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  • How To Plant a Drought Tolerant Living Wall Garden

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna Coronado
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Your home is small; you only have a very tiny balcony area to grow a garden and you dream of a brightly colored garden filled with herbs and plants that require minimum fuss and care. I have the solution for you — a drought tolerant living wall garden that requires absolutely no weeding. This garden is created from a bookshelf style unit and several EarthBox® Junior™ gardening systems, which have a special water reservoir in the planting container to help you water less. Below are a few excerpts from Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, my latest book. GREAT…
  • Vegan Mexican Cauliflower Steak Tacos

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna Coronado
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    Last year I discovered I have a passion for cauliflower. This passion has superseded my love for filet mignon and has turned into something I have to eat regularly. I’m not kidding – I. MUST. HAVE. CAULIFLOWER. I cook it every which way, but one of my favorites is to make cauliflower steaks and turn them into vegan Mexican cauliflower steak tacos. Beyond fabulous, this dish is all vegan, yet totally filling, nutritious, and memorable. Great for dinner, lunch, and even stirred up in some scrambled eggs as a leftover – give this recipe a try. Vegan Mexican Cauliflower Steak…
  • A Case for Non-Chemical Stressors

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    Kristi Pullen
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Kristi Pullen, Staff Scientist, Washington, D.C. Imagine for a moment that you have two, Wile E. Coyote-style detonator boxes attached to a single bundle of TNT. One detonator box has one weight pushing the handle down while the other has six. Which box do you think would detonate the dynamite first? Box number two, right? What if you were to add one more weight to each of the handles? Box number two would still ignite the dynamite faster than box number one. Now, what if we swapped out the dynamite for a negative health outcome and the detonator boxes for people? Box number one might…
  • Hubble just turned 25. Here’s what it was like to grow up with it.

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    Amelia Urry
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Twenty-five years ago today, the 24th of April, the improbable and incomparable Hubble Space Telescope was launched into space. Eleven months and one day later, I was born. Coincidence?!?! Well, yeah. Raised by two rational atheist astrophysicists, I can’t really pretend otherwise. But when one of those astrophysicists is your mother and also in charge of deciding where NASA’s world-famous telescope points, the fact is that I basically grew up in the Hubble offices. On weekends and off-days, I drooled and dawdled down hallways papered in deep fields and nebulae, amusing myself…
  • Kristin Davis Brings Anti-Poaching Doc to Washington

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    Brianne Hogan
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Actress and animal advocate Kristin Davis hosted a screening of her documentary, “Gardeners of Eden,” about wildlife conservation at the State Department earlier this week. The flick focuses on the poaching and Read MoreThe post Kristin Davis Brings Anti-Poaching Doc to Washington appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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  • Vegan Mexican Cauliflower Steak Tacos

    Shawna Coronado
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    Last year I discovered I have a passion for cauliflower. This passion has superseded my love for filet mignon and has turned into something I have to eat regularly. I’m not kidding – I. MUST. HAVE. CAULIFLOWER. I cook it every which way, but one of my favorites is to make cauliflower steaks and turn them into vegan Mexican cauliflower steak tacos. Beyond fabulous, this dish is all vegan, yet totally filling, nutritious, and memorable. Great for dinner, lunch, and even stirred up in some scrambled eggs as a leftover – give this recipe a try. Vegan Mexican Cauliflower Steak…
  • Growing Ornamental Edible Beets (Beta vulgaris)

    Shawna Coronado
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    Beets are one of my favorite ornamental edible plants. They make excellent ground covers, beautiful container plants, and of course, brilliant living wall gardens. Incredibly easy to grow from seed or vegetative plant, it was one of my first suggestions as an annual plant that crosses over to the ornamental edible category of plant growing in one of my latest books, the Indiana Getting Started Garden Guide. Below is a page from my book that addresses ornamental edible beets and how to grow them. Beet Botanical Name – Beta vulgaris Bloom Period and Seasonal Colors – Grown for its…
  • How To Plant a Drought Tolerant Living Wall Garden

    Shawna Coronado
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Your home is small; you only have a very tiny balcony area to grow a garden and you dream of a brightly colored garden filled with herbs and plants that require minimum fuss and care. I have the solution for you — a drought tolerant living wall garden that requires absolutely no weeding. This garden is created from a bookshelf style unit and several EarthBox® Junior™ gardening systems, which have a special water reservoir in the planting container to help you water less. Below are a few excerpts from Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, my latest book. GREAT…
  • Will More Hummingbird Feeders Attract More Birds?

    Shawna Coronado
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Over the last several years we have had one hummingbird. Just one. While there are about 20 different species of this bird in North America, I have no idea his variety. I just love his little self flitting about my garden. There are many perennials in the garden they love, such as late tulips, iris, and hosta. I planted a large stand of bold red Will Rogers Zinnia this year which the little guy went crazy for. I also set out a little hummingbird feeder for him and we celebrate in his adorable antics. Then I started thinking about one hummingbird feeder for one hummingbird. Perhaps if we place…
  • An Outdoor Garden Potting Bench Room

    Shawna Coronado
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    BEFORE PICTURE Back in 2013 I posted the story on my blog for Better Homes and Gardens about how to renovate your potting bench area into an outdoor room. As you can see by the original photo to the right, my old patio was a hot mess. Way too crowded, difficult to navigate, a cut-off view of the garden and pathway, and thoroughly unattractive. My goal was to transform the potting bench area into an outdoor garden potting bench room that could be used dually for entertainment and work. Happily, it was a brightly colored success. When sitting in the Adirondack chairs you would get a whiff of…
 
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  • A Case for Non-Chemical Stressors

    Kristi Pullen
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Kristi Pullen, Staff Scientist, Washington, D.C. Imagine for a moment that you have two, Wile E. Coyote-style detonator boxes attached to a single bundle of TNT. One detonator box has one weight pushing the handle down while the other has six. Which box do you think would detonate the dynamite first? Box number two, right? What if you were to add one more weight to each of the handles? Box number two would still ignite the dynamite faster than box number one. Now, what if we swapped out the dynamite for a negative health outcome and the detonator boxes for people? Box number one might…
  • New Senate Bill Would Repeal Clean Water Act

    Jon Devine
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C. Imagine you're a United States Senator and you aren't much of a fan of the Clean Water Act, notwithstanding the fact that it has been a tremendously successful and wildly popular law for more than 40 years. If you wanted to effectively repeal the law, but leave it nominally in place (for fear of the citizen outrage you might spark with a frontal assault, for instance), how would you do it? Here's how: attack the one section of the law that drives how it works - the provision that defines what kinds of water bodies it protects. Virtually all of the…
  • Los Angeles Launches #BioDiversifyLA to Protect Region's Rare Biodiversity

    Damon Nagami
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney, Santa Monica (Photo credit: Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, CD-5) How did you celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday? I rang in the 45th anniversary of our planetary celebration in a sunny corner of Los Angeles City Hall's native plant garden, standing with L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD-5) and representatives from other community and environmental groups as we launched #BioDiversifyLA, a year-long effort to assess, protect, manage and restore the unique biodiversity of the Los Angeles region. Los Angeles probably isn't the first place…
  • NRDC Tells Regulators and Lawmakers in Lansing that Clean Energy Helps the Poorest and Most Vulnerable

    Patrick Kenneally
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Patrick Kenneally, Staff Attorney, Chicago The disproportionate impact energy has on the poorest and most vulnerable in Michigan is often overlooked. NRDC and the Michigan League of Public Policy sponsored an event in Lansing that highlighted this topic. Participants in the event included Paul Smith, Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Snyder; NRDC's very own Kate McCormick, who recently authored a report on the subject; John Kinch, Executive Director of Michigan Energy Options; Kimberly Hill Knott, Director of Policy at Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice; and Alexis Blizman,…
  • California Drought and the Avocado Estates

    Ed Osann
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Ed Osann, Senior Policy Analyst, Santa Monica Photo: Santa Fe Irrigation District in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Courtesy MapQuest California regulators are moving with commendable speed to implement Governor Brown's latest Executive Order directing a 25% reduction in urban water use. A first and second version of the urban regulations have been produced in less than three weeks, which is warp speed for government work. The State Water Board has listened to comments, made improvements, and is close to getting it right - just what we hope and expect from our public servants. But the Board took a…
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    Grist

  • Hubble just turned 25. Here’s what it was like to grow up with it.

    Amelia Urry
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Twenty-five years ago today, the 24th of April, the improbable and incomparable Hubble Space Telescope was launched into space. Eleven months and one day later, I was born. Coincidence?!?! Well, yeah. Raised by two rational atheist astrophysicists, I can’t really pretend otherwise. But when one of those astrophysicists is your mother and also in charge of deciding where NASA’s world-famous telescope points, the fact is that I basically grew up in the Hubble offices. On weekends and off-days, I drooled and dawdled down hallways papered in deep fields and nebulae, amusing myself…
  • Congratulations, Yellowstone! You’re having giant magma twins

    Suzanne Jacobs
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Earth’s gynecologists — er, a group of scientists — took a sonogram of Yellowstone National Park’s pregnant belly and announced yesterday in the journal Science: We’re having twins! This isn’t entirely new information, however. Scientists actually already knew about one of those babies — a 2,400 cubic-mile pocket of magma about six miles below the park’s surface. The other, however — a deeper pocket about 4.5 times larger than the first — appeared unannounced, like a surprise birthday dessert at Chili’s. A giant pocket…
  • What happened to America’s black farmers?

    Madeleine Thomas
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    John Boyd remembers watching a USDA official toss his loan application in the trash. It was the late ’80s, and Boyd, a fourth-generation black farmer from Baskerville, Va., was counting on a $5,000 loan to keep his family farm in business. Boyd was told to come back the next week to re-file his paperwork, but a white farmer walked out of the office with a $157,000 check. Boyd wasn’t alone. By 1982, African-American farmers received just 1 percent of farm-ownership loans. In fiscal year 1980, the USDA allotted 398 farm-ownership loans to black farmers, totaling $15.9 million. By fiscal…
  • We are so good at causing earthquakes that the government is starting to forecast them

    Suzanne Jacobs
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Humans have gotten very good at causing earthquakes. Humans who work for the oil and gas industry, that is. They’ve gotten so good, in fact, that the U.S. Geological Survey has decided that it needs to start forecasting human-caused earthquakes in addition to the natural ones that it’s been forecasting for decades. Between 1973 and 2008, the average number of earthquakes of magnitude 3 or more in the central and eastern U.S. was 21. Between 2009 and 2013, that number was 99. And last year alone, there were 659. Cumulative number of earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or…
  • Pope Francis forces the issue on climate change

    Liz Core
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    High-profile climate researchers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and church officials will gather at the Vatican next week for a conference on climate change. It’s Pope Francis’s latest effort to raise the profile of the issue among churchgoers, and it’s sure to make some Catholics hot under the collar. Since taking the helm of the church in 2013, Pope Francis has stated repeatedly that Christians have a moral obligation to lower carbon emissions. He has spoken frankly about how global warming hits poor, marginalized communities hardest. And he’s announced his…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • Kristin Davis Brings Anti-Poaching Doc to Washington

    Brianne Hogan
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Actress and animal advocate Kristin Davis hosted a screening of her documentary, “Gardeners of Eden,” about wildlife conservation at the State Department earlier this week. The flick focuses on the poaching and Read MoreThe post Kristin Davis Brings Anti-Poaching Doc to Washington appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Sprinkles, a 33-Pound Cat, Needs a Diet and a Good Home

    Brianne Hogan
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Sprinkles is an adorable black-and-white cat who’s available for adoption at New Jersey’s S.O.S. Sea Isle City Cats, and who also happens to weigh 33 pounds. Sprinkles was born to a Read MoreThe post Sprinkles, a 33-Pound Cat, Needs a Diet and a Good Home appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Moby’s Vegan Restaurant is Definitely Happening

    Natalia Lima
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    After almost a month of rumblings that award winning musician and animal rights advocate Moby had plans to open a new vegan restaurant, the story has been confirmed. The name Read MoreThe post Moby’s Vegan Restaurant is Definitely Happening appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Michigan Nonprofit Now Rescues Birds, Too

    Brianne Hogan
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Sometimes birds of a feather don’t always flock together. That’s why there are organizations like All Species Kinship, which rescues both furry and feathered friends. Sophia DiPietro’s Battle Creek, Michigan-based Read MoreThe post Michigan Nonprofit Now Rescues Birds, Too appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • George Lucas Finances Low-Income Housing Development to Help Community

    Megan Thompson
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    Two years ago, when legendary producer George Lucas wanted to sell a portion of his studio land in California’s wealthy Marin County to a developer who would build affordable housing, Read MoreThe post George Lucas Finances Low-Income Housing Development to Help Community appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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  • What's worse for polar bears- Global Warming or Pollution?

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    As if melting ice in Polar bears' Arctic habitat was not enough, Norwegian scientists have found that organic pollutants such as pesticide residues are disrupting their thyroid and endocrine systems, adding a further threat to the species' survival.
  • Cross-species animal fights explained by new research

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Why do animals fight with members of other species? A nine-year study by UCLA biologists says the reason often has to do with "obtaining priority access to females" in the area.The scientists observed and analyzed the behavior of several species of Hetaerina damselflies, also known as rubyspot damselflies. For the study, published this month in the print edition of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers observed more than 100 damselflies a day in their natural habitat along rivers and streams in Texas, Arizona and Mexico.
  • Microbes have major effect on climate change

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    Carbon, held in frozen permafrost soils for tens of thousands of years, is being released as Arctic regions of the Earth warm and is further fueling global climate change, according to a Florida State University researcher.
  • Cleaner buses could result in fewer school absences

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    The use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in the school buses 25 million children ride every day in the United States could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, based on a study by the University of Michigan and the University of Washington. In research believed to be the first to measure the individual impact on children of the federal mandate to reduce diesel emissions, researchers found improved health and less absenteeism, especially among asthmatic children.
  • What countries have the most endangered animals?

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    If you had to guess which countries are losing the greatest number of endangered mammals to extinction, which would you pick? Actually, you don’t have to guess. There’s a new map that will show you, in no uncertain terms, where in the world we’re losing animals the fastest. The top three “winners” of this unfortunate contest are Indonesia (184), Madagascar (114), Mexico (101), with India following close behind at 94.
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    EcoSalon

  • The Harrowing Story of Being Transgender in Prison

    Abbie Stutzer
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Can you imagine how difficult it must be to be transgender in prison? The prison system is a terrible place to be; it’s full of injustice already. And according to Ashley Diamond, it’s even worse for people who are transgender. Recently, The New York Times featured Diamond’s  frustrating, strong, and sad story about how she’s been/being treated in a Georgia prison. None of the horrible facts of her story are surprising, but that doesn’t make this story any harder to read or report. Diamond has lived as a woman since she was an adolescent in Rome, Georgia. Before…
  • 23 Legit Reasons Why Being Single Is the Best

    Krissy Brady
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    The curious case of being single and awesome. Relationships are great, don’t get me wrong—the loving, the bonding, the sexing—but there are so many amazing perks that come with being single too. So many, in fact, it’s difficult to ignore the awesomeness of flying solo: 1. You can get your flirt on guilt-free. 2. The entire bed. All to yourself. 3. You don’t have to waste time on his douchey friends. 4. You also don’t have to do the whole insta-BFF thing which his douchey friends’ douchey girlfriends. 5. You can skip shaving for months and nobody will ever…
  • Matcha Green Tea: Putting Other Teas to Shame

    Aylin Erman
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Matcha green tea’s vibrant green powder tastes a lot like green tea, but it offers more potent and meaningful health benefits.  Matcha green tea is a fine powder green tea native to Japan. Matcha green tea tastes like green tea, only a bit more full-bodied. In one gram of matcha green tea there are 34 milligrams of amino acids, 14.26 milligrams of L-theanine, 35 milligrams of caffeine, 318 milligrams of fiber, 447 milligrams of carbohydrates, 1.75 milligrams of vitamin C, 291 units of vitamin A, 26.6 milligrams of potassium and just 3 calories. Each gram also contains 105 milligrams of…
  • Home Depot Phases Out Phthalates From Vinyl Flooring

    Sara Novak
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Home Depot has said that it will phase out vinyl flooring that contains phthalates by the end of 2015. The mega home-improvement retailer is working with the Michigan-based non-profit Ecology Center to eliminate the chemical from its flooring. Recent research has shown that most vinyl flooring contains phthalates, a chemical plasticizer that’s known to have negative health effects. The study found that 58 percent of vinyl flooring samples tested from national home improvement retailers contained the chemical at levels that exceed what’s considered safe by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety…
  • What’s It Like Being You? Bill Murray Has the Perfect Answer

    Jill Ettinger
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
      When it comes to the tough questions, one man always seems to have the answers: Bill Murray. As a kid, I was fixated with the thoughts in my brain. Not the content of the thoughts, exactly (unless they included chocolate), but the fact that they were just there being thought in my head. How was it that I was thinking this or that? Was there a God in my head making me think? For a long time, I sort of just assumed that everyone had a similar mind to mine. Thoughts come into our consciousness and we tend to them as needed—deciding how to deal with an urge to pee, or to roll around in…
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  • Dr. Oz Says 'We're Not Going Anywhere'

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    My exploration of alternative medicine has never been intended to take the place of conventional medicine, but rather as additive. Critics often imply that any exploration of alternative methods means abandoning conventional approaches. It does not.
  • Help! I Can't Stop Thinking In Emoji!

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    My girlfriend Sarah first pointed out that this was happening to her a few months ago after she found herself unable to produce any alternative to " " as a response to an email from...
  • Avon Ladies May Be Going The Way Of The Dodo

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    The cosmetics company is mulling strategic alternative s, including potentially selling its North American business, according to a report.
  • The Future Of Vimeo

    12 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    Founded in 2004 as an alternative to YouTube , Vimeo was the first streaming platform to offer HD quality.
  • A Strange 'Docufictional' Tour Of The Ancient Aliens Amusement Park

    8 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Part documentary and part fiction, this film briefly explores Jungfrau Park, the monumental embodiment of Erich von Däniken’s Ancient Alien Theory. Däniken is the controversial author of 55 books that question the history of mankind and the influence of extra-terrestrials on the world’s ancient mysteries. The park visualizes an alternative history that asks its visitors, what do they really believe in.
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Long-Term CO2 Record by Keeling Named National Historic Chemical Landmark

    Yale Environment 360
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    The Keeling Curve — a long-term record of rising carbon dioxide in the planet’s atmosphere — will be named a National Historic Enlarge
  • Interview: Oklahoma’s Link Between Earthquakes and Energy Development

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    In recent years, Oklahoma has experienced a stunning increase in the number of earthquakes. Yet despite numerous View Animation
  • Oklahoma’s Clear Link Between Earthquakes and Energy Boom

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Oklahoma officials this week said oil and gas activity was the likely cause of the stunning increase in earthquakes in the state. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Oklahoma geologist Todd Halihan talks about what has caused this growing problem and what can be done about it. BY DIANE TOOMEY
  • Yale Plans to Charge University Departments for Carbon Emissions

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Yale University has announced that it will enact a novel carbon-pricing mechanism in the next academic year in hopes of curbing its greenhouse gas emissions. Devised by a committee led by economist William Nordhaus — an expert on the intersection of climate change and economic policy — the program will operate in a pilot phase for three years before possibly going into full effect, the university said. According to the committee's report, departments within the university would be charged based on how much their carbon emissions deviated from average levels in the past. The report…
  • Australia Could Attain 100 Percent Renewables by 2050, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Australia could reduce its greenhouse emissions significantly and transition to an economy
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • Watch A Video Of Obama's Speech From The 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    President Barack Obama brought the laughs on Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. Obama joked about climate change, the 2016 candidates and his own religion, among other things. Watch a video of Obama's speech above, and see more from the WHCD below: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
  • Cop Makes Woman Sit In Hot Car To See How Her Dog Felt: Police Blotter

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    A police officer in Strongsville, Ohio, made a woman sit in a hot car so she could see what it felt like for her dog, according to a local police blotter. The blotter did not name the officer or the woman, but stated that a concerned individual called police on April 12 to report that a dog was locked inside of a Nissan Sentra in a Walmart parking lot in Strongsville. When the woman returned, she told the responding officer her dog was fine. What happened next was captured in the blotter, which was published by the Sun News: To prove a point, the officer made the woman sit inside of the warm…
  • Dog That Looks Like Steve Buscemi Highlights The Problem With Famous Pets

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    A Los Angeles rescue dog has skyrocketed to Internet fame due to what some claim is a resemblance to actor Steve Buscemi. Jezebel writer Natasha Vargas-Cooper was the first to thrust the canine, a young female beagle and pug mix named Ari, into the national spotlight. Beth Lavigne, the director of Go Dog Safe Paws, the rescue group caring for Ari, is grateful for the attention, but says it's been a mixed blessing. Photo: Go Dog Safe Paws. Go Dog Safe Paws is a nonprofit rescue group that pulls animals in need out of high-kill shelters. Lavigne told The Huffington Post that the group took Ari…
  • Escaped Buffalo Herd Shot Dead In New York

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    A herd of 15 escaped bison was shot dead Friday after hours on the run in upstate New York. The herd, which escaped Thursday night from a farm in Rensselaer County, swam east across the Hudson River and ended up in the town of Bethlehem, local news reported. It became clear to their owner, George Mesick, that the bison would become a danger to civilians and could not be captured unharmed. The herd runs through a yard adjacent to the New York State Thruway on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Bethlehem, N.Y. "There is a zero percent chance of getting them back right now, I think," he told the Times…
  • Lake Mead On Track For Record Low Water Level Amid Drought

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    By Victoria Cavaliere April 24 (Reuters) - Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday. The 79-year-old reservoir, formed by the building of the Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas, was expected to dip below 1,080 feet on Sunday, lower than a previous record of 1,080.19 feet last August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Predictions show that on May 31, the reservoir will have dipped…
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • Giant Gas Pipeline to Flank NY Nuclear Plant

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    A very large gas pipeline will soon skirt the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC), an aging nuclear power plant that stands in the town of Cortlandt in Westchester County, New York, 30 miles north of Manhattan. The federal agencies that have permitted the project have bowed to two corporations -- the pipeline's owner, Spectra Energy, and Entergy, which bought the Indian Point complex in 2001 from its former owner. A hazards assessment by a former employee of one of the plant's prior owners, replete with errors, was the basis for the go-ahead. A dearth of mainstream press coverage leaves…
  • Happy Birthday, Hubble: Seeing the Universe in a New Light

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    If you are at all interested in astronomy, chances are you've already heard that the Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. What some people may not know is that Hubble is one of four siblings, so to speak. Back in the 1980s, NASA commissioned the "Great Observatories," each designed and built to study different wavelengths of light. The Electromagnetic Spectrum. NASA's Great Observatories (Compton, Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer) and the electromagnetic thermometer scale. (Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss) The four Great Observatories, in order of their launches that took…
  • Coachella Gets Conscious Because Our Generation Demands It"

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:22 pm
    While I am reflecting on all of the sustainability initiatives at Coachella it seems fitting for this festival to fall so closely to Earth Day. Coachella has been getting dissed lately. And by that I mean that the longtime festival-goers who have been heading to Palm Springs since this whole music event started are bummed. Some complain that the acts aren't as indie, others say that it's become too mainstream and crowded (now the long lineup of non-stop music is repeated for a second weekend in order to fill the demand). But in the three years that I've gone, I've noticed one change more than…
  • Youth for Climate

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    The Past Sri Lanka. The Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Granary of the Indian Ocean. These are terms that were used to describe Sri Lanka by ancient explorers and people who set eyes upon the beautiful island. A resourceful ocean, serene lakes and forests with beautiful flora and fauna. Healthy people living sustainably with abundant water and food. Present Day Fossil fuel fumes and noxious gases emit from various outlets in the blistering hot heat. Torrential rains leading to landslides in the mountains. Desert-like droughts in the crop-growing areas. Rises in cancer with a grim reaper hanging…
  • Deepwater Horizon: Why We Should Not Open New Areas to Drilling

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:59 pm
    On April 20, 2010, Transocean's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 people and, over 87 panic-filled days, spewing more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. I was there in the summer of 2010, while oil gushed from the hole that BP made, yet couldn't contain. Despite the fact that the oil companies' expertise is to drill a hole and collect the oil that comes out, BP couldn't figure out how to stop the oil from coming out of the hole. For nearly three months we watched oil-soaked pelicans, turtles and dolphins. The livelihoods of fishermen dried up. What did we…
 
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  • Aftershocks terrify survivors of quake that killed 2,500

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    An aftershock adds chaos to an already devastated region.
  • Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:02 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself.
  • Baltimore protests turn violent after death of arrested man

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.
  • Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's pivotal member on gay rights, has been marching in this direction with opinions dating to 1996. In his most recent gay rights decision for the court in 2013, rejecting a legal…
  • Two dead, five boaters missing after storm hits Alabama

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    (Reuters) - At least two people are dead and five are missing after a powerful storm capsized several vessels off the Alabama coast, including sailboats participating in a regatta, Coast Guard officials said on Sunday. One of the bodies of those killed was found on Sunday morning and the other was located the night before in or near the waters in Mobile Bay, where severe weather struck the Dauphin Island regatta on Saturday afternoon, said Coast Guard Captain Duke Walker. Crews using rescue vessels and aircraft searched through the night for the missing people, covering 1,779 sq miles by…
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Diabetes drug found in freshwater is a potential cause of intersex fish

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish – male fish that produce eggs. The medication is found to be widespread in freshwater.
  • Geothermal energy, aluto volcano, and Ethiopia's rift valley

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    Scientists have new data on Ethiopia's Rift Valley and Aluto volcano, a major volcano in the region. Aluto is Ethiopia's main source of geothermal energy, a low-carbon resource that is expected to grow considerably in the near future. Preexisting volcanic and tectonic structures have played a key role in the development of the Aluto volcanic complex and continue to facilitate the expulsion of gases and geothermal fluids.
  • Continental U. S: Map shows content and origins of the geologic basement

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    This map provides a picture of the nation's geologic basement. More than 80 pieces of crust have been added to the nation's basement since the Earth began preserving crust about 3.6 billion years ago.
  • Psychology of the appeal of being anti-GMO

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    A team of philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. They argue that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by certain environmental groups and other opponents of GMOs.
  • Risk perception: Social exchange can amplify subjective fears

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    A 'pass the message' experiment investigates how people perceive and communicate the risks of a widely used chemical.
 
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    The Good Human

  • The Holographic Universe – Your Definitive Guide To This Controversial Theory

    Lisa Warner
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    As scientists continue to make new ground in Quantum Physics they are becoming more and more baffled. The closer they look at ‘matter’ the more ‘nothingness’ they are finding. When they try to observe quantum physics at play it behaves differently – as if it somehow know’s it is being watched. Bizarre! Yes, but apparently true. In January 2012 scientists at the GEO 600 gravitational wave detector in Germany made the following claim: They had scientific evidence suggesting that the entire universe is a holographic projection around the Earth. Sounds crazy? But this is exactly…
  • Why Sugar Addiction Could Be A Hoax – Simple Tips To Take Charge of Your Sugar Intake, Plus Delicious Recipes To Try!

    Lisa Warner
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    Is Sugar Really Addictive? You may have heard rumours that sugar is as addictive to humans as cocaine and heroine. It is something that has caught my attention recently, so I did a little research in the area and I found little to support this concept. Marc Tucci et al looked at co-sensitivity to the incentive properties of palatable food and cocaine in rats…in other words whether rats loved Oreo cookies as much as cocaine. Their findings showed that there was a relationship between incentive learning promoted by the sugary biscuits and by cocaine. It was hypothesised that…
  • So You’ve Heard About The Shift In Consciousness? Here’s What You Need To Do About It!

    Lisa Warner
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    One of the big buzz phrases of recent years has been that we are living in auspicious times, things are changing, we are experiencing a shift in consciousness. I am sure you will have heard this, and maybe you are even sensing it. Can you feel a change in your vibrational energy? Or are you sceptical? What is it really all about? The documentary linked below is the third in a series, although you can absolutely watch it alone. It is a wonderful trigger for the mind to really think about this concept of a shift. This post aims to explore some of the ideas presented in the video, although it…
  • Are E-Cigarettes Really A Reduced-Risk To Health?

    Lisa Warner
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:38 am
    They are growing in popularity, Electronic Cigarettes, which are generally considered a better choice than the mainstream tobacco options, in terms of the impact on health. But are they really much better for us? A study recently posted in April 2015 evaluated the effect of the liquid vapour from electronic cigarettes on human bronchial cells. Scheffler et al conducted the research in order to give consumers some more information about choosing this currently unregulated product. E-cigarettes are emerging products, often described as “reduced-risk” nicotine products or…
  • Improve Your Health With These Simple Ways To Alkalise Your Diet

    Lisa Warner
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:54 am
    Could Eating More Alkalising Foods Improve Your Health? This article aims to give you the theories behind eating an alkalised diet for your health. With handy lists of alkaline and acidic foods, plus a delicious alkaline soup recipe – this should answer all of your questions. Please get in touch if there is anything that we haven’t covered, or if you have an experience to share. The ideal pH level From our days in school, we have learned that the human body likes to maintain a pH level of around 7.365. Many of us eating a typical Western diet will find our bodies are actually…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • How Much Water Does The California Oil Industry Actually Use?

    Mike Gaworecki
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    When California Governor Jerry Brown issued mandatory water restrictions for the first time in state history, he notably excluded the agriculture and oil industries from the conservation efforts, a decision that was heavily criticized. The oil industry, for its part, insists it is a responsible user of water. The Western States Petroleum Association, an oil industry lobbying group, for instance, wrote that “Oil companies are doing their part to conserve, recycle and reduce the water they use to produce oil and refine petroleum products.” Some perspective is certainly needed here: the…
  • Academics Want University To Pull Plug On Climate Contrarian Bjorn Lomborg's $4 Million Australia Consensus Center

    Graham Readfearn
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Senior academics at an Australian university are asking their bosses to pull the plug on a $4 million taxpayer funded research centre fronted by climate science contrarian Bjorn Lomborg.Tags: bjorn lomborguwauniversity of western australiaaustralia consensus centre
  • Scottish Government's Position on Fracking Remains Unclear

    Ben Lucas
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    The Scottish Government have been accused of kicking the issue of fracking into the long grass. Alex Salmond said recently: “I think fracking has a long way to go before it convinces populations across the country. Fracking in a heavily populated area is a totally different proposition from fracking elsewhere and I think the Scottish government is pursuing a wise policy on it.” The government has been told that the technology is necessary to secure the future of the country’s energy industry, but it seems it will not make the conclusions of its own research known until after the…
  • Congresswoman Declares Pipeline and Oil-by-Rail Regulatory System "Fundamentally Broken"

    Justin Mikulka
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    The system is fundamentally broken.” Those were the words of Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) during an April 14th hearing on oil-by-rail and pipeline safety. For anyone expecting the soon to be released oil-by-rail regulations to make any meaningful improvements to safety, it would be wise to review the full comments made by Rep. Speier.Tags: U.S. Rep. Jackie SpeierSarah FeinbergFederal Railroad Administrationoil by railoil stabilization
  • Why Did George W Bush Pull Out of the Kyoto Protocol?

    Brendan Montague
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Our DeSmog UK epic history series continues with a look at how Big Oil helped push President Bush to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. Despite the promising oil-rich foundation upon which George W. Bush was elected president in 2001, insiders were unsure that he would fight for them. During his candidacy, Bush had suggested, although Kyoto was not economically favourable for America, that CO2 should be treated as a pollutant and, therefore, subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. Tags: george bushkyoto protocolExxonMobil
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  • Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

    Christina Lee
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    What could be more perfect than the bright, tangy flavor of lemon to put a spring in your step? Perk up your palate with these crazy good lemon poppy seed donuts, oozing with fresh lemon curd and drizzled with lemony poppy seed frosting, dreamed up by Jessica of A Happy Food Dance. One bite and you’ll be hooked on these donuts for life. They’re perfect for springtime celebrations and weekend brunches and the tastiest way to use up all those fresh lemons! For the full post and more delicious recipes, visit A Happy Food Dance. Christina LeeLemon Poppy Seed Donutsprep time10 Hour/s…
  • Clever All Natural Spring Cleaning Tips

    Abigail Silverman
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    From our friends at DIY Inspired … I’ve never experienced changing of the seasons because as a native California we basically have one nice season all year long. Since moving to Tennessee, we are experiencing spring as I’ve never seen it! There is a definite draw to do some all natural spring cleaning that I hadn’t experienced when living in California. Being a proponent of organic eating and living I am constantly searching for ways to use what is natural to clean. Click through the gallery below to see a few cleaver spring cleaning tips! Clever CleaningView SlideshowClever…
  • 17 Best Pretzel Recipes for National Pretzel Day

    Christina Lee
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Oh pretzel, how we love thee! Soft and smothered in mustard or baked to a crisp, this old-time snack was introduced to the States by German immigrants in the late 18th century and is now enjoyed all across the country, from stadiums to the street corners of New York City. Celebrate National Pretzel Day on April 26 with 17 tasty twists on the pretzel, from cheesy pretzel dogs to chocolate pretzel bark! 17 Best Pretzel Recipes for National Pretzel DayView Slideshow17 Best Pretzel Recipes for National Pretzel DayView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2015. | Permalink | Comments | Add to del.icio.us…
  • 10 Tips for Your Best Fake Tan Ever

    Christina Lee
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    A fake tan is always a smart idea to get sun-kissed skin without the sun damage, but horror stories about Oompa Loompa orange skin, splotches and streaks make us wary of a bad fake-bake. Good thing Hello Natural has come to the rescue with these 10 essential tips for the best fake tan ever—it’s a must-read for every wanna-be bronzed beauty, just in time for the warmer months! From Hello Natural… 1. Plan Ahead Self tanning is never something you want to do spur of the moment. This is one area of life where spontaneity will not be your friend. Dry brushing is a great step to prep…
  • Royal-Worthy Nurseries for Kate Middleton

    Gabrielle Hurwitz
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The official Royal Baby Countdown has begun! While we don’t know if Kate Middleton is expecting a little brother or sister for Prince George (fingers crossed for a baby girl!), we do know that when Mommy and Baby come home, they’ll need a nursery worthy of royalty. So, as our baby present to the Duchess of Cambridge, we rounded up the most beautiful nurseries fit for a little prince or princess. Royal-Worthy Nurseries for Kate MiddletonView SlideshowRoyal-Worthy Nurseries for Kate MiddletonView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2015. | Permalink | 1 comment | Add to del.icio.us…
 
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    Environmental Health News

  • Jonathan Franzen ruffles feathers again.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    "The music is creating a mood" the author Jonathan Franzen said, "and I'm not sure I like it."
  • Beyond the Headlines.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells host Steve Curwood about how the oil fracking era might be switching from boom to bust, a climate change-denial stance is seemingly a prerequisite for Republican Presidential candidacy, and how climate deniers still reference a 40 year old, minority theory of global cooling.
  • Greg Hunt defends $4m for Bjørn Lomborg climate 'consensus' centre.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The environment minister has defended the federal government’s $4m contribution to establish a “consensus centre” headed by climate contrarian Bjørn Lomborg, saying it is getting “bang for your buck”.
  • America’s preeminent climate deniers are sending “real scientists” to the Vatican to teach the Pope about global warming.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’ll never guess what crazy shenanigans the folks at the climate denying Heartland Institute — I’m sorry, I meant to say “the world’s leading think tank promoting scientific skepticism about man-caused global warming” — are up to now.
  • Laurent Fabius: Our climate imperatives.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Toward the end of this year, France will host the 21st United Nations climate conference. The aim? To reach a universal agreement that will limit the rise in average global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius, compared to the pre-industrial period, by the end of the century. There is real hope for success, but it is an enormous task.
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    Green Car Congress

  • U. Mich, Ford team studies effect of ethanol in reducing PM from DISI engines; insights into fueling strategies to reduce soot

    mmillikin
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    A team from the University of Michigan and Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering group in Dearborn has studied the effects of ethanol on reducing particulate emissions from a direct injection spark ignition (DISI) engine by comparing neat anhydrous ethanol with a baseline fuel of reference grade gasoline (indolene). In a paper published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels, they reported that ethanol produced over an order of magnitude less soot under all operating conditions compared to indolene; however, ethanol produced measurable soot at cold coolant and early fuel injection timing…
  • Bayer MaterialScience names BioAmber as bio-succinic acid supplier for new bio-based polyurethanes for textiles

    mmillikin
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    p> Bayer MaterialScience has chosen BioAmber Inc. (earlier post) as the supplier of bio-succinic acid used to produce a new range of innovative, bio-based polyurethanes for textile applications that Bayer MaterialScience has begun commercializing. Bayer MaterialScience has launched IMPRANIL eco, a series of bio-based waterborne polyurethane dispersions with renewable content that reaches as high as 65%. IMPRANIL eco has been developed to address the textile needs of the sportswear/footwear, automotive and fashion industries. IMPRANIL eco enables manufacturers to produce synthetic materials…
  • Phoenix Cars delivers electric flatbed truck with V2G capability to US Navy

    mmillikin
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    Phoenix Cars LLC, a developer of electric vehicle technologies for the fleet market, delivered an electric Zero Emissions Utility Shuttle flatbed (ZEUS) to US Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, California. Vehicle To Grid (V2G) charging capability will provide mobile power capability available for future needs. ZEUS. Click to enlarge. The fully sized electric flatbed truck will be used as a service vehicle to transport supplies and equipment for facilities maintenance around Naval Base Port Hueneme and Point Mugu. The Phoenix ZEUS V2G truck is equipped with the capability to direct power…
  • Navigant forecasts connected vehicle revenue to grow to $36.6B by 2025

    mmillikin
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from connected vehicle systems is expected to grow from $96.3 million annually in 2016 to $36.6 billion by 2025. Vehicle connectivity for this report includes vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V); vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I); vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P); vehicle-to-cyclist (V2C); and other combinations of communicating with vehicles. These are collectively grouped together as using vehicle-to-external (vehicle-to-X, or V2X) communications. Navigant anticipates DSRC-based V2X systems to begin deployment from OEMs in 2016 with rapid…
  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata fuel economy improves 25% versus outgoing model

    mmillikin
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    The 2016 Mazda MX-5 achieves an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway/30 mpg combined (8.7/6.9/7.8 l/100 km) when equipped with the standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission and an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway/30 mpg combined (8.7/6.5/7.8 l/100 km) when equipped with the six-speed automatic. This performance represents a 25% increase in fuel economy versus the 2015 MX-5's EPA-estimated fuel economy when paired with the outgoing model’s available six-speed manual transmission, highlighting the benefits of Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology. MX-5 followed the same “Gram…
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  • Healthcare’s Emerging Social Entrepreneurs

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    As some entrepreneurs push for profit, many others have begun pushing for change through business models that are socially responsible and sustainable. These social entrepreneurs have affected change in a multitude of important industries, including technology, science, government and healthcare. In fact, social entrepreneurial endeavours in the field of health are doing everything from establishing ... The post Healthcare’s Emerging Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Reducing your automobile based carbon footprint

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Car driving is a major contributor in human activities that are leading to climate change. Every time we drive a car, we are contributing to increased carbon footprints in our environment, which in turns pollute the environment thus contributing to global warming. As we are becoming more aware about the impact of our lifestyle on ... The post Reducing your automobile based carbon footprint appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Tips and ideas to kickstart a school recycling program

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Almost everyone is aware of benefits of recycling. Recycling saves energy and usage of raw materials. Moreover, recycling allows appropriate use of the old things and making them new and usable. Keeping in mind all the benefits of recycling, one must try to practice recycling in daily life. When starting a school recycling program, you ... The post Tips and ideas to kickstart a school recycling program appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Recycled jewelry for your neck

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    With little creativity and innovation, even the waste things can turn into something new and beautiful. Using the waste materials to make something good reduces the chances of pollution and wastage of things, known as recycling. As recycling has its own benefits, people must foster this activity making it an important part of life. People ... The post Recycled jewelry for your neck appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Ideas and tips to make your home windows more energy efficient

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    While renovating the home, we often overlook the windows. With passing time, as soon as you see the scratches and depleting quality of the windows, renovation or replacing the old ones becomes necessary. Adopting different methods, you can make your windows more energy efficient and thus saving the cost of the electricity bills. Energy efficient ... The post Ideas and tips to make your home windows more energy efficient appeared first on Eco Friend.
 
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  • A Win for Cleaner Air and a Stronger Economy: Court Dismisses Challenges to Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Standards for Big Trucks

    Peter Zalzal
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    By Peter ZalzalSource: Flickr/MoDOT Photos Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit dismissed challenges to America’s historic, first-generation standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large trucks and buses. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT)  standards are based on common sense, highly cost-effective technologies that will make our nation’s fleet of large trucks and buses more efficient while also reducing harmful, climate-destabilizing pollution, limiting our dependence on…
  • New Climate-Economic Thinking

    Gernot Wagner
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Gernot WagnerBy Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman Each ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere today causes about $40 worth of damages. So at least says standard economic thinking. A lot goes into calculating that number. You might call it the mother of all benefit-cost analyses. It's bean-counting on a global scale, extending out decades and centuries. And it's a process that requires assumptions every step along the way. The resulting $40 figure should be taken for what it is: the central case presented by the U.S. Government Interagency Working Group on Social Cost…
  • Top policies to help Americans breathe easier, and what you can do

    Lucía Oliva Hennelly
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    By Lucía Oliva HennellySource: Flickr/Kate Gardiner A year ago, we joined our partners at the League of United Latin American Citizens on Twitter to ask U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about the impacts of air pollution on our health. Many of the questions participants raised focused on the connection between air quality and asthma. In a follow-up to the event, McCarthy reminded us that while there’s no known cure for asthma, “understanding how indoor and outdoor air pollutants can trigger an asthma attack or episode is an important step in managing this…
  • Electric Reliability and the Clean Power Plan: Perspectives of a Former Regulator

    Cheryl Roberto
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    By Cheryl RobertoSource: Wikimedia Commons There is no great disagreement that the U.S. energy system is transforming. With or without additional environmental regulations, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, this transition is occurring. Our history and experience have demonstrated that we can weather it without threatening our uniform and non-negotiable commitment to reliability. But to do that, we need to tap all of the tools at our disposal to ensure a robust, reliable, and integrated energy system that is no longer dependent exclusively upon…
  • Experts Agree: We Can Preserve Electric Reliability While Protecting Public Health Under the Clean Power Plan

    Michael Panfil
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    By Michael PanfilLast June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first ever national carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the single largest categories of greenhouse gas sources in the world. Under the Clean Power Plan, these emissions will decline to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 – accompanied by a significant decline in other harmful pollutants from the power sector, such as sulfur…
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  • Three Great Ways To Get Your Small Business Growing

    GreenMan
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:54 am
    Three Great Ways To Get Your Small Business Growing These days, many entrepreneurs have grown passionate and excited about developing their small businesses into wildly successful companies that earn substantive profits and affect the world in a powerful, positive way. If this is the case for you, you should know that there are numerous ways […]
  • Digital Asset Management with Cloud Storage System

    GreenMan
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    When you want to store your digital assets, you should take a look at the cloud storage system. This tool is very useful to help you keep all important data, documents, and other important files as secure as possible. You can manage your digital asset with this tool easily. Using cloud storage allows you to […]
  • Harmony Hotel – Costa Rica’s Sustainable Paradise

    GreenMan
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:10 am
    We received an email quite some time ago from Emiliana Garcia, ‘director of sustainability’ (hopefully I haven’t botched the translation too badly) for the Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica. I’ll be honest, when I first read the message I assumed it was yet another person who was hoping we’d promote their business. Don’t get me […]
  • Working in the Green Economy

    GreenMan
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    When people use the phrase ‘green economy’, you might be inclined to think that this refers only to jobs dealing directly with the environment: reforestation projects, for instance. However, the term ‘green economy’ has a much wider application, and it is the smart choice for workers in the present day. In short, any business or […]
  • Three Simple Ways To Build A Smart, Savvy Business

    GreenMan
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Business owners who are interested in developing their companies such that they are productive and powerful should know that there are numerous ways to get started. If you’re a corporate leader who is ready to get your business up and running, be sure to consider implementing the following three strategies: 1. Start Networking. Although many […]
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  • Green car buyers pay more likely to pay with cash, have better credit

    Chris Bruce
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Filed under: Green, Car Buying, Car Dealers, United States, Electric, HybridGreen car buyers are more likely to pay in cash and have better credit scores than the average customer, according to a recent study.Continue reading Green car buyers pay more likely to pay with cash, have better creditGreen car buyers pay more likely to pay with cash, have better credit originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata gets 25 percent fuel economy boost

    Chris Bruce
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Filed under: Green, Mazda, United States, Convertible, PerformanceThe 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata now has its fuel-economy ratings from the EPA, and the roadster sees a 25-percent improvement compared to the previous generation. Either transmission offers 30 mpg combined.Continue reading 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata gets 25 percent fuel economy boost2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata gets 25 percent fuel economy boost originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Affordable li-ion batteries could be here without big chemistry advances

    Jonathon Ramsey
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    Filed under: Green, Emerging Technologies, Technology, Electric, FutureA paper by a couple of Swedish researchers figures that the price-per-kWh for lithium-ion battery packs is now $410, down from more than $1,000 in 2007. Economies-of-scale, not chemistry advances, will do the most to get that down to $230 by 2018.Continue reading Affordable li-ion batteries could be here without big chemistry advancesAffordable li-ion batteries could be here without big chemistry advances originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of…
  • When you have more cars, you drive one car more

    Chris Bruce
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Filed under: Green, Ownership, Driving, United StatesA new study from the US Energy Information Administration makes the interesting finding that as the number of vehicles in a household's fleet increases, the miles driven on the primary car go up as well.Continue reading When you have more cars, you drive one car moreWhen you have more cars, you drive one car more originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Senators want stronger RFS, Toyota working to improve mobility in Bangkok

    John Beltz Snyder
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Toyota, Alternative Fuels, Ethanol, Transportation AlternativesA new introduced to the House aims to deregulate E15. A bipartisan group of 37 senators are asking the EPA to strengthen the RFS. The Toyota Mobility Foundation is launching a pilot program in Bangkok, Thailand.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Senators want stronger RFS, Toyota working to improve mobility in BangkokRecharge Wrap-up: Senators want stronger RFS, Toyota working to improve mobility in Bangkok originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:57:00 EST. Please see our terms…
 
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  • Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

    Charley Cameron
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Those little seashells loitering on your bathroom shelf are hiding quite a secret—at least, their teeth are. According to a new study from the University of Portsmouth, the strongest material found in nature is the tooth of a tiny sea creature. The aquatic, snail-like creatures’ millimeter-long teeth feature a biological structure so strong that it could provide us with a way to build tougher cars and planes in the future. Read the rest of Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry, composite…
  • Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium for newborns, kids & adults

    Cat DiStasio
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Sleep troubles? Not for long! What you might not know about sleep is that human bodies (and brains) rely on magnesium to make that possible. Magnesium is in many foods we eat, as well as available in multivitamins and in other supplements, but it’s also easily absorbed through the skin. Homemade magnesium lotion is a great way to get a little extra boost of magnesium at bedtime and, best of all, it’s ideal for all members of your family—even your newest addition. Read on to learn how to make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium that could help you get a better night’s…
  • Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

    Katie Medlock
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Read the rest of Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 19th century design, copper, dave moult, leather, Recycled Materials, steampunk, teardrop trailer
  • Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees

    Lidija Grozdanic
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Read the rest of Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "green furniture", green art, Michael Beitz, picnic table, table design, wooden sculpture
  • Dwell on Design 2015: America’s largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

    Laura Mordas-Schenkein
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, is celebrating its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design will let visitors explore the latest design trends, tour some of L.A.’s most stunning residences, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT15 for $5 off! Read the rest of…
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  • Clean Break has re-emerged and moved to the Corporate Knights website….

    Tyler
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    As many of you know, I stopped posting on this particular blog site for a couple of years. I simply got too busy, and most most of my writing is now done at Corporate Knights, where I am currently editor-in-chief. But the spirit of Clean Break lives on at the Corporate Knights site, where you can find my own collection of stories that — no surprise — I’ve branded with the “Clean Break” label. I may return to this particular blog site at a later date, when I can find the time to significantly re-vamp it. But for now, if you’re looking for the stuff I write, please…
  • Where to purchase individual issues of Corporate Knights magazine

    Tyler
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  • Ontario gov launches $50,000 contest, challenges app developers to put smart meter data to good use

    Tyler
    1 Oct 2013 | 8:27 pm
    Now that nearly 5 million Ontario homes and small businesses have smart meters, the province has access to a tsunami of energy usage data. The question now is what’s the best use of it? As part of efforts to open up this data store and make it available to third-party developers — part of the “green button” initiative — the Ontario energy ministry issued today a challenge to app developers. Come up with a mobile app that makes the best use of this data and win part of $50,000 in cash that is available for prizes. Developers have until Jan. 7 to submit their app,…
  • Another major milestone for ZooShare Co-op: financial regulator has approved sale of community bond issue

    Tyler
    12 Sep 2013 | 7:03 am
    I’ve written about ZooShare before, so I won’t get into too much background, except to say that it’s a local co-operative in Toronto that wants to turn poop from animals at the Toronto Zoo into biogas that will in turn be used to generate electricity. A very cool project. I am a volunteer director on the ZooShare board, and it has been a great learning experience. In July we hit one major milestone when the co-operative was awarded a 20-year contract to sell its electricity to the province as part of the feed-in-tariff program. This week, we hit another milestone: the…
  • Canada’s geothermal power industry turns to the “crowd” in the absence of government funding for research

    Tyler
    11 Sep 2013 | 6:50 am
    Geothermal power is a real, but untapped opportunity in Canada. In a 2008 story about Canada being a laggard when it comes geothermal power production, I wrote that Canada is the only nation along the Pacific Ring of Fire to not have a commercial geothermal power plant up and running. “We’re one of the few countries with significant geothermal potential that’s not doing anything about it,” was a quote I used from Gary Thompson, an industry executive based in Canada who has had no choice but to pursue geothermal opportunities in other countries. The “not doing anything about…
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  • Is There Hope For Cleaning Up The Pacific Garbage Patch?

    Beth Terry
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This post might be controversial, but sometimes you have to admit when you might have been a little bit… wrong?  Anyway, five years ago, I wrote a pretty depressing blog post about why we cannot solve the problem of ocean plastic pollution by focusing on cleanup schemes. 2010- 2013: My Doubts My point was that as long as we continue to consume vast amounts of disposable plastic, any effort at cleanup would be, to quote Captain Charles Moore, “like baling water from a bathtub with the spigot still running.” So, in 2012, when I started hearing about a Dutch teenager who…
  • Hunting for the perfect bottle drying rack

    Beth Terry
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    It’s not easy to do the dishes when there are a bunch of reusable bottles in the way.  And early in the morning, when I’m more than a little stressed out trying to get out the door on time, confronting this situation was making me nuts. I know, I know.  How hard is it to just move those bottles?  Terrible problem to have, compared to all the other problems in the world, right?  Still, sometimes fixing small, irritating problems–especially those that slow me down in the morning–helps me be more effective for the rest of the day. So I went on the hunt for a perfect…
  • Arrifana Resturant in Portugal is saving 5000-6000 single use plastic cups a year!

    Beth Terry
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    Photo Restaurante Praia Arrifana © Michelle Cassar is a long-time reader of this blog and committed anti-plastic activist, although I’m not sure she would actually call herself an activist, nor anti plastic.  She’s also a surfer, photographer, and world traveller who has been living in Portugal for quite a while.  Back in 2011, she sent me a list of the over 10,000 plastic items she had refused since beginning her plastic-free life.  And now, she’s helping others to refuse plastic by working with a local restaurant to eliminate plastic cups.  Here is the story in her…
  • 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…
 
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  • Ecova’s Resource Management Saves Over $1.6bn

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    Ecova has identified more than $800 million in savings during 2014 for its commercial and industrial clients through resource management programs. This is the second year in a row that Ecova has identified savings of $800 million for its clients, resulting in more than $1.6 billion in identified savings in the last two years. The […]
  • NYC Targets Zero Waste to Landfill by 2030

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    New York City has announced a plan to reduce its waste disposal by 90 percent by 2030 and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, both compared to 2005 levels. The environmental goals are part of mayor Bill de Blasio’s OneNYC plan to improve the city’s social, economic and environmental sustainability. The plan […]
  • Kellogg’s Expands Sustainable Supply Chain Commitments

    Karen Henry
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    As a part of its 2020 sustainability commitments, Kellogg’s has pledged to responsibly source a number of its key ingredients, including corn, wheat, rice, potatoes, beet and cane sugar, cocoa, palm oil, fruits and vanilla, by 2020. This commitment expands the company’s efforts to work directly with agricultural suppliers, millers and farmers and improve the […]
  • Levi’s VP: 3 Ways to Engage Consumers in Sustainability

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Levi Strauss & Co.’s vice president of sustainability, Michael Kobori, outlines three key ways in which businesses can bring sustainable practices to the level of the consumer in a blog post. First, he says, make consumers aware of their environmental impact. Levi’s recently launched a campaign to make sure people understood their own impact. When […]
  • Carbon Capture Projects Store 10M Metric Tons CO2

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    A group of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects supported by the US Department of Energy have safely captured 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the department says. In a number of CCS projects, the captured CO2 is utilized to enhance oil recovery from mature wells. One DOE-supported project alone has now captured nearly […]
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  • Study: Does Corporate Social Responsibility Performance Affect Reputational Risk?

    Brynn McNally
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    You’re a Chief Executive. Why care about environmental impacts and employee wellbeing if the bottom line is improving? The business logic behind CSR contends that negligence of these issues increases reputational risks. Just as a positive image can endear a brand to consumers, a toxic spill or news of poor labor conditions may threaten its ‘social license to operate’ and worry investors about disruptions to business. History shows reputational damage can quickly translate into financial losses (case in point: the Deepwater Horizon spill.)If neglecting sustainability induces risks, we…
  • As Long as CSR Is Linked to Profit, Just How Genuine Is It?

    Maxine Perella
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    In these times of increasing corporate scrutiny, do we need a radical new definition of CSR? One that pretty much pushes the idea that companies need to take a financial hit in order to do social good? That solving the world’s most important environmental problems requires a level of business ‘altruism’ that can only be realistically achieved at the expense of the bottom line?Most ethically minded CEOs would flinch at such a suggestion, but according to business professor Aneel Karnani, the idea that companies have a responsibility to act in the public interest, and will profit from…
  • Two Years On, How Are Global Fashion Supply Chains Changing in the Wake of Rana Plaza?

    Ieva Vilimaviciute
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Today marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh. It also marks the second Fashion Revolution Day, launched last year to commemorate the Rana Plaza disaster with the aims of encouraging greater collaboration across the fashion sector supply chain.The Rana Plaza disaster has been said to be a “wake-up call,” an “eye-opener,” a “game-changer” and the “end of business as usual” in the global garment supply chain, and it has changed the garment industry landscape in Bangladesh and led to many improvements in the…
  • Fashionistas Around the World to Demand Industry Clean Up Its Act on Fashion Revolution Day 2015

    Sustainable Brands
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    On Friday, the second annual Fashion Revolution Day, people in 66 countries around the world will challenge global fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of the value chain, from farmers to factory workers, brands to buyers and consumers.One in six people work in the global fashion supply chain. It is the most labor-dependent industry on the planet, yet the people who make our clothes are hidden from us, often at their own expense, a symptom of the broken links across the fashion industry.Led by some of the biggest names in fashion, Fashion Revolution Day…
  • Biome Bioplastics Leading £3M Program to Develop, Scale Plant-Based Chemical Feedstocks

    Sustainable Brands
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Biome Bioplastics, one of the UK’s leading developers of bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, has begun a major development program to progress successful bio-based chemicals research through to industrial scale production. The project has the potential to significantly accelerate the global bioplastics market with the production of novel target materials, including a fully bio-based polyester.The extensive £3m, three-year work program led by Biome has received significant support from Innovate UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and…
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  • The Waste Biz: Has Recycling Glass Gotten Too Expensive?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    Recycling glass has gotten so expensive that haulers have to pay recyclers to take the material. Is single-stream recycling to blame? This week's Waste Biz The post The Waste Biz: Has Recycling Glass Gotten Too Expensive? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Update On Vietnam Biogas Production Project

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    Last month, we took a look at a biogas production program for rural Vietnam. We've now got updated information on this innovative use of animal waste The post Update On Vietnam Biogas Production Project appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Easy Upcycling: Homemade Planters From Rain Boots

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    Got a pair of used rain boots too beat up to pass on? Jennifer Tuohy of the Home Depot shows you how to upcycle them into homemade planters The post Easy Upcycling: Homemade Planters From Rain Boots appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • How To Make Biodiesel (And A Few Other Things) From Food Waste

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Environmental engineers at the University of Cincinnati have figured out how to make biodiesel, plus other fuels & products, from inedible food waste The post How To Make Biodiesel (And A Few Other Things) From Food Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Styrofoam Recycling: How To Dispose Of Expanded Polystyrene Responsibly

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    While Styrofoam recycling isn't a convenient option in most places, it can be done. Here are some ideas for responsible disposal of expanded polystyrene The post Styrofoam Recycling: How To Dispose Of Expanded Polystyrene Responsibly appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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  • Protesters occupy OHA ahead of Board of Trustees meeting

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:20 am
    KHON: Protesters are preparing to occupy the Office of Hawaiian Affairs building ahead of an upcoming Board of Trustees meeting. The sit-in was organized by MANA, Movement for Aloha No ka ??¯ina, one of several groups against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. "We have a right to be here and we expect the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to be decisive about this issue," said Andre Perez of MANA. "Our objective is to ensure that they get involved and put this issue on the agenda,...
  • Mauna Kea defenders ask for OHA support

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:18 am
    Hawaii News Now: Protect Mauna Kea advocates urged trustees with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to join them in opposing.the building of a thirty meter telescope on the mountain's summit. "We have risen. We have awakened. We have remembered," Kaleikoa Kaeo said. Leaders and supporters of the movement held signs at OHA's board meeting and begged the board to take a stand against the $1.4 billion project they believe will desecrate the mountain they call sacred. "Either we have a place to decide what is sacred...
  • The Heart of Hawaiian People's Arguments Against the Telescope on Mauna Kea

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Smithsonian: At this moment all over the Hawaiian islands, but especially atop Mauna Kea volcano, there are protests against the building of a new Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) on this sacred mountain. The telescope has become a cause célèbre among Native Hawaiians and their allies, and the issue is going viral. Newspapers around the world are reporting the story and people are abuzz on social media—especially as the issue becomes more emotionally charged. This week, a University of California, Berkeley professor...
  • MANA calls for “occupation” of OHA offices RE: Mauna Kea

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    Hawaii Independent: MANA, Movement for Aloha No ka ??¯ina, is calling upon the lahui kanaka (Hawaiian community) and supporters to join us in occupying the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for an extended vigil from Wednesday April 22, 3 p.m. until positive results for the protection of Mauna Kea are achieved. Concerned community members are being asked to bring their sleeping bags, toothbrushes, flags and banners and occupy the office until the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Two primary demands will...
  • Univ of Hawaii regents hear more Thirty Meter Telescope testimony in Hilo

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:07 am
    Pacific Business News: The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has scheduled a second special meeting in Hilo this weekend to hear concerns and support from the community on the planned Thirty Meter Telescope project, as opposition to the internationally-backed $1.4 billion planned observatory for Mauna Kea holds construction at a standstill. UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said it is unclear what the regents’ legal capacity is to halt the project, since the board gave its approval to the project in June 2010. The board...
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  • This Stat Will Make Deforestation Hit Home

    Luke Whelan
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Okay, so deforestation is sad, and it's Arbor Day so we should be extra sad about it. But there are so many things to be sad about, right? Well maybe this stat, from a study that came out last month, will make the loss of the world's forests sink in for you: More than 70 percent of the worlds's forests are within 1 kilometer of a forest edge. Thus, most forests are well within the range where human activities, altered microclimate and nonforest species may influence and degrade forest ecosystems. That's right, we've arrived at the point where the majority of the forest in the world is just a…
  • This Is Why You Crave Sugar When You're Stressed Out

    Gabrielle Canon
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here's something that won't come as a surprise to anyone who has ever devoured a pint of Rocky Road after a miserable day at work: Researchers at the University of California-Davis recently found that 80 percent of people report eating more sweets when they are stressed. Their new study, published in the the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, offers a possible explanation. Sugar, the researchers found, can diminish physiological responses normally produced in the brain and body during stressful situations. With stress levels on the rise, this could explain why more people are…
  • Obama Just Called Out Florida's Climate Deniers in Their Own Backyard

    Tim McDonnell
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    President Barack Obama just marked Earth Day with a speech on climate change, given from a podium in Florida's Everglades National Park. The choice of venue was appropriate from an environmental perspective—the Everglades is already acutely feeling the impacts of sea level rise—but it was also telling from a political standpoint. Although our swampiest national park has a long history of bipartisan support, it's located in a state that has recently produced some of the most absurdist climate denial in recent memory—and Obama didn't forget to mention it. Florida is home not…
  • Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day by Proposing To Fire 57 Environmental Agency Employees

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Happy Earth Day! Today is a day we can all band together and share our love for this beautiful planet—or at least drown our sorrows about climate change with nerdy themed cocktails. Later today, President Barack Obama will mark the occasion with a climate-focused speech in the Florida Everglades. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, had a different idea: Fire a big chunk of the state's environmental staff. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this…
  • How Californians Screwed Drought-Plagued California

    Josh Harkinson
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Solving California's water crisis got a lot harder on Monday when a state appeals court struck down steeply tiered water rates in the city of San Juan Capistrano. Like many other California cities, this affluent Orange County town encourages conservation by charging customers who use small amounts of water a lower rate per gallon than customers who use larger amounts. The court ruled that the practice conflicts with Proposition 218, a ballot measure that, among other things, bars governments from charging more for a service than it costs to provide it. The drought isn't the only way Prop. 218…
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  • Drone flies after being installed with honeybee brain

    bnelson78
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:12 pm
    This could be the bee version of the robot apocalypse: Researchers from the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex have installed a drone with a honeybee brain, and it flies much like a real-life bee, reports Discover. Fleets of these bee-like bots could even one day takeover for actual, organic honeybees in the task of pollinating our crops.  
  • 'Mechanical' invisibility cloak inspired by the honeycomb

    bnelson78
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Normally, the mechanical structure of a honeycomb is among the most stable found in nature. The hexagonal design allows for an efficient, secure lattice. But what happens when there are imperfections in that lattice, such as when a hole forms? The honeycomb structure can be extremely weakened.  
  • Do Unto Animals: The new book from Tracey Stewart that aims to help us help animals

    mdestries
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Haven't heard of Tracey Stewart? That's all about to change. The former veterinary technician and animal advocate, who also happens to be married to "Daily Show" comedian Jon Stewart, is quickly rising in the world of animal welfare thanks to a new book, online magazine, and a new rescue farm.   
  • 17 recipes that put your cast-iron skillet to good use

    rshreeves
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When I was a kid, my dad’s cast-iron pan was off limits to anyone but him. It was seasoned perfectly. Only he could clean it after he cooked in it. When I was in grade school, I got it in my head that the pan contained bacteria, and I washed it with soap and water. Dad was not happy.  
  • Anti-testing movement catches on in schools nationwide

    jsavedge
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    It's that time of year again: standardized testing time. Students are stuck in their classrooms, filling in circles on multiple-choice standardized tests that will determine everything from their teacher's salary to the amount of funding their school receives.   Talk about pressure.  
 
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  • California’s Major Residential Rate Reform: A Mixed Bag for Solar Economics

    Jeff St. John
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This week, California utility regulators issued a long-awaited proposal to reform the complex, multi-tiered rate structures for residential customers of the state’s big three investor-owned utilities. And as solar advocates expected, it contains some good news and some bad news for the economics of customer-owned net-metered solar PV systems. At the same time, the proposed decision from the California Public Utilities Commission (PDF) leaves open some big questions on how future rate design decisions will affect solar economics. These pending issues include coming changes to the…
  • The Grid Edge Executive Council Welcomes 10 New Members

    Charlene Fowler
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    GTM Research welcomes 10 new member companies to the Grid Edge Executive Council: Blue Pillar, CODA Energy, CPS Energy, Cummins, Honda, Jabil, NiSource, New York Power Authority, Recurrent Energy and Stoel Rives. Council members receive access to all grid edge research, quarterly market briefings from our analysts, and the Grid Edge Deployment Tracker data service. They also get to attend all GTM Research industry events and conferences, as well as six annual exclusive Council Member-only meetings backed by analyst research and input. Last week Council members met in Phoenix, Arizona, before…
  • NRG Bundles Solar With Water Efficiency in California

    Katherine Tweed
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    NRG Home is adding water management technology to its solar offering for one of its target markets, California, which faces new water regulations as the state withers in its fourth year of drought. As California finalizes its mandatory cuts in water use for an average of 25 percent for urban water suppliers, new NRG solar customers in Fresno and San Diego can receive a smart sprinkler from Rachio. Existing NRG solar customers in the state can also receive the smart sprinkler at market price as part of a distribution agreement. Fresno will likely have to cut its water use by 28 percent; San…
  • Tesla Unveiling Not-So-Secret Battery Systems Next Week

    Eric Wesoff
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a new product line via his Ernst Stavro Blofeld Twitter feed. Major new Tesla product line -- not a car -- will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thurs 8pm, April 30 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2015 And earlier this week we learned the identity of the mystery business unit. Tesla IR on April 30 event: "We will introduce the Tesla home battery and a very large utility scale battery." — John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) April 21, 2015   I would suggest that Tesla has already unveiled these battery products over the…
  • Why Renewables Can’t Be Stopped

    Stephen Lacey
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    In 2014, after a two-year dip in global clean energy spending, the world saw a record $310 billion invested in solar, wind, storage and energy efficiency. Although yearly investment levels are still below what IEA estimates are needed to address climate change, the increase shows that appetite for funding projects and companies is increasing. Some say the investment figures prove that fossil fuels in the electricity sector have already lost the long-term race to renewables. This week, we’ll talk with Michael Liebreich, founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, about what the global…
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    Practical Environmentalist

  • 101 Sustainable Gardening Tips: Useful Tips to Start Today

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

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

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

    Lars7369952O
    11 Sep 2013 | 8:45 am
    Did you know that BNSF, the railway company owned by Warren Buffet’s Birkshire Hathaway, is probably the second largest purchaser of diesel fuel in the United States, coming in only after the US Navy? That’s a lot of diesel fuel. With diesel prices near $4 per gallon, and natural gas (CNG) at around half of that price, the savings from switching to CNG on such a large scale become quite large. The Wall Street Journal reports that BNSF has at least 6,900 existing locomotives that run on diesel now, which means that it could be quite expensive to convert them all. However, BNSF is…
  • 2014 Diesel Cars in the USA: Here’s What’s Available

    Lars7369952O
    2 Aug 2013 | 12:17 pm
    While the demand for U.S. diesel vehicles cannot match that of the overseas market, development and sales of diesel cars, CUVs, and SUVs are taking off in the States as a fuel efficient alternative to hybrid and electric vehicles, although lagging them when it comes to air quality. The three biggest reasons why diesel automobile sales lag in the US seem to be related to the memory of terrible diesels of the 1970s, the higher cost of diesel fuel (and the engine itself) compared to gasoline, and the clean diesel requirements that make for a much lower number of diesel engines that can pass our…
 
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  • Dell’s Hosted Private Cloud Service is Dedicated to Customer Success

    Andy Rothfield
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    According to analysts, 33 percent of enterprise companies use a private cloud solution. A third of those companies use a hosted private cloud service. These services are often custom-designed to deliver business results faster. Dell’s hosted private cloud service, Dell Cloud Dedicated, has been identified by Forrester Research as a “top performer” in their recent Forrester Wave Report in December 2014. This report details findings on how well Dell fulfills enterprise customer requirements to help infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros select the right partner for their…
  • Dell Security Wows the Crowds at RSA 2015

    Patrick Sweeney
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    "Better Security means Better Business.”  That is Dell’s message at RSA Conference and Dell was at RSA to prove it. We kicked-off the week with sponsor session titled: “Embrace innovation: Security as a business enabler,” six educational breakout sessions and multiple theatre presentations by our Dell Security executives and experts panelists. We also launched the new Dell Secure Mobile Access 6200 and 7200.   One of the most compelling issues addressed at RSA was the ever growing source and types of security threats. I had the chance to meet with press…
  • Sliding Into Home: Dell Technology Partner Program Wins

    DELL-Brinda R
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The primary mission of Dell’s Technology Partner program (TPP) is to build strong relationships with our partners that help them succeed in new ways.  I’m excited to share a few stories that illustrate the power of TPP in action! Data Deposit Box and Caringo   Data Deposit Box (DDB) is a rapidly growing cloud backup and recovery provider that provides entire business protection for small to medium sized businesses.  Since 2002, the company has amassed an impressive 60,000 customers acquired directly and through its extensive network of over 1,000 resellers and over…
  • Sustainable Innovation Needs Technology Solutions and Computing at the Edge

    Laura P. Thomas
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    The phrase “going off the grid” brings to my mind a cabin deep in the woods and very little contact with the outside world; but, rather than living on the edge of society it could mean “computing at the edge.” Edge computing refers to many different possibilities, but in general it pushes applications and data analytics away from centralized physical hardware hubs to the extremes of a network. It was something several of the people I heard speak here at Dell headquarters this Earth Day mention when talking about a more sustainable future and the role technology…
  • Key Partners Showcase Dell Precision Workstations at NAB 2015

    Scott C Hamilton
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) delivers another exciting year of innovation and buzz around the new era of content sweeping the industry. And Dell, for the first time in years, brought a compelling portfolio of solutions to a booth on the show floor. Traditionally we’ve packed our schedule with partner and press meetings in smaller meeting rooms in the bowels of the Las Vegas Convention Center, but this year’s booth was a key attraction in the lower south hall. Incredible 360 degree Oculus Rift Virtual Reality demo from our friends at Reel A variety of Dell…
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  • Comment on Five Questions for Gar Alperovitz by Alexis

    Alexis
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:22 pm
    I vote for a resource based economy. The fact that the Koch brothers are worth 100 billion dollars but overall have almost not technical skills would imply a misuse of a monetary system. Unskilled technicians should be given very little power.
  • Comment on Deep Intellect by Yjemer

    Yjemer
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    “However as an ethical rights advocate we are curious as to further details as to how and why she died, as their lifespans in captivity can be long…” “…kept in solitary confinement…” I’m curious as to whether you missed the part about octopuses not being social, long-lived animals. I’ll quote it here: “But octopuses are neither long-lived nor social. Athena, to my sorrow, may live only a few more months — the natural lifespan of a giant Pacific octopus is only three years. If the aquarium added another octopus to her tank, one…
  • Comment on Five Questions for Gar Alperovitz by Bob Riley

    Bob Riley
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    I am just getting familiar with The Next System Project and have signed up for their May 20 webinar. Our economic reform advocacy group at our First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque has also, like the words of Gar Alperovitz above, led us to conclude that the U.S. political-economic system is taking our country (and others) towards an unprecedented political-ecological disaster, barring major systemic reform. That disaster could threaten the future of our human species, not to mention many other species which are part of our planet’s biosphere.
  • Comment on James Krupa on Teaching Evolutionary Biology by Philip Terzian

    Philip Terzian
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Interesting piece. I was editorial page editor of the Lexington Herald during 1980-82 and routinely defended the teaching of evolution against encroachment from creationists on the Fayette County school board, and elsewhere — indeed, won an award for doing so. In my humble opinion, the threat of creationism being taught in public schools was much stronger then than it is now, even in a mid-South state like Kentucky.
  • Comment on James Krupa on Responses to His Essay “Defending Darwin” by Harry Eagar

    Harry Eagar
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Some years ago, the physicist Leon Lederman proposed (In Technology Review, the MIT alumni magazine) that teaching high school science should be reversed: physics first, ending with biology. I take Professor Krupa’s position to be similar: start with basic organizing principles, advance to more complex manifestations. I do not blame science teachers for the low estate of science knowledge; for that I blame ignorant religious bigots. But the pedagogical methods could be improved. (I don’t suppose the students have the wit to dub him James “Gene” Krupa, but he rocks.
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  • It’s Time For a Very British Revolution

    Armando Iannucci
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The main purpose of this article is to make me want to vote by the time I’ve written it. Sorry to have to pare this down to personal basics, but I love politics, I believe passionately that everyone should vote, and I still desperately cling by the fingertips to the ideal that a national democrati
  • The Secret to James Harden's Greatness Is Hidden in His Beard

    Sam Apple
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    No one thought James Harden would be this good. The Houston Rockets guard showed plenty of potential as a college player at Arizona State—enough to make him the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft—but no one saw him as a future MVP candidate.  The scouts had already made 
  • This Isn't the Same 'New Republic'

    Jamil Smith
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    The first New Republic I recall seeing erased me. I found it in my local public library during my junior year of high school; the edges were a little bit tattered. The magazine had put a blond, white teenager wearing headphones on the
  • All Black Lives Matter

    Michael Eric Dyson
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    There has been a great deal of commentary about my article on Cornel West published in The New Republic’s May issue. I’d like to take a few lines to a
  • Obscurity and Snow

    C.D. Wright
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    Everything would be closed. He got up late.He wanted to stop smoking.He dedicated himself to a different path.He needed some air. It was.A mean 15°. Outages expected. Wind gusting.45mph. She was one car wreckafter another. She needed.Everyone to feel sorry for her. She got itfrom her father. The ba
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: 10 Companies That Are Rethinking Food Waste

    Mary Mazzoni
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Food waste is a staggering global problem: Roughly a third of the food produced for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — is lost or wasted. But a select few companies are taking innovative approaches to cut those figures down to size. From small startups to major multinationals, this week we tip our hats to 10 companies that are rethinking food waste.
  • Rana Plaza Two Years Later: Fast Fashion, Fast Destruction

    3p Contributor
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. That day at 8:57 a.m. local time, 1,134 people died and over 2,500 were injured in the name of fast fashion. Two years later, has anything changed?
  • Report Charts Rise in Global EV Market, But U.S. Shows Troublesome Signs

    Tina Casey
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    A new electric vehicle market report from Frost & Sullivan charts the rise in global EV sales, but signs of sluggishness appear in the U.S. market: Due to falling gas prices, American car buyers are "trading in hybrid and electric cars for SUVs at a higher rate than ever before."
  • Social Media Campaign Calls for Fashion Supply Chain Transparency

    Nayelli Gonzalez
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    In support of Fashion Revolution Day, people around the world are taking to social media today, snapping selfies, tagging brands and asking them “#whomademyclothes. The campaign marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, and seeks to use the tragedy "to shed light and bring some transparency to what has become a really hidden and secretive industry."
  • Is the Public Etsy Still Part of the Sharing Economy?

    Raz Godelnik
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Etsy's IPO took Wall Street by storm last week. The conversation was peppered with questions about whether or not a company that claims to be “a mindful, transparent and humane business” could succeed on Wall Street, a space where these adjectives are rarely used. Yet, this is not the question I’ll ask today. Instead, I’ll focus on is whether or not Etsy, the person-to-person online marketplace for all things handmade, is still part of the sharing economy.
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Freebie of the week: Get started canning with this free guide

    Christine Escobar
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    It's time to get ready for the garden season. Whether you plan to grow your own produce or take advantage of local farmers' markets, canning and preserving is a great way to extend the harvest and continue to eat local throughout the year.  Offered by Chicago's Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and available for download in your choice of colors, check out this handy-dandy canning guide perfect for beginners. photo credit:Rachel Tayse, flickr
  • "Class Dismissed" documentary back in Chicago this Sunday by popular demand

    Christine Escobar
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    As parent backlash grows in response to unnecessary standardized testing and excessive homework, more and more families in the U.S. are turning to alternative methods of instruction to ensure that their children receive a well rounded education, free of a high stakes, pressurized environment focused on test scores over individual achievement. One of these growing alternative educational movements is homeschooling, often still seen as controversial to some, and the even more poorly misunderstood related method known as unschooling.  No formal numbers exist to illustrate the number of…
  • EarthTalk: Microbeads and Marine Pollution

    Christine Escobar
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Products like facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste contain thousands of polyethylene and polypropylene microbeads, ranging from 50-500 microns (or ½ mm) in diameter. Credit: 5 Gyres Institute. Dear EarthTalk What on Earth are plastic “microbeads” and how are they threatening the Great Lakes? -- Billy Alexander, Macon, GA Can brushing your teeth or using an exfoliating face or body wash be an act of pollution? Perhaps so, because over 1,000 personal care products contain tiny plastic “microbeads,” each about a half millimeter in diameter. The Los Angeles-based 5 Gyres Institute, which…
  • Celebrate a Local Treasure with Auditorium Theatre Day

    Christine Escobar
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University celebrates 125 years this season with a full line-up of performances and special events to commemorate its long legacy as one of the city's oldest cultural treasures. December 9 has been declared by Mayor Emanuel as Auditorium Theatre Day. On this day in 1889, the Auditorium Theatre was founded as "a theatre of the people and for the people". To celebrate the Auditorium's 125th anniversary, a special birthday trolley will travel throughout the city on the morning of December 9. Passengers, including members from the “Too Hot…
  • "Class Dismissed", New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

    Christine Escobar
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A new independent film about homeschooling, now showing in select theaters on the West Coast and making its way to the Midwest and East Coast in November, is currently screening to sold out audiences. "Class Dismissed" explores the fast growing movement in the U.S. toward home education and learning outside of the traditional confines of a classroom. Produced by 3StoryFilms, the movie follows a homeschooling family from LA who decide to take their two children out of school to pursue learning in a completely different way. I recently spoke to the film's director and co-producer…
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  • 29th annual JazzReggae Festival brings high appetite notwithstanding rain

    Blogger
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    The 29th annual JazzReggae Festival embodied some-more strain genres than what a name entailed. From choice to hip-hop music, JRF broadened a lineup in a new home, a Los Angeles Tennis Center. Daily Bruin AE’s Salus Kim and Ruhee Patel explored a one-day, eco-friendly festival, that featured a vendors village, live art and low-pitched performances. Even with a sleet and initial low turnout, assemblage increasing interjection to a high appetite of a performers as day transitioned into night. From Wale looking for his extended family to Shwayze bringing his son onstage, we summation a…
  • IU Health aims to renovate health caring with $1B medical center

    Blogger
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    IU Health’s new medical campus, graphic looking easterly from I-65, will have fewer beds than IU Health’s dual Downtown comforts — Methodist and University hospitals — as it reflects a change to some-more outpatient care. It will embody a medical preparation building for larger partnership between a Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Health.(Photo: Illustration supposing by IU Health) Indiana University Health will deposit $1 billion in a new medical core during 16th Street and Capitol Avenue, partial of a large plan that will rip down century-old buildings and make new…
  • Photo Exclusive: When a Photo Shoot Turns Into a High-Energy Dance-Off! Meet …

    Blogger
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    View a Entire Photo Gallery “New York, New York…” Photo by Monica Simoes The iconic low-pitched combined by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins strictly non-stop Oct. 16, 2014, following previews Sept. 20 during a Lyric (formerly a Foxwoods and a Ford Center for a Performing Arts). The production, that outlines a 70th anniversary of a classical musical, is destined by Tony leader John Rando, who helmed a recent, critically acclaimed City Center Encores! and Barrington Stage productions of On a Town. It also facilities choreography by Joshua…
  • Diet for Juice Plus + Recipes

    Blogger
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
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  • Region’s high appetite final pull New England leaders to Hartford

    Blogger
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    By Matt Murphy STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, APRIL 23, 2015…..Volatility of appetite prices and concerns about ability to accommodate a region’s appetite direct brought leaders from all 6 New England states to Hartford on Thursday, where a early concentration centered around entrance to healthy gas and a ability to broadcast renewable sources like breeze and hydropower to consumers. The infrastructure to move healthy gas into New England has unsuccessful to keep gait with a arise of gas-fired appetite plants in a region, according to a user of a region’s…
 
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • Health, Firefighter, Consumer and Science Groups Seek Ban on Household Products With Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants

    Katy
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:18 pm
    A broad coalition of health, firefighter, consumer and science groups filed a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban four categories of consumer products — children’s products, furniture, mattresses and the casings around electronics — if they contain any flame retardant in the chemical class known as organohalogens.  Petitioners include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the Learning Disabilities Association of America, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of…
  • Goodreads Giveaway of The Order of the Trees!

    Katy
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Less than one month (gulp!) until the publication of my first middle level novel, The Order of the Trees,  with Green Writer’s Press! This is an eco-adventure novel that is set in the Vermont woods.  Here’s what our school librarian, Lynne Woodard,  had to say about it! “Katy Farber’s new book The Order of the Trees is such a lovely piece of work that it’s hard to know what aspect to sing the praises of in this short space! Farber has honed a style of writing that will totally engage upper elementary and middle schoolers, a skill no doubt fed by her years of…
  • Vitter-Udall Bill does not protect public health

    Katy
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    There is a wolf in sheep’s clothing in the Senate this week. It’s parading as true chemical reform, which is something our country desperately needs. The Toxic Substance Control Act, written in 1973, is broken, outdated and allows over 60,000 chemicals in the marketplace that have never been tested for reform. So clearly, we need reform. Just not this one. This one was written by big chemical industry lobbyists and it creates mile wide loopholes that will harm public health. Here are what our allies are saying is wrong with this bill. The first one is personal. 1. It allows for no…
  • Let them have recess (even this winter!)

    Katy
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    (It may be spring where you live, but not here. This post was inspired by this article in the Washington Post and my many friends who have had school and recess cancelled regularly this winter when the temperatures have been below 20 degrees.) The wind stings my face. I squint to look out on many of my sixth grade students. They are playing snow soccer in at least a foot of snow. The ball is kicked, and quickly sinks into the snow as snow pant and boot clad kids chase after it. They fall all around, usually laughing, as they try to push the ball toward the goal. It is quite like watching…
  • Ashley Furniture to Phase Out Toxic Flame Retardants from Furniture (update)

    Katy
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    In the last few years awareness about the toxicity in flame retardant chemicals in furniture has grown tremendously. Public health advocates, organizations, doctors, environmentalists and journalists have been sounding the alarm that the chemicals added to furniture are far more harmful than the flame they might extinguish– and that there are much safer alternatives. This groundbreaking series from the Chicago Tribune called into questions the shady dealings of the companies that make and market these chemicals– and equated their practices with those of Big Tobacco as distorting and…
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • Ditch the Bottled Water – It’s Easy!

    Tiffany
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    No doubt you have heard by now that some of the popular bottled water brands are actually glorified tap water. There is just nothing like a cold, refreshing bottle of $2.00 tap water right? Not! Save yourself some money and bottle your own “public water source” water in a nice resuable bottle. I recommend Klean Kanteen or Life Factory. Not only will you stop funding greedy and manipulative corporations you will also help to reduce the amount of plastic bottles entering the market and our landfills. And if you are worried about the quality of tap water you can always look into a…
  • Celebrating Earth Day with the ClimateStore!

    Tiffany
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Happy earth day everyone!!! How will you celebrate? This tree hugging gal will most likely celebrate by digging in some dirt and planting some things…pretty much what I have been doing all week. It never gets old seeing what I can create with good soil, sunshine, and organic, non GMO seeds. I was going to plant a tree but we “might” be moving soon and I would hate to plant a tree that I won’t be around to enjoy, so flowers and veggies it will be. On a larger scale, beyond my own backyard there are also things we can do this earth day. This is my favorite day to donate…
  • Protecting Plants From Frost Damage

    Tiffany
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Like many gardeners I start my seedlings indoors to get a jump on the growing season.  This means I plant in containers and flats in February or March when it is still cold outside. I use grow lights, full sun windows, and some outdoor time when it is warmer and sunny to help them grow. Once the threat of frost has passed I plant them in the garden beds that will be their home for the summer. What though if you had to plant a bit early, before the danger of frost has passed? This can be the case for a variety of reasons. Perhaps your seedlings got too big and needed to go in the ground.
  • Voting for Climate Change With Your Wallet

    Tiffany
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    Everyone is getting bombarded with voting messages lately. I just started getting lots of unsolicited emails from the campaign of the one of the presidential hopefuls this week. Facebook is full of political talk. The energy surrounding this election is ramping up but in my humble opinion we need to remember that every day is voting day. We don’t have to wait to wait to be heard. No, we may not get to decide on POTUS but we do get to cast votes for many other equally important issues. More important issues actually. Every day we vote with our shopping dollars. Are we supporting…
  • Apple Honey Tea

    Tiffany
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    This easy recipe is just like tea but not really because it has no tea leaves. It is completely delicious though and perfect for chilly days and rainy days. It is also a great tea to drink if you have a cold or flu bug because it is comforting and soothing. A bonus is that it also makes the house smell incredible. Apple Honey Tea 3 or 4 organic apples, unpeeled, cored and sliced 6 cups cold water (filtered or spring is best) 1 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice 1-2 Tbs raw local honey Put the apples and the cold water in a crockpot and simmer for two hours. Remove from heat and strain.
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Confessions of a Prolific Recycler

    Amber Strocel
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    The Climate Crusader is taking aim at her recycling habit.I subscribe to emails from the David Suzuki Foundation. One that I received last month has really got me thinking. It linked to an article called Five ways to recycle less. As someone who actually recycles a lot it really stuck out.Like many people, I think of recycling as a good thing. After all, it has many environmental benefits. Recycling reduces the amount of waste that's sent to landfills, it cuts down our consumption of new resources and it reduces the amount of energy we use. In the process we're protecting habitats, cutting…
  • Life Lessons From Gardening: There Are No Mistakes

    Christy
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter is learning from life's little curve balls.I love gardening for so many reasons, not least of which because of everything gardening has taught me. Anyone who has tried to grow something can tell you something that they have learned through the process. Some speak of the appreciation they have for nature, for being witness to the life around them. Others speak about the time spent outdoors and the meditative effect of daily tasks and chores. Then there is the satisfaction of growing one's own food and being intimately connected to the earth.My favourite gardening lesson is also…
  • Spring Gardening in Atlantic Canada Will Have to Wait

    Eco Yogini
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    EcoYogini dreams of spring...For Yulemas this year my lovely hubby built raised planter beds (using only a handsaw and drill, he got a skilsaw for yulemas itself.... which he said would have been helpful BEFORE while building my presents!) and heirloom seed varietals. I was (am) excited: it will be our first vegetable garden!Now is the time that we should be thinking about starting our seeds inside, at least some of them, so that as soon as the frost is gone we can start a-planting.Except, you may not have heard but Atlantic Canada (specifically Nova Scotia and Prince-Edward Island provinces)…
  • Container Gardening: Not Only for Those with Small Spaces

    Amber Strocel
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:26 pm
    The Climate Crusader is getting her 2015 garden off the ground.I admit it: I am a bit of a haphazard gardener. I grow things, and I try to make sure that my plants are happy, but I rarely prune and I don't spend nearly as much time weeding as I should. In spite of my lax attitude, I still become very upset when I lose plants to pests. It's very discouraging to nurture wee little green shoots from seed, go through the excitement of new growth, and then discover them all decimated by a bug.If I were a master gardener I would probably do things like monitor soil pH, rotate crops and attract…
  • Are Plastic Bag Bans Worth It?

    Christy
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Queen Composter thought the debate on plastic versus paper was over, but now she's not sure.Recently my family and I were on holiday in Maui, Hawaii, and as soon as we went shopping I noticed that everyone was offering us paper bags for our items. Of course I just pulled out the small cloth shopping bags that I keep in every bag I own and used that. On the few occasions the items didn't fit in my smallish shopping bags, I returned the paper bags and just carried out my purchases in my hand rather than use a large paper bag.After a few days of this I did a quick google search to discover that…
 
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Eco-Friendly Seed Starting Ideas

    greenandcleanmom
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:21 pm
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  • Juice Beauty Skin Care Review and Giveaway

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    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
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  • Inspirational Mother’s Day Quotes

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    9 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
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  • Talking Milk and Nutrition with Country Star Sara Evans

    greenandcleanmom
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:51 pm
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  • Fun and Educational Earth Day Activities for Kids

    greenandcleanmom
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • This Makes Me Happy - Smoothie King

    Greenstylemom
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Jack likes experimenting in the kitchen
  • This Makes Me Happy - Gala Photo

    Greenstylemom
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:48 pm
    And a bit embarrassed that it was in the newspaper! But I *won* those tennis lessons!Me at a gala a couple weeks ago - may have to click on the photos to find me(Matt hates it when I say I *won* a silent auction. He always points out that we have to *buy* the prize)(But I do love my dress!)
  • For This Week - April 5th

    Greenstylemom
    5 Apr 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Well, hello. And Happy Easter! The kids and I got back late last night from our 3 week Hawaii adventure. I'm jet lagged today which makes me feel like doing nothing, and fortunately Matt & his father took care of all the Easter doings. I have managed to work through a decent number of emails which was much needed - my computer wouldn't start in Hawaii but magically started back at home. Maybe a blessing from the universe while I was away?We dive right back into *real* life tomorrow. I am going to miss my lazy mornings, tropical smoothies, beach time & salty hair, the company of a…
  • Right Now - Tropical Smoothie

    Greenstylemom
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    garnished by Jack
  • Homeschool Moment - Waikiki Aquarium

    Greenstylemom
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Ride pool creatures
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    Green Talk®

  • Eco-Skin Care by Herban Lifestyle: Pure, Small Batch Created +Giveaway

    Anna@Green Talk
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Herban Lifestyle’s products are an eco skin care line that is committed to sustainability from sourcing quality fair trade and/or organic ingredients down to their packaging.  What I love about this company is their ingredients are so pure and don’t contain any synthetic chemicals. Better yet, the products are produced in  small batches to assure quality. Despite all their sustainability goodness, the products need to work.  And, boy,  I was not let down.  Read on. Just to give you some background about my skin.  It has become  very dry as I have aged.  It is also…
  • Spring Garden Maintenance Checklist. Get Started Now.

    Anna@Green Talk
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    There is something so poetic when the forsythia bloom.  For me, it signifies that spring has arrived.  And there is plenty of work to do around the homestead.  Here is my spring garden maintenance checklist.  Add yours as well in the comments below. #1 Remove Grass from your Beds. Remove grass from your beds.  I swear grass grows where you don’t want it to grow.  My perennials haven’t reared their heads yet, but the grass in the beds are flourishing.  Since the ground is soft from the winter, it is so much easier to pull out the grass. #2 Time to Prune Lavender Time to…
  • 6 Easy Vegetables to Grow

    Anna@Green Talk
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:18 pm
    When I look back at all the years, I have been gardening, I can truly confide that there are only six easy vegetables to grow. Why did I say “easy” because all vegetable could have issues such as pests, powdery mildew, etc. Also, plant issues could also be magnified by where you live. Just to give you some perspective, I live in NJ where everything is big or go home. Even the pests have the same philosophy. Why be a pest if you can’t create the ultimate havoc? And then there is the weather. One day it is humid as a steam bath, and the next day it is so cold in August that you…
  • 5 More Foods You Can Freeze. Part 2.

    Anna@Green Talk
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    I am a freezer fanatic.   I would rather throw food in the freezer and hope it unfreezes to some manageable state than throw it in my composter.  But I bet you already know that, having read my previous article, “6 foods that I bet you didn’t know you can Freeze.” (*Wink*)  Well, I have 5 more foods you can freeze to add to the list. I got you warmed up to 6 foods so let’s talk about the other 5. Anna, I am stick of throwing out my food and basically throwing my hard earned cash down the drain.  Loved the last “6 foods that you can freeze” post.  What…
  • Seed Scarification: Wondering Why Seeds Don’t Germinate?

    Anna@Green Talk
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I started growing my seeds inside.  Over the years, I have discovered that not all seeds are alike. Certain seeds need to be scarified, stratified, soaked, or inoculated.   I will be focusing on seed scarification for this article and will touch upon the other methods in future articles. I grow many plants (including perennials and flowers) from seeds since it is cheaper and more rewarding than buying them at the garden store.  In order for me to be successful, I need to know how to germinate the seeds. As I mentioned above, some seeds need scarification. What is…
 
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    Mindful Momma

  • Spotlight On: Beautycounter Tint Skin

    Micaela
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
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  • Celebrate Imperfections with Eden Juice

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    20 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
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  • Support Solar with ClimateStore for Earth Week

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    16 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
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  • 3 Ways to Get Turmeric in Your Diet

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    14 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
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  • Spotlight on: Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bars

    Micaela
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Seeing Green — Eco Friendly Places to Visit in Paris

    Greg Head
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    It’s one of the most visited destinations in the whole world. Millions of visitors from all over the world come to take advantage of its pre-eminent landmarks, famed cuisine and captivating cultural attractions. But the unfortunate thing for Paris is that this hive of activity undoubtedly increases its carbon footprint. After all, there are 19,500… Read more The post Seeing Green — Eco Friendly Places to Visit in Paris appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Earth Day Resolutions for a New Beginning

    Kimberly
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Rather than being the one day a year when everyone does something to reduce their impact, then forgets about it until next year, Earth Day should be a time for resolutions and new beginnings.... I've been focusing my energies on seeking green ways to furnish and repair our new (to us - it was built in 1925) house and helping nonprofits navigate the world of social media and online marketing by launching a new division of a direct mail company. The post 5 Earth Day Resolutions for a New Beginning appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Spending an Unforgettable Christmas in Europe

    Kimberly
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When I think back to the winter I spent backpacking around Eastern Europe, I remember the smell of mulled wine, the sight of kids sledding down man-made hills at Christmas markets, and the wonderful feeling of stepping out of subzero temperatures and into a warm museum. Christmas in Europe is beautiful in the winter and the… Read more The post Spending an Unforgettable Christmas in Europe appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Money Belt Reviews for Every Traveler

    Greg Head
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Are you ready for your first trip abroad? Have you packed your bags? If so, then make sure that you have a money belt, where you can safely put your credit cards, travel documents, room keys, etc. If you don’t have one, then you ought to read our money belt reviews to determine which one… Read more The post Money Belt Reviews for Every Traveler appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Choosing the Right Travel Backpack for You

    Greg Head
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    It’s great that you’re going to travel, and if you want your belongings with you all the time then you’ll need a travel backpack instead of the usual luggage bags. Travel backpacks may enable you to go on short hikes and camping trips, and you can decide to go to another city or country on… Read more The post Choosing the Right Travel Backpack for You appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • The New Richlands, NC Walmart Store is Open!

    Monica
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:49 pm
    This is something that our little community has been waiting for! I was very excited to get the opportunity to experience the Grand Opening festivities for Store #7009, in Richlands, NC. My family even came along with me to the Friends and Family Preview night! The store was open to friends and family of the employees to show off their new store, and what a store it is! The new Walmart, located at 349 Kinston Hwy, in Richlands, is approximately 156,000 square feet and brings over 300 full and part time jobs to Richlands. It features General Merchandise, as well as a full line of groceries,…
  • Give Your Family’s Skin Extra TLC With Shea Moisture

    Monica
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Founded in 1992 , Sundial Brands is committed to making the highest quality natural skin care products possible, engaging in eco-friendly and cruelty-free business practices. The Shea Moisture Baby Collection keeps your baby comfortable all day long by moisturizing and soothing itchy, irritated skin and does so by using organic shea butter, chamomile and argan oil. Why? Because every body deserves to be healthy and comfortable. I was sent the Shea Moisture Baby Collection to try out, and I really liked it. No.. I don’t have any babies here… but I did try it on myself. Want to…
  • America’s To-Do List Gets Done!

    Monica
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Spring time is finally here… Which means it’s time to tackle all of those outdoor projects that you’ve been saving up all Winter long… Walmart is ready to be your one stop shop when it comes to getting that “to-do” list done! Walmart has just about everything you need to tackle those projects around the house, and I was very excited to get one of my projects done specifically for you. My mission was to head over to my local Walmart store, and tackle one of my Spring projects, using supplies purchased at Walmart… Well, consider it DONE! What was my…
  • Pearls Olives to Go!- Great Snack or Pre-Measured Ingredients

    Monica
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    As a child, I was always digging into the can of olives when grandma was cooking, or rush to grab an olive on each finger out of the snack trays at our big family holiday meals. I’d walk around eating whole olives off of my finger tips and go back for more…. Don’t tell me you didn’t do that too! Well, my little girls are not unlike me… They love olives too, and I often find myself laughing when they rush into the kitchen to steal olives while I’m preparing a meal. When I was offered a chance to check out the Pearls Olives to Go! products, I jumped! Musco…
  • Clean Little Messes Quickly and Easily With New Tap Top Lysol

    Monica
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Ok.. Be honest now… How many of you wipe down your counters with a wet paper towel? I mean, you turn on the faucet, get a paper towel just a little bit wet, and set off wiping down your counter, getting all the old stuck on sauces, and liquid remnants of whatever you cooked for dinner off. Do you know how many germs your counter tops carry? LOTS!!! Especially if you dripped any bit of raw meat on them while you were preparing your last meal! Guess what?!?!? Wiping down your counters with paper towel and water does NOT kill germs. Period. BUT… Wiping your counters with Lysol and a…
 
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    Green (Living) Review

  • B&Q to close 60 stores and axe 3000 jobs

    Veshengro
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) DIY chain B&Q is to close as many as 60 stores in a shake-up set to impact on 3,000 jobs. B&Q's parent company Kingfisher, which also owns Screwfix, wants to cut about 15% of surplus space through the review of its 360-strong B&Q estate. Staff at Southampton, Dundee, Baums Lane in Mansfield, Stetchford Road in Birmingham, Hyde in Greater Manchester and Barnsley have been told that their stores are closing. The locations of the other shops on the closures list, however, have not been disclosed. The company said it believes it can meet local customer…
  • Gardening ‘prescriptions’ keep growing

    Veshengro
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    A growing number of GPs and healthcare professionals are ‘prescribing’ gardening to improve health outcomes for their patients. The health and wellbeing benefits of gardening and food growing are increasingly being recognised, leading to a rise in the number of projects being commissioned by The NHS and public health, the Growing Health project has found. Gardening prescriptions are being championed by a growing movement of charities and healthcare organisations who want gardening and food growing to be seen as a key activity for public health, general health and social care. Many of…
  • Thompson & Morgan public open days back by popular demand

    Veshengro
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    Like Willy Wonka opening the gates to his chocolate factory, the chance to get a glimpse of the immaculate Thompson & Morgan summer trial grounds at its Suffolk HQ drew thousands of gardeners from far and wide each summer though the 90’s and 00’s. The annual open weekends were a highlight of the local horticultural calendar, with gardeners and gardening clubs attending from as far afield as France and Germany. The annual event was drawn to a temporary close in 2011 when 5,000+ visitors attended over two days. Thompson & Morgan New Product Development Manager, Michael Perry,…
  • Fiskars Weed Pullers - weapons of weed destruction

    Veshengro
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It doesn't take long for weeds to take over a garden and removing them can be an arduous task. Until of course you are fully prepared to wage war on weeds with the Fiskars Weed Puller. It's a smart solution because it removes weeds with a quick pull and release action without the use of harmful pesticides. The tool works with four deep-reaching stainless steel claws, which grab the tap root efficiently. Once the weed has been pulled, a quick fire ejection releases it straight into a waiting wheelbarrow or trug and off the lawn or bed you are working in. Designed…
  • The Communist Manifesto – Book Review

    Veshengro
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels Originally published February 21, 1848 “There is still a compulsive quality to its prose as it provides insight after insight into the society in which we live, where it comes from and where its going to. It is still able to explain, as mainstream economists and sociologists cannot, today's world of recurrent wars and repeated economic crisis, of hunger for hundreds of millions on the one hand and 'overproduction' on the other. There are passages that could have come from the most recent writings…
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    SolarFeeds

  • Hawaii May Be Closer to Achieving a 100% Renewable Grid Than You Think

    SolarFeeds
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Hawaii is famously reliant on imported fossil fuels, for both electricity and transportation. But that’s changing rapidly as the state invests heavily in renewables. Two new bills are now pending in the Hawaii legislature that would codify the 100 percent renewables goal statewide, up from the current mandate of 40 percent by 2030. HB 623 would require 70 percent renewables by 2040 and 100 percent by 2050. SB 715 would require 70 percent by 2035 and 100 percent by 2050, but this bill is apparently languishing now while HB 623 is still active. Both of these bills originally called for…
  • There’s A Fight Brewing Over Who Profits From Solar Power

    SolarFeeds
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:53 pm
    In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently painted as the archetypal, mustache-twirling nemesis of clean electricity: Arizona Public Service. So you might be surprised to learn that this same company is about to become a big new producer of rooftop solar power. APS is an unlikely solar patron: In the summer of 2013, the Phoenix-area utility launched a campaign to weaken Arizona’s net metering rule, which requires utilities to buy the extra solar power their customers generate and provides a major incentive for homeowners to install rooftop panels. A few…
  • Tesla’s New Battery Could Solve One of Solar Power’s Biggest Problems

    SolarFeeds
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    So far, specific details are thin on the new battery designed for home use that Tesla’s announcing next week. But just based on what we do know, it’s a pretty big deal. The quest for a good battery that can store home-generated power is kind of like the holy grail for a renewable energy future. This one product might change everything. A New York Times article published earlier this week essentially sets up the problem that Tesla’s battery will solve. In Hawaii, 12 percent of homes have some kind of solar energy, by far the highest rate for any place in the US at the moment. In…
  • The Home Solar plus Energy Storage Revolution Is About to Begin

    SolarFeeds
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    Home solar batteries from Tesla Motors, which could upset utilities as we know them. Billion dollar solar bonds from SolarCity, backstopped by banking bigshots. Happy Earth Day! After being artificially suppressed for decades, renewable energy developments have accelerated, with excellent timing. Earth Day brought mounting news via Bloomberg that Tesla’s anticipated home solar batteries, hinted at in March by an Elon Musk tweet, will be announced at the end of the month. But the truth is really that they have already arrived, beneath our noses, in about 300 California homes solarized by…
  • Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013

    SolarFeeds
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    This story is excerpted and adapted from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, due out May 19 from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. On May 8, 2013, Tesla Motors shocked just about everyone by posting its first-ever quarterly profit, reporting higher-than-expected demand for its Model S electric sedan. That moment marked the beginning of a turnaround for Elon Musk’s tumultuous automaker. The next year would see the Model S win most of the automotive industry’s major awards and Tesla’s share price rise roughly fivefold, to more than $200. The 2013 profit…
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    Green Your Decor

  • If LED is the Future, the Future is Now

    jennae
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    It’s amazing to think about how far green technology has come in a few short years. When I started Green Your Decor back in 2008, people were just starting to convert their homes from incandescent light bulbs to the new compact fluorescent options. They weren’t always easy to find in stores, but they were worth […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.If LED is the Future, the Future is Now
  • Know Asbestos Before Tackling a Green Remodel

    jennae
    23 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Motivated to get our homes on the green end of the spectrum, it’s easy to want to dive right into the project. But before you start ripping out paneling and replacing your roof, it’s important to be mindful of the deadly substance that could be lurking underneath. We’re talking about asbestos, a naturally ­occurring group […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Know Asbestos Before Tackling a Green Remodel
  • 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
 
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    Jetson Green

  • Taco Bell Builds a Restaurant out of Shipping Containers

    Christine Walsh
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    The fast food company Taco Bell has unveiled a new restaurant at this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX. What sets this one apart is the fact that it was constructed entirely out of shipping containers. It seems more and more business are starting to adopt this new architecture trend, which given the surplus of shipping containers piling up in US ports each month truly is great news! In the case of Taco Bell, we can perhaps expect more of these types of cargotecture restaurants, since they’re planning to open 2,000 new locations in the US by 2022, which means they are looking to cut costs…
  • Sliding Wall Makes This Tiny NYC Apartment Feel Much Larger

    Christine Walsh
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    A couple of weeks ago a tiny NYC apartment was transformed to make the most of the available space and provide very comfortable living for the owners. A sliding wall was used to make it possible to separate the living space from the sleeping space, making it easy to change the apartment’s functionality from daytime to nighttime activities. The finished product was dubbed the 5:1 Apartment and it measures only 390 square feet (36 sq m). It was designed by the architectural firm MKCA and is located in a 1920s co-op building in Manhattan. The finished apartment is very bright thanks to white…
  • Tent-Like Home in the Woods

    Christine Walsh
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    Tents are one of the oldest forms of shelter in the world, and architect Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP studio of Japan were inspired to recreate it in a more permanent way. The finished product is a weekend home for an eco-conscious couple and resembles a set of tipis erected under the canopies in a wooded area of the Nasu district of the Tochigi prefecture in Japan. The house is made primarily of timber and measures 1,678 square feet (156 sq m), and features very tall, pointed ceilings in all the rooms. This pointed shape of the roofs is meant to allow more light into the home, while also cutting…
  • Tiny House Inspired by Japanese Minimalism

    Christine Walsh
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    Architect Todd Miller of Oregon Cottage Company recently designed this awesome Japanese architecture inspired tiny home. The client it was built for had grown up in Japan and wanted a home that resembled a traditional Japanese tearoom. The home measures 134 square feet, and instead of sofas or benches, all sitting areas are provided by tatami mats. The sitting area is the size of three tatami mats and is located on a raised floor, which also contains storage drawers. The room also features a sunken tea-warming hearth, and a hidden tea-serving chest, as well as the so-called “honoring…
  • Newark Soon to Get Shipping Container Apartment Complex

    Christine Walsh
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    The Newark, NJ-based Cor-10 Concepts LLC and the nonprofit organization Community Asset Preservation Corp. have partnered up to construct a three-unit apartment complex in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Newark ,which will be made out of recycled shipping containers. The project is aimed towards providing low cost housing in the area, which has still not quite recovered from the financial crisis. They also hope the project will help inspire others to look to shipping container architecture when planning their next construction project. Given that Newark has one of the largest ports, building…
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    The Green Parent

  • The A-Z of Getting Fit With Your Kids

    Jenn
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    Looking for fun news ways to get your kids up and moving each day? Exercise doesn’t have to be a drag. But I know how hard it can be to get kids out the door when all they really want is to continue their slug-fest on the sofa. Some kids can’t wait for an excuse to get outside and run around. But others need a little more encouragement, and that’s cool too. The key is to make it fun and family-centered so that it doesn’t feel like a drag. Skip the forced march around the block and suggest a game of quidditch or tickle tag. Your kids will be bounding out the door in no…
  • Race Review: Emerald Isle Marathon

    Jenn
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    This is the only race photo ever taken of me in which my feet actually look like they are moving. (Photo: Alan Williams) Last weekend, I ran North Carolina’s innaugural Emerald Isle Marathon. I was nervous about running a first-time race because I know there is a steep learning curve when it comes to things like making sure there is enough water at the water stations and porta potties at the start line. But my worries were for naught, because it was pretty clear early on that the race directors and volunteers in Emerald Isle had this race dialed. In fact, the prep was better than…
  • Which city is the cleanest in the world?

    Jenn
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    How clean is your city? Think it’s one of the cleanest in the world? The research team at Hassle Blog put together this inforgraphic of the cleanest cities in every continent in the world. Way to go Chicago! It’s a good bucket list of cities worth visiting as well as a guideline for other cities looking to improve their “clean” cred. Did your favorite city make the list? Hassle.com – The Worlds Cleanest Cities”
  • Sweet news! Chocolate may help improve memory

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

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

  • How to Get Involved for Earth Day 2015

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

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

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

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

  • Rebuilding Together Marks its Annual National Rebuilding Month in April

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

    Mike Man
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    The national board of directors of Rebuilding Together has appointed Sandra Henriquez as interim president and CEO effective April 1, 2015.  Henriquez joined Rebuilding Together on January 13, 2015 as chief operating officer. Henriquez has served multiple roles in the affordable housing sector, including as an assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Public and Indian Housing. For more information on Henriquez, please visit rebuildingtogether.org/news-item/rebuilding-together-welcomes-new-coo
  • Rebuilding Together Donates Modular Home to Veteran

    Linley Beckbridge
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Young Phoenix family’s dreams come true, providing many future opportunities Zahid, Stephanie and Noé at Kickoff to Rebuild in Phoenix PHOENIX, Ariz,January 30, 2015 /NextGen Media/ In his application for a new home, a young veteran named Zahid wrote that owning his own home would mean that he would finally be able to fully provide for his family. “It’s my way of showing them my love and appreciation for everything they do to help as a wounded veteran.” In 2007 at the age of 19, Zahid joined the United States Marine Corps. While stationed in Japan he was deployed to South Korea, the…
  • Rebuilding Together Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer Sandra Brooks Henriquez

    Linley Beckbridge
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Life-long housing advocate to lead all operational aspects of the organization WASHINGTON, January 28, 2015 /3BL Media/ The national board of directors of Rebuilding Together has elected Sandra Brooks Henriquez as chief operating officer. Henriquez, who has dedicated her life to housing others, will lead all aspects of the operation of Rebuilding Together, including finances, human resources, team management and strategic planning. Henriquez founded SCBH Associates, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that provides services to public and affordable housing owners in the areas of…
  • Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s to Complete Kickoff to Rebuild Project, Super Bowl XLIX Event in Phoenix

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

  • Earth Day Energy Saver!

    Steve Spence
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Ever want your lights to turn on when you walk into the room, and off when you leave? Sure you can buy a gadget to do that, but how about building your own motion sensor? We wanted to save energy, and create convenience, by adding motion sensors to our lighting circuits. Maybe you want some notification of an intruder. Both can be done with a PIR Motion sensor. Construction details at: http://arduinotronics.blogspot.com/2015/04/earth-day-have-your-lights-turn-off.html
  • Wind & Solar Power, Weather Datalogger

    Steve Spence
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    We are rolling out our newest Wind & Solar Power & Weather Datalogger. A shunt between the battery and the power sources (wind turbines, solar panels, microhydro, your cousin on the exercycle), tell us the current being generated, and a voltage divider reads the voltage of the battery pack. If another shunt is placed between the battery and loads, power consumption also be tracked. From that we can calculate the watts being produced. With our SD Card and RTC Module, we can calculate amp hours and watt hours, and save them to a sd card. We also can record weather data, like…
  • Convert Your Generator to Tri-Fuel

    Steve Spence
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Is your gasoline generator hard to start? Does your fuel seem to go bad? Today’s ethanol fuel can cause all kinds of issues for small engines. Propane burns cleaner than gasoline, and stores pretty much forever, virtually guaranteeing instant starts when an emergency arises. Methane capability means you can produce your own fuel from decomposing manure or vegetable matter. Follow along as we convert our Coleman Generator with a easy to install and use Century Fuel Products conversion kit. Get the details on producing Methane Fuel at http://green-trust.org/products/
  • “Tap” a Bee Hive for Fresh Honey

    Steve Spence
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    Update- Crowdfunding goal of $70k has reached $1.7 million, in 24 hours! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flow-hive-honey-on-tap-directly-from-your-beehive No more taking a hive apart and disturbing the bees. Eliminate 95% of the work. Just tap the hive, and fill your jar when the clear hive panels show there is honey to be harvested. No fuss, no muss, even a child can do it! It’s the beekeepers dream… Turn a tap and watch as pure fresh clean honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar. No mess, no fuss, no expensive processing equipment and the bees are hardly even…
  • Smart Charging your phone, tablet, and other 5v USB devices.

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

  • Running a Small Scale Dairy Farm

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

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

    Cooking Up a Story
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Gaza Kitchen, a cookbook celebrating the life and recipes of a remarkable Palestinian people living under harsh political oppression in the Gaza Strip. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Third Plate: Interview With Dan Barber

    Cooking Up a Story
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    In this interview with Dan Barber, we talk about his book, The Third Plate, his passion for sourcing the finest ingredients, sustainability, and the importance of culture. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Art of Fermentation: Sandor Katz Interview

    Cooking Up a Story
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    In this video interview with noted author Sandor Katz, he talks about his latest book, The Art of Fermentation, and his passion for ferments. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
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    Reuters Video: Environment

  • Activist attempts Earth Day swim in polluted NYC canal

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    An environmental activist swims through waters that the EPA names among "most extensively contaminated" in the U.S. Jeanne Yurman reports.
  • Sky lights up as Chile's Calbuco erupts

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    Lightning flashed and the sky over Chile's erupting volcano Calbuco glowed orange overnight, as smoke and ash spewed into the air. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Free home heating offered by e-Radiators

    21 Apr 2015 | 2:07 am
    A revolutionary new radiator design offers Dutch home-owners the chance to get free heating. The e-Radiator is a computer server modified so that the heat it generates can warm a room inside a house. Jim Drury has more.
  • A look back at the devastating BP oil spill

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    On April 20, 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and caused 200 million gallons of sticky black crude oil to spew into the ocean, setting off a devastating environmental disaster. Jillian Kitchener reports.
  • Peru volcano triggers mudslides

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Video footage shows mudslides set off by the rumbling Ubinas volcano in Peru. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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    WeHeartWorld | RSS Feed

  • The Furious 7 Dodge Charger

    Jesseb Shiloh
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    As one of the most touted cars that have made a resurgence, the Dodge Charger, especially the Hellcat have had more articles and stories written about it than just about any other car on the planet. Take that same car and put it in one of the highest grossing movies in history and it becomes an instant icon, but that is not where this story ends. The Dodge Charger of the Furious 7 movie is not your average everyday Hellcat (as if there is such a thing) but it’s an actual off road beast that makes is way to the big screen to be one of the greatest cars ever seen and have one of the best car…
  • Aluminum-Ion Battery Concept is Bendable, Non-Flammable, Charges in 1 Minute

    Mercedes Hart
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Move over, lithium-ion batteries. There’s an alternative being tested that could make you obsolete. On the surface, there seems to be very little downside to the battery concept being tested by a Stanford University graduate team of researchers. Lead by chemistry professor Dai Hongjie, the new aluminum-ion batteries would offer many advantages over their common counterparts. First and foremost, the batteries bend. In a mobile world where popular devices are often dropped, crushed, or sat on, the idea of a bendable battery could be appealing as new generations of smartphones and tablets…
  • It’s not Seaweed. It’s a Sea Dragon.

    Chastity Mansfield
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    When it comes to self-defense in the animal kingdom, they have three choices: fight, flee, or hide. Many animals, particularly predators, are able to fight their way out of situations. Others rely on speed to get away from predators. Then, there are those who simply don’t get seen, whether they’re hiding in a protected area or in plain sight. The sea dragon is one of these creatures. Swimming off the western and southern shores of Australia, these gentle creatures appear to be seaweed floating at the whims of the ocean current. They develop the skin protrusions that make them…
  • Following Trend, Syracuse Pulls Out of ‘Dirty Energy’ Investments

    Cactus Williams
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:09 am
    Many universities across the country have been divesting their endowments for fossil fuel support. Now, Syracuse University has joined those ranks as the largest university to “go green” with their money. The total hit to the fossil fuel industries will be $1.18 billion, though it is unclear how much of that money will be re-invested into clean energy initiatives. “Syracuse has a long record of supporting responsible environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship, and we want to continue that record,” said Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud. “Formalising…
  • A bit of the James Robertson story

    Cactus Williams
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:27 pm
    We have seen many cases and instances when the internet has been used as a tool to bring about the demise of someone. Athletes have to be very cautious as to what they say and how they go about their business on a regular basis. Many times the simplest post on social media or slightest action of anyone can be caught on video and easily blown out of proportions to be scrutinized by the general public who seem to feel they are experts on just about everything and don’t always feel the need to concern themselves with feelings or consequences before spouting off at the proverbial mouth. Even…
 
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    INHABITAT

  • Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium for newborns, kids & adults

    Cat DiStasio
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Sleep troubles? Not for long! What you might not know about sleep is that human bodies (and brains) rely on magnesium to make that possible. Magnesium is in many foods we eat, as well as available in multivitamins and in other supplements, but it’s also easily absorbed through the skin. Homemade magnesium lotion is a great way to get a little extra boost of magnesium at bedtime and, best of all, it’s ideal for all members of your family—even your newest addition. Read on to learn how to make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium that could help you get a better night’s…
  • Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

    Katie Medlock
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Read the rest of Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 19th century design, copper, dave moult, leather, Recycled Materials, steampunk, teardrop trailer
  • Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees

    Lidija Grozdanic
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Read the rest of Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "green furniture", green art, Michael Beitz, picnic table, table design, wooden sculpture
  • Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

    Laura Mordas-Schenkein
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Imagine what it would be like to live without electricity. If you wanted to do anything after sundown, such as cook, work or read, you would need a portable lantern like a kerosene lamp. The reality for the 1.6 billion people around the globe who don’t have access to electricity is that they need to rely on kerosene lamps, which are not only air-polluting, bad for respiratory health and create fire hazards, but also are extremely expensive to fuel. The ingeniously adorable Solarpuff solar lantern hopes to change that by providing a portable, safe,…
  • Anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse prompts reflection over changes in garment industry safety

    Lucy Wang
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Friday marked the second anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, the deadliest garment factory accident in history that claimed 1,129 lives and injured over 2,000 more in Dhaka, Bangladesh. And though we’d hope the tragic disaster would spur significant improvements in garment industry safety regulations, Samantha Maher of Labour Behind the Label believes that the changes that have been made are enough. Read on to learn her thoughts on why the legislation put in place following the Rana Plaza collapse is incongruous to current issues and what lessons we should take away from the event.
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    TheCityFix

  • Friday Fun: Three Apps That Help You Connect with Your City

    Zhou Jia
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    Thanks to innovations in mobile app technology, residents in cities all over the world can share goods, services, and experiences with one another. Photo by Louisa Billeter/Flickr. Cities aren’t just a collection of buildings, they’re home to billions of people. They are where we expect to interact with one another and work collaboratively to make our communities better places to live. Different technologies—including mobile phone apps—are enabling strangers to connect with each other in their neighborhoods for this purpose. They are empowering individuals to share knowledge, goods,…
  • Crowdsourcing Local Knowledge to Make Buildings More Efficient

    Eric Mackres
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Because buildings in world cities like Mumbai, India (pictured) produce more than 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, improving building efficiency is critical to making cities more sustainable. Photo by Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank. Investing in resource efficiency helps cities and their residents by cutting energy and water costs, creating jobs and creating cleaner, healthier air. And making cities more resource efficient is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change. Improving the energy and water performance of buildings is a critical piece of…
  • Earth Day 2015 Makes Us All Leaders

    Carrie Dellesky
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    Earth Day 2015 encourages citizens everywhere to lead by example and mobilize for green public spaces—like Plaza de Armas in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo by Alejandro Castro/Flickr. April 22, 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, an event first held in 1970 that helped mobilize the modern environmental movement in the United States. This year’s Earth Day will include events that focus on the intersection of sustainability, poverty, climate, and clean energy. The message this year is that it’s our turn to lead, so our world leaders can follow us—the citizens—by example. A…
  • What Cities Can Learn From Greater Toronto’s Transit-Oriented Development

    Dario Hidalgo
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    An icon of Toronto, the city’s streetcar not only provides mobility within the urban core, but also integrates with regional transport to ensure transport access to residents on the periphery, as well. Photo by superherb/Flickr. While there are many inspiring examples of walkable, transit-oriented cities in Europe, there’s also plenty to learn from Canada. For example, with the extraordinary help of Jane Jacobs and other leaders, Toronto has been able to successfully keep expressways out of its historic urban core. Beyond that, leaders have also focused on expanding transit connectivity…
  • Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability

    Priscila Pacheco
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Pedestrian-only zones, well-maintained sidewalks, and good traffic signage are important for strengthening a city’s walkability, as shown here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists at EMBARQ Brasil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking more sustainable…
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • Save the World with Bee Keeping

    Jean-Paul
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Bees are wonderful little creatures. They are dancing social venomous kamikaze insects that make sweet nectar (sweet sweet nectar). Not only that, they are also depended on to support many of our agriculture systems, so without them we could have a huge food problem. Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the […] The post Save the World with Bee Keeping appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: UNEPs World Environment Day – June 5 Green Bag Revolution Around the World
  • Trader Joes Red Palm Oil – Is it Good or Bad

    Jean-Paul
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    Trader Joe’s recently came out with an Organic Red Palm Oil (also known as African Palm Oil), which seems to have replaced their popular Organic Coconut oil, but it begs the question: is this a good thing? Palm oil has been under fire (and rightly so) for some time now because of the association with […] The post Trader Joes Red Palm Oil – Is it Good or Bad appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Plyboo Bamboo Plywood and Durapalm Palm Tree Sustainable Flooring Healthy Morning Blender Breakfast Organic or Not, Avoid These Health Foods Is Organic Food Really…
  • Natural Burials and Biodegradable Coffins

    Jean-Paul
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    A while back I wrote about eco-burials, and it appears that the conversation has been building. Most recently I’ve seen posts from artists coming up with new ideas like the Tree Capsule, the Bios Urn and the Mushroom Burial Suit (below) Many of these concepts have been developed in areas that still prohibit the natural […] The post Natural Burials and Biodegradable Coffins appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Green Funerals and Eco Burials – A Renewal to the Earth Biodegradable Natural Sponges Eco-Me Clean with Green – DIY Natural Home Cleaning Kits…
  • Cork, Cats and a Panda

    Jean-Paul
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    As many of you know, I am a big fan of the multiple uses of sustainable cork. Beautiful, versitile, and sustainably grown and harvested, cork really is a super material. I recently was contacted by some great folks at the World Wildlife Fund charity regarding a crowdfunding project on Earth Hour. Put on by WWF […] The post Cork, Cats and a Panda appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: The Magic of Cork – Renewable, Sustainable and Good For Global Warming Renewable Cork Barware Set for the Eco Chic Drink Bartender UNEPs World Environment Day – June 5 Seeing the…
  • Roses for Valentines Day – Lots of Cash For A Rash

    Jean-Paul
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    Roses for Valentines Day? Could be an expensive, and toxic gift! Yep, you may be shelling out quite a bit of cash, and ending up with a rash on your sweetie pie. While Valentines Day may bring out more roses than the Rose Parade, it all comes with a price, and not just to buy […] The post Roses for Valentines Day – Lots of Cash For A Rash appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: A Green Valentines Day – Celebrate Your Love with the Environment Too! BloomThat – Local Powered Flower Delivery in SF Valentines Day Organic Equal Exchange Coffee and Chocolate…
 
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    Do The Green Thing

  • We talk to the leader of the Green Party

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

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

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

    Hannah Jarratt
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    A Journey of Nine Pencils   This month, Do The Green Thing, the environmental charity I help to run, launched Everyday Things, a wonderful collection of everyday objects made by artists and designers to act as inspiring canvases for sustainable messaging and inspiring examples of sustainable design. The collection was made in collaboration with WWF-UK and celebrates Earth Hour, the worldwide lights off event.   We received many brilliant submissions from many brilliant creative people, including Flower Glass, a beautiful vase made from a wine glass and a coat hanger by Daniel Weil,…
  • Earthmojis: Protest Placards for the World

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Great protests need great placards. They are an essential part of direct action, hoisted by modern-day standard bearers, proclaiming a stance to the world. But all too often their messages are lost in the throng, amongst earnest messaging and scrawled angst. For the People’s Climate March in London last Saturday, Naresh Ramchandani and team created a unique set of placards that would be able to stand out from the rest. They needed to reflect how social media has altered protest, allowing dissent to take place online as well as on the streets. To do this, the placards are made entirely out…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • We talk to the leader of the Green Party

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

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

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

    Hannah Jarratt
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    A Journey of Nine Pencils   This month, Do The Green Thing, the environmental charity I help to run, launched Everyday Things, a wonderful collection of everyday objects made by artists and designers to act as inspiring canvases for sustainable messaging and inspiring examples of sustainable design. The collection was made in collaboration with WWF-UK and celebrates Earth Hour, the worldwide lights off event.   We received many brilliant submissions from many brilliant creative people, including Flower Glass, a beautiful vase made from a wine glass and a coat hanger by Daniel Weil,…
  • Earthmojis: Protest Placards for the World

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Great protests need great placards. They are an essential part of direct action, hoisted by modern-day standard bearers, proclaiming a stance to the world. But all too often their messages are lost in the throng, amongst earnest messaging and scrawled angst. For the People’s Climate March in London last Saturday, Naresh Ramchandani and team created a unique set of placards that would be able to stand out from the rest. They needed to reflect how social media has altered protest, allowing dissent to take place online as well as on the streets. To do this, the placards are made entirely out…
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    Green Building Law Update

  • Residential Green Building Increasingly Incentivized with Property Tax Credits

    Stuart Kaplow
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    Recognizing that while commercial construction is increasing building green, but that green residential construction lags in market share, local governments are increasingly looking to enact voluntary incentives to drive residential green building. At least 44 states and more than 400 local governments across the nation have enacted some form of green building legislation. Voluntary incentives offered by government include tax breaks, direct grants or loans, density bonuses, and advantages in processing approvals for green buildings. As a non-prescriptive, non-mandatory approach which does…
  • Promoting Electric Vehicles as Environmental Policy or Corporate Welfare

    Stuart Kaplow
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Maryland has been a leader in the promotion of plug-in electric vehicles. In addition to federal government incentives, a total of 37 states and Washington, D.C. have created incentives for plug-in electric vehicles.  While Maryland offers non-monetary incentives such as priority parking and high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane access regardless of the number of occupants (when displaying an HOV permit on the vehicle), it is the dollar cost and source of funds for that public policy that is now drawing attention. Maryland residents may be eligible for a one time excise tax credit, up to…
  • LEED is the Tool to Restrict Water Use in This Town

    Stuart Kaplow
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    While much attention was given last week to California Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order, in response to that state’s long running drought, seeking to reduce overall water use by 25%, there may be more to be learned from how the small Town of Hampstead in Maryland responded to its own water crisis in 2008. Despite that the U.S. uses less water than it did in 1980, availability of potable water is increasingly an issue. According to the EPA, at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages this year.   In 2008, the 6,323 people residing in…
  • All Solar Panels are Pervious in Maryland

    Stuart Kaplow
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Forget what you know about earth sciences and think law. By statute all solar panels are pervious in Maryland. Of course that doesn’t mean that rain actually passes through the solar panels or that in Maryland the panels are constructed to be any more permeable than elsewhere. Maryland is not trying to alter the laws of science, but rather seeking through public policy to prioritize environmental stewardship.  Chapter 702 of the Session Laws of 2012 makes law that, For the purposes of issuing a permit or variance relating to zoning, construction, or stormwater for a project to…
  • Eco Terrorism is Not in the Headlines so Did it Ever Exist?

    Stuart Kaplow
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    America’s most notorious eco-terrorist, Eric Taylor McDavid, was surprisingly released from prison earlier this year after serving 8 years of a 20 year sentence when a Federal judge determined “the FBI withheld documents from McDavid's trial defense attorneys that indicated they used an informant to entrap him,” according to a news release from the Civil Liberties Defense Center. In 2004, John Lewis, deputy assistant director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, told the Senate Judiciary Committee: “the FBI’s investigation of animal rights extremists and…
 
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    Chelsea Green

  • RECIPE: Veggie Mandala with Chervil Aioli Sauce

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    With the birth of spring comes its profusion of gifts—the warm sun, higher temperatures, and (best of all) fertile soil. With each day, more colors seem to burst forth—both in nature and on our plates. This is certainly true of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center—one of California’s first certified organic farms. Spring not only […]The post RECIPE: Veggie Mandala with Chervil Aioli Sauce appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […]The post A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • April Showers Bring Fresh Savings: Spring Cleaning Sale!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Congratulations, you’ve survived another long winter! Now it is time for Spring Cleaning. Through May 3rd we’re cleaning out our warehouse to make room for our new spring releases. You have three chances to save—up to 85% off—on select books. But hurry it is only while supplies last! Deep savings with $9.99 – $14.99 books Deeper […]The post April Showers Bring Fresh Savings: Spring Cleaning Sale! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […]The post Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Permaculture Month: Ask the Experts

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This May, in honor of Permaculture Month, we are once again putting our pioneering permaculture authors at your disposal for a month-long Q&A session designed to help you become a better permaculturalist. Over the years, the term permaculture has become increasingly popular among those who grow food on both large and small scales. However, the […]The post Permaculture Month: Ask the Experts appeared first on Chelsea Green.
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    mnn.com

  • Court to decide if chimps are entitled to human rights

    mnnadmin
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    Though they won't be knuckle-walking into a courtroom any time soon, two chimpanzees will get their day in front of a judge.   Next month, the New York State Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether two research chimpanzees, named Hercules and Leo, should be considered persons, not property, entitled to be set free under the law.  
  • Scientists find extremely rare pocket shark

    lmoss
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Scientists are in possession of the second pocket shark ever found. However, they've had the tiny shark for years — they just didn't realize it.   The specimen was obtained in 2010 nearly 200 miles off the Louisiana coast during a NOAA mission to study sperm whale feeding. The collected fish were then frozen, and scientists have been sorting through them ever since.  
  • Giant blob of magma found under Yellowstone's caldera

    mnnadmin
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    A giant blob-shaped reservoir of searing-hot rock has been discovered far below the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park — one that could fill the Grand Canyon more than 11 times over, researchers say.  
  • Calbuco volcano erupts, creates massive ash cloud

    lmoss
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 40 years, spewing ash and smoke several miles into the sky.   Thousands of people were evacuated from Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, southern towns that are popular tourist destinations, and a 12-mile exclusion zone was established around the crater.  
  • Was that really a quadruple rainbow over Long Island?

    mdilonardo
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Quadruple #Rainbow at #glencove ny @LIRR station Today will be 4 pots of #gold #lucky #chasetherainbow #aprilshowers
 
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  • Drone flies after being installed with honeybee brain

    bnelson78
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:12 pm
    This could be the bee version of the robot apocalypse: Researchers from the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex have installed a drone with a honeybee brain, and it flies much like a real-life bee, reports Discover. Fleets of these bee-like bots could even one day takeover for actual, organic honeybees in the task of pollinating our crops.  
  • 'Mechanical' invisibility cloak inspired by the honeycomb

    bnelson78
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Normally, the mechanical structure of a honeycomb is among the most stable found in nature. The hexagonal design allows for an efficient, secure lattice. But what happens when there are imperfections in that lattice, such as when a hole forms? The honeycomb structure can be extremely weakened.  
  • What is the Darknet?

    bnelson78
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    The Internet is often referred to as a modern day version of the Wild West, but in today's world of traceable IP addresses, online advertisers that keep track of every click, and NSA surveillance, that old trope no longer applies. The notion that the Internet was once a bastion for freedom has been superseded, replaced by privacy concerns.  
  • More than half of America never gets on a bike

    lloydalter
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    There are many planners and urbanists in North America who believe that bikes should be considered part of our transportation systems, just like transit or cars. They are convinced that with proper infrastructure and encouragement, our North American cities could be more like European cities, where a significant proportion of the population uses the bike as daily transport to work. (In Copenhagen, it’s 55 percent of the population!)  
  • Dark matter lights up in new high-resolution maps

    mnnadmin
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    BALTIMORE — In the universe, dark and light tend to cluster together, according to new maps that chart the location of dark matter over a large portion of the sky.  
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  • How to make Bread and Butter Pickles

    egili
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
  • New Japanese beer claims to have anti-aging properties

    bnelson78
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    When Spanish explorer Ponce de León went looking for the Fountain of Youth, he probably didn't expect it to contain 5 percent alcohol, let alone that it would eventually be found in Japan.   
  • How to make Tempeh Salad

    egili
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    If tofu is the Zelig of soy-based food products, then tempeh is its nutty cousin with a personality. The fermented soy-based product that hails from Indonesia is making its way into kitchens around the country. Once a food co-op staple, tempeh is now more hip than hippie, as health-conscious cooks seek alternatives to meat consumption.  
  • How to blend your smoothie in a Mason jar

    lmoss
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    My husband and I make smoothies every morning, and we used to pour our healthy concoction into glasses and then wash the pitcher so it would be clean for the next day's breakfast.   But I recently came across an ingenious trick that simplifies smoothie making and results in less mess: blending the smoothie in a Mason jar.  
  • How to make Curried Eggplant

    egili
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
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  • More than half of America never gets on a bike

    lloydalter
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    There are many planners and urbanists in North America who believe that bikes should be considered part of our transportation systems, just like transit or cars. They are convinced that with proper infrastructure and encouragement, our North American cities could be more like European cities, where a significant proportion of the population uses the bike as daily transport to work. (In Copenhagen, it’s 55 percent of the population!)  
  • Electric cars can help cool our cities

    sgrover
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    Despite the usual "coal-fired car" taunts of naysayers, most research suggests that electric vehicles are green and they will only get greener. (Of course, walking and cycling are even greener still — but everything is relative.) Encouragingly, electric cars may also have ancillary benefits way beyond their tailpipe emissions. 
  • Robot-driven cars may rack up more miles

    lloydalter
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Whether you love the idea or hate it, the self-driving car is likely coming soon, and it's going to have a huge impact. I wrote about why the Google car could change everything, and noted that since cars were parked 90 percent of the time, it was likely that we might need 90 percent fewer of them and they would always be on the move doing something.   
  • NASA wants to build world's most efficient plane

    joshwlew
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    NASA is getting in on efforts to move toward a green future for commercial aviation. Scientific American reports that the space agency is giving millions to teams developing ultra-efficient, eco-friendly planes.  
  • The podcar is back

    lloydalter
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    I've never been a huge fan of PRT, or personal rapid transit systems, which have been the future of transportation since Richard Nixon was president. On TreeHugger I once called the concept a cyberspace techno-dream, and the pro-pod people gave me an award for writing fish wrap.
 
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  • What is spontaneous human combustion?

    d_macgowan
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) is the alleged occurrence where a person burns to death from a fire that has no external source of heat. Many cases of SHC have been reported over time, but a lack of eyewitnesses has led skeptics to believe that the phenomenon does not exist and that the cases can be explained by natural science.  
  • How green is your city?

    mdilonardo
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    You recycle. Maybe you carpool or take mass transit to work. Perhaps you even have solar panels on your roof. But what about everyone else in your city? How does your community stack up against the rest of the country?   Pretty well — if you live in Honolulu.  
  • Learn the hidden histories of landmarks by 'Time Traveling With Brian Unger'

    gmiller
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
  • On Sunday, Paris goes to the birds

    joshwlew
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Paris has a plethora of markets. Some tourists manage to hit one or two of these traditional retail spots during their visit to the City of Lights. Others might cross the major tourists sites off their list and then spend the rest of their time wandering through a dozen or so of the city’s best street markets.  
  • TV shows and movies that celebrate Earth Day

    gmiller
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    Here's what to watch on Earth Day 2015, whether it's at the movie theater or on the couch at home.  
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  • Thanks bro! 9 videos of humans giving animals a helping hand

    sgunther
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    In the grand scheme of things, the ascension of humanity has not been a particularly good thing for most of the animal kingdom. We humans have pushed more species into extinction with our clubs, bows, guns and shovels than we'll ever know. We develop forests and hills into malls and parkways and turn their animal homes and habitat into our homes and habitat. We run them over, build things they fly into, and scoop them up with our nets.  
  • Slow-motion camera slows kitties WAY down

    sgunther
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    You could say Darren Dyk lives a slow life. What would be more accurate to say though is that Darren Dyk lives his life looking for the slow. He's a master of slow-motion videography and has been building a name for himself on YouTube (check out his channel BeyondSlowMotion).
  • 17 surprisingly real animals

    sgunther
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Life can be strange.   When you take all the living creatures in the world and mix in a healthy dose of time (measured in millennia) along with a strong shot of evolution, you get some bizarre life forms. Of course, even strange things take on the air of the familiar with enough exposure, which is why the truly weird forms of life are the ones we never lay eyes on.  
  • NYU student creates magical gel that halts bleeding

    sgunther
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    In the world of trauma medicine, speed is of utmost importance. You want to be quick in responding to a call for help, quick in treating injuries and quick to stop any bleeding.
  • Judge says banned service dog can go back to school

    sgunther
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
     
 
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  • Anti-testing movement catches on in schools nationwide

    jsavedge
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    It's that time of year again: standardized testing time. Students are stuck in their classrooms, filling in circles on multiple-choice standardized tests that will determine everything from their teacher's salary to the amount of funding their school receives.   Talk about pressure.  
  • You can't outrun a bad diet, study finds

    jsavedge
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    Are you tired of hitting the gym every day without seeing any changes on the scale? Exercise is a good thing, but new research proves that exercise alone won't help you lose weight. In other words, you can run all you want, but physical activity alone won't do the trick.  
  • It's the color of light that matters for sleep

    jsavedge
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    Health experts have known for some time that exposure to light helps to regulate the body's internal clock. That's why humans get sleepy when it's dark outside and start to wake when it's light out. But new research has found that it may be more than light affecting our circadian rhythms; it may be the color of that light that really makes a difference.  
  • With dad's help, boy with Down syndrome can fly

    jsavedge
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Proud dad Alan Lawrence has found an amazing way to show his youngest son Wil how incredible he is. Wil has Down syndrome, but he also has a pretty unique gift. Wil can fly! (Thanks to a little Photoshop magic from his dad.)
  • What is listeria?

    jsavedge
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Blue Bell Creameries recently announced its decision to yank all products made in all facilities from store shelves. This includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen products. The recall comes after 10 people were admitted to the hospital, and three have died, due to an an outbreak of listeria that has been traced to Blue Bell brand ice cream.   So what is listeria and how do you know if you've been infected? Read on to learn the facts about this rare but deadly bacteria.   What is listeria?
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  • 17 recipes that put your cast-iron skillet to good use

    rshreeves
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When I was a kid, my dad’s cast-iron pan was off limits to anyone but him. It was seasoned perfectly. Only he could clean it after he cooked in it. When I was in grade school, I got it in my head that the pan contained bacteria, and I washed it with soap and water. Dad was not happy.  
  • USDA encourages ignoring sell-by date on some foods

    rshreeves
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    The USDA released the FoodKeeper app earlier this month, and I found a lot of the advice confusing. Knowing when food is unsafe and needs to be thrown away is already hard, due in large part to arbitrary sell-by, best-by and use-by dates. All this confusion leads to unnecessary food waste.
  • Are you saucing pasta the right way?

    rshreeves
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    My youngest son would eat spaghetti with sauce every night if I served it. I recently found this video from the Chow series “You’re Doing it All Wrong” about saucing pasta, and I thought I’d test the method out with my son to see if saucing pasta using their “right” method made much of a difference.
  • 15 Instagram accounts for food lovers

    rshreeves
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    What's your Instagram feed full of? If it's pictures of food — with a few dogs and cats thrown in for good measure (foodies love their furry friends) — there's no shortage of people on Instagram who photograph the foods they create at home or eat in restaurants. These 15 accounts are some of the best.   1. @chefjacqueslamerde
  • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese to remove artificial dyes

    rshreeves
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    When the Kraft-Heinz merger was announced, there was a lot of speculation about how the newly merged company would work to make some of its products healthier. The merger is not official yet, but Kraft has already chosen to take one of its most-loved products in a healthier direction.
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  • Elon Musk's big bet on batteries

    jmotavalli
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    Last year I co-wrote a report for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania about our zero-emission energy future. Yes, the report concluded, it is possible, but hardly easy, for the world to run on 100 percent renewable energy.
  • Americans are selling green cars and buying SUVs

    jmotavalli
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Here’s a story likely to put a damper on Earth Day celebrations. Faced with low gas prices, Americans are turning out to be fair-weather friends when it comes to hybrid and electric cars. And what are they buying instead? Gulp ... SUVs!
  • High-tech car theft with a $17 device

    jmotavalli
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    After pouring himself a cup of coffee, Nick Bilton, a tech reporter at The New York Times, saw an unusual sight outside his window, where his 2013 Toyota Prius was parked:
  • 'Nature Singer' drove a camper made from a redwood

    jmotavalli
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Charles “The Nature Singer” Kellogg’s Travel Log stands as one of the oddest vehicles ever put on four wheels. Built in 1917, it’s a motor home fashioned from a single, hollowed-out redwood log.
  • Shell's Eco-marathon unveils plans for an 83-mpg car

    jmotavalli
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    DETROIT—With the backdrop of 114 high school and college student teams thronging Cobo Hall to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon, the big oil company said it would co-build and deliver an ultra-compact, fuel-efficient city car by next November.
 
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  • Catch it, Fritz! This dog can't snag the snack

    lmoss
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    A golden retriever named Fritz is determined to learn how to catch food in his mouth, but it’s going to take some time. In this video compilation, watch as Fritz attempts to catch everything from a doughnut to a chimichanga — and fails epically. Despite the variety of food tossed his way, Fritz’s owners say the 2-year-old dog lives a healthy lifestyle. And believe it or not, Fritz’s eyesight is fine.
  • Meet Darius, the cuddly 4-foot rabbit

    lmoss
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
      Darius is a continental rabbit, and at 4-feet long, he holds the Guinness World Record for longest rabbit.   Darius lives in England with his owner, Annette Edwards, and today he’s celebrating his fifth birthday.   The large rabbit should celebrate while he can because he may not hold that world record long. His son, Jeff, is already 3 feet 8 inches long and will likely outgrow him.
  • Take a walk through a floating flower garden

    lmoss
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
      In "Floating Flower Garden," 2,300 living flowers are suspended from the ceiling and they rise and fall around visitors as they move throughout the garden.   In addition to the beautiful visual experience, the artists say the flowers scents' change throughout the day.  
  • Newborn leopard cub can't keep his eyes open

    lmoss
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
     
  • Need a dose of happy? Watch this video

    lmoss
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
      This video of playful pigs, goats, rabbits and sheep is quite possibly the happiest video ever made.  
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  • How Much Water Does The California Oil Industry Actually Use?

    Mike Gaworecki
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    When California Governor Jerry Brown issued mandatory water restrictions for the first time in state history, he notably excluded the agriculture and oil industries from the conservation efforts, a decision that was heavily criticized. The oil industry, for its part, insists it is a responsible user of water. The Western States Petroleum Association, an oil industry lobbying group, for instance, wrote that “Oil companies are doing their part to conserve, recycle and reduce the water they use to produce oil and refine petroleum products.” Some perspective is certainly needed here: the…
  • Academics Want University To Pull Plug On Climate Contrarian Bjorn Lomborg's $4 Million Australia Consensus Center

    Graham Readfearn
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Senior academics at an Australian university are asking their bosses to pull the plug on a $4 million taxpayer funded research centre fronted by climate science contrarian Bjorn Lomborg.Tags: bjorn lomborguwauniversity of western australiaaustralia consensus centre
  • Scottish Government's Position on Fracking Remains Unclear

    Ben Lucas
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    The Scottish Government have been accused of kicking the issue of fracking into the long grass. Alex Salmond said recently: “I think fracking has a long way to go before it convinces populations across the country. Fracking in a heavily populated area is a totally different proposition from fracking elsewhere and I think the Scottish government is pursuing a wise policy on it.” The government has been told that the technology is necessary to secure the future of the country’s energy industry, but it seems it will not make the conclusions of its own research known until after the…
  • Congresswoman Declares Pipeline and Oil-by-Rail Regulatory System "Fundamentally Broken"

    Justin Mikulka
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    The system is fundamentally broken.” Those were the words of Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) during an April 14th hearing on oil-by-rail and pipeline safety. For anyone expecting the soon to be released oil-by-rail regulations to make any meaningful improvements to safety, it would be wise to review the full comments made by Rep. Speier.Tags: U.S. Rep. Jackie SpeierSarah FeinbergFederal Railroad Administrationoil by railoil stabilization
  • Why Did George W Bush Pull Out of the Kyoto Protocol?

    Brendan Montague
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Our DeSmog UK epic history series continues with a look at how Big Oil helped push President Bush to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. Despite the promising oil-rich foundation upon which George W. Bush was elected president in 2001, insiders were unsure that he would fight for them. During his candidacy, Bush had suggested, although Kyoto was not economically favourable for America, that CO2 should be treated as a pollutant and, therefore, subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. Tags: george bushkyoto protocolExxonMobil
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  • How I Deal With Travel Anxiety

    Starre Vartan
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
      I never would have gone to China without dealing with my travel anxiety. I just got back from an amazing trip to Suzhou, China, where I visited the UNESCO-heritage 500-year-old gardens, wandered ancient streets, ate foods I had never even tasted before (the spring water-grasses are delicious and strangely addictive!), and watched silk being made before my eyes. To say that experiences like this are how I find joy in life is an understatement. I love travel so much I have given up more lucrative jobs to be free to do it, because in my world, adventure is more important than security. My…
  • Farm (to Skin) to Table! The Best Spring Salads

    Lindsay E. Brown
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    We’re all about farmer’s market —> to skin—> to table! Last week we brought you 10 DIY skincare remedies from the farmer’s market which were inspired by a new garden lifestyle publication we’re obsessed with: Garden Collage. From cucumber-honey toners to strawberry mint masks and blueberry-aloe eye repair, these DIY beauty treatments are not only easy to pull together, they’re packed antioxidant-packed and will feel so delicious on your skin. We’ve taken the same farmer’s market finds to create two springtime salad recipes. Your skin is…
  • Must-Attend Colorwyld Retreat for Creative Entrepreneurs

    Lindsay E. Brown
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    Are you looking to launch a business or take your startup to the next level? Floral artist Bess Wyrick has collaborated with Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon and Annabel Acton of Never Liked It Anyway to launch Colorwyld, a day-long retreat for creative entrepreneurs. These three entrepreneurs will equip you with the strategy and inspiration needed to take take your ideas and concepts to the next level. The retreat is wildly different from anything we’ve seen. Broken up into two parts, the first half of the day focuses on uncovering the strategic framework needed to launch succesfully.
  • Modernize Your Home With These 3 Energy Efficient Upgrades

    Lindsay E. Brown
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    Making your home as eco-friendly as possible seems like a no-brainer when you consider the amount of money you’ll save in the long run—as well as the extent of the damage that toxic emissions and ground water depletion are causing mother earth. Across the world people are increasingly embracing energy efficient retrofits that significantly lower financial costs while preserving valuable resources that would otherwise be wasted. Read on to discover three of the most popular ways you can modernize your home to become as energy efficient as possible. These upgrades will minimize your…
  • A Pop-Up….Forest? A Daring Project to Bring Nature to Times Square

    Starre Vartan
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Ed Note: I love this project! There’s still a week left to score some of the awesome (seriously awesome!) backer’s rewards.  PopUP Forest: Times Square will give visitors an immersive natural area experience in the most un-natural place on the planet. In the middle of the night, we’ll transform a public plaza in Times Square into a large-scale temporary nature installation. Towering trees, native wildflowers, and ferns underfoot will bring a piece of wilderness to the heart of Manhattan. Did you know that New York City has nature? Nearly 1/8 of the Big Apple is forests,…
 
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  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Highest MPG Of Any Sports Car

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Looking for the best compromise between driving fun and fuel efficiency? The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata could very well be the new winner. Mazda has released full details for the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata lineup; and while pricing and features have been updated incrementally, far and away some of the biggest surprises in this model’s...
  • Ford Recalls Recent Fiesta, Fusion, Lincoln MKZ For Door-Latch Issue

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] is recalling about 390,000 vehicles from the 2012 through 2014 model years for an issue with the door latches. According to Ford, a “broken pawl spring tab” could either prevent the door from latching or allow the door to unlatch while the vehicle is moving. The recall affects the 2012-2014 Ford Fiesta...
  • 2006 Jeep Liberty, Wrangler, 2006 Dodge Viper Recalled For Ignition Problems

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall of select Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, and Dodge Viper vehicles from the 2006 model year. According to a press release from FCA, some of those vehicles may have dodgy ignition switches that could prevent them from starting -- or worse. ALSO SEE: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of 2015 The problem stems from a...
  • Autos Head South, Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition, BMW 5-Series Diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Recalled For Potential Brake Failure Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed an investigation of GM trucks and SUVs from model years 1999 to 2003. At least 2,702 owners of those vehicles complained about brake-line corrosion, and a total of 88 collisions had...
  • 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Recalled For Potential Brake Failure

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed an investigation of GM trucks and SUVs from model years 1999 to 2003. At least 2,702 owners of those vehicles complained about brake-line corrosion, and a total of 88 collisions had been linked to the problem, as well as 20 injuries. ALSO SEE: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of...
 
 
 
 
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  • Feeding The World: Net Impact’s SolutionsLab at Tufts University

    Guest Author
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Net Impact kicked off a new series of events on April 17, aimed at engaging students in tri-sector efforts to craft solutions for the world’s most pressing social issues. The [...] The post Feeding The World: Net Impact’s SolutionsLab at Tufts University appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Innovative Energy Storage Companies Get Big Financial Backers

    Vikas Vij
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    In 2014, wind turbines accounted for 45 percent of new power production in the U.S., while solar made up more than a third of the world’s fresh energy capacity. However, [...] The post Innovative Energy Storage Companies Get Big Financial Backers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • New Book Makes Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Challenges

    Vikas Vij
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:14 am
    In Asia, a number of leading companies have embraced environmentally sustainable business practices, but many more still need to catch up. The governments in Asia can play a key role [...] The post New Book Makes Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Challenges appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • PwC Offers Free Online Courses to Promote Financial Literacy

    Vikas Vij
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    Financial literacy is not only the key to a nation’s economic progress, but also serves as a crucial tool in the battle against economic inequality. The IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, [...] The post PwC Offers Free Online Courses to Promote Financial Literacy appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • PwC’s “Earn Your Future” Recognised As A Game Changer For American Students

    Sangeeta Haindl
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    April is National Financial Capability Month in the States, aiming to give all Americans the tools to navigate the financial world and gain economic freedom to pursue their own dreams [...] The post PwC’s “Earn Your Future” Recognised As A Game Changer For American Students appeared first on SocialEarth.
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  • Five Things To Do Each Week

    Peter Troast
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Keeping your website fresh is one of the most challenging things facing contractors, yet it is an increasingly critical part of how to make your online presence perform. As intimidating as it may seem, it’s really not that difficult. Herewith: 5 things you should try to do every week that will markedly improve your sites performance. They are: Check your analytics Feed the Google content beast Love your Google+ page Wrangle some reviews Grab a link (or two) The worst thing you can do for your website and web presence is nothing. For the most part, any activity is good activity. If you…
  • Huge New Business Opportunity in Infrared

    jackgross
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    At Energy Circle, we’re constantly scanning the landscape to uncover new revenue opportunities for home performance experts. Low and behold, along comes InfraMingle. Despite a long, cold winter, things have been heating up in the infrared thermography market based on groundbreaking research on the connections between a person’s body heat, personality, and psychological tendencies. In a recent double-blind study, UMS psychologists and biologists asked students a range of questions about their friends and significant others. These friends and significant others were then put under…
  • Google’s Mobile Armageddon: What You Need to Know (and Do) by April 21st

    Peter Troast
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    It's increasingly critical to have a mobile-friendly website. The above screenshot shows a "before and after" of a site that has undergone a mobile upgrade. Note the large text and strong calls-to-action. There was a point in time, you may remember, when the vast bulk of web searches took place on desktop or laptop computers. Those days are done; more and more internet activity is now taking place on mobile devices, and a website that carries its weight in this day and age must be optimized for mobile. Wayne Gretzky famously quipped that you should watch where the puck is going…
  • The Uber-ization of Home Performance: Will "On-Demand Local Services" Eat Your Lunch?

    Peter Troast
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By now, most of us have heard of Uber, the upstart car service that is now valued at more than $40 billion. In the same way that Uber has upended the taxi business, many entrepreneurs and venture capitalists see a similar opportunity in home services. In the quest to capitalize on the Uber craze, Silicon Valley's latest infatuation is business models that get in between homeowners and contractors. The general view of the venture capital community is that contractors are lousy at marketing themselves and, therefore, there is a big financial opportunity to get in the middle. HVAC…
  • Moz’s LocalUp Local Search Conference: Key Takeaways for the Home Performance Community

    Peter Troast
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I had the privilege of attending Moz’s LocalUp Conference in Seattle last week--a gathering of about 250 advanced local search engine optimization folks from all over the world. Terrific event put on by the great people at Moz. (For non-geeks: local search refers to the unique algorithm that Google applies to searches for “local” businesses. For service area based home performance contractors, winning in local search is the holy grail.) My purpose in going was to continue to advance the Energy Circle team's knowledge of the local search landscape for the purpose of…
 
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  • Build an Organic Bathroom Giveaway with Coyuchi + Zabada

    Jennie Lyon
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Happy Earth Day 2015! Yay! Today I have a giveaway for you that I have been super excited to share, I know you will love it. It’s sponsored by Coyuchi and Zabada. The prize is a very generous collection of goodies to help you build an organic bathroom. One reader will receive a white Bath Towel ($48) from Coyuchi Air Weight Bath Towel Collection, a Zabada Bathroom Handy ($30) and Bathroom Marvel ($30) valued at over $100. Hooray for Earth Day Giveaways! We reviewed these items in our home and have to tell you that they are perfect for building the perfect organic bathroom. Coyuchi is…
  • Composting to Reduce Waste

    Jennie Lyon
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Springtime is in the air, and many of us are planning summer gardens and planting rows of colorful flowers. At this time of year, gardeners often turn to nutrient-rich compost to improve their soil and increase their yields. In fact, compost is the successful gardener’s secret weapon. Fortunately, virtually anyone can create compost. Whether you choose to purchase a ready-made compost bin or create a pile in a corner of your yard, you can create compost ready for the garden in no time. Not only is it good for your garden, it is also good for the environment. As 67% of the waste thrown away…
  • 5 Steps to Green Spring Cleaning and Refreshing Your Home

    Jennie Lyon
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Spring is in the air – everything smells fresh and seeing nature wake-up from wintertime is fascinating. With spring, comes spring cleaning – there is just something inside of us that wants our home to feel and smell fresh and new, just like nature in springtime. The last thing you want to do while freshening your home is to introduce toxic chemicals by using commercial cleaners or creating a lot of waste by purchasing new things that you don’t necessarily need. Read on to learn my 5 favorite ways to get your home clean while adding a refreshing “new” element,…
  • 7 Vegan Easter Basket Goodies for Eco-Friendly Kids

    Jennie Lyon
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    If you are looking for simple, sweet and vegan treats to put in the Easter basket this year, this post is for you! Here are eight of my favorites that will make your Easter basket sweeter than usual. Wouldn’t these all be perfect for this year? 1. Yolk Folk printable chicks $5 // 2. EggNots Dyable Ceramic Eggs $15 // 3. Toms Red Clea Youth Vegan Classics $38 // 4. Blue Orange Speedeebee game $15 // 5. YumEarth Organic Vegan Lollipops $8 // 6. Caldecott Books (They are all so good!) // 7. Surf Sweets Vegan Jellybeans $3 The post 7 Vegan Easter Basket Goodies for Eco-Friendly Kids…
  • 5 Last-Minute DIY Eco Easter Baskets for Green Kids

    Jennie Lyon
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
      Can you believe that Easter is this weekend? One of my favorite parts of Easter is putting together a fun spring basket of goodies for Eben every year. This year, his basket will be full of natural and organic candies, natural dyed eggs, a reusable water bottle, and a couple of great books. Whether you are creating Easter baskets for your children or someone else that you love, here are 5 other baskets that I am smitten with and that can be put together last minute too! #1: Just for Fun! If you have younger children, they will delight in receiving a basket full of fun toys –…
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  • How Exoplanets Rebooted NASA's Search For Life Beyond Earth

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    Watch VideoNASA just announced a huge cooperative effort to analyze other worlds for possible life.The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, or NExSS, brings together scientists from three different NASA research centers, the SETI Institute and teams at 10 different universities.But this isn't exactly a rebooted search for extraterrestrial intelligence. NASA hasn’t funded that goal since 1992, when it deployed the High Resolution Microwave Survey to search for extraterrestrial transmissions. Congress killed its budget less than a year later.The nonprofit SETI Institute is keeping…
  • Who Was Behind The White House Hack?

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Watch VideoWhen The New York Times broke the news that a major hack of White House servers in October gave hackers access to the president's unclassified emails, outlets described the culprits one way. (Video via The White House)Fox News, CBC and the BBC's anchors used the term, "Russian Hackers," and a CNN anchor said, "Russian hackers got a hold of President Obama's emails."That's probably because that's what The Times reported: The hackers, "are presumed to be linked to the Russian government, if not working for it."That little…
  • Aftershock Complicates Nepal's Rescue And Relief Efforts

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:52 am
    Watch VideoA magnitude 6.7 aftershock swept through Nepal Sunday, following Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake that devastated the area. (Video via YouTube / Shaniya Pathak) According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the large aftershock occurred about 40 miles east of Kathmandu, Nepal's capital and the largest city in the country.  "I felt it here in Kolkata two and a half hours ago. ... Where I am in Kolkata, that is 900 kilometers away from Nepal. ... If we feel the affects here, you can imagine what the situation is there in Nepal," CNN's…
  • Cecily Strong Wasn't Very Nice During WHCD

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Watch Video"It is great to be here at the Washington Hilton — is something a prostitute might say to a congressman," Cecily Strong said.Cecily Strong was the night’s entertainment at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night and we just have one question for her: How did we get from this…“I don’t want to be mean,” Strong told CNN. ...to this? "I still see so many negative portrayals of black and gay people out there. I mean, it’s 2015 and we still have TV characters like Don Lemon. It’s…
  • Protestors March, Demand Info In Freddie Gray Death

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Watch VideoHundreds of people marched on Baltimore's city hall Saturday to protest the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. WMAR, our partner station in Baltimore, was on the scene to capture the demonstrations. "We will fight for Freddie Gray."  "No justice, no peace." It's been almost two weeks since Freddie Gray suffered a severe spinal cord injury after being taken into police custody; Gray was eventually hospitalized and died a week later.A lot of the tension in this case seems to stem from the questions about…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Nara City Enacts Child-Friendly City Ordinance

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Image by Doctor Autumnal sky Some Rights Reserved. Nara City in Nara Prefecture established the Child-friendly City Development Ordinance on December. 18, 2014, based on the notion of Child Friendly Cities (CFC) advocated by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 1996. Nara functioned as the ancient capital of Japan, called Heijokyo, in the eighth century, and hosts many cultural properties registered as World Heritage Sites. This article introduces the city's views on children toward the future, and its efforts to realize this vision.
  • Japan's "FutureCity" Initiative: Fourth-Year Update

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.151 (March 2015) In recent years, individuals, organizations, and governments around the world have continued working to create new models for cities and communities. The Japanese government, for instance, launched its environment-friendly "FutureCity" Initiative (FCI) in 2011. To follow up on previous stories on the FCI in the JFS newsletter, this issue gives an overview of the FCI's fourth-year efforts, based on updated information from Japan's Cabinet Office.
  • Patagonia Japan Launches Dam Removal Campaign with Documentary Screening

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Shashin Kozo Some Rights Reserved. The Patagonia Japan, subsidiary of the outdoor clothing manufacturer and retailer based in the United States, released the documentary film "DamNation" on January 11, 2015 for groups to host local screenings. The documentary, sponsored by Patagonia, is about people campaigning to "free of rivers," that is, the recovery of natural rivers through dam removal projects. Some activists have been called fools or crazy. The company declared January 11 as Free River Day, with the aim of calling for a better understanding of dam removal projects and…
  • Shimokawa Town, Hokkaido: Establishing an Energy-Sustainable Small Town Management Model with Local Forest Resources (Part 1)

    12 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.151 (March 2015) Copyright Shimokawa Town All Rights Reserved. Japan for Sustainability (JFS) worked on its Local Well-Being Project since April 2013, because we believe that local activities for well-being are the key to our happiness and planetary sustainability. Likewise, the state of the local economy is an indispensable item to consider when we are looking closely at happiness and its relationship to local activities.
  • Tokyo Plans to Increase Renewable Energy Ratio to 20% by 2024

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Image by Hidewo Ishida The Tokyo Metropolitan area consumes huge amounts of electricity and energy to sustain its economic and urban activities. Meanwhile, since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, it has become increasingly important to boost the ratio of renewable energy use, as well as to reduce energy consumption, while considering environmental issues and our lifestyles. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be an important opportunity to demonstrate both in Japan and to the world renewable energy has been making steady advances.
 
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    1800Recycling.com

  • What Happens When you Litter in a Park?

    Ryan O'Connor
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    If you’ve found this article, I’m going to start by saying I am suspicious of your Google search history. The title of this article seems more like a&nbsp;<a href="https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090320122834AAdnWCc" title="" class="">bad “Yahoo Answers” question</a>&nbsp;than an informative piece about littering. If you’re actually using this article to&nbsp;decide whether or not littering in a park is a good idea, I’ll hit you with a quick “NO!” and “You’re a jerk for even thinking it might be!” to…
  • How to Recycle Belts

    Sophia Bennett
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:52 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="oldbelt" alt="oldbelt.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/4/oldbelt_400x400.jpg" /> Belts are both a fashion accessory and necessity. If your jeans are too large, a belt can help keep them in place. If you want an hourglass figure in a long sweater or a more polished look in your khakis, a belt can help you achieve it.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>The word “belt” also refers to a rubbery band that is…
  • Ditch the Shampoo with Conditioner-Only Washing?

    Michelle Lovrine Honeyager
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    <img class="undefined" title="hairwashing" alt="hairwashing.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/4/hairwashing_400x400.jpg" /> Using conditioner only to wash your hair seems like the most counterintuitive thing on the planet. It’s sold with a shampoo companion; that’s got to be for a reason. And you’ve always heard that conditioner is just supposed to moisturize hair. It can’t possibly clean…
  • Tips to Go Zero Waste

    Michelle Lovrine Honeyager
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    <img class="undefined" title="greenplanet" alt="greenplanet.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/4/greenplanet_400x400.jpg" /> On the face of it, going zero waste may seem like&nbsp;<a href="/2015/03/-zero-waste-dream" title="" class="">a difficult goal</a>. After all, everything comes in plastic, cooking always makes&nbsp;waste and what are you supposed to do with all those cardboard boxes? But going zero…
  • How to Recycle Office Chairs

    Sophia Bennett
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:23 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="office" alt="office.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/4/office_400x400.jpg" /> There are plenty of reasons to get rid of your old office chair. They seem to break easily, which can cause a safety hazard. Over time the fabric on the back, seat or arms can wear out, leaving you with an unprofessional looking seat. Using an unstable or poorly designed office chair (or one that is not the right height) can lead to a sore back or…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Saving energy at home while going for a vacation

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    We go out on vacations with our family to bring in some newness and forget all stress and strains of life for some time. Vacations are a way to reinvigorate ourselves, so we just pack our things and rush out for our destination. Sometimes people rush so much that they forget to make some home ... The post Saving energy at home while going for a vacation appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Tips and tricks for enhancing the fuel economy of your vehicle

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    Fuel economy is one thing that is the need of the hour to save money, as the fuel prices are skyrocketing, and to save the environment from the harmful greenhouse gas emissions. There are ample ways that can help you increasing your car’s mileage, to reduce your carbon footprint, and to save money on expensive ... The post Tips and tricks for enhancing the fuel economy of your vehicle appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Tips to deal with composting like a boss

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    Many people love composting while the others refrain from it, as they think it is too time consuming, is smelly, or they lack suitable place for it. However, the ones who know how to do it right find all the aforementioned troubles to be no more than just lame excuses, as there are numerous composting ... The post Tips to deal with composting like a boss appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • The top environmental concerns our planet faces today

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    The green thinking and living did not come on its own but some conditions and circumstances forced human beings to develop green thinking. Some environmental concerns that have brought planet earth on the verge of extinction and that demanded immediate attention and solution. Green living came up as a solution to many pressing issues, and ... The post The top environmental concerns our planet faces today appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Samsung Galaxy S6: An Eco-Friendly Smartphone

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
      Research from the Consumer Electronics Association shows that the expected life cycle of a smartphone is just 4.6 years. That could mean that consumers throw a lot of waste into landfills, but Samsung is taking steps to make its products eco-friendly. If you’re worried about the effect electronics have on the environment, you may ... The post Samsung Galaxy S6: An Eco-Friendly Smartphone appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Growing Food: Planting Your Spring Vegetable Garden

    Mary Gerush
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Want a verdant, fruitful spring vegetable garden? It's time to plant now! Learn how to sow seeds and transplant seedlings. One. Two. Three. Grow! The post Growing Food: Planting Your Spring Vegetable Garden appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Roundup may cause cancer. Here’s why that doesn’t really matter.

    Becky Striepe
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    The Lancet recently published a paper from the prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announcing that Roundup is a probably carcinogen, as is a common insecticide The post Roundup may cause cancer. Here’s why that doesn’t really matter. appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 4 Socca Cooking Tips for the Perfect Gluten Free Treat

    Feelgood Style
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Socca - a traditional, gluten free French pancake - is such a fantastic, healthy snack or side dish! Use my socca cooking tips below to perfect your own gluten free socca recipe The post 4 Socca Cooking Tips for the Perfect Gluten Free Treat appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • The Day I Met My Food Hero Joel Salatin #solconference

    Mary Gerush
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Last week, I met one of my food heroes and teachers — Joel Salatin — the lunatic farmer of Polyface Farms in Virginia. Never heard of him? Let's fix that The post The Day I Met My Food Hero Joel Salatin #solconference appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Kale Just Stopped Being Cool

    Jill Ettinger
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Pass the watercress. Or the arugula. I’ll even take some purple cabbage; anything dark, leafy and other than kale, please The post Kale Just Stopped Being Cool appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
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    PlanetSave

  • Enterprise 50M Tree Pledge Marks 10 Years & 10M Trees

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    (Originally published on InspiredEconomist.com) With funding from Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, the Arbor Day Foundation is once again planting 1 million trees throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe this year. This is the tenth year in a row for Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) reforestation initiative, marking the tenth anniversary of its 50 Million Enterprise 50M Tree Pledge Marks 10 Years & 10M Trees was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us…
  • First US Power-to-Gas Plants Open in California and Colorado

    Dawn Killough
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) is bringing science fiction to life, launching two demonstration projects to create and test a carbon-free, power-to-gas system for the first time ever in the U.S. The technology converts electricity into gaseous energy and could provide North America with a large-scale, cost-effective solution for storing excess energy produced from renewable First US Power-to-Gas Plants Open in California and Colorado was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on…
  • Ocean Summit On Marine Debris Coming To Newport

    Stephen Hanley
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    An Ocean Summit On Marine Debris will take place in Newport, RI on May 15 as part of a 12 day stopover during the Volvo Ocean Racing around the world race Ocean Summit On Marine Debris Coming To Newport 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.
  • Introducing The Sierra Club AddUp App.

    Stephen Hanley
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The Sierra Club AddUp app allows environmentalists to crowdsource their political, legal and environmental activism on behalf of the Earth Introducing The Sierra Club AddUp App. 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.
  • Energy Independence Donated to Ramakrishna Mission in India

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    (Originally published on EdenKeeper.org) As part of its Social Innovations mission to bring energy independence to 20 million people by 2020, SunEdison, Inc. is installing a 100 kilowatt (kW) solar rooftop system on the Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home in India. Enabling the approximately 700 students to gain energy independence, the new solar installation will help Energy Independence Donated to Ramakrishna Mission in India was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also…
 
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    Sustainablog

  • The Waste Biz: Has Recycling Glass Gotten Too Expensive?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    Recycling glass has gotten so expensive that haulers have to pay recyclers to take the material. Is single-stream recycling to blame? This week's Waste Biz The post The Waste Biz: Has Recycling Glass Gotten Too Expensive? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Update On Vietnam Biogas Production Project

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    Last month, we took a look at a biogas production program for rural Vietnam. We've now got updated information on this innovative use of animal waste The post Update On Vietnam Biogas Production Project appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Easy Upcycling: Homemade Planters From Rain Boots

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    Got a pair of used rain boots too beat up to pass on? Jennifer Tuohy of the Home Depot shows you how to upcycle them into homemade planters The post Easy Upcycling: Homemade Planters From Rain Boots appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • How To Make Biodiesel (And A Few Other Things) From Food Waste

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Environmental engineers at the University of Cincinnati have figured out how to make biodiesel, plus other fuels & products, from inedible food waste The post How To Make Biodiesel (And A Few Other Things) From Food Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Styrofoam Recycling: How To Dispose Of Expanded Polystyrene Responsibly

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    While Styrofoam recycling isn't a convenient option in most places, it can be done. Here are some ideas for responsible disposal of expanded polystyrene The post Styrofoam Recycling: How To Dispose Of Expanded Polystyrene Responsibly appeared first on Sustainablog.
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    Crafting a Green World

  • 13 DIY Plant Markers from Recycled and Natural Materials

    Julie Finn
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    It’s garden season again–yay! Having accidentally left all my plant markers in the garden of my old house (I hope the new owners enjoy them!), I need to make new ones this year, so I thought that I would explore my options. Y’all, there are a LOT of plant marker tutes out there in the world! I’ve confined my results to those that use either natural or recycled materials, obv, but also to those that aren’t so finicky that it would break your heart if a kid stepped on them (better on that then on the plants!), and that look easily doable–I want to spend my…
  • Make DIY Mini Magnetic Chalkboards from Mason Jar Lids

    Bonnie Getchell
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Add fun and color to your fridge with these DIY mini magnetic chalkboards! They’re made from old mason jar lids. We love mason jar crafts, but those crafts often leave the lids behind. These mini fridge chalkboards are the perfect way to bust your stash of mason jar lids. They’re so cute on your own fridge, and they also make a great gift. In my previous rental home, I created fridge frames from recycled cardboard, but unfortunately they didn’t hold up very well through the move. I wanted to create another type of frame that would last longer, but would also be functional. These…
  • Do Seed Bombs Work? (I Kind of Don’t Think So)

    Julie Finn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    I feel terrible about saying this out loud, but it’s been bothering me for a VERY long time, and I finally just have to admit it: Y’all? I kind of don’t think that seed bombs work. So, Seed Bomb 101 for those who aren’t as obsessed as I am: seed bombs are little balls of compost and clay (or sometimes papier mache) with seeds embedded. The theory goes that you toss them in a neglected green space as an act of guerilla gardening; the clay keeps the seeds moist as they germinate, the compost nourishes them, and they grow, implanting themselves into that green space,…
  • Make a DIY Indoor Herb Garden for Earth Day!

    Crunchy Scott
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Celebrate spring with an Earth Day Craft! What are we making? A DIY indoor herb garden, of course! It’s so easy you won’t believe it! Is there a better way to celebrate Earth Day than by planting an upcycled herb garden? Just grab a few plastic containers from the recycle bin and some duct tape. Boom – you’re in business. More Earth Day crafts: 10 Earth Day Ideas for Children; Last-Minute, No Prep, Stash Only Earth Day Crafts for Kids Yes, I said duct tape! Can you believe all the cool patterns this adhesive comes in these days? I guess that plain old silver stuff is…
  • My Kid Play Tested YOXO (and I Took Photos and Wrote about It!)

    Julie Finn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    I am a building toy connoisseur. I’ve got wooden building blocks and Kapla blocks, Lincoln logs and tree blocks. I try to avoid the plastic building toys, but even so, I’ve got LEGOs and Zome rods, Darda tracks and Hot Wheels set-ups. I mean, the KIDS have these building toys. Not me. Just the kids. …ahem. Anyway, because I know my building toys, I know what I like in a building toy. It’s got to be versatile, easy to start with but capable of making complex structures, and easy for a kid to incorporate into imaginative play. In addition, I really like my kids’…
 
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  • 2015 Ford F150 Reviews

    Haris Richie
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:23 am
      2015 Ford F150 Reviews - Best Sports Cars The significance of the new for 2015 Ford F150 pick-up most likely doesn't need to be highlighted-- however we want to compose, so here's a refresher: For the previous 30-odd years, the F-150 has been the bestselling car in the united state, period. To you, this implies you'll see a lot of F-150 every day, brand-new and old, does not matter, you
  • 2016 Audi S6 Review

    Haris Richie
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    2016 Audi S6 Review - Best Sports Cars Minutes after investing time in the freshened 2016 Audi A6 in Germany, we were tossed the keys to its enthusiast-tuned sibling, the Audi S6. In similar manner to its lower brethren, the S6 has actually likewise been upgraded for the 2016 model year with a make over, a boost in power and added technology. Its aggressive attitude is heralded by a
  • How to Buy Sports Cars for Tall Driver

    Haris Richie
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    How to buy Sports cars for tall driver - When it comes to sports cars, there are lots of devices and models. Exactly what does this suggest? Well, prior to you start looking for a cars, determine exactly what your spending plan is for it. You can get a lower end design cars for about the very same cost as an average sedan, or you can get lots of accessories and such and pay a fortune for it. By
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    Greenfudge.org

  • Pitch to Rich to Reduce Household Food Waste

    Vipul Patel
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    My name is Vipul Patel. I have entered the Pitch to Rich 2015 campaign with my idea to reduce Household Food Waste, which is being run by Richard Branson. Greenfudge.org has offered me the opportunity to Pitch my idea to you. So if you think the Pitch/Idea has legs, I would really appreciate your vote […] The post Pitch to Rich to Reduce Household Food Waste appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Smart applications of solar energy

    Irini Chassiotou
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    It sounds like science fiction, but the “smart textiles” will come to market in the next three years in order to supply with energy households and consumers through clothes and accessories and offer autonomy to every kind of electronic device we carry, even in larger devices in the house. The “smart textiles” will incorporate flexible […] The post Smart applications of solar energy appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • UNESCO protected lake Ohrid is facing ecological disaster

    Elena Nikolovska
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:08 pm
    The newest changes and amendments to the general urban plans for the city of Ohrid 2014-2024 are threatening to wipe out an entire ecosystem, and in doing so- cause one of the biggest environmental disasters Macedonia has ever seen. It seems as though the UNESCO protected status could not save the city of Ohrid and […] The post UNESCO protected lake Ohrid is facing ecological disaster appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Toxic paprika found in Hungarian supermarkets

    Krisztina Kupi
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:50 am
    Hungarians have been anxious about the alleged toxicity of some types of paprika sold in big supermarket chains since Greenpeace Hungary published the results of an inspection carried out in March. Eight out of the twelve samples of paprika taken by the environmental organization contained pesticide residues. Spar, the supermarket chain which allegedly sold the […] The post Toxic paprika found in Hungarian supermarkets appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Tidal lagoons – the beautiful future of sustainable power?

    Ewa Lewandowska
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    Until recently, tidal lagoons have been treated as a futuristic pipe dream rather than a realistic, large-scale, reliable source of (green) power – why bring up the topic now? The potential of Swansea Bay tidal lagoon in the United Kingdom has resurfaced after the British chancellor, George Osbourne, publicly supported the project in his Budget […] The post Tidal lagoons – the beautiful future of sustainable power? appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
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    The Green Blog Network

  • Earth Day San Francisco - Events Lineup

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

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

    Paige Donner
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:25 am
    (posted from press release)Climate-KIC will be present at the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) World Congress on 8 April in Seoul, Republic of Korea, to officially launch the Low Carbon City Lab programme and discuss new partnerships with cities and organisations from around the world.Greenhouse gas emissions in cities originate from a host of different sources, such as electricity production, transportation, commercial and residential buildings, as well as industry and waste. Reducing urban emissions is a shared effort by a large panel of city stakeholders.The new programme is…
  • Path To Paris - Environment California Says, Bonjour!

    Paige Donner
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:03 am
    (posted by Paige Donner)SAVE THE DATE!Environment California's 11th Annual Spring Event: Path to ParisSaturday, May 16th, noon to 2:00 pmat the lovely Brentwood home of actor Donna MillsRSVP: EnvironmentCalifornia.org/SpringEventPlease join Environment California for lunch, drinks and stimulating conversation to help elevate California's global warming solutions leading up to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.Special guest speaker: Sen. Fran Pavley, climate solutions leader and author of California's game-changing Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32The…
  • FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS) - UCLA

    Paige Donner
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Community AnnouncementFriday, November 14th, 201410:00 AM - 2:30 PMUCLA - Carnesale Commons - Palisades Room751 Charles E. Young Drive W Los Angeles, CA 90095Building up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be hosted by France in December 2015 (COP 21-Paris Climate 2015), the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States are organizing FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS), a public conference series across seven cities in the US and in Canada involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures,…
 
 
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    The Green Samaritan

  • 10 Ways to Appreciate Earth Day…Any Day!

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

    Jeanne
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Spring is here!  Time to get out and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  If you didn’t know, April is National Gardening Month, not to mention Earth Month, so a great reason to think about... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Quick Tips to Clean Up the Dry Cleaning

    Jeanne
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    We all have to do it…gather up dirty “dry clean only” garments and head off to the neighborhood cleaners every week or so.  To help you clean up your dry cleaning dilemma,... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 10 Green & Good Cleaning Replacements for the Toxic Bad Guy

    Jeanne
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    So after I discovered this awful silver cleaning spray polish that has been following me around for years and until recently, was still lurking in the dark corner of my cabinet beneath the kitchen... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Call for Entries – National Audubon Photography Awards

    Jeanne
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    Call for entries!! If you love birds, and you love taking photos of them, now is the time to showcase your best work by entering the Audubon Photography Awards! Fabulous prizes include trips and... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
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    Our Daily Green

  • Rain Africa: created for living (product review & giveaway)

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    In December of 2013, my daughters and I took a holiday trip to New York City. Being the mid-western small town family that we are, the crowds were completely overwhelming. As we tried to navigate our way through the sardine-packed Rockefeller Center to see the tree, we found ourselves ducking into a store just to escape the throng of the crowd. Little did we know we were about to be
  • Bee Protective campaign with Vapour Tempt lipstick

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    A few years ago, Our Daily Green reviewed lip glosses from Vapour Organic Beauty and discussed the importance of choosing cosmetics carefully. Not only does Vapour offer organic beauty products that are endorsed by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, but they also utilize wind power in their production, use recycled packaging of both aluminium and paper, and minimize waste. Vapour has
  • Aquaponics and how it can help save water and our food supply

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    As news of the California drought spreads, our national food supply will be effected. Residential water bans sound like a solution, in fact, in California, urban areas only use ~10% of water while 80% of water in CA is used for agriculture. In other words, the real difference will be made when we think about how we grow our food if we're serious about water conservation and more efficient food
  • Making the most of your Easter leftovers

    2 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    While a table loaded with food is wonderful during your Easter celebration, it also means you could have plenty of leftovers to use. Don’t fret! Those leftovers can be used in creative ways to help you make the most of every dish. Swapping in pre-cooked ingredients in recipes not only saves you time, but also reduces grocery costs and food waste. Plus, you’ll also be building upon the flavor
  • Essential oils guide (infographic)

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    Infographic courtesy of BHK Essential Oils
 
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    ForceChange

  • Praise Zoo for Turning Animal Waste into Energy

    Hang Lisa Huynh
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Detroit Zoological Society COO, Gerry VanAker Goal: Praise zoo for raising money for technology that will turn animal waste into renewable energy. The Detroit Zoo officials announced their plans to use a major byproduct of its animal occupants by turning it into renewable energy for their facilities. They are doing this by putting animal manure through a system called a “biodigester,” which then breaks down abundant amounts of manure into usable energy for the zoo. In order to make this project possible, the Detroit Zoological Society and the Michigan Economic Development…
  • End University’s Cruel, Irresponsible Animal Research

    Serenity Manziesii
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Ana Mari Cauce, Interim President of the University of Washington Goal: Insist that the university repurpose its expanded, underground animal research facility and cease conducting experiments on animals A massive animal research facility is under construction beneath the University of Washington (UW) campus. Hundreds of people recently marched in protest of the expanding program, reports King 5. A judge has ruled in favor of activists, agreeing that secretive meetings about the new facility had “the purpose and effect of shutting the public out of this decision-making process…
  • Stop Trying to Treat Transgender Students as Mentally Ill

    Rodney MacMaster
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Donald N. Blake, President of the Virginia Christian Alliance Goal: Stop campaign to get public schools to treat transgender students as seriously mentally ill. Transgender students in Virginia are being given too many accommodations in public schools, according to the anti-LGBT Virginia Christian Alliance. As a result, the group has launched a statewide campaign to roll back protections for transgender students. Demand that the Virginia Christian Alliance abandon this campaign at once. Amid claims that public schools in Virginia are being bullied into accepting transgender students…
  • Applaud Waste Water Recycling Initiative

    Eavie Arntzen
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: California Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty Goal: Support rest stop wastewater recycling in drought-stricken state. As California climbs farther into a severe drought with no end in sight innovative ideas to save water are more important than ever. That’s what makes the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) ingenious rest stop waste water filtration system so special. The Dunnigan rest stop north of Sacramento typically sees about 2,000 visitors a day, with an average waste of 4,000 to 5,000 gallons of water. Dunnigan’s new closed-loop…
  • Thank Mattel for Canceling Sea World Barbie

    Jennifer Schwager
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Christopher A. Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, Mattel Inc. Goal: Thank Mattel for taking a stand against the abuse of captive sea creatures by canceling the production of Sea World Barbie. Mattel has halted production of a Sea World Trainer Barbie following growing public backlash over the amusement park’s treatment of animals. The doll as well as the Sea World Trainer Play Set, which comes with a wet suit, a pool, and two toy animals, will no longer be produced or shipped but will remain on sale in stores until sold out. The move comes only months after several major brands…
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • “Red Dot: Best of the Best” for top design quality and ground-breaking design goes to…

    Ramon Arratia
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    Microsfera! Our ground breaking carpet tile with the lowest carbon footprint ever wins another prestigious award. We received the letter yesterday from Dr Peter Zec of Red Dot – we’re exceptionally pleased and proud. This year there were 4,928 innovative entries from 1,994 participants across 56 countries and only 1.6 percent of all submitted products are awarded with the highest distinction “Red Dot: Best of the Best”. “Your product possesses one of the globally most outstanding designs in 2015, therefore you will receive a very special honour – A Red Dot…
  • A Quick Net-Works Update In Numbers

    Ramon Arratia
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The Net-Works programme is an initiative delivered by us and ZSL designed to create a solid business solution with long-term positive impacts on marine and freshwater ecosystems, while also providing financial opportunities to some of the poorest people in the world. Net-Works enables fishing communities in developing countries to sell waste nets back into a global supply chain. We receive a fully recycled source of nylon for carpet tile production, and the local community receives long-term incentives to protect their natural environment. Here are the latest facts and figures, a special…
  • VOTE FOR MICROSFERA !

    Laure Rondeau
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Interface has been long-listed for the 2degrees Champions Awards! Vote for Microsfera as Innovation of the Year and help us be the Champions Microsfera is an innovative, hybrid flooring solution with the smallest carbon footprint of any carpet tile in history Microsfera addresses the two biggest contributors of CO2 in the carpet manufacturing industry: the yarn fibre and the latex pre-coat. To achieve this, Interface combined Microtuft™ construction with its revolutionary modular fusion process. Microtuft™ was first developed by Interface in 2000 to dramatically cut the amount of yarn…
  • How much does air pollution cost Europe?

    Ramon Arratia
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Great report from the European Environmental Agency about the cost of polluted air. Here are some key facts from the report with my thoughts added: * The EEA looked at emissions from more than 14 000 facilities in Europe, for each one it estimated the damage costs to health and the environment. The EEA found that their emissions cost society and the economy between €59 and €189 billion in 2012. * The power generation sector was responsible for around 70% of the total damage costs from industry. * Of the top 30 facilities causing the highest damage, 29 were power-generating facilities,…
  • The European Environment – Status and Outlook 2015 report

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    The European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced its 2015 report about the status and outlook of the European environment. Some interesting facts from the report: * The environment industry sector, which produces goods and services that reduce environmental degradation and maintain natural resources, grew by more than 50% in size between 2000 and 2011.  It looks impressive but I think it should have grown much faster. * European greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 19% since 1990 despite a 45% increase in economic output. * Fossil fuel use has declined, as have emissions of some…
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Top Ten Reasons Earth Month is for the Animals

    Earth Rangers
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are dedicating Earth Month to the animals because species around the world need our help! Many populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects are declining. What’s causing this incredible diversity of life to disappear? Here are ten of the biggest threats that are causing animal populations to decline. Climate Change Climate change is warming the polar bear’s Arctic home; melting sea ice and making it difficult for them to find food. Deforestation The giant panda’s forest home in China is disappearing as the trees are being cut down to make room for development…
  • Compte à rebours des animaux qui ont de mauvaises cachettes

    Earth Rangers
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    De nombreuses espèces utilisent le camouflage pour les aider à survivre. Mais, pas tous les animaux réussissent à se cacher, parfois ils n’ont pas vraiment le tour. Découvrez ce compte à rebours des animaux qui ont de mauvaises cachettes. 1) “Me voyez-vous?” Le chien des buissons (Speothos venaticus) Photo: Steve Wilson 2) “Je pense que j’ai besoin d’un arbre beaucoup plus gros”  Lynx. Photo: Cloudtail 3) “La Discrétion” Gorille en cachette. Photo : Mark Dumont 4) “Suis-je bien aligné?”  Photo : Hobvias Sudoneighm 5)…
  • Vets on the Move

    Earth Rangers
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has a mobile vet team that helps animals all across northern Kenya. This Earth Month, when you start a Bring Back the Wild campaign you’ll also be supporting Lewa’s programs like their mobile vet clinic. The mobile vet team is led by Lewa’s resident veterinarian, Dr. Matthew Mutinda. The vet team is armed with a lot of compassion for animals and a Land Cruiser that is filled with all of the medical supplies they need. Dr. Mutinda and his team spend their time helping injured animals as well as assisting with the tracking and translocation (or moving) of…
  • Top Ten Animal Reactions to Earth Month is for the Animals

    Earth Rangers
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    We’re celebrating Earth Month by dedicating it to the animals. Throughout April, when Earth Rangers fundraise to help protect threatened Canadian species they’ll also be helping animals in Africa. Word of this event has spread fast throughout the animal kingdom with a surprisingly wide range of reactions. Here are some of our favourite animal reactions to hearing that Earth Month is for the Animals! 1) OMG, a whole month just for us? 2) This idea is positively hair-raising! 3) I’m so excited I wrote you a song…Laaaaaa! 4) Why can’t Earth Month last forever? 5) Can I please be a part…
  • Dix faits amusants sur les renards

    Earth Rangers
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Nous allons partager avec vous des faits amusants à propos des renards, ils sont des animaux fascinants.  Lequel de ces faits amusants préférez vous? Faites-nous parvenir un commentaire pour voter. 1. Ils creusent des tanières souterraines pour prendre soin de leurs renardeaux et pour se cacher des prédateurs. 2. Les renards ont des moustaches sur les jambes et sur la face qui les aident à naviguer. 3. Les renards gris peuvent rétracter leurs griffes comme les chats. 4. Le renard roux parcourt de grande distances au cours de son premier automne ; de jeunes mâles ont même été…
 
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    High Gear Media Network Feed

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Highest MPG Of Any Sports Car

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Looking for the best compromise between driving fun and fuel efficiency? The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata could very well be the new winner. Mazda has released full details for the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata lineup; and while pricing and features have been updated incrementally, far and away some of the biggest surprises in this model’s...
  • Ford Recalls Recent Fiesta, Fusion, Lincoln MKZ For Door-Latch Issue

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] is recalling about 390,000 vehicles from the 2012 through 2014 model years for an issue with the door latches. According to Ford, a “broken pawl spring tab” could either prevent the door from latching or allow the door to unlatch while the vehicle is moving. The recall affects the 2012-2014 Ford Fiesta...
  • 2006 Jeep Liberty, Wrangler, 2006 Dodge Viper Recalled For Ignition Problems

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall of select Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, and Dodge Viper vehicles from the 2006 model year. According to a press release from FCA, some of those vehicles may have dodgy ignition switches that could prevent them from starting -- or worse. ALSO SEE: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of 2015 The problem stems from a...
  • Autos Head South, Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition, BMW 5-Series Diesel: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Recalled For Potential Brake Failure Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed an investigation of GM trucks and SUVs from model years 1999 to 2003. At least 2,702 owners of those vehicles complained about brake-line corrosion, and a total of 88 collisions had...
  • 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Recalled For Potential Brake Failure

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed an investigation of GM trucks and SUVs from model years 1999 to 2003. At least 2,702 owners of those vehicles complained about brake-line corrosion, and a total of 88 collisions had been linked to the problem, as well as 20 injuries. ALSO SEE: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of...
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  • Tesla Website, Twitter Account, Musk Twitter Briefly Hacked

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Electric-car maker Tesla sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, a place where software security is--or should be--a constant focus of attention. Still, corporate websites present a juicy and visible target for hackers worldwide. For a brief period Saturday afternoon, hackers appear to have taken over the Tesla Motors website and Twitter account...
  • 2016 Toyota Mirai Is First Fuel-Cell Car To Pace A NASCAR Race Tonight

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even if you're not a fan of NASCAR, you may want to tune into the race tonight at Richmond International Raceway. Specifically, you'll want to pay attention to the pace car. That's because said pace car will be a 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell sedan. DON'T MISS: 2016 Toyota Mirai: First Drive Of Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Sedan (Dec 2014) The Mirai...
  • Volt Deals, MINI Drive, Tesla & Google, Shanghai Show: The Week In Reverse (Video)

    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    What does E85 ethanol fuel tun out to be really, really good for? And, where do you have to live to get a good clearance deal on a 2015 Chevy Volt, at least right now? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, April 24, 2015. Friday, we mused about the sales prospects for...
  • Tesla Beyond Compare, 2016 Volvo XC90 Pricing, Plug-In Hybrid Hummers: Today's Car News

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today, find out why nothing compares with the Tesla Model S electric car, peruse pricing information on the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV, and check out the plug-in hybrid Hummers that will attempt to reach the South Pole on biodiesel. All this and more on Green Car Reports. What's the best way to get more electric cars on U.S. roads...
  • Plug-In Hybrid HUMMERs Headed For The South Pole On Biodiesel

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you were going to drive to the South Pole, what vehicle would you choose? There's a team gearing up right now to undertake that very adventure--using a pair of plug-in hybrid Hummers. The mission is called Zero South, signifying the group's goal of being the first to reach the South Pole without using any fossil fuels. DON'T MISS: Five Vehicles...
 
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • We Can Preserve Electric Reliability While Protecting Public Health Under the Clean Power Plan

    EDFEnergyEX
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last June, the EPA proposed carbon standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the single largest categories of greenhouse gas sources in the world.read more
  • SolarCity Will Add 300MW of Commercial Solar From New $1B Fund

    Eric Wesoff
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    SolarCity "activated" a $1 billion fund earlier this year, looking to finance roughly 300 megawatts of United States commercial solar energy systems. Investors in the fund include Credit Suisse, the bookrunner for SolarCity’s securitization transactions.read more
  • Advanced Energy Tech of the Week: High Voltage Direct Current Transmission

    maria-robinson
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    HVDC has been used for decades in underwater and underground transmission projects where AC use is limited, but its use in aboveground transmission is increasing, primarily for moving large amounts of remote wind and hydro power to distant load centers.read more
  • UK's Renewable Energy Targets Drive Increases in U.S. Wood Pellet Exports

    TodayInEnergy
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    In 2014, almost three-quarters of all U.S. wood pellet exports were delivered to the United Kingdom, mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, U.S. wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40% between 2013 and 2014, from 3.2 million short tons to 4.4 million short tons.read more
  • How Much Water Does A Water Leak Waste?

    WegoWise
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Imagine Manhattan under 300 feet of water, not from a flood or rising sea level, but from the 2.1 trillion gallons of water lost from leaky pipes every year. That is nearly 6 billion gallons a day! The majority of leaks are a result of old infrastructure, pressure changes in the water mains, and small household leaks.read more
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    The Greenwashing Blog

  • Matthew McConaughey Doesn’t Want You to Hug Trees, Just Drive a Lincoln

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

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

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

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

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

  • EarthTalk: Ways to Support Earth Day

    Thomas Schueneman
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How can I find Earth Day events near me or are there other ways to show my support for the green movement on Earth Day?                                                — Jessica Monteleone, Bridgeport, CT April 22, 2015 is the 45th annual celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in…
  • Eco-Friendly Gold Extraction: How Cornstarch is Revolutionizing the Mining World

    Chris Keenan
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Mining gold has never been considered an environmentally friendly process. In order to get gold out of the earth, extremely toxic cyanides are sprayed on crushed ore to help with the extraction process. While effective, using cyanides regularly leads to environmental contamination, making this a less than ideal method of mining gold. However, up until now, all of the alternatives were either too expensive to consider or they had serious contamination concerns of their own. A recent discovery, though, identified cornstarch as a viable option in making the process of gold extraction much better…
  • EarthTalk: National Food Policy

    EarthTalk
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the “National Food Policy” that environmentalists and foodies are asking President Obama to enact by Executive Order, and how would it affect American diets? – Justin Brockway, Los Angeles, CA A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives makes the case for President Obama to sign into law an executive order establishing a national food policyfor managing…
  • The Increased Popularity and Necessity of Sustainable Homes

    Guest Contributor
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    By Bob Gorman The housing market is starting to bounce back with full force, but it’s certainly never going to be the same. Consumers have learned their lesson, and the market will show it. For too many years, home sizes and their accompanying energy demands have just kept growing and growing without regard to the effect on the environment. After the housing crash, consumers had an awakening, and now sustainable homes will be the future of the real estate market. Not too long ago, LEED and Energy Star rated homes were just an occasional oddity. However, sustainable homes are quickly…
  • Net Zero Home: An Affordable Green Option for Homeowners

    Thomas Schueneman
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    There is a new competitor for certified green homes in Utah, known as Net Zero certified homes. Zero Home, the first of these eco-friendly Utah residences, is totally green, energy efficient and completely certified. What Makes Zero Home Unique? With amenities such as geothermal heating, special green-conscious insulation, special cooling and heating units, and solar technologies, many green homes are popping up all over the country. Zero Home, however, takes things just a few steps further. If you simply look at it quickly, it is difficult to see what sets Zero Home apart from all the rest.
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    GoGreenNation.org

  • More Than a Day at the Movies: Cinema Verde Film Festival

    Mike Confino
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Romance wasn’t the only amore in the Alachua air on February 14th this year. At the Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites, film fans and environmental enthusiasts gathered to celebrate a different kind of love: a passion for sustainability. The sixth annual three-day Cinema Verde Festival offered audiences the chance to experience 40 different short and full-length films focused on sustainability and environmental issues. Question and answer sessions with directors and producers followed several films. With topics ranging from food chains and climate change to tar sands and female war veterans,…
  • Hawaii Wants To Be The First State To Run Completely On Renewable Energy

    Mike Confino
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    With strong trade winds, volcanic heat and abundant solar and hydropower, the Hawaiian islands have a plethora of natural resources. Yet the state is America’s largest consumer of fossil fuels per capita, according to Hawaii’s Environmental Council for the Office of Environmental Quality Control. A bill currently going through the state’s legislature aims to change that by setting the ambitious goal of using renewable energy exclusively by 2050. If it passes, Hawaii could be the first state in the country to meet all of its electricity demand with renewable resources.   Read…
  • John Kerry’s Mission To Save The Arctic

    Mike Confino
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    John Kerry is heading north. On Friday, the U.S. Secretary of State will travel to the Canadian Arctic city of Iqualuit, Nunavut, where he will take temporary reins of the Arctic Council, a forum that could ultimately determine the fate of the Arctic. At the biennial Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Iqualuit, Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq — the current Arctic Council Chair — will turn the chairmanship of the eight-nation body over to Kerry. While it might be cliché to call this a critical juncture for the Arctic, Kerry is assuming this role at a time of unprecedented…
  • We Need The Liberal Arts More Than Ever In Today’s Digital World, Fareed Zakaria Says

    Mike Confino
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    A liberal arts education is the best preparation for many careers, especially in the U.S., given today’s global technology-driven economy, CNN host Fareed Zakaria says. “The future of a country like the U.S. rests on our ability to master how technology interacts with how humans live, work and play,” Zakaria said to The WorldPost. “And that depends on skills fostered by the liberal arts, such as creativity, aesthetic sensibility and social, political and psychological insight.” Because of tough economic times, the rising cost of higher education and an…
  • Graphic Video Of Annual Canadian Seal Hunt Released By Animal Rights Group

    Mike Confino
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    WARNING: This post contains graphic content that may upset some readers. The Canadian government in early March announced this year’s quota for its annual, and highly controversial, seal hunt. The allocation for 2015? 468,000 harp, hooded and grey seals. In an effort to minimize inhumane treatment, the Canadian government mandates that seals can only be killed using a high-powered rifle or shotgun, a club or a hunting tool called a hakapik. Yet with the hunt in full swing, last week Humane Society International released shocking footage of baby seals being shot, clubbed and dragged…
 
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  • The Best Green Cars of 2015, According to Kelley Blue Book

    Robin
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    Right now the greenest thing for me to do is to keep on driving the minivan I currently own, but I’d love to make my next car purchase as environmentally sound as possible— safety will also be a top priority. But, well, having sexy lines and a smooth ride doesn’t hurt either. Every year the expert editors at Kelley Blue Book rank the energy efficient standouts for efficiency, practicality and price. Which is such a cool statement to make: that there are enough energy efficient vehicles on the market now that they need to be sifted through and ranked. We’ve come such a…
  • Organics Live: Organic Delivery Service + Franchise Opportunity in PA, DE, NJ

    Robin
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Post written in partnership with Philly Social Media Moms for Organics Live. Enter below to win a Vitamix S30 Blender! Imagine what it would be if, as a national policy, we said we would only be successful if we had fewer people going to the hospital next year than last year. How about that for success? The idea then would be to have such nutritionally dense, unadulterated food that people who ate it actually felt better, had more energy, and weren’t sick as much. Now see, that’s a noble goal. ~Joel Salatin Trying to eat in a way that’s healthy and sustainable for your…
  • Why We Become Environmentalists

    Robin
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax The Washington Post ran a piece recently titled The surprising psychology behind why some people become environmentalists, but the takeaway wasn’t so surprising at all. The conclusion was that empathy was tied to environmental attitudes— “namely, a heightened sensitivity to the suffering of other people.” The authors conclude that “compassion elicits moral judgments and actions across different moral domains” — in effect, that it’s infectious.
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    Everblue blogs

  • 5 Secrets for Passing the LEED Exam

    Lesley@Everblue
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    We love hearing from our students and getting feedback about their LEED exams. We recently heard from a student from our Boston LEED training class. She sent a note to our instructor, Joan Darvish-Rouhani, that she passed the LEED Green Associate exam with a score of 190 (out of 200!). She also supplied some tips for her classmates to help them avoid the often-seen procrastination stage. We wanted to share these words of wisdom with you all…read more
  • Sustainability News - Mar/Apr 2015

    Lesley@Everblue
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    We have some very exciting announcements for this quarter’s installment of need-to-know sustainability news! While this is, of course, not a comprehensive listing of important recent news, we thought you all would agree that these items were definitely of particular importance! To chat about other recent news stories in the sustainability industry, visit our Facebook page or tweet us @everblue.edu. Now, let’s get into it!read more
  • The Drive Behind BPI Training

    Lesley@Everblue
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    I recently came across a timeline on the Building Performance Institute’s website, showing how BPI has grown and impacted the home performance industry since its inception in 1993. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you check it out. There’s a wealth of information there, and it’s interesting to see how the organization’s passion for energy efficiency has enabled it to prosper over the last 20 years. The timeline concludes with accomplishments earned in 2012. So what’s driving BPI Certification now?read more
  • Energy Codes in Action

    Lesley@Everblue3
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    We’re 5 days away from the National Energy Codes Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This is the first national conference dedicated solely to energy codes since 2011. The conference will focus on the development, adoption, and compliance of state energy codes. As you may know, the United States does not have a national energy code or standard, so energy codes are adopted at the state and local levels of government.read more
  • What Happens After LEED Training

    Lesley@Everblue
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    If you’re reading this post, that means you’ve completed a LEED exam prep course from an approved USGBC Education Partner like Everblue. Now, you may be wondering, what do I do next? Paying for Your LEED Examread more
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    Green Prophet

  • Visit Israel’s Agritech and meet flux – for feeding the world on drought

    Karin Kloosterman
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:38 am
    flux creates an operating system to power vertical, smart farms everywhere. Meet this startup at Israel’s agricultural world expo of the year April 28 to 30. The United Nations is screaming it...
  • The state of solar power in the Middle East

    Green Prophet
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:46 pm
    The unveiling of Dubai’s rooftop solar project during March 2015 is one of many steps the emirate is taking in order to grow a domestic market regarding solar technology and usage. It is clear from...
  • Students make AMENDS for a better Middle East

    Laurie Balbo
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
    The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at California’s Stanford University (AMENDS) is a student-led initiative that enables young change agents from across the Middle East, North...
  • Is Egypt in denial about Nile phosphate pollution?

    Laurie Balbo
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    A barge carrying 500 tons of phosphate capsized in Upper Egypt last week after a run-in with a bridge foundation.  According to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, the ship flipped after colliding with the...
  • 10 Inventions to Save Earth’s Water

    Maurice Picow
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    With drought looming in California, but in many regions of the world include Yemen, Green Prophet honors this year’s Earth Day by digging into the archives so you can share 10 ways to collect...
 
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • City Walk Saturdays Kick-Starts New Storytelling Route for Cape Town

    ctpartnership
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    The lively event featured Capoeira, tango and swing dance sessions, a tranquillity zone with meditation and yoga, jumping castles and kids storytelling time. Skateboarders whizzed through the space and curious squirrels watched as giant scrabble and pavement chalk unfolded.read more
  • A Tree Hitched to the Universe

    The Nature of Cities
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    From a leafy suburb in the shadow of Table Mountain, I need not venture far to encounter a myriad of remarkable creatures employing clever survival strategies. Fighting, stalking, feigning, loving, dancing, stealing, and darting, biodiversity spills into and out of my garden.read more
  • Brussels, Belgium's Latest Music Festival: The Sustainable Paradise City

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    It’s that time of year again: the moment when Belgian music festivals reveal their programs. And this year, a number of them have taken to riding the wave of environmentalism. Besides LaSemo and Esperanzah, the latest to enter this group is Paradise City Festival.read more
  • Bugs for Dinner: Big Cricket Farms Find Niche in Edible Insect Farming

    Seedstock
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Though bugs make up part of a healthy, diverse diet in many non-Western cultures, Americans and Europeans generally consider eating insects to be disgusting, even ‘primitive.’ But a growing movement by edible insect enthusiasts like Kevin Bachhuber is looking to change this perception.read more
  • From Stadiums to Public Parks, the Impacts of Space for Sports in Cities

    EMBARQ
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Professional sports typically take place in expensive stadiums, which are expected to draw crowds of fans and consumers. On the other hand, amateur sports happen at a much more local level. Sports often play a large role in cities and frequently receive a lot of attention from both elected officials and the public.read more
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  • 10 Simple Ways to Go Green This Earth Day (and Every Day)

    Calley Pate
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is sponsored by Flipp App. Earth Day is April 22nd and it’s a good time for us all to refocus and find new ways to be more eco-friendly.  We all live different lifestyles and have different resources available to us.  Regardless of where you are in your journey to live a greener lifestyle, remember that every little step we take adds up in big ways.  Here are just a few simple ways that you may be able to go green this Earth Day… 1. Teach Our Children to Love the Earth - the biggest gift we can give to our children is the ability to love and respect the natural…
  • Working through mom guilt…

    Calley Pate
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It happened, my six year old told me something brutally honest this morning. “Mommy, put your phone down! You’re always playing on it. Won’t you play with me instead.”   (silence – let that soak in)   …I immediately set the phone down and finished helping her get ready for school.  I made a conscious effort to not pick up my phone for the rest of the morning.  I dropped the kids off at school, came home and went to work, but those words stuck with me ALL day! Am I really on my phone THAT much? Clearly, if a six year old thinks I’m on my…
  • A Much Needed Blog Break

    Calley Pate
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Confession: My last blog post was almost one month ago! I’ve been blogging now for going on 8 years and sometimes I just don’t have the time to blog. I have a ton of great blog posts (and a few sponsored posts) that I could write, but after I’ve worked online all day in social media the last thing I want to do is blog. I promise I’ll find my blogging mojo again soon and bring you some fun new content!! You’ll be here when I get back, right?? Want to follow little glimpses in my daily life?  Be sure to “Like” and “Follow” me on Facebook,…
  • Valspar Championship Fun Facts and Tips 2015

    Calley Pate
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    It’s a gorgeous day in Palm Harbor and the first day of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook.  Even if you’re not a golf enthusiast, I would recommend picking up a few tickets and spending a few hours on the course this week.  Tickets are $40 and kids get in free! It’s a great way to spend a sunny afternoon in Florida.  Before you go, here are just a few things you need to know: Get your tickets here! Valspar Championship Tickets Kids 15 and under get in free with an adult! Park at St. Pete College, Tarpon Campus on Belcher and Klosterman. Parking is $10. Leave your…
  • Sunsets in Winter

    Calley Pate
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    The weather is warm this week in Florida and I decided that tonight we were going to watch the sunset on the beach.  We don’t typically go out on school nights, but we were passing by the beach and I had to stop.  The ocean was calling my name. I needed to fill my soul with sunshine, sand, and salt air. Children were barefoot, rocks were tossed, sand was thrown in the air. I’ll find the remnants of the trip for weeks to come in the bottom of my purse and on the floorboards of my Jeep.  Children giggled and dug holes in the sand.  They got dirty. The rays of the sun peeked…
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    TheCityFix

  • Friday Fun: Three Apps That Help You Connect with Your City

    Zhou Jia
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    Thanks to innovations in mobile app technology, residents in cities all over the world can share goods, services, and experiences with one another. Photo by Louisa Billeter/Flickr. Cities aren’t just a collection of buildings, they’re home to billions of people. They are where we expect to interact with one another and work collaboratively to make our communities better places to live. Different technologies—including mobile phone apps—are enabling strangers to connect with each other in their neighborhoods for this purpose. They are empowering individuals to share knowledge, goods,…
  • Crowdsourcing Local Knowledge to Make Buildings More Efficient

    Eric Mackres
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Because buildings in world cities like Mumbai, India (pictured) produce more than 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, improving building efficiency is critical to making cities more sustainable. Photo by Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank. Investing in resource efficiency helps cities and their residents by cutting energy and water costs, creating jobs and creating cleaner, healthier air. And making cities more resource efficient is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change. Improving the energy and water performance of buildings is a critical piece of…
  • Earth Day 2015 Makes Us All Leaders

    Carrie Dellesky
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    Earth Day 2015 encourages citizens everywhere to lead by example and mobilize for green public spaces—like Plaza de Armas in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo by Alejandro Castro/Flickr. April 22, 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, an event first held in 1970 that helped mobilize the modern environmental movement in the United States. This year’s Earth Day will include events that focus on the intersection of sustainability, poverty, climate, and clean energy. The message this year is that it’s our turn to lead, so our world leaders can follow us—the citizens—by example. A…
  • What Cities Can Learn From Greater Toronto’s Transit-Oriented Development

    Dario Hidalgo
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    An icon of Toronto, the city’s streetcar not only provides mobility within the urban core, but also integrates with regional transport to ensure transport access to residents on the periphery, as well. Photo by superherb/Flickr. While there are many inspiring examples of walkable, transit-oriented cities in Europe, there’s also plenty to learn from Canada. For example, with the extraordinary help of Jane Jacobs and other leaders, Toronto has been able to successfully keep expressways out of its historic urban core. Beyond that, leaders have also focused on expanding transit connectivity…
  • Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability

    Priscila Pacheco
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Pedestrian-only zones, well-maintained sidewalks, and good traffic signage are important for strengthening a city’s walkability, as shown here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists at EMBARQ Brasil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking more sustainable…
 
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    EarthTechling

  • Putting a Price on Carbon: A Tough, But Necessary, Nut to Crack

    Pete Danko
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Carbon dioxide exacts a cost, that much we know. It’s when we try to take the logical next step – putting a price on carbon – that things get complicated.The issue is in the news as the province of Ontario moves to join what Clean Energy Canada calls “North America’s largest cap and trade alliance,” the one between Ontario’s Canadian neighbor Quebec and the state of California.image via Government of OntarioIf you’re not familiar with how a cap and trade scheme works, conceptually, it’s pretty simple: Government sets a limit on the total amount of carbon emissions…
  • All Signs Point to Solar Power Juggernaut Rolling On

    Pete Danko
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    It’s not a contest. Renewable energy is no zero-sum game (or doesn’t have to be, at least), and according to the experts, all of it and then some will be needed to keep global temperatures from rising beyond safe levels. Still, it’s hard not to view the growth of the two leading non-hydro renewable energy technologies – wind and solar – in relation to each other.We reported recently that wind grew quickly in 2014, but solar had itself a very good year as well. And there are signs that it could be in for even more rapid growth.First Solar panels installed at utility-scale site…
  • Wind Surged in 2014, But Can It Keep Up the Pace?

    Pete Danko
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Is wind power coming on fast enough to help shift the world off fossil-fuel-generated electricity before temperatures get too high? Depends on how you look at it.In 2014, Asia, Europe and North America – the usual suspects when it comes to wind power– had solid-to-great installation years. Meanwhile, Latin American (namely, Brazil) became a big-time player for the first time, and it all added up to a solid year for global wind.All told, 51.5 gigawatts (GW) was installed in 2014, the first time the world cracked 50 GW in a single year, and cumulative global capacity now stands at 369.6 GW,…
  • Vancouver Joins the 100 Percent Renewable Energy Movement

    Pete Danko
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s easy to mock efforts by localities to take on climate change – looked at in isolation and strictly by the numbers, no matter how boldly they move to trim their carbon emissions, the impact will be minimal.Then again, when you start to add up all those little impacts – and take into account a possible galvanizing effect – the story might change.image via Wikimedia CommonsThat’s part of the thinking in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the city council last week approved Mayor Gregor Robertson’s motion to commit the city “to the long term goal of deriving 100 percent of its…
  • The Sun is Rising Again for EarthTechling

    Jason Ridge
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    For more than five years EarthTechling has been one of the leading clean technology blogs. As you know we stopped publishing new content about a couple months ago.But today, I’m pleased to announce that after a long look and discussions with several interested parties, we’ve found a new team to drive EarthTechling forward.The goal was always to be a leader in information that inspired action, and we are happy to see the new owners taking pride in relevant and actionable information. This new team is well suited to continue these efforts while continuing to expand the reach and…
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    Green Nation Today

  • The Ways In Which Denver Psychiatrists Can Help You Regain Control Over Your Life

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    If you feel alone and isolated and you have no idea how you will ever get out of this pit then you should go see one of the many Denver psychiatrists that are offering support and treatment near you. You would be surprised to see that they may have the answer to making your problems go away and enable you to live a happy life. One thing many people have no knowledge of is the fact that depression, anxiety and similar problems may be caused by improper hormonal production in the brain. That is not to say that every person that has a depression episode is ill, but people who have these episodes…
  • The Level of Quality to Expect from Professional Denver Heating and Air Conditioning Services

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Although based on reviews written about service from other areas, you might not expect a lot from Denver heating and air conditioning services in terms of quality, promptitude and efficiency, the fact is that there are quite a few contractors in Denver who are renowned for their ability to provide fast, effective and highly professional repair and HVAC installation services in any circumstance.   Following are just some of the benefits you can gain by hiring these professionals for figuring out the best way to restore your HVAC system to its former glory:   First of all, many…
  • Utility Locator Training

    admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Everybody knows that becoming a utility locator means hard work. But not everybody knows the training they go through to fulfill all the requirements. If you want to become one, you should know that there are some classes that you could take.   There are some courses that you could go to and get licensed in locating. They ensure you all the materials that you need. All you have to do is study. From DVDs, to reading materials, to equipment, these are provided to you so you would understand this job all the better. With this class comes along field training. That is going to help you a lot…
  • Colorado Chevy Dealers Give A Helping Hand With Your Teen’s Sweet Sixteen

    admin
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    You know it is that time when your baby wants a car. Of course she does! It is her sweet sixteen! But be careful about what you are buying. New drivers can be easily distracted and are liable for any caused damage. You feel a bit scared about buying her a car, because her safety is very important to you. Although they do not know very much about driving, teens usually want more horsepower under the hood. That way everybody knows how cool they are.   Purifoy Chevrolet Denver dealer is the place to go when you are thinking of getting such a gift. They will show you all the models suitable…
  • Types of Pipe Problems and Denver Sewer Line Repair Solutions

    admin
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    When it comes to pipe problems, you are already aware that it is going to cost you serious money. That is why you should let an authorized person do their job and contact a professional company to take care of your problem. In order to fix your pipe, the technician needs to identify the main problem and the possible solutions that can be applied. At first, it is important to identify the location of the line and to send a video camera on it, to establish the exact location and the source of your problem. Your pipe might be: ·         Blocked and in need of cleaning, so you have to…
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    Intercon

  • Are Communities Born or Made?

    T. Caine
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    This was one of the underlying questions within the discourse on a recent webinar that targeted how designers can engage in progressive community development. I had the pleasure of being joined by fellow panelists, Christine Modor and Fleur Timmer with moderation by author David Thorpe. Titled: Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities, the discussion fielded questions on the role of architects and landscape architects in helping to craft useful and coveted community spaces. A recording of the webinar, organized by the Sustainable Cities Collective, can be listened to below:…
  • Solving the Recycling Cost Gap is About Value

    T. Caine
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Within the realm of broad sustainability efforts in this country, recycling could be considered one of the veterans. Recycling programs have existed in America since the 1990’s, but despite their longevity, they still have not yet reached their maturity, falling short of refined systems streamlined for maximum impact at minimum cost. In most places, recycling programs are still a net cost for municipalities that host them. Though it is not to say that environmental programs like recycling are not worth costs to accomplish their goals or that any should be expected to “turn a profit”,…
  • Reviewed: Walkable City

    T. Caine
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time By Jeff Speck In One Line: From broad strokes to streetscape specifics, the author covers the deficiencies of modern street planning that hinder the pedestrian experience as well a coordinated attack to solve them.  In the age of millennials, walkability is all the rage. If you’re talking to people born after 1975 then chances are giving planning preference to bikers and walkers will get you some head-bobs or thumbs up. The data continually points to younger populations being less interested in automotive access and…
  • Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More

    T. Caine
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Achieving density and creating public circulation space that is centered around pedestrians are both key components to fostering a walkable environment. Both are things that the typical American, suburban model lack. With homes spread so far apart–from both each other and any non-residential destination–walking becomes senseless in communities that are beholden to the car down to the very fabric of their planning. Raising the number of residential units per acre and designing space for pedestrian travel that would  otherwise be devoted to roads can be important strides in making…
  • Reviewed: Sustainable Urbanism

    T. Caine
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature By Douglas Farr In One Line: A well-crafted overview of sustainable planning strategies with a broad lens that is valuable for a range of readers as a foundation to a library of stewardship.  The complexity of sustainability is one of its worse enemies. Our modern attempts to condense information can run counter to helping others understand the intricacies of our biosphere. With only portions of information the solutions can see deceivingly easy, mistakenly small in number or both. Some of the stronger voices end up being the ones that can…
 
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Infographic: emissions reduction auction results at a glance

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Growth industry: forestry will account for much of the carbon reductions under the first round of Emissions Reduction Fund contracts. CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons, CC BYThe results of the government’s first reverse auction of carbon-cutting projects have been released. Where is the money going? The government will spend A$660 of its A$2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund on contracts set to reduce emissions by some 447 million tonnes, more than half of it in “carbon farming” projects to lock up carbon in vegetation. Federal environment minister Greg Hunt described the outcome as a…
  • The climate 'hiatus' doesn’t take the heat off global warming

    Matthew England, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow; Deputy Director of the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC); Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate System Science at UNSW Australia
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Out of sight out of mind? The vast majority of global warming is going into the ocean. peter dondel/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAThe recent slowdown in the rise of global average air temperatures during the first decade of the 21st century is being used as a touchstone argument for those who deny the science of global warming. But in research published today in Nature Climate Change, I and others show that the “hiatus” is just a blip on the radar compared to the long-term warming we have in store. The slowdown or “hiatus” in warming refers to the period since 2001, when despite ongoing…
  • The Bjorn supremacy – is Australia getting the climate advice it deserves?

    David Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies at Monash University
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    As tabloid news outlets invite us to feast on the “craziest” and most “insane” images of the Sydney storms this week from social media, University of Western Australia vice-chancellor Paul Johnson has called for calm over Bjorn Lomborg’s appointment to be his fellow advisory board co-chair of a new “Australia Consensus Centre” at UWA. Lomborg will play a key role at the centre. What has been revealed about the centre is that it will be substantially modelled on Lomborg’s controversial Copenhagen Consensus Center (CCC) – which is, oddly, based in the US. The CCC is ostensibly…
  • Victoria must stop clearfelling to save Leadbeater's Possum

    David Lindenmayer, Professor, The Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Leadbeater's Possum is dependent on large, old trees that produce hollows for its survival. David LindemayerThe Leadbeater’s Possum, Victoria’s faunal emblem, has been formally recognised as critically endangered. In a media release late on Wednesday, Environment Minister Greg Hunt stated there was an “unequivocal need” to move the species from endangered to the critical listing. The Minister’s announcement was based on detailed recommendations from a panel of nationally recognised biodiversity experts who comprise the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (that did not…
  • Unburnable carbon: why we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground

    Will Steffen, Adjunct Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Every tonne of coal burnt is a tonne off the carbon budget to keep warming below 2C. david_a_l/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDNinety per cent of Australia’s current coal reserves will need to be left in the ground for Australia to play its role in limiting warming to no more than 2C. That’s according to a report released today by the Climate Council, “Unburnable Carbon: why we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground”. The new report uses a “carbon budget” approach. This figures out how much carbon can be let into the atmosphere while limiting warming to 2C, and is a different method to the…
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    Green Conduct

  • Should I Abandon My Car for a Rideshare Program

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

    alicebenny
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    It is true! Save Energy with Vinyl Shutters and Eco-friendly Blinds can really help make your home or workplace more eco-friendly. Creating a green home is no-longer a trend or something that only environmentalists would consider doing. It is now mainstream and ordinary people all across America have started realizing there are major advantages in making your home more sustainable and eco-friendly. Some people are actively and systematically transforming their home, others simply base their purchasing decisions increasingly on green credentials. There are many reasons to this but I would say…
  • It’s Time Your Biz Went Green – Here’s How

    alicebenny
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    Smog is everywhere. In the US, it obscures the Hollywood sign. In China, fashion shows feature the latest in hygiene mask chic. In India, crop yields are lower than ever due to power plant fumes. There’s more: Remember the icecaps melting and the hole in the ozone layer putting us all in grave danger.  It’s time your biz went green, or you’re part of the problem. While you might not own a business that’s sputtering fumes like a Victorian chimney stack, there are still plenty of steps you can take to slash your carbon emissions. Most small companies are a bit wary of…
  • Give Your Garden an Eco-Makeover: Try this

    alicebenny
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    You’re desire for some garden innovation – but what of the environmental impact? Under every major renovation is the cost to our eco-system. It’s a price that’s making an increasing number of people uncomfortable. There’s smog on the streets, fracking threatening the countryside and pressure groups denying the existence of climate change. Do you want to be part of the problem? With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few renovations to your garden decor that won’t increase your carbon footprint. Try a few of these, and it won’t just be your grass that’s green. Give Your…
  • How Solar Eclipse Effects Solar Power

    alicebenny
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    Solar power has been touted as a great source of dependable renewable energy, although of course we know that it’s not always reliable. Cloudy days, for example, can keep much of the light from hitting the solar panels that generate energy. And during the day a solar eclipse can disrupt the solar power supply. The problem of how solar eclipse effects solar power has been brought up several times in the years past, and even in 2014 quite a few articles have mentioned it. The real problem is that in Europe, a lot of solar energy is used to generate electricity. In the UK, they have about 5…
 
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  • 10 questions about a zero waste lifestyle

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

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

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

    Mrs Green
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:04 am
    It’s been below freezing in several areas across the UK recently. What better way to wile away the long, cold days than to get stuck into an arts and crafts project? Better still when you raid the recycling containers because you’re having fun as well as reusing resources… This recycling project has to be the […]
  • Will you #showthelove this Valentine’s Day?

    Mrs Green
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    I’ve recently become a fan of Dragon’s Den! I’d heard the term batted around the internet a a friend mentioned the TV programme to me a while ago. But as I don’t have a TV I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. The other night I was looking for something to watch […]
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    Green Child Magazine

  • 7 Ways to Help Sensitive Children Flourish

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Contaminants are found everywhere in our environment: in our food, water, air, and inside our homes. Unless you live in the wilderness, it’s difficult to avoid them.  As we continue to bring modern technology and pollutants into our home, we continue to expose our children to invisible toxins affecting their physical, mental, and emotional health.  Children who have high sensitivities and enriched sensory abilities are often acutely affected by things like light, noise, household chemicals, toxins in food, and even electromagnetic frequencies. Their developing brains and…
  • The Health & Environmental Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef

    Amanda Hearn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    With Earth Day upon us, households are rethinking their carbon footprint. Most families think of how gas consumption or non-renewable resources affect the environment. But what about grocery store staples like a pound of ground beef?  Let’s take a look at how this simple purchase affects the environment and ultimately what impact it can have on your health and the health of the planet. Environmental Impact Consumers have a choice when it comes to buying beef. A typical grain-fed steer requires 284 gallons of oil in his lifetime, according to David Pimentel, a Cornell ecologist who…
  • How to Grow Your Own Organic Blueberries

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    Nothing beats a fresh, perfectly ripe blueberry… except maybe the perfect organic blueberry you grew yourself.  But how do you get them just right?   The Four Ps – Planting, Pruning, Picking, and Protecting – make up the secret to blueberry success, according to berry expert Amelie Brazelton Aust, at Fall Creek Farm & Nursery. “While I know a lot about the blueberry business, I do not have a green thumb like the rest of my family. However, blueberries are relatively simple and even I have great success with my blueberry plants at my home,” says Aust.
  • Think It Through: Helping Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Being able to think critically about any given problem is a skill most parents want their children to have. Creative problem solving is a coveted skill not only in all lines of work, but life in general. It starts with being able to be curious, flexible, and open-minded. And while many kids learn problem solving and thinking skills in school, there are ways you can also help them at home. Here are some ways you can support your child’s education and encourage their development of critical thinking skills: Don’t… Micromanage. Hovering close by your children at all times, ready to jump in…
  • Paleo-Friendly Cupcakes

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Completely paleo-friendly and perfect for a baby shower — or just because! These cupcakes are moist, coconutty, and have a lovely texture. A #846 piping tip is suggested to give height and sophistication to the cupcakes. Add a touch of fun with embellishments from India Tree and you’re set! Paleo-Friendly Cupcakes 2015-04-08 15:24:35 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut flour 4 eggs 2 egg whites 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1 cup coconut milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon baking soda Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F . Line pan for a dozen…
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    EarthTechling

  • China Solar Power Surges: Leaves Entire World Behind

    Pete Danko
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    China issued an update on its solar progress this week and made every other solar-seeking country around the world feel kind of pathetic.The National Energy Board said 5.04 GW was installed in the first quarter of 2015. To put that in perspective, China’s three-month total was just a gigawatt shy of what the U.S. installed in all of 2014 – and it was a good year for the Americans, their best ever. And as an Australia-based renewable energy website noted, 5.04 GW is “an amount the Australian government has said would be impossible to install within five years.”image via…
  • Putting a Price on Carbon: A Tough, But Necessary, Nut to Crack

    Pete Danko
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Carbon dioxide exacts a cost, that much we know. It’s when we try to take the logical next step – putting a price on carbon – that things get complicated.The issue is in the news as the province of Ontario moves to join what Clean Energy Canada calls “North America’s largest cap and trade alliance,” the one between Ontario’s Canadian neighbor Quebec and the state of California.image via Government of OntarioIf you’re not familiar with how a cap and trade scheme works, conceptually, it’s pretty simple: Government sets a limit on the total amount of carbon emissions…
  • All Signs Point to Solar Power Juggernaut Rolling On

    Pete Danko
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    It’s not a contest. Renewable energy is no zero-sum game (or doesn’t have to be, at least), and according to the experts, all of it and then some will be needed to keep global temperatures from rising beyond safe levels. Still, it’s hard not to view the growth of the two leading non-hydro renewable energy technologies – wind and solar – in relation to each other.We reported recently that wind grew quickly in 2014, but solar had itself a very good year as well. And there are signs that it could be in for even more rapid growth.First Solar panels installed at utility-scale site…
  • Wind Surged in 2014, But Can It Keep Up the Pace?

    Pete Danko
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Is wind power coming on fast enough to help shift the world off fossil-fuel-generated electricity before temperatures get too high? Depends on how you look at it.In 2014, Asia, Europe and North America – the usual suspects when it comes to wind power– had solid-to-great installation years. Meanwhile, Latin American (namely, Brazil) became a big-time player for the first time, and it all added up to a solid year for global wind.All told, 51.5 gigawatts (GW) was installed in 2014, the first time the world cracked 50 GW in a single year, and cumulative global capacity now stands at 369.6 GW,…
  • Vancouver Joins the 100 Percent Renewable Energy Movement

    Pete Danko
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s easy to mock efforts by localities to take on climate change – looked at in isolation and strictly by the numbers, no matter how boldly they move to trim their carbon emissions, the impact will be minimal.Then again, when you start to add up all those little impacts – and take into account a possible galvanizing effect – the story might change.image via Wikimedia CommonsThat’s part of the thinking in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the city council last week approved Mayor Gregor Robertson’s motion to commit the city “to the long term goal of deriving 100 percent of its…
 
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    CleanTechies

  • Friday Fun: Home Automation Kickstarter Campaign

    Oliver Strube
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Need a little inspiration this Friday. Check out this new kickstarter campaign for a new home automation/energy efficiency device: OttoBox. Everybody knows a significant amount of energy is wasted by appliances in standby mode. According to information provided, Ottobox tracks the habits of its users, learning when appliances tend to be in use and turning them off [...]
  • Light as a Service Creates Great Savings for Major Airport

    Oliver Strube
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    It’s not always just about the technology. Clearly we have a lot of great cleantech to choose from these days, be it in energy generation (solar), energy efficiency (LED lighting), clean transportation (electric vehicles), etc. but sometimes it’s the business model behind the technology and how we apply it that makes all the difference and [...]
  • Nest Learning Thermostat Giveaway: Because Solar & Energy Efficiency Belong Together

    Oliver Strube
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    It’s common sense that energy efficiency and solar make a great team, the former making the latter even more financially attractive. So it’s nice to see SolarCity, America’s largest solar power provider, embrace that concept and run with it via an exciting new partnership with Nest Labs. On Monday, the company announced that it would [...]
  • Video: Why Hawaii’s Solar Energy Industry is at a Crossroads

    Oliver Strube
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    In this news segment PBS explores why in parts of Hawaii, where many homeowners have installed rooftop panels to capitalize on federal and state tax credits for using solar energy, the local utility company has slowed down approvals of new solar systems, saying that abundant users may threaten the safety and reliability of the power grid. [...]
  • How Can You Reduce Your Water Footprint?

    Tracy Quinn
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    How much water do you use every day? The answer might surprise you. A paper released online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that Americans significantly underestimate their water use. Curious how my friends and family would fare, I reached out via social media and posed the simple question, “how [...]
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    Think, Act, Prosper

  • Spring Cleaning

    A
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Spring is in full swing here in New England, as temperatures peaked up above 70 degrees in Boston over the weekend.  After a dreadful winter, with historic snow totals, every single citizen of the region is ready for Spring.  An annual tradition, across the globe, is the practice of Spring cleaning.  Out with the old and in with the new.  Or, if you are a Think, Act, Prosper reader, then let's try to make it just out with the old.  If you really need something new, lets carefully consider the options and make sure that it is something you need critically before…
  • Local Breweries: Hill Farmstead of Vermont

    A
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Last weekend my wife and I made a trip to one of our favorite places in America, Vermont.  My primary desire was to replenish my stores of Hill Farmstead Brewery.  This brewery is widely considered the best in America, and some would say the best in the world.  Sean Hill, the brewer, is not a specialist, he makes world class hoppy ales in addition to sour, dark, farmhouse and everything in between.  He is committed to a sustainable business that can support itself and although he has grown rapidly, there is a target size for the company that he does not want to exceed.
  • Repurpose What You Can

    A
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Repurposing things is a great way to avoid new purchases and help the environment.  I always try to re-use plastic/paper bags from the grocery store and other shops as many times as possible.  I use newspapers from work as packing material.  I always use a refillable water bottle.  Those are obvious, but here are some of other ideas!If you aren't buying in bulk already, then you are likely accumulating a ton of packaging from the modern food industry.  One of my favorite repurposing tips is to take the jars that salsa comes in, wash them out, and use for…
  • Frugal Travel: Camping

    A
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Camping is one of the best memories I have of my childhood.  It's not that we were poor, but we were certainly blue collar, and did not take any trips to St. Tropez or West Palm Beach.  We made plenty of trips to Orlando, where my grandparents lived, and looped in Disney and other theme park trips with our vacations.  There is just something about camping's rustic charm that I loved and has always stuck with me.  Far from the commercial reaches of the marketing machine in a tent in Vermont or New Hampshire, my family and I spent quality time laughing around a camp fire,…
  • Frugal Travel: Airbnb & Local Cuisine

    A
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Travel is one of my favorite luxuries.  There are so many astounding places in the world, and yet the vast majority of us spend our time within our homes and workplaces.  Even those of us who travel for work, often are only visiting conference rooms and generic hotel rooms.  Travel is a great alternative to consumption of goods.  The opportunity to visit a new location, take in the history, culture, and cuisine of a location, and add an experience to your life is worth more than purchasing another new sweater or jacket!  Cuisine to me is one of the most important…
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    Furniture & Home Design Ideas

  • Cool and Industrial Metal Pipe Frame Beds

    Sarah Clarke
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    I love the look of a really industrial looking bed frame with some simple modern bedding. A bed like this would be right at home in an urban loft bedroom, or in a minimalist designed bedroom space. Using metal pipe as the source material for a bed frame makes a very bold statement in furniture design. The look is decidedly masculine, but with the right bedding, you can make this work in a rustic modern design style. There are some major retailers that sell metal pipe frame beds, such as Restoration Hardware and CB2, but you can also have one custom made with the kind of pipe that most appeals…
  • Modern and Elegant Walk-In Shower Designs

    Sarah Clarke
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Walk-in showers are becoming more popular in modern home design, because they have a very simple yet beautiful aesthetic that instantly make a bathroom more streamlined and sophisticated looking. It’s not easy to install a walk-in shower into a bathroom that hasn’t been built with one in mind, because the floor and plumbing all have to be specially designed to accommodate this kind of shower set up. Walk-in showers have a very open, airy feel to them, and look fantastic in bathrooms that get plenty of natural light. Glass is the most common material used when designing these kinds…
  • Cool and Colorful LOLLY Chairs Are Adorable

    Sarah Clarke
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Recently saw these cute chairs on one of my favorite design sites and had to write about the. This is one of the first times I’ve seen polyurethane used in such a way and its actually such a great idea because it makes this chair so much more durable if you wanted to use it outside. According to the designers, Roberto Foschia and Mara Picco, their tub chair LOLLY is as “soft and cozy as a nest.” They created the chair for Area Declic and were inspired by the the carefree world of children. LOLLY is also comfortable because of that special material used to make it, called…
  • MIT Developing Self-Assembling Furniture

    Sarah Clarke
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    The smarty-pants at MIT are going to change the way we build furniture, so we hope IKEA is paying attention! The lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calls this new technology “programmable” furniture. They have been showing off a prototype at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, and its a table that has been designed using a tensile fabric affixed between wooden frames. How does it work? The flexible wood frame comes flat-packed (much like our old pal IKEA does their furniture) which makes it easy to ship, store etc. Then, when the moment comes, it maneuvers itself into a table by…
  • Cool Designs: Levitating Flyte Lamp

    Sarah Clarke
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    As soon as I saw a picture of this incredible (and simple) lamp, I knew I had to do a write-up about it. It immediately catches your eye, as it really does appear to float in mid-air! I also love the warm and rich wood the designer has used. The Flyte Lamp, as its called, was designed by artist Simon Morris. The lamps are created in Sweden and made from sustainable oak, ash and walnut, and fitted with eco-friendly LED lights. Of course, its not really magic keeping the bulb in place, its a trick of magnetics, and the bulb not only hovers, it is also wirelessly powered. The bottom of the…
 
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    Articles

  • Solar 20% Cheaper?

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    1366 Technologies, has a new method of wafer fabrication, . . . could cut the cost of solar power by more than, . . . 20% in the next few years. 1366 hopes to begin mass production in 2016. 04-25-2015 Source:  Solar 20% cheaper?
  • 3 Solar Trends To Watch

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    1. The pending expiration of the investment tax credit (ITC) in 2016. 2. More Anti-China trade actions? 3. Consolidation in the solar manufacturing industry globally. 04-25-2015 Source:  3 Solar Trends To Watch
  • Growing Importance Of Energy-Water Nexus

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    The World Bank’s, Thirsty Energy initiative, . . . aims to address the interconnection between energy and water, . . . by providing countries with, . . . “assessment tools, and management frameworks,” . . . to help governments “coordinate decision-making,” . . . when planning for future energy, and water infrastructure. 04-25-2015 Source:  Growing Importance of Energy-Water Nexus
  • A New World Record

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    A new world record 46% efficient solar cell, . . . was achieved using a 4-junction cell, developed by, . . . Soitec and CEA-Leti in France, together with the, . . . Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany, . . . as one of a new generation of multi-junction solar cells, . . . developed specifically for concentrator PV plants, and . . . expected to have an efficiency potential as high as, . . . 50% under concentrated sunlight. 04-25-2015 Source:  A new world record
  • Water-Energy Nexus

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Nationally, more than 40% of freshwater withdrawals, . . . go to thermoelectric generation, . . . where water is lost to evaporation.   Solar PV and wind, on the other hand, . . . do not have the water requirements, . . . that thermoelectric plants have, for cooling. 04-25-2015 Source:  Water-Energy Nexus
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • How I Failed to Attract Venture Capital and What It Says About HeatSpring

    Brian Hayden
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    I spent the summer of 2014 raising money. More accurately, I spent the summer of 2014 pitching investors to help our company grow more quickly, failed, and cried about it. This is the story of what happened and what it says about our values and mission. Who Should Read This: Current or prospective HeatSpring partners Current or prospective HeatSpring instructors Anyone interested in startups or fundraising Friends or enemies curious to explore my failures Why Try to Raise Money? We got into online education in 2008 with the help of video producer Dan Small. We began recording live sessions…
  • The Top Challenges with Technical Qualification for Commercial Solar Projects

    Chris Williams
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    This article will provide a snapshot of the current technical challenges that engineers and project managers face with the technical qualification of solar projects. Project qualification is a critical part of the commercial solar sales process. It’s where sales, technical skills, and finance all overlap. From the investor due diligence perspective, there are a number of key technical elements that need to be gathered during the qualification process with implications for selling the project to investors. If you’d like to review some of those materials, check out the following two…
  • Free Solar Tool: You Need to Teach Homeowners How to Compare Proposals

    Chris Williams
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Residential solar sales still needs a lot of work, especially around the presentation and education of the information in proposals given to homeowners. Fortunately, we can make this better by reducing the amount of paperwork and actually helping homeowners make comparisons between proposals. I have a friend in Somerville, MA who is looking to put solar on her house. She’s already sold on solar; she just needs to find the right company. This is the easiest solar sale out there. So, she called a number of local companies to get quotes and proposal. In fact, I know that all of the…
  • NABCEP Certification: How To Get It, What It’s Worth

    Brian Hayden
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    This is a presentation I gave this week in Cleveland at the ElectroExpo. The audience was pretty small, just fifteen folks attended, so it turned into an intimate conversation rather than a formal presentation. An honest discussion about business, renewable energy, and education is right up my alley, and I walked away with some really valuable insights about the benefits and challenges people face when they get into solar and think about NABCEP Certification. What I Learned About NABCEP Certification From The Audience NABCEP Certification can help a non-P.E. get professional liability…
  • SpaceNews, Charles Miller, and the Incredible Commercial Space Course

    Brian Hayden
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    This week SpaceNews signed on as our media partner for the next round of the “Commercial Space Executive Leadership” course developed in partnership with the AIAA. I don’t like hyperbole or excessive hype, even when I talk about work we’re doing at HeatSpring, so I’d like to share the history of this program and explain why this course is legitimately big, important, and potentially transformative for everyone involved. The Origins of Our Commercial Space Course In 2013 we noticed a steady flow of students in our renewable energy courses with connections to…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • Bike Share Comes to Philly! Review of Ride Indego

    Paige Wolf
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Four years ago I visited Montreal and fell in love. More than anything else, I was blown away by their bikeshare program, something I didn’t imagine would ever come to Philadelphia. But when I came back from the trip and started poking around, I found that the seeds for a bikeshare program in my city had already been planted. Could this really come to fruition? The ultimate marriage of the sharing economy, fitness, and fuel-free transportation? Fast forward to today when Ride Indego rolls out with more than 600 self-service bikes and 60 stations around the city. And I am quite…
  • When Did “Greenbashing” Become Sexy?

    Paige Wolf
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Back when I was writing my book it was cool to be green. People were waking up to the fact that conventional food is full of junk, plastic is not always your friend, and the planet was quickly becoming overrun by soda cans and wildfires. Recycling bins became the status quo and people generally started to give a damn. Sure, there were the folks who revved up the engines on their 4x4s just to spite the “treehuggers.” Such dissection is expected, but overall we were letting it be known that this whole “green thing” was not a fad. It was a wake up call and a new way…
  • Embrace Everything Local at Philly Food and Farm Fest

    Paige Wolf
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    If we can’t live on a farm, the farm can come to us – at least once a year! We are excited to check out this year’s Philadelphia Farm & Food Fest, Sunday, April 12, presented by Fair Food and Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Farm & Food Fest is one of the country’s biggest and best single-day food festivals and a perfect way to introduce kids to the lifelong benefits of healthful, sustainable eating. Sign up in person for a summer CSA share, check out urban homesteading demos (canning!), and…
  • The Quest for Dietary Perfection

    Paige Wolf
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Recently I was doing a TV interview when the reporter asked me what I thought was the “perfect food.” I told her I wasn’t aware of a “perfect food” – more like a list of incredibly imperfect ones. She said she thought bananas were the perfect food. I said that, yes, bananas are awesome, and we probably go through about two bunches per week – however, after reading Animal Vegetable Miracle I became aware that bananas were never actually in season in Pennsylvania and eating them meant thousands of miles of travel through dirty fuel to bring them to my…
  • Get Your ShiftCon Tickets Now!

    Paige Wolf
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    Last year I packed my bags and flew cross-country for four days for a conference. Sounds like a pain right? But it was actually paradise. Because paradise to me is being around a group of like-minded women who are passionate about changing the world, one tweet or blog post at a time. Women who will take their school board to task over the lunch program or lead the petition to get arsenic out of apple juice. These are the women of ShiftCon. And this year, not only is it a networking paradise, it is an actual paradise – situated right on Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles! I’m excited…
 
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    mnn.com

  • Drone flies after being installed with honeybee brain

    bnelson78
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:12 pm
    This could be the bee version of the robot apocalypse: Researchers from the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex have installed a drone with a honeybee brain, and it flies much like a real-life bee, reports Discover. Fleets of these bee-like bots could even one day takeover for actual, organic honeybees in the task of pollinating our crops.  
  • 'Mechanical' invisibility cloak inspired by the honeycomb

    bnelson78
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Normally, the mechanical structure of a honeycomb is among the most stable found in nature. The hexagonal design allows for an efficient, secure lattice. But what happens when there are imperfections in that lattice, such as when a hole forms? The honeycomb structure can be extremely weakened.  
  • Do Unto Animals: The new book from Tracey Stewart that aims to help us help animals

    mdestries
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Haven't heard of Tracey Stewart? That's all about to change. The former veterinary technician and animal advocate, who also happens to be married to "Daily Show" comedian Jon Stewart, is quickly rising in the world of animal welfare thanks to a new book, online magazine, and a new rescue farm.   
  • 17 recipes that put your cast-iron skillet to good use

    rshreeves
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When I was a kid, my dad’s cast-iron pan was off limits to anyone but him. It was seasoned perfectly. Only he could clean it after he cooked in it. When I was in grade school, I got it in my head that the pan contained bacteria, and I washed it with soap and water. Dad was not happy.  
  • Anti-testing movement catches on in schools nationwide

    jsavedge
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    It's that time of year again: standardized testing time. Students are stuck in their classrooms, filling in circles on multiple-choice standardized tests that will determine everything from their teacher's salary to the amount of funding their school receives.   Talk about pressure.  
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    Greener Ideal

  • A Record Number of Sea Lion Pups Starve as Humans Continue Overfishing

    Tina Page
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    Starving California sea lion pups are washing up on the state’s beaches in unprecedented numbers this year, overwhelming marine mammal rescue centers and alarming scientists. A record 2,250 sea lions have inundated the coast after being prematurely abandoned by their mothers. This number is 20 times the average of the last decade for the first three […] Read the full article: A Record Number of Sea Lion Pups Starve as Humans Continue Overfishing
  • Beautiful Time-Lapse Painting Answers the Disturbing Question: “Where Did the Deepwater Horizon Oil Go?”

    Ian Andrew
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    The events of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still fresh in the minds of many, but as time goes on and we hear less and less about the residual effects of the oil spill, we seem to think that the problem is solved. However, according to the National Resources Defense Council and researchers from […] Read the full article: Beautiful Time-Lapse Painting Answers the Disturbing Question: “Where Did the Deepwater Horizon Oil Go?”
  • EV Batteries Have Longer Lifespan than Drivers Think

    DMV.com
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Range anxiety continues to hinder a more significant success of electric vehicles, making potential EV buyers wonder if a car’s battery has enough storage capacity to meet their daily travel needs. But on top of that, there is another reason why consumers are not that keen to buy electric vehicles: they are not sure that […] Read the full article: EV Batteries Have Longer Lifespan than Drivers Think
  • This Highway Has An Amazing Solar-Powered Bike Lane Running Down the Middle

    Ian Andrew
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    High-speed cars and people riding bicycles isn’t usually the best pairing in the world, however this South Korean highway has managed to create an innovative highway bike lane that allows cyclists to ride relatively safely in between oncoming and passing traffic, and has given the lane an eco-friendly boost by sheltering it with solar panels. […] Read the full article: This Highway Has An Amazing Solar-Powered Bike Lane Running Down the Middle
  • Turmeric Sweet Potato Quinoa Fritters Recipe

    Fabiana Giovanetti
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    The reason why I love this recipe is because it’s quick, versatile, full of anti-inflamatory ingredients (like turmeric) and the Finnish berry buckthorn adds a Vitamin C kick (which is never a bad thing!) Turmeric Sweet Potato Quinoa Fritters Recipe Rating: 51 Cook Time: 1 hourTotal Time: 1 hour Ingredients2 big baked sweet potato, skins […] Read the full article: Turmeric Sweet Potato Quinoa Fritters Recipe
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    OurTakeOnGreen.com

  • Learn About Solar Energy And How It Benefits You

    Jason
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Solar energy is something that most people wish they had. Solar energy utilizes sunlight to generate power for households and electronic devices. Plus, solar power will save you money and help the environment. If solar power intrigues you, this article contains useful information. The power you get will be determined by how many solar panels you have and their efficiency. Therefore, determine the number of panels you need. It can be better to buy the highest performance panels. Make sure that any solar panels you put up are actually cost effective. While the installation cost can be dented…
  • Are You Unsure About What You Need To Know About HVAC Help? Read This Article!

    Jason
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:44 am
    Keeping a home cool in the summer and warm in the winter is one of the most fundamental duties of a homeowner. Knowing the right person to call in the event of an equipment failure is essential to staying comfortable on a year-round basis. By reading the material below, there should never be any doubt about what steps to take. Ask for referrals when hiring someone to install your HVAC system. Someone may seem like they know what they are doing, but you cannot simply take their word for it. You should be able to call past customers to get an idea of what to expect from this particular…
  • Read Some Easy Tips For HVAC Advice That Shouldn’t Be Missed

    Jason
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    HVAC problems are one of those issues homeowners simply hate to see arise. The task of finding a qualified, affordable contractor is something that many simply dread. However, by applying the guidance that follows below, the process can actually be far easier than many might have imagined, so keep on reading. You should be sure to change the air filter of your HVAC system once every six months. Neglecting to do so can cause dust particles to clog the air ducts. In turn, your system will not work properly and you will find your bills going up. It’s worth spending the time to clean the…
  • Learn What You Need To Know Now About Buying The Best HVAC Equipment

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

    Jason
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    Are you searching for information about HVAC systems because you have had problems in the past? Maybe you would just like solid tips on how to maintain the one you have? Either way, the following article was written as a guide to help anyone keep their HVAC system running the right way, so continue below. If you want to save money once a new HVAC system is put in place, be sure to pick ENERGY STAR rated products to use. They are very energy efficient so your new system won’t cost you a ton when it comes to your utility bills every month, recouping some of your installation costs. When…
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Fly carbon neutral on United for Earth Month

    GTG Staff
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:23 pm
    | Green Travel News | In honor of Earth Month, all United Airlines passengers aboard the company’s signature Eco-Skies aircraft in April will be flying carbon neutral. Through United’s Eco-Skies CarbonChoice program, the airline is obtaining carbon offsets for all travelers (and crew!) on every flight of the specially painted 737-900ER – aircraft #432. The Eco-Skies aircraft […]Fly carbon neutral on United for Earth Month is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Hilton hotels say no more cruel cages for chickens, pigs

    GTG Staff
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:06 pm
    | Green Travel News | Hilton Worldwide announced that it will begin to eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs in its global food sourcing. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization. Initially, all hotels […]Hilton hotels say no more cruel cages for chickens, pigs is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Tanzania evicts thousands of Maasai for hunting safaris

    GTG Staff
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    | Green Travel News | Thousands of indigenous Maasai are being forced off their land at gunpoint, in an illegal land grab orchestrated by the Tanzanian government and a company based in the United Arab Emirates that wants to operate luxury hunting safaris. Despite reassurances by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete as recently as November, 2014, that […]Tanzania evicts thousands of Maasai for hunting safaris is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • 500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site

    GTG Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    | Green Travel News | More than 500 hotels and B&Bs that serve exclusively vegetarian or vegan food are now listed on VeggieHotels. The Berlin-based web portal, launched in 2011, makes it easy to find purely vegetarian hotels, guest houses and conference centers. Accommodations in 60 countries are currently listed—from simple guest houses to five-star hotels. Although […]500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations

    GTG Staff
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    | Green Travel News | A new GPS-powered travel app turns smartphones into hands-free audio tours of Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and several more U.S. national parks. Just Ahead smartphone technology works even where cell phones, Internet, and Wi-Fi won’t, streaming interesting stories spliced with geography, history and driving directions. The audio guide recently garnered […]JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
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    17 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
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  • Remarks by President Obama on the Impacts of Climate Change

    Guest
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    White House.gov The Everglades, Florida, Earth Day, April 22, 2015 THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Please have a seat. It’s good to be back in Florida. So I can’t think of a better way to spend Earth Day than in one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures, the Everglades. And anybody who comes here to visit — and I advise everybody who’s watching who hasn’t been down here to come on down. You can see what makes this unique landscape so magical — what the poet Emma Lazarus called “the savage splendor of the swamp.” Although I was informed it’s not technically a…
  • Do You have an Eco Personality?

    Susan Colby
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Do You Have an Eco Personality? A study by Cameron Brick and Gary J. Lewis published recently in the journal Environment and Behavior titled ‘Unearthing the “Green” Personality: Core Traits Predict Environmentally Friendly Behavior’ aims to show that there is a particular personality trait that is most important in determining whether we care or not. Photo Julie Falk/Flickr It’s Earth Week with Earth Day on April 22 with the spotlight on the environment and everything related to it. What could be more important than the notion of an eco personality? Of a person born to care…
  • #EarthDayEveryday

    Guest
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:09 am
    By Stan Meiburg U.S. Environmental Protection Agency This Earth Day, let’s commit ourselves, our families, and our communities to work toward a brighter environmental future. I’ll be taking part in a service learning project tomorrow with Washington, DC’s Earth Conservation Corps to help clean up the Anacostia River, and I encourage you to serve at an Earth Day event in your community. But there’s no need to wait until Earth Day—there’s a lot we can do every day to help protect the environment and the climate, while keeping our families healthy and saving money. Here are just a…
  • Gardening for Pollinators

    Guest
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:39 am
    USDA Forest Service Follow these simple steps to create a pollinator-friendly landscape around your home or workplace Use a wide variety of plants that bloom from early spring into late fall Help pollinators find and use them by planting in clumps, rather than single plants. Include plants native to your region. Natives are adapted to your local climate, soil and native pollinators. Do not forget that night-blooming flowers will support moths and bats. Baby blue eyes (nemophila menziesii) Photo: Teresa Prendusi, USDA Avoid modern hybrid flowers, especially those with “doubled”…
  • Green Dreams for Earth Day

    Jay Walljasper
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:27 am
    Save the planet by unleashing our imaginations Photo: Garry Knight, Creative Commons At a time when ecological destruction is more dire than ever, the work of protecting the planet depends on dreamers just as much as of scientists, activists, public officials and business leaders. Earth Day, when millions of people voice support for environmental causes, is the perfect time to recognize this. While it’s critical to wrestle power away from those who believe that corporate profits are all that matter, we won’t achieve a sustainable, just future without serious attention to imagining a…
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • Buckwheat Noodles + Udon Recipe

    Dr. Karen
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    We’ve been eating more buckwheat noodles since we’ve eliminated wheat from our diet. Buckwheat, despite the ‘wheat’ part of its name, it’s not related to wheat, which is grass. It’s the grain-like buckwheat seeds that are used for food. The cultivation of buckwheat reduced significantly in U.S. in the 20th century since the usage of nitrogen fertilizer for growing corn and wheat. Contrarily, buckwheat does not yield well in nitrogen soil. Buckwheat is gluten free, low on glycemic index (has 7-37% resistant starch in groats, depending how it’s…
  • Homemaking Is Easy with Ultimate Bundle and FLASH Giveaway!

    Dr. Karen
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you ever wonder how you can do it all? Work, spend time with family, keep a clean house, cook from scratch, do laundry etc?? Me too. Sometimes I get so wrapped with my daily rituals and working non-stop that I don’t even notice the frolicking dust bunnies, unfolded “clean” laundry, cruddy dried up, “unknown” objects by the baseboards (oh, so that’s where the olive went!). And don’t even get me started with what might be squatting in the garage. And you thought you had problems! As rewarding as it is, work-at-home life can be,…
  • Mineral Balancing with Lydia Shatney

    Dr. Karen
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:09 am
    There are over 100 known minerals in nature. Unfortunately, our bodies can not produce minerals so we have to obtain them from foods we eat. A healthy body needs at least 18 minerals to function properly; 7 major minerals and 11 trace (minor) minerals. Minerals act as co-factors for enzymes in delivering nutrients into tissues. So without these co-factors, enzymes can’t work to deliver nutrients even if you have a plenty of them. In other words, minerals act like keys that unlock the door to the cells. The major minerals we need are: Calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride,…
  • Organic Gardening with Anna Hackman

    Dr. Karen
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    If I told you I have a brown thumb, that’s not because I have dirt on it. That’s because I have no luck growing anything worth mentioning. I grew 5 measly potatoes, a cauliflower the size of my fist, and 4 teeny onions last year. There is no way I can feed my family with what I grow. So I wanted to chat with my bestie grower – she’s more than a gardener – Anna Hackman of Green Talk for Wellness Wednesday in hopes I can learn a few things to grow food better this year. Unfortunately, my audio didn’t cooperate due to unreliable internet connection but the…
  • Crustless Spring Quiche Recipe: Dairy & Gluten Free

    Dr. Karen
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Warm and bright sun melts the last bit of gray snow while bright yellow and green Forsythia and Crocus come out of winter hibernation right about now. And what do I think about? Quiche. The yellow and green colors in quiche scream “SPRING!” in harmony and it’s a perfect dish to have on a sunny Spring morning. And with seasonal veggie like Asparagus – which, by the way, is part of Clean Fifteen so you don’t even have to buy organic – being so cheap these days, this is a “must-make” dish! But there is one problem. We can’t eat wheat. And I…
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  • Organic Farm at The Mill

    Manchester Wood
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    We have a Certified Organic Farm at Manchester Wood run by Fresh Take Farm this season. Producing fresh vegetables for our employees and local customers. For the last two years we’ve had local farms work and produce crop on about 10 acres of our backyard. The result has brought not only more land for local farms to provide organic food to local customers, but also to us(!) during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons! Yay!! The Kilpatrick Family Farm got us started these last couple years, but now they’ve passed it over to Fresh Take Farm. They’re also based in Granville, New…
  • 10% Off Adirondack Furniture Sale

    Manchester Wood
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Get the deck and yard set-up! 10% Off All Adirondack Furniture on ManchesterWood.com now through April! “As authentic as it gets…” Adirondack chairs and other Adirondack furniture items made in the very foothills of the Adirondack mountains in which the design was first created in Upstate New York. An iconic outdoor furniture staple. The perfect outdoor dining and lounging sets made available. Made with real solid hardwood, and handcrafted at our mill to order with Free Shipping Always on every order. Enjoy 10% off this early Spring on the entire collection, which includes…
  • FREE Set of Tray Tables! Manchester Wood’s April Eco-Act Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:27 pm
    This Month’s FREE Raffle Giveaway… Large Rectangular Folding TV Tray Table Set What action, big or small, are you willing to take this month to help our environment? In accordance with Earth Day this month (April 22), Manchester Wood is asking those interested in our FREE monthly giveaway item to enter the raffle by telling us how you plan on initiating environmental action. Whether by simply telling us you’ll throw a piece of garbage away you find on the street, or that you’re planning to organize an event to bring awareness to a certain ecological cause, let us know about your…
  • Testimonial: Cherry Wood Furniture

    Manchester Wood
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    We feel our Cherry Wood Furniture could very well be the best kept secret on the market today. It’s quality, it’s American made, and it’s affordable. Cherry Wood Furniture is some of the finest hardwood furniture around, and we’re positive like Brian, you’ll agree. This is my second purchase, two weeks ago I bought a matching cherry shaker coffee table and end table. I love the craftsmanship; I’ll buy furniture like this all day long over particle board and melamine furniture. Thank you for building American products that will last a lifetime. I wish you…
  • Youth Adirondack Chair Giveaway: March into Spring!

    Manchester Wood
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:58 pm
    This Month’s FREE Raffle Giveaway… Youth Adirondack Chair How do you plan on spending spring with your kids (or the kids in your life)!? As springtime comes closer (hard to believe where we are!) we take a look towards the outdoors and the furniture we’ll use in the joy of the warmer seasons ahead. For our month of March Giveaway we’re offering our Youth Adirondack Chair FREE. The Youth Adirondack Chair is a kid’s variation (ideal for ages 3 to 8) of Manchester Wood’s Adirondack Folding Chairs. Our Adirondack Folding Chairs are made from solid maple and have a…
 
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    Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty...Get Informed Now!

  • Props to Home Depot! Commits to Phase Out Harmful Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    World’s Largest Home Improvement Retailer, Home Depot, Commits to Phase Out of Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015 This is so huge I can barely believe it but once again, all of our hard work is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ford Set to Divert 5 Million Plastic Bottles From Landfills In 2015...Here's How

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    How Ford Rocks The F-150 With Recycled Bottles  You know I love Ford and here's just one more reason why. They walk the green talk and they are doing it again with the F-150. According to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Think The Love Canal Disaster is Over? Think Again

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

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

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

  • Kick Off Your Green Wedding With A Sustainable Shower

    bambeco
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’re planning an eco-friendly wedding, you probably want every aspect to take the environment into consideration. This doesn’t only apply to the wedding itself, though. Pre-wedding events, like the bridal shower, can also fit with your green theme. If … Continue reading → The post Kick Off Your Green Wedding With A Sustainable Shower appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • All About Arbor Day

    bambeco
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happy Arbor Day! Often overshadowed by the more celebrated Earth Day, Arbor Day’s history dates back to the 19th century and it has continued to grow since its inception. Sterling Morton created Arbor Day in the US in Nebraska City, … Continue reading → The post All About Arbor Day appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Earth Day: Then & Now

    bambeco
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
      Earlier during our Earth April celebration we caught you up on the creation of Earth Day in 1970. In the 45 years since, the celebrations of Earth Day have grown and varied, spreading as the knowledge and attention to … Continue reading → The post Earth Day: Then & Now appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Shop Organic, Save Water

    bambeco
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Cotton is the most common natural material in our clothing and textiles, making up almost 50% of the fibers used according to the WWF. Each year 20 million tons of cotton is made in 90 countries, with the US among … Continue reading → The post Shop Organic, Save Water appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Lower Your Consumption, Lower Your Impact

    bambeco
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Every light we flip on, every television we leave playing, every extra long hot shower we enjoy; they all utilize energy. And unfortunately, in addition to putting a dent in your finances, excessive energy consumption has a negative effect on … Continue reading → The post Lower Your Consumption, Lower Your Impact appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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    Joyfully Green

  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 52

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    As I type this, I'm watching snowflakes falling in my front yard. (Snowflakes, people! In late April!) But they're certainly not sticking, because it looks like spring is here to stay. Cheerful, little blossoms are popping up everywhere. On that note, here are a few of my favorite finds to kick off your weekend--enjoy! 5 easy vegan lunches for spring It's been years since I gave two hoots about fashion, but if that's your cup of tea, here are three ethical clothing companies to check out (plus a super-cute purse!): Animal-friendly fashion shops From my groovy friend Lori…
  • Monday Snapshot: Rainy Days and Mondays

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I'm old enough to remember hearing the Carpenters singing on the radio about how rainy days and Mondays always got them down, so today definitely would've been a double-whammy for them. The forecast here reads "100% rain." That's okay with me, though--I'm one of those people who would probably do just fine in super-rainy cities like Portland or London, aside from the really high number of bad hair days. I like to listen to the rain pattering on the roof. I like to cozy up with a book and the dog. And often, I like to venture out and take pictures. Takes a little…
  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 51

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Before I dive into this week's finds, I just want to say a heartfelt "thank you!" for your kind comments and emails to me on my previous post about the BlogHer photography honor. As Mike Myers on SNL's "Coffee Talk with Linda Richman" used to say, "I'm getting a little verklempt! Talk amongst yourselves!" Also, a quick reminder: Just one more week to sign up for my newest online photography course, "The Charm of Children: How to Take Better Photos of Babies & Kids." If it sounds like fun to you, treat yourself and join me! I…
  • Nervous, Honored, Grateful! (Notes on Being Selected as a BlogHer Photos of the Year Honoree)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:40 pm
    For the last two days (give or take a few hours for sleep), I've been nervously struggling to write this post because I know that nobody likes to hear people tooting their own horns--and the internet horn-tooting can be deafening. Other than my husband and kids, I haven't told anybody this news yet. Frankly, I'm still a bit shocked. But that doesn't mean I'm not over-the-moon happy about it! In early February, I submitted this photograph of apples (along with a few other shots that I've featured at Joyfully Green) to BlogHer for consideration in the photo…
  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 50

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Just a few of my favorite finds this week...enjoy and kindly share them! I'm always interested in what other people are reading, so I devoured this compilation of interviews with some of the world's top authors: By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life Tiny Wisdom: The things we don't want to do From my dear friend, Dale, a beautifully poignant post about parting with her husband's truck after he passed away: Bittersweet How to meet your protein needs without meat And finally: I feel most at peace in the woods, so I was completely enchanted by this short…
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  • Kick Off Your Green Wedding With A Sustainable Shower

    bambeco
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’re planning an eco-friendly wedding, you probably want every aspect to take the environment into consideration. This doesn’t only apply to the wedding itself, though. Pre-wedding events, like the bridal shower, can also fit with your green theme. If … Continue reading → The post Kick Off Your Green Wedding With A Sustainable Shower appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • All About Arbor Day

    bambeco
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happy Arbor Day! Often overshadowed by the more celebrated Earth Day, Arbor Day’s history dates back to the 19th century and it has continued to grow since its inception. Sterling Morton created Arbor Day in the US in Nebraska City, … Continue reading → The post All About Arbor Day appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Earth Day: Then & Now

    bambeco
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
      Earlier during our Earth April celebration we caught you up on the creation of Earth Day in 1970. In the 45 years since, the celebrations of Earth Day have grown and varied, spreading as the knowledge and attention to … Continue reading → The post Earth Day: Then & Now appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Shop Organic, Save Water

    bambeco
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Cotton is the most common natural material in our clothing and textiles, making up almost 50% of the fibers used according to the WWF. Each year 20 million tons of cotton is made in 90 countries, with the US among … Continue reading → The post Shop Organic, Save Water appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Lower Your Consumption, Lower Your Impact

    bambeco
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Every light we flip on, every television we leave playing, every extra long hot shower we enjoy; they all utilize energy. And unfortunately, in addition to putting a dent in your finances, excessive energy consumption has a negative effect on … Continue reading → The post Lower Your Consumption, Lower Your Impact appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • Three Essential Oil Blends for Good Mental Health

    Kirsten McCulloch
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Writing about how much I love Rescue Gel the other day reminded me that I have been meaning to share some other essential oil blends with you. Here are three lovely blends for different moments in life. Uplifting & stress relief My very favourite blend (which I have shared before), is a mix of Frankincense,…
  • My Secret Love: Rescue Gel

    Kirsten McCulloch
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Well, not so secret really, since I keep a bottle next to my bed, in my bag, and often in the car too. Long time readers will know that I love to use essential oils, and that is the basis for this “magic in a bottle”. This stuff is AMAZING. My favourite way to use…
  • Join Norwex in New Zealand – for FREE

    Kirsten McCulloch
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:53 pm
    That’s right, you can join Norwex in New Zealand starting April 1st, and for the first month, you can join for free!! (And no, this is not an April Fools Joke.) I am so excited because I LOVE this company, and just love what they are doing to get safe, environmentally responsible products available to…
  • Five ‘Green’ DIY Projects for the Home

    Guest Writer
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    There aren’t many people out there who wouldn’t like to do a little more at home for the environment. Recycling and re-useable bags are definitely a front foot forward, but what if you want to go that little bit further? Sure there is some government information about green building projects and tens of companies offering…
  • The Absolute, Hands Down, Best Way to Clean Glass

    Kirsten McCulloch
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    There are literally dozens of posts out there about cleaning glass without nasty chemicals, recommending everything from vinegar to metho to corn flour to Ammonia (which okay, arguably is a bit nasty, but better than some options). But what’s the best way you ask? Well, it’s simple really. The best option, the one that uses…
 
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  • Seed Paper – Giving Back To Mother Nature

    Clay Miller
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    Even though seed paper has been used in the United States since 1941, I personally have only just heard about it! After reading many articles online, I decided to make my own and spread the word about this amazing eco friendly paper. The amount of trees still been cut down to produce paper is astronomical, lord knows why companies don’t just swap to create handmade seed paper instead, leave mother nature alone and start giving back to her, us humans have taken enough from her over the last couple of centuries.   What is seed paper? Exactly the same question I asked myself when talking…
  • 9 Different Sources of Funds for Green Projects

    Clay Miller
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    It is becoming more apparent that many households and businesses get a lot of savings yearly by making simple modifications to turn their premises green. Due to this, the popularity of green projects is increasing. To fulfil this demand, banks have created various loan products while governments have increased their incentives and this has made green financing even more possible for people. State and federal governments are also keen to create more jobs and to build the economy, a factor that compels it to make green loans affordable to start-up businesses. In fact, green financing is now…
  • 6 Things You Can Do Improve Your Chances of Getting Funding for Your Green Project

    Clay Miller
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    When embarking on a green project, the first thing to do to make it a success is to get adequate financing. It is not always possible to fund a project from your own money especially if the scale of the project is big hence sometimes you have to rely on investors or loans. Since the last economic crisis a few years ago, many financial institutions have held back from investing in any green projects, especially those that involve home properties. Recently however, people have started buying back into the real estate market and this has instilled confidence in lending institutions. Mortgage…
  • 5 Things You Must Have When Getting Funding To Expand Your Green Business

    Clay Miller
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    As demand for green products increases, you will need to expand your business. Expansion could mean increasing the array of your product portfolio or breaking into new territories. Whatever the case may be, you will require funding and or investors. Below are things you can do to ensure that you get the funds you need to expand your green business: A solid P&L One of the things you have to work on to ensure that you get good funding is the P&L for your business. Lenders have a tendency to view small businesses with a lot of suspicion, therefore your P&L is proof that your business…
  • 3 Ways to Finance Your Green Business Sustainably

    Clay Miller
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Gone are the days when caring for the environment was left for the ‘hippie-types’. These days, taking care of the environment by going green has become serious business and this has led to more and more serious green businesses becoming successful. Everyone can participate in doing their part for the environment by doing things using a green approach without compromising on productivity, quality or profit. This leads to the question, ‘how can you finance a green approach to doing things in business?’ The answers on how you can contribute and easily finance doing your part for the…
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • 15 Best U.S. Solar Energy Companies

    Rinkesh
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:23 pm
    America’s Best Solar Energy CompaniesSolar Energy has gone from a fringe interest of the environmentally aware, to a viable option in new home construction and renovation. More businesses and government entities are also turning towards solar to power self-contained systems to promote energy reserves on site. Here are the best 15 US solar energy companies today. Some of them are very new, and some have been working with solar technology and construction for well over 30 years.15 Best U.S. Solar Energy Companies1. Verengo Solar – This one has become one of the top 3 residential solar…
  • 30 Interesting Facts About Oil Spill

    Rinkesh
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Oil Spill Oil spill is a form of pollution. An oil spill happens when crude oil or refined oil products are released into the water or on land. Huge tankers or trucks can be a major cause of oil spill when transporting large volume of oil from one place to another. Deliberate dumping of oil on the ground, motor oil leakage or other oil products into the environment can be other sources of oil spills and can lead to soil pollution which can give rise to underground water contamination. An oil spill isn’t a simple matter, nor is it uncommon. The damage caused by oil spill can be large and…
  • Various Ocean Animals

    Rinkesh
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:51 am
    Ocean Animals Oceans cover nearly three fourth of the earth’s surface and supply roughly 97% of the earth’s water supply. They are by far the largest animal habitat on earth. Different species of plants and animals can be found in the oceans. Oceans are so huge and deep, that it is impossible for even scientists to explore them. Plants inside the oceans provide food, home and protection for ocean animals. Fish and other animal species can be found at all depths of ocean, from the surface to the bottom or sea floor.The world’s oceans are home to many different animals –…
  • Top 15 Endangered Plant Species

    Rinkesh
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Endangered Plant SpeciesEndangered plant species can be found all over the world. No matter where they are located, they all share one common factor that is thought to have put them onto the endangered list. None of these plants, flowers or trees is thought to have any commodity value to the human race. They may have in an early era, but their lack of usefulness has not encouraged efforts to promote conservation. In many areas, the effects of climate change, deforestation and land development have also played a role in the demise of these species.The Endangered Species Act(ESA) was enacted by…
  • Top 25 Coral Reef Facts

    Rinkesh
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Top 25 Coral Reef FactsCoral reefs are some of the most beautiful places on Earth to visit. Even just watching an underwater documentary film about them will show you how lively and beautiful they are. Coral reefs are more than beautiful, they are fascinating ecosystems, and important to all of life on Earth. It almost isn’t fair to call a coral reef a “biome” or “ecosystem,” it may be more important to their survival to begin to see them for what they are – living communities.25 Interesting Facts About Coral ReefsHere are the top 25 coral reef facts you should know.Fact 1:…
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    Green Home Gnome

  • Sometimes Small Greenhouses are All You Need

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

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

    editor
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    Planting density When growing greenhouse tomatoes, it’s important to use the proper planting density. Greenhouse tomatoes need at least four square feet per plant or 10,000 plants per acre. Using[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • 5 Eco Friendly Tips to Maintain Water on Your Property

    editor
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Water’s naturally calming properties are just one of the many reasons why it’s beneficial to have a body of water near your home. Aside from the way it makes you feel, it can[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • The Ultimate Greenhouse Resource List

    editor
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Welcome to the Greenhome Gnome‘s official resource list! I’ve put together a list of some of the most useful resources the universe has to offer on greenhousing for you, my[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
 
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    Mosaic Blog

  • New Financing Models Supporting Solar Access in Developing Countries

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

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

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

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

    John Atkinson
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Home solar is booming in large part because solar panels can reliably save you money on your electricity bill compared to your utility rate, a value proposition that is becoming increasingly well-established in a growing number of states nationwide.  Recent news from big players in the residential solar space confirms that this momentum for expansion isn’t slowing down: Residential solar market leader SolarCity announced a new $750 million fund to finance solar leases and loans for as many as 25,000 customers in 14 states (and the District of Columbia) nationwide.  $300 million of the…
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  • South Florida Residents Fight Flooding Through Sustainable Efforts

    admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
      Climate scientists estimate that within the next 85 years, sea levels could increase as much as three feet causing extreme flooding in the southeast coastal portions of the United States. Over the last 25 years, water levels have been rising at a rate of 0.12 inches per year, which is more than it has over the last few thousand years. The residents of South Florida bear witness to this eerie fact on a regular basis, as the region has experienced increased flooding over the past 20 years. Sea levels have also risen 3.7 inches on the coast of Miami during that time. However, that’s…
  • Dubai Commits to Creating A More Sustainable City Through the Use of Green Concrete

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Dubai is known as the most expensive city in the Middle East, and acting as a global municipality and business hub for oil and other commodities, it’s thrilling news that Dubai just recently announced its decision to begin using green concrete, amid plans to create a healthier and more sustainable city. All of us here at CFS are excited to hear about all of the changes coming out of the region. Making the switch from original Portland Cement (OPC) to Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GGBFS) was prompted by the results of a study done by the city’s Building Department. The study…
  • Some Green Cleaners May Not Be as Green as You Think

    admin
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
      Commercial Flooring Solutions is always looking for ways to be more environmentally conscious.  Like us, you have most likely seen several brands of “green” cleaning products whose advertisements claim they are all natural and therefore better for you and the environment.  However, new studies are revealing that these supposed all-natural products may have more potential hazards than you realize. Although the back of the bottle may not list anything hazardous, companies are not actually required to name all the materials in a product such as cleaning solution.  The way the…
  • Wind Electricity on the Rise for Buildings Everywhere

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Using wind to generate power is not a new concept. In fact, it’s been around for over a hundred years! However, until recently, wind turbines were not very promoted.  With recent concerns over resources and renewable energy, many private and public establishments are starting to turn to wind-powered energy to at least supplement their energy needs. Commercial Flooring Solutions wanted to share more about this increasing power trend. Back in the 1950’s, most all of the wind turbines already established in the United States were shut down due to lack of use. Then in 1978, Congress passed…
  • The Amazing Changshan Tower Built in Only 19 Days

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Photo by the Broad Group Commercial Flooring Solutions has always been interested in the amazing feats of building construction.  We are fascinated by the unique, ergonomic, economic, and especially the environmentally friendly.  One particular story has caught our eye out of Changshan, China –  a brand new fifty-seven story tower built in a most unique way. The tallest building in the world is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and it is over 160 stories tall.  The construction of the Burj Khalifa took over six years, which was considered fairly fast for such a monumental building.  However,…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • Top 103 slogans on save earth

    Mimuba
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Our very survival directly depends upon the safety of our planet Earth. If it is not safe then our survival will also be unsafe. So we must protect it by propagating these slogans on save earth. We should let others know our planet is the only livable planet we have. Other planets are not fit… Read More »The post Top 103 slogans on save earth appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Sea pollution is being generated officially in Pakistan

    Mimuba
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    I received the above picture from one of the awesome readers of this blog. He lives along the residential area of the seaside of Karachi Pakistan. He sent me this picture with the information that he has already sent it to all the relevant authorities who are supposed to protect the sea there. The tanker… Read More »The post Sea pollution is being generated officially in Pakistan appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 100 unique tips to go green easily in every act of your life

    Mimuba
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    People mostly take tips to go green so difficult, time-consuming and a little costly as well. It is absolutely wrong. Going green is natural way of living and it is less time-consuming and helps save a lot of money as well. In this post I will tell you that with a little care you can… Read More »The post 100 unique tips to go green easily in every act of your life appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to cut carbon footprint from your home? Infographics

    Mimuba
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:24 am
    Carbon emissions in excess of their limits are a huge threat to our environment. They hit us in dual ways first by polluting our surrounding air environment and then causing climate change ultimately that equally is a major threat to sustainability of our planet earth. Everyone talks about cut in carbon footprint either collectively of… Read More »The post How to cut carbon footprint from your home? Infographics appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 19 flaws mostly found in our environmental legislation

    Mimuba
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    There are two blades of pollution control system. One is environmental legislation which means framing laws and rules to point acts of polluting and punish their perpetrators. The second blade is awareness that aims to convince people do protect their environment on self-help and do-it-yourself basis. The environmental legislation and its enforcement covers major part… Read More »The post 19 flaws mostly found in our environmental legislation appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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    The Urban Ecolife

  • Dreaming of Travel? Why Not Volunteer Abroad On An Organic Farm?

    Emily Uebergang
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Imagine waking up to sound of toucans in the lush green mountains of Costa Rica. A layer of mist hovering over the jungle as first sunlight gently wakes you from your slumber.   You spend your morning doing manual labor; digging, planting, catching fish, harvesting food, or whatever tasks need your attention that day. It’s sweaty and hard work but on the inside, it feels good to move; to use your body and feel energized to do so. Rewarded with a hearty lunch of … → The post Dreaming of Travel? Why Not Volunteer Abroad On An Organic Farm? appeared first on The Urban…
  • 10 Foods To Put On Your Face That Bring a Whole New Meaning To Natural Skincare

    Emily Uebergang
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Hey Emily! You have food on your face. I hear that a lot.   While my inability to place food inside my mouth is nothing short of toddler-worthy, I do intentionally put food on my face more often than it’s accidentally found there. I’ve been doing this for years now and it baffles my mind how far removed we are from this joyful practice. I simply can’t imagine going back to some of the old products I used many moons ago. The consistency now in my … → The post 10 Foods To Put On Your Face That Bring a Whole New Meaning To Natural Skincare appeared first…
  • My Chai Banana Milkshake Brings All The Dairy-Free Boys to The Yard

    Emily Uebergang
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    I know those of you trapped in the Northern-sphere are probably just starting to recover from being bunked up in your houses escaping the blizzards. All I can think of is how amazing snow would be right now. Snowmen, snow cones, snow fights, snow angels, snow mobiles, snow, snow, snow! I’m one deprived snow child but I’m sure there’s something I’m clearly missing.   Take a moment to think of those of us residing on the other half of the planet sweltering it … → The post My Chai Banana Milkshake Brings All The Dairy-Free Boys to The Yard appeared…
  • It’s HERE! The Sustainable Lifestyle Design Ebook is ready for Pre-Order!

    Emily Uebergang
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    May I present to you my little baby! The brand spanking new ebook that’s now available for pre-order at a discounted price (only until April 1). Grab your copy on Amazon. (I’ll have other e-reading versions available later this week, so sign up to my mailing list to get notified if you aren’t already).   I am more excited than a little kid opening a new pack of Pokemon cards. Writing a book has been a dream I’ve held so close to my heart since … → The post It’s HERE! The Sustainable Lifestyle Design Ebook is ready for Pre-Order! appeared…
  • Herbal Bath Infusion To Relax and Unwind

    Emily Uebergang
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This herbal bath is like floating on a bed of clouds. This time is all about you, the water, soaking up the herbie-goodness, and some relaxing tunes to sooth the soul. For this recipe you can pick an essential oil depending on your needs and what you have available. Here’s some of my favorites:   Lavender: Calming and relaxing Eucalyptus: Clears the airways and aids in deep breathing Chamomile: Soothing   The rosemary infusion is simply a matter of placing a cup … → The post Herbal Bath Infusion To Relax and Unwind appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
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    Green Planet

  • How do solar cells work?

    Prasun Barua
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:44 am
    Solar cell is an electrical device which converts the light energy directly into electricity utilizing photovoltaic effect. It is also defined as the form of photoelectric cell having electrical characteristics like current, voltage and resistance.There are at least two semiconductor layers in solar cells. One layer contains a positive charge and the other layer contains a negative charge. A typical silicon solar cell consists of a thin wafer having phosphorus doped (N-type) ultra thin silicon layer on the top of boron-doped (P-type) thicker silicon layer. When these two materials are…
  • Ocean Energy

    Prasun Barua
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    What is Ocean Energy?All type of renewable energy which is acquired from the sea is called Ocean Energy. Constant flow of ocean currents contains huge amount of water across the earth's ocean.Technological development contributes to extract energy from ocean currents and convert it into usable power.Constantly moving ocean waters are affected by water salinity, wind, rotation of the earth, temperature and topography of the ocean floor. Wind and solar heating of surface water near the equator contribute to drive most ocean currents. Meanwhile, salinity and density variations of water…
  • Green Economy

    Prasun Barua
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    What is Green Economy?Green Economy is the economy wherein sustainable society exists with zero carbon emissions and a one-planet footprint. Here, naturally restored renewable resources are utilized to acquire energy. A green economy is applicable to people, planet and profits at the micro and macro-economic level of all organizations. Meanwhile, the foundation of “Black” energy economy exists with carbon-intensive fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal. On the other hand, a low-carbon economy is different from a green economy as carbon emissions are still created by…
  • Green Business

    Prasun Barua
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    What is Green Business?A green business is a business which consists minimal negative impact on environment, community, society and economy. It develops business policies and demonstrates commitment to a healthy and sustainable future. A green business should contribute to enhance the quality of life for its employees and customers. Now a days, certification systems have been introduced which strive to standardize these policies.Green Business should meet following requirements:Business decisions and policies should be implemented following all the principles of sustainability.The business…
  • Green City

    Prasun Barua
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Green City is the system of creating a green and sustainable city by utilizing and implementing green technologies and policies. It includes renewable energy generation, environmental impact per person, environmentally friendly green transport used by people, recycling programs, constructing green building and reserve green spaces.Following implementations are necessary in order to create a Green City:Appropriate urban planning should be made comprehensively.Location with green natural beauty makes people feeling a connection to their surroundings.Going green not only save the planet but also…
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  • E-Radiator is the new free heating source for your home

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:52 am
    E-Radiator is ready to heat your home for free. Google, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft and many other companies use large data centres that contain a large number of servers in order to process and store a large amount of data. Exactly like in the case of your personal computer used at home, these servers produce a very large amount of heat while working, actually the heat produced is so big that requires large cooling towers to catch and to release this heat into the atmosphere. A Dutch company called Nerdalize, considers that these large companies that use data centres need only to pay to run the…
  • Honolulu uses human waste to produce energy

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:22 am
    Trucks are coming every day to feed the pit with human waste and garbage. Turning waste into energy is a new trend that has reached Honolulu as well. In order to keep the waste away from the landfills and reduce soil pollution, a new technology is used today in Honolulu, Hawaii. The plant used to transform waste into energy, contains a so called “pit” where human waste and common garbage is constantly deposited by large trucks in order to turn the bad smelling mixture into sludge. The sludge obtained is then burned in order to produce clean energy. The first advantage obtained by…
  • Investments in renewable energy could bring grid parity closer to our time

    admin
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    Install solar PV panels today and become part of the green future. The today’s society is moving forward with or without our help, and like I said in my previous articles, efficiency is the main keyword for today and for the future. The future means also a large development of the renewable energy sources worldwide, so it depends on us if we want to be a part of this change or we just want to stay aside and to do nothing. Renewable energy starts becoming more present in the energy mix of the US every year, but to increase this presence in the energy mix we need to bring our contribution…
  • Retrofit your home and start saving energy and money

    admin
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:26 am
    A thick insulation of the outside walls is the key element to improve efficiency. Efficiency is the key word for today, and to keep your wallet and your house in a very good shape and in trend with the changes we need to make some improvements. Depending on the budget, there are many options to retrofit your home in order to consume less energy every month and pay less on energy bills. For a small budget, you can do the following improvements: 1) change the light bulbs used inside and outside the residence with LED bulbs in order to reduce energy consumption; 2) seal the doors and the windows…
  • Sunfire produces a clean fuel called Blue Crude

    admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    The pilot plant used by Sunfire to produce blue crude fuel. Our deposits of fossil fuels will be depleted in about 30 to 40 years, and scientists try to find an alternative to the current fossil fuels, a fuel that is cheaper and friendlier to the environment. A team of German engineers working for a company called Sunfire, managed to design and produce an alternative fuel called “Blue Crude”. They started to work on this alternative fuel back in 2012, and in only three years, they’ve managed to produce a clean fuel that is a good alternative to petrol. By using a small pilot…
 
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    EcoIdeaz

  • Indian Summer – Tips to Stay Cool the Eco-friendly Way

    Ecoideaz
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    Author – Deepak VR Malyala The great Indian midsummer nightmare is here! Like food, clothing and shelter, it becomes essential for us to keep cool during the hot summers. The rapid rise in temperatures and the radical change in climate have posed a serious threat to our environment. The so called ‘modern contraptions’ that we use to keep our rooms cool during summers have led to the phenomenon of global warming. This ironical situation where a gadget that is used to cool us heats up the environment is a harsh reality for us humans to comprehend. Global warming will continue unabated if…
  • Homemade Holi Colours

    Ecoideaz
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    Author – Anjali Sinha Come every Holi, I begin to get a weird feeling. Deep down my heart, I really want to have fun smearing coloured powders on friends and relatives, forgetting all my inhibitions. However, at the back of my mind, I am aware of how harmful these seemingly innocent colours are, not only to our health, but also to the environment. I face a dilemma – to play or not to play and until the year before last – I used to end up hiding in a room to avoid the boisterous crowd of neighbours, friends and relatives. To those who would be a little considerate, I would be ready with…
  • Solar Energy in India

    Ecoideaz
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:41 am
    Author – Tim Smith The development of solar power was more popular in established nations over the last few decades. However, since 2010, India has begun to invest heavily in solar energy thanks to the high prevalence of sunny days, which average around 300 days per year, as well as the rising demand for power among its densely populated urban areas. Earlier, solar energy in India made up less than 1% of the total energy demand, and since 2010, its usage has increased rapidly with the full support of the Indian government. Solar Power Developments in India In January 2010, India launched…
  • Innovative Pedal Power Machines

    Sreelakshmy V U
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    Author – Sreelakshmy V U Remember the good old days, when bicycles were fitted with dynamos and small bulbs for travel during night. Pedaling causes the dynamo to generate power, helping the light to glow. But, today, this technology has been replaced by batteries, so no pedaling is required, as the lifestyle of people changed. Pedal power generation is the method of generating electrical power from mechanical pedaling. It is a eco-friendly activity that causes no harm to the environment. This technique, which has been influenced by bicycle pedaling, is the most resilient and robust source…
  • Haathi Chaap – Elephant Poo Paper

    Ecoideaz
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Author – Smuruthi Kesavan Elephants are a common sight in Jaipur’s tourist areas. They ferry tourists to forts and shrines atop hills. As a result, mounds of elephant dung lying around are a sight that is hard to miss. Tourists groan out of disgust about it, but this smelly mess inspired Mahima Mehra to think about how this abundant natural resource can be utilized. As an old saying goes, an elephant is worth a thousand gold pieces when alive and just as much in death! Typically, an elephant consumes about 250 kg of food daily and produces 100 kg of dung. Since elephants are herbivores,…
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    Russ George

  • Real Climate Change Solutions Too Cheap To Meter

    Russ George
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Todays incessant debate over climate change is clearly an argument over solutions costing trillions and who can be made to pay. The business as usual battle lines are clearly drawn between climate change criers and climate change deniers. The cost of climate change is staggering and easily can bring one to tears as recent climate change narratives have stated. Tragically there is money to be made in endless argument no matter which side the debaters are on. Legendary America President Eisenhower warned of the emergence of self serving government sponsored science growing into a insatiable…
  • Yesterdays CO2 overdose deadly to life on this blue planet today

    Russ George
    5 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    CO2 already emitted, ‘yesterdays CO2′, is a first lethal dose for which no one seems to be willing to administer the available and affordable antidote. Most of us seem to think we only need to be concerned about tomorrows CO2. There is only this one Earth, it is best that we don’t crack this vital Easter egg. This post offers a short guided/linked tour to explain why it’s important to know the difference between yesterdays CO2 and tomorrows CO2. Countless international leaders and individuals call meaningful work toward emission reduction strategies like screwing in…
  • Triassic Ocean Acidification Wiped Out 95% Of All Life

    Russ George
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Scientists report on what nearly wiped out very early dinosaurs, indeed 95% of all life on this blue planet at the time. Dino-denialists object! Fossil CO2 poisoned their oceans!  Sound scarily familiar? It is! Before these familiar dinosaurs we all know came ocean dinosaurs with much more difficult names that were nearly driven to extinction by high CO2 that rendered their oceans and the world largely uninhabitable. The late Triassic extinction wasn’t complete and it opened the way for a rapid dinosaur evolution and population explosion that led to a hundred million year domination…
  • Orca Whale Baby Boom Miracle Follows Ocean Pasture Restoration

    Russ George
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    There is a delightfully unusual Orca baby boom being reported in the NE Pacific just now! The gestation period of an orca at 17 months is the longest known of all cetaceans, and all these new baby Orcas says something wonderful must have already happened to bring these new babies into our world. Mother Orca’s may bear a calf in the best of times only every 3-5 years however in recent times more than a decade has passed between Orca births so the something wonderful that clearly happened on the Orca ocean pastures has brought health and abundance back to those pastures. Orca’s aka…
  • Ocean Organic Carbon Persists For Millenia

    Russ George
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:13 pm
    European scientists working as part of the globally comprehensive Malaspina Expedition have shown deep ocean carbon is not promptly exhaled as CO2 by microbial activity but instead persists for thousands of years. New understanding of ocean standing biomass The new research has made major strides in the understanding of the mechanisms governing the persistence of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) for hundreds to thousands of years in the deep ocean. As the detritus of surface ocean plankton sinks into the deep on its way to the bottom some of it breaks up and dissolves becoming molecular organic…
 
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    Survival Renewable Energy

  • Print in Green: Eco-Friendly Printing Tips

    Ariel Bellamy
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Last updated:22nd April, 2015, 3:45 PMA trend to become more environmentally friendly is on the rise within the printing industry. Business owners are aware of the fact that it doesn’t take much to add that extra care and do the greater good for the environment. There are many ways to implement green into green printing like: using digital print when possible, printing on recycled paper, using recycled printer cartridges or converting to soy-based ink, more go with double-sided printing more often– and these are just a few of the most obvious ones. Why Is This Important? Printing requires…
  • Upsides and Downsides of Electric Cars

    Diana Smith
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Last updated:21st April, 2015, 5:53 PMSome love them, some hate them but the truth is that they are here and they are here to stay. The electric cars are nowadays almost the obligatory part of every car producing company and there has to be some good reason for it. They come in different shapes and sizes and it is probable that their production will increase in the years to come. However, they are not all that rosy and whether you are ready for your first electric car or not is up to you. That is why you need an educated guess about them. Here are some of the reasons why they are good and why…
  • Warm Up Your Home By Insulating A Floor

    Diana Smith
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Last updated:15th April, 2015, 4:33 PMIf you were spending chilly days struggling with draughts and coldness inside your house but you were at the same time facing with large heating bills every month, than you need to consider floor insulation. Along with thin walls and gaps around windows, perforations within floor area are the most common causes of heat losses in the house. Beside long-term money savings, proper floor insulation provides constant warmth of floor surfaces enabling you and your family to keep your feet warm. With the possibility to insulate existing floor or new installed…
  • An Insight into Earth-Friendly Spring Cleaning

    Lillian Connors
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Last updated:14th April, 2015, 8:47 PMIt’s that time of year again: flowers are budding, trees are putting on their green cladding and your home utterly needs a thorough cleaning. Whether you like springtime or not, this is the best season to systematically go through your wardrobe, shelves and pantry, throw away useless clutter and clean your house methodically. Although you’ll probably end up with tons of litter, dirt and heavy chemicals on your hands if you use traditional cleaning liquids and space cleansing rites, your painstaking spring cleaning routine can become somewhat greener…
  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Electricity Saving Boxes For Maximum Energy Saving

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    Last updated:9th April, 2015, 7:47 PM#TOP10 – The 10 Best Electricity Saving Boxes For Maximum Energy Saving 1- See larger image Belkin Conserve Socket F7C009 Energy-Saving Outlet (Electronics) Belkin Conserve Socket - Energy Saving Outlet (F7C009q).Makes your home safer by automatically shutting off space heaters, curling irons, coffee makers.Can be used throughout home for multiple devices including fans, cell phone chargers, lights, kitchen appliances, electric toothbrushes. List Price: $9.99 USD New From: $9.99 USD In Stock Used from: Out of Stock 2- See larger image Belkin Conserve…
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    AirBetter.org

  • 7 Maintenance Tips for Dehumidifiers

    Brian
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:52 am
    How to Perform Maintenance on Dehumidifiers Just like any electronic device that people use in their homes, dehumidifiers require maintenance once in a while. Even if the appliances seem to function properly, they still need special care. Many dehumidifiers have a high consumption of electricity, being twice the one of a normal refrigerator. The value can be of up to ten percent of the whole electricity bill. If you want to maintain your device at maximum performance and efficiency, there… Continue Reading ›› The post 7 Maintenance Tips for Dehumidifiers appeared first on…
  • Tips on Choosing A Best Portable Dehumidifier 2015

    Brian
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Portable Dehumidifier Reviews and Guides 2014 – 2015 Why We Choose Portable Dehumidifiers? Are you desiring for a dehumidifier that provides effective removal of excess moisture while can be easily relocated to the area where dampness problems are worse. If you are, perhaps, a portable dehumidifier is what you require. This post is about portable dehumidifier reviews. Portable dehumidifiers are able to extract moisture out from the air and store in a reservoir that should be emptied regularly when it’s… Continue Reading ›› The post Tips on Choosing A Best Portable…
  • Best Home Dehumidifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Guides for Home Dehumidifiers 2014 – 2015 An ideal home dehumidifier not only can take away excess moisture balancing relative humidity level, but also maximize the ease to use it offering unexpected joys. But how can we get a dehumidifier that fits our conditions most? Since every specific requirement may be different. In this post, we will share some tips to choose a home dehumidifier and compare some best of them and give our home dehumidifier reviews. Home Dehumidifier Comparisons… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Home Dehumidifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015…
  • Reviews of Eva-dry Dehumidifier 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Small Dehumidifiers’ Brand: Eva-dry Just look at the name you will know Eva Dry is a company that concentrates itself in the dehumidifier industry, and it is definitely one of the best brand. This post is for Eva-dry dehumidifier review info. The terms reusable, compact and environment-friendly have been always used  with dehumidifiers of Eva Dry. These mini-dehumidifiers are constructed using patented technology. Eva Dry is actually the leader of the small dehumidifiers industry right now. Eva Dry dehumidifiers have… Continue Reading ›› The post Reviews of Eva-dry…
  • Guides to Choose A Best Room Dehumidifier

    Brian
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:13 pm
     Room Dehumidifier Reviews, Consumer Reports 2014-2015 Why do we need room dehumidifiers? If you have experienced the heavy moisture climate, you must know how awful it is. Proper moisture in the air can be a good factor to maintain comfortable environment, but too much moisture can cause the other way around. Generally, high amount of moisture in the air is more likely to create favorable condition for bacteria and molds to grow and cause discomforts, loss of sleep and excessive… Continue Reading ›› The post Guides to Choose A Best Room Dehumidifier appeared first on…
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    The Climate Trust

  • The Climate Trust Buys First Avoided Forest Conversion Offsets in the California Market

    Kasey Krifka
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust Live on P.R. Web – April 21, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore.The Climate Trust, a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in financing climate solutions, today announced the receipt of the first-ever California Carbon Offsets (CCOs) from an Avoided Forest Conversion project. The Green Assets-Middleton Place project conserves more than 3,700 acres of pristine southern coastal habitat near Charleston, S.C. The Climate Trust purchased 243,375 carbon credits from the project’s owner Middleton Place. This is equivalent to the annual electricity use of over 65% of the…
  • Rebooting America’s Voluntary Offset Market

    Kasey Krifka
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Sheldon Zakreski, The Climate Trust April 20, 2015 Depending who you talk to, the offset market is either alive and well, or dormant. Consider two recent Ecosystem Marketplace reports. The Taking Stock of the role of Offsets in Corporate Carbon Strategies report notes that in 2013, 14% of companies that disclose their carbon emissions purchased a volume of offsets equivalent to avoiding the emissions associated with using 117 million barrels of oil. Meanwhile, the State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2014 report described a stagnant market in 2013 where three of every four offsets were sold…
  • The Restorative Power of Carbon Credits on Forests and Human Health

    Kasey Krifka
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Mik McKee, The Climate Trust April 20, 2015 The Climate Trust staff and our partners regularly evaluate the co-benefits (improved wildlife habitat, reduced water consumption, and greater biodiversity, etc.) that our projects provide, and it is rewarding to know that revenue from the sale of offsets can help enhance these values as well. Recently, however, I was tasked with defining and developing metrics for tracking the social benefits that will be achieved by investing private capital in carbon projects. On the surface this seems like an easy question to answer—mitigating greenhouse gas…
  • BioCycle West Coast 2015: Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program and Biogas

    Kasey Krifka
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Peter Weisberg, The Climate Trust April 17, 2015 Last month Oregon passed a Clean Fuels Program, that credits renewable fuels for their greenhouse gas reductions. This presentation, given on April 14, 2015 at the BioCycle West Coast Conference, discusses the potential value of those credits to Oregon biogas projects, and the potential future for Washington to follow Oregon and California’s lead and create its own Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Oregon's Clean Fuels Program and Biogas from The Climate Trust  
  • Apply Online, Conservation Finance

    Kasey Krifka
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust April 17, 2015 The Climate Trust is looking for people and projects to invest in, and with the launch of our new online application process, it’s now easier than ever to express interest in conservation finance for your carbon reduction projects. The Climate Trust invests in projects that focus on the forestry, agriculture and biogas sectors. Projects that meet our criteria may be offered support in the form of a purchase of current or soon-to-be-issued credits, an agreement for The Trust to purchase your future credits over a multiple year period at…
 
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  • Hardwood Genes Improve Softwood Biofuel Potential

    Jennifer Huizen
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Yesterday researchers from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison published evidence that the environmental impact associated with processing softwoods into biomass can be greatly reduced by bio-engineering.   The addition of two hardwood genes to their counterparts, softwoods, may be able to alter the weak environmental tradeoff of creating softwood-derived … The post Hardwood Genes Improve Softwood Biofuel Potential appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Extinct Species Could Be Restored Thanks to New Technology

    Sarah Higman
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    A team of researchers have mapped almost the entire genome sequence of two Siberian woolly mammoths, a step closer to the possibility of bringing the species back from extinction. Evolutionary geneticist Hendrik Poinar, director of the Ancient DNA Center at McMaster University believes that the technology to reintroduce extinct species … The post Extinct Species Could Be Restored Thanks to New Technology appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Hydrogen from Corn Waste Obtained at Virginia Tech

    Anthony Petrolo
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:47 am
    US scientists have recently developed a hydrogen fuel cell prototype battery, produced in a more rapid and cost-effective manner, and utilises organic content to facilitate electrolysis. This will play a vital role in fast-tracking a transition to cleaner and more energy-efficient renewable fuels. Professor Percival Zhang, his research team at … The post Hydrogen from Corn Waste Obtained at Virginia Tech appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • New Artificial Photosynthesis at UC Uses Nanowires and Bacteria

    Satya Sivani
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    Scientists from the University of California have developed a process of artificial photosynthesis using nanowires and bacteria. Many studies have been made to develop artificial photosynthesis with the ultimate aim of producing ‘solar fuel’, a fuel that can be made purely out of water, sunlight and the abundant carbon dioxide … The post New Artificial Photosynthesis at UC Uses Nanowires and Bacteria appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Soy Lecithin Could Clean Up Oil Spills

    Sarah Higman
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    Soy lecithin is a common ingredient listed at the back of many of the food products in your pantry. Now it may take center stage as a cheap option to disburse oil spills. Soy lecithin is found in a myriad of products from margarine to chocolate to tea bags. It is derived … The post Soy Lecithin Could Clean Up Oil Spills appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
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  • Vancouver Landscaping Firm Encourages Local Businesses to Reduce Their Climate Impacts

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    These landscaping designers aim to create an environment that is not only sustainable but regenerative. IT'S A WONDERFUL FEELING WHEN YOU'VE BEEN ENCOURAGED to join an initiative that’s a natural extension of your values. For Ken Larsson and David Stoyko, principals at Vancouver-based Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture (SD), that feeling is very familiar. For the past 3 years, their firm has been part of the Climate Smart Initiative, a British Columbia program that encourages companies to become net zero businesses.
  • Biophilic or Dystopic: The Future in our Hands

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    Will we choose to live in harmony with nature or separated from it? Last weekend, I watched two movies. The first one, set in in the 1920’s, was about a female immigrant who came to New York City to build a new life. Instead of finding streets paved with gold, she encountered heartbreak and deception everywhere. The movie was grim and grimy, depicting the hardships of the era. As I watched, I remember thinking how grateful I am to be alive today, with all of our amenities, technological innovations, and medical advancements.
  • Wisconsin Attempts to Silence Talk of Climate Change, But Will Anybody Listen?

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:38 am
    See no climate change, speak no climate change, hear no climate change. Wisconsin's 3-person Board of Commissioners of Public Land's recently voted 2-1 to ban staff discussion about climate change or global warming. I ndeed, staff who receive emails about global warming are supposed to send the email to the board for discussion instead of replying to it.
  • Tubular Daylighting Devices: Abundant Light, Drastically Reduced Heat Transfer

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:51 am
    Tubular Daylighting Devices are surprisingly effective at delivering natural daylight deep into a building footprint without compromising the thermal envelope. EVERYONE LOVES A LIGHT-FILLED SPACE, and human beings are naturally attracted to daylight. We are highly visual creatures, with 80% of our brain function dedicated to visual processing. Daylight is comprised of a broad spectrum of visible wavelengths of light, and our brains require cyclic dosages of natural light to function properly. Artificial light cannot come close to duplicating the quality of natural light and its positive…
  • Drought Dilemma Challenges Unlimited Growth

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    California’s drought is putting the concept of unlimited growth under severe scrutiny, and for good reasons.  When it comes to water, California is running out of options—and time. Suffering through its fourth year of excruciating drought...the state’s snow pack is at an all-time low... Governor Brown has issued unprecedented water restrictions...surface and ground water is quickly drying up...and crop and pasture losses are escalating.
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  • The Science Behind Living Soil

    Benjamin Hoopes
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:22 pm
    A bacillus bacteria species We’ve looked at soil in previous articles.  With regards to affect on flavor, former commercial hydroponics farmer, Tim Beall, told us that food grown in soil tends to taste better than food grown hydroponically (link to article).  Regarding soil nutrients, urban homesteader, David Braden, told us that living soil is the most sustainable way to grow (link to article). But what if we are starting with somewhat sterile soil or want to supplement our soil to optimize its living systems?  I talked to Jerome Chambless, Chief Scientist, and Scott McKeown,…
  • Will Allen, The Most Resourceful Person in Agriculture

    Benjamin Hoopes
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    Will Allen from Growing Power in Milwaukee In an industry where waste can be almost 100% recycled, the title of Most Resourceful Person is difficult to bestow.  Resourcefulness is about making use of what you have to make the maximum impact. Enter Will Allen When Will was young, he had no money, but he had a surplus of height.  Often practicing with ankle-weights to increase his vertical leap ability, he used his advantage and determination to earn himself a basketball scholarship (he had 100 scholarship offers his senior year). He made it to the professional level and was playing in…
  • Why Chickens are Easier to Raise than Dogs with David Braden

    Benjamin Hoopes
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    This “hugel mulch” at David Braden’s Living Systems Institute will be home to 3 apple trees Way of Life For David, this is a way of adjusting oneself to natural systems.  In a previous life, he was a lawyer.  After selling his practice in 2004 he now runs Living Systems Institute (LSI) at his acre home in Golden, Colorado. His theory is that if you are producing all aspects of your food system, then you can get your costs to zero.  And if your waste feeds other aspects of the system, then you can get your waste to zero. In David’s closed loop system, grass and…
  • Aquaponics Considerations for the Average Person with Sylvia Bernstein

    Benjamin Hoopes
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Sylvia Bernstein has built her business around aquaponics, including a community website, a physical store, and a book Forum turned Storefront Sylvia Bernstein was an online consultant who enjoyed gardening when she heard of a “crazy idea called aquaponics.” “I was skeptical it could be that easy,” Sylvia told me, “using fish waste to grow plants,” So she decided to start an community forum online where people could share experiences.  In five years, the site has grown into a hub for everything an aquaponics gardner needs.  On top of the site,…
  • A Greenhouse for Apartment Terraces Raised $20,000 on Kickstarter

    Benjamin Hoopes
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    My Terrace Farmer raised more than $20,000 on Kickstarter “Kickstarter made it real,” Rachel Emmer, the CEO of Solar Greens, told me. Solar Greens incorporated in 2012 and spent two and a half years in research and development for their greenhouse, My Terrace Farmer. In 2014 they launched My Terrace Farmer on Kickstarter, raising more than twenty thousand dollars, in a campaign that ended New Year’s Day.  Now they are shipping orders to customers. What is it exactly? It’s designed to be a “self-sustaining growing system,” Rachel explained. On the roof,…
 
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