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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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World Population Day: Sustainable Agriculture for a Planet of 7 Billion

As the world population increases, so do the number of mouths to feed. The good news is that in addition to providing food, innovations in sustainable agriculture can provide a solution to many of the challenges that a growing population presents. Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing public health problems […]

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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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Water as Corporate Sustainability Driver

I recently heard Bruce Karas, Coca Cola’s VP of Environment and Sustainability, speak about that corporation’s continuing efforts to embed sustainability in their culture. And, while he was referring specifically to the beverage maker’s activities and increasing awareness, I kept seeing how what Coke was doing was based on larger truths to which more corporations […]

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