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  • 'Time flies as nature cries' and other lessons from Chainsaw Sculptures

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    Christine Lepisto
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    A curious fund raiser unleashes chainsaws in the name of conservation.
  • Mexican Bean Beetle: Learn How to Id and Prevent it.

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    Anna@Green Talk
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Last year I thought my bush bean leaves were ravished by the Japanese beetles.  The beetles didn’t touch my black or white beans  So I ignored the beetles to focus on bigger problems–the cabbage looper.  Well, ignorance is not bliss  since that “beetle” was the Mexican bean beetle which ravished all of my bean leaves this year.  He or she looks just like a ladybug but don’t be fooled by its seemingly harmless demeanor.  It is worse than teenage boys looking for food in your kitchen. What is the Mexican Bean Beetle? It is a tan colored lady bug with 16 spots…
  • DIY urban gardening with recycled items (infographic)

    Our Daily Green
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:10 pm
  • About Athens Auto Recycling

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    Mi Muba
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Athens Auto Recycling is one of the pioneer companies in metal recycling industries. It is widely known in United States. Its business model is also followed in other countries. It was established in 1940 when trash was not as much problem as that is now. But this was the green vision of the founders of… Read More »The post About Athens Auto Recycling appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe – Vegetarian and Delicious

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Here is another great salad from the Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook – it is time to harvest fresh herbs and lettuces in the garden before they start to bolt. And dontcha know we are using one of my favorite herbs, parsley, to build a delicious Mediterranean salad recipe that is vegetarian and will knock your socks off with flavor yumminess. Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe Hands-on time: 10 min. Total time: 34 min. 1 cup water 1⁄2 cup uncooked quinoa 3⁄4 cup parsley leaves 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced celery 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1⁄2 cup finely chopped dried apricots 3…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Garden Design With Orange Colors

    Shawna
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Up the road a ways from my home in my very suburban neighborhood is a lovely little garden designed with orange colors and an adorable white cat. The gardener grows tall orange and mixed color zinnias along the city sidewalk that always make a show in August. Beyond the zinnias, the rest of her garden is decorated with plants that are varying shades of green. Her color design comes through with accessories like the amazing recycled orange garden chair that sits in the garden entryway above. Her goal with her urban garden is to make it a simple and comfortable place to relax; not perfection. I…
  • HGTV Plant Collection Makes a Difference For Kokomo, Indiana

    Shawna Coronado
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Kokomo, Indiana is my hometown; a small town in central Indiana where I was born.  Without a doubt, my grandmother’s helped stimulate my passion for gardening in their country gardens near the city. I grew up climbing trees, crawdaddy fishing, and picking wildflowers on a farm in it’s outer limits, went to Northwestern High School, and learned from an early age in this small town that hard work and family were fundamental to life. For the last eight years the city has worked hard to revitalize parts of Kokomo by creating a beautiful, welcoming community via flower displays…
  • Blue Balls Mason Jar Martini Cocktail Recipe

    Shawna
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    This week is my birthday week – I want no well wishes please – instead just send me a pitcher of Blue Balls. You heard me right – it sounds naughty, but it tastes absolutely delicious. Today we learn how to make Blue Balls Mason Jar Martini Cocktail’s. Yummy delicious and a total conversation piece in the garden, it is perfect for a hot August afternoon or a fun evening on the patio with friends. Below is the cocktail recipe – give it a shake (or two)! Blue Balls – Blue Ball Jar Cocktail Recipe – Muddled Mint — Handful UV Blue Vodka — 1…
  • Cucumber Lemon Martini Cocktail Recipe and Video

    Shawna
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s cucumber season! Hoorah! Instead of giving away the millions of cucumbers you have in your garden – muddle them! Now is the time to celebrate the warmth with an amazing muddled cucumber lemon martini filled with those delicious summer flavors that say, “Happy!” Watch the quickie video below to see the steps. Super easy! Super summer! Muddled Cucumber Lemon Martini Cocktail Recipe Muddled Cucumber – 1/2 cup Cucumber Vodka — 1.5 oz. Lemonade — 1 cup Ice Lemon for rimming Sugar for rimming Cucumber Garnish Rim a martini glass with lemon, then sugar.
  • Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe – Vegetarian and Delicious

    Shawna
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Here is another great salad from the Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook – it is time to harvest fresh herbs and lettuces in the garden before they start to bolt. And dontcha know we are using one of my favorite herbs, parsley, to build a delicious Mediterranean salad recipe that is vegetarian and will knock your socks off with flavor yumminess. Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe Hands-on time: 10 min. Total time: 34 min. 1 cup water 1⁄2 cup uncooked quinoa 3⁄4 cup parsley leaves 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced celery 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1⁄2 cup finely chopped dried apricots 3…
 
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  • Burning through Habitat: The Impacts of Coal Mining on the Future of Sage Grouse

    Amanda Jahshan
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Amanda Jahshan, Wildlife Energy Conservation Fellow, Bozeman, MT Here is a guest blog from our amazing summer intern, Hilary Yu: A 1979 U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) publication stated that “the future of the sage grouse, which occurs throughout most of the sagebrush-covered lands of the West, depends largely upon man’s ability and willingness to maintain habitat vital to its needs.” Thirty-five years later, it seems as if man has been less than able and less than willing to maintain the sagebrush habitat that these birds depend on. Today, sage grouse continue to face…
  • Granting Big Oil a Free Pass Under California's Clean Energy Law Would Be a Giant Leap Backward

    Alex Jackson
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Alex Jackson, Legal Director, California Climate Project, San Francisco In their latest video ad, the California Drivers Alliance, an oil-backed front group organized to lobby against California’s clean fuel standards, claims fuel providers “need more time” to prepare for the January 1st inclusion of gasoline under California’s economy-wide program to cap and steadily reduce climate pollution. Some California legislators agree, backing bills that would grant the oil industry a three-year delay or outright exemption. Far From a Moonshot But the notion that the oil…
  • Recovering Sage Grouse Will Need Everyone at the Table

    Bobby McEnaney
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Bobby McEnaney, Senior Lands Analyst, Deputy Director Western Renewables Energy Program, DC Western landscapes have much to offer with their natural splendor and vast spaces, but one other defining characteristic of the natural West is the teeming and charismatic wildlife to be found.  One of these charismatic species, the Greater Sage Grouse is unfortunately in serious trouble.  This magnificent bird’s historical range, which reached as far north as Alberta and as far south as Arizona, has been substantially reduced by millions of acres.  In the last few decades habitat…
  • Long Beach City Council to review the Port's decision to Export Coal

    Morgan Wyenn
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Morgan Wyenn, Project Attorney, Santa Monica UPDATE: The Long Beach City Council unfortunately denied our appeal, allowing the Port to lock in 15 more years of coal exports without doing any environmental review. We are extremely disappointed and are figuring out our next steps.   On a positive note, the hearing was packed by over a hundred passionate community members, many giving eloquent and inspiring testimony. The fight over coal in Long Beach is not over. Tomorrow evening, the Long Beach City Council could decide whether the Port violated state law when it entered into two…
  • Order 1000 Upheld on Appeal: A Closer Look at the Good News for Clean Energy

    Allison Clements
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Allison Clements, Senior Attorney, Project for Sustainable FERC Energy Policy, New York I co-wrote this blog with my new Sustainable FERC Project colleague, Jennifer Chen. As our colleague John Moore has already described, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) landmark Order 1000 rule. We’ve previously blogged about what Order 1000 does and why it’s important; here we focus on some highlights of the court’s decision related to clean energy development and the environment. But first, a…
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    Grist

  • Leaving Las Vegas, a city feeling the slow burn of climate change

    Greg Hanscom
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    This is the final installment in a series of stories about Las Vegas and climate change. Find the whole collection here On my last night in Las Vegas, I finally ventured into the belly of the beast. I’d spent a week exploring the Vegas that few people outside the region think about — the sprawling metro area of 2 million people, roughly the size of greater Seattle, that has sprung up on this scorched playa at the edge of the Mojave Desert. It’s where the working stiffs live — the people who wait your tables, mix your drinks, deal your cards, and clean your hotel rooms when you visit.
  • Why Vandana Shiva is so right and yet so wrong

    Nathanael Johnson
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Romantic environmentalists tend to get the big-picture problems right, while fudging the details. Rationalists nail the details, but sometimes become so immersed in the minutiae that they lose sight of the big picture. Michael Specter’s New Yorker profile of Vandana Shiva, the environmentalist and crusader against globalization and Big Agriculture, is a portrait of someone who understands the big-picture concerns of green-inclined young people with great clarity. Specter quotes a few key lines from a speech she gave in Florence, in which she describes two great trends sweeping the world.
  • Meet the climate deniers who want to be president

    Ben Adler
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    It’s hard to believe, surveying the GOP field of possible presidential nominees, but back in 2008 the parties were not that far apart on climate change. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the Republican nominee, backed cap-and-trade for carbon emissions. After joining his ticket, so did Sarah Palin. But back then, lots of Republicans and conservatives also supported an individual mandate to buy health insurance. The Republican Party of 2008 was a big enough tent to include people who admitted demonstrable problems existed and supported free-market-oriented solutions. Not anymore. The rise of the…
  • People are mistaking strangers’ cars for Ubers

    Madeleine Thomas
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    We’ve all been there before: Accidentally liking an Instagram photo during a bout of late-night stalking (shudder), mistakenly typing our Facebook crush’s name into our status bar instead of the search menu (noooooo), or trying to talk to the men of Tinder about women and climate change. Cringe-worthy faux pas like these are a dime a dozen in the Internet Age, but combine tech with the rise of the sharing economy, and the possibility  for hilariously awkward encounters goes through the roof. Call it the Uber effect. As more and more folks are reporting on Twitter, needy and…
  • Magical algae turns sewage into biofuel and Dasani

    Sara Bernard
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Making biofuel out of algae has long been a goal of enterprising startups (and even teen prodigies). But the process has been expensive, energy-intensive, and despite all the hype and tax writeoffs, pretty tough to scale up. If companies can find ways to multitask, though, maybe they’ll have a better chance of getting off the ground. Algae Systems, a Nevada company, thinks it has found a way to make algae fuel profitable by doing several things at once. Namely, it says it can produce both biofuel and clean drinking water at the same time — using our sewage. From the New York…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • Steve-O Wants Everyone to Know #SeaWorldSucks

    Brianne Hogan
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Steve-O might be primarily known for his “Jackass” stunts, but he’s also an animal activist and this summer he pulled off an awesome prank that combined both of his passions. Read MoreThe post Steve-O Wants Everyone to Know #SeaWorldSucks appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Lauren Conrad Says There’s ‘No Greater Feeling’ Than Rescuing Animals

    Allyson Koerner
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    Lauren Conrad shares her thoughts on animal breeders and the importance of rescuing animals. Read MoreThe post Lauren Conrad Says There’s ‘No Greater Feeling’ Than Rescuing Animals appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Kaley Cuoco Was ‘Obsessed’ When She Learned About the Seal Hunt

    Lauren Corona
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Kaley Cuoco talks about her opposition to the Canadian seal hunt, "I need to show my fans, and people that agree with me and disagree with me, that I’m willing to go out there." Read MoreThe post Kaley Cuoco Was ‘Obsessed’ When She Learned About the Seal Hunt appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Famke Janssen Says No to Meat, Dairy, and Plastic Water Bottles

    Allyson Koerner
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    The "Hemlock Grove" actress maintains a healthy living by treating animals and the environment kindly. Read MoreThe post Famke Janssen Says No to Meat, Dairy, and Plastic Water Bottles appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Mark Wahlberg In Talks to Star in Oil Spill Film

    Natalia Galbetti
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Mark Wahlberg is reportedly in talks to star in a film about the biggest oil spill in American history. Read MoreThe post Mark Wahlberg In Talks to Star in Oil Spill Film appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • Love Your Reef Tank Without Loving Coral Reefs to Death

    Sheila Thomas
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    For novice aquarists fresh water tanks are usually a starting point because they are easier and cheaper to maintain. But some may say that coral reef tanks are the Bentleys of aquariums. Despite their deep love for these amazing species many aquarists buy corals, fish and inverts that have been taken from wild reefs. A lot of reef species are obtained from the exploitation and over harvesting of already threatened reef systems. Some estimates put 60% of corals reefs in critical danger. The practice of taking corals, fish and invertebrates from these fragile systems for aquarium practices has…
  • Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors and Gifts Tags – Contain Plantable Wild Flower Seeds

    Maureen O'Connor
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Here’s something a little different – party favors and gift tags made from recycled paper that contain plantable seeds. These tags and favors, when planted, are designed to grow into a sea of lovely wild flowers  – creating a flowering memory of your wedding, bridal shower or event. Kendra Zvonik creates these nifty, rustic items from 100% recycled paper. The shapes are created with a traditional mould and deckle and then hand-cut. The plantable paper goods are visibly loaded with 100% pure, GMO- free, fresh wildflower seeds. They available in wide array of beautiful…
  • 5 Green Orgs That Deserve Our Support

    Ross Dulmaine
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    We thought we’d highlight just a few of the organizations and NGOs that are out there in the trenches everyday tirelessly working to conserve and protect our natural environment from all the forces working against it and us. NRDC – The National Resources Defense Council works tirelessly to protect our land, water, sea and air – and the plants, people and animals that inhabit the earth. The NRDC is not afraid to get its hands dirty. The group’s 1.4 million members and online activists include more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals, making the NRDC one…
  • Eco Fashion Friday Finds – summer flings

    Maureen O'Connor
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    High waisted and sassy. These organic cotton navy blue denim pedal pushers will definitely make a summer style statement. These form-fitting slacks feature a flap style front with invisible zipper in rear. The front flap features button detailing and the rear ankle is laced with grosgrain ribbon for additional flirty fun. Perfect for all casual summer activities. Note: this item is a made to order garment, so you’ll need to allow 2-3 weeks for production. All GreenLinebyK garments are handmade from natural, organic and sustainable fibers. $148 @ greenlinebyk Spice up your yoga class or…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • New Satellite To Help Farmers Facing Drought

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Satellites are put into orbit for a variety of tasks. From sending television signals to our homes to enabling GPS devices, to helping us see weather on a global scale, satellites collect information and provide us with modern conveniences. One new use for a proposed satellite scheduled to launch this winter is soil moisture monitoring at a local level.
  • Truth in seafood labeling

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    Do you prefer that your Salmon come from wild-caught sources, or that if farm raised it comes from Scotland instead of Thailand? How accurate ARE those labels at the fish counter? The Universtiy of Hawaii took a look at this recently. They were assessing the levels of mercury in fish offered for sale that were mislabeled. Their study took measurements of mercury from fish purchased at retail seafood counters in 10 different states show the extent to which mislabeling can expose consumers to unexpectedly high levels of mercury, a harmful pollutant. Fishery stock "substitutions"—which falsely…
  • Toxic Algae Scare Prompts Backlash Against Farms

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    What do a no-drink order in Toledo and a backlash against factory farming have in common? A lot, as it turns out. Residents of Ohio's fourth-largest city were advised for multiple days earlier this month to refrain from drinking their tap water because it had been contaminated by toxic algae. As residents struggled to deal with their contaminated water supply, the culprit behind the problem became readily apparent: factory farms. The Ohio Agriculture Advisory Council (OAAC) is proposing a regulatory crackdown that could forever change industrial farming practices in this Midwestern state.
  • New way to diagnose ADHD

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed - and misdiagnosed - behavioral disorder in children in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, there are currently no reliable physiological markers to diagnose ADHD. Doctors generally diagnose the disorder by recording a medical and social history of the patient and the family, discussing possible symptoms and observing the patient’s behavior. But an incorrect evaluation can lead to overmedication, which has parents everywhere concerned.
  • Update: Ebola virus in Africa, Middle East

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    The deadly Ebola virus is spreading rapidly in West Africa and the main concern is its spread from its point of origin and be carried possibly to other countries, including the Middle East. With the death toll rapidly nearing the 1,000 mark, West Africa’s latest Ebola virus epidemic is already the worst outbreak of its kind to occur according to the World Health Organization and other international public health bodies.
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    Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living

  • Change comes to the forest.

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

    Matt Miller
    9 May 2014 | 10:51 am
    It thrives in hot, salty water that would turn a trout belly up. But now it faces a bigger challenge: humanity’s demand for water in the desert.
  • Preserve Parent

    Dayna Gross
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Not many will show up to the birthday parties, but there are always plenty of beetles, fish and dead garter snakes. Silver Creek Preserve manager reflects on the pleasures of raising kids on a nature preserve.
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    Matt Miller
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Native pollinators are disappearing, threatening both agriculture and ecosystems. What’s going on? And what can we do about it?
  • Lose the Memory, Lose the Fish

    Matt Miller
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A dead river runs through it? We’ve come to accept our current, degraded rivers as normal, even though they once held almost-incomprehensible numbers of migratory fish. Can ecological history be a first step in reclaiming our memory and our fish?
 
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • Lose Weight Quickly and Sculpt Your Body with Iobella’s Heated Workout Pods

    Krissy Brady
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Lose weight quickly by “melting” fat and sculpting muscle in Iobella’s heated workout pods. Confession: Some workouts terrify me. I’ve always been exercise-challenged, so high-intensity workouts like CrossFit and Tabata-style training turn me into a puddle of sweat just thinking about them. But that’s the impression I’ve always had of working out – that it should be intense, pushing every limit you’ve got in classic bootcamp style. My impression of working out has changed since hearing about an uber-intriguing workout called Iobella: It’s a fairly new workout to the U.S.
  • Bikini Waxing and Brazilian Waxes: Are They Safe?

    Aylin Erman
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bikini waxing – let alone a Brazilian wax – is a daunting and often painful experience. These days, most women in their early 20s are sometimes, or almost always, bare down there. The question though: is bikini waxing safe? We break down the bikini wax for you, in all its variations, so you can better understand the risks involved and how to avoid an unpleasant experience. What Kind of Wax Are You In For? When you attempt to go bare down there, first you must decide exactly how much hair you want to get rid of. A full Brazilian wax requires you be naked from the waste down and will…
  • Bike Fashion: Rock Adorable Clothes While Riding a Bike

    Abbie Stutzer
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Let’s face it: bike fashion could use an upgrade. We all know that riding a bike is great for the environment and your body. But some days it’s really hard to want to ride your bike to work, or to the store, or anywhere, really. Once you arrive at your destination, you don’t want to appear is if someone poured a pitcher of water over your head, let alone try to pull off wearing biking pants to social functions. So, how can you avoid becoming a hot mess while riding a bike to work? We’ve got a few tips on how you can still manage to rock some bike fashion while riding on two…
  • 9 Ways to Tell if You’re More Than Friends or His Filler Girlfriend

    Krissy Brady
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    How to tell the difference between being more than friends and friends without benefits. So there’s this guy. You hang out all the time, he texts you all the time, he takes you everywhere all the time – but things have never gone to the next level. Are you best friends, are you going to become more than friends, or are you a filler girlfriend? “The filler girlfriend is someone who fills in until someone better comes along,” says relationship expert April Masini. “Much of the time guys want a date or someone they can bring to parties or just hang out with so they’re not alone. This…
  • Littered Cigarette Butts Used For Green Energy

    Sara Novak
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the U.S.  And worldwide, it’s estimated that 5.6 trillion cigarette butts are disposed of inappropriately daily. But what if all these nasty, stinky used cigarette butts could be used for good? South Korean researchers are trying to do just that. Scientists are trying to turn dirty filters into a reusable material that more effectively stores energy. They’re using cigarette butts from Marlboro Light Gold, The One Orange, and Bohem Cigar Cigarettes and breaking them down using a process called pyrolysis. Once broken down, the butts are able…
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Exporting Coal to Korea Could Slash Emissions by 21 Percent, Analysis Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    Exporting U.S. coal to South Korean power plants could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 21 percent compared to burning it at less efficient U.S. plants, according to researchers at Duke University. The strategy could also generate more than $25 billion in economic activity in the U.S. and cut emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and particulate matter, the researchers say. For those benefits to occur, however, U.S. plants would need to replace the exported coal with natural gas, and South Korea must use the imported coal to replace dirtier sources of coal. South Korea's coal-fired…
  • Interview: Drones Are Emerging As Valuable Conservation Tool

    Yale Environment 360
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Ecologist Lian Pin Koh is co-founder of a project called ConservationDrones.org, which is pioneering the use of Lian Pin Koh low-cost drones in conservation efforts and biological research across the globe. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Koh, a researcher at the University of Adelaide, explains how drones – also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – can help monitor protected areas, collect data in inaccessible regions, and even deter poachers. “In just the last couple of months,” he says, “there has been tremendous interest from universities and other research…
  • How Drones Are Emerging As Valuable Conservation Tool

    Yale Environment 360
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Lian Pin Koh believes drones can be a key part of conservation efforts, particularly in remote regions. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, he talks about how his project, ConservationDrones, is promoting the use of drones for everything from counting orangutans to stopping poaching. BY CRYSTAL GAMMON
  • Wind Energy Prices at All-Time Low, According to U.S. Report

    Yale Environment 360
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    The cost of wind power in the U.S. is at an all-time low of 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, according to a new report Click to Enlarge Major U.S. wind farms from the U.S. Department of Energy, and utility companies are in some cases electing to use wind as an energy source over fossil fuels because of its low cost. Although wind power grew modestly in 2013 — installations were only 8 percent of those seen in the record year of 2012 — it now meets 4.5 percent of U.S. energy needs, producing enough electricity to power 16 million homes. The country ranks second only to China in installed wind…
  • Recent Glacier Losses Are Mostly Driven by Human Activity, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Roughly one-quarter of the global glacier mass loss between the years 1851 and 2010 can be attributed to Artesonraju Glacier in Cordillera Blanca, Peru human activities, and that fraction increased to more than two-thirds between 1991 and 2010, according to research published in the journal Science. The study is the first to document the extent of human contribution to glacier mass loss, which is driven by both naturally caused climate factors, such as fluctuations in solar radiation, and anthropogenic influences. “In the 19th and first half of 20th century we observed that glacier mass…
 
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    Reuters: Environment

  • Ohio River reopens as oil spill clean-up progresses

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 15-mile section of the Ohio River was reopened for limited traffic on Wednesday as clean-up of a 5,000-gallon fuel oil spill continued, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday.
  • Mexico minister says Grupo Mexico account of toxic spill 'totally false'

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's environment secretary said on Tuesday that Grupo Mexico gave false information about a toxic spill at its Buenavista mine in northern Mexico, a day after the environmental authority said it would file a criminal complaint against the company.
  • EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require vehicle fuel use to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, looking to close loopholes that allow car makers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.
  • Iceland evacuates area north of rumbling volcano

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iceland's civil protection agency has decided to evacuate an area north of the country's Bardarbunga volcano, saying it could not rule out an eruption.
  • Landslides hit Japan's Hiroshima, killing at least 36

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    HIROSHIMA (Reuters) - At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said.
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • July Checks In As 4th Warmest On Record Worldwide

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    f you spent your summer in the Midwest or almost anywhere in the U.S. south of New York where the season was mild, it may have been easy to miss that most of the rest of the world was baking last month.
  • Is Bike Sharing Really Climate Friendly? It's Complicated.

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    This story originally appeared on Climate Central. In Oklahoma, where modern bike sharing began, they’re called Tulsa Townies. In New York, they’re CitiBikes. In Denver, bike sharing is called B-Cycle. In Washington, D.C., the program is Capital Bikeshare. These brightly colored bikes and their riders, often seen braving a gauntlet of impatient taxis, city buses and delivery trucks in dense urban areas, are nearly ubiquitous in these cities, granting commuters the freedom to leave their cars behind and get to their destination on their own schedule without having to walk far or take a bus…
  • Daniel McGowan, Jailed For HuffPost Blog, Files Lawsuit Against Bureau Of Prisons

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Daniel McGowan may have been the first person thrown in solitary confinement for writing a HuffPost blog. Now he'll be the first person to sue the Bureau of Prisons over it. The environmental activist and former prisoner filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the prison system over an April 2013 incident in which U.S. Marshals threw him in a Brooklyn federal jail -- ironically, for criticizing earlier violations of his free speech. "The Bureau of Prisons does not like criticism and their reaction was unsurprisingly to try and crush someone who stepped out of line," McGowan told HuffPost Tuesday…
  • 'Beautiful Little Soul': Therapy Bunnies Help Alzheimer's, Dementia Patients

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    It sounds almost too hopping cute to be true, but Teddy the therapy rabbit's first job was tending to his little sister Lulu. Lulu is the most recent addition to Minnesotan bunny enthusiast Jennifer Smith's multi-rabbit household. The animal had been left in a cardboard box next to a dumpster on a cold night this past winter. "A woman saw the box and opened it to find a beautiful rabbit freezing to death," Smith says. Lulu was brought to a local animal shelter, where -- against all odds -- she survived. Smith adopted her soon after that, but the rabbit clearly wasn't well, and Teddy was…
  • Rescuers Save Woman Trapped In Minivan As Arizona Flood Waters Engulf It

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Need your daily dose of heroism? Cast your eyes on this bit of derring-do to save a woman from flood waters in Phoenix, Arizona. In footage above provided by ABC 15, rescuers from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office descend in a helicopter and quickly get to work to extract the woman from a minivan before it's swallowed by raging water. With one responder providing assistance, the other wades through a powerful current, shatters a window and eventually pulls an elderly woman from the vehicle. ABC 15, which spoke to the unidentified woman's daughter, reported that the woman was shaken but OK.
 
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  • World Bank's Environmental Injustice in South Africa

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    This post was co-authored by Dominique Doyle, Energy Policy Officer at Earthlife Africa Jhb. Two weeks ago on the side-lines of the U.S-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., World Bank President Kim used the metaphor of an "almost energy apartheid" to validate the move to fund more coal-fired energy infrastructure in Africa. The metaphor was mistaken; both figuratively and literally. There are few better examples than in South Africa, the home of apartheid, to show how large scale World Bank investments in dirty energy actually work towards entrenching lines of poverty and class; rather…
  • Unsanitary Birding

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    When a sanitation system breaks down or doesn't exist at all, garbage and sewage accumulate and become incubators for disease. It is a lesson that seems to be lost on many Africans, who have allowed a major component of nature's sanitation brigade to become seriously depleted. We're talking about vultures, whose population is estimated to have disastrously shrunk--primarily at the hands of humans--by as much as 60 percent in East and South Africa. It is even worse in West Africa (home of the Ebola epidemic) where 95 percent of the birds have vanished from rural areas over the past 30 years.
  • First Nation Ride For Mother Earth Forms "Norwegian/Indian Alliance"

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Winona LaDuke leading Horse Ride for Mother Earth in Minnesota (Image: Honor the Earth) Native American activist, orator and writer Winona LaDuke had the Brainerd Lakes area residents in the palm of her hand. In a page that could have been taken from one of Garrison Keillor's yarns, this time with a First Nation twist; LaDuke was conducting an information meeting in Brainerd, Minnesota as part of the Love Water Not Oil tour. Her audience was mostly blond and blue eyed, and blue eyes widened at the news that the Enbridge Corporation was planning a pipeline that would traverse treasured lakes…
  • How to Help Americans Care About Climate Change Now

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    (Yes, it has to do with baseball.) For the past decade, I've been asking people -- young and old, rich and poor, highly educated and less so -- why they didn't seem to care about climate change. Or at least, why they didn't seem to care enough to do something about it. I did not do this as part of a formal poll, or even as a representative of an organization. In the beginning, I was simply curious because I'd had a powerful "ah ha" moment in which I went from being someone who rarely thought about the environment to someone who understood that global warming, like other sustainability tipping…
  • Why Nigeria Generates So Little Power

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Nigeria is the greenest populous country in the world, but it is so entirely by accident. We fuel a population north of 170 million -- the seventh largest in the world -- on an available installed grid electricity generation capacity of fewer than 6GW. In the context of Barack Obama's initiative last week with his inaugural Africa Leaders Summit and the lofty promises of the "Power Africa" initiative it seems worth pointing out that the problems with the development of Nigerian power generation and distribution are basic economics, and internal failures of local policy. Not only does Nigeria…
 
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  • Solar energy that doesn't block the view

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Researchers have developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a flat, clear surface.
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance experiments using Earth's magnetic field

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Earth's magnetic field, a familiar directional indicator over long distances, is routinely probed in applications ranging from geology to archaeology. Now it has provided the basis for a technique which might, one day, be used to characterize the chemical composition of fluid mixtures in their native environments. Researchers have carried out nuclear magnetic resonance experiments using an ultra-low magnetic field comparable to Earth's magnetic field.
  • Philippine tarsier: Genetic proof of a new variety

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The tarsier is the 'flagship' iconic species for promoting environmental stewardship and ecotourism in the Philippines, a nation suffering from large-scale destruction of natural habitat.
  • Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    In recent years, the number of patent applications for electrochemical energy storage technologies has soared. According to a study, the largest volume of applications is submitted by developers of lithium batteries. The study offers a first differentiated analysis of which technologies will be viable in the exit from fossil-fuel energy. European and US companies are falling behind economically, as Asian companies apply for a substantially higher number of patents.
  • Neither too hot nor too cold: Evolution of marine crocodilians constrained by ocean temperatures

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    The ancestors of today's crocodiles colonized the seas during warm phases and became extinct during cold phases, according to a new Anglo-French study which establishes a link between marine crocodilian diversity and the evolution of sea temperature over a period of more than 140 million years.
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  • Solar Problems Are Myriad, But Not Always Too Relevant

    Michael Lynch
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    (Someone once said that a reporter describes a battle, while a pundit shoots the survivors, and the next two pieces will reflect that, as I challenge the extreme views pro and con for solar power.)
  • Canadian Transportation Safety Board Publishes Its Report On The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster

    Steve Banker
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    A little over a year ago, a unit train carrying 7.7 million liters of shale oil in 72 Class 111 tank cars from the Bakken fields of North Dakota derailed in Lac-Mégantic Quebec.  “Almost all of the derailed tank cars were damaged, and many had large breaches.” About six million liters of crude oil were released. The “ensuing blaze and explosions left 47 people dead. Another 2000 people were forced from their homes, and much of the downtown core was destroyed.”
  • BHP Billiton Profit Up But Shares Down On Missed Capital Buyback

    Tim Treadgold
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, has confirmed plans to split into two separate businesses but failed to impress investors by withholding an expected share buy-back after reporting a profit that missed forecasts.
  • The Anthropocene Part 2: Can Humans Go Extinct?

    James Conca
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Renaming our present Geologic Epoch as the Anthropocene, is all well and good, but will we live to see the end of it? Extinctions occur all the time naturally, but are generally balanced by the appearance of new species. Not in our case. Humans keep destroying the habitat needed to evolve new species. What does this eventually mean for us?
  • EDF Is Calling For More Demand Response In California And Why You Should Too

    EDF Energy Exchange
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    By Lauren Navarro
 
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  • Buy Once, Buy For Life: Quilty Co. is Live!

    David Quilty
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Most of you who have read this site for any length of time know that I have been pushing the idea of buying well-made, quality goods that will last a long time, instead of cheap stuff from China that ends up in the landfill. Well, after years of writing about durable goods, I decided to just start making my own. Late last night, after months of work, Quilty Co. launched, selling leather goods like wallets, iPhone cases, key lanyards, and several other items, all handmade by yours truly. Everything I sell is made by me without the use of automation or machines. I cut and dye the leather, punch…
  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 367

    David Quilty
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Catch up on your green news! U.S. planemaker Boeing has teamed up with South African Airways to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in Africa’s most advanced economy. Well, I suppose that’s a much better use of tobacco than getting lung cancer is. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied an application to use a hazardous pesticide on 3 million acres of Texas cotton fields, after groups representing environmental, public health, and organic farm interests urged the agency to reject the request based…
  • GMO Free USA Call to Action Against The Nature Conservancy

    David Quilty
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    As most of you know, since 2009 I have been writing about how hypocritical TNC is when it comes to where their funding comes from. Finally, people are starting to take notice. Today, GMO Free USA announced a Call to Action against TNC, please take a look. CALL TO ACTION: The Nature Conservancy, a 501c3 non profit, claims to protect nature and preserve life. All the while they are accepting donations from, and partnering with Monsanto, Dow & Dupont. While the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announces that they are banning GMOs and neonicotinoid insecticides in all wildlife reserves by…
  • The Nature Conservancy Profiting Off Oil Drilling on Protected Land

    David Quilty
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Guess the millions they get from Monsanto just isn’t enough for The Nature Conservancy. They want in on the oil and gas boom, too. For years I have been writing about the absurd partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Monsanto. One, a destroyer of the environment. The other, a (supposed) environmental group. See any conflict of interest there? TNC doesn’t think so, even after they provided me with funding documents in 2009 that detailed just how many millions of dollars Monsanto shovels their way. That may have been 5 years ago, but that partnership continues today. This…
  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 366

    David Quilty
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    August 1, 2014. Every time I don’t think time can seem to go any faster, it continues to amaze me. How is it August already? Eh, ponder that later. Here are some green news stories you may have missed from the past week: The cheapest form of new electricity in Denmark will be wind power when new turbines become operational in 2016, with prices estimated to be about one half of what coal and natural gas cost. Only a matter of investment and time before wind and solar are cheaper than every fossil fuel we currently use. Harvest a bumper crop of savings by following our advice on how to…
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  • Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fend Off Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

    Justin Mikulka and Steve Horn
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain.  Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.  In an ongoing Maryland court case over the issue of transparency for in-state oil-by-rail routes, a July 23 affidavit from Carl E. Carbaugh — director of infrastructure security for Norfolk Southern — goes into extensive detail about the supposed risk presented by terrorism…
  • The Monckton Files: Threatwatch 1 by Barry Bickmore

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    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This is a guest post by Barry Bickmore, a long-time chronicler of the misdeeds and misdirections of Lord Christopher Monckton. One of the truly amusing facets of being a Monckton-o-phile like myself is watching His Lordship veritably explode in a barrage of bombastic threats when he is cornered… or even when he’s passing random people on the street. For your amusement, and to keep the “Threatening Those Who Disagree With Him” section of Lord Monckton’s Rap Sheetcurrent, I give you the following recent examples. A few weeks ago, I noted that Lord Monckton had even started…
  • Leaders Must Put People Before Politics: David Suzuki

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    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average — to our children and grandchildren. We expect our leaders to have a clear picture of our world and the conditions necessary for human life and well-being. If they don’t, how can they make informed decisions? So let me outline some simple, scientifically validated truths about us and the world we live in — truths that should guide our political decisions. We…
  • Court: Key Environmental Law Doesn't Apply to Part of Enbridge Keystone XL "Clone"

    Steve Horn
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that Enbridge’s 600-mile-long Flanagan South Pipeline, a Keystone XL “clone,” is legally cleared to proceed opening for business in October.  Approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via a controversial regulatory mechanism called Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12), Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, an Obama-appointed judge, ruled NWP 12 was not a federal government “action.” Thus, Brown posited that Enbridge did not need to use the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulatory process and NWP 12 was up to snuff. The…
  • Report Reveals Cost Cutting Measures At Heart Of Lac-Megantic Oil Train Disaster

    Justin Mikulka
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Today the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final report on the July 6th, 2013 train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The report produced a strong reaction from Keith Stewart, Greenpeace Canada’s Climate and Energy Campaign coordinator. This report is a searing indictment of Transport Canada’s failure to protect the public from a company that they knew was cutting corners on safety despite the fact that it was carrying increasing amounts of hazardous cargo. This lax approach to safety has allowed the unsafe transport of oil by rail to continue to grow even after…
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  • Highway One Problems & Solutions

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

    Mike Thomas
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Make Lists, Not War! Photo Credit: kleuske cc Do you make lists? Do you use an orderly system on your computer or in a notebook; or do you scribble them out on sticky notes? In today’s information rich environment, the ability to keep lists, to-dos, projects and tasks in order is important, do you use lists for brainstorming, or shopping lists? Or how about packing lists? I’ve tried all types of productivity software, and those apps that shine are the often the simplest. One of my favourites that holds a coveted space on my iPhone homescreen and work desktop is Workflowy. It…
  • Infrastructure Inspections and Awareness

    Mike Thomas
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Photo Credit: andrewrennie cc Or – Why Inspections are Fundamental to Asset Management Two engineering departments in the City of Honolulu have very different approaches to the same problem. The city does not have an inspection program for light poles, despite the fact that there are 51,000 street lights on the island. The city says it doesn’t have the money or staff to maintain one.”For us to stop funding other programs, like providing better lighting to fund pole inspections, is something that’s not going to be productive,” said Ross Sasamura, director of the Dept. of…
  • What Have You Shipped?

    Mike Thomas
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last week I received a report on our departmental progress, it was in effect, a reminder of what we’ve “shipped” over the past six months. Having a regular reminder of your progress seems like a good thing, and it is supported by research: making headway on meaningful work brightens a person’s inner work life and boosts long-term progress. It isn’t monetary rewards and recognition that truly motivate us. It’s a sense that we are accomplishing something meaningful – day by day. Why a ‘done’ list beats a to-do list Tracking these things we’ve done makes…
  • Begbie Lake

    Mike Thomas
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    A rarely visited lake just off HWY23 south of Revelstoke. No real beach, but lots of rainbow trout waiting to be caught from a float tube. Note:It would be challenging to get a canoe down the trail from the hwy. Begbie Lake Camera: iPhone 5cTaken: 21 June, 2014Location:  
 
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  • Passionfruit Ice Cream

    Jacquelyn Clark
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    If there’s one thing I know for certainty it’s that Have A Yummy Day‘s recipes in general are delicious enough to give even the most famous chef a run for their money. And though this passion fruit cream cheese ice cream (with homemade meringue and passionfruit syrup, obviously) is involved, the results are so. dang. worth any additional time spent creating it. Jacquelyn ClarkPassion Fruit Cream Cheese Ice Cream with Meringue and Passion Fruit SyrupAn intensely delicious dessert that's sure to please a crowd.prep timecook timetotal timeServes 8IngredientsFOR THE MERINGUE 2…
  • Tulum Mini-Guide

    Jacquelyn Clark
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Tulum myself on numerous occasions. But if I’m being totally honest, those visits typically involve me plunking myself on the beach and calling it a day. But after reading through Courtney‘s mini-guide to Tulum, I’m feeling the urge to head back and seriously explore! Chock full of dreamy photos, the gallery is the only place you’ll need to be this morning. From Courtney Perkins Ryan… For our one year anniversary, I surprised my husband with a trip to Tulum. I think I now have brownie points for a year! Since the…
  • How to Pack for a Week in a Carry On (in Style)

    Jacquelyn Clark
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Not only does packing everything in a carry on let you breeze through the airport (which, in this day and age is reason enough for me), but it makes traveling in general so much more pleasurable. No more wardrobe melt-downs. No more lugging around cumbersome items on cobblestone streets. Ever since adapting these rules for myself, travelling has become easy and breezy and this is how it’s done! How to Pack for a Week in a Carry OnView Slideshow Jeans: Net-a-Porter | Floral Pant: Forever New | Shorts: Modekungen | White Tee: James Perse | Black & White Striped Tee: Chicnova |…
  • Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Reduction (A Paleo, Whole30 & Vegan-Friendly Recipe)

    Jacquelyn Clark
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Peach season is here! I’ve been anticipating it all year long and the collection of fabulous peach infused recipes I’ve amassed over the last few months is proof. I plan on eating these bad boys until I’m blue in the face. Up first: Olive You Whole‘s grilled peaches with a sweet balsamic reduction. So good. So healthy. In fact, it’s paleo, vegan, whole30 and all! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Lauren Carnes Photography… The “dog days” of summer are upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to let the heat get you down! Now…
  • The Double Bun

    Joanna & Molly
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here’s a new fall trend that we absolutely love! It’s quick, easy and the perfect solution for those busy mornings! Not only is it a breeze to whip together, but it instantly makes you look like a million bucks. We love that its classy and elegant but can be paired with a weekend at the zoo outfit! Happy hair-doing! xo Irrelephant How-to: The Double BunView Slideshow PS – Braids Three Ways | Cute Short Hair Do | The Modern Half Up Do | A Relaxed Twist | 8 Hairstyles Every Girl Should Know © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | Comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:…
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    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
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  • California Houses the Top Greenest Utilities

    James Belcher
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    The nation's greenest utilities tend to cluster in coastal states such as California that promote renewable power and energy efficiency, while those that score lower are located in the Southeast, says a ranking Thursday of the 32 largest U.S. electric utilities. State policies are a key determinant in how utilities perform, according to the report — billed as the "first-of-its-kind" — by Ceres and Clean Edge, two research groups focused on sustainability. The utilities are ranked on three indicators that look at renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. "This report comes at a…
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  • National Clean Energy Summit 7.0

    James Belcher
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Event Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014 (All day)Image: Link: National Clean Energy Summit 7.0Event Description:  The seventh annual National Clean Energy Summit bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders to discuss empowering Americans to develop our massive clean energy supplies, secure greater energy independence, and create jobs.
  • Wind Now Provides Nearly 4.5 Percent of All U.S. Electricity

    James Belcher
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the Department of Energy. With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the U.S. wind energy market remains strong and the U.S. is moving closer to doubling renewable electricity generation from energy resources like wind power yet again by 2020. After modest growth in 2013, total installed wind power capacity in the United States now stands at 61 gigawatts (GW), which meets nearly 4.5 percent of…
 
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  • DOE to issue funding solicitation for algal biofuels and bioproducts; targeting

    Mike Millikin
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (DE-FOA-0001162) entitled “Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts (TABB)”. The TABB FOA seeks to reduce the cost of algal biofuels. BETO’s 2019 projected state of technology (SOT) for the cost of algal biofuels is modeled at about $8 per gallon gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) based on a lipid extraction pathway without valuable co-products. The TABB FOA will support work at…
  • Opel using 40 3D-printed assembly tools in production of ADAM ROCKS

    Mike Millikin
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    For production of Opel’s ADAM ROCKS, the company will use 40 assembly tools from a 3D printer. Among these will be an assembly jig—a specific, fixed frame—made by a 3D printer to produce the vehicle name logotype on the side window. For the windshield, a 3D-printed inlet guide is also used to simplify the mounting process and help ensure a precise alignment. Other tools from the printer are used to fasten the chrome step plate on ADAM ROCKS door openings and install the standard Swing Top canvas roof. This equipment was developed on the computer during the development phase of…
  • Volvo Trucks introduces new monofuel natural gas version of FE

    Mike Millikin
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Volvo FE CNG. Click to enlarge. Volvo Trucks is expanding its model range in Europe with a new version of the Volvo FE running entirely on natural gas. The Volvo FE CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) has been primarily developed for operations involving short driving cycles with repeated starts and stops such as refuse collection and local distribution. The Volvo FE CNG is powered by an all-new 9-liter Euro 6 engine featuring spark plug technology that produces 320 hp (239 kW) and 1356 N·m (1000 lb-ft) of torque. Spark plug technology is particularly suitable for driving cycles where the…
  • NEVS presents Saab 9-3 EV prototype

    Mike Millikin
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    Under the hood. Click to enlarge. National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the company working to resurrect the Saab brand, presented the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle as designed and produced as part of a prototype series in Trollhättan. NEVS halted production of the conventional Saab 9-3 Aero in May as it struggles to sort out its financing. (Earlier post.) The EV prototype is a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan in which the batteries are placed under the floor, keeping the full interior space as well as the luggage compartment intact. The car is equipped with lithium-ion batteries from Beijing…
  • OCM company Siluria pulls in $30M in D round led by Saudi Aramco; methane to fuels and chemicals

    Mike Millikin
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    Siluria Technologies, a pioneer in the commercialization of an oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) technology to produce ethylene from natural gas (earlier post), announced the initial close of its Series D financing round. The round was led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the venture investment subsidiary of Saudi Aramco and included additional investments by all of the major existing investors in Siluria. The total raise for this initial close of the Series D financing was $30 million. With this initial Series D financing, Siluria has raised just under $100 million since its…
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  • Companies that hit news for their greener initiatives

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    More and more companies are employing eco friendly methods in their daily routine as well as in manufacturing. We have moved far away from an era where priority was economic benefits than the environment friendly concerns. Today, not only the big industries are including some eco friendly techniques but small industries are also considering this ... The post Companies that hit news for their greener initiatives appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Singapore allots $100 million to further its green initiative

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    One of the most peaceful countries in the world, Singapore, now aims to be one of the pioneer countries who are “thinking green.” Singapore has participated immensely in building a sustainable and greener environment. The “Clean and Green Singapore campaign” has been running for many years now and it frequently launches projects and activities all ... The post Singapore allots $100 million to further its green initiative appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • South Portland council votes 6-1 against the export of tar sands oil

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    A major historic victory in South Portland has become the reason for environmentalists rejoice all over the world. The case was between the campaigners who were against the export of tar sands oil and the ones supporting it. It was a long battle fought by these campaigners that included educating the locals of New England ... The post South Portland council votes 6-1 against the export of tar sands oil appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Fuji Electric awards Yingli Green Energy as its best supplier

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    In a world that is increasingly facing energy crisis, people are interested in using alternative sources of energy; there are certain companies that are trying their level best to cater to the customers’ needs. Fuji Electric is one of such companies that along with its 6000 partners is exploiting any opportunity and availability of resource ... The post Fuji Electric awards Yingli Green Energy as its best supplier appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • How to Boost the Eco-Friendliness of Your Conservatory

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    The unpredictability of the weather in Britain is enough to make you stage a protest outside the Met Office – if only it wasn’t raining. At this time of year, it’s only natural you want to enjoy the great outdoors, but it seems Mother Nature has other ideas. No sooner have you got the barbeque ... The post How to Boost the Eco-Friendliness of Your Conservatory appeared first on Eco Friend.
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  • EPA’s State-by-State Carbon Limits Indicate Smart Policy, Not Arbitrary Rulemaking

    EDF Blogs
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Kate Zerrenner In June, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced – for the first time ever – standards to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Currently power plants emit 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, but under the proposed Clean Power Plan, the U.S. power sector will cut carbon pollution by 30 percent below 2005 levels. Since this announcement, the usual suspects have attacked the CPP, calling its proposed state-by-state reduction standards arbitrary. Their claims couldn’t be further from reality. When…
  • 5 Undeniable Truths about the Clean Power Plan

    Ben Schneider
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    By Ben SchneiderDo you get a sense of déjà vu when you hear the fossil fuel industry arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new climate change plan? You’re not imagining things – we’ve heard these many, many times before. The EPA recently held public hearings around the country to solicit comments on its new proposal to put reasonable, nationwide limits on climate pollution from power plants. The plan is moderate, flexible, and paves the way for considerable economic gains, but the substance hardly mattered for some die-hard opponents: The fossil fuel industry…
  • Why Support the Clean Power Plan? Testimony from the EPA Hearings

    EDF Blogs
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    By EDF BlogsBy Dan Upham Across the country this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held public hearings to solicit comments about its Clean Power Plan, which will put the first-ever national limits on the amount of climate pollution that can be emitted by power plants. EDF’s president, a senior attorney, and a clean energy specialist were among the hundreds of Americans who testified in support of the Plan. As these selections from EDF staff testimonies illustrate, the Plan offers moderate, flexible, and necessary measures to address climate change at the federal and…
  • Americans Have Caught the Fever

    Sam Parry
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    By Sam ParryThis is an amazing, exciting time. I, like so many millions of Americans, have been completely swept up in the groundswell of exhilarating national pride peaking just as we are about to celebrate our 238th anniversary as an independent nation.It’s time to wave that flag high and proud! Flickr/Little Baby G Americans have caught on to a movement that most of the rest of the world has long embraced. From Germany to England, France to Mexico, Brazil to South Korea, it unites so much of the world in a common purpose, a shared sense of hope and global cooperation. And over these last…
  • Supreme Court Reaffirms EPA’s Bedrock Legal Authority to Cut Carbon Pollution from Power Plants

    Tomas Carbonell
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    By Tomas CarbonellSource: Openclipart The United States Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA (No. 12-1146) this week, resolving the last of many multi-year legal challenges to EPA’s first generation of climate protections under the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-to-2 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permissibly read the Clean Air Act to require large new or modified industrial pollution sources to deploy modern pollution controls for greenhouse gases. Thus, new and rebuilt large emitters of other regulated…
 
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  • Technology for Good – episode twenty seven with SalesForce’s Peter Coffee

    Tom Raftery
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty seven with SalesForce’s Peter Coffee Welcome to episode twenty seven of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had SalesForce‘s Vice President of Strategic Research, Peter Coffee as the guest on our show. We have met a talked with Peter a couple of times, and have always been impressed by the breadth of his knowledge, as well as his thoughts on things environmental. Also having seen that, when asked to come up with a challenge for the Cap Gemini Super Techies…
  • The Global Reporting Initiative, their new CEO, Social, Mobile and Big Data

    Tom Raftery
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at The Global Reporting Initiative, their new CEO, Social, Mobile and Big Data We were delighted to hear this week that friend of GreenMonk’s for many years now, Michael Meehan was recently appointed as CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI is a non-profit organisation that produces one of the world’s most prevalent framework’s for sustainability reporting. One of the GRI’s main aims is to make sustainability reporting by all organisations as routine as, and comparable to, financial reporting.
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty six with Open Data Institute’s James Smith

    Tom Raftery
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty six with Open Data Institute’s James Smith Welcome to episode twenty six of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had The Open Data Institute‘s James Smith as the guest on our show. I was very keen to have James on the show, especially since he recently announced that he is standing for election to the UK parliament next year. James is running on the principles in the OpenPolitics Manifesto, an open source plan for the UK that anyone can contribute to.
  • Big Data and analysis tools are facilitating huge advances in healthcare

    Tom Raftery
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Big Data and analysis tools are facilitating huge advances in healthcare As we noted recently here on GreenMonk, technology is revolutionising the healthcare industry, and the pace of change is astounding with new products and services being announced daily. We were recently given a demonstration of two products currently being developed by SAP (Genomic Analyzer, and Medical Research Insights), and they are very impressive products. The Genomic Analyzer (pictured above) can take large numbers of genomes and interrogate them for various…
  • Lack of emissions reporting from (some) cloud providers is a supply chain risk

    Tom Raftery
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Lack of emissions reporting from (some) cloud providers is a supply chain risk We here at GreenMonk spoke to Robert Francisco, President North America of FirstCarbon Solutions, last week. FirstCarbon solutions is an environmental sustainability company and the exclusive scoring partner of CDP‘s (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), supply chain program. Robert pointed out on the call that there is a seed change happening and that interest in disclosure is on the rise. He noted that carbon scores are now not only showing up at…
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  • California Makes Strides in Energy Use Awareness

    Alex Ion
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    Nationwide, we are seeking alternative energy sources in any means possible. Every state is seeking alternative sources of collecting energy, whether that be wind, solar, hydroelectric, biofuel, or any other means available. As a country, we are well aware that fossil fuels are depleting and if action isn’t taken to find other fuel sources immediately, we will face various problems in the near future. While many states have instituted environmentally friendly programs for new construction, building rehabilitation, and general energy consumption, these programs are most effective on a…
  • Seals taking advantage of the wind farms for hunting grounds

    Marian Dumitri
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    Active wind farms in Germany and UK are being rendered by seals for hunting grounds for food. This act has shocked the scientists who saw the same via satellite trackings in the area. ive areas. A research in the journal Current Biology showed that seals encountered a series of pipelines making multiple trips in a day. Far away from the coasts of Germany in Alpha Ventus, 4 out of 96 seals visited while 7 out of 22 reached the Southern England into the Sheringham Shoal wind farm. It seems that the new quote now should be, Be Seal Smart, these seals are moving from one area to the other in the…
  • Six-Crore-Year-Old Dinosaur Fossilised Feces Found In Narmada Valley In India

    Marian Dumitri
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Rare fossilized feces of six-crore-year-old dinosaurs have been found in the Narmada valley in the Madhya Pradesh region. Though this region has been rich in dinosaur remains, fossilised feces have been found for the very first time. These have been discovered in the Umarban area near Mandu in the Dhar district. Earlier dinosaur bones and eggs have been recovered from the area, fossilised feces are very rare to find. These will unravel the food habits of the creatures that lived back then. These feces belong to the last generation dinosaurs that existed at the times of adverse climatic and…
  • Vantablack – the darkest material absorbs only 0.035% light

    Marian Dumitri
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Vantablack is the darkest material made by the British Company Surrey NanoSystems. It is made of nanohair, which is 1000 times thinner than human hair and are packed so closely that it prevents light to enter. It is so dark that nothing can be as dark as it is. The Vantablack has a number of applications. It is used in astronomical cameras, telescopes, and infrared scanning systems. It is going to be one of the most useful products that will help in a number of experiments at the global level as well. The device is made of tubes which are small enough to prevent light from entering them. A…
  • Brazil vs Cameroon: Fifa 2014 live streaming and highlights

    Marian Dumitri
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    The host team Brazil will take on Cameroon in today’s Fifa 2014  match. Brazil currently with 4 points need to win this match or at least draw it to advance further. The match starts at 12 30 am India time. A loss will brighten the situations for Mexico which is to take on Croatia with 4 and 3 points respectively. The match will be a deciding factor; it will ascertain the teams that will go ahead to the next level in the 2014, Fifa World Cup. Follow the Brazil vs Cameroon match live scores here. Today will be like a golden opportunity for Brazil to justify its presence in the game and…
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  • Recharge Wrap-up: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Finishes AXCR, Nissan Leafs drive 528 million collective miles

    John Beltz Snyder
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Legislation and Policy, Asia, Racing The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has successfully completed the Asia Cross Country Rally 2014. The plug-in Mitsu finished first in the EV class, and 14th overall, clocking in at 19 hours, 17 minutes and 12 seconds. For its second year in the competition, the Outlander PHEV used a new suspension with more ground clearance to help it tackle the race's treacherous terrain. Besides the glory of taking on the challenging competition, the rally helped Mitsubishi gather valuable data for EV development. The…
  • Adomani EV school bus approved for use in California

    John Beltz Snyder
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Solar, North America, Pacific Region, USA Your children or grandchildren may very well be riding an electric bus to school soon, and probably sooner still if they live in California. We've just recently seen the funding of the National Strategies demo buses. Now another fully electric school bus has been approved in the Golden State. The California Highway Patrol has greenlighted the Adomani EV bus for use in the Gilroy Unified School District (GUSD). Lucky pupils in the Garlic Capital of the World will be riding a 2007 Blue Bird All American school bus, converted…
  • Video: Looking back at the Citation IV concept that likely shaped the GM EV1

    Sebastian Blanco
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Chevrolet, GM Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. We're not sure how that applies to the GM EV1, but we'd still like to share something from Autoline Daily, an online automotive new show with our friend John McElroy. He's been covering the business for decades now and recently found something interesting: pictures of the 1984 Chevrolet Citation IV concept, seen above. Displayed half a decade before the first electric concept that would become the EV1 (inset), McElroy says it's now clear that the elegant, aerodynamic EV1 took a lot of styling cues from…
  • Exclusive: Surprise Costs Have A Cost: Why we turned down the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

    Michael Goldstein
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Filed under: Emerging Technologies, Hydrogen, Hyundai, AutoblogGreen Exclusive They say you can always tell the pioneers. They're the ones with the arrows in their backs. Unfortunately, that was our experience pursuing - and eventually rejecting - the new hydrogen fuel cell-powered Hyundai Tucson. I first heard about Hyundai's new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2013. As a tech buff, the thought of driving a new, clean technology vehicle sounded exciting. Best of all, Hyundai was wrapping the new vehicle in a smart, familiar package, as a loaded…
  • Report: Thieves stealing copper from EV charging stations in Vancouver

    Sebastian Blanco
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture In Europe, most EV charging stations don't have a wire permanently attached. Unlike North America, European EV drivers need to carry a cable around with them. This is a bit of a hassle, but it's far easier than pulling up to an EVSE and finding the cable simply cut out. That's what's happening to some Level 2 EVSEs in Canada. We have no idea how widespread this problem is - and we note that this isn't the first we've heard about vandals attacking EV charging stations - but vandalizing charging stations sure seems like a needless setback to the EV…
 
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  • Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest

    Lidija Grozdanic
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    This stunning Forms in Nature chandelier transforms any room into a fairytale landscape! Inspired by drawings made by German biologist and naturalist Ernst Haeckel, designers Hilden & Diaz created an intricate bundle of entangled roots, bushes and tree branches that projects a 360-degree forest of shadows when illuminated from within. Read the rest of Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "lighting design", biomimetic chandelier, Biomimetic Design, Chandelier, chandelier design, Forms in Nature Chandelier, green…
  • Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library

    Beverley Mitchell
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    San Francisco-based startup Hampton Creek already has a couple of wins under its belt with its egg-free mayonnaise and dairy-free cookies. But its recent announcement that Dan Zigmond, formerly lead data scientist for Google Maps, will head the data resources for the company’s planned world’s largest plant library reveals just how grand its ambitions are. The purpose of the library? To identify and catalog plant characteristics in the quest to find more sustainable, animal-free alternatives to common foodstuffs. Read the rest of Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s…
  • All Signs Point to SeaWorld’s Imminent Demise and We Aren’t Sad

    Colin Payne
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    If cruelty to animals and marine captivity are on the list of things that make you hot under the collar, good news is on the horizon. According to The Dodo, all signs are pointing to the demise of SeaWorld, the company known far and wide for giving shoddy treatment to its marine residents. Media impresario Kenneth Lerer says the company’s brand is now so tarnished, an increasingly concerned population have come to view the enterprise as synonymous with the torture of whales. Read the rest of All Signs Point to SeaWorld’s Imminent Demise and We Aren’t Sad Permalink | Add to…
  • Prefabs for Hermit Crabs

    Jill Fehrenbacher
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
      Prefabricated homes have really evolved over the years, to the point where they really do come in all shapes and sizes. 3D printing has been of immense benefit in this regard, with the world’s first 3D-printed house currently being assembled in Amsterdam. Prefabricated houses aren’t just for people, however, and groups around the world have been putting their creative talents towards creating homes for animals in need… and one of the species being designed for is the ever-fascinating hermit crab. Read the rest of Prefabs for Hermit Crabs Permalink | Add to…
  • 9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

    HomeTalk
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Read the rest of 9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY, diy home, diy ideas, Gardening, gardening ideas, home talk, hometalk, mason jar gardening, mason jars
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  • Ask eBay to Stop Recommending Plastic Bubble Wrap to Sellers

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

    Beth Terry
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    It’s the final week of Plastic Free July, and BALM! Baby, a company that packages the majority of its personal care products without plastic, wants to reward everyone who participated by giving away crazy numbers of prizes.  I’ll throw in a copy of my book, Plastic-Free, as well.  Here’s all you have to do: Challenge Details: Challenge ends July 31, 2014. Form must be filled out & filled out HERE (it’s short) Switch one thing either within your household or your place of business within the month of July that helps to reduce plastic use. Then post a picture to…
  • Join Me in Berkeley and Around the World For Plastic-Free July

    Beth Terry
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, now’s your chance to join with other like-minded folks IN PERSON to support one another and learn about local resources to reduce plastic use.  And if you’re not in the SF Bay Area, why not start your own local group (either online or in person) to celebrate Plastic-Free July? While plastic reduction is important year-round, Plastic-Free July is a powerful time when people around the globe come together (in person or virtually) to make an extra effort to go plastic-free for a whole month and to spread the word that we can live…
  • Plastic-Free Vegan Lip Balm from Juniperseed Mercantile

    Beth Terry
    1 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    Tiffany Norton of Juniperseed Mercantile tried different kinds of packaging for her delicious lip balms until she found the right one.  She sent me one to try in its brand new cardboard tube, and I love it. Here’s what Tiffany has to say: Now packaged without plastic and made without beeswax!! I am super excited to share my new paper tube lip balms! They are more than three times the size of a typical little plastic tube, so they will last you quite a long time. And since there is no plastic involved in the packaging (even the label is made of recycled paper), you can recycle or…
  • Welcome #EcoWed Twitter Participants!

    Beth Terry
    30 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Hi everyone.  This is the official blog post for tonight’s #EcoWed Twitter party… all about ways to reduce plastic consumption and our exposure to toxic chemicals in plastics.  Leave a comment here to enter to win a free hardback copy of my book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.  (U.S. residents only, I’m afraid.)  As we chat tonight, I’ll try to update this post with interesting points and links that may come up.  Feel free to ask questions and share information here as well.   Notes from the Twitter Chat: Don’t forget…
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  • LEED Certification Boosts Hotel Revenue

    Ken Jennison
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    LEED-certified hotels make more money in average daily rates and revenue per available room than their non-LEED competitors, according to a study by Cornell University. This is a change from a 2013 Cornell study that stated hotels, on average, don’t see a revenue boost from going green. The new study compared the performance of 93 […]
  • Shale Oil Benefits Could Pay for Smaller Carbon Footprint

    Ken Jennison
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    The US could see about a 27 percent reduction in its carbon footprint if just half of the unanticipated economic benefits of shale gas and oil production were used in the efforts, according to agricultural economists at Purdue University. The researchers estimate that shale technologies annually provide an extra $302 billion to various sectors within the […]
  • Microsoft Quits Anti-Renewables Lobbying Group

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Microsoft has cut its ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an anti-renewables lobbying group, Electa Blog reports. The Sustainability Group, a socially responsible investment advocacy group, and portfolio management firm Walden Asset Management has been encouraging the IT giant to end its relationship with ALEC, according to the blog, and on Tuesday issued […]
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club joins EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    BJ’s Wholesale Club is the first wholesale club and the most recent participant in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, a national initiative aimed at encouraging businesses and institutions to prevent food waste. BJ’s operates 203 Clubs in 15 states from Maine to Florida. Sending food waste to a landfill represents a missed opportunity for businesses to […]
  • Smart Water Management Saves Companies 1.25bn Gallons

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Banyan Water, a technology company specializing in smart water management, says it has saved commercial and institutional clients 1.25 billion gallons of water since 2011, helping them reduce their water footprints and operating expenses even as drought conditions continue to affect a large portion of the US. Banyan Water’s initial technology product, Smart Irrigation, delivers […]
 
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  • SAP Investing $500 Million to Accelerate Innovation and Growth in Africa

    Mike Hower
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    SAP has announced it will invest up to $500 million through 2020 to train local talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa, with the overall goal of establishing the continent as one of the the company's top-five global growth markets.Much of the direct investment will be outside South Africa, where SAP already has a solid footprint. This will include SAP operations across 51 African countries, including Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and Mauritania.The SAP Africa growth plan is built on four pillars:Accelerating industry growth in energy and natural resources, utilities,…
  • Novelis Doubles Aluminum Recycling Capacity in Brazil

    Mike Hower
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Novelis, global producer of aluminum rolled products, has announced a $106 million investment that will add 100,000 metric tons of coating capacity and 190,000 metric tons of recycling capacity at its Pindamonhangaba facility in São Paulo, Brazil.The new coating line is designed specifically for beverage can end stock, the company says. The addition of this 100,000 ton line will double the market's capacity to supply coated can end stock and enable Novelis to deliver directly to can customers in the region, a function previously provided by a third-party partner. Novelis expects to begin…
  • Why Dirty Cigarette Butts Could Become a Clean Energy Storage Solution

    Hannah Ritchie
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A team of South Korean scientists has converted cigarette butts into a valuable material that they say could be used as an energy storage device in computers, electrical vehicles, wind turbines and various handheld devices.As reported by the Institute of Physics (IOP), and published in their journal Nanotechnology, the researchers demonstrated that the material proved superior to commercially used alternatives such as carbon, graphene and carbon nanotubes. The breakthrough could represent a win-win — acting as an electrical storage device while providing a solution to the increasing…
  • EnerNOC, WeSpire Teaming Up to Help Businesses Take Holistic Approach to Energy Management

    Sustainable Brands
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Today,EnerNOC, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based energy intelligence software (EIS), announced that it has made a strategic investment in Boston-based WeSpire, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that enables businesses to measure and track the positive business impacts of engaging employees in sustainability through technology.Under the terms of the agreement, EnerNOC has exclusive rights in the EIS space to market a white-labeled version of WeSpire’s employee-engagement application, customized for enterprise and utility customers. By offering the WeSpire application, EnerNOC…
  • Reggie Watts Sings, Yodels and Raps for a Clean Internet in Greenpeace's New #ClickClean Videos

    Sustainable Brands
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Greenpeace launched a series of short web videos today featuring comedian, musician and activist Reggie Watts to support its #ClickClean campaign, which calls on companies to power the Internet with renewable energy.The videos, which Greenpeace made with the award-winning creative team at the VIA Agency, are part of a new push by the watchdog group’s #ClickClean initiative, which aims to push Internet companies to consider the impact of continuing to power with traditional energy sources and switcher to cleaner ones.The Internet would rank sixth among countries for its electricity demand.
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  • What Can You Do with Banana Peels… Besides Throw them Away?

    Important Media Cross-Post
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    We generally don’t think of banana peels as wasted food because most of us don’t eat them. You can, though… or you can put them to other uses. Our friends at Insteading and Eat.Drink.Better have both published the infographic below, but I thought it was well worth another post… if anything, to get people thinking even more about the potential uses for things we throw away without any thoughts. Take a look at Jo’s thoughts from Insteading, and share your own with us in the comments… Top 10 Uses for Banana Peels – Waste Not One of the most important aspects…
  • Disappointed with Gardening Ideas You Find Online? OpenFarm Wants to Change that

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    A sample OpenFarm guide Image credit: OpenFarm Kickstarter I love to share gardening ideas I find, or have even tried, but I know that there will always be specifics of a planting situation for which I can’t account. Soil quality, rainfall, sunlight, and pests are just a few of the elements that will play into the success of any gardening project, and they can vary widely. That means we’ve got to keep any instructions general, and hope that readers make necessary adjustments based on their circumstances. That’s great for experienced planters and gardeners… but what if…
  • How to Keep Eco-Friendly Indoor Cats

    Guest Author
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Image credit: Julia Marchand For those of us who live on busy streets, letting our cats run wild is not an option. But anyone striving for a sustainable home should still consider ways to keep their felines in harmony with the natural world. I’ve found that environmental responsibility for cat owners mainly comes down to these basics: ingredient sustainability, production location, product biodegradability and packaging recyclability. Once these qualifications are met to my standards, each product I consider for my cats has to then pass one final test: do my kitties approve?
  • Upcycling with Arduino: 7 Projects

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Arduino Microcontroller Board Credit: Shutterstock I had so much fun putting together last week’s post of upcycling projects involving the Raspberry Pi computer that I decided to keep digging. This time, I focused on projects featuring Arduino. This “open-source electronics platform” isn’t a computer per se; it’s more like the electronic “brains” inside appliances that control their functioning. Its purpose: to give makers/hackers the tools needed to add interactivity to their projects. Arduino’s been around longer than Raspberry Pi, so…
  • How to Upcycle Cereal Boxes into Hanging Wall Files

    Talancia Pea
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    Talancia’s finished folders. School has only just begun and our kitchen counters have transformed into command central for all things paperwork. There’re forms to list our contact information and others to describe my child’s strengths and weaknesses. We also have booklets, packets and so much more. The clutter of all of the papers can become a bit overwhelming; so, I took to the blogosphere for useful, inexpensive solutions. Over on Soho Sonnet, a fellow mom features a simple, step-by-step tutorial to make hanging wall files from used cereal boxes. I made mine in ten minutes or so,…
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  • Oregon Rejects Key Permit for Coal Export Terminal

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    EcoWatch: The state of Oregon stood up to dirty coal exports today by denying a key dock-building permit. This denial is a major victory for residents and climate activists who have waged a huge, high-profile campaign against coal exports. Oregon’s decision today shows that our state leadership values clean air, our climate and healthy salmon runs. Coal export proponent, Ambre Energy asked the Oregon’s Department of State Lands for permission to build a new loading dock to ship Powder River Basin coal down...
  • Mexico closes 80 schools after chemical leak

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Agence France-Presse: Authorities in Mexico said Monday they have closed about 80 schools after sulfuric acid leaked from a copper mine in the country's northwest and contaminated the Sonora River. "About 5,000 students from around 80 schools will not have classes this week because of a lack of water and in some locations their proximity to the river," said the director of the Sonora state civil protection agency, Jesus Arias. On August 6, some 40,000 cubic meters (10.6 million gallons) of sulfuric acid used to...
  • Reason Climate Change Optimism as Forest Strategy Validated

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Huffington Post: Finally there's good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it's already working. For a long time, experts have theorized that indigenous people in forest communities and their management of these forests are critical to controlling and eventually diminishing carbon emissions in the atmosphere -- and now a new study shows that this is true. The report, called "Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change" and released...
  • One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    National Public Radio: Eric Knapp breaks apart a burnt pine cone, looking for seeds - in his line of work this is considered a clue. "Going into an area after a fire, you almost feel like CSI, you know, sleuthing," Knapp says. He is standing in a part of the Stanislaus National Forest that was severely burned by the Rim Fire. Knapp, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, is studying how forests recover. "It's completely dead," he says. "These trees won't be coming back to life." A lot of the forest was charred...
  • As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Reuters: When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive. With a recurrence of El Nino, the weather pattern behind the drought, looming and dry conditions already affecting an area larger than South Africa, another major drought could be one struggle too many for farmers such as the Kendals. "In 2006, we saw the lowest amount of...
 
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  • How Much It Costs to Raise a Kid, in 4 Charts

    Katie Rose Quandt
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    A middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about a quarter of a million dollars in child-rearing expenses over the next 18 years, according to a new report from the USDA. Costs such as housing, food, transportation, clothing, health care, child care, and education will amount to an expected $304,340 ($245,340 in 2013 dollars) for middle-income families, a 1.8 percent increase from last year's report. For each income bracket, costs will increase as the child ages: Although households with incomes in the lowest third will spend less than half as much on child-related…
  • Are Your Kids' Rainbow Bracelets Toxic?

    Kiera Butler
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    Bracelets and other trinkets made on the wildly popular Rainbow Loom—a toy that allows kids to weave together brightly colored elastic bands—could contain cancer-causing chemicals, a British laboratory has found. In a study commissioned by a British toy retailer, the Assay Laboratory in Birmingham, United Kingdom, tested charms meant to be attached to bracelets and necklaces woven on the looms. The researchers found that while Rainbow Loom's own name-brand products were safe, some charms made by knockoff brands contained high levels of phthalates, a class of carcinogenic…
  • Video: "Holy Shit!" Freak Weather Event Stuns Brooklyn's Hipster Beach

    James West
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The weekend peace and quiet of McCarren Park in Brooklyn, New York—sometimes dubbed the "hipster beach" by locals—was shattered on Sunday afternoon​ by a strange, towering meteorological visitor. And also by the howls of my friend Michael Gambale, who took this video, yelling like the world was fast coming to an end. "It was amazing," he said. "I had my 'oh shit, a double rainbow' moment."​ The spiraling, orange tunnel-like phenomenon appears to be a textbook specimen of a "dust devil", which…
  • Shorter Trees Could Make Peaches Cheaper

    Rebecca Cohen
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    When it comes to peach and nectarine trees, bigger isn't necessarily better. An orchard worker can spend as much as half of his or her day lugging around the ladders required to reach the branches of a typical 13-foot tree. Plus, the danger of climbing the ladders drives up the cost of workers' compensation insurance—growers of peaches and nectarines pay about 40 percent more for it than growers of low-lying fruit like grapes. Now scientists at the University of California are trying to shrink the cost of labor on peach and nectarine farms by shrinking the plants themselves. In a 4-acre…
  • Humans Have Tripled Mercury in the Oceans

    Jenna McLaughlin
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    On Thursday, researchers released the first comprehensive study of mercury in the world's oceans over time according to depth. Their finding: Since the Industrial Revolution, the burning of fossil fuels and some mining activities have resulted in a more than three times increase in mercury in the upper 100 meters (about 330 feet) of the ocean. There, it builds up in carnivorous species like tuna—a food staple in the US that health experts have been concerned about for years because of its high mercury levels. Much of the 290 million moles (a unit of measure for…
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  • 9 'undiscovered' places filled with tourists

    joshwlew
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
  • Antlers or horns? What's the difference?

    pod_user
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo: Larry Keller/MNN Flickr Group   Deer don't have horns just like cows don't have antlers.
  • Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95

    melbreyer
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    "I always tell people, 'live happily and die majestically,’” said yoga master Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar – and by all accounts, he followed his own advice. Courting an energetic devotion to his yoga practice well into his 90s, the guru died at a hospital in Pune, India, after being admitted for the undeniably poetic condition of "breathlessness."  
  • Nut butters recalled for salmonella contamination

    lmoss
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Peanut and almond butter sold at several major retailers is being recalled for potential salmonella contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.   The nut butters affected by the recall include store brands from Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Kroger and Safeway, among others.   A full list of the recalled products can be found on the FDA's website.  
  • Creole Chicken Salad Canapés

    rshreeves
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Looking for a recipe to make for an end-of-summer party that you haven’t made for every other backyard party this season? I’ve been hooked on Beck’s Creole Mayo this summer. It’s an all-natural sandwich spread, salad mixer and dip.   The mayo works great in this Creole Chicken Salad Canapé recipe. The salad sits on top of a cucumber round and is topped with grape tomatoes and scallions. The spicy (but not too spicy) mayo gives it all a great kick.  
 
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • 6 Summer Stories From GTM Research You May Have Missed

    Mike Munsell
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    As summer winds down, days are getting shorter, and in turn, solar modules are producing less and less energy. If you’ve taken some needed vacation during the past few months, you may have missed some big stories coming out of GTM Research.   Here are six of GTM Research's most important storylines of this summer. Who Finances Residential Solar in 2014? In this article, solar analyst Nicole Litvak maps the residential finance landscape in the United States. Vendors are broken down into four segments: vertically integrated financiers, partner model financiers, semi-integrated…
  • Green Jobs: New CEO at RGS Energy, Plus News From Primus, Proterra, A123, Heliae, Innovari

    Eric Wesoff
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    RGS Energy, a provider of solar installation and financing for homes and businesses, has named Dennis Lacey as CEO, succeeding Kam Mofid, who has left "to pursue other interests." Mofid had been CEO since July 2012, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to joining RGS Energy in April as president of RGS Energy's Residential Solar Division, Lacey held a number of senior executive positions including CFO and EVP at Imperial Bancorp, a $6 billion publicly traded commercial bank acquired by Comerica.   Primus Power, a firm developing grid-scale energy storage utilizing flow battery…
  • Revenue-Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend: A Potential Win for the Climate

    Bruce Hagen
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As the bad climate news continues, and states wrestle with the devilish details of EPA's new carbon rule, one has to wonder: is there a better way to fight global warming? A way that goes beyond power plants? One that penalizes carbon emission “offshoring” without relying on a new global treaty? That grows the economy and creates more jobs? That is supported by small-government conservatives? That GTM readers can enthusiastically support? Yes, yes, yes and yes. It’s remarkably simple: a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend, such as that proposed by the organization…
  • The Next Big Thing: Solar Freakin’ Carports

    Scott Moskowitz
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Earlier this year, the internet swooned over the idea of turning everyday roads into solar energy systems that could power cities. The tagline of the inventors: "solar freakin' roadways." Those without a deep background in energy or materials wondered what could possibly hold back such an innovative idea. Others responded by identifying the long list of problems. At GTM Research, we focus on making sense of what is happening in the solar industry, spotting trends in technology, and forecasting how these changes will impact the market. Because they're still a far-off technology…
  • AES Betting On Lithium-Ion Batteries for Long-Duration Energy Storage

    Jeff St. John
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    When it comes to storing energy at the scale of the power grid, lithium-ion batteries have a lot of advantages -- and, critics say, some significant drawbacks. Sure, lithium-ion is the dominant battery chemistry for consumer electronics and electric vehicles, which helps drive down costs and improve bankability for grid projects (see Tesla’s Giga factory for an example of how this future could unfold). And yes, they’ve been proven in many grid-tied projects around the world. But there are two questions that continue to dog the potential for lithium-ion batteries at grid scale. Can…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Why Insecure Data Is Bad for the U.S. Economy

    Jan Lee
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recent revelations of NSA spying, laws that prevent IT companies from protecting the confidentiality of customers' information and data hacking are driving clients to move their company data out of the U.S., a step that some experts say will cost the country billions of dollars in the near future.
  • Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Gets Certified

    Andrew Burger
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    U.S. manufacturers large and small are looking for ways to demonstrate their social and environmental responsibility, as well as boost their bottom lines. Zero-waste-to-landfill may be just the ticket.
  • Buddy Cianci Pasta Sauce: The Latest Cause Marketing Failure

    Leon Kaye
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The AP investigated the claims of Buddy Cianci that his pasta sauce benefits schoolchildren, and found that for three years, it made a profit of $3.
  • Poll Clears Up Misconceptions: People of Color Concerned About Climate Change

    Alexis Petru
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Despite the long-standing environmental justice movement, the misconception that people of color don’t care about environmental issues remains. But a new poll commissioned by the nonprofit Green For All reveals what we should have known all along: Communities of color are not only concerned about the environment, but also view climate change as an imminent threat. According to the survey, 68 percent of African American, Latino and Asian likely voters think climate change is an issue that Americans need to be worried about right now – not a problem we can put off in the future.
  • Consumer Brands Face Tax Haven Pressure While B2Bs Get Free Pass

    Mary Mazzoni
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Corporate responsibility advocates were quick to label the story a win from a stakeholder engagement standpoint, and it surely shows what can happen when consumers take action. But it also begs the question: Why Walgreens?
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Nature as Nurturing: An Educator’s Narrative to Motivate Nature Play

    Christine Escobar
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    A soft breeze graces against our skin, birds chirp happily in the tree tops and the sweet smell of a magnolia tree perfumes the air around us. Many of us recall distinctive sensory memories from our time outdoors and nature poses a feast for the senses. Visual stimuli abound: greenery of all shapes and sizes, leaves garnished with edges from smooth to jagged, and an array of characters from pale brown squirrels to vermillion insects. Nature invigorates and nurtures all of our senses: visual, auditory, tactile and olfactory. Nature offers a lot more to us than just sensory memories, however.
  • Calling All Newbie Campers: Family Camp Out at Chicago Parks

    Christine Escobar
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Chicago Park District has just announced its second year of Family Camping geared toward novice campers. For a single low registration fee, families can take advantage of guided nature hikes, marshmallow roasts, fishing, fire building demos and camping under the stars at some of the most popular parks in the city.  Registration is now open for camping at Garfield Park Conservatory, Calumet Park, Bull Frog Lake in (in partnership with the Cook County Forest Preserve), and Northerly Island. The Family Camping registration fee is $50 per family of up to six members, including children…
  • Green Homes for Everyone: Talking Passive Homes with Evolutionary Home Builders' Brandon Weiss

    Christine Escobar
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
      The availability and affordability of green housing is a concern for many eco-conscioius home buyers in the U.S. today. As green building technology continues to improve, more and more home buyers are realizing the long term benefits of building green. A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders, reports that the majority of green homeowners would purchase another green home and recommend purchasing a green home to friends.  This weekend, the U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois is organizing the 2014 Green Built Home Tour. All homes on the Green Built Home Tour…
  • Chicago Parks To Continue Free Swimming Classes for Kids and Teens This Summer

    Christine Escobar
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The Chicago Park District will once again offer a free session of swim lessons to new enrollees age 6-17. The Park District initially offered the popular program this past January. The first session (10 weeks) of Learn to Swim classes for kids and teens ages 6-17 will be free, when using coupon code FIRSTFREE.  Fees will apply for Learn to Swim classes in subsequent sessions, or for an additional class in the same session.  The Learn to Swim fee is $22 for each 10 week session. (This fee may be waived for qualifying families.) The FIRSTFREE coupon code can be used when registering…
  • The 606 to Host "Trail Mix" of Events For Families and Design Enthusiasts

    Christine Escobar
    17 May 2014 | 8:57 am
    Chicago's soon to be completed new park, The 606, has a variety of events in store this summer around the city for families and those interested in the design and construction of the park, which is currently under construction along the site of the former Bloomingdale Trail. "Trail Mix" kicked off on Tuesday with a conversation at The Darwin School Auditorium on native plants that will inhabit the park, and continues June 7 with a family bike ride and potluck at the McCormick Tribune YMCA. Organizers say Family Days are geared toward children ages 3 to 12 and their caregivers…
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    Max Gladwell

  • Dropping Mt. Pinos – GoPro & Strava

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

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

    Max Gladwell
    6 May 2014 | 11:41 am
    Whether building a startup company or getting faster on a bike, achieving goals is all about the application of mental energy I achieved two major life goals over the past four years. Although they are closely related and even intertwined with one another, they are also completely different types of goals, one being intellectual and the other highly physical. And what I realized in hindsight is that there was one factor at the center of each that ultimately made them achievable. First, I founded a technology company in 2010. I’d been exploring a few different models around the…
  • Backbone Trail to Will Rogers – Pacific Palisades

    Max Gladwell
    4 May 2014 | 9:12 pm
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    Max Gladwell
    26 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
     
 
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    EnergyBloggers

  • Caught On Camera: Beauty Pageant Contestant Nabbed In Workers …

    wpadmin
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of participating in several beauty pageants while collecting workers’ compensation benefits for a foot injury. KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz spoke with insurance-fraud investigators about the suspicious claim. “She certainly possessed beauty and bravado, but certainly not too much brains,” said Byron Tucker, Deputy Insurance Commissioner. According to officials, Shawna Lynn Palmer claimed to her employer March 10 that she was unable to continue working due to a foot injury she sustained as a clerk at Stater Bros. During…
  • Report urges planning now to curb youth sports injuries

    wpadmin
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Fairfax (Va.) High School athletic trainer Bret Gustman checks on Langley High School soccer player Courtney Kim after a collision in May 2011. Kim hurt her shoulder but returned to play later in the game.(Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY) With the start of a new school year comes a new season of youth sports, and with it growing concerns about player safety. A new survey by the non-profit advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide finds “an alarming gap” in what is known about sports safety and what is being done to reduce the risk of injury to young athletes, whether playing scholastic,…
  • Judge rules in favor of WOW gym owners in noncompete case, orders …

    wpadmin
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders ruled that the defendants in the case must pay roughly $3 million in damages, cannot open other competing gyms within 50 miles of WOW New England facilities and cannot use the WOW New England name on their competing chain of fitness clubs called Blast. Mary Moore Reporter- Boston Business Journal Email  |  Twitter A Superior Court judge has ruled that a co-owner of the health and fitness chain Work Out World New England breached his fiduciary responsibility to the chain’s other shareholders. Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders also ruled that the…
  • WINNER! Oregon Man Crowned Scrabble Champ

    wpadmin
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word “zilch” and finished with the opposite — the $10,000 prize and title of national Scrabble champion. The 24-year-old player, from Portland, Oregon, beat 29-year-old Jason Li, of Montreal, in the final round of the five-day 25th National Scrabble Championships played at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Bassett-Bouchard, the tournament’s second seed, said he knew luck was with him when he drew a wild-card blank tile and an “s” on his first seven-tile rack. He led for most…
  • Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options Despite Law

    wpadmin
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    i i Quite a few big businesses plan to offer workers health insurance options that have so few benefits that they don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act. iStockphoto hide caption itoggle caption iStockphoto Quite a few big businesses plan to offer workers health insurance options that have so few benefits that they don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act. iStockphoto Nearly 1 in 6 companies plans to offer health coverage that doesn’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for value and affordability, a national survey of employers finds. Many thought such…
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • 6 Ways to Transition Kids (and you!) Back to School

    Katy
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I don’t know about you, but we’ve all shifted. Later bedtimes, lax routines, lose schedules. Ah, summer. The time to catch firefires, watch the super moon, make S’mores. It is also the time of sleep deprivation, lazy days, and open schedules. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that these days are coming to an end (sob!). If you haven’t noticed, the back to school media machine has been churning for weeks. I ignore most of it. Until I start to feel the tug myself. Then I know we must start thinking about the transition to back to school. How can we make this…
  • 4 Ways to Support the Children in Crisis at the Border

    Katy
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    image care of Save the Children I have watched helplessly as the news has come in about the thousands of children coming into the country from Central America. First, I was astounded– no one was talking about it. Children were coming alone, thousands of miles, into our country, and there was very little news other than a cursory mention or two. How different would this be if the children were from Europe? If the children who needed help were American? As the wealthiest nation on the planet– we had children coming into our country without anyone helping them, looking out for their…
  • Legos, Shell, Dirty Fuel, and Marketing to Children

    Katy
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    What do Lego toys and the Shell oil company have in common? 16 million Lego toys have been sold with Shell oil printed on the side, with the Ferrari model collection valued at $116 million. This is the result of a robust campaign by Shell to clean up their image by partnering with Legos to promote their brand.  Why do they need their image cleaned up? Well, here are a few reasons: they were banned from drilling in the Arctic because of accidents, oil spills, faulty equipment and shortcuts that harm this fragile environment want climate denial curriculum taught in schools sold off renewable…
  • Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer with ENERGY STAR

    Katy
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    (Here is an important and timely guest post from our friends at EPA’s Energy Star! You can keep cool and save energy. Happy summer, Non-Toxic Kids readers!) Even when the temperature goes up, your utility bills can still stay low. With help from ENERGY STAR you can keep your cool, tame those bills, and help fight climate change. The secret is to keep your cooling system from working too hard. Discover these Top 5 Ways to Chill Out with ENERGY STAR, so that you and your cooling system can both enjoy the summer! Find out more at www.energystar.gov/cooling. 1. Keep the heat out Take…
  • Toxic Free Car Seats (a much needed study!)

    Katy
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    One of my most visited posts is about the toxic flame retardant chemicals in car seats. Parents want to know the safest brands and models to buy. This is very hard to keep track of since models and material use among companies is always changing. Non-Toxic readers send me questions asking about updates to car seat information. This is hard to find…unless… read below! The life cycle of chemicals have a big impact on the life cycle of your child, and toxics, like lead and brominated flame retardants, are persistent in products our families use everyday. Despite the concerns of major…
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    Crunchy Chicken

  • Life in the Garden - August 2014

    Crunchy Chicken
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Since I post a little here and there about what I've got growing on our urban farmstead, I thought it would be helpful to give you a run down of everything I've got growing, foodwise, on our less than 1/10th of an acre in Seattle. Fruits: Blackberries Raspberries Blueberries Strawberries Apples Pears (haven't yet produced anything) Cherries Plums Grapes Figs (don't really produce anything)
  • Black Bottom Pumpkin Bars recipe

    Crunchy Chicken
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I'm trying to use up the last of the frozen pumpkin puree we processed from last year's pumpkins to make some space for this year's pumpkins. And, really, who needs an excuse to eat pumpkin, especially when it's paired with rich chocolate? Although these are bars, it's more of a delicious, moist cake. And the beauty of it is that you can substitute all sorts of fruit purees out for the pumpkin.
  • Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather Recipe

    Crunchy Chicken
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Yum! If you have tons of blackberries you are trying to preserve, like to drink mojitos and don't mind chewing your fruit in a gummy format, then this fruit leather recipe is for you. And, yes, it does contain rum. However, since it's cooked, the alcohol burns off, so you can safely feed these to your kids without worrying that you're a bad parent. Feel free to halve this recipe.
  • What are your personal cleaning habits?

    Crunchy Chicken
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every couple of years I like to ask these personal hygiene questions since I'm always curious to see the answers. I do this because there is such a huge focus in our culture on bathing and bath products and sterilizing everything that I wonder how much that advertising infects our consciousness. And our pocketbooks. One thing that always sticks in my mind is the commercials from the late
  • Big Foot Peed on my Tent

    Crunchy Chicken
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Caught in the act. Sort of. I've had our 4 person tent set up in the backyard because the kids like to camp out back. And, since we haven't been able to go actual camping due to health issues, this is as good as it's going to get for a while. It's been up for about a month and we've slept in it, oh, once. Mostly because our neighborhood is super noisy. Something I didn't actually realize until
 
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • 10 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Children

    Tiffany
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I am not a professional photographer but I do love to take photos. I especially love taking pictures of my kids. In fact they were what motivated me to buy a DSLR camera. I wanted more professional looking photos (as opposed to candids) but I didn’t have the money to be hiring a photographer several times […]
  • Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

    Tiffany
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    I love tacos. In fact I love all Mexican food. I also love the crockpot. I use it all year long but it is especially helpful in the summer when I don’t want to heat the house. These days though I need recipes that only require 4 hours, instead of 6-8 as typical. I just don’t […]
  • Back to School Shopping for all Seasons

    Tiffany
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    It’s that time.  Time to go back to school and get all of the supplies you will need for the coming school year. It might be tempting to buy clothes for all weather scenarios that might arise during the school year. If you did that, though, it would probably be a mistake. You’ll just end […]
  • 6 Natural, Ancestral Ways To Increase Your Child’s Social Success

    Guest
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I was a pretty shy kid. Until I was 13 years old, my parents literally had to coax me out of my bedroom (where I was typically buried in a medieval fantasy novel) to get me to simply shake the hands of our visitors and look them in the eye. Then I’d quickly duck back […]
  • The Great Cloth Diaper Debate

    Tiffany
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Which is better…disposable or cloth? The diaper wars have begun and you must choose sides….muhawww. New parents are faced with many decisions, one of them choosing whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. There are advantages and disadvantages for each diaper type. This issue can be a hot one among parents, a part of parenting […]
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    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  • Talking about Unschooling with Barb Lundgren

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    I recently had the opportunity to attend a free talk about unschooling by Barb Lundgren, a mother to three (now) adult unschoolers. Barb is also the founder of the Rethinking Everything Conference and the editor of Home Education Magazine, devoted entirely to unschooling. The talk was at the co-housing community of Nyland in Lafayette, Colo., and was facilitated by Leslie Potter of Pure Joy Parenting. I took some notes and would like to share a little bit about what I took away from the evening. It may seem a little disjointed, but I just wanted to put these thoughts “out…
  • I am a runner, but I wasn’t always…

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.Priscilla Welch Loathing Running from an Early Age Over a year ago, when I was considering adding some form of exercise into my life, my well-intentioned friend Rebecca — a runner — suggested that I start running. I told her I’d only run “if someone was chasing me with a knife.” And I kind of meant it. I’d hated running since high school freshman gym class when — at the end of the semester — we had to run “the…
  • Computer Programming for Kids

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    I recently heard from a homeschooling friend about this site called Code, which encourages people of all ages to learn computer science by completing an “Hour of Code.” Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms. After a busy day of art and parkour classes, jumping on the trampoline, Minecraft, playing and more, my husband Jody and the kids sprawled out in the…
  • A Day In The Life: The Taste Test Challenge

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Hey friends! I decided to start a new series on my blog to give you an idea of some of the things the kids and I do in our unschooling/life learning journey. It’s called “A Day In The Life” and this will be the first installment. Yesterday Ava was watching YouTube (one of our favorite resources) videos from a group of girls who do different “challenges.” One of them was a “taste test” challenge, where one girl is blindfolded and the other gives her a variety of foods to eat and hopefully figure out what they are by taste alone. Ava asked me to set up…
  • How I healed my daughter’s tooth pain/abscess naturally

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:12 pm
    I don’t think it’s a secret that I lean toward natural remedies when dealing with my and my children’s health. I believe that Western medicine has it’s place and we as a family use pharmaceuticals as well as natural remedies, but I prefer to look to alternative medicine first. Two weeks ago on a Thursday evening, my daughter (9) began experiencing tooth pain in one of her baby teeth. By Friday morning, she was in a lot of pain. I started treating her with a remedy I knew could help with tooth pain — oil pulling with coconut oil. I also diluted some doTERRA clove…
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Freezing the Harvest

    Christy
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Queen Composter shares how she preserves the bounty of the season for the long winter ahead.This is the time of year when the earth's bounty is overflowing. The harvest is in full swing and there is abundant fresh, local and often organically grown vegetables and fruit. Those of us who have kitchen gardens are faced with buckets full of tomatoes, beans, zucchinis, greens and herbs. If you don't have your own garden, it is easy to find local food at farmers markets and local farms. I am trying to bake as much zucchini bread as I can, but it is nice to have homegrown, or locally grown food in…
  • Greening Back to School

    Amber Strocel
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    The Climate Crusader is getting ready to send her kids back to school sustainably.When I logged into Instagram this morning, I saw that for many children in the United States, today was the first day back at school. Where I live on the West Coast of Canada, kids will be heading back to class the day after Labour Day in a couple of weeks. (We hope - as Queen Composter mentioned, there is an ongoing labour dispute that may or may not be resolved in time.) Regardless of whether your kids are already back in class or whether you have a few more weeks of summer vacation to look forward to, there…
  • Nature Heals

    Christy
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Queen Composter has been feeling blue.I have struggled with blogging for the past few weeks, with little desire and seemingly little time to do so, which is ironic given that I am on summer vacation. I have also been trying on post ideas and tossing them to the side because they didn't grab me. I have even forgotten to post when I have made commitments to do so, which makes me feel guilty. But I now have something that I think I am ready to share, and it is going to be hard for me, so please be kind.I have been depressed for many weeks now. Thankfully I have not struggled with depression for…
  • Food Miles vs Nostalgia

    Mindful Echo
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Mindful Echo feels guilty...but it might be worth it. Forgive me bloggers, for I have sinned. I have forsaken my adherence to the rules of buying local and made a purchase that travelled no less than 1,895km (or 1177.5 miles). And you know what? I hardly regret it.As much as I love living in Nova Scotia and am so grateful for the easy access I have to locally sourced, delicious food, I still sometimes miss the produce of my youth.I grew up on the Niagara Peninsula: an area known for it's ideal conditions for the production of such deliciousness as grapes, cherries, and peaches. Summertime…
  • My Vermicomposting Venture

    Heather
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    In which the Parsimonious Princess tells you about how worms eat her garbage.Add having a worm composting bin to the list of things I never imagined I would ever do. It's right up there with cloth diapering, raising chickens, and beekeeping. I can't even tell you how many times it makes me think of that part in Dumb & Dumber when Lloyd pitches his idea for a worm farm business. I remember how disgusting that sounded back when I watched it in high school. Who would have thought that someday I'd have a small sort of worm farm? Weird.Anyway...I'm not entirely sure where I…
 
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier Review

    greenandcleanmom
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Home renovation can be exciting but in my experience is also means drywall dust. Drywall dust means vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. Repeat daily for the rest of your life! Slight exaggeration but that is how I feel right now. Luckily, I was sent a Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier and boy what a difference it has made. We actually need more than one of these Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier Review The post Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier Review appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Be a Super Hero and Run for a Good Cause

    greenandcleanmom
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Last year my 3rd grade student’s wrote stories about being super heroes. What powers would they have if they could be a super hero? It was  very inspiring to hear so many of them saying they’d save people from bad guys, feed hungry people, make sure that cancer was cured or everyone had warm clothing.  Of course some of the children wanted to turn tree’s Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Be a Super Hero and Run for a Good Cause The post Be a Super Hero and Run for a Good Cause appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Saving the Planet, One Scoop at a Time

    greenandcleanmom
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    I have fond memories of chasing the ice cream truck as a kid. I remember hearing the music and dropping whatever I was doing to get a push-up or a bright yellow PAC Man with a bubble gum eye. Tell me you remember those and eat the bubble gum eye first? Childhood fun and dreams, something I relish but even as we grow up we don’t Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Saving the Planet, One Scoop at a Time The post Saving the Planet, One Scoop at a Time appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • 3 Lessons Learned From Home Renovation

    greenandcleanmom
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I’m learning a few lessons from home renovation and we’re knee deep in it so I’d love to share with you my experience but also gain any wisdom you might have. If you’ve gone through home renovation for any reason you’ll probably be able to relate! Contractors, suppliers, installers and workers are usually not on time.  They’re kind of like the cable company and if they say they’ll Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.3 Lessons Learned From Home Renovation The post 3 Lessons Learned From Home Renovation appeared first on Green and…
  • Choosing an Effective DEET Free Bug Repellent

    greenandcleanmom
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    A local blogger group was having a conversation over bug sprays and repellents because it’s that time of year and it got me thinking I should post my tips and pointers here, not just on Facebook. Now I’m not perfect and my kids swell up when they get bug bites so I do whatever I can to avoid the nasty little blood sucking creators! This Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Choosing an Effective DEET Free Bug Repellent The post Choosing an Effective DEET Free Bug Repellent appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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  • DayBook 8.18.14

    Greenstylemom
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    FOR TODAYOutside my window... is just right! Clear and a lovely temperature. If it gets pretty warm today, we might head down to a park fountain this afternoon.I am hearing... the dryer running, beans simmering on the stove, and the cat chasing a fly.I am feeling... pretty excited to get back to a sorta-routine starting today. While do-nothing days usually refresh me, it seems that if I have too many of them (say, 2 months in summer...), then I get absolutely nothing accomplished and feel like a slug. Seems I do best with a loose schedule or travel.I am thinking... about…
  • Homeschool Plan for August

    Greenstylemom
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Want to get a lot of reading done this month! I predict a lot of time at the park, reading on a blanket. My favorite. I'm also going to use the next couple weeks to fine tune the kids' daily to-do lists.MathKhanAcademy - watch multiplication/division videos & work on some problems as reviewCalculadder - Jack Level 2, Kate Level 6 - drills 4-5x/week and just see how we progressLife of Fred - Matt is going to start with the 2nd reading of Edgewood, then we'll start Farming (I had intended to continue to read this series all summer, but life happens...)Language…
  • 2014-15 Homeschool Plan

    Greenstylemom
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    This is going to be our third full year of homeschool (I still sorta can't believe we are doing this!). It may also be our final year of homeschool, at least for Kate. In our school district, middle school starts in 6th grade, and we (Matt, Kate & sorta me) are fairly certain that Kate will go back for middle school. I'm vacillating on what to do with Jack next year, but we'll decide that path when we get closer.After a couple years of doing this, I have come to realize that Sept-Oct-Nov are the best months for schooling. We are fresh and motivated. I've also realized that it is nice to…
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
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  • To Do List 7.13.14

    Greenstylemom
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Last week's progress... I feel like I should get partial credit for a few to-do's that I at least attempted...Finish quilting baby quiltCut off old jeans and stitch edges (not absolutely sure I want to stitch edges...)Put away Fourth of July decorationsClean out pantryHang art in family roomBox up Zappos returnDrop off Zappos return box at UPSHang clock in mountain home (ran into a design snafu...)Spray paint little skier statueHang art in guest roomMake daily to do list for kidsReturns to Banana Republic & DSWSchedule horse back riding trail ride for Kate and meLibrary…
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    Green Talk®

  • Mexican Bean Beetle: Learn How to Id and Prevent it.

    Anna@Green Talk
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Last year I thought my bush bean leaves were ravished by the Japanese beetles.  The beetles didn’t touch my black or white beans  So I ignored the beetles to focus on bigger problems–the cabbage looper.  Well, ignorance is not bliss  since that “beetle” was the Mexican bean beetle which ravished all of my bean leaves this year.  He or she looks just like a ladybug but don’t be fooled by its seemingly harmless demeanor.  It is worse than teenage boys looking for food in your kitchen. What is the Mexican Bean Beetle? It is a tan colored lady bug with 16 spots…
  • Radish Health Benefits + Recipes (Using Leaves & Pods Too.)

    Anna@Green Talk
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Radishes are an acquired spicy taste but are quite healthy for you.   Hubs love them– especially the the black radishes. This year I decided to grow Daikon radishes as well as Hub’s beloved black radishes.  But the root is not the only star in the game. The leaves as well as the beans pods are amazing. (If you let the plant flower, it produces bean pods.)  So, are you ready to eat some radishes?  Listed below are some recipes that you can use to cook all parts of the radish. Just an FY, when you cook radishes, their spicy demeanor fades away.  They become mellow and sweet. …
  • Get Rid of Squash Bug Eggs with this Simple Hack

    Anna@Green Talk
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Who dislikes squash bugs?  Raise your hands.  I have 8 ways how you can keep those bugs at bay.  Well, if all your efforts fail, you still need to remove the eggs from the back of your leaves.  Why?  They can suck the life out of your squash leaves.  (Those little vampires.)  So every summer, I am on red  egg alert with my new found favorite hack to easily remove those eggs from the leaves. Good bye squash bugs. {And good riddance.) As you can see in the picture above, squash bugs lay eggs in a pyramid type orientation.  The eggs are quite small.  In fact, one had the nerve to…
  • Squash Bug Control: 8 Ways to Kick their Butts in the Garden

    Anna@Green Talk
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Squash bugs are notorious for destroying your pumpkins and squashes.  They suck the life out of your leaves.Then, they invade your house in the winter.  I am not sure who is worse–the squash bug or the squash vine borer.  (Learn some tricks on keeping the vine borer hopefully out of the garden.)  I think the squash bug is worse since if you squish it, it smells horrible. In my zone, they start laying eggs in June.  In fact, in July I saw a squash bug lay eggs.  So you need to stay vigilant the whole summer!. Squash Bug Control: Since I am trying to keep them out of the garden, I…
  • Natural Weed Killers. Learn What Works.

    Anna@Green Talk
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    I hate weeds.  You think you got them all and then suddenly, there is twice as many as you previously picked.  It’s maddening.  But the worse weeding is removing ones that are stuck between the itty bitty cracks of pavement, pavers, and sidewalks.  Crabgrass and dandelions adore these spaces.  Instead of cursing them, banish them using some nontoxic methods. Natural Weed Removal Methods that haven’t worked for me: 1.  Boiling water:  How many of you have seen the “throw” boiling water on your weeds idea?  I have tried this idea.  Perennial weeds just laugh at…
 
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    Mindful Momma

  • How an Oyster Feeds a Bay

    Micaela
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
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  • A Vermont Experience

    Micaela
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
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  • 3 Tips for Waste-Free Lunches for Back to School

    Micaela
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
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  • En Vacences

    Micaela
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Green Bronx Machine: Teaching Kids Through Vegetable Gardening

    Micaela
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Why More and More Tourists Find Exploring Vienna by Bike Fascinating

    Greg Head
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Exploring Vienna by Bike: At the turn of the 20th century, cycling was building momentum across European cities. As automobiles became the dominant means of transportation, bicycles started to lose their ground, only to re-emerge victorious in the 21st century, hovering across the paved streets of the eco-metropolises of the world. Amsterdam, with its iconic… Read more The post Why More and More Tourists Find Exploring Vienna by Bike Fascinating appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida

    Alice Benny
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Going Green Vacation – Four years ago, my aunt gave my sons tee shirts from Venice Beach in Florida. She told them all about the shark teeth to be found right on the beach there. Another friend saw them wear the shirts and also raved about the shark teeth hunting and beautiful beaches. From then… Read more The post Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget

    Alice Benny
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    Islands to Visit on Budget: The Caribbean region, comprising of more than 700, breath-taking beautiful islands is a haven for sore eyes and enthusiastic travelers. As some say, the islands are enough in number for you to take annual holidays on a different island each year. From serene beaches to white, pristine sands to exotic… Read more The post Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Best Things to Do In Chicago You Cannot Miss

    Alice Benny
    7 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The City of Chicago is an amazing tourist destination filled with extensive parklands, a variety of tourist attractions, diverse neighborhoods, and fresh water. It is a multicultural city and is recognized as a passionate sports town within the United States. Chicago offers safety and security to its citizens along with affordable housing and a great… Read more The post 5 Best Things to Do In Chicago You Cannot Miss appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Enjoying Long Journeys: 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps

    Alice Benny
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Bags packed- Check, travel guide and documents- Check, Smart phone-Double Check!! Cruisers Apps – Triple Check!!! Long journeys can be thrilling but if there is no other distraction, such trips can be extremely boring. Here are ten exciting Apps essential for travelling. and cruisers apps. You can also check out our list of 10 Awesome Green iPhone… Read more The post Enjoying Long Journeys: 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
 
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Erasable Pens That REALLY Erase- Pilot Frixion Clicker

    Monica Brady
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    I remember back in my school days… way back when… Quit asking how long ago that was! Anyway… I remember the old “erasable” pens that would smear and smudge and never erase clean enough to actually read what you were writing over the erased text. I’m sure I’m not the only one that remembers those pens… They were great because you were able to write with a pen, yet you were supposed to be able to correct your mistakes. Imagine how awesome that would have been during note taking, or report writing, if they had worked as well as you wanted them to.
  • Back to School Routines– For Mom

    Monica Brady
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Obviously, back to school means getting the kids up, ready, fed, lunches made, and kids off to school.. But what about mom? What happens when the kids are dropped off, or on the bus, and the house is quiet again? Sure, there’s lots of stuff that can be done around the house, and you can get to that… but first, you need to take care of YOU! Summer has taken it’s toll on you. It sure did, me this year… Everyone talks about the hustle and bustle of school days, but wow, Summer was crazy busy for us this year, and I am really looking forward to the down time in between…
  • Walmart Back to Class Shopping event and Cyber Monday Deals Revealed

    Monica Brady
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
     It is that time of year again… The school supply lists asking for pens, pencils, erasers, calculators and more, are already out, and the hustle and bustle of getting your older ones ready for college is upon us. Walmart is kicking off back-to-college shopping with savings for customers however they like to shop – in stores, online and through their mobile devices. Starting Aug. 1, the retailer is releasing deals tailored to college students looking for the top electronics, dorm décor and school essentials. Walmart’s rollbacks and special buys are timed to the start of sales tax…
  • New GoodNites *TRU-FIT* Underwear

    Monica Brady
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Pssst… I want to talk about something that could be a potentially embarrassing subject for your child(ren). It’s something that isn’t uncommon, and it’s something that can be treated. Bedwetting… Yes.. I said it… and while this isn’t something we’ve had to deal with for many years, I know some of my readers do have to… so this post is for you! Most experts report the following bedwetting statistics: 15% of children still wet the bed at age 5 7 to 10% of children still wet the bed at age 7 3% of boys and 2% of girls still wet the bed at age…
  • No More Wondering with Straight Talk’s Connected Life Devices

    Monica Brady
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Straight Talk is launching a brand new series of products called Connected Life to help you and your family stay connected to your car and home while away, especially with all of the summer vacations happening right now! So, what are they all about? Straight Talk’s Remote Alert System (currently $129.99) is a standalone, non-monitored device that has a built-in wireless module that can send an SMS message or place a phone call to up to eight pre-assigned numbers when a sensor is triggered. The basic kit comes with the wireless controller and a motion sensor. Straight Talk also offers…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Nitrogen Fixing Species for Agroforestry Systems

    Veshengro
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I am currently working on a regenerative landscape design for a site in Todorovo, Bulgaria. The plan is to establish an agroforestry system known as alley cropping wherein rows of mixed species edible trees and shrubs are planted at intervals with spaces for herbs, forage and/or grain crops to be grown in between. It's a dynamic system which is inherently diverse, providing multiple yields and excellent habitat for wildlife while at the same time being relatively resilient to a changing climate. An essential component of the design will be the nitrogen fixing perennial plants within the…
  • Do You Suffer from Secondhand Stress?

    Veshengro
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Do you cringe when you see someone get yelled at, hurt, or embarrassed? Do you tend to soak up others’ emotions—especially the feelings of those close to you? A new study has confirmed that “secondhand stress” is a very real thing and that many people catch another person’s stress as easily as the common cold. For the study, researchers from Saint Louis University set up a situation so that a man had to witness a stranger defend himself after being falsely accused of a wrongdoing. When it was over, the researchers measured the onlooker’s heart rate and cortisol levels and found…
  • The Extinction of Quiet

    Veshengro
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Noise pollution is linked to health problems and some argue it interferes with our natural connection to the earth. As the world’s quiet places disappear, are we forgetting how to listen? In 1989, “acoustic ecologist” Gordon Hempton received a grant to document and record the natural sounds of Washington state. He identified 21 wilderness places to record—sites unsullied by the sounds of traffic, aviation, construction, and other man-made noise. Twenty-five years later, only three of those sites remain muted. Little by little, our world is becoming louder, with the creeping spread of…
  • Why we REALLY need protected bike lanes in the countryside

    Veshengro
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I have often lamented the lack of physically separated bike lanes in Durham, North Carolina—but a transportation-geek friend of mine reminds me that they're hard to implement in many newer American cities where every house has a driveway. But what about the countryside? Having recently raved about how awesomely hellish it was to drive in Helsinki, I am also struck by how easy it is to bike in the Finnish countryside, not least because many quiet country roads have well-maintained, physically separated bike lanes/footpaths which get used regularly for both transportation and…
  • Microsoft-iFixit scheme offers free training for fledgling repair and reuse firms

    Veshengro
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Microsoft has entered into a partnership with iFixit, the online repair manual site, to boost the reuse market for smartphones, tablets and laptops. Over the past year the two companies have been developing and testing a free online training programme - the Pro tech Network - to help start-ups and small enterprises who wish to offer repair services for these products get off the ground. The work is being sponsored by Microsoft's Registered Refurbisher Programme, which already works with PC refurbishers to extend the life of Windows PCs. The online toolkit offers a range of support for…
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  • Personalize Baby’s Room with Wooden Letters

    jennae
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    After what felt like endless years of apartment living, my family and I have finally moved into a house! Technically, we’re still renting, but it is amazing not to have neighbors upstairs or downstairs. Of course, there are some (tiny) downsides. You remember that beautiful shared nursery we created for baby Juliza and her big […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Personalize Baby’s Room with Wooden Letters
  • Is Self-Sufficiency Just a Dream in the Modern World?

    Guest
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Are you preparing for the zombie apocalypse? I’m kidding about the zombies, of course, but one part of the question is valid. Are you prepared to be completely self-sufficient should the need arise? If the world’s infrastructure suddenly collapsed and we were all left to fend for ourselves, most of us would be in big trouble. For […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Is Self-Sufficiency Just a Dream in the Modern World?
  • Happy Earth Day. Now Do Something for Her.

    jennae
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    As a blogger who focuses largely on sustainability here and who weaves it into Green & Gorgeous as often as possible, I talk and think about sustainability often. As a result, I tend to neglect Earth Day, because I try to be mindful of the Earth every day. But in the future, I’m going to do […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Happy Earth Day. Now Do Something for Her.
  • Homey Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom

    jennae
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Have you thought about what you’re giving the mom (or moms) on your list? If you’re like most people, it probably involves flowers and a card. Those are great, especially if the flowers are organic, but I typically like to give more personal gifts that reflect moms true interests. Uncommon […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Homey Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom
  • We’ve Finally Finished Our Eco-Friendly Shared Nursery

    jennae
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    So, my baby girl is 11 weeks old today. That means this post has been at least 12 weeks coming. I really wanted to share it before she was born, but since she surprised me and came 3 weeks early, the nursery wasn’t quite done. And since she’s been sleeping in her co-sleeper in the […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.We’ve Finally Finished Our Eco-Friendly Shared Nursery
 
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    Chris Gammell's Analog Life

  • (KiCad) Information Wants To Be Free

    Chris Gammell
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is a cross-post from the Contextual Electronics blog, as it affects readers here and there TL; DR: I am releasing all of the KiCad videos that were part of Contextual Electronics to the public and have started a new site/forum to support them. See below for announcement video. I officially finished the first two sessions (1A & 1B) of Contextual Electronics in early June. It was a great experience, especially for a first time course, especially one where there was money involved and I was the IT guy on the project. It wasn’t a super smooth build, but that kind of added to the…
  • As big as…space

    Chris Gammell
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Last week on my electronics podcast, The Amp Hour, I did something uncharacteristic: I mentioned where I’m working, while I’m working there. Normally I don’t talk about my place of employment until after I have left, which has always served me well. There is no conflict of interest in talking about work that protected by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).  This time is different though, because the nature of the company is different (and my role will be more public facing than my normal role as an engineer). I’ve been working with Supply Frame part time, in addition…
  • Don’t Wait For Permission

    Chris Gammell
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    I have corresponded with a international student for a few years now. I honestly can’t even remember how we met online and it doesn’t matter. He showed interest in my work and we started talking and have continued as he has graduated from US university and found a job locally. Recently he asked me: I don’t like my current job. How can I get a job at Google? I asked him why he wanted to move to Google. High pay? Exciting work? Big challenges? A recognizable name on a resume? All of these things can be had at other companies, many that are easier to get to than Google.
  • I’m in the knowledge business, not the hardware business

    Chris Gammell
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I’m paying way too much to get PCBs made. How do I know this? I’ve done it before. I know how many boards I’m making (quite a few!). I know the costs. I know the tradeoffs. And not only that, I’ve gotten quotes from China. I’ve seen how little I can pay (15-20% of what I will end up paying per board). But that’s not the whole story of course (one sentence statements of my idiocy are left for my Twitter account, this is much more long form). No, this is actually a combination of factors, mistakes and conscious decisions that brings me to this point. So…
  • First Day Rejection

    Chris Gammell
    17 Feb 2014 | 9:03 am
    Well, it’s my first day out on my own and I have already had a rejection. Whee! In reality, it was a contract job that I bid on without too much expectation of getting the work. I definitely was not counting on this work as part of my survival in my new jump to self employment. Mostly it was an interesting problem that I would have enjoyed working on and I would have been able to work with some good people; this is my main disappointment with not getting the work. However, I did get feedback on my proposal, which is great. A lot of times, people will just blow you off and you later get…
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    News About Future Building

  • New Generation Of Solar Panels

    Harrison
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Solar panels are increasing in popularity with those who consider themselves to be environmentally friendly. These panels allow them to create renewable energy from the sun. However, thieves have also seen their value, at the expense of the owner. Solar panels are expensive and you will want to keep your costs down when installing a solar power system so better to know how many panels you need exactly to use than to not have enough or to have to many. Solar panels have a simple working mechanism they simply absorb direct sunlight and convert it into safe and usable electricity. In the UK,…
  • How Many Solar Panels Do I Need To Power My Home

    Harrison
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Most solar panels that are used for commercial purposes need to have more space as compared to the domestic counterparts. Once the solar panels are laid, they can supply uninterrupted electricity for a wide range of commercial purposes. In the year 2012, Michael Eaves of Worthy Farm was all over the news channels for the installation of the largest private solar panel installation in entire UK. Ever since that day, thousands of people have installed panels on their farms and are saving a lot of money on power. Some farm owners have panels Yorkshire installed and are getting an estimated…
  • Which Solar Panels Will Save You The Most Money

    Harrison
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Pool solar panels DIY is not as hard as you might think. Anyone can get involved and with the instructions/plans provided by the manufacturer, the installation process is actually incredibly easy! Modern solar panels for homes are better than ever. They are more efficient, less expensive and easier to install. They provide the perfect alternative energy solutions for most homes. Having solar panels for the home is definitely one of the top most eco friendly forms of energy you can possess. A 1 kw/h solar panel system installed on your house prevents around 180 pounds of coal burned, 35 lbs of…
  • Why Solar Panels Are Bad The Downside Of Using Solar Panels In Your Home

    Harrison
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Solar panels cost was initially a major concern for me also but I can share a few ideas with you to help you make a better choice. Solar Panels are not just for your house anymore! Now you can take solar power with you just about anywhere you go. The availability of portable solar power is changing the way that we do a lot of things from solar powered backpacks that charge electronics while you hike or walk around campus, to roll out solar panels that you can set up while you are camping or kayaking, on a boat or an RV. Solar panels actually provide many benefits both to our homes and the…
  • Do Solar Panels Work When Its Cloudy

    Harrison
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Once the Solar Panels for electricity have converted the suns energy into DC current, it must either be stored in batteries or converted to AC power to use in your home. Swimming pool solar panels are a fantastic invention. Who does&squalor love swimming if they’ve got a pool? Well, imagine being able to swim all year round for free ‐ not having to spend a dime on keeping your water at a specific temperature throughout winter? Well, by the time you finish reading this article you&squalor;re going to know a lot more about swimming pool solar panels. In fact,…
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    Jetson Green

  • Pros and Cons of Shipping Container Architecture

    Christine Walsh
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Building homes using shipping containers has been all the rage lately and few can deny that these structures lend themselves very well to building sustainable, cozy and unique homes. But not everything about using shipping containers as building blocks is perfect. This article looks at the main pros and cons of shipping container architecture, starting with the good stuff. Pros of Shipping Container Architecture 1. Green-Building This is perhaps the most obvious benefit. Hundreds of thousands of steel cargo containers are discarded in ports across the globe, mainly due to one way shipments of…
  • Discarded Cigarette Butts can be Recycled into Energy Storage Devices

    Christine Walsh
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Cigarette butts are one of the most haphazardly discarded items, and an estimated 766,571 metric tons of them end up deposited into the environment each year across the globe. Furthermore, even if the cigarette butts are disposed of properly, they still pose a threat since arsenic and other harmful chemicals leak from them into the earth and waterways. But now a team of researchers from Seoul National University have found a way to recycle used cigarette filters into super-effective energy storage material. They recently published their findings in the journal Nanotechnology. The scientists…
  • Year Long Study of Net-Zero Energy Home Completed Successfully

    Christine Walsh
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    It has now been a year since the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) in Washington DC has been built and its energy harvesting capabilities began to be monitored. The home was built on the campus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists and researchers conducted a computer simulation that replicated the energy consumption of a family of four. The results showed the home to be a success, since after a year the home generated 13,577 kWh of energy. This is about 491 kWh more than was needed. The test home measures 2,700 square feet (252 sq m)…
  • 10 Ways to Use Shipping Containers as Homes

    Christine Walsh
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    In the last few years, it’s been well-established that shipping containers make awesome, trendy and eco-friendly homes. But for those who still doubt it (or anyone looking for inspiration) here is a list of ten ways in which a shipping container can become a home, ranging from the simplest to the most extravagant. 1. SurfShack Tiny Yellow House If you thought a single shipping container is too small to become a comfy home, think again. The SurfShack, designed and built by WA based designer/contractor Hartman Kable is a cozy beach retreat built from an 8×20 foot double ended shipping…
  • The First European LEED Platinum Home

    Christine Walsh
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    The LEED Platinum for homes rating is quite rare. In fact, the recently completed Italian BioCasa 82 is the first home in Europe to receive this high rating. BioCasa82 was designed by the Italian firm Rosario Picciotto Architects and constructed by Welldom, a company that specializes in green building. It is located in Montebelluna, a town near Venice, Italy. BioCasa 82 is a two-story private residence, which measures 484 square meters (5,209 square feet). It was built from 99 percent recyclable materials, meaning that, should it ever be demolished, it will not end up in a landfill. Other…
 
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    The Green Parent

  • How to pick the perfect running shoe

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

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

    Jenn
    5 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Solar heated water has been around for a long time – remember the sun-warmed swimming pool in your back yard; waiting for the sea to warm up in spring before taking that first dip; or the good old camp shower – a plastic bag full of water hung in the sun to heat up for your daily wash? The earliest record of an Australian solar water heating system was at Meringa Station (near Cairns) in 1941. It was relatively crude, but was still able to provide hot water for the household for about ten months of each year. Today, solar water heating has advanced into streamlined systems which can…
  • You signed up for WHAT?

    Jenn
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    It seems as though I have some explaining to do. Over the past few weeks, my race schedule for 2014 took shape in a pretty big way.  And it seems that before the year is through, I will be making the leap from marathons and triathlons to an Ironman! But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let me start with the race that’s on my mind right now: the Potomac River Run marathon in Washington D.C. on May 4th (this Sunday.)  Unlike the marathons that I ran for my 4 for 40 goal last year, and the Disney marathon I completed in January, I’m hoping to finish strong at this…
  • 1/2 Marathon Training: Week 1

    Emily
    25 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This is me on my mom’s bike trainer. My new training plan started on Monday. But I should probably say Tuesday since my first day was a rest day. It turns out Tuesdays and Thursdays are all two-mile runs, which works out well with Girls on the Run. Wednesdays are cross-training days, which are my personal favorite. I normally like to ride my bike on these days. I just recently tried out Mom’s bike trainer. It’s pretty hard because you can’t stop pedaling or the bike will stop. Mom’s bike is also a road bike so I have to lean really far down to reach the…
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    Sustainable Motherhood

  • Green, Cheap, and Cool School Supplies

    Sustainable Mom
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Freen's First Day of Kindergarten 2009 Even in the land of endless summers, I have an end of summer pit in my stomach and with three weeks left before the Freen starts fifth grade, I've started pestering him about whether he wants a new backpack or will be happy with the old one.  He really doesn't care and the old one is perfectly fine but as I walk the aisles of brand new shiny new ones it
  • Green Bronx Machine

    Sustainable Mom
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    One man and some seeds can change the lives of many. This presentation is from 2012 and tells his story.  You can learn more about his success at Green Bronx Machine and like Green Bronx Machine on Facebook.
  • Bicoastal Bitchin

    Sustainable Mom
    19 Nov 2013 | 11:30 am
    O tells California Bear what he thinks of him. Being a New Yorker sets your satisfaction bar very high and your expectations pretty low.  That's why they call us jaded New Yorkers after all.   For us nothing is as good, as tasty, as fast, as available, or as easy as it is in New York. In the end I think it just comes down to the convenience...nothing is as good when you
  • Traveling Light - Easy ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    Sustainable Mom
    20 Sep 2013 | 2:27 pm
    @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} Embracing a green lifestyle is not always obvious; take traveling, for example. How does an eco-conscious citizen of the world who enjoys traveling balance both passions? With that conundrum in mind, let us consider
  • Sustainable Motherhood Invites Guest Bloggers to Join in the Fun

    Sustainable Mom
    16 Sep 2013 | 12:01 pm
    Easy Living in Hermosa Beach So after four fast and furious years in New York City, this summer we packed it all up once again and moved to Hermosa Beach.  For those of you who don't know, HB is in the South Bay about 15 minutes south of LAX and just north of Long Beach.  The slogan "The Best Little Beach City" pretty much sums it up.  Yes, there is June Gloom (that seems to last
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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • Third US Offshore Wind Lease Auction Goes to Italy-based US Wind

    Meg Cichon, Associate Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held its third auction of offshore wind leases yesterday, this time for prime U.S. federal waters off the coast of Maryland. Italian renewable energy company US Wind Inc. won the 80,000-acre parcel with an $8.7 million bid, well above previous auctions.
  • Australia Chills Hopes for $20 Billion Clean Energy Industry

    Mike Anderson, James Paton and Jason Scott, Bloomberg
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Australia is frightening developers away from renewable energy even before the government decides whether to overhaul targets for the industry’s growth.
  • NRG Just Purchased a Consumer Solar Gadget Company. Can You Make the Same Solar Marketing Play?

    Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    By now you’ve probably heard the news that pro-solar energy giant NRG is purchasing Goal Zero, a relatively tiny solar consumer electronics company. But why? NRG is a huge residential and utility scale solar integrator, while Goal Zero sells enough solar PV to power maybe a single NRG utility project. Of course, the answer is that NRG isn’t buying
  • Lubricating Energy Policy

    Scott Sklar, The Stella Group
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    The new report from the Taxpayers for Common Sense shows that oil companies paid just 11.7 percent of their U.S. income in federal taxes over the last five years, and the “smaller” companies included in the study that reported positive earnings only paid 3.7 percent. To achieve such a low tax rate, oil companies were able to take advantage of special tax breaks and loopholes that allowed them to defer more than $17 billion in taxes they would have otherwise owed.
  • Solar Boom Drives First Global Panel Shortage Since 2006

    Ehren Goossens, Bloomberg
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
    The solar industry is facing a looming shortage of photovoltaic panels, reversing a two-year slump triggered by a global glut.
 
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • 2.5 kW Arkansas Solar Install

    Steve Spence
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    We just got back from a Off Grid Solar Install in Arkansas. We helped the homeowner install nine 275 watt solar panels ( 3 banks of 3), twenty four 6v batteries ( 3 banks of 8 in series), and a power panel that included a 80 amp MPPT charge controller, a 48v 3500 watt sine wave inverter/charger, and associated breakers and disconnects. The Outback Mate 3 now includes a network jack for monitoring your system with a computer, either locally, or remotely. The install team consisted of myself, Ricky Todd, and Nathaniel and Crystal Burson. The homeowners were happy to see their deep freezer,…
  • The $50 Mexico Water Purifier

    Steve Spence
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    For my trip to Mexico next week, I’m taking the parts to build my DIY Berkey Filter. This is a homebuilt version of the venerable British Berkefeld water purifier used around the world for generations, producing potable water from bacteria ridden sources. The DIY version consists of two filter candles, a faucet, and two plastic buckets. No Montezuma’s revenge for me!
  • The DIY Cider Press

    Steve Spence
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    We have an awesome freebie for you today! Detailed plans for building your own apple cider press. There are few drinks so satisfying as a well-made home-brewed apple cider and the process is a simple one. You simply grind the apples into a pulp that you then press to extract the sweet, flavorable juice. You can grind small batches in a blender, or buy / build a grinder for large batches. This free DIY article explains how to make an inexpensive press. Cider Press Excerpt For this project, and 24 more awesome DIY Self Sufficiency Projects: Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency 1. Cider Press…
  • Are We Freegans Now?

    Steve Spence
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    We have embarked on our journey of Freeganism. What is Freeganism you ask? Well, think of dumpster diving for food. Not actual dumpster diving (although some do) as our free waste food comes straight from the grocery store shelves. We recently connected with a source of this still quite edible (and delicious) food that is just out of date, or has some easily removed bad spots. Included in this bounty were Melons, citrus, grapes, pineapple, even kiwi and mango, as well as cucumbers, corn on the cob, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower. Other fruits and vegetables are available at times as well.
  • Mexico Aquaponics & Methane Digester Project

    Steve Spence
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    We have been asked to come to Mexico and show a village how to set up a aquaponics system to feed themselves, and set up a methane digester to provide gas for cooking and electricity. We are also setting up Black Soldier Fly Larvae Composters to produce food for the fish. We will post project details and photo’s when we return. Many projects like these fail when the designers and volunteers leave because there is no local buyin or ownership of the project. Not the case here. The local mission and villagers are the ones being taught to build and maintain their systems. They are…
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    Cooking Up a Story

  • Historias que só existem quando lembradas (Found Memories)

    Fred Gerendasy
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • An Urban Homestead Tour with Justin Tiret

    Cooking Up a Story
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
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  • Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn—Ocean Acidification

    Fred Gerendasy
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • How to Make Honey-Sweetened Apricot Lavender Butter

    Cooking Up a Story
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • The Mouse Who Came to Dinner a Little Less Hungry

    Fred Gerendasy
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
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    Reuters Video: Environment

  • Genetically modified mosquitoes to combat dengue in Brazil

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    A UK-based biotech firm is developing a new weapon to kill off the dengue virus. Researchers in Brazil are producing millions of male mosquitoes genetically modified with a gene that kills off their offspring. The plan is to release the GM males into the wild where they will mate with females who will give birth to mosquitoes that carry a gene that kills them before they reach maturity. The scientist say that if done on a large scale, the dengue-carrying mosquito population could be decimated in a matter of months. Ben Gruber reports.
  • Eco-friendly bench keeps your tech fully charged

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Boston is installing solar powered "smart" benches in its public spaces. The design team behind the "Soofa" say it's the bench of the future, giving park goers a comfortable seating area that doubles as a mobile phone charger. Sharon Reich has more.
  • Mystery of starling flock formation explained

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    The dynamic and changing silhouettes formed by flocks of starlings is a natural wonder enjoyed by ornithologists, but little understood. Now a team of researchers at the UK's University of Warwick have come up with an explanation, one that they say could have major implications in the field of drone robotics. Jim Drury reports.
  • Researchers have sniffed out the secret to elephants’ smelling success

    17 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Elephants have the best sense of smell on Earth, according to a new study from the University of Tokyo. The Japanese scientists found that elephant trunks contain more olfactory receptors genes than other single species on the planet, giving them a sense of smell 5 times more powerful than that of humans. Tara Cleary reports.
  • "Sky-rocketing" tiger trade blamed on growing Asian wealth

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    A leading conservationist warns that the illegal trade in tiger parts for medicinal purposes is increasing, despite improved efforts to save the world's largest cat. Alan Rabinowitz, who runs the Panthera conservation group, blames the growing wealth of many Asian countries for the problem, saying tiger parts are viewed as a status symbol. Jim Drury has more.
 
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    WeHeartWorld

  • Poaching is wiping African elephants off the planet

    Cactus Williams
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    While it’s no secret to anyone that illegal wildlife hunting, also known as poaching, threatens the existence of many species of animal, the danger that it poses to individual species, such as the iconic African elephant, remains largely unknown due to the covert nature of poaching. However, a team of researchers from Kenya, the United States, and the United Kingdom have finally put continent-wide figures on African elephant deaths caused by poaching thanks to the latest data that has been gathered from various elephant monitoring programs, and the results are saddening to say the least.
  • North Texans just adopted 2,200 pets in a single day

    Alfie Joshua
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This weekend, more than thirty animal shelters across North Texas participated in “Empty the Shelter Day”, an animal adoption drive that sought to get as many animals out of shelters and into homes by waiving the fee that traditionally comes with adopting an animal. The drive ended up being a massive success with over 2,200 pets finding homes, making it the largest adoption event in North Texas. According to KXAS-TV (Channel 5): “As of Saturday evening, 2,217 animals found new homes, according to Corey Price, Animals Services Manager with the city of Irving, which organized the effort.
  • California cemeteries are doing their part to fight the drought

    Chastity Mansfield
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
      As California’s historic drought continues to suck the state dry, residents and businesses from across the state are looking for ways to minimize their water intake. Even cemeteries are joining in the effort, with several of them experimenting with a variety of methods to keep their grounds attractive and presentable while also reducing how much water they consume.   The small, but historic Savannah Memorial Park in Rosemead is a prime example. The oldest nonsectarian cemetery in the southern half of the state has recently implemented an advanced approach to water conservation…
  • Feds are sterilizing endangered tortoises in order to save them

    Jesseb Shiloh
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The federal government is taking a new, and rather unusual, step to help save the endangered desert tortoises of the American Southwest. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has decided to begin sterilizing the species it’s trying to save in an effort to curb the growing population of pet tortoises which the agency claims is damaging the natural tortoise populations. The FWS claims that the backyard breeding of desert tortoises is becoming a problem because the unwanted pet tortoises divert resources from efforts to preserve the natural species. The assistant field supervisor…
  • SeaWorld is upgrading its orca habitats following “Blackfish” controversy

    Chastity Mansfield
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    After having sustained heavy damage from the controversy surrounding the captivity of killer whales, SeaWorld has announced a massive expansion that will see the size of its orca environment double. The company also plans to contribute an additional $10 million to research on the species and establish an independent advisory committee of scientists to oversee its orca program. Called the Blue World Project, the new orca environment will cover 1.5 acres at 50 feet deep and 350 feet in length. The new habitat will contain over 10 million gallons of water, nearly double the 5.6 million in the…
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    INHABITAT

  • All Signs Point to SeaWorld’s Imminent Demise and We Aren’t Sad

    Colin Payne
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    If cruelty to animals and marine captivity are on the list of things that make you hot under the collar, good news is on the horizon. According to The Dodo, all signs are pointing to the demise of SeaWorld, the company known far and wide for giving shoddy treatment to its marine residents. Kenneth Lerer says the company’s brand is now so tarnished, an increasingly concerned population have come to view the enterprise as synonymous with the torture of whales. Read the rest of All Signs Point to SeaWorld’s Imminent Demise and We Aren’t Sad Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg…
  • Prefabs for Hermit Crabs

    Jill Fehrenbacher
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
      Prefabricated homes have really evolved over the years, to the point where they really do come in all shapes and sizes. 3D printing has been of immense benefit in this regard, with the world’s first 3D-printed house currently being assembled in Amsterdam. Prefabricated houses aren’t just for people, however, and groups around the world have been putting their creative talents towards creating homes for animals in need… and one of the species being designed for is the ever-fascinating hermit crab. Read the rest of Prefabs for Hermit Crabs Permalink | Add to…
  • 9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

    HomeTalk
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Read the rest of 9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY, diy home, diy ideas, Gardening, gardening ideas, home talk, hometalk, mason jar gardening, mason jars
  • MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

    Colin Payne
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable solar panels. According to Phys.org, the system proposed by a group of MIT professors and published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science uses a fairly new solar cell technology that includes a compound called perovskite, which is nearly on par with traditional silicon-based cells but takes significantly less material to manufacture. The big problem to date with perovskite is the fact that…
  • Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

    Nicole Jewell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Read the rest of Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture, BC architecture, blended design, british columbia, Canadian Architect Award of Excellence, cantilevered decks, floating homes, Governor General’s Medal, green roof, home design, pacific ocean views, Patkau Architects, Quadra Island, Tula House
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    TheCityFix

  • What does public and private sector investment in transport look like?

    Toni Lindau
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Both public and private sector investments play an important role in supporting sustainable urban mobility and minimizing the costs of private automobile use. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Congestion, high levels of air pollution, and traffic crashes are consequences of a culture of investment that has focused for decades on the automobile. These externalities can cost up to 10 percent of a country’s GDP, and the world’s vehicle fleet is projected to double by 2050. In 2010, the transport sector, which is responsible for the most significant growth in emissions worldwide,…
  • Building for BRT: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Erik Vergel-Tovar

    Ryan Schleeter
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Erik Vergel-Tovar is a recipient of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. His research examines the relationship between transit-oriented development (TOD) and bud rapid transit (BRT) to challenge the conventional notion that density is all you need to create successful BRT systems. Photo via Erik Vergel-Tovar. Erik Vergel-Tovar, no stranger to TheCityFix, is a PhD candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he researches the rich relationship between bus rapid transit (BRT) – a mass transport solution now…
  • Who are our streets for?: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Madeline Brozen

    Ryan Schleeter
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Madeline Brozen will research how to better evaluate street performance, challenging the conventional Level of Service (LOS) method. Her conclusions will help cities develop better infrastructure for walking and bicycling. Photo via Madeline Brozen. Madeline Brozen is a Program Manager within UCLA’s Complete Streets Initiative and a recipient of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. Her research focuses on urban design policy, with an emphasis on how cities can shift from car-oriented streets to infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking. TheCityFix…
  • The making of a livable city: Inspiration for a sustainable, healthy Beijing

    Lulu Xue
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    By prioritizing sustainable transport solutions, Beijing can shift away from car culture and improve quality of life for its rapidly growing population. Photo by Philip/Flickr. Each year, 440,000 people move to Beijing in search of economic opportunity and better lives. Their rural to urban migration is a driver of economic growth, part of a larger plan to catalyze economic development through urbanization across China. However, critics have raised concerns over whether megacities like Beijing can achieve such growth while also creating a livable, sustainable urban environment. According to…
  • Friday Fun: Can personal rapid transit replace 90% of cars on the road?

    Janice Ho
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Personal rapid transit is a developing form of sustainable transport that could significantly alter urban mobility. Photo via Treehugger.com. Sustainable urban mobility can come from multiple sources. Personal rapid transit (PRT) combines public transport with personalized routing. Though their designs vary, PRT systems generally consist of four- to six-passenger pods that are autonomously controlled while traveling along guide-ways. Instead of running on a schedule, the pods could be used on demand to take passengers directly to their destination. Proposed PRT systems aim to reduce traffic…
 
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • Volta Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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

    Jean-Paul
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Looks like Brammo’s new electric motorcycle is all grown up. The Empulse R is a beefy and badass looking naked sportbike, with a design reminiscent of the Ducati Monster or Streetfighter. Packed with power, it retains the title for world’s fastest electric motorcycle in serial production both riding and charging. Impressive specs showcase the progression of technology in electric motorcycles with performance similar to a twin cylinder 650cc bike. Regenerative braking and quick charging capabilities allow this motorcycle to accommodate the daily riding needs for most riders. The…
  • Your Personal Farmer – Farmscape Gardens

    Jean-Paul
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Ever wanted a personal or private garden? If you have the space, they will come… personal farmers that is. Farmscape Gardens is already in Los Angeles, and coming to San Francisco. Creating a personal food garden has never been so easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb, or think you don’t have the space. Farmscape Gardens will come to your home and create your own personal farm, right in your own yard. That’s right, professional farmers will come to you, plant and harvest your own garden, and leave the fresh greens, fruits and vegetables on your doorstep, just like…
  • A Study in Sustainable Systems – Voices of Transition Documentary Film

    Jean-Paul
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    Voices of Transition is an inspirational look at problems and solutions to the food security challenges we face as a society. A perspective into a movement from three different angles: agroforestry models in France combining orchards with diverse agricultural fields; permaculture and transition town community initiatives in England; and the abrupt, but necessary, organic farming revolution in Cuba. How can we feed ourselves in the future? What alternatives are there to industrial agriculture? How can we make the transition to a re-localized, truly resilient economic system? Voices of…
  • Local Organic Produce Delivery CSA Box

    Jean-Paul
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:47 am
    In an ever expanding world of home delivery, produce is making a comeback. It is a common occurrence here in the San Francisco Bay Area to see Amazon Fresh and Safeway delivery trucks. On top of that, there are many organic and local produce delivery services popping up in urban areas (see a previous review of SPUD delivery service), but which to choose? I happen to prefer the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) delivery programs of local organic farms, and signed up with Greenhearts Family Farm due to several factors including: Local Produce All sourced farms are within the Bay Area,…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Biodegr(edible). The new disposable.

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

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

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

    Emily White
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Not So Far-A-Field 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and this figure is rising all the time. The idea of getting fresh fruit and vegetables from a field only a couple of miles away from a city dwelling is almost laughable. In fact, the meal you had for dinner last night travelled on average an incredible 4,200 miles to get from where it was produced to your plate. But what if instead of all of our food being produced in a handful of large-scale establishments around the world or a field far outside the city, we all had a small farm just around the corner? The phenomenon…
  • Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet

    katee
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet This hypnotic video released by aviation body North Atlantic Skies reveals the true extent of our dependence on CO2 burning planes. Every day, between two and three thousand aircraft cross the North Atlantic, each burning an average of 220 tonnes of CO2 per crossing. The live Flight Radar is another way to see the excessive number of aeroplanes in our skies. In fact, so many flights are leaving Europe and the USA that the countries are no longer visible, shrouded behind a mass of yellow plane icons. Worst of all, many of the planes will be…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Biodegr(edible). The new disposable.

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

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

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

    Emily White
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Not So Far-A-Field 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and this figure is rising all the time. The idea of getting fresh fruit and vegetables from a field only a couple of miles away from a city dwelling is almost laughable. In fact, the meal you had for dinner last night travelled on average an incredible 4,200 miles to get from where it was produced to your plate. But what if instead of all of our food being produced in a handful of large-scale establishments around the world or a field far outside the city, we all had a small farm just around the corner? The phenomenon…
  • Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet

    katee
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet This hypnotic video released by aviation body North Atlantic Skies reveals the true extent of our dependence on CO2 burning planes. Every day, between two and three thousand aircraft cross the North Atlantic, each burning an average of 220 tonnes of CO2 per crossing. The live Flight Radar is another way to see the excessive number of aeroplanes in our skies. In fact, so many flights are leaving Europe and the USA that the countries are no longer visible, shrouded behind a mass of yellow plane icons. Worst of all, many of the planes will be…
 
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  • Attend Greenbuild: The Best Way To Grow Your Business

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

    Stuart Kaplow
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    In 2015 the use of LEED v4 will become mandatory, a new 2015 International Green Construction Code will be available, an updated ASHRAE 189.1 will be published, the new ICC 700 National Green Building Standard will be approved, and there will be a 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.  In the arena of green building standards, green rating systems and green codes among the widely respected residential rating systems is the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. While the Criteria was developed by Enterprise to “provide a clear, cost-effective framework for all affordable…
  • Litigation Over First Ever LEED Platinum Building Tarnishes Green Building

    Stuart Kaplow
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Last week, a federal appeals court brought back from the dead, a more than $6 Million lawsuit filed over materials supplied in 2000 for the first ever LEED certified Platinum building. Despite that the unpublished opinion is not binding precedent, it will have a chilling effect on green building and in particular on the selection of new or untried materials and products that are the keystone of many sustainable projects.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation v. Weyerhaeuser Company arose from the construction in 1999 of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Lawsuit Over LEED Documentation

    Stuart Kaplow
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    A case filed last week in a California court is a prime example of the importance of contract documents in a LEED project. Earlier this year the City of Palo Alto gave notice firing Flintco Pacific, Inc., the general contractor responsible for construction of the Mitchell Park library, a proposed LEED Platinum project. With a performance bond in place, the City and the surety announced in early March that they has negotiated a takeover agreement that will allow a new contractor to complete construction.  But the current dispute playing out in letters between counsel for Palo Alto and…
  • Lawyers' Opinions in Green Building Transactions

    Stuart Kaplow
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    We are increasingly called upon to give legal opinions that a green building is LEED certified, ‘certifiable’ or otherwise really a green building. The purpose of a legal opinion given in a commercial real estate transaction is, most simply put, to provide the recipient of the lawyer’s writing with comfort regarding specified aspects of the transaction.  One might ask why they need an opinion from a lawyer that their building is green? The best response is because in many instances their lender requires it. While legal opinions are given in a variety of commercial…
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  • End of Summer Sale!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’re having our end of summer sale to make room for our forthcoming fall releases! We’re offering four chances to save big—up to 75% off—on some of our new and bestselling books, as well as old favorites. We have some amazing deals on select titles: Deep discounts at 50% Off Deeper discounts at 75% Off […]The post End of Summer Sale! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • An Exploration of the Magical World of Mushrooms

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    What would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation reduce our dependence on herbicides? Is it possible to use mushrooms to clean up oil spills? For more than twenty years, mycologist Tradd Cotter has been investigating the fascinating world of mushrooms and researching the answers to questions just like these. In his […]The post An Exploration of the Magical World of Mushrooms appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Chelsea Green Author Receives National Medal of Arts Award

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a recent ceremony at the White House, president Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Arts to novelist, poet, essayist, and Chelsea Green author Julia Alvarez. Currently a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez is a highly successful author in multiple different genres, including poetry (Homecoming, The Other Side/El Otro Lado), novels (How the Garcia […]The post Chelsea Green Author Receives National Medal of Arts Award appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Easy to Make Drying Trays

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Looking for a way to enjoy the edibles from your summer garden into the winter months? Expand the lifespan of your fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs at home by making your own drying trays. Assembling your own trays and drying produce at home is easy, environmentally friendly, and inexpensive—not to mention you can reap the […]The post Easy to Make Drying Trays appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Carbon Shock: How Carbon is Changing the Cost of Everything

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Carbon. It’s in the air. It’s in the soil. It increasingly fuels and disrupts our economies, and is recasting geopolitical power. Enter Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy, where veteran journalist Mark Schapiro takes readers on a journey into a world where the same […]The post Carbon Shock: How Carbon is Changing the Cost of Everything appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • Fungus uses zombie ants to trap other ants

    mnnadmin
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    After a zombie fungus kills a carpenter ant, it grows a stalk from the insect's corpse that will sprinkle spores on new hosts. (Photo: Penn State)  
  • Why snakes don't slip when climbing trees

    mnnadmin
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Some snakes seem to be little scaredy-cats, as new research finds when climbing trees, they hold on for dear life.   The study researchers found snakes use a much greater force to grip tree trunks and other surfaces they're climbing than is necessary. The finding suggests the reptiles prefer to play it safe rather than conserve energy, researchers say.  
  • Poachers killed more than 100,000 elephants in 3 years

    mnnadmin
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    The insatiable demand for ivory is causing a dramatic decline in the number of African elephants. Poachers are hunting the animal faster than it can reproduce, with deaths affecting more than half of elephant families in the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya, a new study finds.   
  • Toothless pterosaurs once dominated the world's skies

    mnnadmin
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    Giant toothless pterosaurs with wingspans stretching 39 feet (12 meters) across ruled the skies 60 million years ago, and new research suggests that these ancient flying creatures once had a worldwide presence, and likely played an important role in the Late Cretaceous ecosystem.  
  • Weirdest worm ever? Clawed creature adds new branches to family trees

    mnnadmin
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    When researchers first discovered the fossil worm Hallucigenia in the 1970s, they were so perplexed they identified its head as its tail and its legs as its spines.  
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  • Online class leads to spot at MIT for Indian student

    sstevens
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Amol Bhave meets MIT physics professor Walter Lewin, whose course he took online at home in Jabalpur, India. (Photo: Amol Bhave)  
  • How crowd control technology works

    mnnadmin
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Violent protests have ravaged Ferguson, Missouri since Aug. 9, after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old who is believed to have robbed a convenience store. The Ferguson Police Department has been criticized for its crowd control tactics that have included plumes of tear gas, sprays of rubber bullets and loud blasts from sound cannons.  
  • How does Google deal with nibbling sharks? By creating body armor for cables

    melbreyer
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    In 1858, the first undersea cable linking North America to Europe was proven a success, even if Queen Victoria’s message to President James Buchanan celebrating the occasion took 16 hours to travel beneath the Atlantic. We’ve come a long way since then and now we have complicated fiber networks that traverse the ocean floor.
  • Robot 'army' can swarm into complex 3-D formations

    mnnadmin
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Like an army of miniature robots with a highly effective drill sergeant, 1,024 coin-size machines can race into meticulous formation to create three-dimensional shapes.   Researchers at Harvard University have successfully built a huge horde of tiny bots that use infrared lights and vibration motors to swarm together like insects.    
  • How to survive a long airplane flight

    lmoss
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Commercial flights aren’t known for their comfort — especially if you're flying in economy class.   And if you're on a long-haul flight (six to 12 hours) or an ultra long-haul flight (greater than 12 hours), comfort is even more important.  
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  • Nut butters recalled for salmonella contamination

    lmoss
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Peanut and almond butter sold at several major retailers is being recalled for potential salmonella contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.   The nut butters affected by the recall include store brands from Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Kroger and Safeway, among others.   A full list of the recalled products can be found on the FDA's website.  
  • Was that one kernel of corn in your coffee or two?

    mnnadmin
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Cream and sugar may not be the only additives in your morning cup of coffee. Tough growing conditions and rising demand are leading some coffee producers to mix in wheat, soybean, brown sugar, rye, barley, acai seeds, corn, twigs and even dirt.  
  • Shopska Salad

    gmiller
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This is a traditional Bulgarian salad originated by the Shopi people of the Sofia region.   Recipe courtesy of Viking River Cruises.   Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cevapcici with Tzatziki Dip

    gmiller
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Popular in Balkan countries, cevapcici [che VOP chee chee] are enjoyed as an appetizer or arranged with the tzatziki [TSOT see kee] dip in a sandwich. The dish was brought to Europe from the Middle East during the Ottoman expansion; the name derives from the Persian word kebab with a south Slavic diminutive ending, so literally “little kebabs.”  
  • Hungarian Goulash

    gmiller
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Hungarian goulash originated with Hungary's herdsmen and quickly spread throughout Europe. It is a soup, but its rich combination of ingredients and flavors means that it can be a meal on its own.   Recipe courtesy of Viking River Cruises.   Prep time: 15 minutes
 
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  • How to survive a long airplane flight

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

    sgrover
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Replacing an energy-dense liquid like petroleum with alternative fuels is easier said than done. From the hidden carbon footprint of ethanol to some serious questions about the sustainability of hydrogen fuel cells, many replacement options come with their own significant environmental baggage.  
  • The 10 scariest roller coasters in the world

    svartan
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Remember when your high school physics teacher illustrated potential and kinetic energy using a roller coaster as an example?
  • Take a classic road trip on America's longest highway

    joshwlew
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    An aura of history and romance surrounds famous highways like Route 66.  Modernization, as well as the pursuit of convenience and safety, have led to more four- or eight-lane highways crisscrossing the nation, like I-90, I-35 or I-94.
  • Student-designed cars race for fuel-efficiency gold

    networx
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Imagine a car that travels more than 12,000 miles per gallon! This is not a science-fiction writer's vision of fuel consumption in the far distant future. Rather, it shows the incredible achievement of the Eco-Marathon, an event that pits teams of students against one another in a competition to design and build the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible.   History
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  • How does a cruise ship focus on local food? Here's how one river chef makes it happen

    gmiller
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The Viking River cruise ship the Odin sails past Budapest. (Photo: Viking River Cruises)  
  • If I pluck a gray hair, will 3 more grow back in its place?

    ckirschner
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    To pluck or not to pluck, that is the question. Many of my friends and I are entering the stage of life in which renegade gray hairs pop up on our heads from time to time. Though many people blame gray hair on stress, it mostly boils down to genetics and too much hydrogen peroxide in our hair follicles.  
  • Wish of a Lifetime makes dreams come true for seniors

    lmoss
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Edna Doyle has always been adventurous.   The 84-year-old resident of Freedom Village Holland, a senior community in Michigan, has traveled to every continent — including Antarctica — but until a couple years ago, there was still one item on her bucket list: skydiving.   So on July 20, 2012, she strapped on a parachute and jumped from a plane.  
  • 'DamNation' celebrates nature's resilience

    gmiller
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Once considered marvels of engineering and the best way to provide power and water to towns and cities across America, dams are now considered harmful relics that damage river ecosystems and contribute to global warming. The documentary "DamNation" chronicles the dam removal movement and its success in bringing rivers back to life and the shift in values and priorities that have made that happen.  
  • Is air pollution bad for your skin?

    ckirschner
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Unlike smoking and health problems, there isn’t as clear an association between air pollution and physical woes.  
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  • No sense of direction? Vibrating shoes could help

    sgunther
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The Indian tech firm Lechal is working on a project set to release this fall that merges insertable footbeds with your smartphones to do things like track the number of steps you take, alert you if you leave your phone behind, and, perhaps most interestingly, help you navigate a path between two points in a city by buzzing left or right to indicate the direction to turn (as directed by Google Maps).  
  • Dogs with wheel carts still want to have fun

    sgunther
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    It doesn't get sweeter than this. Check out this video of a gaggle of wheel cart-bound dogs playing fetch with as much gusto as any canine around. The dogs' wheelchairs are well designed and handle the rutted and grassy terrain without a problem, allowing them to bound and wheel themselves to fetch the stick like a good boy. Who's a good boy?     It's great to see these pups exercise their full range of dogitude.
  • The Lego pieces that won't stop washing up on the beach

    sgunther
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    In 1997, a particularly large wave hit the container ship the Tokio Express while she was underway in the seas south of Ireland and the southern tip of England, knocking a few of the large containers loose into the waters. One of those opened containers held Lego kits — in a beautifully cosmic bit of irony — held millions of pieces with nautical themes, from tiny plastic octopuses, sea dragons, divers flippers, spear guns, sea grass, and even scuba gear.
  • Jumpy the dog practices parkour with professional Alex Van Duong

    sgunther
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    We're big fans of both dogs and parkour here at MNN, so I knew I needed to share this cool video as soon as I watched it: In it, Jumpy the dog sessions with professional parkour athlete Alex Van Duong and runs, jumps, bounds, and flips a
  • 42 photos of cats yawning

    sgunther
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    It's Monday, and you can probably think of a lot of other places where you'd rather be instead of at work. The day is long and lunch time is too short. Thank science for coffee and Internet breaks. Put aside the woes and weight of the world for a few minutes and smile your way through this collection of 42 photos of cats yawning. There's something magical about the yawn — it can turn anyone, any creature, into the derpiest, most awkward being around.
 
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  • Would you send your dog to fat camp?

    jsavedge
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Americans aren't the only ones facing growing waistlines and poorer health due to obesity. Turns out, our pets are feeling the battle of the bulge, too.    
  • How to create a year-round garden filled with color

    jsavedge
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    It's around this time of year, every year, when I am utterly envious of my neighbors' gardens. I can barely manage to get a splash of color going in the spring thanks to an oft-neglected patch of tulips. After that, my yard is pretty much lacking save for the stray pansy or zinnia.    
  • Watch: A forest year

    jsavedge
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    From 2006-2008, videographer Samuel Orr lived in a quiet little cabin in Indiana while filming for several nature documentaries on the natural history of the state for PBS. Orr filmed the area in and around his little cabin, which was in a beautiful part of the woods "on a finger of private land that stuck into the middle of a large nature preserve."  
  • Cancer symptoms you shouldn't ignore

    jsavedge
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Is it a normal sign of aging or a symptom of something more sinister? As you get older, you may begin to fret about every bump and boo boo you feel. Truth be told, some may be more worrisome than others. Here are some possible cancer symptoms you should watch out for as you age:   
  • Should your baby get a vitamin K shot at birth? Absolutely.

    jsavedge
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A new trend is emerging in newborn health care that has experts worried. A growing number of children are being seen for a condition called vitamin K deficiency bleeding — or VKDB. It's a disorder that occurs because most newborns do not have enough vitamin K, which is a natural blood coagulant, in their systems to stop bleeding once it starts.
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  • Creole Chicken Salad Canapés

    rshreeves
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Looking for a recipe to make for an end-of-summer party that you haven’t made for every other backyard party this season? I’ve been hooked on Beck’s Creole Mayo this summer. It’s an all-natural sandwich spread, salad mixer and dip.   The mayo works great in this Creole Chicken Salad Canapé recipe. The salad sits on top of a cucumber round and is topped with grape tomatoes and scallions. The spicy (but not too spicy) mayo gives it all a great kick.  
  • Should you use a bar spoon for cocktails?

    rshreeves
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When a cocktail like the Blackberry Cocktail needs to be stirred, there’s a special spoon that bartenders use. It’s called, not surprisingly, a bar spoon. With the renewed interest in classic cocktails and vintage cocktail tools, bar spoons are making their way into home kitchens and bars. I picked one up for $2 at a vintage flea market recently.  
  • A safe way to dispose of unwanted pills at home

    rshreeves
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s a National Take Back day each year when people can turn in unneeded or expired prescription medications to local drug enforcement agents. Disposing of medication this way is the most effective method to keep people and animals safe from accidentally or purposely taking drugs they don’t need. Take back programs aren't always available, though.
  • What to drink this weekend: Watermelon Ginger Fizz

    rshreeves
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Happy Friday afternoon! I played around with some watermelon and vodka to create today’s summery cocktail. I made two versions of it - one with simple syrup and one with honeysuckle syrup. There wasn’t a discernable difference between the two because it’s the watermelon flavor that’s most prominent in this drink. The two sweeteners are interchangeable in this drink.   
  • End-of-summer tomato inspiration

    rshreeves
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Before I get into my trip to California that involved tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes, I want to remind you about the canning and preserving giveaway that ends today. To enter, all you need to do is make sure you're a fan of Mother Nature Network on Facebook. If you're already a fan, you're automatically entered.
 
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  • 5 car distractions (that aren't cellphones)

    jmotavalli
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    If I say “distracted driving,” you’re going to get the mental picture of a teenager texting, right? But it’s not only about that. We do plenty of other things that distract us from the road ahead. And it’s not just kids — 83 percent of teenagers say their own parents engage in unsafe driving with them in the car.
  • Experience the ultimate in loud car stereos

    jmotavalli
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    We’ve all been annoyed by drive-bys from loud, booming stereos — but you haven’t really heard loud.  
  • How to use your phone to share a ride

    jmotavalli
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    The concept of shared ride services — if I’m heading into town, you can ride with me and we’ll split the cost — is so intuitive that both Lyft and Uber are launching it at the same time. Car pooling has been dropping steadily since a high in the '60s and early '70s, but cellphones are helping to revive it.  
  • Driving like a hippie in 2014

    jmotavalli
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    The Gathering of the Vibes, held last weekend in Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Seaside Park, is a celebration of the '60s and the bands that came out of it, especially the Grateful Dead. The Dead’s legacy is a huge and growing jam band subculture. Deadheads with no Dead to follow can trail after Moe, String Cheese Incident, Dispatch, Phish and the like.  
  • Infiniti's plans for a high-end electric are back on track

    jmotavalli
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    It looks like wireless charging is becoming a thing.   I broke the story that the next generation of the Prius Plug-In (due in 2016) will recharge wirelessly with technology from WiTricity, and now the Infiniti LE is heading for the market, likely with that same ability.  
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  • Things cats do that would be weird if humans did them

    lmoss
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Cats are notorious for knocking objects off tables, coughing up hairballs in the worst possible places, and leaving dead critters as "gifts." It's just what cats do.   But what if humans exhibited those same behaviors? As this video proves, it would be weird. Very weird.  
  • Watch the Rose of Jericho come back to life

    lmoss
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    The Rose of Jericho earned the nickname “resurrection plant” because it’s one of the most resilient plants on Earth.   During particularly dry weather, this desert plant curls into a tight ball, and it can survive in this state for years. When it’s exposed to moisture again, the Rose of Jericho unfurls its leaves.  
  • The Internet's most famous cats team up to save tigers

    lmoss
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    The world’s most famous cats have united to help save some of their brethren: the planet’s most endangered big cats.  
  • Webcam catches baby sea turtles hatching

    lmoss
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    A live-streaming webcam on a Florida Keys beach captured the hatching of about 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles on July 25. Light from the camera allowed filming in the night as the 3-inch babies crawled from their nest and headed to the Atlantic Ocean.   The camera uses infrared lighting, so hatchlings would not be confused by artificial light and will head toward the sea, guided by moonlight reflecting on the water.
  • Want to get a serious case of happy feet? Watch this

    lmoss
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Feel like dancing? After watching this collection of memorable dance scenes you will.   Featuring cuts from 93 movies — including scenes starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as well as Chunk's "Truffle Shuffle" from "The Goonies" — this four-minute video is sure to get you moving.  
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  • Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell For The First Time This Century

    Compass Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Sources: Compiled from China National Bureau of Statistics and China National Coal Association statistical releases. There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel: It appears China’s coal boom is over. While positive signs have been emerging from China for well over a year, it appears the ‘war on pollution’ is not just talk. According to analysis produced by Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International in the first half of this year, China’s coal use dropped for the first time this century - while the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) actually grew. You read that…
  • BMW i3: A Subtle and Sublime Revolution

    The Sierra Club
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Photo courtesy of BMW The BMW i3 made its debut in U.S. markets in May. The best way to describe the car is that it's radically different. It really looks like a concept car; its design is futuristic and colorful, with the added bonus that you can actually buy it today. The i3, though dead silent, has impressed with a 22kwh battery that has a range of 81+ miles between electric charges and can take you from 0-60 in under 7 seconds. "It takes off like a rocket!" says i3 owner Charlie Rabie, a Tufts University professor and former business leader, who took delivery of the first i3…
  • Predators, Prey, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Compass Team
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    If you’re one of the 29 million Americans that can’t wait to tune in to this week’s Shark Week spectacular, you’re probably familiar with the incredible power, grace, and agility of the world’s 460-plus species of sharks.For the past 27 years, audiences have been captivated by the annual week-long tribute to the world’s majestic aquatic predators. But what you might not realize is that sharks are in serious danger.In fact, tens of millions of sharks are mercilessly killed each year. More than 160 species of sharks are categorized as at risk of extinction, ranging from near…
  • Tar sands pipelines and their cumulative climate impacts

    Heather Moyer
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Last summer, President Obama delivered a major climate speech in which he laid out his plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020. He also committed to deciding the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline based on its climate impacts, stating unequivocally: "The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward."While the evidence (PDF) shows that Keystone XL would result in significant greenhouse gas emissions and should be denied in its own right, it is only one of many…
  • On the Contrary, World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy Is the Future

    Compass Team
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    In the 21st century, it’s hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that’s exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Dr. Kim disparaged clean energy as incapable of powering development and even worse, suggested coal needed to remain on the table for the World Bank to be “taken seriously.” The truth is clean energy is the future of energy access efforts with a $12 billion pot of gold awaiting those innovative enough to catalyze it. Even more…
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fend Off Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

    Justin Mikulka and Steve Horn
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain.  Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.  In an ongoing Maryland court case over the issue of transparency for in-state oil-by-rail routes, a July 23 affidavit from Carl E. Carbaugh — director of infrastructure security for Norfolk Southern — goes into extensive detail about the supposed risk presented by terrorism…
  • The Monckton Files: Threatwatch 1 by Barry Bickmore

    Guest
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This is a guest post by Barry Bickmore, a long-time chronicler of the misdeeds and misdirections of Lord Christopher Monckton. One of the truly amusing facets of being a Monckton-o-phile like myself is watching His Lordship veritably explode in a barrage of bombastic threats when he is cornered… or even when he’s passing random people on the street. For your amusement, and to keep the “Threatening Those Who Disagree With Him” section of Lord Monckton’s Rap Sheetcurrent, I give you the following recent examples. A few weeks ago, I noted that Lord Monckton had even started…
  • Leaders Must Put People Before Politics: David Suzuki

    Guest
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average — to our children and grandchildren. We expect our leaders to have a clear picture of our world and the conditions necessary for human life and well-being. If they don’t, how can they make informed decisions? So let me outline some simple, scientifically validated truths about us and the world we live in — truths that should guide our political decisions. We…
  • Court: Key Environmental Law Doesn't Apply to Part of Enbridge Keystone XL "Clone"

    Steve Horn
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that Enbridge’s 600-mile-long Flanagan South Pipeline, a Keystone XL “clone,” is legally cleared to proceed opening for business in October.  Approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via a controversial regulatory mechanism called Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12), Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, an Obama-appointed judge, ruled NWP 12 was not a federal government “action.” Thus, Brown posited that Enbridge did not need to use the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulatory process and NWP 12 was up to snuff. The…
  • Report Reveals Cost Cutting Measures At Heart Of Lac-Megantic Oil Train Disaster

    Justin Mikulka
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Today the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final report on the July 6th, 2013 train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The report produced a strong reaction from Keith Stewart, Greenpeace Canada’s Climate and Energy Campaign coordinator. This report is a searing indictment of Transport Canada’s failure to protect the public from a company that they knew was cutting corners on safety despite the fact that it was carrying increasing amounts of hazardous cargo. This lax approach to safety has allowed the unsafe transport of oil by rail to continue to grow even after…
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    Eco-Chick

  • 7 Fresh Ways to Sustainably Transition Into Fall Fashion

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Fall is almost here. I can feel it in the tendrils of cool weather that have reached us this past week. Though it’s not officially September, I am looking forward to all the layering, prints, and warm colors (like bordeaux!) that autumn brings. Moving beyond Vogue’s trends of straight lines and muted colors, the coming season gives us an opportunity to roll out the best in warm sustainable fabrics. From cupro and organic cotton to silk and wool, this season is all about layering unique cuts, cute sweaters, and warm jackets. These are some of the chic, cool pieces you can get your…
  • Pleasure is Healthy: 5 Eco-Sexy Ways to Rock Your Orgasm

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Pleasure can be one of the most sustainable of human experiences; and the good news is that sex toys can be made eco, body safe, and even fair trade. In the spirit of the human body, a gift that keeps on giving, we have scoured the web to compile a few objects of bliss for you, your partners, and the planet.  These products are the best way to bring yourself all things delightful, and guilt free. Jimmy Jane Form 6 Jimmy Jane is in the luxury toy business and it shows in the seamless, eco-friendly design of their Form 6 vibrator. The toy is re-chargeable, phalphate- and latex-free, made from…
  • Eating Healthy, Organic and Vegan Isn’t More Expensive: Here’s How

    Starre Vartan
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Guest Post by Suzanna McGee: Athlete, Trainer and Coach; author of the Athlete’s Simple Guide to a Plant-Based Lifestyle When people think of organic vegetables and fruits, they think, “It’s too expensive.” On the contrary, you will find that transitioning to plant-based nutrition will cost less, and depending on your sources, can be significantly less. If you buy your plants when they are in season, the prices will be very low. Farmers’ markets have affordable prices of local, organic produce. I understand that different places in the world have better or worse possibilities of…
  • How Is Indy Actress, Surfer and Designer Tanna Frederick Saving Our Oceans? One Kid at a Time

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Actress, activist, and athlete Tanna Frederick is a superwoman. The Iowa born artist has not only made her mark in Hollywood with award nominated films, but is currently on a mission to give back to our global community with her organization Project Save Our Surf. The org’s quest is to help conserve our oceans and the diverse marine eco-systems that take advantage of them—including humans. Project Save Our Surf  has initiatives to help children access clean water, as well as eco-education; through CAMP PSOS, Tanna and her team educate kids about their environment as a way to…
  • Soul Track Thursday: FKA Twigs Swings on A “Pendulum”

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Love is hard. And our new Soul Track Thursday Artist can’t, and won’t, let us forget it. British Neo-R&B singer Tahliah Barnett, better known as FKA Twigs is bringing a haunting edge to contemporary music. Call it deconstructed soul, or Nowhere Pop,  it’s all about the “Pendulum” of love in this single. You know, the kind of love that itches at your under-skin, and when you finally get to scratch it, it’s already escaped out of your reach. The kinda love that swings through hate, indifference, and madness. The love that feels like the 2008…
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    The Car Connection

  • Nissan Rogue

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    The Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover that seats up to five passengers. A front-driver with a four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Rogue also makes all-wheel drive available. A brand-new nameplate for the 2008 model year, the Rogue was redesigned for the 2014 model year, adding more interior room and better...
  • GMC Terrain

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    The GMC Terrain is a mid-size crossover that’s closely related to the Chevrolet Equinox. Compared to the truck-based GMC models, or even the bigger Acadia crossover, the Terrain is a bit smaller, less expensive, and has car-like driving dynamics. Production of the GMC Terrain takes place at GM’s CAMI assembly plant in Ontario, Canada...
  • 2015 Toyota 4Runner

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    The 4Runner is one of few remaining true SUVs, built on a separate frame and using parts from trucks underneath instead of those pulled from passenger vehicles. While Toyota definitely sells more of its car-based crossovers (Venza, Highlander, etc.), the 4Runner remains for true off-road enthusiasts, using a recipe that's as old as the...
  • Nissan Altima

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    The Nissan Altima is the automaker's four-door, mid-size family sedan. No longer available as a two-door coupe, the Altima is now one of the best-selling vehicles in its segment--one that includes the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, not to mention the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. Over the two decades it's been on sale, the Altima has gradually...
  • 2015 Honda Accord Sedan, Coupe, And Hybrid: On Sale Today, Priced From $22,105

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Three versions of the 2015 Honda Accord go on sale today at dealerships across America, and they're priced to sell. Whether you're shopping for a coupe, a sedan, or a leaner, greener hybrid, the always-popular Accord is worth a look. ALSO SEE: 5 Car Brands That Customers Don't Buy Twice 2015 Honda Accord Sedan This is the most affordable member of...
 
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    Mommy Goes Green

  • To keep or to purge, that is the question

    Tiffany
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I’m over at The Art of Simple today sharing the 5 questions I’ve been using to purge 30 boxes worth of stuff from our house. From the post: I will fondly remember the summer of 2014 as a season of purging. Just off three moves in three years and finally settled into a more permanent home, I’m finally ready to sell, donate, and gift many of the possessions I’ve carefully stored. I was so determined to simplify that I literally went through every item that came through the door. Each one was evaluated with a few mental questions to decide whether or not it would stay. Come on over…
  • Tear-Free Hair Care for Curly Haired Kids

    Tiffany
    26 May 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I have cursed (under my breath) on more than one occasion while combing my daughter’s hair. My 7 year old has a beautiful head of curls but it took a few years to figure out the right arsenal of tools to make it look adorable and keep tears out of the process. This is what works for us: Ditch the Shampoo I haven’t used shampoo on my own curly hair in several years.  When I started employing this method on my daughter’s hair, it made a HUGE difference. She wets her hair, scrubs in some conditioner and rinses. She swims every day in the summer and we still only use…
  • 17 Simple Tips for a (Very) Successful Garage Sale

    Tiffany
    18 May 2014 | 9:15 pm
    photo credit I’ve had a lot of garage sales over the last 15 years but none as successful as the last two. We made over $1000 each time and are gearing up for another one in June. Here’s a few tips that I believe helped us get there. Prepare 1. As I organize and get rid of clutter, I add all the unneeded items to boxes labeled ‘garage sale’ knowing that we will probably have enough accumulated by the following spring for a garage sale. 2. For a month or two before your sale, save paper and plastic shopping bags to  use for shoppers that purchase multiple items.
  • 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides on Produce

    Tiffany
    7 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    Last month, the EWG released their updated shopper’s guide to pesticides in conventional (not organic) produce. The Clean 15 are the top 15 fruits and vegetables the EWG states are the least likely to test positive for pesticide residues.  The Dirty Dozen Plus are the most contaminated conventional fruits and vegetables – those to be avoided. What to know The majority of pesticide exposure comes from the food you eat. At least 65% of the conventional produce samples tested had at least one pesticide. In 2014, the USDA detected 10 different pesticides on at least 5 percent of 777…
  • 15 Gift Ideas for a Green Mom

    Tiffany
    5 May 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Mother’s Day is just a week away but I’m always in need of a few ideas for my birthday and holiday wish lists so I’m sharing them here. Gifts Under $50 A gift card from Etsy :: I will always and forever be able to spend money on Etsy for lovely, handmade items. You can never go wrong with an Etsy gift card.  Plus it comes via email, no paper waste. Jewelry that gives back :: I am smitten with the beautiful jewelry from the Noonday Collection. Each piece is carefully made by a woman in Ethiopia, Ecuador or Uganda and helps to restore their communities and provide business…
 
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • The Last Methodologies You’ll Ever Need to Learn

    Justmeans
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    We live in a time when self-evident, practical truths about life emerge from the mouths of self-proclaimed pundits as genius revelations. They are the kind of truths we know we know [...] The post The Last Methodologies You’ll Ever Need to Learn appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Restoring Trust: In Markets and Politics

    Justmeans
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Guest Blog by Hazel Henderson, President, Ethical Markets It’s common knowledge that human societies work most effectively and harmoniously where there are high levels of trust – in each other [...] The post Restoring Trust: In Markets and Politics appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • GE’s Fuel-cell Technology: Energy Game Changer

    Vikas Vij
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Fuel-cell technology has been the focal point of interest for scientists and engineers around the world who are looking for more sustainable sources of energy for mass use. The power [...] The post GE’s Fuel-cell Technology: Energy Game Changer appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Clean Technology Changing Lives In The Slum Town Of Kibera, Kenya

    Sangeeta Haindl
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    Kibera is Kenya’s biggest slum town, where the houses are made of mud with leaking roofs made of old iron sheets. The whole area here has no drainage system; a [...] The post Clean Technology Changing Lives In The Slum Town Of Kibera, Kenya appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Upcoming #3BLChat: Women’s Economic Empowerment through Mentorship, Networking, & Affordable Loans: Wednesday August 27

    3BL Media
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Northampton, MA, August 18, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Mark your calendars!!   WHEN: Wednesday 27 August 2014 – 12:30 pm PT / 3:30 pm ET / 8:30 pm GMT Through strategic partnerships, [...] The post Upcoming #3BLChat: Women’s Economic Empowerment through Mentorship, Networking, & Affordable Loans: Wednesday August 27 appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Energy Circle

  • Google Pigeon Update: What it means for your local rankings

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

    Peter Troast
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    This year's Summer Camp, officially the 18th Annual Westford Symposium on Building Science, was a corker. The combination of deep building science (for example, Osmosis and the Blistering of Liquid Applied Membranes), the awesome community of people from all around the world, and no shortage of food and drink make this the event of the year. I'm privileged to be part of it. Joe Lstiburek and Betsy Pettit graciously open their home to the gaggle; the food, beverages, music and community are spectacular. For the 6th year running, a group of us gather in Joe and Betsy's conditioned…
  • Customer Review Management Services: 4 Things you Need to Know

    Ryan Buckley
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Question: Who has the power to upend your home performance company’s reputation in less than 250 characters? Answer: Any one of your customers with internet access and an opinion to share. At Energy Circle, we have watched and remarked on the astonishing rise of online customer reviews over the past few years. Once relegated to obscure third-party websites, reviews of your company now appear prominently in the search engine results page. Customers use online reviews to judge your company With the rise in accessibility of customer reviews, searchers are now relying on what past customers…
  • July 29, 2014 Maine Drupal User Group Meeting

    Lisa
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Join us on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Energy Circle, 81 Bridge Street, Yarmouth, Maine (Sparhawk Mill), for the next meeting of the Maine Drupal User Group. Eric Napier (Miles Partnership) and Thomas Scola (Energy Circle) will lead a discussion on Features: Why use Features, when to use Features, and what can be done with Features. This month we’re going to do a “beer swap” (entirely optional!). Bring a six pack of your favorite beer, and we’ll split up and bring home whatever is left after the meeting. Energy Circle will pick up the tab for pizza.
  • 4 Ways to Market Home Performance During the Summer Swelter

    Ryan Buckley
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    While winter might be an easier time to attract the attention of homeowners looking for energy efficient upgrades, a sultry summer should not be overlooked. The hot weather presents a golden opportunity to market home performance services to potential customers who are living in excessively hot and uncomfortable homes. And considering the unfortunate state of the current building stock in this country, chances are good that there are many such homeowners in your service area who are actively looking for relief. Besides the obvious gains in overall energy efficiency, home performance services…
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    GreenAnswers

  • Reopen Abandoned Water Contamination Investigations

    Alec Phillips
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy Goal: Reopen abandoned investigations into contaminated water The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shut down three investigations into contaminated water over the past year even though it already had data showing that the water was polluted. Instead of doing its job and protecting the people from harmful contaminants in their water, the EPA gave in to pressure from oil and gas companies and abandoned the investigations. In Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Texas, the EPA shut down its water investigations that were…
  • Save Our Oceans from Destructive Overfishing

    Nick Engelfried
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: US Congress Goal: Stop the plunder of our oceans by the commercial fishing industry *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
  • Demand an End to Wolf-Killing Competition

    Aven Frey
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Target: Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Director Tim Murphy Goal: Tell the Bureau of Land Management to deny approval for a multi-year predator killing derby An organization calling itself “Idaho for Wildlife” has requested permission from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to host a multi-year predator slaughter derby on American public lands. The event would take place every winter for five consecutive years, targeting wild animals during their most vulnerable time of the year and awarding cash prizes for the most lives taken. Although the primary targets of this killing…
  • Save Turtles from Extinction

    Afieya Kipp
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Target: President Xi Jinping of China Goal: Urge protection of wild turtle species being forced into extinction For thousands of years turtles have been used in holistic Chinese medicines and therapies to treat a plethora of ailments and diseases. From curing sexual incompetence to diminishing cancer cells, wild turtles are regarded as, more or less, a miracle drug. Despite a strong lack of scientific evidence proving that turtle consumption correlates with any medicinal benefits, many people in China believe that turtles are essential for living a long and healthy life. With that being said,…
  • Stop Luxury Cruise from Destroying Arctic Glaciers

    Alyson Gines
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Target: Crystal Cruises President Edie Bornstein Goal: Disband planned luxury cruise that will rapidly destroy the environment and increase glacial melting Recently, Crystal Cruises President Edie Bornstein announced a new luxury cruise set to launch 2016. The ship will follow the Northwest Passage which takes passengers from Alaska to New York in just 32 days. It will cost each guest up to $40,000 to have a front-seat view of the deteriorating Arctic ice. What’s worse is that they will be contributing to the ruination: the cruise will produce more than triple the amount of carbon than that…
 
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    Sweet Greens

  • Back to School: 3 Reasons to Let Kids Pack Their Own Lunch

    Lauren Dartt
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Back to school time is here which means busier mornings and evenings.  Finding the time to prepare and pack nutritious, homemade lunches every morning or evening for your kids can be challenging with homework, family dinner, extracurricular activities, and social time all packed into a few hours before bedtime. Some parents may feel frustrated to see half their carefully prepared lunch return home in the lunch box, too! There are so many reasons to teach your kids to pack their own lunch for school; read on for our top 3. #1 It’s a Time and Energy Saver In the beginning, especially with…
  • Eco Families: 6 Green Activities to Enjoy as a Family Before the End of Summer

    Lauren Dartt
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
      Summer break is almost over and many parents may be wondering how to turn those last few days of summer into fun family memories. Summer is a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the weather, nature, and your local community as a family. And if you haven’t made as many summer memories as you would have liked – don’t fret, there is still time to get a couple of great summer activities in. Read on for 6 summer activities are sure to be educational and fun for all ages—and green to boot! Try to sneak a couple of these fun, bonding experiences in, before those…
  • 4 Ways to Go Green and Save Money on Back-to-School Wardrobes

    Jennie
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Back-to-school time is upon us which means most kids will need a new fall and winter wardrobe. Because buying a new wardrobe each season can get expensive and wasteful. I have been working with ECOlunchbox to help your family go green and buy smart, so we’re sharing a few ways to keep the process green and thrifty. Read on for our top 4 ways to save money and go green when purchasing your student’s back-to-school wardrobe. #1: Buy Second Hand Thrift stores and garage sales are usually great places to find kids’ clothes because kids tend to only wear their wardrobe for a season before…
  • Who Knew? A (Very Effective) Natural Food Poisoning Remedy

    Beth Brass
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    It’s summer, and that means more fun, sun, and BBQs! We’ve all encountered that time where you’ve just finished a scrumptious meal, and all of a sudden, you don’t feel very well. Your stomach is rumbling, you’re starting to feel weak, and you know what’s coming next, and it won’t be pretty. We’ve all wished for a natural treatment for nausea and the unmentionable after-effect, but it seems like there’s never anything on hand that ultimately stops what’s happening in its tracks, unless we take a chance on the pink stuff. Who knows what’s even in it! Here’s a great…
  • 5 Non-Toxic Ingredients for DIY Cleaners and How to Use Them

    Lauren Dartt
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many people with pets or kids have noticed that many of the ingredients in commercial cleaning products are not only harmful to people and animals but can be fatal. So, it’s no surprise that people are looking to remove these harsh chemicals from their home and replace them with great, green, healthy alternatives. Fortunately, there are a some great, green, affordable substitutes that can be used pretty much anywhere in your home and that you likely already have sitting in the pantry. Read on for my 5 favorite, non-toxic ingredients for DIY cleaners and how to use them in your home. 1.
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    Newsy Headlines

  • Do More Wedding Guests Make A Happier Marriage?

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Watch VideoCould the number of guests at your wedding directly correlate with your marital happiness as the years go by?A new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia suggests it does. Over a five-year period, the study followed 418 people who got married — the overwhelming majority in formal wedding ceremonies. Forty-seven percent of those who had at least 150 guests at their weddings reported marital happiness in the top 40 percent of the sample. A writer for the New York Post came up with a point that might lend some…
  • Breaking Down The Buck's Value Across The U.S.

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Watch VideoIf you've got $100 in Mississippi, then congratulations! You're rich! One hundred dollars in Washington, D.C.? We're so sorry. Things aren't looking too good. Okay, that's not completely true, but thanks to data compiled by non-profit research group Tax Foundation, we now know your 'Benjamins' may go much further in one state, but not another.​This map by Tax Foundation breaks it down state by state. The top five places your money won't go as far are Washington, D.C. ($84.60), Hawaii ($85.32), New York ($86.66), New Jersey…
  • Unsustainable Elephant Poaching Killed 100K In 3 Years

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Watch VideoPoachers killed as many as 100,000 African elephants in the space of three years, according to a new study.  The study found unsustainable amounts of elephants were killed between 2009 and 2012, peaking in 2011 at 8 percent, which translates to 40,000 elephants killed that year alone. The escalation of poaching, which National Geographic reports has reduced the elephant population in Africa by 64 percent in the last decade, comes with new methods and equipment used by poachers. CBC: "They were telling me on the ground in Tanzania that people were coming in in…
  • Why Shanghai Subway Passengers Ran Away From Man Who Fainted

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Watch VideoIf a stranger fainted right in front of you, your first move might be to try to help them. But passengers on board a subway car in Shanghai earlier this month had a very different reaction. And it was all caught on camera.Check out this surveillance footage released Wednesday by CCTV. You can see a man suddenly slump over in his seat. And as he rolls to the floor, his fellow passengers bolt for the train's door.According to a tweet from People's Daily, China, the subway car was empty within 10 seconds, and the unconscious passenger was…
  • Ferguson Protests Reach Possible 'Turning Point'

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Watch VideoThe chance for a calm night in Ferguson disappeared around midnight Wednesday, though we didn't see the same kind of violence that's turned the St. Louis suburb into the focus of the news cycle for more than a week now.Headlines from local TV stations like KMOV and KTVI signaled a possible "turning point" in the protests and a "peaceful" Tuesday night.LEISA ZIGMAN, KSDK REPORTER: "So far, it has been calm and peaceful all night."JULIAN JOHNSON, KMOV REPORTER: "It's not as calm as it could be, but it's also not as…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Disaster-Hit Town Renovates Closed School into Sustainability Learning Center

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Ogatsu School Restoration Project All Rights Reserved. The "Ogatsu School Restoration Project" has been promoted since April in 2013 by the "Nukumori Executive Committee (Nukumori Jikko Iinkai)" of Ogatsu Town, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The Committee plans to restore and renovate the former Ogatsu municipal Kuwahama Elementary School (built 91 years ago and closed down in 2002), which miraculously remained standing after the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake, and aims to reopen the school as a multiple learning facility by the end of 2014.
  • Nipponkoa Insurance Wins Environment Minister's Award for Projects Using J-VER Offset Credits

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image provided by watashinomori.jp Users' Photo Gallery. (c)2014 The Carbon Offset Network (Co-Net) announced on February 14, 2014, the winners of the Third Carbon Offset Awards. The Environment Minister's award was given to Nipponkoa Insurance Co. for its work on the use of "purchased carbon offset credits (J-VER) from the disaster affected areas" to link with customers and the affected areas, while conserving forests in Japan. The company is a corporate member of Japan for Sustainability.
  • Hot Springs Power Generation to Start at Disaster Evacuation Facility in Japanese Resort Town

    16 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Shinonsen Town All Rights Reserved. Shinonsen Town in Hyogo Prefecture in central Japan completed construction of a binary-cycle power generation system using the thermal energy of the hot springs in Yumura Onsen, a resort town nestled in a mountainous area of the prefecture on April 10, 2014. The system was installed at the town's disaster evacuation facility, the first of its kind in the nation, financed through Japan's Ministry of the Environment's renewable energy promotion fund, called the Green New Deal Fund.
  • Solar Sharing in Japan: Efforts and Hurdles

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Kazuko Kojima Since Japan introduced its feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme in 2012, the installation of photovoltaic (PV) power generation systems has advanced across the country. Among renewable energy technologies, PV systems are one of quickest and easiest systems to install. Since most areas in Japan that are suitable for large-scale solar power plants are, according to some reports, already utilized or being planned for use, installers are starting to look for other places to set these systems. One idea is solar sharing, a method of generating electricity on farmland using solar…
  • Kopernik: Innovative Crowd Funding NGO Gets Technology to People Who Need It The Most

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.143 (July 2014) Copyright Kopernik All Rights Reserved. We had the opportunity to interview Toshihiro Nakamura, co-founder and CEO of Kopernik, a non-governmental organization (NGO) attracting global attention for its work in connecting "last mile" communities -- the poor living in the most remote parts of developing countries -- with technologies that transform their lives.
 
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    1800Recycling.com

  • Understanding the Recyclability of Different Paper Grades

    Maggie Wehri
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="paper-grade-recycling" alt="paper-grade-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/8/paper-grade-recycling_400x400.jpg"> One of the most common items we recycle on a day basis, paper, can be a tricky recyclable at times. Because paper is made using different recipes, including different types of fiber and chemical requirements, recycling yesterday’s newspaper, the old grocery list or last month’s issue of Vogue is not a…
  • How to Recycle Golf Balls

    Sophia Bennett
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="golf-ball-recycling" alt="golf-ball-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/8/golf-ball-recycling_400x400.jpg"> Many golf courses are making strides toward greening their facilities. Programs such as the <a href="http://www.auduboninternational.org/acspgolf" target="_blank" title="Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf" class="">Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program…
  • Recycling Profile: Erie, PA

    1-800-RECYCLING
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> <img class="undefined" title="erie-recycling" alt="Erie-recycling.png" data-cms-alignment="right" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/8/Erie-recycling_400x400.png"> Named after the Great Lake its shores approach, Erie (pop. 100,671), in the far northwestern reaches of Pennsylvania, is the state's fourth-largest city, behind <a href="/2012/08/recycling-profile-philadelphia"…
  • Using, Storing and Disposing of Pesticides and Fertilizers

    Maggie Wehri
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="fertilizer-recycling" alt="fertilizer-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/8/fertilizer-recycling_400x400.jpg"> Pests, weeds, molds, fungi and all of the above are unwanted nuisances that no one wants near their home. While pesticides and fertilizers may sound like the best way to avoid or clear out these annoyances, consumers often forget the other half of the equation: disposal. If these dangerous chemicals are not…
  • Ten Chandeliers Made from Recycled Bottles

    Falesha Wojitysiak
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    These days, wine and liquor bottles are nearly a work of art on their own, if not for their design, then for their coloring. Crafters and artists know and welcome this fact. They are using glass bottles more frequently as a medium in their crafty creations. Here are some beautiful examples of chandeliers that were crafted in such a way that shows off the uniqueness of the bottle being used. <div style="text-align: center;"><b style="color: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: initial; background-color: initial;">1. Chardonnay wine…
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  • American colleges that have chosen the green route

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Many colleges are creating awareness and taking steps towards eco-friendly techniques and operations. Educational institutes have the potential to mold and inspire younger generations towards environmental awareness. Some of these go-green initiatives include organic gardens, green roofs, and solar panels. You must be aware of many college campuses that are similar to a small city ... The post American colleges that have chosen the green route appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • High fashion with a dose of environment awareness

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    Have you ever heard about eco-friendly fashion accessories? Unbelievable as it may sound, it is definitely a popular trend these days. They not only make you look good, but also make you feel good on contributing towards nature. Many popular brands these days are coming up with their eco-friendly collections. These are made of recycled ... The post High fashion with a dose of environment awareness appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • A stepwise guide to seeding a new lawn

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Green lawns need preparation right from the autumn season. It is the right season to plant seeds as the cooler temperature kills off the crabgrass. This helps all the nutrients to be used by the grass seedlings. Following is a step wise guide to the perfect green lawn.   Remove the old lawn It is ... The post A stepwise guide to seeding a new lawn appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Decorate your house with eco-friendly products

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    We can construct or renovate the interiors of our houses using eco-friendly products. Many of such green products are available in the market and they are easy on the budget too. Nowadays, many architects and interior designers suggest the eco-friendly house models that can help your house be safe and ecological. The awareness is rising ... The post Decorate your house with eco-friendly products appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Green roofs make eco-friendly homes

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Growing grass and plants on the roofs of houses is an ancient practice that was practiced in order to keep the house safe from natural elements like wind, water, rain and sun. However, this ancient practice has turned out to be a modern approach in the new age houses, which makes them elegant and attractive. ... The post Green roofs make eco-friendly homes appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • How to Make Napkin Rings for Your Next Dinner Party

    Becky Striepe
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Here’s how to make napkin rings to add a little crafty touch to your table. We don’t use a ton of paper towels around here, but there are certain jobs that still have me reaching for the roll. See: cleaning the cat box. Any toilet paper roll craft works just as well with a paper towel roll. You just cut that tube in half or thirds, and you’re ready to rock! You can get six to eight DIY napkin rings from one paper towel tube, depending on how wide you cut them. Related: Eating Vegan in Social Situations, 50 Toilet Paper Roll Crafts You Need to See, Practical Tips for Planning an…
  • New Food Documentary Looks at “Food Rebels”

    Derek Markham
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Beginning in September, a 13 part PBS food documentary will take us on a journey across America, focusing on the “food rebels” who are helping to transform our food system by turning toward sustainable (and traditional, in many cases) methods. Related: Microfinance in America: To Catch a Dollar, Growing Cities Documents Urban Farming This 13 episode series, which highlights farmers, ranchers, chefs, scientists, teachers and fishermen in over 50 communities across the US, aims to show their inspired solutions and tell their compelling stories about the new food economy. These food…
  • Almond and Peanut Butter Recall: 6 Brands So Far

    Becky Striepe
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    After four illnesses, six brands are issuing almond and peanut butter recalls. Check your fridge for the brands below. So far, there are only six brands involved in the almond and peanut butter recall related to four cases of salmonella poisoning. If the last peanut butter recall is anything to go by, this could expand to include more brands. These are the six brands recalling their almond and peanut butter. If you have one of these brands in your pantry, head over to the FDA recall page for this almond and peanut butter recall, where you can compare the best buy date on your jar to the ones…
  • Okra Recipe + Atlanta Pickling Demonstration

    Becky Striepe
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    This is the pickled okra recipe that I’m going to demo on Okra Day at our local farmers market. I am so jazzed to share it with you! My super awesome friend Jenifer Carter does design work with the Freedom Farmers Market, a new farmers market that started this summer in my neighborhood. It’s a small market that’s dense with good vendors, and on August 23rd, they’re celebrating Okra Day! Related: Okra Chili Recipe, What’s in season now? 3 tools to help you find fresh!, USPS Releases Stamps Celebrating Farmers Markets Jenifer emailed me a couple of weeks ago and asked me if I…
  • 26 DIY Kitchen and Cooking Tips to Save Time and Money

    Becky Striepe
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you been wanting to eat more whole, healthy food but think it’s too expensive or time-consuming? Here are a ton of DIY kitchen and cooking tips to help you out! Cooking from scratch and creating a healthy kitchen doesn’t have to mean giving up your valuable free time or spending a lot of money. It’s all about approach! Even if you don’t consider yourself a cook or a crafter, we’ve got DIY kitchen tips that you can incorporate into your routine. Some of the DIY kitchen tips below help you directly save on your grocery bill. Others focus on reducing food…
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  • Almonds Can Help Reduce Bad Cholesterol (LDL) Says Research

    Jake Richardson
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    This post originally appeared on Healthfooddaily.com. This interview about the potential health benefits of eating almonds is with Dr. Sujatha Rajaram who worked on the following study: “Serum lipid response to the graduated enrichment of a Step I diet with almonds: a randomized feeding trial.” 1.Your study conclusion is that including almonds in the diet could reduce Almonds Can Help Reduce Bad Cholesterol (LDL) Says Research 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…
  • Suntech Jumps Into Energy Storage With $25 Million Investment

    Zachary Shahan
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Suntech was the largest solar module manufacturer in the world for years, then a combination of some illegal moves and a harsh financial environment for solar module manufacturers crushed the company, leading it to bankruptcy. Suntech is finally on the upswing after all of that. However, rather than focusing solely on solar, the Chinese company is Suntech Jumps Into Energy Storage With $25 Million Investment 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,…
  • World Time Calculator, or “Dial-a-Time”

    Sandy Dechert
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Here’s one of the funniest ways to tell world time that I have ever seen. I call it “Dial-a-Time,” although that’s not the official name for it. (The official name is “xkcd.com/1335/”.) First of all, with this graphic you have to get used to the fact that you are looking at the world from Antarctica World Time Calculator, or “Dial-a-Time” 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.
  • Mount Polley Disaster: Can BC’s Government be Trusted?

    Roy L Hales
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Originally Published in the ECOreport Questions arising from the Mount Polley tailings pond breach: Is BC’s Liberal government in the pockets of industry? Can large corporations be trusted to place public safety ahead of profits? Does the Federal Government have any responsibility? Can B C’s government be trusted? “How come no one has to resign?” Mount Polley Disaster: Can BC’s Government be Trusted? 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…
  • Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight, On August 12 2014

    James Ayre
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    The highly prolific Perseids meteor shower will be reaching its for peak for the year tonight, on August 12 2014 (early morning hours of August 13 2014). Peak activity is expected to be somewhere around 100 meteors an hour when seen from a dark rural location — so when you factor in the very bright Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight, On August 12 2014 was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
 
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  • What Can You Do with Banana Peels… Besides Throw them Away?

    Important Media Cross-Post
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    We generally don’t think of banana peels as wasted food because most of us don’t eat them. You can, though… or you can put them to other uses. Our friends at Insteading and Eat.Drink.Better have both published the infographic below, but I thought it was well worth another post… if anything, to get people thinking even more about the potential uses for things we throw away without any thoughts. Take a look at Jo’s thoughts from Insteading, and share your own with us in the comments… Top 10 Uses for Banana Peels – Waste Not One of the most important aspects…
  • Disappointed with Gardening Ideas You Find Online? OpenFarm Wants to Change that

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    A sample OpenFarm guide Image credit: OpenFarm Kickstarter I love to share gardening ideas I find, or have even tried, but I know that there will always be specifics of a planting situation for which I can’t account. Soil quality, rainfall, sunlight, and pests are just a few of the elements that will play into the success of any gardening project, and they can vary widely. That means we’ve got to keep any instructions general, and hope that readers make necessary adjustments based on their circumstances. That’s great for experienced planters and gardeners… but what if…
  • How to Keep Eco-Friendly Indoor Cats

    Guest Author
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Image credit: Julia Marchand For those of us who live on busy streets, letting our cats run wild is not an option. But anyone striving for a sustainable home should still consider ways to keep their felines in harmony with the natural world. I’ve found that environmental responsibility for cat owners mainly comes down to these basics: ingredient sustainability, production location, product biodegradability and packaging recyclability. Once these qualifications are met to my standards, each product I consider for my cats has to then pass one final test: do my kitties approve?
  • Upcycling with Arduino: 7 Projects

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Arduino Microcontroller Board Credit: Shutterstock I had so much fun putting together last week’s post of upcycling projects involving the Raspberry Pi computer that I decided to keep digging. This time, I focused on projects featuring Arduino. This “open-source electronics platform” isn’t a computer per se; it’s more like the electronic “brains” inside appliances that control their functioning. Its purpose: to give makers/hackers the tools needed to add interactivity to their projects. Arduino’s been around longer than Raspberry Pi, so…
  • How to Upcycle Cereal Boxes into Hanging Wall Files

    Talancia Pea
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    Talancia’s finished folders. School has only just begun and our kitchen counters have transformed into command central for all things paperwork. There’re forms to list our contact information and others to describe my child’s strengths and weaknesses. We also have booklets, packets and so much more. The clutter of all of the papers can become a bit overwhelming; so, I took to the blogosphere for useful, inexpensive solutions. Over on Soho Sonnet, a fellow mom features a simple, step-by-step tutorial to make hanging wall files from used cereal boxes. I made mine in ten minutes or so,…
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    Crafting a Green World

  • 25 DIY Scrapbook Supplies

    Julie Finn
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Step away from the scrapbooking aisle! You don’t need those over-priced, store-bought supplies, not when you can make your own so easily, and from eco-friendly materials, too. Here are scrapbook supplies that you can make yourself: 1. aged paper. Antique paper with coffee. 2. alcohol ink. This is easy to make from old markers. 3. aluminum foil rickrack. It makes good page borders. 4. beads. Make them from recycled paper, and string them across an album page. 5. beeswax paper. It’s a natural way to preserve paper. 6. book album pages. The print in books makes a…
  • Spotted: DIY Photo Frame on Pallet Wood

    Becky Striepe
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    How sweet is this DIY photo frame made with a transfer on to recycled pallet wood? We are constantly needing new picture frames in my house. I just made a mini picture frame from an old mason jar lid, and already I have new photos that need framing up. So you can imagine how jazzed I was to run across  this clever DIY photo frame idea on Southern Revivals! Related: Build a Recycled Pallet Compost Bin for $15, 6 Crafty Projects with Wood Pallets To make your own DIY photo frame from reclaimed wood, you will need: printed photos (print them reversed, so the transfer won’t be all…
  • DIY Napkin Rings from a Paper Towel Tube

    Becky Striepe
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    These colorful DIY napkin rings are made from an old paper towel tube! We don’t use a ton of paper towels around here, but there are certain jobs that still have me reaching for the roll. See: cleaning the cat box. Any toilet paper roll craft works just as well with a paper towel roll. You just cut that tube in half or thirds, and you’re ready to rock! You can get six to eight DIY napkin rings from one paper towel tube, depending on how wide you cut them. Related: Vintage Film Series Taught Upcycling Before It was Cool, 50 Toilet Paper Roll Crafts You Need to See, Practical Tips…
  • How to Make Hand Sanitizer with Two Ingredients

    Jill Ettinger
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hand sanitizers are nice to have around, but they can contain toxic ingredients. Here’s how to make hand sanitizer with only two ingredients! Triclosan is a controversial hand sanitizer chemical linked to endocrine disruption as well as other human health and environmental issues. It’s been linked to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and even worse, it is not effective against viruses, which are often more likely the cause of our colds and flus than bacteria in the first place. That’s not the case for apple cider vinegar though—which is antibacterial and antiviral—and…
  • How to Make Decorative Tape

    Julie Finn
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Who needs washi tape when it’s this easy to make your own decorative tape? And for bonus DIY points, you can use up your narrowest strips of stash fabric and your most interesting pieces of vintage paper to make these tapes. This DIY decorative tape project is the quickest and the easiest. All you need is double-sided tape, your favorite paper or fabric, and scissors! 1. Choose your double-sided tape. DIY decorative tape is such an extremely versatile project in large part because double-sided tape comes in a ton of different sizes and strengths. There’s double-sided Scotch tape,…
 
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  • Eco-Friendly Luxury Custom Homes

    greenEditor
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Luxury homes typically are not what come to mind when people think about eco-friendly homes. In fact, they are often criticized for being wasteful, having a big carbon footprint and ostentatious. However, many luxury homes are being constructed to include eco-friendly features. www.calgarycustomhomebuilder.ca and below are some of the features that eco-friendly luxury custom homes often have: Solar Panels People who live in a sunny climate often use solar panels. Solar panels are devices that can be used to convert sunshine into energy that people can use in their household. Solar panels not…
  • Screw Heaters and Flanged immersion Heaters

    greenEditor
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    You might have learned about mess plug immersion heating units sooner or later. You may find out a little about the subject, and even possess a kind of general idea about what they are employed for. Piece of content provide a deeper check out the subject and will assist to reveal a few of the ins and outs of the screw connect heating units. Screw plug immersion heaters directly heat several liquids as well as gas with an immersion heating method. This includes all kinds of oils and also the liquids involved in a number of procedures. These units are used for process water heating system and…
  • What Does Eco-Friendly Pest Control Look Like?

    greenEditor
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    When people think of pests like mice, rats, cockroaches and bedbugs, usually the first thing they feel is a shiver of revulsion. That shiver might be at the thought of the bugs themselves, but soon enough, they will find themselves shivering at the chemicals that must be used in the home to get rid of them. The truth of the matter is that eco-friendly pest control is not only possible, it is also something that can be very accessible. Check online more eco-friendly practices at www.pestcontrolintoronto.com For example, if you have small children and pets in the home, eco-friendly pest control…
  • Eco-friendly Construction Equipment Rentals

    greenEditor
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Reliable equipment: First and foremost, when you want to rent the item to fix up your house, you will want to make sure it’s reliable. If not, you will deal with serious problems when you need to start the eco-friendly equipment. Think about it, if it dies in the middle of a project, not only will you deal with frustration, but you will end up costing yourself a lot of time and money. However, if you find a place offering reliable equipment, you are well on your way to choosing the right provider of eco-friendly construction equipment. Visit online www.smsrents.com/fr for “Location…
  • Eco-friendly Installation of Granite Countertops

    greenEditor
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Granite countertops look so beautiful in a kitchen or other work areas that sometimes people don’t realize how ecologically friendly granite countertops really are. The fact is that from beginning to end, granite and marble contertops are installed in a very ecologically friendly way at www.rockstella.ca. The Mining Process All the major suppliers of granite show concern for the environment at every stage, including the very beginning. After the granite has been mined, the area left behind is completely renewed by planting trees and vegetation that is native to the region. Measurement…
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  • What are you doing for World Elephant Day August 12?

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

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

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

    Paige Donner
    30 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Beau Bridges, Actor: "…A uniquely exciting adventure that capture the heart and the soul of the reader." The Emissary: Interpreting the Songs of the Whales to Save the Earth's Oceans Indiana Jones-style Elisabeth Rohm, actor, author, activist, mother: "The whales and dolphins of this planet need our help – and Patricia Cori is their Emissary!" Los Angeles, CA, April 29, 2014 – Fans of Animal Planet would likely call bestselling author, Patricia Cori, the "whale whisperer."  However, Cori's fans deem her a "real-life Indiana Jones."  One thing is for…
  • Une Way Of Life: Burnt Red Nails

    Paige Donner
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    By Paige DonnerWe love (as in love ! love !) Une’s Slightly Burnt Red nail enamel. Red livens up any outfit and adapts to all clothes and makeup, regardless of coloring. Deep and almost brickishly red, it’s a perfect color for early spring and on into the summer. Did we mention how nicely it wears with a deep brown tan ? Something else you’ll find with UNE nail poishes is an XXL brush that applies your enamel varnish on your nail in one easy stroke. Its not-too-hard, not-too-soft brush fans out over the nail so you’ve got full color coverage precisely and in a flash of…
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  • Gravity Control Explained

    Jim
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    W. David Barclay disagrees with modern science. But modern science doesn’t seem so modern compared to Barclay’s take on what’s happening. PROJECT UNITY Chapter one Project Unity is the result of more than 40 years of study and research that redefines our perception of universe in relation to the form and function of physical structure. […]
  • New Book By Veljko Milkovic

    Jim
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Written in Serbian and English, Veljko Milkovic’s new book, GRAVITATIONAL MACHINES, covers the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, Tesla, and the latest discoveries. The most important aspect of his new book is how Veljko proves that the pendulum is more efficient than electric motors that rotate. This video contains that information and more. For your […]
  • And Now?

    Jim
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    Hmm, okay. And now, it’s not gravity control. Well, it is, but it’s as if the world is being destroyed by bad decisions. Unmerited aggression, The fake wars. Personally, I was shocked that the US would attack another nation. They said they never would. But they did, because they couldn’t come up with a better […]
  • Lucid Dreaming

    Jim
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    That moment between sleep and awake. A moment. Look up The Phase. Lucid dreaming basically means you know you are dreaming. And during that dream, because you know you are dreaming, You discover that you can manipulate that dream. We are vibrations. Frequencies. the universe is a symphony The Universe Is A Symphony Frequencies respond […]
  • Nick Cook UFO Doc 2014

    Jim
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:13 am
    Nick Cook’s job is to report on secret stuff. He wrote The Hunt For Zero Point, a book I read when it came out, then again two years later and I was amazed at how much more I had learned in the interim. Which actually means how much more I understood after the second reading […]
 
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  • Global Market Report of Pululan

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    DUBLIN, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Market Report of Pululan" report to their offering. Global Market Report of Pululan (CAS 9057-02-7) aims at providing comprehensive data on Pululan globally and regionally (Europe,...
  • Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd. Hires President And General Manager For Oil And Gas Operations

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    LITTLE RIVER, S.C., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd. (OTCBB: IEVM) today announced that it has hired Bradley W. Rockman to oversee its oil and gas operations.  Mr. Rockman will serve as the President and General Manager of the company's newly...
  • Global Market Report of alpha-Bisabolol

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    DUBLIN, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Market Report of alpha-Bisabolol" report to their offering. Global Market Report of alpha-Bisabolol (CAS 515-69-5) aims at providing comprehensive data on alpha-Bisabolol globally...
  • Global Market Report of 2-Methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    DUBLIN, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Market Report of 2-Methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid" report to their offering. Global Market Report of 2-Methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (CAS 94-74-6) aims at providing comprehensive...
  • SANAFOR™ Antimicrobial Technology For Plastics, From Janssen PMP, Receives U.S. EPA Registration

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    TITUSVILLE, N.J., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen PMP has announced that SANAFOR™ PO-5 is now registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an antimicrobial masterbatch designed for inclusion in polyolefin materials. SANAFOR™ controls the growth of...
 
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    The Green Samaritan

  • 4 Easy Homemade Recipes To Clean Your Fruits and Veggies

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

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

    Jeanne
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    With the opening of neighborhood pools, beach weekends and outdoor outings all over to celebrate the beginning of summer, a sun burn for many is just a few rays away. By implementing safe and smart... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • National Audubon Society 11th Annual Women In Conservation Luncheon

    Jeanne
    21 May 2014 | 8:22 am
    On Tuesday at the Plaza Hotel in New York, The National Audubon Society celebrated its 11th annual Women in Conservation Luncheon by presenting the 2014 Rachel Carson Award to yet another three... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Don’t Go Bananas! Easy Ways to Remember What Those Produce Labels Mean

    Jeanne
    5 Apr 2013 | 6:20 am
    If you haven’t already, take a closer look at those little sticky labels on the fruit and vegetables you buy at the grocery store.  Those numbers provide important information regarding just... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
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  • Different Types of Outdoor Lighting

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Looking for a way to refresh your exterior design? Or maybe you're just tired of stumbling through the dark every time you get home late from work. Whatever your reasons for considering outdoor lighting, here are just six ways to illuminate your yard and breathe new life into your landscape. 1. Lampposts  Guide your guests straight to your door by installing lampposts along your driveway or
  • Don't Neglect Mosquito Control in Your Yard

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    When the temperatures turn warm, that means mosquitoes will begin to multiply. Without professional help, they can easily overrun a person’s yard. Sometimes it can become so bad that you can't enjoy the outdoors even in your own back yard. Of course, it goes without saying that you can never have friends over for a barbeque. Mosquitoes can easily turn an outdoor gathering into a nightmare. The
  • Plastics and allergies

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Our Daily Green is affiliated with The Allergy Kit, a drug free, home treatment for allergies There is growing concern among the medical community about the link between allergies and asthma and exposure to phthalates. Phthalates are also commonly known of "plasticizers". They are a group of chemicals additives that make plastics more flexible and more difficult to break. photo courtesy
  • 6 natural remedies for allergy (infographic)

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Our Daily Green is affiliated with The Allergy Kit, a drug free, home treatment for allergies.  6 Natural Remedies for Allergy Relief via Cool Daily Infographics
  • DIY urban gardening with recycled items (infographic)

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:10 pm
 
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    ForceChange

  • Investigate Assassination Attempt Against Human Rights Worker

    Andrew Emett
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan Goal: Investigate the assassination attempt against a prominent human rights activist A human rights activist known for his anti-corruption campaigning was speaking outside with his friends when a man armed with an AK-47 fired at him. The human rights defender was wounded in the leg before the gunman escaped. No one has been arrested for the attempted murder. Demand that the government of South Sudan launch a full investigation into this attempted murder. Advocating for the people of South Sudan, Deng Athuai Mawiir had recently called for…
  • Applaud Innovative Idea for Socially-Conscious Business Model

    Emily Teleposky
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Goal: Applaud CEO for creating idea of conscious capitalism When John Mackey opened the first Whole Foods, he wanted to create a good business. All too often, when people think about business, they think about crony men in suits who are taking money away from the common person. However, Mackey understood that these companies were not espousing the true values of capitalism. Capitalism, at its core, is about creating a greater value for everyone. It is not solely about profit. Thinking too much about profit leads to overleveraging, and led to the…
  • Praise Race Car Driver for Speaking Out Against Animal Abuse

    Laurie Fanelli
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Leilani Münter Goal: Thank professional race car driver for speaking out against animals acts for entertainment Professional race car driver Leilani Münter has joined forces with PETA to ask the Sandusky Speedway to cancel an August 12 appearance by Carson & Barnes Circus, noting that the organization has received “more than 100 citations for violating the Animal Welfare Act by mistreating animals and endangering the public.” The vegan athlete would not only like to see this appearance canceled, but she would also like the Sandusky Speedway to “never promote this circus or…
  • Stop Deceiving Voters with Fake News Articles

    Chance Yager
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden Goal: Stop disguising campaign material as objective news sites Voters seeking accurate information about candidates for federal office will have a harder time of it now that they must dodge partisan press releases masquerading as legitimate news. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has created approximately two dozen fake news sites, each targeting a different liberal candidate for office. They are designed to look like local news websites containing objective reporting about local politicians. The…
  • Denounce Company’s Sexist and Sleazy ‘Back-to-School’ Ad Campaign

    Renee Gauthier
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: American Apparel CFO John Luttrell Goal: Put an end to American Apparel’s sexist and tasteless objectification of women in its advertising When it comes to advertising, Los Angeles-based retailer American Apparel is no stranger to controversy. However, its latest misstep, which involves the sexual objectification of an implied minor, has provoked disgust and anger from many people. Sign the petition and urge American Apparel to stop using the blatant and demeaning sexual objectification of women to sell clothing. The photo that ignited the controversy was posted to American…
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • 5 Ways to Save Green While Going Green This Summer

    greenwise
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    For many homeowners, the dog days of summer can lead to some pretty hefty electricity bills. From keeping a home cool to running the pool pump more often, it can be challenging to save energy. Fortunately, there are several tips homeowners can try that can help them to stay as green as possible, even when […]
  • Tales from the Dark Side: Is it Actually Greener?

    greenwise
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Every day, tens of thousands of motorcyclists take to the road on their Harleys, Yamahas and Hondas, content to get where they are going on their standard motorcycle tires. But in recent years, a growing group of passionate and extremely opinionated riders have started to swap out their motorcycle tires and replace them with car […]
  • 3 Ways To Avoid Water Waste At Home

    greenwise
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    California has just imposed the most stringent restrictions on water use in its history, so a reminder about ways to conserve water is timely. More than 70 percent of planet Earth is water. But do you know that less than 1 percent of all the water on earth is fresh water that we can actually consume? This leaves […]
  • More Sustainable Business: Going Green at Conferences

    greenwise
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Part of doing business is attending conferences. Traveling to the conference location, going to meetings, getting around while you are there, eating and drinking. A lot happens that could be done more sustainably. Here are some some simple ideas to make your conference attendance more sustainable. 1. Walk when you can. Weather permitting, walk to […]
  • Understanding the 3 R’s of Eco-Friendly Tires

    greenwise
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Automobile tires aren’t traditionally considered “green.” From having to pay an expensive disposal fee at the tire shop to the chemicals and various earth-unfriendly products that go into making them, tires have definitely been more black than green. Fortunately for our planet, this is all starting to change. Tires are becoming more eco-friendly, which is […]
 
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • Everyday products that contain harmful chemicals

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    Last week Apple announced that it would stop using two harmful chemicals, Benzene and n-hexane, that are used in the final assembly process across its lines of iPads, iPhones and Macs. These chemicals are thought to cause cancer and nerve damage. Apple are not the only company using rare earth elements, toxic chemicals, or untested materials in their products. The long term issues and damages caused by these will be unknown for many years. The real issue will probably be their combined use. Not only is this a worry for our health but it also can be a challenge as we try to build a more…
  • Barcelona – The #sustainable city

    Ramon Arratia
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Barcelona is one of the trailblazer sustainable cities, integrating renewable energy, sensible public policy and waste management strategies into its core infrastructure. Of course there’s more that can be done, and many cities are on the same track, but let’s look at Barcelona’s progress and key points to date: * Home to 1.7m People in the city with c. 5m within urban proximity across 300 square miles. * Spain’s second largest city. * Top 5 EU city by GDP. * In 2000, Barcelona became the first European city to have a solar thermal ordinance. In 2006 the Spanish…
  • Net-Works – 9 tons of fishing nets arrives in Slovenia for recycling

    Ramon Arratia
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    At the end of last month a container ship with 9 tons of fishing nets arrived in Slovenia from the Philippines. These monofilament nets were recovered by local villagers participating in the Net-Works™ project. Net-Works is a community-based initiative established by us and the Zoological Society to recover and recycle fishing nets from fishing villages in impoverished regions, connecting some of the dots for a more circular economy. Over 660 million people on the planet depend upon the oceans to support their livelihood. But year after year, pollution in our waters and beaches gets…
  • 2020 – An important #sustainability milestone

    Ramon Arratia
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    2020 is going to be a busy year. In the year 2020 we will see many initiatives, events and milestones reached, and it’s only 6 years off. London’s Crossrail is scheduled to be in full service by 2020, the Summer Olympics will be kicking off in Japan, and Toyota says that all cars it will produce will be hybrid. Other initiatives include the IFPRI Food Security vision, GM have pledged to use 125 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020, and let’s not forget the 5 targets that the EU have set around - Employment, innovation, climate change/energy, education and poverty. The…
  • The impact of regulated labelling: Your Fridge needs dramatically less energy

    Ramon Arratia
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Energy efficient household appliances have lead to a drop in electricity consumption as the chart below illustrates. Here is some of the content from the announcement from the DECC detailing the drop in absolute costs of electricity consumed by household goods. The technical progress with fridges in particular has been incredible – energy requirements have dropped from 300Kwh in 1990 to less than 100Kwh today. This is a combination of mandatory, regulated EU labelling, accompanied by strong innovation incentives. Can you image what would we could achieve if we tried harder?
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    ecoINSITE

  • Watch: ‘Aquarium of the World’ turning into underwater desert

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

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

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

    Pedro Hernandez
    31 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Go dematerialization! The  term, which sounds like what the transporters do in Star Trek, is one of the great benefits of the Internet. Instead of CDs, folks have turned to iTunes and Spotify. Rather than heft around a tome or two, they head to Amazon and order e-books for their Kindles. The data centers that serve up that digital media, the networks that deliver it and the devices used to consume it use far less energy than the manufacture and transport of its physical counterparts. The same, it turns out, is true for DVDs. In her article, TakePart’s Kristina Bravo spotlights a…
  • Xbox One, PlayStation 4 are more power hungry

    Pedro Hernandez
    19 May 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Well this is a little disappointing, although not without precedent. Both Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft’s Xbox One (the Kinect-less version pictured above, obviously) scarf down a lot more electricity than their immediate predecessors (their respective “slim” versions), according to a report from The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In fact, they consume “two to three times more annual energy,” said the NRDC. The good news is that they consume less than the launch versions of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. And if history is any guide,…
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:57 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

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:57 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

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:57 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

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:57 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

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
 
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    The Car Connection

  • Nissan Rogue

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    The Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover that seats up to five passengers. A front-driver with a four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Rogue also makes all-wheel drive available. A brand-new nameplate for the 2008 model year, the Rogue was redesigned for the 2014 model year, adding more interior room and better...
  • GMC Terrain

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    The GMC Terrain is a mid-size crossover that’s closely related to the Chevrolet Equinox. Compared to the truck-based GMC models, or even the bigger Acadia crossover, the Terrain is a bit smaller, less expensive, and has car-like driving dynamics. Production of the GMC Terrain takes place at GM’s CAMI assembly plant in Ontario, Canada...
  • 2015 Toyota 4Runner

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    The 4Runner is one of few remaining true SUVs, built on a separate frame and using parts from trucks underneath instead of those pulled from passenger vehicles. While Toyota definitely sells more of its car-based crossovers (Venza, Highlander, etc.), the 4Runner remains for true off-road enthusiasts, using a recipe that's as old as the...
  • Nissan Altima

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    The Nissan Altima is the automaker's four-door, mid-size family sedan. No longer available as a two-door coupe, the Altima is now one of the best-selling vehicles in its segment--one that includes the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, not to mention the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata. Over the two decades it's been on sale, the Altima has gradually...
  • 2015 Honda Accord Sedan, Coupe, And Hybrid: On Sale Today, Priced From $22,105

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Three versions of the 2015 Honda Accord go on sale today at dealerships across America, and they're priced to sell. Whether you're shopping for a coupe, a sedan, or a leaner, greener hybrid, the always-popular Accord is worth a look. ALSO SEE: 5 Car Brands That Customers Don't Buy Twice 2015 Honda Accord Sedan This is the most affordable member of...
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    Green Car Reports

  • Tesla News Video, VW 'XL2' Rumored, Hydrogen Stories: Today's Car News

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Today's news spans three types of powertrain. We recap the last two weeks of whirlwind Tesla news on video, explain our reasoning for writing about hydrogen fuel-cell cars, and delve into rumors of a four-seat Vollkswagen "XL2" diesel plug-in hybrid. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The Renovo Coupe pairs an iconic design--think AC...
  • Why Green Car Reports Writes About Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    It would seem pretty obvious that a site called Green Car Reports would cover zero-emission vehicles that will soon go on sale from major global automakers. But cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells turn out to be as controversial as plug-in electric cars, albeit for different reasons--and among different constituencies. So it's appropriate to...
  • First 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Sold Last Month

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Last month, 41 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive hatchbacks were delivered to their owners, marking the first month of sales for the first battery-electric vehicle from the German luxury maker. The official first buyer, Kim Price, lives south of Los Angeles in Mission Viego; she's been a Mercedes driver for 15 years. DON'T MISS: 2014...
  • Four-Seat Volkswagen 'XL2' Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Coming?

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    For a two-seat car priced at more than $100,000, not sold in North America, and with just 250 built, the Volkswagen XL1 gets an extraordinary amount of attention. That's due to the hugely high fuel-economy ratings for the tiny carbon-fiber vehicle powered by a diesel plug-in hybrid system. It's rated at a combined 261 miles per gallon on the...
  • Next Lincoln Navigator Likely To Get Aluminum Body For MPG Gains

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Ford F-150 pickup might be one of America's best-selling vehicles, but the move to build the 2015 model from aluminum has required significant investment from Ford. To ensure that investment is worth it, the company is likely to use aluminum in several other vehicles to spread the development cost--and the first of those could be the 2017...
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Recycling School Supplies: Crayola’s Helping Hand

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

    kb
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    Finding your way home is easier with a little help from your friends. “Hey, guys! Can one of you help me find my way back to the house?” We were sitting in the children’s room of a local library waiting for Big Girl to finish a program. Little Girl was sitting at a newly-installed pod of iPads playing Minecraft. She didn’t know the four other boys who were playing, but in the span of 20 minutes she asked for help about four or five times, at one point relinquishing her screen so one of the kids could get her back to where she wanted to be virtually. I sat there…
  • Looking For Summer Fun? $1 Movies Work

    kb
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    The summer stretches out in front of us. Two and a half months without structure. I plan on taking time to hang out with my kids a lot and one of the things that’s on my to-d0 list is the Summer Movie Express, a program that provides $1 movie tickets for second run flicks. You can get more information by clicking through here, but basically, Regal Cinemas is offering deeply discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting in July. The movies include fun family favorites like The Smurfs, Turbo, and Rio 2 — stuff you’ve seen but that look better on the big screen.
  • Vehicles at the Beach

    kb
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    Our view from the boat. Wish I got a shot of the shiny blue quad! Yesterday while at the beach a friend’s son pointed out the shiny, new quads that the dockmaster was driving around. They were a nice improvement on the ramshackle golf cart-looking things that they used to drive, but what struck me was that they were still gas-guzzling, fume-spurting vehicles. Here we were at a beautiful town park and we still had to inhale gas fumes. I wondered why we didn’t have electric vehicles. I wondered why they weren’t hybrids. I guess cost is probably an issue, but at some point, in…
  • She Drank the Pink Milk

    kb
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    Our district’s lunch program is pretty much like every other district’s: The cafeteria workers need to find a way to provide lunch for $2.30 while staying within national guidelines. As a result, there’s very little on the menu my kids will eat. Everything is processed and, as my kids tell me, “disgusting” as far as they are concerned. There are a few days they will buy, though. Big Girl likes nacho taco day, which is taco meat heaped on nacho chips with lettuce, tomato and salsa. Little Girl likes brunch for lunch — frozen pancakes or waffles with some…
 
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    Green Home Guide General Feed

  • Is bamboo flooring better than hardwood for installing on a ground level concrete slab?

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    I like the idea of bamboo flooring but have seen lots of negative reviews regarding quality, splintering etc., so perhaps hardwood over a plywood base would be better? My other concern relates to VOC's from glues & stains as I have 2 young children. Any suggestions? From a pure sustainability perspective, a local hardwood is probably a more sustainable choice than bamboo simply because of the embodied energy of the bamboo...it comes from Asia primarily. There...
  • I want to replace my laminated kitchen counter top. Is it safe to use bath wall tiles instead?

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    I've checked the prices with home remodeling companies, granites $25-30/ sq.ft then labor is another $28/sq ft. I am looking for a safe to health material to use in the kitchen. That's where I prepare food. Does bath wall tiles (the glazed ones are smooth and easy to clean)have asbestos? I want to avoid "chemical toxin" in the kitchen. If you feel strongly that laminated old counter top is probably "healthier " than bath wall tiles, then I'll quit thinking about that. Nothing is wrong with my counter top but periodic scrubbing with scouring powder (that is…
  • Using spray foam with a metal roof. What is the options?

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    We just bought a log cabin that had a very bad shingle roof. We have pulled off the shingles and replaced the roof with a metal roof. I left the old wood deck in place and covered it with a vapor barrier before putting down purlins on which the metal roof is attached. There is not much insulation in the roof as it is. It currently has very old compressed fibreglass batons laying on the ceiling. I am thinking of using a spray foam to replace what is there but have questions around the best use of spray foam. Should I apply the spray foam directly to the inside of the roof decking and seal the…
  • What is a generic price quote for installing PV-T water heating systems for my home?

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    We need enough energy to supply us with at least 50 gallons of hot water/day. So far I have been looking at the DAikin AC model and the AO smith model. I would appreciate any help in estimating the total cost including materials and installation. Unfortunately, with the description given no contractor would be able to provide you with an accurate or even estimated cost for material and labor. And if they did, I would...
  • how to keep my house warm in winter , while still getting outside fresh but cold air circulation?

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    We recently retrofitted a ducted system in our 3 floor ,total 300 sqm house. its just a fan unit with iq air perfect 16 filter attached at intake end, clean air is forced into all rooms, while dirty air is pulled out from common areas only ( one exhaust point per floor only). The whole fan unit (from panasonic) and iq air unit is fitted in a small machine room, with inlet and outlet plastic pipes connecting to outdoor. The problem is that cool air from outside , even though well filtered, makes the rooms very cold in shanghai winter. can i just let inlet and outlet of air be inside the…
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • Coping With the California Drought

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

    Stephanie
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    We all have those habits we wish we could break. If you’re trying to be more eco friendly in your daily life, there are probably a number of things you would like to change, but just haven’t managed to yet. Here are some bad habits you may want to work on changing so you can […] Related posts: 5 Habits of Eco Friendly Families Are You Wasting Reusable Bags? How to be Eco Friendly When You Shop
  • Kick Your Kids Out Of The House This Summer!

    Stephanie
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    How much do your kids grumble about having nothing to do now that school’s out, especially when you tell them to shut the screens off? There’s a simple solution to that – make them go play outside. Think about your own childhood and how much time you probably spent outside playing. Doing much the same […] Related posts: Get Your Kids Out of the House! Eco Friendly Water Play for Kids in the Summer 25 Eco Friendly Summer Activities For Kids
  • 7 Ways to Recycle Your Child’s Crayons and Markers

    Stephanie
    28 May 2014 | 8:10 am
    Like most children, my kids love to do art. While they enjoy using repurposed items such as toilet paper tubes and really old computer paper (remember the type with the holes down the side to feed through the printer? We still have a bunch!), they’re always going to use some things we have to buy, […] Related posts: Is It Trash or Craft Supplies? Green Your Halloween with Reduce, Reuse and Recycle 5 Ways You May Not Have Considered to Green Your Easter
  • Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines Review

    Stephanie
    12 May 2014 | 7:59 am
    I was sent a copy of the Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines to review a couple weeks ago. If you’re into mythology, it’s a nice resource on the many female characters found in mythology all around the world. The book is divided by continent and then by region, allowing you to explore goddesses and heroines […] Related posts: Healthy Child Healthy World Review You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap!) Book Review Stop Throwing Money Away Book Review
 
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  • LEED Certification Boosts Hotel Revenue

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    LEED-certified hotels make more money in average daily rates and revenue per available room than their non-LEED competitors, according to a study by Cornell University. This is a change from a 2013 Cornell study that stated hotels, on average, don’t see a revenue boost from going green. The new study compared the performance of 93 LEED-certified US hotels (the number for which operating data were available) to that of 514 comparable competitors. The authors used hotel performance data provided by STR, a Partner of the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell.
  • Grand Rapids Downtown Market awarded prestigious LEED Gold certification

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    On August 6 the Grand Rapids Downtown Market was one of the first urban markets in the country to be awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • Bethune Lofts wins LEED certification award

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    ADVERTISEMENT Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s new Bethune Lofts apartment conversion has won “silver” LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its “green” characteristics, the developer said Tuesday. The 100,000-square-foot project that converted a former factory into 87 upscale loft-style apartments at 2917 Main St. received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for new construction because it “achieved an exceptionally high standard of energy efficiency, while decreasing its overall impact on the environment,” according to a Ciminelli…
  • Making construction equipment run cleaner

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Environmental certification programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) have long focused on making buildings greener. But what about the equipment that helps build the buildings, roads and bridges? That’s where Project Green Fleet comes in. The clean air program, established in 2005 with a focus on reducing emissions in school buses and diesel trucks, is making a transition to aging diesel-powered construction equipment, part of an effort to stay ahead of increasingly strict federal air quality standards. An initiative of the…
  • KTGY Architecture + Planning Adds Terry A. Willis AIA, LEED AP as Principal in Denver Office

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning, has added Terry A. Willis, AIA, LEED AP, as a principal in the firm’s Denver office. With more than 30 years of design practice, Willis’ experience and project leadership has successfully guided a broad range of development projects to completion including high-profile commercial, retail, residential, entertainment and resort projects. Willis most recently served as a senior architect with Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) in Denver and as associate principal and Denver studio manager of 4240 Architecture, Inc. Willis has been responsible for…
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  • Americans Spend $1.8 Billion on Eating Out Every Day (And 23 Other Facts You Should Probably Know)

    Dana Drugmand
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Photo by RTimages / Shutterstock. Driest year in recorded history for many areas of California: 2013 Percentage by which California Gov. Jerry Brown asked Californians to voluntarily reduce water use in January 2014: 20 1 Actual percentage reduction in water use in California between January and May 2014: 52 Amount Americans are projected to spend per day eating out in restaurants in 2014: $1.8 billion 3 Percentage of American adults who don’t know how to cook as of 2011: 28 4 Percentage of all adult American consumers at least 18 years old who report still calling their moms for cooking…
  • Photo Essay: Indigenous Farmers Gather in the Andes to Plan for Climate Change

    Adam Kerby
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A Quechua woman harvests potatoes at a site more than 13,700 feet above sea level. It's the highest local point at which potatoes are grown. All photos by Adam Kerby. Editor's note: Last month we published an article about indigenous farmers who  recently gathered for a week in Peru's Cusco region to discuss climate change, its effects on their ancestral farmlands, and ways that they could work together to improve the resiliency of their agriculture. The farmers, who came from Peru, China, and Bhutan, made plans to exchange plant varieties in an effort to protect the diversity of their crops…
  • Tractors, Ritual Baths, and Dismantling Racism: Welcome to Black and Latino Farmers Immersion

    Leah Penniman
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Participants in the Black and Latino Farmers Immersion program get their hands in the dirt. From left, Terressa Tate, Leah Penniman, and Beatrice Anderson. Photo by Capers Rumph. Soul Fire Farm is a family farm in Grafton, N.Y., committed to the dismantling of the oppressive structures that misguide our food system. We are a community resource, a vessel for education, and grow our life-giving food without pesticides, fertilizers, or hormones. With deep reverence for the land and the wisdom of our ancestors, we act in solidarity with people marginalized by racial inequalities in access to…
  • The Leader of Canada's Green Party Is Marching for Climate Action—And She Wants You to Join Her in NYC

    Elizabeth May
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Elizabeth May on CBC Radio One - Calgary. Photo by Tavis Ford/ Flickr. On Sunday, September 21, I will be with my daughter in New York City, marching with tens of thousands of concerned citizens demanding action on the climate crisis. The march is timed to build pressure on world leaders and show support for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's Climate Solutions Summit on September 23. Almost a year ago, in December 2013, I was in Warsaw at the 19thConference of the Parties (COP) for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change—the world's legally binding climate treaty—when the…
  • Guardians of the Plains: One Lakota Family's Plan to Fend off South Dakota's Epic Drought

    Kristin Moe
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    From left, Karen Ducheneaux with her daughter Tatiye Ducheneaux, Candace Ducheneaux, Kyanne Dillabaugh. Photo by the author. My GPS went berserk when I crossed the Missouri River near Lake Oahe in South Dakota. It kept telling me to make U-turns, tying me up in knots. This is the Cheyenne River Reservation, home to the Lakota tribe of the same name, about half of whose members live here. It’s also home to Ziebach County, one of the poorest in the United States. I had come to Cheyenne River to meet the organizers of a small grassroots group called Mni, which means “water” in Lakota. They…
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  • How The Koch Brothers Are Organizing Against Your Local Zoo, Transit And School Board

    Mike Confino
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Though the network of conservative groups funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch are better known for spending millions on top-tier Senate and gubernatorial races, they may be having a more durable impact at the local level. A report released Thursday by the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund compiles example after example of how Americans for Prosperity is mobilizing supporters to campaign against local tax increases and mass transit systems and for like-minded candidates running for school and county boards. Americans for Prosperity is a key player in the…
  • The Real Reason Facebook Is Forcing You To Download Messenger

    Mike Confino
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A little over a year ago, Facebook launched Facebook Home, software designed to take over some smartphones completely. It was a huge flop, but the message was clear: Facebook was on a mission to dominate the time you spend on your phone. The company’s recent controversial move to force iPhone and Android owners who want to keep chatting with their friends to download Facebook Messenger, its three-year-old standalone messaging app, is evidence it’s still trying to hog your time. And if it can’t take over your entire phone, it is going to bombard you with different apps until…
  • The Beauty of Mangrove Forests on Vimeo

    Mike Confino
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A very short film about the beauty and importance of Mangrove Forests. This film is shot entirely in north Bimini, Bahamas. Every piece of footage was shot in an area that is currently threatened. The people of the island are working very hard to have the area turned into a marine protected area. The mangroves of north Bimini protect the island from hurricanes and provide the abundance of ocean life that the islanders depend on for tourism and food. Fisherman, conservationists, life long islanders and scientists all agree that the mangroves of Bimini need to be protected. Please share this…
  • Edward Snowden: The Untold Story

    Mike Confino
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with him—traveling to Berlin, Rio de Janeiro twice, and New York multiple times to talk with the handful of his confidants who can arrange a meeting. Among other things, I want to answer a burning question: What drove Snowden to…
  • Florida Lawmakers Debate Changes To Congressional Districts

    Mike Confino
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Florida Legislature reconvened in a special session on Monday to debate changes to seven U.S. congressional districts after a judge earlier found the state’s redistricting map was unconstitutional. Republican legislative leaders have rapidly advanced a plan to fix the district maps, developed in private and hurried through legislative committees, and may vote on the reshaped districts as soon as late Monday. Leaders called the rare special session after Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled last month that the Republican-controlled Legislature had improperly rigged the maps to…
 
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  • Farmer swears his billygoat produces milk

    Tafline Laylin
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    A farmer in Al Ain, the very green, flowery emirate bordering Dubai, claims that after three years of impregnating legions of nannies on his farm, his billy goat suddenly sprouted udders. And then produced milk. Mr. Nasser Al Alwi paid about $820 for his billy goat at a livestock show in the United Arab Emirates. It has since been used to breed, and has not disappointed his proud owner, who says he wouldn’t sell this goat for 10 times as much as he is worth. There did not appear to have been any warning that the billy goat would essentially become a hermaphrodite. In addition…
  • Arab souk in Amman is treasure chests for do-it-yourselfer! Here’s my journey

    Laurie Balbo
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    Turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse (or silk scarves into a brilliant curtain) with upcycled materials sourced from your local souk.  Make this patchwork curtain in under an hour and for about $10 – a little more work could turn it into a shower curtain or duvet cover. Get jiggy with junk! Here in sleepy, post-Ramadan Amman, I am slowly adjusting to recent underemployment. My head loops with pithy proverbs as I stumble through “work days” newly freed from work.  And those ancient sayings? My sense of recall reveals me for the Yankee workhorse that I am. A penny saved…
  • Walk with fish on the Turkish Riviera

    Tafline Laylin
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Not everyone who visits Antalya wants to go scuba diving to see the extraordinary Mediterranean marine life, but now they can still catch a glimpse of what lives under the sea’s surface thanks to a beautiful new aquarium on the Turkish Riviera. Okyanus Aquarium Company commissioned Turkey’s Bahadir Kul Architects to design a 12,000 square meter aquarium with state of the art facilities. And it appears that they picked the right team. A beautiful undulating facade mimics the fluidity of shifting water and a large cantilever provides a buffer zone between the outdoor area…
  • HopOn for instant mobile payments by bus

    Karin Kloosterman
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    In any city in the world, we have all had the experience of catching a bus, subway or train only to find we don’t the right change or the right card that needs to be refilled at some Kafka-esque office we’re never going to find. An Israeli startup is stepping in and solving this problem by collecting fares automatically. HopOn, based in Tel Aviv, is a company of 12 people who plan to change the way people use public transport by offering a smart mobile payment and ticketing platform. In Israel, HopOn has inserted beacons in 2,000 buses and soon at bike stations and other…
  • Israel fish research to help aquaponics and fish farming?

    Karin Kloosterman
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Zoology researchers Roi Holzman and Victor China at Tel Aviv University weren’t the first to notice that more than 90 percent of fish larvae die in the wild, and that more than 99 percent of fish won’t live to reach maturity. They are the first however, they believe, to explain why this is happening –– and their research could help conservationists and fish farmers give fish a fighting chance on fish farms and in the wild. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Combining biology with physics, the two researchers uncovered a process…
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Is the Economist's Cities Liveability Index Biased and Racist?

    David Thorpe
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    The Economist magazine has produced another edition of its annual liveability index for cities. Once again, Melbourne tops the list, with the remaining cities in the top 10 coming from predominantly white countries. Does this mean that the list is biased? How seriously should we take it?read more
  • Contactless Services Make City Life Easier in Nice, France

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Four years after first being set up in Nice, France, contactless payment establishes itself as a part of everyday French life. Transportation, tourism, commerce, parking…the number of ways this technology can be used to simplify people’s lives continue to multiply.read more
  • Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

    Chuck Wolfe
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Take away context clues, and cities become more interesting matrices—with blank cells to complete—where each of us personalizes how space meets time. A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure—yet somehow enhance—the reality of place.read more
  • Making Space for Street Vendors: Towards Equitable Urban Development

    EMBARQ
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Informal street vendors in cities around the world experience daily challenges to their economic livelihoods. For example, street vendors are perceived to be detrimental to city life, unhygienic, noisy, and to obstruct smooth flow of commuters, pedestrians and traffic.read more
  • Pop-Up Rowhomes Promote Housing Fairness in D.C.

    PeterTSmith
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Arguably no American city has transformed itself during the early years of the twenty-first century as much as Washington, DC. That transformation is fueling a debate unlike most others that we’ve become accustomed to in the nation’s capital. It’s a debate about the appeal of pop-ups.read more
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    Nokero

  • Mentionable Monday: El Shaddai Orphanage in Kenya Adopts Change

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">August 11th, 2014 10:00 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Worldwide, children tend to be early adopters. They understand technology, they embrace change, and they accept versatility. And yet, often we leave these ‘early adopters’ unadopted. At the Elshaddai Orphanage in Kenya, twenty five children ages 6 months to 17 years old are excited about their hopes and dreams for the future despite being orphaned and living in semi-impoverished conditions. One of the harshest conditions that these children face is darkness. According to the Elshaddai blog, “After sunset, since we only have 2 kerosene lamps, children eat in the dark…
  • Staying Solar-Charged While Hiking in Colorado

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 24th, 2014 9:05 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    A Casual Colorado Hike Charge my phone, pack a camera, do I have extra batteries? Fill the water bottle, bring a change of clothes, tie my sneakers. What time does the sun set? How hot is it today? Do I need bug spray? Suddenly I’m a bit hungry, I forget where I put the car keys, I need to get cash. All of this effort went into my casual Saturday hike last weekend at Pikes Peak in Colorado. For just a hike, I had a list of ‘essential’ items, not to mention the list I could have developed for a full weekend camping excursion. But what really got me thinking was how all of…
  • Onelamp Uganda Aims to Improve Primary Education with World’s Only Solar Light Bulb

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 18th, 2014 4:04 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 Nokero International, LLC today announced the launch of Uganda dealership, Onelamp, to provide solar light bulbs to Eastern Africa and combat a surge in East African illiteracy rates. Founded by Derrick Opio, Onelamp is illuminating the future of Ugandan education by providing a safe, sustainable, solar light to primary school children. Inspired by his education and social entrepreneurship research at New York City’s DO School, Mr. Opio Derrick Hosea found that 7.5 million Ugandan primary school children needed a cleaner alternative to kerosene lighting.
  • Mentionable Monday: Solar Promotes Ethical Fashion in Navajo Nation

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 14th, 2014 12:37 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Where exactly does ethical fashion meet technical innovation? At the crossroads of Etkie and Nokero: two sustainable companies based in the United States of America that promote equality. Equality in energy, and equality in social empowerment. One little, plastic, solar-powered LED is now transforming a Native American jewelry business by providing more time to work at night despite darkness across Native American Reservations. While Nokero believes that everyone deserves equal access to energy worldwide, Etkie uses sustainable energy to increase business efficiency and promote equal access…
  • Patented Solutions Will Change Our World: Celebrating the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Opening in Denver

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">June 27th, 2014 8:45 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    As the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prepares to open a satellite location in Denver (Colorado), Nokero reflects on their long journey through the patent world. On Monday June 30, Nokero Founder/CEO Steve Katsaros will speak at the USPTO opening ceremony about the importance that patents have played in this patent agents’ life and why patented products deliver better solutions to the bottom of the pyramid. Standing alongside Procter & Gamble at the Patents for Humanity Award Ceremony in 2013, it became evident that Nokero’s patent can change the world. As a winner in the…
 
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • Type-A Parent Conference Atlanta 2014

    Calley Pate
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    As a blogger, one of the most exhilarating and inspiring things to do is attend a blogging conference.  Over the past 5 years I’ve been to several including a few BlogHers, Blissdom, Mom 2.0, and Type-A.  Each one is different but I always take away something special from these events. Why should you attend a blogging conference? If you are serious about treating your blog like a business, it’s a good idea to attend a conference.  You’ll learn some very valuable lessons about how to turn your blog into a business AND get paid for it.  Each conference has different areas…
  • Best Summer Ever!

    Calley Pate
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    We started this summer with a plan, I even made an official Summer Bucket List with a few things each of us wanted to do this summer.  I was looking back over my Instagram account this afternoon with my youngest and I’m so excited about how much fun we had this summer.  I’m not writing this to brag or gloat over all the cool things we’ve done, but rather for me to look back over the best summer ever! It’s really hard for me to believe that our 10 week summer is already coming to an end.  I’ve been a little emotional all day thinking about it.  This was the…
  • Angelic DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent

    Calley Pate
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve always wanted to try to make my own laundry detergent but I really wanted something simple.  I had read that you can use the Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash by itself as a laundry detergent, but I really wanted something with a little more….ooomph! After reading several different versions of recipes consisting of castille soap, I decided to try my hand cooking up a batch myself.  It was really simple and only took me about 15-20 minutes from start to finish. Supplies needed:  1 cup HOT water, 1/2 cup Borax, 1/2 cup Washing Soda, and 1 cup Angel Baby Shampoo…
  • New! FuzziBunz One-Size Small & One-Size Large Pocket Diapers {Review}

    Calley Pate
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s old is new again!  FuzziBunz is back and better than ever!! Before I introduce you to their new one-size diapers, I thought it would be a good time to meet the new designer behind FuzziBunz’s new look; Roy Couvillion.  When the new owners, CRG llc, purchased the intellectual property rights to the FuzziBunz brand back in 2013 they were inspired to redesign the diapers and morph them into the highest quality cloth diapers in the industry.  As a long-time product design engineer (and grandfather of nine), Roy was excited to design the new one-size diapers from the ground…
  • CoSchedule Editorial Calendar for Bloggers

    Calley Pate
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    I don’t normally share my blogging secrets on my blog, but I have to tell you about CoSchedule Editorial Calendar for bloggers.  I have never been a very scheduled blogger and typically just schedule and share things as they are relevant.  I know that most successful bloggers are more disciplined and depend on their editorial calendar.  When I saw a fellow blogger recommend CoSchedule I just had to try it out. Take a minute and watch this video on how easy it is to share your content right from your WordPress blog using CoSchedule.  On YouTube: http://youtu.be/uK3un3Wt_Qo When you…
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  • What does public and private sector investment in transport look like?

    Toni Lindau
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Both public and private sector investments play an important role in supporting sustainable urban mobility and minimizing the costs of private automobile use. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Congestion, high levels of air pollution, and traffic crashes are consequences of a culture of investment that has focused for decades on the automobile. These externalities can cost up to 10 percent of a country’s GDP, and the world’s vehicle fleet is projected to double by 2050. In 2010, the transport sector, which is responsible for the most significant growth in emissions worldwide,…
  • Building for BRT: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Erik Vergel-Tovar

    Ryan Schleeter
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Erik Vergel-Tovar is a recipient of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. His research examines the relationship between transit-oriented development (TOD) and bud rapid transit (BRT) to challenge the conventional notion that density is all you need to create successful BRT systems. Photo via Erik Vergel-Tovar. Erik Vergel-Tovar, no stranger to TheCityFix, is a PhD candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he researches the rich relationship between bus rapid transit (BRT) – a mass transport solution now…
  • Who are our streets for?: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Madeline Brozen

    Ryan Schleeter
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Madeline Brozen will research how to better evaluate street performance, challenging the conventional Level of Service (LOS) method. Her conclusions will help cities develop better infrastructure for walking and bicycling. Photo via Madeline Brozen. Madeline Brozen is a Program Manager within UCLA’s Complete Streets Initiative and a recipient of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. Her research focuses on urban design policy, with an emphasis on how cities can shift from car-oriented streets to infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking. TheCityFix…
  • The making of a livable city: Inspiration for a sustainable, healthy Beijing

    Lulu Xue
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    By prioritizing sustainable transport solutions, Beijing can shift away from car culture and improve quality of life for its rapidly growing population. Photo by Philip/Flickr. Each year, 440,000 people move to Beijing in search of economic opportunity and better lives. Their rural to urban migration is a driver of economic growth, part of a larger plan to catalyze economic development through urbanization across China. However, critics have raised concerns over whether megacities like Beijing can achieve such growth while also creating a livable, sustainable urban environment. According to…
  • Friday Fun: Can personal rapid transit replace 90% of cars on the road?

    Janice Ho
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Personal rapid transit is a developing form of sustainable transport that could significantly alter urban mobility. Photo via Treehugger.com. Sustainable urban mobility can come from multiple sources. Personal rapid transit (PRT) combines public transport with personalized routing. Though their designs vary, PRT systems generally consist of four- to six-passenger pods that are autonomously controlled while traveling along guide-ways. Instead of running on a schedule, the pods could be used on demand to take passengers directly to their destination. Proposed PRT systems aim to reduce traffic…
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    EarthTechling

  • RENEWABLE PROVIDE 100% OF NEW U.S. ELECTRICAL GENERATING CAPACITY IN JULY

    Curated Post
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, all new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service in July came from renewable energy sources: 379 megawatts (MW) of wind, 21 MW of solar, and 5 MW of hydropower.For the first seven months of 2014, renewables have accounted for more than half (53.8%) of the 4,758 MW of new U.S. electrical capacity that has come on line with solar (25.8%) and wind (25.1%) each accounting for more than a quarter of the total. In addition, biomass…
  • Court Ruling Helps Transition Grid to Renewables

    EcoWatch
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    On Friday the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 1000, which eliminates many obstacles in the way of modernizing the electrical transmission grid. D.C. appeals court uphold a federal order mandating more competition and coordination in the electricity transmission grid. Photo credit: ShutterstockMore than 40 states, industry groups,and utility companies had filed the challenge to the order saying that the federal government had overstepped its authority. But environmental groups came to its defense, since the order not…
  • Commercializing Viable Energy Storage Systems

    PR Newswire
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Andalay Solar (OTCQB: WEST), a leading manufacturer of integrated solar power systems, announced a collaboration with Highpower International, Inc. (Nasdaq: HPJ), a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of lithium and nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries, to launch a pilot project that will provide technologically advanced energy storage systems for Andalay Solar customers and enhance system performance while keeping the cost reasonably affordable and viable.Given the relatively high cost of the power grid, this energy system is designed to help customers avoid and reduce…
  • Students Demand Clean Energy

    EcoWatch
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    For the eighth year in a row, Sierra magazine has dedicated a big chunk of its September/October issue to higher education. So why is the “Cool Schools” issue such a big deal? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not because of the schools.Over the last few years, I’ve spoken to many different audiences about how clean energy is going to change our world—I never get tired of talking about it. And people seem to appreciate hearing the good news that we’re already well on our way to a future without fossil fuels. But one particular audience always leaves me with a net surplus of…
  • Apple Removes Two Toxic Chemicals From iPhone and iPad

    EcoWatch
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Sometimes friendly persuasion works.Apple has listened to the concerns of worker rights and green economy advocacy groups, announcing this week that it has banned a pair of potentially toxic chemicals from its production lines in China. Smartphones, like many electronics, are regularly made in factories where workers do not have adequate training or protective gear for handling toxic substances. Photo credit: Will Rose, GreenpeaceAccording to Greenpeace International:“Apple announced a new commitment to tackle hazardous chemicals in its manufacturing supply chain. This included a…
 
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    Intercon

  • Is LEED v4 Better or just Newer?

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

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

    T. Caine
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    As one of the country’s oldest cities Washington has a lot to see and, as a result, a lot one can miss. Amidst the migrating swarms of people milling around for the 4th of July festivities, the nation’s capital recently provided me with some top quality dining, refreshing beverages, art museums, monuments and even some transit oriented development complete with dash of adaptive reuse. I was fortunate enough to walk around the evolving landscape of the D.C. Navy Yard. This post-industrial area continues to undergo a series of remarkable changes that have been in the works for over…
  • The Ground Up Sustainable City

    T. Caine
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
    Of the many things that the Middle East has historically been known for, sustainability has not usually been at the top of the list. The clash of Western values with the harshness of the local climate can wedge sustainability between a lot of sand and a hard place. Though there is a broad critique of the unsustainable attributes of the region’s development path, for years there has still been the budding prospect of Masdar City in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. Despite years of slow progress and still having a healthy way to go, Masday City still has a wealth of potential to…
  • Transit Oriented Development Needs More than Just Location

    T. Caine
    27 May 2014 | 5:53 am
    At the apex of Interstate 93, Interstate 95 and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, a new project is underway touting its focus on Transit Oriented Development (TOD). The term garners support (and rightly so) from designers and planners for its methodology of building denser communities around existing mass transit corridors as an alternative to sprawl. The site for University Station in Westwood, Massachusetts has all of the key components for a successful TOD project. However, as the project has developed its direction has become a better example of how design and planning choices can…
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  • Item of the Day: Blossoms Rain Earrings

    Melissa Dion
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Blossoms Rain Earrings are laser cut and made from a very thin strong multi-layered sustainable wood. The coloring is stained into the wood with a non-toxic natural dye. All earring findings are silver-plated surgical steel and nickel-free for sensitive ears. Available in Blue (as shown). Vegan. Made in the USA. All blossoms earring sizes are less than a square inch in size. $12.Based in San Diego California, Green Tree Jewelry was founded by Lance Nybye Sr. and his son Lance Nybye Jr. to provide affordable fun jewelry from renewable resources in the USA.
  • New Arrivals: Threads 4 Thought Organic Cotton Leggings

    Melissa Dion
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Threads 4 Thought Geo Leggings  $32 Threads 4 Thought Leggings$32 At Threads 4 Thought fabrics are made using the most sustainable materials possible such as organically grown cotton, and polyester derived from recycled water bottles. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Fabric is cut and sewn into a specified style. Embellishments such as prints, beads, stones are applied last. Screen prints are often done using K2 water based inks. Other embellishments come from…
  • Item of the Day: Green Tree Jewelry Bird Of Paradise Earrings

    Melissa Dion
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The Green Tree Jewelry Bird Of Paradise Earrings measure 1.8" x 1.4". These earrings are laser cut and made from a very thin strong multi-layered sustainable wood. The coloring is stained into the wood with a non-toxic natural dye. All earring findings are silver-plated surgical steel and nickel-free for sensitive ears. Colors as shown. Vegan. Made in the USA. $12!Based in San Diego California, Green Tree Jewelry was founded by Lance Nybye Sr. and his son Lance Nybye Jr. to provide affordable fun jewelry from renewable resources in the USA.
  • Giveaway: Threads 4 Thought Britta Top! Ends 7/27

    Melissa Dion
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Enter to Win the Gorgeous Threads 4 Thought Britta Top!Giveaway: One of our lucky readers will win the Threads 4 Thought Britta Top!The Threads 4 Thought Britta Top is a must-have spring tank! The soft cotton-modal fabric is lightweight and perfect for the warmer months, while the floral lace back makes this tank both fun and flirty. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. 100% vegan. Available in Small, Medium, or Large.Scoop necklineWide tank strapsFloral lace backImported60% organic cotton, 40% modal jerseyEntries go in the…
  • New Arrivals: Threads 4 Thought Delphine Maxi Skirt

    Melissa Dion
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Threads 4 Thought Delphine Maxi Skirt is a lightweight knit skirt with high slits on both sides. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Vegan. Available in Black (as shown). $40.Fitted through the hipFloor lengthSheer stripe materialImported60% recycled poly, 40% organic cotton
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • The mimics among us — birds pirate songs for personal profit

    Anastasia Dalziell, Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Some of the bird world's mimicry superstars. Clockwise from top left: superb lyrebird; silvereye; satin bowerbird; Australian magpie; mistletoebird; brown thornbill.Alex Maisey; Justin Welbergen; Johan Larson; Leo/Flickr; David Cook/Filckr; Patrick/FlickrFrom Roman classics to British tabloids, humans have long celebrated the curious and remarkable ability of birds to imitate the sounds of humans and other animals. A recent surge of research is revealing how and why birds use vocal mimicry to further their own interests, as we discuss in Biological Reviews. Far from being merely a…
  • From the Reef to the RET: the politicisation of environmental science in Australia

    David Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies at Monash University
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    AAP/Caroline Berdon The future of Australia’s climate and respect for environmental science stand to be the biggest losers in all of the forms of class-mobilised politicisation that are impacting Australia currently. Somewhere between the vocation of politics and the vocation of science, Australia has lost its way – to the point where our international standing is seriously on the line. Sociologist Max Weber argued ‘politics is the art of compromise’, while science is able to deliver societal progress for those who will listen to it. Neither are being achieved in Australia at the…
  • Mounting evidence shows dredge spoil threat to the Great Barrier Reef

    Terry Hughes, Federation Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:12 am
    Dredging at the port of Gladstone.Greens MPs/FlickrTonight’s Four Corners on ABC investigates dredging at ports on the Great Barrier Reef, including claims that the federal government is reportedly seeking alternatives to dumping dredge spoil at sea at Abbot Point. Proponents for the huge expansion of coal ports along the coast of Queensland, including at Abbot Point, have asserted that dredging and dumping of dredge spoil at sea won’t harm the Great Barrier Reef. But this runs counter to the growing weight of scientific evidence. The latest healthcheck of the Great Barrier Reef confirmed…
  • French beetles flown in to clean up Australia's cattle dung

    Jane Wright, Honorary Fellow, Biosecurity Flagship at CSIRO
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    A male Onthophagus vacca, the species of dung beetle being released this week in Western Australia.CSIROThe average cow drops between 10 and 12 dung pads (also known as “pats”) every day and just one of those cow pads can produce up to 3,000 flies in a fortnight. With more than 28 million cattle in Australia, that’s a lot of dung and a lot more flies, which are a major nuisance for people and animals. That’s why the CSIRO has spent the past 50 years researching how dung beetles can help clean up after Australia’s livestock. And it’s also why tomorrow – for the first time in more…
  • The G20 has a crucial role in preventing future energy crises

    Christian Downie, Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UNSW Australia
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The International Energy Agency was set up to avoid a repeat of the 1973 oil crisis - but four decades later the rules need updating.David Falconer/US Library of Congress/Wikimedia CommonsNext week, Brisbane hosts the final meeting of the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group before the main G20 summit in November. Government officials and energy experts from 20 of the most powerful countries in the world, including the United States and China, will sit down to discuss how the world governs energy. It might not sound like a barbeque stopper, but these discussions will help to determine what…
 
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  • Mandarin Glut!

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

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

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

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

    Darren
    6 Feb 2014 | 5:24 am
    Yesterday a friend gave me a bunya nut cone from the bunya pine (Araucaria bidwillii) in the paddock next to their house. These things are huge! This isn’t even a big cone, but it weighs several kilos, is covered in sharp spikes, and is bigger than your head. You wouldn’t want to pitch a tent under a bunya pine in a storm! As my daughter said, you’ve got to enjoy any meal that starts with axes and hammers! Here’s the equipment you’ll need to get the raw bunya nuts out of the cone: Just smash it open with the hatchet or a blockbuster. Or smash it on a rock. The…
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  • How to stop food waste when temperatures soar

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

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

    Mrs Green
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    This week I was sent an email from a reader who wanted to find out more about zero waste methods of birth control. And it got me thinking about the whole waste issue in a more holistic way. If you’re in a committed relationship, your choices for birth control are more varied. But what about […]
  • Third week of Plastic Free July #pfjuk

    Mrs Green
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Welcome to week 3 of my Plastic Free July challenge. You might remember that I didn’t feel I could take on the whole challenge. So I pledged to buy all fruits and vegetables naked throughout the month as this is a habit that has crept back in recently… The first two weeks went brilliantly. During […]
  • Second week of Plastic Free July #pfjuk

    Mrs Green
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    I swear the Universe is beaming down on my with the winds of good fortune. If you remember last week, I was feeling a bit of a newbie about taking up my mini Plastic Free July challenge. I pledged to reduce the amount of plastic packaging I end up with from buying fruits and vegetables. […]
 
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    Green Child Magazine

  • How packing a waste-free lunch could save your family $400 a year

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s back to school time, and for many families with young children, that means back to the morning routine of getting the kids out of bed, dressed, and out the door with a packed lunch and snack for the day.  During the inevitable morning scramble, putting together a lunch, or several lunches, often leads to finding what is “fast and convenient” (like prepackaged foods, disposable plastic baggies and utensils, paper napkins, and juice boxes) over non-toxic, waste-free lunches.  While these fast and convenient disposable items seem to save time in the morning… are they…
  • How to Capture the Best First Day of School Photo

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The first day of school has long been a Kodak moment, but with the advancement in phone cameras and the rise of amateur photographers, Junior’s picture has gone from a last-minute, front-porch snap to a fully thought-out production, complete with chalkboard lists, professional signs and staged poses. The photo experts at SmugMug – the largest independent photo-sharing site in the world – have compiled a list of tips to make sure all the effort you put into the first-day-of-school photo shoot results in the perfect snapshots to share with your friends and family. Or, as perfect…
  • Healthy School Lunches + Cool Gear to Pack It In!

    Amanda Hearn
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Our annual back to school lunch guide offers 40+ healthy lunch ideas and plenty of fun ways to pack them! The post Healthy School Lunches + Cool Gear to Pack It In! appeared first on Green Child Magazine.
  • Royal Road to Reading Package ($219 value) Giveaway

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    To succeed in our modern world, literacy is a must.   Learning to read starts early.  Really early.  New brain research tells us that children begin developing their language skill starting at birth.  Traditional education starts too late.  Your child is eager to learn language now! Did you know that by the middle of first grade children decide for themselves whether they are suited for academics?  They decide at that point if they will be successful or not.  This choice is based largely on whether or not they can read at this point. Don’t leave your…
  • Fresh ideas for Back to School

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
          Your family’s best school year yet starts here with our 2014 Back to School issue.   Find the best new gear, tips on making the first day – and every day – simple and fun… and dive into our annual healthy lunch section.  Plus trusted natural parenting advice on everything from homeschool and individualized learning to how we can help end violence in schools and what kids can learn in a classroom that takes them beyond math facts and history lessons.   Be sure to grab your FREE subscription to Green Child Magazine. As always, we…
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  • RENEWABLE PROVIDE 100% OF NEW U.S. ELECTRICAL GENERATING CAPACITY IN JULY

    Curated Post
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, all new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service in July came from renewable energy sources: 379 megawatts (MW) of wind, 21 MW of solar, and 5 MW of hydropower.For the first seven months of 2014, renewables have accounted for more than half (53.8%) of the 4,758 MW of new U.S. electrical capacity that has come on line with solar (25.8%) and wind (25.1%) each accounting for more than a quarter of the total. In addition, biomass…
  • Court Ruling Helps Transition Grid to Renewables

    EcoWatch
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    On Friday the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 1000, which eliminates many obstacles in the way of modernizing the electrical transmission grid. D.C. appeals court uphold a federal order mandating more competition and coordination in the electricity transmission grid. Photo credit: ShutterstockMore than 40 states, industry groups,and utility companies had filed the challenge to the order saying that the federal government had overstepped its authority. But environmental groups came to its defense, since the order not…
  • Commercializing Viable Energy Storage Systems

    PR Newswire
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Andalay Solar (OTCQB: WEST), a leading manufacturer of integrated solar power systems, announced a collaboration with Highpower International, Inc. (Nasdaq: HPJ), a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of lithium and nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries, to launch a pilot project that will provide technologically advanced energy storage systems for Andalay Solar customers and enhance system performance while keeping the cost reasonably affordable and viable.Given the relatively high cost of the power grid, this energy system is designed to help customers avoid and reduce…
  • Students Demand Clean Energy

    EcoWatch
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    For the eighth year in a row, Sierra magazine has dedicated a big chunk of its September/October issue to higher education. So why is the “Cool Schools” issue such a big deal? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not because of the schools.Over the last few years, I’ve spoken to many different audiences about how clean energy is going to change our world—I never get tired of talking about it. And people seem to appreciate hearing the good news that we’re already well on our way to a future without fossil fuels. But one particular audience always leaves me with a net surplus of…
  • Apple Removes Two Toxic Chemicals From iPhone and iPad

    EcoWatch
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Sometimes friendly persuasion works.Apple has listened to the concerns of worker rights and green economy advocacy groups, announcing this week that it has banned a pair of potentially toxic chemicals from its production lines in China. Smartphones, like many electronics, are regularly made in factories where workers do not have adequate training or protective gear for handling toxic substances. Photo credit: Will Rose, GreenpeaceAccording to Greenpeace International:“Apple announced a new commitment to tackle hazardous chemicals in its manufacturing supply chain. This included a…
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    CleanTechies

  • Wind Energy Prices at All-Time Low, According to U.S. Report

    Yale Environment 360
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    The cost of wind energy in the U.S. is at an all-time low of 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, and utility companies are in some cases electing to use wind as an energy source over fossil fuels because of its low cost. Although wind [...]
  • Would Homeowners Say “Yes” to Energy Efficiency if it Came with Solar?

    Elisa Wood
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    Solar is experiencing over-the-top popularity among US homeowners; energy efficiency not so much. But what if state programs made solar a subset of energy efficiency? That’s the recommendation of an intriguing paper released August 19 by the Center for Sustainable Energy. The California non-profit tried to tease out what it takes to motivate solar customers to [...]
  • August 19th is Earth Overshoot Day

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    It has taken less than eight months for humanity to use up nature’s entire budget for the year and go into ecological overshoot, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think tank with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Global Footprint Network tracks humanity’s demand on the planet (Ecological Footprint) against [...]
  • New Energy Projects Boost the Use of Undersea Power Cables

    3BL Media
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In the German North Sea, 80 wind turbines now under construction will eventually generate enough power for some 400,000 homes. That power will travel via advanced cables buried along several miles of ocean floor, part of a growing move toward undersea transmission of electricity. Submarine power cables have been around since the early 1800s. But [...]
  • Recent Glacier Losses Are Mostly Driven By Human Activity, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Roughly one-quarter of the global glacier mass loss between the years 1851 and 2010 can be attributed to human activities, and that fraction increased to more than two-thirds between 1991 and 2010, according to research published in the journal Science. The study is the first to document the extent of human contribution to glacier mass [...]
 
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  • 5 Morning Inspiration Mantras to Start Your Day Consciously

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Morning inspiration can change the entire day. When you wake up in the morning, what are the first thoughts that run through your head? Damn alarm clock! 6AM already? Mrrrffflllllfhggghhrrrrrrgh Let’s face it: you don’t always spring out of bed with a smile on, ready to face the day in a positive way (unless you’re a dog). The bed is so warm and cozy and welcoming, and the day can be so… busy and stressful. The moments between the time you wake up and the time you actually get up can be turned into a precious ritual of morning inspiration. Make this space me time and choose the…
  • 9 Fantastic Seasonal Fresh Fig Recipes for Late Summer

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Figs are amazing superfoods that ripen from mid to late summer. These potassium filled fruits are very versatile in sweet and savory dishes, lending their bursting flavors to salads, main courses, desserts and cocktails alike. Try your favorite variety in one of our 9 fresh fig recipes before their season is over! Fresh Fig Recipes 1. Fig Zucchini Pasta with Hemp Seed Crumble - Pictured above, this raw and vegan pasta recipe sounds like the utmost treat after a sun-filled day on the beach. Vegetable noodles are the trendiest food of the moment, and such a perfect alternative to their heaver…
  • Violations at McDonald’s in Russia ‘Cast Doubt on the Quality and Safety’ of the Food

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    McDonald’s in Russia, once a sign of progress for the former Soviet Union, is now in jeopardy of being kicked out of the country. After announcing earlier this month that it was banning major food imports from countries including the U.S. for one year over economic sanctions, Russia has also recently announced plans to seek bans on some McDonald’s meals over several health violations. McDonald’s isn’t the poster chain for high quality fast food, and several planned inspections revealed “significant violations of the law,” reports Global Meat News. Now, Russia’s sanitary…
  • FDA’s Regulatory Process for Food Additives Full of Holes, Thousands of Unregulated Chemicals in Our Food

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Food additives are being included into processed foods at such an alarming rate that not only can’t the FDA approve them all–the agency doesn’t even know some of them exist. The Washington Post reports that food additives are at an all time high, including chemical preservatives, flavorings and thickening agents, “companies are adding secret ingredients to everything from energy drinks to granola bars.” “We simply do not have the information to vouch for the safety of many of these chemicals,” Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for food told the Post. Concerns…
  • One of the Most Important Steps You Can Take to Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    One in nine seniors over 65 has Alzheimer’s disease and in fact, it’s considered the third leading cause of death in the U.S. It’s debilitating and expensive to treat as aging patients are unable to live without a constant caretaker. But what if preventing Alzheimer’s disease was as simple as sugar? A large body of evidence is showing that diet can impact your chances of getting the disease later in life. You’ve likely heard about the importance of omega-3 fatty acids and eating blueberries for brain health, but new research into preventing Alzheimer’s disease shows that…
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  • The ripple effect of stories: Lessons from a river journey

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

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

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

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

    christine
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Griffith Park Mountain Lion P-22 when he was healthy. Photo credit: National Park Service A celebrity lives in a park above the Hollywood Hills amid a thick cover of chaparral and oak woodlands. He has helped rally the public to understand the plight of wildlife living on the urban fringe. He goes by the name “P-22” as the 22nd mountain lion to wear a GPS radio-collar in a study by the National Park Service. Widely known as the “Griffith Park mountain lion,” P-22′s improbable existence on an island of nature in the high hills above Los Angeles gained widespread media…
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  • Reason Bottled Water Sucks #478 – Bottled Water Ruins Downton Abbey Press Shot.

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

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

    paul
    20 May 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s like a breath of fresh air watching 923 people pile out of this small SUV in oil- rich Kuwait. Tears of Jubbling joy! [A]
  • Polls Schmolls – Who Gives A Shit What Climate Change Deniers Think. [Video]

    paul
    12 May 2014 | 8:45 am
    YouTube: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Climate Change Debate Why on our flat earth (based on a poll from 331 BC) would we use polls to gauge science? Polls on climate change are shit! [U]
  • Debate Over ‘What City Has The Worst Air Quality’ Ends With One Comment.

    paul
    30 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Screenshot: Most Polluted Cities – StateOfTheAir.org Gizmodo posted “Who Is Breathing the Worst Air in America?” using data supplied by StateOfTheAir.org. All good to know info about the air quality in the city you might live in or near. But as people were searching for their city in the list, one commenter ended the debate about cities with the worst air quality in one sentence: “The answer to the question posed in the headline is ‘My wife, every morning as I wake up.’” Think Greenhouse GAS. [G]
 
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  • Tesla Supercharger

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Tesla reports that 105 Superchargers are in operation in North America. . . . Several construction companies are working within a 7 day build time. Electric Conduit Construction claims that with expansion continuing at current rates, . . . 98% of the US population would have access to a Supercharger by next year. BMW are making their own charging networks and plans on having . . . 100 of their EV chargers in place in California soon. Superchargers operate at 120 kW, and can provide . . . 1/2 a battery charge to the electric vehicle (EV) in about . . . 20 minutes, and a full charge in less…
  • Doe Wind Reports

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    The success of the U.S.A. wind industry, has had a . . . ripple effect on the American economy, spurring more than . . . $500 million in exports and supporting jobs related to: . . . . . . development, . . . . . . siting, . . . . . . manufacturing, . . . . . . transportation and . . . . . . other industries. All this activity in the US wind sector has been going on, . . . without even tapping into the country’s vast offshore wind potential. Digging fuel out of the planet and . . . hauling it long distances is . . . no longer a good idea. 08-19-2014 Source:  DOE Wind Reports
  • Micro-Parallel Inverters" Better & Chea...

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    A micro-parallel inverter is designed to invert 4 panels in parallel and . . . provide advanced data, communications and IT features, . . . reducing the associated installation costs by 75%. It can also be utilized for: . . . off-grid, . . . grid-tied, and . . . grid-tied with emergency backup applications. It has a wide enough input; . . . voltage, . . . current and . . . frequency range, to operate with: . . . generator or . . . battery based grids for application flexibility that surpasses its 2 predecessors. It's cheaper to buy and simpler to install, cable and activate. It has improved…
  • Price Of Us Wind 2.5 Cents Per Kwh

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reports, . . . that wind power is at 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. Key findings from the report include: . . . Wind is a credible source of new generation in the U.S. . . . Turbine scaling is improving wind project performance. . . . Falling wind turbine pricing continues to reduce installed project costs. . . . Supply chain and import/export balance is recovering. 08-18-2014 Source:  Price of US Wind 2.5 Cents per kWh
  • Planting/picking/pulling Weeds

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Top speed is about the speed of a walk, but can be slowed down to a crawl, . . . by using the original wheel chair speed adjust control, . . . with the joy stick pushed all the way forward. Naturally it will stop by releasing the joystick, . . . or returning it to its centered position. The machine works like a Z turn lawn mower, . . . or a rear drive power wheel chair, . . . meaning the front tires swivel, . . . as the rear tires control the turn. . . . No need for front wheel steering this way. 08-18-2014 Source: Planting/Picking/Pulling weeds
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    GREENandSAVE.com Green News and Entertainment

  • Eric Bolling’s “Energy Fix” Commentary

    cszoradi
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    For this article, the biographical highlights and any rights to the video links are attributed to Eric Bolling and FOX News Channel. On Saturday 7.26.14 Eric Bolling shared his “Energy Fix” via a 3 PART SOLUTION in the Commentary segment of the Cashin’ In, show, which he hosts as part of the FOX News Business Block airing on Saturdays.read more
  • Earthwatch institute Leads by Example with Sustainable Efforts

    cszoradi
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are pleased to profile the companies and organizations that lead by example in operating their businesses and organizations. The “Lead by Example” profile series is focused on sharing information to inspire and empower decision makers to take action in their own facilities.read more
  • Western Regional Climate Center Leads by Example with Sustainable Efforts

    cszoradi
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    We are pleased to profile the companies and organizations that lead by example in operating their businesses and organizations. The “Lead by Example” profile series is focused on sharing information to inspire and empower decision makers to take action in their own facilities.read more
  • NSIDC (National Snow & Ice Data Center) Leads by Example with Sustainable Efforts

    cszoradi
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We are pleased to profile the companies and organizations that lead by example in operating their businesses and organizations. The “Lead by Example” profile series is focused on sharing information to inspire and empower decision makers to take action in their own facilities.read more
  • NSIDC (National Snow & Ice Data Center) Leads by Example with Sustainable Efforts

    cszoradi
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We are pleased to profile the companies and organizations that lead by example in operating their businesses and organizations. The “Lead by Example” profile series is focused on sharing information to inspire and empower decision makers to take action in their own facilities.read more
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Free 25 Question NABCEP Practice Test for the Upcoming Installer Exam

    Brian Hayden
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    For the next month, we’re offering a free 25 question practice test for the upcoming NABCEP Solar PV Installer Examination. Here are 3 of the 25 questions: Fill in the blank: NEC section ________ shows the requirements for working spaces around live electrical equipment. If the open circuit voltage of a polycrystalline silicon PV module is 37.0V, the module Vmp is 29.9V, the inverter max voltage is 600VDC and its MPPT voltage range is 300 to 480VDC, and the minimum temperature is -24°C. What is the maximum number of modules per source circuit according to the NEC? List the NEC section…
  • [Free Lecture] Mastering the Outdoor Reset Curve

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Plumbing and hydronics expert, Dave Yates has mastered the outdoor reset curve: boosting the value of his work, maximizing fuel savings, and increasing the comfort of his clients’ home. He wants you to master it, too. In this 60-minute free lecture, Dave uncovers everything you need to know to master the outdoor reset curve. He explains how to set up a reset curve, tailor it for any application, and present it to your customers in a way that will separate you from your competition. You will learn: How to integrate the outdoor reset curve into retrofit systems Why an accurate heat loss…
  • Why Performance and Not Price Is the Most Important Factor In Finding an Investor or Buyer for Your Solar Projects

    Chris Williams
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Question or comments? If you’re a solar developer or investor and have a story to share that relates to this article or a question about the content, please leave it in the comment section below the article.  This is a guest article by Chris Lord of CapIron Inc. Chris also teaches our Solar Executive MBA. The next Solar Executive MBA session starts on September 15th. In the course, students will work a commercial solar project from start to finish with expert guidance from Chris along the way. The class is capped so to provide maximum student attention, but there are a limited number…
  • AC Coupling – How to Cost Effectively Add Battery Back-up to Existing Grid-Tied Solar PV systems

    Chris Williams
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    This is a guest article by Chris LaForge. Chris is teaching an in-depth 6-week technical training on designing battery based solar PV systems that starts in September. You can read the full description and get a limited-time discount here. If you need to learn how to design, quote, and commission a battery based solar PV array, this is the best course for you. In the past three years, three trends have converged to create higher demand for battery-based solar arrays: battery prices are declining, the penetration of grid-tied systems is exploding, and homeowners are becoming more interested in…
  • Three Keys to Developing Bankable Solar Projects – Lessons from Developing 150 MW+ of Solar Projects

    Chris Williams
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Thanks to Chris Lord and Keith Cronin for providing all of the insights in this article. Chris and Keith teach our Solar Executive MBA course (the next session starts on September 15th). Together, they have advised investors, owners, and other developers on more than 150 MW worth of distributed generation solar projects. While there is no standard for defining bankable projects, I trust their on-the-ground experience to provide these insights. Introduction – Why is Bankability Important? The majority of large-scale US solar projects are done through power purchase agreements. The key to…
 
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • How NOT to Hike Glen Onoko Falls

    paigewolf
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    I have a really bad habit of screwing up what are supposed to be great “life adventure experiences.” I spent Woodstock ’99 in a makeshift medical tent with a condition somewhere between dehydration and hypothermia. I spent a kayaking trip down the Puerto Rican Bio Bay in complete panic mode getting eaten alive by mosquitos in the pitch black darkness. And the last time my husband and I went hiking – 10 years ago at the Kaulalau Trail in Kawaii – we were thoroughly unprepared. Out-of-shape and wearing wet pumas, we only made it about a mile in. But now that we…
  • Happy Family Brand’s Happiness Happens Campaign

    paigewolf
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    It seems fitting that on my 35th birthday I should write about National Happiness Happens Day – which was actually Friday but is being celebrated all month long. I’ve learned over the years that true happiness is more than simple contentment and less than unadulterated bliss. It’s not about those moments of euphoric joy but more about being able to find true pleasure in your daily life. This is how I know I am happy. Like most working parents, my day is broken up into pretty routine chunks. And I think the key to happiness is being able to look forward to each of those…
  • Geocaching with Children: Fun Scavenger Hunts for the Whole Family

    paigewolf
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    An overgrown kid at heart, I love a good scavenger hunt. It’s why my husband and I like to sign up for local scavenger hunt races and turn watching Jeopardy into a competitive sport. For most actual children, loving scavenger hunts is as innate as loving artificial frosting – accept this is a love that can be very healthily encouraged! I had heard about geocaching off an on over the years but didn’t know very much about it. But recently I was browsing an issue of Parents Magazine where it was briefly mentioned as a fun way to spend time with children outdoors. I downloaded…
  • Top Green Beauty Products 2014 Update: My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

    paigewolf
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    My favorite natural beauty products is becoming an annual round-up, as I find better, cleaner, more amazing favorites! My original post was in 2011 and was followed up in 2013. After spending another year trying out some of the best organic luxury beauty products on the market, I have a few new favorites to share and a few that have stood the test of time. Others have been removed from the list because of purity of ingredients, annoying repackaging, or simply finding something that worked better.   Piperwai Natural Deodorant I met these two girls at a Philly flea market and…
  • Mark Your Calendars – And Call for Vendors! CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell Fall Craft Show Celebrates American Handmade Wares

    paigewolf
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Philly tourists can bypass the made-in-China liberty bell magnets and other worthless tchotchkes marketed as “souvenirs!” Here’s a new craft show that highlights true sustainability – handcrafted items made in the U.S.A. and sold at the steps of Philadelphia freedom! CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell is holding its first Fall show on Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Presented at the epicenter of American History, surrounded by iconic monuments and greenery, the outdoor juried art fair is staged adjacent to the Liberty Bell…
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    mnn.com

  • 9 'undiscovered' places filled with tourists

    joshwlew
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
  • Antlers or horns? What's the difference?

    pod_user
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo: Larry Keller/MNN Flickr Group   Deer don't have horns just like cows don't have antlers.
  • Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95

    melbreyer
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    "I always tell people, 'live happily and die majestically,’” said yoga master Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar – and by all accounts, he followed his own advice. Courting an energetic devotion to his yoga practice well into his 90s, the guru died at a hospital in Pune, India, after being admitted for the undeniably poetic condition of "breathlessness."  
  • Nut butters recalled for salmonella contamination

    lmoss
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Peanut and almond butter sold at several major retailers is being recalled for potential salmonella contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.   The nut butters affected by the recall include store brands from Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Kroger and Safeway, among others.   A full list of the recalled products can be found on the FDA's website.  
  • Creole Chicken Salad Canapés

    rshreeves
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Looking for a recipe to make for an end-of-summer party that you haven’t made for every other backyard party this season? I’ve been hooked on Beck’s Creole Mayo this summer. It’s an all-natural sandwich spread, salad mixer and dip.   The mayo works great in this Creole Chicken Salad Canapé recipe. The salad sits on top of a cucumber round and is topped with grape tomatoes and scallions. The spicy (but not too spicy) mayo gives it all a great kick.  
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    Greener Ideal

  • Stay Dry and Curb Landfill Waste with These 4 Eco-Friendly Umbrellas

    Sarah Burke
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    It’s now the middle of August. Soon, the sun will spend less time in our skies and clouds will come, full of water, to feed and replenish our environment. It also means that it’s getting to the time when us humans have the pleasure of muddying around in wet socks, shivering from the rain falling […] Read the full article: Stay Dry and Curb Landfill Waste with These 4 Eco-Friendly Umbrellas on Greener Ideal
  • Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Campaign & Netflix Documentary

    Sarah Burke
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    If you haven’t heard of Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue campaign already, then you’re about to hear a lot about it over the next few days. Starting on the 15th of August, the new Netflix original documentary Mission Blue, produced by Fisher Stevens (The Cove) and Robert Nixon (Gorillas in the Mist),  follows the famous […] Read the full article: Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Campaign & Netflix Documentary on Greener Ideal
  • Want to Know the Safest Way to Eat Seafood? With Traceability

    Contributing Authors
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    The dreaded mislabeled fish. We are constantly being inundated with articles, wallet guides and the occasional refrigerator magnet telling us which fish are safe to eat and which fish are not. We follow the guidelines, only to learn that there’s a good chance our seafood may not be what it says on the label—possibly putting […] Read the full article: Want to Know the Safest Way to Eat Seafood? With Traceability on Greener Ideal
  • How Electric Utility Companies Can Benefit From Electric Vehicles

    DMV.com
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    While the benefits to traffic and the environment that electric vehicles can provide are pretty well-known, there are also some potential financial benefits for certain sectors outside the auto industry, that have been somewhat disregarded in the past, and could help make EVs that much more appealing. The electric power industry could see a huge […] Read the full article: How Electric Utility Companies Can Benefit From Electric Vehicles on Greener Ideal
  • 10 Commonly Eaten Foods So Dangerous They Are Banned in Other Countries

    Sarah Burke
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Vegan, vegetarian or meat-eater – we all agree that we shouldn’t be putting dangerous chemicals into our bodies. It’s just common sense. So it seems logical to think that if a food is banned in one country, that the same ban should apply to all countries, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Which gets […] Read the full article: 10 Commonly Eaten Foods So Dangerous They Are Banned in Other Countries on Greener Ideal
 
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    Wilderness News Online

  • Lake of the Woods Getting Greener

    Greg Seitz
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Algae on Lake of the Woods (IJC/Environment Canada) Algae is apparently worsening on Lake of the Woods, but the causes remain almost as murky as the water. Studies of the sediment on the lake bottom indicate that the usual suspects are apparently not to blame for a problem that has been growing for several decades. Nutrient issues in the watershed, often caused by excessive runoff containing phosphorus and nitrogen, are getting neither worse nor better—especially in the largest source of water for Lake of the Woods, the Rainy River. Instead, warmer weather in recent decades might be the…
  • Namakan River Dam Proposal Back On the Table

    Greg Seitz
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Locations of proposed hydroelectric facilities from earlier plans. (Via Coalition to Protect the Namakan) A  dam that would be built at waterfalls between Quetico Park in Ontario and Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota has new life, but may also have hit a final roadblock. Ontario’s government has turned down a request by the Lac La Croix First Nation for the public to pay $16 million to connect the dam to the electrical grid, which proponents say is necessary to make it financially feasible. The dam is seen as an economic development project for  Lac la Croix, which is partnering…
  • Storm Blows Down Trees, Injures BWCAW Campers

    Greg Seitz
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Jon Davis via Wikipedia Storms with high winds have caused widespread damage in the Boundary Waters, and trapped at least two parties of campers under fallen trees. A man and boy were rescued early Tuesday morning on Lac La Croix after a tree fell on their tent about 3 a.m., according to Northland News Center. The 13-year-old boy was having trouble breathing, and the 37-year-old man suffered a broken shoulder and arm. A local outfitter rescued them and transported them by boat to the Crane Lake Portage, where rescuers took them to receive medical treatment. Tuesday afternoon, the St.
  • Major Twin Metals Partner Declines To Increase Stake in Project

    Greg Seitz
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Drilling equipment at a Twin Metals mineral exploration site. Chilean mining company Antofagasta PLC has declined an opportunity to take a bigger financial stake in the Twin Metals project near Ely, MN. The move means the company—which has invested more than $200 million in the joint venture so far—will pass up the chance for a controlling stake in the project, and operations will revert to junior mining company Duluth Metals. The announcement comes just before the release of a Pre-Feasibility Study for the project, which will include detailed information about the project’s…
  • EPA Will Study Source of Air Pollution in Region’s National Parks and Wilderness

    Greg Seitz
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    Best and worst haze conditions in the BWCAW (via U.S. Forest Service) Reduced visibility in federally-protected areas in northern Minnesota and Lake Superior was the subject of a legal settlement reached last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups. Xcel Energy’s largest power plant, the Sherco facility 45 miles north of the Twin Cities, contributes to haze in Voyageurs and Isle Royale National Parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, all of which are required to have the most pristine air in the nation. Reducing the haze would be a costly…
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Just Back: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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

    GTG Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    | A Green Field of Dreams | It’s on a beach walk along wind-swept Lake Huron in the Thumb—do as all Michiganders do and think of the state as mitten-shaped and you get the picture—that we meet Paul Weideman. He is playing with his big, boisterous dogs. We begin to chat. A friendly guy, we soon […]Imlay City, Michigan: Mulefoot Gastropub redefines the food culture is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market

    GTG Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    | Green Travel News | Health-conscious travelers now make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. travel marketplace and that number is trending upward—fast. Already a $439 billion market, the wellness travel industry is expected to grow another 50 percent through 2017, according to the Global Wellness Tourism Congress. Meanwhile, hotels and resorts are […]Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Coatepec and Xico, Mexico: Veracruz green high

    GTG Staff
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    | In the Land of Chipichipi | We could feel the air cool and freshen as we began to ascend la Ruta de la Niebla, the Way of Fog, into las Alturas, the highlands of Mexico’s Veracruz state. Whereas down on the brown sands of its Gulf of Mexico beaches it had been hot and humid and there was […]Coatepec and Xico, Mexico: Veracruz green high is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Los Angeles: a festival of green reasons to go

    GTG Staff
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    | Earth Friendly L.A. | Looking for another reason to visit Los Angeles? The Green Festival, the nation’s premier green living event, comes to L.A. September 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This unique experience celebrates positive, sustainable solutions. It’s where people come to meet renowned authors, actors, visionaries and community leaders; shop with hundreds of green […]Los Angeles: a festival of green reasons to go is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
 
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    Hexa Green

  • Solectria to supply North Carolina solar projects’ inverters

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Inverter manufacturer, Solectria Renewables is to supply inverters to 45MW of solar projects in North Carolina. Solectria will supply 69 of its utility-scale, SGI 500XTM inverters to finance firm, Entropy’s solar power projects. The 45MW of projects are to be commissioned by the end of the year, producing 1.1 billion kWh – enough to power 130,000 homes. A flurry of solar projects has recently been announced in the state, just last week 64MW of new solar sites reached construction in North Carolina. The multiple solar projects now under construction in the state include several to be…
  • Fluor wins Gate LNG expansion contract

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Fluor was awarded a contract by Gate Terminal, a unit of Dutch Vopak and Gasunie, to design and build an LNG break bulk terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fluor did not reveal the contract value. The Texas-based engineering company will provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for the jetty, loading facilities, boil-off gas compressors, connection to the LNG terminal and other facilities. Break bulk terminals split up large-scale LNG shipments into smaller quantities to facilitate the distribution of LNG to be used as fuel for ships and heavy trucks.
  • Petronet LNG appoints new board member

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Petronet LNG, India’s largest importer of the chilled gas, said on Wednesday that Shri Arun Kumar Misra has been appointed as Independent Director on the company’s Board. Petronet operates two LNG terminals, the first at Dahej in Gujarat with the capacity of 10 Mtpa, and the second with a capacity of 5 Mtpa in Kochi, Kerala.
  • Mozambique parliament opens doors to LNG law

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Mozambique’s parliament approved a draft law that allows a ‘special regime’ for the development of LNG projects relating Areas 1 and 4 of the Rovuma Basin. “It is a device that will enable the government to approve a decree establishing a special legal regime for contractual projects of the Rovuma Basin, introducing changes or exemptions and conclude contractual agreements,” stands in a parliament statement. The national assembly also said that this draft law aims to facilitate the design, construction, installation, ownership, financing, operation, maintenance, use of wells,…
  • Qatargas delivers cargo to Hainan LNG terminal

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    Qatargas, the world’s largest LNG producer, recently delivered the first cargo of LNG to China National Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC) Hainan LNG terminal, located in the Hainan province. The cargo arrived aboard of a Q-Max class LNG vessel Rasheeda, and it will be used to commission the new LNG terminal which CNOOC owns and will be operating soon. Qatargas and CNOOC have an existing sales and purchase agreement signed in 2008 for the supply of a total of 2 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG. The first delivery of LNG from Qatar to China with CNOOC was made in October 2009. The Hainan LNG…
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Leaders Must Put People Before Politics

    Guest
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    To be fully healthy and human, our most elemental needs are biological, social and spiritual By David Suzuki When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average — to our children and grandchildren. We expect our leaders to have a clear picture of our world and the conditions necessary for human life and well-being. If they don’t, how can they make informed decisions? So let me outline some simple, scientifically validated truths about us and the world…
  • The Physics of Falling Icebergs

    Jane Engelsiepen
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Courtesy of eScienceCommons By Carol Clark For thousands of years, the massive glaciers of Earth’s polar regions have remained relatively stable, the ice locked into mountainous shapes that ebbed in warmer months but gained back their bulk in winter. In recent decades, however, warmer temperatures have started rapidly thawing these frozen giants. It’s becoming more common for sheets of ice, one kilometer tall, to shift, crack and tumble into the sea, splitting from their mother glaciers in an explosive process known as calving. “Imagine a sheer, vertical ice face three times as tall as…
  • The Milky Way from the North Cascades

    Andy Porter
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The biggest barrier to getting images of our galaxy is simply getting far enough away from what we call civilization, with its cities and lights so that you can even see the stars! Ah, but once you make it out into the wilderness, the sky comes alive! Liberty Bell The great wheel of the Milky Way materializes as the sun sets, beckoning you.   Mount Rainier – Crystal Mountain Multi-colored clouds of stars dazzle your imagination.   Mount Baker and the Park Butte Lookout You have a front rim seat as you gaze towards the galactic core, full of wonder.   Mount Adams – Goat…
  • In Pele’s Shadow Iron Oxide Comes to Life

    Guest
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Rust Villages of the Deep: In Pele’s Shadow, Iron Oxide, or Rust, Comes to Life Elaborate Hawaiian seamount structures built by iron-oxidizing microbes Loihi Seamount and its “rust villages”: structures built by iron-oxidizing microbes. Credit: Clara Chan, University of Delaware Pele. Her name brings visions of fire, lightning, wind–and volcanoes. Of the ancient Hawaiian goddesses, Pele, the “lady in the red dress,” is the best known. Locals believe that her powers formed Hawaii’s chain of volcanic islands. The word pele means molten lava in Hawaiian.
  • Analysts Say: Bike Share Programs Are Good For All

    Guest
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:40 pm
    By Lauren McCauley Courtesy of CommonDreams According to new research, there have been zero fatalities among bike share programs since they first began in 2007. As city bike share programs sprout up in metropolitan areas nationwide and local governments attempt to tally the cost-benefit of such programs, analysts note that the “costs” of bike shares pale in comparison to the untold social and environmental costs of cars. According to a Reuters article published on Wednesday, since the first bike share program began in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2007 there have been no fatalities recorded…
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    ecocitizenaustralia.com.au

  • What it is to be an Eco Citizen

    Tracey Hordern
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    What initially attracted me to write for Eco Citizen from the get-go was the name. Cool, I thought, I’m all for anything eco and I’m a citizen - and not just Australia, I like to think, a citizen of this planet. However, years and hundreds of stories later I have come to rethink what it means to me to be an eco citizen. Is it wearing organic knickers (yep - I’ve covered them) and washing my hair in natural shampoo? Is it lusting after an alternative fuel car? Is it eating organic food and using natural cleaning products? While these are all noble efforts, for my money, it’s going to…
  • Predicting Irukandji Jellyfish Blooms

    Nina Hill
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Irukandji Jellyfish inhabit the waters of Northern Australia and are particularly difficult to spot as they are only 2.5cm big. The Irukandji's stingers are found not only on the tentacles but also on its bell, a sting from one of these jellyfish will cause Irukandji syndrome. Symptoms of the Irukandji syndrome develop minutes to hours after the sting and include vomiting, profuse sweating, headache, agitation, rapid heart rate, very high blood pressure and death in rare circumstances. Above: An Irukandji jellyfish. Photo: Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin. Irukandji Jellyfish are common in the waters of…
  • The amazing colourful Aura-Soma fragrances

    Tracey Hordern
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Have you heard of Aura-Soma fragrances? No, well nor had I until recently when I had a wonderful massage near Mullumbimby. When I remarked on the beautiful fragrance of the room, assuming it was oil that was burning, I was told the room had been painted, with Aura-Soma fragrance added to the paint! These beautiful Aura-Soma fragrances are based on all natural essences with absolutely no nasty chemicals added. But what is really different about Aura-Soma is they are based on your choices and your consciousness.  The choice of fragrance and colour you choose is a reflection of your true nature…
  • Sustainable jet fuel aims for carbon neutrality

    Ross Kendall
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The solar-powered production of sustainable jet fuel synthesised from water and carbon dioxide could revolutionise aviation according to European-based scientists. The SOLAR-JET consortium said its process also had the potential to sustainably produce any other type of fuel for transport, such as diesel, gasoline or pure hydrogen. The project used concentrated sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water to a synthesis gas (syngas). This is done via a redox cycle with metal-oxide based materials at high temperatures. Above: The solar reactor and researcher team in Zurich. The syngas, a…
  • Marina Brown: A Clean Slate

    Lisa Doust
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Born in the wild west of Canada, waste-management warrior Marina Brown settled in the Blue Mountains village of Katoomba three years ago, and this is where she plans to stay with partner Andrew Taylor and their young son, Archie. Seeing it as a privilege to live in such a beautiful place, Marina says she feels very connected to the Blue Mountains community and wants to show her respect by helping to build a “better, stronger and cleaner environment”. A self-proclaimed ‘Planet Avenger’, Marina has become a pioneer in waste management at local festivals and events. Here she tells us how…
 
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Back To School Sale 2014

    kristen
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Welcome to our 2nd annual Back To School Sale. This is our FIRST SALE of 2014 so don’t miss out! Save 20% on every design in our Catalog including Custom Designs. This sale ends August 16th at midnight (EST). More info. Shop Now:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/AhimsaDesigns USE THE COUPON CODE:  SCHOOL2014        
  • Back To School

    kristen
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    The beginning of this new school year is having to pry each of my fingers off of my firm and phantasmal grip on summer. My baby goes back to school this week. Ok, he’s not a baby. He is starting 4th grade, but when I look into those eyes I still see that beautiful baby boy that I held and nursed and loved until I thought I would burst apart. I still love him like that. When it comes to traditional academics, all three of our kids have been off the grid for a couple of years. My son has had important and empowering experiences at a school that allowed him to structure his own day. He has…
  • Ahimsa Designs at the Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals

    kristen
    18 Oct 2013 | 2:35 pm
    Ahimsa Designs at the Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals Join us tomorrow for a day of delicious vegan food from local restaurants, fun activities, live music, raffles, giveaways and promoting compassion for farm animals at Farm Sanctuary’s Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals! We are so proud to be a sponsor of Farm Sanctuary’s 2013 Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals. Please check out the website to see all the exciting details like which band is playing, which local restaurants will be providing us with delicious vegan food, and more!
  • I Did It! Reflections on the Design Challenge

    kristen
    18 Oct 2013 | 9:20 am
    I Did It! Reflections on the Design Challenge So, the last piece for my design challenge has been photographed. The last description has been written. I love the feeling of knowing you have to do something, but not knowing why. The certainty you have that insists on action. The feeling of being swept along a current, conscious thought subsides and the knowing takes over. Lately, I have started listening to that knowing. In some big ways. This design challenge felt smaller than some, but is growing and evolving in some bigger ways. I will try to explain here, but it may require more pondering…
  • Free Earring Friday is Back!

    kristen
    18 Oct 2013 | 8:42 am
    FREE EARRINGS TODAY ONLY! This pair of Handcrafted Designer Earrings is FREE with any Ahimsa Designs purchase from our Etsy shop TODAY! (http://ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/) Each Friday we will be showcasing one pair of our designer earrings that will be a FREE gift with any handmade purchase from our shop. (Friday only) FREE TODAY ONLY – Ahimsa Design’s Hand Crafted Designer Lavender Crystal Earrings. These earrings go with everything! A beautiful 8mm round faceted crystal quartz is set between pieces of oxidized sterling silver. Visit our shop to take advantage of this…
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  • FROM CHORE TO CHAIR

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

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

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

    bambeco
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Large mirrors like the reclaimed tin ceiling mirrors we’ve featured are beautiful works of art. They’re also practical pieces of décor magic that can transform your home from meh to marvelous. Mirrors shouldn’t be relegated to the bathroom and above the … Continue reading → The post reflections of history… decorating with mirrors appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • reflections of history… tin ceilings transformed

    bambeco
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Captivating old buildings—there’s nothing quite like them. From bold architecture to intricate detail, an old building personifies the expression, “if these walls could talk.” Across the country, a movement is underway to actively salvage these grand old beauties to preserve the landscape and perpetuate a unique … Continue reading → The post reflections of history… tin ceilings transformed appeared first on inspired habitat.
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  • 6 Cool Things I Learned While Sailing in the Bahamas

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Would you get on a sailboat for 7 days with 10 members of your family? Would you still love them on Day 8? Well, I did, and I do! To celebrate my in-laws' 50th wedding anniversary, my extended family headed down to the Abaco Cays in the Bahamas for a week of sand, surf, and...sweat! It was crazy-hot and humid, but that's what we get for booking a Bahamas vacation in August, right? (For those of you who took guesses at the location of my "Monday Snapshot", here's your answer: Treasure Cay.) Despite the heat, it was a very cool trip! Here's what I learned in the…
  • Monday Snapshot: Can You Guess This Location?

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    In the spirit of "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?", can you guess from this picture where I was this past week? Clues: The colors in the photo are unretouched. The sand was like talcum powder when dry, and like soft clay when wet. Not a shell to be found (okay, maybe one or two...). The water was as warm as a bath and crystal-clear turquoise...all the better to see the little sharks! Friendly islanders. Lots of crispy conch fritters to be gobbled up...yum! National Geographic called this beach "Heaven on Earth." (Who am I to argue?) I'll share details of the…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend: A Summer Sampler (and One Winter Tale)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    I'm off on a summer adventure (can't wait to show you the pictures next week!), but I wanted to leave you with a few summertime reads. I hope you're squeezing every last delicious drop out of summer! Perhaps some of these earlier posts from me will give you a little inspiration to do just that. (P.S. For my friends Down Under, I'm including one of my winter posts--don't think I've forgotten about you!) 5 Tough Truths I Learned About Myself on Summer Vacation Making the Best of a Beastly Hot Summer The Roadmap to Fewer (and Greener) Vacation Souvenirs Life's…
  • Monday Snapshot: The Strawberry Thief

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The photograph above shows you what just might happen if you have a 7-year-old daughter who loves strawberries, and she's in the general vicinity of a fruit "still life" you're in the process of shooting for your blog. Caught in the act, Strawberry Thief! I hope your week is a delicious one! Like this blog? Please take a second to "like" it on my Facebook page. Thanks for reading Joyfully Green! © 2014 by Joy Sussman/JoyfullyGreen.com. All rights reserved. All photos and text digitally fingerprinted and watermarked. Please do not use any of my photographs…
  • My Week in 5 Photos: Day at the Museum

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    For my "Week in 5 Photos" posts, I usually try to spread out the photos over a few days, but I recently spent one fascinating day at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, and I wanted to share it with you here. No, it's not a museum dedicated to Mr. Springsteen. It's one of my favorite types of museums--a well-curated collection of nature, art, science, history, anthropology, and random oddities. Another bonus: It's not so large that you become one of those "Museum Zombies" shuffling along endless corridors! We were drawn to the Bruce Museum for their…
 
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  • FROM CHORE TO CHAIR

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

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

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

    bambeco
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Large mirrors like the reclaimed tin ceiling mirrors we’ve featured are beautiful works of art. They’re also practical pieces of décor magic that can transform your home from meh to marvelous. Mirrors shouldn’t be relegated to the bathroom and above the … Continue reading → The post reflections of history… decorating with mirrors appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • reflections of history… tin ceilings transformed

    bambeco
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Captivating old buildings—there’s nothing quite like them. From bold architecture to intricate detail, an old building personifies the expression, “if these walls could talk.” Across the country, a movement is underway to actively salvage these grand old beauties to preserve the landscape and perpetuate a unique … Continue reading → The post reflections of history… tin ceilings transformed appeared first on inspired habitat.
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  • 7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions

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

    Guest Writer
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    This week I have a guest post for you from dog lover & rescuer, Holly Lindsey, who will help you SAVE money, while still giving the dogs in your life a healthy diet. I have two beautiful dogs, both strays that found their way to me. One is a half lab, half chow that used…
  • Grilled Polenta with Oven-roasted Balsamic Tomatoes and a Rocket Salad

    Guest Writer
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:03 am
    This week I am honoured to bring you a guest post from Robyn B. of Modern Day Missus. This recipe looks delicious, and I see it entering my menu this very weekend. I lovely way to get some salad into my winter menu while combining it with something warm from the oven.  Tasting notes Bring…
  • Detox with Delightful Homemade Body Scrubs

    Kirsten McCulloch
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Have you tried using a DIY (or even shop bought) body scrub before? They can be quite divine, as long as you get/make a good one. I have made the sugar scrub below before – it makes an excellent Christmas present too – and of course I have used the Norwex Organic Olive Oil Salt…
  • What’s Your Why?

    Kirsten McCulloch
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In the world of business and entrepreneurial practice, this is a question we are asked to think about, because if you know your why, you are more likely to take the actions needed to get you to your where or what. But it applies in other parts of life too, including learning to live more…
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • How Outdoor Marquees Keep Kids Sun Safe at School

    Clay Miller
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    We all know how to slip, slop and slap, but sun protection for kids at school doesn’t end here. Elementary and middle schools (or Primary and secondary schools if you are in Australia) are required to provide adequate shaded areas for kids during recess, lunch and active play, as well for as physical education and outdoor learning areas. Outdoor marquees are a great way to supplement the shaded areas of any school, whether it be as a permanent setup, an occasional shaded area for particular days, or even just certain events. Here are a just a few reasons why:   UPF50+ Sun Protection A…
  • Freecycling: Giving Away Instead Of Throwing Away

    Clay Miller
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    What is exactly is freecycling? It is when someone gives away an unwanted item, for free, to another person. That item could be anything from tools to appliances. So instead of throwing things away to sit in landfills, you can give them away to someone who needs them. You weren’t expecting money anyway for something you were going to put out to the trash.  Freecycling is a great way to reuse what we own. The internet has really helped in making freecycling a big success. One of the largest freecycle networks is Freecycle.org. You can find the area or a group in which you live and look…
  • Eminent Questions To Answer Before Choosing The Reliable Quotes For ECO Cars

    Clay Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    While planning to focus towards electric cars, it means that you will land up with some money saving opportunities. These vehicles are exempt from the tax along with congestion charges. On top of all these saving options, you can also get in hold of the cheaper versions of car insurance. The cover cost is solely based on various types of factors, associated with the car and also the driver. Some insurance companies can even lead you with an offer associated with the drivers of the electric car. These are mostly used in order to reduce the risk factor associated with green cars. There are…
  • Turning a Urban Heat Hotbed into a Green Cooling Haven

    Clay Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    There is no better symbol of modernization, success, and advancements than urban cities. Cities are sources of vibrant economies, progressive thinking, and the evolution of a country. Yet, while cities are a hotbed for progression, they are also a literal hotbed of heat – which is the reason why urban cities are notoriously referred to as “heat islands.” Heat island cities typically have a much higher air temperature than their surrounding rural areas, temperatures which peak during the summertime and remain quite high during the year. According to the EPA, Aside from raising…
  • Reducing Our Carbon Footprint One Step at a Time

    Clay Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Messages of going green, reducing our carbon footprint and leading more eco-friendly lives seem to be found just about everywhere these days. The information overload can be extremely confusing to newcomers of green living, but it is important to remember that no matter the conservation message, the main ideas are always consistent – use less or not at all and always reuse and recycle. It is even possible to maintain a zero-waste home, but taking baby steps can lead to the greatest success. A person’s carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere…
 
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  • Build your own free DIY Pallet compost bin

    Piers Caswell
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    What to do when you have too much spare compost that you are not quite ready to use, well I was politely told to  “make your own compost bin”! Ideally it would be great to store it all in a free compost bin that does not get excessively wet or attract local squatters, in the form of […] Author information Piers Caswell Founder, designer & developer at Digital-Zest Online Ltd For 15 years I have been creating websites and digital media solutions. I have a keen interest in writing on my personal blog about finding frugal and more sustainable ways to living through the great…
  • Budget busting bacon misshapes, money saving

    Piers Caswell
    26 May 2014 | 5:14 am
    Whilst trying to find ever more frugal ways to cut back on our grocery shopping, we were looking at how much we spend on meat, especially as its one of the most expensive product lines in our weekly shop. We’re a big fan of bacon, who isn’t? (Apart from the Veggies, sorry this post is […] Author information Piers Caswell Founder, designer & developer at Digital-Zest Online Ltd For 15 years I have been creating websites and digital media solutions. I have a keen interest in writing on my personal blog about finding frugal and more sustainable ways to living through the great…
  • Garden cooking, Dutch oven & a brace of conies

    Piers Caswell
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    We were pondering whether or not we should invest in another brand new and shiny garden BBQ, as the cheap and cheerful ones you pick up from the supermarket or local hardware store never last for long. This year I wanted to scrimp and save by creating our own and keeping it very frugal, for a while we were playing with the idea to use an old metal drum or maybe a full brick BBQ, as we had plenty of left over bricks. Decisions decisions.... Author information Piers Caswell Founder, designer & developer at Digital-Zest Online Ltd For 15 years I have been creating websites and digital media…
  • Free fertiliser from stinging Nettle tea!

    Piers Caswell
    3 Sep 2013 | 10:36 am
    A couple of weeks ago we were watching Monty Don one Sunday morning on BBC 2’s Gardeners World. He was talking through his “Jobs for the weekend” and was highlighting the benefits of stinging nettles being fantastic plant fertilizer and just how easy it was to make and would cost absolutely nothing! Well that was it a man on a mission, free fertilizer! I was determined to give it go as there are always thousands of stinging nettles nearby. Plus there are no unpleasant chemicals or additives to worry about, plain and simple nitrogen rich fertilizer... Author information Piers Caswell…
  • Runner bean, wheelie bin screen

    Piers Caswell
    2 Jul 2013 | 1:24 am
    For a while now we have been discussing our options how to partially hide our wheelie bins from view with some form of trellis and maybe a vigorous climber or vine (passion flower/clematis). Instead of purchasing a plant for the purpose, we could have always taken a cutting of one of our numerous climbers from the back garden. The initial downside was the lead time in which to get a cutting to take root and plant out was too long as we are already 4 weeks into summer. Plus any cutting would take many months to completely take up residence in advance of winter. For a couple of weeks we have…
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    Hulsey Services Blog

  • Is the pilot light out?

    John Grindle
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comThere are serveral things that can go wrong with a pilot light on a gas water heater. One day you may wake up and discover you have nothing but cold water. You may want to take a shower and find nothing but a frigid drizzle, This is usually when you will discover  the pilot light that has gone out.  Why did it go out? The cause may be many different things. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a windy night that can blow the pilot light out. So, we will go over the basic troubleshooting steps to help…
  • Is an Instant water heater A Good investment?

    John Grindle
    15 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comInstant Hot Water? Or Conventional Water Heating? First the answer to the question on many people’s minds. What is an instant water heater anyways? An instant water heater uses a device called a heat exchanger to rapidly heat water “on demand”. This is in contrast to the traditional conventional water heater that uses either gas or electricity to heat your water and then stores that water in an insulated water tank. So why all the fuss when it comes to choosing between the two? In most homes in North…
  • Easy tips to get deal with a blocked drain

    Sophie Andersen
    10 Feb 2014 | 6:52 am
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comEasy tips to get deal with a blocked drain Maintaining a home is never an easy task. There are numerous details that need to be taken into consideration when you have a place of your own. However, all the features that have to be done depend on the type of home you own. Living in a block of flats usually means that you can count on a special service responsible for home maintenance. This automatically disqualifies any personal responsibility and abolishes you of any effort. Of course, you are still obliged…
  • Repair A Flapper Valve

    John Grindle
    21 Jan 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comWhat’s  All The Flap About? How to  Replace or Repair  that Broken Flapper Valve. Your Flapper Valve sits in the heart of your toilet; it’s composed of 2 simple levers. The first lever has a float that raises and lowers.  When the reservoir is drained it allows water to flow in until that lever floats to a certain height. Once it’s reached the zenith of its maximum floatation range the levers motion shuts off a valve that controls the water coming into the toilet. This allows just the right amount…
  • Hard Water – An Ounce of Prevention

    John Grindle
    19 Dec 2013 | 1:22 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comWhen I was fourteen years old, I once thought to impress the cute girl that lived down the lane by doing a head first power dive off of a thirty foot cliff. That ill-gotten misadventure led to my first exposure to one type of ‘hard water’.  Later I discovered as a home owner that there is actually another variety of hard-water.  And while it will not likely result in a high speed impact leaving you smarting from head to toe, this other variety will surely leave your pocketbook feeling just as sore.
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  • What is Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development?

    Rinkesh
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    What is Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development? While it may seem that environmental sustainability and sustainable development are one in the same, there is quite a few ways in which they diverge in their goals. They do have the same overall goal that of conserving natural resources and creating more energy efficient projects and practices – but the two groups that are focused on them may find themselves in disagreement about what the priorities of actions are. Having a better understanding of how they are different and the same can help you do know how to navigate…
  • Various Tundra Plants

    Rinkesh
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Various Tundra Plants The tundra only has what would normally be considered a growing season for two months of every year. Despite the almost year round freezing temperatures, the tundra biome is thriving with a surprising variety of plant life. What you won’t find on the tundra are trees. After all, that is how it got its name – tundra comes from the Finnish “tunturia” which means treeless land. The winds are harsh here, and most of the plants that grow on the surface of the tundra grow in clusters to form a natural barrier against the wind. There are over 400 different types of…
  • Distributed Power Generation

    Rinkesh
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Distributed Power Generation: A Win Win for Australia A lot of Australians are choosing solar energy these days, because they’re concerned about the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. Solar power is considered an alternative energy source because less than 2 percent of the world’s energy is generated this way. Still, this hasn’t deterred some Aussies from adopting it. Specifically, distributed power. What is Distributed Power? Distributed power means that there’s not centralized power plant. Power is instead generated closer to the source. For example, if you have a power…
  • Various Tundra Animals

    Rinkesh
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    List of Various Tundra Animals The tundra is an ecosystem located at the North Pole. This biome surrounds the Arctic Circle and is the coldest biome of all on earth. While it is centered on the North Pole, there are other areas of the world are considered to be part of the tundra because they share the same climate. These areas include the region of Antarctica, parts of Alaska and parts of Northern Canada. In the tundra, the average winter temperature is well below negative 34 degrees Celsius and the summer range is between 3 and 12 degrees Celsius. While the tundra only warms up for two…
  • What is Sustainable Development and What are its Goals?

    Rinkesh
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development is the practice of using guidelines for environmentally responsible and energy savings to create new development projects and to maintain and retrofit older projects. It can include using green materials in new construction, designing projects that can harvest their own energy to reduce load on a power grid, or that incorporate green space in order to counterbalance the green space removed to build the onsite facilities. There is a heavy emphasis on making sure that what is built can be maintained and repaired in a way that minimizes…
 
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust hits 1MW milestone

    Daniel Birkett
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has reached a new milestone in solar energy generation. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has been set up to provide support to local communities which also involves the generation of renewable energy. The organisation has now reached […] The post Coalfields Regeneration Trust hits 1MW milestone appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • NFL stadium receives environmental acclaim

    Daniel Birkett
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The recently constructed Levi’s® Stadium has become the first NFL stadium to be awarded LEED Gold certification. The newly built Levi’s® Stadium which is home to the San Francisco 49ers and cost $1.2bn has become the first sports arena to […] The post NFL stadium receives environmental acclaim appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Wales’ largest waste to energy plant unveiled

    Daniel Birkett
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Wales has officially unveiled its largest food waste to energy plant in Denbighshire. Biogen’s £7.5m Waen plant has been officially unveiled in Denbighshire which is capable of producing enough energy to power the St Asaph, the UK’s smallest city. The […] The post Wales’ largest waste to energy plant unveiled appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Community solar project up and running

    Daniel Birkett
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    A Lincolnshire village has launched a new community solar scheme which will bring both environmental and financial rewards to the area. The Belchford Community Solar Co-operative (BCSC) is now seeking investment from local residents to fund a new renewable energy […] The post Community solar project up and running appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Scottish harbour to become wind energy hub

    Daniel Birkett
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Caithness Harbour is to be used as a service base and hub for the construction of one the country’s largest wind farms. Developers of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (Bowl) have agreed a deal to use the Caithness Harbour during […] The post Scottish harbour to become wind energy hub appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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    Raintees

  • PACT Apparel

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    At Raintees we love companies that care as much about the products they produce as how they produce them. PACT apparel is an undergarment movement that goes above and beyond in sustainable production. They make clothes using only non-GMO organic cotton that is harvested on family farms and manufactured in a wind-powered facility. This process translates into creating ‘socks with soul’, ‘altruistic underwear’ and other eco-fabulous items. ​Photo credit: PACT Apparel Another thing we like? PACT Apparel is a company that gives back. Each season the team chooses an…
  • Two Amazing Brands Taking Over Home Decor

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    We love sharing with our readers some of the amazing and fun companies we discover.  Recently, two companies have crossed our path and both feature gorgeous handmade items we completely have gone crazy for. ​Photo credit: Wicked Los Angeles Wicked Los Angeles was created when founders Mark and Samantha searched high and low for a romantic, drippy candle that wouldn’t actually run and make a mess on their wedding day. Unable to find the perfect candle they were searching for, they rolled up their sleaves and made them, one by one, in their kitchen from scratch; Wicked was born! ​Photo…
  • Nut Butters We Love

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    We’re not only passionate about the environment, we’re passionate about living healthy, nourished lives. That’s why we’ve chosen to share with you some of the best nutrient rich nut butters that our team has discovered here at Raintees! Photo credit: Barney Butter One product we love is Barney Butter. Barney Butter was started by a mom as a healthy alternative for her peanut-butter loving kids. It is made from non-GMO premium Californian almonds and contains half the saturated fat of traditional Peanut butter. This gluten-free treat can be enjoyed on its own or combined into…
  • INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Something we can’t get enough of at Raintees are inspiring companies with a social and environmental conscience. INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion, is one such brand that we love. Created by Scott Leonard and Matt Reynolds in 1994, their line utilizes all natural materials and low impact dies, free of both heavy metals and harmful chemicals. By using natural materials, they are able to fulfill their commitment to produce clothing that honors the environment and doesn’t bring added harm to local water tables or communities where the garments are produced. ​Photo credit:…
  • Bottles We Love: BKR

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    If there is something we’ve learned, it’s that getting enough water throughout the day is key for feeling good and staying focused. Having something you can take on the go is also important and is why we  can’t get enough of these  colorful, simple and beautifully designed water bottles from Bkr! ​Photo credit: Bkr The creators of Bkr started their company on the belief that beauty can change the world. They wanted to provide an alternative for a world that was using too many disposable plastic water bottles. Their goal was to create something beautiful to bring to the gym,…
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    Mosaic Blog

  • How Solar Can Help Avoid Conflict Over Water

    Rosana Francescato
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    From our good friends at PV Solar Report. A new report warns of the danger in overlooking the use of water in conventional forms of electricity generation. The report highlights the role of solar and other renewables in ensuring the world maintains enough water for a growing population, in the face of increasing droughts. We recently reported that solar power can benefit the economy by mitigating the economic consequences of climate change. Solar can also help with another serious issue: water. As the world’s population grows and climate change leads to more frequent and more severe…
  • Finding Geli and Discovering the Internet of Energy

    Bill Ehrlich
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    How do you get a meeting with one of the smartest people in San Francisco at one of the most exciting start-ups in the energy scene? You know who that person is before everyone else finds out and then you show up. The man I was determined to find is Dr. Ryan Wartena of Growing Energy Labs Inc. (GELI pronounced “Jelly”). How symbolic that my search led me to none other than the old Standard Oil Building. Image Source: Andrew Krulewitz Sign of the Times: Old Standard Oil Building Now Housing Cleantech Start-ups Growing Energy Labs is located at 225 Bush Street in an incubator space called…
  • 2014 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair: Bringing It All Back Home

    Bill Ehrlich
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Midwest Renewable Energy Fair(Source: MREA)  Pulling into the long driveway off of a picturesque Wisconsin highway it felt like I was arriving at Yasgur’s farm at the inception of Woodstock. The large grassy field that served as a parking lot was surrounded by tall pine trees on three sides creating the feeling of being in on something special. Everything from the excitement in the air to the kindness of strangers suggested we had arrived at a music festival a la Bonnaroo. I was right in the middle of the renewable energy braintrust known as The Energy Fair.   This year marked the…
  • Community Solar: A Creative Approach to Financing Renewables

    Nathan Otto
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Historically, solar power has faced a challenge in accessing a large market of people who would love to participate in helping generate cleaner energy, but are limited in their ability to do so. Most clean energy opportunities have been oriented towards property owners — the classic example being a homeowner who decides to “go solar” by having a rooftop system installed on their house. But if you don’t own a house, or it is ill-suited for solar, or you are just unsure about making such a capital-intensive and long-term investment, your choices become significantly more…
  • California Bill A.B. 2188 to Drastically Lower the Cost of Solar

    Daniel Stevens
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    While the costs of solar panels and other solar equipment (hardware) has dropped drastically over the past decade, the same cannot be said for the permitting, labor, and other non-equipment (soft) costs. A.B. 2188, which passed through California’s assembly with overwhelming support, attacks the problem of permitting costs associated with residential solar installation. Laws regarding the permitting process of solar projects are currently enacted at the municipal and county levels. This bill seeks to create a statewide, streamlined process that increases the efficiency and lowers the cost…
 
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  • Choosing the Right Desk for Your Office Space

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The desk. It is the centerpiece of the office. The one piece of furniture that can determine how productive, organized, and comfortable you are.  It will pull together the entire office design, or tirelessly work against it.  It will flow or it will become an eyesore. Choosing the perfect desk for your space should not be taken lightly.  But don’t get too stressed.  To help ease your overwhelm and get you started, Commercial Flooring Solutions has compiled a list of 3 common desk types and what they can bring to your office. 1. The Corner Desk. This flexible desk can fit into offices…
  • Visit Hodges Farm in Charlotte, NC!

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Although it’s not huge, Charlotte, North Carolina has a certain hustle and bustle.  There’s traffic, noise, and a pace that you only find in city living.  If you’re ready to escape the urban tempo and get back to your rural roots, you don’t even have to leave Charlotte.  Just head to Hodges Farm! Once used as a dairy farm, the 180-acre Hodges Farm is now an equestrian center with many events and offerings throughout the year.  Here are just a few of the highlights: 1. Horses. Although the farm is home to cattle, goats, and sheep, the main residents are the horses that work and…
  • Top 3 Most Famous Buildings in the U.S.

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
      Architects who design skyscrapers and buildings around the world have the ability to create a masterpiece that can be seen by millions of people and will last for hundreds and hundreds of years.  And a few of these masterpiece buildings have become known as the most magnificent in the world. Here are a few of the most famous and brilliant buildings in the United States: 1. The White House One of the most recognizable buildings in not only our country but the world resides in the United State’s capitol.  Built in 1793 out of Aquia sandstone, this mansion was designed by James Hoban…
  • 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Small Workspace

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Do you have a small workspace?  If so, you aren’t alone.  Big corner offices have gone away, and we are left with offices with a little less elbow room.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t be as productive or show off your individuality as much as in a larger workspace.  It just means you have to get a little more creative.  And here are a few ways to do just that. 1. Just say “no” to paper.  Calendars, to-do lists, copier manuals, and sticky notes – these all have digital counterparts, so why aren’t you using them?  By going completely digital, you can lose the clutter that…
  • 6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing Office Flooring

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Carpet or tile?  Or maybe hardwood?  But that marble looks really nice. Choosing the right flooring can be tricky.  If you are choosing by aesthetics only, the options can appear overwhelming.  But if you ask yourself a few simple questions, the smartest flooring choice for your particular workplace situation will suddenly become clear. 1. What kind of work do you do? There’s a big difference between flooring for a small, quiet office and a big retail outlet.  Foot-traffic can be rough on delicate carpets and hardwoods, so keep hearty wood or tile in the areas at risk of wear. 2. What…
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  • Am I a hypocrite while going green?

    Mi Muba
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Yes you should ask this question; am I a hypocrite while going green? It is mostly observed in civilized societies people talk much about green care but do nothing or next to nothing for green care. They have dual lifestyle. In public they do greenwash which means pretending to be green. While in private life… Read More »The post Am I a hypocrite while going green? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • About Athens Auto Recycling

    Mi Muba
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Athens Auto Recycling is one of the pioneer companies in metal recycling industries. It is widely known in United States. Its business model is also followed in other countries. It was established in 1940 when trash was not as much problem as that is now. But this was the green vision of the founders of… Read More »The post About Athens Auto Recycling appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 109 go green slogans for lovely people

    Mi Muba
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    After a huge response by awesome readers of this blog on three posts on 100 slogans each I have compiled these 109 go green slogans for all the lovely people on planet Earth. They are the people who love environment and want to play their role for pollution control by going green. Earlier I wrote… Read More »The post 109 go green slogans for lovely people appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • All about energy-efficient roofs

    Mi Muba
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Energy-efficient roofs reflect the heat and remain not so hot. They are more desirable in warm regions. There are two ways to make your roof energy-efficient. Roof bottom method Rooftop method What is roof bottom method? Under this method cooling material is applied inside roof. There are different types of materials and you need to… Read More »The post All about energy-efficient roofs appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Natural Remedies for Eczema in Children

    Mi Muba
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Eczema is one of the most common skin diseases. More than 30 million Americans are suffering from it. Its victims in other parts of the world are equally in millions. The main causes of this disease are obviously various allergens. Direct exposure of your skin with various toxic chemical materials is also its main cause.… Read More »The post Natural Remedies for Eczema in Children appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • A day with Joel Salatin on Polyface Farm

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

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

    Emily Uebergang
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s one thing to eat chocolate, another to buy organic chocolate, and another to understand if this addiction is actually sustainable fullstop. Seriously, what would you do tomorrow if the chocolate stocks were to run dry?!   So what is it about chocolate that makes our hearts melt and our mouths drool?   You can’t deny the allure of chocolate. When over 20 million kilograms of the stuff is consumed world wide, it’s clear to see that the Mayans were on to … →
  • Are You Really Eating Raw Cacao?

    Emily Uebergang
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When the studies were doing the rounds boasting the health benefits of cacao, I’m sure many took that as permission to somewhat overindulge in this exercise of chocolate eating. What the studies explained as health benefits such as antioxidants that protect you from free radicals in the body and polyphenols which act as an anti-inflammatory, many read along the lines instead of “Chocolate is the elixir of life”. Don’t quote me on that, but yes, even I took that as queue to face dive into a few too … →
  • Permaculture Paradise on Isla de Ometepe

    Emily Uebergang
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Imagine a lush green volcanic island teeming with such an abundance of natural beauty that as each day passes, you become more possessed by the temptation to scrap the rest of your travel plans and pitch a tent there for the remaining days of your life on planet earth and allow the mystic draw of the place to swallow your soul whole. An island with a sort of ‘Jurassic Park-like’ appeal that’s bursting with natural biodiversity, foliage the brightest shades of … →
 
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  • 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…
  • Bio electricity

    Prasun Barua
    21 May 2014 | 2:38 am
    Bio electricity is the process of producing electromagnetic energy by living organisms. The bio electric activity which happens throughout the human body is very necessary to life. Living cells can produce electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields which enable the action of muscles and the transmission of information in the nerves. This is the concept of quick signaling in nerves. It produces physical processes in muscles or glands. There is some similarity among the muscles, nerves and glands of all organisms. The early development of fairly efficient electrochemical systems is the…
  • Solar Boat

    Prasun Barua
    17 May 2014 | 5:39 am
    Solar boat is an electrical boat which is powered by solar energy utilizing solar photovoltaic modules, batteries and other necessary electrical accessories. They are quiet, independent and clean engines. Here, batteries store free energy from the sun.The available sunlight is converted into electric power by solar cells which is temporarily stored in batteries. It is used to drive a propeller through an electric motor. Typically, power levels are within a few hundred watts to a few kilowatts. A specific solar boat can run on solar energy depends on its technical design, the amount of…
  • Bio plastics

    Prasun Barua
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What is Bio plastics?Bio plastics are the bio based plastics produced from renewable resources like corn starch, pea starch, vegetable fats and oils. On the other hand, conventional plastics or fossil fuel plastics are produced from petroleum. Conventional plastics create more greenhouse gas which is very dangerous for our environment. Petroleum is very limited resource in the earth. It becomes expensive day by day. One day, this resource will be finished. During burning petroleum products like plastics, carbon is emitted and it causes the climate change. Conventional plastics are harmful…
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  • New photovoltaic cells with improved energy conversion have been discovered

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    New solar cells with improved energy efficiency will be produced A team of scientists led by Thomas Mueller (not the famous football player from Bayern München) at the Vienna University of Technology have managed to create a new semiconductor structure built from two ultra-thin layers, which are able to produce photovoltaic cells with improved energy conversion. A few months ago, the team led by Thomas Mueller, Andreas Pospischil and Marco Furchi have worked to produce an ultra-thin layer of the photoactive crystal tungsten diselenide material. With this new discovery, extremely thin,…
  • Public lighting has now a new system which improves its energy consumption

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Public lamps in the night Scientists from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid have managed to create a new energy regulation system for public lighting that is based on the combination of multiple electromagnetic elements. The purpose of the system is to efficiently reduce the luminous flux of public lamps by reducing the voltage in certain periods of the day. According to the team of researchers who produced this new device, this new system is powerful and efficient and does not require any further maintenance. If we talk about size, weight and costs, the new system requires far less…
  • The agreement between Tesla and Panasonic has been finally signed

    admin
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Tesla S model In my previous articles I just said that Tesla wants to build a Gigafactory in order to manufacture lithium-ion batteries on a pretty large scale to equip the new Tesla models but all these with the help of Panasonic. Panasonic being here the actual cell supplier for these lithium-ion batteries. Until now, Panasonic was not very sure about this new project and consider it “risky” but these days the situation has been changed dramatically. Both companies agreed to sign a contract in which everyone will assure its role in building these batteries for the Tesla models.
  • Old coal-fired power plant to be closed in the UK

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Old coal-fired power plant will be shut down in the UK A loophole in the government’s energy plan that might have seen bill payers funding billions of pounds of subsidies for an old coal-fired power plant will be shut down. Eggborough coal power station in Yorkshire, is one of these old coal-fired power plants which due to a loophole in the government’s energy policy might have escaped previous closure and might have consumed a lot of the tax payers money. This decision it is very welcomed by many analysts and campaign promoters which fight against large coal subsidies that are…
  • Solar industry creates jobs and reduces the price of electricity

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Large solar PV panels The solar industry is growing day by day in Australia, and due to this growth it is able to increase the number of jobs across the country and also to reduce the price of electricity. Instead of increasing the price of electric energy, this renewable resource is capable of decreasing it because solar industry begins to overcome other energy sources across the country. For example the number of employees which are involved now in the Solar PV industry is higher than the number of employees which work in the coal-fired power sector. As a response to these achievements…
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  • How it´s made: 3 Reasons why the World Loves US Cotton

    Wabi Sabi
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Creating a simple t-shirt is anything but simple. Following up on our introducory post to this 5 part documentary series, today we will look... The post How it´s made: 3 Reasons why the World Loves US Cotton appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • Quick guide to the most common textile fabric abbreviations. Learn to decipher the label in your clothes

    Wabi Sabi
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Are you concerned about what your clothes are made of? Do you want  to know what type of fabric was used? Have you looked... The post Quick guide to the most common textile fabric abbreviations. Learn to decipher the label in your clothes appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • How it´s made: The complex world behind a simple t-shirt

    Wabi Sabi
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    The making of a basic t-shirt seems like it should be pretty simple, right? Wrong. It is anything but that. Long processes that cross... The post How it´s made: The complex world behind a simple t-shirt appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • Lead –do you know the real dangers?

    Wabi Sabi
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Did you know that lead can be found in fabric? It can be found in household fabrics. It can be found in our clothes.... The post Lead –do you know the real dangers? appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • How to scare clients away with bad customer service online

    Wabi Sabi
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
      Online does not mean SELF SERVICE. Online has a lot of benefits including significant cost reductions in infrastructure and personnel. Offering great customer... The post How to scare clients away with bad customer service online appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
 
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  • Innovative Water Conservation Practices

    Ecoideaz
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    Author: Shikha Shah In our previous post Water Conservation Methods in India we showcased some of the best traditional water conservation techniques, in this post we have covered some of the innovative water conservation practices. Let’s have a look at the list. Rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Image Via www.nirmaljal.net.in All of us who directly consume water are the most important stakeholders in managing water. While many of us urbanites use or waste a lot of water, we rarely make an effort to conserve it. Fortunately, the rainwater harvesting method has provided a solution that…
  • Water Conservation Methods in India

    Ecoideaz
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Author: Shikha Shah Many of us who live in big cities enjoy a carefree lifestyle with 24 hours of running taps, swimming pools, Jacuzzis and decorative fountains. Sheltered by this layer of comfort, we remain unaware of the impact of these water-intensive activities on our environment. Rapid urbanization and water pollution has widened the supply and demand gap, putting enormous pressure on the quality of surface and groundwater bodies. Clean water is destined to become one of the rarest commodities soon, if the general public is not educated about the significance of storing, recycling and…
  • Chilika Seaweed Cultivation – A Blue Revolution

    Ecoideaz
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Author – Nandini Kumar Growth of Macro algae in Chilika Lake – Photo Via www.ostcbu.nic.in Chilika Lake, a wintering ground for millions of migratory birds, home to thousands of fisher folk, a paradise for tourists and nature lovers, is the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia. Located along the coast of Odisha, this 1,100 sq km lagoon filled with water with salinity between that of freshwater and sea water. Rich in fishery resources housing about 205 species of fish, this highly productive area has been a source of livelihood for 150,000 fisher folk. Problem – Loss of livelihood…
  • Environmentally Friendly Paints in India

    Ecoideaz
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Author – Arushi Prakash Image Source| earthride.com.au The paints industry has developed myriad chemicals to enhance the product shelf life, color, texture and other properties. Currently, these paints are made from a few chemicals that are especially suited for this industry. Many of these are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which vaporize as soon as they are exposed to the atmosphere. They also contain heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and chromium. VOCs such as ethyl acetate, glycol ethers, and acetone are organic chemicals that are mainly used as solvents for conventional paints.
  • Mitticool – Affordable Refrigeration

    Ecoideaz
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Author – Darshna Mahadevan Refrigeration is an essential food storage technique, which brings down the reproduction rate of bacteria by lowering temperature in a confined space, and in turn reducing the rate of food spoilage. A refrigerator (colloquially fridge) is a common household appliance that consists of a thermally insulated compartment and a heat pump that transfers heat from the interior of the fridge to the exterior, so that the inside is cooled to a temperature below the ambient temperature. Much of India’s population falls into the below poverty line category who cannot…
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  • Ocean Plankton Specks Form The Heart Of Rain Drops

    Russ George
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    New Scientific Reports Add Proof That Tiny Bits Of Plankton Lofted Into The Air Create Clouds And Rain California’s drought could be resolved by restoring offshore ocean plankton pastures. We all know that the main source of rain on this blue planet is all that water that resides in the oceans. A great deal of it is evaporating all of the time and that moisture the oceans give up blows in the wind and eventually falls as rain. There is nothing new about the role of oceans and rain… Right? Maybe it’s not so simple. Could it be that the heart of every snowflake is a tiny speck…
  • Record Numbers Of Salmon And Orcas Flood Pacific Coast

    Russ George
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Int’l Pacific Salmon Commission Reports 170% More Sockeye Than Historic 2010 Run Arriving In A Sockeye Tsunami Ocean salmon pasture restoration credited with bringing back the fish. Record numbers of salmon, sockeye salmon, in never before seen abundance are swimming into the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia according to the numbers published by the Pacific Salmon Commission. The rate at which the prized sockeye are arriving is 170% of that of the previous record year of 2010 arrived more than 34 million strong. That 2010 record run attributed to the ocean plankton blooms that…
  • We Can Restore Atlantic Cod – Are You Listening Pew

    Russ George
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    We can restore the Atlantic Cod back to historic abundance in just a few years. An open letter to The Pew Charitable Trusts We just need to restore and revive their ocean plankton pastures. The top fish-head at the Pew Charitable Trust has published an op-ed about the disappearing Atlantic Cod titled, “Prey For Return of Atlantic Cod Population” in a New England Eco publication.  Here’s my open letter in response… pew pew pew… The continued preying on the ‘usual suspects’ by the author, Peter Baker of Pew Charitable Trusts, of this article and…
  • Atlantic Cod Declining Even More — We Can Bring Them Back

    Russ George
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    More bad news as federal regulators declare populations of Atlantic cod continue to diminish, despite severe cuts in fishing quotas. We can bring the cod back, but first the bad news. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week announced that new, preliminary data show “virtually every indicator” of the cod stock’s condition declined or worsened in 2013. Through comprehensive fish surveys, the agency found that the population of spawning Gulf of Maine cod has plummeted to between 3 and 4 percent of what it would take to sustain a healthy stock. Juvenile cod…
  • Clearest Water On Earth Grows In Area – The Wonder – The Horror

    Russ George
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    What do you think of when you hear a report of the clearest water on earth? For most the idea that comes to mind is one of purity and goodness. Somewhere to aspire to visit and perhaps swim in. Why are those stunningly beautiful waters so clear? You’ll dive with famed underwater photographer David Doubilet. Maybe get a photo like this one of his. The answer to that is perhaps not something the top marine celebrities of the world talk about on tours to those beautiful clear waters like this one you can join for a mere $76,950. The National Geo tour operators will whisk the jumbo private…
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  • Green Laundry – Squeaky Green Clean

    Larraine Raulston
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    By Larraine Roulston: Doing laundry has a bigger impact on the planet than you might imagine. By greening your laundry habits, you can reduce both energy and water usage, and save money. First step – wear your clothes more than once. Next, look for eco-friendly detergents that are biodegradable and phosphate-free, as well as manufactured [READ MORE]
  • Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble

    Green Mom
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    By Fredrica Syren: There is nothing like the fresh sweet and flavorful fruits and berries during summer. The kids and I just can’t get enough and since they are only available a very short time each summer, I made a promise to kiddos that we’ll enjoy them to fullest while we can. So for our [READ MORE]
  • Plastic Diet—Tips on Going Plastic-free

    Green Mom
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    By Fredrica Syren: For so long, I’ve been fed up with plastic in my life, so years ago I decided to commit to no plastic bags at all. While living in the U.S., it was a challenge because every time I went shopping or got takeout food, there was that darned plastic bag. Plastic is [READ MORE]
  • Another Racehorse Dies at Del Mar Race Track

    Kim Robson
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    By Kim Robson: The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is known as one of America’s most scenic racetracks. It is located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in the seaside city of Del Mar, California, 20 miles north of San Diego. Known for its slogan, “Where The Turf Meets The Surf,” the track was built [READ MORE]
  • Vegan Tomato Pasta Sauce

    Green Mom
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    By Fredrica Syren: So many on Instagram ask for recipes when I cook something that I decided I need to post some of them here on Green-Mom.com. You can also find lots of my old recipes under recipes on the left hand bar categories. This week is my last week with all three kids home [READ MORE]
 
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  • Why You Shouldn’t Remove A Dead Tree Yourself

    Contributing Author
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A dead tree in the yard is an eyesore and a danger. More limbs will fall down with every storm, and the bulk of the tree may be brought down at any time by a strong wind. As the tree falls, everything in its path is in danger, so it’s best to have a dead tree professionally removed before this happens. While you may be tempted to do this project yourself, it’s far better to leave this one to an experienced crew. The Weight of Branches and Trunk A single limb on the ground can have some weight behind it, and the trunk and larger branches can weigh far more than you can handle on your own.
  • Solar Hot Water Systems: Exploring Its Numerous Benefits

    Rachel Heagney
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    The whole concept of ‘going green’ has been the rage lately and with good reason. As sources of non-renewable energy are gradually decreasing, the need to transition to renewable sources has become increasingly urgent. Among the many forms available, solar energy is the alternative that has been utilized for so long. Considered as the cleanest renewable energy option available, it has been used for numerous purposes including cooling, lighting, cooking, and heating among others. Among its multiple uses, solar water heating has become one of the most popular, as it has been widely used…
  • Innovative Ways Businesses Can Cut Down Energy Costs

    Nick Quinlan
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    In today’s Capitalist society, cutting cost is always an integral part of growing your business.  This can be achieved in many ways, but one way that might not be so obvious or on the top of your list is cutting down your energy costs. Many think that this is just a fixed cost that will have to be accounted for.  You will now find there are many ways to reduce your overhead and make your business run more efficiently and cheaply over time.  Paying attention to the small details like the type of light bulbs that you are using all the way up to installing robust solar power systems are…
  • Cotton Bags Are The New Shopping Bag

    Thomas Stocks
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    For many years the standard bag at the checkout of your favorite supermarket has been plastic because it was free, easy to use and the best option. But, today this is all about to change. With the debate of whether plastic or paper bags are better, we look at why cotton bags are looking to take the crown of the best bag and why we could be seeing more and more of them over the coming months and years. The process of creating paper bags has been up for debate for some time, as has the amount of plastic we produce and how much makes its way into our oceans, water supplies and hurts animals.
  • Going Green with Your Walls

    Lillian Connors
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Green walls have witnessed increased popularity in recent times, so now they can be found all over the world, both indoors and outdoors, attached to existing walls freestanding or,in numerous shapes and sizes. But have you ever wondered why they are so popular? Here are some of the reasons. Energy Conservation When a building is exposed to solar radiation, it heats up. During warmer months, there is an increased demand for cooling systems, which leads to higher energy consumption. Recent studies have demonstrated that the surface of a green wall can be as much as 10°C cooler than the one…
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