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  • Septic Tank Pumping

    Hulsey Services Blog
    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.
  • Home Solar for Dummies…or Anyone Who Doesn’t Work in Solar

    Mosaic Blog
    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…
  • What Is Really In Bottled Water?

    The Good Human
    Lisa Forher
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:14 am
    What is Really in Bottled Water? courtesy of youngandraw There is no denying that bottled water is global business. Consumption is continuing to increase year on year particularly in countries where clean potable tap water is available at very low or no cost”. Studies have shown that individuals who frequently purchase bottled water do so mainly because of perceived health benefits, and also because of convenience and taste. The huge industry supporting the sale of bottled water has even started to raise concerns regarding how much energy is required to produce and use bottled water. It has…
  • Artist's embroidered seed art evokes bonds between nature and humans

    Culture feed
    Kimberley Mok
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Using natural materials that she "hunts and gathers," artist Rena Detrixhe embroiders and crochets them into contemplative works.
  • Ocean Acidification Affecting Shellfish Hatcheries

    Ecology Global Network
    Guest
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ocean acidification a culprit in commercial shellfish hatcheries’ failures Mediterranean mussels at the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm in Washington’s Puget Sound. Credit: Penn Cove Shellfish Farm The mortality of larval Pacific oysters in Northwest hatcheries has been linked to ocean acidification. Yet the rate of increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the decrease of pH in near-shore waters have been questioned as being severe enough to cause the die-offs. Now, a new study of Pacific oyster and Mediterranean mussel larvae found that the earliest larval stages are sensitive…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Tips on How To Reduce Plastic

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

    Shawna Coronado
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    I’ve had two benches out for many years now and find they’ve greatly enhanced the community experience. My “kick ass green” park bench (right) had its slats pulled out by a person or persons who will not be named and park benches have  been important to this garden as it helps people in our community, so I sought a replacement. In order to find a replacement bench, I went to one of my favorite bench companies, Belson, and told them the story. They responded in less than an hour saying that they would be thrilled to donate a bench or two for the garden. I was blown…
  • 8 Last Minute Gift Ideas – Garden Books

    Shawna
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    This year has been an amazing year for good garden reading. The garden books included in the post I read with interest and thought you might like them. Below (in no particular order) is a list of some of my favorites for 2014 with links so you can order them if you like along with a brief book review. I consider them wonderful last minute  holiday gift ideas that would please most any gardener. One book is even a good read for the chicken gardeners I know. Happy Holidays! 1. Fine Foliage By Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz Fine Foliage is a magnificent little book that shows gardeners how…
  • Holiday Gift Idea – Glass Bee Preservers

    Shawna Coronado
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:41 am
    Glass bee preservers from Glass Gardens NW are a great holiday or Christmas gift idea. Attracting honey bees to your garden is a good idea if you would like better pollination of your flower plants and vegetables. Additionally, rescuing bees and other pollinators makes a lot of sense – we have a world pollinator crisis going on. Bees need water, but many water sources do not have a landing area for bees and they can drown in deeper water. Bee preservers are wonderful glass balls with bumps on them that float on top of a water source and allow honey bees to crawl to the water without…
  • Pomegranate Guava and Lemon Thyme Martini Cocktail Recipe

    Shawna
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    Searching for the magnificent for your holiday cocktail celebrations? Try my Pomegranate Guava and Lemon Thyme Martini Cocktail Recipe. SUPER YUMMY! Watch the quickie video below that shows you the easy steps to put it together. If you do not have access to fresh lemon thyme, substitute a bit of lemon zest and muddle the thyme and lemon zest for a bright taste. One fantastically memorable cocktail recipe!. Pomegranate, Guava, and Lemon Thyme Martini Cocktail Recipe – Muddled Lemon Thyme — Handful (or plain thyme with some lemon zest added) Citron Vodka – 3.0 oz Simple Syrup…
 
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  • Reality Bites: Chevron indefinitely shelves its deep water offshore Arctic oil project

    Danielle Droitsch
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Danielle Droitsch, Director, Canada Project, Washington, D.C. Written by Josh Axelrod, Law and Policy Consultant for the Canada Project Chevron recently announced that it would indefinitely put on hold plans to pursue regulatory approval of deep water drilling for oil in Canada’s Beaufort Sea. The move is significant as this proposal was one of two projects (the other by Exxon-owned Imperial Oil) seeking to open up deep Arctic waters to oil drilling. Just prior to this announcement, Chevron was on the verge of submitting proposed well safety documentation to Canada’s National…
  • What might the future look like if we took climate change seriously?

    Merrian Borgeson
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Energy and Transportation, San Francisco A new analysis lays out several detailed “pathways” to a low-carbon future for the United States, and offers practical guidance for policy makers. The bottom line finding is that there are multiple ways we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with known technologies and with an incremental cost equivalent to less than 1 percent of gross domestic product. But the choices we make in the short term matter a lot if we want to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. This work is…
  • 2014 Meant More Renewables In More Places For Less Money: The Year In Review

    Nathanael Greene
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, New York City Another in NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments  This year, the already good news about renewable energy in the United States got even better: Wind and solar power cost less than ever before and are being used in more places across the nation. True, there were political setbacks—some at the state level and, especially, Congress’s failure to significantly extend the Production Tax Credit for wind power. (It helps level the playing field for pollution-free electricity and fight…
  • Success Story from Vibrant Gujarat: Evaluating Ahmedabad's Heat Action Plan

    Anjali Jaiswal
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco Guest blog by Nehmat Kaur, NRDC India Representative Located in the hot and urbanizing northwestern corner of India, the state of Gujarat is abuzz with anticipation for the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat 2015 Summit that will be held in January. Vibrant Gujarat is an initiative created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the state’s Chief Minister to showcase the state nationally and internationally as a place for progress, development and business. This year’s summit anticipates attendance by international companies and…
  • California Energy Efficiency Coalition Offers First Set of Recommendations for New Program Planning Model

    Lara Ettenson
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Lara Ettenson, Director, California Energy Efficiency Policy, San Francisco Nearly twenty diverse groups interested in energy efficiency—including consumer and social justice advocates, utilities, local governments, environmental groups, and efficiency program implementers—have been working over the past year to develop recommendations for how the California Public Utilities Commission should transition to an innovative approach for program planning. This week, the coalition made the first in a series of suggestions to the commission. The “rolling portfolio” approach…
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    Grist

  • Obama blows a chance to crack down on coal

    Ben Adler
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    On Friday, the Obama administration quietly passed up an opportunity to make the coal industry clean up its act. The EPA issued a final rule on the disposal of coal ash, a byproduct of coal burning that contains toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, and selenium. Up until now, disposal of coal ash hasn’t been regulated by the federal government at all. Now it will be regulated, but not very strongly. “Your banana peel that you throw away has stronger protections when it winds up in a dump than coal ash does,” says Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign,…
  • Could flooding finally wake Americans up to the climate crisis?

    David Roberts
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    One of the perennial discussions in climate circles is about which impacts will break through the noise and apathy to finally galvanize people to do something about the problem. The usual suspects are droughts and food shortages, since they’re expected to bite first. My own dark-horse candidate has been sea level rise. As I wrote last year, the carbon in the atmosphere today has already “locked in” enough sea level rise to swamp hundreds of coastal cities and towns around the world. Some 316 settlements in the lower 48 states, with a cumulative 3.6 million residents, are…
  • This was an epic year for droughts, floods, and extreme weather

    John Metcalfe
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Stick your hand over a lit stove and you can get a feel for 2014’s overall climatic situation: scorching heat. For months, experts have been predicting this will be the hottest year in recorded history, and while in the end it might not quite achieve that ignoble record, it will be way up there (perhaps at No. 3). The thermostat could’ve seemed low in your neck of the woods — meaning America’s East Coast and Midwest and the Falkland Islands — but temperatures were sweltering in the rest of the planet. Take a look at these abnormally high and record-hot…
  • From Trump to Hobby Lobby, the worst anti-science stories of 2014

    Tim McDonnell
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    2014 had its fair share of landmark scientific accomplishments: dramatic cuts to the cost of sequencing a genome; sweeping investigations of climate change impacts in the U.S.; advances in private-sector space travel, and plenty more. But there was also no shortage of high-profile figures eager to publicly and shamelessly denounce well-established science — sometimes with serious consequences for public policy. So without further ado, the most egregious science denial of 2014: Basically everything said by Donald Trump You can always count on The Donald to pull no punches. He got…
  • This is the kind of climate bill Congress should pass (but won’t)

    Ben Adler
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Senate’s two leading climate hawks, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, are pushing a bill that would make the U.S.’s climate policy rational and coherent. The climate-denying Republicans controlling Congress won’t pass it, of course, but it’s important to keep the conversation going. The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act would charge polluters for their CO2 emissions and redistribute the revenue to the public. Whitehouse and Schatz introduced the bill last month and plan to reintroduce it in the new Congress next year. What they call a “carbon…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • An Email from Santa Claus to Climate Skeptics: An Annual Green Skeptic Tradition

    Scott Edward Anderson
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Back in 2006, I published this email from Santa, which arrived on the night before the night before Christmas. Readers had so much fun with it, it's become an annual tradition. Enjoy!Happy Holidays!_______________________TO: Global Warming SkepticsFROM: Santa ClausDATE: A few nights before XmasSUBJECT: My Christmas List_________________________This is Santa, writing from the North Pole. Soon I'll be gathering all the toys for all the good little girls and boys and packing them in my sleigh to begin our journey, our night of nights.The reindeer, however, are starting to complain…
  • 10 Favs; 10 Years: Caring, or A New Conservation Ethic

    Scott Edward Anderson
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    My son Jasper tagging a saltwater croc,Mexico, January 2005. Photo by the author.This post originally appeared on The Green Skeptic in October 2005. It clearly demonstrates my concerns about the disconnect between people and conservation and articulates my view of the need for a new conservation ethic.Over the past several weeks, in the conference centers of Monterey, the wilderness of Yosemite, and the halls of my company's offices in suburban Washington, our talk has been about drawing a closer connection between conservation and people.We've come a long way, but still have miles to go…
  • 10 Favs; 10 Years: What We Talk About When We Talk About Protecting and Saving

    Scott Edward Anderson
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post originally appeared on The Green Skeptic in March 2008, when I was about to speak at the Aspen Environment Forum. It was a pivotal time for conservation and I think some of the strides that my former organization, The Nature Conservancy, and others in conservation have made are reflective of some of my espoused views. There's more progress that can be made, but it's a start.##Village children on Batanta Island, Indonesia. Photo by the author.Everything we think about saving or protecting ecosystems and habitats is wrong.This week, I'm at the Aspen Environment Forum, where…
  • 10 Favs; 10 Years: The Coming Disruption - Lead It or Lose It

    Scott Edward Anderson
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    Back in 2011, disruption was very much on my mind -- personally, professionally, and economically. Reading that post now -- in the wake of the current social unrest and new revelations about the banking system -- I wonder if plummeting down the same cliff. The questions I ask in this post still seem relevant and worth asking. The answers, alas, are still a way off. The disruption, I suspect, has already begun. Here is my post from October 2011 on "The Coming Disruption":I feel like our economy -- our very way of life -- is in a simultaneous state of suspended animation and free fall. …
  • 10 Favs; 10 Years: IMAGINE The Man Who Cared, John Lennon

    Scott Edward Anderson
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    It was 34 years ago today John Lennon was shot to death outside his home on West 72nd Street and Central Park West in New York. Here's a post that I wrote on the 25th Anniversary of that horrible event in 2005:John Lennon watercolored by the author.I was hundreds of miles away when I heard about John Lennon's death from Howard Cosell. He announced the news during the New England Patriots game on Monday Night Football. I had just picked up John's "comeback" interview in Playboy, which had just come out earlier that day.My stepmother Sandi called me as soon as she heard the news and we…
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    Ecorazzi

  • Large Carnivores and Humans Can Coexist Peacefully, New Research Suggests

    Anthony Marcusa
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    Fear not those living abreast of forests and woodlands and parts unknown. New comprehensive research suggests that there is no conflict between large carnivores and human populations – as such Read MoreThe post Large Carnivores and Humans Can Coexist Peacefully, New Research Suggests appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Just Released: The 2015 Hot Guys Rescue Pets Calendar

    Brianne Hogan
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    Just in time for the holiday season comes probably the best calendar of the new year: the 2015 NYC Rescue Man Calendar featuring hot guys and their adorable rescue pets. Read MoreThe post Just Released: The 2015 Hot Guys Rescue Pets Calendar appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • NHL Commits to Wiping Out Its Carbon Footprint

    Brianne Hogan
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    The National Hockey League will become the first professional sports league to wipe out its entire carbon footprint. The NHL announced last week that it’s partnering with Constellation Energy, an Read MoreThe post NHL Commits to Wiping Out Its Carbon Footprint appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • 2014 Was The Worst Year for Rhino Deaths in South Africa

    Brianne Hogan
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As the year comes to a close, South Africa has set a new record when it comes to rhino slayings by the hands of poachers. What’s even more startling about the Read MoreThe post 2014 Was The Worst Year for Rhino Deaths in South Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Unilever Drops Lawsuit Against Vegan ‘Just Mayo’

    Amanda Just
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    After several weeks of media coverage, a Change.org petition, and plenty of public outcry on social media, Unilever (the makers of Hellman’s mayonnaise) has finally dropped their lawsuit against sustainable Read MoreThe post Unilever Drops Lawsuit Against Vegan ‘Just Mayo’ appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • 5 International “Green” Businesses That Are Doing It Right

    Zach
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Going green has been a buzzword in the corporate world for the first decade of the 21st century. Determining which international companies are serious about the process as opposed to the ones who are simply paying lip service to the concept is important. The businesses that go green are better investments long term, simply because they will have lower overall expenses. Here is a list of five international businesses that are going green to make more green. Samsung The television and smart device manufacturer ranks 13th on the Global Fortune 500 list, but what differentiates them from their…
  • The Alternative Approach to Saving Energy in the Home

    Zach
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    There is an infinite number of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and use less energy within your home from small things like recycling your plastic to the more elaborate plans such as installing solar panels or switching to an underground heat pump – hundreds of tried and tested methods that you’ve most probably heard many times before. However, there are a number of simple actions you can take in your home to aid a larger energy saving plan, take a look at these alternative energy saving methods you may not have implemented yet: Conduct an Energy Audit: There are a…
  • Nest, The Smarter Home Thermostat

    Sheila Thomas
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    With the busy lives that we live, people find themselves forgetting things like locking the door and turning off the lights. But forgetting to lower the heat while you’re away is no longer something to worry about with Nest. Now there are many home thermostats on the market, but what sets Nest apart is that it is a learning thermostat. After a week of use, Nest will know your habits and make adjustments for you. For those who want control you can use the Nest mobile app on your smart phone to control your nest while away. Currently however the app is only available for Apple products…
  • eco-fashion friday finds: winter shades of grey

    Maureen O'Connor
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    (above) Head turning … Everyone needs some great-looking yoga leggings. These yoga pants are made with sustainable bamboo terry. The fit is slightly roomier than most thinner leggings so you may want to go a size down if you like a snugger fit. They feature a beautiful original henna style wing print to reflect your yoga spirit. The organic bamboo fabric is super soft and with the option to fold down the high waist and shorten the length at the ankle. Great for running around or a serious yoga experience. $47.81 from Sea of Wolves Design (above) Make a statement … This handmade,…
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    Environmental News Network

  • Going green has benefits beyond being good for you and the planet!

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    You know that going green helps the environment and often your bank account, but it can also play a key role in reducing accidents. Green lifestyles are generally healthier ones, so don’t forget about that bonus perk when you go eco-friendly. Whether it’s reducing the amount of chemicals in your home, reducing the pesticides in your food, or avoiding the need for a DWI attorney because you never drive (especially not under the influence), here are a few ways eco-friendliness equates to fewer accidents: 1. No chance of a car crashStatistically, taking public…
  • Diesel truck air pollution better thanks to California regulations

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    Ever wonder what's in the black cloud that emits from some semi trucks that you pass on the freeway? Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientist Thomas Kirchstetter knows very precisely what's in there, having conducted detailed measurements of thousands of heavy-duty trucks over months at a time at two San Francisco Bay Area locations.With a specially outfitted research van equipped with sophisticated monitors for several pollutant types, he and his team are studying emissions levels from diesel trucks to understand and analyze the impact of new control…
  • Some fish adapt to climate change by following their prey

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    Not all species may suffer from climate change. A new analysis shows that Dolly Varden, a species of char common in southeast Alaska, adjust their migrations so they can keep feasting on a key food source - salmon eggs - even as shifts in climate altered the timing of salmon spawning.The resiliency of species to climate change may depend on how well they adapt to climate-driven changes in their food and habitat, such as altered growth of plants they feed on. A mismatch in timing between predators and the availability of prey could cause some species to lose access to food. But others such as…
  • Is Australia on the wrong track on climate change?

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Despite record heat and drought Australia's emissions and coal exports are soaring, says a new report, and both are increasing as a matter of government policy. But a homegrown climate action movement is putting a spanner in the works - and just stopped its first coal train.Australia's response to climate change is headed completely backwards. If we can stop this new coal mine we set a precedent for the rest of Australia to stand up.
  • New York State to Ban Fracking Due to Health Risks

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    This week, New York state joined the growing list of states and communities to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) within its boundaries. After years of contentious debate over the safety of fracking, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement Wednesday that he would move to unilaterally ban fracking was not completely unexpected. Still, environmental groups are counting the Department of Health’s report that “[high volume hydraulic fracturing] should not proceed in NYS” as a victory.
 
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    EcoSalon

  • How the Breakup Generation has Mastered Breaking Up on Social Media

    Abbie Stutzer
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    If there’s one thing that my generation knows how to do exceptionally well, it’s breaking up in public. Well, OK, not exactly “in public,” but on social media — we’re the kings and queens of seamlessly transitioning our profiles from “single” to “in a relationship,” and we know how to “delete” our exs from our lives at the click of a button. We’ve made the social media breakup “a thing.” I have mixed feelings about this, honestly. I’ve been single and in a relationship off and on since I was 16. Sometimes I react to breaking up by deleting all…
  • 11 Incredible Ways to Crowdsource Your Life

    Krissy Brady
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Crowdsource your life so you can get back to the whole living it thing. Crowdsourcing has become one of the most powerful ways to get shit done, helping you squeeze as much out of your day as possible. Not only can it help you find solutions to problems, but save time, reduce expenses and expand your horizons. Here are 11 ways crowdsourcing can make your life a whole lot easier: 1. Crowdsource your commute Carma is a carpooling app that lets users share commuting costs with neighbors and work buddies headed in the same direction. Riders pay the standard rate per mile. Once the trip starts, a…
  • 7 Essential Swedish Recipes for Christmas: Foodie Underground

    Anna Brones
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    ColumnAnyone with a love of Scandinavia will want to make these classic Swedish recipes. Why is it that we “need” certain foods at certain times of the year? I have been traveling for the last couple of months, and because of it have been far far away from my kitchen and usual Northern Hemisphere winter climate. The result has been warm weather and completely different food than I would usually eat this time of year. The funny thing is, because of it, I practically forgot that it was December. My usual reminders just aren’t there, and I realized how important food is to…
  • 7 Rich and Luxe Organic Skin Balms to Soothe and Protect Dry Skin this Winter

    Liz Thompson
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    ‘Tis the season for merriment, but dry skin issues can leave us feeling less than jolly. Enlist an organic skin balm and your scaly, cracked, irritated ailments will vanish. How’s that for a holiday miracle? Skin balm is the ideal product for treating excessive winter dryness. From facial dryness and irritation, to cracked fingers and heels, it is practically an overnight fix for all your dry skin this winter. Definitely a must have for the chilly season. While multitasking is taking a backseat to mindfulness in 2015, there’s nothing wrong with a beauty product that treats more than one…
  • Going Beyond Big Pharma: Anxiety and Depression Treatment with Psychedelic Mushrooms

    Jill Ettinger
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The psychiatric drug industry is massive. More than $70 billion a year in sales, just in the U.S., are for drugs to treat mental health issues—mainly disorders like anxiety and depression.  While psychedelic drugs—LSD, psilocybin, DMT, MDMA, etc.—have been stigmatized as reckless party drugs that may even cause mental breakdowns themselves, science is proving the opposite is true and that they may be more helpful in supporting mental and emotional health than previously believed. In a recent study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, MRI scans of brains under the…
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    Yale Environment 360

  • A Green Dilemma for the Holidays: Better to Shop Online or In-Store?

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Various studies in recent years have suggested that online shopping typically packs a lower carbon punch than shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. But new research suggests the story is more complicated than that. The key, according to a report in the Journal of Cleaner Production, is to minimize the number of miles driven per item — whether by the shopper, a local delivery van, or a FedEx truck. Read more.
  • 'Nuisance Flooding' Will Affect Most of U.S. Coastline by 2050, Report Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    By 2050, most U.S. coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due sea level Enlarge
  • Clearing Rainforests Distorts Global Rainfall and Agriculture, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Clearing forests not only releases carbon into the atmosphere, it also triggers worldwide shifts in rainfall and temperatures Enlarge
  • Asia’s Fragile Caves Face New Risks from Development

    Yale Environment 360
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    The limestone caves of Southeast Asia and southwest China are home to scores of species of plants and animals, many of them rare. But a rise in tourism, mining, and other human activities is increasingly placing these biodiverse environments at risk. BY MIKE IVES
  • Obama Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay From Oil and Gas Development

    Yale Environment 360
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    President Obama yesterday announced protections for Bristol Bay, Alaska, one A grizzly bear catches a salmon in Bristol Bay. of the most productive fishing grounds in the nation, from future oil and gas development. The president's action is expected to benefit commercial fishermen and Native Alaskans and boost conservation efforts in the region, which is roughly the size of Florida. Noting that Bristol Bay is the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery and the source of 40 percent of U.S. wild-caught seafood — a catch worth $2 billion annually — Obama vowed to ensure long-term safeguards…
 
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    GreenBiz

  • Three Big Myths about Big Data and Energy Management

    Jenna Burnett
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Big data and data analytics are terms used increasingly to describe the current state and future opportunities of enterprise energy management. To gain greater insight, GreenBiz Group, in partnership with Siemens Building Technologies, surveyed energy managers from large corporations, hospital systems, governments and educational institutions. The results highlight the early nature of using big data analytics for enterprise-level energy management and identified three common misconceptions. Join us for a discussion about how organizations are leveraging big data for energy enterprise…
  • GreenBuzz – December 1, 2014

    Joel Makower
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Happy December. For our U.S. readers, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. As December dawns, we're beginning to look both backward and forward — at the year just ending, and and all that's yet to come. For starters, we're planning our annual package of year-end stories, including the voices of many of your colleagues on the highs and lows of 2014 and a look forward at 2015. The GreenBiz team is mainly looking forward: at the 2015 State of Green Business report, to publish on January 27; at the three January meetings of the GreenBiz Executive Network, in San Francisco, Las Vegas and…
  • Recycling 2.0 – Changing Consumer Behavior Amid Changing Waste Streams

    Jenna Burnett
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Consumer recycling, once seen as the most basic of environmental practices, has become decidedly more complex. Some communities have mandated aggressive, long-term, zero-waste goals to divert sometimes up to 90 percent of their waste from the local landfill. That can lead to a  wide array of what’s collected — and what’s not —  engendering confusion among residents (citizens). The result: After decades of growth, recycling rates have plateaued, or even dropped. How can cities regain the momentum? There are some tried and true methods, but it takes a village, literally — producers,…
  • 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…
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  • Vantage Energy fined nearly $1 million for environmental violations

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) on Monday said it imposed a $999,900 fine on U.S. oil and natural gas company Vantage Energy Inc, one of the largest given to a driller by DEP this year, for several environmental regulations violations.
  • Annual 'King Tide' hits West Coast, but no major flooding reported

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:52 pm
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. West Coast faced its highest tides of the year on Monday but there were no reports of significant flooding, after a weekend that saw rising tides combine with high waves to cause minor inundations in parts of California, meteorologists said.
  • Court upholds cutback in California water drawdown to protect fish

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.
  • Top firms' greenhouse gas emissions rise, despite call for cuts

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    OSLO (Reuters) - Greenhouse gas emissions by the world's top 500 companies rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the United Nations to limit global warming, a study showed on Monday.
  • Ten years on, tsunami warning stumbles at the 'last mile'

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - In April 2012, Indonesia's Banda Aceh, the city worst hit by the tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people on Boxing Day ten years ago, received a terrifying reminder of how unprepared it was for the next disaster.
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • Finally! Drought-Stricken Yosemite's Waterfalls Are Back

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Weeks after a powerful storm first triggered some of the most striking waterfalls in Yosemite National Park to finally start flowing again, steady cascades continue. The rushing falls are a sign of relief -- and hope -- for drought-stricken California. Popular Yosemite Falls had dried up in June and failed to begin flowing again in November as usual. It wasn't until a downpour the first week of December that Yosemite was revived -- and even then, at least one park worker worried the flow was temporary until a second storm moved in. “One day later, Yosemite Falls came back. I was riding my…
  • Rise Of Bike Trains A Win For Children's Health, Environment

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    SEATTLE -- As the first rider in her neighborhood bicycle train, Maka Yusuf pedals nearly 4 miles and climbs more than 350 feet on the way to her elementary school. During the trip she is joined by several classmates and a handful of adult volunteers. Just a month ago, those formidable Seattle slopes forced Maka to walk her bike. She easily conquers them today. And the benefits of students actively transporting themselves to and from school may go well beyond improved fitness, says Dr. Jason Mendoza, the pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital who is behind the bike train, a children's…
  • Watch These Humpback Whales Perform A Deadly Song And Dance While Hunting

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Humpback whales will literally sing and dance for food. The whale ballet seen in the video above is actually a complex group hunting technique called "bubble net feeding." According to NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center, it only occurs during certain seasons in waters off southeast Alaska. During this intricate dance, a pod -- anywhere from four to 20 whales -- will spot a group of herring and dive down to it. One humpback spirals below the herring while blowing rings of bubbles from its blowhole while another produces resonating vocalizations (aka singing). Both actions cause the prey to…
  • WTF Is Mistletoe, Anyway?

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Remember when you found out Santa wasn't real, or when you were old enough to realize just how implausible it is for a reindeer to fly? Well, there's more: Mistletoe isn't exactly the romantic symbol of the holidays that you think it is. Perhaps you already knew this. But if you didn't (or if you missed writer Robb Dunn's in-depth report on the evolution of the Christmas tradition), here's the gist: While there are historical explanations for why humans tend to kiss under mistletoe—a history of gods, demons, luck and a little lust—the evolutionary story of these plants with their sticky…
  • Dr. Laura Says Pit Bulls 'Should All Be Put Down,' Learns Dog Lovers Feel Otherwise

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    In a recent segment about how to avoid loneliness, sometimes shocking SiriusXM radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger suggested that all pit bulls should be killed -- a diatribe that ended up biting her right in the behind. After suggesting listeners could adopt a pet to curb loneliness, Schlessinger said on her December 15 show that she'd recently visited a local animal shelter, where she was surprised to find that most of the animals there were pits. "It was about 95 percent pit bulls. Or pit bull mixes," she observed. Her takeaway was brutal. "Now I know this is going to get somebody…
 
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  • Last Minute Holiday Shopping? A Pet Could Be the Perfect Gift

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    'Tis the season of giving, and everywhere you look you'll see suggestions for the "perfect gifts" for your loved ones: something they'll love forever, something they'll never forget, something unique. How about someone -- how about a kitten or cat from the shelter? Adoption isn't a decision to take lightly, but adding a family member could be the best gift of all -- for your loved one and for your new animal friend. There's some misinformation out there discouraging people from holiday adoptions, but adopting a pet on a holiday, birthday or any special occasion isn't so different from…
  • A Pivotal Law for NYC Pets

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:26 pm
    People love puppies. But all too often -- and in so many cruel ways -- these animals are betrayed by the very breeders who raise them. These breeding facilities are called puppy mills, where female breeding dogs are kept in close confinement and forced to bear litter after litter without any break for their bodies to recover. Once they can no longer produce puppies, these mothers are often killed. Adult breeding dogs and puppies are typically kept in cages with wire flooring that can injure their paws and legs. Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, though families who eventually buy…
  • Force Big Government to Kill Big Carbon

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The climate movement tends to talk about "theories of change" rather than "theories of power." But if you think about power -- who has it, what are its mechanisms, how can it be used -- then government looms large. Government is more than one-third of the economy; its judicial and regulatory apparatus touches everything; the private sector depends almost entirely on the infrastructure of the public sector; and during times of crisis the state is private industry's life-support system. When pondering mechanisms that the climate movement might use to maximize its impact in the short time still…
  • Consume Less of This One Thing for Your 2015 Resolution

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    I used to always have mixed feelings about New Year's resolutions. While I didn't like the thought of "procrastinating" until the start of a new calendar year to make big (or small) promises of change to myself, I did often find myself waiting until January 1st to reflect on ways to improve my life and the lives of those around me. The other issue I had was making a New Year's resolution and keeping it. Quitting my beloved chocolate addiction, watching less TV, cleaning the bathrooms once a week...all things I said I would do but never made it past week two. Then, a couple years ago I started…
  • Of Naturalists and Nature Amid the Richness of the Andes

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    "The more I see of the country, the more I want to, and I can see no end of, the species of butterflies when the whole country is well explored. Remember me to all friends." So wrote the ineffable and still under-appreciated naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace, to his agent in the 1850s during his four-year explorations in and around Amazonia and the towering mountains that make up the western spine of the continent, the Andes. The Andes, particularly the eastern slopes as they descend into the Amazon, are the most biologically rich and diverse region in the world. The astonishing diversity is…
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    GreenBiz

  • Three Big Myths about Big Data and Energy Management

    Jenna Burnett
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Big data and data analytics are terms used increasingly to describe the current state and future opportunities of enterprise energy management. To gain greater insight, GreenBiz Group, in partnership with Siemens Building Technologies, surveyed energy managers from large corporations, hospital systems, governments and educational institutions. The results highlight the early nature of using big data analytics for enterprise-level energy management and identified three common misconceptions. Join us for a discussion about how organizations are leveraging big data for energy enterprise…
  • GreenBuzz – December 1, 2014

    Joel Makower
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Happy December. For our U.S. readers, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. As December dawns, we're beginning to look both backward and forward — at the year just ending, and and all that's yet to come. For starters, we're planning our annual package of year-end stories, including the voices of many of your colleagues on the highs and lows of 2014 and a look forward at 2015. The GreenBiz team is mainly looking forward: at the 2015 State of Green Business report, to publish on January 27; at the three January meetings of the GreenBiz Executive Network, in San Francisco, Las Vegas and…
  • Recycling 2.0 – Changing Consumer Behavior Amid Changing Waste Streams

    Jenna Burnett
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Consumer recycling, once seen as the most basic of environmental practices, has become decidedly more complex. Some communities have mandated aggressive, long-term, zero-waste goals to divert sometimes up to 90 percent of their waste from the local landfill. That can lead to a  wide array of what’s collected — and what’s not —  engendering confusion among residents (citizens). The result: After decades of growth, recycling rates have plateaued, or even dropped. How can cities regain the momentum? There are some tried and true methods, but it takes a village, literally — producers,…
  • 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…
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  • Judge OKs Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:29 pm
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is constitutional and the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year, a federal judge ruled on Monday.
  • Battered NY mayor calls for temporary protest halt

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) — As the New York Police Department mourns two of its own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests and rancor amid a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the executions of two officers.
  • North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:19 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.
  • Confusion over start of gay marriages next month in Florida

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:07 pm
    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida court officials, citing confusion after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on the state's same-sex marriage ban, agreed on Monday to ask a federal judge to clarify where gay couples may begin to tie the knot next month. When the stay expires after Jan. 5, it is unclear if weddings are permitted beyond the one county in northern Florida that was named in the case appealed to the high court. ...
  • Ten injured in van attack on French Christmas market

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    A driver ploughed into a Christmas market in western France Monday, injuring 10 people before stabbing himself, a day after a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ran down pedestrians in another French city. At least four people were badly hurt in the latest incident in the city of Nantes, the third attack in three days by individuals against civilians or security forces in France, sparking fears of possible copycat action. Authorities were quick to stress there were no apparent terrorist motives in the Christmas market attack. He too had yelled "Allahu Akbar".
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Study pumps up the volume on understanding of marine invertebrate hearing

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Noise pollution in the ocean is increasingly recognized as harmful to marine mammals, affecting their ability to communicate, find mates, and hunt for food. But what impact does noise have on invertebrates -- a critical segment of the food web?
  • Distribution of fish on northeast US shelf influenced by both fishing, climate

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Scientists studying the distribution of four commercial and recreational fish stocks in Northeast US waters have found that climate change can have major impacts on the distribution of fish, but the effects of fishing can be just as important and occur on a more immediate time scale. The four species studied -- black sea bass, scup, summer flounder, and southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Bight winter flounder -- have varied in abundance and have experienced heavy fishing pressure at times over the past 40 years.
  • Shape-shifting may help some species cope with climate change

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Researchers have found that a Rocky Mountain mustard plant alters its physical appearance and flowering time in response to different environmental conditions, suggesting some species can quickly shape-shift to cope with climate change without having to migrate or evolve.
  • Coral reveals long-term link between Pacific winds, global climate

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    New research indicates that shifts in Pacific trade winds played a key role in twentieth century climate variation and are likely again influencing global temperatures. The study uses a novel method of analyzing coral chemistry to reveal winds from a century ago.
  • Methane is leaking from permafrost offshore Siberia

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Images of craters on Yamal Peninsula, caused by collapsing permafrost, have become world famous. But did you know that this permafrost extends to the ocean floor? And it is thawing.
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    The Good Human

  • What Is Really In Bottled Water?

    Lisa Forher
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:14 am
    What is Really in Bottled Water? courtesy of youngandraw There is no denying that bottled water is global business. Consumption is continuing to increase year on year particularly in countries where clean potable tap water is available at very low or no cost”. Studies have shown that individuals who frequently purchase bottled water do so mainly because of perceived health benefits, and also because of convenience and taste. The huge industry supporting the sale of bottled water has even started to raise concerns regarding how much energy is required to produce and use bottled water. It has…
  • Why Sharks Need Your Help

    Lisa Forher
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:13 am
    Why sharks need your help Great White Shark – courtesy nbc news Jaws has more to fear than humans It may come as a shock for you to hear that many species of shark are close to extinction. Many may consider this a good thing, fewer dangerous man-killers in the oceans? The media has taught us to fear these creatures, and they are frequently portrayed as bloodthirsty monsters. This makes it uncomfortable to consider putting in any effort to save them sharks from vanishing off the face of the planet. The fact is that a human is more likely to be killed by a lightening strike than by a…
  • Can Meditation Make You More Creative?

    Lisa Forher
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    Can Meditation make you more creative? Meditation photography Meditation has been used for thousands of years by various cultures around the World. There are different methods of meditation, but in brief it is a practice of concentrating, or focusing the mind and allowing it to become still. The popularity of practicing meditation has grown in the Western world in the last 50 years, and with it a number of claims that it is linked to health benefits for the body and mind. It is therefore not surprising that scientific interest in meditation is growing. Here we are going to explore two studies…
  • The World’s Most Polluted Countries

    David Quilty
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    You may think that your town/city/state is the most polluted place you have ever been, but chances are you’d be wrong. The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new report on global air pollution, showcasing which countries are the most polluted on Earth. Using a reading called PM10 and PM2.5 – particles smaller than 10 or 2.5 microns, considered the most dangerous to human health – the WHO was able to measure the micrograms of PM 2.5 pollutants per unit meter of air. So, for example, the number one country on the list is Pakistan, which has 101 ug/m3 micrograms of…
  • Choice: Organic Food or Organic Cleaners?

    David Quilty
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    You have a limited amount of money to spend at the store, but you want to do as much as you can to avoid potentially toxic chemicals and ingredients. Do you spend your hard-earned money in the organic food section, or do you spend it in the organic cleaner and soap section? Not everyone can afford to deck their entire house out in organic, all-natural, eco-friendly, fair trade, made of recycled materials, and hand-picked soaps, shampoos, cleaners, drinks, food, and toilet paper. Regardless of whether you shop at only Whole Foods or you have found that your local grocer has enough…
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • As New York Bans Fracking, Calls for Moratorium in Pennsylvania Grow Stronger

    Sharon Kelly
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    This week, New York Governor Cuomo announced that his state would ban fracking, due in large part to concerns about impacts on public health. But right across the border in Pennsylvania, one of the fastest-moving shale booms in the country still proceeds at breakneck speed. While Governor-elect Tom Wolf campaigned on promises to tax shale gas extraction, evidence continued to grow that Pennsylvania has struggled to police the drilling industry or even keep tabs on its activities. A scathing report issued in July by State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale found that record-keeping was…
  • Breaking: Fracking Permit Issued in Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish

    Julie Dermansky
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a drilling permit for Helis Oil and Gas today, bringing the company one step closer to realizing its ambition to frack in St. Tammany Parish. Public outcry against fracking in St. Tammany Parish, an area known for its pristine water and picturesque wetlands 40 miles east of New Orleans, was not enough to sway the state agency. But the public's input has led to unprecedented conditions being attached to the permit. Concerned citizens in St. Tammany Parish fill the bleachers in the Lakeshore High School gym in Mandeville, LA. ©2014…
  • New EPA Coal Ash Regulations Are Not Enough To Stop The Next Coal Ash Spill

    Mike Gaworecki
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
    The Environmental Protection Agency released long-awaited coal ash regulations today, the first rules ever to be imposed on the storage and disposal of the toxic waste left over after burning coal for electricity—the second largest industrial waste stream in the U.S. But according to Earthjustice and the 10 environmental and public interest groups it represented in suing to force the release of the regulations in the first place, the EPA’s new rules are not nearly stringent enough to stop the next coal ash spill before it happens. The new rules will not phase out the practice of storing…
  • Top Five UK Fracking Moments of 2014

    Richard Heasman
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:09 am
    DeSmog UK has compiled a list of the top 5 fracking moments of 2014 for our #FrackingFriday series – complete with controversial government reforms, industry blunders and the defining moments of a debate that has exacerbated the relationship between public and energy, government and industry, people and planet. Fracking Beneath Your Floor In the heat of a scorching summer, the UK government confirmed reforms to the Infrastructure Bill that will now allow fracking companies to drill directly under people’s homes. This is despite 99% of the public opposing the changes.  The amendments,…
  • Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

    Steve Horn
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    DeSmogBlog recently revealed how Big Oil's lobbyists snuck expedited permitting for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on public lands into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015, which passed in the U.S. House and Senate and now awaits President Barack Obama's signature. A follow-up probe reveals that the public lands giveaway was not the only sweetheart deal the industry got out of the pork barrel bill. The NDAA also included a provision that opened the floodgates for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S.—cars that would largely be fueled by gas obtained…
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    Urban Workbench

  • APEGBC to Vote on Professional Development Requirements

    Mike Thomas
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    British Columbia’s Engineering and Geoscience professional body, APEGBC, is conducting a survey for members on proposed changes to the bylaw regarding Continuing Professional Development Requirements. The current process of voluntarily declaring compliance to the requirements is obviously not ideal. For a profession that is self regulating, we need to do a better job of ensuring adequate experience, practice and training is being maintained across the membership. In the fall of 2015, APEGBC members will be asked to ratify a bylaw to establish a program requiring members to complete and…
  • 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.
  • Kelowna’s Roundabout

    Mike Thomas
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Last time I was in Kelowna, I had an opportunity to see the new bus terminal and roundabout downtown. Designed by MMM Group, and with visionary input from the City of Kelowna and BC Transit, this project sets a new standard for urban transportation and spaces in the interior of British Columbia. And for those who are wondering how to use a roundabout, the City of Kelowna has a helpful guide on their webpage. Camera: iPhone 5cTaken: 8 October, 2014Location:  
  • 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…
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  • Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

    Erin Lepperd
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Marshmallows and hot chocolate are a wintertime must. And with this homemade version from Sinclair and Moore and Matthew Land Studios , those little store-bought marshmallows are about to get blown out of the water. This fluffy, scrumptious treat is surprisingly simple to make. And don’t be scared by the 4 hour prep-time; that’s just the marshmallows taking a little break to cool so you can do other things like wrap gifts and get that hot chocolate ready. From Steve Moore… I have learned a few things along the way that might be helpful to pass along. 1. Read through all…
  • DIY Clay Hair Clip

    Joanna &#38; Molly
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    This Do It Yourself project is so simple and pretty and all while using greenery you probably have in your home right now. Christmas tree, we’re looking at you. It will make you want to ditch the ponytail holder and opt for a clay hair clip instead. Whip up this wintertime clip with the easy steps below. Air dry clay X-acto knife Strong string Hair clip Hot glue gun Christmas tree branch Water Roller Use your string to cut a thin strip of clay. Flatten out the clay. Use water to help mold it.  Place your tree leaf and press against the clay. With your X-Acto knife, cut around the leaf.
  • Winter Holiday Table Inspiration

    Abby Capalbo
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you are anything like me this week, you are knee deep in a to-do list of holiday happenings, and whipping up a pretty table just so happens to be on the top of that list. Well, Lauren Field Design is swooping in to save our tablescapes with this winter beauty. Overflowing with gorgeous textures and lovely neutrals, these images from Moondance Photography define winter table perfection. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Lauren Field Design…This table by Moondance Photography and Lauren Field Design shows the beauty of an atypical winter holiday color palette with…
  • Holiday Thin Mint Cookies

    Jess Blazejewski
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    A lightly minted palate cleanser is the perfect ending to any holiday meal! These festive bites crafted by One Brass Fox are an ideal balance of sweetness without tasting overly rich. Whether for a cookie swap or family gathering, a plateful of thin mints is sure to delight! Jess BlazejewskiHoliday Thin Mint Cookiesprep time55 Minute/scook time10 Minute/stotal time1 Hour/s 5 Minute/sServes 8Ingredients1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla ¾ teaspoon salt 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 16 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate…
  • Social Hour!

    Michelle Hoover
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With a blazing yule before us, here at SMP Living we’re keeping cozy and kicking off the celebrations to come with our rendition of Social Hour! We’ve collected your weekly favorites from Instagram and Pinterest in one pretty place. The festivities are beginning as it’s time to strike the harp and join the chorus by clicking through below! Most Loved Pics of the WeekView Slideshow ONGOING GIVEAWAYS… Weddington Way Gold Dress, courtesy of Brandi Smyth Photography 31 Bits This week’s DISCOUNTS… Squarespace Zola Blick MyPublisher Starwood Hotels &…
 
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    Environmental Health News

  • Energy-storage plans gain ground in California.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    In an unusual competition in California, proposals for energy storage systems beat out hundreds of bids to construct new power plants as a way to meet peak power needs.
  • Can Brazil get its ethanol mojo back?

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    For the past six years, the world's signature manufacturers of clean-burning renewable fuels have lived on razor's edge.
  • As more resorts make snow, climate change spells trouble.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s that time of year when ski resorts crank up snowmaking machines to bolster Mother Nature’s delivery. Some resorts depend on man-made snow more than others and it’s possible  the practice may be used more in the future.
  • Harper’s ‘green shift’ leaves us guessing.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Putting a price on Canada’s carbon emissions to help save the planet? Prime Minister Stephen Harper has always shot down the idea of a “job-killing carbon tax.” But he appears to be wrapping himself in green of some sort as next year’s federal election draws closer.
  • Peak snow? BC ski resorts brace for warmer era.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    British Columbian ski resorts are already bracing for a warmer future. According to the science, freezing level elevations will rise, reducing and in some cases eliminating snow-covered terrain.
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    Clean Edge

  • Retail Investment Expands in Clean Energy Markets

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

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

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

    Sabrina Gonzales
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Event Date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 06:15 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 22:15Image: Link: Climate Leadership ConferenceEvent Description:  The Climate Leadership Conference is an annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions.
  • Clean Energy Retail Investing: The Rise of Bonds, REITs, Yield Cos and Other Investment Vehicles

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    19 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Just three years ago, investing in clean-energy deployment was the domain of large corporates and institutional investors. Now it's becoming increasingly open to retail investors with the advent of clean-energy yield cos, ETFs, REITs, and bonds. In this webinar we'll talk with leading financial and impact-investing experts about these new financial offerings, how clean-energy deployment is opening up to retail investors, and what the world might look like in the near- to mid- term. Speaker Bios: Tim NewellVice President, Financial Products,  SolarCity Read Bio [+] Tim Newell is leading…
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  • Li-ion maker Boston Power secures US$290M from two local Chinese governments for expansion

    mmillikin
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Li-ion maker Boston Power has secured US$290 million in local government financial support for the expansion of its two facilities in China. The company’s Liyang facility will receive a total investment of $160 million, increasing its manufacturing capacity fivefold by 2016. The company’s Tianjin facility will grow its capacity to 4GW by 2017, and is expected to reach 8 GWh in manufacturing capacity by 2018. The expansion of these facilities will allow Boston Power to meet the growing demand by leading Chinese automakers in the Yangtze River Delta and throughout the Bohai Gulf in Northern…
  • US Navy flies supersonic with 50% blend of Gevo ATJ

    mmillikin
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    The US Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), and isobutanol provider Gevo, Inc. announced the first successful “alcohol-to-jet” (ATJ) (earlier post) supersonic flight at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent River, Md. This is the first aviation test program comprehensively to \test and evaluate the performance of a 50/50 ATJ blend in supersonic (above Mach 1) afterburner operations—a critical test to successfully clear the F/A-18 for ATJ operations through its entire flight envelope. In 2012, the US Air Force began ATJ flight testing with an A-10 Thunderbolt jet powered by a…
  • ORNL, UT Austin team proposes optimization framework for hybrids; balancing fuel consumption, motor efficiency, battery capacity and life

    mmillikin
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Sample output. Effect of increasing the β weighting factor (problem formulation with battery) and applying a higher cooling rate (problem formulation without battery) on the cumulative fuel consumption for the UDDS at a 70% target SoC. Shaltout et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have developed an optimization framework for hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs and PHEVs) including fuel consumption, motor efficiency, and battery capacity and lifetime. The approach, detailed in a paper accepted…
  • Schaeffler to show 48V mild-hybrid SUV concept at NAIAS; phase 2 of development meets 2025 CAFE

    mmillikin
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    At the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January, Schaeffler will show the second phase of its concept car that meets 2025 CAFE requirements, including its mild hybridization with a 48-volt system. (Earlier post.) The vehicle is based on a modern, all-wheel-drive, midsize SUV with an automatic transmission. Last year during NAIAS, Schaeffler showed the first phase of the concept car that demonstrated its low-cost strategy to meet CAFE 2020 guidelines. the use and optimization of a range of Schaeffler technologies allowed the vehicle’s fuel consumption to be…
  • Renovo to show electric supercar prototype at CES

    mmillikin
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Renovo Motors, Inc., will offer the first public viewing of its electric supercar prototype at the upcoming 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. (Earlier post.) Using a factory-modified Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis (“Cobra Daytona Coupe”), Renovo’s eponymous coupe features twin mid-mounted sequential axial-flux motors producing more than 370 kW (500 hp) and 1,000 lb-ft (1,356 N·m) of torque, with a 0-60 mph time of less than 3.4 seconds. Top speed is more than 120 mph (193 km/h). The Renovo Coupe is powered by a patent-pending 740 volt lithium-ion battery pack. The coupe is…
 
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  • Making versatile uses out of nail polish bottles

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    Women love nail polish and to adorn their nails with sparkling nail colors. Some women not only love the nail polish but also the bottle of that nail color. In order to satisfy their color whim, women collect a wide assortment of nail polish bottles, and after using the nail paint, they throw the bottles ... The post Making versatile uses out of nail polish bottles appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Understanding the basics of sustainable agriculture

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    The term sustainable has become very popular in today’s world and there are numerous things for which this term is used now. This article intends to describe sustainable agriculture, its need, the benefits, and several issues related to it. Agriculture is the backbone of human existence on earth and today there are two types of ... The post Understanding the basics of sustainable agriculture appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Modernist buildings that derive power from the wind

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    In order to reduce carbon footprint, many countries have invested in buildings that are powered by wind. Huge wind turbines are installed on the rooftops to harvest the energy from wind that can be seen at top of high-rise structures. It is a renewable energy strategy that some countries have got the hang of. Check ... The post Modernist buildings that derive power from the wind appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Being an eco-friendly person is not that tough

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:31 pm
    An eco-friendly person is a little different from the lot. He is more conscious about how his actions can lead to a negative impact for complete environment. He is the one who believes that a small effort from his side can bring a big change for the entire mankind. He is the one who feel ... The post Being an eco-friendly person is not that tough appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Shoe brands touched with the eco-friendly wand

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    If you have already gone green in numerous aspects, now probably it is your turn to go green on shoes. Green shoes available today are extremely stylish, stunning, and obviously, they are eco-friendly. Whether you want high heels for that chic look, formal shoes for office, or sneakers for walking, you can get the eco-friendly ... The post Shoe brands touched with the eco-friendly wand appeared first on Eco Friend.
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • Lima climate talks showcase another path to global climate action: through states, provinces and cities

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

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

    Ilissa Ocko
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    By Ilissa Ocko(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) An ice berg drifts off a West Antarctica glacier — Courtesy NASA   As 2014 draws to a close, two recent developments show that global temperatures are rising at an alarming rate. The world, it seems, is on a run-away train – and yet, we have more reason to feel hopeful than we did a year ago. I’ll explain why that is. But first, let’s have a look at where we are right now. West Antarctica ice sheet loss is accelerating The latest science shows that ice loss from West Antarctica has beenincreasingnearly three times…
  • 5 reasons EPA is right about tougher smog standards

    Elena Craft, PhD
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    By Elena Craft, PhD(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) Robert S. Donovan The Environmental Protection Agency last week released much-awaited, tighterstandardsfor smog pollution, common-sense protections that will save lives and safeguard human health from one of the nation’s most ubiquitous air pollutants – ozone. As expected, it took but a few hours before critics lashed out, while ignoring key facts behind EPA’s proposal. Here are five reasons EPA is on the right track: 1. The current standard doesn’t do enough to protect human health About half our population, some 156…
  • Good News for America: Cleaner, More Efficient Trucks that Protect Our Environment and Strengthen Our Economy

    Jason Mathers
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    By Jason MathersSource: Flickr/MoDOT Photos 2014 is shaping up to be a great year for truck equipment manufacturers. Sales through October are running 20% higher than their 2013 levels. It’s a banner year that continues to pick-up steam. 2015 is looking even stronger, with forecasts suggesting it will be the 3rd strongest year ever for truck sales. There are several factors driving this market. Higher fuel efficiency is top among them. This point was brought home recently by the lead transportation analyst for investment firm Stifel, who noted that “the superior fuel efficiency of the…
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    GreenMonk: the blog

  • Tips for starting out coding for the Internet of Things

    Tom Raftery
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Tips for starting out coding for the Internet of Things We attended the SAP TechEd && d-code events recently. One of the more interesting parts of the showfloor was the Internet of Things (IoT) area. In this area there were demos of Internet of Things technologies currently in use by the likes of port of Hamburg, SK Solutions intelligent crane solutions (of which, we’ll be publishing a video in a subsequent post), and Internet connected vending machines, amongst other displays. Even more interesting than the demos though…
  • The coming together of the Internet of Things and Smart Grids

    Tom Raftery
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at The coming together of the Internet of Things and Smart Grids I was asked to speak at the recent SAP TechEd && d-code (yes, two ampersands, that’s the branding, not a typo) on the topic of the Internet of Things and Energy. This is a curious space, because, while the Internet of Things is all the rage now in the consumer space, the New Black, as it were; this is relatively old hat in the utilities sector. Because utilities have expensive, critical infrastructure in the field (think large wind turbines, for example),…
  • Technology for Good – episode thirty seven with Mike Maney

    Tom Raftery
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode thirty seven with Mike Maney Welcome to episode thirty seven of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show our guest is independent spin doctor Mike Maney. Mike is a regular attendee, and supporter of our annual Monktoberfest conference, and an all-round good guy! Some of the more fascinating stories we looked at on the show, included a look into the latest developments in mobile payments, Microsoft making Office free on all mobile platforms, and Facebook launched it’s own Tor site.
  • GE publishes Grid Resiliency survey

    Tom Raftery
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at GE publishes Grid Resiliency survey GE’s Digital Energy business produced this infographic recently, based on the results of its Grid Resiliency Survey measuring the U.S. public’s current perception of the power grid. The survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of GE from May 02-06, 2014 among 2,049 adults ages 18 and older and from June 3-5, 2014 among 2,028 adults ages 18 and older. Given the fact that hurricane Sandy was still reasonably fresh in people’s minds, and that polar vortices meant that early 2014 saw…
  • Technology for Good – episode thirty six with Esteban Kolsky

    Tom Raftery
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode thirty six with Esteban Kolsky Welcome to episode thirty six of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show our guest is independent analyst
 
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    GreenPacks

  • Baby Animal Abduction Becomes the Next Main Threat to Wildlife Preserves in Zimbabwe

    Siyahi
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:39 am
    As if animal poaching wasn’t enough to bring down Zimbabwe’s wildlife population to piteous numbers, poachers are into large-scale baby abduction. Despite being a nation with bright prospects for wildlife affluence, Zimbabwe is facing serious concerns when it comes to preservation of wildlife, the new issue being abduction of infant animals. Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has reported that wildlife infants are being abducted from National Park for being shipped to zoos in China. Not to mention that these zoos have been in the news for their deplorable conditions. The recent update on…
  • Sweden’s Ambition to Go Green Results in a New Hydrogen Filling Station at Gothenburg

    Siyahi
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    Automotives running on hydrogen fuel is drawing interest from manufactures across the globe. Sweden has remained a nation that has been keen on promoting the use of the fuel. The country’s efforts have resulted in hydrogen-filling stations being set up at different places and now a new filling station is coming up in the city of Gothenburg. Situated in the Västra Götaland region, the permanent refilling station will be the first in the city of Gothenburg which will be added to the list of stations at Oslo, Norway and Malmö. The new filling station, situated near the premises of PowerCell…
  • Anti-Bacterial Compound in Hygienic Detergents Turns Out to be Cancer Causing

    Siyahi
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Detergents are not life-savers, but they certainly bring the concept of hygiene to our mind. However, none could have thought these would be life-taking stuff. Triclosan, the key ingredient in most antibacterial stuff like toothpaste, gel hand sanitizers, hand wash detergents and dish detergents, is proved to cause serious diseases like cancer. Recent studies have shown that the compound can transform liver tissues into a lump of scar tissues that leads to liver cancer. Studies were carried out on mice, which were detected with liver cancer following the effect of the compound. To add to the…
  • Humanity May Suffer the Catastrophe of Cretaceous Era

    Siyahi
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Human race has always wondered about the events of the cretaceous era that led to total wipe out of dinosaurs. We haven’t reached any conclusions so far, but it’s certain that if we continue to exploit nature indiscreetly we are in for the same fate. Scientists and biologists have been studying the reasons behind the K-Pg event for a long time. Their theories are now heading toward new directions, which are being depicted in the documentary titled “Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink”. The documentary appears to be a warning for human race by sending out the message that the entire…
  • Video: Eaten Alive, Paul Rosalie One Hour in Anaconda’s belly

    Marian Dumitri
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:44 pm
    For Paul Rosalie, it was a long time goal to get eaten up by the largest snake in the world, and finally he had done that it in the wildest manner. ‘Eaten Alive’, the Discovery Channel Program featured an Anaconda eating Rosalie, and finally he came out from the belly of the snake without any harm. The program was aired in the Discovery Channel on December 7, 2014 at 9 PM EST, and it was opened to mixed reactions. As per Paul Rosalie, he has conducted this dare devil stunt to proclaim the vitality of protecting the rain forests. “I wanted to try to do something that would shock people…
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  • Elon Musk teases Tesla Roadster update

    Danny King
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Filed under: Green, Tesla, ElectricElon Musk is dropping hits about improvements for the Tesla Roadster all-electric convertible. More details will likely be revealed later this week.Continue reading Elon Musk teases Tesla Roadster updateElon Musk teases Tesla Roadster update originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Renovo Coupe at CES, Aussies tour US in Tesla Model S

    John Beltz Snyder
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Filed under: Green, Videos, Misc. Automakers, Nissan, Tesla, ElectricYour daily dose of short green car news. Today, Renovo's coming to Las Vegas, Nissan's e-NV200 working well as a taxi van and some Australian's take a Tesla Model S on a road trip in the US.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Renovo Coupe at CES, Aussies tour US in Tesla Model SRecharge Wrap-up: Renovo Coupe at CES, Aussies tour US in Tesla Model S originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • US Congress lets $8,000 hydrogen vehicle tax credit expire

    Sebastian Blanco
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Alternative Fuels, HydrogenThe $8,000 US federal tax credit for hydrogen vehicles will expire at the end of 2014, but don't count this thing down and out quite yet. Some credits that expired a year ago were just renewed by the slow-moving 113th Congress.Continue reading US Congress lets $8,000 hydrogen vehicle tax credit expireUS Congress lets $8,000 hydrogen vehicle tax credit expire originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email…
  • Taiwan latest to put the smack down on Uber

    Noah Joseph
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, China, Pacific RegionPopular car service Uber has found itself in hot water in locations around the world, with Taiwan taking exception to how the unlicensed service does business within its borders.Continue reading Taiwan latest to put the smack down on UberTaiwan latest to put the smack down on Uber originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Smart Fortwo Brabus drops most of its camo

    Noah Joseph
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Filed under: Green, Spy Photos, Smart, Hatchback, PerformanceA high-performance version of the new Smart Fortwo was spotted testing without much camouflage. But just what will provide the grunt - and will the Brabus version finally make it to US showrooms?Continue reading Smart Fortwo Brabus drops most of its camoSmart Fortwo Brabus drops most of its camo originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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  • Solar-Powered, Concrete Hull Boat

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

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

    Philip Proefrock
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    A novel approach to desalinating water could be very beneficial in providing fresh water for many parts of the world needing clean water.  This is a relatively inexpensive process which uses graphite to use solar energy far more efficiently than ever before. Desalination is an important way to provide fresh water in many parts of the world, but it is usually an extremely energy intensive process.  In order to produce fresh water, the brackish water must be heated to produce steam, which leaves the salts behind.  Then, the steam is condensed to yield clean water. Solar power would seem to…
  • Better Cement for Construction with Less CO2

    Philip Proefrock
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Greener cement for construction may be already well within reach, based on a new study carried out by researchers from MIT in the United States and CNRS in France.  While modern-day cement has its roots extending back to the mid-1700s, the ratios of the two main ingredients, calcium (from limestone) and silica (from clay), which are used to manufacture it can vary widely, and had not been studied to this extent before. The potential reduction in carbon emissions from the production of cement could be as much as 60 percent, according to Dr. Roland Pellenq, the senior research scientist for…
  • Electric Turbochargers to Improve Engine Efficiency

    Philip Proefrock
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    In the ongoing quest to improve, electrically powered turbochargers may be the next step in increasing engine efficiency for automobile engines.  The first such to be included in a production model is slated to come in 2016 from Audi on its SQ7 SUV. Turbo boost has been a popular way of increasing the power of an engine without increasing its size.   Ford’s EcoBoost is an example of this approach, using 3-, 4-, and 6-cylinder engines in vehicles which had previously used larger engines.  Turbocharging an engine increases the amount of air, and therefore fuel, being fed into the…
 
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    Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

  • New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The book Limits to Growth – a 1972 harbinger of the “death of the planet” – was largely dismissed in its time time as being improbable at best and at worst, alarmist. But new research shows that the book was likely right – not just about a few things – but about almost everything forecast about the planet’s collapse. Read the rest of New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy, anti-fracking, domestic oil production, fossil fuels, fracking,…
  • You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder

    Bridgette Meinhold
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Read the rest of You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "sustainable architecture", 3d foundation, antoine, Bureau A, eco design, green architecture, Green Building, green design, micro house, micro shelter, mini home, mini house, rock shelter, sculpture park, shelter disguised as a rock, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, swiss alps, Switzerland
  • Google just unveiled the first functional prototype of its self-driving car

    Marc Carter
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Google has revealed the first functional prototype of its new self-driving car, following the debut of the “early mockup” this last May. The shape of the Google’s self-driving car hasn’t changed that much over the last few months, but Google says that the latest prototype now has all of the parts that it needs to drive on the road. Read the rest of Google just unveiled the first functional prototype of its self-driving car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car, Google, google autonomous car, google car, Google car prototype, Google driverless…
  • Win a Boskke Planter, Vitra Cork Stools and more design goodness (worth $1200) in our Dwell Store holiday giveaway!

    Yuka Yoneda
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Attention all design geeks! In the spirit of giving for the holidays, we’re teaming up with Dwell magazine to offer a lucky Inhabitat reader the chance to win some phenomenal design products from the Dwell store. The prizes include swoon-worthy home goods like a pair of comfy new Vitra cork stools (worth $940), a conversation-starting ceramic Sky Planter (worth $25), a handy and darling portable lamp ($245), and the elegant Boskke Cube 3 clear planter ($49.95). So give yourself a gift for the holidays and enter to win today! CLICK HERE TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY > Read the rest of Win a…
  • Budapest’s Charity Christmas Tree is made from 5,000 pieces of firewood that will be donated after the holidays

    Lucy Wang
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Read the rest of Budapest’s Charity Christmas Tree is made from 5,000 pieces of firewood that will be donated after the holidays Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: budapest, Charity Tree, christmas tree, Design Terminal, firewood, hello wood, Hungarian Interchurch Aid, Hungary, Philips, Philips Hungary, timber installation, wood installation
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    My Plastic-Free Life Feed

  • Kamik Recycled and Recyclable Rain Boots

    Beth Terry
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    So, I have kind of a confession.  I waited until we had the biggest rainstorm in years to even think about buying rain boots.  I waited until my work shoes and socks were soaked through, and I was sloshing around the office all day, to ask myself, “I wonder if I can buy Kamik recycled rain boots here in the Bay Area.”  I’d already researched the boots for inclusion in my book.  I just hadn’t bothered to actually try them out.  Until now. So, last Thursday evening, I found myself in Nordstrom at San Francisco Centre asking if there were any Kamik rain boots and…
  • Kamik Recycled and Recyclable Rain Boots

    Beth Terry
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    So, I have kind of a confession.  I waited until we had the biggest rainstorm in years to even think about buying rain boots.  I waited until my work shoes and socks were soaked through, and I was sloshing around the office all day, to ask myself, “I wonder if I can buy Kamik recycled rain boots here in the Bay Area.”  I’d already researched the boots for inclusion in my book.  I just hadn’t bothered to actually try them out.  Until now. So, last Thursday evening, I found myself in Nordstrom at San Francisco Centre asking if there were any Kamik rain boots and…
  • GreenCitizen does more than recycle your e-waste

    Beth Terry
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I first learned about GreenCitizen several years ago when I was trying to figure out what to do with old CDs and DVDs.  Since then, Michael and I have taken several dead gadgets to them: our old rice cooker, our old blender, and some obsolete computer equipment.  So I was excited to take a tour of GreenCitizen’s hub in Burlingame this weekend and have a chat with founder and CEO James Kao. Kao was born in Taiwan and graduated from UCLA in 1982 with a degree in math and computer science.  He went on to get an MBA and work for companies like HP, IBM, and Oracle as a software…
  • Plastic-Free EcoEtsy Holiday Gift Give-Away

    Beth Terry
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    If you’ve read my book or regularly follow this blog, you know I love me some Etsy.  I love shopping for plastic-free products on Etsy, and I love that I can contact the sellers and ask them not to use any plastic shipping materials.  So, in the tradition of last year, Team EcoEtsy is once again giving away seven different holiday gifts to seven different readers of My Plastic-Free Life.  Please read the full post in order to enter the drawing. Team EcoEtsy is a global team of eco-minded Etsy sellers, whose mission is dedicated to protecting our planet by utilizing methods to…
  • Ask eBay to Stop Recommending Plastic Bubble Wrap to Sellers

    Beth Terry
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Sign the petition to ask eBay to quit recommending plastic bubble wrap. Cory Trusty of Aquarian Bath (a small business owner and sponsor of this blog who is committed to reducing her plastic footprint) got tired of all the plastic bubble wrap she receives when ordering supplies from eBay sellers.  While she has found her own unique way to request and receive less plastic with her orders (explained below), she realized that getting sellers to reduce their plastic packaging across the board would require help from above, specifically from eBay itself.  Why?  Because through its…
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • EPA Sets Coal Ash Rules

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    The EPA on Friday set the first national standards for disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants, classifying coal ash as solid waste instead of a hazardous material. The agency says the final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures and establishes safeguards to prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions […]
  • Biosolids Recycling Program to Save $900,000 Annually

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Synagro Technologies says a five-year biosolids recycling program will save city of Toledo taxpayers $900,000 annually while improving water quality in the Lake Erie watershed by reducing the use of commercial chemical fertilizer. Benefits of the biosolids recycling plan include the following: Toledo’s biosolids will be used as a natural fertilizer on farm land, eliminating the need […]
  • Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper Increase Fuel Economy 13%

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13 percent since 2010, according to the American Beverage Association. The findings are the first to emerge from an industry-wide initiative in which the three beverage giants agreed to share proprietary data on their truck fleets with the […]
  • Novozymes Technology Converts Waste Oils to Biodiesel

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    Novozymes has launched what it says is the first commercially available enzymatic solution to make biodiesel from waste oils. The Novozymes Eversa enzymatic process converts used cooking oil or other lower grade oils into biodiesel. This allows biodiesel producers to reduce their raw material costs. The resulting biodiesel is sold to the same trade specification […]
  • GE, Cheniere Sign $1B LNG Export Terminal Deal

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:08 am
    General Electric and Sabine Pass Liquefaction have inked a $1 billion deal under which GE will provide spare parts and planned inspections, maintenance services and round-the-clock technical support for the gas turbines and refrigerant compressors on the first four liquified natural gas trains currently under construction at the Sabine Pass LNG export facility. Each train […]
 
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Now Is the Time for Action to Preserve Our Precious Ecosystems

    Paul Polman
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Paul Polman is CEO of Unilever, a member of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group and Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. This is his observation following his involvement at Lima COP 20.It was Gandhi who said, "What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and one another." This wisdom predated our knowledge of the climate change challenge by half a century, but it couldn't be more prophetic.Destruction of natural forests is responsible for up to 15 percent of climate-changing…
  • UK's First 'Social Supermarket' Tackling Food Waste and Poverty

    Hannah Ritchie
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The UK’s first “social supermarket” opened in London last week — the first in a project aimed at reducing food waste as well as supporting low-income households. Surplus food from some of Britain’s largest supermarkets (such as Asda, Tesco and M&S) is being resold at highly discounted prices to food-insecure locals at the country’s first Community Shop in Lambeth.Owned by the Community Shop Group, the new store receives food and drink that would otherwise have gone to waste and resells it to local shoppers at up to 70 percent discounted retail prices. The opening of the first…
  • Christmas Dinner Reimagined: Designing Out Festive Food Waste

    Chris Sherwin
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For many of us, at least some of the weekend just gone will have been spent planning and shopping for the big festive meal. With so much sustainability debate on wasted food in 2014, have our minds begun turning to food waste this Christmas?A glance at the stats for wasted food makes for some grim reading: Here in the UK, we waste the equivalent of 2M turkeys and 74M mince pies at Christmas; whilst 5 million Christmas Puddings go unconsumed each year. On top of that, 35 percent of people admit to throwing away more food at Christmas while last year the average cost of a turkey dinner neared…
  • BatteryVampire Wants to Give Second Life to Your AA Batteries

    Mike Hower
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    A start-up called BatteryVampire wants to give renewed life to your discarded batteries by taking advantage of a little known fact — when alkaline batteries appear to be dead, there is sometimes still up to half the energy left. BatteryVampire’s technology taps into that remaining energy and makes it available to the device until all that remaining usable energy is depleted.BatteryVampire is the same shape and size as a standard AA battery and takes the place of the second battery in a device. It uses the remaining energy in one of the 'spent' batteries to power the device as if…
  • The Evidence Is Clear: Consumers Want More Sustainable Packaging Options

    Ian Lifshitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    With the holiday season upon us, millions of shoppers are in the midst of purchasing wrapping paper and packaging for their gifts this year. What might surprise many is how much consumer commitment towards environmentally sustainable packaging has increased.According to a new survey conducted by business research firm Opinion Research Corporation International (ORC) for Asia Pulp & Paper, 35 percent of Americans are willing to pay more for eco-friendly holiday gift bags; this number is even higher for younger consumers. When looking at a breakdown of the data by generations, 44…
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    Sustainablog

  • The Battle For Plastic Water Bottles Among Chinese Recyclers [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Cutting-edge recycling companies in China have a hard time getting materials like plastic water bottles because of rogue operations throughout the country The post The Battle For Plastic Water Bottles Among Chinese Recyclers [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Easy Upcycling: Light Bulbs As Holiday Ornaments

    Guest Author
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Want new holiday ornaments for the Christmas tree? If you'v got burned-out incandescent bulbs laying around, try this easy upcycling project The post Easy Upcycling: Light Bulbs As Holiday Ornaments appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Plastic Trash In The Ocean: How Much Is There? [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    A new paper attempts to quantify the amount of plastic trash in the ocean, and offers ideas for cutting the wast that goes into these ecosystems The post Plastic Trash In The Ocean: How Much Is There? [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Redesigning Play Time: How An Engineer Creates Toys From Trash To Educate Children

    Talancia Pea
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    Engineer Arvind Gupta thinks the trash can or recycle bin can enhance a child's play time much more than the toy or discount store The post Redesigning Play Time: How An Engineer Creates Toys From Trash To Educate Children appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Secret Of The Circular Economy

    Stephen Hanley
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    A sustainable business needs to have a circular economy model that re-purposes its waste products as raw materials for new products The post The Secret Of The Circular Economy appeared first on Sustainablog.
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  • The truth about the Lima climate deal

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Global Post: With a new draft of a United Nations climate treaty in hand, the world can breathe more easily as 2014 comes to a close. What a relief, right? Late last Saturday, after 13 exhausting days of haggling among nearly 200 governments here, the negotiations finally achieved their goal: a dense text known as the Lima Call for Climate Action. It provides the outline for an international treaty, to curb global greenhouse gas emissions, to be signed in Paris a year from now. With some experts saying...
  • Lima, a new low for climate action

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Hindu: A climate deal cannot be achieved by endless squabbling, but by accepting responsibility and acting decisively After nearly a fortnight of prolonged talks, some of it acrimonious, there was little that made anyone happy - except perhaps the developed world which was not called on to make any more clear-cut mitigation or financial commitments - in the Lima Call for Climate Action. Twenty-two years after the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and five assessment reports...
  • Climate adaptation costs to soar

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Observer: The cost of adaptation to climate change is likely to go up by two to three times of the estimated $70 to $100 billion by 2050, a recent United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report says. These estimates were based on the two degrees rise in global temperatures. Released at the crucial climate talks in the Peruvian capital of Lima on December 05, the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report suggests that there will be a significant funding gap after 2020 unless additional finance is availed. The...
  • A Single Word in Peru Climate Negotiations Undermines the Entire Thing

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Slate: Since 1992, the world's leaders have been meeting annually to talk about what to do about climate change. Despite these efforts, the planet is still on pace for a worst-case scenario--actually, it's tracking a bit above it. Thanks to exceptionally warm oceans, this year should be the hottest ever measured. The U.N. process has so far produced oodles of protocols and plans of action. Yet emissions from tailpipes and smokestacks the world over have continued on largely unabated. The result has...
  • Paris climate talks may have to pay for Lima compromise

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Economic Times: Is the outcome at Lima a recipe for a weak climate deal in Paris? Compromises on many key issues in the draft negotiating text that will serve as the basis for the next round of negotiations, beginning in February in Geneva, hint at such a possibility. Countries from both sides - developed and developing - accommodated each-other's concerns in the agreed text, but it still left many loopholes in the draft that may allow rich nations to maneuver their positions in the run up to Paris. The concerns...
 
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  • How a 20-Minute Conversation Can Convince People With Anti-Gay Views to Change Their Mind

    Inae Oh
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A recent study suggests that a single conversation between a gay person and a same-sex marriage opponent may have the power to change the person's mind on the issue.  The study, published last week in the journal Science, analyzed data collected by the Los Angeles LGBT Center after it sent pro-gay marriage canvassers to areas of southern California that had voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008 until the Supreme Court overturned it in 2013. Starting in 2009, canvassers—both gay and straight—engaged in over…
  • New York State Just Banned Fracking

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York's top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. From the New York Times: The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks. "I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of…
  • These Are the Cutest Animal Videos of 2014, According to the World's Leading Science Journal

    Tim McDonnell
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Nature is one of the world's flagship peer-reviewed scientific journals, a venue for some of our best new ideas about the world. Sometimes, those ideas are about animals that also happen to be outrageously, unconscionably cute. I'm talking baby-penguins-and-pomeranians-and-monkeys-cute. This morning the ingenious folks in Nature's video department rounded them all up into one face-melting video. Here's how to put a YouTube video on endless loop. You're welcome.
  • Here's How Much the Storm Is Helping California's Epic Drought

    Julia Lurie
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    In the midst of the most intense drought in hundreds of years, Northern California is being bombarded with rain (here are some crazy photos). In a state that produces roughly half of the country's fruits and veggies, the water is more than welcome. The storm is expected to dump 2-8 inches of water in the Bay Area, and 2-5 inches in Southern California. But California would need 18-21 more inches of rain over the next six months in order to make up for the drought, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The state usually gets about 23 inches of rain per year. Check…
  • There's a Big Coal Giveaway in the Cromnibus Bill

    Kate Sheppard
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    This story originally was originally published by The Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. financing of coal plants abroad. In October 2013, the Treasury Department announced that it would stop providing funding for conventional coal plants abroad, except in "very rare" cases. And in December 2013, the Export-Import Bank announced a new policy that would restrict financing for most new coal-fired power plants abroad. The bank, often called…
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  • The New York Times Automobiles section: End of an era

    jmotavalli
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    In late October, the New York Times executive editor, Dean Baquet, announced, in a letter to staff, that the 20-year-old Automobiles section would die. “[D]espite sensational work over the years by Jim Cobb and his crew,” he said, “the masthead and I concluded there is no longer an economic reason for a separate section.”   The section ended its run last Sunday, Dec. 21. Go to the site now and you’ll read this:
  • George Clooney brings holiday cheer to 'Downton Abbey'

    mdestries
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    "Downton Abbey," the hugely popular (and soul-crushing) BBC period drama, could use a few drinks to help off-set its dour plot lines. And that's where George Clooney comes in.  
  • 18 commonly confused foods

    melbreyer
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
  • Kindness of strangers is Christmas miracle for dying woman and her cat

    lmoss
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
    When 65-year-old Joan Price checked into a hospice facility in November, she knew she wouldn’t be returning to her home, but she continued to pay her rent so her cat, Isis, would have a safe place to live.   Price contracted hepatitis through a blood transfusion 40 years ago and suffers from cirrhosis of the liver. She’s bedridden and unable to walk or stand without assistance — a difficult situation, yet her only concern was for Isis.  
  • Captive orangutan Sandra granted limited human rights

    mdestries
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    A landmark ruling by a court in Argentina has animal rights campaigners cheering and zoo officials likely wondering what's next.   
 
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  • CPV Hopeful Soitec Latest Victim of the Economics of Silicon Photovoltaics

    Eric Wesoff
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    When we reported last month that France's Soitec was among the last companies standing in concentrating photovoltaics (CPV), we might have spoken too soon. Reports indicate that Soitec's CPV factory in San Diego is on its last legs and its contract with local San Diego utility SDG&E is suspect. Filling the factory to capacity depended on a project in Imperial Valley, Calif. with Omaha-based Tenaska Solar Ventures going through. But Tenaska switched to less expensive, less risky technology earlier this year. Voice of San Diego reports, "The Tenaska deal is now history," and Soitec…
  • Can Distributed Resources Replace $1B in Substation Upgrades? New York Will Soon Find Out

    Jeff St. John
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week, New York took a first step toward its vision of turning utilities into operators of distributed, customer-centric power grid assets. Now it’s up to Consolidated Edison to prove it can harness the power of these new assets on time, and at the right price. On Thursday, the New York Public Service Commission approved Con Ed’s Brooklyn-Queens Demand Management Program, first submitted in July. The plan calls for replacing about $1 billion to upgrade its Brownsville No. 1 and 2 substations -- something the utility says it would need to do by 2018 to avoid potential…
  • Arizona Utilities Get Approval to Own Rooftop Solar

    Julia Pyper
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Arizona regulators gave the state’s two largest utilities the green light to enter the residential solar market last week, a move that allows regulated utilities to compete directly against third-party installers. The decision could be the start of a trend for rate-based rooftop solar, as regulated utilities around the country look to build their own solar portfolios. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted “no objection” on Friday to Arizona Public Service’s $28.5 million proposal to own 10 megawatts of residential solar systems. Customers that rent their roofs…
  • Green Jobs: SolarCity, FERC, FirstEnergy, Onyx, Enlighted, Kurion, Bidgely, BlueWave Capital

    Eric Wesoff
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Colette Honorable, a Democrat, was confirmed with bipartisan support as Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the regulator of interstate transmission of electricity, oil and natural gas. Honorable is currently the chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission and just finished a term as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.  Jon Carson joined SolarCity as director of the company's Solar Ambassador program. Carson was previously the executive director of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit organizing effort that backs Obama…
  • Listen to Our Favorite Podcasts of 2014

    Stephen Lacey
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to one breakout show, media critics are declaring 2014 the year of the podcast renaissance. No, they're not referring to our podcast, The Energy Gang. They're talking about the show Serial, a 12-part series reexamining a murder conviction from 1999. The popularity of the series has sparked a surge of interest in podcasting. So now that Serial has ended, what are you going to spend your time listening to? Luckily for all the clean energy enthusiasts out there, we've got hours and hours of Energy Gang shows to keep you busy.  Some of our favorites from the last year…
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  • What We’ve Learned from the Breaches of 2014

    Ken Dang
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Due to the many recent cyber-attacks that have successfully infiltrated even the most fortified enterprise data centers, network security remains a top priority as companies continuously face unprecedented challenges in combating today’s more organized, highly skilled and well financed cyber criminals. What we have learned from the Home Depot, JP Morgan, Sony and Target data breaches is that attackers and the innovative techniques they use to gain elevated rights and access to corporate networks are methodical, stealthy, unpredictable and almost impossible to detect and prevent by…
  • Making Life Easier for IT Departments with Enhanced Systems Management Tools

    Brett Hansen
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Technology in the workplace is moving at an incredible pace. In fact, our latest Global Evolving Workforce Study and International Tablet Survey show some of the dramatic ways workplaces are changing in lieu of these new technologies. And while these have opened new doors for employees to be productive in a range of new locations and situations, it also means that IT departments are now busier than ever. This is why we’re continually innovating our Dell Client Command Suite to provide the most manageable solutions in the industry.  Not only do IT professionals have to…
  • Research Shows Advanced Analytics is a Key CIO Priority

    DELL-Grant B
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Petabyte, exabyte, zettabyte, yottabyte—some analysts predict it won’t be long before we’re talking about the brontobyte. With massive amounts of structured and unstructured data flowing through organizations at alarming rates it’s no wonder CIOs have placed advanced analytics at the top of their to-do lists. In the simplest sense, advanced analytics is the most direct way to ford these Big Data rivers to get to the information businesses need to make their best decisions. Recent research—conducted by the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) and sponsored…
  • We Gave ‘Em Something to Talk About at Dell World 2014

    Laura P. Thomas
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Dell World 2014 took place more than a month ago, so it’s really great to see several of the more than 6,000 attendees are still talking about it! Last week one of our PartnerDirect Premier partners, Interworks, posted key takeaways from Dell World on their blog: “The most interesting and relevant session we went was put on by the CIO for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee. As one of the largest school districts in Tennessee, their IT needs were extensive. They spent $7 million on wireless infrastructure alone. One of their unique challenges was scaling IT…
  • New Dell SonicPoint Series Enhances Wireless Network Security Solution

    DELL-Scott Grebe
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wireless has become an imperative for virtually every type and size of organization. Businesses add wireless into their network infrastructure as they look to increase customer value and improve employee productivity through mobility initiatives such as BYOD. K-12 schools and universities use wireless as a means to provide students with a more connected educational environment while hospitals and dental offices utilize wireless to enable medical staff to access patient information while roaming. Fueling this requirement for wireless is the continued proliferation of WiFi-enabled devices, both…
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  • Why Couldn’t Patrick Leigh Fermor Finish His Masterpiece?

    Jason Guriel
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In 1933, a 19-year-old Englishman, finding himself booted from school for holding hands with a local, decided to cross Europe on foot. He had a mind to make it from the Hook of Holland down to Constantinople—unpurple “Istanbul” would never do. Even more romantic than the goal was the gear: use
  • The New York Cop Killer Was Arrested 19 Times. Why Was He Able to Get a Gun?

    Rebecca Leber
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    The last year when Ismaaiyl Brinsley—the man who killed two New York City cops on Saturday—should have been able to buy or carry a gun was 2008, when he was convicted of felony shoplifting, according to the
  • Finally, a Financial Executive Is Sacked for His Company's Misdeeds

    David Dayen
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    Let’s say you run a company whose misdeeds are splashed across the front pages of the business section on an almost weekly basis. You might reasonably expect to be fired without delay. But then let’s also stipulate that you’re in the financial services industry. Recent history suggests you’l
  • How 'Silent Night' Became the Most Popular Christmas Carol of All Time

    Elaine Teng
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    It’s difficult to imagine today, but there was a time when “Silent Night” was not virtually synonymous with Christmas.  As recently as the nineteenth-century, Christmas was not widely celebrated in the English-speaking world. The Puritans
  • Conservatives Are Right About Reckless Political Rhetoric

    Brian Beutler
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    After Jerad and Amanda Miller killed two police officers and a civilian in Las Vegas this past June, we learned what set them off from his Facebook page. Jerad was a
 
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  • Twitter Chat: CSR Trends in 2015 w/ PwC & Campbell’s

    Marissa Rosen
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Join special guests from TriplePundit, PwC, PwC Foundation, and Campbell Soup Company on January 6th at 9am PST / Noon EST, for a Twitter Chat on CSR trends to watch in 2015. We'll hear from the experts and address your questions, too!
  • EPA’s Historic Coal Ash Disposal Rule Not Enough, Watchdogs Say

    Andrew Burger
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today's institution of the first federal standards governing coal ash disposal mark a milestone, but they leave a lot to be desired if public and environmental health and safety are to be assured, according to environmentalists.
  • NHL Takes on Climate Change, Beyond the Rinks

    Tina Casey
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week the National Hockey League announced a major new push for sustainability through a new partnership with the energy services company Constellation, which will embrace millions of NHL fans in climate action goals along with its professional rinks and other facilities.
  • Education for Success in the Sustainability Industry

    Sustainability4SMEs
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Expanding skill sets is instrumental in career advancement and career transitioning. How does skill-building play specific to the sustainability industry?
  • Procter & Gamble Reports Big Moves in 16th Annual Sustainability Report

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) is serious about environmental stewardship, as its 16th annual sustainability report reveals. The multinational consumer goods company even met several environmental goals ahead of schedule.
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    Max Gladwell

  • Top 10 Skiing & Snowboarding Destinations in North America

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    If you’re optimizing your 2015 ski or snowboarding vacation for powder days, these are the top 10 North American ski resorts to maximize those chances. The list of top 10 ski resorts has been compiled many times before, but I’ve always found the criteria too general. When you consider too many factors or put it to a popular vote, the output is generic. In trying to appeal to everyone, it satisfies no one. The following list is based on two things: powder days and steep terrain. Having been an editor for POWDER Magazine and written a book on the history of snowboarding, I have…
  • 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.
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  • 9 Energy MLPs That Can Withstand Low Oil Prices

    Blogger
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    By Dimitra DeFotis History shows that appetite master singular partnerships are not heavily correlated to oil prices. Reuters A Pennsylvania natural gas well, atop the Marcellus Shale. But a Alerian MLP Index, a benchmark magnitude of these produce investments, is down 3.3% this year. MLPs do recompense out many of their money upsurge as tax-deferred distributions, and MLPs have been a improved investment than oil, whose cost is down scarcely 44% this year.  But in a past month, with oil down 27%, a Alerian index has tumbled some-more than 13%. History is usually a prejudiced beam on…
  • Sun Sizzles in High-Energy X-Rays

    Blogger
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    For a initial time, a goal designed to set a eyes on black holes and other objects distant from a solar complement has incited a gawk behind closer to home, capturing images of a sun. NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has taken a initial pattern of a sun, producing a many supportive solar mural ever taken in high-energy X-rays. “NuSTAR will give us a singular demeanour during a sun, from a deepest to a top tools of a atmosphere,” pronounced David Smith, a solar physicist and member of a NuSTAR group during University of California, Santa Cruz. X-rays tide off a…
  • Six Reasons Why Vermont’s Single-Payer Health Plan Was Doomed From The …

    Blogger
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Last week, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D.) announced that he was pulling a block on his four-year query to levy single-payer, government-run health caring on a residents of his state. “In my judgment,” conspicuous Shumlin during a press conference, “the intensity mercantile intrusion and risks would be too good to tiny businesses, operative families, and a state’s economy.” The pivotal reasons for Shumlin’s annulment are critical to understand. They explain since a dream of single-payer health caring in a U.S. is upheld for a foreseeable future—but also since Obamacare will…
  • The Budget-Friendly Way to Stick to a Healthy Diet in 2015

    Blogger
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    You know a drill: Every Dec 31st we vouch to eat healthier starting a really subsequent day. Maybe we guarantee to skip a 4 p.m. cookie, equivocate a drive-through on a approach home from work or stop deliberation bacon a vegetable. No matter what your new guidelines, we might hang to them for a few weeks, though by February, you’re expected behind to your aged health habits. A whopping 88 percent of all New Year’s resolutions fail, and one vital reversal to healthy eating is a expense. Let’s face it: Consuming some-more organic furnish is improved for you, though it’s really…
  • Cage a Elephant, other bands put on a high-energy holiday uncover during a Midland

    Blogger
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:58 am
    Friday night’s uncover during a Midland museum featured 4 bands with manifold sounds though some common traits: They all threw down melodies, riffs and grooves with an contentment of energy, simply stirring a sold-out crowd. Two internal bands non-stop a show, a holiday mini-festival sponsored by radio hire KRBZ (96.5 FM), famous as a Buzz. The Architects strike a theatre early, not prolonged after 6 p.m., nonetheless about half of a 2,800 fans who eventually showed adult were already there, giving a openers a rough reception. Christopher Meck has assimilated a brothers Phillips as lead…
 
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • 5 Handmade Gifts Under $50

    Katy
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:05 pm
    So much of the holidays these days are about large corporations. Turn in the TV for 2 seconds and you will see many vying for your hard earned dollars this holiday.  While sometimes their prices are good, the gifts are far from unique, are often made overseas with lax human rights and environmental standards, and the money does not support local communities or artists themselves. That’s why UncommonGoods is a fabulous choice for holiday shopping. Their mission and goals align with mine. Just check this out: “Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods…
  • Women’s Voices for the Earth Non-Toxic Gift Guide

    Katy
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Did you see the 2014 Women’s Voices for the Earth Non-Toxic Gift Guide? It came out a few weeks ago and is loaded with fantastic gift ideas for personal care products, for your partner, the the home, for the kitchen, eco-clothing, baby products, toys, fitness, DIY gifts, and book picks. Almost any category you may need a gift for! I was lucky enough to be asked to create the non-toxic toy guide. You’ll find my list included in the PDF. Here are a few of my ideas, see the guide for them all! I selected these picks based on their ability to promote creative play, develop skills, for…
  • 7 Ways to Detox Your Cosmetics Bag

    Katy
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    (first posted at Earth911) If you are like most American women, you use over 12 different products each morning to get ready to face your day. These can include creams, make-up, deodorant, and perfumes. According to the Environmental Working Group, that means exposing ourselves to 168 chemicals daily. Many of these have never been tested for safety, and many of them (such as lead, phthalates, parabens and triclosan)  are already considered harmful. Did you know? 60,000 chemicals in the market place have never been tested for safety at all. Add that to the ones we already know that are…
  • Black Friday Gift Guide

    Katy
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you  had a restful, tasty, and joyous time with your families. I won’t be going near any stores on black Friday. With a big adversion to crowds, lines, early or late shopping, it is not for me. I might saunter down to our little town at some point over the weekend. Instead of black Friday in Montpelier, it is flannel Friday. Wear your flannel for 20 percent off. We shop local and in flannel. Love Vermont! Online, though, there are many deals to be had. Here are some of our favorites. 1. Montage Photo Books: Have you spent hours making photo books–…
  • Planning for an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

    Katy
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    (First posted at Earth911.com) Thanksgiving is coming up quickly! It’s hard to believe we are well into November already. Sometimes, it can feel challenging to hold on to environmental values during the rush-rush of the holiday season. Here are a few ways you can plan an eco-friendly (and healthy) Thanksgiving for you and your family. 1. Go Canned Food Free this Thanksgiving (and holiday season). Most canned food, while convenient, has the hormone altering chemical BPA in the lining. This leaches into food and has been linked to numerous health problems including obesity, cancer, and…
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  • 10 Rules for Cast Iron Care

    Tiffany
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Follow these tips and your cast iron pots and pans will last forever. #1 Use it often – Unlike so many other types of cookware the more you use cast iron the better it will work. Amazing. #2 Show some respect – If you take care of your cast iron you will end up handing it off to the next generation in the same condition in which you received it. #3 Clean after each use – Don’t throw it in the sink and forget about it. You need to cleanup afterwards, right after cooking. Rinse with hot water while the pan is still warm/hot. #4 Don’t do it! – Never wash…
  • A Guide to Carrier Oils and Butters

    Tiffany
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Carrier oils and butters become something of interest when you want to start making your own beauty products, herb infused oils, and when you want to use essential oils for beauty and for wellness. A carrier oil “carries” the beauty product or essential oil to broad area of the body. Imagine if you will, putting a drop or two of lavender oil on your fingers. How far will those drops of lavender go? How much skin can be covered? The answer is not much. This is why a carrier oil or butter comes in handy. Not only does it dilute more potent ingredients, it also allows you reach…
  • Tis The Seasoning For Health

    Tiffany
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Spices and seasonings have a lot to offer by way of health benefits. They aren’t just for making your food taste amazing, they can also do amazing things for your health and wellness. This is typically the “season” for stress, over indulging in empty calories, and also getting sick so we might as well add some “seasoning” to kick our wellness efforts up a notch. Clove – Clove has one of the highest antioxidant rankings of any spice. This makes it excellent for antiaging. Add it to fruit salads, mulled cider, or spicy curries. Cumin - This is what gives…
  • Spicy Peanut Shrimp Soup Recipe

    Tiffany
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This is a new favorite of mine. I could eat it a couple times a week. It really warms you up on a cold day and it is so good for the immune system with its garlic and gingery goodness. The fish sauce and peanut butter combo gives it a savory-salty kick. As a soup fan and an Asian food fan…this dish totally satisfies. Try it, you won’t be disappointed! Spicy Peanut  Shrimp Soup 6 cups chicken broth 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 small sweet red peppers, sliced 2 small red chilis, sliced 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, chopped 2 Tbsp fish sauce 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (look for no sugar…
  • Simple “Get Happy” Tips for Winter and the Holiday Season

    Tiffany
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This is a wonderfully hectic season. So many people get stressed out during the holidays and winter itself can be a real downer for our mood and general happiness levels. It is so very easy to forget the simple pleasures of life and to put your own health and mental well being to the side. By making a few quick and simple changes we can make feeling happy in the moment a little easier… Turn It Off – The TV that is. Holiday ads are screaming “BUY, BUY, BUY!” Quiet the craziness by pushing the off button. Let your DVR handle things for awhile. Instead pick up a book or…
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  • December = The Gift of Free Oils!

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:43 pm
    If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably figured out I’m pretty much in love with doTERRA essential oils. I’ve been using them for myself and my family for about a year and a half now and have had great results — from immune support to peace and calming, from digestive support and skin issues to bumps and bruises and so much more! Because of the success we’ve had with doTERRA’s Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, I want to share the love with you all and there are some great specials going on in December that make now a PERFECT time to…
  • The 365 Gratitude Photo Challenge

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    For 2014 I took part in a 365 Gratitude Photo Challenge on Instagram. The basic premise is that you take and post a picture every day for a year of something for which you are grateful and tag it with #365grateful or #365gratitude. It has been a great reminder of the many blessings I have. Amazingly enough, I haven’t missed a single day this year (knock wood!). Even on days that I felt like crap with a migraine I’ve found something for which I am thankful. There’s so much for me to appreciate in my life, even on the hard days. It’s been an eye-opening experience and…
  • I’m going to ShiftCon

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Two weeks from today I’ll be in Los Angeles to attend the first ever ShiftCon — an eco-wellness social media conference. The focus of ShiftCon is health, wellness and the environment — three of my biggest passions! I wasn’t sure about going at first since I haven’t been as big a part of the blogging world as I used to be, but when a wait-list ticket opened up several weeks ago, I decided to throw caution to the wind and bought my ticket. Not only that, my husband Jody and I decided to make it into a short family vacation so the four of us are all heading to LA!
  • Your Cash Register Receipt May Contain BPA

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Disclosure: This post was created as part of the BPA in Receipts Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience. Keeping your family healthy and staying away from nasty chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) — a nasty endocrine disruptor — at the grocery store can be a daunting task. But there is new research (#ad) that shows that it’s not just the food that could contain BPA, it’s the cash register receipts as well. Specifically it’s the thermal register receipts that are the issue. That kind of…
  • Hannah’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin On Guard Cookies

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Perfect for fall, these gluten-free cookies are a little piece of awesome. Made with pumpkin, spices and a couple doTERRA essential oils, they are sure to be a hit in any crowd. Bake them up and watch them disappear! A big thanks to my friend Hannah Gaitten for sharing this amazing recipe with me. Gluten-Free Flour Blend mix well and store in an airtight container 1 cup brown rice flour 1 cup potato starch 1/2 cup almond flour (not meal) 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 tsp xantham gum Hannah’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin On Guard Cookies makes approx. 3 dozen cookies Ingredients: 2 cups Gluten-Free…
 
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  • Connecting With Nature: Winter Solstice

    Christy
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter shares ways to spend time in the cold days and nights.This time of year in our society many people (ok, most) are focussed on the holiday season of peace, joy and gift giving. It is not a time when people look to spend time outdoors. In the northern hemisphere it is either too cold, too wet or too dark to do much at all outdoors.But it is important to remain connected to the cycles of the Earth and seasons year round. As the season darkens and the natural world goes to sleep, we, too, turn inward and slow down.The solstice, the longest night of the year, and a turning point…
  • 9 Ways to Shop Local for the Holidays ... And Beyond

    Green Bean
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.A banner hangs across the main street of a local town.Last year, I tried for a Nothing New Christmas, but this year, I admit that I am buying a bit more.  That said, I am trying to make my money count.  Did you know that "$45 out of every $100 spent at small businesses stays local."  Only $15 out of every $100, by contrast, stays local when you shop at national chains?  There are many more reasons to buy local - preserve the character of your area, create local jobs, foster entrepreneurship, and "help sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town…
  • Green Living and Frugal Living: Friends or Foes?

    Amber Strocel
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The Climate Crusader is contemplating how green living and frugal living go hand-in-hand...and how they don't.Last week I got one of those phone calls that is never a whole lot of fun - I was laid off from my part-time job as an editor. I was planning to leave the position late this summer, because I'm going back to school full-time in September to earn my teaching credentials. I am very lucky in that losing my job now is not the end of the world for me, and simply hastens the inevitable. However, it does mean that I'm losing seven months of income I was counting on. 2015 is going to be a…
  • Classic Wet Shaving: The New Old-Fashioned (and eco-friendly) Way to Shave

    Heather
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    In which the Parsimonious Princess tells you how the men in your life can shave in the new old-fashioned way - and be eco-friendly while they're at it. My husband hated shaving. He avoided it. He looked forward to camping and vacations partly just because it meant he wouldn't have to shave. I think avoiding shaving was a main part of his motivation to grow a beard in the wintertime.However, I've always liked it better when he's clean-shaven. The smell, the smoothness -- all good things. But then I found out why he disliked shaving so much. The various creams and gels on the market…
  • Last Minute Present: DIY Plastic Free Food Wrap

    Christy
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter shares a quick and easy DIY gift to make for family and friends.I believe in the personal touch for the holidays and I always try to make at least some of my gifts. Sure it takes more effort, and at this busy time of year homemade gifts may be the first thing to go when schedules fill up. But I believe that I have the perfect last minute homemade gift: plastic-free food wraps.There are commercially produced beeswax food wraps if DIY really isn't your thing, and I do love supporting companies that make environmentally friendly and ethical products. Abeego is one such…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Tips for Sailing Disney and Why You Should Sail Disney

    greenandcleanmom
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Going on a Disney Cruise? You should. It’s all kinds of amazing and I could talk forever and ever and ever about why you should go. I told you I’d go again and yup, my family and I will be setting sail again and I cannot wait. Between the last time and this time, I’ve learned a few things about traveling with kids and cruising Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Tips for Sailing Disney and Why You Should Sail Disney The post Tips for Sailing Disney and Why You Should Sail Disney appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Healthy Garden Goodness Dip or Salad

    greenandcleanmom
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
      The holiday season is busy. For me, there are parties, events and gatherings of every sort. All of which I love but it can be hard to eat healthy this time of year when you have bacon wrapped everything and cookies galore. Which is why when it comes to snacking this holiday season, I’m being extra good! This can be hard to do but Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Healthy Garden Goodness Dip or Salad The post Healthy Garden Goodness Dip or Salad appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • 5 National Geographic Kids Books for Christmas

    greenandcleanmom
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’re in need of some last minute gifts for kids or stocking stuffers, look no further. I just placed an Amazon order today and it will arrive on Wednesday. So there is plenty of time. As much as my children LOVE technology, I’m supporting books and more books this holiday season. In fact, Amazon has their Kindle on sale, today only, for 50% off! Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.5 National Geographic Kids Books for Christmas The post 5 National Geographic Kids Books for Christmas appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Storing Holiday Lights and Winterizing Your Home

    greenandcleanmom
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Christmas tree lights and saving money on my heating bills – these are two topics that have been on my mind lately. What do these two things have to do with one another and why am I writing about this? It’s simple; I’ve been doing some writing for Home Depot. Exciting stuff, eh? I think so. Two recent topics that I’ve written about are you Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Storing Holiday Lights and Winterizing Your Home The post Storing Holiday Lights and Winterizing Your Home appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Beginner Snowmobiling Tips for Women

    greenandcleanmom
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    The snow if flying in Michigan and this means it is time to get our snowmobiles ready for the trails. I cannot wait!!! I’m new to snowmobiling and last year I learned a lot. I mean a lot. I took my first very long snowmobile trip with my husband and wow, I wish someone would have given me some of these tips before I hit Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Beginner Snowmobiling Tips for Women The post Beginner Snowmobiling Tips for Women appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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  • DayBook 12.22.14

    Greenstylemom
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    FOR TODAYOutside my window... woke up to a bit of snow on the ground. So pretty! But not cold. Temps hanging right around 30.I am hearing the furnace chugging away, the dogs eating breakfast kibble, and Oscar the cat occasionally hissing at Tripper from Oscar's perch on top of the pet food bin.I am feeling... in the holiday spirit! Should be a nice week of celebratingI am thinking... about all that I want to get done in the next few daysI am thankful for... my warm kitchen (even if it is lacking in counter space!)From the kitchen... this kitchen is busy…
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    I was up early this morning - too early for Tripper because he wouldn't come out of his kennel. I left the door open and went downstairs thinking he'd follow me down in a bit. When he didn't show up, I went looking for him and found this...My two sweet boys snuggled up sound asleep.
  • Right Know

    Greenstylemom
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Kate's volleyball game
  • Homeschool Moment

    Greenstylemom
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Car design & programming in Lego robotics class
  • Homeschool Moment

    Greenstylemom
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    Kate giving report in homeschool program history class. She wrote a fiction story about a girl traveling with the Polynesian navigators that found Hawaii.
 
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  • Watermelon Jam. Saving Summer for Later.

    Anna@Green Talk
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    I love watermelon, but you can’t grow it in the dead of winter. But I can surely grow them in the summer–10 to 15  large watermelons.  By the third watermelon, my children scream”ENOUGH.”  So, what happens to all those watermelons?  I either give some away and the rest, I juice and store in the freezer to make watermelon jam in the winter. But that’s not all. I come from the waste not background, and try to use every part of the plant.  So, I also cut off the watermelon rind and save the peels as well for later use.  (Stay tune for another post.) Back to…
  • 10 Tips for a Green Christmas. Start with the Tree.

    Anna@Green Talk
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    So, now that you know purchasing real trees is the ticket toward a greener holiday, what else can you do to promote an eco-friendly Christmas? Here are 10 green Christmas tips from The Nature Conservancy: #1 Cut Your Own Tree Cut your own tree from a nearby National forest or state land if you can. Permits are usually inexpensive, and it can be a fun family tradition. If you’re lucky, maybe you live near one of the top five Nature Conservancy preserves where you can take your family to get a Christmas tree. #2 Buy Two Trees Get two permits or buy two trees, and donate your extra…
  • Planting Garlic in the Fall

    Anna@Green Talk
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:31 pm
    If you love garlic as much as I do, then frost is your best friend.  Why?  It is time to plant garlic! Bearing any disasters, next year you will be smothering in garlic.  Can’t you just smell the garlic now? Where Do You Order? I order from various places based upon when I remember to order.  Many of my go to places run out by the time Peter Rabbit thumps me on the head to remind me that it that garlic planting time.   I always order organic garlic.  Below are some of my favorite places.  Grey Duck (ordered from) Filareefarm (this year I ordered from them.) In the video below,…
  • 5 Green Thanksgiving Tips: Gratitude for the Earth & Your Body

    Anna@Green Talk
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  As part of your ritual of gratitude, add some green into your Thanksgiving festivities.  Listed below are five earth friendly and health conscious tips that are easier on the Earth and your body. 5 Green Thanksgiving Tips #1 Ditch the Cans Majority of cans have a protective lining  containing Bisphenol A (BPA.) It is a chemical that helps to harden the plastic and found in medical devices, dental sealants, canned foods and drinks and many other products. According to WebMD,  BPA could affect the body as follows: “Hormone levels. Some…
  • Green Pepper Leaves Are Delicious! {+Recipe}

    Anna@Green Talk
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    At the end of gardening season, I am sad when I pull my plants since it signifies the end of garden season.  Generally most of the plants’ leaves are shriveled at this point–except my pepper plants.  My bestie, Karen of Dr.Karen Lee, encouraged me to use my green pepper leaves in her family recipe! Her family has been eating them for years.  All I have to say is now I am growing peppers just for their leaves. The trick is to pick them before the plant leaves start to darken.  I picked mine after a light frost since I knew that the peppers on the plant were never going to…
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  • Christmas in Mexico

    Micaela
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
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  • Simple Pesto Goat Cheese Spread + a Cutting Board Giveaway

    Micaela
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
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  • A Gift for YOU! Yuzen Box Giveaway

    Micaela
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
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  • Greener, Safer, Better Stocking Stuffers for Grownups

    Micaela
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
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  • Greener, Safer, Better Gifts for Dudes

    Micaela
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Shopping Tips for Environmentally Friendly Green Furniture

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

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

    Dawn Head
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    My sons and I are Legoland Chicago Discovery Center experts. We have been there at least 13 times that I can recall. If your kids are anything like mine, they love all things Lego. Whether or not you have a membership, this place is affordable (with one of their specials) and fun. It is small… Read more The post Legoland Chicago – Everything You Need to Know appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Conscious Travel and the Decisions We Make

    Elizabeth
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Conscious Travel: As I write this article, I have to tear myself away from the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam that is trained on the nest of two eagles in the process of laying and caring for their seasonal eggs. What a fascinating and addicting display of nature that can be experienced without expending any of… Read more The post Conscious Travel and the Decisions We Make appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Take Family Vacation to Cuba

    Alice Benny
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    When most people consider vacationing on a Caribbean island, a family vacation to Cuba probably isn’t the first destination that springs to mind. That’s particularly true for Americans, many of whom are under the mistaken impression that traveling to Cuba is illegal. Actually, Americans can travel to Cuba, though they have to jump through hoops… Read more The post How to Take Family Vacation to Cuba appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
 
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  • #GiftSmart with Radio Shack Options

    Monica
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    RadioShack is stocking its shelves with innovative products and debuting exceptional services to enable customers to gift smarter than ever this holiday season. “Our exclusive lineup of Christmas gifts, expanded assortment of private-label products and new industry-leading payment options make RadioShack the smart place to shop this season,” said Joe Magnacca, chief executive officer at RadioShack. “RadioShack’s knowledgeable associates are ready to serve customers to ensure they find the perfect gift at the right price with our expanded price-match guarantee.”…
  • Be The Cool Parent. Give the Gift of Communication

    Monica
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    ‘Tis the season to give the gift of…. communication!!! It’s time to spread some #StraightTalkCheer! Has someone you love been needing a new or upgraded phone? What about getting them a new phone from Straight Talk? Straight Talk provides nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks for half the cost, and with great deals on the latest devices and wireless plans, Straight Talk has the best gifts for your family’s holiday wish list that won’t blow your budget Start shopping for the perfect gift here: www.straighttalk.com/shop Already have a cell phone,…
  • Last Minute Gift Ideas from Walmart

    Monica
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Christmas is coming up quickly! We are down to just 6 shopping days! Is there anyone on your list that you still need to grab a gift for? Is your company party coming up and you still haven’t gotten something for the gift exchange. Don’t worry! Walmart has you covered! Walmart is truly your one stop shop this Holiday Season! Grab the meat and cheese tray for the party, and get your gift exchange item too! Not sure what to get? No problem! Grab something off of Walmart’s Top 100 Gifts list, or check out the Seasonal Gift Section of the store and you’ll find all kinds…
  • Prepping Your Home for Holiday Guests

    Monica
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:25 pm
    The holidays mean lots of visitors here in our home. Whether they are here for a few hours, or a few days, one room that everyone spends a little bit of time in, is our downstairs bathroom. We were lucky enough to have a full bathroom (toilet, sink, tub/shower) downstairs rather than just a 1/2 bathroom (toilet & sink), so we decided to turn our downstairs “office” in to the guest room as well. It makes it easier  for our guests, so that they don’t have to deal with stairs, and it makes it nicer for us, giving them that privacy as well. So, our downstairs, or guest…
  • The Top 100 Gifts of 2014 at Walmart

    Monica
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Are you having trouble trying to figure out what gifts to get for people? Worry no more! I’ve got the top 100 Gifts of 2014 from Walmart, and there’s got to be something here for just about everyone on your list, and one awesome thing about this list…. You can shop from home and it includes FREE SHIPPING! Yes, you can shop in your comfy clothes, all snuggled up under a blanket, while watching football… WHAAAAT??? Yes, I may or may not have done that… Some of the ideas on the Walmart Top 100 Gifts are really awesome, and there are things on here that even I…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Which world are we trying to sustain?

    Veshengro
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Which world are we trying to sustain: a resource to fulfill our desires of material prosperity, or an Earth of wonder, beauty, and sacred meaning? While many of us would want to, no doubt, sustain the Earth, and simply for the very fact that we need her to live there are others, the capitalists who do not think, it would seem of the future in terms of survival, thinking they can buy themselves out of any problem, who are but interested in the material things and in making ever more profit. They and the governments that they control because they are indeed the…
  • Reuse Economy

    Veshengro
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This is not about reusing the economy but about an economy of reuse rather. Reusing what we have and this reuse can, does and will take many different forms. It will, however, stifle the economic growth – and a good thing that will be too – that the powers-that-be keep telling us we must have in order to prosper; they that is, not us, the ordinary man and woman. The economy today, the one that they promote, is an obsolete model. It is not broken, however. It was designed this way. It is, however, not fit for any purpose on a finite Planet and is only designed…
  • Buy less and make do with what you've got

    Veshengro
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The average person – guess I am not one of them – is bombarded with about 5000 ads per day telling them to buy more and how much happier they would be if they just would buy this, and that and the other. Far too many, unfortunately, fall for that trick and actually believe that if they have more and buy more they are happier, be this possessions or money to buy those possessions. And they try to do just that. They have the iPhone that only came out say six months ago but as soon as a new version comes out they have to queue up to get the newest one, and to…
  • Repurposing NOLA: An entire store full of stuff made from scrap and waste

    Veshengro
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Being in New Orleans for the big Greenbuild conference, we didn't get a whole lot of time to look in stores. However it was hard for a TreeHugger to pass a store called REpurposing NOLA, billed by founder Traci L. Claussen as " female-owned triple bottom line company utilizing excess fabrics of our community to create sustainable designer goods." In 2009 Traci started making bags from burlap coffee sacks and old carpet. She began designing bags for her own travels: an eco-duffel for a trip to the Jurassic Coast of England; a burlap HoBo handbag for running around town; a…
  • London is too rich, and too expensive, for its own good

    Veshengro
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    ‘Capital of the world’ means nothing if only the wealthy can afford to live in it A group of us, mostly metropolitan types, found ourselves in a public house in Hull city centre last weekend. I ordered a round of drinks: two pints of bitter, a pint of lager, a large glass of white wine and a pint of lime juice and soda. I got out £30 from my wallet, as I'm used to London prices. The barmaid leaned over to me and asked me for £9.40. No, you've made a mistake, I told her. She hadn't. That's what this round of drinks costs in a very nice pub in Hull, with a pool table, cheese cubes and…
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  • Arizona utility introduces residential solar program

    SolarFeeds
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    A utility in southern Arizona is attempting to head off the proliferation of private solar leasing rooftops and exercise control over where installations occur by installing its own systems on customers’ houses. Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has announced it will launch a Residential Solar... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

    SolarFeeds
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    In July of this year, Greenpeace installed a solar/battery microgrid in the village of Dharnai in eastern India. The 100-kilowatt system was designed to provide power for the village’s 2,400 residents, 50 businesses, 2 schools, and other infrastructure. Greenpeace called the project “inspiring,”... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Creating a ‘Win-Win-Win’ Situation for the Solar Industry, Utilities, and Customers

    SolarFeeds
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    When the conversation about proliferating distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV) turns to the growing concerns of the utilities, it’s not uncommon to hear solar industry folks uttering dismissive things like “ah, they’ll figure it out” or “they should have seen this coming.” In fairness to the... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • NYS Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar

    SolarFeeds
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    For New Yorkers like me, who’ve wanted to put solar panels on their roofs but found it wasn’t feasible, there’s some excellent news, thanks to an effort NRDC and others helped initiate at the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). Soon, we’ll be able to join the growing number of Americans... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Desolenator churns out clean drinking water using solar power

    SolarFeeds
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Desalination may one day prove the savior for regions of the world where clean drinking water is scarce, but current technology dictates that this process is often expensive and energy-intensive. The team behind the Desolenator has high hopes of delivering water security to those in need, with a... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
 
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    Green Your Decor

  • Aerogarden Review & Update: 19 Days Later

    jennae
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    So…a few weeks ago, you may recall my excitement about the Aerogarden 3SL indoor gardening system. You know. That contraption that promised to turn me into a master gardener overnight. OK. That’s an over-exaggeration. But the Aerogarden did promise to help me grow herbs, veggies and even flowers right on my kitchen counter, with little effort or […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Aerogarden Review & Update: 19 Days Later
  • Have a Baby? Put a DIY Christmas Tree on the Wall

    jennae
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Baby Juliza has reached a destructive mobile phase. That gave me great pause when the time came to put up a Christmas tree. Understand that I love decorating the Christmas tree. It’s probably my favorite part of the holidays, especially because we opt for a real tree every year. We take great pains in picking out […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Have a Baby? Put a DIY Christmas Tree on the Wall
  • Adding a Deck? Composite Wood Might be Right for You

    Guest
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    This is about the time of year when we all begin to miss being outside. Well, adding a deck to your home will add value to your property, but it will also give you more living space. No matter where you live, you can get a lot of use out of additional outdoor space. You […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Adding a Deck? Composite Wood Might be Right for You
  • Aerogarden: Perfect for the Lazy Gardener

    jennae
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Over the years, I have tried growing things SO many times. Really, I have. The problem is that I’m really just not good at it. You see, I have a habit of forgetting to check on plants. They’re usually on the balcony or now that we’re in a house, on the back patio. Therefore, they […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Aerogarden: Perfect for the Lazy Gardener
  • Make a Festive, DIY Table Runner for Thanksgiving

    jennae
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I spend much of Thanksgiving in the kitchen cooking all the dishes that we traditionally make to go with the turkey. As a result, my yearly table decor is nothing if not simple. Because I just don’t have time for anything too elaborate. This year likely will be no exception. So when Walmart challenged me to […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Make a Festive, DIY Table Runner for Thanksgiving
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    Jetson Green

  • Tiny Prefab Homes Worth Checking Out

    Christine Walsh
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    The Dutch firm 2by4 Architects recently launched a line of unique tiny prefab homes, which can serve a variety of purposes, such as a vacation home, office guest room and more. They can also be taken off the grid, and could actually be used for a permanent residence too. The company will offer three models. The so-called Chalet Aida is the smallest and measures only 226 sq. ft. (21 sq. m.). Despite its modest size, it is still quite spacious inside, since it has a double-height living room and a large glass front façade, which slides open all the way. It has a lofted bedroom are which can…
  • Awesome Multi Story Shipping Container Homes

    Christine Walsh
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    One of the key characteristics of shipping containers is that they can easily be stacked one on top of another and still retain their structural soundness. After all, when they were still used for their primary purpose i.e. the shipping of goods, they where stacked high into the air. Because of this, these building blocks lend themselves fabulously to building multi story buildings, such as family homes, apartment buildings or student housing. Below you will find a few great examples of creating functional buildings out of shipping containers. 1. Student Housing in Johannesburg, South Africa…
  • Space Saving Sliding Furniture

    Christine Walsh
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Living small requires that every piece of furniture performs it’s own function, as well as some extra one’s besides. Storage is usually the biggest problem, and the Spanish firm PKMN Architectures came up with a unique way to solve this obstacle during the renovation of a small villa in Madrid, Spain. To do so, they designed a series of innovative modular units, which are easily movable and thereby capable of creating entirely flexible living and workspaces. The All I Own House, as the villa is called, only measures 538 square feet (50 square meters) and the owner uses it both as a home…
  • Living Sustainably in a Dumpster

    Christine Walsh
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Dr. Jeff Wilson of the Huston-Tillotson University in Texas has embarked on a very unique and special experiment. He has transformed a dumpster into a home and plans to live in it for a full year, so that he can learn as much as he can about sustainable living. The experiment is called the Dumpster Project and its main aim is a hands-on study of how much space a person actually needs to live. The drastically increasing population and limited space on the planet should be prompting us all to start thinking of downsizing, which is the main aim of this project too. Wilson’s dumpster home…
  • Innovative New Passive House Prefab

    Christine Walsh
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    Sonya Newenhouse, the founder of the green consulting company, Madison Environmental, is putting theory into practice through building the so-called NewenHouse, which is a prefab sustainable, passive house. The home is also Passivhaus certified. According to her, the house is superinsulated, furnace-free and functions well even in cold climates. Sonya’s NewenHouse was built Wisconsin, and it measures a modest 1100 square feet, which is still enough to house her family of three. It is shaped like a cube, and while most of the windows are tiny, it does also have several large ones that face…
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    Leafygreen.info

  • Full Circle Suds Up Bamboo Dish Brush

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

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

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

    Courtney
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last Saturday I took a day trip to visit Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The expansive over 2,000 acre estate of the Duke Family, including Doris Duke has become a steward for environmental conservation and a popular place to enjoy a nice walk or jog within in their vehicle-free paths. The land was once […]Check out the review @ Dogwood Farms at Duke Farms
  • Leafygreen.info in the News

    Courtney
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front, but I’m happy to share that we have been quite busy on the social media front. Specifically creating an Instagram feed for Leafygreen.info. It’s a place where I share small reviews/opinions of eco-friendly products that may not warrant a larger review on the site. But they […]Check out the review @ Leafygreen.info in the News
 
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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • Belfast Ecovillage: Largest Community-Initiated Solar Installation in Maine

    Sarah Lozanova
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Back in 2008, a dedicated group of people were creating a vision for a multigenerational community that would be an innovative housing option for rural Midcoast Maine. The result was Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, a 36-unit community with clustered homes on 42-acres, that use 90 percent less energy for space heating. Individual homes are smaller b
  • Russian Far East Continues Ramping Up Renewables Capacity, Yet Uncertainty Looms

    Linas Jegelevicius, International Correspondent
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am
    Russia’s public joint stock company RAO (Energiceskije sistemy Vostoka), the largest power holding in the Russian Far East, has announced PJSC (Xelios Strategije) will take on building a 1-MW solar power plant in the settlement of Batagaij Verxojansk in the far-off permafrost republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
  • The Detroit Power Outage: A Lesson for Cities about Microgrids

    Darren Hammell, Princeton Power Systems
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    The Detroit Power Outage brought eight hours of hardship to Detroit on Dec. 2 — hardship that could have been averted with microgrids.
  • Renewable Energy Review: United Kingdom

    Ben Warren and Klair White, Ernst and Young
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:17 am
    Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.
  • Researchers Developing Affordable Flow Battery Technology

    Leah Twilley, Grand Valley State University
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    The wind and sun can produce great amounts of power, but it can usually only be harnessed when it’s windy and the sun is shining. Researchers at Grand Valley State University and Ann Arbor-based Vinazene are working to change that by creating a new type of flow battery technology that will allow the capture, collection and storage of energy through organic compounds.
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    Rebuilding Together

  • Charter Communications Launches National Philanthropic Initiative, Charter Our Community

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

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

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

  • Chile business turning fishing nets into skateboards ramps up sales

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Chilean innovators collect discarded fishing nets from the country's long coastline and turn them into skateboards for U.S. teenagers. Sales start taking off. Tara Cleary reports.
  • Study links autism spike to pollution

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    A new Harvard study found children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have a higher risk of developing autism.
  • New York bans fracking

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    New York announced Wednesday it will ban hydraulic fracturing in the state after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas production process poses health risks
  • Greenland ice may be melting faster than predicted

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Scientists say sea levels may rise faster than previously thought as they gain new insights about the rate at which the Greenland Ice Sheet melts into the sea. In two new studies, researchers found that the mechanics involved in ice loss are more complex than what current models account for. Ben Gruber reports.
  • Old ship records to shed light on Arctic ice loss

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    Researchers are looking to the past to gain a clearer picture of what the future holds for ice in the Arctic. A project to analyse and digitize ship logs dating back to the 1850's aims to lengthen the timeline of recorded ice data. Ben Gruber reports.
 
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    WeHeartWorld

  • Researchers developed a farm for plastic-eating mushrooms

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

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

    Mercedes Hart
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    While there are plenty of species of mushroom that are perfectly edible, there are even more that can make ill or even kill you if you eat one. In the process of studying how these fungi manage to be so poisonous, a team of researchers at Michigan State University may have discovered a way to create a new generation of pharmaceuticals with highly targeted side effects, according to Geek. The study, which is available in the journal Chemistry and Biology, talks about a previously undiscovered enzyme that’s behind the deadliness of poisonous mushrooms. The study also reveals how the enzyme…
  • Recycled laptop batteries could bring power to the poor

    Alfie Joshua
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Researchers at IBM claim that 70% of the world’s discarded laptop batteries cold be used to power lighting in locations where electricity supplies are unreliable, such as slums and other impoverished areas. Their study suggests that these batteries could make LED lighting much more affordable than either solar panels or rechargeable batteries. The groups of scientists, who’re based in Bangalore, managed to develop some prototype devices that can be used to provide several hours of light to people who aren’t connected to an electrical grid, according to Popular Science. The prototypes…
  • Farmers can use lasers to know exactly when to harvest fruit

    Chastity Mansfield
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A new study published to Applied Optics on Wednesday reveals that team of researchers from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale de Brest in France have developed a method that could enable farmers to harvest climacteric fruits, such as apples and bananas, at the most optimal moment. “Fruits are divided into two categories: climacteric or non-climacteric fruits,” Rana Nassif, a researcher affiliated with both Saint Joseph University and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale de Brest, explained in a statement. “Climacteric fruits…
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    Green Cotton Blog

  • One Bedroom, Many Greens

    bb846174
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    Designing a bedroom for the kids can be a really tasking thing to do. If you do not have enough time to buy items for the kids, it is likely that you would mess up the theme and would be forced to spend an entire weekend to rework the bedroom again. Children need something that is more playful and beautiful as compared to the adult rooms. You have to make sure that their bedrooms reflect their playfulness and makes them rejoice in their own personal space. In this post, we would be talking about a special bedroom design for the kids. This theme is based on forests and panda bears. There is no…
  • Our Top Picks For Artistic Green Chairs

    bb846174
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:11 am
    When it comes to buying really beautiful and authentic green chairs for your house, you have to focus on the design as well. Green is the color of nature. Therefore, you must ensure that you include some or the other natural patterns to make the furniture look awesome. On many occasions, you might also have to think about many different kinds of furniture options in the green hue. They may be traditional, modern or downright minimalistic. In order to ensure that you are getting the most unique furniture items for your house, you have to look for certain artistic influences. These days, there…
  • 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…
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    INHABITAT

  • New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The book Limits to Growth – a 1972 harbinger of the “death of the planet” – was largely dismissed in its time time as being improbable at best and at worst, alarmist. But new research shows that the book was likely right – not just about a few things – but about almost everything forecast about the planet’s collapse. Read the rest of New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy, anti-fracking, domestic oil production, fossil fuels, fracking,…
  • You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder

    Bridgette Meinhold
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Read the rest of You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "sustainable architecture", 3d foundation, antoine, Bureau A, eco design, green architecture, Green Building, green design, micro house, micro shelter, mini home, mini house, rock shelter, sculpture park, shelter disguised as a rock, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, swiss alps, Switzerland
  • Google just unveiled the first functional prototype of its self-driving car

    Marc Carter
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Google has revealed the first functional prototype of its new self-driving car, following the debut of the “early mockup” this last May. The shape of the Google’s self-driving car hasn’t changed that much over the last few months, but Google says that the latest prototype now has all of the parts that it needs to drive on the road. Read the rest of Google just unveiled the first functional prototype of its self-driving car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car, Google, google autonomous car, google car, Google car prototype, Google driverless…
  • Win a Boskke Planter, Vitra Cork Stools and more design goodness (worth $1200) in our Dwell Store holiday giveaway!

    Yuka Yoneda
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Attention all design geeks! In the spirit of giving for the holidays, we’re teaming up with Dwell magazine to offer a lucky Inhabitat reader the chance to win some phenomenal design products from the Dwell store. The prizes include swoon-worthy home goods like a pair of comfy new Vitra cork stools (worth $940), a conversation-starting ceramic Sky Planter (worth $25), a handy and darling portable lamp ($245), and the elegant Boskke Cube 3 clear planter ($49.95). So give yourself a gift for the holidays and enter to win today! CLICK HERE TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY > Read the rest of Win a…
  • Budapest’s Charity Christmas Tree is made from 5,000 pieces of firewood that will be donated after the holidays

    Lucy Wang
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Read the rest of Budapest’s Charity Christmas Tree is made from 5,000 pieces of firewood that will be donated after the holidays Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: budapest, Charity Tree, christmas tree, Design Terminal, firewood, hello wood, Hungarian Interchurch Aid, Hungary, Philips, Philips Hungary, timber installation, wood installation
 
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • CyberWeek Deals: WordPress Maintenance

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

    Jen
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    CYBER WEEKEND DEALS CONTINUE! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for, including Eco-Office Gals. I could never ask for a better gift then the ability to be my own boss and work with some of the most amazing clients.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with creative entrepreneurs and  small businesses, building their little piece of web real estate. It’s been a pleasure I hope to enjoy for many years to come. Just like buying a house, your website needs maintenance. You need a good foundation and you want to protect your investment. You…
  • How to Have a Greener Holiday Season

    Kate Wilson
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    There are plenty of ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle this winter, even if the weather isn’t particularly friendly to you. Below are eight tips to make your winter a little bit easier on the earth.   Pass on Paper Gift-wrapping paper, that is. It’s incredible just how much paper we use around the holidays. Make a promise not to buy any new wrapping paper or gift bags in which to wrap your presents. Instead, use leftovers from years past or get creative with old newspapers, magazines, and other paper you have lying around. You can even check out your own backyard…
  • 6 Reasons Why Your Business Should be Paperless

    Kate Wilson
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Did you know that it takes around 24 trees to produce one ton of paper? That’s nothing to sneeze at, considering the rate at which we use and dispose of paper every day. Of course, that’s not the only reason to go paperless, especially if you’re a small business owner. When you migrate your files into a digital environment, it: Increases your efficiency You only need a few seconds to find an electronic file. If you’re a PC user, all you have to do is press the “Start” menu button—the one with the Microsoft logo—on your keyboard, type in the file name,…
  • Green Restorations

    Jen
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Homes require restoration work for many different reasons. Sometimes a house is just old and decrepit. Other times, extreme weather events force homeowners like you to take immediate action or face further damages and costs from accumulated deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute has research showing wind and water damage are the first and second most frequent losses claimed by homeowners respectively. With the effects of climate change becoming commonplace, homeowners are especially susceptible to events that can force a remodeling of your home. When water damage occurs it usually…
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    ProPublica: Energy & Environment

  • New York’s Gas Rush Poses Environmental Threat

    ProPublica
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    Abrahm Lustgarten On May 29 New York state's top environmental officials assured state lawmakers that plans to drill for natural gas near the watershed that supplies New York City's drinking water posed little danger. A survey of other states had found "not one instance of drinking water contamination" from the water-intensive, horizontal drilling that would take place across New York's southern tier, the officials told lawmakers in Albany. Reassured, the legislature quickly approved a bill to speed up the permitting process for a huge influx of wells that could bring the state upwards of $1…
  • EPA Officials Weigh Sanctions Against BP’s U.S. Operations

    ProPublica
    28 Nov 2012 | 6:44 am
    Abrahm Lustgarten Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields. Over the past 10 years, BP has paid tens of millions of dollars in fines and been implicated in four separate instances of criminal misconduct that could have prompted this far more serious action. Until now, the company's executives and their lawyers have fended off such a penalty by promising that BP would change its ways. That…
  • Fracking Tales: Stories From the Frontlines of Gas Drilling

    ProPublica
    22 Jun 2010 | 7:48 am
    Karen Weise Since we launched, we've been reporting on the environmental threats of drilling in natural gas reserves around the country. (Here’s a good primer on the process of hydraulic fracking that is used to release the gas.) The potential risks of hydro-facking have been gaining attention, and we wanted to point to two on-the-ground stories that have recently come out. This month's Vanity Fair has a long piece, "A Colossal Fracking Mess," on the human and environmental effects of the drilling. It follows Dimock, a town in northeastern Pennsylvania, where residents are fighting the…
  • Read the Internal Document that Contradicts BP’s Claims on Oil Flow

    ProPublica
    21 Jun 2010 | 11:49 am
    Sasha Chavkin Rep. Ed Markey has been among BP's toughest critics in Congress following the Deepwater Horizon blowout, accusing it, among other things, of lowballing its estimates of oil flow. On Sunday, Markey was at it again. As you may have read, the Boston Democrat released an internal BP document that shows that early company estimates for worst-case oil flow scenarios were far higher than the company has ever acknowledged -- up to 100,000 barrels per day if all containment mechanisms were to fail. Take a look at the document for yourself. The document is not dated, but a statement from…
  • OSHA Director: Offshore Cleanup Workers Will Get More Training

    ProPublica
    21 Jun 2010 | 7:57 am
    Sasha Chavkin Last week, we reported that experts and health officials are concerned that Gulf cleanup workers aren't getting enough safety training. On Thursday, C-SPAN asked the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about our reporting -- and he agreed that "more training is needed" for many spill responders. We spoke with OSHA's director, David Michaels, after that interview, and he said the agency is working with BP to increase the safety training for workers on vessels at sea. Michaels said he did not know exactly when the new classes would begin, but said it should…
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  • Why the public voice matters in urban mobility planning: Lessons from Brazil

    Jesse Worker
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cities like Florianópolis, Brazil (pictured) are helping make investments more responsive to residents’ needs through public engagement in urban mobility planning. Picture by Chan360/Flickr. Eighty-five percent of Brazilians live, work, and play in cities. As such, urban mobility is a fundamental driver of quality of life for the vast majority of the country, enabling access to jobs, healthcare, schools, and other everyday needs. In 2012, Brazil’s national government recognized this importance by enacting the National Policy on Urban Mobility, which requires cities with 20,000…
  • Friday Fun: Write about your ideal city to win a trip to Masdar City

    Coby Joseph
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    This rendering from Masdar City shows one version of an ideal city of the future. What does your city look like? Photo by Forgemind Archimedia/Flickr. What will your ideal city look like in 2030? That is the question of the third annual international blogging contest hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company behind Masdar City. One winner will receive a paid trip to Abu Dhabi – where Masdar City is located – in mid-January, 2015, and will serve as VIP blogger during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The contest asks participants to think creatively about the future of urban…
  • Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa leads Bogotá’s inclusive urban transformation

    Dario Hidalgo
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    With a focus on sustainable urbanism and social justice, Enrique Peñalosa used a wide variety of people-oriented policies that helped transform Bogotá. Photo by Colin Hughes/Flickr. This is the seventh entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many stories, TheCityFix seeks to challenge our readers to think carefully about what defines leadership and innovation in sustainable transport and…
  • 189 cities and counting: Track the growth of bus rapid transit on the redesigned BRTdata.org!

    Priscila Pacheco
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The redesigned BRTdata.org platform shows the global rise in bus rapid transit and bus priority corridors, and allows users to compare bus systems across a wide range of metrics. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Every day, more than 31 million people use bus rapid transit (BRT) systems and bus corridors in 189 cities. From Istanbul to Mexico City, BRT is saving people time, improving the environment, and making cities safer, more sustainable places to live worldwide. Does your city have BRT? Or, is your city planning a new system? You can find out that and much more on the redesigned…
  • The need to visualize public transit data for better bus systems in India

    Prashanth Bachu
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    As Indian cities invest in information technology services, minimum standards should require the use of visualization tools to better utilize transport data and improve bus planning. Photo by EMBARQ. Over the past decade, many transit agencies in Indian cities have implemented information technology services (ITS) to improve bus planning and operations in urban areas. These typically require huge investments financed either by the city government or by the transit agency alone. However, using such technologies alone does not guarantee tangible improvements in level of service. Without the…
 
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  • Less Waste, More Christmas

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

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

    Hannah Jarratt
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    My Cyber Monday struggle by Naresh Ramchandani   Cyber Monday is upon us. Completing four days of rampant consumerism that began with Black Friday, it is our annual commercial clickfest, and boy do we splurge. On this day last year, the UK spent £10,000 every second, mostly on technotronica. And today we are likely to beat our previous record as we salivate on this year’s screens at next year’s screens, frantically wondering what combination of phone, tablet, television, console and camera can complete us, can make us more on it and with it than we already are.   Am I…
  • 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…
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  • Less Waste, More Christmas

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

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

    Hannah Jarratt
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    My Cyber Monday struggle by Naresh Ramchandani   Cyber Monday is upon us. Completing four days of rampant consumerism that began with Black Friday, it is our annual commercial clickfest, and boy do we splurge. On this day last year, the UK spent £10,000 every second, mostly on technotronica. And today we are likely to beat our previous record as we salivate on this year’s screens at next year’s screens, frantically wondering what combination of phone, tablet, television, console and camera can complete us, can make us more on it and with it than we already are.   Am I…
  • 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…
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  • Arlington County is the First to Adopt Incentives Tied to LEED Version 4

    Stuart Kaplow
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    While hundreds of governments throughout the United States have adopted programs incentivizing green building, many tied to the LEED rating system, Arlington County, Virginia is the first to tie incentives specifically to the new LEED version 4. Arlington first adopted its very successful voluntary Green Building Incentive Program in October 1999 offering up to 0.25 floor area ratio (FAR) bonus density in exchange for obtaining a LEED Silver certification.  The program has been popular with developers in Arlington. Since the first LEED bonus density project was approved, 96 buildings…
  • 179D Tax Deduction Brought Back to Life in the Tax Extenders Bill

    Stuart Kaplow
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    Last night the 113th Congress passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act, better known as the tax extenders bill, when H.R. 5771 passed the Senate 76 to 16. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later this week.   And while this legislation is significant, it should be lost on no one that the bill expires 14 days from now on December 31, 2014, and, as such is only applicable to the 2014 tax year. Each of the tax provisions in the bill had previously expired at the end of 2013. For those interested in green building, the most important tax provision extended in the bill is the…
  • ICC 700 Authorized by National Defense Authorization Act for 2015

    Stuart Kaplow
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    While many have focused on the funding to fight the Islamic State terrorist group or the 1 percent boost in military pay, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 makes a major change in green building across this nation when it authorizes use of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.  Congress has passed and this week President Barack Obama is expected to sign H.R. 4435 which is the comprehensive legislation to authorize the $584.2 Billion budget authority of the Department of Defense. To appreciate the impact that the Department of Defense has on the real estate industry,…
  • 2015 IgCC Has Been Approved

    Stuart Kaplow
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    On November 14, the International Code Council announced that the 2015 version of the International Green Construction Code had been approved. News of the approval has not circulated widely, likely in part because the announcement was a bit cryptic when the ICC press release reported “the 2014 Group C code development cycle results.”  Following a nearly two year voluntary consensus process, the updated IgCC includes those items that were raised at the Committee Action Hearings held in Memphis in April of this year. Each proposed change from the 2012 version of the green code…
  • ASHRAE 189.1 - 2014 Green Building Standard Is Now Available

    Stuart Kaplow
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Last week the 2014 version of the ASHRAE 189.1 Green Building Standard was published and became available for use.  ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildingsaddresses site sustainability; water-use efficiency; energy ef­ficiency; indoor environmental quality; and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.  Standard 189.1 is an alternative compliance option of the International Green Construction Code. When Baltimore City adopted the IgCC last week, its…
 
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  • 10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […]The post 10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • The clock is ticking on our Holiday Sale!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Looking for something on your holiday shopping list? Look no further; we’ve got the book for you! Shop our online bookstore and find that perfect gift for your friends and family. But hurry, there are only a couple of days left to ensure it arrives by Christmas. You’ll find the right gift for anyone, from […]The post The clock is ticking on our Holiday Sale! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • New Audio Books: Bears and Elephants Oh My!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Whether you’re keen on learning more about the secretive lives of black bears or how to unlock the secrets of political framing, two recent Chelsea Green books are now available in audio so you can listen in the car, at home, or wherever you prefer. To sample the audio of either book, check out the […]The post New Audio Books: Bears and Elephants Oh My! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • A Look Back at 2014: Our Top 10 Blog Posts

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    As we look back on the year almost finished, we’ve started to take stock in what our community has found most useful to them. If it’s one thing (or two) we know about our readers, it’s that they love growing food and getting their hands dirty. How can we be so sure? Six of our […]The post A Look Back at 2014: Our Top 10 Blog Posts appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Wine Pairings for the Holidays

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    As you prepare to celebrate with friends or sit down with family this holiday season, it’s good to know what kind of wine to serve on the right occasion with the right meal, right? Deirdre Heekin, wine maker and author of An Unlikely Vineyard, is here to share some of her favorite wines along with […]The post Wine Pairings for the Holidays appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • Philae comet landing named top breakthrough of 2014

    mnnadmin
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    The first-ever soft landing of a robotic probe the surface of a comet has just been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2014 by the journal Science.  
  • 10 ways graphene could change the world

    bnelson78
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    Graphene might be the world's most useful material. Though it is only one carbon-atom thick, it is 100 times stronger than steel, and highly flexible to boot. Ever since it was first isolated by researchers about a decade ago, the list of patents involving graphene has grown exponentially every year. It may not be long before this supermaterial spawns a technological revolution that could truly change the world.   Here are 10 of the most profound graphene inventions to look forward to in the near future.  
  • 'Smart' bicycle has radar, vibrates when it senses obstacles

    bnelson78
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    A new "smart" bicycle has been unveiled in the Netherlands, and its high-tech gadgetry might be the closest thing to a Pee-wee Herman bike on the market, but far less accident prone.
  • Cute cartoon shapes show how easily segregation occurs

    lmoss
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    An adorable new computer game accurately illustrates how individual biases can create racially segregated neighborhoods.   Created by programmers Vi Hart and Nicky Case, Parable of the Polygons begins with the statement "This is a story of how harmless choices can make a harmful world," and it features a community of blue squares and yellow triangles that are "slightly shapist."  
  • British spy agency releases cryptography app

    mnnadmin
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    The last thing you'd expect a spy agency to do is open itself up to the public, and yet Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) wants as many people as possible to learn a thing or two about cryptography. The spy agency, the equivalent (and a close partner) of the United States' National Security Agency, recently released Cryptoy: an Android app that teaches kids the basics of making and breaking codes, then lets them try to make something unbreakable themselves.
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  • What is maple water?

    sberkowitz
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Maple water is a clear liquid that flows from maple trees for a short time in early spring. Also known as sap, maple water goes through a natural process that infuses it with nutrients. In early spring, maple trees pull water from the ground and filter it through their roots. This water collects nutrients stored in the tree all winter, and provides hydration and nourishment that enables the tree’s growth and rejuvenation in the spring renewal season.  
  • Spicy Mushroom Stir-Fry

    jheimbuch
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This recipe is filled with flavor but that's not the only wonderful part. It is also fast and easy to create. Just toss a few ingredients in the pan, stir it for a minute and wham! You have a meal. This recipe is perfect for making a quick hot lunch or a side dish for a dinner. There's also plenty of room to customize the spices, giving it more or less heat depending on your preference.  
  • Mmm! Unraveling the chemistry of Christmas cookies

    mnnadmin
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    It's Christmas cookie time, and everyone's got a recipe or two they swear by, whether their loyalties lie with frosted sugar cookies or gently spiced gingerbread.   In a time of togetherness and seasonal cheer, though, cookies can be contentious: Is crispy better than chewy? Is a cakelike texture something to strive for, or avoid at all costs? How do you pick the perfect recipe when cookie tastes vary so wildly?  
  • Baked Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

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    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
  • Could these fungi make plastic edible for humans?

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    18 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
     
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  • 'Smart' bicycle has radar, vibrates when it senses obstacles

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

    joshwlew
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport recently made headlines when it overtook Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to become the world’s busiest airport in terms of overall air traffic. O’Hare saw more than 585,000 takeoffs and landings during the first eight months of 2014. Hartsfield-Jackson was close behind at 582,138.  
  • 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.  
 
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  • 'Unbroken': Angelina Jolie brings WWII hero's survival story to the screen

    gmiller
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    "That which does not kill us makes us stronger," Friedrich Nietzsche famously wrote in "Twilight of the Idols" in 1888, 25 years before Louie Zamperini was born, but the extraordinary life of the subject of "Unbroken" is the very definition of the phrase.  
  • When it comes to influence, the language you speak matters

    lmoss
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    The number of famous people a country produces has less to do with its wealth or the size of its population and more to do with its language, according to a recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  
  • 15 words you never knew came from literature

    chief
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    All words are made up, but where did these words come from? Some words we use every day come to us from books and plays, and we may never have known it! Ranging from sources such as a 12th century epic poem to a 20th century horror novel, these are 15 words that writers have given us.  
  • Botswana's high-value, low-volume tourism strategy

    joshwlew
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Botswana was listed among the world's poorest countries when it gained full independence from Great Britain in 1966. Since then, it has become one of Africa's biggest success stories. Today, this landlocked nation to the north of South Africa and the east of Namibia boasts a stable democracy and one of the highest per capita GDPs on the continent.  
  • Best books of 2014 in conservation photography

    jheimbuch
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    This year has seen the publication of many extraordinary books celebrating the natural world and all that is worth saving. We've created a collection of some of the best works created by conservation photographers. The following are some of the most beautiful yet important must-read books of the year.   'In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians' by Robin Moore
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  • Are abandoned oil and gas wells dumping methane into the atmosphere?

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

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

    sgunther
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    If I asked 10 random people to name a U.S. city that's in bad financial shape, I'd wager that most of them would place Detroit in their top three picks, if not the top spot itself. The Motor City has seen better days. It's population has dropped drastically, with thousands of people leaving the inner city for the suburbs or elsewhere.
  • Battery + magnets + copper coil = World's tiniest electric maglev train

    sgunther
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    Maglev trains use powerful magnets that create just the right amount of attraction to keep a train hovering less than an inch above and/or below their tracks. The magnets are also used to propel the trains, taking advantage of the natural repulsion of the two ends of magnetic polarity to push the cars down the line. Although maglev trains can be cheaper to maintain than conventional rail systems, they are a lot more expensive to build and are not compatible with existing rail systems.
  • Is the OpenWorm Project creating life from keystrokes?

    sgunther
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Caenorhabditis elegans in motion. (Photo: Bob Goldstein/Wikimedia Commons)  
 
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  • Your guide to pairing wine with holiday pies

    rshreeves
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
      Remember the guide to pairing wine with Halloween candy that recommended what to drink when you raided your kids’ candy bag? The creator of the guide, Vivino, has another wine pairing guide, this time for holiday pies.  
  • Salted Dried Cranberry-Hazelnut Chocolate Bark

    rshreeves
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    My boys have reached the age where they don’t need to give their teachers gifts anymore, but there is a crossing guard by my junior-high son’s bus stop, and I want him to give a little remembrance before the holiday break. This simple homemade food gift might be what's she's getting if I don't eat it all by myself tomorrow.  
  • What to drink this weekend: Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail

    rshreeves
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    On Sunday, I’ll be traveling down to Baltimore for one of my favorite holiday traditions – watching my niece dance in her final performance of "The Nutcracker" for the season. After the performance, family and friends will gather for dinner, and Cranberry Prosecco Cocktails will be one of my contributions to the festivities.  
  • A genius use for the can opener this holiday season

    rshreeves
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Some of the gifts you give or get this holiday season will probably come in packaging that induces rage. Shouldn’t a holiday gathering be rage-free — at the very least? When it takes two people, your sharpest scissors, and the knowledge that you may end up with a large gash in your hand to open a gift packaged in a clamshell, there’s a problem.  
  • What is salt block cooking?

    rshreeves
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    One of the food trends that has been slowly emerging the last couple of years is salt block cooking. Have you heard of it?   A salt block is a slab of pure salt, and one of the popular options is the pink Himalayan salt block, which is made by stonemasons who mine the millions-of-years-old crystallized chunks of salt from mines in Pakistan.  
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  • The New York Times Automobiles section: End of an era

    jmotavalli
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    In late October, the New York Times executive editor, Dean Baquet, announced, in a letter to staff, that the 20-year-old Automobiles section would die. “[D]espite sensational work over the years by Jim Cobb and his crew,” he said, “the masthead and I concluded there is no longer an economic reason for a separate section.”   The section ended its run last Sunday, Dec. 21. Go to the site now and you’ll read this:
  • 30 states ban dangerous guardrails

    jmotavalli
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    When it comes to highway safety, cover-ups and delaying tactics aren't a good idea. Full disclosure is usually a much better option. Consider the history: Ford stonewalled on its exploding Pintos, and that ended up costing the company far more than if it had just quickly admitted there was a problem. General Motors dragged its feet on defective ignition switches, and Toyota fought off any suggestion that its cars unintentionally accelerated.
  • When there is no driver, car interiors can go wild

    jmotavalli
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    It took a long time before car designers realized they didn't have to deal with a horse. That may sound funny, but the  first “horseless carriages” looked just like, well, carriages. And it’s going to be just like that as we switch to self-driving cars. It’s a challenge that calls for out-of-the-box thinking.  
  • Carsharing expands (with apologies to Uber)

    jmotavalli
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    While all the news is about ride services (Uber’s ballooning $40 billion valuation and sometimes high-handed behavior does tend to make headlines), a related innovation — carsharing — is pushing forward just as fast.  
  • The states where electric cars rule

    jmotavalli
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    As they say on the public radio show "Marketplace," let’s do the numbers. According to forecaster IHS, 2014 could be a big year for car sales in the U.S. Sales are expected to reach 16.4 million this year (the best results since 2006). And 2015 could top 17 million.
 
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  • Dog fails obedience test, wins hearts

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

    lmoss
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    How do you wrap a cat? The short answer is you don't.   But if you happen to share your home with a patient and forgiving feline, this YouTube user offers a helpful (and adorable) video tutorial for holiday cat wrapping.   If nothing else, it's a great mental break from wrapping those easy boxes.  
  • Tiny hamster eats big Thanksgiving dinner

    lmoss
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
      There's a lot of anxiety involved in preparing a Thanksgiving feast for discerning palates.   But, as the well-dressed chef in the video above proves, the payoff makes it all worthwhile. Watch this hungry hamster and his furry friends devour their specially created meal.  
  • It's playtime for these adorable white lion cubs

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

    lmoss
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
      Ohio Statue University’s marching band is known for its incredibly detailed choreographed routines, and on Sept. 6 the band kicked off the football season with a fitting tribute to television.  
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    Compass

  • 2014 Grassroots Anti-Coal Movements To Watch

    Compass Team
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    Wherever there are coal mines, coal shipping ports, and power plants around the globe, local communities are fighting back against deadly pollution and economic destruction. Today, the Sierra Club released our fourth annual report on some of the world’s major, ongoing grassroots coal fights around the world. Pitted against unimaginable wealth and power and too often facing violence and intimidation, these are the people that refuse to be silent. This year, the danger coal poses to local communities has never been more apparent. In January, a chemical used to wash coal was leaked into the…
  • Holiday Season Brings Big Developments For International Coal Financing

    Compass Team
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    While we were celebrating the start of the holiday season last week, there were a lot of big developments around the world to be thankful for, and a few to be wary of. As the world turns its eyes to Lima for the COP20 climate negotiations, which kicked off on Monday, France decided it was not going to wait until next year’s negotiations in Paris to show leadership. President Francois Hollande announced an end to export credit financing for coal, making France the latest domino to fall as countries and banks commit to ending support for this deadly fossil fuel, whose pollution kills up…
  • Grassroots Activists Leading The Fight For A Nuclear Free Future

    Compass Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Susan Corbett, team leader of the Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign, has been a leader in anti-nuclearactivism since the 1970’s. Growing up in South Carolina, the state with the highest dependence on nuclear energy in the US, she was drawn into the anti-nuclear movement when a nuclear plant was built 10 miles from her childhood home. This past weekend, Corbett joined over 70 other leaders in the anti-nuclear movement, representing over 30 U.S. states, Canada and Japan for The Summit for a Nuclear Free Future in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Sierra Club’s Nuclear Free Campaign was there in…
  • The World’s First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

    Compass Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that’s the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets, starting with pico solar products like lanterns, from the bottom up. But just over the horizon lies much larger solar home systems and the next big opportunity capable of powering whole communities -- mini-grids. One way to get us from here to mini-grids is a novel new concept: rural feed-in tariffs, or RFITs for short.   What an RFIT does is…
  • Beyond-the-Grid Is Not Just About Light, It’s About Resiliency

    Compass Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Photo courtesy of Prudhvi Mitra At times when the grid fails, distributed generation offers a way to keep the lights on -- not only in areas beyond the reach of the grid but in cities as well. People often highlight the cost-effectiveness and rapidity of deploying beyond-the-grid solar solutions. As the story goes, beyond-the-grid solar companies are providing power to rural places in developing countries where the grid hasn’t yet reached and at a lower cost than other available options. But distributed generation has other important benefits: it can offer more reliability than a…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • As New York Bans Fracking, Calls for Moratorium in Pennsylvania Grow Stronger

    Sharon Kelly
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    This week, New York Governor Cuomo announced that his state would ban fracking, due in large part to concerns about impacts on public health. But right across the border in Pennsylvania, one of the fastest-moving shale booms in the country still proceeds at breakneck speed. While Governor-elect Tom Wolf campaigned on promises to tax shale gas extraction, evidence continued to grow that Pennsylvania has struggled to police the drilling industry or even keep tabs on its activities. A scathing report issued in July by State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale found that record-keeping was…
  • Breaking: Fracking Permit Issued in Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish

    Julie Dermansky
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a drilling permit for Helis Oil and Gas today, bringing the company one step closer to realizing its ambition to frack in St. Tammany Parish. Public outcry against fracking in St. Tammany Parish, an area known for its pristine water and picturesque wetlands 40 miles east of New Orleans, was not enough to sway the state agency. But the public's input has led to unprecedented conditions being attached to the permit. Concerned citizens in St. Tammany Parish fill the bleachers in the Lakeshore High School gym in Mandeville, LA. ©2014…
  • New EPA Coal Ash Regulations Are Not Enough To Stop The Next Coal Ash Spill

    Mike Gaworecki
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
    The Environmental Protection Agency released long-awaited coal ash regulations today, the first rules ever to be imposed on the storage and disposal of the toxic waste left over after burning coal for electricity—the second largest industrial waste stream in the U.S. But according to Earthjustice and the 10 environmental and public interest groups it represented in suing to force the release of the regulations in the first place, the EPA’s new rules are not nearly stringent enough to stop the next coal ash spill before it happens. The new rules will not phase out the practice of storing…
  • Top Five UK Fracking Moments of 2014

    Richard Heasman
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:09 am
    DeSmog UK has compiled a list of the top 5 fracking moments of 2014 for our #FrackingFriday series – complete with controversial government reforms, industry blunders and the defining moments of a debate that has exacerbated the relationship between public and energy, government and industry, people and planet. Fracking Beneath Your Floor In the heat of a scorching summer, the UK government confirmed reforms to the Infrastructure Bill that will now allow fracking companies to drill directly under people’s homes. This is despite 99% of the public opposing the changes.  The amendments,…
  • Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

    Steve Horn
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    DeSmogBlog recently revealed how Big Oil's lobbyists snuck expedited permitting for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on public lands into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015, which passed in the U.S. House and Senate and now awaits President Barack Obama's signature. A follow-up probe reveals that the public lands giveaway was not the only sweetheart deal the industry got out of the pork barrel bill. The NDAA also included a provision that opened the floodgates for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S.—cars that would largely be fueled by gas obtained…
 
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    Eco-Chick

  • When Gnomes Come Home: A Solstice Story

    Starre Vartan
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    ‘Twas a foggy morning in Wren, Oregon, when I saw them, this time the first. Rain rolled over the lower Coast Range, dampening summer’s thirsty thirst. Per usual, I took myself (and my mug of tea) to perambulate the meadows (Why? To balance my Chi). When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but red-hatted gnomes where usually, there are only deer! A tall one and a short one, each with impressively long white beards—as you can see. Every time I turned my back, they moved, but when I looked at them, they just peered—inscrutably—at me. Clearly they were travelers, and even…
  • Tasty Tipples and Celebratory Cocktails to Keep the Season Merry and Bright

    Starre Vartan
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Winter drinks can be tough; you want to do something special without wandering into ‘cutesy’ territory. Well, do I have some solutions for you! From all-white creamy cocktails to bright red sips, from green-in-a-pretty-way party-pleasers to hot and spicy. Check these fun ideas out and have a very Happy Holiday!   Check out Tasty Tipples for Winter Celebrations by Starre Vartan at Foodie.com This post sponsored by Foodie.com, but all the delicious drinks I chose were my own! Main image via John Morgan/Flickr The post Tasty Tipples and Celebratory Cocktails to Keep the Season…
  • Why You Should Nix Baby Wipes from Your Life

    Starre Vartan
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Why are so many women using baby wipes for cleansing instead of washing their faces? I’m not sure, but it likely has to do with the fact that it’s quick and doesn’t require a trip to the bathroom (although I hope you’re brushing your teeth at night, so you’re already in the bathroom…). But while baby wipes seem convenient, they’re really not great for cleansing, for several reasons—not to mention they’re wasteful. According to Dr. Susan Stuart, the co-founder of La Jolla Plastic Surgery Dermatology: They may be convenient, but baby wipes as…
  • Animal Rescue: Expert Advice and How-Tos

    Veronica Goin
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Don’t feed ducks– or any wild animal– bread or other human food! By Veronica and Dana Goin Animal rescue can be a daunting mission. Kind-hearted people who find a stray often don’t know how to help or where to turn. I’m very lucky; if I ever need to ask for advice about an animal, especially about rescuing a stray, I know exactly where to turn. My sister Dana has always been one of those extraordinary people to whom animals are inexplicably and universally drawn.  It’s as though she broadcasts a hum of sound inaudible to the human ear that says “It’s okay.
  • Black and White and Gold: 7 Festive Ethical Fashions for Party Season

    Starre Vartan
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    It’s that time of year! Parties, parties everywhere, and you need something cool, confident, and comfy (who can have a good time in uncomfortable clothes?) to rock as you celebrate the holidays and a new year (already, eeeek!). Each of these lovely pieces would be very wearable after the New Year too, and even into the Spring, so it’s definitely not disposable party clothes we’re advocating (you know we love it when stuff lasts for years). This Myrrhia Pyramid dress in this totally unique graphic gold pattern would look fabulous with tall black heeled boots for a festive…
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Ford Mustang

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    For the pony-car faithful, the arrival of the sixth-generation 2015 Ford Mustang is a watershed moment. Now a luxury coupe of the first order, with enough performance on the order sheet to muscle up to sports-car territory, the Mustang is now fully free of its plebeian beginnings. It's fresh, advanced, plush, and technical, with more...
  • 2015 Audi Allroad

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    The 2015 Audi Allroad is really a model whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts—a family-sized wagon with brawny styling, perky on-the-road performance, and a little more rough-road and all-weather toughness than a typical sedan. While the previous edition of the Allroad had been built on A6 underpinnings, the current...
  • 2015 Audi A5

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Often imitated and ever-handsome, the Audi A5 family includes some of the best-looking practical two-door cars built so far in the 21st century. The lineup consists of Coupe and Cabriolet versions, as well as high-performance S5 variants, and it uses many components shared with the Audi A4 sedans. With the standard 2015 Audi A5, Audi...
  • 2015 Audi A4

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The 2015 Audi A4 doesn't get much in the way of change this year, as next year an all-new generation of the A4 family is expected. For now, this lineup of sport sedans remains a design trend-setter, and you still can take your pick from its tasteful palette of exterior and interior trims, high-tech features, and various driving flavors...
  • Maserati Quattroporte

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The Maserati Quattroporte is a four-door luxury performance sedan. It is the larger of Maserati's sedans, now that the brand offers a mid-size Ghibli. The Quattroporte--Q-porte for short--is a rival for vehicles like the Jaguar XJ and Audi A7/S7/RS 7, and perhaps even the Aston Martin Rapide. Literally translated from the Italian as "four doors,"...
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    Green Living

  • A\J's Winter Holiday Survival Guide

    vszeto
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:54 pm
    This handy guide will help you navigate the chaos of December Article provided by Alternatives Journal December isn’t always an easy time of year.read more
  • Banana Oatmeal Mookie

    vszeto
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    A great recipe for a healthy treat that can also double as a thoughtful holiday gift! by Real Food for Real Kids Healthy Baking from Real Food for Real Kids Makes 2 dozenread more
  • Best Eco-Gifts in Hurry!

    vszeto
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Great gift ideas that you can feel good about giving by Green Living Editors You made your list and checked it twice, but now you realize there’s one gift you forgot to get. If the thought of heading to a mall at this time of year gives you anxiety, fear not!read more
  • The healing power of bees

    vszeto
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:49 pm
    3 natural products to have on your radar by Green Living Editors Photo credit:  istockphoto.com/antb Everyone is buzzing about bees as the latest natural secret to health and beauty. Check out these three fabulous products that utilize our black and yellow friends.read more
  • The key to your greener home away from home

    vszeto
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Green Key Rated Hotels by EcoParent Magazine Photo credit:  istockphoto.com/ZLuketina When your family hits the road for some adventure, you don’t have to leave your eco values at home! The
 
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    Free Utility & Energy Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Safety Simplified: Oil & Gas Onsite Inspections

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Hosted by Intelex oil and gas solutions specialist Steve Buffett, this webinar showcases how safety has never been simpler!Key topics covered include:Behavior based strategies for ensuring that you ace your next auditHow to get consistent, reliable data from on-sites conducted by multiple inspectors across multiple locationsMaking the most of your observations by discovering trends in at-risk behaviorsSimple tactics for identifying and acting on the metrics you can use to improve safety performanceLeveraging technology to increase the efficiency and reliability of your onsite safety…
  • Empowering Your Energy Management Program - ISO 50001 Certification Made Easy

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

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    To successfully address the top HSE and quality risks you face, you need the right strategies, policies and procedures in place. This 30-minute webinar outlines the 5 major HSE and quality risks in the oil and gas industry, proven strategies for eliminating them and how implementing a risk management program can lead to better business practices.Learn how to stop HSE and quality risks in their tracks by:Conducting proactive audits and inspectionsTracking leading indicators to prevent near-missesMaintaining compliance by staying on top of permit renewalsManaging CAPAs to reduce the frequency…
  • Life After the Incident: Claims, Cases, Lost Time and the Hidden Cost of Hazards in Utilities

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

    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the relentless pursuit of operational efficiency, cost control reigns supreme. But more organizations are also seeking to implement processes and policies that are environmentally friendly.In this eBook learn six steps to a greener fleet, such as:Monitor emissionsReduce idle timeImprove vehicle maintenanceReduce speedingImprove routing, and much moreSave money and shrink your company's environmental footprint. Download your personal copy of this eBook now!Request Free!
 
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • The List: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift

    3BL Media
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Are you shopping green for your holiday gifts? As I’ve been rounding up gifts for my family and friends, I’ve been trying to be as responsible as possible: I’m shopping [...] The post The List: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture

    3BL Media
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    When I graduated from college in 1980 (yes, I’m aging myself), I had a degree in Agricultural Journalism because there were so many open jobs in the agricultural industry. We’ve [...] The post Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF’s Water Cellars for Mothers

    3BL Media
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    China is a dynamic industrial engine and an emerging leader in the world economy. However, there is another China, full  of rural communities, often lacking basic infrastructure and competing for limited [...] The post PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF’s Water Cellars for Mothers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • 51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

    3BL Media
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Samsung today announced the 51 state winners in the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging students and [...] The post 51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate

    3BL Media
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Are they real or fake? Most of us who celebrate the holidays with a Christmas tree have an opinion about which type of tree is better, so we decided to take [...] The post Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Energy Circle

  • From the Experts: Home Performance Industry Predictions for 2015

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

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

    Emily Straubel
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    As smartphones and tablets continue to change, it seems like our world is also changing, almost faster than we can keep up. It has left business owners and marketers wondering "What does that mean for us? Will desktop websites be completely taken over by mobile?" During this week's Energy Circle Pro webinar, we started digging into the mobile data for home performance companies across our Energy Circle network (over 325 companies in 49 states) to see if what is perceived as trends in business as a whole are also true for our industry.  While digging into the depths of…
  • Don't Start Redesigning Your Website Until You Answer These Questions

    Peter Troast
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Before buying or building a house you have to ask yourself a few serious questions about your family's future. Will I get married? Are we going to have any more kids? Do I really want to drive to work? How secure is my financial growth? You would never buy a one bedroom apartment when you're getting ready to start a family, or a property with a 3 car garage if you only own a bike. That seems like common sense to any homeowner because it's a common part of the planning process.  This week's Energy Circle Weekly Webinar was on the Latest in Web Design, and there was some…
  • Building Bigger Impact: The Value of Your Website's Domain Authority

    Peter Troast
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I’ve been talking a lot recently about the concept of Domain Authority, and several people have asked for more clarity on what this metric means and how to influence it. Ask and ye' shall receive! In simple terms, Domain Authority (DA)  is a measure of the “strength” of your website. Why pay attention to DA? Across the network of home performance businesses we work with, no other singular factor has as much impact on general online success. As DA grows, we’re able to directly measure and track the lift in search rankings, and therefore, site traffic. You can…
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    Sweet Greens

  • 4 Organic and Natural Stocking Stuffer Treats

    Jennie Lyon
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    The big day is almost here, are your children’s so excited that they can’t stop talking about Christmas? I love every-single-thing-about-it! From decorating our home and selecting the perfect gifts to sipping hot cocoa with peppermint sticks and listening to holiday music. This time of year is perfection! One of my favorite part’s of the holiday is picking out stocking stuffers for Eben. When I was little, the stocking was always my favorite part – I remember taking my sweet time opening each and every tiny gift that my mom found to pack inside it. If I had only…
  • 3 Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers from Blue Orange Games

    Jennie Lyon
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:38 am
    Every year when doing my holiday shopping, board and card games are always at the top of my list. Even as Eben gets older, I have found that playing a round of cards or a quick board game with him after dinner is a great way to bond. This year, I headed straight to my favorite eco-friendly game shop to stock up! Blue Orange is my favorite because all of their games are super well made with heavy-duty pieces that will not fall apart. These are games that you will pass down from generation to generation. They are come packed in fantastic tins which is perfect for keeping all of those pieces…
  • Happy Hanukkah!

    Jennie Lyon
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hello, Friends! Happy 1st night of Hanukkah to everyone who celebrates! I hope you have an amazing eight nights of beautiful light with everyone you love. We have nights of menorah lighting, family dinners, macaroon noshing and dreidel playing. How are you celebrating? Happy Hanukkah! I love this simple menorah for kids via Parents Magazine – brilliant! The post Happy Hanukkah! appeared first on Sweet Greens.
  • Helping Holidays: 4 Green Gifts That Give Back

    Jennie Lyon
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The holidays are all about celebrating acts of giving, making it the perfect opportunity to make your gift giving smarter this season. There are so many amazing businesses out there that give back when you purchase one of their products. These companies are tied to doing good somewhere in the world every time a purchase is made. Read on for my 4 favorite gifts that give back – and if you hurry you can still get these goodies by Christmas. 1. Warby Parker Glasses Eben and I both wear glasses and love the stylish, affordable frames from Warby Parker. For every pair of glasses that you…
  • 4 Green Ways to Unwind As a Family on School Nights

    Jennie Lyon
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    With tests, sports, homework, and lessons, after school schedules during the school year can get hectic quickly. Right now, Eben works with his art tutor 3 times a week and his math tutor once – so, I would say that our schedule feels a little overwhelming right now. If you spend the school year wondering what’s your spouse and kids are up to, try these 4 tips for unwinding and reconnecting as a family on school nights. #1 Family Dinner or Breakfast Even if everyone in the house has a different schedule, try your best to sit down as a family even for 30 minutes to eat dinner or…
 
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    Newsy Headlines

  • N.Y. Congressman Michael Grimm To Plead Guilty To Tax Fraud

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Watch VideoStaten Island congressman Michael Grimm will plead guilty to one count of federal tax evasion Tuesday. That's according to several reports.When the indictment was announced, Grimm told reporters "Since day one, the press has been fed all types of innuendos and accusations to support, and let me be very clear, a political witch hunt."Grimm has been facing a 20-count federal indictment since April. Most of the charges come from Grimm's time operating Healthalicious, a Manhattan restaurant. Prosecutors say he falsified wage reports to conceal…
  • De Blasio Calls For Pause In Protests After NYPD Killings

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Watch VideoIt's not a formal ban on protesting, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking for protests against police violence to be put on hold after two NYPD officers were ambushed and killed Saturday."I think it's a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time."At a police charity luncheon de Blasio asked for a pause in protests and political debates, and for New Yorkers to focus on the grieving families of the two murdered officers.It's a sentiment…
  • FedEx And UPS Try Not To Repeat Last Christmas' Delays

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Watch VideoWe're probably all guilty of putting off some of our Christmas shopping until the last minute. But while that used to result in a panicked rush to a crowded shopping mall, these days you're more likely to just go online.Last year, FedEx and UPS learned the hard way not to underestimate people's urge to click "order" in late December. NBC reporters said, "For the shipping giants today, it is the nightmare after Christmas."  "FedEx and UPS scrambling to deliver late packages that didn't make it in time for Christmas,"…
  • North Korea Has Long History Of Sponsoring Terrorism

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Watch VideoPresident Obama has pledged a "proportional response" to the hack on Sony Pictures, which U.S. officials believe North Korea is responsible for. One response that's reportedly been considered is returning North Korea's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. (Video via CNN)The hermit nation had that designation until 2008, when it was lifted during the Bush administration's negotiations over the country's nuclear program. (Video via Euronews)Although this latest incident with Sony over a satirical movie borders on absurdity, North Korea has…
  • Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70 After Battling Lung Cancer

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Watch VideoMusician Joe Cocker died Monday morning in his Colorado home after battling lung cancer. He was 70 years old.Born in 1944, Cocker grew up in Sheffield, England, and began pursuing a music career in his 20s. He shot to fame in 1968 when his cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" rose to No. 1. Cocker's version of the hit song would later be used as the theme song for the ABC television show "The Wonder Years." (Video via Regal Zonophone / Joe Cocker, ABC / "The Wonder Years")In 1983, Cocker won a Grammy…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • 90% of Public Comments on Strategic Energy Plan Call For 'Nuclear-Free Japan'

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Breakdown of Public Comments to the Strategic Energy PlanCollected from December 6, 2013 to January 6, 2014Data from Asahi ShimbunGraph by Japan for Sustainability On April 11, 2014, the Cabinet of Japan approved a national Strategic Energy Plan in which nuclear energy is determined to be an "important base-load electricity source." Prior to this Cabinet decision, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) called for public comments on the proposal. The public had one month from December 6, 2013, to submit their opinions on the plan. The results showed that the majority of opinions…
  • Toward a Sustainable Japan: Fukushima Accidents Show Japan's Challenges

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.147 (November 2014) Greens/EFA MEPs' action to remember the disaster and its victims at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on March 11, 2014Image by greensefa Some Rights Reserved. Junko Edahiro, chief executive of Japan for Sustainability delivered a keynote speech on September 10, 2014, at an international symposium "Cope with the Stress of Future Changes - Preparing States, Region, Cities, Organization, Families and People for the Ongoing Transition" organized by the Club of Vienna, an international network of experts in economics, social, natural and environmental…
  • Residents Work Together to Restore Coastal Pine Groves Damaged by Disasters

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright Watari Green Belt Project All Rights Reserved. Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article in an eastern Japan newspaper called the Tokyo Shimbun. The weekly article delivers news and stories on reconstruction efforts in the areas devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The series of articles is submitted by JKSK Empowering Women Empowering Society, a certified non-profit organization, about an initiative dubbed the "Yui-Yui Project," which supports victims of the earthquake. This month, JFS introduces an article published on April 18, 2014,…
  • What Kind of Economy Produces True Affluence? - Interview with Philosopher Takashi Uchiyama (Part 2)

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.147 (November 2014) The former Kurosawa family residence Ueno Village, Gunma PrefectureImage by TANAKA Juuyoh Some Rights Reserved. The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society, with JFS as its outreach partner, is undertaking a project, "What Is Economic Growth? -- Interviews with 100 People," in collaboration with Patagonia Japan. The project aims to encourage people to think about economic growth by asking specialists from many different fields to share their ideas about economic growth.
  • Suntory Sets Future Vision and Aims for Creating Sustainable Global Environment

    6 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Copyright Suntory All Rights Reserved. Suntory Holdings announced on January 30, 2014, that it has formulated the Suntory Environmental Vision toward 2050 and has set 2020 targets in light of its globalizing corporate activities. Based on the two pillars of "Preserving and Regenerating the Natural Environment" and "Reducing Environmental Impact," Suntory promotes environmental management globally to realize its corporate philosophy -- In Harmony with People and Nature.
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    1800Recycling.com

  • How to Recycle Video Games

    Sophia Bennett
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Video games are an extremely popular pastime in the U.S. The <a href="http://www.theesa.com/about-esa/industry-facts/" target="_blank" title="Entertainment Software Association" class="">Entertainment Software Association</a> shares that from 2005-2009 the video game industry grew seven times faster than the country’s economy overall, and that it will continue to grow at 5% annually through 2015. In 2012, the various video game manufacturers sold 174 million video games. That is good news for the economy, but not such great news for the…
  • Recycling Profile: Bethesda, MD

    1-800-RECYCLING
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> <img class="undefined" title="bethesda-recycling" alt="Bethesda-recycling.png" data-cms-alignment="right" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/12/Bethesda-recycling_400x400.png"> Bethesda, MD (pop. 63,374), and surrounding communities in Montgomery County on the north side of <a href="/2012/05/recycling-profile-washington-dc" target="_blank" title="Recycling Profile:…
  • Kirsten Muenster Jewelry: The Beauty of Recycled Metals

    Wendy Gabriel
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    If you are looking for something extraordinary for a certain special someone this holiday season, here is a great idea for you. <a href="http://www.kirstenmuensterjewelry.com" target="_blank" title="Kirsten Muenster Jewelry" class="">Kirsten Muenster Jewelry</a> is not only gorgeous, but the company also uses a transparent supply chain, which is important in an industry that is fraught with human rights violations, toxic waste and environment damage. Kirsten Muenster, the founder and designer of the jewelry line, works with 100% recycled…
  • Upcycled Gift Idea: Bike Chain Bowl

    Maggie Wehri
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Finding the perfect eco-gift is no easy task — especially when we need something for our significant other, parents, teachers, co-workers and mentors on short notice. One gift that could appeal to all of the above might be <a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/bike-chain-bowl" target="_blank" title="Uncommon Goods’ Bike Chain Bowl" class="">Uncommon Goods’ Bike Chain Bowl</a> (<i>$84</i>). Each bowl is handmade in Oregon by Graham Bergh, a biker and artisan that has been collecting thousands of pounds of used bike…
  • Recycled Gift for the Techie on Your List: Reveal Cases

    April Stearns
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Still stuck looking for a holiday gift or two? For many of us, this is a great time to look into sturdy, practical gifts that will consistently come in handy and last a long time. Many environmentally friendly gifts will fit these criteria, but I want to point out <a href="http://revealshop.com/shop/eco-materials/recycled-fabrics.html" target="_blank" title="Reveal’s recycled fabric mobile and tablet cases" class="">Reveal’s recycled fabric mobile and tablet cases</a>. <a href="/2012/09/recycling-profile-seattle"…
 
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Training Your Children toward a Sustainable Future

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:43 am
    It is very important for kids to develop a greener lifestyle while appreciating nature and its resources. Sustainability is not just limited to our environment. It involves our entire community’s quality of life. If you wish your children to have a good quality of life in future, then now is the time to teach them ... The post Training Your Children toward a Sustainable Future appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Ways to Make Your Laundry Clean and Green

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Have you ever given it a thought that your laundry load is actually a load on the environment too? Yes, it can create a large impact. According to some studies, only washing and drying our laundry contributes as much as 80 percent of the impact of our clothing lifecycle. This means that we can do ... The post Ways to Make Your Laundry Clean and Green appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Ways to Recycle Rain Barrels and Turn Them into Useful Objects

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Rain barrels are used to collect rainwater that is later used for irrigation and similar purposes. As you recycle the collected rainwater, you can also recycle rain barrels that are no longer required. While some types of rain barrels can be recycled to create useful objects, other types of rain barrels can only be recycled ... The post Ways to Recycle Rain Barrels and Turn Them into Useful Objects appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Eating Organic Without Burning a Hole in Your Pocket

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    Most of us want to shift to organic foods for a healthier lifestyle. However, the high prices of organic foods tend to deter our ambitions quite a bit. Not to worry though, for here are some budget friendly ways to enjoy organic foods in order to remain healthy and contribute to the environment in the ... The post Eating Organic Without Burning a Hole in Your Pocket appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Take Care of Your Car the Green Way

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    If you have a car, you most probably know that taking good care of it is one of the best ways to maximize its performance and preserve the environment at the same time. Accordingly, here are some simple and yet effective car care tips that would help you take care of your car better and ... The post Take Care of Your Car the Green Way appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
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    Pure Natural Diva

  • Tony Robbins Daily Gratitude & Abundance Ritual

    Odesk Test
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    A friend (Lewis Howes) had the opportunity to interview Tony Robbins.  The discussion was full of wisdom and insight delivered in a relaxed unplugged format. […] The post Tony Robbins Daily... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Keep Your Holiday Tree Fresh & Green This Year

    Tania Reuben
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Keeping your holiday tree green and fresh through the season is possible! Use the tips here and extend the freshness of your holiday tree this […] The post Keep Your Holiday Tree Fresh &... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Natural Teeth Whitening from the PND Pinterest Page

    Odesk Test
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Are you as addicted to Pinterest as we are? I use it to organize all my  favorite internet finds, plan projects I’ll likely never have […] The post Natural Teeth Whitening from the PND... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • 6 Reasons Argan Oil is a Skincare Essential

    Odesk Test
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Argan oil is one of the hottest new trends in beauty – for good reason too!  After reading this it may become an essential part […] The post 6 Reasons Argan Oil is a Skincare Essential... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Thanksgiving Menu: Recipes for the Entire Meal

    Tania
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
      Last year I spent hours choosing the recipes I would use for Thanksgiving.  Everything turned out  well.  Being a creature of habit.  We’ll have […] The post Thanksgiving Menu:... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Christmas Desserts: Coconut Chia Pudding

    Becky Striepe
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Christmas desserts can be a real sugarfest. They can also be incredibly elaborate and time-consuming. This chia pudding recipe is a healthier, simpler alternative for the holiday table The post Christmas Desserts: Coconut Chia Pudding appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 3 Great Cookbook Gifts For Foodies (Including one that’s FREE!)

    Jennifer Kaplan
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I spend a lot of time reviewing artisanal, unique and conscious cookbooks on this site. Here are five cookbook gifts I am giving this holiday The post 3 Great Cookbook Gifts For Foodies (Including one that’s FREE!) appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Added sugar is worse for your body than salt.

    Becky Striepe
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Added sugars are a fact of life if you eat pretty much any processed foods, and we knew that wasn't good news. But a new study revealed that in the battle of white powders, added sugar is even worse for us than added salt The post Added sugar is worse for your body than salt. appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Organic Farm Yields Are Higher Than You May Think

    Mary Gerush
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Research found that organic farm yields are higher than previously estimated. Say bye-bye to conventional farming. Organic farming has a bright future The post Organic Farm Yields Are Higher Than You May Think appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Why I Didn’t Return Monsanto’s Phone Call

    Jill Ettinger
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    A few weeks ago, I received an email from a PR person identifying herself as writing on behalf of Monsanto, the multinational biotech company that’s so vilified, there’s an annual “March Against Monsanto” event The post Why I Didn’t Return Monsanto’s Phone Call appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
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    PlanetSave

  • SunPower & Sunverge Team Up For Solar + Storage In US & Australia

    Zachary Shahan
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    One of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world, the producer of the most efficient commercial solar modules on the planet, and a large solar developer — SunPower* — is teaming up with Sunverge Energy, a producer of “advanced Solar Integration System (SIS) energy storage solutions to residential customers and utilities.” Basically, the two SunPower & Sunverge Team Up For Solar + Storage In US & Australia was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on…
  • BC May Break A Treaty If It Builds The Site C Dam

    Roy L Hales
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Originally Published on the ECOreport There are many reasons to oppose the proposed Site C dam. It will flood what is reputedly some of the province’s most promising farmland. Most of the inhabitants of the Peace River Area, where the dam would be built, oppose the project. There are alternative energy sources, such as geothermal, which BC Hydro has BC May Break A Treaty If It Builds The Site C Dam 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,…
  • Community Solar Power To Blow Up With First Solar Jumping In

    Zachary Shahan
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:32 am
    There has long been a huge gap in the solar market, a gap between large, utility-scale solar projects and rooftop solar projects. It would be a disservice to numerous companies, organizations, citizen investors, and solar-supportive politicians to say that there has been nothing between those two installation types, but this middle space has long been Community Solar Power To Blow Up With First Solar Jumping In 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…
  • Solar Gets The Glory, But Your Boiler Is Important Too!

    Zachary Shahan
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    I love writing about the coolest cleantech solutions on the planet — solar panels, wind turbines, learning thermostats, LEDs, and electric cars. However, there are a lot of improvements you can make in your home to cut your energy use to a large degree. One of those is concerns one of the “least-cool” technologies running your home: Solar Gets The Glory, But Your Boiler Is Important Too! 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…
  • Residential Solar PV Prices Keep Dropping In US

    Zachary Shahan
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:54 am
    Originally published on Solar Love. The SEIA/GTM Research US Solar Market Insight™ report for the 3rd quarter was released today. Over on CleanTechnica, Josh covered the continued growth of the US solar power market. In this article, I want to quickly run down the pricing side of things. The short story is that solar prices continue Residential Solar PV Prices Keep Dropping In US was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
 
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    Sustainablog

  • The Battle For Plastic Water Bottles Among Chinese Recyclers [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Cutting-edge recycling companies in China have a hard time getting materials like plastic water bottles because of rogue operations throughout the country The post The Battle For Plastic Water Bottles Among Chinese Recyclers [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Easy Upcycling: Light Bulbs As Holiday Ornaments

    Guest Author
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Want new holiday ornaments for the Christmas tree? If you'v got burned-out incandescent bulbs laying around, try this easy upcycling project The post Easy Upcycling: Light Bulbs As Holiday Ornaments appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Plastic Trash In The Ocean: How Much Is There? [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    A new paper attempts to quantify the amount of plastic trash in the ocean, and offers ideas for cutting the wast that goes into these ecosystems The post Plastic Trash In The Ocean: How Much Is There? [Video] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Redesigning Play Time: How An Engineer Creates Toys From Trash To Educate Children

    Talancia Pea
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    Engineer Arvind Gupta thinks the trash can or recycle bin can enhance a child's play time much more than the toy or discount store The post Redesigning Play Time: How An Engineer Creates Toys From Trash To Educate Children appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Secret Of The Circular Economy

    Stephen Hanley
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    A sustainable business needs to have a circular economy model that re-purposes its waste products as raw materials for new products The post The Secret Of The Circular Economy appeared first on Sustainablog.
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    Crafting a Green World

  • Spotted: Magazine Bows from How about Orange, and 13 other Handmade Bows

    Julie Finn
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    You can make gifts look beautiful even without store-bought plastic ribbons and bows. Make these handmade bows instead! The post Spotted: Magazine Bows from How about Orange, and 13 other Handmade Bows appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • How to Make Mouthwash with Two Ingredients

    Becky Striepe
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Store-bought mouthwash often contains nasty chemical ingredients, and natural brands of mouthwash can be on the pricy side. Here's how to make mouthwash with ingredients that you probably have in your house already The post How to Make Mouthwash with Two Ingredients appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Kids Level up Their Eco Skills at DIY.org

    Julie Finn
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    My two favorite things about technology are 1) its ability to empower everyone, especially kids, to learn what they want to learn and do what they want to do, and 2) its potential for presenting information and encouraging people, especially kids, in ways that interest and engage them The post Kids Level up Their Eco Skills at DIY.org appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • 9 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts to Make this Weekend

    Becky Striepe
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    We've got exactly a week to get Christmas sorted out, y'all. Are you panicking? Don't panic. You've got this, because we've got nine last-minute Christmas gifts that you can make quickly in batches The post 9 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts to Make this Weekend appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Spotted: Book Page Star from House Revivals (and 11 other Book Page Projects)

    Julie Finn
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Got some beat-up books? You've got free craft supplies! The post Spotted: Book Page Star from House Revivals (and 11 other Book Page Projects) appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
 
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    Free Energy

  • The Season Once Again Upon Us

    Jim
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    And for those looking for a sign, this is it. Happy Holidays.
  • Royal Raymond Rife

    Jim
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:35 am
    I have been discovering that our old links for Rife are no more. Here’s a great doco about Royal Raymond Rife, a truly great scientist of the twentieth century.
  • Need Funding?

    Jim
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    Well, okay. But first you must agree with this and sign here, forever. GoFundMe charges a flat fee of 5% on all payments collected. The service works with WePay in the USA and PayPal or Stripe internationally to ensure that all donations go directly to you automatically – and in real-time. If you’re raising money […]
  • The Speed Of Light

    Jim
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am
    Einstein said the speed of light is the ultimate speed. Okay, how might you get around an ultimate speed? gravitycontrol.org/projectunity
  • GC: I’ll Take You There

    Jim
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
 
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • Where Can I Find Evidence of Green Retrofit ROI?

    rpfjr
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Question:  Chris asks: Where can I find evidence for the ROI on a green retrofit. Are there any documents you can point me to in this regard? Hi Chris, Summary of News:  There are numerous studies that offer analyses of the benefits of green buildings and green building retrofits in existing buildings. Here are five examples. Expert:  Divya Nambiar, LEED AP Related Advice:  Energy Efficiency Retrofit Market for Commercial Green Buildings to Double by 2020 Green Jobs: New York to Cut Energy Use by 20% with Building Retrofits read more
  • Should I Insulate Above my Garage?

    rpfjr
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Question:  Bill asks: I have a 1400 sq ft 1-story home. The builder did not insulate over the garage or over the outside porch both of which are under my attic. Should I insulate these areas? Hi Bill, Thank you for your question. Where you are located makes a big difference. If you are located in the northeast or somewhere where it gets very cold in the winter, the need to insulate becomes more urgent. The colder it is outside, the more the warm air inside the conditioned attic is going to want to leave through the uninsulated floor above your garage/porch. For instance if it's 20…
  • 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 with Project Experience

    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 with Project Experience was developed specifically for the LEED v4 exam, which measures understanding of working on LEED projects from within the exam itself. GreenStep’s LEED AP v4 Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Study Guide with Project Experience was developed specifically for the new LEED v4 exam, which measures understanding of working on LEED projects from within the exam itself. You'll prepare for the LEED v4 exam the best way possible, not only by focusing…
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    Green Eco Blog

  • New Green Cars Revealed at L.A. Auto Show

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

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

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

  • 5 Easy Ways to Wrap for the Holidays

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

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

    Jeanne
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Welcome & Hospitality Heading into Thanksgiving week, I wanted to follow up on an earlier recipe tradition and share a relatively new one.  About six years ago, I purchased this ceramic pineapple... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 4 Easy Homemade Recipes To Clean Your Fruits and Veggies

    Jeanne
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Though we may try hard to stick with the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list when buying fruits and vegetables, there may be times we stray simply due to cost or availability. In those cases, what are the... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • The Ripple Effect – Pick Me Up Instead!

    Jeanne
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Help!  If you have been to the beach lately, it’s highly likely you encountered all kinds of trash littering even the most pristine and priciest of beaches.  From bottle caps, to plastic bags,... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
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    Our Daily Green

  • Benefits of having a quality utility company

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Having constant access to electricity and heat in your home is a practical necessity nowadays. In order to have access to these services, you will need to hire a home utility company to provide them to you. Once a home utility company, such as Palmco, has initiated services in your home, you will be assured that you will have constant access to both electricity and heat. While it is very
  • Cleaning your solar panels

    30 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Everyone who has solar panels installed at their home or business knows the value of these systems. Solar panels are good for the environment as they limit the reliance on electricity. Not only do the panels reduce your carbon footprint, they reduce your energy costs. While there are numerous benefits to having solar panels, they will need to undergo maintenance periodically. Many people know
  • GreenHab the Office (infographic)

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    While you most likely practice recycling and energy saving at home, it’s critical to be an active participant in helping your office reduce its carbon footprint. Cafe Quill has created an infographic entitled “GreenHab the Office”. From starting a recycling program at your office, to smart ways to conserve energy, this infographic has tons of great tips to making your office as green as possible.
  • [Giveaway] SunJack Portable Solar Charger

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:50 am
  • Modern Kids Design Holiday Giveaway

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
 
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    ForceChange

  • Demand Rental Home Stop Endangering Bears

    Barney Jefferson
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Target: Mammoth Lakes Town Council Goal: Stop home rental from feeding wildlife A single rental home in the town of Mammoth Lakes is putting dozens of bears at-risk. The home, located at 2014 Lodestar Drive and known as the “Lodestar Lodge” is being rented out on a nightly basis to dozens of transient visitors every weekend. The home brags online about apparently making over one-hundred thousand dollars in rental income in the last two years. It seems like this money has corrupted its responsibilities to nature. Because the home sees a giant group of new renters every weekend,…
  • Applaud Transgender Anti-Discrimination Decision

    Yuval Idan
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General Goal: Applaud decision to include transgender status in anti-discrimination law U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that transgender individuals will now be protected under anti-discrimination laws. The Justice Department did not consider discrimination against transgender people to be prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender identity until now, so this is an important step for protecting trans individuals from discrimination. Please join us in letting Eric Holder know that he made the right decision. Transgender people tend to face…
  • Protect Forest Lands from Destructive Drilling

    Luis Miguel
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Pennsylvania State House Majority Leader Dave Reed Goal: Save state parks and forests from toxic gas drilling Dangerous and toxic gas drilling is taking place on State Forest lands in Pennsylvania, which are being leased to private energy companies. As a result of this nefarious policy, already over 700,000 acres of state forest and parkland have been leased for natural gas extraction. This practice badly damages and endangers Pennsylvania’s rich natural heritage as well as severely disrupting delicate wildlife habitats throughout the state. Moreover, it violates the state…
  • Success: Obama to Normalize Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

    Matthew Royal
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States of America Goal: Commend opening of new diplomatic relations with Cuba Recently President Obama took the first step on the long road to opening normalized diplomatic relations with Cuba. A recent petition called on the President to take just such measures and it seems to have finally been met with success. This move is almost as unexpected as it is welcome and we must commend the President for doing what is in the best interest of all. The time has finally come to let go of this senseless and harmful grudge. Diplomatic relations between…
  • End Push to Launch Nuclear Strike on Islam’s Holy Sites

    Rodney MacMaster
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Rick Wiles, radio host and founder of Trunews Goal: End push to eradicate Islam worldwide A fringe radio host named Rick Wiles recently advocated the cleansing of Islam from the world, following the tragic attacks in Peshawar, Pakistan that left 132 children and nine educators dead. He proposed that nuclear strikes be carried out against Islam’s holy sites of Mecca and Medina. Demand that Wiles end his push to commit mass genocide. David Wiles, founder of and host for the conservative radio station Trunews, was discussing the recent terror attacks carried out in Peshawar,…
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Put an extra $2000 in your pocket in 2015 by Going Green

    greenwise
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Living greener and more sustainably is an overlooked way to put extra cash in your bank account.  If you are finding that times are tough and you could use some extra money, let me show you how to give yourself a $2000 raise in 2015—and every year after that. I have spent years researching and […]
  • How to Eat for Health and Sustainability

    greenwise
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    There’s plenty to think about when it’s time to what constitutes a healthy diet. But there’s also another question that you could – and should – be asking yourself: Is this meal sustainable? Fortunately, many others have had the same question in mind when preparing their own meals, and they have had the foresight to […]
  • Have a Great (and Green) Thanksgiving

    greenwise
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    A Green Thanksgiving post courtesy of The Nature Conservancy. My thanks go out to them–and to all of you who read this blog–this Thanksgiving. Make your holiday a little more Earth friendly by choosing an eco-theme for your feast, like one of the three outlined below — it’s a fun way to start a new tradition with an […]
  • 5 Simple Methods To Increase Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

    greenwise
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. on November 7, 2014, was $2.94, the lowest level since December 2010, according to the latest Lundberg survey. But that doesn’t mean motorists should get complacent when it comes to saving money on fuel costs, particularly when a few simple adjustments can save you […]
  • How Are Casinos Becoming More Environmentally Friendly?

    greenwise
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    With global warming and the green-living culture becoming a significant issue, companies in all industries are having to re-think their strategies of production, sales and performance to in keep with a more environmentally friendly business plan. As casinos become more popular in modern day society, the gaming sector is striving to reduce their carbon footprint. […]
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    Almost All The Truth »

  • Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

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

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

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

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
      Happy Halloween to one and all. I wish you good weather and fun times for witches and goblins of all ages. Looking for a little reading to get you through until it’s time to put on the costumes and join the reverie? I’ve got a few I’ve been reading this week I’d like to share… Community Changes the World – “It is past time to stand together and say enough is enough. United is how we will effect change. Community changes the world.” Environmentalists sue over nuclear reactor’s impact on Columbia River – Something we must…
  • 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…
 
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • The Basics Of Climate Science

    Ramon Arratia
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    It doesn’t get much simpler than this.  In this video The Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences explain climate science in 60 seconds. The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. “Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. It is now more certain than ever, based on many lines of evidence, that humans are changing Earth’s climate. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, accompanied by sea-level rise, a strong decline in Arctic…
  • Waste Management’s 2014 Sustainability Report

    Ramon Arratia
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Waste Management have released their comprehensive sustainability report called “CREATING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY “. Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 20 million customers in the U.S. and Canada. “As part of our strategy, we are committed to developing new waste solutions that can help communities and organisations achieve their green goals, including zero waste.” As with all self served sustainability reports it can sometimes be hard to distinguish ‘company line’ from hard fact but this…
  • Why I love Tesla

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Last week I was lucky enough to drive a Tesla – What an experience! Thanks to Laura Cremer who organised the event for the Interface Sustainability Ambassador Training participants. The entire driving experience was amazing: immediate torque, no noise, huge computer display. I hope one day I’m fortunate enough to own one. The company is not just interesting for being a pioneer in electric cars, or for making electric cars sexy (now the mainstream German manufacturers are trying to copy it). What IS interesting from Tesla is now that that job is done, and electric is on its way to…
  • How Solar Will Light The Way in the UK [Study]

    Ramon Arratia
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    German think-tank Thema1 has published a report where they outline the solar situation in the UK. Here are some key extracts – to download the full report click on the image. — In 2015, solar PV globally will overtake both gas and coal to become the number one power generation technology in terms of annual installations. * We investigate three markets in solar power: large- scale, ground-mounted “solar farms”; commercial roof-top; and residential rooftop. We estimate that all three will be economic without support in the next decade. *  Increasing cost-competitiveness and…
  • An Economy That Works

    Ramon Arratia
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    UK business coalition backs “better growth” roadmap to get economy working harder for the environment and society. A coalition of some of the UK’s biggest businesses today backed a new macro-economic roadmap for Britain and launched a new independent campaign called “An Economy That Works” based on the findings of a major report. Campaign founders the Aldersgate Group and its progressive alliance of NGOs and UK businesses argue in their first report that the UK economy risks becoming detached from the long-term needs of society. It says that GDP growth is an…
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    Talking About Green

  • Why You Should Grow Your Own Produce

    Tushar Mathur
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    If green living is one of your passions, you may have given thought to growing your own fruits and vegetables. From healthier menu options to a more sustainable lifestyle, there are many benefits to be had from growing your own food. And if you’re still not convinced, keep reading to discover all the great advantages of growing your own produce. Growing Your Own Produce Helps the Environment Are you looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs can significantly lessen your family’s impact on the planet. First of all, if you forego harsh…
  • Environmental Home Improvements The Wave Of The Future In Canada

    Tushar Mathur
    1 Nov 2013 | 10:13 am
    Canadians by and large are becoming more environmentally cautious with each breaking revelation about global warming.  Many people even bring their eco-friendly positions directly into their homes. People are increasingly choosing to buy energy efficient homes or retrofit their homes with environmentally friendly products to make the unit greener.  The position of eco-friendly Canadians is that by saving energy, they contribute to the shift towards greener living and also save money on their energy bills over the long run. For example, energy efficient products can save an average Ontario…
  • Better Business Energy Contracts for SMEs

    Tushar Mathur
    13 Aug 2013 | 4:20 pm
    You may not have heard of Love Energy Savings – they are an online price comparison engine for the business energy market. The thing that makes this very different to the consumer market is that business energy contracts often end up rolling over if the customer (or SME) doesn’t switch energy provider soon enough. The commercial gas and electricity markets are slightly different for businesses. Contracts can last 2-3 years so being locked into a business energy contract after being rolled-over onto a high tariff is a business nightmare. The consumer market is much more regulated by…
  • 10 Supreme ways to choose the best career and focus on them

    Tushar Mathur
    30 Jun 2013 | 9:14 pm
    We’ve been having dreams about our career since childhood. For most people, the dreams change as they grow up when they discover their skills and options available. Sometimes, the interests change when they start exploring the other better options they have as they grow up. At the current rate of competition, one is clearly confused while choosing the career that would suit their expectations and interests. Therefore, it has become quite difficult for both students and parents to try and find a way to get to their suitable career and focus on it. The worst thing one could do is letting the…
  • Eco Friendly Products: 7 Best Ideas For Green Living

    Tushar Mathur
    27 Apr 2013 | 9:56 pm
    Green living is a great way to improve your overall life, save money and help create a more eco-friendly environment. Now more than ever, it is important for people to take action and begin preserving the environment. Thankfully, there are more than a few ways you can help the environment, and here are seven of the best ideas for living a green life. 1. Avoid Animal Products Items containing leather, furs, ivories, pig or any other living creature harm innocent animals during their making. Furthermore, it negatively affects our environment. By eliminating the use of these products, you make a…
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Top Ten Cool Ways that Animals See in the Dark

    Earth Rangers
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    During the winter months, things get dark outside pretty early which really cuts into key hours that could be spent playing outside. If only you could see better in the dark! Lots of animals have amazing night vision thanks to some pretty cool adaptations. Here’s a countdown of adaptations that help animals see in the dark. 10. Eye Size The colossal squid has the largest eyes of any known animal, reaching up to 30 cm across. That’s larger than a dinner plate! This species of squid lives in water up to 2 km deep. It’s pretty dark at these depths so having large eyes is a really important…
  • Earth Ranger Nicholas is on An Animal Saving Mission

    Earth Rangers
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Meet 10-year-old Nicholas, an Earth Ranger who has done some amazing things to help protect animals. Nicholas first learned about Earth Rangers when we visited his school in Portage La Prairie in Manitoba. Since then he has been busy doing his part to preserve the wild spaces that animals call home. On a Mission Nick and his bird feeder Nicholas accepted the Battery Blitz Mission and went to his dad’s work to collect batteries. He collected 400 batteries! To support the For the Birds Mission he came up with his own design for a bird feeder that will help birds in the winter and hopefully…
  • How to Catch a Wolf (and Make Sure it Doesn’t Get Hurt)

    Earth Rangers
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This summer and fall, Dr. Brent Patterson and his team were busy studying eastern wolves to learn more about where they travel and how they use their habitat. The team caught 28 canids (wolves plus coyotes), took measurements and placed tracking collars on the wolves’ neck so we can track them for the next couple of years. Dr Brent Patterson (right) and Earth Rangers’ Dr. Scott But wait a minute! How on earth did they get so close to the wolves without them running away? Well, Dr. Patterson has a secret that he wants to share with all Earth Rangers around the world. He’s a…
  • Countdown of Animals that Change Colour in the Winter

    Earth Rangers
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Just like we change our clothing for the winter, many animals also change their appearance to help them stay warm and to camouflage from predators. Check out this countdown of animals that look completely different from winter to summer. 1) Ptarmigan in the Summer 2) Ptarmigan in the winter 3) Arctic Hare in the Summer Photo credit: Flickr user Alan Sim 4) Arctic Hare in the Winter 5) Long Tailed Weasel in the Summer 6) Long Tailed Weasel in the Winter 7) Male American Goldfinch in the Summer 8) Male American Goldfinch in the Winter 9) Arctic Fox in the Summer 10) Arctic Fox in the Winter
  • Earth Rangers at Parliament Hill

    Earth Rangers
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    On Thursday, November 20, 2014 nine Earth Rangers members from the Ottawa area joined us at Parliament Hill for a very special event. Earth Rangers Nate, Mason, Ryan, Georgia, Emilia, Ella, Maizie, Sadie and Elijah with Dr. Colin Carrie, Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq and Laureen Harper. These members made posters about the work they have done to protect animals to help introduce Earth Rangers to Members of Parliament. The Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Mrs. Harper and numerous other MPs all stopped by to meet these Earth Rangers and hear how they are…
 
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Ford Mustang

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    For the pony-car faithful, the arrival of the sixth-generation 2015 Ford Mustang is a watershed moment. Now a luxury coupe of the first order, with enough performance on the order sheet to muscle up to sports-car territory, the Mustang is now fully free of its plebeian beginnings. It's fresh, advanced, plush, and technical, with more...
  • 2015 Audi Allroad

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    The 2015 Audi Allroad is really a model whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts—a family-sized wagon with brawny styling, perky on-the-road performance, and a little more rough-road and all-weather toughness than a typical sedan. While the previous edition of the Allroad had been built on A6 underpinnings, the current...
  • 2015 Audi A5

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Often imitated and ever-handsome, the Audi A5 family includes some of the best-looking practical two-door cars built so far in the 21st century. The lineup consists of Coupe and Cabriolet versions, as well as high-performance S5 variants, and it uses many components shared with the Audi A4 sedans. With the standard 2015 Audi A5, Audi...
  • 2015 Audi A4

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The 2015 Audi A4 doesn't get much in the way of change this year, as next year an all-new generation of the A4 family is expected. For now, this lineup of sport sedans remains a design trend-setter, and you still can take your pick from its tasteful palette of exterior and interior trims, high-tech features, and various driving flavors...
  • Maserati Quattroporte

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The Maserati Quattroporte is a four-door luxury performance sedan. It is the larger of Maserati's sedans, now that the brand offers a mid-size Ghibli. The Quattroporte--Q-porte for short--is a rival for vehicles like the Jaguar XJ and Audi A7/S7/RS 7, and perhaps even the Aston Martin Rapide. Literally translated from the Italian as "four doors,"...
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    Green Car Reports

  • 2014 Tesla Model S P85D: First Drive Of All-Electric AWD Performance Sedan

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    As a long-time Tesla Model S owner—almost two years now—I was naturally eager to get behind the wheel of the new dual-motor P85D. I’d had a couple of brief stints in 416-hp P85 loaners while my standard S85 was in for service. Those had been exhilarating enough, almost scary. What would it be like to drive a Model S with 691 hp...
  • Tesla Battery Swapping, EPA Carbon Regulations, Another 2016 Chevy Volt Teaser: Today's Car News

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Today we've got news of a pilot program for Tesla Model S electric-car battery swapping, a delay for EPA regulations that would limit carbon emissions from power plants, and yet another teaser for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt electric car. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla Motors' battery-swapping pilot program will launch this week in...
  • EPA Power Plant Carbon Regulations Late, Hostile Congress Likely To Fight Them

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The EPA regulations limiting the amount of carbon that can be emitted by existing powerplants may be the most crucial step forward in environmental policy made by the eight-year Obama Administration. But those regulations will apparently be late in arriving for public comment--and they face a notably more hostile U.S. Congress over the next two...
  • How To Boost Efficiency: Lighter Cars That Carry More People

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Efficiency is a many-splendored thing, and cutting vehicle weight has multiple beneficial effects. A lighter car requires less energy to move, meaning engine output can be lower. This, in turn, requires smaller, lighter powertrain components--which require less-beefy suspensions, further reducing weight. And so on. DON'T MISS: Surprise: Heavier...
  • Nissan Leaf Electric Car Disembowled, Displayed On Pegboard (Video)

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you ever wondered what a Nissan Leaf electric car looks like when you peel away the bodywork, seats, and virtually everything beside the powertrain? Thanks to one enterprising YouTube user--and one sacrificed electric car--now you can find out. DON'T MISS: What's Inside Chevrolet Volt Battery Pack And Drivetrain? Video Teardown Shows All For...
 
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Olives — Yum

    kb
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    A few months ago (before I was dizzy!) the folks at Olives from Spain offered up their expert, Annie Sibonney, the Cooking Network star, for an interview. They let me ask her questions and recorded her answers. Here, find that video with plenty of interesting olive facts as well as some recipes that sound delicious. The best part: They are offering one NaPM reader a nice gift — some free olives and olive-related items. Want them to come to your house? Comment below and tell me one thing you like about olives.
  • Things They Don’t Tell You About Concussions

    kb
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    As I am finally starting to slip out of the everyday-I’m-dizzy dizziness, I figured it’s time to share some info I learned along the way. Mostly, so others who are dealing with concussions can learn from my experience. (And what a SUCKY experience it was/is!) Here are some of the more upsetting/annoying things in no particular order… 1) Your resting heart rate and blood pressure may go up. As an avid exercise fan, I always had a low resting heart rate so when I started having palpitations and a feeling of my heart beating fast I went to the ER. They hooked me up to machines…
  • Adjusting to My Non-Super Status

    kb
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    One of the things that always bothered me was when people — mostly other moms — said I was a super mom. I felt like it set me apart and made people less likely to want to be my friend. Since the concussion, I have done a lot of what feels like slacking. It’s completely changed how I feel about myself and swung the pendulum the other direction. Take religion: I am a catechist for my older daughter. I am one of three teachers since we have a huge class. I realized quickly that teaching — heck, even sitting in — the classes makes me dizzy. So much head movement. So…
  • 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…
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    Green Home Guide General Feed

  • We smell strong oil fumes in our family room (oil furnaces right below room). What kind of professional do you call for proper ventilation?

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Is it dangerous to smell oil fumes from your furnace? What kind of professional do you call for proper ventilation? Our oil co. conducted its routine maintenance check and could not solve the problem. There is a fireplace in the family room - would a chimney co. help with the ventilation problem? Please help! Recommend contact a certified HERS rater and conduct a blower door test. However not just any HERS rater one that also has the carbon emission gas appliance certification. What you...
  • Putting a recirculation system in my house to get instant hot water for my faucets. do you think it would help as well as lower my bill some

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    At this time I have to run my faucets for a few seconds to get hot water. Trying to lower my water bill do you think this would help me. A recirculation system will save water and it'll be nice to have hot water sooner. To estimate the amount of water savings let's assume a 2.5 GPM (Gallons Per Minute)...
  • Winter position ceiling fan

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    For winter, clockwise or counter? Clockwise while you are looking up at it - also low speed For More: http://thehtrc.com/2014/faq-ceiling-fan-direction-summer-winter ...
  • Is it worthwhile to put Low-E reflective polyfoam insulation under new shingles in addition to housewrap?

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    I live in New England and have a house build in 1975 that's sheathed with T-111 plywood. Am planning to shingle it, and put housewrap under shingles to improve envelope. Question - is it worthwhile to put Low-E reflective polyfoam insulation under the shingles in addition to housewrap? Builder says it'll be equivalent to R4.2. I'm keen on improving the house's insulation by any means possible. Is this a good application of this product? Thanks! If your attic is vented, outdoor air will pass from the eave vent to the ridge vent and adding insulation on the top side of the roof…
  • Cost effective Cool Roof options for a low slope residential home near Atlanta

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    I'm having a hard time finding if any Cool Roof options are cost effective for a residential roof located near Atlanta. The roofers say it's not worth reflective shingles, which don't seem all that reflective. The south side of the home has no attic, it's drywalled high ceiling with no ductwork. A steel coated roof would be an option but concerned about rain sounds. Years ago I painted thermoelastic reflective material on the roof and it was cool to the touch compared to the brown asphalt shingles and appeared to actually protect the roof keeping the aggregate on relative to…
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • US Power Sector Needs $2.1 Trillion in Investment by 2035, Says EIA

    JeffStJohn
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The US must spend $2.1 trillion for 30 years to modernize the grid and prepare for more renewable energy, according to the IEA. While the country’s “energy policy landscape has changed” since 2008, it still faces some serious barriers to reaching its carbon reduction and energy independence goals.read more
  • How Much Renewable Natural Gas Can Be Produced?

    Ed Dodge
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Renewable natural gas (RNG) is methane produced from biomass that is cleaned to pipeline quality standards and blended with fossil natural gas. RNG, also known as biomethane, is carbon-neutral and chemically identical to fossil natural gas allowing it to be blended without restriction.read more
  • The Year Ahead: 2015 Trends in Cleantech

    JasonBrown
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As we reach the end of 2014, our thoughts naturally turn to what 2015 might bring. In the cleantech industry, in particular, there exists a lot of questions regarding the future year. So here is a look forward at potential trends in the cleantech industry in 2015 from a selection of industry experts.read more
  • Keystone XL Pipeline Project Update: The President Claims the Economic Benefits Will Be Minimal

    JEMiller_EP
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    During the President’s December 20th press conference he stated his position not to support the Keystone pipeline now includes the lack of economic benefits, claiming the benefits of the project will be minimal compared to risks and costs. Is this new claim in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline reasonable?read more
  • Galvanize Foreign Direct Investment in U.S. Clean Energy

    Devashree Saha
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The United States has made great strides in developing its clean energy sector. Clean energy investment reached $36.7 billion in 2013, increasing by nearly 250 percent since 2004. Despite the gains, the United States will need to continue investing. Where will this investment come from?read more
 
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    LEEDdaily

  • Report finds Pennsylvania a rising U.S. leader in clean energy

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Pennsylvania added nearly 1.4 gigawatts of clean energy capacity and attracted $3.5 billion in private investment between 2009 and 2013, helping to make the Keystone state a “rising leader” in renewable energy investment, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Meanwhile, new clean energy projects planned in Pennsylvania over the next decade are expected to add 5 gigawatts of capacity and generate $17.7 billion in investment, according to the report, which is part of an analysis by the Pew Trusts’ Clean Energy Initiative. “That’s a pretty impressive economic…
  • WMU earns national recognition from U.S. Green Building Council

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Western Michigan University is one of just 10 schools and individuals nationwide honored Dec. 17 by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, which named the top innovators in school sustainability at all educational levels. WMU was named the 2014 Best of Green Schools recipient in USGBC’s higher education category. The annual awards program is designed to recognize the best environmental efforts in schools across the country. In making the announcement, the council’s leadership lauded more than 20 years of WMU sustainability accomplishments in energy…
  • Timken HQ Receives LEED Gold Certification

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    The Timken Company recently announced that its World Headquarters building has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) sets the international standard for green-building excellence, and this certification recognizes The Timken Company’s adherence to solid green design and practices. Built in 1966, the building located near the Akron-Canton airport recently underwent a $65 million, 240,000-square-foot renovation and expansion to serve as the company’s new world headquarters. The building brings…
  • LEED IEQ Certification Services in Texas & the Gulf Coast offered by Indoor Environmental Consultants

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Across Texas and the Gulf Coast, a growing number of building owners and management companies have recognized the benefits of obtaining the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for their properties.  To obtain this coveted status, there are a number of credit categories where points can be earned towards certification. One major category for LEED certification is indoor environmental quality credits.  One of the foremost LEED consulting firms in the region that specializes in helping those in search of certification achieve seamless compliance with these…
  • Leed Resources passes AGM resolutions

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    StockMarketWire.com - Leed Resources, (AIM: LDP), the natural resource investment company, has confirmed that, at the AGM held earlier today, all resolutions were duly passed. At 3:13pm: [LON:LDP] Leed Resources PLC share price was -0.02p at 0.09p Story provided by StockMarketWire.com – See more at: http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/4939311/Leed-Resources-passes-AGM-resolutions.html#sthash.gDRtwuI8.dpuf
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  • An Orange for a Gift? What "A Christmas Carol" Can Teach Us About Cherishing Holiday Foods

    Nina Bunker Ruiz
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by Shutterstock. Last Christmas, over sev­eral nights, my husband read Charles Dickens’ A Christ­mas Carol aloud to our two daughters, ages 10 and eight. Propped up on the couch on either side of their father, they were alternately thrilled by time-traveling ghosts and bored by Dickens’ long, wandering descriptions. In the third chap­ter, in which Scrooge walks the streets of London with the Ghost of Christmas Present, Dickens launches into such an animated, detailed description of food in a Christmas…
  • Neighbors Helped This Immigrant-Owned Dry Cleaner in Boston Go Nontoxic—and Stay in Business

    Chuck Collins
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Chuck Collins is a co-founder of JPNET and Polly Hoppin leads the environmental health program at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Photo courtesy of the authors. In 1996, Guatemalan immigrant Myra Vargas and her Venezuelan husband Ernesto bought J&P Cleaners, a neighborhood dry cleaner in Boston. But something always smelled funny. “The chemicals we used—we knew they were not healthy,” Myra said. She stayed away from the shop when she was pregnant with her second child. The evolving local economy doesn’t have to use materials that make everyone sick. Like most…
  • Northern California's Railroads Are Carrying More Crude Oil Than Ever—But These Neighbors Aren't Having It

    Tara Lohan
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This article originally appeared at Faces of Fracking. Ed Ruszel’s family business is in an industrial park in Benicia, California, where Valero Energy is hoping to build a new rail terminal at its refinery to accept 70,000 barrels of crude oil a day. Photo by Sarah Craig. Ed Ruszel’s workday is a soundtrack of whirling, banging, screeching—the percussion of wood being cut, sanded, and finished. He’s the facility manager for the family business, Ruszel Woodworks. But one sound each day roars above the cacophony of the wood shop: the blast of the train horn as cars cough down the Union…
  • UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up

    Jim Shultz
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Peruvian President Ollanta Humala addresses the Conference of Parties. Photo by Presidencia Perú / Flickr. During one of the “high-level” climate policy negotiating sessions here in Lima, where the words of the top diplomats seemed to float in to the air and disappear, a senior representative from Mexico used his time to tell a story. He recounted how he had once attended a meeting in Mexico City with an important international delegation when the city’s famous seismic alarm system sounded, signaling a serious earthquake less than a minute away. “The political battles that matter…
  • These 3 Colleges Stopped Investing in Fossil Fuels—One Year Later, Their Endowments Are Doing Just Fine

    A.C. Shilton
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Photo by Flickr / Light Brigading. You can hear the sounds of new construction from just about any point on Sterling College’s bucolic Vermont campus. The whir of saws and plink of hammers ricochet off the nearby Lowell Mountains as students—26 percent more than were enrolled just two years ago—shuffle to class through a carpet of fall leaves. Several colleges and universities have completed the process of divestment. None has declared financial ruin. Things have never been better at this small college, which specializes in environmental education. An entire Sustainable Agriculture and…
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  • Court Rules Orangutan Held In Argentina Zoo Is ‘Non-Human Person’ And Can Be Freed

    Mike Confino
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition – a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person’s detention or imprisonment – in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for…
  • Jim Webb Wants to Be President. Too Bad He’s Awful on Climate Change

    Mike Confino
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Hillary Clinton may be dominating every poll of potential Democratic hopefuls for the White House, but some progressives are desperate to find a candidate who will challenge her from the left. Groups have sprung up to encourage Elizabeth Warren to take a stab at the nomination, but with the Massachusetts senator repeatedly saying she isn’t running, liberal activists will likely have to turn elsewhere—perhaps to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) or Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley—if they aren’t satisfied with Clinton. But so far, the only Democratic alternative officially…
  • 269 Sunken Turbines To Make Scotland Home To World’s Largest Tidal Farm

    Mike Confino
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    The world’s largest tidal energy project, capable of powering nearly 175,000 homes in the U.K. with 400 megawatts of power, will break ground next month in northeast Scotland. Atlantis, majority owner of the MeyGen project, announced that its flagship project had met all the conditions required to start drawing down finance through the U.K.’s Renewable Energy Investment Fund. The completed project will have 269 sunken turbines, according to Atlantis, which expects to have about 60 of these installed and delivering power by 2020. via 269 Sunken Turbines To Make Scotland Home To…
  • 4 Legal Battles This Year That Were All About Climate Change

    Mike Confino
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    With every passing year it becomes increasingly clear that climate change is not just an environmental issue. It’s damaging to public health. It’s a drag on the economy. And, more and more, it’s become the foundation for legal battles. As the far-reaching impacts of climate change are more immediately apparent, efforts to increase mitigation and adaptation — and push-back from those that depend on the status quo — are rising correspondingly, and ending up in court. Here’s a look at some of the year’s biggest climate court cases and the legal battles that await us in 2015: via 4…
  • Pro Hockey Shoots for Zero Global Warming Pollution

    Mike Confino
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The National Hockey League will significantly reduce its carbon footprint—as well as the greenhouse gas emissions of its 30 franchise teams—through improved energy conservation, detailed efficiency analyses and the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) under a newly signed agreement with Constellation Energy Group, the league announced yesterday. The deal, which officials say brings the NHL to the fore among major sports leagues for its climate mitigation activities, will rely heavily on the use of Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets derived from wind energy and landfill…
 
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  • Everblue & USGBC South Florida Chapter Partner to Present LEED Exam Prep

    Lesley@Everblue
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
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  • The 2015 New American Home

    Lesley@Everblue
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    In September 2013, we posted a blog called Las Vegas: Bright Lights, Green City? questioning how energy efficient a place nicknamed “Sin City” could actually be. That post focused primarily on the growth of LEED-certified buildings in the city. Here we are now, and I see that the 2015 New American Home will debut at the International Builders Show in – where else – Las Vegas…actually, Henderson, which is about 20 minutes southeast of Las Vegas.read more
  • Instructor Spotlight: Sasha Sampaio

    Lesley@Everblue
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    Welcome to our new series called Instructor Spotlight! As you can guess from the name, this series will be dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of one of our experienced educators in the field.read more
  • Poor HVAC Installation Leads to Increased Energy Use

    Lesley@Everblue
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that poor installation of air conditioning and heat pump units often leads to unsatisfactory energy performance. This research took three years to compile, with the help of surveys, field evidence, and various measurements for modeling. The most common installation errors included leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, oversizing of systems, and restricted air flow.read more
  • Sustainability Certification is on the Horizon

    Lesley@Everblue
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Last week, Everblue President Vince DiFrancesco attended the national conference for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) in Denver, CO. The biggest news to surface at the conference was the announcement of an official certification for sustainability professionals.read more
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Stop Working, Start Walking

    juliandobson
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Getting lost in the city isn’t just for dandified intellectuals with time on their hands. There are reasons why we should all do it, seeing, smelling and discovering the places where we live. We should do it especially if our jobs involve planning, strategizing and looking after the city.read more
  • 'Main Street Movement' Spurs the Revitalization of Small Towns in Iowa

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Small towns in Iowa all seem to have one thing in common: historic Main Streets. The Main Streets of Iowa are typically composed of a few blocks of low-slung brick buildings. They are simplistic and unimposing, with small businesses on the ground level and housing or office space above.read more
  • Forget the Damned Motor Car

    The Nature of Cities
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Julius Caesar, Michelangelo, William Shakespeare, Adam Smith, and Abraham Lincoln lived in cities and never drove an automobile. They didn’t need one, or thought to need one. And you wouldn’t need one either if we could arrange our lives such that you can get where you need to go without a car.read more
  • The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion

    donnelly_b
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    A few days ago I wrote a post talking about what happens when you demolish an urban highway. It was a link to an article giving five examples of cities that have removed their urban highways and benefited. After I wrote the post, a number of people responded on Twitter.read more
  • Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa Leads Bogotá's Inclusive Urban Transformation

    EMBARQ
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    In 1997, Bogotá was one of the most unlikely places to stage an urban transformation. It had a long history of unmet government plans; a frenzied, semi-formal public transport system, and half-organized, half-chaotic urban development that had led to great inequality and informality.read more
 
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  • Nokero lights up lives in Kibera Slum, Kenya

    Erin Preston
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    While on assignment in Kenya, I was hired by Nokero to stop in and interview a couple of women that use Nokero solar light bulbs. My first day in Nairobi, Kenya I was instantly briefed on Kibera slum. Kibera is located in Nairobi, Kenya and is the largest slum in Africa. In fact, it’s one of the largest in the world with nearly one million dwellers. Long story short, it sounded like a very inhospitable and dangerous place. The definition of slum, according to Merrium-Webster dictionary, is: a densely populated usually urban area marked by crowding, dirty run-down housing, poverty,…
  • Holiday Solar Sale: 30% Off Through December 26th

    Erin Preston
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
      Give the gift of solar light! 30% all products through December 26th.  Looking for a few last minute unique gifts for your loved ones, neighbors or colleagues?  These lights are compact, affordable and long lasting. Just charge the light in the sunshine and it will provide hours of light at night. Our solar products run from $8 for our basic solar light to $45 for our light that also charges mobile phones via USB. 30% off through December 26th during our Holiday Solar Sale. Go to Store.Nokero.Com and enter the promo code LS14 at checkout to receive the discount. Happy holidays and…
  • Building Brighter Futures in Cambodia

    Erin Preston
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    Building Brighter Futures Foundation (BBFF) is a small organization in Australia that is having a big impact on rural communities living in Cambodia.  Building Brighter Futures Foundation’s mission is to support and facilitate community based projects and programs that encourage, enhance and enable the gaining of knowledge, understanding and skills that will allow the young people living in these communities to build a brighter and more sustainable future for themselves and their families. And one way they are seeing their mission through is access to light by distributing Nokero…
  • Pen pals in Tanzania Inspire Philanthropy in a 10-year-old Coloradan

    Erin Preston
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Eva is a 10-year-old girl who attends St. Vrain Community Montessori School in Colorado. With her fellow students, Eva helps to run the student organized and operated Upendo Emporium, the proceeds from which go to support learning activities and supplies for their pen pals at the Upendo school in Tanzania. Most of the students at the Tanzanian school lack access to electricity and are unable to read or study past dusk. Eva knew she wanted to do something to help her pen pals and was fascinated by the Nokero solar light bulbs when her mother introduced her to them. Knowing that these solar…
  • 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…
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • Coding with Kids – Hour of Code

    Calley Pate
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
        My kids go to possibly the coolest school EVER!  They attend a charter school (we’re in Florida) and have the ability to learn Greek language, music, art, and even computer science.  While they do still teach the basics and follow common core, they have a lot of freedom in the classrooms. My daughter is in Kindergarten and has been learning Greek since she was 3 yrs old (they also have a pre-K program). On Friday, I got our daily email from her teacher and she shared a very cool website that they worked on; Code.org.  There is an ongoing movement to show the importance…
  • Cool Kids Gift Ideas

    Calley Pate
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
      Affiliate links present in this post.  My kids are on different extremes when it comes to Christmas gifts this year.  My daughter is 5 (almost 6) and wants EVERYTHING she sees on TV or in the sales flyers. I seriously think if they came out with a LaLaLoopsy lump of coal she’d want it.  My son is 11 and a little more difficult to shop for this year.  There really isn’t much that he’s asked for.  Here are just a few gift ideas for kids of all ages… Lottie & Friends Lottie is a relatively new set of dolls for children ages 3-9.  Unlike traditional…
  • Techie Gift Gear Ideas

    Calley Pate
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    If you are anything like me, this is the week you scramble trying to find just the right gift for everyone on your list. I do most of my shopping online so this is THE week to get stuff ordered so it will arrive in time.  Here are just a few of my favorite techie finds this year that may or may not be found under the tree on Christmas morning. Powerslayer by Velvetwire: Can you ever have too many iPhone chargers laying around? In a house full of techies we’re always fighting over the cords and you can never find them all when you need them.  With my old iPhone 5, I would constantly…
  • How to Bake the PERFECT Christmas Cookie

    Calley Pate
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I’m FINALLY in the Christmas spirit and in the mood to bake a few batches of our favorite cookies.  We don’t bake much the rest of the year, but I always find time to bake cookies with the kids in December.  You probably won’t stumble upon my recipes pinned on Pinterest or on the pages of a magazine, but I make the PERFECT Christmas Cookies!!  Do you want to know my secret? First, go to the baking aisle of your favorite store and pick up a few packs of morsels that look good to you.  I couldn’t find our favorite mint chocolate chips from last year, but I did find…
  • Sea World’s Christmas Celebration 2015

    Calley Pate
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This past weekend we were invited to Sea World’s Christmas Celebration to get a glimpse behind the scenes and to learn more about the special Christmas performances going on around the park.  Unlike some of the other area theme parks, Sea World includes their Christmas performances with your regular park admission.  Plus, kids get in FREE through the end of December with a paying adult. Sea World will always hold a special place in my heart and the Christmas spirit just enhances that love of the park and the work they do to help preserve our natural world. I found myself a little…
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    TheCityFix

  • Why the public voice matters in urban mobility planning: Lessons from Brazil

    Jesse Worker
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cities like Florianópolis, Brazil (pictured) are helping make investments more responsive to residents’ needs through public engagement in urban mobility planning. Picture by Chan360/Flickr. Eighty-five percent of Brazilians live, work, and play in cities. As such, urban mobility is a fundamental driver of quality of life for the vast majority of the country, enabling access to jobs, healthcare, schools, and other everyday needs. In 2012, Brazil’s national government recognized this importance by enacting the National Policy on Urban Mobility, which requires cities with 20,000…
  • Friday Fun: Write about your ideal city to win a trip to Masdar City

    Coby Joseph
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    This rendering from Masdar City shows one version of an ideal city of the future. What does your city look like? Photo by Forgemind Archimedia/Flickr. What will your ideal city look like in 2030? That is the question of the third annual international blogging contest hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company behind Masdar City. One winner will receive a paid trip to Abu Dhabi – where Masdar City is located – in mid-January, 2015, and will serve as VIP blogger during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The contest asks participants to think creatively about the future of urban…
  • Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa leads Bogotá’s inclusive urban transformation

    Dario Hidalgo
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    With a focus on sustainable urbanism and social justice, Enrique Peñalosa used a wide variety of people-oriented policies that helped transform Bogotá. Photo by Colin Hughes/Flickr. This is the seventh entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many stories, TheCityFix seeks to challenge our readers to think carefully about what defines leadership and innovation in sustainable transport and…
  • 189 cities and counting: Track the growth of bus rapid transit on the redesigned BRTdata.org!

    Priscila Pacheco
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The redesigned BRTdata.org platform shows the global rise in bus rapid transit and bus priority corridors, and allows users to compare bus systems across a wide range of metrics. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Every day, more than 31 million people use bus rapid transit (BRT) systems and bus corridors in 189 cities. From Istanbul to Mexico City, BRT is saving people time, improving the environment, and making cities safer, more sustainable places to live worldwide. Does your city have BRT? Or, is your city planning a new system? You can find out that and much more on the redesigned…
  • The need to visualize public transit data for better bus systems in India

    Prashanth Bachu
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    As Indian cities invest in information technology services, minimum standards should require the use of visualization tools to better utilize transport data and improve bus planning. Photo by EMBARQ. Over the past decade, many transit agencies in Indian cities have implemented information technology services (ITS) to improve bus planning and operations in urban areas. These typically require huge investments financed either by the city government or by the transit agency alone. However, using such technologies alone does not guarantee tangible improvements in level of service. Without the…
 
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    EarthTechling

  • Big solar step: Super-efficient system sets record

    Curated Post
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    A new world record is making the future of solar energy look pretty bright. Researchers in Australia recently developed a solar energy system that can convert more than 40 percent of the sunlight that hits it into electricity the highest efficiency ever reported for a commercially available photovoltaic system.The technology first achieved the record-breaking efficiency in outdoor tests in Sydney, Australia, and later at an outdoor test facility operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, the primary lab for renewable energy and energy efficiency research…
  • Saving Our Soils and Climate with Biochar

    EarthTalk
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Dear EarthTalk: What is biochar and how can it help reduce my carbon footprint?  – William Jarvis, Bethlehem, PABiochar is a naturally occurring, fine-grained, highly porous form of charcoal derived from the process of baking biomass—and it’s been associated with fertile soils for some two thousand years. “Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices,” reports the International Biochar Initiative (IBI), a trade group representing the world’s burgeoning biochar industry. “Intensive study of biochar-rich…
  • Remote Start Functionality for its Blink Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    PR Newswire
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) (“CarCharging”), the largest owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services, announced that it now offers remote start functionality for its Blink EV charging stations via the Blink mobile application (“App”). This feature provides EV drivers with the ability to start an EV charging session directly from the App, which is available for iOS and Android devices.Once a driver locates and selects the Blink EV charging station on the Blink App, they have multiple options for beginning the charging session,…
  • Report Misses Link Between California Drought and Human-Caused Climate Change

    EcoWatch
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Just a couple months ago, I critiqued a pair of studies that disputed any linkage between human-caused climate change and the exceptional 2014 California drought. Now comes yet another study (“Causes and Predictability of the 2011-14 California Drought”) with the imprimatur of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced with great fanfare (a NOAApress conference), drawing yet again the same conclusion. My criticisms of the latest study are yet again basically the same, but for reasons I explain below, that conclusion is even more implausible now than it was just…
  • Getting Kids Into Environmental Activism

    EarthTalk
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Dear EarthTalk: Do you have any tips for helping me get my kids involved in environmental protection advocacy? – Jeanine Black, Charlotte, NCThere’s no time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up to protect it. Of course, any good environmental education starts at home: parents should always keep in mind that they are role models for their kids, and should act responsibly. And most schools today incorporate issues of sustainability into their curricula. But kids who want to do more can sync up with one of any number of nonprofits focused…
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    Green Nation Today

  • Where in the Building Should You Perform the Test for Radon Gas in Your Home?

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    When you suspect there is radon gas in your home or you just want to check and make sure that your health is not at risk, you can either buy a test kit and follow the guidelines to perform it or you can hire a certified Apple Aire professional to do it. If you decide to perform the test yourself, you should know that a realistic estimate of the radon level can only be obtained when you make the measurements at the lowest level of your living space, which is the lowest level occupied or used by a family member for more than 4 hours a day. This space could be the basement or the ground floor.
  • College Basketball Rumors: Niagara Women’s Hoop Team Is Still Stranded On A Bus

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    The latest college basketball rumors at Sports Glory talk about Niagara women’s hoop team and how they are still stranded on a bus due to a snowstorm. It has been over 24 hours since the Niagara women basketball team has been stuck on their bus. They left Pittsburgh after playing the team there for home on Monday night, but unfortunately, just 50 miles from their campus, their bus ran into a snowstorm and got stuck. They girls from the team have been stuck in that same spot with the police troopers still nowhere in sight. While the girls have heat, electricity and Wi-Fi on their bus, the…
  • Services of Minneapolis Plumber Contractors Excellent

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    It will not take too much time for leaks to begin destroying the inside of a home, as water can create serious damages to such areas like the flooring, ceilings and walls. When you need assistance with regards to this type of matter, then have Minneapolis plumber professional services contractors provide their quality workmanship to resolve this kind of plumbing issue, which is why their services are such a valuable option to consider for issue with the plumbing system in the home. There are several other reasons for a homeowner to opt for the services of these local plumbing contractors that…
  • The Benefits Of Getting Used Drum Sets And Other Musical Instruments From The Internet

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    If you’re interested in learning to play a new instrument or want to upgrade the old one, you should learn about why it is much more advantageous to buy and sell used musical instruments online. Many people believe that new instruments are better than old ones. While this might be an obvious one, new doesn’t equal better in the music world. That is because used instruments actually produce finer tones in time, and that is because any instrument will richen its tones after a few years of proper usage. So you will get much more from your used instrument than from an old one. One reason why…
  • Have You Heard Of Green Politics?

    admin
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Green politics is a political ideology that intends to make an ecologically sustainable society rooted in grassroots democracy, social justice, and environmentalism. It started taking shape in the western world in the 1970s; since then Green parties have achieved some electoral success, and have developed and created themselves in many nations around the world. Along with environmental and democracy problems, eco-friendly politics is concerned with civil liberties, social justice, nonviolence, occasionally forms of localism and tends to support social progressivism. The program of the party…
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    Intercon

  • Architects Hail from NYC and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

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

    T. Caine
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    By now, most of us know the drill for washing out glass and plastic containers and placing them the blue or green bins rather than bundling them with the rest of the trash. It has been decades since residents were first able to separate out recyclables from other waste for curbside pick-up. What started out as smaller local trends are now mature municipal services in some of the largest cities across the country. However, despite the millions of tons of waste that has been diverted from landfills for a life of reuse, we have certainly not reached the point where we are recycling everywhere in…
  • Energy Conservation at Home Needs Real Time Data

    T. Caine
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    In the United States, sustainable progress most often takes the form of ways to engineer a more efficient version of the status quo. Products that allow for a reduction in net resource use while allowing customers to live the same way are seen as a win/win. To be fair, the small advances we can take through greener product choices are a first step and certainly better than nothing, even if course-altering impacts towards a sustainable culture will require the underlying lifestyle to evolve. If greener consumerism is one of the paths that Americans are responding to then the products need to…
  • 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…
 
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  • New Arrivals: Green Tree Jewelry Holiday Earrings

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

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

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

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

    Melissa Dion
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    If you haven't started your holiday shopping yet what are you waiting for? Get started with these great eco gifts under $75!Also check out our great eco gifts under $15eco gifts under $20,eco gifts under $30,and eco gifts under $50! Elroy Aster Sweater$59.99  Ecoskin Willowbrook Top$72 Ecoskin Newcaste Top $72 Ecoskin Bronte Dress$74.99 Ecoskin Manhattan Jacket$69.99  Indigenous 4 Way Skirt$72  Ecoskin Starfall Top$68  Ecoskin Kaila Top$60  Elroy Cedar Pant$69.99  Ecoskin Malana Top$56  Ecoskin Tamarama Dress$59.99 Ecoskin Airdrie Top$72…
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Much ado about stuffing: over-eating and wasting food at Christmas

    Mark Lawrence, Professor of Public Health Nutrition at Deakin University
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    What will happen to your leftovers this Christmas? Hideya HAMANO, CC BY-NC-NDChristmas at our place is all about family and fun, but most of all food. Our table groans under the weight of the rich, festive treats. But come afternoon, we’re groaning too – our bellies overfull, and the fridge stuffed with glad-wrapped leftovers. As Boxing Day slides past, containers start to emit questionable aromas. By New Year’s Eve, the ham has turned green and nobody will brave a turkey sandwich. The bin beckons. Tis the season to over-eat, waste food or both. But if we’re honest with ourselves, the…
  • Climate Change Authority calls for delayed renewables deadline

    Alan Pears AM, Sustainable Energy &amp; Climate Researcher at RMIT University
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The Climate Change Authority has recommended giving Australia more time to hit its renewable energy target. AAP Image/Angela HarperThe Climate Change Authority has recommended that the government move back the deadline for the large-scale Renewable Energy Target by three years, from 2020 to 2023, rather than risk jeopardising investment by reducing the target itself. The recommendation was made in one of two reviews released by the authority today, covering two climate policies: the Renewable Energy Target (RET), and the now defunct Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) together with its successor,…
  • The rabbits of Christmas past: a present that backfired for Australia

    Andrew Bengsen, Research Scientist at NSW DPI and Adjunct Research Fellow at University of New England
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Rabbits can strip grasslands bare and chew through young woody trees. John Schilling/Flickr, CC BY-NDOn Christmas Day 1859, the Victoria Acclimatisation Society released 24 rabbits for hunting, to help settlers feel more at home. Given the millions of dollars in damage to agricultural productivity that ensued, as well as the impacts on biodiversity as the rabbits bred and spread to cover 70% of the continent, this could be seen as Australia’s worst Christmas present. Now, given our current climate change commitments, controlling rabbits could be “Santa’s little helper” in reducing…
  • Australia faces a stormier future thanks to climate change

    John Allen, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Convection &amp; Climate Predictability at Columbia University
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    'Plates of the Outback' - A supercell thunderstorm near Urana, NSW drifts over the landscape. John Allen, Author providedThe supercell that hit Brisbane on November 27 this year caused more than A$500 million worth of damage, produced hail up to 7.5 cm in diameter, and lashed the city with winds of more than 140 km an hour. In the news, we hear about tornadoes or supercells, and wonder if climate change is beginning to have an impact on these events. In fact, the evidence suggests that while there has been no increase in severe storm activity in the past, we are likely to see stronger…
  • The Great Barrier Reef should not be listed as 'in danger'

    Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director, Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Over the past three years, there's been increasing concern over the future of the Great Barrier Reef. american_rugbier/Flickr, CC BY-SAThe Australian government has stepped up its campaign this month to prevent the Great Barrier Reef being listed as a World Heritage site “in danger” at international meetings next year. The World Heritage Committee — the international body that oversees World Heritage sites — has shown increasing concern about the future of the reef over the past three years, and in response has threatened to list the reef as a World Heritage site “in danger”.
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    Dark Optimism

  • Interview on grief, Dark Optimism, aliveness and activism

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

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

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

    Shaun Chamberlin
    19 May 2014 | 6:48 am
    This post was originally written by me as a guest post for Rob Hopkins’ Transition Culture blog, but I have kindly given myself permission to reproduce it here A response to a recent post by Rob Hopkins ‘The impact of Transition. In numbers.‘. Transition is a wonderful melange of conversations, projects, interactions, inspirations, hard work, failures, successes and entirely unexpected events which we are altogether unsure what to make of!  Transition initiatives themselves are as unique as the people who make them up.  Initially termed ‘Transition…
  • The secret truth behind environmentalists’ favourite argument

    Shaun Chamberlin
    20 Jan 2013 | 10:54 am
    When environmentalists argue amongst themselves, whether at some formal debate or late at night over a few drinks, I confidently predict that the argument will go like this. One will say (in one form or another): “There’s no time to wait for radical change or revolution; the crisis is overwhelmingly urgent, we simply have to act within the frameworks we have now”. The other will argue (in one form or another): “But there’s no point in acting without radical change or revolution; without that we are only addressing symptoms and not the real problems”.
 
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    Green Conduct

  • Choosing Environmentally Friendly Certified Wood ~ Eco Products

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

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

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

    greghead
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Choose Water for a Healthy Beautiful Life Water for a Healthy Beautiful Life: Chronic dehydration is virtually an epidemic in America. Most people are so accustomed to being dehydrated that they don’t even notice it’s happening. They attribute headaches, joint pain and digestive issues to other problems, when they might be able to alleviate all of these symptoms just by drinking more water. Americans are fortunate to have ready access to potable water pretty nearly anywhere they go. While running errands, traveling, on vacation and even taking a cruise that reusable water bottle…
  • Importance of Recycling: Reasons to Recycle, Wood Waste Recycling & Asphalt Shingle Recycling

    greghead
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    The importance of recycling is getting greater with time as the world is approaching closer to global warming. There are so many reasons to recycle. Learn about things such as wood waste recycling and asphalt shingle recycling too. It is a magnificent way for us to return the nature its resources in the best possible way so that it can be reformed and re-used by us. Before we get into further detail, let us all get clear with what exactly recycling means. It is the process of collecting, separating, reforming and reusing the materials of our bin. All about the importance of recycling Rubbish…
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    MY ZERO WASTE

  • The zero waste guide to medication

    Mrs Green
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:58 pm
    One of the questions I get asked a lot is to do with medication packaging. You know the stuff – plastic and foil blister packs which can’t be recycled. So let me get my disclaimer out of the way. I’m not a Doctor, none of this constitutes medical advice and if you’ve been prescribed medication […]
  • You won’t believe how great this recipe is!

    Mrs Green
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Cauliflower stumps. Great things huhn? For the compost heap maybe. But all that has changed with a recipe I came across on Lazy Girl Goes Green. She shares innovative ways to get a bit greener without TOO much effort. For Zero Waste Week, Trudi made a pledge to use up ALL food – including as […]
  • Mrs Green has a rant

    Mrs Green
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    As you know, I like to think of myself as the friendly face of recycling. How ever tiny your achievement, I’m here to big you up and make you feel as if you could take on the world.   No matter how small the step forward, I’m ready to make companies feel like they’ve taken […]
  • Does this shop help us reduce food waste or make us buy more?

    Mrs Green
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    There is so much confusion around Use By dates on food. The long and short of it is, USE BY dates are the ones you need to adhere to. They are linked to food safety and you’ll find them on products such as meat, fish and dairy. BEST BEFORE dates you can safely ignore – […]
  • Can you help me?

    Mrs Green
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you find this site helpful, find value in what you read here or have enjoyed participating in Zero Waste Week, I wonder if you could help me. For the past 12 years, Resource magazine has been celebrating the work of those in the waste and resources industry by publishing its annual list of movers […]
 
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    Green Child Magazine

  • Sweet Potato with Pickled Zucchini

    Amanda Hearn
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Sweet Potato with Pickled Zucchini 2014-12-08 10:32:35 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 large sweet potato (cut in 1” medallions) 2oz raw zucchini (skin on/unpeeled) 1oz fresh lime juice 4 sprigs fresh cilantro (roughly chopped) Pinch of salt (to taste) Instructions Wash the outside of the sweet potato and scrub it gently to remove any dirt, if necessary. Cut raw sweet potato into medallions 1” thick and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake the sweet potato at 350° F for 30 minutes or until tender. While sweet potato is baking, thinly slice the zucchini (by hand or on a…
  • Pumpkin Pie Puree

    Amanda Hearn
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    Pumpkin Pie Puree 2014-12-08 10:15:48 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1/2 small baking pumpkin—cut in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and stringy fibers 1 ripe banana 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice Instructions Preheat oven to 425° F and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Place pumpkin half on the baking sheet, cut side down. Roast on the middle rack in the oven for about 40 minutes, until pumpkin is cooked all the way through and very soft. Remove baking sheet from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Scoop the pumpkin out of the skin and place into…
  • Light amidst Darkness: Celebrating the Winter Solstice

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Winter’s cold and darkness can be mild or intense, the drag of a chilly brown landscape or the drama of very early sunsets and deep snowdrifts. For many, winter begins to feel endless after a while. But at winter solstice—although those of us in northern climates still have plenty of cold to weather—the balance has shifted. We are moving toward the light. A time of extremes The word “solstice” brings together two Latin words: sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). At the winter and summer solstices, the sun as seen from Earth appears to pause in its seasonal motion and then reverse…
  • Wheat-Free Cauliflower Mushroom Dressing

    Amanda Hearn
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    Wheat-Free Cauliflower Mushroom Dressing 2014-12-08 10:38:23 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms 1 pound loose ground pork sausage 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 medium onion, diced 1 head cauliflower 1 green pepper, chopped 4-ounce can/jar roasted red peppers 8 ounces Portabella mushrooms, sliced 2 tablespoons ground golden flaxseed 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon ground sage 1 teaspoon ground thyme 1 teaspoon ground tarragon Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Instructions Preheat oven to 350° F & bring 12 ounces…
  • North Pole Cupcakes

    Amanda Hearn
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    North Pole Cupcakes 2014-12-08 10:26:57 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour 1 cup organic sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup grass fed butter, softened 1 cup organic milk 2 organic eggs 1 tsp organic pure vanilla extract Instructions Preheat oven to 375°F . Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) Add in wet ingredients (butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla) and mix on med-high until smooth. Scoop the batter into a tin with paper cupcake linings. Fill about 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a…
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    Almost All The Truth »

  • Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

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

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

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

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
      Happy Halloween to one and all. I wish you good weather and fun times for witches and goblins of all ages. Looking for a little reading to get you through until it’s time to put on the costumes and join the reverie? I’ve got a few I’ve been reading this week I’d like to share… Community Changes the World – “It is past time to stand together and say enough is enough. United is how we will effect change. Community changes the world.” Environmentalists sue over nuclear reactor’s impact on Columbia River – Something we must…
  • 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…
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    EarthTechling

  • Big solar step: Super-efficient system sets record

    Curated Post
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    A new world record is making the future of solar energy look pretty bright. Researchers in Australia recently developed a solar energy system that can convert more than 40 percent of the sunlight that hits it into electricity the highest efficiency ever reported for a commercially available photovoltaic system.The technology first achieved the record-breaking efficiency in outdoor tests in Sydney, Australia, and later at an outdoor test facility operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, the primary lab for renewable energy and energy efficiency research…
  • Saving Our Soils and Climate with Biochar

    EarthTalk
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Dear EarthTalk: What is biochar and how can it help reduce my carbon footprint?  – William Jarvis, Bethlehem, PABiochar is a naturally occurring, fine-grained, highly porous form of charcoal derived from the process of baking biomass—and it’s been associated with fertile soils for some two thousand years. “Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices,” reports the International Biochar Initiative (IBI), a trade group representing the world’s burgeoning biochar industry. “Intensive study of biochar-rich…
  • Remote Start Functionality for its Blink Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    PR Newswire
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) (“CarCharging”), the largest owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services, announced that it now offers remote start functionality for its Blink EV charging stations via the Blink mobile application (“App”). This feature provides EV drivers with the ability to start an EV charging session directly from the App, which is available for iOS and Android devices.Once a driver locates and selects the Blink EV charging station on the Blink App, they have multiple options for beginning the charging session,…
  • Report Misses Link Between California Drought and Human-Caused Climate Change

    EcoWatch
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Just a couple months ago, I critiqued a pair of studies that disputed any linkage between human-caused climate change and the exceptional 2014 California drought. Now comes yet another study (“Causes and Predictability of the 2011-14 California Drought”) with the imprimatur of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced with great fanfare (a NOAApress conference), drawing yet again the same conclusion. My criticisms of the latest study are yet again basically the same, but for reasons I explain below, that conclusion is even more implausible now than it was just…
  • Getting Kids Into Environmental Activism

    EarthTalk
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Dear EarthTalk: Do you have any tips for helping me get my kids involved in environmental protection advocacy? – Jeanine Black, Charlotte, NCThere’s no time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up to protect it. Of course, any good environmental education starts at home: parents should always keep in mind that they are role models for their kids, and should act responsibly. And most schools today incorporate issues of sustainability into their curricula. But kids who want to do more can sync up with one of any number of nonprofits focused…
 
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    CleanTechies

  • People Are the Key to Energy Efficiency

    CleanTechies Staff
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Click Green reports that research conducted by Washington State University shows people are key to energy efficiency and that educating them about the features of the buildings they work in is needed to maximize those savings. The research is the result of a meeting WSU graduate Julia Day went to one day in an office [...]
  • NHL Announces Plan to Go Carbon Neutral, Audit Energy Efficiency

    CleanTechies Staff
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    The National Hockey League wants to put a check on climate change. Yesterday the league announced that it has purchased enough renewable energy to offset all the electricity to be used by every NHL facility in the current 2014-2015 season. And it said that it will begin a comprehensive audit of energy efficiency of all [...]
  • The truth about the Lima climate deal

    CleanTechies Staff
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    LIMA, Peru — With a new draft of a United Nations climate treaty in hand, the world can breathe more easily as 2014 comes to a close. What a relief, right? Late last Saturday, after 13 exhausting days of haggling among nearly 200 governments here, the negotiations finally achieved their goal: a dense text known [...]
  • Back to the Future: Can Nuclear Energy Save the World?

    CleanTechies Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The Nuclear Science and Engineering Library at MIT is not a place where most people would go to unwind. It’s filled with journals that have articles with titles like “Longitudinal double-spin asymmetry of electrons from heavy flavor…
  • Annual US Solar-Plus-Storage Market to Surpass $1 Billion by 2018

    CleanTechies Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    According to the latest report from GTM Research the U.S. solar energy storage market will expand rapidly over the next 4-5 years. The report, The Future of Solar-Plus-Storage in the U.S., forecasts the nation to install 318 cumulative megawatts of behind-the-meter solar-plus-storage capacity through 2018. FIGURE: U.S. Solar-Plus-Storage Annual Market Size Forecast Between California’s recent [...]
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • Awe, wonder and giving back

    christine
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    American White Pelicans at Briones Reservoir in the East Bay hills Can you recall times when you have felt a tremendous sense of awe or wonder? Where were you? What was happening? What did those moments inspire in you? I oftentimes gain this sense of awe and wonder in the outdoors — whether its marveling at the iconic granite features of Kings Canyon or Yosemite National Park, exhilarated by the discovery of a new bike path, or hiking in a local Bay Area watershed. The feeling gives me a sense of hope about the world and inspires ideas in support of my work. Galloping Goose Regional…
  • The ripple effect of stories: Lessons from a river journey

    christine
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Thousand Island Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is the source of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. Photo: © 2010 Steve Dunleavy What happens to California’s San Joaquin River after it flows from its high altitude headwaters in the Sierra Nevada toward the San Francisco Bay? In June a CNN journalist, who had never kayaked in a river before, set out on a 400 mile journey to find out. Why? Because in April the nonprofit American Rivers named the San Joaquin the #1 endangered river in the United States. The group is concerned that “outdated water management and…
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum explores legacy of Pond Farm in special exhibit

    christine
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    View of interior of Pond Farm barn/studio. Photograph: Anthony Veerkamp. Courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation. Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. On view April 24–October 6, 2014. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Last year in February I wrote a story for BayNature.org on a significant but little known historical site tucked away in the rolling hills above the Russian River Valley in what is now Austin Creek State Recreation Area – a California state park. Here a French Jewish woman by the name of Marguerite Wildenhain became one of the most…
  • Yosemite became world’s first nationally protected park 150 years ago

    christine
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Valley of the Yosemite, Painting by Albert Bierstadt, 1864 Monday, June 30, 2014, marks the 150th anniversary of the federal land grant that dedicated 39,000 acres of the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees and Yosemite Valley to the state of California for protection in perpetuity. The legislation protecting these lands in the Sierra Nevada symbolized the first time a federal government set aside lands solely for preservation for the people. The 19th century artist Albert Bierstadt first visited the glacier-carved Yosemite Valley in 1863 to sketch the cliffs, domes and waterfalls of one of…
  • Celebrating projects to study and protect wildlife in the Bay Area

    christine
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma Valley is part of the Sonoma Land Trust’s Wildlife Corridor Study In a post to celebrate Earth Day today, Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, points out that the United States has many “firsts in conservation:” “We were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. “ To follow her lead, I am dedicating this post to honor…
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    Eco Friendly Home Furniture Design Ideas

  • Sustainable Vintage Apartment Decor Ideas

    Sarah Clarke
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The modern lifestyle is incredibly wasteful and harmful to the environment. Luckily, there are many ways to avoid this and to have tasteful yet sustainable decorations throughout your apartment. There are many places where you can obtain ideas for sustainable apartment décor ideas, but I like to get my inspiration from nature. As such, in my apartment I keep as many plants as possible in bloom which improve the quality of the air and provide a sustainable, easy, and beautiful decoration. Visiting garage sales for furniture to use in your apartment is part of a eco-friendly lifestyle and is…
  • Amazingly Unique Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

    Sarah Clarke
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    I tend to go CLASSIC when it comes time to decorate the Christmas tree in my house. A few simple strings of white and mulitcolored lights, some gorgeous and special christmas tree ornaments that I’ve collected since I was a child, and a few simple silver garland strands for that wonderful icicle effect. It’s perfect in it’s simplicity – but I have seen some incredible unique takes on the decorated tree, that I have to share with you, especially if you’re considering throwing out the tradition book this year and decorating your tree in a brand new way! Go for it!
  • My Search for the Cutest Christmas Tree Ornaments

    Sarah Clarke
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Sometimes  I think I have an addiction to cool, unique and cute Christmas tree ornaments. I find myself looking for them on every trip or vacation I take, and I catch myself eying all kinds of non-ornament objects to see if there’s someway I could attach a hook to them. It’s getting out of control and at some point I’m going to have to have a thirty-foot high tree to house my ever expanding collection. That said, here are the fruits of this year’s online search for the cutest tree ornaments this side of the North Pole. Check out a ton more by clicking the “More…
  • Examples of Cool Office Wall Art

    Sarah Clarke
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Life in a dull drab cubicle at work is certainly very boring. A boring cubicle leads to less efficient work day. Even a dull work space in a home office could benefit from some cool work space wall art. Envision your wall in the work space. Think of it as a bare canvas. Let your imagination go wild. A work space probably has limited wall space. It is important to use the wall space in a way that is most effective. The best cool work space wall art might consist of art that is associated with your business or career. One business woman filled her home office walls with poster size pictures of…
  • Rustic Modern: A Great Look For The Bedroom

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

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    If you’re in non-renewables, . . . it’s like you’re stuck in a room where the oxygen is gradually depleting, and . . . then outside, it’s not. So you want to get out of that room. And . . . I think the ones that get out of the room sooner, will be better off.” “You could power the entire United States with about, . . . 150 to 200 square kilometers of solar panels, the entire United States. Take a corner of Utah… there’s not much going on there, I’ve been there. . . . There’s not even radio stations.” 12-21-2014 Source:  Elon Musk Quotes
  • Usa 2008 To 2013: More "rejected Energy"

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
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  • [Interview] Grid Storage Economics and Policy 101

    Chris Williams
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    There has been a huge amount of buzz about storage lately with more press hitting every week. SCE signed 250MW worth of contracts, Sandia is investing in battery reliability studies, the Navy is investing in micro-grids, Texas is evaluating storage, and New Jersey begins storage deployment. I wanted to connect with an expert to get a sense for what is driving the grid storage market and if there’s any opportunity behind the industry buzz. Jim Eyer is currently a Senior Advisor at the California Energy Store Alliance, a Senior Analyst at the Distributed Utility Associates and has…
  • Give the Gift of Education!

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Learn more about our NEW gift certificates below! We started getting calls this holiday season from smart gift givers… “Do you sell gift certificates?” We didn’t, but thanks to the smart, inquisitive gift givers calling us, we do now. That’s the magic of HeatSpring. Ask us to do something and chances are high we’ll figure out how to make it happen. It’s one of our company values: great customer service. In our world, relationships matter. We love providing quality learning experiences and consistently do everything in our power to make quality…
  • [New Course] Renewable Energy Policy Master Class

    Brian Hayden
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
      One of my favorite memories of any conference I’ve ever attended was watching Jigar Shah on a panel at NESEA’s Building Energy Conference. A question came from the audience about why he pushes solar over building efficiency, when building efficiency is the most efficient form of conservation. This question comes up all the time, and I personally don’t like it, because it pits the two things against each other. The battle between renewables and efficiency has always seemed counterproductive to me, and apparently Jigar didn’t like it either, because he was quick…
  • Steep Challenge: A Case Study of a Sloped Residential Green Roof

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    In this guest post, David Aquilina, a business communications professional who represents Xero Flor America*, outlines a green roof project at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. He provides details behind the design and installation. At the end of the article, you can watch a short video of the green roof project. WHO SHOULD READ THIS HOMEOWNERS looking to learn more about green roofs CONTRACTORS, ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS interested in designing and installing green roofs Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will be offering their first online Green Roof Professional (GRP) Accreditation Training…
  • A New Energy Calculator for Roofing Professionals

    Dr. James Hoff
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    For the roofing professional seeking to compare the energy-savings potential of different roofing systems, many well-designed calculators are available to help. Currently, you can find a wide variety of (mostly free) web-based calculators to evaluate almost every element of roof-related energy, including roof thermal insulation, “cool” roof surfaces, air/moisture movement, rooftop solar power, and skylight systems. But how do you go about tying all these different calculators together to achieve a reasonable and simple estimate of total energy savings? The good news is that a simple tool…
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  • A Skeptic’s Venture Into Essential Oils

    paigewolf
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Readers know I straddle the line between crunchy green mom and conventional parent. My green colleagues and I chat endlessly about organic tampons and whether to scrub out peanut butter jars so they can be recycled. But when the conversation turns to essential oils I pretty much tune out. It probably doesn’t help the well-meaning essential oil consultants that a few have gone around professing that their oils can cure Ebola, inciting an FDA crackdown. But when it comes to sinus congestion, back pain, or even a great stain remover, I am perfectly open to exploring unconventional…
  • Join the Buy Nothing Project to Freely Give and Receive

    paigewolf
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Have you heard of the Buy Nothing Project? A collection of independent Facebook groups popping up across the country, this project sets itself apart from Craigslist and Freecycle by asking members to join only one Buy Nothing group and ask and give where they live. The idea is to facilitate local gift economies around the world, communities that take care of their local members while conserving the carbon footprint of our giving When I heard about the Buy Nothing Project I was so excited to find one in my area. But, alas, there was nothing remotely near Philadelphia – though there…
  • What Happens When We All Can’t Breathe?

    paigewolf
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    It’s 9:15 am on a Friday morning and I’m on a SEPTA bus heading to West Philly. I’ve been up off and on since 2 a.m. when my 18-month-old started screaming. When I finally fell back asleep around 4, my 5-year-old came into my room freaking out because he couldn’t figure out how to change out of his wet pajama pants – because he was trying to pull a shirt over his legs. My children have been dressed and fed and walked to school in the freezing wind, and I have headed back in the opposite direction to catch the bus. I tried to explain to my five-year-old son why I…
  • Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp Recipe with a Healthy Topping Twist

    paigewolf
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Greek yogurt is better than ice cream. OK, nothing is better than chocolate Haagen Dazs, but Stonyfield Organic Vanilla Greek Yogurt and Cafe Latte Greek Yogurt are definitely a satisfying healthy swaps for most lame store bought ice cream. It’s easy to make that swap at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday, but how about as a dessert topping? I tried it on my favorite holiday (and everyday) dessert recipe featuring simple seasonal ingredients. Apple Cranberry Crisp 1. Preheat oven to 325 2. Use some coconut oil to grease up a glass baking dish 3. Peel and slice about 3 cups of apples and pour into…
  • The Best Apps to Make Urban Parenting Easier – Plus Promo Codes!

    paigewolf
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    I’ve said before that there is no way I could accomplish half of what I do without modern technology. I seriously don’t even know how working mothers did it just ten years ago. Who has time to constantly shop for groceries and diapers? And how can you possibly do that when you are living in the city with limited or no access to a car? I am super thankful for these smartphone apps and wanted to share with you my favorites with some lovely referral codes that will get you some amazing savings – and, in full disclosure, some kickbacks to me! Here is the honest scoop and the…
 
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  • The New York Times Automobiles section: End of an era

    jmotavalli
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    In late October, the New York Times executive editor, Dean Baquet, announced, in a letter to staff, that the 20-year-old Automobiles section would die. “[D]espite sensational work over the years by Jim Cobb and his crew,” he said, “the masthead and I concluded there is no longer an economic reason for a separate section.”   The section ended its run last Sunday, Dec. 21. Go to the site now and you’ll read this:
  • George Clooney brings holiday cheer to 'Downton Abbey'

    mdestries
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    "Downton Abbey," the hugely popular (and soul-crushing) BBC period drama, could use a few drinks to help off-set its dour plot lines. And that's where George Clooney comes in.  
  • 18 commonly confused foods

    melbreyer
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  • Kindness of strangers is Christmas miracle for dying woman and her cat

    lmoss
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
    When 65-year-old Joan Price checked into a hospice facility in November, she knew she wouldn’t be returning to her home, but she continued to pay her rent so her cat, Isis, would have a safe place to live.   Price contracted hepatitis through a blood transfusion 40 years ago and suffers from cirrhosis of the liver. She’s bedridden and unable to walk or stand without assistance — a difficult situation, yet her only concern was for Isis.  
  • Captive orangutan Sandra granted limited human rights

    mdestries
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    A landmark ruling by a court in Argentina has animal rights campaigners cheering and zoo officials likely wondering what's next.   
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    Greener Ideal

  • New Jersey Governor Vetoes Popular Bill Banning Gestation Crates in Favor of Presidential Bid

    Tina Page
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:06 am
    New Jersey Governor Vetoes Popular Bill Banning Gestation Crates in Favor of Presidential Bid For the second time, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bi-partisan bill supported by 93% of his constituents aimed at freeing pregnant pigs from being forced to spend their lives before slaughter confined to a metal cage so small they are unable to turn or lie down. Critics are explaining this move as a […]
  • BMW is Working on Cars Your Smart Watch Can Park

    The Auto Future
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:42 am
    BMW is Working on Cars Your Smart Watch Can Park With the addition of a new smart watch app, BMW i3 drivers can summon their parked vehicles through voice command, and the electric car will navigate its way past pedestrians, obstructions and other vehicles before arriving at the location of the owner.
  • The UK Has Created A Bio-Bus… That Uses Human Waste For Fuel!

    Sarah Burke
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    The UK Has Created A Bio-Bus… That Uses Human Waste For Fuel! For years we’ve known that human waste can be made into fuel, but it’s not until more recently that the practical applications have started to pop up. Specifically, in Britain they have introduced the first of its kind bio-bus that’s fuelled by – yes, you guessed it – human waste. The bus service will run […]
  • The Best Green Technology for Future Homes

    Jennifer Moore
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    The Best Green Technology for Future Homes Global warming, toxic waste, pollution, illness all are tell-tale signs of a rapidly deteriorating world. That’s exactly the reason why we should all do our part and implement new products and technologies that are green and eco-friendly.  Sure – if we are thinking of remodeling or building a home, we can think of eco-friendly materials […]
  • BMW Launches Flexible Mobility Program For i3 Electric Car

    The Auto Future
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    BMW Launches Flexible Mobility Program For i3 Electric Car Back in early 2013, BMW announced the i Flexible Mobility program which would coincide with the all-electric i3. The program would allow those who owned the i3 to rent gas cars from local dealerships when customers were driving long distance, something that the 81 mile electric range just can’t cater for.
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  • Bamboo Garden Design Ideas

    guillermobravo
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    We know that bamboo can be used as a lot of things nowadays; from furniture to bedding, flooring and even electronics this miracle plant does it all. But when it comes to using it for what it’s normally supposed to do i.e. make our gardens look pretty, a lot of people tend to be at a loss as to what to actually do with it. That’s why we’ve came up with a couple of good design ideas that you try out with Bamboo at home to make your garden look great and more importantly, be completely eco-friendly. : – Space Fill With Golden Bamboo With thick glossy stems this beautiful plant gives…
  • Bamboo: The Wonder Grass (Infographic)

    guillermobravo
    12 Dec 2013 | 1:53 am
    What is the first picture that pops into your head if someone mentions bamboo? Chances are it was something resembling a tropical oasis, a green field full of pandas snacking, or lucky plants found on your desk. But did you know that beautiful plant you are thinking of is actually one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly plants on earth? With bamboo quickly becoming the new trend in green living, you may find yourself curious but unsure why many are calling this plant a miracle worker for a greener planet, a better home, and even a healthier life. Bamboo, which is actually a…
  • Top 20 Eco Friendly Flooring Options

    guillermobravo
    3 Dec 2013 | 7:11 am
    Some people believe that eco-friendly materials are boring and bland. While this might have been the case years ago, most of these materials are used in modern designs that look amazing. It doesn’t matter which room you are decorating. The right material will make everything look just right. Here are 20 of the best eco-friendly materials that you can choose from that will help both the room and the planet. Cork Everyone associates cork with wine bottles, but it has recently become a very popular flooring material. This material is good for the environment because it is harvested from the…
  • At Home Among the Trees – Bali Mansion Created From Bamboo

    guillermobravo
    4 Nov 2013 | 2:46 pm
    Although bamboo has been very well established as a primary raw building material in eastern countries of the world for thousands of years, it has recently made its presence known in modern countries throughout the world in a major, new way. We see this emergence occurring as the push towards more sustainable architecture becomes more apparent and people begin to look for building materials that are more affordable yet equal in strength to the conventional materials saturating the construction market today. The move towards constructing buildings primarily out of bamboo has become so…
  • Cultures Combine in Bamboo Furniture Collection by Jeff Da-yu Shi

    guillermobravo
    30 Oct 2013 | 1:16 pm
    Cutting-edge design is about much more than simply employing the latest materials and considering “ergonomic” design techniques. The leading contemporary designers succeed in merging innovation with time-honored craftsmanship. They also allow their style to be guided by the direction of contemporary culture and sustainable practices. Jeff Da-Yu Shi makes all of these things evident in his latest work to make its debut at the Dragonfly Design Center. Entitled “slowwork teastyle,” this exhibition of groundbreaking pieces that are both elegant and functional edges out into the forefront…
 
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  • The Amateur’s Guide To Solar Energy Resources

    blogadmin1
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:36 pm
    You should feel good about your decision to convert to solar power. This simple, yet advanced, way to power a business or home is both cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly. The article below has some key information with regards to solar energy. When you maintain it, your solar power set-up will last. Inspect your solar energy system on a monthly basis and hose down the panels to remove dirt and grime. Don’t fear hiring a pro to clean and check the panels, but remember that you may save a lot of you can do it yourself. Find out if your local energy provider offers meter rollback…
  • These Green Energy Tips Will Save You Money

    blogadmin1
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:36 am
    Every day, many people waste tons of energy, while using many things in their home. Whether it’s through simple appliances or water usage, people waste energy at home, rather than using green energy. Here is a bit of advice that will help you make use of green energy in your own home. If you are repairing or replacing your roof, and you have good sun exposure, look into having photovoltaic (PV) cells integrated into the roofing material. Modern PV cells are much less noticeable than older styles. If you don’t use all of the electric generated by your home, some utility companies…
  • Simple Ways To Properly Use Solar Energy

    blogadmin1
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    The idea of installing solar panels in your home or business should not be taken lightly. It is a major step, and it’s important that you’re well-informed about all of your options and what all they entail. Continue reading to find out more about solar energy so that you can make the right moves. Solar energy systems allow you to cut your ties to the outside world. You can go completely off grid with one of these systems. You will not have to pay monthly fees or wonder who is watching your power use. You can increase your level of privacy while saving the environment and your…
  • Learn Some Excellent Advice About Purchasing HVAC Equipment

    blogadmin1
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    A quality HVAC system will assure that you are comfortable at all times. Although most homes have systems such as these installed, sometimes it becomes necessary to have one installed or replaced after a certain period of time has elapsed. That is why it’s important that you understand exactly what your HVAC system does and find the right system when it’s time to make the replacement. Following is some advice. Although most people are thinking of their heating systems during the winter months, air conditioning is also important. When installing a new furnace or heating system,…
  • Why Are Green Energy Sources Better Than Others?

    blogadmin1
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    As the world’s population gets bigger, it becomes more important to minimize pollution. One way to do that is through the use of green energy. Green energy minimizes pollution and only has a minor impact on the environment. But what can you do to go green? Keep reading this article to find out. Make use of fans inside the home. You can easily use floor fans or have a ceiling fan installed to increase airflow inside the home. You can use these even if you already have an air conditioner because you can turn the thermostat higher and just use the fans for air movement. Make sure that your…
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  • Santa Barbara grows up (and gets green)

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

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

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

    GTG Staff
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    | Green Travel News | Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, which opened a year ago in December 2013, has achieved LEED certification as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The upscale, urban timeshare resort hotel earned the internationally recognized certification for implementing environmentally friendly construction practices and building systems. “Hokulani Waikiki […]Surf for the new LEED hotel on Honolulu’s Waikiki beach is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • California wine country: 10 great places to hike, bike and sip

    GTG Staff
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    | Eco-Active In The Vines | Now that the harvest rush is winding down, it’s the perfect season for green wine lovers to savor the good weather and fall vineyard landscapes with a hike or bike ride in California wine country. Capped off with, of course, some wine tasting. All of California’s dozens of wine regions offer hiking and biking opportunities, […]California wine country: 10 great places to hike, bike and sip is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
 
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  • The French Garden Reimagined: Biolabrynthus

    Janis Blackschleger
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    For Italy’s international creative garden show, Orticolario 2014,  the jury awarded French landscape architects Corinne Julhiet Détroyat and Claude Pasquer first prize for creating the most illustrative, informative and exciting garden. Titled Biolabrynthus, classic French garden traditions are re-imagined and re-purposed into sustainable horticultural concepts that serve to advance and promote biodiversity. As new concepts evolve, new possibilities emerge, and often, too, a  new vocabulary  to express them. To wit, in the Biolabrynthus – a labrynth or maze in pursuit of…
  • Ocean Acidification Affecting Shellfish Hatcheries

    Guest
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ocean acidification a culprit in commercial shellfish hatcheries’ failures Mediterranean mussels at the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm in Washington’s Puget Sound. Credit: Penn Cove Shellfish Farm The mortality of larval Pacific oysters in Northwest hatcheries has been linked to ocean acidification. Yet the rate of increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the decrease of pH in near-shore waters have been questioned as being severe enough to cause the die-offs. Now, a new study of Pacific oyster and Mediterranean mussel larvae found that the earliest larval stages are sensitive…
  • Lima Climate Talks End, Paris Clock Ticking

    Guest
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    The UN climate talks in Lima have ended with the setting of deadlines for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change. By Paul Brown Thousands march in Lima to add pressure on climate negotiators. Photo courtesy treealerts.org LONDON, 14 December, 2014 – A deal struck in Lima between 196 nations today leaves open the possibility of saving the planet from dangerous overheating. But its critics say the prospects of success are now slim. The talks – which ran two days longer than scheduled – set a series of deadlines which mean that every…
  • Pygmy Seahorses – Masters of Camouflage

    Jane Engelsiepen
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Tiny pygmy seahorses live in the depths of the ocean attached to a type of coral called a Gorgonian sea fan. The seahorses use their long monkey-like tails to hold on to the branches of the sea fan. They use their amazing camouflage to blend in so perfectly with the color and texture of the sea fans that they are almost invisible. Biologists from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco are exploring the amazing biodiversity of the dark depths of the ocean. They carefully brought a very tiny and rare pair of pygmy seahorses back from an expedition to the Philippines to study in…
  • Bird Evolution ‘Big Bang’ Mapped

    Guest
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Genes reveal histories of bird origins, feathers, flight and song Peregrine falcons are more closely related to parrots and songbirds than to hawks, eagles, or owls. Credit: Wikimedia Commons The genomes of modern birds tell a story: Today’s winged rulers of the skies emerged and evolved after the mass extinction that wiped out dinosaurs and almost everything else 66 million years ago. That story is now coming to light, thanks to an international collaboration that has been underway for four years. The first findings of the Avian Phylogenomics Consortium are being reported nearly…
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  • The Future Role of Green Energy

    Keshav Saini
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Article Link: The Future Role of Green Energy Solar Panel Installation We are installing solar panels on rooftops to get cheaper energy for homes, we are lowering carbon emissions to cut down on taxes and we use bikes more instead of cars because we want to breathe less polluted air. However, are these efforts going to go any further or are we stuck? Are the renewable energy sources ever going to be the norm? The answer to this question lies in the new government policies. Enterprises, organizations, corporations, and all the big players are encouraged to acquire even more green solutions and…
  • Eco Friendly Computing – Saving Energy and Environment

    Keshav Saini
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Article Link: Eco Friendly Computing – Saving Energy and Environment Eco Friendly Computing Technology and digital devices have become a crucial part of our daily lives. We work on computers, we watch netflix on the tablet and laptop and we socialize on our smart phones. With us being so reliant on technology, we consume and use a lot of electricity powering them and this has a big impact on the environment. Despite this, we can make small changes that can add up to something big when it comes to saving energy and the environment. Even something like lowering the brightness on your…
  • Solar Energy – An Alternative of Conserving Energy

    Keshav Saini
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Article Link: Solar Energy – An Alternative of Conserving Energy “We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” (Wangari Maathai) Since the beginning of time, the human race has been struggling with the slowly reducing resources of the earth. Replenishing these resources is definitely impossible, but preserving them is not. The question of conservation is one of the heated debates in every Climate Change Convention; however, till now the experts have not been able to…
  • Getting Started with Eco-Tourism – Plan for Green Vacation

    Keshav Saini
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:23 am
    Article Link: Getting Started with Eco-Tourism – Plan for Green Vacation Many of us have begun to live a greener lifestyle, and that doesn’t just apply to our home lives; these days, eco-tourism is all the rage and people are getting turned on to the idea of greener travel. But if you’re a first time eco-tourist, how can you make the switch to more environmentally friendly travel? While we’re barely out of January, most people are beginning to formulate some kind of plan for their annual vacations. If you’re looking to partake in a greener vacation this year without…
  • What are the Causes of Climate Change?

    Keshav Saini
    17 Jan 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Article Link: What are the Causes of Climate Change? We all know the implications a flood or storm can have on society and the economy, but we may be unaware as to what extent weather and climate can impact our lives. Predicting just how the global climate will change over the next few centuries is of primary importance to scientists, as it allows governments and organizations to take action and minimize the damaging effects of adverse weather conditions. There is already evidence in place to suggest that what we do and how we lead our lives can have a significant effect on the environment,…
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Last Minute Stocking Stuffers SAME DAY DELIVERY!

    kristen
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    THE PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER – Instant Delivery!  Check them out here. Gift the Perfect Gift to those extra special people in your life. A GIFT CERTIFICATE to Ahimsa Designs. A PERSONALIZED pdf file of the Gift Certificate filled in with the recipients NAME, the AMOUNT, the GIFT GIVER and a COUPON CODE will be emailed to the buyer’s email address on the same day you place your order! SAME DAY DIGITAL DELIVERY We will send your completed customized gift certificate on the SAME DAY you place your order! Available in several amounts:…
  • Last Day For Holiday Orders

    kristen
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF OUR STORE-WIDE SALE & THE LAST DAY FOR HOLIDAY ORDERS! Don’t miss out. What a perfect time to get your last minute shopping completed without having to fight the crowds at the mall! It’s not too late to save big with our LAST MINUTE STOREWIDE SALE!  http://AhimsaDesigns.Etsy.Com/ Everything in our store is on sale for TODAY ONLY! Shop Now: http://Ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/    
  • Three Days Left & Storewide Sale

    kristen
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    THREE DAYS LEFT FOR HOLIDAY ORDERS! It’s not too late to save big with our LAST MINUTE STOREWIDE SALE!  http://AhimsaDesigns.Etsy.Com/ Everything in our store is on sale for THREE DAYS ONLY!  (No Coupon Code is needed.) 12/17 IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY! Shop Now: http://Ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/  
  • It’s Not Too Late!

    kristen
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    It’s not too late for holiday delivery from Ahimsa Designs! Order now and save 10% Storewide! This year, the last day to place an order (including customized orders) to have it by 12/24 is 12/17. (International orders 12/10) Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns about your order. SAVE 10% ON ALL ORDERS ON ETSY. 12/17 IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY! Order Online here. USE COUPON CODE: VIP2014 I am so grateful for each person who has supported my work this year. It means so much to be able to do something I love. Thank you again for a…
  • It’s Small Business Saturday!

    kristen
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    It’s Small Business Saturday! Shop Small and Save Big with our once-a-year Holiday Sale. This amazing sale continues through Sunday the 30th! Just in time for the holidays, for the next 2 days get 25% OFF your purchase while shopping at my Etsy Store. Simply use the coupon code: GRATEFUL Get your holiday gift-giving off to a great start this year with this huge savings opportunity. Thank you so much for all of your support. Kristen Shop Now: http://Ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/ COUPON CODE: GRATEFUL   Our 25% Off Holiday Sale also includes personalized and custom orders!  
 
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • Health Benefits of Buttered Drinks (Recipes)

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

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

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

    Dr. Karen
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Have you, a friend, or family member been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, like Hashimoto Thyroiditis, Graves, Lupus, Crohns, Allergies, Celiac, Eczema, and Arthritis? Do you have insidious health issues that no one can figure out, like hormonal imbalance, gut problems, joint pain, inflammation, acne, irritable bowel syndrome and more? Or do you have a family... Read More » The post World’s First FREE Autoimmune Summit appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts:
  • 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
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • 4 Highlights in 2014

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

    Manchester Wood
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    There isn’t much nicer than Cherry Wood Furniture. Manchester Wood’s President writes about the Contemporary Furniture collection. It’s transformation into affordable Solid Cherry Wood Furniture pieces, namely with our popular Oval Cherry Coffee Table. Featured in this month’s Holiday Gift Guide. Several years ago we developed a new contemporary series of tables to fill that need in our product assortment. Since our main hardwood species is Ash, we came up with a round, rectangle, and oval shaped coffee table line to solve the look for more contemporary styled room…
  • Gift Guide Spotlight: Chairside Drawer Table

    Manchester Wood
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Smaller spaces means space-saving furniture. Manchester Wood’s President writes about the popular Chairside Drawer Table, which is apart of our Small Space Solutions category. Featured item in this month’s Holiday Gift Guide. We are finding most homes today have smaller rooms and tighter spaces in which to live. Having a narrow table to fit into these tight spaces has become very important for the homeowner, apartment dweller, or condominium resident. Our first ‘Chairside’ table was our Chairside Storage Table which has hidden storage under half of the top. Based on…
  • 10% Off Holiday Bonus Sale!

    Manchester Wood
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:22 am
    NOW until Tuesday, December 9th enjoy 10% OFF store-wide on ManchesterWood.com! Promo Code: ‘Sale’ at Checkout FINAL sale of the year! Please note: Thursday, December 11th will be the last day we guarantee your order by Christmas!
  • Gift Guide Spotlight: Compact Workstation Table

    Manchester Wood
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Transforming an antique invention into a modern, space-saving innovation. Manchester Wood’s President talks about the Compact Workstation Table, featured item in our Holiday Gift Guide. At Manchester Wood we strive to bring you products that are not only attractive but useful, practical, and provide a solution to your current home furnishing needs. The Compact Workstation Table is a perfect example of that. My wife and I peruse the local antique fairs in Vermont and Upstate New York seeking any items made years ago that could be transformed to a useful product of today. We found a…
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    inspired habitat

  • National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco

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

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

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

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

    bambeco
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Bambeco salutes the men and women of the Baltimore City Fire Department - protecting Charm City for over 150 years. Today, there are 38 stations serving the city, and over 1,800 active members. Thank you for all you do! Flask and…The perfect … Continue reading → The post a salute to charm city firefighters… appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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    Joyfully Green

  • Monday Snapshot: Light up the Night

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:27 pm
    (Deep sigh...) I had something already written and scheduled to post today, about how candles and holidays fit together so perfectly. About how candles make our nights instantly festive. About the magic that happens when you strike a match and fill the darkness with light. It ended with my wishes for your holiday season (whatever you celebrate) to be filled with light, love, warmth, wonder, and peace. (I still wish that for you, by the way.) But then I got the sad and shocking news that my dear friend Dale's husband, Mick, had passed away tonight--a vibrant and still-young man, deeply…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 41: Healthier Holiday Treats

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    My goodness, the long stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve is a slippery slope of sinfully scrumptious food, isn't it? (That's one of my favorite desserts EVER, pictured above: my mother-in-law's pumpkin flan.) With the holidays potentially piling on the pounds, I thought this might be just the right time for another round-up of healthy food recipes. Well, not all of them are technically "100% healthy", but they're all healthier versions of holiday treats. Ready for some good food for good times? Dig in! From Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips: 30…
  • So We Started a New Holiday Tradition...

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It's a challenge to come up with gifts for Hanukkah when (1) we're already tripping over the kids' overloaded toy supply and (2) we--the parents--don't want any more stuff for ourselves. Giving experiences has become one of our favorite ways to celebrate. But sometimes, you can combine a fun experience with choosing something small (and not pricey) to take home with you. Case in point: Last Sunday, we combined something that we (our family of four) all love--books--with someplace we all love to visit--Strand Books in New York City. I've written about it before, but…
  • Monday Snapshot: Crazy Breakfast, Lazy Weekend

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Here's one of my favorite ways to spend a lazy weekend morning: Making a creative, slightly crazy breakfast with the kids. (They're in full-on "Chef Mode" lately, thanks to "Master Chef Junior.") What's the dish they concocted, above? It's challah french toast, sprinkled with powdered sugar, chocolate chips, pomegranate seeds, and maple syrup, of course! It won't win any awards for good health (although the pomegranate helped me feel slightly less guilty), but it was good fun to spend Saturday morning whipping up something wild and wacky with my…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 40: How to Get More Joy out of Winter

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    One of the tricky things about having a blog is that it takes a bit of time for it to find its "friends"--the faithful readers who share your interests and your general views of the world. As I'm heading towards the 2.5-year mark of blogging here at Joyfully Green, I'd like to say a warm "thank you!" to those of you who have been with me from the very beginning, as well as "welcome!" and "I'm so glad you're here!" to the new friends who have found my little corner of the internet. I'm really so touched by your kindness and…
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    inspired habitat

  • National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco

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

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

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

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

    bambeco
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Bambeco salutes the men and women of the Baltimore City Fire Department - protecting Charm City for over 150 years. Today, there are 38 stations serving the city, and over 1,800 active members. Thank you for all you do! Flask and…The perfect … Continue reading → The post a salute to charm city firefighters… appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • What’s So Good About Going Electric?

    Clay Miller
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Whether it is electric cars or electric bikes, motorists are moving towards a more economical way to be on the road and it could be time to consider joining them. Why? We are going to look at reasons more and more people are moving towards an electric future. First of all, why should you choose an electric bike? Get fit – more exercise is a good thing for many of us so opting to bike instead of using a car or bus is a good routine for exercise. Save time – Going door-to-door it can often be quicker than going by car and you won’t be sat in traffic either. Save money – One of the main…
  • Let’s Go Green with These Easy & Simple Wall Decorating Ideas

    Clay Miller
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
      In the last few years, phrases such as “Eco-Friendly” “Earth Friendly” & “Go Green” have become buzzwords. The motive behind these sayings was to inform people about losing the natural environment of the earth due to toxic additives, pollution, and materials that are not recyclable. Since then, the push to go green has inspired people from all industries to contribute to this good cause and to make the earth a better place to live. Adhering to the “go green” principles, this article will provide you eco-friendly wall decorating ideas and tips to help you contribute…
  • Infographic: Solar Energy Celebrity

    Clay Miller
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Renewable energy has been a hot topic in recent years. We regularly see content in the media related to the issue of climate change around the world and how it will inevitably affect us all. We have seen many erratic changes to weather patterns and there have been a number of related natural disasters. Weather experts and scientists claim that this pattern will continue as climate change continues to take hold. We as individuals have the opportunity to make a difference even if it means small changes in our behaviours. Recycling more household products, choosing renewable energy options are…
  • To Tree or Not to Tree?

    Clay Miller
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:35 am
    photo credit: Harold E. Malde We love trees. They clean our air and water, store our carbon, and lend a hand in creating many of life’s needful things, from our homes and furniture to America’s beloved baseball bats. So we should never, ever cut one down for the sole purpose of decorating our living rooms for the month of December, right? Actually, wrong. If you choose a real Christmas tree over an artificial one, count yourself among the “greener” holiday makers.   5 Reasons to Go Green with Real Trees: Real trees help keep land covered in forests instead of…
  • Infographic: GreenHab the Office

    Clay Miller
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Did you know that a toner cartridge for your office printer could take roughly 1,000 years to decompose?  Recycling 100,000 toner cartridges saves 9,599 kilograms of aluminum, 40 tons of plastic and 1,000,000 liters of soil. Toner cartridges are just one item that you can start recycling today. Take some time to look around your office and start thinking about ways you can cut down your carbon footprint. Courtesy of: Quill.com The post Infographic: GreenHab the Office appeared first on Ways2GoGreen Blog.
 
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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

  • Causes and Effects of Environmental Degradation

    Rinkesh
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    What is Environmental Degradation? Environmental degradation is the disintegration of the earth or deterioration of the environment through consumption of assets, for example, air, water and soil; the destruction of environments and the eradication of wildlife. It is characterized as any change or aggravation to nature’s turf seen to be pernicious or undesirable. Ecological effect or degradation is created by the consolidation of an effectively substantial and expanding human populace, constantly expanding monetary development or per capita fortune and the application of asset…
  • Push for Solar Power

    Rinkesh
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Push for Solar Power: A Strong Yet Silent Aussie Revolution Many Australians want to switch to solar power. Why? Because they believe that this is the wave of the future. A recent study found that 9 our of 10 Aussies prefer solar to other forms of energy. The study, conducted by Earnst & Young, discovered that money was a key driving force for 70 per cent of those who had already installed solar panels. The cost of installation, however, was a major limiting factor. While Australia enjoys plentiful sunshine during the year, the costs for installing solar can be tens of thousands of…
  • Is Global Warming Real? Top 5 Arguments in Favor and Against it

    Rinkesh
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:47 am
    Is Global Warming Real? Global warming is a hot topic these days. Debate over global warming has been going all around the world. While few consider as it biggest challenge of all times, others consider it as a climate shift that occurred in early 90’s and have fallen flat since then. Those who believe it have their own scientific reasons to back their claims, others have their own reasons to disregard their theory. Understanding global warming and its impact is important to meet the challenges pose by it. If you want to start a lively conversation going the next time you are out among…
  • What are the Major Biomes of the World?

    Rinkesh
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    What is a Biome? Biomes are those regions of this planet where plants, animals, insects and people live in a particular type of environment. While hot and humid biome, called the tropical rainforest exists, in Brazil, the frosty biome, called the Arctic tundra, exists in Alaska. The flora and fauna are adapted to that particular temperature and any small change in temperature can lead to increase or decrease of a certain species of plant or animal. The climate and geography of a region determines what kind of biome can exist there. The plants and animals living in each biome are as different…
  • Australian Researchers Transform Solar Power to Electricity

    Rinkesh
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    Australian Researchers Transform Solar Power to Electricity with more than 40% Conversion Solar Panels aren’t just becoming cheaper as the years go by. They’re also becoming more and more efficient. Converting solar energy into electricity isn’t a perfect technology yet. That’s why when some researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) were able to convert more than 40% of solar power into electricity, scientists considered the result a milestone. According to reports, the technology used by the Australian researchers consisted of a custom optical bandpass filter that…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • High performance at Lindhurst wind farm

    Daniel Birkett
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    In three days Lindhurst wind farm generated enough electricity to power around 10,000 homes. Lindhurst wind farm near Mansfield achieved extremely high levels of performance in early November due to high wind levels over a three day period. The wind […] The post High performance at Lindhurst wind farm appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Germany to phase out coal plants

    Daniel Birkett
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Germany could shut a number of coal plants as the nation looks at ways to meet its green targets. Proposals which could lead to the closure of eight major coal plants in Germany are being considered by its government. The […] The post Germany to phase out coal plants appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Rampion offshore wind project revised

    Daniel Birkett
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    E.ON has announced its finalised plans for the Rampion offshore wind project which will be built off the coast of Sussex. German energy firm, E.ON has unveiled its finalised plans for a 400MW offshore wind farm near the coast of […] The post Rampion offshore wind project revised appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Amazon announces renewable energy commitment

    Daniel Birkett
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Amazon has announced its long term goal to use 100% renewable energy, which would significantly reduce its environmental impact. Internet and technology giant, Amazon has revealed a plan to reduce its carbon footprint and aims to eventually power all of […] The post Amazon announces renewable energy commitment appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Plans approved for Cumbrian solar park

    Daniel Birkett
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Plans to build the first solar park in Cumbria have been given approval by the local council. Approval for a solar park near Aspatria, Cumbria has been granted by Allerdale Council’s development panel. Permission for the project was originally given […] The post Plans approved for Cumbrian solar park appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
 
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    Raintees

  • Animals Asia and the Fight to End Bear Bile Farming

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

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

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

    Natasha Urbany
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Now that Halloween has come and gone it is time to pack away the orange and black and welcome the Holiday season! So, while you are relaxing by the fire and enjoying a nice mug of peppermint hot chocolate check out Raintees’ Holiday Gift Guide and peruse our choices for skincare, beauty gourmet food, fashion, household and wine! Part One: Skincare and Beauty! (stay tuned for part two!) Kari Gran Starter Kit. Kari Gran-http://karigran.com Kari Gran is a luxurious skin care line that prides itself on using high quality, natural, non-GMO ingredients. All of the products are paraben and…
  • Raintees Luxury Beauty Products Package Giveaway

    raintees
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:35 pm
    We’re having another giveaway and we are so excited to give you a chance to win one of 2 amazing luxury beauty products prize packages featuring products from some of our favorite brands like Hana Organics, Juice Beauty and L’eclisse Cosmetics! Hana Organics  Hana Organics specializes in hand-made, organic, non-GMO, cruelty and gluten free skin care. We love their simple packaging and the fact that they use only the finest organic/biodynamic ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible. Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, Washington, their products are created in…
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Alcatraz to Annobón: Islands Turn to Solar to Survive, Thrive

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

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

    Mandy Shold
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Sometimes our energy future can seem pretty bleak…especially in California. And sometimes we have good reason to be scared. We have a laundry list of problems. Left and right, politicians are shouting about the consequences of climate change on energy infrastructure. Populations continue to grow, particularly in areas like the Silicon Valley, and with them the amount of energy demanded. The number of electric vehicles didn’t grow by nearly the predicted growth rate this year. Southern California still is home to the worst air quality in the nation. In recent years, Californian oil…
  • 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…
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  • Building an Effective Preventative Maintenance Plan

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Proper planning is the first step in any effective preventative maintenance plan. And in order to keep your property and equipment running as smoothly as possible, it’s best to implement a plan that involves these 3 aspects of maintenance: inspection, detection, and correction. Generally, preventative maintenance involves a specific plan or series of steps that help mitigate fires, keep costs low, and maximize machine production. An efficient preventive maintenance program (PM) might include the testing and replacement of parts of that are no longer functioning properly. Whatever steps…
  • Is Playa Vista the New Silicon Valley?

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It looks like Silicon Valley isn’t the only place tech savvy mega-corporations like to set up shop. Google recently bought 12 acres of vacant land in Playa Vista, Ca., where the technology behemoth reportedly paid $120 million. They are also expected to lease the hangar that sits right next to the property, once built by aviator Howard Hughes to house his famous “Spruce Goose” airplane. Made entirely of wood, Hughes’ plane was the largest ever built and after more than 70 years, still remains a symbol of American industry during WWII. One thing that CFS found…
  • Make Your Office Holiday Party the Best

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The holidays are barreling down upon us, and the planning of a holiday office party can be quite a headache.  Money is stretched thinner than it used to be and no one wants to participate in something perceived as merely another obligation.  The key to getting employees to willingly participate in these annual events is to keep it inexpensive and unique. One idea is to have a cookie contest.  Have everyone make, buy or decorate enough cookies to share and then vote on the winner.  Who doesn’t like cookies?  Another idea along those same lines is to have a potluck lunch.  While some…
  • Tips to Get Your Office Under Control

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Every business has times where things seem overly chaotic. For many, the holiday season can bring extra stress. When you feel chaos is upon you, it is time to take a step back and examine the root of the problem to help get your office under control. Some basic changes can be made at work to help restore order. Commercial Flooring Solutions wants to help you take back control of your office with these tips. Set office guidelines. It is key to provide clear communication on the office guidelines, expectations, and schedules so that everyone is on the same page. Be an example, and make…
  • 9 Awesome Apps for Office Managers

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    At Commercial Flooring Solutions, we have a great team in charge of keeping business running smoothly.  Ask them what their secret is, and they will tell you “technology”. While computers and their applications can sometimes be challenging, they have undoubtedly made our lives more convenient. Today there are countless apps for your tablet or smart phone to help make life easier. Check out these 8 awesome Apps for Office Managers. 1. Evernote.  This app allows you to record voice notes of almost any length, and access them later on one central device.  That means you can use the…
 
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  • How to do green awakening with Twitter?

    Mimuba
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Do you want to learn how to go green? You also want your friends learn this. It means you want to achieve two goals. One is to learn to go green and then make your friends adopt a green way of living. Obviously you also want to do this in minimum time. It is obvious… Read More »The post How to do green awakening with Twitter? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 10 deadliest excuses of polluting industries

    Mimuba
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    This is very common in poor countries and in some of the advance countries also. Whenever any act of polluting is pointed out its perpetrator has so many excuses to save him from legal action. Mostly polluting industries very smartly use lame excuses to save their skin. Many of these excuses are so ridiculous but… Read More »The post 10 deadliest excuses of polluting industries appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Simple improvements for a greener home to save huge money

    Mimuba
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Life at home is happier than the professional life at a workplace. People live in their home with their loved ones. They relax, enjoy, take rest and party so informally at their home. In short they can live at their home in a way they love. They can do whatever they want to do at… Read More »The post Simple improvements for a greener home to save huge money appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to create a Facebook Page to promote a green cause?

    Mimuba
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:42 pm
    In this age of information technology it is quite easy to promote a green cause to get the support of public. It may be any cause related to environmental care. You can support it with so many sources especially online sources where you even need not to pay any fee. Yes there are no charges… Read More »The post How to create a Facebook Page to promote a green cause? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Why Americans have no choice but to use mostly GMO products?

    Mimuba
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    You must have read the hue and cry against GMO products but maybe not fully aware of its harms. Also it is quite surprising that in an advance country like USA almost 70% produce contains GMO. So let’s first understand what it is and then move to our topic. What is GMO? It stands for… Read More »The post Why Americans have no choice but to use mostly GMO products? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • Why 2014 Kicked-Butt and How 2015 Will Rock Your Socks Off

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

    Emily Uebergang
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here I am. Sitting here, watching the waves roll over each other imagining myself out there gliding over each one. But I choose to sit and observe. The morning glow of the sun shimmering the most magnificent shades of gold off the white foam. Beneath is a deep blue. During the ever so brief moments of calm it even looks like silky smooth velvet. As the waves crash, I deliberate over whether the sounds come first or because I”m looking at … →
  • Why I’ve Never Had a Gym Membership and Don’t Plan To… Ever

    Emily Uebergang
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I may be the last standing human on this planet (or at the very least, in the privileged world of the West) who has never held a little gold plated gym membership card in her hot little hands. I’m 25 years old. This is prime time (apparently) to be sporting crop tops and butt revealing short shorts in an attempt to woo other muscle bulging, weight pumping junkies. Supposedly.   I’ve never been very good at following the expectations of society though, … →
  • A day with Joel Salatin on Polyface Farm

    Emily Uebergang
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    If ever there were such a thing as farming celebrity (which I totally think there should be – take that mind numbing Hollywood), Joel Salatin would be an A-lister. Well, he kind of is if you speak with anyone hailing from any of the Permaculture, Paleo, Real Food, Sustainable Agriculuture, ‘Save the world from the plight of factory farming and earth pillaging’ movements. He’s got a voice and he’s not afraid to use it.   So here I am. Little Aussie me. IN … →
  • 12 Paleo Recipe Blogs To Drool Over

    Emily Uebergang
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Since my current ‘circumstances’ that have something to do with gypsy-like global gallivanting often finds me far from the comfort of a kitchen (possibly the only downside of travel… oh, and missing loved ones at home probably ranks up there too), I don’t have a great deal of opportunity to get stuck into my usual weekly routine of real food recipe creation. If you haven’t noticed this, I’ll forgive you. I don’t shy away from the fact that sometimes I feel like I’m living … →
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  • Biofuels obtained from waste materials

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:55 am
    Waste water can be used to produce EEB Our future must be green if we want to save the climate and our environment for us and the future generations. To achieve this goal we need to develop and take advantage of every green resource that can be used to produce biofuels and electricity. As we know, in the US and in Brasil, bioethanol is a biofuel which is used widely to lower the vehicle emissions. Bioethanol is a green alternative of the regular gas and it is an alcohol obtained by fermentation and using the sugar found in different starch crops like sugarcane, corn and sweet sorghum. The…
  • While Coal loses ground, Wind Energy becomes more interesting

    admin
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:19 am
    A field of wind turbines and the purple sky In the today’s US society, energy produced by burning coal is not a viable energy source anymore. The number of households which still use coal for heating or cooking at home is dropping and all of these because natural gas and wind energy have become the main rivals for coal. While natural gas has been introduced even in remote places, coal lost more and more ground. As a confirmation of the fact that coal loses the battle against other sources of energy, the latest report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says that no new…
  • The real costs of global warming for us

    admin
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Pumpjack pumping crude oil – This is your future? Winter has almost started in the Northern hemisphere, but reality shows that Winter is far from being here either now when December is upon us. Yesterday and even Today at noon, the outside temperatures showed 60 F and this is a pretty strange situation for us because we are preparing for Christmas and in just a few days we need to prepare the Christmas tree without any signs of snow. The real issue appears in January and February when we usually had temperatures way below freezing and all viruses and viral strains have disappeared.
  • Winter is here, your pocket is aware of this?

    admin
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    A house which uses both solar panels and a wind turbine. Well, as the title says, Winter is here again to make us use warmer clothes and increase our energy bills over night. Here in our place we have a prolonged Fall, but either way we started consuming more natural gas and electricity since October already. We have an energy plan for our residence, so every month we call a robot from our natural gas supplier and we tell him what numbers we have on our natural gas meter. This method is better than the method which uses a pre plan to estimate the monthly consumption. By using the monthly…
  • Low Electricity Bills for Winter

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Wood stove for heating, image source thecozyflame.com Winter is almost here, in our area the temperatures are not very low yet so we don’t have snow or ice, but either so we need to prepare ourselves for the cold season because the environment and our pockets are the most important in this case. In this article we will talk about homeowners which use electricity to heat their home instead of using natural gas. We all know that electricity from your local supplier is more expensive than natural gas. For example last year, when our team was moved in the middle of December to a new…
 
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  • Ways You Can Help Fight Global Warming

    Larraine Roulston
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    By Larraine Roulston: Voices of optimists rang out in the 1980’s believing that the 1990s would be the ‘turnaround’ decade.  In a 1989 special 24-page newspaper supplement entitled ‘Our Fragile Future’, Thomas Lovejoy, a Washington biologist, credited with bringing plunder of the rain forests to world attention, said, “We have only 10 years to change course.”  ...
  • The, Oh, So (Not) Fun Ingredients Found in Common Kids’ Candy

    Green Mom
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    By Fredrica Syren: Since committing to as natural a lifestyle as possible for my family, reading ingredients lists and saying no to certain kids’ foods has become a daily chore for me. I always have to question ingredients, read labels and be suspicious. Sometimes I feel like the bad food police and a really mean ...
  • Green Holiday Wrapping

    Kim Robson
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    By Kim Robson: We all want to reduce waste during the holidays and avoid wrapping paper, especially non-recyclable metallic or foil paper. But I get so tired of those uninspired gift bags. Luckily, there are many creative and beautiful ways to wrap gifts that don’t harm the planet. Plenty of paper companies have gotten on ...
  • Only Five White Rhinos Left in the World

    Larraine Roulston
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    By Larraine Roulston: In December 2014, Angalifu, another of the last northern white rhinos, the largest of the rhinoceroses that exist in the world, has died at San Diego Zoo, striking a heavy blow to a species already on the brink of extinction. This event comes so soon after another white rhino death. In October 2014, ...
  • Ecocentric Mom Discovery Boxes

    Andrea Patin
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Andrea Patin If you are looking to give a woman in your life something that will help her discover more natural, organic, sustainable and ethical products check out www.Ecocentricmom.com. With holiday shopping here, what could be better than shopping online and giving a gift that comes throughout the year. Deliveries happen every other month and ...
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    Survival Renewable Energy

  • Mexico And Energy Theft: A Rampant Problem

    Adolfo Ramirez
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Mexico And Energy Theft: A Rampant ProblemMexico is plagued by rampant energy theft. In the first eight months of 2014, 7.5 million barrels of oil went missing. Organized crime groups are behind much of the theft, which occurs along a network of pipelines that carry gasoline, diesel, crude oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals around the nation. The problem in Mexico is that it is not considered a serious crime; they are trying to change this and establish terms of twenty five to thirty five years of prison for those involved in major energy theft. The piracy may affect Pemex’s success in…
  • 4 Earth-Friendly Commercial Practices

    Lillian Connors
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    4 Earth-Friendly Commercial Practices. If you want your existing business to become more successful, it is important that you look into adopting the green way, meaning that you company will care more about the carbon footprint it leaves behind. Not only that, but going green means that your company will be able to get more business done, as new clients are looking into dealing with Eco-friendly businesses. Once you make the green change, your business will immediately feel the difference as you will be able to save up some money from certain aspects of your business. Becoming Sustainable For…
  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Oven For An Efficient Cooking

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Oven For Efficient Cooking. If you are the one who love to  go out to picnics so much, or the one who love to cook your food efficiently in your house ,Then you should be hearing of what so called solar cooking, if you are new to this expression ,it is actually pretty easy ,it means that you cook your food with the help of the sun, no fuel or gas or any stuff required. Actually the only device you can use  for applying solar cooking is Solar Oven. Solar oven is used for cooking pretty any type of food with the help of the sun only. So this…
  • How to Support Renewable Energy When On – Budget

    Heather Roberts
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    How to Support Renewable Energy When On – Budget. As the Eco – friendly lifestyle gained popularity, the prices of the renewable energy and the energy – efficient appliances are dropping. But they are considerably more expensive than the commercial methods. For most of the people, installing a solar panel is a commodity when it comes to costs. The external conditions, such as the weather characteristics in a certain place, play important role. Sometimes the house is situated in a shady area and there is not enough sunlight penetration. Maybe you are renting the place and you can’t…
  • Bamboo Tree – Renewable Energy Source and So Much More

    Ariel Bellamy
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Bamboo Tree – Renewable Energy Source and So Much More. Long time ago, some significant changes in temperatures, air quality, and the quality of life on Earth in general were discovered.Over the centuries, people had enormous effect on the planet,and the results are not good. Pollution and global warming are just some of the problems that have occurred that have to be stopped immediately, or at least reduced. As people are trying to be more eco-friendly and save our planet from destruction, they started using different materials for clothing, furniture, heating,and one of the most…
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    Environmental Remediation Experts

  • A Brownfield Success Story: the Jefferson Davis Hospital Before and After

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

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

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

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

    Michael Manouel
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    How to Properly Dispose of Vinyl Flooring Vinyl flooring is cheap, durable, resistant to spills, and easy-to-maintain, which makes it a highly attractive option for use in homes and offices. But some vinyl composition flooring (VCT) is made with a plastic called Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), which is one of the most toxic plastics ever created. Also, older VCT or vinyl sheet flooring from the late 1950s to the early 1980s may also contain asbestos, adding to the toxicity of the material. The first thing to understand when you’re thinking of disposing of vinyl flooring in a home or office is…
 
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  • When The World Needs Copper

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:45 pm
    The scrap metal business is not a buy-anything-industry. To make most out of the manual labor work, the business would need to have a steady flow of metals with great value. While Gold and Silver may be what you have in mind, people don’t normally go to the scrap metal business owner to have their gold and silver sold to. There’s a different metal, they call it “red gold”. In lay mans term, Copper. It’s one of the most sought after metals by all kinds of scrappers. They are found in almost any electrical junk thrown out by the public. A regular home would keep old appliances that…
  • Scrap Your Junk before Going Shopping

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    The season of gift-giving is fast approaching. In Singapore, this is evident in the vast number of clearance sale outlets and promotional packages of various establishments. While buying sale items seems like a way of life for many Singaporeans, accumulation of used products in residential areas is becoming a negative consequence of this habit. A habit easily passed on to younger generations. In order to address this, Singaporeans must reconsider the importance of recycling, through creative skills in innovating old materials and the knowledge of local establishments that accepts your old…
  • Why going to the library is one of the best things I do for my...

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Why going to the library is one of the best things I do for my kids and the planet.
  • 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…
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  • What Are E-cigarettes? How Do E-cigs Work?

    Brian
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    What are E-cigarettes? How do E-cigarettes Work? E-cigarette is the short form of Electronic Cigarette. It is a substitute of real cigarettes and often used to quit smoking. Most E-cigarettes have a similar exterior with real cigarettes, usually with a white cylindrical tube, red glowing tip and brown filter. Comparing with real cigarettes, they usually have more various tastes and can give people a real sensation of smoking as well. E-cigarettes are powered by battery and filled with nicotine. Some E-cigarettes… Continue Reading ›› The post What Are E-cigarettes? How Do…
  • Vicks Humidifier Reviews 2015 – Which is the Best Vicks Humidifier to Buy

    Brian
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Vicks Humidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer reports 2014 – 2015 If you always wake up with a sore throat, if you always get zapped by static electricity, maybe it’s time to get some moisture into your room. It’s especially the case during the winter season, when the heating system tend to dry out the air and cause some uncomfortable conditions. A Vicks Humidifier is just what you need. Our post of Vicks humidifier products today will include Vicks cool mist humidifier… Continue Reading ›› The post Vicks Humidifier Reviews 2015 – Which is the Best Vicks Humidifier…
  • Is Second Hand Smoke Bad for Dogs? – Pets and Secondhand Smoke

    Brian
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Is Cigarette Smoke Bad for Dogs? —- Are you listening? Your pets are saying: “No! Secondhand smoke!” It’s almost known to everybody that secondhand smoke is harmful to human body causing numerous grisly diseases. Health authorities release that thousands of non-smokers are dying from secondhand smoke every year. However, only a few know that secondhand smoke also has dangerous effects on pets. Or in some cases, people tend to ignore and underestimate the effects of secondhand smoke on pets. Yet… Continue Reading ›› The post Is Second Hand Smoke Bad for Dogs?
  • Best Humidifier and Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2014-2015

    Brian
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    The Guides of Choosing A Best Humidifier What Is The Best Humidifier? Our post here is for Humidifier reviews, to give you a better impression of humidifiers choosing. We will pick out some best rated humidifiers, and listed the main features and ratings and compare them, in the term of technology, including some ultrasonic humidifiers, cool mist humidifiers, warm mist humidifiers, and in the term of usage, some whole house humidifiers, some baby humidifiers, etc.. What is A Humidifier? How Does A Humidifier… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Humidifier and Reviews,…
  • Best Home Humidifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Choosing Best Humidifiers for Home: Home Humidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015 Have you ever considered to get a humidifier for your home, especially when enormous unpleasant symptoms occur frequently, such as clapped lips, dry skins, flu infection, cough and forth. If you do have this inclination, you should get enough information about buying a home humidifier. There is much information available online about how to get the best home humidifier, you can have a reference. Personally, I have some suggestions about… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Home Humidifier and…
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