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  • New Documentary Provides an Inconvenient Truth for Fish

    A new documentary film, End of the Line, released at cinemas nationwide on World Ocean Day (8th June), warns that overfishing the bluefin tuna could result in the end of seafood by 2048 because all fishing stocks will collapse as a result of overfishing. More

  • Metered Water Use in California Translates to Water Conservation

    In 2004, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, enacted a law that required meters to be installed on all residential and commercial properties by 2025. This was partly based on studies that showed metered customers used less water on average than those charged a flat rate. More

  • Can Desalination Projects Remedy California’s Drought Problem?

    The scarcity of water in California has reached astounding levels. The state is looking to various means and resources to remedy this situation. According to Scripps, about 20 water agencies up and down the California coast are favoring desalination projects as a method to deal with drought. More

  • The Coca Cola Company vs. Indian Farmers

    The Coca Cola company has invested over $1 billion dollars building a market for its products in India, but the company’s welcome has been less than effervescent, considering the contentious issues raised by the company’s business practices. More

  • Algae: A Clean Tech Asset or a Health Liability?

    As clean tech research develops fuels synthesized from nature’s ingredients, algae has become synonymous with protecting the environment. However many algal strains are toxic enough to cause massive fish and coral die-offs. More

  • Contaminated Drinking Water Continues to Flow Through Urban American Waterways

    How safe is your drinking water? According to the Associated Press, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies have released as much as 271 million pounds of various chemicals legally into waterways that provide drinking water to millions. Chemicals found in urban waters include lithium, nitroglycerin, copper, phenol, hydrogen peroxide, nicotine, and many more. Typically most cities do […] More

  • Water Efficiency vs. Water Shortage

    The Economist recently published an article on the growing problem of water shortages and, calls for a system of tradable usage rights to allocate water resources to more productive use. “Globally there is no shortage of water; the central problem is that so much water is wasted, mainly through agriculture. But farmers reject scarcity pricing […] More

  • World Water Forum: An Agenda for Privatizing Water?

    The World Water Forum (WWF) held in Istanbul last week has turned out to be a more highly contentious event than anticipated by many. The forum got off to a rough start when Turkish police fired tear gas and detained activists who protested against the privatization of water, the most charged and controversial issue surrounding […] More

  • A Sea Change: Documentary Shows Harsh Truth of World Without Fish

    A world without fish? Though it might seem like a left-field concept to some, it’s important that we don’t forget that dinosaurs, dodos and other creatures that once roamed freely about our lands have long since died out. Top scientists now warn that our seas face a similar catastrophe thanks to a rise in ocean […] More

  • Article 31: The Right to Clean and Safe Water

    As much as we take for granted that we can turn on the tap for an endless supply of water whenever we need it, the truth is that rapid industrialization, increasing agricultural use and pollution have contributed to worldwide water shortages. Everyday brings increasing concern about the scarcity of water and its impact on global […] More

  • Dive Into the Ocean with Google Earth 5.0

    Last month, Google announced the launch of Google Earth 5.0 – The Ocean, a new feature that enables users of Google Earth to dive beneath the water surface, explore 3D underwater terrain and browse ocean-related content contributed by leaders in ocean science and advocacy. More

  • Living Ayurveda: An Herbal Tea To Help Ease the Flu Blues

    Ayurvedicaly speaking, the common cold results largely from an imbalance of the Kapha (water and earth) and Vata (air and space) elements in the mind-ody. Vata imbalances lower immunity and lead to a build up of the Kapha dosha elements to help ‘ground’ the system. However, Kapha mechanisms typically overcompensate to make up for the β€˜dryness’ associated with imbalanced Vata and lowered immunity. The result is excessive β€˜coldness’ that creates mucus. This in turn reduces your gastric fire often cuasing you to experience the β€˜chills.’ More

  • Living Ayurveda: A Medicine For Health And Sustainability

    As much as people might recognize that Ayurveda is an ancient medicine from India and that it enhances positive health, most do not realize how intricately it is connected to sustainability.

    Translated from Sanskrit as The Science of Life, Ayurveda is probably one of the oldest known systems of sustainable living. Given that it enhances longevity goes to show how important sustainability is…not just as a marketing or lifestyle trend but as a method of achieving long term health. More

  • Top 7 Posts About Ideas for a Green Thanksgiving

    With the Thanksgiving Holiday just a few days away, you are probably focusing on how to have a green Thanksgiving. I have enjoyed reading tips and ideas from around the Green Options network and the blogosphere. Here are some of my favorite green Thanksgiving posts. More

  • A Recipe For Sargi, Vermicelli Pudding From The Villages of Punjab

    Today marks Karva Chauth, a traditional Northern Indian festival that harks from the villages of Punjab. Married women fast for the long life of their husband. Even though it is a challenging fast, Karva Chauth is welcomed and celebrated by Indian women in and outside of India as it celebrates camaraderie among married women.

    Women traditionally eat sargi, the (Punjabi) name given to the delicious vermicelli kheer (pudding), early in the morning and then fast all day. Following a community prayer and storytelling at sunset, they break their fast after the moon rises. More

  • "Hydrogen Cities" To Build An Economy Of Hydrogen Cars Over The Next Decade

    Greg Frenette, a lead engineer at Ford Motors, said last week that it may take at least 20 years before hydrogen-powered cars become widely available because obtaining the fuel is so costly and difficult. But the latest news from the Reuters Global Environment Summit is that these zero emissions cars could become a reality in California very soon as the state plans to build out “Hydrogen Cities” to support the hydrogen car industry.
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  • 2008 Commemorative Coins Celebrate The Recovery of Bald Eagle to American Skies

    The non-profit American Eagle Foundation announced today that United States Mint’s 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins are selling very well, and have already raised over $6 million dollars for the future protection of Bald Eagles. Three legal tender coins in gold, silver & clad (copper-nickel), all celebrate the successful recovery of the Bald Eagle to America’s skies and the upcoming 35th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act on December 28th. More

  • Does India’s New Biofuels Policy Spell Sustainability?

    It’s official, India must work towards the use of biofuels. On September 12th the Indian government announced a new national biofuels policy: By 2017 it will aim to meet 20% of India’s diesel demand with fuel derived from plants rather than fossils.

    But where will it come from? According to the National Council of Applied Economic Research, a Delhi think-tank, it means setting aside 14m hectares of land, for the growth of jatropha, a key biofuels raw material. More

  • How Green Is Your City? SustainLane's 2008 Sustainable City Rankings

    SustainLane, a San Francisco based green media company has just announced its brand new U.S. city rankings today. Starting in 2005, SustainLane went through an exorbitant examination of sustainability initiatives in U.S. cities looking at a variety of factors: average traffic commutes, affordable housing, waste diversion, green space, energy usage, green buildings, natural disaster risk, air quality, water quality, public transportation, local food sources, and government innovations. James Elsen, the founder of SustainLane explains it in his article What’s A Sustainable City, Anyway ?

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  • Honey – The Cure For Just About Anything

    I find it hard to identify my favorite Ayurvedic remedy but if I must pinpoint a wonder-drug then honey is probably the first that comes to mind. The health benefits of honey are plenty, it has been used as a medicine for centuries. More