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  • Cucumber Lemon Martini Cocktail Recipe and Video

    Shawna Coronado
    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.
  • Floridians Should be Empowered to Help Fight Climate Change

    Switchboard, from NRDC
    Pamela Rivera
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Pamela Rivera, Latino Engagement Associate / Program Assistant, Washington, D.C. Things are definitely picking up steam in Florida and on a wide variety of efforts to urge Governor Rick Scott to come up with a strong plan for reducing carbon pollution. Since the release of the National Climate Assessment, there has been a growing concern among Floridians about the impacts of climate change.  Among the most alarming findings, the NCA says that “some of Florida’s top tourist attractions, including the Everglades and the Florida Keys, are threatened by sea level rise, with…
  • How to forage for wild berries

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    Tama Matsuoka Wong
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Foraged vegetables are always more fun to cook. So Food52’s resident forager, Tama Matsuoka Wong, is introducing us to the seasonal wild plants we should be looking for, and the recipes that will make our kitchens feel a little more wild. If you’ve ever found a blueberry or a black raspberry on the side of a trail and popped it in your mouth, you’ve been foraging. Although it’s more convenient to “forage” farmers markets or grocery aisles for cultivated berries, I love the intense flavor of wild berries, as well as the fun of picking them in their natural habitat. Here is a…
  • My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

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

    Ecorazzi
    Amanda Just
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Once the documentary “Blackfish” revealed how much of a bully SeaWorld is, a lot of kids decided to stop sharing their toys with the marine park. Celebrities, musicians, restaurants, and Read MoreThe post Southwest Airlines Flies Away from SeaWorld After ‘Blackfish’ Backlash appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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    Shawna Coronado

  • 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…
  • A Middle of the Garden Season Caladium Planting Solution

    Shawna
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Everyone has had the problem of a section of plants dying or lettuce’s bolting or a group of ravenous insects attacking the garden and you have had to pull the plants out. This leaves a remarkably ugly blank spot in the garden beds, but it is too late in the season to plant anything that might be a long term grower. Usually I throw in the “leftover plants” from some other area of the garden or perhaps plant some cool season vegetable seeds. Last season I discovered a creative planting solution using caladiums that turned out remarkably well. The problem: a super ugly…
  • Indigo Rose Purple Grafted Tomato

    Shawna Coronado
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Imagine growing common vegetables at reasonable prices that have super antioxidant value and a higher level of health value? This season I am growing the deep purple Indigo Rose Grafted Tomato from Jung Seed as a test experiment in my front lawn tomato garden to see how it works (so far pretty great as you can see in the photos). To celebrate summer goodness with me and all my peeps, Jung Seed will be giving away a $75 gift card on this blog post (see rules below). About the Jung Tomatoes I’m Growing Indigo Rose purple grafted tomato is GMO free and one of the first tomatoes with a high…
  • Unfried Chicken Recipe and a LYFE Restaurant Review

    Shawna Coronado
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Recently I was invited to LYFE Kitchen to try their healthy food. My two vegetarian daughters and I took a break from gardening to visit the LYFE Kitchen in Evanston, Illinois to see if their claims to deliciousness are true. LYFE focuses on food that’s prepared quickly, but fits your special lifestyle. Flexitarian. Locavore. Gluten-free. Vegetarian. Vegan. Whatever your food LYFE style is, LYFE’s food MENU has options that fit. They grow fresh herbs on site and proudly display a full ingredient list with calorie, sodium, and nut allergy information. There is indoor or outdoor…
 
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  • Floridians Should be Empowered to Help Fight Climate Change

    Pamela Rivera
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Pamela Rivera, Latino Engagement Associate / Program Assistant, Washington, D.C. Things are definitely picking up steam in Florida and on a wide variety of efforts to urge Governor Rick Scott to come up with a strong plan for reducing carbon pollution. Since the release of the National Climate Assessment, there has been a growing concern among Floridians about the impacts of climate change.  Among the most alarming findings, the NCA says that “some of Florida’s top tourist attractions, including the Everglades and the Florida Keys, are threatened by sea level rise, with…
  • Latest polling results in New York show continued growth in opposition to fracking

    Kate Sinding
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, New York City In New York’s Southern Tier, the very heart of the Marcellus Shale region where natural gas lies locked in dense rock, new poll results show a strong majority of people are worried about the health and environmental impacts of the fracking process that’s proposed for unlocking it. Fully 60 percent of those polled think fracking fouls groundwater. And 51 percent said it's too dangerous because it could release methane gas. Those are some of our worries too. The poll does show some of the results of the fracking…
  • A Pinch from Real Life: Carbon pollution, Asthma and How We Can Use Efficiency to #ActOnClimate

    Robert Friedman
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Robert Friedman, Youth Engagement Coordinator, New York City This blog post was written by Meg McPherson, an intern in our DC office working with our Communications team. Do you ever have those moments when you suddenly realize that you aren’t watching a movie, play or TV show about your life, but you are actually living it? That happened to me this week at a rally outside of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, DC where hundreds of people were testifying for – and against – EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution…
  • EPA risk assessment finds trichloroethylene (TCE) too toxic for use in dry-cleaners and hobby arts & crafts. Experts say to ban unsafe and unnecessary uses.

    Jennifer Sass
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a highly toxic solvent commonly found in degreasing agents, spot cleaning agents in dry cleaners, and spray fixatives for arts & craft uses. It is linked to heart malformations in exposed fetuses, kidney toxicity including cancer, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, and liver toxicity including cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized its risk assessment of TCE which, “identified health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives” and…
  • New York's Underused Water Infrastructure Funds Can Support Climate Resiliency

    Ben Chou
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Ben Chou, Water Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C. Despite the nearly two years that have passed since Hurricane Sandy came onshore and caused unprecedented damage across the Northeast, many communities are still in the process of rebuilding. To help communities repair facilities and prevent damages associated with future extreme storms, Congress provided additional water infrastructure funding for New York’s and New Jersey’s State Revolving Funds (SRFs). We submitted comments this week asking New York to use unallocated SRF money to fully fund Sandy rebuilding projects and to…
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    Grist

  • How to forage for wild berries

    Tama Matsuoka Wong
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Foraged vegetables are always more fun to cook. So Food52’s resident forager, Tama Matsuoka Wong, is introducing us to the seasonal wild plants we should be looking for, and the recipes that will make our kitchens feel a little more wild. If you’ve ever found a blueberry or a black raspberry on the side of a trail and popped it in your mouth, you’ve been foraging. Although it’s more convenient to “forage” farmers markets or grocery aisles for cultivated berries, I love the intense flavor of wild berries, as well as the fun of picking them in their natural habitat. Here is a…
  • Patagonia makes waves with plant-based wetsuits and obligatory weed jokes

    Samantha Larson
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Patagonia, the outdoor clothing outfitter, has figured out what gets surfers’ attention — and it’s something more blunt than big breaks. Yep, the company plans to bring them in with the promise of weed. In a new print ad Patagonia declares, “We have the best weed in town (and we’re giving it away)”: Patagonia’s ad will show up in print publications this fall. Click to embiggen. No, don’t be silly, not that sort of weed! In most states that’s still illegal. What Patagonia’s got on offer isn’t actually a weed at all: The ad refers to guayule, a desert…
  • Using Airbnb is greener than staying in hotels

    Andrew Simon
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Airbnb recently scored surprise props from Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, a hotel-industry competitor. And news today about the environmental benefits of staying in shared homes versus hotels might add up to yet another W for the growing vacation-rental juggernaut. According to a study conducted by Airbnb and Cleantech Group, travelers who stay in Airbnb properties tend to eat up less energy than traditional hotel guests. In a press release, Airbnb chief product officer and cofounder Joe Gebbia says, “In North America alone, Airbnb guests use 63 percent less energy than hotel guests…
  • Cargill promises to get right with palm oil

    Nathanael Johnson
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Back on National Doughnut Day (the holiday we all know and love), I mentioned that there were three major-company holdouts — Cargill, IOI Loders Croklaan, and Bunge — that were still buying palm oil from people cutting down rainforests. Now Cargill has come around, committing to insure that its palm oil supply chain is traceable, transparent, and not causing deforestation. There’s real momentum here — Cargill is a major player. And it’s just the latest to join this parade. In June, I quoted Glenn Hurowitz, chair of the Forest Heroes Campaign: The vegetable oil…
  • The EPA’s struggle to combat water pollution

    Naveena Sadasivam
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect. Efforts in Congress to clarify the EPA’s powers have been defeated. And two Supreme Court decisions have done little to decide the question. Most recently, in April, the EPA itself declared what waters were subject to its oversight — developing a joint rule with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that sought to end the debate…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

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

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

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

    Scott Edward Anderson
    21 Feb 2014 | 9:28 am
    "There's more optimism than ever for cleantech,"according to Raj Atluru of SilverLake Kraftwerk. Atluru was speaking at the Cleantech Innovation Summit in Newport Beach, California last week.His was not the only optimism to be heard on the dais, in the breakout rooms, and in the halls. In fact, it seemed optimism was at an all-time high after several years of a perpetual negativity death-spiral.The optimism comes, in part, from the announcement of NEST's acquisition last month by Google for $3.2 billion. That certainly changed the mood. Yet also because there are other successes to…
  • If I Could Speak at Davos: My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

    Scott Edward Anderson
    22 Jan 2014 | 2:18 pm
    My colleague who posts as @EY_Cleantech had an interesting tweet this morning. She posited the question, If you could speak at the World Economic Forum on cleantech, what would you say?Here is my answer.Cleantech isn't dead. It hasn't crashed, hasn't lost its value, and has only grown more important and necessary.Here's My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well:1.) China. China is finally acknowledging and stepping up to the plate to address its outrageous pollution problem. China's air and water quality is breaking its ability to make progress. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of…
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    Ecorazzi

  • Southwest Airlines Flies Away from SeaWorld After ‘Blackfish’ Backlash

    Amanda Just
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Once the documentary “Blackfish” revealed how much of a bully SeaWorld is, a lot of kids decided to stop sharing their toys with the marine park. Celebrities, musicians, restaurants, and Read MoreThe post Southwest Airlines Flies Away from SeaWorld After ‘Blackfish’ Backlash appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Plant-Based Chef Mary Mattern Talks Touring with Ellie Goulding

    Nell Alk
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Plant-based chef Mary Mattern played private chef to Ellie Goulding during her 2014 US tour, shares details from the experience and then some. Read MoreThe post Plant-Based Chef Mary Mattern Talks Touring with Ellie Goulding appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Man Loses 100 Pounds Following a Vegan Diet

    Lauren Corona
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Inspired by "Forks Over Knives," Benji Kurtz lost over 100 pounds simply by eating a low-fat, plant-based diet. Read MoreThe post Man Loses 100 Pounds Following a Vegan Diet appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Shay Mitchell: ‘Adopting is Always a Better Choice!’

    Natalia Galbetti
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Shay Mitchell has a new love. The lucky guy has four paws and was recently homeless. Read MoreThe post Shay Mitchell: ‘Adopting is Always a Better Choice!’ appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Animal Rights Group Sues to Stop Bull Run in California

    Natalia Galbetti
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    The first ever Great Bull Run is scheduled to happen in California this Saturday but an animal rights group has sued to stop it from happening. Read MoreThe post Animal Rights Group Sues to Stop Bull Run in California appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • eco home decor: hand-painted antique tin ceiling tiles

    Ross Dulmaine
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    These works of art are created from antique tin ceiling tiles salvaged from a building built in Central Texas in 1905. The 24” x 24” tiles are uniquely individual with all of the dents, holes, rust, flaking paint and character created by 100+ years of ceiling duty. The tiles have been brushed to remove loose materials and sealed front-and-back with a satin sealer to slow the process of rusting and flaking. The tiles have not been straightened, or unbent, and thus maintain their rustic nature and appearance. The hand-painted tiles depict leaves and ferns and feature hangers and wire.
  • 5 unique bathroom renovation ideas

    guest
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    You didn’t get into the complicated business of renovating your bathroom to end up with a plain, boring bathroom that is just another room inside the house. Imaginative design can turn any bathroom into your houses secret weapon – the sacred space where you hide away from every day life’s hustle and bustle. You will find some inspiration on http://www.choicebathrooms.com.au/, but in the meantime, here are five more unique bathroom renovation ideas. Make a seat We tend to think (or not to think but act out of habit) about the shower cabin as this tight, steamy space where you stand and,…
  • Ditch the Exotics and Go Native

    Sheila Thomas
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Welcome to our newest contributor, Sheila Thomas, a San Diego native and Environmental Systems major at UCSD. When looking for plants to adorn our homes, we often turn to plants with bright flowers, vibrant colors, appealing shapes and forms. This often means we are choosing exotics instead of natives.  Planting exotics often results in having to waste money on watering and babying the plants in your garden – and often needing the addition of fertilizers and pesticides to keep the pests away and the plants looking good. On the other hand, native plants require minimal upkeep, are pest…
  • Kickstarter Project: ProGo propane powered motor scooter

    Ross Dulmaine
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Have a short commute? Like to zip around city streets and sidewalks like a motorized 10-year old? Zev Charles Ellenberg and his company, ProGo Recreation, are trying to revitalize the motorized scooter market by going green. The ProGo 3000 propane-powered scooter has an on-going Kickstarter project with the modest goal of raising $18,000 for the production and marketing of their low-emissions scooter. Propane’s high octane and low-carbon and oil-contamination characteristics have resulted in greater engine life and significantly lower carbon emissions than conventional gasoline engines.
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    Environmental News Network

  • Importance of Air Quality and Employee Productivity

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    A number of credible studies have shown that indoor air quality can have a significant effect on employee productivity. And we're not just talking about air that's so bad that you can't see or breathe. Generally speaking, OSHA takes cares of those (though I could tell you a story about an agricultural processing job I once worked in Arkansas). What we're talking about here is much more subtle than that.
  • Deep-Sea Octopus' Egg-Brooding Period Breaks Record!

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Robins sit on their eggs for about two weeks after they are laid. Male seahorses usually carry eggs for 9 to 45 days. Deep-sea octopuses? Four and a half years! Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed this unique brooding phenomenon and have declares this species to have a longer brooding time than any other known animal. Egg brooding happens after the parent species lays the eggs. The parents then do everything in their power to protect those eggs so that offspring can develop. This includes cleaning the eggs and guarding them from predators, which…
  • Catching Waves in the Arctic

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water that is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic swell – huge waves that could add a new and unpredictable element to the region. A University of Washington researcher made the first study of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, and detected house-sized waves during a September 2012 storm. The results were recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.
  • Green Turtle success story

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    More than 70 years after major turtle nesting beaches became protected on the remote UK overseas territory of Ascension Island researchers are now reporting a boom in population numbers. Scientists from the University of Exeter and Ascension Island Government Conservation Department report that the number of green turtles nesting at the remote South Atlantic outpost has increased by more than 500 per cent since records began in the 1970s.
  • General Motors, OnStar, EV's and the Smart Grid

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    General Motors is bringing its OnStar-enabled Smart Grid solutions, to one of the largest electric vehicle collaborations to take place within the industry. Eight global automakers, including GM, and 15 electric utilities are working with the Electric Power Research Institute to develop and implement a standardized Smart Grid integration platform. "One thing that’s missing from most Smart Grid programs is a sense of collaboration," said Tim Nixon, chief technology officer, Global Connected Consumer, GM. "Companies will showcase a meaningful solution, but without widespread acceptance in the…
 
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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.
  • Featured Post

    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

  • Link Love: The Best Supermodel Street Style + Juicing at Home + PETA and Detroit

    EcoSalon Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This week’s Link Love, we catch up with supermodel street style, PETA’s generous offer to Detroit and Southwest’s big announcement to SeaWorld. PETA offers waterless Detroit a solution: Eat a vegan diet and they’ll turn on the water [via Eat Drink Better] How to juice at home (no more excuses!) [via Organic Authority] The Best Supermodel Street Style: Four Decades of Iconic Fashion Inspiration [via Vogue] Awesome abandoned places around the world occupied by animals [via One Green Planet] Southwest says sayonara to SeaWorld [via UT San Diego] Related on EcoSalon Link…
  • 5 Easy Travel Tips for the Road Trip Planner

    Sarah Pascarella
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here’s how to become the ultimate road trip planner. Airfares continue to climb. The TSA recently announced yet another mandatory check (travelers are now required to turn on mobile devices in the security line). Southwest (typically regarded as the friendliest airline) just kicked a passenger off a plane for tweeting a customer service complaint. As such, you may be thinking – time for a road trip. And while you may just want to hop in your car and get going, a little forethought goes a long way. Tips for the Road Trip Planner 1. Get Your Car Checked My friend’s car broke down…
  • Authentic Happiness in Denmark Linked to DNA

    Sara Novak
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    We’ve long speculated about the key to finding authentic happiness. Denmark, along with other Northern European nations offer a wide range of social services. There’s seemingly little internal conflict, trust in government, little separation between the rich and the poor–while these are potential motivators of authentic happiness, what if it was more than that? What if happiness also came down to Danish DNA? Scientists have uncovered genetic traits that may hold a clue as to why the Danes are so smiley all the time. Each year polls and surveys alike name Denmark among the happiest…
  • How to Wash Lingerie So It Lasts Almost Forever

    Abbie Stutzer
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here’s how to wash lingerie so that it lasts. There’s nothing worse than going to put on your favorite sexy piece of lingerie only to find that it’s beginning to fray at the edges, and there’s a hole in a very unfortunate, unsexy place. Luckily there are a few ways to keep your fine lingerie in great shape for longer. How to Wash Lingerie Hand wash your best under garments with care Washing machines and dryers can wreak havoc on a bra’s underwire. To help keep any bra from becoming misshapen, hand wash your bras and any other piece of underwear you admire. Also, when hand…
  • EcoSalon’s Sexy-Not-Sexist Summer Playlist

    Garth Purkett
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Just because you like to move your booty to the music doesn’t mean you have to support sexism in the process. Keep your summer vibes strong with this specially curated summer playlist. With summer parties, adventures, and road trips in full swing, you may have already burned through a summer anthem or two. Not to worry — EcoSalon is here to put a fresh batch of beats in the hopper. Now, this isn’t just any summer playlist. Inspired by the question “Can I Listen to Sexist Music as a Conscientious Person?”, this mix has been specially curated to include an…
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • U.S. Public Is as Split on Environmental Spending as Congress, Study Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    American citizens are increasingly divided over the issue of environmental protection and seem to be taking their cue primarily from Congress, according to new research from Michigan State University. The gap between conservatives who oppose environmental protection and liberals who support it has risen drastically in the past 20 years, the study found. A national poll from 2012 (the most recent data in the study) with a question on environmental spending indicated that 68 percent of Democrats believe the country has spent too little on the environment, versus only 40 percent of Republicans.
  • Interview: Making the Rights of Farm Animals a Basic Green Issue

    Yale Environment 360
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Conservation organizations have long sought to protect pandas, polar bears, and pelicans, but the welfare of Wayne Pacelle farm animals has largely been left to activist animal-welfare groups like the Humane Society of the United States. For the past 10 years, that organization has been headed by the politically savvy Wayne Pacelle, who has greatly increased its visibility and influence. Under his leadership, the society has lobbied successfully to curb what it calls the worst excesses of “factory farms.” In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Pacelle talked about how treatment of…
  • Making Farm Animal Rights A Fundamental Green Issue

    Yale Environment 360
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    As president of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle has pushed the animal welfare group into areas that directly impact the environment. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about how what we eat, how we raise our food, and how we treat farm animals are basic conservation issues. BY MARC GUNTHER
  • New Maps of Peru Forests Could Help Set Conservation Priorities

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    New, highly detailed maps of Peru's vegetation show that three-quarters of the country's forests — a biomass Click to Enlarge Carbon stocks across Peru stock that sequesters more carbon than the combined annual CO2 emissions of the U.S. and China — lie outside of protected areas and are vulnerable to deforestation, according to an analysis by researchers in the U.S. and Peru. The maps, which should prove helpful to scientists, conservationists, and policymakers working to protect the forests, offer the most detailed view to date of the different types of vegetative cover and above-ground…
  • Danish Wind Power To Be Half The Price of Coal and Natural Gas by 2016

    Yale Environment 360
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Wind power has overtaken all other energy sources as the cheapest form of electricity in Denmark, with a cost Frederikshavn, Denmark roughly half that of coal and natural gas projected by 2016, according to an analysis by the Danish Energy Association (DEA). Home to major turbine manufacturers Vestas and Siemens, the country has been investing steadily in wind power since the 1970s and seems to be reaping the benefits of those investments now, analysts say. Electricity from two new onshore wind power facilities set to begin operating in 2016 will cost around 5 euro cents per kilowatt-hour,…
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • Tropical Storm Bertha Forms In The Atlantic

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:49 pm
    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday night were near 45 mph (75 kph). The storm is centered about 275 miles (445 kilometers) southeast of Barbados and about 385 miles (620 kilometers) southeast of St. Lucia, and is moving northwest at 20 mph (31 kph). A tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados and Dominica. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bertha was expected to…
  • The Critical Question We're Not Asking About The Ebola Outbreak

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The ebola outbreak in West Africa has the world on edge: Will the virus spill into new communities? Will it cross more borders? Even oceans? How can caregivers raise the victims' chances of survival, as well as reduce their own chances of getting sick? Some experts emphasize the importance of another, generally overlooked question: How can we thwart such deadly outbreaks in the first place? "For very good reason, the news coverage and activities are subsumed with containing this outbreak and limiting human infections," said Jonathan Epstein, a wildlife veterinarian with EcoHealth Alliance, a…
  • Ah, So This Is What Perfect Timing Looks Like

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    As far as wedding photos go, this pic is everything you could ever possibly want or wish for. Why? Two words: SHARK KISS. Credit: JPG Photography The perfectly timed photo was taken at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ in 2010, but didn't pick up steam until it was posted to Reddit on Wednesday. And skeptics, we know what you're thinking -- this awesome picture must be photoshopped. We initially had our doubts as well, so we reached out to the photographer who assured us that the photo is 100 percent real. "Every photographer does some work to it, meaning a little change in exposure,…
  • Ex-Im Reauthorization Bill Comes Without Measure Blocking Coal Rules

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) did not include his effort to block new coal rules in a bill reauthorizing funds for the United States Export-Import Bank introduced Wednesday night, heading off a fight among Democrats about the future of the country's export credit agency. The Ex-Im Bank provides loans for projects in other countries that will purchase U.S.-manufactured goods or use U.S. services. The Hill reported late Wednesday that Manchin left out a measure that would stop the bank's new rules that limit the type of coal-fired power plants it can finance abroad. The bank had…
  • Rare, Yellow Lobster Rescued From Florida Supermarket

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    When Marybeth Jeitner saw this brightly-colored lobster sitting in a tank at the supermarket, she knew it was something special. How special? According to the University of Maine Lobster Institute, the odds of finding a yellow lobster are one in 30 million. The lobster had not escaped the attention of others in the supermarket, a Florida Publix. Greg Rogers, the seafood manager at the store, told the Palm Coast Observer that the oddly-colored crustacean had attracted a lot of attention. "A lot of people stopped and took pictures," he said. Jeitner told The Huffington Post that it was Rogers…
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  • Documents: Cheniere Fuels ALEC's New Push for Fracked Gas Exports

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogToday, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Dubbed a "corporate bill mill" by its critics, ALEC is heavily engaged in a state-level effort to attack renewable energy and grease the skids for exports of U.S. oil and gas. Today's bills up for a vote -- as conveyed in an ALEC mailer sent out on June 25 by ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture…
  • 'Green News Report' - July 31, 2014

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 20m gallon water main break, amid worst drought in CA history, exposes threat of decrepit U.S. water infrastructure; Record wildfires depleting firefighting budgets; Republicans fiddle while the West burns; New report finds (again) climate change is really, really expensive; PLUS: Warming oceans bring flesh-eating bacteria to Florida... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at…
  • Arrest of Forest Rights Activists Symbolic of What's Wrong in India

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    It was just past midnight when Indian police hauled two Greenpeace India activists out of their sleep and arrested them this week as a crackdown on protests against a planned coal mine in the Mahan forest intensified. The arrests are the latest example of intimidation tactics used in India to quell unrest over the plans by Indian conglomerate Essar to turn the Mahan forest into a climate-wrecking coal mine. The timing of the arrests is far from coincidental. The local community was due to hold a Gram Sabha, or village council, sometime between 16-22 August to vote on the proposed coal mine…
  • As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    We've got this. Thanks to the courageous and indefatigable efforts of pipeline fighters everywhere, the tide has finally turned on Keystone XL. As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL's northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation. The Obama administration's latest election year delay on Keystone North is not a victory, but the dominoes continue to fall. Earlier this year, a citizen lawsuit denied TransCanada a route through Nebraska. Last month, it lost its permit through South Dakota. Now it faces a gauntlet of "Cowboys &…
  • Avoiding Extinction on the Goldilocks Planet

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    In a recent New York Times article, scientists argued that certain species might have the genetic makeup sufficient to survive the environmental and climate changes associated with the burning of fossil fuels by human society. Though likely true this seems to miss the whole point of why people should be concerned about the environmental impacts of our prior and continued use of oil, coal and gas to fuel our economies. Our goldilocks planet -- which orbits the sun in a sweet spot for carbon-based, water-dependent life (not too hot, not too cold) -- has already experienced five prior mass…
 
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  • Asteroid attacks significantly altered ancient Earth

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    New research shows that more than four billion years ago, the surface of Earth was heavily reprocessed as a result of giant asteroid impacts. A new model based on existing lunar and terrestrial data sheds light on the role asteroid bombardments played in the geological evolution of the uppermost layers of the Hadean Earth.
  • Oldest rove beetle in the Omaliini tribe found in French amber

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Scientists have discovered and described a rove beetle that is the oldest definitive member of the tribe Omaliini that has ever been found in amber.
  • Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Scientists have revealed how massive, meat-eating, ground-dwelling dinosaurs evolved into agile flying birds: they just kept shrinking and shrinking, for over 50 million years.  
  • Lead in teeth can tell a body's tale, study finds

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. The discovery could help police solve cold cases, an investigator has said. For instance, if an unidentified decomposed body is found, testing the lead in the teeth could immediately help focus the investigation on a certain geographic area. That way, law enforcement can avoid wasting resources checking for missing persons in the wrong places.
  • Gulf oil spill researcher: Bacteria ate some toxins, but worst remain, research finds

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico consumed many of the toxic components of the oil released during the Deepwater Horizon spill in the months after the spill, but not the most toxic contaminants, new research has found.
 
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  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

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

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

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

    Dara O'Rourke
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:48 am
    We are very excited to announce that GoodGuide has been acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) that’s focused on helping people make, market, find, and trust greener, healthier, more sustainable products. This merger brings together two organizations deeply committed to sustainability and product transparency. (You can read more about our partnership here.) Don’t worry: GoodGuide’s web and mobile apps are not going away. We will continue to operate “business as usual,” and our team will still be building tools and rating products to…
  • The Naked Brand

    Dara O'Rourke
    21 Jun 2012 | 12:42 pm
    GoodGuide is honored to be featured in a powerful new documentary film – which is having its San Francisco Premiere today. The Naked Brand is: about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It’s an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard to create better products and a better planet. Corporations have incredible influence on the world we live in and that’s given them free reign to pollute, collude and mislead us, but advances in technology are rapidly making them accountable not just to shareholders, but…
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  • Bee-Killing Insecticide Neonicotinoids Showing Up In Major Rivers

    David Quilty
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    There is no “away” on Planet Earth. This is it. So whatever we make/use/dispose of is still here and always will be. Toxic neonicotinoids, insecticides used in agriculture, have been found in six states and nine Midwestern rivers, according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey. Neonicotinoids have been directly linked to the decimation of the honeybee population around the world, and there have been suggestions that they could be affecting other small animal life as well. I am sure the fish and other water creatures aren’t big fans of clouds of toxic crap filling up…
  • Natural Gas is Worse Than Coal and Oil?

    David Quilty
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Um… uh oh. All this talk about how natural gas is going to save the human species from certain climate change should go quiet. According to Dr. Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, natural gas is not going to be the saving grace of the climate issues facing us. Howarth has concluded that shale (fracking) and conventional natural gas have a “larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating.” And since that’s what it’s mostly used for, this…
  • Texas Family Wins $3 Million Verdict in Fracking Case

    David Quilty
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    And yet, the denials over the dangers of fracking continue to pour in from those set to make the most off the “technology” – oil companies and their investors. Before you read any further, I would suggest you read my post What is Fracking? for information about it, in case you don’t know yet. The rest of this piece will make more sense then. Earlier this week, a Texas judge upheld a previous $3 million verdict against Aruba Petroleum by a family that claimed that fracking activities near their 40 acre ranch was making them all sick. The case started three years ago…
  • Will Organic Food Make You Healthier? Who Cares.

    David Quilty
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Are chemicals that are less chemical-y better for you? Is breathing less smoke from the back of a 1985 Ford Truck better for you? If it’s called global warming, why is it cold outside? We as humans ask some pretty stupid questions. The question is not really “is organic food healthier?” That is not a valuable question, not in the least. Whether or not organic food makes you healthier isn’t important; rather, we should be asking if they are better for us then the conventionally-grown, pesticide-laden, chlorine-bleached, and irradiated food found at your favorite grocer.
  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 365

    David Quilty
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I missed last week because it was the 4th of July, so I had a good excuse. But I’m back with a fresh installment of green news for you… 4 Toxic Products That Can Ruin Your Summer and the Environment Whether you are looking at spending some time away from home or you are planning on opting for a few staycation ideas, you are going to want to stay away from toxins and harmful chemicals that could not only put a damper on your summer, but will likely have a significant impact on the environment as well. To keep you and your family safe, here are 5 toxic products you will want to…
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Documents: Cheniere Fuels ALEC’s New Push for Fracked Gas Exports

    Steve Horn
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Today, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).  Dubbed a “corporate bill mill” by its critics, ALEC is heavily engaged in a state-level effort to attack renewable energy and grease the skids for exports of U.S. oil and gas. Today's bills up for a vote — as conveyed in an ALEC mailer sent out on June 25 by ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force — are titled…
  • The Blue Dot Tour: It’s About All Of Us

    Guest
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. A now-famous 1972 photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts from 45,000 kilometres away became known as “the blue marble”. The late scientist Carl Sagan described a 1990 picture taken from six billion kilometres away by the unmanned Voyager 1 as a “pale blue dot”. The vision of Earth from a distance has profoundly moved pretty much anyone who has ever seen it. “When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet,” International Space Station astronaut Ron Garan said. “It looks like a living,…
  • EPA Internal Audit Finds Flawed Pipeline Oversight Adds $192 Million a Year to Gas Bills, Harms Climate

    Sharon Kelly
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog, the inspector general released a scathing report on the agency's failure to control leaks from the nation's natural gas distribution system. The report, titled “Improvements Needed in EPA Efforts to Address Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines,” describes a string of failures by the EPA to control leaks of one of the most potent greenhouse gases, methane, from the rapidly expanding natural gas pipeline industry. “The EPA has placed little focus and attention on reducing methane emissions from…
  • Has The Gulf Of Mexico Hit Peak Oil?

    Farron Cousins
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    There are enough articles on the “myth of peak oil” floating around the Internet to fill a book; and there are enough books on the subject to fill a small library.  One of the common threads throughout these publications is their lack of credible sources, because not only is peak oil real, but we’re rapidly approaching that threshold.  An example that is smacking the United States and the oil industry in the face right now is floating in the Gulf of Mexico.  According to a new government report, oil and natural gas production in the Gulf has been steadily declining for the last…
  • Greenpeace Report: Obama Administration Exporting Climate Change by Exporting Coal

    Steve Horn
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Greenpeace USA has released a major new report on an under-discussed part of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan and his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carbon rule: it serves as a major endorsement of continued coal production and export to overseas markets. “Leasing Coal, Fueling Climate Change: How the federal coal leasing program undermines President Obama’s Climate Plan” tackles the dark underbelly of a rule that only polices coal downstream at the power plant level and largely ignores the upstream and global impacts of coal production at-large.  The…
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  • 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:  
  • Arrow Lakes Drawdown

    Mike Thomas
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Columbia River looking across to Mt Begbie This section of the Columbia River just below Revelstoke is known as the Arrow Lakes Drawdown. At the start of summer this area usually becomes flooded as BC Hydro fills the Arrow Lakes Reservoir for the summer. Many of Revelstoke’s recreation trails on the flats become submerged for a couple of months and areas we would walk or bike can be canoed over. Camera: iPhone 5cTaken: 21 June, 2014Location:    
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  • Behind the Scenes with Truvelle

    Jacquelyn Clark
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    A creative who is passionate about all things fashion? I can get behind that. A creative who is passionate about all things fashion and has a hedgehog as a pet? I do believe we need to be BFF’s. And fast. Truvelle, the up and coming Vancouver based bridal designer, is making waves in the wedding world and for good reason! The girl is oh so talented. And today we’re teaming up with Rose Dykstra for a behind the scenes peek. From Rose Dykstra… Truvelle is an up-and-coming bridal designer based out of a live/work studio in Gastown, a historic downtown neighborhood in…
  • Nutella Banana Bread

    Jacquelyn Clark
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    I’ve been making this nutella banana bread for years now (in fact, I originally posted it on my own blog way back when in 2011, though the photos have since been updated). It’s become somewhat of a staple around here, and for good reason. The stuff is ridiculous! As in, I try to only make it occasionally as I’ve been known to devour the whole thing in one sitting (I judge myself – but one taste and I know you’ll understand). Jacquelyn ClarkNutella Banana BreadClassic banana bread gets a delicious makeoverprep timecook timetotal timeServes 8Ingredients2 cups…
  • Glitter & Gold Little Girls’ Birthday Party

    Jacquelyn Clark
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you ready for your heart to melt into a pile of mush? Because that’s exactly what’s about to happen the moment you set sights on these photos. And if a collection of the cutest little girls in all the land celebrating a very sweet glittery birthday isn’t enough to slay you, perhaps the teeny puppy alongside them will do the trick. With photos from Gayle Driver and event design by AmeliaMarie Design, get ready for the cutest ride of your life. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Gayle Driver … To celebrate her daughter’s second birthday, Amelia of…
  • Modern Masculine Birthday

    Jacquelyn Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    We’ve featured many, many, manyyy feminine, glitzy, glam, over the top girly affairs. But what about the poor men in our lives? One peek at Pinterest and you’ll notice immediately that they tend to get left in the dust. But not if Bough&Annex is on the scene! Dominique threw together the most epic of all epic 30th birthday parties for her sweet husband, complete with a gallery filled with photos from Peter Delgado! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Dominique… Planning a party for a guy can be pretty hard. If you scour the internet, few examples of…
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Milkshake

    Jacquelyn Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Every once in a while, I curse the mega-sweet tooth I’ve been plagued with since birth. But then I remember that it allows me to get embarrassingly excited about fabulous dessert combinations. And isn’t that what lifes about? Unnecessary emotions towards desserts? No? Because I’m so excited about Classy Clutters chocolate chip cookie milkshake recipe I could cry! Jacquelyn ClarkChocolate Chip Cookie MilkshakeTwo desserts combined into one sinfully delicious treat!prep time5 Minute/scook timetotal time5 Minute/sServes 0Ingredients2-3 chocolate chip cookies from your all-time…
 
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    Environmental Health News

  • In Lake of the Woods, growing algae blooms puzzle scientists.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Residents have noticed that algae blooms in Minnesota's northern lakes appear to be expanding. Scientists don't yet know exactly how much blooms have expanded, but early findings suggest the algae is getting thicker, likely due to a combination of climate change and decades-old pollution.
  • DOE discloses first steps to curb leaks in natural gas systems.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz yesterday announced preliminary initiatives to combat leaks of the potent greenhouse gas methane from pipelines, compressors and other parts of the natural gas distribution infrastructure.
  • Religious conservatives embrace pollution fight.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Rev. Lennox Yearwood punched his fist in the air as he rhythmically boomed into the microphone: "This is a moment for great leadership. This is a moment for our country to stand up. This is our moment." But Mr. Yearwood’s audience was not a church. It was the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Wick to reap benefits of windfarm construction.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Scottish port of Wick is to reap the benefits of being the service base for the construction of one of the biggest offshore windfarms in the world.
  • Oil companies forfeit Arctic drilling rights.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Oil companies that locked up more than 1.3 million acres of the Beaufort Sea for drilling in 2007 have since relinquished nearly half that territory.
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    Green Car Congress

  • First international commercial flight completed with direct sugar to hydrocarbon (DSHC) fuel

    Mike Millikin
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Amyris has partnered with Brazilian airline GOL to fly the industry’s first commercial flight with sugarcane-derived farnesane, the recently approved renewable jet fuel. (Earlier post.) The first flight, GOL flight 7725, departed from Orlando, Florida on 30 July 2014 and traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil. On 15 June, ASTM revised its jet fuel standard, paving the way for airlines to use Synthesized Iso-Paraffin (SIP) farnesane (generically, Direct Sugar to Hydrocarbon, DSHC) as a jet fuel component in commercial airlines globally. The revised standard, D7566, developed by ASTM Committee on…
  • Ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies raises €3.9M (US$5.2 M) in Round A financing

    Mike Millikin
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    Skeleton Technologies, a manufacturer of high power- and energy-density ultracapacitors (earlier post) has completed Round A financing of €3.9 million (US$5.4 million). The financing will be used for production scale-up and product development in addition to sales and marketing efforts. The total Round A financing, led by Estonian venture capital investor UP Invest AS includes the first financing tranche of €2.2 million announced in April 2013. Our products have four times higher power density (80Wh/L), and almost double the energy density (14Wh/L) compared to current industry…
  • Continental acquires 100% ownership of exhaust aftertreatment JV Emitec

    Mike Millikin
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Continental has acquired 100% ownership of the exhaust technologies specialist Emitec. Until now, it was a 50/50 joint venture with Continental and Continental’s partner GKN. The acquisition takes effect today, with Emitec becoming part of Conti’s Powertrain Division. Continental already has a comprehensive product portfolio in the field of exhaust-gas aftertreatment and works closely with Emitec. Its purchase of the remaining shares of Emitec—which develops and produces metallic catalyst substrates, particle filters, and dosing modules for selective catalytic reduction…
  • Ford holding auto app developer conference; hackathon with LA data

    Mike Millikin
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Ford Motor Company will hold an automotive app developer conference on 8 September as part of the Connected Car Expo taking place at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The conference will be followed by an overnight hackathon where developers will be provided data generated by Ford vehicles and from the City of Los Angeles to create innovative apps. Ford is inviting developers interested in creating innovative apps, that enhance or redefine the automobile’s role in an overall connected life, to join the global Ford Dev team for a comprehensive…
  • Fraunhofer researchers take a different angle on wireless charging: from the front

    Mike Millikin
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB in Erlangen, Germany are pursuing an alternative approach to inductive (wireless) charging for electric vehicles. Rather than mounting induction coils on the underside of the vehicle to work with floor-mounted charging stations, the Fraunhofer team has developed a system for charging the plug-in from the front end. This, they say, addresses a number of problems. The current, underside approach requires powerful coils because of the significant gap of up to 15 cm between car and ground. Powerful coils are…
 
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  • 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.
  • Nature-Powered Casinos: Is It Possible?

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Most casinos operate on a 24/7 basis and the energy they’re consuming is no joke. According to 8 News Now, the “sky beam” light located on top of the Luxor Casino has 39 individual lamps that consumes 7,000 Watts each. That is 273,000 Watts of electricity consumption, which is enough to power more than a ... The post Nature-Powered Casinos: Is It Possible? appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Must Have Solar Gaming Accessories

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    You’ll often see solar panels on roofs, the top of street lights, even on torches, but not so often in the gaming realms. Yet there are plenty of great gadgets out there to improve your play on the likes of FIFA 2014 or Call of Duty, and help save the planet simultaneously. From controllers, to ... The post Must Have Solar Gaming Accessories appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • The journey of 6000 miles across 10 countries, with zero carbon emissions

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    A 6000-mile journey starts with a single step. For 33-year-old Naveen Rabelli, it begins with a ray of hope, rays of the Sun and an array of solar panels on the roof of his tuk-tuk along with an electric battery to power his one-ton vehicle. Rabelli plans to travel to 10 countries in order to ... The post The journey of 6000 miles across 10 countries, with zero carbon emissions appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Jeep environmental progress

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    If you mention Jeep to any environmental activist or anyone concerned about the degradation of our environment, you’re likely to be met with growls or even the odd nervous tick. With the latest Jeep Cherokee being the greenest Jeep ever produced, though, that might all be about to change.   It’s 1998 and you’ve got ... The post Jeep environmental progress appeared first on Eco Friend.
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  • 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…
  • "Risky Business" stands out in growing sea of climate reports

    Gernot Wagner
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    By Gernot Wagner Receding beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Source: FEMA/Tim Burkitt (This blog originally appeared on EDF Voices) This blog post was co-authored by Jonathan Camuzeaux. Put Republican Hank Paulson, Independent Mike Bloomberg, and Democrat Tom Steyer together, and out comes one of the more unusual – and unusually impactful – climate reports. This year alone has seen a couple of IPCC tomes, an entry by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the most recent U.S. National Climate Assessment. The latest, Risky Business, stands apart for a number…
  • Defenders of dirty power plants use doublespeak to shape debate

    Keith Gaby
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    By Keith Gaby Under the proposed Clean Power Plan, plants must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. (This blog originally appeared on EDF Voices) As we’ve noted before, few opponents of the federal Clean Power Plan want to stand up and say they favor unlimited carbon pollution. So they’re apt to frame their arguments in more clever ways. Under the proposed Clean Power Plan, plants must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Sometimes their approach is to use misleading statistics – like when they talk about the cost of…
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  • 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…
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty five with SAP Mentor Chris Kernaghan

    Tom Raftery
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty five with SAP Mentor Chris Kernaghan Welcome to episode twenty five of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had cloud architect and SAP Mentor Chris Kernaghan as the guest on our show. This was not Chris’ first time co-hosting the Technology for Good show, so as an old hand, I knew this was going to be a fun show, and so it was. We covered a lot of topics in the show, including the repeal of carbon tax in Australia, IBM and Apple’s enterprise partnership, and…
 
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  • 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…
  • India vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI: Cricket live score & Star Sports live stream info

    Marian Dumitri
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    India skipper Suresh Rain won the toss and decided to bat first in the third and final ODI against Bangladesh being played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Thursday, June 19, 2014. For Bangladesh Sohag Gazi replaces Ziaur Rahman. And for India, Vinay Kumar and Manoj Tiwary come in. The match start time is 12:30 India time. India leads the 3-ODI series by 2-0. Bangladesh lost a chance to equal the series in the 2nd ODI. Their bowlers did wonderfully well to restrict the mighty Indian batsman to just 106 runs. And then came the little known Stuart Binny to bowl. The final squads…
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  • Official: Tesla delivers 7,579 Model S EVs in Q2, maybe picks Reno, NV for Gigafactory

    Sebastian Blanco
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Manufacturing/Plants, Tesla Motors When it comes to describing its situation, not even Bob Ross could paint a prettier picture than Tesla Motors. The California automaker has had a good few months and announced today that it delivered 7,579 Model S EVs in the second quarter of 2014. That's the most the company has ever delivered in a three-month period, reflecting an expanded market that now spans new countries in Asia and Europe. Tesla also built 8,763 vehicles in that time frame, another record, thanks to getting more cells from battery supplier Panasonic, and says…
  • Read This: Edmunds' long-term Tesla Model S has been wonderful, woeful

    Chris Bruce
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Filed under: Maintenance, Hatchback, Tesla, Electric We generally don't report on other outlets' long-term model tests, but Edmunds just completed a 17-month ownership experience with a 2013 Tesla Model S. It's just too interesting not to share. The site bought a 2013 Model S Performance model for the added range of its 85-kilowatt-hour battery and tossed on a good variety of options for a total price of $105,005, including a wall charger. In terms of driving the electric hatchback, the folks there seemed to love it. There were a few minor gripes, but for the most part it offered sufficient…
  • Recharge Wrap-up: India plans to subsidize EVs, Ultra Low Emissions Zone in London

    John Beltz Snyder
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Legislation and Policy, Europe/EU, Asia, UK, India India is set to heavily subsidize conversion to electric vehicles with its National Electric Mobility Mission Plan. The government will be providing automakers with cash to create electric cars. It will help customers pay for new electric vehicles, and a 35 percent subsidy for EVs and 25 percent incentive for plug-in hybrids has been proposed. The government will also subsidize kits to convert existing internal combustion vehicles to electric. Plans are in place to install chargers in hope of convincing drivers to…
  • Report: Infiniti to get Leaf-based electric sedan after all

    Chris Bruce
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Filed under: Sedan, Crossover, Hatchback, Infiniti, Electric, Luxury Infiniti suffered a huge blow a few weeks ago when CEO Johan de Nysschen jumped ship after two years on the job to take the helm at Cadillac. As boss, he spearheaded change within the Japanese luxury brand and was among the biggest champions of the Q50 Eau Rouge. However, the company is far from sunk. Plans put in place prior to de Nysschen leaving are still on the table, according to Nissan product planner Andy Palmer to Automotive News, and that could mean a rosy future for the once AWOL LE sedan (pictured above) and other…
  • Report: Hyundai readying Juke rival with 'edgy, dynamic styling' for 2017

    Noah Joseph
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Filed under: Crossover, Hyundai, Design/Style Love it or hate it, the Nissan Juke has drawn attention to itself and to its maker. Little wonder, then, that Hyundai wants to follow a similar formula. According to our compatriots over at Edmunds, Hyundai has a whole raft of new products in the works - as you'd expect from the world's fourth-largest automaker - including replacements for the current Tucson and Elantra sometime next year, but also a subcompact crossover to target the Juke, not to mention tiny softroading rivals like the forthcoming Chevrolet Trax. Details at this point are few…
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  • Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

    Bridgette Meinhold
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "sustainable architecture", animal friendly, animal friendly zoo, big, bjarke ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark, eco design, eutopia, givskud, green architecture, Green Building, green design, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, zoo, zootopia
  • Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

    Beverley Mitchell
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    It’s happening! After much speculation, Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors have struck a formal agreement over the Japanese company’s manufacture and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer’s first Gigafactory. Under the terms of the deal, Panasonic will make initial investments of between $200–300 million, with eventual investment reaching around $1 billion of the anticipated $5 billion cost of the project. Read the rest of Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory Permalink | Add to…
  • Scientists Warn That an “Insurmountable” Water Crisis Will Grip the Planet by 2040

    Kristine Lofgren
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    A new report warns that in less than three decades, the United States (and the rest of the world) could face a full-blown water crisis if we don’t change the way we generate power. As the population increases, so does water consumption and power usage. Right now, energy production is the biggest water guzzler in the country – slurping 41% of all freshwater. Unless the country moves to less water-hungry power sources like wind and solar by 2030, water needs could grow to the point where there is a huge gap between what is needed and what is available, plunging the planet into a…
  • Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

    Inhabitat
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Brought to you by National Geographic Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and…
  • Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

    Colin Payne
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    It is a sad fact and indicator of the inequality of our society that many of those who put in the labor may never taste its fruits. A group of cocoa bean farmers in Africa’s Ivory Coast recently had the opportunity to do just that when they tasted the chocolate made with their beans for the first time. A correspondent from Metropolis TV visited the farmers and gave them their first-ever chocolate bar – hit the jump to see a video of their reaction. Read the rest of Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa,…
 
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  • 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…
  • Learning How to Fix a Broken Zipper Saved My Plastic Backpack

    Beth Terry
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    My poor backpack. I’ve been carrying it around for over ten years, and finally, one of the main zippers stopped zipping.   Or, I should say, one of the sliders stopped working.  Fortunately, this backpack has two sliders, so I could still close the zipper using the other slider, but I always had to remember which side to zip from so I didn’t accidentally sling the backpack over my back, thinking the zipper was closed, and empty all the contents onto the sidewalk.  No big deal, but I just prayed that the other slider would hold up and keep working.  I had no idea what to do…
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  • Water Shortages: Learning from 1977

    Jennifer Hermes
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    What is interesting about the California drought currently impacting the area is not necessarily the severity of it. Instead, it is how the state seems to be handling it in stride, with relatively minor impact on communities. While some industry sectors are definitely being impacted—and we may not have seen the worst—compared to the last […]
  • Spotlight on Award Winners: Cascade Energy SENSEI

    Jennifer Hermes
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Spotlight on Award Winners is a series of articles featuring winners from the 2014 Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards. Look for the 2015 Awards call for submissions in early September. Cascade Energy’s SENSEI won an Environmental Leader Top Product of the Year award for its ease of use, adaptability (customizable) and the immediate results that […]
  • Tesla, Panasonic Sign Battery Gigafactory Deal

    Kirsten Korosec
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Electric automaker Tesla Motors has reached an agreement with electronics giant Panasonic Corp to build a massive US  battery plant. Panasonic, Tesla’s current battery cell supplier, said Thursday it will manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells and invest in the equipment, machinery and other tools based on the two companies mutual approval. Meanwhile, Tesla will […]
  • DECC: UK’s Green Power Output Rises 30%

    Kirsten Korosec
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    The amount of electricity in the UK generated from renewables skyrocketed 30 percent in 2013 with wind energy leading the pack of green power sources, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The DECC report said renewables including wind, solar and hydroelectric made up 14.9 percent of electricity generated in the UK during 2013, […]
  • Inspector General: EPA Met or Exceeded Most Internal Climate Change Goals

    Ken Jennison
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    The EPA adhered to most climate change requirements for federal agencies and in some cases exceeded its goals and requirements related to water use, greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy, according to the Office of the Inspector General. The EPA was one of only three agencies out of 25 reporting that received a green scorecard […]
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  • PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy Team Up to Increase Recycling, Protect Drinking Water

    Aarthi Rayapura
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) today announced a five-year partnership called Recycle for Nature, aimed at inspiring people to protect drinking water sources in the US through recycling. The initiative's goal is to save and restore one billion gallons of water over five years in rivers that supply water to more than 35 million people across nine states - including the Colorado River, Denver's Front Range Forests, Arizona's Verde River, Arkansas' Kings River and North Carolina's Cape Fear River.The partnership will expand the availability of recycling bins in the country, beginning…
  • Solazyme and AkzoNobel Expand Algal Oil Partnership

    Sustainable Brands
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Solazyme, Inc, a pioneer in renewable oils and bioproducts, and AkzoNobel, a global producer of paint, coatings and specialty chemicals, announced today they have expanded their previous agreement for the joint development of Tailored™ algal oils. The expansion provides for funded development, as well as agreed key terms for a multi-year supply agreement targeting annual supply of up to 10,000 MT of the oils, pending successful product development.The parties expect that the algal oil will be able to replace both petroleum- and palm oil-derived chemicals. The target product is designed to…
  • Timberland Launches Serv-a-palooza Challenge to Recruit and Reward Volunteers

    Aarthi Rayapura
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Timberland is calling for entries for its inaugural Timberland Serv-a-palooza Challenge – a sponsored volunteerism competition hosted in partnership with charitable fundraising platform, CrowdRise, founded by actor Edward Norton. The six-week challenge aims to encourage consumers to volunteer for a cause of their choice in return for chances to win prizes for themselves, along with donations for the nonprofits they choose to support.Once enrolled and approved, volunteers create a unique fundraising page where they can track their volunteer hours and invite others to sponsor their efforts…
  • Tetronics Helping BlueOak Reclaim Precious Metals From E-Waste

    Mike Hower
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    BlueOak Resources, a Burlingame, Calif.-based startup that aims to convert e-waste into a sustainable source of critical metals and rare earths, has chosen e-waste-recovery specialist Tetronics to provide plasma-refining technology for the recovery of precious metals from e-waste, first in a plant located in Osceola, Arkansas.BlueOak says it intends to capitalize on the high demand for “technology metals” such as gold, silver, copper and palladium by creating distributed urban refineries in the US and throughout the world that recover high-value metals from e-waste. Production at the…
  • UPS Increases Deliveries, Still Meets Carbon-Intensity Reduction Goal Three Years Early

    Mike Hower
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    UPS has met its 2016 goal of reducing its air and ground fleet's carbon intensity by 10 percent three years early, and has set a new goal to achieve a 20 percent reduction in carbon intensity from transportation by 2020, according to the company’s new sustainability report.The report outlines the company's "Committed to More" approach to sustainability, highlighting the company's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals as well as the measurable impact from its humanitarian initiatives.UPS recently pioneered its new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines, becoming one of the first…
 
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  • Let’s Give All of Our Students Access to Climate Change Facts

    Guest Contributor
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Editor’s note: Once upon a time, political arguments over the content of science education focused on a single topic: evolution.While it would be wonderful to think that such debates ended with the Scopes Monkey Trial, I live in Missouri… where some members of our legislature still think our science classrooms are the proper places for ideological debates. Evolution, of course, isn’t alone anymore: climate change now joins it as a settled scientific concept that a very vocal (and generally uninformed) minority insists still requires debate. The deniers aren’t going…
  • Solar Power as a Tool of Radical Feminism – Who Knew? [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    It’s easy to get cynical about the pace of response to threats like climate change, so I confess my reaction to most of The Guardian‘s “10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change” was “ho hum… we know this…” But even a crusty cynic like myself had to feel a bit of hope when reading #5. After watching the World Bank video to which it linked (which I’ve embedded below), I felt positively excited: who knew that some lighting provided by solar power could make sure a difference to the developing world’s women……
  • Avoid Mosquito Bites with these 10 All-Natural Insect Repellants

    Talancia Pea
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Whether you are sitting around a campfire or at an outdoor concert this summer, mosquitoes are the party crashers everyone wants to see gone. I’m not advocating harming or killing them, as I know these pesky insects play a vital role in our ecosystem. I would just rather not be insect bait. Depending how your skin reacts when bitten, you may have red, itchy bumps and/or swelling at the site. Or worse, you can become infected with an illness like West Nile virus, Malaria or parasites. Before you reach for a big-name bug spray containing DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide), you should know that…
  • Variations on the Farming Community: How Sustainable are They?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    photo credit: pasa47 via photopin cc I suppose I’ve got relatively narrow visions of a sustainable farming community: either an ecovillage, where food production is woven into the life of the of the residents, or the “urban farm,” where food production is implemented within existing (but often decaying) infrastructure.  Growing food isn’t just a livelihood in these settings; it’s a integral part of what brings people together and gives them a common sense of purpose. No doubt there are variations on both of these models that have succeeded in not only increasing…
  • Clean Power Plan Needs Your Testimony

    Guest Contributor
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Ohio students studying solar power by Teja Sathi “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Even though this quote originated from a Dr. Seuss book, I think it accurately describes the spirit of climate activists around the world. I am a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA, and while I no longer read children’s books, understanding the enormity of climate change is child’s play. The science is clear. Climate change is the greatest threat to society and it’s effect on the…
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  • Airbnb celebrates environmental savings

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    BusinessGreen: The growing trend for holiday makers to rely on the hospitality of strangers, rather than booking into expensive hotels, certainly has financial benefits, but a new report by Cleantech Group has highlighted how online services such as Airbnb or Couchsurfing are delivering environmental benefits as well. The study of over 8,000 Airbnb guests and hosts found that guests tend to use significantly less water and energy, when opting to share someone's property instead of booking into a hotel. Cleantech...
  • Climate Change Brings Heat Waves and Cold Snaps

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Nature World: While climate change is usually associated with warming temperatures, new research indicates that the planet will experience heat waves as well as cold snaps in the coming years. About 97 percent of scientists, at this point, agree that the temperature of the planet is rising because of human-related activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. But until now, they didn't know the degree of variability surrounding that increase - meaning the difference between hot and cold...
  • Record-Setting Drought Intensifies Parched California

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Climate Central: The relentless heat that has plagued the western half of the country this summer has ratcheted up California's terrible drought once again, bringing it to record levels. More than half of the state is in "exceptional' drought, the highest category recognized by the U.S. Drought Monitor, which released its latest update on Thursday. The progression of the drought in California through the spring and summer of 2014, as the two highest categories, extreme and exceptional drought, grew. "The heat...
  • Report, Initiatives Aim Take Action Climate Change

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    National Geographic: A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers finds that for each decade of delay, policy actions on climate change increase total mitigation costs by approximately 40 percent. The cost of inaction--letting the temperature rise 3 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels instead of 2 degrees-- could increase economic damages by about 0.9 percent of global output. “To put this percentage in perspective, 0.9 percent of estimated 2014 U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is approximately...
  • U.S. EPA extends 2013 biofuel compliance deadline for third time

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Reuters: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday extended the deadline for the third time for refiners to show compliance with 2013 federal biofuel use targets, a move quickly criticized by the oil industry. Annual compliance reports would be due 30 days after the pending publication of the final rule establishing the 2014 renewable fuel percentage standards, the agency said on its website. Thursday's move was the third extension of the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance deadline,...
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  • LA's Crappy Old Pipes Mean More Epic Floods Are Coming

    Sam Brodey
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Yesterday at around 3:30 pm, a water main burst near the campus of UCLA in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. It gushed for nearly three hours, sending water as high as 30 feet into the air and flooding campus—cars' wheels were submerged, the brand-new basketball court was covered in standing water, eager students brought boogie boards. As much as 10 million gallons are estimated to have been lost, at a rate of 38,000 gallons per minute. Continue Reading »
  • US Coal Exports Have Erased All The CO2 Savings From the Fracking Boom

    Josh Harkinson
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The domestic fracking boom has been widely celebrated as a godsend in the fight against climate change. In 2007, cheap natural gas began replacing dirtier coal as the fuel of choice in US power plants. By 2012, the switchover was annually saving an estimated 86 million tons of CO2, the carbon equivalent of taking 21 million cars off the road. That's obviously a huge accomplishment, but it comes with a lesser known catch: All of that coal we're no longer using is still getting dug up, sold off, and spewed into the atmosphere. The carbon pollution savings from our switch from coal to gas has…
  • Obama Is About to Give You the Right to Unlock Your Phone

    Kiera Butler
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Ever wondered why you can't transfer your old phone to a new carrier? The practice, known as cellphone unlocking, is illegal. It probably won't surprise you that in the '90s, wireless carriers—who, for obvious reasons, wanted everyone to buy new phones and plans—lobbied for a ban. As I wrote last year, this ban isn't just annoying and expensive for consumers, it's also wasteful. We only keep our phones for an average of 18 months , and when we get a new one, the old one seldom makes it to a recycling facility. Many languish in desk drawers; some end up in the garbage. That means a…
  • PETA's Five Most Tone-Deaf Stunts

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Proving once again PETA is unfamiliar with how to a deliver meaningful publicity campaign, the animal rights group is now looking to score a win off poor people's thirst. Some background: The bankrupt city of Detroit has been shutting off its tap water to thousands of poor residents in order to force them to pay for nearly $90 million in overdue water bills. Advocates have slammed the move, calling out the city for eliminating a basic human right. The NAACP recently filed a lawsuit calling the shut down discriminatory, as most of Detroit's low-income residents are overwhelmingly black. It…
  • You'd Scream, Too, If You Were This Close to a Collapsing Iceberg

    Alex Park
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    Climate change is melting ice at both ends of the planet—just ask the researchers who published two papers in May saying that a major expanses of antarctic ice are now undergoing a "continuous and rapid retreat" and may have "passed the point of no return." As the poles melt, icebergs are breaking off and drifting with greater ease, creating a world of problems for humans and animals alike. In Antarctica, warmer winters mean icebergs aren't held in place as they once were, and are now colliding with the ocean floor more frequently, laying waste to a complex ecosystem. In Greenland,…
 
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  • Ice cream that doesn't melt and 6 other food wonders

    melbreyer
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Science is a beautiful thing – but sometimes we just don’t know when to stop. Consider food. It used to be that freezing, drying, adding some salt or fermenting the things we eat was enough to keep them fresh. But now our methods of preservation have taken a turn down Crazy Street and we employ ingredients much better left in the labs.
  • From Shark Week to 'Fat Guy' survivalists, here's what we'll be watching in August

    gmiller
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Summer is winding down, but here are 19 TV shows to help you take a last gulp of nature — human and otherwise — before September.   1. Felled redwood trees get spectacularly repurposed as cottages, treehouses, roadside attractions and more by the twin craftsmen behind Daniels Wood Land in the seven-part series "Redwood Kings," premiering Aug. 1 on Animal Planet.  
  • 'Sharknado 2' premiere generated one billion Twitter impressions

    mdestries
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    While the original "Sharknado" took a surprising bite out of Twitter, last night's premiere of the sequel turned the social media network into a downright buffet.   
  • 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?
  • 4 breastfeeding myths, debunked

    jsavedge
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you are trying to conceive, or you have a baby on the way, it's likely that you are getting all kinds of advice about the ins and outs of labor, delivery, and postpartum baby care. Especially breastfeeding. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it. Male or female. Young or old. Parent or not. Everyone is an expert and wants to tell you all about their experience, or that of their wife/sister/girlfriend/cousin/cousin's girlfriend.  
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  • Tesla’s Q2: Full Speed Ahead on Giga Factory, Model S and X Production, China Sales

    Eric Wesoff
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Firstly, as we reported last week, Tesla has indeed broken ground on the Tesla Giga factory outside of Reno. It would appear that activity has slowed at the site, according to an analyst on the Tesla call citing the "blogosphere." Here are the highlights according to the investor presentation and earnings call that "beat estimates across the board and continued to show gross margin improvement," according to investment bank Baird. Giga factory: The long rumored Tesla-Panasonic partnership on the $5 billion Giga factory was officially revealed -- with Panasonic as manufacturing partner.
  • Debating the True Cost of Wind and Solar: How Cheap Are They, Really?

    Stephen Lacey
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    How do we calculate the true cost of intermittent renewables? The levelized cost of wind and solar are falling by the day. But how cheap are they, really? A recent study from the Brookings Institution concludes that their costs are higher than presumed when using a cost-benefit calculation model. In this podcast, we'll debate the merits of the Brookings study and ask what assumptions one should make when evaluating the costs of different technologies. Later in the show, we’ll talk about the debate over the Export-Import Bank in Washington, D.C., and assess the impact of new tariffs…
  • Momentum Builds Behind Utility 2.0: Will Minnesota Be the Next State to Reform Utilities?

    Stephen Lacey
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Aside from hosting a majority of the nation's wind farms, the Midwestern U.S. is not known for aggressively pushing the agenda on clean energy issues. But that may be changing as Minnesota joins other leading states in the effort to remake the electricity sector. Over the last year and a half, Minnesota has emerged as more than just a wind state. In May 2013, the state's legislature passed a bill that would expand the solar market by 450 megawatts. And in March of this year, regulators agreed to create a value-of-solar tariff to complement net metering. Minnesota's solar targets…
  • Here’s Proof That a $10 Minimum Bill Is Better Than a Fixed Charge for Solar Customers

    Josh Cornfeld and Shayle Kann
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Earlier this month in a new report, The Minimum Bill as a Net Metering Solution, GTM Research explored the potential impact of the proposed Massachusetts minimum bill.  One of our key findings from the report is that a minimum bill is preferable to a fixed charge for the typical Massachusetts solar customer, assuming the minimum bill is set at the same level as the fixed charge.  In this report excerpt, we further illuminate the impact by comparing a typical Massachusetts solar customer’s annual bill to a bill with a minimum charge of less than $10. In order to determine the…
  • Does Using Excess Renewable Electricity to Create Hydrogen Make Sense?

    Tam Hunt
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The debate goes on between fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) advocates and those who think electric vehicles will win the day. Toyota’s R&D chief disses electric vehicles because of poor range and long charging times, even as BMW’s new i3 pure electric is selling quite well and wows consumers. We now have an apparent divide between major automakers, with Toyota, Honda and Hyundai pushing hard for FCVs as the future, and GM, Nissan, Tesla and BMW now offering impressive BEVs (pure electrics or plug-in hybrids) that clearly aren’t just compliance cars for the California market, as…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • The Role of Touch in Business

    Pinchot University
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    According to one researcher, “Hugs have positive impacts on self-esteem, relationships and upon the body’s ability to cope with stress.”
  • What Does Corporate Responsibility Mean When It Comes To the NSA?

    Mary Mazzoni
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The unsettling details revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden last year generated quite a stir in the press, and large tech and telecom companies faced a wave of consumer backlash in the wake of the ongoing story. It's always easy to point fingers, but companies are often left with few options once the U.S. government starts putting the screws to them. So, how do NSA data requests fit in with overall corporate responsibility, and what is a company to do when faced with a request that seems to counteract its responsibility to consumers? We spoke with three key experts in corporate social…
  • Reports Predict Disaster If Enbridge Pipeline Ruptures in Great Lakes

    Andrea Newell
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    A recent report by the University of Michigan illustrates the devastation that could occur if a 60-year-old pipeline carrying 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas fluids every day were to rupture in the Great Lakes, one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world.
  • NLRB: McDonald’s Can No Longer Duck Responsibility for Bad Labor Practices

    Eric Justian
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On Tuesday the U.S. National Labor Relations Board found that McDonald's is a joint employer with its franchisees and can be held accountable for the franchisee's poor labor practices.
  • Vodafone Grows Revenues by Connecting Women

    Elaine Cohen
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Earlier this year, Vodafone published one of the most fascinating reports I have read in a long while about the effects of mobile technology on women's empowerment and improvement in quality of life.
 
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  • 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…
  • Dress Like a Tree, Get in Free at The Morton Arboretum on Arbor Day

    Christine Escobar
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The Morton Arboretum will host an Arbor Day celebration April 25 with a costume contest for prizes and free admission for visitors who "dress like a tree". Additionally, members who ordinarily get free admission can obtain one free guest pass at the membership desk on that day.  The event is part of the Arboretum's week-long Arbor Day celebration, which begins with an Arbor Day 10K Run this Sunday, April 13, followed by spring plant sales, and a tree planting and storytime with Curious George.  For a full schedule of events visit: …
  • Cargo Bike Week 2014 & Cargo Bike Roll Call This Sunday!

    Christine Escobar
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    In celebration of the upcoming Roscoe Village Kidical Mass bike ride and Cargobike Roll Call this Sunday, I”m kicking off another Cargo Bike Week here at Ding Ding Let’s Ride! First.. let’s make sure you have all the info for the Sunday event: So what kind of cargo bikes can you expect to find at the Roll Call this weekend? Well, since we’ll be there,  you should expect to find at least one Yuba Mundo, a long-tail style of cargo bike. Three Yuba Mundo cargo bikes with slightly different configurations at a March 2013 Kidical Mass ride in…
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  • 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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  • 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…
  • Goodbye, #EcoTipTue (join us tomorrow for the last one)!

    Katy
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:11 am
    It has been quite a ride. For a full year I have hosted MomsRising’s #EcoTipTue Twitter chat on environmental health, toxics, education, and natural living.  I have interviewed hundreds of expert guests, had so many insightful, hilarious, inspiring, and informative interactions with literally millions of people. I am honored to have been the host of this weekly chat. Tonight will be the last official #EcoTipTue weekly Twitter chat! We will have guests Safer Chemicals to discuss the toxic chemicals found in Walgreens products and what we can do about it. It’s at 9pm EST/6pm PST.
 
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • 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 […]
  • Extend the Growing Season Into Fall & Winter

    Tiffany
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    No matter where you live, there are crops and gardening techniques that allow you to enjoy homegrown produce year round.  Sure you can go to just about any supermarket, even in the dead of winter and buy all sorts of vegetables, but they won’t be as good as what comes right out of your own garden. […]
  • What You Need to Know Before You Buy Sunscreen

    Tiffany
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Over the years we have had it drilled into our brains that too much sun exposure is bad for us. Sun bathing? Bad, gives you cancer. Tanning? Way bad, gives you cancer and makes you look like a saddle bag by the time you are 30. We have also heard throughout our lives that that the best […]
  • Healthy Snacking With OneBar

    Tiffany
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Attn: Giveaway at the bottom of this post! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of OneBar. I am not a big fresh fruit eater. I just don’t usually care to grab an apple or an orange, or any fruit really to snack on. Maybe occasionally I might grab a banana or a […]
  • Changing The Way Kids Play

    Tiffany
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This is a guest post from Aby Nicole League Children, it seems, are losing childhood. It’s a story I hear too often from my friends. Much to my surprise, this story has been passed to me and now that I’m months away from my firstborn, I’m quite feeling the pressure of juggling things perfectly to raise […]
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    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  • 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…
  • Longmont carjacking/abduction prompts question: Is it safe to leave kids in the car?

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    This morning a car was stolen from a Longmont, Colo. gas station with 4-year-old Allen Chavarria-Rodriquez inside. An Amber Alert was issued and thankfully the boy was safely recovered later as the suspect ditched the car and jacked two others until he was apprehended in Parker. This event prompts the question: Is it ever safe to leave kids in the car? A recent Mothering article written by Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids, titled Okay to Leave Kids in the Car While Popping into a Store? made me think about my own practices when it comes to running into the store days before the…
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  • Plant It and They Will Come: A Success Story!

    Green Bean
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    From the bean of Green Bean.I was enjoying a warm Tuesday afternoon.  Ogling the size of my birdhouse gourds and fretting over the lack of flowers near the pumpkin patch when something orange caught my eye.  A monarch butterfly soared over the fence and into my little garden.  It darted past the cosmos, over the Indian blanket flowers, lingered around the Queen Anne's lace, past the native mallow and buckwheat and then . . . over the other fence and into my neighbor's yard.What the heck?  I've planted four - no five - patches of milkweed this year.  Granted, the…
  • Glowing: Soulful Skincare- A Paradigm Shifting Book

    Eco Yogini
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    EcoYogini uncovers some truths about her skin's health...Like many women in our westernized culture, I have an unhealthy triangular Bella-Edward-HotWereWolfGuy relationship with my skin-selfesteem-cosmeticindustry.  (Yes, I read all terrible six Twilight books, yes I am horribly regretful that I can't get those hours back, ever).As a teenager, I was lucky that I didn't have awful acne. I was surprised, however, when pimples just kept coming in my twenties and now early thirties. Didn't I survive the hell that is adolescence to be deserving of a phoenix-butterflyfromacocoon metamorphosis…
  • Seeing the Forest for the Cars

    Mindful Echo
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Mindful Echo takes a hike.Hiking is one of my favourite pastimes. I love being able to escape into the trees for a while and just exist amongst the leaves, and dirt, and rocks, and water, and wind, and ... decomposing cars?It's so confusing to me when I see this type of thing on a trail in the middle of nowhere. I have so many questions: Where did it come from? How long has it been there? And perhaps most importantly, how long is it going to be there?I think it's a bit of a jolt back to reality to remember just how long all our human-made, manufactured items stay with us. Although by the same…
  • Easy Food Preservation

    Amber Strocel
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Climate Crusader shares her tips for storing the summer bounty without breaking a sweat.Local eating is pretty mainstream these days - so mainstream, in fact, that many big corporations are trying to cash in. In spite of the greenwashing out there (I saw a McDonald's truck boasting that their potatoes were "grown right here in Canada"), reducing your food miles is a great way to go green. When you eat locally you're reducing your carbon footprint and supporting local farmers. You're also enjoying fresher food, which is more nutritious and tastier to boot.At this time of year it's easy to…
  • The Benefits of Bolting

    Christy
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Queen Composter shares reasons to leave edible plants go to seed.We are approaching the dog days of summer and in the heat many vegetables are starting to flower. I am always surprised when I see people pulling up all their plants that have bolted, to make way for new plants. Of course once some plants have bolted their greens are bitter to taste and we need to remove them so that we can have a continuous supply of plants to eat. But those plants that have flowered are great for the garden. I would like to make an argument for intentionally letting some vegetables flower and go to seed.Seed…
 
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • 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 ™.
  • National Geographic Kids Almanac 2015 Giveaway

    greenandcleanmom
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2015, a New York Times Best Seller – is a hit in my home.  When it arrived as a review and giveaway item from my partnership with National Geographic Kids as an Insider, I set it on the kitchen counter where my son eats and didn’t say a word.  I wondered how long it would take him to notice the Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.National Geographic Kids Almanac 2015 Giveaway The post National Geographic Kids Almanac 2015 Giveaway appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Keeping Customers and Making them HAPPY

    greenandcleanmom
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    When you buy a product or pay for a service, you want to be a satisfied customer. When you offer a service or sell a product you want your customers to be happy. It’s pretty simple. Unfortunately, we’ve all probably experienced the” other side”. You know the unhappy and very unsatisfied customer side. The one where you might have sent back a plate of food Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Keeping Customers and Making them HAPPY The post Keeping Customers and Making them HAPPY appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Let Your Pet Play Hard but Stay Cool

    Haley
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Let your pet play hard but stay cool this summer! Living in Northern Michigan I have to admit, I am a bit of a hermit, until summer hits. Now that longer and warmer days have arrived I can enjoy the great outdoors. I have a family of 6, which includes my husband, 1 kid, 3 dogs and myself. This is the time of year that Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Let Your Pet Play Hard but Stay Cool The post Let Your Pet Play Hard but Stay Cool appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Let it Go and Enjoy the Summer Day

    greenandcleanmom
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    My house is so quiet and calm. I’m sure I have something to do. Something to clean, fold or scrub. There’s a drawer to organize, a cobweb to dust and a dish to put away. I’m sure there’s a bill to pay, a plant to water and plenty of files to file. There’s always something to do. Instead I’m pounding away on my keyboard. The Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Let it Go and Enjoy the Summer Day The post Let it Go and Enjoy the Summer Day appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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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…
  • Good Weekend

    Greenstylemom
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Nice weekend in the mountains! Hiked to Mohawk Lake on Saturday afternoon. Haven't been on this trail for a couple years. Then had an outdoor viewing of Back to the Future with our mountain neighbors. Pretty fun on a cool night when you are bundled under comforters!Continental FallsKate & I posingPotential Christmas card photo?Snow fields!Lower Mohawk Lake
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    Greenstylemom
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
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  • To Do List 7.6.14

    Greenstylemom
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Thought I might get back to my To Do list, because it makes me feel somewhat accountable if I put it out on my blog. So here is what I want/need to get accomplished this week (in addition, of course, to all the normal family to do's).Finish quilting baby quiltCut off old jeans and stitch edgesPut away Fourth of July decorationsClean out pantryHang art in family roomBox up Zappos returnDrop off Zappos return box at UPSHang clock in mountain homeSpray paint little skier statueHang art in guest roomMake daily to do list for kidsReturns to Banana Republic & DSWSchedule horse back riding trail…
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    I know I've said it before, but I'm always so happy with a baby in my arms- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
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    Green Talk®

  • 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…
  • Low Flow Faucets Can Change the World

    Anna@Green Talk
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Even though we all still need to brush our teeth, flush the toilet and take showers, California is in the throes of an historic drought that makes every drop of water precious. You can do your part to conserve our water supplies – not to mention save money — with some simple changes in your home, starting with changing your bath and kitchen fixtures to low flow water saving ones. Low flow faucets and showerheads can cut water usage by as much as 40% with little noticeable difference to the person who is washing up. High-efficiency toilets perform well and can significantly reduce your…
  • Prevent Squash Vine Borers from Killing Your Squash & Pumpkins

    Anna@Green Talk
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    June is the beginning of summer, kids get out of school, and graduations.  For gardeners it is the beginning of squash vine borer season.  Yes, the dreaded squash vine borer that can decimate your pumpkin and squash crop with a blink of an eye.   In fact last year, I think the borer also attacked my melon plants . The best way to avoid these bugs is with a good offense.  Listed below are preventative tips to catch those buggers before they eat you out of house and pumpkin. The borer usually appears in late spring but check with your agricultural extension when to be on the outlook for…
 
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    Mindful Momma

  • 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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  • Tweet #shopcartons to Save Trees This Month

    Micaela
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
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    Micaela
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
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  • How to Stay Healthy During a Remodel

    Micaela
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
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    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

    Greg Head
    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.
  • Recycling Facts for Kids and its Significance

    Alice Benny
    1 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Some fun recycling facts for kids can comprehensively describe the growing need and importance of recycling. The younger generation needs to understand the significance of saving and protecting their environment, their home, their planet. One can only hope they do a better job than ‘us grown adults’ in taking things more seriously while growing up.… Read more The post Recycling Facts for Kids and its Significance appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
 
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Outdoor Grilling Tips From the Experts

    Monica Brady
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    During the Summer, we love to grill out, or use our smoker to make anything from salsa, to ribs, to tri-tip roasts. Our grill and smoker get a lot of use, but there are some things we recently learned and thought that they were cool enough to share! Check out this quick video in which I share the grilling tips that most surprised me on my last trip to Arkansas. We learned some great recipes and tricks from a couple of grill “Masters”! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QlDfrAO4KU Seriously! We did learn about the onion trick on this trip… I even posted about it on Facebook as…
  • Family Movie Night: Heaven Is For Real

    Monica Brady
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    About a year ago, I read a book called Heaven Is For Real, about a little boy named Colton, who, after his appendix burst and had to have major surgery to save his life, begins telling his parents that he went to heaven. At first his dad, a preacher, begins to think that his son is making things up. Not too long after, the sweet little boy begins saying things that he typically wouldn’t know about, or hadn’t yet been told about, which makes his parents, believe. The struggle not only includes the family, but the community as well… The book was recently made into a movie, and…
  • Catch the Summer Sunlight with DIY Sun Catchers

    Monica Brady
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Summer is always a good time to enjoy the sunshine, and what better way to do that, than make some really pretty sun catchers? The great thing about this project is that it is very inexpensive and it can be done so easily with kids of almost all ages! All you need are pony beads, a drill, some fishing line or similar string and either a muffin tin, or cake pan! That’s it! This project is super simple! Step one: Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Have the kids place the pony beads into the muffin cups in whatever patterns they’d like. The girls tried everything from an ‘A’…
  • Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy with Walmart

    Monica Brady
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Summer time is the perfect time for entertaining. As long as it’s not pouring down rain outside, we typically have the grill going, lemonade flowing, and laughter filling the house. Of course, we love it when we can enjoy the outdoors as much as the air conditioning. We are still furnishing our home inside and out. We’ve lived here for 3 years, but it’s been slow going to get some of the more fun things that we want. But we’ve also been picky. This time, we aren’t looking for the cheapest way out, but we certainly aren’t looking for the most expensive…
  • Electronics Reboot Coming to Walmart Stores

    Monica Brady
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Over the years, I’ve heard that a lot of consumers would rather shop at the local electronics store instead of their local Walmart store, mainly because they feel like Walmart doesn’t carry the name brand products that they are looking for….. Ahhh but they do… and usually at lower prices than their competitors….  Walmart is recognizing the fact that they need to make that better known! Over the next few weeks, you should be seeing some big changes in your local Walmart’s Electronics department! From bringing in over 1000 new products to some pretty cool…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • ‘TURF MATTERS’ AT SALTEX - ASK THE EXPERT SCHEDULE RELEASED AS INTEREST INCREASES

    Veshengro
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    The schedule has been announced for the Institute of Groundsmanship’s (IOG) Ask the Expert advice centre at this year’s SALTEX (Sports Amenity & Landscape Trade Exhibition) where visitors will gain FREE sports turf management advice from the ‘best of British’ grounds  professionals. These one-to-one sessions will offer visitors exclusive face-to-face access to industry-leading advice about all sports surfaces including football, rugby, cricket, tennis, golf and bowls. An extensive team of industry experts will be available every day of SALTEX (2-4 September, Windsor…
  • Don’t believe anything you read at Natural News

    Veshengro
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Last week, Mike Adams, who calls himself the Health Ranger and runs the site Natural News, posted a truly insane article which seems to advocate violence against scientists and journalists who support genetic engineering. I wasn’t going to write about this at first: It’s just so far out there, so beyond the fringe, that I assumed it wasn’t worth anyone’s attention. But Natural News articles pop up on my Facebook feed so frequently that I figured it might be a valuable public service to publish a post about the site for future reference. My friends who share stories from Natural News…
  • The Earth is a Sentient Living Organism

    Veshengro
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Contrary to the common belief that the Earth is simply a dense planet whose only function is a resource for its inhabitants, our planet is in fact a breathing, living organism. When we think of the Earth holistically, as one living entity of its own, instead of the sum of its parts, it takes on a new meaning. Our planet functions as a single organism that maintains conditions necessary for its survival. James Lovelock published in a book in 1979 providing many useful lessons about the interaction of physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes on Earth. Throughout history, the…
  • Scientists Reviewed 343 Studies to see if Organic Food is Better for you. Here’s what they Found Out

    Veshengro
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    This settles the debate over organic foods once and for all! Are organic foods really healthier than non-organic foods? Researchers from Newcastle University in England have reviewed and conducted meta-analysis on 343 peer-reviewed scientific studies in an effort to find out if organic foods contained greater nutritional value than conventional foods. The results will probably shock some, but will confirm what many people already knew; organic foods are indeed much healthier for human consumption than ‘conventional’ foods. Image credit: AP The study looked at existing research that had…
  • No walls, no classrooms: London's first forest nursery school lets kids learn in the woods

    Veshengro
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    LONDON — In the heart of north London lies the ancient Queens Wood, a green forest hidden away in a metropolis of more than 8 million residents. The sounds of the city seem to fade away as a group of children plays in a mud kitchen, pretending to prepare food and saw wood. These aren't toddlers on a play date — it's an unusual outdoor nursery school, the first of its kind in London, following a trend in Scandinavia, Germany and Scotland. It allows local children to learn, and let their imagination run free, completely surrounded by nature. "I knew it would be a really great…
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    Green Your Decor

  • 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

  • A Bar Made of Shipping Containers Opens in Austin

    Christine Walsh
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The Container Bar, so named because it is made entirely of recycled shipping containers has recently opened its doors in Austin, Texas. The bar was designed and built by North Arrow Studio in collaboration with Henley | Knowles Design Studio and the project took about three years to be fully realized. The two-story bar is constructed using several recycled or upcycled shipping containers to create a structure that is expansive despite the fact that nothing was done to try and enlarge the inherent size of the shipping container building blocks. The Container Bar is designed in a way that forms…
  • Tiny Homes for the Homeless Made of Salvaged and Recycled Materials

    Christine Walsh
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Artist Gregory Kloehn has been quietly addressing the problem of homelessness in Oakland by building a number of unique, tiny homes for the homeless using repurposed and salvaged materials. This initiative is called the Homeless Homes Project and through it, Gregory has already provided several homes for the area’s homeless. To build the homes, he uses primarily illegally dumped garbage and industrial waste solving several problems at once. To build these tiny homes, Gregory uses anything that can somehow become part of a home, including a discarded washing machine front, which is used as a…
  • Go Off-The-Grid With Windpax

    Christine Walsh
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    A wind turbine can be used to generate power even at night, which is the main advantage it has over solar panels. However, its size and complicated set up remains the biggest disadvantage. At least when it comes to camping trips, or other instances of needing renewable power on the go. Well, those troubles could be at an end by the use of Windpax. The latter is a portable wind turbine, which is fully collapsible and will not take a lot of space in your backpack. Its designers are currently using Kickstarter to fund its production. The Windpax is designed as a vertical turbine and works by…
  • Innovative Roof Design Cools a House in the Desert

    Christine Walsh
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    The so-called “Desert House” is located in the desert region of Australia, more precisely in Alice Springs. It was designed by the Dunn & Hillam Architects firm and the designers wanted to create something that works in total congruence with the desert wasteland, and doesn’t leave a huge environmental footprint. Cooling is a large consideration when it comes to designing a home in the desert, especially if you want to make the home as sustainable as possible. With Desert House the architects solved the problem by adding a secondary roof that floats above the residence where it helps…
  • Off-The-Grid Eco-Tourism Vacation Cabin

    Christine Walsh
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If you’re yearning for a nature escape and completely unplug from the rest of the world, then a stay in a Cabin Drop XL might be just what’s needed. Cabin Drop XL was designed by the Spanish firm In-tenta which is focused primarily on providing sustainable designs for the modern world. The Cabin Drop XL can be dropped anywhere, for a completely independent, off-the-grid vacation with a minimal impact. It’s almost like camping out in a tent. The Drop XL is a modular house, and measures 325 square feet. It is shaped like an oversized cylindrical tube, and looks a lot like something from a…
 
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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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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • Three Geothermal Bills Look to Speed Up US Development

    Leslie Blodgett, GEA
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    On Tuesday, July 29, there were two hearings in U.S. Congress subcommittees that are significant to the geothermal industry. A House subcommittee discussed three bills, with two specifically relating to geothermal development, while a Senate subcommittee looked at permitting needs.
  • Panasonic Agrees to Help Tesla Build Battery ‘Gigafactory’

    Alan Ohnsman, Craig Trudell and Grace Huang, Bloomberg
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Panasonic Corp. agreed to help set up the battery factory that Tesla Motors Inc. Chairman Elon Musk needs to sell more electric cars, without settling its share of the investment costs.
  • Beating the Heat: Hotel Reduces Cooling Costs by 44 Percent with New Solar Carport

    Daryl Zeis
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
      It’s hot in Bakersfield, California, especially during the summer months when temperatures regularly hit 110 degrees. But as The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport is discovering, the sun also has its advantages for reducing utility costs and increasing customer acquisition and satisfaction when the hotel goes solar. The attractively
  • Grid Battery Storage: Four Reasons to Invest

    Richard Heap, A Word About Wind
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Think of a product — chances are that Hawaii has to import it. From food and cars to electronics and building materials, there are few areas where the U.S. state is self-sufficient — and energy is no different.
  • Case Study: Using OPC Software To Operate Wind Farms in Spain

    Darek Kominek, MatrikonOPC
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    Wind power is increasingly becoming an established source of energy. High oil prices, global warming concerns and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima have all contributed to more people looking at renewable energy sources such as wind power. Germany, for example, has decided to gradually phase-out nuclear power by 2022. Wind power will be the backbone of this energy transition — by the year 2050 it should cover about half of German electricity.
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  • 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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  • Hidden Toxins in Plants from Big-Box Retailers

    Joyce Benson
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    A report recently released by the Pesticide Research Institute and Friends of the Earth warns that, “More than half of ostensibly bee-friendly plants sampled at 18 Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart garden centers in the U.S. and Canada contained high levels of neonicotinoids (a pesticide), which are considered highly toxic to bees, butterflies and other [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • 6 Architectural Elements that Add Character and Structure to the Garden

    Joyce Benson
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Creating a sense of place, or identity, in any landscape design includes utilizing elements that fit in with the context of the site, which may be historical, cultural, environmental or geographical.  In addition, architectural features that help create or enhance the special character of a place can be functional, whimsical and/or simply beautiful. To keep [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Nesting Materials For The Birds

    Joyce Benson
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    While taking a little time to stop and smell the roses this spring, you may notice the intricate handiwork of birds building their nests. It’s amazing what these instinctive architects can create with found materials.  While an ideal environment provides them with the right building materials, we can also lend a helping hand by providing [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Topiary Gardens Take a Giant Leap

    Joyce Benson
    29 May 2014 | 6:42 am
    They’re whimsical and imaginative, artful and sculptural…topiary gardens take many shapes and sizes.  The precisely sheared shrubs and trees seem to come to life.  Recently though, topiary gardening has morphed into something even more magical:  Mosaiculture.  These public works of horticultural art, often several stories high, encompass wire frames that act as colossal planters filled [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Best Blooming Native Trees

    Joyce Benson
    15 May 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Trees have so many benefits, from providing shade to intercepting rain water, but some have additional appeal–they put on a lovely flowering show for us each spring.  Native trees have especially great value in our landscapes, as they provide food and habitat for song birds, butterflies and other wildlife.  Native plants are also well adapted [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
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  • Our Growing Collection of Wine Videos

    Cooking Up a Story
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • Frikeh, Freekeh, Fereek: Green Wheat Wonder (video)

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    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • How to Make Sorrel Soup

    Cooking Up a Story
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Wes Jackson Speaks Out for Sustainability

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    26 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • The Third Plate: Interview With Dan Barber

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    24 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
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  • The FWS is phasing out neonicotinoid pesticides and GMOs

    Chastity Mansfield
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Two non-profit organizations have been filing countless lawsuits, legal petitions, and administrative actions to stop the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for the last decade. Why? In order to stop the FWS from using genetically engineered crops and bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in national refuge farming programs. Using genetically engineered crops and bee-killing pesticides is counterintuitive as it ultimately interferes with the very plants and animals that the refuge system is designed to protect. Thankfully, the FWS announced in an internal memorandum earlier today…
  • Southwest and SeaWorld are ending their 25-year-long partnership

    Cactus Williams
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    After 25 years, Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their marketing partnership, officials from both companies announced on Thursday. The contract that binds the two will be expiring at the end of the year and will not be renewed. As part of the partnership, various SeaWorld animals were painted on three of Southwest’s airplanes. Once the contract expires, those planes will be re-painted in the same style that Southwest’s other planes are. SeaWorld also had Southwest signs throughout its parks and Southwest offered special vacation packages to SeaWorld, as it does…
  • Tesla and Panasonic have reportedly formed a partnership

    Alfie Joshua
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tesla is anything if not bold. When the company announced that it plans to build a battery Gigafactory that would be able to produce as many lithium-ion cells by 2020 as the whole world does now, many people were curious to see if they could really pull it off. Tesla first needs to decide where to build the Gigafactory. That shouldn’t be too hard as Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas have all been fighting to be the location of the Gigafactory, which is expected to create around 6500 jobs. The project is expected to cost somewhere around $5 billion, a hefty sum, even for…
  • The aspen-covered mountains of Colorado

    Chastity Mansfield
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The post The aspen-covered mountains of Colorado appeared first on WeHeartWorld.
  • Tropical fish are invading temperate waters

    Cactus Williams
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The last few years have seen a growing trend of tropical fish species moving closer to the poles and invading temperate aquatic ecosystems. As the world’s oceans continue to warm, tropical fish species are now able to make a home in temperate oceans which were previously unsuited to their needs. As a result, native kelp forests and sea grass meadows are being wiped out by the invaders. This is a phenomenon known as “tropicalization”. The southern coast of Japan is one of the most striking examples of this phenomenon as 40% of the areas famous kelp and algal beds have disappeared in just…
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  • An Autumn -Winter Inspired Living Room Décor Theme

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

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

    bb846174
    1 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    The modern, minimalistic and antique home designs are all quite bold and leave a very heavy impact on the room. Believe it or not, the more design elements you bring in the room, the heavier would the room appear. Therefore, you must also look forward to some light themes for your house. Going cottage would definitely be a great relief to the eyes. This kind of furniture and home decoration themes are really light in color and they provide as much calmness and serenity as does a modern spacious home design. The best thing about this kind of décor is that you always feel an open and airy…
  • Find A Green Spa Bathroom At Home

    bb846174
    22 Feb 2014 | 11:11 am
    If you love great home designs, then you definitely can’t ignore the bathroom. This is one of the most beautiful and sacred spaces in your house and if you really want some kind of great home décor, then you must first start thinking about your bathroom. The hottest color of this season is the most soothing as well. This color is green. The color has been able to make headlines this year and it is expected that it would continue to influence home designs for the next couple of years as well. The best thing about the green hue is that it is very relaxing and comforting. These qualities…
  • Friends Of Green-Color Combos We Like The Most

    bb846174
    9 Jan 2014 | 11:09 am
    Green is one of the best and the most versatile colors that can be used in home decoration. The color is so beautiful and attractive, that you can use it in every room of your house with ease. There are absolutely no issues regarding the dearth of shades. When it comes to green, you can get an innumerable number of shades that match with every single color in existence. As a result, you are always left with plenty of options to choose from. Moreover, you are always able to get the right kind of effect when used with other colors. This might also confuse you at times. Green looks great with…
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    INHABITAT

  • Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

    Bridgette Meinhold
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "sustainable architecture", animal friendly, animal friendly zoo, big, bjarke ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark, eco design, eutopia, givskud, green architecture, Green Building, green design, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, zoo, zootopia
  • Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

    Beverley Mitchell
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    It’s happening! After much speculation, Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors have struck a formal agreement over the Japanese company’s manufacture and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer’s first Gigafactory. Under the terms of the deal, Panasonic will make initial investments of between $200–300 million, with eventual investment reaching around $1 billion of the anticipated $5 billion cost of the project. Read the rest of Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory Permalink | Add to…
  • Scientists Warn That an “Insurmountable” Water Crisis Will Grip the Planet by 2040

    Kristine Lofgren
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    A new report warns that in less than three decades, the United States (and the rest of the world) could face a full-blown water crisis if we don’t change the way we generate power. As the population increases, so does water consumption and power usage. Right now, energy production is the biggest water guzzler in the country – slurping 41% of all freshwater. Unless the country moves to less water-hungry power sources like wind and solar by 2030, water needs could grow to the point where there is a huge gap between what is needed and what is available, plunging the planet into a…
  • Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

    Inhabitat
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Brought to you by National Geographic Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and…
  • Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

    Colin Payne
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    It is a sad fact and indicator of the inequality of our society that many of those who put in the labor may never taste its fruits. A group of cocoa bean farmers in Africa’s Ivory Coast recently had the opportunity to do just that when they tasted the chocolate made with their beans for the first time. A correspondent from Metropolis TV visited the farmers and gave them their first-ever chocolate bar – hit the jump to see a video of their reaction. Read the rest of Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa,…
 
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  • Study: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo lost USD 43 billion from traffic congestion in 2013

    Renato Lobo
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo must focus on improving sustainable transport options to reduce the harmful effects of traffic congestion. Photo by Bruno Baccalon/Flickr. Traffic congestion has wide ranging costs, from increasing stress and pollution levels to wasting commuters’ time. A new study released by the Industry Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) confirms that traffic congestion has tremendous economic costs as well. The study found that congestion cost the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo R$ 98 billion (roughly USD 43 billion) in 2013 alone. The loss amounts…
  • New data from 2050 Global Calculator indicates sustainable transport critical to combating climate change

    Erin Cooper
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    The newly released 2050 Global Calculator illustrates the potentially disastrous impacts of failing to act on climate change, and highlights sustainable transport as pivotal to containing global temperatures. Photo by Metrovía/SIBRT. Experts predict that a 2 degree Celsius rise in world temperatures could have drastic effects, including reduced crop yields, grave damage to ecosystems, and extreme weather. Some research even indicates that a 1 degree Celsius rise in global temperatures could lead to dangerous impacts like rising sea levels and the extermination of certain species. The newly…
  • Nominate your city for the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award!

    Rachel Jaffe
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Nominations are now open for the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award, which will highlight one city’s leadership in sustainable urban mobility. Photo by Alex Proimos/Flickr. EMBARQ – the producer of TheCityFix – together with the rest of the Sustainable Transport Award (STA) Committee, invites you to nominate your city for the Sustainable Transport Award! Nominations are open now and will be accepted until September 15, 2014. About the Sustainable Transport Award Since 2005, the Sustainable Transport Award has recognized cities around the globe for profound leadership and vision in…
  • In photos: Cable car system takes transport to new heights in Bolivia

    Gwen Kash
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Residents of the La Paz/El Alto Metropolitan area now have a new option for navigating the region’s mountainous geography. The first line of the Mi Teleférico (My Cable Car) system opened May 30, 2014, and interviews with new riders show overwhelming support for this new transport mode between the two municipalities. The red line of Mi Teleférico. Photo by Gwen Kash. At 4,150 meters (13,615 ft) above sea level, El Alto, Bolivia is the highest city in the world. The fast-growing municipality perches on the edge of a steep canyon overlooking the city of La Paz, an average of 500 meters…
  • Friday Fun: Two cities’ bold plans to make cars obsolete

    Carrie Dellesky
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Helsinki’s “mobility on demand” system will integrate a variety of transport options and could make car ownership obsolete. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Helsinki, Finland and Hamburg, Germany are both striving to vastly improve urban transport in less than a generation. The Helsinki Times boldly states that “the future resident of Helsinki will not own a car.” Hamburg, meanwhile, has announced a plan to create and link 27 square miles of green spaces throughout the city. Angelika Fritsch, a spokeswoman for Hamburg’s department of urban planning and the environment, told The…
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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

  • 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…
  • Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature!

    Emily White
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature! Inspired by this week’s poster by Constanza Gaggero, we’ve decided to have a competition. We love her little crazy recycled creatures so we’re inviting you to get a bit silly and see who uses their rubbish the most imaginatively to create a creature of their own. All ages welcome! Take a photo of your critter and post it to facebook or twitter (@dothegreenthing) using #buylessplaymore. The competition ends on Wednesday evening (23rd July) and the winner will get a free copy of Constanza’s lovely poster. So, get creating and…
  • Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach

    katee
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach Here at Do the Green Thing we’re not massive fans of the consumer lifestyle but we’re taking you to a supermarket with a difference. The shelves of the Tru-Cost Super M-Art are lined with the morphed shapes and broken fragments of plastics found washed up on beaches in Devon and Cornwall. Quirky labels adorn the items on show, advertising Bang Tidy!!! cleaning products and Get Lucky bags: ‘A mystery selection found in less than 5 minutes’. This subversive convenience store has been set up by two Brighton based artists Lou…
  • Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas

    katee
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas An ingenious design by Ayca Dundar, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, calls for the end of useless umbrellas. How often do you see broken umbrellas lining the streets and stacked up by bins after a spot of bad weather, leading to the waste of many an unrecyclable heap of polyester and aluminium*? Well this was Ayca’s inspiration to create a sustainable umbrella that wouldn’t break at the first sight of wind and as our climate continues to change and gale force winds tear through the country more frequently, this is definitely something…
 
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  • 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…
  • Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature!

    Emily White
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature! Inspired by this week’s poster by Constanza Gaggero, we’ve decided to have a competition. We love her little crazy recycled creatures so we’re inviting you to get a bit silly and see who uses their rubbish the most imaginatively to create a creature of their own. All ages welcome! Take a photo of your critter and post it to facebook or twitter (@dothegreenthing) using #buylessplaymore. The competition ends on Wednesday evening (23rd July) and the winner will get a free copy of Constanza’s lovely poster. So, get creating and…
  • Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach

    katee
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach Here at Do the Green Thing we’re not massive fans of the consumer lifestyle but we’re taking you to a supermarket with a difference. The shelves of the Tru-Cost Super M-Art are lined with the morphed shapes and broken fragments of plastics found washed up on beaches in Devon and Cornwall. Quirky labels adorn the items on show, advertising Bang Tidy!!! cleaning products and Get Lucky bags: ‘A mystery selection found in less than 5 minutes’. This subversive convenience store has been set up by two Brighton based artists Lou…
  • Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas

    katee
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas An ingenious design by Ayca Dundar, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, calls for the end of useless umbrellas. How often do you see broken umbrellas lining the streets and stacked up by bins after a spot of bad weather, leading to the waste of many an unrecyclable heap of polyester and aluminium*? Well this was Ayca’s inspiration to create a sustainable umbrella that wouldn’t break at the first sight of wind and as our climate continues to change and gale force winds tear through the country more frequently, this is definitely something…
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    Green Building Law Update

  • 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…
  • E-Cigarettes will be Prohibited in Future LEED Buildings

    Stuart Kaplow
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    On July 1st the U.S. Green Building Council released a change to LEED classifying electronic cigarettes as a form of tobacco smoking for the purposes of the smoking prohibitions of the LEED Environmental Quality Prerequisite 2, Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control, which is also applicable to LEED v4.  Project teams must follow rating system addenda posted before their project’s registration date. Addenda are often substantive changes to LEED content including corrections, interpretations and alternative compliance paths that may substantively change the way a given…
  • Baltimore City is Adopting the IgCC

    Stuart Kaplow
    22 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    This evening an ordinance will be introduced in the Baltimore City Council for the purpose of adopting the International Green Construction Code.  The IgCC will be adopted as an overlay in conjunction with existing building, fire and related codes and will apply when a permit is required, except the new green code will not apply to: 1 or 2 family dwellings, multiple family dwellings that contain no more than 5 units, a structure that is LEED Silver certified or higher, or a structure that is ASHRAE 189.1 compliant.   It is necessary to appreciate that Baltimore City was an…
  • Ohio Law Rolls Back Unwise Renewable Portfolio Standards

    Stuart Kaplow
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Last Friday, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 freezing the state’s renewable energy portfolio and energy efficiency requirements at 2014 levels.  Environmental activists decried the new state law by evoking apocalyptic fears of ecological collapse while characterizing renewable portfolio standards as just the type of collective sacrifice needed to avoid the end of the world. Average Ohio citizens made it clear they wanted no part of the increased monthly utility bills that Toledo Edison said would rise from $54 today to $241, if no changes were made in the 2008…
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  • What Upfront Rebates for Residential Solar Are Left Around the States?

    Solar Fred
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Where the solar rebates are. It used to be that homeowners could receive some very generous upfront rebates that could offset 30% or more of the cost of installing a solar system. But as the price of installing solar PV has dramatically dropped over the last three years, so has the upfront rebates offered by states and utilities. In addition to the wide spread decrease in rebate funding and amounts, many programs have switched from upfront payments that defer the cost of installing to performance based incentives that pay you a certain amount for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced by your…
  • The U.S.-China Trade Case Determination and What It Means for Solar Installers and Consumers

    Solar Fred
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    A few months back, we published a post on All You Need to Know About the US-China Solar Trade Dispute and how it might affect solar installers and consumers if the case isn’t settled. Well, a preliminary decision is in. The Department of Commerce (DOC) has made a preliminary determination on June 10th in favor of SolarWorld, the German/U.S. solar panel manufacturer who filed the suit. Before we get into the penalties being proposed and finalized, we should remind readers that there are two parts to this case: Part 1: The DOC Decision A package of solar cells The first part, now in the…
  • 2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations

    Elizabeth Hill
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations   Solar panel installations have been gaining ground all around the globe as the drive for a greener world intensifies. The United States is not left out of the solar power revolution, which has also received more boosts with drop in solar panel prices. From all indications, it looks like a bigger boom in solar panel installations is on the way in 2014.   Fall in Prices   A few years back, one main argument against solar panel installation was the costs involved. Things have changed for the better as more responsible…
  • Micro Solar, a Solution for Both the Industrial and Developing Worlds

    Solar Fred
    12 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    You often hear about home solar and megawatt solar projects, but micro solar devices are also important energy sources for both the developing world and for consumers in our own industrial world. Micro solar, sometimes referred to as “pico solar,” are portable solar chargers that typically consist of a small photovoltaic panel, some type of battery, and a USB connection. Mobile devices, such as phones, tablets, lights, and laptops can juice up from either the micro solar’s battery pack or directly via the solar panel. The benefit of a small solar powered charger is also a challenge,…
  • Telemarketers Stealing GoGreenSolar.com Name

    David Tan
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Over the past two years, we have had people call or email us to complain about a company operating a Telemarketing campaign identifying themselves as “Go Green Solar” or using a name that is very similar. Please be advised that this is NOT GoGreenSolar.com. We do not, and have never done any kind of outbound telemarketing. Our business is obtained only through passive advertising and referrals from satisfied customers. We have determined that these unsolicited telemarketing calls are the work of an unscrupulous lead generation company which is using our name or something very similar to…
 
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  • One Man, One Wheel, and the Open Road

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mark Schimmoeller’s Slowspoke: A Unicyclist’s Guide to America is about more than a cross-country trip on a unicycle; it’s a meditation on a way of life that Americans find increasingly rare: one that practices a playful, recalcitrant slowness. Award-winning author Janisse Ray (The Seed Underground) identifies with this pace. “Schimmoeller’s narrative—of his slow and deliberate journey […]The post One Man, One Wheel, and the Open Road appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • “Marijuana is Safer” Authors Influence The New York Times

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The New York Times has launched a seven-part editorial campaign urging a repeal of the nation’s prohibition on marijuana, making the case that “marijuana is safer” than alcohol. In fact, the bold quote at the center of their editorial stated even more bluntly: “Marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol.” Chelsea Green authors, and nationally […]The post “Marijuana is Safer” Authors Influence The New York Times appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • DIY: Make Whole Fruit Jam

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The supply of fresh summer fruit is about to be in abundance and before you know it, apples and pumpkins will abound. If you’re lucky and berries or stone fruits are providing a bountiful array of flavor, try this easy method of preserving them: whole fruit jam. This recipe relies on the natural sugars in […]The post DIY: Make Whole Fruit Jam appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Recipe: Ginger Beer

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ginger is a spice perfect for any time of year. Its fragrance can perk up everything from chai tea to apple pie. This humble root can also add a gentle kick of heat to stir fries or soups. The natural yeasts in the root can also be used to kick start a bubbly ginger beer. […]The post Recipe: Ginger Beer appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Do you like us? Join our Online Community

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Are you part of Chelsea Green’s growing online community? We love sharing inspirational projects that will benefit your home, community and the planet. You can find recipes, DIY projects, food and gardening tips and be the first to learn about exclusive offers, giveaways, new releases and more! And now, you can follow us on Pinterest. We’ll share everything from backyard projects to homesteading basics, as well as staff favorites and so […]The post Do you like us? Join our Online Community appeared first on Chelsea Green.
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  • Paper or Plastic? Neither, Eco Bag Please! ~ Mosses Akizian

    elephant journal
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
    he effects of their usage in a very short-time proved to be very damaging to all things that mattered---to nature, to land and marine animals, and even to man-made infrastructures.
  • Find the Richest Person in Your State.

    elephant journal
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Need a loan? These are the people to ask. This map shows the most wealthy person in each state. From Robert Gillam in Alaska at $700m to Bill Gates, the richest person on the planet, at $80 billion.
  • Look Ma, No Makeup! ~ Kate O’Hara

    elephant journal
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    That face you see is not me. Yes, it’s part of the vehicle I travel around in. I keep my vehicle clean—other than that, what’s it got to do with you anyway?
  • The Special Birthday Treat I’d Like This Year.

    Jamie Khoo
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    It’s my birthday tomorrow. This year, more than ever, I want to be alone—solitude seems the best kind of gift this time round. It’s to be selfish, self-absorbed, sure; but if there’s ever a day in the year we’re “allowed” to be a little self-indulgent, surely this is it. I wonder at all the birthday […]
  • Polaroid Words. ~ Cami Krueger {Poem}

    Cami Krueger
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    We shared smiles the size of empty promises.
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  • Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds

    mnnadmin
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Today's birds evolved from dinosaurs that shrank continuously for 50 million years, researchers say.  
  • Did ancient Earth get a 'face-lift' from asteroids?

    mnnadmin
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    This artist's illustration depicts the surface of the early Earth covered by large impact craters and liquid water. (Image: Simone Marchi)  
  • Cause of mysterious Siberian holes possibly found

    mnnadmin
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    A trio of mysterious gaping holes in northern Siberia has spawned many theories about the craters' origin, but scientists have suggested some concrete explanations.  
  • Wait, the moon's shaped like a lemon?

    mnnadmin
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Earth's powerful gravity tugged the moon into its oddball shape long ago, shortly after both bodies formed, a new study suggests.   Tidal forces exerted during the early days of the solar system can explain most of the moon's large-scale topography, including its slight lemon shape, reports the study, which was published online July 30 in the journal Nature.
  • 6 unexpected products made from hemp

    mhickman
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Once upon a time, hemp was one of America’s most vital cash crops, a hardy, low-maintenance and incredibly versatile plant, the fiber of which was used to produce everything from rope to paper.
 
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  • 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?
  • Otzi 'The Iceman' had heart disease genes

    mnnadmin
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Ötzi the Iceman, a well-preserved mummy discovered in the Alps, may have had a genetic predisposition to heart disease, new research suggests.   The new finding may explain why the man — who lived 5,300 years ago, stayed active and certainly didn't smoke or wolf down processed food in front of the TV — nevertheless had hardened arteries when he was felled by an arrow and bled to death on an alpine glacier.  
  • Origins of mysterious World Trade Center ship revealed

    mnnadmin
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood.   At 22 feet (6.7 meters) below today's street level, in a pit that would become an underground security and parking complex, excavators found the mangled skeleton of a long-forgotten wooden ship.
  • World's first man-made photosynthetic 'leaf' could produce oxygen for astronauts

    bnelson78
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    To say that an invention has the potential to change the world is often an overstatement, but here's a case where the phrase seems to fit: Royal College of Art graduate Julian Melchiorri has created the world's first man-made, biologically functional "leaf," reports Dezeen.  
  • Can computers be considered authors?

    lmoss
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    This story was written by a human, but it's possible that other articles you've read today — from Wikipedia entries to news briefs — were written by computers.   Computer software programs known as bots are creating an increasing amount of content, raising questions about authorship and how much value such content has.  
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  • Ice cream that doesn't melt and 6 other food wonders

    melbreyer
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Science is a beautiful thing – but sometimes we just don’t know when to stop. Consider food. It used to be that freezing, drying, adding some salt or fermenting the things we eat was enough to keep them fresh. But now our methods of preservation have taken a turn down Crazy Street and we employ ingredients much better left in the labs.
  • Trippy new ice cream changes color as you lick it

    bnelson78
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Perhaps you (fondly, not so fondly?) remember mood rings and hypercolor shirts, which changed color depending on body heat and temperature. Well, the next generation of polychromatic gimmicks is now here, and no, it doesn't come in the form of a new cover for your smartphone.  
  • 9 meals 'win' awards for unhealthy nutrition

    mnnadmin
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    French toast served with butter syrup and bacon, a platter of fried seafood and hushpuppies and a cheesecake made with Reese’s peanut butter cups and fudge, are among the meals singled out this year for their shockingly unhealthy nutrition content in to a new report from a non-profit watchdog group.  
  • Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting

    jheimbuch
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    It's amazing how perfect a chocolate cake can be at the end of a delicious meal. It's like a little dark, sweet sliver of goodness that ties everything together and makes you smile. That's what this cake is -- only your smile will be extra big because this cake skimps on the bad-for-you ingredients and adds in good-for-you ingredients. So you're getting a cake that is even more decadent than the old-fashioned stuff and much more healthful.  
  • When actor Wendell Pierce saw a food desert, he imagined a solution

    gmiller
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    With TV credits including “The Wire” and “The Michael J. Fox Show” and “Ray” and “Horrible Bosses” on the big screen, Wendell Pierce has an impressive resume. He can be currently seen in the Showtime drama “Ray Donovan,” in which he plays parole officer Mr. Keith, not to mention the upcoming CBS reboot of “The Odd Couple.” But when he’s not on camera, Pierce can usually be found in his native New Orleans, home base for his supermarket and convenience store chain, Sterling Farms.  
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  • 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
  • Re-routing flights could reduce climate impact of contrails

    bnelson78
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Air travel has officially made clear blue skies a thing of the past. It seems rare to look up these days without finding a crisscross of contrails outlining the solid blue. Even worse, scientists have found that contrails are contributing significantly to global warming by helping to trap infrared energy in the atmosphere.  
  • 'Round-the-world' Solar Impulse 2 plane takes first flight

    mnnadmin
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:29 am
    The Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft powered entirely by the sun, successfully completed its maiden voyage on June 2.  
 
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  • From Shark Week to 'Fat Guy' survivalists, here's what we'll be watching in August

    gmiller
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Summer is winding down, but here are 19 TV shows to help you take a last gulp of nature — human and otherwise — before September.   1. Felled redwood trees get spectacularly repurposed as cottages, treehouses, roadside attractions and more by the twin craftsmen behind Daniels Wood Land in the seven-part series "Redwood Kings," premiering Aug. 1 on Animal Planet.  
  • Harry Potter fans less likely to be prejudiced, studies say

    lmoss
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    J.K. Rowling once said, "The Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry."   And now there's science to back her statement up.  
  • No roads lead to Halibut Cove

    lmoss
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Tucked away in Alaska's Kenai Mountains along the Kachemak Bay is a tiny community where the homes are built on pilings and the mail is delivered twice a week to one of the nation's few floating post offices.   There are no roads to Halibut Cove. In fact, there are no roads in Halibut Cove.  
  • 'Urban Jungle' explores why wild animals are invading our cities

    gmiller
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Want proof that the world is getting wilder? Look no further than your own neighborhood. Animals that used to be found only in the wild are moving into human territory in increasing numbers, venturing into backyards and even city streets.
  • Tatooine-like Australian town built underground so residents can escape extreme heat, dust storms

    bnelson78
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    In the "Star Wars" movies, the Skywalkers hail from a forbidding desert planet called Tatooine, where human settlers have had to move most of their dwellings underground to escape the extreme conditions. Although this planet was invented in the imagination of George Lucas, it very well could have been based on a town right here on Earth.   
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  • 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.
  • Smart thirsty crow turns to humans for help

    sgunther
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Crows are considered to be one of the smarter animals in the wild kingdom, with some species capable of both tool use and construction. The hooded crow of Isreal has been observed using bread as bait to catch fish while crows in Australia have learned how to eat the otherwise poisonous cane today — they flip the toads over to kill and eat them and avoid the toxic skin on their backs.  
  • Instant justice: Cool cop tickets driver for tailgating cyclist

    sgunther
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Cyclist Kevin Selagea was sprinting down the road at a brisk 30 mph when the driver of a Honda CRV tucked in right behind him, with just a few feet separating the car's bumper and the bicycle wheel. Kevin didn't notice the dangerous drafter until he passed by a police officer who saw what was happening on the road.   The police lights flashed up and the tailgater was quickly pulled over. Watch this video to see how beautifully the police officer handled the situation.  
  • Parkour 101: Everything you need to know about the art of the movement

    sgunther
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Parkour!   Parkour is the art of moving from one place to another in a fast, fluid, efficient, and dynamic manner with nothing but the clothes on your back and the shoes on your feet — and even those are optional. Practitioners of parkour work to perfect their ability to leap, grasp, swing, roll, and stride under, over, around, and through any kind of obstacle. Though parkour is primarily practiced in urban environments, the art form is equally applicable in the woods and mountains.  
  • Beachgoers pelted with hail as storm strikes Siberia

    sgunther
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Hail is no joke.   Beachgoers in Novosibirsk, Siberia, recently found that out after dark storm clouds intruded on their summer day (temperatures were near 100 degrees Fahrenheit) and pelted them with volleys of hail. Someone happened to be filming during the "attack of the storm" and caught this on video:      
 
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  • 4 breastfeeding myths, debunked

    jsavedge
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you are trying to conceive, or you have a baby on the way, it's likely that you are getting all kinds of advice about the ins and outs of labor, delivery, and postpartum baby care. Especially breastfeeding. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it. Male or female. Young or old. Parent or not. Everyone is an expert and wants to tell you all about their experience, or that of their wife/sister/girlfriend/cousin/cousin's girlfriend.  
  • Sun bracelet can measure UV exposure

    jsavedge
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    If you caught the news yesterday about the U.S. surgeon general warning Americans to take sun protection more seriously, you may be looking for ways to have fun in the sun without overdoing your sun exposure. This new bracelet from French design company Netatmo might just be the answer.  
  • How to grow old gracefully [Infographic]

    jsavedge
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    It has been brought to my attention (by my eight-year-old daughter,) that I am old.  Humph!  What does she know from old?  She thinks that anyone born before the year 2000 is old, even if they are still sporting acne and braces and counting down the days until they can apply for their junior driving permit.  
  • Surgeon general raises alarm over skin cancer

    jsavedge
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak is concerned about skin cancer, so much so that he has issued a warning to the public calling the disease, "a major public health problem that requires immediate action."  
  • Babies learn fear from their mothers -- through smell

    jsavedge
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    My youngest daughter is terrified of sharks. It's a reasonable fear and one that I have as well.
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  • The 15,000+ recipes on New York Times Cooking site offer culinary inspiration

    rshreeves
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    The New York Times is known for its food writing, food news, and decades and decades of recipes. Recently the newspaper’s website launched Cooking, a searchable site with over 15,000 recipes from the archives. It’s a beautiful site and easy to navigate.   At first, New York Times Cooking was only open to a select number of users who subscribed to the website, but it looks like the BETA site is open to anyone now, as long as you create an account.  
  • The SWEET Act: National sugar-sweetened beverage tax proposed

    rshreeves
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    I’ve made my thoughts on soda taxes clear before. While I understand the health problems linked to drinking too many sweetened beverages – soda, sports drinks, iced tea or fruit-like juices – I don’t think charging a few pennies more for sweetened beverages will stop most people from buying them. If we’re going to get people to consume less sugar in their drinks, we’ll probably have to find another solution — not that I know what that solution is.  
  • 15 frustrating things I've said to my boys about food

    rshreeves
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Feeding my boys is much different now that they’re teens. Technically, the youngest is 12, but he’s very independent and acts a lot like a teenager. I used to have so much control over what they ate, but now that they earn their own money and spend so much time away from me, their eating habits aren’t the best.  
  • 7 easy ways to add a handful of nuts to your day

    rshreeves
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Late in the spring, I received a big bag of pecans to sample from Young Pecan. (I think they were supposed to arrive in time for pecan month, which is April, but they were delayed for some reason.) I’ve been munching from this huge bag several times a week, and I’ve found various ways to add them into my diet.
  • Smile of the day: Cocoa farmers trying chocolate for first time

    rshreeves
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    When I was a kid, I read a book that will always stay with me. I don't remember the name of the book, but it was set in Europe during World War II. Food was rationed, and chocolate was unavailable to most people. One of the kids in the book was given a chocolate bar. She and her friends hid the chocolate bar in a cave, and they would visit the cave occasionally to taste the valuable candy.
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  • 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.  
  • BMW offers free (and fast) EV charging

    jmotavalli
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Thinking about buying an electric car but worried about range and places to plug in? Don’t worry so much. The charging world is moving fast, and public stations are becoming widely available — in fact, many of them are free to lucky owners.  
  • Calling all bargain hunters: Great deals on recalled cars!

    jmotavalli
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    The news on General Motors recalls is relentless. This week, the company announced another six of them, making a total of 60 and 29 million vehicles needing a fix.   Regardless of whether CEO Mary Barra gets a handle on this PR disaster and rights the listing ship, you can benefit! Take a look at the chart below.
  • Why Honda's hybrid strategy is all wrong

    jmotavalli
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Honda needs to get sporty again. Right now, the excellent new Fit is carrying the ball, but it’s got limitations — people perceive it (correctly) as primarily an economy car, albeit one with great handling and carrying capacity.  
  • Dreamliner stunts are cool, but not the whole story

    jmotavalli
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Boeing’s new 787-9 Dreamliner is the company’s bright hope for the future against rival Airbus, but it’s not been controversy-free. Problems with fires in the plane’s lithium-ion battery packs kept the whole fleet (now numbering some 140 planes) grounded for three months last year.  
 
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  • 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.  
  • Diver saves turtle and gets a 'thank you'

    lmoss
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Dive partners Cameron Dietrich and Colin Sutton were fishing off the coast of Mexico when Dietrich saw a sea turtle caught in a line.   Dietrich immediately jumped in the water and removed the ropes while Sutton filmed the moment with his GoPro.   Once freed, the turtle started to swim away, but to the divers' surprise, the animal turned back around and swam right up to Dietrich.  
  • 'We can all touch, change and even save lives': Michael Sam lights up ESPYs

    lmoss
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam delivered a powerful speech after accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs.   Sam was recognized for his courage in publicly coming out and becoming the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.  
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  • The Next Frontier For Beyond the Grid Solar Markets: Big Data

    Compass Team
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    When it comes to energy access, we’re fond of saying small is big. That’s because all those small scale solar lanterns, solar home systems, and solar mini-grids add up to a very big market. But the size of that market, and its social impact, could well be dwarfed by an even larger opportunity the solar revolution is engendering. With the explosion of mobile money platforms, and the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar financing options they enable, companies working Beyond the Grid are collecting reams and reams of data that could provide rural communities with perhaps the most transformative…
  • Bangladesh ‘Long March’ to save Sundarbans featured in a new documentary

    Compass Team
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    Last September, thousands of Bangladeshis joined the five day “Long March” from the capital city, Dhaka, to the city of Rampal to protest a proposed new coal-fired power plant. Now you can join the walk in a new documentary, “Long Live Sundarban,” available on YouTube. The proposed coal project threatens the Sundarbans -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site which translates to “beautiful forest” in Bengali -- home to the largest reserve for endangered Bengal Tigers. It is also the world’s largest mangrove forest and plays an important role in the local economy and agriculture. More…
  • Big Coal Doesn't Get It

    Compass Team
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
      As thousands rally this week in support of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, one thing is clear – people across the country are united in their demand for cleaner air to breathe. It’s fitting then that the final hearing starts in Pittsburgh on Thursday, an area that suffers from some of the worse air quality in the nation. Every summer more than 53,000 children in the Pittsburgh region suffering from asthma are told to stay inside on bad air days because playing outside is a risk to their health. Summer is especially difficult for these kids and other vulnerable people --…
  • Poll: Communities of color overwhelmingly support climate action

    Heather Moyer
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holds public hearings across the country on the proposed Clean Power Plan, national polling continues to show strong support for climate action. And a new survey released by Green For All and conducted by the firm Brilliant Corners suggests that the desire for government action to combat climate disruption is especially high among minority communities. In fact, three quarters of voters of color surveyed said that they have become more interested in climate issues over the past several years and are paying closer attention to new information.
  • First Day of EPA Carbon Pollution Standard Hearings a Success!

    Heather Moyer
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Hundreds and hundreds of people gathered in Washington, D.C., Denver, and Atlanta Tuesday for the first day of public hearings on the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The EPA proposed these first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants just last month. In Washington, D.C., crowds gathered to speak out in favor of the carbon pollution standard, packing the hearing all day. Supporters also gathered at a rally outside the hearing (see above photo) to hear from a variety of great speakers, including Senator Ed Markey, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Latino…
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  • Documents: Cheniere Fuels ALEC’s New Push for Fracked Gas Exports

    Steve Horn
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Today, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).  Dubbed a “corporate bill mill” by its critics, ALEC is heavily engaged in a state-level effort to attack renewable energy and grease the skids for exports of U.S. oil and gas. Today's bills up for a vote — as conveyed in an ALEC mailer sent out on June 25 by ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force — are titled…
  • The Blue Dot Tour: It’s About All Of Us

    Guest
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. A now-famous 1972 photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts from 45,000 kilometres away became known as “the blue marble”. The late scientist Carl Sagan described a 1990 picture taken from six billion kilometres away by the unmanned Voyager 1 as a “pale blue dot”. The vision of Earth from a distance has profoundly moved pretty much anyone who has ever seen it. “When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet,” International Space Station astronaut Ron Garan said. “It looks like a living,…
  • EPA Internal Audit Finds Flawed Pipeline Oversight Adds $192 Million a Year to Gas Bills, Harms Climate

    Sharon Kelly
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog, the inspector general released a scathing report on the agency's failure to control leaks from the nation's natural gas distribution system. The report, titled “Improvements Needed in EPA Efforts to Address Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines,” describes a string of failures by the EPA to control leaks of one of the most potent greenhouse gases, methane, from the rapidly expanding natural gas pipeline industry. “The EPA has placed little focus and attention on reducing methane emissions from…
  • Has The Gulf Of Mexico Hit Peak Oil?

    Farron Cousins
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    There are enough articles on the “myth of peak oil” floating around the Internet to fill a book; and there are enough books on the subject to fill a small library.  One of the common threads throughout these publications is their lack of credible sources, because not only is peak oil real, but we’re rapidly approaching that threshold.  An example that is smacking the United States and the oil industry in the face right now is floating in the Gulf of Mexico.  According to a new government report, oil and natural gas production in the Gulf has been steadily declining for the last…
  • Greenpeace Report: Obama Administration Exporting Climate Change by Exporting Coal

    Steve Horn
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Greenpeace USA has released a major new report on an under-discussed part of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan and his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carbon rule: it serves as a major endorsement of continued coal production and export to overseas markets. “Leasing Coal, Fueling Climate Change: How the federal coal leasing program undermines President Obama’s Climate Plan” tackles the dark underbelly of a rule that only polices coal downstream at the power plant level and largely ignores the upstream and global impacts of coal production at-large.  The…
 
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    Eco-Chick

  • Julia Child Gets Healthy: Fresh, French-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes

    Starre Vartan
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I love French food, but as a vegetarian, I often feel that there’s not much I can eat from the cuisine. But when I visited Paris (that’s my boyfriend and me in front of Notre Dame, above), I learned that there are actually plenty of Francophone veggie-friendly dishes! So I’m going to mix-and-match these a la carte ideas to make a tasty French meal. Check out my pretty selections on Foodie.com, below.    Check out Vegetarian and French: Oooh La La Goes Healthy! by Starre Vartan at Foodie.com This post sponsored by Foodie.com but all opinions are the writer’s own.
  • Object Significance: My Spongebob Squarepants Pajamas

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    In 2010 32,999 people died in motor vehicle accidents. My mother was one of them. Facts have this nifty tendency to take a tragedy, and personalize even more. You learn how important the number one is when it can easily be lost in the story of thousands. Out of all the mothers in the world, out of all the late 1990 BMWs, out of all the highways that ribbon across the world, there was MY mother, and her car accident. There was my family’s grief floating in an air of disbelief that still lingers to this day. The thing about objects is that they move through stages of life like we do—like my…
  • Lovely Vegan Ahnu Yoga Shoes: How I Wear Eco Fashion

    Starre Vartan
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Super lightweight shoes are a growing category. Many of them are, unfortunately, made to be practically disposable (wasteful of resources as well as your hard-earned cash). And they are often quite….well, ugly. If you are looking for something more foot-covering than a flip-flop, but lighter than a sneaker, you have flat-insoled ballet slippers and—I can’t really think of anything else. Enter Ahnu’s Yoga shoes. Very flexible, with a very basic (but still lightly supportive) microsuede-covered footbed, a pretty textile exterior and sweet little straps across the bridge of…
  • D.I.Y: Non-Toxic Lipstick From Crayons

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    A couple of months ago I was browsing through my Facebook timeline and came across a friend’s alert that she would be making lipsticks out of crayons. Though the idea seemed interesting enough to me, I was, of course, once again distracted by the casual disasters of other friends’ updates, and moved on. Then a few weeks ago in a moment of research, I stumbled unto YouTube’s D.I.Y section where multiple beautifully crafted videos confirmed that, yes, one could make vibrant or sheer lipsticks with just two ingredients! I watched a couple of videos in disbelief. Could I, who lacks the…
  • Take a Class in Conscious Commerce with Eco-Chick’s Founder!

    Starre Vartan
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    Interested in learning how to blog? Want to take your idea of founding a new company (or growing an existing one) in a mission-based direction and doing Conscious Commerce? I’m teaching classes on both subjects at FA360 on an ongoing basis. Check out the descriptions below—registration is open for classes starting this week through Sunday. Hope to see you there!   Business of Blogging   Conscious Commerce The post Take a Class in Conscious Commerce with Eco-Chick’s Founder! appeared first on Eco-Chick.
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Kia Forte

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Compact sedans have been becoming a lot more stylish and attractive as of late, and the 2015 Kia Forte is a great example of the trend. With a swoopy profile and sharp styling elements, it doesn't simply look like an abbreviated mid-size sedan; and with decent performance, an excellent feature set, three body styles, and plenty of...
  • 2015 Lexus ES

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Comfort and traditional luxury are keywords for the Lexus ES family, which lands squarely between the IS and GS sport sedans in the lineup, as a plush, less-performance-oriented counterpart to both models. The 2015 Lexus ES 350 and ES 330h hybrid are based on the Toyota Avalon architecture (rather than, a few years ago, the Camry), and...
  • 2014-2015 Fiat 500L Recalled After Tests Show That Airbags May Improperly Deploy

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Chrysler has issued a recall for 2014 and 2015 models of the Fiat 500L. According to a statement from the automaker, the recall affects nearly 30,000 vehicles -- 25,500 in the U.S., and another 4,000 registered in Canada. ALSO SEE: IIHS Small Car Crash Test Results: MINI Earns The Only 'Good'; Fiat, Nissan, Mazda Graded 'Poor' The recall stems...
  • 2015 Nissan Sentra

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    For 2015, the Nissan Sentra receives an overhaul to its packaging—meaning that its options have been reshuffled into trims that Nissan hopes will attract more shoppers the brand. That's a big deal for the Sentra, since it competes in a segment filled with several excellent compact sedans—each of which attempts to one-up the...
  • 2015 Lexus LX

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Uncompromising off-roading capabilities and excellent interior comfort are two things that the 2015 Lexus LX 570 delivers in spades–just don't expect much in terms of fuel economy. It's a traditional SUV, intended more for the trail than the parking lots it normally sees, and it goes mostly unchanged this model year. The only...
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  • Applying Technology to Address Complexity in the Oil and Gas Industries

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    IBM Rational solutions for the oil and gas industry combine process, requirements, architecture, models and test tools with an underlying platform that supports requirements management, risk analysis, conformance assessments and more.Request Free!
  • IT Monitoring Buyers Guide 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you want to end the chaos and simplify your monitoring through unification, then download this guide...If you want to know the key trade-offs of the types of software out there, then download this guide...If you want to find out what kind of monitoring solutions have been proven to work and why, then download this guide...Request Free!
  • HRW

    16 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    HRW's mission is to provide a worldwide network for sharing practical, technical information and expertise on hydroelectric power. HRW brings together the international community sharing a common interest in hydro. This community includes:Developers, owners, and operators of hydroelectric plants and dams.Service providers, including engineering and environmental consultants.Equipment vendors.Regulators, financiers, and legal specialists.Request Free!
  • Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Waste Management World delivers the latest news and global developments from across the industry. Articles report on international projects, best practices, technological developments, trends and legislation. Each issue covers biological waste treatment, collection and transport, recycling and waste minimization, sanitary landfill and thermal treatment of waste.Request Free!
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

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

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

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

    Dara O'Rourke
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:48 am
    We are very excited to announce that GoodGuide has been acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) that’s focused on helping people make, market, find, and trust greener, healthier, more sustainable products. This merger brings together two organizations deeply committed to sustainability and product transparency. (You can read more about our partnership here.) Don’t worry: GoodGuide’s web and mobile apps are not going away. We will continue to operate “business as usual,” and our team will still be building tools and rating products to…
  • The Naked Brand

    Dara O'Rourke
    21 Jun 2012 | 12:42 pm
    GoodGuide is honored to be featured in a powerful new documentary film – which is having its San Francisco Premiere today. The Naked Brand is: about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It’s an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard to create better products and a better planet. Corporations have incredible influence on the world we live in and that’s given them free reign to pollute, collude and mislead us, but advances in technology are rapidly making them accountable not just to shareholders, but…
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • How Airline Coffee Fuels Clean Energy Projects

    Antonio Pasolini
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Getting good coffee on a flight is not always possible, as coffee lovers world over know. How about getting a good coffee and do good at the same time? Sounds [...] The post How Airline Coffee Fuels Clean Energy Projects appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • BRICS Nations Launch $100 Billion Sustainable Development Bank

    Vikas Vij
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    BRICS countries, which include Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, comprise over one-fifth of the global economy. The growing economic power of BRICS nations has surpassed the level of [...] The post BRICS Nations Launch $100 Billion Sustainable Development Bank appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Please Stop Trying to Change the World

    Justmeans
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Guest Blog by Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair of SVA’s MFA program in Design for Social Innovation I just finished Vivian Gornick’s wonderful book on how to write personal narrative, called The Situation [...] The post Please Stop Trying to Change the World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The International Barcode of Life Project

    Sangeeta Haindl
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Have you heard of a bio-literate world? A world where you could know in minutes the name of any animal or plant – at any-time or place, including everything about [...] The post The International Barcode of Life Project appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Why We Must Champion Stories of Hope

    Sheeza Ahmad
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    When the world learns of a moment of crisis, one of five words come to mind: devastation, bloodshed, struggle, pain or heartache. The negative media coverage constricts the story leaving no [...] The post Why We Must Champion Stories of Hope appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Energy Circle

  • 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…
  • The Energy Audit of the Future

    Peter Troast
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    I'm seeing two big opportunities to expand the services offered by whole house energy auditors and contractors--healthy home and electric car/home integration. But before we think about the future, it's important to acknowledge that this critical entry point into home performance--the energy audit--still remains widely misunderstood. First, a bit of background.  Practitioners of the whole house approach to diagnosing buildings know that it produces much more than an assessment of a home's energy use. Smarter-than-us brand consultants who parachute into our industry…
  • Making Your Website Perform: Building Your Authority with Superlinks

    Peter Troast
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    In the constant quest for more and better leads, a highly performing website should be at the center of every contractor's marketing strategy. High performance on the web means attracting the right traffic and efficiently converting site visitors to leads. Getting your site to rank higher in organic and local search results--what we geeks call Search Engine Optimization, or SEO--is the holy grail: natural or organic traffic to your site is free, and generally will grow over time. And this kind of traffic, called inbound marketing, can be higher quality than other types because people are…
 
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    Sweet Greens

  • 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.
  • 4 Reasons to Eat Seasonally and Locally This Summer

    Lauren Dartt
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    If you shop at the farmer’s market, are a local CSA member, or frequent the “local” section of your grocery store’s produce aisle, you are well aware that fruits and vegetables come into and out of season. Depending on the climate where you live, you may have a wide variety of fruits and veggies to choose from year round, or you may notice that summer is truly a more abundant season for produce. Wherever you live, eating seasonally has its benefits. If you’re not already doing so, here are four reasons to eat seasonally. #1: Fresher, More Nutritious Produce Produce that doesn’t…
  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

    Lauren Dartt
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s no secret that our landfills are filling up, and fast. Each person in America generates approximately 4.5 lbs of trash each day—with a population of 317 million people, that’s a LOT of garbage! We all know about the obvious ways to reduce solid waste—donating old clothes, recycling containers, composting, and choosing biodegradable when possible—but it turns out that a lot of other commonly used products can be recycled or reused, too. Here’s a list of 7 you may not have known about. #1: Markers Crayola’s ColorCycle initiative takes old Crayola markers and re-uses and…
  • #shopcartons to Save Trees this Month!

    Jennie
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    During the month of July, you can help donate a tree just by tweeting! The folks at the blog, Choose Cartons, are partnering with Trees for the Future to donate a tree each time the hashtag #shopcartons is mentioned! By partnering with Trees for the Future, Choose Cartons, an Evergreen Packaging initiative, aims to help replant as many of the valuable resources they use for their packaging as possible. In fact, they are donating up to 10,000 trees during the month of July. All you have to do is tweet. Pretty cool, huh? Learn more about #shopcartons! Choose Cartons is a blog for eco-conscious…
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    Newsy Headlines

  • Bill Clinton: 'I Could Have Killed' Bin Laden

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Watch VideoSky News Australia has just uncovered chilling audio of former president Bill Clinton admitting he passed up an opportunity to attack Osama bin Laden. Clinton's remarks came on Sept. 10, 2001 — one day before the horrific 9/11 attacks."I could have killed him, but I would have had to destroy a little town called Kandahar in northern Afghanistan, and kill 300 innocent women and children. And then I would have been no better then him."Sky News Australia obtained that audio clip from former Australian politician Michael Kroger, who said Clinton made those…
  • Google (Kind Of) Complies With 'Right To Be Forgotten Law'

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Watch VideoGoogle may be playing politics with its recent response letter to the Court of Justice of the European Union about how well it's following the "right to be forgotten" law. Just over a month ago, the CJEU ruled individuals have the "right to be forgotten," which forces search engines to take down digital information about a person upon their request. (Via InfoCuria, Euronews)The court recently checked in with Google to see if it's been following the law, and Google replied by publicly posting this…
  • London Tests 'Sobriety Tags' On Alcohol-Related Offenders

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Watch VideoLondon is testing out ankle bracelets that can detect if a person is still drinking after being ordered not to.The program, launched by London Mayor Boris Johnson targets people who commit minor crimes while under the influence, such as drunk-driving or assault. ITV reports it's not intended for alcoholics or those who might suffer withdrawal symptoms when going through a sobriety period. (Via ITV)The bracelets, which will go through a one-year trial period, measure a person's sweat every thirty minutes to see if he or she has been drinking. If the…
  • Tesla, Panasonic Ink Deal To Make Huge Battery 'Gigafactory'

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Watch VideoA new development could give the electric car the charge it needs to aggressively complete with standard gas-guzzling vehicles. (Via Getty Images)It's been in the works for a while, but electric car maker Telsa Motors has finally inked a deal with Panasonic to build a gigantic $5 billion gigafactory to produce lithium batteries in bulk. (Via CNET)Tesla said the new facility will also provide extra capacity needed for the Model 3 — which is expected to roll out in 2017 at about half the price of the Model S. The key ingredient that really…
  • As Asylum Expires, Snowden's Expulsion From Russia Unlikely

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Watch VideoIt's been a year since Russia granted former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden temporary asylum following his disclosure of classified NSA documents. On Thursday, Snowden's asylum status expired, reviving questions of whether he'll get the boot. (Via Getty Images)Well, most signs point to no. Snowden has submitted his request to the Russian government for an extension on his asylum.While a decision on that extension could come soon, Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told reporters the former NSA…
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  • Waste Management from a Broader Perspective - Lessons Learned from Japan's Experiences

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    JFS Newsletter No.143 (July 2014) Copyright Hiroshi Takatsuki All Rights Reserved. Recently I had an opportunity to address to waste managers at governmental level from various Asian nations, at the "Inception and Capacity-Building Workshop on National and City-Level Waste Management Strategies," in Osaka, Japan, from March 12 to 14, 2014. I would like to share lessons learned from Japan's experiences with JFS newsletter readers as well. Here is what I said to the audience.
  • Japan's Environment Ministry Assesses Economic Value of Wetland Ecosystem Services

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Imaeg by Travel-Picture Some Rights Reserved. Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) released on May 23, 2014, an assessment of the economic value that the country's marshes and tidal flats represented in fiscal 2013.
  • Japan's Environment Ministry Releases Survey Results on Household Carbon Emissions

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by iyoupapa Some Rights Reserved. The Japanese Ministry of the Environment released on March 31, 2014, the results of a survey estimating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from Japanese households. In 2012, household CO2 emissions in Japan had shown a 60% increase compared with the 1990 level. Recognizing the need for immediate and effective measures to reduce emissions, the Ministry conducted the survey to assess the actual situation. The survey was conducted from October 2012 to September 2013, covering approximately 5,400 households living in homes exclusively for residential purposes…
  • Japanese Government and World Bank Launch Project to Share Lessons from Great East Japan Earthquake

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright The World Bank All Rights Reserved. The Japanese government and the World Bank launched a joint project called "Learning from Mega Disasters" in October 2011, driven by a goal to learn from the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The project involves compiling a variety of knowledge on disaster risk reduction and post-disaster reconstruction in order to share it as international public assets.
  • Tokyo Announces CO2 Emissions, Confirms Continued Implementation of Energy-Saving Measures

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) compiled preliminary reports on reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2012 submitted by over 30,000 small and medium-sized companies and on March 6, 2014, announced its findings. The small and medium-sized companies decreased CO2 emissions by 11 percent compared to fiscal 2010 levels.
 
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    1800Recycling.com

  • The Great Green Cat Toy: Eco-Friendly Feline Fun

    April Stearns
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    <img class="undefined" title="great-green-cat-toy" alt="Great-Green-Cat-Toy.jpg" data-cms-caption="Image via Brooke &amp; Tim's Facebook" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="custom" data-cms-link-to="https://www.facebook.com/GreenCatToy" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/7/Great-Green-Cat-Toy.jpg"> Pet owners go through a lot of different products, whether they are bags of food, leashes, collars or toys. This is why it is best to look for sustainable or recyclable brands…
  • See Scout Sleep: Green, Durable Comfort for Your Pup

    Maggie Wehri
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="see-scout-sleep" alt="See-Scout-Sleep.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="custom" data-cms-link-to="http://seescoutsleep.com" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/7/See-Scout-Sleep(1).jpg"> Many of us have furry or fluffy best friend(s) at home that we've grown to love and enjoy over the years. Yet, from a consumerism standpoint, pets are just like humans, requiring their fair share of collars, leashes, beds and other products that inevitably end up in…
  • Eleven Ways to Reuse Candle Jars

    Falesha Wojitysiak
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Decorative candles not only have the ability to make your home smell wonderful, but they also give it a great ambiance. The containers that are left over still have a lot of life left in them. From tall canister jars, to votives and more, here are some examples of candleholders that have been repurposed to live yet again. <div style="text-align: center;"><b style="color: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: initial; background-color: initial;">1. Birdbath</b></div> <img class="undefined"…
  • How to Recycle Jewelry

    Sophia Bennett
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="jewelry-recycling" alt="jewelry-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/7/jewelry-recycling_400x400.jpg"> From unwanted family heirlooms to last year’s Mardi Gras beads, most people have some jewelry they no longer want hanging around the house. One thing is certain: Recycling old necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, pins, watches and other types of jewelry is not as easy as putting it in the curbside recycling bin.
  • Recycling Profile: Augusta, GA

    1-800-RECYCLING
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    <img class="undefined" title="augusta-recycling" alt="Augusta-recycling.png" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/7/Augusta-recycling_400x400.png"> <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> Augusta and Richmond County (pop. 197,872) form a consolidated city-county on Georgia's eastern border. Augusta Solid Waste is the waste hauler for all of Augusta and the surrounding county (excepting the city limits of…
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  • Rooftop plants to add beautiful style to your garden

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    If you love gardening, but do not have an outdoor garden, a roof top gardening is the best alternative. Many nurseries these days provide roof top plants that not only are easy to maintain but make your garden look adorable. They make the garden more colorful and showcase huge varieties. Some of these small trees ... The post Rooftop plants to add beautiful style to your garden appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Allow your windows the green touch

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Windows can be a good alternative to save consumption of energy. Using the right shade, material and strategically placing them can help you save on your utility bills. Moreover, you do not have to compromise on your interiors and designs too. Following are simple window treatments that can help you save energy. Shades Window shades ... The post Allow your windows the green touch appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Building a home right with eco-friendly materials

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    These days many prefer greener homes. Eco friendly interiors are expected to rise by 55% in 2016. Why do people prefer this? The reasons are energy conservation, pollution free atmosphere at home, and less maintenance and lower bills. Moreover, such homes not only are durable but also keep the members of the family healthy. Following ... The post Building a home right with eco-friendly materials appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • An eco friendly lifestyle is easy to get hold of

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    These days, eco-friendly thinking is rising. People are concentrating more on going green, reusing things, the impact the products they buy will have on the nature etc.   Designing the house using recycled waste These days, interior designers are focusing more on themes that can recycle the natural elements like water and air present/used in ... The post An eco friendly lifestyle is easy to get hold of appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Eco-friendly boutique hotels that make your eco-shopping experience worthwhile

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    Boutique hotels are expanding these days. They comprise of a specific theme around which the indoors and the outdoors of the hotel is constructed. Eco-friendly boutique hotels are growing these days. They cater to the desire of people to have as little environmental impact as possible, even when on vacation. Using conservative methods and interiors ... The post Eco-friendly boutique hotels that make your eco-shopping experience worthwhile appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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  • Syngenta’s Genetically Modified Corn Crippling American Corn Exports

    Jill Ettinger
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    China has begun rejecting shiploads of American corn because of traces of an unapproved genetically modified corn showing up in shipments. The country has gone from one of the top importers of U.S. corn to sourcing almost none of our corn since late last year, and the blame goes to a new genetically modified corn strain developed by Syngenta. According to NPR’s The Salt, “This GMO contains a new version of a gene that protects the corn plant from certain insects. Problem is, this new gene isn’t yet approved in China, and Chinese officials didn’t appreciate it when traces…
  • Why Is Trader Joe’s Wine So Cheap?

    Jennifer Kaplan
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    I came across the question “How is Trader Joe’s wine so cheap?” on Quora the other day and was curious. Are you? The question on Quora was simple: How is Trader Joe’s wine so cheap? What are the economics of the Trader Joe’s Wine? The Charles Shaw Blend (aka the Two Buck Chuck) costs only $2.99. How do they produce wine at such a low cost? Is it “blended” from surplus/discarded source wines? Its a good question.  People ask me similar questions about cheap wine all the time (hence, my blog posts Artisanal vs. Corporate Wine or Why the hell should I…
  • How to Store Wine So It Lasts

    Guest Contributor
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Did you pick up a special bottle of vino, but you’re not ready to pop it open yet? Here’s how to store wine so it ages well instead of turning to vinegar. We’ve all seen movies where the wealthy gentleman pulls a fancy, 100-year-old bottle from his schmaltzy wine cellar. When stored properly, you really can make wine last for ages. The graphic below goes into some wine stats and how to properly store a bottle, so that it ages well. Related Reading: Wine on Tap Grows Up Check out the three top tips in this graphic for properly storing a bottle, plus five bonus tips on how to…
  • Meatless Monday: Meet Your Mates

    Mary Gerush
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My husband and I just embraced meatless Monday (a little reluctantly I must say, because we are big meat eaters, but we’re going for it, dammit). With that on my mind and unable to sleep last night, I thought to myself: “Why aren’t there food themes for the rest of the week? What makes Monday more special than Tuesday or Wednesday? Or Friday — best day ever?” So my mind went to work. (Not helpful for sleep, but it gave me a head start on writing this post.) Here are my ideas… Teetotaling or Try-Something-New Tuesday Teetotaling Tuesday popped into my head…
  • PETA Offers Waterless Detroit a Solution: Eat a Vegan Diet, They’ll Turn on the Water

    Jill Ettinger
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    After news that 15,000 Detroit households recently had their water shut off caught national attention, animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has offered to turn it back on. There’s just one small caveat: Detroit residents need to adopt a vegan diet. Ten Detroit residents who agree to give the vegan diet a go for at least one month will get a one-month water bill paid by PETA as well as a basket of vegan food. “The last thing that people who are struggling need is increased health care costs,” PETA noted on its blog. “By accepting our offer…
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  • 40,000 Year-Old Lion Figurine — New Fragment Found, Carving Was 3-Dimensional, Not A Relief

    James Ayre
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    A new fragment of the infamous 40,000-year-old Vogelherd Cave lion figurine was recently found by archaeologists from the University of Tübingen. The new fragment which makes up the head of the alternate side of what was previously thought to be a relief carving proves that the figurine was I fact originally a completely 3-D figurine — not a relief carving as was previously thought. “The figurine depicts a lion,” explains Professor Nicholas Conard of Tübingen University’s Institute of Prehistory and Medieval Archaeology, and the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution…
  • Were All Dinosaurs Feathered? New Finding Suggests Maybe So

    James Ayre
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Were all dinosaurs feathered? Including scaled herbivores? Apparently, maybe so. The first ever example of a fossil of a plant-eating dinosaur with feathers and scales was recently discovered by researchers in Russia. Before this discovery only meat-eating dinosaurs were known to have had feathers — the new fossil discovery upends many previous assumptions. The new dinosaur species has been named Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, after the site that it was discovered at, known as Kulinda — on the banks of the Olov River in Siberia. The new findings are described in a paper published in…
  • What Exactly Lies In The Deep-Sea? New Report Examines The Question

    James Ayre
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    With the deep-sea more-and-more becoming an object of interest for those in the various mining and fossil fuel extraction industries that our civilization depends on, the question of what exactly is being threatened by said interest has come up. To put it another way, what invaluable services does the deep sea provide for free that we could potentially be threatening? “This is the time to discuss deep-sea stewardship before exploitation is too much farther underway,” explains researcher Andrew Thurber, co-author of a new study published in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European…
  • Deep-Sea Octopus Species Broods Eggs For Four-A-Half-Years Years, Longest Currently Known

    James Ayre
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Can you imagine sitting over a nest of eggs and protecting it for four-and-a-half years without eating or sleeping at all? Sort of makes normal human child-rearing sound somewhat easier doesn’t it? Well, that’s apparently exactly what a deep-sea octopus was recently observed doing by researchers at the University of Rhode Island and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The new observation means that the octopus species in question spends more time brooding its eggs than any other animal currently known. The behavior is of course common to all (or nearly all) octopus…
  • Yingli Solar Named A Top Supplier To Fuji, Expanding In Latin America

    Zachary Shahan
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    Yingli Solar (aka Yingli Green Energy*) has been the largest solar panel manufacturer in the world the past couple of years. In 2009, it reached a cumulative solar panel production capacity of 1 gigawatt. By 2012, it had reached a production capacity of 2.45 gigawatts per year! Needless to say, Yingli has had many customers. One major customer, Fuji Electric Co., recently went out of its way to thank Yingli Solar by naming it one of its best suppliers of 2014. Well, Fuji wasn’t trying to single out Yingli Solar, but that was the result of a massive survey. “Out of 6,000 suppliers…
 
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  • Let’s Give All of Our Students Access to Climate Change Facts

    Guest Contributor
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Editor’s note: Once upon a time, political arguments over the content of science education focused on a single topic: evolution.While it would be wonderful to think that such debates ended with the Scopes Monkey Trial, I live in Missouri… where some members of our legislature still think our science classrooms are the proper places for ideological debates. Evolution, of course, isn’t alone anymore: climate change now joins it as a settled scientific concept that a very vocal (and generally uninformed) minority insists still requires debate. The deniers aren’t going…
  • Solar Power as a Tool of Radical Feminism – Who Knew? [Video]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    It’s easy to get cynical about the pace of response to threats like climate change, so I confess my reaction to most of The Guardian‘s “10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change” was “ho hum… we know this…” But even a crusty cynic like myself had to feel a bit of hope when reading #5. After watching the World Bank video to which it linked (which I’ve embedded below), I felt positively excited: who knew that some lighting provided by solar power could make sure a difference to the developing world’s women……
  • Avoid Mosquito Bites with these 10 All-Natural Insect Repellants

    Talancia Pea
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Whether you are sitting around a campfire or at an outdoor concert this summer, mosquitoes are the party crashers everyone wants to see gone. I’m not advocating harming or killing them, as I know these pesky insects play a vital role in our ecosystem. I would just rather not be insect bait. Depending how your skin reacts when bitten, you may have red, itchy bumps and/or swelling at the site. Or worse, you can become infected with an illness like West Nile virus, Malaria or parasites. Before you reach for a big-name bug spray containing DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide), you should know that…
  • Variations on the Farming Community: How Sustainable are They?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    photo credit: pasa47 via photopin cc I suppose I’ve got relatively narrow visions of a sustainable farming community: either an ecovillage, where food production is woven into the life of the of the residents, or the “urban farm,” where food production is implemented within existing (but often decaying) infrastructure.  Growing food isn’t just a livelihood in these settings; it’s a integral part of what brings people together and gives them a common sense of purpose. No doubt there are variations on both of these models that have succeeded in not only increasing…
  • Clean Power Plan Needs Your Testimony

    Guest Contributor
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Ohio students studying solar power by Teja Sathi “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Even though this quote originated from a Dr. Seuss book, I think it accurately describes the spirit of climate activists around the world. I am a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA, and while I no longer read children’s books, understanding the enormity of climate change is child’s play. The science is clear. Climate change is the greatest threat to society and it’s effect on the…
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  • 25 Creative DIY Projects Using Embroidery Hoops!

    Bonnie Getchell
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Searching for DIY projects using embroidery hoops? From wall art to DIY crafts, we totally have you covered! Embroidery hoops aren’t just for embroidering anymore! There are so many DIYers who are transforming these seemingly average wooden hoops into DIY projects that are absolutely incredible. There’s wall art, DIY decor, DIY crafts — the possibilities are endless! The greatest part of all? Most of the time, you can easily find embroidery hoops at garage sales, thrift stores, and antique stores for fantastic prices. I have to admit that I have a pretty good collection of…
  • Easy Furniture Refinishing: Paint a Dresser

    Julie Finn
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Does it matter that this gorgeous dresser came from the side of the road? Not to me! Painting is about the easiest way to refinish a piece of furniture, especially if it’s got some laminate parts. It’s not terribly tricky, either, and the most time-intensive part of it is waiting for various pieces to dry. Here’s how I turned this particular side-of-the-road find into my new TV stand with plenty of storage: 1. Give it the anti-bedbug treatment. I don’t take ANYTHING plush from the side of the road, and even hard furniture gets put into quarantine before I take it…
  • DIY Beauty Products from Kitchen Ingredients

    Becky Striepe
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Do you need recipes for DIY beauty products? We’ve got you. Check out this list of food-based beauty ideas for everything from herbs and oils to fresh fruit. For the past few months, I’ve been looking at beauty uses for different foods, and today I wanted to share a sort of index to all of those resources. Check your pantry and your produce drawer against the list below, and let’s make some homemade beauty products, y’all! 1. Olive Oil Olive oil is wonderful for nourishing and moisturizing your skin. >>Get the beauty uses for olive oil here! 2. Lemons Acidic lemon juice is great…
  • 8+ Edible Play Dough Recipes

    Becky Striepe
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether you’ve got a kid who still puts everything into his mouth or an older kid that needs a change of pace, we’ve got the edible play dough recipes for you! Some of these recipes taste delicious, and others don’t. What they have in common are food-based ingredients that are safe to eat. Why 8+ recipes? The second play dough link on this list contains two play dough recipes! Bonus! 8+ Edible Play Dough Recipes 1. Toddler Friendly Unsweetened Play Dough This recipe is safe to eat, but your kid probably isn’t going to want to eat a ton of it. This is for those young…
  • How to Sew a Button and Repair a Hem

    Guest Contributor
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    by Julia Marchand How to sew a button or how to repair an unraveled hem are some mending basics that even someone who has never sewed can pick up easily. July 25th was Thread The Needle Day, a day to practice the nearly forgotten tradition of sewing. Within the last several decades, the “make do and mend” mentality has seemingly been tossed in the trash (along with the mending pile), but if everyone dusted off their sewing accoutrements on this day to hem those too-long jeans or stitch on a wayward button, we could sincerely make a difference in the future of our planet. About 83% of…
 
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  • 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…
  • How Setting Up a Greenhouse with Screw Plug Heaters and Other Devices Can Help It Function Better

    greenEditor
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Having your own greenhouse might be a hobby of your own, or you might even run a business that relies on the greenhouse to provide you with plants, vegetables and flowers. If you are looking to have a more efficient greenhouse, it is vital that you make use of all of the right devices that can help to make this a reality. Whether it be screw plug heaters or simple circulation fans, your brand new greenhouse is going to function beautifully when you put the emphasis into how it is running on a daily basis. Visit at www.screwplugheaters.com. Having a greenhouse is a lot of work because you are…
  • When Considering A Commercial Painter, Consider The Environment

    greenEditor
    3 Jun 2014 | 5:52 pm
    There are many benefits of using an eco-friendly commercial painter. By simply reducing your footprint on the environment, you will be getting a service while helping out the environment at the very same time.Most people that have tried the eco-friendly painting options love it and are rather proud of themselves. The only real disadvantage to painting with the environment in mind, is that it can cost more than using regular painting methods and supplies.However, if you are very concerned about your environment, the higher cost will not be as big of a negative thing to you as the lowered…
  • Green Product Roofing Supplies are User and Earth Friendly

    greenEditor
    21 May 2014 | 11:22 am
    A house is one of the biggest financial investments that a person will make in a lifetime and it needs to be protected. A home extends beyond just the building itself but continues on into the home where there are items in each room that have monetary and sentimental values. There are many things, such as cherished pictures and papers, which cannot be replaced when damaged if an unexpected disaster occurs. The first line of defense when protecting a home is the roof and its main job is to keep out the elements. Technically speaking, the roof is the top of the building that has several key…
  • Homes For Sale in Canada

    greenEditor
    27 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Choosing the right home for you and your family is a time-consuming process. You want to buy a home that will grow with your family, but you also have a budget to consider. You must work through each of the steps below to find the perfect house for your family. Visit to http://londonontariohomesforsale.com Step #1: Set A Price Range. You cannot go house shopping unless you have a price range. You cannot look at homes outside of your price range, and allowing yourself to purchase a home that is too expensive could ruin your monthly budget. You should ask your real estate agent to stay within…
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  • 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…
  • Couvrance - For A Complexion Worthy of The Big Screen

    Paige Donner
    13 Feb 2014 | 7:27 am
    by Paige Donner   Cake-free and doll perfect. That’s you, right ? Of course it is ! And if you feel you need just a tiny little nudge of help in getting there, look no further than Couvrance, the clean pure makeup by Avène, and its line of complexion correcters and foundations.   Couvrance is based on the premise that a woman’s skin is one of her most sensitive and prescious organs. Hence, tender loving care are the operating words here for this line of medical makeup.    The other philosophy is to use the correcter sticks that come in Coral, Yellow…
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  • 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 […]
  • Also Rare MST3K

    Jim
    27 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    The previous post and others point to the same problem. “man these people look like pigs” “aahhhmmm missed him. I’ll leave a note” “Seconds” “I thought I heard sirens. It’s George Goble.” “Generic cops! They’re cheaper than brand cops” This is rare, where the slimey movie turns into a special story. Mystery Science Theatre 3000 […]
 
 
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  • LEED v4 Green Associate "Silver" Study Bundle

    rpfjr
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Price:  $59.99 Short Description A:  Save on a great set of study tools and pass the LEED v4 Green Associate exam. Poplar’s 131 page LEED v4 Green Associate PDF study guide, 100 question bonus test, plus 400 practice questions with exam simulator. Everything is delivered to you immediately, 100% online. Access the materials from any device! New to Green Building and LEED?: Poplar's LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide and 100 Question Practice Test is designed for students who are new to LEED v4 and/or green building. Prepare to Pass and Succeed in Your Sustainability Career Save…
  • LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide

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    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Price:  $39.99 Short Description A:  Poplar's LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide and 100 Question Practice Test is designed for students who are new to LEED v4 and/or green building. Save 50%! LEED v4 Green Associate "Silver" Study Bundle: Get this 131 page study guide along with 400 LEED Green Associate practice questions in Exam Simulator format for only $59.99 - >>Learn More Buy Code:  Course Provider:  Green Buildings Online Inc. is the #1 provider of free and premium LEED exam preparation and project experience. Since 2009, we have helped individuals and companies…
  • Question about LEED CI Tenant Space Size Requirements?

    rpfjr
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:49 am
    Question:  Yogi asks: Hi, I am wondering are there any specific ranges regarding the size of a tenant area within a building as it pertains to LEED CI? Since our client rents an entire building and wants to earn LEED CI. We understand that LEED CI cannot be earned by the entire building, thus we are thinking to modify only a few floors. According to the guide, it only outlines a situation for 'Projects Less Than 75% of Total Building Area' and 'Projects 75% or More of Total Building Area'. I am not sure that how the two regulations can be applied in my client's…
  • What Does an ASHRAE Level 2 Commercial Audit Cost?

    rpfjr
    22 May 2014 | 11:43 am
    Question:  Ethan asks: I know there will be variables involved, but can you get me in the ballpark of what the cost would be to have an ASHRAE level 2 audit performed in a 4-story, 36,000 sq. ft. commercial office building? thank you! Just your best guess would be great so that I have at least some frame of reference. Hi Ethan, The ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audit Cost Level varies depending on the building size and also the systems being assesses. However, to give a very rough parametric value, a system specific audit can cost you starting from 0.04 cents per sq.ft. . The audit for the…
  • How Should I Build a LEED Certified Restaurant?

    rpfjr
    6 May 2014 | 6:36 am
    Question:  John asks: Hello, I'm thinking about starting my own restaurant and I want it to be LEED certified. It will most likely be in an existing building, but I do not have a set location for it yet. I was wondering if and how I should get started on my certification or do I need to have a place before I get started on my project? Hi John, For your LEED certified project, your rating system would be LEED for Retail Commercial Interiors which has been launched recently. You would firstly need to access the LEED for Retail -Commercial Interiors rating checklist and reference guide…
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  • What The Movies Have Taught Us About Cars

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

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

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

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cautious optimism is the general mood since auto sales increased 6% in March. That may not seem like huge growth. But after a 3% decline in January and a flat result in February, any sign of momentum is a good one for the industry. Coming after many months of strong growth, the sluggish results earlier this year raised a troubling question in many investors’ minds: Was it just the weather keeping buyers away from car dealers, or was the economic tide starting to turn for the worse? Several automakers made a point of saying on Tuesday that the pace of sales improved significantly in…
  • Peek at the 2015 BMW i3

    admin
    1 Aug 2013 | 9:08 am
    Love this model and was very excited to see what they have in-store for the 2015 model year! The BMW i3 has been officially released as of today, simultaneously worldwide in London, New York City and Beijing. The city car is powered by an electric motor producing the equivalent of 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The rear-wheel-drive, 2,635-pound car can sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 7.2 seconds and can achieve a range as high as 118 miles. An optional 650cc two-cylinder gasoline engine is available as a range extender for a combined 186-mile range. Read the full story and see the pics here.
 
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    The Green Samaritan

  • 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
  • Green & Health Resolution for March: Reuse and Refine

    Jeanne
    11 Mar 2013 | 6:30 am
    Continuing on with a monthly green and healthy resolution to implement, in March the goal is to begin and/or increase the practice of using reusable items such as bags and bottles. Let’s start... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
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    Our Daily Green

  • 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
  • 4 nutritional supplement ingredients you should know

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    When it comes to nutritional supplements, everyone can rattle off their favorite brands and fat-busting enzymes, but how many people are equally educated in their ingredients? Here are just four oils and powders that have been secretly boosting your immune system the entire time: Fish Collagen Powder Collagen is responsible for the elasticity in your joints, muscles, ligaments and skin, and
  • Going organic with your skincare

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Your skin is the most delicate part of your body. To keep is soft and looking great, you probably use a variety of body washes, soaps, cleansers and lotions. However, do you know what you are really putting on your skin? If you are not using products that are labeled organic, you may be adding harmful chemicals to your body. Over time, these may even cause issues with your skin's look and feel.
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    ForceChange

  • Stop Destroying the Environment by Breaking Ships

    Matt Camorongan
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Target: Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China Goal: Stop breaking ships and releasing harmful chemicals, wastes, and pollutants into the environment Ship-breaking is the dangerous practice of dismantling old ships and recycling or reselling the salvageable parts. This highly profitable business is extremely hazardous because it is unregulated for safety. Ship-breakers are routinely exposed to carcinogens, lethal toxicants (such as mercury and lead), and asbestos, all without the appropriate protective gear. Likewise these destructive pollutants contaminate the air, soil,…
  • Don’t Let Cops Get Away with Murdering Dog

    Matt Camorongan
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Target: Mayor Kip C. Walby of St. Clair Shores, Michigan Goal: Criminally charge police officers who shot and killed a woman’s dog for “barking excessively” In the early morning hours of November 22, 2013, three Michigan policemen shot and killed a woman’s dog in response to noise complaints from local neighbors. Though the woman’s grandfather was in the process of herding the rowdy dog back into the house, police officers began shooting anyways, eventually hauling the severely wounded canine away in an animal control truck. The veterinary autopsy showed more bullet holes in the…
  • Release Activist Held for Political Reasons

    Justin Wilder
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Target: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev Goal: Obtain the release of prominent human rights activist Leyla Yunus. The government of Azerbaijan must immediately release human rights activist Leyla Yunus and drop all charges against her. Her recent arrest is the latest event in a long string of harassment by Azerbaijani authorities. Mrs. Yunus’ arrest is a violation of European human rights laws and treaties that Azerbaijan is required to follow. The government must do more to protect the basic human rights of its citizens. If Azerbaijan does not discontinue its harassment of Leyla Yunus…
  • End Violence Against Women in Guatemala

    Justin Wilder
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Target: President Otto Perez Molina Goal: Implement international court ruling calling for decrease in violence against women. The Guatemalan government must do all that it can to follow up on an Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling and bring suspects in a high profile murder case to justice. The Court found that Guatemalan officials improperly investigated the 2001 rape, torture and murder of 15-year-old Maria Isabel Veliz Franco. Witnesses gave the police the names of multiple men who are believed to have committed the atrocious crime. The Guatemalan government should follow these…
  • Stop Abuse of Mentally Ill in Prison

    Samantha Ching
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Target: Joseph Ponte, Corrections Commissioner at Rikers Island in New York Goal: Halt violence against mentally ill inmates Prison is a brutal place for those suffering from mental illness. Yet, a recently completed four-month long study by the New York Times suggests the issue is worse than we feared. The results present an alarming illustration of the rampant violence at Rikers Island, the second largest jail in the United States. Disturbingly, the report reveals that inmates with mental health issues, a growing population at Rikers, bear a disproportionate burden of the violence, often an…
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • 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 […]
  • Heating Your Home – Eco-friendly Considerations

    greenwise
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    It is summertime now in the northern hemisphere, but that is not too soon to begin preparing for the colder months that are inevitable later this year. And for readers in the southern hemisphere, this post may be timely. If you pay the heating bills, you will have noticed that their continued rise does not […]
  • Green Fitness Is Catching On

    greenwise
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    The idea of harvesting the kinetic energy from a person’s movements has always intrigued me. It makes sense to try to take advantage of technology that can generate useful energy in this way. Simple things you do throughout the day—walking down the street or across the office or up and down stairs—require energy from you. […]
  • Motorcycles Are Becoming Lean, “Green” Machines

    greenwise
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that motorcycles can be, and typically are, more fuel-efficient than their four-wheeled counterparts. But it does take science to shoot holes in the theory that motorcycles are better for the environment overall. A few years back, those cooky but clever guys on Discovery Channel’s “Myth Busters” showed […]
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • 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?
  • The Ray C Anderson Highway

    Ramon Arratia
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    I’ve just seen that our founder Ray C. Anderson, a pioneer in sustainability, has had a highway in the States named after him. Travel safe everyone! A full profile on Ray is available here Thanks to Tony Manwaring who posted this on Twitter via Dianne Dillon-Ridgley The post The Ray C Anderson Highway appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
  • Growing a Circular Economy – Ending the Throwaway Society #Report

    Ramon Arratia
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Here is the content from a report released today by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee – @CommonsEAC For more information contact Nick Davies on daviesnick@parliament.uk  or 020 7219 3297 Growing a Circular Economy – Ending the Throwaway Society #Report MPs are calling for lower VAT on recycled products, longer warranty periods for consumer goods and a ban on food waste being sent to landfill, in a new report looking at how the Government could help insulate the UK from rising resource prices by creating a more ‘circular economy’. Environmental Audit Committee…
  • The Carbon Footprint Of Meat

    Ramon Arratia
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Most people know and accept that meat has a huge carbon footprint. The land required to harvest red meat is 28 times more than that of pork or chicken. Red meat also needs 10 times the amount of water, and results in more climate-warming emissions by a factor of 5. It’s also worth noting for context that over 90% of our water footprint is created by food production. Are you a heavy meat eater, or a vegan? This graph courtesy of Vox breaks it down: This recent article from Climate Progress collates multiple sources to illustrate the problem, and this image shows the carbon footprint of…
  • Destroy Carbon! Buy Carbon Permits For £6.47

    Ramon Arratia
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Let’s all help destroy carbon! In a good way of course. In Europe, big polluters need pollution permits. These EU permits provide a legal limit on CO2 emissions. However there are too many permits, meaning there’s little incentive to reduce pollution and the millions of tonnes of extra CO2. Sandbag’s Carbon Destruction initiative gives us the power to change this. The permit price is now around €6 per tonne, and you can ‘buy to cancel’ permits via the Sandbag website for £6.47 (They make no profit on sales, and only cover admin costs). The basic idea is…
 
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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

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:48 pm
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Kia Forte

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Compact sedans have been becoming a lot more stylish and attractive as of late, and the 2015 Kia Forte is a great example of the trend. With a swoopy profile and sharp styling elements, it doesn't simply look like an abbreviated mid-size sedan; and with decent performance, an excellent feature set, three body styles, and plenty of...
  • 2015 Lexus ES

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Comfort and traditional luxury are keywords for the Lexus ES family, which lands squarely between the IS and GS sport sedans in the lineup, as a plush, less-performance-oriented counterpart to both models. The 2015 Lexus ES 350 and ES 330h hybrid are based on the Toyota Avalon architecture (rather than, a few years ago, the Camry), and...
  • 2014-2015 Fiat 500L Recalled After Tests Show That Airbags May Improperly Deploy

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Chrysler has issued a recall for 2014 and 2015 models of the Fiat 500L. According to a statement from the automaker, the recall affects nearly 30,000 vehicles -- 25,500 in the U.S., and another 4,000 registered in Canada. ALSO SEE: IIHS Small Car Crash Test Results: MINI Earns The Only 'Good'; Fiat, Nissan, Mazda Graded 'Poor' The recall stems...
  • 2015 Nissan Sentra

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    For 2015, the Nissan Sentra receives an overhaul to its packaging—meaning that its options have been reshuffled into trims that Nissan hopes will attract more shoppers the brand. That's a big deal for the Sentra, since it competes in a segment filled with several excellent compact sedans—each of which attempts to one-up the...
  • 2015 Lexus LX

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Uncompromising off-roading capabilities and excellent interior comfort are two things that the 2015 Lexus LX 570 delivers in spades–just don't expect much in terms of fuel economy. It's a traditional SUV, intended more for the trail than the parking lots it normally sees, and it goes mostly unchanged this model year. The only...
 
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    Green Car Reports

  • Tesla: 8,763 Cars Built, 7,579 Sold, 'Potential' Nevada Gigafactory Ground Broken: Q2 Earnings Report

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Tesla Motors built 8,763 Model S electric cars and delivered 7,579 of them to customers during the second quarter, according to just-released second-quarter results. It expects to build about 9,000 cars this quarter, and deliver 7,800, largely due to a two-week production shutdown for retooling at its factory in Fremont, California--which cost it...
  • Volt And Leaf Crash Tests, Cruze Diesel Sales, Tesla Gigafactory Pact: Today's Car News

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Small cars and the new IIHS small-overlap crash test: How'd they do? We look at lousy sales of GM's first diesel passenger car in 28 years, a higher-efficiency model of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, and of course there's a Tesla story to lead off the day. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla and Panasonic announced they have signed a...
  • Riding The Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle: News Video

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Harley-Davidson may be the most traditional of motorcycle makers. But it's now taken a huge leap into a greener future with its LiveWire electric motorcycle concept. Recently, our writer Ben Rich rode it--and reported on what it's like. This is Green Car Reports' video news for the week of July 28, 2014. DON'T MISS: Harley-Davidson Livewire...
  • Chevy Cruze Diesel Sales: Mediocre At Best, So Far

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel went on sale almost a year ago, the first diesel passenger car sold by General Motors in 28 years. Hopes were high for the Cruze with the European turbodiesel engine, which effectively competed with the long-established Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the only other mainstream compact sedan fitted with a diesel. But of...
  • IIHS Tests Small Cars On Small Overlap: Volt Does OK, Leaf 'Struggles'

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the toughest crash tests a car can face is the new small-frontal-overlap, introduced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2012. By crashing a vehicle so that only 25 percent of its front end contacts the barrier, far greater forces are transmitted through the car than in a typical offset crash test. The Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet...
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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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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • Can Nuclear Make a Substantial Near-Term Contribution?

    Schalk Cloete
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The short to medium term future of nuclear energy is a topic of intense debate and will be heavily influenced by China. This article uses data on the Chinese nuclear construction pipeline to compare the potential near-term impact of the successful completion of these plants against that of wind and coal buildouts.read more
  • Are You Driving the Right Car for an Oil Crisis?

    AMJaffe
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    With further escalation in hostilities in Iraq as the militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria tries to lock down more oil and gas assets, it is hard not to worry that an oil crisis might be looming. So far, the looming global instability has not ratcheted up US gasoline prices.read more
  • FERC Commissioners: Clean Power Plan Doesn't Spell Doom for Grid Reliability

    nrdcswitchboard
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    All five members of FERC agreed yesterday that acting on climate change is critical and none of them offered any indication that the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants would hamper the reliability of America’s electric transmission grid.read more
  • The Reformation Begins: New York Utility Proposes Community Solar, Microgrids-as-a-Service

    KatherineTweed
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    As the New York Public Service Commission debates a proposal to reform the state's distribution utilities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is getting out in front of the coming changes. The utility filed a $46 million rate case with the PSC last week, packaged under the title "Value for our Valley."read more
  • New Jersey Creates Nation's First Energy Resilience Bank

    LewMilford
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    New Jersey recently created the first “Energy Resilience Bank (ERB).” Designed to address a repeat of the devastating impacts of SuperStorm Sandy, when over 8 million people lost electric power in the region, the ERB will provide $200 million for municipalities to finance clean resilient power solutions.read more
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • 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
  • How to Gopher Proof Your Raised Garden Beds

    Stephanie
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    We have a real gopher problem in our backyard. We get their mounds all over the yard, and of course if we plant directly into the soil, we know we risk losing that entire plant to the gophers. Building a raised garden bed, however, can make it much simpler to avoid damage from gophers. This […] Related posts: Encouraging Kids to Garden Time to Get My Garden Growing! Yes! My Garden Grows!
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  • Penn Projects Garner LEED Gold Designations, Adding to Green Campus Goals

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Two University of Pennsylvania building projects have received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council: The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology and the Wharton School’s Steinberg-Dietrich Hall West Tower Entrance addition. They join Penn’s other LEED-certified projects; the Horticulture Center at the Morris Arboretum, which achieved a LEED Platinum rating, the highest possible, and existing LEED Gold projects including theSchool of Arts & Sciences’ Music Building, the Weiss Pavilion at Franklin Field, the commercial interior renovation…
  • Why Does a Building From 1971 Function Better Than a Brand-New LEED Building?

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    As the energy efficiency industry gets more sophisticated, building owners and managers are increasingly interested in optimizing energy use with new technology and state-of-the-art equipment. It’s critical to understand, however, that while next-generation systems can certainly help support energy efficiency initiatives, they are essentially worthless if not properly managed. I recently compared two buildings from FirstFuel’s database of thousands of remote audits: a new LEED-certified structure with all the latest energy-efficiency bells and whistles and an office building from…
  • TD Ameritrade’s Headquarters Building Earns LEED Platinum Certification

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    In July 2013, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NYSE: AMTD) solidified its growing commitment to community and sustainability by officially opening the doors of its new green corporate headquarters, constructed with the latest in energy efficient technology and a unique design to provide a more environmentally-friendly workplace. Just one year later, the building’s many sustainable features have earned the facility LEED(R) Platinum Certification, the highest level of distinction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). TD Ameritrade’s LEED Platinum certified…
  • Niagara County proposal: free taxes for LEED buildings

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    The Niagara County Legislature will hold a public hearing in September on a property tax exemption for energy-efficient buildings. The proposal from Legislator Michael A. Hill, R-Hartland, was passed by the Legislature’s Administration Committee Tuesday night. The full Legislature is to vote next week on holding a hearing on the idea Sept. 16. Hill said the tax break would apply to buildings, both residential and commercial, that are “green” enough to win certification under the national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program. If it becomes law, the exemption…
  • The Moinian Group secures land loan with AIG for 3 Hudson Blvd.

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    ncorporating a true center core design with ideal core-to-facade distances, 3 Hudson Blvd. is projected to meet Platinum LEED standards and will …
 
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  • Tar Sands: Ethical Oil?

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

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

    Guest Contributor
    13 May 2014 | 3:14 pm
    There is an argument brewing among renewable energy advocates that question whether Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are a greenwashing scam or a sustainable savior. At first, many believe the argument is political, showing yet another divide among left and right wing beliefs, however that is not necessarily the case. In fact, recent criticism has come from all fronts, especially after a 2012 investigation that found fraud within the EPA’s program, perpetuated by lax rules in the program and three cunning companies selling bogus RECs. The decision is really yours, so let’s explore…
  • Biodegradable vs. Compostable: Don’t Be Greenwashed

    Thomas Schueneman
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Look around you. Everything you see right now is biodegradable. From the flat panel large screen TV to the plastic fork in you fast food bag. It’s the perfect term for the greenwasher because “biodegradable” only means that a material will break down “over a period of time.” It could take a year, ten years, or ten thousand years. It’s all biodegradable. On the other hand, “compostable” actually means something. To use that term a product or material must adhere to specific scientific criteria. Essentially, a material must break down into…
  • Video: A Greenwashing Public Service Announcement

    Thomas Schueneman
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Some examples of greenwashing A look at some of the more pernicious greenwashing messages in advertising: Can changing your oil change the world? Will buying a Nissan save the polar bears? Will buying water in bottles made from “30 percent plant-based materials” help solve our waste problem? No, no and no. It isn’t that each one of these products may, at some level, reduce some form of environmental impact. It’s just that each one of these ads employ some form of the six sins of greenwashing, confusing the hapless consumer into thinking real, substantive solutions only…
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  • Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm

    Erin McCarley
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Stephen Gaskin on The Farm in 2005. Photo by Erin McCarley. Forty-three years after co-founding The Farm, one of the first “hippie communes” in the United States, Stephen Gaskin died on July 1 at the age of 79. What started in 1971 as an experiment in collective living for free thinkers, spiritual students from San Francisco, and psychedelic explorers, has evolved into one of the most enduring models of intentional community in the country. “All the stuff that we have done here, we’ve never asked anyone for permission: no church, no corporation, no state.” After learning how to farm…
  • Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change with Biodiversity

    Erin Sagen
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Indigenous people from Asia and South America gather potato seed at the Parque de la Papa. Photo by Adam Kerby / IIED. On top of a rugged Andean mountain situated high in Peru’s Cusco region, on 30,000 acres of conserved land known as Parque de la Papa (Spanish for “Potato Park”), indigenous farmers met in late April to discuss conditions they feared were threatening their ancestral lands. They came from as far as Bhutan and China, and from as near as the mountain itself. They discovered that their cultures were more similar than they had expected, and that one concern had been…
  • Study Finds Indigenous Land Management Highly Effective in Combating Climate Change

    David Kaimowitz
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This article originally appeared at Equals Change, the staff blog of the Ford Foundation. The author is the director of sustainable development at the Ford Foundation. A forest managed by the Mayangna people in Nicaragua. Photo by Alam Ramírez Zelaya / Flickr. The first time I heard about Charlie Taylor was the day he died. A friend rang to say that ranchers had attacked a group of Mayangna Indians in a forest near Musawas in Nicaragua, killing one of the Indians and injuring several others. Charlie—a 40-year old father of seven who farmed locally and panned for gold in nearby rivers—was…
  • These Young People Are Pioneering Appalachia's Post-Coal Economy

    Joe Solomon
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Joe Solomon is a campaigner with Energy Action Coalition. Highlander Center staff and Appalachian Transition Fellows don helmets in preparation for a trip into a mine at the Coal Mine Museum in Benham, Ky. Photo by Catherine Moore. In the Hunger Games novels, heroine Katniss Everdeen comes from a coal mining region known as District 12. Her people are poor and looked down upon, but they’re also resourceful and know how to work together. In the end, it’s those skills that allow Katniss and her friend Peeta to win the games against better-trained rivals from the wealthy capital. You could…
  • This Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Clean 50,000 Pounds of Baltimore’s Trash Per Day

    Brandon Baker
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This article originally appeared at EcoWatch.com. Photo by Inhabitat Blog / Flickr. A large wheel has been strolling the Baltimore Inner Harbor the past month, doing its best to clean the trash that has littered a city landmark and tourist attraction. It’s called the Inner Harbor Water Wheel, and though it moves slow, it has the capability to collect 50,000 pounds of trash. The timing for John Kellett’s solar-powered creation is crucial—hands and crab nets simply can’t keep up with the growing amount of wrappers, cigarette butts, bottles, and other debris carried from storm drains…
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  • Oil And Gas Extraction Damaged Pennsylvania Water Sources Over 200 Times Since 2007

    Mike Confino
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday. Eugene DePasquale released a performance audit report that says the Department of Environmental Protection lacks a clear policy on the timeliness and frequency of inspections of the thousands of wells and does not routinely verify information the industry provides about waste disposal. The more than 150-page report, covering a…
  • 30MW solar parks to be built on former Nottinghamshire colliery sites

    Mike Confino
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Three formers collieries are set to witness what is being billed as “major regeneration” as a 30 megawatt solar array is installed across brownfield sites in the East Midlands. The old coal-mining land in Nottinghamshire – split over Welbeck Colliery in Mansfield, Gedling in Lambley and a third site in Bilsthorpe – will see enough ground-mounted solar panels constructed to provide power to around 10,000 homes. Of the three sites, the Welbeck Colliery, which was owned by UK Coal and closed in 2011, will be the first to come online. The 32 acre, 11.2 megawatt (MW) solar farm…
  • Edward Snowden’s New Role: Product Pitchman

    Mike Confino
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Edward Snowden has been given many titles: Whistleblower. Traitor. Asylum-seeker. Now, the fugitive National Security Agency contractor appears to have found a new role: Product pitchman. In recent interviews and speeches at tech conferences, where he appeared remotely via Google Hangout, Snowden has endorsed several privacy and security tools — whether the product’s makers wanted his help or not. Last week, Snowden told The Guardian that consumers should avoid the cloud storage service Dropbox, which he said was “hostile to privacy,” and instead use a lesser-known…
  • The Crying Indian

    Mike Confino
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    IF YOU WATCHED television at any point in the seventies, you saw him: America’s most famous Indian. Star of perhaps the best-known public service announcement ever, he was a black-braided, buckskinned, cigar-store native come to life, complete with single feather and stoic frown. In the spot’s original version, launched by Keep America Beautiful on Earth Day 1971, he paddles his canoe down a pristine river to booming drumbeats. He glides past flotsam and jetsam. The music grows bombastic, wailing up a movie-soundtrack build. He rows into a city harbor: ship, crane, a scrim of smog. The…
  • Cattle ranch complaining; Sleepy Creek water challenged

    Mike Confino
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The legal battle over whether to allow a controversial cattle ranch to withdraw water from the aquifer, possibly interfering with the flow and health of nearby Silver Springs, has become downright cantankerous. Environmentalists are accusing Sleepy Creek Lands, owner of the proposed 30,000-acre cattle ranch, of playing a legal shell game and changing its water permit applications at the 11th hour. “Any level of trust we might have been able to develop as we attempt to professionally move toward resolution of this case has been seriously damaged by your lack of candor and lack of courtesy…
 
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  • Wall Street Memo Admits That Cyberattack Could Be 'Devastating For The Economy'

    Stephanie Yang
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Government and industry action against cyber attacks isn't moving fast enough for Wall Street. Now banks are proposing a cyber war council to defend against future threats to their data.  According to a Bloomberg report, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Sifma) has submitted a proposal for a committee of executives to protect banks from cyber terrorism. The group would work on active defense strategies and speedy communication between agencies and the private sector, if an attack were to occur. The members would come from the Treasury Department, the…
  • The Nation's Salad Bowl Is Turning To Dust

    Dina Spector
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    The entire state of California is reeling from three years of catastrophic drought that will soon force cities and farmers to limit the amount of water they use during the summer, the driest time of the year. Central Valley, often called the "nation's salad bowl" because it provides a majority of our fruits and vegetables, has been especially hard hit by the ongoing drought. One-third of produce in the United States is grown in the Central Valley, made up of Sacramento Valley in the north and San Joaquin Valley in the south. Here's how these crippling water shortages and restrictions are…
  • The Nation's Salad Bowl Is Turning To Dust

    Dina Spector
    26 May 2014 | 10:59 am
    The entire state of California is reeling from three years of catastrophic drought that will soon force cities and farmers to limit the amount of water they use during the summer, the driest time of the year. Central Valley, often called the "nation's salad bowl" because it provides a majority of our fruits and vegetables, has been especially hard hit by the ongoing drought. One-third of produce in the United States is grown in the Central Valley, made up of Sacramento Valley in the north and San Joaquin Valley in the south. Here's how these crippling water shortages and restrictions are…
  • 18,000 New Species Were Discovered Last Year — Here Are The Best

    Leslie Baehr
    23 May 2014 | 8:50 am
    A sea anemone that lives under an Antarctic glacier and a translucent snail from Croatia are among the top 10 new species of 2014 named by an international team of scientists on Thursday. The list comes from the nearly 18,000 species that were newly discovered last year.  The top 10 list, compiled this year by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s (ESF), has been released each year since 2008 to coincide with the birthday of 18th century Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus, who is considered the father of modern taxonomy. The list should not be…
  • Before And After Photos Show How Climate Change Is Already Melting The World's Glaciers

    Dina Spector
    17 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    While climate change is affecting every corner of the planet in different ways, the most striking evidence of a warming world is often captured by images of shrinking glaciers and the widespread disappearance of snow and ice. Scientists are most concerned about how the dramatic loss of Antarctic land ice contributes to global sea level rise. Researchers reported on Monday that the West Antarctic ice sheet is now in a state of irreversible collapse and could raise sea levels by as much as 4 feet by the end of the century. The rapid retreat of the West Antarctic ice sheet is anecdotal of…
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  • Barisieur – a hybrid alarm clock and brew machine for coffee addicts

    Tafline Laylin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    After going several months without, I’ve fallen back into the habit of ‘needing’ at least one cup of joe to wake up, and I know I’m not the only one. Cue Barisieur from Britain’s Joshua Renouf. “Motivated by playful designs which encourage interaction; and induce a cherished relationship with both the product and user,” Renouf designed a hybrid coffee maker and alarm clock that wakes its owner up with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Using stainless steel balls that boil water through induction heating, the machine puts a gentle spin on the…
  • Extraordinary fishbowl architecture photos by Iran’s Mohammed Domiri

    Tafline Laylin
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The most spectacular Islamic religious architecture and interior design is something few westerners have experienced. Mohammed Reza Domiri changes that, at least a bit, with extraordinary photography. Using an extreme wide-angle lens, the young Iranian unveils a world of color, geometry, and beauty we can only dream of. Just 23-years-old, Domiri is a physics student in Iran who has a deep passion for photography. His architecture photography is particularly outstanding, and he is lucky to have incredible subjects throughout Iran – from Shiraz to Isfahan and beyond. While…
  • Investing ethically in the Middle East

    Green Prophet
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    With several of the Middle East’s city-states becoming some of the world’s richest locations, it’s little surprise that an increasing number of people, particularly from the west and Far East, are looking at investment options in the region. Twinned with this however, is surge in investors looking for more ethical opportunities for their money. Trading in ethically approved portfolios and carbon credits (although individuals should avoid these) for instance, is now big business as people consider the impact they’re having, particularly on the environment. In this article, we’re…
  • Design your own LEED energy efficient dream green prefab with Blu

    Laurie Balbo
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Why should affordable Dream Homes be limited to Barbie dolls? Design your own fantasy shack from the comfort of your keyboard with California-based Blu Homes – makers of fully customizable, prefab, green housing. Tap into their “Configurator” software (link here) and choose one of their nine basic models of 1- and 2-story buildings. Then, move through your prototype room by room, choosing built-in furnishings, finishes, and colors. All Blu Homes are LEED Silver certifiable, with most material options are made from recycled materials. Their website claims that Blu prefabs…
  • Israel’s 420 MW leads the Middle East in solar installations by a landslide

    Karin Kloosterman
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:31 am
    While solar power plant installations jump to a new annual record this year, according to the Worldwatch Institute, global trends show that despite all the batabata bing bing (announcements, agreements, tea ceremonies, hand-shaking), the Middle East is doing miserably in taking advantage of the sun –– one country is the exception there and it is Israel. The Institute clocks 2013 a record year for solar energy growth for solar electricity generation as both the photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) markets continued to grow. Some 39 gigawatts were installed…
 
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  • 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…
  • Nokero’s Launches World’s Most Affordable Solar Light Bulb To Address Extreme Energy Poverty

    <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 6:00 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Denver, CO—Nokero International, LLC today announced the availability of its ultra-efficient solar light bulb, the N182, billed as the world’s most affordable LED solar light bulb.  At twice the brightness but two thirds the size of the previous N180 model, Nokero’s latest design utilizes the highest efficacy LED, a radically redesigned circuit board, and a cost-effective solar panel. The versatile, pocket-sized N182 housing is configured so that it may be used as a hanging light, a standing task light, or a personal flashlight. The patented design emphasizes ease of use and efficient…
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  • Lavender Vanilla DIY Foot Spa Treatment with #EarthMama

    Calley Pate
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Summer is in full force around our house AND I’m squeezing in work while both kids are home with me.  Some evenings I’m so exhausted that all I want to do is take a nice relaxing bath before bed; but our tub is out of commission at the moment.  I’m so glad my youngest saw a commercial for a kids play foot spa because it reminded me that I had one stored away in my closet.  Earlier this week after a very stressful day we dusted it off and I decided to introduce my 5 yr old to the world of at home foot spa treatments!  I mean, who doesn’t love a bubbling hot water…
  • You’re Invited to the #wowsummit in Orlando

    Calley Pate
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win tickets to the #WowSummit this November! The team at Moms Meet and KIWI Magazine have organized a fun event for moms this November.  If you’re mom (dad, grandma, or other caregiver) who is interested in raising healthy, happy families this event is for you.  Join me at the WOWSummit, November 7-9th in Orlando, FL and get great advice from healthy living and parenting experts. There will be a chance to connect with other moms with a poolside cocktail party and a Mom’s Night Out comedy hour.  You’ll have the opportunity to…
  • Mommy Certified Lennar Homes Tour Tampa #MommyCertified

    Calley Pate
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    What makes a home “Mommy Certified?”  I am fortunate to be working with the team at Lennar Homes in Tampa on their Mommy Certified campaign and last week they took a group of us on a tour of their newest communities.  We toured the K-Bar Ranch single-family homes and the Meadow Pointe townhomes in New Tampa, just north of Tampa. Their team of New Home Consultants explained what makes a Lennar Home “Mommy Certified!” Mommy Certified is a campaign by Lennar that highlights the features of a home that moms would be excited about.  When you think about some of the features that would…
  • Tips for Tubing the Ichetucknee River with Kids

    Calley Pate
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Every year our family joins 5-6 other families for our annual trip to Ichetucknee Springs State Park to go tubing down the Ichetucknee River.  This is our 4th year that we’ve taken this trip and each year we learn a few more tips to make it more fun for the kids (and adults). Ichetucknee Springs is a State Park in North Florida near the Georgia line.  It’s about a 2-3 hour drive north for us from Tampa so it’s not a bad weekend trip.  You could make it a day trip depending on how early you wanted to get started in the morning but we turn it into a weekend getaway.  The…
  • Busch Gardens All-Day Dining Deal

    Calley Pate
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you usually take advantage of dining plans when you go to theme parks?  This past weekend while at Busch Gardens we decided to see if it was worth the price. Yes, there is a price associated with the all-day dining deal at Busch Gardens.  For adults, the price is $32.99 and for kids (ages 3-9) the price is $16.99.  If you are a passholder you can get a discount on the dining deals.  That may seem like a lot of money on top of the price of admission and parking, but I’ll explain why it’s a good deal! What’s included in the all-day dining deal?  Each person in your…
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  • Study: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo lost USD 43 billion from traffic congestion in 2013

    Renato Lobo
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo must focus on improving sustainable transport options to reduce the harmful effects of traffic congestion. Photo by Bruno Baccalon/Flickr. Traffic congestion has wide ranging costs, from increasing stress and pollution levels to wasting commuters’ time. A new study released by the Industry Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) confirms that traffic congestion has tremendous economic costs as well. The study found that congestion cost the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo R$ 98 billion (roughly USD 43 billion) in 2013 alone. The loss amounts…
  • New data from 2050 Global Calculator indicates sustainable transport critical to combating climate change

    Erin Cooper
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    The newly released 2050 Global Calculator illustrates the potentially disastrous impacts of failing to act on climate change, and highlights sustainable transport as pivotal to containing global temperatures. Photo by Metrovía/SIBRT. Experts predict that a 2 degree Celsius rise in world temperatures could have drastic effects, including reduced crop yields, grave damage to ecosystems, and extreme weather. Some research even indicates that a 1 degree Celsius rise in global temperatures could lead to dangerous impacts like rising sea levels and the extermination of certain species. The newly…
  • Nominate your city for the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award!

    Rachel Jaffe
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Nominations are now open for the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award, which will highlight one city’s leadership in sustainable urban mobility. Photo by Alex Proimos/Flickr. EMBARQ – the producer of TheCityFix – together with the rest of the Sustainable Transport Award (STA) Committee, invites you to nominate your city for the Sustainable Transport Award! Nominations are open now and will be accepted until September 15, 2014. About the Sustainable Transport Award Since 2005, the Sustainable Transport Award has recognized cities around the globe for profound leadership and vision in…
  • In photos: Cable car system takes transport to new heights in Bolivia

    Gwen Kash
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Residents of the La Paz/El Alto Metropolitan area now have a new option for navigating the region’s mountainous geography. The first line of the Mi Teleférico (My Cable Car) system opened May 30, 2014, and interviews with new riders show overwhelming support for this new transport mode between the two municipalities. The red line of Mi Teleférico. Photo by Gwen Kash. At 4,150 meters (13,615 ft) above sea level, El Alto, Bolivia is the highest city in the world. The fast-growing municipality perches on the edge of a steep canyon overlooking the city of La Paz, an average of 500 meters…
  • Friday Fun: Two cities’ bold plans to make cars obsolete

    Carrie Dellesky
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Helsinki’s “mobility on demand” system will integrate a variety of transport options and could make car ownership obsolete. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Helsinki, Finland and Hamburg, Germany are both striving to vastly improve urban transport in less than a generation. The Helsinki Times boldly states that “the future resident of Helsinki will not own a car.” Hamburg, meanwhile, has announced a plan to create and link 27 square miles of green spaces throughout the city. Angelika Fritsch, a spokeswoman for Hamburg’s department of urban planning and the environment, told The…
 
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  • Largest Climate March in World History

    EcoWatch
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A spirited press conference in Times Square today launched the People’s Climate March, the largest climate action in world history. “The voice of youth is crucial in the People’s Climate March.” Photo credit: greenelentScheduled for Sept. 21 in New York City, the People’s Climate March will coincide with September’s UN Climate Summit, where world leaders including President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in attendance in answer to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon summons to consult on climate change.Key organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of…
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Obama’s Clean Power Plant Rule

    EcoWatch
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thursday and Friday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold the final in its series hearings on its proposed rule to clean up carbon pollution from coal fired power plants. There will be a lot of theater, and a lot of opposition as well as support. Some of the opposition comes from workers from coal mining communities or those with power plants fired with coal; their livelihoods are at risk from the changes sweeping the utility industry, including the declining dominance of coal. Others are ideologically motivated, clinging to the view that for society to limit pollution…
  • KYOCERA Solar Modules Tapped by Sierra Nevada to Power New Brewery

    Guest Post
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Nearly everyone enjoys a good beer now and again. A delicious beer sustainably brewed with renewable energy that pours down from the sun might make that happy hour indulgence even more enjoyable.Kyocera Solar Inc. announced today that Sundance Power Systems Inc. has installed 650 kilowatts (DC) of high-quality Kyocera solar modules on Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s new Mills River, North Carolina brewery. The modules will help power the brewery’s energy-intensive processes, making Sierra Nevada beers brewed there arguably among the most environmentally friendly adult beverages available. A…
  • GM Teams Up with EV Industry for a Better Grid

    Guest Post
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Eight automakers and 15 electric utilities work to develop smart grid programGeneral Motors is bringing its OnStar-enabled Smart Grid solutions, to one of the largest electric vehicle collaborations to take place within the industry. Eight global automakers, including GM, and 15 electric utilities are working with the Electric Power Research Institute to develop and implement a standardized Smart Grid integration platform.“One thing that’s missing from most Smart Grid programs is a sense of collaboration,” said Tim Nixon, chief technology officer, Global Connected Consumer, GM.
  • Which Is the Greenest College Campus in Your State?

    EcoWatch
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Colleges across the U.S. have been making headlines for environmentally conscious polices and student activism. For example, the University of Dayton became the first U.S. Catholic college to divest from fossil fuels, Washington University students were arrested protesting Peabody Coal, and 130+ universities joined in a movement to measure the sustainable dining on campus.There are numerous ways to judge how “green” a school is, including a close look at college campuses. eCollegeFinder has created a map illustrating the greenest college campuses in each state, as judged by College…
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  • 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…
  • Sobering Fact: Plenty of Asbestos Still Sold in the US

    T. Caine
    14 May 2014 | 11:38 am
    Most people that have conducted maintenance on a home or apartment in the last two decades have probably bumped into asbestos. Asbestos is a fibrous material whose strength and resistance to fire and decay made it a popular choice for numerous products in the first half of the 20th century including floor tile, adhesives and building insulation. Unfortunately, asbestos fibers can flake off over time to move throughout the air. Eventually we can breathe the fibers in where they can cling to the lining of our lungs and inner cavity tissue. The result can be Mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer…
  • Drifting in a Cloud of Amenities

    T. Caine
    12 May 2014 | 6:02 am
    Most architects care to believe that people will recognize a well-designed space when they see it and that the nuances of a successful design process will be ascribed value in the eyes of potential occupants. However, what seems to be increasingly often, there are extra features and accoutrements that are added to the package outside of the inherent quality of the living space in order to sweeten the deal for payors and entice them to cough up that little extra something. These property amenities are emerging as an interesting barometer for how our culture is ascribing value. But of all of…
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  • 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
  • New $14 Organic Cotton Scoop Neck Tees!

    Melissa Dion
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Threads 4 Thought Basic Scoop Neck is is the perfect layering piece for everyday. With a slightly longer length and feminine scoop neck, it is a great fit for every body type. It is so comfortable and flattering, that we are sure you'll want one in every color! Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Available in Black, White, Robin Egg, and Wild Orchid. $14. Slim FitImportedHem hits below the hip60% Organic Cotton, 40% Recycled Polyester Shop Now
  • New $12 Organic Cotton Tees!

    Melissa Dion
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The Threads 4 Thought Basic V-Neck has a long and lean fit and is the perfect layering piece for everyday. The smooth and lightweight blend creates an easy drape and is comfortable to wear. In a variety of delicious hues, make sure to grab one in each color! Made of 60% Organic Cotton and 40% Recycled poly. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Imported. Available in Black, White, and Blue. $12 each.Shop Now
 
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  • How ecosystems can keep their fish, and we can eat them too

    Christopher Brown, Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Change Institute at University of Queensland
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Fishing of potato rock cod is totally banned in Queensland waters. Better regulation might avoid similar bans for other species.Mark PriestTighter bag limits for fishing could be the key to ocean conservation, according to new research showing that limiting fishing across entire regions can offer better protection than using marine reserves. Our study shows that while marine reserves can protect small areas, they don’t offer much protection for the areas outside their boundaries. In contrast, limiting fishing across entire regions can give more widespread protection. This suggests that the…
  • Having it both ways: News Corp's climate paradox

    David Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies at Monash University
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    AAP/Anthony Powell Something strange was happening in the arctic city of Norilsk last week. In an unprecendented heatwave, Siberians discovered the highs of 32C sunbaking in a city that is capable of -60C. The city is 300km north of the Arctic Circle near the coastline and is built on permafrost, but has been hit with what local media call a “heavenly mystery” – the sun. The continuing record sea surface temperatures in the Arctic Circle have not helped the situation, as even stranger wildfires also began to burn in the Siberian Taiga forest. Meanwhile, in Australia, hard news on…
  • Coal seam gas emissions lower than US: first Australian study

    Stuart Day, Research Team Leader, Energy Flagship at CSIRO
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The methane-detecting four-wheel-drive, measuring emissions around Queensland and NSW coal seam gas wells. Tests were also done upwind of each site to avoid cows or other methane sources skewing the results.CSIRO, CC BY-SAOne of the most common questions Australians ask about coal seam gas is whether the gas wells leak – and if so, how much? In the first Australian study of its kind, new CSIRO research now gives an indication of how much those “fugitive emissions” might be, and how we can start to reduce them. Commissioned by the federal Department of the Environment and now published…
  • Lessons from the Kimberley on developing Northern Australia

    Jessica McLean, Lecturer in Geography at Macquarie University
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Indigenous land owners weren't consulted in the past about the creation of Western Australia's huge Ord River irrigation scheme – but a recent agreement offers a more positive example for developing other parts of northern Australia.Pete Hill/Flickr, CC BY-NCWe are very happy to have got this far. We have had our disagreements but we have managed to work through them and now we are all getting on with the job. We have learnt a lot through the process. Standing on the banks of Kununurra’s Lily Creek Lagoon, Miriwoong woman Helen Gerrard spoke those words at a community celebration…
  • How does the Renewable Energy Target affect your power bills?

    Dylan McConnell, Research Fellow, Melbourne Energy Institute at University of Melbourne
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Clouding the issue: the latest analysis of the impact of the Renewable Energy Target contradicts previous reports.Bo-deh/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SAThe review of the Renewable Energy Target is due to be handed to the federal government any day now, yet amazingly there are still conflicts over whether the policy makes electricity more or less expensive. Amid claims that the target raises power prices, most people will want to know what will happen to their bills if the scheme is wound back or scrapped. The economic analyses carried out so far have delivered wildly differing results. The most…
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  • 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…
  • Dog Containment Fence Repair

    Darren
    21 Jan 2014 | 9:39 pm
    We have a PetSafe dog containment system to keep our dog on our property. People sometimes call it an “invisible fence”. It consists of a wire run around the perimeter of the dog’s area, a box that injects a signal into that wire, and a collar that beeps to warn the dog when it’s too close to the wire. It was a pretty simple system to set up, and it works well even on fairly large properties. I think ours can handle up to 2 km of perimeter. Once in place, you have to go through a training regime with your dog to teach it not to linger near the boundary. The audible…
  • Sustainability Books

    Darren
    24 Nov 2013 | 7:52 pm
    Here’s a bunch of recent books and eBooks that might be of interest to people trying to live more sustainably and explore the simple life. Anna Hess (of The Walden Effect blog) has recently published a couple of really good eBooks: Growing Into A Farm: Before The Walden Effect tells the story of Anna’s search for land, falling in love with her property, struggles to make it into a home, and finding the love of her life. I’m only part-way through it so far, but it’s great learning the backstory to one of my favourite blogs. Low-Cost Sunroom: Heating Your Home With Free…
 
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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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  • Easy Upcycled Planters

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Gardening in small spaces is a great way to bring fresh ingredients into your diet. Try these easy upcycled planters (perfect for herb garden!) to get you started. Planter Materials: Empty Cartons Scissors Soil Seeds or plants Planter Instructions: Have one or many, these easy planters are cute, functional and perfectly sized for herbs or small flowers. Rinse your carton and let dry. Using a knife or scissors, carefully cut out one side of the carton. Fill with soil, plant your seeds (or seed-lings!) and watch them grow! Because these cartons are made for liquids, you can water your plants…
  • Eco Print Scarves

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Oh, how I love making eco-patterns on playsilks and scarves. Silk takes color like crazy and the natural materials used in the patterns are easy to see. There are as many ways to eco-print as there are crafters in the world. Try this simple (yet satisfying) technique. What you’ll need: 100% silk scarf or playsilk, any size & pre-wetted (try Dharma Trading Company) White vinegar Small bowl with some white vinegar Non-reactive pot Rubber bands Plant materials such as eucalyptus, dark rose petals, onion skins, etc. (I favor the silver dollar leaf type of eucalyptus, but use whatever type…
  • Garden Caprese Salad

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A classic, this garden Caprese Salad is simple to make and guaranteed to satisfy and impress! Ingredients: Balsamic Vinegar Basil Tomoatoes Mozzarella Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt & Pepper Directions: Create a balsamic reduction by pouring a bottle of Balsamic vinegar into a small pot and boil gently for 20-25 minutes, until it creates a thick but pourable sauce. Set aside. Slice tomatoes & mozzarella into thick slices and arrange on a plate. Sprinkle on a pinch of salt and pepper. Add a basil leaf or two for each piece of tomato and mozzarella. Drizzle the dish with olive oil and the…
  • Unexpected Pleasures: Finding Joy in Daily Routines

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Line drying clothes always seemed like a lot of work. Rather than just throwing laundry from the washer to the dryer, I would have to haul a heap of damp clothing outside, individually clip each item to the clothesline, and then remember to come back later to take everything in again. In the meantime anything could happen—rain, wind, or even nosey neighbors laughing at my dainties. Despite my misgivings, however, when we rented a small house with a gorgeous backyard, I knew I had to give it a try. On the first sunny day after I had installed our clothesline (and by “I,” I mean “my…
  • Juicy Burgers with Gruyere

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A fun twist on a classic, these juicy burgers have fresh flavors and diet are versatile for those with allergies.   Ingredients 1 1⁄4 pounds ground beef 1 teaspoon kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 3 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (sharp Cheddar is also good) 1 avocado 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated 1⁄2 cup Quick-Pickled Onions Directions: Place the chicken, bacon, eggs, avocados, fennel, cheese, tomatoes, and blossoms (if using) in their own bowls. Place the bowls in the center of your dining table. In a large salad bowl, lightly dress the salad greens. Pour the…
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  • Largest Climate March in World History

    EcoWatch
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A spirited press conference in Times Square today launched the People’s Climate March, the largest climate action in world history. “The voice of youth is crucial in the People’s Climate March.” Photo credit: greenelentScheduled for Sept. 21 in New York City, the People’s Climate March will coincide with September’s UN Climate Summit, where world leaders including President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in attendance in answer to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon summons to consult on climate change.Key organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of…
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Obama’s Clean Power Plant Rule

    EcoWatch
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thursday and Friday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold the final in its series hearings on its proposed rule to clean up carbon pollution from coal fired power plants. There will be a lot of theater, and a lot of opposition as well as support. Some of the opposition comes from workers from coal mining communities or those with power plants fired with coal; their livelihoods are at risk from the changes sweeping the utility industry, including the declining dominance of coal. Others are ideologically motivated, clinging to the view that for society to limit pollution…
  • KYOCERA Solar Modules Tapped by Sierra Nevada to Power New Brewery

    Guest Post
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Nearly everyone enjoys a good beer now and again. A delicious beer sustainably brewed with renewable energy that pours down from the sun might make that happy hour indulgence even more enjoyable.Kyocera Solar Inc. announced today that Sundance Power Systems Inc. has installed 650 kilowatts (DC) of high-quality Kyocera solar modules on Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s new Mills River, North Carolina brewery. The modules will help power the brewery’s energy-intensive processes, making Sierra Nevada beers brewed there arguably among the most environmentally friendly adult beverages available. A…
  • GM Teams Up with EV Industry for a Better Grid

    Guest Post
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Eight automakers and 15 electric utilities work to develop smart grid programGeneral Motors is bringing its OnStar-enabled Smart Grid solutions, to one of the largest electric vehicle collaborations to take place within the industry. Eight global automakers, including GM, and 15 electric utilities are working with the Electric Power Research Institute to develop and implement a standardized Smart Grid integration platform.“One thing that’s missing from most Smart Grid programs is a sense of collaboration,” said Tim Nixon, chief technology officer, Global Connected Consumer, GM.
  • Which Is the Greenest College Campus in Your State?

    EcoWatch
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Colleges across the U.S. have been making headlines for environmentally conscious polices and student activism. For example, the University of Dayton became the first U.S. Catholic college to divest from fossil fuels, Washington University students were arrested protesting Peabody Coal, and 130+ universities joined in a movement to measure the sustainable dining on campus.There are numerous ways to judge how “green” a school is, including a close look at college campuses. eCollegeFinder has created a map illustrating the greenest college campuses in each state, as judged by College…
 
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  • “Solar Tax” on the Table in Utah General Rate Case

    The Vote Solar Initiative
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    I spent part of this week in Utah, where the major utility has proposed a discriminatory fee for net metered solar customers as part of its General Rate Case – or GRC. GRCs are typically complicated matters. They evaluate a utility’s assets, expenses, and capitalization to develop the revenue required by the utility to achieve [...]
  • Will Natural Gas Powered Vehicles Ever Become Mainstream?

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Considering that America has some of the biggest natural gas reserves in the world, and gasoline has become extremely expensive in the past few years, it makes a lot of sense to start using it as vehicle fuel on a larger scale. But, while the benefits of using natural gas as an alternative to gasoline [...]
  • Six Years On, IP Impact on Green Tech Transfer Remains a Mystery

    Eric Lane
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    It’s been quite a while since I’ve addressed green patents in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other international efforts to develop climate change policy. A guest post by Prof. Matthew Rimmer discussed the UNFCCC Doha meeting in December 2012, and I commented on the 2010 Cancun climate change [...]
  • A $6 Billion Opportunity for the Rural Energy Economy

    John Farrell
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    One of the biggest barriers to making investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy is the upfront cost. So what if members of rural electric cooperative and rural municipal electric utilities could borrow money for small-scale improvements on the same terms as the utilities for their large-scale power plants? Starting in 2014, they can. The [...]
  • Danish Wind Power to be Half the Price of Coal and Natural Gas by 2016

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Wind power has overtaken all other energy sources as the cheapest form of electricity in Denmark, with a cost roughly half that of coal and natural gas projected by 2016, according to an analysis by the Danish Energy Association (DEA). Home to major turbine manufacturers Vestas and Siemens, the country has been investing steadily in [...]
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  • 7 Moves to Get Rid of Flabby Arms

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are flabby arms becoming the bane of your existence, tempting you to buy sweaters in the middle of summer? While bat wings happen to the best of us, they’re a total buzzkill – especially during a season where sleeves are practically banned. Wouldn’t it feel ah-mazing to show off your arms with confidence without worrying they’re going to slap someone in the face? (Swoon.) Well, you’re in luck. Here are 7 moves to help you banish flabby arms and enjoy spaghetti straps again: 1. Triangle Push-ups Triangle push-ups are the ultimate way to kick your triceps into high gear and ditch…
  • Sun Protection for Cats and Dogs (Yes, it’s a Thing)

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Although education about sun protection and the number of sunscreen options have developed significantly over the past few decades, little attention has been paid to the other victims of the scorching summer sun – pets. Your furry friends are not spared from sunburn and, in the worst-case scenario, cancer. Here are a few tips to keeping your pets healthy and happy under the summer sun. Dogs and cats love to sunbathe – the sun is soothing for them just as it is for humans, but too much can take its toll on their health and sense of comfort. Pets often have little choice when it comes to…
  • Can We Trust Big Food Brands Even if They’re Going GMO-Free?

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the latest efforts to revive flat sales, big food brands are doing the almost unthinkable: they’re dropping genetically modified ingredients from their products. Ben & Jerry’s recently made the announcement that it was transitioning to non-GMO ingredients; General Mills’ and Post kicked off 2014 with similar announcements for their top selling cereal brands, Cheerios and Grape-Nuts. Walmart and Target have both boosted representation of organic foods in their stores, hoping the higher ticket items will be embraced by current customers and even draw in the dedicated organic…
  • GMO Companies Plan to Spend ‘Millions More’ to Stop GMO Labeling

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    With news that Oregon will get a second chance to vote on a GMO labeling initiative this coming November, there’s big news from major GMO companies including Monsanto and Dow: they’ve committed to spending millions of dollars to defeat GMO labeling campaigns. The GMO companies launched a website last year, GMO Answers, in hopes to assuage the growing concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. It employs social media efforts, speaking engagements and other marketing tools. And, reports Reuters, “The group has committed to spending millions more annually for several more…
  • The 6 Healthiest Fruits to Eat During Summer: For a Beautiful Body (Inside and Out!)

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The healthiest fruits this season are easily accessible and nothing you’d complain about eating – they are simply delicious! Often, with the convenience of being able to access any kind of fruit or vegetable year-round, we forget what it means to purchase seasonal ingredients. This summer, keep tabs on what’s in season, as doing so brings you that much closer to the food you eat and the health you seek. Here are 6 of the healthiest fruits this season and the reasons you should be eating them. 1. Apricots One cup of apricot halves bears 75 calories, 401 milligrams of…
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    Hip Moms Go Green

  • Healthy Guacamole w/ Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Nickie Knight
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I was raised in Houston, Texas so I can never turn down a freshly made guacamole. The one I am sharing with you today is my version of one of my favorite restaurants here in Scottsdale called The Mission. They make their guacamole tableside and it is super fresh. There is no reason all of […]
  • Are You a Rockstar Copywriter that No One Knows Yet?

    Nickie Knight
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Hi there. It’s Nickie Knight here from HipMomsGoGreen. I am about to make a HUGE move from this original website over to my “name” site. I need someone who can write kickass copy to clearly communicate what I am all about. Some of the greats have now moved on to teaching instead of one-on-one work. […]
  • Cherry Mint Limeade

    Nickie Knight
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:33 pm
    One of my favorite things to do in the summer time is make refreshing drinks. There is nothing like a healthy thirst quencher served poolside!  I love this recipe because it is super fast when the kids are begging for something sweet on a hot day. **all ingredients are organic 1/2 cup frozen cherries 2 […]
  • The Benefits of Quinoa

    Nickie Knight
    16 May 2014 | 4:09 am
    I certainly didn’t grow up eating quinoa since rice was the main staple in southern Louisiana! Quinoa doesn’t go to well with gumbo, gravy and etoufee. However, I have incorporated it into my diet for many reasons. This quinoa info graphic spells it out perfectly. Quinoa is gluten free and has tons of magnesium. So […]
  • Summer Slim Down

    Nickie Knight
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Picture this: For 21 days a Holistic Nurse and Certified Health Coach tells you how to eat, what to eat, and why to eat it. You’ll learn everything you need to know about food and nutrition in 21 days flat. I am super excited to have partnered with my good friend Elizabeth Rider for this […]
 
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    Planet Forward

  • 10 Alternate Uses for Nail Polish Remover

    Planet Forward
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Did you know nail polish remover could be used for more than taking off your nail polish? Today, we’ll show you the versatility of this common household product. As you may know we are always looking for new ways to help you live a more sustainable and economical lifestyle, and part of that mission includes upcycling. Upcycling is the term used for taking something old and repurposing it into something new and useful. (photo: sallyhansen.com) In our extensive sustainable living series we’ve shared with you how to repurpose: plastic bags, paper towel rolls, tin foil, old t-shirts,…
  • Plastic Bag Outdoor Pillow Insert Eco-friendly Craft

    Planet Forward
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Summer is here and if you’re looking to get your outdoor space ready for a BBQ, we’ve got a handy eco-friendly craft for you. This might entail putting out pillows on a swing, bench, or chair. A relatively simple and inexpensive way to do this is to make your own pillow insert using plastic grocery bags. This is a no-sew project, so anyone can do it with ease. Most people have now made the transition from plastic to sustainable bags; however plastic bags are still lingering around your home. With this craft project you can put those bags to good use and help keep them out of landfills.
  • Organic Gardening and My Planting Layout

    Planet Forward
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I did it! I finally planted my garden. Hello and welcome back my fellow greenthumbers to another edition of my organic gardening series and today we’re talking about herbs and vegetables. As you may know a harsh winter and lingering cold pushed planting back a few weeks in my area, but I finally got to plant. The process was fraught with peril as my rototiller didn’t start at first, but eventually the very handy person who helps me and I got it going. I know many of you believe in turning your soil by hand or not at all, but I’m on clay and it is too hard to do by hand. I am careful not…
  • DIY Key Wind Chime Eco-friendly Craft

    Planet Forward
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The weather has finally turned warm, and that means you’re getting the outside of your home ready summer gathers, BBQs, and time spent outside. A great addition to any outdoor space is a wind chime as there is something special about that soft, melodic, tinkling sound wafting in on a warm summer breeze. That is why today we’re sharing with you this DIY key wind chime eco-friendly craft. Know that, as always, this meets our three tier criteria for what makes great DIY craft project. First, the main element has to be something you’re upcycling. For this project that item would be the keys…
  • Organic Gardening And The Death of An Ash Tree

    Planet Forward
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and welcome back my fellow greenthumbers to another edition of my organic gardening series. Today, we’ll once again be discussing my front yard. Unfortunately I have some sad news to share with all of you, the tree in front of my home is dying. (photo: arnprior.ca) I knew something was off when winter’s icy grip finally lifted and the trees started to bud and bloom. I noticed that like many of the trees in my area, only the bottom portion began bud and the top branches were barren. Never in all the years I’ve lived in my home, which is coincidentally how old the tree is, has this…
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • 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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    Eco Friendly Home Furniture Design Ideas

  • Examples of Eco-Friendly Glass Countertops

    Sarah Clarke
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Aside from being a recyclable product, glass is finding its way into many homes now as a countertop material for a number of reasons beyond its inate eco-friendliness! There are a lot of pros to using glass – some of which you may not even realize!  Glass is a cinch to keep clean because it is non-porous and super hygenic.  It doesn’t stain, so don’t fret when you leave merlot rings on it from glasses left out from the party the night before. Glass is also a very strong material when it is specifically used for countertops, with some manufacturers even saying its as…
  • Wallpaper, Decals and Wall Murals – Trees Edition

    Sarah Clarke
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Is there anything more soothing and serene than a stroll through a beautifully lit, atmospheric green forest? Or a walk on a fall day through the orange, reds and browns of an autumn wood? Even a day spent in the bare trees and white serenity on a winter walk can bring a busy mind to a quiet place. Trees and forest scenes just have a way of making any space look more relaxing and zen-like. So its no surprise that designers and homeowners have latched on to the trend of papering their walls with forest themed or tree patterned wall paper and murals. There are so many gorgeous options available…
  • Looking to Buy a New Standing Desk?

    Sarah Clarke
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    More and more ergonomic experts agree: sitting all day isn’t great for your mind OR body. It’s not just hurting your back, neck and eyes – many scientists agree that sitting for hours at a time may do long term damage to your insides, too.  One study suggests that sitting all day increases your risk of heart disease by up to 65%.  Check out this infographic to see just how many issues arise from sitting at your desk, day in and day out. For this reason, designers developed standing desks, or stand up desks, which are built so that you can stand and work at your computer,…
  • Vintage Lighting with Beautiful Edison Bulbs

    Sarah Clarke
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    With the public’s design aesthetic leaning more and more towards an old fashioned, vintage look – lighting and lamps are one of the design elements most easily utilized for achieving this fantastic rustic modern look.  Vintage lamps that house Edison bulbs have started showing up everywhere.   You can find these gorgeous lightbulbs inside wrought iron globes and cages, in chandeliers, or just hanging from cords. Because these light bulbs give off such a soft and pleasing light, they can be hung bare, and their antique look is the most popular trend in lighting design in homes,…
  • A Few Eco-Friendly Workspace Decorating Tips

    Sarah Clarke
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Your job site is your second home. Therefore, if there is any chance you can decorate it the way you want and save the planet at the same time, go for it. You have unlimited options available to you if you are seeking a way to create an eco-friendly area that is yours and no one else’s. You can mix and match different colors and different materials that are all safe for the environment. The following is a list of basic eco-friendly work space decor tips: Choose furniture that provides room for light to enter your room. This will reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your…
 
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    Articles

  • Baltimore Water Wheel Removes Trash

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Jones Falls Watershed, encompasses 58-square miles of land, . . . where tiny streams all lead to the Jones Falls River, . . . which empties into the harbor. The Water Wheel, sits at the mouth of the Jones Falls River, . . . where it empties into the Inner Harbor. The river current and a solar panel array, provides power to turn the water wheel, . . . which lifts trash and debris from the water and deposits it in a dumpster barge,   . . . then a boat comes to tow the dumpster away and replace it with a new one. 07-31-2014 Source:  Baltimore water wheel removes trash
  • Us$1 Million Dollars

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Here's your opportunity to change the future of electricity. . . . If you can miniaturize a household-sized power inverter, . . . Google will give you a million bucks. Picture of CMS2000 inverters, for a 10KW Solar PV system. 07-31-2014 Source:  Miniaturize household-sized inverter
  • Billion-Dollar Substation -Or- Storage

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Con Edison is keen to avoid having to build a . . . US$1 billion substation infrastructure in New York and . . . believes residential customer-side energy storage, could be part of the answer, . . . to its need for meeting increasing energy demands. Cosmin Laslau, an analyst with Boston-based Lux Research said, . . . the work of companies such as SolarCity and Tesla, deploying storage, . . . to integrate solar at residential and small commercial scale will proliferate. SolarCity public policy spokesman Will Craven said, . . . that although there had been tensions between solar and . . . the…
  • Wearable Battery

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    . . . We need to develop batteries that are: thin, durable. But one startup,Imprint Energydurable battery. 07-30-2014 Source:  Wearable Battery
  • Australia's Dumping Its Poles And Wires

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    The 2nd-biggest sale ever, of a state asset. The government of New South Wales state prepares to offer a . . . 49% stake in its electricity distribution network for around . . . $10 billion. Some of the experts are calling for hefty writedowns, . . . before the NSW Network's businesses are sold. "The days of having a relatively predictable, low single digit growth path, . . . they're gone," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Richard Creed, . . . referring to energy volumes. 07-30-2014 Source: Australia's dumping it's 'poles and wires'
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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

  • Troubleshooting Condensing Boilers in Hydronic Systems – What is the System Doing?

    Chris Williams
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    This a guest post from Roy Collver. Roy is a condensing boiler expert. Here’s what John Siegenthaler, author of “Modern Hydronic Heating,” says about Roy’s work: “When I have a detailed question about the inner operation of a modulating / condensing boiler, Roy Collver is the first person I contact. The investment in Roy’s HeatSpring course is a fraction of the cost of a single mod/con boiler, but it will teach you concepts, procedures, and details that will return that investment many times over.” Learn from Roy Free. Roy is teaching a two-part free course on how to sell…
  • 5 Ways the Biomass Heating Industry is Laying the Foundation for Explosive Growth

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    At HeatSpring, we connect and build communities of learners and experts. Sharing knowledge is our passion. We collaborate with people in technical, complex industries to develop awareness, inspire creative ingenuity, and push boundaries. Most recently, we’ve focused on the biomass energy heating industry. To get a pulse for what’s happening in the industry, we connected with six awesome individuals who are working on increasing the adoption of biomass heating systems: Dr. Harry “Dutch” Dresser, Managing Director of Maine Energy Systems Maura Adams, Program Director…
  • New Massachusetts Solar Bill H.4185 Would Destroy Community Solar Potential In the Commonwealth

    Chris Williams
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    This is a guest post from Sam Rust from SRECTrade about new solar legislation in Massachusetts. (Editor Note: A note about the importance of community solar for lowering customer acquisition costs, something EVERYONE in the solar industry cares about. Everyone is talking about lowering customer acquisitions costs and soft costs and community solar has the potential to instantly drop acquisition costs by 50% to 80% for solar companies offering roof mounted and community solar projects. Why? It’s simple math. If you had 100 solar leads, a good conversion rate of leads to customers would…
  • Free Solar Design Tool: String Sizing Tool For Commercial Solar Projects That Works with All Inverters

    Chris Williams
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    One of the most important aspects of designing a solar array is sizing module strings to operate within the parameters of the selected inverter. This is especially true for commercial and megawatt solar projects. To help in this process, we’re providing a free solar design tool to our readers. Ryan Mayfield and Renewable Energy Associates has developed a free solar design tool to help in that process. Most inverter manufacturers offer some type of sizing tool, whether it’s simple or advanced, it’s usually limited to selecting only their products. The REA System Sizing Tool lets you…
  • Designing Wood Gasification Boiler Protection Systems: T & ∆T Pumping: An application that leverage both strategies

    Chris Williams
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    This is a guest article from John Siegenthaler. In the fall, John is teaching an advanced design course on Hydronic-Based Biomass Heating Systems. This is the most advanced and technically challenging biomass design course that you’ll find anywhere. The capstone project for the class will be designing a system and getting it reviewed by John. The class is capped at 50 students, and there are 30 discount seats. You can get a discount and sign up for a test drive here. Click here to join our Linkedin group to connect with professionals and share best practices for selling, designing and…
 
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • 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…
  • Sustainable Summer Swaps on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta

    paigewolf
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    If you didn’t catch my segment on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta – or you did and want to know where to find the products – here is the scoop on eco-friendly summer solutions for the busy mom. CBS46 News We all want to be kinder to the planet and make safer, greener choices for our families. Summer can be a particularly harried time for moms so we have some simple swap-outs for more sustainable solutions! 1.Sunscreen Most conventional sunscreens include chemicals classified as endocrine disrupters, meaning that with repeated exposure they can mess with your hormones. The most…
  • Giveaway: Boiron Arnicare Gel and Calendula Cream

    paigewolf
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Yes, I am that “green mom” who still relies on plenty of conventional medicine. I don’t think herbs alone will cure an ear infection or keep my anxiety in check. That said, when there is an alternative or homeopathic method that works for my family, I am all about it! I’m a big believer in integrative medicine, and have found acupuncture and arnica to be just as beneficial to my well being as aspirin. One natural brand I have found to be safe and effective is Boiron, a world leader in homeopathic medicines. Boiron  is committed to providing products that work…
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    mnn.com

  • Ice cream that doesn't melt and 6 other food wonders

    melbreyer
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Science is a beautiful thing – but sometimes we just don’t know when to stop. Consider food. It used to be that freezing, drying, adding some salt or fermenting the things we eat was enough to keep them fresh. But now our methods of preservation have taken a turn down Crazy Street and we employ ingredients much better left in the labs.
  • From Shark Week to 'Fat Guy' survivalists, here's what we'll be watching in August

    gmiller
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Summer is winding down, but here are 19 TV shows to help you take a last gulp of nature — human and otherwise — before September.   1. Felled redwood trees get spectacularly repurposed as cottages, treehouses, roadside attractions and more by the twin craftsmen behind Daniels Wood Land in the seven-part series "Redwood Kings," premiering Aug. 1 on Animal Planet.  
  • 'Sharknado 2' premiere generated one billion Twitter impressions

    mdestries
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    While the original "Sharknado" took a surprising bite out of Twitter, last night's premiere of the sequel turned the social media network into a downright buffet.   
  • 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?
  • 4 breastfeeding myths, debunked

    jsavedge
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you are trying to conceive, or you have a baby on the way, it's likely that you are getting all kinds of advice about the ins and outs of labor, delivery, and postpartum baby care. Especially breastfeeding. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it. Male or female. Young or old. Parent or not. Everyone is an expert and wants to tell you all about their experience, or that of their wife/sister/girlfriend/cousin/cousin's girlfriend.  
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    Greener Ideal

  • Tesla Motors In Talks to Provide Electric Cars to UK Government

    Greener Ideal
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Although there is some sense to be had when it comes to the development of more environmentally responsible vehicles, aside from California, New York and Washington D.C., most of North America doesn’t care all that much. Granted, hybrid vehicles are doing well across the country, but most of that segment’s sales efforts are driven by an extended mileage […] Read the full article: Tesla Motors In Talks to Provide Electric Cars to UK Government on Greener Ideal
  • 10 of the Best Eco-Friendly Books For Children

    Sarah Burke
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    We all know that books are great ways to entertain our children, but we also know that books are a great education resource too. Countless studies have told us that reading to our children, or encouraging them to read by themselves, stimulates imagines, expands vocabulary, develops higher I.Qs, improves attention spans and develops analytical and […] Read the full article: 10 of the Best Eco-Friendly Books For Children on Greener Ideal
  • Our Cars Are Getting Cleaner and Our Roads Are Getting Smarter. Are You?

    Contributing Authors
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    As you’re probably aware, the European Union has established a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 20% by 2020 (relative to 1990 levels). This has generated a number of innovations across a number of key industries – one of the most central being the automotive industry. Now is a time of great change and development […] Read the full article: Our Cars Are Getting Cleaner and Our Roads Are Getting Smarter. Are You? on Greener Ideal
  • Almost Everyone Has These 6 Eco Un-Friendly Habits – But You Need to Stop Now!

    Sarah Burke
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Being environmentally friendly can be hard work, but once you kick some of those bad habits and get some new ones, it’s usually pretty smooth sailing. Many of us can’t even fathom going to the supermarket without our reusable bags, or ordering a beef burger for our dinner. But there are still a few lingering […] Read the full article: Almost Everyone Has These 6 Eco Un-Friendly Habits – But You Need to Stop Now! on Greener Ideal
  • This Inspiring Man Planted a Forest Larger Than Central Park, One Tree At A Time

    Ian Andrew
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    For anyone who says that one person can’t make a difference, “The Forest Man of India” is here to prove you wrong. Jadav Payeng started planting trees in 1979 in India’s Majuli island area in an effort to conserve the area, and bring back animals who had fled the region, including elephants, rhinos, deer and tigers. His goal […] Read the full article: This Inspiring Man Planted a Forest Larger Than Central Park, One Tree At A Time on Greener Ideal
 
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    Wilderness News Online

  • 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…
  • Study Will Examine Water Quality in Rainy River Watershed

    Greg Seitz
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Rainy Lake (Photo by Jeff Kantor, via Wikipedia) The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has begun a 10-year effort to protect and restore water in an area covering much of the Quetico-Superior region. The study will involve scientists from many public agencies “collecting water, sediment, biological and fish data to help better understand what factors are influencing water quality and the aquatic plants and animals dependent upon it,” according to a news release. A public meeting was held at the Gunflint Lodge on June 19th to provide information and seek volunteers for monitoring…
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    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
  • San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way

    GTG Staff
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    | Sabor Mexicano Farm | It’s a perfect afternoon in Northern California’s Russian River resort area of Sonoma County, hot but not too, and a smiling and jovial Jorge Saldana is doing what countless numbers of his countrymen back in Mexico are doing on this and every Sunday—happily grilling under deep blue skies, surrounded by hungry people […]San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
 
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  • Alstom to supply turbines for massive Renova Energia project

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    €320 million contract entails 127 wind turbines for Umburanas wind farm complex. Under the terms of the deal, Alstom will deliver, erect and commission the wind turbines, which comprise the ECO 122, ECO 110 and ECO 100 models. The agreement also includes operation and maintenance services, for over €1 billion. When complete, the Umburanas wind complex is expect4ed to generate 355.5 MW — enough energy to provide power to approximately 700 000 people. “Our partnership with Renova Energia is one of the largest onshore agreements in the wind industry globally,” said Yves…
  • Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in First Half of 2014

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed). Solar alone has accounted for nearly a third of new U.S. generating capacity thus far in 2014: 32.1 percent (1,131 MW). Wind provided 19.8 percent (699 MW), followed by biomass (2.5 percent – 87 MW), geothermal (0.9 percent – 32 MW), and…
  • Study ranks Germany as world’s most energy efficient economy

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    A landmark study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has awarded Germany the top honor, less than a week after the country’s Nationalmannschaft swept all before it on its way to World Cup soccer glory. The ACEEE report found that Germany’s economy performed particularly well on all metrics, with strong codes on environmentally friendly buildings and a healthy appetite towards renewable energy, including solar. The U.S. and Australia, in contrast, came in for particular scorn amid concern around the pace of environmental efforts in those countries,…
  • WindStream Technologies installs world’s largest wind-solar project in Jamaica

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    Indiana-based WindStream Technologies is set to erect the world’s largest wind-solar hybrid installation in Kinston, Jamaica. The 80 kW installation consists of 50 WindStream SolarMill units that will generate more than 106,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually, (25 kW of wind and 55 kW of solar), and an expected return on investment of less than four years for Kingston law firm Myers, Fletcher & Gordon (MFG), which commissioned the project. The SolarMill is a new distributed energy technology consisting of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT), solar panels and proprietary…
  • India’s national solar mission back on track

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    India’s ambitious solar plans have received a much needed boost from the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi following disruptions caused by delays and trade diputes. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) last week issued guidelines for the installation of 1.5 GW of solar power plants — the biggest tender to date. In addition, the government has tapped state-owned company NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) – the trading arm of the state-owned electricity giant NTPC — to accelerate the solar rollout and help meet the targets set by the solar…
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  • Youth Voices on Climate Change in Times Square

    Guest
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    “We will never end poverty if we don’t tackle climate change.” Times Square photo courtesy Leigh Vogel/Connect4Climate That powerful message from World Bank Group President Jim Kim and dozens of young filmmakers lit up New York City’s Times Square this week from two massive video screens, bringing the call for climate action to crowds streaming through one of the busiest crossroads in the world. The screen time was donated by Connect4Climate partner MTV Voices, Viacom, to draw attention to the risks posed by climate change and the need for action from governments, businesses,…
  • Is Sharing Really Green?

    Guest
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    By Marc Gunther Courtesy of Ensia Many have sung the sharing economy’s environmental praises, but the evidence may not be there to back up their claims. Photo by Kevin Simpson     I’m a big fan of the sharing economy. On a recent trip to San Francisco, I stayed in a house I found on Airbnb and made my way around the city using uberX. I’ve written favorably about house sharing, car sharing, bike sharing and getting rid of stuff you no longer want via yerdle. At environmental conferences, I’ve listened to evangelists for the sharing economy such as Lisa Gansky, Robin Chase and…
  • A Guide to the Energy of the Earth

    Guest
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
     Where does energy come from, and where does it go? In this informative and entertaining TedEd video lesson Joshua M. Sneideman examines the various forms of energy and the many ways it cycles through planet Earth, how we use it, and why it matters.   For More Information: US Gov. Energy Kids
  • “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables” Tackle Food Waste

    Guest
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    With the panache the French are known for, Intermarché, France’s third largest grocery chain, has highlighted food waste with the delicious tale of the Grotesque Apple, the Ridiculous Potato, the Hideous Orange, the Failed Lemon, the Disfigured Eggplant, the Ugly Carrot, and the Unfortunate Clementine. This ingenious campaign, along with a 30% discount on such inglorious fruits and vegetables is saving tons of edible food from going to waste while making us all reevaluate the consumer culture.
  • Feeding a Growing Human Population with Existing Cropland

    Guest
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Courtesy of University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth’s strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But according to a new report by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, focusing efforts to improve food systems on a few specific regions, crops and actions could make it possible to both meet the basic needs of 3 billion more people and decrease agriculture’s environmental footprint. The report, published in Science focuses on 17 key crops…
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    ecocitizenaustralia.com.au

  • 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…
  • Eco-Friendly Tyres – An Overview

    Tracey Hordern
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Here’s something I bet you rarely think about, yet the chances are you have four of them, but perhaps only two. These inanimate objects are often lifesaving if they are in good working condition, but you need to replace them regularly. Replacing them is based on distance travelled, rather than time. So what are they? Tyres of course! If most adults in Australia regularly replace their tyres, as they should, where do all these tyres go? This question bears more weight, bearing in mind they take hundreds of years to break down - and that’s if they are exposed to sunlight. Alarmingly, if…
 
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    ecokaren

  • How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You

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

    Karen Lee
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Bone broth. I started seeing those two words all over the web recently. I wondered, what’s the big deal with bone broth? I always made my own chicken or veggie stock so I wondered, ‘What is the difference? Isn’t all broth the same? Just boil some meat and bones and you got broth/stock, right?” Well,...  Read More » The post How to make bone broth and why it’s healthy appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Foods That Heal Your Gut Sea Veggies Primer: Kombu (Kelp), Dulse, Wakame, and Nori What Vegans Don’t Eat
  • Country Living Fair with Hometalk

    Karen Lee
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    I had an amazing opportunity to attend the annual Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY, courtesy of Hometalk.com, a few weeks ago. I had been cooking non-stop for my family’s new GAPS diet for days and it was great to be out in the sun, walking around the Duchess County Fairground at my favorite country...  Read More » The post Country Living Fair with Hometalk appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! Celadon Road: Natural Products for a Greener Life
  • Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret

    Karen Lee
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    You know I’m a kimchi mama, being Korean and all. But I don’t limit myself to just kimchi, when it comes to eating fermented veggies. I love eating any fermented vegetables, including fermented green cabbage and cucumbers. Since I grew up eating kimchi, I often crave salty, sour fermented foods with my meals. During hot...  Read More » The post Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You Korean Kimchi Recipe Demystified 10 Fail Proof Ways to Eat Healthy
  • Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet

    Karen Lee
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    We are ending this week with one more post on gut health. I know I might sound like a broken record but I’ve been on a healing path to address my family’s health through addressing their gut. So excuse me if your think this topic is not “for” you. But I hope you’ll explore the...  Read More » The post Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Heal Your Gut & Heal Your Life Foods That Heal Your Gut How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • Made in the USA: Are You Sure?

    Manchester Wood
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    A Yuma Arizona journalist uncovers a “Made in the USA” seal of approval to be misguided. What’s really ‘Made in the USA’? Well one thing is for sure, don’t always trust the sticker. Lesley Fair of YumaNewsNow.com in their recent article Keep your Made in USA claims red, white, and trueuncovers claims that a Made in the USA-origin seal for businesses may not be credible. At Manchester Wood, we’ve always been weary of companies that supposedly “boost credibility” by giving them money in return for a logo and some marketing materials to help…
  • Solid Wood Desks 10% Off: Back to School Sale

    Manchester Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Discover the quality of our American made solid wood desks at 10% off during our Back to School Sale. Although this sale probably doesn’t pertain so much to first year college students, or those boarding for high school studies where most furniture is supplied in dorm living; this blog focuses more on the student returning this school season with a more definitive approach on his or her future. We can’t think of better items for study and work than our American made solid wood desk furniture. Providing your child, grandchild, or yourself with a product that will not only last…
  • A Few Grateful Giveaway Responses

    Manchester Wood
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Our July Montauk Chair Gratitude Giveaway is receiving many grateful responses! Here are a few… As our monthly giveaway about gratitude winds down, we share a few responses of what people are grateful for. If you’d like to enter for a raffle drawing on a FREE Montauk Chair, join us! There are 2 things I am MOST grateful for…my Family & my Freedom!-Lacey B. I’m grateful for libraries — just got access to an academic library after a few years without, and I’m reminded all over again how lucky we are to have access to so much good, free information.-Jenny I am thankful…
  • Why Free Shipping Matters

    Manchester Wood
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Our solid wood furniture ranges from $20 to over $80 in shipping costs… but it’s Free Shipping always for you, and our prices are still reasonable. It’ll be hard to find another American made furniture maker who offers Free Shipping always no matter if there is a sale or not. It’s not a special promotion. It’s a promise. And that promise is not to tack on fees after you’ve agreed with a price. To not be surprised when checking out to discover a huge cost added on to dampen the experience. We don’t believe in buyers remorse at Manchester Wood. We feel…
  • Buying Not Because It’s Easy

    Manchester Wood
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Our furniture isn’t easy to find unless you know us. And if you’ve found us, you’ve discovered something very hard to find. We recently had a consultant come into the factory who mentioned the famous JFK speech on going to the moon. It was about how JFK as a leader stood up and said essentially, we’re going to the moon… we don’t know how we’ll do it, we haven’t the slightest idea exactly how it’ll all work out… but we will do it regardless of obstacles. Casting out the high expectancies of a dream not knowing when but knowing someday…
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    21 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
  • 5 Best Beaches in Spain

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

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

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

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    Eco-lodges help in the protection of the endangered lands and biodiversity levels. They also support the local economies by using their revenue to develop the...
 
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    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.
  • get industrial… in your own backyard

    bambeco
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sleek and chic… perfect for outdoors Throw open the windows and the doors! Bask in the sunshine and let go. Summer is time to relax and unwind, to reconnect with friends and family. And time to take your entertaining outdoors! … Continue reading → The post get industrial… in your own backyard appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • solar magic… light up the night

    bambeco
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Like fireflies flickering on a summer night…at your next outdoor gathering, give the moon some competition and set your yard aglow. If the idea of outdoor solar lighting brings up images of the practical, but plain, it’s time for a … Continue reading → The post solar magic… light up the night appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • go rustic… the great outdoors is calling

    bambeco
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A place neglected by time. Covered in vines and greenery. Still standing, ready to be transformed, given new life. You don’t need to find a fabulous old barn to get the same feeling of accomplishment, the same striking look of … Continue reading → The post go rustic… the great outdoors is calling appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Joyfully Green

  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 28: Finding Peace & Creating Balance in Your Life

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Seems that I've stumbled into a rather crazed chapter of my life--many business plans and personal events are whirling around together like berries in a blender set on "high." The good thing is...they're all good. The bad thing is...I'm busier than I've been in a long time and feel like I've totally "fallen off the wagon" of simplifying. I'm trying to regain some sense of balance during this time, and if you are, too, then I bet you'll appreciate these five articles that discuss mindfulness, simplifying, and getting your life into some…
  • Why Do You Shop? 15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Hit the Mall

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    My blogging friend Bethany from Our Journey to Ithaca interviewed me today about minimalism, but if you could see my house (not small) and the things in it (much more than a few), you would hardly call me a minimalist. As I told Bethany, I'm more of a non-consumerist: I've grown to really dislike shopping, mainly because... My sister and I had to clean out our parents' home to prepare it for sale after they died. Decades of accumulated STUFF to sort, clean, sell, recycle, or (sadly) throw out. It was as if the saying "you can't take it with you" had appeared in…
  • Monday Snapshot: "Butterfly" in the Garden

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I love it when designs seem to follow the blueprints of nature. For example, these "butterfly" shutters, which look perfectly at home in a garden, don't you think? Would love your feedback: I've had a few recent inquiries about running my nature photography e-course in the fall. (The summer session just finished, and I must say, it was a wonderful group!) I hadn't planned on running the course again until March 2015. However, if you think you might be interested in taking a fall course this October (which would be lovely, considering the foliage!), please let me know…
  • My Week in 5 Photos: The Kindness of Neighbors

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Every time I take my velvety-eared dog, Delilah, out for one of her many walks, I get some beautiful views--my neighbors are some very skilled gardeners, that's for sure! Finally, I decided to just ask a few of them whether they'd mind if I poked around in their gardens with my camera. Turns out they were flattered! (I love my neighborhood...) So, for "My Week in 5 Photos", here's just a tiny, little peek into those gardens. In the weeks ahead, I'll share more photographs from my garden tours--you can thank my neighbors for the pretty views! Turns out my…
  • How to Make Time for the Things You've Been Longing To Do

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    "And if not now, when?" -- Hillel There's a lovely stretch of "country road" that winds through our town (actually, there are many lovely stretches in this part of New Jersey, but for the sake of this story, I'll concentrate on one). Every time I've driven along this particular road, on my way from one errand to another, I've made a mental note to stop there "someday" and take pictures of the horses. Someday... The problem with "someday" is that it often boils down to "never." Yesterday, I realized that I had to actually…
 
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    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.
  • get industrial… in your own backyard

    bambeco
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sleek and chic… perfect for outdoors Throw open the windows and the doors! Bask in the sunshine and let go. Summer is time to relax and unwind, to reconnect with friends and family. And time to take your entertaining outdoors! … Continue reading → The post get industrial… in your own backyard appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • solar magic… light up the night

    bambeco
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Like fireflies flickering on a summer night…at your next outdoor gathering, give the moon some competition and set your yard aglow. If the idea of outdoor solar lighting brings up images of the practical, but plain, it’s time for a … Continue reading → The post solar magic… light up the night appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • go rustic… the great outdoors is calling

    bambeco
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A place neglected by time. Covered in vines and greenery. Still standing, ready to be transformed, given new life. You don’t need to find a fabulous old barn to get the same feeling of accomplishment, the same striking look of … Continue reading → The post go rustic… the great outdoors is calling appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • Holly’s Homemade Dog Food

    Kirsten
    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…
  • DIY Cold & Flu Remedies, for those Change of Season Bugs (Shower Disks & Vapor Rub)

    Kirsten McCulloch
    1 Jun 2014 | 3:41 pm
    This post was first published last year as the winter came to an end. But now it’s starting up again and I have got the lurgy good and proper. So instead of spending Sunday in my office, writing this week’s blog post and catching up on paperwork, I spent it in bed with no voice…
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • 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…
  • Making Batteries, Not Cars, Will Be Tesla’s Priority in the Future

    Clay Miller
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Ever since it was founded back in 2003, Tesla Motors has been regarded as a car manufacturer first and foremost, despite the fact that the company itself has been stating that its primary goal is to supply other car makers with highly-efficient EV batteries, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of green vehicles, and developing EV technology, rather then selling cars, is its long-term priority. But, due to the immense success of the Model S, the all-electric sedan Tesla introduced in 2012, along with the fairly positive reception of the Roadster, the first vehicle produced by Tesla, this…
  • Precycling 101: Proactive Recycling

    Clay Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Precycling is the process of thinking things through before buying something. Before buying a product ask yourself, “When I am finished with this product what will happen?” Will it go off to a landfill, am I going to recycle it, will I be able to reuse it somehow or am I going to donate it to someone? Knowing the answer to these questions before buying a product is a great step in a great direction. Precycling is a very good way to reduce the buildup of waste, items to landfills and even can save you money. Below are ways to think ahead and Precycle: buy items in bulk and avoid…
 
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  • 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…
  • Top Tips For Reducing Running Costs

    Rinkesh
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Top Tips For Reducing Running Costs There are so many power-hungry appliances out there in the world, with a lot of the older model appliances being the major culprits. Many of them are 10 years old or older. But, newer appliances offer more than just good looks. They offer power savings that translate into lower energy costs. Even still, there are ways to further reduce your energy consumption and only pay for devices you’re using. Avoid Leaving Appliances On Standby Energy companies, often recommend unplugging appliances that you’re not using. An alternative to this is to purchase a…
  • What is Sustainable Living and 15 Easy Ways for Sustainable Living?

    Rinkesh
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product that is made using practices that don’t promote sustainability; and sometimes it means changing how you do things so that you start becoming more of an active part of the cycle of life. We all know that climate change, global warming, depletion of ozone layer and resource depletion are real and their impact on human and animal lives can be devastating. It…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Work begins at Lancashire wind farm

    Daniel Birkett
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    The construction of a new wind farm in Heysham, Lancashire will begin next week. The project will consist of three wind turbines at a site near the Heysham bypass and work will begin next week.  The Heysham South Wind Farm […] The post Work begins at Lancashire wind farm appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • BMW install giant UK solar array

    Daniel Birkett
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    BMW has unveiled a new giant solar array at its UK factory to power its robotic production line. Automobile giants, BMW have installed a giant solar array to power the robotic production line at their UK factory. The 3MW rooftop […] The post BMW install giant UK solar array appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Farmer makes case for wind turbine

    Daniel Birkett
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    A North Devon farmer has described how a wind turbine would be of great benefit to his business. The owner of Slade Farm in West Anstey has made a case to local planning officials to construct a wind turbine to […] The post Farmer makes case for wind turbine appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Welsh solar farm receives approval

    Daniel Birkett
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    An 11.5MW solar farm in Wales has been approved by the Neath Port Talbot Council. Plans were submitted to the Neath Port Talbot Council to construct an 11.5MW solar array at Tyle’r-fedwen Farm, Cwmafan which has now been given approval. […] The post Welsh solar farm receives approval appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Firm acquires third solar power plant

    Daniel Birkett
    28 May 2014 | 8:40 am
    Renewable energy firm, Belltown Alpha Renewables has acquired its third solar power plant as it looks to grow its green energy portfolio. In an announcement earlier today Belltown Alpha Renewables have revealed they have purchased two new solar power plants […] The post Firm acquires third solar power plant appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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  • 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,…
  • Empty Hands, Open Arms: Success and Conservation in 320 pages

    raintees
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    We love having a good book on our summer reading and Empty Hands, Open Arms is a perfect addition to your list. The book follows the travels of writer Deni Bechard into the rain forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo as he interviews both American and Congolese conservationists. These critical interviews detail their wildly successful methods for saving the world’s second largest rainforest and one of man’s closest genetic relatives, the Bonobos ape. We asked Deni a few questions and he has generously offered 3 copies for Raintees to give away. Why did you write it? “I wrote Empty…
  • Find your Bliss with Alo

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:44 am
    We all need time to recharge and rejuvenate, but sometimes hitting the yoga mat or treadmill in tired out leggings and tops isn’t the most zen-inducing practice. That’s why we’ve chosen to share with you a great brand from our home here in LA, supplying some of the most high-quality, stylish apparel that will last you years of namastay-ing. Photo credit: Alo Yoga Alo Yoga is designed by a team of yoga enthusiasts who create durable and light-weight pants, tops and shorts. They create quality products for both men and women in vibrant prints and solid colors to suit your personal needs…
 
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Defending the EPA’s Historic Limits on Carbon Pollution

    Dan Schreiber
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    This is the moment the climate movement has been waiting for. The moment where we drastically reduce carbon pollution and solidify our clean, renewable energy future. Last month, the EPA announced a historic plan to drastically reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants across the country. Specifically, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will reduce US carbon pollution by up to 30% or more. This important plan marks a real commitment by the Obama administration to address one of our country’s biggest contributions to climate change. Not surprisingly, the Koch brothers and other fossil…
  • Solar Roadways Becomes Most Popular Indiegogo Campaign Ever

    Aven Satre-Meloy
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Stories about solar usually don’t go viral like, say, videos of cute cats doing silly things or South Korean popstars’ strangely amusing dance moves, but one solar story in particular seems to have reached the upper echelon of internet virality. As of this writing, the hit YouTube video “Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!” has been viewed over 17.1 million times, and this comes after an enormously successful Indiegogo campaign that just ended last week and raised $2.2 million for Scott and Julie Brusaw’s new solar technology, making it the most popular campaign ever in terms of backers…
  • Mosaic & Enphase Energy Enter Alliance to Offer First Residential Solar Loan with Operations & Maintenance Service

    Katie Ullmann
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Mosaic & Enphase Energy Enter Alliance to Offer First Residential Solar Loan with Operations & Maintenance Service $100 million funding available for first home solar loan that includes an O&M service SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Intersolar North America  — July 8, 2014 EMBARGOED UNTIL 6am PT –Mosaic, the nation’s peer-to-peer platform for solar finance, and Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), a global leader in solar energy systems, join forces to launch the first home solar loan packaged with residential operations and maintenance (O&M) services, offering unprecedented…
  • Home Solar Loans are Changing How People Go Solar

    Bill Ehrlich
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Mosaic’s new home solar loan offering is the last piece to the puzzle for a complete solar finance ecosystem for homeowners. As the price of installed solar power has dropped precipitously over the past 5 years from $10/watt down to around $3/watt, solar enthusiasts and more recent converts have decided to “go solar.” Residential solar installations in the past required a large upfront investment by the homeowner since financing in the past was largely unavailable. The price of a solar system ends up being for the average American similar to the price of a car; the price range can vary…
  • Why the Koch Brothers May Be Good for Solar

    Bill Ehrlich
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Koch brothers have been in the news a lot recently as apparent opponents to renewable energy. For those unfamiliar with the Koch brothers, the “Koch brothers” are Charles and David Koch (pronounced “coke”), and are the owners of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned business in the United States. Koch Industries was founded in 1940 by their father, Fred Koch. Today, 78 year old Charles Koch is the Chairman & CEO while 74 year old David Koch holds the Executive VP position, each has a net worth of $40 billion. SOURCE: http://www.kochind.com/ Koch Industries is a…
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  • 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…
  • Don’t Take Office Lighting Lightly

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    It’s amazing that one small piece of the office interior design puzzle can be so important in many different ways.  What is that crucial element?  Lighting.  Although it may be an afterthought when designing a work space, lighting can have dramatic effects on office workers. Lighting can affect… Health – Bad lighting can cause everything from eye strain to falls. Mood – Light has a direct effect on the hormones of our body, making us either happy and alert or tired and cranky. Perception – When a new customer walks into a drearily lit office, they might get the wrong impression…
  • Don’t Forget This Important Interior Design Element

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    When people begin to design their office space, they think about what furniture they will use, what colors they will implement, and what wall hangings would improve the environment.  However, one of the most important design elements – one that staff and customers will encounter every day – is often overlooked or chosen without much thought.  The floors! Here at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we understand just how important your flooring choice can be. Don’t make the mistake of hastily choosing this important office feature.  Here are three things to consider when choosing the…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • Abrupt Climate Change Requires Fast Solutions

    Mi Muba
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Abrupt climate change occurs faster than the normal process of change in climate. But it doesn’t mean it occurs in days, months of years. At least it takes decades to appear. On the other hand climate change occurs in centuries due to both man-made and natural causes. But the main causes of abrupt climate change… Read More »The post Abrupt Climate Change Requires Fast Solutions appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Chemical Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Care Products

    Mi Muba
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Skin care products are very popular all over the world. People especially women regularly use them to keep their skin healthy and fresh. Especially those women directly under exposure to sunlight must use such products which keep their skin safe from the negative effects of sunlight and pollution of external environment. Due to fast way… Read More »The post Chemical Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Care Products appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • DIY Solar Panel – Overview of the Buying & Construction Process

    Mi Muba
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Do you know the electricity you use in your home is not environment friendly? Fossil fuels of gas, petrol or coal are burnt to produce it. It is not good to keep using it. Its constant use will further harm our world with climate change. Burning of fossil fuels adds in greenhouse gases which contribute… Read More »The post DIY Solar Panel – Overview of the Buying & Construction Process appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Aquatic Biodiversity: The Changing Shape Of Our Planet

    Mi Muba
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Aquatic biodiversity means diversity of life in water. It mainly includes animals and plants. Water environment is different from land environment. On land human beings, animals and plants can live. But human beings can’t live in water. So this is the unique feature of water that it carries two main forms of life i.e animals and… Read More »The post Aquatic Biodiversity: The Changing Shape Of Our Planet appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • What is Green Living?

    Mi Muba
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Many people wonder what is green living. Is it a catchy slogan or a practical idea? Can one really adopt this type of way of living or it just looks good in pledges and promises. Many people fail to look around them any person with a green lifestyle. People hardly learn about anyone one fully… Read More »The post What is Green Living? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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    The Urban Ecolife

  • 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 … →
  • The Economics of Your Food Choices

    Emily Uebergang
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let’s start off with a quick (but rather loaded) question.   When you eat, do you eat for yourself or do you eat for the world?   No pressure. But just think about it for a moment. It’s kind of a crazy thought because yes, of course, we are eating for ourselves. We need to eat in order to live. Our bodies require the nutrition and the calories or else, we may as well be standing in line at the post office and perishing … →
  • What Do All These Ethical Standards and Labels Mean?

    Emily Uebergang
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all want to make the best possible choices as consumers, not only for ourselves but for others and the environment, right? Right people? I’m imagining a wave of applause and shouting in agreement as I write this. After all, no one wants to be responsible for the plight of the Orangutan, the loss of biodiversity, over fished oceans, the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest and the poverty of whole nations to be casting a shadow over their head as they weigh between two different brands of coffee … →
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    Solar Drop

  • What Upfront Rebates for Residential Solar Are Left Around the States?

    Solar Fred
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Where the solar rebates are. It used to be that homeowners could receive some very generous upfront rebates that could offset 30% or more of the cost of installing a solar system. But as the price of installing solar PV has dramatically dropped over the last three years, so has the upfront rebates offered by states and utilities. In addition to the wide spread decrease in rebate funding and amounts, many programs have switched from upfront payments that defer the cost of installing to performance based incentives that pay you a certain amount for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced by your…
  • The U.S.-China Trade Case Determination and What It Means for Solar Installers and Consumers

    Solar Fred
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    A few months back, we published a post on All You Need to Know About the US-China Solar Trade Dispute and how it might affect solar installers and consumers if the case isn’t settled. Well, a preliminary decision is in. The Department of Commerce (DOC) has made a preliminary determination on June 10th in favor of SolarWorld, the German/U.S. solar panel manufacturer who filed the suit. Before we get into the penalties being proposed and finalized, we should remind readers that there are two parts to this case: Part 1: The DOC Decision A package of solar cells The first part, now in the…
  • 2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations

    Elizabeth Hill
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations   Solar panel installations have been gaining ground all around the globe as the drive for a greener world intensifies. The United States is not left out of the solar power revolution, which has also received more boosts with drop in solar panel prices. From all indications, it looks like a bigger boom in solar panel installations is on the way in 2014.   Fall in Prices   A few years back, one main argument against solar panel installation was the costs involved. Things have changed for the better as more responsible…
  • Micro Solar, a Solution for Both the Industrial and Developing Worlds

    Solar Fred
    12 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    You often hear about home solar and megawatt solar projects, but micro solar devices are also important energy sources for both the developing world and for consumers in our own industrial world. Micro solar, sometimes referred to as “pico solar,” are portable solar chargers that typically consist of a small photovoltaic panel, some type of battery, and a USB connection. Mobile devices, such as phones, tablets, lights, and laptops can juice up from either the micro solar’s battery pack or directly via the solar panel. The benefit of a small solar powered charger is also a challenge,…
  • Telemarketers Stealing GoGreenSolar.com Name

    David Tan
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Over the past two years, we have had people call or email us to complain about a company operating a Telemarketing campaign identifying themselves as “Go Green Solar” or using a name that is very similar. Please be advised that this is NOT GoGreenSolar.com. We do not, and have never done any kind of outbound telemarketing. Our business is obtained only through passive advertising and referrals from satisfied customers. We have determined that these unsolicited telemarketing calls are the work of an unscrupulous lead generation company which is using our name or something very similar to…
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    Green Planet

  • 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…
  • Solar Water Disinfection

    Prasun Barua
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    We know that water is an important element in our life. Our lives are survived by water. Indeed, our body contains huge amount of water. Purified water can save our life. On the other hand, germ infected water can destroy our life. So, we need to drink water which is disinfected. We can make our water disinfected by utilizing various systems. Solar Water Disinfection is one of the significant system to make our water disinfected.Solar Water Disinfection is a system which utilizes solar energy to remove biological agents like bacteria, protozoa, viruses and worms from water and makes it…
 
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    Alternative energy news and resources updated daily

  • Zinc porphyrin dyes produce solar cells which are able to absorb both visible and near-infrared light

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Solar cells will be improved in the near future A new dye-sensitized solar cell can now absorb a larger range of visible and infrared wavelengths in order to mobilize a current of electrons that consists in a clean energy source. This dye-sensitized solar cell is produced from zinc porphyrin dyes that are very good at harvesting light in both the visible and near-infrared scale of the spectrum. These dye-sensitized solar cells (also known as DSSCs) rely on dyes that have the ability to absorb a larger spectrum of light and mobilize a current of electrons which are a new source of clean…
  • A new energy system which uses only raw plant oils for off-grid homes

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Growing corn on field If your house is isolated from the rest or you simply live off-grid, you have now a chance to obtain a new energy system which uses entirely only raw plant oils to produce a greener energy. This new device was developed by a consortium led by Newcastle University and was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the RCUK Energy Program. This small-scale combined heat, cooling and power system has been created to provide independent electricity without the need of a local grid for every home which needs a cleaner source of power in…
  • Russia faces new sanctions from the U.S. and European states

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Russian offshore oil rig After the Malaysia Airlines plane crashed on the border between Ukraine and Russia due to a rocket shot but pro-russian separatists, the US and many European states have decided together to move to the third stage of sanctions against Russia because Russia is blamed for supporting the pro-russian separatists which fight against the Ukrainian army in the East side of the country. Right after the plane disaster and after knowing that the pro-russian separatists are responsible for the death of almost 300 people mostly Dutch, British, Australian, Canadian and so on, the…
  • Elon Musk on Colbert Report, Thursday, July 24th

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Tesla Model S sedan The famous show called “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central had a new guest on July 24th. Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal company, Tesla Motors and Space Exploration Technologies has been invited Thursday on the Colbert Report. The funny interview took about ten minutes and was very informative for all Tesla enthusiasts and all renewable energy supporters. After presenting the new guest, Stephen Colbert jumped quickly from its desk and run a few yards until a table with two seats where Elon was already installed. Stephen started flattering wittingly Elon…
  • Energy expenses improvement during the year

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    calculating monthly expenses During the winter season, many households have the tendency to increase the energy consumption by burning more natural gas for heating or by consuming more electricity if they a device which needs electricity to produce heat. During the summer, any household increases its energy consumption by using more electricity needed for fans and for air conditioning units and also using more water due to the heat which burns almost everything from the garden if we don’t provide plenty of water to all green plants and trees which live in our garden. Now being summer,…
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    Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion » Languages » English

  • 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

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    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.
  • Summer Sale @ Wabi Sabi EcoFashionConcept

    Wabi Sabi
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Today is July 1st.  That means SUMMER SALE  This year @ Wabi Sabi we are offering a very special summer sale. A BLOWOUT Sale... The post Summer Sale @ Wabi Sabi EcoFashionConcept appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • The New York Times says visiting the store Wabi Sabi is a must on any trip to Seville

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    Eat Tapas. Sightsee at the Cathedral. Take a walk through the old city.  Visit the Jewish Quarter. Shop at Wabi Sabi. These are some... The post The New York Times says visiting the store Wabi Sabi is a must on any trip to Seville appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
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  • 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…
  • Students innovate Eco-friendly Batteries

    Ecoideaz
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Author – Arushi Prakash The last two decades have been marked by a massive scramble to find new and sustainable ways to generate electricity. People have tried to capture the power of wind, water and the sun to replace conventional sources of electricity such as coal and petroleum. However, renewable energy needs to be stored in electric batteries so that it can be used when needed. Today, electric batteries are omnipresent at home across numerous electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, remote controls, wall clocks, watches. These can be single-use (disposable after the first use) or…
  • Opt for Ecotourism in India

    Eshaa Patnaik
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Dudhsagar Falls Via GHAC India as a travel destination cannot be underestimated in terms of offering a diverse range of geographical options. Many of them offer not just tranquility, but also provide us with opportunities to experience almost every adventure activity viz surfing, mountaineering, desert safari, rafting, skiing. Our rich culture, the green atmosphere, strong connection with ancient values and our artistic talent all combine to make India the first and the final stop for travelling. However, in the past century, we have exploited Mother Nature in our quest for material wealth…
  • The Need for Green Buildings in India

    Ecoideaz
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:22 am
    Author – Rishi Rawat Are you aware that your office or residential building could be harming the environment? Is it possible that your building is spewing harmful pollutants without you realizing it? We are well aware about various environmental issues such as global warming, water and air pollution and the measures that need to be taken to prevent them. If we switch to sustainable architecture and green buildings in India, not just for nature’s sake, but for ourselves, we could not only save the environment but also reduce our total ownership costs. The building construction industry…
 
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