2016

6 Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Living Green & Saving Energy

Whether you’re looking for small-budget upgrades or total home transformations, there are many methods to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your monthly energy bill.

Graphic of the Day: Where do you get your news?

Environmental Economics

A pretty cool graphic of one person's views of credible vs incredible news sources : HT: Craig Landry via FB (Craig didn't create the graphic, just reposted). A few thoughts: I'm sure everyone can quibble about placement of some of these, but that kind of misses the point.

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Ants avoiding Aspartame because they know it to be poison

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This one or similar headlines are being used time and again trying to prove something as regards to Aspartame. Yes, Aspartame is not good for us at all and probably an accumulative poison but ants don't avoid because they know it to be poison.

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Lima, Peru: organic (plus vegan and artisan) in the hip Barranco

Green Traveler Guides

| Awesome Eco Scene | In the past few years, Lima’s renowned food scene has grown to include an ever-increasing array of organic, vegetarian and artisan restaurants, cafés and craftsmen.

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2016—Year of the Cat?

The Alien Next Door

“ Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.”—Walt

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There’s a bear! There’s a bear!

10,000 Birds

In the most of Europe, Brown Bear is a mythical creature that lives only in mediaeval tapestries and folk tales. It has become extinct, one may say, but such formulation hides the gruesome fact: it has been exterminated. By us.

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End of Season Tips for Storing Fresh Herbs

The Green Samaritan

This beautiful basil plant has served us well over the summer growing season, and we enjoyed several homemade and fresh “farewell” Margherita pizzas over the weekend. Now with the. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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More Trending

student loan saga

Indigenize

It’s done. I just lovingly placed every paper related to my student loans in the recycling bin. They are paid off. It only took me 14 years. (:-0) My hair is white, just like the jokes say, but by George, they are paid off. The balance due, once over $45,000 USD, is now zero. […]. Adventures Cranky Rants Tales & Blarney education freedom money strategy student loan

A social cost of carbon witch hunt in the Department of Energy

Environmental Economics

Graph of the Day: Trump vs Passports--Spurious or Informative Correlation?

Environmental Economics

The graph below was inspired by David Zetland's claim that.most Americans have neither visited foreign countries ( compare passport holding with state voting here ) nor follow news from those countries.

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3 Tech Companies With Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Initiatives

Living Green & Saving Energy

Do you know where your e-waste goes? According to Earth911, Americans throw away 9.4 million tons of electronics every year. The electronics you use every day are full of potentially hazardous and toxic materials that are not good for the environment once they are thrown away.

Would you rather have a degree without an education or an education without a degree?

Environmental Economics

I found this debate between Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok (at Marginal Revolution University), on whether college education provides learning or signaling, interesting. 

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Backyard farms growing trend in Southern Colorado

Green (Living) Review

COLORADO SPRINGS - It's becoming more common than ever to have chickens and even goats as your next door neighbors. As families become more focused on knowing where their food comes from, the practice of urban farming is a growing trend in Southern Colorado.

12 tips for sustainable travel in 2016

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | It’s never too late to add this New Year’s resolution: travel sustainably. For most of us, the beginning of a new year inspires plans for a bigger adventure than the year before. A place more diverse, more thrilling (or relaxing!), more exotic.

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A Metaphysical Meander Down a Scientific Stream

The Alien Next Door

Nina and an interested "reader" of Water Is.

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

10,000 Birds

Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer, likes cats and birds both. He likes books too, which made him the ideal reviewer for Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. This is Mark’s first contribution to 10,000 Birds.

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Get Ready for Summer School! Tips to Keep Practicing the 3 Rs + 1

The Green Samaritan

School is officially out! A welcome relief from packing lunches, carpool, homework and overall hectic schedules. So while we take a little break from the traditional 3 Rs of school…let’s. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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25 Amazingly Cool Treehouses

Green Furniture Home Design

EVERYBODY wants to live in a treehouse. Even if it’s just for a warm summer’s night or a lazy weekend in the autumn when the leaves around your house are changing. We collected 25 images of the most magical, fairytale treehouses we could find to tickle your imagination.

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Square Dance in the Rural West: An Oral History

Indigenize

Check out my new article in the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) online journal. It’s based on interviews with my elders, who can really tell a story, and contains small photos of those faboo 1950s dance outfits. Best of all is getting to witness how community dance like square dance or contra dance forges […].

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Trading jobs: Why the presidential candidates all seem to have it wrong

Environmental Economics

When talking about outsourcing jobs, why don't politicians ever mention the less expensive goods we get in return? This from coverage of last night's Democratic debate : Sanders is no fan of General Electric.

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I'm in a field experiment!

Environmental Economics

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What To Look For in Eco-Friendly Products

Living Green & Saving Energy

We’re living in an age where just about every company touts itself as green.

JEEM broke my bookshelf

Environmental Economics

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Does Ecosia really have the 'impeccable ecological credentials' that it claims to have?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Often the claim is being made that the search engine “Ecosia” has impeccable ecological credentials and then someone may add that it, however, may not always be as effective. So, does Ecosia really have those claimed “impeccable ecological credentials”?

3 tips for eco-friendly adventure vacations

Green Traveler Guides

| Greening Your Adventure | “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,” said John Muir, the Scottish-American naturalist and tireless advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.

Drinking Smoke and Peat with Mac & Cheese

The Alien Next Door

scotch on the Faculty Club patio It’s been a while since I drank scotch. The last time was more than several years ago in a dark bar at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. I had just come down the mountain, having barely reached the upper foothills.

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The Kerkini Lake, Greece: Dipped One, Got One

10,000 Birds

I dipped a bird recently – possibly a lifer. While crossing Gramos Mountain in northern Greece, a Dendrocopos woodpecker flew over the road and landed in a pine tree.

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10 Ways to Appreciate Earth Day Any and Every Day!

The Green Samaritan

Happy Earth Day today, April 22! With these ideas you can appreciate, celebrate and honor this day…any day and every day. Spend a few minutes outside to decompress by taking three. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

13 Cool Staircases That I Will Immediately Fall Down

Green Furniture Home Design

Is there anything more beautifully terrifying than modern staircases which seem to be daring you to try and descend them without experiencing complete vertigo as your confused eyes and brain try to figure out where to put your foot next?

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Failure of Trans Pacific Partnership good news for American People and the Planet

Green (Living) Review

Trade deals of this nature threaten jobs, communities, and climate equally. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Green America has said that it welcomes the news that Congress and the White House are unable to forge a path forward for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Not a great idea, but then who is?

Environmental Economics

Adding new or higher import duties on products such as air conditioners, cars, and cookies — to encourage producers to make them in the US — would be a good idea. via www.igmchicago.org. I wonder what prompted this poll question

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Birding Balkans: A Play in Two Acts

10,000 Birds

ACT I. SCENE I. Iron Gates (Djerdap) national park, Serbia. Small canyon among wooded hills. Morning. Framed by red Permian sandstone, Eric Hyman is staring into the bare branches of a dead tree, or, to be more precise, into some fluttering t**s.

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How To Clean Nasty Parts of the House Without Chemicals

Living Green & Saving Energy

Do you think that you need chemicals to clean your house? Chemical cleaners may seem like an easier solution, but there are better ways to get the job done out there. However, there are non-toxic, natural cleaners out there!

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That Time of the Year Again

10,000 Birds

How many species have I observed this year? The malicious eBird answers: only 186! Yes, I know, I’ll reach 190, but 200? No way. Not with these prices of petrol. What have I missed? Hmm, Black-throated Diver (a.k.a.

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The Green Cone is a backyard solar digester that reduces 90% of food waste

Green (Living) Review

This ingenious digester/composter, made in Ontario, is the simple, natural way to divert food waste from landfills. No matter how much I think about reducing food waste while shopping and cooking, there will always be food scraps left over.

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Menorca: a natural paradise in the Spanish Mediterranean

Green Traveler Guides

| Unspoiled, Low Key | It’s high time for Menorca to claim its place as the natural beauty of the Balearic Islands.

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Joyful Motherhood

The Alien Next Door

Kevin and Mom enjoy a hike When I gave birth to my son, Kevin, I felt a miracle pass through me. I felt divinity touch me with a kind hand and whisper its joy. I was humbled, awestruck and so overjoyed. A little miracle had emerged out of me, completely formed and so beautiful!

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