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  • A Taoist Approach to Gardening

    Chelsea Green
    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties) has done it again with her latest book, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. Called a “vegetable gardener’s treasury” by Booklist, this new guide focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens—and through them illustrates the […]The post A Taoist Approach to Gardening appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • 3 Eco-Friendly Tips for Furnishing Your Garden

    Ways2GoGreen Blog
    Clay Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    Everyone dreams about turning their outdoors into something more than a beautiful sight – on hot summer days, nothing beats getting out on a patio setting and being able to comfortably spend time in the garden with your family. But throwing together a few plastic chairs just won’t cut it – a garden is a serene and peaceful place, so a delicate touch is required to turn it into a place where family members and friends will want to spend time on. Therefore making sure that the garden furniture is in harmony with the nature’s setting is essential, and having natural, eco-friendly…
  • Life's Getting Harder for Polar Bears, But their Penis Bones Aren't

    Switchboard, from NRDC
    Zak Smith
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Zak Smith, Attorney, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica The latest bad news for polar bears focuses on a potential link between low-density penis bones and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). A team of researchers out of Denmark studied the penis bones or baculums of nearly 300 polar bears born between 1990 and 2000, identifying the potential link and noting that less dense penis bones could prevent successful mating. The same Danish researches previously showed that polar bears with high levels of pollutants in their bodies had smaller testes and a smaller penis bone. With…
  • Natural Breakdown of Petroleum May Lace Arsenic into Groundwater

    Environmental News Network
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater. This geochemical change can result in potentially significant arsenic groundwater contamination. 
  • Record-setting rainless January sparks fears, fire.

    Environmental Health News
    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Weather extremes on both sides of the country are connected, weather experts said Monday, by a mass of high pressure over the Pacific Ocean.
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Baptisia Australis – False Indigo is a Garden Rattlesnake

    Shawna
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Special note — I originally published this back in 2009, but it’s been so popular, I’ve decided to bring the post back. I love Baptisia and hope you do too – such a wonderful native plant that has gorgeous flowers for several weeks in spring! Week after week I have watched the red in the thermometer plummet. As it gets colder, most of us hurry in and out of our homes as quickly as possible. Dressed up in layers, it is not always opportune to catch visions of nature. Quite frankly, in Chicagoland sub-zero weather, I am too busy running and thinking of my freezing body…
  • Gluten-Free Vegan Recipe – French Onion Soup

    Shawna Coronado
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:12 am
    My goal — to make a lactose, gluten-free, and vegan recipe french onion soup good enough that my husbands poker playing buddies would not be able to tell the difference from traditional french onion soup. How to do this? Easy, just fix the vegan soup – don’t tell them a thing – and put it in front of them to gauge their reactions to the recipe. And guess what? THEY LOVED IT! This soup recipe is better than most traditional recipes I have tried in the past and it is easy to make. Of course, the bonus is that it is totally vegan, lactose, and gluten-free on top of all…
  • Healthy Snacks For Kids Lemon Hommus Face Recipe

    Shawna Coronado
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    January. It’s cold, gray, and boring. The kids are demanding something exciting and I have a delicious after-school snack they will love to make – Lemon Hommus Faces. Healthy snacks are challenging – we want our kids to have good-for-them-deliciousness and actually EAT IT. This is a perfect use for winter carrots if you still have a few in the ground. Some kids love hommus and other kids hate it – this zesty lemon flavored hommus makes it taste delicious and over the top plus it’s filled with protein. Capers add to the flavor, but if you’re concerned your…
  • Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo) for Winter Garden Interest

    Shawna Coronado
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    Need a break from all that holiday insanity? How about a glimpse of what you could plant next season for absolutely adorable winter garden interest – a Mugo Pine. While there are many varieties of the pine, the most quant in your winter garden landscape are definitely the little dwarf varieties that can be quite small. Most mugo’s have a rounded shape, but can be shaped much like a bonsai – all angles and interesting forms. When snow drops on the pine, the green colors of the needle peek through to continue showing interesting variety in the landscape. Below is a page from…
  • Tips on How To Reduce Plastic

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

  • INDIA GREEN NEWS: Obama Visits India; Renewable Energy Collaboration; Climate Change Initiatives; Solar Investments; Air Pollution

    Anjali Jaiswal
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India. Compiled by Ariel Cooper and Nehmat Kaur January 20-27th, 2015 CLIMATE CHANGE Obama's trip to India pushes climate change talks forward Until now, India has been the elephant in the room when it came to the climate change negotiations. Unlike China, which reached an unprecedented climate change deal with the U.S. recently, India has refused to say what, if anything, it would do to reduce the country's growing greenhouse gas emissions. It's taken a…
  • California Communities Stand Against Big Oil in Local Elections

    Damon Nagami
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney, Santa Monica This guest post by NRDC Legal Fellow Jamie Friedland provides context for our new report with Heal the Bay entitled "Tideland Oil & Gas Drilling in California: Is Santa Monica Bay at Risk?" Big Oil is playing small ball--right in our backyards. It's no secret that oil companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on lobbying, and of course California is no exception: oil companies have already spent more than $70 million lobbying in California just since 2009. But recently, these multinational corporations have demonstrated an…
  • President's budget: More funding, but still missing key goals for curbing livestock use of antibiotics

    Jonathan Kaplan
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Jonathan Kaplan, Director, Food and Agriculture Program, San Francisco Today the White House issued a press release and fact sheet announcing a near doubling of the Administration's budget to fighting the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. That's good news and a clear indication that the menace of antibiotic resistance is being felt at the highest levels of the Obama Administration. Unfortunately, however, there's no sign from the Administration that the budget increase will be used to actually require significant antibiotic use reduction or compel antibiotic use reporting by the…
  • Life's Getting Harder for Polar Bears, But their Penis Bones Aren't

    Zak Smith
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Zak Smith, Attorney, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica The latest bad news for polar bears focuses on a potential link between low-density penis bones and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). A team of researchers out of Denmark studied the penis bones or baculums of nearly 300 polar bears born between 1990 and 2000, identifying the potential link and noting that less dense penis bones could prevent successful mating. The same Danish researches previously showed that polar bears with high levels of pollutants in their bodies had smaller testes and a smaller penis bone. With…
  • New Drilling Plan Puts Jersey Shore to Miami Beach and Wild Arctic at Risk

    Peter Lehner
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City The Obama administration just released its draft proposal for a five-year offshore oil and gas drilling plan. The plan would open, for the first time since 1983, the southeast Atlantic Coast from Virginia to Georgia to offshore oil and gas drilling. It would also allow drilling in the vast majority of the wild Arctic. The administration also took an important first step toward protecting some important marine ecosystems in the Arctic, and sites vital for the traditions of Alaska Native communities. Recognizing the special value of such sites is…
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    Grist

  • But seriously, folks — this stand-up economist says Republicans will like his carbon tax

    Sam Bliss
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Economics has long been nicknamed the dismal science, and climate economics can really pile on the gloom and doom. Basically, when individuals act rationally and self-interestedly, in an unrestrained market economy, we pollute the planet to the gills and poor people bear the brunt of the ill effects. Case in point: Earth, right now. Yoram Bauman, the world’s first and only stand-up economist, likes to inject some lolz into grim climate economics (kind of like Grist). He’s a climate hawk, policy wonk, and Ph.D economist who uses humor to help explain complex ideas. We…
  • How a black kid who grew up in the segregated South became a barefisted biologist

    Brentin Mock
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    The brilliant comedian Hannibal Buress once pointed out that the saying, “I wish I was a fly on a wall,” is flawed, even as a cliché. “Why?” he asked. “So you could be annoying and not understand what was going on at all? ‘Cause that’s what flies do all day.” “That saying should be, ‘I wish I was somebody that those people trusted,'” said Buress, “‘so they would let me be in the room while they talk about important shit, because right now I’m not a part of their circle.'” In creating What Motivates Hayes, a 15-minute…
  • Seattle to shame residents for throwing away food

    Sara Bernard
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    What up, Seattle! Grist’s beloved hometown is prime real estate for climate refugees; it’s located in Washington, which has the greenest governor in the country; it has a super ambitious climate action plan; AND it’s gunning to divert 60 percent of its waste from landfills by the end of this year. That’s why, this summer, Seattle will begin fining its residents for putting compostable food in the trash bin. It’s $1 per infraction for households, $50 for apartment buildings or businesses. As the first U.S. city to actually fine people for not…
  • Utility bosses see change coming, look to clean and distributed energy

    David Roberts
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know that power utilities are super sexy and exciting and fascinating, which is why all the hip kids are so into them. And you’ll be thrilled to learn that there is a new survey out revealing the opinions of the men and women behind the curtain, those who run the institutions that keep the U.S. electrical grid, or “America’s Libido” as it’s so often called*, humming. Specifically, Utility Dive does an annual survey of U.S. utility executives and the 2015 results were released today. — First, a word of…
  • Forget foam — now we can grow better takeout containers

    Liz Core
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    We live in a material world, people — synthetic material, that is, with all the attendant mess that makes. But how can a society addicted to Ziploc baggies, Styrofoam coffee cups, and cheap building materials do without? Lucky for us, green-minded entrepreneurs are developing sci-fi worthy replacements for these problem materials. Many of these were showcased at a conference in New York City last December, called Biofabricate — apparently “the world’s first summit dedicated to the biofabrication for future industrial and consumer products” — which, you…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • Esther the Wonder Pig Gets a Bigger Home

    Brianne Hogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Esther the Wonder Pig, the Internet sensation, and, arguably, the most famous pig on the planet (sorry, Miss Piggy), finally has a new, bigger home. When Esther was adopted in Read MoreThe post Esther the Wonder Pig Gets a Bigger Home appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Mayor de Blasio Hires Animal Advocate as Staffer

    Natalia Lima
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Animal rights activists now have an insider in the New York City government as Mayor de Blasio just hired an animal advocate to be part of his staff. Jeff Dupee, Read MoreThe post Mayor de Blasio Hires Animal Advocate as Staffer appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Dog Owner Gives Epic Bucket List for Dying Pet

    Brianne Hogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    When New Yorker Lauren Fern Watt learned her beloved dog Gizelle was dying of bone cancer, she did what any loving relative would do: she concocted a bucket list for Read MoreThe post Dog Owner Gives Epic Bucket List for Dying Pet appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Beth Stern Returns to Host Kitten Bowl II

    Brianne Hogan
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    It’s the purrfect match, indeed. Animal activist, model and author Beth Stern is returning to host this year’s Kitten Bowl. Stern hosted the inaugural event last year, which is produced by the Read MoreThe post Beth Stern Returns to Host Kitten Bowl II appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Man Spends Over $50K Making Home a Rescue Cat Fun House

    Natalia Lima
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:17 pm
    We’ve heard of crazy cat ladies that will go to all lengths to please their feline friends but a man is breaking the stereotype by revamping his entire home to Read MoreThe post Man Spends Over $50K Making Home a Rescue Cat Fun House appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • Designer Spotlight: Joining Wood and Metal – Hilla Shamia

    Sheila Thomas
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Designers have always sought out wood for its natural beauty and warm organic feel. A designer turning out a new twist on wood furniture is Hilla Shamia. Shamia’s work is a beautiful example of contrasting materials that work together. Shamia developed her technique while studying for her B.Des. in the Department of Industrial Design at Holon Institute of Technology, Israel. Shamia’s stunning pieces come in a range of tables, stools and benches. They are made by first positioning the wood into a mold. Molten aluminum is then poured into the mold filling in the cracks and crevasses of…
  • Green Your Home Like an Expert!

    Debra Duneier
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    When you “Go Green and Sustainable” you make choices that involve participating in an environmentally friendly lifestyle. The intention of these lifestyle choices and initiatives is to create ecological integrity by helping to protect the environment and sustain its resources for future generations. The green movement has created a new huge marketplace and profit center. To take advantage of this opportunity many corporations are using the word green or even just the color green as a marketing tool. There is a term used to describe the deceptive use of green PR or green marketing. That…
  • Why Teaching Kids to Play Outside Creates Eco Conscious Adults

    guest
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    If you have kids and you want them to live an eco-conscious lifestyle, you need to lead by example. Yes, if you sit around on the Internet or play video games while your children are home, you are setting a bad example for a few reasons. With this in mind, you are going to help your cause greatly if you teach kids to play outside, and here are five reasons teaching kids to play outside will help them learn how to become more eco-friendly adults. See animals: First and foremost, a lot of people never really see non-domesticated animals. Think about it, when you only see your cat or dog and the…
  • Eco-Fashion Friday Finds: style and substance

    Maureen O'Connor
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    It’s on sale! The Amour Vert Riley Jacket (above) features an sleek modern silhouette, an off-center zipper and a herringbone pattern. The jacket is made of organic cotton in the USA. On sale for $128, marked-down from $184 @ kaightshop This Grandaddy Vee shirt by Groceries (above) is made of unbleached, natural hemp and comes in white or grey. Groceries produces fair trade products in California using 100% organic or recycled materials. This classic v-neck tee has a dipping front and back hem that will give you a little protection fore and aft. The t is featured on Good Goods, a web…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Natural Breakdown of Petroleum May Lace Arsenic into Groundwater

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater. This geochemical change can result in potentially significant arsenic groundwater contamination. 
  • ENN Announces Release of New Mobile App!

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    This week ENN launches a new mobile app making it easier for you to connect with us and stay up to date with groundbreaking environmental news. The Environmental News Network (ENN) is recognized as the most comprehensive and dependable online environmental news source. With almost twenty years of experience aggregating and producing original content for environmental experts and novices alike, ENN's mission is to inform, educate and inspire environmental discussion and action among its readers and contributors.Because ENN recognizes that there is no lack of environmental news content…
  • Effects of wood fuel burning have less of an impact on CO2 emissions than previously thought

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    The harvesting of wood to meet the heating and cooking demands for billions of people worldwide has less of an impact on global forest loss and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than previously believed, according to a new Yale-led study. Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, a team of researchers, including Prof. Robert Bailis of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), concludes that only about 27 to 34 percent of wood fuel harvested worldwide would be considered “unsustainable.” According to the assessment, “sustainability” is…
  • Electric range-extended trucks can double fuel economy

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:54 am
    When it comes to electric vehicles, we hear plenty about electric cars being launched into the consumer market but not too much about commercial vehicles. Maybe that’s because not too many people have to concern themselves with what type of delivery or garbage truck they are going to buy next. Nevertheless, such considerations matter, since the electrification of commercial fleets promises considerably larger efficiency gains than cars.Four-year-old California company Wrightspeed, started by Tesla co-founder Ian Wright, has developed a technology that zeros in on a specific niche…
  • Ebola impacting Chimps and Gorillas even more than humans

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    While the whole world is aware of the many human fatalities from the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa, you may not realize that the disease has claimed hundreds of thousands of other victims in the area. Unfortunately, Ebola is simultaneously working its way through gorilla and chimpanzee populations with no sign of stopping. In the past 25 years, Ebola has wiped out 33% of all apes, reports the Daily Beast.Apes are already up against a number of obstacles that threaten their lives like poaching and habitat destruction. The last thing they need is to have a highly fatal disease reduce…
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    EcoSalon

  • Your Best Lip Color: A Month By Month Guide

    Liz Thompson
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Most women are lip stuff junkies to some degree. Gloss, stick, stain, balm…whatever your lippy of choice, it’s the cherry on top of your makeup routine. Find out which is your best lip color in our month by month guide. Have you ever noticed that your favorite lip color looks all wrong as seasons change? You wouldn’t wear black calf high boots or red plaid in the heat of summer or your flowy mango tank in the winter, right? It looks all wrong. Same goes for lip color. As if it’s not enough fun to pick out a new lip color, how about a different one for each month? Think of it as trying…
  • How to Save the Planet: A 14-Year Old Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur Knows the Secret

    Sara Novak
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Meet Maya Penn, a teen who plans to save the planet one idea at a time. When I was 14 I spent most of my time talking on the phone, fantasizing about my crushes, and doing my homework. I had no plans to save the planet and quite honestly knew little about my impact on it. But Maya Penn, a 14-year-old fashion entrepreneur and environmentalist, doesn’t just put my teenage accomplishments to shame, she’s also quite impressive compared to most adults I know. “Ideas make the world go round,” she said in her recent TED talk. Maya has been expanding on her ideas since long before she was a…
  • Should the HPV Test Replace the Pap Smear?

    Abbie Stutzer
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Should the HPV test replace the Pap smear? Some medical professionals think it should. I, however, am just a woman with a vagina and a cervix, and I think these medical professionals are totally wrong. The HPV test specifically screens for human papilloma virus, a virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. The Pap smear, a widely-used test that screens for abnormal cells, doesn’t specifically screen for HPV, though. Because the Pap smear doesn’t screen for HPV, two medical groups are saying that “could replace the Pap smear with a different test to screen many women for cervical…
  • Hey, Sci-Fi Fans: ‘The X-Files’ is Possibly Coming Back

    Abbie Stutzer
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I think 2014 and 2015 will forever be known as the years cult television lovers felt total bliss. In late 2014, “Twin Peaks” creators announced that the show would go on. And now, in early 2015, Fox has confirmed that the company is thinking about rebooting “The X-Files.” Vanity Fair recently reported that Fox is in the very early “logistical phase” of rebooting “The X-Files.” So, basically, Fox is making sure that all the original cast members – David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson – would be on board: “Fox promised, they’re not doing ‘The X-Files’ without…
  • The Next Big Craze Could be Water (Correction: Blue Solar Water)

    Aylin Erman
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Move over Smart Water, blue solar water is in town and it’s set to become the newest health craze. Recently, Gisele Bundchen was seen walking out of a spinning class with blue solar water in tow. Boasted for its soothing, calming and regenerative effects, blue solar water is a holistic approach to getting in your eight glasses a day. The blue solar water tradition is linked to an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness called Ho’oponopono. It is a sun-charged water that has been used since ancient times but has only been rediscovered in recent years as a treatment…
 
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • Bill Nye Says 'Give A F**k' About Climate Change Instead Of Deflategate

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Bill Nye is weighing in on Deflategate again, but this time he has a few props and a message to share about something far more important. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick claimed atmospheric conditions and temperature changes could have caused footballs to lose air pressure during the team's AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts. On Sunday, Nye said taking that much air out of a ball would require an inflation needle. But in a new video posted on Funny or Die, The Science Guy declared that "one test is worth 1,000 expert opinions," and put some footballs into a fridge set…
  • 12 Numbers That Break Down What Happened In NYC During That 'Historic' Snowstorm

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:53 pm
    On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned of a "potentially historic" snowstorm that could dump up to 3 feet of snow across the five boroughs. The city had 1,800 plows at the ready and 250,000 tons of salt to spread over the 6,000 miles of city roads. But when New Yorkers woke up Tuesday morning, they saw a more paltry 7 to 9 inches of the white stuff outside -- a veritable Snor'easter. And while city-dwellers were spared the worst of the storm -- which pummeled parts of Long Island and New England with over 30 inches of snow and up to 70 mile per hour winds -- that doesn't mean it…
  • GoDaddy Pulls 2015 Super Bowl Ad After Slew Of Negative Feedback From Animal Advocates

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    The recently released GoDaddy 2015 Super Bowl ad generated a whole lot of outrage from animal advocates and was quickly retracted Tuesday. The ad, called "Journey Home," features a golden retriever puppy named Buddy who bounces out of the back of a truck before traveling through a series of harrowing environments to get to a bright red barn. "Buddy! I'm so glad you made it home!" a curly-haired blonde exclaims. "Because I just sold you on this website I made with GoDaddy." make animated gifs like this at MakeAGif The last scene shows Buddy loaded in a box in the back of a van -- driven by…
  • What East Coast Attitude? A Blizzard Brought The Selfless Side Out Of New Yorkers

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    The Big Apple often gets a bad rap for being a town of chilly attitudes. But during Winter Storm Juno, New Yorkers showed us that they're warm-hearted people who've got one another's backs. From offering free transportation for people in need, to providing shelter for those without, the city's everyday heroes proved the best way to weather the storm is by lending a hand. Nonprofit Kept New Yorkers In Need from Going Hungry Rescuing food on 40th Street for our neighbors in need ahead of #Snowmageddon2015! pic.twitter.com/0aUpS5qWIX— City Harvest (@CityHarvest) January 26, 2015 For the first…
  • Keystone, Meet The Grouse Wars

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    WASHINGTON –- The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is about to become a fight over the lesser prairie chicken as well. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) is seeking to attach an amendment to legislation authorizing construction of the pipeline that would throw out federal protections for the lesser prairie chicken, a bird native to Midwestern prairies. The Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in March, citing the "rapid and severe decline" of lesser prairie chicken populations. Protections for "threatened" species are…
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • Obama Should Give Up Keystone XL to Raise the Minimum Wage

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:12 pm
    The Keystone XL Pipeline is the 1,664 mile project that has become the political football of the 114th Congress. What most folks don't know about this football is that it is already operating from Steele City, Nebraska to Port Arthur, Texas. President Obama is in an interesting position because the already completed Northern leg extension (which would transport oil between Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City) has been awaiting a Presidential permit for a little over three years now. President Obama has stalemated on this issue. We can all agree that it is difficult to decipher fact, fiction, and…
  • Plastic: It's What's for Dinner

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:44 pm
    The day of ecological reckoning looms over us. I am not talking about whether the Keystone XL Pipeline gets rammed through our backyards. I am down the rabbit hole of environmental concern with another problematic petrochemical -- plastic. We get plastic from oil, and have ingeniously transformed this hydrocarbon polymer into a multitude of plastic things, giving our lives a facade of durable-but-lightweight convenience. Meantime there's mounting evidence the dark side of plastic is much more than we bargained for, or can cope with. First off, the wholesale recyclability of plastic is a happy…
  • Why Is the 'Climate President' Approving More Oil Drilling?

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Something doesn't compute here. Last week, President Obama rightly declared in his State of the Union address: "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change." This week, the Obama administration announced plans open up the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling and offer more lease sales in the sensitive Arctic waters off Alaska. Ramping up offshore drilling will not only raise the risk of disastrous oil spills and threats to wildlife, but will also deepen our dependence on the very fossil fuels driving us into the global climate crisis. Here's the thing about…
  • 'Green News Report' -- January 27, 2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hits, misses and hype in a not-so-historic Blizzard 2015!; The influence of global warming on the storm, with a 100% chance of denial; U.S. Interior Dept. to expand offshore drilling, as another pipeline explodes in West Virginia; PLUS: Obama calls on Republicans to permanently protect the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or…
  • Big Oil Seismically Slaughtering Sealife

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    From The Great Australian Bight to Lake Macquarie, NSW, the race to destroy sealife to extract more climate disrupting oil and gas has reached a diabolical frenzy. Join me for another segment of SOS as I describe how the Australian federal government has once again handed over the car keys to Big Oil to seismically loot the Tasman Sea. The Australian federal government has granted an oil company the rights to search, once again, for oil and gas off the coast of the largest saltwater lagoon in the Southern Hemisphere. Lake Macquarie is 42.5 square miles, it's twice the size of Sydney Harbor,…
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Early Mesoamericans affected by climate change

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Scientists have reconstructed the past climate for the region around Cantona, a large fortified city in highland Mexico, and found the population drastically declined in the past, at least in part because of climate change.
  • Easter Island mystery: Why did the native culture die out?

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Long before the Europeans arrived on Easter Island in 1722, the native Polynesian culture known as Rapa Nui showed signs of demographic decline. However, the catalyst has long been debated in the scientific community. Was environmental degradation the cause, or could a political revolution or an epidemic of disease be to blame? A collaborative study suggests that the island's native culture reacted to natural environmental barriers to producing sufficient crops.
  • The world's oldest known snake fossils: Rolling back the clock by nearly 70 million years

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    Fossilized remains of four ancient snakes have been dated between 140 and 167 million years old -- nearly 70 million years older than the previous record of ancient snake fossils -- and are changing the way we think about the origins of snakes.
  • The origin of life: Labyrinths as crucibles of life

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Water-filled micropores in hot rock may have acted as the nurseries in which life on Earth began. A team has now shown that temperature gradients in pore systems promote the cyclical replication and emergence of nucleic acids.
  • Carbon accumulation by Southeastern U.S. forests may slow

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Carbon accumulation levels in the Southeastern US may be slowing due to forest dynamics and land use changes, according to findings of a new study. The research is the first to isolate the impacts of forest disturbances, such as fire, disease, and cutting, as well as the impacts of land use change using permanent monitoring locations across the Southeast making it one of the most thorough carbon studies completed.
 
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    Forbes - Energy

  • Why Obama's Drilling Plan Ignores America's Changing Energy Role

    Loren Steffy
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    A few years ago, President Obama outlined an “all-the-above” energy strategy. These days, his strategy seems to be “do no harm.” The plan outlined today, which would open parts of the eastern seaboard to offshore drilling while pulling back on new drilling in Alaska, seems more geared toward avoiding difficult political choices than laying down a coherent energy strategy for the nation’s future.
  • The Most Energy-Efficient States In America

    Loren Steffy
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Massachusetts tops perennial efficiency king California on the strength of a robust program to get utilities to make improvements.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources Scraps Dividend, Puts Quebec Mine Into Bankrutpcy

    Antoine Gara
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Cliffs Natural Resources is scrapping its dividend as the struggling iron ore miner works to pay down debt and refocus its operations amid tumbling commodity prices. Separately, Cliffs also said it has put its Bloom Lake mine into formal restructuring after the company failed to find equity partners for the money-losing Quebec-based mine in November, and its halted development.
  • President Obama, Does Alaska Really Need More Wilderness?

    Christopher Helman
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    It's big enough for caribou, polar bears and oil rigs. Promise.
  • Can You Turn Your Home Into A Hydroelectric Plant?

    Statoil Contributor
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    By New Scientist, An Energy Realities Partner
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    The Good Human

  • The Changing Face of Our Planet

    Lisa Forher
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    The changing face of our planet It is easy to take our World for granted. Here we are, held by an invisible force onto this planet that is spinning through the Universe. There is water, oxygen and food available and the planet is hospitable to us, providing virtually everything that we require to survive. But many of us are starting to wake up to the fact that this human-friendly environment is not something that we can take for granted. In fact we are shaking the very foundations of the structure of our World. This has been the focus of 2 studies that have been published recently. They have…
  • Why Reading to Your Child Could Be The Most Important Thing You Do Today

    Lisa Forher
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Research has shown just how important it is to read aloud to young children, particularly for those youngsters from poorer backgrounds, in order to provide a foundation from which they can build a successful future. A study by Hart-Risley found that children from disadvantaged backgrounds have been exposed to up to 30 million fewer words than children from wealthier homes by the age of 4. Courtesy of PJLibrary It is possible to bridge this gap through the simple act of regularly reading aloud to your child. It is critical for early language development – helping with sound awareness,…
  • Pathogens – A New Threat to Wild Pollinators

    Lisa Forher
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    A New Threat to Wild Pollinators There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the declining population of the Earth’s pollinators, and the impact this will have on human welfare, due to depleting ecosystem robustness. A pollinator is defined below: A pollinator is the agent that moves pollen from the male anthers of a flower to the female stigma of a flower to accomplish fertilization or syngamy of the female gamete in the ovule of the flower by the male gamete from the pollen Grain. Though the terms are sometimes confused, a pollinator is different from a pollenizer, which is a…
  • How Many AA Batteries Does it Take To Run A Train?

    Lisa Forher
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    The answer is a whopping 80,000! In a fantastic advancement of technology, Britain has been testing it’s new battery run train prototype with a set of track trials. The train is quieter and more efficient than the regular diesel powered models, which is fantastic news for train users and the environment too! This really could be one of the cleanest and greenest forms of travel available. The train is propelled by an electric motor powered by rechargeable battery packs. The train would not emit the pollutants common to the diesel models, but it is important to consider that the power plant…
  • Attack Of The K-CUPS!

    Lisa Forher
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    Attack of the K-CUPS! Are you someone that struggles to face the morning without a steaming mug of coffee? I certainly am. I have a noisy expensive machine that grinds beans and presents a strong tasty trickle of espresso with the touch of a button. I really love coffee, even considering an afternoon perusing the local coffee plantation a fantastic day out! I have therefore been watching the recent obsession friends are developing with these tiny aluminium pods and plastic with a morbid fascination. The machine is costly, the pods are expensive too (usually double the price of beans) and the…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Texas Town at Center of Latest Earthquake Swarm Questions Fracking Impact

    Julie Dermansky
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    January has been a shaky month for Irving, Texas. Twelve earthquakes rattled the city during a 48-hour period at the end of the first week of the new year. “It was very scary. I was at my job on the 4th floor in a cubicle surrounded by glass,” Tonya Rochelle Tatum, a loan specialist who works in Irving, told DeSmogBlog. “One quake seemed like it lasted five minutes. No one knew what to do.” The earthquake swarm shows no sign of stopping. On January 21, five more quakes struck. The quakes are relatively small, all of them registering under 4 on the Richter Scale. None has caused…
  • MPs Overwhelmingly Reject Moratorium on Fracking

    Kyla Mandel
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    Fracking lives to see another day in Britain as MPs overwhelmingly reject a proposal to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. A mere 52 MPs voted in favour of the amendment to the controversial Infrastructure Bill yesterday. The vote follows a report released earlier that day by the cross-party House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee calling for a ban on fracking due to the risks it poses to Britain’s efforts to tackle climate change. The amendment was voted down by 308 MPs including the Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change…
  • MedievalDeception 2015: Inhofe Drags Senate Back To Dark Ages

    John Mashey
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    On January 21, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) again displayed the same deception/incompetence that pervaded his book, The Greatest Hoax (2012). In this video segment (3:00-5:20), he presented a poster on the Senate floor that matches the image below from “Kyoto by Degrees,” an anonymous Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Opinion piece, June 21, 2005.  Both contained claims plausibly called academic or journalistic deception, created for public confusion. Regardless of ancient tempreatures, modern temperature rise is human-caused, not just natural variation: you damaged your furnace so it now…
  • Matt 'King Coal' Ridley Loses Power Station Buyer Due to European Regulations

    Brendan Montague
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    The latest exclusive from our #MattKingCoal investigation shows how climate denier Matt Ridley has been impacted by European carbon emissions regulations… Lord Ridley, the aristocratic farmer and science writer, has weighted all the evidence and after due consideration decided that the world's leading researchers have become overly alarmed by the threat posed by climate change. His views have nothing to do with the fact he has an opencast mines on his family estate. And his opinion is entirely unrelated to the fact his local power station will no longer buy his coal because European…
  • Tate Visitors Could Donate 1p Each to Make Gallery BP Free

    Kyla Mandel
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    Art lovers visiting Tate would have to donate less than 1p to allow the galleries to drop oil company BP as a sponsor, according to figures released today following a Freedom of Information request.  Sponsorship figures released today show that BP donations increased from just £150,000 in 1991 to only £330,000 in 2006 - less than 0.5 percent of Tate’s overall operational budget during that time. The donations, which continue today, mean BP has its flower petal logo hanging around the gallery and, according to campaigners at Platform, provides them with a 'social licence to operate' by…
 
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    Style Me Pretty » Blogs » Living

  • Puppy Bowl Party Inspiration

    Erin Lepperd
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    This one goes out to the puppy lovers. Its a Super Bowl celebration that’s guy, girl and dog friendly with a low-key atmosphere and infused with touches of glam because every party deserves a golden banner moment, don’t you think? We whipped up crowd pleasing snack foods like spicy bacon caramel popcorn, football-shaped beer pretzels and a little something for the pups too. Have a look at our version of a Puppy Bowl watching party photographed by Ruth Eileen. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From our party stylist, Jess: While my husband is so excited for the Patriots…
  • Signature Cocktail: Blackberry & Lemon Gin & Tonics

    Abby Capalbo
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    We are always looking for ways to up the ante on the cocktails we know and love, and thanks to Engaged & Inspired and Michele Beckwith Photography we now know how to put a fun little twist on the classic gin & tonic. Infused with a little blackberry and lemon, I can’t even wait to put this recipe to use. See their Moscow mule recipe here. Abby CapalboBlackberry & Lemon Gin and Tonicsprep timecook timetotal timeServes 0Ingredients12 blackberries 20 fresh mint leaves 2 Meyer lemons (can sub. regular lemons) 1/4 cup simple syrup 12 ounces good quality gin Tonic water…
  • Home 101 Everyone Should Know

    Erin Lepperd
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you have a cozy abode that you cook, sleep and occasionally entertain in then you’ll want to bookmark this post. Because inside, you’ll find a world of info for everything from how to make the perfect bed to organizing your pantry like a seasoned pro. Want to know how to frost a gorgeous cake or craft a cheeseboard worthy of a million instagram likes? Perfect because you’ll find those too. These are SMP’s top how-tos that EVERY SMP gal or guy should know! Home 101 Everyone Should KnowView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2015. | Permalink | 1 comment | Add to…
  • The College Prepster Home Tour

    Erin Lepperd
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    First we talked shop with Carly of The College Prepster and now we’re nosing around her beyond cute apartment. It’s filled with girly tid bits, well manicured bookshelves and really good wallpaper too. That’s her home sweet home in a nutshell. The longer version involves a tale of a girl with mad style and her sweet, sweet pup as seen through the lens of Cynthia Chung. See even more right here. LIVING ROOM | Couch: Gilt | Coffee table: Ikea | Rug: Safavieh | Framed prints: Rue La La, a few I painted, Vogue prints cut from a book | Dalmatian spots pillows: Furbish…
  • Behind the Blog: The College Prepster

    Erin Lepperd
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Carly Heitlinger of The College Prepster is our kind of girl. Not only does she have a blog on our daily read list and a cozy New York city pied a terre, but her doggie? Yeah, you’re going to want to steal him. We chatted with Carly about inspiration, the business of blogging and important things like her go-to recipe. Read all about it below including a glimpse of her doing her thing from Cynthia Chung. SMP: Some words you live by? CH: Live Your Dreams SMP: What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you?  CH: I’ve wanted to be and do just about everything…
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    Clean Edge

  • Workforce Training For Clean-Tech Innovators

    Sabrina Gonzales
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 13:30 to Friday, January 30, 2015 - 13:30Image: Link: Workforce Training For Clean-Tech InnovatorsEvent Description:  An interactive, half-day course for both clean-tech companies and for corporations looking to enter the clean-tech market. Morning and afternoon sessions are available at no cost.
  • The Year Ahead: Top Clean Energy Trends of 2015

    Ron Pernick
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    For the past 13 years, Clean Edge has published the annual Clean Energy Trends report that has sized the global market for solar, wind, and biofuels and tracked everything from venture capital and stock market activity to total global investments. This year, instead of issuing one single report, we'll be producing infographics, tables, charts, and webinars throughout the year – so be on the lookout in the coming weeks and months. In the annual report, we also picked our top trends to watch for the coming year. Here are our top trends that matter in 2015: Moves Toward 100 Percent Renewables…
  • Retail Investment Expands in Clean Energy Markets

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

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

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

  • Animation of new Cummins M2 two-stage turbo in Nissan Titan XD 5L V8 diesel

    mmillikin
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:23 pm
    The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel which makes its debut in the upcoming 2016 Nissan Titan XD full-size pickup truck (earlier post) features a unique Cummins M² Two-Stage Turbocharger and is configured to work well at both low and high engine speeds. The series sequential turbocharging system, involving two differently sized turbochargers, effectively provides a small turbocharger for low air flow requirements and a large turbo for high air flow. The small turbo delivers good transient response due to its low inertia, while the large turbo maintains power at higher engine speeds. This helps…
  • Study finds vertical force of in-wheel switched reluctance motors deteriorates vehicle stability and comfort

    mmillikin
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    In a study investigating switched reluctance motors (SRMs) for in-wheel motor applications, researchers at Chongqing University in China have found that the vertical component of the residual unbalanced radial force of the motor deteriorates the lateral and anti-rollover stabilities of the vehicle in addition to having a considerable impact on vehicle comfort. (The unbalanced radial force is the radial force difference between a pair of opposite stator poles.) In their paper, published in the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering,…
  • Novozymes, Cargill to continue bio-acrylic acid partnership as BASF exits; looking for new commercialization partner

    mmillikin
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Chemical company BASF has decided to exit the current R&D collaboration with Novozymes and Cargill to develop a bio-based process for producing 3-hydroxypropionic (3-HP) and acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. BASF joined the collaboration with Novozymes and Cargill in 2012. Novozymes and Cargill have collaborated on the project since 2008 and will continue their work to commercialize bio-based 3-HP and derivatives. The two companies have initiated efforts to find a new commercialization partner. The partners said that the R&D cooperation on bio-based acrylic acid has achieved the…
  • New Kevlar-based nanocomposite serves as dendrite-suppressing Li-ion battery separator with high ionic conductivity

    mmillikin
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Researchers at the University of Michigan, with colleagues at Ford and the Harbin Institute of Technology in China, have developed a dendrite-suppressing membrane exhibiting high modulus, ionic conductivity, flexibility, ion flux rates and thermal stability for Li-ion batteries by using a composite made from Kevlar-derived aramid nanofibres assembled in a layer-by-layer manner with poly(ethylene oxide). In a paper published in Nature Communications, they report that the porosity of the ion-conducting membrane (ICM) is smaller than the growth area of the dendrites; the aramid nanofibers thus…
  • Mitsubishi to show compact SUV PHEV concept at Geneva

    mmillikin
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said it will unveil a world premiere compact SUV plug-in hybrid concept car on 3 March at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show. Mitsubishi said that the compact SUV concept was designed to achieve top-of-class reduced CO2 emissions and features MMC’s @earth TECHNOLOGY stable of environmental technologies. Teaser. Click to enlarge. Mitsubishi’s Outlander SUV PHEV was the best selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in Europe in 2014, posting 19,980 units, or 52% of all 38,617 Outlander models sold into that market. Top selling national markets for…
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    Eco Friend

  • Nike unveils first football cleat made from recycled bottles

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Nike is known for introducing unique and extraordinary products in the market. Its latest innovation is its cleat named Nike Vapor Carbon, designed especially for footballers because they need strong and long lasting footwear. The cleat is so designed to provide comfort and ease to players at grounds. Nike Vapor Carbon is inspired from the ... The post Nike unveils first football cleat made from recycled bottles appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Easily recyclable things that you are just throwing away

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:19 pm
    When something is broken, we usually throw it away. These items can rather be recycled and put to use in a variety of styles. Recycling is good for our planet and us. It saves money and space in our landfills. Sort plastic bottles, cans, jars from garbage, and recycle them. However, not everything is thrown ... The post Easily recyclable things that you are just throwing away appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Eco-friendly gifts that dog lovers would enjoy

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Dog lovers are ubiquitous, and as such there are many gifts and items in the market that especially target dog lovers. While there is a multitude of options available, things get better if the gift is thoughtful and eco friendly. If you are looking for your friend a green gift then here are few options ... The post Eco-friendly gifts that dog lovers would enjoy appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Stunning animal sculptures created by recycling trash

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Recycled art gives us a lesson not to underestimate the power even of trash, or of the creative who can work wonders with even the most modest of materials. It is the best way to promote recycling. Most people throw away used things and never ever bother about them. Art like this gives items that ... The post Stunning animal sculptures created by recycling trash appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Eco-friendly wedding see a popularity rise in India

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:15 pm
    In India the only kind of wedding we all have heard of is the ‘The Big Fat Indian Weddings.’ But it was couple of days back when one of my friends who is a strict environmentalist had planned an environmentally friendly wedding. Now, this was something new and interesting at least to me if not ... The post Eco-friendly wedding see a popularity rise in India appeared first on Eco Friend.
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • New study: America’s biggest carbon market delivers for economy and climate

    Derek Walker
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    By Derek WalkerSource: Flickr/Chris Goldberg Would you believe there's a state that cut pollution and cleaned up its air, while creating jobs and sustaining economic growth? And where economic incentives, rather than costly regulations, are stimulating innovation and investment? California passed the earliest, most comprehensive law to set a cap on carbon pollution, along with numerous other complementary policies to help the state transition to a low-carbon, clean-energy economy. The results are now coming in and the present – and future – looks bright. Two years after it was fully…
  • Court Hears Arguments on Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Standards for Big Freight Trucks

    Peter Zalzal
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    By Peter ZalzalThe U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. heard oral arguments today in challenges seeking to overturn historic, first-generation standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large trucks and buses. The standards were finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2011. The standards apply to vehicles manufactured between 2014 and 2018. They are based on commonsense, highly cost-effective technologies that will make our nation’s fleet of large trucks and buses…
  • The Clean Power Plan Wins Support from Millions of Americans, and a Broad Array of Diverse Groups

    Mandy Warner
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    By Mandy WarnerAmericans rally for the Clean Power Plan January is a time for New Year’s resolutions, hot chocolate and the tantalizing possibility of snow days. For me, it’s also a time when I reflect on what the past year has meant for me, my family, and our world. Right now, I’m focusing on climate change through these three interwoven lenses. Fortunately, this year I have a lot of significant and positive steps to reflect on. Here’s the one I’m thinking about the most: the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan will set the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for…
  • Lima climate talks showcase another path to global climate action: through states, provinces and cities

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

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

  • Japanese Firm Envisions Underwater City to Counter Rising Sea Level

    Siyahi
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    Prevention is better than cure, they say. But there exists no such possibility when dealing with forces of nature. Man’s capabilities haven’t grown mighty enough to prevent calamities caused by nature, but they do play a part in preventing the causalities in their aftermath. And for that, human thoughts are still open to boundless dimensions. In this context, Japanese brains are accelerated in a high pace, for they are always seen as bearing the brunt of nature’s wrath. One among the threats they face now, apart from the earthquakes and tsunami, is the rising sea level. And it seems…
  • Power From the Green World; Dutch Company Generates Electricity from Plants

    Siyahi
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    The whole world is running behind power generation options that are green and here’s a story which has come up successful. As we all know, electricity can be generated from various fruits like potatoes or lemon. These sources might not prove to yield substantial energy so as to power up the daily essentials like mobile batteries. Not much long ago, we had witnessed Nokia powering up their Lumia devices from bare potatoes and apples, but it took more than hundreds of these fruits to charge up a single device, which may not be quite pragmatic in our daily lives. The story of the Dutch-based…
  • 2014 declared as the hottest year on record

    Marian Dumitri
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    The year 2014 has been declared as the hottest year on record by two United States Government Agencies on Friday. In a joint announcement by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the officials confirmed that last year’s global temperature rose to the highest level since modern measurements began. As per climate records, nine of the ten warmest years have occurred since the rise of 21st century. The remaining one record setting year was 1998. These findings have been confirmed after analyzing temperature…
  • Toyota Making its Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents Open Source

    Siyahi
    10 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    We are into a world of harsh rivalry, where companies are pushing the limits to obtain patents for their technologies. And it’s quite a gigantic surprise when we come to know of manufacturers who are willing to drop their patency rights to usher in a unanimous growth in the respective fields. Toyota is the name that stands out as an example. Recently, they have announced that they are to open source the patent rights acquired by them. And that too in a field that holds the potential to be the next big factor in automotives – hydrogen fuel technology. As many as 5,680 fuel cell-related…
  • Tiger Farming in China Could be the Next Big Threat for the Animal’s Population

    Siyahi
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    It’s often a sad world out there for wildlife. While animals are rescued and preserved on one side, the other side of the world reveals how cruel it can be when dealing with animal issues. China has been a  nation that has been attracting criticism for its unethical treatment of wildlife. The country is back in the news once again, this time for its tiger farming. Animal welfare bodies have been fighting it out to bring down the poaching of wildlife creatures to a great extent. While tiger poaching has been vastly restricted due to the depletion in population, Chinese entrepreneurs are…
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    Green Business

  • How to Unlame Your Business Blog: 10 New Tricks for Old Dogs

    GreenMan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Let me ask you three questions. 1. How interesting is your business blog? 2. What’s the noise level of your blog? 3. How do you unlame a business blog? Metaphorically speaking, how do you get a two-legged lame old dog to get up and bound out the door, barking up a storm through the whole […]
  • The Resource Industry

    GreenMan
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Sitting in a cafe in the middle of winter, looking outside as the temperature is well below freezing, I’m beginning to wonder where we’re going to get our energy from in the future, and after we get it how much it’s going to cost. The media has been reporting that the world’s oil reserves are […]
  • E-business offers tremendous potential for a GDS

    GreenMan
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Bruce Hanna, COO Galileo, shares his vision for the Indian market in an interview with Jyoti Koul What is the role of consolidators in the Indian travel industry, especially with respect to GDS? Consolidation is a trend that has been witnessed in the travel industry across the world. Consolidators represent a large and growing segment […]
  • Green Business in India

    GreenMan
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The importance that green business has in India will directly impact the world and our environment. With a population well over one billion, green business in India could quite literally alter our ecology. India’s economic growth rate has been incredible, and will continue to be incredible for many years to come. The widening middle class […]
  • Sustainable Business: A Profitable Choice

    GreenMan
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    Every so often, here at Green Business, we will write about companies that are doing their part to help keep our world clean. Two companies are thriving in Vancouver, BC, Canada, by creating businesses that promote sustainability- Happy Planet and SPUD are the future of business. Using only organic fruits, Happy Planet makes some of […]
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    Autoblog Green

  • Tesla Model S P85D makes old women swear like sailors

    Domenick Yoney
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Filed under: Green, Videos, Tesla, Sedan, Electric, PerformanceWatch how Tesla P85D drivers puts smiles on faces and turn the air blue using only their right foot and a clear bit of road. In both safe-for-work, and not-safe-for-work flavors.Continue reading Tesla Model S P85D makes old women swear like sailorsTesla Model S P85D makes old women swear like sailors originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Toyota promoting Mirai as if hydrogen tax credit never went away

    Sebastian Blanco
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Toyota, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, United States, HydrogenThe $8,000 federal tax credit has expired and may not return, but Toyota is still advertising the 2016 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as if it's available.Continue reading Toyota promoting Mirai as if hydrogen tax credit never went awayToyota promoting Mirai as if hydrogen tax credit never went away originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Toyota takes aim at Musk's criticism of hydrogen 'fool cells'

    Jonathon Ramsey
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Filed under: Green, Tesla, Toyota, Electric, Future, HydrogenToyota Senior VP Bob Carter responds to recent comments by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that hydrogen fuel cells are "an extremely silly way to store energy" and that FCEV shortcomings will become plainly evident in the next few years.Continue reading Toyota takes aim at Musk's criticism of hydrogen 'fool cells'Toyota takes aim at Musk's criticism of hydrogen 'fool cells' originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Telsa seeks to open new Texas Gallery, Gigafactory boosting NV real estate

    John Beltz Snyder
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Filed under: Green, Nissan, Tesla, Green Automakers, Manufacturing/Plants, ElectricTesla's Gigafactory creates an area real estate rush. A news team discovers plans for a Tesla Gallery in San Antonio, TX. Kansas City Power & Light to install over 1,000 EV charging stations.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Telsa seeks to open new Texas Gallery, Gigafactory boosting NV real estateRecharge Wrap-up: Telsa seeks to open new Texas Gallery, Gigafactory boosting NV real estate originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of…
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee, BMW i8, Ford F-150 win 2015 Green Car Awards in DC [w/video]

    Sebastian Blanco
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Filed under: Green, BMW, Ford, Jeep, Emerging Technologies, Electric, LightweightThe three big winners at the Washington Auto Show were the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel (2015 Green SUV of the Year), the BMW i8 (2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year) and the Ford F-150 (2015 Green Car Technology Award).Continue reading Jeep Grand Cherokee, BMW i8, Ford F-150 win 2015 Green Car Awards in DC [w/video]Jeep Grand Cherokee, BMW i8, Ford F-150 win 2015 Green Car Awards in DC [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of…
 
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    Awake at the Wheel

  • “Pic your ride” Photo Contest – Propel Fuels

    propel
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    For those who love horsepower, we designed a Propel cap just for you. Claim your cap by uploading a pic of your ride to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/propelfuels. The 20 top pics will win a limited edition Propel flat … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    EcoGeek

  • Solar-Powered Window Sensors for Smarter Buildings

    Philip Proefrock
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Sensors are the next step needed on the road to developing smarter buildings, and a new, very-low power device has been developed to allow information about window to be transmitted to a control system for a building without a need for extra building wiring or power supply. The sensors are self-powered by the sun through a tiny solar cell on top of the unit. The sensors, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute, are small enough to fit inside the gap between the two panes of a typical double-pane window. The solar cell itself and the sensor electronics and transmitter are so small that they sit…
  • Who Cares About the 2015 Green Car of the Year?

    Philip Proefrock
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    One thing we’ve looked for in our annual coverage of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is the attention paid to green cars. Over the past few years, we’ve noted that environmental concerns have diminished year to year. Part of this is due to those concerns going mainstream and being incorporated into manufacturers’ whole lines, to a greater or lesser extent. But the days of having a “green flagship” are pretty much over. This year’s five finalists for Green Car of the Year were: Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and…
  • Solar-Powered, Concrete Hull Boat

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

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

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

  • Gorgeous Catalan building renovated into an eco-friendly hostel in Barcelona

    Lidija Grozdanic
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Gorgeous Catalan building renovated into an eco-friendly hostel in Barcelona Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Barcelona, Catalan architecture, eco friendly hotel, eco hotel, eco-travel, green renovation, Petz Scholtus, social hub, Spain, Yök Casa + Cultura
  • Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to prevent future acts of genocide

    Lucy Wang
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Read the rest of Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to prevent future acts of genocide Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Auschwitz, berlin, Daniel Libeskind, deconstrucivist architecture, germany, Holocaust, Holocaust memorial, Holocaust monument, Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust Tower, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jewish culture, Jewish Museum, jewish museum berlin, memorial, Museum
  • The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    It turns out that solar isn’t just the way to go for power needs, but for jobs as well. While “green jobs” may not be a huge political buzz word this year, it should be – because the solar power jobs sector grew 20 times faster than any other sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, the number of solar jobs has surpassed the number of coal mining jobs – a hopeful sign for both alternative energy and job growth. Read the rest of The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg…
  • Man rebuilds the ancient city of Pompeii with 190,000 LEGO bricks!

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Ryan McNaught, aka The Brickman, was recently commissioned by the Nicholson Museum in Sydney, Australia to recreate the ancient city of Pompeii entirely from LEGO bricks! The exhibit, now on display in the museum, shows how Pompeii looked at the moment of destruction in A.D 79, how it looked when it was discovered in the 1700′s, and how it looks today. Read the rest of Man rebuilds the ancient city of Pompeii with 190,000 LEGO bricks! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient pompeii, building pompeii out of legos, lego, Lego bricks, lego building, lego museum piece, lego…
  • Obama protects 12.3 million acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against drilling

    Timon Singh
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    As President Obama put it in his State of the Union address, he has “no more campaigns left to run.” Therefore it looks like he is using his remaining time in office to make as much of a difference as possible. Amongst his final efforts are plans to keep potential drilling and exploitation out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world. Read the rest of Obama protects 12.3 million acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against drilling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post…
 
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  • Chemical Safety Board Seeks Better Process Safety Management Requirements

    Jennifer Hermes
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Within the US, most chemical safety requirements are imposed by OSHA and the EPA. For example, OSHA (or delegated state agencies) administers a Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard, while EPA (or delegated state agencies) administers the Accidental Release Prevention (ARP) regulation. In addition to these sets of regulators, however, Congress has created a national agency to conduct […]
  • Davos: Business Leaders Urge Climate Deal

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    Business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos are urging governments to reach a climate change agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference, which will take place in Paris in December. “This is the year to make a big climate deal in Paris,” Feike Sijbesma, chief executive of DSM, a Dutch nutrition and materials […]
  • How Smart Manufacturing Can Increase Efficiency, Financial Benefits

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    The future of factories is “smart manufacturing,” which can also deliver financial benefits, according to an IDC report that provides a guide for implementing smart manufacturing. The latest IDC Manufacturing Insights report, IDC PlanScape: Smart Manufacturing – The Path to the Future Factory, uses the IDC PlanScape methodology to provide the framework for a business […]
  • Core Concerns to Address when Choosing a Disaster Restoration Service

    Jennifer Hermes
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    In the wake of the blizzard that has been battering New England, New York-based disaster restoration service company Total Environmental Restoration Solutions, Inc., offers a list of suggestions on planning ahead for unexpected disasters, including the importance of choosing a restoration company ahead of time to “eliminate the frenzy in unpredictable situations.” “Thinking ahead is crucial. Who […]
  • Palm Oil Giant Lists Suppliers Online

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader, has become the first industry player to offer transparency of its palm-oil supply chain on-line. The company expects this move to help it achieve its goal of excluding deforestation and exploitation from its operations. Jeremy Goon, Wilmar’s chief sustainability officer, said the company has mapped out its […]
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Valentines Can Now Show Their Love Sustainably with Locally Grown ‘Slow Flowers’

    Hannah Ritchie
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    US nationwide floral directory Slow Flowers is encouraging its customers to show their love in a more thoughtful way this Valentine’s day by sourcing local American-grown bouquets.The US cut flower retail market is flourishing, with sales topping US$7-8 billion annually. However, apparently only two percent of the 224 million roses sold in 2012 were American-grown. The US flower market has been dominated for decades by 1-800 teleflorists who import their bouquets from overseas. In an attempt to change this trend and support local farmers, Slow Flowers now has a directory of roughly 500…
  • These Companies Want to Make Your Smartphone Truly Smart

    Mike Hower
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    In this new age of mobile phones, many of us suffer from “Shiny Object” syndrome — where we always want the latest and greatest toy Apple, Samsung or one of the other multitude of manufacturers can think up. Most of the more than 1.8 billion mobile phones sold worldwide in 2013 replaced devices that were less than two years old. Nearly a billion of these devices were smartphones.Mobile phone manufacturers have made their billions promoting and taking advantage of our collective technophilia. But Shiny Object syndrome only accounts for part of the equation — the balance belonging to…
  • WRI Guide Helps Companies Report Emissions From Low-Carbon Electricity Purchases

    Mike Hower
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    The World Resources Institute (WRI) has unveiled new guidance for companies to measure emissions from purchased electricity.The first major update to the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard responds to the rapid growth of renewable energy and other major shifts in the electricity market, WRI says. The GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance provides a consistent, transparent way for companies to show how different types of electricity purchases count toward their emissions targets, and will inform corporate decisions on what kind of energy should power their…
  • Project MainStream Launches 3 Programs to Help Scale Circular Economy

    Mike Hower
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Project MainStream, part of the World Economic Forum’s Circular Economy initiative, has launched three new programs focused on developing ways of scaling the circular economy through materials management, information technology and business model innovation, among others.Focusing on plastic packaging, paper and paperboard and asset tracking, Project MainStream aims to advance collaboration across these major supply chains in 2015 to address current bottlenecks and leakages that result in loss of material value. These three new programs usher in the first stage of MainStream’s…
  • Study Projects Creation of More Than 200,000 UK Jobs as Circular Economy Grows

    Sustainable Brands
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:34 pm
    The continued development of resource-efficient business activity, such as recycling, reuse and remanufacturing, could create demand for over 200,000 new jobs across Britain between now and 2030, according to a new study by Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and UK charity and environmental think tank Green Alliance.Employment and the circular economy: Job creation in a more resource-efficient Britain asserts that the development of resource efficiency will, unlike previous industrial transitions, require more labor.Significantly, the report says that regions where unemployment is…
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    Sustainablog

  • Super Bowl To Kick Off Food Waste Recycling Efforts In Phoenix

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Phoenix will use this weekend's Super Bowl as a high-profile venue to kick off municipal efforts at food waste recycling and composting The post Super Bowl To Kick Off Food Waste Recycling Efforts In Phoenix appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Mexican start-up Cronology has developed a technology for creating paper from recycled plastic bottles and minerals that's 4 times cheaper than normal The post Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Prison Recycling Program Saves County $10,000 A Year

    Stephen Hanley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    A prison recycling program has reduced waste sent to the landfill and composts food waste. It saves the taxpayers almost $10,000 a year The post Prison Recycling Program Saves County $10,000 A Year appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Turning Rice Straw Into Sustainable Materials For Building

    Important Media Cross-Post
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Rice straw, an agricultural byproduct often burned as waste, is now being used to create sustainable materials for home and shelter building The post Turning Rice Straw Into Sustainable Materials For Building appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Five Social Media Campaigns That Raise Awareness About Food Waste

    Talancia Pea
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    These five social media campaigns, complete with hashtags, focus on building awareness of food waste, hunger, & ideas for reusing edible leftovers The post Five Social Media Campaigns That Raise Awareness About Food Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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  • Obama acts alone on climate

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Nature: The collapse of legislation to reduce US greenhouse-gas emissions was one of the most significant failures of President Barack Obama’s first term in office. Halfway through his second, in the face of an entrenched Republican majority on Capitol Hill, Obama is now trying to build an environ­mental legacy through actions that he can take without congressional approval. “Over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy to the way we use it,”...
  • Guinea's Ebola Numbers May Be Higher Than Reported

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Voice of America: The world breathed a sigh of relief after the release of the World Health Organization's latest findings on Ebola. It said the number of new cases over the past five months showed its first decline since the start of the epidemic a year ago in the three hardest hit countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. However, the international emergency response organization, International Rescue Committee, IRC, warned caution should be used when interpreting what the declining numbers really mean. Emmanuel...
  • Sea turtles victim 'alarming' flood plastics entering Australian water

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Guardian: Rates of marine animals needing treatment for ingesting plastic bags, balloons and other waste in Australian waters have “accelerated dramatically” in the past decade, according to veterinarians, the toll of more than five trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans largely unseen. The manager of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo wildlife hospital, Libby Hall, said unprecedented numbers of turtles were being treated by the centre. Some had consumed so much waste that they regularly excreted scraps...
  • Radical Evolution Isn't as Random as You'd Think

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Nature World: Evolutionary biologists have always wondered that if we were to hit that "restart" button, would things still turn out as they have? A new study says that's more than likely, as many species seem to have stumbled upon the same few saving-grace traits on their own accord. That's at least according to a study recently published in the journal Nature Genetics, which details how an international team of experts set out to investigate the evolutionary history of three groups of aquatic mammals - the...
  • Pollution may damage polar bear penile bones

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    RedOrbit: To put it plainly: human activity makes life difficult for polar bears. Climate change is destroying their habitat and dictating their diet. And now, as it turns out, we`re also hurting their penises. Well, our pollutants are hurting their penises, that is. Christian Sonne, professor in Veterinary Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Health at Aarhus University in Denmark, and his team connected high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) with low baculum (penile bone) density. PCBs were used for...
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • This Map Shows Why The Midwest Is Screwed

    Tim McDonnell
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The ongoing drought in California has been, among other things, a powerful lesson in how vulnerable America's agricultural sector is to climate change. Even if that drought wasn't specifically caused by man-made global warming, scientists have little doubt that droughts and heat waves are going to get more frequent and severe in important crop-growing regions. In California, the cost in 2014 was staggering: $2.2 billion in losses and added expenses, plus 17,000 lost jobs, according to a UC-Davis study. California is country's hub for fruits, veggies, and nuts. But what about the commodity…
  • Obama's Trip to India Shortened His Life by 6 Hours

    Tim McDonnell
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Over the weekend President Barack Obama was in India for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on nuclear power, trade, climate change, and other topics. The climate piece was, if not necessarily a letdown, certainly less exciting than Obama's wide-reaching deal with China in November. Crucially, the China deal included specific carbon emissions reduction targets; those were left out in India over Modi's (arguably justifiable) insistence that the country be able to aggressively expand its electricity infrastructure to fight poverty. Instead, India committed to expand its solar power…
  • This Is Not a Drill: 29 Million Brace for Massive, Historic Snowstorm

    Tim McDonnell
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Update: Monday, January 26, 6:35 p.m. EST: This was the scene outside our office this afternoon. Yikes! Update: Monday, January 26, 6:00 p.m. EST: From our friends at Climate Central, here's a little background on the weather forces behind the storm and how they relate to man-made climate change: The low pressure area at the heart of the storm is tracking along the East Coast in a way that lets it exploit the contrast between the cold air over land and the warmth of the oceans, which are running more than 2°F warmer than normal along much of the coast, said Kevin Trenberth, a…
  • One Perfect Tweet Sums Up Why Climate Denial in Congress Is So Dangerous

    Tim McDonnell
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Here's the good news: Yesterday the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment to the Keystone XL bill that says "climate change is real and not a hoax." Good work, ladies and gentlemen! Glad we got that on the record, only 25 years after scientists agreed on it. Here's the bad news: Turns out the vote was just an excuse for James Inhofe (Okla.) to say, as he has many times before: Sure, climate change is real. The climate changes all the time. But humans aren't the cause. His evidence for this dismissal of the mainstream scientific consensus? The bible. Oy vey. Now here's the…
  • Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? The Answer May Lie in Your Twitter Stream

    Kiera Butler
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Of the many illnesses that plague Americans, heart disease is the deadliest—and one of the toughest to predict. Epidemiologists have long used surveys and clinical data to tease out genetic factors from lifestyle risks such as diet, smoking, and stress, with little success. But a new study shows that there might be a better tool to assess heart disease: Twitter. A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Psychological Science analyzed tweets and health data from 1,300 counties across the United States. The researchers found that negative tweets—those expressing fatigue,…
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  • Inside the micro-apartments of America's oldest indoor shopping mall

    mhickman
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
     
  • Seal pup learns to live without eyesight

    lmoss
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    A blind harbor seal pup that was rescued off the coast of Homer, Alaska, is now learning basic behaviors at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.   Bryce was found stranded on the beach in August 2014, and veterinary staff think he suffered a head trauma that caused his blindness.  
  • I heart the Fitbit Charge HR, and here's why

    mdestries
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    This past week, under the stars and accompanied by a 10-degree wind chill, I found myself walking my neighborhood in pursuit of a goal that only 24 hours earlier would never have crossed my mind. I was on a mission. Not a mission to find some unfortunate lost animal or to seek peace to resolve some internal crisis, but a mission for steps — hundreds, maybe even thousands, of steps. Somewhere, my competitor was doing the same thing; and with only two hours left in the day, I wasn’t about to lose my first fitness band challenge. I was officially hooked.  
  • Why a heat pump is a good idea

    networx
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    The name "heat pump" is misleading. This appliance actually does an efficient job of both heating and cooling your home. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, a heat pump functions by moving heat, rather than generating hot or cold air. This heat may be sourced from the air (the most common type, also known as "air-to-air"), water, or earth (geothermal). In winter, your heat pump will transfer warm air into your home, while in the summer, it will move warm air out.
  • Museum turns down the volume for autistic kids

    jsavedge
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The arches of the Pacific Science Center glow red in 2007. (Photo: Andrew Siguenza/flickr)  
 
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  • Green Jobs: Yingli, Plug Power, Smart Wires, Onzo, SunShare, Alevo, CalCom

    Eric Wesoff
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    Onzo, a startup focused on energy data analytics, has named Spencer Rigler as CEO. Rigler was previously VP of energy management at Elster, a global provider of gas, electricity and water meters. As we've reported, "Hardware-centric energy management firms such as Tendril, EnergyHub and Onzo have had to make drastic pivots in product and channel strategy in order to stay in the hunt for the customer. Finding a profitable business plan that navigates utility spend cycles, regulatory shifts and energy customer behavior has proven challenging."        …
  • EnergySavvy Picks Up Efficiency Projects at Salt River Project, New Mexico Utilities

    Katherine Tweed
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    EnergySavvy continues to ink energy efficiency deals with large utility clients. Its energy efficiency platform will be used by Salt River Project, Public Service of New Mexico and New Mexico Gas Company, according to news released today. Salt River Project, in particular, is a utility known for its high customer satisfaction and innovation in what it offers its customers. It has had a successful time-of-use pricing and pre-pay program, long before smart meters were commonplace. “[Salt River Project] is in a category of utilities where the customer journey doesn’t end,” said…
  • The Case for Long-Duration Storage: Net Electricity Load in Calif. Is 5 Years Ahead of Schedule

    Julie Blunden
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    On January 11, 2015, a rather unremarkable Sunday earlier this month, the California Independent System Operator’s daily duck curve was approximately 1,500 megawatts below where it is projected to be in 2020.   That’s the midday statistic. Overnight, the daily duck curve was about 3,000 megawatts below the 2020 forecast. That means that CAISO is operating the grid, this month, at net load (that is the system demand less solar and wind generation) more than five years ahead of forecast.  California needs more energy storage to match the duck curve Experiencing this…
  • Bidgely’s New Real-Time Energy Disaggregation Tools

    Jeff St. John
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    Energy disaggregation is one of those groundbreaking new technologies that utilities are still figuring out how to use. Analyzing a simple, whole-home energy data stream to discern just how much power is being used specifically for heating, cooling, lighting and appliances is certainly something they’re excited about. But they’re also looking for tools that turn that information into value, both for themselves and for their customers. On Tuesday, disaggregation startup Bidgely announced a new set of products that help underscore how this move from technology to tools is taking…
  • Fenix Wins $12.6M to Grow Solar, LEDs, Batteries and Entrepreneurs in Africa

    Eric Wesoff
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    Fenix International, a supplier of small, solar-powered charging systems for off-grid African communities, closed a $12.6 million Round B from investors including GDF Suez, Schneider Electric, Orange France Telecom, Tom Dinwoodie and Warner Philips. Fenix has also won grants from the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund and the GSMA Foundation. Other past investors include AlphaMundi and Persistent Energy Partners. For many of GTM's readers, "grid edge" describes the shift to a modernized grid with distributed energy resources and customer energy management.  But for customers in Uganda,…
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  • Celebrating Film, Music and Technology at The Chalet in Park City this Week

    Andy Rhodes
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    The Dell Precision team is off to Park City, Utah today and gearing up for a two-day celebration of film, music and technology in partnership with Pitchfork, the leading voice in independent music, and some of our top partners Intel, RED and Adobe. Taking place during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Dell and Pitchfork’s The Chalet will feature filmmaker panels and presentations led by Pitchfork’s sister publication the Dissolve; Dell and Intel film and video editing demos; a VIP filmmaker dinner and reception to celebrate the creators behind some of this year’s top films at…
  • The Future of ‘Anypoint’ Management Has Arrived

    Dave Kloba
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    By this time each January, many people have abandoned their New Year’s resolutions in favor of familiar, hard-to-break habits. When it comes to navigating the rising tide of mobile and smart devices connected to corporate networks, however, IT departments can’t afford to fall back on old behaviors. The proliferation of BYOD, Internet of Things and mobile devices in the workplace requires organizations to make “anypoint” systems management a top priority in 2015. According to a recent Dimensional Research survey, nearly 90 percent of the more than 700 IT professionals…
  • Tools for Big Data and Cloud Analytics

    John Swainson
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Businesses are at risk of drowning in data.  In recent years, there has literally been an explosion of the amount of data available to businesses about their customers, their inventory, and the state of their production, logistics and transmission systems.  All of this data, be it from social media, transactional systems or monitoring and control systems is only useful to the extent that it can be aggregated, integrated and analyzed to produce business insights. While a recent study by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) indicates that literally every company, large and…
  • Dell is Ready to Enter the Next Era with Microsoft Windows 10

    Laura P. Thomas
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    On January 21, our partner Microsoft shared a preview of the next chapter of Windows at an event held on their Redmond Microsoft campus. We’re excited to continue partnering closely with them, as they deliver the next version of Windows – Windows 10. A lot of you are also excited for it, and have been asking us about availability, drivers, upgrades, etc. While we can’t provide more details on Windows 10 beyond what Microsoft shared, we can talk about our current Windows devices such as our new multiple-award-winning XPS 13 and our recently-updated Latitude portfolio of…
  • Why Advancing the Circular Economy for IT Matters

    Trisa Thompson, VP—Corp. Responsibility
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Today, we live in a mostly linear economy, one in which we take, make, consume and dispose of natural resources daily. The end result? Trash and diminishing natural resources. This model is not sustainable. Over the next 30 years, three billion people will enter the middle class, which means there will be three billion new consumers of more stuff, including technology. This is great news for both IT and the prospect of eradicating poverty, but it also forces us to become much more thoughtful and focused on maximizing the resources that are available.  A circular economy aims to decouple…
 
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    Orion Magazine

  • Concrete Progress: The Electric Car’s Necessary Next Step

    Scott Gast
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    Concrete Progress is an ongoing series of columns by Peter Brewitt devoted to exploring America’s infrastructure. It is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project. The first time I saw a Tesla ... The post Concrete Progress: The Electric Car’s Necessary Next Step appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • The Tricky Business of Edward Abbey Fandom

    Scott Gast
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    The legendary writer, troublemaker, and lover of Western landscapes, Edward Abbey, is the subject of David Gessner’s piece in the Lay of the Land section of the January/February 2015 issue of ... The post The Tricky Business of Edward Abbey Fandom appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • Welcome to Wolf Country

    Scott Gast
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Last year, OR7, the first wild wolf to roam California in nearly a century, met his mate and started a pack in southern Oregon. Sightings of another wolf in the area ... The post Welcome to Wolf Country appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • The Long Swindle

    Scott Gast
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    Journalist and historian Judith Nies’s story “The Black Mesa Syndrome,” about how the U.S. government coerced the Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes into relinquishing land sought by mining interests, appeared in ... The post The Long Swindle appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • “Triangulation,” a Video Poem

    Scott Gast
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Elizabeth Bradfield’s poem “Historic Numbers of Right Whales Skim Feeding Off Cape Cod” appeared in the March/April 2012 issue of Orion; this fall, she created a video for this and two ... The post “Triangulation,” a Video Poem appeared first on Orion Magazine.
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Will China’s Mining of the Moon Make It the Indisputable Global Power?

    Leon Kaye
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Chinese space exploration program, now targeting the moon, has some enthusiasts excited over the viability of mining helium-3 as a safe form of energy.
  • Solar PV: Own or Lease?

    Andrew Burger
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory tackles the issue in two new studies.
  • Why This Top College Apparel Company Pays Living Wages

    Nayelli Gonzalez
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    In an industry that manufactures most of its apparel in developing countries at unlivable wages, Alta Gracia Apparel – a clothing factory in the Dominican Republic that pays employees 300 percent above the legal minimum wage – is a one-of-a-kind social enterprise.
  • Marketing for Good: The (Often Overlooked) Power of Design

    3p Contributor
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Good design makes complicated things simple. Great design does it while inspiring us. Think of the first time you spun an iPod thumb wheel and realized you wouldn’t need instructions to figure this thing out. These experiences stop us in our tracks with the realization there are smart people out there using their powers for good.
  • U.N. Global Compact Expels Hundreds for Non-Compliance

    Jan Lee
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    The U.N. Global Compact, the United Nations' sustainability initiative, won some and lost some at the end of 2014 -- literally. While its membership is now up to more than 8,000, it is still having a problem with ensuring that members file the very reports that show whether the UNGC is succeeding in its goals. The expulsions for 2014 amount to just under 8 percent of UNGC's total membership.
 
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  • Am we Responsible If The Insurance Exchange Flubs My Subsidy?

    Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:18 pm
    i If a health sell gets your funding wrong, you’ll be a one who has to arrange it out. ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption itoggle caption ImageZoo/Corbis If a health sell gets your funding wrong, you’ll be a one who has to arrange it out. ImageZoo/Corbis Insurance and a subsidies accessible to buy it can be confusing. Here are some answers to new questions from people who are using into problems with premiums and taxation credits on their marketplace plans. My 63-year-old father has Alzheimer’s disease. Our annual income is $41,000, from a multiple of his Social Security…
  • Economy Watch: Low Energy Prices Boost Restaurant Sector

    Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    January 26, 2015 By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor More jobs and reduce gas prices: that’s a recipe for a sequence grill zone to do better, and by prolongation their stream and destiny landlords to do better, as bondage expand. Last year finished on a on a high note for a sequence grill industry, with Dec recording a best same store-sales in 3 years, and a fourth entertain branch in a best same-store sales formula in 6 years, according to Black Box Intelligence data. Black Box produces a Restaurant Industry Snapshot as a gathering of sales and trade formula from some-more than 190…
  • High appetite Seconds get a improved of Holywood with aggressive display

    Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    After their initial win of a New Year, Bann Seconds trafficked to Lisburn for their second compare opposite Holywood Seconds. The compare started strongly with some good aggressive moves from Kerri Patterson (back In her lucky position) and Helen Monaghan with some illusory goals scored in a sharpened circle. Along with a illusory defensive bid from Rachel Ryan and a newly returned Claire Lilley, Bann combined a smashing early lead. At a finish of a initial quarter, Elaine Connery altered into GK and during a second quarter, Bann’s counterclaim excelled, holding some unequivocally good…
  • Budget Office Slashes Estimated Cost of Health Coverage

    Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    To save articles or get newsletters, alerts or recommendations – all free. Don’t have an comment yet?Create an comment » Subscribed by iTunes and need an NYTimes.com account?Learn some-more » The post Budget Office Slashes Estimated Cost of Health Coverage appeared first on EnergyBloggers.
  • Low appetite prices take fee on WPX operations

    Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    Maureen McMullen | Shale Plays Media With dropping appetite prices, oil companies have taken a strike from low prices in Colorado. The mercantile opinion is equally dour for healthy gas companies, including Tulsa-based WPX Energy. The association announced on a blog Thursday a operations will postponement for a time being to try liberation from income losses. Image pleasantness of WPX Energy “Today’s reduce commodity prices (see chart) are inspiring what we can do. Last year we saw healthy gas prices over $4 per Mcf,” a blog post said. “Now we’re saying prices drop next $3. These…
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  • Bullying on Bus 10: a conversation

    Katy
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Last week something beautiful and surprising happened. I offered a short story that I wrote about vicious bus bullying in middle school to readers who pre-ordered my upcoming book called The Order of the Trees. The story– sometimes called Out of the Trash Heap, and sometimes simply Bus 10, is a raw and unflinching look at a junior high bus filled with harassment, bullying, and torment. It is based on many true events from my youth. I sent out copies as folks commented, holding my breath, and wondering if it was a good idea. Then the comments started appearing. People from my hometown…
  • Kidscounter: Safe, Non-Toxic, Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash

    Katy
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Do you really know what is in your child’s shampoo or conditioner? Probably not. That is because most products from major companies and corporations don’t have to disclose all the ingredients in their products. Sometimes, chemicals are the byproducts of other ingredients.  And many of these ingredients can be harmful to human health. Yes, something we buy to use on our kids, and we don’t even have the right to know what’s in them. Thankfully many parents and environmental groups haven’t accepted this. Chemicals such as formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane are being…
  • Coming Soon: The Order of the Trees from Green Writer’s Press

    Katy
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    This weekend I posted on Facebook some news I have had under my hat for awhile. I am thrilled (and a bit nervous!) to announce that Green Writer’s Press, a homegrown, Vermont publisher with a focus on “authors who want to make the world a better place” will be publishing my first middle level/young adult novel in May. The book is called The Order of the Trees– and is about Cedar, who was found as a baby under an old growth tree in the Vermont woods. This is the story of her sixth grade year, her first true friend, and how their fate is connected to the magical woods in…
  • Interview with Beth Terry, Author of How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

    Katy
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    (First posted at Earth911.) Meet Beth Terry, the brains behind the blog My Plastic Free Life.  Inspired by a dramatic photo of a dead sea bird whose insides were riddled with plastic, Terry was spurred into action to eliminate her personal plastic use. My Plastic Free Life is an often funny and always inspiring blog where Beth documents her journey towards completely eliminating plastic from her life.  Is that even possible in our current society?  Read her blog to find out!  All her acquired knowledge is the basis for her bookPlastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and You Can Too.
  • Happy holidays! (plus new resources and healthier products from BeautyCounter)

    Katy
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    It has been another great year here at Non-Toxic Kids. As you know I have been advocating for a toxin-free environment for kids since the birth of my second daughter 7 years ago. I have written extensively for the need to reform our outdated and dysfunctional toxics laws and have been active on the issue here in Vermont and nationwide. With your voice we are making a big difference!  Just take these recent successes, for example. Through my partnerships with non-profits such as Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and the Breast Cancer Fund I learned of a new company called BeautyCounter that is…
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  • Safe, Natural, Nourishing DIY Hand Sanitizer

    Tiffany
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I am not a fan of conventional, waterless hand sanitizers. They are loaded with nasty ingredients that I would rather not rub all over my hands, or on my children’s hands. And yet this is the time of year when products such as this are sorely needed…when germs and illness are being spread around like party favors. Hand washing and good old soap and water are still king but there will be times when soap and water are not at hand or when a trip to the bathroom isn’t possible, so I see the benefit of safe and natural hand sanitizers. For me there are a couple options. I use…
  • What I Do When I Get Hives

    Tiffany
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I didn’t always get hives. My issues with these horrible, itchy little buggars began sometime after my cancer diagnosis and treatment. Some time after that rough patch in my life I started to break out in hives every now and again. I am not sure why I get them either. If you do an Internet search on the cause you will find dozens of possible explanations…allergy, liver damage, stress, lupus, food sensitivity…you name it. I don’t know what to make of all these possibilities so I don’t even worry about it. I only break out in hives a handful of times a year,…
  • Gifts for the Manliest of Men On Valentine’s Day

    Tiffany
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I recently read an article about a new term for some men called Lumbersexual. I got a real kick out of it because it fits my husband to a tee. The definition is something along the lines of a metro-sexual who has the need to hold on to some outdoor based rugged-ness, and a finely trimmed beard. My husband often looks as though he just stepped out of an L.L. Bean catalog. He rocks the flannels, boots, and the beard. He is a real manly man…my Grizzly Adams, who looks a little less Grizzly and a bit more Adam Levine. I adore every manly inch of him. I wouldn’t be caught dead…
  • Getting Romantic with Feng Shui and Essential Oils

    Tiffany
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The excitement and passion we feel when a relationship is new is like no other feeling. You literally feel as though you could exist on love alone…who needs food and water when you are lost in love? It is an amazing high for sure but like all highs…there are also lows. Those feelings of passion and lust resemble a fire but as a relationship grows and matures we are left with embers…warm and constant. There is nothing wrong with those steady embers but sometimes we want to stir them up a bit and create some flames. The embers may even start to cool as we go through various phases of our…
  • A Guide to Home Flooring Types

    Tiffany
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    When you are buying a new home or fixing up your current one there are numerous things to consider. Just one of them is flooring, but this is a biggie. You have to consider price, how long it will last, how easy it will be to install, and how easy it will be to clean and maintain. Hardwood floors are the desire of many because they look so good and they last so long. They are also quite pricey though. Vinyl is pretty cheap but how long until someone scuffs it up or tears it? It is also ugly. Carpet is not too expensive but it is a major pain to keep clean. What do you do with all these…
 
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Privilege in the Eco-World

    Eco Yogini
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    EcoYogini considers balancing the financial cost of living green...After years of reading posts from green bloggers trying to dispel the "myth" of costly green living, I am very aware that the great majority of green bloggers out there believe that eco=frugal.And I agree, to some extent.The "R" of "Reduce" really brings this point home- the less we consume for the most part the more we save in money.But what I find unendingly frustrating is the lack of discussion around what the other "cost" may be, and how some of us (many of us) are unable to meet that cost. Oh I know many of you will read…
  • Can the Environmentalist and the Climate Change Denier Be Friends?

    Green Bean
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.Last week, I had an exchange with a Twitter user that got me thinking.  The other party lauded efforts to reduce our impact on the environment and clearly cared about conservation, reducing pollution and waste, renewable energy but was not convinced that the climate is changing.  The user pondered: "why don't we focus on not polluting for polluting's sake". That same day, I listened to an interview with a fisherman in Alaska.  When this gentlemen tells people that he is with Trout Unlimited, people respond, "What are you?  An…
  • Will the Best Chocolate Please Stand Up?

    Amber Strocel
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The Climate Crusader tries to understand cocoa labeling.I love chocolate - and I'm far from alone. Chocolate is awesome. However, some of the practices used in growing chocolate are not so sweet. Forced child labor, human trafficking, pesticide use, low wages for farmers ... the list goes on.Fortunately, there are organizations that work to certify chocolate, so that you can have some independent assurance that your treat doesn't carry a very high cost for someone else or for the planet. But what do these labels actually mean - and which one is the best? I recently did a little bit of digging…
  • Guilt Free Coffee

    Christy
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter waxes poetic about her French press. I have a love/hate relationship with my morning cup of coffee. I have kicked the habit, or at least taken a break from the habit, for years at a time, but I always seem to return to my beloved cup of joe.I've never gone the espresso machine route (always out of my price range) but over the years I've tried several coffee makers. Some I've loved more than others, but each one of them eventually lost its lustre. After my latest round of caffeine detox I took a long hard look at my coffee machine. The carafe was glass, but all…
  • Eating Locally in 2015

    Mindful Echo
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Mindful Echo's ongoing resolution to eat locally gets easier in 2015I've mentioned previously that my fridge and pantry are filled primarily with eggs, meat, and produce that I receive as part of several subscriptions to a local farm's Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program. I'm so fortunate to live in a region with access to this kind of program and so much delicious local food!While the CSA great way for my family to depend on staples, it doesn't cover all the ingredients necessary for regular complete meals. When I need dairy, dried goods, grains, etc. (and by etc. I mean treats), I…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • 20 Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipes

    greenandcleanmom
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    It’s National Chocolate Cake Day! In honor of such a special and delicious day I wanted to provide you with 20 healthy chocolate cake recipes. Yes, healthy or healthier. We all have our own version of what is healthy or acceptable but I think you’ll find something for your liking below or at least you can adapt a recipe to fit your version of healthy. Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.20 Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipes The post 20 Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipes appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Valentine’s Day Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink

    greenandcleanmom
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’m trying to plan a special dinner for my family. Valentine’s Day is my husband’s birthday so I like to make an extra special dinner to celebrate the love of my life. One of the things I’ll be serving with dinner is a special Non-Alcoholic Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink. Something the entire family can drink together that we don’t have Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Valentine’s Day Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink The post Valentine’s Day Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Frugal Fashion Hacks for Looking Good on a Budget

    greenandcleanmom
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Fashion, really isn’t my thing or at least it wasn’t years ago.  I’m trying though and over the years and with my sister’s help and Pinterest…I am improving. I wouldn’t say I’m a fashion nightmare. No, I can dress well and have a closet full of nice clothes. I have inspiration and a Stitch Fix subscription, which I buy at least one piece from each Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Frugal Fashion Hacks for Looking Good on a Budget The post Frugal Fashion Hacks for Looking Good on a Budget appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Green Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances

    greenandcleanmom
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    Green cleaning your stainless steel appliances does not have to be hard or expensive! I hate smudges on my shiny stainless steel appliances. I can’t help it, it just drives me NUTS. A long time ago I was a  bit over the top about it. Someone would touch the fridge and I’d go all OCD on them. It was one way of keeping them out Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Green Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances The post Green Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • How to Makeover an Old Bookcase

    greenandcleanmom
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    Some have said I’m not crafty. I roll my eyes at them. I am too. I’m creative and I like to try my hands at new projects. I just might not always follow the directions and goof up a time or two. That’s okay.  Which is when I wanted to give an old bookcase a makeover; I kept my little project quiet. I didn’t want Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.How to Makeover an Old Bookcase The post How to Makeover an Old Bookcase appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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    GreenStyleMom

  • Mini Goals Week of 1.25.15

    Greenstylemom
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Want all my excuses why I didn't get stuff done this week? MLK threw me off, then we had lots of snow with delays/cancellations. Feel like I'm still recovering from all those changes. But there is always this next weekContinue to clean out email inbox (progress, but now quite to goal of 15. Current inbox: 20)Finish a little, homemade giftAsk feed store about chickensOrder photos for Kate's roomEmail swim instructor*Call about school shadowing for Kate*Make acupuncture appointment*Make appointment with lawyer to revise wills (discussed, have to fill out paperwork first, off…
  • This Makes Me Happy - Gift From Kate Today

    Greenstylemom
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:36 pm
    She thought it would make me laugh. And it did!❤️It will get a special place... Right next to the cleaning supplies!
  • Right Now - Mantle Jumping

    Greenstylemom
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Instead if skiing there is lots if climbing & jumping todayFingers crossed we don't break anything.
  • Homeschool Moment -Spelling

    Greenstylemom
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Kate doing spelling with Jack because my eyes were dilated & I was struggling to see the words
  • DayBook 1.19.15

    Greenstylemom
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    FOR TODAY - Happy MLK DayOutside my window... Looks lovely. I haven't checked the weather forecast, but I imagine it is going to warm up again today.I am hearing Tripper snoring with his head in my lap. The furnace.I am feeling... a little disappointed with what the scale told me this morning. I wasn't expecting great things because I didn't eat well over the weekend (lots of salt! Can I blame it on hormones??), but I didn't expect my weight to go up! For the second week in a row! (Okay, I know that I don't need to worry too much about this, but for self confidence reasons…
 
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  • Carrot Ginger Soup: Health Benefits in Each Warm Slurp

    Anna@Green Talk
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    I adore anything carrot–especially carrot ginger soup. When I saw a recipe in Edible Jersey from Jess Niederer of Chickadee Creek Farm, Pennington, New Jersey using carrots and ginger together, I thought to myself–soothing and immune boosting. What is not to love? Carrots and Ginger wallop a punch in the health arena.  Ginger may help to protect brain function may inhibit some forms of cancer fend off respiratory viruses and clear up congestion may offer bacterial benefits against some types of drug-resistant bacteria,  when combined with garlic and lime. Carrots, on the other…
  • Selling Cell Phones Online or at Stores. Keep out of Landfills.

    Anna@Green Talk
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A week ago, I wrote about recycling, donating, or selling your electronics. Phones are probably the easiest to sell since many people upgrade their phones every two years. I left my old phones in a drawer for a year and never thought they would be worth anything–but I was wrong. So, go and get those old phones, and I will walk you through how I made almost $75 on phones that must be at least three or more years old. (In “electronic-speak”–that’s grandma old.) But what I don’t want you to do is pitch those phones in a landfill. In 2012, the Center for…
  • Flooring Choices: My Durability, Cost, & Environmental Perpective

    Anna@Green Talk
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    When we built our house ten years ago, the choice of the right flooring was a huge decision. Not only did we look at the environmental aspect of each flooring choice but we also took into account durability and cost. It wasn’t easy.  Listed below were our flooring choices.  (Be sure to check out the infographic below that nicely summarizes your flooring options.) Some Background on our Flooring Choices. To give you some background, I live in New Jersey where dampness and humidity are not issues like in Florida. I also had four very active children under the age of 12 who had allergies…
  • How to Cook with Frozen Peppers from Summer Harvest

    Anna@Green Talk
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    I love growing and eating peppers. Unfortunately, pepper season ends around October in zone 6. So, how do I keep my pepper addiction alive during the winter? I freeze my summer harvest of peppers! Yep, I freeze them and use them the whole winter. Let me teach you how. Anna, come on. If you defrost the pepper, then it is going to be mushy.  Gross. How do you use them? How to Freeze Peppers Freezing pepper is really easy. All, I do, is put them in a bag or container. They don’t stick to each other like frozen tomatoes. However, your pepper can get freezer burn if you don’t close…
  • How to Get Rid of Old Electronics: Donate, Sell, or Recycle

    Anna@Green Talk
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Once I put the garden to bed in November, I start to see my house in a new light. I love this house, but this year it needs a super “de-cluttering.” We aren’t talking about simply re-arranging the pantry which I do every, single year–we are talking cleaning out the closets. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting a series on how to dispose of certain items you no longer want and how to keep them out of the landfill. This post focuses on how to get rid of old electronics. Did you realize that you could donate, giveaway or sell them? Old Electronics, Who Need a…
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    Mindful Momma

  • Etsy Finds: 8 Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids

    Micaela
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
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  • 4 Eco Indie Cleaning Brands to Add to Your Arsenal

    Micaela
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
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  • Which Veggie Will Be The Kale of 2015?

    Micaela
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
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  • Kind Eye: Safe Personal Care From Companies with a Conscience {Giveaway!}

    Micaela
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
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  • 8 Favorite Green & Healthy Instagramers

    Micaela
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
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    Chemically Green

  • Why Your Home Radon Test Might Not Be As Accurate As You Think

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    There’s one indoor air contaminant that holds the title as scariest and most dangerous of them all: radon. Radon is the byproduct of nuclear decay of elements like uranium or thorium that lay deep underground. It emanates to the earth’s surface as an odorless, colorless gas, which can collect inside homes and other structures. Coming in right behind smoking, exposure to radon is documented as the second largest cause of lung cancer worldwide. If you’re testing for radon in your home, here a couple reasons why your test’s accuracy might not be as accurate as you think. There are also…
  • 4 Flabbergasting Facts About Fracking

    Like New
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    2014 brought some of the highest levels of oil production in the United States that the country has ever seen. And hydraulic fracturing, known colloquially as fracking, is the technology that’s mostly responsible. However, the more prevalent it becomes the more it’s criticized by activists and environmental advocates. Politics aside, here are five of the most incredible facts about fracking in the U.S. You Can See Fracking From Space Photo via Dr. Asanobu Kitamoto and the National Institute of Informatics The Bakken Formation, which is located primarily in North Dakota, is one of the…
  • Preserving Australia’s Natural Treasures for Future Generations

    Like New
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    The country of Australia contains some of the worlds greatest natural treasures, scattered across its nearly 3 million square miles of space. Many people around the world have heard of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral barrier reef in the world. The Great Barrier Reef contains 2,900 individual reefs which are host to hundreds of species of coral, fish, and marine wildlife, making it one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. (Source: Paul D’Ambra) You’ve likely also heard of the rugged Australian outback. While at a glance the outback may appear devoid of life,…
  • How to Start Growing Plants Indoors With Hydroponics

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Commercial growers have been using hydroponics to cultivate tasty fruits and vegetables without relying on Mother Nature for years. Take a look at some labels the next time you’re browsing through the produce section at your local grocer. You’ll find that all kinds of fresh foods, including tomatoes, lettuces, and herbs, often come from a commercial hydroponic facilities. Hydroponics allow for the cultivation of robust, healthy plants in an indoor environment, and it’s a technology that isn’t just limited to the pros. You can set up a hydroponics system of your own and have fresh eats…
  • Why North Dakota Is Now America’s Wealthiest State

    Like New
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    If somebody asked you to name something exciting about North Dakota, what would it be? Not to put down the state as a whole, but most people might struggle to answer that question. Out of the 50 States in the Union, North Dakota isn’t exactly known for thriving culture or bustling metropolises. Well, as luck would have it, something exciting started happening in North Dakota about 10 years ago: the biggest domestic oil boom since the 70s. Keep reading to find out how it turned North Dakota into the richest state in the country. Shale Changed Everything Oil producers have been drilling shale…
 
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Things to do in Prescott, Arizona with Your Kids

    Dawn Head
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    When it comes to exploring new places, I like traveling by car best and being on the road to Prescott, Arizona with your kids. Recently, I packed up the family to visit Prescott, Arizona. It’s a small city with a picturesque downtown and plenty of outdoor recreation. With lots of things to entice the kids,… Read more The post Things to do in Prescott, Arizona with Your Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Top 5 Ways Gyms Can Go Green and Save Money Too

    Alice Benny
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    It seems like most industries have jumped on the eco-friendly bandwagon. Everywhere you look, there are LEED certified hotels, museums and office buildings. Companies of every type are looking for new and innovative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We believe there are ways gyms can go green too. There are many Benefits for Gyms who… Read more The post Top 5 Ways Gyms Can Go Green and Save Money Too appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Top Things to do in Denver with Kids

    Dawn Head
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Colorado is a fantastic vacation destination for families with children, especially Denver with kids. Most people come for the skiing, hiking, and camping. There is also lots to do in Colorado’s capital and largest city, Denver. The high altitude and dry climate of the Mile High City make for a pleasant location for enjoying different types… Read more The post Top Things to do in Denver with Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Shopping Tips for Environmentally Friendly Green Furniture

    Alice Benny
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Growing number of consumers are becoming concerned with environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of their life. This concern now encompasses environmentally friendly green furniture that they bring into their homes. The furnishings are a large part of what turns a house into a home. While some people who favor an ultra-modern look may opt for materials… Read more The post Shopping Tips for Environmentally Friendly Green Furniture appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Family Road Trip Southwest Colorado and Durango

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

  • Make Medicine Not So Bad

    Monica
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    How many of you have little ones that adamantly refuse to take their doctor prescribed medicine, because it tastes “gross”???  I know my girls have had issues with many a medication sent home to make them “all better”. Sometimes it’s a battle to get them to take it, and even though they’re little, I wished that just one little pill would take the place of that liquid so it didn’t have to be such a battle. Well, now there’s something that just might make giving your little one medicine a little bit easier, but no, it’s not a pill……
  • New BioTerra Herbs Dietary Supplements

    Monica
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    I recently got the chance to check out a new product, available now at Walmart stores, and on Walmart.com. Dietary Supplements from BioTerra Herbs. BioTerra Herbs is a Drug-free herbal product line that is non-GMO Project Verified, so you know it’s high quality, natural  and effective. Not only is this product made in the USA, these supplements are Dairy free as well as Gluten free and vegan-friendly. Get your whole family back on track with these herbal symptom-based trusted formulas with a 60 count supply for only $14.99 in stores and online at Walmart.com. Check out the video below for…
  • Awesome DIY- Faux Makeup For Your Little Princess

    Monica
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    A friend of mine posted something that she did recently, and I thought it was the coolest idea ever!!!! So, I asked if she’d mind writing up a DIY to share with all of you… She agreed, and so here we have DIY- Faux Makeup for your little princess by Rett, Founder of Mommy Solutions, LLC!!! ————————————— Charles Caleb Colton said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” If you have children you know this to be true. Of my seven children, my two youngest are girls. My threenager, who I refer to…
  • Get Your Taxes Done For Less- and While You Shop!

    Monica
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    It’s that time of year again… The dreaded Tax Season… Yeah we all love to hate this time of the year. Some will be lucky enough to get some money back, others of us, will probably have to pay something back. Either way, it has to be done. Walmart has the Tax Essentials that you need to get your taxes filed quickly, and affordably. Walmart wants to make things a little easier for your and they can help you with your taxes. Walmart can help you prepare and file your taxes quickly and accurately to maximize your tax refund. Walmart has all the essentials you need to file taxes…
  • Designer Style Glasses- Not Designer Brand Prices

    Monica
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Do you wear glasses or contacts? If you do, then you’re probably aware at how much they can cost! I typically get my glasses and contacts from my optometrist’s office, and even with insurance, my cost can still be in the $100 range. Why? Because typically, optometrist offices carry the name brands! We’re talking Coach, Juicy, Ray-Ban, etc… and you’re paying for the name. That’s all. Nothing really special.. Just a name brand printed on the side of the frame. I recently had the chance to check out a new selection of glasses frames at Walmart, and it was…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Question everything

    Veshengro
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We live in an age where people, to a large extent, have become rather gullible once again, believing everything the governments and media tell them. Before the so-called enlightenment it was the church that could not be questioned – at pain of death, literally – and whatever the church said was believed and had to be believed and under feudalism it was the same. Then came the so-called enlightenment and “modernity” and people began to question of what they had been told and what they were being told by leaders, church, state and the newspapers. For some…
  • 'Reduce waste, buy packaged' crusade looks to bust food waste myths

    Veshengro
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A campaign to educate consumers about the role that packaging can play in reducing food waste launched apparently in later summer 2013 to counter negative public perception on the issue. INCPEN, the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment, has launched 'The Good, The Bad and The Spudly' initiative in response to growing awareness of wasteful food habits, both in the home and throughout the supply chain. Jane Bickerstaffe, the director of INCPEN argued that used wisely, packaging kept food fresher for longer and that over the past 20 years, material…
  • Cargo bikes continue to spread, now in UK department stores

    Veshengro
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    In yet another sign that cargo bikes really are everywhere, UK department store John Lewis is now carrying cargo bikes from Dutch brand Johnny Loco. For those outside the UK, this story probably doesn't hold that much significance. But as someone who grew up in the UK, I can attest that John Lewis was the first port of call for my mum when we went shopping for kids clothes, gifts, and just about everything else. When mainstream retail locations like John Lewis get on the bandwagon, it's exposing a whole new audience to these powerful transportation tools. Currently included in their line up…
  • Study links certain parenting tactics to increased materialism later in life

    Veshengro
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    If you want to raise appreciative and grateful children, here's what NOT to do. The temptation to use holiday gifts as bribery to ensure kids’ good behaviour is hard to resist. It’s a time of year when emotions run high. Stressed parents are busy shopping and wrapping gifts, and many kids come up with absurdly detailed lists of items they’d like (or even expect) to receive. Decent behaviour would seem a logical trade for all the effort parents put in to make the holidays good for their kids. A new study, however, urges parents to avoid this temptation. The manipulation of material…
  • Homemade Laundry Detergent and Gift Idea!

    Veshengro
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Laundry soap is expensive! I walked down the soap aisle of a store as a young mother and just cried while looking at the prices of laundry detergent. It was so expensive for our tight budget! On top of price, we all have high allergies and soap is packed full of scents and stuff that we are allergic to. I felt defeated. Then a friend of mine mentioned she had made her own laundry soap. I was thrilled--I may have hugged her for joy! I discovered quickly that making laundry soap was super cost effective, low on the allergens scale, and totally liberating as a budget conscious mother! Cost…
 
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    SolarFeeds

  • Hawaii’s Biggest Utility Wants to End Net Metering Even as it Plans to Triple Rooftop Solar

    SolarFeeds
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Last week Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) announced its plan to triple the amount of rooftop solar in its service area on Maui, Oahu and the Big Island. At the same time however, it proposed gutting net metering—one of the most popular incentive programs to support the expansion of rooftop solar power across the country. The utility filed its proposal with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission last week. In its proposal it outlined its plans to move from the current net metering scheme for rooftop solar under which it reimburses customers with rooftop solar power for the power they put…
  • India Gets Obama’s Backing for $160 Billion Solar Push

    SolarFeeds
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who pioneered India’s first solar incentives as chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, won backing from U.S. President Barack Obama for an expansion of the technology nationwide. Without giving any detail, Obama said the U.S. will “stand ready to speed this advancement with additional financing.” The remark was made at a press conference on Sunday in New Delhi as Modi reiterated his aim for India to install by 2022 five times as many photovoltaics as the U.S. has now. India’s ambition would require $160 billion, according to Arunabha Ghosh, chief…
  • For all the attractions of solar power, it shouldn’t blight

    SolarFeeds
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    If one were to draw up a list of the most benign technologies ever invented, it seems obvious that solar power would be near the top. Electricity produced merely by the action of sunlight falling on a silicon panel seems to be drawback-free – no moving parts to go wrong, no combustible materials and most important of all, no harmful emissions of noxious gases to damage human health, or wreck the Earth’s atmospheric balance. If we are to meet our commitments to deal with climate change through the switch to renewable energy, solar will be more necessary than ever. Yet the recent runaway…
  • Maine Legislature Considering Measures to Lower Solar Power Costs

    SolarFeeds
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine could increase the use of solar power for electricity, heating and cooling homes under measures before the state Legislature this year. Among the proposals under consideration, allowing more cooperation between individuals to generate solar energy, and providing rebates to lower costs and improve affordability. Advocates for solar energy in Maine say that the costs of photo-voltaic panels are going down, and efficiency of the systems is improving. And while at times it seems as though the sun disappears for long periods of time in this part of the U.S., Dylan Voorhees…
  • Worry for Solar Projects After End of Tax Credits

    SolarFeeds
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    For more than a year now, an enormous solar thermal power plant has been humming along in the Arizona desert, sending out power as needed, even well after sunset. The plant, called Solana, was developed by the Spanish energy and technology company Abengoa and has succeeded in meeting an elusive solar goal — producing electricity when the sun is not shining — and displacing fossil-fuel-based power in the grid. “With the sun going down at 6 or 7 o’clock at night, all the other forms of solar production are essentially going to zero,” said Brad Albert, general manager for resource…
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  • Pre-Fab Home for the Young and Single

    Christine Walsh
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    The construction firm Heijmans of Holland has just unveiled a prototype for a prefabricated home, which they plan to erect in city areas and rent out to single young people looking for their first home. This first version of the home is called Heijmans ONE and should be launched soon. The Heijmans ONE is a two-story home, which was designed by the Dutch firm MoodBuilders. The units measure 30 x 11.5 feet (9.2 x 3.5 m) and have a height of 19.3 feet (5.9 m). They are constructed mainly of wood, and feature an open plan ground floor housing a living room, kitchen and bathroom. The first floor…
  • Israel Gets a Shipping Container Student Village

    Christine Walsh
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    A brand new student village recently opened its doors in the town of Sderot in Israel. What sets it apart from other such villages is the fact that it was built entirely out of used shipping containers. All the work was also done by the students themselves, many with no prior construction experience, under the watchful eye of Ayalim, Israel’s largest youth organization. Construction started in June 2014 and by early December 2014, the units were ready for habitation. The village was built using 36 recycled shipping containers, which yielded 150 apartment units. The construction was done by…
  • Swiss Company Develops White Solar Cells

    Christine Walsh
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    A lot of effort has gone into developing transparent solar cells lately, since they could be attached to windows easily with no loss of light. But CSEM, a Swiss non-profit technology company, has now developed white solar cells, which can easily be integrated into a building’s walls. In fact, the solar panels CSEM developed can come in a variety of colors, and therefore cater to a number of architecture and design needs without any harm done to the aesthetic appearance of a building. However, the scientists spent the most time developing the white panels, since this color is the most…
  • Multi Volume Boxes That Can Instantly Transform Any Room Into an Apartment

    Christine Walsh
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Wouldn’t it be great to have a whole apartment at the snap of your fingers? Turns out you can, sort of. The Portugal-based design firm OODA has come up with innovative, unique free standing volumes, which can turn any room into a home, and can be folded down into a box for transport. OODA has recently transformed derelict buildings in the city of Porto into affordable accommodations for tourists and seasonal foreign students, by using these volumes. It sounds very futuristic, but these boxes open up to reveal a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, office, and storage space. And each of these spaces…
  • Minimods Are Modern Tiny Homes for the Environmentally Conscious

    Christine Walsh
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    The South American firm MAPA Architects recently unveiled the first of its Minimod (which is short for Minimal Modular) tiny homes, which can be used for a variety of purposes, from a tiny vacation home, to a hotel. In other words, these modular units are incredibly adaptable and can be assembled together to form a dwelling of any size. The separate units resemble shipping containers at first glance, but that is not what the company is using to construct them. A single Minimod measures 290 square feet (27 square meters) and is made up of four living spaces, namely a bedroom, a…
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  • Brazilian Bank Raises $408 Million for Renewable Energy and Water Projects

    Vanessa Dezem, Bloomberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    The Brazilian bank Itau Unibanco Holding SA raised 1.05 billion reais ($408 million) to finance renewable energy and water treatment projects.
  • First Week of February is "Solar Education Week"

    Gavi Keyles
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Across the country, college campuses are diving into sustainability issues: campus divestment movements, solar cars and Mt. Trashmores are just a few examples of how college students are showing the world that millennials are ready to take on the climate challenge. In 2014, RE-volv launched its Solar Ambassador Program, a year-long internship that
  • Converting Olive Mash into Bio Cash

    David Callahan, KTH The Royal Institute of Technology
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    An experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. Carina Lagergren, a researcher from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology, says the system shows a promising way forward for reducing environmental damage and converting organic waste to energy.
  • Climate Change: The Need for a More Consistent Baseline and Immediate Action

    Joel Stronberg, The JBS Group
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    The UN climate conference in Lima set the stage for Paris in 2015. Next year’s accord is to provide a working, albeit not a final, answer to the question: Is it possible to keep global warming at or below the 2 degree Celsius limit? This limit is considered the boundary beyond which the negative climatic, economic and social consequences of climate change are thought to become intolerably severe and potentially irreversible.
  • There Is Solar, And There Is Solar

    Mahesh Bhave, Indian Institute of Management
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    There is solar, and there is solar. Centralized solar generation — large fields of solar panels feeding electricity into the grid — must be distinguished from distributed generation, that is, photovoltaics on rooftops. At the public policy level, the distinction between the two options matters, but this, unfortunately, receives insufficient attention.
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s to Complete Kickoff to Rebuild Project, Super Bowl XLIX Event in Phoenix

    Linley Beckbridge
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Lowe’s volunteers construct a playground during Kickoff to Rebuild. PHOENIX, Ariz., January 27, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that helps improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners, will team up with Lowe’s to provide critical home repairs and help revitalize Phoenix’s Fillmore neighborhood for the 20th annual Kickoff to Rebuild, a Super Bowl XLIX-sanctioned event. The rebuild event Jan. 29-30 will be held in collaboration with Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun and Carter’s Kids Foundation. In celebration of the 20th Kickoff to…
  • Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps Celebrates the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

    Linley Beckbridge
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Members and alumni to provide a full week of service to the community Washington, D.C., January 15, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Members and alumni of Rebuilding Together’s AmeriCorps program, CapacityCorps, will dedicate the week of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service to rebuilding homes and revitalizing communities in Lafayette, La. In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, 65 AmeriCorps members serving with Rebuilding Together, along with program alumni and affiliate leaders, will come together…
  • Charter Communications Launches National Philanthropic Initiative, Charter Our Community

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

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

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

  • Soylent raises $20 million for its food-replacing smoothie

    Cactus Williams
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Who needs warm, delicious food when you can have nutritionally-balanced supplementary paste? That’s pretty much the whole idea behind Soylent, a two-year-old company that offers affordable alternatives to regular food that come in the form of a well-balanced smoothie. It may not sound appealing to some of you, but the company has remained profitable, pulling in millions of dollars a month through subscriptions, and it just pulled in $20 million in new funding in order to help expand its offerings. The funding couldn’t have come at a better time, because even though the company has been…
  • Electric cars may soon be powered by autonomous “metal snakes”

    Alfie Joshua
    1 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    If you were to take all of the inconveniences that come with owning an electric vehicle and make a list of them, I’m sure having to plug the vehicle into your wall when you come home would be somewhere at the bottom. Nonetheless, this miniscule inconvenience is still an inconvenience, which is why Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to announce that Tesla Motors has the solution. Tesla vehicles can charged by either plugging them into a wall outlet using an adaptor, which is the most common option, or by quickly juicing them up at one of the automaker’s “supercharger” stations that’re…
  • One man is using goats to recycle used Christmas trees

    Cactus Williams
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    As the holidays come to a close, people across the country are taking down their lights, packing away their decorations, and disposing of their Christmas trees. Although many families choose to put up fake, reusable trees on the holidays, many still take the more traditional approach of getting a real tree to decorate. The problem with method, aside from needlessly killing a tree, is that these trees almost always end up in a landfill or dumped on public property after Christmas comes to and end. A Reno man by the name of Vince Thomas was fed up with watching dead trees pile up every…
  • Researchers developed a farm for plastic-eating mushrooms

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

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

  • Gorgeous Catalan building renovated into an eco-friendly hostel in Barcelona

    Lidija Grozdanic
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Gorgeous Catalan building renovated into an eco-friendly hostel in Barcelona Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Barcelona, Catalan architecture, eco friendly hotel, eco hotel, eco-travel, green renovation, Petz Scholtus, social hub, Spain, Yök Casa + Cultura
  • Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to prevent future acts of genocide

    Lucy Wang
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Read the rest of Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to prevent future acts of genocide Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Auschwitz, berlin, Daniel Libeskind, deconstrucivist architecture, germany, Holocaust, Holocaust memorial, Holocaust monument, Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust Tower, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jewish culture, Jewish Museum, jewish museum berlin, memorial, Museum
  • The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    It turns out that solar isn’t just the way to go for power needs, but for jobs as well. While “green jobs” may not be a huge political buzz word this year, it should be – because the solar power jobs sector grew 20 times faster than any other sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, the number of solar jobs has surpassed the number of coal mining jobs – a hopeful sign for both alternative energy and job growth. Read the rest of The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg…
  • Man rebuilds the ancient city of Pompeii with 190,000 LEGO bricks!

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Ryan McNaught, aka The Brickman, was recently commissioned by the Nicholson Museum in Sydney, Australia to recreate the ancient city of Pompeii entirely from LEGO bricks! The exhibit, now on display in the museum, shows how Pompeii looked at the moment of destruction in A.D 79, how it looked when it was discovered in the 1700′s, and how it looks today. Read the rest of Man rebuilds the ancient city of Pompeii with 190,000 LEGO bricks! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient pompeii, building pompeii out of legos, lego, Lego bricks, lego building, lego museum piece, lego…
  • Obama protects 12.3 million acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against drilling

    Timon Singh
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    As President Obama put it in his State of the Union address, he has “no more campaigns left to run.” Therefore it looks like he is using his remaining time in office to make as much of a difference as possible. Amongst his final efforts are plans to keep potential drilling and exploitation out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world. Read the rest of Obama protects 12.3 million acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against drilling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post…
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

    Kate Wilson
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    When you hear the term “eco-friendly,” your mind might jump to advancements like solar panels, electric cars, and walls that keep heat inside. And, while these certainly fit the bill, they aren’t always the most budget-conscious options for everyday individuals who simply want to minimize their negative effects on the Earth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make your home a greener place without spending a ton of green. We’ve gathered ten tips for making your dwelling as eco-friendly as possible, even on the smallest of budgets. Turn Everything Off — Really Off You already…
  • Should Your Home Go Solar?

    Kate Wilson
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    Solar panels are gaining quite a bit of popularity. Still, they’re a relatively new innovation. Most people know what they are, but don’t know much about the specifics such as how exactly they work or how to install them. Unless you’re an engineer, you will probably need a professional to give you specifics for your home, but we can start here as a jumping-off point. Why should I go solar? Solar panels are basically big batteries that you can strap onto your roof – or anywhere that gets sufficient sunlight. They will take the sunlight, turn it into energy and help to provide backup…
  • 5 Essential Tips for Marketing Your Green Business

    Kate Wilson
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Are you a green company, or are you just trying to attract a new segment of buyers? The truth is, many companies are a little bit of both. Green industry is still on the upswing, and the market is big enough to interest all types of business. However, as more companies get into it for the money, consumers are becoming pickier about who they use and why. Almost anything can be found online – so not only do you have to be registered with the Green Business Bureau, but you also need to show exactly what makes you green and how you incorporate it into your business. It’s not enough to…
  • Innovative Ways to Be Greener in Any Industry

    Kate Wilson
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Business owners, whether they are part of the restaurant, hospitality or retail industries, are always looking for ways to save money, especially during tough economic times. Going green is one of the many ways you can do that, no matter what industry your business is in. Retail: Green Products Mean Healthy Environment We all know the products we have don’t just appear out of thin air. Everything comes from somewhere and each has its own impact after they are made. One way to be sure your product has a positive impact is to make them from green materials such as organic cotton, recycled…
  • CyberWeek Deals: WordPress Maintenance

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

  • Mobility solutions for marginalized communities: The urban cable car

    Dario Hidalgo
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Medellín, Colombia’s Metrocable aerial cable car system helps connect residents of the city’s informal settlements to jobs and opportunities in the urban core. Photo by Mariana Gil/ EMBARQ Brasil. Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, during which the region’s cities saw unprecedented rural to urban migration. In the following decades, violence in many of these population-drained rural areas accelerated the flow of rural migrants into cities. Because few cities were able to provide adequate low-income housing, the majority of these new urbanites…
  • Friday Fun: Six mayors who bike, and why this is a good thing

    Ryan Schleeter
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    From São Paulo to Jakarta, mayors are leading their citizens into the streets and onto their bicycles. Pictured (from top left): Joko Widodo (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Boris Johnson (London, United Kingdom), Fernando Haddad (São Paulo, Brazil), Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City, Mexico), and Ana Botella (Madrid, Spain). Here at TheCityFix, we believe in recognizing profound leadership in urban sustainability. After all, it takes a combination of citizen support and top-down vision to create meaningful change in a city. While public focus is usually on what city leaders can achieve from behind their…
  • People-oriented streets and the built environment: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholars present at Transforming Transportation 2015

    Ryan Schleeter
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Erik Vergel-Tovar (left) of Colombia and Madeline Brozen (right) of the United States—recipients of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship—presented their research findings at Transforming Transportation 2015. Photos by Zhou Jia/WRI. Last week’s Transforming Transportation conference put forth multiple innovative ideas for how cities can transform mobility to become more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Speakers included former heads of state like Mexico’s Felipe Calderón, road safety champions like former New York City DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan,…
  • Urban design for safer roads: Insights from EMBARQ Turkey’s RSLab

    Sera Tolgay
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    Turkey has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the world. Better road infrastructure design and sustainable mobility can change that, reducing crashes and saving lives. Photo by Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr. More than 1.2 million people worldwide are killed in road traffic crashes every year, and an additional 20 to 50 million are injured. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if urgent action is not taken, these figures will increase by about 65% over the next 20 years, making road traffic crashes the fifth-leading cause of death by 2030. Half of these road fatalities occur…
  • Transport plays a key role in urban air quality

    Toni Lindau
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    Transport plays a growing role in both the global climate and public health in cities like Londrina, Brazil (pictured). Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. The city is like an organism, and the swift movement of people and goods is the oxygen that sustains its well-being. When this circulation is inhibited, it significantly compromises the quality of urban life. For example, private cars account for less than one-third of trips in cities worldwide, but are responsible for 73% of urban air pollutants. Per capita, private cars generate three times more greenhouse gas emissions than public…
 
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  • Pedalling petals to your door

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
      Bringing bikes to the beck and call of flowers, we give to you the brains behind the flower delivery company with a difference, Petalon. Created by florist Florence Hill, it was a business plan that joined up all the dots: on hand bikes, the flower market around the corner, and a currently unsustainable yet popular industry of sending bouquets. Petalon have changed the way we can send flowers. By offering only two alternative bunches at a fixed price per week (including a donation to Capital Bee), Petalon cut out waste and use seasonable selections throughout the year. These perfectly…
  • The charity changing the food chain

    Hannah Jarratt
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    An estimated 400,000 tonnes of usable surplus food can be saved from UK supermarkets each year. Since May 2009, community based charity Foodcycle, have reclaimed over  130,000kg of surplus food from food retailers – the equivalent of saving 585,000kg in CO2 emissions. This week we are talking to Foodcycle’s Steven Hawkes about the charity that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.   Do you find that being socially and environmentally friendly…
  • A call to all young UK creatives for Earth Hour 2015

    Hannah Jarratt
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
      Design a light switch and save the planet   DTGT and WWF-UK have teamed up ahead of Earth Hour on 28th March 2015 and are running a competition for young (16-25) creative talents around the country to design a light switch. The winning design will be chosen to headline the ’15 Everyday Things’ campaign in March 2015, in which objects designed by renowned creatives will be showcased to inspire millions around the world to live a more sustainable life. This is your moment to inspire the world to live a more thoughtful and less consumptive way of life, and all it takes is…
  • Less Waste, More Christmas

    Hannah Jarratt
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Getting crafty for Christmas   To bring in the festive cheer this year, we have taken on our own challenge and have decided to have a go at making the Christmas poster.  Armed with recycled scrap paper and pritt-stick, we launched our festive attack, squabbling over who will be taking home what (the santa-hat-pencil-top has caused some heated discussion).   The Christmas tree is first out of the gate with some deft scalpel wielding from team member Lizzie. A word of caution for those of you trying this at home, (please beware any sharp points; we have learnt the hard way). Perfect…
  • 2071 Reviewed

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

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
      Bringing bikes to the beck and call of flowers, we give to you the brains behind the flower delivery company with a difference, Petalon. Created by florist Florence Hill, it was a business plan that joined up all the dots: on hand bikes, the flower market around the corner, and a currently unsustainable yet popular industry of sending bouquets. Petalon have changed the way we can send flowers. By offering only two alternative bunches at a fixed price per week (including a donation to Capital Bee), Petalon cut out waste and use seasonable selections throughout the year. These perfectly…
  • The charity changing the food chain

    Hannah Jarratt
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    An estimated 400,000 tonnes of usable surplus food can be saved from UK supermarkets each year. Since May 2009, community based charity Foodcycle, have reclaimed over  130,000kg of surplus food from food retailers – the equivalent of saving 585,000kg in CO2 emissions. This week we are talking to Foodcycle’s Steven Hawkes about the charity that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.   Do you find that being socially and environmentally friendly…
  • A call to all young UK creatives for Earth Hour 2015

    Hannah Jarratt
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
      Design a light switch and save the planet   DTGT and WWF-UK have teamed up ahead of Earth Hour on 28th March 2015 and are running a competition for young (16-25) creative talents around the country to design a light switch. The winning design will be chosen to headline the ’15 Everyday Things’ campaign in March 2015, in which objects designed by renowned creatives will be showcased to inspire millions around the world to live a more sustainable life. This is your moment to inspire the world to live a more thoughtful and less consumptive way of life, and all it takes is…
  • Less Waste, More Christmas

    Hannah Jarratt
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Getting crafty for Christmas   To bring in the festive cheer this year, we have taken on our own challenge and have decided to have a go at making the Christmas poster.  Armed with recycled scrap paper and pritt-stick, we launched our festive attack, squabbling over who will be taking home what (the santa-hat-pencil-top has caused some heated discussion).   The Christmas tree is first out of the gate with some deft scalpel wielding from team member Lizzie. A word of caution for those of you trying this at home, (please beware any sharp points; we have learnt the hard way). Perfect…
  • 2071 Reviewed

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

    Stuart Kaplow
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    As governments across the country enter the triennial building code cycle, including adopting the 2015 International Plumbing Code, it is key that they not ban greywater use. Codes are usually adopted by local government legislative bodies, often with the advice of boards comprised of retired or senior members of local trades (e.g., the Plumbing Board) many of whom may not be conversant in sustainability and new innovations in green building. Many, if not nearly all, local governments alter and amend national codes for their own purposes. A prime example is that many local governments adopted…
  • Indoor Marijuana Growing Accounts for Over 1% of all Electric Consumption in the U.S.

    Stuart Kaplow
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    In 2015, when vaping is out and Marley Natural Weed is in, the largely unrecognized and surging use of electricity associated with marijuana must be considered.  Indoor marijuana growing operations accounted for over 1% of all electric consumption in the U.S., according to a 2011 study by Evan Mills, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher. In California, marijuana production accounted for about 3% of electric use, according to the study. The methodology of the study, self-recognizing the difficulties in tracking an activity that was illegal, only considers the indoor…
  • Pennsylvania is First State to offer Tax Credit for Passive House

    Stuart Kaplow
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Pennsylvania is the first state to offer tax credits for low income Passive House building. Applications submitted under the PennHOMES and low income housing tax credit program are scored and ranked in accordance with a numerical criteria. By way of example, up to 30 points are awarded to developments located in areas with high poverty rates or large numbers of senior citizens eligible for affordable housing.   Up to 25 points are awarded for green building, including up to 5 points for redevelopment of a brownfield site, and up to 10 points for an adaptive reuse of a vacant building.
  • Dunkin' Donuts Green is a Hot Trend in Green Building

    Stuart Kaplow
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    While you were busy enjoying their new “Cronut” croissant donuts, earlier this month Dunkin’ Donuts announced the goal of 100 new DD Green™ certified restaurants by year end 2016. DD Green is a green building certification program that will assist franchisees build sustainable, energy efficient restaurants.  To be recognized as a DD Green restaurant, a franchisee will follow a five stage program during the planning, design and construction of a store. The five stages of the DD Green program include Site Development, Store Efficiency, Healthy Indoors, Sustainable…
  • Arlington County is the First to Adopt Incentives Tied to LEED Version 4

    Stuart Kaplow
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    While hundreds of governments throughout the United States have adopted programs incentivizing green building, many tied to the LEED rating system, Arlington County, Virginia is the first to tie incentives specifically to the new LEED version 4. Arlington first adopted its very successful voluntary Green Building Incentive Program in October 1999 offering up to 0.25 floor area ratio (FAR) bonus density in exchange for obtaining a LEED Silver certification.  The program has been popular with developers in Arlington. Since the first LEED bonus density project was approved, 96 buildings…
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  • Homemade Bone Broth – A Healthy Diet Staple

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Have you had your steaming hot bowl of bone broth today? If not, you might want to consider integrating this nutrient rich, immune system boosting elixir into your daily diet. With recent articles about the benefits of bone broth in The New York Times and Epicurious calling it “the new coffee,” it’s clear broth is taking […]The post Homemade Bone Broth – A Healthy Diet Staple appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • A Taoist Approach to Gardening

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties) has done it again with her latest book, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. Called a “vegetable gardener’s treasury” by Booklist, this new guide focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens—and through them illustrates the […]The post A Taoist Approach to Gardening appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Year in Review: 30 Years of Independent Publishing

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    We wrapped up another year at Chelsea Green Publishing with a party, and not just any party — our 30th anniversary party. We had plenty to celebrate: The release of The Chelsea Green Reader, a collection of some of the best writing from our 30 years of independent publishing. Another year of award-winning books. Another […]The post Year in Review: 30 Years of Independent Publishing appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Turn Sap and Syrup into Beer, Wine, and Liquor

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    As much as we love to drizzle (or drown) our pancakes in maple syrup, you might be surprised to learn that tree sap can actually be used to make an array of drinks, with results that will far surpass your typical sugar buzz. And with scientists predicting this season’s maple harvest to be more bountiful than usual, […]The post Turn Sap and Syrup into Beer, Wine, and Liquor appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • The Nourishing Homestead: Practiculture and Principles

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Whether you live on 4 acres, 40 acres, or in a 400-square-foot studio apartment, the lessons you’ll glean from The Nourishing Homestead by Ben Hewitt (with Penny Hewitt) will help anyone hoping to close the gaps that economic separation has created in our health, spirit, and skills. This book offers practical ways to grow nutrient-dense […]The post The Nourishing Homestead: Practiculture and Principles appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • Seal pup learns to live without eyesight

    lmoss
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    A blind harbor seal pup that was rescued off the coast of Homer, Alaska, is now learning basic behaviors at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.   Bryce was found stranded on the beach in August 2014, and veterinary staff think he suffered a head trauma that caused his blindness.  
  • Why a heat pump is a good idea

    networx
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    The name "heat pump" is misleading. This appliance actually does an efficient job of both heating and cooling your home. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, a heat pump functions by moving heat, rather than generating hot or cold air. This heat may be sourced from the air (the most common type, also known as "air-to-air"), water, or earth (geothermal). In winter, your heat pump will transfer warm air into your home, while in the summer, it will move warm air out.
  • The next energy revolution will be in our heads

    sgrover
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Turn out the lights. Don't forget your reusable bags. Take a two-minute shower. We environmentalists used to be good at nagging people about their behavior.   And then something changed.   Despite years of haranguing our colleagues, friends, family and even total strangers, many of us realized that we really weren't making headway. People kept using plastic bags. Our better halves kept leaving the lights on. 
  • La Nina events may spike with climate change

    mnnadmin
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The extremely strong La Niña events that can shake up global weather patterns may soon hit nearly twice as often as they did previously, due to global warming, researchers say in a new study.  
  • Mountain-size asteroid has its own moon

    mnnadmin
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    A mountain-size asteroid buzzed Earth Monday morning (Jan. 26) in a close encounter that's already revealing new information about the space rock, including an improved measurement of its size and the confirmation of at least one moon.  
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  • Rocket-powered car aims to break land speed record

    mnnadmin
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    To the average person, 800 mph (1,290 km/h) might seem blisteringly fast. But for a rocket-powered car, that's pretty slow — at least to Mark Elvin, lead engineer on a project that aims to break the world land speed record with a supersonic car.  
  • How to unboil an egg

    bnelson78
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    Perhaps there's hope for Humpty Dumpty after all: Scientists at the University of California Irvine have developed a way to "unboil" egg whites by untangling their proteins, reports Newsweek.   Why would scientists be interested in learning how to unboil an egg? It's not to alleviate culinary regret. Rather, the development has the potential to significantly reduce costs for any biotechnology process that requires the folding of proteins.  
  • Physics loophole makes light particles act drunk

    mnnadmin
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    A universal rule of thumb may need to be rewritten: Light moving freely through empty space does not necessarily travel at the speed of light.  
  • Metal surface is so water-repellent that drops of water bounce off it like balls

    bnelson78
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Researchers at the University of Rochester have created a metal surface so hydrophobic that water bounces off it as if repelled by a rubbery force field, reports Time. The incredible breakthrough could lead to everything from better non-stick kitchenware to waterproof electronics.  
  • Plant breeder joins ranks of noted inventors

    toder
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    This spring the National Academy of Inventors will induct 170 innovators who were elected as NAI fellows in 2014. A rare breed of inventor will be among the group officially receiving this distinguished honor.  
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  • How do you know if your sugar is vegan?

    lmoss
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    Many foods you might expect to be vegan — from bagels to wine — aren't always free of animal products, and that includes sugar.  
  • What is ghee and is it good for you?

    mdilonardo
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    If you already know what ghee is, it's probably because you're familiar with Indian cooking. Ghee is a type of clarified butter commonly used in South Asian cuisine, and it also plays a role in traditional medicine and some religious rituals.  
  • Coffee may protect against some skin cancers

    mnnadmin
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Go ahead, enjoy that morning mug. A new study suggests that people who are in the habit of drinking coffee regularly may be protected against malignant melanoma, the leading cause of skin-cancer death in the United States.  
  • Coconut Curry Tofu with Green Apple, Mango and Peanuts

    jheimbuch
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
  • Researchers prescribe less pizza for kids

    mnnadmin
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Kids in the United States eat so much pizza that some researchers now argue the food should join the ranks of sugary drinks and fast foods — increasingly decried in recent years for the toll they take on health.   In a new study, the researchers found that pizza is a large source of calories, saturated fat and salt in kids' diets.  
 
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  • Rocket-powered car aims to break land speed record

    mnnadmin
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    To the average person, 800 mph (1,290 km/h) might seem blisteringly fast. But for a rocket-powered car, that's pretty slow — at least to Mark Elvin, lead engineer on a project that aims to break the world land speed record with a supersonic car.  
  • You can't plug in the electric Gogoro Smartscooter

    lloydalter
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    King Gillette supposedly said "Give 'em the razor; sell 'em the blades" — the first example of a business model where the product is sold cheaply but needs an endless stream of supplies. It could be engraved on the case of every inkjet printer.
  • Why the Google car could change everything

    lloydalter
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Smart homes are one thing, but we want to put them into smart communities and smart cities. Most urbanists these days think the suburbs are pretty useless, because the very young and the very old can’t get around without someone driving them; more land is devoted to moving and parking cars than to the people who live there; everybody is burning gas and sitting in congestion trying to get from Point A to Point B. But the smart city is another thing altogether.
  • 'Smart' bicycle has radar, vibrates when it senses obstacles

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

    joshwlew
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport recently made headlines when it overtook Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to become the world’s busiest airport in terms of overall air traffic. O’Hare saw more than 585,000 takeoffs and landings during the first eight months of 2014. Hartsfield-Jackson was close behind at 582,138.  
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  • 'Sons of Liberty' reveals the human side of America's founding fathers

    gmiller
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The dusty pages of history vividly come to life in the History Channel's ambitious telling of the American Revolution and the events leading up to it.  
  • 22 words you're probably saying wrong

    mdilonardo
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    You say tomato. Or maybe to-mah-to. But how do you say prerogative, kibosh or Dr. Seuss?   We tend to mispronounce words because we've heard them wrong or because we've never heard them at all.  
  • Why do we like listening to sad music?

    ckirschner
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    As I glance at the collection of CDs gathering dust on my desk (I don’t even own a CD player anymore), I notice how much of popular music these days is filled with tear-jerking ballads. Although it could be that as a country music fan, I have more sad songs than most in my music collection.   
  • 'Invisibilia': What forces are shaping your behavior?

    lmoss
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Martin Pistorius fell into a mysterious coma at the age of 12, and for more than a decade he was unable to speak or move. He was mentally aware but unable to communicate. In other words, he was trapped inside his own body.  
  • Is a library still a library if it has no physical books?

    lmoss
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    San Antonio's newest public library is missing something: books.   That premise may have once seemed inconceivable, but the librarians at BiblioTech, a name that plays off the Spanish name for library, are quick to point out that their library isn't bookless — it's simply digital.  
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  • What's the deal with those giant ice balls washing ashore on Lake Michigan?

    sgunther
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
      In this video, shot just a few days after the start of the new year, large ice boulders are seen clanking against one another along the shores of Lake Michigan. What are they? Where did they come from? Can we use them to make massive cocktails?  
  • Meet Jake Browne, a professional marijuana critic who is living the high life

    sgunther
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Jake Browne has had an interesting year. On Jan. 1, 2014, the state of Colorado, where Jake makes a living as a comedian and writer, officially legalized marijuana, making it legal for any adult older than 21 years of age to purchase, possess and consume marijuana.
  • Are abandoned oil and gas wells dumping methane into the atmosphere?

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

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

    sgunther
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    If I asked 10 random people to name a U.S. city that's in bad financial shape, I'd wager that most of them would place Detroit in their top three picks, if not the top spot itself. The Motor City has seen better days. It's population has dropped drastically, with thousands of people leaving the inner city for the suburbs or elsewhere.
 
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  • Chipotle promotes its vegan Sofritas to meat eaters

    rshreeves
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    About a year and a half ago, Chipotle started testing vegan Sofritas at restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. The new menu item was successful, and yesterday Chipotle launched a campaign to let vegans and meat eaters know the shredded organic tofu burritos, tacos and bowls are now available in every Chipotle in the country.  
  • Sprouted foods basics

    rshreeves
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Have you been noticing more foods made from sprouts at the store? Maybe you’ve noticed sprouted grain breads, sprouted sunflower seeds or sprouted almond butter in the organic and natural foods section.   If you’re wondering what these sprouted foods are all about, here’s a little sprouted foods 101 to help you understand the basics.   What are sprouted foods?
  • 10 snow day food commandments

    rshreeves
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    In a little while, my boys will be coming home from school. Last night, both their school systems called early dismissals for the day due to impending bad weather. A half a snow day is better than none in the eyes of my boys. They have high hopes for a full snow day tomorrow.   I don’t get as excited about snow days as my boys. I work from home. It disrupts my days. But, I try to remember how exciting, how sacred, snow days were when I was a kid and make them special. One way is to have food traditions and relaxed food rules that come with a snow day.
  • Understanding types of oatmeal

    rshreeves
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    If you grew up ripping open a package of instant flavored oatmeal, adding boiling water, and having your breakfast ready in two minutes, the different types of oatmeal may be confusing. Oats processed for oatmeal come in a variety of forms. They’re all made from the same grain, but the way they’re processed can change the cooking time and the consistency of the oatmeal once it’s cooked.  
  • Rotisserie Chicken Parmesan Risotto

    rshreeves
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    I’m still working to creatively use many of the ingredients that have been hanging around in my pantry and freezer, something I've been doing it all month. Known as digging in your pantry, or sometimes eating down the fridge, it’s a way to save money and make sure food does not get wasted.  
 
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  • American manufacturing clout is the star of Washington Auto Show

    jmotavalli
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Washington Auto Show (open through Feb. 1) is different from the events in New York, Detroit or Los Angeles, and the difference is exactly what you’d expect. It’s not just about cars, but the politics and trade issues that go along with them.  
  • Here comes the tougher, faster Mazda Miata

    jmotavalli
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    I walked the floor of the Detroit Auto Show with James Bell, the head consumer guy at General Motors, and he stopped dead at the 2016 Mazda Miata. “I’m not a huge fan of that face,” he said. “It’s kind of sinister looking.”  
  • Do they still make Airstream trailers?

    jmotavalli
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Did you know that they still make Airstream trailers? And that they’re handbuilt out in Ohio? Yep. Retro is in, and it turns out that the workers who build the shiny aluminum Airstreams by hand (50 a week) can’t keep up with demand. Maybe $2 a gallon gas has something to do with it — towing is back!  
  • 4 plug-in hybrids making noise at Detroit Auto Show

    jmotavalli
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    DETROIT—Yes, gasoline is a bit over $2 a gallon in many places, but that hasn’t stopped automakers from plugging in. At this week’s North American International Auto Show, there were no less than three plug-in hybrid introductions — well, four, if you count the Chinese company GAC’s WitStar. We’ll get to that one.  
  • Self-driving cars are everywhere at CES

    jmotavalli
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:40 pm
    LAS VEGAS—“In the future,” said Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche before a keynote audience at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), “the car grants access to private space and quality time.” What he meant was that people aren’t going to be driving, they’ll be sitting pretty in the back, playing video games, texting friends and reading the morning paper on their iPads.  
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  • Meet Eclipse, the dog that rides the bus to the dog park

    chief
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
      Commuters in a Seattle neighborhood often share their bus seats with an unlikely rider: a dog.   Eclipse, a 2-year-old black Labrador, frequently rides the bus — without her owner — to the dog park, watching out the window to make sure she doesn't miss her stop.  
  • Macklemore reworks 'Thrift Shop' for 'Sesame Street'

    chief
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Rapper Macklemore recently appeared on "Sesame Street" to perform a reworked version of his hit song "Thrift Shop" with Oscar the Grouch.   The song is an ode to garbage, featuring a kid-friendly chorus and lines like "One man's trash, that's another grouch's outfit."  
  • See 6 months of Earth from space in 6 minutes

    rmclendon
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
     
  • Dog fails obedience test, wins hearts

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

    lmoss
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    How do you wrap a cat? The short answer is you don't.   But if you happen to share your home with a patient and forgiving feline, this YouTube user offers a helpful (and adorable) video tutorial for holiday cat wrapping.   If nothing else, it's a great mental break from wrapping those easy boxes.  
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  • Texas Town at Center of Latest Earthquake Swarm Questions Fracking Impact

    Julie Dermansky
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    January has been a shaky month for Irving, Texas. Twelve earthquakes rattled the city during a 48-hour period at the end of the first week of the new year. “It was very scary. I was at my job on the 4th floor in a cubicle surrounded by glass,” Tonya Rochelle Tatum, a loan specialist who works in Irving, told DeSmogBlog. “One quake seemed like it lasted five minutes. No one knew what to do.” The earthquake swarm shows no sign of stopping. On January 21, five more quakes struck. The quakes are relatively small, all of them registering under 4 on the Richter Scale. None has caused…
  • MPs Overwhelmingly Reject Moratorium on Fracking

    Kyla Mandel
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    Fracking lives to see another day in Britain as MPs overwhelmingly reject a proposal to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. A mere 52 MPs voted in favour of the amendment to the controversial Infrastructure Bill yesterday. The vote follows a report released earlier that day by the cross-party House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee calling for a ban on fracking due to the risks it poses to Britain’s efforts to tackle climate change. The amendment was voted down by 308 MPs including the Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change…
  • MedievalDeception 2015: Inhofe Drags Senate Back To Dark Ages

    John Mashey
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    On January 21, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) again displayed the same deception/incompetence that pervaded his book, The Greatest Hoax (2012). In this video segment (3:00-5:20), he presented a poster on the Senate floor that matches the image below from “Kyoto by Degrees,” an anonymous Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Opinion piece, June 21, 2005.  Both contained claims plausibly called academic or journalistic deception, created for public confusion. Regardless of ancient tempreatures, modern temperature rise is human-caused, not just natural variation: you damaged your furnace so it now…
  • Matt 'King Coal' Ridley Loses Power Station Buyer Due to European Regulations

    Brendan Montague
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    The latest exclusive from our #MattKingCoal investigation shows how climate denier Matt Ridley has been impacted by European carbon emissions regulations… Lord Ridley, the aristocratic farmer and science writer, has weighted all the evidence and after due consideration decided that the world's leading researchers have become overly alarmed by the threat posed by climate change. His views have nothing to do with the fact he has an opencast mines on his family estate. And his opinion is entirely unrelated to the fact his local power station will no longer buy his coal because European…
  • Tate Visitors Could Donate 1p Each to Make Gallery BP Free

    Kyla Mandel
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    Art lovers visiting Tate would have to donate less than 1p to allow the galleries to drop oil company BP as a sponsor, according to figures released today following a Freedom of Information request.  Sponsorship figures released today show that BP donations increased from just £150,000 in 1991 to only £330,000 in 2006 - less than 0.5 percent of Tate’s overall operational budget during that time. The donations, which continue today, mean BP has its flower petal logo hanging around the gallery and, according to campaigners at Platform, provides them with a 'social licence to operate' by…
 
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  • Good News: Dolphin Killings in the Cove Drop to Record Low

    Starre Vartan
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    With the dolphin killing season at the Cove in Taiji, Japan, half over, deaths and captures of the marine mammals have hit record lows. Between the opening of this season, on Sept. 1, and the end of 2014, 367 dolphins were slaughtered, compared with 406 dolphins killed by Taiji hunters over the same period in 2013, according to data compiled by the website Ceta-Base from estimates given by Cove Guardians, the on-the-ground volunteers for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. “Last season was the lowest year of dolphin kills we have seen at only 835 dolphins killed for the whole season,”…
  • Unusual Things To See and Do in Belgium

    Lindsay E. Brown
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
      A guide to Belgium. Belgium is famous for many culinary delights: chocolate, beer and waffles among them. But this country offers way more than just alcohol and food. There’s plenty to both do and see in the historic country ranging from the lavish to the downright unusual. We take a look at some of the must-do activities in Belgium over the next year. A Festival of Cats Not many countries have a festival dedicated to cats. But in the small city of Ypres, the locals have been celebrating our feline friends at Kattenstoet (Festival of the Cats) since 1955. The Kattenstoet parade in…
  • Watch What Happens When Fashion Bloggers Work in a Sweatshop

    Starre Vartan
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
      We’ve been writing about the straight-up horrific realities of how our clothes are made by what is essentially slave labor for years—and we know many of you are with us in not supporting the atrocious “business” practices of fast-fashion retailers. But we also know that there are many, many more shoppers out there who have no real idea of the impact their cheap clothes have on human beings halfway around the world. And even if they do, it’s easy to forget. A new Norwegian reality tv series, Sweatshop, is trying to change that, by both educating and documenting…
  • Last Days of Ivory Video: Terrorism You Can Do Something About

    Starre Vartan
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    In the next decade, we might lose what’s left of the wild elephants. For what? To make ivory bracelets and other tchotchkes—the proceeds of which fund terrorism. In other words, for no reason at all and the worst reason of all. The Last Days of Ivory campaign is taking this insanity on. THIS IS TERRORISM YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT. Either we come together now to make these the last days of ivory-funded terrorism or we witness the last days of elephants in the wild. Let’s put the illegal ivory trade and the terrorists profiting from it out of business, in order to protect…
  • 11 Images That Remind Us Why We Love Winter

    Starre Vartan
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:03 pm
      Winter is the season people like to complain about the most, but it has long been my favorite time of year. The lyrics by Tori Amos for her song, “Winter” sum it all up for me: “Snow can wait I forgot my mittens Wipe my nose Get my new boots on I get a little warm in my heart When I think of winter I put my hand in my father’s glove I run off Where the drifts get deeper Sleeping beauty trips me with a frown I hear a voice “Your must learn to stand up for yourself Cause I can’t always be around” He says” —Tori Amos Image via Flickr User…
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    The Car Connection

  • Hyundai Azera

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    The Hyundai Azera is a large four-door sedan that focuses on comfort and amenities, straddling the top of the mainstream car market and the price-conscious end of the luxury class. The Azera is related to the Hyundai Sonata in the way Toyota's Avalon is paired with its Camry: it's essentially a longer, more plush and stylish alternative that...
  • Hyundai Santa Fe

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    The Hyundai Santa Fe badge is now affixed to two mainstream, family-oriented crossover offerings from the South Korean automaker. The original two-row, five-seat Santa Fe is now known as Santa Fe Sport, while the recently added long-wheelbase version boasts seven seats and is called simply Santa Fe. The two vehicles are built on substantially...
  • Hyundai Tucson

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    As a crossover utility vehicle that performs (and looks) more like a tall hatchback, the Hyundai Tucson lands at the small end of the compact class. Competitors include top-sellers like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Subaru Forester. At present, the Tucson is powered by a lineup of fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, as well as an...
  • Nissan Rogue

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    The Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover that seats up to five passengers. Power comes from a four-cylinder engine mated with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), with front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive available as an option. Competitors include the high-volume trio of Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4, as well as the...
  • Nissan Altima

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    The Altima is Nissan's four-door, mid-size family sedan. It is now one of the best-selling vehicles in its segment--one that includes the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, not to mention the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. While the model was previously available as a coupe, today's Altima is sold as a four-door only. Over the two decades it's been...
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    Free Utility & Energy Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • 6 Steps to Control Emissions & Costs with Wireless Fleet Management

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    In the relentless pursuit of operational efficiency, cost control reigns supreme. But more organizations are also seeking to implement processes and policies that are environmentally friendly.In this eBook learn six steps to a greener fleet, such as:Monitor emissionsReduce idle timeImprove vehicle maintenanceReduce speedingImprove routing, and much moreSave money and shrink your company's environmental footprint. Download your personal copy of this eBook now!Request Free!
  • How To Put Your Customers At The Heart Of All Your Internal Processes

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fed up of the perception that your company doesn’t care about its customers? Sick and tired of the negative press the utility sector receives? Ready to enter 2015 making your customer experience the factor that allows for more content, stickier consumers? Then look no further than this exclusive piece of insight from the King of Customer-Centricity, Stephen Hewett. In 2015, simply being aware of the increasing rate consumers are switching energy providers and are expecting more from their utility companies will not be enough. Your company needs to know the 4 themes that have to be…
  • The Smart Utility Company's Guide to a Stickier 2015

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    What does smart innovation mean to you? How do you plan on meeting the rising demand consumers have for a wider range of services provided by their utility company?Worried yet? Innovate or get left behind! If there has been one message that rings true for 2014, it was smart innovation being key to the competitive advantage some energy providers had over others. With 2015 just on the horizon, your company needs to know which innovation strategies to invest in for a better bottom line and the best ways to overcome the associated risks with offering smart metering to both existing and new…
  • Empowering Your Energy Management Program - ISO 50001 Certification Made Easy

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

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

  • Solar Impulse Inspires as it Blazes New Frontiers

    Justmeans
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    As if there wasn’t enough to see here already at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the area was blessed with the appearance of a rare migrating bird, the Solar Impulse, resting [...] The post Solar Impulse Inspires as it Blazes New Frontiers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Bloom Energy Raises $130 Million for Fuel Cell Expansion

    Vikas Vij
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Fuel cell technology involves clean and efficient conversion of chemical energy into electrical power in an electrochemical process that is virtually free of pollutants. Due to absence of combustion, almost [...] The post Bloom Energy Raises $130 Million for Fuel Cell Expansion appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Toyota Using the Oculus Rift To Help The Next Generation Of Drivers

    Sangeeta Haindl
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    The Oculus Rift is the first truly immersive virtual reality headset. It gives people a very real life experience: the British Army’s latest recruitment drive is using it to drop potential soldiers into [...] The post Toyota Using the Oculus Rift To Help The Next Generation Of Drivers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Social Enterprise Stars Campaign Needs You

    3BL Media
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Nearly 2,000 people have checked out our 25 social enterprise stars campaign page since September, when we launched our effort to add a wave of new borrowers to our loan [...] The post Social Enterprise Stars Campaign Needs You appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • A Visit to Shams-1: Abu Dhabi’s Unique Solar CSP Hybrid Power Plant

    Justmeans
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    One of the first questions I asked upon arriving in Abu Dhabi, a very modern city in a very oil-rich country, with a very progressive stance towards renewables, was, why? [...] The post A Visit to Shams-1: Abu Dhabi’s Unique Solar CSP Hybrid Power Plant appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Energy Circle

  • Adventures in Hiring at Energy Circle (or How Not To Do Stupid Things)

    Peter Troast
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    The team at Energy Circle doubled in 2014, and we will continue to expand our capabilities in 2015. We think our mission of addressing energy use and carbon contribution of the built environment is urgent and critically important, and we also think that Energy Circle is an awfully special place to work. So it is an understatement to say that we are thorough, deliberate and selective in our hiring process. We’re fortunate to typically get hundreds of applications for one position. Each new person matters a lot, and we want great people--smart creatives who want to change the world. I…
  • 2015 Home Performance Trends: Peter Troast's Predictions

    Peter Troast
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Building on the expert predictions for home performance trends  we published last week, and our own thoughts on the year ahead with respect to marketing, the following is our perspective on the coming year from a business, economy and policy viewpoint. No doubt an interesting year ahead with some serious challenges and exceptional opportunities. Energy Prices None of us could have predicted energy prices going as low as they have as of this writing. So, while we’ve been talking for several years about getting “beyond energy savings”, this year it is acute. As an…
  • Energy Circle Year in Review 2014

    Peter Troast
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    It’s been a heckuva year for us at Energy Circle. Our team doubled in size. Our clients now span 49 states. We dramatically expanded our in-house development team and launched an amazing new platform that, in combination with a proven mix of marketing tactics, is crushing it for contractors. Through all of it, we had the honor and pleasure of working on many great projects with many great people, companies and organizations. Our measure of success is still the impact we’re having on the built environment through our support of companies on the front line of energy efficiency: the…
  • From the Experts: Home Performance Industry Predictions for 2015

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

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

  • Sick of PB&J? 3 Delicious Organic Lunchbox Lunch Upgrades

    Jennie Lyon
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    The school year is half way over – can you believe it! Sometimes making a simple sandwich is just the easiest, but if your student is sick of seeing the standard PB&J in his lunchbox (or you’re sick of making it!) it’s time for a box-lunch upgrade! Read on for three new lunchbox standards that we love in our home and think you will too. #1 Wraps and Burritos Wraps are a great way to get a few servings of healthy vegetables into your kid’s day. I like to make extra chicken breast at dinner the night before and combine it with cucumbers, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots—you…
  • Energy Savings and the Environment: The Secrets of Solid Home Insulation

    Jennie Lyon
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    Hello, Friends! This post was sponsored by and wasn’t written by me. Thank you for supporting the companies that help to run Sweet Greens! ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Better insulation keeps your home more comfortable, and it is good for the environment and your heating and cooling costs. Improving the insulation of your home can pay for itself in energy savings in a very short period of time. This means you are reducing your home’s carbon…
  • It’s Time to Switch to an Organic Perfume

    Jennie Lyon
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Hello, Friends! This post was sponsored by and wasn’t written by me. Thank you for supporting the companies that help to run Sweet Greens! ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Many people have a hard time switching over to organic perfumes. Why? Because they are used to a conventional perfume and love the smell. However, regular perfumes are not good for you or the environment. And when you switch over to organic perfumes, you can enjoy a number of benefits. We…
  • 6 Affordable Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

    Jennie Lyon
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Feeding your family well-balanced, healthy, and delicious foods is very important. However, for many families finding extra money in the budget to eat well can seem impossible. Since one of the largest expenses in many families monthly budget is food, making the most of your money at the grocery store is essential. Eating well on a budget is possible, you just have to be thrifty, creative and smart. Read on to discover my 6 favorite ways to stretch your budget while buying the best groceries (even organics) for your family.   1. Set a Budget First things first, figure out how much your…
  • Mom Starts Ranch to End the Cycle of High Priced Organic

    Jennie Lyon
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Hello, Friends! This post was sponsored by and wasn’t written by me, it was written by Michael and Anna Mills from Mills Organic Hills. Thank you for supporting the companies that help to run Sweet Greens!
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    Newsy Headlines

  • iPhone Sales Help Apple To Historic Earnings

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Watch VideoApple’s quarterly earnings report is here, and, as expected, the numbers show historic gains.Apple made $74.6 billion in revenue last quarter, beating out estimates and making it Apple’s most profitable quarter in company history.The rise in revenue was due in large part to iPhone sales: 74.5 million during the quarter. That’s up from the 51 million iPhones sold this time last year. (Video via Apple)One tidbit of information buried within Apple’s earnings reports is the fact that regional sales in China increased 70 percent from this time last year, helping…
  • Sports Analysts Freak Out Over Marshawn Lynch Stonewall

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Watch VideoIt must be frustrating for Marshawn Lynch. While trying to avoid the media and its questions, over, and over and over again, he's managed to become one of the the media machine's favorite subjects. Marshawn Lynch was trending Tuesday afternoon after he went to the podium and pulled a Marshawn Lynch, answering every single Super Bowl Media Day question with: "I'm just here so I won't get fined." (Video via WNBC)Yeah, he's definitely had enough of that. Lynch has been fined more than $100,000 for not making…
  • Critics Say Argentina's President Trying To Shift Blame

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Watch VideoArgentina's president says she plans to dissolve her country's intelligence bureau and replace it with a new federal agency. (Video via Casa Rosada)"This government is a government absolutely committed to human rights," said Argentina's president.President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is hoping the move will solve the political scandal she was wrapped up in after the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Nisman was found dead in his apartment right after he accused Fernandez of a cover-up relating to a decades-old terror…
  • Gov't Worker's Drone Crash Highlights WH Security Issues

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Watch VideoAlthough accidentally crashing a drone on the White House lawn is embarrassing, one drunken government employee could be credited for unintentionally highlighting a major security concern at the White House.The person behind the remote-controlled helicopter wasn't a criminal mastermind but rather a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employee who reportedly lost control of the machine while drinking and flying. (Video via DJI)The New York Times reports the man confessed the mishap to the Secret Service, including that he was inebriated. The…
  • Why 'Ghostbusters' Casting Rumor Has Our Hopes Up

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Watch VideoWho you gonna call? Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. If you're Paul Feig, that is. The director sent out photos of the four comedians on Twitter Tuesday. McCarthy and Wiig had been rumored for Feig's "Ghosbusters" movie. "Saturday Night Live" stars McKinnon and Jones are surprises — but surprises people are excited about. Still, it's more who-you-gonna-call than who-you-gonna-cast. (Video via "Saturday Night Live")While outlets like E! seemed to confirm that the…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Growing ESG Investment Leading to Transformation of Japanese Companies

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Image photo The environment surrounding the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities of Japanese companies is changing significantly. In response to increasing social expectations calling for companies to disclose their achievements related to the creation of long-term value and sustainable development, practical movements are arising. Here is a summary of the current situation in Japan, compiled by Toshihiko Goto, Chief Executive of Sustainability Forum Japan.
  • Ajinomoto Group Opens New Base for "Fureai Red Apron Project" in Iwaki City

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright Ajinomoto Co. All Rights Reserved. The Ajinomoto Group, a major Japanese manufacturer of food and beverage products, opened a new base for its "Fureai Red Apron Project" in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture on August 1, 2014. "Fureai" means "communication" in Japanese. The project, started in October 2011, supports the three prefectures in the Tohoku region that were damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The main activity of the project is to hold "health and nutrition" seminars in temporary houses. Following Tono City in Iwate Prefecture and Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture,…
  • Achievements of Japan's Feed-In Tariff Scheme and Challenges for Power System Reform

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.148 (December 2014) Image by gridsurfer Some Rights Reserved. As JFS reported in an article released on November 3, 2014, Japan's power companies have put on hold their responses to renewable energy applications. JFS article: Japan's Power Utilities to Suspend Responding to Clean Energy Applications
  • Younger Generations Showing Lower Happiness Levels -- Caused by Stress from Work?

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Image by mrhayata Some Rights Reserved. According to a 2014 White Paper by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, a survey conducted by the ministry targeting men and women from their 20s to 80s on their awareness about health showed that the younger the generation is, the lower their happiness levels are. What is the cause of the lower happiness levels of the younger generations? Here is an analysis of the survey.
  • Cosmo Supports Environmental Preservation Activities with Eco Card Fund

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright Cosmo Oil Co. All Rights Reserved. In order to preserve the precious global environment for future generations, Cosmo Oil Co. established the Cosmo Oil Eco Card Fund and has been implementing the "Living With Our Planet" project since 2002, with the support of about 73,000 members of the fund. Through the project, donations are used to solve essential environmental problems by supporting environmental preservation activities under the themes of "restoration and preservation of the environment" and "education of the next generation."
 
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    1800Recycling.com

  • How to Recycle Light Bulbs

    Sophia Bennett
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    <img class="undefined" title="istock-000032773152medium" alt="iStock_000032773152Medium.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="media" data-cms-link-to="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000032773152Medium.jpg" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000032773152Medium-783x614.jpg" height="490px" width="626px"> The typical American home has between 50 and 100 light bulb sockets. That means the typical American goes through a lot of light bulbs every…
  • How to Recycle Concrete

    Sophia Bennett
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    <div style="text-align: center;"><img class="undefined" title="istock-000033225640small" alt="iStock_000033225640Small.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="media" data-cms-link-to="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000033225640Small.jpg" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000033225640Small-433x278.jpg" style="color: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: initial; background-color: initial;"></div><p…
  • How to Recycle Kitchen Cabinets

    Sophia Bennett
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    <img class="undefined" title="kitchen-renovation" alt="kitchen-renovation.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="media" data-cms-link-to="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/6/kitchen-renovation.jpg" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/6/kitchen-renovation_400x400.jpg"> Congratulations! You are finally ready to remodel that outdated kitchen into a place where any Food Network star would be proud to cook. But before you get too far into the process, it is worth thinking about how you will…
  • Miami Artist Creates Beautiful Objects Out of Buttons

    April Stearns
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Recycled artwork has become more and more popular over the past years as emerging artists have become more interested in upcycling and environmental art. Recycled artworks are pieces of art put together from any kind of used materials. It can include all types of items such as garbage like toilet paper rolls or used household items such as clothes. One popular item artists reuse for their work are buttons, which can be easily collected from old clothing and other materials. One artist who is known for the incredible use of old buttons in his artwork is <a…
  • How to Recycle Textiles

    Sophia Bennett
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:07 am
    <img class="undefined" title="textile-recycling" alt="textile-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/textile-recycling_400x400.jpg"> Textiles are defined by Dictionary.com as “any cloth or goods produced by weaving, knitting or felting.” That is a pretty wide category, so this article we will focus on how to recycle clothing. If you are interested in how to recycle other types of textiles, such as <a href="/2014/05/recycle-fabric"…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • 7 eco-friendly computer concepts that show the greener side of technology

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:23 pm
    The ‘go green’ concept has found its way into the field of electronics as well, including computers. A lot of manufacturers around the world have in fact started to develop eco-friendly computers and laptops in order to contribute to the green movement. Independent designers too have churned out quite a bit of concepts and ideas, ... The post 7 eco-friendly computer concepts that show the greener side of technology appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Top ideas for building a green home

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Sustainable living has become a part of mainstream life, with many households and commercial establishments switching over to green buildings. If you are willing to make the transition to greener buildings as well, then here are some green home building tips that would come in handy for the same. Smaller homes have less impact There ... The post Top ideas for building a green home appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Global initiatives that show sustainability is thriving as a concept

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Many countries are coming forward to promote sustainable living by developing initiatives and solutions aimed at practicing the same. Given below are seven such initiatives that are garnering a lot of attention for their environmental friendly practices and have become an inspiration of sorts for other communities to follow suit. Green Building – Chicago, USA ... The post Global initiatives that show sustainability is thriving as a concept appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • 7 Green ideas that can change the world

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    With most parts of the world turning towards greener initiatives, it wont be surprising if you decide to do something on your part to contribute to this green movement. Luckily, you don’t have to look too far for that. You can consider several green investment options for the purpose. Accordingly, here are 7 of the ... The post 7 Green ideas that can change the world appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Environmentally friendly ways to warm your home this winter

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Skyrocketing energy prices are forcing homeowners to opt for cheaper and more sustainable ways to heat up their home during the cold winter months. If you are on the lookout for such options as well, consider the eco-friendly alternatives mentioned below. Solar Heating Many homeowners have started installing solar panels in their lawns and backyards ... The post Environmentally friendly ways to warm your home this winter appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Is Powdered Alcohol Coming To Your Town Soon?

    Jennifer Kaplan
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    State governments are moving to ban powdered alcohol before it even hits the shelves. The post Is Powdered Alcohol Coming To Your Town Soon? appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Eating Vegan: 9 Vegan Bacon Recipes. No, really.

    Becky Striepe
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Worried that eating vegan means giving up your bacon habit? Try one of these nine vegan bacon recipes. You're sure to find one that works for you The post Eating Vegan: 9 Vegan Bacon Recipes. No, really. appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Literary Meals: Fezziwig’s Christmas Feast

    Jennifer Kaplan
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Ever since I read A Christmas Carol in college, I have wanted to throw a Fezziwig's Christmas feast. The post Literary Meals: Fezziwig’s Christmas Feast appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Food is Free When You Plant Your Own Fruit Trees #OperationFruitTree

    Mary Gerush
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Imagine your street, bordered by trees heavy with ripe apples, peaches, and plums — all free to pluck for an afternoon snack. #OperationFruitTree is here The post Food is Free When You Plant Your Own Fruit Trees #OperationFruitTree appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 5 Convincing Reasons to Avoid Refined Sugars

    Becky Striepe
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Refined sugars are bad news for our health. If you've been wanting to cut back on sugar but needed some good reasons, we've got you covered The post 5 Convincing Reasons to Avoid Refined Sugars appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
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    PlanetSave

  • Floridians for Solar Choice Ballot Effort Launched by Tea Partiers, Conservative, & Liberals

    Cynthia Shahan
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:54 am
    A recent Floridians For Solar Choice news release relates a breakthrough for Florida and hopefully a bright note for diversity in a backwards state. A broad coalition of Floridians have put forward a ballot initiative for more renewable energy in the state, via policies allowing more renewable energy business models. Conservative groups and others have gathered with lefty Floridians for Solar Choice Ballot Effort Launched by Tea Partiers, Conservative, & Liberals was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS…
  • Innovative Agriculture + Energy Pilot Project Launching At Masdar City (Exclusive Videos)

    James Ayre
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Masdar City will soon be home to an ‘innovative’ new energy + agriculture pilot project that’ll seek to efficiently produce both food and biofuel feedstock, according to recent reports. The project will aim to transform desert land into a biologically productive state capable of supplying fish, shrimp, and oil-rich plant crops, to the operators of the system Innovative Agriculture + Energy Pilot Project Launching At Masdar City (Exclusive Videos) was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed,…
  • Endangered Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee Subspecies Will See Population Plummet, Research Finds

    James Ayre
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    One of the most endangered primates, and the most endangered chimpanzee subspecies in the world — the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti) — is likely to see its numbers plummet over the coming years, according to new research published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. As it stands currently, there are around ~6,000 individuals of this subspecies Endangered Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee Subspecies Will See Population Plummet, Research Finds was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed,…
  • Hard-Hitting Documentary Tells the Disastrous Story Of Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans

    Derek Markham
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Think plastic pollution in the ocean is somebody else’s problem? Think again. The “environmental abomination” of plastic pollution, and its effects on the world’s oceans, is a disaster in the making, and one that will affect every one of us in the near future, if it hasn’t already. Our food chain is intricately linked with Hard-Hitting Documentary Tells the Disastrous Story Of Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans 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…
  • Gold Mining Boom In Tropical Forests Of South America Causing Extensive Deforestation, Research Finds

    James Ayre
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    The ongoing ‘gold rush’ occurring in the tropical forests of South America has led to extensive deforestation over the last few years, new research from the University of Puerto Rico has found. Gold-mining in the region has been increasing rapidly in recent years — with a huge spike in such activity being seen since the Gold Mining Boom In Tropical Forests Of South America Causing Extensive Deforestation, Research Finds was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also…
 
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    Sustainablog

  • Super Bowl To Kick Off Food Waste Recycling Efforts In Phoenix

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Phoenix will use this weekend's Super Bowl as a high-profile venue to kick off municipal efforts at food waste recycling and composting The post Super Bowl To Kick Off Food Waste Recycling Efforts In Phoenix appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Mexican start-up Cronology has developed a technology for creating paper from recycled plastic bottles and minerals that's 4 times cheaper than normal The post Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Prison Recycling Program Saves County $10,000 A Year

    Stephen Hanley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    A prison recycling program has reduced waste sent to the landfill and composts food waste. It saves the taxpayers almost $10,000 a year The post Prison Recycling Program Saves County $10,000 A Year appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Turning Rice Straw Into Sustainable Materials For Building

    Important Media Cross-Post
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Rice straw, an agricultural byproduct often burned as waste, is now being used to create sustainable materials for home and shelter building The post Turning Rice Straw Into Sustainable Materials For Building appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Five Social Media Campaigns That Raise Awareness About Food Waste

    Talancia Pea
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    These five social media campaigns, complete with hashtags, focus on building awareness of food waste, hunger, & ideas for reusing edible leftovers The post Five Social Media Campaigns That Raise Awareness About Food Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.
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    Crafting a Green World

  • Winter Craft for Kids: Make Leaf Art!

    Crunchy Scott
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    There's plenty of green to be seen this time of year. And you can easily turn that green into an 80's inspired winter craft for kids! The post Winter Craft for Kids: Make Leaf Art! appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Organizing Books with a DIY Cardboard Book Case

    Julie Finn
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Here's a way to build a box set book case that will help with organizing books and keeping them dust-free and ready to binge-read The post Organizing Books with a DIY Cardboard Book Case appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • 10 Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers

    Becky Striepe
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Need some rainy day activities to beat cabin fever? This is a mix of activities that younger and older toddlers can enjoy. Take a look and see which ones look like the right fit for your busy kid! The post 10 Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Spotted: Sew a Child’s Sleeping Bag + 8 More Summer Camp Crafts

    Julie Finn
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Too soon to think about summer camp, you say? I totally agree, except that it's not The post Spotted: Sew a Child’s Sleeping Bag + 8 More Summer Camp Crafts appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Rainy Day Activity: Raid Your Kitchen for Sensory Play

    Becky Striepe
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a super simple rainy day activity that you can set up on the fly using items that you probably already have in your kitchen The post Rainy Day Activity: Raid Your Kitchen for Sensory Play appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
 
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    Free Energy

  • Latest On The WMM

    Jim
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Charles Watson was a marine, a GM worker, and somewhere realized that the combustion world was coming to an end, and invented the magnet motor, his version. The following simply has to do with switching magnet poles but it’s one of those basic premises that help restart civilization. A small test. Start this Sorry, wrong […]
  • The Water Car

    Jim
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    Stan Meyer. Murdered. Who do ya think.
  • The World Is One

    Jim
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
  • Astrology

    Jim
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    I always believed there was something to astrology but now it’s lost in the daily papers and magazines online. The Zodiac. Twelve Constellations. And for those of sufficient intellect to translate those shiftings of the cosmos to predict life on Earth, I say, good luck. Yet, maybe it’s true that gifted ones can read the […]
  • Confessions Of R. Crumb

    Jim
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    By the late ’60′s this guy was a phenomenon amongst the groovy people, Mr Natural, a hippie guru with white long hair and a long beard who would espouse ‘wise’ wisdom. I remember how funny and poignant R Crumb comics and cartoons were. A self portrait:
 
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    Green Eco Blog

  • Obama urges Americans to buy fuel-efficient cars despite low gas prices

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Gas won’t stay cheap forever. That’s why President Obama is encouraging American’s to choose fuel-efficient cars today. Low gas prices typically make fuel-efficient cars less attractive to consumers, and right now prices are very low indeed. Yet President Barack Obama hopes U.S. car buyers won’t clamor for gas guzzlers. He cautioned that cheap gas prices won’t last indefinitely, and encouraged Americans to buy more fuel-efficient cars in an interview with The Detroit News. That interview came just ahead of Obama’s speech at a Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan,…
  • 2014: A Good Year for Cleaner, Greener Cars

    admin
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    With 2014 coming to a close, it’s the right time to take stock of the achievements and advancements over the past year. So how did 2014 measure up in terms of boosting vehicle fuel efficiency and reducing emissions? According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) advocacy group, it was a very good year indeed. In a summary blog post, the NRDC says tightening fuel-efficiency standards and increased electric-car adoption made 2014 particularly green. The group cites Environmental Protection Agency data showing record new-car average fuel economy of 24.1 mpg for 2013 models (the…
  • New Green Cars Revealed at L.A. Auto Show

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

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

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

  • GM Influencer Round Up: Top Green Highlights from the North American International Auto Show

    Jeanne
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    It was very exciting to receive an invitation from General Motors to attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit as part of their Influencer Group.  After a well- organized two days... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 10 Ideas, Resources and Tips to Live Cleaner, Greener & Healthier in 2015

    Jeanne
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Yes, it’s that time when we reflect on the past year and look ahead to the coming months with thoughts of new behaviors, goals to be accomplished and a time to begin anew.  If you are searching... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 5 Easy Ways to Wrap for the Holidays

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

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

    Jeanne
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Welcome & Hospitality Heading into Thanksgiving week, I wanted to follow up on an earlier recipe tradition and share a relatively new one.  About six years ago, I purchased this ceramic pineapple... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
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    Our Daily Green

  • Benefits of using a solar snake repeller

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Warding snakes away from your home, especially in the summer, is incredibly important and so is doing it in a humane way. Snakes can cause a lot of concern when they are nesting or inhabiting areas around your home. While deaths from snake bites are very uncommon; bites, just from the venomous kind, total tens of thousands every year around the world. If you live in a popular snake area then
  • Lighting changes to increase energy efficiency

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    Whether you're concerned about leaving less of a carbon footprint or you just want to save some money on your energy bills, one simple way to increase energy efficiency in your home or business is to adjust the lighting of your personal or office space. If you're looking for a way to cut costs for your personal or business needs, sometimes just a few changes are needed. An electrician in your
  • Scrubbing the air of smog (repost from Otherwords.org)

    17 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
    By Mary Anne Hitt Even when air-quality alerts give parents the all clear, kids could still be breathing in dangerous chemicals I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when his or her child suffers an asthma attack. And I can scarcely fathom how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks. A major asthma
  • [Giveaway] Enter our "Shop For A Cause” Giveaway!

    5 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
  • #ShareATree with Green is Universal

    23 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Earlier in the month, we participated in the #ShareATree ceremony during the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in NYC. It was especially poignant this year, because earlier in November, I had seen the tree brought into the city. A moment of true serendipity, since Our Daily Green is based in Ohio.But more important than seeing the tree is being invited to participate in NBC's Green
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    ForceChange

  • Stop Trying to ‘Fix’ Gay People

    Hang Lisa Huynh
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: India Prime Minister Narendra Modi Goal: Abandon plans to open treatment centers to turn gay people “normal.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi caused a huge outrage over his plans to make gay people in the state of Goa “normal.” A representative of the Prime Minister’s party said that the government was planning on opening centers to treat all of the gay people in their region. The Goa state government is planning to open up facilities to train and give gay people medicine to cure them of their homosexuality. According to The Guardian, the government wants to…
  • Praise Dismissal of Case Against Woman Who Freed Trapped Eagle

    Jennifer Schwager
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: District Attorney James Scott, Juneau, Alaska Goal: Thank prosecutor for helping to dismiss case against woman who rescued an injured bald eagle. A lawsuit against a woman who freed a bald eagle from a hunter’s trap has been dismissed by a prosecuting attorney. During a hiking trip on Davies Creek trails, Kathleen Adair came upon an injured bald eagle with a trap sprung on each leg. The eagle was injured, struggling, and needed immediate attention. It was getting dark, and rather than wait the night for a rescuer to make it into the forest, Adair took action, using bird rescue…
  • Praise Stricter Food Safety Laws

    Jackie Ip
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Health Minister of Lebanon, Wael Abou Faour Goal: Applaud the approval of ambitious food safety draft law, which will help protect citizens’ health and well-being. A new food safety draft law will reform how the government in Lebanon handles its food safety issues. Although this is an amended version of a law created a decade ago, it is now more ambitious as it hopes to improve food safety and prevent any future food-related scandals. The new food safety draft law will allow the Food Safety Lebanese Commission to oversee the enacting of the law, which means the Food Safety…
  • Success: Loophole to Seize Citizen Property Closed

    David DeCorte
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Attorney General Eric Holder Goal: Praise the decision to prohibit law enforcement agencies from accepting civil assets forfeited from drug arrests regardless of the suspect’s conviction. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced a new policy regarding civil asset forfeiture in drug arrest cases. For years, state and local law enforcement agencies have been able to seize assets including cash, cars and other property from those arrested for drug violations, regardless of whether or not the person was actually convicted of a crime. Law enforcement would then submit the…
  • End Livestock Suffering at Meat Industry Research Facility

    Jackie Ip
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Robert A. Downey, Executive Director of Capital Humane Society Goal: Expose the suffering livestock animals experience as they are experimented upon to increase profit for the meat industry. In Nebraska a taxpayer-financed federal institution, known as the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, is conducting experiments on livestock animals to re-engineer the animals to fit the demands of the meat industry. As the demand for meat grows, the meat industry is looking for a way to breed livestock that produces more offspring and therefore, more meat. Unsurprisingly, many complications have…
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Life Cycle of a Cell Phone

    greenwise
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    Cell phones are proliferating like the proverbial rabbits. And because the technology around cell phones is advancing so rapidly, they become outdated quickly. Thus, the life cycle is short, and many people replace/upgrade their cell phones within a year or two. I was sent a nice infographic that shows the life cycle of a cell phone […]
  • Energy-Inefficient Habits and How to Break Them

    greenwise
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:41 pm
    As we get into the New Year, everyone wants to have a fresh start. However, energy bills from the holidays can be discouraging. Sometimes we don’t even know what we’re doing that raises those energy cost numbers. So we’ve compiled a list of some common mistakes almost all of us unknowingly make that sabotage our […]
  • Which Enzyme Companies Made News in 2014?

    greenwise
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    For those readers with an interest in the enzyme industry, David Rozzell has just published his Enzyme Industry: 2014 year in Review. The concise summaries of information about key news from the movers and shakers in the enzyme industry last year may be a good guide for what to expect in the coming year. And each news highlight has […]
  • 3 Companies “Greening Up” the Workplace

    greenwise
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    More and more companies benefit from eco-friendly building that increases property value, decreases operating costs and pays back within seven years. The U.S. Green Building Council reports that 41 percent of commercial construction in 2012 was green and predicts that it will rise to almost 50 percent in 2015. States with the most green office […]
  • Five Low-Cost Tips for Cutting Your Electric Bill

    greenwise
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Living greener in ways that put extra money in your pocket is a main theme o this site. I even have a new book out that lays out a green living plan to save $2000 or more this year and every year afterward: Build Wealth by Going Green. In this guest post by Kate Wilson […]
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    Almost All The Truth »

  • 15 Years to Global Change

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    15 Years…   15 years. A game changing set of time. What can possibly be accomplished over 15 years with the right tools, circumstances, and mindset? Global change. Bill and Melinda Gates just released their Annual Letter and have settled on a set of expectations to meet within that 15 year timeframe. “That’s where change comes from…” In 15 years… Half as many kids will die, far fewer women will die in childbirth, and people will live healthier lives because we’ll beat many of the diseases that sicken the poor. Africa will be able to feed itself.
  • Listen: Word for the New Year

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
      New Year, New Start I like the idea of fresh starts and new beginnings. I like the idea that I can wake up every day and make different choices, be more present, be more conscientious, be better. It is important to me to have ideals and to strive for them, even if I fail and fail again. The point is in the process, not in the product. I don’t beat myself up for shortcomings, real or perceived, but that doesn’t mean I give in to them either. I like the reflections at the end of one year and the openness to which we greet the new year. How you frame the new year’s start…
  • Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

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

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

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

  • Ellen MacArthur, The Circular Economy and Interface

    Ramon Arratia
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:54 am
    It is always great for a company to get a name check in the press or to be noticed in some way for good reasons. To be mentioned by Ellen Macarthur on the BBC website, and associated with something we hold so dear, is something of a triple whammy. Here is an excerpt from her piece that includes the mention of Interface and Ray. Click on the image to read the full article about why it is so important that we all push for a Circular Economy: “For a long time, the proponents of natural capitalism and the circular economy were voices crying in a business wilderness. One corporate leader…
  • Cost Per Lumen – The LED revolution

    Ramon Arratia
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
    Sometimes we get things a little bit right. And all too often we don’t celebrate these little wins. Here is a graph that details how LED light technology has changed our world as cost per lumen. It’s by no means a complete win but with energy requirements cut by up to 80% and our lights burning just as bright, it’s a great little reminder what can be done.   Source – Cambridge Uni Press The post Cost Per Lumen – The LED revolution appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
  • The Great Acceleration

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    In one lifetime humanity has become… Here is one of the scariest slide decks I’ve seen – Using 24 key social, economic, and environmental indicators, Pharand-Deschênes has created a dashboard that shows how human pressure on planet Earth is reaching critical level. Fast. The acceleration shown over the last 60 years is absolutely crazy. Zoom in. Freak out. Great Acceleration 2015 from International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme The post The Great Acceleration appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
  • The Global Risks Landscape 2015

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    What is the impact and likelihood of global risks? WEF have released a group of reports that look at risk across the globe as of 2015. This edition of the Global Risks report completes a decade of highlighting the most significant long-term risks worldwide, drawing on the perspectives of experts and global decision-makers. Scroll down for filtering: The post The Global Risks Landscape 2015 appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
  • Secret Goings On With Chemist Colleague

    Ramon Arratia
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    This picture was taken today whilst secretly working (or not so!) on a top secret project. I’ll post more here as it comes together but pleased and proud to announce that we’re currently working on something we think revolutionary for the carpet industry… The post Secret Goings On With Chemist Colleague appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • How to Make an Owl Pellet

    Earth Rangers
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Step one of this ‘do-it-yourself guide’ to owl pelleting is you need to be an owl. If you aren’t an owl, you can still make friends with these birds by learning about their owl pelleting ways. If you are an owl, read on to see how you too can make a pellet! Western screech owl Step 1: Finding Your Food To create an owl pellet you first need to have a full stomach. Owls use different strategies to catch a meal, but we’re going to focus on the western screech owl because they are an adorable species that really needs our help. Scientists estimate that there are only 500 to 800 western…
  • Braving the Cold for Bobolinks

    Earth Rangers
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Meet six-year-old Kaylee, an advocate for animals even when it’s cold outside! This winter Kaylee started a Bring Back the Wild campaign for the bobolink and has put some creative ideas into action to raise funds to protect these amazing songbirds. To kick off her campaign, Kaylee set up a hot chocolate stand on her street during -14 winter weather and sold hot chocolate with marshmallows for two hours. She also sold her play kitchen along with some other toys and is doing extra chores around the house to raise funds for her campaign. Kaylee is a dedicated Earth Ranger and recycles plastic,…
  • Top Ten Animals Playing Games

    Earth Rangers
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    Everyone loves to play! Here at Earth Rangers we’ve been busy playing the new Animal Idol game. Animals out in the wild like to have fun too. Scientists have documented play behaviour in a wide range of species from mammals, like humans, to invertebrates (for example octopi), marsupials (for example kangaroos), fish and birds. How do researchers know when an animal is playing? They look to see if the action has a purpose or not, if it is spontaneous or unplanned, if it looks like fun, if the animal repeats the behaviour and whether or not they do it when they are under stress. Scientists…
  • Top Ten Animal New Year’s Resolutions

    Earth Rangers
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    What’s on your list of things to do in 2015? Get inspired by some of these animal New Year’s resolutions then share your ideas for how to make this year the best one yet! 1) Make more time for dancing  2) Stretch every morning 3) Save for the future 4) Smile more 5) Eat lots of green healthy food  6) Spend more time with family  7) Fly somewhere far away 8) Exercise more 9) Make new friends  10) Give more hugs
  • Top Ten Animals Enjoying Winter Break

    Earth Rangers
    27 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    It’s the holidays, and that means school is out and you have time to play! Here are some adorable animals that are also enjoying winter break. 1) Wolf Back Rub in the Snow 2) Winter Deer Run 3) Seal Ice Taste Test 4) Synchronized Winter Crane Dance 5) Lynx Snow Tussle 6) “It’s Mine!’ Otter Snow Grab 7) Penguin Snowy Shadows 8) Polar Bear Snowball Fight 9) Red Squirrel Frozen Tag 10) Laying Around Winter Tiger    
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:46 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

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:46 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

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:46 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

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:46 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

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:46 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

  • Hyundai Azera

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    The Hyundai Azera is a large four-door sedan that focuses on comfort and amenities, straddling the top of the mainstream car market and the price-conscious end of the luxury class. The Azera is related to the Hyundai Sonata in the way Toyota's Avalon is paired with its Camry: it's essentially a longer, more plush and stylish alternative that...
  • Hyundai Santa Fe

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    The Hyundai Santa Fe badge is now affixed to two mainstream, family-oriented crossover offerings from the South Korean automaker. The original two-row, five-seat Santa Fe is now known as Santa Fe Sport, while the recently added long-wheelbase version boasts seven seats and is called simply Santa Fe. The two vehicles are built on substantially...
  • Hyundai Tucson

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    As a crossover utility vehicle that performs (and looks) more like a tall hatchback, the Hyundai Tucson lands at the small end of the compact class. Competitors include top-sellers like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Subaru Forester. At present, the Tucson is powered by a lineup of fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, as well as an...
  • Nissan Rogue

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    The Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover that seats up to five passengers. Power comes from a four-cylinder engine mated with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), with front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive available as an option. Competitors include the high-volume trio of Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4, as well as the...
  • Nissan Altima

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    The Altima is Nissan's four-door, mid-size family sedan. It is now one of the best-selling vehicles in its segment--one that includes the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, not to mention the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. While the model was previously available as a coupe, today's Altima is sold as a four-door only. Over the two decades it's been...
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    Green Car Reports

  • 2015 BMW i3 Updates, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Still Delayed, Gas Prices And Electric Cars: Today's Car News

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today we've got news of small updates for the 2015 BMW i3 electric car, confirmation that the U.S. launch of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid is still far off, and why low gas prices likely won't hurt electric-car sales. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The 2015 BMW i3 electric car gets standard DC fast charging in its second model...
  • Once More: Low Gas Prices Don't Hurt Electric-Car Sales

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Data is important. Data on the effects of changing economic factors is very important to the car industry. Which is why it's disappointing to see a Nissan executive repeating the canard that falling gas prices can hurt sales of plug-in electric cars. DON'T MISS: Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year In an...
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid On Sale In Q2 Of 2016, Now

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid has now been on sale in Europe and Japan for more than two years, but U.S. buyers will still have to wait a while to get their hands on the plug-in crossover. While a refreshed 2016 Outlander is set to arrive here in June, the plug-in version may not follow until almost a year afterward--likely as a 2017...
  • 2014-2015 Toyota Prius V Wagon Recalled For Airbag Sensor Issue

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Toyota is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 Prius V hybrid wagons to fix an improperly-calibrated airbag occupant classification system (OCS). The OCS determines whether the front passenger seat is occupied, and if so, by a passenger of sufficient weight to require airbag protection. If that is not the case, the passenger airbag is shut off. DON'T...
  • 2015 BMW i3 Electric Car Price Raised $1,000 To $43,350

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    The BMW i3 electric car enters its second model year largely unchanged, with a few added features and a price hike to boot. The 2015 BMW i3 now comes standard with DC fast-charging capability, satellite radio, and heated front seats--for a starting price that's $1,075 higher than the 2014 model. DON'T MISS: BMW i3 Electric Car Super Bowl TV Ad...
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  • Is it Ok to seal a concrete floor with Kilz and then install carpet over it.

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    We just bought a house and the family room carpet had pet urine on it so we ripped it out. We are wondering if we should seal the concrete floor with Kilz to make sure all the odor is removed before we put carpet over it. Or will sealing it make the carpet retain moisture and possible mold underneath? Lets start with the question regarding moisture first. Since you are a slab on grade construction, per code there should be a vapor/moisture barrier installed between grade and bottom of...
  • I am building a bed frame and want it to be as green as possible. Is there a brand of woodworking glue that anyone could recommend?

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    I was thinking of using Titebond 3 glue. Elmer's Brand "Glue-All" dries fast and is non-toxic. I would recommend using it in conjunction with either nails or screws wood screws. ...
  • should I insulate my basement ceiling

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    I live in long island ny, I have a one story ranch with a basemet, my bedrooms are 5-6 degrees cooler than my livingroom, should I insulate my basement ceiling and how The EPA recommends R-25 minimum floor insulation. Fiberglass batts will be an economical choice for this application. Be sure to extend the batts to the ends of the joists. Also...
  • How do I repair an area of the furnace that is thinning?

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:07 am
    The side of my gas furnace next to the flames has started to thin and has holes in it, when the heat is on you can see the glow from the flames thru the metal siding and some of the flames come out of the holes in the metal. Sounds like you have some rust taking over your furnace. My question would be how old is the unit and how did the rust start? If it’s over 14 years...
  • Is Eco Timber still one of the safest engineered hardwood floors to put in your home?

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    I know that Eco Timber has been taken over by another company. Is it still formaldehyde free with no VOCs and with a non-toxic, formaldehyde free and VOC free finish? Be careful when reviewing the information supplied by the manufacturer. As for Eco Timber, not all of their floors are formaldehyde free and VOC free. In most the MSDS reports...
 
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • Divestment Will Not Keep Carbon in the Ground

    Harry Saunders
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Shuffling paper assets around does not change the production economics of the fossil fuels industry. Divestment must be justified on other grounds. No matter how widespread any particular misconception, it is unnerving when this infects learned discourse in the academy.read more
  • 'Hottest Year' Story Obscures Bigger News: Ocean Warming Now Off The Charts

    JosephRomm
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The big climate news last week was NOAA and NASA announcing that 2014 was the hottest year on record, breaking the highs of 2005 and 2010. But the bigger story actually got buried: Global warming has continued unabated over the past few years.read more
  • 4 Things to Watch For in the 2015 Energy Storage Market

    KatherineTweed
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The energy storage market really began to heat up in 2014, but the coming year promises a faster pace and bigger scale, according to Ravi Manghani, senior energy storage analyst with GTM Research. Here's what to keep an eye on in this year.read more
  • Energy Data Privacy Risks: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

    Christine Hertzog
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wednesday is Data Privacy Day in the USA, and it should receive heightened awareness after the recent Sony Pictures cyberattack. While media attention focused on cybersecurity weaknesses, privacy is the natural consequence of good cybersecurity. Security is a strategy that ensures a privacy outcome.read more
  • Can Mammograms Teach Us Something Useful About Energy Efficiency?

    CatherineWolfram
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    At first blush, mammograms and energy efficiency investments appear to have nothing in common – one’s a personal, preventative health tool and the other helps you save money and energy. But I suspect they raise similar time-management issues. Let me explain.read more
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    LEEDdaily

  • The 2015 New American Home is big, beige and foamy

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    It’s one of my favorite times of the year, when the giant International Builders Showtakes over Las Vegas and I get to have so much fun with my annual trashing of The New American Home. Since it started modestly in 1984 as a showcase for products and builders which is then sold to the public, it has grown into an extravagant display of wretched excess and more recently, horrific greenwashing. (see past TNAH posts at bottom under related links)
  • Jon Miller, AIA, LEED® AP, Joins STV as Executive Vice President, Head of Buildings & Facilities Division

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Jon Miller, AIA, LEED® AP, has joined STV as executive vice president and will lead the firm’s Buildings & Facilities Division (B&F). In this role, Miller will be responsible for the performance and operations of the multi-disciplined national division. Miller will report directly to Milo Riverso, Ph.D., P.E., CCM, STV’s chief executive officer and president, and will operate out of the New York office. Miller brings more than 30 years of design and management experience in the architectural and engineering industry. “Jon is a proven manager with a strong track…
  • Artis Real Estate Investment Trust Receives LEED(R) Certification at Eight Office Properties

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Artis Real Estate Investment Trust (AX.UN) (“Artis” or the “REIT”) announced today that, as part of its commitment to promoting the use of energy efficient landlord and tenant practices and reduce potential adverse effects on the environment, it received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification at eight of its office properties, seven in Canada and one in the United States. In January 2015, LEED Platinum certification was awarded to 220 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, while LEED Gold certification was awarded to Stampede Station, 800…
  • NEW GLUMAC OFFICES IN SHANGHAI BY GENSLER AIM FOR LEED

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    With building (still) booming in China, it’s no surprise the country has recently been at the forefront of architectural discourse, embracing daring, outsize designs by a cadre of international luminaries, from Zaha Hadid to 2014 AD Innovator Ole Scheeren. But the new Shanghai offices of an American engineering firm prove that ingenuity can come at any scale
  • Freeman Achieves LEED Silver Certification Freeman Chicago Facility Recognized for Sustainable Design and Construction Metho

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    The Freeman Company, the leading global partner for integrated marketing solutions for live engagements, today announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED® Silver Certification in the Building Design and Construction rating system for New Construction to the Freeman Chicago Facility. Freeman is the first general contractor in the event industry to achieve this status for new construction using sustainable design and construction methods. In order to achieve LEED Silver, a building must go above and beyond. Freeman has been recognized for its innovation by using 20…
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    PLANET

  • In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Will Even Want to Own a Car: 3 Simple Ideas That Are Making Cities Sustainable

    Shannan Stoll
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by Shutterstock. 1. A bus that will pick you up anywhere in the city with the use of a smartphone app. in: Helsinki Click here to subscribe to YES! By 2025, public transportation in Helsinki will be so good that no one living in the city will have any reason to own a car. That’s the goal the city announced earlier this year, and Helsinki is serious about it. The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority is piloting an on-call minibus service called Kutsuplus. The service uses an algorithm and a smartphone app…
  • “They’re driven by love. And they’re fierce.” Naomi Klein on the Climate Heroes Who Inspire Her

    Sarah van Gelder
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Naomi Klein. Photo by Aaron Stern. Note: Sections of this interview appeared at the YES! website on October 3, 2014. The climate crisis is no longer a future danger: Extreme weather, water shortages, heat waves, and flooding are here now. And the impacts of burning fossil fuels continue to worsen. Click here to subscribe to YES! Why has it taken so long to respond? Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, explores that question. Klein points to the “terrible timing” of the climate crisis coming into public awareness—with NASA scientist James…
  • LA Imports Nearly 85 Percent of Its Water—Can It Change That by Gathering Rain?

    Madeline Ostrander
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by Nathan Gibbs / Flickr. Walk the glaring streets of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley on a sun-soaked afternoon in a drought year, the dry, brush-covered mountains rising behind you, and it can be easy to feel that you’re in arid country. “Beneath this building, beneath every street, there’s a desert,” said the fictional mayor in the Oscar-winning 1974 movie Chinatown. “Without water the dust will rise up and cover us as though we’d never existed!” Click here to subscribe to YES! It’s an…
  • Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars?

    Jason F. McLennan
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Sunset over Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Photo by Piyavachara Nacchanandana / Shutterstock. If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that the future hasn’t hap­pened yet. How we will live a few decades from now is anything but clear, despite predictions from our wisest architects, planners, politicians, philosophers, futurists, and science fiction writers. Click here to subscribe to YES! For anyone committed to creating a more sustainable and just culture, here’s a sobering exercise: Try looking…
  • How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms at Home (and Get Plenty of Flavor and Protein for Free)

    YES! editors
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by Chiot's Run / Flickr. It’s fairly easy to grow oyster mushrooms indoors in a bag or a 2-gallon bucket using sawdust or spent coffee grounds as the growing medium. Mushrooms appreciate the nitrogen in coffee grounds, and the coffee-making hot water treatment clears grounds of mold or microorganisms that might compete with your fungi as they get their mycelium running. Some Japanese researchers are treating cancer patients with a compound derived from mushrooms. Collect used coffee grounds from a cafe or…
 
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    GoGreenNation.org

  • Indiana Solar Bill Crafted By Utilities Sparks Outrage, Raises Costs

    Mike Confino
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Large utilities and state legislators in Indiana have joined together to push for a bill that undermines state oversight of the electric utility industry and makes distributed and rooftop solar less appealing to consumers. HB 1320, proposed by state Rep. Eric Koch (R), would lower the amount of money solar customers get for selling excess power back to the grid while also allowing utilities to add a fixed monthly charge to solar users’ bills, as well as interconnection fees. “This is clearly an attack by utilities on customers’ energy choices in an attempt to restrict the freedom of…
  • Court Will Decide If Fracking Companies Can Be Held Responsible For Earthquakes

    Mike Confino
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Oklahoma’s highest court is about to make a decision that could really shake up the way fracking companies do business in the state. In the coming months, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court will decide whether two oil companies should be held financially responsible for injuries suffered by a woman during a 2011 earthquake thought to have been caused by drilling activity. If the woman’s lawsuit is successful, it could set a legal precedent for future earthquake claims against oil and gas companies in Oklahoma. via Court Will Decide If Fracking Companies Can Be Held Responsible For Earthquakes |…
  • Copenhagen’s climate-change adapted neighborhood

    Mike Confino
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Come hell or high water, the residents of St. Kjeld, a Copenhagen neighborhood, will be ready. Actually, skip the hell part. But when the next megastorm hits the Danish capital, St. Kjeld’s residents should be safe and dry. That’s because as of December, they live in the world’s first climate-change-adapted neighborhood. “St. Kjeld’s transformation shows what can be done if you take climate change seriously,” says Morten Kabell, Copenhagen’s deputy mayor in charge of environment and technology. In truth, after a catastrophic cloudburst in 2011 that resulted in damage of about $1…
  • Melting Glaciers Pose a Carbon Menace

    Mike Confino
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Melting glaciers dump massive amounts of carbon into the world’s oceans, a new study finds. The organic carbon could be a temporary boon for tiny creatures at the bottom of the aquatic food chain that gobble the compound as food, but if this manna disappears because the glaciers have vanished, the overfed ocean ecosystems may collapse, the study authors warned. via Melting Glaciers Pose a Carbon Menace.
  • Could Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Crack The Texas Tesla Sales Ban?

    Mike Confino
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Tesla can’t sell its electric cars directly to customers in Texas, but CEO Elon Musk still has ambitious plans for the state. As he often does, Musk dropped a bombshell on Twitter last week, announcing that he plans to build a test track for his “Hyperloop” transportation concept in the Lone Star State. However, some Tesla-watchers suggest that the announcement could be more than an attention-grabbing stunt from a man known for … well, attention-grabbing stunts. via Could Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Crack The Texas Tesla Sales Ban?.
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  • Don’t Kick Your Christmas Tree to the Curb! Repurpose or Recycle It.

    Robin
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature. ―Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree The ball has dropped, it’s after New Year’s and time to undeck the halls and untrim the trees. Every year I see tons of trees sitting curbside waiting to be picked up with the trash and taken to the landfill; it makes me sad that they had purpose for such a short time. While I do think real trees are better than fake (especially if you buy one from a local, family owned business!) we can do better, people. Get more out of your Christmas tree:…
  • Light It Up.

    Robin
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. ―Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky   So, I was having some issues behind the scenes here— basically, I was locked out of my blogs. I’d click the link to be sent a new password, but I’ve been blogging so long now that the password was going to a now-defunct email address. It was frustrating and sort of scary while also being sort of…
  • Love This: Lifefactory Glass Food Containers and Water Bottles

    Robin
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Now that’s what I call high quality H2O! -Bobby Boucher, The Waterboy Note: this post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through to Amazon I get a small % of any resulting sales. If you’d prefer not to use those links, you can check out the full Lifefactory line on their site. I work out 4-6 times a week. Maverick comes with me 3-4 of those times. Cassidy has soccer practice and games. We drink a LOT of water in this house: during workouts, and in between. At home, we use the CamelBak Relay Pitcher I was sent on behalf of the Fitness Magazine FitBlog event to filter…
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    Everblue blogs

  • LEED and Sustainability Training in 2015

    Lesley@Everblue
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    Sustainability has grown from a perspective shared by environmentalists only to a recognized behavior shared by professionals across many industries. There are a number of factors that have contributed to this growth in adoption. It started with benefits such as public appeal, marketability, and reduced business risk. As these professionals implemented sustainable features and activities in their organizations, they started to see tangible benefits – greater efficiency, less waste, improved sales, better employee recruitment and retention, etc. So what’s to come in 2015?read more
  • 10 Tips for Choosing a LEED Trainer

    Lesley@Everblue
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    In 1998, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system to provide a benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green buildings. From 1998 to 2008, LEED gained acceptance and respect among the building and construction industry, resulting in more and more professionals seeking LEED Accreditation.read more
  • ISSP's Sustainability Certification Effort

    Lesley@Everblue
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    At its November 2014 annual meeting, the board of directors for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) unanimously voted to move forward in creating a Sustainability Professional Certification Program in order to:read more
  • RESNET CAZ 2015 Deadlines

    Lesley@Everblue
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    In a November 2013 post, we mentioned that the RESNET Combustion Safety Deadline was fast approaching. At that point in time, RESNET had already announced that all existing HERS Raters needed to complete the new combustion safety training and testing by 2015 in order to maintain their certification. Here we are in the new year, and some may be wondering - Where do I stand? Am I still active? What do I need to do?read more
  • Everblue & USGBC South Florida Chapter Partner to Present LEED Exam Prep

    Lesley@Everblue
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEread more
 
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    Green Abode

  • 10% OFF Railcard Promotional Code for 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends and Two Together Railcards

    Chris King
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:13 am
    With a 2015 Railcard promotional code you can get 10% OFF the price of the 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends and Two Together Railcards. That’s just the start though as you’ll get at least 1/3 OFF train travel in Britain. As well as National Railcards, did you know there’s a total of 20 Railcards available in Britain? We’ll show you how to get 10% OFF with a 2015 Railcard promotional code and how you can get savings with regional Railcards in Britain. 2015 Railcard Promotional Code Discounts & Other Railcards – Quick Links 16-25 Railcard Promotional…
  • Stansted Express 2015 Promotion Code and Discount Cheap Train Tickets

    Chris King
    1 Apr 2013 | 2:38 am
    Stansted Express 2015 promotion code and discount cheap ticket deals are exclusively available online. Trains run frequently every 15 mins to get you from London to Stansted Airport and the journey time is 47 mins. Travel in comfort, save money and time with these 2015 Stansted Airport promotion code offers and online exclusive deals. We also have a guide to 2015 Gatwick Express promotional code and discount tickets, where there’s plenty more bargains on offer. Stansted Express Promotion Code and 2015 Discount Tickets – Quick Links Online Low-Cost Advance – SAVE up to…
  • Gatwick Express Promotional Code 2015 and Cheap Train Ticket Deals

    Chris King
    30 Mar 2013 | 2:44 am
    Gatwick Express promo code 2015  and discount deals are only available online. Get cheap train tickets before you travel and don’t get ripped off at the station! Gatwick Airport is just 30 mins from London Victoria with trains leaving every 15 mins. Travel in comfort and hassle-free by booking your tickets before you leave. Save money on all tickets with 2015 Gatwick Express promo code deals and online exclusive discounts. Gatwick Express Promo Code 2015 and Cheap Train Tickets with Online Exclusive Deals – Quick Links Gatwick Express Promotional Code 2015 *Online Exclusive*…
  • Great Value Day Out with the National Trust at Levant Mine and Beam Engine in Cornwall

    Chris King
    22 Jan 2013 | 10:54 pm
    It was a blowy October day when we turned off the main down a lane towards the coast. During this short journey we got a taste of the disused, ghost like buildings of the Levant Mine and Beam Engine. For many the main draw of the Levant Mine is to see the only remaining Cornish steam beam engine still in operation. You get a whole lot more than that, however, with this excellent value day out from the National Trust. For just £7.20 for adults and £3.60 for children (includes Gift Aid contribution) you get a tour of Levant Mine and Beam Engine. That’s not all, however, as you also get…
  • Chain Reaction, Wiggle and Merlin Cycling Voucher Codes & Sale – January 2015

    Chris King
    25 Dec 2012 | 7:00 am
    There’s nothing like a new year to get you focused on cycling and getting your kit up together. Check out the latest January 2015 voucher codes and January Sale offers for pro cycling kit from Chain Reaction, Wiggle and Merlin Cycles. Chain Reaction Cycles, Wiggle and Merlin Cycles January 2015 Voucher Codes & Sale – Quick Links Chain Reaction Cycles Voucher Codes – January 2015 - x 1 Voucher Codes & 9 January Sale Offers Wiggle Voucher Codes – January 2015 - x 1 Voucher Codes & 8 January Sale Offers Merlin Cycles Voucher Code – January…
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Would You Want to Live in a Hyper/CAT City? It Could Be a Smart Thing

    David Thorpe
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Hyper/CAT! It sounds like some kind of super powered feline, but if a certain group of people in the UK have their way it will be even more powerful than that. For HyperCat it is an emerging new standard, rather like HTML, but for the Internet of Things. It will help everything that is in a smart city talk to everything else. If it were to become globally applicable then all cities in the world will be one day interoperable, connectable, and able to use the same technology.read more
  • The Growing Shadow of Self Storage

    TCaine
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Similar to the growth of digital space in the cloud, the displacement of our excess stuff to an out-of-sight location can be perceived as utilizing an endless amount of space with little repercussion, but this strengthening trend has fuelled an industry in the business of taking up space while giving little back.read more
  • Healthy, Liveable, and Sustainable Communities Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives

    Luis Rodriguez
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Imagine a community — neighborhood, village, town, or city — that provides residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life. A world-class community that strives to preserve or improve its economy, the quality of its environment, and the health and well being of its residents.read more
  • Are Small Retail Condos a Sustainable Use of Buildings?

    donnelly_b
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Retail is one of the hardest — if not the hardest — real estate category to get right. If you don’t have the right setup, the right location, and the right tenant mix, you can fail pretty easily. It’s a bit of an art. And that obviously applies to both landlords and tenants.read more
  • Complete Streets vs. Trucks

    The Dirt
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    As more communities invest in green, complete streets to create environments that are both safer and more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists, there are growing problems for those who must move goods, says Peter Plumeau of the Resource Systems Group.read more
 
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • French Press 101 – How to brew a perfect cup of coffee at home!

    Calley Pate
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    How do you like your coffee? Hot! Intravenously? A few weeks ago a friend introduced me to her French Press.  I’ve heard of them before but never researched them or really paid much attention to them.  I’ve been either a) Going to Starbucks every morning, or b) refilling my K-Cup and making a cup.  As much as I love my Starbucks, I don’t always like making that daily trip to the store and spending the extra money.  I don’t really enjoy my refillable K-Cup because the thing ALWAYS leaks.  I almost bought a traditional coffee pot but since I usually only drink one…
  • Congratulations, it’s a…brand new Thirsties Newborn All-In-One

    Calley Pate
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sponsored by Thirsties Warning: Your ovaries may burst after reading this post. I am not responsible for any babies born 9 months from now. BONUS: Keep scrolling down to enter to win a 2 pack of the Thirsties Newborn AIO cloth diapers. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you!  I mean, just look at those tiny little toes. Can’t you just smell the new baby smell? Ok, focus…and try to convince yourself that you don’t want another newborn. …but if you are pregnant, expecting, or planning on having a newborn anytime soon, Thirsties has a brand new diaper just for you!
  • The Perfect South Tampa Date Night

    Calley Pate
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you may remember seeing me stuffing my face in South Tampa last week.  I was invited to experience a progressive dinner with other Tampa Bay Bloggers at Roux, Datz and Dough.  Before we start talking about the food I have a confession to make, I’ve never been to South Tampa before!  I’ve been in the Bay for almost 10 years and rarely make it downtown and have never ventured to the MacDill/South Tampa area.  I’m already planning my next trip and this time I’m taking my husband out for a date!! Even though I didn’t get…
  • Music & Your Child

    Calley Pate
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:34 pm
    This post is sponsored by Music Together Teacher Training in Tampa, March 20-22nd.  What role does music play in the life of your children?  I’m sure that music has been part of your own life as far back as you can remember.  For our family, music consists mostly of songs we hear on the radio.  We don’t censor the radio stations too much, so the kids end up signing and dancing along to whatever is popular.  I don’t mind listening to kids stations but you’ll never find them on in my husbands car. I remember when my son was little, we would attend a Mommy & Me…
  • Pardon the Dust

    Calley Pate
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Yes, things are a little different since you last visited!  Sleep is calling before I could finish all the lovely updates. Pardon the dust and come back tomorrow afternoon/evening and see what’s new!
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    TheCityFix

  • Mobility solutions for marginalized communities: The urban cable car

    Dario Hidalgo
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Medellín, Colombia’s Metrocable aerial cable car system helps connect residents of the city’s informal settlements to jobs and opportunities in the urban core. Photo by Mariana Gil/ EMBARQ Brasil. Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, during which the region’s cities saw unprecedented rural to urban migration. In the following decades, violence in many of these population-drained rural areas accelerated the flow of rural migrants into cities. Because few cities were able to provide adequate low-income housing, the majority of these new urbanites…
  • Friday Fun: Six mayors who bike, and why this is a good thing

    Ryan Schleeter
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    From São Paulo to Jakarta, mayors are leading their citizens into the streets and onto their bicycles. Pictured (from top left): Joko Widodo (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Boris Johnson (London, United Kingdom), Fernando Haddad (São Paulo, Brazil), Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City, Mexico), and Ana Botella (Madrid, Spain). Here at TheCityFix, we believe in recognizing profound leadership in urban sustainability. After all, it takes a combination of citizen support and top-down vision to create meaningful change in a city. While public focus is usually on what city leaders can achieve from behind their…
  • People-oriented streets and the built environment: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholars present at Transforming Transportation 2015

    Ryan Schleeter
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Erik Vergel-Tovar (left) of Colombia and Madeline Brozen (right) of the United States—recipients of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship—presented their research findings at Transforming Transportation 2015. Photos by Zhou Jia/WRI. Last week’s Transforming Transportation conference put forth multiple innovative ideas for how cities can transform mobility to become more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Speakers included former heads of state like Mexico’s Felipe Calderón, road safety champions like former New York City DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan,…
  • Urban design for safer roads: Insights from EMBARQ Turkey’s RSLab

    Sera Tolgay
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    Turkey has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the world. Better road infrastructure design and sustainable mobility can change that, reducing crashes and saving lives. Photo by Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr. More than 1.2 million people worldwide are killed in road traffic crashes every year, and an additional 20 to 50 million are injured. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if urgent action is not taken, these figures will increase by about 65% over the next 20 years, making road traffic crashes the fifth-leading cause of death by 2030. Half of these road fatalities occur…
  • Transport plays a key role in urban air quality

    Toni Lindau
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    Transport plays a growing role in both the global climate and public health in cities like Londrina, Brazil (pictured). Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. The city is like an organism, and the swift movement of people and goods is the oxygen that sustains its well-being. When this circulation is inhibited, it significantly compromises the quality of urban life. For example, private cars account for less than one-third of trips in cities worldwide, but are responsible for 73% of urban air pollutants. Per capita, private cars generate three times more greenhouse gas emissions than public…
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    EarthTechling

  • The Sun is Setting for EarthTechling

    Jason Ridge
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    For more than five years we have been one of the leading clean technology blogs. As of January 27th, 2015 EarthTechling will cease operations and no longer publish or distribute new content. However, we will continue to maintain our current site to serve the thousands of links that republishing our content each and every day.This decision was not easy. Over the past several months we’ve looked far and wide for possible partners or acquisitions, but we have been unable to secure the funding needed to keep our dream alive. It’s a painful change, but one that we must make. We hope…
  • Louisville: All-electric ZeroBus Fleet Launches

    Guest Post
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Mayor Greg Fischer joined TARC and other local officials today at the Louisville Slugger Museum to kick off the start of ZeroBus service in downtown Louisville.ZeroBus, TARC’s all-electric fleet, is now providing fare-free rides for passengers along  Main, Market and Fourth streets. The zero-emissions all-electric buses  replace diesel-powered trolleys, the highest polluting TARC vehicles.“ZeroBus changes the game for public transportation in downtown and represents the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are embracing to improve our city,” said Fischer, who joined TARC…
  • New Nissan Clean Diesel Truck Unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

    Jason Ridge
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A major new addition to the diesel pickup truck stable was introduced this morning as Nissan unveiled its new 2016 Nissan Titan powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine during the opening day of this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.“Because of their unmatched combination of efficiency, performance and towing capabilities, diesel engines have long dominated the heavy-duty pickup market,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.  “The New 2016 Nissan Titan with the Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel will provide a great new…
  • Revenge of the Bacteria

    Jason Ridge
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Dear EarthTalk: How is it that antibiotics are being “overused,” as I’ve read, and what are the potential consequences? – Mitchell Chase, Hartford, CTThe development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics”—drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection—has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost. The more we rely on antibiotics, the more bacteria develop resistance to them, which makes treating infections that much more challenging.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease…
  • Watch Bill Gates Drink Water From Human Waste

    EcoWatch
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    We know that Bill Gates made a lot of money from Microsoft and since he left the company, he’s been very busy spending it.One of the latest projects he’s funding is the Omniprocessor, which turns human waste intorenewable energy and drinkable water. How drinkable? Gates demonstrated by drinking a glassful himself.“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin,” said Gates. “They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water. The occasion…
 
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    Green Nation Today

  • Dallas Window Replacement: Should You Do It Yourself Or Hire A Professional?

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    When it comes solving to household issues, people have the tendency to do it themselves instead of hiring professional workers, this being also the case for Dallas window replacement. They fail to understand that professional work can help them save money and enjoy quality in the long run. If you decide to do it yourself, it may be quite a hard work to do. First off, you need to decide upon the type of windows you plan to install. This means that you need to consider the price, the material they are made of and the quality. Nevertheless, you must take into account the insurance company, which…
  • The Benefits of Epoxy – Garage Floor Coating and Kitchen or Bathroom Floor Covering

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Epoxy garage floor coatings work well not only for garages that are frequently used and are subjected to heavy traffic all the time. Epoxy is a good choice even if you don’t use your garage extensively for a number of reasons – here is why I like my epoxy flooring. First of all, I was really surprised to see how level the floor was after I poured it and it dried completely. The old floor was very bumpy and it also had a few very unsightly cracks, too, but the epoxy levelled itself out completely. What I also like about it is that it is very easy to clean. I am not very much of a car…
  • Do You Need to Get New Shingles? Roofing Troy MI Professionals Show You Why It Is Best to Invest in Pre-Stained Shingles

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    You can ask Preferred Home Construction roofing Troy MI contractors and they will tell you how important it is to make sure you get the right shingles for your home. Some might tell you that pre-stained shingles are an unnecessary expense. This could not by farther from the truth. Pre-stained shingles will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Just ask the experts and see what they have to say: Pre-stained shingles will save you a lot of money, since you will no longer have to purchase expensive stain brands to keep your shingles in great shape. This type of shingles is also manufactured…
  • Baby Clothing Online Buyer’s Guide

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    For a great number of parents, buying baby clothing online is a highly convenient method of getting everything they need before welcoming the newborn into the world. It is the same for fresh parents, who, with all the feeding, changing and fresh air walking routine, have little time to go shopping in baby clothing stores.   With so many available offers, you have great chances of finding all the items you need, but with the help of a few tricks, you can maximize them. One of the things you should consider when you shop online for baby clothing is the sizing.   Because the little…
  • Do You Want to Make the Most Out of Your Commercial Roof? Phoenix Commercial Roofing Experts Say That Investing in a Fully Adhered Roof Can Yield Great Results

    admin
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    When it comes to Phoenix commercial roofing systems, you know you cannot go wrong with a fully adhered roof. It is the best way of ensuring your commercial property prospers and looks great. If you are still having doubts, you can always give your local experienced roofers a call and ask them for information. They will tell you why fully adhered roofs are so popular right now: They look great Experts agree that fully adhered roofs definitely have a great aesthetic appeal. This is due to the fact that the adhesive elements that keep the membrane secure are hidden from view. Alternatives to…
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    Intercon

  • The Growing Shadow of Self Storage

    T. Caine
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    As January comes to a close most of the presents of the holiday season have probably found a place in our homes. Shelves are a bit heavier. Closets are a bit fuller. Unclaimed space is a bit rarer. The success of the retail industry shows itself in our collective burgeoning homes and as the spring approaches there will be Americans looking to find new homes for possessions they can’t fit, but don’t want to part with. Similar to the growth of digital space in the cloud, the displacement of our excess stuff to an out-of-sight location can be perceived as utilizing an endless amount…
  • Reviewed: Explosion Green

    T. Caine
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    Explosion Green By David Gottfried In One Line: A low-stress read for an informative look behind the curtain from a key figure responsible for the start of the green building movement.  For over two decades the USGBC’s LEED rating system has been an undeniably important part of the story of sustainability entering into the industries responsible for our built environment. Thanks to the work of countless individuals and organizations LEED is now a term known broadly outside of the cadre that designs and constructs buildings as well as far beyond the borders of the U.S. It is a great…
  • Cities of 2030, Today

    T. Caine
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Cities can grow to defy our current perceptions of plausibility. In the future, each spire in a collection of gleaming, vertical towers could harness density through a mixture of use types from working to living to growing food. Not only could each building produce its own renewable energy, but the excess could be pumped back into the city around it to help power the seamless public transit system ranging from lighted bike paths to high speed trains that allowed people to sail from one urban core to the next. Air quality would rise, water use would fall and the cultural affordability would…
  • Reviewed: A Country of Cities

    T. Caine
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America By Vishaan Chakrabarti In One Line: Nice graphics tell a familiar urban story more fit for casual readers than seasoned design professionals. In the midst of a global economy that is already migrating towards cities, Chakrabarti adds his voice to the drumbeat of density in a pitch for focusing development towards our urban cores. Pulling on some of the usual suspects for data, the author focuses his sermon on why dense urban centers are the smart future for human civilization—an unspoken but heavily implied slight to what has become the…
  • Architects Hail from NYC and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

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

  • How Are You Celebrating MLK Day?

    Melissa Dion
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    At Ecolissa we believe in the importance of volunteering time for worthy causes on a weekly basis. If you don't currently volunteer, MLK Day is the perfect opportunity to get started."On MLK Day, Americans across the country come together for a day of service, picking up the baton handed to us by past generations and carrying forward their efforts. As one people, we show that when ordinary citizens come together to participate in the democracy we love, justice will not be denied.So make the commitment to serve your community throughout the year – and make MLK Day a day on, not a day off."…
  • New Arrivals: Green Tree Jewelry Holiday Earrings

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

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

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

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

  • Bureau's weather records to be reviewed again – sure, why not?

    Ailie Gallant, ARC DECRA Fellow, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Adjusted data from Australian weather stations has been peer-reviewed before. But the government's new technical panel could still offer useful advice. Bidgee/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SAThe federal government’s new “Technical Advisory Forum” on weather data, announced by parliamentary environment secretary Bob Baldwin last week, will “review and provide advice on Australia’s official temperature data set”. This data set, known as ACORN-SAT and maintained by the Bureau of Meteorology, is the primary record used for monitoring temperature trends around the country. Although the…
  • Why scientists adjust temperature records, and how you can too

    Neville Nicholls, Professor emeritus, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:46 pm
    What does Paraguay have to do with the global temperature record? dany13/Flickr, CC BYAn article in The Australian today has once again raised the question of why scientists, in trying to estimate how the global and regional surface temperatures of Earth may have changed over the past century or so, “adjust” the raw temperature data. It is important to note, first off, that no data have been “altered” or destroyed in this process – all the raw data remain available for investigation by anyone who has the inclination (as I’ll show below). But this process can lead to large…
  • A crash in gas use is more likely than the forecast 'shortage'

    Mike Sandiford, Professor of Geology and Director of Melbourne Energy Institute at University of Melbourne
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Rising gas prices, driven by the development of Queensland's exports, could end up driving domestic customers away. AAP Image/Dave HuntGas developers have been ominously warning of impending gas shortages in New South Wales, with official forecasts from planning authorities pointing to steady or rising demand. Yet our analysis suggests that these forecasts are likely well off the mark, that gas demand in NSW will fall, and that in reality NSW is facing an inevitable price shock, not a gas shortage. With prices rising, consumers who reduce gas use and switch to alternatives might well…
  • Climate projections show Australia is heading for a much warmer future

    Kevin Hennessy, Principal Research Scientist, Marine &amp; Atmospheric Research at CSIRO
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Future Sydney? Climate projections show Sydney's climate could end up more like Brisbane's. Kevin Gibbons/Flickr, CC BYAustralia is on track for up to 1.7C of warming this century if the world curbs its greenhouse emissions, but under a worst-case scenario could see anything from 2.8C to 5.1C of warming by 2090, according to new climate change projections released by the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology. The projections are the most comprehensive ever released for Australia. They are similar to those published in 2007, but based on stronger evidence, with more regional detail.
  • Sharks aren't criminals, but our fear makes us talk as if they are

    Adrian Peace, Social anthropologist, School of Social Sciences at The University of Queensland
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Scary? Sure. Stalker? Probably not. AAP Image/ScreenWestSharks have been making news yet again, after a spate of sightings in Newcastle, New South Wales, prompted days of beach closures and reports of oceangoers allegedly being “stalked” by “monster” specimens. Similarly, when West Australian teenager Jay Muscat was killed by a shark on December 29 last year at Cheyne’s Beach, near Albany, the state’s media understandably covered the incident in detail, with an ABC television report claiming that a shark had been seen “stalking” the area for about week before the tragedy. This…
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    Green Conduct

  • Reduce Your Heating Oil Costs This Winter

    alicebenny
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Did you know that the average household in the United States spends nearly $1000 on heating each winter – and the bill is a lot higher in certain areas of the country. Aside from the cost, the environmental impact of burning all that fuel oil is significant, leading to high emissions of greenhouse gases. However, if you are an environmentally aware homeowner, there are a number of things you can do to drastically reduce the amount of fuel that you need from a residential heating oil supplier Reduce Your Heating Oil Cost This Winter Let’s start with the things that will reduce your heating…
  • Personal Injury Timeline

    alicebenny
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Via: Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers The post Personal Injury Timeline appeared first on Green Conduct.
  • Choosing Environmentally Friendly Certified Wood ~ Eco Products

    alicebenny
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Choosing Environmentally Friendly Certified Wood and Eco Products, is a growing concern for many. The world’s rainforests and forests cover 31% of the earth’s land and are home to a staggering 70% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, with thousands of species that haven’t yet been discovered. These species have the potential for new medical and scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, as well as the enhancing human understanding of the earth’s biodiversity. Forest ecosystems’ are complex. The trees provide homes for birds, mammals, reptiles and fungi. The ground provides home…
  • 9 Easy Ways to Conserve Energy and Reduce Electricity Bill

    alicebenny
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    With escalating temperatures come escalating utility bills, and with the rise in energy costs, you may be wondering how you can save money on your monthly energy bill.  Familiarize yourself with these simple tricks to save money and conserve energy. 9 Easy Ways to Conserve Energy 1. Turn the A/C Down This seems like a no-brainer, but most people don’t turn down the air conditioning when they leave home. Studies have proven that turning your thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees during the day when you’re at work can drastically cut down on energy costs. Using this same method in the winter…
  • Costa Rica’s Sustainable Tourism World’s Leader

    alicebenny
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    A marriage between economy and environmental can describe what has been coined as sustainable tourism and in no country is this marriage more prevalent than in Costa Rica. Read on to find out how Costa Rica’s sustainable tourism has made this Latin American country one of the world’s leaders in green culture. Costa Rica may have become the most peaceful country in the world – despite being geographically located between Panama and Nicaragua, two nations which have had their share of civil war. But today it is better known for its environmentally-focused tourism. Costa Rica’s…
 
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    MY ZERO WASTE

  • Update on Dump Your Junk January Challenge

    Mrs Green
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    At the end of December I issued a ‘Dump Your Junk’ January Challenge! The idea was to spend the month of January getting your home in order It was opportunity to get rid of the stuff you no longer needed, wanted or loved. And I can’t believe how many of you are on board! Here […]
  • Keep your cool and reduce food waste

    Mrs Green
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    In a recent newsletter, I shared a tip I picked up from the Love Food Hate Waste website about freezing baked beans. Did you know you could freeze baked beans? One of our readers wrote back to me with some of the items she freezes and I’m constantly amazed at the things you can prolong […]
  • Time to confess! What secret desire do you have that flies in the face of your zero waste lifestyle?

    Mrs Green
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    One of the things many of us are eager to do after the festive season is have a good declutter. I must admit that “Create an organised and minimalist home” has been one of my resolutions for Ooo, about eight years now… But one of the things that stops me isn’t motivation, energy or the […]
  • What are your Zero Waste New Year resolutions?

    Mrs Green
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:35 am
    In the January newsletter I asked our readers what Zero waste New Years resolutions they had planned. (If you’re not on the mailing list, sign up now.) I thought I’d share them in a blog post so if you’re stuck on how you can ‘up the ante’ this year you can take inspiration from our […]
  • Are you ready to Dump your Junk with the My Zero Waste January Challenge?

    Mrs Green
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    I hope you had a great festive season and it fulfilled your dreams. If you’re anything like me, you’re raring to go this time of year with plans and goals for the following 12 months. Personally, I can’t wait to get all those Christmas decorations down and restore some ORDER in my home! Unfortunately my […]
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    Green Child Magazine

  • The Benefits of Reading to Your Unborn Baby

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We all know the benefits children can reap by being exposed to books. Especially when you start early, reading is proven to help with a child’s language development and increased word recognition, create a positive bond between parent and child, provide a great wind-down before bedtime, and spark an early interest in learning that carries over to later years. But, what about the advantages for your unborn baby? We’ve all heard about talking, singing or playing music to a baby while in the womb (and whether or not it’s worth it), but there’s also something to be said for reading to a…
  • Chicken Chili with Black Beans & Veggies

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Chicken Chili with Blackbeans & Veggies 2015-01-27 14:31:18 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 package of nitrate and nitrite free Turkey or Pork Bacon - cooked and chopped (reserve some as a garnish) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 pounds ground chicken 1 large yellow onion - chopped 1 large organic green bell pepper - washed and chopped 1 large organic red bell pepper - washed and chopped 6 cloves garlic - minced 1/4 cup organic chili powder 1 tablespoon organic ground cumin 2 teaspoons organic paprika 2 teaspoons dried organic oregano 3 tablespoons organic tomato paste 2…
  • Our 2015 Pregnancy & Birth Issue

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    Find everything you need for a healthy pregnancy in our annual Pregnancy & Birth issue. Your favorite, trusted contributors are sharing advice on everything from encouraging your child through a new sibling transition and reading to your unborn baby to breastfeeding myths and avoiding anxiety during pregnancy.   You’ll also find a guide to safely using herbs during pregnancy, our list of must-have items for the expecting mom, plus delicious seasonal recipes!  Mother of six and breastfeeding advocate, Jessica Martin-Weber, shares her struggle with hyperemesis…
  • Eco Spotlight On: Karmanos Center for Natural Birth

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Aside from, possibly, a home birth, imagine the perfect environment to welcome your new bundle of joy into the world. The staff would fully support your wishes for a natural birth. There would be several options to ease contractions naturally. Serene walks would be encouraged, and done so in a peaceful, natural environment. The environment would combine all the comforts of home with the security and safety of a high-tech hospital. This dream is, in fact, a reality with the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Through their generous donation to develop…
  • Making (and Keeping) Your New Year’s Resolutions

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    ‘Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.’ ~ Spanish Proverb While we love the optimism of New Year’s Resolutions, unfortunately, the enthusiasm and hope often fades within weeks, and our efforts at self-improvement come to a whimpering end.  New Year’s Resolutions usually fail because of a combination of some of these reasons: We try to do too many resolutions at once, and that spreads our focus and energies too thin. It’s much less effective to do many habits at once (read more). We only have a certain amount of enthusiasm and motivation, and it runs out because we try to do…
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    Almost All The Truth »

  • 15 Years to Global Change

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    15 Years…   15 years. A game changing set of time. What can possibly be accomplished over 15 years with the right tools, circumstances, and mindset? Global change. Bill and Melinda Gates just released their Annual Letter and have settled on a set of expectations to meet within that 15 year timeframe. “That’s where change comes from…” In 15 years… Half as many kids will die, far fewer women will die in childbirth, and people will live healthier lives because we’ll beat many of the diseases that sicken the poor. Africa will be able to feed itself.
  • Listen: Word for the New Year

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
      New Year, New Start I like the idea of fresh starts and new beginnings. I like the idea that I can wake up every day and make different choices, be more present, be more conscientious, be better. It is important to me to have ideals and to strive for them, even if I fail and fail again. The point is in the process, not in the product. I don’t beat myself up for shortcomings, real or perceived, but that doesn’t mean I give in to them either. I like the reflections at the end of one year and the openness to which we greet the new year. How you frame the new year’s start…
  • Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

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

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

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

    Peter Mantius
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Gov. Martin O’Malley Two ambitious Democratic governors in the East faced the same tough choice late last year on whether to allow energy companies to extract natural gas from shale formations through high-volume hydrofracking. One said yes. The other said no. Neither state has much natural gas to tap at current market prices. Even so, the decisions by Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York have national implications because they sat in judgment of the importance of the latest independent science. While environmental and medical experts were pointing to dozens…
  • New York’s Ban on High-Volume Fracking Rocks the Foundations of ‘Shale Revolution’

    Peter Mantius
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greets supporters and anti-fracking demonstrators after casting his ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Emboldened by mounting scientific evidence and shifting poll data, Gov. Andrew Cuomo veered sharply away from America’s conventional wisdom about the wonders of high-volume hydraulic fracturing of shale formations when he banned the practice in New York State on Dec. 17. While the oil and gas titans hope to contain the uprising to one state, the environmental advocates who masterminded it are quietly optimistic that it…
  • New York State Allows Water Grab

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

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

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

    Jason Ridge
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    For more than five years we have been one of the leading clean technology blogs. As of January 27th, 2015 EarthTechling will cease operations and no longer publish or distribute new content. However, we will continue to maintain our current site to serve the thousands of links that republishing our content each and every day.This decision was not easy. Over the past several months we’ve looked far and wide for possible partners or acquisitions, but we have been unable to secure the funding needed to keep our dream alive. It’s a painful change, but one that we must make. We hope…
  • Louisville: All-electric ZeroBus Fleet Launches

    Guest Post
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Mayor Greg Fischer joined TARC and other local officials today at the Louisville Slugger Museum to kick off the start of ZeroBus service in downtown Louisville.ZeroBus, TARC’s all-electric fleet, is now providing fare-free rides for passengers along  Main, Market and Fourth streets. The zero-emissions all-electric buses  replace diesel-powered trolleys, the highest polluting TARC vehicles.“ZeroBus changes the game for public transportation in downtown and represents the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are embracing to improve our city,” said Fischer, who joined TARC…
  • New Nissan Clean Diesel Truck Unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

    Jason Ridge
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A major new addition to the diesel pickup truck stable was introduced this morning as Nissan unveiled its new 2016 Nissan Titan powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine during the opening day of this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.“Because of their unmatched combination of efficiency, performance and towing capabilities, diesel engines have long dominated the heavy-duty pickup market,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.  “The New 2016 Nissan Titan with the Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel will provide a great new…
  • Revenge of the Bacteria

    Jason Ridge
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Dear EarthTalk: How is it that antibiotics are being “overused,” as I’ve read, and what are the potential consequences? – Mitchell Chase, Hartford, CTThe development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics”—drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection—has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost. The more we rely on antibiotics, the more bacteria develop resistance to them, which makes treating infections that much more challenging.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease…
  • Watch Bill Gates Drink Water From Human Waste

    EcoWatch
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    We know that Bill Gates made a lot of money from Microsoft and since he left the company, he’s been very busy spending it.One of the latest projects he’s funding is the Omniprocessor, which turns human waste intorenewable energy and drinkable water. How drinkable? Gates demonstrated by drinking a glassful himself.“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin,” said Gates. “They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water. The occasion…
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  • Europe is banking on wind, reaps profits

    Edouard Stenger
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The past few days in Western Europe have been windy, very windy. While this makes the somewhat cold weather colder, the thousands of wind turbines scattered in various countries generate a lot of electricity. Here is a selection of facts : If I noted in October that Ireland gets around a fifth of its electricity [...]
  • Keeping Pace with Renewable Energy (& its information)

    Sara Strube
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Never has the rate of information about renewable energy been churned out so fast, by so many online sources. On one hand this is great given the industry’s fight to gain traction against Big Oil, Big Gas and climate change denying counterparts. But the pace and variety of data being released has made it increasingly [...]
  • Bloomberg Charity Gives Out $48M For State Clean Energy Plans

    CleanTechies Staff
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Heising-Simons family today announced the launch of a new Clean Energy Initiative to support state-based solutions that will ensure America has an energy system that is clean, affordable, and reliable. Advances in new energy technologies make it possible to achieve all three goals at once. A stronger, cleaner energy system will [...]
  • Prefab Construction Promotes Energy Efficiency

    CleanTechies Staff
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Alexander Kolbe, co-owner of ecoDOMUS, an architectural firm that specializes in prefab construction to build green homes that are highly energy efficient, says that, “Given the choice of spending a sizable sum of money for a home that consumes energy at an alarming rate, or spending slightly more initially to benefit from substantially lower utility [...]
  • Plug-In Car Sales Up 350% In China

    CleanTechies Staff
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    After several false starts and broken promises, 2014 was the breakthrough year for plug-in car sales in China. Nearly 75,000 plug-in hybrid and electric cars were sold in China last year, a 320% increase over 2013, reports Green Car Congress. Could 2015 see China take the lead in world plug-in car sales?
 
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  • Fukushima: What Comes To Mind?

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    If you thought Solar!  Your 100% right! Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corp, said on Tuesday, . . . it has completed the construction of, . . . 6.2-MW solar farm in Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. 01-27-2015 Source:  Fukushima: What comes to mind?
  • A New Generation Of Solar Panels

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Perovskite solar panels will be, . . . 40% cheaper and 50% more efficient than those commercially produced today. With a thickness measured in billionths of a meter, . . . Perovskite can shade windows, and produce electricity. . . . can absorb most of the solar spectrum, and . . . work in various atmospheric conditions, . . . rather than only in direct sunlight. "This type of material for solar cells works in diffused conditions, . . . .much, much better than the other types of solar cells." It won't be 100%, but it will be much more than what we have now. 01-27-2015 Source:  A new…
  • Sunshot Catalyst

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    SunShot Catalyst is an open innovation program, . . . that allows the public to rapidly create and develop products and solutions, . . . that address near-term challenges in the U.S. solar marketplace, . . . through prize challenges. 01-27-2015 Source:  SUNSHOT CATALYST
  • Tablet App Displays Electric Usage

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    Tablet App displays Electric usage Energy Management System
  • Irena: Renewable Energy Knowledge

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    Renewable Energy Knowledge (Part 1) (Part 2)
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    Green Abode

  • 10% OFF Railcard Promotional Code for 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends and Two Together Railcards

    Chris King
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:13 am
    With a 2015 Railcard promotional code you can get 10% OFF the price of the 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends and Two Together Railcards. That’s just the start though as you’ll get at least 1/3 OFF train travel in Britain. As well as National Railcards, did you know there’s a total of 20 Railcards available in Britain? We’ll show you how to get 10% OFF with a 2015 Railcard promotional code and how you can get savings with regional Railcards in Britain. 2015 Railcard Promotional Code Discounts & Other Railcards – Quick Links 16-25 Railcard Promotional…
  • Stansted Express 2015 Promotion Code and Discount Cheap Train Tickets

    Chris King
    1 Apr 2013 | 2:38 am
    Stansted Express 2015 promotion code and discount cheap ticket deals are exclusively available online. Trains run frequently every 15 mins to get you from London to Stansted Airport and the journey time is 47 mins. Travel in comfort, save money and time with these 2015 Stansted Airport promotion code offers and online exclusive deals. We also have a guide to 2015 Gatwick Express promotional code and discount tickets, where there’s plenty more bargains on offer. Stansted Express Promotion Code and 2015 Discount Tickets – Quick Links Online Low-Cost Advance – SAVE up to…
  • Gatwick Express Promotional Code 2015 and Cheap Train Ticket Deals

    Chris King
    30 Mar 2013 | 2:44 am
    Gatwick Express promo code 2015  and discount deals are only available online. Get cheap train tickets before you travel and don’t get ripped off at the station! Gatwick Airport is just 30 mins from London Victoria with trains leaving every 15 mins. Travel in comfort and hassle-free by booking your tickets before you leave. Save money on all tickets with 2015 Gatwick Express promo code deals and online exclusive discounts. Gatwick Express Promo Code 2015 and Cheap Train Tickets with Online Exclusive Deals – Quick Links Gatwick Express Promotional Code 2015 *Online Exclusive*…
  • Great Value Day Out with the National Trust at Levant Mine and Beam Engine in Cornwall

    Chris King
    22 Jan 2013 | 10:54 pm
    It was a blowy October day when we turned off the main down a lane towards the coast. During this short journey we got a taste of the disused, ghost like buildings of the Levant Mine and Beam Engine. For many the main draw of the Levant Mine is to see the only remaining Cornish steam beam engine still in operation. You get a whole lot more than that, however, with this excellent value day out from the National Trust. For just £7.20 for adults and £3.60 for children (includes Gift Aid contribution) you get a tour of Levant Mine and Beam Engine. That’s not all, however, as you also get…
  • Chain Reaction, Wiggle and Merlin Cycling Voucher Codes & Sale – January 2015

    Chris King
    25 Dec 2012 | 7:00 am
    There’s nothing like a new year to get you focused on cycling and getting your kit up together. Check out the latest January 2015 voucher codes and January Sale offers for pro cycling kit from Chain Reaction, Wiggle and Merlin Cycles. Chain Reaction Cycles, Wiggle and Merlin Cycles January 2015 Voucher Codes & Sale – Quick Links Chain Reaction Cycles Voucher Codes – January 2015 - x 1 Voucher Codes & 9 January Sale Offers Wiggle Voucher Codes – January 2015 - x 1 Voucher Codes & 8 January Sale Offers Merlin Cycles Voucher Code – January…
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Great Expectations: The Ten Most Common Mistakes of Solar Businesses and How to Avoid Them

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    This article is a guest post from Bill Rever, Owner and Principal at WB Rever Associates. Bill spent ten years in senior strategic roles at BP Solar where he helped launch new products and companies. He’s advised some of the biggest and most influential solar businesses to launch over the past decade, and has deep connections in the industry. He’s teaching our Solar Startup Accelerator this winter, a 7 week course that includes training, mentorship, networking support, templates and tools for launching a new division within an existing company or a solar startup. WHO SHOULD READ…
  • Part 2. Solar Land Development Risks 101

    Chris Williams
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    This article is the second part in a three part series about how to identify land that is suitable for developing a ground mount solar project in Massachusetts. The inspiration for this post is my personal interest in acquiring some land to lease to a solar developer, in addition to building a house on it. Part one of the series is about general project risks, what my investment criteria is, what factors will drive the economics and some basic sensitivity analysis. You can read part one here.  The second part will be understanding the characteristics of the land required for a solar…
  • Vote: Top 6 Finalists in HeatSpring’s Solar Startup Competition

    Chris Williams
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    It’s time to start the voting for Heatspring’s solar startup alley competition.  ***QUICK REMINDER: A a vote means that you’re ACTUALLY interested in scheduling a sales call or demo with the company that you choose!*** On December 1st, 2014, we introduced our online solar startup competition. We received more than 30 submissions and during December we picked the best 6 to go to the next round based on specific criteria. We’re excited about this competition for two reasons: First, we like to keep our readers up to date with the latest innovations in the industry.
  • Nanoracks Co-founder Teaching New Commercial Space Course

    Brian Hayden
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    We’re proud to announce Charles Miller, Co-founder of Nanoracks, has agreed teach the “Commercial Space Executive Leadership Training” beginning February 2nd. This in-depth program, a partnership between the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and HeatSpring, has been in development for more than a year. The goal is to prepare the next generation of commercial space leaders by helping them to launch products and companies to drive the industry forward.  About Charles Miller Mr. Miller is the President of NexGen Space LLC, which provides client services at the…
  • Christopher LaForge: Battery Capacity – The Basis of Storage

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    The article below is written by Christopher LaForge, NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional IREC Certified Master Trainer – PV Installation Professional. Christopher LaForge teaches Batteries in Solar PV Systems, a 6-week course that provides in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding the use of batteries for PV applications. It covers battery design, specification, use, maintenance and concludes with a capstone project where students create the design for a battery-based solar PV system. Christopher has created a free lecture, Battery Capacity – The Basis…
 
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  • BookMentors Connects Students and Teachers with Needed Books

    paigewolf
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    With budget cuts to public and charter schools throughout the country, new and relevant books have become a valuable and scarce commodity in classrooms and libraries. Connecting teachers, librarians, and students in need of books with donors supporting literacy, reading, and education, BookMentors uses micropatronage to solve book access problems in high-poverty schools. A space for anyone passionate about the power of books, the Web site enables readers, writers, publishers, and teachers to connect and share information about children’s and YA literature. BookMentors allows teachers to ask…
  • Connect with Top Media at One Day NYC Event for Health, Beauty, + Wellness Brands

    paigewolf
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    I’m so excited to be co-producing Healthy Brand Showcase: Spring 2015. This event gets bigger and better every year, and we are excited to welcome 15 brands for this exclusive event that draws top media and celebrities! Knowing that most health and wellness product brands only have the time (and budget) for one media trip to New York each year, Healthy Brand Showcase  brings the press directly to you for the day!  We connect health, wellness, beauty and fitness brands with national magazines, talks show producers, newspaper reporters, bloggers, trades and freelance writers who…
  • Acorelle: Beautiful, Organic Perfume That Won’t Give You a Migraine

    paigewolf
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Perfume. Parfum. Fragrance. I have been diligently trained to avoid those ingredients on all labels as they generally refer to a cocktail of synthetic chemicals immediately sets my olfactory sense into overdrive. Not only do I know what lurks in most fragrance formulations, avoiding them for years has sensitized me to the point where I’m leery to hug a friend dosed in eau de toilette. I remember the years when I adored Coco Mademoiselle, but now a whiff of it sets me up for a migraine. I learned to embrace essential oils and seek out the few truly natural perfumes that didn’t smell like…
  • Get Better Sleep in The New Year with Confident Parenting

    paigewolf
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    Just when you think you can rest easy again, babies and young children surprise you with night-waking, bedtime fears, and new sleep struggles. I’m personally dealing with sleep regression in my 18-month-old while my 5-year-old likes to rise with the roosters. Enter Erica Desper of Confident Parenting, a certified baby and child sleep coach offering private counseling for families in the greater Philadelphia area.  Confident Parenting‘s mission is to educate parents about the science of sleep and walk them through the process of improving their baby or child’s sleep…
  • My Bucket List – A Five Year Check-In

    paigewolf
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    Back in January 2010, I decided to create a personal “Bucket List.” The goals had no expiration date – apart from death, of course. But I thought it would be interesting to check in five years later to see what I was able to cross off my list and how my goals for the future have changed. The following goals from my original bucket list have been completed: Swim with Dolphins (√ – APRIL 2010) Publish a book ( – NOVEMBER 2010) Weigh under 145 pounds (without losing a limb or breast, as I am not taking chances for cruel irony) (√ – JANUARY 2012) Take a family cruise…
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  • Inside the micro-apartments of America's oldest indoor shopping mall

    mhickman
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
     
  • Seal pup learns to live without eyesight

    lmoss
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    A blind harbor seal pup that was rescued off the coast of Homer, Alaska, is now learning basic behaviors at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.   Bryce was found stranded on the beach in August 2014, and veterinary staff think he suffered a head trauma that caused his blindness.  
  • I heart the Fitbit Charge HR, and here's why

    mdestries
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    This past week, under the stars and accompanied by a 10-degree wind chill, I found myself walking my neighborhood in pursuit of a goal that only 24 hours earlier would never have crossed my mind. I was on a mission. Not a mission to find some unfortunate lost animal or to seek peace to resolve some internal crisis, but a mission for steps — hundreds, maybe even thousands, of steps. Somewhere, my competitor was doing the same thing; and with only two hours left in the day, I wasn’t about to lose my first fitness band challenge. I was officially hooked.  
  • Why a heat pump is a good idea

    networx
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    The name "heat pump" is misleading. This appliance actually does an efficient job of both heating and cooling your home. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, a heat pump functions by moving heat, rather than generating hot or cold air. This heat may be sourced from the air (the most common type, also known as "air-to-air"), water, or earth (geothermal). In winter, your heat pump will transfer warm air into your home, while in the summer, it will move warm air out.
  • Museum turns down the volume for autistic kids

    jsavedge
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The arches of the Pacific Science Center glow red in 2007. (Photo: Andrew Siguenza/flickr)  
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    Greener Ideal

  • China is Breeding Tigers Like Cattle and It’s a Billion Dollar Industry

    Sarah Burke
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    China is Breeding Tigers Like Cattle and It’s a Billion Dollar Industry Only a century ago, there were 100,000 tigers roaming wild on the earth. Today, that number has dropped to a miserable figure of 3,200. In fact, today there are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild. It’s estimated that between 5,000 to 6,000 tigers are being farmed in China. Their bones are […]
  • Here’s What Banks and Financial Institutions are Doing to Help the Environment

    James Richings
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    Here’s What Banks and Financial Institutions are Doing to Help the Environment The environment and its treatment is possibly the defining issue of our time. It consumes the political and consumer agenda. Increasingly enlightened buyers are investigating prospective purchases for their environmental ratings. The knowledge amongst consumers is leading to greener choices in all fields and encouraging companies to modify their business practices. Being green is no […]
  • This Endangered Species Act Loophole Will Let Killer of Famous Gray Wolf Escape Prosecution

    Tina Page
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    This Endangered Species Act Loophole Will Let Killer of Famous Gray Wolf Escape Prosecution For the first time in 70 years, a wolf padded through the Grand Canyon. A great explorer and adventurer, she travelled alone hundreds of miles from the Northern Rockies to a place wolves had called home long before any human beheld the area’s mesmerizing beauty. She was dubbed Echo, because, according to the 10-year-old who […]
  • We’re About to Cross the 4th Planetary Boundary – And the Effects Will be Irreversible.

    Sarah Burke
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    We’re About to Cross the 4th Planetary Boundary – And the Effects Will be Irreversible. Well, we finally did it guys! But you might want to hold off on the celebrations because… well, what we did is irreversibly damage the environment. Well, almost anyways, according to the high-profile study published Thursday by the journal Science. According to the study, the Earth is slipping towards the “danger zone” as we – that […]
  • Honda Releases “Green Dealer Guide” to Help Reduce Dealers’ Carbon Footprint

    DMV.com
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Honda Releases “Green Dealer Guide” to Help Reduce Dealers’ Carbon Footprint Japanese car maker Honda has been trying to popularize more eco-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles for years now. It’s introduced various hybrid and all-electric models to the market and it has been involved in numerous initiatives to reduce its environmental impact, including setting new, stricter CO2 emission reduction targets for its manufacturing facilities around the globe. […]
 
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    OurTakeOnGreen.com

  • Learn What You Need To Know Now About Buying The Best HVAC Equipment

    Jason
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    A quality HVAC system is important for your home. It cools off your home in the summer and keeps it warm in the winter. If your system breaks, it can be very frustrating. You must learn how to properly maintain your HVAC, and the following article has some basic info for you. Look for discounts wherever possible. HVAC systems can be rather costly, so you’ll want to seek out whatever discounts and deals that may be out there. When shopping around, ask about any current specials running, and look for discounts that are related to ENERGY STAR compliance. Both can save you a lot of cash. If…
  • The Amateur’s Guide To Solar Energy Resources

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

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

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

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

  • United Airlines launches Eco-Skies Vacations in Costa Rica

    GTG Staff
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    | Green Travel News | United Eco-Skies Vacations, a new United Airlines travel program, offers sustainable and environmentally responsible vacation options. The airline is working with global nonprofit Sustainable Travel International to launch the vacation program. Initial destinations are in Costa Rica, a destination known for stunning biodiversity, beaches, rain forests and a commitment to sustainable tourism. “United […]United Airlines launches Eco-Skies Vacations in Costa Rica is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Most important (green) travel trends of 2015

    GTG Staff
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    | Green Travel News | Travel & Leisure points to what’s on the horizon for the coming year with a look at 11 trends that are changing the way we move through the world. Green travelers will especially like #8: You’ll give back on vacation Many travel companies have sister foundations that will put your donations […]Most important (green) travel trends of 2015 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Santa Barbara grows up (and gets green)

    GTG Staff
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    | A New Eco-Hotel in a Revitalized Arts District | I grew up an hour south of Santa Barbara, and have lived there twice over the last two decades. At risk of dating myself, during that stretch of time I’ve witnessed a staggering amount of change and development on this self-proclaimed “American Riviera.” Both good and bad. While […]Santa Barbara grows up (and gets green) is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Want cheaper plane tickets? Use a ‘fake’ location

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

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

    Guest
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    By Nancy Shullins Courtesy of Grist Photo by Darron Birgenheler Among alfalfa farmers in Northern California, Public Enemy No. 1 is a promiscuous, photogenic fur ball that weighs only half a pound and spends most of its life asleep. But with the critter helping the state weather its worst drought in 1,200 years, that perception may soon be a thing of the past. The diminutive Belding’s ground squirrel, an important link in the food chain for coyotes, bobcats, foxes, weasels, and raptors, has a long and troubled history as a major agricultural pest. Blame the squirrel’s voracious appetite…
  • John Fielder – Preserving Colorado’s Natural Heritage

    Guest
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Photography and Essay by John Fielder Sunrise on the headwaters of the Yampa River Flat Tops Wilderness, Colorado   As Coloradans, our wild places tie us together. When you live here, as I have for 45 years, you learn that perhaps the one thing that most connects us to one another is our need to be outside. You learn that, collectively, we are compelled to experience the stabilizing force of our natural surroundings. And today, as the world continues to become more crowded, more chaotic, and more connect­ed, the personal sense of security derived from things that seem to be permanent,…
  • Earth Hour 2015 Countdown Begins

    Guest
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    As nations and individuals around the globe gear up to participate in the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement, WWF’s Earth Hour kickstarted the countdown to the 2015 event with the release of the official campaign video today. Set to the international hit song ‘Pompeii’ by British rock band Bastille, the two-minute video demonstrates how Earth Hour is empowering individuals and organisations around the world to take action on climate change. Showcasing memorable moments and achievements from past Earth Hour events as well as powerful statements from world leaders and…
  • Why Buying Local is Worth Every Cent

    Guest
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    The focus on price above all other values may cause consumers to overlook the many values independent, local businesses provide, personally, in our communities and for the environment. Consider buying local. Why Buying Local is Worth Every Cent Infographic
  • NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

    Guest
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    By NASA The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists. The 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred since 2000. This trend continues a long-term warming of the planet, according to an analysis of surface temperature measurements by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York. In an independent analysis of the raw data, also released Friday, NOAA scientists also found 2014 to be the warmest on…
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Best Wedding Show Ever!

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

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

    kristen
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    We Are In The News:   January 12th, 2015. Atlanta based eco-friendly jewelry company, Ahimsa Designs, will launch their new alternative wedding line, the Wild at Heart Collection, at the upcoming Lovesick Expo on January 25, 2015 at Ambient Plus Studio in Atlanta Ga.  (Follow this link to learn how to get free tickets to this exciting event!) The new wedding collection features several styles of sterling silver wedding bands that can be personalized for each couple with handstamping and ethically sourced gems. Also included in the new wedding line are dramatically intricate hand-woven…
  • Wonder, Wildness and the Pursuit of Making Things Happen

    kristen
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    I have much to be grateful for this New Year. More than most people realize. More than I can even fully comprehend. I have a chance to start over. To gather up all of the dark corners, the rivers of panic and disbelief that once looked like fear and despair but are now courage and wisdom and to work like a crazy woman to make my dreams happen. I have been reminded of the fragility and brevity of life. I have to stop waiting for the perfect moment in my life to have everything figured out and my path cleared out before me. That’s part of the beauty, feeling the tug of my heart and following…
  • Flash Sale 25% Off All Gift Certificates

    kristen
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    The Perfect Stocking Stuffer – INSTANT DELIVERY! FLASH SALE: 25% OFF ALL GIFT CERTIFICATES (All amounts) There is still time for the perfect gift! – INSTANT DELIVERY! (Get a $100 Gift Card for only $75)  https://www.etsy.com/shop/AhimsaDesigns?section_id=16508048&ref=shopsection_leftnav_8 Gift the Perfect Gift to those extra special people in your life. A GIFT CERTIFICATE to Ahimsa Designs. A PERSONALIZED pdf file of the Gift Certificate filled in with the recipients NAME, the AMOUNT, the GIFT GIVER and a COUPON CODE will be emailed to you the same day you place your order!
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • What’s the difference between cold and flu?

    Dr. Karen
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had a cold or the flu at least once in their lives. A common cold is one of the top reasons for children missing school. And the flu claims hundreds of lives every year. There are many ways to prevent cold and flu but doctors recommend getting flu shots like it’s the... Read More » The post What’s the difference between cold and flu? appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Facts on Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot) Types and Side Effects Swine Flu – Closer Look How to Prevent Flu and Colds Naturally
  • UV Light Kills Bacteria in Your Water System

    Dr. Karen
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:27 am
    This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood and Pelican Water. Opinions are all mine. You know how important clean drinking water is for you and your family’s health. And you know how bottled water creates unnecessary waste but more importantly, it’s an unregulated industry where many of the bottle water is nothing but filtered tap... Read More » The post UV Light Kills Bacteria in Your Water System appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Zero Water Filter Review What’s under your kitchen sink? 5 Non-Toxic Cleaning Tips with Vinegar
  • Health Benefits of Buttered Drinks (Recipes)

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

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

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

  • Canadian Online Shoppers: Our Furniture Is Available Soon

    Manchester Wood
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
    Manchester Wood purchased ManchesterWood.ca and plans to sell direct to Canadian customers by Spring 2015. For Ed and Luke Eriksen, 2nd and 3rd generations of Manchester Wood, Canada will be the first international market they’ve planned the family heirloom brand expanding to in it’s 39-year history and 124th year in lineage as woodworkers. Soon, Canadian customers will be able to purchase their American made brand staples like the Adirondack Chair, the Cherry Shaker Desk, and TV Tray Tables, among hundreds of other solid wood furniture choices entirely made by Manchester Wood in…
  • Live Chat Now Available at ManchesterWood.com!

    Manchester Wood
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Manchester Wood marks 2015 The Year of the Customer! A year seeking to make our customer service even better. What’s one way? Live Chat support online of course! Today marks a special day in ManchesterWood.com history. Live Chat has been made available on the site while browsing our furniture to help field any and all of your questions – custom options, shipping (yes, it’s free), how sturdy is it? (very) and anything else that comes up. That is of course, when we’re available at our offices for online chat. We’re a small business, and like our furniture we…
  • Cherry Wood TV Trays

    Manchester Wood
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Cherry Wood TV Trays are a new addition to ManchesterWood.com. They provide a luxury appeal to an already customer favorite TV Tray Table line. When the idea of Cherry Wood TV Trays came up we were excited. Our solid ash hardwood TV Tray Tables have been a tremendous customer favorite for years, and we had yet to add a “luxury line” to an already quality line far superior to many competitors. This came through the natural process of milling and crafting our TV tray design with solid cherry hardwood, a pinnacle species of high-end handcrafted American hardwood furniture. The Cherry…
  • Every Order FREE Cutting Board Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    We’re kicking off 2015 with a monthly giveaway for everyone! With every purchase on ManchesterWood.com for the entire month of January take home a FREE cutting board by typing ‘FREE‘ in the ‘discount codes’ box at checkout. Happy New Year!
  • 4 Highlights in 2014

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

  • New Year’s REsolutions

    bambeco
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    In a call to action, bambeco®, the leading brand of stylish, sustainable home décor and furnishings, encourages everyone to make a New Year’s Resolution to “begin again”. REclaim. REpurpose. REcycle. Continue reading → The post New Year’s REsolutions appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco

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

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

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

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

  • Snow Day? No Problem! 10 Fun Activities to Keep Your Kids Happy & Busy

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Well, here we go again: The weathermen all predicted a veritable doomsday of a blizzard, so school was cancelled the night before, morning came and...there was barely any new snow! Somehow, this always happens on the days when I have the most to do. (Funny how that works, huh?) But I wouldn't let the snow day get the upper hand--here's how I kept the kids happily occupied, while keeping my own sanity... 1. The kids are slightly obsessed with the show "Master Chef Junior" (which I fully endorse, since it has the double-benefit of making them more helpful in the kitchen and…
  • Monday Snapshot: White World, Pink Sky

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    We're really in the thick of it now: Snow Friday night. Snow Saturday. Snow Monday. Snow Tuesday. It's a snow-white world out there, with the occasional dusty-rose sky. Stark and beautiful, and very, very "January." Stay warm and safe, wherever you are! Catch my latest posts by subscribing (at the right), "liking" my Facebook page, following me on Twitter, or circling me on Google+. (That last one is my favorite place to share--check it out!) © 2015 by Joy Sussman/JoyfullyGreen.com LLC. All rights reserved. All photos and text digitally fingerprinted and…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 42

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Here are a few little gifts just for you...unwrap and enjoy! From Creative with Kids: 100 ways to be kind to your child (#18 and #33 are my favorites!) From Josephine Corcoran: In the wee small hours, someone's working From Higher Perspective: How introverts interact with the world differently than extroverts.  (Yep, I'm definitely an introvert according to this--especially the part about talking on the phone!) From Women's Health: What nutritionists eat when they only have 5 minutes to prep a meal Last but not least, I am completely awed by the amazingly positive attitude of…
  • Picture-Perfect Postcards from Hawaii

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Waipi'o Valley, the Big Island I just got back from a lovely ski weekend in Great Barrington, MA with my family. (Well, to be technical, my husband and daughter went skiing, my son went snowboarding, and I went photographing!) While I'd love to show you some pictures from the ski trip, I thought you might like a little break from all of the snow and ice lately...to take a little vicarious vacation to Hawaii! Aside from a couple of posts featuring the work of my photography students, I've featured other photographers here only twice before. But I'm making an exception…
  • Winter: All That Glitters

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr! It's been hitting the single digits here for the past week, and everywhere I look, there's ice. That means two things: 1. I'm walking around outdoors like I'm about 50 years older than I am, hobbling ever so sloooooowly along, so I don't wipe out. (I've done that, and it's no fun.) 2. I'm taking more pictures than ever. (I can't help it--I'm a sucker for things that sparkle!) Confession time: I took the shot above while lying down on my stomach in the driveway (it's a photo of the ice on it). Yep, that's right,…
 
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    inspired habitat

  • New Year’s REsolutions

    bambeco
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    In a call to action, bambeco®, the leading brand of stylish, sustainable home décor and furnishings, encourages everyone to make a New Year’s Resolution to “begin again”. REclaim. REpurpose. REcycle. Continue reading → The post New Year’s REsolutions appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco

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

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

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

    bambeco
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Apple pie… it’s the all-American classic. As summer begins to wind down, with fall right around the corner, we relish the idea of crisp, cool days and apples fresh from the orchard. And we’ve got everything you need to get … Continue reading → The post all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • Why it Pays to Spend More on the Right Battery

    Clay Miller
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Getting a gift that runs out of battery power too quickly is something nobody wants to experience. Buying the right battery for a gift being given, or especially for a child’s toy, shows that the gift giver is going the extra mile to make sure the receiver gets the most out of their gift. A few of the reasons why it pays to spend more on the right battery include: Longer battery life Reduced chance of corrosion Consistent power   Extending the Life of Batteries Comparing cheap generic batteries with name brand batteries will reveal a significant difference in how long each one of…
  • Ways2GoGreen is Now on Instagram

    Clay Miller
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    The Ways2GoGreen Blog is now on Instagram. You can find us here: @ways2gogreen Follow us to see photos and information from the Ways2GoGreen Blog as well as from outside the pages of my Ways2GoGreen life. You’ll see photos on the topics of how to be green at school, the office and at home; information on recycling, reducing and reusing; parks; decomposition rates of items when not recycled; composting; planting trees; gardening; plastic identification codes and saving money. You’ll also see photos from my travels: beaches, plants and the wilderness. Share you own photos with us…
  • How to Make an Eco-Friendly Green Home?

    Clay Miller
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    All over the world people are now becoming aware of the dangers they have created, harming the nature. Deforestation, increase in pollution rate and much more, are not merely topics to have debate. People have become more environmentally conscious and interested in adapting habits and methods that help to create a greener lifestyle. Among all these, there is a ‘green solution’ that solves one of the major problems, i.e. having a shelter of own. It will be a great start to create your own environment friendly home using a shipping container. Check how you can make a green, healthy and cost…
  • 3 Eco-Friendly Tips for Furnishing Your Garden

    Clay Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    Everyone dreams about turning their outdoors into something more than a beautiful sight – on hot summer days, nothing beats getting out on a patio setting and being able to comfortably spend time in the garden with your family. But throwing together a few plastic chairs just won’t cut it – a garden is a serene and peaceful place, so a delicate touch is required to turn it into a place where family members and friends will want to spend time on. Therefore making sure that the garden furniture is in harmony with the nature’s setting is essential, and having natural, eco-friendly…
  • How You Can Install a Green Roofing System At Home

    Clay Miller
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:51 am
    You’ve seen them before. Green roofing systems, that is. They are popping up on top of commercial buildings in large and mid-sized cities all across the country. There is a very good reason for this. Not only do they look great but they are also beneficial to the environment. What about your home? Is it possible to install a green roofing system in a residential space? The answer is yes. A green roof is suited for residential garages, porch roofs, and flat roofing systems. If you have been dreaming about going green, then a little at-home project may be just the thing! So, keep reading.
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • Pros and Cons of Geothermal Energy

    Rinkesh
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Geothermal Energy Pros and Cons The temperature at earth’s core exists at roughly 7200 degrees Fahrenheit. This is due to the decay of radioactive materials millions of years ago. The high temperature beneath the earth’s surface can produce enormous amount of energy that could produce several gigawatts of electricity. Technically speaking, geothermal energy is a renewable source of energy that can produce energy as long as earth exists. Geothermal energy is a type of energy that can really make it easy for companies to get what they need without using a lot of fossil fuels in the…
  • Pros and Cons of Solar Energy

    Rinkesh
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Solar Energy Pros and Cons Solar energy is the energy from the sun. Solar panels use sunlight to produce electricity. These panels are normally mounted on the roof and angled to face the sun. Countries all around the world are using solar energy to reduce their dependance on fossil fuels and making it as a sizable share of their energy supply. Solar panels are used in large numbers by resident owners to reduce their monthly electricity bills that will lessen the need of electricity from utility companies and also result in extra savings. Solar energy has become an incredibly important part of…
  • 7 Pros and Cons of Wind Energy

    Rinkesh
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    Wind Energy Pros and Cons Like solar energy, wind energy is the fastest growing energy source in the world with the United States aiming to produce 20 percent of its electricity by wind power by 2030. There is no doubt from the fact that wind energy is going to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas in the coming decade, but to which extent can only be speculated in. It is renewable and clean source of energy that doesn’t generate any greenhouse gases. Research efforts are going on to address the challenges to make wind power more cheaper and viable alternative for…
  • What are Different Types of Lighting Controls?

    Rinkesh
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:31 am
    What are Different Types of Lighting Controls? Today’s advanced lighting controls provide the adaptability to plan lighting arrangements that are functional, energy saving, and beautiful. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most common types of lighting controls that are out there and how they can help you to conserve energy and create the ambiance that you are looking for in and around your home. What Can Lighting Controls Do? There are a number of new technologies out there that make lighting controls that much more interesting and they help to save a lot of energy and…
  • What are 10 Different Sources of Energy?

    Rinkesh
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    What are Different Sources of Energy? There are 10 main different sources of energy that are used in the world to generate power. While there are other sources being discovered all the time, none of them has reached the stage where they can be used to provide the power to help modern life go. All of these different sources of energy are used primarily to produce electricity. The world runs on a series of electrical reactions – whether you are talking about the car you are driving or the light you are turning on. All of these different sources of energy add to the store of electrical power…
 
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    Green Home Gnome

  • How to Choose the Greenest Heating Option for Your Home

    editor
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Though your heating system might not be something you think about unless your utility bills are high or your abode isn’t cozy enough, there are several home heating options that both provide adequate[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Fact and Fiction on CFL and LED Light Bulbs

    editor
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Are you hesitating to make the switch to LED or CFL bulbs for your home? Recent legislation is going to make it harder to find incandescent bulbs, so what’s holding[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • 9 Common Costly Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

    editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Storing household goods on garage and attic trusses - Garage and attic trusses are designed to support the weight of the roof and ceiling and not the weight of anything else.[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Wooden Greenhouses Are an Affordable Option

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    In this modern world, greenhouse gardeners have a ton of choices of materials for their greenhouses, from advanced metals to plastics and even old standbys like wood. Wood remains the[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Keeping Your Plants Cool When the Mercury Climbs

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Everybody’s looking for a way to stay cool this summer, but while we’re drinking iced tea with the fans on full blast, our poor plants tend to get forgotten. After[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
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    Mosaic Blog

  • 3 Companies Revolutionizing Energy Access for the World’s Poor

    Gwen Brown
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Despite the dramatic technological and development advances of modern decades, over1.3 billion people, a fifth of the global population, still livewithout access to electricity. In addition to the obvious negative impacts on quality of life, the energy poverty experienced by this poorest segment of society forces them tospend disproportionately more on energy, usually kerosene, making escaping poverty more difficult. The essential role of distributed renewable energy in addressing this problem is increasingly well-recognized; however, expansion into a market in which potential customerslive…
  • Shout Out For Solar Day

    John Atkinson
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Happy “Shout Out For Solar” day!   If you’re obsessed with all things solar like we are, you might not need a special occasion to tell your friends and family about all the great things solar is doing for the environment, the U.S. economy, and (if you have solar panels yourself) your utility bill – but today is an especially good day to tell the world (and the internet) how much you heart getting energy from the sun using the hashtag #GoSolar. Organized by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the goal of “Shout Out For Solar” day is not only to raise awareness of the…
  • Turning Lead Car Batteries into New Solar Panels

    Allison Khoe
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Photo credit: Science Daily Solar photovoltaic technology is being revamped daily with new materials and techniques that make harvesting energy from the sun cheaper and more efficient than ever. A research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led by Angela M. Belcher and Paul T. Hammond, has recently developed solar cells made out of organolead halid perovskite that can convert sunlight at a 19.3% efficiency rate, making this material competitive with conventional silicon cells. So what’s so special about these new cells? Organolead halid perovskite cells require lead, a…
  • Alcatraz to Annobón: Islands Turn to Solar to Survive, Thrive

    Thad Wharton
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Solar array on the island of Tokelau. Credit: Powersmart Solar From one of America’s most famous tourist destinations to some of the world’s most remote settlements, islands are increasingly turning to solar to provide low-cost energy, cleaner air, and perhaps the biggest direct response they have available to fight climate change at ground zero of its impact. Energy has been a major stress-point for islands throughout their history. At best, most islands have to import fossil fuels over vast distances, paying a premium price for their dependency. Or, many undeveloped islands are…
  • Prevent Double Submit jQuery Plugin

    Eric Broder
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Web developers love the expression “user error”. It’s the code monkey way of responding to a bug report by saying “it’s not me, it’s you.” However, a good website is so user-proof that even if the user happens to be a cat sitting on a laptop and rubbing against the trackpad, it will still steer them through the happy path. This is where Mosaic’s Prevent Double Submit jQuery Plugin comes in. A common “user error” is when a form is meant to be submitted only once, but the user accidentally submits it twice. Sometimes this doesn’t really matter, like a search form. If you…
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    CFS » Blog

  • Cost-Cutting Tips for Facility Management

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    When working in facility management, not only do you face a number of diverse challenges on a daily basis, but your duties and responsibilities often go beyond the scope of your work. On any given day you could be responsible for operations and maintenance, project management, oversight of environmental and sustainability projects, emergency preparedness, civil and structural engineering, customer relations, business continuity, and finance awareness. With strict budget cuts and a recovering economy, limits are often placed on how much can be done within your organization. CFS knows yours is…
  • Cornell University’s Myron Taylor Hall Receives Platinum LEED Certification

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    23 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement. In 1993, Gottfried along with Rick Fedrizzi and Mike Italiano founded the U.S. Green Building Council. Starting out, the organization was first made up of three individuals who wanted to further building sustainability – all the way from design to operations. Today, the USGBC is comprised of student and community volunteers, builders, environmentalists, corporations, teachers, and lawmakers, all aiming for the construction of greener buildings in order to reduce the use of water and energy to create spaces…
  • Why You Should Consider Creating a Wellness Program for Your Business

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    6 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The workplace can be busy. We spend most of our waking hours as employees at our jobs and our lives aren’t really any healthier as a result. Experts say that although our companies are becoming greener and more environmentally-friendly, our workforce is slowly taking a backseat in terms of health. Those of us here at Commercial Flooring Solutions have come to realize that as managers and business owners, you have your hands full running a successful organization. Recruitment, employee performance, leadership development, retention, training, workforce planning, disaster preparedness,…
  • Use All of Your Vacation Days

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    30 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The concept seems simple enough: you work for a company that offers vacation time, so you take it. Some companies even offer paid vacation days as part of a benefits package.  With all the traveling done around this time of year, you would think that everyone would be clamoring to snatch up any vacation day available to them.  However, surveys show that a high percentage of Americans don’t use the vacation days available to them.  Over half of Americans will not use all of their days available to get away from the workplace, but Commercial Flooring Solutions is here to tell you that it…
  • Reasons to Keep Your Office Clean

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    30 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    This time of year it may not seem overly important to concern yourself over the cleanliness of your office. Everyone has their eye on the holidays and time with their family.  However, Commercial Flooring Solutions can give you several reasons why you should make the effort to keep your office clean, even during this hectic time. First of all, it’s good hygiene to regularly clean the area you spend several hours a day in.  It is cold and flu season and keeping your employees healthy can be undermined by an office that never sees a bottle of disinfectant regularly.  Dust mites and other…
 
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  • Why you must buy organic chocolate to your kids?

    Mimuba
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    How much do you love your kids? Yes your answer is right that it is a silly question. Is it wise to ask you for a being who you keep dearer than you? Mostly you drop your needs just to fulfill their. You laugh when they laugh and you get upset when they are not… Read More »The post Why you must buy organic chocolate to your kids? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Top 6 natural remedies for baldness

    Mimuba
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Who doesn’t want to look smart in this world? You all take full care of yourself to look graceful. No one wants someone laughs at him or someone has strange feeling after looking him. No one wants to be noticed because of any lacking in his appearance. Our overall appearance comprises of: Our face Our… Read More »The post Top 6 natural remedies for baldness appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to support environmental protection with Stumble Upon?

    Mimuba
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Environmental protection is must for our and our children’s safety. If it is not done this world will be more unsafe because of threats to its environment. We need to think collectively to keep our planet Earth fully protected from all types of hazards. Who to do environmental protection? We need to take action against… Read More »The post How to support environmental protection with Stumble Upon? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Eliminate Or Reduce Dependence On Gas With Green Power Cars

    Mimuba
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    After food, shelter and clothes the fourth basic need of human beings is transport. People can cover short distances on feet but need a vehicle to cover the long distance. As long as they are busy to earn their livelihood they have to move from their home. Very few people are lucky enough to find… Read More »The post Eliminate Or Reduce Dependence On Gas With Green Power Cars appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Tips for Buying Used or Discount Solar Panel

    Mimuba
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Everyone can’t afford to buy solar panel to generate renewable energy and cut his monthly electricity bill forever. One can spend small amount regularly from his meager budget but hardly be able to pay a huge amount in one go. Its main reason is most of the people do job or a small business of… Read More »The post Tips for Buying Used or Discount Solar Panel appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • Natural Spa Day Series: Create A Health Retreat At Home

    Emily Uebergang
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Have you ever dreamed of retreating to a tropical island for a month to detox on healthy organic food, relax by the beach sipping fresh coconuts, splurge on massages, practice daily yoga as the sun rises and sets and have someone else attend to your every need? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.   I have heard this as many times as Paris Hilton says the word ‘like’. Heck, I was the one with the tropical postcard hanging up in my cubicle. Too often … →
  • The Single Most Important Detox Secret You Need to Know for 2015

    Emily Uebergang
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As 2014 rolls over, many of us too are rolling over in misery as we pray the new start to 2015 will wash away all our guilt, wrongdoings, failings and shame from the year past. With a new year, however, comes new hope. So I won’t deprive you of that. I’m not a soulless vermin. But with this hope, pay heed to this warning. Hope exposes you to a certain vulnerability. The kind of shonky dealings that promise rapid weight loss pills, or a magical prowess … →
  • Mixed Spice Orange Chocolate Balls

    Emily Uebergang
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    It’s that time of year again. The time where kids are forced to sit on some old, white bearded guy’s lap, Just because he’s wearing some extra large red suit and dorky cap. Meanwhile the parents take photos and shrill will glee, And the kids just whine and scream, just wanting to flee. It’s that time for the chaotic herds of mentally deranged shoppers to flock to the mall. While the 25 versions of “Little Drummer Boy” plays on repeat, driving staff up the wall. But … →
  • Why 2014 Kicked-Butt and How 2015 Will Rock Your Socks Off

    Emily Uebergang
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    I have this thing. This thing where every year tends to kick the previous year in the butt. Like literally. Whether it’s for the better or the worse. They just love trying to trump each other. What’s with that? THANKFULLY, 2014 kicked 2013 in the butt in a good way.   I freaking fell in love with 2014 and well, tis the season for reflection after all as we near to the end of the year that was. I’m almost scared to let go … →
  • There Is A Time To Rest and A Time To Boogie

    Emily Uebergang
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here I am. Sitting here, watching the waves roll over each other imagining myself out there gliding over each one. But I choose to sit and observe. The morning glow of the sun shimmering the most magnificent shades of gold off the white foam. Beneath is a deep blue. During the ever so brief moments of calm it even looks like silky smooth velvet. As the waves crash, I deliberate over whether the sounds come first or because I”m looking at … →
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  • The U.S. and India will work together to reduce global climate changes

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    27 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    President Obama’s speech at Siri Fort New Delhi January 27, 2015 President Obama’s trip to India is ending today, and I like the fact that he kept pushing for the development of clean energy sources in India. In a previous article called President Obama’s trip to India I spoke about the fact that India relies heavily on coal to cover the energy needs of its growing population and some green projects are already planned for development, but anyway the old coal is preferred mostly because is cheap and easy to obtain even if is known as a heavy polluter. In the speech held at Siri…
  • Are you prepared for the monstrous snow storm?

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    27 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    This huge snow storm will cover everything It’s snowing and snowing in New York, and I’m not very sure if you are prepared for the monstrous storm that is coming in just a few hours. This is not a regular snow storm, the forecasts said that it could bring hurricane force winds for many hours, floods and power outages. The authorities have already communicated to people to leave the roads and to go home and stay there with their families. You also need to come along with your neighbors and your community to help those in need because there will be folks without power for several…
  • White Tesla S P85D vs White C7 Corvette Stingray in a new Drag Race

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    26 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    White Tesla S P85D vs White C7 Corvette Stingray in a new Drag Race The famous Tesla S P85D had a new encounter in a 1/4 mile drag race this time against a C7 Corvette Stingray. In a previous article called Tesla Model S P85 vs. Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z51 Drag Race we could see the 2013 Tesla Model S P85 competing against a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z51 and the electric vehicle managed to win the first race, but lost the second. It seems that Corvette C7 can win against the new Tesla S P85D only if it is a modified car. Let’s see the today cars: 2014 Tesla Model S P85D is a 100% clean…
  • One of the UK’s Energy Suppliers announced a price reduction of household gas

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    26 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    SSE UK In the UK, there are six major energy suppliers and one of them called Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has announced that will cut the price of household gas by 4.1% at the end of April, 2015. SSE has announced further that the new price will remain the same until July, 2016. The SSE announcement came after another move made by its British rivals which recently announced a 5% cut in household gas price starting from February, 27, 2015. Anyway, this price cut comes after an increase of price for household gas and electricity by 8,2% made by SSE at the end of Fall, 2014. After this…
  • 2015 Tesla S P85D vs. 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat in a new Drag Race

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    25 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    2015 Tesla S P85D vs 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Drag Race It seems that lately the electric vehicle called Tesla S P85D becomes very popular in new drag races because anyone wants to test his own petrol based supercar against a green vehicle which uses only electricity to run. Let’s see these two cars first: 2015 Tesla Model S P85D is an all wheel drive car with an electric motor which develops 691 HP and weighs about 4,900 lbs. This electric vehicle reaches 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds. 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is a rear wheel drive car with a Hemi V8 engine which develops 707…
 
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  • Where Have All The Sardines And Seabirds Gone

    Russ George
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Or why we should all love boobies. Eastern Pacific Ocean Pasture Collapse Tracks Sardine Fishery Collapse In 1948, the question of why the sardines on the California coast had disappeared was posed to legendary ocean biologist Ed Rickett, who was investigating the most famous sardine crash in history, which began in 1946. He quipped, “They’re in cans!” Ricketts was the central character in John Steinbeck’s book Cannery Row which chronicled the steamy life of Ricketts, marine life, and the California coastal town of Monterey. Today’s ocean scientists don’t think the answer was…
  • Green Walls Push Back Deserts And Dustbowls

    Russ George
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    More Grass Growing Means Less Dust Blowing Green walls are good news for pastures on land, but bad news for ocean pastures. CHINA has been pushing back the desert for 3 decades by the ongoing planting of the Great Green Wall. This feat of good human intention and labor is seeing a band of grass and trees being planted across China’s arid northern and western plains in what might be the largest ecological engineering project on the planet. And it is working according to a new study. More grass growing here in the Gobi desert means less dust blowing. This turns deserts to pastures on land…
  • Papal Advice Becoming Good Shepherds Of Nature

    Russ George
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Pope Francis proclaims man has slapped Nature in the face Here’s my open letter to his eminence. If you like it you might send him a copy and a note, or a prayer, alas he doesn’t have email. Your Eminence, Your comments in 2013 and recently have been so clear on the needs of our environment. I hope your flock of 1.2 billion Catholics will take heed. I know your intention is to be a Good Shepherd. This posting I hope will help you and the rest of us do so. I am again inspired by your most recent comments.  “As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth…
  • About Reports on Ocean Extinction And The Usual Suspects

    Russ George
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    A paper in the Journal Science is being widely reported as portending imminent mass ocean extinctions The oceans are indeed under a severe threat but the greatest threat is not from the usual suspects, those bad overfishing fishermen, the greater threat by far is from all of us. I wrote to the lead author of the paper in Science, here’s my letter to him. Dear Sir, From the accounts I read of your paper in the Journal Science it does not seem to touch on the most dire effects of anthropogenic CO2 that is destroying ocean pasture productivity. Many papers show clearly that ocean primary…
  • Become A Good Shepherd Instead – An Open Letter to Dr.Roy Spencer

    Russ George
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Engineer or Good Shepherd Today, 18 Jan. 2015, my blog here started seeing a good number of people visiting who had arrived from the blog of Dr. Roy Spencer, a noted climate scientist who writes on global warming – he’s a bit of a contrarian for many. His blog post today sub-title was Why I Should Have Been an Engineer Rather than a Climate Scientist. I’ve written to Dr. Spencer suggesting that it’s not too late for him to add being an engineer, or as I prefer to call it being a good shepherd, to his career path. I think it is important for him to consider doing so. I…
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  • Hidden Water Uses

    Kim Robson
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    By Kim Robson: Did you know that approximately 90% of all fresh water is used by agriculture (70%) and industry (20%), leaving just 10% for domestic use? The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is urging coordinated action to reduce the amount of “hidden water” used in food and drink production — estimated at up to ...
  • Cooking with Kids

    Green Mom
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    By Fredrica Syren: According to my kids, the kitchen is the most fascinating place, and as soon as I start cooking, I soon hear the familiar sound of chairs being pushed so the kids can climb up and see what I’m doing. I must admit that sometimes this raises my pulse and I feel stressed ...
  • Rising Sea Levels–Why We Should Be Concerned

    Kim Robson
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    By Kim Robson: Rising sea levels are causing U.S. oceanfront communities such as Malibu and Nantucket to go to war against erosion from the encroaching sea. In 2007, the Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket was moved 390 feet inland to save it from the encroaching bluff. The whole of Nantucket is, in fact, just a ...
  • Compostable Fashion

    Larraine Roulston
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    By Larraine Roulston: By design, when everyone makes a fashion statement with the environment in mind, there will never be a need for clothing to become trash. With Americans sending 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year, where they release methane, a contributor to climate change, it is well worth the incentive to ...
  • Chores for Every Child and Every Age

    Dawna Matthews
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    By Dawna Matthews: Home is more than just a building or place where you live. It cannot be described in one word and it means many things to different people; but it is a space we create and, in return, we are gifted with a place of comfort, pleasure, and restoration. There are so many ...
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  • Sun Power: Top Benefits of Using Solar Energy

    Rachel Heagney
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    Imagine life without energy. Without power, our home’s ducted air conditioning or heating would be as good as useless. We’d either swelter or freeze under our own roof. A horribly grim sight, isn’t it? Now conjure up an image of a house using sunshine for all its energy needs. Brilliant, isn’t it? Harnessing the sun’s rays to supply the power required in your home is not a new concept. In Switzerland, where the sun rarely shows up, many people have solar-powered homes. It is no surprise that the US has about 400,000 homes with photovoltaic units currently installed. With its…
  • 3 Ways To Save On Your Heating Bill

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    26 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    If you own a home or rent an apartment and you want to save money on your heating bill, you can do so with ease. Sadly, a lot of people waste money when they don’t follow a wise and easy plan to save cash on their monthly heating bill. While true, with that being said, here are three ways to save on your electric bill. Inspect It All: If you own a home, you should call a local electrician and have him or her inspect the heater and make sure it is in order and clean. If you rent an apartment, you can call the landlord or newer and ask for his or her help. By doing a quickly cleaning and out…
  • Preserve, Protect, Respect: Sustainable Agriculture Benefits

    Ariel Bellamy
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Preserve, Protect, Respect: Sustainable Agriculture Benefits For agriculture to be called sustainable, it needs to yield results while establishing and maintaining the ecological balance, solving problems like infertility of the soil or troubles with pest by using a diverse range of environmentally conscious farming methods. The final product of sustainable agriculture does not only need to be eco-friendly, it is also important that it helps farmers and their families and that its final product is healthy for the end users. In this article, we will try to list all the main benefits of this…
  • What Is Biomass Energy ?

    Kimberly Littleton
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    What Is Biomass Energy ? Biomass power is redefining how we use the nature to generate electricity in a better and effective way so that we are ready with a replacement of the fossil fuels. But what is this biomass and what is the hue and cry all about? Biomass power comes from plants. It can be forest or crop residues, perennial grasses, corn kernels, stalks and quick growing trees like poplars. These plants can be used to make liquid bio-fuels that can be used as an alternative to oil. One can also use it to produce electricity or heat that can be used in our homes. In the United States,…
  • How to Protect Your Compost from Animal Nuisances

    Lillian Connors
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    How to Protect Your Compost from Animal Nuisances. Most of the experienced gardeners know that enriching the soil with compost is a smart thing to do. Apart from the obvious benefits, such as providing the soil with nutrients necessary to support microbes which in turn help plants grow, composting is also an environmentally responsible action, given the fact that it greatly reduces the amount of organic garbage you need to dispose of and eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers. However, since composting requires dealing with organic matter which small animals like birds and rodents can…
 
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  • Asbestos Abatement: What You Need to Know

    Jessica Hope
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Asbestos Abatement: What You Need to Know Asbestos is an infamously dangerous set of six minerals, carrying with it a reputation of death, disease, and litigation. But before we classified asbestos as a potentially lethal human carcinogen, it was considered an incredibly useful substance; it provided protection against chemical and electrical damage, it was resistant to heat, it absorbed sound, it was cheap, and it made for convenient building insulation. Consequently, asbestos has been used for thousands of years and in millions of buildings and commercial products across the planet.  …
  • A Brownfield Success Story: the Jefferson Davis Hospital Before and After

    Michael Manouel
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A Brownfield Success Story: the Jefferson Davis Hospital Before and After   Brownfields are, in short, pieces of real property, which—by the suspected presence or actual presence of hazardous pollutants, chemicals, or contaminants—have been held back from reuse, redevelopment, or commercial growth. Although it might sound like a condemning blow for once-successful properties to be declared a brownfield, closed down, and cordoned off from the public, there are many former sites that have become prosperous centers of commerce, art, industry, and, sometimes even sports, post-cleanup.
  • New Coal Ash Rules Deserve Your Attention

    Jessica Hope
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    New Coal Ash Rules Deserve Your Attention A critical decision about the classification of coal ash is due this month. It’s been over four years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their plans to finalize federal rules regarding coal ash, but come December 19th, the EPA might finally make good on their promise. Most people, aside from industry representatives and environmentalists, don’t have this issue on their radar. It’s not hard to make sense of – after all, coal regulations don’t exactly make for sexy headlines. But the classification of coal ash could…
  • Bioremediation: The Inexpensive, Organic Remediation Method

    Michael Manouel
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Bioremediation: The Inexpensive, Organic Remediation Method   What’s the process?   Bioremediation involves the use of tiny organisms, called microbes, to help clean up contaminated soil and groundwater. These living organisms (usually some type of bacteria) feed off of the contaminants (such as solvents, oil and petroleum products, and pesticides) in or on a site. When the microbes eat these contaminants, they will eventually digest and metabolize them, at which point the contaminants will be changed into water or harmless gases, like ethene, or carbon dioxide. The technique of…
  • Understanding Underground Storage Tanks: Dangers and Regulation

    Michael Manouel
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Understanding Underground Storage Tanks: Dangers and Regulation Definition An underground storage tank (UST), in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definition, is any tank with ancillary piping that has at least 10% of its combined volume submerged underneath the ground. Federal EPA regulations only apply to USTs that store either petroleum or certain other hazardous substances, such as methane, solvents, and ethylene glycol. According to the EPA, the following tanks are also exempt from regulation, Farm and residential tanks of 1,100 gallons or less containing motor fuel for…
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  • Homedics Humidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Homedics Humidifier Review 2015 This post is about Homedics Humidifier Reviews, we will compare some best humidifiers from Homedics, including some personal humidifiers, ultrasonic humidifiers, cool mist humidifiers. Founded in 1987, Homedics has been renowned for its home massage products and will continue to be a leading company to provide innovative and advanced massage products for today’s market. However, in fact, Homedics is also highly praised for its full line of indoor wellness products, including Air Filters, Sleep aids, Fitness Monitors,… Continue Reading ››…
  • 8 Natural Remedies Helpful for Quitting Smoking

    Brian
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Natural Remedies Tips for Quitting Smoking Smoking seems quit prevalent among people. But the fact is that it causes a great deal of health problems and leads to numerous deaths nowadays. If you want to keep yourself away from the tobacco-related health problems, it’s never too late to quit smoking. Certainly, the earthier you start quitting, the more benefits you will get. And your lung will start to repair impairments caused by smoking immediately once you stop smoking. So are… Continue Reading ›› The post 8 Natural Remedies Helpful for Quitting Smoking appeared first on…
  • Essick Air Humidifier Review 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Essick Humidifier Review 2015 In this post we will talk about Essick humidifier reviews and ratings info. Essick has been producing high quality air humidifiers for more than 90 years. And all of its products are designed, engineered and assembled in the United States, which is really rare for today’s manufacturers. Essick air humidifiers produce healthier, easier and comfortable moisture into air through the evaporative technology. But why and how the evaporation makes Essick humidifier become the distinguished humidity saver? Essick… Continue Reading ›› The post Essick…
  • Pureguardian Ultrasonic Humidifier Reviews 2015

    Brian
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Pureguardian Humidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015 In this post, we will talk about reviews of Pureguardian Ultrasonic Humidifier. PureGuardian has been increasingly popular among customers for its natural way to improve air quality enormously. It adopts the one of most efficient humidifying systems–Silver Clean Technology, to release the incredible clean moisture into the air helping to create the comfortable breathing environment for living and working. Most Pureguardian Humidifiers are Ultrasonic Humidifiers. The silver inside the water tank of PureGuardian humidifiers… Continue…
  • Air Innovations Humidifier Review 2014-2015

    Brian
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Air Innovations Humidifier Reviews, Ratings 2015 Air Innovations Humidifiers are from For Life Products (FLP) Inc., which is an outstanding manufacturer as well as an innovative marketer. It devotes to providing automotive surface-care products to improve the quality of everyday life. FLP have developed a full line of technologically high quality humidifiers,home use purifiers and some fan machines. It will be easy for you to find some Air innovations ultrasonic humidifier products in hardware shops. Air innovations humidifier, as one… Continue Reading ›› The post Air…
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  • Bye, Buy Carbon - Reducing The Carbon Footprint in Your Spending

    Colleen Redmond
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    “Win or loose, we go shopping after the election.” — Imelda Marcos What and where we buy makes a difference.  Being aware of our choices and shopping smart can help.  It’s not as hard as you may think.  You just need to know where to look.  Eat Local:  If possible, try to buy locally grown foods as well as fruits and vegetables that are in season in your area.  This cuts down on transportation emissions, and you get fresher food to boot!  Here’s a link to finding locally grown produce in your area - http://www.localharvest.orgGrow…
  • Turn Your Dial to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    Colleen Redmond
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    “It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire. With air conditioning their windows were shut, they couldn’t hear the barbarians comming.” — Garrison Keillor Take a Turn for the Better:Well, without melting or freezing that is.  Being safe and comfortable in our living spaces is important, but small changes can make a big difference.Hey! Turn that thing down!:  Dialing down central heating just a degree saves energy and can reduce your heating bill by around 8%.  Another bonus - one more reason to wear cozy socks and that awesome…
  • Are We There Yet - Reducing The Carbon Footpring in Your Commute

    Colleen Redmond
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    “If we drive down the cost of transportation through space, we can do great things.” — Elon Musk Transportation is a big part of our lives.  When and how we get places soaks up a lot of mental bandwidth and time from each day and is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions.  The good news?  If you know how, traveling smart can make a huge contribution in reducing your carbon footprint. Getting There is Half the Fun:  Have you ever been stuck in traffic and secretly cursed the city bus as it blew by you on the shoulder?  Or scowled as…
  • Water Water Everywhere - The Carbon Footprint In Your Water

    Colleen Redmond
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    “No water, no life. No blue, no green.” — Sylvia Earle Water Water Everywhere....Or sometimes not. California is currently facing one of the worst droughts on record, and many other parts of the globe are suffering as well.  Here are a few easy ways to help conserve this precious resource:Give your laundry the cold shoulder:  90% of the energy that goes into washing clothes is used to heat the water.  Washing in cold is an easy way to reduce energy use (up to 350 pounds of carbon emissions eliminated for an average household), and it gets clothes just as…
  • How Santa Sizes Up - The Carbon Footprint of Christmas

    Ted Redmond
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” — Dr Seuss Really, we are just having a little fun here.  We love the holidays!  The best way we can make change, we think, is to focus on creating new and positive changes for ourselves.  On the other hand, a little awareness can go a long way too!  Without an awareness of the scale of our impact, we can not hope to make effective change.The Wrap SheetFor the fun of awareness, here is a quick run-down on the carbon footprint of the typical American Christmas.  Assuming a 'typical'…
 
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