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    Shawna Coronado

  • OMango Restaurant Review and a Quinoa Salad Recipe

    Shawna Coronado
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
    ***NOTICE AND ADDENDUM TO THIS STORY***  (See top image) It appears that OMango has suddenly been forced to close down it’s retail store in order to survive. I had pre-posted the story before I knew of the closing. My apologies. OMango will still be offering food truck, party, and festival service as well as custom catering services. I’m very sorry the restaurant is not open — I love the food and hope it will come back soon!! OMango is a restaurant near my home which I have fallen madly in love with. It is located at 1056 North Route 59, Aurora, IL 60504, which is right…
  • How To Build a Living Wall Pocket Garden

    Shawna Coronado
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    Many of the living walls featured in my book, Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, are focused on pre-made systems. Yet a few are homemade systems built with a bit of creativity and modeled into something that will work just for the purposes you need them for. This is one such garden, created as an aromatic therapeutic fabric pocket garden that can be mobile if you would like. It is charming and absolutely perfect for small areas like gates, doors, and feature areas. Excerpts from my book are below – showing you how to make it yourself. HOW TO BUILD A LIVING WALL…
  • Backyard Garden Room Makeover – Before and After

    Shawna Coronado
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:36 am
    It is time to continue our three months of AE Outdoor “Creating the Perfect Patio” garden room makeover project – the last redecorating project is focused on making a blank, awkwardly shaped flagstone patio into a sweet entertaining area. In the photo to the right you can see the last makeover project results, where I remade the front patio area into a sitting area with a living wall and a succulent wok. It transitioned into a boldly happy entry! Our first patio makeover, seen in the photo to the left, was an outdoor garden potting room re-do. It became a colorful potting…
  • Delicious Herb Broth Recipe

    Shawna Coronado
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    Chris McLaughlin is a super-dee-duper author friend of mine famous for her passionate growing stories and tales of how she dyes her own wool and lives in the country with her family (as well as rabbits, chickens, goats, and more). She is amazing and has all sorts of fantastical homesteading, farming, and gardening ideas to share. Today she sharing one of her best recipes with you — how to make herb broth. I have tried it and am absolutely in love because it is very yummy! Laughing Crow and Company is Chris’s wonderful website and blog which features her family flower farm. She…
  • Garden With Drought Tolerant Creeping Sedum Stonecrop

    Shawna Coronado
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:36 am
    There’s a little garden room at the Chicago Botanic Garden that is regularly rotated with breathtaking plants that form amazing garden designs. Above you see a photo of the outdoor garden room filled with a mix of raspberry angelonia, lemon coral creeping sedum, and agave that blew my mind a few years ago. I used it as the primary example of creative design utilizing groundcover in the Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide. Using creeping sedum, or stonecrop, in your garden means less watering and more success in hot, dry, neglected garden sites.  Below is an excerpt from my book which…
 
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    Switchboard, from NRDC

  • St. Francis of Assisi: The Inspiration for the Pope's Encyclical On Climate Change

    Kit Kennedy
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Kit Kennedy, Director of Energy and Transportation, New York This post was guest written by my son Michael Diller, who recently graduated from Vassar College. Michael's thesis on St. Francis of Assisi and other medieval Church thinkers won the Sophia H. Chen Zen Memorial Prize for the best thesis in the History Department. Pope Francis' recent Encyclical on climate change has rightly received broad attention worldwide for its forceful message that action on climate change is necessary to protect the world's poor. But little has been written about the important Medieval Church figure who…
  • Scientific and political consensus emerging: not all biomass is "carbon neutral"

    Sasha Stashwick
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Sasha Stashwick, Policy Analyst, New York When dealing with a thorny public policy issue, it's always noteworthy when scientific and political consensus begins to emerge. Last week, a number of statements out of different parts of our government showed that our understanding of the role biomass--essentially plant material burned to produce energy--can play in climate policy is beginning to converge on the same message: not all biomass is "carbon neutral". This matters because power plants looking for alternatives to burning coal and other fossil fuels are increasingly turning to burning…
  • How does China's climate pledge stack up?

    Barbara Finamore
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing As mentioned in a post on Carbon Pulse, China's climate pledge will require the country to make very significant changes to its emissions trajectory - including adding non-fossil power equivalent to the entire U.S. power generating capacity by 2030. When you compare China's growth trajectory against that of developed countries, how does it compare? Li Junfeng, Director General of the National Center of Climate Change Strategy Research and Deputy Director of the Energy Research Institute at China's National Development and Reform…
  • Dear Pebble Partnership, It's Time to Walk Away From Bristol Bay

    Taryn Kiekow Heimer
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Senior Policy Analyst, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica, California Just how many reasons does the Pebble Partnership need to stop its disastrous plans to build the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska? NRDC explored that question in a series of ads in Politico. The ads give the Pebble Partnership several compelling reasons to quit the Pebble Mine, culminating today with a simple request: walk away from Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay is home to the world's greatest wild salmon fishery, supplying half of the world's sockeye salmon. Salmon support a $1.5 billion…
  • Michigan Lawmaker Proposes A Move Away from Clean Energy

    Rebecca Stanfield
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Rebecca Stanfield, Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program, Chicago Today, Senator Mike Nofs, Chairman of the Michigan Senate Energy and Technology Committee, introduced his long awaited electricity policy package. We are reviewing the details of the legislative proposals introduced by Senator Nofs, and will be prepared to make detailed recommendations over the next few days, and during this summer's hearings. NRDC appreciates the opportunity to have participated in the process and the hard work of everyone involved. However, what is clear is that these bills offer a disappointing…
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    Grist

  • Is there a beanbag chair I can rest easy on?

    Ask Umbra®
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    Q. We are getting some beanbag chairs for our kids. Wondering what the most environmentally friendly filling is for beanbags. I know most use plastic. What natural or less harmful alternatives exist? Brent M. Burlington A. Dearest Brent, I had a beanbag chair growing up. I begged and begged, but my parents were also concerned about store-bought beanbag fillings, so I made it myself out of old organic cotton t-shirts and sand that I nicked from the playground, one cup at a time. It wasn’t exactly comfortable, and nobody could lift it when it was time to move, but oh, how I loved that…
  • Watch us explain how to feed the world and end poverty at the same time

    Nathanael Johnson
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:04 am
    How can the world feed itself more equitably, sustainably, and deliciously even as populations rise? It just takes 2.5 minutes to figure that out. OK, so that may be overstating it slightly. Actually, the smartest people in the world have been trying to figure out how to insure that everyone on Earth can feed themselves reliably, and no one has ever come up with a working formula. The problems of hunger and poverty are wickedly difficult. There are, however, some basic points of agreement for tackling these issues. I tried to pin those down in my series Hungry Hungry Humans. Through…
  • In California, people of color are dangerously close to oil train disasters

    Sara Bernard
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    There’s been a lot of consternation over oil trains recently. In the U.S. and Canada, almost two dozen crude-carrying trains have derailed in the past two years — exploding into giant balls of fire in some cases, and in others, killing people. And while the Obama administration released new oil train safety rules on May 1, they remained so lax and full of holes that some environmental groups immediately sued. In California, as more and more crude arrives by rail, more people will find themselves within the “blast zone,” a one-mile evacuation area recommended by the U.S.
  • Move over corn. Cacti can power cars, too

    Grist staff
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Is prickly pear cactus, also known as a witch magic hangover cure, the next cheap, drought-friendly biofuel? There are major issues with using food crops like corn and sugarcane for biofuels, including the fact they eat up farmland that could be otherwise used for growing food. But emerging research shows that other types of plants, specifically plants that grow on arid land like prickly pear cactus, could be turned into gasoline, too. Up to 18 percent of the world’s landscape is made up of semi-arid land, much of it unusable for farming. With cactus, you’re not taking away prime…
  • So now we have beautiful underwater greenhouses. Why? Why not!

    Amelia Urry
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    What thrives at 79 degrees and 20 feet below sea level, and tastes like a strawberry? Actually, it is a strawberry — a salty sea strawberry. OK, fine, it’s just a regular strawberry possessing no marine qualities that we know of, aside from being grown in a submersible greenhouse off the coast of Italy. This berry-infested Atlantis can be found alongside four other biospheres containing basil, lettuce, and beans. And while 20 feet isn’t quite 20,000 leagues, the improbable place is called Nemo’s Garden. More from the Washington Post: The balloon-like…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • Travel Company Strands You on Your Own Remote Tropical Island

    Brianne Hogan
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    If you’ve ever wanted to play Tom Hanks in “Castaway” but for real, a travel company called DoCastaway can help you with that. According to its website, DoCastaway is the Read MoreThe post Travel Company Strands You on Your Own Remote Tropical Island appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Robert Redford Urges U.N. to Act on Climate Change

    Anthony Marcusa
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    In a plea to the United Nations, acclaimed actor and environmentalist Robert Redford has called for a response to the world’s changing climate. “The time for half measures and climate denial Read MoreThe post Robert Redford Urges U.N. to Act on Climate Change appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Bill Gates to Invest $2 Billion in Renewable Energy

    Natalia Lima
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    One of the richest men in the world is investing a lot of money in renewable energy but not divesting from fossil fuels. In an interview with The Financial Times, Read MoreThe post Bill Gates to Invest $2 Billion in Renewable Energy appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • PETA Slams CBS For Using Live Animals in New Show

    Natalia Lima
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    PETA has released a statement reprimanding CBS for the use of live wild animals in the production of its new summer show ‘Zoo.’ “By producing a show that exploits wild Read MoreThe post PETA Slams CBS For Using Live Animals in New Show appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • ‘Blue Bunny’ Testing Four Vegan Ice Cream Flavors

    Natalia Lima
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    The largest ice cream maker in America is currently testing four different flavors of non-dairy ice cream. Shortly after Ben & Jerry’s announced it will roll out a vegan flavor Read MoreThe post ‘Blue Bunny’ Testing Four Vegan Ice Cream Flavors appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • The super sense you didn't know you had

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    An experiment originally designed to test the visual abilities of octopuses and cuttlefish has given University of Bristol researchers an unprecedented insight into the human ability to perceive polarized light – the super sense that most of us don’t even know we have. We are all familiar with colour and brightness, but there is a third property of light, the ‘polarization’, which tells us the orientation in which the light waves are oscillating. Dr Shelby Temple, a Research Associate from the Ecology of Vision Group in…
  • Today's Extra Second Explained

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or "leap" second, will be added. "Earth's rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, so leap seconds are a way to account for that," said Daniel MacMillan of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Strictly speaking, a day lasts 86,400 seconds. That is the case, according to the time standard that people use in their daily lives - Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC. UTC is "atomic time" - the duration of one second is based on…
  • Can pollution be good for trees?

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    Trees that can tolerate soil pollution are also better at defending themselves against pests and pathogens. "It looks like the very act of tolerating chemical pollution may give trees an advantage from biological invasion", says Dr Frederic E. Pitre of the University of Montreal and one of the researchers behind the discovery. 
  • Study examines the role of naturally occurring halogens in atmospheric deposition

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    It’s been difficult to explain patterns of toxic mercury in some parts of the world, such as why there’s so much of the toxin deposited into ecosystems from the air in the southeastern United States, even upwind of usual sources.A new analysis led by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder shows that one key to understanding mercury’s strange behavior may be the unexpected reactivity of naturally occurring halogen compounds from the ocean.
  • How Rainwater Could Save Rupees

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
    Rainwater could save people in India a bucket of money, according to a new study by scientists looking at NASA satellite data. The study, partially funded by NASA’s Precipitation Measurement Missions, found that collecting rainwater for vegetable irrigation could reduce water bills, increase caloric intake and even provide a second source of income for people in India.
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    Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living

  • Global Teamwork Critical for Solving Ivory Crisis

    Mark Tercek
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:33 am
    Mark Tercek discusses elephant poaching in Africa and illegal ivory trafficking in China, and what organizations are doing to halt them.
  • Valuing Nature: Q&A with Gretchen Daily

    Mark Tercek
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Mark Tercek and Gretchen Daily—a member of the Nature Conservancy’s Board of Directors—discuss her work and vision for the future, including the Natural Capital Project.
  • Sustainable Ocean Development Is Possible

    Mark Tercek
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    Healthy oceans, development and economic growth can coexist. A Q&A with Maria Damanaki, TNC’s new Global Managing Director for Oceans.
  • Count that Grouse

    Matt Miller
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    How do researchers ensure accurate counts of sage grouse? They’re taking to the air, with infrared.
  • Change comes to the forest.

    Matt Miller
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Logging trees to save them. Deer wars. Beavers VS old-growth forest. Welcome to conservation in the Anthropocene. Our provocative five-part series looks at some of the complicated issues facing the eastern forest.
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    EcoSalon

  • Rose McGowan is a Feminist Badass [Video]

    Abbie Stutzer
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Rose McGowan is an outspoken feminist. And to us, that’s an incredible thing. McGowen recently ran into some Hollywood “trouble” because she tweeted about a sexist casting call. Bad, Rose! You should know better than to call out idiots. Well, just because her agent fired her doesn’t mean she’s going to shut up anytime soon. She just proved that point recently by talking about the “dickery” of Hollywood. Watch the convo below. Related on EcoSalon Aging Women Can’t Get a Break in Hollywood (or Anywhere Else, Really) For the Love of God and All…
  • Low Maintenance Beauty: A Trend We Don’t Hate

    Liz Thompson
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    How would you feel about ditching your blow dryer and skipping some salon visits? Thought so. Get ready to simplify your routine. Low maintenance beauty is the latest trend. And it’s one any woman can love. Long, uber-sleek locks. Makeup contouring. Detailed manicures. All end up looking great but, let’s face it, take more than a little time to pull off. Now envision wash and go hair, natural nails, fresh faced makeup, and (possibly best of all) less waxing. Sound like your beauty ideal? Don’t look now but low maintenance beauty happens to be on trend. One look at the seemingly makeup…
  • 7 Clever Productivity Apps to Help You Get More Done

    Krissy Brady
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The productivity apps you didn’t know you needed. Dealing with technology is a tricky business: One minute you’re breezing through your work like a boss, and the next you’re getting sucked into the black cavernous hole of (wonderful) doom that is Buzzfeed. Sure, unplugging is a great way to get more done, but there are plenty of ways you can turn the tables and use all of this technology stuff to your advantage. Here are 7 clever productivity apps you’ll wonder what you ever did without: 1. Clear Clear is the best to-do list app like, ever. Not only is it extremely…
  • Fruit Acid Skin Peels: The Safe Way to Get Your Glow

    Liz Thompson
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    The mere mention of skin peels may send most of us running for cover. Especially the sensitive skinned among us. While it may sound like a toxic ingredient nightmare, there is a valid place in the beauty regimen for peels. The term is unfortunate. Peel sound so…harsh. And yes, chemical acid peels are harsh, causing skin to turn red and peel from the face. They are effective in revealing fresh skin, but continued use can actually weaken and thin the skin, causing irritation, inflammation, and excessive dryness or oiliness. Not good. Peels are really just another form of exfoliation. We’ve…
  • Is There Actually Good News on Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

    Sara Novak
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    One of the biggest hindrances to staving off global climate change is getting the world’s biggest emitters to agree to take action. China is the world’s second biggest emitter due to its dependance on dirty coal and the astonishing double digit industrial growth that the nation has experienced in the past three decades. But a new report shows that China’s greenhouse gas emissions may be tapering off much sooner than suspected. We hardly ever get any good news when it comes to global climate change but a new report from the London School of Economics found that China may be headed in…
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Church of England Divests from Oil Company Exploring Virunga National Park

    Yale Environment 360
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    The Church of England has divested its holdings in the British oil and gas company Soco International, citing ethical concerns over Soco's attempts to
  • Interview: How an Indian Politician Became an Environmental Hawk

    Yale Environment 360
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Jairam Ramesh was a self-described “economic hawk” when he became India’s environment minister in 2009, figuring that the Jairam Ramesh country’s ecological problems could wait as India lifted its people out of poverty. But by the time he left his post in 2011, he had become an environmental hawk after witnessing how India’s rapidly expanding economy and soaring population had caused widespread pollution and destruction of the environment. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Ramesh — an economist, parliament member, and author of a new book — talks about why a…
  • Why a Leading Indian Politician Is Now an Environmental Hawk

    Yale Environment 360
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh believes the “cult” of unfettered economic growth has been ruinous for India’s environment. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about his vision of “green growth,” which he says is essential for his nation’s future. BY CHRISTIAN SCHWAGERL
  • Residential Solar Panels Are Net Win for Utility Companies, Analysis Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits to utility companies than they receive through programs
  • Rain Harvesting Could Provide Major Economic Benefits in India, Study Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    Collecting precipitation in rain barrels could result in significant savings for many people in India, according to an analysis of
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • The 'Dinosaur Turtle' That Freaked Everyone Out Is An Alligator Snapping Turtle

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:14 pm
    A creature that looks like a miniature dinosaur, complete with spikes and a pointy beak, crawled out of a river in the Russian Far East and into the nightmares of many who saw images of it on social media. The spiked turtle was found on the banks of the Amur River near the Leninskoye settlement, part of Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region, according to the Siberian Times. 'When we saw it, we did not even realize that it was a turtle," Anastasia Steshina, who filmed the creature, told the news site. "It reminded us of a dinosaur." This Incredible Dinosaur-Turtle Washed Up On A Russian River Bank…
  • Whole Foods Co-CEOs Admit To Overcharging Customers

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Consumer trust in Whole Foods Market was shattered last week when a New York City government investigation revealed that the supermarket had been systematically overcharging customers for packaged foods since at least 2010. At first, Whole Foods representatives stridently denied the claims -- but today, company executives admitted that the supermarket chain was, in fact, guilty of overcharging. In a two-minute-long YouTube video, which you can watch above, Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb apologized for what they call "certain pricing issues in our New York City stores."…
  • California Just Cut Its Water Use In A Major Way

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    In the households of drought-stricken California, something finally clicked. This May, the last month in which water conservation was voluntary, urban water users consumed 28.9 percent less water than in May 2013, the State Water Resources Control Board announced Wednesday. This surpasses the 25 percent mandatory cutbacks that went into effect June 1. The major drop marks the steepest water-use decline in year-over-year comparisons since Gov. Jerry Brown asked residents to restrict their water use last year, the Sacramento Bee noted. The conservation effort is shocking in contrast with how…
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: Yes, The Pope Can Comment On Climate Change

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a word for those who think Pope Francis shouldn't comment on climate change. The pope released an encyclical, or papal letter, in June that not only affirmed climate change was happening but also blamed human negligence and pointed to science to support the need for reducing carbon emissions. "Numerous scientific studies indicate that the majority of the global warming in recent decades is due to the large concentration of greenhouse gases ... emitted above all due to human activity," the encyclical read. Though many applauded the pope's letter, some…
  • Polar Bears Threatened By Climate Change: Study

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    By Laura Zuckerman July 1 (Reuters) - Imperiled polar bears will see a population crash in most parts of the Arctic Ocean if global greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, causing accelerated melting of the sea ice the bruins depend on for survival, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday. A study led by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) biologists showed that a worldwide failure to reduce the release of atmospheric pollutants tied to the burning of fossil fuels will likely lead to "a greatly decreased state" for polar bear populations in Alaska and elsewhere, except for an Arctic region…
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe U.S. State Department released a batch of 3,000 searchable documents formerly stored on the private hard drive and in a private email account of Democratic Party presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Among them: a fully redacted job description for State Department International Energy Coordinator/Diplomat-At-Large. Image Credit: United States Department of StateDavid Goldwyn -- now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and head of Goldwyn Global Strategies --…
  • 21 Killer Yoga Photos That'll Have You Dusting Off the Mat

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:38 pm
    June 21st, 2015 wasn't just Father's day or the Summer Solstice (if you're in the appropriate hemisphere), there was another event celebrated officially for the very first time on June 21st of this year: The International Day of Yoga. Created by the UN General Assembly in December of last year, it was the first official celebration of a day inspired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a speech to the UN in September of last year, Prime Minister Modi said yoga was "an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition" that is 5,000 years old and, "embodies unity of mind and body; thought and…
  • California's Drought Is Everyone's Drought

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    By Don WilllmottDon Willmott is a New York-based journalist who writes about technology, travel and the environment for a wide variety of publications and websites. California's drought may end up having a bigger impact on your grocery cart than you realize, and it's not just about almonds and avocados. As ThinkProgress recently noted, California produces 84 percent of the country's fresh peaches, 94 percent of its plums, 99 percent of its artichokes and 94 percent of its broccoli. Almost half of the country's asparagus comes from California as well. Have you noticed prices in the produce…
  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of... Fracking?

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:44 pm
    As has been the case for generations, millions of Americans will celebrate this Independence Day by flocking to our national parks, forests and wilderness areas to enjoy the unique character of these federally preserved, protected natural and cultural landmarks, set aside by past generations for the benefit of future ones. The Fourth of July provides a reminder of the importance of having these designated federal lands -- publicly owned resources free of control by corporations or individuals that may not have the public's best interests at heart. For years, oil and gas corporations have been…
  • Liquidating Our Water Resources - California Drought Highlights Unsustainable Agricultural Practices

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    The drought in California is now in its fourth year and the worst on record. All Americans should be concerned, because California produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Furthermore, 40 states in the U.S. are expected to experience water shortages within the coming decade. The crisis in California serves as an example of common agricultural policies and practices that damage our water supplies. The threat of water shortages will increase as climate change progresses, for example, by shrinking snowpack. Snowpack is vital to ecosystems and more than half of the world's…
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Buying Tips: Less Toxic Nail Polish

    Amanda
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
      With names that echo tropical islands, fond memories and sassy puns — who’d ever suspect those cute bottles of nail polish are filled with many concerning chemicals? Unfortunately there isn’t an all-natural option for nail polish. But there are products that have fewer ingredients with serious health concerns. If you are one to use a polish on your fingers or toes, here are few important things to look for: “3-free”: Brands that don’t use toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde “5-free”: Brands that are 3-free + formaldehyde resin or camphor. Never list:…
  • Behind the Ratings: Pet Food

    Amanda
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Between 1988 and 2015, overall pet ownership in the United States has increased from 56% to 65%. Today, more than 79 million households own at least one pet. Pet owners are prioritizing and investing in the care and health of their pets, encouraging the pet care industry to quickly replace the term “pet owners” with “pet parents”. Take Our Poll   People want their pets to lead healthy lives—They plan activities for them, comfort them, search for the best gear and bathing supplies, learn about their nutrition needs for every life-stage, and invest in pet beds…
  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

    Amanda
    6 May 2015 | 11:39 am
                Some of the most vulnerable skin on our body is found on our face. Typically left exposed to the elements, the skin our face and lips is an important place to take special care of. Lip products have long evolved from the days of the original tubs of Vaseline and Carmex. Now packed with products from tints and sunscreens to gloss and moisturizers, the lip care product aisle can get confusing quick. Ever heard the urban myth about Carmex being addictive? How about the creators of lip balms purposefully adding drying ingredients making lip balm…
  • Clean Up Your Laundry Routine

    Amanda
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    How “clean” can your clothes get when the soap you are using may contain potentially hazardous chemicals, or fragrances that you may be allergic too? Cleaning products are among the most significant sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Many of the products we use to scrub, whiten and soften our loads of laundry are made with ingredients that raise concerns for human health and our environment. 5 easy ways to clean up your laundry routine: 1) Look closely at the ingredient list. Some laundry detergents include ingredients like triethanolamine that can cause harm if they…
  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    Amanda
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
 
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    Forbes - Energy

  • Germany's Energy Transition Breaks The Energiewende Paradox

    James Conca
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Breaking the so-called Energiewende Paradox, Germany’s carbon emissions fell for the first time since the big 2009-2013 emissions increase that occurred because of their record renewable energy installation and nuclear phase-out. But Germany is phasing out nuclear in the next several years, even though nuclear provides about 18% of their production and is still their largest low-carbon source by far. Whether they replace it with renewables or coal will determine what direction their transition will take. France may be key to that decision. Whatever Germany does, their electricity costs will…
  • Transition Away from Coal-Fired Power Plants Keeps Building

    Navigant Research
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    By Neil Strother The transition away from coal-fired power plants continues among a number of U.S. utilities both in an effort to comply with carbon reduction standards and for cost-cutting reasons. In the last few months alone, several thousand megawatts of coal-generated capacity have been taken offline. The trend is similar in other industrialized countries, with a key exception. In the United States, Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power (AEP) has ceased generation at 10 of its coal-fired plants across five states. Operations were halted in May at coal units in Indiana,…
  • Nigerian Philanthropist Tony Elumelu Calls For An End To Africa's Energy Poverty

    Mfonobong Nsehe
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu has called for an end to energy poverty in Africa.
  • Wall Street Is Running Out Of Ways To Make Easy Money Off Corporate Tax Loopholes

    Antoine Gara
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    Forbes screened for foreign-domiciled firms listed on U.S. markets with a market cap above $3 billion that don't have a big hedge fund cheerleader, or have made large-scale, tax-oriented acquisitions over the past 12-months.
  • The 10 Best Wannabe Warren Buffett Stocks

    Antoine Gara
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
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  • Could Fasting Be The Key To Long Life And Good Health?

    Lisa Warner
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Could Fasting Be The Key To Long Life And Good Health? Fasting and Long Life Fad diets are nothing new to us. We hear about the new amazing way that this celebrity got a ‘beach-bod’, how that one shifted the baby weight, and how that one looks on the catwalk. We are probably pretty much immune to the latest crazes, I for one have started to glaze over when I hear a fad-diet story. That is how it was for me when I first heard about the ‘fast diet’. It is a calorie restrictive plan, where you eat normally for 5 days per week, and seriously limit your calorific intake for…
  • Seriously, You Need To Stop Drinking Diet Soda Right Now

    Lisa Warner
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:24 am
    How many of us have opted for a diet soda when we are watching our calorie intake? Surely it is a better option than the ‘full fat’ version, right? What easier way to make a healthy substitution than to switch to a sugar-free, zero calorie beverage? I think that most of us know that this is not really the whole story. Nobody really loses weight by drinking diet soda. But the truth behind diet soda is far more sinister than you might realise, as has been illustrated by a recent study. What Exactly Is a Diet Soda? A soda is a carbonated beverage, and a diet version is the description given…
  • You Won’t Believe What Happens When You Bless Your Morning Brew!

    Lisa Warner
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    Bless your morning brew Do you know that feeling of tucking into your mother’s signature roast beef? Or a slice of your granny’s famous fruit cake? Other roasts may be delicious, but not quite the same as the one’s your mamma makes. And you can never find a cake as good as granny’s in the supermarket. What is the reason for this? Could it be the secret ingredient? The trick with bovril on the potatoes? Or the extra spoonful of zest? Possibly – but what if the ams changer in the recipe is something that you can’t see. More and more studies are suggesting that the power of our…
  • Plenty Of Fish? The Darker Side of Fishing

    Lisa Warner
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:32 am
    Plenty of Fish Before you start to read, please take a moment to watch this short film starring Ewan McGregor. It takes less than 3 minutes to make a pretty stark point. Although I should warn you – this is not for the faint hearted! Desserts from Another Film Company on Vimeo. I have never really though too much about fishing to be honest. I have read books on the horrors that can happen inside abattoirs and intensively farmed animals. I have heard about the problems with over fishing. But general angling? It has always slipped beneath my radar, it is a fun sport right? A hobby? A…
  • 15 Kick-Ass Health Reasons To Start Riding Your Bike Today

    Lisa Warner
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am
    We have all heard the phrase – Get on yer bike! But sometimes it can feel like too much effort to dig it out, oil the chain and go for a ride. I mean, who has time for that? Hopefully, we are The Good Human will show you just how easy it is to slip cycling into your daily life. These 15 kick-ass benefits improve your health and far more. Nobody said you have to wear lycra – although don’t let us stop you! You will be surprised to see us identify all of the top daily gripes as we go through the article – who knew that 2 wheels could be the answer to so many of them? 1.
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  • Remember When Lord Lawson Brought Climate Denial to the House of Lords?

    Brendan Montague
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Lord Lawson would command the admiration and gratitude of the sceptic cause when he raised the economics of climate change in the House of Lords. DeSmog UK’s epic history series continues. Lord Nigel Lawson delivered the coup de grâce in June 2005 when he persuaded his fellow peers on the economic affairs committee of the House of Lords to examine the economics of climate change. As a committee member, Lawson persuaded the House of Lords to launch a powerful and high profile Parliamentary inquiry examining allegations that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had…
  • Hillary Clinton State Department Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat

    Steve Horn
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    AttachmentSize International Energy Coordinator:Ambassador-at-Large Job Descripton Redacted.pdf5.99 KB David Goldwyn Description.pdf29.72 KB The U.S. State Department released a batch of 3,000 searchable documents formerly stored on the private hard drive and in a private email account of Democratic Party presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Among them: a fully redacted job description for State Department International Energy Coordinator/Diplomat-At-Large. David Goldwyn — now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and…
  • Groups Encourage Transparency, Ask Obama For Honesty About Corporate Spending

    Farron Cousins
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Sierra Club sent a letter to President Obama this week, urging the President to make good on his promise of increasing transparency in Washington. Specifically, the environmental group wants the administration to be forthright about the political spending of mega-polluters and their government contracts. Click here for reuse options! Tags: Sierra ClubtransparencyPresident ObamaEPAClean AirwaterPolluterGovernment ContractSpendingpoliticsCitizens United
  • Let Them Eat Climate Change

    Brendan Montague
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:51 am
    The winds are changing for the energy giants. And so the black plumes of smoke emitted by the climate deniers in an attempt to provide cover for the coal, oil and gas industry have already been refined.   The free market think tanks funded by dirty energy have spent the last decade claiming there is no global warming. But now their message is subtly different.    The primary concern has become the plight of Indian peasants, Chinese factory workers and African children who are, we are told, being denied a prosperous and dignified life by uncaring environmentalists and climate alarmists.
  • Zero Carbon Emissions: The New Language Of Climate Change

    Guest
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki.  If nothing else, the G7 countries’ recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about reducing carbon emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. This takes matters a step further by envisioning a fossil fuel–free future. Click here for reuse options! Tags: tar sandszero carbondecarbonizationoilsandscanada
 
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  • Abstract Painting with Hillary Butler

    Abby Capalbo
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Around this time last year, I made a promise to myself to make time for learning. To step outside of my comfort zone and get my hands dirty a bit. And something like this Zimmerman Workshop Series would be so up my alley. With the lovely Hillary Butler instructing and Jessica hosting, this workshop captured by Arshia Khan was just added to my “must attend” list. Share this gorgeous gallery on   Just a few short weeks ago, a fun group of ladies came together in our Zimmerman Studio for our third Zimmerman Inspiration Series Workshop – abstract painting featuring…
  • DIY 4th of July Confetti Cake

    Erin Lepperd
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    If you need a last minute holiday dessert, this sparkling cake is just the thing for the Fourth of July! There couldn’t be an easier way to dress up a store bought cake and make it party ready. Seriously, if you can use scissors, you’ve got this in the bag. Grab all the details below and get ready to celebrate the 4th with a dessert decked out in red, white and blue. Wilton sugar sheets (1 each of red, white, and blue- we used the multipack to save money) Fringing scissors Scissors Smooth frosted cake from your favorite recipe, bakery, or box mix (we won’t judge!) Sparklers…
  • Flea Market Edit

    Abby Capalbo
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    At the surface, going to a flea market is a magical experience. All those treasures just waiting to be snatched up for a bargain. But when you arrive, and that treasure-induced haze turns into a full out overwhelmed panic – things get real, fast. But have no fear! I teamed up with my girls Emily of mStarr Event & Erin McGinn to help you get lazer-focused so you come away with the very best finds this flea market season. xo Abby Capalbo Don’t bypass the textiles Coverlets, tablecloths, throw blankets – you can find some real gems tucked under the piles. Don’t be…
  • 18 Patriotic Party Goods Worthy of a 4th of July Celebration

    Gabrielle Hurwitz
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Summer is full of parties, but with parades, BBQs and fireworks, the 4th of July is Summer’s ultimate celebration. So do it justice, and throw America a birthday party worth celebrating. You have the recipes, decor and party inspiration—now, here’s the supplies you need to host the ultimate bash. Click through the slideshow to see the goods, and tell us, how are you celebrating the 4th of July? Patriotic Party GoodsView SlideshowPatriotic Party GoodsView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2015. | Permalink | 1 comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
  • Mimosas, Mumus + Manicures – A Bohemian Brunch

    Erin Lepperd
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    It’s all about the three M’s – mimosas, manis and mumus for this bohemian inspired get together. Designed and styled by The Venue Report, the coolest ladies in L.A. gathered at Cote for picnic lunching and cheersing in kaftans all while getting a little pampering time in. It sounds like heaven especially when you add florals byJL Designs and loads of cute images by Joielala Photographie into the mix. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From The Venue Report… Our picnic boho brunch was “mumus, manis & mimosas” themed – where the dress…
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  • Fraunhofer developing process to ferment steel exhaust gases to fuels and chemicals

    mmillikin
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    Fraunhofer researchers in Germany have developed a process for the conversion of CO-rich exhaust gases from steel plants into fuels and specialty chemicals. With the aid of genetically modified strains of Clostridium, the research team ferments the gas into alcohols and acetone, converts both substances catalytically into a kind of intermediary diesel product, and from produce kerosene and special chemicals. Participants include the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in Aachen, as well as the Institute for Environment, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT in…
  • Virginia Tech and FHWA bring SCRIM continuous pavement friction measurement system to US

    mmillikin
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    In a project funded by the Federal Highway Administration, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has brought the first Sideway-force Coefficient Routine Investigation Machine (SCRIM) to the United States. (SCRIM was originally developed by TRL in the UK.) The project objective is to assist states in the development of Pavement Friction Management Programs and demonstrate continuous friction and macro-texture measurement equipment. Pavement friction can sometimes be the difference between life and death on roadways. The higher the friction, the better grip a vehicle’s tires will have…
  • California ARB approves first commercially ready at-berth ship emissions capturing system; alternative to shore power

    mmillikin
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:26 am
    Clean Air Engineering-Maritime (CAEM) received California Air Resources Board (ARB) approval for the first commercially ready ship emissions capturing system called the Maritime Emissions Treatment System (METS). The METS-1 is CAEM’s first-generation system. It is mounted and deployed from a barge that is positioned alongside ships berthed at the Port of Los Angeles. The system is positioned over vessels’ smoke stacks and captures and treats more than 90% of particulate (PM), NOx, SO2, and related diesel pollutants emitted. The proprietary treatment technology was developed in…
  • Shell takes final investment decision for the Appomattox ultra-deepwater development in Gulf of Mexico

    mmillikin
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) made final investment decision (FID) to advance the Appomattox deep-water development in the ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The Appomattox project is located 80 miles offshore (129 kilometers) from the nearest shoreline in Louisiana, in approximately 7,200 feet (2,195 meters) of water. This decision authorizes the construction and installation of Shell’s eighth and largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The Appomattox development will initially produce from the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields, with average peak production estimated to reach…
  • BMW shows future drive technoliges; 2 Series PHEV prototype, direct water injection in 3-cyl. engine, and fuel cell eDrive

    mmillikin
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:14 am
    During a driving event at the Miramas proving grounds in southern France, BMW presented future drive technologies, including the prototype of a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer with plug-in hybrid drive. This application of BMW eDrive technologies features the first PHEV system with a front/transverse-mounted combustion engine, high-voltage generator and road-linked all-wheel drive via an electric drive system at the rear axle. The company also showcased the use of direct water injection to enhance the efficiency of combustion engines at higher performance levels while also significantly reducing…
 
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  • GoSun Grill solar oven has no problems cooking at night

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:08 am
    Many regard a vacation as incomplete if there is no cooking on the grill, it is fun to cook in the outdoors. What if you lie on the hammock and your food grills on its own that too without smoke? The innovation GoSun grill cooks without fuel even at night! A fuel-free cooker powered by ... The post GoSun Grill solar oven has no problems cooking at night appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Gadgets and sculptures made from old computer parts

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    Sometimes we just throw things away without knowing their real worth. With some knowledge about recycling and creativity, old things can transform into something more productive and utilizable. If we know the real meaning of recycling, we can make the correct use of such things and turn them into something new and innovative. Almost everyone ... The post Gadgets and sculptures made from old computer parts appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Scrap recycled into sweet geeky sculptures

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    Recycling old junks not only saves the environment but also old junk that was once destined to get into landfills. While you recycle old things, you are making an effort to save the environment. Besides that, you are saving energy and preventing pollution by checking your desire to collect new raw material. Many people just ... The post Scrap recycled into sweet geeky sculptures appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Knowing the basic road to a solar energy and the path to Tesla’s Powerwall

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:08 am
    We cannot dare to imagine a world without power. From running our cars to powering our homes, offices, industrial processes, hospitals and various other organizations, without a source of power everything will come to a standstill. With the technology leaping into the future, more and more energy is required. The Renewable energy is the answer ... The post Knowing the basic road to a solar energy and the path to Tesla’s Powerwall appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Simple green tips that make a healthy planet

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    Many people believe that making planet healthier is a tough task that is best left to eco-heroes only. Others believe that to make their efforts count, they need to move out of their comfort zones and invest lavishly. Actually, these all are just misconceptions, which will lead you to nowhere. It is important for everyone ... The post Simple green tips that make a healthy planet appeared first on Eco Friend.
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  • Urgency and Opportunity for Latino Leadership on Climate

    Lucía Oliva Hennelly
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    By Lucía Oliva HennellyLas Vegas — Wikimedia Commons When I landed in Las Vegas last week, the weather was a broiling 108 degrees. Ouch. I braved the Las Vegas heat for one of the most inspiring convenings of Latino leaders in the country, the Annual Conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). We had a chance to hear from established and rising Latino leaders, as well as from Presidential candidates, about the challenges facing Latino communities and the many paths forward for creating a brighter future. What we did not hear about was a vision for places…
  • Accelerating the Shift to More Efficient Trucks

    EDF Blogs
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Tom Murray, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, Environmental Defense Fund Freight transportation is the work horse of the global economy, ensuring that the products consumers want get on the shelves where and when they want them. With 70 percent of U.S. goods being moved by truck, freight is a key source of U.S. fuel consumption and corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Today, freight also offers companies a key opportunity to drive us toward a lower carbon future. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed with EDF President Fred Krupp, Pepsico Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi voiced…
  • American Petroleum Institute Continues Its Long Campaign against Clean Air Standards

    Mandy Warner
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    By Mandy WarneriStockphoto.com I recently had the unfortunate experience of hearing a two-year-old suffer from an asthma attack. The nurses commented in passing how it was actually a great sign to hear the young child screaming, as it was more worrisome when children came in with asthma attacks and were unable to draw breath. As a mother of a two-year-old myself, hearing the terrified screams of this child was utterly heartbreaking. This was the first time I've come face to face with a child suffering the effects of asthma – a terrible respiratory disease that is often exacerbated by…
  • Six Climate Tipping Points: How Worried Should We Be?

    Ilissa Ocko
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    By Ilissa OckoOne of the biggest fears about climate change is that it may be triggering events that would dramatically alter Earth as we know it. Known to scientists as “tipping events,” they could contribute to mass extinction of species, dramatic sea level rise, extensive droughts and the transformation of forests into vast grasslands – among other upheavals our stressed world can ill afford. Here are the top six climate events scientists worry about today. 1. The Arctic sea ice melts The melting of the Arctic summer ice is considered to be the single greatest threat, and some…
  • Just Two Actions May Stop the Planet's Runaway Warming

    Ilissa Ocko
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    By Ilissa OckoI was 15 and I was trying to impress a boyfriend with my rollerblading skills — from the top of a steep hill. Before I knew it, I was flying uncontrollably toward traffic. I knew I needed to both slow down and change course . . . or things wouldn't end well. I did, and I survived, but I've recently thought about that day and those actions as I have considered the urgency needed for the planet to slow down and change course as the climate warms. With two major actions, we can slow the rate of global warming while also preventing "runaway" warming: nations…
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  • What do we do in a world where energy is in abundance?

    Tom Raftery
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at What do we do in a world where energy is in abundance? The cost of solar power is falling in direct relation to the amount of solar power modules being produced. With no end in sight to this price reduction, we should soon be in a world where energy is in abundance. Moore’s Law, the law which says the number of transistors in computers doubles every two years approximately, has an equivalent in solar power called Swanson’s Law. Swanson’s Law says that the price of solar panels tends to drop 20% for every doubling of…
  • GreenTouch release tools and technologies to significantly reduce mobile networks energy consumption

    Tom Raftery
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at GreenTouch release tools and technologies to significantly reduce mobile networks energy consumption Mobile industry consortium GreenTouch today released tools and technologies which, they claim, have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of communication networks by 98% The world is now awash with mobile phones. According to Ericsson’s June 2015 mobility report [PDF warning], the total number of mobile subscriptions globally in Q1 2015 was 7.2 billion. By 2020, that number is predicted to increase another 2 billion to…
  • Technology is moving us, finally, towards the vision of personalised medicine

    Tom Raftery
    29 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology is moving us, finally, towards the vision of personalised medicine We attended this year’s SapphireNow event (SAP’s customer and partner conference) in Orlando and were very impressed with some of the advances SAP and their ecosystem are making in the field of healthcare. Why is this important? Healthcare for many decades now has been stagnant when it comes to technological disruption. Go to most hospitals today and you will still see doctors using paper and clipboards for their patient notes. Don’t just…
  • Equinix rolls out 1MW fuel cell for Silicon Valley data center

    Tom Raftery
    21 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Equinix rolls out 1MW fuel cell for Silicon Valley data center Equinix is powering one of its Silicon Valley data centers with a 1MW Bloom Energy fuel cell As we have pointed out here many times, the main cloud providers (particularly Amazon and IBM) are doing a very poor job either powering their data centers with renewable energy, or reporting on the emissions associated with their cloud computing infrastructure. Given the significantly increasing use of cloud computing by larger organisations, and the growing economic costs of…
  • Utilities and change – times are changing

    Tom Raftery
    1 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Utilities and change – times are changing I attended this year’s International SAP for Utilities event in Berlin and despite it’s being co-located with the SAP Oil and Gas conference which led to some unfortunate references in the keynotes, it was an interesting event. Some of the numbers I learned at the event were that of SAP’s 5,800 utility customers, 65 are on HANA, and the first Suite on HANA customer (Snohomish County Public Utility District) will go live in September. SAP also let it be known that it has…
 
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  • LA Teen Stumbles Upon New Firefly Species

    Siyahi
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:24 am
    Not every day do we come across a new species as we go about our normal holiday walk. But Joshua Olive was in for a surprise that he stumbled upon a new kind of living being. It just would have been a rather normal day for Olive, a recent graduate from University of California in History, who was on a hiking trip with his mother to the Topanga Canyon on Mother’s Day. But it turned out to be a day of discovery as he bumped into a firefly, which appeared with an orange halo-like shield and a protruding organ near its tail. It was a discovery not just for him, but for even the deepest…
  • America’s Oldest Bald Eagle Dead after Being Struck by Vehicle

    Siyahi
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    America’s oldest bald eagle will no more wing its way above the state of New York. The 38 year old bald eagle, which accounted much to the population restoration in New York, was found dead on the roadside after being hit by a vehicle. Authorities found the eagle dead earlier this month in New York. Eagle No. 03142, as it was tagged, was captured as a nestling back in 1977 from Puposky Lake near Bemidji, along with three other bald eagle chicks. The eagles were later transported to New York as a part of the population restoration program of Bald Eagles in the city. Back in 1981, the eagle…
  • Thousands Flee as Mount Sinabung Sputters Ashes and Rocks

    Siyahi
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:54 am
    Thousands of Indonesians have been forced to leave areas around Mt Sinabung following the red alert sounded by the government. Mount Sinabung, which has been active since 2010, has now caused more than ten thousand residents to flee from the island, with more than 1200 locals leaving their homes on Monday. The Volcano, situated in the island of Sumatra, was raised to the highest alert two weeks ago, and ever since, people have taken refuge at distant offices and other buildings. However, it was with the weekend eruptions that large numbers of people were forced to abandon their homes to head…
  • Chimps to be Listed Under Endangered Species

    Siyahi
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    Did you think wildlife in captivity would help bring them back from the brim of being endangered? Just refer to the recent rule amendments related to captive chimpanzees put forward by US Fish and Wildlife department. The country enacted a new rule on June 16, which says captive chimpanzees will now on be considered as an endangered species. A grace period of 90 days will be observed for the new enactment, following which the rule would be made official on September 14. The decision has been taken following the petition filed by Jane Goodall and other organizations back in 2010. Domesticated…
  • Love to Death: Researchers Discover Two New Marsupial Species that Engage in Suicidal-Mating

    Siyahi
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    Not often does the phrase ‘mating to death’ get literal. But it does unfortunately, for the small mammal species called antechinus, a group of marsupials found scattered across the south-east Pacific mainland. A recent study has now discovered two more of the species that commit suicidal mating, adding the total number of Dusky Antechinus species to five. According to the study, which was carried out by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, these marsupials get engaged in mating activity frequently during the breeding period, which gets the mammal bite the dust subsequently.
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  • Tips for Designing a Sustainable Home

    GreenMan
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    There are lots of ways you can make your home more energy efficient and water efficient. It all depends on your budget and the current state of your house. As far as being green goes the old adage that ‘any little helps’ is very true. The more you can incorporate green design into your home […]
  • DIY Solar Solutions Build Yourself a Sunny Future

    GreenMan
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    It may be 93 million miles away, but the power of the sun is so strong you can feel it when you walk outside. The sun provides energy that is cheap, clean, and nearly everywhere human beings live and work. What’s more, the potential of solar power has excited some of the brightest minds in […]
  • Guide to Going Paperless

    GreenMan
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:35 am
    The phrase ‘paperless office’ evokes an image of an office that is free from files, folders and over-flowing ‘to do’ trays… could life possibly be that simple? Actually with a few quick changes it could be! If you can manage to embrace just a number of the techniques and technologies mentioned below, you could become more […]
  • Green up the home with bamboo

    GreenMan
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    One of the central tenets of green interior design is the need to carefully husband natural resources so that a home can be more sustainable. One of the main ways this can be achieved is by using renewable resources. There are numerous renewable resources available such as coconut, cork, water hyacinth, hemp and rattan. In […]
  • Two Ways to Simplify Traveling for Business

    GreenMan
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
    In today’s world of instant communication, traveling for business purposes is not as common as it used to be. Still, situations arise where talking with clients face to face or attending a workshop or conference are necessary elements of the business world. Two important steps to simplify traveling for business involve careful selection of the […]
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  • Electric cars can be dirtier than traditional gas cars

    Erin Marquis
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Filed under: Green, Ownership, Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, Green Culture, Driving, ElectricSome electric vehicles cause so much more environmental damage than traditional gas engines that they should be hit with more taxes, not subsides.Continue reading Electric cars can be dirtier than traditional gas carsElectric cars can be dirtier than traditional gas cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Lego Tesla logo, BMW goes electric in Singapore

    John Beltz Snyder
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Filed under: Green, Toys/Games, Videos, BMW, Tesla, Technology, ElectricMan builds giant Tesla logo out of Legos. TransAlta says stationary batteries will encourage renewable energy in Canada. BMW gives Nanyang Technological University an i3 and i8 for electromobility research.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Lego Tesla logo, BMW goes electric in SingaporeRecharge Wrap-up: Lego Tesla logo, BMW goes electric in Singapore originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • San Antonio mulling $80M electric trolley fleet

    Chris Bruce
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Filed under: Green, Transportation Alternatives, Commercial Vehicles, ElectricSan Antonio might mix the modern with the classic through an $80-million project to have as many as 80 electric trolleys with classic styling servicing the city. The company making them claims up to a 140-mile range for the vehicles.Continue reading San Antonio mulling $80M electric trolley fleetSan Antonio mulling $80M electric trolley fleet originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Japanese automakers will seriously subsidize hydrogen fuel stations

    Chris Bruce
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Filed under: Green, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Alternative Fuels, Japan, Emerging Technologies, Technology, HydrogenHonda, Toyota, and Nissan are partnering in Japan to offer up to $90,000 a year per station to subsidize the operation of hydrogen refueling stations. The program is expected to run through 2020 and could cost as much as an estimated $49 million.Continue reading Japanese automakers will seriously subsidize hydrogen fuel stationsJapanese automakers will seriously subsidize hydrogen fuel stations originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:29:00 EST. Please see our terms…
  • Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt sales both down in June

    Sebastian Blanco
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Filed under: Green, Chevrolet, Nissan, HybridSales for the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt are down for the first six months of 2015, with the June results not doing anything to help reverse the trend.Continue reading Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt sales both down in JuneNissan Leaf, Chevy Volt sales both down in June originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
 
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  • 2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles

    Marc Carter
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the market for a zero-emissions vehicle that can travel almost as far as a regular gas-powered vehicle? Up until now, you’re only choice has been the Tesla Model S with its 265 mile range, but Toyota has just announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has a driving range of 312 miles, which is longer than any other zero-emissions vehicle on the market. Read the rest of 2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car, electric vehicle, fuel cell vehicle, green car, green transporation,…
  • Plastic cloud pods naturally cool the landscape with the power of evaporation

    Lucy Wang
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Read the rest of Plastic cloud pods naturally cool the landscape with the power of evaporation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Casa Decor, Carolina González Vives, Casa Decor rooftop, Cloud observatory, Cloud observatory by Carolina González Vives, evaporation, low energy cooling, natural cooling
  • Fairphone’s new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced materials

    Lidija Grozdanic
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Fairphone’s new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amsterdam, fairphone, Fairphone HQ, green renovation, locally sourced materials, Melinda Delst Interior Design, office space, reused materials, Studio Modderman
  • Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

    Cat DiStasio
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Read the rest of Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 000 jobs in paris, architecture in france, first paris skyscraper in 40 years, herzog and de meuron, Paris, paris coworking space, paris five-star hotel, paris new construction, paris skyscraper, Tour Triangle, tour triangle creates 10
  • London’s first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

    Cat DiStasio
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    London’s new underground farm is nearly open for business. We’ve reported on Growing Underground in the past, when the founders used crowdfunding to raise money for their equipment. This week, the city’s first subterranean farm is nearing completion of ‘phase one’ of production, putting the producers just a few weeks away from delivering the first harvest of pea shoots, radishes, and celery to commercial customers. Read the rest of London’s first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:…
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    Environmental Leader

  • Paragon Customers Reduce CO2 by 900,000 Pounds

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Paragon Software Systems has helped its customers reduce CO2 by 900,000 pounds, cut 150,000 miles/week on deliveries and save 143,000 gallons of gas, earning the vehicle routing and scheduling optimization software provider a Top Green Provider Award from Food Logistics magazine for the third consecutive year. The award offers logistics professionals a guide to the […]
  • GE Helps Beijing Power Plant Reduce Emissions, Boost Efficiency

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    General Electric Power Generation Services has been selected to help a Beijing power plant reduce its emissions and boost efficiency. The cornerstone of China’s $40 bullion plan to power the 2008 Olympics was the Taiyanggong Thermal Power Station. The 780-MW natural gas-fired plant in Beijing was the first step in an effort to improve electricity […]
  • First Facilities Achieve Green Garage Certification

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    A Los Angeles Bank of America, Canopy Airport Parking in Denver, Colorado and Charles Square Hotel Garage in Cambridge, Massachusetts are among the first seven parking facilities (see graphic) in the US to achieve Green Garage Certification, according to the Green Parking Council. The Green Garage Certification — a sustainability standard for existing and new […]
  • Treating Sludge at the Source Reduces Drilling Waste

    Karen Henry
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    China has enacted a number of environmental protection regulations to limit waste discharge during well drilling and completion. Most domestic oil fields solidify the waste in sewage pits after drilling and well completion, according to Kosun Machinery in an article on Environmental Expert. When the waste in sewage pits falls into clear liquid and sludge via […]
  • Camfil APC Introduces Handte EM Profi Emulsion Mist Collector

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    A new line of Handte EM Profi emulsion mist collectors from Camfil Air Pollution Control offers high collection efficiencies, plus the ability to run 24/7 for reduced maintenance, service ease and lower operating costs, the company says. The units can handle the heaviest loads encountered in industry to clean up contaminants generated during milling, drilling, […]
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Would You Want to Read Your Company’s Sustainability Report?

    Matthew Yeomans
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:44 pm
    "It's all in our Sustainability Report."That's a phrase guaranteed to strike fear in the hearts of even the hardiest sustainability wonks.The fact is, companies keep packaging their diligent, necessary and informative sustainability reporting in dense corporate documents that no one cares to read (including the sustainability professionals in their own organization, as Heineken’s Michael Dickstein recently pointed out). All too often, large amounts of time, money and employee goodwill are spent on a document that gets filed deep down in some office filing cabinet or, in the…
  • 'Let's Make Air Pollution' Visible Campaign Aims to Improve UK Air Quality

    Sustainable Brands
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    Deliver Change, a UK-based non-profit focused on sustainable technology projects, launched a campaign this week called “Let’s make air pollution visible,” which aims to bring together businesses, policy makers and local groups to solve the problem of air pollution in the UK.“Air pollution remains the greatest invisible threat to our health today, as well as to the economic performance of our cities,” said Deliver Change chief executive Jonathan Steel. “People are waking up to the problem, but we need to be able to see the ‘unseeable’.”Deliver Change is also piloting its…
  • Report: Here's How to Engage Employees in Brazil, China

    Mike Hower
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:43 am
    To assist corporate responsibility practitioners as they help international employees give back to their communities, Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) has produced a report offering practical advice for establishing successful programs in five countries — Brazil, China, India, South Africa, United Kingdom — but the lessons also can be applied to other countries around the world.To create the Global Employee Engagement Report, SVCF conducted in-depth interviews with 65 corporate practitioners and nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting employee engagement, as well as…
  • Let’s Talk About Love: People Finally Putting Their Money Where Their Hearts Are

    Suzanne Shelton
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:59 pm
    One of the a-has from our soon-to-be-released 2015 Eco Pulse study is that, indeed, a company’s sustainability or social responsibility commitment is a reason to love the brand. In fact, when we asked Americans, “Can you name a brand you love?” and then asked, “Why?” CSR reasons were almost as prevalent as core functionality or performance features.By the way, the brands listed as loved brands weren’t niche-y “green” brands - they were mainstream.When we asked, “Can you name a brand you hate?” we also got a list of mainstream brands (including some of the ones…
  • A Lamp That Collects Energy, Sells It Back to the Grid, and Invests Your Earnings for You? Aspirational, Indeed

    Sustainable Brands
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Welcome the latest innovation that might up the ante for “smart” in-home electronics: The Aspirational Lamp is a solar-powered desk lamp that, in addition to shining light, aims to generate its own return on your investment. The truly smart lamp has the ability to twist toward the sun to gather — and store — the maximum amount of energy; when not in use, it then sells excess energy back to the grid, and invests earnings in the stock market, with the goal of earning itself enough money over time to pay for upgrades and new parts for itself (but not enough to enable early retirement).
 
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    Watt Watt

  • Get Ohio Car Insurance Quotes Before Car Shopping

    Admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    It can be fun to shop for a new car. It’s always exciting to picture yourself driving off the car lot with a gleaming new car instead of the old car you traded in. There are a lot of hurdles you have to jump over before you can show off your new car to your friends and family, however. Smart automobile shoppers get Ohio car insurance quotes before they purchase a new car.   There are a lot of reasons to get Ohio car insurance quotes before heading out to the dealer’s lot. If you have a certain make and model in mind before you take a test drive, you can find out exactly how much…
  • Tricks for getting the cheapest New Jersey homeowners insurance quotes around

    Admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you have had a little bit of difficulty tracking down the best (and the least expensive) New Jersey homeowners insurance quotes around – even with the help of the Internet – you’re going to want to pay close attention to the details that we have outlined for you below. Believe it or not, there are a couple of different things you’ll be able to do to immediately reduce the amount of money that you spend on your homeowners insurance, and almost all of them are tied to getting the right New Jersey homeowners insurance quotes (even if you currently have a policy already). Shall we jump…
  • A Checklist to Help You Find the Right Homeowners Insurance Quote for You

    Admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Shopping for homeowners insurance is a tedious job that requires a good deal of time and energy. Most people don’t look forward to it but it is a job that must be done. That being said, there are ways to help move things along a little and not make it such a dreaded task that looms over your head. Here is a checklist of important points to bring with you when meeting with an insurance agent.   Coverage for homeowners can be different state by state. If you are gathering up Michigan homeowners insurance quotes your needs will be different than for a Florida homeowner. Much of the…
  • How to Find Affordable California Auto Insurance

    Admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    California auto insurance is available online, so finding it will be very easy. In addition, you should know that shopping around for this mandatory form of insurance doesn’t have to be hard. By utilizing a range of online resources, you’ll be one step closer to finding a policy which has the right price tag and the most appealing level of coverage. Without this form of insurance, you cannot legally drive your car in the Golden State – nor can another person drive your car. So, it’s really very important to select a good policy which adheres to all California state laws. Which…
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    EcoEarth.Info Environment RSS News Feed

  • Hawai’s sacred mountain ‘Maunt Kea’ – battleground scientists and locals

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Empire Tribune: Hawai`s tallest mountain 'Maunt Kea` has been a battle ground between scientists and Native Hawaiians for the past seven years. The sacred mountain which has more than 250 shrines and burial sites, is said to be the place where the mother and father of the Hawaiian race first met. While it`s a sacred site for the Native people, scientists claim its an ideal location for a planned telescope that could be revolutionary for Astronomers. Campaigners protesting against it say the $1.4 billion, 18-story-high...
  • 10 Powerful Images from Mauna Kea

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Indian Country: Dennis Miller Photography has set up a Facebook page called We Are Mauna Kea to document what’s been happening on the sacred mountain, where protectors recently were able to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope “until further notice.” We wanted to call attention to some of these powerful images, which the page calls “reflections of aloha and of a people fighting for the protection of sacred lands.” The page says the images are meant to “support this integral effort to preserve pristine...
  • How an Indian Politician Became an Environmental Hawk

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Yale Environment 360: Jairam Ramesh was a self-described “economic hawk” when he became India’s environment minister in 2009, figuring that the country’s ecological problems could wait as India lifted its people out of poverty. But by the time he left his post in 2011, he had become an environmental hawk after witnessing how India’s rapidly expanding economy and soaring population had caused widespread pollution and destruction of the environment. Today, Ramesh is one of the most outspoken critics of India's environmental...
  • Heathrow expansion risks deepening London's air pollution crisis

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Guardian: The UK government’s Airports Commission has recommended that a new runway at Heathrow should go ahead, but only with a legally binding commitment to control air and noise pollution. If the government decides to act on Howard Davies’ recommendation (and doing so would be a political minefield) Londoners will be forgiven for treating any air quality guarantees with a heavy pinch of salt. Even before Wednesday morning’s announcement, London’s air quality was so bad that the government did not...
  • Water Use Fracking Has Skyrocketed, Stressing Drought-Ridden States

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    EcoWatch: Fracking operations in the U.S. have gotten thirstier in the last 15 years, consuming more than 28 times the water they did a mere 15 years ago. A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in partnership with the American Geophysical Union, shows that not only has the number of such operations grown as fracking has expanded its reach and improved technology has allowed drilling in harder to reach locations, but individual wells are consuming more water as well. The median amount of water...
 
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • Finally, a Little Good News on the California Drought Front

    Julia Lurie
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Finally, some good news on the California drought beat: Californians reduced their residential water usage in May by a whopping 29 percent compared to the same month in 2013, according to a report released today by the State Water Resources Control Board. That's the steepest drop in more than a year. Californians may have been inspired to reduce their water use by the mandatory, statewide municipal water cut of 25 percent that Gov. Jerry Brown announced in April, though those cuts didn't go into effect until June. (Those 25 percent reductions did not apply to agriculture, which uses an…
  • The Threatened Atlantic Puffins Are Nesting And It's Adorable

    Luke Whelan
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Atlantic puffins are back...for now. After spending much of the year on the open sea, the photogenic birds have made their annual trip to the North Atlantic shores of Maine, Newfoundland, and the United Kingdom to breed. Click here to read our feature on Atlantic Puffins But as Rowan Jacobsen reported in a Mother Jones feature last summer, rising ocean temperatures have taken a huge toll on these seabirds. Cold-water thriving zooplankton, critical to the Gulf of Maine's food web, have reached their lowest numbers ever, forcing the fish that puffins feed to their young to go elsewhere for…
  • Congress Doesn't Think Agricultural Sustainability Has Anything to Do With Your Health

    Maddie Oatman
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Every five years, the US government revisits its Dietary Guidelines—suggestions for how Americans should eat. The guidelines won't legally require you to, say, eat an apple a day, but they do affect things like agricultural subsidies and public school lunches, so they're fairly influential. When the committee tasked with making scientific recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines released its report this year, it ruffled some feathers. For the first time it included concerns about the environmental issues linked to certain dietary patterns and agricultural practices—for…
  • Why Is a Whole Foods Exec Livestreaming His Empty Office?

    Luke Whelan
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Whole Foods recently announced its plan to open a new line of smaller stores called "365," and along with the news they launched a very, well, strange promotional website. If you type in www.wholefoodsmarket.com/365 you will find a webpage streaming a live cam of 365 president Jeff Turnas's desk. As of the writing of this post, the live stream has been going for some 170 hours; that's more than seven days. If this tactic is meant to show how hard Whole Foods is working on its new, more affordable venture (amid growing competition and accusations of overcharging customers), it's not really…
  • California Water Districts Just Sued the State Over Cuts to Farmers

    Julia Lurie
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:39 pm
    More MoJo coverage of the California Drought: 7 Key Facts About the Drought Invasion of the Hedge Fund Almonds California Is Literally Sinking Into the Ground Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country Weather-Sensitive Watering, and 4 Other Simple Fixes for California's Drought It Takes HOW Much Water to Make Greek Yogurt?! California Has Cut Water to Some Farmers. What Exactly Does That Mean? Drama on the California drought front: On Friday, a group of water districts sued the State Water Resources Control Board in response to an order prohibiting some holders of…
 
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • Maine Passes Legislation Mandating a New System to Compensate Solar-System Owners

    Stephen Lacey
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Bangor Daily News: State to Study New Way to Reimburse Small-Scale Solar-Power Generators Lawmakers on Tuesday directed state utilities regulators to study and create a new way to reimburse homeowners or businesses that generate a portion of their own electricity. LD 1263 picked up the two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate Tuesday afternoon to override a veto from Gov. Paul LePage, who blocked the bill alongside a batch of others he said the legislature passed too hastily. Pacific Business News: Hawaii Coal Plant Owner Proposes Battery Storage Project The operator of Hawaii's…
  • Inside SoCal Edison’s Plan to Open Its Grid to Distributed Energy

    Jeff St. John
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Two years ago, California told its three big investor-owned utilities to do something they’ve never done before -- make distributed energy resources (DERs for short) a fundamental part of their billion-dollar distribution grid investment plans. Under state law AB 327, Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric were tasked with finding a way to integrate solar PV, behind-the-meter batteries, electric vehicle chargers, building energy management systems, and other distributed energy resources into a new set of distribution resource plans…
  • These Are the Top 10 Inverter Vendors in the United States

    Mike Munsell
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    SMA led the U.S. inverter market in 2014, shipping 24 percent of all inverters sold within the United States. In the same time period, Advanced Energy ranked third, shipping 17 percent of inverters sold in the U.S. That's according to GTM Research’s latest analyst note, PV Inverter Market Shares and 2015 Outlook. The top three vendors, SMA, ABB, and Advanced Energy, combined to ship 59 percent of all inverters sold in the United States. FIGURE: Top 10 Inverter Vendors in the United States by Shipments, 2014 (MWac) Source: GTM Research “Advanced Energy’s exit from the…
  • Why Global Solar Demand Will Be Off the Charts

    Stephen Lacey
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    By the end of the decade, the solar industry could be installing 135 gigawatts yearly -- more capacity in 12 months than all the cumulative installations over the last four decades. The 2020 solar market will look much different today. It will be defined by fewer subsidies, greater geographic diversity and more sophisticated business models. This week, we’ll talk with Adam James, a senior solar analyst at GTM Research, about some of the most interesting findings from his new global demand report. Later in the show, we’ll discuss the Supreme Court ruling against the EPA’s…
  • How Germany’s Second-Biggest Utility Is Adapting to a Distributed Energy World

    Jeff St. John
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    German utility RWE is a victim of the so-called “utility death spiral,” with its central-power-plant-reliant business losing billions of dollars in Germany’s renewables-rich energy market. But distributed energy technologies and business models could help turn its fortunes around -- whether they’re homegrown, or out of Silicon Valley. Andreas Breuer, vice president of new technologies and projects, described some of the ways that RWE is building a new business around distributed energy at last week's Grid Edge Live conference. The Essen-based utility is fielding…
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    Practical Environmentalist

  • Zero Waste in Real Life: Including Zero Waste Pioneers You Won’t Believe

    blair
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    The Trash Problem The EPA reports that in 2012 Americans disposed of about 251 million tons of solid waste; that’s almost 4.5 pounds per person per day. A little more than a third of this waste was recycled or composted, leaving 164 million tons to go to landfills and incinerators. All that trash began as life-supporting raw materials. Once it hits the landfill or incinerator most of those resources are no longer useable by us, so we need to mine or harvest more. Disposable plastics require the extraction of ever more petroleum products, at a mounting fiscal and environmental cost.
  • 5 Household Wastes You Should Be Recycling in the Garden

    blair
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Garden Recycling: Using Household Wastes to Build Soil and Repel Pests One of the satisfactions of gardening is the ability to work sustainably and close loops. Instead of just buying inputs and discarding wastes, gardeners can reuse discarded materials, reducing both cost and waste. Compost is the primary example of this recycling. Some household discards also have more specialized uses in the garden. And, some don’t even have to be composted to utilize their thrown away nutrients. Here are five household wastes to recycle in the garden and how to use them: 1. Eggshells Eggshells can…
  • 101 Sustainable Gardening Tips: Useful Tips to Start Today

    blair
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    Learning: Gardening and Environmental Education 1. Pay attention to your land. 2. Learn your average frost-free dates. Notice how they vary year to year. 3. Notice where water collects and where the soil dries fast. 4. Notice where wild plants grow most abundantly. 5. Read gardening and farming books. 6. Talk to local farmers. 7. Consult your local Cooperative Extension. 8. Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District. 9. Check out online forums like Permies, Gardening Channel and Homesteading Today. 10. Borrow issues of different homesteading magazines before subscribing to any.
  • 2014 Electric Cars in the USA: Here’s the new lineup

    Lars7369952O
    14 Nov 2013 | 4:15 am
    As the U.S. government continues to promote cleaner vehicles and offer subsidies for both personal and public charging stations as well as for environmentally friendly cars themselves, we expect the number of EVs and their market availability to increase. New additions to dealerships include: Chevrolet Spark EV, Honda Accord plug-in hybrid, Honda FCX Clarity, Porsche Panamera, Smart Electric Drive, Tesla Model X, and Think Electric. This list includes all vehicles that have a significant all-electric range, both pure EVs and plug-in hybrids. If you are interested in purchasing a non plug-in…
  • 2014 Hybrid Cars in the USA: See the new lineup

    Lars7369952O
    31 Oct 2013 | 8:27 am
    The U.S. hybrid vehicle market is expanding rapidly as lower prices make the initial investment a more attractive long-term investment for buyers. New to the market are the Audi Q5, Honda Accord, Infinity Q50, Infinity QX60, Mercedes-Benz E400, and Subaru XV Crosstrek, with several others to debut in 2014. Our list includes cars, SUVs/CUVs, and pickups. If you are in the market for a plug-in hybrid, see our 2014 electric vehicle list. Courtesy of Acura Acura Hybrids ILX hybrid – No changes to Acura’s only hybrid sedan, launched in 2013. The ILX gets 39/38/38 mpg and retains its…
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    Direct2Dell

  • Behind the Scenes Look at Frames Created on the Dell Precision M3800

    Aundrea Grumbo
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is a guest blog post by Mack Williams, Animation Director at Pig Apple (pigapple.com) It’s a great time to be an animator. Over the past few years, the demand for animated content has reached an all-time high. Meanwhile, advancements in technology enable animators like myself to create better content even faster and really push the creative envelope. Along with this increase in capabilities comes an increase in demand from my clients. From directing Archer, to Pitchfork.tv’s first animated series Frames, my projects seem to be ever-increasing in both size and complexity.
  • Dell Partners with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to Support Women Entrepreneurs

    Elizabeth Gore, Dell EIR
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Every now and then I meet a woman and think, “Dang, she is a rock star. I want to walk in her high heels.” This happened to me recently at the recent EY Entrepreneur of the Year event where I had the pleasure and privilege to meet Cherie Blair, known to many as the former “First Lady” of the UK as wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Through our conversation, I quickly discovered she is an important leader in her own right.  As well as being an extremely successful lawyer (predominantly in the area of human rights) she is a committed campaigner for…
  • INFOGRAPHIC: Study Shows Demand for Digital Transformation is Growing

    Grant Byington
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Dell Digital Business Services has made significant progress in customer acquisition and industry alliances since its announcement last year at Dell World 2014. And recent joint research with IDG finds there are more organizations ready and eager to adopt digital at an enterprise-wide level. Throughout the past year, Digital Business Services, a unit of Dell Services, has helped customers assess their needs, develop digital plans and timelines, and implement digital solutions that meet their business goals. Dell-commissioned research shows that companies are adopting digital approaches, but…
  • Dell Education Team Heads to ISTE 2015 Conference

    Kay Kerr
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Technology adoption in learning is rapidly accelerating, giving student unprecedented access to the information and tools needed to inquire, collaborate, and produce meaningful work. At Dell, we continue to work closely with the education community to deliver technology products and services to help educators transform and personalize the learning experience. Our solutions are designed to empower innovation, simplify implementation and accelerate adoption. The biggest K-12 #edtech conference in the US, #ISTE2015, kicks off this weekend.  Attendance in 2014 broke records with over 16,000…
  • Make Your 2015 Migration Resolution Today: Choose a Channel Partner

    Cheryl Cook
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The following is a guest post by Alan West, Founder and Board Chairman of our partner XMS Solutions, Inc. In December of last year, I traveled to New York to participate in a Windows Migration Roundtable event with Dell. I joined Dell executives, a customer and media to discuss Windows Server 2003 end of support; how we, as a channel partner, can play a critical role in migration projects; and why organizations should look to channel partners to help implement and execute migrations and infrastructure modernization projects. Many IT decision makers and administrators are recognizing the…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Multinationals Collaborate to Halve Food Waste

    Mary Mazzoni
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    At its annual Global Summit in New York City last week, the Consumer Goods Forum announced a bold resolution to tackle food waste. Members of the Forum, which include 400 multinational consumer companies like Unilever, Pepsico and General Mills, pledged to halve food waste in all retail and manufacturing operations by 2025.
  • Historic Climate Court Decision in the Netherlands

    Nithin Coca
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Big news from the Netherlands, where a court just decided that the government was not doing enough to combat climate change. Yep. You read that right.
  • Whole Foods vs. ‘Whole Paycheck’

    Joi Sears
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Whole Foods, often jokingly referred to as “Whole Paycheck,” faces a probe from the city of New York after investigators nabbed the upscale food purveyor for routinely overcharging customers. Inspectors called it the "worst case of overcharges that they've ever seen," but Whole Foods isn't the only culprit.
  • Hormel Develops Targeted Nutrition Solution for Guatemalan Children

    RP Siegel
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    After collaborating with partners, Hormel Foods released a targeted nutrition solution to children in Guatemala. While Guatemalan children generally receive enough calories, they lack protein and other nutrients. So, Hormel created an original product for use as a supplemental ingredient that provides a protein boost and other essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Video: Cindy Drucker, Weber Shandwick on “The ROI of Sustainability”

    Nick Aster
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    At Sustainable Brands 2015 we asked thought leaders to define the "ROI of Sustainability" in their words. In this video, Cindy Drucker of Weber Shandwick shares some thoughts.
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    Max Gladwell

  • Zihuatenejo: Mexico’s Greatest Tropical Escape

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    The tropical paradise on Mexico’s Pacific coast that’s not Puerto Vallarta or Acapulco When I think of an authentic Mexican getaway, I immediately start with the food: fresh ceviche, guacamole, and fish tacos. When I think of an ideal beach vacation, I think of a tropical climate with warm water, coconut palm trees, and soft sand. And when I think of great service, I think of raising a flag on my beachside palapa to signal I’m ready for another margarita and having it delivered moments later. But there’s only one place I know that has all three: Zihuatenejo.
  • Riding with America’s Chefs to End Childhood Hunger

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    The second annual #ChefsCycle ride to benefit No Kid Hungry sets the stage for a new cause-based cycling franchise I’m in a paceline with Chefs Jason Roberts and Jeff Mahin on the Pacific Coast Highway, rolling through Malibu, California. We’re spinning along at 30 mph, riding in a narrow sleuth between weekend traffic on our left and a blur of of parked cars and surf boards to the right. This is the final stretch of a 100-mile ride that started in Santa Barbara earlier in the day and is about to end in Santa Monica. And although we have two more days and another 200…
  • Optimizing for 9 Key Cycling Touch Points

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Reducing stress and discomfort on cycling “touch points” will make you to go farther faster Road cycling is synonymous with suffering. We relish the pain. It’s one of life’s great dichotomies, where something that hurts so bad can feel so good. But through all the suffering on century rides and beyond-category climbs, we also want to be as comfortable as possible. Which is to say that despite the burning in our legs and lungs, there’s no reason our hands, feet, and butt should be tortured. Saddle sores, foot cramps, and numbness are not what we signed up…
  • Alaska Heliskiing -or- How to Survive an Avalanche

    admin
    5 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    The North Shore of snowboarding is inspiring, unforgiving, and the best riding on the planet The helicopter buries its skids into a knife ridge no wider than a snowboard is long. This first attempt marks the landing zone high up in Alaska’s Chilkat Range, north of Haines, Alaska, and not far from the Canadian border. The pilot makes a second attempt to establish the L-Z, but the ridge isn’t cooperating. Instead, he opts for a toe-in landing, which means the bird is essentially hovering as the five of us carefully climb out onto said ridge. It’s early April. I’m…
  • From Local SEO to Facebook Local Awareness

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Optimizing a brand’s locations for search, discovery, and traffic — both online and in the real world There has never been more ways to find a Starbucks. You can go to the store locator on the website. Chances are, it will be the mobile version, because that’s how local search happens more often than not. Or you could use the Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Bing Maps apps. You could check Yelp, Foursquare, Facebook (Places), or the newest local discovery app, Vurb. If you’re over 50, then your car’s navigation system is also an option. What’s more, you might…
 
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    EnergyBloggers

  • The Cygnus Black Hole –"Fires Up In An Outburst of High-Energy Light"

    Blogger
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The outburst came from V404 Cygni, a binary complement located about 8,000 light-years divided that contains a black hole. Every integrate of decades a black hole fires adult in an outburst of high-energy light, apropos an X-ray nova. Until a Swift detection, it had been slumbering given 1989. An X-ray nova is a bright, ephemeral X-ray source that reaches rise power in a few days and afterwards fades out over a duration of weeks or months. The outburst occurs when stored gas abruptly rushes toward a proton star or black hole. By study a patterns of a X-rays produced, astronomers can establish…
  • Community Health to compensate $20 million in fake billing settlement

    Blogger
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:37 am
    Shutterstock Images Community Health Network will compensate some-more than $20 million in a allotment stemming from allegations that a health caring provider had been presenting fake medicine bills to a supervision for years. The bureau of a U.S. profession announced Tuesday a allotment with a health system, that operates 7 hospitals in Central Indiana and dozens of medical comforts opposite a region. The allotment is a latest in a series of controversial billing cases in health care, attention observers say. The sovereign supervision increasingly has been enormous down on hospitals and…
  • Autopsy finds ‘high-energy injury’ in Freddie Gray’s death, news says

    Blogger
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:33 pm
    BALTIMORE –  A medical investigator found Freddie Gray suffered a “high-energy injury” while roving in a Baltimore military outpost and a disaster of officers to follow procedures means a genocide is a homicide, according to an autopsy news performed by The Baltimore Sun. Police arrested Gray, 25, on Apr 12 and he died a week later, call protests and rioting. A grand jury indicted 6 officers on several charges; one officer faces a many critical assign of second-degree “depraved-heart” murder. They have pleaded not guilty. The Sun reported Tuesday that a autopsy…
  • Diet Detective: Healthy Summer Recipes

    Blogger
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Backyard Burger BBQ (includes Grilled Chili Burgers and Apple Spinach Salad) Healthy Recipe from Diabetes Meals by a Plate by Diabetic Living Editors (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) Grilled Chili Burgers Serves 6 (1 burger, 2 pita quarters, and 2 tablespoons commanding each) 1 recipe Chimichurri Topping (below) 1 bruise 95 percent gaunt belligerent beef 8 ounces gaunt belligerent pork 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon belligerent cumin 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 whole wheat pita bread rounds, quartered and toasted 3/4 crater bottled roasted red honeyed peppers,…
  • Should We Have An Institute For Low-Energy Fundamental Physics?

    Blogger
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:27 pm
    One of a talks final Monday during a Convergence discussion was by Savas Dimopoulos from Standford on “Experiments Big and Small,” that he started off by observant that while he’s mostly called a “particle physicist,” he considers himself to be a “fundamental physicist.” That is, he wants to get during a deepest covering of existence by whatever means possible, and normal accelerator-based molecule production is usually one apparatus that can be used toward that end. This was song to my ears, as we frequently grumble about a overemphasis on molecule physics. Savas Dimopoulos…
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • The Hidden Forest by Daintry Jensen (book review)

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

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

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

    Katy
    18 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    I just had to post this helpful infographic. It shows the major sources of indoor air pollution and how we can take steps to reduce it in our homes. I’m hoping the image of the dust mite will motivate me to wash everyone’s sheets and vacuum more often (a girl can dream, right?). Also, this validates the idea that we should be reducing the non-stick coatings we use in the kitchen. Air Filter Buy Is this motivating for you? How to you limit indoor air pollution? This is a sponsored post by our friends at Airfilterbuy.com. I hope you find it helpful– I sure did. Now, where is…
  • The Order of the Trees (guest posts, reviews, updates)

    Katy
    15 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    The day is finally here! I’ve been waiting for this day for a long while. Many folks pre-ordered The Order of the Trees and so finally this book is on it’s way to you. We launched the book Vermont style a few weeks ago and folks outside of Central Vermont have had to wait for their books to come in the mail or be stocked at their favorite local bookstores. As of today, bookstores should be able to stock it, and you will find it online at many retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, Indiebound, and many others.  Woo-hoo! Here’s an interview I did last…
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • Gluten Free Soft Pretzels with Hemp Seeds

    Tiffany
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The recipe below was made using goodies I recently recieved from Now Foods as a #NOWWellness blog ambassador. I adore soft pretzels. Everytime I walk by a place that sells soft pretzels in a mall or airport my traitorous body tries to convince me that I must have one. In days long past I even got sick several times at places like this (most likely due to improper cream cheese storage) but that never stopped me from eating them. It wasn’t until I adopted a more whole foods lifestyle that I stopped eating them with any regularity. They became a guilty treat for once in a great while.
  • 3 Ways to Help Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

    Tiffany
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:48 am
    Whether you’re a proud greenie, interested in long-term environmental solutions, or simply want to make a dint in your electricity bill, there are plenty of reasons to make your home eco-friendly. Have a look through some of the suggestions below and see what might work best for your home. 1. Invest in Solar Power Few things are as overwhelmingly positive for the environment and for your incoming bills as solar power. Installing solar power panels at home is a relatively simple procedure, and while it may cost a little bit to install, your next power bill will show you exactly why…
  • Healthy Products for Healthy Living From Now Foods

    Tiffany
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:05 pm
    The above is a collection of goodies I recently recieved from Now Foods as a #NOWWellness blog ambassador. I have used many Now Foods products over the years so I felt it was a good fit for me and this blog. The products they sent are for the most part products I would buy myself any day of the week. A couple I might not have purchased but I am still happy to give them a try! Perhaps most exciting for me are the avocado oil and the sweet almond oil. I make no secret of my adoration for essential oils and all their uses in creating DIY beauty products and home remedies. Avocado oil is my…
  • Reasons to Love Sorbet – Sweet Treats From Sorbabes

    Tiffany
    6 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    Sorbet is not to be confused with ice cream or even sherbert. Sorbet is basically fruit and sugar blended into a delicious treat. Growing up sorbet was always my favorite because I would get stomach aches from ice cream and sherberts (which have milk and cream). There are numerous reasons to fall in love with sorbet his summer: It’s cool and refreshing! Its can be very healthy and full of antioxidants and minerals (from the fruit) It is vegetarian and vegan friendly It is easy to make at home with nought but a blender Many varieties have no added sugar, colorings, or additives Tastes…
  • Will Quaker Oats Conceal or Reveal GMOs?

    Tiffany
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:25 pm
    My family, my health, my money, my right to know, and my right to choose. It seems unfathomable that any group, company, corporation or government would take the stance that we don’t have the right to know something as personal and basic as how our food was grown or raised. Yet in today’s marketplace this is actually a fight we moms have to take on. Unreal as it seems there are many people who feel we should not have a right to know if our food has been genetically modified. We are being asked to eat the mystery meat in school all over again and don’t dare ask what it…
 
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • It's Easy Living Green ... When Everyone Else Is Too

    Green Bean
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.I just returned from visiting one of the most gorgeous places on earth. I hiked, photographed wildlife, kayaked, and breathed in fresh air. I did not compost. I brought home groceries bagged in plastic. I rode in a giant SUV.Despite the beauty, my recent vacation left me with one big takeaway. Living green is really easy - if you are surrounded by others doing the same thing. If not, it is downright hard!Home in Northern California, it feels like a third of the cars on the road are hybrids (the real kind that get kick ass mileage) or electric vehicles. During my…
  • Love in Nature

    Mindful Echo
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    Mindful Echo captured two loving acts on camera.  I snapped this picture at the top of Cape Split (a gorgeous hike in Nova Scotia that crescendos with a breathtaking view of the Bay of Fundy). We had hiked the two hours into the cape, had a snack, ohhed and ahhed at the view, and were heading back to the trail. I spotted my partner wandering off just slightly and wondered where he was going. I already had my camera ready so when I realized what he was doing, I took a perfect sneaky shot. Any guesses?If you look closely you can see he's got some gross looking trash in his hand.
  • Art, Not Ivory

    Burbanmom
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Are you aware that the elephants are predicted to become EXTINCT from the wild within ten years if something doesn’t happen to end poaching? Most people on a site such as this probably are, but if you aren’t you’re likely not alone.  I have loved and been fascinated by elephants all my life; I even have a master’s degree in elephant behavior. And I only recently became aware of the gravity of the situation!  I thought elephant populations had recovered and poaching wasn’t an issue any longer. In fact, it’s worse than ever.  In order to help spread this important…
  • Becoming Part of the Solution - Rooftop Solar!

    Green Bean
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.For years, I have passed homes with the "We're Going Solar" sign out front.  I have watched friends and neighbors have panels installed on their roofs.  Strolling through town, I have admired sunlight's glint off of residential solar panels.  And this spring, we did it!  We went solar!Green Collar Jobs! A team installing our panels.I assumed that solar salesmen would be begging me to throw up panels and that it would happen in a matter of a few weeks. Turns out, though, the solar industry is booming. Indeed, residential solar had its largest…
  • Green Lessons from my Father

    Amber Strocel
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:26 pm
    With Father's Day approaching, the Climate Crusader is reflecting on what her father taught her about the planet.Father's Day is coming up this weekend. I lost my dad over 20 years ago, in 1993, when he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 43. Even before that, Father's Day was a little bit complicated for me. I came from a broken home, and I had a difficult relationship with my dad.Looking back on my childhood, however, I can see that my father gave me many gifts. One of the biggest was my love and concern for the natural world.My father loved to hike and camp and spend time…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Choosing an Effective DEET Free Bug Repellent

    greenandcleanmom
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • How To Reuse Tea Bags

    greenandcleanmom
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
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  • Simple Bedroom Organization Tips

    greenandcleanmom
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • DIY Homemade Glue Recipes

    greenandcleanmom
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • DIY Oatmeal Mask for Better Looking Skin

    greenandcleanmom
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
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    GreenStyleMom

  • This Makes Me Happy - Lake Dogs

    Greenstylemom
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Loving these two together at the lake
  • This Makes Me Happy - On the Road

    Greenstylemom
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:11 pm
    On the road with my brood...
  • Right Now - Toads

    Greenstylemom
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Nina taking on a toad(The toad won... He jumped & it spooked poor Nina!)
  • june: eating

    Greenstylemom
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    While I don't consider us to be truly seasonal eaters, we do tend to go in spurts of what we are eating. Do you do that also? Here's some of the happenings in our kitchen lately...blueberry pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinnerswedish pancakes with my new plett panbowtie pasta salad with veggies and smoked salmonflank steak: grilled or broiled depending on the weather, leftovers added to salads for lunchroasted beets in a salad of spinach, goat cheese and pine nutsblack bean, corn, red pepper and feta side dishspinach potato cakesblueberries and lemon noosa yogurtspinach pesto…
  • A Day in Life - On My Own

    Greenstylemom
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    I haven't documented a day in my life in awhile and thought it might be fun to do a day sans family and most other life responsibilities. Matt has had the kids in Austin for a long weekend. While I've loved my time alone, I can't wait to hug my babies this evening. So here's what I do when left to my own devices...6:55am woke up on my ownstayed in bed and caught up on some blog readinggot up, let dogs out (all three - dog sitting right now)fed chickens and watered gardenput on running clothes and brushed teethmade a pan of Swedish pancakes (batter in fridge from…
 
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    Green Talk®

  • Taking the Mystery Out of a Hydroponic Barge

    Anna@Green Talk
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:03 pm
      Welcome guest poster, mystery author Deirdre Vern: Here’s what I love about Anna of Green Talk.  Anna is a thinker and a doer. No small task when it comes to living green. As for me, I’m a thinker. I aspire to be green, but I leave the heavy lifting to my alter-ego, CeCe Prentice, the main character in my mystery book, “Drawing Conclusions (A Sketch in Crime Mystery).” That is, until I got caught on a self-sustaining, hydroponic barge floating along the Hudson River during a hail storm. I’m a mystery writer and about ten years ago I decided I wanted to learn through…
  • How to Plant Mint and Not Sob Uncontrollably

    Anna@Green Talk
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    There is nothing like fresh mint.  But add it your garden beds and wish you died 1000 deaths before trying to get rid of it.  Mint spreads faster than butter.  Before you know it your whole garden bed has been taken over unless you know how to keep it in check.  Learn the right way, not the wrong way how to plant mint.  You will thank me later. All Begins Innocently. Mint is quite demur at first.  It doesn’t spread much the first year.  By the second year, it starts to warm up and spreads about 18 inches.  See the picture below of my chocolate mint.  Last year it was merely a…
  • DIY Rose Water Will Become a Staple in Your House. Trust Me.

    Anna@Green Talk
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Last year I realized that double knock out rose don’t have a smell once they dry.  Those roses are durable and simply laugh at all the other roses’ aliments.  I can’t sell dried rose petals at Anna Lee Herbs  if they don’t smell even if they look amazing.  Last year, I added five Damask Roses to the garden since they  are known for their fragrance.  Making my own delicious DIY rose water was high on my to do list.  I realized it was so simple. Learn how and why you should have a jar in your refridgerator! Use for Rose Water: Rose water can be used for the following: an…
  • Seeding Square Makes Planting Seeds Pain Free

    Anna@Green Talk
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    A couple of years ago, I  incorporated the square foot gardening method for planting seeds. Basically in a nutshell, square foot gardening is where you space your seedlings closer together.  The close knit plants crowd out weeds and thrive.  However, when you plant 9 beans seeds for every square AND your raised bed is 8 feet by 4 feet, planting gets a little tiresome.  (Do the math and see how many seeds I have to plant in one raised bed.) The Seeding Square tool makes square foot gardening a breeze.  No more measuring or counting. Life is now one happy seed-fest. Square Foot Gardening…
  • Spring Flowers: What’s Blooming in May.

    Anna@Green Talk
    20 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    The beginning of May is probably my  busiest time in the garden.  There are weeds to remove, new mulch to install, new beds to create and the list goes on and on.  Every year, I declare that the garden is going to kill me since there is so much to do.  But this May, I took a moment for the first time in over a decade and realized how absolutely beautiful my spring flowers are. Seriously.  A decade of ignoring these beautiful May flowers. Just to give you a reference, I am in zone 6 so what is blooming in my garden might be blooming at different times in yours. So, I wanted to share with…
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    Mindful Momma

  • Top Ways to Get More Calcium in Your Diet

    Micaela
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
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  • Natural Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

    Micaela
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
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  • Spotlight on: GoMacro Macrobar Minis

    Micaela
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
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  • 4 Ways to Get Kids Outdoors this Summer

    Micaela
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
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  • Spotlight On: Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste

    Micaela
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Best Travel Bags for Women

    Elizabeth
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:17 am
    There is never the time like the present for weekend getaways or a fun-filled vacations with family and friends. As you make your plans, check out these best travel bags for women sure to make your travel tension-free. Best Travel Bags for Women Work Travel Whether your job has you traveling to different cities or… Read more The post Best Travel Bags for Women appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Rolling Duffle Bags: Best Duffle Bags with Wheels

    Elizabeth
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    Whether you are packing your kids off to summer camp, getting ready to pack them off to college, or packing yourself off to a much deserved vacation, the rolling duffle bag is your new best friend. The perfect pairing between the flexibility of a duffel bag and the ease of movement of roller bags can… Read more The post Rolling Duffle Bags: Best Duffle Bags with Wheels appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Weekender Bags: Best for a Weekend Getaway

    Elizabeth
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    When it comes to a weekend away, packing should be the least of your concerns. Take a few tips from the pros and start your getaway stress-free. First, don’t bring too much. Over-packing is very common and only leads to more stress and more stuff. Think about what you need to take with you, add… Read more The post Weekender Bags: Best for a Weekend Getaway appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 9 Hidden Toxins in Homes and How to Get Rid of Them

    Dawn Head
    29 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Hidden toxins in homes? We’ve already eliminated the lead paint and asbestos… are there still more toxins? Sadly, yes! Over the last several decades there has been an increasing awareness of them. These toxins in homes reside in our everyday products, in everything from our food containers, pillows, toys, cleaning products, furniture, and more. With… Read more The post 9 Hidden Toxins in Homes and How to Get Rid of Them appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • ToothPick.com’s Healthy Access Initiative Seeks to Improve Lifestyles

    Alice Benny
    29 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Healthy Access is an innovative new program developed by the people behind Toothpick.com. Normally, users visit Toothpick.com when they need to schedule dental appointments. However, developers realized that dental hygiene is just one indicator of overall health. This motivated them to look for other ways that they might help their customers improve their health for a… Read more The post ToothPick.com’s Healthy Access Initiative Seeks to Improve Lifestyles appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
 
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Walmart Has All You Need for Your Summer Vacation!

    Monica
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:14 pm
    School’s Out For Summer… and that means it’s time for a fun getaway… Whether that getaway is for a week, or just a weekend, you can bet that Walmart will have everything you need to get you through your trip! We recently took a vacation on our first ever Disney Cruise… That meant ROAD TRIP! We needed to pick up a few things for our trip, so, of course we went over to our local Walmart to get our road trip essentials. Here are just a few ideas for your Summer Vacation/Stay-Cation! The first item we grabbed was a First Aid Kit. Every road trip needs a First Aid…
  • Grilling Indoors With George Foreman!

    Monica
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Ok… so maybe not with the guy him self, but I’m using the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill and I am loving it!!! I was sent the 15 Serving George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill to try out for this review, and I am so excited to have been given this opportunity. We haven’t had a George Foreman grill since the original one, and I don’t think we truly appreciated the benefits back then.. Now, we are planning many of our meals around cooking with this one! Here is the info from the website: The George Foreman Indoor Outdoor Electric Grill is perfect for entertaining. Use…
  • Save Money on Your Summer Style Needs at Walmart!

    Monica
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Summer is in full swing and, crazy as our schedules may be… even thought school is out… We want to look our best while hanging out with friends at a BBQ, or on the beach, or even at the pool… Walmart has everything you need to look, and feel your best this Summer!  From Hair Care to Cute Swim Suits, and even Great Eye Wear, you’ll find everything you need at your local Walmart store, or online at Walmart.com. I was asked to check out my local Walmart store and put together some tips to make Summer easy! So, here goes! Let’s start with hair! I have fallen in love…
  • Red White & Blue Berry Trifle Dessert for Independence Day

    Monica
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Independence Day is coming soon! For us, that means a get together with friends, which usually means BBQ, or Potluck of some sort. Usually, we take care of the main entree, or sides, but this year, us Walmart moms have been challenged to create a Red White & Blue recipe that is worthy of a 4th of July get together…  I wanted to make something that even I could eat with my weight loss plan, and I didn’t want to use any food coloring or dyes, so, I went with fresh food… Everything I got is from my local Walmart store, which means I was able to get everything I needed at…
  • Walmart Has Father’s Day Covered!

    Monica
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for Dad??? Walmart is your one stop shop for cards, gifts and even the perfect dinner to celebrate! They have everything you need for Dad at their Every Day Low Prices! I needed to get some things for my husband for Father’s Day, so the girls and I thought about the things he needed most. Our shopping trip went a little something like this… One of my girls said that Daddy for splinters in his hand the last time he was working on a wood project in the garage, so he needed gloves to protect his hands. We went over to the tool section…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Evangelical Church says that men who cook can become gay

    Veshengro
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Evangelical Pentecostal Revival Church, based in Chile, made a rather radical, and may I add stupid, announcement claiming that men who cook are "sick" and are in danger of developing homosexuality. This position and stance of the church was posted on Facebook, where it was clearly stated that “homosexuality is a disease that men can develop by engaging in practices that were once considered the sole responsibility of women.” The statement on social media said further that “a man cooking, caring for children or performing any other own work of…
  • Low-income Woodland farming families go solar

    Veshengro
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Like many Americans, Alex Hernandez lost his home and his job in the aftermath of the recession. The former contractor, now truck driver, has four kids, and his paycheck goes to them. Hernandez lives in a four-bedroom apartment with his family in a Woodland complex, but it's not like the other apartment buildings -- this one is 100 percent solar powered. That means big savings for Hernandez and everyone else who lives here. "I went from 257 bucks a month to $7," Hernandez said. "And, I have my A/C on all day!" Sounds too good to be true, but it's not. It's called Mutual…
  • Study shows that experiences, not things, will make you happier

    Veshengro
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Many people know that experiences will make them happier, and yet they continue to spend money on material objects because of their perceived greater value. There is an ongoing debate between my husband and me about how we’d like to spend any extra money that comes in. He likes to acquire, slowly but surely, high quality items that will last for many years, such as cookware, chef’s knives, and winter coats. While I can’t argue with his ongoing quest for quality, I would prefer to spend money on travel, to skip buying that gorgeous pot by Le Creuset and put that money toward a…
  • 90 percent of US could live on food grown entirely within 100 miles

    Veshengro
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    New farmland-mapping research shows the country’s surprising potential when it comes to eating more locally. In all the years that I’ve been writing about choosing food grown nearby, the irony that persists is this: I can easily find and purchase food that was grown within 100 miles of my New York City address, but people who live in the middle of farming country cannot. If you ask me, that speaks of a screwy food system in need of help. We grow so much food in this country, yet the average food item travels, by one oft-quoted statistic, some 1,500 miles to reach our plates. Food miles…
  • Missouri Food Pantries Help Clients Grow Their Own Produce

    Veshengro
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    In the U.S., 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger. Food pantries across the country pass out food to help these people put meals on the table. But what if they could help teach the pantry visitors how to grow their own food, too? Grow Well Missouri, a program that travels to food pantries around central Missouri, is one of several food-aid groups trying to do just that, passing out seeds and starter plants to low-income locals. On a recent wet spring morning, the group set up in Columbia, Mo. Four volunteers for Grow Well Missouri worked under a blue popup tent outside of Central Pantry,…
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    Jetson Green

  • Prefab From the 1940s Gets a Sustainable and Modern Makeover

    Christine Walsh
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    Shortly after World War 2 the French architect Jean Prouvé designed the so-called demountable house, which was to be used as temporary housing for all those who lost their homes during the war. Eight hundred of these houses were ordered at the time, and they were so easy to assemble that it took just one day to build the house and make it inhabitable. The original homes did not have a kitchen or bathroom though. Architect Richard Rogers is currently in the process of altering the original design so that it can be used as a modern, easy-to-assemble holiday home. Rogers didn’t alter the…
  • Houses Made of Bamboo

    Christine Walsh
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Ibuku, a team of designers and builders headed by Elora Hardy in Bali make houses out of bamboo, one of the most sustainable, versatile and strongest materials available. While bamboo is a great building material on all fronts it is challenging to work with, which is why so few builders use it. Ibuku seems to have found the answer though. Elora and her team wish to raise the awareness about this great material, which has the same strength as concrete or steel, is abundant and can regenerate in just a few years. Ibuku have recently built a large house called Sharma Springs out of bamboo. The…
  • A Few More Awesome Examples of Cargotecture Done Right

    Christine Walsh
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Shipping container architecture is sweeping the world and capturing the imagination of individuals looking to build their home, business trying to revamp their headquarters, and everyone in between. Below you will find a few great examples of shipping container buildings designed in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, sustainable and functional. 1. Ingenious Shipping Container Office in Tokyo, Japan This office was built out of two standard-sized repurposed 40-foot shipping containers, which yielded almost 400 square feet of office and gallery space. The containers were cut up and placed…
  • New LED Bulb by Dyson Will Last for 37 Years

    Christine Walsh
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    The company Dyson has come up with an efficient LED bulb, which they claim can last 37 years. Apparently this innovation comes down to the much better cooling technology that they have developed which greatly extends the lifespan of the bulbs. According to Dyson, the other LED makers are fully aware that it’s the cooling issue that makes the bulbs fail, but they are not doing anything to fix that. Dyson, on the other hand, is doing something about it. It’s well known that effectively cooling LEDs has been a problem for bulb makers in the past. LED bulbs don’t turn as hot as classic…
  • Couple Converts Van into Home for Simple Nomadic Living

    Christine Walsh
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    About two years ago, Canadian couple Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives were stuck in the proverbial rat race, working long hours to make ends meet and be able to support their traditional lifestyle. At one point they asked themselves why they’re doing it though, and their answer involved selling their house, converting a van into a home, and using it to explore the US and Canada in their new house. The first step was buying a cargo van, which is about 19 feet long. Their van features a bed a kitchen and enough storage space for their essential belongings. Since they like to eat…
 
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  • Hydro Flask Food Flask

    Courtney
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bulk foods are known as great buys because of their low cost and lack of cumbersome and wasteful packaging.  But how to get these great buys home with you, without packaging?  Bring your own container!  With foods like freshly ground coffee, some of these bulk items benefit from being sealed for freshness.  As with coffee, […]Check out the review @ Hydro Flask Food Flask
  • How to Get Involved for Earth Day 2015

    Courtney
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Get Outside! Find a way to get outdoors and give Mother Nature a hand. Go for a walk around your neighborhood or a hike through the woods. Now is the perfect time to get into Geocaching. If you don’t know about this great activity, look it up, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to pick […]Check out the review @ How to Get Involved for Earth Day 2015
  • Full Circle Suds Up Bamboo Dish Brush

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

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

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

  • Proceeds from HGTV’s ‘Brother vs. Brother’ Renovated Homes Benefit Rebuilding Together

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

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

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

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

    Mike Man
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Over 1,800 home repair projects to be completed by nearly 50,000 volunteers across the country WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, announced today that April 2015 marks its fifth annual National Rebuilding Month. National Rebuilding Month is a nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for low-income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April punctuated with the annual National Rebuilding Day on April 25. Nearly 50,000 expected volunteers will serve…
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • Can Thermoelectrics Replace a Vehicle Alternator?

    Steve Spence
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:10 am
    Borla®, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of stainless-steel performance exhaust systems and Alphabet Energy, the global leader in thermoelectrics for waste heat recovery, announced today a nonexclusive partnership to deliver the industry’s first aftermarket thermoelectric fuel-efficiency product for vehicle internal combustion engines. Sixty percent of the energy from fuel used in cars and trucks escapes through the exhaust tailpipe as waste heat. Borla’s technologically-advanced exhaust systems coupled with Alphabet Energy’s PowerModule™ thermoelectric generator has the…
  • First City to be 100% powered by renewable Energy?

    Steve Spence
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
    PBS recently announced that Burlington VT was the first city to be 100% powered by renewable energy. As fun as that sounds, PBS was off by more than 100 years. A quick search of Wikipedia shows: The old Schoelkopf Power Station No. 1 near Niagara Falls in the U.S. side began to produce electricity in 1881. The first Edison hydroelectric power station, the Vulcan Street Plant, began operating September 30, 1882, in Appleton, Wisconsin, with an output of about 12.5 kilowatts. By 1886 there were 45 hydroelectric power stations in the U.S. and Canada. By 1889 there were 200 in the U.S. alone. I…
  • Make your own fuel from waste plastic?

    Steve Spence
    29 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    Turn that waste plastic (2, 4, 5 & 6) into fuel. This machine cooks the plastic at over 300 Celsius, and condenses the gas back into a liquid oil. 1kg of plastic + 1 kWh of electric, = 1 liter of fuel (3 hours). At just over $13k, it would pay for itself in about 6 years (including the electric costs to run it). Models and Specifications
  • “Bride of Frankenfood”

    Steve Spence
    20 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her “Bride of Frankenfood” — putting yet another wrinkle in her presidential campaign’s courtship of liberal activists who are crucial to winning the state’s Democratic caucuses. The backlash against Mrs. Clinton for her support of genetically modified organisms (GMO), which dominate the corn and soybean crops at the heart of Iowa’s economy, manifested itself at a recent meeting of the Tri-County Democrats, where…
  • Water Conservation in Las Vegas

    Steve Spence
    4 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    Water Conservation in Las Vegas In the middle of the Mojave Desert lies an oasis known as Las Vegas. Although the desert is among one of the driest places on earth, water supply doesn’t seem to be a problem considering the 22 million gallons used at the Bellagio fountain and the amount water used to fill the canals of the Venetian. From 2000 to 2010, Las Vegas was the third fastest growing city in the fast growing state, and rates of water consumption went through the roof. The city only gets about 4 inches of rainfall on average, which makes the public question what exactly are casinos to…
 
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    Cooking Up a Story » Video Interviews

  • Marisa McClellan: More About the Canning Process

    Cooking Up a Story
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story Marisa McClellan, of Food In Jars, talks about the canning process. Canning high acid foods, sugar’s role in canning & the advantages of making small batches. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • An Interview with Katrina Blair: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

    Cooking Up a Story
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story An interview with Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds talks about the 13 wild weeds she says are essential for human survival. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • Running a Small Scale Dairy Farm

    Cooking Up a Story
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story Gianaclis Caldwell, cheesemaker and author of The Small Scale Dairy and Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking talks about running a small scale dairy farm and how she became a cheesemaker. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Mushroom Hunters: An Interview with Langdon Cook

    Cooking Up a Story
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story In this interview with Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters, we discuss his book and his first-hand encounters on the commercial wild mushroom trail. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Gaza Kitchen – An Interview with Laila El-Haddad

    Cooking Up a Story
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story The Gaza Kitchen, a cookbook celebrating the life and recipes of a remarkable Palestinian people living under harsh political oppression in the Gaza Strip. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
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  • Hassan Rouhani blames UN, west for changing rules of Iran deal

    Kerry Marasco
    13 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United Nations in general and the United States and France in particular of being the roadblock that could prevent a deal with Iran to halt their nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief from happening before the June 30 deadline. According to Rouhani, every time they come close to an agreement, the west changes the rules and adds more to the table. This hasn’t been confirmed by any of the United Nations participants. It’s the type of deal that, if it happens, will go down in history as a major step towards bringing stability in…
  • Most Americans oppose TPP in principle

    Cactus Williams
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:45 pm
    The second biggest problem the country faces with the Trans-Pacific Partnership is most people are confused about who is promoting it. On one end, you have President Barack Obama pushing the concept to improve America’s trade stance with Asia. On the other hand, you have the Republican congress promoting the idea that the President needs more power to push it through as quickly as possible. It’s a bizarre situation that makes it hard for the American people who follow their leaders to know which side to support. The biggest problem is a lack of understanding of what TPP really…
  • Where is the feminist outrage against the Islamic State?

    Kerry Marasco
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Less than two decades ago, feminist groups in America often targeted the poor treatment of women in Muslim-dominated countries. Oprah Winfrey famously took the burqa off of a woman to the cheers of 18,000 people in Madison Square Garden in 2001 to protest the fact that women in certain countries couldn’t go out in public without being covered, couldn’t drive, and couldn’t vote. They were outraged back then. Today, there is barely a peep out of any of the prominent feminist groups despite the fact that the ill treatment of women by ISIS and even some Islamic nations…
  • There are risks with the rise of ‘organic’ food production

    Kerry Marasco
    7 Jun 2015 | 12:12 am
    As most of our readers are aware, we don’t like GMO foods. The concept of genetically modifying something that is already so amazing only makes sense in two circumstances: to make money or to help feed the starving. Since they’re not really doing much to feed the starving in the world, it all comes down to money. With the rise of organic food production and distribution comes many companies who are getting into or converting to a more natural stance with their products. The positives of this are easy to see and are being heralded by certain publications such as Infowars. However,…
  • Rand Paul goes after President Obama to release 9/11 files that may implicate Saudi Arabia

    Alfie Joshua
    6 Jun 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Since investigation into the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, there has been speculation that Saudi Arabia was involved, at least from a financial perspective, in perpetrating the attacks. President George W. Bush classified 28 pages of a Congressional report on the incident that allegedly implicates the Saudis. Now, Rand Paul is picking up the mantle to have those pages released. 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. That alone is not enough to accuse an entire country of involvement, but the contents of the pages in the classified portion of the report may shed…
 
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    Econation

  • Learning simplicity from bushcraft

    Michael Lockhart
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    There is a saying amongst bushcrafters: “The more you know, the less you have to carry.” If you know how to build a shelter, insulate the ground, light a fire, make water safe and forage and hunt for food, then you can live in the outdoors for extended periods. You might be roughing it but by adding a few basic items (see list below) you will soon be smoothing it. The point is that carrying around too much stuff is a burden in more ways than one. As well as sapping your energy, it costs more money, it takes more organising and maintenance, it makes you less self-reliant and what…
  • Econation launches new brand

    Michael Lockhart
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Econation has launched a new visual identity and website that reflects an increasing emphasis on well-being – for both people and planet. Econation has long been an advocate and independent source of information about environmental sustainability. Econation’s main premise is that what is best for the planet is also best for people. Econation presents a new type of prosperity that isn’t based on economic goals but the goals of health, happiness and general well-being. “Research provides evidence that after a certain, relatively low, level of income is achieved well-being…
  • No regrets

    Michael Lockhart
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:26 pm
    A nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed. This is one of the most potent life lessons I’ve ever read. Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse has listed the five most common regrets her dying patients had about their lives. Ware points out that her patients eventually all came to a point of acceptance of their death but when questioned many definitely had regrets about their lives. It makes for sober reading, it is sad that people die with regrets. What makes it doubly sad is that they can no longer do anything about it. However we the living can do something.
  • Remedies for Affluenza

    Michael Lockhart
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Living in a society where we are urged to spend from all quarters we end up buying stuff we don’t really need. The impact of having too much stuff not only affects our well-being in the long term, it is also detrimental to the environment. The following tips may remedy this ailment: Be very critical of advertising, don’t get sucked in by any emotional tugs on your heart-strings. Ask yourself what type of fear or insecurity the advertisement is playing on. Rather than buying whatever-it-is, which won’t help you in the long run, try and do something about the…
  • Learning for many lifetimes

    Michael Lockhart
    15 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Most countries aspire to greater economic growth and increased consumption and education systems reflect these aspirations of the culture they are part of. It is a telling fact that the countries with the highest education levels also have the highest ecological footprint. But Education for Sustainability challenges these aspirations for growth and allows us to imagine a better future for all and it encourages people to reflect on how our values, beliefs and behaviour affects our collective ability to create such a future.  Education for Sustainability Many people find the term…
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    INHABITAT

  • 2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles

    Marc Carter
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the market for a zero-emissions vehicle that can travel almost as far as a regular gas-powered vehicle? Up until now, you’re only choice has been the Tesla Model S with its 265 mile range, but Toyota has just announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has a driving range of 312 miles, which is longer than any other zero-emissions vehicle on the market. Read the rest of 2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car, electric vehicle, fuel cell vehicle, green car, green transporation,…
  • Fairphone’s new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced materials

    Lidija Grozdanic
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Fairphone’s new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amsterdam, fairphone, Fairphone HQ, green renovation, locally sourced materials, Melinda Delst Interior Design, office space, reused materials, Studio Modderman
  • Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

    Cat DiStasio
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Read the rest of Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 000 jobs in paris, architecture in france, first paris skyscraper in 40 years, herzog and de meuron, Paris, paris coworking space, paris five-star hotel, paris new construction, paris skyscraper, Tour Triangle, tour triangle creates 10
  • London’s first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

    Cat DiStasio
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    London’s new underground farm is nearly open for business. We’ve reported on Growing Underground in the past, when the founders used crowdfunding to raise money for their equipment. This week, the city’s first subterranean farm is nearing completion of ‘phase one’ of production, putting the producers just a few weeks away from delivering the first harvest of pea shoots, radishes, and celery to commercial customers. Read the rest of London’s first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:…
  • These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

    Lori Zimmer
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Read the rest of These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design, eco pod, green design, green roof, modular office space, modular structure, Pod Space, pop up pods, Solar Roof, sustainable design
 
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • How to Start a Successful Online Eco Business

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

    Jen
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The amount of energy that is used by offices and other types of commercial buildings is staggering. This is why it is vital that the business world commits to energy efficiency. In so doing, they will reduce the tremendous environmental impact they have. At the same time, however, it actually improves the bottom line, which means the benefits are there not just for the world as a whole, but for the business in particular as well. When designing and eco-friendly office, there are many things to think about, including location, features, equipment, usage and more. It is vital to adopt…
  • Green Building Principles That Will Make Your Home More Sustainable

    Jen
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Photo source: architektur As more and more people get accustomed to the idea that fossil fuels are finite and that it’s every person’s responsibility to ensure the transition towards a healthier and more environmentally conscious lifestyle, sustainable homes are rapidly gaining foothold in the contemporary housing marketplace. It is also worth mentioning that buildings consume a substantial amount of resources through their inhabitants. Some can even lead to environmental degradation due to the poorly chosen raw materials. All this means that it’s time to take a better look…
  • 5 Green Upgrades That Add Value to Your Home

    Jen
    13 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    By Jane Blanchard via Modernize When you’re preparing to sell your home, any upgrades that add value are worth your time and effort. One of the hottest trends in real estate is green, sustainable living–making changes to your home that decrease the amount of energy you use and your impact on the environment. Read on to learn more about the best “green” upgrades that not only are kind to the Earth, but add value to your home. 1. Energy-Efficient Appliances: Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to boost your home’s value. You can go the extra mile by choosing…
  • Top 3 Eco-Friendly Office Products that I Couldn’t Live Without

    Ali Lawrence
    5 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    Usually your office place is anything but “green”. You might think you don’t have that much control over what your office provides when it comes to sustainable living but that’s where you’d be wrong. There are dozens of eco-friendly office products that help you save the planet a little at a time. Here are three items that I couldn’t live without at work. Good Bye Sticky Notes, Hello Bamboo Board Before I bought this beautiful dry-erase board my desk was always covered in sticky notes. It wasn’t uncommon to go through a pack a month. Not only did this clutter my desk (and a…
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    TheCityFix

  • How Affordable Housing and TOD Are Coming Together in Brazil

    Luísa Zottis
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    The Minha Casa Minha Vida housing program in Brazil works to develop affordable housing for low-income populations consistent with TOD principles. Photo by GOVBA. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking more sustainable development in…
  • Compact, Connected, and Coordinated: A Vision for India’s Smart Cities

    Madhav Pai
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    In order to ensure sustainable urban development, India’s leaders must prioritizes cities that are compact, connected, and coordinated. Photo by Mattheui Aubry/Flickr. Last Thursday could be a turning point in the history of India’s urbanization: the Modi government has unveiled its ambitious Smart City project, which aims to build 100 smart cities across the country. Additionally, the AMRUT program will aim to “rejuvenate and transform” 500 existing cities. The government’s focus on creating better cities is a welcome development, at a time when the urban population of India…
  • To Subsidize or Not to Subsidize Public Transport: That Is the Question

    Dario Hidalgo
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    The TransMilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Bogotá, Colombia (pictured above) is one of the leading examples of sustainable transport worldwide. The city is currently considering subsidizing student fares. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil. Subsidizing users’ fares for public transport may sound like a great idea, and often there are good economic reasons for doing so. In all industrialized and many developing countries, urban transport systems are subsidized with public funds in order to continue operating. It sounds even better if subsidies target certain populations, such as…
  • Friday Fun: A Wave of New Smartphone Apps Makes Cycling Undeniably Easy

    Erin Staver
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    Mobile apps for cyclists can have a range of uses–from allowing users to locate bike share stations to providing information in case of injury. Photo by davebloggs007/Flickr. With the growing number of smart phone users and urban cyclists, the rise of mobile apps for bikers should come as no surprise. These innovations can be used in myriad ways—from navigating maps to submitting pictures of local potholes in need of repair. Along with bike lanes and other forms of road infrastructure, user-friendly mobile apps are not only encouraging more people to pick up a bike, but are also…
  • Reimagining Mumbai

    Rejeet Mathews
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    It is time for Mumbai to embrace strategic spatial planning and local area plans as a sustainable path forward. Photo by Tarun R/Flickr. This article originally appeared on WRI-India.org How can Mumbai become a Smart City that the nation is proud of? The recently published Draft Development Plan (DP) for Mumbai was so poorly received by various stakeholders that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis scrapped it on the 21st of April, 2015. It has to be reworked in just four months – an opportunity to bring in much needed change in the planning discourse. Since the DP followed a traditional…
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • Secret Downtown San Francisco Urban Public Parks and Patios

    Jean-Paul
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    San Francisco is full of hidden garden oases and public patio gems thanks to a little known program promoting called POPOS or Privately Owned Public Open Spaces. That is, many highrise buildings in cities have public ‘parks’ or public space viewing areas in them. This can include observation decks, terraces, patios, roofs and viewing floors […] The post Secret Downtown San Francisco Urban Public Parks and Patios appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco Eco-Chic Shopping Event in San Francisco – Oct 23rd 2008…
  • The 5 Best US Cities for Doing Green Business

    Jean-Paul
    27 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    Green business is big business, and more and more companies are adopting eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Here’s a roundup of five American cities leading the way in green business: Austin, Texas The Texas capitol boats more than 206 parks, 26 greenbelts, 12 preserves and more than 50 miles of trails. Not only does Austin offer […] The post The 5 Best US Cities for Doing Green Business appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Jobs and the Green MBA Go Green Seattle 2011 Conference Green MBA Programs Green Business Finder – 3rdWhales’ iPhone app Go…
  • Reusable Mesh Produce Bag – Bag Again

    Jean-Paul
    22 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    There are a lot of great choices out there for reusable grocery bags, but Bag Again has created a recycled plastic mesh bag perfect for produce and bulk foods. Not only does it hold it, but you can wash, rinse, and scrub your produce in the bag for even more convenience. Bag Again sent me […] The post Reusable Mesh Produce Bag – Bag Again appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Reusable Shopping Bag Choices Reusable Grocery Bags and Bacteria Recycled Totes and Bags – UrthBags BPA and Your Safest Reusable Water Bottle Choice Local Organic Produce Delivery CSA Box
  • Best Electric Motorcycles

    Jean-Paul
    12 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Electric motorcycles are starting to pop up everywhere now. The technology is here, and like the Tesla did for electric cars, the designs are starting to get sexy. A handful compete for top honors in the Zero emissions division at the Isle of Man TT to prove their power and reliability, but some are flying […] The post Best Electric Motorcycles appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Spotted: Brammo Empulse R Electric Motorcycle Mission One Street Superbike: Worlds Fastest Electric Motorcycle Title Revoked! Worlds Fastest Electric Superbike Motorcycle – The TTX01…
  • Revolution Movie Review

    Jean-Paul
    5 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    After his previous documentary film Sharkwater, I was excited to see what documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart came up with next. His newest movie is titled Revolution and continues on where Sharkwater left off, expanding on the environmental threats and troubles facing the human race in the years to come. Not as focused as other environmental […] The post Revolution Movie Review appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Sharkwater Movie Review For the Dolphins – The Cove Movie Review Blackfish Documentary Movie Review The Pipe Documentary Film Review Vegucated Documentary…
 
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  • Use your Weapons of Reason

    Hannah Jarratt
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:09 am
      Use your Weapons of Reason Weapons of Reason is a magazine to turn knowledge into action. Its ultimate goal is to understand and articulate the interconnected issues shaping our world, and inspire its readers to take positive action. For its first issue, we start by exploring what’s happening at the top of the world, in the Arctic. As the ever looming shadow of climate change draws in, it is more important than ever that we get as many people as possible to fight back. 1. Where did the idea for Weapons of Reason come from? Our publisher Danny Miller, who founded Little White Lies…
  • Innocent Unplugged

    Hannah Jarratt
    12 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Innocent Unplugged   In a life where connectivity is paramount to everyday activities we are embracing the opportunity to head off the beaten track, to unplug and recharge. The ever brilliant brains at Innocent are offering respite at their annual festival with a difference, Innocent Unplugged. A festival for grown-ups in Kent with no wifi, no 3G and no traditional electricity. Any power required will be generated by festival goers with a little solar at the ready. So leave your phone at home. Forget about Facebook. Turn off Twitter. We’ll see you in the woods. If you haven’t…
  • We talk to the leader of the Green Party

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    “UKIP have broken things wide open.”   We speak to Green Party leader Natalie Bennett about some of the key issues that we’re thinking about in the run-up to the General Election.   Why do you think there has been a surge in support for The Green Party? There is a new space available, before the financial crash things were going ok, people thought the economy was alright, and in general we were doing ok. The need for real change has given us a space, the Green Party has always been talking about mainstream policies and tax but people are more ready to listen to us now.  …
  • Earthmojis by Do The Green Thing

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
      Following their debut at the Time to Act People’s Climate Change March last month, we’ve made our Earthmojis placards available as free downloads. Earthmojis are a set of global placards made entirely out of the digital world’s favourite and most pervasive language, Emoji. We’ve created a set of four placards that highlight negative environmental behaviours and applaud green actions. Climate change is a global problem, and as climate change protests continue to take place across the world, we hope that you will download and march with your favourite Earthmojis placard, as a…
  • An Evening with Everyday Things

    Hannah Jarratt
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    An Evening with Everyday Things   Pentagram recently hosted a private view of ‘Everyday Things’, a collection of 19 objects by artists and designers curated by Do The Green Thing and WWF-UK to promote Earth Hour 2015. During the evening, 200 people filed into Pentagram’s front room to enjoy the exhibition and hear Naresh Ramchandani – the co-founder of Do The Green Thing and Pentagram partner – speak about why it was put together. This is the third time that Do The Green Thing has teamed up with WWF-UK to create a campaign for Earth Hour. In previous years, the campaigns have…
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  • Use your Weapons of Reason

    Hannah Jarratt
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:09 am
      Use your Weapons of Reason Weapons of Reason is a magazine to turn knowledge into action. Its ultimate goal is to understand and articulate the interconnected issues shaping our world, and inspire its readers to take positive action. For its first issue, we start by exploring what’s happening at the top of the world, in the Arctic. As the ever looming shadow of climate change draws in, it is more important than ever that we get as many people as possible to fight back. 1. Where did the idea for Weapons of Reason come from? Our publisher Danny Miller, who founded Little White Lies…
  • Innocent Unplugged

    Hannah Jarratt
    12 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Innocent Unplugged   In a life where connectivity is paramount to everyday activities we are embracing the opportunity to head off the beaten track, to unplug and recharge. The ever brilliant brains at Innocent are offering respite at their annual festival with a difference, Innocent Unplugged. A festival for grown-ups in Kent with no wifi, no 3G and no traditional electricity. Any power required will be generated by festival goers with a little solar at the ready. So leave your phone at home. Forget about Facebook. Turn off Twitter. We’ll see you in the woods. If you haven’t…
  • We talk to the leader of the Green Party

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    “UKIP have broken things wide open.”   We speak to Green Party leader Natalie Bennett about some of the key issues that we’re thinking about in the run-up to the General Election.   Why do you think there has been a surge in support for The Green Party? There is a new space available, before the financial crash things were going ok, people thought the economy was alright, and in general we were doing ok. The need for real change has given us a space, the Green Party has always been talking about mainstream policies and tax but people are more ready to listen to us now.  …
  • Earthmojis by Do The Green Thing

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
      Following their debut at the Time to Act People’s Climate Change March last month, we’ve made our Earthmojis placards available as free downloads. Earthmojis are a set of global placards made entirely out of the digital world’s favourite and most pervasive language, Emoji. We’ve created a set of four placards that highlight negative environmental behaviours and applaud green actions. Climate change is a global problem, and as climate change protests continue to take place across the world, we hope that you will download and march with your favourite Earthmojis placard, as a…
  • An Evening with Everyday Things

    Hannah Jarratt
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    An Evening with Everyday Things   Pentagram recently hosted a private view of ‘Everyday Things’, a collection of 19 objects by artists and designers curated by Do The Green Thing and WWF-UK to promote Earth Hour 2015. During the evening, 200 people filed into Pentagram’s front room to enjoy the exhibition and hear Naresh Ramchandani – the co-founder of Do The Green Thing and Pentagram partner – speak about why it was put together. This is the third time that Do The Green Thing has teamed up with WWF-UK to create a campaign for Earth Hour. In previous years, the campaigns have…
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  • Government Ownership of Rain is Antithetical to Increased Potable Water

    Stuart Kaplow
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    Against a backdrop of California experiencing the worst drought in its history and the U.S. Supreme Court having before it an interstate water dispute, where Florida seeks an equitable apportionment of the waters of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers over the claims of upstream Georgia, the issue of “who owns the rain” is of national importance. Collecting rain and using it for a desired purpose on one’s own property should no longer violate laws. And the government should not take the rain falling on private property without just compensation.   In point of fact, laws…
  • In the Name of Clean Water Millions of Acres are Proposed for Federal Control

    Stuart Kaplow
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
    The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army published a final rule on May 27, 2015, “clarifying” the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. The rule is proposed to be effective 60 days after Federal Register publication. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is quoted as saying the new rule will expand the scope of waters of the United States by “only about 3%” but that 3% represents millions of acres that are not today regulated.  Some commentators have suggested that depending upon the EPA’s application of the rule, the…
  • What LEED Credit is Almost Never Achieved?

    Stuart Kaplow
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:22 pm
    One of the key features of the LEED rating systems is that, after satisfying minimum program requirements and prerequisites, project teams may select from the available compilation of LEED credits. Those options are key not only because there is no one homogenous building type but also because owners may have sustainable features they wish pursued. But surprising to some, there is one LEED credit that stands out, by far, as the least earned.  Accepting that LEED is no longer only new construction, and in an effort to compare apples with apples, this analysis looked at the LEED New…
  • HUD Adopts 2009 IECC (Not the 2012 or 2015 version) and Why You Care

    Stuart Kaplow
    6 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have determined, effective June 6, 2015, that adoption of the 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code for single family homes and the 2007 edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers 90.1 for multifamily buildings will not negatively affect the affordability and availability of HUD and USDA assisted housing.  You care because this new minimum standard for energy efficiency in housing is widely seen as a benchmark driving green…
  • Microbeads Ban in Maryland will be more Efficacious than Others

    Stuart Kaplow
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Synthetic plastic microbeads are an effective mild abrasive ingredient appearing since the 1990s in personal care products including facial cleansers, shampoos, and toothpastes. Environmental interests have sought to ban microbeads contending the plastic microbeads (that look like tiny colorful dots), cannot be treated by conventional wastewater treatment plants, resulting in their discharge into waterways and posing a threat to the ecosystem through ingestion by fish and other animals in the food chain. As a result microbeads arguably pose a potential human health threat when people consume…
 
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  • The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […]The post The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse? appeared first on Blog.
  • Dig In: June Roundup

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases. Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books Whether you want to make the […]The post Dig In: June Roundup appeared first on Blog.
  • Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    With summer in full swing, many are making good use of their outdoor grills. Tender grass fed steaks or free range chicken are often the go-to options, but the possibilities for a grilled meal are endless. At the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, a summer favorite is Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint sauce and […]The post Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre appeared first on Blog.
  • The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    What agrarian future can we realistically build together? This is a question the Greenhorns hope to answer in their latest book, The New Farmers’ Almanac 2015. Greenhorns is an organization for young farmers—a non-traditional grassroots network with the mission to promote, recruit and support the entering generation of new farmers. It exists to celebrate young […]The post The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners appeared first on Blog.
  • Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Where our food comes from and how it is grown matters. Having control over our food supply is key to a more resilient and sustainable future. A major part of Chelsea Green’s mission is to inspire you with ideas and practical tips. So whether you want to make the world’s best cheese; find a new […]The post Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books appeared first on Blog.
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  • Hello world!

    BrianSmith
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • Remember When Lord Lawson Brought Climate Denial to the House of Lords?

    Brendan Montague
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Lord Lawson would command the admiration and gratitude of the sceptic cause when he raised the economics of climate change in the House of Lords. DeSmog UK’s epic history series continues. Lord Nigel Lawson delivered the coup de grâce in June 2005 when he persuaded his fellow peers on the economic affairs committee of the House of Lords to examine the economics of climate change. As a committee member, Lawson persuaded the House of Lords to launch a powerful and high profile Parliamentary inquiry examining allegations that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had…
  • Hillary Clinton State Department Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat

    Steve Horn
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    AttachmentSize International Energy Coordinator:Ambassador-at-Large Job Descripton Redacted.pdf5.99 KB David Goldwyn Description.pdf29.72 KB The U.S. State Department released a batch of 3,000 searchable documents formerly stored on the private hard drive and in a private email account of Democratic Party presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Among them: a fully redacted job description for State Department International Energy Coordinator/Diplomat-At-Large. David Goldwyn — now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and…
  • Groups Encourage Transparency, Ask Obama For Honesty About Corporate Spending

    Farron Cousins
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Sierra Club sent a letter to President Obama this week, urging the President to make good on his promise of increasing transparency in Washington. Specifically, the environmental group wants the administration to be forthright about the political spending of mega-polluters and their government contracts. Click here for reuse options! Tags: Sierra ClubtransparencyPresident ObamaEPAClean AirwaterPolluterGovernment ContractSpendingpoliticsCitizens United
  • Let Them Eat Climate Change

    Brendan Montague
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:51 am
    The winds are changing for the energy giants. And so the black plumes of smoke emitted by the climate deniers in an attempt to provide cover for the coal, oil and gas industry have already been refined.   The free market think tanks funded by dirty energy have spent the last decade claiming there is no global warming. But now their message is subtly different.    The primary concern has become the plight of Indian peasants, Chinese factory workers and African children who are, we are told, being denied a prosperous and dignified life by uncaring environmentalists and climate alarmists.
  • Zero Carbon Emissions: The New Language Of Climate Change

    Guest
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki.  If nothing else, the G7 countries’ recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about reducing carbon emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. This takes matters a step further by envisioning a fossil fuel–free future. Click here for reuse options! Tags: tar sandszero carbondecarbonizationoilsandscanada
 
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  • 5 Botanical All-Stars: How to Use, Love and Grow (or Buy) Them

    Starre Vartan
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years, or if it’s because some of my earliest memories are gardening with my grandma, but I turn to plants first. For food, medicine, scent and connection to the world around me, I’m an inveterate flower-sniffer, herb grower, tincture crafter, and apple- (and carrot, wild onion and grass) muncher. Pretty much every plant out there has its uses, but there are a special few that really stand out: these botanical all-stars are not only easy to grow everywhere from garden to windowsill, they preserve…
  • Eco-Chick Escapes to: The Oregon Coast’s Cape Lookout

    Starre Vartan
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:04 pm
    This past weekend was a hot one for Oregon; so lots of people inland headed for the coast, which was about 30 (yes, I know!) degrees cooler. My partner and I checked out a beautiful spot neither of of us had ever been: Cape Lookout. Like many of my Oregon adventures, I assumed we would find a nice beach or some views, and instead was rewarding with some very real knock-your-socks-off natural beauty of a variety of sorts. We headed north from a very busy Pacific City and up the coast… Check out Must-See Beaches, Coves and Lookouts on the Oregon Coast by Starre Vartan at Mode Starting at…
  • Natural Puerto Rico: The Incredible Las Salinas Salt Flats at the Cabo Rojo Wildlife Refuge

    Keelie Sheridan
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:44 pm
    The western coast of Puerto Rico boasts an ecologically diverse landscape that needs to be seen to be believed. Las Salinas are a striking example. Added to the Cabo Rojo Wildlife Refuge in 1999, the Salt Flats neighbor mangrove forests, a coastline, seagrass beds, scrub and off-shore coral reefs, making the refuge home to no fewer than 245 plant and 145 animal species. According to the Fish & Wildlife Service, which manages the area: The salt flats are positioned in the Atlantic flyway and are a vital nesting ground and feeding area for the snowy plover, least tern, Wilson’s…
  • Parisian—and Planet—Approved Canned Rose Wine (What? YES!)

    Lindsay E. Brown
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Bout Time Wine’s canned rose is a no-fuss way to enjoy wine everywhere, be it poolside, rooftop, beach, or picnic.  Few things are better than savoring a chilled rosé outside with friends, family or your love. She has a knack for pairing perfectly with our favorite summer settings: A hazy day at the beach. A good farm-to-table barbeque. A concert or music festival. But the hassle of lugging heavy wine bottles, remembering a corkscrew and enough cups, and then fumbling to figure out how and where to recycle the empty wine bottles, cups and wine corks, is nothing short of annoying. And…
  • Butoh Artist Vangeline Challenges Throwaway Culture Through Dance

    Keelie Sheridan
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:52 pm
    In the face of the seemingly insurmountable challenges and irrevocable damages that define the health of our planet, it is easy to deny or become apathetic. Endless blame games quickly become caustic and corrosive. Awareness easily morphs into paralysis. Some struggle for measurable, easily-articulated and formulaic resolutions. Others process through dance. I recently sat down with Butoh artist Vangeline to discuss her upcoming piece, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE, which grapples with the weight of our habits—particularly the sacred practice of coffee drinking. {WAKE UP AND SMELL THE…
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  • Toyota, Nissan, Honda To Spend $48 Million On Hydrogen Infrastructure: Will It Sell Fuel Cells?

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Back in February, we reported that Honda, Nissan, and Toyota had joined forces to create a hydrogen fueling infrastructure in Japan. At the time, we had no details about what the three might do or how much they might spend on such endeavors. Now we know. In a joint press release, the automakers say that: "In addition to partially covering the...
  • Yikes: July 4 Weekend To Be The Deadliest In Years

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    Millions of Americans are planning road trips for the upcoming holiday weekend. If history is any guide, though, hundreds of those travelers won't return home alive -- and the situation could be especially tragic this year. The National Safety Council projects that the U.S. will see more traffic fatalities this holiday weekend than at any time in...
  • Mercedes-AMG GT, Chevy Bolt, Jaguar F-Pace: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Review The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is a bold, unlikely move aimed squarely at the Porsche 911. And it's a move AMG has completely succeeded with, at least in terms of design and performance. Want A Chevrolet Bolt? You May Be Able To Get One Sooner Than You Thought When the Chevrolet Bolt was unveiled...
  • 2015 Nissan Murano, Rogue Recalled To Fix Brakes, Labelling

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Nissan has issued two unrelated recalls for 2015 models of the Nissan Murano and Nissan Rogue. While the former suffers from a problem with its anti-lock braking system, labels on the latter could cause problems with the vehicle's tires. ALSO SEE: Porsche Cayenne Vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: Compare Cars RECALL #1: 2015 Nissan Murano UNITS...
  • Want A Chevrolet Bolt? You May Be Able To Get One Sooner Than You Thought

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    When the Chevrolet Bolt was unveiled earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, General Motors said that the long-range, all-electric hatchback would roll into showrooms during the 2017 calendar year. According to Auto News, though, Christmas may come earlier than expected for electric car fans. That's because GM engineers have revealed that...
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  • Building Intelligence into Water Metering

    17 Jun 2015 | 12:50 pm
    As labor and energy costs continue to rise, public service providers are reevaluating conventional metering technology in search of innovative ways to improve network performance. Review this white paper to find out how traditional water metering technologies measure up in today's networks. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of the most prevalent meters in the field now. And explore the new metering technologies available today that can conserve water, while improving revenue and operational efficiency.Request Free!
  • The Definitive Guide to High Precision GPS for Utilities

    15 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Real-time access to accurate data from field crews to headquarters can improve operational efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction. With modern, mobile technologies, utility companies are streamlining data collection workflows, accelerating decision-making and achieving high-precision GPS accuracy at a fraction of the cost. Learn how mobile GPS data collection can help you end the pen and paper nightmare, put down expensive GPS handhelds, and quickly collect data from the field.Request Free!
  • Frost & Sullivan: Enterprise Content Management In The Energy Industry: Increase Safety And Reliability, Decrease Costs And Damages

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    The energy sector has seen spectacular failures in recent years, in terms of human life, the environment, and costs to the companies and communities as they rely on paper-based information and processes.Request Free!
  • IDC: Nuclear Power Generation At The Crossroads

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    This IDC Energy Insights white paper examines the future of nuclear power across the globe, analyzes the role of IT in the design, permitting, construction, operation, and decommissioning of nuclear power plants; and provides recommendations to plant owners on ensuring a secure and robust IT infrastructure.Request Free!
  • Get Content Under Control

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    Learn how one system makes it possible to coordinate all the information you rely upon.Request Free!
 
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  • Buying Tips: Less Toxic Nail Polish

    Amanda
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
      With names that echo tropical islands, fond memories and sassy puns — who’d ever suspect those cute bottles of nail polish are filled with many concerning chemicals? Unfortunately there isn’t an all-natural option for nail polish. But there are products that have fewer ingredients with serious health concerns. If you are one to use a polish on your fingers or toes, here are few important things to look for: “3-free”: Brands that don’t use toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde “5-free”: Brands that are 3-free + formaldehyde resin or camphor. Never list:…
  • Behind the Ratings: Pet Food

    Amanda
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Between 1988 and 2015, overall pet ownership in the United States has increased from 56% to 65%. Today, more than 79 million households own at least one pet. Pet owners are prioritizing and investing in the care and health of their pets, encouraging the pet care industry to quickly replace the term “pet owners” with “pet parents”. Take Our Poll   People want their pets to lead healthy lives—They plan activities for them, comfort them, search for the best gear and bathing supplies, learn about their nutrition needs for every life-stage, and invest in pet beds…
  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

    Amanda
    6 May 2015 | 11:39 am
                Some of the most vulnerable skin on our body is found on our face. Typically left exposed to the elements, the skin our face and lips is an important place to take special care of. Lip products have long evolved from the days of the original tubs of Vaseline and Carmex. Now packed with products from tints and sunscreens to gloss and moisturizers, the lip care product aisle can get confusing quick. Ever heard the urban myth about Carmex being addictive? How about the creators of lip balms purposefully adding drying ingredients making lip balm…
  • Clean Up Your Laundry Routine

    Amanda
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    How “clean” can your clothes get when the soap you are using may contain potentially hazardous chemicals, or fragrances that you may be allergic too? Cleaning products are among the most significant sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Many of the products we use to scrub, whiten and soften our loads of laundry are made with ingredients that raise concerns for human health and our environment. 5 easy ways to clean up your laundry routine: 1) Look closely at the ingredient list. Some laundry detergents include ingredients like triethanolamine that can cause harm if they…
  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    Amanda
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
 
 
 
 
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  • Dolphins in Overfished Mediterranean Get Help from Costa Crociere

    Antonio Pasolini
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Fish are endangered in the Mediterranean Sea. While sunlight-deprived Europeans flock to Mediterranean beaches for their summer breaks, offshore ​the action is a tad less quaint​. The old Med has [...] The post Dolphins in Overfished Mediterranean Get Help from Costa Crociere appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • New Science Activates a Carbon Farming Initiative for Nutiva

    Gretchen Grani
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    On May 1st at a grass-fed cattle ranch in Marin County, over 40 business leaders from companies such as Alter Eco, 18 Rabbits, and Traditional Medicinals gathered to gander at [...] The post New Science Activates a Carbon Farming Initiative for Nutiva appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Helping U.S. Veterans Find Housing

    Sangeeta Haindl
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Sadly, thousands of U.S. service men and women are finding their time as veterans as less than heroic, as many are facing homelessness—a statistic that is on the rise. A [...] The post Helping U.S. Veterans Find Housing appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Governor Terry McAuliffe Joins Business, Community Leaders to Discuss Digital Fluency in Virginia

    3BL Media
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    At a forum on Friday with Governor McAuliffe on “The Role of Digital Fluency in Virginia’s New Economy” at the Capital One Digital Labs in Vienna, Va., Capital One and [...] The post Governor Terry McAuliffe Joins Business, Community Leaders to Discuss Digital Fluency in Virginia appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • How Hemp Can Save Fish, Reduce Water, and Help Save Trees

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    For many people who strive to live healthier lives, the message is clear: make sure you get enough Omega fatty acids in your diet. Many people like the convenience of [...] The post How Hemp Can Save Fish, Reduce Water, and Help Save Trees appeared first on SocialEarth.
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  • Advanced Targeting with Facebook Ads: What you Need to Know (or, “Becoming a Professional Creeper”)

    Amelia
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    New to Facebook ads? Be sure to check out Part 1 of my 3-part series: Why Use Facebook Ads? 5 Reasons to Start Your Campaigns TODAY. This is Part 2. Now that you’re convinced using Facebook ads is a good idea for your business, let’s move on to the nitty-gritty details of ad management. A good place to start: who are you looking to target with your ads? The extreme specificity of Facebook’s advanced targeting features ensure that advertisers are not taking a shot in the dark with their ad placements. Need some targeting options to get you started? Check out just some of…
  • Why Use Facebook Ads? 5 Reasons to Start Your Campaigns TODAY

    Amelia
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    It is with much geekery that I begin our 3 part exploration of Facebook ads. First up, the important, fundamental question: why use ‘em? If you’re not using Facebook ads by now, it’s seriously time to consider it. As the second most-visited website in the world (second to our beloved multi-colored search engine), Facebook is an avenue not only for your personal page, company page, and occasional pictures of the office dog; it is (or can be) a tool for reaching new audiences and getting new customers. It has proven to be a success at gaining customer traction, and not just…
  • Google Update: Local Home Performance Companies vs. Big Shot Directories

    Dan Paradee
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    The only constant about Google’s algorithms is change. Google has once again made updates to the local SERPs (search engine result pages), and this time it could affect home performance companies in a big way. Around May 15th SEO experts were seeing major changes in local search results. A large increase in the number of local packs was recorded. Around the same time a sizeable decrease in the traffic of large directories including YellowPages, Manta, and CitySearch was also noticed. Some of these changes were attributed to the Doorway Update, while others associated it with what has…
  • A/B Testing (or How to Turn Your Website into a Lead Generating Machine)

    Dan Paradee
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:53 am
    A key component of successful web marketing is continual optimization - optimizing your content, keywords, landing pages, and structure to convert your web visitors into leads. But how do you know what converts and what potential changes are going to be most advantageous? You may find some good ideas by reading articles on best practices, but what works for companies in Silicon Valley may not work for your contracting company in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The answer comes back to basic science, one variable against a constant: A/B testing. A/B testing is the practice of sending half your traffic…
  • Keyword Strategy 101: How to Know What Works and What Converts

    Jack Gross
    28 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    There’s a new marketing tactic coming to a supermarket near you: "Smart Shelves". Stores will be equipping their shelves with high tech camera systems that will be able to track your eyes to see what you’re looking at and where you’re looking for it with the end goal of improving product placement on shelves. Sound a little creepy? Maybe. Will it be effective? Absolutely! Knowing where your potential clients are trying to find your product and what exactly they're looking for is an obvious and huge advantage. Fortunately, similar data about your web visitors is…
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  • 5 Sustainable Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

    Jennie
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The 4th of July is just a few days away and now is the perfect time to plan a little sustainability into your celebration. There are many eco-friendly ways to make the holiday more sustainable.  To get you started here are 5 quick tips to make your day of red, white and blue a little more green. #1: Think Reusable – Not Disposable If you will be celebrating the 4th of July at home, choose reusable dinnerware instead of the disposable kind. It will only take a few minutes more to load them into the dishwasher and will save the environment a lot! If reusable simply isn’t an option,…
  • 6 Eco Friendly Tips for a Great Green Summer

    Jennie
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s summer, summer, summertime! With summertime comes hot days, cool treats and lots of fun in the sun with your family. Before you hit the road for a hot sunny day at the beach, park or BBQ, check out my six favorite eco-friendly tips for a great green summer. The best part, most of them are free and will only make your summer more enjoyable, read on. 1. Get Outside It’s much nicer to cool off outside than it is to sit inside with the air conditioning on high. Hit your local beach, lake, or pool and cool off in the waves. Also, it’s a good idea to keep your shades drawn…
  • 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy and Safe this Summer

    Jennie
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    During the summer, your pet may be spending more time outdoors and might even take a few road trips with you. Keep your pooch happy and safe this summer by incorporating these pet and eco-friendly tips into your summer routine. These tips will keep your best friend comfortable and safe during the dog days of summer. 1. Hydration Station: A simple fact is – a hydrated dog is a happy dog. Keeping Fido hydrated during the summer months is especially important – remember they are wearing a fur coat! Keep several dishes of fresh, clean water throughout your home and outside areas.
  • Naturally Sweet: Pacifica Vegan Perfumes are Perfect for Summer

    Jennie
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you have a go-to scent for summer? My all time favorites are from Pacifica Perfume – they are all-natural, vegan, smell fruity and are perfect from summer! I love the Tuscan Blood Orange and the Hawaiian Ruby Guava.The fruity scent goes hand in hand with summer and they are affordable too – $22 a bottle, which will last all summer long. Do you have a favorite all-natural perfume? The post Naturally Sweet: Pacifica Vegan Perfumes are Perfect for Summer appeared first on Sweet Greens.
  • 4 Reasons to Eat Seasonally and Locally This Summer

    Lauren Dartt
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you shop at the farmer’s market, are a local CSA member, or frequent the “local” section of your grocery store’s produce aisle, you are well aware that fruits and vegetables come into and out of season. Depending on the climate where you live, you may have a wide variety of fruits and veggies to choose from year round, or you may notice that summer is truly a more abundant season for produce. Wherever you live, eating seasonally has its benefits. If you’re not already doing so, here are four reasons to eat seasonally. #1: Fresher, More Nutritious Produce Produce that doesn’t…
 
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  • Will Same-Sex Marriage Lower Divorce Rates? It's Complicated

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    Watch Video"This morning, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality," said President Obama.But where there is marriage, there is also divorce.A 2014 UCLA Williams Institute report looked at two states' administrative data: New Hampshire and Vermont. The report showed "same-sex couples end their marriages at a rate of 1.1 percent annually, on average," compared to a 2 percent annual divorce rate among different-sex couples in those two states. It’s only slightly lower.So, now that same-sex marriage is legal…
  • World's Ugliest Dog Gets A Glamorous Makeover On 'Kimmel'

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Watch Video“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s” Carson Kressley stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to help with a very special makeover.(Video via ABC / "Jimmy Kimmel Live")Quasi Modo, a 10-year-old mutt with spinal problems, was the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest.But Carson wanted to turn her into the beauty queen we all knew she could become.Quasi was treated to a massage and a pedicure, tried on a bunch of glamorous wigs and got a whole new wardrobe. Um, we're actually kind of jealous!As The Washington…
  • The First 'Big Brother' Fight Of The Season Was A Letdown

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    Watch VideoWell, that didn’t take long — the very first emotional meltdown of "Big Brother" 17 went down Wednesday night. But it wasn’t nearly as dramatic as we all hoped it would be."I'm even more pissed off that you would sit here and try and paint a picture of me being negative and you know you’re wrong. Just apologize!" said Da'Vonne on "Big Brother." "Don’t let him see you upset, girl," said Audrey.Clay had originally come up to see what Da’Vonne was doing after she went into another…
  • Hannibal Buress's Shark Week-Themed Ad Is So Bad It's Good

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Watch VideoHannibal Buress stopped by “Conan” this week and, like most celebrities on late night talk shows, had some things he needed to promote."Yes, believe your eyes, it's me, Hannibal Buress. In a shark costume. On television. On Shark Week. Dreams come true," said Hannibal Buress on "Conan."Yup, Hannibal is using Shark Week to promote his new show, “Why? with Hannibal Buress,” on Comedy Central in the best way possible.The comedian joked that the shark costume was purposefully bad because he wanted to seem more relatable to the audience.
  • WATCH: Margaret Cho Handcuffs 'Celebrity Wife Swap' Husband

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Watch VideoOn a very, uh, entertaining episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap," Margaret Cho took her temporary husband on a sexy outing.While he was handcuffed to her, of course. "I know every toy in here; they're all really great. That's a nice cage. But, I think Rodney and Holly could use just a little bit of role play to spice up their life," said Margaret Cho on "Celebrity Wife Swap."Yup, Margaret showed former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete how to role play in a sexy dungeon.And how did his wife Holly Robinson Peete react to this news?She…
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  • Illegal Logging Issues - Significance and Challenges: Pertinence of Forest Management Governance in Japan & Other Countries

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:26 am
    JFS Newsletter No.154 (June 2015) Image by Maky Some Rights Reserved. Ever since the global decrease in tropical forests became a matter of concern in the 1980s, timber-importing countries have been making efforts to draw up a framework for timber import and procurement designed to prevent illegal logging and to promote appropriate forest management. This issue of the JFS newsletter will introduce Japan's responses to illegal logging issues, courtesy of Dr. Takashi Fujiwara, President of the Woodmiles Forum, a general incorporated association that investigates environmental impacts during…
  • Minamisoma Releases Non-Nuclear Power Declaration, Targeting 64% Self-Supplied Power by 2020

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This map prepared by JFS is based on a map made by Lincun some rights Reserved. Minamisoma City in Fukushima Prefecture became the first city in Japan to release a non-nuclear power declaration on March 25, 2015. More than 10 thousand citizens of Minamisoma continue to experience life as evacuees as the result of the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. The article to follow is reproduced in edited form with permission from Smart Japan. Smart Japan is an online publication specializing in energy conservation, storage and generation.
  • Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association to Foster Next Generation of Reconstruction Leaders

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association All Rights Reserved. The Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association won an award for utilizing renewable energy in the Tohoku on January 15, 2015. The award is given by the Director-General of the Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to local initiatives that accelerate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions in Tohoku.
  • Economic Survey Shows Promising Outlook for Environmental Businesses in Japan

    21 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Dirk Ingo Franke Some Rights Reserved. According to a survey of Japanese private companies holding 20 million yen or more in capital, environmental businesses are enjoying favorable economic conditions, with a positive ten-year outlook as well. Here are some highlights from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) survey.
  • Shibuya City First in Japan to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships

    19 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Image photo Tokyo's Shibuya City enacted an ordinance on April 1, 2015, which is being called the Ordinance for Promoting Respect of Gender Equality and Diversity in the City. This ordinance aims to create a society in which all people can participate in all kinds of activities and develop their individuality and creativity to the fullest, regardless of gender and the like, while respecting the diversity of individuals and sharing social responsibility.
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    1800Recycling.com

  • RecycleNation Contest Winner Announced!

    RecycleNation
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="contestimage" alt="contestimage.png" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/contestimage_400x400.png" /> Congratulations to Stacy Ekizian, RecycleNation’s contest winner! As a prize, Stacy will be receiving a new Apple Watch from the Sport collection in the color of her choosing. For those of you with Android OS, stay tuned! Soon we will be launching an Android version of RecycleNation and giving you a chance to win for…
  • How to Have a Waste-Free Fourth of July

    Michelle Lovrine Honeyager
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:03 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="fourthofjulyribbon" alt="fourthofjulyribbon.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/fourthofjulyribbon_400x400.jpg" /> It’s time for fireworks, barbeques and block parties. If there’s one thing Americans know how to do, it’s celebrate our independence. But that doesn’t mean having to be independent from living a green life. With a few simple adjustments, you can make your Fourth of July as green as it is fun. Below are…
  • Sidewalk Labs and the Promise of Smart Cities

    Michelle Lovrine Honeyager
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    <img class="undefined" title="sidewalks" alt="sidewalks.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/sidewalks_400x400.jpg" /> When it comes to the world of tomorrow, Google has some admirable ambitions. When it’s not involved with startups that attempt to cure aging or making self-driving cars, it’s making headlines with its newest brainchild.&nbsp;<a href="http://sidewalkinc.com" title="" class="">Sidewalk…
  • How to Become an Environmentally Friendly Pet Owner

    Krystle Vermes
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    <img class="undefined" title="petfriends" alt="petfriends.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/petfriends_400x400.jpg" /> Whether you have a cat, dog or a hamster, there are ways that you and your pet can take care of the environment. When you invite another creature into your home, you increase everything from waste output to food use. In turn, you need to start thinking about ways to conserve now that your household has a new member. Here are some tips…
  • 10 Ways to Green Your Patio

    Michelle Lovrine Honeyager
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    <img class="undefined" title="patio" alt="patio.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/6/patio_400x400.jpg" /> Now that it’s summer, you’re probably spending a lot more time out on the patio. Finally. While it may feel good to sip a drink outside, your efforts to live a greener life don’t need to stop when you step outdoors to kick back on the patio. There are tons of ways to make sure your patio life reflects your green ambitions. Here are 10 ways to…
 
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Here’s why recycling electronics is necessary for sustainability

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:40 am
    Technology is advancing at a lightening speed and the electronic product consumer market is growing with it. Consumers are changing their cell phones, computers and laptops often enough in favor of latest gadgets which are superior to the older models. Such trend can soon prove to be hazardous for our environment. The computers, monitors and ... The post Here’s why recycling electronics is necessary for sustainability appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Green home trends that are big this year

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:12 am
    Every year new energy efficient home appliances are being launched into the global market. Manufacturers are vying to grab the attention of homeowners with their latest products. With so many green home products, it is difficult to determine which ones are beneficial for your home and living spaces. If you want to give a green ... The post Green home trends that are big this year appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • 7 Reasons why you need to be environmentally conscious right this instant

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    A lot has been said and heard about green initiatives. In spite of this, a lot of households are still apprehensive of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. If you fall in this group as well, then take note of the fact that going green is not only about helping the environment, but also helping yourself achieve ... The post 7 Reasons why you need to be environmentally conscious right this instant appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • 6 Waste management and recycling trends that will shape the world

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    The eco-movement has gained a lot of prominence over the last few years. A lot of developments over the years have led to the rise of several eco-friendly trends pertaining to recycling and waste management that could potentially save the earth and its natural resources in the long run. Accordingly, here are 6 such waste ... The post 6 Waste management and recycling trends that will shape the world appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Recycling old keyboards into awesome sculptures

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    A lot of us tend to throw away old computers. However, these old, used computers can be repurposed in a number of useful ways. Consider these really artistic sculptures that have been made of nothing but recycled keyboards. At first glance, you would hardly be able to figure out that nothing but the keys of ... The post Recycling old keyboards into awesome sculptures appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • The Story of Our Broken Food System

    Andrea Bertoli
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    After learning about our broken food system, it's often easier to make smarter food decisions, which can then connect to other areas and build a more sustainable lifestyle The post The Story of Our Broken Food System appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • How to Make Almond Milk and Use It in Delightful, Delicious Ways!

    Mary Gerush
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Ever wondered how to make almond milk? It's so easy! I just learned how to make and use it from The Almond Milk Cookbook by Alan Roettinger. Go nuts! The post How to Make Almond Milk and Use It in Delightful, Delicious Ways! appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 5 Reasons to Eat More Tamarind (+ Recipes!)

    Andrea Bertoli
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Tamarind is one of the newest ingredients in my pantry, but dang if it didn’t quickly become a favorite! it's tangy-yet-sweet & loaded with health benefits! The post 5 Reasons to Eat More Tamarind (+ Recipes!) appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Cookbook Adventures: Vegan Ethiopian Recipes for Exotic Eats

    Mary Gerush
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Looking for an exotic culinary adventure? Check out Teff Love — a new cookbook to help you bring new and interesting vegan Ethiopian recipes into your home The post Cookbook Adventures: Vegan Ethiopian Recipes for Exotic Eats appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • My No-Cook Apricot Hot Sauce Recipe

    Becky Striepe
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    This is a super quick and easy green hot sauce recipe. No roasting or boiling required! The post My No-Cook Apricot Hot Sauce Recipe appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
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    PlanetSave

  • Girl Scouts Meet With Pope Francis

    Robyn Purchia
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    Originally published on EdenKeeper.org On the day of the Epiphany in 1965, twenty-one Girl Guide associations established the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (ICCG). It was a time of radical change around the world — from the Vietnam War, to civil rights movements, to a growing environmental awareness — there was a sense that things were shifting. Girl Scouts Meet With Pope Francis was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just…
  • Costa Rica Yoga Eco-Resort Protects Endangered Sea Turtles

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Originally published on EdenKeeper.org     As endangered sea turtles are returning home to the gorgeous Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, a new initiative to support conservation efforts is in full bloom at the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat. Expanding its vision as an enlightened eco-resort, Blue Osa has recently joined in to protect and conserve Costa Rica Yoga Eco-Resort Protects Endangered Sea Turtles was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just…
  • Most Frequent Questions About Climate Change On Google

    Stephen Hanley
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    A new interactive website shows the most frequent questions people ask Google about climate change. The project is the result of a collaboration between Google News Lab and Pitch Interactive, a studio in San Francisco reports Smithsonian Magazine. The results are compiled from 20 cities around the world. On Earth reports: Users can see what each city wants to Most Frequent Questions About Climate Change On Google was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on…
  • James Cameron’s Open Source Sun Flower

    Stephen Hanley
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:57 pm
    James Cameron's 28 foot wide Sun Flower tracks the sun all day and can generate 265 kWh of electricity, more than enough to power a normal household. James Cameron’s Open Source Sun Flower was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • GMO Wheat Intended To Repel Aphids Fails Completely In Field-Scale Tests

    James Ayre
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    In another show of just how much genetically modified agricultural crops (GMO crops) consistently fail to live up to the hype placed on them, recent field-scale tests of a GMO wheat variety “designed” to repel aphids have shown the new GMO crop to be nearly completely ineffective. A total flop in other words — one GMO Wheat Intended To Repel Aphids Fails Completely In Field-Scale Tests was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or…
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • 16 Quick and Easy 4th of July Crafts

    Julie Finn
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Independence Day is this weekend! If you need some last-minute decorations or activities, we’ve got 16 easy 4th of July crafts for you and the kids. I don’t know about you, but the 4th of July isn’t one of those holidays that I do a lot of crafting or decorating for. I know that the day of, I’m mostly going to be spending my time getting drunk in my backyard and blowing stuff up, so why bother? We’re going to a party this year, however, because I have friends who don’t mind how weird I am, and because I’m from the South, I am willing to do a lot more…
  • 4th of July Craft for Kids: Popsicle Flags

    Crunchy Scott
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s lots to celebrate this week! So grab some Popsicle sticks and create a 4th of July craft for kids – and one for the history books. It’s a big week! Our country is celebrating the 4th of July and a landmark ruling on same sex marriage. So how do we celebrate? Popsicles! And what do we do with those Popsicle sticks? Craft them into awesome flags! Materials 8 Popsicle sticks per flag Craft paints: red, white, blue, silver, orange, yellow, green, purple Blue foamboard Scissors Glue Paint brushes American Flag Directions Paint three Popsicle sticks red and three white.
  • How to Make Candles with Poured Beeswax

    Julie Finn
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    There are lots of different ways that you can make a candle. Here’s how to make candles using poured beeswax that you dyed yourself! Wondering what I did with all that beeswax that I dyed in my last post? This is what! Poured candles are a really fun craft to make, because they’re easy to do, and yet there are tons of possibilities for using different molds or different dyes, different waxes or different sizes. In these photos, I’m using a store-bought silicon mold, but I could just as easily be using a novelty muffin tin, or a toilet paper tube, or a mold that I make…
  • How to Dye Wax with Crayons from Your Stash

    Julie Finn
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    You don’t need expensive wax dyes to turn your natural wax of choice a vibrant color. Here’s how to dye wax with crayons that you probably already have. Wax in its natural state–beeswax, soy wax, whatever wax you like–is lovely, but it isn’t all the colors of the rainbow, and sometimes? Sometimes, you just want all the colors of the rainbow. And that’s okay. You CAN buy wax dyes online, or at any big-box crafts store, but you also don’t have to. For instance, I want rainbow beeswax candles without having to buy, own, and therefore store seven bottles…
  • How to Organize Jewelry with a Vintage Drawer

    Bonnie Getchell
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Need some DIY storage ideas for your jewelry? Here’s how to organize jewelry with a common yard sale find. Now that you’ve made tons of DIY recycled jewelry, how do you keep it all organized? A few years ago, I shared a repurposed organizer from a desk drawer on our sister site. I put it on top of the wire shelves in my bathroom to keep small items and accessories from falling through the spaces. Over the years, I’ve adapted it to solely hold all of my jewelry, and I wanted to share it with you guys! How to Organize Jewelry with a Vintage Drawer What You Will Need: – a…
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    Greenfudge.org

  • Dare We Let Kiribati and Tuvalu Atolls Sink

    Richard Farrell
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Those of us of living in mainland societies with sufficient resources to maintain adequate sea walls, have the luxury of worrying less about ocean levels rising than the inhabitants of Kiribati and Tuvalu. Both Pacific Ocean atoll nations are under threat of inundation. Shannon Sims wrote a proposal titled Let ‘Em Sink. At first, the […] The post Dare We Let Kiribati and Tuvalu Atolls Sink appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Spratly Islands Under Threat

    Richard Farrell
    13 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Mainland China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines gather around the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea like hyenas and vultures hoping to tear their prey apart. Their motive is obvious. The combined land mass may be only 3.9 square kilometres / 1.5 square miles in an ocean 425,000 square kilometres / 164,000 square […] The post Spratly Islands Under Threat appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Urbanization boom causes serious health problems for rising population in Skopje

    Elena Nikolovska
    6 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The Macedonian capital has always been the center of historical events and a true reflection of Macedonian culture and tradition. However in recent years, the once charming city of Skopje have become one big dusty construction site swallowing old buildings and very old trees and now threatening people’s health and livelihood. 2014 was the year […] The post Urbanization boom causes serious health problems for rising population in Skopje appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • World Environment Day 2015: Be an active member

    Irini Chassiotou
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    Today the whole world celebrates the World Environment Day (WED) 2015. It is a United Nations Environment Program, which aims to raise awareness about environmental issues and call for action. The theme of this year’s event is sustainable lifestyles and Italy is the host country. World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June […] The post World Environment Day 2015: Be an active member appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Spiders Produce Innovative Bionic Materials

    Irini Chassiotou
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:03 am
    It is known that spider silk, the protein fiber, spun by spiders to make webs, is stronger than almost anything that humans can create. Material scientists at the University of Trento in Italy discovered a way to make spiders produce super tough webs, according to MIT Technology Review. The silk spiders use to produce their […] The post Spiders Produce Innovative Bionic Materials appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
 
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    The Green Blog Network

  • Seeing Green - New Book by Arch Institute Senior Advisor

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

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

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

    Paige Donner
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    ​            ​      "We both love nature and are proud to be a part of such a wonderful celebration of positive ideas." - Gabriel and Dresden "On this beautiful Earth Day 2015 let us take a grateful moment to be thankful to our beautiful mother earth, from which life is born and nurtured. Let us work harder and with more thought and compassion to take care of her and keep her safe and clean. Let us work to teach, inform, and kindly pass on ways in which we can conserve, preserve and care for the health of mother earth, which…
  • Race For Water Reaches The Bermudas

    Paige Donner
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    (posted from Press Release)To read in French go to Greening ParisThe "Race for Water Odyssey" reaches the Bermudas and continues its scientific analyses The Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) arrived today in Bermuda, the second witness island of the expedition. The crew will stay on the British Archipelago for 6 days in order to collect scientific data, enabling an initial global assessment of ocean pollution caused by plastic waste.After 7 days of turbulent navigation from the Azores due to the passing of a very lively weather front, the R4WO drew up, this Wednesday April 1st, in Hamilton.
 
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    Resilience

  • Living Co-operatively: Everyday Dissent

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:12 am
    Co-operatives (housing, energy, food and worker) act in opposition to the ruthlessness of capitalism, and provide security, opportunity and positivity to those involved with them.
  • I Live In A FarmUNtopia

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    If the new notion of local farming and food production is to endure, it must start with determined individuals willing to go through the hellfire of unpleasant physical work and low financial returns.
  • What Does Community Mean?

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
    Community is an important buzzword these days. People recognize that social structures are deteriorating and that people want more of a sense of connection with others.
  • Defra Reports Reveals Extent of Impacts on People Living near Fracking Wells

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:13 am
    People that live near fracking sites could be affected by health problems and financial hardships – and fracking might not even help climate change – a government report has revealed.
  • The Dream of the Machine

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    The fact that one narrowly defined aspect of the universe seems to behave like a machine, though, does not prove that the universe is a machine, any more than the fact that one machine happens to look like a purple dinosaur proves that all machines are purple dinosaurs.
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  • New Plug In Hybrid by GM Motors Shocks The Competition

    admin
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:24 am
    The scheduled release of General Motor’s new hybrid cars will soon make them stand out in hope to compete with other companies in the electric field of auto motives. General Motors has mapped out a comprehensive electrification strategy that includes a reinvented 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid, a 2016 Malibu hybrid, the retail launch of the Spark EV in Canada and other markets, and the Bolt EV. The Bolt, with a range of 321 kilometers, will be priced at $30,000, subsidies included. All will be sold in global markets through GM dealerships, covered by factory warranties and backed by service…
  • Study finds that most air pollution is caused by a small percentage of vehicles

    admin
    13 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Is the push for lowering emissions actually doing enough to protect our health and prevent premature deaths from breathing the harmful substances? Maybe not, because the vast majority of these automotive pollutants come from a very small number of vehicles, found a study by researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada. To examine the emissions of 100,000 vehicles, the researchers used a technique that was capable of taking immediate readings. They set the equipment up on College Street in Toronto and monitored the results. The analysis found that just 25 percent of the cars tested…
  • Diagnose Your Car’s Strange Sounds

    admin
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    Is your car ticking, squealing, or knocking? Each sound means a different problem with your car. Read the following sounds to find the problem and solution required for each noise your car makes.   You hear a high-pitched squeal that stops when you shut off your engine: Readjust or replace the belt. These belts should have about half an inch of play and shouldn’t be frayed, cracked, or glazed on the underside.   You hear a continuous high-pitched sound that may continue after the engines shut off: Check the radiator pressure cap. The rubber gasket may be worn.   Something…
  • Automotive Technology: Racing Towards a Safer Future

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    There are 4 million car crashes in North America each year. Hopefully self-driving cars will one day lower that statistic. Self-driving cars could generate billions of dollars a year in revenue from mobile Internet services and products, even if occupants spend only a fraction of their free time on the web, according to a new study by McKinsey & Company. The study, released Thursday, also projects that widespread adoption of self-driving cars could lead to a 90 percent reduction in U.S. vehicle crashes, with a potential savings of nearly $200 billion a year from significantly fewer…
  • Study Finds Some Electric Vehicles Greener Than Others

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    It turns out not all electric vehicle owners are being equally environmentally friendly, some electric vehicles are greener than others, according to a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study. The study is important for those looking to buy a new car as they consider a number of different electric vehicle like the Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Spark EV, Ford Focus Electric, Kia Soul EV, and BMW i8. Click here to read the full study, titled “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts of Conventional and Alternative Light-Duty Transportation in the United States.” The study found…
 
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    The Green Samaritan

  • Get Ready for Summer School! Tips to Keep Practicing the 3 Rs

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

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

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

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

    Jeanne
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    With Earth Day 2015 approaching on Wednesday, April 22, here are a few ideas to help you appreciate, celebrate and honor this day…any day. 10.  Spend a few minutes outside to decompress by... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
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    Our Daily Green

  • Waste to Riches: how recycled filament can transform the 3D printing industry

    25 Jun 2015 | 4:05 am
    Let’s face it: plastic isn’t great for our environment. There are giant landfills of plastic in countries around the world, a small island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean, and plastic bags that carry our purchases from most stores. That’s a lot of waste, but it’s also a tremendous opportunity. Imagine if we could harness our plastic bottles, bags, and packaging to create brand new items
  • Week #3 Community Supported Agriculture: featuring lots and lots and lots of lettuce

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This is the season when lettuce is exploding from local gardens. With week three's CSA, I had almost three full pounds of lettuce. As much as I am slightly embarrassed to admit, I have gotten spoiled by the washed and prepped grocery store lettuce. "It's so convenient!" I tell myself. Until I taste lettuce that was just picked that day. Taste trumps convenience but I've found a wonderful way to
  • Cleaning carpets with eco-friendly methods

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    After a winter of slush and snow, homeowners prepare for Spring cleaning, especially by calling Green Choice Carpet of Brooklyn. Even a mild exposure to the usual industrial carpet cleaners can cause eye irritation and skin sensitivities for family and pets. photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons But today, many carpet cleaning companies are using eco-friendly methods to ensure safe and clean
  • Week #2 Community Supported Agriculture: featuring strawberries

    15 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Even though we're only on our second week of our Community Supported Agriculture, we've already learned a few things. Over the years, we've forgotten what it's like to eat seasonally. The artificial ripening and shipping of crops from around the globe has dulled our taste buds to the flavors of what is locally ripe and available. We forget how awful the firm but lacking-in-flavor red berries that
  • Save on a pre-owned iPhone 6 at Gazelle

    13 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    In 2009, Our Daily Green first wrote about a great electronics recycling opportunity through this little company known as Gazelle. We were impressed by their green-minded consumer-friendly solution to constantly upgraded electronics.  Since then, the small start up company has become a nationally known brand and continues to offer consumers a way to recycle, and therefore reduce their electronics
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  • The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […]The post The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse? appeared first on Blog.
  • Dig In: June Roundup

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases. Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books Whether you want to make the […]The post Dig In: June Roundup appeared first on Blog.
  • Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    With summer in full swing, many are making good use of their outdoor grills. Tender grass fed steaks or free range chicken are often the go-to options, but the possibilities for a grilled meal are endless. At the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, a summer favorite is Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint sauce and […]The post Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre appeared first on Blog.
  • The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    What agrarian future can we realistically build together? This is a question the Greenhorns hope to answer in their latest book, The New Farmers’ Almanac 2015. Greenhorns is an organization for young farmers—a non-traditional grassroots network with the mission to promote, recruit and support the entering generation of new farmers. It exists to celebrate young […]The post The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners appeared first on Blog.
  • Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Where our food comes from and how it is grown matters. Having control over our food supply is key to a more resilient and sustainable future. A major part of Chelsea Green’s mission is to inspire you with ideas and practical tips. So whether you want to make the world’s best cheese; find a new […]The post Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books appeared first on Blog.
 
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  • Punish Man Who Jumped on Moose’s Back

    Hang Lisa Huynh
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    Target: British Columbia Chief Conservation Officer, Doug Forsdick Goal: Punish man who pulled a stunt by jumping on a moose’s back as it tried to cross a body of water. A boater and his friends were shown jumping onto the back of a moose in footage put onto the Internet. The man rode the moose for only a few seconds but that was enough to alert authorities who are now putting the video under investigation. The video has been viewed over 300,000 times and the number of views continues to grow. The one-minute video shows a man and his friends on a boat who were watching a moose as it was…
  • Ban Harmful Plastic Microbeads in Bath Products

    Olivia Nestro
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy Goal: Ban products with harmful plastic microbeads in the state of Connecticut. Plastic microbeads are pouring into our marine ecosystems at an incredible rate, harming both fish and eventually humans. When using products with plastic microbreads in them like face washes and body scrubs, we do not think about where these beads go and what effect they will have on the environment once they wash down the drain. Researches have estimated that a single product can contain as many as 350,000 plastic microbeads. Unfortunately, these beads end up in…
  • Stop Whole Foods from Overcharging Customers

    Mari Motsenbocker
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: New York City Director of Consumer Affairs Julie Menin Goal: Implement preventative measures to stop Whole Foods from overcharging its customers. Numerous allegations of overcharging customers for prepackaged food products were brought against the Whole Foods supermarket chain in New York City. These incidents are preposterous and should not have occurred in the first place. The supermarket chain must change the way they oversee their pricing in stores and the affected customers deserve justice for these wrongdoings. The recent incident in New York City is not the first time that…
  • Demand Maximum Sentence for Alleged Dog Abuser

    Hang Lisa Huynh
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: South Bend, Indiana Judge John M. Marnocha Goal: Demand alleged dog abuser be punished to the full extent of the law if found guilty. A woman from South Bend, Indiana who allegedly abused her dogs appeared in court for the first time recently on four animal cruelty charges. Keontah White is now facing four misdemeanor counts of animal abuse after authorities say she abandoned her two dog and threw one in the garbage. Neighbors caught White on their surveillance video displaying what appeared to be her taking out her two dogs to the alley near her house. Disturbed by what they saw,…
  • Praise Alabama Governor for Removing Confederate Flag

    Olivia Nestro
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Governor of Alabama Robert Bentley Goal: Praise the governor for removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol. In wake of the Charleston, South Carolina shooting that killed nine black people inside a church, many activists are calling for officials to remove the Confederate flag from their state capitol buildings. Recently, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley did just that. When asked if it was due to the growing controversy surrounding the flag following the shooting, Bentley said that “This is the right thing to do.” The Confederate flag promotes harmful…
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Tips to Shrink Your Business’ Carbon Footprint

    greenwise
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Companies that go green are also more productive, according to researchers from UCLA and the University of Paris-Dauphine. In addition to increased productivity, reducing your carbon footprint can help reduce your costs and overall expenses. According to the EPA, companies worldwide have saved millions simply by upgrading their air conditioning chiller installations. Going green doesn’t […]
  • Green Building Principles That Will Make Your Home More Sustainable

    greenwise
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:58 am
    Creating a sustainable home, either by building it from scratch or by renovating your existing one, makes not only for a great investment into your future quality of living, but it also impacts our environment in a plethora of beneficial ways. Sustainability translates into responsibility, both personal and professional – we learn to synergize with […]
  • 4 Eco-Friendly & Stylish Home Improvement Options

    greenwise
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Green building and eco-friendly don’t have to be intimidating words. Although many environmentally sustainable products have a reputation for being expensive or too difficult to acquire, goods that are kind to the environment are quickly becoming more mainstream and affordable. You no longer have to sacrifice style and comfort now that many manufacturers have become […]
  • The Safe and Easy Way to Go Paperless

    greenwise
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Americans use 85 million tons of paper a year on average (about 680 pounds per person), and in 2013 alone an estimated 19.9 million tons of paper ended up in landfills. With so much wasted paper each year, the choice to lead a paperless lifestyle is a great way to promote green living. It may […]
  • Energy-Efficient Products With Real Impact

    greenwise
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Energy-efficiency is a hot topic and with all the clamoring voices out there, it can be hard to discern the wisest investment for an energy-efficient home. By using the suggestions below, you’ll use less and save more than ever before. Windows Imagine coming home in the middle of a bone-chilling winter to an open window. […]
 
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Policymakers Toolkit

    Ramon Arratia
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has recently released this report – ‘Delivering the Circular Economy’, an actionable toolkit for policymakers wishing to make a transition to the circular economy. Business leaders and governments alike are acknowledging that continued long-term value creation requires a new economic model that is less dependent on cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and that is able to restore and regenerate natural capital. In its research to date, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has demonstrated that the circular economy is a clear value creation…
  • Live Chat – ‘How do we overcome the biggest barriers to being a sustainable business?’

    Ramon Arratia
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    Tomorrow (1st July) between 1 – 2.30pm BST, join me and other 2015 Guardian Sustainable Business Award winners plus the host of the event, The Crystal. Title of the #livechat - ‘How do we overcome the biggest barriers to being a sustainable business?’ To get involved simply tweet #AskGSB or go to this page and ask your question via the simple form Questions we’ll tackle include: * What are the biggest barriers businesses face on the road to becoming sustainable? * What are some transferable strategies for overcoming these? * How can sustainable businesses support each…
  • ‘Brand of the year’ at MUUUZ International Awards 2015

    Ramon Arratia
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Approximately 22.000 professionals (architects, interior designers etc.) were consulted for the MUUUZ International Awards 2015. We are very proud to announce that Interface has been elected “Brand of the year” thanks to Microsfera, our collection with the smallest carbon footprint ever. Click this link to find out more about the MUUUZ – News Architecture, Design, Tendances, Inspiration awards. The carbon footprint is the single most significant impact of a carpet tile. That’s why we call it ‘the magic metric’. Over time various developments in the carpet industry…
  • STEP UP CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT AND BUILD GREEN ECOMONY

    Ramon Arratia
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:51 pm
    TOP BRITISH FIRMS TO PM: STEP UP CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT AND BUILD GREEN ECOMONY 80 UK businesses including Willmott Dixon, Cisco, E.on, John Lewis, SSE, and BT have called on the new government to take decisive action to combat climate change and build a low-carbon economy. An open letter from the firms to Prime Minister David Cameron and published in today’s Financial Times calls on the new administration to: * Seek a strong global climate deal in Paris in December which limits temperature rises to below 2°C. * Set an ambitious 5th carbon budget to drive forward UK emissions reductions…
  • The 2015 Sustainability Leaders Survey – Interface makes top 3!

    Ramon Arratia
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:25 am
    The GlobeScan / SustainAbility Surveys offer a unique, collaborative platform that uses research-driven insights, including targeted surveys of the most influential thought leaders in the sustainability arena from over eighty countries, to explore the biggest sustainability challenges. You can download the latest report here. The thousands of stakeholders surveyed include leading sustainable development experts and practitioners from five sectors: • Corporate • Government (including multi-lateral institutions) • NGOs • Institutional (e.g., academics) • Service (e.g., consultants,…
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  • Most data centers are energy hogs

    Pedro Hernandez
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Bad news. While tech giants boast super-low power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratings, most corporate data centers aren’t following suit. A recent eWEEK article by Scot Petersen, a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investment, noted that while Google and Facebook are edging ever closer to a coveted 1.0 PUE score — the closer to 1.0 the better – most business IT operations fall short. By contrast, IDC’s report shows that more than two-thirds of the enterprises it surveyed logged a PUE of more than 2.0, and 10 percent were over 3.0 or didn’t know. The data showed that…
  • Used Chevy Volt batteries help provide power for GM data center

    Pedro Hernandez
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:51 pm
    General Motors (GM) is recycling used Chevy Volt batteries and putting them to good use by providing renewables-sourced power for the company’s new data center at its Milford Proving Ground. GM’s June 16 press release explains: Because the Volt typically draws its power from a band of energy in the battery pack, there is a lot of leftover juice for stationary use. A new solar array and two wind turbines feed the administration building’s circuit breaker panel, where the five Volt batteries work in parallel to supply power to the building, delivering net-zero energy use on an…
  • Amazon looks to the solar to power its cloud

    Pedro Hernandez
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Some neat news from my colleague Jeffrey Burt over at eWEEK today... Amazon is working with Community Energy to build an 80-megawatt solar farm in Virginia to help power its Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in Virginia. Jeffrey writes: The solar farm—which will be built in Accomack County, Va., and will power up as early as October 2016—will generate about 170,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of solar power every year, which is about the amount of energy used to power 15,000 homes in the United States, according to Amazon Web Services (AWS) officials.The energy generated by Amazon Solar…
  • Google embraces wind power for headquarter’s energy needs

    Pedro Hernandez
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Apple isn’t the only tech giant making waves on the renewal energy front. Google is making a big commitment to wind power, enough to provide its Mountain View, Calif.-based headquarters with enough electricity for their operations. My colleague, Jaikumar Vijayan, over at eWEEK reports: As part of the agreement, NextEra will install new turbines at its wind farm in California’s Altamont Pass that will generate an estimated 43 megawatts of electricity starting 2016. NextEra will flow the energy through the section of the California power grid that supplies electricity to…
  • Happy Holidays! Now, recycle your old gadgets…

    Pedro Hernandez
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    If you’ve been nice, you probably got some neat new gadgets and gear upgrades. Congrats! Now it’s time to responsibly recycle your old, unwanted gadgets. They may have overstayed their welcome with you, but chances are good that someone, somewhere can use it for years to come. Gizmodo, in an update to its holiday recycling guide has some great pointers on getting rid of your old PCs, smartphones and other devices, and perhaps getting some extra holiday cash out of the process. If you decide to recoup some cash and sell the gadgets, the most direct way is to sell them yourself on…
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • A Hundred Thousand Earth Rangers!

    Earth Rangers
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    As an Earth Ranger member, you are part of an awesome team of kids taking action to protect the environment. We’re excited to announce that there are now over 100,000 Earth Rangers members just like you! Check out this video to join the Earth Rangers Animal Ambassadors in their 100,000 member party.
  • Dix Animaux Grands et Terrifiants

    Earth Rangers
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:07 am
    Ne laissez pas l’apparence de ces animaux vous effrayer, la plupart ne sont pas dangereux pour nous du tout.  Cependant il est amusant de connaitre d’avantages ces animaux. Click here to read this article in English 1) Araignée de mer japonaise: le plus grand arthropode connu, les adultes peuvent atteindre 4 mètres de longueur. 2) Géant Marine Isopode: ces grands crustacés carnivores mesure de 19 et 36 cm. 3) Renard Noir: plus grande chauve-souris de l’Australie, leur envergure est plus d’un mètre. Photo: James Niland 4) Poisson tigre goliath: ils ont 32 dents acérées et…
  • Top Ten Coolest Animal Dads

    Earth Rangers
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    It’s Father’s Day this Sunday! To help you and the family celebrate, here’s a countdown of some of the coolest dads in the animal kingdom. Leave a comment to share what’s awesome about your dad. 1) Chinstrap penguin Male and female chinstrap penguins take turns incubating the eggs and helping to feed the chicks. 2)Grey wolf Males and females form lifelong bonds, they raise their pups together as a family. 3) Gorilla Males lead the group, providing protection for the young and sometimes taking charge of parenting. 4) Jacanca Photo credit: Matt Francey Jacancas are single dads! They…
  • Nettoyage Communautaire d’Asia. Une rue à la fois

    Earth Rangers
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Rencontrez Asia, âgée de quatre ans. Elle est jeune mais elle est extrêmement dévouée à garder sa communauté propre et a inspirer les autres à faire pareil. Asia et sa mère ramassent les ordures dans leur quartier à chaque année. Cette année, elles ont créé une courte vidéo où elles ont partagés avec leurs familles et amis un message demandant de l’aide avec leur nettoyage annuel. À leur grande surprise des gens de l’Ontario, l’Alberta, la Colombie-Britannique et le Yukon ont répondu en disant qu’ils vont nettoyer les rues dans leurs communautés et…
  • Your Next Mission: Shoreline Saver

    Earth Rangers
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach? You can swim in the water, build sand castles or just relax. But do you know what can turn a fun getaway into a bad time? Litter! There’s nothing fun about swimming with water bottles, finding candy wrappers in the sand or seeing a chip bag blow by as you’re trying to take a nap. You can leave the beach, but the animals living on these shores can’t just walk or swim away. For them, garbage isn’t just ruining a trip to the beach, it’s ruining their homes. Become a Shoreline Saver and give animals the clean home they deserve.   What…
 
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    High Gear Media Network Feed

  • Toyota, Nissan, Honda To Spend $48 Million On Hydrogen Infrastructure: Will It Sell Fuel Cells?

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Back in February, we reported that Honda, Nissan, and Toyota had joined forces to create a hydrogen fueling infrastructure in Japan. At the time, we had no details about what the three might do or how much they might spend on such endeavors. Now we know. In a joint press release, the automakers say that: "In addition to partially covering the...
  • Yikes: July 4 Weekend To Be The Deadliest In Years

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    Millions of Americans are planning road trips for the upcoming holiday weekend. If history is any guide, though, hundreds of those travelers won't return home alive -- and the situation could be especially tragic this year. The National Safety Council projects that the U.S. will see more traffic fatalities this holiday weekend than at any time in...
  • Mercedes-AMG GT, Chevy Bolt, Jaguar F-Pace: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Review The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is a bold, unlikely move aimed squarely at the Porsche 911. And it's a move AMG has completely succeeded with, at least in terms of design and performance. Want A Chevrolet Bolt? You May Be Able To Get One Sooner Than You Thought When the Chevrolet Bolt was unveiled...
  • 2015 Nissan Murano, Rogue Recalled To Fix Brakes, Labelling

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Nissan has issued two unrelated recalls for 2015 models of the Nissan Murano and Nissan Rogue. While the former suffers from a problem with its anti-lock braking system, labels on the latter could cause problems with the vehicle's tires. ALSO SEE: Porsche Cayenne Vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: Compare Cars RECALL #1: 2015 Nissan Murano UNITS...
  • Want A Chevrolet Bolt? You May Be Able To Get One Sooner Than You Thought

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    When the Chevrolet Bolt was unveiled earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, General Motors said that the long-range, all-electric hatchback would roll into showrooms during the 2017 calendar year. According to Auto News, though, Christmas may come earlier than expected for electric car fans. That's because GM engineers have revealed that...
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  • HyperSolar Nears Voltage Needed For Solar Hydrogen Production

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    What's so magical about 1.5 volts, you may ask? It turns out that it's the practical voltage required to produce hydrogen gas from water using artificial photosynthesis, powered only by solar energy, at commercial scale. At least, that's the claim of a startup company called Hypersolar, which two days ago said it had reached a new milestone of 1.4...
  • UPDATE: Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Jun: Leaf, Volt Wane After May Surge

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    New cars and trucks are selling at a blistering pace in the U.S. right now, adding to a seventh consecutive year of volume growth for the industry. But with half the year gone, sales of plug-in electric cars are in something of a holding pattern despite a surge last month, pending the launch of two key products. Those are the 2016 Chevy Volt...
  • Electric Car Sales, 2016 Toyota Mirai Range, Biofuel Airliners: Today's Car News

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today, we have plug-in electric car sales figures for June, confirmation that the 2016 Toyota Mirai will have over 300 miles of range, and United Airlines' plan to use biofuel on certain U.S. flights. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Neste Oil's renewable-diesel car completes its cross-country journey, averaging 67 mpg. Electric cars take...
  • United Airlines To Start Using Biofuel On Passenger Flights

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    Commercial airline passengers in the U.S. have a lot to think about. Reaching the end of the jetway often triggers thoughts about the flight's on-time record, the crapshoot that is the process of getting a seat assignment, and then safety. But how often does anyone spare a thought for the fuel that's powering the plane? DON'T MISS: Southwest...
  • 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Sedan: 312 Miles Of Range, 67 MPGe

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car will achieve just over 300 miles of range when it goes on sale in the U.S. later this year. EPA efficiency and range estimates were released yesterday, well in advance of the Mirai's anticipated arrival in California showrooms this fall. The agency says the Mirai will be able to travel 312 miles on a...
 
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    The Greenwashing Blog

  • Asian Cosmetic Sales Boom, But Greenwashing an Issue

    Matthew Speer
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    As purchasing power rises in Asia, the sale of cosmetics has continued to increase. However, the growth has come with a backlash, as some are claiming that Asian cosmetics are engaging in “greenwashing” of their products. According to industry watchdog group Organic Monitor, many Western brands that specialize in natural and organic cosmetics have withdrawn from the market in China, complaining about animal testing methods they claim are used in China. But in other markets in Asia, the natural cosmetics business is booming. Overall, the natural cosmetics market in Asia is growing by 15…
  • Matthew McConaughey Doesn’t Want You to Hug Trees, Just Drive a Lincoln

    Thomas Schueneman
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    I can’t tell if a recent Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ad was really meant to be taken seriously (or just seriously sell cars). It seemed like a Saturday Night Live spoof at first. I had to check to make sure it wasn’t actually Saturday night as I watched. It’s not about huggin’ trees Matthew McConaughey stares off into the distance and philosophizes how life is all about balance – finding that “sweet spot.” With a grove of trees in the background, McConaughey, looking all mysterious and wise, intones “It isn’t about huggin’…
  • Pepsi True: Truly a Healthy Choice or Marketing Greenwashing?

    Matthew Speer
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    PepsiCola’s recent attempts at releasing products to attract environmentally aware consumers is being singled out by some as one of corporate America’s most blatant – and ineffective – attempts at greenwashing the public. Pepsi recently followed in the steps of Coca-Cola in introducing a “mid-calorie” soda. Pepsi True comes in a green can (to help promote it as being a healthy alternative) and has 60 calories, 30 percent less than a regular Pepsi. It is currently available only on Amazon.com but is expected to be available through traditional retailers by early 2015. Coca-Cola…
  • Environmentalists Continue to Call for Tighter Controls on Fracking

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

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

  • Eco News Roundup: Green Energy Tips; Tiny Houses; Green Space; Eco Apps

    Thomas Schueneman
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Eco News Roundup for June 26: Resources from around the world to help live a more eco-friendly lifestyle This week features tips for adopting green energy in your home. How about the new trend toward “tiny houses” and living off-grid? Learn how physical and mental health improves with access to green spaces. Finally, we look at 13 apps you can use to help you lower your carbon footprint. Enjoy and please leave any suggestion for next week’s roundup in the comments section. Enjoy! Tips for Green Energy Over the past few years, many residential energy consumers from all over…
  • Eco News Roundup: Extroverts and Green; Eating Smart; Floor Tiles Produce Energy; Green Lit; Open Space and Brain Development

    Thomas Schueneman
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Extroverts Are Found Least Likely To Be ‘Living Green,’ New Study Says Extroverts were found to be the least likely group to adopt a green lifestyle in a new study. Extroverts are the least likely to adopt a green lifestyle, according to new research from the University of Portsmouth Business School.The study examined people over the age of 50 to try and see if personality type affects how green a person actually is. The results concluded that those who had “open” personalities were the most green and extroverts were the least. The study’s findings, published in the journal…
  • Pope Francis: Encyclical Calls for “All People of Good Will” to Care for Our Common Home

    Thomas Schueneman
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    A version of this post first appeared on GlobalWarmingisReal.com At a time when the influence of institutional religion is waning in many part of the world, Pope Francis remains one of the most trusted and popular people on Earth. Leader of an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics across the world, Francis has put the weight of his authority squarely behind a global call to action to stop what he calls “the ecological crisis” we all now face. Typically, a Papal Encyclical issued by the Pope is a top-level teaching document addressed to Catholics. In recent decades encyclicals have…
  • World Environment Day: Considering Our Relationship with Nature

    Thomas Schueneman
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The following post originally appeared on our sister website GlobalWarmingisReal.com Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care – Today is World Environment Day, or WED. Every June 5th WED serves as a platform for the United Nations Environmental Programme to focus world attention on humanity’s relationship with our environment. Every day, as sunrise moves across the Earth, 7 billion people awake to face another day. For many of those 7 billion, just finding enough clean water and food for their families is the task of the day, every day, day in and day out. For them,…
  • Wangari Maathai: A Seed of Hope that Grew

    Guest Contributor
    8 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    Special feature by Rosie MacLeod ‘The environment is the water we drink, the air we breathe. We cannot live without it.’ – Wangari Maathai. [1]   When questioned about the documentation of history and knowledge, Margaret Atwood famously described the past as ‘largely made of paper’[2] and the librarians and archivists as its ‘guardians’.[3] However, if you went to rural Kenya, you would see that the past, present and future is composed of and dependent on trees. Its guardian, responsible for planting 51 million of these, is Wangari Maathai (1940-2011). She described her…
 
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    GoGreenNation.org

  • Big Ag hides behind front groups

    Christine
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:54 am
    From Friends of the Earth: Our new report, “Spinning food,” investigates how Big Food and agrochemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public — and reporters — on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production. Taking their cues from the tobacco industry, these companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the past few years on stealth PR tactics, deploying over a dozen front groups to push coordinated messages attacking organic food production, defending pesticides and the routine use of antibiotics and promoting…
  • Recycling stumbles on changes in waste

    Christine
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    As consumers buy different products and packaging changes, the waste being recycled isn’t what it used to be. The Washington Post story is here: Once a profitable business for cities and private employers alike, recycling in recent years has become a money-sucking enterprise. The District, Baltimore and many counties in between are contributing millions annually to prop up one of the nation’s busiest facilities here in Elkridge, Md. — but it is still losing money. In fact, almost every facility like it in the country is running in the red. And Waste Management and other recyclers…
  • Amy’s Kitchen Is Opening An All Vegetarian Drive-Thru

    Mike Confino
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    America is getting another all-vegetarian drive-thru next month. Amy’s Kitchen, a company known for its vegetarian convenience food and frozen meals, will open its first restaurant in Rohnert Park, California, a city north of San Francisco. Quick service and cheap prices won’t mean fat-laden mystery meat when Amy’s Drive Thru opens in July. The restaurant will offer meat-free burgers, burritos, macaroni and cheese, pizza, salad, and chili, as well as milkshakes and vegan non-dairy shakes. Each menu item can be ordered vegan or gluten-free, the company says, and every…
  • Fighting about water in California

    Christine
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    In a recent Los Angeles Times‘ op-ed, California agriculture secretary Karen Ross took a bold stand on the No. 1 threat menacing her state’s beleaguered farmers: bad PR. I’m being facetious. Water scarcity, obviously, is the specter haunting California agriculture. But Ross didn’t go there. Instead, she defended her state’s farms against charges by media pundits of irrigation profligacy, asserting that the farms are “worth” the 80 percent of the state’s managed water that they require. Tom Philpott explains in Mother Jones: And here’s…
  • France makes food waste illegal

    Christine
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    According to a report by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill” huge amounts of energy resources, land, and fresh water are consumed in the United States in producing vegetables and other foods that end up uneaten and a rotting in landfills. Estimates are that the amount of food thrown away is equivalent to $165 billion. That expenditure of fossil fuels on creating and moving food that will eventually be wasted, the release of methane into the air, and the increasing concentration of carbon in…
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    Everblue blogs

  • New Florida Building Code Takes Effect June 30

    Lesley@Everblue
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    The International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission announced significant changes to the Florida Building Building Codes that will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated Florida Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30, 2015 or later.read more
  • Cities Requiring or Supporting LEED (2015 ed.)

    Lesley@Everblue
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    We first wrote about the local ordinances requiring LEED in 2009. Given the ever-changing landscape of the green building industry, it seemed appropriate to provide an update. We've scoured the Internet trying to find all the U.S. geographies that require and/or support LEED Certification - if you know of any additional locations that fit this criteria, please let us know!! Drop us a note on Twitter at @everblue_edu.read more
  • How to Choose a QCI Training Center

    Lesley@Everblue
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Quality Control Inspector is a new home performance designation developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Building Performance Institute (BPI). A Quality Control Inspector specializes in interpreting audit results, analyzing retrofit solutions, and verifying compliance with standards.read more
  • Being EnergySmart in Boulder County

    Lesley@Everblue
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    For the last 5-10 years, utilities and municipalities have been working together to encourage energy efficiency in their communities. These programs often apply to homes and businesses and provide financial incentives to those eligible for upgrades and improvements. The program we’ll discuss today is the EnergySmart program in Boulder County, CO.read more
  • Cheat Sheet for Getting Started With LEED

    Lesley@Everblue
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Sustainability is fast becoming the norm. Once a quality coveted solely by tree-hugging environmentalists, sustainability has now transcended this cliché and illustrated its impact across all industries and professionals. One of the most widespread representations of sustainability is LEED.read more
 
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    Green Prophet

  • Dispatch from inside Masdar

    Green Prophet Guest
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    As an intern at Masdar Institute, I’ve witnessed firsthand how real and possible a drastically improved world is. Masdar serves as a real-life experiment of how our sustainable future might look...
  • UN: Innovation needed to feed people of the future

    Green Prophet
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade, but nonetheless,...
  • Khalifa hydroponic farm’s paying off

    Brian Nitz
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    As spring turns into summer, the Khalifa fund’s investment in Abu Dhabi hydroponic agriculture is beginning to pay off. The Khalifa fund for enterprise development was Launched in 2007 to help...
  • Is Dubai’s Atlantis slip-sliding away from any green goals?

    Green Prophet
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    While its green status is questionable, the stunning Atlantis, The Palm Hotel and Resort located in Dubai is one of the UAE’s most popular attractions and one of the most alluring travel destinations...
  • Jupiter and Venus meet in Middle Eastern skies

    Brian Nitz
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    A celestial tryst between the CEO of Roman gods and the Roman goddess of love and beauty? This seems hardly a match made in heaven. You might even say this relationship is star-crossed. But watch the...
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    A Tampa Green Living Mom Blog - Cloth Diapers - DIY - Disney - Travel - Family

  • Take a Staycation in Downtown Tampa

    Calley Pate
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you live in the Tampa Bay area, have you ever truly explored the downtown area?  We live in Palm Harbor and only come downtown for sporting events and shows.  When Embassy Suites Downtown Tampa invited us to spend a few nights with them I was really excited to check out parts of town that we usually just drive past on the way to an event.  It was really nice not having to worry about transportation and travel expenses to go on vacastaycation.  We spent 3 days and 2 nights downtown and we could have easily spent an entire week to see everything. The Embassy Suites is located adjacent to…
  • Baked Spaghetti Bowls #ClassicoMakeItYourOwn

    Calley Pate
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:27 pm
    This post contains affiliate links. Are you bored with your “go-to” spaghetti night?  Our family relies on spaghetti a few times a month and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s rather boring most nights.  Tonight I reDEFINED our dinner to make it fun with CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce and a few simple ingredients. You’ll need spaghetti noodles, ground beef, onion,CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce, taco bowls, and shredded cheese. Brown your beef with some chopped onion while you are boiling your pasta noodles.  This only takes about 5-10 minutes depending on how many…
  • 6 Reasons Why Tweens With Braces are Just Like Toddlers!

    Calley Pate
    31 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Tweens!  Now that my oldest is twelve we’re entering stages of parenting that I’ve never experienced before.  Tweens are already a mess with all that puberty stuff and just as much fun as our own emotional pregnant and PMSing selves.  I have a feeling that parenting through this stuff is going to be a lot like parenting a toddler.  This week we added braces to our lives (his teeth, not mine) and it’s been….hilarious!! Here’s a video I took of him of the first day after getting braces….oh how quickly the joy and excitement wore off!   1. Do teething…
  • 8 Fun Things to Do at MommyCon Orlando

    Calley Pate
    19 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    MommyCon is coming to Orlando on Saturday, May 23rd and I’ve been looking forward to this day for the entire year.  You can view the entire agenda and schedule of events on the MommyCon Orlando website.  If you’ve never been to a MommyCon before, be sure you wear comfy shoes because there is a lot to do and even more to see. Use coupon code ECOCHIC15 and save $5 off your General Admission Ticket! (Affiliate link) 1. Attend a few seminars.  I’m planning on listening to the Cloth Diapering 101 seminar with Cotton Babies, Comedy Hour with the Honest Toddler’s Bunmi…
  • The Truth About Spray Sunscreens

    Calley Pate
    18 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    This post is sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen. For years we’ve heard warnings that spray sunscreens should be avoided.  I have to say that as a busy mom in Florida, spray sunscreens can be very appealing.  Our kids move quick and don’t sit still very long for us to apply lotion sunscreen.  I’ve religiously been using lotion sunscreens for the last few years and trying to explain to my friends why I don’t want them used on my children. Did you know that most spray sunscreens are flammable?  Check the ingredients list and you’ll most likely find…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • How Affordable Housing and TOD Are Coming Together in Brazil

    Luísa Zottis
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    The Minha Casa Minha Vida housing program in Brazil works to develop affordable housing for low-income populations consistent with TOD principles. Photo by GOVBA. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking more sustainable development in…
  • Compact, Connected, and Coordinated: A Vision for India’s Smart Cities

    Madhav Pai
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    In order to ensure sustainable urban development, India’s leaders must prioritizes cities that are compact, connected, and coordinated. Photo by Mattheui Aubry/Flickr. Last Thursday could be a turning point in the history of India’s urbanization: the Modi government has unveiled its ambitious Smart City project, which aims to build 100 smart cities across the country. Additionally, the AMRUT program will aim to “rejuvenate and transform” 500 existing cities. The government’s focus on creating better cities is a welcome development, at a time when the urban population of India…
  • To Subsidize or Not to Subsidize Public Transport: That Is the Question

    Dario Hidalgo
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    The TransMilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Bogotá, Colombia (pictured above) is one of the leading examples of sustainable transport worldwide. The city is currently considering subsidizing student fares. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil. Subsidizing users’ fares for public transport may sound like a great idea, and often there are good economic reasons for doing so. In all industrialized and many developing countries, urban transport systems are subsidized with public funds in order to continue operating. It sounds even better if subsidies target certain populations, such as…
  • Friday Fun: A Wave of New Smartphone Apps Makes Cycling Undeniably Easy

    Erin Staver
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
    Mobile apps for cyclists can have a range of uses–from allowing users to locate bike share stations to providing information in case of injury. Photo by davebloggs007/Flickr. With the growing number of smart phone users and urban cyclists, the rise of mobile apps for bikers should come as no surprise. These innovations can be used in myriad ways—from navigating maps to submitting pictures of local potholes in need of repair. Along with bike lanes and other forms of road infrastructure, user-friendly mobile apps are not only encouraging more people to pick up a bike, but are also…
  • Reimagining Mumbai

    Rejeet Mathews
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    It is time for Mumbai to embrace strategic spatial planning and local area plans as a sustainable path forward. Photo by Tarun R/Flickr. This article originally appeared on WRI-India.org How can Mumbai become a Smart City that the nation is proud of? The recently published Draft Development Plan (DP) for Mumbai was so poorly received by various stakeholders that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis scrapped it on the 21st of April, 2015. It has to be reworked in just four months – an opportunity to bring in much needed change in the planning discourse. Since the DP followed a traditional…
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    EarthTechling

  • Leading US Solar Power City in 2014 May Shock You

    Pete Danko
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    It wasn’t Honolulu, or Los Angeles, or Austin, or Phoenix or San Jose. No, the U.S. city that installed more solar power than any other in 2014 was …Part of the 9-megawatt solar array at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Photo provided by Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Indianapolis?Yep. Indianapolis added a whopping 51 megawatts of solar capacity in 2014. San Diego was next with 42 MW added, followed by Los Angeles (38 MW) and Denver (33 MW). The data comes from the 2015 and 2014 Shining Cities reports from Environment America.Cumulatively, LA has more solar than any U.S. city, with 170 MW…
  • Free Solar Power in California: Thanks, Cap-and-Trade!

    Pete Danko
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    California’s cap-and-trade program brings in money when carbon allowances are auctioned.  A lot of money – about $1.49 billion in the current fiscal year alone, the state said last week. The law requires that “the state invest at least 10 percent of the auction proceeds within the most disadvantaged communities and at least 25 percent of the proceeds be invested to benefit these communities.”And that’s why Roy Rivera, a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento, now has solar on his roof – and more than 1,600 similarly low-income households will as well.California…
  • Akon’s ‘Solar Academy’ Aims to Light Up Africa

    Pete Danko
    26 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    There are some who argue that Africa needs fossil-fuel-generated power in order to boost standards of living and end the deprivation that afflicts too many. Just can’t do without it. But Akon is taking a different approach in rural areas of the sun-blessed continent. Africa’s excellent solar resource is shown in this map by SolarGIS © 2011 GeoModel Solar s.r.o.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsThe Senegalese-American recording artist just ratcheted up efforts begun more than a year ago with his Akon Lighting Africa initiative, announcing the launch of a new…
  • Rush for Tesla Batteries Shifts Storage Paradigm

    Pete Danko
    14 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Yeah, you might say that Tesla’s big battery announcement went over pretty well. Within days of introducing the Powerwall and Powerpack – attractive units, but more importantly, less expensive than expected – the company had booked $800 million in reservations.Image snipped from Tesla’s April 30 battery announcement.And no matter what you think about the immediate usefulness of the Tesla Energy batteries, the enthusiastic reaction should serve to propel advancement in producing better and cheaper energy storage options, and that will only help encourage more renewable energy to…
  • Could Controlled-Fusion Usher in a New Era of Clean Energy?

    Dr. Kat Mizouni
    4 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Today six governments are involved in the planning and construction of what could be called “the largest international scientific undertaking in history”. Their purpose: to usher in a new era of clean, abundant energy. University of Washington scientists may be even closer.Fusion is theoretically well understood from the study of thermonuclear reactions and conditions that power the Sun. Under extremely high temperatures and pressure, hydrogen atoms are forced to overcome their electrical repulsion and fuse together, thereby releasing energy. Although the construction of such a device on…
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    Green Nation Today

  • Performing Regular Repairs With The Help Of An Dallas Roofing Contractor

    admin
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Performing inspections and repairs at least two times per year is key to maintaining your roof in a good condition, which is the reason why hiring Dallas roofing companies to check up on your roof from time to time is the right thing to do. Roofs are exposed to the elements, and they need help from time to time if they are to withstand the weather successfully. If you wonder why so many people have damaged roofs, and why some replace them so often, it’s because they neglect them for a long period of time. No matter how strong and resistant a roof is, you need to inspect it for damage at…
  • In Dallas, Commercial Roofing Companies Are Committed to the Client

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    There is nothing easier than finding a Dallas commercial roofing company -check out http://www.jntdevelopers.com -that will fulfill all your needs. If you are a commercial building owner, your needs are all the more important. A commercial roofing project is a bit more challenging than simple residential roofing. Moreover, the investment is quite big, so you will want to take all the measures necessary to ensure that it is also a long lasting investment. The most important measure towards a successful investment is finding a good contractor. This is not at all hard, for two reasons: first of…
  • Denver Roofing Companies Talk about Slate Shingles

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Even though slate roofing materials are very sought-after, you should still see what reputable roofing Denver CO companies have to say about both the good and the bad aspects of slate shingles: The best thing about slate roofing shingles is their extended lifespan. They can easily last up to 100 years or even more if they are properly maintained. This means that you will definitely be getting your money’s worth in the long run. Slate shingles come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. You can easily make your home stand out from all the others in the neighborhood. While the long-term…
  • Reasons To Repair Your Roof This Summer With Help From A Nashville Roofing Company

    admin
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    If your roof could use some repairs but you are not sure you can afford to hire a Nashville roofing company right now, you should know that this season might actually be the cheapest to get your roof fixed by roofers experienced in roofing Nashville TN homes. The fact is that many home owners start to complain about their roofs in spring, and that is because it is only then that the damage which has occurred during winter becomes visible. Besides spring, another busy season for roof repairs is autumn as lazy home owners try to get their roofs up to date as fast as possible so that winter…
  • Mistakes That Could Get You to Need Refrigerator Repair Denver Services

    admin
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    Refrigerator repair Denver CO services are definitely not cheap, so it is best to avoid any mistakes that might cause you to need them. Here is what you need to know: Placing your fridge in the proximity of ovens This is a huge mistake. You might think that you are saving space by grouping kitchen appliances together, but you will only regret it later on. Keep in mind that a fridge needs to maintain a cool temperature. Otherwise, it will only decrease its efficiency. If your kitchen has an exhaust problem, then your best bet is to relocate your fridge to a cooler room. It might not seem like…
 
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    Intercon

  • Reviewed: The Smart Growth Manual

    T. Caine
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    The Smart Growth Manual By: Andres Duany & Jeff Speck with Mike Lydon In One Line: The experience of three planning veterans boiled into a valid list of smart growth concepts that can serve as a primer for new development efforts.  While there has been notable traction in the design community for efforts to retool the assumptions for sub-urban planning in America, in some ways the movement of “Smart Growth” suffers from the same haunting characteristics of “sustainability.” The very broadness of both terms, necessary to encapsulate the scale of all they contain and can possible…
  • Calibrating Yards for Building Community

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

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

    T. Caine
    11 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Dark Age Ahead By Jane Jacobs In One Line: Well known for her voice of calm critique, Jacobs examines the necessity several pillars of cultural vibrancy as well as why our failing to maintain them could levy an age of cultural deficiency for modern day North America that compromises defining aspects of who we are. For those that have read the works of Jane Jacobs, she is not prone to writing about all of the things we are doing extremely well.  Her final literary installment is no different. Jacobs references historic Dark Ages–eras of where large amounts of resilience and cultural…
  • Vacation Doesn’t Need to be From Sustainability

    T. Caine
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    When most of us manage to carve out the time, money and effort required to clock out of the daily grind for a while, the top priority is stepping away from the nagging mundane worries that are waiting for us every morning. Vacation spots excel at helping to push thoughts of the job, the commute, the chores and the bills to the side in deference to an image of luxury, if only to be enjoyed for a short time. Given Gallup’s recent numbers on where the environment sits in the list of priorities for Americans, chances are that sustainability doesn’t rank high on most of our vacation…
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • An emerging renewables superpower: China's climate pledge guns for green growth

    John Mathews, Professor of Strategic Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Digging in: China's UN climate pledge shows it is serious about doing the heavy lifting in going green. It’s official. On Tuesday, China submitted its emissions-reduction goals to the United Nations, in the lead-up to the Paris climate summit in December this year. China’s submission, known in UN parlance as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), follows similar submissions made in the past month by the United States, the European Union, Brazil and others. China’s submission is particularly important because the country has become the world’s largest carbon…
  • Palm oil: scourge of the earth, or wonder crop?

    Denis J Murphy, Professor of Biotechnology, Head of Genomics &amp; Computational Biology Research at The University of South Wales
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    A relatively new commercial oil palm plantation on peatland in central Sarawak, Borneo. Denis Murphy, Author providedIf you happen to mention palm oil to most people outside of Asia you are unlikely to get a particularly positive reaction. Over recent years, media coverage of palm oil has typically included images of displaced orangutan and burning, degraded tropical forests. There has been a feeling that palm oil is an evil that needs to be stopped. Indeed, in some of the richer countries there have been attempts to organise consumer boycotts of palm oil products ranging from cosmetics to…
  • It's time for the new Great Barrier Reef expert panel to wade into the issue

    Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director, Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:23 pm
    The government has convened 16 experts to help deliver its plan to save the Great Barrier Reef. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, Author providedFederal environment minister Greg Hunt has announced the make-up of the Independent Expert Panel of 16 leading experts who will advise the government on actions and priorities relating to the Great Barrier Reef. As an Australian who is passionate about the future of our Reef, I am honoured to have been selected and stand ready to serve. Over recent years there have been lots of panels, and even more reports, about…
  • Australia's 'climate roundtable' could unite old foes and end the carbon deadlock

    Michael Howes, Associate Professor at Griffith University
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Business, environmental, trade union and social groups all see advantages in looking beyond high-emission industries such as coal-fired power. Nick Pitsas/CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons, CC BYClimate policy is in the media yet again, but this time it might be different. The set of policy principles released by the Australian Climate Roundtable yesterday are extraordinary for two reasons. First, the principles themselves offer some calm common sense in an arena that has been dominated by ferocious partisan politics and dramatic policy reversals. They could therefore offer a way to break the current…
  • The carbon tax wasn't a 'slug' to the economy and Direct Action may be a waste of money

    Michael Harris, Senior Fellow in the School of Economics at University of Sydney
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    In a Fairfax newspapers opinion piece, Mr Hunt said the carbon tax cost just over $1300 a tonne for the emissions reduced. AAP Image/Mick TsikasFederal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, writing in the Fairfax opinion pages, has said that the now abolished carbon tax was a far more expensive way to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions than the Direct Action policy that replaced it. He writes: The carbon tax was a A$15.4 billion slug on the Australian economy – that works out at a cost of just over $1,300 a tonne for the emissions reduced. It appears the Minister has taken the A$15.4 billion…
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    Dark Optimism

  • Words on religion, from beyond the grave

    Shaun Chamberlin
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    I am currently hunkered down working on a project close to my heart, editing my late friend and colleague Dr. David Fleming‘s incredible life’s work Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It, for its publication by Chelsea Green later this year. I did though hear about the the pope’s interesting new encyclical. It’s well worth a browse, but here are a few of my favourite lines: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” (yep, this is an official document from the Pope!) “The ethical and…
  • The Dangers of Carbon Pricing, and the Canny Way Forward

    Shaun Chamberlin
    29 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Lately we’ve seen the president of the World Bank and ‘business leaders from the very carbon-intensive industries’ pushing for carbon pricing (taxes or ‘carbon trading’ schemes). This is intended to demonstrate their deep change of heart and determination to start seriously addressing climate change, but to my eyes it is a deeply cynical, pernicious attempt to channel the passion of those deeply-committed to action on climate change into mechanisms that will only maintain the suicidal status quo. Which is why I poured all my experience of ten years’ work on…
  • Interview on grief, Dark Optimism, aliveness and activism

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

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

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

  • Bike Sharing Creating Better Places

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

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

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

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

    alicebenny
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    Is that old clunker you’ve been driving around since you turned 16 on its last legs and requiring too much money to keep it going? If your car is a clunker, you may be in the market for a new vehicle. But why not save some money, and the environment, by going a different direction? No, your bicycle might not get you everywhere you need to go, but there is another option: a rideshare program. Rideshare programs are popping up all over the United States in major cities, and becoming a cheap and eco-friendly way to abandon owning a vehicle. The rideshare program in your area might even have a…
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    MY ZERO WASTE

  • Five ways to make your office zero waste

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

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

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

    Mrs Green
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    You know I live with a hoarder, right? I’d love to show you a picture of the inside of our garage, but I fear the judgment. It really does look like a jumble sale Aladdin’s Cave in there. Although Mr Green promises everything has a use and purpose and will come in useful ‘one day’, […]
  • Exciting research into Zero Waste Week – please help!

    Mrs Green
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    Meg Roper aka Mrs M (from Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet) enthusiastically participated in last year’s Zero Waste Week. She is by her own admission an energy and waste geek but her interests are not limited to blogging about them. Meg takes an academic interest in waste. She is currently completing an environmental Masters degree and […]
 
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    EarthTechling

  • Leading US Solar Power City in 2014 May Shock You

    Pete Danko
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    It wasn’t Honolulu, or Los Angeles, or Austin, or Phoenix or San Jose. No, the U.S. city that installed more solar power than any other in 2014 was …Part of the 9-megawatt solar array at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Photo provided by Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Indianapolis?Yep. Indianapolis added a whopping 51 megawatts of solar capacity in 2014. San Diego was next with 42 MW added, followed by Los Angeles (38 MW) and Denver (33 MW). The data comes from the 2015 and 2014 Shining Cities reports from Environment America.Cumulatively, LA has more solar than any U.S. city, with 170 MW…
  • Free Solar Power in California: Thanks, Cap-and-Trade!

    Pete Danko
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    California’s cap-and-trade program brings in money when carbon allowances are auctioned.  A lot of money – about $1.49 billion in the current fiscal year alone, the state said last week. The law requires that “the state invest at least 10 percent of the auction proceeds within the most disadvantaged communities and at least 25 percent of the proceeds be invested to benefit these communities.”And that’s why Roy Rivera, a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento, now has solar on his roof – and more than 1,600 similarly low-income households will as well.California…
  • Akon’s ‘Solar Academy’ Aims to Light Up Africa

    Pete Danko
    26 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    There are some who argue that Africa needs fossil-fuel-generated power in order to boost standards of living and end the deprivation that afflicts too many. Just can’t do without it. But Akon is taking a different approach in rural areas of the sun-blessed continent. Africa’s excellent solar resource is shown in this map by SolarGIS © 2011 GeoModel Solar s.r.o.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsThe Senegalese-American recording artist just ratcheted up efforts begun more than a year ago with his Akon Lighting Africa initiative, announcing the launch of a new…
  • Rush for Tesla Batteries Shifts Storage Paradigm

    Pete Danko
    14 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Yeah, you might say that Tesla’s big battery announcement went over pretty well. Within days of introducing the Powerwall and Powerpack – attractive units, but more importantly, less expensive than expected – the company had booked $800 million in reservations.Image snipped from Tesla’s April 30 battery announcement.And no matter what you think about the immediate usefulness of the Tesla Energy batteries, the enthusiastic reaction should serve to propel advancement in producing better and cheaper energy storage options, and that will only help encourage more renewable energy to…
  • Could Controlled-Fusion Usher in a New Era of Clean Energy?

    Dr. Kat Mizouni
    4 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Today six governments are involved in the planning and construction of what could be called “the largest international scientific undertaking in history”. Their purpose: to usher in a new era of clean, abundant energy. University of Washington scientists may be even closer.Fusion is theoretically well understood from the study of thermonuclear reactions and conditions that power the Sun. Under extremely high temperatures and pressure, hydrogen atoms are forced to overcome their electrical repulsion and fuse together, thereby releasing energy. Although the construction of such a device on…
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    CleanTechies

  • Bill Gates to Invest $2 Billion in Renewable Technology Projects

    CleanTechies Staff
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Gates is doubling his investment in cutting-edge renewable technology initiatives to $2 billion over the next five years.
  • Video: Fossil Fuels – A Risky Business?

    CleanTechies Staff
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    The fossil fuel industry is inflating a ‘carbon bubble’ based on risky demand & price assumptions.Already under current climate policy settings, companies risk wasting over $1 trillion over the next decade. If the policy settings are ratcheted up ‎to reflect a 2 degrees target then the amount at risk rise dramatically to $20 trillion plus. [...]
  • One in Three Investors Will Back Their First Solar Project within the Next Year

    CleanTechies Staff
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    One interesting development of the commercial solar industry boom that is currently under way in the U.S. is the numbers of professional investors getting involved with the sector. Over 60 percent of investors will invest in commercial solar and a staggering 83 percent of investors will make investment in solar a priority in the next five [...]
  • A Light Bulb Goes Off: A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano

    CleanTechies Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. For nearly a hundred years, the incandescent bulb—which worked mainly by electricity passing through a filament and heating it to incandescent temperatures in a glass globe—lit up the world. It was effective in terms of turning night into daylight, but most inefficient [...]
  • From Diesel to Wind on Block Island

    Laurie Guevara-Stone
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    Located just 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, and just 14 miles east of Long Island’s Montauk Point, Block Island (pop. ~1,000) has been called one of the last great places in the Western Hemisphere. The island boasts 17 miles of beaches, 365 freshwater ponds, 250-foot bluffs, and 150 different bird species. Now [...]
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    Articles

  • Climate Fighter + $$ Saver = ?

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Climate fighter + $$ Saver = Tesla's Powerwall
  • Microgrid Virtual Tour

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    SuperStorm Sandy, with its crushing destruction of the Northeast’s electric system, . . . raised awareness about the value of microgrids. Princeton University microgrid was widely recognized for, . . . its continuous operation during Sandy, . . . while over 8.1 million electricity customers, . . . were without power from New York to Michigan. But microgrids actually began gaining traction several years earlier, . . . as Military, Governments, Businesses, and Energy Experts, identified needs. "Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders, . . . Seeking Clean, Reliable and…
  • Can Farms Generate Electricity?

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    Germany continues to push policies, . . . meant to supply nearly 1/2 of the country’s power, . . . from carbon-free (and non-nuclear) generation sources by 2025. Germany’s Energiewende policies have instituted generous feed-in tariffs, . . . for self-generated renewable energy, and . . . they require distribution system operators like utility RWE, . . . to “connect them without any cost share.” Example: “Farmer Hoffmann, has installed so much: . . . . . . Solar, . . . . . . Wind, and . . . . . . Biogas energy-generation equipment on his farm, . . . that he is now making “more…
  • New York's Plans

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    The effects of climate change are more and more evident, . . . across the country, and the world every day, from : . . . . . . Hurricane Sandy, . . . . . . to the record drought in California, and . . . we have an imperative to act now. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an ambitious plan: . . . . . . to curb New York State’s carbon emissions by 40%, . . . . . . by doubling the amount of power it gets from renewable energy to 50%, . . . . . . by 2030, according to Environment New York. The plan also reinforces that, . . . cleaning up power plants is: . . . . . . Achievable, . . . . . .
  • Energy Efficiency: Usa Buys Leds

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Number of Americans Buying LED Lighting Doubled in Last 2 Years. 07-01-2015 Source:  Energy Efficiency: USA Buys LEDs
 
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Solar Women Summer Series: Jane Pulaski of IREC – Social Meets Solar

    Abby Thompson
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Today’s Solar Women Summer Series piece features Jane Pulaski, Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) Web and Social Communications guru. In 2010, HeatSpring Magazine featured one of Jane’s pieces about IREC’s 2010 State by State Solar Licensing Database. Today, Jane joins us to discuss her experience in the industry, ways for women to get involved with IREC, her utilization of social media channels, and her mentors. Solar Woman: Jane Pulaski Tell us your story – how’d you get into this industry? It was the proverbial right-place-at-the-right-time,…
  • Using Solar to Heat – Net Metering Makes a Difference

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    In the article below, Vaughan Woodruff, Expert Instructor, Solar Approaches to Radiant Heating, outlines a response to a student who recently asked a question regarding the use of solar electricity for heating and how advances in battery storage might impact the suitability of using solar electricity to provide heating. The student asks: “Even though grid-tied electric battery storage is less efficient, is it gaining momentum because of things like net metering and the fact that it is intuitive?” Key Article Takeaways: While a solar electric system has fewer losses between…
  • BuildingGreen.com Inks Partnership with SBA Program

    Brian Hayden
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    The completely new Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) curriculum reflects the latest research and thinking in sustainable building. That effort was supercharged this week through a new partnership with BuildingGreen. Now all SBA-ers get access to the treasure trove of tools, resources, and research on BuildingGreen.com. When you register for the SBA program, you gain unrestricted access to the BuildingGreen’s full suite of offerings: BuildingGreen’s complete content database Searchable green building product database Searchable database of high-performance building case studies Green…
  • Five Questions about Hydronic Heat Sources

    Abby Thompson
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    The following is an excerpt from a course discussion board post in HeatSpring’s Mastering Hydronic System Design Course with John Siegenthaler. About the Instructor: John Siegenthaler is a licensed professional engineer, a mechanical engineer, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College, a Hall of Fame member of the Radiant Professionals Alliance and graduate of RPI. John is the author of many trade publication pieces about hydronic heating and solar thermal system designs as well as the Modern Hydronic Heating textbook. Takeaways: Although closely spaced…
  • Lost In Space: The Removal of Orbital Debris Discussion

    Abby Thompson
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The following is a discussion between four students and instructor Charles Miller in the Commercial Space Executive Leadership Training course on HeatSpring. About the Instructor: Charles Miller is currently the president of NexGen Space LLC, a space and public policy consulting agency providing client services at the juncture between civil, commercial, and national security. Miller is also a former NASA Senior Advisor for Commercial Space, leading  half a dozen NASA commercial space teams. He is also a co-founder of NanoRacks and a founder of ProSpace, both of which are major players in the…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • True Down to Earth Decadence with Juniper Seed Mercantile

    Paige Wolf
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    Juniper Seed Mercantile is proof that luxurious, effective, organic beauty does not have to be expensive. Their motto is “Down To Earth Decadence” allowing you to  take care of your skin and the environment at the same time, without spending a fortune! With it’s best availability on Etsy, Juniper Seed Mercantile is grassroots enough to keep you on budget, but savvy enough to package with polish. And that’s why their Etsy shop is blowing up! At only $11, the Soft Whipped Facial Creme Soap with Ground Walnut Shells and Tea Tree Oil is everything I’ve ever…
  • Best Natural Beauty Products 2015 – 4th Edition

    Paige Wolf
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    It’s time for my annual round-up of the best natural beauty products, gleaned from trying and testing almost every brand around! After spending another year trying out some of the best organic luxury beauty products on the market, I have a few new favorites to share and a few that have stood the test of time. Others have been removed from the list because of purity of ingredients, annoying repackaging, or simply finding something that worked better. Moom Organic Hair Removal System Just admit it – you have always wanted to wax your own bikini line. I know it’s been a long…
  • Stonyfield and Late July Easy Party Chip and Dip

    Paige Wolf
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    Summer feels like never-ending snack time with Bar-B-Qs, beach days, and birthday parties. I’m trying to keep the snacks for my two-year-old’s birthday party relatively healthy, to mitigate the requisite pizza and too-lazy-to-bake-it-myself store bought cake. Fortunately I received some treats and tips from my friends at Stonyfield Yogurt and Late July Snacks, two of my favorite organic food brands. Late July’s tasty tortilla chips are a perfect swap out for potato chips and Tostitos, and pair wonderfully with simple yogurt-based dips. We’re fans of the Late July…
  • Health and Environmental Things My Parents Actually Did Right

    Paige Wolf
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Throughout my book, blog, and daily life I have been notorious for giving my parents a hard time for their fridge full of margarine and carrying Sweet & Low packets everywhere they go. (Yes, I have tried introducing them to organic stevia drops and real butter. It’s hopeless). While I still can’t get them to wrap their head around the fact that those aren’t real blueberries in their Nutri-System muffins, I’ve realized I should give them credit for some things they did right, back before healthy living was more than Jane Fonda workout tapes and Snackwells. 1)…
  • Buy Nothing Project Group Update

    Paige Wolf
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    Since I started Philadelphia’s first Buy Nothing Project, the group has exploded locally (as well as globally, headed by their dedicated admin team). The local launch picked up publicity in Philadelphia Magazine and quickly grew to more than 400 members! Additional groups formed in Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Fairmount, and even the burbs! And our Bella Vista/Washington Square/Queen Village group is working on breaking off the South Philly and Graduate Hospital members into their own groups to create more walkable neighborhood community groups. I’m encouraging the split for a…
 
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    Greener Ideal

  • Electric Vehicles Still Struggling to Win Mass Appeal, New Study Shows

    DMV.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    Despite the fact that the vast majority of the general public agrees that electric vehicles are good for the environment, not a lot of people seem to be too keen on driving them, a new study shows. According to a recent study by Continental, the German automotive manufacturing company, most drivers in the United States […] Read the full article: Electric Vehicles Still Struggling to Win Mass Appeal, New Study Shows
  • The USGBC Plays a Critical Role in Conserving Fresh Water Supplies

    Contributing Authors
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:43 am
    A September 2013 article in the National Journal highlighted the importance of preserving our fresh water supply in the United States. The global consumption of water, according to the article, is three times higher than it was just 50 years ago. While we have not run out yet, predictions show that our need for fresh […] Read the full article: The USGBC Plays a Critical Role in Conserving Fresh Water Supplies
  • My Green Fills – Product Review

    Ian Andrew
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:29 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to carry another laundry detergent jug home from the supermarket ever again? That is the promise that MyGreenFills is looking to fulfill. Rather than buying jug after jug after jug of detergent, fabric softener, and stain removers, when all you really need to replace is what’s inside of […] Read the full article: My Green Fills – Product Review
  • The World’s First Solar-Powered Road Is Generating More Electricity Than Expected

    DMV.com
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    In late 2014, the government of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the private sector, opened a first-of-its-kind bike path that is able to generate electricity through solar power, aiming to use the country’s cycling culture to increase electricity generation from renewable energy sources. Now, six months after the pilot project was launched, the engineers that […] Read the full article: The World’s First Solar-Powered Road Is Generating More Electricity Than Expected
  • Protecting Trees from Construction Damage

    Contributing Authors
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:43 am
    When modifying the environment to meet our needs, nature’s well-being is often a second concern. Somehow, whenever we have a problem with natural obstacles, we dig them out, hack them down, and remove them, not thinking about the environmental impact. On the other hand, we like to think we are concerned about the planet’s ecosystems. Well, we […] Read the full article: Protecting Trees from Construction Damage
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • America’s top 10 sweatiest cities

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

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

    GTG Staff
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    | Greening, Brazilian Style | Here in São Paulo, Brazil—Latin America’s largest megacity (nearly 22 million inhabitants in the greater metro)—the local Paulistanos have an appetite for organic, local and sustainably produced food. On your next visit, be sure to check out these restaurants and cafés! Apfel The clue is in the name: this German-inspired restaurant […]7 eco-eateries in São Paulo is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Hilton teams with World Wildlife Fund

    GTG Staff
    29 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    | Green Travel News | Hilton Worldwide, in an effort to reduce its impact on the environment, has forged an alliance with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). As Hilton’s signature environmental partner, WWF will work with the company to evolve its global business practices. The initial three-year collaboration also will further WWF’s mission to protect and conserve […]Hilton teams with World Wildlife Fund is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • San Francisco: turning back the carbon clock

    GTG Staff
    12 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    | America’s Greenest City? | We are proud to have been asked to contribute the May cover story for British Airway‘s magazine, High Life. Following is a lead-in to the story, with a link to the full article, including a guide to 48 (nearly) carbon neutral hours for your next visit. The man calls himself […]San Francisco: turning back the carbon clock is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Bringing it Home: Industrial Hemp Documentary Trailer

    Guest
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:47 am
    Hemp, marijuana’s distant, non-psychoactive cousin, is a grossly misunderstood plant. It offers compelling alternatives for healthy homes, food, paper, textiles, farmers, job creation and our environment. Industrial hemp is legally grown in over thirty other nations but currently U.S. farmers are prohibited from its production, due to marijuana prohibition in the 1970′s. Kentucky is leading the industrial hemp revolution, as a means to transition from tobacco production. After suing the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in 2014 to get seeds, the state’s first legal crop in…
  • Harvest: A Meditation on the Nature of Grief

    Guest
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    By Gary Ferguson Courtesy of Children & Nature Network Over the past six months I’ve been traveling around the country talking about grief; in particular, how the natural world provides vital healing energy to people struggling with major loss. They’ve been conversations that have grown out of my own grief journey following the death years ago of my first wife, Jane, in a canoeing accident in northern Ontario. Remarkably, just days before Jane died, out of the blue she turned to me, laid her hand on my arm and brought up a topic we hadn’t discussed in a dozen years. “If something…
  • Flatworms Could Replace Mammals for Some Toxicology Tests

    Guest
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:14 am
    By Kim McDonald UC San Diego News Center Laboratories that test chemicals for neurological toxicity could reduce their use of laboratory mice and rats by replacing these animal models with tiny aquatic flatworms known as freshwater planarians. Freshwater planarians are small, inexpensive, easy to breed, sensitive to chemicals in the water and develop within a week. Credit: UC San Diego Scientists at UC San Diego have discovered that planarians, commonly used in high-school biology labs to study regeneration and the primitive nervous system, are actually quite sophisticated when it comes to…
  • Scientific Breakthroughs, Evolving Cultural Biases, and Continued Mass Killings All Affect the Fate of the African Elephant

    Penny Stallings
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:47 pm
    It seems that there is – at last – a significant breakthrough in the battle to stop the annual slaughter of an estimated 50,000 African elephants that drives the massive black-market trade in ivory. It involves a newly employed methodology that enables scientists to match DNA from elephant dung to DNA extracted from ivory found in shipments of contraband. Thanks to genetic mapping, this DNA can then be traced to a region, enabling enforcers to understand where killings are taking place Agents in Africa have already been able to pinpoint two geographic hotspots of poaching within the vast…
  • Death Toll Soars in ‘Unbelievable’ Pakistan Heat Wave

    Guest
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:22 am
    By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams State of emergency declared for hospitals as heat stroke and dehydration claim hundreds of lives Quetta, Pakistan A deadly heat wave spreading through southern Pakistan has killed nearly 800 people in just a few days—a number that threatens to rise as temperatures remain unusually high this week. At least 740 people have died of dehydration, heat stroke, and other heat-related illnesses in Karachi, the country’s largest city, since Saturday, with various sources estimating the death toll to have hit anywhere from 744 to 775. Local media reports that an…
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  • Lobster Roll with Homemade Mayo

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

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

    Dr. Karen
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet has helped so many people with not only digestive issues but with allergies, skin problems, mental health and others. I put my children on GAPS diet last year in hopes that it will cure their allergies and Eczema. They are still on a modified full GAPS diet and they need constant gut health balancing. The ongoing needs for the balancing is a reminder how fragile our GI tract is and how it creates so many health issues if not healed properly. Raine Irving Saunders, one of the past guests on past Wellness Wednesday, shared her story on how her mental…
  • 10 Natural Allergy Relief Remedies

    Dr. Karen
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Seasonal allergies seem to get worse each year. Researchers from Rutgers University blame warmer weather. Similarly, some studies suggest longer spring and fall seasons due to climate change attribute to prolonged allergy season and more pollens due to carbon dioxide in the air. (Read more here) Regardless how and why seasonal allergies are getting worse and worse, those who are suffering just want relief. But taking antihistamine daily might be out of the question due to side effects. Even nasal sprays stop working after awhile due to ‘rebound effect.’ So how do you relieve…
  • Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth with Dr. Jennifer Margulis, author of Your Baby, Your Way

    Dr. Karen
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Pregnancy and childbirth is one of the most joyous events in a woman’s life, probably the most memorable, life changing too. However, for many women, this special event can be traumatic and sometimes fatal, according to Dr. Jennifer Margulis. Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth with Dr. Jennifer Margulis, author of Your Baby, Your Way I spoke with Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., an award-winning journalist, Fulbright grantee, a sought-after speaker and a champion of children’s health and well-being advocate. She has been researching and writing about issues related to children’s health…
 
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  • Annual July Montauk Chair Gratitude Giveaway!

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

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

    Manchester Wood
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    American Bald… Turkey? In a letter to his daughter in 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote that he was displeased that the bald eagle had been chosen as the symbol for the nation. “He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly,” he wrote. “You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk.” A turkey is a far “more respectable” bird, he argued. “Turk’y… [is a] true original Native of America,” Franklin wrote. “He is…
  • 4th of July Summer Sale Guide!

    Manchester Wood
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    Manchester Wood’s Summer Sale Guide features our exclusive Made in USA items at discount prices direct from our factory in Upstate New York. Check it out now!
  • 10 Facts About Flag Day

    Manchester Wood
    13 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Flag Day is today, June 14th, 2015. Here are 10 interesting facts about Flag Day: Bernard J. Cigrand is considered the father of Flag Day. In 1885, as a young teacher at a high school in Waubeka, Wisconsin, Cigrand put a small flag on his desk and told his students to write essays about it. He fought for the rest of his life to formally establish the holiday, according to the National Flag Day Foundation. The flag has been changed 27 times. The final star, for Hawaii, was added in 1960. The first time the flag was flown after being adopted was on Aug. 3, 1777 in Rome, New York. The…
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  • How many trees does it take to offset U.S. CO2 emissions?

    Anna
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    The answer? Almost 467 billion! I was looking through the EPA’s Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (yes, I peruse reports like that out of pure interest; what of it?) and saw that, in 2013, the U.S. offset 881.7 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) through “sinks” (such as forested land that naturally sequesters carbon). That’s 13.21% of total (not net) U.S. emissions for 2013! So, I started wondering more about naturally sequestering our carbon emissions with trees. How many trees would it take to sequester all of the CO2 we emitted in 2013?
  • New Regs are on the Way

    Anna
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    I’m trying not to hold my breath, but I was excited to read that climate change-related regulations may change significantly this summer. Power plants aren’t the only ones being targeted with new emissions standards; the EPA is planning to draft three new rules regulating emissions this summer in a push to advance climate regulation leading up to the December UN climate talks in Paris. Potentially to be regulated are: CO2 emissions from airlines CO2 emissions from large trucks (e.g. the freight industry) CH4 (methane) emissions from oil and natural gas operations While I’m…
  • [Just for Fun] Get Amped Up About Exercise

    Anna
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    What would it look like if fitness fused with clean energy? A little device called Ampy. Ampy combines the idea of a Fitbit or other similar activity-tracking devices with the ability to turn kinetic energy into electricity (you know, like those flash lights that you can crank to power them?). Basically, you move, and Ampy generates and stores electricity that you can use later to charge your devices, plus it tracks how many calories you’re burning in that process. The website indicates that you should be able to get 3 hours of smartphone battery life out of running for 30 minutes, cycling…
  • Green Vehicle Showdown

    Anna
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I recently posted about a former Prius exec’s comments on hybrid vs. electric vehicles and why I thought hybrids could only be a stepping stone on the way to all electric vehicles (EVs). And, that post got me wanting to know more about both hybrid and electric cars – what are their capabilities? How practical are they? How affordable are they? And, how much do they really cut down on emissions? Well, I did some digging, and here is what I found out: Let’s compare the Tesla (most popular EV) with the Prius (most popular hybrid). TESLA S TOYOTA PRIUS Range 265 miles max. 595 miles max.
  • I still think electric cars are a good idea…

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

  • Join The Campaign To Plant A Billion

    bambeco
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Trees are the Earth’s greatest assets to its health. They help clean the air and water, control temperature and climate, and support ecosystems that include not just wildlife but humans. The Nature Conservancy is working to ensure the Earth has … Continue reading → The post Join The Campaign To Plant A Billion appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • A Ruff Day At The Office

    bambeco
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today marks the 17th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, the perfect chance to show off your furry best friend and enjoy some bonus time with your pet. Sponsored by Pet Sitters International, Take Your Dog to Work Day … Continue reading → The post A Ruff Day At The Office appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • A New Perspective: The Environment & Father’s Day

    bambeco
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Happy Father’s Day! For us at bambeco, a holiday like Father’s Day is a unique opportunity to think about the way in which our actions impact the planet and how that will affect the next generation. We work for the … Continue reading → The post A New Perspective: The Environment & Father’s Day appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Another Sandy Success

    bambeco
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    This year’s Bands in the Sand, the annual concert event sponsored by bambeco in support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, was another huge success. With tickets sold out in record time, it was sure to be a big day of … Continue reading → The post Another Sandy Success appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Homegrown Ingredients

    bambeco
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Growing your very own herbs in your kitchen is easier than you’d think. All you need are a few supplies and the seeds of your choice and you’re ready to get started. In choosing a spot to place your garden, … Continue reading → The post Homegrown Ingredients appeared first on inspired habitat.
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  • Postcards from Minnesota: Big Zoo, Big Lakes, and the Biggest Mall in America

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    If you had told me that this self-proclaimed "green girl" would be heading to the Mall of America (of all places) during my family vacation, I wouldn't have believed it if you paid me. But that was one of the first places we stopped this past week while visiting my sister-in-law and her family in Minnesota. Sure, my green credibility took a hit, but when you've got two teenage girls in your group (my very cool nieces), shopping is usually on the agenda! What do you do at the biggest mall in the country when you're not a shopper? My children (who are not teenagers) and…
  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 57

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Just a few of my favorite finds this week--enjoy and kindly share them! Naturally, I'm sharing this: Homeless animals get adorable portraits taken to find forever homes Stop giving away your power My friend Dale shares a heart-tugging story of a special bond: Margaret and Me 20 healthy snacks to have on-hand Finally, a must-read for any parents who routinely trip over their kids' Legos (that definitely includes me): Perspective Happy weekend, friends! P.S. My next online photography course starts on July 6th! It's already a wonderful group of students from around the…
  • Monday Snapshot: Silver Droplets

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Tiny silver droplets on deep-green leaves. Just another reason that I don't mind the rain. It's been a very wet June around here (you could say "downright soggy"), but with droughts and the accompanying wildfires out west, I'm reminded of just how lucky we are to have the lushness, the intense greenness, the cooling rain. I hope your week is a refreshing one. You might have missed... Nature and the Beauty of Imperfection I'm Not Buying It! (7 Reasons Why I Don't Accept Ads) 3 Books, 3 Lessons on Owning Less Stuff P.S. My next online photography course starts…
  • 5 Ways to Enjoy a Simpler Summer

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The last day of the kids' school year is tomorrow, and lo and behold, a catalog arrived today in the mail with the cover headline bellowing at me to "Get Set for Back to School!" Sorry, pushy catalog people, but I plan on savoring the summer instead of rushing it along, especially after the whirlwind of June activities that closed out the school year. (And I thought May was a busy month--HA!) I'd like a simple, leisurely summer--and here's how I plan on creating it: 1. I will not fret about packing up for the town beach. Basically, we need sunscreen, swimsuits,…
  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 56

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Before I dive into this weekend's round-up, I'd like to say a quick but heartfelt "thank you!" to everybody who already signed up for my July nature photography course. It's my biggest group yet, hailing from four countries, three continents, thirteen states, and still counting! (Feeling grateful and relieved--whenever I open enrollment for an e-course, I can't help feeling a twinge of panic!) Now, here are just a few of my favorite finds this week--enjoy and kindly share them: The Fox Who Came to Dinner What happens when you stop eating pesticides and switch to…
 
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    inspired habitat

  • Join The Campaign To Plant A Billion

    bambeco
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Trees are the Earth’s greatest assets to its health. They help clean the air and water, control temperature and climate, and support ecosystems that include not just wildlife but humans. The Nature Conservancy is working to ensure the Earth has … Continue reading → The post Join The Campaign To Plant A Billion appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • A Ruff Day At The Office

    bambeco
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today marks the 17th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, the perfect chance to show off your furry best friend and enjoy some bonus time with your pet. Sponsored by Pet Sitters International, Take Your Dog to Work Day … Continue reading → The post A Ruff Day At The Office appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • A New Perspective: The Environment & Father’s Day

    bambeco
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Happy Father’s Day! For us at bambeco, a holiday like Father’s Day is a unique opportunity to think about the way in which our actions impact the planet and how that will affect the next generation. We work for the … Continue reading → The post A New Perspective: The Environment & Father’s Day appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Another Sandy Success

    bambeco
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    This year’s Bands in the Sand, the annual concert event sponsored by bambeco in support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, was another huge success. With tickets sold out in record time, it was sure to be a big day of … Continue reading → The post Another Sandy Success appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Homegrown Ingredients

    bambeco
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Growing your very own herbs in your kitchen is easier than you’d think. All you need are a few supplies and the seeds of your choice and you’re ready to get started. In choosing a spot to place your garden, … Continue reading → The post Homegrown Ingredients appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    The info green global

  • Printed solar cells to produce green electricity

    Adrian
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    Solar power has declined dramatically its cost over the past decades. We could say that was a decrease from $40 per watt in 1978 to $0.42 per watt in 2015. In the next three years the cost of production for conventional crystalline silicon solar panel could attend more than 30 percent less. The important players […]
  • Evaporation water to drive for green electricity

    Adrian
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Scientist from Columbia University has developed two engines that can generate green electricity from evaporation water. This clean renewable energy source could help to power robots, sensors or any other small devices. It is already known from biology that redwood trees rely on evaporation to pull water from the ground to their crowns, into a […]
  • Origami from ancient art to paper battery

    Adrian
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    The nature has always been the followed model for bringing inventions into the reality. Now the ancient art of Japanese traditional art of origami inspired researchers from Binghampton University to create a small and strong device, a paper battery. The paper battery was developed by Seokheun Sean Choi one engineer researcher in the team and […]
  • Knitted clothing to store energy for smart devices

    Adrian
    13 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Collaboration between Drexel University and U.S. Naval Academy will conduct sooner to get more autonomy for sensors and other electronics already integrated into smart clothing. You can suppose what would be about when thinking of U.S. Naval Academy. Researchers discovered a way to embed activated carbon particles into different types of yarn to compile a […]
  • BYD Tang plug-in hybrid vehicle comes in July this year

    Adrian
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    According to recent reports the Chinese electric automaker BYD Company Ltd. has announced the releasing of its Dual Mode Electric SUV, BYD Tang and sales in the home’s company’s market will begin in July this year. BYD Company Ltd. who starts from the initials BYD (Build Your Dreams), is one of the largest companies in […]
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • The Essential Four C’s of Healthy Living

    Clay Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The healthy living starts with the food safety and food safety is a matter of concern when you want to live a healthy life. What to eat, how to eat, when to eat is all what matters when it comes to healthy living. However, to live a healthy life, there are number of factors that contribute towards your health. Healthy living is as important as living itself, the main points to remember to operate a healthy life can be reduced to the four C’s: Cleanliness Cooking Chilling Cross-contamination   So, how all of this works, Lets see: Cleanliness How I can explain this—it’s just…
  • Why Working With a Green Auto Recycling Yard Makes All The Difference

    Clay Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The word “recycling” calls to mind little blue bins and green energy, but not all recycling actually helps the environment at all. And if you’ve ever peeked behind the barbed wire curtains of most auto “recycling” yards, then you know there’s nothing green about them. Most Americans don’t have the auto know-how to dispose of an old junk car themselves, so they hand it over or sell it to a junkyard. Some of these junkyards will even tell you they “recycle” auto scrap and broken down cars, but that’s just doublespeak for auto wrecking,…
  • Infographic: What is Cardiac Arrest?

    Clay Miller
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:41 pm
    What is cardiac arrest? Cardiac arrests happen when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, and if they are not treated immediately, they can prove fatal within a matter of minutes. Most cases of cardiac arrest are caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called a ventricular fibrillation, and this can be triggered by anything from coronary heart disease and congenital heart disease to electrocution, severe blood loss and choking. Because cardiac arrests can happen anywhere and at any time, it is important to be prepared. If you want to know the facts about these medical…
  • The Green Way For Invitations

    Clay Miller
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Many of us use invitations to invite friends and family to parties, weddings and other events. There is a much greener way to send out invites as opposed to using the normal paper / card method. As I am sat here typing this article more than 199 tonnes of paper has already been produced, you can imagine the amount of trees that is, to give you an idea, just to print one copy of the Sunday edition of the New York Times uses 75,000 trees. I was dumbfounded when I read those statistics!   The Use Of Seed Paper Seed paper is a new “greener” way to send those invites out. This incredible…
  • Infographic: 9 Green Air Freshener Ideas

    Clay Miller
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:06 pm
    This infographic details great ideas on how to freshen up the air around you in an eco-friendly way. We’ll get into coffee, lemons, candles, essential oils and even vodka.     9 Green Air Freshener Ideas [Infographic] by the team at Chadwicks The post Infographic: 9 Green Air Freshener Ideas appeared first on Ways2GoGreen Blog.
 
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  • Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering

    Rinkesh
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering ‘Genetic engineering’ is the process to alter the structure and nature of genes in human beings, animals or foods using techniques like molecular cloning and transformation. In other words, it is the process of adding or modifying DNA in an organism to bring about great deal of transformation. ‘Genetic engineering’ was thought to be a real problem just a few short years ago. We feared that soon we would be interfering with nature, trying to play God and cheat him out of his chance to decide whether we were blonde or dark haired, whether we had blue…
  • Is Nuclear Energy Renewable?

    Rinkesh
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:52 am
    Is Nuclear Energy Renewable? Nuclear energy is the energy that is in the core (nucleus) of an atom. Atoms are small particles which make up the entire universe and everything it holds. There is a tremendous force of energy that is able to keep the atoms bonded together. What is amazing about nuclear energy is that it can be used to make electricity. In order for the energy to be “released” (i.e., produce electricity) one of two things must occur, either nuclear fusion or nuclear fission. In the process of nuclear fusion, the energy is able to be released when all of the atoms combine…
  • Causes and Effects of Environmental Pollution

    Rinkesh
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:48 am
    Environmental Pollution Environmental pollution has existed for centuries but only started to be significant following the industrial revolution in the 19th century. Pollution occurs when the natural environment cannot destroy an element without creating harm or damage to itself. The elements involved are not produced by nature, and the destroying process can vary from a few days to thousands of years (that is, for instance, the case for radioactive pollutants). In other words, pollution takes place when nature does not know how to decompose an element that has been brought to it in an…
  • 30 Global Warming Myths vs Facts

    Rinkesh
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    30 Myths vs. Facts on Global Warming While colder winters continue to rise in the U.S., many aren’t sure which factors to attribute such extreme weather and freezing temperatures to. The question might be posed, how can it be global warming when it snowed in places like Phoenix and Las Vegas last year? The truth is, global warming doesn’t just mean the earth is supposed to turn into an all-out fireball. To the skeptics, however, the persistent weather and climate changes are dismissed as pure happenstance. Is global warming even real? Here are 30 global warming myths vs facts to separate…
  • 25 Green Eco-Friendly Products

    Rinkesh
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:32 am
    What are Eco-Friendly Products? According to a definition given by the website all-recycling-facts.com, eco-friendly products are “products that do not harm the environment whether in their production, use or disposal”. In other words, these products help preserve the environment by significantly reducing the pollution they could produce. Eco-friendly products can be made from scratch, or from recycled materials. This kind of product is easily recognizable as it is, in most cases, labelled as such. Some people think that it requires lot of time, effort and money to make a home…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Glen App wind farm approved

    Daniel Birkett
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Scottish Power has been given permission to start work on the Glen App wind farm. Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) can go-ahead with the development of the 33MW Glen App wind farm following approval from the South Ayrshire Council. The project […] The post Glen App wind farm approved appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Gas emissions fall by almost a quarter since 1990

    Daniel Birkett
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Recently released figures show that carbon emissions have fallen by almost a quarter since 1990. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that carbon emissions have been reduced by 23.6% since 1990. The manufacturing, energy supply, water, […] The post Gas emissions fall by almost a quarter since 1990 appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • IKEA’s Nordic operations powered by 100% green energy

    Daniel Birkett
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:55 am
    Ikea has announced that its operations in Sweden and Denmark are powered by 100% green energy. Ikea’s significant investment in renewable energy projects now means that its operations in Nordic countries are powered by 100% green energy. This announcement has […] The post IKEA’s Nordic operations powered by 100% green energy appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Thames Water commit to biomass

    Daniel Birkett
    26 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    Thames Water has signed a £520m deal to purchase biomass energy from the soon to be converted Drax power plant. The Drax power plant which is undergoing a coal-to-biomass conversion will supply utility firm, Thames Water with its electricity following […] The post Thames Water commit to biomass appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Cornish marine energy roadmap launched

    Daniel Birkett
    26 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    A ‘renewables roadmap’ has been launched to help develop marine energy generation projects in Cornwall. The Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) roadmap is specific to the Cornish peninsular region and has been put in place to help commercialise marine energy projects […] The post Cornish marine energy roadmap launched appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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  • The Top 10 Farmers’ Markets In the USA

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

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

    Natasha Urbany
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Mangled teeth. Disfigured paws. Starved and dehydrated. Bleak, cramped cages. These are the conditions that 10,000 (and counting) Asiatic black bears- an already endangered species-suffer through on a daily basis in Chinese bear bile farms. These bears live in cramped, cruel- ridden conditions in order to be “milked” for their bile. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the bile and the gall bladders of the bears to craft folk medicine. Bile farmers use cruel, invasive procedures such as the only government authorized  “free drip” to remove the bear’s bile.  Even though the government…
  • Feature: La Bella Figura, SkinAgain, and LURK

    Natasha Urbany
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Save yourself the hassle of endlessly searching for the right makeup, skincare, and perfume during this hectic holiday season. Here at Raintees we’ve found three fantastic brands and have picked out products that we’re sure will become your go to items! La Bella Figura: More Thank Makeup- http://www.labellafigurabeauty.com Founded by Victoria Fantauzzi and Karen King, La Bella Figura is an organic, luxe skin care line that has launched its More Than Makeup functional beauty line (prices range between 30-38$) just in time for the holidays! La Bella Figura has infused each piece with a…
  • Holiday Gift Guide Part Two: Fashion, Household, Food and Wine!

    Natasha Urbany
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    In case you have been having trouble finding the perfect gift for the fashionista, homemaker, gourmet foodie, or wine lover in your life our Holiday Gift Guide has you covered! Here at Raintees’ we’ve found fantastic brands and gifts that you and your loved ones will enjoy this season! Part Two: Fashion, Household, Food and Wine Fashion and Household: Pure HANDKNIT. 4125 Celebrate T- Neck. Pure HANDKNIT- http://pureandco.com Pure HANDKNIT is passionate about hand crafted knitwear made from 100% Cotton. Pure HANDKNIT has partneredwith over 4500 female knitters in Chiang Mai,…
 
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  • Top 5 Ways to Insulate Your Green Home

    editor
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Not all insulation is created equal. Some insulation might get an A for fire prevention, but receive Fs in health and safety thanks to its chemical components. Others may be easy[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • How to Pick the Perfect Eco-Friendly Furniture for Your Garden

    editor
    4 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    You spend a lot of time planning and tending to your garden. Moving plants, pruning, weeding—the list of cares and responsibilities associated with your green space can be lengthy, not[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Sometimes Small Greenhouses are All You Need

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    14 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    Everybody’s familiar with the giants of the greenhouse world—they hang out at the nursery centers, they’re used to produce part of our food supply and they’re the envy of every[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Exploring Greenhouse Cover Options

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    16 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    Owning a greenhouse is a constant battle to balance light and dark, hot and cold, wet and dry, but luckily you’ve got tons of tools in your arsenal. Besides all[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • How to grow greenhouse hydroponic tomatoes

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    23 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    Planting density When growing greenhouse tomatoes, it’s important to use the proper planting density. Greenhouse tomatoes need at least four square feet per plant or 10,000 plants per acre. Using[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
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  • Why We Launched #PutSolarOnIt

    Billy Parish
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    Go back to the last time you were landing in an airplane and saw all those enormous buildings with empty roofs. These are naked roofs, a waste of open space that could be used to harness the energy of the sun, put money in people’s pockets and support a planet where our children can breathe easy. This is why Mosaic launched #PutSolarOnIt last year – and why dozens of the largest and most powerful solar advocating organizations have joined, including Climate Reality Project, Conergy, Environment America, Organizing for Action, Solar Energy Industry Associations, Women4Solar, VoteSolar, and…
  • New Financing Models Supporting Solar Access in Developing Countries

    John Atkinson
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    New Financing Models Supporting Solar Access in Developing Countries The idea of using solar to increase access to energy and reduce the environmental impacts of ‘dirty’ power generation in developing countries isn’t new.  Because many developing-country consumers lack grid access, they are forced to rely on expensive and highly-polluting kerosene for lighting and diesel-fueled generators for electricity.  The high financial and health costs of these petroleum-based energy services should, in theory, give solar a compelling value proposition for the approximately 1.6 billion people…
  • The eclipse that matters: Solar is more competitive than ever

    Emil Dimantchev
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    During last month’s solar eclipse, the sun looked first like Apple, nipped off on the side. Then it hid further and further behind the moon until only a sliver was visible. The crowning moment – which most saw on live feeds from places like Norway’s Svalbard – arrived when the moon totally blotted out the sun, leaving its corona to shine in a blazing circle of light. A similar, if more gradual, eclipse has been unfolding across the United States. The costs of solar power have been declining adamantly. As a result, solar has started to overshadow other sources of power…
  • The California Drought – A Global Warming Showcase?

    Thad Wharton
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Enterprise Bridge over Lake Oroville, CA.  Credit: CA Dept of Water Resources A lot of talk and concern have been centered on limiting global warming to an additional 2ºC, and to the climate, economic and lifestyle dangers if we don’t.  Those dangers are real enough, but they point the conversation to future impact (and somebody’s else’s problem…), when we should also be looking at what is actually happening right now, and what will happen with our climate even if we do limit warming? One who is looking at all this is Noah Diffenbaugh, a noted climate scientist and assistant…
  • Harnessing Solar and Wind—the Future of Train Travel?

    Gwen Brown
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Already a sustainable travel option, a number of projects around the world are making trains an even greener option by powering them with solar and wind energy. While you probably can’t yet take one of these trains to work, it’s not hard to imagine that other companies and regions will be looking to invest in solar and wind powered trains in the near future. Solar and Wind Powered Trains In perhaps the most impressive initiative of this type, starting this year, wind energy will provide 50% of the power for electric trains in the Netherlands—and 100% by 2018. This achievement is the…
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  • Paris May Be Getting a Carbon Neutral Skyscraper — Made of Wood

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, more and more cities are looking to integrate sustainable building structures into their development. Paris is taking an innovative lead with their Reinvent Paris competition, an effort by local authorities to revitalize Parisian architecture and set it in a more sustainable direction. Vancouver architect Michael Green is the name on everyone’s lips— including Parisian lips. Green created a wave in the architectural world with the publication of his book The Case for Tall Wood Towers in 2012, and he’s already built the 65-foot Wood Innovation…
  • Meet the Portland Green Roof Exec Who’s Leading the Industry in Efforts to Support Global Sustainability!

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    25 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Vanessa Keitges’ name may not be one that you know quite yet, but it’s one that stands behind some pretty solid recent ideas regarding the future of the U.S. sustainable construction industry, and one that definitely deserves some attention! Ms. Keitges has been the head of Portland, Oregon’s Columbia Green Technologies since 2009, in which time the company has become a recognized force in sustainable technology. Columbia Green specializes in ‘green roof’ technology, which focuses on roof construction as an ideal entry point for introducing sustainable material and systems to old…
  • New Technology Helps Construction Companies Go Green

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    23 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Climate change is affecting everyone these days. Now the job of adapting to new demands to decrease greenhouse gasses and stop ozone deterioration has moved to construction companies. The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative recently estimated that construction industries contribute as much as 30 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 40 percent of all energy used worldwide. Marius Esterhuyze manages accounts at Autodesk, which sells 3-D design software to architects all over the world. He recently told a reporter…
  • Genentech’s Building 35 is Sustainability in Many Forms

    admin
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Sustainability often connotes environmental longevity, but it has other meanings too: there is such a thing as economic sustainability and even employee sustainability. Genentech’s new corporate headquarters is sustainable in every sense of the word. Hailed as the birthplace of biotechnology, Genentech aimed to go green when building their new LEED Gold-certified corporate campus in South San Francisco. Sprawling over a quarter of a million square feet, “Building 35″ is designed to be 29 percent more energy-efficient than the nationally standard office building. Following…
  • Beitou ‘Green’ Library in Taipei City

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    15 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    Many of us at Commercial Flooring Solutions would jump at the opportunity to see some of the world’s most economically friendly and architecturally appealing buildings across the globe.  There is a library in the northernmost districts of Taipei City in Taiwan that is most definitely on our list of places to see. It is a place that international travel website “When On Earth” has rated one of its top ten “Coolest Green Buildings in the World” and it is easy to see why. The Taipei Public Library’s Beitou Branch is extremely environmentally friendly.  It features rooftop solar…
 
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  • Did climate change kill 1200 people in Karachi heat wave?

    Mimuba
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s a mystery. Most probably it will remain a mystery that who was mainly responsible of the death of 1200 people in Karachi due to intense heat. How lucky is my neighbor who just termed the recent heat wave in Karachi a divine curse and asked people to mend their way of life to win… Read More »The post Did climate change kill 1200 people in Karachi heat wave? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • AIR POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES

    Mimuba
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Air pollution is created by contaminating the air with various harmful gases. Its main sources are vehicles and factories. If both of these sources emit smoke more than the limits it pollutes the air. It directly hits our lungs. We suffer from various respiratory diseases because of its excess. It does cause coronary diseases including… Read More »The post AIR POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to adopt simple living in a bad economy?

    Mimuba
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:44 am
    Simple living is the best solution especially in a bad economy. But first we need to know what happens in a bad economy. It is the time when jobs are lesser, businesses decline, prices rise and production falls. Everyone gets the impact of business slowdown and has to survive in financial crunch. Admitted that no one… Read More »The post How to adopt simple living in a bad economy? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Promoting sustainable consumption and production practices

    Mimuba
    28 May 2015 | 3:47 am
    Our wants are unlimited and the means to fulfill them are limited. This is the basic rule of economics to fulfill the unlimited wants with limited resources. It offer the two basic questions to answer. These are (i) what to produce and (ii) how to produce. It means people in this world have to produce… Read More »The post Promoting sustainable consumption and production practices appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Is true biodiversity conservation a real goal?

    Mimuba
    17 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Biodiversity means diversity in life. In simpler terms it means the total varieties of animals, plants and birds on planet Earth. Wider the diversity means perfect our eco system. Our ecosystem makes life on earth easier and healthier. It is a balance of all natural resources and their proportion with respect to each other. It… Read More »The post Is true biodiversity conservation a real goal? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • Healthy Cheap Meals and Shopping Tips For Broke College Students (& the budget-inclined)

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

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

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

    Emily Uebergang
    30 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    It was about high time I shared with you a few things that I have fallen in love with of late. So I thought I’d bundle them all up into a love list. I enjoy reading these sort of posts from other bloggers because let’s face it, who doesn’t like to snoop into what other people are really digging, doing and totally gushing over? In a non-creepy way of course.   Considering we are nearing the end of May, (wait … →The post My Latest Love List For The Month Of May appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
  • 3 Ingredient Coffee Banana Smoothie (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Vegan)

    Emily Uebergang
    26 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    There’s no denying. I like coffee.  A lot. Guilty as charged. So much so, when I travelled through Central America last year, I made every attempt to learn everything I could about what goes into coffee production, how it affects the local communities who grow the coffee beans and what’s the most sustainable way to go about sourcing it. From a coffee-drinker’s point of view, making these decisions requires a fair amount of research. It’s not just about wiping away the drippings of … →The post 3 Ingredient Coffee Banana Smoothie (Paleo, Dairy-Free,…
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  • HECO plans to triple the amount of distributed solar power in Hawaii by 2030

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    Solar PV systems can be seen on almost every rooftop in Hawaii. Hawaii is the number one state in the country for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed per customer, and is also the U.S. state that generates one of the largest quantity of solar power per capita (20 times higher than the national average). The local utility called Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), has understood that solar power represents a vital energy source for the future of Hawaii, and started to make tests to change the electrical grid from an old grid that was created to provide electricity in only one…
  • The U.S. and Brazil agreed to restore the forest and increase the share of renewables in their energy mix by 2030

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    30 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Dilma Rousseff and Barack Obama at the bilateral meeting between the two countries. The President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff, is ready to restore about 12 million hectares of deforested land, and also to increase the use of renewable energy in her country by 2030, as part of the climate partnership with the U.S. Tuesday, at the bilateral meeting between the two countries, President Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff put climate change at the top of their agenda, agreeing for the two countries to get up to 20% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2030. In order to reduce…
  • Farm waste and animal fats to become the power source of a United Airlines flight

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    30 Jun 2015 | 6:10 am
    A United Airlines flight will use only biofuel to fly between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This summer, a United Airlines flight is scheduled to make a flight between Los Angeles and San Francisco and using only a biofuel obtained from farm waste and the oils generated from animal fats. This flight is a first step in the attempt to reduce carbon emissions and lower the costs that will help the airlines to use environmentally friendly fuels. Biofuels are already considered a key element in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, so it is expected to see a growth of the biofuel industry in the…
  • A new waste-to-energy facility opens in West Palm Beach, Florida

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    29 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Large cranes are used to move the trash from the pit into the incinerator. It seems that a new waste-to-energy facility was opened this weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida. The new facility is called “Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility-2″ because it is the second facility of this type that was opened in the Palm Beach County in this year. Why is a good thing to have such a facility in your area? The trash produced by us everyday and thrown in the dumpster, is no longer moved to landfills, and is brought to the waste-to-energy facility by trash trucks and deposited into a giant…
  • Saab owner will build a new electric car factory in Tianjin, China

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    29 Jun 2015 | 4:23 am
    Saab owner plans to build a new electric car factory in China. The Chinese investment group that now owns the Saab technology and assets, plans to build an electric car factory and a R&D (research and development) unit for electric cars in Tianjin, China. Sunday, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) held a ceremony in the Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area where they unveiled their partner in this project, which is the Beijing State Research Information Technology Company (SRIT). China is a huge market with a growing demand for electric cars and for everything that is…
 
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  • The Hunt for Better Battery Technology

    Ecoideaz
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Aman Singh Electrical power is one of the most basic human needs today. However, when the main power supply is not available, temporary storage of power in batteries becomes essential. Lead acid battery is the oldest and the most widely used rechargeable battery, which was invented in 1859. These batteries find vast range of applications right from automobile ignition systems, to standby and uninterrupted power supply due to their low cost, robustness and ability to supply high surge currents. Lead acid batteries are made up of lead dioxide and metallic lead plates, which are…
  • Concentrated Solar Power in India – Still in Infancy

    Ecoideaz
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Arushi Prakash The sun and its abundant solar energy serve myriad functions in our daily lives, whether it is circulating air, heating water or supporting plant growth. If we conduct a study of existing technologies on solar energy, we find that the most prevalent uses of the sun’s energy are heat and electricity generation. In other words, we are trying to replace conventional sources of heat and electricity, like coal, petroleum and natural gas, with a renewable, cheap and abundantly available source – the Sun. Among the various solar technologies such as photo-voltaic, thin…
  • From Wind with Love – Low Cost Windmills in India

    Ecoideaz
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Lopa Mishra Jana Every breath we take brings with it an invigorating gust of air that fills us with the essence of life. It would be apt if this source of life would also help in producing sustainable energy. Fortunately, wind energy has harnessed for time immemorial, but in the last century, it is being used to generate livelihoods, create energy and save money, all in an eco-friendly and pollution-free manner. Wind energy is harnessed by the use of windmills that consist of large blades moving steadily when the wind blows. A steady current of air rotates the blades of windmills…
  • E-rickshaws in India – from ban to boon?

    Ecoideaz
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Aditya Bhati Autorickshaws are omnipresent in our country and they are the lifeline for passenger transport. Some would say death-line! These ubiquitous three wheeler passenger vehicles are available across the country, but the noise and air pollution they produce is enormous. While researchers and authorities are trying to find a solution to curb this hazardous pollution, some street smart innovators rolled out electric powered rickshaws on the road! Problem – Pollution and Congestion Typically, autorickshaws are built to carry three passengers and a driver. However, overloading…
  • Ashudhinashak Clay Incinerators for Sanitary Napkins

    Ecoideaz
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Suchika Arora Rural schools in India typically face high rates of high absenteeism and dropouts, which is particularly high among girl students. Poverty, lack of knowledge and unhygienic menstrual methods are the major reasons. Lack of access to sanitary napkins is another problem; when they are available, their disposal becomes an equally compelling issue. Swati Bedekar, a social entrepreneur working in the field of menstrual hygiene realized the gravity of the problem. Swati Bedekar is a member of Vatsalya Foundation (Gujarat), which manufactures and distributes sanitary napkins…
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  • The Importance Of Wearing Organic Clothes

    Lillian Connors
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:29 am
    Last updated:2nd July, 2015, 11:39 AMImage Credit The Importance Of Wearing Organic Clothes. Modern men and women live in a world that is becoming more and more synthetic every day. The food that we eat is no longer natural, the air that we breed is no longer the same and almost every single material that our body touches or comes in contact with during the day has something harmful inside. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg of the real problem. With the growing demand for these synthetic products the market opens up more and more for them and this is not a good sign. Luckily not…
  • Pros and Cons of Green Buildings

    Mark Brandon
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    Last updated:30th June, 2015, 9:04 PMMark Brandon is a DIY builder who has plenty of experience in home renovation and inspection. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise to people through blogs. He leads the content team at Safe and Sound Property Inspections. He shares in this article the different pros and cons of green buildings. At this point in time, it is common to hear people talking about “going green”. And, whether you like it or not, there will come a time that you too have to participate in this green movement. This is because in the next few years, the planet will run…
  • 6 Tips To Energy Efficient Air Conditioners

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    Last updated:28th June, 2015, 3:21 PMIMAGE CREDIT 6 Tips To Energy Efficient Air Conditioners The post 6 Tips To Energy Efficient Air Conditioners appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
  • Taking Responsibility For Environmental Sustainability Issues

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    Last updated:25th June, 2015, 2:19 PMIMAGE CREDIT Taking Responsibility For Environmental Sustainability Issues. The post Taking Responsibility For Environmental Sustainability Issues appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
  • Are Solar Panels Worth It ?

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    Last updated:23rd June, 2015, 2:08 PMIMAGE CREDIT Are Solar Panels Worth It ? If you would like to save energy and money at your home,there are probably few solutions that come to your mind. One of them is to go for solar panels installation. Then some question are like is it worth or is it gonna really save energy and money for me starts to appear. The following Infographic Gives you an example of  what exactly happened in Australia regrading solar panel installation and its impact. The post Are Solar Panels Worth It ? appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
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  • Holmes Air Purifier Reviews & Comparisons 2015

    Brian
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Guides to Choose A Holmes Air Purifier As one of the leading makers of electric goods, Holmes has gained rich experiences in producing excellent and dependable products through over 30 years’ attempts. We will talk about Holmes air purifier reviews in this post. Air purifier might be a relatively new sector, but this also means that great potentials are waiting for Holmes. And Holmes air purifiers have taken up some market share in portable and console air purifiers field once… Continue Reading ›› The post Holmes Air Purifier Reviews & Comparisons 2015 appeared first…
  • Guides to Choose A Best UV Air Purifier for Home

    Brian
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:49 pm
    How UV Air Purifier Works? Air purifiers that are equipped with ultraviolet light are able to kill all airborne microorganisms, like molds, bacteria, viruses and more. UV technology they utilized can release UV lights that contain UV rays. As the polluted air passes through the air purifier, organic matter in the air is exposed to the UV radiation and destroyed completely. This is different from the filter air purifiers.  UV light Technology Vs. HEPA Technology Filters can help air purifiers… Continue Reading ›› The post Guides to Choose A Best UV Air Purifier for Home…
  • The Causes of Allergies

    Brian
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Causes of Allergies Allergies are defined as bodily overreactions (allergic reactions) that occur when the immune system is exposed to harmful substances (allergens). Examples of common allergens include protein rich foods such as peanuts and eggs, fragrances, insect stings, pollen and dust mites. While each of these allergens produces unique symptoms, the most common ones include hives, watery eyes, a running nose, breathing problems and at times, death. How The Immune System Works in Fighting Allergens Our immune system, which… Continue Reading ›› The post The Causes of…
  • Consumer Reports: Hunter Air Purifier Reviews, Ratings 2015

    Brian
    30 May 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Guides to Choose A Hunter Air Purifier 2014 – 2015 Hunter, founded in 1886, is a reputable manufacturer of ceiling fan. In 2004, Hunter launched series of air purifiers into the market, which strengthens its philosophy of making high quality products while providing the most enjoyable user experiences. In this post, we will talk about hunter air purifier reviews and ratings, and compare some top rated Hunter air cleaner units. Most of customers hold that air purifiers of high levels… Continue Reading ›› The post Consumer Reports: Hunter Air Purifier Reviews, Ratings…
  • Winix Air Purifier Reviews and Ratings 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    28 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    Guides to Choose A Winix Air Purifier for Home Winix started to enter into the air purifier market after focusing on manufacturing home appliances for 36 years. With sleek design, Winix air purifiers are ideal for any occasions. Surely, what makes them reputed is the high level quality and performance. In today’s post, you will find Winix air purifier reviews info. Air purifiers from Winix are equipped with superior air filtration, innovative technology and digital controls. On the other hand,… Continue Reading ›› The post Winix Air Purifier Reviews and Ratings 2014…
 
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  • Harmonizing the Proposed Clean Power Plan with Oregon’s Existing Law and Policy

    Kasey Krifka
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Guest Post by Celina Bonugli, Attorney June 30, 2015 On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants titled “Carbon Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” (EGUs) and more commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan. In this action, the EPA proposed emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to address GHG emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired EGUs. As proposed, the EPA intends for this rule to…
  • The Climate Trust Amps up Caliber of Board of Directors with New Membership

    Kasey Krifka
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust Live on P.R. Web – April 21, 2015 The Climate Trust is pleased to announce two strategic additions to the Board of Directors: Patrick Maloney, Principal at Occam Advisors and Nini Redway, former Deputy Treasurer for the California State Treasurer. “The Climate Trust is thrilled to welcome both Nini and Patrick to our board leadership team. The pair offer decades of environmental and financial expertise, adding distinction and an invaluable perspective to the Board,” said Laura Beane, Board Chair and Director of Regional Market Structure & Policy…
  • Testimony, Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee

    Kasey Krifka
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Sean Penrith, The Climate Trust June 10, 2015 The Climate Trust was asked to sit on an Oregon Senate panel—along with Our Children’s Trust, Sightline Institute, Oregon State, and the authors of HB3470 and SB965—to educate committee members on carbon pricing basics, as it relates to bills currently under consideration. The following letter is a summary of executive director, Sean Penrith’s testimony on behalf of The Climate Trust. Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee 900 Court St. NE Salem Oregon 97301…
  • What should happen to the money when carbon polluters pay?

    Kasey Krifka
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Peter Weisberg, The Climate Trust As published by Sustainable Business Oregon – June 8, 2015 Economists generally agree that requiring polluters to pay for their carbon emissions is the essential policy solution for mitigating catastrophic climate change. Yet, what happens to the revenues raised by either of these carbon pricing systems is essential. As Oregon and Washington debate carbon pricing mechanisms, it’s essential to understand how these revenues can be handled and how California, the state with the most advanced carbon pricing in the United States, has decided to allocate…
  • Blue Carbon Rising

    Kasey Krifka
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Dick Kempka, The Climate Trust As published by Triple Pundit – June 10, 2015 It’s likely most people have never heard the term blue carbon. When carbon is stored in coastal wetland ecosystems, including tidal marshes, mangroves and seagrass, it becomes known as blue carbon. Amazingly, blue carbon ecosystems remove four times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, per acre, than forests. This means healthy coastal wetlands are considered a carbon sink, and restored wetlands are a largely unrealized solution to the problem of increasing worldwide carbon dioxide levels. In fact, on a…
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  • Toyota Mirai Offers the Most Zero-Emissions Miles

    Benji Jerew
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Fall 2016, Toyota North America plans to officially launch the world’s first full-production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV), the 2016 Toyota Mirai. Like all ZEVs (zero emissions vehicles), it generates no tailpipe emissions, just water vapor, since it is an FCV. Given that hydrogen fueling stations are in short supply, … The post Toyota Mirai Offers the Most Zero-Emissions Miles appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • IMF: Fossil Fuels Subsidized $5.3 trillion in 2015 Alone

    Annika Tostengard
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:40 pm
    An estimate by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reveals that the true cost of fossil fuels is expected to total $5.3 trillion in subsidies in 2015. Broken down, the number becomes $10 million every minute(!!!), a shocking fact that has many concerned. The estimate is much higher than the number … The post IMF: Fossil Fuels Subsidized $5.3 trillion in 2015 Alone appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Evaporation as New Source of Renewable Energy

    Satya Sivani
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Evaporation is now becoming a source of renewable energy with the help of bacteria and the two new devices, Evaporation engine, and Moisture mill, invented by the Columbia University scientists. While solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, tidal, bio-energies are widely known, there are also other sources which are, now, less reliable as both … The post Evaporation as New Source of Renewable Energy appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Offshore Wind Farm to Replace Fukushima’s Nuclear Plant

    David DeMar
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:11 pm
    An offshore wind farm is set to be deployed off the coast of Japan, less than 20 kilometers from the defunct Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant. In a region that is both supremely concerned with a lack of available land and where the long shadow of the Fukushima disaster still … The post Offshore Wind Farm to Replace Fukushima’s Nuclear Plant appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • A “Green” Beer We Can All Get Behind

    Sarah Higman
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Looking for your new favorite beer? Look no further, meet the West’s best kept secret Sierra Nevada Beer. Sierra Nevada Beer could be the greenest beer in the world; from start to finish sustainability is the keystone of their production. Let’s start with energy; Sierra Nevada owns one of the … The post A “Green” Beer We Can All Get Behind appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
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  • Pope Francis and Climate Change: Hyperbole, Hysteria, or Hope?

    18 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    The climate may have just found its most effective advocate in the Pope. Will climate deniers succeed in diminishing his message, or will his unflinching stance inspire swift and unified global action? Pope Francis has rocked the world with a sweeping 184-page encyclical (teaching letter) officially released today that wages war on climate change. His message is brave and direct: climate change has been caused primarily by human activity; humans have been irresponsible stewards of the planet; citizens of developed nations must change their lifestyles in order to eliminate an abhorrent…
  • How to Finance Energy Efficient Homes

    RESNET
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    As the demand for energy efficient homes grows, homebuyers are beginning ask questions about financing options and whether they can take advantage of financing options that take energy efficiency into account. Homeowners too, want to know about the options available to them when making energy efficient upgrades to their homes. So if you’re considering opting for an energy efficient new home, or making energy upgrades to your current one and have the same questions, we’ve got some answers for you.
  • Navigating the Eco-Friendly Maze: A Carpenter's Perspective

    16 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    What the heck is eco-friendly and what's not?  In today's consumer markets there are many companies claiming eco-friendly products. But are they really not harmful to our planet?  That's the maze!  
  • Cabinets: Replace, Reface or Repaint?

    10 Jun 2015 | 11:53 am
    The Estate Collection from Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. offers FSC- and SFI-certified wood choices. WHEN DESIGNING A kitchen remodel, one of the biggest decisions you may have to help your client with is what to do with the cabinets. If the budget is tight, refinishing and re-staining or painting wood cabinets will do the trick without major remodeling costs. Another way to give them a cosmetic upgrade is swapping outdated knobs and pulls for newer ones. And if you invest in high-quality cabinets to begin with, you can be assured of minimizing the kitchen’s impact on the environment.
  • Make Your Roof More Energy Efficient

    RESNET
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:37 am
    If you’re thinking about making energy efficient improvements to your home, one major area to consider is your roof. Believe it or not, “greening” your roof can help lower your energy bills considerably and make your home much more comfortable to live in. Here are three things to keep in mind when making your roof energy efficient.
 
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    The Greenhouse Farmer

  • The Sun Grown Cannabis Campaign

    Benjamin Hoopes
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    A Forever Flowering Greenhouse with automated light deprivation, designed for the cannabis industry Rick Pfrommer has been part of the cannabis movement for over 25 years and was one of the founding members of California’s Harborside Health Center almost 10 years ago.  Rick and Harborside were featured on the Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars (episodes available here).  Touting more than 100,000 patients, Harborside is one of the largest dispensaries in the world.  Prior to leaving Harborside to focus on his own consulting company, Rick oversaw all cannabis purchasing activity.
  • Is Processed Food a “Trend” That’s On the Decline?

    Benjamin Hoopes
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    A hog roast with Chef Brandon Johns of Ann Arbor’s Grange Kitchen Chef Brandon Johns has a simple philosophy, “Food tastes better, in season, from whatever place you harvest it.” He opened his restaurant, Grange Kitchen and Bar, in 2010 with plans to make a real seasonal restaurant, something he didn’t feel that everyone in the industry who claimed to be seasonal was truthfully doing. “For example, we’ll get 20 roosters from a farmer.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone. We make coq au vin, a traditional Burgundy, France recipe.  It has to be done with…
  • Nifty Hoops’ Barn Raising Business

    Benjamin Hoopes
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:37 am
    A Nifty Hoops barnraising Previously, I wrote about Noah Link’s 4 acre farm in Detroit, The Food Field.  This week I caught up with Jeff McCabe, who installed their hoop houses. “Hoop house tends to be more of a connotation than anything different than a greenhouse” Jeff has helped farmers in both the financing and construction of more than 100 hoop houses in Michigan and its bordering states. “We’re looking at different ways to pave some of these paths for [farmers] to be successful and prove out to others that it can happen” Breakfast Financing Nifty…
  • How Detroit’s Food Field Started an Urban Farm From Scratch

    Benjamin Hoopes
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    The Food Field, a 4 acre urban farm in the heart of Detroit From Musician to Farm Manager Noah Link’s urban farming itch began to develop while he was at the University of Michigan.  While pursuing a social sciences degree, he managed to study abroad in England, Tanzania, India, New Zealand and Mexico. “Seeing first hand what was happening in urban agriculture around the world, the problems farmers are facing here and in countries like India.  Seeing how messed up our food system is in this country and everywhere else is what pushed me into farming, a way to attack that…
  • Learning to grow food efficiently, like they do in outer space

    Benjamin Hoopes
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Dangling roots in an aeroponics system Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to turn it on its head.  A case in point, the solution to our agriculture woes here on earth might in fact be found in space. The OASIS project (Operations and Service Infrastructure for Space), a project supported by NASA and International Space University, has a stated mission, “to develop a progressive network of spaceports using the most cost-effective resources to enable space exploration and commercial activities, and ultimately to extend humanity throughout the solar system.” According to…
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    Green Building Education Systems (GBES)

  • Baseball a Leader in Green Stadiums

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

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

    Joe Gorley
    20 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Military veterans have unselfishly served our country. Now we at GBES can help do something for them. Veterans, eligible dependents and reservists wanting to advance a career in the green building industry can get financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will reimburse the full cost of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate and LEED AP credential exams. Holding a LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates to the thriving sustainability industry that you have mastered green building principles, practices and vital skills. For…
  • AIA Convention Highlights

    Joe Gorley
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    This year’s AIA Convention in Atlanta was one amazing highlight reel. President Clinton. The party at the College Football Hall of Fame. The AIA COTE Awards reception. The Diversity Council events. The engagement of the crowd. And the list goes on. Our GBES team chatted with hundreds of people who came by our booth, and we picked up on learning and trends throughout the weekend. Here are some of our highlights: Everybody knows LEED. In this crowd, LEED rules. From our view, 100 percent of the people at the conference were familiar with LEED and its influence in the industry. About 50…
  • Happy Earth Day!

    Joe Gorley
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Happy 45th Earth Day! At GBES we like to celebrate Earth Day every day by helping green building industry professionals earn their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credentials. LEED credentialed professionals make communities more sustainable, healthier, and less impactful on the environment with LEED certified projects. An astounding seven million square feet of construction space is LEED certified daily. Here are five ways LEED is making every day Earth Day The LEED process encourages building owners to make sustainable changes to their properties. Renewable energy and…
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