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  • 5 Fun Ways to Use Carved Pumpkins After Halloween

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

    Greener Ideal
    Sarah Burke
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Halloween is Nearly Here, so Here’s How to Celebrate in Eco-Friendly Style! Halloween is almost here, and for those of you who plan on celebrating the spooky holiday, you’ve probably started putting together a few ideas for costumes, parties and treats. And while we only want you to have the best of fun on Halloween, it’s not too late to consider a few greener alternatives.   Costumes […]
  • GREENING HALLOWEEN

    Green-Mom.com
    Larraine Roulston
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    By Larraine Roulston: Be EEEKO friendly!! For the Halloween hype, parents can green the orange and black treats, costumes and parties. Dressing up can become much more creative by looking in your closets for old clothes, hats or fabrics. A trip to a thrift store may also provide some good choices. Avoid cheap costume jewelry, painted ...
  • DIY: Recycled Halloween Decorations

    Build Green Things
    Anjustin
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    TRICK or TREAT!Halloween, it`s knocking on your door. Are you ready to celebrate with us? If not, let me share these fun-filled and easy DIY projects on how to make your Halloween decors out of some recycled materials. Here we go!Scary Glowing Eyes It must have been so scary feeling hidden eyes is looking at you, right? Why not give that same feeling to others this Halloween season? Collect some toilet paper rolls and carve some spooky eyes with a knife. Get some glow sticks, pop in and tape one inside each roll. Hide these eyes in some dark places or among bushes. There you have…
  • 5 Fun Ways to Use Carved Pumpkins After Halloween

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

  • Favorite Compost Tools of the Garden Season

    Shawna Coronado
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Want to speed up your composting so that it breaks down a lot faster? With fall upon us weather begins to cool and composting slows down, yet it is still possible – and easy – to compost year round. Granted, composting works better with warmth and heat, but winter composting is possible if you continue to work at it. This year I tried out two different composting tools and have found both to be surprisingly successful at solving some of my compost problems. Below is a brief review of each so you can decide if you might like them. They turned out to be my favorite compost tools of…
  • Houseplants Part II – Home Air Purification

    Shawna Coronado
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    As a part of my two part series on how to grow houseplants I bring you an indoor garden idea and product review – a houseplant stand that will not leak on your floors and a great list of air purification houseplants that might help you keep your house filled with cleaner air. With our homes filled with computers, electronics, carpet fumes, and all types of chemicals, keeping our indoor air quality clean can be a challenge. Some houseplants make great chemical absorbing tools. There was a two year study done by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the National…
  • Houseplants Part I – Books and Ideas

    Shawna
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Houseplants terrify me. I am gradually changing my mind about houseplants and see them as a great way to bring some garden love into the house at the end of the garden season. It’s fall, it’s nippy outside, we need some green happiness and inspiration, and face it – there’s only so many martini’s we can drink. Now is the time to venture into the new, the unknown, the houseplant! Two books that have given me a fantastic education on interior gardening are written by experts on houseplants that really know how to guide your planting with smart techniques and tips:…
  • Plant a Siberian Squill Bulb (Scilla siberica)

    Shawna Coronado
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    One of the most delightful bulbs found growing in early spring in the Midwestern garden are Siberian Squill or  Scilla siberica. They offer a peek of color when the world is still cold and are a perfect contribution to a bulb garden. Below is a page from my latest book, the Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide, that will give you a fantastic idea on how to get started growing the smart little bulb (photo credit for the Scilla above is from the amazing Kylee Baumle of OurLittleAcre.com). Siberian Squill Botanical Name – Scilla siberica Bloom Period and Seasonal Colors – Blue,…
  • Tips For Growing White Pumpkins

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

    Pierre Delforge
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Pierre Delforge, Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, San Francisco A new study released today defies the conventional assumption that computers spend approximately half of their time switched on and the other half either in “sleep mode” using very little electricity or turned off altogether. This also means the estimates of all computer energy consumption globally and in the United States may be off – by a substantial amount. In fact, findings from the report by the University of California Irvine (UCI) Plug Load Research Center imply that computer energy use in…
  • Fact, Not Fiction: Floridians Support Action on Carbon Pollution

    Pamela Rivera
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Pamela Rivera, Latino Engagement Associate / Program Assistant, Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, a group called "Partnership for a Better Energy Future," released a poll purporting to show that a "plurality of voters (47 percent) oppose" the EPA's Clean Power Plan.  At first glance, those results might seem alarming, until you realize that this "poll" is nothing more than blatant propaganda. “This flawed ‘poll’ is an outlier that flies in the face of almost every other poll to date that shows strong public support for limiting dangerous carbon pollution and protecting…
  • Make Your Voices Heard: Vote in the 2014 Elections

    Frances Beinecke
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City Now is the time of year Americans can exercise our most powerful form of citizen activism. We get to cast our ballots for the leaders of our choice. This is an opportunity not to be squandered, and I urge you to seize it this election season. Mail in your ballots, go to your polling place, and make your voices heard. We need to speak up—now more than ever. A tidal wave of special interest money is swamping the American electoral process and threatening to corrode the very foundation of democracy. In 2012, for instance, oil, gas and coal…
  • Virginia's Utility Regulatory Staff: Wielding a Nuclear Ax When Toothpicks Would Do

    Walton Shepherd
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C. With Virginia already 80 percent of the way toward meeting its climate pollution reduction target under the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP), and Governor McAuliffe’s Energy Plan poised to get the state the rest of the way, it’s perplexing that staff at the state’s utility commission suggests Virginia would employ the single most expensive method possible-- building a nuclear reactor—to get to the finish line. The staff at the State Corporation Commission (SCC), which regulates utilities in the Old Dominion, made that…
  • New guide from ASLA highlights urban green, literally, in Portland

    Kaid Benfield
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Washington, DC   As many readers know, I am a huge fan of the American Society of Landscape Architects and their leadership on thoughtful ways to integrate nature into our cities.  It’s easy to take nature for granted when we are in the middle of it, but that’s a mistake:  After decades of suburban sprawl, we’re finally on a more urban trend in the US.  That’s a very good thing, but it’s easy to forget as we add more urban development to our cities that we humans are biophilic creatures.
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    Grist

  • Yes, candy is evil, but denying yourself on Halloween will only make you healthy and boring

    Sam Bliss
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Candy is bad for you and often unethical. It’s not even very satisfying. But here’s the thing: My mouth loves it. One sentence into writing about candy, my salivary glands are spilling slobber. I’m craving a king-size Kit-Kat, or at least a bite of Krackle. Last week, the Huffington Post blog alerted us once again to an ancient evil long practiced by the mega-confectioners that rule Halloween: Candy, like nearly everything that comes in a package, is made with lots of palm oil, a.k.a. orangutan blood. You probably know pervasive palm products arrive in our…
  • Is carving jack-o-lanterns wasteful?

    Ask Umbra®
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Q. Between the bags of candy, scary movies, and pumpkins, Halloween is high on my list of favorite holidays. But it does all seem a bit wasteful. Am I unleashing some sort of environmental horror by buying and carving a pumpkin? What’s the best way to be a responsible jack-o-lantern carver?  Laura O. Seattle, Wash. A. Dearest Laura, Does Halloween have its own version of the Grinch? You know, a grouchy character who attempts to ruin All Hallow’s Eve by filling people with guilt about their plastic masks, sugar-bomb treats, and profligate pumpkins? What would we call such a character…
  • China’s latest fashion craze: Smog masks

    Liz Core
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    TREND ALERT: Air pollution may make the air in Beijing gray, odorous, and sickening — but that doesn’t mean their fashion has to be! This week Beijing hosts China Fashion Week, and fashion designer Yin Peng’s pollution-inspired face masks are almost as hot as the ones worn by Beijing’s marathon runners. China’s top models donned masks ranging from the traditional mouth-to-nose piece to a futuristic full-face, welding mask-like design to the always sexy and ultra-protective head-bag known as the facekini. Peng’s designs are versatile, light-weight,…
  • The New Yorker food issue, ranked by kale factor

    Nathanael Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    In the New Yorker food issue, the word “kale” appears in 83 percent of the feature stories — including the fiction. Writer John Lanchester got his mention in while coining the term “compulsory kale,” a phrase which feels deeply right. If kale is compulsory, even in magazine features, then the trend must be past its apogee: What is compulsory cannot also be surprising, subversive, and delightful. That’s just one of the insights into our culinary state that emerges when you focus the collective thinking power of the New Yorker staff on food! Here’s my summary guide to the…
  • How to eat local during the zombie apocalypse

    Amelia Urry
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Admit it: You’ve been watching too many horror movies this week — which means you’ve probably also been planning your survival strategy for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Familiar questions include: ‘Hit the gun shop with all the other trigger-happy humans, or hunker down through the initial bloodbath to clean up on melee weapons like axes and golf clubs?’* ‘Gather a crew of cautiously loyal friends or go lone wolf?’* and the inevitable: ‘To boat or not to boat?’* But while stockpiling ammo and antibiotics is all well and good, have…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • Review: SUPERSTORM: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy by Kathryn Miles

    Scott Edward Anderson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Two years ago tonight, Superstorm Sandy hit New York with a vengeance. Whatever you call her: hurricane, superstorm, Frankenstorm, Sandy was a massive, monster storm. Sandy was the second costliest hurricane in recorded history. Only 2005’s Hurricane Katrina was costlier in terms of damages -- $68 billion and counting as of the spring of 2014 – and Sandy was responsible for at least 286 deaths in seven countries.Sandy’s storm surge swamped New York City, flooding tunnels, subways, and streets; cutting off power to residents in and around the city.At 49 feet above sea level in Park…
  • Top 10 Reasons You Won't See Me at the People's Climate March

    Scott Edward Anderson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    "This is an invitation to change everything."Right. So says the notice about the (so-called) People's Climate March. It goes on to say, "In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an…
  • My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

    Scott Edward Anderson
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Here's My Top 5 reasons cleantech is alive and well:  1.) China. China finally seems poised to address its outrageous pollution problem. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection estimates it will cost China upwards of $800 billion to clean its air. $800 billion. Cleaning up Beijing alone could cost as much as $163 billion. And its water doesn't fair much better: seventy percent of the groundwater in the north China plain is unfit for human contact. Not just consumption, contact. And only half the water sources for Chinese cities are safe to drink. The Chinese…
  • Ideas on Energy: Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum Looks to the Industry’s Future

    Scott Edward Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    (Note: This is reposted from my friends at Pepper Hamiliton LLP, co-hosts of the Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum with the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic, of which I am co-founder.)The future of the energy industry; the technologies with the potential to impact energy exploration, delivery and efficiency; and the energy industry investment climate were on the agenda at the 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum.Pepper’s Energy and Emerging Company Groups hosted the April 3, 2014 event in Philadelphia, along with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (which…
  • Coming Up: 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Energy Tech Investment Forum

    Scott Edward Anderson
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Six years. We've been running these cleantech and energy tech investment forums for six years. And by "we" I mean my co-founder of the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic, Kevin Brown of Hobbs & Towne, and me, along with our pal Tom Dwyer, who was part of the original team putting this show together.Now Tom is at Pepper Hamilton, which joins us as co-sponsor this year, but we'll be at the same venue, as the past few years, the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Or as my kids used to call it, the "dinosaur museum."This year, we've got another stellar line up, with keynote speaker Bob…
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    Ecorazzi

  • Watch: Ed Begley Jr. on the Power of a Vegan Lifestyle

    Michael dEstries
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    After biking seven miles to the Environmental Media Association Awards a couple weekends back, Ed Begley Jr. chatted with our own Ken Spector about his new television series, green home Read MoreThe post Watch: Ed Begley Jr. on the Power of a Vegan Lifestyle appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Petition Asks Ben & Jerry’s to Make a Vegan Ice Cream

    Brianne Hogan
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    A couple from Charlottesville creates a petition asking Ben & Jerry's to produce a dairy-free ice cream. Read MoreThe post Petition Asks Ben & Jerry’s to Make a Vegan Ice Cream appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: Colbert Takes on the NRA’s Opposition to Pet Eating Ban

    Natalia Galbetti
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Thanks to the NRA people in Pennsylvania can eat their pets. Stephen Colbert tackled the subject in his show explaining how exactly that came to be. Read MoreThe post WATCH: Colbert Takes on the NRA’s Opposition to Pet Eating Ban appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: Wendi McLendon-Covey Shows Kindness to Kitties

    Allyson Koerner
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    "The Goldbergs" actress, Wendi McLendon-Covey, loves her rescue kitties and wants to make sure we take care of animals the right way. Read MoreThe post WATCH: Wendi McLendon-Covey Shows Kindness to Kitties appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Vick’s Former Dogfighting Pit Bull Turned Therapy Dog Dies from Cancer

    Allyson Koerner
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Hector the Pit bull, Michael Vick's former fighting dog, dies after cancer battle, but wants others to celebrate him. Read MoreThe post Vick’s Former Dogfighting Pit Bull Turned Therapy Dog Dies from Cancer appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • Crafty DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

    Sheila Thomas
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Something wicked this way comes: Adding some low impact flare to your Halloween décor As with any holiday, when looking around for fun decorations it’s important to think about the materials those decorations are made from and what will become of them when they are tossed out. So keeping this in mind and counting down to the last day before Halloween – I’m going to share a fun and simple DIY anyone can do to add some last minute-flare using basic cardboard. (above and side photos) Lantern boxes are fun display items made from any cardboard or paperboard box that you might have…
  • Wake up and smell the smog: eco tips and tricks

    Paul Watson
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    People, it’s time to wake up and smell the pollution you’ve created! Smog-filed streets, cars sputtering smoke and carbon, factories with chimneys like Victorian workhouses and aerosol cans tainting the air with every spray – these are the products of years of ignorance, and they’re killing our planet. But you don’t have to be a part of that system. With a few changes in your home life, your carbon footprint will slowly fade away. While all those people outside might pollute like it was going out of fashion, you can be part of the growing mass of eco-citizens fighting the good…
  • the LED light bulb that shines when the power goes out

    Ross Dulmaine
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you live in an environment that is prone to extreme weather events like big winter snowstorms, high winds, or hurricanes you might want to contemplate what’s going to happen when the lights go out (and they will). One solution – an energy-efficient LED light bulb which contains a rechargeable battery that keeps the bulb lit when the power goes out and operates like a normal LED light bulb when the juice is on. The SmartCharge LED Bulb was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign that reached 183% of its target. SmartCharge is a nifty solution for folks who experience…
  • What is medical waste and how is it disposed of?

    guest
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    Typically, medical waste is classified as any waste that has resulted from the diagnosis or treatment of people in clinics and hospitals. Some common varieties of medical waste include used bandages, used medical equipment (such as syringes), bodily fluids and human organs. It can also be produced in laboratories or research facilities that are carrying out biological testing. Additionally, facilities such as dental surgeries and veterinary practices also contribute to the estimated 200 million tonnes of worldwide medical waste produced each year. There are a whole host of risks and dangers…
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    Environmental News Network

  • Adélie penguin chick weights correlated to temperatures

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Oceanographers have reported a connection between local weather conditions and the weight of Adélie penguin chicks. Adélie penguins are an indigenous species of the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth. Since 1950, the average annual temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula has increased 2 degrees Celsius on average, and 6 degrees Celsius during winter.Adélie penguins are an indigenous species of the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth. Since 1950, the average annual temperature in the…
  • MIT finds switching to higher octane fuel would reduce carbon emissions

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    If the majority of light-duty vehicles in the United States ran on higher-octane gasoline, the automotive industry as a whole would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons per year, saving up to $6 billion in fuel costs, according to a new analysis by MIT researchers. In a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the team considered a scenario in which fuel is manufactured under a redefined octane rating — the measure of a gasoline’s ability to resist engine knocking during combustion.
  • World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to size of France; Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value / year. UNU study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed to feed world’s fast-growing population. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to a new study — Economics of Salt-induced Land Degradation and Restoration — published today by the UNU Institute for Water,…
  • Using Microscopic Bugs to Save the Bees

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    For decades, honeybees have been battling a deadly disease that kills off their babies (larvae) and leads to hive collapse. It’s called American Foulbrood and its effects are so devastating and infectious, it often requires infected hives to be burned to the ground. Treating Foulbrood is complicated because the disease can evolve to resist antibiotics and other chemical treatments. Losing entire hives not only disrupts the honey industry, but reduces the number of bees for pollinating plants. Now an undergraduate student at BYU, funded by ORCA grants, has produced a natural…
  • What could be better than LED lighting?

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Even as the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has enshrined light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the single most significant and disruptive energy-efficient lighting solution of today, scientists around the world continue unabated to search for the even-better-bulbs of tomorrow.Electronics based on carbon, especially carbon nanotubes (CNTs), are emerging as successors to silicon for making semiconductor materials. And they may enable a new generation of brighter, low-power, low-cost lighting devices that could challenge the dominance of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the future and help meet…
 
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • ‘The Daily Show’ Effect: Why We Love (and Trust) Fake News

    Jill Ettinger
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    “The Daily Show” and other fake news programs seem more real than real news these days. When did comedy become so serious? These are interesting times we’re living in. The 24-hour news channels are inundating us with urgent breaking news stories. Sometimes, they do so accurately, but often times they’re just using urgency for the sake of ratings – which, I guess, are urgent in their own way. Thank goodness we can find reprieve from the oh-so-serious news agencies with programs like “The Daily Show”, “The Colbert Report” and John Oliver’s…
  • The Sad Reasons Eating Disorders and Sexual Assault are Linked

    Abbie Stutzer
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sure, say all you want about Kesha’s music (I for one am a fan of her ridiculous, I-know-what-I’m-doing excess), but she’s a strong woman. And she’s one of the first people who has talked about how eating disorders and sexual assault are related. A few weeks ago, Kesha “went forth with a lawsuit” against Dr. Luke, her former manager. The lawsuit claims that Dr. Luke “drugged her, sexually abused her and physically assaulted her.” Kesha revealed this information to her doctors when she was in rehab for bulimia, Jezebel reports. Sources have claimed that Kesha didn’t come…
  • 4 Unexpected Ways to Younger-Looking Skin: Use Your Razor, Ladies

    Krissy Brady
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to use your razor to score younger-looking skin. We all love a new spin on an old favorite – especially when that new spin can help us score younger-looking skin. Ladies, I’d like to re-introduce you to… your razor. That’s right, the handy little gizmo that keeps your legs looking so fresh and so clean is also one of your best anti-aging crime fighters. The backs of your hands, neck, and décolletage are some of the most noticeable places we age, and by shaving these areas twice a week in the shower, you’re not only exfoliating your skin, but stimulating…
  • Solar Power Facts: 2015 Report Shows Residential Use By State

    Sara Novak
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Solar Power Rocks just released its residential solar power ratings by state (including the District of Columbia), based on criteria that lead to strong financial incentives to install solar panels. Find out your state’s solar power facts. The report includes detailed discussions of each state broken down by criteria, including areas where each state excels and those where it falls short. It also shows how state legislatures can impact change on the solar market in each state. What are the prospects for your state? Read on to find out your solar power facts by state. Top Ten States for…
  • 12 Cute Handbags Sporting Even Cuter Handles

    Krissy Brady
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cute handbags with short handles are making a serious splash. Here are our top picks. Remember those ginormous handbags we were carrying around just a few short months ago? You know, the ones that made you walk on a slant? I’m happy to report your shoulders can finally take a breather: Cute handbags with short handles are the new black, and the wide variety of styles available has left me all verklempt (in a good way). There’s nothing I’m looking forward to more than ditching that awkwardly long shoulder strap that makes me feel like I should be delivering mail. Here are 12 cute…
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    Yale Environment 360

  • A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for the World’s Rainforests

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    After decades of sobering news, a prominent conservationist says he is finally finding reason to be optimistic about the future of tropical forests. Consumer pressure on international corporations and new monitoring technology, he says, are helping turn the tide in efforts to save forests from Brazil to Indonesia. BY RHETT BUTLER
  • Weather and Climate Key in Weights of Antarctic Penguin Chicks, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Local weather and large-scale climate trends have the largest impact on the weights of Adélie penguin chicks An adult Adélie penguin feeds its chick. — not food availability — according to researchers at the University of Delaware. Adélie penguins are native to the West Antarctic Peninsula, and their habitat is warming faster than most other parts of the planet. Looking at records dating back to 1987, scientists found that year-to-year changes in local weather — including wind speed, temperature, rain, and humidity — could cause chicks’ weights at the time they leave their nests…
  • Scientists Find Seafloor Fallout Plume of Oil from Deepwater Horizon Spill

    Yale Environment 360
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Researchers say they have found a large fallout plume of oil on the seafloor from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon oil at the surface of the ocean disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. According to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a portion of the 2 million barrels of oil thought to be trapped in the deep sea after the spill appears to have settled across a 1,250-square-mile patch of the seafloor centered around the Macondo Well, which discharged an estimated 5 million barrels of oil in the nearly three months between its blowout in April and eventual…
  • Mature Forests Protect Waterways From Nitrogen Pollution, Researchers Find

    Yale Environment 360
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Forest top soils capture and stabilize nitrogen pollution very quickly but release it slowly, according to new research published in the journal Ecology. The findings indicate that mature forests may be providing an under-appreciated service by storing excess nitrogen, which can lead to algal blooms and oxygen-depleted dead zones if too much is released into lakes and waterways. Older forests store nitrogen more efficiently than young forests recovering from clear-cuts, the researchers found, because they have accumulated more top soil and organic matter within the forest floor. Previously,…
  • Innovations in Energy Storage Provide Boost for Renewables

    Yale Environment 360
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Because utilities can't control when the sun shines or the wind blows, it has been difficult to fully incorporate solar and wind power into the electricity grid. But new technologies designed to store the energy produced by these clean power sources could soon be changing that. BY DAVE LEVITAN
 
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    GreenBiz

  • How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traits

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

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

    Ann Goodman
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    For Sprint, communications is core to climate resilienceAnn Goodman8:45amFeatured Image: In what surely is a glaring understatement, Tanya Jones, manager of Sprint Corp.’s vital Emergency Response Team Operations, observed, “We learned quite a bit from Hurricane Sandy.” Indeed, Sprint, like all telecommunications carriers, lost cell sites on the northeastern seaboard and in New York City in the 2012 superstorm, which hurt its cellular operations. Fortunately, Sprint’s ERT was able to provide critical communications services to various first responders and emergency agencies using…
  • Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt Center

    Mike Hower
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt CenterMike Hower7:30amFeatured Image: Catch Denis Hayes in person at VERGE SF 2014, Oct. 27-30. The Seattle Bullitt Center has been touted as one of the world's greenest commercial buildings. Spearheaded by the Bullitt Foundation, which offers grants to organizations working to advance environmental initiatives in the Pacific Northwest, the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building was completed last year and is undergoing certification for the Living Building Challenge — a standard more ambitious than LEED. To be declared a Living Building, a…
  • Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola waste

    Janet Howard
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola wasteJanet Howard7:15amFeatured Image: How do hospitals prepare for the potential Ebola virus waste stream with science-based decision-making and start off with a best management approach to this waste? While this is an emerging topic with evolving practices, the most important resource is The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web page for interim guidance on the best approaches for protective equipment, segregation, storage, packaging and removal of this Category A infectious material. While this waste stream may not…
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  • Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town.
  • China's growth-obsessed officials ignoring green policies: parliament

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Local officials determined to make their economies bigger at any cost are ignoring Beijing's push to cut hazardous air pollution, opting instead to expand heavy industries and cut clean energy from the grid, a Chinese parliamentary report said.
  • No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    HALDUMMULLA Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more than 100 from 300 the previous night.
  • Gas wastewater likely triggered 2011 quake in Colorado: USGS

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    (Reuters) - Underground disposal of wastewater from gas production likely triggered a moderate earthquake in Colorado in 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday in a study that may fuel debate over the impact of the U.S. energy boom.
  • Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    KONA Hawaii (Reuters) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept across a residential property on Hawaii's Big Island early on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes and businesses at the edge of a seaside town.
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  • Fish Attacks Cats, Turns Our World Upside Down

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Has nature gone cray? Viral video shows a fish leaping out of the water to seemingly attack two curious cats. As one kitty peers over the pond's edge, the other climbs onto its companion's back for a better view. Then the fish, speculated in some reports to be a pike in a Japanese koi carp pond, strikes. The unexpected turn is not as shocking as it might seem. "Pike and Muskie are both voracious visual predators and are known to attack ducks on the water, but also will lunge on to the shore to attack smaller prey," Jeffrey Levinton, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony…
  • Our World Is Mesmerizing On The Micro Level, And These Award-Winning Photos Are Proof

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    You've never seen a spider, a caterpillar, or even a DVD reader quite like this before. The winning photos this year in Nikon's annual Small World Photomicrography Competition offer a very up-close look at these three things and many others--and they're absolutely beautiful. The annual competition, which is celebrating its 40th year, showcases some of the best microphotography from around the world. This year, more than 1,200 entries from at least 79 countries were vying for top honors. The entries were judged by biologist Dr. Paul Maddox, Slate science editor Laura Helmuth, and Popular…
  • 150 Cats Evacuated From New York Home, Some Were In Walls

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say building inspectors have condemned an upstate New York home after crews had to tear out the walls to find many of the more than 150 cats that were removed from the property. Troopers say the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society spent Tuesday and Wednesday removing the kittens and adult cats from Bertha Ryan's home in the Rensselaer County town of in Schaghticoke (SKAT'-ih-kohk), 20 miles northeast of Albany. Police say 11 dead cats were found on her property. Officials say a trooper who went to the home earlier this month to check on the welfare of a…
  • You're Going To Really Have To Want To Get To St. Helena

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you're looking to get away -- and we mean really away -- from a fast-paced life, you probably should head on down to St. Helena. You may have heard of it thanks to 10th grade history when you learned that Napoleon was exiled there, but you may want to go to it now because there (supposedly) aren't any ATMs or businesses that take credit cards. Did we mention that the island, which is a British territory in the South Atlantic, is only accessible by boat. It's not a self-proclaimed one of the most isolated islands in the world for nothin'. St Helena/Facebook Visitors arrive from Cape Town…
  • The Shrimp You Buy May Not Be What You Think It Is

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    The next time you sit down for some shrimp scampi, beware of a bait-and-switch. Much of the shrimp sold in grocery stores and restaurants across the U.S. isn't exactly what it says on the package or the menu, a new survey claims. Using DNA testing, the marine conservation group Oceana sampled 143 shrimp products from U.S. stores and restaurants and found that as many as 30 percent misrepresented the crustaceans they contained. For example, the researchers found that some shrimp labeled as being caught from the Gulf of Mexico were actually whiteleg shrimp raised in farms. In other cases, one…
 
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  • Couple's Home Invaded by Baby Sloths (PHOTOS)

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Watch where you sit! A baby sloth turns couch potato in Panama. Photo by Lucy Cooke Nestor Correa and his wife Yiscel Yanguez have had their home invaded by baby sloths. The result of this somnolent intrusion is somewhat ironic: T hey aren't getting any sleep. The couple live in Panama city where together they run APPC wildlife rescue. Sloths are their number one rescue animal thanks to Panama's rapid development, which is replacing their jungle home with apartment blocks, roads and power lines. A two-toed sloth baby enjoys a carrot. Photo by Lucy Cooke Rescued adult sloths are released back…
  • Strong After Sandy: Healing the Past, Investing in the Future

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    The eye of Hurricane Sandy came ashore two years ago, devastating communities along the Atlantic Coast with record storm surge, fierce winds and torrential rain. The damage was so extensive that to this day many people are still struggling to rebuild homes and businesses and put their lives back together. For wildlife resource managers, Sandy was a wake-up call to the vulnerability of the beaches, sand dunes, and coastal marshes that not only provide habitat for fish and wildlife but also protect local communities from flooding. At national wildlife refuges, the surge left miles of debris and…
  • China's New Tools to Battle Air Pollution Can Also Help Fight Climate Change

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    In preparation for hosting the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, which will be attended by President Obama and other world leaders, Beijing's municipal government has announced a six-day public holiday for central and city government. It will order drivers to use their vehicles only on alternate days. In neighboring Hebei province, more than 800 factories and 900 construction sites will halt work for nearly two weeks, in an attempt to keep the skies clear over Beijing during the meeting. Much of the air pollution in China comes from burning coal, for heat, in power…
  • Cli-Fi is Real

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    When I first popularized cli-fi in 2009, it was initially inspired by Franny Armstrong's docu-film The Age of Stupid, a work of science and fiction. Starring the late, great Pete Postelthwaite as a melted Arctic-bound archivist of a humanity that dumbly extincted itself (verb intended), Armstrong's patient multimedia proved the boundary between what is environmental science and what is cultural narrative has always been what William Gibson described in his foundational Neuromancer as a "consensual hallucination." He was speaking of the cyberspace in which we all now create ourselves, a…
  • Puppy-proof Your Holiday Season: Tips for Training Your New Puppy

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    'Tis the season for new puppies! Before you bring home a new puppy this holiday season, be sure you are prepared to properly train and care for your new little bundle of joy. To help you do so, I have put together some of the top obedience commands every puppy should know and how you can easily enforce them: 1. Make your training sessions short and sweet Puppies are bundles of energy and have a low level of concentration so keep training sessions short. Twenty minutes is a good time frame to introduce a trick or command and then follow it up with either a 20-minute session later that day or…
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  • How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traits

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

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

    Ann Goodman
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    For Sprint, communications is core to climate resilienceAnn Goodman8:45amFeatured Image: In what surely is a glaring understatement, Tanya Jones, manager of Sprint Corp.’s vital Emergency Response Team Operations, observed, “We learned quite a bit from Hurricane Sandy.” Indeed, Sprint, like all telecommunications carriers, lost cell sites on the northeastern seaboard and in New York City in the 2012 superstorm, which hurt its cellular operations. Fortunately, Sprint’s ERT was able to provide critical communications services to various first responders and emergency agencies using…
  • Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt Center

    Mike Hower
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt CenterMike Hower7:30amFeatured Image: Catch Denis Hayes in person at VERGE SF 2014, Oct. 27-30. The Seattle Bullitt Center has been touted as one of the world's greenest commercial buildings. Spearheaded by the Bullitt Foundation, which offers grants to organizations working to advance environmental initiatives in the Pacific Northwest, the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building was completed last year and is undergoing certification for the Living Building Challenge — a standard more ambitious than LEED. To be declared a Living Building, a…
  • Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola waste

    Janet Howard
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola wasteJanet Howard7:15amFeatured Image: How do hospitals prepare for the potential Ebola virus waste stream with science-based decision-making and start off with a best management approach to this waste? While this is an emerging topic with evolving practices, the most important resource is The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web page for interim guidance on the best approaches for protective equipment, segregation, storage, packaging and removal of this Category A infectious material. While this waste stream may not…
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  • World must do more to fight Ebola: UN envoy Power

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Returning from W. Africa, ambassador to UN says world must confront "greatest public health crisis ever."
  • 150 found in Iraq mass grave

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Militants from Islamic State said to have rounded up Sunni men from villages and executed them Wednesday.
  • NATO says watching increased Russian miiltary moves in Europe airspace

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace. "NATO is strong, it remains vigilant," he said during a visit to Athens. Russian strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft have been intercepted on Tuesday and Wednesday in what NATO said earlier was "unusual" activity. "This strength is our answer" to what NATO has termed large-scale Russian military manoeuvres over the Atlantic, Baltic, North and Black seas earlier this week, when they skirted…
  • Hawaii's Big Island watches lava slowly reshape community

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii. People in the small town lying in its path say the lava will reshape the community yard by yard as it slides toward the ocean.
  • On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    Somehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot.
 
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  • Cleaning Green

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    When listening to the Earth, what clues can seismic data reveal about the impact of urban life? Although naturally occurring vibrations have proven useful to seismologists, until now the vibrations caused by humans haven’t been explored in any real depth. Researchers have described their efforts to tap into an urban seismic network to monitor the traffic of trains, planes, automobiles and other modes of human transport.
  • Testing of filters to contain radioactive materials

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    If released in significant quantities, radioactive materials pose a potential threat to people and the environment. Now, new research is helping the nuclear industry ensure that radioactive materials continue to be safely contained and that standards of safety are continuously improved.
  • Plump turtles swim better: First models of swimming animals

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Bigger is better, if you're a leatherback sea turtle. For the first time, researchers have measured the forces that act on a swimming animal and the energy the animal must expend to move through the water.
  • Ammonium source in open ocean tracked by researchers

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    To understand the extent to which human activities are polluting Earth's atmosphere and oceans, it's important to distinguish human-made pollutants from compounds that occur naturally. A new study finds that deposition of ammonium, a source of nitrogen pollution, over the open ocean comes mostly from natural marine sources, and not from human activity.
  • Teeth, sex and testosterone reveal secrets of aging in wild mouse lemurs

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Mouse lemurs can live at least eight years in the wild -- twice as long as some previous estimates, a long-term longitudinal study finds.
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    GoodGuide
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    GoodGuide
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    In just a few days, GoodGuide will unveil a new website design. Here’s your opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at what we’ve got in store. We hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. A New, Streamlined Homepage GoodGuide.com Homepage In addition to a new look and feel, we’re streamlining our navigation to make made it even easier to search and find scientific ratings on over 200,000 consumer products. Speaking of our ratings, we’ve increased visibility into our methodologies, so you can better understand how we…
  • WEF14: Why is Sustainability So Hard?

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 24, 2014) Sunrise over the Swiss Alps, Davos 2014. Photo by Good Guide co-founder, Dara O’Rourke. One thing that has surprised me in my time in Davos is how often I’ve heard CEOs complain about how hard it is to promote sustainability and social responsibility inside their companies. In session after session, it has been clear that even the most powerful CEOs feel that transforming their organizations is hard. Very hard. In one of the few “public” sessions where CEOs talked about this, the panelists presented…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
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  • Falling Crude Prices Reveal The Flaw Of 'Energy Independence'

    Loren Steffy
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    The declining price of oil is exposing the flawed notion of energy independence. Global crude prices have fallen 25 percent since June, and the price of West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. benchmark, hovers around $80 a barrel. The price decline comes as U.S. oil output hit its highest in three decades.
  • Sinai Instability Remains A Hurdle For Egypt's Energy Recovery

    Christopher Coats
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Despite progress in addressing the country's many energy challenges, continuing unrest in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula remains an obstacle to a real recovery and growth.
  • China's ENN Plunges Again After Buying $200 Mln Of Money-Losing Assets From Billionaire Boss

    Russell Flannery
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    Shares in ENN Energy Holdings, a natural gas distributor and energy firm,  plunged for a second day in Hong Kong after it agreed to buy money-losing  assets in the U.S. and Canada from the company’s Chinese billionaire chairman Wang Yusuo for $200 million.
  • Which Corporations Pay The Highest Taxes?

    Gordon Scott, CMT
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The 25 biggest tax bills go to the likes of Apple, ExxonMobil, Microsoft and General Electric.
  • Exercising Caution With Exxon, Conoco and Chevron

    Gordon Scott, CMT
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The recent drop in oil prices has captured the attention of many investors lately. Oil is trading roughly 25% lower than its high for the year, and oil-company stock prices have been affected by the drop, making them attractive to some investors. These investors may be wondering if now is an advantageous time to buy shares in anticipation of good earnings report. This time around that might be dangerous.
 
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  • BP’s Bathtub Ring Of Gulf Oil Uncovered

    Farron Cousins
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Less than a week after Politico allowed BP communications vice president Geoff Morrell the space to tell Americans that there are no lingering effects from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists and researchers have brought in new evidence to show that Morrell’s claims are completely fabricated. According to the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, millions of gallons of BP from the 2010 Macondo well blowout have settled along the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, creating a “bathtub ring” of oil around the site of the blowout. How much oil are they…
  • The Worst Koch-Funded Lies About Climate Change in 90 Seconds

    Brendan DeMelle
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Koch brothers have spent far more than even ExxonMobil to spread doubt and misinformation about the 97% scientific consensus on climate change in recent years — over $67 million on climate denial, in fact. Out of 13,950 peer-reviewed scientific journals, only 24 reject global warming. But the Kochs and the extensive, well-funded network of front groups and media echo chambers would prefer that we ignore our responsibility to stay well below 2 degress Celsius of warming so that the Koch brothers and their friends can continue to profit from pollution-based enterprises.  The folks at…
  • EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule To Finally Move Forward

    Mike G
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    First issued in 2011 but quickly met with numerous legal challenges, the EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule is finally cleared for takeoff. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit lifted a hold it had placed on the CSAPR, effectively giving the EPA a green light to begin implementing the rule, which regulates air pollution from power plants in 28 states that drifts across state lines, contributing to ozone and fine particle pollution. The CSAPR creates a two-step process: first the EPA determines whether or not a state contributes more than 1% of the pollution causing a…
  • How Industry First Went to War With Climate Science

    Brendan Montague
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    Scientists had well understood for many decades that adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere could raise global temperatures and cause climate change. But when politicians finally took notice, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was formed, industry began a war with science itself.  Bert Bolin, the founder of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was the first scientist to detect signals from the coal and oil industry that there would be serious resistance to climate science and its policy implications.  As soon as governments began taking the issue…
  • Canadian Corporations Spent Over $15M Lobbying U.S. Government in 2014, Report

    Chris Rose
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    As the mid-term elections in the United States continue to heat up, a new report released Wednesday shows that Canadian corporations have registered at least $15.3 million USD in spending on direct lobbying of the U.S. federal government in the first nine months of 2014. That includes $2.87 million by Canadian National Railway Company in the face of increasing regulatory attention to the rail transport industry on both sides of the border, said the report — Are Canadian corporations spending to influence the U.S. political process? Written by The Shareholder Association for Research and…
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  • Logjams and Debris Flows

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

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

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

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

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

    Petal Floral
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Winter is quickly approaching but the upside is holidays spent round the fire are too and what better way to bring the outdoors in then with foraged evergreen decor to spruce things up? This month we’re bringing you a rustic fireplace mantle display that is super easy to construct, requires minimal supplies, and can be done with just about any thing you can find in your backyard. Evergreens are an easy-to-find and hardy option for indoor floral arrangements and can last quite a while without being submerged in water. The evergreens served as our base structure to build upon on the…
  • Tween Girl Bedroom by Darling Darleen

    Megan Sheeley
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Bright and fun is the name of the game in designing a tween room. You want the elements of childhood to be apparent, while feeling like the room is still functional for a young adult. And even though we are way past our tween years, we would jump at the chance to have a sleepover in this orange and pink beauty designed by Darling Darleen. For more, take a peek at all the photos by Dana Tolbert. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Darling Darleen … With not a lot of blog features on transforming the nursery to the big girl bedroom, this room is a sophisticated yet playful…
  • Sweet Black and White Baby Shower

    Megan Sheeley
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    A chic baby shower requires a few things – fabulous flowers, stylized invitations, and a bold yet neutral element to really make an impact. French macarons never hurt either. Camille Simmons, the crafter and photographer extraordinaire behind this event, opted for all of the above with bold stripes and soft florals. All in all, it makes for a major wow moment. See it all right here! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Camille Simmons… This black and white baby shower is the perfect combination of my favorite elements, Black and white stripes, peach ombre flowers, blue…
  • Tips for an Inspired Thanksgiving + Camille Styles New Book!

    Megan Sheeley
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you say “Camille Styles” around SMP HQ, you are bound to get a few “I LOVE her’s” and definitely a few “OBBBB-sesseds.” Bottom line?  We adore Camille, and are crazy excited to share with you a sneak peek into her gorgeous new book, Camille Styles Entertaining. Inside these pages, you’ll find entertaining ideas, table settings and expert tips and tricks for each and every season in classic Camille style. Today we are sharing some of Camille’s tips for putting a new twist on the Thanksgiving Feast. She is also sharing with us a…
  • Classic Birthday Party

    Abby Larson
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    As we get older, it seems that birthdays often lose their magic. We are busy with work and friends and family and well, birthday parties tend to be defined by a few high fives and maybe a candle or two. But I am officially declaring birthdays a worthy excuse with each passing year a reason to do it up better and better. Thanks in large part to the gorgeous, intimate, smile inducing celebration that Yoleine of Yellow Bird Events threw for her 33rd. Share this gorgeous gallery on   When it came to what I wanted to do for my 33rd birthday, I knew I wanted a sit down dinner. Catered by a…
 
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  • Good for the gander? As Alaska warms, a goose forgoes a 3,300-mile migration.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Right now virtually the entire population  – about 160,000 birds – is gathered in the sheltered and remote wetlands within the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, feasting on the most extensive beds of eelgrass on Earth. In the past, the Izembek was just a stopover in the brant's autumn journey down North America's western coastline. But nature doesn't follow that predictable course anymore.
  • Great Lakes fishery managers need insight on climate change impacts.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Great Lakes fishery managers worry that their operations may be harmed by invasive species, habitat loss and climate change in the long run, according to a new study.
  • Toxic chemicals, carcinogens skyrocket near fracking sites.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Oil and gas wells across the U.S. are spewing "dangerous" cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites.
  • Global groundwater crisis may get worse as the world warms.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    From India to Texas, people are rapidly depleting their valuable stores of groundwater - leading to the possibility that aquifers may be emptied within decades, a NASA researcher has warned.
  • Gas wastewater likely triggered 2011 quake in Colorado: USGS.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Underground disposal of wastewater from gas production likely triggered a moderate earthquake in Colorado in 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday in a study that may fuel debate over the impact of the U.S. energy boom.
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    Clean Edge

  • Clean Tech Business Day

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Ron Pernick will be keynoting the Clean Tech Business Day event in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This event brings together leading experts from finance, industry, government and academia. Event Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:15Image: Link: Clean Tech Business DayEvent Description:  Ron Pernick will be keynoting the Clean Tech Business Day event in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This event brings together leading experts from finance, industry, government and academia.
  • Snap-Together Mounting System 'Halves Installation Time'

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Image: Source: pv MagazineSource Link: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/snap-together-mounting-system-halves-installation-time_100016914/#axzz3HTjnnfj6
  • Net Zero: From Target to Reality

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    High Impact and Timely Insights from the Research Experts at Clean Edge The clean-tech marketplace is rapidly changing – making reliable updates on the latest issues and breakthroughs critical. To help subscribers keep abreast of these changes, Clean Edge produces the Clean Tech Nation Briefing Series. Leveraging Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder’s book, Clean Tech Nation, each webinar is designed to highlight real-world lessons, best practices, and key trends. Click here to learn more about partnering on Briefing Series webinars. Net Zero: From Target to Reality  The concept of net zero –…
  • Knowing Clean Technology Customers

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Image: Source: Insurance JournalSource Link: http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2014/10/06/342085.htm
  • What's the Best Way to Cash in on the $6.4 Trillion Renewable Energy Boom?

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Image: Source: The Motley FoolSource Link: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/10/04/whats-the-best-way-to-cash-in-on-the-64-trillion-r.aspx
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    Eco Friend

  • Architectural structures that touch the sky and harvest the wind

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    In order to reduce the carbon footprint, many institutions have invested in buildings that are powered by alternative energy sources. Wind energy of course shows up in the set, and huge wind turbines are installed on the rooftops wherein there is enough wind for conversion into electricity with the help of wind turbines. Check out ... The post Architectural structures that touch the sky and harvest the wind appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Intelligent ways to put household junk into use

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    It is rightly said that everything in this world has a certain purpose to serve and the same goes for trash as well. No matter how strongly you feel that junk is useless and it is worthless to think of it as something useful, but junk can actually be useful. Read further to find out ... The post Intelligent ways to put household junk into use appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Stylish planters made from recycled trash

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    If you have a penchant to bring some uniqueness and freshness to your garden then look at the junk lying in your store. Those numerous things that you are about to discard or throw in the trash can turn into stylish planters, which will make your garden look so unique and fresh that you will ... The post Stylish planters made from recycled trash appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Interesting things you could conjure from egg cartons

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    Egg cartons often go waste at homes, but why waste them when you can create some wondrous craft items from them. Egg cartons make fun crafts and some creative pieces of home décor. So, next time thing once before you decide to throw the egg cartons at home. Click through to get the hang of ... The post Interesting things you could conjure from egg cartons appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Reuse those worn-out shoes for more purposes and ideas

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    There comes a time when we get bored of our old shoes, or our shoes become worn-out, so what do we do then? Either we pass on our old shoes to someone needy or we throw them in the trash, which ends up as landfills. While the former is acceptable, even admirable, the latter is ... The post Reuse those worn-out shoes for more purposes and ideas appeared first on Eco Friend.
 
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • The Clean Power Plan and Early Action by States to Reduce Carbon Pollution

    Megan Ceronsky
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    By Megan Ceronsky(This post originally appeared on Resources for the Future's Expert Forum on EPA's Clean Power Plan, on October 24, 2014) Should EPA credit early action taken by states to reduce carbon emissions? If so, how? Under the Clean Power Plan, the United States will finally have Clean Air Act standards to address carbon pollution from existing power plants. During the long wait for these standards, a diverse group of states and companies have acted, leading the way in reducing carbon pollution. They have done so by deploying renewable energy, harvesting demand-side energy…
  • Flexible Pollution Rules can Boost the Economy: 5 Reasons Why

    EDF Blogs
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Diane Munns, Senior Director, Clean Energy Collaboration Source: Flickr/Brookhaven National Lab Nobody likes being told what to do. Gina McCarthy, head of Environmental Protection Agency, knows that. So she asked her agency to craft a plan that leaves it up to states to shape their energy future – as long as they cut carbon emissions from power plants. Often lost in the heated debate over EPA’s Clean Power Plan, however, is the fact this built-in flexibility will also give a boost to clean technology ventures, and speed up energy innovations already under way in many…
  • The Clean Power Plan and the Deployment of Renewable Energy

    Megan Ceronsky
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    By Megan Ceronsky(This post originally appeared on Resources for the Future's Expert Forum on EPA's Clean Power Plan, on October 2, 2014) The proposed Clean Power Plan identifies the “best system of emission reduction” to address carbon pollution from power plants as comprised of four building blocks: (1) efficiency improvements at coal-fired power plants; (2) shifts in utilization away from higher-emitting fossil plants towards lower-emitting fossil plants; (3) deployment of zero-carbon generation sources such as wind and solar; and (4) harvesting demand-side energy efficiency…
  • How scientists linked the California drought to climate change

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

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

  • Schneider Electric – focussed on making organisations more efficient

    Tom Raftery
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Schneider Electric – focussed on making organisations more efficient We were invited to attend this year’s Schneider Electric Influencer Summit and jumped at the chance. Why? Schneider Electric is a fascinating company with fingers in lots of pies, and we were keen to learn more about this company. Schneider Electric was founded in 1836, so the company is coming up on 180 years old. Schneider reported revenue of almost €23.5bn in 2013, of which €1.9bn was profit, and employs in the order of 152,000 people globally. So,…
  • Technology for Good – episode thirty four with Salesforce’s John Tascheck

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

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

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

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

  • Rockin’ Green

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

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

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

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

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

  • Report: VW planning 20 new plug-in models for China

    Danny King
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Volkswagen, China With just about everything getting super-sized for China, Volkswagen is following suit with its plug-in vehicle plans for the world's most populous country. VW, Europe's largest carmaker, is looking to sell more than 20 different plug-in models in China within the next four years, Reuters says, citing comments Volkswagen Group China head Jochem Heizmann made in Shanghai. The company is hoping that translates to sales of more than 100,000 plug-ins in China by the end of the decade. Go big or go home, right? There's a huge plug-in vehicle opportunity…
  • Study: Bicyclist deaths spike on US roads

    Chris Bruce
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Filed under: Safety While the roads might be getting just a little safer for motorcycle riders, their two-wheeled compatriots on bicycles appear not to be so lucky. A recent study sponsored by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that annual cycle deaths in the US were up 16 percent from 621 in 2010 to 722 in 2012. In the same period, fatalities for motorists increased only one percent. While the numbers are on the rise in those years, they represent an improvement over decades ago. According to the study, the highest bicycle death toll since data has been recorded came in 1975 with…
  • Official: Volkswagen rolls out sporty Street Up!

    Noah Joseph
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Filed under: Budget, Performance, Europe, Hatchback, Volkswagen When Volkswagen unveiled the production Up! hatchback at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, it showcased a series of concept versions alongside it. At the Geneva Motor Show the following year, it returned with another quartet of whimsical Up! concepts. There were more before and there will be more after. But few of them ever reached production. We have the three- and five-door models, the electric e-Up! and soft-roading Cross Up!, as well as Skoda and Seat versions, but aside from the cool convertible concepts, the one we really…
  • Official: Toyota pimps out Esquire van for Japanese businessmen [w/video]

    Noah Joseph
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Filed under: Minivan/Van, Japan, Videos, Toyota, Luxury A few months back we reported on a dealership owner in Japan who was petitioning Toyota to make a luxury van. The problem, he reasoned, was that he couldn't take as many friends, colleagues and clients around with him in his Lexus LS, and his Toyota Alphard van wasn't luxurious enough. Well, it seems like he wasn't alone, and Toyota has listened. The Japanese auto giant has just revealed the Esquire, a new luxury van designed with just such customers in mind. It's significantly smaller than the Sienna we get in America, smaller than the…
  • Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will not need premium gas

    Sebastian Blanco
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Chevrolet, AutoblogGreen Exclusive Buried in the new technical details of the 2016 Chevy Volt released yesterday was a throwaway line about a small but important change that's due to the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The first-gen Volt has always required premium gas but the new powerplant will be happy burning plain old regular. The Volt's chief engineer, Andrew Farah, told AutoblogGreen that the change was due to today's Volt owners explaining they were not happy paying for top-shelf petroleum. "The ability to use regular unleaded was based directly…
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    Awake at the Wheel

  • Volkswagen unveils a rugged Golf Alltrack TDI

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nobel Prize Awarded for Blue LEDs

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

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

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

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

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

  • We Make Love Cleverly Transforms Organic Black Cork Coasters into Delicious-Looking Chocolate Bars

    Inhabitat
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you’re a chocolate lover in need of drink coasters, you’ll drool over these organic black cork coasters designed in the shape of chocolate candy bars. Created by New Delhi-based design studio and gallery We Make Love, the idea for the Chocolate Dessert Coasters was inspired by the sweet musky smell and color of organic black cork. Each chocolate bar is wrapped in iconic gold foil and a candy bar sleeve and break in half to create two coasters. + We Make Love The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by…
  • Technicolor SEED Library Shipping Containers Provide a Fun Learning Environment for Johannesburg Kids

    Lidija Grozdanic
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Read the rest of Technicolor SEED Library Shipping Containers Provide a Fun Learning Environment for Johannesburg Kids Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affordable building, Architects of Justice, Johannesburg, LED lights, library, Prefab, semi-permanent architecture, shipping containers, South Africa, sustainable lighting
  • Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

    Lidija Grozdanic
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Read the rest of Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cairo, coral reefs, ecosystem, geothermal energy, green architecture, multi-use, photovoltaics, renewable energy, Solar cells, The Gate Residence, vertical garden, vincent callebaut, Vincent Callebaut Architecture, windcathers
  • SPONSORED: Meet Perfection

    Inhabitat
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Brought to you by Absolut From seed to sip, every drop of Absolut Vodka is expertly crafted by generations of farmers and distillers from the small village of Åhus, Sweden —in a region with more than 400 years of superior vodka-making expertise. What’s their secret? High quality, locally sourced ingredients— pristine aquifer water & pure winter wheat (the latter carefully selected in partnership with 450 local farmers). Read the rest of SPONSORED: Meet Perfection Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: absolut vodka
  • Timber-Framed Conan House is a Sculptural Toy-Filled Pod in South Korea

    Lucy Wang
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Read the rest of Timber-Framed Conan House is a Sculptural Toy-Filled Pod in South Korea Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asymmetrical house, bangdong, central atrium, conan house, Moon Hoon, playroom, polygonal house, skip floor, slide, south korea, toy-like architecture
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • The Digital Revolution

    Jennifer Hermes
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    The last article started the buildup to using data (from wherever) to drive innovation, clarity and transparency, business model/economics, institutionalization, and benchmarking for industry in general and, ideally, for green manufacturing as well. This data should include information on what any specific process or system is doing, what it is consuming or emitting, what the impact […]
  • USGBC Announced LEED 2009 Extension

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    The US Green Building Council says it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016 — an extension of almost a year and a half. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 15, 2015. The USGB says extending to October 2016 gives LEED […]
  • Bunge Makes Sustainable Palm Oil Pledge

    Ken Jennison
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Global agribusiness giant Bunge has committed to building a traceable supply chain for 100 percent of the palm oil and palm derivatives it trades, processes and utilizes in commercial and consumer products worldwide. Bunge trades palm oil and derivative products, and uses the products as ingredients in some of its commercial and consumer products. The […]
  • IHG Rolls Out Sustainability Tool Across 4,700 Properties

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    InterContinental Hotels Group plans to roll out its online environmental sustainability tool, which helps hotels manage energy, carbon, water and waste, across the company’s 4,700 global properties by Jan. 1, 2015. IHG Green Engage allows hotels to see how much they are spending and saving and to feed data directly to IHG’s corporate clients as […]
  • 3E, Locus Team Up on EH&S Risk Management

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    3E Company and Locus Technologies have announced a strategic collaboration that brings together 3E’s substance-level global regulatory content and product-level safety data sheet data and Locus’ compliance and environmental health and safety software platform. The partners say the combined offering provides companies with a comprehensive, efficient and affordable solution for hazardous communication and workplace safety […]
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    Sustainable Brands

  • New Patagonia Video Highlights Painful Truth Behind Conventional Down

    Dale Buss
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Call it the veal-calf concern of this decade: The down in many winter coats and other apparel is obtained through oppressive animal-welfare practices, and Patagonia has taken the lead in trying to right that wrong with the introduction of its Traceable Down Standard — and an explanatory video to boot.Set to the tune of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” the online video, “What the Pluck?,” depicts the awful and sometimes painful fate of the geese that yield conventionally harvested down. Many are “live-plucked,” often repeatedly, and many are force-fed for the foie…
  • Levi’s, M&S Among Latest Brands Proving Deforestation Is Out of Style

    Sustainable Brands
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Fashion Loved by Forest, the campaign spearheaded by Canadian forest conservation nonprofit Canopy that is rallying the fashion industry to commit to deforestation-free materials, continues to gain momentum. Just weeks after announcing the addition of EcoPlanet Bamboo — the largest global developer of certified bamboo plantations on degraded lands, Canopy announced today that Levi Strauss & Co., Marks & Spencer, fashion brand Aritzia, online retailer ASOS, and lifestyle brands Under the Canopy and Portico are joining the initiative. Their commitments add even greater momentum to the…
  • The North Face, U.S. Department of the Interior Partner to Promote & Protect America's Public Lands

    Mike Hower
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    The North Face President Todd Spaletto and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell have announced a partnership to protect, preserve and celebrate public lands in support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC).The North Face will make a donation of $250,000 to the 21CSC and also launched a new commercial campaign as a key component of the initiative, featuring a new recording of Woody Guthrie’s anthem “This Land is Your Land” by two-time Grammy nominee My Morning Jacket. The song is available on iTunes, with more than half of each download going to 21CSC,…
  • Activists Dressed as Bees Protest at Lowe’s Stores in Philadelphia & Brooklyn

    Mike Hower
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Today, activists from SumOfUs.org, joined by concerned citizens in cities around the country are rallying outside Lowe’s Stores in an effort to build awareness of the company’s lack of action to eliminate bee-killing pesticides — known as neonics — from it stores and supply chains.Two protests in Brooklyn and Philadelphia will feature activists dressed as bees, distributing information on neonic pesticides and their impact on critical bee populations.More than 750,000 people in the United States and around world have joined with SumOfUs.org to call on Lowe’s shareholder and…
  • M&S Replacing Confounding Packaging Ties with Eco- and Consumer-Friendly Paper Version

    Sustainable Brands
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Isn’t it great when a simpler solution makes the most sense? This week, Marks and Spencer (M&S) rolled out a much less aggravating alternative to the dreaded plastic and metal ties traditionally used to secure products inside packaging, particularly that of toys.The company told edie.net that its patent-pending 'PaperTies' lock products in place and, while strong enough to withstand transport and other wear and tear, are easily torn by the buyer, making receiving a new toy a much less frustrating experience for its recipient. And unlike the standard plastic and metal version, the 100%…
 
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  • What to Do with Used Cooking Oil: How about Turning it into Jet Fuel?

    Important Media Cross-Post
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Boeing has come up with a novel idea of what to do with used cooking oil, particularly the large amounts coming from China: fuel planes with it The post What to Do with Used Cooking Oil: How about Turning it into Jet Fuel? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • DIY: Turn an Old Sweater into a Winter Head Wrap

    Talancia Pea
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Want a new look for the cold Winter months? Turn an old sweater you no longer wear into a fashionable & hair-friendly head wrap The post DIY: Turn an Old Sweater into a Winter Head Wrap appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Wind energy jobs not only contribute to the growth of clean energy; they also support the conservation of water. The post Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • #EasyUpcycling: How to Turn a Shipping Pallet into a Pumpkin (and Back into a Coat Rack)

    Guest Author
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    An old wooden shipping pallet can be used as a year-round coat rack and holiday decor for Halloween. Here's how The post #EasyUpcycling: How to Turn a Shipping Pallet into a Pumpkin (and Back into a Coat Rack) appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Want to make sure your e-waste recycling efforts don't support offshoring of such wastes? The e-Stewards Online Marketplace gives you that assurance The post New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World appeared first on Sustainablog.
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  • Fracking may release cancer-causing air pollution - study

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    RTCC: Fracking wells may release cancer-causing chemicals into the air, a community science study has found. Residents trained to take air quality samples recorded high levels of benzene, hydrogen sulphide and formaldehyde near shale gas extraction sites in the US. While based on a small number of samples, the study published in Environmental Health adds a new set of potential health threats to fracking’s rap sheet. Lead researcher David Carpenter, from the University at Albany, New York, said...
  • Climate change a 'threat multiplier' for farming-dependent nations: Report

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Reuters: Climate change and food insecurity are "threat multipliers", and 32 countries dependent on farming face an "extreme risk" of conflict or civil unrest in the next 30 years, a global analytics firm said on Wednesday. Food shortages and rising prices have the potential to worsen political, ethnic, class and religious tensions, the risk advisory firm Maplecroft reported in its annual "Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas (CCERA)". Analysts noted that several nations' military leaders are ahead...
  • Hot enough? Things are going to get hotter in Australia

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sydney Morning Herald: Australia's unusually hot and dry weather is set to extend well into summer with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting increased risks of bushfires and heatwaves. The bureau's latest three-month outlooks for temperature and rainfall covering the November-January period indicate the likelihood of drier-than-normal conditions across most of eastern Australia, particularly the north-east. For Sydney, the immediate forecast is for mostly dry weather, with a maximum 31 degrees reached on Thursday...
  • Toxic chemicals, carcinogens skyrocket near fracking sites

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    US News World Report: Oil and gas wells across the country are spewing “dangerous" cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites. “This is a significant public health risk,” says Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany-State University of New York and lead author of the study, which was published Thursday in the journal Environmental Health. “Cancer...
  • #Ebola crisis: Infections 'slowing in Liberia'

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    BBC: The World Health Organization (WHO) says there has been a decline in the spread of Ebola in Liberia, the country hardest hit in the outbreak. The WHO's Bruce Aylward said it was confident the response to the virus was now gaining the upper hand. But he warned against any suggestion that the crisis was over. The WHO later said the number of cases globally had risen more than 3,000 to 13,703 since its last report, but that this was due to reporting reasons. The number of deaths was put at 4,920,...
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  • The Craziest Things Republican Candidates Have Said About Climate Change In One Video

    Amber Ferguson
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Can the GOP's 2014 candidates give a straight answer on climate change? It appears not. Many Republican candidates have offered roundabout answers to climate change questions. Some have said the climate isn't changing at all, while others have disputed research showing that human activity is driving those changes. Then there's Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), who said during a debate this year that he's confident our climate isn't changing because he has "Googled this issue." Lee…
  • 5 New York Epidemics That Were Way Worse Than Ebola Will Be

    Tim McDonnell
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    An 1865 cartoon from Harper's Weekly ridicules the incompetence of the New York City Board of Health, first established to fight yellow fever. US National Library of Medicine Ebola has arrived in New York City. So should residents here be worried about a widespread outbreak? Almost certainly not: The disease is not airborne, and infected patients are only contagious once they show symptoms. Craig Spencer, the infected doctor in New York, has said he didn't have symptoms Wednesday night when he rode the subway between Manhattan and Brooklyn and went bowling. Three people he came into contact…
  • Environmentalists Don't Like Europe's New Climate Plan. Can Obama Do Better?

    James West
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Environmental groups are warning that a new European agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 sets the bar far too low. The pact—which was reached early Friday in Brussels—makes the European Union the first major bloc of countries to commit to emissions targets ahead of next year's crucial climate change talks in Paris. At the Paris meeting, world leaders will attempt to hammer out a global agreement that will keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The Guardian reports that in addition to their commitment to cut greenhouse emissions…
  • In Just 15 Years, Wind Could Provide A Fifth Of The World's Electricity

    James West
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Up to one fifth of the world's electricity supply could come from wind turbines by 2030, according to a new report released this week by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). That would be an increase of 530 percent compared to the end of last year. The report says the coming global boom in wind power will be driven largely by China's rebounding wind energy market—and a continued trend of high levels of Chinese green energy investment—as well as by steady growth in the United States and new large-scale projects in Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa. The report,…
  • Drinking a "Medium" Soda Every Day Can Age You As Much As Smoking Does

    Kiera Butler
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Just as soda companies plunk down millions of dollars to defeat local soda-tax ballot measures, researchers have found a link between regular soda consumption and premature aging. Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health, a study of 5,300 adults compared the cells of people who drink soda every day to those of their non-soda-drinking counterparts. In the soda group, the ends of the chromosomes—known as telomeres—were shorter, a sign of their cells' diminished ability to regenerate. Our telomeres naturally shorten as we age, but scientists have discovered that a few…
 
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  • How storytelling can inspire positive change

    lmoss
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Thirteen-year-old Mo'ne Davis was recently featured on Girl Up's blog as part of the campaign's Fab Female Friday series.   Davis is one of only handful of girls to play in the Little League World Series, and this year she became the first to pitch a shutout during the series.  
  • Guide to pairing wine with Halloween candy

    rshreeves
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Come this Saturday morning there will be candy in my house that I would rather not have be there. That’s the reality. I allow my boys to go trick-or-treating on Halloween and they come home with pillowcases stuffed with all sorts of candy that I don’t normally allow in the house. Why I allow that is not what this post is about, though.  
  • Are bread crusts more nutritious?

    kimi.harris
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    At some point, most parents have to decide how to handle the bread crust issue.   One of my daughters rarely seems to mind eating it, while another always leaves it behind. I’ve always been more concerned with food waste than nutritional loss because I assumed it was a myth that there are more minerals and vitamins in the crust.  
  • Couple's ashes scattered at 72,000 feet

    jsavedge
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
      Lois and John Lafferty always loved a good adventure. It's safe to say that at the end of their days, they got just that. The couple recently embarked upon a final voyage together as their ashes were released 72,000 feet above the Earth's surface via a weather balloon.  
  • Natural selection at work? 'Bear selfie' takers tempt fate

    lmoss
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Imagine you're hiking through the woods when suddenly you notice a bear several yards away. How would you respond? Back away slowly. Get out your camera, approach the bear and then turn your back on it to snap a selfie.
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  • Why Are Solar’s Largest Players Entering the Latin American Market?

    Mike Munsell
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Latin America accounts for less than 5 percent of global solar demand, yet GTM Research analyst Adam James dedicates the majority of his time to keeping tabs on this nascent market. More strikingly, some of the largest international EPCs, developers, module suppliers, and debt financiers are setting up shop there. What do they know that others don't? In a live presentation at Solar Power International's Industry Trends booth, Adam James drew on his research from the Latin America PV Playbook to provide a high-level overview of the burgeoning market and some granular detail on policies…
  • More Problems for CSP: Ivanpah Solar Plant Falling Short of Expected Electricity Production

    Pete Danko, Breaking Energy
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Whether scorched birds are a major issue at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California is a matter of dispute. But the “power tower” solar plant and its owners -- NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy -- might have an even more fundamental problem on their hands: generating adequate electricity. The Mojave Desert plant, built with the aid of a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee, kicked off commercial operation at the tail end of December 2013, and for the eight-month period from January through August, its three units generated 254,263 megawatt-hours of…
  • As EnerNOC Moves Into Korea, CEO Tim Healy Discusses Expansion Strategy

    Stephen Lacey
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    EnerNOC has completely changed the way it describes itself. Although the Boston-based company is best known as a demand response provider, that’s not the description it prefers. Rather, CEO Tim Healy calls it an “energy intelligence software company” that is focused on providing analytics for building energy management all day, every day -- not just during peak times. That’s not the only thing that has changed for EnerNOC. Its geographic footprint has also evolved in the same way. Three years ago, 99 percent of EnerNOC’s revenues came from U.S. operations; last…
  • The Story Behind Alevo’s Inorganic Lithium-Ion Chemistry

    Jeff St. John
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Earlier this week, stealthy Swiss startup Alevo announced it’s investing $1 billion in a North Carolina factory that will eventually produce gigawatts' worth of a new kind of lithium-ion battery, one it claims can last much longer than current chemistries, and with no risk of overheating. It’s a big claim from a company that’s shared almost nothing about its financing and technology until now. Technology breakthroughs in the advanced battery field are often announced with great fanfare. But often, the companies making these claims disappear without a trace -- or burn out…
  • SunPower’s Q3 Earnings Call Extends Its Solar Winning Streak

    Eric Wesoff
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    SunPower announced yet another strong quarter in this morning's earnings call, as one of the world's leading vertically integrated solar manufacturers and power plant developers showed strength across residential, commercial and utility segments. The module manufacturer and EPC firm beat estimates and slightly trimmed its 2014 guidance, while continuing to amass its now 8-gigawatt pipeline and its HoldCo projects.  Highlights of the quarter: Q3 2014 GAAP revenue of $663 million, beating guidance Japan accounted for 28 percent of total shipments this quarter The Quito project…
 
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  • Gearing up for Europe’s Largest Technology Event: Dublin Web Summit 2014

    Aongus Hegarty
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    There’s an electric atmosphere here in Dublin at the moment, as the Web Summit, tech’s largest global gathering, draws even closer. To announce our official support for the Summit, I recently had the pleasure of meeting with co-founder Paddy Cosgrove (pictured left of me below), and his enthusiasm and passion for the event was infectious. “Michael Dell is the role model for many young entrepreneurs today. The fact that the company is 30 years old yet still maintains a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is central to its long term success,” Cosgrove noted.
  • Dell Technology Partner Passes the Test

    DELL-Brinda R
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Partner programs drive synergy and the Dell Technology Partner Program combines Dell’s strengths with those of our partners to deliver superior competitive solutions for the customer. In The Value of a Technology Partner, we talked about the value of the program. Today, I’d like to highlight the testing practices followed to certify partner solutions on our platforms. The streamlined engagement and testing methodologies are practiced globally within Dell Solution Centers (DSC). Once a partner is on boarded for certification, the engineers scope the effort with the partner’s…
  • Accidents Happen: Protecting Devices and Data from Human Error

    Brett Hansen
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    As critical as IT security awareness is to protecting sensitive information, we’re all human, and we make mistakes. Even the best educated, trained and tech savvy among us can accidentally leave a smartphone in a cab or fall for a “spear phishing” attack that looks like a legitimate email from a colleague. It’s no wonder that humans are the number one security threat to any organization with 70% of all data breaches attributed to human elements.   As we observe this 11th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we know that awareness and caution are…
  • Don’t Create Your Company Culture – Discover It

    DELL-Jennifer N
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    What is Dell’s culture? How do we define it? These were some of the toughest questions of my career as I began preparing Dell’s “Culture Code” presentation. What I quickly realized is that our employees ultimately comprise our culture. They shape our culture and tell our story. My advice to you? Don’t create your company culture – discover it – through your employees. Our employees shape our Employment Value Proposition Many employment brand and marketing leaders are asking themselves, “What is our employment value proposition (EVP)? How do we…
  • Dell Security Solutions – Helping Our Partners to Use Security as a Business Enabler

    Dave Hansen
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I was honored to participate as a keynote speaker at Dell’s Peak Performance event recently. While this event has traditionally focused on providing deep technical training for our partner community, we raised the bar this year. We worked with more than 490 partners in attendance to dig deeper and really understand what’s driving their business today,  and how Dell Security solutions, especially the Dell SuperMassive 9800 next-gen firewall launched last week, can help them – and thereby our customers–  succeed. In speaking with a variety of partners at the…
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  • Right of Way

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    WHEN THE MONTANA Department of Transportation approached the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes about widening the portion of U.S. Highway 93 that bisects the Flathead Indian Reservation, the tribes resisted. They first wanted assurances that any highway expansion would address the spirit that defines this region of prime wildlife habitat and natural wonders. The primary goal for the tribes was to mitigate the impact of the road on wildlife. While people view highways as a means of getting from one place to another, to wildlife they are just the opposite: a barrier. Highways turn…
  • Meet the Beetles

    Sharman Apt Russell
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Sharman Apt Russell I AM SQUATTING on a sandy riverbank, watching a pack of western red-bellied tiger beetles eat a dead frog. Although the insects are only two feet away and about a third of an inch long, through close-focusing binoculars they fill my vision, an entirely new and surprising world. Tiger beetles have disproportionately large, sickle-shaped mouthparts, which they use now to stab into the white belly of the frog, slicing and scything and scissoring their mandibles like a chef sharpening his knives. Sometimes the beetles stand completely still, each brown wing cover patterned…
  • The New Farmers

    Lauren Markham
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Lauren Markham SPRING IS THE TIME of year when Deena Miller, owner and operator of Sweet Roots Farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, thinks of quitting. Her body hurts, money is tight, and just enough of her organic, love-sown seeds have sprouted from the ground that she can see her failures: wimpy leaves, frost-stunted sprouts, roots chewed through by beetles. It’s the fourth season that thirty-year-old Miller and her husband, Robbie Martin, have farmed three and a half acres on a slight slope in the fertile Penn Valley, north of Sacramento. And yet despite the challenges, each…
  • Down by the River

    Rowan Jacobsen
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Rowan Jacobsen ALTHOUGH YOU WOULDN’T have known it as recently as ten years ago, the Sonoran Desert city of Yuma, Arizona, is a river town. Located near the junction of California, Arizona, and Mexico, this kiln-dry city of ninety thousand people and 3 billion heads of lettuce has always owed its existence to the Colorado River. It was here in 1849 that thousands of Gold Rushers arrived at Yuma Crossing, where two granite ledges funneled the powerful Colorado River through a deep narrows that made for the easiest ferry crossing in the Southwest. The native Quechan enjoyed a brief…
  • Endangered Language

    Wendy Call
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Wendy Call ON A RAINY WINTER evening, seventy people jammed into a Seattle recording studio to listen to poetry by Irma Pineda, who had traveled from her hometown of Juchitán, Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. She writes in Isthmus Zapotec, the mother tongue of several people in the audience that night—immigrants from Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec who were anxious to hear the sounds of home. Most others in the audience had never heard Zapotec before, much less listened to its literature. Pineda’s traditional, formal dress had filled most of her suitcase: a cropped…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • The Closed Loop Fund Helps Cities Increase Recycling

    Sherrell Dorsey
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The biggest barrier facing most cities when it comes to providing the level of innovation and infrastructure needed to reduce waste and increase recycling rates often boils down to one factor: Money—or specifically, the absence of it.
  • Harley-Davidson to Plant 50 Million Trees

    Leon Kaye
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Nature Conservancy and Harley-Davidson are working to "Renew the Ride" and plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025.
  • Chevron Tries to Buy Local City Election

    Jen Boynton
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Chevron is heavily invested in creating a business-friendly environment in the town where it was responsible for a massive explosion in 2012.
  • Why Rwanda’s Youth Are ‘Wired’ to Lead Africa

    Travis Noland
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A shift is underway across young Africa. According to a 2012 survey by Jacana Partners, a pan-African private equity firm, 70 percent of African students studying at top 10 American and European business schools plan to work in Africa following graduation. No place does the yearning for home seem greater than in Rwanda.
  • World Vasectomy Day Pushes Men to Take an Active Role in Family Planning

    Alexis Petru
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    On Nov. 7, nearly 250 doctors in 30 countries will perform 1,500 vasectomies. The occasion? The second World Vasectomy Day, a global event designed to bring more attention to – and to dispel myths around – this permanent form of birth control.
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  • "Class Dismissed", New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

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

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

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

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

    Christine Escobar
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Competing with our children’s digital world can be a challenge, especially when you would like them to experience the environment and the many ways they can sustain it. It’s hard enough to get them to look up from their device but when they are taking selfies, this might be the right time to capture their attention. With the ‘selfie boom’ in full swing (the word was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013), what more reason to entice your child to take as many as possible while camping, recycling, hiking, composting, fishing and basically enjoying all nature has to offer. An…
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  • The 10 Best Snowboarding Instagrams

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

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

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

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

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

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    30 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    This winter a Grid is being forced to find puncture reserve – regulating strategy never seen before in a UK. On one side, moth-balled appetite stations will be pulpy behind into service. On a other some business users of electricity will be offering contracts to determine to use reduction power. Both of these measures will come during a reward cost that will be combined to the bills. It will usually be around £1 a bill. “Not bad for an word process opposite appetite problems”, I’m told by insiders. The law is that many people trust there has already been a shocking…
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  • Microsoft’s health series is here, starting with a $199 aptness tracker

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    29 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Health is carrying a moment. This tumble alone, Apple and Google have announced ways for app and hardware developers to centralize their data, and dozens of new wearable inclination have cropped adult in hopes of grabbing a space on your wrist, ankle, face, or garments to lane all from your stairs to your blood glucose levels. Jawbone has taken vast stairs to open a platform, joining a Up bracelets to other inclination and services. There’s only one problem. “Most of these things are particular islands,” Mehdi says — there are a million options, though they’re all…
  • MEG Energy Reports Record-High Production, Record-Low Non-Energy …

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    29 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    CALGARY, ALBERTA, Oct 29, 2014 (Marketwired around COMTEX) — MEG Energy Corp. (MEG) currently reported third entertain 2014 operating and financial results. Highlights include: -- Record quarterly prolongation of 76,471 barrels per day (bpd), an increase of 11 per cent over second entertain 2014 results; -- Record non-energy handling costs of $7.16 per tub with cash handling netbacks of $48.70 per barrel, a delay of clever second entertain 2014 results; -- Near-record money upsurge from operations of $238.7 million, driven by increasing prolongation levels and stability clever money…
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  • 10 Ways to Avoid Lead Poisoning in Children

    Katy
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Guest post by California Poison Control One million children today are affected by lead poisoning, but when you know what to look for and what to do, lead poisoning is 100% preventable. From China and Antarctica to Ohio and California, no nation or state is free of lead poisoning.  It affects humans and wildlife, children and adults, with children being the most susceptible to harm from lead. “Lead poisoning is one of the most important and most preventable pediatric environmental diseases today.  Lead poisoning may cause a variety of medical problems, including learning disabilities,…
  • You Can Freeze it (Eco Eats Challenge!)

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

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

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

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

    Tiffany
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of the first alternative healing methods that ever interested me was aromatherapy and the use of essential oils and this was years before I would truly identify as “natural” or “green”. I just loved the idea that plants had healing powers…that all around us were these tiny little powerhouses that we could harvest and use to heal ourselves. The idea that a person may decide to take a variety of drugs to help with headaches and another may look to flowers and leaves and get better results is kind of thrilling. It’s like magic…the magic of nature.
  • A Healthier Orange & Black for Halloween

    Tiffany
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This time of year everything is orange and black. Pinterest is loaded with images of cupcakes, cookies, and sweets galore with orange and black icing and sprinkles. Thank goodness my kids don’t frequent pinterest or I would pulling my hair out with requests for all these items. As it is I avoid taking them to the store this time of year because I don’t want requests for all the candy on the shelves. But because I know they will get candy at school, at parties, and while trick or treating I just plan ahead and amp up the nutrients and healthy foods during and after this sugary…
  • My Garden Wishlist

    Tiffany
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    My garden did really well this past summer and I am super excited to start planning for next year’s. No doubt most of the planning will happen during the dreary, cold winter but I just can’t wait. I have already been making a wishlist. Garden victories for 2014 include: * Growing flowers for the first time – calendula, sunflowers, lavender, nasturtium, and various wildflowers * Growing three types of basil * Growing three types of heirloom tomatoes from seed * A great blackberry harvest * A nice snap pea harvest * First time growing potatoes and carrots * Keeping birds out…
  • Storing Essential Oils

    Tiffany
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you are a true essential oil enthusiast than you have a fairly large supply of the oils. After all, you can use them for so many things. Having your own natural remedies and green cleaners on hand can’t be beat. Over the years I have kept mine in a medicine cabinet because you need to keep them somewhere cool and dark to preserve their integrity. The issue now is that I just have too many to make that feasible and my youngest (who is autistic) can now reach the medicine cabinets if he chooses to explore. Luckily there are numerous essential oil carrying cases on the market. There are…
  • Best Essential Oils for a Foot Massage

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

    Robbie
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    The e-mail request on the surface seemed simple enough. The room mother still needed treats for the goodie bag for the class Halloween party.And then I got to the end of the message.Also, please make sure none of the treats include peanuts (SEVERE peanut allergy) and 2 kids are gluten free!Wow. That moment gave me pause. Because while I've learned to adjust to my child's friends' food allergies in real life (play dates, parties, etc.), I had no idea what to do in a classroom setting. And it was even made worse by a school rule that said no homemade treats.At one of our local stores, I scoured…
  • Here's a Scary Story About Bats

    Mindful Echo
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Mindful Echo has the scariest story of all: bye bye brown bats. Happy Halloween, Boothers! Everyone have a good costume ready? Something scary? Maybe a vampire? Or a bat?For a long time we've saddled bats - the sweetest nocturnal critters ever - with a decidedly undeserved reputation as ghoulish, creepy, and evil. I suppose we can blame Dracula, or the fact that they sometimes live in cold, dark caves, or maybe we can say it's because they're creatures of the night.Regardless of their stigma from days past, I think we all know that, in reality, bats perform a formidable service for our…
  • An Honest Post

    Eco Yogini
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Today is my day to post...But after the events of this week in Ottawa, I'm really at a loss as to what to say.I'm not even ready to really share my thoughts on what it means to have a Terrorist attack our Canadian parliament, or against our national military forces, by individuals who were BORN and raised Canadians. Or how I feel about the loss of a personable and approachable (relatively) political space.So. This is what I'm sharing with you, boothers. An honest tidbit: I really don't feel very hopeful at all; I actually feel pretty darn conflicted.I am not a fan of warfare. I'm pretty much…
  • Overcoming Green Living Fatigue

    Amber Strocel
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The Climate Crusader is battling green living fatigue.I have a confession to make: sometimes I feel tired of being an environmentalist. Sure, I carry around reusable bags and reusable water bottles and reusable cloth napkins. I do my best to pack a litterless lunch now that I'm volunteering in a local school three days a week, and I bring my compost and recycling home with me so that I know it doesn't end up in the landfill. I walk my kids to school and buy organic.I try to do my part. I really do.Sometimes, though, I feel discouraged. It seems like in spite of the efforts that ordinary…
  • Overcoming Nature Anxiety

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

  • Tree’s Rock Kid’s Video Contest & Giveaway

    greenandcleanmom
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Tree’s rock, don’t they? I remember making a video for my 3rd grade K12 students and I read them a book about a mom who hugs trees. The kids loved it and because I was virtual teacher I couldn’t read it to them in person so a video was a perfect way to share a story I loved and my passion for the environment. I Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Tree’s Rock Kid’s Video Contest & Giveaway The post Tree’s Rock Kid’s Video Contest & Giveaway appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Easy to Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

    greenandcleanmom
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Macaroni and cheese is comfort food in my house. It’s also a meal that everyone likes and I hear no complaining about. As a mom, I’m used to someone at the dinner table saying they don’t like this or they refuse to eat that. Not when I serve my homemade easy to make macaroni and cheese! Instead I hear, “Seconds, please!” I’ve been making this Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Easy to Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese The post Easy to Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Good Enough is Okay

    greenandcleanmom
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    I’m learning to be good enough. I’m learning to not be perfect and to love myself. Some weeks are rough (this was a rough one) but church always makes me feel better. Each time I go, I leave feeling so much better. I don’t know what it is or why but often times I find myself crying in church and then laughing. The range of Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Good Enough is Okay The post Good Enough is Okay appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

    greenandcleanmom
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Roasted pumpkin seeds are mouthwatering. Really, they are amazing but they have to be cooked just right. Who wants to eat gooey pumpkin seeds or ones that are over cooked and a little black? Not this girl! My son looks forward to pumpkin carving each year…just for the pumpkin seeds. It’s the one thing I dislike the most because I have the job of scooping Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds The post How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • How to use Toothpaste to Hang Pictures Easily

    greenandcleanmom
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I suck at hanging up pictures. I’m the eye ball it type of gal. Put the nail in and oops, it really isn’t very level. The problem is I can’t always wait for my husband to come home and hang up a new painting or frame I’ve purchased. Besides, if I ask him…he’ll know I bought something new and roll his eyes at that. Though Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.How to use Toothpaste to Hang Pictures Easily The post How to use Toothpaste to Hang Pictures Easily appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Matt is going to be so mad...but Tripper LOVED the shower!
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It's been tough to get much done today. This lil' guy needs a lot of snuggle time, but I think he is adjusting easily to our household.And he finally has a name - Tripper!
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    It's 3am...(But I still love him!)
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Driving home with our new pup! I'm smitten...
  • Homeschool Moment - Trapezoids

    Greenstylemom
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Kate: Why do I need to know how to find the area of a trapezoid?Me (while looking up how to find the area of a trapezoid because I can't freakin' remember!): um...Kate: I mean, I'm not going to be an architect or anything.Me (thinking, "Ah, yes! An architect! That's a good reason to know how to calculate the area of a trapezoid!"): Or it is important if you learn to quilt.Kate (disdain in her voice that she would ever do something Mom enjoys): I'm never going to be a quilter.Mom: You might want to build something someday.*Blank, empty stare from my daughter as if I'm an imbecile*Me:…
 
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    Green Talk®

  • 25+ Recipes for Tomatoes to Cure the Tomato Glut

    Anna@Green Talk
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Although summer is over, my tomatoes are still going strong–especially the cherry tomatoes!  I have been scratching my head.   What do I do with all these tomatoes?  Sure, you can those tomatoes but how many cans of tomatoes can you use? (Sounds like Peter picked a pepper.)  Listed below are some creative ways to use your tomatoes to keep summer lasting forever.  Or at least, until next summer’s growing season. Be sure to watch the video! Roast the Tomatoes I love roasting cherry tomatoes and then blending them into a sauce. Quick Recipe Be sure to watch the video on how to…
  • Don’t Pitch the Old Toothbrush! 12 Ways to Reuse.

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

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

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

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

    Micaela
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
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  • Better Snacks

    Micaela
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
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  • Trends in Natural Products from Expo East

    Micaela
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
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  • How to Breathe Easy During a Remodel #HealthierHome

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

    Micaela
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
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    Chemically Green

  • Why North Dakota Is Now America’s Wealthiest State

    Like New
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    If somebody asked you to name something exciting about North Dakota, what would it be? Not to put down the state as a whole, but most people might struggle to answer that question. Out of the 50 States in the Union, North Dakota isn’t exactly known for thriving culture or bustling metropolises. Well, as luck would have it, something exciting started happening in North Dakota about 10 years ago: the biggest domestic oil boom since the 70s. Keep reading to find out how it turned North Dakota into the richest state in the country. Shale Changed Everything Oil producers have been drilling shale…
  • The Richest State That Nobody Knows About: North Dakota

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Family Friendly Places to Ring in the New Year

    Amy Whitley
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Just because you’re traveling with kids doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the new year in style. As more parents jet-set with their kids, cities and resorts are offering Family Friendly Places to Ring in the New Year festivities that appeal to both generations. The following 5 New Year’s Eve events for families combine celebration with relaxation,… Read more The post 5 Family Friendly Places to Ring in the New Year appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Costa Rica Ecotourism Extremely Popular Destination

    Alice Benny
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    With its tremendous natural beauty and superior biodiversity, Costa Rica is one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations. Unlike other types of travel, ecotourism allows vacationers to responsibly visit natural areas. Carefully planned explorations preserve natural resources and enhance the economic stability of the locals. Ecotourism is becoming increasingly popular in many destinations, but it’s… Read more The post Costa Rica Ecotourism Extremely Popular Destination appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London

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

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

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

    Monica Brady
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The holidays are coming up soon, which means that there will be a lot of travel going on. With college kids coming home to visit and teens going to parties- you’ll want to have peace of mind while they are driving back and forth while still letting them feel like grownups. Enter the Safe Driver Car Connection from Straight Talk Wireless. I’ve written about this device in a previous post, and thought it was a really neat idea. It’s a great way to keep an eye on your family’s driving, without totally invading their privacy! It’s awesome for building trust in your teen driver Straight…
  • Let’s Talk Halloween Safety

    Monica Brady
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s that time again! Every year, at this time, thousands of kids (of all ages) get dressed up into all kinds of costumes. Some bright and cheery, some dark and spooky. No matter what, you want to make sure that your little princess or zombie is safe while out trick or treating. They need to be able to see where they are going, and also be visible to anyone who might be driving around in the area. This year, Halloween is on a Friday night, so I can bet that trick or treaters will be out later than when it’s on a school night. Here is a short list of some great safety tips that are…
  • Cleaning for a Reason

    Monica Brady
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you weren’t already aware, October is national Breast Cancer awareness month. As the nation focuses on increasing the awareness of breast cancer and raising funds for research during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Swiffer and Walmart are partnering with Cleaning for a Reason to help make life a little easier for women battling cancer. Fighting cancer is difficult, but living with it is even tougher. That’s where Cleaning for a Reason steps in. Cleaning for a Reason was recently named by Reader’s Digest as one of the 25 Best Things to Happen In America. This nonprofit…
  • DIY Craft: Halloween Wooden Block Letters

    Monica Brady
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Halloween is almost here already! I can’t believe it!!! This is one of our favorite times of year, especially when it comes to decorating. I’ve done so many crafts in the past, from wreaths, to glowing eyes, and even random from yard decorations. This year, I wanted to make some wooden block decorations for our mantle. Since the wooden signs are pretty popular right now, I figured this might be a great way to make them, without paying a ton of money… and I was right! I put my Fall decorations up early and leave them up well past Halloween is over. This craft is one that can…
  • Book Club: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

    Monica Brady
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    I love to read, whenever I get the time to do so. Right now, my reading time is while waiting for the girls to get out of school, or while I’m in a waiting room somewhere. Of course, when the nights get colder, the desire to curl up on the couch, under a blanket, with the fireplace on, gets greater and greater. Finding time to read Jodi Picoult’s Latest book, Leaving Time, has been very difficult, especially since every time I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it down, regardless of what needed to get done! For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking…
 
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    Green (Living) Review

  • FAIR TRADE IN A WORLD OF CLIMATE CHANGE

    Veshengro
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    While governments, scientists, civil society and others convened at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the U.N.’s weather agency reported that 2011 was the 10th hottest year since records began in 1850. Though politicians and pundits may still debate the origins and impacts of climate change, there is a general consensus in the scientific community that we are experiencing a significant shift in the earth?s climate. This shift has particular significance for people living in the developing world and those who…
  • If America cared about the planet as much as the NFL, this is what it would look like

    Veshengro
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    What if people showed the same zeal toward environmentalism as they did sports? That’s the premise of BuzzFeed Yellow’s new video, “If We Cared About The Environment Like We Care About Sports.” The clip imagines greenies going wild over the rejection of a mountaintop removal bill, watercooler banter about a presidential address (“Did you see Obama’s climate speech last night?” “Oh no no no! Don’t spoil it! I had to DVR it.”), and one beer buddy telling another, “John Muir was the best American preservationist of all time. Period.” Read more:…
  • Jen Gale’s Simple Kitchen Energy Saving Tips!

    Veshengro
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    If you are anything like Jen, you might spend a reasonable amount of time thinking about food-what to make, new recipes to try out etc etc. But how many of us put much thought into how much energy we use cooking our food? Eating is after all, essential. But are there ways we can eat well and save energy (and money!) at the same time? The answer is yes! Here are Jen’s top tips for cooking with less (energy). Batch cook-in the ‘good-old days’, it was not uncommon to set aside one day a week to baking everything that would be needed for the coming week. It saves all the energy that would…
  • Food expiration dates are garbage. Here’s a new label that’ll make you think before you toss.

    Veshengro
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Food expiration dates are for wussies. No seriously, they’re really not that important. Dates on labels like “best by,” “best-before,” or “enjoy by” are actually just guidelines from food manufacturers advising retailers when they think their food will be the tastiest. More often than not, most food is edible for days or weeks after the suggested date on a label. That means most of us are probably throwing away hard-earned groceries. We toss about 40 percent of all the food we buy, or more than 20 pounds per person each month. Cue Bump Mark, a new food label meant to safeguard…
  • 'It Is Not Hopeless,' says World's Chief Climate Scientist

    Veshengro
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    As Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change opens meeting to finalize latest report to the world, head of agency says meeting challenge of global warming will not be easy, but that it can be done "It is not hopeless." That was the key message delivered in Copenhagen on Monday by Rajendra Pachauri, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as the agency met to finalize the findings and language of its pending Synthesis Report, the last installment of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), designed to provide the world's policymakers with a comprehensive…
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  • The Future of Solar Power is Clear or Maybe Colorful

    SolarFeeds
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    While the overwhelming majority of solar panels today are shades of black or blue, numerous companies are working to make a new generation of solar cells and modules that aren’t black. These include transparent solar panels and colored panels. Once companies are able to realize these technologies... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • What Commercial Solar Developers Need to Know about Yieldcos

    SolarFeeds
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    There have been some basic descriptions of yieldcos in the trade press, but nothing has described what commercial solar installers need to know about this new legal structure or how it could impact their day-to-day business. This article will try to translate some of the buzz and address the... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • The biggest solar farms around the world

    SolarFeeds
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Solar panels have become an integral part of many households, as they help bring down electricity bills considerably. However, solar panels are not just a part of household but serve as big contributors for the power companies as well. In recent years, several manufacturing units in different... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • A battery startup no one has heard of says it’s building a billion-dollar factory in North Carolina

    SolarFeeds
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    There are a few reasons why startups try to make a big splash in the press: they’re ready to start selling their product, they’re looking for partners or customers to test the product or they want to raise money. The last of those would be my guess why a battery startup called Alevo – with offices... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Michael Jantzen’s Solar Wave Canopies

    SolarFeeds
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Michael Jantzen’s Solar Wave Canopies were designed as large, prefabricated, modular, public art installations that make electricity from the sun, and collect rainwater, for the communities in which they are built. The structures are formed from two different curved steel elements that are... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
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    Green Your Decor

  • Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize

    jennae
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Custom Family Pillow I may or may not have a serious crush on this pillow. And one can never have too many decorative pillows, right? Well, this one is extra special, as it tells your family’s story, all in graphic type that makes my modernist heart sing. They’re inspired by the look of vintage trolley […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize
  • Who Knew a Smart Light Bulb Could be So Much Fun?

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

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

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

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

  • Simple Yet Cozy Shipping Container

    Christine Walsh
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Jimmy from Costa Rica, the man behind the ContainerHome.net company, has successfully recycled plenty of shipping containers into comfortable, small apartments. One of his biggest successes is the home introduced in this post, which is basically a small apartment made from a standard 20-foot ISO shipping container. The shipping container home features a huge unfolding door, which creates a deck area and extends the effective living space of the home considerably. One of the longer sides of this home is covered by large French windows, which open onto the deck and allow plenty of light to…
  • MIT Researchers Develop A More Efficient Battery

    Christine Walsh
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    The more widespread adoption of renewable sources of energy is at least in part hampered by our poor ability to store energy. But a team of MIT researchers has recently a made a breakthrough in developing a new battery system. This all-liquid battery system is more efficient at storing energy, and costs less to produce, than currently available solutions. The further development of this system and use could make solar and wind energy more attractive and therefore facilitate its wide scale adoption. The batteries in this all-liquid system are composed of several layers of molten material, each…
  • Printing Houses From Mud

    Christine Walsh
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    The technology for the 3D printing of homes is still in its infancy, but the idea has great potential in this world where population is growing, and adequate and sustainable housing is just not keeping up. Wasp is an Italian firm that recently developed a 3D printer that can create affordable homes using mud as the main ingredient. Given the freely available and nearly limitless nature of mud, such a tech shows great promise. Wasp’s 3D printer is about 20 feet tall (6 m) and can print buildings that are 10 feet (3 m) in height. Wasp envisions this technology to be used for building homes on…
  • Sustainable Mint House is Build From Corten Steel

    Christine Walsh
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The firm James&Mau Arquitectura designed an innovative home in the picturesque Tarragona Province, Spain. The house was built by Infinski and instead of using shipping containers as the main building blocks, the builders chose to use 4 prefabricated metal modules made of Corten Steel. The finished home is called Mint House and comes with a number of sustainable features. The structure of the 100-square-meter house is made from 3 modules (ISO transport) of Corten Steel. The walls are insulated with an insulation layer made of sheep wool and cellulose panels. For heating the home is…
  • Modular Off-The-Grid Home

    Christine Walsh
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    The Eco Pod is a new modular home created by the UK-based company Echo. The tiny home measures 96.8 square feet and can lend itself well to a variety of living arrangements. A standalone Eco Pod can be used as a home office, or extra guest bedroom. The design of these units also allows them to be joined together to create an off-the-grid home, which can be as big or as small as the owners require. Each Eco Pod unit sits on adjustable legs, making it easy to place it even on uneven ground. The modular units are also well insulated, using either wood fiber or sheep’s wool. The pods also…
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    The Green Parent

  • Sweet news! Chocolate may help improve memory

    Jenn
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Researchers find that plant compounds called flavanols are the key to reducing memory loss. (Photo: Dasha Petrenko/Shutterstock) Good news chocolate lovers! New research has found that a compound found in chocolate may help improve memory skills and reduce the memory loss that often accompanies old age. It’s all about the flavanols. Researchers have found that these plant compounds – found in chocolate – are the key to the improvements. In a new study, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center tested a special cocoa drink – highly concentrated with flavanols…
  • Win a Garmin Forerunner 405 with Heart Rate Monitor and USB!

    Jenn
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Every $10 donation to Girls on the Run gives you a chance to win! It’s here! Last week, I mentioned that I recently won a Garmin Forerunner 405 running watch through my fundraising for Girls on the Run. And as much as I would LOVE to keep this watch for myself, I think this is the perfect opportunity to raise even more $$ for the team. So I am raffling off this watch and for every $10 donation, you get a chance to win! Here’s a little backstory: On November 2, I am running the New York City Marathon as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run. I set a goal to raise $3,000 for the team and…
  • Need a bigger skirt? You may have upped your breast cancer risk

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

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

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

  • Red Cross Superstorm Sandy Two Year Update

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

    Mike Man
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Source: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/10/news/dedicate-saturday-workout-rebuild-homes_108345 By Jene Shaw, Triathlon.Competitor.com | Triathlete | October 22, 2014 Race2Rebuild holds first “Run, Ride, Rebuild” event to recover Hurricane Sandy-damaged homes. Since Hurricane Sandy hit two years ago, the Race2Rebuild organization has been working to support rebuilding projects after disaster through racing. This Saturday (Oct. 25), Race2Rebuild is launching a “Run, Ride, Rebuild” event, where athletes can do a 5K run/walk, 8-mile run or 20-mile bike and then volunteer with…
  • 2 years after Sandy, volunteers kick in where government lags

    Mike Man
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613771/After-the-Storm-2-years-after-Sandy-volunteers-kick-in-where-government-lags.html By Lane Anderson, DeseretNews.com | Deseret News | October 24, 2014 Adelaide and Irving Tucker, a couple in their eighties, hunkered down on the second floor of their small home in Rockaway, Queens, when Hurricane Sandy blasted the neighborhood. That was two years ago this week. Now the FEMA tents have come and gone, and the streets of Rockaway are swept clean. Even flower beds are returning to life with fresh soil free of saltwater. From the outside, the…
  • PrimeSource and Rebuilding Together Help Oklahoma City Homeowner Return to His Home after 2013 Tornado

    tparsons
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    September 17, 2014 05:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time OKLAHOMA CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. and Rebuilding Together announced today that they had repaired the home of an Oklahoma City resident who had been forced to relocate after his home was severely damaged by the tornado that devastated parts of Moore, Okla. in May 2013. Oklahoma City resident Keith was fortunate to survive the storm that caused a large tree to fall onto his house, damaging his roof and flooding his entire home with storm water. Faced with a physical disability from his job as a…
  • CBRE Group, Inc. Marks Anniversary of Shelter Program with Fifth-Annual BuildMonth

    tparsons
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    MORE THAN 5,400 CBRE EMPLOYEES HAVE HELPED IMPROVE THE LIVES AND HOMES OF THOSE IN NEED ACROSS THE U.S. Los Angeles, CA., September 8, 2014 /3BL Media/– CBRE Group, Inc. today announced its fifth-annual “BuildMonth,” the signature event of its Shelter Program, which focuses on providing shelter to individuals in need by improving housing options in low-income communities across the United States. Since its inception, more than 5,400 employees have donated over 40,000 hours of service through the Shelter Program by participating in 130 housing rebuilding projects. This initiative is a…
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    Green-Trust.Org

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hurricane Sandy's silver lining: Clean water in a polluted Long Island bay

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Hurricane Sandy killed 159 people and destroyed more than 650,000 homes. But two years later, residents of New York's Fire Island are embracing how the storm allowed for clean water to flush the long polluted South Bay. Nathan Frandino reports.
  • Northern lights put on spectacular show over Sweden

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Stargazers in Sweden have filmed what they describe as "the most intense Northern Lights display" in recent years.
  • Saharan solar power opens energy corridor to Europe

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The TuNur project aims to generate clean energy from a giant solar plant in the Tunisian Sahara from where it will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated undersea cable. TuNur say their initiative will produce roughly twice as much energy as any current nuclear power plant and can even produce energy when the sun is down. Matthew Stock reports.
  • “Plan Bee” creates buzz around Chile's struggling bee population

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    An environmental group in Chile has started a campaign to save bees by establishing refuge reserves and promoting urban flower planting. Bee populations in Chile and around the world have plummeted in recent years due to a phenomena called "Colony Collapse Disorder" which scientists say has the potential to wipe-out the pollinating insects. Tara Cleary reports.
  • Deep sea 'mushroom' could be early branch on tree of life

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Miniature deep sea animals discovered off the Australian coast almost three decades ago are puzzling scientists, who say the organisms have proved impossible to categorise. Academics at the Natural History of Denmark have appealed to the world scientific community for help, saying that further information on Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides could answer key evolutionary questions. Jim Drury has more.
 
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    WeHeartWorld

  • Scientists say Australia’s plan to save the Great Barrier Reef is “inadequate”

    Chastity Mansfield
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In an effort to prevent the United Nations from reclassifying the Great Barrier reef as “in danger,” the Australian government unveiled a 35-year plan on Monday which it hope will manage the risks to the reef, one of the natural wonders of the world and widely considered to be one of the most important ecological areas on Earth. However, according to The New York Times, not everyone is pleased with the plan. “The plan does not deliver bold, concrete actions that scientists have told us we need to turn around the future of the reef,” said Louise Matthiesson, a reef campaigner with the…
  • Galapagos Island tortoises have been rescued from near-extinction

    Cactus Williams
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Conservationists announced on Tuesday that the giant tortoises which are found exclusively on the Galapagos island of Espanola have made a miraculous recovery, and have been brought back from the brink of extinction, having gained a strong enough foothold that the reptiles will be able to survive without assistance from humans, according to TIME. “We saved a species from the brink of extinction and now can step back out of the process. The tortoises can care for themselves,” said James Gibbs, a vertebrate conservation biology professor at the State University of New York College…
  • Boeing is turning used cooking oil into biofuel for jets

    Alfie Joshua
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Boeing is already the first company to have flown a biofuel-powered aircraft across the Pacific Ocean, and now according to Gizmag, it’s taking things a step further with the announcement that the American aviation giant is teaming up with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China in order to turn used cooking oil into fuel for aircraft. Known as the China-US Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project, the demonstration facility will convert so-called “gutter oil” into a sustainable biofuel which will help power more than 6,000 new aircraft which are expected to be built in China by 2033 in…
  • EU leaders agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%

    Chastity Mansfield
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    The leaders of the European Union have struck a braid climate change pact which promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the entire European Union by at least 40% by the year 2030. Critics of the pact, however, claim that it could empower automakers to push back against more effective attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “The draft text makes the theoretical possibility of transport in the ETS move closer to reality,” said Greg Archer of environmental group T&E, according to Reuters. “It is a dangerous precedent that will undermine reductions in transport…
  • New biofuels facility in Kansas turns plant waste into ethanol

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

  • Why Using Green Is Important In Your House?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

    Lidija Grozdanic
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Read the rest of Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cairo, coral reefs, ecosystem, geothermal energy, green architecture, multi-use, photovoltaics, renewable energy, Solar cells, The Gate Residence, vertical garden, vincent callebaut, Vincent Callebaut Architecture, windcathers
  • SPONSORED: Meet Perfection

    Inhabitat
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Brought to you by Absolut From seed to sip, every drop of Absolut Vodka is expertly crafted by generations of farmers and distillers from the small village of Åhus, Sweden —in a region with more than 400 years of superior vodka-making expertise. What’s their secret? High quality, locally sourced ingredients— pristine aquifer water & pure winter wheat (the latter carefully selected in partnership with 450 local farmers). Read the rest of SPONSORED: Meet Perfection Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: absolut vodka
  • Timber-Framed Conan House is a Sculptural Toy-Filled Pod in South Korea

    Lucy Wang
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Read the rest of Timber-Framed Conan House is a Sculptural Toy-Filled Pod in South Korea Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asymmetrical house, bangdong, central atrium, conan house, Moon Hoon, playroom, polygonal house, skip floor, slide, south korea, toy-like architecture
  • Sign This Petition to Help Stop Fracking in National Parks

    Colin Payne
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to help protect your national parks from toxic fracking activities? There’s an opportunity to do so right from your computer screen. Left Action aims to keep the oil and gas industry out of U.S. parks and public lands, and they need you to sign their latest petition. According to Left Action, “The oil and gas industry is already fracking in some national forests like the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. They are also fracking on lands adjacent to national parks like Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California.” Read the rest of Sign This Petition to Help Stop…
  • One-Third of Scotland Could Soon Be Powered by the World’s Biggest Underwater “Windmill” Tidal Plant

    Kristine Lofgren
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands lies the Pentland Firth, a turbulent sound with tides that can reach up to a startling 18 miles per hour. That’s a lot of untapped power. MeyGen is taking advantage of all that renewable energy with the installation of the world’s largest tidal power plant, and if everything goes as expected, the underwater windmills could eventually power a full third of Scotland. Read the rest of One-Third of Scotland Could Soon Be Powered by the World’s Biggest Underwater “Windmill” Tidal Plant Permalink | Add to…
 
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • 8 Ways to Make Your Landscaping Eco-Friendly

    Kate Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Being environmentally-conscious is a big deal for many businesses today and most likely your company has embraced practices that are eco-friendly. You recycle bottles, cans and paper. You’ve embraced digital documents over paper ones. You opt for energy-efficient office equipment, and you’ve even worked on greening your business strategies. All of these are great ways to help the environment, but while focusing on the inside of your business, you may be forgetting about the outside. Your landscape can be tweaked so it not only looks great, but it also reduces your environmental impact.
  • MEMORIAL DAY SALE! WordPress Updates

    Jennifer Smith
    23 May 2014 | 6:23 am
    All of our wordpress sites are under constant attack from hackers looking for loopholes into our websites. Hackerbots don’t care about traffic or ranking, they are programed for one thing only – to find weak spots in our platforms. Some of you have experienced the misery of compromised sites, it’s not fun or cheap and if you haven’t I promise you don’t want to. The most simple preventative maintenance you can do for your WordPress site is keep your WP, themes & plugins up to date. Nothing is a guarantee, but an updated site makes hacking less appealing for…
  • 5 Ways Graphic Shades Can Help Improve the Workplace

    Jennifer Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    You may think of window shades simply as a way to protect sunlight from entering a room. However, there are many additional functions of window treatments than what meets the eye. With plenty of advanced window coverings on the market, including energy-efficient blinds, solar shades, and motorized shades, selecting the ideal window treatment for your business can often be difficult. If you’re looking for a custom solution that can boost creativity in the workplace, consider graphic shades – a perfect way to add personality and style to any office. Graphic shades offer a versatile,…
  • Do Indoor Plants Really Provide Return On Investment?

    Jennifer Smith
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    There are numerous reasons to invest in indoor plants for the office environment. Plants help to create a welcoming atmosphere, they can clear airborne nasties from the air, and of course, they are nice to look at. But do they provide a return on investment? Increasing Productivity Various studies have shown that introducing plants into an office environment can help to increase productivity among workers. In one such study, Dr Virginia Lohr of Washington State University found that working in a plant-filled office not only increased productivity by 12%, but also decreased stress among…
  • The Psychological Effects of Cleanliness in the Workplace

    Jennifer Smith
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:44 am
    The physical and psychological effects of an unhygienic workplace can be debilitating for staff and visitors. The negative impact is gradual, but it is inevitable. If you want clients to respect your business, and your staff to confidently approach their duties with high morale, you need to ensure your workplace is clean and hygienic. The psychological effects of an unhygienic and cluttered workspace can be debilitating for those required to inhabit the environment for the better part of their weekdays. Studies have been conducted on how physical environments impact the mental wellbeing. It…
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    TheCityFix

  • The role of private developers in sustainable mobility

    Anjali Mahendra
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Gated communities are on the rise on Bangalore’s periphery. As demand for housing increases and incomes rise across Indian cities, private developers play an important role in promoting sustainable development by ensuring access to alternative modes of transport. Photo by Ed Yourdon/Flickr. Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demand for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates in the upper-middle and middle classes. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for…
  • Safer cities for the Asian Century

    Ben Welle
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Despite daunting challenges, rapidly urbanizing Asian cities have a range of options to improve road safety and save lives. Photo by Ashok/Flickr. With the next few decades expected to witness to Asia’s swift rise in economic and political influence, the eyes of the world have focused on Asian cities as the engines of this growth. Last month’s Asian Development Bank Transport Forum 2014 – which brought together policymakers, transport officials, and industry leaders from across Asia – highlighted the need for safe, sustainable transport in the Asian Century. Participants discussed the…
  • How cities can provide universally accessible mobility services: A Q&A with Tom Rickert

    Coby Joseph
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Though progress has been made, cities worldwide must continue to implement universal design solutions that make transport services accessible for disabled persons. Photo by Igor Schutz/Flickr. TheCityFix recently interviewed Tom Rickert – Founder and Executive Director of Access Exchange International – to learn more about how cities can improve mobility for disabled persons. Access Exchange International was founded in 1990 to promote accessible public transport for persons with disabilities and seniors in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Eastern Europe. An estimated 650 million people…
  • Friday Fun: Public art for brighter cities

    Zhou Jia
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Public art can help shape vibrant, cohesive communities. What role does art play in your city? Photo by João Perdigão/Flickr. Cities in the United States can now participate in the Public Art Challenge, a new program to support innovative temporary public art projects by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program invites U.S. cities with 30,000 or more residents to submit proposals for creative and transformative projects. The challenge aims to improve quality of life in cities and to reposition art at the core of society. At least three cities will be granted up to USD 1 million each over two…
  • Vote for TheCityFix Brasil for the Mobilidade Minuto Award!

    Priscila Pacheco
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    TheCityFix Brasil plays an important role in advancing sustainable urban mobility to transform Brazilian cities. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Hello TheCityFixers, friends, partners and allies in the cause for sustainable transport! Our friends at TheCityFix Brasil – produced by EMBARQ Brasil – are up for the Mobilidade Minuto (“Mobility Minute”) Award. The award is promoted by the Cidade em Movimento Institute (City on the Move Institute), and aims to spread mobility solutions throughout Brazil. In addition to awards selected by judges across six categories, a special mobility…
 
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • tonlé – Waste Free Ethical Fashion

    Jean-Paul
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    You may not realize it, but a lot of clothes these days are made in Cambodia. Take a look at your clothing tags, and I’m sure you will find quite a few naming this South East Asian country. With all of those textile factories in such a small country, you are probably wondering what’s the deal? The perfect storm of some of the lowest wages and skilled garment laborers (along with lax environmental and labor law enforcement) make this an ideal location, but an ethical dilemma. Recent striking and unrest within the garment industry showcases the need for change. Enter tonlé, a…
  • Glenwood Garden Specialty Food Market

    Jean-Paul
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The other day I received a wonderful gift box from Glenwood Garden, a social issue focused market carrying local handmade and sustainably produced foods. Kind of like a modern and sustainable alternative to the Hickory Farms style gift baskets, except with small specialty produced artisan foods and goods. My gift box was a delightful collection of California and Bay Area produced pickled olives, mustards, biscotti, tea, spices, and cookies. Perfect for a thank-you basket, welcome gift, or unique specialty shopping, Glenwood Garden items are unique and delicious. Glenwood Garden California…
  • Best 8 Bay Area CSA and Produce Delivery Services

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

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

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

  • This Changes Everything

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • LEED v4 Delayed, Again

    Stuart Kaplow
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that projects will still be able to register under the current LEED 2009 through October 31, 2016. News of the extension of LEED 2009 began circulating yesterday and is being heralded and widely supported as positive across the environmental industrial complex.  This is arguably the third extension of the date when projects must use the new LEED v4. The date is an extension from the close date of June 1, 2015, announced in summer 2102 when the vote on “LEED 2012” (now LEED v4) was delayed. In USGBC’s announced 3 year cycle…
  • Greenbuild: Designing the Perfect Green People

    Stuart Kaplow
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The USGBC’s annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo in New Orleans wrapped up last Friday and the question I am most asked is, “what was the highlight?” My response is that the highlight at Greenbuild was all the ‘green’ building people.  I was in an education session watching presenter on the LEED materials credits talk about ‘cradle to cradle’ while Bill McDonough (the author of one of the most important environmental manifestos of our time, “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things”) was leaning against the wall in the back…
  • I have been trekking and mountaineering in Tibet

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

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

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

  • Growing Food in the Face of Global Warming

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    If you want proof of how difficult it is to grow food in the face of global warming, look no further than the food basket of the United States. There, especially in California, soils are crumbling, drying, and the fight over water resources is increasing between farmers, cities, and rural residents. Crop insurance rates are […]The post Growing Food in the Face of Global Warming appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    One thing you can count on this time of year is an abundance of acorns underfoot. Why should the squirrels have all these nutrient rich nuts to themselves? Acorns are completely edible, according to fermentation expert Sandor Katz, and they have historically been a critical source of nutrition for many native peoples in North America […]The post Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Capturing Landscape in a Wine: The Unlikely Vineyard

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Is it possible to capture landscape in a bottle? To express its essence of place—geology, geography, climate, and soil—as well as the skill of the winegrower? That’s what Deirdre Heekin and her chef/husband, Caleb Barber, set out to accomplish on their tiny, eight-acre hillside farm and vineyard in Vermont. “Our farming came from wanting to grow […]The post Capturing Landscape in a Wine: The Unlikely Vineyard appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Eliot Coleman’s Guide to Creating a Root Cellar

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    As temperatures start to drop, make sure you are ready to preserve your root vegetable harvest in a soundly constructed, home storage system. In the following excerpt (adapted for the web) from Four-Season Harvest, Eliot Coleman shares his expertise on building a successful root cellar. For more step-by-step projects to jumpstart your season extension plans and prepare […]The post Eliot Coleman’s Guide to Creating a Root Cellar appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Hot off the Press: New Fall Books!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What better way to ease the transition from summer fun to the fall months than exploring all our exciting new books. Whether you are looking for the ultimate mushroom guide; take the next leap in permaculture; get everything out of those weeds in your backyard; improve your digestive health or  just curl up with a  memoir — you’ll […]The post Hot off the Press: New Fall Books! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • Tiny human stomachs grown in lab using stem cells

    mnnadmin
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    A glowing photo of a miniature human stomach grown in a laboratory. (Photo: Kyle McCracken)  
  • Dubai reaches for world's largest airport crown

    joshwlew
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport recently made headlines when it overtook Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to become the world’s busiest airport in terms of overall air traffic. O’Hare saw more than 585,000 takeoffs and landings during the first eight months of 2014. Hartsfield-Jackson was close behind at 582,138.  
  • What does your facial shape say about your personality?

    bnelson78
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Can you tell what kind of a person someone is just by looking at his or her face? Apparently you can. New findings by researchers in the U.K. have shown a strong correlation between simple facial shape ratios and certain personality traits like trustworthiness and aggression, reports MedicalXpress.  
  • Neanderthals and humans first mated 50,000 years ago

    mnnadmin
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    The DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say.  
  • New scans refute old diagnosis of King Tut's, other pharaohs' health

    mnnadmin
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    The royalty of ancient Egypt suffered from an age-related back disorder, according to a new body scan of the mummies of pharaohs.  
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  • Weight-loss superfood: 6 tips for a healthy gut

    mnnadmin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Over the years, I've noticed that clients who added a certain item to their diet seemed more likely to lose weight. And this happened even when their calorie intake remained the same. What is this superfood? It's nothing weird, and it's not a supplement — just a product that appears to go back to Neolithic times: yogurt.   
  • 12 recipes to elevate spinach to best-friend status

    jheimbuch
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dark leafy greens are a vital part of any diet and among the top-ranked of the greens is spinach. Spinach is chock-full of nutrients, including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin and more than a dozen different flavonoids that all contribute to antioxidant and anti-cancer protection for your body.  
  • Gladiators were vegetarians, new research finds

    bnelson78
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Meat is a big part of the diets of modern day, protein-obsessed athletes and tailgaters alike, but new research out of the Medical University of Vienna in Austria and the University of Bern in Switzerland has found that meat was exceptionally rare in the diets of the most macho arena warriors of them all: Roman gladiators.  
  • How to make kefir (and what it is, if you don't know)

    egili
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    From a few kefir grains in the bottom of a bowl to a delicious smoothie, here's what you need to join the growing kefir movement. (All photos: Enrique Gili)  
  • 7 health benefits of pumpkin seeds

    melbreyer
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    You know what it means when the weather turns cool and the leaves start to change, right? It means make way for the pumpkin riot. Market produce bins are like exploding cornucopia spewing orange squash, windows everywhere host dancing paper pumpkins, and pumpkin flavor has invaded just about anything that you can put in your mouth.  
 
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  • Dubai reaches for world's largest airport crown

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

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

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

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

    sgrover
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Replacing an energy-dense liquid like petroleum with alternative fuels is easier said than done. From the hidden carbon footprint of ethanol to some serious questions about the sustainability of hydrogen fuel cells, many replacement options come with their own significant environmental baggage.  
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  • Why Nik Wallenda wants to conquer the Windy City

    gmiller
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    In June 2013, wirewalker Nik Wallenda made headlines and broke ratings records by traversing the Grand Canyon in a live Discovery Channel broadcast. On Nov. 2, Wallenda will attempt to top himself with an equally daring feat: walking a wire between two Chicago skyscrapers, and for part of it he'll be blindfolded.  
  • When a scientist picks up a camera: An interview with Andrew Snyder

    jheimbuch
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Andrew Snyder is a conservationist working on his PhD research in the wilds of Guyana. Spending his days and nights tracking down reptiles and amphibians has given him an extraordinary opportunity to hone another skill set: his camera work.
  • 12 horror films that reveal Mother Nature's evil side

    mhickman
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    With sharks, bugs, plants and things that go bump in the night (at the campsite) firmly covered, we thought we’d h
  • Brad Meltzer seeks stolen treasures on 'Lost History'

    gmiller
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    The pillbox hat that Jackie Kennedy wore on the day JFK was assassinated is missing. So is the original footage of Neil Armstrong's moon landing — along with a stash of gold from the Alamo, and the Wright Brothers' airplane patent. Many of the most iconic items in American history have been lost or stolen, and author Brad Meltzer is on a crusade to find them.  
  • Things that really bug wildlife photographers

    jheimbuch
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Recently I was in Kaua'i and an Hawaiian monk seal hauled out on a crowded beach near where I was walking. Naturally I grabbed my camera and long lens to photograph her from a respectable distance. Naturally most everyone else pulled out their smart phones to take selfies with her in the background.
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  • 8 videos of dogs interrupting major sporting events

    sgunther
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    > Knock knock.   Who's there?   > Interrupting dog.   Interrupting do…   > BARK!BARK!  
  • How much can a 2,000-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail change a man? Take a look

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

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

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

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

    jsavedge
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to gender equality, the U.S. is making gains, but we still have plenty of work to do.   
  • Couple's ashes scattered at 72,000 feet

    jsavedge
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
      Lois and John Lafferty always loved a good adventure. It's safe to say that at the end of their days, they got just that. The couple recently embarked upon a final voyage together as their ashes were released 72,000 feet above the Earth's surface via a weather balloon.  
  • Baby wipes recalled for bacterial contamination

    jsavedge
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Before you change your baby's next diaper, take a closer look at the packaging on your baby wipes. Nutek Disposables of Pennsylvania recently announced that it is conducting a huge voluntary recall of its baby wipes — which are manufactured under 10 brand names — because the packaging may contain bacteria.  
  • Why Latinas have a much lower rate of breast cancer

    jsavedge
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    A new study may finally explain why Hispanic women have lower rates of breast cancer than other American women. According to federal data, Latinas have less than a 10 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer, compared with about 13 percent for non-Hispanic whites and 11 percent for blacks.  
  • 8 of the strangest allergy cures from around the world

    jsavedge
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Allergy season got you down? Maybe you should try eating an onion. Or growing a beard.   These allergy cures may sound odd, but there are just a few of the DIY remedies that have actually been proven to help ease allergy symptoms.   
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  • Guide to pairing wine with Halloween candy

    rshreeves
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Come this Saturday morning there will be a ton of candy in my house. I allow my boys to go trick or treating on Halloween, and they come home with pillowcases stuffed with all sorts of candy.  
  • Youth poetry about food experiences will blow you away

    rshreeves
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    I returned from The James Beard Foundation Food Conference in New York City last night physically exhausted but mentally exhilarated from two days of speakers, panels, and performances that stuffed my mind full of important, inspiring information and ideas. The theme of the conference was “Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?” and I took pages of notes that now need to be sifted through and organized.
  • 2014 James Beard Conference: Food as healthcare

    rshreeves
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m in New York City today and Tuesday attending the 2014 James Beard Food Foundation Conference. This year’s theme is Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?  
  • What to drink this weekend: Blood Orange Mule Halloween Cocktail

    rshreeves
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Halloween is next Friday, but the parties start this weekend, especially the adult costume parties. Orange cocktails are in order for themed parties, and if you’re looking for one that doesn’t come with eyeball ice cubes, I have one you might want to give a try.  
  • Can’t afford a $250 Sonic Decanter? There are other ways to improve a bottle

    rshreeves
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    How many ideas, DIY tutorials and nifty gadgets do you come upon while surfing the Internet each day? If you’re online the majority of your day like I am, it’s probably dozens. At least once every day I think to myself, “I wonder if that really works?” or “I should try that.”  
 
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  • Been car scammed? Get it fixed (and get revenge, too)

    jmotavalli
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Have you ever been ripped off in a car deal? I know, that’s like asking, “Have you ever owned an automobile?” There are plenty of scam artists out there who take advantage of you if you buy or lease a car, rent a car, get a car repaired or sell a car to someone else.  
  • When it comes to speed limits, how fast is too fast?

    jmotavalli
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    We’re all probably of two minds about speed limits, chafing under their confines (and enduring the occasional ticket from cops with quotas) but also recognizing that they’re saving lives. Cars.com recently pointed out that since the mandatory 55 mph speed limit was repealed in 1995, more than two thirds of the states have gone up to at least 70 mph, and libertarian-minded Texas is at 85 mph. Much of the Midwest and West (but not the West Coast) is at 80 mph.
  • This Impala runs on sewage, beer and food scraps

    jmotavalli
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Would you buy a Chevy Impala that can run on food scraps, sewage or beer?   This is no fantasy. It’s a real car: the 2015 Bi-fuel Impala, announced Oct. 20. You can buy it later this year for $38,210.  
  • 5 reasons low gas prices are bad

    jmotavalli
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    The average U.S. price for a gallon of gas is $3.144, down about 20 cents from a year ago, reports AAA. They’re paying $2.87 in Missouri, according to GasBuddy.com, and eight states are below the magical $3 a gallon. Great, right? Actually, no.     Here’s why low gas prices are bad:  
  • Seniors, not hipsters, will get self-driving cars first

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

  • The TTIP: A Very Scary Proposal

    Compass Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Cartoon by Courtenay Lewis What do Halloween and the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have in common? Both are packed with things that should make your skin crawl. Earlier this October, I joined a meeting hosted by the Catalonian Campaign against the TTIP in Barcelona to discuss the many risks of the TTIP, a massive proposed free trade agreement between the U.S. and EU. That same weekend, towns and cities across Europe protested  the TTIP and its corporate-empowering, fracking-enabling rules. These events reconfirmed that Americans and Europeans share many…
  • From Hurricane Sandy to the People's Climate March

    Heather Moyer
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Two years ago this week, Myrtle Williams' life changed in a way she had never imagined. The healthcare professional was at work in a nursing home in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York, when Hurricane Sandy came ashore. The deadly storm destroyed homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands -- including the nursing home. Yet despite damage to her house, Williams and many of her colleagues chose to stay in the nursing home and take care of the patients.Now on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Williams has much on her mind."I'm still thinking about the…
  • From Narmada to Tata Mundra: Iconic Indian Activist Demands Clean Energy Transition at World Bank

    Compass Team
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Medha Patkar speaking in Washington, D.C. in October 2014. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Medha Patkar made her name fighting the push for large dams in the 1980’s. Decades later, the fight rages on. That fight all began with the Narmada River Valley Project -- the largest river dam development in India. When Medha was researching social inequality and social movements for her PhD, she learned of the plight of indigenous people in Gujarat in conjunction with the construction of the dam. Wanting to help the cause, Medha  began working with Adivasi youth groups in the districts of Dang,…
  • Five Principles For Taming the Wild West of Beyond the Grid Clean Energy Policy

    Compass Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Misguided and inappropriate safeguards threaten to handicap some of the most dynamic and innovative approaches to ending energy poverty for 1.3 billion people around the world. That the findings of Sierra Club’s latest report -- Expanding Energy Access: Beyond The Grid --  which proposes five policy principles to ensure clean energy access markets thrive. If we don’t fill the vacuum of safeguards that exist for companies serving those living beyond the reach of the grid, we threaten the long term viability of these beyond the grid clean energy markets. These approaches are already…
  • Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

    Compass Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    It has been a record year for beyond the grid solar investment. Photo courtesy of OMC Power. Over $45 million in investments have closed in the past year, including: $1.8 million for plug and play solar provider BBOXX, $11 million for industry pioneer d.light, and $20 million for mobile money pioneer M-KOPA. Not to be left out of a potential $12 billion market, three more new major funding announcements have taken place in the past two weeks alone.     First, SolarNow, the solar asset finance company operating in East Africa, announced it closed a round of equity funding of €2…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • BP’s Bathtub Ring Of Gulf Oil Uncovered

    Farron Cousins
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Less than a week after Politico allowed BP communications vice president Geoff Morrell the space to tell Americans that there are no lingering effects from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists and researchers have brought in new evidence to show that Morrell’s claims are completely fabricated. According to the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, millions of gallons of BP from the 2010 Macondo well blowout have settled along the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, creating a “bathtub ring” of oil around the site of the blowout. How much oil are they…
  • The Worst Koch-Funded Lies About Climate Change in 90 Seconds

    Brendan DeMelle
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Koch brothers have spent far more than even ExxonMobil to spread doubt and misinformation about the 97% scientific consensus on climate change in recent years — over $67 million on climate denial, in fact. Out of 13,950 peer-reviewed scientific journals, only 24 reject global warming. But the Kochs and the extensive, well-funded network of front groups and media echo chambers would prefer that we ignore our responsibility to stay well below 2 degress Celsius of warming so that the Koch brothers and their friends can continue to profit from pollution-based enterprises.  The folks at…
  • EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule To Finally Move Forward

    Mike G
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    First issued in 2011 but quickly met with numerous legal challenges, the EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule is finally cleared for takeoff. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit lifted a hold it had placed on the CSAPR, effectively giving the EPA a green light to begin implementing the rule, which regulates air pollution from power plants in 28 states that drifts across state lines, contributing to ozone and fine particle pollution. The CSAPR creates a two-step process: first the EPA determines whether or not a state contributes more than 1% of the pollution causing a…
  • How Industry First Went to War With Climate Science

    Brendan Montague
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    Scientists had well understood for many decades that adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere could raise global temperatures and cause climate change. But when politicians finally took notice, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was formed, industry began a war with science itself.  Bert Bolin, the founder of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was the first scientist to detect signals from the coal and oil industry that there would be serious resistance to climate science and its policy implications.  As soon as governments began taking the issue…
  • Canadian Corporations Spent Over $15M Lobbying U.S. Government in 2014, Report

    Chris Rose
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    As the mid-term elections in the United States continue to heat up, a new report released Wednesday shows that Canadian corporations have registered at least $15.3 million USD in spending on direct lobbying of the U.S. federal government in the first nine months of 2014. That includes $2.87 million by Canadian National Railway Company in the face of increasing regulatory attention to the rail transport industry on both sides of the border, said the report — Are Canadian corporations spending to influence the U.S. political process? Written by The Shareholder Association for Research and…
 
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    Eco-Chick

  • Eco Apocalypse: This Week’s New Yorker Fiction Is Terrifyingly Good

    Starre Vartan
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    This week’s New Yorker fiction story is a doozy. Written by Jess Rowe, “The Empties” is set in a post-apocalyptic (or is it dystopian?) future Vermont, two years after everything has gone wrong. And all of a sudden, the environment, the natural world, is a major player again. Not the bit player we treat it as today. Grab a cup of tea, and enjoy the read: Warning—it creeps up on you, and stays with you. Or at least it did me, because it felt so real. Too real. An excerpt from “The Empties”: Here is a thing that happened today, she wrote at the top of every page…
  • Woodzee Recycled Whiskey Barrel Sunglasses: How I Wear Eco Fashion

    Starre Vartan
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    As you may know, we at Eco Chick take our product-testing seriously. We get asked to try lots of stuff, but first, it has to meet our ethical guidelines, and then it has to be awesome for use/wear to write about it. And boy are we excited about this one!   Woodzee sunglasses not only passed our standards, but surpassed them! I tried the Trinity style made from (get this!) recycled oak whiskey barrels from the Columbia Barrel Company! I’m loving them—they are lightweight and have these wonderful spring-loaded hinges, so they push out slightly (which makes them perfect for wearing…
  • Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

    Veronica Goin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Say good night, Moe. I’m not much of a baker. I read once that baking is like science and cooking is like art. I think that sums it up perfectly. Baking is literally chemistry, after all. I also don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I’m not really drawn to baking the way a lot of people are. However, I do love a man who loves sweets. My wonderful boyfriend is a willing test subject for any cookies, cakes, or cupcakes (hell, sometimes even candy!) that I try reinterpret with vegan and gluten-free ingredients. This pumpkin bread is for him. A little sweet, a little spicy.
  • Easy, Healthy, Last-Minute Halloween Treats

    Starre Vartan
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I know there are people out there that plan for Halloween for weeks, and already have their scary witch-face cookies baked and frozen, waiting for their big reveal this weekend. But I’m not one of those people. So if you are like me, here’s some delicious (nutritious!) ideas for Halloween treats that don’t require any particularly special ingredients. In fact, you can make plenty of these treats the day-of or the day before Halloween, no big deal. Because holidays should be about having fun and celebrating in non-ordinary ways, not slaving away in the kitchen or stressing…
  • What Feminism, Renee Zellweger’s Face, and My Tattoos Have in Common

    Veronica Goin
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Source For the last 24 hours, you could not turn around on the internet without tripping over someone’s opinion about Renée Zellweger’s appearance. Zellweger recently attended the Elle “Women in Hollywood” Awards and the internet nearly cracked in half with speculation about her face, so much so that Zellweger had to issue an official statement to People Magazine about it. I’m conflicted about even linking to the site, because I don’t want to give this conversation any more traffic than it deserves. Just Google it. Actually, I’ll save you the…
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Ford Mustang, 2015 Ford F-150, 2015 BMW X5 M & X6 M: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2015 Ford Mustang: Best Car To Buy Nominee A completely new Mustang doesn’t come along very often. In fact, in 50 years of the original pony car, there have only been five generations until now. They’ve each signaled significant change, and the new sixth-generation model that makes its debut for 2015 is no...
  • Mitsubishi Outlander

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    The Mitsubishi Outlander is a family-friendly compact crossover that has the choice of a third row in some trims. The Outlander is presently in its third generation in the U.S., and it was redesigned for 2014 to better compete with the Toyota RAV4, Dodge Journey, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Honda CR-V. With a little more aggressive styling than most...
  • Maserati Quattroporte

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    The Maserati Quattroporte is a four-door luxury performance sedan, the larger of Maserati's sedans, now that it offers a mid-size Ghibli. The Quattroporte--Q-porte for short--is a rival for vehicles like the Jaguar XJ and Audi S7, and possibly the Aston Martin Rapide. Literally translated from the Italian as "four doors," the Quattroporte name...
  • Buick Encore

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    The Buick Encore was new for 2013, and has been carried over largely unchanged since then. It's a subcompact crossover with some luxury cues that competes with vehicles like the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, MINI Countryman, and the BMW X1. Europeans have been buying Encores for the past year, but under a different name: Opel Mokka (or in the UK...
  • Toyota Yaris

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Yaris is the Toyota brand's smallest and least expensive U.S. offering. In its current generation, the Yaris is offered in two hatchback configurations, with either three doors or five. A four-door Yaris sedan was offered previously, but it was phased out after one year of simultaneous sales with the newer hatchback models. Toyota also offered...
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    Free Utility & Energy Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • The Definitive Guide to Sharing Mobile Maps for Utilities

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the utilities sector, sharing timely and accurate field information is vital. Every day, you must get the latest utility maps, blueprints or CAD drawings to hundreds of field crew personnel, managers and subcontractors across dozens of departments, from water, gas and electrical to sidewalks, streets and sewage.This guide shows you how the following utilities stakeholders are using mobile data collection to quickly and easily share project data:Field CrewsManagementIT DepartmentsEngineers and CAD UsersGIS Analysts and ManagersRequest Free!
  • The Definitive Guide to Mobile Data Collection

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

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

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production (COSPP) magazine is recognized as an authoritative and reliable source of information for the global CHP/cogeneration and on-site power industry, promoting the use of cleaner, more efficient decentralized energy worldwide. With the focus now firmly on the low-carbon production of electricity and heat, the relevance of COSPP has never been greater.Each issue of COSPP covers technology, policy, finance, best-practice projects and news analysis, as well as wider issues of importance to the decentralized energy sector.Request Free!
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    GoodGuide
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    GoodGuide
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    In just a few days, GoodGuide will unveil a new website design. Here’s your opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at what we’ve got in store. We hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. A New, Streamlined Homepage GoodGuide.com Homepage In addition to a new look and feel, we’re streamlining our navigation to make made it even easier to search and find scientific ratings on over 200,000 consumer products. Speaking of our ratings, we’ve increased visibility into our methodologies, so you can better understand how we…
  • WEF14: Why is Sustainability So Hard?

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 24, 2014) Sunrise over the Swiss Alps, Davos 2014. Photo by Good Guide co-founder, Dara O’Rourke. One thing that has surprised me in my time in Davos is how often I’ve heard CEOs complain about how hard it is to promote sustainability and social responsibility inside their companies. In session after session, it has been clear that even the most powerful CEOs feel that transforming their organizations is hard. Very hard. In one of the few “public” sessions where CEOs talked about this, the panelists presented…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • Social Media: A Window into a Post Traumatic World

    3BL Media
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Every day, 22 military veterans commit suicide, according to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.  Between 2005 and 2011 the veteran suicide rate rose 2.6 percent a year, over [...] The post Social Media: A Window into a Post Traumatic World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • More of Today’s Social Change Agents Focus on the Future Than the Present

    3BL Media
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Even in a world of instant gratification, adults across the globe are working toward long-term positive social change. According to Walden University’s 2014 Social Change Impact Report, more people believe [...] The post More of Today’s Social Change Agents Focus on the Future Than the Present appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • #GivingTuesday: A Day to Flex Your Corporate Philanthropy Muscle

    Ryan Scott
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Can you hear it?  The holiday drumbeat has begun.  It’s a long march up the hill towards Halloween, straight to Thanksgiving, ‘round the curve past Black Friday, down the path [...] The post #GivingTuesday: A Day to Flex Your Corporate Philanthropy Muscle appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • 7 In Depth iTunesU Courses to Inspire Social Entrepreneurs

    Grant Trahant
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Digital education is moving very fast. We now have tons of options to choose from. One great option is iTunesU. It has free courses and classes from some of the [...] The post 7 In Depth iTunesU Courses to Inspire Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right

    Vikas Vij
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Green building is more than just a development trend. It involves a range of environmental aspects such as emissions reduction, water conservation, storm water management, temperature moderation, and waste reduction. [...] The post Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • Local Search Ranking Factors 2014 - What it Means for Home Performance Businesses

    Peter Troast
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    One of the most worshipped reports of the year for the crew at Energy Circle is the Local Search Ranking Factors Report, produced by David Mihm of Moz. For any service area business--which pretty much includes the entirety of the home performance businesses we serve--understanding the latest changes in how Google handles search for “local” businesses is critical to being successful online.  Having studied and acted on the findings of this report going on 3 years now, we can attest to the power of this information. Do as it says and your local rankings will improve. So…
  • Your Email List: Two Huge Reasons to Have One Beyond Email

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Delicious Organic Lunchbox Lunches

    Jennie Lyon
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Now that we are into the 2nd quarter of the school year, your student may be getting sick of seeing the standard PB&J in her lunchbox (or you’re sick of making it!) I know this happens in our family – Eben will want the same thing for lunch for a few weeks and then all of a sudden as I am packing lunch – he chimes in that he wants something different! If you are struggling for new lunch ideas, it’s time for a box-lunch upgrade! Read on for three new lunchbox standards that your child will be asking for again and again. #1 Wraps and Burritos Wraps are a great way to get a…
  • Flackers and Seedsters: Healthy Snacks for the Holidays

    Jennie Lyon
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    We are always looking for yummy snacks that are healthy – especially around the holiday season. We all have family and friends visiting for the holidays and it’s always nice to have healthy snacks in the pantry for those last minute get togethers too. Flackers and Seedsters are the perfect snack to keep on hand! The Doctor in the Kitchen is a company bringing what many of us are looking for to the table, a healthy alternative to snacking – which is perfect for the holidays. Their motto, “Good Food is Wise Medicine”, makes complete sense when you glance at their…
  • This Holiday Season Consider a Green Retreat

    Jennie Lyon
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    NOTE: This post wasn’t written by me – thank you for supporting the companies that help keep Sweet Greens in business. ————————————————————————– The holidays are right around the corner! In fact, Thanksgiving is over a month away. If you are taking a vacation for Thanksgiving or the upcoming winter holidays, you should consider a green retreat. Green retreats are great alternatives to the usual vacation; whether they are at exclusive hotels,…
  • Get Thermos Happy: New School Hot Lunch Ideas!

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

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

  • As Ebola Outbreak In Liberia Slows, WHO Stresses Caution

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Watch VideoAfter announcing the total number of confirmed Ebola cases surpassed 13,000, the World Health Organization had some good news on Wednesday for the region worst afflicted with the deadly disease.CNN: "There are some encouraging signs we can report, though, out of Liberia — the rate of infection there seems to be slowing." AL JAZEERA: "The WHO says it's cautiously optimistic that the rate of new cases is slowing."Yes, according to health officials, the appearance of new cases seems to be slowing down in…
  • Ban On Wearable Cameras In Movie Theaters Surprises No One

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Watch VideoPlease turn off all your devices before the movie starts — especially the camera mounted to your face.The Motion Picture Association of America, along with the National Association of Theatre Owners, have extended their ban on cameras in theaters to those you might wear, such as Google Glass.The announcement doesn't call out Glass in particular, but a number of headlines have — likely thanks to Glass being one of the first arrivals in the wearable field.But this ban isn't surprising many people in the tech press. Really, some writers seem more…
  • How A Chorus Led Scientists To A New Frog Species

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Watch VideoA new species of frog has been officially confirmed close to 80 years after its existence was first theorized. The frog, Rana kauffeldi, is a type of leopard frog, and the process of establishing it as a new species started with this — the frog's unique chorus, or its advertisement call, as it's known by scientists. As all the headlines have read, the discovery in that video technically happened in New York City, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Scientists didn't find the frog hiding in the subway or somewhere in Central…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud To Be Gay'

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Watch VideoOne of the most powerful men in the tech and U.S. business industry Tim Cook has announced he's gay.In a 10-paragraph op-ed for Businessweek published early Thursday morning, the Apple CEO wrote, "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."The reveal is hugely significant, evidenced if nothing else by the apparent crash of Businessweek's website and the article only minutes…
  • Malala Yousafzai Donates $50,000 Prize To Rebuilding Schools

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Watch VideoNobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai is continuing to prioritize education. She just donated $50,000 towards reconstructing schools in Gaza.“Let’s make sure every child gets quality education ... One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” (Video via International Business Times)That was also her sentiment last year, speaking at the United Nations...“One teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”Since then, she’s won the Nobel Peace Prize. And now, in Sweden on Wednesday, she received the…
 
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  • NEC to Offer Social Business Class for Retirees

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright NEC All Rights Reserved. Japan's NEC Corporation announced on July 8, 2014, that it will again hold the NEC Takumi Juku (meaning "craftsman class" in Japanese) for corporate retirees seeking opportunities to utilize their skills and experience in social contribution activities or social business. The program is designed to help senior professionals to work in professional volunteer services (pro bono) at an NPO or NGO, or to start a social enterprise of their own, thereby promoting the creation of new community-oriented businesses and job opportunities.
  • Study Shows Growing Number of Young Japanese Urbanites Want to Settle in Rural Areas

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Toshihiro Gamo Some Rights Reserved. Japan is one of the first countries in the world to face, head-on, the serious issues of depopulation and an aging society. We introduce here the results of a public opinion poll on the changing attitudes of Japanese urban youth, which perhaps could point to a resolution of the problem of population over-concentration in the Tokyo Metropolitan area (outlined previously in an article in the June 2014 issue of the JFS Newsletter, titled "Depopulation of Society: Debate in Japan, One of the World's First Countries to Face the Issues").
  • Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation (Part 2)

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.145 (September 2014) Copyright Kochi Prefecture All Rights Reserved. A previous issue of the JFS Newsletter (No.144) introduced comprehensive efforts by Japan's Kochi Prefecture, quoted from a speech by Governor Masanao Ozaki promoting industry, entitled "Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation." Kochi has been experiencing the problem of depopulation, which is common throughout the nation, but it is happening earlier here than in other prefectures. This article introduces a variety of other ideas being considered and efforts being made by this prefecture.
  • What We Must Do before the Tokyo Olympics

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

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by keyaki All Rights Reserved. To address the challenge of reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of architectural structures, various efforts are being made both in Japan and elsewhere. In the JFS Newsletter issue of August 2014, JFS introduced efforts being made in Japan, using excerpts from a book written by Hideharu Niwa, the title of which translates as "Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture Supporting Sustainable Low-Carbon Cities (published by Kousakusha in 2013)."http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035035.html This article features recent…
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    1800Recycling.com

  • Halloween Reuse Idea: Frankenstein Goody Bucket

    Maggie Wehri
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    So many Halloween decorations seem oh so tempting this time of year, but maybe this could be the season in which you take a step back and get creative making decorative items with materials already in your home. Discovering creative ways to make what we see on the shelves is not always an easy task, which is why we have the perfect Halloween craft for the trick-or-treaters at home. On the big day, we all need a nice goody bag to put our treats in. It’s so easy to buy a plastic pumpkin or bag from the store. Instead of buying a few extra items you may not necessarily need, utilize the ice…
  • Scary Facts About Halloween Costumes

    Wendy Gabriel
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Halloween is almost here, and with this spooky holiday comes some environmental horrors, starting with some of our costume choices. Not only are store-bought costumes made to be worn once or twice and then tossed into your local landfill, but some of them are also made with some scary materials. The terrifying plastic masks, preternatural princess fabrics and face paints are even more horrifying because of the toxic chemicals they may contain. Here are some harmful chemicals to be on the lookout for this week: <b>Polyvinyl chloride</b>, or PVC, contains harmful chemicals. The…
  • Recycling Profile: Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

    1-800-RECYCLING
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    <img class="undefined" title="thunder-bay-recycling" alt="Thunder-Bay-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/Thunder-Bay-recycling_400x400.jpg"> <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> Thunder Bay, ON, Canada (pop. 108,359), sits on the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake. Naturally, it is a place with crystal-clear water, fresh air, an incredible ecosystem and a robust array of…
  • How to Save Food from Landfills

    April Stearns
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    A large amount of food is wasted in the U.S. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/27/283071610/u-s-lets-141-trillion-calories-of-food-go-to-waste-each-year" target="_blank" title="U.S. lets 141 trillion calories of food go to waste each year" class="">According to NPR</a>, 141 trillion calories of food go to waste every year. When it comes to throwing out expired items, most people are (at least a little) guilty of wasting what was once perfectly good food. <img class="undefined" title="food-waste"…
  • How to Recycle Jars

    Sophia Bennett
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="glass-jar-recycling" alt="glass-jar-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/glass-jar-recycling_400x400.jpg"> The humble glass jar holds all kinds of delicious products in your kitchen: sandwich spreads, jams and jellies, spaghetti sauce, pickles and much more. You can feel good about buying foods packaged in glass jars, as they don't leach chemicals into food, and they are one of the most recyclable products out…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Martifer Solar – Powering the world with Pure Energy

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    The photovoltaic market is well acquainted with the name of Martifer Solar, as it is a major driver in revolutionizing the entire photovoltaic market. Martifier Solar, has built for itself such a profound global name by effectively working according to the customer expectations and contributing to the world the natal ideas in the development of ... The post Martifer Solar – Powering the world with Pure Energy appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Ways you could be powering your green car in the future

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    The current situation of the planet from its environment point of view is not what we all want or expect. Global temperatures are steadily rising and the polar ice caps are constantly melting, giving way to a range of crisis right from climate change to water scarcity. One of the biggest contributors to global warming ... The post Ways you could be powering your green car in the future appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Concept washing machines intended to make your laundry green

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    The world is presently facing two major threats – energy and water. Although both these resources currently appear to be in abundant, barring the fact that they are getting expensive with every passing day, the fact remains that both these resources are nearing depletion. Energy, which is largely produced by coal-fired power plants, and clean ... The post Concept washing machines intended to make your laundry green appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Can volcanoes power the world in the future?

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Currently there is a race going on among renewable energy advocates to conceptualize the next big source of renewable energy to power the world when oil well and reservoirs of natural gas run dry. There are currently a few decent options, which although generate energy in its cleanest form, but are dependent on climatic conditions, ... The post Can volcanoes power the world in the future? appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Eco-friendly commercial buildings

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    The environment is suffering massive destruction due to our increase in energy consumption but to make business grow we need more and more buildings to expand the industries. The need of eco-friendly commercial buildings is becoming more and more important that we look forward to build buildings that are eco-friendly. It is time when we ... The post Eco-friendly commercial buildings appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Clean water from oysters? You betcha.

    Jo Borrás
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Oyster populations are waning, and the impacts could be more profound than the end of raw bars as we know it. How are oysters and clean water linked The post Clean water from oysters? You betcha. appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Food Memories: A Yorkshire Christmas [Yule Bread Recipe]

    Jennifer Kaplan
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
      This food memory and Christmas recipe for Yule Bread is from Anne Willan, founder of the legendary LaVarenne Cooking School. I grew up in northern England, the only child in a small family, so celebrations were important. My Aunt Louie, a classic dowager with an imposing bosom and piled white hair, was in charge of Christmas Eve. [&hellip The post Food Memories: A Yorkshire Christmas [Yule Bread Recipe] appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Food Memories: Overstuffed Liverwurst Sandwiches

    Jennifer Kaplan
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Have you ever had a memory inextricably linked to a type of food or a specific meal? When I think back on my childhood, I am often drawn to those moments of family lore that involve food. My grandparents owned a jewelry factory in Vienna in the 1920’s. Fifteen years my grandma’s senior, Grandpa Philip had [&hellip The post Food Memories: Overstuffed Liverwurst Sandwiches appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 7 Ways to Get Your Kids Eating Healthy Food

    Becky Striepe
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Getting your kids eating healthy can seem daunting, whether you're a new parent or you've got older kids. Here are some simple tips to help encourage your kiddos to eat those veggies! The post 7 Ways to Get Your Kids Eating Healthy Food appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 3 Natural Foods That Aren’t So Natural After All

    Mary Gerush
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Did you know today's peach bears little resemblance to one harvested in 4,000 B.C.? Engineered evolution makes me wonder: Are our peaches really "natural?" The post 3 Natural Foods That Aren’t So Natural After All appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
 
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    PlanetSave

  • Racing Extinction — New Trailer Shows CO2 Emissions As They Occur Using Technology

    James Ayre
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Ever wished that you could actually see carbon dioxide emissions as they occur? That people could actually see the huge quantities of the heat-trapping gas that are released from the industrial facilities and machines that cover our modern landscape? That would certainly make it easier to explain anthropogenic climate change to people who have trouble Racing Extinction — New Trailer Shows CO2 Emissions As They Occur Using Technology 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…
  • Community Solar on a Food Coop

    Cynthia Shahan
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Originally published on CleanTechnica. In 1974, a group of San Francisco’s pragmatic idealists, the Food Conspiracy, a grass-roots organization of food-buying clubs committed to buying and distributing wholesale food among themselves, became Other Avenues Worker Cooperative. Its mission is and was “food for the people, not profit.” Other stores expanded out of this group and yet, today, Community Solar on a Food Coop 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…
  • Guerrilla Gardener In South Central LA Doesn’t Get Government Love, Is Transforming What It Means To Be Gangster

    Cynthia Shahan
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Food is a problem. Food is the solution. Many urban areas suffering from depression of the economy suffer from the lack of whole food, good foods. A liquor store and a vacant lot are alright. However, try to plant green gardens, so you don’t have to drive 45 minutes to buy something besides fast food Guerrilla Gardener In South Central LA Doesn’t Get Government Love, Is Transforming What It Means To Be Gangster 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…
  • EcoloBlue Atmospheric Water Generator — Emergency Water Generator

    James Ayre
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Those interested in purchasing an atmospheric water generator may want to check out this recent offering from Molecule New Water Technologies* — the EcoloBlue Atmospheric Water Generator. The generators offer a potentially effective means of making oneself “water independent,” as the producers state. They are especially useful in the realm of emergency water supply — where the EcoloBlue Atmospheric Water Generator — Emergency Water Generator was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free…
  • The EV Revolution (VIDEO)

    Zachary Shahan
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    A new video on climate solutions from the wonderful videographer Peter Sinclair highlights the EV revolution. Furthermore, what it really highlights is what I’ve been emphasizing as much as possible for the past year or so: the #1 thing that will really create an EV revolution is the absolutely fun and helpful instant torque that electric vehicles bring The EV Revolution (VIDEO) 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…
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    Sustainablog

  • What to Do with Used Cooking Oil: How about Turning it into Jet Fuel?

    Important Media Cross-Post
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Boeing has come up with a novel idea of what to do with used cooking oil, particularly the large amounts coming from China: fuel planes with it The post What to Do with Used Cooking Oil: How about Turning it into Jet Fuel? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • DIY: Turn an Old Sweater into a Winter Head Wrap

    Talancia Pea
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Want a new look for the cold Winter months? Turn an old sweater you no longer wear into a fashionable & hair-friendly head wrap The post DIY: Turn an Old Sweater into a Winter Head Wrap appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Wind energy jobs not only contribute to the growth of clean energy; they also support the conservation of water. The post Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • #EasyUpcycling: How to Turn a Shipping Pallet into a Pumpkin (and Back into a Coat Rack)

    Guest Author
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    An old wooden shipping pallet can be used as a year-round coat rack and holiday decor for Halloween. Here's how The post #EasyUpcycling: How to Turn a Shipping Pallet into a Pumpkin (and Back into a Coat Rack) appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Want to make sure your e-waste recycling efforts don't support offshoring of such wastes? The e-Stewards Online Marketplace gives you that assurance The post New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • Make These 10 Cleaning Supplies Instead of Buying

    Becky Striepe
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Homemade cleaning supplies are the best. There. I said it. They're cheaper than store-bought. You can reuse containers to reduce waste. And you control the ingredients, so you can be sure you're not "cleaning" your home with toxic chemicals The post Make These 10 Cleaning Supplies Instead of Buying appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Craft Elegrams to Raise Funds for The Nature Conservancy

    Julie Finn
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Craft an elegram and save the elephants! The post Craft Elegrams to Raise Funds for The Nature Conservancy appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Halloween Craft: How to Make a Smudge Stick

    Crunchy Scott
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Halloween Party Host Gift Idea: Smudge Stick Halloween is on a Friday this year, which means it’s time to par-TAY! (That’s “party” for those of you who haven’t been to one in a while.) I’ve got a few friends who are throwing bashes on Saturday too. It seems people’s need to get their “freak on” really [&hellip The post Halloween Craft: How to Make a Smudge Stick appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Make a No-Sew Hood from a Babywearing Wrap

    Julie Finn
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    You don't need a sewing machine to turn your kid into a vampire, assassin, young Jedi, ranger, or any other hooded creatures this Halloween. All you need is a wrap used for babywearing, and you'll have this no-sew hood configured in no time The post Make a No-Sew Hood from a Babywearing Wrap appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Tools to Use: Wood Burner (Plus Six Projects to Use it on!)

    Julie Finn
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Want a totally eco-friendly way to modify wood, or cork, or leather without paint, without dye, without glue? Dude, get yourself a wood burner! The post Tools to Use: Wood Burner (Plus Six Projects to Use it on!) appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
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    The Green Blog Network

  • R20 Regions For Climate Action - Paris Highlights October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Casing Theory

    gwandauteam
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The Casing Theory in PDF Format – Click Here
  • GC Forum Down

    Jim
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    So far our efforts to restore the forum are for naught. When you click the gravitycontrol.org/forum you get this: 8192: Function ereg_replace() is deprecatedFile: /hermes/bosoraweb048/b2172/ipw.gravityc/public_html/forum/Sources/Subs.phpLine: 733 Love the word, deprecated.  Hope it means less than it implies. Any One with any thoughts to help us restore our forum much appreciated.      
  • The Casing Theory

    Jim
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    I was re-reading the Casing Theory by The Gwandau Team and came across something I had forgotten about.  It was a cutaway rendering of the Unity device. The Casing Theory by the Gwandau Team
  • “Grays” By Henry Hobson

    Jim
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Remember when Youtube had all those movies? Hollywood worked overtime and succeeded in getting feature movies off the net, particularly Youtube, perhaps the greatest tv channel, net or not, in the world, so far. And so, they downsized their drama and looked for shorter and  more postable items. Now they show great movie endings, middles […]
  • Moray King

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

  • Peak oil notes - Oct 30

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    A mid-week update. After trading quietly on Monday and Tuesday at around $81 in New York and $86 in London, crude prices closed higher on Wednesday after traders noted that the increase in US crude inventories last week was slowing down in comparison to the previous three weeks.
  • World Crude Oil Production and the Oil Price

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    How far the oil price will come down and for how long it will stay “low” is now anyone’s guesses. A declining price results from weakening demand while supplies are improving.
  • Faces of Fracking: Rosanna Esparza

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    As an environmental journalist I meet a lot of environmental organizers – it’s par for the course. But Rosanna is not like any I’ve come across before.
  • Weathering the Storms, Planting the Seeds

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Fundamentally, we have to “hospice what’s left of the system we’re leaving behind, while planting the seeds for the future we’re building.”
  • U.S. Energy Policies Based on Inflated Fracking Predictions: Post Carbon Institute Report

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    Economic predictions about the fracking industry's potential growth have for the most part gone unquestioned — until now.
 
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • LEED v4 Green Associate MP3 Study Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inside the American pumpkin patch (infographic)

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Thank you to Spare Foot for this fantastic infographic!
  • Off the grid (Infographic)

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Source: http://www.idealhomegarden.com
  • Adventures in remodeling and working with vendors

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Earlier this year, Mr. Daily Green and I decided to remodel our master bathroom. There were a couple of reasons for this decision. It started with damaged shower grout, that we knew was causing floor damage (we soon learned how significant indeed). But as we were gathering quotes to fix the shower, we realized that if we were going fix one thing, we should fix all of them. "As long as we were
  • Handling the bounty of Fall with #BallJars

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    As the gardening season winds down, Our Daily Green has grudgingly and slowly said goodbye to our fresh offerings from our garden. Over the past several years, however, we have rekindled a love of preserving our food for the winter, either via canning or freezing. For this reason, we contacted our friends at Ball canning jars to inquire about working together. Much to our delight, they sent us a
  • We broke down and turned on the furnace: now what?

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

  • Protect Veterans’ Health

    Nick Engelfried
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Target: Members of Congress Goal: Make sure veterans and their families have access to affordable healthcare *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
  • Stop Cruel Bear Hunting Techniques

    Courtney Heitter
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Governor of Maine, Paul LePage Goal: End cruel bear hunting tactics in Maine, including baiting, trapping and dog attacks Maine has very lax bear hunting laws. Hunters are allowed to bait bears with junk food, catch bears in painful, debilitating traps, as well as use dogs to attack and injure bears. A referendum has been introduced to make these methods of bear hunting illegal. Proponents of the ban understand that the bear population will not grow if these methods are made illegal. The bear population could be well controlled by other, more humane and sportsmanlike methods.
  • Protect Pristine River from Exploitation

    Nick Engelfried
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Goal: Save the beautiful Gila River from water diversion projects that threaten its existence *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
  • Curb Rising Animal Cruelty Cases

    Andrew Helton
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott Goal: Put an end to Southwest Florida’s steadily increasing rate of crimes against animals Animal abuse cases are on the rise in Southwest Florida. Florida has struggled with animal cruelty for the past decade, but recent cases are getting even more serious. Not only is animal abuse and dog fighting more prevalent in Florida than in most other states, but it is also more often a front for narcotics, gangs, violence, and other crimes. Things are getting worse instead of better and this must be changed immediately. The Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS) has…
  • Strengthen Animal Welfare Laws in Laboratories

    Andrew Helton
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Theresa May, U.K. Minister of the Home Office Goal: Provide more protection for animals involved in experiments and also provide greater oversight for laboratories Recent investigations into the suffering of laboratory animals in the United Kingdom have had sad and startling conclusions, proving that the laws protecting these animals are much too weak. The lives of lab animals are already short, void of autonomy, and fraught with suffering. This is even when the strictest regulations are being followed. They need all the protection they can get and we must demand it is given to them.
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • 9 Simple Ways for your Company to Go Green

    greenwise
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    If going green at your company resulted in a pleasant work environment, healthier employees and increased productivity, would you be on board? Most certainly, but how do you go about this task without completely overhauling office space or incurring a ton of expenses? Here are some simple and cost-efficient ideas: 1. Create an incentive program […]
  • Electronic Waste Recycling: Importance and Facts

    greenwise
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    With waste management being one of the prime steps of the recycling process, it is evident that each and every part of your waste is segregated and sent for recycling. However, that is not the story in various landfills. The most hazardous waste material to reach a landfill is electronic waste (E-waste). This type of […]
  • The Meaning of Environmental Sustainability in a Cup of Tea

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

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

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

  • 5 Fun Ways to Use Carved Pumpkins After Halloween

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

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Chances are, if you are reading this you are aware of breast cancer. You may not know all the details, but you know it can be an incredibly scary diagnosis. By now, you are aware that women should regularly do breast self-exams. You should are regular mammograms are important, especially after a certain age or based on family history (please communicate with your doctor when it is right for you to begin these). You should also be aware that men can get breast cancer. We are a society full of awareness. Thank goodness for that. In fact, when you see that color pink on products…
  • Community Changes the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      What do you think of when you hear the phrases green living, environmentalist, green blogger? I am sure there are a few ideas that immediately spring to mind if one self-proclaims to belong in one, or all, of these groups. Would it surprise you then to learn just how many different principles, beliefs, and life experiences are brought to the environmental and green living movement? If you really stopped to think about it, it shouldn’t, but somehow we all tend to get lumped together with our most vocal “spokespeople” whether we chose them or not. There are nuances and…
  • Environmental Legacy of Christopher Columbus

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

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

  • The Environmental Footprint Of Carpet Tile

    Ramon Arratia
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    Commissioned by Interface to celebrate our Mission Zero anniversary, John Elkington has written a case study titled – ‘Interface: The untold story of Mission Zero in Europe’, which charts our journey over the past 20 years highlighting the systems changes we have brought into the core of our business. Here is an excerpt that looks at the footprint of carpet tile. You can download the full study here. “Interestingly, in a pattern seen with many other industrial products, LCA research reveals that the environmental footprint of carpeting is disproportionately…
  • CLG position on EU Climate & Energy Package #EU2030

    Ramon Arratia
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    The Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), of which we are a member, released the following press statement on Friday clearly defining our position on the EU Climate and Energy Package #EU2030: EU Climate and Energy package is a major step forward but weak on renewables and energy efficiency. European Council has just agreed a new climate and energy deal that sets a binding domestic Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) target of “at least” 40% but which failed to agree ambitious targets for the share of energy from renewable sources and for energy efficiency. The influential European…
  • Technology coupled with clever product standards policy is the answer

    Ramon Arratia
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    This week I’m in Finland at a Chief Technology Officer’s forum organized by SITRA, the Finnish Innovation Fund. After talking to some CTOs at these very innovative companies, you realise that technology has most of the answers. Today I’m very optimistic about the task ahead, a feeling I never get when coming out of conferences full of sustainability wonks or brand/marketing folks talking empty stuff… Some lessons… * The main learning was confirming that technology, supported by strong product performance standards, will be a key part of the fight against climate change. * I…
  • EU 2030 Climate & Energy Declaration

    Laure Rondeau
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Confronted with an economic downturn, the challenges posed by climate change, fuel import dependency and rising fossil fuel bills, Europe needs to move rapidly towards a sustainable economy based on renewable energy and energy efficiency. By promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, we will be able to improve our energy security and reduce carbon emissions, while boosting the economy and creating high quality green jobs. However, these fundamental changes in our society and economy will not happen without dedicated policies. Europe has made good progress towards its 2020…
  • “I don’t believe in global warming”

    Ramon Arratia
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Was pleased to come across this online again recently – one of a series from Banksy, c. 5 years ago painted on the side of the Regent’s canal in London at the close of the Copenhagen climate conference. The post “I don’t believe in global warming” appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
 
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    ecoINSITE

  • Smart grid investments top $140M in Q3: Mercom

    Pedro Hernandez
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Venture capitalists are pumping money into smart grid startups. Mercom Capital, a cleantech and healthcare research firm, released a report revealing that VCs have poured $142 million into smart grid companies in 26 deals during the third quarter of 2014. By comparison, smart grid investments totaled 81 million across 13 deals during the second quarter. But funding is slightly down from the year-ago third quarter, which saw $148 million raised in 31 deals. In a statement, the group explained: The Top VC funded companies in Q3 2014 were led by Savant Systems, a home automation solutions…
  • Watch: ‘Aquarium of the World’ turning into underwater desert

    Pedro Hernandez
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Fusion brings us this excellent, if saddening look at the effects of over-fishing in the Sea of Cortez. The area, which rests between the Baja California Peninsula and the Mexican mainland, also known as the Gulf of California (see the map below), was once hailed for its biodiversity and the sheer amount of fish and wildlife under its waves. No longer. Fusion’s Environmental Correspondent, Nicolas Ibargue, went to the area to discover that the fish population is in free fall. Down to just 10 percent of their original numbers, in fact. He also found, that despite conventional wisdom,…
  • Tesla Motors open sources its EV patents

    Pedro Hernandez
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    This is big. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, today announced that his company is open sourcing all of its patents. Could this be the spark that sets off the electric vehicle (EV) revolution? In a post on the company’s blog, cheekily titled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You,” Musk explained the rationale behind the decision. It turns out that apart from selling some very desirable autos, the company was formed to mainstream EVs. Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but…
  • Must watch: Cosmos – Global warming case closed

    Pedro Hernandez
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey — which follows in the footsteps of Sagan’s 1980 masterpiece — closed the book on the so-called “debate” on global warming. Point by point, he shot down each of the counterarguments for reducing carbon emissions… using SCIENCE! (Sorry for the all-caps.) Sunday’s episode, “The World Set Free” tackles climate change and destroys the hand-wavey reasons skeptics love to trot out: the Sun, volcanoes, Mother Nature’s having a hot flash… It’s somewhat fitting that it aired…
  • Internet streaming is greener than DVDs

    Pedro Hernandez
    31 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Go dematerialization! The  term, which sounds like what the transporters do in Star Trek, is one of the great benefits of the Internet. Instead of CDs, folks have turned to iTunes and Spotify. Rather than heft around a tome or two, they head to Amazon and order e-books for their Kindles. The data centers that serve up that digital media, the networks that deliver it and the devices used to consume it use far less energy than the manufacture and transport of its physical counterparts. The same, it turns out, is true for DVDs. In her article, TakePart’s Kristina Bravo spotlights a…
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Top Ten Funny Halloween Animals

    Earth Rangers
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    These animals are in the Halloween spirit year round thanks to their striking black and orange colouring. We’ve given them some fun captions to share what we think they’d have to say about Halloween! Can you think of any other animals that remind you of Halloween? Share your suggestions below. 1) Orange tarantula “Check out my ghost costume, I spun it myself!” 2) Cheetah “Halloween is upon us… I can sense it” 3) Black-capped squirrel monkey “I’m going to steal all of your Halloween candy!” 4) Orangutan “I’m not smiling again until it…
  • Top Ten Big Scary Looking Animals

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

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

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

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

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:05 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

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:05 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

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:05 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

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:05 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

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
 
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Ford Mustang, 2015 Ford F-150, 2015 BMW X5 M & X6 M: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2015 Ford Mustang: Best Car To Buy Nominee A completely new Mustang doesn’t come along very often. In fact, in 50 years of the original pony car, there have only been five generations until now. They’ve each signaled significant change, and the new sixth-generation model that makes its debut for 2015 is no...
  • Mitsubishi Outlander

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    The Mitsubishi Outlander is a family-friendly compact crossover that has the choice of a third row in some trims. The Outlander is presently in its third generation in the U.S., and it was redesigned for 2014 to better compete with the Toyota RAV4, Dodge Journey, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Honda CR-V. With a little more aggressive styling than most...
  • Maserati Quattroporte

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    The Maserati Quattroporte is a four-door luxury performance sedan, the larger of Maserati's sedans, now that it offers a mid-size Ghibli. The Quattroporte--Q-porte for short--is a rival for vehicles like the Jaguar XJ and Audi S7, and possibly the Aston Martin Rapide. Literally translated from the Italian as "four doors," the Quattroporte name...
  • Buick Encore

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    The Buick Encore was new for 2013, and has been carried over largely unchanged since then. It's a subcompact crossover with some luxury cues that competes with vehicles like the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, MINI Countryman, and the BMW X1. Europeans have been buying Encores for the past year, but under a different name: Opel Mokka (or in the UK...
  • Toyota Yaris

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Yaris is the Toyota brand's smallest and least expensive U.S. offering. In its current generation, the Yaris is offered in two hatchback configurations, with either three doors or five. A four-door Yaris sedan was offered previously, but it was phased out after one year of simultaneous sales with the newer hatchback models. Toyota also offered...
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    Green Car Reports

  • Nissan Leaf-To-Home Electric-Car Power Tests: More Practical For U.S. With Longer-Range Cars?

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nissan and other makers are beginning to view electric cars not as just as transportation, but as mobile energy-storage units that can provide emergency power and take stress off electrical grids. This month the carmaker will begin testing its Leaf-To-Home energy station in Japan, testing the ability of electric cars to provide temporary...
  • Car Sharing Awareness Grows: 1 In 5 Americans Has Used It Now

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Seventy years of sprawling suburban development makes cars the most practical way for most people in the U.S. to get around, but actually owning that car may become optional. Particularly in urban areas, car sharing is steadily growing as an alternative to ownership--and apparently at a much faster rate than many previously thought. DON'T MISS...
  • Tesla Model S Dashboard: Teardown Analysis Reveals Tablet-Like Construction

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    With its massive 17-inch touchscreen display and very few secondary controls, the dashboard of a Tesla Model S electric car looks like nothing else on sale from any other automaker. The differences continue beneath the surface, where the Model S dashboard appears to borrow heavily from the designs of smartphones and tablets. DON'T MISS: Puzzling...
  • 2016 Chevy Volt Powertrain Details, Tesla Competition, 2015 Audi A3 TDI: Today's Car News

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Today, we've got the first details on the second-generation Voltec electric-drive system that will power the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, analysis of how Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz plan to compete with Tesla Motors, and the 2015 Audi A3 TDI is the first of our five nominees for Green Car Reports 2015 Best Car To Buy award. All this and more on Green Car...
  • 2015 Audi A3 TDI Diesel: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The first of our five nominees for Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Audi A3 TDI, the diesel version of Audi's new compact luxury sedan. All-new this year, as are most of its competitors, the TDI diesel version will be the highest-efficiency A3 model until the e-tron plug-in hybrid arrives for the 2016 model year. DON'T...
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Life as a Dizzy Shut-In

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

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

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

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

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

  • 11 Tutorials to Make Repurposed Shopping Bags

    Stephanie
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
      California recently became the first state to pass a plastic bag ban. It goes into effect for grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers July 1, 2015. It should reduce that particular kind of litter, but it does have its problems. I’ve seen some comment that it will increase water waste, as reusable bags […] Related posts: Use Reusable Shopping Bags – Green Step by Step Are You Wasting Reusable Bags? Have You Picked Up the Reusable Shopping Bag Habit?
  • Is Online Shopping an Eco Friendly Choice?

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

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

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

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

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    The 48,864-square-foot-building increases MaxLite’s product assembly and testing capabilities and features the company’s first full showroom on the West Coast. Located in the Anaheim Concourse development at Ocean Circle, the $7.5 million new construction is outfitted entirely with energy-efficient MaxLite LED lighting products. The building, which was developed by Panattoni Construction Company, received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for following best-in-class green building strategies and practices. “The…
  • LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Between 2012 and 2013, green building investment jumped by $1 billion in the retail sector, and the percentage of retail owners involved in green building more than doubled, from 18 percent in 2011 to 38 percent in 2013, according to the Leed in Motion: Retail report by the US Green Building Council. The USGBC projects the number of retailers involved in green building to grow to 52 percent in the next two years, and nearly two-thirds of retail and three quarters of hotel owners expect to have green operations and maintenance systems in place by 2015. In addition, the following…
  • Francis Cauffman designs 620 Fulton; LEED Silver targeted

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Architecture firm Francis Cauffman revealed the first images of its design for 620 Fulton, a new health center and mixed-use building for The New York Hotel Trades Council and Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. Health Benefits Fund, Health Center, Inc. (HCI). The building will create a presence for HCI, which is one of the largest city organizations providing health benefits to its union membership, retirees, and dependents. It is on track to break ground in spring 2015 and open in fall 2016. The 180,000 s/f, 12-story building is a new investment for HCI that brings a health center,…
  • NECA and IBEW Instrumental in Napa Valley LEED Gold Certification, a Feature of “Industry Today” on Industrialinfo.com

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) — Say the words “Napa Valley,” and world-class wines instantly come to mind. The region is home to more than 400 wineries, many of which have earned international acclaim for the wines that they produce. One of the most well-respected winemakers in the region is Hall Wines, which has earned accolades and high ratings for many of its wines since opening in 2005. In addition to producing outstanding wines, Hall is unique in that it is the only winery in California with LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green…
  • New LEED® Industrial Park in Laval – Cosoltec and Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ Kick off INDUSTRIA 440 Industrial Park Project

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Cosoltec and the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ today kicked off Industria 440, a major project consisting of industrial and commercial condos to be built in an industrial area strategically located next to highway 13 on highway 440 in Laval.  The project is expected to generate economic spinoffs of $200 million. Industria 440 will be built on a 1.5 million-sq.-ft. lot and house about 10 buildings that each will offer up to 150,000 sq. ft. of industrial space. The construction of the new buildings will be spread over four phases, with occupancy slated to begin in summer 2015. A…
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  • In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts

    Dahr Jamail
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Jay Inslee, governor of Washington State, tours the Chehalis River Valley, the site of some of the worst floods in the Pacific Northwest. Photo by Dahr Jamail. This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. The Chehalis River Valley is stunningly beautiful, verdant and home to some of the most bountiful farms in Washington State. From Christmas trees to flowers to some of the most luscious tomatoes you could ever eat, on a sunny day, it feels like one has landed in paradise here. Unfortunately, the valley is also the site of some of the worst…
  • Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds

    Kayla Schultz
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Workers with San Francisco-based Everybody Solar install a photovoltaic system. Photo by Everybody Solar / Flickr. At last month’s People’s Climate March, among the most popular signs were ones supporting renewable energy like wind and solar as the best way to avoid a climate catastrophe. And because of the urgency of the situation, it’s easy to think that we should be building up renewables as much as we can. But, from an economic point of view, it turns out that not all renewable energy is created equal. Locally owned projects are more likely to use local labor and materials, and…
  • Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country

    Mary Hansen
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Photo by Scott* / Flickr. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition. Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. Many climate justice activists are refusing to be limited by the “jobs or the environment” dichotomy. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being…
  • After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It

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

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

    Mike Confino
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Rick Scott. Charlie Crist. Nineteen million souls in the state of Florida, and this is the best we can do? You could toss a mullet net over any park bench between Key West and Pensacola and drag in two people who’d be more inspiring. Watching Scott’s cringe-worthy performance in the TV debates made it all the more astonishing that he ever got elected governor, even with $75 million of his own dough. via Column: Who’s the least worst for governor? | Tampa Bay Times.
  • Earth’s Soil Is Getting Too Salty for Crops to Grow

    Mike Confino
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    In the upcoming film Interstellar, Earth’s soil has become so degraded that only corn will grow, driving humans to travel through a wormhole in search of a planet with land fertile enough for other crops. In the real world things aren’t quite so dire, but degraded soil is a big problem—and one that could be getting worse. According to a new estimate, one factor, the buildup of salt in soil, causes some $27.3 billion annually in lost crop production. “This trend is expected to continue unless concrete measures are planned and implemented to reverse such land degradation,” says lead…
  • Deepwater Horizon Gunk Settled Far and Wide

    Mike Confino
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    More than one-third of the oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill never made it to the surface. Scientists have been trying to locate the missing 2 million barrels since. Some have suggested that the oil was consumed by microbes or settled onto the sea floor. A study published on October 27 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that a significant fraction of the spill was deposited in patches across at least 3,200 square kilometers of deep-sea sediments — an area as much as 20 to 100 times larger than previous estimates had…
  • Why Big Oil Just Spent More Than $1 Million Fighting A North Dakota Ballot Measure

    Mike Confino
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The oil and gas boom has hit North Dakota and a state ballot measure is trying to determine what to do with the revenue windfall. Measure 5, otherwise known as the “North Dakota Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment,” looks to redirect five percent of the state’s oil extraction tax revenue toward conservation activities such as improving water quality, natural flood control, fish and wildlife habitat, and land acquisition for parks and outdoor education. Supporters of the measure estimate that five percent would amount to around $130 million a year for the next 25 years. “Big…
  • Cigarette Plant Will Be Turned Into A Factory For Solar And Wind Farm Batteries

    Mike Confino
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Deep in tobacco country, the once booming Phillip Morris cigarette plant in Concord, North Carolina has been reborn into a facility that churns out batteries for solar and wind farms. Swiss startup battery manufacturer Alevo plans to open up the 3.5 million square-foot plant Tuesday, which will produce utility-sized batteries to store electricity harvested from wind and solar plants, according to Fortune. The lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries can be charged in 30 minutes and discharged for over 40,000 cycles, making it a serious competitor with more established manufacturers such as…
 
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    Everblue blogs

  • LEED 2009 Project Deadline Extended

    Lesley@Everblue
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    As many of you may be aware, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched a new version of its LEED Rating System in July 2014. The update, called LEED Version 4, applies to individual credentials as well as building projects. The USGBC has allowed an overlap of projects being submitted for consideration under LEED 2009 and LEED v4 standards. The deadline for LEED 2009 projects was originally set for June 15, 2015, but the USGBC recently announced that they are extending the deadline to October 31, 2016.read more
  • Sustainability Roundup

    Lesley@Everblue
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    The sustainability industry is a fast-growing and ever-changing one. It can be difficult to keep up with all the news. In this sustainability roundup, we'll provide a basic overview of interesting events that have recently happened. Of course this is not a full list of all recent news stories but instead a brief recap of milestones and events that we've found particularly interesting. If you'd like to discuss other recent news, send us a note on Facebook. We look forward to hearing about which news stories are important to you!read more
  • BPI IDL Certification Update

    Lesley@Everblue
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Building Performance Institute (BPI) announced yesterday that the trial period for the new BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage Certification has concluded and that the BPI IDL Certification exams will be widely introduced to the public on Monday, October 27th. Everblue was one of the BPI Test Centers approved to participate in the trial period for BPI IDL. In the last two months, we've seen great success with this program. BPI IDL training is now one of our most popular BPI training courses, so we're pleased to see that the certification will be rolled out to everyone soon.read more
  • Chaffey College Chooses Everblue to Provide Weatherization Training

    Lesley@Everblue
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Educational Partnership to Continue Through 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chaffey Community College District, the recipient of a Vocational Education and Training Services grant, has selected Everblue Training, LLC to provide weatherization and building science training to its California community.read more
  • The Fastest Way to Earn Continuing Education

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

  • Empowering Young Minds

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

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

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

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

    katie
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Where exactly does ethical fashion meet technical innovation? At the crossroads of Etkie and Nokero: two sustainable companies based in the United States of America that promote equality. Equality in energy, and equality in social empowerment. One little, plastic, solar-powered LED is now transforming a Native American jewelry business by providing more time to work at night despite darkness across Native American Reservations. While Nokero believes that everyone deserves equal access to energy worldwide, Etkie uses sustainable energy to increase business efficiency and promote equal access…
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • Flu Shots? Yes or No?

    Calley Pate
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Photo Credit: Doug Jordan, M.A. via CDC While this post is sponsored by CVS MinuteClinic; all opinions are my own. Let’s debate (peacefully please) flu shots!  Do you get them for yourself?  Do your kids get them? Why or why not?   I asked this question earlier in the month on Facebook and received a wide range of replies.  Many of you swear by the flu shot and get them every year for your entire family; while others are anti-vaccinations and never get the flu shot.  I can respect both sides of this debate. Post by The Eco Chic.   Fact: This is the first year that I can ever…
  • MommyCon Newport Beach – November 1st – Giveaway

    Calley Pate
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    It’s time for another exciting MommyCon weekend.  This week they will be in Newport Beach, California celebrating with a Halloween flare!  If you’re in the area and are pregnant, have babies, or even toddlers….you should consider going to MommyCon. MommyCon is a full day of workshops to help parents learn some valuable tips to help make parenting a little bit easier, and much more fun.  During the day you can attend workshop sessions on cloth diapering, breastfeeding, sleep consultations, babywearing, car seat safety and more.  Dr Alan Green will be there to help you…
  • Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Calley Pate
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    There’s really no use in hiding my secret any longer, I’m a chocoholic!  Ok, so I guess if you follow me on social media then it’s really no big secret that I have a love affair with chocolate.  My #chocolateaday hashtag on Instagram may have given that away! For the most part, my addiction to chocolate is very mild.  I have my limits and I am good at moderating my chocolate intake.  My husband actually laughs at me because I can make a full size Godiva bar last for 2 weeks by only eating one square a night.  It’s just enough of an indulgence to cure my craving. I…
  • Giveaway – New Thirsties OS AIO + Rumparooz Sherbert

    Calley Pate
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Did you see what was released today?  Thirsties released their new One Size AIO and Rumparooz released their new Sherbert color.  Both of these brands are based in Colorado and run by amazing families. Would you like to win one of each? I’m giving away one pair of these new diapers to a lucky winner!!  All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below. Short cuts:  As part of the Rafflecopter entries you’ll need to comment on one of the release posts for either the Rumparooz Sherbert or the Thirsties New OS AIO.  <—click the names to get to those posts! This…
  • New from Rumparooz Cloth Diapers – Sherbert!

    Calley Pate
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    There’s quite a few fun things releasing in the cloth diaper industry this week!  Another one of my absolute favorite brands is Rumparooz.  They are coincidentally, also from Colorado!  They revealed some fun new prints and this gorgeous pink color at the ABC Kids Expo last month.  You can FINALLY purchase Sherbert today at your favorite cloth diaper retailers. Sherbert is a beautiful bright pink that is perfect for your little princess; but even a prince would wear this vivid color!  Real mean wear pink, right!! Why do I love Rumparooz? The owners, Julie & Chad, are hilarious…
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  • The role of private developers in sustainable mobility

    Anjali Mahendra
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Gated communities are on the rise on Bangalore’s periphery. As demand for housing increases and incomes rise across Indian cities, private developers play an important role in promoting sustainable development by ensuring access to alternative modes of transport. Photo by Ed Yourdon/Flickr. Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demand for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates in the upper-middle and middle classes. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for…
  • Safer cities for the Asian Century

    Ben Welle
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Despite daunting challenges, rapidly urbanizing Asian cities have a range of options to improve road safety and save lives. Photo by Ashok/Flickr. With the next few decades expected to witness to Asia’s swift rise in economic and political influence, the eyes of the world have focused on Asian cities as the engines of this growth. Last month’s Asian Development Bank Transport Forum 2014 – which brought together policymakers, transport officials, and industry leaders from across Asia – highlighted the need for safe, sustainable transport in the Asian Century. Participants discussed the…
  • How cities can provide universally accessible mobility services: A Q&A with Tom Rickert

    Coby Joseph
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Though progress has been made, cities worldwide must continue to implement universal design solutions that make transport services accessible for disabled persons. Photo by Igor Schutz/Flickr. TheCityFix recently interviewed Tom Rickert – Founder and Executive Director of Access Exchange International – to learn more about how cities can improve mobility for disabled persons. Access Exchange International was founded in 1990 to promote accessible public transport for persons with disabilities and seniors in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Eastern Europe. An estimated 650 million people…
  • Friday Fun: Public art for brighter cities

    Zhou Jia
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Public art can help shape vibrant, cohesive communities. What role does art play in your city? Photo by João Perdigão/Flickr. Cities in the United States can now participate in the Public Art Challenge, a new program to support innovative temporary public art projects by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program invites U.S. cities with 30,000 or more residents to submit proposals for creative and transformative projects. The challenge aims to improve quality of life in cities and to reposition art at the core of society. At least three cities will be granted up to USD 1 million each over two…
  • Vote for TheCityFix Brasil for the Mobilidade Minuto Award!

    Priscila Pacheco
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    TheCityFix Brasil plays an important role in advancing sustainable urban mobility to transform Brazilian cities. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Hello TheCityFixers, friends, partners and allies in the cause for sustainable transport! Our friends at TheCityFix Brasil – produced by EMBARQ Brasil – are up for the Mobilidade Minuto (“Mobility Minute”) Award. The award is promoted by the Cidade em Movimento Institute (City on the Move Institute), and aims to spread mobility solutions throughout Brazil. In addition to awards selected by judges across six categories, a special mobility…
 
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    Clean Economies

  • Buying a Used Car? Here is What You Should Know…

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

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

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

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

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

  • Incentivizing Consumers to Buy Electric Vehicles

    Guest Post
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    My interest in cars has been called atypical. Growing up, my father worked as a mechanic for a Chrysler dealership on Chicago’s south side and later as a bus mechanic for the CTA. I grew up surrounded by cars in various states of repair but I generally viewed cars as that thing that made my old man swear in the garage.It wasn’t until electric vehicles started becoming feasible that I started actively reading car news. Now I can’t get enough of it – especially as it relates to electric vehicles. Between Tesla coyly teasing the D and the Gigafactory announcement for Nevada, it’s an…
  • New Wood Construction Technology Gets Boost

    Jason Ridge
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    At the Wood Solutions Fair, Oregon BEST today announced a new round of commercialization funding that will team southern Oregon-based DR Johnson Lumber Co. with Oregon State University researchers to determine how a new engineered building material made from lumber might catapult Oregon wood products to the forefront of construction innovation and technology.Production of cross laminated timber, or CLT, has taken off in Europe in the recent years, but only two plants produce structural grade CLT in North America, both located in Canada.CLT panels, which can be up to 10 feet wide by 60 feet…
  • Sweden’s Environmental Leadership

    EarthTalk
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank?                    — Raul Swain, New York, NYIt’s true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI). Norway, Costa Rica, Germany and Denmark rounded out the top five. The rankings take into account a wide range of economic indicators and datasets regarding…
  • Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World

    EcoWatch
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    How green is your native land? The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index, produced by private U.S.-based consultancy Dual Citizen LLC, has just been released, and you can look it up. The index provides an in-depth look at how 60 countries and 70 cities are doing in developing more environmentally friendly economies, in actual performance and in how experts perceive their performance. In the world’s greenest city, Copenhagen commuting on bicycle is routine. Photo credit: Shutterstock“We first published the Global Green Economy Index in 2010 guided by a belief that the environment,…
  • Can Algae Power Our World?

    EcoWatch
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    It has often been used as a farmland fertilizer, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes too. The seaweed is being scooped up from the Baltic Sea, along Sweden’s southern coast, in order to be converted to biogas. Photo credit: Vivian Husa, www.seeweeds.uib.noOne species of algae in particular, sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina), is exciting scientists from Norway. It grows prolifically along the country’s coasts and, as its name suggests, contains a lot of energy—about three times as much…
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    Intercon

  • Seeking Sustainability the Building Industry Targets Human Health

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

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

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

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

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Where the rainforest meets the plantation: there are probably a lot more insects. Ryan Woo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), CC BY-NC-NDPalm oil plantations have an overall negative impact on biodiversity, according to research released this week. The study, published in Nature Communications, found palm oil plantations are home to fewer insect species than even intensive rubber tree plantations. “The big message is that oil palm is bad for biodiversity, in every sense of the word — even when compared to damaged rainforests that are regenerating after earlier logging…
  • Like eating fish? It's time to start caring where it comes from

    Carissa Klein, Postdoctoral research fellow in conservation biology at The University of Queensland
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    How do you know if your fish supper is sustainable? Mw12310/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SAAustralians love seafood. Whether it’s fish and chips by the seaside or prawns on the barbie at Christmas, it’s integral to many of our traditions and social gatherings. Yet very little of the seafood we consume is sustainable. For a country that has such a love affair with the ocean, I find this perplexing. The health of the world’s oceans and its fisheries are in decline, and this applies to one of Australia’s most precious icons, the Great Barrier Reef. Although there a range of actions required…
  • Five years on from Black Saturday, most survivors are doing OK

    Lisa Gibbs, Academic, Population Health at University of Melbourne
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Five years on, the bush and people are recovering well from the Black Saturday fires. AAP Image/Joe CastroFive years on from the devastating Black Saturday fires that swept through central Victoria in February 2009, research shows that people and communities are largely recovering well. In the first major data release of the ongoing Beyond Bushfires study, of which I am a lead researcher, we found a majority of people affected by the fires are not experiencing ongoing psychological distress. The results will be presented at the Beyond Bushfires sympoisum at the University of Melbourne today.
  • Why uncontrolled climate change may be an ultimate limit to growth

    Jack Pezzey, Senior Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The Earth is finite - so are there limits to growth? NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr, CC BY-NC“But who do you think’s right, Prof? The optimists or the pessimists?” At the end of my sustainability economics course in 2007, students were challenging me to end 20 years of professional fence-sitting. My whiteboard showed two graphs with contradictory messages about the long-run, environmental sustainability of global industrial development, the big question that’s nagged me ever since teenage exposure to Paul Ehrlich’s Population-Bomb eco-doomsterism. After much…
  • Stormy or sweltering, Australia's spring arrives with a vengeance

    Ailie Gallant, Lecturer, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Season of contrasts: while Melburnians were deluged this week, Sydneysiders spent last weekend sunbathing. AAP Image/Tracey NearmySpring in southern and eastern Australia is a bit like an annual game of weather tug-of-war, with summer and winter pulling at each end of the rope. While Melbourne has been lashed by stormy weather this week, other parts of the country have had their first taste of summer heat. Last week, much of New South Wales, and this week, large areas of southern Queensland, have been experiencing record or near-record hot conditions, and preliminary data suggests that…
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  • Wollongong PCYC Permaculture Community Garden Tour

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

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

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

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

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

    Mrs Green
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    In the good old days, Quality Street came in a tin which could be kept for years and reused once the contents were eaten. Sadly, the brand introduced plastic tubs in 2012, which can’t be easily recycled. However, Quality Street still has its ardent fans, one of whom contacted me recently. Jason wrote “I want […]
  • One man’s waste is… another man’s waste…

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

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

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

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

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Despite the notion that lots of toys brings hours and hours of fun, the truth is that kids with too many toys often become overwhelmed, frustrated and even bored. Even if you’re not the one buying lots of toys, they have a habit of piling up. Decluttering is one way of reducing, but even then, you may find yourself with just too many toys. Implementing a toy rotation system is the next step in keeping the toys available to your child to a manageable level. Toy rotation is a simple idea. You’ll choose a small selection of toys for your child to play with and box up the rest. Occasionally,…
  • A Little Free Library Can Make a Big Difference

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Maybe you’re homesteading on a super rural road and don’t have ready access to a public library. Perhaps you and your neighbors are avid readers without the time to hit up the library regularly. Or, maybe you just want to connect with your community and share your love of good books. Then, the Little Free Library trend might be up your alley. Anyone can place a “little free library” box in their yard with a handful of used-but-great books and a notebook for folks to jot down their thoughts. It then becomes a take-a-book, leave-a-book place and a way to encourage interaction between…
  • Beautiful Earth: Complete Baby Care Package Giveaway

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Our team recently discovered a spectacular (new to the US) brand of organic personal care products, and we couldn’t be more excited to at the chance to share them with some lucky readers! Beautiful Earth is an award-winning company that vows to use the most natural of ingredients and maintain the highest ethical and environmental standards. A newcomer to the U.S. market, Beautiful Earth has been in the business of gentle, environmentally friendly wash products since 2008. Their products are certified natural by the Natural Products Association Standards for Personal Care…
  • Deliciously Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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

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

  • 5 Fun Ways to Use Carved Pumpkins After Halloween

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

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Chances are, if you are reading this you are aware of breast cancer. You may not know all the details, but you know it can be an incredibly scary diagnosis. By now, you are aware that women should regularly do breast self-exams. You should are regular mammograms are important, especially after a certain age or based on family history (please communicate with your doctor when it is right for you to begin these). You should also be aware that men can get breast cancer. We are a society full of awareness. Thank goodness for that. In fact, when you see that color pink on products…
  • Community Changes the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      What do you think of when you hear the phrases green living, environmentalist, green blogger? I am sure there are a few ideas that immediately spring to mind if one self-proclaims to belong in one, or all, of these groups. Would it surprise you then to learn just how many different principles, beliefs, and life experiences are brought to the environmental and green living movement? If you really stopped to think about it, it shouldn’t, but somehow we all tend to get lumped together with our most vocal “spokespeople” whether we chose them or not. There are nuances and…
  • Environmental Legacy of Christopher Columbus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Guest Post
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    My interest in cars has been called atypical. Growing up, my father worked as a mechanic for a Chrysler dealership on Chicago’s south side and later as a bus mechanic for the CTA. I grew up surrounded by cars in various states of repair but I generally viewed cars as that thing that made my old man swear in the garage.It wasn’t until electric vehicles started becoming feasible that I started actively reading car news. Now I can’t get enough of it – especially as it relates to electric vehicles. Between Tesla coyly teasing the D and the Gigafactory announcement for Nevada, it’s an…
  • New Wood Construction Technology Gets Boost

    Jason Ridge
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    At the Wood Solutions Fair, Oregon BEST today announced a new round of commercialization funding that will team southern Oregon-based DR Johnson Lumber Co. with Oregon State University researchers to determine how a new engineered building material made from lumber might catapult Oregon wood products to the forefront of construction innovation and technology.Production of cross laminated timber, or CLT, has taken off in Europe in the recent years, but only two plants produce structural grade CLT in North America, both located in Canada.CLT panels, which can be up to 10 feet wide by 60 feet…
  • Sweden’s Environmental Leadership

    EarthTalk
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank?                    — Raul Swain, New York, NYIt’s true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI). Norway, Costa Rica, Germany and Denmark rounded out the top five. The rankings take into account a wide range of economic indicators and datasets regarding…
  • Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World

    EcoWatch
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    How green is your native land? The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index, produced by private U.S.-based consultancy Dual Citizen LLC, has just been released, and you can look it up. The index provides an in-depth look at how 60 countries and 70 cities are doing in developing more environmentally friendly economies, in actual performance and in how experts perceive their performance. In the world’s greenest city, Copenhagen commuting on bicycle is routine. Photo credit: Shutterstock“We first published the Global Green Economy Index in 2010 guided by a belief that the environment,…
  • Can Algae Power Our World?

    EcoWatch
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    It has often been used as a farmland fertilizer, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes too. The seaweed is being scooped up from the Baltic Sea, along Sweden’s southern coast, in order to be converted to biogas. Photo credit: Vivian Husa, www.seeweeds.uib.noOne species of algae in particular, sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina), is exciting scientists from Norway. It grows prolifically along the country’s coasts and, as its name suggests, contains a lot of energy—about three times as much…
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  • DOE Paper: Keep Calm and Net Meter On

    The Vote Solar Initiative
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    The problem is not too much solar. That might seem self-evident, but that is basically what utilities around the country are arguing — and trying to ‘fix.’  As energy users are increasingly turning to solar to generate their own emission-free power, utilities are responding by trying to get rid of net metering, and change rate [...]
  • ACEEE State Scorecard: Why Carrots Are Good

    Elisa Wood
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    We do not live in a simple world. The US economy, especially, often gets to where it wants to go only by way of rules of the road so complicated that few businesses can operate without attorneys as chauffeurs. So it’s refreshing when a common sense idea, one that requires no new laws, regulations or [...]
  • Renewable Energy Attracts Investment and Funding in 3Q

    3BL Media
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The dollars continue to flow into the renewable energy sector, in investments of all types and in government funding. Financial activity in renewables is strong and trending upward, despite questions of uncertain subsidies and rapidly changing costs. In the third quarter of this year, total corporate funding in the wind energy industry totaled $2.4 billion, according [...]
  • In Eco-mark Examination USPTO Getting into Anti-Greenwashing

    Eric Lane
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    A recent article in the the New York Law Journal caught my attention for an interesting development in examination of eco-mark applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  We’ve known for some time that marks containing terms such as “green,” “clean,” “eco-” or “enviro-” are very likely to be rejected as merely descriptive [...]
  • Demonstrate Impact – Competition for Water Technology Now Open for Submissions

    CleanTechies Staff
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Water is the source of life. With severe drought plaguing many parts of the world and basic access to clean drinking water a challenge in other parts of the world, innovation is needed to ensure an adequate supply for current and future generations. The International Water Summit (IWS) and Isle, a global technology and innovation [...]
 
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  • GMO Salmon Production Facility Fined for Repeated Environmental Violations

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    AquaBounty, the company behind the controversial AquAdvantage GMO salmon, is facing severe fines for environmental violations in Panama, where it plans to raise the genetically modified fish that is still pending U.S. approval. The company has reportedly failed to secure important permits in Panama for production of the fish, which are of particular concern as the risks of the GMO salmon contaminating the regional ecosystems is among the top concerns about the fish production. The fish would be raised in farms located in the ocean waters off Panama’s shore, and while AquaBounty insists that…
  • Honey Bees Get Big Boost from California Almond Growers

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Good news for California honey bees that help to pollinate the state’s almond trees. The Almond Board of California has taken up efforts to reduce pesticide exposure, which has been linked with honey bee deaths. “The Modesto-based group released a detailed set of farming practices, many of them already in use, and said it would share them with growers in advance of the February start of pollination,” reports the Fresno Bee. According to the Almond Board, one of the changes will move growers away from spraying pesticides when honey bees are in flight between trees. “If growers…
  • 8  Natural Cures for Migraine Headaches

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Migraine headaches are no joke. If you’ve ever had one of these pounding, unrelenting headaches, you just want to crawl in to a dark space with a pair of earplugs and a cool washcloth – and never come out. Migraine headaches usually last for hours. There are a number of prescription medicines that can combat the pain, along with over-the-counter remedies featuring a potent blend of aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine. If you’re looking for natural remedies for these killer headaches, you’ll find two basic approaches: prevention and relief. Ideally, with a natural, healthy diet, you…
  • A Spooky Roundup: 10 of OA’s Best Halloween Stories

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Halloween is this Friday! Can you believe it? It’s time to kick your spooky party planning into high gear. If you still need some advice on how you can make this year’s Halloween the best ever, worry not. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite Halloween posts that will entertain and inform you. 1. We recently rounded up some awesome costumes that you could make yourself. Ideas for the young and all grownup. 2. If you’ve yet to get down and dirty, and carve your pumpkin, check out this piece. It is full of great information about how you can have the most unique pumpkin on the block. 3.
  • Homemade Sugar-Free Hot Apple Cider Recipe

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of my favorite aromas is that of apple cider warming up in the kitchen. It makes the entire house smell delicious and full of holiday spirit. But, however calming hot apple cider may be to the senses, it is often full of sugar. The last place you should be wasting sugar calories is on beverages, so look at this as an opportunity to feel ever-the-more closer to holiday comfort by getting DIY on hot apple cider. The following homemade hot apple cider recipe will make you feel like a forager, and for that, ever sip will taste that much better. Enjoy! Not only is this hot apple cider recipe…
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  • LED Table Lamp With A Built-In Color Picker Is LaGenius! [Video]

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

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

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

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

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

  • Turn 90% Of Captured Light Into Heat

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego, . . . developed a new nanoparticle-based material, . . . for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat, . . . more than 90% of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 degrees Celsius . . . and survive many years outdoors, in spite of exposure to air and humidity. Their work, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot program, . . . was published recently in 2 separate articles in the journal Nano Energy. Concentrating solar…
  • Low-Tech Bicycle-Powered Blood Centrifuge

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Jack Trew, a design student at Birmingham City University in the UK's answer, . . . consists of just a handful of parts, that form a single unit, . . . for holding a patient's blood sample, . . . attached to the spokes of a rear bicycle wheel, . . . (in even numbers only, to stay balanced), . . . which is then spun for 10 minutes to centrifuge the blood. 10-29-2014 Source:  low-tech bicycle-powered blood centrifuge
  • Solar Grid Parity In Us By 2016

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Deutsche Bank, predicts rooftop solar PV, will reach grid parity, . . . in 50 US states by 2016 – up from just 10 now. In 2013, the US installed around 1GW on residential rooftops, . . . But in the next 3 years the installation rate is expected to rise 6 fold. 10-29-2014 Source:  Solar Grid Parity In US By 2016
  • 100% Renewable Us City

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    The city of Burlington, Vermont, (pop. 42,000), . . . now gets 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. Energy-Efficiency, was the 1st Goal. . . . Annual electricity consumption in 2013 was less than in 1989, . . . . . . despite 8% population growth. Then what Burlington has done, represents the investment in: . . . Wind projects, . . . REC trading, and . . . Hydro power, have helped Burlington quickly reach its climate goals, . . . . . . while generating new projects in its state, and . . . . . . keeping costs low. The state of Vermont has a goal to produce 90% of its energy, . . .
  • Saving Lives: With Clean Cookstoves

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    4.3 million premature deaths each year, . . . are linked to exposure to smoke from open fires, and . . . traditional cookstoves. A range of diseases, including: . . . . . . pneumonia (in children), . . . . . . lung cancer, . . . . . . cardiovascular disease (CVD), . . . . . . stroke and . . . . . . chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which comprises diseases like: . . . . . . emphysema and . . . . . . chronic bronchitis, are the main cause There is an impressive range of clean cooking solutions available, . . . including Solar stoves. Reinventing solar cooking: GoSun Stove.
 
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Building Microgrids? Four Economic Factors to Consider

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Microgrids are poised to alter the economics and topology of the electricity grid, ultimately transforming the electricity industry as we know it. In this article, we discuss the four economic factors to consider before and during microgrid development and provide an opportunity for designers, policymakers, and industry experts to join a community of microgrid professionals looking to capture the green, reliable, resilient energy of microgrids. TWO CASE STUDIES  Last week, Dr. Mahesh Bhave, Visiting Professor of Strategy at Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, India, explained how…
  • What Commercial Solar Developers Need to Know about Yieldcos

    Chris Williams
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    If you’d like to listen the interview, please scroll to the middle of the article.  There’s been a huge amount of buzz about yieldcos and their potential impact on financing more commercial solar projects by providing cheaper capital. There have been 8 IPOs in 2013 and 2014 with many more on the horizon. If you need to brush on details of financing commercial solar, sign up for our free course on Commercial Solar PPAs 101. If you need to learn exactly how to finance commercial solar projects from start to finish, sign up for our 6 week Solar Executive MBA that starts this…
  • How Massachusett’s Alternative Energy Credit Prices Will Impact Heat Pump and Biomass Operating Costs

    Chris Williams
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    We passed the Massachusetts “Clean Heat Bill” in July 2014. The final bill number is S. 2214.  The bill created a production-based incentive, similar to solar PV renewable energy credits (SRECs), for renewable thermal technologies including solar thermal, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, solid biomass, and biogas. In this article, I’ll explain how Alternative Energy Credit (AEC) prices will impact the cost to deliver heat from biomass and air source and ground source heat pumps. An AEC works the same as a REC, but the “A” stands for…
  • Community Solar 101

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

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Building science is complex. It takes time and experience to understand and integrate physics, chemistry, climatology, and ecology into building enclosures. Understanding the complex interplay of heat, air, and moisture flows within and across building enclosures— while paying attention to the conditions that occupants impose on the indoor environment—is integral to building success. In this 60-minute video lesson, you will learn 3 essential building science specifics: 1) How to distinguish between air barriers, vapor retarders, and drainage planes 2) How to explain the role of vapor…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • Mama May i: Local, Sustainable Toys For Learning Through Play

    paigewolf
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    It’s no news that I love a local, sustainable company – especially one that creates better products for parents and children. Inspired by Waldorf and Montessori methods – as well as old fashioned, naturally-enhanced play – Mama May i’s handmade learning toys blend the best of developmental psychology and design to offer a unique learning-through-play experience. Based in Philadelphia, founder and principal designer, Jessica Perkins, has been creating for as long as she can remember, originally helping her mama with her handmade toy store over 20 years ago. With the…
  • Experience Farm to Skin Beauty from Board and Batten

    paigewolf
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    We all know about farm-to-table. But have you ever truly experienced farm-to-skin? When I first discovered Board and Batten, I was blown away by the elegance of such a young, homegrown line. I was lucky enough to sample several of the products at Healthy Brand Showcase and then convince the brand to work with me to spread the word! Handcrafted on a 600-acre farmstead, Board and Batten’s products are designed to nourish and balance skin using organic plant oils, botanical extracts, and pure essential oils. Based on a plantation-style farm, Board and Batten’s name represents the…
  • Don’t Muddle the Movement: How Can the Real Food Movement Speak with One Clear Voice?

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

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

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

  • 114,000 pounds of trash found at uninhabited islands

    rmclendon
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are remote, with just 10 tiny atolls spread across 1,200 miles of Earth's largest ocean. They have a few seasonal residents but no permanent human population, instead providing an expansive habitat for coral, fish, seabirds, marine mammals and other wildlife.  
  • Gender equality: Which country will close the gap first?

    jsavedge
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to gender equality, the U.S. is making gains, but we still have plenty of work to do.   
  • New frog species discovered in the middle of New York City

    bnelson78
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
     
  • Been car scammed? Get it fixed (and get revenge, too)

    jmotavalli
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Have you ever been ripped off in a car deal? I know, that’s like asking, “Have you ever owned an automobile?” There are plenty of scam artists out there who take advantage of you if you buy or lease a car, rent a car, get a car repaired or sell a car to someone else.  
  • Will Potter's drone army sets its sites on factory farms

    mdestries
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    While Kickstarter has become a beacon for inventors and startups looking to create the next big billion-dollar idea, it's also turned into an attractive source of funding for investigative journalism. In June, the site launched an official category for journalists — an announcement that caught my eye and my mouse, leading me to scan dozens of projects seeking backing.
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    Greener Ideal

  • Halloween is Nearly Here, so Here’s How to Celebrate in Eco-Friendly Style!

    Sarah Burke
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Halloween is Nearly Here, so Here’s How to Celebrate in Eco-Friendly Style! Halloween is almost here, and for those of you who plan on celebrating the spooky holiday, you’ve probably started putting together a few ideas for costumes, parties and treats. And while we only want you to have the best of fun on Halloween, it’s not too late to consider a few greener alternatives.   Costumes […]
  • Mercedes-Benz’s Newest Vehicle: A plug-in hybrid luxury crossover

    Greener Ideal
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Mercedes-Benz’s Newest Vehicle: A plug-in hybrid luxury crossover It’s anticipated to be the start of a new era for Mercedes-Benz. The existing M-Class is being ‘spruced up’ once again and it’s rumored that the M could instead become GLE. Though this has not been confirmed as of yet, it would make sense with the E stating the class in which the car falls under as Mercedes […]
  • Where Does Jet Exhaust Go?

    Jennifer Moore
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Where Does Jet Exhaust Go? Look up in the sky and you’ll see those beautiful white strips of clouds that jets leave behind. While those may just seem like simple innocuous clouds, jet exhaust can actually be posing a problem. In fact, airports across the world could pose a bigger threat than once thought, especially when sunlight hits the exhaust […]
  • 10 Tips to Reduce the Carbon Footprint in your Pantry

    Jennifer Moore
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    10 Tips to Reduce the Carbon Footprint in your Pantry Go open your pantry and see how green it really is. You may be surprised to find how environmentally unfriendly your pantry really is. Not to worry though — just follow these 10 tips and your pantry will be greener and more environmentally aware than what is now. And once you’ve made it more environmentally […]
  • The Ford Model… S? Is Detroit Ready to Take on Tesla?

    Greener Ideal
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    The Ford Model… S? Is Detroit Ready to Take on Tesla? Ford has stated their ability, but not their intentions, to build a full-size all electric vehicle, an on par equivalent of Tesla’s Model S with the high-tech, high performance and long range capabilities included.
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Jalisco, Mexico: on the elusive trail of organic tequila

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

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

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

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

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

  • Suzlon Energy Secures Orders for Wind Turbines worth $200 Million

    Team HexaGreen
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    India’s leading wind turbine manufacturers, Suzlon Energy, has secured an order worth $200 million for supply of 150 MW wind energy equipment. The company, which has evolved into an integrated wind energy solutions provider, is likely to set up the wind farms and also bag orders for service and maintenance following commissioning. The cumulative order has been placed by more than four companies. The large order signifies the customers’ renewed interest in the wind energy sector following reintroduction of tax incentives for wind project developers, the company noted in its press release.
  • European Union gears up for 2030 with more emissions reductions

    Team HexaGreen
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    The Commission, assisted by the European Environment Agency, today releases its annual Progress Report assessing the headway on climate action. According to latest estimates, EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 fell by 1.8% compared to 2012 and reached the lowest levels since 1990. So not only is the EU well on track to reach the 2020 target, it is also well on track to overachieve it. The Progress Report also for the first time provides data on the use of fiscal revenues from auctioning allowances in the EU Emission Trading System (ETS). This new source of revenues for Member States amounted…
  • Electric Vehicles Are Expected to Make Up 2.4 %of Global Light-Duty Vehicle Sales by 2023

    Team HexaGreen
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    A new report from Navigant Research provides a comprehensive overview of the overall light duty vehicle (LDV) market, including global forecasts for annual LDV sales and vehicles in use through 2023. The rapidly changing market for electric vehicles (EVs), which includes hybrids (HEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), and battery electric vehicles (BEVs), is a small but growing part of the global automotive industry.  Keen to see increasing penetrations of EVs due to the environmental, economic, and energy security benefits they provide, governments are pushing automakers to develop EVs and…
  • Investment in Smart City Technologies is Expected to Exceed $174 Billion by 2023

    Team HexaGreen
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    A recent report from Navigant Research examines the evolution of the global smart city market, including global market forecasts, segmented by industry sector and region, through 2023. Rapid urbanization, particularly in developing regions of the world, is creating increasing demand for smart grids, advanced water monitoring systems, transportation management systems, and energy efficient buildings.  Underpinned by information and communications technologies (ICT) that are deeply embedded in the fabric of old and new cities, these technologies have the potential to profoundly change the…
  • Telangana to Add 500 mw Solar Power Projects in 10 months

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Telangana is hopeful of adding about 500 mw solar power in 10 months. The state called for tenders for 500 mw recently and is said to have good received good response. The projects would be through reverse auction. Once the agreements are signed, the project developers would have ten months to commission their projects. Accordingly, the state is making all out efforts to meet the power demand. It is spending about Rs15 crore a day in purchasing power from various sources. The state has already imposed a two day power holiday every week for the industries. There is a shortfall for about 20…
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    Ecology Global Network

  • We Can’t Go On Eating Like This

    Guest
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    With more of us crowding a warming planet, we need agricultural change. By John Feffer Courtesy of Other Words Once the human race stopped throwing spears and gathering berries, our bodies suffered. Planting seeds and harvesting produce made leisure possible, but it also meant we grew shorter, fatter, sicker, and considerably more overworked. An alien visiting from another planet during that critical transition period to a more settled existence might have thought that we were being domesticated by our livestock and not the other way around. Sure, hunting and gathering was hard, what with…
  • Bats Aren’t Just for Halloween!

    Guest
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Fun Facts About Bats BATS! By Elizabeth Hagen ~ ASU School of Life Sciences Have you ever looked up at the sky around the time the sun is going down? Did you see some animals flying around? At first you might have thought they were birds. After watching for a while you notice they just don’t seem to fly like birds. Instead of swooping and gliding they tend to have a more erratic or unpredictable pattern. Most likely you are seeing bats. Misunderstood bats Like humans, bats are mammals. They are warm-blooded, covered in hair, have live young, and nurse their young (called pups). Unlike…
  • Origami Inspires 21st Century Engineering

    Guest
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    21st century engineering applications for this ancient art form continue to unfold Most people who know of origami think of it as the Japanese art of paper folding. Though it began centuries ago, origami became better known to the world in the 20th century when it evolved into a modern art form. In the 21st century, origami has caught the attention of engineers who are using it to create all sorts of new structures–from collapsible packaging to airbags for cars. Origami has even found its way into space! With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), mechanical engineer Larry…
  • Deepwater Horizon Oil in Davy Jones’ Locker

    Guest
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    New analysis traces oil to its resting place on the Gulf of Mexico sea floor Hydrocarbons from the Deepwater Horizon spill overlaid on sea floor bathymetry of the study area. Credit: David Valentine et al. Where’s the remaining oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? The location of 2 million barrels of oil thought to be trapped in the deep ocean has remained a mystery. Until now. Scientist David Valentine of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of California,…
  • Ocean Acidification Affecting More Sea Life

    Guest
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    By Alex Kirby Researchers in the UK have found evidence that a marine worm is being damaged by the increasing ocean acidification that was widely thought to imperil mainly shellfish and coral. The common lugworm, a popular bait used by anglers, faces a new threat Image: 4028mdk09 via Wikimedia Commons LONDON, 27 October, 2014 − A common marine worm has alerted scientists to the likelihood that the effects of ocean acidification may be more widespread and severe than they had realized. The lugworm (Arenicola marina) − common on the coasts of Europe and North America, where it can grow to…
 
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    Build Green Things

  • DIY: Recycled Halloween Decorations

    Anjustin
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    TRICK or TREAT!Halloween, it`s knocking on your door. Are you ready to celebrate with us? If not, let me share these fun-filled and easy DIY projects on how to make your Halloween decors out of some recycled materials. Here we go!Scary Glowing Eyes It must have been so scary feeling hidden eyes is looking at you, right? Why not give that same feeling to others this Halloween season? Collect some toilet paper rolls and carve some spooky eyes with a knife. Get some glow sticks, pop in and tape one inside each roll. Hide these eyes in some dark places or among bushes. There you have…
  • DIY: Learn How to Make a Fashionable Recycled Plastic Bag Basket

    Anjustin
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Nowadays plastics are rampant to the environment which causes major world problems like floods, yet humans are still using excessive amount of plastics and throw them anywhere. One way to help the environment and at the same time creating something that is very useful is recycling the plastics. Making a recycled plastic bag basket is not just helping the environment but also the human beings. This water proof basket is very useful in terms of carrying goods when we buy something from the market or carry other things.What you’ll need:1. Garden twine2. Scissors3. Clear tapes (as many as you…
  • How To Make Your Own Modern Torch From Recycled Bottles

    Anjustin
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Empty wine bottles look useless as garbage when not sold at junk shops. However, there are some which are good enough to be called as junks, and maybe some of you even display them at home. Instead of making them as a mere visual pleasure, why not make them into a more useful stuff? Here, we teach you how to make an improvised Tiki-style recycled wine bottle torch. What you need are the following: Empty Wine Bottle, Teflon Tape, Copper Top Plate Connector, Split Ring Hanger, 2 Hex Nuts, 2 Zinc Plated Wood Screws, Copper Coupling, Copper Cap, Zinc Plated Threaded Rod, Wick, And Torch Fuel…
  • How To Make Unique Candle Holders Using Wooden Sticks

    Shellah Mae Jumonong
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Any décor that is a source of light elevates the romantic ambiance of anybody’s home. In addition, for couples and family members, having decors that give off light makes them feel their home is more elegant and relaxing. Whether it is for special occasions or ordinary use, DIY home adornment projects are always a must-try for every homeowner. Among these projects are gorgeous DIY Wood Sticks Candle Holders. These candle holders are ideal for people who want a subtle light in the living room, bedroom, and other parts of the house. These holders are perfect interior design pieces that…
  • Quick Steps on How to Make LED Lighted Balloons

    Shellah Mae Jumonong
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    If you are hosting an elegant evening event for family members, relatives and friends, or perhaps for bosses and co-workers, then forget about going traditional. The use of candles, lanterns and string lights is just so mainstream. To add a twist, why not use LED balloons? These decors will surely leave your guests ‘amazed even when the party is over. Brit offers countless of ideas on how to rock a party. Being the host, you have the option to use LED centerpieces or choose from a collection of party planning tools. However, prior to making a further research, pay attention on how to make…
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Art, Connection and Fighting My Ego

    kristen
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    I am fighting with my ego. Again. During what should have been a productive day in my studio, I decided to ramble on in my own mind about what defines art. I started piecing together snippets from different conversations with people I admire, creatively and personally. I am trying to make peace with this girl in my head who keeps telling me I am not an artist. So, here is the backstory. Over a decade ago I began this journey of creating jewelry. Working full time as a therapist with teenagers whose stories and struggles and pain left me in tears for most of my hour drive home, I found I…
  • The Seduction of the Sun

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

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

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

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

  • How to Prevent Low Back Pain Naturally

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

    Dr. Karen
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Low Back Pain (LBP) results from an injury to the lumbar spine and it affects nearly everyone – 80% of population – at some point in their lives, interfering with work, recreation and daily activities. LBP costs the healthcare industry over $50 billion annually and it’s the leading cause for missed work. LBP is the... Read More » The post Low Back Pain: Common Causes and Treatments appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: How to Prevent Low Back Pain Naturally
  • Cider Braised Swiss Chard with Apples (adapted from the nourished kitchen)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Manchester Wood
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Custom furniture made in USA now offered by Manchester Wood! It’s been a longtime coming, but Manchester Wood is officially now offering the option of custom furniture. At Manchester Wood we strive to produce the best solid wood furniture for you. Sometimes that means you have your own ideas on how our furniture can meet your exact needs. That nook in your den might be just a little too narrow for that desk, or a TV media stand needs to be a bit higher or wider than what we currently offer for your living room. It’s understandable and we believe quality always finds a home, so our…
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    15 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
  • Beach Hot Spots, Literally

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

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

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

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

  • [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…
  • Great Scot! Glasgow Scientists Make Hydrogen Fuel Breakthrough

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

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

  • Think The Love Canal Disaster is Over? Think Again

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Visit HERE to hear Will talk about the current Love Canal DisasterThis Seriously Cannot be Happening Again...Can It?  My friend Mike Schade from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families was kind enough... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Protect Your Kids from Ebola

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

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    Do You Feel Buyer's Remorse with Your Energy Efficient Bulbs?  Well first you may be wondering if I fell off of the face of the earth as I have not posted since July. YIKES!  I am still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • What Is Aquaponic Gardening? Is It Organic? Is It Easy? Sylvia with The Aquaponic Source Is Glad You Asked

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    Post Powered By The Aquaponic SourceMy Latest Green Intrigue...Aquaponic Gardening  I get the pleasure of meeting the most amazing green folks from across the planet in my work with EB and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Joyfully Green

  • A Tale of Three Collectors (and 10 Crucial Questions to Ask Yourself about Your Stuff)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A couple of years ago, I met a distant, elderly relative who collected owls. Not live ones, of course, but owl figurines, stuffed animal owls, owl paperweights, owl kitchen tools, stained glass owls, owl magnets--hundreds of variations of miniature owls were perched all over her small apartment. Big eyes and little beaks surrounded me! It was a mini museum, and I have to admit, I was completely charmed by it. Not only had she lovingly searched out her "pets", but everyone who knew her was aware of her owl-love, so she often received owl gifts. She lived alone, and her owls…
  • Monday Snapshot: Central Park, Late October

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I consider it a privilege that we live an hour outside of New York City. This past weekend was jam-packed with metropolitan fun! On Saturday, we took the children to their first opera (our friends won tickets to "The Magic Flute"--very kid-friendly, and Ana Durlovski's highest notes could make Mariah Carey weep). On Sunday, we traveled back into the city to take the kids to their first dim sum in Chinatown (at Nom Wah Tea Parlor--delish!). We ended the weekend in Central Park (pictured above). It wasn't their first visit to the park, but the beauty of the country in the…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 35: Awesome Autumn Craft Ideas!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It's official: I'm head-over-heels in love with autumn! Even the rainy days have a certain beauty, as the colors of the leaves really shine. In the spirit of soaking up all of the fun and natural beauty the season has to offer, I rounded up five posts that feature super-easy, not-your-run-of-the-mill, ultra-creative crafts using three of the biggest stars of autumn: leaves, acorns, and pumpkins. Best of all, they're not just for kids (although I'm sure my kids will love them). I can't believe how pretty and elegant some of these designs are--wait 'til you see…
  • From "Sacred Time" to Art Journaling: How to Really, Truly Focus

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    When I was a little girl, my favorite gifts from my parents were always new sketchbooks. I could spend hours alone in my room, drawing and doodling, filling up sketchbook after sketchbook with pictures, ideas, and (let's face it) a healthy dose of nonsensical ramblings! My parents were both artists (one by trade, the other by hobby), so they knew first-hand the importance of starting with a blank canvas. Just recently, I had one of those Oprah "Aha!" moments: I realized that even after all of these years, I still can really benefit from a blank canvas. Starting off the day with…
  • Monday Snapshot: The Orange Tree

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    There's a show-off in every crowd, isn't there? One that steals the spotlight, dependably, like clockwork. In our neighborhood, it's this tree. The Orange Tree. Not the fruit-bearing kind of orange tree, but the kind of tree that lights up in October as if it's on its way to a Mexican fiesta. I have a soft spot for this orange tree. I look forward to its magnificent show every single year. Final 2 weeks to sign up! JOIN ME with your camera (even if you have a full-time job, and even if your camera is a smart phone!). Register for my online photography course running in…
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • 8 Essentials for Sustainable Camping

    Kirsten McCulloch
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Most people, when they’re going camping, prefer to have as little impact on the environment as they can. And yet it’s also a time when many of us allow ourselves to use disposable products we might avoid otherwise. We are out of our comfort zone and it can all feel a little hard. Here are…
  • 10 Benefits of Air Purifiers

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

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

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

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

  • Three Ways to Use Reclaimed Wood in Your Home

    Clay Miller
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    If you’re environmentally conscious, one of the issues that is likely to be pressing on your mind is deforestation. When you know that over 36 football fields-worth of forest are destroyed every single minute, it’s difficult to imagine how anybody could support such action. Yet despite this, wood is one of the best materials to use in the home. It adds character, colour, texture and atmosphere to a room wherever it is used, and for this reason, many people are willing to overlook the environmental and ecological ramifications of purchasing wooden furniture and installing wooden features…
  • Why Solar Power Is Cooler Than You Think

    Clay Miller
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    You probably know all there is to know about domestic solar panels, and kudos to you if you’ve already installed these clever photovoltaic cells on your roof, as you’re totally doing your bit to reduce CO2 and conserve energy (not to mention the money you’re saving on energy bills). There are plenty of other ways solar power is being used in the world though, do you know about these?   Public Charging Stations Solarbox are buying up disused red phone boxes, painting them green and hoping to install them all over the UK, allowing users to recharge their phones and gadgets for free…
  • Purple Buddha Project: Helping Cambodia by Upcycling Jewelry Artifacts

    Clay Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Cambodia is one of the most bombed countries in the World. The 2014 Fall Collection of the Purple Buddha Project is based on the foundation that we can learn something from the past and use it today to change the future. Upcycling artifacts from around the World from Germany, India, United States, to Cambodia; the Purple Buddha Project integrates these objects of history into jewelry constructed in Cambodia. The collection of jewelry pieces integrating history into each piece consist of: weapons of conflict from Cambodia, meteorites from space, coins of the British East India company, and…
  • 5 Tips for Utilizing Energy Efficient Windows to Your Advantage

    Clay Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    As the eye of the home, windows are not only cherished for their natural beauty but also their versatility. A beautiful window increases the charisma of your living space, while at the same time, gives your room a much-needed dose of natural lighting and warmth. Because the enjoyment of your windows largely depends on your purchase and customization decisions, here are 5 practical tips that will help you to get the most out of your windows:   Tip 1: Choose a Window Style that Fits Your Architectural Design Windows come in many styles to serve different purposes. Bay windows offer you a…
  • Self-Assembly Homes – The Next Generation

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

  • Commercial Septic System Pumping & Repair

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

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

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

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

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

  • What is Energy Conservation and List Few Energy Conservation Techniques?

    Rinkesh
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    What is Energy Conservation? Energy conservation is one of the words you are hearing more and more. Unfortunately, a lot of the places you will hear it will be in ads marketing products or lifestyle habits that may have nothing to do with actual energy conservation. To learn what real energy conservation techniques are, you have to begin to understand the theory of conservation behind them. Understanding Energy Conservation Energy conservation is not about making limited resources last as long as they can, that would mean that you are doing nothing more than prolong a crisis until you finally…
  • List Top 10 Natural Resources in the World

    Rinkesh
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    What are Natural Resources? Natural resources are those resources that occur within the environment in their original and natural form, undisturbed by humanity. They take years to form without the intervention of humans. The Mother Earth is abundant with natural resources that develop on this planet using its surrounding environment. These natural resources are derived from the environment. While few of them are used for our survival like water, air, rest of them like coal, gas, oil are used for satisfying our daily needs. From forests to mountains to minerals to coastal shores and wetlands,…
  • What is Being Eco-friendly and 10 Steps to Become Eco-friendly?

    Rinkesh
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    What is Being Eco-friendly? Being eco-friendly or environmentally friendly is becoming more and more important. You can see the term used in everything from job ads to dating profiles to even listings houses and vacation homes. So, what is being eco-friendly? The simplest way to define what being eco friendly means is to say that it is the act of living with intent. The intent is focused on not creating harm to environment, and to prevent as much harm from occurring to the environment through your interactions with it. It goes beyond an idea and extends to actual practices that influence how…
  • What is Environmental Law and it’s Components

    Rinkesh
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    What is Environmental Law? Environmental law looks at all the factors that pertain to an economy and its production and industry to assess its impact on the environment and to propose regulations that will reduce environmental harm. It is mostly considered with regulations and treaty agreements between countries, corporations and public interest initiatives that work to promote the conservation of natural resources and to enhance energy efficiency. According to Wikipedia, “Environmental law – or “environmental and natural resources law” – is a collective term…
  • Causes and Solutions to the Global Energy Crisis

    Rinkesh
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    What is the Energy Crisis? The energy crisis is the concern that the world’s demands on the limited natural resources that are used to power industrial society are diminishing as the demand rises. These natural resources are in limited supply. While they do occur naturally, it can take hundreds of thousands of years to replenish the stores. Governments and concerned individuals are working to make the use of renewable resources a priority, and to lessen the irresponsible use of natural supplies through increased conservation. The energy crisis is a broad and complex topic. Most people…
 
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • A new ‘green’ whisky project in Scotland

    Daniel Birkett
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    The Green Investment Bank has backed a new ‘green’ whisky distillery project in Nairn, Scotland. A new ‘green’ whisky project has received investment from the Green Investment Bank (GIB), which will see a biomass boiler installed at the Royal Brackla […] The post A new ‘green’ whisky project in Scotland appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • M&S to build rooftop solar network

    Daniel Birkett
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Retail giant, Marks & Spencer is set to build the UK’s largest network of rooftop solar panels M&S are set to install 24,000 solar PV panels on top of its distribution centre at Castle Donington which would make it the […] The post M&S to build rooftop solar network appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Industrial emissions in Scotland fell by 8%

    Daniel Birkett
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Scottish industrial emissions fell by 8% in 2013 following the closure of a coal-fired power plant. Latest figures show that industrial Co2 emissions in Scotland fell by 8% in 2013, with the shutdown of the coal-fired Cockenzie Power Station cited […] The post Industrial emissions in Scotland fell by 8% appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Oxfordshire a hotbed for community energy

    Daniel Birkett
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Oxfordshire has established itself as a hotbed for investors in community energy projects. According to recent reports, Oxfordshire has become a hotbed for investors who are willing to put their money into community energy projects. The Make Money Do Good […] The post Oxfordshire a hotbed for community energy appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Wind power makes big contribution

    Daniel Birkett
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    Wind power performing well following a halt in nuclear and gas generation over the weekend. A weekend of strong gales saw wind power make a large contribution to electricity supply in the UK. This increase in wind generation was welcomed […] The post Wind power makes big contribution appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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    Raintees

  • Best Dried Flowers For Long-Lasting Beauty

    Natasha Urbany
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Selecting a beautiful flower arrangement is hard enough as it is because of the variety of flower species, colors, and textures. Making your arrangement last more than 7 days? Even harder. So, when searching for the perfect arrangement this fall avoid the hassle of trekking to your local flower shop to find the perfect flowers. Instead, look no further than SummerSweet Boutique and NotJustWeeds dried flower boutiques on Etsy!   Spice up your walls with this rustic arrangement of dried jute, wheat, and pennycress! SummerSweet Boutique offers one of a kind, hand crafted arrangements and…
  • 3 Common Pet Health Myths Busted

    raintees
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    As a society, our understanding of human health is always evolving and our habits generally evolve along with our changing understanding. A quick look at the evolution of the food pyramid over the past 50 years is a perfect illustration of this – whereas a diet heavy in grains used to be recommended, now we know that we should be eating more vegetables. General understanding of pet health, on the other hand, has not evolved quite as dramatically. For the most part, people still care for their pets the same way they did half of a century ago. Is that because no new information has come to…
  • Woodland themed living room ideas

    raintees
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Nature lovers can now embrace the growing trend for woodland themed interior décor by transforming their living rooms into rural retreats. Photo credit: Houzz.com Adopting a woodland theme in the living room is a sure way to evoke images of the great outdoors by incorporating rustic finishes, animal prints and natural textures. In order to make the room more authentic, homeowners can experiment with various woodland motifs on wallpapers, cushions, throws or drapes. Common woodland creatures traditionally featured in such motifs include stags, rabbits, hedgehogs, geese or bears. Trees and…
  • Five tips for volunteering abroad

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

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

  • 9 Common Costly Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

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

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    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    You’ve got some big gardening plans now that your greenhouse is built. The whole time you were putting all the nuts and bolts together, you couldn’t stop thinking about the[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Loving the Late Season Garden

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    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    When the nights start to get a little cooler, most gardeners take that as a sign that it’s time to roll up the garden and put it to bed for[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Specialize and Thrive: The Secret to Success with Small Commercial Greenhouses

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    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    We live in a world of one-stop super shops, but don’t feel pressured to take your young greenhouse and transform it into a one-stop shop for everything growing. The idea[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Greenhouse Frames: Finding the Best Option For You

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    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    While you’re busy making all the decisions for your new greenhouse, from the lighting you’ll use to the site where you’ll build it, don’t forget about the greenhouse frame. This[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
 
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  • Solar + Batteries: are we all going off-grid?

    Pablo Astorga
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Becoming your own utility has never been easier, but should you do it? www.souvenirpixels.com/photo-blog/electric-sunset For over a hundred years, power plants have been built in a very specific way: large, centralized facilities usually located far from where actual energy consumption takes place. These plants typically have been owned by big corporations (mostly utility companies) on which consumers rely to get electricity. More important, these centralized plants have made the electric grid indispensable, as power needs to be transported and distributed to the load centers. However, with…
  • Home Solar for Dummies…or Anyone Who Doesn’t Work in Solar

    Mandy Shold
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Solar power. The sun’s been ready for 4.5 billion years. It’s time you were too. And with electric prices rising, more and more people are realizing that it is no longer a question of “to solar or not to solar?” – it’s about <how> to solar. Solar power is like coffee – everyone takes it a little different; whether you take it with cream or 20 years worth of payments, the base is a beautiful, beautiful thing. But solar is not a one-size-fits-all product. Your solar needs are different than your neighbors’. And that’s where all the…
  • Levi’s 49er Stadium Leads the Net-Zero Energy Race

    Thad Wharton
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA   The San Francisco 49ers have kicked off their new home season in a brand new building.  The 49er stadium consumes over 1.8 million square feet, and powers up among many other things a 13,000 square foot scoreboard, 12,000 physical network ports, 2,500 TV monitors, 370 concession areas, 176 suites, 81 public restrooms, 38 escalators, 25 elevators, 10 clubs, 12 electric vehicle charging stations, 6 ATMs, 1 museum and 2 alcoholic beverages per purchase thank you…while playing host to 68,500 guests.   So it’s very nice to know that on gameday, this…
  • Master Limited Partnership- Parity Act: A Call for Action

    Nick Blair
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    http://www.wrpawprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dysfunctional-Congress.jpg It goes without saying that these are trying times for the US Congress. They cannot seem to agree on anything, both Democrats and Republicans seem to be waiting each other out for the midterm elections in November, and then the blame game will continue. However, even in times like these, there are patches of sunlight for Congress and for the rooftop solar industry. This time it comes in the form of legislation supporting Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) for renewable energy. …
  • 400,000 People Joined the Climate March

    Dan Schreiber
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    On September 21, more than 400,000 people poured into New York City from all over the county to march for the climate. The People’s Climate March as it was called, was organized to demonstrate mass American support for climate action. World leaders, including President Obama, are set to debate action on the issue at the Unite Nations climate summit this week. This climate march was huge, and in fact was the largest demonstration on the issue in history. Over 520 buses ensured that  communities from all over the Unites States were well represented. Everyone from retired Kentucky coal…
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  • Younger Workforce Fuels Portable Office Design

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    28 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Today’s office design is all about collaboration, openness, and portability. The by-product is inspiration, success, and productivity. We’re now in the age of the Internet. Our office culture is shifting and as more and more Millennials enter the workforce, and as a result, companies have begun to alter the way they do business. Business, that is, from within the office environment. The burgeoning workforce values a more unreserved, self-determining, and equitable office space. Instead of opting for the solitude of the private office, some employees prefer a cozy spot in the…
  • Spooky Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Office

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    28 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    What’s not to love about the holidays? With Halloween right around the corner, the spirit of the season is upon us. Commercial Flooring Solutions offers some ghoulishly fun Halloween decorating ideas for the office. It’s not too late to spice up your work space with some devilishly entertaining decor. Whether you’re looking to add a few splashes of Autumn color here and there, or cover your office in Halloween themed decor, it’s always more fun when everyone’s involved. Synthetic cobwebs, plastic spiders, and craft pumpkins are essential for creating creepy…
  • Create a More Productive Business Through Workplace Design

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Poor Design = Lower Office Productivity Did you know that good workplace design can actually help benefit your business? It’s true! In fact, poor design can actually adversely affect on-the-job productivity and efficiency. Many offices today are designed based on outdated layouts and obsolete configurations. Drab partitioned cubicles and stuffy corner offices are becoming less and less of the norm nowadays, as companies are looking to revamp their offices to create more organizational and collaborative spaces. As the modern business model continues to change, so does corporate design…
  • CFS Proudly Offers MilliCare Carpet and Textile Care

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    30 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Commercial Flooring Solutions (CFS) has grown to become the largest franchise within the MilliCare brand. MilliCare offers textile and carpet care services that use sustainable practices and products to ensure that your office’s flooring is thoroughly clean and will last. Millicare offers a plan that will extend the life of your office carpet. By using the right products and methods, we can guarantee that your office will be cleaner than it ever ha been before our services. If you’re not satisfied with our work, we will come back and re-do it at no additional charge. That’s how…
  • Let Your Office Make a Lasting First Impression

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    29 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    You have a meeting with a business you’ve never visited before.  When you walk into their office, you instantly know that a decorator was involved.  From the sleek, modern furniture, to the natural light pouring in, to the company’s colors running consistently throughout, you know that this company means business in the most modern and forward-thinking way. Isn’t that the first impression you want visitors to have when they step into your office? Of course it is. And you can achieve that result in a couple of ways. The first is by hiring a professional, with his or her expertise, eye…
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  • How to make your car green without any paint?

    Mi Muba
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    You may be surprised to read the topic of this post. You are right to think how one can make his car green without any paint. But it is possible. Here by green car I don’t mean physically or paint-wise green. It means it has all the green features to least hit the environment. Right?… Read More »The post How to make your car green without any paint? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to buy an organic wool blanket?

    Mi Muba
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    In winter blankets are used to have a warmer sleep. People buy them after checking their quality. They want soft, warm and beautiful ones to have a joyous and comfortable sleep. They want every quality which a blanket could have. They also want to buy the best one in minimum price. People forget the fact… Read More »The post How to buy an organic wool blanket? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to do green awakening with a street theater?

    Mi Muba
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A theater is a building where live drama is played. It is also called stage drama. But now theater itself is taken as a live stage drama and this term so common everywhere. If the word street is prefixed with it then it becomes a live drama played in a street or at an open… Read More »The post How to do green awakening with a street theater? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How green living helps you to become a brilliant student?

    Mi Muba
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Green living means spending your life without wasting all types of resources and without harming your surrounding environment. It is a candid reality that there is no harm of going green. It is a win-win way of living where you gain everything and lose nothing. Even you help others gain and avoid losing anything which otherwise… Read More »The post How green living helps you to become a brilliant student? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to become a green leader of your community?

    Mi Muba
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Leaders are born not made. But you can become a green leader. You need not to do any special course for this purpose. Nor you need to have any charisma for this purpose. You just need to have green care for your planet Earth. Also you should reflect your care for environment by: Playing your… Read More »The post How to become a green leader of your community? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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  • Solar arrays along highways in Minnesota

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    24 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Minnesota highway – source OKRoads.com Minnesota is not only snow, fishing and progressive politicians, it is something much more, and lately something related to the renewable energy sector. Actually, The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has released a request for proposal (RFP) which will accept financial offers to build and manage large solar arrays along the state highways. This solar project is created to supply the state’s grid with a new and reliable resource of green energy for at least 20 years from now. The state government was obliged by the Minnesota Statute…
  • Why we need Solar Power Inverters?

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    23 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    How solar panels work? We know that nowadays, solar power becomes more popular than ever especially because the environment requires lower carbon emissions all over the world. Solar power is a pretty recent green energy resource and it works very simply. To convert the solar energy (the sunshine) into electricity we need a solar panel, an inverter and at least one solar battery to store the green energy produced. The system works this way: the solar panel receives the sunlight and turns it into DC (direct current). This type of electricity is not good for our household devices so we need the…
  • Energy saving tips for winter

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    22 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Cellulose-based insulation, image source thermaxinsulation.com In the previous article we talked about how important is to have an insulated home while outside we have winter conditions or extreme heat specific to the summer. An insulated house can keep a nice warm habitat inside your house even if outside there are freezing temperatures so your central heating system will work much less, and if outside is summer and the temperatures are extremely hot, your insulated house will keep a cooler and very pleasant temperature inside the rooms, and your air conditioning units will work much less.
  • How important is to have an insulated home

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    21 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    External wall insulation – image source energytherm.co.uk We can say that since the year 2000, the temperatures started growing all over the world and this change was felt during the summers while experiencing extreme heats and during the winters when we had almost no snow at all, and temperatures pretty high for that period of time. In other places we had extreme cold conditions with tons of snow and much lower temperatures than usual. All these changes in the weather conditions were only a sign that the process of dangerous climate changes was already started without our knowledge.
  • The EU commission considers onshore wind energy cheaper than oil and gas energy

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    15 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Onshore wind turbines In a recent report of the European Commission released on Monday in Brussels it is specified that the relative cost of onshore wind energy compared with the fossil fuel energy resources like coal and gas can be cheaper if we talk about the technologies involved. This fact creates a good lead for onshore wind power plants to be built in the area and a very good outcome for the environmentalists. This report was conducted by Ecofys, a leading renewable energy consultancy company on the order of the EU commission and this report is considered the first one that speaks about…
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  • Eco-friendly options for sanitary napkins

    Ecoideaz
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    Author – Rayomand Gheesta SheCup – Image Source Wikimedia.org I woke up the other day to the sound of the garbage man arguing with one of the residents of the township I stay in. He was protesting about the way sanitary napkins and used diapers were disposed off. Since they are medically pathogenic, he wanted people to recognize a proper way of throwing them off after use. On giving it some thought, I figured he had a point. There isn’t a standardized way of disposing a sanitary napkin. It is just rolled in paper, put in a plastic bag and just thrown off in garbage. Waste workers…
  • Natural Fibers in India

    Thirumagal Jayaraman
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Author – Thirumagal J Image via commons.wikimedia.org by John Washington Fabrics and textiles play a vital role in meeting our basic clothing needs. Evidently, the textiles and fashion industry has emerged as a dominant sector in Indian industry. Fabrics are closely associated with every aspect of our lives right from birth till death. A study of fabrics shows that their earliest use dates back to over 10,000 years. The oldest fibers used by mankind are flax (10000 BC) cotton (5000 BC) and silk (2700 BC), while jute and coir have also been used since ages. While we are well exposed to…
  • Low Cost Stoves in India

    Ecoideaz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Author – Rishil Anthony Kitchen is an integral part of an Indian household. However, we could say that Indian kitchens are highly energy inefficient and unhealthy, primarily because of the traditional mud stoves (chulhas). This is true for most of the Indian rural households that depend on firewood or local biomass as the source of fuel. Traditional firewood stoves are uneconomical and harmful in many ways. They use firewood that is non-renewable and is a major cause for deforestation. Rural women have to travel long distances to fetch firewood and finally, they spew noxious smoke, which is…
  • Dairy Farming in India: A sustainable path

    Ecoideaz
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Author – Wasim Quazi Food security in India is a topic that never seems to go out of front page news. Now that the monsoons are deficient this year and there has been an international outrage against India’s insistence on subsidy to its farmers, the food security issue will not subside any time soon. Despite the success of the Green Revolution in the early 1970-80s, our agricultural system is no way capable of being self-reliant both in terms of producing enough food as well as reducing the costly fertilizer imports. However, India has been able to create a large growing and…
  • Is large scale Biogas power feasible?

    Ecoideaz
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Author – Sakshi Gupta The Twenty First century has been all about being ahead of others and using latest technology gadgets. But little do we realize, while we are creating new innovations, we are running out of that basic energy that powers everything. If we continue to increase our energy consumption, the major non-renewable energy sources are expected to be exhausted within this century. Further, the fossil fuel-based energy production harms the nature in gruesome ways by causing global warming, air, water and land pollution. In order to ensure our sustainability, we need to switch to…
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  • Lego Stops Playing with Shell

    Green Mom
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Fredrica Syren: Legos have provided so much inspiration and learning. They have kept my kids entertained for hours (as well as myself when I was a child) that, when I heard that Lego has been supporting the oil giant Shell, I was heartbroken. Thanks to Lego’s deal with Shell, 16 million Shell-branded Lego kits ...
  • GREENING HALLOWEEN

    Larraine Roulston
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    By Larraine Roulston: Be EEEKO friendly!! For the Halloween hype, parents can green the orange and black treats, costumes and parties. Dressing up can become much more creative by looking in your closets for old clothes, hats or fabrics. A trip to a thrift store may also provide some good choices. Avoid cheap costume jewelry, painted ...
  • The Sorry State Of US School Lunch Programs

    Kim Robson
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    By Kim Robson: A recent government study has found what most parents already suspect: U.S. school lunches are unhealthy and contributing to childhood obesity. Kids who eat school lunches are more likely to be obese by the time they get to the third grade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded study, published in the Journal ...
  • Spaghetti Puttanesca

    Green Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
      By Fredrica Syren: I’m a huge pasta fan and have loved cooking it ever since my 3-week driving trip in Italy with my husband before we got married. I love all varieties of a really good pasta sauce with developed flavor. This is a very kid friendly recipe for a puttanesca sauce, which is ...
  • What Can a Child Learn from Home?

    Larraine Roulston
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    By Larraine Roulston: With no curriculum or rigid structure, a home environment provides time and space for children to engage naturally in the world around them. When allowed the freedom to pursue their own interests, they will automatically acquire the skills to meet life’s challenges. Parents who allow plenty of time for imagination in the ...
 
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  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Outdoor Solar Lights

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Outdoor lighting is essential for your house especially if you have a large house ,Therefore you should be choosing the right and the efficient kind of bulbs. Not only that ,but also the good-looking bulbs. Speaking of efficiency and the good-looking kind of bulbs ,The first thing that comes to mind is to choose the Outdoor Solar Lights not only because they are efficient but also has they have a very nice look which will make you outdoor house really fascinating. To make life more easier for you, I’ve picked the 10 best outdoor solar lights out there in the market, you just choose the…
  • Mind Blowing Energy Facts

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Continue To Watch - How Does Wind Energy Work? & Is It Worth The Investment? The post Mind Blowing Energy Facts appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
  • The Importance of HVAC Maintenance

    Rachel Heagney
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    An HVAC system is an expensive investment that can account for up to 50% of a household’s monthly utility bill. However, many homeowners tend to neglect its proper upkeep. They don’t realize that regular care and maintenance is necessary for their HVAC unit to provide comfort through cooling and heating. No matter what kind of HVAC system you have at home or in the workplace, you should never underestimate the importance of regular preventive maintenance. Read on to find out why it is a must. HVAC maintenance can help you save money. This reason alone should be enough to encourage…
  • Renewable Energy For Sustainable Development

    Rose Murray
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Renewable energy is becoming increasingly popular as society shifts towards a more environmentally friendly approach to energy production. This allows new developments to be sustainable into the future as they will not deplete resources faster than these resources can replenish. Renewable energy doesn’t just have an impact on the sustainability of our global resource pool, but has been attributed to improvements in health due to lower pollution levels, and reduction in unemployment, due to new energy production facilities and service companies. Solar Solar energy is currently one of the…
  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Panel Charger For Outdoor People

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    If you travel a lot or you consider your self to be an outdoor person, Then you might have experienced a low battery issues through your phone ,your tablet or even your laptop. and Who has not?. This would be embarrassing if you are having an important meeting or a conference or otherwise you are traveling  somewhere or having a trip. But on the other hand technology does not stop at inventing those smart devices only ,but also has a lot of progress of how you can easily charge them any time any where. Next Are the 10 best solar panel chargers that have an excellent feedback and rating 5…
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  • 4 Tips to Help Prevent Surface Water Contamination

    Jessica Hope
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    4 Tips to Help Prevent Surface Water Contamination Speaking plainly, “surface water” is a body of water with a visible or accessible surface. This includes ponds, lakes, rivers, wetlands, streams and oceans. Most species (including ours) depend on these resources for survival. If their integrity is diminished, we’re all in trouble. But even though most of us understand this concept (at least in general terms), surface waters continue to be polluted, depleted, and destroyed the world over. Surface water contamination issues don’t belong on the backburner – it’s time we take a…
  • A Church on a Mission: Asbestos Abatement

    Jessica Hope
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    A Church on a Mission: Asbestos Abatement Walt Gore, a trustee of Christian Tabernacle Church, found himself in a tough situation. For quite some time, the over 100 year old church in the heart of Chicagoland had been dealing with some occasional water leakage. The water would often leak on to an area of floor tiling that secretly contained a sleeping giant. Walt first contacted a repairman to come out and fix the water leak. The repairman noticed the damage done to the floor and informed Walt that these types of tiles almost always contained asbestos and would likely require removal. Rather…
  • Question Your Community: 3 Simple Pollution Mapping Tools

    Jessica Hope
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Question Your Community: 3 Simple Pollution Mapping Tools We live in an era of big data and constant technological improvements, and it translates into every aspect of our lives. Thankfully, data plays a role in more than just targeting and predicting consumer behavior; big data, assisted by technology, also gives us the ability to further safeguard our health by finding and evaluating pollution near our homes and businesses. 1.) TOXMAP To give you a truly comprehensive snapshot, TOXMAP pulls data from three trusted sources: the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory and Superfund National…
  • Mold Remediation: 5 Signs You Need Professional Help

    Jessica Hope
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Mold Remediation: 5 Signs You Need Professional Help Though it’s certain to turn a few stomachs, mold is a perfectly natural thing. In fact, when found outdoors, mold plays an important role in the decay of organic matter, and is a vital component of the decomposition process. Mold is a natural part of the environment, but only the outdoor environment. The indoor environment is another story. Indoor mold has been linked to numerous health issues. In a report issued in June of 2006, the CDC said that, “excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in…
  • Don’t be Green-Washed by “Biodegradable” Packaging

    Jessica Hope
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Don’t be Green-Washed by “Biodegradable” Packaging There was a knock on the door.  I knew right away what it was – the package finally arrived.  It was the birthday gift I had been impatiently awaiting all month.  It was from an old friend who lives across the globe so it’s always a great feeling to get something from him.  After signing for it, I immediately began tearing at the box like a younger version of myself on Christmas Day, rife with anticipation and fixed with determination. As I was childishly digging through the contents of the package, I couldn’t help but notice…
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  • Mother Nature is pissed off. Literally.

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
    Mother Nature is pissed off. Literally.
  • Incineration And Landfills Are Just A Temporary Solution

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    Trash in Singapore is managed with the use of Waste-to-energy plants or Incineration plants plus the Semaku landfill. It’s the incineration plants that reduce the size of the trash and generate 1-3 percent of electricity for this country. Once the trash has been reduced, it’s then off to the landfill for proper disposal. Being a country with limited space, incineration plants were built to keep up with the increasing wastes the people produce. Although the National Environment Agency has strict guidelines for the process, the question really is “Can we keep on building incineration…
  • 9 Things That Never Made It to the Scrap Yards

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    When we take out the value of a material, it usually ends up in the scrap yards or land fills. But, thank God for creative people and their swagger ideas of giving things a second life. Even the unusual ones we thought of throwing, was given a new purpose. Hard to believe these things never made it to the scraps. Get some inspiration and start creating your own. 1. A Car Rim Source This pure metal could well end up in a scrap metal recycling plant. But, it was cleverly used for some backyard or camping cooking. Easy to setup and last longer too. Plus food cooked in wood tastes better! 2.
  • Trash Island - Thilafushi. Located in Maldive Islands. One of...

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Trash Island - Thilafushi. Located in Maldive Islands. One of the best islands in the world. But, the backdoor is strewn with trash. More of this story here.
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