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Go Strawless

Have we already heard enough about plastic pollution? No, on the contrary I believe we have become inured to the problem. Stop. Think. Do I need this straw, this bag, this little red stir stick, this little plastic green grass with my...Show More Summary

Myths, Lies and Misconceptions: The Life of a Pit Bull Advocate

I'm going to start off with an admission. I wasn't always a pit bull fan. Far from it, in fact. I believed the hype. I bought into the stereotypes. I worked a job where I went into many different homes everyday, and I encountered many dogs that would be classified as pit bulls that were, shall we say, less than model canine citizens. Show More Summary

Duolingo offers free language instruction to anyone with an internet connection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OebgtUjLg4 If learning a new language has ever been on your bucket list, the Duolingo app is making it harder to come up with excuses to get started. Offering a fun, free, and engaging service to anyone with access to

Life-changing Peek Retina app could reduce global blindness by 80%

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHS2sRL8r04 The good people at Peek Vision have developed an adaptor that fits over smartphone cameras and can inspect the health of people’s retinas. Combined with the Peek Retina app, vision care is no longer to -

Stunning snowflake-shaped home in the UAE is 100% powered by the desert sun

https://vimeo.com/137865687 The home has everything you’d expect from a vacation home - a full kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The spacious kitchen features an indoor herb garden and seating for eight guests. The large pane a

Climate Change This Week: Economic Impacts, An Islamic Call to Action, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving Indonesia's Forests Helps Save Human And Forest Lives - like the famed orchid mantid, posing on an orchid. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Thousands of...Show More Summary

7 Easy Ways to Appease Your Environmentalist Friends

Do you ever feel like your environmentalist friends are judging you for not being as "eco" as them? Does it make you feel annoyed and/or guilty? Don't worry, even environmentalists have their "thing" they really care about, but may be weak in other areas. Show More Summary

What Eating Organic Food Does for the World

by guest blogger Lisa Bunin, PhD, organic policy director, Center for Food Safety Sure, I eat organic food because I think it's healthier for me than food grown with synthetic, toxic agrochemicals or food that's been genetically engineered or injected with growth hormones. Show More Summary

The River Rose All Day... and Yet We Prevailed

We had promised, back in 2005, that we'd bring Greenbuild, our annual conference, its 20,000+ attendees, and all its multiplier dollars to New Orleans in 2014 to help celebrate a future that, at the time, we were blindly believing might...Show More Summary

Think Twice Before You Cut Off Your Dog's Balls

Our country's long love affair with the systematic castration--known as neutering--of male dogs (as well as other domestic species) is coming under close scrutiny these days. Recent studies showing the pronounced developmental effects of pre-mature neutering have many people thinking twice before cutting off their dog's testicles. Show More Summary

In a World... Without Eggs

[Imagine movie-trailer, deep baritone:] "In a world where 48 million chickens have been destroyed..." It sounds like the teaser for a science-fiction or horror movie, but it also happens to be the opening line of a recent all-staff newsletter I sent out about the impact of avian influenza (commonly known as 'bird flu'). Show More Summary

Floored: The True Cost of Unenforced Trade Deals

Co-authored by Ilana Solomon, director of the Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Program. For decades, crews of illegal loggers have traveled deep into Peru's Amazon rainforest, cutting valuable hardwoods for sale on the international market while threatening indigenous communities, our environment, and the climate. Show More Summary

Great Pacific Garbage Patch is even bigger than we thought, says cleanup inventor

Plastic trash in the ocean is a huge problem - a ‘millions of tons’ type problem. New evidence suggests that in the San Francisco Bay area alone, there will soon be a lot more plastic floating in the water than previously known. The latest update a

New carbon nanofiber process could reduce atmospheric C02 to pre-industrial levels in just a decade

youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQBlpENiFzo Scientists now believe they could make carbon nanofibers using carbon dioxide drawn from the atmosphere – a double-whammy discovery that could help tackle climate change, while revolutionizing to

The Climate Post: EPA Targets Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations

On Tuesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another step to make good on the Obama administration's pledge to limit U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent by 2025 by proposing the first methane emissions rules...Show More Summary

“Firenado” spotted in Idaho’s massive wildfire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rii8GRi3dZo Idaho’s “Soda Fire” has been ablaze since August 10th, consuming 280,000 acres of land in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon. Last week, one of the firefighters on the front lines caught a of

Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid Sound Off on Change

Dirty Heads playing in Santa Barbara, Calif. Photo by Brian Milne. Dirty Heads and Slighty Stoopid might be touring together for the first time this summer, but they have more than music on their minds during the Everything is Awesome...Show More Summary

Man shatters slack line record 1,000 feet in the sky with zero safety gear

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzrI8BeOw_0 Spencer Seabrooke, a British Columbian man and fearless daredevil, just shattered the highest slacklining record and confirmed all of our fears of heights in one fell swoop. Conquering the 210 foot gap two

Pop-up Urban Spa made of recycled materials revamps a Mexican park

http://vimeo.com/135483947 Centrally located in the city of Chihuahua, Urueta Park comprises two separate areas: a sports area and small woodland that are joined by a century alley. The objective of this year’s Taller del Desierto workshop was to a

Calling All Chefs (and Their Customers)

Chefs have the great task of nourishing others. And hopefully that means caring about every ingredient they are using. Though just as consumers turn a blind eye to food choice, so do many culinary wizards. And while I realize and appreciate...Show More Summary

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