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  • FreshTape wants to make the chip clip obsolete

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    rshreeves
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    As far as marketing items in swag bags go, I’ve always thought the chip clip was one of the more genius choices. You can never have enough chip clips. Sometimes, when I’m at a food conference or convention and some clever food company has left a bunch of them on a table for the press to take, I’ve been known to take more than one. Now you know one of my dirty little secrets: I take more than my fair share of free chip clips.  
  • New Insecticidal Strategy Kills Crop Pests With RNA Interference

    Chemical & Engineering News: Environmental SCENE
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Insecticides: Researchers stop the Colorado potato beetle in its tracks by preventing the insect from synthesizing essential proteins
  • Organic Rabbit Baby Shower

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    Abby Capalbo
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’ve attended and planned many a baby shower in the past few years, but I must admit, this might take the cake as the most adorable. Beautifully planned and styled by Kelly McWilliams, this organic rabbit-inspired fête has a wonderfully intimate yet elegant vibe, and the soon-to-be daddy, Cody Hunter, captured every priceless moment perfectly. See even more here. Share this gorgeous gallery on   Event Planner, Kelly McWilliams created a beautiful rabbit themed baby shower for her photographer friend Tiffany (who happens to be my wife!) Tiffany had told her she’d always…
  • Agricultural insecticides pose a global risk to surface water bodies

    Environmental News Network
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Streams within approximately 40% of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides. These were the results from the first global map to be modeled on insecticide runoff to surface waters, which has just been published in the journal Environmental Pollution by researchers from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Koblenz-Landau together with the University of Milan, Aarhus University and Aachen University. According to the publication, particularly streams in the Mediterranean, the USA, Central America and Southeast Asia are at…
  • Rick Perry: I Care About "Real" Pollution, Not Climate Change

    The New Republic
    Rebecca Leber
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    Rick Perry said Friday that he cares about “real” pollution—but not climate change pollution.Texas “decreased our nitrogen oxide levels, which by the way is real. It’s a real emission,” he said, when asked about climate change during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Vegetable Garden at Church

    Shawna Coronado
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:20 am
    Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and houses of worship of every various sort; these are the places you will find miles and miles of grass. Grass is by far the largest cash crop in the United States, yet grass-that-you-mow-regularly is an unfriendly plant for the environment. It’s not the grass that’s the larger issue, it’s the mowing and the gasoline used for mowing and the fumes related to mowing. For example, there was 11,000 gallons of gas-product spilled by the Exxon Valdez in the ocean. Remember that? Yet American citizens spill approximately 17,000 gallons of…
  • How to Plant a Garden Post Vertical Garden

    Shawna Coronado
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Last season my 14 year old daughter came to me and said, “I want to plant some seeds this year.” Awesome. I suggested she plant a few seeds in one of my front lawn beds and was answered emphatically, “NO! I want to grow my own garden!” She gave me a long list of ideas on where she would like to plant her garden and I happily agreed and settled for a vertical garden space on the balcony. MyGardenPost.com sent out a great vertical garden for the family to try, so we determined that would be my girl’s planting station for her very own garden. First step –…
  • How to Grow Baby Blue Eyes Flowers (Nemophila menziesii)

    Shawna Coronado
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    I will never forget the first time I saw Baby Blue Eyes flowers (Nemophila menziesii) – my breath caught a little as I walked around a corner at the Chicago Botanic Garden and there they were – a wave of sky blue. They do this amazing “wave-in-the-wind” thing I love and attract pollinators. Below is a page from my latest book, the Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide, that will give you a fantastic idea on how to get started growing this adorable blue eyed beauty. Baby Blue Eyes Botanical Name – Nemophila menziesii Bloom Period and Seasonal Colors – Blue…
  • How To Build A Rainbow Garden

    Shawna Coronado
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    Every year I try to plant a new vegetable garden design in my front lawn no-till vegetable garden. I adore bold colors and have always wanted to create a Rainbow Garden, so decided to plant up a bright and beautiful design for my friends and neighbors. This rainbow garden design turned out marvelous and was very easy to layout and plant. Because my front lawn vegetable garden is a no-till bed, I try to add different amendments on top of the soil before I plant every season. This year I added Organic Mechanics potting soil. Next season I will add fresh soil or rotted manure. First step is to…
  • Cenote Jardin de Eden; A Garden of Eden in the Jungles of Mexico

    Shawna
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:03 am
    Totally loved a swimming in nature experience in Mexico we had a few years ago and with winter being winter and all, you know – cold, dank, dark, horrible (and such) – I thought you could use a little break. I originally posted this story back in 2011, but it never gets old to swim in the gorgeous Cenote Jardín de Edén (translation – the “Garden of Eden Cenote”). This cenote is in the Yucatan Peninsula and was an unimaginably beautiful eco adventure and the perfect break for our cold weather. Above you see a photo that shows the semi-tropical jungle as it connects with an…
 
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  • Monarch butterflies can't wait another year - EPA needs to act now

    Sylvia Fallon
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Sylvia Fallon, Senior Scientist, Washington, DC Last year NRDC filed a petition with EPA asking them to review the use of glyphosate (also known as Roundup) in light of its effects on monarch butterflies and to impose restrictions on its use. After more than a year, EPA has yet to respond to our petition so today we are filing a lawsuit to compel them to act with expediency. Anyone who has been following the plight of the monarch butterflies knows that they are in trouble. In the last 15 years their population has dropped dramatically from a high of a billion in the late 1990s to a mere 56.5…
  • California moves forward to limit toxic perchlorate contamination - EPA still overdue

    Jennifer Sass
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. California is taking a big leap forward on the path to making the tap water of its residents safer than ever by setting a new public health goal (PHG) for perchlorate - a toxic water contaminant - of 1 part per billion (ppb), about 1 teaspoon of perchlorate in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. This health-based goal is an important step, but not the final step in regulating the chemical, since the public health goal is not mandatory. Next, the California Water Resources Control Board must set an enforceable standard (known as a Maximum…
  • China's Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

    Barbara Finamore
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing [Backyard in Datong with coal/Peter Van den Bossche] Good news! China's coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop in 14 years, according to official Chinese energy statistics released yesterday. Glen Peters of the Global Carbon Project calculates that China's CO2 emissions have also fallen, by 0.7 percent, for the first time this century. So contrary to grumbling in the U.S. Congress about the strength, or even existence, of China's climate commitments, it's clear that China's efforts to cut its coal consumption…
  • Commending Fannie Mae for innovation... in energy efficiency!

    Philip Henderson
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    Philip Henderson, Senior Financial Policy Specialist, Washington, DC Some people might be surprised to learn that Fannie Mae -- a company that purchases mortgage loans and sells mortgage-backed securities -- is an innovator in energy efficiency. Its new policy to offer a discount on loans for more efficient apartment buildings deserves our recognition and applause. One should not be surprised by this. Fannie Mae is focused on energy and water efficiency for good reasons -- efficiency is an important factor in the housing market, as evidenced by growing numbers of houses and apartment…
  • New York REV Order Poised to Deliver More Clean Energy, a Stronger Grid & Lower Bills for New Yorkers

    Kit Kennedy
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kit Kennedy, Director of Energy and Transportation, New York This blog post was co-written with my NRDC colleagues Raya Salter, Senior Attorney, Energy and Equity, and Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, who are NRDC's leads in the REV proceeding Yesterday, the New York Public Service Commission, which regulates New York's utilities, took a bold and historic step toward making New York State's electricity grid cleaner, more reliable and more efficient. The Commission issued the Track I order as part of its "Reforming the Energy Vision" plan, also known as REV. The order sets the stage…
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  • Fresh food finds a home in Memphis’ Southern comforts

    Darby Minow Smith
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Take a journey to Memphis’ growing food scene. In the second episode of The Victory Garden’s Edible Feast, you will: Meet the awesome head gardener of a community-focused urban farm. “This has changed me. I was sort of like a mean old dog that’s been penned in the pen and every time somebody walked near it I barked,” says Walter Gates. “Some of the relationships I’ve developed out here have gotten that old person out of me.” Explore the gardens of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where young cancer patients are served a different…
  • Could the moral angle get Christian conservatives to care about climate change?

    John Light
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    A majority of Americans think that fighting climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a “moral responsibility,” accord to a new poll from Reuters. The news agency conducted the poll following a number of recent statements from Pope Francis casting climate change as a moral issue, since it will hit the world’s poor hardest. Reuters found: Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said that world leaders are morally obligated to take action to reduce CO2 emissions. And 72 percent said they were “personally morally obligated” to do what they can in their daily lives to reduce…
  • Marvel superheroes take the day off to be terrible New York City tourists, just like you

    Jim Meyer
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Marvel Comics is releasing a run of 15 awesome New York City-themed variant covers highlighting their heroes’ city-living adventures. To be completely upfront, the “variant cover” is the comic book industry’s most blatant paean to unsustainable consumption: The publisher makes two covers of the same book so you buy one to read, and then the variant to encase in plastic and horde for your grandchildren to throw away when they’re cleaning out your overstuffed storage unit. City living, however, is an act of heroism worth celebrating. Living in New York can be a hassle, what with…
  • Pornhub wants you to turn your dirty thoughts into clean energy — using this wristband

    Eve Andrews
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The good people at Pornhub are a green-minded and innovative bunch indeed, and as such are quite concerned about the amount of energy that goes into streaming Welcome to the O.C., Bitch 1-7 to millions of screens all across the world. Enter the “Wankband,” which is a wristband that will ideally generate enough “dirty energy” — I GET IT! I get it. — to charge your various devices while you jack off. Like any reasonable person, I have a lot of questions about the Wankband. Let’s acknowledge, to start, that it’s awfully male-focused — which…
  • Gentrification doesn’t fix inner-city schools

    Nikole Hannah-Jones
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    We know the narrative on white flight: Coasting on federal perks like home loans from the Veterans Administration, G.I. bill grants, and heavy subsidization for highways, white families fled northern industrial cities like gangbusters in the 1960s. Whether this was because of financial incentives, or because they were running from court-sanctioned desegregation, the outcome was abandoned communities with devastated city tax bases. The highest costs of white flight, however, were born by the children left behind in even more segregated, and now almost entirely poor neighborhood schools.
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • 7th Annual Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum - Coming up April 8, 2015

    Scott Edward Anderson
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:54 am
    The Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic, an organization I co-founded with Kevin Brown of Hobbes & Towne, is hosting its 7th annual energy technology forum, once again in partnership this year with the law firm of Pepper Hamilton. More details to come, but I wanted readers to have this head's up.The Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 3:30 - 7:30 PM (ET)Fostering investment and opportunity in energy technology…The future of energy technology is now. Join us for thought-provoking sessions from experts and…
  • An Email from Santa Claus to Climate Skeptics: An Annual Green Skeptic Tradition

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

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

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

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

  • WATCH: ‘House of Cards’ star Kate Mara Promotes Meatless Mondays

    Brianne Hogan
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    The latest season of “House of Cards” may have dropped earlier today, but actress Kate Mara dropped a video of her own today, too: one promoting Meatless Mondays. Mara teams up Read MoreThe post WATCH: ‘House of Cards’ star Kate Mara Promotes Meatless Mondays appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • July Lookout: Enjoy a Weeklong Vegan Vacation in Southern Italy

    Nell Alk
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Too often we vegans are met with naysayers suggesting veganism isn’t feasible; isn’t realistic; isn’t sustainable. To that we vegans say phooey! Non-vegans are missing out on the rewarding benefits Read MoreThe post July Lookout: Enjoy a Weeklong Vegan Vacation in Southern Italy appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Laura Vandervoort Calls on Canada to #BeCrueltyFree

    Brianne Hogan
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    “Bitten” actress Laura Vandervoort is urging the Canadian government to #BeCrueltyFree and ban cosmetics testing on animals. The Canadian actress joins a long list of celebs, including Kristin Bauer, Leona Lewis and Read MoreThe post Laura Vandervoort Calls on Canada to #BeCrueltyFree appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • US Dietary Guidelines Say More Plant-Based Food, Less Sugar

    Anthony Marcusa
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:03 am
    The much anticipated new governmental dietary guidelines have arrived, with some 572 pages of suggestions, initiatives, and health recommendations. Most notably, perhaps, these guidelines – which are set forth every five years by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services – have for the first time Read MoreThe post US Dietary Guidelines Say More Plant-Based Food, Less Sugar appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • World-Renowned Health and Nutrition Expert Encourages Vegan Diet

    Megan Thompson
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:42 pm
    When Dr. David Jenkins published a detailed list of foods and their different effects on blood sugar, he had no idea that his discovery of the “glycemic index” would shape Read MoreThe post World-Renowned Health and Nutrition Expert Encourages Vegan Diet appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • Outdoor Furniture: Eucalyptus – A New Type of Wood

    Sheila T.
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:48 am
    The most familiar wood on the market for outdoor furniture is Red Cedar, treated Pine, Teak and Oak. But another type of wood available on the market is eucalyptus. Eucalyptus which is native to Australia, Tasmania and nearby islands is a fast growing very hardy plant. It has been harvested for years in its native lands as timber and for fuel; but the trees have been introduced worldwide. In California, San Diego, eucalyptus was introduced as wood for the railways. In China the trees were introduced through reforestation efforts; but were turned to plantations now exceeding 170 million…
  • Sustainable Restaurants on the Rise

    Zach
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:38 am
    Without a doubt, the green revolution is in, and it is probably here to stay. Yes, in the past, people would change some habits, but they would not think of the bigger picture, which was a pity as people can really make a difference if they change the way they shop, commute and eat. With that being said, sustainable restaurants are on the rise, and here are a few things to ponder about their rise in popularity. Recycled materials: First and foremost, when building a restaurant or adding onto it, many owners spend a lot of money to fix up the inside of the place. While it’s great to have a…
  • Eco-Fashion Friday Finds – something old and something new

    Maureen
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Being fashionably green takes many forms. For instance, you can buy something fabulously new, ethically made of sustainable fabric, via a zero-waste process – or you can go vintage and ramp up you style by wearing and reusing things that had a previous life like this lovely Jill Sander herringbone coat (above) that you can find at Archive Vintage for $325. (above) Something new – love the vibrant indigo blue color and Small Mountain pattern of this Lina Rennell crew tee. Made with 100% organic cotton. Styled with a 3/4-length sleeve. $110 @ belkina.com (above) Old is new –…
  • Designer Spotlight: Joining Wood and Metal – Hilla Shamia

    Sheila T.
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Designers have always sought out wood for its natural beauty and warm organic feel. A designer turning out a new twist on wood furniture is Hilla Shamia. Shamia’s work is a beautiful example of contrasting materials that work together. Shamia developed her technique while studying for her B.Des. in the Department of Industrial Design at Holon Institute of Technology, Israel. Shamia’s stunning pieces come in a range of tables, stools and benches. They are made by first positioning the wood into a mold. Molten aluminum is then poured into the mold filling in the cracks and crevasses of…
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    Environmental News Network

  • Is Greenland Melting?

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:09 pm
    A team of scientists lead by Danish geologist Nicolaj Krog Larsen have managed to quantify how the Greenland Ice Sheet reacted to a warm period 8,000-5,000 years ago. Back then temperatures were 2-4 degrees C warmer than present. Their results have just been published in the scientific journal Geology, and are important as we are rapidly closing in on similar temperatures.
  • Antifreeze protein from ticks fights frostbite in mice

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    A protein that protects ticks from freezing temperatures also prevents frostbite when introduced in mice, a Yale-led study has found. The research is the first to demonstrate the protein’s ability to boost frostbite resistance in an adult mammal.
  • Michigan utility on the wrong track increasing rates for LED municipal lighting

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this month, DTE Energy announced a rate hike for LED lights. The decision sparked anger in Michigan city officials involved in municipal streetlight conversions, who would see their financial incentives for energy conservation diminish. At the same time, DTE plans to lower its rates on sodium lighting, which can use up to three times more electricity than LED.In 2014 Ypsilanti, best known as the home of Eastern Michigan University, converted all 1,100 of its streetlights to LED — making it the first Michigan municipality to do so.
  • Agricultural insecticides pose a global risk to surface water bodies

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Streams within approximately 40% of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides. These were the results from the first global map to be modeled on insecticide runoff to surface waters, which has just been published in the journal Environmental Pollution by researchers from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Koblenz-Landau together with the University of Milan, Aarhus University and Aachen University. According to the publication, particularly streams in the Mediterranean, the USA, Central America and Southeast Asia are at…
  • Lash Length Keeps Eyes Healthy

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:03 am
    It started with a trip to the basement of the American Museum of Natural History in New York to inspect preserved animal hides. Later, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers built a wind tunnel about 2 feet tall, complete with a makeshift eye. By putting both steps together, the team discovered that 22 species of mammals – from humans, to hedgehogs, to giraffes ­– are the same: their eyelash length is one-third the width of their eye. Anything shorter or longer, including the fake eyelashes that are popular in Hollywood and make-up aisles, increases airflow around the eye…
 
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    EcoSalon

  • Acknowledging Eating Disorders: Ending Excessive Photoshop Jobs Helps, but Isn’t the Answer

    Abbie Stutzer
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Eating disorders aren’t funny, a fad, a phase, or motivation to lose weight – they are deadly and incredibly hard to treat. Eating disorder awareness week happens every year from February 22-28; but similar to all “awareness” weeks, months, etc., this illnesses needs to be in the spotlight year-round. Eating disorders run the gambit. You’re probably more familiar with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, but there is at least a handful (if not more) other types of eating disorders (Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia) affecting men and women, and boys and girls of all ethnicities…
  • 5 Must-Have London Fashion Looks from Vivienne Westwood Red Label

    Amanda Zantal-Wiener
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Compared to the recent luck of the American Northeast, the weather for London Fashion Week seems positively balmy. Perhaps the envy-worthy temperature of 48°F (for this cold New Yorker, anyway) is best attributed to the hot looks found on the runway over the past week. Of no exception, of course, is the latest line from one of our favorite conscious designers, Vivienne Westwood, and her ceaselessly luminous Red Label. At London Fashion Week, the designer’s Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection provided a welcome contrast to the murky, muddied gutter snow currently associated with the season,…
  • The Nordic Diet: Eating Like a Viking is Good for All of Us

    Anna Brones
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Is the Nordic Diet just the new “it” thing or is it actually a sustainable approach to food? If it’s not one diet, it’s another, because let’s face it: we want the magic trick that will keep is fit and slim. The truth is, there is no magic trick, the best diet isn’t a diet at all, but a healthy lifestyle built around eating real food. But this doesn’t stop us from seeking out things that can guide our eating habits. Which is maybe why things like the Mediterranean Diet have proved so succesful, both for people looking to eat better, and for authors…
  • The American Cannabis Industry is Growing

    Abbie Stutzer
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The American cannabis industry is growing… fast. And Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to helping connect cannabis entrepreneurs, just added a new feature to help these budding business people connect. Ganjapreneur launched in July 2014 and in the fall of the same year, the site launched its Marijuana Job Feed. The Job Feed was created to highlight the various gigs available in the cannabis industry. Just recently, however, the site added a search feature that allows entrepreneurs in the industry to easily connect with cannabis companies that are hiring. This feature not only is a…
  • Helen Mirren Advocates Aging Gracefully in New L’Oreal Ad

    Liz Thompson
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Models are getting older. As in the over 60 set. That’s right, if you have yet to see Helen Mirren in her latest role as the face of L’Oreal you truly are missing out. While super models of the ’80s are now in their 40s and early 50s, there is a new set of model on the scene. And they are the over 60 set. The gorgeous Helen Mirren is the new brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. In a video for the brand, in which she proudly proclaims “our perfect age is now”, she not only suits up in leather and red lipstick, but persuades us to grow another year bolder. Yep, a real life 69…
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Growing Risks to India's Water Supply Mapped With New Online Tool

    Yale Environment 360
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:06 pm
    A new online tool could help water users in India understand the risks to their water supply, which is dwindling and increasingly Enlarge
  • For First Time in Nature Scientists Measure Heat-Trapping Effects of CO2

    Yale Environment 360
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    Scientists have long understood how carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming, but the phenomenon had not been directly documented at the earth's surface outside of a laboratory — until now. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers present 11 years of field data on carbon dioxide's capacity to absorb thermal radiation emitted from the surface of the earth. The results agree with theoretical predictions of the greenhouse effect associated with fossil fuel combustion, researchers say, and provide further confirmation that calculations used in climate…
  • In Kenya’s Mountain Forests, A New Path to Conservation

    Yale Environment 360
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    Kenya’s high-elevation forests are the source for most of the water on which the drought-plagued nation depends. Now, after decades of government-abetted abuse of these regions, a new conservation strategy of working with local communities is showing signs of success. BY FRED PEARCE
  • Global Pesticide Map Shows Large Areas of High Water Pollution Risk

    Yale Environment 360
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    Streams across roughly 40 percent of the planet's land area are at risk of pollution from pesticides, according to Enlarge
  • New Map Shows Background Noise Levels Across the United States

    Yale Environment 360
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    A new map by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) shows America's quietest and noisiest places. The park service Enlarge
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • China Suspends Ivory Imports, But African Elephants Still In Danger Of Extinction

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    BEIJING -- China on Thursday suspended the import of ivory carvings for one year, marking a small step toward limiting the ivory demand that drives the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants. While the suspension signaled a symbolic victory for conservationists, many environmental groups noted that Africa’s elephant population remains in grave danger of extinction unless governments in China and Africa take stronger steps to protect the animals. Chinese ivory markets provide the payoff at the end of a long supply chain, one that begins on the plains of sub-saharan Africa and…
  • An Owl Is Now Attacking Pedestrians In The Netherlands, Too

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    PURMEREND, Netherlands (AP) — The residents of one Dutch town are cowering under umbrellas after an aggressive eagle owl started swooping out of the sky, sinking its talons into them and gouging their flesh. The so-called "terror owl" has become a media sensation after attacking people in recent weeks in and around Purmerend, 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Amsterdam. The hardest hit area in town is the Prinsenstichting assisted-living complex for people with disabilities. A spokeswoman for the complex, Lieselotte de Bruijn, said Thursday the owl has attacked up to 20 people there in…
  • How One Community Is Kicking The Koch Brothers' Harmful Black Dust Out Of Their Neighborhood

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    It’s not easy to take on a wealthy, multi-national corporation and win. Especially for residents of Chicago’s struggling southeast side. But that’s exactly what's happening on the banks of the Calumet River, where the steel plants that used to give residents of a mostly Hispanic neighborhood access to a middle-class lifestyle were replaced, nearly two years ago, with black dust called petroleum coke (“petcoke”) piled five or six stories tall. The piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- belong to KCBX Terminals, owned by the conservative billionaire Koch…
  • Exxon Mobil Settles With New Jersey Over Environmental Damage

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    A long-fought legal battle to recover $8.9 billion in damages from Exxon Mobil Corporation for the contamination and loss of use of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows and waters in New Jersey has been quietly settled by the state for around $250 million.
  • Scientists Create Music For Cats, And Fur A Good Reason

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    "Cats are not humans and humans are not cats and it is important that we humans, as the servants of cats, be aware of this difference." That's Dr. Charles Snowdon, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's been on a quirky mission to--yes, you're reading this right--create music for cats. You can listen to some of his "meow-sic" here. "We were motivated to make music for cats for two reasons," he told The Huffington Post in an email. "First, many pet owners told us that they play radio music for their pets while they are at work and we wondered if this had any value. Second,…
 
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  • No Deal Can Make up For Keystone XL

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    Three days ago, President Obama pulled out his veto pen to derail the latest attempt by Big Oil's members of Congress to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then, there's been a lot of chatter among pundits about what the veto means for the environmental movement, what it means for the president politically, and what it means for Big Oil's bottom line. That kind of chatter is more often than not just noise -- and this time is no exception. So let's cut through that, and look at the facts. The president's veto is a big deal, and a powerful victory for our movement. Few imagined…
  • More Oil Drilling? Let's Cut Consumption Instead

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    Attempting to make good on its "all of the above" energy strategy, the Obama administration recently floated proposals for oil development that have infuriated members of Congress on both coasts, but for very different reasons. Alaska's legislators want more of it, but the administration proposed to place areas off limits. Meanwhile, some Eastern seaboard senators don't want it at all, but the administration is proposing to sell leases off the coast. Late last month, the two factions held dueling press conferences to denounce the proposals and vow retaliation. What got lost in the hue and…
  • What the Keystone Pipeline Means to Millennials

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:19 pm
    A Presidential Veto is a momentous event, and President Obama has only chosen to exercise this power three times. That being said, the President's recent veto of the Keystone Pipeline Bill was a subdued affair, operating in stark contrast to the mock signing ceremony held by the Republicans weeks ago. The Keystone Pipeline, still popular among Americans though decreasingly so, has become a politicized lightning rod simultaneously illustrating progress and obstructionism, environmentalism and energy independence, left and right. The pipeline seems to address everyone on a different level, but…
  • 'Green News Report' - February 26, 2015

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:04 pm
    The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Influence of climate change on our schizophrenic extreme winter weather; Scientists say geo-engineering is madness, but we should study it anyway (CUE THE CHEMTRAILS!); Shell Oil nixes plan for Canadian tar sands mine; PLUS: There's a sucker born every minute: man makes money off of bottled snow... All that and more in today's Green News Report! It's our 6th anniversary! THANK YOU for sharing it with us! Please help us to continue to connect the climate change dots over your public airwaves!!! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE!
  • Entangled Empathy: How to Improve Human-Animal Relationships

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Entangled empathy and a rescued rat A new book by Wesleyan University philosopher Lori Gruen called Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals is a wonderful addition to a growing literature in the transdisciplinary field called anthrozoology, the study of human-animal relationships (the Kindle edition can be found on Amazon). An interview I did with Professor Gruen lays out the basic foundation for her ideas about entangled empathy, a new and practical ethic for improving our relationships with nonhuman animals (animals) and also other humans. When I asked her…
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  • Despite fiery CPAC speech, is Ted Cruz changing course?

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas used a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to rail against the party establishment, calling himself a “disruptive app” such as Uber that would upend the political system. Delighting the assembled conservative shock troops, Cruz castigated the Republican leadership for selling out their principles by separating a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security from a measure that would roll back President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration
  • Ukraine conflict at 'crossroads' as troop deaths shake truce

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:04 am
    International monitors said Friday the conflict in Ukraine was at a "crossroads" as further losses among government forces rattled a two-week-old truce just as it seemed to be gaining traction. The envoy to Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which is monitoring the peace deal, told the UN Security Council that while there were encouraging signs, the country still risked all-out war. Russia formally annexed the territory in March 2014, triggering an international furore. The uprising in Ukraine's east, which has claimed at least 5,800…
  • Senate passes Homeland Security funds through Sept. 30

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:39 am
    The DHS has three weeks of funding hours before it would have run out.
  • Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.
  • Congress aims for short-term Homeland Security bill

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With hours to spare, the Republican-controlled Congress struggled Friday to approve stopgap funding for the Department of Homeland Security in time to prevent a partial agency shutdown.
 
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  • How were fossil tracks made by Early Triassic swimming reptiles so well preserved?

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    That swim tracks made by tetrapods occur in high numbers in deposits from the Early Triassic is well known. What is less clear is why the tracks are so abundant and well preserved. Paleontologists have now determined that a unique combination of factors in Early Triassic delta systems resulted in the production and unusually widespread preservation of the swim tracks: delayed ecologic recovery, depositional environments, and tetrapod swimming behavior.
  • Sun has more impact on the climate in cool periods

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interaction that controls our climate. New research now shows that the impact of the Sun is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler.
  • Modern logging techniques benefit rainforest wildlife

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    The value of a modern logging technique has been revealed for maintaining biodiversity in tropical forests that are used for timber production. The most comprehensive study of Reduced-Impact Logging (RIL) to date has been completed, surveying wildlife communities over a five-year period before and after timber harvesting.
  • Submarine data used to investigate turbulence beneath Arctic ice

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Using recently released Royal Navy submarine data, researchers have investigated the nature of turbulence in the ocean beneath the Arctic sea-ice. Recent decreases in Arctic sea ice may have a big impact on the circulation, chemistry and biology of the Arctic Ocean, due to ice-free waters becoming more turbulent. By revealing more about how these turbulent motions distribute energy within the ocean, the findings from this study provide information important for accurate predictions of the future of the Arctic Ocean.
  • The biobattery: Turning sewage sludge into electricity and engine oil

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Sewage sludge, green waste, production residue from the food industry, straw or animal excrement – with the biobattery‘s modular concept a much larger range of biomass can be utilized for energy recovery than previously. Researchers show that they can convert organic residues into electricity, heat, purified gas, engine oil and high quality biochar using this process.
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Healthy Handwashing

    Amanda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

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

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

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

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

  • Most in OPEC are Nervy But Saudis Aren't

    Gaurav Sharma
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    As Brent slid back below $60 per barrel this week before recovering, non-Arab members of OPEC began their latest round of whining about the oil price accompanied by customary calls for an “extraordinary meeting of ministers”. That’s an unscheduled kerfuffle to haggle over the cartel’s production quota to the wider oil market, just in case you are not up to speed on OPEC-speak.
  • High Yield Bond Volume Hits $6.75B As Energy Issuers Return To Market

    Tim Cross
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    High yield bond issuance in the U.S. totaled $6.75 billion this week, which was interrupted by a widely populated leveraged finance conference courtesy J.P. Morgan. With the recent activity, year-to-date high yield issuance totals $53 billion, more than 20% ahead of volume seen at this point in 2014.
  • The European Commission Unveils Its Energy Union Plan

    Stratfor
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    Europe may be on its way to finding long-term relief from dependence on Russian energy. The European Commission on Feb. 25 released its Energy Union Package of proposals designed to continue developing the bloc's energy market and energy security. The proposals, meant to establish a European Energy Union, are more a continuation of EU energy policies than a radical departure from them. The proposals will not substantially decrease the energy supplies flowing from Russia to Europe, but they will continue to erode Moscow's ability to dictate prices in European markets — a tool Russia…
  • The Best Cities For Manufacturing Jobs

    Christopher Helman
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    Houston, Milwaukee and Seattle top our list of the fastest-growing metro areas in manufacturing.
  • Welcome To Houston, Texas - Still America's Economic Miracle

    Christopher Helman
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    Who needs $100 oil? Texas still has more jobs, more manufacturing, lots of high tech, light regulation, no state income tax - and lots of room to spread out.
 
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    The Good Human

  • Where Does Earth Fit in The Universe? – Ready to Feel Insignificant?

    Lisa Fanfa
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    Moving on from the eensy teensy quantum world to the humungous Universe now. This fantastic video will give you a perspective on where our planet fits in the grand scheme of things. This is the perfect video to help you remember that we are a tiny part of a massive picture. It can help chop your day to day problems down to size. When we feel overwhelmed by the destruction that we are witnessing here on Earth, it is interesting to remember our insignificance. It could be useful for those that call the shots down here environmentally to remember that we are a treading a fine line. The balance…
  • Physics 101 – The Double Slit Experiment Explained

    Lisa Fanfa
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    As enlightened individuals and readers of The Good Human, we ask many questions about our planet….and I feel that there is value in learning how our Universe works at an atomic level, in the quantum world. Physics is baffling, but it can help us to recognise the bigger picture. Or at least to recognise that there is a tonne of stuff that we just don’t know! There has been huge interest in the article that was published last week about the big bang and quantum gravity, so I wondered if there would be space for some further discussion around physics. Particularly as there is huge…
  • Could Superbugs Created By AntiBiotic Overuse Kill More than Cancer By 2050?

    Lisa Fanfa
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Discovery of Antibiotics When they were discovered, antibiotics completely changed the face of healthcare. Many of the great achievements of the last century would not have been possible without them. Unfortunately, bacteria has constantly evolved to resist new drugs. The last decade has seen the pace of new antibiotic discoveries slow significantly, and this has allowed the pathogens to catch up. Coupled with the overuse of antibiotics there is now an urgent need to find a way to control the bugs that cause so much disease. Courtesy Lonely Spore Antibiotics Today The number of infections…
  • The Facts About Seasonal Affective Disorder – And How To Alleviate The Symptoms

    Lisa Fanfa
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:41 am
    When the darker days set in, nights are longer and days are colder it is natural to feel a slight dip in energy levels. Feeling stuck in the house, cranky and in need of a nap are not uncommon when the weather is bad. But, it has been found that some people are more susceptible to feeling down when winter comes around, experiencing symptoms not unlike depression. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons This has come to be known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The effects vary in severity, but include fatigue, loss of interest and appetite, feeling of despair and even suicidal thoughts that only…
  • 13 Natural Tips For Good Oral Health – Plus A Great Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

    Lisa Fanfa
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:37 am
    We have recently discussed the importance of choosing a non-fluoride toothpaste, but there are plenty more natural non-toxic things that we can do to keep our smiles at their best. Here are some great tooth and mouth care tips that can be used in addition to regular brushing and flossing as part of a daily dental care routine, helping to reduce the parabens and other toxins that we are putting into our mouths! Courtesy Oral Health Platform 1. Drink more! The top of the list is drinking water. Have you noticed that this is the top of many such healthcare lists? Yet another reason to drink…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Fossil Fuel Industry's Global Climate Science Communications Plan in Action: Polluting the Classroom

    Ben Jervey
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:19 am
    In 1998, representatives from a number of fossil fuel companies and industry front groups, led by the American Petroleum Institute, gathered to craft a plan to undermine the American public’s understanding of climate science, and submarine any chances of the United States ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. Weeks after the private meeting, an eight page memo including a draft “Global Climate Science Communications Action Plan” was leaked and reported by The New York Times, exposing the group’s plan to create public doubt about climate science. When contacted at the time, industry…
  • David Cameron's New Definition of Fracking ‘Political Not Scientific’

    Kyla Mandel
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Last week, DeSmog UK revealed how David Cameron’s government snuck a new definition of fracking onto the statute books. Kyla Mandel investigates where this definition actually came from. The definition of hydraulic fracturing adopted by the UK coalition government has all the hallmarks of industry influence, finds DeSmog UK. The fracking definition was slipped into the controversial Infrastructure Act without a chance for MPs to vote on it. And it is almost identical to that recommended by the European Commission in January 2014. However, both of these definitions are based solely on the…
  • USGS: Fracking Wastewater Disposal Wells Are Causing Oklahoma Earthquakes

    Mike Gaworecki
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Some of the most heavily fracked parts of the US have experienced an unprecedented wave of earthquakes in recent years even though they’ve long been considered geologically stable. But the oil and gas industry is quick to reject any suggestion that fracking is to blame. The United States Geological Survey, for its part, has said in the past that the injection of fracking wastewater into deep geologic formations was a likely cause of the increased seismic activity in Oklahoma. Now the agency has made it official. “Deep injection of wastewater is the primary cause of the dramatic rise in…
  • United Steelworkers Oil Refinery Strike Spreads

    Julie Dermansky
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    Workers at Shell and Motiva refineries in Norco, Louisiana, about 30 miles west of New Orleans, have joined the growing national United Steelworkers Union (USW) strike. In total, 15 facilities are now striking, making this the largest refinery strike since 1980. On the second night of the strike in Norco, a giant flare at the Shell refinery illuminated the workers on the picket line, serving as a reminder of the dangers that come with working at refineries. “There are a lot of hazards out here,” Bryan Shelton, a media liaison for the union, said. “If you have that much hydrocarbon in…
  • Willie Soon Attacks Funders of Climate Denial for 'Lack of Courage'

    Brendan Montague
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:27 am
    Willie Soon is at the centre of a perfect climate science denial stormwrites Brendan Montague with additional reporting from Kyla Mandel The aerospace engineer working at the the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics was caught out when telling his fossil fuel industry funders that his research papers and U.S. Senate evidence were “deliverables”. The controversy made the front page of theNew York Times and now his employer has launched an investigation into the ethics of his secret funding. There is even a petition asking for his dismissal. And his day is about to get even worse. I…
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    Style Me Pretty » Blogs » Living

  • How To Calligraphy Envelopes + A Giveaway

    Erin Lepperd
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Ashley Buzzy is giving us tips on how to address envelopes in the most beautiful of ways. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4 and with a little practice, your snail mail will be looking just as pretty as these images by Kathryn McCrary. But if you’re still needing a more in-depth how-to, lucky you, we have a giveaway to one of her upcoming workshops below! And if you missed it, check out her latest workshop right here. Draw your baselines. These lines will help keep your envelope organized, and provide consistency in a large group of similar envelopes – like for wedding…
  • The Art of Hand Lettering

    Erin Lepperd
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Kathryn McCrary knows a lot of talented ladies; from the painters to the crafters of beautiful hand lettering (ahem Ashley Buzzy we’re talking about you). It might be an Atlanta thing or a creative people flock together thing. But, whatever the case, we love to catch a glimpse of these talents at work. Have a look at Ashley’s Lettering Workshop and stay tuned for a tutorial + awesome giveaway up next. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Ashley… I started teaching workshops in the summer of 2014. It really came to me by request: a lot of my current clients were…
  • The Paloma

    Mandy Kellogg Rye
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    On a recent trip to Mexico the Mr. and I fell in love with a little cocktail called The Paloma.  The Paloma combines tequila with the tart and fresh flavors of grapefruit and lime juice to create the most refreshing of libations.  Typically The Paloma is topped with a lime or grapefruit wedge, but I really love adding a slice or two of jalepenos for some heat or a fresh sprig of mint to cool it down. Truly, MKR  Either way you shake it, or top it, I guarantee The Paloma will quickly become a new five o’clock favorite.  Mandy Kellogg RyeThe Palomaprep time5 Minute/scook time1…
  • Organic Rabbit Baby Shower

    Abby Capalbo
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’ve attended and planned many a baby shower in the past few years, but I must admit, this might take the cake as the most adorable. Beautifully planned and styled by Kelly McWilliams, this organic rabbit-inspired fête has a wonderfully intimate yet elegant vibe, and the soon-to-be daddy, Cody Hunter, captured every priceless moment perfectly. See even more here. Share this gorgeous gallery on   Event Planner, Kelly McWilliams created a beautiful rabbit themed baby shower for her photographer friend Tiffany (who happens to be my wife!) Tiffany had told her she’d always…
  • 51 Reasons Black and White is Having a Moment

    Abby Capalbo
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    I am what some might call a tad bit decor obsessed, and of all the beautiful interior inspiration floating around the world wide web, I find myself always coming back to black and white. I think it’s because those hues can do just about anything. From dramatic to romantic to elegant to sweet – it’s a color combo that knows no bounds. And we’ve rounded up 51 of the most perfect examples. 51 Reasons Black and White is Having a MomentView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2015. | Permalink | 1 comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
 
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    Clean Edge

  • Flash Boys own exotic ETFs, Berkshire Hathaway

    Sabrina Gonzales
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    Image: Source: Financial PostSource Link: http://business.financialpost.com/2015/02/19/flash-boys-own-exotic-etfs-berkshire-hathaway/
  • Energy Storage Association Annual Conference and Expo

    Sabrina Gonzales
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, May 30, 2015 (All day)Image: Link: Energy Storage Association Annual Conference and ExpoEvent Description:  Global audience of key industry players to connect technologies and opportunity, companies and customers to shape the future of the energy storage industry.
  • Sunshine Backed Bonds® Conference

    Sabrina Gonzales
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Event Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, May 2, 2015 (All day)Image: Link: Sunshine Backed Bonds® ConferenceEvent Description:  This one day event focuses on educating investors and capital markets participants alike on the trends and possibilities that exist for this asset class.
  • Grid Transformation Summit 2015

    Sabrina Gonzales
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Event Date: Monday, April 27, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, April 30, 2015 (All day)Image: Link: Grid Transformation Summit 2015Event Description:  National and state level regulators, power industry leaders, commercial energy managers, DG, energy storage and grid modernization technology vendors to discuss the path forward to a next-generation distributed energy system.
  • National Hydropower Association Annual Conference

    Sabrina Gonzales
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Event Date: Monday, April 27, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, April 30, 2015 (All day)Image: Link: National Hydropower Association annual conferenceEvent Description:  Hear first-hand from the Administration, Congress, federal regulators and resource agencies on the issues and policies that directly affect your individual businesses and projects.
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    Green Car Congress

  • POSTECH researchers develop new high-strength, lightweight steel

    mmillikin
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    Researchers at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea have developed a new type of steel with improved tensile strength and lightness. In their approach, they effectively utilized a brittle intermetallic compound (B2) that metallurgists usually try to suppress by modifying B2 morphology and dispersion in the steel matrix. The specific tensile strength and ductility of the developed steels improve on those of the lightest and strongest metallic materials known, titanium alloys, the researchers said. The results, reported in a paper in the journal Nature,…
  • RMIT team demonstrates talking drone aircraft that interacts with air traffic controllers

    mmillikin
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    Researchers at RMIT University in Australia have developed a talking drone that can interact with air traffic controllers like a human pilot. The development, they say, is a critical step towards the full integration of unmanned aircraft systems into civil airspace. The project, part of a larger research initiative that aims to address safety and efficiency issues related to drones and air traffic management, is the result of a partnership between RMIT, Thales Australia and the company’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Air Traffic Management (CASIA), and UFA Inc. The new system, presented by…
  • NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor

    mmillikin
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid produced for its use as a precursor to nylon, plasticizers, lubricants, polyesters, and other popular products and chemicals. Published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science, the research demonstrates how lignin-derived compounds can first be converted to muconic acid via a biological process. Muconic acid can then be separated from the biological culture and catalytically converted…
  • Researchers in China investigate use of coal as source of lithium

    mmillikin
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Coal could become a major source of the metal lithium, according to a review of the geochemistry by scientists from Hebei University of Engineering in China published in the International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology. Worldwide annual consumption of lithium grew from 15,100 tonnes in 2003 to 37,000 tonnes by 2012, a 145% increase; demand is expected to rise even further with the move towards sustainable power and electrical storage capacity increases. Shenjun Qin of Hebei University of Engineering, in Handan, China, and colleagues point out that coal is a highly polluting energy…
  • UK announces $49M for plug-in infrastructure through 2020, $17M for low emission vehicle technology

    mmillikin
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:47 am
    The UK government will provide £32 million (US$49 million) up to 2020 to support the installation of chargepoints for plug-in vehicles. Homes, hospitals, train stations and A-roads will be some of the locations. In addition, the government announced another £11 million (US$17 million) of funding to support 15 low-emission vehicle research and development projects undertaken by a total of 50 organizations, ranging from small businesses to major universities. Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced the funding during a visit to Nissan’s European technical development centre in…
 
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  • Pet products that love the environment

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:54 pm
    In recent years, living a green life has come to the forefront of people’s consciousness. As a result, today a majority of population use eco-friendly ways and products but not many have on the same page when it comes to the care of pets. A very few people choose eco-friendly products for the care and ... The post Pet products that love the environment appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Whipping up a solar air heater the DIY way

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:54 pm
    We humans have now realized the importance of energy conservation and now almost everybody puts in efforts to stop wastage and think of some natural alternatives. One such alternative that we all now use is the solar energy. As of now, we have put the solar energy into use for heating water, cook food, and ... The post Whipping up a solar air heater the DIY way appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • A powerhouse of an eco-friendly home is net positive in energy

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Going energy neutral is a big deal, going energy positive is super awesome. This home is a structure that speaks volumes about its green theme, with heated pool and sauna, and an outstanding electricity production capacity that is three times more than the house actually requires. The wonder project that seems to be too good ... The post A powerhouse of an eco-friendly home is net positive in energy appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Is the Second Hand Eco Market for Cars Inflated?

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    15 Feb 2015 | 3:36 pm
    There’s no denying that the car market is making great inroads towards making our use of automobiles a lot more environmentally friendly. Fuel consumption is dropping year by year, and the introduction of hybrids and electrics is really starting to revolutionise things. It’s a great time to be a car enthusiast. The problem however, is ... The post Is the Second Hand Eco Market for Cars Inflated? appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • The Importance of Fair Trade Cotton

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Cotton is arguably the best textile—it is soft enough on the skin to clothe newborn babies, yet is also sturdy and easy to clean. Because it is a natural material, however, it is being supplanted by synthetics, which are inferior in many ways but can be made cheaply. This is bad news not only for ... The post The Importance of Fair Trade Cotton appeared first on Eco Friend.
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • Misguided Legal Attacks on Clean Power Plan Seek to Undermine Clean Air Act, Public Participation

    Tomas Carbonell
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    By Tomas CarbonellSource: iStock The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finalize rules establishing the nation’s first limits on carbon pollution from the power sector – the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States – by mid-summer of this year. This timetable will allow EPA to carefully consider and respond to the approximately four million public comments it has received on almost every aspect of these vital and common-sense standards, which were proposed in draft form last summer as the Clean Power Plan. Unfortunately, several states and a major coal…
  • A Significant Milestone for Opening Up the Discussion About Geoengineering

    Steven Hamburg
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    By Steven HamburgGeoengineering is the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the Earth’s climate system to counteract the impact that pollutants are having on our climate. The proposals sound like the stuff of science fiction – spraying particles in the upper atmosphere to deflect some sunlight, for instance – and EDF’s experts have been following the topic with concern. Most of the focus on climate change has been about transitioning our economy to clean, renewable energy – removing the cause of the malady. But some are worried that won’t happen fast enough and that a more…
  • Clearing the air: Why we need strong smog standards

    Elena Craft, PhD
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    By Elena Craft, PhDSmog over Dallas Skyline. Source: WikiCommons This week and next, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings across the country on the proposed updates to our national smog (ground-level ozone) standards from their current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 to 70 ppb. Exacerbated by the combustion of fossil-fuel power plants and car exhaust, ground-level ozone is the single most widespread air pollutant in the United States and is linked to severe respiratory health outcomes. Ozone poses a great threat to public health across America. What is…
  • New study: America’s biggest carbon market delivers for economy and climate

    Derek Walker
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    By Derek WalkerSource: Flickr/Chris Goldberg Would you believe there's a state that cut pollution and cleaned up its air, while creating jobs and sustaining economic growth? And where economic incentives, rather than costly regulations, are stimulating innovation and investment? California passed the earliest, most comprehensive law to set a cap on carbon pollution, along with numerous other complementary policies to help the state transition to a low-carbon, clean-energy economy. The results are now coming in and the present – and future – looks bright. Two years after it was fully…
  • Court Hears Arguments on Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Standards for Big Freight Trucks

    Peter Zalzal
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    By Peter ZalzalThe U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. heard oral arguments today in challenges seeking to overturn historic, first-generation standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large trucks and buses. The standards were finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2011. The standards apply to vehicles manufactured between 2014 and 2018. They are based on commonsense, highly cost-effective technologies that will make our nation’s fleet of large trucks and buses…
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  • Apple, cloud computing, and enterprise supply chain management

    Tom Raftery
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Apple, cloud computing, and enterprise supply chain management Apple’s recent announcements around renewables and supply chain transparency, put the major cloud providers to shame. Apple had a couple of interesting announcements last week. The first was that they were investing $848m in a 130MW solar farm being built by First Solar in California. With this investment, Apple enters into a 25 year power purchase agreement with the solar farm, guaranteeing income for the solar farm, and securing Apple’s energy bills for the…
  • EPRI releases open, standards based software, to connect smart homes to the smart grid

    Tom Raftery
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at EPRI releases open, standards based software, to connect smart homes to the smart grid Automated Demand Response (ADR) is something we’ve talked about here on GreenMonk for quite a while now. And in other fora, at least as far back as 2007. What is Automated Demand Response? Well, demand response is the process whereby electricity consumers (typically commercial) reduce their usage in response to a signal from the utility that they are in a period of peak demand. The signal often takes the form of a phone call. Automated demand…
  • Tips for starting out coding for the Internet of Things

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

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

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

    Siyahi
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    Research findings reveal that the overall bee population across the world would be met with some fatal impact if things keep on going the way they are now. The pollinating insect is under immense pressure, due to the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), whose causes are yet unaware. A recent phenomenon, CCD has been deemed a major catalyst for the reduction of the global bee population. The matter has been put up for a study by Researchers of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Washington University in St. Louis, University of Sydney and Macquaire University in Sydney. Although not yet fully…
  • A Smile from Outer Space Snapped by Hubble Space Telescope

    Siyahi
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:47 am
    It’s said that human race has forgotten their smile with the increasing pace in their lives. In an era where our faces are kept down literally by the smartphones and tablets, we barely give a thought to smile at fellow men and women. But now, setting an example here for the entire mankind is a phenomenon in outer space. Images snapped by Hubble Space Telescope have thrown much peculiar and amazing stuff over these years of work. But one among those is even curious, for it’s a smile generating one, by itself and as well as for others. An image that was snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope…
  • Scientists Unboil Boiled Egg; New Process Could Help Save Lives

    Siyahi
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    It certainly isn’t any magic. It’s just pure science. Scientists from University of California-Irvine and Australia have now discovered how to unboil a boiled egg. That might sound great to anyone. And this recent discovery could well be an effective life-saver. Led by Gregory Weiss, professor in UCI, the researchers have invented the method  to unboil a boiled hen egg by adding up urea and with the use of a ‘vortex fluid device’. Urea breaks down the boiled egg and liquefies the solid material, while the rest is what they have found to be hard throughout their researches. A…
  • Japanese Firm Envisions Underwater City to Counter Rising Sea Level

    Siyahi
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    Prevention is better than cure, they say. But there exists no such possibility when dealing with forces of nature. Man’s capabilities haven’t grown mighty enough to prevent calamities caused by nature, but they do play a part in preventing the causalities in their aftermath. And for that, human thoughts are still open to boundless dimensions. In this context, Japanese brains are accelerated in a high pace, for they are always seen as bearing the brunt of nature’s wrath. One among the threats they face now, apart from the earthquakes and tsunami, is the rising sea level. And it seems…
  • Power From the Green World; Dutch Company Generates Electricity from Plants

    Siyahi
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    The whole world is running behind power generation options that are green and here’s a story which has come up successful. As we all know, electricity can be generated from various fruits like potatoes or lemon. These sources might not prove to yield substantial energy so as to power up the daily essentials like mobile batteries. Not much long ago, we had witnessed Nokia powering up their Lumia devices from bare potatoes and apples, but it took more than hundreds of these fruits to charge up a single device, which may not be quite pragmatic in our daily lives. The story of the Dutch-based…
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  • The Growing Need for Corporate Wellness Programs

    GreenMan
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    The Growing Need for Corporate Wellness Programs Companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and lower their overall spending. Many of them don’t consider creating corporate wellness programs because it takes money to start up such a program. However, the benefits of starting a wellness program far outweigh the cons. The results often […]
  • From Brick-and-Mortar to Ecommerce

    GreenMan
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:54 pm
    In you have a brick-and-mortar store and are not selling online, you are missing out on a major chunk of revenue. It may be a huge challenge for you to set up an ecommerce site for your store, but there is online store software that will make it easy and efficient. You need to find […]
  • USA Commercial Greenhouses – Explained

    GreenMan
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:23 pm
    The online store is the one stop destination to get hold of quality based USA commercial greenhouses and kits. The kits and greenhouses offered by them are affordable and inclusive packages that helps in saving a great deal of money. The commercial greenhouses offered by them are ideal to be installed anywhere. They are an […]
  • My Rant on Corporations

    GreenMan
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:18 pm
    After reading the article about Prince Charles I started writing (ranting) about corporations. I was going to include the follow text in the Charles post, but decided that I needed to write a separate post. My Rant: I hope that in the near future we will see an eco-standard established for corporations. The idea would […]
  • Sustainable Global Businesses – The Ultimate Change for any Business Sector

    GreenMan
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Have you heard of the sustainable global businesses that you can now use to change the world? In case you really want your company to be unique and provide the best world-wide then this is the best opportunity for you. It is all about sustainable entrepreneurship that means a business concept that deals with both […]
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  • First five miles of Hyperloop track planned for California

    Chris Bruce
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Filed under: Design/Style, Green, Weird Car News, Green Culture, Emerging Technologies, TechnologyHyperloop Transportation Technologies intends to build a five-mile circuit next year as the centerpiece of a planned community in California. The short course wouldn't allow for the high speeds that could be possible from a longer design, but it allows the company to work out pod designs.Continue reading First five miles of Hyperloop track planned for CaliforniaFirst five miles of Hyperloop track planned for California originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:14:00 EST. Please see…
  • Chevrolet only automaker to win EPA's 2015 Climate Leadership Awards

    Danny King
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Filed under: Green, Chevrolet, GM, United StatesChevrolet is the only automaker to be awarded by EPA for emissions-reduction efforts in 2015.Continue reading Chevrolet only automaker to win EPA's 2015 Climate Leadership AwardsChevrolet only automaker to win EPA's 2015 Climate Leadership Awards originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Next-gen Audi R8 E-Tron could have 280-mile range

    Danny King
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Filed under: Green, Audi, Germany, ElectricThe 3.9-second-to-60-mph Audi R8 E-Tron electric vehicle will have a single-charge range of 280 miles as well as 456 horsepower.Continue reading Next-gen Audi R8 E-Tron could have 280-mile rangeNext-gen Audi R8 E-Tron could have 280-mile range originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Tata now hopes 'nobody wants' cheapest Nano

    Brandon Turkus
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    Filed under: Green, Tata, India, Hatchback, BudgetRatan Tata seems to think he knows the problem with the original Tata Nano, and how he'll address that when the next-generation model rolls around.Continue reading Tata now hopes 'nobody wants' cheapest NanoTata now hopes 'nobody wants' cheapest Nano originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Honda shows off 2015 Euro-market Jazz

    Jonathon Ramsey
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Filed under: Green, Honda, Hatchback, BudgetHonda shows off the 2015 Jazz, a carbon copy of the 'concept' shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Riding on the new B-segment platform, it's lighter and stronger than before, more roomy inside with more features, and gets a 1.3-liter VTEC engine with 101 horsepower.Continue reading Honda shows off 2015 Euro-market JazzHonda shows off 2015 Euro-market Jazz originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
 
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  • “Pic your Ride” Photo Contest – 2015 Winners

    propel
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    Pure horsepower was on display at Propel in January. Thanks for sharing your stories, and your pics – we are proud to have you as our customers. This contest went far bigger than we expected, so we’re giving away 2X … Continue reading →
  • “Pic your ride” Photo Contest – Propel Fuels

    propel
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    For those who love horsepower, we designed a Propel cap just for you. Claim your cap by uploading a pic of your ride to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/propelfuels. The 20 top pics will win a limited edition Propel flat … Continue reading →
  • Volkswagen unveils a rugged Golf Alltrack TDI

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

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

    Shell
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
     Use the app to find Propel Flex Fuel E85 & Biodiesel locations and daily pricing. Access these features for Apple and Android phones today. Price Check: Find today’s prices and save Locator Map: Discover locations & driving directions Vehicle Check: … Continue reading →
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  • VIDEO: Google is building a giant bubble in Mountain View!

    Charley Cameron
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google’s new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two architecture stars discuss their plans for the upcoming Googleplex, and give a sneak peek at renderings for and models of what looks to be a stunning biosphere-filled utopia for the Silicon Valley giant. Click here to view the embedded video. Read the rest of VIDEO: Google is building a giant bubble in Mountain View! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big, biosphere, bjarke…
  • What happened to Architecture For Humanity?

    Catherine Winter-Hebert
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Nonprofit architecture firm Architecture for Humanity rallied the world around the cause of humanitarian design, inspiring designers and idealists everywhere with the idea that design can make a difference in improving people’s lives. That’s why, when AFH announced their closure several weeks ago, there was a collective gasp heard round the world – followed by tears and much water-cooler speculation about the question on everyone’s mind: “WHY?” Architecture for Humanity, one of the foremost humanitarian building initiatives in history, shut down operations…
  • Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

    Daniel Blaustein-Rejto
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. We’ve seen some incredible innovations in bicycle technology lately, from self-charging components such as the Copenhagen Wheel to designer fixies by Diesel. But what happens to these and all other bikes when their owners move on? That’s where Guatemalan NGO Maya Pedal comes in: they transform donated bicycles into pedal-powered machines including water pumps, blenders and tile makers for use where electricity is too expensive or inaccessible. We say more (pedal) power to you, Maya Pedal! Check out the video by Makeshift to learn more…
  • Tiny house builder is using Kickstarter to fund her mobile pottery business

    Jon Dioffa
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Kaitlan Murphy is a carpenter and potter based in Revelstoke, BC, Canada. In 2014, she built a tiny house that features an eyebrow dormer and stained glass windows, and painted her company’s name, Jumping Creek Pottery, across its side. This little green home on wheels is Kaitlan’s mobile pottery boutique, where she sells her handmade cups, mugs, bowls, plates, and more. She creates pottery from her hands and her heart, with the goal of reconnecting people with the beauty of food preparation and enjoyment. Eating nourishing food from a hand-turned bowl, or sipping cider from a…
  • Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

    Cat DiStasio
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    Read the rest of Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cruelty-free trophy, elkebana, fabio milito, flowers as art, Italian blown glass, paula studio, plants as art, vegan trophy, vegan-friendly trophy
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  • Hunting for the perfect bottle drying rack

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

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

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

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

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

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:59 am
    Novelis has signed another brewery to use its high-recycled content aluminum can sheet, evercan. Red Brick Brewing Company, Georgia’s oldest operating craft brewery, will now offer its beer in aluminum cans made from Novelis’ evercan. Red Brick will expand its beverage packaging options to include evercan aluminum cans for all of its year-round offerings, beginning […]
  • UKGBC: Green Infrastructure Increases Property Value, Reduces Building Maintenance Costs

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Green infrastructure — natural and semi-natural features ranging from street trees and roof gardens, to parks and woodlands — offers several business opportunities including a potential increase in land and property values, according to a UK Green Building Council report. Aimed primarily at property developers and clients, the report, Demystifying Green Infrastructure, also identifies business […]
  • Cost of Cutting CO2 Emissions Plagues Automakers

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    Daimler says it will offset expensive emissions-reducing technology with material cost savings, Reuters reports. “Already in 2014, we could offset the burdens in variable cost for all these CO2-related measures with material cost efficiencies,” chief financial officer Bodo Uebber said. “I think it will be the same in ’15 and ’16 and ’17.” The high […]
  • SwRI Wins $20M Emissions Testing, Analytical Services Contract

    Jennifer Hermes
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:25 am
    Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been awarded a $20.16 million contract by the EPA to provide testing and analytical services related to vehicle emissions and fuel consumption. SwRI will conduct analytical services in emissions and fuel consumption on light- and heavy-duty vehicles and components under the five-year contract. Key areas of support include emissions characterization and technology assessment. […]
  • Mining Industry Water Management Guide Published

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    The International Council on Mining and Metals has published a guide to catchment-based water management in mining and metals operations. The guide sets out a collaborative approach to water management that considers the needs, concerns and priorities of other water users and promotes inclusive and ongoing engagement with all stakeholders, ICMM says. The document is […]
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  • World’s ‘Most Admired’ Companies Also Are Sustainability Stars

    Mike Hower
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    Apple, Google and Berkshire Hathaway are the world’s most highly regarded companies, according to a new ranking by Fortune magazine.Amazon, Starbucks, Disney, Southwest Airlines, American Express, General Electric (GE) and Coca-Cola rounded out the top ten.The World's Most Admired Companies 2015 list rates companies on nine attributes: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services and global competitiveness. To determine the rankings, thousands of senior…
  • soleRebels: Rising to the Top of the Footwear Industry Through Decent Work

    International Labor Organization
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    “It was pretty basic. We self-financed. Five workers plus myself working inside a workshop situated on my grandmother’s plot of land inside our village of Zenabwork,” recalls Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, now CEO and managing director of soleRebels, one of the first global footwear brands to emerge from a developing country.“Right from the start of 2004, we aimed to create, grow and control a world class footwear brand that would bring even more jobs and prosperity for the workers by leveraging the artisan skills of our community.”Alemu, 34, was born and raised in Addis Ababa’s…
  • New Packaging Concepts Could Cut Food Waste

    Mike Hower
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    UK recycled packaging manufacturer Spectra unveiled a number of new concepts emphasizing closure technology this week at an industry event in Birmingham.One of the new closure concepts is a two-piece cap that features an inner screw mechanism, which allows customers to snap on five alternate outer shells for a mix-and-match outcome. Another idea is a new push button sliding cap that can be operated with one hand, available in twin color options.In addition to the closure concepts, Spectra also showcased several new container designs at the show. The company revealed designs for a fin-shaped…
  • What Does the Future of Sustainability in Academia Look Like?

    Bart King
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    This is the final question from a roundtable discussion with the directors of sustainability research centers at six top business schools.Through Georgia Tech’s new QEP (Quality Enhancement Program), we will develop very deep educational partnerships with a few key institutions, be those NGOs or local government or corporations.This is the final Q&A in a sponsored series of articles running on Sustainable Brands this month, called: “Academic Engagement: How Business & Business Schools Partner to Drive Sustainable Innovation.” Download the complimentary series to read the full…
  • Report: Global Sustainable Investing Market Surpasses $21 Trillion

    Mike Hower
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    The global sustainable investment market has grown “substantially” in the past two years with assets reaching $21.4 trillion by the start of 2014, according to a new report by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA).The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2014 finds that the assets employing sustainable investing strategies have risen from 21.5 percent to 30.2 percent of the professional management assets across the regions covered.Sustainable investing represents a significant share of the market in Europe — where more than half of professionally managed assets practice an…
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  • The Waste Biz: Consumers Need Help Recycling Plastic

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    Tom Szaky of Terracycle thinks we can better inform consumers about recycling plastic, Donna Fenn discusses world upcycling domination, and more The post The Waste Biz: Consumers Need Help Recycling Plastic appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • 5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    Shopping for home appliances? It's tempting to buy the first thing that fits your budget, but use these tips to save resources, money & stress long term The post 5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Pop-Up Restaurant Will Put Food Waste On The Menu

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    Chef Dan Barber's WasteED will be open for two weeks in late March, 2015, and feature menu items made from food waste and scraps The post Pop-Up Restaurant Will Put Food Waste On The Menu appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • There’s How Much Plastic In The Ocean? [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Our annual deposit of plastic in the ocean dwarfs previous estimates, according to a new study by UC Santa Barbara and the Ocean Conservancy The post There’s How Much Plastic In The Ocean? [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Poop Power: New Plant Makes Ethanol From Cow Manure

    Important Media Cross-Post
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    A new plant in Tulare County, California, is in the poop power business: it turns ample dairy cow manure from the area into ethanol (and water for crops) The post Poop Power: New Plant Makes Ethanol From Cow Manure appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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  • Head of U.N. Climate Panel Resigns Amid Harassment Accusations

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    New York Times: The head of the United Nations panel on climate science resigned on Tuesday after allegations of sexual harassment were filed against him in India, where he lives and works. Rajendra K. Pachauri, whose 13 years as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had made him one of the world’s most important voices on the risks of global warming, had been scheduled to leave the post in October. But he tendered his resignation early after news that a woman employed at an institute that he...
  • Leak Is Disclosed at Nuclear Plant

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:58 pm
    New York Times: The operator of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Tuesday that it had neglected to stop a leak of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean since last May. The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said it had first detected the flow of contaminated rainwater nine months ago, but did not explain why it had been so slow in responding. The company, known as Tepco, said it would place sandbags to block the leak of water, which it said was too small to change radiation levels in the...
  • Australia's oceanic marine reserves: underprotected and under threat

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Guardian: Those who have spent their lives fighting for the protection of the Jervis Bay region, such as the film-maker Attila Kaszo, say the commonwealth’s massive marine park in the area achieves nothing and needs to be overhauled. Astonishingly perhaps, not one square inch of the recently-declared Jervis commonwealth marine reserve is closed to mining or fishing interests. And, while what is happening at Jervis Bay is an extreme case, it is a story being repeated around the continent. The Jervis...
  • Corals face 'slow starvation' from ingesting plastics pollution, experts find

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Guardian: Corals such as those found on the Great Barrier Reef are at risk from the estimated 5tn pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans because researchers have discovered they digest tiny fragments of plastic at a significant rate. A study led by the ARC centre of excellence for coral reef studies at James Cook University found that corals consumed “microplastics” – plastics measuring under 5mm – about the same rate as their normal food. These small plastics were found deep within the gut cavity tissue...
  • Lester Brown: 'World is overusing resources on a scale that's dangerous'

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Guardian: Laurence Mathieu-Léger
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • Watch a US Senator Use a Snowball to Deny Global Warming

    Kate Sheppard
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
      This story was first published by the Huffington Post and is reproduced here via the Climate Desk collaboration. The Senate's most vocal critic of the scientific consensus on climate change, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, tossed a snowball on the Senate floor Thursday as part of his case for why global warming is a hoax. Inhofe, who wrote the book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, took to the floor to decry the "hysteria on global warming." "In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the…
  • This Koala Is So Cute You'll Want It To Get Away With Stealing This Kid's Car

    Tim McDonnell
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Never leave your Land Rover unattended in the Outback. This "cheeky" koala tried to drive off before the car's owner, a teen about to return home from school, foiled its getaway. Koala accused of trying to steal family car says he's just waiting for a mate http://t.co/Q9Prjcon9O Happy Wednesday.
  • Obama Just Vetoed the GOP's Keystone Bill

    Tim McDonnell
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:19 pm
    We knew this was coming: About a month after the Senate narrowly passed a bill to force President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the president vetoed the bill Tuesday afternoon, hours after the White House said he would do so "without drama or fanfare or delay." From the AP: The contentious legislation arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning from Capitol Hill, where Republicans pushed the bill quickly through both chambers in their first burst of activity since taking full control of Congress.... The move sends the politically charged issue back to Congress, where…
  • Exploding Oil Trains Could Become a Horrifying New Normal

    Tim McDonnell
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    Last week, a train carrying oil from North Dakota derailed in West Virginia, spilled oil into a river, and sent a horrifying fireball shooting into the sky. The incident came only a few days after another oil train spill in Ontario. In fact, in the last few years the number of oil train accidents has skyrocketed, thanks to booming production in the northern US and Canada that has overwhelmed the existing pipeline network. Oil train accidents like those could become a regular fixture in headlines across the US, according to a Department of Transportation analysis uncovered by the Associated…
  • Eat Like A Mongolian, Not Like An American

    Samantha Michaels
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    The world, as a whole, is getting less hungry. Over the past two decades, the levels of undernutrition in developing countries from Sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia have declined. Unfortunately, so has the quality of our diets. That's the main takeaway of a study published by The Lancet Global Health on Wednesday that looked at the dietary patterns across 187 countries—comprising about 89 percent of the global population—in 1990 and 2010. Check out the maps below, which break down eating habits by country on a scale of green (the healthiest) to red (the unhealthiest). The…
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    mnn.com

  • March 1

    dailynews
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    March 1, 1872: U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant establishes Yellowstone as America's first national park.  
  • February 28

    dailynews
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Feb. 28, 1780: A massive earthquake strikes Tabriz, Iran, killing an estimated 200,000 people.  
  • What to drink this weekend: That special bottle of wine

    rshreeves
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    This Saturday night is one of my favorite made-up holidays. It’s Open That Bottle Night. The last Saturday in February, when things are cold and dark and we’re all in need of a little cheering up, we have a reason to crack open that special bottle of wine or bubbly (or heck, even craft beer) that we’ve been saving for a special occasion. Open That Bottle Night, or #OTBN, gives you the occasion.  
  • 17-year-old invents water purifier powered by the sun

    jsavedge
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
      Australian teen Cynthia Lam wants to change the world, and she has come up with an invention that might help her do just that.  
  • Scientists make music for cats

    lmoss
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:41 pm
    If your cat is the type to enjoy kicking back with a glass of kitty Cabernet while listening to some soothing tunes, you're in luck.   Scientists have developed what they say is the first species-specific music for domestic cats by replicating sounds like purrs and meows to create original music.  
 
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • The Natural Resources Cloud: Opex Is the New Capex

    Jake Saper
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    For the past century, innovation in energy, water and agriculture has been driven by massive capital expenditure (capex). Trillions of dollars have been poured into making drill bits better, irrigation systems cheaper, and solar panels more efficient. We’ve made tremendous progress in optimizing this hardware. But the software to take advantage of it has been relatively neglected. We’ve squeezed the value out of the atoms. It’s now time to focus on the bytes.  Solar is a shining example. VCs have sunk billions into solar PV materials development. While this funding…
  • EnerNOC Stakes Its Future on Energy Software Growing to Equal Demand Response

    Jeff St. John
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    Over the next few years, EnerNOC wants to bring in as much money serving up enterprise efficiency and energy management software as it does in its traditional field of demand response. But that transition won’t come without some significant financial growing pains in the year to come. On Thursday, EnerNOC reported record revenues of $471.9 million for 2014, up 23 percent from the previous year, largely driven by growth in its mainline demand response business in markets from mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM to Australia and Europe. Profit shrank on a non-GAAP basis to $36.3 million or…
  • Arizona Utility Gets Approval for High Monthly Demand Charges on Solar Customers

    Stephen Lacey
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Arizona Republic: Utility Board Approves Large Monthly Solar Fees Salt River Project's elected leaders on Thursday voted in favor of a rate increase and new charges for solar customers as about 200 protestors of the measures gathered at the utility's board meeting in Tempe. Solar rate changes will add about $50 to the average solar customer's bill, mostly through a new "demand charge" based on the customer's peak demand during the month, regardless of how much of the electricity they take from SRP is offset by production from their solar panels. San Diego Union Tribune:…
  • LED Lights Tailored for the Booming Marijuana Industry

    Katherine Tweed
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:50 pm
    When those in the lighting industry talk about the current sweet spot for light-emitting diodes, many tout the quick payback of outdoor lighting for cities or cold storage, as well as the increasingly compelling case for LEDs in retail and office environments. One of the next killer apps, however, is for a market just emerging from a smoke-filled cloud of nebulous legality: indoor marijuana crops. Way back in 2011, long before recreational pot was legal in a few states, indoor marijuana grow operations were costing the U.S. about $5 billion annually in power theft. Now, with legalized grow…
  • Energy Liberty, Carbon Taxes and Tribalism: A Republican Take on the Energy Transition

    Stephen Lacey
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Former Congressman Bob Inglis has a tough job. As one of the only prominent Republicans talking about climate change, he’s been trying to give the rest of his party the courage to offer conservative solutions to the challenge. Three years after founding the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, there’s still a deep freeze in Congress on climate issues. But Inglis is gathering more allies in his fight for a carbon tax, and he believes that the 2016 elections will force national candidates to recognize the challenge. In this week’s podcast, we’ll talk to Inglis about…
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    Direct2Dell

  • Seeking Analysts’ Advice on Cloud Choices

    Andy Rothfield
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    According to a recent Gartner Report1, hosted private cloud usage will more than double in the next three years. And many companies will use Forrester (and other analyst firms) to provide independent advice to help validate choices and strategies for these types of cloud deployments. In fact, companies selling software, hardware, telecom or services put huge resources into marketing and sales promotion. That’s why analysts not only advise businesses about what technology they should buy, but also recommend suppliers. It’s a good idea. Businesses that buy technology —…
  • How Dell Digital Business Services is Setting the Transformation Agenda

    Raman Sapra
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    As organizations continue to transform and adopt a business-first approach, using a digital medium is a great way to explain Dell’s Digital Business Services philosophy and show how it works in certain industries. In an earlier post, I discussed how Advanced Analytics was helping the digital transformation agenda. Building on that foundation, this video expands on how Digital Business Services enables new business models for our customers, drives a superior customer experience and provides opportunities for stronger employee engagement. (Please visit the site to view this video) Dell…
  • ACCelerating Learning for STEM Students

    DELL-Jen S
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Austin Community College (ACC) is rethinking how it is engaging students by personalizing the learning experience to prepare for the challenges of the 21st-century workforce. In the fall, ACC opened its beautiful, new campus at the old Highland Mall in central Austin.  Dell partnered with ACC to create a digital-learning environment that supports students and faculty with the tools and access they need to be successful. ACC concurrently launched a new campus that reinvented the idea of a college campus, introduced cutting-edge technology, and overhauled a core curriculum using adaptive…
  • Manufacturers and Big Data Analytics: Strange Bedfellows?

    Joanna Schloss
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    During the Super Bowl XLIX telecast earlier this month, I was captivated by a commercial from MacNeil Automotive Products, not because I’m in the market for new car accessories. Rather, I was blown away that the little-known maker of WeatherTech all-weather floor mats and cargo liners would pay an estimated $4 million for a 30-second spot alongside big-name brands, such as Coca-Cola, Snickers, Doritos and Budweiser. I couldn’t help but think that somehow big data analytics played a role in the company’s decision to spend big bucks to air a commercial during the Super Bowl.
  • Opening the Door to OpenStack

    DELL-Sam R
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    In most discussions about enterprise private clouds, an OpenStack solution will be part of the mix. Some early success stories help make OpenStack appear to be a desirable and viable option. For example, a glance at the agenda for the April 21st OpenStack conference in Melbourne promises case studies showing how Time Warner Cable and GoDaddy leveraged OpenStack as an enterprise private cloud platform.   Dell, of course, can cite OpenStack successes such as deployments at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the National Institute of Informatics in Japan, and we have been using…
 
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  • The Republican Plan to Win Over Millennials

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Young Republicans know the GOP has an Old White Man problem. It starts with plain math. Despite America's quickly growing minority population, 89 percent of Republicans are white. The party stu
  • This Scientific Breakthrough Could Ruin Conservatives' Final Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

    Eric Sasson
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    This week, researchers at the University of Cambridge in Britain and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel made the startling announcement that male same-sex
  • "Tom Steyer Is the Devil"

    Rebecca Leber
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    Tom Steyer, the Democratic billionaire donor, didn't get a lot for his money in the 2014 midterms, but the $67 million he spent last year did win him a title previously held by Al Gore: The Most Hated Environm
  • Rick Perry Is an Unemployment-Rate Denier

    Danny Vinik
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    At the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on Friday, former Texas Governor Rick Perry drew cheers when he declared, “The unemployment rate is a sham.” He’s not the only one who feels that way. Just a few weeks ago, Jim Clifton, the CEO of Gallup
  • Rick Perry: I Care About "Real" Pollution, Not Climate Change

    Rebecca Leber
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    Rick Perry said Friday that he cares about “real” pollution—but not climate change pollution.Texas “decreased our nitrogen oxide levels, which by the way is real. It’s a real emission,” he said, when asked about climate change during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • TJ Maxx Follows Walmart’s Lead, Promises to Boost Wages

    Leon Kaye
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    The parent company of TJ Maxx announced it will raise wages for its employees to a minimum of $9 an hour, starting in June 2015.
  • Shell Backs Out of Alberta Oil Sands Project

    Jan Lee
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:30 am
    For the second time in 12 months, Royal Dutch Shell has put a hold on its Pierre River oil sands project saying it isn't a priority for the company.
  • Jordan’s 6,000 Mosques to Be Powered by Solar Energy

    Leon Kaye
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    Jordan has numerous challenges, but it is rich in one resource: sunshine. Now the kingdom is accelerating the adoption of solar, starting with the country’s 6,000 mosques.
  • Dietary Guidelines Consider Planet’s Health

    Alexis Petru
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These seven words are author and sustainable food advocate Michael Pollan’s sage advice on how to eat a diet that is healthy for both people and the planet. And now it appears the U.S. government is poised to adopt similar nutritional recommendations. Last week, the nation’s top nutrition panel, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, released its latest report -- which argued for a “sustainable diet” high in plant-based foods and lower in calories and animal-based foods.
  • KFC and Seattle’s Best Present the Edible Coffee Cup

    Jan Lee
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    KFC diners in the U.K. apparently love their desserts -- and their coffee. That's why the bustling fried chicken chain plans to serve Seattle's Best Coffee -- complete with edible, chocolate-rimmed coffee cups. With another 100+ stores planned for the U.K. and Ireland soon, the new confection will get lots of visibility.
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • EarthTalk: Microbeads and Marine Pollution

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

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

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

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

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

  • Keyboardist Jay Smith brings high-energy jazz to Cuvee Spirit and Wine Parlor

    Blogger
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Local News New Fresno amicable media debate calls for ‘no some-more slumlords’ The post Keyboardist Jay Smith brings high-energy jazz to Cuvee Spirit and Wine Parlor appeared first on EnergyBloggers.
  • Apps move health caring into ‘mobile moments’

    Blogger
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:53 pm
    The Tennessean staff is kicking off #TNfit, a month-long plan in that staff will use a Streaks for Small Starts from a Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, to make tiny daily adjustments to be healthier. Join a intiative by downloading a app and tweeting your swell to #TNfit.(Photo: Shelley Mays / The Tennessean) NASHVILLE — When you’re station in a grocery line a subsequent time, take a demeanour around: There competence be someone checking her smartphone or doing calf raises. While it competence be an idle automatic in a impulse of quiet, it could also be a impulse of…
  • Low Energy Prices’ Impact on CRE May Be Negligible

    Blogger
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    In early February, wanton oil prices strike a 52-week low around $44 per barrel, capping off a towering diminution from a 52-week high of about $100 in mid-2014. While prices had bounced behind rather to $50 as of mid-February, a large diminution in oil prices has already begun to resonate via a economy. The diminution will have opposite effects for several firms, industries, regions and, in a box of blurb genuine estate, skill types. Not surprisingly, a diminution in a cost of oil will have a disastrous impact on energy-oriented economies around a country. However, this will usually behind…
  • High appetite breakfast improves all-day glucose control in patients with form 2 …

    Blogger
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Adults with form 2 diabetes achieved improved blood glucose control with a high-energy breakfast and low-energy cooking than a low-energy breakfast and high-energy dinner, according to investigate published in Diabetologia. By creation a dietary adjustment, patients could optimize their metabolic control and potentially forestall cardiovascular and other disease-related complications, according to researchers. “These observations advise that a change in dish timing influences a altogether daily stroke of post-meal insulin and incretin and formula in a estimable rebate in a daily post-meal…
  • From 5:2 to Paleo: Pizza recipes for all diet plans

    Blogger
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Disqus allows we to post comments on a site. You can usually post comments if we register with Disqus and your registration information will be rubbed in suitability with their privacy policy. Disqus will use your registration information (email) to send we additional information. Details of how we can opt out are contained in a corroboration email that we will be sent after we pointer up Please review a Disqus terms of service The post From 5:2 to Paleo: Pizza recipes for all diet plans appeared first on EnergyBloggers.
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • Ashley Furniture to Phase Out Toxic Flame Retardants from Furniture (but when?)!

    Katy
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    In the last few years awareness about the toxicity in flame retardant chemicals in furniture has grown tremendously. Public health advocates, organizations (like Safer Chemicals Healthy Families) doctors, environmentalist and journalists have been sounding the alarm that the chemicals added to furniture are far more harmful than the flame they might extinguish– and that there are much safer alternatives out there. This groundbreaking series from the Chicago Tribune called into questions the shady dealings of the companies that make and market these chemicals– and equated their…
  • Zum Zum Bikes (great project and affordable toddler bike!)

    Katy
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    I love how Kickstarter can give voice to real people with interesting and helpful projects so it’s not just major corporations we can choose to support. I was contacted by the folks at Zum Zum bikes, and they have created a beautiful, functional, and light weight bike for even the youngest riders! ZumZum is a new kind of balance bike for children as young as 18 months. It has no pedals and teaches your child to ride a bicycle at self adjustable speed. With the new suspension system the bike can be used on rough outdoor roads as well as indoors. Easy to use, simple to maintain and safe…
  • Bullying on Bus 10: a conversation

    Katy
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Last week something beautiful and surprising happened. I offered a short story that I wrote about vicious bus bullying in middle school to readers who pre-ordered my upcoming book called The Order of the Trees. The story– sometimes called Out of the Trash Heap, and sometimes simply Bus 10, is a raw and unflinching look at a junior high bus filled with harassment, bullying, and torment. It is based on many true events from my youth. I sent out copies as folks commented, holding my breath, and wondering if it was a good idea. Then the comments started appearing. People from my hometown…
  • Kidscounter: Safe, Non-Toxic, Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash

    Katy
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Do you really know what is in your child’s shampoo or conditioner? Probably not. That is because most products from major companies and corporations don’t have to disclose all the ingredients in their products. Sometimes, chemicals are the byproducts of other ingredients.  And many of these ingredients can be harmful to human health. Yes, something we buy to use on our kids, and we don’t even have the right to know what’s in them. Thankfully many parents and environmental groups haven’t accepted this. Chemicals such as formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane are being…
  • Coming Soon: The Order of the Trees from Green Writer’s Press

    Katy
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    This weekend I posted on Facebook some news I have had under my hat for awhile. I am thrilled (and a bit nervous!) to announce that Green Writer’s Press, a homegrown, Vermont publisher with a focus on “authors who want to make the world a better place” will be publishing my first middle level/young adult novel in May. The book is called The Order of the Trees– and is about Cedar, who was found as a baby under an old growth tree in the Vermont woods. This is the story of her sixth grade year, her first true friend, and how their fate is connected to the magical woods in…
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • Health + Wellness Enhancing Things To Buy With Your Tax Refund

    Tiffany
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Okay, it is that time of year. Tax time! You may be thinking (or agonizing) about how you have to do your taxes or maybe you already have them done. Either way, if you are expecting a refund from the government then you have already started dreaming about what you will do with it. Same here. So…what to do with the moola? Well, big or small there are probably a few purchases that you can make that will be beneficial in the long run…helping you a new level of wellness. I understand the tendency to want to blow the money on a trampoline for the kids or a down payment on a newer (but…
  • 6 Reasons to Freeze Your Food

    Tiffany
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A freezer is a homesteader’s very good friend. It allows us to preserve our bounty, buy in bulk, make meals ahead of time, and keep a food stash for when times are tough. Many of us have love our freezer so much we have two or more of them. All that freezer space provides us with lots of possibilities! Here are six reasons why freezing your food is so awesome… 1. It saves us money. Freezing allows us to buy local foods, in season, at the peak of their ripeness/freshness when they are the most affordable. It also allows us to capitalize on good sales (store sales, clearance, etc)…
  • Toxic Toothpaste for Children

    Tiffany
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Toxic toothpaste????! No, I am not talking about tainted toothpaste from China. I am talking about pretty much all children’s toothpaste you find at conventional grocery stores. It is nasty. You don’t want to buy any of it. I forgot to buy my usual kids toothpaste awhile back and I go through the stuff like water with one child who likes to squirt it on mirrors, toilets, light switches….you name it. This is a problem because they won’t use my toothpaste…they say it is too hot for them and they won’t use homemade either (too chunky). So when my kids and I were at Kroger I…
  • Rose & Lavender Facial Cleanser & Toner Spray

    Tiffany
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Are you looking for a facial toner or facial spray that is soothing, hydrating, refreshing, and ever so gentle? Well, this may be the the recipe for you. It is all of the above and oh so good for your skin. The witch hazel and floral water cleanse the skin, the glycerin helps lock in moisture, and the aloe, lavender, and chamomile soothe and balance. Rose essential oil is amazing for the skin but it is also very expensive. A hydrosol is a floral water leftover from the steam distillation of plant materials. It is like an essential oil but far less concentrated and in the case of rose…
  • Essential Oils for Pets

    Tiffany
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    You have probably heard all about the benefits of using essential oils in your home by now. There are so many benefits for a healthy body, mind, and home. You may not have realized though that some of our four legged friends may also benefit from essential oils. Dogs and horses can both benefit from essential oils. Cats are usually considered to be more sensitive and their liver’s do not break down substances in the same way so there is the potential for toxicity. Greater care needs to be taken with kitties. In general though most birds, fish, reptiles, rodents, or small mammals…
 
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Silicone Bowl Covers: Have I Made a Terrible Mistake?

    Mindful Echo
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    Mindful Echo is struggling with an eternal conflict: leftovers vs laziness.In my ongoing quest to reduce and eliminate disposable and plastic items from my life, I sometimes find myself in conflict with another of my life's goals: not washing dishes. So when it comes to food storage, I'm torn. Sure, throwing leftovers into a glass container might be the most environmentally-friendly move, but it also means having to transfer all the food and dirtying another container. If that container isn't oven safe, I then have to dirty even more dishes when reheating the leftovers the next day. See my…
  • 82 Ways to Avoid the Landfill

    Green Bean
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:13 pm
    From the bean of Green Bean.A couple of weeks ago, someone I follow on Twitter posted the following tweet.Some environmental problems seem beyond the power of personal environmentalism. Climate change, for instance.  Rebuilding our transportation system, maybe.  But reducing the amount of landfills our society needs?  That is a piece of cake, people!Buy less new stuff.  Non-recyclable packaging takes up a ton of landfill space.Buy used stuff.  You keep it out of the landfill and avoid packaging.  Bonus points!Find multiple uses for the things you do buy. For…
  • Keeping it Green While Saying "I Love You"

    Amber Strocel
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The Climate Crusader is thinking about how to express your love sustainably in the Valentine's Day aftermath.Valentine's Day may be over and done with for 2015, but that doesn't mean it's too late to express your love for that special someone in your life. After all, we all enjoy receiving affection on any day of the year. And it might even be better when flowers aren't five times their usual price and you can actually get a table in a restaurant. So how can you say I love you anytime, while keeping it green? Here are some suggestions.CardsThe Urban Earthworm has green holiday card…
  • A Visit From the EEP: Efficiency Nova Scotia

    Eco Yogini
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    EcoYogini talks homeownership and Efficiency Nova ScotiaFor the past few years Nova Scotians have had access to Efficiency Nova Scotia, an organization specifically created to support Nova Scotians in their (our) quest for green living.I'm not 100% sure on how it's funded, although I do know that until recently at least part of EfficiencyNS was funded by an extra cost tagged onto each and every one of our power bills. Almost like a carbon tax in a way- which I am completely cool with, since I know Nova Scotia has mostly coal based energy (boo). Recently the system has changed (bah politics)…
  • Ecomusicology

    Mindful Echo
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    Mindful Echo is enjoying the connection between music and the environment. I learned a new concept today: ecomusicology. Essentially it's a blend of music related to ecology and the environment, including nature and culture. Ecomusicology also encompasses the interdisciplinary study of ecocriticism, which is the analysis of the environment and environmental problems. I've always thought that I was at my most introspective when hiking a local trail, listening to the crunching of leaves, the rustle of branches, and the whirl of the breeze. I also find my thoughts and imagination running freely…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • How to Use Social Media for Your Direct Sales Business

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    26 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
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    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
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  • Easy One Pan Burrito Bowl Recipe

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    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
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  • Simple Beauty and Life Hacks for Women

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    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • Community Supported Agriculture

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    21 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
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    GreenStyleMom

  • This Is 11

    Greenstylemom
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Lots o' candles and cakes today!
  • Right Now - Puppy Injury

    Greenstylemom
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Poor Tripper in his sock bandage. Not sure how it happened. Might need a stitch tomorrow...
  • This Makes Me Happy - Snow Hike

    Greenstylemom
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Tripper just loves hiking in fresh snow! Wish I could get a good photo of him up to his neck in powder or pouncing on snowballs.
  • Winter Book List - February Review

    Greenstylemom
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    I haven't done the best-est job of sticking to my reading intention list. I've * starred the books that weren't on my original winter book listAudiobooks - chosen by the fact that they are unread on my Audible accountOff to Be the Wizard (eh...)Peace From Broken Pieces (Hated this. So whiny. Played the victim and everything is everyone else's fault)Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly SujoAccidentally on Purpose  (Eh. Average modern romance novel)Rapt by Winifred Gallagher (currently listening)The Aviator's Wife (good but took me a longer than average to finish)The…
  • DayBook 2.16.15

    Greenstylemom
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    FOR TODAY - Happy Presidents' Day (last time I wrote a DayBook was MLK Day!)Outside my window... lots o' snow! I bet we got 4 in over night, and it is still coming. Only bummer about the snow is that Kate and I need to drive up into the mountains in it. Fingers crossed for good roads.I am hearing almost total quiet. A little hum of the fridge and the water in my tea kettle simmeringI am feeling... not so great, to be honest. I think I brought a little tummy souvenir home from Mexico. Blah. Symptoms haven't been bad, but I've been really tired, lacked an appetite and had NO…
 
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    Green Talk®

  • 6 Foods You Can Freeze! I Bet You Didn’t Know.

    Anna@Green Talk
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:52 am
    My freezer and I are BFF (best friends forever.) Seriously. She opens her arms and says, “Anna, what do you have for me today?” She knows how much my garden harvest means to me and over the years, has gone that extra, extra mile to delivers delectable thawed vegetables. So, I bet you have a freezer just like mine and don’t know it. Give her a try. So, here are six foods that you can freeze that I bet you have never considered. Say good-bye to spoilage and wasting money. #1 Tomatoes Every year I grow a bumper crop of tomatoes. My preference is canning tomatoes.  (See my…
  • Why Soak Nuts. Health+Taste Benefits

    Anna@Green Talk
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    Over the last couple of years, my family has made diet changes based on our health issues. I have been struggling with my gut issues for awhile. So, my family is eating fewer grains and more nuts from almond milk, almond flour, and raw nuts. While investigating my issues, I learned that their nut consumption might be causing more harm than good. Seeds, nuts, beans, and grains all contain phytic acid, which could have detrimental health effects. Read on to learn why soak nuts. Before I begin. I am not a doctor, nor am I dispensing medical advice. I just want to share with you what I have…
  • Tap-n-Flush Toilet Water Conservation Device Review

    Anna@Green Talk
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
      I love a device that could save water and money. Wouldn’t you? Over the years, I noticed that the cost of water keeps rising. So when Jeff Nasrallah, the inventor and owner of Tap-n-Flush, offered  me a toilet water conservation device to review, I immediately jumped at the chance to try it. So that you know, I own Toto 1.6 gallons per flush toilets. They are not low-flow toilets. What is a Tap-n-Flush? The device is a light-weight option for reducing toilet water usage. You can purchase the Tap-n-Flush on Amazon HERE. It costs $16.95. According to the Company, the device is…
  • Freeze Cucumbers & Learn How to Use Them.

    Anna@Green Talk
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    I started off writing a post about all the food you can’t imagine that you can freeze–singing the praises of my freezer. But as I drafted the article, I realized very quickly I could spend a whole article simply talking about what to do with an overabundance of cucumbers! Now, I am not talking about throwing them into dishes right and left or pickling them;  I am talking about freezing cucumbers. Yeah. I got your attention. Here is the rub. When you face the possibility of losing 100 pickles because everyone in your family is sick of pickles including Hubs, who pickled 15 cans…
  • Carrot Ginger Soup: Health Benefits in Each Warm Slurp

    Anna@Green Talk
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    I adore anything carrot–especially carrot ginger soup. When I saw a recipe in Edible Jersey from Jess Niederer of Chickadee Creek Farm, Pennington, New Jersey using carrots and ginger together, I thought to myself–soothing and immune boosting. What is not to love? Carrots and Ginger wallop a punch in the health arena.  Ginger may help to protect brain function may inhibit some forms of cancer fend off respiratory viruses and clear up congestion may offer bacterial benefits against some types of drug-resistant bacteria,  when combined with garlic and lime. Carrots, on the other…
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    Mindful Momma

  • The Source for Organic Superfoods Snacks: Essential Living Foods

    Micaela
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
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  • How Beautycounter Does Beauty Better {Interview!}

    Micaela
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
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  • Healthy but Still SWEET Treats for Valentine’s Day

    Micaela
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:53 am
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  • Why I’m Happy to See Acure at Target

    Micaela
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
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  • Valentine’s Day Guide to Better Chocolate

    Micaela
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
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    Chemically Green

  • Grants and Funding Help Protect Australia’s Environment

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    Australia is home to some of the richest natural resources and treasures our planet has to offer. From the stunning diversity of the Great Barrier Reef to the desolate grandeur of the outback, there are countless treasures that need protecting. The Australian government has multiple programs that offer funding to encourage and support businesses and organizations in protecting the environment. Here are just a few of the dozens of programs available. 20 Million Trees This program has allocated $50 million to work with communities towards the goal of planting 20 million trees by the year 2020…
  • Why Your Home Radon Test Might Not Be As Accurate As You Think

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    There’s one indoor air contaminant that holds the title as scariest and most dangerous of them all: radon. Radon is the byproduct of nuclear decay of elements like uranium or thorium that lay deep underground. It emanates to the earth’s surface as an odorless, colorless gas, which can collect inside homes and other structures. Coming in right behind smoking, exposure to radon is documented as the second largest cause of lung cancer worldwide. If you’re testing for radon in your home, here a couple reasons why your test’s accuracy might not be as accurate as you think. There are also…
  • 4 Flabbergasting Facts About Fracking

    Like New
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    2014 brought some of the highest levels of oil production in the United States that the country has ever seen. And hydraulic fracturing, known colloquially as fracking, is the technology that’s mostly responsible. However, the more prevalent it becomes the more it’s criticized by activists and environmental advocates. Politics aside, here are five of the most incredible facts about fracking in the U.S. You Can See Fracking From Space Photo via Dr. Asanobu Kitamoto and the National Institute of Informatics The Bakken Formation, which is located primarily in North Dakota, is one of the…
  • Preserving Australia’s Natural Treasures for Future Generations

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    19 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    The country of Australia contains some of the worlds greatest natural treasures, scattered across its nearly 3 million square miles of space. Many people around the world have heard of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral barrier reef in the world. The Great Barrier Reef contains 2,900 individual reefs which are host to hundreds of species of coral, fish, and marine wildlife, making it one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. (Source: Paul D’Ambra) You’ve likely also heard of the rugged Australian outback. While at a glance the outback may appear devoid of life,…
  • How to Start Growing Plants Indoors With Hydroponics

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Commercial growers have been using hydroponics to cultivate tasty fruits and vegetables without relying on Mother Nature for years. Take a look at some labels the next time you’re browsing through the produce section at your local grocer. You’ll find that all kinds of fresh foods, including tomatoes, lettuces, and herbs, often come from a commercial hydroponic facilities. Hydroponics allow for the cultivation of robust, healthy plants in an indoor environment, and it’s a technology that isn’t just limited to the pros. You can set up a hydroponics system of your own and have fresh eats…
 
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • How to Make Your Life More Environmentally Friendly

    Greg Head
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    More and more individuals are starting environmentally friendly living, and thankfully, businesses and governments the world over have followed suit as well. Alternative sources of energy like hydro, solar panels, and wind turbines are all being developed and operated. Lifestyle changes are being made by individuals and families too. Using modes of transportation with lower… Read more The post How to Make Your Life More Environmentally Friendly appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Green Traveler

    Kimberly
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Looking for unique Valentine’s Day gifts? Nothing says romance like a corporate-created holiday about love. I have to admit, however, I enjoy getting gifts and eating nice meals. So part of me appreciates this mid-February excuse to do it. This year, rebel against the commercialism of Valentine’s Day by getting one of these sustainable (and… Read more The post Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Green Traveler appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Things to do in Prescott, Arizona with Your Kids

    Dawn Head
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    When it comes to exploring new places, I like traveling by car best and being on the road to Prescott, Arizona with your kids. Recently, I packed up the family to visit Prescott, Arizona. It’s a small city with a picturesque downtown and plenty of outdoor recreation. With lots of things to entice the kids,… Read more The post Things to do in Prescott, Arizona with Your Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Top 5 Ways Gyms Can Go Green and Save Money Too

    Alice Benny
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    It seems like most industries have jumped on the eco-friendly bandwagon. Everywhere you look, there are LEED certified hotels, museums and office buildings. Companies of every type are looking for new and innovative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We believe there are ways gyms can go green too. There are many Benefits for Gyms who… Read more The post Top 5 Ways Gyms Can Go Green and Save Money Too appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Top Things to do in Denver with Kids

    Dawn Head
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Colorado is a fantastic vacation destination for families with children, especially Denver with kids. Most people come for the skiing, hiking, and camping. There is also lots to do in Colorado’s capital and largest city, Denver. The high altitude and dry climate of the Mile High City make for a pleasant location for enjoying different types… Read more The post Top Things to do in Denver with Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • See What All the Fuss Is About!

    Monica
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:10 pm
    The Oscars will be here Feb. 22. As usual, it features a lot of great films like American Sniper to Birdman to Whiplash and more. But if you want to see what the fuss is about, where can you watch them? They’re not on Netflix streaming. You probably will be waiting forever to get it on Netflix DVD, and most likely not available or already rented at Redbox kiosks or your local video store. Some titles like Birdman can’t even be purchased on DVD/Blu-ray until February 17th. Stop the hunt! You can find most, if not all, on Walmart’s VUDU. What is VUDU?  VUDU is a digital video on demand…
  • Keep Your Clothes Tide Fresh with Tide Pods Detergent

    Monica
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Laundry. You either love it, or you hate it… Personally, I’m great up until the part where I have to fold and put it all away.  I don’t mind dealing with stains, or making sure that one red sock doesn’t get in with all my hubby’s undershirts. Laundry is probably one of the chores I kinda enjoy doing…. But, I’m never opposed to products that make things easier. I recently got the chance to try the new Tide Pods Laundry Detergent, and I love it! No more dealing with dripping liquids, wasting detergent because some stayed behind in the measuring cup,…
  • Chinese New Year- DIY Crocheted Fortune Cookies!

    Monica
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    I know, I know.. Fortune cookies were actually, in fact, created in the USA… BUT, they are pretty well known symbols of good luck and you get one every time you go out for Chinese food! Last year, I showed you a really yummy WonTon Soup recipe. This year, I wanted to do something cute for Chinese New Year, and I saw a lot of fabric or paper fortune cookies… I have been on a crocheting kick lately, and so I wanted to make a crocheted Fortune Cookie, or a few, to have around the house for the Chinese New Year. These are very easy to make, and take just a few minutes each! I got all…
  • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Specials at Walmart and More!

    Monica
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Every year about this time, the buzz starts up again about Read Across America Week, and the birthday of one very famous author, Dr. Seuss… My girls’ school has a week full of fun events, and dress up days for this very occasion.. but the party is only in schools! Walmart is having a month long event, and you’re the guest! In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Walmart is promoting his work from 2/8 through 3/14.  Dr. Seuss beginner books that normally start at $8.99 will be only $5,  board books which are normally priced at $4.99 will be only $3.50 and The $14.95 Classic…
  • Valentine’s Day DIY- Earrings and Bracelet Jewelry Set

    Monica
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Valentine’s Day is coming up, and whether you’re looking for a gift to give, or a little something for yourself, Walmart has you covered! Of course, you can buy something from their selection of ready to go items, or you could get crafty and make something yourself! I decided to check out the craft area of my local store and see what they had available so I could make something this Valentine’s Day, and I was not disappointed! Our Walmart’s DIY Jewelry section has a great selection of beads, strands, and findings, so I was able to look around and put something together…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Interested in urban agriculture?

    Veshengro
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If you are interested in urban agriculture, and in the promotion of it, then check out the report of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance's Nick Rose who recently journeyed to study innovative models in the American Midwest, Toronto and five provinces of Argentina. 'The focus of the study was to explore models of urban agriculture that could generate livelihood opportunities, especially for young people; and/or enhance food security for vulnerable and low-income groups. The study involved visits to over 80 organizations and institutions across the regions…
  • Potato Pots make it easier to grow your own potatoes

    Veshengro
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Agralan Potato Pots Pick your own new potatoes week after week throughout the season with the new Potato pot. New potatoes ready to pick in 8 weeks (10 weeks if the potatoes haven’t been chitted). Simply lift the inner pot and pick the larger tubers, leaving the smaller ones to grow on. M681 Potato Pot (single) £7.99 M686 Potato Pot (pack of 3) £21.99 This is one of those absolute great ideas for those who wish to grow some of their own food but who have little garden space or no garden at all. Pots like this can be places almost anywhere, by the front door,…
  • How to Create a new Vegetable Garden – Book Review

    Veshengro
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) How to Create a new Vegetable Garden Producing a beautiful and fruitful garden from scratch by Charles Dowding Published by Green Books, 12th February 2015 Hardcover,  224 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 1.8 cm ISBN: 978-0857842442 £19.99 Charles Dowding draws on his years of experience to show how easy it is to start a new vegetable garden. Any plot – whether a building site, overgrown with weeds or unwanted lawn – can be turned into a beautiful and productive vegetable area. In his foreword to the book Steve Mercer, former journalist for Which? Gardening…
  • Glyphosate Destroys Earthworm Eisenia fetida Populations

    Veshengro
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Using glyphosate herbicide can wipe out local earthworm populations, a new study shows. Glyphosate Sublethal Effects on the Population Dynamics of the Earthworm Eisenia fetida Authors: Marina Santadino, Carlos Coviella, Fernando Momo While the full paper is available on-line it is behind a pay-wall, for anyone wanting to download it and thus the summary, aka abstract, will have to do, I guess. Though there is a way to read it there via the “Look Inside” button. Find the full paper here Abstract: Pesticides' sublethal effects are not regularly taken into…
  • Abundant Living – Book Review

    Veshengro
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Review by Michael Smith( Veshengro) Abundant Living in the Coming Age of the Tree by Kathleen Jannaway Published by Movement for Compassionate Living 1991 44 Pages A4 This book is available as a free download from http://www.mclveganway.org.uk/Publications/Abundant_Living.pdf Kathleen Jannaway's classic text sets out the practical and philosophical basis for ecological veganism – that we can feed the world healthily and compassionately and protect the planet with a diverse, mostly home grown, plant-based diet that includes tree crops – from the Movement of Compassionate Living…
 
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    SolarFeeds

  • Vivint Solar creates new “Vivint Solar Labs” technology team

    SolarFeeds
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Vivint Solar, a leading provider of residential solar systems in the United States announced today that its Solmetric team will be fully integrated into the Vivint Solar operating structure and be known as Vivint Solar Labs. The new research and development team will focus on proprietary photovoltaic installation instruments and software. Having reached the end of the product lifecycle, the Solmetric SunEye 210 and its line of products – including PV Designer, Solmetric Shade Training and the SunEye Extension Platform – will no longer be available. PV Analyzer will continue to be…
  • RE-volv Continues to Grow its Solar Seed Fund

    SolarFeeds
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Last month, we profiled RE-volv, an innovative solar funding platform that had just launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring solar to a worker-owned cooperative grocery store in outer San Francisco. RE-volv’s mission brings a twist on both solar financing and crowdfunding: As I wrote last month, the non-profit purpose is: To create a self-sustaining solar investment fund that supports solar installations for nonprofits and cooperatives that otherwise have a difficult time securing solar financing. The group, which has completed two projects and has Other Avenues’ system underway as its…
  • Watch Inhofe Throw a Snowball on the Senate Floor to Disprove Global Warming

    SolarFeeds
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    During rambling remarks Thursday afternoon, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, used a snowball as a prop on the Senate floor. The apparent purpose of this stunt: to show the recent spate of cold weather in the Northeast is a sign that human activity isn’t causing climate change. The snowball was brought to the Senate floor in a sealable plastic bag. Inhofe began his speech with the snowball at his side on the speaker’s podium. After he was introduced, he removed it from the bag, held it in his hand, and said, “I ask the chair,…
  • How regulators and legislators make it harder for you to use solar power

    SolarFeeds
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    When homeowners or businesses install solar panels, state laws ensure utility companies pay for unused electricity that is routed back into the power grid – a practice known as net metering. Currently, 43 states and the District of Columbia have implemented net metering policies, some of which are more favorable than others, but all of which turn the power grid into a two-way street. The cost of rooftop solar-powered electricity will be on par with prices for common fossil-fuel power generation in just two years, and the technology to produce it will only get cheaper, according to…
  • By the Time You Read This, They’ve Slapped a Solar Panel on Your Roof

    SolarFeeds
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:36 am
    Solar is so cheap, the problem now is how to pay for it. Prices for panels are down more than 65 percent in five years, to less than 70¢ a watt. What’s next? One word, Ben: financing. Building a solar generating facility—either a massive one in a desert or a tiny one on the roof—involves serious up-front costs. In extreme cases, the cost of capital can make power almost 50 percent more expensive than it would otherwise be, says a report released Tuesday, Feb. 24, by the independent German research group Agora Energiewende. These costs can even influence the ultimate price of…
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    News About Future Building

  • The Pros And Cons Of Switching To Solar Power

    Loraine
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Solar energy has become a big hit in the world today, as more and more people realize that we need to reduce our negative impact on the world around us. Not only does solar power use the natural heat from the sun to power our homes, it also helps you see a dramatic decrease in your utility bills. Over 1 million Australian homes use solar power  - which keeps on increasing reason why Solar Panels Melbourne and other companies have emerged in fact. As with any type of energy however, solar power comes with its own set of pros and cons. Read on below for a few of those pros and cons here. Pro:…
  • Types of Solar panel system

    Loraine
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    Solar panel system comes in different types. Consulting professionals like those in solar panels Perth is advisable to help you be able to notice the differences. Let’s look at the properties of photovoltaic to give you an idea of its variations and distinctions. Your budget will determine the type you can purchase. We have three distinct types that are commonly found in the market. There is the monocrystalline panel which is costly but which you will only have to buy a few of them. There is also the thin film solar which you must buy in larger quantities of modules because they are…
  • New Generation Of Solar Panels

    Loraine
    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

    Loraine
    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

    Loraine
    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…
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    Jetson Green

  • Modern House with a Very Small Footprint

    Christine Walsh
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    It’s getting harder and harder to find good-sized plots in popular areas around the globe, so it’s logical that savvy contractors and developers are finding solutions which take advantage of less-than-desirable plots of land. The architecture firm L3P Architekten recently completed House Vineyard in Dieseldorf, Switzerland, which has a tiny footprint, yet is still a cozy and modern dwelling. House Vineyard Dieseldorf has a footprint of just 16 x 30 feet (5 x 9 m) with every available square foot taken advantage of. To better achieve this goal, the home does not have a standard entrance,…
  • Tiny Apartment Made to Seem and Feel Larger

    Christine Walsh
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    With the shortage of living spaces in urban areas it is always nice to see creative architectural and design decisions, which help make small spaces not feel like a hole in the wall or a shoebox. So here is another clever way to solve the shortcomings of tiny living, in the form of the tiny apartment called Tsukiji Room H, which was designed by Yuichi Yoshida and Associates of Tokyo, Japan. Tsukiji Room H has a floor space of 511.8 square feet (47.6 square meters) and can either be used as an apartment or office space, or both. To separate off the sections within the tiny home, the designers…
  • 5 Awesome Shipping Container Retreats

    Christine Walsh
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    While shipping containers make excellent building blocks for permanent homes, they also make for great, inexpensive retreats. Below you will find a list of shipping container retreats across the globe, some of which you can even rent out to experience shipping container living on your own. The latter is a great idea, if you’re considering building your home using a shipping container, just to see if living inside one is something you would even like. 1. Casa Cúbica Shipping Container Home The Costa Rican firm Cubica designs and specializes in converting shipping containers into small,…
  • Eco-House is Sustainable Building at its Best

    Christine Walsh
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:54 am
    The UK-based architectural firm Hewitt Studios designed based Limpley Stoke Eco-House, which is a luxury home packed top to bottom with sustainable technologies. It can certainly serve as an example of what is possible and proves that living green does not need to mean sacrificing any of the comforts we’ve grown used to. Limpley Stoke Eco-House measures 4,305 square feet (400 sq m) and includes a variety of green features including a solar power array, passive ventilation, a rainwater collection system, and an EV charging point. Furthermore, it was also constructed largely from locally…
  • Handy and Modern All-In-One Piece of Furniture

    Christine Walsh
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice if all it took to furnish a room was one piece of furniture? Well, that dream has now come true. Heri&Salli, an architecture firm from Austria have just unveiled the so-called Viennese Guest Bed, which is the only piece of furniture one needs to fully furnish a guest room. The Viennese Guest Bed is first and foremost a bed. But it also folds out to provide a space for sitting, working, storing clothes and other belongings, and more. All the necessary storage space is part of the bed itself, minimizing the unit’s footprint. The bed is made from planks of larch wood,…
 
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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • UK Low-Carbon Contract Winners Revealed: Wind Scores, Solar Disappoints

    David Appleyard, Contributing Editor
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    The first round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) programme — the UK scheme that is designed to support low-carbon generation and a capacity margin in the energy sector — has concluded. Contracts were offered to 27 renewable electricity projects with a total value of some £315 million (US$500 million), which include two offshore wind farms with a total planned capacity of more than 1.1 GW, 15 onshore wind projects and five solar projects. In total, more 2 GW of new low-carbon capacity (including renewables, nuclear and carbon capture and storage) could be built under the CfD scheme.
  • Iberdrola Agrees to Buy UIL for $3 Billion to Expand US Renewable Business

    David Stringer and Rodrigo Orihuela, Bloomberg
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    Iberdrola SA, Spain’s largest electricity company, agreed to buy UIL Holdings Corp. in a deal valued at about $3 billion in cash and shares to create a U.S. utility with about 3.1 million customers.
  • Are Utilities or States the Leaders in Renewable Energy and Efficiency?

    John Farrell
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    A June 2014 study by Ceres highlighted the top electric utilities for renewable energy and efficiency. In an article discussing the findings, Utility Dive suggested that there are “wide disparities […] in the extent to which electric utilities currently deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency.” To find the source of these disparities, look n
  • Scientific Research Crucial to Success of New Biofuels Plants

    Bill Scanlon, NREL
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) played crucial roles in the technology that has led companies DuPont, POET, and Abengoa to open commercial-scale facilities to turn biomass into clean transportation fuels.
  • Going Solar and Net-Zero: The 21st Century Family Home Project

    Holly Copeland
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    300 pounds: That’s how much coal was not burned in a distant power plant in December as a result of the solar panels we installed on our house in Wyoming this fall. Being December, it was our lowest monthly generation period, with low sun angles and periodic snow covering our panels. The Copelands’ home solar project. Photo: Creative Energies An as
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  • “Tap” a Bee Hive for Fresh Honey

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

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

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

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

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

    kiter
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    When we moved in to our new home outside of town in Southern Oregon, we had no idea that the property was littered with patches of poison oak everywhere. Our dogs were just as excited as we were to have some space to run around and enjoy nature. However, as soon as spring sprung, so […]
  • How to Choose Blinds for Your Home

    kiter
    27 Aug 2013 | 3:31 pm
    As an interior designer, Ive seen window treatments come and go – from miles of heavy drapes puddling on the floor like Niagra falls to a minimalist’s dream: Nothing at all. In my opinion, today’s trend toward simple sophisticated design is the way to go. With shades and blinds, you can dress your windows in […]
  • Green Giveaway Winners

    Green Tara
    11 Sep 2010 | 5:15 pm
    It’s that time again, time to announce some lucky GGS winners! The Seventh Generation and Meliciously Yours giveaways are now over! A big thanks to everyone who entered and helped spread the word! Seventh Generation Winner-Comment #1- Amanda Hall Meliciously Yours Winner- Comment #44- Tara from Chicago Coupon Confessions! Congrats to the both of you! […]
  • Organic Skin Care: What are the Top Products for Men?

    Green Tara
    11 Sep 2010 | 5:08 pm
    It is no doubt that the skin care industry focuses their efforts primarily upon women. After all, it seems that women are typically more conscious about caring for their sensitive skin than men are, as a generality. The truth is, though, that men have sensitive skin, too. What is not necessarily common knowledge is the […]
  • 3 Ways To Make Gardening More Eco-friendly

    Green Tara
    7 Sep 2010 | 1:10 pm
    The title of this article may seem obvious, indeed you may well be thinking isn’t gardening eco- friendly by its very nature? Alas, this is not always the case as water is wasted, chemicals are used, and items which could be composted and used again are instead burnt or thrown away. This article guides you […]
 
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  • Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is steeped in so much secrecy

    Mercedes Hart
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:03 am
    There are a few disagreements that surround what the Trans-Pacific Partnership is and what it means to the people of the countries that would be effected. There is one thing that is pretty much universally agreed upon, though: it’s being kept secret from the public for a very nefarious reason. What that reason is, nobody seems to know for sure. The official story is that while it’s still in the negotiating phase that displaying it for public consumption would put the United States at a disadvantage. This is ludicrous on so many levels, but let’s take it at face value and ask…
  • Renewable energy is cheaper than ever and it keeps falling

    Cactus Williams
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) has released a new report regarding the cost of generating power from renewable resources last year and the results are exciting. With solar leading the pack as usual, the cost of renewable energy has been in a near freefall and will continue drop over the next couple of years, so much so that we can expect prices to be 40% less than what they are today. Giles Parkinson offered a much more in-depth breakdown of the numbers on Renew Economy where he discussed the various reasons why the price of solar is nose diving, how it’s effecting…
  • Soylent raises $20 million for its food-replacing smoothie

    Cactus Williams
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Who needs warm, delicious food when you can have nutritionally-balanced supplementary paste? That’s pretty much the whole idea behind Soylent, a two-year-old company that offers affordable alternatives to regular food that come in the form of a well-balanced smoothie. It may not sound appealing to some of you, but the company has remained profitable, pulling in millions of dollars a month through subscriptions, and it just pulled in $20 million in new funding in order to help expand its offerings. The funding couldn’t have come at a better time, because even though the company has been…
  • Crowder – Come As You Are

    Mercedes Hart
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Here’s a beautiful song that portrays the reality of this life that so many miss. One does not have to be “good” to come to the Lord. He came to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous. The post Crowder – Come As You Are appeared first on WeHeartWorld.
  • Electric cars may soon be powered by autonomous “metal snakes”

    Alfie Joshua
    1 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    If you were to take all of the inconveniences that come with owning an electric vehicle and make a list of them, I’m sure having to plug the vehicle into your wall when you come home would be somewhere at the bottom. Nonetheless, this miniscule inconvenience is still an inconvenience, which is why Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to announce that Tesla Motors has the solution. Tesla vehicles can charged by either plugging them into a wall outlet using an adaptor, which is the most common option, or by quickly juicing them up at one of the automaker’s “supercharger” stations that’re…
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  • VIDEO: Google’s new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick

    Charley Cameron
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google’s new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two architecture stars discuss their plans for the upcoming Googleplex, and give a sneak peek at renderings for and models of what looks to be a stunning biosphere-filled utopia for the Silicon Valley giant. Read the rest of VIDEO: Google’s new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick Permalink | Add to del.icio.us |…
  • Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

    Daniel Blaustein-Rejto
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. We’ve seen some incredible innovations in bicycle technology lately, from self-charging components such as the Copenhagen Wheel to designer fixies by Diesel. But what happens to these and all other bikes when their owners move on? That’s where Guatemalan NGO Maya Pedal comes in: they transform donated bicycles into pedal-powered machines including water pumps, blenders and tile makers for use where electricity is too expensive or inaccessible. We say more (pedal) power to you, Maya Pedal! Check out the video by Makeshift to learn more…
  • Tiny house builder is using Kickstarter to fund her mobile pottery business

    Jon Dioffa
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Kaitlan Murphy is a carpenter and potter based in Revelstoke, BC, Canada. In 2014, she built a tiny house that features an eyebrow dormer and stained glass windows, and painted her company’s name, Jumping Creek Pottery, across its side. This little green home on wheels is Kaitlan’s mobile pottery boutique, where she sells her handmade cups, mugs, bowls, plates, and more. She creates pottery from her hands and her heart, with the goal of reconnecting people with the beauty of food preparation and enjoyment. Eating nourishing food from a hand-turned bowl, or sipping cider from a…
  • Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

    Cat DiStasio
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    Read the rest of Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cruelty-free trophy, elkebana, fabio milito, flowers as art, Italian blown glass, paula studio, plants as art, vegan trophy, vegan-friendly trophy
  • China announces one-year ban on ivory imports

    Charley Cameron
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    In response to growing criticism of Chinese demand for ivory, China’s State Forestry Administration has announced a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings. The continued demand for ivory, for which China is the world’s largest market, has decimated the African elephant population, with one elephant killed every 15 minutes for its tusks. While some animal rights’ groups have hailed China’s temporary ban as a step in the right direction, it has also been criticized as nothing more than “window dressing” that fails to address the larger problems of ivory…
 
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  • Buying a Green Home? Be Sure to Look For These 6 Things

    Kate Wilson
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    Often when it comes to buying a home, so much of the focus is on location or size. But if you’re an especially environmentally-conscious person, you may want to know how “green” a home is. Does the home use a lot of electricity? Are there aspects of the house’s history which make it a potential health hazard? If you’re looking for an ideal green home, here are some important tips to remember as you shop around. Think smaller, not bigger First and foremost, it’s important to acknowledge that the larger the home, the more energy, water, and resources will be consumed in the…
  • Why Your Website Must Include a Portfolio

    Kate Wilson
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    You probably know that you need a personal website to help generate leads and to build your brand. You might know that this personal website ought to include a portfolio of your past work, regardless of the industry. But did you know that your small business or company website could also benefit from offering a portfolio to visitors? There are several reasons for including a portfolio on your website, all of which contribute to future job opportunities and leads. Here are just a few: It acts as a digital resume, allowing potential employers or customers to see everything you’ve…
  • 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

    Kate Wilson
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    When you hear the term “eco-friendly,” your mind might jump to advancements like solar panels, electric cars, and walls that keep heat inside. And, while these certainly fit the bill, they aren’t always the most budget-conscious options for everyday individuals who simply want to minimize their negative effects on the Earth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make your home a greener place without spending a ton of green. We’ve gathered ten tips for making your dwelling as eco-friendly as possible, even on the smallest of budgets. Turn Everything Off — Really Off You already…
  • Should Your Home Go Solar?

    Kate Wilson
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    Solar panels are gaining quite a bit of popularity. Still, they’re a relatively new innovation. Most people know what they are, but don’t know much about the specifics such as how exactly they work or how to install them. Unless you’re an engineer, you will probably need a professional to give you specifics for your home, but we can start here as a jumping-off point. Why should I go solar? Solar panels are basically big batteries that you can strap onto your roof – or anywhere that gets sufficient sunlight. They will take the sunlight, turn it into energy and help to provide backup…
  • 5 Essential Tips for Marketing Your Green Business

    Kate Wilson
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Are you a green company, or are you just trying to attract a new segment of buyers? The truth is, many companies are a little bit of both. Green industry is still on the upswing, and the market is big enough to interest all types of business. However, as more companies get into it for the money, consumers are becoming pickier about who they use and why. Almost anything can be found online – so not only do you have to be registered with the Green Business Bureau, but you also need to show exactly what makes you green and how you incorporate it into your business. It’s not enough to…
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  • Friday Fun: How to create tomorrow’s green cities with today’s garbage

    Aaryaman Singhal
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    Creative waste management strategies can play a critical role in helping cities improve their energy efficiency and become more sustainable in the long-term. Photo by Emanuele Toscano/Flickr. Cities around the world face many challenges to their cleanliness and environmental sustainability, including rising greenhouse gas emissions, unsanitary public spaces, foul odors, growing energy demand, low recycling rates, and limited space. Most people wouldn’t think of trash as a major root of these problems. Despite this, utilizing innovative waste management strategies can be a surprisingly…
  • Lahore’s roads to nowhere

    Ahmad Chaudhary
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Lahore, like many Pakistani cities, is struggling with a trend towards car-centric development that has resulted in intense traffic congestion and air pollution. Photo by Luke X. Martin/Flickr. Lahore, Pakistan is on a dangerous path toward a future of urban highways, underpasses, and flyovers that will eventually suffocate the city. By prioritizing car-centric infrastructure through new development contracts, the city is making traffic congestion, air pollution, and road safety—already major challenges—worse. Infrastructure projects are important triggers for economic development.
  • Mapping the way to safer urban mobility

    Brittni Brown
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    Powerful mapping technologies like geographic information systems (GIS) provide critical insights into crime patterns, enabling transport authorities and city leaders to make public transit safer for city residents. Photo by kris krüg/Flickr. According to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation study of the world’s 16 largest metropolitan areas, harassment on public transport is a growing problem for cities worldwide. Nearly 60 percent of the 6,555 women surveyed admitted to having been physically harassed. Furthermore, a significant number felt that they could not travel safely after dark and…
  • Your guide to urban cycling: A Q&A with author Yvonne Bambrick

    Alex Rogala
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Free community events, like this Ciclovía in Santiago, Chile, can be an effective option for encouraging more people to get on a bike. Photo by Municipalidad de Santiago/Flickr. As cities worldwide grow and evolve, so too is the urban landscape changing for cyclists. While congested and chaotic streets still remain a persistent challenge for some cities, many others have recognized the need for robust cycling infrastructure and are actively supporting cycling culture. At the same time, the perception of urban cycling is changing: what was once viewed as sport or recreation is now an…
  • The road to safety

    Madhav Pai
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    With the highest rate of traffic crashes in the world, Indian cities need to focus on making their streets safe for all road users. Photo by Ryan/Flickr. This article was originally published in The Indian Express. As Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: India has one of the worst road safety records in the world, with around 1,37,423 road traffic fatalities in 2013. This makes up about 10 percent of road crash fatalities worldwide. In absolute…
 
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  • Natural Burials and Biodegradable Coffins

    Jean-Paul
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    A while back I wrote about eco-burials, and it appears that the conversation has been building. Most recently I’ve seen posts from artists coming up with new ideas like the Tree Capsule, the Bios Urn and the Mushroom Burial Suit (below) Many of these concepts have been developed in areas that still prohibit the natural burial of any body. By law, most states in the US, and many countries around the world require embalming or cremation of the body prior to burial. That means for a lot of places, by law the ‘greenest’ option is cremation, however, that presents its own…
  • Cork, Cats and a Panda

    Jean-Paul
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    As many of you know, I am a big fan of the multiple uses of sustainable cork. Beautiful, versitile, and sustainably grown and harvested, cork really is a super material. I recently was contacted by some great folks at the World Wildlife Fund charity regarding a crowdfunding project on Earth Hour. Put on by WWF Portugal the project aims to educate farmers and FSC certify their operations to ensure a continued sustainable farmed forest. Southern Portugal is home to the largest intact cork oak (Quercus suber) forests on the planet, however, these forests are on the decline and are being…
  • Roses for Valentines Day – Lots of Cash For A Rash

    Jean-Paul
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    Roses for Valentines Day? Could be an expensive, and toxic gift! Yep, you may be shelling out quite a bit of cash, and ending up with a rash on your sweetie pie. While Valentines Day may bring out more roses than the Rose Parade, it all comes with a price, and not just to buy the long stems and beautiful bouquets. Toxic chemicals and pesticides could be coating that perfect bloom, and the blow to child workers and environment may make your red in the face. 90% of the flowers purchased on Valentines day in America are imported, primarily from Colombia and Ecuador Working conditions are…
  • tonlé – Waste Free Ethical Fashion

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

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

    Hannah Jarratt
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
      Gone are those blissful head-next-door-for-a-cup-of-sugar days, ‘love thy neighbour’ is a ghost from times gone past, as we find ourselves in a buy not borrow state of mind. This is where Streetbank comes in. A charity reigniting that all important sharing economy in communities across the UK: here we talk to Streetbank founder San Stephens to see how it all works. What were you doing before Streetbank and what inspired you to stop that and create Streetbank? I was running a small recruitment business focussing on senior charity positions. Streetbank was a side project that…
  • Forests Are For Life

    Hannah Jarratt
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    Photo by B. Ealovega It’s all about FSC The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo. The face that launches a thousand paper purchases, we all know it in that familiar-it-means-something-good sort of way. Their logo is so recognised that the incredible work that they do so often goes under the radar, we wanted to find out more about what they are doing to protect our planter and why it is so important to be a curious consumer. To spread the word and inspire people to take care with the planet, use this poster.   Do you think people are more interested in preserving the environment…
  • Pedalling petals to your door

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
      Bringing bikes to the beck and call of flowers, we give to you the brains behind the flower delivery company with a difference, Petalon. Created by florist Florence Hill, it was a business plan that joined up all the dots: on hand bikes, the flower market around the corner, and a currently unsustainable yet popular industry of sending bouquets. Petalon have changed the way we can send flowers. By offering only two alternative bunches at a fixed price per week (including a donation to Capital Bee), Petalon cut out waste and use seasonable selections throughout the year. These perfectly…
  • The charity changing the food chain

    Hannah Jarratt
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    An estimated 400,000 tonnes of usable surplus food can be saved from UK supermarkets each year. Since May 2009, community based charity Foodcycle, have reclaimed over  130,000kg of surplus food from food retailers – the equivalent of saving 585,000kg in CO2 emissions. This week we are talking to Foodcycle’s Steven Hawkes about the charity that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.   Do you find that being socially and environmentally friendly…
  • A call to all young UK creatives for Earth Hour 2015

    Hannah Jarratt
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
      Design a light switch and save the planet   DTGT and WWF-UK have teamed up ahead of Earth Hour on 28th March 2015 and are running a competition for young (16-25) creative talents around the country to design a light switch. The winning design will be chosen to headline the ’15 Everyday Things’ campaign in March 2015, in which objects designed by renowned creatives will be showcased to inspire millions around the world to live a more sustainable life. This is your moment to inspire the world to live a more thoughtful and less consumptive way of life, and all it takes is…
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  • Streetbank

    Hannah Jarratt
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
      Gone are those blissful head-next-door-for-a-cup-of-sugar days, ‘love thy neighbour’ is a ghost from times gone past, as we find ourselves in a buy not borrow state of mind. This is where Streetbank comes in. A charity reigniting that all important sharing economy in communities across the UK: here we talk to Streetbank founder San Stephens to see how it all works. What were you doing before Streetbank and what inspired you to stop that and create Streetbank? I was running a small recruitment business focussing on senior charity positions. Streetbank was a side project that…
  • Forests Are For Life

    Hannah Jarratt
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    Photo by B. Ealovega It’s all about FSC The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo. The face that launches a thousand paper purchases, we all know it in that familiar-it-means-something-good sort of way. Their logo is so recognised that the incredible work that they do so often goes under the radar, we wanted to find out more about what they are doing to protect our planter and why it is so important to be a curious consumer. To spread the word and inspire people to take care with the planet, use this poster.   Do you think people are more interested in preserving the environment…
  • Pedalling petals to your door

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
      Bringing bikes to the beck and call of flowers, we give to you the brains behind the flower delivery company with a difference, Petalon. Created by florist Florence Hill, it was a business plan that joined up all the dots: on hand bikes, the flower market around the corner, and a currently unsustainable yet popular industry of sending bouquets. Petalon have changed the way we can send flowers. By offering only two alternative bunches at a fixed price per week (including a donation to Capital Bee), Petalon cut out waste and use seasonable selections throughout the year. These perfectly…
  • The charity changing the food chain

    Hannah Jarratt
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    An estimated 400,000 tonnes of usable surplus food can be saved from UK supermarkets each year. Since May 2009, community based charity Foodcycle, have reclaimed over  130,000kg of surplus food from food retailers – the equivalent of saving 585,000kg in CO2 emissions. This week we are talking to Foodcycle’s Steven Hawkes about the charity that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.   Do you find that being socially and environmentally friendly…
  • A call to all young UK creatives for Earth Hour 2015

    Hannah Jarratt
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
      Design a light switch and save the planet   DTGT and WWF-UK have teamed up ahead of Earth Hour on 28th March 2015 and are running a competition for young (16-25) creative talents around the country to design a light switch. The winning design will be chosen to headline the ’15 Everyday Things’ campaign in March 2015, in which objects designed by renowned creatives will be showcased to inspire millions around the world to live a more sustainable life. This is your moment to inspire the world to live a more thoughtful and less consumptive way of life, and all it takes is…
 
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    Green Building Law Update

  • Largest Owner of Buildings in North America Considering LEED v4

    Stuart Kaplow
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:32 pm
    The General Services Administration is seeking public input on its analysis of LEED v4 and other questions related to the Federal Government's use of LEED v4. Given that the Federal Government is, by far, the largest owner of buildings in North America, and is also the owner or more green buildings and more LEED certified buildings than anyone else, this is significant.     The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires the GSA to review existing green building certification systems every 5 years to identify a system and certification level “deem[ed] to be most…
  • Climate Change Scientist Andrew Weaver Wins Libel Case Against Canadian National Post

    Stuart Kaplow
    8 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Canadian climate change scientist Andrew Weaver won a widely watched defamation lawsuit against the National Post last week. The Supreme Court of British Columbia found that “the defendants have been careless or indifferent to the accuracy of the facts” in four articles about climate change published in print and online, in late 2009 and early 2010, by the National Post. The articles were titled,  Weaver’s Web: Is it unreasonable to suggest his charge of theft against the fossil fuel industry is totally without merit? Weaver’s web II: Climate modeller’s…
  • Top 10 States for LEED Green Building and Surprise Top LEED Rating System

    Stuart Kaplow
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Today, the U.S. Green Building Council released its annual List of the top 10 states for LEED certification in 2014. Now in its fifth year, the List has become much anticipated. While some chuckle at a measure of “per capita square footage” (i.e., using U.S. Census data and including all commercial and institutional green building projects certified throughout 2014 to determine how many square feet were LEED certified in each state for each man, woman and child), there is valuable information to be gleaned from reviewing the List, including looking for business opportunities among…
  • All Water is Greywater - So Don't Ban Greywater in Your Plumbing Code

    Stuart Kaplow
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    As governments across the country enter the triennial building code cycle, including adopting the 2015 International Plumbing Code, it is key that they not ban greywater use. Codes are usually adopted by local government legislative bodies, often with the advice of boards comprised of retired or senior members of local trades (e.g., the Plumbing Board) many of whom may not be conversant in sustainability and new innovations in green building. Many, if not nearly all, local governments alter and amend national codes for their own purposes. A prime example is that many local governments adopted…
  • Indoor Marijuana Growing Accounts for Over 1% of all Electric Consumption in the U.S.

    Stuart Kaplow
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    In 2015, when vaping is out and Marley Natural Weed is in, the largely unrecognized and surging use of electricity associated with marijuana must be considered.  Indoor marijuana growing operations accounted for over 1% of all electric consumption in the U.S., according to a 2011 study by Evan Mills, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher. In California, marijuana production accounted for about 3% of electric use, according to the study. The methodology of the study, self-recognizing the difficulties in tracking an activity that was illegal, only considers the indoor…
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  • AC vs DC Breakers

    Dave Donaldson
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:10 pm
    AC vs. DC Breakers Most of us are familiar with AC breakers found in the typical residential service panel.  Every once in a while we need to work on the wiring in the house, so we make a trip out to the side of the house to manually open (trip) the breaker to kill the power to that circuit, allowing us to safely perform our work.  Though AC and DC breakers appear similar in form and function, they are very different internally. The function of a breaker (AC or DC) is to detect when too much current (amps) is flowing through the circuit, then disconnect the circuit from the main power…
  • 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,…
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  • February Round Up: News, Views & Stuff You Can Use

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Dig in to the latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, plus special offers and new releases!   Survive the Winter Blues: Read, Eat and Plan There is no denying it: […]The post February Round Up: News, Views & Stuff You Can Use appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Roadkill 101: An Insider’s Guide to ‘Asphalt Hunting’

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    We’ve all come across one while driving — a doe, a deer, a female deer — dead on the side of the highway. Admit it, carnivores and omnivores alike, you’ve often thought to yourself, “I wonder how long it’s been there … and … boy, am I hungry!” After checking the rearview a couple times […]The post Roadkill 101: An Insider’s Guide to ‘Asphalt Hunting’ appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Get Ready for Maple Sugaring Season

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    Everything is better with maple syrup. At least that’s what you’ll hear when you ask Vermonters. So what better way to solidify your love for all things maple than to learn how to make it yourself? If you only have a couple of trees nearby — say in your backyard — author Michael Farrell (The […]The post Get Ready for Maple Sugaring Season appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • The Seed Series: Choosing the Right Seed Crop

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    The vast majority of seed-propagated vegetables most used worldwide fall into nine plant families. Understanding the characteristics of these particular families will give you a better idea of which crops are best suited for your climate. In the following excerpt from the award-winning book The Organic Seed Grower, author John Navazio provides some key questions you should […]The post The Seed Series: Choosing the Right Seed Crop appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Survive the Winter Blues: Read, Eat and Plan

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    There is no denying it: the days are shorter and unless you planned for season extension your garden is all about the root vegetables. But don’t let winter get you down. We’ve prepared the perfect cabin fever remedy with our winter reading list. Throw another log on the fire, grab a blanket, and tuck in with these […]The post Survive the Winter Blues: Read, Eat and Plan appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • Why Carpet Cleaning in Greensboro is Important

    gogreen
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    Having a great and nice-looking carpet is important to anyone that has one in their home. Some have carpets covering their entire floor within their home. Others have it in only certain sections of the house. Wherever the carpet lies, it is very noticeable to all that come into the area. If it is dirty or looks stained, it can make the house look less attractive overall. Reasons for Carpet Cleaning in Greensboro, NC If you are planning on selling your home, having carpet cleaning in Greensboro, NC is very important. This is because the carpet needs to appear clean to anyone that is interested…
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  • A Manifesto for the Unconventional.

    elephant journal
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Too many people are just plodding along with their eyes closed, doing the things that they think they should be doing without actually checking in to see if it’s actually what they really want.
  • Yoga is a Super Primary Food: Why we need Yoga as Sustenance.

    elephant journal
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Much like some foods pack a higher density of nutrients, Yoga packs all four primary foods, making Yoga a Super Primary Food!
  • Why I Turned down Huge Profits to Follow My Purpose.

    elephant journal
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Change tends to hit our lives when we least expect it. Like a car crash we never see coming—two unaware drivers inexplicably tied together by shared meaning. That’s how I felt one Summer day when I was hit with an unexpected job offer. I was contacted by a corporate job recruiter, “I have a promising opportunity that fits […]
  • How Bikram Helped Heal my Eating Disorder.

    elephant journal
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    I didn’t seek out yoga; I was lucky in that it fell right in front of me at the most perfect time of my life.
  • Change Your Life With One Radical Practice.

    elephant journal
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Focus on the good stuff! You have many beautiful gifts to share with the world. What are these exactly?
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  • Global warming pause caused by cooler Pacific Ocean

    mnnadmin
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    The Pacific Ocean has been a planetary air conditioner for the past two decades, but the relief may soon end, a new study finds.  
  • Greenhouse effect is observed and getting worse

    mnnadmin
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The climate-changing greenhouse effect exists and has been directly measured in the United States, a new study reports.   The results confirm what scientists had already proved through models and laboratory experiments: Pumping carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere is warming the Earth's surface.  
  • Human hibernation: Why snow promotes sleep

    mnnadmin
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    On a cold and snowy day, you may want nothing more than to stay in bed until the weather's a little better.   Turns out, this may be a common sentiment — people in snowier states appear to sleep for a little longer during winter months than those in sunnier states, according to a recent analysis of data from a popular sleep tracking app.  
  • Derecho: Destructive winds with a catchy name

    tkostigen
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    When it comes to windstorms, tornadoes receive the most media attention for their destructive nature, spinning in cyclonic fashion across the flatlands of the Midwest, lapping up gravel and detritus — even homes and vehicles — and spitting them out into scatter shots of debris. Yet, straight-line windstorms cause more injuries, deaths and destruction annually.
  • NASA puzzles over Ceres's odd bright spots

    mnnadmin
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:14 am
    The intrigue surrounding Ceres continues to deepen as a NASA probe gets closer to the dwarf planet.   The new photos of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which is scheduled to arrive in orbit around Ceres on the night of March 5, reveal that a puzzling bright spot on the dwarf planet's surface has a buddy of sorts.  
 
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  • Stephen Hawking thinks these 3 things could destroy us

    mnnadmin
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    Stephen Hawking may be most famous for his work on black holes and gravitational singularities, but the world-renowned physicist has also become known for his outspoken ideas about things that could destroy human civilization.  
  • 6 skills you can easily learn on YouTube

    ckirschner
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
      Did you ever wish you could sew? Make your own sushi? Change a flat tire? Renovate your bathroom? Renovate your entire house? You can learn to do all those things, and a whole lot more, thanks to the Internet — or, more specifically, a little website called YouTube.  
  • Google's artificial intelligence can win at video games

    mnnadmin
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    Computers have already beaten humans at chess and "Jeopardy!," and now they can add one more feather to their caps: the ability to best humans in several classic arcade games.   A team of scientists at Google created an artificially intelligent computer program that can teach itself to play Atari 2600 video games, using only minimal background information to learn how to play.  
  • Farming: There's an app for that

    jodihelmer
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    Farmers are spending a lot more time with their smartphones and tablets thanks to a host of new apps designed to help with farm management. The growing field of agricultural technology allows farmers to track herd performance, calculate fertilizer ratios and ID crop pests, all with the flick of a finger on a touch screen.   These eight apps are the latest ag tech tools to help farmers improve production and increase revenues.  
  • Riding the rails on a bamboo train

    joshwlew
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    If riding the rails in your own personal mini-train is one of your dreams, you can realize that dream in a surprising place: the Cambodian city of Battambang.   Many of Cambodia's tracks, laid during the French Colonial era, were left in disrepair after the nightmarish reign of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Even today, a few passenger trains keep an unreliable schedule on some of these tracks, so for the most part, the rails are free of large locomotives.
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  • Foamy beer helps prevent spilling, and now we know why

    bnelson78
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:05 pm
    There are differing opinions about the benefits of having a healthy head of foam on your beer. Those who prefer a hearty head believe it's the sign of a fresh, healthy brew, while detractors might see it as the sign of a sloppy or stingy pour.
  • How to make Winter Tortellini with Kale

    egili
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    Simple pantry ingredients and ease of preparation make tortellini and kale the ideal weeknight, mid-winter meal. This version is intended to sate the heartiest of appetites, providing enough fuel to keep you going into the next day. After you bring the water to a full boil, the pasta dish can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. Even better, most of the ingredients can be readily found in markets regardless of the time of year.  
  • Chinese New Year recipes

    rshreeves
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Cooking up a few Chinese New Year recipes is one way to indulge in this flavorful holiday.   The Chinese New Year starts on Feb. 3 this year, and for 15 days the Chinese and those who appreciate the Chinese culture will celebrate this important traditional holiday. Like the Western New Year’s celebrations, Chinese New Year’s celebrations begin on New Year’s Eve with lots of food.  
  • What is the grain-to-glass trend?

    jodihelmer
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    The crops growing on 1,000-acre Myer Farm in upstate New York have been used in products ranging from animal feed to tofu. On a whim, fifth-generation farmers and brothers Joe and John Myer decided to try their hand at distilling their wheat, rye, corn and barley into spirits.   “Farming is in our blood,” Joe Myer says. “We put as much love and detail into distilling spirits as we do into growing crops.”  
  • 8 guilt-free comfort foods made completely from plants

    rebeccatolin
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Comfort food and plant food seem like opposite camps. You have your bacon and I’ve got my kale. Blending the two food tribes are an oxymoron, if not all-out war. Let’s face it, we have emotion wrapped up in our food. We know we’re supposed to eat things that grow from the ground, but we reach for processed fat, starch and meat to soothe us.
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  • Riding the rails on a bamboo train

    joshwlew
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    If riding the rails in your own personal mini-train is one of your dreams, you can realize that dream in a surprising place: the Cambodian city of Battambang.   Many of Cambodia's tracks, laid during the French Colonial era, were left in disrepair after the nightmarish reign of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Even today, a few passenger trains keep an unreliable schedule on some of these tracks, so for the most part, the rails are free of large locomotives.
  • Language matters when it comes to sharing the road

    lloydalter
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:53 am
    Language is loaded with implication.
  • As air turbulence doubles, should you be scared to fly?

    tkostigen
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Scientists with The World Meteorological Organization say the amount of turbulence in the air is going to double by 2050. That means flying is going to get a whole lot more bouncy as well. But does that mean it will be less safe to take to the skies? The answer may be surprising.  
  • 2015 Kia Soul EV is a smooth drive that won't overcharge your electric bill

    clintwilliams
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    The introduction of the 2015 Kia Soul EV brings the notion of a practical, affordable all-electric car closer to the driveway.  
  • Rocket-powered car aims to break land speed record

    mnnadmin
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    To the average person, 800 mph (1,290 km/h) might seem blisteringly fast. But for a rocket-powered car, that's pretty slow — at least to Mark Elvin, lead engineer on a project that aims to break the world land speed record with a supersonic car.  
 
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  • March TV investigates aliens, raccoons and gold miners

    gmiller
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    There's something for everyone to watch in the month of March.   Health
  • 5 herbs for beautiful skin

    aberman
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    The natural world is full of remedies that can be both effective and gentle. And when it comes to the skin, gentle is the only way to go.   Whether a burn, dandruff, acne, sun damage or redness is bothering you, there are potential herbal solutions. Check out these five herbal remedies for skin-related issues to help keep your biggest organ (yes, your skin) healthy and beautiful.   Thyme
  • This woman sees more than 2 colors in 'the dress'

    lmoss
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Photo: Caitlin McNeill/Tumblr   Yesterday was a big day for the Internet. Llamas were on the lam in Arizona, and then a woman posted a photo of a dress on Tumblr.   You know what dress I'm talking about.  
  • 10 wonderfully weird collections

    mhickman
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    Cookbooks. Cars. Coins. Comics. Trading cards. Department 56 Christmas villages. When we think of collections, these are items that come to mind. But there's oh so much more up for the collecting.  
  • Should we make spelling easier?

    lmoss
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Altho it may come as a surprize, many people are unhappy with current English spelling rules. They've addresst the issue by proposing we thoroly consider changing how some words are spelt.   Think spellings like those above could never be mainstream? Think again.   Language is constantly evolving, and massive spelling changes have been made to languages before.  
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  • Robots will run Japanese hotel (or why you should be worried about your job)

    sgunther
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    When guests roll up to the Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan, set to open its doors this summer, they will step out and hand their bags over to a bellhop. They'll walk in and check in at the front desk and wander in to find their room. The next morning, their room will be cleaned by hotel staff.  
  • Diego Stocco has never met an object he can't play

    sgunther
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    Diego Stocco knows sound. The Italian-born composer and sound designer makes a living creating sounds and music for films, television shows and video games. But he's best known not for the music he makes but for how he makes it. For you see, Diego Stocco is a musical inventor.  
  • 27 wildlife portraits captured by remote cameras

    sgunther
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    Trail cameras are specially designed gadgets that are designed to photograph wildlife in their natural surroundings. Your typical game camera comes in a weather-tight housing and is usually colored to blend in with its surroundings. They can be triggered by motion or body heat and save all images captured to a memory card. More expensive trail cameras can wirelessly upload images to the cloud or send them directly to your digital device of choice.  
  • What's the deal with those giant ice balls washing ashore on Lake Michigan?

    sgunther
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
      In this video, shot just a few days after the start of the new year, large ice boulders are seen clanking against one another along the shores of Lake Michigan. What are they? Where did they come from? Can we use them to make massive cocktails?  
  • Meet Jake Browne, a professional marijuana critic who is living the high life

    sgunther
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Jake Browne has had an interesting year. On Jan. 1, 2014, the state of Colorado, where Jake makes a living as a comedian and writer, officially legalized marijuana, making it legal for any adult older than 21 years of age to purchase, possess and consume marijuana.
 
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  • FreshTape wants to make the chip clip obsolete

    rshreeves
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    As far as marketing items in swag bags go, I’ve always thought the chip clip was one of the more genius choices. You can never have enough chip clips. Sometimes, when I’m at a food conference or convention and some clever food company has left a bunch of them on a table for the press to take, I’ve been known to take more than one. Now you know one of my dirty little secrets: I take more than my fair share of free chip clips.  
  • We waste enough food to feed the world's 870 million hungry

    rshreeves
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Food waste creates several problems. The average American wastes 40 percent of the food that comes into the home. All together, 60 metric tons of food, estimated at $162 billion, is wasted in the U.S. each year, says a new report, according to The New York Times.  
  • Apples are still the dirtiest of the Dirty Dozen

    rshreeves
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    Last year, apples, peaches and grapes topped the Environmental Working Group's 2014 Dirty Dozen list. The 2015 list is out, and apples, peaches and nectarines are now the top three with the highest pesticide load. Grapes slipped down to number five.  
  • The Flow beehive harvests honey without opening hive

    rshreeves
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    If there was ever an item that was sure to top every food-loving, backyard-gardening, home-cooking locavore’s “I gotta get me one of these” list, the Flow has to be it.  
  • Brothers go from YouTube to MTV with cooking show

    rshreeves
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    I was there for the beginning of MTV, and I’m one of those Gen-Xers who grumbles about the “M” the famous acronym not meaning much anymore. In my mind, MTV should still play non-stop music videos, preferably with something classic from the '80s at the top of each hour to show these kids today what “real” music videos are.  
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  • Cold weather kills electric car range

    jmotavalli
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    California resident Sam Miller-Christiansen just loves his 2014 Chevy Volt, which he calls “my little Zen garden on wheels.” But he’s “always longed for better electric range” than the 38 miles his car achieves on a good day. For 2016, Chevrolet listened to the feverish testimony of Volt owners and jumped that battery mileage to 50.  
  • Volvo's self-driving car: Ready for the a.m. commute

    jmotavalli
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    I think we can all agree that the push toward self-driving cars is happening quickly, and Volvo is preparing to push it to the next level with a big public pilot program starting in 2017: 100 "Drive Me" cars on the streets of its hometown, Gothenburg, Sweden.  
  • Meet the man who founded General Motors and wound up running a bowling alley

    jmotavalli
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    In a colorful lifetime, William "Billy" Crapo Durant not only founded General Motors — building the world’s first automotive conglomerate in the process — but clawed his way back after the board showed him the door.
  • The Mazda MX-5 Miata: Then and now

    jmotavalli
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    CHICAGO—I have to admit to some self-interest here. I’m planning to buy an older Mazda MX-5 Miata, so I’m interested in the ongoing and colorful history of this reliable Japanese sports car. Mazda has built an amazing 949,000 since the debut, right here in Chicago, in 1989. Did you know that the first cars weighed only 2,000 pounds, and did zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds?
  • Chicago Auto Show: Where the wild green cars are

    jmotavalli
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    CHICAGO—This was my first time at the Chicago Auto Show, which is over 100 years old and the country’s biggest in terms of attracting the public. It’s not the largest in terms of new model introductions, though this year there were plenty of them, many of them intriguingly green.  
 
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  • Dog and her owners rescued from icy pond

    lmoss
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
  • For capybaras, staying warm is a team sport

    lmoss
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
      The capybaras at Saitama Children's Zoo in Japan know how to keep warm on cold winter days: Take a hot bath.   In the video above, the large critters lounge in their very own hot tub alongside bobbing fruits known as pomelos, which are citrus fruits native to Southeast Asia.  
  • Find your perfect (furry) match this Valentine's Day

    lmoss
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
      If you're looking for love this Valentine's Day, don't limit your search to the two-legged.   With millions of animals in shelters nationwide, you're sure to find your perfect match — and a canine companion or feline friend may be even better than a date of the human variety.  
  • Meet Eclipse, the dog that rides the bus to the dog park

    chief
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
      Commuters in a Seattle neighborhood often share their bus seats with an unlikely rider: a dog.   Eclipse, a 2-year-old black Labrador, frequently rides the bus — without her owner — to the dog park, watching out the window to make sure she doesn't miss her stop.  
  • Macklemore reworks 'Thrift Shop' for 'Sesame Street'

    chief
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Rapper Macklemore recently appeared on "Sesame Street" to perform a reworked version of his hit song "Thrift Shop" with Oscar the Grouch.   The song is an ode to garbage, featuring a kid-friendly chorus and lines like "One man's trash, that's another grouch's outfit."  
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  • Melting Ice Caps

    mastadonzq
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
  • Urban Heat Islands and Paint

    mastadonzq
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    White reflects and black absorbs. It’s a simple statement with massive ramifications if our society decides to use the science of color to fight global warming. For centuries cities in places like North Africa and the Mediterranean have been painting everything bright white to keep cool. White reflects the heat radiation back into space while darker colors absorb heat radiation and would therefore increase the temperature in and around the house.   Why did we abandon this simple technique that seems like a no brainer in places like Los Angeles? The answer is that it is much cheaper to…
  • Miscellaneous Electrical Load (MEL)

    mastadonzq
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Miscellaneous Electrical Load (MEL)  in buildings are electric loads resulting from electronic devices not responsible for space heating, cooling, water heating, or lighting. MELs are produced by hard-wired and “plug-in” electrical devices, including home entertainment centers, kitchen electronics such as microwaves and toaster ovens, bath items such as hair dryers and electric hot tubs, and others such as security systems and ceiling fans. Early generation phone chargers used a lot of electricity and were also a danger if left plugged into the phone. In recent years chargers for phones…
  • Solar Powered Air Conditioners are Becoming More Elaborate

    mastadonzq
    8 May 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Air conditioners can consume an incredible amount of power. Between the electricity the compressor utilizes and the torque of the motor in order to spin the fan, your electric bill can skyrocket over the summer. In order to reduce the cost of this unit, some have installed solar panels onto the roof specific to the sole use of the AC device. However, innovative designs have made development of these units far more elaborate than in previous years. Mobile Cooling - Many people like the idea of being able to maneuver a cooling device set on wheels in order to maximize the effect in any given…
  • How Realistic is Ocean Front Property in Arizona?

    mastadonzq
    27 Feb 2014 | 12:18 pm
    How Realistic is Ocean Front Property in Arizona? Due to the melting of the polar caps and the various land-based glaciers all over the world, many islands across the globe are in jeopardy of being submerged. This isn’t a “could happen” scenario as Indonesia has already lost more than 20 of its 1500 islands since 2005. It is also projected that the Maldives will be nothing more than a tropical memory by 2050. As these levels continue to rise, could there really be ocean-front property in Arizona within the next century? Elevation Matters - Arizona’s mean altitude is…
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  • Fossil Fuel Industry's Global Climate Science Communications Plan in Action: Polluting the Classroom

    Ben Jervey
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:19 am
    In 1998, representatives from a number of fossil fuel companies and industry front groups, led by the American Petroleum Institute, gathered to craft a plan to undermine the American public’s understanding of climate science, and submarine any chances of the United States ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. Weeks after the private meeting, an eight page memo including a draft “Global Climate Science Communications Action Plan” was leaked and reported by The New York Times, exposing the group’s plan to create public doubt about climate science. When contacted at the time, industry…
  • David Cameron's New Definition of Fracking ‘Political Not Scientific’

    Kyla Mandel
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Last week, DeSmog UK revealed how David Cameron’s government snuck a new definition of fracking onto the statute books. Kyla Mandel investigates where this definition actually came from. The definition of hydraulic fracturing adopted by the UK coalition government has all the hallmarks of industry influence, finds DeSmog UK. The fracking definition was slipped into the controversial Infrastructure Act without a chance for MPs to vote on it. And it is almost identical to that recommended by the European Commission in January 2014. However, both of these definitions are based solely on the…
  • USGS: Fracking Wastewater Disposal Wells Are Causing Oklahoma Earthquakes

    Mike Gaworecki
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Some of the most heavily fracked parts of the US have experienced an unprecedented wave of earthquakes in recent years even though they’ve long been considered geologically stable. But the oil and gas industry is quick to reject any suggestion that fracking is to blame. The United States Geological Survey, for its part, has said in the past that the injection of fracking wastewater into deep geologic formations was a likely cause of the increased seismic activity in Oklahoma. Now the agency has made it official. “Deep injection of wastewater is the primary cause of the dramatic rise in…
  • United Steelworkers Oil Refinery Strike Spreads

    Julie Dermansky
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    Workers at Shell and Motiva refineries in Norco, Louisiana, about 30 miles west of New Orleans, have joined the growing national United Steelworkers Union (USW) strike. In total, 15 facilities are now striking, making this the largest refinery strike since 1980. On the second night of the strike in Norco, a giant flare at the Shell refinery illuminated the workers on the picket line, serving as a reminder of the dangers that come with working at refineries. “There are a lot of hazards out here,” Bryan Shelton, a media liaison for the union, said. “If you have that much hydrocarbon in…
  • Willie Soon Attacks Funders of Climate Denial for 'Lack of Courage'

    Brendan Montague
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:27 am
    Willie Soon is at the centre of a perfect climate science denial stormwrites Brendan Montague with additional reporting from Kyla Mandel The aerospace engineer working at the the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics was caught out when telling his fossil fuel industry funders that his research papers and U.S. Senate evidence were “deliverables”. The controversy made the front page of theNew York Times and now his employer has launched an investigation into the ethics of his secret funding. There is even a petition asking for his dismissal. And his day is about to get even worse. I…
 
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Kia Cadenza

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    The Kia Cadenza was the value-oriented brand's first foray above the $40,000 base-price level, and just in the year since it's been introduced, it's already been joined by a larger luxury-minded sedan, the rear-drive K900. Other models, like the Kia Sorento SUV, can be optioned past that $40k mark, but the Cadenza represents Kia's...
  • 2015 Hyundai Azera

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    It's been just a couple of years since a dramatic redesign for the Hyundai Azera, the automaker's comfort-oriented full-size sedan. Yet it faces an unprecedented level of competition, and the cars it's designed to compete with have all undergone major redos in the time since this generation of the big Hyundai made its debut. Those...
  • 2015 Nissan Versa

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    The 2015 Nissan Versa is one of the lowest-priced new cars on the market, and it serves as a great reminder that you can have a new car—and a new-car warranty—as well as a surprisingly good set of features for the money. If you're willing to forgo some style, technology, and performance, then it's a model worth close...
  • 2015 Kia Optima

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Kia Optima carries forward for one more model year, even though its Hyundai Sonata cousin receives a full redesign for 2015. The Optima was always an advanced student of design, so that's fine; it remains nearly the knockout it was at launch four years ago. The Optima is still a strong entry in most respects, with good performance...
  • 2015 Kia Sportage

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    The 2015 Kia Sportage is probably one of the most visually interesting compact crossover models on the market. While standbys like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 have evolved to favor space efficiency and practicality over design, the Kia stands as the fun pick—if you go by its profile, which shows some evidence of favoring...
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    Green Living

  • Plug' N Drive: Leading the Charge

    maghaee
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Top 7 reasons why you should drive electric Article by Plug' N Drive Photo credit:  A Ford C-Max Energi plugged-in at EV Day Guelph in front of Guelph city hall The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is here to stay.read more
  • From Tire(d) to Inspired

    maghaee
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    How one Ontario organization is turning old tires into innovative new products Article by OTS Photo credit:  Recycled rubber for racetrack underlay provided by Moose Creek Tire Recycling. Tires collected during the annual OARA Tire Take Back collection campaign How paper is made is a well-known tale. It comes from trees, which is why we do our best to consume less and recycle whenever possible.read more
  • The Urban Cycling Survival Guide

    maghaee
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Yvonne Bambrick talks winter biking in her new book Interview by Jenna Campbell Photo credit:  Jenna Campbell Q&A with new author and cycling advocate Yvonne BambrickYvonne Bambrick’s new book, The Urban Cycling Survread more
  • Plug' N Drive: Leading the Charge

    maghaee
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    Top 7 reasons why you should drive electric Article by Plug' N Drive The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is here to stay.read more
  • A\J's Winter Holiday Survival Guide

    vszeto
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:54 pm
    This handy guide will help you navigate the chaos of December Article provided by Alternatives Journal December isn’t always an easy time of year.read more
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    Free Utility & Energy Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Utility Providers: Discover How to Build a Better Customer Experience

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Attendees will learn the opportunities ahead in terms of improved loyalty, competitiveness and direct alignment with the bottom line from key industry leaders' experiences including: RWE npower, Amber Energy, OVO Energy, E.ON UK and more.Request Free!
  • National Driller

    1 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    National Driller is edited for decision making personnel in the water well, construction drilling and other ground water-allied industries, with an emphasis on the technical information, industry news and trends, business management and the latest in available products and services. Regular columns and departments include NewScope, Tech Topics, Smart Business, Project Profiles, Drilling Fluids, Product Showcase, Legislative Update, Coming Events, Water Treatment, Product and Literature Library, Trading Post and Marketplace classifieds.Request Free!
  • How To Put Your Customers At The Heart Of All Your Internal Processes

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fed up of the perception that your company doesn’t care about its customers? Sick and tired of the negative press the utility sector receives? Ready to enter 2015 making your customer experience the factor that allows for more content, stickier consumers? Then look no further than this exclusive piece of insight from the King of Customer-Centricity, Stephen Hewett. In 2015, simply being aware of the increasing rate consumers are switching energy providers and are expecting more from their utility companies will not be enough. Your company needs to know the 4 themes that have to be…
  • The Smart Utility Company's Guide to a Stickier 2015

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    What does smart innovation mean to you? How do you plan on meeting the rising demand consumers have for a wider range of services provided by their utility company?Worried yet? Innovate or get left behind! If there has been one message that rings true for 2014, it was smart innovation being key to the competitive advantage some energy providers had over others. With 2015 just on the horizon, your company needs to know which innovation strategies to invest in for a better bottom line and the best ways to overcome the associated risks with offering smart metering to both existing and new…
  • Life After the Incident: Claims, Cases, Lost Time and the Hidden Cost of Hazards in Utilities

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

  • Healthy Handwashing

    Amanda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

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

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

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

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

  • Jared Leto Named WWF Global Ambassador to Focus on Wildlife Crime

    Sangeeta Haindl
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    This is a news story that probably didn’t make most of the global headlines, but is a story that has consequences for us all: Australia has lost one in ten [...] The post Jared Leto Named WWF Global Ambassador to Focus on Wildlife Crime appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize — Final Call for Nominations

    Vikas Vij
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    Every two years, Nestlé awards the Creating Shared Value Prize to help scale up or replicate business-oriented initiatives that address challenges in nutrition, water or rural development. The competition is open [...] The post The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize — Final Call for Nominations appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Measure What Matters Most: Testing The B Corp Handbook, Part Two

    Julie Fahnestock
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    It was one of the happiest days in my new company B Storytelling’s business history: a certified letter from Tallahassee was waiting for me in the mailbox. B Storytelling now [...] The post Measure What Matters Most: Testing The B Corp Handbook, Part Two appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Upcoming Twitter Series: #HerDay2015 Help Change the World by Investing in Women and Girls

    Greg
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Mark Your Calendars! Join us for a discussion on Twitter with Global Impact and their charity partners March 2nd – March 13th #HerDay2015 Women and girls are often the faces [...] The post Upcoming Twitter Series: #HerDay2015 Help Change the World by Investing in Women and Girls appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Competition Inspires Young People to Change the World with Connected Technology

    3BL Media
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    The world is faced with overwhelming social issues, from climate change to poverty. Students and young entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the growing number of devices connected to the Internet, [...] The post Competition Inspires Young People to Change the World with Connected Technology appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • The Uber-ization of Home Performance: Will "On-Demand Local Services" Eat Your Lunch?

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

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

    Peter Troast
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    Companies that embrace whole house home performance are inherently good at measurement. We use measurement science to guide us to the right set of fixes for homes, and in the right order.  One of Energy Circle's initiatives for 2015 is to help the home performance industry get as good at the metrics of business performance as we are at measuring homes.  We have long preached about the critical importance of measuring the effectiveness of marketing. Most home performance contractors have at least some measure of their cost of acquiring leads (CPL). Following each lead through to…
  • Adventures in Hiring at Energy Circle (or How Not To Do Stupid Things)

    Peter Troast
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    The team at Energy Circle doubled in 2014, and we will continue to expand our capabilities in 2015. We think our mission of addressing energy use and carbon contribution of the built environment is urgent and critically important, and we also think that Energy Circle is an awfully special place to work. So it is an understatement to say that we are thorough, deliberate and selective in our hiring process. We’re fortunate to typically get hundreds of applications for one position. Each new person matters a lot, and we want great people--smart creatives who want to change the world. I…
  • 2015 Home Performance Trends: Peter Troast's Predictions

    Peter Troast
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Building on the expert predictions for home performance trends  we published last week, and our own thoughts on the year ahead with respect to marketing, the following is our perspective on the coming year from a business, economy and policy viewpoint. No doubt an interesting year ahead with some serious challenges and exceptional opportunities. Energy Prices None of us could have predicted energy prices going as low as they have as of this writing. So, while we’ve been talking for several years about getting “beyond energy savings”, this year it is acute. As an…
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    Sweet Greens

  • The Impact of Recycling: Making a Difference

    Jennie Lyon
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Did you know that the average American household generates more than 11 pounds of waste every day? Wow! That is a lot. That adds up to 251 million tons of waste each year nationwide. Approximately 75 percent of that waste is recyclable, but more than 135 million tons of it still ends up in landfills. If every American household doubled the amount of waste added to the recycle bin instead of the trash bin, 71 million tons of waste could be kept out of landfills each year. Reducing household trash has other positive effects on the nation besides keeping waste out of landfills. Recycling also…
  • REVIEW: Fire & Flavor Gluten Free, Certified Non-GMO Rubs

    Jennie Lyon
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    In Florida, it’s always warm enough to grill! We recently received a set of Fire & Flavor’s gluten free, certified Non-GMO rubs and seasonings to review. Fire & Flavor, based in Athens, GA, helped to popularize cedar plank grilling, which as become a favored technique for grilling fish. A WBE certified woman owned business, Fire & Flavor was founded by Gena Knox. Knox’s Southern background and love of family and friends fueled her passion for cooking. Today, the company shares all kinds of ways to make food more delicious, nutritious, and easier to cook. Those of you who are…
  • 38!

    Jennie Lyon
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today is my 38th birthday! I love birthdays! Over the weekend, the mister surprised me with a birthday luncheon at The Morikami Japanese Gardens with all of our Florida family. When a birthday starts out with family, Japanese gardens, and green tea ice-cream – it was destined to be the beginning of a great year! Thank you Mister Lyon. I have a feeling 38 is going to be pretty amazing – I can’t wait! The post 38! appeared first on Sweet Greens.
  • Sick of PB&J? 3 Delicious Organic Lunchbox Lunch Upgrades

    Jennie Lyon
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    The school year is half way over – can you believe it! Sometimes making a simple sandwich is just the easiest, but if your student is sick of seeing the standard PB&J in his lunchbox (or you’re sick of making it!) it’s time for a box-lunch upgrade! Read on for three new lunchbox standards that we love in our home and think you will too. #1 Wraps and Burritos Wraps are a great way to get a few servings of healthy vegetables into your kid’s day. I like to make extra chicken breast at dinner the night before and combine it with cucumbers, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots—you…
  • Energy Savings and the Environment: The Secrets of Solid Home Insulation

    Jennie Lyon
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    Hello, Friends! This post was sponsored by and wasn’t written by me. Thank you for supporting the companies that help to run Sweet Greens! ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Better insulation keeps your home more comfortable, and it is good for the environment and your heating and cooling costs. Improving the insulation of your home can pay for itself in energy savings in a very short period of time. This means you are reducing your home’s carbon…
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    Newsy Headlines

  • How Your Dentist Could Help Screen You For Diabetes

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Watch VideoBetween cavities, plaque, gingivitis and about a thousand other things, people have a lot to worry about when they go to the dentist's office.And according to a new study from researchers at New York University, diabetes could soon be added to that list.The study took the blood of 408 people who were either diagnosed with or at risk of of diabetes. They took blood in two ways: first using the traditional "finger-prick" technique and then again using a new technique, taking blood directly from the patient's…
  • Homeland Security Bill Passes In Senate, Awaits House Vote

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    Watch VideoThe Senate has passed a bill to finance the Department of Homeland Security through September and avoid a partial shutdown at midnight Friday. But many are skeptical the legislation will make it through the House.The $40 billion spending bill does not contain restrictions that would undo President Obama's actions on immigration, which have divided Congress."Today our immigration system is broken," said President Obama in a November address.Republicans have been vocally opposed to President Obama's executive order from November, which removes the threat of…
  • Russia Threatens To Cut Off Ukraine's Gas Supply

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    Watch VideoUkraine's got a gas problem. Fighting might be coming to an end in Ukraine as pro-Russian separatists and the government withdraw their heavy weapons from the front lines, but Ukraine now has a new problem: gas. (Video via Ukraine Ministry of Defense)That's because Russia's gas company, Gazprom, is threatening to cut off its natural gas supply going to Ukraine's gas company, Naftogaz.The issue here, according to Gazprom, is money.  Gazprom says Naftogaz hasn't fully paid for its March gas delivery. Although Naftogaz made a prepayment of $15…
  • Leonard Nimoy's Last Message To 'Star Trek' Fans

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:29 am
    Watch VideoActor Leonard Nimoy died at his home in Los Angeles on Friday. He was 83 years old."Live long and prosper," said Spock, played by Nimoy.The actor was best known for playing the forever-logical half-human, half-Vulcan Spock in the original "Star Trek" series and movies and was beloved by Trekkies worldwide. (Video via Paramount Pictures / "Star Trek: The Motion Picture")Nimoy was nominated for three Emmys for his work with the "Star Trek" franchise. He not only acted but also did some directing and writing for the movies.Nimoy…
  • Ericsson Sues Apple Over 4G Technology Licenses

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    Watch VideoIt seems it's been a while since we had a good old-fashioned patent lawsuit fight.Swedish telecom hardware company Ericsson leveled nine different intellectual property lawsuits against Apple on Thursday — seven in a Texas federal court and two with the U.S. International Trade Commission.The last time we saw a patent slapfight like this was when Samsung and Apple started sending suits back and forth in 2011.But instead of concerning industrial design, most of the patents this time around deal with a phone's ability to connect to 2G, 3G and 4G data networks.
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Civil Society: Recognizing the Role of Citizens

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:21 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.150 (February 2015)http://civilsociety.jcc2015.net/en/ Copyright Japan CSO Coalition for 2015 WCDRR All Rights Reserved. The United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) will be held in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, in northern Japan, from March 14 to 18, 2015. This is the third such conference, held once every decade. More than 5,000 people involved in disaster prevention and reduction will gather from 193 countries. The 2005 conference adopted the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the world's only international guideline for disaster risk reduction. This…
  • Fact or Fiction: Does Economic Growth Alleviate Joblessness and Poverty?

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Image by Hidewo Ishida Approximately 80% of Japanese people think that continued GDP growth is necessary. That is one of the key findings of a survey on attitudes on the economy conducted by the Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society, a partner organization of JFS. The survey, conducted in October 2014, also identified a sense of anticipation that expanding GDP may improve employment and wages.http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035130.html But the reality we see in statistics is contrary to our expectation. Let's take a look at an article posted in the…
  • Japanese Organic Produce Supplier Wins 2014 Award of Excellence from Food Action Nippon

    21 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright Daichi wo Mamoru Kai All Rights Reserved. Daichi wo Mamoru Kai Co. (lit. "Association to Preserve the Earth"), an organic produce supplier in Japan, announced on November 10, 2014, that it had won the 2014 Food Action Nippon Award of Excellence (promotion of sales and consumption category) for its Mottainai Fish of Daichi wo Mamoru Kai product line, which features previously un-marketed or non-standard types of fish. It was praised as being a wonderful system that benefits the natural environment, consumers and producers, as well as for its increase in sales. Food Action Nippon is…
  • Crowdfunding in Japan

    18 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright READYFOR? All Rights Reserved. Awareness of crowdfunding in Japan, while still low, is gradually spreading. In this article we will introduce the current circumstances surrounding this new funding method in Japan, using excerpts from "2013 Review of Socially Responsible Investment in Japan" released on March 31, 2014, courtesy of the non-profit Japan Sustainable Investment Forum (JSIF).
  • Current Status of SRI and Related Issues as It Expands in Japan

    15 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.149 (January 2015) Image by thinkpanama Some Rights Reserved. The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2012 issued by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) states that the global market for socially responsible investment (SRI) is approximately 13.6 trillion dollars. By contrast, Japan's SRI market is quite small at about 10 billion dollars, less than 0.1 percent of the global market. One reason for this difference is the lack of active participation by institutional investors in the market.
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    1800Recycling.com

  • Can You Recycle Your Electric Blanket?

    April Stearns
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    <img class="undefined" title="electric-blanket" alt="electric blanket.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/2/electric blanket_400x400.jpg" /> When I was younger, my parents had an electric blanket that doubled as a body massager. The blanket had a remote control to adjust the heat and vibrations at different parts of the body, from your head to your toes. My friends and I would use it for hours on end. Then, eventually, the controls stopped working. Unsure…
  • Are You Making These 8 Home Heating Mistakes?

    Krystle Vermes
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:18 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="heating-your-home" alt="heating your home.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/2/heating your home_400x400.jpg" /> Everyone wants to be able to come home to a warm, toasty abode, but this convenience can be costly. Heat can be one of your most expensive bills during the winter months, and it may make you think twice before cranking the thermostat. Even if you have the money to splurge on bedrooms that are constantly 72 degrees…
  • An Eco-Friendly (and Artsy) Alternative to Disposable Hand Warmers

    Maggie Wehri
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    <img class="undefined" title="cold-hands" alt="Cold hands.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/2/Cold hands_400x400.jpg" /> These days, winter seems to be never-ending and growing colder as the season trudges along. From waiting at the bus stop to the outdoor sporting event, the first extremity to lose warmth time and time again are always the hands. Of course, an easy solution to this problem is buying disposable hand warmers, but why waste those packets…
  • The Rise of Programmable Thermostats: Nest, Honeywell and More

    Dave Fidlin
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    <img class="undefined" title="programmable-thermostat" alt="programmable thermostat.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/2/programmable thermostat_400x400.jpg" /> With each passing year, the ever-evolving use of smart-based technology is rising and changing how we conduct our lives. The growth of the programmable thermostat market in recent years has begun resonating with consumers as people consider energy-efficient, cost-conscious alternatives to the…
  • Winter: Natural Foe of Energy Efficiency?

    Robert Jennings
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="old-man-winter" alt="old man winter.jpg" data-cms-caption="Winter - Energy savers' natural foe?" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/2/old man winter.jpg"> Do you know what the scariest part was about living before the industrial revolution? It wasn’t diseases like cholera, smallpox or the bubonic plague. It wasn’t lawlessness, war or lack of medical knowledge. It wasn’t even difficulty of communication. Despite…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Trendy garden ideas to make your garden stylish and eco-friendly

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:50 am
    Gardening is no more just a hobby but a fantastic way to sustain environment and a project that helps you contribute your own bit to save the environment. It is good to have a garden that is eco-friendly but it should be stylish as well. Click through to get some tips on how to enhance ... The post Trendy garden ideas to make your garden stylish and eco-friendly appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Become an eco-friendly pet owner with these simple ideas

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:07 am
    Out of the many aspects that require us human beings to show a better side of ours, which is the green and the eco-friendly side is in the pet practices. Our furry friends give us a loveable company and in return demand some care and love. Just as we have food, clothing and other requirements, ... The post Become an eco-friendly pet owner with these simple ideas appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Wind Turbine Trees – A new and chic way of clean energy

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:11 am
    Although clean energy installations is one of the best things to have, and everybody knows how important and essential they are for our society but often such installations receive major complaints and derogatory remarks. Many a time’s people find them obstructive to view, and many believe that they are no less than eyesores. Creative designers ... The post Wind Turbine Trees – A new and chic way of clean energy appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Green dating ideas that modern responsible couples should follow

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:11 am
    Having an eco-friendly inclined mind is not a mere trend these days but it is a necessity. The need of the hour is that every single person thinks about one’s actions and relates them to the environment, as in what impact their action has on the surroundings. Some people do their bit to save the ... The post Green dating ideas that modern responsible couples should follow appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Working with home Aquaponics for a never ending food supply

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:18 pm
    If you are someone who loves to grow his own food and you love sustainable food systems, then you must consider Aquaponics. Aquaponics is nothing new though, as it has been there for centuries but the amount of popularity and awareness it has got in today’s time has added much more value to this concept. ... The post Working with home Aquaponics for a never ending food supply appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Pure Natural Diva

  • 8 Simple Tips For Hosting a Healthier Superbowl Party

    Tania Reuben
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Superbowl… quite possibly THE party of the year in many homes across the country.  Not exactly a time most people pick to be healthier or […] The post 8 Simple Tips For Hosting a... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Tony Robbins Daily Gratitude & Abundance Ritual

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

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

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

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

  • France’s Zero Waste Grocery Store Chain: Meet Day by Day

    Important Media Cross-Post
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Zero waste grocery stores are popping up in France. Day By Day, a company whose mission is to make food shopping more environmentally responsible, has just opened its 4th zero waste market in Lille. The others are located in Versailles, Meudon-la-Forêt and Fontenay-le-Fleury The post France’s Zero Waste Grocery Store Chain: Meet Day by Day appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Tell President Obama: It’s time to ban toxic bee-killing pesticides!

    Guest Contributor
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Right now bees and crucial pollinators are being needlessly exposed to toxic pesticides - We need your help today to make sure that America's endangered pollinators survive! The post Tell President Obama: It’s time to ban toxic bee-killing pesticides! appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Start Eating These Top 12 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Today

    Mary Gerush
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    When inflammation becomes chronic, it can be deadly. But you can protect yourself from this "silent killer" by eating these top 12 anti-inflammatory foods The post Start Eating These Top 12 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Today appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Last Call For Red Bull False Advertising Class Action Rebates

    Jennifer Kaplan
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Red Bull has agreed to pay consumer $13 million to settle a false adverting class action suit The post Last Call For Red Bull False Advertising Class Action Rebates appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Infants Who Eat Peanuts Less Likely to Develop Peanut Allergy

    Becky Striepe
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:02 pm
    A new NIH-funded study found that infants who ate peanuts were less likely to develop a peanut allergy. Even if nut allergies ran in their families. The post Infants Who Eat Peanuts Less Likely to Develop Peanut Allergy appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
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    PlanetSave

  • Is Urbanization Causing Spiders To Get Bigger & Birds To Get Bolder? Research Exposes Rapid Evolution Caused By Human Changes To The Environment

    James Ayre
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:27 pm
    It’s been noted for a number of years now that urbanization has an effect on various animal and plant species — driving changes in various qualities or traits. Spiders in cities are known to generally be larger than their compatriots in rural areas, for instance (possibly due to reduced predation and higher temperatures, etc); salmon Is Urbanization Causing Spiders To Get Bigger & Birds To Get Bolder? Research Exposes Rapid Evolution Caused By Human Changes To The Environment was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and…
  • Dance Of The Planets Friday February 20, 2015 — Venus, Mars, Uranus, & The Moon Conjunct Tonight

    James Ayre
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Dance of the Planets is here yet again, with a conjunction of the planets Venus, Mars, Uranus, and the crescent Moon, all visible together tonight in the evening sky. Venus and the Moon will of course be the brightest of these, but the reddish body of Mars should be fairly visible as well, of Dance Of The Planets Friday February 20, 2015 — Venus, Mars, Uranus, & The Moon Conjunct Tonight was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just…
  • Packagers Certified for Forest Diligence, But How About Waste?

    Sandy Dechert
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Some good news for the world’s forests: assurance that along the entire supply chain, products from Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging company, support forest management with environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable practices. The company produces tetrahedron-shaped paper cartons coated with plastic. Last October, the Swedish corporation launched what’s believed to be the Packagers Certified for Forest Diligence, But How About Waste? was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of…
  • Where Would We Be Without Mangroves? (VIDEO)

    Sandy Dechert
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:27 pm
    We took up some basics about mangrove forests in a previous article, including how widespread and productive these ecosystems can be. Now people have begun to realize the importance of mangrove forests to the health of the planet. Not just for the obvious reasons, but for the single fact that mangroves are benevolent guardians of Where Would We Be Without Mangroves? (VIDEO) was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • Plants Much Less Affected By Mass Extinctions Than Animals, Research Finds

    James Ayre
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Plants are apparently affected far less by mass extinctions than animals are, according to new research from the University of Gothenberg. Despite their ubiquity in the terrestrial environments of the last 400 or so million years, plants just don’t seem to be as affected by mass extinction events as animals are, according to the new Plants Much Less Affected By Mass Extinctions Than Animals, Research Finds was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on…
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    Sustainablog

  • The Waste Biz: Consumers Need Help Recycling Plastic

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    Tom Szaky of Terracycle thinks we can better inform consumers about recycling plastic, Donna Fenn discusses world upcycling domination, and more The post The Waste Biz: Consumers Need Help Recycling Plastic appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • 5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    Shopping for home appliances? It's tempting to buy the first thing that fits your budget, but use these tips to save resources, money & stress long term The post 5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Pop-Up Restaurant Will Put Food Waste On The Menu

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    Chef Dan Barber's WasteED will be open for two weeks in late March, 2015, and feature menu items made from food waste and scraps The post Pop-Up Restaurant Will Put Food Waste On The Menu appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • There’s How Much Plastic In The Ocean? [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Our annual deposit of plastic in the ocean dwarfs previous estimates, according to a new study by UC Santa Barbara and the Ocean Conservancy The post There’s How Much Plastic In The Ocean? [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Poop Power: New Plant Makes Ethanol From Cow Manure

    Important Media Cross-Post
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    A new plant in Tulare County, California, is in the poop power business: it turns ample dairy cow manure from the area into ethanol (and water for crops) The post Poop Power: New Plant Makes Ethanol From Cow Manure appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • Sewing Machine Maintenance: Keep your machine running smoothly.

    Becky Striepe
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Doing sewing machine maintenance at home might seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Let's give our sewing machines some love, y'all! The post Sewing Machine Maintenance: Keep your machine running smoothly. appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Brian Dettmer Uses Old Books in Stunning New Ways

    Becky Striepe
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Artist Brian Dettmer is using old books to create beautiful art. Check out his TED Talk about what he does and why he does it The post Brian Dettmer Uses Old Books in Stunning New Ways appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Make a DIY Camera Lens Cap Leash

    Julie Finn
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    A lens cap leash is nice if you've got a wandering lens cap, like I do, but it's also extremely handy for keeping track of your lens cap for you while you're busy shooting photos. The post Make a DIY Camera Lens Cap Leash appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Reuse Office Supplies in your Craft Stash!

    Crunchy Scott
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    From used folders to K-Cups, it's easy (and cheap) to reuse office supplies in your craft stash The post Reuse Office Supplies in your Craft Stash! appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Coloring Easter Eggs: 20 Natural Alternatives to Easter Egg Dye

    Julie Finn
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The ubiquitous art of coloring Easter egga has gotten weird, as every year marketers try to make your kids want to buy something ever more elaborate, just to dye Easter eggs The post Coloring Easter Eggs: 20 Natural Alternatives to Easter Egg Dye appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
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    Free Energy

  • Some Kind Of Music Break

    Jim
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    This guy is into gravity control in a beautiful musical way. Nice he takes me away
  • To: Professor Hal Puthoff

    Jim
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:59 am
    Dear Dr Hal, I’ve received numerous emails from people who think they are writing to you. I recall our association when I asked if I might write about you and you said, yes. The Amazing Dr Hal Here’s a recent example from someone who thinks I’m you. Dear Prof Hal I have just come across … Continue reading To: Professor Hal Puthoff →
  • The Yes Men

    Jim
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    Think of all the sanctioned hoaxes going on around the world. The suppression of new ideas. The maintenance of the status quo in obvious peril. Everything is black. Everything is a classified secret on a need to know. Now it’s gotten to the point of clash with the warmongers, those who make their money from … Continue reading The Yes Men →
  • We Need Help

    Jim
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:40 am
    As I said, gold, silver, bitcoins, copper, platinum…. Because we’re gravity control we don’t want oil money but we’ve already pleaded the oil industry to invest in our planetary future. Those guys are busy and appear to be on selected seritonin re-uptake inhibitors. Notice how all those shooters are traced to using ssri’s? People equate … Continue reading We Need Help →
  • The Idea Of Progress

    Jim
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
    That’s the name of a book I once read which said, we don’t always move forward. David was just mentioning this on our forum. Here’s a video with a similar perspective. There’s a 25 thousand year cycle where humanity progresses but somewhere along the way gets bashed back into the stone age. Then, when they … Continue reading The Idea Of Progress →
 
 
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    The Green Samaritan

  • 10 Green & Good Cleaning Replacements for the Toxic Bad Guy

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

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

    Jeanne
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
      As a follow up to the surprise reveal of the Chevy Bolt EV concept car in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, General Motors North America President Alan Batey confirmed today... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Hot Energy Conservation Ideas for Cold Winter Months

    Jeanne
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Even though it’s getting cold, it’s a good time to start thinking about home energy conservation by turning down the thermostat a few degrees and checking your home for areas where heat... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Round Up: GM Highlights from the North American International Auto Show

    Jeanne
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Having recently returned from The North American International Auto Show as a guest of GM along with a great group of bloggers, it was an opportunity to learn more about their electric vehicles, what... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
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    Our Daily Green

  • ReThink Disposable (infographic)

    13 Feb 2015 | 3:31 am
    Stop Waste Before it Starts
  • Cleaning carpets with eco-friendly methods

    12 Feb 2015 | 3:44 pm
    After a winter of slush and snow, homeowners prepare for Spring cleaning, especially carpet cleaning. Even a mild exposure to the usual industrial carpet cleaners can cause eye irritation and skin sensitivities for family and pets. photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons But today, many carpet cleaning companies are using eco-friendly methods to ensure safe and clean homes. Consumer concerns
  • Ensuring safe water

    4 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    By jenny downing (glass half-full) via Wikimedia Commons Water Works Water is an amazing liquid that has many uses all over the earth. It can provide human beings with the hydration that is needed in order to stay alive. Water is a valuable resource that cannot be overlooked. Common Uses Each day in many parts across the United States, people can a shower, wash their hands and enjoy
  • Benefits of using a solar snake repeller

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Warding snakes away from your home, especially in the summer, is incredibly important and so is doing it in a humane way. Snakes can cause a lot of concern when they are nesting or inhabiting areas around your home. While deaths from snake bites are very uncommon; bites, just from the venomous kind, total tens of thousands every year around the world. If you live in a popular snake area then
  • Scrubbing the air of smog (repost from Otherwords.org)

    17 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
    By Mary Anne Hitt Even when air-quality alerts give parents the all clear, kids could still be breathing in dangerous chemicals I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when his or her child suffers an asthma attack. And I can scarcely fathom how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks. A major asthma
 
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    ForceChange

  • Shut Down Abusive Zoo and Ban Owners from Having Animals

    Kelsey Jenkins
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    Target: Juan José Guerra Abud, Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Goal: Shut down the private zoo that abused more than 100 creatures and ban the owners from having animals. Mexican authorities recently disclosed that over 100 animals were rescued from the private zoo Club de los Animalitos in the city of Tehuacan in Mexico after reports of sickening animal mistreatment and abuse. Numerous large animals like buffalo, bears, tigers and other big cats were found living in small cages stacked on top of each other without proper flooring, causing animal feces to fall from…
  • End Epidemic Veteran Unemployment and Poverty

    Coral Cannon
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Michigan Senate Member Vincent Gregory Goal: Support tax credits for hiring unemployed veterans. A Michigan lawmaker is trying to curb veteran unemployment by giving tax credits to companies who employ them. The Hire MI Heroes Act would give a one-time tax credit to employers who hire veterans. Vincent Gregory, a veteran himself, is one of the lead sponsors of this bill that has yet to be introduced as legislation, but already has several supporters. Michigan has one of the highest rates of veterans and far too many of those individuals are unemployed. The transition back to…
  • Praise Successful Clearing of Rape Kit Backlog

    Jennifer Schwager
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, Texas Goal: Applaud Houston officials for processing 6,663 old rape kits. Over 6,600 old rape kits have been processed by Houston, Texas officials, finally clearing a backlog which included rape kits from three decades ago. According to a statement by the mayor, results of the 6,663 tests were uploaded into a federal DNA database which was able to match 850 cases to possible suspects. So far, charges have been laid against 29 people, and six have been convicted. Rape kits are made up of physical evidence and biological samples taken from a victim. The…
  • Introduce Mandatory Substance Abuse Course in College

    Coral Cannon
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth Goal: Increase campus awareness of dangerous substances through mandatory online course. 11 students were recently hospitalized at Wesleyan University in Connecticut after taking the drug Molly. Molly is considered a pure form of MDMA or Ecstasy; however, it is often laced with unknown substances and in many cases does not contain any actual MDMA. A lack of general knowledge regarding various substances often leads students to take risks that can have fatal consequences. Urge Wesleyan University to implement a brief, mandatory online…
  • Don’t Remove Ban on Using Dogs to Hunt Foxes

    Kari Maze
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Goal: Keep ban in place that makes it illegal for hunters to use packs of dogs to savagely butcher foxes. Although foxhunting with dogs was banned ten years ago in the UK, hunting advocates are campaigning to make it legal again. If the ban is lifted, hunters will be able to use numerous dogs for the purpose of ripping foxes apart during a foxhunt. Some groups insist the ban should be lifted, because foxhunting with dogs is part of their traditional way of life. On the contrary, a recent UK poll…
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • What’s Eco-Friendly about Tires?

    greenwise
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    When you think about the variety of products in the world that are good for the environment, tires are probably not at the top of your list. This is understandable; after all, the objects we need to get our cars from point A to point B don’t exactly exude an Earth-friendly vibe. In addition, you […]
  • Energy Deregulation: What It Is and What It Means

    greenwise
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:39 pm
    If you are living in a state that is considering energy deregulation, you might be wondering what it is all about. If you live in a state that is already deregulated, you might be considering changing providers, but not have a clear idea of what deregulation really means. What Energy Deregulation is There was a […]
  • Fuel Economy Decoded: Understand the Basics Before You Buy a Vehicle

    greenwise
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    If you’re in the market for a new or new-to-you vehicle, you’re probably checking out the fuel economy of various makes and models. But do you really know what those terms and numbers mean? Here are a few things to understand before you buy your next vehicle: Fuel Efficiency & Fuel Economy Defined Fuel efficiency […]
  • How You Can Afford Solar Panels For Your Home

    greenwise
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    I have long been an advocate for rooftop photovoltaic solar panels. These emission-free gadgets quietly convert sunshine into usable electricity for your home. You can reduce your electric bill to near zero in the best cases, and significantly in any case. You will save money on utility bills from day one and add value to your home. Here […]
  • Chewing Gum: A Sticky Environmental Issue

    greenwise
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    Chewing Gum: A Sticky Environmental Issue
 
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    Almost All The Truth »

  • Mapping Global Campaigns for Environmental Justice

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
      Do you have an interest in global environmental justice? Do you wonder about what communities are doing worldwide to stand up for themselves in cases of ecological conflict? This is quite fantastic…   Across the world communities are struggling to defend their earth, air water and resources and their livelihoods from damaging environmental impacts. Mining projects, mega dams, tree plantations, fracking, gas flaring, incinerators, etc … As resources needed to fuel our economy move through the commodity chain from extraction, processing and disposal, environmental…
  • 15 Years to Global Change

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    15 Years…   15 years. A game changing set of time. What can possibly be accomplished over 15 years with the right tools, circumstances, and mindset? Global change. Bill and Melinda Gates just released their Annual Letter and have settled on a set of expectations to meet within that 15 year timeframe. “That’s where change comes from…” In 15 years… Half as many kids will die, far fewer women will die in childbirth, and people will live healthier lives because we’ll beat many of the diseases that sicken the poor. Africa will be able to feed itself.
  • Listen: Word for the New Year

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
      New Year, New Start I like the idea of fresh starts and new beginnings. I like the idea that I can wake up every day and make different choices, be more present, be more conscientious, be better. It is important to me to have ideals and to strive for them, even if I fail and fail again. The point is in the process, not in the product. I don’t beat myself up for shortcomings, real or perceived, but that doesn’t mean I give in to them either. I like the reflections at the end of one year and the openness to which we greet the new year. How you frame the new year’s start…
  • Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

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

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

  • Is Radical Energy efficiency possible?

    Ramon Arratia
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    I was reading this article recently which states that since 2006 energy use in Europe has dropped by 10%, and is now at 90s levels. On one hand this is great news but I can’t help but think that we haven’t tried particularly hard. I’ve seen with my own eyes how we have increased energy efficiency by 54% at Interface Europe since 1996, and I’m constantly amazed that we continue to find quick wins year on year. Applying product standards is a quick way to save on energy. We could be much more stringent when applying standards across all energy using products from white…
  • Net-Works Awards – #Interface

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:40 am
    It’s sometimes feels a little strange to blow your own trumpet! but I have to say I’m exceptionally proud to be with Interface and to have won these awards for our Net-Works initiative. The teams involved work exceptionally hard and it’s important that their work is recognised – well done all. Social Enterprise Transformation Award (The Netherlands) Net-Works was integral in securing the Social Enterprise Transformation Award in the Netherlands. We received recognition for our long-term efforts as well as our ambassadorship and the real partnerships we have…
  • ‘Show the love’ – A cross-party commitment on #climate change

    Ramon Arratia
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    On Valentine’s Day a joint climate change pledge was signed by the leaders of the three main political parties in the UK as part of their run-up to the General Election in May. This joint statement pledges action on climate change regardless of the outcome of the election and includes commitments to a strong, legal and binding global deal in #Paris2015 that is consistent with the 2 degrees goal – to work together to agree future UK carbon budgets, and to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy, including an end to generation from unabated coal power (no end date…
  • Sustainable Cities Index 2015 – Ranking of 50 of the world’s leading cities

    Laura Cremer
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:24 am
    Revised estimates suggest that the world’s population is likely to reach 9.6 billion by 2050 – 0.3 billion larger than under earlier UN projections. And for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities, with urbanization growing fastest in the developing world. Population in urban areas is projected to increase from 3.6 billion in 2011 to 6.3 billion in 2050. In many circumstances, city infrastructures are unable to keep pace with such rapid increases in population – nor the growth of their inhabitants’ demands. Among the 63 most populated urban…
  • CELEBRATING A DECADE OF CLG

    Rob Boogaard
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
    I recently joined more than 300 business leaders, policy-makers, academics and environmentalists to celebrate The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) 10th anniversary. For the past 10 years, CLG has successfully brought together major companies with advanced sustainability innovations committed to influencing the political agenda and policy towards a green growth economy. The group has been widely recognised as one of the most consistent and outspoken voices in support of strong, pro-business policies on climate change. In particular, we have been lobbying for a stronger climate…
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    ecoINSITE

  • Google embraces wind power for headquarter’s energy needs

    Pedro Hernandez
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Apple isn’t the only tech giant making waves on the renewal energy front. Google is making a big commitment to wind power, enough to provide its Mountain View, Calif.-based headquarters with enough electricity for their operations. My colleague, Jaikumar Vijayan, over at eWEEK reports: As part of the agreement, NextEra will install new turbines at its wind farm in California’s Altamont Pass that will generate an estimated 43 megawatts of electricity starting 2016. NextEra will flow the energy through the section of the California power grid that supplies electricity to…
  • Happy Holidays! Now, recycle your old gadgets…

    Pedro Hernandez
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    If you’ve been nice, you probably got some neat new gadgets and gear upgrades. Congrats! Now it’s time to responsibly recycle your old, unwanted gadgets. They may have overstayed their welcome with you, but chances are good that someone, somewhere can use it for years to come. Gizmodo, in an update to its holiday recycling guide has some great pointers on getting rid of your old PCs, smartphones and other devices, and perhaps getting some extra holiday cash out of the process. If you decide to recoup some cash and sell the gadgets, the most direct way is to sell them yourself on…
  • USA and China forge historic climate pact

    Pedro Hernandez
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Big, indeed. The world’s economic superpowers have essentially agreed that we can’t keep dumping carbon into the atmosphere. On Nov. 12, the White House and the Chinese government had a nice surprise for people that like to breathe pollution-free air and dream of one day owning oceanfront property, minus the risk of losing it to rising sea levels. The U.S. and China pledged to slash their CO2 emissions. For America, that means an up to 28 percent cut in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2020. And here’s what’s China’s doing, according to a blog post in The…
  • Smart grid investments top $140M in Q3: Mercom

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

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

  • Earth Ranger Joel and His Amazing Animal Awareness Video

    Earth Rangers
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Joel learned about Earth Rangers during an Earth Rangers presentation at his school. Already very passionate about animals and the environment, Joel was inspired to get more involved and signed up to become a member. With his 8th birthday coming up, Joel decided to host an Earth Rangers birthday party and asked his friends to make a donation to his campaign for the Blanding’s turtle rather than purchase presents. Joel’s parents were thrilled by his choice to forego gifts to help protect animals and with support from his family and friends Joel raised $275. When his school heard about his…
  • Top Ten Underwater Animals with Spots

    Earth Rangers
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    What’s in fashion this season? According to these animals, it’s all about the spots. We love these brightly coloured spotted species of the sea, but what about you, what is your favourite pattern to wear? Spots, stripes, plaid… share your fashion tips in the comments section below. 1) Yellow boxfish 2) Blue spotted stingray 3) Clown triggerfish 4) Coral grouper 5) Spotted moray eel 6) Nudibranch 7) Red sea star 8) Spotted puffer 9) Spotted tunkfish 10) Thornback cowfish
  • Les terriers des renards véloces en bref

    Earth Rangers
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    Lorsque février arrive, les renards véloces que nous protégeons dans le cadre du programme Restaurer la nature se cherchent un terrier dans lequel ils peuvent donner naissance à leurs petits. Vous pouvez aider ces renards en commençant une campagne Restaurer la nature et en faisant circuler de l’information pour mieux les faire connaître. Nous avons regroupé ici quatre faits des plus intéressants que vous pouvez diffuser à propos des renards véloces. Préparez-vous à plonger dans l’univers souterrain des renards véloces. Gordon Court • Les renards véloces utilisent…
  • Fast Facts about Swift Fox Dens

    Earth Rangers
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    Now that it’s February the swift foxes we’re protecting with Bring Back the Wild are looking for dens in which to have their cubs. You can help these foxes by starting a campaign and sharing fox facts to raise awareness about them. We’ve compiled four fascinating fox facts for you to share, so buckle up for a speedy dive into the underground world of swift fox dens. Photo credit: Gordon Court Swift foxes use many different dens throughout the year While many fox species, like red foxes, use dens only during the breeding season, swift foxes use them throughout the year. Swift foxes…
  • Top Ten Animals in Love

    Earth Rangers
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    These animals may not be lovebirds, but they are in the Valentine’s Day spirit! Each of these species form longterm bonds with their mate, which, in the animal kingdom, is pretty romantic. 1. Albatrosses 2. Bald eagles 3. Beavers 4. Black vultures 5. Emperor Penguins 6. French angelfish Photo Credit: NOAA photo Library 7. Gibbons 8. Coyotes 9. Swans 10. Kirk’s dik-diks  
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  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:51 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

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:51 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

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:51 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

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:51 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

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:51 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 Cadenza

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    The Kia Cadenza was the value-oriented brand's first foray above the $40,000 base-price level, and just in the year since it's been introduced, it's already been joined by a larger luxury-minded sedan, the rear-drive K900. Other models, like the Kia Sorento SUV, can be optioned past that $40k mark, but the Cadenza represents Kia's...
  • 2015 Hyundai Azera

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    It's been just a couple of years since a dramatic redesign for the Hyundai Azera, the automaker's comfort-oriented full-size sedan. Yet it faces an unprecedented level of competition, and the cars it's designed to compete with have all undergone major redos in the time since this generation of the big Hyundai made its debut. Those...
  • 2015 Nissan Versa

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    The 2015 Nissan Versa is one of the lowest-priced new cars on the market, and it serves as a great reminder that you can have a new car—and a new-car warranty—as well as a surprisingly good set of features for the money. If you're willing to forgo some style, technology, and performance, then it's a model worth close...
  • 2015 Kia Optima

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Kia Optima carries forward for one more model year, even though its Hyundai Sonata cousin receives a full redesign for 2015. The Optima was always an advanced student of design, so that's fine; it remains nearly the knockout it was at launch four years ago. The Optima is still a strong entry in most respects, with good performance...
  • 2015 Kia Sportage

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    The 2015 Kia Sportage is probably one of the most visually interesting compact crossover models on the market. While standbys like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 have evolved to favor space efficiency and practicality over design, the Kia stands as the fun pick—if you go by its profile, which shows some evidence of favoring...
 
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    Green Car Reports

  • Bill To End U.S. Ethanol Mandate, 2017 Audi R8 e-tron, Hybrid Sales In Flux: Today's Car News

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today, we cover a bill that would end the U.S. ethanol mandate, the reveal of the 2017 Audi R8 e-tron electric car, and a tale of two carmakers and their 2014 hybrid sales. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Get all of the details on the 2017 Audi R8 e-tron, the production version of Audi's long-awaited electric supercar. Senators introduce...
  • Samsung Buys Battery Business From Magna To Boost Electric-Car Capabilities

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Samsung is making bigger moves into the electric vehicle (EV) realm with news that its “materials and energy” subsidiary Samsung SDI has acquired the battery pack division of Magna International, an automotive supplier based in Ontario, Canada. The Korean electronics giant is procuring the battery business from Magna Steyr, the...
  • Toyota Hybrid Sales Flat In 2014, Honda Up By More Than Half Globally

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    With U.S. gas prices having fallen 40 percent over six months, fuel efficiency may be less important to car buyers than it was when gasoline cost $4 a gallon. Meanwhile, smaller crossover utility vehicles are supplanting sedans and hatchbacks in more and more driveways. DON'T MISS: Toyota Racks Up 7 Million Hybrids Sold Since 1997 (Oct 2014) Added...
  • What Does A 1088-HP Rimac Electric Supercar Sound Like At Speed? (Video)

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Electric cars are known for their silent powertrains, but there's an exception to every rule. While it doesn't exactly assault the ears like a shrieking Ferrari V-12, the Rimac Concept One electric supercar from Croatia certainly makes its presence known. DON'T MISS: Rimac Concept_One Electric Supercar Vs Ferrari 458: Guess Who Wins? (Apr 2013)...
  • Senate Bill Introduced To End Ethanol Mandate For Gasoline

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    A decade ago, the biofuel ethanol was viewed as one way to reduce the nation's consumption of oil for transportation fuel. In 2007, Congress approved the Renewable Fuels Standard, which mandated increasing amounts of ethanol gradually be blended into the fuel supply. Now, those rules could be struck down. MORE: EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect...
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  • Residential Solar: Are You A Leader Or A Laggard?

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:32 am
    The efficiency and cost effectiveness of residential solar is approaching a tipping point where homeowners should be asking themselves why they haven’t yet adopted the technology.   Far from past eras when residential solar was an expensive hobby for energy geeks, it has now assumed a place in the housing profile of any homeowner looking for a sound economic investment. The impact is becoming more apparent in the increased willingness of potential homeowners to pay a premium for residential solar when purchasing a home. At the same time, hardware and installation costs have…
  • Can I put a mold killer/preventer down the pipe of my HVAC to keep it free of mold/mildew rather than spend a fortune?

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    My A/C Co. installed an HVAX system last year. Now they are telling me that I have a mold/mildew problem and I should let them install a light that will prevent it but it will cost me around $2K. Can I put a mold preventer or a bleach/water solution down the pipe to keep it clean? $2k for a UV light? Recommend do some more research. (Typically they run for $600) Recommend call the manufacturer of your A/C system model and see if they have other...
  • I live in a double wide mobile home and in the summer time the roof is very hot.Can i put a cool roof coating on black shingles and what kin

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:15 am
    No Coating asphalt shingles isn't typically a good idea. You would be completely sealing up the shingles which would prohibit the shingles/roof from breathing. This could lead to problems with the...
  • can you seal asbestos located on the piping of a boiler?

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:14 am
    The home I am buying has some asbestos on the joints of the pipes for the boiler and there is some kind of duct tape around it. Is this okay. As long as it is not disturbed & is not friable it is fine - once it is disturbed is when the problems occur. Can you seal it - no...
  • The Parent Trap: Avoid Mistakes in Nursery Projects By Following Three Basic Principles

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:23 am
    It’s natural to want your home and nursery to be perfect for your newborn. Unfortunately, the remodeling that many people do in anticipation of the baby’s arrival is typically anything but natural. But by following these three basic principles, you will avoid the usual traps that well-meaning parents often fall into and optimize your baby’s health – as well as yours. Build in Outgassing Time and Deep Cleaning to Your Nursery’s Project Schedule and Budget My biggest overall recommendation for any new nursery project is this: give sufficient…
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • Efficiency is What Texas Can (and Should) Do Best

    EDFEnergyEX
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Energy efficiency is Texas’ most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and carbon pollution from power plants. It also creates other benefits to the power grid, like improving reliability and lowering costs for infrastructure maintenance. Plus, saving energy saves water, which is critical in a state like Texas.read more
  • Is Home Efficiency Financing About to Eclipse the Solar Financing Market?

    KatherineTweed
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loans for homes rebounded in a very big way last year. PACE looks to continue to gain steam in the coming year, but it is being joined by other investment vehicles bringing new life to residential energy efficiency.read more
  • Role of Wages of the Common Worker in Oil Prices, Collapse

    Gail Tverberg
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    In their book Secular Cycles, Peter Turchin and Surgey Nefedof point out the important role falling wages of the common workers played in early collapses. I got to thinking that this might be an issue with our current situation as well, including the low level of oil prices.read more
  • The Carbon Price Challenge

    David Lawrence
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are many practical benefits to the Carbon Price Challenge We choose our own carbon price as a strong motivator to reduce emissions of CO2. We tax ourselves using that carbon price and our carbon tax and energy cost savings are returned to us to reinvest in cleaner energy investments of our choice.read more
  • Oil Import Dependence Not Aways Economic Disadvantage, Study Finds  

    Roman Kilisek
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    According to research by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research energy imports should not be “understood as a threat to the security of energy supply and an economic disadvantage” per se. The study finds that conclusion simplistic and points out that energy security depends on open and integrated markets.read more
 
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  • Google Wants To Help You Buy Solar Panels For Your House. Seriously.

    Mike Confino
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you to want to install solar panels on your roof but haven’t yet because it’s too expensive, Google really wants to help. The search giant, valued at $370 billion, is once again boosting its investment in SolarCity’s residential solar power model by $300 million, both companies announced Thursday. Combined with a new financing structure from SolarCity, the companies say this will result in a new fund worth $750 million to help install distributed rooftop solar on homes across the country. via Google Wants To Help You Buy Solar Panels For Your House. Seriously. | ThinkProgress.
  • Shell Withdraws From Largest Tar Sands Project Yet

    Mike Confino
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Keystone XL is not the only deciding factor in the future of tar sands extraction. The outsized debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, which entered a new era yesterday after Obama wielded his veto pen against legislation approving its construction, is not the only element in the debate over whether the greenhouse gas-intensive tar sands get developed. Oil supply, demand, and cost are pulling some major levers too: with oil prices at rock-bottom lows, on Monday Royal Dutch Shell announced it was shelving plans to build a new tar sands mine in northern Alberta — the largest such project to be…
  • Jordan’s 6,000 Mosques Will Soon All Have Rooftop Solar

    Mike Confino
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Unlike many of its Middle Eastern neighbors, Jordan is not blessed with copious oil and gas resources. In an already fragile region, subject to the whims of the international oil market and regional unrest, Jordan relies on fossil fuel imports to meet around 95 percent of its energy demand. Not only is this geopolitically ill-advised, it is also economically detrimental: these imports account for 40 percent of the country’s budget. For instance, the Arab Gas Pipeline, which runs through Jordan from Egypt and is a principal source of Jordanian natural gas, has suffered severely from…
  • Celebrating Black Leadership on the Environment

    Mike Confino
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:06 am
    Black History Month calls for a celebration of the visionary environmental leadership of black individuals and communities, as well as an examination of the many environmental injustices faced by people of color in our country. Whether we acknowledge it or not, the extreme weather events of last year and early 2015 do not visit economic, psychological and health-related damage upon all Americans equally. We have seen for decades how racism, poverty and other forms of marginalization negatively impact our experience of environmental issues such as pollution and extreme weather. When a…
  • Chinese Plans to Transform Coal Would Worsen Global Warming

    Mike Confino
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    At about 8:30 on a chilly winter morning, a factory outside this desert city is already getting busy. Its five-story office building is almost fully occupied. Trucks drive in with coal and drive out with construction waste. And if you look closely, you can see workers wearing helmets, climbing up and down on giant pipes. In front of the office building, a row of colorful flags reads, “Fighting for success in 2015.” The success the factory is aiming at is the operation of its coal-to-liquids business. Yankuang Group, China’s coal giant, is betting its future on it. via…
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    Everblue blogs

  • What is LEED Exam Prep?

    Lesley@Everblue
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    Remember when you were in high school, and you were expected to take the SAT exam? Some students prepared for this difficult exam by reading an SAT prep book. Others participated in a live SAT prep class.read more
  • The Difference Between BPI and RESNET

    Lesley@Everblue
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    We wrote about this exact same topic back in 2010, but we thought it made sense to revisit it now, considering so much has changed with these two programs. In some ways, the overlap between BPI and RESNET is still there, but in other ways, the two programs are starkly different. That statement probably sounds very confusing, so let’s go ahead and dive into the major similarities and differences between BPI and RESNET.read more
  • Getting Started With LEED

    Lesley@Everblue
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    We commonly hear from professionals that they’re not sure where to get started with LEED. Here’s hoping that we can provide some clarity on what it takes to earn a LEED credential, from the accreditation process to the financial commitment. Step 1: Pursue LEED Green Associate Accreditation Once you’ve decided that you want to take your interest in green building to the next level, your first official step will be to work toward a LEED Green Associate Accreditation. Everyone must start at this level, regardless of education, occupation, or experience.read more
  • RESNET Announces Education & Training Committee

    Lesley@Everblue
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RESNET has formed a new Standard Development Committee 200 – Education and Training (SDC 200). The committee will be tasked with developing and amending all of RESNET’s ANSI and non-ANSI standards pertaining to education, training, assessment and certification. Following RESNET’s procedures for standards, SDC 200 is balanced between producers, users and general interests. The chairman of SDC 200 is Rob Moody of Organic Think. Its vice chairman is Scott Doyle of EnergyLogic.read more
  • LEED and Sustainability Training in 2015

    Lesley@Everblue
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    Sustainability has grown from a perspective shared by environmentalists only to a recognized behavior shared by professionals across many industries. There are a number of factors that have contributed to this growth in adoption. It started with benefits such as public appeal, marketability, and reduced business risk. As these professionals implemented sustainable features and activities in their organizations, they started to see tangible benefits – greater efficiency, less waste, improved sales, better employee recruitment and retention, etc. So what’s to come in 2015?read more
 
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Little Free Libraries and the Importance of the Unexpected

    bcalvert
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The little free library embodies everything that communities and cities need to create an active and unique neighborhood. It is the real and original sharing economy and they are the origins of tactical urbanism. It is for the community good and it asks for nothing in return.read more
  • Mario Schjetnan Dissects the Deeper Meaning of Place

    The Dirt
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Pioneering Mexican landscape architect, architect, and urban designer Mario Schjetnan, FASLA, who recently spoke at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is recognized for his built works that are fueled by a deep concern for the cities of his native Mexico.read more
  • There’s How Much Plastic In The Ocean? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    JeffMcIntireStrasbu
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    We’ve taken a look at a number of ventures aimed at making use of plastic in the ocean, and we’d love to believe they could make a sizable dent in this pollution source. But, of course, to determine that, we’ve got to know how much plastic waste we’re putting into these ecosystems.read more
  • City Ecology: There Are Egrets Near the Empire State Building

    The Nature of Cities
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    New York Harbor is a thriving natural habitat. The mixing of fresh and salt waters, combined with a rich flow of nutrients from its watershed, makes visibility poor, and hides its vitality. It is easy to make cocktail conversation about eels, oysters, humpback whales (whales!) and the other remarkable creatures that share New York City with its people.read more
  • Managing Tables and Chairs in the Public Realm

    bphelpsbna
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Local coffee shops vying to be the neighborhood’s “third place” understand the importance of providing tables and chairs for their customers. They understand while some people may want to lounge in sofas that, per square foot, tables and chairs are a far more useful and appealing option to a wider array of customers.read more
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    Nokero

  • Let’s Shine Through Ebola

    Erin Preston
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    News of the Ebola outbreak is beginning to wind down; we no longer hear about it in our daily morning news nor in our social media feeds. However, the fact is the outbreak of the Ebola virus has crippled the health, education, and economic sectors in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Over 10,000 schools were closed affecting at least 5 million children and fifty percent of the workforce has been rendered jobless. Another fact is less than 10% of households have access to electricity. We feel access to safe, clean, renewable solar light will give people a boost as they begin to recover…
  • Colorado Church Spreads Light to Developing Communities

    Erin Preston
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    Most Precious Blood, a Catholic church based in Denver, Colorado, is deeply involved with helping underserved communities in Denver. They encourage church members to volunteer to help those living in poverty in Denver and have multiple programs that members can choose from. One of their newest missions is to provide solar light to people living in unelectrified communities in Central America and the Caribbean. For the past five months, the church has already received enough donations to send 1898 Nokero solar light bulbs to replace kerosene lanterns and paraffin candles. The lights are…
  • Nokero lights up lives in Kibera Slum, Kenya

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

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

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

  • Valspar Championship Family Friendly Events 2015

    Calley Pate
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is sponsored by the 2015 Valspar Championship. Continue reading to the end and enter to win a 4 pack of tickets to the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, FL. We’ve lived in Palm Harbor for almost 10 years now and March is my favorite time of the year.  We didn’t realize when we decided on Palm Harbor that Innisbrook was within walking distance from our house and that every March, the big blimp would be flying overhead.  It’s fun for us to tell our out-of-state family to watch the Valspar Championship to see our house from the blimp and the kids…
  • Remember When…

    Calley Pate
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:16 pm
    This post is sponsored by Stonyfield Yogurt. Keep reading to enter to win a YoBaby prize pack.  When did my kids grow up? I’m a mom of an almost 12 year old and a 6 year old.  They are hardly babies any longer; even if they do still like to cuddle with mommy. I decided to pull out the baby book from my youngest’s first year and reminisce over all the “firsts.” You know, the first time they roll over, the first time they crawl, the first time the stand up and of course the first time they walk.  I remember the days when they would try any food (or toys, noses, and…
  • Chronicles of the Absent Minded Mom – Episode 1

    Calley Pate
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ll be the first to admit that I have my “blonde moments” and that I can be very absent minded. If I don’t set alarms and reminders for myself, I would likely forget everything.  For instance, I have an alarm set on my phone to remind me when to leave to pick up the kids from school.  Please don’t laugh, it’s true! Exhibit 1: My current alarms set on my phone! Do you notice anything different on Monday? I don’t pick the kids up until later because they are involved in after school activities.  Well on Monday of this week I realized that my alarm…
  • Leapin’ Lizards, Annie’s in Tampa – Feb 17-22nd at the Straz Center

    Calley Pate
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Credit: Joan Marcus for #AnnieOnTour Truth: I loved watching the movie Annie when I was a little kid and still remember all the words to the songs. Truth: I never wanted a red headed child of my own; my brother is a red head and I just didn’t want one of my own. Truth: My daughter is “ginger,” and doesn’t like to be called “red-headed.” Truth: I love my daughters “red” or “ginger” hair!!  She is the most beautiful red-head I’ve ever seen and I may be slightly biased. Truth: I made her watch the original Annie movie last summer…
  • If I had Abraham Lincoln’s hat, I would keep…

    Calley Pate
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    A little gem found in the Kindergarten backpack this morning. “If I had Abraham Lincoln’s hat, I would keep a speshol pis of papr n ots and a mskettow that suks my blud all day and all nit but it is a pasuns eelkhrk museetoow.”  -Bailey, Age 6 Translated to say that my daughter would keep a special piece of paper in it and a mosquito that sucks her blood all day and night, but it is a poisonous electric mosquito. Yep, that’s what my six year old daughter would keep in her hat. I should save this for the therapist one day, right??
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  • Friday Fun: How to create tomorrow’s green cities with today’s garbage

    Aaryaman Singhal
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    Creative waste management strategies can play a critical role in helping cities improve their energy efficiency and become more sustainable in the long-term. Photo by Emanuele Toscano/Flickr. Cities around the world face many challenges to their cleanliness and environmental sustainability, including rising greenhouse gas emissions, unsanitary public spaces, foul odors, growing energy demand, low recycling rates, and limited space. Most people wouldn’t think of trash as a major root of these problems. Despite this, utilizing innovative waste management strategies can be a surprisingly…
  • Lahore’s roads to nowhere

    Ahmad Chaudhary
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Lahore, like many Pakistani cities, is struggling with a trend towards car-centric development that has resulted in intense traffic congestion and air pollution. Photo by Luke X. Martin/Flickr. Lahore, Pakistan is on a dangerous path toward a future of urban highways, underpasses, and flyovers that will eventually suffocate the city. By prioritizing car-centric infrastructure through new development contracts, the city is making traffic congestion, air pollution, and road safety—already major challenges—worse. Infrastructure projects are important triggers for economic development.
  • Mapping the way to safer urban mobility

    Brittni Brown
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    Powerful mapping technologies like geographic information systems (GIS) provide critical insights into crime patterns, enabling transport authorities and city leaders to make public transit safer for city residents. Photo by kris krüg/Flickr. According to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation study of the world’s 16 largest metropolitan areas, harassment on public transport is a growing problem for cities worldwide. Nearly 60 percent of the 6,555 women surveyed admitted to having been physically harassed. Furthermore, a significant number felt that they could not travel safely after dark and…
  • Your guide to urban cycling: A Q&A with author Yvonne Bambrick

    Alex Rogala
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Free community events, like this Ciclovía in Santiago, Chile, can be an effective option for encouraging more people to get on a bike. Photo by Municipalidad de Santiago/Flickr. As cities worldwide grow and evolve, so too is the urban landscape changing for cyclists. While congested and chaotic streets still remain a persistent challenge for some cities, many others have recognized the need for robust cycling infrastructure and are actively supporting cycling culture. At the same time, the perception of urban cycling is changing: what was once viewed as sport or recreation is now an…
  • The road to safety

    Madhav Pai
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    With the highest rate of traffic crashes in the world, Indian cities need to focus on making their streets safe for all road users. Photo by Ryan/Flickr. This article was originally published in The Indian Express. As Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: India has one of the worst road safety records in the world, with around 1,37,423 road traffic fatalities in 2013. This makes up about 10 percent of road crash fatalities worldwide. In absolute…
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  • Choosing A Safe, Efficient Insulation

    EarthTalk
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dear EarthTalk: The cold winter we’re having here in the Northeast has convinced me to finally beef up my home’s insulation, but I’ve heard that spray foam can off-gas noxious chemicals and pollute the indoor environment. Are there safer options? – Rose Donahue, Framingham, MAMaking your home more energy efficient is certainly good for the planet and will cut your heating/cooling bills, but you’re right to worry about chemical off-gassing. According to the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG), most common spray polyurethane foam insulation contains methylene diphenyl…
  • An E-waste Blizzard

    EarthTalk
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    Dear EarthTalk The collective impact of all the iPhones and other devices we buy, use and then discard must be mind-boggling at this point. Has anyone quantified this and what can we do to start reducing waste from such items? – Jacques Chevalier, Boston, MAWith a record four million pre-orders for Apple’s best-selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it’s more evident than ever that consumers want the latest in smartphone technology at their fingertips. A new report by analysts at German market research firm GfK determined that global smartphone sales exceeded 1.2 billion units in…
  • EverCharge Expands To Provide Vehicle Charging

    Guest Post
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    As Electric Vehicles (EV) grow in popularity it has become commonplace for multi-tenant buildings to be faced with the issue of how to support resident requests for EV charging in shared parking garages. As demand increases how will your building provide a scalable solution to your residents? Do you understand your available power infrastructure and are you in a position to maximize the buildings potential?In the past, properties have looked the other way while residents charge off 110v outlets, dismissed EV requests, or allowed residents to setup chargers off common area power. These…
  • Louisville: All-electric ZeroBus Fleet Launches

    Guest Post
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Mayor Greg Fischer joined TARC and other local officials today at the Louisville Slugger Museum to kick off the start of ZeroBus service in downtown Louisville.ZeroBus, TARC’s all-electric fleet, is now providing fare-free rides for passengers along  Main, Market and Fourth streets. The zero-emissions all-electric buses  replace diesel-powered trolleys, the highest polluting TARC vehicles.“ZeroBus changes the game for public transportation in downtown and represents the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are embracing to improve our city,” said Fischer, who joined TARC…
  • New Nissan Clean Diesel Truck Unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

    Jason Ridge
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A major new addition to the diesel pickup truck stable was introduced this morning as Nissan unveiled its new 2016 Nissan Titan powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine during the opening day of this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.“Because of their unmatched combination of efficiency, performance and towing capabilities, diesel engines have long dominated the heavy-duty pickup market,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.  “The New 2016 Nissan Titan with the Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel will provide a great new…
 
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  • Four Reasons Why Professional Dallas Roofing Siding Installation Is Recommended

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:40 am
    Why should you hire roofing contractors Dallas professional for your siding installation project? At least four elements should determine you to choose this solution rather than try to do it yourself: Professionals are experienced. They have the expertise and experience to install or replace your siding. They also know all the strengths and weaknesses of every variant of siding, and can assist you while choosing the kind of siding that is the best for what your home needs. They can allocate time for your siding project. Siding professionals will take the necessary time to finish your siding…
  • Denver Roofing Experts Give You Tips on Using a Pneumatic Roofing Nailer

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    Using a quality roofing nailer can definitely make any work you need perform on the roof easier, especially if you need to nail slates onto the surface of your roof. Other methods are just not that reliable and tend to take too much out of your time. However, you need to make sure you use the tool correctly. Ask professional Denver roofers about using a pneumatic roofing nailer and they will give you lots of useful tips: ·         First, you have to properly prepare the pneumatic nailer before using it. You need to do a quick maintenance check to make sure everything is working as it…
  • Questions to Ask a Real Estate Photography Professional

    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Collaborating with a real estate photographer is an effective marketing solution for a real estate agent. It is also a way for property owners to sell the apartment or house they own in a shorter time and at a price that will benefit them. However, hiring the first photographer you come across is not a good idea. To make sure that you pick the best (see http://www.blackcherryphoto.com/commercial.html) architectural photography specialist, you have to ask the people on your list some essential questions. Here are a few of them: Lighting – While some real estate photographers rely only on…
  • You Can’t Imagine How Wise It Is To Install Home Solar Panels On Your Property!

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    If you are looking at the current market fluctuations for energy prices and you are worried about what might happen in the future then you should know that one of the best things you could do would be to have some home solar panels installed by http://1800solarusa.net/austin-solar-panels/, a reputable contractor. Not only will you get to save money, but you will not rely on the power grid for electricity while also starting to live green and decrease your carbon footprint. While solar energy and photovoltaic panels that harvest it are not new in the world, there are still many people who fail…
  • Take Advantage Of The Best Carpet Cleaning Littleton Experts Can Offer

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    If your carpets look worn and beaten and you want to restore their original beauty and quality, then you should use the best professional carpet cleaning Littleton companies can provide you with. With industrial cleaning machines, knowledge of carpet types and a thorough methodology, a carpet cleaning professional will be able to help you clean all those carpets and make them look just like new. One of the most common problems with cleaning the carpets on your own is that you do not have the machines and the knowledge to perform a good enough job. The vacuum cleaner is not as strong as…
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  • Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More

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

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

    T. Caine
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    As January comes to a close most of the presents of the holiday season have probably found a place in our homes. Shelves are a bit heavier. Closets are a bit fuller. Unclaimed space is a bit rarer. The success of the retail industry shows itself in our collective burgeoning homes and as the spring approaches there will be Americans looking to find new homes for possessions they can’t fit, but don’t want to part with. Similar to the growth of digital space in the cloud, the displacement of our excess stuff to an out-of-sight location can be perceived as utilizing an endless amount…
  • Reviewed: Explosion Green

    T. Caine
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    Explosion Green By David Gottfried In One Line: A low-stress read for an informative look behind the curtain from a key figure responsible for the start of the green building movement.  For over two decades the USGBC’s LEED rating system has been an undeniably important part of the story of sustainability entering into the industries responsible for our built environment. Thanks to the work of countless individuals and organizations LEED is now a term known broadly outside of the cadre that designs and constructs buildings as well as far beyond the borders of the U.S. It is a great…
  • Cities of 2030, Today

    T. Caine
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Cities can grow to defy our current perceptions of plausibility. In the future, each spire in a collection of gleaming, vertical towers could harness density through a mixture of use types from working to living to growing food. Not only could each building produce its own renewable energy, but the excess could be pumped back into the city around it to help power the seamless public transit system ranging from lighted bike paths to high speed trains that allowed people to sail from one urban core to the next. Air quality would rise, water use would fall and the cultural affordability would…
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  • South Australia's broad-brush nuclear review is meant to sideline opponents

    Peter Burdon, Senior lecturer at University of Adelaide
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:12 pm
    South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill surprised his federal Labor colleagues by announcing a Royal Commission on possibilities for the nuclear industry. AAP Image/Alan PorrittThe draft terms of reference for South Australia’s planned Royal Commission on the nuclear industry, which are open for public consultation until the end of next week, are deliberately broad. When announcing the commission last month, SA Premier Jay Weatherill said it would “explore the opportunities and risks of South Australia’s involvement in the mining, enrichment, energy and storage phases for the peaceful…
  • FactCheck: are kangaroos at risk?

    Karl Vernes, Associate Professor, School of Environmental &amp; Rural Science at University of New England
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Kangaroos are common in some areas but scarce in others. AAP Image/Lukas Coch“Senator Rhiannon embarrasses herself by sharing conspiracy theories about kangaroo numbers being in terminal decline. She only has to drive between Winton and Longreach at night to see the plagues of roos.” Queensland Nationals Senator Barry O’Sullivan, press release, February 13, 2015. Senator O'Sullivan’s comments, made after Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon raised concern over kangaroo populations being at risk, reflect a common view that Australia is swarming with kangaroos. But how secure are kangaroo…
  • Dead whales are expensive – whose job is it to clear them up?

    Erika Techera, Professor and Dean of Law at University of Western Australia
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    Hefty problem: a local council was left with a huge clean-up bill after a dead whale washed up in Perth last year. AAP Image/City of StirlingA whale carcass can be a big headache – just ask the locals at Broulee Beach in southern New South Wales, where a dead whale washed back ashore last month despite already having been towed out to sea just after Christmas. This month’s mass stranding of 200 pilot whales (140 of which died) on New Zealand’s South Island also highlights the enormous task – and costs – of dealing with the carcasses. Decisions on how to deal with a carcass, and who…
  • Peak fossil fuel won't stop climate change – but it could help

    Gary Ellem, Conjoint Academic in Sustainability at University of Newcastle
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    What happens to coal in China will play a big role in deciding which climate road we're all on. Han Jun Zeng/Flickr, CC BY-SAFossil fuels are ultimately a finite resource – the definition of non-renewable energy. Burning of these fuels – coal, oil and gas – is the main driver of climate change. So could the peak of fossil fuels help mitigate warming? The short answer is maybe … but perhaps not how you might think. In a paper published this month in the journal Fuel, my colleagues and I suggest that limits to fossil fuel availability might take climate Armageddon off the table,…
  • Drying inland seas probably helped kill Australia's megafauna

    Joshua Larsen, Lecturer, School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management at The University of Queensland
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Lake Eyre: pretty dry today, but before 50,000 years ago it was an inland sea teeming with life. Matt Malone/Wikimedia Commons, CC BYEvents some 40,000 to 60,000 years ago marked a critical juncture in the Australian continent’s history. This is when humans first arrived and also the time when many huge beasts, known as megafauna, seem to have disappeared. So what caused their demise: humans, a changing climate, or both? The debate has been both long and polarised. Some blame changes in the prehistoric climate; others point to overhunting by the first Australians, or habitat burning by…
 
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    Green Conduct

  • True Cost of Electric Vehicle Driving

    greghead
    7 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    True Cost of Electric Vehicle Driving It’s common knowledge that operating an electric vehicle (EV) is cheaper than driving a traditional combustion car, but few of us could say by how much. Estimating the cost to travel any distance in a combustion vehicle is pretty straightforward. As long as you know the price of gas and the distance traveled, you’ll soon arrive at an answer. When it comes to EVs, however, things quickly become murky. What is a kilowatt-hour? How much is it worth? And more importantly, how does it compare to a gallon of gas? Luckily, the Department of…
  • Tesla Selling More than Just Cars

    greghead
    7 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    Though I think we’re all rooting for Tesla, it can’t be ignored that two of the company’s most notable achievements—reporting its first ever quarterly profit and repaying a federal loan—were aided substantially by two factors outside its core business of manufacturing and selling cars:  trading credits under California’s Zero Emission Vehicle program and raising roughly $1 billion by selling additional stock and securities. Tesla Selling More than Just Cars While Tesla delivered an impressive 4,900 units of the renowned Model S, the company pulled in $68 million in revenue from…
  • Unique Garden Decor Ideas Without Spending a Fortune

    greghead
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Turning your terrace, patio or porch into a beautiful, relaxing, and fun place for your family and friends is personally rewarding.  A garden décor is great tool that can enhance the aesthetic qualities of your garden or backyard. It’s time to rethink how you can make your backyard or garden the place to spend time alone or with people you love.  This article tells you how you can transform an ordinary area into something that will elicit “oohs” and “aahs” even if your budget is tight or have little space. Garden Decor Ideas You need to have a theme for your garden’s overall…
  • Reduce Your Heating Oil Costs This Winter

    alicebenny
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Did you know that the average household in the United States spends nearly $1000 on heating each winter – and the bill is a lot higher in certain areas of the country. Aside from the cost, the environmental impact of burning all that fuel oil is significant, leading to high emissions of greenhouse gases. However, if you are an environmentally aware homeowner, there are a number of things you can do to drastically reduce the amount of fuel that you need from a residential heating oil supplier Reduce Your Heating Oil Cost This Winter Let’s start with the things that will reduce your heating…
  • Personal Injury Timeline

    alicebenny
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Via: Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers The post Personal Injury Timeline appeared first on Green Conduct.
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  • The most amazing reuse project ever?

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

    Mrs Green
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    I’ve recently become a fan of Dragon’s Den! I’d heard the term batted around the internet a a friend mentioned the TV programme to me a while ago. But as I don’t have a TV I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. The other night I was looking for something to watch […]
  • Reduce wet wipes and cotton wool use with these alternatives for removing make up

    Mrs Green
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Over on Twitter, Rachael asked about alternatives for cotton wool and wet wipes when removing makeup. And the answers from the Zero Waste community came flooding in! Here’s Rachael’s original tweet: @myzerowaste Any ideas for reusable alternatives to cotton wool /wet wipes for removing makeup? — Rachael Hodgetts (@RachaelHodgetts) January 2, 2015 There must be […]
  • Join me tomorrow on Twitter!

    Mrs Green
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:58 pm
    If you’re decluttering and looking for tips on how to get rid of stuff without creating landfill I have just the thing for you! Tomorrow (Fri 30th Jan) between 11am and 11:30am GMT I’m hosting a Twitter Q&A with the fantastic Martin Lewis Money Saving Forum. All you have to do is tweet your questions, […]
  • Update on Dump Your Junk January Challenge

    Mrs Green
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    At the end of December I issued a ‘Dump Your Junk’ January Challenge! The idea was to spend the month of January getting your home in order It was opportunity to get rid of the stuff you no longer needed, wanted or loved. And I can’t believe how many of you are on board! Here […]
 
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    Green Child Magazine

  • Developing a Strong Parent-Child Bond

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you remember the moment you first laid eyes on your child? I remember clearly the moment the doctor immediately placed our newborn son on my chest, as most mothers do. I don’t remember the chaos of nurses, the doctor, or my husband cutting the cord. Time slowed and my attention completely fixated on his tiny hands, first squalls, and long toes. Within seconds after my son’s entrance into the world we were beginning one of the most important steps in child development: attachment. Why Is Bonding Vital? Bonding with a parent is a major influential factor in a child’s life and can even…
  • Homemade Almond Milk & Creamer

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    For those of us who can’t enjoy coffee without milk or creamer, making your own from fresh almonds is surprisingly simple. This recipe is versatile and you’ll love the fresh flavor over store bought any day! Tip: Hang onto the leftover pulp. It can be dried and run through a food processor to create almond flour. Homemade Almond Milk & Creamer 2015-02-19 08:08:36 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2 cups raw almonds 4 cups water High powered blender Nutmilk bag, or cheesecloth/single layer cloth napkin and a fine mesh strainer Large glass measuring cup Glass storage…
  • Small Person, Big Changes: Introducing a new sibling

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Adding a new baby to the family is an exciting time for families. Children especially feel that eagerness as they hold their new baby brother or sister for the first time; they finally get to see who has been inside of mom’s growing belly all these months! Their initial enthusiasm may fade, though, as the weeks go on and the reality of a baby’s needs sets in. Most parents see changes in behavior in their older children sometime during the first year after a new sibling is born. Parents may see a once-agreeable child acting out, becoming defiant, or beginning to show behavior struggles at…
  • Raw, Vegan Blueberry Macaroons

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Blueberry Macaroons 2015-01-27 14:37:25 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 100 g cacao butter 1 cup cashew nuts 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup coconut flour 1/4 cup lúcuma 1/4 cup blueberry powder 2 pinches Himalayan salt 1/8 t vanilla from pod 2 T banana 3 T agave nectar frozen blueberries Instructions Slowly melt the Cacao butter in a water bath. Make a flour of the Cashews in a blender. Add all of the ingredients except the frozen Blueberries to a food processor and process until you have a dough. Using an ice cream scoop, form macaroons and put 4-6 frozen blueberries into the macaroon (as…
  • Beyond Morning Sickness: Understanding hyperemesis gravidarum

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Being careful not to jostle me, my nurse expertly uncapped the extra port on my PICC line and screwed on the syringe with 4mg of Ondansetron (brand name, Zofran), a powerful antiemetic commonly used for cancer patients going through chemotherapy to help control their vomiting. The emesis basin next to me wasn’t even half full. I hadn’t had enough by mouth yet that day to fill anything, but after properly disposing of the syringe, she charted the little bit of bile and water in the basin before rinsing it and putting it back within my reach. She asked me if I thought I could eat yet, but…
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    Almost All The Truth »

  • Mapping Global Campaigns for Environmental Justice

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
      Do you have an interest in global environmental justice? Do you wonder about what communities are doing worldwide to stand up for themselves in cases of ecological conflict? This is quite fantastic…   Across the world communities are struggling to defend their earth, air water and resources and their livelihoods from damaging environmental impacts. Mining projects, mega dams, tree plantations, fracking, gas flaring, incinerators, etc … As resources needed to fuel our economy move through the commodity chain from extraction, processing and disposal, environmental…
  • 15 Years to Global Change

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    15 Years…   15 years. A game changing set of time. What can possibly be accomplished over 15 years with the right tools, circumstances, and mindset? Global change. Bill and Melinda Gates just released their Annual Letter and have settled on a set of expectations to meet within that 15 year timeframe. “That’s where change comes from…” In 15 years… Half as many kids will die, far fewer women will die in childbirth, and people will live healthier lives because we’ll beat many of the diseases that sicken the poor. Africa will be able to feed itself.
  • Listen: Word for the New Year

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
      New Year, New Start I like the idea of fresh starts and new beginnings. I like the idea that I can wake up every day and make different choices, be more present, be more conscientious, be better. It is important to me to have ideals and to strive for them, even if I fail and fail again. The point is in the process, not in the product. I don’t beat myself up for shortcomings, real or perceived, but that doesn’t mean I give in to them either. I like the reflections at the end of one year and the openness to which we greet the new year. How you frame the new year’s start…
  • Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

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

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

    Peter Mantius
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    Hundreds gathered on an icy January day in Geneva to protest Crestwood Midstream’s proposed LPG storage project at the other end of Seneca Lake. (Photo: Peter Mantius) For decades, scientists have puzzled over why Seneca Lake, the largest of New York State’s Finger Lakes, is by far the saltiest of the 11 glacier-carved water bodies. Now a Nevada hydrologist claims he’s solved the mystery. Tom Myers, who was hired by opponents of a plan to store liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in salt caverns at the southern end of Seneca, pins the blame on LPG storage in the same group of caverns between…
  • Maryland Politics Trumps Science on Fracking

    Peter Mantius
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Gov. Martin O’Malley Two ambitious Democratic governors in the East faced the same tough choice late last year on whether to allow energy companies to extract natural gas from shale formations through high-volume hydrofracking. One said yes. The other said no. Neither state has much natural gas to tap at current market prices. Even so, the decisions by Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York have national implications because they sat in judgment of the importance of the latest independent science. While environmental and medical experts were pointing to dozens…
  • New York’s Ban on High-Volume Fracking Rocks the Foundations of ‘Shale Revolution’

    Peter Mantius
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greets supporters and anti-fracking demonstrators after casting his ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Emboldened by mounting scientific evidence and shifting poll data, Gov. Andrew Cuomo veered sharply away from America’s conventional wisdom about the wonders of high-volume hydraulic fracturing of shale formations when he banned the practice in New York State on Dec. 17. While the oil and gas titans hope to contain the uprising to one state, the environmental advocates who masterminded it are quietly optimistic that it…
  • New York State Allows Water Grab

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

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

    EarthTalk
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dear EarthTalk: The cold winter we’re having here in the Northeast has convinced me to finally beef up my home’s insulation, but I’ve heard that spray foam can off-gas noxious chemicals and pollute the indoor environment. Are there safer options? – Rose Donahue, Framingham, MAMaking your home more energy efficient is certainly good for the planet and will cut your heating/cooling bills, but you’re right to worry about chemical off-gassing. According to the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG), most common spray polyurethane foam insulation contains methylene diphenyl…
  • An E-waste Blizzard

    EarthTalk
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    Dear EarthTalk The collective impact of all the iPhones and other devices we buy, use and then discard must be mind-boggling at this point. Has anyone quantified this and what can we do to start reducing waste from such items? – Jacques Chevalier, Boston, MAWith a record four million pre-orders for Apple’s best-selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it’s more evident than ever that consumers want the latest in smartphone technology at their fingertips. A new report by analysts at German market research firm GfK determined that global smartphone sales exceeded 1.2 billion units in…
  • EverCharge Expands To Provide Vehicle Charging

    Guest Post
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    As Electric Vehicles (EV) grow in popularity it has become commonplace for multi-tenant buildings to be faced with the issue of how to support resident requests for EV charging in shared parking garages. As demand increases how will your building provide a scalable solution to your residents? Do you understand your available power infrastructure and are you in a position to maximize the buildings potential?In the past, properties have looked the other way while residents charge off 110v outlets, dismissed EV requests, or allowed residents to setup chargers off common area power. These…
  • Louisville: All-electric ZeroBus Fleet Launches

    Guest Post
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Mayor Greg Fischer joined TARC and other local officials today at the Louisville Slugger Museum to kick off the start of ZeroBus service in downtown Louisville.ZeroBus, TARC’s all-electric fleet, is now providing fare-free rides for passengers along  Main, Market and Fourth streets. The zero-emissions all-electric buses  replace diesel-powered trolleys, the highest polluting TARC vehicles.“ZeroBus changes the game for public transportation in downtown and represents the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are embracing to improve our city,” said Fischer, who joined TARC…
  • New Nissan Clean Diesel Truck Unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

    Jason Ridge
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A major new addition to the diesel pickup truck stable was introduced this morning as Nissan unveiled its new 2016 Nissan Titan powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine during the opening day of this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.“Because of their unmatched combination of efficiency, performance and towing capabilities, diesel engines have long dominated the heavy-duty pickup market,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.  “The New 2016 Nissan Titan with the Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel will provide a great new…
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  • Google buys Altamont wind energy to power Googleplex

    CleanTechies Staff
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    LIVERMORE, Calif. — Google has spent $1.5 billion around the world on clean energy projects cutting the pollution from millions of users clicking on search links, watching YouTube videos and sending emails, but now it’s found a powerful electricity source close to home. The company will announce Wednesday that it is buying power from the [...]
  • Apple plans $850M solar plant to power all California operations

    CleanTechies Staff
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has committed nearly $850 million to help build a solar energy farm that will generate power for its California facilities, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Tuesday. Speaking at a technology conference hosted by Goldman Sachs, Cook revealed that Apple is partnering with First Solar to construct the 1,300-acre plant, which he [...]
  • Tesla Inches One Step Closer To Legal Direct Sales In Arizona

    CleanTechies Staff
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Tesla Motors is one step closer to being able to sell its electric vehicles direct to consumers in the state of Arizona, based on recent happenings. The Arizona House Commerce Committee apparently saw the ridiculousness of not allowing car manufacturers to sell direct to consumers and approved HB 2216 (a bill allowing direct sales) in [...]
  • One of the world’s largest solar projects starts commercial operation

    CleanTechies Staff
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Desert Sunlight Solar Farm partners “flip the switch” on photovoltaic power plant DESERT CENTER, Calif., Feb. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — US Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell along with about 150 federal, state and local officials, and energy industry leaders, gathered today to commission the 550-megawatt (MW) Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Desert Center, Riverside [...]
  • 6 Ways To Make Solar Power More Affordable For All

    CleanTechies Staff
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    The George Washington University Solar Institute has launched a new paper called Bridging the Solar Income Gap. The gap refers to the fact that most low-income Americans have not acquired solar power, because they simply don’t have the money to do so. Many don’t own their homes, so they can’t have solar power systems installed [...]
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    Hip Moms Go Green

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    Nickie Knight
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
  • Healthy Pumpkin Latte Dairy Free

    Nickie Knight
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    I love everything pumpkin.  In the fall I try to put it in everything I make for the boys since it is so good for them.  But, I have a confession to make…I love pumpkin spice lattes.  I love the smell and the taste.  I have indulged in the incredibly unhealthy versions on a few […]
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    Nickie Knight
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
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  • 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 […]
  • Sharon Shapiro Rocks My Art World

    Nickie Knight
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Yes, it’s true this woman is a genius in my book.  When I look at a piece of Sharon Shapiro’s art work it takes me in and I don’t want to leave.  I often wonder where her thoughts take her in order to inspire such creations.  I would love to have just one of her day […]
 
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  • What is the new vision for California State Parks and how will it be funded?

    christine
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Towering Redwoods, Hendy Woods State Park According to a new report, the struggling and underfunded California state park system can transform into a model of sustainability for park systems worldwide. This new system will be one that protects California’s iconic landscapes, natural resources, and cultural heritage; engages a diversity of Californians; and promotes healthy lifestyles. To achieve this vision, there is a lot of work to be done. The report by the Parks Forward Commission outlines recommendations, actions steps and entities responsible to achieve two-year and…
  • Singing praises for fundraisers and philanthropists

    christine
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A common yellowthroat sings loudly while perched on a branch in Oregon’s William L Finley National Wildlife Reserve. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “In winter all the singing is in the tops of the trees,” wrote poet Mary Oliver. Or if you attended San Francisco’s National Philanthropy Day in November, all the singing came from Kat Taylor as she serenaded a room full of fundraisers and philanthropists while accepting this year’s award for “Outstanding Philanthropists.” The Outstanding Philanthropists Award celebrates philanthropists who have made a meaningful and…
  • Awe, wonder and giving back

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

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

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

  • Amazingly Cool Bookshelves and Book Storage Ideas

    Sarah Clarke
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:07 am
    I am a BIG collector of books. Not only do I love to read, but I love the aesthetic of books on a shelf. Some people find it too disorganized looking, especially people who love design minimalism, but personally, I think a packed shelf full of well-worn hardcovers and paperbacks gives a home a loved and lived-in feel. There was a time when my apartment was filled with Ikea bookshelves, which for a college student, offer a great solution to storage needs of all kinds. But as my tastes matured, I found myself wanting to display my 20 years of book collecting in a way that fit my house…
  • Examples of Modern and Sexy Four-Poster Canopy Beds

    Sarah Clarke
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:40 am
    When I was younger, I always imagined myself one day having a princess-like four poster bed in my room – right out of a fairy tale! As I got older, and my tasted changed, I was still drawn to the elegance of a four-poster canopy bed, but was far more interested in finding one that appealed to my contemporary style sensibilities. If you’re going to make a four poster bed the central element in your bedroom (and it WILL be the central point) then you should ensure that you have the space for it. These beds look big and glamorous, and in too small a space they will seem imposing and…
  • Sectional Sofas Made for Small(ish) Apartments

    Sarah Clarke
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Do you live in an apartment or a house with a smaller living room, so you didn’t think you’d ever find a sectional sofa that would fit your slightly smaller space? Well, I’ve got excellent news for you. I’ve been in the same situation, more than once, so I know exactly what kind of sectional will work for you! And best of all, I’ve scoured the web to find some gorgeous examples of smaller-sized sectional couches! Here’s a hot tip for when you’re looking for sectionals: Dimensions of Small Sectional Sofas A sofa that’s 70″ to 79″ wide is…
  • Sustainable Vintage Apartment Decor Ideas

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

    Sarah Clarke
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    I tend to go CLASSIC when it comes time to decorate the Christmas tree in my house. A few simple strings of white and mulitcolored lights, some gorgeous and special christmas tree ornaments that I’ve collected since I was a child, and a few simple silver garland strands for that wonderful icicle effect. It’s perfect in it’s simplicity – but I have seen some incredible unique takes on the decorated tree, that I have to share with you, especially if you’re considering throwing out the tradition book this year and decorating your tree in a brand new way! Go for it!
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  • Follow The Money: $21.4 Trillion Global

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Global Sustainable Investment Association confirms, . . . that global sustainable investment reached, . . . $21.4 trillion at the outset of 2014, up from, . . . $13.3 trillion at the same time 2 years earlier. Sustainable Investment goes UP, . . . Non-Sustainable Investment goes DOWN. 02-26-2015 Source:  $21.4 Trillion Global
  • Gas Cars More Expensive Than Electrics

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    What happens if electric cars, . . . actually end up being cheaper to buy, . . . than conventional Fossil Fuel cars? 02-26-2015 Source:  Gas Cars more Expensive than Electrics
  • House Produces More Energy Than It Uses

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    570 sq ft, Archiblox Archi+ Carbon Positive House, . . . produces more energy than it uses. 02-26-2015 Source:  House produces more energy than it uses
  • Follow The Money: 13.5Gw Of Pv In Algeria

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Algerian energy minister Youcef Yousfi said, . . . By 2030 the Algerian government hopes to install 13.5GW of PV capacity. They have taken the following under consideration: . . . . . . Lower costs of PV and wind power, . . . . . . A better understanding of renewable energy, . . . . . . The still high cost of CSP, and . . . . . . The national regulations with investors. The plan now aims at  22GW Total of renewable energy from 2015-2030. 02-26-2015 Source:  13.5GW of PV in Algeria
  • Follow The Money: $33 Billion Cut From Oil

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    Capex Tracker, . . . (a new tool developed to monitor global oil investment) . . . recorded a 10%, nearly $33 billion cut in capital expenditure, . . . from some of the world’s biggest oil companies since 2013, . . . adding weight to analyst predictions, . . . that investment in the increasingly volatile market will fall by, . . . 2/3 over the next few years. 02-26-2015 Source:  $33 Billion Cut from Oil
 
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    GREENandSAVE.com Green News and Entertainment

  • New Category of LED Tubes with Replaceable Driver System

    cszoradi
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    There are over 2.3 billion fluorescent tubes in American ceilings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, across commercial and residential properties. The ubiquitous fluorescent T12, T8, and T5 fluorescent tubes that typically vary in length from 2’ to 8’ have dominated commercial illumination starting in the 1950s.read more
  • Massive Beer Distribution Center Goes GREEN with U.S. made Independence LED High Bays.

    cszoradi
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Reducing energy is often more cost-effective than creating renewable energy. Pennsylvania based Gretz Beer Company has set a new standard in energy-efficiency and CO2reduction for Distribution Centers with new U.S. made LED high bay fixtures from Independence LED. read more
  • Energy Efficient Lighting Entrepreneur, Michael L. Smith, Completes the 10,000 Small Businesses - Greater Philadelphia Program

    cszoradi
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    As the CleanTech “Geen” Energy Economy expands in the U.S. and around the world some entrepreneurs are learning how to focus their business models to make a meaningful impact. Michael L. Smith, owner of Round 2 Lighting, LLC, was among the 32 graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program in August, 2014.read more
  • 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
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • The #1 Online Resource for Heating Questions: HeatingHelp.com

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    Looking for an answer to all of your heating questions? Ask Dan Holohan. He’s the founder of the #1 online resource for heating questions: HeatingHelp.com. If Dan doesn’t know the answer, “The Wall” will (read below to learn more). I don’t remember how I stumbled across HeatingHelp.com, but I’ll tell you one thing…I stayed on the site for a solid hour – learning more about heat pumps, how to stay safe in snowstorms, radiant floor heating, how solar works, and the story of Dan (and his love for his wife Marianne). Totally hooked, I reached out…
  • [Interview] Lessons Learned Developing Community Solar in Washington State

    Chris Williams
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    (Source: Joe Deets from Community Solar Solutions. Used with permission) Today, I have a great interview for you community solar development lessons learned. I spoke with Joe Deets from Community Solar Solutions in Washington State. Joe was responsible for lobbying in the state of Washington for a community solar bill and has developed a number of community solar project. While there is a lot of talk and buzz about community solar, there are not many that have actually lobbied for bills and developed projects. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on Community Solar 101 that was a basic overview…
  • Online IGSHPA Geothermal Certification Course Now Available

    Brian Hayden
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    “Geothermal Driller Master Class” is offered in partnership with National Driller Magazine Between 2007 and 2011, we helped certify several thousand geothermal installers at 3-day workshops around the country. Oil and gas were expensive, and the industry was going through a big growth spurt. Over the past several years that growth has disappeared, and so did our classroom workshops. Recently we’ve started getting calls about geothermal training again. I don’t have any data on this, but it seems like the buds of growth are appearing on the trees again, and IGSHPA has…
  • Why We Chose HeatSpring as Our Educational Partner

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Mark Eatherton, Executive Director, Radiant Professionals Alliance authored the below article. We had a chance to see Mark at the ASHRAE conference a few weeks ago and when we told him we’d love to feature him in HeatSpring Magazine, he sent us this article. In the article, Mark outlines the 2015 initiatives happening at the Radiant Professionals Alliance: Dave Yate’s Fundamentals of Radiant Design Course  Vaughan Woodruff’s Solar Approached to Radiant Heating Course  A New Course: Blueprint Bootcamp with H. Kent Craig A New Course: Advanced Radiant Design with Mark…
  • Hydronic Air Handlers + Condensing Boilers = Greater System Efficiency

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    The article below is a guest post from Roy Collver, President, OTBC Inc. Roy teaches Condensing Boilers in Hydronic Systems, a 6-week course where students optimize system designs and control strategies to take full advantage of the energy savings and comfort benefits boilers have to offer. Who Should Read This:  Heating professionals Radiant heating experts Heating installers Heating engineers Learning Takeaways:  ECM technology is going to have a huge impact on the system efficiencies of Hydronic systems that use air handlers (fan coils) for heating and cooling. Everything in a…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • Thanks to Climate Change, I Hate Winter Even More

    Paige Wolf
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    Warning: First World Problems Ahead – Read at Your Own Discretion I once read a quote that read something like, “‘Tis better to relish the changing of the seasons than to live for summer.” I try to repeat that to myself on days like today. Because there is nothing more mundane than bitching about the winter, right? Problem is, the only way to get me to stop verbally complaining is to write it all down into one glorious self-indulgent rant. So if you love winter, this post is not for you. You see, global warming is just making the winters even shittier. I know…
  • Chocolate You Can Feel Good About for Valentines Day (and Everyday)

    Paige Wolf
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    Chocolate is so, so good. And the sweet treat is a Valentine’s staple no one should be denied. But what happens when the company who makes your chocolate fix is bad news? Nestle has been boycotted for years due to their aggressive formula marketing (and slave labor. and rainforest destruction.) Conventional brands contain gnarly artificial ingredients that would blow your mind. Fortunately Raaka Chocolate allows for guilt-free treats that taste miles above a Hershey’s Kiss! Since 2010, Raaka Chocolate has been committed to making the most delicious chocolate possible while…
  • Confession: I’m Terrified of My Kitchen – But Not For The Reason You Think

    Paige Wolf
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    I enjoy cooking. And I unquestionably enjoy eating. And every time I come home with a new vegetable share from my CSA or even a well-timed Fresh Direct delivery, I take pleasure in finding new recipes that I know at least three out of the four of us will enjoy. That said, I am completely terrified that everything in my kitchen is going to kill me. Not the food in the kitchen. We shop as clean and healthy as we can (save for occasional fights about my husband’s addiction to Edy’s chemical-shit-storm ice cream). No, I’m afraid my cookware is going to kill me. I’ve…
  • I Put Tea Tree Oil Inside My Vagina – An Essential Oils Update

    Paige Wolf
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    All my life I thought I hated the smell of lavender. Now I know it’s just because what I thought was lavender was really just some funky chemicals in a Glade Air Freshener. And I am putting lavender essential oil on my pillow every night because I have officially reached a new level of crunchy – I’m addicted to essential oils. Oh, I was skeptical as can be when all these green mom bloggers were raving about curing strep throat with thieves oil. I’m pro-vaccine, pro-tylenol, and, quite frankly, pro-Zoloft. But I figured I had nothing to lose by trying a few samples and…
  • BookMentors Connects Students and Teachers with Needed Books

    Paige Wolf
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    With budget cuts to public and charter schools throughout the country, new and relevant books have become a valuable and scarce commodity in classrooms and libraries. Connecting teachers, librarians, and students in need of books with donors supporting literacy, reading, and education, BookMentors uses micropatronage to solve book access problems in high-poverty schools. A space for anyone passionate about the power of books, the Web site enables readers, writers, publishers, and teachers to connect and share information about children’s and YA literature. BookMentors allows teachers to ask…
 
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  • March 1

    dailynews
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    March 1, 1872: U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant establishes Yellowstone as America's first national park.  
  • February 28

    dailynews
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Feb. 28, 1780: A massive earthquake strikes Tabriz, Iran, killing an estimated 200,000 people.  
  • 17-year-old invents water purifier powered by the sun

    jsavedge
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
      Australian teen Cynthia Lam wants to change the world, and she has come up with an invention that might help her do just that.  
  • Scientists make music for cats

    lmoss
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:41 pm
    If your cat is the type to enjoy kicking back with a glass of kitty Cabernet while listening to some soothing tunes, you're in luck.   Scientists have developed what they say is the first species-specific music for domestic cats by replicating sounds like purrs and meows to create original music.  
  • How often should you wash your towels?

    svartan
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    If your first thought upon reading the title of this article was, "When they start to smell funky," you're not alone, because that's exactly when I change my towels. I figure it's a good way to go since it will tell you when the towel is actually "dirty." (I put that in quotes because I've always wondered how dirty something can be that's used to wipe water off a clean body — somehow dirty doesn't seem like the right word to use.)  
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    Greener Ideal

  • Breaking the Low Flow Myth: Why You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Pressure an Eco-Friendly Shower Head

    Ant Langston
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    When we talk about eco-friendly showers, many people have the idea that they’re expensive to install or that they’re not attractive. Both of these assumptions could not be further from the truth. There are various options for altering your existing shower set-up to make it not only more ecologically friendly but also more impressive to use. […] Read the full article: Breaking the Low Flow Myth: Why You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Pressure an Eco-Friendly Shower Head
  • What You Probably Didn’t Know About Our National Forests

    Colin Rabyniuk
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The National Forest Foundation has put together this eye catching infographic illustrating the amazing things which forests do for us. It’s important to keep this in mind as each year millions of acres of forest are harvested. Check out the National Forest Foundation website to learn how you can do your part to preserve the […] Read the full article: What You Probably Didn’t Know About Our National Forests
  • Why Water is the New Oil – Infographic

    Colin Rabyniuk
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
    Water, flowing free and abundant from a kitchen tap, is something we all take for granted. But consider this: the average American household uses rou 350 gallons of water every day. Compare that to the world’s poorest, who survive on a mere 2.5 gallons a day.   Lakes and reservoirs are drying up Brazil, sometimes called […] Read the full article: Why Water is the New Oil – Infographic
  • This is What a Zero-Waste Grocery Store Looks Like, and It’s Amazing!

    Sarah Burke
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    I’ve been a little giddy about the idea of zero waste ever since I read about 23-year-old Lauren Singer from NYC being able to fit the amount of waste she produced from the last 2 years in a mason jar! That was hard enough to imagine, but now there’s an entire grocery store doing it […] Read the full article: This is What a Zero-Waste Grocery Store Looks Like, and It’s Amazing!
  • Try These Protein Packed Coconut Snowballs

    Fabiana Giovanetti
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    These protein packed power balls are a great source of protein that contains all the essential amino acids needed for repair and for a healthy immune system. The almonds and fresh dates also a good source of vitamin E and minerals. I added a bit of coconut for that snowy feeling. The cinnamon adds a […] Read the full article: Try These Protein Packed Coconut Snowballs
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    OurTakeOnGreen.com

  • Are You Unsure About What You Need To Know About HVAC Help? Read This Article!

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

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

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

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

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

  • BookDifferent.com to publish carbon emissions for 591,000 hotels

    GTG Staff
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    | Green Travel News | Several travel booking websites now call out eco-friendly lodgings, but in a world-first, not only is the Netherlands-based BookDifferent revealing which hotels have a valid green certification—they are also publishing nearly 600,000 hotels’ carbon emissions. Each hotel will have a icon listing the number of kilos of CO² emitted per night stayed. […]BookDifferent.com to publish carbon emissions for 591,000 hotels is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Las Vegas green: B&B Ristorante

    GTG Staff
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    | Sustainability on the Strip | If you have an appetite for eco-sumptuous dining on the Las Vegas Strip, the odds of discovering such soulful cuisine amid the gargantuan-but-questionably-sourced, all-you-can-eat buffets are about as good as winning at the slots … and I should know, having learned that lesson the hard way! Fortunately, though, it is possible […]Las Vegas green: B&B Ristorante is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Aqua Bamboo: a green sanctuary in the heart of Waikiki

    GTG Staff
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    | ‘The Cool Place’ | Just a five minute walk from Waikiki beach, tucked in between high-rise hotels, fancy restaurants and the haute couture shopping district, lies a true Hawaiian oasis—Aqua Bamboo. As you enter this boutique, award-winning green “condotel” (meaning each unit is privately owned), you leave behind the chaos and enter a peaceful sanctuary […]Aqua Bamboo: a green sanctuary in the heart of Waikiki is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Check into Virgin Hotels, get a Tesla ride

    GTG Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    | Green Travel News | Starting today, Virgin Hotels is shuttling its guests around Chicago in a top-of-the-line, red Tesla Model S, the premium electric vehicle that is also the quickest-accelerating four-door vehicle— 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds—ever built. Doug Carrillo, Virgin Hotels vice president of sales & marketing, said, “Tesla is the hottest electric car on the road […]Check into Virgin Hotels, get a Tesla ride is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Envision Festival 2015: Costa Rica’s Burning Man with an eco-twist

    GTG Staff
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    | Green Travel News | Envision Festival returns to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26 through March 1, 2015. Co-founded by organic entrepreneur Steven Brooks (Kopali Organics, Kopali Communities), Envision, now in its fifth year, brings together renowned international DJs, world-class yoga teachers, eco-adventure and more—all with an underlying commitment to environmental sustainability. […]Envision Festival 2015: Costa Rica’s Burning Man with an eco-twist is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Do Warmer Winters Mean Less Fruit?

    Guest
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:46 am
    By Brie Mazurek Courtesy of CUESA Californians have been enjoying summer weather in the dead of winter, but the downside is that unseasonably warm temperatures could threaten many of our favorite foods. The state experienced its warmest winter on record last year, and according to current reports, this year could shape up to be another record breaker, compounded by a four-year drought. California produces the vast majority of our country’s fruits and nuts, and farmers are worried because they depend on water and winter chill for their trees to produce. The drought has been a top concern…
  • Nature, Art and Religion are Anti-Inflammatory

    Guest
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:13 am
    By Yasmin Anwar UC Berkeley News Center Taking in such spine-tingling wonders as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel ceiling or Schubert’s “Ave Maria” may give a boost to the body’s defense system, according to new research from UC Berkeley. Grand Canyon National Park, Utah, by Peter Blanchard Researchers have linked positive emotions – especially the awe we feel when touched by the beauty of nature, art and spirituality – with lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are proteins that signal the immune system to work harder. “Our findings demonstrate that positive…
  • Invite Nature In

    Guest
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    By Kim Townsend Mairtown Kindergarten, New Zealand The next best thing to being outdoors is to have further outdoor experiences inside. Nature is a provocateur; it evokes memories and nurtures our sense of well being. Within our indoor environment, space continues to be used imaginatively and with careful consideration. With these thoughts in mind I recently covered one of our large low tables with locally grown ‘ready lawn’. This lush, soft, green backdrop transformed a wooden table into a new area for wonder and engagement. At the beginning of a new term of Kindergarten; with the…
  • The Film That Shined a Light on the Battle for Virunga

    Penny Stallings
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Photo: Netflix British filmmaker Orlando von Einseidel’s documentary Virunga opens on a flag-draped coffin being carried through a crowd of mourners. It gradually emerges that the pall bearers are park rangers and that they are carrying the body of one of their own – the most recent of 140 Virunga National Park rangers who have been killed by rebel-backed poachers since 1996. The factions fighting for dominance in and around Virunga today are fierce and the stakes are high. There’s the park itself – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse…
  • Eco-Friendly Disposable Tableware Hits Mainstream

    Mikhaila Stettler
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Disposable tableware is a huge market, $7.5 billion in 2012 in the US alone. That’s a lot of plastic cups, forks, spoons and Styrofoam hot cups pouring into our waste stream every day. “This is such a huge and forgotten piece of waste in our society,” says Corey Scholibo, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Repurpose Compostables. “People don’t realize that only 8-9% of products are even recycled. The recyclable products on the shelf are next to none… the red Solo cup, the Dixie coffee cup; none of it’s recyclable. So it’s all going into a landfill and people…
 
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Here We Go Again!

    kristen
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    When you open yourself up (and when you have a marketing director who is on it), things happen! So many opportunities followed the launch of my wedding line, Jewelry For the Wild at Heart, at the Lovesick Expo. Including another wedding show. This one is The Perfect Wedding Guide Wedding Show this Sunday at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Come check out my new line and see what is hot in Atlanta for weddings this spring. Fashion shows, goodie bags, hors d’oeuvres, cake samples and massages! What could be better for Valentine’s Day weekend? Well, maybe an impromptu trip to Costa Rica for two, but…
  • Best Wedding Show Ever!

    kristen
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    …When a Show is Actually a Party! Last night I had that feeling of being tired, in the most positive way. It was a long day. Twelve hours for a show day that included loading up, driving, setting up, talking with people about my new wedding line, packing up, driving home and crashing! All in 4 inch heels. I should also mention that there was free alcohol, a burlesque show and a great band. The Lovesick Expo was extremely well produced by a group of some of the nicest people I have ever met. They are very selective about the cities in which they bring the event and we are so fortunate…
  • The Things We Do For Love

    kristen
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    You need to be at the Lovesick Expo this Sunday. I love deadlines. I am a competitive person, with no one more than myself. I like to surprise myself with my ability to focus and produce. When I want something, I will do everything to make it happen. I love to sketch out my designs. Just the smell of my Prismacolor pencils and the feel of the recycled paper in my spiral sketchbook make me feel giddy. Throw in a cup of green chai tea and I am done. Absolute bliss. Some of those designs make it to metal. Some just make my sketchbook pretty. I am ok with either result. The process is…
  • Lovesick Jeweler Wants to Help You Tie the Knot!

    kristen
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    We Are In The News:   January 12th, 2015. Atlanta based eco-friendly jewelry company, Ahimsa Designs, will launch their new alternative wedding line, the Wild at Heart Collection, at the upcoming Lovesick Expo on January 25, 2015 at Ambient Plus Studio in Atlanta Ga.  (Follow this link to learn how to get free tickets to this exciting event!) The new wedding collection features several styles of sterling silver wedding bands that can be personalized for each couple with handstamping and ethically sourced gems. Also included in the new wedding line are dramatically intricate hand-woven…
  • Wonder, Wildness and the Pursuit of Making Things Happen

    kristen
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    I have much to be grateful for this New Year. More than most people realize. More than I can even fully comprehend. I have a chance to start over. To gather up all of the dark corners, the rivers of panic and disbelief that once looked like fear and despair but are now courage and wisdom and to work like a crazy woman to make my dreams happen. I have been reminded of the fragility and brevity of life. I have to stop waiting for the perfect moment in my life to have everything figured out and my path cleared out before me. That’s part of the beauty, feeling the tug of my heart and following…
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • Gluten Free Cheddar Cheese Corn Chowder

    Dr. Karen
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s been really cold this past few weeks. I was trying to figure out what to cook when I saw the picture of “Smoky Cheese Chowder” on Life Currents. I almost drooled on my keyboard. It looked so creamy, warm, and inviting. I wanted to slurp the soup right off my screen. Doesn’t it look delicious? Also, she had me at “….only takes 15-20 minutes..”!  I had to make the soup. The only trouble was, I didn’t have smoky gouda cheese. But I had cheddar cheese. (this is what I buy) Also, I had to make it gluten free so I used tapioca flour. (If you are…
  • What School Lunches Look Like Worldwide

    Dr. Karen
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    When my kids were in elementary school, they didn’t want to eat school lunches. They said, and I quote, “They serve microwaved frozen foods Mom!” I told them, some frozen foods are good! But the kids insisted, those were not edible frozen foods. I admired their discerning tastes and instincts as I chuckled while patting myself on the back for raising health conscious kids. I was not trying to be the “Mother of the Year” when I packed their lunches, trust me. I was just trying to keep them from being hungry in class since they didn’t want to eat…
  • Furniture Retailers Eliminate Flame Retardants

    Dr. Karen
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    Image by chaquetadepollo via Flickr My family room furniture is old. Like 14 years old. When we moved to our first house after we had our baby, we lived without furniture for a year so we can save money to buy good great quality furniture that lasts. Well, time has come to replace them because the fabric is fraying and the cushions have seen better days. But I’ve been hesitant because of the chemicals they treat the upholstered furniture with. When we bought them 14 years ago, flame retardants or stain resistant chemicals were reported as being safe, not harmful. We thought those…
  • Homemade Honey Cough Drops Recipes

    Dr. Karen
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    There is nothing more annoying than a hacking cough when you have a cold or the flu. And the first thing you think of is gulping liberal amount of cough syrup and passing out, in hopes that when you wake up, you’d be all better. Well, I have a news for you; over the counter cough syrups DO NOT work. In fact, even WebMD says that cough syrup is nothing more than a psychological remedy because you feel like you have to do something when you are coughing uncontrollably and you think it helps. But it doesn’t. It’s disappointing to find out that cough syrup doesn’t stop…
  • What’s the difference between cold and flu?

    Dr. Karen
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had a cold or the flu at least once in their lives. A common cold is one of the top reasons for children missing school. And the flu claims hundreds of lives every year. There are many ways to prevent cold and flu but doctors recommend getting flu shots like it’s the only way to prevent it. Unfortunately, flu shots are never that effective in preventing the flu. Luckily, my family and I have avoided these dreaded infections for many years without getting the shots, thanks to our strong immune system and my preventive methods. Until this…
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • What Quality Furniture Means

    Manchester Wood
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    Providing Quality Furniture at reasonable prices has been Manchester Wood’s honest mission for nearly 40 years. Quality furniture isn’t so much about where it’s made… it’s how. Yes, 100% of our furniture is American made (and we’re very proud of that). Yet, we believe it’s the process of sourcing quality local hardwood materials and timeless design that has kept customers coming back for 39 years. Quality furniture at reasonable prices that sits between the inspirational small custom American furniture makers, and the mass “down-and-dirty…
  • Manchester Wood’s ‘Spread Love’ Table Giveaway

    Manchester Wood
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    This Month’s FREE Raffle Giveaway… Contemporary 22″ Round End Table Enter this month’s FREE raffle giveaway by letting us know how you plan on spreading love this February. Whether on a night-out with your lovely ‘valentine’ on Valentine’s Day, or by simply expressing it to your co-workers, family, and friends, the limit is limitless when it comes to spreading love this month and we’d love to hear how you plan on sharing it! Our sleek and naturally elegant Contemporary 22″ Round End Table adds to any room setting. It’s a perfect size for the space between your sofa…
  • 4 Stories Behind Wood Types We Use

    Manchester Wood
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    A Cherry Tree. Photo Courtesy of WunderWoods Many customers ask us about the trees that make our American made solid wood furniture. Here are the 4 types we currently use and their back-story. Ash (Fraxinus spp.) Norse mythology refers to Ash as “the mighty tree that supports the heavens” and “below earth its root went down to hell.” Ash belongs to the olive family, although its only fruit is a dart-like winged seed. Ash is a popular species for food containers because the wood has no taste. Admiral Richard Byrd wore snowshoes made from Ash during his polar…
  • Canadian Online Shoppers: Our Furniture Is Available Soon

    Manchester Wood
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
    Manchester Wood purchased ManchesterWood.ca and plans to sell direct to Canadian customers by Spring 2015. For Ed and Luke Eriksen, 2nd and 3rd generations of Manchester Wood, Canada will be the first international market they’ve planned the family heirloom brand expanding to in it’s 39-year history and 124th year in lineage as woodworkers. Soon, Canadian customers will be able to purchase their American made brand staples like the Adirondack Chair, the Cherry Shaker Desk, and TV Tray Tables, among hundreds of other solid wood furniture choices entirely made by Manchester Wood in…
  • Live Chat Now Available at ManchesterWood.com!

    Manchester Wood
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Manchester Wood marks 2015 The Year of the Customer! A year seeking to make our customer service even better. What’s one way? Live Chat support online of course! Today marks a special day in ManchesterWood.com history. Live Chat has been made available on the site while browsing our furniture to help field any and all of your questions – custom options, shipping (yes, it’s free), how sturdy is it? (very) and anything else that comes up. That is of course, when we’re available at our offices for online chat. We’re a small business, and like our furniture we…
 
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    inspired habitat

  • Nature Unleashed…

    bambeco
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Welcome to ThorpeWood. . .     For the lovers of the Planet this Valentine’s Day! A pristine mountain retreat. Wooded hills. Beautiful. Peaceful. Tranquil. Idyllic. The sound of wind rustling through the trees. The babble of water flowing over rocks in the … Continue reading → The post Nature Unleashed… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • New Year’s REsolutions

    bambeco
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    In a call to action, bambeco®, the leading brand of stylish, sustainable home décor and furnishings, encourages everyone to make a New Year’s Resolution to “begin again”. REclaim. REpurpose. REcycle. Continue reading → The post New Year’s REsolutions appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco

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

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

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

  • Fun Things to See, Do, and Photograph in Vermont if You're Not a Skier (and Never Will Be!)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Last week, my family went skiing in Killington, Vermont--or to be more specific, my husband and daughter went skiing, my son went snow-boarding, and I went off in search of things to do in Vermont as a non-skier who has absolutely ZERO interest in careening down a mountain! I did, in fact, find lots of non-skiing things to do in the Green Mountain State--towns and landmarks to explore with my camera. Granted, they were all about an hour's drive away from where we were staying in Killington! But I learned that's just how it is in Vermont: towns are sparse and spread out. You can…
  • Monday Snapshot: A Winter Reward

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Hot mulled cider with cinnamon sticks... Hot cocoa with mini marshmallows... Homemade chicken soup, wafting from the stovetop... Herbal tea in a big mug, while reading a good book under the thickest throw blanket in the house... We all have our favorite little rewards to congratulate ourselves for making it through the chilliest winter days. What are yours? P.S. Next post: My favorite snaps from picturesque Vermont! P.P.S. Two recipes to warm you up are included in the "Related Articles" section below--don't they look yummy?! © 2015 by Joy Sussman/JoyfullyGreen.com LLC. All…
  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 45

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    {I'm posting my favorite finds for the weekend a day early because we're off on a winter adventure--stay tuned for the photos!} Can't wait to try this fun science experiment from Mama Smiles: How to grow sugar crystals Just had a cuteness attack from these baby foxes! Why we should let kids take risks outdoors (Thanks, Debi!) If you love Jane Austen as much as I do, here's a thoughtful guest post at my friend Sarah's blog on the importance of pauses. You've GOT to see this 4-year-old's paper dresses! Happy weekend, friends! © 2015 by Joy…
  • Monday Snapshot: An Invitation to Give Yourself a Break

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    This week, when you come across an opportunity to rest...(an inviting chair, a book you keep meaning to read, the setting sun trying to catch your eye)...try taking it! © 2015 by Joy Sussman/JoyfullyGreen.com LLC. All rights reserved. All photos and text digitally fingerprinted and watermarked. Please do not use any of my photographs without asking me first for permission at JoyfullyGreen.com@gmail.com and then clearly linking back to this site with photo credits. Site licensed by Creative Commons. P.S. This photograph is now available for sale, framed or unframed, at my Society6 shop!
  • Good Books for Bad Weather: A Winter Reading List

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:16 pm
    This past week has been a topsy-turvy one for me! The kids had a snow day (always seems to happen on the busiest days--funny how that works!). I had a TON of paperwork to wade through (amazing how in this digital age, we still have so much paperwork). And then, my son was home sick for two days. (Parenting tip: Do NOT give your sick child a little bell to ring from his bed if he needs anything. By the end of the day, you will cringe at the slightest clink of that bell!) So, the blog schedule here was thrown off. You're seeing below what would've been Wednesday's post. (I hope…
 
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    inspired habitat

  • Nature Unleashed…

    bambeco
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Welcome to ThorpeWood. . .     For the lovers of the Planet this Valentine’s Day! A pristine mountain retreat. Wooded hills. Beautiful. Peaceful. Tranquil. Idyllic. The sound of wind rustling through the trees. The babble of water flowing over rocks in the … Continue reading → The post Nature Unleashed… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • New Year’s REsolutions

    bambeco
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    In a call to action, bambeco®, the leading brand of stylish, sustainable home décor and furnishings, encourages everyone to make a New Year’s Resolution to “begin again”. REclaim. REpurpose. REcycle. Continue reading → The post New Year’s REsolutions appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco

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

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

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

  • Why are the Norwex Body Cloths so Effective Against Acne?

    Kirsten McCulloch
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:26 pm
    You may have read – or experienced yourself – how effective the Norwex body cloths are against acne, including adult acne. So how does this work? Let me start with an anecdote. I have a customer who has adult acne, and for years has only been able to use the purist, most expensive cleaners and…
  • How to Care for Your Norwex Kitchen Cloth

    Kirsten McCulloch
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:17 pm
    It’s really very simple. I always tell the story at my parties of how long my first kitchen cloth lasted before I needed to wash it. I got two kitchen cloths in the host gifts from my first party (this is before I had joined Norwex myself). I knew that with the silver in them,…
  • Goodbye Dry Skin, Hello Olive Oil Salt Scrub

    Kirsten McCulloch
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:45 pm
    The Mediterranean Meditation Olive Oil Salt Scrub is one of my favourites in the Norwex skin care range. Made from 100% Dead Sea salt, which is super high in minerals, organic olive oil and organic citrus essential oils, with no nasties, it is like a little home spa treatment for your skin. I especially love to use…
  • How Label Reading and Hives Clash – A Story of Allergies, Sensitivities and Solutions

    Guest Writer
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    Laura Forshee is one of my US readers and a Norwex consultant herself. This is her story of how and why she started to cut the toxins out of her life (years before she discovered Norwex to make it easier!). My family all has pretty sensitive skin and when my twins were babies and toddlers…
  • How to Use the Norwex EnviroTowel

    Kirsten McCulloch
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Firstly, the EnviroTowel is quite different to the EnviroCloth – this is something that often causes confusion. The EnviroTowel is actually a suede microfibre, and is more similar to the to the make up removal cloth or the Norwex sports towel, than the other cleaning cloths. So what’s it good for? Think of it as…
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • How a Healthy Organic Living Can Change Many Aspects of Your Life

    Clay Miller
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    By maintaining a healthy organic living, it will only lead to a prosperous and more fulfilling lifestyle all together. The benefits of eating organically are fruitful and could lead to a successful future in whatever you decide to partake in. You career and family life will flourish and you will feel happy and whole. Eating organic foods will only help you achieve your goals and give you more self confidence and productivity. While many are skeptical about how eating organically can ultimately achieve a healthier way of living, there are some facts that just cannot be ignored. For instance,…
  • Different Types of Cast Iron Radiators and What Style Goes With What Theme of Room

    Clay Miller
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    Cast iron radiators make any room warm and cosy. Over the years designers have improved upon their performance, and now manufacturers offer several design selections, combining function and style. From simplicity to elegance, there are many to choose from. Homeowners, contractors, and interior design consultants can find the perfect radiator for any room, apartment, or home with a minimal amount of shopping. However, having lots of options can be a bit overwhelming when considering a purchase. Homeowners looking to remodel want to get it right on the first attempt–after all, they are…
  • Infographic: Types of Green Cars

    Clay Miller
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    This infographic details the types of environmentally friendly cars. From electric cars, hybrid cars, hydrogen cars and solar cars. Included is news on these types of green cars. Also, ways to make an impact even with a non-green car. Source: http://www.crossline.ca/ The post Infographic: Types of Green Cars appeared first on Ways2GoGreen Blog.
  • Using Shipping Container for Disaster Relief

    Clay Miller
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:40 am
    Image by zendt66 from Flickr Creative Commons When responding to a disaster, no matter what type of disaster it is the quicker that you can get onto the scene and start supplying relief the better. There are many different natural disasters that afflict the world within which we live. Hurricanes Tsunami Earthquake Tornado Flooding Famine It is essential to try and get the help to where it is needed as quickly as possible, so that those that are in need of assistance can get the help that they require. The humble intermodal Shipping container is the perfect tool to be used in situations such…
  • Infographic: Benefits of Urban Forests

    Clay Miller
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    This infographic details the benefits of trees in urban areas. Trees reduces energy consumption, aid in air purification and water management. Also mentioned are facts on how trees add to the cityscape and improve the atmosphere figuratively and literally. Also learn about three famous trees: The Survivor Tree, The Oldest Parisian Tree and The Marylebone Elm. Source: http://www.jarrimber.com.au/furniture/tv-entertainment-units.html The post Infographic: Benefits of Urban Forests appeared first on Ways2GoGreen Blog.
 
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • Solar Energy – All You Need to Know [Infographic]

    Rinkesh
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    Solar Energy – All You Need to Know [Infographic]Solar panels are used by large number of people these days in order to generate electricity for their homes. It is quite an interesting fact that rays of sun produce around 1000 watts of energy per square meter on the surface of the planet. Thus when this sun light falls on the Photovoltaic cells which are made from semi conducting material an electric field is created.If you wish to use solar energy in your home there are many possible ways to do so like Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels, solar thermal panels, solar car port and even solar…
  • Pros and Cons of Hydrogen Energy

    Rinkesh
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    Hydrogen Energy Pros and Cons Hydrogen is the most fundamental of all Earth components. It is a powerful source of energy that exists with water. Hydrogen isn’t available on earth but it can be produced using a method called electrolysis that separates hydrogen from water. The process of electrolysis is in itself expensive. The process of electrolysis requires more energy to extract hydrogen than the amount of energy produced by the hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen when extracted from methane releases greenhouse gases which results in global warming.According to EIA, the U.S. produces about 9…
  • Pros and Cons of Hydroelectric Power

    Rinkesh
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Hydroelectric Power Pros and ConsHydroelectric power simply means generation of power from falling or streaming water. To produce power, dams are constructed on rivers. The constant running flow of water is then used to move the turbines. The rotating turbines then use the kinetic energy of moving water which in turn causes the magnets inside the generator to rotate and generate electricity. The water then exits the turbine and is returned to the stream below the dam. Moving water is therefore powerful source of energy that can lighten cities, towns and even countries.Although producing of…
  • Pros and Cons of Biomass Energy

    Rinkesh
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Biomass Energy Pros and Cons Biomass energy is the energy that is derived from organic matter of plants and animals. Biomass in the form of dead plants, trees, grass, leaves, crops, manure, garbage animals waste can be a great source of alternative fuels that can be used to replace fossil fuels. Plants make use of process called photosynthesis that converts energy from the sun into chemical energy. This energy gets transferred to animals when they eat plants. When plants and animals waste are burned, the carbon dioxide and waste stored inside them is released back into the atmosphere. This is…
  • Pros and Cons of Renewable Energy

    Rinkesh
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Renewable Energy Pros and Cons Renewable energy is a hot topic these days. With the ever growing increase in population, demand of energy is also increasing everyday. Non-renewable sources are limited, not environment friendly and increase or decrease in production of these sources can have direct result on the inflation. Renewable sources, on the other hand, are renewable, sustainable, abundant and environment friendly. Unlike fossil fuels, they are not going to expire soon as they are constantly replenished.Like fossil fuels, renewable sources have their own shortcomings. They are highly…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Canary Wharf to pilot ‘clean technology’

    Daniel Birkett
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    A new pilot scheme will see clean technology such as green buildings and smart grids trialled at Canary Wharf. A pilot scheme, known as the Cognicity Project will see a wide range of clean technology trialled at London’s Canary Wharf […] The post Canary Wharf to pilot ‘clean technology’ appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Highland council launch online wind farm map

    Daniel Birkett
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    A new online map has been launched which pinpoints the location of wind turbines in the Scottish Highlands. A new online resource shows the location of wind farms and turbines in the Scottish Highlands and is available in on the […] The post Highland council launch online wind farm map appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Wave energy technology based on the human heart

    Daniel Birkett
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:53 am
    A device which can improve wave energy generation was inspired by the human heart. A new wave energy device which has been developed in Sweden is inspired by the pump-action of the human heart. Developers claim that wave energy generation […] The post Wave energy technology based on the human heart appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Dogger Bank project granted approval

    Daniel Birkett
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    The Dogger Bank offshore wind farm planned for the North Sea has been granted approval by the government. Planning consent has been granted for the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm which is to be constructed in the North Sea, following […] The post Dogger Bank project granted approval appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Government funding provides boost to offshore wind

    Daniel Birkett
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    A new cash injection, provided by the government could fund offshore wind projects off the East Anglian coast. The government has provided a further £25m to be added to the £325m Contracts for Difference (CfD) fund which will be used […] The post Government funding provides boost to offshore wind appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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    Green Home Gnome

  • How to grow greenhouse hydroponic tomatoes

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

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

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

    editor
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Though your heating system might not be something you think about unless your utility bills are high or your abode isn’t cozy enough, there are several home heating options that both provide adequate[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Fact and Fiction on CFL and LED Light Bulbs

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    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Are you hesitating to make the switch to LED or CFL bulbs for your home? Recent legislation is going to make it harder to find incandescent bulbs, so what’s holding[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
 
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  • Palmetto Sun – Net Metering Agreement Paves Way for South Carolina Solar Market

    John Atkinson
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Much digital ink was spilled in 2014 chronicling hard-fought, often acrimonious battles between power utilities and solar advocates. In front of regulators across the country, the former argued that they are being forced to pay more for solar power than is fair, and the latter accused the utilities of trying to strangle (or take over) the nascent solar industry out of a fear of competition. However, after all that contentiousness, the year in utility-solar relations closed on a hopeful note of cooperation – in South Carolina, at least. In keeping with the holiday spirit, utilities and solar…
  • Be Xcel-lent To Each Other: PUCs Making Utilities Make Nice With Solar

    John Atkinson
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:40 pm
    In 2014, the role of utilities in the future of the solar industry became an even hotter topic of discussion, and 2015 promises much more of the same.  Growth in solar generation across the country is giving utilities the occasion to do some New Year’s soul-searching over whether this new paradigm of power generation will help or hurt their business in the long term.  Meanwhile, the solar industry will spend at least as much time wondering if the utilities are a necessary ally or a mortal threat.  And state Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) – the regulators responsible for setting the…
  • 3 Companies Revolutionizing Energy Access for the World’s Poor

    Gwen Brown
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Despite the dramatic technological and development advances of modern decades, over1.3 billion people, a fifth of the global population, still livewithout access to electricity. In addition to the obvious negative impacts on quality of life, the energy poverty experienced by this poorest segment of society forces them tospend disproportionately more on energy, usually kerosene, making escaping poverty more difficult. The essential role of distributed renewable energy in addressing this problem is increasingly well-recognized; however, expansion into a market in which potential customerslive…
  • Shout Out For Solar Day

    John Atkinson
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Happy “Shout Out For Solar” day!   If you’re obsessed with all things solar like we are, you might not need a special occasion to tell your friends and family about all the great things solar is doing for the environment, the U.S. economy, and (if you have solar panels yourself) your utility bill – but today is an especially good day to tell the world (and the internet) how much you heart getting energy from the sun using the hashtag #GoSolar. Organized by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the goal of “Shout Out For Solar” day is not only to raise awareness of the…
  • Turning Lead Car Batteries into New Solar Panels

    Allison Khoe
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Photo credit: Science Daily Solar photovoltaic technology is being revamped daily with new materials and techniques that make harvesting energy from the sun cheaper and more efficient than ever. A research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led by Angela M. Belcher and Paul T. Hammond, has recently developed solar cells made out of organolead halid perovskite that can convert sunlight at a 19.3% efficiency rate, making this material competitive with conventional silicon cells. So what’s so special about these new cells? Organolead halid perovskite cells require lead, a…
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  • Creative Office Solutions That Maximize Your Business Potential

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:57 pm
      Businesses today are bombarded with messages of workplace design and how creativity is fostered when done right. But what many companies may not understand, is the why behind the constant flood of pro-office design communications and creative office solutions. Stress in the workplace has reached epic proportions, while taking on many different forms. Physical and emotional stress are at the top of list and no one seems to be immune to its effects. Studies have shown that when people feel less in control of their environment while also absorbing the demands of their jobs, there tends to…
  • Apple Going Greener with More Renewable Energy

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:24 pm
      Who doesn’t like a green Apple? Especially one that will only get greener. Of course, CFS isn’t talking about your typical green apple. This is something much bigger than that. We’re talking about technology titan Apple, Inc., that is powered by 75 percent renewable energy on a global scale, with near 100 percent green energy use at a handful of data centers and facilities in the U.S. Apple has increased its dependence on renewable energy 114 percent since 2010, and aims to only add to that number in the future. As regulators are cracking down on coal-fired power…
  • Support the Earth, Support Your Customers, and Support Your Business with Green Office Solutions

    admin
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Today, customers aren’t just looking for the best-performing products and most effective services. They’re also looking to support companies that share their values. And now more than ever, that means being environmentally conscious. So how green is your business? See how many items you can check off these lists with these green office solutions. Little Changes Enact a no-plastic-bottles policy; provide employees with glassware for water and coffee Recycle and resell electronics – Best Buy has a great recycling program Avoid printing unless absolutely necessary; if you do need to…
  • The Bullitt Center Becomes One of the Greenest Buildings in America

    admin
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    In 2013, the environmental nonprofit Bullitt Foundation set out to practice what they preach, and meet the demands of the prestigious Living Building Challenge by erecting and occupying one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the world. And they did. The Bullitt Foundation is a Seattle-based foundation that gives grants to environmental initiatives in the Cascadia region. President and CEO Denis Hayes is famous for starting Earth Day, and now, for setting a new standard in sustainable urban development. The foundation’s famed headquarters, the Bullitt Center, is one of the…
  • The Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Service

    admin
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Clean up around the office is probably the last thing you want to think about when you get to work. Or maybe you think about it, but have a million other priorities on your to-do list every day. The reality is that many business owners take on the task of cleaning the office themselves. Not only can this be a daunting, especially when you have a large company, but it also takes time away from the business you’d prefer be running. We know you know that a clean office is important. So, let’s look at some of the reasons why it actually matters: First impressions: People base their…
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  • How climate change promotes prostitution?

    Mimuba
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Surprised? Of course you should? You have all the rights to ask; what is the relationship between the two. One is the outcome of environmental problems and other one is the ultimate effect of poverty. Actually your answer lies in your question. But first just let me explain a few terms which I used above.… Read More »The post How climate change promotes prostitution? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 7 benefits of saying no to consumerism

    Mimuba
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Consumerism means having a habit of consuming extravagantly because of one’s affording to do that. If someone has a lot of money it does not mean he should spoil it. But to impress others and in a frenzy to enjoy more and more people try to consume more than they really needs. Its examples are:… Read More »The post 7 benefits of saying no to consumerism appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to highlight environmental problems through online forums?

    Mimuba
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    No one alone can solve any of the environmental problems of the world. If one raises his voice alone for the solution of an environmental problem he will not be heard at a broader level. So one needs support of: A community if it is a local environmental problem A huge number of people if… Read More »The post How to highlight environmental problems through online forums? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Should we blindly do fund raising for any green cause?

    Mimuba
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    There are two sides of environmental care. One is called legal side that means to take action against those who harm or try to harm our environment. The other side is called awareness that means to let people know how to avoid harming their environment. Pollution control The legal side of environment care is the… Read More »The post Should we blindly do fund raising for any green cause? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Why you must use natural toothpaste?

    Mimuba
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Many people get angry whenever I compare the way of living of people of past era and present era. Here past means up to hundred years ago. In past people were healthier, happier and richer than us. They were not habitual of laziness, relying too much on machines, doing everything for a short-live benefit and… Read More »The post Why you must use natural toothpaste? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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  • Herbal Bath Infusion To Relax and Unwind

    Emily Uebergang
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This herbal bath is like floating on a bed of clouds. This time is all about you, the water, soaking up the herbie-goodness, and some relaxing tunes to sooth the soul. For this recipe you can pick an essential oil depending on your needs and what you have available. Here’s some of my favorites:   Lavender: Calming and relaxing Eucalyptus: Clears the airways and aids in deep breathing Chamomile: Soothing   The rosemary infusion is simply a matter of placing a cup … →
  • 3 Ingredient Natural Face Mask You Can Eat!

    Emily Uebergang
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This is part of the Natural Home Spa Day Series.   Once upon a blue moon I would plaster my face in those wretched blue skin masks, expecting them to peel away all my facial flaws. I was deluding myself. Not only did they include ingredients I would never dream of eating, they were actually causing me more skin irritations. Many commercial skin masks contain synthetic fragrances and alcohols which for people like me with sensitive skin, are a big no-no. Let’s face it – … →
  • That Time I Thought I Had it All Figured Out…

    Emily Uebergang
    8 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    It was the one week that changed my life. I didn’t know this at the time but a pebble had been thrown into the open lake, instigating a ripple effect which would set the foundation for the rest of my life.   I think people romanticize the idea of epiphanies. Like it’s all about the sun piercing through the peeling away clouds. A sight revealing magical rainbows, prancing unicorns and shooting stars falling from the heavens. There’s an expectancy that the audience will stand up and erupt in applause … →
  • Nourishing Hair Mask Made From One Food You Probably Have In Your Kitchen

    Emily Uebergang
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This is part of the Natural Spa Day Series. Let’s cut to the chase. The one ingredient you probably have in your kitchen that makes one of the most effective and natural hairmasks is *drum roll* an…. Egg. That’s right. I make a nourishing hair mask from an egg. Simple, easy and effective. No nasty chemicals or polluting toxins that get washed down the drain. My hair always feels revitalized, soft and shiny after I do an egg wash.   … →
  • Planning A Natural Spa Day at Home

    Emily Uebergang
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    This is part 2 of the Natural Home Spa Day Series. If you haven’t read Part 1, you can do so here.   The first thing to consider is planning your natural spa day at home. This involves the following:   1. Pick a Day and Block it Out Set aside a day and block it out in your diary or on the calendar. Kindly issue an announcement and ask other household members to vacate the premise if at all possible. Their cooperation … →
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  • AC vs DC Breakers

    Dave Donaldson
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:10 pm
    AC vs. DC Breakers Most of us are familiar with AC breakers found in the typical residential service panel.  Every once in a while we need to work on the wiring in the house, so we make a trip out to the side of the house to manually open (trip) the breaker to kill the power to that circuit, allowing us to safely perform our work.  Though AC and DC breakers appear similar in form and function, they are very different internally. The function of a breaker (AC or DC) is to detect when too much current (amps) is flowing through the circuit, then disconnect the circuit from the main power…
  • 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,…
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  • France’s President Francois Hollande calls for more actions to stop climate change

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:57 am
    Francois Hollande and Benigno Aquino III meeting in Manilla, February 26, 2015 During its visit in the Philippines, France’s President, Francois Hollande, used the occasion to make an appeal to increase the actions against global warming. This appeal is made right ahead a major climate conference that will take place in Paris in November this year. Speaking in front of journalists in Manila, Hollande warned that the current situation in the world along with the numerous weather changes in the world, could lead to major disasters and even conflicts. After speech, the two countries have…
  • The eTree has been finally created

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    27 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    The eTree is waiting for customers Trees are a symbol of life and a perfect cover during the rain or during the summer when we need a shady place to rest for a short period of time. Michael Lasry, founder and MD at Sologic (an Israeli company specialized in solar energy), says that the tree form was chosen because people are used to sit in the shade of a tree and while sitting there they can do different activities like reading a book, working on a tablet, laptop or mobile phone, chatting with others, and from now on, even charging their gadgets. Sologic started by building solar panels for…
  • Grid energy storage systems in Italy

    admin
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    Inside the NEC energy storage system at Chiaravalle substation in Italy Renewable energy is developing fast worldwide, and many new solar fields and wind farms are created every year. Today, we can see wind turbines and solar panels installed in many areas of the world, in places where we never thought that can appear. The problem with the renewable energy is the fact that is not constant, for example, solar panels are working best only when the Sun is up and shining, they cannot produce energy during the night or they produce a smaller amount of energy in cloudy days. With the wind farms we…
  • The EU wants to become energy independent

    admin
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:06 am
    Members of the EU Commission explaining the plan for the energy union Due to the recent situation in Europe, the EU Commission decided to create an energy union that can help both the consumers and the European industry. The purpose is also to increase energy security in the region and decrease the dependence on other countries resources. The EU needs a more efficient supply inside the union by using diverse sources of energy. Building the energy union in Europe seems to be the most ambitious plan started since the beginning of the European Union, but even so, the expectations are high in…
  • The world’s oceans represent a clean energy source for all of us

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    World’s oceans represent a great source of clean energy for our civilization When we talk about renewable energy we have in our minds solar panels and wind turbines, but renewable energy can be harvested in many other ways. For example, planet Earth is covered with huge quantities of oceanic water, and this water is in a continuous movement due to the tides produced by the Moon, due to temperature differences, offshore winds and so on. If we can produce energy by simply using a device attached to our body, you can imagine how much energy can be produced by the moving waves. Many…
 
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  • Solar Energy in India

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

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

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

    Ecoideaz
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Author – Arushi Prakash Box-type solar cooker | Source atpmart.com My first interaction with solar cookers happened many years ago when a friend of mine displayed a model at our school’s science fair, which was pretty much novel for us then. When I reminisce about that barely working model, I wonder how this technology has progressed in India. India is a country where more than 60% of population earns its living from agriculture. These subsistence farmers and their families rely heavily on the sun for plant growth, to dry husk and manure for fuel, and to drying clothes. Fortunately, they…
  • Innovative Building Materials in India

    Levine Lawrence
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Rice Husk Ash brick – andhraloarunachalam.blogspot.in Construction and civil engineering activities have experienced a boom due to the rapid improvement in building material. However, the current scenario in the booming construction industry has posed many challenges due to some unsustainable aspects of the highly polluting and the exhaustive nature of building materials. At the same time, it has also created opportunities for innovative and unconventional resources to emerge due to the widening gap in demand and supply of building materials, as well as the need for energy efficient and…
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  • Seagulls Starving At Sea On Pacific Coast

    Russ George
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    Seagull populations have been crashing on the West Coast of North America according to a new report that say’s they are starving to death as their vital ocean pastures become blue deserts. More than 50% of the seagulls have disappeared since just 1980! The report says the picture is far worse for other sea birds like murrelets and grebes whose populations have dropped by 90%. We can help! (Read on for a couple of minutes of gloomy details or click the link to jump right to the solution that will bring back the birds.) The number of seagulls in the on the coast of British Columbia and…
  • Dust for the oceans will sustain the plankton blooms

    Russ George
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Scientists prove dust from the Sahara desert provides most of the iron found in the Atlantic ocean. Marine scientists report in the Journal Nature they have measured levels of iron dissolved in the Atlantic ocean, and worked out where it came from. The team headed by Seth John of the University of South Carolina used samples they gathered on their long sea voyage as well as looking back at the historical record including dust samples gathered in mid-atlantic by Charles Darwin during his Voyage on the research ship Beagle in 1831! Dust storm at sea In the course of doing so, they have helped…
  • Sahara Dust Sustains The Amazon Rainforest And More

    Russ George
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest are so different and far apart one might not imagine that they share a vital ecological link. A new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research joins other papers extant proving that without the more than a hundred million tonnes of dust that blows in the wind across the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara and there would be no great Amazon rainforest, the largest rainforest on Earth. In the dust that blows from Africa this paper focuses on the all important plant nutrient phosphorus. It is a tiny 1/ 10th of 1% of the Sahara dust but in total 22,000…
  • Terror for Pteropods Unless We Help

    Russ George
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Shellfish are in the news threatened by our CO2 driven ocean acidification. Typically the news we are shown is all about the shellfish we humans directly consume. Nary a word about the infinitely more numerous and important shellfish that are free swimming in the oceans, the Pteropods a vital link in the ocean food chain. We can save them. “Shellfish” in trouble from pretty girls and Elvis and more If you are reading the news about oceans and food you likely have come across many reports about the crisis facing oysters, scallops, clams, and other shellfish that we humans enjoy…
  • A Penny For Our Planet

    Russ George
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    The Net is filled by Donate Here buttons to save the planet but the price has proven to be too high Learn how you might give as little as you can to start saving the planet in a big way immediately (want to skip the suggested reading, click here.) The world is boiling in turmoil over the impact of our love affair with fossil fuel and the modern society that fuel has enabled. Burning fossil fuel for more than a century has resulted in nearly a trillion tonnes of CO2 going into the air in what is an instant of Earth time which is measured in millenia not minutes. Given a few more millenia…
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  • Eating Green — Sustainable Restaurants on the Rise

    Dawna Matthews
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    By Dawna Matthews: You may have noticed a word around town, in places you shop, on the internet, and in restaurants and cafes. The word is “sustainable.” What does sustainable mean? It means to use methods or techniques that do not completely use all resources and allow for future use. Many people today are concerned ...
  • Homemade Vitamin Water

    Emma Grace
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    By Emma Grace: Generally speaking, we could all do with drinking more water. Drinking water promotes healthy, youthful skin, balanced bodily fluids, smoother digestion; and it can even promote weight loss. However, what do we do if we want something more interesting to drink? If you want to jazz up your drink, there is an ...
  • Chocolate and Hazelnut Cookies — My Lifesavers        

    Green Mom
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    By Fredrica Syren: These cookies are actually lifesavers. Yes, I said lifesavers. They kept me from going crazy after a crazy day. My day started at 4 a.m. with one little guy having a bad dream. I’d been struggling already because I’m fighting a cold, so in an attempt to get some more sleep, I ...
  • Ocean Life Facing Mass Extinction–Time For Change Is Now

    Kim Robson
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    By Kim Robson: A groundbreaking new study published last month in the journal Science shows that ocean life is facing an unprecedented level of damage and possible mass extinction. A team of scientists analyzed data from hundreds of sources, including discoveries in the fossil record and statistics on modern container shipping, fish catches, and seabed ...
  • Planet Green’s Inkjet Recycling–Green Fundraising For Schools

    Larraine Roulston
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    By Larraine Roulston: Teachers and parent volunteers, as well as charitable groups seeking additional funds, are making a shift to green fundraising products or services. The traditional fundraisers that worked well in the past no longer apply to the present generation, who want to make a sound environmental difference in their communities. Since approximately 375 ...
 
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    Survival Renewable Energy

  • 6 Green Ways to Take Care of Your Pet

    Diana Smith
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    Last updated:25th February, 2015, 2:24 PMAs the world is evolving, it is becoming to be harder and harder to take care of our pets due to the influence of many uncontrollable forces that influence their lives. However, if the pet owners look into making their pets’ lives greener, it is possible to help them stay strong and to give them better care in the long run. Moreover, eco-friendly pet care is important because owners will be promoting a non-toxic relationship with their pets; from food to the toys used, it is important to avoid using harsh and noxious chemicals that might damage the…
  • Electric Cars and Their Impact On The Environment

    Diana Smith
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    Last updated:19th February, 2015, 7:31 PM It is a fact well known that a car is essential for any family with working members. The number of cars is growing each day, and as the number grows, so does the need for something environmentally friendly. Cars exhaust a toxic gas which ends up going everywhere around us, including the atmosphere. Not only is it toxic for a human body, but it also damages the greenery, affects the growth of trees, plants, etc. So, the engineers have come up with a solution – create an environmentally friendly car that will not work on fossil fuel, but electric…
  • Proven Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

    Rachel Heagney
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    Last updated:18th February, 2015, 1:56 PMThere are many reasons why you should be gung ho about making your home more energy-efficient. Aside from the fact that it saves money, it can be your ticket to tax breaks and other financial incentives.You also get to significantly reduce your carbon footprint while turning your home into a healthier and more comfortable place to live.Below are some of the best steps to making your home more energy efficient. Start with a home energy audit. Before everything else, determine which aspects of your home could use an improvement in terms of energy…
  • How to Add Insulation to Your Home?

    Diana Smith
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:55 am
    Last updated:16th February, 2015, 10:57 AMIf you have problem with heating during the winter and keeping your home cool during the summer, this could signal you that you should do something about your home insulation. Insulating your home is a complex process, but at the same time, it has numerous benefits. If will save the heating or cooling energy within your home, not letting it to escape. Also, proper insulation will help you lower your energy bills, since the air conditioning won’t have to work all the time. However, before you even think about undertaking such venture, you need to be…
  • Know The Deployment Of Three Generations Of Renewable Energy

    Angelina Lopez
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    Last updated:14th February, 2015, 3:49 PMThe Commercialization of renewable energy requires deployment of three generations of renewable energies. The concern for renewing the energy started 100 years from the time technology has evolved. Due to the population growth, the energy is becoming scarce and there must be some alternate method to save energy for the further generations.Till date, there are three generations of technologies used for renewable energy, Let us discuss the generations : First Generation: The first generation of renewable energy includes mature and economically…
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  • 4 Reasons Why Phytoremediation is the Ultimate Cleanup Method

    Jessica Hope
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    Environmental catastrophes are tragically common, and perhaps expectedly, the available cleanup methods to remedy them are myriad. Remediation methods range from processes like incineration to thermal desorption (read more these cleanup options here), but the most promising remediation method available in this day and age is arguably something called phytoremediation. At first glance, phytoremediation doesn’t sound all that different from bioremediation. They’re both natural, and both involve the usage of organic material stabilize or reduce contamination in sludges, sediments, surface…
  • How Can Mold Affect Your Health?

    Jessica Hope
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    How Can Mold Affect Your Health? Mold is likely less dangerous to your health than you’ve been told, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s harmless or that it doesn’t justify concern. In fact, even the molds that produce toxic mycotoxins (like black mold) aren’t actually poisonous on their own, and the simple fact that mold can produce toxic mycotoxins doesn’t mean that it will. If you’re currently dealing with a mold contamination issue, it might be wise to take this information into consideration before making a final decision about whether or not remediation is your next…
  • Asbestos Abatement: What You Need to Know

    Jessica Hope
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Asbestos Abatement: What You Need to Know Asbestos is an infamously dangerous set of six minerals, carrying with it a reputation of death, disease, and litigation. But before we classified asbestos as a potentially lethal human carcinogen, it was considered an incredibly useful substance; it provided protection against chemical and electrical damage, it was resistant to heat, it absorbed sound, it was cheap, and it made for convenient building insulation. Consequently, asbestos has been used for thousands of years and in millions of buildings and commercial products across the planet.  …
  • A Brownfield Success Story: the Jefferson Davis Hospital Before and After

    Michael Manouel
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A Brownfield Success Story: the Jefferson Davis Hospital Before and After   Brownfields are, in short, pieces of real property, which—by the suspected presence or actual presence of hazardous pollutants, chemicals, or contaminants—have been held back from reuse, redevelopment, or commercial growth. Although it might sound like a condemning blow for a once-successful property to be declared a brownfield, closed down, and cordoned off from the public, there are many former sites that have become prosperous centers of commerce, art, industry, and even sports, post-cleanup.  …
  • New Coal Ash Rules Deserve Your Attention

    Jessica Hope
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    New Coal Ash Rules Deserve Your Attention A critical decision about the classification of coal ash is due this month. It’s been over four years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their plans to finalize federal rules regarding coal ash, but come December 19th, the EPA might finally make good on their promise. Most people, aside from industry representatives and environmentalists, don’t have this issue on their radar. It’s not hard to make sense of – after all, coal regulations don’t exactly make for sexy headlines. But the classification of coal ash could…
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  • 3 Tips to Use Humidifiers Correctly to Relieve Allergies

    Brian
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    How to Use A Humidifier Correctly to Relieve Allergy Effect Dry indoor air can irritate airways and nasal passages. For allergies suffers, it can aggravate their allergies symptoms, while for those who are with asthma, it is able to raise the risks of asthma attack. Using a humidifier to add adequate moisture into the air can help allergies and asthma sufferers to breathe easier and soothe uncomfortable symptoms. However, a humidifier might have some negative effects on allergies. For example, raising… Continue Reading ›› The post 3 Tips to Use Humidifiers Correctly to…
  • Main Types of Asthma

    Brian
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Types of Asthma You might have been familiar with asthma since an increasing number of people are suffering from it, but do you know there are many different types of asthma? Understanding what type of asthma may help the patients to take more effective actions to prevent or treat asthma symptoms. Child-Onset Asthma This type of asthma usually occurs during one’s childhood. Child-onset asthma happens probably because the child has become sensitized to surrounding allergens. This is most likely due… Continue Reading ›› The post Main Types of Asthma appeared first on…
  • 5 Tips on Choosing a Furnace Humidifier

    Brian
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    5 Tips on Choosing a Furnace Humidifier When the humidity in the air is below a certain minimum level, it’s more likely to cause some uncomfortable symptoms, such as dry nasal passages and scratchy throats. These discomforts are especially common in dry winters. What’s more, dry indoor air in winter can often cause irritation and peeling on skins, static on clothes and cracking on furniture. Furnace humidifiers that are operating with the home’s heating furnaces can regulate the moisture of… Continue Reading ›› The post 5 Tips on Choosing a Furnace Humidifier appeared…
  • Best Small Dehumidifier and Reviews, Consumer Reports 2015

    Brian
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Small Dehumidifier Reviews 2014 -2015 Maintaining a healthy humidity level for home has been a mission of dehumidifiers. And nowadays, dehumidifiers have various models and size to meet customers’ needs. But, sometimes customers tend to dehumidify some small areas or one part of the house, which doesn’t require a huge or a heavy weight dehumidifier, instead, a small dehumidifier is capable of providing excellent humidification as well. The demand for best small dehumidifiers is increasing in recent years. Most small… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Small…
  • Main Types of Dehumidifiers

    Brian
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Classifications of Dehumidifiers Dehumidifiers can be classified into different types by different criteria. When you are considering acquiring one for your home to remove unwanted moisture, which type of dehumidifier can maximize the outcomes is what you may need to take into account firstly. Here are two major classifications about dehumidifiers, review it for the right choice. 1. Four types of dehumidifiers – Technologies Principle Dehumidifiers can be grouped into four types by its working principle: heat pumps dehumidifiers, ventilating dehumidifiers,… Continue Reading…
 
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  • Pay for Climate Change Now, or Pay Later

    Kasey Krifka
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    Mik McKee, The Climate Trust As published by Sustainable Business Oregon – February 26, 2015 On Tuesday the Oregon State Senate passed the Oregon Clean Fuels Program (SB 324) by a 17-13 vote.  This measure, which now goes before the Oregon House, extends the 2009 Clean Fuels Act beyond its 2015 expiration date, and requires oil and gas producers to reduce CO2 emissions from the burning of their fossil fuels by 10% over the next decade.  SB 324 is a worthy attempt by Oregon lawmakers to directly mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and position the state as a leader in the fight…
  • Tierra Resources Releases Results of Two-Year Assessment of Blue Carbon Potential on Louisiana’s Coast

    Kasey Krifka
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust Live on P.R. Web and Covered by Ecosystem Marketplace – January 23, 2015 NEW ORLEANS, La. and Portland, Ore. – A two-year assessment of the potential to develop blue carbon projects on Louisiana’s coast estimates that carbon finance revenue can provide up to $1.6 billion in critical funding to assist with wetland restoration over the next 50 years. The study, supported by Entergy Corporation through their Environmental Initiatives Fund, and prepared in partnership by New Orleans-based Tierra Resources and Portland-based nonprofit The Climate…
  • Anaerobic Digester Generates California Carbon Offsets

    Kasey Krifka
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust February 19, 2015 Farm Power Northwest’s Lynden anaerobic digester project, is the first project in The Climate Trust’s portfolio that will generate California Carbon Offsets under the California Air Resources Board (ARB) protocol. This is an important step into another compliance market for The Climate Trust, and we’re proud to take that journey with longtime partner Farm Power. The dairy industry’s standard practice is for farms to collect manure into an uncovered lagoon, resulting in the release of methane into the atmosphere. Methane poses a…
  • The Promise of Clean Fuels in the West, and Beyond

    Kasey Krifka
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:54 pm
    By Susan Frank, Director, California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy As published by California Business Alliance – January 23, 2015 California is not alone in seeking to advance clean energy and climate policies – Washington, Oregon and British Columbia (which, along with California, comprise the Pacific Coast Collaborative, or PCC) all have agreed to take meaningful action to reduce their carbon emissions. One way to accomplish this is through low carbon fuel policies, like California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which has been a focus of the CA Business Alliance…
  • WEBINAR: Carbon Market Opportunities for Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands

    Kasey Krifka
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Guest Post via Tierra Resources February 18, 2015 WEBINAR: Carbon Market Opportunities for Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands Thursday, March 5, 2015 2:00 – 3:30pm EST / 11:00 – 12:30pm PST Space is limited, so REGISTER NOW for this free webinar The ACR modular offset methodology “Restoration of Degraded Deltaic Wetlands of the Mississippi Delta”, was designed to be broadly applicable to develop carbon offset projects in the four million acres of wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta. Tierra Resources and The Climate Trust are now releasing their two year assessment Carbon Market…
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  • Helix Folding Bike – World’s Smallest of Its Kind

    Mila Luleva
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    Helix – the bike that folds to an incredibly small size, is here to rescue your daily commute. Daily commute can be quite a trouble if you want to stay green, especially when distance to final destination requires you to switch between different transport modes. There is a growing tendency among … The post Helix Folding Bike – World’s Smallest of Its Kind appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Big Hole in Russia Appearing Due to Climate Change

    Benji Jerew
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    Thanks to ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that human activity is pumping into the atmosphere, climate change is increasing average temperatures globally. In the arctic, some point to disappearing ice shelves and methane plumes as proof that climate change is happening. In the permafrost of the … The post Big Hole in Russia Appearing Due to Climate Change appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • DIY Hybrid Battery Repair Using Baking Soda

    Benji Jerew
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    We’ve been talking about how expensive hybrid batteries are, and this can be a major problem for owners of hybrid vehicles, especially as they age and performance and fuel economy begin to suffer. Worse still is if you happen to buy a hybrid car with no warranty and get the … The post DIY Hybrid Battery Repair Using Baking Soda appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Hidden Wind Turbines Complete Eiffel Tower’s Green Makeover

    Mila Luleva
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    The world-famous symbol of industrial and scientific advances, the Eiffel tower, received a renewable technology make-over this month. Two super quiet and humble, vertical axis wind turbines, disguised in the colour of the tower, generate clean energy unnoticed. There is no better monument in the world than the famous tower … The post Hidden Wind Turbines Complete Eiffel Tower’s Green Makeover appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Raht Racer, The Fastest Electric Three-Wheeler With Pedals

    Mila Luleva
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Raht Racer, the e-bike/e-car that moves with the speed of a car, but has pedals, might just be what you need to stay fit while going to work with greater comfort. This somewhat unusual three-wheeled Raht Racer is a hybrid between an electric car and an electric bicycle, which combines the best … The post Raht Racer, The Fastest Electric Three-Wheeler With Pedals appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
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    Container Home Plans - Your Hub for Shipping Container Houses

  • Delivering and Siting Your Shipping Containers

    Tom
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:13 am
    Getting your containers delivered on site is one of the most exciting parts of building your own container home; this is especially true if you purchased your containers from overseas and haven’t seen them yet. On the day your containers are delivered there are numerous tasks which need completing, this article will guide you through […]
  • How To Purchase Your Shipping Containers

    Tom
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
    So you want to build a shipping container home but are uncertain which containers you need and also where and how to buy them? Today we are going to take a look through the entire process starting at identifying the containers you will need, then looking at how to inspect the containers before finally looking […]
  • How Do I Keep My Shipping Container Home Warm?

    Tom
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    Last week we covered what you can do to keep your shipping container home cool during the summer, so it only makes sense this week to address the other half of the equation; how to heat your shipping container home during the winter. Although shipping container homes are seriously awesome, they aren’t magical and during […]
  • Where Should I Convert My Shipping Container Home?

    Tom
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    Once you’ve made your big decision to actually build a shipping container home, the next thing to address is… where are you actually going to convert your shipping containers? When it comes to the where, you have three choices. Firstly, you can convert your shipping containers on your new plot of land where you will […]
  • How Do I Keep My Container Home Cool?

    Tom
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    If you are fortunate enough to live in a warm climate then during the summer months you may find your shipping container home gets hot… just like any other home. What can you do about this? Well you could always just install air-conditioning, but we are trying to keep our costs down and be as […]
 
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