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What Does Eco Friendly Mean?

We encounter eco-friendly terminology everywhere nowadays: at the stores you visit, on the products you purchase, in the news you read, in eco friendly blogs and in casual conversation.  Over the past few years, environmental sustainability has become a hot topic, due partly to the buzz surrounding global warming.  People have become increasingly aware of […]

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Five breakthroughs that will make solar power cheaper than coal

There was some good news last week. While Washington was busy holding the global markets hostage and placing billions in badly needed R&D funding on the chopping block, a new report from REN21 (the Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century) showed that global investments in renewable energy jumped 32 percent to a record $211 billion, […]

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Saudi Arabia acknowledges peak oil. When will we?

If one of the world’s leading oil producers and exporters is officially acknowledging that alternative energy production is the way of the future and the key to human sustainability and survival of our tiny little planet, why is the idea even open for debate? The United States is currently the largest oil consumer in the […]

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Cooling Your House Without Electricity

Long time readers may remember when I wrote about two different ways you could heat your home or garage without using electricity. There was the heater made from soda cans and an old window and these solar heaters that were installed on the sunny side of my house, both of which worked really well providing […]

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The World’s Oldest Water?

New evidence bolsters the notion that deep saline groundwaters in South Africa’s Witwatersrand Basin may have remained isolated for many thousands, perhaps even millions, of years. The study, recently accepted for publication in Chemical Geology, found the noble gas neon dissolved in water in three-kilometre deep crevices. The unusual neon profile, along with the high […]

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What is Biomimicry?

Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example. I think of it as “innovation inspired by nature.” The core idea is […]

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Going Green in Your School/Classroom

BACK TO SCHOOL IS COOL! (& GREEN) Many eco-friendly schools are experimenting with everything from solar and wind energy sources, recycled building materials, and natural lighting to using green products and pesticides, implementing energy efficient technology and incorporating environmental issues in the  curriculum.

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Heat Your Home With Used Waste Oil

It’s amazing that in 2011 many people have no idea that technology is available which allows individuals to heat their home completely off used motor oil. The technology has been around for several decades and yet it seems like it remains a mystery to most people.  How sad, especially considering the fact that waste oil […]

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The 10 easiest ways to green your home

Being earth-friendly doesn’t require going solar or growing all your own food. There are plenty of easy ways to make a big difference. When it comes to the environment, being a good global citizen starts at your doorstep. From recycling to using alternative cleaning materials, minor changes at home can add up to real benefits […]

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