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    Propane: The “Dirty Little Secret” of Living Off the Grid

    Living off the grid sounds romantic…no more bills from dirty energy companies, self-sufficiency, green power, etc.; however, there is one “dirty little secret” found in most alternative energy homes.  Without it, some off-gridders couldn’t cook, refrigerate, heat water, or dry clothes.  That dirty little secret is propane. Propane is a “by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining,”.  Due to […] More

  • Why You Need to Experience Nature to Be a True Conservationist

    Going green is the latest fad.  Environmental conservation is at the heart of a more eco-friendly lifestyle.  Whether you are motivated by health, environmental concerns or current trends, there’s a lot of advice out there to help you live a greener lifestyle.  Using your wallet to support ethical companies and products is effective; however, I […] More

  • FTC Green Guide & Marketing: Greenwashing or Truth in Advertising?

    Green is a hot trend, and businesses try to capitalize on consumers’ concern for the environment by touting their products’ eco-friendly traits.  “Recyclable”, “natural”, “compostable”, “biodegradable”, “organic”…what do these terms mean?  Unfortunately for consumers, there are no standards or consensus about what green actually signifies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the governmental agency in […] More

  • Klamath River Grey Whale Beaches Itself and Dies: Is Navy Sonar to Blame?

    On June 24, 2011, a 45-foot gray whale swam up the Klamath River in northern California approximately three miles to the 101 bridge crossing with her calf.  She immediately became a tourist attraction and fascination of locals.  Yurok tribal leaders viewed the whale’s presence as both a “great gift” and a sign our world is “out […] More

  • Fresh or Frozen Vegetables and Fruits: Which One's Better?

    As a gardner, I have certain assumptions about food. Fresh is always better; however,  I do freeze for winter.  Recently, a friend shared that frozen food was actually more flavorful and nutritious than fresh food available in the grocery store.  This threw me for a loop: I always thought “frozen fresh” was an oxymoron, but the […] More

  • Green Remodeling or No Remodeling: Which is more Eco-Friendly?

    A friend of mine recently asked a green question.  She moved into an unfinished home and was very excited about using green materials.  We started to talk about insulation.  There is already exposed fiberglass insulation in her new home.  She wants to replace it with recycled denim insulation, which is what I have in part […] More

  • How to Plant a Winter Garden (It’s Time!)

    Although the heat of summer is on, it is time to plant your winter garden. Winter gardening is my favorite garden of all, as the cooler nights raise the sweetness of many cole and root crops.  Harvesting carrots out of the snow or having kale all winter long makes me feel like a master gardener […] More

  • Green Home Remodeling: Low-Flow or Dual Flush Toilets?

    If you live in an older home or apartment, the toilet in your bathroom uses between three to four gallons of water each time you flush.  In fact, your toilet is the largest daily user of water in your home. Some water conservationists respond by only flushing down bowel movements and posting signs for visitors reading: […] More

  • Private vs. Public Water: A Tale of Felton, CA

    Do you know who owns your water?  Many communities have moved from public water works to privatization of this important utility.  Corporations raise rates, and citizens are left with no local control.  In many towns, grassroots movements have successfully fought corporate water acquisition.  Felton, California is a model of such citizen action. More

  • Oil Spill News: BP Burning Endangered Sea Turtles

    Environmental groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island Restoration Network along with local shrimp boat captains have filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order against oil giant British Petroleum (BP) to stop the burning of endangered sea turtles.  Using the Endangered Species Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, […] More

  • Key West Ocean’s Day Rally Turns to BP Protest

    June 8, 2010 was World Oceans Day.  Declared officially by the United Nations last year, this day celebrates how our oceans: Generates most of the oxygen we breathe Helps feed us Regulates our climate Cleans the water we drink Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines Provides limitless inspiration! More

  • Thames Gateway Water Treatment Works Desalinates Using Biofuels

    Like every major city in the world, the population of London is growing straining the infrastructure in place to provide its residents with clean drinking water.  Thus, the Thames Gateway Water Treatment opened this week to provide water during times of drought.  This desalination plant runs off of biofuels and can quench the thirst of […] More

  • Mt. Shasta Voters May Outlaw Cloud Seeding and Bottled Water Plants

    Despite the fall in popularity of bottled water, there is still large consumer demand. Major corporations are looking for new sources, and in many cases, communities are fighting back. In Mt. Shasta, California, not only are residents concerned about the “large water draws” of bottled water plants, they are also worried about the health effects […] More

  • UN: Dock 13 Million Fishing Boats to Save Global Stocks

    Stark predictions lie ahead for the fishing industry if action is not taken immediately to preserve stock, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).  Warning that “virtually all commercial fisheries will have collapsed by 2050 unless urgent action is taken”, scientists estimated 13 million boats need to stop fishing immediately to save global fish […] More

  • How Much Should BP Pay for the Gulf Oil Spill?

    Money will not fix the problems facing the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the massive oil spill, but clean up is certainly expensive.  As the magnitude of the oil spill is still being discovered and British Petroleum (BP) is being accused of falsifying blowout preventer safety tests, Congress is examining the amount of damages […] More

  • Concord, MA Residents Ban Bottled Water Sales

    If you live in Concord, Massachusetts or will be traveling there, be sure to bring your own reusable water bottle.  Starting January 1, 2011, the sale of bottled water will be banned within city limits.  Concord is the first city in America to completely outlaw bottled water, and the bottled water industry is not happy. More

  • Schwarzenegger Removes Support for Offshore Drilling in Wake of Gulf Spill

    If you have followed California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career, you will find he has flip flopped on the issue of offshore drilling several times.  In 2008, Schwarzenegger refused to join the Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s call to lift a moratorium on offshore drilling; however, the state soon faced an insurmountable budget crisis that caused […] More

  • El Zapotillo Dam Slotted to Flood Three Mexican Towns

    As the world’s demand for water grows, dam projects are proposed that negatively affect human rights and the environment.  The El Zapotill0 Dam in Mexico is no exception, and protests have even resulted in death threats.  The towns of Temacapulín, Acasico, and Palmarejo will be flooded with a grave loss to central Mexican culture and […] More

  • Will There Be a 2010 Salmon Fishing Season on the West Coast?

    West Coast families, tribes, and communities that rely on salmon fishing for their sustenance, once again are faced with bleak options for the 2010 salmon, although the outlook is improved over the 2009 season, especially for sport fisherman. Beleageured by previous poor runs on the Klamath and Sacramento Rivers, commercial salmon season could be closed […] More

  • The Birth Control Pill Threatens Fish Reproduction

    An estimated 80 million women worldwide take oral contraceptives (aka “the Pill”) to “inhibit ovulation and thus prevent pregnancy”.  First available to the public in the 1960s, the Pill has been pronounced as “the most significant medical advance of the 20th century”.  Although the Pill revolutionized women’s health, traces of the contraceptive are ending up […] More

  • Human Rights vs. World’s Largest Marine Reserve

    In the late 1960s, the United States and Great Britain expelled the native people of the Chagos Islands and slave descendants in order to create a nuclear air force base. If the area is turned into a marine reserve today, the Chagossians (Ilois) contest they could never return since fishing would be banned deeply impacting their livelihood. More

  • NY Proposes Recycling Cooling Water at Nuclear Power Plants

    When one thinks of nuclear power, images of cooling towers rising into the sky come to mind.  Water is needed in nuclear power production in order to cool the “waste heat” generated and in case an accident occurs. The Union of Concerned Scientists explains: For every three units of energy produced by the reactor core […] More

  • The Rise and Fall of Bottled Water

    The evolution of the bottled water industry has finally crested and demise has begun.  I admit, I fell for bottled water’s marketing strategy in believing tap water was not safe.  The H2O held in those clear plastic bottles was safer, I believed, until I learned that the plastic containers leached BPA.  After successfully convincing us all […] More

  • Klamath Water Woes: Drought Conditions Pit Farmers Against Fish Again

    The Klamath Basin and the water that flows out of it from Oregon to California have been a point of contention between environmentalists and farmers over the past century. Dam removal now seems imminent, yet the water woes have not ended for the region. Facing drought conditions, Klamath Lake is currently 12 inches below its […] More

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