Going Green Made Easy: 4 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Living Green & Saving Energy

Most people have a big misconception about water and energy conservation. They think that, if you really want to save the planet, you have to make huge, life-altering changes to your routine. But you don’t have to take your home totally off the grid on the first day to make a difference.

Sustainable Alternatives to Petroleum Based Products

Hug a Tree with Me

While we may never know who to blame for the discovery of petroleum, history states that the stuff has been running our lives for over 5000 years now.

Envision Festival 2015: Costa Rica’s Burning Man with an eco-twist

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | Envision Festival returns to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26 through March 1, 2015.

Champions of the Flyway – the Dakar Rally of Birding

10,000 Birds

I’ve just returned from a trip to Israel and I feel like I’ve run 300 miles in a week…in the blazing sun…uphill…with no water…and carrying a one hundred pound sandbag. In reality I’ve returned from filming the second Champions of the Flyway Bird Race.

2015 267

Does income inequality cause decreased economic growth?

Environmental Economics

Rather than read before I go to bed, I have taken to watching Netflix documentaries on the iPad.    I thought this would lead to me falling asleep easier from the boredom of watching documentaries, but instead I find myself actually enjoying them leading to less sleep.and more questions.

Growth 255

Happy Pi Day!


Happy Pi day! As you likely know, pi (?) is a mathematical constant found in all circles. Perhaps you remember the old joke from geometry class: “?R2? No, pie are round.” ” (Hardy-har.) Since pi’s decimal expansion starts off 3.14… and today’s date is 3/14, it’s the perfect day to celebrate Pi and to feel wonder at the […]. Spiritual Ecopsychology fun geometry Pi Day

2015 159

20 Incredible Home Theater Designs You Won’t Believe

Green Furniture Home Design

Home theaters are becoming almost mandatory in modern family home designs. Our generation loves it’s media, and we want a room in our home that gives television, gaming and movies the sound and picture quality they deserve, along with a comfortable place to view them with family or friends.

More Trending

Don’t Shower Shorter to Stop Water Waste. Shower Better!

The Green Samaritan

As part of Energy Action Month, TGS welcomes this guest post by Beth Livingston, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Whether you live on the West Coast or have friends on social media that do, See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

Waste 206

Wine bottles get a second life as chic, multifunctional furniture

Green (Living) Review

Wine bottles are easy to recycle into new, more interesting and more functional objects, be they lamps , glasses or even whole buildings.

Nina Teaching SF Writing Course at George Brown College Spring 2015

The Alien Next Door

I''m back at George Brown College, teaching my 12-week long writing course on how to write science fiction. Creating Science Fiction" is now part of George Brown''s Creative Writing Certificate. The course starts April and runs until June-end.

2015 201

Green Living That Makes Money

Living Green & Saving Energy

As a green living enthusiast I have been writing for years about how to save energy, water, and other resources and live more sustainably.

10 Ways to Use Electricity more Sustainably

Hug a Tree with Me

One of the first things that usually comes to mind when discussing matters of environmental degradation is electricity usage – it is an unfortunate fact that the relationship between the two is a mostly negative one.

2015 225

500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | More than 500 hotels and B&Bs that serve exclusively vegetarian or vegan food are now listed on VeggieHotels. The Berlin-based web portal, launched in 2011, makes it easy to find purely vegetarian hotels, guest houses and conference centers.

2015 259

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

10,000 Birds

An unmistakable and improbable-looking bird. Pete Dunne. For me, one of the best parts of going to Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is the chance to see Roseate Spoonbills.

2015 266

Moderates who lean left on social issues and right on economic issues are not libertarians

Environmental Economics

There were two interesting posts about Rand Paul from Krugman and Mankiw: Paul Krugman says there aren't enough libertarians in the U.S. to make a libertarian candidate like Rand Paul viable. 

2015 247

Dances with Klingons


At a recent contradance, my day was made when someone jokingly asked how to say, “thank you for the dance” in Klingon – and someone else actually knew. Daniel Morse, who translates Chinese texts for a living, turns out to also be fluent in Klingon. Without batting an eyelash or pulling out a device, he […].

2015 148

25 Industrial Warehouse Loft Apartments We Love

Green Furniture Home Design

I remember the first time I saw Flashdance, and I remember exactly what stood out to me. It wasn’t Jennifer Beal’s legendary shower dance scene, it was her insanely cool industrial loft apartment in New York City.

Fuel Cell vs. Battery Electric Transport

Blue Earth

We all now know that battery powered electric vehicles clearly have won round one of the next generation of transportation motor evolution. However, the auto companies have not given up their dream of hydrogen fueling stations on every corner and fuel cell cars in every garage.

Fuel 130

Ripasso may have Doubled Solar Power

Solar Power Ninja

Swedish company Ripasso may have just doubled solar power technology, increasing it’s effectiveness to an astonishing 34% of sunlight directly in to solar power.

Potato Pots make it easier to grow your own potatoes

Green (Living) Review

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).

2015 204

Nina Teaching SF Writing Course at George Brown College FALL 2015

The Alien Next Door

I'm back at George Brown College, teaching my 12-week long writing course on how to write science fiction. Creating Science Fiction" is now part of George Brown's Creative Writing Certificate. The 12-week course starts SEPTEMBER 22 (TUESDAY) and runs until DECEMBER 8th.

2015 196

Energy-Efficient Products With Real Impact

Living Green & Saving Energy

Energy-efficiency is a hot topic and with all the clamoring voices out there, it can be hard to discern the wisest investment for an energy-efficient home. By using the suggestions below, you’ll use less and save more than ever before.

10 Time Management Tips for the Self-Employed

Hug a Tree with Me

Besides figuring out how to make a livable wage doing what I love to do, my biggest complaint about working for myself is learning how to manage my time. Understanding how to balance my work life with my home life while also making time for myself was a much bigger challenge than I thought.

2015 222

JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | A new GPS-powered travel app turns smartphones into hands-free audio tours of Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and several more U.S. national parks.

What is a Blue Goose?

10,000 Birds

The “ Blue Goose ” is the dark morph of the Snow Goos e ( Chen caerulescens ). Click on photos for full sized images. Color morphs are controlled by a single gene locus where the dark allele is incompletely dominant to the light.

2015 240

A head scratcher of an argument on the VW fraud

Environmental Economics

Tyler Cowen: The behavior of Volkswagen has been heinous and the company and probably some of its executives deserve some serious punishments. Yet our reaction to the scandal is as illuminating as the misbehavior itself.

2015 240

Dreams at 98


My dad has been having dreams about my long-dead mom. At first he didn’t want to tell me their content. They’re sexy dreams; sweet dreams. He’s in bed with her. He gets up to go to the bathroom, and they are conversing. So simple; so sweet. He often feels now that she, or his also-deceased […]. Adventures With Elderly Parents dreams elderly Hank Fields parent visitations

2015 147

Pantone Color Design Trends: Olympian Blue

Green Furniture Home Design

We love colors, and we love that Pantone pays colors all kinds of respect by celebrating them, and even choosing a design color of the year, every year.

2015 186

ramblingwanders:Lakes so blue, its almost too good to be true.

Blue Earth

ramblingwanders : Lakes so blue, its almost too good to be true. Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine . Hunter I am so excited to see you happy and exploring the Patagonia

Lakes 130

4 Earth-Friendly Baby Products for Environmentally Conscious Parents

Living Green & Saving Energy

As new parents know quite well, having a baby is a wonderful and life-changing experience. While caring for a new little one can be immensely rewarding, it might also be a bit overwhelming at times—especially when trying to decide which products you should or should and should not buy.

The Ultimate Guide to Old-Fashioned Country Skills – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Ultimate Guide to Old-Fashioned Country Skills Edited by Abigail R. Gehring Published by: Skyhorse Publishing (5 Aug. 2014) Just under 800 pages, Paperback, 5.7 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm ISBN 978-1629142166 List Price: US$ 24.95

Review 201

2015: Year of the Sheep (Ram)

The Alien Next Door

Starting February 19 th 2015, we enter the Year of the Sheep (Ram) on the Chinese calendar. More specifically it is the Yin (female) Green Wood Sheep (as with last year’s Horse).

2015 183

3 Easy Ways to Enhance your Spiritual Well-being

Hug a Tree with Me

March is Spiritual Wellness Month – use right now as a reminder to continue on your path to spiritual wellness, for once you are deep in spirituality, you can face any negativity that comes your way. 3 Easy ways to enhance your spiritual well-being.

2015 217

Make Your Smart Home a Green Home

Living Green & Saving Energy

Your current lifestyle depends on the usage of energy; however, with a rise in population and a decrease in natural resources, energy costs are growing exponentially.

Just back: the green Sands of the Las Vegas desert

Green Traveler Guides

| Can Excessiveness and Eco-efficiency Coexist? | | Las Vegas Strip—love or hate it, few question its supremacy as America’s Babylon, the pinnacle of excess, debauchery and vice.

Great Horned Owl Along Fellsmere Grade Road

10,000 Birds

On the second day of the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival I wasn’t scheduled to lead any field trips. Rather than sleep in or do some other foolish thing like that I did what any self-respecting birder from New York who finds himself in Florida would do: I went birding!

2015 236

Beginning of Spring Beer Post (for Tim)

Environmental Economics

My wife is a Marylander and she is obsessed with blue crabs and Old Bay, so we have tried many food items with Old Bay.

2015 240