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11/21/2010
Emmy-award winner, Dayton Duncan, likened trail advocates to John Muir at the American Trails National Symposium
9/26/2010
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy launches a national campaign aimed at the American Automobile Association.
4/30/2013
Last year, more than 30,000 Americans participated in the National Bike Challenge and rode more than 12 million miles. This year, the League of American Bicyclists wants to know if riders are ready for a bigger challenge.
8/13/2012
Hiking The Ozarks' Lost Valley - Where getting lost is part of the fun! By Mike McArthy of Photozarks
3/14/2011
A cheap plastic pin reveals allies on Capitol Hill.
12/17/2012
Schools and cities all around the U.S. are using abandoned rail corridors to encourage foot and bike transportation in their communities.
4/29/2013
The Shooting Star State Rail-Trail in southern Minnesota has had a strong impact on the surrounding communities and is becoming a vital link between cities.
5/16/2013
Rail-trail opponents object to public pathways on the grounds of public safety, but crime and antisocial behavior typically decline in areas with trails.
7/30/2008
'Papago' beans are hard to find, especially when their name changed in the 1980s.
2/14/2014
American Farmland Trust will be holding the Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference October 20-22, in Lexington, Kentucky.
11/19/2010
Today, eight conservations groups and 25 senators sent letters to President Obama to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as it approaches its 50th anniversary.
12/1/2011
There are many beekeeping associations in the U.S., national, regional and local. The two National Groups are discussed, looking at members, activities and goals.
1/1/2008
Ever wondered what the difference is between a national park, a wilderness area, a national wildlife refuge, or other protected federal land? Here are the major differences in how these different natural areas are used and managed.
8/21/2009
For centuries social and international conflicts have been spurred by contrasts in one group's sense of tribal identity (whether cultural, ethnic or geographic) versus another's. This same conflict plays out today in the United States for those members of American society who, thus far, have been unable to recognize President Obama as part of their tribe. Bryan Welch argues that Obama, in fact, epitomizes the  key characteristics of the modern American tribe.
8/14/2013
A new report from the League of American Bicyclists finds women cyclists now make up 60 percent of U.S. bike owners between the ages of 18 and 27.
2/25/2013
Borrowing from a Native American tradition, utilize porcupine quills to make beautiful beads.
8/13/2010
Sixteen states have banned the sale of dishwasher detergents with high phosphate levels, and the American Cleaning Institute has urged its members to remove them.
12/26/2012
Puhwem Native American corn was the mother corn of native people. It's one of the best corns for making corn flour.
3/28/2013
The American Heart Association aims to get people moving by organizing a National Walking Day. Follow some of these easy suggestions to participate in National Walking Day.
10/15/2008
Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week at your local wildlife refuge!
10/22/2010
The beauty of the Shenandoah National Park comes to life in this Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own images, and yours could be featured next!
7/30/2012
A map released by National Public Radio shows viewers the extent of the ongoing drought, and how it's changed from January 2011 to now.
9/4/2013
Celebrate the third annual National Plug In day on Sept. 29, 2013, and see what electric cars are all about.
11/24/2008
Land rich in biodiversity isn't just more productive than land planted with a single crop. It turns out that increased biodoversity also significantly effects the total "bioenergy" of the land, as well as its carbon footprint.
10/19/2012
The North American Solar Stores (NASS) network announces their nationally recognized solar store brand to meet the solar energy demands of today's alternative energy-aware consumers.
10/22/2012
The American Highland Cattle Association is funding a Highland beef research study on fatty acid profiles, tenderness of cooked steaks and sensory characteristics of Highland beef.
8/16/2012
Portland is the nation's most bike-friendly city, yet this Oregon community has had to deal with cycling disparities among its population. One nonprofit organization addressed this issue by developing new programs targeting low-income immigrant communities.
7/11/2013
Instructional videos from the League of American Bicyclists provide basic bicycle safety tips.
2/24/2010
Advice on how to get the most tender and flavorful meat from your chickens.
8/27/2008
The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to cancel the use of carbofuran, but FMC Corporation stands in their way.
10/24/2012
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) will be celebrating 35 years of success at their annual conference on November 9-10 in Cary, N.C. Whether you’re a hard core farmer or backyard hobbyist, the conference is sure to have something to ruffle your tail feathers.
11/1/2011
Robert Zwald grew up in the 1900s, farming with his father in Minnesota. This is part one of his stories from the past, as compiled by his daughter, Ruth.
12/23/2013
I’ll let you in on a little secret; there is no PERFECT knife. Cutting tools are only as effective as the handler wielding them.
1/13/2012
Texas coastal city best represents tractor giant’s culture of “rise.”
5/11/2012
STIHL provides support to new online resource for do-it-yourself audience.
11/28/2010
Show your thanks for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy leaders by nominating someone you know for a national Advocacy Award.
10/9/2009
From carbon footprints to added wear and tear on everything from trails to monuments, travel of any kind leaves a mark on the environment. The difficulty of balancing the environmental effects of your travels with a desire to see and appreciate firsthand the natural and manmade marvels of the world isn't an easy task, and is an issue that's inspired a wealth of discussion. What do you think? Would you travel less, or otherwise change the way you travel, in order to protect the environment?
2/4/2010
The National Wildlife Federation has released a report that explains the effects of climate change on winter weather. Warmer winters and heavy snow are causing problems for agriculture, wildlife, communities and even the skiing industry — and the NWF is calling for policy reforms to reduce emissions to slow the effects of global warming. Read on to learn more.
7/5/2013
The “Remote Community Renewable Energy Partnership” exceeds Obama’s goal for supporting clean energy development in small native villages.
10/3/2008
National Solar Tour couldn't have more perfect timing.
4/2/2014
One of the best—albeit not the warmest—times to bicycle in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks is during the month of April.
4/29/2014
Learn about riding the rails with Amtrak on National Train Day this May.
4/7/2010
The U.S. Forest Service began hosting roundtable discussions on March 29 (continuing until May 12) to give citizens the opportunity to voice their opinions on the future management of national forests.
1/19/2013
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
11/14/2008
As modern farms increase production using monoculture crops, the nutritional value of the harvests diminishes, along with the economic stability and self-reliance of the farmers and their local communities.
4/22/2011
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) notes the environmental benefits of commuting and traveling on a motorcycle.
2/13/2012
Groovy Globe will donate 10 percent of its sales from each product sold to non-profit environmental organizations.
3/7/2012
The American Garden Tool Company is an online source for American-made garden tools, products and accessories.
7/18/2012
The American College of Healthcare Sciences and Apothecary Shoppe have been re-certified as Green America Gold-Certified businesses.
11/12/2012
American Airlines is the greenest U.S. airline for the third consecutive year in Newsweek's Green Rankings List, an annual environmental ranking of the country's 500 largest publicly traded companies.
1/22/2013
The League of American Bicyclists has compiled a database of state-specific highlights of traffic laws that affect bicyclists. Find out if you live in a bicycle friendly community.    
5/21/2013
The number of bike commuters is on the rise everywhere in the United States, but especially in Bicycle Friendly Communities where it has increased an average of 80 percent.
5/27/2011
A proper tea house is a luxury I believe in.
6/16/2011
Americans are being asked to turn up the thermostat 3 degrees on June 21. If you find you don't notice the difference, why not keep it up? You will notice the difference in your electric bill.
7/5/2011
As the economy improves, the trend toward smaller homes is reversing.
1/21/2009
ASES released a report that says 37 million green jobs are possible by 2030. Check out the study here!
5/21/2009
Hold onto your hats, Congress is debating climate change. Right now the U.S. House is considering the Waxman-Markey climate bill. Here's where you can find more information about what is, and isn't, in the bill.
3/23/2011
Former Boulder, Colorado, mayor Shaun McGrath, the new head of the American Solar Energy Society, has his work cut out for him.
6/8/2011
Otto and Jim, two American Belgian draft horses, demonstrate their impressive strength to visitors at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Washington.
10/10/2012
Teddi Irwin sent us this great update on a Homesteading Education Month event held at IN A GOOD WAY, a training farm established to use therapeutic methods of farming to improve the lives of Native American men.
11/24/2008
You can find great reports from the field and footage of rare bird species at the American Bird Conservancy's Bird News Network. Plus, find tips for winter birding and check out highly entertaining footage of the moonwalking manakin bird.
1/23/2013
This video slideshow reveals the sacred magic contained in the Native American corn that sustained many Indian tribes for thousands of years before professional plant breeders turned it into an industrial feedstock.
2/22/2012
The contest is in honor of National Wild Bird Feeding Month.
1/28/2011
Complete streets policies are sweeping the nation, to the benefit of bicyclists, pedestrians and travelers of all ages.
3/11/2011
Transportation rock stars, Janette Sadik-Khan and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, tell National Bike Summit attendees that local advocates are the real headliners in the bicycle movement.
2/26/2013
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched a new tool to help communities assess their readiness for plug-in electric vehicles.  
6/8/2010
June is National Safety Month, and the Kubota Tractor Corporation’s safety program reminds its customers to make tractor safety a priority.
12/1/2008
Promote AIDS awareness, not just on World AIDS Day, but every day!
2/14/2011
Americans continue to believe that green homes make a difference--but they need to be more affordable.
3/8/2011
Today's a great day to follow our tips for creating a home office that's easy on you and light on the planet.
3/21/2011
Builders and designers believe that low-e windows, engineered wood products and eat-in kitchens will be key characteristics of new homes in the future.
3/22/2011
The average American uses twice as much water as the rest of the world. We can lower our consumption by taking a look at how we eat, shop, travel and live. (Taking shorter showers isn't even the half of it.)
8/27/2012
This posting present comments by leading scientific organizations, individual scientists and government leaders pertaining to human induced climate changes. All agree that climate change is anthropogenic and that it has become a serious problem.
11/8/2012
Across the U.S., voters of all political leanings gave overwhelming approval in the 2012 presidential election to taxing themselves and spending money for new parks in their communities, The Trust for Public Land announced. Of the 57 measures on local and statewide ballots, 46 passed, an approval rate of 81%.
12/12/2012
Throughout the West, drought has led to a massive increase in wildfires, threatening the grass-fed beef industry in the U.S.
3/3/2011
In the wake of a study that shows access to public transportation is crucial to lowering carbon footprint, the Smarter Cities Project names the top regions for smart transit.
3/4/2011
Celebrate a technology-free Sabbath with a jug of organic wine, a loaf of homemade bread and handmade candles. Could you go 24 hours without your smartphone?
3/4/2011
Fracking, buying American, GMOs and unplugging topped the green news this week.
6/13/2011
After years of caving to the chemical industry, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has delcared formaldehyde—common in particleboard, plastics and textiles—a known human carcinogen.
2/8/2011
Concerned about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's refusal to stop Monsanto? Here are four steps you can take now.
2/9/2011
During national bedbug summit, health experts urge thorough cleaning and heat as the best prevention and cure for the nasty pests.
3/25/2009
The wildlife conservation initiatives taken by residents of Austin, Texas have earned the city the title of Community Wildlife Habitat from the National Wildlife Federation.
9/25/2009
PBS and Ken Burns’ new series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” is stirring up interest in some of our country’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring nature, as well as its people. And it’s no surprise that many of MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers have fond memories of these wilderness areas. What are your favorite memories and stories regarding our national parks?
5/14/2013
Bicycling for transportation takes center stage during National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17, 2013.
4/16/2013
The National Bike to School Day aims to promote safer routes to school, cleaner air and active transportation. Find out how to get involved in your community.
4/16/2014
Go out for a spin this May during National Bike Month, and join the growing ranks of people who are discovering the benefits of bike commuting.
11/7/2010
The defeat of Congressman Jim Oberstar wasn't just a blow to Minnesota. It was a loss for everyone who bikes and walks.
6/5/2013
The presence of bicycles on sidewalks has long been debated: Is it legal? Is it safer than the road? Shouldn’t children be able to ride on sidewalks?
2/5/2013
The Sustainable Poultry Network and Western Piedmont Community College have combined forces to create the American School of Sustainable Poultry Husbandry, an intensive poultry workshop for anyone interested in poultry production, marketing, breeding, hatching, cooking, etc.
3/17/2011
A California couple is hitting the road in a greened-up Airstream to share and gather lessons on living sustainbly.
3/22/2011
An affordable prototype home helps revitalize a blighted Syracuse, New York, neighborhood--and could be the city home of the future.
3/24/2011
Homeowners are willing to splurge on kitchen and bath remodels, but they're not interested in building luxury or second homes, according to an American Institute of Architects survey.
4/8/2010
Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Bill McKibbon, Terry Tempest Williams. Do you have a favorite nature or environmental writer? A book or story you can get lost in, that inspires you to action, or simply reminds you of how incredible nature is? Post a comment to share the titles that invite you into the wonder of the natural world — or have maybe even changed your life.
12/12/2012
A new study has uncovered a link between food and environmental allergies and chemicals found in pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural products and drinking water.     
10/11/2010
Bikes Belong needs your pledge to show the public, policymakers and the media that one million Americans want better policy and funding to promote bicycling.
1/13/2012
There are small things that any city -- large, medium, or small -- can do to become more bike-travel friendly. Minneapolis is a great case study -- a place that many other communities can aspire to emulate.
1/23/2011
Finca Bella Vista in Costa Rica, a community of sustainable treehouses in the jungle canopy, connected by zip lines and suspension bridges, is an Ewok Village come to life.
2/7/2011
The Council of Better Business Bureaus National Advertising Division recommends that Sherwin-Williams modify or discontinue advertising claims that its “Harmony” paint line is completely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
3/2/2011
During National Ground Water Awareness Week next week, let's bring attention to what natural gas drilling is doing to our ground water supplies.
3/16/2011
A National Resources Defense Council analyst calls proposed standards “the most important actions to clean up air pollution from dirty coal-burning power plants since the Clean Air Act was last updated in 1990.”
4/6/2011
With 67 percent growth in one year, the solar energy industry eclipses even the telecommunications industry, according to a new Solar Energy Industries Association report.
2/8/2011
While many indications point to house size shrinking in America, National Public Radio reports that the McMansion is far from dead.
3/10/2011
The bad news? Coal-fired power plants are our biggest source of industrial pollution. The good news? Solar grew by 67 percent last year, making it our fastest-growing energy sector.
5/26/2011
After a tree crushed the back of their shotgun home (while 40 Hurricane Katrina refugees were camped out there), a Baton Rouge couple rebuilt a green, energy-efficient house that encourages connection with their neighborhood's "front porch" culture.
6/16/2011
Cable set-top boxes in the United States consume 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity—equivalent to the annual output of nine coal-fired power plants. Cable providers have a lot of energy-efficient improvements to make.
7/8/2011
To satisfy today's home buyer, a developer of million-dollar luxury homes in New York is offering smaller, more affordable houses--more anecdotal evidence that the McMansion is dying.
3/23/2011
Wabi-sabi teaches us appreciation for the good energy and soul that handmade items bring to our homes. Etsy, the premiere source for handcrafted home goods, offers an extensive list of items whose sale will benefit Japanese relief efforts.
12/9/2010
Simran Sethi explains her bathroom-remodel goals to conserve water.
12/7/2011
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!


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