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Guidelines for building green homes

You might think that there is a lot more hassle and expense involved in building a home that conforms to your eco-friendly standards, but in truth, it is very similar to standard types of building in that the price and the level of difficulty depend largely on what you choose to use.  For example, the […]

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10 Things to Know about Power Plant Water Use, 10 Reasons to Care

Some things get better with age. Not power plants. The nation’s older power plants that still rely on antiquated and damaging once-through cooling systems have a huge thirst for water. These plants are capable of withdrawing approximately 100 trillion gallons each year directly from rivers, lakes, estuaries and oceans; profiting from a free public resource. […]

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Water and Mow Less with Eco-Friendly Lawn Grass

Keeping a lawn lush and green requires a lot of “anti-green” practices. Spreading fertilizer and pesticides filled with chemicals, running sprinklers that waste water and cutting grass with a mower that pollutes the air are routine for most homeowners. It’s estimated every weekend, 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using 800 million gallons of fuel […]

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19 Interesting & Sustainable Uses For Bamboo

Humanity’s relationship with bamboo is extensive, stretching across a myriad of cultures and spanning thousands of years. Its uses have evolved over time, and even in the 21st century this grass—considered a symbol of fertility in Chinese culture and a symbol of friendship in India—has been utilized in a multitude of ways that might seem […]

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Answer for Invasive Species: Eat Them!

With its dark red and black stripes, spotted fins and long venomous black spikes, the lionfish seems better suited for horror films than consumption. But lionfish fritters and filets may be on American tables soon. An invasive species, the lionfish is devastating reef fish populations along the Florida coast and into the Caribbean. Now, an […]

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NASA: Final Space Mission to Recycle Urine Into Water

NASA’s final space shuttle mission, which launched on 8 July, will carry out a most unusual recycling experiment: Can you recycle urine into drinkable water with no power source in space? For several years, astronauts at the International Space Station have been drinking from a machine that converts urine into water, but the machine consumes […]

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Why Farmers are Clean Tech Pioneers

When it comes to adopting new technologies, particularly solar, farmers and owners of agriculture-related operations have often led the way. Farmers make good pioneering cleantech users for several reasons: They have a lot of space to deploy first-gen technology, particularly for equipment that’s heavy and bulky; they’re heavy energy users who seek ways to reduce […]

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Solar water heaters to help improve healthcare in rural South Africa

The Qunu clinic in the Eastern Cape has been supplied with two solar water heating (SWH) systems, through the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa’s (Sessa’s) Sunwater for Life initiative. The installation at the Qunu clinic was funded by Absa Insurance Company, and allows the clinic to better serve the almost 1 000 people who […]

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Ranchers using Agent Orange to deforest the Amazon

180 hectares (450 acres) of rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon were defoliated using a potent mix of herbicides dropped by airplane, reports IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental law enforcement agency. The affected area, which is south of the city of Canutama and near the Mapinguari Jacareúba / Katawixi indigenous reservation in Rondônia, was first detected by Brazil’s […]

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