...
  • Lexus NX

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    The Lexus NX is a new member of the Lexus family, and of the quickly growing lineup of compact luxury crossovers. It's the brand's first utility vehicle in this size class, as well as its first model ever to feature a turbocharged engine. With the NX, Lexus jumps into an already crowded field, which counts the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Mercedes GLK...
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    Green Car Reports

  • Tesla In Deal To Build 400 Charging Stations In China

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Chinese market has become vital for many global automakers. For some, it's a haven of high sales numbers to offset struggles in markets like the U.S. and Europe. To others, like Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], it's a way to promote your product to a vast and growing marketplace. Tesla has made a big commitment to China and is backing that up with a...
  • Gas Prices Fall For Labor Day With Oil Supplies Ample

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you're getting out on the road this Labor Day weekend visiting friends or family, you may be pleased to hear it'll cost you a little less than it did this time last year. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) 'Today in Energy' brief shows that average U.S. gas prices are as low as they've been in four years, if not quite matching...
  • The Future Of Volt And Leaf, VW e-Golf Priced, Electric-Car Hamsters: The Week In Reverse

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We look ahead to the next Volt and Leaf, get a first look at the only seven-passenger plug-in hybrid, and a price for the Volkswagen e-Golf. And guess who's using hamsters to market an electric car. It's The Week In Reverse for Friday, August 29, 2014, right here at Green Car Reports. This week at Green Car Reports, we looked ahead to the...
  • 2016 Chevy Volt Range Extender, Tesla Hunger Games, Toyota Hybrid Sales: Today's Car News

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Today we have stories on three big green-car names. Find out why the 2016 Chevrolet Volt could get a 75-horsepower range extender, and why states may be stuck in a "Hunger Games" for the massive battery "Gigafactory." Meanwhile, Toyota continues to dominate global hybrid sales. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Are states in a "race to the...
  • 2016 Chevy Volt Range-Extending Engine To Have 75 HP?

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Electric power is only one part of the Chevrolet Volt equation. While it's a part that covers two thirds of all Volt miles driven, the other third is handled by its range-extending 1.4-liter Ecotec gasoline engine. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is expected to downsize to a three-cylinder unit to boost efficiency, but few other details are known--apart...
 
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  • best & SAFEST way to remove fiberglass insulatiotion?

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    fiberglass insulation in a 48 year old house - very damaged. Tyvek suit with hood (most simply wear regular clothes with long sleeves & a hat), gloves, safety glasses & a respirator - carefully pull out & place in a trash...
  • recommended ext wall insulation R factor w/ closed cell foam in a 2x6 wall in Maine would be? Also recommended bsmnt first floor R w foam.

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Wood construction in Maine with full basement and crawl spaces, wood siding, stone base.... hardwood floors Per the codes - R20 interior + R5 continuous exterior for the walls. With that as many building scientists will tell you following that will lead to issues especially if...
  • new roofing materials in Texas

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:23 pm
    I am about to replace my roof shingles. The cost of cool roof shingles are too expensive and I am hoping that you can recommend a reflective shielding or other product to reduce the solar heat load. If your shingles are to far gone, painting over them with a cool roof coating then wouldn't work - have you considered metal roofing or maybe even concrete tiles (assuming...
  • How do I repair blown in insulation (Cellulose) in my walls during my remodel?

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Remodeling my master bath and while tearing out the drywall and framing some of the insulation came out in chunks. I have a few gaping holes now in my insulation which I want to fill but can't figure out how... I've thought about spraying in some expanding foam and then shaving it flat somehow, or possibly covering with pastic and then stuffing foam back in? Any advice would be appreciated! ACJ, Easy problem to fix. You can purchase small spray foam insulation kits from your local building material supplier (Lowe's and Home Depot as well as others). I would not...
  • We want to convert a screened porch to a more usable room. Will we encounter moisture problems due to the concrete floor?

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    We live in northeast Wisconsin. We have a screened porch on the southwest corner of our house that we would like to convert to an all-season room. It is attached to the garage on the east side and the house on the north side. The floor is a solid concrete slab that has a basement underneath (the house has a walkout basement) but no insulation other than veneer brick on the outside. We would like to open the room up to the house and put a direct-vent fireplace on the wall connected to the garage. We would also like to put wood floors on top of the concrete in this room with nearly floor to…
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • EPA's Clean Power Plan: Texas's Last Stand or Last Hope?

    EDFEnergyEX
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The CPP will limit – for the first time ever – carbon emissions for existing power plants. Texas, the number one polluter in the country, needs to cut 195 billion pounds of carbon in the next 18 years, according to a Texas Tribune analysis. However, the EPA suggests Texas could easily meet its goal.read more
  • Energy Quote of the Day: Turning to Renewable Energy to 'Become Better Warfighters'

    Jared Anderson
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret the US military seeks to increase its renewable energy production capacity as a way to reduce reliance on the sometimes unreliable civilian power grid while decreasing liquid petroleum consumption which is expensive and dangerous to transport.read more
  • How US Territories Can Kick Their Oil Addiction

    Eric Wesoff
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The 4 million inhabitants of US territories (3.6 million of which live in Puerto Rico) power their islands almost entirely with petroleum. And because the price of oil is relatively high, residential electricity prices in the territories are three to five times the price of mainland electricity.read more
  • Even in Deepwater Canyons, America's Corals At Risk

    nrdcswitchboard
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    At the beach this summer, gazing out over the waves from the shoreline, it's hard to imagine the underwater world that lies just below the blue expanse: Partly because it’s so other-worldy, and partly because we just don't know very much about it.read more
  • New England Relying More on Natural Gas Along with Hydroelectric Imports from Canada

    TodayInEnergy
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Electric operators in New England have been both generating more electricity from natural gas and importing more hydroelectric generation from Quebec over the past decade. These two sources of electricity are displacing the use of coal and oil as generation fuels in New England.read more
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • Coping With the California Drought

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

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

    Stephanie
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    How much do your kids grumble about having nothing to do now that school’s out, especially when you tell them to shut the screens off? There’s a simple solution to that – make them go play outside. Think about your own childhood and how much time you probably spent outside playing. Doing much the same […] Related posts: Get Your Kids Out of the House! Eco Friendly Water Play for Kids in the Summer 25 Eco Friendly Summer Activities For Kids
  • 7 Ways to Recycle Your Child’s Crayons and Markers

    Stephanie
    28 May 2014 | 8:10 am
    Like most children, my kids love to do art. While they enjoy using repurposed items such as toilet paper tubes and really old computer paper (remember the type with the holes down the side to feed through the printer? We still have a bunch!), they’re always going to use some things we have to buy, […] Related posts: Is It Trash or Craft Supplies? Green Your Halloween with Reduce, Reuse and Recycle 5 Ways You May Not Have Considered to Green Your Easter
  • Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines Review

    Stephanie
    12 May 2014 | 7:59 am
    I was sent a copy of the Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines to review a couple weeks ago. If you’re into mythology, it’s a nice resource on the many female characters found in mythology all around the world. The book is divided by continent and then by region, allowing you to explore goddesses and heroines […] Related posts: Healthy Child Healthy World Review You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap!) Book Review Stop Throwing Money Away Book Review
 
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    LEEDdaily

  • Cardozo Education Campus Receives LEED Gold Certification

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    >PRWEB.COM NewswireWashington, D.C. (PRWEB) August 28, 2014   The Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus received LEED Gold Certification for Schools this week from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Department of General Services (DGS) announced today. “The Department of General Services is honored to receive this prestigious certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and I would like to congratulate our entire design, construction and project team for achieving this distinction,” said Brian J. Hanlon, DGS Director. “This certification showcases…
  • Grand Rapids Downtown Market Expands Green Space With Indoor Living Wall

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    Following closely on the heels of the recent LEED Gold certification, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market is becoming even greener. The Downtown Market added a 202-square-foot indoor living wall this week, installed by local manufacturer LiveWall, LLC. The new addition adds more than 100 new plants to the second floor atrium across from the teaching kitchen and complements the outdoor living walls and the upstairs greenhouse space. “Like our outdoor green walls, which help cool the building, serve as vertical garden spaces and restore lost habitat, the indoor LiveWall will benefit our…
  • Green Hotels Lower Environmental Impact, Increases Profits

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Hotels certified in the sustainable building program Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, helps the environment and boosts revenue for the hotel, according to a new Cornell University School of Hotel Administration study. By comparing 93 LEED certified U.S. hotels with a competitive set of non-certified hotels, the study found substantial increases in average daily rates and revenue per available room for the LEED hotels. “The hotel industry has embraced environmental sustainability and several hotels have registered for or earned ‘green’ certification under the…
  • Smart Passive Income: 10 Top Tips From Expert Pat Flynn

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    In February 2007, Pat Flynn was working at an architecture firm making $38,000 a year. He mulled boosting his earning power by getting an architecture license, but the process would likely take six to eight years. When he heard about getting a credential in sustainable design and environmentally friendly building called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), he decided to go for that, as no one in his department had it. The one problem? The exam was so challenging, just one-third of test-takers passed. To make studying more fun and to increase the chances he would actually…
  • The HON Company Washington, D.C. Resource Center: A Showcase Example of Sustainable Design

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    The HON Company, a leading designer and manufacturer of workplace furniture, achieved LEED silver certification for its Washington, D.C., Resource Center from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. As part of HON’s commitment to sustainability, the company prides itself in its ability to create industry-leading office furniture solutions without impacting the environment. HON takes a lean approach to product design, manufacturing and facility operations. This allows the company to do more with less through rigorous…
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  • Filmmakers Propose Online "Swarm Offensive" Against Climate Change

    CoalitionFilm
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Coalition Of The Willing from coalitionfilm on Vimeo. This beautifully animated short video argues that grassroots efforts to deal with climate change can be more effective if they adopt the tactics of open source technology, using databases and social networks to "tap into our collective genius" to tackle the toughest of global challenges. The art featured in the film was crafted by a group of 24 artists from around the world. The film characterizes the counterculture of the 1960s as a highly networked and decentralized movement that challenged capitalism—and calls for a similar but more…
  • Where Does All the Trash from Dollywood Go? To One of the World's Best Composting Facilities

    Erin L. McCoy
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    All photos by Erin L. McCoy. When you think about progressive composting and recycling programs, big cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles might come to mind—yet one of the most efficient composting facilities in the world is in Appalachian Tennessee. Because of this plant, the majority of the county’s waste is composted or recycled. Sevier County, Tennessee, is home to the twin tourist destinations of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and attracts more than 11 million visitors per year. Gatlinburg is a quaint mountain town packed with quirky stores, restaurants, moonshine…
  • Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First

    Mari Margil
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The author is associate director at the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Photo by Cecily Anderson / Flickr. In June 2014, in a much awaited decision, New York’s Court of Appeals delivered a blow to oil and gas corporations while giving a much needed lift to communities facing fracking. The court, which is the highest in the state, held that towns in New York can use local zoning laws to ban oil and gas extraction. The ruling has been widely celebrated among environmentalists and communities, and those involved are to be commended. This case proves that our communities are capable…
  • Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena

    Jim Shultz
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Jim Shultz adapted this article from a report by The Democracy Center, where he is executive director. A roof in New York City shows a map of the five boroughs after a rise in sea levels. Photo by Molly Dilworth / Flickr. The citizens’ movement for action on the global climate crisis has, over time, developed a love-hate relationship with international campaigning. For years, people from all over the planet have joined together across national boundaries to address a crisis that knows no such boundaries. The climate movement is stepping back into the international arena once again The…
  • Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    Deirdre Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    This essay originally appeared at 350.org, where the author works as a strategic partnership coordinator. Photo by Elvert Barnes/ Flickr. They're all over the news: images of police in military gear pointing war-zone weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Mike Brown, his family, and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and remembered feeling the same fear for my own family, many times in any given year. The events in Ferguson are important if you're a climate…
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  • President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

    Mike Confino
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There’s an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. There is no room for nuance or cerebral calculations when you charge large. For six years, President Obama has worked against an obstructionist party in Congress. Government feels broken because a group of legislative terrorists are breaking it. Obama could win or lose the Senate in the fall as things stand and turnout will make the difference. There is a sizable portion of our population that is eligible to vote but chooses not to. Whether they feel disenfranchised, apathetic or are aloof, their inaction comes at a great cost to our…
  • Ozone-Depleting Compound Found In Unexpected Concentrations Despite Ban

    Mike Confino
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    New research from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center shows that large quantities of a chemical responsible for depleting the ozone layer are still being emitted, even years after an international ban. New measurements have revealed that despite the Montreal Protocol, which limits the use of a variety of ozone-depleting chemicals, releases of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) continue. There should be zero emissions of the compound under the international agreement, but NASA measurements show an average of 39 kilotons are still emitted every year. That’s about 30 percent of what peak…
  • Seattle Zoo Elephant’s Unexpected Death Prompts Important Discussion About Animal Captivity

    Mike Confino
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    A 45-year-old African elephant’s unexpected death at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo has fanned the flames of the ongoing debate about the humaneness of elephant captivity. Watoto was euthanized after she was found on her side in an outdoor elephant exhibit yard on Friday. Attempts to place her back on her feet had failed. Zoo medical staff assessed that her health was rapidly declining so they made “the difficult decision” to humanely euthanize her, according to the zoo’s press release. “This is a very difficult time for our zoo family as we mourn the loss of…
  • Anti-GMO activist responds

    Christine
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Seeds of Truth Dr. Vandana Shiva (A response to the article ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Michael Specter in The New Yorker)   I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s caliber. The New Yorker has held its content and readership in high regard for so long. The challenge of feeding a growing population with the added obstacle of climate change is an important issue. Specter’s piece, however, is poor journalism. I wonder why a journalist who has been Bureau Chief in Moscow for…
  • Sleepy Creek Lands (ADENA SPRINGS): Make Your Voice Heard THURSDAY!

    Trish Riley
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The Administrative Hearing to challenge the Sleepy Creek Lands formerly known as Adena Springs Ranch permits kicked off on Monday in Palatka. The judge has granted YOU the opportunity to be heard! This is your chance to help demonstrate that this massive cattle operation is NOT in the public interest. All you have to do is speak about your relationship to and usage of the Ocklawaha River, St. Johns River, Silver River, Silver Springs, and/or Salt Springs and how you will be negatively impacted by Sleepy Creek Lands and its withdrawal of water and increased nutrient pollution from cow manure…
 
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    Green Prophet

  • “Real” meat photos will make you gag over meat

    Laurie Balbo
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    American photographer Peter Augustus has created a series of images that may change how you look at processed food and help you resist the siren call of snacking. Important images for the Middle East, where fast-food is one of the leading commercial growth sectors with junk-food-mad consumers ballooning apace with corporate profits. I knew a woman who dropped 30 pounds taking a cue from a character in the Wally Lamb bestseller, She’s Come Undone. She imagined a thin layer of slimy mold on everything she wished to not eat – instantly killing her appetite. These pictures have…
  • Amazing natural phenomenon from the Dead Sea (Video)

    Green Prophet
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    The Dead Sea is an amazing place to float, meditate, and to heal your aching body. But some guys hanging out on its shores show it is an awesome place to discover natural phenomena.   Check out the salt crystals that they collected at a recent trip to the Dead Sea in the video below. If you are eager to “grow” your own salt crystals the video below shows how it’s done. Skip ahead to the second half of the video if you want to do it with ordinary table salt. Isn’t nature mind blowing?
  • 10-year-old Emirati wunderkid already has 7 patents to his name

    Tafline Laylin
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:10 pm
    There seems to be a tremendous struggle happening in the Middle East – a fight between the good guys, like this 10-year-old Emirati wunderkid, and psychotic fundamentalists (along with a host of other corrupt elements.) The good maybe overwhelmed by the very worst bad guys there could be. And then there is the boy who already has seven scientific patents to his name. Before I go any further, I want to point out that I came across this story over at The National, an Emirati publication. Major shoutout to Ben Flanagan, who should be in the running for a Pulitzer with this story! He really…
  • Crazy invasive jewelry harvests energy from the human body

    Tafline Laylin
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Namomi Kizhner has designed a collection of jewelry that harvests energy from the human body. A thought experiment more than anything, these jewels provoke a fascinating discussion about the ends to which humans will go in order to get the next hit of energy. Appropriately called Energy Addicts, the project explores the numerous sources of energy the human body produces and then seeks to exploit them. Made of gold and a 3D-printed biopolymer, each jewel taps a particular involuntary physiological response. “It interested me to imagine what would the world be like once it has experienced…
  • Dare to ride your bike in solidarity with Afghan women?

    Tafline Laylin
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Are you allowed to ride a bicycle? For Afghan girls and women, that’s a no. If they dare, people may throw rocks at them or call them unspeakable names. The Global Ride for Solidarity coming up this weekend is designed to catalyze a new cultural paradigm in the country, one that finds riding a bicycle in Afghanistan as normal as walking. American National Geographic Adventurer and Afghan Cycles Producer Shannon Galpin has spent the last seven years working in Afghanistan, driven it seems by a powerful conviction that bicycles can be used as a conduit for social change and justice…
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  • Should Bike Sharing Be Subsidized? Or Privatized?

    MarcGunther
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    I’m a fan of bike sharing, and a satisfied, albeit irregular, customer of Capital Bikeshare, the convenient and well-managed public bike-sharing system in Washington, D.C., which now extends into the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. But, so far, at least, no big-city bike sharing system of which I am aware is financially self-supporting. read more
  • Renewable Natural Gas: Turning Waste into Energy [INFOGRAPHIC]

    JeffMcIntireStrasbu
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    For those of us on a more human time frame, the methane and other gases emitted from decomposing organic matter work just as well as the stuff you have to frack out of the ground… and, as you can see in the infographic below, create all sorts of opportunities to deal with wastes more efficiently, and to even create a few jobs.read more
  • Sharing Activist Reveal Plan to Turn Los Angeles Into a Sharing Mecca

    Neal Gorenflo
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    "One day it occurred to me that I didn’t know many people in my own neighborhood, and I wanted to find a way to do that. I felt like if we were ever going to make real change, it was going to have to happen from the ground up. I found the time bank on the internet and just showed up at a potluck."read more
  • Toronto Approves 755 Storeys of New Development

    donnelly_b
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Earlier this week, Toronto City Council approved the equivalent of 755 storeys of new development, a lot of which will end up in the downtown core. The translates into 6,887 new housing units and roughly 4 million square feet of new commercial space. The Globe and Mail called it the Manhattanization of downtown.read more
  • Greenhouse Frames: Finding the Best Option For You

    Greenhouse Gnome
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    While you’re busy making all the decisions for your new greenhouse, from the lighting you’ll use to the site where you’ll build it, don’t forget about the greenhouse frame. This basic part of the structure, the bones of the operation, may seem insignificant, but they are in fact vital to your greenhouse’s existence. read more
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  • Mentionable Monday: El Shaddai Orphanage in Kenya Adopts Change

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">August 11th, 2014 10:00 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Worldwide, children tend to be early adopters. They understand technology, they embrace change, and they accept versatility. And yet, often we leave these ‘early adopters’ unadopted. At the Elshaddai Orphanage in Kenya, twenty five children ages 6 months to 17 years old are excited about their hopes and dreams for the future despite being orphaned and living in semi-impoverished conditions. One of the harshest conditions that these children face is darkness. According to the Elshaddai blog, “After sunset, since we only have 2 kerosene lamps, children eat in the dark…
  • Staying Solar-Charged While Hiking in Colorado

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 24th, 2014 9:05 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    A Casual Colorado Hike Charge my phone, pack a camera, do I have extra batteries? Fill the water bottle, bring a change of clothes, tie my sneakers. What time does the sun set? How hot is it today? Do I need bug spray? Suddenly I’m a bit hungry, I forget where I put the car keys, I need to get cash. All of this effort went into my casual Saturday hike last weekend at Pikes Peak in Colorado. For just a hike, I had a list of ‘essential’ items, not to mention the list I could have developed for a full weekend camping excursion. But what really got me thinking was how all of…
  • Onelamp Uganda Aims to Improve Primary Education with World’s Only Solar Light Bulb

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

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

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

    Calley Pate
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    We are nearing the end of the second week of school and I just survived the first school skate night of the year….barely!  I am convinced that every skating rink needs to have an open bar for the parents and taxi’s waiting outside to take them home afterwards. 5 Reasons Skating Rinks Should Have Open Bars for the Parents 1. Your kid doesn’t know how to skate!  It’s only been 2 months since she last practiced with her friend but she was terrified because of all the big kids on the rink.  She decided to cry instead. 2. Your child’s friends skate better and…
  • Simple Fruit Leather Recipe

    Calley Pate
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    What happens when you put GoGo Squeez applesauce in a food dehydrator?  You get a super easy and incredibly tasty fruit leather recipe! My husband just bought a food dehydrator and I’ve been having some fun playing with different fruits and veggies for the past 2 days.  Today I decided to have a little fun with fruit leather (aka: fruit roll ups).  When I searched online for different recipes, most of them used pureed fruit or applesauce.  That’s when I heard “ding, ding, ding” in my head and this brilliant idea was formed.  Instead of making fresh applesauce…
  • EcoCentric Mom Box July/August Review

    Calley Pate
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    If you’ve been visiting The Eco Chic for a while, I hope you’ve signed up for ecocentric mom boxes by now.  I’ve been revealing my mom boxes for over a year now and each one if so much fun to receive.  If you’ve signed up, leave a comment below and tell me what you are liking most about the mystery subscription box service full of eco-friendly goodies for mom and baby. The July/August box was great as always and of course I devoured the apple chips by YogaVive upon opening the box.  I’m a sucker for eco-friendly, healthy snacks and I loved the chocolate apple chips.  The only…
  • Winter Has Hope #DolphinTale2

    Calley Pate
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Did you know that Dolphin Tale 2 the movie is coming out September 12th?  I had the honor to be invited to a press junket this weekend in Tampa.  I’m still waiting for someone to wake me up and tell me it was all a dream. We started the weekend with a family trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a behind the scenes tour of the facility.  During the tour, David Yates (CEO of the aquarium) sat down with us to tell us the story of Winter, Hope, and the Dolphin Tale movies.  We also got to talk with one of the senior dolphin trainers, Abby Stone.  Both of these individuals shared…
  • Type-A Parent Conference Atlanta 2014

    Calley Pate
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    As a blogger, one of the most exhilarating and inspiring things to do is attend a blogging conference.  Over the past 5 years I’ve been to several including a few BlogHers, Blissdom, Mom 2.0, and Type-A.  Each one is different but I always take away something special from these events. Why should you attend a blogging conference? If you are serious about treating your blog like a business, it’s a good idea to attend a conference.  You’ll learn some very valuable lessons about how to turn your blog into a business AND get paid for it.  Each conference has different areas…
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  • Friday Fun: You, too, can build a sustainable city through crowdfunding

    Ryan Schleeter
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Do you want a say in infrastructure projects in your city? Crowdfunding can allow citizens to turn creative, sustainable projects into reality. Photo by David Berkowitz/Flickr. Here at TheCityFix, we love exploring the latest, most breathtaking innovations in sustainable urban development. And for good reason! Measures like São Paulo’s citizen hackathons, Medellín’s aerial cable cars, glow-in-the-dark road markings, and Hamburg and Helsinki’s plans for car-free mobility all serve as inspirational reminders that urban sustainability is not so unreachable a goal as was once thought.
  • Recognizing the role of gender in the informal urban economy

    Thomas Abbot
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Governments can improve the livelihoods of female street vendors by creating safe public spaces and supporting member-based groups of informal workers. Photo by Jeff DeMaria/Flickr. The informal economy is often referred to as the “shadow economy,” a glaring indicator of its absence from the eyes of policymakers. As discussed on TheCityFix, street vendors are frequently ignored in surveys of jobs and economic productivity, despite their extensive connections to the formal economy. Further, the specific challenges faced by female street vendors are mostly absent from public discourse.
  • Sustainable development and integrated planning mark Europe’s new green capital

    Priscila Pacheco
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Ljubljana recently won the 2016 European Green Capital Award based on its comprehensive approach to sustainable development, which has transformed urban life in the past decade while minimizing the city’s environmental impact. Photo by Rhobinn/Flickr. Ljubljana, Slovenia has won the 2016 European Green Capital Award, given annually by the European Commission to cities that set an example of sustainable urban development best practices. With an ambitious sustainability plan and that has led to significant improvements in the past decade, the capital of Slovenia joins cities such…
  • Medellín Metrocable improves mobility for residents of informal settlements

    Coby Joseph
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Medellín’s Metrocable is the centerpiece of an inclusive urban upgrading strategy that has improved mobility and economic opportunity, while reducing violence in disadvantaged areas. Photo by Gabinete/Flickr. In 2004, Medellín – the second largest city in Colombia – introduced the Medellín Metrocable system to connect low-income residents to public transport. As the world’s first modern urban aerial cable car transport system, this innovative addition to Medellín’s existing metro system was built in response to significant spatial inequalities in metro access. Metrocable was…
  • São Paulo wins 2014 City/State MobiPrize by empowering citizens and fostering innovation

    Coby Joseph
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    São Paulo has improved sustainable mobility through new bike and bus lanes, a revised master plan, and an innovative approach to support developers creating mobility solutions. Photo by Stanley Calderelli/Flickr. The city of São Paulo has won the 2014 Enterprising City/State MobiPrize following its support of user information and public participation platforms to advance sustainable transport solutions. MobiPrize was launched in 2012 by the University of Michigan SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) initiative to honor entrepreneurs and governments that…
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    EarthTechling

  • 2015 Product Line Offers Enhanced Green Features, Smart Home Automation

    Jason Ridge
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Blu Homes today announced its 2015 Product Line of premium architect-designed homes, all of which boast enhanced features and generously expanded square footage at significantly lower prices. With its 2015 Product Line, Blu® Homes, Inc. (“Blu”), America’s leading provider of premium prefab homes, has been able to increase square footage and upgrade features—including many standard smart and green additions—while dropping home prices by up to $140,000.To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please…
  • Third Round of Natural Gas Vehicle Grants

    PR Newswire
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Governor Tom Corbett (HARRISBURG, Pa.) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that the third round of Natural Gas Vehicle grants will open on Saturday, Aug. 30 and will provide an estimated $6 million to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.“Pennsylvania continues to move in the right direction by creating opportunities to convert vehicle fleets from imported oil to homegrown, clean-burning, affordable natural gas,” Gov. Corbett said. “We encourage all who are eligible for…
  • First GREENGUARD Certified Television

    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and LG Electronics USA today announced the landmark achievement of GREENGUARD Certification for LG’s newest OLED TV, model 55EC9300. This certification is the first of its kind and sets a new precedent for television manufacturers to help create healthier indoor environments.Televisions amass considerably more surface area in homes and built environments today than they have in decades past. Complex components, plastics and other substances in TV products can create significant potential to contribute to high chemical…
  • Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes Saving Consumers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    A new report released today shows that the voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy bills. According to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report, the improved energy efficiency of set-top boxes also represents a savings of nearly 842,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. This is equivalent to the output of one-half of a large (500MW) power…
  • Wind Power Can Improve Resiliency of Electrical Grids

    Curated Post
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today, at the CIGRE Session 45 in Paris,GE’s Energy Consulting business(NYSE: GE) presented the findings of its frequency response study on wind power and grid resiliency. The study, which was sponsored by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, modeled the country’s Eastern Interconnection—one of the largest electrical systems in the world—and determined that when equipped with the appropriate modern plant controls, wind applications can substantially enhance grid resiliency.Increased Wind Integration Positions Electrical Grids to Better Respond to Major DisturbancesFinding…
 
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  • Is LEED v4 Better or just Newer?

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

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

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

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

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

    Melissa Dion
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Check out the new Sale Items at Ecolissa.com: Toggery Rosie DressWas $60 - Now $39.99!  Ecoskin Crux DressWas $88 - Now $49.99!  Threads 4 Thought Cami Tank - Mocha Was $15 - Now $9.99!  Threads 4 Thought Cami Tank - BlackWas $15 - Now $9.99!  Ecoskin Valencia TopWas $56 - Now $39.99! Ecoskin London Top Was $56 - Now $39.99! Ecoskin Castor Tunic  Was $56 - Now $39.99!  Threads 4 Thought Terry HoodieWas $25 - Now $19.99! Shop All SALE Items Now!
  • Giveaway: Project Have Hope Fair Trade Necklace! Ends 9/14

    Melissa Dion
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Enter to Win This Gorgeous Project Have Hope Extra Long Multi Color Necklace!Giveaway: One of our lucky readers will win the Project Have Hope Extra Long Multi Color Necklace!The Extra Long Multi Color Necklace by Project Have Hope averages 52" long, and because it is a single strand, it can be worn as a single loop, doubled, or even tripled. Features a variety of beautiful, colorful beads. Fair trade. The beads are made from Recycled paper - cut into long triangles and rolled tightly to create the beads. Next the beads are varnished for durability. The beaders then select matching hues to…
  • Ecolissa's Huge Back To School Sale!

    Melissa Dion
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    30% OFF!Just Enter Coupon Code "LaborDay" at CheckoutWe need to make room for all of the new Fall fashions so we hope you enjoy this discount on any of our items (including clearance)!Valid Through Labor Day 09-01-2014 Shop Now
  • Item of the Day: Blossoms Rain Earrings

    Melissa Dion
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Blossoms Rain Earrings are laser cut and made from a very thin strong multi-layered sustainable wood. The coloring is stained into the wood with a non-toxic natural dye. All earring findings are silver-plated surgical steel and nickel-free for sensitive ears. Available in Blue (as shown). Vegan. Made in the USA. All blossoms earring sizes are less than a square inch in size. $12.Based in San Diego California, Green Tree Jewelry was founded by Lance Nybye Sr. and his son Lance Nybye Jr. to provide affordable fun jewelry from renewable resources in the USA.
  • New Arrivals: Threads 4 Thought Organic Cotton Leggings

    Melissa Dion
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Threads 4 Thought Geo Leggings  $32 Threads 4 Thought Leggings$32 At Threads 4 Thought fabrics are made using the most sustainable materials possible such as organically grown cotton, and polyester derived from recycled water bottles. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Fabric is cut and sewn into a specified style. Embellishments such as prints, beads, stones are applied last. Screen prints are often done using K2 water based inks. Other embellishments come from…
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  • No, the Bureau of Meteorology is not fiddling its weather data

    Andy Pitman, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at UNSW Australia
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Australia's weather records need careful analysis to correct any introduced errors.Photographic Collection from Australia/Wikimedia Commons, CC BYOver the past week or so, the Bureau of Meteorology has stood accused of fudging its temperature data records to emphasise warming, in a series of articles in The Australian. The accusation hinges on the method that the Bureau uses to remove non-climate-related changes in its weather station data, referred to as “data homogenisation”. If true, this would be very serious because these data sets underpin major climate research projects,…
  • Abbott's environment agenda is even harsher than he promised

    Ian Lowe, Emeritus Professor, School of Science at Griffith University
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Tony Abbott may have planted a few trees, but he's also sought to bury many of Australia's environmental safeguards.Britta Campion/AAPImageBefore the 2013 election, Tony Abbott gave us fair warning that he would turn the clock back on the environment. As promised, his government has devoted itself to short-term economics and the sort of hardline ideas peddled by the Institute of Public Affairs. The result is that environmental protection is being given a lower priority than it has by any federal government since the first environmental legislation was introduced some 40 years ago.
  • In Conversation with environment journalist Elizabeth Kolbert

    Bill Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    A dead coral reef in the Caribbean. Coral reefs are extremely vulnerable to climate change and ocean acidification. superqq/Flickr, CC BY-ND Elizabeth Kolbert MWF Scientists are coming to the conclusion that we are on the brink of a mass extinction — the sixth known in the history of the Earth, and the latest since an asteroid killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. This time we are the culprits. Wherever humans go, extinction seems to follow, but worse is yet to come, with climate change and ocean acidification compounding pressures humans already place on ecosystems. The Sixth…
  • Renewable Energy Target review – experts respond

    Alan Pears AM, Sustainable Energy &amp; Climate Researcher at RMIT University
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    A cloud is hanging over Australia's renewable energy industry after the government's review recommended that the Renewable Energy Target be scaled back.Leon Brooks/Wikimedia CommonsThe review of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) has recommended deep cuts to the scheme. If implemented by the government, the changes could mean closing off the scheme to new large-scale wind and solar farms, while also ending the current system of incentives for households to install solar panels and other domestic-scale technology. Our detailed analysis of the review is here. Below, experts…
  • End of Tasmania's forest peace deal heralds more uncertainty

    Russell Warman, PhD candidate - School of Land and Food at University of Tasmania
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Tasmanian forests will be opened for logging for "special timbers". Ta Ann Truths/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SATasmania’s parliament yesterday passed new forestry laws to undo the state’s forest “peace” deal. The laws are the most significant step so far in delivering the Liberal government’s pledge to “tear up” the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, formed in 2013 between the forest industry, government and environmental groups. The law undoes around 400,000 hectares of reserves created in the agreement. These will be shifted into a new land category — Future Potential Production…
 
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    Energy Saver Blog

  • #AskEnergySaver: Renewable Energy

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    #AskEnergySaver: Renewable Energy Answering your questions about renewable energy -- from leasing solar panels to solar water heaters.
  • Building Up Home Energy-Efficiency

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Building Up Home Energy-Efficiency Whether you are building a house or remodeling, utilizing a whole-house system approach, efficient building strategies, and landscaping can help increase energy-efficiency and lower your monthly energy bills.
  • Save on Home Water Heating

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Save on Home Water Heating On average water heating makes up 14-18% of American energy bills, learn how you can save money while using an existing water heater or when purchasing a new one.
  • Why You Might Want to Add More Insulation

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Why You Might Want to Add More Insulation Adding insulation to most houses can reduce energy bills by keeping the temperature stable all year round.
  • #AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Home Energy-Saving Questions

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    #AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Home Energy-Saving Questions Have questions about incorporating renewable energy systems in your home? Now's your chance to ask the experts at the Energy Department!
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    Green-Change.com

  • Mandarin Glut!

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

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

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

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

    Darren
    6 Feb 2014 | 5:24 am
    Yesterday a friend gave me a bunya nut cone from the bunya pine (Araucaria bidwillii) in the paddock next to their house. These things are huge! This isn’t even a big cone, but it weighs several kilos, is covered in sharp spikes, and is bigger than your head. You wouldn’t want to pitch a tent under a bunya pine in a storm! As my daughter said, you’ve got to enjoy any meal that starts with axes and hammers! Here’s the equipment you’ll need to get the raw bunya nuts out of the cone: Just smash it open with the hatchet or a blockbuster. Or smash it on a rock. The…
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  • An opportunity you just can’t miss! Zero Waste Week 2014

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

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

    Mrs Green
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Yes, you can be forgiven for thinking this is a smart new fangled recycle-on-the-go bin. But actually it’s a safe vault for storing your car keys and mobile phone. Well, more accurately, it’s a Tech Crèche! Yes, those priceless babies you can’t be without – such as the smart phone, tablet and computer games – […]
  • Why reducing waste can be bad for your health #thinkhepatitis

    Mrs Green
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    This week I was sent an email from a reader who wanted to find out more about zero waste methods of birth control. And it got me thinking about the whole waste issue in a more holistic way. If you’re in a committed relationship, your choices for birth control are more varied. But what about […]
  • Third week of Plastic Free July #pfjuk

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

  • 10 Tips to Help Your Child Guard Against Bullying

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Bullying begins in preschool and gains momentum as kids grow. Depending on which survey you read, between 40 and 80 percent of middle schoolers admit to bullying behavior. Not only is Bullying pervasive, it has become increasingly dangerous, so that children are committing suicide or being beaten to death by their bulliers. That’s the bad news.   The good news is that bullying is preventable, and you can bully-proof your child — and keep him from becoming a bully. Model compassionate, respectful relationships from the time your child is small.  The most effective way to keep…
  • Flourless Banana Bread

    Amanda Hearn
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    Flourless Banana Bread 2014-08-21 17:08:09 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 3 Green Plantains 2 Ripe Bananas 5 Eggs 1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil 1/4 cup Honey 1 tsp Baking Soda 2 tsp Cinnamon 1/4 tsp Clove 1/4 tsp Sea Salt 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract 1/4 cup Raw Pepitas or Lily’s Organic Chocolate Chips Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel and cut the Plantains & Bananas into chunks, add to a blender, along with the remaining ingredients — except for the pepitas and/or chocolate chips. Pulse until smooth! Pour the contents of the blender into a greased (buttered!) 9 x 13…
  • Fair Kids Giveaway

    Amanda Hearn
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Back to School is here, and we’re welcoming it with a great giveaway! We’ve teamed up with some amazing brands and blogs to offer ethically-made products for sending your little one back to the classroom. Enter by using the form at the bottom of this post, and then earn extra entries to increase your chances of winning by sharing on social media. Open through Tuesday, 8/26/14.   PRIZES: NULA | $75 giftcard Nula is a line of ethically-made, lasting kids clothes. Everyday styles are designed to fit for three years and made in Los Angeles. Durable construction, organic materials, and…
  • 5 Tips for Back to School Shopping Second-hand Style

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Who says a new school year has to mean an expensive new wardrobe?  Shopping used not only helps you consume less, it can help you save big time… often 75% to 80%.  Here’s how to make the most of your second-hand shopping trip. 1.  Start early Thinking ahead can save you lots of money and help you recycle friends’ and family members’ outgrown, yet still great uniforms or school outfits. Make a few phone calls to play date moms or families from church–see if anyone has left over items that they are just now discovering their own children have grown out of.   The…
  • Learning at Home

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our homes are powerful places for living and learning. As we move through the daily and weekly rhythms of home, we discover a panoply of learning moments for our young children. These moments are not tied to a curriculum, not focused on standards or expectations. They happen naturally, organically, as our children follow their innate instincts to explore the important tools of their culture with curiosity and enthusiasm. Boston College psychology professor, Dr. Peter Gray, writes in his book, Free To Learn: “Children are biologically predisposed to take charge of their own education. When…
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    EarthTechling

  • 2015 Product Line Offers Enhanced Green Features, Smart Home Automation

    Jason Ridge
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Blu Homes today announced its 2015 Product Line of premium architect-designed homes, all of which boast enhanced features and generously expanded square footage at significantly lower prices. With its 2015 Product Line, Blu® Homes, Inc. (“Blu”), America’s leading provider of premium prefab homes, has been able to increase square footage and upgrade features—including many standard smart and green additions—while dropping home prices by up to $140,000.To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please…
  • Third Round of Natural Gas Vehicle Grants

    PR Newswire
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Governor Tom Corbett (HARRISBURG, Pa.) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that the third round of Natural Gas Vehicle grants will open on Saturday, Aug. 30 and will provide an estimated $6 million to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.“Pennsylvania continues to move in the right direction by creating opportunities to convert vehicle fleets from imported oil to homegrown, clean-burning, affordable natural gas,” Gov. Corbett said. “We encourage all who are eligible for…
  • First GREENGUARD Certified Television

    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and LG Electronics USA today announced the landmark achievement of GREENGUARD Certification for LG’s newest OLED TV, model 55EC9300. This certification is the first of its kind and sets a new precedent for television manufacturers to help create healthier indoor environments.Televisions amass considerably more surface area in homes and built environments today than they have in decades past. Complex components, plastics and other substances in TV products can create significant potential to contribute to high chemical…
  • Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes Saving Consumers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    A new report released today shows that the voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy bills. According to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report, the improved energy efficiency of set-top boxes also represents a savings of nearly 842,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. This is equivalent to the output of one-half of a large (500MW) power…
  • Wind Power Can Improve Resiliency of Electrical Grids

    Curated Post
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today, at the CIGRE Session 45 in Paris,GE’s Energy Consulting business(NYSE: GE) presented the findings of its frequency response study on wind power and grid resiliency. The study, which was sponsored by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, modeled the country’s Eastern Interconnection—one of the largest electrical systems in the world—and determined that when equipped with the appropriate modern plant controls, wind applications can substantially enhance grid resiliency.Increased Wind Integration Positions Electrical Grids to Better Respond to Major DisturbancesFinding…
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    CleanTechies

  • Koch Industries Ramps Up Opposition to Renewable Energy

    2GreenEnergy
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    The contribution to the U.S. grid mix from renewable energy last month was 7.3%–not counting hydro-electric dams, which accounted for an additional 7.0%.  At this point, I guess it’s fair to say that clean energy in the U.S. is not huge, but it’s most certainly not negligible. And that fact is not lost on the [...]
  • CA Solar Permitting Bill Lands on Gov Brown’s Desk

    The Vote Solar Initiative
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Time to toast an important legislative victory in Sacramento! Last week, the California Senate approved a bill to streamline solar permitting, clearing the final legislative hurdle for AB 2188 (Muratsuchi). Governor Brown is expected to sign the bill into law, which will require cities and counties across the state to conform to statewide best practices for solar permitting. [...]
  • Obama Seeks Climate Accord Without Congressional Approval

    Yale Environment 360
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Obama administration is aiming to forge a legally binding, international agreement that would cut fossil fuel emissions and direct funds to poor nations dealing with climate change, without ratification from Congress, The New York Times reports. The agreement would combine legally binding updates to an existing 1992 climate change treaty — allowing Obama to [...]
  • Saint Paul has an Alternative to LEED

    Stuart Kaplow
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Much has changed, but much has remained the same, in the arena of green building law mandates since March 18,2002, when the city of Normal, Illinois enacted Ordinance 4825, the first ever mandatory green building law, requiring LEED certification in the Central Business District for public or private new construction of over 7,500 square feet. [...]
  • “Zombie” Servers and Inefficiency Drive Energy Waste at Data Centers

    3BL Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In nearly 3 million data centers across the United States, some 12 million machines serve up the emails, web pages, and files we access online every day. They’re the repositories of all our computerized information. The high energy demand of those servers is well documented, but up to 30 percent of them are drawing power [...]
 
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    Planet Forward

  • Break Schedule

    Tracy
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:08 am
    September 1, 2014 Break Schedule  
  • 10 Alternate Uses for Nail Polish Remover

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

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

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

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

  • Reason Bottled Water Sucks #478 – Bottled Water Ruins Downton Abbey Press Shot.

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

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

    paul
    20 May 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s like a breath of fresh air watching 923 people pile out of this small SUV in oil- rich Kuwait. Tears of Jubbling joy! [A]
  • Polls Schmolls – Who Gives A Shit What Climate Change Deniers Think. [Video]

    paul
    12 May 2014 | 8:45 am
    YouTube: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Climate Change Debate Why on our flat earth (based on a poll from 331 BC) would we use polls to gauge science? Polls on climate change are shit! [U]
  • Debate Over ‘What City Has The Worst Air Quality’ Ends With One Comment.

    paul
    30 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Screenshot: Most Polluted Cities – StateOfTheAir.org Gizmodo posted “Who Is Breathing the Worst Air in America?” using data supplied by StateOfTheAir.org. All good to know info about the air quality in the city you might live in or near. But as people were searching for their city in the list, one commenter ended the debate about cities with the worst air quality in one sentence: “The answer to the question posed in the headline is ‘My wife, every morning as I wake up.’” Think Greenhouse GAS. [G]
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    MightyNest

  • Best School Backpacks for Kids

    annie
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    A new backpack is on many back-to-school checklists.  Ultimately, you want your child's backpack to function well and to be safe of harmful materials like PVC (labels may say #3).  Vinyl (PVC) backpacks are a health concern because they may contain high levels of lead.  As kids handle their backpacks throughout the day, often before eating, lead can transfer onto children’s hands.  The Center for Environmental Health has tested backpacks and found that several leading brands contain high levels of lead.  So, it's wise to avoid vinyl backpacks and choose cloth,…
  • One Simple Change: Embrace Eggs

    Winnie Abramson
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Eggs are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Though many people worry about the cholesterol in eggs, this concern is generally unfounded: eating eggs won't cause you to develop heart disease and there’s probably no reason for you to limit eggs in your diet, especially if you enjoy them. The key is to choose eggs of the highest quality in order to take advantage of all the nutritional benefits they offer. Cholesterol was identified as a cause of heart disease back in the late 1950s by a researcher named Ancel Keys, but his hypothesis was later disproved. We now know that…
  • Savor the Summer: 'Small Batch' Honey Sweetened Strawberry Jam

    annie
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Several weeks ago, we did a first over here at MightyNest. We hosted a canning workshop at a neighborhood demo kitchen in Evanston (amazing place called Now We're Cookin'). The star of this amazing night happened to be one of our favorite bloggers, the lovely and talented Marisa McClellan. The evening was extra special because of her and everyone became smitten with her and her honey sweetened strawberry jam by the end of the night. If you are familiar with Marisa McClellan, the darling of the canning world, and the lady behind 2 best selling canning cookbooks as well as the blog Food In…
  • We’ve Got you Covered: A Guide to Choosing Natural Sunscreens

    dhschaffner
    29 May 2014 | 9:53 pm
    With hundreds of sunscreen choices lining store shelves, it’s hard to choose. All claim to protect your family from the sun, and most today brag about being water resistant, so what’s the big diff? One huge difference, that can help you narrow the field significantly, is whether the “protective” ingredients in a sunscreen are natural (aka mineral) or chemical. Most conventional sunscreens are chemical as opposed to mineral. All other claims aside, this is the critical distinction. Chemical sunscreens do their job by absorbing UV light. Sure, they may protect you from the sun, but they…
  • Ready, Pack, Go! A Guide to Summer Camp Preparedness

    dhschaffner
    22 May 2014 | 8:58 am
    Fond memories of childhood summers; playing kick the can, making clothesline tents, catching fireflies… So precious. But we’re betting you probably also remember saying “Mom, I’m bored!” A lot. That just may be why so many kids enjoy spending at least a few weeks at summer camp. And whether it’s day camp or sleepaway, your child’s summer camp experience will mean a whole lot more than just filling time. It’s an opportunity to form new friendships and learn new skills. It’s also a time to build confidence and overcome fears. And it beats the heck out of being bored at home.
 
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  • The World's Best Solar Panel

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    SunPower are building the most efficient and . . . most reliable solar panels in the industry, with: . . . Silicon: . . . . . . mono-crystalline, . . . . . . n-type semiconductor, . . . Cell construction: . . . . . . solid copper foundation, . . . Cell connections: . . . . . . soldering the copper back plate to the cells next to it Chart projection of SunPower's panr power advantage, . . . over the lifetime of a solar system. 08-31-2014 Source:  The World's Best Solar Panel
  • India: Army, Railways Solar Projects

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Governments are allowed to procure domestic equipment, . . . for defense purposes and for its own use. If India's Army, Railways and and Public sector enterprises, . . . are able to install significant solar power capacity, . . . it would reduce substantially, the financial burden from all 3, . . . that are heavy consumers of electricity. Railways, which pay some of the highest electricity tariffs among all consumer groups, . . . will have their own power generation capacity. 08-30-2014 Source:  India: Army, Railways Solar Projects
  • E-Trikes: Solar Powered?

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    E-Trikes: Solar powered? Cheaper, Simpler and non-polluting vehicle
  • Tesla's New Charging Network

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Just in the month of June, the Supercharger network has delivered over . . . 1 GWh of clean electricity, enough to drive 3.7 million electric miles. . . . That's a record that is likely to be broken each month, . . . as more Superchargers are installed and more Model S electric cars are sold. Tesla also has been installing high-power wall chargers at: . . . . . . restaurants, . . . . . . hotels, . . . . . . beach parking and . . . . . . other locations that can send 80 amps of electricity into the Model S and . . . add 58 miles of range in an hour." 08-29-2014 Source:  Tesla's new…
  • China Future Solar Projects

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    China-based company Hareon Solar Technology's . . . total overseas project development pipeline through 2017 stands at around . . . 6.27 GW, has just added another new . . . 3.35 GW, of projects in China and Turkey. 08-29-2014 Source:  China Future Solar Projects
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Free 25-Question Practice Test for the Upcoming NABCEP Installer Exam

    Brian Hayden
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    For the next month, we’re offering a free 25-question practice test for the upcoming NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam. All of the questions are here. For hints, answers, explanations, and a free lesson on battery systems, follow this link to the “Test Drive”: Fill in the blank: NEC section ________ shows the requirements for working spaces around live electrical equipment. What is the maximum latitude at which the sun can achieve a 90º altitude angle? If the open circuit voltage of a polycrystalline silicon PV module is 37.0V, the module Vmp is 29.9V,…
  • [Free Lecture] Mastering the Outdoor Reset Curve

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Plumbing and hydronics expert, Dave Yates has mastered the outdoor reset curve: boosting the value of his work, maximizing fuel savings, and increasing the comfort of his clients’ home. He wants you to master it, too. In this 60-minute free lecture, Dave uncovers everything you need to know to master the outdoor reset curve. He explains how to set up a reset curve, tailor it for any application, and present it to your customers in a way that will separate you from your competition. You will learn: How to integrate the outdoor reset curve into retrofit systems Why an accurate heat loss…
  • Why Performance and Not Price Is the Most Important Factor In Finding an Investor or Buyer for Your Solar Projects

    Chris Williams
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Question or comments? If you’re a solar developer or investor and have a story to share that relates to this article or a question about the content, please leave it in the comment section below the article.  This is a guest article by Chris Lord of CapIron Inc. Chris also teaches our Solar Executive MBA. The next Solar Executive MBA session starts on September 15th. In the course, students will work a commercial solar project from start to finish with expert guidance from Chris along the way. The class is capped so to provide maximum student attention, but there are a limited number…
  • AC Coupling – How to Cost Effectively Add Battery Back-up to Existing Grid-Tied Solar PV systems

    Chris Williams
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    This is a guest article by Chris LaForge. Chris is teaching an in-depth 6-week technical training on designing battery based solar PV systems that starts in September. You can read the full description and get a limited-time discount here. If you need to learn how to design, quote, and commission a battery based solar PV array, this is the best course for you. In the past three years, three trends have converged to create higher demand for battery-based solar arrays: battery prices are declining, the penetration of grid-tied systems is exploding, and homeowners are becoming more interested in…
  • Three Keys to Developing Bankable Solar Projects – Lessons from Developing 150 MW+ of Solar Projects

    Chris Williams
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Thanks to Chris Lord and Keith Cronin for providing all of the insights in this article. Chris and Keith teach our Solar Executive MBA course (the next session starts on September 15th). Together, they have advised investors, owners, and other developers on more than 150 MW worth of distributed generation solar projects. While there is no standard for defining bankable projects, I trust their on-the-ground experience to provide these insights. Introduction – Why is Bankability Important? The majority of large-scale US solar projects are done through power purchase agreements. The key to…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • The Real Dangers of Crossfit: My Dumbest, Silliest Crossfit Injuries

    paigewolf
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    There has been an insane amount of media buzz lately about the “dangers of CrossFit.” Everyone and your grandmother is suddenly concerned that you are taking part in this perilous new activity where you will certainly break every bone and get rhabdo. I am far from a fitness expert but I think have enough personal experience –  CrossFitting for three years including a pregnancy – to have a bit of insight on this issue. CrossFit is dangerous and people do get injured. But debatably less so than skiing, football, driving in rush hour traffic, or being like the 80% of…
  • How NOT to Hike Glen Onoko Falls

    paigewolf
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    I have a really bad habit of screwing up what are supposed to be great “life adventure experiences.” I spent Woodstock ’99 in a makeshift medical tent with a condition somewhere between dehydration and hypothermia. I spent a kayaking trip down the Puerto Rican Bio Bay in complete panic mode getting eaten alive by mosquitos in the pitch black darkness. And the last time my husband and I went hiking – 10 years ago at the Kaulalau Trail in Kawaii – we were thoroughly unprepared. Out-of-shape and wearing wet pumas, we only made it about a mile in. But now that we…
  • Happy Family Brand’s Happiness Happens Campaign

    paigewolf
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    It seems fitting that on my 35th birthday I should write about National Happiness Happens Day – which was actually Friday but is being celebrated all month long. I’ve learned over the years that true happiness is more than simple contentment and less than unadulterated bliss. It’s not about those moments of euphoric joy but more about being able to find true pleasure in your daily life. This is how I know I am happy. Like most working parents, my day is broken up into pretty routine chunks. And I think the key to happiness is being able to look forward to each of those…
  • Geocaching with Children: Fun Scavenger Hunts for the Whole Family

    paigewolf
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    An overgrown kid at heart, I love a good scavenger hunt. It’s why my husband and I like to sign up for local scavenger hunt races and turn watching Jeopardy into a competitive sport. For most actual children, loving scavenger hunts is as innate as loving artificial frosting – accept this is a love that can be very healthily encouraged! I had heard about geocaching off an on over the years but didn’t know very much about it. But recently I was browsing an issue of Parents Magazine where it was briefly mentioned as a fun way to spend time with children outdoors. I downloaded…
  • Top Green Beauty Products 2014 Update: My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

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

  • September 1

    dailynews
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sept. 1, 1894: In drought-stricken northern Minnesota, two small forest fires converge near the town of Hinckley and grow into a massive firestorm. At least 400 die as Hinckley and five other small towns are destroyed.  
  • August 31

    dailynews
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Aug. 31, 1966: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) begins its annual meeting in London, where the group bans commercial hunting for blue whales (at right), the largest and one of the most endangered whale species.  
  • Toronto yanks brilliant, litterbug-shaming ad campaign

    mhickman
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Just as fast as it came, Toronto’s acclaimed anti-littering campaign in which discarded name-brand packaging is used as a means of deriding public litterers has been trashed due to concerns over copyright infringement. Mostly, it’s because a few major companies were none too pleased with seeing their products being used to spell out words like “selfish” and “dumb.”  
  • Tips and recipes for packing healthy school lunches

    kimi.harris
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    It’s that time of year again! The bustle getting everything ready for the school year has began, and the need to pack school lunches is here! Here is a collection of recipes, tips and ideas for packing healthy school lunches. It certainly doesn’t have to be boring.   Methods and tips Quick and easy lunch ideas (real food): Simple and fast ideas for making real food lunches 
  • What's a 'facekini'? Swimwear and wrestling garb add up to bizarre fashion trend

    photoblog
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images  
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    Greener Ideal

  • The Most Awe-Inspring Photos of the Week from National Geographic

    Greener Ideal
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    To help capture the beauty of our planet and its wildlife, we’ve collected the most awe-inspiring photos that National Geographic has shared on Instagram this week. This week includes leopards, penguins, and areas of the planet rarely seen. Below each photo is a link to the photographer’s profiles – please follow them and support their work […] Read the full article: The Most Awe-Inspring Photos of the Week from National Geographic on Greener Ideal
  • Scientists Uncover a Bizarre Truth About Octopuses: They Aren’t The Loners We Thought They Were

    Sarah Burke
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    We all know by now that octopuses are smart. They can use tools, change colour instantly and learn through observation. They’re incredibly fascinating creatures. But did you know that studies are showing that they are social too?   Loners of the Sea Previously, octopuses were considered to be solitary creatures, only coming together to mate […] Read the full article: Scientists Uncover a Bizarre Truth About Octopuses: They Aren’t The Loners We Thought They Were on Greener Ideal
  • This Motorcycle is Powered by a Unique Biofuel: Pork Fat

    Greener Ideal
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Believe it or not, biofuels are still a big deal when it comes to developing and producing sustainable transportation. Granted, today’s press is all about electrification, but in truth there are just as many commercial producers interested in working on biomass fueled ICE’s as there are who are interested in plugging in, and as a practical matter, the approach to […] Read the full article: This Motorcycle is Powered by a Unique Biofuel: Pork Fat on Greener Ideal
  • The Ultra-Efficient Engines that Power Elio Motors Three-Wheelers

    Greener Ideal
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    A recent blog piece from Elio Motors got me thinking about the state of small displacement ICE development, and how newly innovative powerplants can add value to the overall transportation segment. According to Elio’s manufacturing partner IAV, “Internal combustion engine(s) will remain the chief source of propulsion for automobiles and light commercial vehicles for decades to come. […] Read the full article: The Ultra-Efficient Engines that Power Elio Motors Three-Wheelers on Greener Ideal
  • 8 Simple Steps to Start Your Own Organic Garden

    Contributing Authors
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    With an increased focus on pesticides and contamination, many people want to incorporate more organic foods into their daily meals. Sometimes, these organics are priced significantly higher than the conventionally grown counterparts. If you have the space, start your own organic garden to help save money!   1) Prep the Soil Healthy plants need healthy […] Read the full article: 8 Simple Steps to Start Your Own Organic Garden on Greener Ideal
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    Wilderness News Online

  • Protecting Wild Rice and 50 Years of Wilderness – the Summer Issue is Online

    Editor
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Summer Issue of Wilderness News is Online – we look to the future of Minnesota’s Wild Rice, celebrate the fiftieth year of the Wilderness Act that created the BWCAW, and so much more. View and Download a PDF Here >   COVER STORY: Protecting Our Wild Rice Heritage By Alissa Johnson Evaluating Minnesota’s water sulfate standard for wild rice. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reviewing its standards for protecting wild rice in Minnesota. With funding from the Minnesota State Legislature, the agency conducted a two-year study to determine how sulfate—the…
  • Ely Explorers Embark on Environmental Expedition

    Greg Seitz
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Freemans and the signed canoe they’ll paddle to the nation’s capital. (Photo by Layne Kennedy) A married couple from Ely who have traveled more than 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled in recent years left this week on a trip to Washington, D.C. Dave and Amy Freeman’s trip seeks to celebrate the Boundary Waters’s 50th anniversary and protest proposed copper-nickel mines in the region. The Paddle to D.C. expedition will take them 2,000 miles from Basswood Lake near Ely, along the the Border Route to the Grand Portage, carrying their gear across that 8.5-mile…
  • Mining Company Says Twin Metals Project Is a Profitable Proposal

    Greg Seitz
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Mine configuration map (Courtesy Twin Metals) The Twin Metals copper-nickel mine proposal is economically viable, according to the project’s draft Pre-Feasibility Study, which was released this week. The study says that over 30 years, the mine would produce 5.8 billion pounds of copper and 1.2 billion pounds of nickel, as well as millions of ounces of platinum, palladium, gold, and silver. The mine would have strong operating margins, with profits of $36.54 per ton and an average production rate of 50,000 tons of ore per day. It could create 850 full-time jobs, as well as 12 million…
  • Lake of the Woods Getting Greener

    Greg Seitz
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Algae on Lake of the Woods (IJC/Environment Canada) Algae is apparently worsening on Lake of the Woods, but the causes remain almost as murky as the water. Studies of the sediment on the lake bottom indicate that the usual suspects are apparently not to blame for a problem that has been growing for several decades. Nutrient issues in the watershed, often caused by excessive runoff containing phosphorus and nitrogen, are getting neither worse nor better—especially in the largest source of water for Lake of the Woods, the Rainy River. Instead, warmer weather in recent decades might be the…
  • Namakan River Dam Proposal Back On the Table

    Greg Seitz
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Locations of proposed hydroelectric facilities from earlier plans. (Via Coalition to Protect the Namakan) A  dam that would be built at waterfalls between Quetico Park in Ontario and Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota has new life, but may also have hit a final roadblock. Ontario’s government has turned down a request by the Lac La Croix First Nation for the public to pay $16 million to connect the dam to the electrical grid, which proponents say is necessary to make it financially feasible. The dam is seen as an economic development project for  Lac la Croix, which is partnering…
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Just Back: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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

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

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

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

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

  • UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Leads the Way Towards an Inclusive Green Economy

    Team HexaGreen
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    When the global financial crisis began in 2008-09, environmental sustainability dwindled as a policy priority for many countries and budgets for environment and sustainable management of natural resources were cut across the globe. For the nine African countries where the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has been working since 2005, however, a different kind of response was discernible. Situated on a continent where economic growth is largely driven by natural resources and convinced of the benefits derived from pro-poor sustainable environment management, the countries of…
  • Siemens receives order for 67 wind turbines for Dudgeon offshore wind power plant

    Team HexaGreen
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    • Statoil and Statkraft order 67 Siemens wind turbines with a power rating of 6 megawatts • Total value of the contracts nearly 650 million Euros • Service and maintenance agreement included Siemens Energy has received an order from the Norwegian energy utilities Statoil and Statkraft for the “Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm” in the UK. Siemens will manufacture, deliver, install and commission 67 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines rated at 6 megawatts (MW) each and equipped with a 154-meter rotor. Installation will start in early 2017.
  • SunEdison and TerraForm Power complete two PV projects in California

    Team HexaGreen
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    PV technology manufacturer SunEdison and its affiliate, global renewable energy company TerraForm Power, have completed and connected two PV projects in California. The two systems – a 2.6MW DC project at the Coalinga State Hospital and a 1.6MW DC System at the Pleasant Valley State Prison – were installed for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Department of State Hospital and will produce enough energy to power about 800 homes. Bob Powell, president of North America at SunEdison, said: “SunEdison has installed 40 MW DC of solar…
  • US backs two 150MW solar power plants in Burma

    Team HexaGreen
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    A deal struck between the US-based ACO Investment Group and the Burma Ministry of Electric Power will help kickstart the development of the first-ever PV energy project in Burma’s Mandalay region. In total, two 150MW PV plants will be constructed in the region and are expected to create 400 construction jobs during their development and around 100 permanent jobs once both are operational. Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative, said: “Efforts like these support the ambitious definition of development that is at the heart of President Obama’s trade agenda. By…
  • Fluor completes 170MW solar plant in California

    Team HexaGreen
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Engineering firm, Fluor Corporation, has announced the completion of a 170MW solar plant. The project is located in El Centro, Southern California. US independent power produce, LS Power owns the solar plant, named ‘Centinela Solar’. Construction began in December 2012, creating hundreds of local jobs for Imperial Valley workers. The solar plant has 875,000 solar panels installed across a 1,600 acre site. Fluor successfully completed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and commissioned the solar plant. Fluor is also to operate and maintain the plant for the next five…
 
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Shifting Ecologies – Environmental Art Exhibit – Part 4

    Guest
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Marianne Van Lent, Curator The Painting Center, NY, NY Please enjoy this 4th gallery in the Shifting Ecologies, Environmental Art Exhibit series, courtesy of the Painting Center. Over the course of 5 galleries we will offer the work of 58 artists encompassing the complete exhibition, which offers an insightful survey of how artists today are expressing their relationship with our current ecological landscape. For an introduction by exhibition curator, Marianne Van Lent, and the first gallery, please visit: Shifting Ecologies – Environmental Art Exhibit   Ford Crull – Biomorphic…
  • How Water Intensive Food Choices Impact California’s Drought

    Guest
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    By Ian Creelman As the record setting California drought continues, people across the state are applying the rule of thumb, “If it’s brown, flush it down; if it’s yellow, let it mellow,” taking shorter showers, installing water conserving fixtures, and letting their lawns dry out. While these common water conservation techniques are well known, what you eat may have the largest impact on the California water supply. Choosing between a chicken caesar salad or tri-tip sandwich for lunch could be the difference between hundreds of gallons of water use in California. How does what you eat…
  • The Case for Fresh, Healthy School Meals

    Guest
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    By the Center for Ecoliteracy Fresh, healthy, locally sourced school meals are better for students, better for learning, and can be better for school finances. Use the Making the Case suite of tools to promote fresh, healthy school meals in your community. Visit the Center for Ecoliteracy – Making the Case Download Research PDF Rethinking School Lunch Guide
  • Gorilla Tourism

    Guest
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Seeing the Mountain Gorillas Up Close By Sarah Abdelrahim Courtesy of Voices of Biodiversity I was originally doubtful about going to see the mountain gorillas. After living in Kenya for some time, I had come across many people who had been gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda, and I never met anyone that did not regret the $500-750 price tag for a gorilla tracking permit. Nevertheless, I was pretty hesitant to spend several hundred dollars for a single permit that could possibly lead to dead ends, no sightings, and no second chances. Finally, while planning a recent November trip to Uganda,…
  • Mount Polley Tailings Pond Failure

    Guest
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
     A Wake-up Call for Canada’s Mining Industry By David Suzuki NASA’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a view of the aftermath of the breach on August 5, 2014. When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an “extremely rare” occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here. He failed to mention the 46 “dangerous or unusual occurrences” that B.C’s chief inspector of mines…
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    ecocitizenaustralia.com.au

  • What it is to be an Eco Citizen

    Tracey Hordern
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    What initially attracted me to write for Eco Citizen from the get-go was the name. Cool, I thought, I’m all for anything eco and I’m a citizen - and not just Australia, I like to think, a citizen of this planet. However, years and hundreds of stories later I have come to rethink what it means to me to be an eco citizen. Is it wearing organic knickers (yep - I’ve covered them) and washing my hair in natural shampoo? Is it lusting after an alternative fuel car? Is it eating organic food and using natural cleaning products? While these are all noble efforts, for my money, it’s going to…
  • Predicting Irukandji Jellyfish Blooms

    Nina Hill
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Irukandji Jellyfish inhabit the waters of Northern Australia and are particularly difficult to spot as they are only 2.5cm big. The Irukandji's stingers are found not only on the tentacles but also on its bell, a sting from one of these jellyfish will cause Irukandji syndrome. Symptoms of the Irukandji syndrome develop minutes to hours after the sting and include vomiting, profuse sweating, headache, agitation, rapid heart rate, very high blood pressure and death in rare circumstances. Above: An Irukandji jellyfish. Photo: Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin. Irukandji Jellyfish are common in the waters of…
  • The amazing colourful Aura-Soma fragrances

    Tracey Hordern
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Have you heard of Aura-Soma fragrances? No, well nor had I until recently when I had a wonderful massage near Mullumbimby. When I remarked on the beautiful fragrance of the room, assuming it was oil that was burning, I was told the room had been painted, with Aura-Soma fragrance added to the paint! These beautiful Aura-Soma fragrances are based on all natural essences with absolutely no nasty chemicals added. But what is really different about Aura-Soma is they are based on your choices and your consciousness.  The choice of fragrance and colour you choose is a reflection of your true nature…
  • Sustainable jet fuel aims for carbon neutrality

    Ross Kendall
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The solar-powered production of sustainable jet fuel synthesised from water and carbon dioxide could revolutionise aviation according to European-based scientists. The SOLAR-JET consortium said its process also had the potential to sustainably produce any other type of fuel for transport, such as diesel, gasoline or pure hydrogen. The project used concentrated sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water to a synthesis gas (syngas). This is done via a redox cycle with metal-oxide based materials at high temperatures. Above: The solar reactor and researcher team in Zurich. The syngas, a…
  • Marina Brown: A Clean Slate

    Lisa Doust
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Born in the wild west of Canada, waste-management warrior Marina Brown settled in the Blue Mountains village of Katoomba three years ago, and this is where she plans to stay with partner Andrew Taylor and their young son, Archie. Seeing it as a privilege to live in such a beautiful place, Marina says she feels very connected to the Blue Mountains community and wants to show her respect by helping to build a “better, stronger and cleaner environment”. A self-proclaimed ‘Planet Avenger’, Marina has become a pioneer in waste management at local festivals and events. Here she tells us how…
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    Environment About

  • 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,…
  • Into The Dead Zone – Causes and Solutions for Shrinking Dead Zones

    Keshav Saini
    6 Jan 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Article Link: Into The Dead Zone – Causes and Solutions for Shrinking Dead Zones Dead zones are areas of the ocean that are very low in oxygen, and therefore cannot sustain life (or only very limited life). They are typically caused by algal blooms, which deplete the water of oxygen; organic waste from the algae sinks to the bottom of the ocean and is broken down there by bacteria. Bacteria produce carbon dioxide rather than oxygen when they respire, and that carbon dioxide starves the water of oxygen and creates the dead zone. Dead zones are rooted in natural causes, but human activity…
  • Eight Easy Ways To Make Your Home Environment Friendly

    Keshav Saini
    5 Jan 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Article Link: Eight Easy Ways To Make Your Home Environment Friendly With all the grim predictions about global climate change, many people have started to seriously consider adopting environmental friendly actions and behaviors in their daily life. The trend of making environmental friendly houses and buying environmental friendly products is increasing. However, there are still a good percentage of those, who hesitate because they are not sure what should they do to help the environment. In this context, here are a few suggestions on how you can make your home environmental friendly. 1.
 
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • All Aboard the Ahimsa Train!

    kristen
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Ahimsa Designs by Kristen Anderson has an abundance of exciting news coming soon! Multiple Fall Festivals from Atlanta to New York, a brand new Yoga Inspired product line, new promotions, giveaways and so much more Add your email address to our VIP List to be sure not to miss any of these announcements and giveaways! Join here:https://www.facebook.com/AhimsaDesigns/app_100265896690345 JEWELRY FOR THE SOUL - http://AhimsaDesigns.Com/ Handcrafted Artisan, Yoga & Vegan Jewelry Designs promoting global awareness & using only Earth-Friendly & Cruelty-Free materials. (Ahimsa Train…
  • Back To School Sale 2014

    kristen
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Welcome to our 2nd annual Back To School Sale. This is our FIRST SALE of 2014 so don’t miss out! Save 20% on every design in our Catalog including Custom Designs. This sale ends August 16th at midnight (EST). More info. Shop Now:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/AhimsaDesigns USE THE COUPON CODE:  SCHOOL2014        
  • Back To School

    kristen
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    The beginning of this new school year is having to pry each of my fingers off of my firm and phantasmal grip on summer. My baby goes back to school this week. Ok, he’s not a baby. He is starting 4th grade, but when I look into those eyes I still see that beautiful baby boy that I held and nursed and loved until I thought I would burst apart. I still love him like that. When it comes to traditional academics, all three of our kids have been off the grid for a couple of years. My son has had important and empowering experiences at a school that allowed him to structure his own day. He has…
  • Ahimsa Designs at the Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals

    kristen
    18 Oct 2013 | 2:35 pm
    Ahimsa Designs at the Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals Join us tomorrow for a day of delicious vegan food from local restaurants, fun activities, live music, raffles, giveaways and promoting compassion for farm animals at Farm Sanctuary’s Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals! We are so proud to be a sponsor of Farm Sanctuary’s 2013 Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals. Please check out the website to see all the exciting details like which band is playing, which local restaurants will be providing us with delicious vegan food, and more!
  • I Did It! Reflections on the Design Challenge

    kristen
    18 Oct 2013 | 9:20 am
    I Did It! Reflections on the Design Challenge So, the last piece for my design challenge has been photographed. The last description has been written. I love the feeling of knowing you have to do something, but not knowing why. The certainty you have that insists on action. The feeling of being swept along a current, conscious thought subsides and the knowing takes over. Lately, I have started listening to that knowing. In some big ways. This design challenge felt smaller than some, but is growing and evolving in some bigger ways. I will try to explain here, but it may require more pondering…
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • Labor Day Weekend Sale: 10% Off

    Manchester Wood
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Our Labor Day Weekend Sale runs Thursday, August 28th through Monday, September 1st. 10% off all furniture on ManchesterWood.com with promo code ‘Labor’ at check-out. Support hard work. Support American labor. Our Labor Day Weekend Sale is an extension of gratitude to you, our customer, and the amazing workforce we have at Manchester Wood. It’s no surprise to many of us that the domestic economy has been extremely challenging, and producing truly ‘Made in the USA’ goods in no easy task. Take a moment this Labor Day Weekend to explore our offerings, take advantage…
  • From One ‘Factory Man’ To Another

    Manchester Wood
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    “John D. Bassett III, center, with part of the company team that took on China.” Photo: David Hungate The New York Times wrote a beautiful article on Factory Man, a new book on the Bassett legacy and the dedication John D. Bassett III has to American made furniture. Beth Macy wrote a book each one of us in the American furniture manufacturing industry would love to see be written. Especially those in American furniture brands steeped in family tradition like ours. And she did it. Factory Man is a great story of the Bassett Furniture legacy, and one Bassett in particular, John D.
  • Redesigning American Home Office Furniture

    Manchester Wood
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    There’s something about American home office furniture. Especially around Labor Day. Support hard work. Support American labor… Yours specifically. 100% American made desks, shelving, and carts… that’s American home office furniture. You’ll find that here. As we begin to look towards fall, redesigning our workspace can be a common task. We’ve spent the summer outdoors as much as we can while maintaining our workload, but now as things slow down we look to optimize our work efforts indoors again. American home office furniture is a great way to search and…
  • Retro Solid Wood Furniture

    Manchester Wood
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    Our Retro solid wood furniture is sure to excite the mid-century enthusiast in new home design. Made from solid hardwood in America with a 100% Quality Guarantee plus Free Shipping! Manchester Wood has recently reproduced Retro solid wood furniture that we fondly remember our parents and grandparents had in that “Golden Age” of American history, Post-World War II America. High spirits and a booming economy gave birth to the American Dream. Everything seemed a movie back then… it was all about Jackie and Marilyn. JFK and the Beatles. It was a hay-day in American life, and Manchester Wood…
  • Back to School Lap Desk Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Win a FREE Lap Desk by sharing, what’s your favorite childhood school memory? It will automatically enter you to the raffle drawing the end of the month. A favorite teacher? Favorite sport? A memory from winning a state championship game, or getting into the school of your choice? In the month of August we’re still enjoying summer, but the school year is quickly upon us too. In the spirit of the season, along with our Back to School Sale, Manchester Wood is making this month’s giveaway a FREE Lap Desk with entry by way of commenting on this blog, emailing us…
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    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.
  • reflections of history… decorating with mirrors

    bambeco
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Large mirrors like the reclaimed tin ceiling mirrors we’ve featured are beautiful works of art. They’re also practical pieces of décor magic that can transform your home from meh to marvelous. Mirrors shouldn’t be relegated to the bathroom and above the … Continue reading → The post reflections of history… decorating with mirrors appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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    Joyfully Green

  • My Week in 5 Photos: Golden Summer

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    How are we at the end of August already?! It feels like school just ended, but it's starting again next week! Determined to soak up every last ray of summer sunshine, we started off the week by hitting the beach... The water was already too chilly for me (but I like it bathwater temperature, so perhaps I'm not a good judge). The kids agreed it was cold, but had a good, long swim anyway. I still remember when I was studying vocabulary words for the SAT in high school (sheesh, decades ago now!) and one of the words was "coruscate" ("to emit flashes of light; to sparkle…
  • 12 Ways to Meditate If You Just Can't Sit Still

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I've made no secret of the fact that I'm pathetic at traditional meditation--sitting in the lotus position and chanting "Ommmmm" just isn't for me. But I wholeheartedly believe in the benefits of hopping off the "Mental Chatter Rollercoaster" to clear my head, refocus, and appreciate the present moment. I've often said that macro photography is my way of meditating, allowing me to focus (literally) on the small movements of tiny things and taking me out of my own racing thoughts. But you don't need a camera--even though I highly recommend it--to…
  • Monday Snapshots: Sunset in the Style of Maxfield Parrish

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Does this ever happen to you? While going about your day, you happen upon a scene in nature that looks like it was created by a famous painter. That was my immediate impression of this sunset in the Bahamas a couple of weeks ago. It looked like it was painted by Maxfield Parrish! The golden-peach colors... The billowy pillows of clouds... The vague feeling that angels were going to burst into operatic song at any moment. Life imitating art! I usually post just one "Monday Snapshot" at a time, but because this sunset was so dramatic, I'm giving it an encore! Did you enjoy this…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 29: Simple Creativity

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    While I'm a tad sad (and frankly, surprised!) to see summer winding down so quickly (the leaves here are already starting to turn color), there's something about the start of a new school year, with chatty kids climbing up into big yellow buses, that always feels fresh, exciting, hopeful, and creative. Perhaps it's all of those sharpened pencils and crisp notebooks, with wide-open pages just waiting to be doodled-up with dazzling ideas. I love a clean slate, don't you? (That must be why I've been tweaking my website--what do you think of the new banner?) Here are five…
  • 6 Cool Things I Learned While Sailing in the Bahamas

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Would you get on a sailboat for 7 days with 10 members of your family? Would you still love them on Day 8? Well, I did, and I do! To celebrate my in-laws' 50th wedding anniversary, my extended family headed down to the Abaco Cays in the Bahamas for a week of sand, surf, and...sweat! It was crazy-hot and humid, but that's what we get for booking a Bahamas vacation in August, right? (For those of you who took guesses at the location of my "Monday Snapshot", here's your answer: Treasure Cay.) Despite the heat, it was a very cool trip! Here's what I learned in the…
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    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.
  • reflections of history… decorating with mirrors

    bambeco
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Large mirrors like the reclaimed tin ceiling mirrors we’ve featured are beautiful works of art. They’re also practical pieces of décor magic that can transform your home from meh to marvelous. Mirrors shouldn’t be relegated to the bathroom and above the … Continue reading → The post reflections of history… decorating with mirrors appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    The Greentech Blog

  • Greentech news for April

    greenadmin
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The fourth and final berth at the Cornish wave hub was taken by Australian renewable energy producer Carnegie Wave Energy. The Perth based company will install a 1MW device that will  supply electricity and desalinated water to the Garden Island naval base more Apple bought a hydroelectric power facility near it’s data centre in Oregon. The 5MW facility is likely to supply power for the company’s server farm more Tesla began selling cars in China and announced plans to build cars in the country within the next 3-4 years. However this would require a joint venture with a local…
  • Greentech news for March

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions

    Kirsten McCulloch
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A month or two ago, knowing that I would be pushed for time (and internet access) while I am travelling, I put out of a call to my regular readers for guest posts. This week I have a guest post for you from Mary Jo Nieson of www.DelicatePawsLLC.com, sharing her favourite safe garden solutions. Please note…
  • Holly’s Homemade Dog Food

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

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

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

    Kirsten McCulloch
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In the world of business and entrepreneurial practice, this is a question we are asked to think about, because if you know your why, you are more likely to take the actions needed to get you to your where or what. But it applies in other parts of life too, including learning to live more…
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • How Outdoor Marquees Keep Kids Sun Safe at School

    Clay Miller
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    We all know how to slip, slop and slap, but sun protection for kids at school doesn’t end here. Elementary and middle schools (or Primary and secondary schools if you are in Australia) are required to provide adequate shaded areas for kids during recess, lunch and active play, as well for as physical education and outdoor learning areas. Outdoor marquees are a great way to supplement the shaded areas of any school, whether it be as a permanent setup, an occasional shaded area for particular days, or even just certain events. Here are a just a few reasons why:   UPF50+ Sun Protection A…
  • Freecycling: Giving Away Instead Of Throwing Away

    Clay Miller
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    What is exactly is freecycling? It is when someone gives away an unwanted item, for free, to another person. That item could be anything from tools to appliances. So instead of throwing things away to sit in landfills, you can give them away to someone who needs them. You weren’t expecting money anyway for something you were going to put out to the trash.  Freecycling is a great way to reuse what we own. The internet has really helped in making freecycling a big success. One of the largest freecycle networks is Freecycle.org. You can find the area or a group in which you live and look…
  • Eminent Questions To Answer Before Choosing The Reliable Quotes For ECO Cars

    Clay Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    While planning to focus towards electric cars, it means that you will land up with some money saving opportunities. These vehicles are exempt from the tax along with congestion charges. On top of all these saving options, you can also get in hold of the cheaper versions of car insurance. The cover cost is solely based on various types of factors, associated with the car and also the driver. Some insurance companies can even lead you with an offer associated with the drivers of the electric car. These are mostly used in order to reduce the risk factor associated with green cars. There are…
  • Turning a Urban Heat Hotbed into a Green Cooling Haven

    Clay Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    There is no better symbol of modernization, success, and advancements than urban cities. Cities are sources of vibrant economies, progressive thinking, and the evolution of a country. Yet, while cities are a hotbed for progression, they are also a literal hotbed of heat – which is the reason why urban cities are notoriously referred to as “heat islands.” Heat island cities typically have a much higher air temperature than their surrounding rural areas, temperatures which peak during the summertime and remain quite high during the year. According to the EPA, Aside from raising…
  • Reducing Our Carbon Footprint One Step at a Time

    Clay Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Messages of going green, reducing our carbon footprint and leading more eco-friendly lives seem to be found just about everywhere these days. The information overload can be extremely confusing to newcomers of green living, but it is important to remember that no matter the conservation message, the main ideas are always consistent – use less or not at all and always reuse and recycle. It is even possible to maintain a zero-waste home, but taking baby steps can lead to the greatest success. A person’s carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere…
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    Hulsey Services Blog

  • Is the pilot light out?

    John Grindle
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comThere are serveral things that can go wrong with a pilot light on a gas water heater. One day you may wake up and discover you have nothing but cold water. You may want to take a shower and find nothing but a frigid drizzle, This is usually when you will discover  the pilot light that has gone out.  Why did it go out? The cause may be many different things. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a windy night that can blow the pilot light out. So, we will go over the basic troubleshooting steps to help…
  • Is an Instant water heater A Good investment?

    John Grindle
    15 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comInstant Hot Water? Or Conventional Water Heating? First the answer to the question on many people’s minds. What is an instant water heater anyways? An instant water heater uses a device called a heat exchanger to rapidly heat water “on demand”. This is in contrast to the traditional conventional water heater that uses either gas or electricity to heat your water and then stores that water in an insulated water tank. So why all the fuss when it comes to choosing between the two? In most homes in North…
  • Easy tips to get deal with a blocked drain

    Sophie Andersen
    10 Feb 2014 | 6:52 am
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comEasy tips to get deal with a blocked drain Maintaining a home is never an easy task. There are numerous details that need to be taken into consideration when you have a place of your own. However, all the features that have to be done depend on the type of home you own. Living in a block of flats usually means that you can count on a special service responsible for home maintenance. This automatically disqualifies any personal responsibility and abolishes you of any effort. Of course, you are still obliged…
  • Repair A Flapper Valve

    John Grindle
    21 Jan 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comWhat’s  All The Flap About? How to  Replace or Repair  that Broken Flapper Valve. Your Flapper Valve sits in the heart of your toilet; it’s composed of 2 simple levers. The first lever has a float that raises and lowers.  When the reservoir is drained it allows water to flow in until that lever floats to a certain height. Once it’s reached the zenith of its maximum floatation range the levers motion shuts off a valve that controls the water coming into the toilet. This allows just the right amount…
  • Hard Water – An Ounce of Prevention

    John Grindle
    19 Dec 2013 | 1:22 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comWhen I was fourteen years old, I once thought to impress the cute girl that lived down the lane by doing a head first power dive off of a thirty foot cliff. That ill-gotten misadventure led to my first exposure to one type of ‘hard water’.  Later I discovered as a home owner that there is actually another variety of hard-water.  And while it will not likely result in a high speed impact leaving you smarting from head to toe, this other variety will surely leave your pocketbook feeling just as sore.
 
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • What is Environmental Health and Issues Related to it?

    Rinkesh
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    What is Environmental Health? Environmental health is the science of looking at the external factors that can influence a person’s health and behavior. These external factors are defined as physical, chemical and biological factors. It can include everything from managing the use of pesticides to the quality of drywall used in construction. It is a healthcare area that is gaining increasing attention around the world as there are more studies proving that the impact of environmental health extends beyond the individual and can determine the cost of public health care and the health of the…
  • What is Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development?

    Rinkesh
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    What is Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development? While it may seem that environmental sustainability and sustainable development are one in the same, there is quite a few ways in which they diverge in their goals. They do have the same overall goal that of conserving natural resources and creating more energy efficient projects and practices – but the two groups that are focused on them may find themselves in disagreement about what the priorities of actions are. Having a better understanding of how they are different and the same can help you do know how to navigate…
  • Various Tundra Plants

    Rinkesh
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Various Tundra Plants The tundra only has what would normally be considered a growing season for two months of every year. Despite the almost year round freezing temperatures, the tundra biome is thriving with a surprising variety of plant life. What you won’t find on the tundra are trees. After all, that is how it got its name – tundra comes from the Finnish “tunturia” which means treeless land. The winds are harsh here, and most of the plants that grow on the surface of the tundra grow in clusters to form a natural barrier against the wind. There are over 400 different types of…
  • Distributed Power Generation

    Rinkesh
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Distributed Power Generation: A Win Win for Australia A lot of Australians are choosing solar energy these days, because they’re concerned about the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. Solar power is considered an alternative energy source because less than 2 percent of the world’s energy is generated this way. Still, this hasn’t deterred some Aussies from adopting it. Specifically, distributed power. What is Distributed Power? Distributed power means that there’s not centralized power plant. Power is instead generated closer to the source. For example, if you have a power…
  • Various Tundra Animals

    Rinkesh
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    List of Various Tundra Animals The tundra is an ecosystem located at the North Pole. This biome surrounds the Arctic Circle and is the coldest biome of all on earth. While it is centered on the North Pole, there are other areas of the world are considered to be part of the tundra because they share the same climate. These areas include the region of Antarctica, parts of Alaska and parts of Northern Canada. In the tundra, the average winter temperature is well below negative 34 degrees Celsius and the summer range is between 3 and 12 degrees Celsius. While the tundra only warms up for two…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust hits 1MW milestone

    Daniel Birkett
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has reached a new milestone in solar energy generation. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has been set up to provide support to local communities which also involves the generation of renewable energy. The organisation has now reached […] The post Coalfields Regeneration Trust hits 1MW milestone appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • NFL stadium receives environmental acclaim

    Daniel Birkett
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The recently constructed Levi’s® Stadium has become the first NFL stadium to be awarded LEED Gold certification. The newly built Levi’s® Stadium which is home to the San Francisco 49ers and cost $1.2bn has become the first sports arena to […] The post NFL stadium receives environmental acclaim appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Wales’ largest waste to energy plant unveiled

    Daniel Birkett
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Wales has officially unveiled its largest food waste to energy plant in Denbighshire. Biogen’s £7.5m Waen plant has been officially unveiled in Denbighshire which is capable of producing enough energy to power the St Asaph, the UK’s smallest city. The […] The post Wales’ largest waste to energy plant unveiled appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Community solar project up and running

    Daniel Birkett
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    A Lincolnshire village has launched a new community solar scheme which will bring both environmental and financial rewards to the area. The Belchford Community Solar Co-operative (BCSC) is now seeking investment from local residents to fund a new renewable energy […] The post Community solar project up and running appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Scottish harbour to become wind energy hub

    Daniel Birkett
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Caithness Harbour is to be used as a service base and hub for the construction of one the country’s largest wind farms. Developers of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (Bowl) have agreed a deal to use the Caithness Harbour during […] The post Scottish harbour to become wind energy hub appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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    Raintees

  • Five tips for volunteering abroad

    raintees
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    By Ghalia Farzat I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit many countries from Europe to the Americas to the Middle East to Asia to little islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I have seen many different cultures and interacted with people of all backgrounds. However, out of all this travel, two of my dearest trips are volunteer trips. I have had the chance to volunteer in Nepal and in Indonesia. Both of these trips were done with Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a not-for-profit organization based in Doha, Qatar where I currently live. Namaste! The formal greeting in Nepal…
  • PACT Apparel

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    At Raintees we love companies that care as much about the products they produce as how they produce them. PACT apparel is an undergarment movement that goes above and beyond in sustainable production. They make clothes using only non-GMO organic cotton that is harvested on family farms and manufactured in a wind-powered facility. This process translates into creating ‘socks with soul’, ‘altruistic underwear’ and other eco-fabulous items. ​Photo credit: PACT Apparel Another thing we like? PACT Apparel is a company that gives back. Each season the team chooses an…
  • Two Amazing Brands Taking Over Home Decor

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    We love sharing with our readers some of the amazing and fun companies we discover.  Recently, two companies have crossed our path and both feature gorgeous handmade items we completely have gone crazy for. ​Photo credit: Wicked Los Angeles Wicked Los Angeles was created when founders Mark and Samantha searched high and low for a romantic, drippy candle that wouldn’t actually run and make a mess on their wedding day. Unable to find the perfect candle they were searching for, they rolled up their sleaves and made them, one by one, in their kitchen from scratch; Wicked was born! ​Photo…
  • Nut Butters We Love

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    We’re not only passionate about the environment, we’re passionate about living healthy, nourished lives. That’s why we’ve chosen to share with you some of the best nutrient rich nut butters that our team has discovered here at Raintees! Photo credit: Barney Butter One product we love is Barney Butter. Barney Butter was started by a mom as a healthy alternative for her peanut-butter loving kids. It is made from non-GMO premium Californian almonds and contains half the saturated fat of traditional Peanut butter. This gluten-free treat can be enjoyed on its own or combined into…
  • INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Something we can’t get enough of at Raintees are inspiring companies with a social and environmental conscience. INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion, is one such brand that we love. Created by Scott Leonard and Matt Reynolds in 1994, their line utilizes all natural materials and low impact dies, free of both heavy metals and harmful chemicals. By using natural materials, they are able to fulfill their commitment to produce clothing that honors the environment and doesn’t bring added harm to local water tables or communities where the garments are produced. ​Photo credit:…
 
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Starting the End of Energy Poverty

    Thad Wharton
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Source:  SolarAid  One of the most fascinating effects of the development of renewable energy, is its burgeoning impact in undeveloped communities around the world.  Generations have lived without electricity all their lives with little to no hope of ever getting it.  Most estimates agree around 1.4 billion people currently have no access to energy and live in energy poverty.  Incredibly, in a country like Sierra Leone, which has been in existence for well over two thousand years, 95% of the country has no access to the grid. That’s 95%… Most get by with burning scarce, valuable…
  • SB 43: A Primer on California’s Foray into Community Shared Solar

    Nathan Otto
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    In a previous post, I outlined some of the main ideas behind community shared solar programs throughout the US.  California is currently in the process of designing and implementing programs designed to encourage this sort of increased access to clean energy.   At least 75% of households in the country are not good candidates for on-site solar, due to tree cover, poor orientation to the sun, HOA restrictions, and other reasons.  Further, for those who do not own property, it is even harder to directly support clean energy projects. California Senate Bill 43 is designed to address these…
  • How Solar Can Help Avoid Conflict Over Water

    Rosana Francescato
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    From our good friends at PV Solar Report. A new report warns of the danger in overlooking the use of water in conventional forms of electricity generation. The report highlights the role of solar and other renewables in ensuring the world maintains enough water for a growing population, in the face of increasing droughts. We recently reported that solar power can benefit the economy by mitigating the economic consequences of climate change. Solar can also help with another serious issue: water. As the world’s population grows and climate change leads to more frequent and more severe…
  • Finding Geli and Discovering the Internet of Energy

    Bill Ehrlich
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    How do you get a meeting with one of the smartest people in San Francisco at one of the most exciting start-ups in the energy scene? You know who that person is before everyone else finds out and then you show up. The man I was determined to find is Dr. Ryan Wartena of Growing Energy Labs Inc. (GELI pronounced “Jelly”). How symbolic that my search led me to none other than the old Standard Oil Building. Image Source: Andrew Krulewitz Sign of the Times: Old Standard Oil Building Now Housing Cleantech Start-ups Growing Energy Labs is located at 225 Bush Street in an incubator space called…
  • 2014 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair: Bringing It All Back Home

    Bill Ehrlich
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Midwest Renewable Energy Fair(Source: MREA)  Pulling into the long driveway off of a picturesque Wisconsin highway it felt like I was arriving at Yasgur’s farm at the inception of Woodstock. The large grassy field that served as a parking lot was surrounded by tall pine trees on three sides creating the feeling of being in on something special. Everything from the excitement in the air to the kindness of strangers suggested we had arrived at a music festival a la Bonnaroo. I was right in the middle of the renewable energy braintrust known as The Energy Fair.   This year marked the…
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    CFS » Blog

  • Reinventing the Idea of Collaboration in the Workplace

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Despite all of the modern tools we have to help us work virtually from anywhere, many companies still require their employees to commute the office each day.  A communal workspace inspires collaboration and creativity – two huge assets in today’s business. But once those workers get to their workspace, the employees head to their cubicles, doomed to be surrounded by isolating cloth covered walls for the day.  If collaboration is the reason for the workspace, why are businesses stopping it from happening?  This is the problem that Yves Béhar and his team at Fuseproject set out to…
  • Greener Cities May Be in Our Future

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The future of cities around the world isn’t the creation of more concrete and steel monoliths reaching towards the sky.  The future is a little greener.  A little fuzzier.  A little closer to nature. We are starting to see the value of green parks increase, making them a coveted accessory for forward-thinking urban areas.  We see animals and plants more welcome alongside people in concrete jungles.  Developers are more reluctant to destroy existing wildlife in favor of building around it, or even highlighting it in their designs. And as we turn back to our green roots, our cities will…
  • A Unique Spin on Office Design

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Between all of us at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we have been to hundreds of different kinds of offices.  When it comes to making an area look clean and inviting, we have helped many offices, schools, buildings, etc. shine like new.  Every now and then we will come across some unique office design ideas.  We recently we read about one of those unique designs from a company in Austria who is taking the “work” out of the workplace. A building façade design company has employed the help of Venice architects from Heri & Sally.  The have created a job space where the main features…
  • Ergonomics in the Office: 4 Questions to Ask Yourself at Work

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Did you know that there is a scientific discipline dedicated to helping people treat their bodies well while in the office?  You may have heard of it the last time you were buying an office chair.  It’s called ergonomics. While people have a vague idea that they should be in an ergonomic chair, they really don’t know how much ergonomics can help them.  Here are 4 things you should avoid doing at your desk. If these things apply to you, you may be setting yourself up for pain or injury in the future. Ask yourself the following questions: 1. Are my arms being supported? If you leave the…
  • Choosing the Right Desk for Your Office Space

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The desk. It is the centerpiece of the office. The one piece of furniture that can determine how productive, organized, and comfortable you are.  It will pull together the entire office design, or tirelessly work against it.  It will flow or it will become an eyesore. Choosing the perfect desk for your space should not be taken lightly.  But don’t get too stressed.  To help ease your overwhelm and get you started, Commercial Flooring Solutions has compiled a list of 3 common desk types and what they can bring to your office. 1. The Corner Desk. This flexible desk can fit into offices…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • How to go green in a backward country?

    Mi Muba
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Are you from any not very much advance country? If yes you may be wondering how to go green in a backward country. You are right because in such countries people don’t have much awareness on benefits of going green. Following scenario is quite common in such countries if you want to know how to… Read More »The post How to go green in a backward country? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to raise environmental awareness through a sports event?

    Mi Muba
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Why people pollute their environment? They don’t know the harms of environment. They don’t know which of their actions excessively create pollution. There are many people who know which of their actions affect environment but they don’t stop doing them. Actually they are offenders and should be brought to book under environmental laws. But those who… Read More »The post How to raise environmental awareness through a sports event? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Methods Of Building A Compost Toilet

    Mi Muba
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Compost toilet means a toilet where from human waste can easily be taken for its recycling to use as natural manure. Purpose of compost toilet After its recycling through natural process it becomes organic fertilizer for farming. It is a centuries-old practice of manufacturing organic manure with human waste. However, its method was not much… Read More »The post Methods Of Building A Compost Toilet appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to overcome drinking water shortage with ATM machine?

    Mi Muba
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    What do you generally draw from an ATM machine? If you are from a poor country you can draw only cash from it. If you are from an advance country you can get cold drinks and bottled water from it also. Now you can fill your empty water cane with drinking water from an ATM… Read More »The post How to overcome drinking water shortage with ATM machine? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • World Kitchen Garden Day

    Mi Muba
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    World Kitchen Garden Day is observed all over the world every year since 2004 on 4th Sunday of August. It is celebrated by getting together in home—based vegetable garden with friends, family and community of the area. It is just a get together to promote the message of World Kitchen Garden Day to maximum number… Read More »The post World Kitchen Garden Day appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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    The Urban Ecolife

  • 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 … →
  • Is Your Love Affair with Organic Chocolate Sustainable?

    Emily Uebergang
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s one thing to eat chocolate, another to buy organic chocolate, and another to understand if this addiction is actually sustainable fullstop. Seriously, what would you do tomorrow if the chocolate stocks were to run dry?!   So what is it about chocolate that makes our hearts melt and our mouths drool?   You can’t deny the allure of chocolate. When over 20 million kilograms of the stuff is consumed world wide, it’s clear to see that the Mayans were on to … →
  • Are You Really Eating Raw Cacao?

    Emily Uebergang
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When the studies were doing the rounds boasting the health benefits of cacao, I’m sure many took that as permission to somewhat overindulge in this exercise of chocolate eating. What the studies explained as health benefits such as antioxidants that protect you from free radicals in the body and polyphenols which act as an anti-inflammatory, many read along the lines instead of “Chocolate is the elixir of life”. Don’t quote me on that, but yes, even I took that as queue to face dive into a few too … →
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  • Green Business

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

    Prasun Barua
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Green City is the system of creating a green and sustainable city by utilizing and implementing green technologies and policies. It includes renewable energy generation, environmental impact per person, environmentally friendly green transport used by people, recycling programs, constructing green building and reserve green spaces.Following implementations are necessary in order to create a Green City:Appropriate urban planning should be made comprehensively.Location with green natural beauty makes people feeling a connection to their surroundings.Going green not only save the planet but also…
  • Bio electricity

    Prasun Barua
    21 May 2014 | 2:38 am
    Bio electricity is the process of producing electromagnetic energy by living organisms. The bio electric activity which happens throughout the human body is very necessary to life. Living cells can produce electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields which enable the action of muscles and the transmission of information in the nerves. This is the concept of quick signaling in nerves. It produces physical processes in muscles or glands. There is some similarity among the muscles, nerves and glands of all organisms. The early development of fairly efficient electrochemical systems is the…
  • Solar Boat

    Prasun Barua
    17 May 2014 | 5:39 am
    Solar boat is an electrical boat which is powered by solar energy utilizing solar photovoltaic modules, batteries and other necessary electrical accessories. They are quiet, independent and clean engines. Here, batteries store free energy from the sun.The available sunlight is converted into electric power by solar cells which is temporarily stored in batteries. It is used to drive a propeller through an electric motor. Typically, power levels are within a few hundred watts to a few kilowatts. A specific solar boat can run on solar energy depends on its technical design, the amount of…
  • Bio plastics

    Prasun Barua
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What is Bio plastics?Bio plastics are the bio based plastics produced from renewable resources like corn starch, pea starch, vegetable fats and oils. On the other hand, conventional plastics or fossil fuel plastics are produced from petroleum. Conventional plastics create more greenhouse gas which is very dangerous for our environment. Petroleum is very limited resource in the earth. It becomes expensive day by day. One day, this resource will be finished. During burning petroleum products like plastics, carbon is emitted and it causes the climate change. Conventional plastics are harmful…
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  • New photovoltaic cells with improved energy conversion have been discovered

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    New solar cells with improved energy efficiency will be produced A team of scientists led by Thomas Mueller (not the famous football player from Bayern München) at the Vienna University of Technology have managed to create a new semiconductor structure built from two ultra-thin layers, which are able to produce photovoltaic cells with improved energy conversion. A few months ago, the team led by Thomas Mueller, Andreas Pospischil and Marco Furchi have worked to produce an ultra-thin layer of the photoactive crystal tungsten diselenide material. With this new discovery, extremely thin,…
  • Public lighting has now a new system which improves its energy consumption

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Public lamps in the night Scientists from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid have managed to create a new energy regulation system for public lighting that is based on the combination of multiple electromagnetic elements. The purpose of the system is to efficiently reduce the luminous flux of public lamps by reducing the voltage in certain periods of the day. According to the team of researchers who produced this new device, this new system is powerful and efficient and does not require any further maintenance. If we talk about size, weight and costs, the new system requires far less…
  • The agreement between Tesla and Panasonic has been finally signed

    admin
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Tesla S model In my previous articles I just said that Tesla wants to build a Gigafactory in order to manufacture lithium-ion batteries on a pretty large scale to equip the new Tesla models but all these with the help of Panasonic. Panasonic being here the actual cell supplier for these lithium-ion batteries. Until now, Panasonic was not very sure about this new project and consider it “risky” but these days the situation has been changed dramatically. Both companies agreed to sign a contract in which everyone will assure its role in building these batteries for the Tesla models.
  • Old coal-fired power plant to be closed in the UK

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Old coal-fired power plant will be shut down in the UK A loophole in the government’s energy plan that might have seen bill payers funding billions of pounds of subsidies for an old coal-fired power plant will be shut down. Eggborough coal power station in Yorkshire, is one of these old coal-fired power plants which due to a loophole in the government’s energy policy might have escaped previous closure and might have consumed a lot of the tax payers money. This decision it is very welcomed by many analysts and campaign promoters which fight against large coal subsidies that are…
  • Solar industry creates jobs and reduces the price of electricity

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Large solar PV panels The solar industry is growing day by day in Australia, and due to this growth it is able to increase the number of jobs across the country and also to reduce the price of electricity. Instead of increasing the price of electric energy, this renewable resource is capable of decreasing it because solar industry begins to overcome other energy sources across the country. For example the number of employees which are involved now in the Solar PV industry is higher than the number of employees which work in the coal-fired power sector. As a response to these achievements…
 
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  • How it´s made: 3 Reasons why the World Loves US Cotton

    Wabi Sabi
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Creating a simple t-shirt is anything but simple. Following up on our introducory post to this 5 part documentary series, today we will look... The post How it´s made: 3 Reasons why the World Loves US Cotton appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • Quick guide to the most common textile fabric abbreviations. Learn to decipher the label in your clothes

    Wabi Sabi
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Are you concerned about what your clothes are made of? Do you want  to know what type of fabric was used? Have you looked... The post Quick guide to the most common textile fabric abbreviations. Learn to decipher the label in your clothes appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • How it´s made: The complex world behind a simple t-shirt

    Wabi Sabi
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    The making of a basic t-shirt seems like it should be pretty simple, right? Wrong. It is anything but that. Long processes that cross... The post How it´s made: The complex world behind a simple t-shirt appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • Lead –do you know the real dangers?

    Wabi Sabi
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Did you know that lead can be found in fabric? It can be found in household fabrics. It can be found in our clothes.... The post Lead –do you know the real dangers? appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • How to scare clients away with bad customer service online

    Wabi Sabi
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
      Online does not mean SELF SERVICE. Online has a lot of benefits including significant cost reductions in infrastructure and personnel. Offering great customer... The post How to scare clients away with bad customer service online appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
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  • Innovative Water Conservation Practices

    Ecoideaz
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    Author: Shikha Shah In our previous post Water Conservation Methods in India we showcased some of the best traditional water conservation techniques, in this post we have covered some of the innovative water conservation practices. Let’s have a look at the list of some modern innovative water conservation techniques that have been developed in India in recent times. Rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Image Via www.nirmaljal.net.in All of us who directly consume water are the most important stakeholders in managing water. While many of us urbanites use or waste a lot of water, we rarely…
  • Water Conservation Methods in India

    Ecoideaz
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Author: Shikha Shah Many of us who live in big cities enjoy a carefree lifestyle with 24 hours of running taps, swimming pools, Jacuzzis and decorative fountains. Sheltered by this layer of comfort, we remain unaware of the impact of these water-intensive activities on our environment. Rapid urbanization and water pollution has widened the supply and demand gap, putting enormous pressure on the quality of surface and groundwater bodies. Clean water is destined to become one of the rarest commodities soon, if the general public is not educated about the significance of storing, recycling and…
  • Chilika Seaweed Cultivation – A Blue Revolution

    Ecoideaz
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Author – Nandini Kumar Growth of Macro algae in Chilika Lake – Photo Via www.ostcbu.nic.in Chilika Lake, a wintering ground for millions of migratory birds, home to thousands of fisher folk, a paradise for tourists and nature lovers, is the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia. Located along the coast of Odisha, this 1,100 sq km lagoon filled with water with salinity between that of freshwater and sea water. Rich in fishery resources housing about 205 species of fish, this highly productive area has been a source of livelihood for 150,000 fisher folk. Problem – Loss of livelihood…
  • Environmentally Friendly Paints in India

    Ecoideaz
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Author – Arushi Prakash Image Source| earthride.com.au The paints industry has developed myriad chemicals to enhance the product shelf life, color, texture and other properties. Currently, these paints are made from a few chemicals that are especially suited for this industry. Many of these are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which vaporize as soon as they are exposed to the atmosphere. They also contain heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and chromium. VOCs such as ethyl acetate, glycol ethers, and acetone are organic chemicals that are mainly used as solvents for conventional paints.
  • Mitticool – Affordable Refrigeration

    Ecoideaz
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Author – Darshna Mahadevan Refrigeration is an essential food storage technique, which brings down the reproduction rate of bacteria by lowering temperature in a confined space, and in turn reducing the rate of food spoilage. A refrigerator (colloquially fridge) is a common household appliance that consists of a thermally insulated compartment and a heat pump that transfers heat from the interior of the fridge to the exterior, so that the inside is cooled to a temperature below the ambient temperature. Much of India’s population falls into the below poverty line category who cannot…
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    Russ George

  • Alaska Salmon Bounty Breaking Half A Record Again This Year

    Russ George
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    The Alaska salmon catch last year was an all time high at 272 million fish. This year Alaska is on a trajectory for another record salmon catch, albeit at 135 million fish about half of last years total, still this is close to double the pre-salmon-miracle five-year average. Official salmon boffins are again at a loss to explain this salmon bounty. The only explanation offered is ” unexplained ocean conditions of abundant ocean pastures and plankton.” We think a better comment for the boffins is, “who brought the fish back.” Click to enlarge In 2013 the 272 million…
  • Plankton In Space A Blooming Miracle

    Russ George
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Perhaps you never imagined space is home to plankton. Reports are now proliferating that scientists have discovered Earthly plankton in space has taken up residence on the outside of the International Space Station. Traces of plankton and other microorganisms have been found living on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS), according to space officials. They report the plankton in space were not carried there at launch – but are thought to have been blown there by air currents on Earth. Incredibly, the tiny organisms were found to be able to survive in the vacuum of space…
  • Ocean Plankton Specks Form The Heart Of Rain Drops

    Russ George
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    New Scientific Reports Add Proof That Tiny Bits Of Plankton Lofted Into The Air Create Clouds And Rain California’s drought could be resolved by restoring offshore ocean plankton pastures. We all know that the main source of rain on this blue planet is all that water that resides in the oceans. A great deal of it is evaporating all of the time and that moisture the oceans give up blows in the wind and eventually falls as rain. There is nothing new about the role of oceans and rain… Right? Maybe it’s not so simple. Could it be that the heart of every snowflake is a tiny speck…
  • Record Numbers Of Salmon And Orcas Flood Pacific Coast

    Russ George
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Int’l Pacific Salmon Commission Reports 170% More Sockeye Than Historic 2010 Run Arriving In A Sockeye Tsunami Ocean salmon pasture restoration credited with bringing back the fish. Record numbers of salmon, sockeye salmon, in never before seen abundance are swimming into the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia according to the numbers published by the Pacific Salmon Commission. The rate at which the prized sockeye are arriving is 170% of that of the previous record year of 2010 arrived more than 34 million strong. (Note: The 34 million number is the “official count,” the…
  • We Can Restore Atlantic Cod – Are You Listening Pew

    Russ George
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    We can restore the Atlantic Cod back to historic abundance in just a few years. An open letter to The Pew Charitable Trusts We just need to restore and revive their ocean plankton pastures. The top fish-head at the Pew Charitable Trust has published an op-ed about the disappearing Atlantic Cod titled, “Prey For Return of Atlantic Cod Population” in a New England Eco publication.  Here’s my open letter in response… pew pew pew… The continued preying on the ‘usual suspects’ by the author, Peter Baker of Pew Charitable Trusts, of this article and…
 
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  • Building a Straw Bale House

    Larraine Raulston
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    By Larraine Roulston: Living in a straw bale home became a reality when my husband Pete and I purchased land in northern Ontario. We were familiar with sustainable straw bale home structures and knew that the thickness of the bales would result in more energy efficiency –warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. [READ MORE]
  • U.K Grocery Store To Use Food Waste To Power Itself

    Green Mom
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    By Fredrica Syren: Grocery stores are a huge source of food waste, so when I heard about a supermarket chain in the U.K.that is planning to use food to generate energy power, it piqued my interest. Sainsbury’s supermarket chain in the United Kingdom is working towards creating power from leftover foods and planning to disconnect [READ MORE]
  • Amaranth — An Ancient Super Food

    Centehua
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    By Centehua: There are over 60 species of Amaranth, a summer annual weed. Amaranth is tightly packed with flowers, and its foliage usually ranges from red and purple to green and gold. It is absolutely gorgeous, standing over 6 feet tall. This ancient plant is very dear to my heart. I come from a Mexican (or [READ MORE]
  • 2 Toxins Banned from iPhone and iPad Production

    Green Mom
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    By Fredrica Syren: Apple has made big announcements about how they are taking steps towards going green lately. So, when two activist groups —China Labor Watch and Green America—pressured them to investigate the use of the hazardous chemicals benzene and n-hexane during the final production stage of their devices in overseas factories, they complied. This [READ MORE]
  • Dog Racing Losing Popularity

    Kim Robson
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
     By Kim Robson: Horse racing still carries with it a veneer of glamour left over from its glory days. In the 1930s and 40s, well-dressed celebrities including Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, W. C. Fields, Paulette Goddard, Ann Miller, Don Ameche, Ava Gardner, Red Skelton, Pat O’Brien, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard graced the rails with [READ MORE]
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    Survival Renewable Energy

  • How To Benefit From Solar Energy !?

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Using Solar Energy Technology is one of the most controversial topic out there due to its efficiency and the fact that it is a clean and a renewable type of energy. In Fact, Solar energy is so flexible it can be harnessed in so many different ways at home or even for business to save energy and eliminate the sky rocket electricity bills. The Following infographic explains how a simple family lives in Tirana uses solar thermal systems at their home, and how it was so beneficial for them. Infographic Credit Flickr.com Let me know be commenting below, Do you use in kind of solar systems at…
  • #SaveSaturday – How To Save Money And Energy At Home !?

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Nowadays we are always doing our best to save that one dollar $_$,Always looking for new ways to save time, money and even save the energy that we consume everyday at our homes. Saving energy surely leads to saving your money, The less electricity you consume everyday the less money you would waste on electricity bills.   So the following Infographic explains some tips of how you can save energy in the different rooms in your house by making them more energy efficient. Infographic Credit Flickr.com Let me know by commenting Below the techniques you use to save money and Energy at your…
  • Wood Burning Stoves: How To Achieve Maximum Heating Efficiency

    Jack Adamson
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Wood burning stoves can be installed either on their own or as part of a central heating system in a home. Investing in these stoves is a great idea as they help you keep the house warm and cozy during winter as well as cut down on electricity bills and carbon emissions. Correct usage and maintenance of wood burning stoves is very important as it determines how long the stove lasts and how much you will be able to save. Below are tips which will help you increase the efficiency of your stove thus enable you to make more significant savings on your heating bills as well as increase the…
  • Sustainable System Solutions for Natural Stone

    Lillian Connors
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    In recent time, we have seen the emergence of different projects that foster the implementation of sustainable systems for the production and use of building materials, and natural stone is no exception. These Eco-friendly production processes focus on the three main aspects:  Optimized use of natural resources and raw materials.  Optimized energy consumption within the natural stone production chain.  Use of new, energy efficient multifunctional materials based on natural stone. The implementation of automatized systems for the organic consolidation and reinforcement of natural…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Remove A Dead Tree Yourself

    Contributing Author
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A dead tree in the yard is an eyesore and a danger. More limbs will fall down with every storm, and the bulk of the tree may be brought down at any time by a strong wind. As the tree falls, everything in its path is in danger, so it’s best to have a dead tree professionally removed before this happens. While you may be tempted to do this project yourself, it’s far better to leave this one to an experienced crew. The Weight of Branches and Trunk A single limb on the ground can have some weight behind it, and the trunk and larger branches can weigh far more than you can handle on your own.
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