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  • Could California Be Facing A Mega-Drought?

    Environmental News Network
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Agriculture, one of California’s strongest pillars, has taken the biggest hit: the drought will cost at least $2.2 billion in agricultural losses this year alone. Fields of dead almond trees and dried-out crops are a common sight in central California these days. Central Valley towns are also growing desperate. Many have been forced to install porta-potties in their backyards or even steal water from fire hydrants.
  • Plant a Siberian Squill Bulb (Scilla siberica)

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna Coronado
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    One of the most delightful bulbs found growing in early spring in the Midwestern garden are Siberian Squill or  Scilla siberica. They offer a peek of color when the world is still cold and are a perfect contribution to a bulb garden. Below is a page from my latest book, the Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide, that will give you a fantastic idea on how to get started growing the smart little bulb. Siberian Squill Botanical Name – Scilla siberica Bloom Period and Seasonal Colors – Blue, pink, white, and striped flowers bloom in early spring. Mature Height x Spread – 2 to 8…
  • Fossil-fuel funded study: net gains from EPA's Clean Power Plan

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    Laurie Johnson
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC On behalf of some of America's biggest polluters, a new study by NERA Consulting makes a valiant, but ultimately failed, attempt to portray first-ever proposed limits on carbon pollution as an economic calamity. The limits, under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, would reduce the dangerous carbon pollution coming from America’s coal-fired power plants, which accounts for roughly 40 percent of the nation’s CO2 emissions. The bottom line: the benefits of the…
  • The Anthropocene is here, whether geologists make it official or not

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    Sam Bliss
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Humans rule the world, for worse or for worse. This week, a 30-strong team of geologists, ecologists, and climate scientists from around the globe are meeting in Berlin to discuss whether we’ve entered into a new geologic “epoch of humans.” Their question, in Greek-inspired sciencese (scienglish? scienceGreek?): Is it time to declare the Holocene officially over and the Anthropocene underway? Our question, in plain English: Does it even matter what these highbrows decide? The sixth mass extinction, a remarkable build-up of atmospheric carbon dioxide, rapid sea-level…
  • Great News! Hawaiian Monk Seal Numbers on the Rise

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    Natalia Galbetti
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    The endangered Hawaiian Monk seal population is growing — slowly, but surely. According to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in 2014, 121 monk seal pups were Read MoreThe post Great News! Hawaiian Monk Seal Numbers on the Rise appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Plant a Siberian Squill Bulb (Scilla siberica)

    Shawna Coronado
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    One of the most delightful bulbs found growing in early spring in the Midwestern garden are Siberian Squill or  Scilla siberica. They offer a peek of color when the world is still cold and are a perfect contribution to a bulb garden. Below is a page from my latest book, the Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide, that will give you a fantastic idea on how to get started growing the smart little bulb. Siberian Squill Botanical Name – Scilla siberica Bloom Period and Seasonal Colors – Blue, pink, white, and striped flowers bloom in early spring. Mature Height x Spread – 2 to 8…
  • Tips For Growing White Pumpkins

    Shawna
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    ‘Tis the season for pumpkins. I loved these displays of blue and white pumpkins at the Morton Arboretum. While it is too late to plant a pumpkin this season, it is not too late to start planning the garden for next season. I’ve fallen madly in love with the white pumpkins. Jung Seed has many varieties, but I think the ‘Full Moon’ variety is easy to find in seed and is an experiment in growing; it can grow to 60 pounds and 3 feet high. Smaller varieties of white pumpkin include Crystal Star and Baby Boo Miniature. All are whimsical and fun. Perfect for painting or…
  • Giant Halloween Spider Decoration

    Shawna
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Green Tip: Reuse whatever you can from home to make crafts for the holiday season instead of spending money – like building a giant halloween spider decoration! (***This post was originally posted in 2010, but I brought it back for a repeat because SPIDERS that’s why! Enjoy!!) Halloween is here and it is time to come up with a creative craft idea for the garden. I reused old materials to build our favorite Halloween spider, Fluffy. That makes Fluffy “green” and me happy because we saved money. We built Fluffy the Spider a few years ago and you can tell he is stored outside in…
  • Basil Grapefruit Martini Cocktail Recipe

    Shawna
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fall is here now, I have long since closed up the gardens and the warm days of Indian Summer come few and far between. My thoughts drift to the garden and summer; a girl can dream can’t she? Seems like the perfect time to share a Basil Grapefruit Martini Cocktail Recipe using the very last of the basil in the garden. Basil Grapefruit Martini Cocktail Recipe – – Fresh Basil Herbs – 3 oz Vodka – 1/2 oz Triple Sec – 1 cup grapefruit juice – Ice – garnish – sliced lime and a sprig of basil Muddle basil in a martini shaker. Add all the other…
  • Eco-Glasses Review – Who Knew?

    Shawna Coronado
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    My eyeballs are not the same. When the doc told me that all people “hit a certain age” and have to have glasses I balked, I wailed, I whined. But here we are. I need glasses to read everything from the menu to the computer to my cell phone.  First time around I spent a fortune on reading glasses so I could look cool. I lost them in the garden. Twice. Finally I gave up and started buying the over-the-counter glasses. My concern? What are they made of exactly? BPA? Chemicals? Is there a green or eco-friendly choice when shopping for glasses these days that makes sense? In the…
 
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  • Fossil-fuel funded study: net gains from EPA's Clean Power Plan

    Laurie Johnson
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC On behalf of some of America's biggest polluters, a new study by NERA Consulting makes a valiant, but ultimately failed, attempt to portray first-ever proposed limits on carbon pollution as an economic calamity. The limits, under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, would reduce the dangerous carbon pollution coming from America’s coal-fired power plants, which accounts for roughly 40 percent of the nation’s CO2 emissions. The bottom line: the benefits of the…
  • Latin America Green News: Peru's melting glaciers, Paraguay's new deforestation fine, Mexico's proposed offshore phosphate mine, Chile's recent oil spill

    Carolina Herrera
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    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. October 13th – October 17th, 2014 Climate Change Peru’s glaciers have lost 40 percent of their surface area since 1970, according to a study produced by the National Water Authority (ANA). ANA Specialist Judith Torres explained that Peru has 2,679 glaciers with a total area of 1,298 square kilometers in the Blanca, Vilcanota, and Vilcabamba mountain ranges, but the small glaciers of the Blanca range…
  • At Greenbuild: Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency

    Melissa Wright
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Melissa Wright, Associate Director, City Energy Project, New York Are you heading to the "Greenbuild International Conference":http://greenbuildexpo.com in New Orleans next week? If so, be sure to check out the panel, "Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency":http://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/13853, on October 22 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The panel members will discuss the ways Houston, Atlanta, and Orlando are increasing energy efficiency in existing large buildings. In order for cities to reduce their energy use and carbon emissions, they must address…
  • NRDC, Fishermen and Watershed Protection Groups Launch Legal Action to Protect Disappearing Blueback Herring

    Brad Sewell
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Brad Sewell, Senior Attorney, New York Today, NRDC submitted a 60-day notice of intent to file suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, challenging the federal government decision not to provide Endangered Species Act protection for the blueback herring, historically an important forage fish in Atlantic coastal ecosystems but now decimated by fishing, habitat destruction, and pollution. The notice letter was submitted together with the recreational fishermen’s group Anglers Conservation Network, the Delaware River…
  • Pentagon Sees Climate Change as Immediate Security Risk

    Peter Lehner
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap on Monday, outlining how the U.S. military plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For the first time, the Pentagon discusses climate change as an immediate risk--a factor that should be incorporated into how the military operates today, not just in future decisions.   U.S. Marines and Navy sailors take positions during desert range training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl Robert C. Medina) The report, announced at a meeting of top defense…
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    Grist

  • The Anthropocene is here, whether geologists make it official or not

    Sam Bliss
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Humans rule the world, for worse or for worse. This week, a 30-strong team of geologists, ecologists, and climate scientists from around the globe are meeting in Berlin to discuss whether we’ve entered into a new geologic “epoch of humans.” Their question, in Greek-inspired sciencese (scienglish? scienceGreek?): Is it time to declare the Holocene officially over and the Anthropocene underway? Our question, in plain English: Does it even matter what these highbrows decide? The sixth mass extinction, a remarkable build-up of atmospheric carbon dioxide, rapid sea-level…
  • We could talk about the environmental impact of toast, or we could not hate life

    Eve Andrews
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Today was Alexis Madrigal’s last day with The Atlantic. Today, not coincidentally, was also the day that Alexis Madrigal decided to wage war on toast. As the Prophet Spoke: When you have no bread left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire. The prodigal Madrigal claims: The paper [in the International Journal of Lifecycle Assessment] demonstrates two really interesting things. One, there is a marginal environmental advantage to the wheat bread, but an even bigger boost comes from not toasting it. Apparently, given the relative inefficiency of toasting (which uses electric…
  • So long, Soylent. World remembers that eating rules

    Madeleine Thomas
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    It’s here, it’s finally here! The dawn of the “Great Soylent Disillusionment,” writes Adrianne Jeffries, managing editor at Vice’s Motherboard Wait a second … you mean, we’re finally realizing that the meal replacement shake of the future that tastes “like someone wrung out a dishtowel into a glass,” and has even been compared in appearance and consistency to “watered-down semen,” actually kind of sucks all the joy right out of eating? Shocking, I know. It took five months for Jeffries’ order to be delivered, she writes, and by the time she got it,…
  • Now your smartphone can be fair trade, too

    Liz Core
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    You know how the iPhone 6 came out a few weeks ago? And everyone was all “YES, finally, a newer version of an iPhone! Time to finally cash out this crappy, old iPhone 5c. UGH! How embarrassing.” Well, get ready for something newer, shinier (maybe?), longer-lasting, AND — get this — it might actually let you sleep a little better at night. The Fairphone, based out of Amsterdam, was unveiled as a prototype in September in the U.K., and arrived on the market last week. (Yes, you can get them in the U.S., you just have to order them online.) The company, launched by a…
  • Our favorite Pope still needs to address one major issue

    Eve Andrews
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Pope Francis, a.k.a. the Ultimate Chill Dude Pope of All Time (UCDPAT), has been a publicity dream for the Catholic Church. Even on Grist, we’ve sung his praises for his love of public transit and calls to action regarding climate change. There’s just one little area, however, where ol’ UCDPAT’s climate action plan leaves a lot to be desired: contraception. The draft document from the 2014 Synod on the Family (which comes to an end on Sunday) includes a significant reworking of the language used to address homosexuality, premarital cohabitation, and divorce. Let’s be…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • Great News! Hawaiian Monk Seal Numbers on the Rise

    Natalia Galbetti
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    The endangered Hawaiian Monk seal population is growing — slowly, but surely. According to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in 2014, 121 monk seal pups were Read MoreThe post Great News! Hawaiian Monk Seal Numbers on the Rise appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • ‘Breaking Bad’ Star RJ Mitte Speaks Out Against Bullying

    Brianne Hogan
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Actor RJ Mitte is partnering with Shriners Hospital for Children for its Cut the Bull campaign.  The actor, who is best known for playing Walter White Jr. on the hit show Read MoreThe post ‘Breaking Bad’ Star RJ Mitte Speaks Out Against Bullying appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder Adopt Kitten

    Allyson Koerner
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder showcase their animal love and rescue support by adopting adorable kitten. Read MoreThe post Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder Adopt Kitten appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Quvenzhane Wallis Pens Book Foreward About Pets

    Brianne Hogan
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Quvenzhane Wallis is adding "writer" to her list of talents after penning the foreword to a new children's book about pets. Read MoreThe post Quvenzhane Wallis Pens Book Foreward About Pets appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Comic Book Starring Rescue Animals Releases Third Issue

    Brianne Hogan
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    The comic book series, "A Piggy's Tale," starring a three-legged super dog, released its third issue last week after much acclaim at New York's Comic-Con. Read MoreThe post Comic Book Starring Rescue Animals Releases Third Issue appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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  • 5 Reasons to Avoid Plastic Straws

    Rachel Avalon
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Plastic straws may seem like a pretty small threat compared to climate change, animal agriculture, or deforestation, but they’re a perfect symbol of unnecessary waste. They’re also one more clever way Big Oil keeps us in its grasp. Cheap and convenient, it’s estimated that easily 60 million plastic straws (a.k.a. drinking straws) are thrown away every day! So, let’s take a look at five reasons they suck so badly and how to easily avoid plastic straws for your health and global health. 1. Toxins. There is mounting evidence that plastics, even when labeled BPA-free (which straws are…
  • 4th of July Giveaway: FREE “PEACE” Tee

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

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

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

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

  • Eco-Fashion Friday Finds – orange is the new green

    Maureen O'Connor
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Fashionista alert … Add a heap of pizzazz to your fall wardrobe with this dramatic, chunky Roccoco knit shawl in ultra-warm and renewable Merino wool. This striking, pumpkin-colored shawl is a must-have fall and winter accessory. Meticulously hand-knitted in luxurious and very soft 100% Merino wool, the shawl is generously sized and allows for many styling variations. The intricate geometric pattern is augmented by soft ruffles all around. Created with chunky weight yarn and intended to make a statement. $380 from Elena Roseberg The tie dyed Down Pour tee (above) features a hand-dyed…
  • 5 green tips for winterizing your home and garden

    Ross Dulmaine
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    As the first cold fronts of the season, armed with their accompanying storms and winds shake the brightly colored orange and fall foliage from many northern yards and forests, it’s time to take stock and prep for winter. Here are five simple tips for making your seasonal transition a smoother, greener, and more economical endeavor: Gather all ye leaves and compost. Don’t bag the piles of fall leaves that are covering your lawn and haul them to your already-overloaded local landfill. All that organic material is valuable stuff. Invest the time, energy or funds in building or…
  • DIY Halloween – Costume Wings in 6 Easy Steps

    Sheila Thomas
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to think about what you’d like to dress up as. Most people buy from places like Party City where they pay high prices for a one-time-use costume. And most of these outfits are usually tossed after Halloween, finding their way into landfills. So instead of choosing a store bought costume this year, a smarter, greener option would be to make one yourself. I flew around the ‘net and found lots of inspiration, like this: In just 6 easy steps you can make a pair of simple wings for a fairy, lady bug, butterfly or winged creature…
  • rustic children’s woodland art on reclaimed wood

    Maureen O'Connor
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Does your little lover of nature need some woodland creatures or rustic art to adorn their room? These handmade artworks will add rustic charm to any kid’s room or nursery. These sweet pieces of wall art have been designed and made by the husband and wife team of Denise and Robert Devenie of Devenie Designs. Woodland creatures, trees and messages are featured on weathered reclaimed planks that have been hand painted, refinished and sealed. A cool way to add inspiration to any 2-legged creatures shelter. Why purchase a piece of mass produced art from virgin wood, when you can decorate…
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    Environmental News Network

  • Which Form of Energy is the Cheapest?

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Which kind of power is the cheapest? Listen to energy companies, and they'll insist that traditional forms like gas and coal are the way to go. Of course, they have money invested in keeping the existing systems in business. That's why the European Union commissioned an independent analysis to study the topic. According to the report, wind energy is the most cost-efficient way to supply power. When proponents of non-renewable energy point to costs, they intentionally overlook the overall economic impact that polluting causes. Once experts start to calculate the costs associated with public…
  • Abundant natural gas will not slow climate change according to new study

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that without new climate policies, expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide over the long term, according to a study appearing today in Nature Advanced Online Publication. Because natural gas emits half the carbon dioxide of coal, many people hoped the recent natural gas boom could help slow climate change — and according to government analyses, natural gas did contribute partially to a decline in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions…
  • Can renewables supply 100% of world's power by 2050?

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible - it could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. Even though photovoltaic power requires up to 40 times more copper than conventional power plants, and wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy. These positive findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Edgar Hertwich and Thomas Gibon, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Department of Energy and Process…
  • Mom was right, eating breakfast is important!

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many teens skip breakfast, which increases their likelihood of overeating and eventual weight gain. Statistics show that the number of adolescents struggling with obesity, which elevates the risk for chronic health problems, has quadrupled in the past three decades. Now, MU researchers have found that eating breakfast, particularly meals rich in protein, increases young adults' levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which may reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. Understanding the brain…
  • Could California Be Facing A Mega-Drought?

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Agriculture, one of California’s strongest pillars, has taken the biggest hit: the drought will cost at least $2.2 billion in agricultural losses this year alone. Fields of dead almond trees and dried-out crops are a common sight in central California these days. Central Valley towns are also growing desperate. Many have been forced to install porta-potties in their backyards or even steal water from fire hydrants.
 
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • 5 Eco-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

    Aylin Erman
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    This year, why not make a statement? If you are one who prides him or herself on reeling in the most clever and witty of Halloween costume ideas each year, perhaps it’s time to bring some consciousness to this year’s choice. The following 5 eco-themed Halloween costume ideas are meant to get your creative juices churning. They not only are cute and fun, they also make you and those around you think, walking away with a greater awareness about the environment and the detrimental effects of climate change. 1. Greenwashing Deck yourself out in green from head to toe and you can even…
  • 9 of the Best Sweater Repurposing Ideas Just in Time for Fall

    Jen Wallace
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Turn those sweaters you’ve been meaning to drop off at the fabric recycling bin into functional and fashionable items using these repurposing ideas. We’ve all felt that sinking feeling when something happens to make our most comfiest of sweaters unwearable. Whether its a hole developing in a super noticeable spot (I am not above mending a hole in the armpit) or whether its a stain that didn’t come out from that super stain-y yellow curry (true story), the fact of the matter is that stuff happens. Comfy sweaters are unfortunately an ephemeral  phenomenon, and every good thing must come…
  • 9 Unusual Beeswax Uses (that Don’t Involve Candles)

    Krissy Brady
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Seriously, how many candles does one woman need? These days, beeswax is mostly an ingredient in candles and beauty products, but there are plenty of household beeswax uses as well. Here are 9 ways you can put it to work in your humble abode: 1. Swap out your plastic wrap When beeswax is applied to cotton, the cotton’s no longer breathable, making it the perfect replacement for that icky plastic wrap. Not only are cotton wraps uber-economical, reusable and eco-friendly, but you can choose fabrics that go with your kitchen décor – even the inside of your fridge will be fashionable.
  • Russell Brand is Fantastic, Brilliant and Amazing, Once Again [Video]

    Jill Ettinger
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you haven’t noticed yet, EcoSalon has a bit of a crush on Russell Brand. I mean, he’s adorable and all, but it’s his brazen views on politics, commerce, and a fierce commitment to revolution that we find so irresistibly prescient. Take this, a clip from his recent visit to #OccupyWallStreet where he committed to use the sales of his new book “Revolution” to fund nonprofit causes to make this world a better place. Plus, he hugs a cop Find Jill on Twitter @jillettinger Related on EcoSalon OMG! Russell Brand’s Rant About the iWatch is Priceless [Video] Russell…
  • Delicious Gin Cocktail Recipe with Poached Pear Simple Syrup

    Ally Jane Grossan
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Make the puree for this poached pear and gin cocktail the day before so your happy hour can be truly happy. The delicate sweetness of pear juice is enhanced in a fool-proof simple syrup. Simple syrup is simply sugar and water. Many recipes call for one part sugar and one part water but I don’t like my cocktails to be extremely sweet. This recipe calls for less sugar and relies on the natural sweetness of the pear. As for the pears, I like to use over ripe Boscs or Bartletts in a pinch. Bosc pears are usually thinner than the more common and plump Anjou pears. Bosc pears are usually light…
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  • Jenna Malone Reportedly Playing Robin In 'Batman Vs. Superman'

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    If correct, she is thought to be playing Carrie Kelley – a flame-haired alternative version of Robin (there are many various manifestations of Robin in the
  • Scientists Are Farming Coral For Human Bones

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    It sounds crazy, but sea coral has actually been used in bone grafting for years as an alternative to using bone from cadavers or synthetic materials , which can introduce disease or infe...
  • A Start-Up Has Invented Veggie Burgers That ‘Bleed’

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    A biochemist named Patrick Brown has come up with yet another alternative strategy to produce entirely meatless hamburgers that look and taste very much like meat.
  • Relax, Kim Jong-Un Is Fine

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    In recent days, Kim Jong-un’s over month-long public absence has sparked speculation that he may be facing a life-threatening illness or, alternative ly, may have been ousted from po...
  • Who Is Su

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    She was 22 when her memory was obliterated. Twenty-six years later, Su Meck is still learning about the family she raised and the husband she has no recollection of marrying.
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Pesticide Linked to Bee Deaths Does Not Improve Soybean Crops, EPA Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Coating soybean seeds with a class of insecticides that has been implicated in honeybee deaths and partially Soybeans (left) and corn coated with pesticides banned in the European Union does not increase soybean yields compared to using no pesticides at all, according to an extensive review by the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Seed treatment provides at most $6 in benefits per acre (an increase in revenue of less than 2 percent), and most likely no financial benefit at all, the EPA analysis concluded. The insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, are only effective for the…
  • Global Boom in Natural Gas Unlikely to Help the Climate, Study Suggests

    Yale Environment 360
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Increasing global supplies of unconventional natural gas will not help to reduce the overall upward trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions and the planetary warming that comes with it, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The findings further undercut the notion, long touted by proponents of natural gas, that the fuel — which emits less CO2 than coal when burned — represents an important "bridge" in the transition to low-carbon energy resources. The study, which synthesized models developed by numerous researchers working independently, suggested that atmospheric…
  • Electric Power Rights of Way: A New Frontier for Conservation

    Yale Environment 360
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Often mowed and doused with herbicides, power transmission lines have long been a bane for environmentalists. But that’s changing, as some utilities are starting to manage these areas as potentially valuable corridors for threatened wildlife. BY RICHARD CONNIFF
  • U.S. Climate Envoy Says All Nations, Rich and Poor, Must Curb Emissions

    Yale Environment 360
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The negotiating architecture that has governed the decades-long pursuit of an international climate Climate Envoy Todd Stern agreement is outdated, said Todd Stern, the U.S. special envoy for climate change at the State Department and the nation’s lead climate negotiator. In remarks delivered at Yale University’s Law School on Tuesday, Stern reiterated the U.S. position that all nations — both rich ones and developing ones — must be brought together under one agreement that includes pledges to cut emissions. "This split between developed and developing countries in the climate…
  • Researchers Explain Puzzling Stability of Some Himalayan Glaciers

    Yale Environment 360
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Unlike nearly all other high-altitude glaciers across the globe, glaciers in the Karakoram mountain chain, part
 
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    Reuters: Environment

  • Bermuda fares better than expected after hurricane's direct hit

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    HAMILTON Bermuda (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo scored a direct hit on Bermuda Friday night into Saturday morning, pummeling the tiny island chain with rain and howling winds that downed trees and knocked out power but spared it catastrophic damage or death.
  • Hurricane Ana, brushing past Hawaii, to bring strong rain, surf

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    (Reuters) - A hurricane churning past Hawaii on Saturday pummeled the Pacific archipelago with heavy rain, strong gusts and dangerous surf but was skirting the islands without making a direct hit, the National Weather Service said.
  • Tropical storm Trudy downgraded to depression, drenches Mexico

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical storm Trudy weakened on Saturday to become a tropical depression as it dumped heavy rain on southern Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane service said.
  • Bermuda fares better than expected from hurricane's direct hit

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    HAMILTON Bermuda (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo scored a direct hit on Bermuda Friday night into Saturday morning, pummeling the tiny island chain with rain and howling winds that downed trees and knocked out power but spared it catastrophic damage or death.
  • Rare white rhino dies in Kenya, only six remain

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    NAIROBI (Reuters) - A rare northern white rhino has died in Kenya, a wildlife conservancy said on Saturday, leaving just six of the animals left alive and bringing the famed African species one step closer to extinction.
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  • Congratulations are in order!

    green
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Strata Community Australia (NSW) is the peak body for the strata sector in New South Wales. … You may be like me and ask.. What is a strata? In Australia, Strata title allows individual ownership of part of a property (called a lot’ and generally an apartment or townhouse), combined with shared ownership in the remainder (called ‘Common Property’ e.g. foyers, driveways, gardens) through a legal entity called the owners corporation — or strata. The 2014 Whitbread Strata Community Awards were recently announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 18 July. The top award, Innovation of the…
  • Recycled Necklaces

    green
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    If you want to break free of the “same-old, same-old,” I encourage you to check out Novica.  Novica is somehow connected with the National Geographic and it is a website full of fair trade treasures.  They work with artisans around the world helping them bring their crafts to a marketplace and earn a sustainable living.  On the site, there are loads of interesting, unusual jewelry, clothing, handbags and some gift items.  For example, I saw many chess sets and desk accessories.  Here’s some of my favs: This necklace is centered by a cow bone pendant surrounded by…
  • Shower repair information

    green
    23 Jan 2014 | 8:38 pm
    If you’ve ever lived in a place mildewed carpets and rotting wood floors or grungy tiles coming loose around the shower area then you know what it’s like to put with leaking shower. Sometimes the smell of all this nastiness is enough to send you over the deep end. Fixing it yourself is often the first inclination but standard silicone epoxy and caulking or other shower products for leaks might hold off the problem temporarily but for a lasting fix and truly make the shower absolutely waterproof, you’re going to have to call for professional help. What you really need is an easy solution…
  • Artist self portrait from recycled bottle caps

    green
    27 Oct 2013 | 9:38 pm
    Mary Ellen Croteau – Artist and Agitator. (love the tag line, I can tell already that we’d be great friends). Working in Chicago, she created this self portrait titled, “CLOSE”, 8’x7’ which was created from 7000 + plastic bottle caps, 2011. Visit her website: http://www.maryellencroteau.net/ Mary Ellen Croteau is an artist whose work directly addresses the absurdities of social norms, and lays bare the underlying bias and sexist assumptions on which our culture is constructed. She currently works with non-recyced plastic waste, in an effort to demonstrate the huge…
  • Recycled Robots – for your inner automoton

    green
    4 Jan 2013 | 8:32 pm
    Found art with personality! First up is Etsy artist, Ken Swallow who creates his “KenBots” in his “Bot Cave” down near Tampa, FL. His artwork runs the gamut of creatures, motorcycles, and ROBOTS. Many of his pieces have a steampunk influence. Very creative and wonderfully inventive! Check out his website at www.kenbots.com or his Etsy Store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/KensArt     Next stop is artist Branimir Misic from Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. His bio mentions that he is a mechanical engineer and has been working on mixed media sculptures from recycled objects…
 
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  • Hurricane Ana Passes Hawaii Sending Wind, Waves And Rain

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles while generating strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings and lured surfers with high waves. The center of the powerful Pacific storm was about 130 miles southwest of Honolulu, and it was losing speed as it churned southwest of the islands, the National Weather Service said. "The intensity of Ana is slowly expected to weaken," said Chris Brenchley, a weather service meteorologist. A tropical storm warning was issued for Kauai and a tropical storm watch remained in effect…
  • Aurora, Colorado To Reconsider Pit Bull Ban In General Election

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Sharee Talbot wants her dog back. For now, though, she has to drive out of town to visit Buddy because the two-year-old pit bull isn't allowed in her hometown of Aurora. "Look at him. He's funny. He's goofy," Talbot said on a recent visit with Buddy and his foster family at an Englewood dog park. Talbot had to give up Buddy last year after an Aurora animal control officer seized him for violating city's ban on pit bulls. Voters will consider repealing their nine-year-old pit bull ban on November ballots. Talbot is hoping voters ax the ban and allow her to take Buddy…
  • Bizarre Sea Creature Caught In Singapore Looks Like Kraken Come To Life

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Good thing this fisherman got a video of his catch (above), because otherwise he'd never have been able to convince folks of the bizarre creature he hauled in while angling off the Singaporean island of Pulau Ubin. "I know that area has a lot of seaweed, so I thought that was what I had hooked up," 53-year-old Ramlan Saim told Singapore's English-language newspaper The Straits Times. "But then when I put it on the boat it started to move like an alien." So what is this freaky thing? According to Discovery News, it's likely a basket star, an invertebrate related to the starfish. Basket stars…
  • 'Overwhelming' Stink Leads Cops To Massive Illegal Lobster Stash

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    It was one shell of a bust, but the officers had probable claws. Cops in South Africa got tipped off to a foul odor on Thursday. They arrived to find a pickup truck with a tarp covering its bed, and an "overwhelming stench" of fish coming from it. When they searched it, they uncovered 3,725 illegal spiny saltwater lobster tails in the back. That's an amount worth about $6,400. #sapsWC Grassy Park yesterday confiscated Crayfish tails worth R75K, 1 suspect arrested. ME http://t.co/QxedwhoYrh pic.twitter.com/SLsaTreB7s— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) October 17, 2014 In South Africa,…
  • Bear Eats Body Of Marion Williams, California Man Who Died Of Cardiac Arrest

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    (Reuters) - A man who suffered a heart attack and died outside his rural Northern California home had his corpse dragged away and eaten by a black bear that was sheltering nearby, medical officials said on Friday. The 65-year-old man, identified as Marion Williams, had walked from his trailer in Humboldt County to a water source about 100 yards (meters) away on Oct. 8 when he suffered cardiac arrest, said Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Roy Horton. A bear that was bedding just feet (meters) from the water source apparently saw or smelled the body and dragged Williams away, he said. "The bear…
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  • Martin Sheen Protects Oceans, Newest Sea Shepherd Vessel Unveiled

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society christened its latest research vessel Saturday morning in Marina Del Rey, Calif. naming it after award-winning actor and ocean activist Martin Sheen. Ocean activist Martin Sheen speaking at the press conference aboard the RV Martin Sheen, Captain Oona Layolle in the background. Photo credit: Naio Halter. Martin Sheen has campaigned for 25 years with Sea Shepherd and long-time friend and founder of the movement Captain Paul Watson. These two intrepid warriors have stood shoulder-to-shoulder opposing brutal bludgeoning of Harp seals along Canada's eastern…
  • Good Jobs or Healthy Planet? We Can Have Both

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    If we really want to fix the environment, then we need to join coalitions with organizations that focus on changing our economic system too. This article is published as part of New Economy Week and in Yes Magazine. We are heading toward a potentially severe clash between environmentalists who advocate for reducing carbon emissions and community and labor activists who are most concerned about jobs, racial equity, and reducing wealth inequality. Our urgency about the climate catastrophe does not trump equity concerns. Both the climate crisis and the wealth gap are deepening -- and both will…
  • When Our Responses to Drought Make Things Worse

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    In a new study just published by the journal Sustainability Science (Springer), analysis from the Pacific Institute shows that many of the fundamental responses of California water users to severe drought actually make the state's overall water conditions worse -- that in the end, many of these actions are "maladaptations." Water is a complex resource; and water problems are an equally complex mix of natural resource, technology, social, economic and political conditions. When water is limited, such as in water-short areas or during extreme events such as droughts, society puts in place a…
  • Do You Know Your Dog's Emotional IQ?

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    In my last post, I opened a discussion on the emotional life of dogs, sharing one of my favorite books on the subject, Animals Make Us Human, by Temple Grandin. In her book, she spotlights a study by neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp in which he lists key emotions common to all mammals. In Part One, I began with two: Seeking and Play. According to Dr. Panksepp, these happy centers can only exist when a mammal -- here a dog -- is content and comfortable in his surroundings. Now for the other three: fear, frustration and panic. Though those may seem dark by comparison, there are healthy levels of…
  • The Difficult Dance of the 2014 Climate Change Denier

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    At the start of this year on this site, we urged the media and politicians to debate climate solutions, not the settled science of climate change. The good news is that, more than ever before, candidates are being forced to explain their positions on climate change and what they plan to do about it. In key Senate races around the country, candidates have gotten into heated exchanges about the role of the Environmental Protection Agency and its proposal to reduce the carbon pollution that is responsible for climate change. This heightened interest in climate change should come as no surprise…
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  • Cops: Remains may be those of missing U.S. student

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    The British-born University of Virginia student has been missing since Sept. 13.
  • Hong Kong street clashes erupt despite imminent talks

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    By James Pomfret and Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong early on Sunday for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police. The worst political crisis in Hong Kong since Britain handed the free-wheeling capitalist city back to China in 1997 entered its fourth week with no sign of a resolution despite talks scheduled for two hours on Tuesday between the government and student protest leaders. ...
  • Street artist revisits ghosts of Ellis Island hospital

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    New York (AFP) - Ellis Island was once the gateway to America for millions of immigrants, but the cavernous hospital that treated some of those new arrivals has been closed to the public for 60 years.
  • Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola: Obama

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and more than 100 people being monitored for possible infection, President Barack Obama said on Saturday that Americans "can't give in to hysteria or fear" about the spread of the virus. While Obama administration and world health officials remained focused on tackling Ebola at its source in three West African countries, Texas state authorities said 14 people had been cleared from an Ebola watch list. ...
  • Human remains found in search for missing Virginia student

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Searchers looking for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham found human remains at an abandoned property in a rural area on Saturday, five weeks after she was last seen in the university town of Charlottesville, police said. Authorities, who notified the girl's parents of the grim discovery, must conduct forensic tests on the remains to determine the person's identity, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo told a news conference. ...
 
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  • Cleaning Green

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    The migration of millions of birds across the face of the planet is one of nature's greatest annual events. Every spring some species move in one direction, while every autumn those same species move in the opposite one, very often linking continents. Although these migration patterns are as regular as the seasons, monitoring is revealing that, for some species, fewer birds are making the journey each season as the populations of these birds, including species nesting in the UK, are declining rapidly.
  • Australian volcanic mystery explained

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding Australia's only active volcanic area. The volcanism springs from a unique interaction between the continent's movement north and local variations in its thickness.
  • Climate change alters cast of winter birds

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America’s backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate.
  • New data about endangered marsh harrier distribution in Europe

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    The use of ringing recoveries -- a conventional method used to study bird migration -- in combination with more modern techniques such as species distribution modelling and stable isotope analysis is useful to understand better bird distribution patterns and origin considering place and time of the year.
  • Plastic nanoparticles also harm freshwater organisms

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Organisms can be negatively affected by plastic nanoparticles, not just in the seas and oceans but in freshwater bodies too. These particles slow the growth of algae, cause deformities in water fleas and impede communication between small organisms and fish.
 
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  • Time to Protect the US Shale Revolution?

    Chip Register
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The recent plunge in oil prices may be welcome news to drivers, but it is bad news for the nation's burgeoning shale energy industry, which has grown significantly over the last few years thanks to advances in technology, as well as from a relatively strong and stable oil price. All of this volatility may pose a real danger to the Shale Revolution if it causes risk-adverse investors to abandon the oil patch and look for more stable returns elsewhere. Such a scenario would not only hurt the new shale economy, costing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in GDP, but would also deliver…
  • Kansas City Southern Touts Solid Growth, But Stock Slips Further Behind Rivals

    Carl O'Donnell
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Despite strong earnings growth driven by a robust U.S. economy, the stock of Kansas City Southern Railway took a hit Wednesday morning.
  • A Working Nuclear Fusion Reactor In Three Years? Really?

    James Conca
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Lockheed Martin claimed a design breakthrough in nuclear fusion reactors that will revolutionize energy production on planet Earth and fit in my garage. I hope so.
  • Can Norway's 'Mr Oil' Find BG Group's Mojo?

    Gaurav Sharma
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Last twelve months have been pretty troubling for BG Group, the UK’s third-largest oil and gas producer after Shell and BP. Since January, the FTSE 100 company has seen profit downgrades, tepid prospects, troubled projects, geopolitical impediments and the departure of CEO Chris Finlayson merely 18 months into his post.
  • Excited About Lockheed Martin's Fusion Announcement? Let's Wait Until The Dust Settles

    Peter Kelly-Detwiler
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Lockheed Martin's announcement this week concerning progress in nuclear fusion is exciting. But there are many questions to be answered before we pop the champagne.
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  • Fossil Fuel Lobby Spent $213 Million Last Year to Influence US, EU Politicians

    Chris Rose
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Fossil fuel industries spent an estimated $213 million lobbying U.S. and European Union decision makers last year, according to a new report published by Oxfam International on Friday. In the U.S. alone, the estimated 2013 bill for lobbying activities by fossil fuel interests amounted to $160 million, said the report called Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance. In addition, the 40-page report said, the global fossil fuel sector receives approximately $1.9 trillion in subsidies each year. In the absence of robust climate legislation, finance continues to flow unabated into the fossil fuel…
  • More Oil Companies To Disclose Risks Of Fracking, Climate Change To Investors

    Mike G
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Last week brought yet more evidence that investors in oil and gas companies are waking up to the risks of fracking and climate change. Two natural gas companies, Anadarko Petroleum and EOG Resources, recently struck a deal with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to disclose the financial and environmental risks associated with fracking to their shareholders, including “probable future regulation and legislation” that could impact their operations, according to a statement released by Schneiderman's office. The agreement resolves a probe by Schneiderman into the disclosure…
  • NASA Confirms A 2,500-Square-Mile Cloud Of Methane Floating Over US Southwest

    Mike G
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    When NASA researchers first saw data indicating a massive cloud of methane floating over the American Southwest, they found it so incredible that they dismissed it as an instrument error. But as they continued analyzing data from the European Space Agency’s Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography instrument from 2002 to 2012, the “atmospheric hot spot” kept appearing. The team at NASA was finally able to take a closer look, and have now concluded that there is in fact a 2,500-square-mile cloud of methane—roughly the size of Delaware—floating over the…
  • Coal One of 'Greatest Products In History' Says Australian Coal Industry Figure

    Graham Readfearn
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    THE Australian newspaper has run a free advertisement today for the coal industry in the form of an op-ed column by a leading industry figure that says that coal is one of the best things ever. And no I'm not exaggerating. New South Wales Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee, a former advisor to several high-ranking Liberal Party politicians including the now Prime Minister Tony Abbott, writes in The Australian that coal is “one of the greatest overall products in ­history” and is just totally awesome (he didn't use the word awesome, that was me). Galilee's column in the…
  • Commissioner’s Report Shows Canada Must Do More For Environment

    Guest
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. Canadians expect to have our environment protected, and to know how it’s being protected. A report from Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development shows we’re being short-changed. In many key areas that we looked at, it is not clear how the government intends to address the significant environmental challenges that future growth and development will likely bring about,” commissioner Julie Gelfand said of the report, which used government data, or lack thereof, to assess the government’s success or failure to implement…
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  • 26 DIY Halloween Costumes

    Abby Larson
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Halloween is JUST around the corner people so it’s time to grab that glue gun and get to work! Although Handmade costumes may spook the pants off many of you, with a bit of guidance and a lot of imagination, these 26 little numbers beat the pants off the store bought versions. Plus, most are made with things you have around the house or those that can be found at your local craft store! DIY Halloween CostumesView Slideshow For more HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION click here! © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | Comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
  • Geometric Baby Shower

    Jacquelyn Clark
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I’m what you’d call a foodie. There isn’t anything I won’t try at least once, and I fully judge a party based on it’s menu. I know. But I’ve been to enough events with crustless triangle sandwiches to tell you that quality food is an absolute must. And I’m pretty sure these guys got the memo because this geometric inspired baby shower? It’s making me drool left right and center. With photos from Sweet Root Village, there’s more right here! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Sweet Root Village… The inspiration for this baby…
  • Behind the Blog: The Haute Look

    Jacquelyn Clark
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    What were you doing at 19? Because I’m fairly certain I was watching old episodes of Sex and the City in my sweat pants with my girlfriends. I’m 100% certain I was not running an incredible fashion blog a la The Haute Looks! We recently caught up to talk shop with this sweet girl, and have the photos from Katie Parra to prove it! SMP: Tell us a little about your blog! ROSE: My blog, The Haute Looks, is my a place where I can showcase my everyday outfits, my style, and my creative side. I love sharing my everyday outfits because my pieces are always affordable for any girl to…
  • 2nd Birthday Brunch

    Jacquelyn Clark
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    My love for all things brunch knows no bounds. If it were up to me, I’d indulge in it daily. But since that isn’t exactly in the cards (both for my waistline and my wallets sake), I’m just going to go big every once in a while. And what better reason to do so than on your birthday! With stuffed french toast, balloon place settings and individual parfaits! I have to say, sweet little Noelle is one very lucky lady. With photos from Soo Kim, there’s more right here.  Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Soo Kim Photography… Our daughter just turned two and…
  • Twilight Peach al Fresco Dinner

    Jacquelyn Clark
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Dining under the stars is one of my very favorite activities. Lately the weather has been begging for an evening the likes of this. Warm and sunny in the day, and perfectly crisp in the evening. In other words? Weather perfection. So I’m itching to throw a soiree a la Juniper & Dash, whose party is quite literally pretty as a peach. Oh and we have more photos right here from Alexandra Whitney. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Juniper & Dash… The weather in the Northeast has been simply amazing, and the evening of the Twilight Peach Dinner was no exception!
 
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  • Florida politicians battle rhetoric as rising seas drive worries over climate change.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is an election year, when even nature becomes a foil for competing political narratives. When a highly anticipated king tide hit the Florida coast last week, state and local officials surged into action to ensure that any flooding was kept out of sight.
  • Brown wants higher carbon standards.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he will push next year to set even higher greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for California, where the nation's toughest carbon standards already are causing anxiety among businesses and consumers.
  • Climate campaigners ramp up pressure on fossil fuel industry.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the impacts of climate change start to bite around the world, environmental groups and development charities are stepping up efforts to put pressure on what they see as the root cause of planet-warming emissions: fossil fuel businesses and the politicians who support them.
  • Swansea Bay oysters make a return.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Commercial oyster fishing could now become a very real prospect off the Swansea coast. Experts had long believed the oysters could no longer flourish there because of pollution and climate change – but twelve months on, they are flourishing.
  • These maps of water use show why the Western US is in trouble.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    California is now facing its worst dry spell in at least a century, so, not surprisingly, the question of how best to manage America's scarce freshwater supplies is coming up more frequently.
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  • Beyond the UN, ‘Sub-National’ Players Emerge as New Climate Leaders

    Clint Wilder
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The eyes of the world were on New York City in late September, even more than the city thinks they usually are. After some 310,000 people marched through the streets of Manhattan demanding action on climate change (full disclosure: I was one of them), more than 120 heads of state paraded through the United Nations Climate Summit speaking about the regional and global climate crisis. Those two events, understandably, received widespread media coverage; climate action (or inaction) by national governments has been in the spotlight since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997.  But in the battle…
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  • DSM launches next-gen Diablo high-temperature-resistant polyamides for engine compartment applications

    Mike Millikin
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Royal DSM is launching its next generation of Diablo high-temperature-resistant polyamides. The new grades are part of both DSM’s Stanyl polyamide 46 and Akulon 6/66 portfolios and are aimed at applications in automotive engine compartments where temperatures can reach as high as 260 ˚C (500 ˚F). The automotive industry’s constant drive to create more fuel-efficient designs has resulted in reduced space and higher temperatures under the hood, due in part to the inclusion of new features such as improved pedestrian impact protection and the increasing use of turbochargers and…
  • Lawrence Livermore graphene aerogels could improve performance of carbon-based superconductors by more than 100%

    Mike Millikin
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are developing modified graphene aerogels for application in supercapacitor electrodes. LLNL’s graphene aerogel material could potentially improve on the performance of commercial carbon-based supercapacitors by more than 100%, said LLNL’s Dr. Patrick Campbell, lead author of a paper on the technology published in the RSC journal Journal of Materials Chemistry A. In the paper, the LLNL team reports a 2.9-fold increase in electrical energy storage capacity (up to 23 Wh kg−1) of their graphene materials by modifying them with…
  • Graphene NanoChem and Sync R&D partner to develop graphene-enhanced Li-ion battery for shuttle bus in Malaysia

    Mike Millikin
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Malaysia-based Graphene NanoChem’s wholly-owned subsidiary Platinum Nanochem Sdn Bhd has entered into a product development and collaboration agreement with Sync R&D Sdn Bhd jointly to develop a graphene-enhanced lithium-ion battery solution for electric buses under the Electric Bus 1 Malaysia program (EB1M Program). The partners will develop and integrate a graphene-enhanced Li-on battery into a prototype electric shuttle bus in Malaysia designed and developed by Sync R&D, with Graphene NanoChem taking the lead role in the applications development activities to design and produce the…
  • Nissan leads with transfer of California ZEV credits out for year ending 30 Sep 2014

    Mike Millikin
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Nissan led with California ZEV credit transfers out during the last report period. Click to enlarge. Between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014, Nissan transferred out 663.6 ZEV (zero emission vehicle) credits from its balance account, according to the latest report by the California Air Resources Board (ARB)—just edging out Tesla with 650.195 credits. The next closest was Fiat, with 235.2 ZEV credits transferred out; followed by Ford with 38.738. This latest credit balance report reflects ZEV regulation compliance through model year 2013, representing a total of 3.5 million vehicles…
  • MIT/Stanford team refines TREC battery for harvesting low-grade waste heat

    Mike Millikin
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    In May, researchers at MIT and Stanford University reported the development of new battery technology for the conversion of low-temperature waste heat into electricity in cases where temperature differences are less than 100 ˚Celsius. The thermally regenerative electrochemical cycle (TREC) uses the dependence of electrode potential on temperature to construct a thermodynamic cycle for direct heat-to-electricity conversion. By varying the temperature, an electrochemical cell is charged at a lower voltage than discharged; thus, thermal energy is converted to electricity. (Earlier post.) Now,…
 
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  • How scientists linked the California drought to climate change

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

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

    Ilissa Ocko
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    By Ilissa OckoSource: Flickr/Jared Tarbell If you think the weather’s acting strange, you’re correct. Extreme weather in the United States is trending upward, and human-caused climate change has already been blamed for much of it – most recently in connection with theCalifornia drought. But along with extreme weather we’re also getting extreme contrasts. What on Earth is going on when New York gets endless rain and San Francisco none, and when one part of the country is freezing while another suffers under record heat? You guessed it, rising temperatures have something to do with…
  • Victory for Healthy Air: Court Rejects Nebraska Attorney General's Attempt to “Short-Circuit” the Law in Challenge to Carbon Pollution Standards

    Megan Ceronsky
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    By Megan CeronskyNebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning’s attempt to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to limit carbon pollution from power plants failed yesterday. The federal district court in Nebraska dismissed the Attorney General’s lawsuit challenging EPA’s proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for new fossil fuel power plants. The court held that: [the Attorney General’s] attempt to short-circuit the administrative rulemaking process runs contrary to basic, well-understood administrative law. (Decision, Page 1) The Attorney General’s challenge was…
  • 8 reasons for hope: Our top take-aways from Climate Week

    Nat Keohane
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    By Nat Keohane(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) My forecast had been for a Climate Week “on steroids” and that’s exactly what we got. Image source: Jane Kratochvil We saw the largest climate rally in history draw 400,000 people – up from the 250,000 we had initially hoped for – and then the United Nations Climate Summit, where 125 heads of state joined business and civic leaders to discuss ways to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Another highlight for the week was the growing momentum for putting a price on carbon. More than 1,000 businesses and investors, nearly 100…
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  • Technology for Good – episode thirty four with Salesforce’s John Tascheck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Alex Ion
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Picture this: you’re trying to sell your home. You’ve had tour after tour and while your potential buyers are all quite charmed by the layout and the neighborhood, you’ve yet to receive an offer. Why? One woman declined to buy because your home doesn’t have solar panels and she will only live in solar powered houses. Another couple said that they will only buy homes constructed of reclaimed materials. Even more potential buyers cited your not energy efficient enough appliances, the lack of a programmable house monitor (the kind that will turn off power to rooms that aren’t being…
  • ISRO 440 Newton turned out to be a successful dry run for the final propulsion

    Marian Dumitri
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    The test firing of Newton 440 was done on September 22, 2014 which came out to be successful, which boosted up the confidence and hopes of the Indian Space and Research Organisation engineers about the engines performance on the final day of run, Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The final firing of the spacecraft will be done day after which will be fired for 24 minutes from7:17 am. The spacecraft will periapsis of 432 km and an apoapsis of 80,000 km. This is going to be a big step in the history of ISRO. Eight small thrusters on board the spacecraft will fire with the main 440 Newton…
  • A Solar Storm is heading towards Earth

    Marian Dumitri
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
    As per some reports from US, a strong solar flare was launched off the sun on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 afternoon and is making its speedy movement towards the Earth. These emissions might disturb the Earth’s power grid mechanism causing some fluctuations in satellites and radio transmissions on September 12 and 13, 2014. Even though the flare is detected to be of Class X’ which lies at the end of the solar flare scale, it is not expected to cause much damage upon reaching Earth’s vicinity. According to experts the damage and disturbances that this flare could cause can all be…
  • Ganga River restoration Plans: Supreme Court says centre needs 200 years

    Marian Dumitri
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Taking a sharp call at the Centre, the Supreme Court of India, on September 3, 2014, said that the current plan for cleaning river Ranga may take 200 years. Despite all the allocation of funds and other details that have been revealed by the Centre, SC was quick to point on the flaws and has asked the government to present a PowerPoint presentation on their stage wise plan within three weeks. “After seeing your action plan, it seems Ganga will not be cleaned even after 200 years. You should take steps so that Ganga gets its pristine glory and future generations can see it. We…
  • Going Green for a Professional Clean

    Alex Ion
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    By now most people know how to “green up” their household cleaning supplies. They know, for example, that adding some baking soda, dish soap and vinegar to a spray bottle filled with water makes a pretty great all-purpose cleanser. They know that the easiest way to clean a bathtub is with a grapefruit and kosher salt. When it comes to industrial cleaning, though, most people get a little bit lost. It’s easy to search for environmentally friendly cleaning companies but hard to figure out who actually knows what they are doing. After all, these companies probably aren’t employing people…
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  • Video: Pay a visit to Elio Motors factory, where life is returning

    Sebastian Blanco
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Filed under: MPG, On Two Wheels, Videos Elio Motors continues to move forward on building a high-efficiency three-wheeled vehicle for the masses. For proof, take a look at a new local news clip of the inside of an old General Motors factory in Shreveport, LA. This is where Elio is going to build the lightweight, 84-mile-per-gallon vehicle, and it has started opening the doors to the media. Elio started in 2008 with its fanciful, efficient dream. The reality is that it takes a lot to build a car and founder Paul Elio realizes that when he's in the still fairly empty plant. "It's kinda eerie,"…
  • Read This: How CARB's next meeting could dramatically change the EV landscape

    Danny King
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, USA Will October 23 be a day of reckoning for some US automakers? Could be, since that's when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is meeting up and may tweak its mandates for zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) compliance for some of the world's largest carmakers. Green Car Reports says the news may be good. So far, the six largest-selling automakers in the state are selling electric vehicles in order to meet that mandate. While Nissan is easily meeting its requirements thanks to the Leaf, other models - like the Chevrolet Spark EV, Fiat 500E, Honda Fit EV, Toyota RAV4…
  • Two Wheels: BRD rebrands as Alta Motors, reveals new RedShift electric motocross bike

    Domenick Yoney
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, On Two Wheels, USA If you're wandering through the maze of booths this weekend at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando looking for the BRD display to check out the newly-revealed, production versions of its RedShift electric motocross and supermoto bikes, a warning. You might find yourself turning in circles, looking skyward for the numbered sign that the show guide gives as the proper location, and in doing so, resemble someone deep in their cups or, possibly, missing an ace and a pair of jacks. In fact, a security officer might even come over and inquire about your state of…
  • Report: Recent Tesla Model S buyers frustrated over new features

    Chris Bruce
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, Technology, Tesla, Electric Tesla wowed the motoring world when it recently unveiled the all-wheel drive, dual-motor D version that added power and range to the already well-regarded Model S. At the same time, the company showed off a new suite of safe-driving tech like a forward-looking camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors to come standard on all models. While the new features might attract some new buyers into the fold, for a few current owners the upgrades aren't coming as a pleasant surprise at all. Some of them are rallying for Tesla to fix things somehow.
  • Official: Tesla pushes hard against Michigan's anti-direct vehicle sales bills

    Sebastian Blanco
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors, Legislation and Policy While Tesla has been fighting against direct-vehicle sales bans in a number of states, the California electric vehicle company doesn't ask for help every time it finds itself in a skirmish. Last year, it did send out some ravens calling for assistance in Ohio. It has done so again to deal with a fast-moving situation in Michigan. A new bill, House Bill 5606, would not allow a vehicle manufacturer to "directly or indirectly own, operate, or control a new motor vehicle dealer." It would also prevent Tesla from opening one of its…
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    Awake at the Wheel

  • Volkswagen unveils a rugged Golf Alltrack TDI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Win $200 in Prizes in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween Kids Costume Contest!

    Laura Mordas-Schenkein
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Know a kid with an awesome Halloween costume this year? Help them win fame, fortune and some goodies by submitting their amazing costume to the Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest! We want to see the most inventive, crafty, homemade, and green kids costumes of 2014 – and our lucky winners have a chance to score over $200 in prizes! The contest ends at 11:59EST on November 1st, so get your entries in – and if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out last year’s winners here! ENTER INHABITOTS’ GREEN HALLOWEEN CONTEST > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us |…
  • PETE Turns Plastic Bottles into Clothing Right at Home

    Kristine Lofgren
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Want to reduce your plastic waste without it ever leaving your home? Meet PETE, one of the six finalists in the Electrolux Design Lab competition, which lets you recycle plastic bottles into clothing right in the comfort of your own home. Just choose the clothing type you want, put in your old plastic, and voila! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Electrolux Design, Electrolux design competition, electrolux design lab, PETE, plastic into clothing, plastic recycling, recycling at home, recycling plastic, recycling plastic at home, recycling plastic into clothing
  • INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save $2,000 a Year With Energy-Efficient Home Improvements

    Inhabitat
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Winter is fast approaching, but it’s not too late to make home improvements to save big on your energy bill. While switching your old lightbulbs for LEDs is a good and affordable start, there are many other ways to upgrade your home to get your annual expenses down. Utopia Management’s “11 Ways to Amp Up Your Home’s ROI” infographic lists nearly a dozen energy efficient home system replacements, their upfront costs, and return on investment. Although the initial investment may seem costly, the infographic shows that in the long-term, these changes could add up to…
  • Bake Your Own Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts Right at Home

    Kristine Lofgren
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Who doesn’t love donuts – they’re the perfect portable treat for any time of the day. Unfortunately, they aren’t exactly health food. So if you want to make favorite guilty pleasure just a little less guilt-inducing, we have the perfect recipe for making vegan, gluten-free pumpkin donuts right in your own kitchen. Topped with a little cinnamon sugar or vegan cream cheese frosting, they will have everyone scrambling for more. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Babycakes Covers the Classics, Babycakes NYC donuts, cake donuts, donut recipe,…
  • Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 – But is That a Good Thing?

    Colin Payne
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the history of pointless devices, the air umbrella has to be among one of the foremost – and it could soon be a reality. According to Core77, the invisible umbrella concept – which uses forced air to repel falling water – was created by U.K. industrial design student, Quentin DeBaene, and the concept generated plenty of interest when it was introduced last year as an entry for the James Dyson Award. The date initially proposed for building the umbrella was 2050, but a successful Kickstarter campaign doubled its initial target goal of $10,000 – and a ‘research…
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • GM Landfill-Free Sites hits 122

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Eleven more General Motors’ facilities have achieved landfill-free status. The company’s running total is 122 manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations spanning Asia, Europe and South and North America that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations. GM’s new landfill-free facilities include: CAMI Assembly (Canada) Colmotores Assembly (Colombia) Joinville Engine (Brazil) Zaragoza Assembly […]
  • Food Loss, Waste Protocol Under Development

    Ken Jennison
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    A steering committee of global organizations is developing a protocol aimed at helping countries reduce food loss and waste, according to the World Resources Institute. Globally, about 24 percent of all the calories produced for human consumption don’t end up reaching human mouths, according to WRI analysis. As a result, WRI, together with FAO, United […]
  • Zero-Interest Loans to Develop Recycling Infrastructure

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Municipalities across the US can now apply for zero-interest loans to develop recycling infrastructure. The Closed Loop Fund has opened its application process for municipalities and private entities across the country. It plans to invest $100 million over the next five years to support the development of recycling infrastructure and services. The zero interest loans […]
  • Shoppers Willing to Spend 31% More on Sustainably Produced Food

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    Americans are willing to spend, on average, 31 percent more per week on sustainably produced grocery food, according to a study by Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications. The Conscious Consumer Study was conducted online in August among 2,010 US adults by Harris Poll on behalf of Gibbs-rbb. Key findings include: On average, Americans are willing to spend […]
  • Amyris, Solazyme Among EPA Green Chemistry Award Winners

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Amyris, Solazyme, QD Vision and the Solberg Company have won EPA awards for their green chemistry technologies. The winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards have brought products to market that reduce energy, chemicals and water waste while cutting manufacturing costs, says Jim Jones, the EPA’s assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. […]
 
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  • Moody-Stuart Challenges Global Forum Attendees to Collaborate to Eradicate Malaria

    Claire Sommer
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    UN Global Compact chairman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart used his time on the main stage at the Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit on Thursday to propose how business can join the global fight to eradicate malaria.In addition to his role with Global Compact, Moody-Stuart also serves as the chairman of the IVCC Board of Trustees. IVCC is a not-for-profit public-private partnership that was established as a charity in 2005. The group’s mission is to save lives, protect health and increase prosperity in areas where disease transmitted by insects is endemic.Moody-Stuart shared…
  • World’s Leading Alcohol Producers Launch Alliance for Responsible Drinking

    Mike Hower
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    The International Center for Alcohol Policies and the Global Alcohol Producers Group have launched a new organization called the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) to help reduce harmful drinking and promote responsible drinking through research, programs and advocacy around the world.Also central to IARD’s mission will be supporting and accelerating implementation of the Beer, Wine and Spirits Producers’ Commitments to Reduce Harmful Drinking. The organization will promote effective policies and programs, as well as contribute to an informed debate by providing…
  • Closed Loop Fund Offering Zero-Interest Loans to Help Cities Develop Recycling Infrastructures

    Mike Hower
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    The Closed Loop Fund plans to invest $100 million over the next five years to support the development of recycling infrastructure and services in cities across the country.Municipalities across the country can now apply for zero-interest loans to build recycling infrastructure for their communities. The zero-interest loans are repaid from either landfill-diversion savings or revenue generated from the sale of recyclable material. Companies that service municipalities may also apply, and interest rates will be below market rates.The announcement was made to an audience of public sector…
  • CDP: Microsoft, SAP, Unilever Among 'A List' Companies Doing the Most to Combat Climate Change

    Sustainable Brands
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    This week, CDP revealed its list of 187 companies illustrating that a low-carbon future does not mean low profit.The 2014 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), which highlights companies taking action to mitigate climate change, outperforms The Bloomberg World Index by 9.6 percent.The “A List” was created at the request of 767 investors who represent US$92 trillion — more than a third of the world's invested capital. Information provided by nearly 2,000 listed companies has been independently assessed against CDP's scoring methodology and ranked accordingly.The CPLI names 187…
  • Poll Finds US Shoppers Willing to Spend 31% More Per Week on Responsibly Produced Food

    Sustainable Brands
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    On average, Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on grocery food produced safely and responsibly, according to the Conscious Consumer™ Study issued today by Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications.“Conscious Consumers are voting with their wallets, creating challenges for food and beverage marketers across their entire supply chain,” said Jeffrey R. Graubard, managing director of Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications. “Consumers increasingly choose brands aligned with their values while penalizing brands that disappoint them. It’s Darwinian — survival of the fittest —…
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  • Food Waste Facts in the UK [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Did you know that this past Thursday, October 16, was World Food Day? Yeah, I missed it, too… And while this may strike you as just another opportunity for people to share pictures of their meals, and promote their particular food ideology, the main idea behind it involves global food issues. This year’s theme, for instance, was “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.” So, those of us who missed it completely can take the “Every day should be World Food Day” approach (which we should, anyway), and dig into the issues surrounding food…
  • What’s the Best Compost Bin for Your Yard?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I tend to start thinking about composting – changes to my system, etc. – in the Spring: that’s when I’m planning my planting for the year, and trying to take fertilization into account. But when I stop to think about it, Fall is really the ideal time for planning ahead on composting: you’ve likely got (or, at least, have access to) lots and lots of brown material in the form of fallen leaves, and since you may not be yet planning for the next year’s planting, you can start thinking about next year’s fertilization. Compost, no matter how you create,…
  • But How Much Waste Does GM Keep Out of Landfills?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Last month, we joined sister site Gas 2.0 in congratulating Ford Canada on reaching landfill-free status for all of its operations. That’s pretty impressive, right – all of the factories in one country sending nothing to landfills? While I’ve wrestled with other ideas since then, another question struck me: how’s the competition doing on this front? Is GM, for instance, making similar strides in reducing its waste stream? The short answer, I found out today, is a resounding “yes!” While I don’t know if the company has reached total landfill-free…
  • Composting For Entrepreneurs

    Stephen Hanley
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    According to the EPA, Americans dump over 36 million tons of food waste every year. Not only is that horrendously wasteful in a world where billions of people are starving, but decomposing food also creates methane, which is ten times more harmful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Entrepreneurs know that every problem creates a potential for profit. According to Fredricksburg.com, Melissa Tashjian of Milwaukee took the money she had saved for a new kitchen and used it to buy a 25 year old dump truck earlier this year. So far she had signed up 7 area restaurants who pay her to haul…
  • Saving The Planet And Money At The Construction Site

    Guest Contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    The world is slowly finding itself without the resources that it needs, and therefore the construction materials that are being used need to be reduced to help the environmental impact. Rather than send all of the leftover materials, as well as materials that are from the demolition and excavation process, as well as the construction process, this industry is turning towards recycling the reusable materials. Recycling Recycling can have a great effect on the planet in many different ways. Simply by recycling, we can eliminate and reduce waste and save the primary resources of the planet. By…
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  • Climate Change: It's Only Human To Exaggerate, But Science Itself Does Not

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Science 2.0: To exaggerate is human, and scientists are human. Exaggeration and the complementary art of simplification are the basic rhetorical tools of human intercourse. So yes, scientists do exaggerate. So do politicians, perhaps even when, as the UK’s former environment secretary Owen Paterson did, they claim that climate change forecasts are “widely exaggerated”. A more pertinent question is: does the way in which scientists and politicians speak publicly lead to wild exaggeration? When both are engaged...
  • Ohio Bans International Travel For Residents Being Monitored for Ebola

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Wall Street Journal: Ohio health officials strengthened the state’s Ebola monitoring protocols Saturday to require that state residents who are self-monitoring after contact with an Ebola-exposed environment do not leave the U.S. Ohio residents who are self-monitoring for symptoms of the Ebola virus must also undergo daily appointments with a health department official, according to the state’s new mandates. Ohio instituted the ban on international travel for those being monitored citing “the inability to track...
  • Ebola: Is bushmeat behind the outbreak?

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    BBC: Bushmeat is believed to be the origin of the current Ebola outbreak. The first victim's family hunted bats, which carry the virus. Could the practice of eating bushmeat, which is popular across Africa, be responsible for the current crisis? The origin has been traced to a two-year-old child from the village of Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea, an area where batmeat is frequently hunted and eaten. The infant, dubbed Child Zero, died on 6 December 2013. The child's family stated they had hunted...
  • Oxfam calls troops in Africa as criticism of ‘inadequate’ Ebola response mounts

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Guardian: Anger is growing over the “inadequate” response to the Ebola epidemic this weekend with the World Health Organisation’s Africa office accused of incompetence and world governments of having failed. Aid charities and the president of the World Bank are among the critics, declaring that the fight against the virus is in danger of being lost. On Saturday Oxfam took the unusual step of calling for troops to be sent to west Africa, along with funding and medical staff, to prevent the Ebola outbreak...
  • Ebola: Six new suspected cases in Spain

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Euronews: All you need to know about the Ebola virus Obama vows a more aggressive response to the handling of the Ebola crisis Ebola outlook darkens Ebola crisis: EU pushes for improved screening in affected countries Spain remains on high alert for Ebola after recording six new suspected cases of the virus, including a Spanish priest who had recently been in Liberia. Authorities have confirmed that 18 people have been quarantined, in Madrid and the Canary Islands. Elsewhere, a nurse who is being...
 
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  • Now Congressional Republicans Are Digging Through Scientists' Grant Proposals

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    When scientists across the country need money for research projects, one place they often turn is the National Science Foundation. The NSF is an independent federal agency with an annual budget of about $7 billion, which it doles out to fund about a quarter of all federally supported science research. Of course, the agency doesn't just give money away to anyone who asks. Proposals have to survive a rigorous review process that includes close scrutiny by a panel of top scientists in the relevant field. Competition is fierce: Of the 49,000 proposals submitted in 2013, only a fifth were…
  • Hurricane Gonzalo Is Going to Slam Bermuda Today

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The photo above was taken yesterday by an astronaut on the International Space Station. It shows Hurricane Gonzalo barreling across the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda. Gonzalo, currently a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in Bermuda this afternoon before veering back out to sea and away from the US East Coast. AccuWeather.com meteorologists are warning that the damage could be severe, with "a large and life-threatening storm surge [that] could exceed 10 feet and cause a major rise in water levels over coastal areas and causeways." Stay safe, Bermudans.
  • People Are Trying to Sell Cinnamon Bark as an Ebola Cure

    Kiera Butler
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Marion Nestle reports that several supplement manufacturers are selling vitamins that promise to prevent or treat Ebola. The claims caught the attention of the FDA, which has issued warning letters to three of the manufacturers: Natural Solutions Foundation, Young Living, and DoTERRA International LLC. The agency lists specific claims it finds worrisome; for example, on a Young Living consultant's website, "Ebola Virus can not live in the presence of cinnamon bark." Here's a screenshot from Natural Solutions Foundations' website: An article on the Natural Solutions site talks about "the…
  • Sorry, California. Winter Isn't Going to Fix Your Drought.

    Tim McDonnell
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    NOAA California's crippling drought is not expected to improve over the winter, according to new forecast data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nearly 60 percent of the state is experiencing exceptional drought—the worst category—NOAA reported. The map above shows that the northern California coast could see some improvement. But in the Central Valley, a critical source of fruits, nuts, and vegetables for the whole country, conditions won't be getting better any time soon. A little rain is expected, NOAA forecaster Mike Halpert said in a…
  • Nepal Just Had a Deadly Freak Avalanche. Is Climate Change To Blame?

    Tim McDonnell
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Hikers on one of Nepal's most popular mountaineering routes may have had a deadly face-off with climate change this week, when a freak storm swept in and triggered an avalanche that killed at least 27 people. Rescue work is underway for dozens of hikers who are still missing. October is typically a time for clear skies in Nepal, and already some scientists are pointing a finger of blame at global warming for the unseasonable storm. From the Toronto Star: The current situation in Nepal — the incessant rain, blizzard and avalanche — appears to have been triggered by the tail of…
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  • 5 sadly common reasons people fall out of love

    svartan
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    As the famous This American Life episode about breakups notes, breaking up with someone is an incredibly common thing. Almost all of us have gone through it, maybe even multiple times. You go through phases of misery and crying and anger and despondency, and even as you are experiencing these emotions, you know that it's all kind of a cliche. But as the guest on TAL says, "When it happens to you, it feels so specific."  
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    dailynews
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Oct. 18, 1851: "Moby-Dick," Herman Melville’s tale of an obsessive whaling captain who leads his crew to ruin, is published in London. The book is loosely based on the wreck of the whaleship Essex 31 years earlier.  
  • Air umbrella can keep you dry with an invisible 'force field'

    bnelson78
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Anyone who has experienced the joy of driving through a rainstorm with the sunroof open understands how the airflow around the moving vehicle can keep you dry despite the exposure. Now a similar principle is being applied to create an umbrella that protects you from the rain using nothing more than an invisible air 'force field.'  
  • In Washington, legal skirmish over view-marring modular cabin comes to a happy end

    mhickman
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Nearly 20 months, one short film, hundreds of petition signatures and a handful of devastating wildfires later, the residents of a tiny yet tenacious community in north-central Washington state can claim victory: a sleek, modernist cabin cantilevered on an undeveloped ridge over the village of Mazama like a “wart on the hillside” and a
  • Bear cub rescued from California dumpster

    lmoss
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Wildlife officials rescued a bear cub from a dumpster in Pasadena, California, Thursday and reunited it with its mother.   The cub had become trapped in the bin and was frantically trying to get out while crying for its mother.    
 
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • What Happens to Solar Power Plants After They’re Installed?

    Stephen Lacey
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    By 2017, there will be more than 150 gigawatts of solar plants that need to be maintained globally. In order for solar to keep growing as an asset class, those plants will have to be in top shape. Who’s going to take care of them all? As operations and maintenance becomes a more important piece of the solar market, big project developers, independent contractors, software firms and inverter manufacturers are all trying to get in on the action. In this week’s podcast, we talk with Chuck Smith, executive vice president of services at SMA America, about the company’s…
  • Why You Should Question the Value Proposition of Energy Storage

    Bentham Paulos
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Energy storage has become this year’s cause célèbre. The main selling point for storage, forged into a meme by story after story in the press, is that storage is needed to compensate for the variable output of wind and solar. “Today, the power grid isn’t able to easily handle the rapid fluctuations in the production of wind and solar power,” is just a random sample quote. But this claim is not true now, and will not be true for quite some time. The electricity grid is by far the most cost-effective and reliable way to deal with the variability of wind and…
  • Inverter Innovation Reduces Solar’s Levelized Cost of Energy

    Sponsored Content
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The expiration of the federal Investment Tax Credit in December 2016 looms over the solar industry and makes the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of a solar system even more important to developers. In general, there are two ways to lower LCOE:  Reduce installation and O&M costs Improve system performance Lowering installation and O&M costs The first generation of 1,000-volt DC 3-phase string inverters brought benefits to smaller non-residential projects, including the ability to make longer strings, save on copper, and lower balance-of-system costs. Sungrow has deployed more than…
  • SolarCity, Nest to Energy Regulators: Open the Grid

    Jeff St. John
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Rooftop solar PV, behind-the-meter batteries, smart thermostats and appliances, and energy-aware home automation are all sources of energy, capacity and reliability for the power grid. So say the engineers who’ve built them -- and so say the customers buying them. Now if only the regulators would move as fast as the engineers and customers. That's how two top executives from SolarCity and Nest Labs described the current state of play in California for distributed energy resources (DER). Speaking at the More Than Smart conference in Sacramento on Wednesday, Peter Rive, CTO and…
  • Is Germany Abandoning Its Commitment to the Energy Transition?

    Tam Hunt
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Germany, the world’s fourth-largest economy, has led the world in terms of its commitment to wean itself from fossil fuels and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The program known as the Energiewende, or “energy transition,” was made into law in 2011. The key laws behind the Energiewende were put in place a decade earlier.  This commitment to renewables has not been merely rhetorical. Germany has installed more solar power than any other country, despite having a rather modest solar resource, and the country was until recently also the world leader in installed wind.
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    Direct2Dell

  • Technology Powers Student Achievement at the Urban Promise Academy in Oakland

    Jon Phillips
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    As a PC start-up founded by a college student in his dorm room, education is in Dell’s DNA. We know firsthand the opportunity education and technology creates and there is nothing more exciting than our technology in the hands of students and teachers. Unfortunately, not all schools have equal access to digital tools and resources that define the way we connect, learn, and live today. Dell is committed to helping districts across the country bridge this gap by providing efficient, affordable and scalable solutions designed specifically for education environments. Last week, I had the…
  • Dell Security Packs in Partner Offerings and Unveils SuperMassive 9800 at Peak 2014

    Matthew Medeiros
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Yesterday, we wrapped up the Dell Security Peak Performance conference in Orlando. The excitement expressed by our partners, who have immersed themselves in educational technical deep dive and business breakout sessions, is inspiring. While this is the first year we’ve hosted Peak Performance under the Dell Security umbrella, this continues a long tradition of the event we hosted by SonicWALL for a decade.  I’m proud to say that this time around we were joined by a sell-out crowd of nearly 490 partners from North America, Europe and Latin America, and we’ve already…
  • Four Ways the Internet of Things is Changing Product Design

    Kirsten Billhardt
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Automation Technology Expo – Midwest conference is in progress outside Chicago this week with a track dedicated to ‘Going beyond M2M: The Industrial Internet of Things." Dell OEM Solutions is contributing to the conversation with a session on how the Internet of Things is changing the design function. Fundamentally, technology shifts are making it easier for designers to embed intelligence within their products. We see the changes in consumer products such as Nest thermostats and the fitness bands on our wrists, but there is rich opportunity to explore how additional…
  • A Broader Vision for Variabilization of IT

    DELL-Anand S
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Reduced risk is a key to many doors One of the most exciting trends sweeping the world of IT is also the hardest to say: variabilization. While it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, for many companies it has become a seven-syllable synonym for success. Specifically, the variabilization of IT costs is tearing down barriers to market entry and expansion, and paving the road to greater profitability. As businesses begin to fully understand its potential, I believe variabilization will help to usher in the next golden age of entrepreneurship and innovation. Let’s back up for a…
  • Dell Welcomes Security Partners Back to Peak Performance Conference

    Marvin Blough
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Since first joining SonicWALL in 2006, our annual conference for SonicWALL channel partners was always one of the main highlights of my year. It gave us an opportunity to meet face-to-face with our channel partners from around the world to exchange ideas about vital security industry trends, and learn about their concerns and priorities. It’s for those same reasons that I’m now elated to be joining nearly 600 channel partners as we host the North America event as part of the Dell family for the first time. The Dell Security Peak Performance Conference that kicked off this week in…
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    New Republic

  • How a Nixon Lawyer Fell Out of Love with Tricky Dick and Came to Tell the Real Story of Watergate

    David Greenberg
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    “You know,” Richard Nixon told his chief of staff, H. R. Haldeman, on April 9, 1973, “with regard to recording what goes on here in the room: I feel uneasy about that ... uneasy because of the fact it’s even done.” Sitting in the Oval Office, his words captured by the very machines he wa
  • Can Science Fiction Writers Predict Technology’s Future?

    Peter F. Hamilton
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The October 1945 edition of Wireless World magazine carried an article from a young Arthur C. Clarke called “Extra Terrestrial Relays.” It was the concept of using satellites in geostationary orbit, 35,786km high, around the Earth, to beam radio signals from one continent to another.
  • How Martin Scorsese Created the Modern Masculine Ideal

    Tom Shone
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Do you know how Martin Scorsese came to cast Ray Liotta in Goodfellas? At the height of the controversy over The Last Temptation of Christ, the director took his film to the Venice Film Festival, and one morning, walking out of his hotel on the Lido, he saw Liotta across the lobb
  • Curators as Kissingers: Can Museums Repair Diplomatic Relations?

    Cristina Ruiz
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In April 2012, just six months after Colonel Gaddafi had been killed by rebel forces in Sirte, Libya, and as fighting between rival militias continued, an exhibition of British street art opened at the Dar Al Fagi Hassan Art Gallery in Tripoli and then in Benghazi. The works of Banksy and D*Face wer
  • Joni Ernst: Poor People Aren't Entitled to Food, Clothing, or Health Care

    Brian Beutler
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The unearthed recording of Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst decrying the fact that Americans are insufficiently “self-sufficient” has invited comparisons to the hidden camera fo
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: 5 Things Employers Need to Know About Millennials

    Mary Mazzoni
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    According to a study conducted in 2012 by leadership strategist Erica Dhawan, 75 percent of the global workforce will be made up of millennials by 2025. We all know millennials love their smartphones and are more likely to shun car-centric suburban life in favor of big cities -- but those aren't the only things that make this generation tick.
  • Can Geoengineering Really Fix Climate Change?

    Jan Lee
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The IPCC is promoting geoengineering -- or some forms of it -- to stop climate change. But are we ready?
  • DOE and Abengoa Launch Biorefinery in Kansas

    Leon Kaye
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    This morning the Department of Energy and Abengoa are kicking off the company’s first commercial-scale biorefinery in Hugoton, Kansas.
  • The Mustang Gets an EcoBoost for Its 50th Birthday

    Mary Mazzoni
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    For the model's 50th birthday, the folks at Ford Motor Co. decided to do things a bit differently by launching the first Mustang with EcoBoost. Even at 32 MPG on the highway, the EcoBoost produces more horsepower and torque than the Mustang GT engines did just 10 years ago.
  • Retailers Cite Low Wages as Major Threat to Business

    Eric Justian
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The horrible irony is that many of these retailers, acknowledging that stagnant incomes hurt their sales, are part of their own problem. They pay low wages while lobbying aggressively to keep the minimum wage low.
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Chicago Park District Wins Gold Medal, Named Top Park District in the U.S.

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

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

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

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

  • The 10 Best Snowboarding Instagrams

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cruise Ship Carrying Quarantined Health Worker Due in Texas on Sunday

    Blogger
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    ENLARGE A Carnival journey vessel carrying a health-care workman self-quarantined for probable Ebola bearing is on lane to arrive behind in Galveston, Texas early on Sunday morning. The Caribbean journey had to forego partial of a channel and was denied entrance to a pier in Mexico after a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected that a lady was on house who might have rubbed specimens from Thomas Eric Duncan, a initial diagnosed box of Ebola in a U.S. The unclear newcomer is a lab administrator during Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. She hasn’t exhibited any…
  • Lower appetite prices break Canadian dollar

    Blogger
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The 10% off sale is behind – for U.S. shoppers. Image: Lucy Martin When it comes to sell rates, there’s a vast mercantile design and a personal slant, as in “where will my dollar go farther?” Right now it’s some-more costly for Canadians to buy U.S. goods, or transport there. But Canada is behind “on sale” for American visitors. The Canadian dollar strike a 5-year low this past week, trade during 87.80. Obviously, this series fluctuates. When this post was created on Friday, a Canadian dollar was behind to 89 cents. But that’s still 10% off parity, in preference of a U.S.
  • Hawaii’s high appetite costs debated during gov forum

    Blogger
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Local News Politics plays larger-than-normal purpose in Lexington competition for family justice judge
  • Healthy Eating for Kids: Brussels Sprouts are My Daughter’s Favorite Food …

    Blogger
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Better Published on Oct 18th, 2014 by Jill Ettinger 0 How a tragedy helped my daughter rise healthy eating habits early on. When it was detected during my daughter’s 3-month check-up that she was losing weight since we indeed had a unequivocally low breast divert supply, we was about as ravaged as I’d ever been in my life. “You have to supplement formula” a alloy insisted. we refused. We hired mixed lactation consultants and attempted all to get my physique to make some-more milk. we was holding so most fenugreek that it sent my hormones into batshit crazy mode. we couldn’t sleep.
  • Texas health workers who had hit with Ebola studious signing authorised …

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    18 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    News Local Nation World Science Investigators Traffic Weather Obituaries Minnesota Topics Local North Metro West Metro South Metro East Metro Minneapolis St. Paul Your Voices Blogs + Columns Minnesota Topics Sports Vikings / NFL Twins / MLB Wolves / NBA Wild / NHL Lynx / WNBA Gophers Preps Outdoors Golf <!– Racing –> Soccer Blogs Video Business Economy Your Money Top Workplaces Blogs + Columns Business Finder Minnesota Topics Politics State + Local National Hot Dish Blog Opinion Editorials Our Columnists Commentaries Cartoons Letters Lifestyle Taste Home + Garden Travel…
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • You Can Freeze it (Eco Eats Challenge!)

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

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

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

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

    Katy
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Have you ever stood on artificial turf and wondered exactly what was under your (or your child’s) feet? I remember returning to my childhood pool a few years ago. They had replaced much of the seating areas with artificial turf. In the summer sun this material burned our feet and smelled funny. I remembered reading about some of the health concerns surrounding artificial turf and thought I’d get in touch with an organization I follow called No Toxic Turf to find out more. Our interview is below. Please feel free to post a question and we can try to get it answered! 1. What are the…
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    Crunchy Chicken

  • Another Bushel of Harvest Posts

    Crunchy Chicken
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Rather than reposting harvest related blog posts from years' past, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of posts that would be appropriate for the fall harvest time of the year. Here are my top 8 favorites: 1. Processing sugar pie pumpkins - How to roast, process and freeze all those lovely pumpkins that you either grew or are buying from the farmers market, farm stand or
  • RIP Sarah, 2/10 - 9/14

    Crunchy Chicken
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    RIP, Sarah, you big, white fluffy butted chicken. May you forever peck at delicious cabbage worms in the big hen house in the sky.
  • Almost Amish book club: Introduction

    Crunchy Chicken
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Welcome to the Almost Amish book club!  For each chapter of this book, I'll be including a chapter summary, discussion questions and challenges. I'll be cross-posting on Facebook, where we tend to have more comments, so if it's all crickets over here or you're not seeing  much activity, you might want to check out my Facebook page. Also, I know it's not the middle of the month yet, but I thought
  • Full time homeschooling middle school

    Crunchy Chicken
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Howdy! Sorry I've been MIA this last week. School started on Wednesday and, on Monday, I made the executive decision (with support from my husband) to full time homeschool my 7th grade son. He was scheduled to do 2 classes at his middle school this year, but the times they wanted him to take classes messed up my work schedule too much. So, I figured adding 2 more subjects didn't matter in the
  • 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
 
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  • Best Essential Oils for a Foot Massage

    Tiffany
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A foot massage has to be one of the most enjoyable and popular massages. It might even be the reason why so many ladies love to have pedicures. Pretty toes are nice but the massage that comes with the pedicure can’t be beat! They are simple and easy to perform as well so trading massages with your spouse can be an excellent lazy evening at home idea. It can be reviving and therapeutic! Our feet are super sensitive and super responsive. Many complimentary therapies (think reflexology or shiatsu) believe that we can cleanse and energize body systems and internal organs all through…
  • Gardening and Homesteading Goals for 2015

    Tiffany
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The gardening season has ended for 2014…for the most part. I still have a variety of peppers and some flowers doing well. I also have a cold frame with greens going strong but I have done a massive fall cleanup and most of my garden beds will rest until spring. With everything I learned this year I am already making plans for next! My organic garden goals for 2015 are to grow everything I grew in 2014 and: Make potato cages and grow alot more Start my seedlings earlier! Add leeks and brussels sprouts for fall/winter Grow more carrots Grow different pumpkin varieties (jarrahdale and…
  • Savory Pumpkin Soup Recipe

    Tiffany
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This just might be my new favorite fall soup. It is scrumptious! Also pretty easy to make, just a bit long on cook time. I love pumpkin and you find great sales on pie pumpkins right about now but I am not big on making tons of sweets and pies. I usually put them in the slow cooker and make my own pumpkin puree for pancakes, smoothies, and souffles. That is about it…until now. You can bet I will be stocking up on pie pumpkins so I can make this soup throughout fall and winter! Ingredients: 1/2 cup cream 1 cup stock (veggie or chicken) 1 clove garlic 1 T butter 2 T olive or coconut oil…
  • Natural Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

    Tiffany
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    It is amazes me how our attitude’s change about sleep as we get older. When we are younger we relish staying up late, brag about it, and generally try to milk every moment we can by staying awake. As we get older though we start to appreciate sleep time…trying to make sure we get a solid eight or more hours of dream time. We might even take naps. I know I plan my day around sleep time. I always want to ensure I get enough rest. If that means I have to go to bed at 6pm, before the best prime time shows even start, so be it. That is what a DVR and the weekend is for. We cannot expect to be…
  • Fall/Winter Garden Prep & Chores

    Tiffany
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The weather is getting quite nippy and the nights are getting darker. Life is moving a little bit slower, and things are winding down in your summer garden. But perhaps you don’t want to give up gardening just yet. Heck the weather is perfect for outdoor enjoyment right? Well you CAN keep growing well into winter. If this interests you check out my article on extending the growing season into fall and winter. It has lots of great tips and info on what kind of plants do well in cold weather. In fact I just set up a cold frame for my greens (lettuce, arugla, and spinach). I used a shower…
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Overcoming Nature Anxiety

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

    Green Bean
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.It was a cool and foggy September morning.  I knew which day it was.  Saturday, the 20th.   I had had this date marked on my calendar for months, even a year. Still, I ignored the calendar entry.  There were so many other things I could do on a quiet Saturday morning.  The kids could be sucked in by screen time, forbidden during the week.  I could work in the garden, plant seeds for fall, lay down sheet mulch for spring.  Hit the Saturday farmers market instead of the Sunday one.  The possibilities were endless.  And…
  • Do Carbon Taxes Work?

    Amber Strocel
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Climate Crusader looks into the results of a carbon tax in British Columbia, Canada.I live in British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Much like the US, Canada's west coast is associated with left-leaning liberal hippies. Here in Vancouver you'll find an abundance of vegan bakeries, food trucks, craft breweries and community gardens. This city was the birthplace of Greenpeace, and it is the home of David Suzuki. We're far from perfect, but it's fair to say that the number of environmentalists per capita who live here is at least a little higher than average.Here in British…
  • Kitchen Scraps Garden Part Two: Carrot Seeds

    Christy
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Queen Composter has been doing some gardening experiments.Most kitchen gardeners grow carrots, and I am no exception. My daughters love eating them, and generally I find them easy to grow. While seeds are not overly expensive, I find I go through a great deal of them each year because of having to sow so many then thinning the seedlings to allow for adequate growth.I have been experimenting with growing food from kitchen scraps, and I saw a post somewhere about planting the tops of carrots to produce seeds. As a novice gardener I am delving into seed saving, which has so many benefits.
  • 5 Fall Garden Tasks To Save Money in the Spring

    Green Bean
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    From the bean of Green Bean.Cosmos seeds just begging to be saved for next year!As the sun wanes and the vines die, most of us turn our attention away from the garden.  Pumpkins beg to be made into pies, apples to be dried or sauced.  I typically think of the garden again come New Years, with the rush of the holidays behind me and seed catalogs piling up. This year, however, I want to make sure I hit a few important garden tasks that will bring big yields in spring.A California native sunflower that I planted for the first time this year. Loved it and am saving the seeds for next…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Coffee, Cheese and Wine

    greenandcleanmom
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Coffee, cheese and wine…these are all things you should not live without. They’re all divine and this last weekend I had the opportunity to have plenty of each. I mean plenty! I think I’m still recovering. The Cheese Lady Let me first begin by telling you about Tina, The Cheese Lady. This woman is hilarious and passionate about her cheese. I just go to the Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Coffee, Cheese and Wine The post Coffee, Cheese and Wine appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween

    greenandcleanmom
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Have a healthy and safe Halloween with a few of my favorite tips. I love Halloween so this won’t be a post telling you to not eat candy. I get it; it’s bad for you and blah, blah, blah. I’m about moderation but I do have some health and safe Halloween tips that you might find useful, especially if you have older children who like Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween The post Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Budget Friendly Lodging in Traverse City, Michigan

    greenandcleanmom
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Taking a vacation, doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it can be local and lodging can be budget friendly and exceptional!  There are so many hidden gems within hours from are homes in Michigan. This last weekend, I spent a gorgeous autumn weekend in Traverse City, Michigan with 7 other Michigan bloggers exploring parts of Traverse City, we might have never known about. I Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Budget Friendly Lodging in Traverse City, Michigan The post Budget Friendly Lodging in Traverse City, Michigan appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids

    greenandcleanmom
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    2014 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids ending October 15th, 2014. That’s right there are a few more days left to hand your child a camera and let them go to town snapping pictures! Honestly, you never know what they’ll capture. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder and children see things differently. They notice the sunset because they’re not folding laundry, Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids The post National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for…
  • Pumpkin Recipes to Die For

    greenandcleanmom
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    I love pumpkin. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! In fact, when others say they don’t like pumpkin everything…I’m thinking they were born with fewer quality taste buds and deprived. Yes, deprived. You see, pumpkin smells good. It tastes good and it is good for you. It’s like someone telling me that sunshine doesn’t feel good on their face. I’m like, huh? Are you a vampire? There are Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Pumpkin Recipes to Die For The post Pumpkin Recipes to Die For appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
 
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    GreenStyleMom

  • Books Before Movies 2014

    Greenstylemom
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Now I'm working on watching all the movies. Funny that it's going to take me longer to watch the movies than read the books! So crossed off means I've read the book and highlighted means I've seen the movie.Labor Day (waiting for it to arrive from Netflix)The Monuments Men (chose to skip reading this one, waiting for it to arrive from Netflix)Winter's TaleVampire AcademyA Long Way Down (edited: I guess this is out & I can stream it on Netflix!)DivergentThe Fault in Our Stars (just finished watching this one... I'm a blubbery mess!)The Hundred Foot Journey (not out…
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
     Uh, oh! Mama's in love!!
  • Homeschool Moment

    Greenstylemom
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Finding inspiration on the same rock as Carl SandburgCarl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    We tagged monarchs today! So cool. So fun! I'll share more info after we get home.I tagged THIS butterfly!See him behind me after I released him?#monarchselfie
  • Homeschool Moment

    Greenstylemom
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Elk ranger programWith hands on antlersFollowed by watching bull elk buglingWith picnic dinner & hot chocolate while observing from the car(Why does wildlife always look so far away in photos?!?)
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    Green Talk®

  • Don’t Pitch the Old Toothbrush! 12 Ways to Reuse.

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

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

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

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

    Anna@Green Talk
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    I love birthdays! Every year I spend the day with hubs at an arboretum of my choice.  The New York Botanical Garden was last year’s birthday trip where I learned  all about roses! This year we went to Longwood Gardens which is known for being one of THE GARDENS to go to. I wasn’t disappointed. Nor will you be. So, follow along as I give you a little taste of this magnificent garden.   Be sure to check out the plants that I fell in love with. Just a little History About Longwood Gardens George Peirce purchased 402 acres of land from William Penn’s commissioners.   His twin…
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    Mindful Momma

  • How to Breathe Easy During a Remodel #HealthierHome

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

    Micaela
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
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  • Juice Beauty’s Instant Eye Lift {Giveaway}

    Micaela
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
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  • 3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Body Using Coffee (without drinking it)

    Micaela
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
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  • Top Blogs for DIY Beauty Products

    Micaela
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
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    Chemically Green

  • The Richest State That Nobody Knows About: North Dakota

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

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

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

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

    Like New
    4 Sep 2013 | 7:06 am
    Just a few short months ago temperatures started their cyclical rise and air conditioners began blasting icy-cold relief all across the nation. Though summer may be coming to a close and fall’s crisp temperatures are slowly bringing down the insufferable heat, it’s the perfect time to look back on how energy consumption stacks up in the summer. This infographic delves into the depths of energy consumption, breaking down residential energy use by season. Like most people would imagine, electricity use sees a big spike in the sizzling summer months. The increase is largely attributed…
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London

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

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

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

    Alice Benny
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    When it comes to choosing accommodations, most travelers have decided opinions. Some prefer hotels with their convenient, on-the-spot service while others like the independence that comes from renting a private home. Now there’s a new company, Oasis Collections, that offers travelers the best of both worlds. Oasis Collections is something of a revolution in accommodations… Read more The post Oasis Collections Offers a Welcome Innovation for Travelers appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Top Spots for Agritourism: From Pizza Farms to Cheese Trails

    Amy Whitley
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Autumn has arrived, and with it, a prime season for agritourism. Take advantage of beautiful fall weather, the outdoors, and the opportunity to eat, can, and bake with whole food ingredients this autumn by traveling to your nearest organic u-pick farms and orchards. In the mood for something different? Read on to learn where you can… Read more The post Top Spots for Agritourism: From Pizza Farms to Cheese Trails appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
 
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Luxury Style and Sophistication Wood Watches By Jord

    Monica Brady
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I recently received the opportunity to review an extremely interesting watch from a company named Jord.  The Jord company makes unique watches that are one of a kind and hand-crafted with sustainable materials from all over the world.  They have a large line of attractive wooden watches with distinct combinations of color and grain pattern that I have never seen anywhere else. I opened up the box to see the “Delmar” model in a deep dark brown with a red carbon fiber face.  The colors of the materials really jumped out at me.  Because this watch is made from wood and natural materials,…
  • Sensitive Teeth? Try Crest Sensi!

    Monica Brady
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Have you ever taken a drink of ice water, or a bite of ice cream, only to have your tooth just hurt like crazy? It’s happened to me quite a few times in the past, and it does not feel good. I’ve taken pain relievers, and they usually are only enough to dull the pain, or make it go away after a while, and only for a short while. It’s enough to make the best foods, not as enjoyable. Well, I got to try a new product recently that has made life so much easier. Crest Sensi Stop Strips are available now at your local Walmart store, and they have worked wonders on my sensitive…
  • Give a Minute, Help Make-A-Wish

    Monica Brady
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    This September marks Straight Talk’s third year for its drive to donate up to $1 million to the Make-A-Wish foundation. This year, they are very excited about their ‘Give a Minute, Help Make-A-Wish’ program and you can help them reach their goal. If you’re in the market for a new mobile device, or even if you aren’t, head over to a participating Walmart store on any Saturday from 10am – 4pm during the month of September. For every person who attends a Straight Talk in-store demo, they will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish! It only takes a minute of your time, and you can help make a…
  • Put Your Best Face Forward

    Monica Brady
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    I have been very lucky, in that I have never really had a bad acne problem. Over the years, though, I have had little flare ups that left me feeling less than excited about going out in public. To this day, every couple of months my face will have a decent flare up. Sometimes it’s a whole bunch of little ones, sometimes it’s just a few big ones… either way… pimples are annoying, they are painful, and they always show up at the worst times. Acne can even make someone feel pretty self conscious about how they look. I am always looking for the easiest and most effective…
  • DIY Decorations: It’s Fall Y’all!

    Monica Brady
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    It’s Officially the first day of FALL!!! We are so very excited for this part of the year. Fall just marks the beginning of some awesome things… Holidays, Birthdays, and various other events, beautiful colors in the leaves, cooler weather… There’s just so much that makes Fall one of the best times of the year, and we wanted to celebrate that! This year has been the year for turning our house into a home, and that means decorating and making things look nicer. Decorating means either making or buying things. Typically, I’ll make things for the house, or figure…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Why choose reclaimed furniture

    Veshengro
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Using reclaimed furniture to decorate your home is a great way to add a period feel to any room, and to add a touch of rustic beauty to a bland, modern design. Upcycling is quite fashionable at the moment, and it's easy to understand why. However, whether this is really upcycling or reuse and restoration is another question. Visiting salvage yards and looking for battered antiques to restore is incredibly satisfying, and there's something special about lovingly sprucing up an old piece and making it your own. While furnishing a home this way, with free-standing…
  • Before lighting that bonfire or those leaf piles: Think Hedgehog!

    Veshengro
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The time of bonfires and burning leaf piles is upon us again but so is the time of the hibernation of Prickles the hedgehog. Therefore before you light those piles of brush or leaves check as to whether our prickly friends may not have taken up residence and have gone to sleep. If so please leave those heaps alone until late spring. Prickles thanks you!
  • Drop a brick, feel better about the California drought

    Veshengro
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Just when you think you have heard and seen it all along comes something like this... If every Californian dropped a brick in the toilet, according to founders of the Drop-A-Brick campaign, it would save the state 67 million gallons of water a day. The Drop-A-Brick founders are, obviously, not hawking your typical red-clay bricks. The Drop-A-Brick is a device that promises to save water by taking up room in your toilet tank. The old-school idea is that if you displace that extra half-gallon of water with a brick, you are not using said amount to flush your toilet.
  • Report Documents Walmart Heirs' Efforts to Destroy Rooftop Solar Revolution

    Veshengro
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    "The Waltons’ money is limiting average Americans’ ability to go solar and control their own energy future," environmental group says The Walton family—who, as heirs to the Walmart fortune, have more wealth than 42 percent of American families combined—are impeding the nation's transition to a clean energy future, a new study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) finds. "The Waltons claim to have a deep commitment to sustainability, but their support for anti-solar initiatives tells a different story," said Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher at ILSR and…
  • Ikea kitchens help sell insulation to Dutch – and UK could be next

    Veshengro
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Dutch consortia Energiesprong could give zero carbon retrofits to social homes across England, using innovative wrap-around insulated panels, if EU funding is approved More than 100,000 homes across the UK could be given a carbon-neutral retrofit by 2020 if the EU approves funding for a ground-breaking green social housing project this month. The first pilot projects are due to start within a year on council estates and housing association properties in London, Birmingham and southern England and are set to save 1,950GWh of energy. The Energiesprong (Energy Leap) initiative involves…
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    Solar Feeds

  • Solar power keeps getting cheaper — but not for the reasons you’d expect

    SolarFeeds
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    The price of solar power in the United States keeps dropping. Back in 2008, the cost of installing a rooftop solar system was about $8 per watt. Today, it’s about half that — and still falling. Up until 2012, that price decline was largely due to the fact that the photovoltaic panels... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • First US public offering of solar bonds: can crowdfunding take clean energy to the next level?

    SolarFeeds
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    The largest solar installer in the US announced Wednesday that it is offering up to $200m in bonds to retail investors, marking the first registered public sale of solar bonds in the country. SolarCity’s landmark move toward crowdfunding could democratize the way solar projects are bankrolled ­and... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Is Your State Benefiting From, or Missing Out on, the U.S. Solar Power Boom?

    SolarFeeds
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Is your state benefiting from, or missing out on, the national solar power boom that’s well underway (note: click on the map to enlarge). That question is at least partly answered by the new Solar Means Business Report, released this morning by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Among... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

    SolarFeeds
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Japan’s utilities say they are being swamped by green power because of rules forcing them to buy up every last watt produced from renewable sources, as new generating companies seek to cash in on premium prices. Power firms say the grid does not have enough capacity to cope with the rocketing... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • What Is SolarTAC?

    SolarFeeds
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) is the largest multi-user outdoor research, testing, development and demonstration facility in the world. SolarTAC offers its members the opportunity to perform proprietary and collaborative research, development and demonstration activities that... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
 
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    Green Your Decor

  • Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize

    jennae
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Whenever my husband asks me what I want for my birthday, or Christmas, or any other special occasion, I usually find myself stumped. Because really, we’re fortunate enough to have what we need, and I don’t keep a running tally of wants, either. OK. There may be a certain 15-inch MacBook Pro that’s been on […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize
  • Who Knew a Smart Light Bulb Could be So Much Fun?

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

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

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

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

  • The magic of books

    Chris Gammell
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    What is it about books? They still hold a place of magic in our society and to me. I have had a few opportunities to write a book or two now, at least the offer to begin writing one or talk about writing one. I have passed on all of them so far. Not because I don’t want to. I actually would quite enjoy it. However, talking to all the people I know who have written (technical) books have told me two things: It’s really really really hard It’s really worth it. How am I supposed to process that? I suppose it’s much like asking someone whether their time in the military…
  • (KiCad) Information Wants To Be Free

    Chris Gammell
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is a cross-post from the Contextual Electronics blog, as it affects readers here and there TL; DR: I am releasing all of the KiCad videos that were part of Contextual Electronics to the public and have started a new site/forum to support them. See below for announcement video. I officially finished the first two sessions (1A & 1B) of Contextual Electronics in early June. It was a great experience, especially for a first time course, especially one where there was money involved and I was the IT guy on the project. It wasn’t a super smooth build, but that kind of added to the…
  • As big as…space

    Chris Gammell
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Last week on my electronics podcast, The Amp Hour, I did something uncharacteristic: I mentioned where I’m working, while I’m working there. Normally I don’t talk about my place of employment until after I have left, which has always served me well. There is no conflict of interest in talking about work that protected by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).  This time is different though, because the nature of the company is different (and my role will be more public facing than my normal role as an engineer). I’ve been working with Supply Frame part time, in addition…
  • Don’t Wait For Permission

    Chris Gammell
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    I have corresponded with a international student for a few years now. I honestly can’t even remember how we met online and it doesn’t matter. He showed interest in my work and we started talking and have continued as he has graduated from US university and found a job locally. Recently he asked me: I don’t like my current job. How can I get a job at Google? I asked him why he wanted to move to Google. High pay? Exciting work? Big challenges? A recognizable name on a resume? All of these things can be had at other companies, many that are easier to get to than Google.
  • I’m in the knowledge business, not the hardware business

    Chris Gammell
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I’m paying way too much to get PCBs made. How do I know this? I’ve done it before. I know how many boards I’m making (quite a few!). I know the costs. I know the tradeoffs. And not only that, I’ve gotten quotes from China. I’ve seen how little I can pay (15-20% of what I will end up paying per board). But that’s not the whole story of course (one sentence statements of my idiocy are left for my Twitter account, this is much more long form). No, this is actually a combination of factors, mistakes and conscious decisions that brings me to this point. So…
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    Jetson Green

  • Casa El Tiemblo: A Modern Shipping Container Home

    Christine Walsh
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Casa El Tiemblo, or Tiemblo House, got its name from the picaresque region in which it is located, namely, El Tiemblo, Ávila, Spain. It was built using six repurposed shipping containers and was designed by Infiniski and built by James & Mau Architectura. It measures a luxurious 190 square meters (623 square feet). To construct this home the six shipping containers were placed in an L-shape. Four shipping containers make up the ground floor, and the remaining two were placed on top of them, secured and held in place by metallic support structures. When designing the home, one of the main…
  • Printed Castle Heralds the Future

    Christine Walsh
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Building homes using 3D printing technology is still a new idea, but one day it could well become one of the top construction solutions. Especially if the technology keeps developing at such a fast pace. The most recent successfully completed 3D printing project is a small concrete castle created by US-based Andrey Rudenko. He built the intricate structure in his backyard by using a large 3D printer that he made himself. His next project is printing a whole house. The castle measures 3 x 5 m (10 x 16 ft.) and is 3.5 m (12 ft.) high and it took him 2 months to print and build, all told. The…
  • Artist Studio Space Made of Shipping Containers

    Christine Walsh
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Shipping container architecture seems to be taking over the world, which is only fitting as these disused metal boxes lend themselves perfectly to building homes, cabins or office spaces. In Lisbon, Portugal the Village Underground Lisboa complex is currently being constructed. The shipping container building will be a multi-office space for artists and other creatives, while the architects also incorporated used double-decker buses into the design. The construction of the Village Underground Lisboa complex is currently underway and they are aiming to open the doors to renters in May 2015.
  • Organic Living in a Tiny Home

    Christine Walsh
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Ethan and his girlfriend Kelsey have recently moved into a tiny home which they built themselves for only $7,000. They built the home in a trailer, which they got for only $1,500, and it is located on an organic farm in Texas. The 100-square-foot home took them about seven months to complete. The couple’s journey to building their tiny home started with finding a used trailer base on Craigslist. Ethan, who did most of the building by himself, built the home without any plans drawn up in advance. Basically, he just let current inspiration dictate the look of the home. Originally he had…
  • Spray On Solar Cells

    Christine Walsh
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    A team of researchers at the University of Sheffield in the UK have found a way to make a spray-on solar cell, which has perovskite as the light-absorbing layer. This new cell’s efficiency is only 11 percent, but it can be produced very cheaply, which could be the first step forward in large scale production of affordable solar panels. Perovskites are a family of crystals that have a common, distinctive structure and their use for manufacturing solar panels shows promise. Such solar panels are cheap to make, and these crystals can be made from widely available materials and created at…
 
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    The Green Parent

  • Need a bigger skirt? You may have upped your breast cancer risk

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

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

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

    Jenn
    5 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Solar heated water has been around for a long time – remember the sun-warmed swimming pool in your back yard; waiting for the sea to warm up in spring before taking that first dip; or the good old camp shower – a plastic bag full of water hung in the sun to heat up for your daily wash? The earliest record of an Australian solar water heating system was at Meringa Station (near Cairns) in 1941. It was relatively crude, but was still able to provide hot water for the household for about ten months of each year. Today, solar water heating has advanced into streamlined systems which can…
  • You signed up for WHAT?

    Jenn
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    It seems as though I have some explaining to do. Over the past few weeks, my race schedule for 2014 took shape in a pretty big way.  And it seems that before the year is through, I will be making the leap from marathons and triathlons to an Ironman! But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let me start with the race that’s on my mind right now: the Potomac River Run marathon in Washington D.C. on May 4th (this Sunday.)  Unlike the marathons that I ran for my 4 for 40 goal last year, and the Disney marathon I completed in January, I’m hoping to finish strong at this…
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    Leafygreen.info

  • Natural Products Expo East 2014 Recap

    Courtney
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    2014 was my second year attending the Natural Products Expo East event, always in search of my new favorite natural products.  Though i was only able to attend the expo for the last day, saturday, I still found several new companies that deserve some special attention.  I’ll be doing more in-depth reviews of these products in coming […]Check out the review @ Natural Products Expo East 2014 Recap
  • Chameleon Organic Cold-Brew Vanilla Coffee

    Andrew
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
      This past weekend, at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, I had the opportunity to pick up some cold brewed coffee from Chameleon.  I was given several samples as I was making my way towards the exit.  At the time I didn’t have a chance to speak with the vendor about what made their […]Check out the review @ Chameleon Organic Cold-Brew Vanilla Coffee
  • Our Guide to Backyard Composting

    Courtney
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
        With the end of summer here I wanted to share some tips on backyard composting for the fall and winter that will surely benefit your garden come next year’s spring. For those of you who have heard of composting but aren’t quite sure what it is and why you should do it check […]Check out the review @ Our Guide to Backyard Composting
  • Caldrea Blackcurrant Mint Candle

    Andrew
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    When I was first presented a candle to review made by Caldrea, I was unsure what made a candle “eco-friendly.”  Why would this candle be better for the environment than other candles?  Well many scented hours later, with a bit of research, I have my answer. The Caldrea candle I was asked to review is […]Check out the review @ Caldrea Blackcurrant Mint Candle
  • Woobamboo Bamboo Toothbrush

    Courtney
    16 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recycling what you can is a great practice to get into. But what if the products didn’t need to be recycled because it is sustainable and made from organic matter? So it will eventually breakdown on it’s own, which is even better. Just remove the bristles and toss the handle into your compost pile. As […]Check out the review @ Woobamboo Bamboo Toothbrush
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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • It’s Time to Ask the Wallflower Solar Markets to the Dance

    Sara Rafalson
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    If commercial solar project finance was high school, hot markets such as New York, California, Hawaii, and North Carolina would be the “it” girls: everyone is talking about them, and everyone wants to finance their projects. Still, there are wallflower markets out there that may be less flashy, but nevertheless deserve some attention. Here’s why we
  • New Software Modeling Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

    Bill Scanlon, NREL
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Wind energy is blowing away skeptics — it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the mainstream and past the Energy Department's goal of 20 percent wind energy by 2030.
  • SunEdison in Talks for $2 Billion Polysilicon Plant in China

    Bloomberg News Editors
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    SunEdison Inc., the best-performing U.S. solar company this year, is in talks with a Chinese company about investing as much as $2 billion to build a polysilicon factory in China.
  • Action in India: Government Announces 15-GW Solar Power Purchase Program

    Bhupesh Trivedi, REECODE Energy Solutions
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Solar energy action in India just got more exciting. The federal government of India announced the largest of its National Solar Mission (NSM) programmes to date — 15,000 MW over the next five years.
  • Top US Companies Increasingly Turning to Solar Energy

    Rhone Resch
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    What do Walmart, Costco and Apple have in common besides selling cell phones and computers?  These iconic brands, and many others like them, are all investing big in solar energy.  Today, 129 million Americans – more than 40 percent of our nation’s entire population – live within 20 miles of a solar-powered business.  And that number has doubled si
 
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    Green-Trust.Org

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • New biofuels facility in Kansas turns plant waste into ethanol

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

    Alfie Joshua
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Former Vice President Al Gore has made it clear how worried he is about the ramifications of hammering the environment, which he believes stems from corporate influences on politicians and governments across the globe. However, at Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference on Thursday, he praised a handful of major technology companies. “Everyone knows the way we got out of the Great Depression was mobilizing for World War II,” said Gore. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a huge project where we needed to mobilize people around the world for jobs that couldn’t be…
  • Lockheed Martin is developing a revolutionary new fusion reactor

    Alfie Joshua
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Lockheed Martin announced yesterday that its secretive Skunk Works unit is currently working on a fusion reactor that the company hopes will help the world meet the rapidly growing demand for energy. In theory, the compact fusion reactor will be safer, cleaner, and more powerful than nuclear reactors that are currently up and running. The reactor is expected to be small enough to fit inside of a truck, and will generate enough energy to power 80,000 homes, the Bethesda-based company said on Wednesday. It will burn less than 20kg of fuel annually, producing waste that’s “orders of…
  • Joint venture to invest £500 million into British onshore wind power

    Cactus Williams
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The onshore wind power industry in the United Kingdom has received a significant boost after Ecotricity, the leading green energy company in the nations, announced Skylark, a joint venture with Skanska, a global construction and development firm, in order to build multiple wind farm projects in the United Kingdom. Skylark aims to utilize Ecotricity’s expertise in developing green energy projects and Skanska’s expertise in construction and engineering in order to put 350MW of new green energy projects into the planning system within the first 5 years, which represents a potential…
  • Leaked study finds wind to be the cheapest energy source in Europe

    Alfie Joshua
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A leaked report that was prepared for the European Commission shows that wind is far and away the cheapest energy source in Europe, completely demolishing presumably dirt-cheap coal and natural gas. Politicians who oppose incentives for solar and wind energy routinely highlight the added expenses associated with clean energy in comparison to its fossil-fueled counterparts, but apparently these claims are untrue. A truly honest comparison of the costs shows that that renewable energy sources are often far cheaper than their carbon-emitting competition. The report demonstrates that when you…
 
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    Green Cotton Blog

  • Why Using Green Is Important In Your House?

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

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

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

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

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

  • PETE Turns Plastic Bottles into Clothing Right at Home

    Kristine Lofgren
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Want to reduce your plastic waste without it ever leaving your home? Meet PETE, one of the six finalists in the Electrolux Design Lab competition, which lets you recycle plastic bottles into clothing right in the comfort of your own home. Just choose the clothing type you want, put in your old plastic, and voila! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Electrolux Design, Electrolux design competition, electrolux design lab, PETE, plastic into clothing, plastic recycling, recycling at home, recycling plastic, recycling plastic at home, recycling plastic into clothing
  • Bake Your Own Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts Right at Home

    Kristine Lofgren
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Who doesn’t love donuts – they’re the perfect portable treat for any time of the day. Unfortunately, they aren’t exactly health food. So if you want to make favorite guilty pleasure just a little less guilt-inducing, we have the perfect recipe for making vegan, gluten-free pumpkin donuts right in your own kitchen. Topped with a little cinnamon sugar or vegan cream cheese frosting, they will have everyone scrambling for more. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Babycakes Covers the Classics, Babycakes NYC donuts, cake donuts, donut recipe,…
  • Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 – But is That a Good Thing?

    Colin Payne
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the history of pointless devices, the air umbrella has to be among one of the foremost – and it could soon be a reality. According to Core77, the invisible umbrella concept – which uses forced air to repel falling water – was created by U.K. industrial design student, Quentin DeBaene, and the concept generated plenty of interest when it was introduced last year as an entry for the James Dyson Award. The date initially proposed for building the umbrella was 2050, but a successful Kickstarter campaign doubled its initial target goal of $10,000 – and a ‘research…
  • Tour 6 of New York City’s Most Incredible New Design Destinations

    Inhabitat
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    October marks New York City’s annual celebration of architecture and design, and Inhabitat is kicking the event off with a virtual tour of six of the city’s most inspiring design destinations. We recently got to experience some of NYC’s most incredible architecture on the curated Driven by Design tour presented by Architectural Digest and Cadillac, and we’re going to share our tour virtually with you! From the powerful September 11 Memorial and Museum to Shigeru Ban’s elegant Cast Iron House to a bird’s eye view of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade…
  • The Startram Maglev Train Could Make Space Travel Cheaper & More Efficient

    Timon Singh
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Space travel is a costly and inefficient process. Not only does it take a large amount of fuel to send the lightest payload into orbit (the Space Shuttle used over one million pounds of solid propellant to power its rocket boosters), but it is expensive and damaging to the environment (the last 28 years of shuttle service have seen over 42,000 tons of pollutants released into the atmosphere). However, two researchers believe that have found an alternative – maglev technology. Using an electromagnetic catapult launch system called Startram, they propose a process that would see…
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    TheCityFix

  • Friday Fun: Uphill cycling a breeze thanks to this city’s bike escalator

    Coby Joseph
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Would you be more likely to bike if the hills in your city had bike escalators? Photo by Miljøpakken/Flickr. Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote cycling: make uphill biking easy. Called the “Trampe CycloCable,” this 130-meter bike lift pushes cyclists using a foot pedal attached to an underground motorized cable. Take a look at how it works: The lift was originally built in 1993, and has since carried over 200,000 cyclists without a single accident. Before being upgraded in 2013,…
  • “Have I told you lately that I love you?” Perspectives on reinventing our cities from X Congreso

    Ryan Schleeter
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Over three days, participants at the tenth annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport (“X Congreso”) explored what it will take to reinvent cities for better quality of life. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ. On Monday, we posed the central question driving discussion at this week’s tenth annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport (“X Congreso”) to our TheCityFix readers: how can we make cities better places to live? At the end of the three-day conference organized by EMBARQ Mexico, we’ve heard numerous answers to this question from transport and urban planning…
  • Using smartphones to improve Nairobi’s informal transport sector

    Eric Bruun
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Traffic congestion presents a number of urgent problems in Nairobi, but smartphones and other technologies have the potential to greatly improve transport services and provide a range of benefits for city residents. Photo by Olli Pitkänen/Flickr. Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are choking on their traffic, both literally in terms of air pollution and figuratively in terms of congestion. Nairobi, Kenya is no exception. However, new technologies, in particular new uses of smartphones, are helping to improve mass transport services. Manual data collection on the city’s transport routes…
  • Opinion: Ridesharing could revolutionize urban transport in India

    Jordan Perch
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    As companies such as Uber expand, ridesharing may become an important means of sustainable transport in India and in lower- and middle-income cities worldwide. Photo by Chris JL/Flickr. Ridesharing has been gaining popularity in the United States and Europe, with companies like Uber, Lyft, BlaBlaCar, and Wundercar facilitating hundreds of thousands of rides a month. This has presented a new, convenient, and affordable alternative means of transport in some of the world’s largest cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Berlin, to name a few. After achieving huge success in…
  • Reinventing cities for better quality of life: Live from Mexico City

    Ryan Schleeter
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    This week, TheCityFix is live from Mexico City for the tenth International Congress on Sustainable Transport (“X Congreso”). Join us as we explore answers to the question of how to reinvent people-oriented cities. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. How can we make cities better places to live? This central question is at the heart of countless efforts from governments, civil society, and individual citizens to transform and reinvent their cities. Given the rapid scale and pace of global urbanization—urban areas add 1.3 million people each week—tapping into the innovation necessary to make…
 
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  • Best 8 Bay Area CSA and Produce Delivery Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    While no single book can definitively answer the thorny question of how to feed the Earth’s growing population, Defending Beef makes the case that, whatever the world’s future food system looks like, cattle and beef can and must be part of the solution. In Defending Beef, Nicolette Hahn Niman — a longtime vegetarian — argues […]The post Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Wise Traditions Conference: Focus on Food and Health

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Interested in exploring the wisdom of the ages and the best of modern science and learning how it pertains to your family’s food and overall health? Our friends at the Weston A. Price Foundation are hosting their annual conference next month in Indianapolis, Indiana and there’s still time to register and check out several days […]The post Wise Traditions Conference: Focus on Food and Health appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • How Do You Like Them Apples?

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Crisp air? Check. Vibrant foliage? Double check. It’s Autumn and that means orchards are overflowing with apples. As we tuck in to our first warm apple pie of the season, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on this quintessential staple of the American diet—the apple. In the age of industrial food […]The post How Do You Like Them Apples? appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Chelsea Green Celebrates 30 Years of Craft and Cutting Edge Books

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    We here at Chelsea Green have always had a nose for authors and books that are years ahead of the cultural curve. That knack is clearly on display in a new anthology that we’re making available to celebrate our first thirty years in publishing. More than one hundred books are represented in this collection and […]The post Chelsea Green Celebrates 30 Years of Craft and Cutting Edge Books appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • The Best of Autumn Project Special

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is no denying it: the days are shorter and unless you planned for season extension your garden is all about the root vegetables. But don’t let the looming winter get you down. There are plenty of projects and recipes perfect for the changing weather. Let our field guide to our favorite fall projects inspire […]The post The Best of Autumn Project Special appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • Bear cub rescued from California dumpster

    lmoss
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Wildlife officials rescued a bear cub from a dumpster in Pasadena, California, Thursday and reunited it with its mother.   The cub had become trapped in the bin and was frantically trying to get out while crying for its mother.    
  • How to safely watch the upcoming partial solar eclipse

    mnnadmin
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Millions of people across North America could have a chance to observe a partial solar eclipse next week, weather permitting.   Although the Thursday, Oct. 23, partial solar eclipse may not be as spectacular as a total eclipse, it is still a beautiful and interesting event to witness. The sight of the moon gradually moving across the face of the sun fills most people with awe.
  • Terrifying tornado clusters on the rise

    mnnadmin
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Tornadoes are touching down in clusters more often than 50 years ago, a new study reports. On some days, more than 30 twisters strike the United States.  
  • Bizarre sounds from frozen lake explained

    mnnadmin
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    A self-proclaimed "professional YouTuber" has scored a viral video hit with his discovery of the sci-fi sounds produced by skipping rocks across a frozen lake.   The winter phenomenon is old hat to kids from cold weather states, but for Cory Williams, the eerie pings and pews were jaw-droppingly bizarre.  
  • El Nino versus the polar vortex: Which will rule winter?

    mnnadmin
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Don't expect the polar vortex to pummel the eastern United States this winter, government scientists said on Oct. 16.   Overall, forecasters expect mild winter conditions across much of the United States, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said as they issued their annual winter weather outlook.  
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  • Air umbrella can keep you dry with an invisible 'force field'

    bnelson78
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Anyone who has experienced the joy of driving through a rainstorm with the sunroof open understands how the airflow around the moving vehicle can keep you dry despite the exposure. Now a similar principle is being applied to create an umbrella that protects you from the rain using nothing more than an invisible air 'force field.'  
  • New particle could explain what keeps matter together

    mnnadmin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    A new exotic particle has been hiding out amidst the gobs of data collected by the world's largest atom smasher, physicists have discovered.  
  • Your typing style can reveal your emotions

    mnnadmin
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    While computers outperform humans in most mathematical tasks and can do complex calculations that people never could, there's one area where machines haven't quite achieved humanlike smarts: emotional intelligence. But now, a new computer program can recognize people's emotions based on how they type, paving the way for computers that could one day be smarter than humans — a concept called "the singularity."  
  • Archaeologists unearth remains of an Iron Age chariot

    mnnadmin
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    More than 2,000 years ago, pieces of an Iron Age chariot were burnt and buried, perhaps as a religious offering. Now, archaeologists have discovered the bronze remains of this sacrifice.  
  • Quantum computer technology now capable of holding data with 99 percent accuracy

    bnelson78
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Perhaps the zaniest property of quantum mechanics is that of entanglement, which is the weird instantaneous connection that exists between two entangled particles no matter their distance from one another. Scientists have long been working to master this property in order to create superfast computers that can communicate and transfer data instantaneously, but learning to control the quantum data has proven difficult.  
 
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  • 7 health benefits of pumpkin seeds

    melbreyer
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    You know what it means when the weather turns cool and the leaves start to change, right? It means make way for the pumpkin riot. Market produce bins are like exploding cornucopia spewing orange squash, windows everywhere host dancing paper pumpkins, and pumpkin flavor has invaded just about anything that you can put in your mouth.  
  • Oats: 12 recipes to get this super grain into your diet

    jheimbuch
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's hard to think of a more healthful way to start your day than with a bowl of oatmeal topped with some nuts or seeds and some berries. That’s because this grain goes a long way toward getting your system in gear for the day ahead.  
  • Simple and Creamy White Bean Dip with Lemon Zest

    jheimbuch
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

    jheimbuch
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This hummus is a great appetizer that captures the spirit of autumn, and takes only a couple minutes to make!  
  • 10 recipes for blueberries that put this superfood at center stage

    jheimbuch
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When talking about superfoods, it’s impossible to overlook or understate the role of blueberries. These little dark berries are excellent for providing antioxidants that protect the nervous system, promote brain health, and perhaps even improve memory.
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  • Paper airplane sets record with 82-mile flight

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

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

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

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

    mhickman
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
     “Ghost town” is a nebulous term generally used to describe a census-designated place where residents have packed their bags and gotten the heck out, either en masse or gradually over time, for one reason or another: natural and manmade disasters, political unrest, economic blight  
  • Tomb contains ancient Greek Hermes mosaic

    mnnadmin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    An elaborate and colorful mosaic showing the Greek god Hermes leading a man to the underworld has been uncovered in a vast tomb from the era of Alexander the Great, Greek archaeologists announced.  
  • Celebrating the unsung fathers of invention

    gmiller
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Every schoolchild learns about inventors like Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Robert Fulton, Eli Whitney and their ingenious world-changing innovations. But for every famous name in the history books, there’s an unsung hero who made significant breakthroughs that changed the way we live. Beginning Oct.
  • Malala Yousafzay, Kailash Satyarthi win peace prize

    mnnadmin
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two children's rights activists, Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education," the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced today (Oct. 11).  
  • Prehistoric Indonesian paintings may be oldest cave art

    mnnadmin
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Paintings of miniature buffalos, warty pigs and human hands covering the walls and ceilings of caves in Indonesia could be among the oldest examples of cave art in the world, a new study finds.   The paintings — some of which might be more than 40,000 years old — challenge Europe's standing as the birthplace of prehistoric art.  
 
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  • How much can a 2,000-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail change a man? Take a look

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

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

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

    sgunther
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    The first multitrack recorder was invented in the 1950s and was quickly embraced by the music industry as an indispensable tool in the recording studio. Musicians could use multitrack recorders to separate and stack different channels of sound, free to tweak and massage the sounds however they liked. Want to hear more guitar? Turn up the levels on the guitar track. Are the snares too sharp? Turn down their levels. Need to boost the lead singer's vocals? Stack up multiple versions of her singing the same lines on top of one another.  
  • 22 countries, 11,141 miles, one epic adventure

    sgunther
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Felix Starck set out one day to see the world.   In June 2013, he left his home on a heavily laden touring-bicycle and didn't stop moving — pedaling most of the way — for over a year. In all, Felix bicycled through 22 countries and covered more than 11,000 miles of street, road, trail and pathway.    
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  • Facebook's new Safety Check feature lets friends and family know you're OK after disaster strikes

    jsavedge
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    When disaster strikes, regular lines of communication are often cut, making it difficult for folks outside of the disaster zone to find out if loved ones are safe. Over the last several years, social media mavens have turned to Facebook and other sites to check on loved ones or to notify loved ones that they are safe. Facebook noticed, and the company is turning the option into a tool to connect loved ones when an emergency occurs.  
  • 5 Halloween tips for parents of kids with autism

    jsavedge
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    For many kids, Halloween is a treat for the senses — filled with oozing textures, creepy sights and luscious candy-filled scents. But children with autism or other sensory processing issues may interpret and react differently to these holiday activities.  
  • How social media affects body image

    jsavedge
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Traditional media outlets such as magazines and TV shows have come under fire in recent years for the misleading images they present and how they could affect a person's — particularly a young girl's — body image. Some advances have been made such as the promises from top outlets like Seventeen and Self magazines to show more realistic images of young women. But what about media that's not regulated by public opinion?
  • Restoring your work-life balance (and sanity)

    jsavedge
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Who created the 40-hour work week? Better yet, who still gets away with working a mere 40 hours a week?   If you are feeling like the whole work-life balance thing is out of whack these days, you are not alone. Recently, the CEO of a $2 trillion company resigned when it was brought to his attention that he had missed 22 of the milestones in his 10-year-old daughter's life. His daughter was the one who let him know.  
  • Could broccoli sprouts offer help for autism?

    jsavedge
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Massachusetts have identified a chemical in broccoli sprouts that may help improve the symptoms of autism.   
 
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  • What to drink this weekend: Victory Storm King Stout

    rshreeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    One of my favorite parts of the annual Philly Farm & Food Fest is the Libations Lounge, where area wine, beer and spirits makers get to show off their sustainable boozy beverages. Two years ago, I tasted my first brew from Victory Brewing Company in that Libations Lounge, their Swing Session Saison, a beer perfect for warm weather. It was my first introduction to Saison style beers, and I loved it.  
  • This Halloween, teal is the new orange

    rshreeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    I can’t think of a color that is less Halloween-ish or less fall-ish than teal. It is the last color I’d expect to see this Oct. 31 as ghosts and goblins go door-to-door asking for treats.
  • Feeling inadequate about your cooking skills? Don't let 'em bring you down

    rshreeves
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    In “The One Year Women in Christian History Devotional,” I wrote about mirrors. Let me explain why that's relevant here.   According to Madeleine L’Engle, one of the women in the book, caution should be taken as to whom you use as mirrors, the people you allow to “create a mental self-portrait of who you are and what you’re worth.”  
  • Ebola threatens food security

    rshreeves
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Yesterday, as I stood on the sidelines of my son’s junior high soccer game, the other moms and I talked about two things: the bad calls the ref was making and Ebola. Each of us had our thoughts, opinions and concerns. Today as I read more about the crisis that’s half-way around in the world in Africa, I realized my personal concerns can’t begin to match the concerns of those who are in the thick of it.  
  • Would you pay $75 (or more) for a Pumpkinstein?

    rshreeves
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Halloween will be here in a little over two weeks. If you haven’t already purchased your decorations, you may be able to spend your entire budget on one pumpkin and get your shopping done quickly.  
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  • Seniors, not hipsters, will get self-driving cars first

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

    jmotavalli
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
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  • Ultra-fast electric motorcycle heads to America

    jmotavalli
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    NEW YORK  CITY — It’s an ultra-fast Italian electric motorcycle, zero to 60 in less than three seconds (faster than a Tesla Model S), with a lot of Formula One DNA and a female CEO with an engineering degree. The bike is coming to the United States next year. Now that’s a story!  
  • Guess which cars are magnets for speeding tickets? (Hint: It's not the Ferraris)

    jmotavalli
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The classic ticket magnet is thought to be a playboy-driven red convertible, a Corvette or Ferrari perhaps. Cops reportedly see red, anyway. It’s like a colored flag to a bull. So they hand over those speeding tickets.  
  • Driving Hyundai's no-compromises fuel-cell car

    jmotavalli
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    WALLINGFORD, Conn. — If you’re looking for a white-knuckle driving experience, the Hyundai Tucson fuel-cell car isn’t for you. The darned thing is well-mannered, and quiet, exceptionally quiet even among the near-silent electric cars. There’s not much in the way of compromises, either — the same load space (give or take an inch) as the production Tucson, and 265 miles of range.  
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  • It's playtime for these adorable white lion cubs

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

    lmoss
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
      Ohio Statue University’s marching band is known for its incredibly detailed choreographed routines, and on Sept. 6 the band kicked off the football season with a fitting tribute to television.  
  • 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.  
 
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  • Will the Export-Import Bank’s Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations?

    Compass Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    The Harrahawa Village was relocated to make way for the Sasan coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power’s 4,000-megawatt Sasan coal project in Singrauli, India. Some of his neighbors believehe was in his house when it was bulldozed by Reliance. Krishna Das Saha's home was destroyed in the middle of the night -- while his family was still living in it -- to make way for Sasan’s coal ash pond. And when Sati Prasad challenged Reliance’s refusal to hire local…
  • Momentum builds in Louisiana, the latest front in the fight against coal exports

    Heather Moyer
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    In recent weeks, something amazing has been happening in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana – communities have been standing up and casting votes to ring the alarm about proposed coal export projects. As U.S. coal use has declined, mining companies are looking for a future in international markets. And while most people might think of the Pacific Northwest as ground zero for planned coal export facilities, the Gulf Coast is home to over a dozen proposed coal export terminals as well. Thankfully, as the plans to export coal through the state grow, so does the opposition from local residents.Case in…
  • Poisoned Chalice: California rate design reform and its consequences for rooftop solar, efficiency, and conservation

    Heather Moyer
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Last year the California Legislature passed a bill (AB 327 - Perea) granting the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) the ability to make broad changes to how the state's investor owned utilities (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E) charge customers for electricity. In his departing comments (PDF) from the CPUC, former Commissioner Mark Ferron observed that the bill was "a poisoned chalice" because "the Commission will come under intense pressure to use this authority to protect the interest of the utilities over those of consumers and potential self-generators, all in…
  • Will a dirty coal plant in Kosovo spoil the Clean Energy Record of Dr. Kim and World Bank?

    Compass Team
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Light projection on the World Bank building in Washington DC Source: 350.org, 2013   For the fourth year in a row, the World Bank’s investments are coal-free. But the real test of the strength of this commitment will come when the bank decides whether or not to fund the Kosovo C coal-fired power plant in Kosovo. Currently, Kosovo relies on two old and extremely dirty coal-fired plants for most of its electricity. One of these plants recently exploded, leaving the country to rely on even more imported energy. In light of this disaster, the Kosovar government -- and the World Bank --…
  • College students continue to lead the way on clean energy

    Heather Moyer
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    All this good clean energy news lately, and I haven't talked about the recent college victories! Last month, thanks to tremendous student activism, officials at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia announced significant steps related to moving beyond coal.First, at UNC, The Board of Trustees passed a resolution to target clean energy investments in the school's $2.2 billion endowment. This decision comes after more than three years of students campaigning for coal divestment and action on clean energy. Students are thrilled - but they also know…
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  • Fossil Fuel Lobby Spent $213 Million Last Year to Influence US, EU Politicians

    Chris Rose
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Fossil fuel industries spent an estimated $213 million lobbying U.S. and European Union decision makers last year, according to a new report published by Oxfam International on Friday. In the U.S. alone, the estimated 2013 bill for lobbying activities by fossil fuel interests amounted to $160 million, said the report called Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance. In addition, the 40-page report said, the global fossil fuel sector receives approximately $1.9 trillion in subsidies each year. In the absence of robust climate legislation, finance continues to flow unabated into the fossil fuel…
  • More Oil Companies To Disclose Risks Of Fracking, Climate Change To Investors

    Mike G
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Last week brought yet more evidence that investors in oil and gas companies are waking up to the risks of fracking and climate change. Two natural gas companies, Anadarko Petroleum and EOG Resources, recently struck a deal with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to disclose the financial and environmental risks associated with fracking to their shareholders, including “probable future regulation and legislation” that could impact their operations, according to a statement released by Schneiderman's office. The agreement resolves a probe by Schneiderman into the disclosure…
  • NASA Confirms A 2,500-Square-Mile Cloud Of Methane Floating Over US Southwest

    Mike G
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    When NASA researchers first saw data indicating a massive cloud of methane floating over the American Southwest, they found it so incredible that they dismissed it as an instrument error. But as they continued analyzing data from the European Space Agency’s Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography instrument from 2002 to 2012, the “atmospheric hot spot” kept appearing. The team at NASA was finally able to take a closer look, and have now concluded that there is in fact a 2,500-square-mile cloud of methane—roughly the size of Delaware—floating over the…
  • Coal One of 'Greatest Products In History' Says Australian Coal Industry Figure

    Graham Readfearn
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    THE Australian newspaper has run a free advertisement today for the coal industry in the form of an op-ed column by a leading industry figure that says that coal is one of the best things ever. And no I'm not exaggerating. New South Wales Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee, a former advisor to several high-ranking Liberal Party politicians including the now Prime Minister Tony Abbott, writes in The Australian that coal is “one of the greatest overall products in ­history” and is just totally awesome (he didn't use the word awesome, that was me). Galilee's column in the…
  • Commissioner’s Report Shows Canada Must Do More For Environment

    Guest
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. Canadians expect to have our environment protected, and to know how it’s being protected. A report from Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development shows we’re being short-changed. In many key areas that we looked at, it is not clear how the government intends to address the significant environmental challenges that future growth and development will likely bring about,” commissioner Julie Gelfand said of the report, which used government data, or lack thereof, to assess the government’s success or failure to implement…
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  • Slow Cooker Vegan Pumpkin Chili Recipe: Healthy and Filling

    Veronica Goin
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Counterclockwise from far left: Larry, Curly, and Moe My pumpkin madness continues! (Check out how I DIY a real pumpkin latte here) We got some beautiful whole pumpkins from a friend who works at a local farm. At first I had no idea what to do with them. I didn’t really know which pumpkins were ornamental and which are edible. I mean, I’m pretty sure they are all edible, but some taste better than others. So, I did some research… So, I think Larry might be a peanut pumpkin. Curly is almost certainly a sugar pumpkin. Moe might be a white pumpkin.  Not 100% sure about Moe.
  • Brilliant Free Media: 4 Podcasts That Ease My Grueling Commute

    Veronica Goin
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
     Ok, my car stereo is old. But not as old as this 1960 Thunderbird! It sure is pretty though…. I didn’t grow up with much money. Which was sometimes awful, and sometimes very wonderful. I think Patrick Meagher said “Some people are so poor, all they have is money.” Meagher may have originated the quote, but I assure you, my mother gave it the most air-time. If you don’t have much, you develop a real appreciation for things that are often overlooked, like library books, contest giveaways, tag sales, thrift stores, the kindness of strangers, free samples, and…
  • Watch How Wolves Rebuilt an Entire Ecosystem

    Starre Vartan
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Have you ever heard of Rewilding? It’s a fabulous name for “large-scale conservation aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas, and protecting or reintroducing apex predators and keystone species.” It’s what has happened in Yellowstone National Park after wolves were reintroduced after having been eradicated from the park by humans over 70 years ago. The video below is a must-watch, because in a brief and beautiful explanation, it is clear why top predators are so very important to healthy…
  • One Vat of Natural Cochineal Dye: Gorgeous, Multifarious Results

    Starre Vartan
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Last weekend, I checked out a beautiful exhibit at Ogaard, a textile-focused studio and art gallery in Oakland, California. It featured a most interesting experiment in natural dyes. One vat of cochineal color was used by various designers over a several week period to dye fabrics of varying types, from silk and leather to cotton and wool. Titled “Gradient Pink” both the type of fabric and the age of the dye affected the final colors; the sheer variety was a delicious surprise, and it was fun to see Eco-Chick favorites Feral Childe on display, as well as new-to-us eco-conscious…
  • Vegan Boots (and More) for Fall: My Budget Picks

    Veronica Goin
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    When I was in junior high, I had this pair of boots that I wore every single day. They were black with orange flames on the toes. They were vegan (I haven’t worn leather in about thirteen years). I thought they were the absolute coolest. The zipper on one boot broke twice, because I wore those boots every single day. After two trips to the cobbler to get the zipper fixed, I started fastening the right boot by wrapping a child’s belt around it. I wore those boots with every outfit, including dresses, flirting dangerously with my school’s dress code. Those boots were on my feet in the dog…
 
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  • 2015 Nissan Leaf

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The 2015 Nissan Leaf may well be on its way to becoming the definitive mass-market electric car, just as the Toyota Prius has defined hybrids for 10 years now. The Leaf is by far the best-selling electric car in the world, and while it looks the same in its fifth model year as it did when it launched in 2011, there have been a host of...
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is the smallest vehicle offered as a GL-branded sport-utility vehicle by the German luxury maker. Small crossovers may be the hottest part of the car market globally, and luxury offerings are flooding into the market fast. You can think of the 2015 GLA as a more compact version of utility vehicles such...
  • 2015 Lincoln MKX

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Lincoln MKX is the brand's mid-size crossover. It offers the luxury accommodations and high seating position that premium crossover buyers seek out in vehicles such as the longtime favorite Lexus RX, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Mercedes M-Class. The MKX is joined by a smaller crossover for 2015, the Ford Escape-based MKC. The...
  • 2015 GMC Canyon

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Until now, shoppers wanting something less than a full-size truck had exactly two choices, and neither of them were what we'd call fresh, or innovative. The mid-size niche is growing this year, in the form of two new trucks nearly identical in configuration, but not so close in style: the Chevy Colorado, and the 2015 GMC Canyon. With...
  • 2015 Mustang: Ford Ponies Up First Safety Recall (Already)

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The sixth-generation 2015 Ford Mustang has just started to arrive at dealerships nationwide; yet Ford has already issued its first recall of the completely redesigned pony car. Covering just 53 cars (50 in the U.S. and three in Canada), the recall addresses a potential issue with the safety belt buckle for the front passenger seat. In those cars...
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  • The Definitive Guide to Mobile Maps for Oil and Gas

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

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

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    Utility Products, published since 1997, is a monthly magazine that provides influential product information to the decision makers and specifiers in the power, telephone and CATV markets. Their subscriber audience of 42,000+ is BPA qualified, and includes utilities, municipalities and contractors. Their goal at Utility Products is to provide readers with an interesting, reliable source of information at their fingertips prior to making purchasing decisions. In addition to providing in-depth articles written by Utility Products editors, the magazine accepts articles, news stories, and new…
  • Dragonfly: Cyberespionage Attacks Against Energy Suppliers

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A cyberespionage campaign against a range of targets, mainly in the energy sector, gave attackers the ability to mount sabotage operations against their victims. The attackers, known to Symantec as Dragonfly, managed to compromise a number of strategically important organizations for spying purposes and, if they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, could have caused damage or disruption to the energy supply in the affected countries.Request Free!
  • Applying Technology to Address Complexity in the Oil and Gas Industries

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    IBM Rational solutions for the oil and gas industry combine process, requirements, architecture, models and test tools with an underlying platform that supports requirements management, risk analysis, conformance assessments and more.Request Free!
 
 
 
 
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  • Right Now, Someone is Going Hungry

    Sangeeta Haindl
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Right now, as the world is battling Ebola, terrorism and protests in Hong Kong, let us not forget that there are still 842 million undernourished people in the world. That [...] The post Right Now, Someone is Going Hungry appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Krochet Kids intl. Released Its 2013 Annual Report and Its Social Impact Is Amazing

    Grant Trahant
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Krochet Kids intl. recently released its 2013 annual report featuring unique data that illustrates the company’s impact on empowering women and their families. To confront poverty’s multi-dimensional causes, KK intl. [...] The post Krochet Kids intl. Released Its 2013 Annual Report and Its Social Impact Is Amazing appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Vestergaard To Reach 125,000 Kenyan Children with “Follow the Liters” Program

    Justmeans
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Western Kenya is a huge agricultural region, with equatorial temperatures and ample rain. Sugar and tea are both grown commercially, along with corn, sorghum and millet. Many fruits and vegetables [...] The post Vestergaard To Reach 125,000 Kenyan Children with “Follow the Liters” Program appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Good-bye E-waste, Hello Green Cash

    Antonio Pasolini
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Mobile gadgets have created ​a massive source of electronic waste (e-waste). Experts say ​each person ​generates 15 pounds of e-waste ​every year​. ​And they sell like hot cakes, those ubiquitous [...] The post Good-bye E-waste, Hello Green Cash appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The World Has Heard of ‘HeForShe’ But Have You Heard of ‘She Works’?

    Sangeeta Haindl
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The recent impassioned speech by the actress Emma Watson on feminism and gender at the U.N. headquarters in New York to launch the “HeForShe” campaign, which aims to spur one billion [...] The post The World Has Heard of ‘HeForShe’ But Have You Heard of ‘She Works’? appeared first on SocialEarth.
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  • Your Email List: Two Huge Reasons to Have One Beyond Email

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Briana Ramirez
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    by Briana Halloween is right around the corner, are you and the kids ready? Time to take out the spooky decor and start thinking of awesome costume ideas. Personally I love Halloween, it’s that time of year when you can be silly and let your creativity run wild. When I was a kid growing up my mom always made my Halloween costumes.  There was no costume idea that I came up with that she couldn’t do. Honestly she still helps me make awesome costumes not only for myself but for my husband and son, we always have a blast! Now let’s get into it. Here are 3 simple ways to keep…
  • Costa Rica! Part II: The Culture

    Beth Brass
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Beth Last time, I explained some great attributes that brought me to Costa Rica. I’d like to expand on that beauty and explain a bit about the cultural aspects of Costa Rica that are different from the US and why I love it! Costa Rica is not a first world country. My sister in law would argue that it’s a developed country, and others would say it’s developing. Now, it’s not even close to how that sounds – you’re not playing Naked and Afraid, but there are plenty of reasons to be cautious in Costa Rica, but I digress. I’ll get to that another day! With that being said, Costa…
  • Let’s Talk Pumpkins!

    Amanda Boze
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Amanda This is the perfect time of year to take note of the many different uses of pumpkins! They aren’t just used as holiday props but also for eating, decorating, and body care. You may not know this but pumpkins are actually one of the most popular crops farmed in the United States each year – no wonder there are so many uses for this orange favorite! For radiant skin, save some left over pumpkin in a can and use it to make yourself a honey pumpkin exfoliating mask. You can also make your own scrumptious pumpkin body butter that is a treat for your skin and your sense of…
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  • Virginia Police: Graham Case Now A 'Death Investigation'

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Watch VideoVirginia police said Saturday they had uncovered human remains while investigating the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.CHARLOTTESVILLE POLICE CHIEF TIMOTHY LONGO VIA CNN: "Fairly shortly after that discovery, at the time that was most appropriate, Det. Sgt. James Mooney of the Charlottesville police department made a very difficult phone call, and reached out to John and Susan Graham."ALBERMARLE COUNTY POLICE CHIEF STEVE SELLERS VIA WSET: "I ask for the public's patience as we move forward and pursue what is now a new,…
  • Beijing Marathon Runs Into Smog Troubles

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Watch VideoThis year's Beijing Marathon has fallen prey to some particularly bad timing — marathon runners will take the streets Sunday amid some especially thick smog.The South China Morning Post reports race officials are still planning to hold the marathon despite hazardous smog conditions but said they would issue health guidelines before the race begins. Twenty-six thousand participants, professional and amateur alike, are estimated to be running the race.But they'll have to fight through what the city's Air Quality Index  has…
  • Utah National Guardsmen Caught Up In Bikini Photo Shoot

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Watch VideoEver wonder what Utah National Guardsmen get up to during their free time? The Utah Department of Public Safety and the Utah National Guard sure do. The two agencies are conducting an investigation into the making a video published Thursday— kids, cover your eyes. Hot Shots Calendar: "Yeah." "Hi."KTVU: "The video is a behind the scenes look into the making of this year's Hot Shots calendar. ... The Utah National Guard said a senior official gave permission to shoot the scene without getting permission from higher…
  • What To Watch In The 'League Of Legends' World Final

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Watch VideoSouth Korea’s World Cup Stadium is hosting the biggest sporting event you’ve never heard of this Sunday — the World Championship for the video game League of Legends.It’s the fourth such competitive season for League, and viewership has been skyrocketing — last year’s championship game attracted more viewers than the last game of the NBA finals.And the game’s developer, Riot Games, has gone out of its way to make sure this year’s Worlds is a spectacle to behold: lavish venues, professional commentators, and over $2 million in…
  • How Ebola Started A Debate Over Race

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Watch VideoDiscussion over the Ebola outbreak in the U.S. has gotten into some pretty contentious territory lately.ALEX WAGNER VIA MSNBC: "I mean, it's not even thinly-veiled racism at this point." BILL O'REILY VIA FOX NEWS: "This is a public health issue and a safety issue, not a race issue." MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY VIA MSNBC: "The only person to have died in this country of Ebola is a West African black man."The argument here is that black victims of the disease, which of course originated in West Africa, have been ignored — and that Africans are…
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  • What We Must Do before the Tokyo Olympics

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

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by keyaki All Rights Reserved. To address the challenge of reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of architectural structures, various efforts are being made both in Japan and elsewhere. In the JFS Newsletter issue of August 2014, JFS introduced efforts being made in Japan, using excerpts from a book written by Hideharu Niwa, the title of which translates as "Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture Supporting Sustainable Low-Carbon Cities (published by Kousakusha in 2013)."http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035035.html This article features recent…
  • Planning for an Ethical Focus for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.145 (September 2014) Image by kazutan3@YCC Some Rights Reserved. Ryoichi Yamamoto (professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and also a director of Japan for Sustainability) was among a group that tendered a proposal on August 12, 2014, to Yoshiro Mori (former Prime Minister of Japan and now president of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics an "ethical Games" by employing the Japanese approach of "sampo-yoshi" (meaning beneficial in three ways).* We think that the concepts and initiatives are very…
  • Japanese Investors Adopting New Stewardship Code (Principles for Responsible Institutional Investors)

    5 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Tatsuki Akasaka Some Rights Reserved. Japanese institutional investors such as pension funds and financial institutions were once seen as "silent shareholders" or "sleeping shareholders." Companies would have cross-holdings of share with other companies with which they did business, but these investors long supported the management of the companies in which they held investments (investees) without getting actively engaged, even when they were underperforming. This situation has started to change drastically.
  • Aleph's Eco-Friendly Rice Paddy Project Focuses on Biodiversity Conservation

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Aleph Inc. All Rights Reserved. In March 2014, the Japan Committee for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB-J) recognized the "Living-Things-Friendly Rice Paddies" project as one of its official collaborative projects. This project is implemented by Aleph Inc., a Japanese company that manages "Bikkuri Donkey" and other family restaurants.
 
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  • Recycling Profile: Las Cruces, NM

    1-800-RECYCLING
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="las-cruces-recycling" alt="Las-Cruces-recycling.gif" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/Las-Cruces-recycling_400x400.gif"> <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> Las Cruces, NM (pop. 101,324), is home to New Mexico State University, a campus of 18,000+ students on 6,000 acres on the southern end of the city center. Just east of town, Las Cruces is framed by the majestic…
  • Blog Action Day: Striving for Recycling Education Equality in California

    April Stearns
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="blog-action-day-2014" alt="Blog-Action-Day-2014.png" data-cms-alignment="right" data-cms-link-to-option="custom" data-cms-link-to="http://blogactionday.org" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/Blog-Action-Day-2014_400x400.png"> Although many of us are constantly reminded to recycle and compost our items, we do not always know the proper way to do so. All across the country, recycling education is approached differently — some areas focus a lot about the proper way to discard…
  • Blog Action Day: Environmental Inequality Begins with Education

    Maggie Wehri
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    As another <a href="http://blogactionday.org" target="_blank" title="Blog Action Day" class="">Blog Action Day</a> is upon us, this year’s topic falls under the scope of inequality. Analyzing this subject at the surface seems to lay out concepts of race, religion, gender and other associations. Today, let us put these ideas aside and think critically about the inequalities that relate our environment. It’s no secret that if our society continues down the path of overconsumption and depletion of nature’s precious resources we run…
  • Blog Action Day: Recycling and Inequality

    Wendy Gabriel
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    <a href="http://blogactionday.org" title="Blog Action Day" class=""><i>Blog Action Day</i></a><i> is a worldwide annual event that has operated since 2007. Its aim is to unite the world’s bloggers by posting about the same issue, on the same day — October 16 — in order to raise awareness and trigger a positive global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all, raises awareness or even funds not-for-profits associated to the theme issue. This year’s theme is “inequality.” Last year, blogs from more than 130…
  • How to Recycle Cat Litter

    Sophia Bennett
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="kitty-litter-recycling" alt="kitty-litter-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/kitty-litter-recycling_400x400.jpg"> You love your cat, and you want to keep him or her inside and away from the dangers posed by the great outdoors. That means a cat box and lots of kitty litter — the latter of which is probably going straight into your trashcan. This poses the question: Is it possible to recycle kitty litter? It…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Human powered gadgets save on energy generation

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    The time has come when we need not go to mains power to charge batteries. We can produce energy and do not have work much harder to generate the energy that will ultimately help our devices to get charged. This can be especially useful if you are in a pinch, and do not have access ... The post Human powered gadgets save on energy generation appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • The best apps to make you more environmentally friendly today

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    While most people are in agreement that it’s more important than ever to be environmentally conscious, it can undoubtedly be a bit tricky at times. Even if you’re good at conserving energy and not wasting food, perhaps you don’t recycle as much as you could, or don’t always make the most ethical shopping decisions. Thankfully ... The post The best apps to make you more environmentally friendly today appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • A Greener Home in Five Steps

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
      Image by emily @ go haus go  Autumn is a great time to make subtle changes to your home and prepare it for the colder seasons ahead. The concept of adopting a greener lifestyle can be overwhelming, but taking small steps towards greener living can make the process seem a little less daunting. For ... The post A Greener Home in Five Steps appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Why Modern Architects Need to Practice Sustainable Designs

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    While everybody knows that our natural energy resources are fast depleting, we cannot control it unless we have sustainable designs. Buildings at any location are major consumer of fossil fuels and other energy resources. Additionally, the number of buildings is only going to go up in future. Thus, it is very important that these buildings ... The post Why Modern Architects Need to Practice Sustainable Designs appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Understanding the Fundamentals of Green Architecture

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Did you always think that eco-friendly buildings could only be boring and give a contrasting look to the overall design? Now, change your thought as green buildings have started owning unique and marvelous designs. These designs not only amaze you with their innovation, but also are protective for the environment. Green architecture can also look ... The post Understanding the Fundamentals of Green Architecture appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
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    Pure Natural Diva

  • Face Paint: Is it Safe?

    Tania
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lead, Nickel and other Toxins in Face Paints! Face Painting epitomizes childhood joy. Their smiles are big as they dive into the fantasy land that […] The post Face Paint: Is it Safe? appeared... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • The Benefits of Coconut Oil For Skin

    Tania
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin It’s hard to flip through a magazine without seeing articles featuring beauty maven’s raving about the benefits of […] The post The Benefits of Coconut Oil... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • 5 Cures for the Common Garage

    Tania
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Spring is in the air… and images of neat orderly garages are haunting my pinterest stream! My garage is quite the embarrassment – specially with […] The post 5 Cures for the Common... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Thanksgiving Menu: Recipes for the Entire Meal

    Tania
    5 Nov 2013 | 4:00 am
    Last year I spent hours choosing the recipes I would use for Thanksgiving.  Everything turned out  well.  Being a creature of habit.  We’ll have the […] The post Thanksgiving Menu:... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Choosing Your Holiday Turkey

    Tania
    1 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am
    Thanksgiving is around the corner and plans are in the works for your holiday meal. A meal that will most likely center around a turkey. […] The post Choosing Your Holiday Turkey appeared... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Healthy Eating for Kids: Brussels Sprouts are My Daughter’s Favorite Food (Really!)

    Jill Ettinger
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    How a tragedy helped my daughter develop healthy eating habits early on. When it was discovered at my daughter’s 3-month check-up that she was losing weight because I actually had a very low breast milk supply, I was about as devastated as I’d ever been in my life. “You have to add formula” the doctor insisted. I refused. We hired multiple lactation consultants and tried everything to get my body to make more milk. I was taking so much fenugreek that it sent my hormones into batshit crazy mode. I couldn’t sleep. I was feverish and sweating constantly. Crying all the time. And after…
  • Are the ‘Thug Kitchen’ Authors Racists?

    Jill Ettinger
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A good epithet can go a long f*cking way to make a damn important point. And there’s no argument that choosing to adopt a healthy, plant-based diet is an imperative discussion these days, worthy of harsh language, particularly as it’s intricately linked to impending global warming issues, our myriad health crises and the evolution of our human ethics and values. Enter the new Thug Kitchen plant-based cookbook “Eat Like You Give A F*ck”,  garnering a lot of attention and controversy. The cookbook was born out of an anonymous website that received praise and promotion from the likes…
  • Looking American Hunger in the Eyes

    Mary Gerush
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lack of access to healthy food is a common root cause of hunger in America — an inequality that needn’t exist. And you’d be surprised how the faces of the hungry have changed. Readers: Meet modern hunger. About 1 in 6 or 7 Americans are food insecure. They often have to choose between utilities, medical care, or housing — decisions the more affluent don’t have to make. We may think the hungry are those who don’t want to work. Or those who can’t. That’s not always the case. Two-thirds of hungry households with children have at least one working…
  • Developing a Taste for Animal Rights: For Our Health, for Our Planet, for Our Future

    Jill Ettinger
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s Blog Action Day, and while I generally cringe at putting my name next to anything promoted as a “blog”, this is a worthy cause as the theme is “inequality.” As someone who has been a vegan and animal rights activist for more than 20 years, writing about inequality in our food system is a no-brainer. It’s an important topic to discuss. From the food deserts, to the high price for healthy food, to the tons of it going into the trash while millions go hungry. But no issue is more pressing and more ignored than eating animals. We hear a lot about veganism lately—much more in…
  • Ebola Virus Cannot Be Cured, Prevented By Dietary Supplements

    Jennifer Kaplan
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Council for Responsible Nutrition, the leading trade association representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers, has found it necessary to issue an advisory on use of dietary supplements to prevent or treat Ebola infections. In response to the public concern regarding the Ebola virus and of the desire of the public to protect itself against this virus, they issued a statement, Industry Coalition Reminds Consumers, Retailers Dietary Supplements Cannot Claim to Cure, Prevent Ebola Virus, that states: “We are unaware of any scientific data supporting the use…
 
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  • Advantages of Solar Energy

    Zachary Shahan
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Everybody knows (or should know) that solar energy is clean and green, but there are actually many advantages of solar energy. I’ll run down 11 of them here. I’d also throw in disadvantages of solar energy, but there’s basically just one. Since the sun doesn’t shine 24/7, we need to use other sources of electricity and need to Advantages of Solar Energy 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.
  • The Electricity Grid Is About To Change… A Lot!

    Zachary Shahan
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This article is part of the ‘Think Further Thursday’ series, sponsored by Fred Alger Management, Inc. For more ‘Think Further’ content and videos, visit thinkfurtheralger.com. In 2064, solar power and wind power will be have become so cheap that fossil fuel or nuclear power plants will be ancient relics of another era. However, solar power The Electricity Grid Is About To Change… A Lot! 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…
  • Tesla D Speed Or Autopilot — What’s Bigger? (Poll)

    Zachary Shahan
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Tesla Motors just made two huge auto announcements. The company paired them together, making them seem like one, but they are actually two separate things. The question I have, which is bigger for society as a whole? Tesla D — Dual Motor Model S Tesla last week unveiled “Tesla D,” which is actually an all-wheel Tesla D Speed Or Autopilot — What’s Bigger? (Poll) 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…
  • Electric Cars Can Save You Money (Chart)

    Zachary Shahan
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    A new report, Seeing is Believing, focuses on the fact that tackling global warming doesn’t just protect us from disaster, disease, and premature death; it can also result in considerable economic boons. Joshua S Hill recently highlighted some of the electricity matters and the general story over on sister site CleanTechnica, but I wanted to Electric Cars Can Save You Money (Chart) 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…
  • Travel Smart With TripGo

    Zachary Shahan
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    Going through the trouble of planning a trip to a place in the city I hadn’t been was fu a long time back, but these days, the time to do so often steals time away from other important matters. So, I’m pretty psyched to find out about an app, TripGo*, that will automatically plan trips for Travel Smart With TripGo 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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  • Food Waste Facts in the UK [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Did you know that this past Thursday, October 16, was World Food Day? Yeah, I missed it, too… And while this may strike you as just another opportunity for people to share pictures of their meals, and promote their particular food ideology, the main idea behind it involves global food issues. This year’s theme, for instance, was “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.” So, those of us who missed it completely can take the “Every day should be World Food Day” approach (which we should, anyway), and dig into the issues surrounding food…
  • What’s the Best Compost Bin for Your Yard?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I tend to start thinking about composting – changes to my system, etc. – in the Spring: that’s when I’m planning my planting for the year, and trying to take fertilization into account. But when I stop to think about it, Fall is really the ideal time for planning ahead on composting: you’ve likely got (or, at least, have access to) lots and lots of brown material in the form of fallen leaves, and since you may not be yet planning for the next year’s planting, you can start thinking about next year’s fertilization. Compost, no matter how you create,…
  • But How Much Waste Does GM Keep Out of Landfills?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Last month, we joined sister site Gas 2.0 in congratulating Ford Canada on reaching landfill-free status for all of its operations. That’s pretty impressive, right – all of the factories in one country sending nothing to landfills? While I’ve wrestled with other ideas since then, another question struck me: how’s the competition doing on this front? Is GM, for instance, making similar strides in reducing its waste stream? The short answer, I found out today, is a resounding “yes!” While I don’t know if the company has reached total landfill-free…
  • Composting For Entrepreneurs

    Stephen Hanley
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    According to the EPA, Americans dump over 36 million tons of food waste every year. Not only is that horrendously wasteful in a world where billions of people are starving, but decomposing food also creates methane, which is ten times more harmful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Entrepreneurs know that every problem creates a potential for profit. According to Fredricksburg.com, Melissa Tashjian of Milwaukee took the money she had saved for a new kitchen and used it to buy a 25 year old dump truck earlier this year. So far she had signed up 7 area restaurants who pay her to haul…
  • Saving The Planet And Money At The Construction Site

    Guest Contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    The world is slowly finding itself without the resources that it needs, and therefore the construction materials that are being used need to be reduced to help the environmental impact. Rather than send all of the leftover materials, as well as materials that are from the demolition and excavation process, as well as the construction process, this industry is turning towards recycling the reusable materials. Recycling Recycling can have a great effect on the planet in many different ways. Simply by recycling, we can eliminate and reduce waste and save the primary resources of the planet. By…
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • 30 Halloween Party Ideas That Cost Less and Waste Less

    Becky Striepe
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Step away from the party store, y’all. These Halloween party ideas will save you money and reduce the amount of trash you generate without sacrificing any of the spooky goodness. I’ve broken out the Halloween party ideas below into the key components for any Halloween party: costumes, food and treats, and decorations. We’ve got ten ideas for each for a grand total of 30 awesome Halloween party ideas. What I love most about these Halloween party ideas isn’t the money-saving and waste-reducing bit. I mean, let’s be honest. Those things are awesome. But the best…
  • Jack-o-Lantern Carving Tutorials that You Can Do

    Julie Finn
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Jack-o-lantern carving is an activity that we do only once a year, and therefore, it’s quite okay if we’re not experts. Unfortunately, this means that some of the most epic Jack-o-lantern carving designs are out of our league–we’re not going to be carving any Jack-o-lantern Death Stars over here, or Jack-o-lantern angler fish (they exist!). That’s why I’ve sorted through the millions of designs online, and come up with this list of reasonable, do-able, and yet absolutely awesome Jack-o-lantern carving tutorials. You should not have to break your heart…
  • Craft Free Speech: Make Moveable Alphabets to Donate to Your Community

    Julie Finn
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A moveable alphabet is a magical thing for a small child. Moveable alphabets let kids play with words–they don’t just read (although they will!), but they also create, and compose, and develop a sensory understanding of the ability of letters to be manipulated. Not all kids have a moveable alphabet of their own to play with, but they should. Kids with parents who have the time and energy or money and energy to provide them with pre-reading supplies to enrich their learning shouldn’t be the only kids who have pre-reading supplies to enrich their learning. Kids without this…
  • Craftivism in Action: Ocean Sole’s Flip Flop Art

    Becky Striepe
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    In a stunning example of craftivism, the artists at Ocean Sole are transforming an eyesore into a statement about waste. And effecting change while they’re at it! Flip flops have such a short lifespan, don’t they? Mine always seem to snap right at the center of the t-thing – that’s a technical term – that attaches the upper to the sole. But where do all of those used flip flops go? It turns out that thousands of them wash up onto the beaches of East Africa every year. Related: Crafting with Non-Recyclable Bottlecaps, Is plastic paper good for the environment? The…
  • Halloween Crafts: DIY Candy Holders

    Crunchy Scott
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    How to make a Halloween candy holder from toilet paper tubes Everybody uses toilet paper, so I know you’ve got some of those cardboard tubes around – and you can put them to good use by crafting them into Creepy TP Candy Holders for Halloween. This is an awesome project for kids of any age. You can have the older ones cut the tubes and do the gluing, while the younger kiddos draw up all the monster faces. It’s the perfect Halloween craft to do while you’re nibbling on candy corn and watching The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The best part about these Creepy TP Candy…
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    The Green Blog Network

  • R20 Regions For Climate Action - Paris Highlights October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Moray King

    Jim
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    He has the same name as another Moray. Look it up. This is a two hour presentation from Moray King.  
  • Elon Musk – Guest Author

    Jim
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    This guy is not a Nikola Tesla but obviously thinks enough of him to name his electric car company,Tesla. Then a strange thing happened. Instead of following his fab electric car, Elon Musk did a one-eighty and got into rockets. It was then that we at GC approached Musk, saying, the ultimate electric car is […]
  • TQFGC Guest Author

    Jim
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Quest For Gravity Control After the days when large corporate powerhouses of the day had killed off any hopes of “free energy” or zero-point energy potential, many ideas and speculative thoughts have remained undeviating to the truth that energy exists in an ether and this ether can be mined by modern day technology and […]
  • Stanton, Like Your Hat

    Jim
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    I’m pretty sure that Stanton Friedman understands the idea of gravity control. Might he understand the theory of Unity by W. David Barclay, he would tack his rhetoric and undoubtedly be a booster of gravitycontrol.org. It surprises me that Stanton has continued his quest of making people believe in ufos for at least 35 years […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Resilience

  • Fair Coop

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Imagine an online cooperative that supports economic equality around the world and is free from state control. This is the vision for Fair.coop.
  • The Tao of the Apocalypse

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    So even though post apocalyptic stories are my favorite ones to read and watch, it is the story of the Tao and a life lived in accordance with nature that I want to play a role in.
  • Bringing Seed Back

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    The Great Seed Festival weekend was seized as an opportunity to raise awareness of the current threats to seeds, the losses they have sustained in recent history and what this means for the future of food and farming.
  • Helping shape the planning process

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
     Transition Market Harborough's attempts to influence development in their town.
  • Fracking Moves To China, Part II

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
     Host Alex Wise caught up with Mother Jones journalists Jaeah Lee and James West to talk about how U.S. oil and gas interests are exporting fracking around the globe and how the technology may pose risks in China that even exceed those associated with coal.
 
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • LEED v4 Green Associate MP3 Study Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • We broke down and turned on the furnace: now what?

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
  • Cut back on energy costs in three simple steps

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Light Bulb Leaves by: Vector Open Stock There's no question that many families and businesses feel squeezed right now, and one major source of additional expense is increasing energy costs. You can start to control your budget by making a few easy changes to help you use less energy. Below are three simple steps to get started on the path to savings. Unplug it Most household appliances
  • The top 3 reasons everyone must clean their gutters

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    When it comes to miserable chores for a homeowner, there aren't many people who enjoy cleaning gutters. But if you want a safe and hassle-free home, cleaning the gutters on a regular basis is of utmost importance. Clean gutters prevent several much more expensive disasters.  This image is from the FEMA photo library  1. Flooded Basements: When water does not divert far enough away from
  • How to save on heating costs this winter

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Oh, the weather outside is NOT frightful, yet. But fall has begun and now is the best time to prepare for the impending winter. We want to stay warm, but also prevent our bank accounts from draining empty with heating costs. One of the easiest things to do is turn down the thermostat when nobody is in the house or when you're sleeping. According to the US Department of Energy, ... turning your
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    ForceChange

  • Protect Women from Mass Violence

    Nick Engelfried
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Target: U.S. Congress Goal: Don’t let women be victims of mass violence and domestic abuse *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
  • Stop Cruel Animal Sacrifice Festival

    Hang Lisa Huynh
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Nepal Chief Commissioner, Lokman Singh Karki Goal: Ask the Nepalese government to stop the mass killing of animals during the Gadhimai festival In the biggest animals sacrifice in the world, over half a million animals will be sacrificed at the Gadhimai Temple in Nepal. Devotees will attend a 30-day festival at the temple and kill innocent animals with the belief that this will satisfy their gods and bring them wealth and good fortune. Animal rights activists are horrified by the news and have formed together to stop the event from happening. Nepalese animal rights advocates…
  • Protect Pigs from Cruelty and Neglect

    Megan Eimers
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz Goal: Protect pigs and other farm animals from abuse A video was recently released to the public featuring pigs being kicked and repeatedly hit with a club at the Western Hog Exchange facility in Red Deer, Alberta. Without strict federal regulation of farm animal transport, future farm animals are in danger of this happening again. The video was released by Mercy for Animals Canada, and also features pigs limping and being stuffed into corrals. Certain groups such as Alberta’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have started looking…
  • Protect Imperiled Harbor Porpoises

    Jennifer Ip
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron Goal: Designate more protected areas for harbor porpoises in the United Kingdom A letter sent to the United Kingdom from the European Court of Justice stated that the nation’s measures to safeguard the harbor porpoises were inadequate and needed to fixed immediately. While the harbor porpoise is plentiful in U.K. waters, there are concerns that the population’s numbers will decrease due to starvation, fishing, shipping, and climate change. This species needs more protection and Prime Minister David Cameron should provide…
  • Save Bears and Mountain Lions from Development

    Nick Engelfried
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: President Obama Goal: Save a special place home to bears, mountain lions, and other wildlife from metropolitan expansion *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • The Meaning of Environmental Sustainability in a Cup of Tea

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

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

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

    greenwise
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Even though home ownership is often touted as part of the American Dream, there are definitely some benefits inherent in apartment life. Most apartment buildings come with built in security measures and on-site officers. A lot of them have on site pools and fitness centers. The cost of maintenance and repairs is usually included in […]
  • Top 100 Green Blogs

    greenwise
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Top 100 Green Blogs
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Environmental Legacy of Christopher Columbus

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

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    October is a busy month. The month is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, Vegetarian Awareness, and even more health related awareness campaigns. There are important days set aside to speak out for important causes: World Animal Day, International Day of the Girl, and even today is Octopus Awareness Day. #ReThinkThePink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No more pinkwashing! photo via @floursackmama But this year October is also a power month, ready to take on the awareness and effect real inspiring change. It was also the inaugural ShiftCon Conference in Los Angeles. What does this mean?
  • Tea on a Rainy Day, Changing the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
      It is a sit by the window, watching the rain fall, sipping tea kind of day. The wet drops from the sky we’ve so badly needed in West are finally here, and here to stay for a while. The weeks packed with early mornings rushing to school and work, then at a turn of the hat to music lessons, soccer, rock climbing, football, or laughing with friends over a good book. In one week I get to fly to sunny LA and meet with many like-minded people from all over to escape just a little into the world of change makers. I imagine this will be quite the experience and I hope you…
  • Hold the World in Your Hands

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
      For every issue this planet has, there is a solution. Will you choose to be a responsible part of it? Hold the World in Your Hands is a post from: Almost All The Truth Hold the World in Your Hands is a post from: Almost All The Truth
  • Top 7 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cast Iron

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    I grew up in the era of nonstick cookware reigning supreme. My first set of pans in college were all coated in, what we know now to be, toxic chemicals that are found in the bloodstream of almost every American. This includes newborns. Yet, I continued to buy several more sets because that was one did when the coating inevitable became flaky, pieces coming off into our food, and became sticky. Why I thought pans needed to be replaced so often I am not really sure. Now I have realized the wonders of cast iron and will never go back. What are the benefits of cast iron, why should you use it…
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • 620m Africans live without access to electricity

    Ramon Arratia
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    I recently came across this shocking report about the growing issue of access to electricity in Africa. More than 620 million sub-Saharan Africans live without access to electricity, more than in any world region and nearly half of the global total, the new IEA Africa Energy Outlook reports. While more than 99% of North Africa’s population has access to electricity, Sub-Saharan Africa is also the only region in the world where the number of people without it is rising. The rate of access across sub-Saharan Africa rose to 32% in 2012 from 23% in 2000, led by Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa,…
  • Our Progress Towards Zero Impact

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    “True, carpeting is not as sexy as, say, electric cars, Big Data or space travel. But, we were assured, there is plenty of excitement to be had for those who decide to push from the ‘Old’ order to the ‘New’.” Here is an excerpt from the case study written by John Elkington titled ‘Interface, the untold story of Mission Zero in Europe‘. In this piece he details some of the challenges, and visualises real progress made towards Mission Zero. “… a critical task has been to find and develop a suitable business case, both for internal and external use.
  • 30 years B.A.U.M. e.V. – Interview with Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege

    Laura Cremer
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    B.A.U.M. stands for the ‘German Environmental Management Association’ and is Europe’s largest economic initiative for the environment. The B.A.U.M. network consists of more than 500 member companies from various sectors of all sizes. Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege, co-founder and chairman of the board of B.A.U.M. is a financial expert and an environmental pioneer. For many years he has been at the heart of the economy, ensuring German and European industrial and political leaders integrate sustainability into their thinking and deliver ambitious solutions to environmental issues. He also…
  • 56 big brands push for strong climate legislation

    Ramon Arratia
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    We 56 companies, funds and associations representing more than 4.5 million employees across worldwide each acknowledge responsibility for a sustainable economic future for Europe. Timely decisions about the cornerstones of EU’s energy and climate policies beyond 2020 will substantially support confidence for the important investments. We would like to contribute towards a modern, resource-efficient and low carbon growth as a central driver for Europe’s economic recovery and competitiveness agenda, energy security aims, and delivering sustainable growth and job creation for decades to…
  • Interface wins ‘Best Business / NGO Partnership’ Award

    Ramon Arratia
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Exceptionally proud that Interface has been recognised for our Net-Works initiative in conjunction with the Zoological Society at this year’s Responsible Business Awards. The category was – BEST BUSINESS/ NGO PARTNERSHIP Nominees for this category included: * Marks and Spencer and Good World Solutions – Leveraging mobile technology for real-time supply chain transparency * Shell and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves * Woolworths and WWF-SA partnerships: Sustainable business initiative * Barclays and Care and Plan UK - Banking on Change * Interface and Zoological…
 
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Top Ten Big Scary Looking Animals

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

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

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

    Earth Rangers
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Bottled or tap, which water do you drink? Some people drink bottled water because they think it tastes better than tap water but we think most people can’t tell the difference so we asked Earth Rangers like you put this theory to the test!   As of October 7th, 2014… 4,183 Earth Rangers accepted the Water Taste Challenge 7,221 people have put their taste buds to the test   Are you ready to take the Water Taste Challenge? Accept your mission by clicking on the button below. The results are in! 45% of people liked tap water better 32% of people liked bottled water better 23% of…
  • Pourquoi faut-il protéger le petit-duc des montagnes

    Earth Rangers
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Pourquoi ce hibou porte-t-il le nom de « petit-duc »? Y aurait-il chez les oiseaux des marquis, des comtesses et des barons? En réalité, le mot « duc » désigne une variété de hiboux qui porte sur la tête deux aigrettes en forme d’oreilles de chat. En tout cas, avec son air aristocratique, il porte bien son nom! Le petit-duc des montagnes est un animal vraiment fascinant, et un élément important de l’écosystème forestier! Malheureusement, il fait face à de grandes menaces, dont la perte de son habitat. Sa population est en danger! Éco Héros et l’organisme…
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The 2015 Nissan Leaf may well be on its way to becoming the definitive mass-market electric car, just as the Toyota Prius has defined hybrids for 10 years now. The Leaf is by far the best-selling electric car in the world, and while it looks the same in its fifth model year as it did when it launched in 2011, there have been a host of...
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is the smallest vehicle offered as a GL-branded sport-utility vehicle by the German luxury maker. Small crossovers may be the hottest part of the car market globally, and luxury offerings are flooding into the market fast. You can think of the 2015 GLA as a more compact version of utility vehicles such...
  • 2015 Lincoln MKX

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Lincoln MKX is the brand's mid-size crossover. It offers the luxury accommodations and high seating position that premium crossover buyers seek out in vehicles such as the longtime favorite Lexus RX, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Mercedes M-Class. The MKX is joined by a smaller crossover for 2015, the Ford Escape-based MKC. The...
  • 2015 GMC Canyon

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Until now, shoppers wanting something less than a full-size truck had exactly two choices, and neither of them were what we'd call fresh, or innovative. The mid-size niche is growing this year, in the form of two new trucks nearly identical in configuration, but not so close in style: the Chevy Colorado, and the 2015 GMC Canyon. With...
  • 2015 Mustang: Ford Ponies Up First Safety Recall (Already)

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The sixth-generation 2015 Ford Mustang has just started to arrive at dealerships nationwide; yet Ford has already issued its first recall of the completely redesigned pony car. Covering just 53 cars (50 in the U.S. and three in Canada), the recall addresses a potential issue with the safety belt buckle for the front passenger seat. In those cars...
 
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    Green Car Reports

  • 2015 Ford Focus Electric Price Cut To $29,995, A $6K Drop: Report

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It appears that the 2015 Ford Focus Electric will get a major price cut of $6,000, bringing the suggested retail price to $29,995--more in line with the best-selling Nissan Leaf. The battery-electric Focus is now in its fourth model year, and only about 4,000 have been sold since it first went on sale in December 2011. That's roughly one-fifteenth...
  • How Tesla Did It, Fuel-Cell Questions, Next Electric Chevy: The Week In Reverse (Video)

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Is a century-old and very fuel-efficient two-stroke engine poised for a comeback? And, what questions should you ask about upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell cars? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, October 17, 2014. Yesterday, our Friday story asked whether car dealers'...
  • Tesla Model S Power Boost, 2015 Kia Soul EV Range, China MPG Punishment: Today's Car News

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Lots of Tesla news today. Rear-wheel drive Model S electric cars get a power boost--on paper at least--and we analyze how dealer efforts to ban Tesla's direct-sales model could backfire. Meanwhile, the 2015 Kia Soul EV gets EPA ratings of 93 miles of range and 105 MPGe. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've got an update on the Draconian...
  • Do Dealer Efforts To Ban Tesla Sales Backfire When Public Notices?

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Are car dealers winning battles against Tesla Motors, and its direct-sales model, that will set them up to lose the bigger war? For almost five years, state dealer associations have lobbied legislators to change laws to make Tesla's direct-sales model illegal, requiring that all new cars be sold solely through franchised dealers. MORE: Michigan...
  • 2015 Kia Soul EV Electric Car Rated: 93 Miles Range, 105 MPGe

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The very first 2015 Kia Soul EV electric cars are now being sold in California, adding a 19th plug-in vehicle to that state's market. And its final EPA range and efficiency ratings may drive buyers in other states to demand that they get the chance to buy it too. Given the apparent desire for plug-in family vehicles, this tall wagon may come...
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Life as a Dizzy Shut-In

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

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

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

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

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

    StephenLacey
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    After giving its software and analytics engine a powerful tuneup earlier this year, Opower is unveiling yet another set of offerings for utility customers. The release includes three new analytics capabilities designed to make it even easier to target specific customer segments for efficiency.read more
  • How Apple Became One of the Greenest Companies in America

    SBattaglia
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s one thing you probably don’t know about Apple. The technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered “greener” than Apple.read more
  • World's "First Fuel" - Energy Efficiency - Coming Out of Hiding

    nrdcswitchboard
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released its second annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirming energy efficiency’s place as the world’s “first fuel” and estimating the value of the energy efficiency market at between $310 and $360 billion and growing.read more
  • "Reforming the Energy Vision": Transforming NY Utility Regulation

    Jim Kennerly
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the coming years, distributed energy resources will very likely continue on a rapid path toward broad-scale deployment. Despite much of the escalating controversy surrounding net energy metering and solar PV, few executives would dispute the need for utility regulation to adapt to these changes.read more
  • Energy Master Limited Partnerships Go Mainstream: Baird's Ethan Bellamy

    StreetwiseR
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ethan Bellamy specializes in the analysis of master limited partnerships at Robert W. Baird & Co. He was director of research for the Lehman Brothers MLP Opportunity Fund, where he was responsible for fundamental analysis and due diligence in public, PIPE and pre-IPO investments in natural resources.read more
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • Is Online Shopping an Eco Friendly Choice?

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

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

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

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

    Matthew Speer
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Development of the technology and techniques used in hydraulic fracturing – commonly referred to as fracking – has directly resulted in a vast expansion of the United States oil and natural gas industry. This new method of reaching previously unreachable reserves of fossil fuels should mean a large energy supply for the country for years to come. It’s also billed as being environmentally safe. But is it? Many accuse companies that use fracking to be “greenwashing” the public, convincing them that the process of fracking is safe in order to keep money flowing in the multi-million…
  • Tar Sands: Ethical Oil?

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

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

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

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

    Mary Hansen
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Photo by Scott* / Flickr. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition. Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. Many climate justice activists are refusing to be limited by the “jobs or the environment” dichotomy. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being…
  • After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It

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

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

    Chuck Collins
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This article is presented as part of New Economy Week, five days of conversation around building an economy that works for everyone. Today’s theme isCombating Climate Change Without Leaving Anyone Behind Demonstrators in Richmond, Calif., hold signs demanding both "power without pollution" and "energy without injustice." Photo by Peg Hunter / Flickr. We are heading toward a potentially severe clash between environmentalists who advocate for reducing carbon emissions and community and labor activists who are most concerned about jobs, racial equity, and reducing wealth inequality. Our…
  • How to Pickle Almost Anything

    Doug Pibel
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Susy Morris / Flickr. It began, as do many U.S. fermentation experiences, with Sandor Ellix Katz. We ran a story by him in Issue 68. Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, the YES! designated early adopter, decided to give it a try. She gave me some of her kimchi. It was so good I had to make my own. Kali Swenson, erstwhile intern, thought it would be cool to have a low-cost source to feed her kombucha habit. Fermentation—it’s catching. You take something ordinary and let the little beasties make it wonderful. Why ferment? It’s practical magic. You take something ordinary and let the little…
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  • Obama’s Environmental Record Doesn’t Deserve Krugman’s Praise

    Mike Confino
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    In the latest cover story for Rolling Stone, economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman offers a full-throated defense of the Obama administration, taking to task its critics from across the political spectrum. Included in the typically dour liberal’s praise: the president’s environmental policy, which “is starting to look like it could be a major legacy.” “We’ll have to do a lot more soon, or face civilization-threatening disaster,” Krugman writes. “But what Obama has done is far from trivial.” He ought not to give the White House so much credit. via…
  • Lead ammo threatens condor survival

    Christine
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    by Kera Abraham in Monterey County Weekly Something was wrong with Condor 444. Melissa Clark was working from home in Pacific Grove Aug. 15, watching Big Sur condors tear into carrion via two live webcams. But 444 – nicknamed Ventana, and kind of famous as the first wild-hatched chick in the flock – wasn’t her usual feisty, dominant self. “She was acting lethargic and clumsy, having a hard time getting up onto perches,” says Clark, a field biologist for Ventana Wildlife Society. Clark called her boss, VWS Senior Wildlife Biologist Joe Burnett. He told her to go capture Ventana,…
  • Seed and Plant Swap

    Mike Confino
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Bring seeds to share that you have in excess whether self-saved or purchased, to share and swap with others. Ideally we are SWAPPING, so it’s great if you can stay and hang out awhile. But you may also drop off seed, or just stop by and check it out. You don’t have to donate seed to participate; “borrow” seed this time and bring some back at the next swap!A short class on seed saving will be offered from about 2-3pm. DON’T BE SEEDY! Follow common sense: no GMOs no really old seeds (greater than 5 years) no seeds that have been kept in poor condition (i.e. warm,…
  • Pacific islanders on canoes blockade Australia coal export terminal

    Mike Confino
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Environmental activists teamed up with Pacific islanders in eastern Australia on Friday in an attempt to block the world’s largest coal export terminal by forming a blockade of canoes, surfboards and kayaks. The burning of coal and other fossil fuels has contributed to climate change, they said, which causes sea level rise. That, environmentalists added, poses an existential threat to residents of low-lying areas around the world, especially in the Pacific, where entire island countries could disappear. via Pacific islanders on canoes blockade Australia coal export terminal | Al Jazeera…
  • Whole Foods Launches Radical New Food Labeling Plan

    Mike Confino
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    If an avocado is labeled “better” and an apple is labeled “best,” are you going to change your evening guacamole making plans? This is an issue Whole Foods shoppers will soon have to consider. The seemingly socially conscious supermarket chain announced today that it will begin ranking its produce either good, better,or best, based on the level of responsible growing practices its farmers use. In a way, it’s almost like checking a clothing label, to see what materials were used and where your new garment was made to ensure that fair labor practices were used. via Whole Foods…
 
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  • The Fastest Way to Earn Continuing Education

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

    Lesley@Everblue
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    You may be wondering why an office coordinator or sales representative would need to be educated on the principles of building science. Those of us in non-technical administrative roles have long been stuck between a rock and a hard place in effectively communicating the impact of our company’s services due to limited field experience.read more
  • Walter White Goes Green

    Lesley@Everblue
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Fans know Walter White as the unassuming-high-school-chemistry-teacher-turned-ruthless-drug-lord on the AMC television show Breaking Bad. Actor Bryan Cranston won a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 2014 for his portrayal of Walter White.read more
  • New Energy Code in Massachusetts

    Lesley@Everblue
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    In July 2013, the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with MA amendments as the new baseline energy code. The BBRS allowed for the new regulations to run concurrently with the current energy regulations until July 1, 2014. During that time, either set of energy regulations could be used when applying for a building permit. Now, the new regulations must be used when applying for a building permit.read more
  • The New BPI Accreditation Program

    Lesley@Everblue
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    In 2010, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) offered a specialized contractor program called BPI Accreditation. This program was meant for companies that provided home performance services. In order to become a BPI Accredited contractor, an individual had to earn the BPI Building Analyst Certification as well as one specialty designation.read more
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  • The Evolution of Glass Houses

    grmeyers
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In 1949, when Phillip Johnson designed the world-famous glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, it is doubtful he thought much about the adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I doubt Mr. Johnson specified much in the way of thermal-pane glass, either.read more
  • Bees and Belonging in Ottawa's Resilient Community Gardens

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens.read more
  • Women in Food: From Theatre to Tech, Erika Block Helps Build a New Food Economy

    Seedstock
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Erika Block is something of a web weaver for the local foods economy. As CEO of Local Orbit, a company dedicated to providing sales and business management services to entrepreneurs, farmers, food hubs and others, she’s intricately familiar with the logistics that make the movement possible.read more
  • Modern Sukkah Design Competitions Reimagine Ancient Shelters

    The Dirt
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ancient verses from the Jewish Bible and contemporary landscape design do not often overlap, but this year no fewer than five design competitions and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Canada have asked designers to create modern interpretations of the sukkah.read more
  • Voices of the City: Siphe Messive Tebeka

    futurecapetown
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in cities. This week, we hear from Gugulethu resident and up and coming DJ, Siphe Messive Tebeka. He however does not wish to be known as a DJ, but rather a young Dance music phenomenon.read more
 
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  • Empowering Young Minds

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

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

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

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

    katie
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Where exactly does ethical fashion meet technical innovation? At the crossroads of Etkie and Nokero: two sustainable companies based in the United States of America that promote equality. Equality in energy, and equality in social empowerment. One little, plastic, solar-powered LED is now transforming a Native American jewelry business by providing more time to work at night despite darkness across Native American Reservations. While Nokero believes that everyone deserves equal access to energy worldwide, Etkie uses sustainable energy to increase business efficiency and promote equal access…
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  • DIY Izzy Costume – Disney’s Jake & Never Land Pirates

    Calley Pate
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
      It’s super quick and easy, I promise!! All you need is 10 minutes and a few items you may already have in your closet (err….your child may have in their closet).  To learn how to make this No-Sew Izzy costume (<—click for directions) from Jake & the Never Land Pirates, click over to Tampa Bay Moms Blog where I post easy to follow directions. While you’re there, don’t forget to register for the bump, baby & beyond event going on this Wednesday night in Tampa.  I’ll be there hosting the Cloth Diaper Discovery Tampa for Kelly’s…
  • 50 Questions Answered – Vlog Style

    Calley Pate
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    A blogger friend of mine (Jen from Me, Myself and Jen) tagged me to answer 50 questions about myself, so I decided to answer them in a vlog!  I hope you don’t get too annoyed with the prancing pug who’s making clicking noises as he walks around the living room.  I really need to get him some puppy socks! If you want to watch this video directly on YouTube: http://youtu.be/gAzvacx58nk After filming this I realized that I’m pretty boring and don’t have a lot of “favorites!”  I also don’t remember too many things. What questions do you still have for…
  • Zevia – A Better Soda? #momsmeet

    Calley Pate
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
      Are you a soda drinker? Do you let your kids drink soda?  What I’m about to tell you may shock you, but I hope you’ll still love me at the end of the day. I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meets blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinions on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. I don’t drink a ton of soda, but I do enjoy a nice bubbly glass (bottle,…
  • Tampa’s Bump, Baby & Beyond Event – October 22nd (Giveaway)

    Calley Pate
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Do you live in the Tampa Bay area? Are you a new mom, expecting mom, or soon-to-be mom? You absolutely have to attend the Tampa Bay Moms Blog – bump, baby & beyond event on October 22nd. Why should you attend? Every attendee will receive tasty treats, sweets, chair massages, swag bags, tickets for the raffle prizes, and Q&A sessions with baby educators from around the Bay.  Did I mention swag bags already?? When & Where? October 22nd, 6:30-8:30 pm at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. (In Carrollwood) Guess what else?  I’ll be there hosting the Intro to Cloth Diapers…
  • Ecocentric Mom Box Review October

    Calley Pate
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The mailman once again delivered my small box of eco-friendly goodies (sent to me for review from Ecocentric Mom – affiliate link).  My mail guy (Jeffrey) knows when to bring the bundle of goodies to my door and when to leave them in the mailbox; this is one of those times when he knocks. Since his deliveries have become later and later in the day, I have to fight my kids for a few minutes of peace while I open MY box.  I explain to them that MAYBE I’ll share some of the goods with them….MAYBE! I slowly cut a slit in the packing tape and find the pretty pink tissue paper…
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  • Friday Fun: Uphill cycling a breeze thanks to this city’s bike escalator

    Coby Joseph
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Would you be more likely to bike if the hills in your city had bike escalators? Photo by Miljøpakken/Flickr. Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote cycling: make uphill biking easy. Called the “Trampe CycloCable,” this 130-meter bike lift pushes cyclists using a foot pedal attached to an underground motorized cable. Take a look at how it works: The lift was originally built in 1993, and has since carried over 200,000 cyclists without a single accident. Before being upgraded in 2013,…
  • “Have I told you lately that I love you?” Perspectives on reinventing our cities from X Congreso

    Ryan Schleeter
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Over three days, participants at the tenth annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport (“X Congreso”) explored what it will take to reinvent cities for better quality of life. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ. On Monday, we posed the central question driving discussion at this week’s tenth annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport (“X Congreso”) to our TheCityFix readers: how can we make cities better places to live? At the end of the three-day conference organized by EMBARQ Mexico, we’ve heard numerous answers to this question from transport and urban planning…
  • Using smartphones to improve Nairobi’s informal transport sector

    Eric Bruun
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Traffic congestion presents a number of urgent problems in Nairobi, but smartphones and other technologies have the potential to greatly improve transport services and provide a range of benefits for city residents. Photo by Olli Pitkänen/Flickr. Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are choking on their traffic, both literally in terms of air pollution and figuratively in terms of congestion. Nairobi, Kenya is no exception. However, new technologies, in particular new uses of smartphones, are helping to improve mass transport services. Manual data collection on the city’s transport routes…
  • Opinion: Ridesharing could revolutionize urban transport in India

    Jordan Perch
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    As companies such as Uber expand, ridesharing may become an important means of sustainable transport in India and in lower- and middle-income cities worldwide. Photo by Chris JL/Flickr. Ridesharing has been gaining popularity in the United States and Europe, with companies like Uber, Lyft, BlaBlaCar, and Wundercar facilitating hundreds of thousands of rides a month. This has presented a new, convenient, and affordable alternative means of transport in some of the world’s largest cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Berlin, to name a few. After achieving huge success in…
  • Reinventing cities for better quality of life: Live from Mexico City

    Ryan Schleeter
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    This week, TheCityFix is live from Mexico City for the tenth International Congress on Sustainable Transport (“X Congreso”). Join us as we explore answers to the question of how to reinvent people-oriented cities. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. How can we make cities better places to live? This central question is at the heart of countless efforts from governments, civil society, and individual citizens to transform and reinvent their cities. Given the rapid scale and pace of global urbanization—urban areas add 1.3 million people each week—tapping into the innovation necessary to make…
 
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  • Buying a Used Car? Here is What You Should Know…

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

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

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

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

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

    Popular Articles.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    LED lights are used in industry, home, outdoor and other applications for efficient and energy saving lighting. When compared to the luminaries that are traditionally used, such as incandescent and fluorescent lighting, LED lights have significantly higher efficiency and energy saving properties. They can save more than eighty percent of electricity costs. They also have long life and heavy duty performance.Why are LED luminaries energy efficient and reliable?LEDs are energy efficient and power saving because of their construction and operating system. Incandescent lights are highly…
  • MUST-SEE: Stephen Colbert and Neil Young Sing ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’

    EcoWatch
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Neil Young and “Crazy Host,” aka Stephen Colbert, performed a duet version of Young’s newenvironmental song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)” last night on The Colbert Report.The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on FacebookWith Colbert playing his usual straightman role dressed in a suit and tie, in contrast to Young’s sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Earth,” the duo strummed acoustic guitars while Colbert contributed some distinctly non-environmentally friendly lyrics, impersonating a climate…
  • The Seattle Mariners Swing for the Fences with Solar

    Guest Post
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Healthy Planet Partners, LLC (HPP), a Clean Energy Solutions Fund that finances, implements and maintains distributed energy and energy efficiency projects that optimize performance in commercial buildings, and Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced today the completion of a solar rooftop and carport system at the Seattle Mariners Spring Training facility in Peoria, AZ.  HPP developed and financed the project with partner Kyocera Solar which provided engineering and project management support as well as acting as a finance partner.  By doing so, Kyocera lowers the risk and the associated cost of…
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicles to Talk to Electric Companies via the Cloud

    Guest Post
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ford Motor Company will join seven global automakers this week for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.The automakers are collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute, leading utility companies and Sumitomo Electric to develop a two-way communication platform that would allow plug-in electric vehicles from all participating manufacturers   with their varying technologies   to work with power…
  • New Tesla Another Milestone for Visionary Elon Musk

    EcoWatch
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Did you see the new Tesla?It has autopilot that can park the car in your garage for you, with you out of the car. It observes speed limits and curves, puts a defensive cocoon of sensors around you to avoid incoming obstacles, switches lanes automatically and allows you to summon the car to the curb. You can sync the car with your calendar so it pulls the car to the front of the house every morning at a certain time with your music preferences ready to go.They just set up a buy back program for the Model S all-wheel drive sedan so you can sell it back to them after three years for…
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    Intercon

  • Seeking Sustainability the Building Industry Targets Human Health

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

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

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

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

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

    Melissa Dion
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    We have a number of New England area events planned for the Fall. If you are in the area please stop by to say hi and shop for some eco friendly accessories!Weds. Oct. 8th 6pm-9pmRejoice, Rejuvenate, and Refocus at the Spa!DruMais Hair Salon31 Springhill Ave.Marlborough, MA Oct. 25th + 26thSat. 11am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm The 19th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food FestivalReggie Lewis Athletic Center 1350 Tremont St.Boston, MAFri. Dec. 5th9am-5pm7th Annual Holy Cross Holiday BazaarCampus Center BallroomCollege of the Holy Cross1 College St.Worcester, MA  Hope to see you there!
  • New Arrival: Ecoskin Trinity Top

    Melissa Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Ecoskin Trinity Top is a long sleeve cowl neck top. It is made of a Tencel spandex knit. Made in the USA. Vegan. Available in Black/Grey (as shown). $84. EcoSkin is a California apparel company offering chic, contemporary designs for the eco-conscious but fashion-savvy woman. Core to its planet-friendly mission, ecoSkin uses only environmentally sustainable luxury fabrics woven, dyed and sewn in the USA.
  • New Arrival: Ecoskin Halifax Leggings

    Melissa Dion
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Ecoskin Halifax Leggings have a tailored look and zippers at the ankles. They are made of 95% Organic cotton and 5% spandex. Made in the USA. Vegan. Available in Steel (as shown). $88.
  • New Arrivals: Indigenous Fair Trade Scarves and Gloves

    Melissa Dion
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!These gloves and scarves from Indigenous are perfect for the coming cold Winter weather. Made of 100% Organic Cotton. Fair trade. Available in Black, Cloud, or Rock. 100% Vegan.  Indigenous Pocket Scarf$88  Indigenous Button Gloves$44  Indigenous Cable Glovette$32  Indigenous is committed to supporting and preserving fair trade wages and artisan cooperatives, investing in natural and organic fibers and environmentally-friendly dyes, and spreading the beauty of handmade, eco fashion.
  • New Arrival: Indigenous V Neck Poncho

    Melissa Dion
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Indigenous V Neck Poncho is perfect for the cold Winter weather. Wrap up in the softest, coziest poncho, the perfect layering piece for fall and winter. Throw the V Neck Poncho over any outfit, and enter the world with elegance. Made of 100% Organic Cotton. Fair trade. Available in Cloud (as shown). 100% Vegan. $132.one size fits allmade from 100% super soft and fluffy Organic Cottoncable detailing at hemmade in Perufair tradelow impact dyes Fair Trade standards are part of the Indigenous Designs DNA and production model: They Provide…
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  • Don't get too excited, no one has cracked nuclear fusion yet

    Matthew Hole, Senior Research Fellow, Plasma Research Laboratory at Australian National University
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Portable fusion by 2015? Still the stuff of science fiction, sadly. Ed g2s/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SAAerospace giant Lockheed Martin’s announcement this week that it could make small-scale nuclear fusion power a reality in the next decade has understandably generated excitement in the media. Physicists, however, aren’t getting their hopes up just yet. I recently returned from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Fusion Energy Conference in St Petersburg, Russia, the world’s leading conference on the development of fusion power. There was no announcement of research by Lockheed…
  • Divestment backlash shows companies need to improve sustainability reporting

    Carol A Adams, Professor at Monash University
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Universities in the US have led the divestment charge - the ANU is leading the Australian movement. Light Brigading/Flickr, CC BYTony Abbott’s criticisms of the ANU’s divestment decision will come back to bite him. The tide of change is such that Vice-Chancellor Ian Young and the ANU Council will be seen as leaders. Others will follow. Abbott has added his voice to a growing chorus condemning the decision by ANU to divest from seven resource companies, including treasurer Joe Hockey, education minister Christopher Pyne, and blacklisted companies Santos, Iluka Resources and Sandfire…
  • To eradicate feral cats, we need to know how many are out there

    Tim Doherty, PhD Candidate at Edith Cowan University
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    A feral cat in the bush. Tim Doherty, Author providedDuring a speech in Parliament on October 17 1996 — 18 years ago today — then Liberal MP Richard Evans called for the “total eradication of domestic and feral cats from the Australian mainland and offshore islands by the year 2020”. Similarly, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt last week announced a 10-year plan to eradicate “all of the significant populations of feral cats around Australia”. There has also been a lot of media recently about feral cats in Australia, including: Radio National’s Background Briefing, ABC…
  • 1,000 cars and no garage – why car-sharing works

    Jennifer Kent, Lecturer in Environmental Planning at Macquarie University
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore gives car-sharing a try. By 2016, one in ten of the city's households will have joined a car-share scheme. AAP Image/Paul MillerOwning a car can be a hassle, especially if you live somewhere where driving is an occasional, rather than daily, necessity. This might help to explain why car-sharing schemes are going from strength to strength in cities around the world. Car-sharing has the potential to reduce private car use and ownership, and over the past two decades has been adopted by more than a million users worldwide. Car-sharing schemes now operate in…
  • Carbon capture and storage — reality or still a dream?

    Stephen Bygrave, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science at UNSW Australia
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Could carbon capture and storage be the way to clean up coal power stations, such as this one in Australia's Latrobe Valley? Monash University/Flickr, CC BY-NCTo have any chance of avoiding dangerous climate change we’ll have to reduce the carbon emissions from our energy sectors — currently the largest human source of greenhouse gas emissions globally. And we’ll have to do it quickly. Renewable energy is one solution. But given ongoing debate about supplying enough energy for a growing population, and replacing old fossil fuel energy generators, options such as carbon capture and…
 
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    Green-Change.com

  • Wollongong PCYC Permaculture Community Garden Tour

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

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

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

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

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

  • One man’s waste is… another man’s waste…

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

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

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

  • Deliciously Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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

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

    Amanda Hearn
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    October is here, and it’s Attachment Parenting Month! One of our favorite events this month is International Babywearing Week. This year it falls the week of October 5 – 11, but we’re celebrating all month long! Much research confirms how infants thrive with the power of touch, and wearing your baby meets this need beautifully. Babywearing also fosters happy, healthy, trusting babies and confident parents who get to have their hands free more often. Every year our Fall issue spotlights babywearing. This year, we captured families playing, working, relaxing, shopping,…
  • What the Annie’s Acquisition Means to Shareholders and Spoonholders

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The announcement that General Mills would acquire Annie’s Homegrown sent the food world spinning. There was an allergic reaction, and within hours of sharing the news, Annie’s Facebook page had over 9,000 comments.  To consumers, it was an emotional grenade. As I dug into the announcement, the first email that I sent was to Annie herself, the mother who started the company 25 years ago. She quickly replied. When Annie started the company, genetically engineered ingredients were not even in our food supply. She simply formulated a mac and cheese product for her kids that…
  • How Babywearing Made Me a Superhero

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Some of my strongest, most self-assured moments have occurred when babywearing. I distinctly remember the first time I took my daughter out to eat as a new mom.  She was just 6 days old. We had family visiting from out of town, and I was sick of being cooped up. When we got to the restaurant, I situated her in the pouch sling I had stashed in the diaper bag.  She nestled up right against me and slept through the entire meal. Sure, there was a moment where I dripped soup down the back of her head and felt completely terrible (now I know dropping food on a sleeping baby is a parenting…
 
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Environmental Legacy of Christopher Columbus

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

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    October is a busy month. The month is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, Vegetarian Awareness, and even more health related awareness campaigns. There are important days set aside to speak out for important causes: World Animal Day, International Day of the Girl, and even today is Octopus Awareness Day. #ReThinkThePink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No more pinkwashing! photo via @floursackmama But this year October is also a power month, ready to take on the awareness and effect real inspiring change. It was also the inaugural ShiftCon Conference in Los Angeles. What does this mean?
  • Tea on a Rainy Day, Changing the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
      It is a sit by the window, watching the rain fall, sipping tea kind of day. The wet drops from the sky we’ve so badly needed in West are finally here, and here to stay for a while. The weeks packed with early mornings rushing to school and work, then at a turn of the hat to music lessons, soccer, rock climbing, football, or laughing with friends over a good book. In one week I get to fly to sunny LA and meet with many like-minded people from all over to escape just a little into the world of change makers. I imagine this will be quite the experience and I hope you…
  • Hold the World in Your Hands

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
      For every issue this planet has, there is a solution. Will you choose to be a responsible part of it? Hold the World in Your Hands is a post from: Almost All The Truth Hold the World in Your Hands is a post from: Almost All The Truth
  • Top 7 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cast Iron

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    I grew up in the era of nonstick cookware reigning supreme. My first set of pans in college were all coated in, what we know now to be, toxic chemicals that are found in the bloodstream of almost every American. This includes newborns. Yet, I continued to buy several more sets because that was one did when the coating inevitable became flaky, pieces coming off into our food, and became sticky. Why I thought pans needed to be replaced so often I am not really sure. Now I have realized the wonders of cast iron and will never go back. What are the benefits of cast iron, why should you use it…
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  • FERC Approves NY Methane Storage Project

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to save energy by using LED lights

    Popular Articles.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    LED lights are used in industry, home, outdoor and other applications for efficient and energy saving lighting. When compared to the luminaries that are traditionally used, such as incandescent and fluorescent lighting, LED lights have significantly higher efficiency and energy saving properties. They can save more than eighty percent of electricity costs. They also have long life and heavy duty performance.Why are LED luminaries energy efficient and reliable?LEDs are energy efficient and power saving because of their construction and operating system. Incandescent lights are highly…
  • MUST-SEE: Stephen Colbert and Neil Young Sing ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’

    EcoWatch
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Neil Young and “Crazy Host,” aka Stephen Colbert, performed a duet version of Young’s newenvironmental song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)” last night on The Colbert Report.The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on FacebookWith Colbert playing his usual straightman role dressed in a suit and tie, in contrast to Young’s sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Earth,” the duo strummed acoustic guitars while Colbert contributed some distinctly non-environmentally friendly lyrics, impersonating a climate…
  • The Seattle Mariners Swing for the Fences with Solar

    Guest Post
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Healthy Planet Partners, LLC (HPP), a Clean Energy Solutions Fund that finances, implements and maintains distributed energy and energy efficiency projects that optimize performance in commercial buildings, and Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced today the completion of a solar rooftop and carport system at the Seattle Mariners Spring Training facility in Peoria, AZ.  HPP developed and financed the project with partner Kyocera Solar which provided engineering and project management support as well as acting as a finance partner.  By doing so, Kyocera lowers the risk and the associated cost of…
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicles to Talk to Electric Companies via the Cloud

    Guest Post
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ford Motor Company will join seven global automakers this week for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.The automakers are collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute, leading utility companies and Sumitomo Electric to develop a two-way communication platform that would allow plug-in electric vehicles from all participating manufacturers   with their varying technologies   to work with power…
  • New Tesla Another Milestone for Visionary Elon Musk

    EcoWatch
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Did you see the new Tesla?It has autopilot that can park the car in your garage for you, with you out of the car. It observes speed limits and curves, puts a defensive cocoon of sensors around you to avoid incoming obstacles, switches lanes automatically and allows you to summon the car to the curb. You can sync the car with your calendar so it pulls the car to the front of the house every morning at a certain time with your music preferences ready to go.They just set up a buy back program for the Model S all-wheel drive sedan so you can sell it back to them after three years for…
 
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  • Living The Green Life – Halloween Decorations

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Halloween decorations are irresistible, whether you’re looking to enhance the spooky or sweet side of the holiday. For the environmentally aware consumer, it can be even harder to decide whether it’s worth spending money on these bits and pieces. Don’t despair – we have some tips for putting some green into your Halloween décor. Appearing [...]
  • New Gas Plant Venture Aims at Carbon Capture From a Different Angle

    3BL Media
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is often promoted as a way for coal power to be made “clean”: Projects such as the in-progress Kemper power plant in Mississippi and the recently announced Petra Nova project in Texas aim to trap the carbon dioxide from burning coal and then store it into underground storage or into [...]
  • Smart Island Economies Video

    Oliver Strube
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Video provided by the Carbon War Room
  • Auto Executives: Electric Cars Will Soon Offer Range of 200 to 300 Miles

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    General Motors is working on a new pure-electric car that it expects will go 200 miles on a single charge. That’s according to Mark Reuss, GM’s global product chief, who confirmed the project last week during a presentation to investors. As reported in Automotive News, a trade publication, two other people familiar with GM’s plans, [...]
  • U.S. Climate Envoy Says All Nations, Rich and Poor, Must Curb Emissions

    Yale Environment 360
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The negotiating architecture that has governed the decades-long pursuit of an international climate agreement is outdated, said Todd Stern, the U.S. special envoy for climate change at the State Department and the nation’s lead climate negotiator. In remarks delivered at Yale University’s Law School on Tuesday, Stern reiterated the U.S. position that all nations — [...]
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  • 3 Healthy, Vegan and Kid-Friendy Halloween Candy Recipes

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    With all the spook and scare surrounding Halloween, the last thing you need is children running away from your doorstep having realized healthy Halloween candy (aka apples) are being offered. There are far more creative ways to excite children and satisfy their sweet tooth this Halloween whilst keeping their well-being in mind. Here are three kid-friendly vegan Halloween candy recipes that even you will adore. 1. Candy Corn Makes about 1 cup of candy corn Ingredients 1 cup sugar 2/3 agave nectar ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2.5 cups powdered sugar 1/3…
  • 10 Reasons a Black Cat is a Wonderful Choice for Pet Adoption

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” – Groucho Marx Did you know that black cats and dogs are less likely to be adopted from shelters and rescues and have higher euthanasia rates? It’s true. Animal shelters around the country can tell you the sad statistics about how many black cats and dogs are overlooked for their more colorful, striped and spotted brother and sisters. Shelters chalk the phenomenon up to people still buying into black cats being unlucky (can you believe that?) and that people are just naturally drawn to the more…
  • Your Holiday Survival Kit Goodie Box is Here!

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    It’s that time of year again. Holiday season is oh so wonderful, but it can also be oh so incredibly stressful, right? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with our incredible Holiday Survival Kit! This Goodie Box will keep you energized, healthy, relaxed, comfortable and looking absolutely gorgeous through all of the holiday madness. Your mother-in-law will not be able to say the house is a (total) mess. You’ll smell fabulous and feel both energized and completely relaxed as you accommodate everyone’s diet preferences for all of your holiday meals. These 16 brands…
  • Winter Is Coming: Moisturizing Hair Mask to Fend off the Dry, Cold Season

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Winter is  almost here, and you may already be scouring pharmacy shelves for your go-to winter hair care products. I tend to load up on an effective conditioner and weekly hair masks, just to keep the dry, wispy split ends in check. Over the years, however, I realized it doesn’t take much to achieve healthy winter hair that is able to fend off harsh environmental stressors, and that I could actually make my own products! The following winter hair mask will keep your hair smooth, silky and moisturized. This hair mask recipe calls for only a few ingredients: avocado, honey, olive oil and…
  • The Song About Eating Vegetables You Have to Hear [Video]

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    And now a little vegan style hip hop anthem for your Friday. Whether you’re just a fan of fruits and veggies or a full-on vegan, this song is a must. The farm animals make it ultra adorable too. Find Jill on Twitter @jillettinger Related on Organic Authority Baby Chicks and a Golden Retriever: A Match Made in Cute Heaven [Video] Someday Every Supermarket in the World Will be as Awesome and Waste-Free as This [Video] Do You Want Extra Sad Face on Your Domino’s, Papa John’s or Pizza Hut? [Video] The post The Song About Eating Vegetables You Have to Hear [Video] appeared first on…
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  • LED Table Lamp With A Built-In Color Picker Is LaGenius! [Video]

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

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

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

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

    paul
    20 May 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s like a breath of fresh air watching 923 people pile out of this small SUV in oil- rich Kuwait. Tears of Jubbling joy! [A]
 
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  • Rustic Modern: A Great Look For The Bedroom

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

    Sarah Clarke
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    A gorgeous garden evokes a sense of calm and intrigue. The mystery of the space draws you in while intriguing plants and decorations make you want to linger. Romantic gardens need not be expensive or difficult. With a little time, creativity, and these amazing backyard design ideas, it is possible to create your own vintage garden that is a joy to the senses. Begin by picking one plant that will catch your eye the minute you enter the garden. Create a sense of mystery by placing little statues or figurines in unexpected locations. Then add visual drama with old ladders, or furniture,…
  • Contemporary Home Decor Tips and Ideas

    Sarah Clarke
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    When you are looking for contemporary home decor tips, you need to start by figuring out what you want. Contemporary design means different things to different people, so start by considering what you like to see in your home. That might mean something rather cluttered or it might mean something ultra-slick and modern, so be sure you have a great idea of what you want in your head. First, consider opening things up. If you are looking for a serious renovation, think about bringing your living room, kitchen and dining room over to an open floor plan. An open floor plan is a great choice when…
  • Which is the Easiest Sofa Fabric to Clean?

    Sarah Clarke
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    The easiest sofa fabric to clean, and one of the strongest fabric quality is better known as leather. If the sofa manufacturer created the sofa with a cotton like fabric. It could attract a lot of lint. I would probably use a vacuum to clean it all up. If something spilled on the sofa with a cotton like fabric. The cotton will absorb all of the liquid, because cotton operates like a sponge. Not even a vacuum or a cloth could clean such a horrible stain.   Leather is by far the easiest sofa material to clean. Especially, if the leather is black, dark blue, dark brown, or any dark color.
  • Examples of Eco-Friendly Glass Countertops

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    An interesting application of solar energy is a 'sustainable ice-cream cart'. . . . Although you typically think about keeping your ice cream away from the sun, . . . so it does not melt, in this concept ice cream is made possible by the sun. The photovoltaic panel in the roof, . . . charges the vehicle's batteries during the day, . . . resulting in a energy neutral solution. 10-18-2014 Source:  Solar: Ice Cream Cart?
  • Follow The Money: Clean Coal?

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    West Virginia University provides new evidence, of a link between, . . . the spate of mountaintop removal coal mining operations in Appalachia, and . . . the risk of lung cancer in nearby communities. Whatever human pain and suffering is involved, . . . in getting “clean coal” out of the ground, . . . the full energy benefits are not going to power the US grid, . . . because the US coal industry has been serving the export market. 10-18-2014 Source:  Clean Coal?
  • Energy: Germany 2014

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Due to the increase in renewable generation and . . . the decline in fossil generation, . . . non-hydro renewables (104 TWh) beat lignite power (103 TWh), . . . for the first time, in 2014. Germany imports most of the primary energy sources it needs to run its economy. . . . There are simply no relevant amounts of oil, . . . or gas stuck in the ground below Germany and . . . even hard coal mining will end in 2018, . . . as decade long subsidies are phased out. Energy efficiency continues to drive down total German electricity demand, . . . down 5.4% year on year, . . . making it a key…
  • Permaculture: Research Institute

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Geoff Lawton's, in a carefully orchestrated development and migration of productivity, . . . Food Forests that had been compact and immature, . . . . . . were now not only reaching climax, . . . . . . but their borders were being greatly enlarged. The many plants and trees, . . . spawning siblings and spreading, . . . with the help of positive human, and animal, interventions, . . . like a corridor of abundance across the site. 10-18-2014 Source:  Permaculture: Research Institute
  • Fdic Bank Closings

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Bank closing in Oct. State . . Bank Name MD . . . NBRS Financial FDIC Bank Closings . . . 2007 . . . 003 . . . 2008 . . . 025 . . . 2009 . . . 140 . . . 2010 . . . 157 . . . 2011 . . . 092 . . . 2012 . . . 049 . . . 2013 . . . 023 . . . 2014 . . . 015 TOTAL . . . .  505 I intend these announcements to be a positive thing . . . When you see the FDIC closing a bank, . . . capital is no longer bring wasted and . . . tied up in failed enterprises. . . . It is a sign of an economy trying to recover. 2014-10-17 Source:  FDIC
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  • Energy Efficient Lighting Entrepreneur, Michael L. Smith, Completes the 10,000 Small Businesses - Greater Philadelphia Program

    cszoradi
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    As the CleanTech “Geen” Energy Economy expands in the U.S. and around the world some entrepreneurs are learning how to focus their business models to make a meaningful impact. Michael L. Smith, owner of Round 2 Lighting, LLC, was among the 32 graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program in August, 2014.read more
  • Eric Bolling’s “Energy Fix” Commentary

    cszoradi
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    For this article, the biographical highlights and any rights to the video links are attributed to Eric Bolling and FOX News Channel. On Saturday 7.26.14 Eric Bolling shared his “Energy Fix” via a 3 PART SOLUTION in the Commentary segment of the Cashin’ In, show, which he hosts as part of the FOX News Business Block airing on Saturdays.read more
  • Earthwatch institute Leads by Example with Sustainable Efforts

    cszoradi
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are pleased to profile the companies and organizations that lead by example in operating their businesses and organizations. The “Lead by Example” profile series is focused on sharing information to inspire and empower decision makers to take action in their own facilities.read more
  • Western Regional Climate Center Leads by Example with Sustainable Efforts

    cszoradi
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    We are pleased to profile the companies and organizations that lead by example in operating their businesses and organizations. The “Lead by Example” profile series is focused on sharing information to inspire and empower decision makers to take action in their own facilities.read more
  • NSIDC (National Snow & Ice Data Center) Leads by Example with Sustainable Efforts

    cszoradi
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We are pleased to profile the companies and organizations that lead by example in operating their businesses and organizations. The “Lead by Example” profile series is focused on sharing information to inspire and empower decision makers to take action in their own facilities.read more
 
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Community Solar 101

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

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Building science is complex. It takes time and experience to understand and integrate physics, chemistry, climatology, and ecology into building enclosures. Understanding the complex interplay of heat, air, and moisture flows within and across building enclosures— while paying attention to the conditions that occupants impose on the indoor environment—is integral to building success. In this 60-minute video lesson, you will learn 3 essential building science specifics: 1) How to distinguish between air barriers, vapor retarders, and drainage planes 2) How to explain the role of vapor…
  • Understand the Key Grounding and Bonding Standards for Commercial Solar PV Projects in Less Than 30 Minutes

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    What are the differences between grounding and bonding in solar design? What are the most recent codes? Where are the codes headed? What are some of the changes that have happened? What does it mean for you and your installations? In this free 20-minute video lesson, Ryan Mayfield identifies the key 2014 NEC code sections for PV system grounding and bonding and outlines general requirements of Article 250 – beginning part of code for Grounding and Bonding (and what he considers one of the most difficult and fun discussions). He also begins outlining Article 690 Part V: Grounding and…
  • Learn in 60 Minutes: Conventional vs. Passive Floor Planning

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    If you don’t floor plan properly, you will fail. During this free 60-minute lecture, Mike Duclos, Principal and Founder of DEAP Energy Group and expert instructor at HeatSpring, describes how Passive House floor planning differs from conventional floor planning. Mike provides a background on the Passive House movement, presents examples of Passive House designs and floor plans, and explains why floor planning is critical for energy efficiency, cutting costs, and meeting the rigorous (and non-negotiable) Passive House Space Heating and Primary Energy requirements. Access the full…
  • Calculate Heat Loss to the Ground with Marc Rosenbaum

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Marc Rosenbaum, Director of Engineering, South Mountain Company and one of HeatSpring’s expert instructors, taught a free live lecture to more than 200 architects and builders last week. His focus: demonstrate how buildings interact thermally with the ground and teach people how to calculate heat loss to the ground. Access Full Lecture and Additional Resources Here During the live lecture, Marc started with a 2D THERM model of a basement, reviewed the U factor that THERM calculates for the foundation assembly, and used that to calculate the design heat loss of the basement. He showed…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • Don’t Muddle the Movement: How Can the Real Food Movement Speak with One Clear Voice?

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

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

    paigewolf
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Screen Time, Screen Time – it’s always a controversy. But realistically, children are going to be using gadgets for everything from communication to schoolwork. So if we are going to let them watch and play, it’s a huge plus if it’s something interactive and educational. We are always looking for new craft ideas and a new show on Amazon Studios offers great incentive and imagination. Creative Galaxy, produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Super Why!), is a make-along, create-along, interactive art adventure series for…
  • What I Learned at ShiftCon

    paigewolf
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    What does it take for me to leave my two young children, buy an airline ticket, and fly cross-country by myself for four days? Well, it would either be a tropical vacation in which I am being fanned by pool boys OR the first annual ShiftCon Conference. Imagine hundreds of the country’s most influential bloggers and social media movers gathered under one roof to talk about how they can charge the national discussion around the way our families eat, live, impact our environment? Add in 60 of the brands (think Stonyfield, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Boiron, Dr. Bronners, and Organic Valley) and…
  • Giveaway: Stur Natural Water Enhancer

    paigewolf
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    Back when I was in the process of writing Spit That Out I was still drinking Crystal Light. Some habits become so ingrained it takes a while to even realize what you are doing! Fortunately I was able to easily make the switch to home-brewed iced tea and cucumber water for times when I wanted something more flavorful than plain water with my meal. So when I was introduced to STUR at Healthy Brand Showcase I wasn’t immediately sold. STUR is an all-natural liquid water enhancer made from only natural fruit and stevia extracts. Sure, it was a great alternative for folks hooked on…
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  • 5 sadly common reasons people fall out of love

    svartan
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    As the famous This American Life episode about breakups notes, breaking up with someone is an incredibly common thing. Almost all of us have gone through it, maybe even multiple times. You go through phases of misery and crying and anger and despondency, and even as you are experiencing these emotions, you know that it's all kind of a cliche. But as the guest on TAL says, "When it happens to you, it feels so specific."  
  • October 18

    dailynews
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Oct. 18, 1851: "Moby-Dick," Herman Melville’s tale of an obsessive whaling captain who leads his crew to ruin, is published in London. The book is loosely based on the wreck of the whaleship Essex 31 years earlier.  
  • Air umbrella can keep you dry with an invisible 'force field'

    bnelson78
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Anyone who has experienced the joy of driving through a rainstorm with the sunroof open understands how the airflow around the moving vehicle can keep you dry despite the exposure. Now a similar principle is being applied to create an umbrella that protects you from the rain using nothing more than an invisible air 'force field.'  
  • In Washington, legal skirmish over view-marring modular cabin comes to a happy end

    mhickman
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Nearly 20 months, one short film, hundreds of petition signatures and a handful of devastating wildfires later, the residents of a tiny yet tenacious community in north-central Washington state can claim victory: a sleek, modernist cabin cantilevered on an undeveloped ridge over the village of Mazama like a “wart on the hillside” and a
  • Bear cub rescued from California dumpster

    lmoss
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Wildlife officials rescued a bear cub from a dumpster in Pasadena, California, Thursday and reunited it with its mother.   The cub had become trapped in the bin and was frantically trying to get out while crying for its mother.    
 
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    Greener Ideal

  • Energy Retrofits for Older Homes

    Jennifer Moore
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Energy Retrofits for Older Homes You might think that old home of yours is pretty hum drum, boring and well… just plain old. But even an older home can become an asset in the fight to use greener energy. You can actually cut your carbon footprint by a lot, even if you do own a pre-1970’s home.   How Can […]
  • Help the Environment Just By Cutting Out this One Thing From Your Diet!

    Sarah Burke
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Help the Environment Just By Cutting Out this One Thing From Your Diet! The average American eats 40% percent less beef now than they did in the peak consumption in 1976. However, in 1976 the population of the U.S. was only 218 million. Today, it stands at 317 million and Americans are still eating too much beef. In fact, the U.S. is the world’s largest consumer and producer […]
  • Google’s Latest Investments Show That the Future of Energy is Green

    Jennifer Moore
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Google’s Latest Investments Show That the Future of Energy is Green Google is investing billions of dollars into clean energy projects, and for good reason; because the investment is supported by the data. “Basically,” says Rick Needham, Director of the Energy and Sustainability program at Google, “fossil fuel prices are going up, while renewable energy prices are going downward.” Even with the lower cost of fuels […]
  • Can Renewable Energy Sources Be Used to Produce a Sustainable Fuel Source?

    Jennifer Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Can Renewable Energy Sources Be Used to Produce a Sustainable Fuel Source? Solar energy is great, but there is no energy available when the sun doesn’t shine. And when the wind doesn’t blow… well, there’s no wind energy either. In the current situation, neither wind nor solar energy can replace natural gas, coal or fossil fuels. But they could in the future, especially if they overcome these […]
  • This Amazing Battery Can Charge Your Electric Car in 5 Minutes

    Greener Ideal
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    This Amazing Battery Can Charge Your Electric Car in 5 Minutes A team from Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University (NTU) has designed a new battery for electric vehicles that can fully charge in the time that it would take the average consumer to fill up their car at a gas station.
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • San Francisco: ‘mega sustainable’ restaurant on the way

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

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

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

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

    Admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
                      Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter fantasy series. Cloaking is
  • A message in a bottle 2.0

    Admin
    27 Feb 2014 | 5:45 pm
    A message in a bottle is used to send messages across the ocean or to send personal thoughts into the world. With the advancement in technology, here is a new way to send personal messages that combines old-tech with high-tech.
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    Hexa Green

  • SPI Solar to build 20mw PV power plant in Mongolia

    Team HexaGreen
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Xinyu Xinwei New Energy Co, the Chinese subsidiary of US-listed project developer, SPI Solar has signed an EPC deal with Inner Mongolia Jingzhaolai Energy to build a 20MW PV power plant before the end of 2014. The fast track construction was said to start in October, 2014 and be grid connected “during the fourth quarter of 2014.” FiT incentives for 2014 are expected to be changed again for 2015. “This agreement marks a new geographic expansion of SPI Solar’s presence in the rapidly growing market for solar across China,” said Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman of SPI. “To date, we have now…
  • Sunpreme to provide 6.35MW of solar panels in Cape Cod

    Team HexaGreen
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Sunpreme, a US-based solar PV design and manufacturing company, will provide 6.35MW of solar panels for American Capital Energy’s projects in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, most of which will be on landfill sites. “We selected Sunpreme solar panels because of the innovative technology, their robust reliability, an excellent value and their total technical solution,” said Eric McLean, P.E., executive vice president of operations, American Capital Energy. Most of Sunpreme’s GX300 panels will be installed above covered landfills and the energy produced will be…
  • Canadian Solar to supply modules to EDF RE project in California

    Team HexaGreen
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Canadian Solar will supply its photovoltaic (PV) modules to Catalina Solar 2, a 24.3MWp power plant being developed by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) in the Mojave Desert in California. Catalina Solar 2 was among three projects totalling 42MW of generation capacity in California sold by EDF RE to energy producer Dominion in mid-September. That deal will close on installation, with EDF RE responsible for management, commissioning and development of the plant. A 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) has been agreed for the horizontal single-axis tracker project, which will be built on a 110…
  • SunPower bags 41MW deal in France

    Team HexaGreen
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    SunPower will supply 41MW of modules to four new solar power plants in France. The deal with La Compagnie du Vent, a subsidiary of GDF Suez, has already seen panels delivered for the 12MW Langele plant in Aquitaine, which was commissioned in early October. The four projects were successful in the country’s tender process, which is managed by the French Energy Regulatory Commission. “Since 2012, La Compagnie du Vent has been a valued SunPower partner, and we are pleased to assist them in delivering an additional 41MW of emission-free solar power for homes and businesses in…
  • NTPC to Invest Rs 5,000 cr for Solar Plant in MP

    Team HexaGreen
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Public sector power behemoth NTPC will to set up a 750-MW solar power plant in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, at an estimated cost of over Rs 5,000 crore. On completion, this will be NTPC’s largest solar power plant. The power sector PSU has 10 solar power plants among which a 50-MW plant is already operational in Rajgarh, also in Madhya Pradesh. Land for the plant has already been allocated and it will be operational in a year from handing of the land.Investment in the plant would be carried out in tranches of Rs 250 crore each, based on calculation of Rs 7 crore per MW. NTPC is targeting to scale…
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Evolving the Electric Utility

    Guest
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    By Craig Lewis and David Olsen Courtesy of The Clean Coalition A smarter market structure will unleash competition and innovation to provide cleaner, more reliable and more affordable electricity. The success of a business should depend on the quality of service provided. And while this logic guides most private enterprise in our country, electricity markets march to a different tune. Currently, electric utilities make money by building and maintaining centralized power plants and large transmission lines. This market structure is known as a cost-of-service because utilities are given…
  • World Food Day 2014 Toasts Family Farmers

    Guest
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    By Food Tank We must do more to incentivize, celebrate and exponentially improve the lives of family farmers to ensure all people have access to fresh, healthy food. Today, the world puts 500 million family farmers in the spotlight in observance of World Food Day 2014. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has recognized family farmers as central to solving global hunger and malnutrition. According to FAO, family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities. Family farming is a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture…
  • Fall Leaves – ‘Leave’ Them Alone

    Guest
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    By Jill Richardson Courtesy of Other Words Each fall, trees offer homeowners a bounty of free mulch. This time of year, your trees are sending you a message. Although I grew up in the Midwest, I’m experiencing it anew. After spending eight blissful years in California, I’ve returned to a state where people wear hats shaped like cheese and where leaves turn colors and drop off the trees. I’m not completely ignorant of the weather here in Wisconsin. I remember having to pick a Halloween costume that could fit over a heavy jacket when I was a kid, and I know to expect the first snowflakes…
  • How Urbanization Can Be a Friend to Birds

    Guest
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    By John M. Marzluff Human sprawl is usually a threat to wildlife, but birds buck the trend. Can we help biodiversity take wing in our suburbs? My backyard is a peaceful respite from the nearby city of Seattle. Eighty-year-old firs and cedars provide an emerald backdrop for the wildlife with which I share a single hectare of forest. Western tanagers sing from the canopy. Wrens, sparrows, towhees and juncos breed in the lower shrubs, while native red squirrels and Townsend’s chipmunks busily gather nuts and seeds for their winter store. A resident Anna’s hummingbird works the annual…
  • Canada Being Short-Changed on Environment

    Guest
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Commissioner’s Report Shows Canada Must do More for Environment By David Suzuki Fort McMurray, Alberta tar sands. Photo courtesy kris krüg, www.DeSmogBlog.com Canadians expect to have our environment protected, and to know how it’s being protected. A report from Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development shows we’re being short-changed. “In many key areas that we looked at, it is not clear how the government intends to address the significant environmental challenges that future growth and development will likely bring about,” commissioner Julie Gelfand…
 
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • The Seduction of the Sun

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

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

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

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

    kristen
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    FREE EARRINGS TODAY ONLY! This pair of Handcrafted Designer Earrings is FREE with any Ahimsa Designs purchase from our Etsy shop TODAY! Each Friday we will be showcasing one pair of our designer earrings that will be a FREE gift with any handmade purchase from our shop. (Friday only) FREE TODAY ONLY – Hand Crafted Designer FACETED CRYSTAL QUARTZ, STERLING SILVER EARRINGS. These earrings go with everything! A beautiful faceted crystal quartz set within oxidized sterling silver. Visit our shop to take advantage of this deal!  http://ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/      
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • Cider Braised Swiss Chard with Apples (adapted from the nourished kitchen)

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

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

    Dr. Karen
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Bone broth. I started seeing those two words all over the web recently. I wondered, what’s the big deal with bone broth? I always made my own chicken or veggie stock so I wondered, ‘What is the difference? Isn’t all broth the same? Just boil some meat and bones and you got broth/stock, right?” Well,... Read More » The post How to make bone broth and why it’s healthy appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Foods That Heal Your Gut Cream of Potato with Roasted Cauliflower and Almonds Soup Eczema and Food Allergies
  • Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret

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

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

  • Manchester Wood Unveils New Fall Furniture

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

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

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

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

    Manchester Wood
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Custom furniture made in USA now offered by Manchester Wood! It’s been a longtime coming, but Manchester Wood is officially now offering the option of custom furniture. At Manchester Wood we strive to produce the best solid wood furniture for you. Sometimes that means you have your own ideas on how our furniture can meet your exact needs. That nook in your den might be just a little too narrow for that desk, or a TV media stand needs to be a bit higher or wider than what we currently offer for your living room. It’s understandable and we believe quality always finds a home, so our…
 
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    Interactive Jungle

  • User Submitted Post

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

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

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

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

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

  • I still think electric cars are a good idea…

    Anna
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “By definition we must move towards renewable energy. How can people argue against that?” –Elon Musk, Tesla CEO Yale’s Environment360 blog recently featured an interview with former Toyota executive Bill Reinert, who was part of the team that designed the Toyota Prius. In the interview, Reinert reaffirmed his opinion that electric cars aren’t the way of the future, but rather we should continue to look to hybrid vehicles. And though Reinert has made important contributions to improving vehicle fuel efficiency and therefore reducing emissions (and while it’s interesting to…
  • Great Scot! Glasgow Scientists Make Hydrogen Fuel Breakthrough

    Anna
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Is hydrogen the answer to cutting our cars’ greenhouse gas emissions? We may be hearing more about hydrogen fuel again in the near future. Researchers at Glasgow University have recently discovered what could be a breakthrough methodology for producing hydrogen fuel from water. The new method utilizes renewable energy sources to run an electric current through water (electrolysis) to create hydrogen fuel 30 times faster than the current state-of-the-art production method. This method is a vast improvement over the currently prevailing practice, which relies heavily on fossil fuels…
  • The “Dirt” on Carbon Emissions

    Anna
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Is the secret in the soil? We often think of carbon as only being in the air – as emissions, what we exhale, what plants inhale; but a great deal of carbon is also stored within our soil. Plants absorb and store carbon in the soil. So, when today’s industrial farming methods use tilling to overturn the soil, it actually releases large amounts of carbon into the air. According to journalist and writer Kristen Olsen, we can help reverse climate change by returning to no-till farming methods, which will leave the soil undisturbed and will keep that carbon trapped underground. In fact, David…
  • Americans Already Taking Action Against Climate Change

    Anna
    22 Jan 2013 | 4:00 am
    It’s a new year, and everyone is still feverishly committed to their New Year’s resolutions. After all, January is the time for reinventing oneself, committing to self-improvement, and setting new goals. I love when New Year’s comes around because I enjoy thinking about all of the possibilities that a new year brings. It is in that spirit that I thought January the perfect time to share a recent study done by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. I’ve shared their work before, telling you how Americans…
  • SPOTLIGHT on Concord, Massachusetts: Ditching Disposable Plastic Water Bottles

    Anna
    14 Jan 2013 | 8:31 am
    If you look hard enough you’re always sure to find something inspiring going on in the world. On this Monday morning, I stumbled upon a green action definitely worth applauding: Concord, Massachusetts has placed a ban on single-use plastic water bottles. We’ve seen bans placed on plastic shopping bags in a number of cities already, but Concord is the first U.S. city to extend that ban to disposable water bottles. After a three-year effort by the Ban the Bottle campaign, Concord’s new law prohibits the sale of non-sparkling, unflavored liquids in single serving PET (polyethylene…
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    strategy+business: SUSTAINABILITY

  • The Business Approach to Climate Change

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz's new book proposes how to achieve the triple bottom line of planet, people, and profits.
  • Derek Lidow on Mastering the Four Phases of a Successful Startup

    1 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Successful startups go through four phases from the initial idea to long-term financial sustainability. Each one requires a distinct leadership attitude and set of leadership skills. (THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LICENSED IMAGES)
  • The Business Case against Business Cases

    27 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Companies that rely on traditional project management methods could be getting an incomplete picture of their own vulnerabilities and opportunities.
  • Christine Bader's Tales of a Corporate Idealist

    18 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Christine Bader, the former BP policy development manager and U.N. business and human rights advisor, talks to strategy+business about the nuances of promoting social responsibility and sustainability within companies. (THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LICENSED IMAGES)
  • The Trust Agenda

    4 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    PwC's annual survey of 1,300 CEOs shows that chief executives are increasingly seeking to generate trust through "good growth," aligned with business ethics and sustainability. One of the ways that businesses can do this is through behaviors that are aligned to a socially centered purpose, and by meeting the expectations of a wider range of stakeholders.
 
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    Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty...Get Informed Now!

  • How to Protect Your Kids from Ebola

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    We Moms Are Freaking Out But Seriously, Should We?  First let me say I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. So therefore it follows that this advice is just one mom trying figure out this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Change One Light Bulb and Change the World...No Seriously This is Good

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Do You Feel Buyer's Remorse with Your Energy Efficient Bulbs?  Well first you may be wondering if I fell off of the face of the earth as I have not posted since July. YIKES!  I am still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Want to Feel Powerful Today? Here's How It's Done

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Join with Me and Call Walgreens for Safer Products! We need you to join with us today and give 5 minutes to your future health.  It's so easy and there is no more powerful form of communication... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is Aquaponic Gardening? Is It Organic? Is It Easy? Sylvia with The Aquaponic Source Is Glad You Asked

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Post Powered By The Aquaponic SourceMy Latest Green Intrigue...Aquaponic Gardening  I get the pleasure of meeting the most amazing green folks from across the planet in my work with EB and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Guess Who Tops Interbrand's List of Top 50 Global Green Brands?

    25 Jun 2014 | 3:37 pm
    It Has Been a Crazy Couple of Days Here in Detroit at the Ford Trend's Conference... Full Disclosure: Ford Motors paid for my lodging, airfare, and food while at the conference Mark Fields,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Joyfully Green

  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 34: Lessons for Life

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Plain and simple, I love these five posts. No need for me to elaborate on them--they are my weekend gifts to you, so unwrap them and enjoy! From Life with the Crew: Spider Web Lessons From Meticulous Mick: Singing in the Rain From 365 Less Things: A Can't Sit Still Culture From Poetry and Pandemonium: A Poet Grumbles: On Rejection From Social Bridge: Send out Your Boats! JOIN ME with your camera (even if it's a smart phone)! Registration is now OPEN for my online photography course running in November: "The Art of Photography: How to Take Your Pictures to the Next Level."…
  • Autumn Quiz: Name That Leaf!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Since all eyes are on the super-spectacular fall foliage right now (at least in this neck of the woods), I thought it would be the perfect time for a little pop quiz, to see if you can identify trees by their leaves. Think you really know your stuff? Ready...set...name that leaf! Match the following letters to the numbers on the photos: A. Silver Maple B. Sassafras C. Japanese Maple D. White Oak E. Black Tupelo F. Red Oak G. Bigleaf Linden (Lime in the U.K.) H. Sawtooth Oak I. Yellow Birch J. Red Maple Clue for #3: These yellow leaves are VERY large--about 8-10 inches long! Clue for #4: The…
  • Monday Snapshot: Feeling Sheepish...

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Did I get your goat? (Sorry, couldn't resist!) This is one of the "locals" at Sun High Orchards in Randolph, New Jersey. A kind and patient model, always on the lookout for a tasty carrot or two... Have a wild and woolly week! Registration is now OPEN for my online photography course running in November: "The Art of Photography: How to Take Your Pictures to the Next Level." Join me! Did you enjoy this post? Get more like it by subscribing (at right). Or catch my latest posts by "liking" my Facebook page, following me on Twitter, or circling me on Google+.
  • My Week in 5 Photos: A Deer Appears!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    One of my favorite things to do in the morning is curl up in a comfy chair with a view of the woods, blank notebook in hand, hot tea at the ready. If I'm just gazing outdoors to a peaceful view, my thoughts can naturally wander and I can (usually) come up with a new idea or two. But sometimes, as I'm looking out at the woods, I suddenly realize that somebody is looking back at me--a deer, or two, or three! They blend in remarkably well. Even Delilah can sleep through some of their secretive visits! I'm half-Swedish but I know far too little about my Swedish roots, so I've…
  • A Simple Way to Bring Autumn Splendor Indoors

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Oh my goodness, the LEAVES! Even Delilah can't get enough of the fall foliage, as you can see in the photograph above. The colors are so vibrant and gorgeous, it got me to thinking: Why should flowers get all of the prime real estate in the vases? So, here's how I decorated the house this week, in a completely free and effortless way: leaf bouquets! With leaf bouquets, there's no need to change the water before it gets all gross and goopy (something I really dislike about keeping cut flowers in vases) because there is no water! When the leaves pass their peak indoors (usually,…
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • 10 Benefits of Air Purifiers

    Guest Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    This week we have a guest post from Janet Miller who is passionate about living with clean air. Kirsten previously wrote about how air purifying plants can play a very important role in naturally cleaning the air in our living environment. In this article I would like to share an alternative to air purifying plants:…
  • Camping Sustainably – Leave No Trace

    Liam Junior Correspondent
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    LEAVE NO TRACE: ETHICS OF THE OUTDOORS ‘A thing is right when it tends to preserve the INTEGRITY STABILITY AND BEAUTY of the biotic community. It is wrong when it dose OTHERWISE’, As Aldo Leopold said. Leave no trace: what is it, people ask. Is it a responsibility, a stewardship, a passion, a legacy or…
  • Flood-Proof Mum: What’s My Why?

    Kirsten
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I am still travelling – mostly camping, and currently on the way up to Yellowstone – and have much more limited internet access than I expected, hence the long silence. But this week I have an inspiring story to share with you from Tanya of Flood Proof Mum. Please leave her a comment below, or…
  • 7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions

    Kirsten McCulloch
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A month or two ago, knowing that I would be pushed for time (and internet access) while I am travelling, I put out of a call to my regular readers for guest posts. This week I have a guest post for you from Mary Jo Nieson of www.DelicatePawsLLC.com, sharing her favourite safe garden solutions. Please note…
  • 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…
 
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • Self-Assembly Homes – The Next Generation

    Clay Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    “Flatpack” immediately conjures images of Sunday afternoon nightmares putting together a miserably cheap MDF chest of drawers and a bi-annual re-tightening of every bolt in the name of frugality. An acceptable compromise for a coffee table, but you’d hardly want to trust the roof over your head to your (let’s be honest) questionable skills with an Allen key. But as click-together sofas and a new wave of innovative self-assembly design are showing, flatpack doesn’t have to mean sub-par. Cheap as chips housing Flatpack’s raison d’etre has always been…
  • How to Have a Green Halloween

    Clay Miller
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    No, in order to have a green Halloween doesn’t mean you have to dress up to look like Al Gore or a tree hugger. That would just be a little weird. You and whatever you dress up as can be green at the same time. Below are ways to have a safe night and also give a treat to the environment. make costumes out of recycled and/or reused materials; you can be clever and make use of clothes you don’t wear that are in your closet now email Halloween party invitation instead of paper invitations use reusable bags for the candy (e.g. canvas bags, pillow cases)     buy pumpkins…
  • The Ways to Go Green at Home

    Clay Miller
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    The term “climate change” is now one of the decade’s biggest buzzwords. The discussions are all over the place, from the gatherings of the world’s greatest minds to the homes of everyday working people. With this, it seems that everyone is striving to go green at home and in the office. If you want to contribute to making this planet a great place to live again, then here are the different ways to do so, and all of these can be done right at home.   Saving energy One nice way of saving energy is by changing to LED light bulbs. These bulbs not only last long, these are…
  • Recycle Ideas For Kids

    Clay Miller
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Recycling is something we should all be striving to do to protect our environment – no matter what age we are. Whilst it’s easy to understand the importance and benefits of recycling as adults, kids sometimes don’t understand why we’re doing it, or what the point of recycling is. That’s why it’s important to keep them interested and engaged with the task so they actively want to participate. Basically, it’s a good idea to come up with fun recycling ideas for kids, from games to competitions or hands-on tasks, so that they see the good side of doing it. Here are just a few…
  • External Solid Wall Insulation Will Save You Money

    Clay Miller
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    External solid wall insulation is one of the most effective ways of reducing your heating bills if your home has solid walls. Homes built before 1924 would have solid walls. According to the March 2014 UK Government report there are 8 million homes in the UK that have solid walls. However, only 257,000 (3%) of these homes have solid wall insulation. The UK Government is trying to encourage the other 7.75million homeowners with solid walls to apply for external wall insulation by offering free external insulation or partial external insulation funding.   What is external solid wall…
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    Hulsey Services Blog

  • Commercial Septic System Pumping & Repair

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

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

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

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

    John Grindle
    24 Oct 2011 | 12:48 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comYour Septic Tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years depending on household size and usage. Regular Septic System pumping of the Septic Tank will reduce accumulation of scum layer in the Septic Tank. The scum layer should never reach 24 inches thick, if the material reaches 24 inches and beyond in depth there is a risk that material will flow into the outlet pipe and into the drain field, causing drain field failure. The post Septic Tank Pumping appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
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  • What is Being Eco-friendly and 10 Steps to Become Eco-friendly?

    Rinkesh
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    What is Being Eco-friendly? Being eco-friendly or environmentally friendly is becoming more and more important. You can see the term used in everything from job ads to dating profiles to even listings houses and vacation homes. So, what is being eco-friendly? The simplest way to define what being eco friendly means is to say that it is the act of living with intent. The intent is focused on not creating harm to environment, and to prevent as much harm from occurring to the environment through your interactions with it. It goes beyond an idea and extends to actual practices that influence how…
  • What is Environmental Law and it’s Components

    Rinkesh
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    What is Environmental Law? Environmental law looks at all the factors that pertain to an economy and its production and industry to assess its impact on the environment and to propose regulations that will reduce environmental harm. It is mostly considered with regulations and treaty agreements between countries, corporations and public interest initiatives that work to promote the conservation of natural resources and to enhance energy efficiency. According to Wikipedia, “Environmental law – or “environmental and natural resources law” – is a collective term…
  • Causes and Solutions to the Global Energy Crisis

    Rinkesh
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    What is the Energy Crisis? The energy crisis is the concern that the world’s demands on the limited natural resources that are used to power industrial society are diminishing as the demand rises. These natural resources are in limited supply. While they do occur naturally, it can take hundreds of thousands of years to replenish the stores. Governments and concerned individuals are working to make the use of renewable resources a priority, and to lessen the irresponsible use of natural supplies through increased conservation. The energy crisis is a broad and complex topic. Most people…
  • 15 Easy Ways to Become Environmentally Friendly

    Rinkesh
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    What is Being Environmentally Friendly? There are a surprising amount of people, businesses and communities that would like to do more to conserve and protect our natural resources, but they don’t know where to begin with becoming more environmentally friendly. Understanding what makes each of these aspects of our world part of the process of changing and conserving our resources; and learning how to get started making a difference is the first thing you have to learn. According to Wikipedia, “Environmentally friendly, environment-friendly, eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green are…
  • What is Tundra and How is Tundra Climate?

    Rinkesh
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    What is Tundra? The tundra, while primarily located around the North Pole, is really a defined climate that exists in several other locations on the earth. When people talk about “the tundra” they are referring mostly to the unique ecosystem that exists around the Arctic Circle, but the tundra actually includes areas of Alaska, Canada and Antarctic. There are three classifications of tundra: Alpine Tundra Arctic Tundra Antarctic Tundra Tundras are areas in which a state known as “permafrost” exists. This means that the soil never fully thaws to allow for deep root growth. There is a…
 
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  • Port unveils twin wind turbine plans

    Daniel Birkett
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    A port in West Sussex has unveiled plans for a pair of new wind turbines to generate on-site renewable energy. Shoreham Port in Southwick, West Sussex has revealed plans to construct two 100KW wind turbines alongside its other buildings. The […] The post Port unveils twin wind turbine plans appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Yorkshire brewery goes solar

    Daniel Birkett
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    A North Yorkshire brewery has installed solar panels to improve the sustainability of its operations. John Smith’s brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire has completed the installation of a new solar array to help lower the carbon footprint of its operations. […] The post Yorkshire brewery goes solar appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Sussex bowls club makes solar switch

    Daniel Birkett
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    A bowls club in Newhaven, Sussex plans to slash its energy bills by making the switch to solar power. A Sussex bowls club is to reduce its carbon footprint and save money with a new solar array which will also […] The post Sussex bowls club makes solar switch appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Marine energy fund launched for Cornwall

    Daniel Birkett
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    A new £1.85m marine energy fund has been launched in Cornwall to help boost local businesses working within the sector. Cornish businesses working in the marine energy technology sector could be eligible to for a slice of the new £1.85m […] The post Marine energy fund launched for Cornwall appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Gloucestershire garden centre turns to solar power

    Daniel Birkett
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    A Gloucestershire garden centre has installed a new solar array in order to reduce the carbon emissions of the business. In a new green initiative a family-owned garden centre in Gloucestershire has installed over 100 solar panels with the aim […] The post Gloucestershire garden centre turns to solar power appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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  • 3 Common Pet Health Myths Busted

    raintees
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    As a society, our understanding of human health is always evolving and our habits generally evolve along with our changing understanding. A quick look at the evolution of the food pyramid over the past 50 years is a perfect illustration of this – whereas a diet heavy in grains used to be recommended, now we know that we should be eating more vegetables. General understanding of pet health, on the other hand, has not evolved quite as dramatically. For the most part, people still care for their pets the same way they did half of a century ago. Is that because no new information has come to…
  • Woodland themed living room ideas

    raintees
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Nature lovers can now embrace the growing trend for woodland themed interior décor by transforming their living rooms into rural retreats. Photo credit: Houzz.com Adopting a woodland theme in the living room is a sure way to evoke images of the great outdoors by incorporating rustic finishes, animal prints and natural textures. In order to make the room more authentic, homeowners can experiment with various woodland motifs on wallpapers, cushions, throws or drapes. Common woodland creatures traditionally featured in such motifs include stags, rabbits, hedgehogs, geese or bears. Trees and…
  • Five tips for volunteering abroad

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

  • 9 Common Costly Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

    editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Storing household goods on garage and attic trusses - Garage and attic trusses are designed to support the weight of the roof and ceiling and not the weight of anything else.[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • The Dirt on Greenhouse Staging

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    You’ve got some big gardening plans now that your greenhouse is built. The whole time you were putting all the nuts and bolts together, you couldn’t stop thinking about the[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Loving the Late Season Garden

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    When the nights start to get a little cooler, most gardeners take that as a sign that it’s time to roll up the garden and put it to bed for[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Specialize and Thrive: The Secret to Success with Small Commercial Greenhouses

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    We live in a world of one-stop super shops, but don’t feel pressured to take your young greenhouse and transform it into a one-stop shop for everything growing. The idea[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Greenhouse Frames: Finding the Best Option For You

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 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[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
 
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Home Solar for Dummies…or Anyone Who Doesn’t Work in Solar

    Mandy Shold
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Solar power. The sun’s been ready for 4.5 billion years. It’s time you were too. And with electric prices rising, more and more people are realizing that it is no longer a question of “to solar or not to solar?” – it’s about <how> to solar. Solar power is like coffee – everyone takes it a little different; whether you take it with cream or 20 years worth of payments, the base is a beautiful, beautiful thing. But solar is not a one-size-fits-all product. Your solar needs are different than your neighbors’. And that’s where all the…
  • Levi’s 49er Stadium Leads the Net-Zero Energy Race

    Thad Wharton
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA   The San Francisco 49ers have kicked off their new home season in a brand new building.  The 49er stadium consumes over 1.8 million square feet, and powers up among many other things a 13,000 square foot scoreboard, 12,000 physical network ports, 2,500 TV monitors, 370 concession areas, 176 suites, 81 public restrooms, 38 escalators, 25 elevators, 10 clubs, 12 electric vehicle charging stations, 6 ATMs, 1 museum and 2 alcoholic beverages per purchase thank you…while playing host to 68,500 guests.   So it’s very nice to know that on gameday, this…
  • Master Limited Partnership- Parity Act: A Call for Action

    Nick Blair
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    http://www.wrpawprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dysfunctional-Congress.jpg It goes without saying that these are trying times for the US Congress. They cannot seem to agree on anything, both Democrats and Republicans seem to be waiting each other out for the midterm elections in November, and then the blame game will continue. However, even in times like these, there are patches of sunlight for Congress and for the rooftop solar industry. This time it comes in the form of legislation supporting Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) for renewable energy. …
  • 400,000 People Joined the Climate March

    Dan Schreiber
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    On September 21, more than 400,000 people poured into New York City from all over the county to march for the climate. The People’s Climate March as it was called, was organized to demonstrate mass American support for climate action. World leaders, including President Obama, are set to debate action on the issue at the Unite Nations climate summit this week. This climate march was huge, and in fact was the largest demonstration on the issue in history. Over 520 buses ensured that  communities from all over the Unites States were well represented. Everyone from retired Kentucky coal…
  • Mexico’s Solar Revolution

    Jacob Sandry
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    tcktcktck.org  The Aztec creation myth is founded on the story of the Five Suns. Before our present Universe, there had been four other worlds, or “suns,” which had been destroyed by battling deities. In our fifth and present world, Aztecs, whose civilization flourished in what is now modern Mexico, considered themselves “people of the sun.”  600 years later, Mexico is facing an energy problem. A growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year.  Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And…
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    CFS » Blog

  • Create a More Productive Business Through Workplace Design

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Poor Design = Lower Office Productivity Did you know that good workplace design can actually help benefit your business? It’s true! In fact, poor design can actually adversely affect on-the-job productivity and efficiency. Many offices today are designed based on outdated layouts and obsolete configurations. Drab partitioned cubicles and stuffy corner offices are becoming less and less of the norm nowadays, as companies are looking to revamp their offices to create more organizational and collaborative spaces. As the modern business model continues to change, so does corporate design…
  • CFS Proudly Offers MilliCare Carpet and Textile Care

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Commercial Flooring Solutions (CFS) has grown to become the largest franchise within the MilliCare brand. MilliCare offers textile and carpet care services that use sustainable practices and products to ensure that your office’s flooring is thoroughly clean and will last. Millicare offers a plan that will extend the life of your office carpet. By using the right products and methods, we can guarantee that your office will be cleaner than it ever ha been before our services. If you’re not satisfied with our work, we will come back and re-do it at no additional charge. That’s how…
  • Let Your Office Make a Lasting First Impression

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    You have a meeting with a business you’ve never visited before.  When you walk into their office, you instantly know that a decorator was involved.  From the sleek, modern furniture, to the natural light pouring in, to the company’s colors running consistently throughout, you know that this company means business in the most modern and forward-thinking way. Isn’t that the first impression you want visitors to have when they step into your office? Of course it is. And you can achieve that result in a couple of ways. The first is by hiring a professional, with his or her expertise, eye…
  • Tips to Keep Your Floors Clean and Green This Fall

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    If you’re planning on treating your office floors the same through the autumn as you did through the summer, you way want to keep reading.  As the weather changes, so do the needs of your tile and carpet.  Here at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we feel it is critical to follow the necessary steps to care for your tile and carpeting to make it last. To keep your floors gleaming and free of contaminants this fall and winter, consider the following tips from our flooring experts:   1. Start thinking about cleaning early. Many businesses avoid cleaning their floors before the fall and…
  • Simple Upgrades for Your Outdated Office Restroom

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Have you really looked at your office’s bathroom lately?  Have you been too afraid of what you may find if you started remodeling?  That’s probably a sign that an upgrade needs to be made. Many businesses spend many hours planning and updating every aspect of the office design, and then leave the bathroom virtually untouched.  But with a few easy upgrades, your office can have a restroom you can be proud of! Here are a few simple changes to make your office bathroom look modern and well cared for: 1. Flooring. If you have a dingy looking bathroom floor, it may be less than welcoming to…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • How to hold a dialogue for resolving an environmental conflict?

    Mi Muba
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    If two or more than two persons, groups, parties or any other with different opinions on a subject talk openly or confidentially to resolve an issue this process is called dialogue. It is just opposite of monologue when one person talks and rest of the other just listen to him. Dialogue is considered the best… Read More »The post How to hold a dialogue for resolving an environmental conflict? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Passive Solar Windows for Different Climates

    Mi Muba
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Everybody spends more of the time of his whole life at his home. If a person do job for 8 hours daily and spend four hours in travelling and other outdoor work the rest of 12 hours he spends at home. It means a person of 60 years of age spends 30 years at home.… Read More »The post Passive Solar Windows for Different Climates appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 8 green habits you and your kids must adopt from today

    Mi Muba
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Adopt green habits as and when you can. It does not require a lot of time to go green. Nor is it a mission to feel like you are in a war against pollution. It is quite normal to adopt green habits. Just a little alertness is required to follow whichever action you observe someone… Read More »The post 8 green habits you and your kids must adopt from today appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to deliver a lecture on a hot environmental issue?

    Mi Muba
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The main purpose of delivering a lecture is to completely cover the topic and fully satisfy the information needs of the audience. There is a difference between a presentation and a lecture. While making a presentation support of multimedia is the main element. While delivering a lecture the spoken words of the lecturer are more… Read More »The post How to deliver a lecture on a hot environmental issue? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to buy green power without changing provider?

    Mi Muba
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Green power is generated with the sources that does not harm environment. They do not add to greenhouse gases like conventional power does. The green power is produced from sun, water, air and waste. During this process least of the emissions are made and no big addition is done in greenhouse gases. So nothing or… Read More »The post How to buy green power without changing provider? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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  • The EU commission considers onshore wind energy cheaper than oil and gas energy

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Onshore wind turbines In a recent report of the European Commission released on Monday in Brussels it is specified that the relative cost of onshore wind energy compared with the fossil fuel energy resources like coal and gas can be cheaper if we talk about the technologies involved. This fact creates a good lead for onshore wind power plants to be built in the area and a very good outcome for the environmentalists. This report was conducted by Ecofys, a leading renewable energy consultancy company on the order of the EU commission and this report is considered the first one that speaks about…
  • Go green before the Winter

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Heavy winter this year Winter is very close to us at this moment even if we are still in the middle of October 2014. The weather outside is very warm in many countries, and it seems that the Summer wants to come back. Meteorologists said that this warm weather can take many weeks from now and the cooling period can start only in the middle of November. When the outside temperatures start going down, we all know that our home needs more electricity and natural gas to keep the comfort at the same level like before. A very good way to keep the consumption at low levels and also make some savings…
  • Offshore wind power – A great source of clean energy for the U.S.

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Offshore wind farm Generally, wind power is one of the best sources of renewable energy because its generation process does not rely on the daylight, it relies only on wind speed. The wind can blow day and night in areas where we have almost no obstacles like mountains, hills, tall buildings or deep forests. Offshore area is the perfect place for wind because beside the lack of obstacles, the surface of the water is almost flat, so it helps the wind to blow even stronger. In such areas is ideal to install huge wind turbines which are able to produce great amounts of green energy. To spin a…
  • Tesla Model D finally revealed

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    Tesla Model S P85D – image source TeslaMotors.com We all know that a week ago, Elon Musk the famous CEO of Tesla Motors, tweeted an image with this new Tesla model. Yesterday, October 9th, was the day when Tesla Model D was revealed and now we know that Tesla Model D is an all-wheel-drive version of the well known Model S. Tesla said that Model D will have three different versions, each carrying the “D” mark to be distinguished from rear-wheel-drive Model S. The Actual P85 Model S car will become P85D model and will have staggering acceleration capabilities, reaching 60 mph…
  • The future of solar energy in the U.S.

    admin
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Solar panel system installed on the roof Solar power is a well known source of clean energy and on Earth was first harvested in the 80s. The first versions of solar panels were extremely inefficient, actually even two years ago (in 2012), solar panels were able to convert only 15% of the energy received from the Sun. Scientists are working every day to find ways of improving solar cells, but for now, their efforts produced only a small progress. We are at the end of 2014, and scientists expect for next year, 2015, an improvement in solar cell efficiency up to 25%. In other words, solar panels…
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    EcoIdeaz

  • Natural Fibers in India

    Thirumagal Jayaraman
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Author – Thirumagal J Image via commons.wikimedia.org by John Washington Fabrics and textiles play a vital role in meeting our basic clothing needs. Evidently, the textiles and fashion industry has emerged as a dominant sector in Indian industry. Fabrics are closely associated with every aspect of our lives right from birth till death. A study of fabrics shows that their earliest use dates back to over 10,000 years. The oldest fibers used by mankind are flax (10000 BC) cotton (5000 BC) and silk (2700 BC), while jute and coir have also been used since ages. While we are well exposed to…
  • Low Cost Stoves in India

    Ecoideaz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Author – Rishil Anthony Kitchen is an integral part of an Indian household. However, we could say that Indian kitchens are highly energy inefficient and unhealthy, primarily because of the traditional mud stoves (chulhas). This is true for most of the Indian rural households that depend on firewood or local biomass as the source of fuel. Traditional firewood stoves are uneconomical and harmful in many ways. They use firewood that is non-renewable and is a major cause for deforestation. Rural women have to travel long distances to fetch firewood and finally, they spew noxious smoke, which is…
  • Dairy Farming in India: A sustainable path

    Ecoideaz
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Author – Wasim Quazi Food security in India is a topic that never seems to go out of front page news. Now that the monsoons are deficient this year and there has been an international outrage against India’s insistence on subsidy to its farmers, the food security issue will not subside any time soon. Despite the success of the Green Revolution in the early 1970-80s, our agricultural system is no way capable of being self-reliant both in terms of producing enough food as well as reducing the costly fertilizer imports. However, India has been able to create a large growing and…
  • Is large scale Biogas power feasible?

    Ecoideaz
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Author – Sakshi Gupta The Twenty First century has been all about being ahead of others and using latest technology gadgets. But little do we realize, while we are creating new innovations, we are running out of that basic energy that powers everything. If we continue to increase our energy consumption, the major non-renewable energy sources are expected to be exhausted within this century. Further, the fossil fuel-based energy production harms the nature in gruesome ways by causing global warming, air, water and land pollution. In order to ensure our sustainability, we need to switch to…
  • Innovative Water Conservation Practices

    Shikha Shah
    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…
 
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    Russ George

  • Plankton Power Swirls Ocean Pastures – A Source Of 1/3 Of Oceans Energy

    Russ George
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Winds and Tides and Swimming Plankton Each Provide One Trillion Watts Of Power To Drive The Motion Of Ocean Waters Swirling ocean pasture eddies are made and sustained by the very ocean life that inhabit those pastures. Gaia is smiling at it taking us so long to unravel one of her mysteries. Diel migration is very basic learning… in daylight fish that want to eat you can see you!  Want to see more great plankton art head over to fleaworld.be Every night the largest migration of life on Earth takes place in ocean pastures. It’s the nightly swimming of trillions and more tiny…
  • Warming Arctic Ocean Is Blooming More Than Ever

    Russ George
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Following another season of shrinking sea ice Arctic Ocean life has been blessed with a doubling of plankton bloom cycles. Historically, phyto-plankton began to bloom in the spring in the Arctic Ocean as daylight returned to shine even through the ice. Spectacular spring blooming created a rich ocean pasture that would sustain a feeding frenzy among zooplankton, fish and all of ocean life in the Arctic. Now the Arctic ocean is blooming again a second time in the fall. “The entire ocean system is linked to this massive input of carbon,” said lead author of a new study Mathieu…
  • Fish Give Back Iron To Sustain Their Ocean Pastures, Or They Used To!

    Russ George
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Newly published work in the prestigious science journal PLoS ONE confirms the vital role fish play in recycling iron that sustains their ocean pastures. Or at least they used to, the shocking news is that depletion of ‘fish iron’ is destroying ocean pasture productivity. Although iron is the fourth most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, bio-available iron which is vital to photosynthesis limits marine primary production in a large part of the ocean, the ocean pastures. The author/professors point out that the growing scarcity of vital iron availability that is the…
  • US Government Buys Another 50 Million Servings Of Our Pasture Fed Pink Salmon

    Russ George
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Domestic Food Aid program is on a salmon-buying binge. It usually spends $6 million a year buying Alaska Pink Salmon. This year it has spent $39 million, enough for 200 million servings! Tens of Millions of Cans of pasture fed Alaska Pink Salmon to feed America’s needy families. Fishermen who caught 226 million pasture fed pink salmon last fall (2013) and the fish processors who bought that fish are happy to see at least 200 million servings of that nutritious wild salmon on its way to American’s in the USDA Food Aid programs. A great majority…
  • 50 Million Additional Meals Of Alaska Pasture Fed Salmon For USDA Food Aid

    Russ George
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    In February the USDA bought upwards of 100 million servings of Alaska Pink salmon from last years super catch to feed to American kids in need. Just now the US Government have announced a second purchase of this amazing pasture fed salmon abundance with up to 50 million additional meals being purchased for its Emergency Food Assistance Program. That’s more than 8.4 million jumbo cans of salmon, or nearly 50 million servings, said Bruce Schactler, USDA food aid program coordinator for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Tens of millions of cans of pasture fed Alaska Pink Salmon to feed…
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  • Neal’s Yard Remedies: Review & Giveaway

    Green Mom
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    By Fredrica Syren: When I lived in London, I used to buy all my herbs and beauty products at a small shop called Neal’s Yard Remedies. I was so happy to discover they now also sell online, so I can keep up with facial care from them. This business surely has grown since they opened ...
  • Teaching Our Children about Eco-Living

    Dawna Matthews
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    By Dawna Matthews: Over the years I have had to educate myself on eco-living. I pick up tips from many sources — other people I know, reading, travel, all over really. How do we transfer what we have learned about eco-living to our children without its being boring or too detailed and scientific? I think ...
  • Local vs. Organic Food: Which Is Best?

    Green Mom
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    By Fredrica Syren: If you stand in the grocery store, holding two apples, and one is locally grown and one is organic, which is the right choice? Of course buying local organic food is the best option always, but when the decision is about local OR organic food, it’s a personal choice based on health ...
  • Reusing, Recycling, Repurposing Corks

    Larraine Roulston
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    By Larraine Roulston: Oh, the wonderful things repurposed corks can do: they make dartboards, trivets and a new sole for a shoe. Design a cork mat, holiday wreath, vase or stamp. A do-it-yourself chandelier, serving tray, a chair or a lamp. They will hold fishhooks and other sharp things, jewelry and earrings and a fat ...
  • Plant Based Fall Stew — Warming You from the Inside

    Green Mom
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    By Fredrica Syren: I chuckle a bit when people (even my own family) assume that we, as a vegan family, live on salads. How do you stay warm and grow with leaves? Well, as a mom of a vegan family and a huge foodie, I can tell you that I LOVE hearty and warms stews, ...
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  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best LED Light Bulbs For Energy Saving

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Saving energy is becoming day by day one of the most essential practices at home ,And with the renewable energy and Go Green Revolutions people start to be extremely aware for that not only at their homes but also in their business place. There is no doubt that lighting is the most important part of the house or of the business place ,so choosing the right lighting bulbs is crucial and could be saving you tons of money and energy in the long run. According to 3 Questions Answered About LED Light Bulbs ,we ended up knowing that Led Bulbs are the best out there nowadays because they last…
  • 4 Green Business Ideas & Practices

    Lillian Connors
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Any initiative for green business practices is fascinating for a good reason, being important for both the environment and the balance of a company’s budget. Companies that are going green with their businesses are considerably reducing the negative impact on our mother earth and at the same creating better, healthier working environments. Companies that are following the green incentives now are also witnessing significant tax deductions, while steps in greening up your business are bound to pay off, especially in the long run. Rational Thinking Many companies that are office-based waste…
  • 4 Green Office Tips – How To Have The Greenest Office Possible

    James Burbank
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    It feels that every day we hear about a new natural disaster or a promise of a disaster to come when the environment is in question. And even if this were not the case, there is definitely a dire need to do everything we can to reduce our negative effect on the environment. This also includes our workplace where many of us spend more time than we do at home. It is because of this that we need to try and make as much difference as we can in the workplace. If you are a business owner, this is very easy to do, while as an employer you may need to try a bit more to change the minds of those who…
  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Panels For Homes

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    If you would like to make your home more energy efficient and lower your electricity bills ,then you might be thinking of installing solar panels at your home ,A Lot of people have started using solar panels lately and according to them they achieved A maximum efficiency at their houses “Here is an example  – Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining“ ,But where you can exactly find the right solar panels for your needs at home. Below i have picked the most efficient solar panels for homes out there in the market ,these solar panels have lots of good…
  • 3 Rubbish Removal Tips and Guidelines

    Heather Roberts
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    If you happen to be in need of removing a lot of random rubbish and junk from your home, then you probably know how stressful that may be. Whether it would be an old washing machine, another large item or a number of smaller ones that happen to get in the way, you will have to do quite a bit to make it happen. The following tips will give you a few ideas you can use to make the process easier overall: Hire a rubbish removal service The easier way to get rid of all the unnecessary items you need gone is to contact a rubbish removal service. They will take care of all the items that may not be…
 
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  • Mold Remediation: 5 Signs You Need Professional Help

    Jessica Hope
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Mold Remediation: 5 Signs You Need Professional Help Though it’s certain to turn a few stomachs, mold is a perfectly natural thing. In fact, when found outdoors, mold plays an important role in the decay of organic matter, and is a vital component of the decomposition process. Mold is a natural part of the environment, but only the outdoor environment. The indoor environment is another story. Indoor mold has been linked to numerous health issues. In a report issued in June of 2006, the CDC said that, “excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in…
  • Don’t be Green-Washed by “Biodegradable” Packaging

    Jessica Hope
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Don’t be Green-Washed by “Biodegradable” Packaging There was a knock on the door.  I knew right away what it was – the package finally arrived.  It was the birthday gift I had been impatiently awaiting all month.  It was from an old friend who lives across the globe so it’s always a great feeling to get something from him.  After signing for it, I immediately began tearing at the box like a younger version of myself on Christmas Day, rife with anticipation and fixed with determination. As I was childishly digging through the contents of the package, I couldn’t help but notice…
  • What Does an Oil Spill Cleanup Look Like?

    Jessica Hope
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    What Does an Oil Spill Cleanup Look Like? Oil spills are bad news. The list of potential harmful environmental effects is extensive, and includes things like: Ecological changes (usually caused by the loss of a species that serves an important function within an ecological community), Chemical toxicity (occurs when the toxic lighter chemical components in oil are absorbed into tissues, cells, and organs of affected organisms), Coating mammals and birds with layers of oil, and Full-blown physical smothering (when a creature’s essential feeding, thermoregulatory, and respiratory abilities are…
  • Feeling Sustainability-Stressed?

    Jessica Hope
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The world around us is growing more focused on sustainability all the time, and that has placed mounting pressure on businesses to implement resource-conscious and environmentally friendly practices. Consumer expectations are high; people no longer just want to feel good about the purchases or services they’re paying for, they want to feel good about the business they choose to work with. Businesses are in a tough position – they can either adhere to the wishes of their customers and get on-board, or ignore the issue and suffer the damages.     These sustainability…
  • What is a Brownfield?

    Jessica Hope
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a brownfield is defined as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse or which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” But in simpler terms, a brownfield is just land (previously developed for commercial or industrial purposes) that has possibly been compromised by something harmful. The contamination in a brownfield occurs in low concentrations, sort of a step below a Superfund. Brownfields are extremely common. They are located all throughout the country,…
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