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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.
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.
5/24/2013
By now, you have all been bombarded by the phrases “go green” and “be sustainable” in the media, in advertising and from peers, but have you heard of the phrase “go blue?”
2/24/2006
Beware. I’m stepping up on the soapbox for a minute.
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.
7/9/2014
In a post-carbon agriculture, much of the work of growing food will be done through physical labor and one in six of us will need to have our hands in the dirt. How do we foster a new generation of 50 million fit farmers?
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%.
9/9/2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on how to implement the new Conservation Stewardship Program. Here's the lowdown, plus instructions on how to submit your opinion — it's easy!
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.)
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.
4/23/2013
Honey bees, the Boston tragedy, and our power to create the world we’ve been waiting for.
9/15/2009
Check out this compelling roundtable discussion of four expert climate change scientists.
4/20/2011
The CD Recycling Center of America announced that it has chosen the United States Postal Service as its preferred shipping partner for incoming shipments of CDs and DVDs submitted for recycling.
5/8/2009
As H1N1 (also known as "swine flu") continues to spread, people are taking a variety of precautions to avoid catching or spreading the virus — from being more diligent about washing hands to cancelling long-awaited vacations. Tell us what you're doing, and find out more about H1N1 and how you can stay informed and healthy. 
9/27/2012
If you would like to be represented by more elected officials who support environmental safeguards for our air, water, and land, take a look at these resources, including the League of Conservation Voters' National Environmental Scorecard.
6/29/2009
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the environmentally progressive Energy and Climate Change bill.
7/18/2012
The American College of Healthcare Sciences and Apothecary Shoppe have been re-certified as Green America Gold-Certified businesses.
2/16/2011
A new study finds that warming temperatures will cause up to two-thirds of the earth's permafrost to disappear by 2200, unleashing large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
12/14/2011
Select Kubota models now available for rent at the Home Depot.
2/11/2013
Although the Centers for Disease Control has launched a vigorous nationwide public health campaign urging everyone, particularly elderly and vulnerable people, to get vaccinated against the flu, some researchers disagree with the message.
11/17/2011
Planet Connect's Get Green Video Contest wants you to show how you can Green Your City with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
2/11/2013
The Great Backyard Bird Count in 2013 runs from February 15 through February 18! Help scientists gain a snapshot of how winter bird populations are changing across North America.
6/28/2011
The dangers of bud nip (Chlorpropham) and the effects of chemical herbicides on the food you're eating come to light in a potato project conducted by a smart, young lady.
4/25/2014
Your soil can be your best friend or your worst enemy as you prep your garden. Find out what you're up against with one of these three easy methods!
4/20/2010
The 40 best nature photographs of all time, selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), are set to be auctioned off this Thursday, April 22, in honor of Earth Day. All proceeds from the auction will go to conservation groups.
9/12/2008
How does the amount of electricity you use each month compare to the  average American household?
4/30/2013
Nearly 2 million people sent comments opposing genetically engineered salmon to the Food and Drug Administration, stating that GE salmon is bad for the consumer, the environment and the native fish.
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.
9/12/2008
Country of origin labeling will be required on many types of meat, fruits and vegetables starting Sept. 30.
9/4/2009
Oregon becomes the sixth state to make hemp legal to produce, trade and possess.
8/31/2009
The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Policy empowers everyday citizens with the knowledge to go up against industry lobbyists and fight for strong climate change legislation.
6/10/2009
President Barack Obama's second wave of stimulus money creates new green jobs.
6/17/2009
The new White Houe report on climate change effects on the U.S. comes at a key time for major environmental policy. 
10/22/2010
Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) releases a report assessing each state’s programs and policies for energy-efficiency. See how your home state did in 2010!
10/10/2011
Tips on how to control soil erosion and help protect one of Earth's most important natural resources.
9/10/2012
Tips on how to take part in citizen science projects during the fall!
12/19/2013
Mankind’s use of fossil fuels during the last 200 years has dumped millions of years of sequestered carbon into the atmosphere in the form of Carbon Dioxide. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, 315 gigatons of carbon have been added to the atmosphere, leaving the carbon cycle 315 gigatons out of balance.
4/7/2014
Learning how to make a soil block is a simple skill capable of permitting one to become involved within their local CSA or farm. It can also be a great way to meet local farmers, reduce CSA membership fees, and learn about organic gardening. Before each seed is sowed it must have a soil block to grow in. Being part of that initial step brings great joy.
3/28/2014
The symbiotic relationship between plants and fungi are showing more than ever how life depends on life. Learn how to encourage what beneficial microbes you have in your soil for a powerful ally in your garden and fields.
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.
4/30/2013
KOR Water has announced the reusable Nava filtering water bottle.
7/6/2010
Don't miss Blue August, a month-long event with special programming from Planet Green that will motivate you to become more aware of the world's oceans.
10/15/2008
Over 200 million children worldwide are forced into child labor because of poverty. Help stop this from happening by becoming aware and getting involved.
11/5/2010
According to a recent Congressional Research Service report, nearly  40 programs, from land conservation to support for beginning farmers and ranchers, are set to lose funding in the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill.
1/13/2009
It's official: The USDA has finally hammered out the details on country of origin labeling. The rule will take effect March 16, but some say it could use a little tweaking first.
1/27/2009
After testing 55 common food products containing HFCS, researchers found mercury in nearly one-third.
11/6/2009
The voting outcome of Ohio's Issue 2 is seen as a win for industrial agriculture.
10/21/2009
The new Goodweave certification label for rugs maintains RugMark International’s stringent child labor-free policy.
6/12/2009
More money from the Stimulus plan has gone to hot and cold states for weatherization programs.
2/13/2009
Tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture to abandon their efforts to create and enforce a National Animal Identification System. We've made it easy for you with sample wording and directions on where to submit your comments.
8/19/2008
Bill Clinton has 10 recommendations for what the U.S. government should be doing to promote cleaner energy.
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.
3/8/2013
Paul Moinester is starting a new conservation project focused on wild fish habitat protection.
11/6/2008
Overpopulation and greed are obvious stumbling blocks to conservation efforts, but in the poorest parts of the world conservation is a luxury that simply can't be afforded.
10/17/2011
How to save energy in commercial and industrial buildings.
11/21/2010
Emmy-award winner, Dayton Duncan, likened trail advocates to John Muir at the American Trails National Symposium
1/5/2011
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved the use of methyl iodide, a pesticide toxic to humans, for application to strawberry fields. Methyl iodide is recognized as a carcinogen that can also cause late term miscarriage and permanent neurological damage. Scientists agree that farmers cannot safely use the pesticide, and a concerned coalition has formed to persuade Governor Brown to put a moratorium on the use of methyl iodide.  
10/3/2013
Strict ceilings on resource use, with rationing, can halt and reverse climate disruption. Australia's experience shows why the alternative to rationing, a carbon tax, is too indirect and too politically toxic to succeed.
3/18/2014
Intensive grazing management can answer questions regarding field carrying capacity, how much forage your animals need each day and how to manage what you have. Pizza, anyone?
8/9/2010
A people-powered revolution is afoot.
9/23/2008
Congress is accused of bait-and-switch tactics when they propose millions in reductions to the conservation-related program assistance that helped pass the 2008 farm bill.  
3/13/2009
This coming Tuesday, March 17, new legislation will be introduced in an attempt to protect Americans from antibiotic resistance. The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009 will end the use of certain antibiotics in agriculture unless animals are sick.
8/3/2009
Legislation to control the use of antibiotics on the farm is gaining momentum in D.C., and emotions on both sides of the issue are heating up. Tell us what you think of the bill.
8/31/2010
What's behind the food contamination issues plaguing us of late? Poop. Plain and simple. The Cornucopia Institute weighs in.
9/15/2009
The White House will launch an open-to-the-public farmers market.
8/6/2008
Find out what John McCain and Barack Obama have to say about energy issues including the use of nuclear power, clean coal and support for renewable energy.
6/4/2009
Vermont passed a bill into law last week that established a feed-in tariff policy. The policy is one of the United States' first.
6/19/2009
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed a bipartisan bill that does not go far enough for some environmental groups.
12/1/2008
Twenty-nine environmental groups created a plan for Obama's transition team, explaining what environmental issues need to be addressed in order to create a green economy.
9/28/2007
Many states are working quickly to develop their wind power resources knowing it will pay off big in the future.
4/7/2014
Utility companies and solar power companies are vying for customers' business. See how that affects you.
5/7/2013
As Congress considers the 2013 Farm Bill, it has the opportunity to enact legislation that protects and supports the nation's family farmers and market gardeners, in addition to protecting consumers and the environment.
11/6/2008
The Union of Concerned Scientists is ready for Obama to take over and find a solution to our energy, environmental and economic problems through a clean energy economy.
7/7/2009
Since the U.S. House of Represenatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the U.S. Senate started work on its own energy and clilmate change bill.
10/31/2008
Wondering where to vote or what's going to be on the ballot? Find answers to these and many other election questions (plus, a game!) with these resources.
7/5/2014
The Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, proposed on June 2, 2014, by the Environmental Protection Agency, under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan not only limits our carbon pollution but also injects life back into our domestic workforce.
6/1/2008
Learn more about how you can reuse waste water from your home.
1/11/2011
Dole, with 2009 net revenues of $6.8 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas and producer/shipper of organic pineapples.
6/18/2010
Most coral reefs in the world are in danger of destruction in the coming years due to human activities such as global warming, pollution and overfishing. Glover’s Reef, off the coast of Belize, is a beam of hope in the world of coral reef conservation due to its well-enforced marine protected area which prevents overfishing, allowing the area to replenish its species within a few years.
8/15/2011
Tips for water conservation during a drought.
12/9/2011
Announcing the 2012 Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grants!
12/19/2011
Tips to save energy and water during the holiday season.
1/23/2012
Tips on how and where to view bald eagles.
3/12/2012
Save water from March 12-18, 2012 during Fix a Leak Week!
3/20/2012
Tips on how to protect local wildlife and water bodies during the spring thaw.
10/1/2012
Explanation of what bioretention systems are and how they are used to reduce and filter storm water runoff.
11/13/2012
November 11-17, 2012 is Geography Awareness Week and the theme is 'interdependency' this year.
11/27/2012
Tips on how to reduce energy with lights during the holiday season.
3/11/2013
March 10-16, 2013 is National Groundwater Awareness Week and groundwater provides over 40 percent of U.S. population with drinking water. You can protect water quality at home by conserving water.
4/16/2013
Will assigning monetary value to the environment help to create an ethic of land stewardship or cause further detachment from nature?
6/13/2013
Protect and enjoy our nation’s 70,000 miles of rivers during National Rivers Month.
7/15/2013
Proposals to weaken the links among conservation, farming and fair access to food would worsen the problems of U.S. agriculture.
2/10/2011
Our ideas, if they are to be effective, should be epidemically contagious.
11/15/2013
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a laptop for 5 hours! America Recycles Day is Nov 15.
12/3/2013
Ready to decorate? Show your holiday spirit with LED lighting to save energy and money. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33327
12/9/2013
WTAJ has partnered with the National Environmental Education Foundation and Project Noah to help show wildlife and the impacts of weather on living things in Central Pennsylvania.
6/7/2013
Save money and energy by going green and being smart about your home utilities.
6/3/2014
Planting a water-smart garden with native plants can help you save water when temperatures heat up.
7/3/2014
A deadly fungal infection has killed millions of hibernating bats in eastern North America in the past decade. New research may help combat the devastating disease.
1/29/2014
Bat guano has been used as an organic fertilizer for many centuries and bats act as an organic alternative to insecticides. Many factors have played a role in the reduction of global bat populations, from inappropriate bat guano mining to the spread of white nose syndrome and today awareness must be raised about what people can do to protect bats and their habitats. By integrating local bat colonies into local food systems and changing misconceptions about bats, bat populations and bat guano will remain steady and available for centuries to come.
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.
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.
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.
4/29/2014
Learn about riding the rails with Amtrak on National Train Day this May.
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.
5/23/2011
"Green" cleaning products are awash with misleading labels and false claims. Always look for a third-party certification to assure you're buying the healthiest, most environmentally friendly cleaners.
6/14/2011
Despite their widespread use, nanoparticles are not well classified, regulated or even understood. Fortunately, the FDA is signaling a turn toward more accurate classification and rules for their use.
7/1/2009
What kind of car would you get with the Car Allowance Rebate System, which gives consumers up to $4,500 to trade in old, inefficient vehicles?
4/29/2013
Bike-share programs are now operated in more than 500 cities in 49 countries. Most cities are finding that bike sharing leads to better mobility and safer streets.
9/19/2008
The  U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accepting public comment regarding a draft Guidance for Industry #187 — to clarify regulation of genetically altered animals.
1/19/2009
It's hard to shop responsibly sometimes, especially for meat. There are so many different label claims that it's hard to remember which are meaningful and which are just fluff. Here's a handy reference card that will give more power to your purchases.
5/8/2009
The Center to Expose and Close Animal Factories employs a strong legal background to take on industrial agriculture. Learn about their plan to clean up the business for good.
1/4/2010
There are a lot of changes we'd like to see made to our food system this year. Add your own.
12/31/2009
The process of mechanically tenderizing steaks creates a food safety hazard by transferring bacteria that otherwise would be limited to the surface of a steak to the entire cut of meat, inside and out. Rare steak lovers, beware.
12/16/2008
The Apollo Alliance want you to tell the new Obama Energy Czar, Carol Browner that you support renewable energy policy.
1/14/2009
Find out what different states are doing to promote power from renewable sources, including solar and wind energy.
6/24/2009
The House votes on the Climate Energy Bill Friday and President Barack Obama encouraged the passage of the bill.
3/11/2009
The National Animal Identification Plan will be easily implemented by large factory farms, but it means trouble for smaller operations. Will the system really keep us safe from disease, or will industrial ag and tracking system manufacturers be the only beneficiaries?
7/20/2011
The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers agreed to work together to pass federal legislation for better treatment for the country’s egg-laying hens. While the slightly larger, furnished cages are an improvement for chickens in industrial egg production, you can support animal welfare and get more nutritious eggs by buying pastured eggs from local farmers or raising chickens yourself.
9/15/2010
Cities, counties and states across the country have created food policy councils in response to their concerns about future food security in their communities. The councils work to coordinate local food efforts, such as farmers markets, to develop a sustainable food system.
10/6/2010
Branded as smarter capitalism, the Petition for a Green Recovery seeks a new kind of environmental policy to green America. Using financial incentives, this idea plans to create a marketplace that takes into account environmental and social costs while increasing the green jobs sector.  
6/1/2010
The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force has proposed numerous changes, including coastal and marine spatial planning, to keep a constant eye on our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. Will increased regulations help us avoid future accidents in our most treasured bodies of water? Tell us what you think about the proposed changes.
9/23/2009
The creators of Food Inc. make a great effort to teach their audience about where our food comes from and about the effects of our industrial food system. After seeing the documentary, MOTHER EARTH NEWS blogger Jenna Woginrich was inspired to write her own argument about the way we view and consume food - and ask: Will those who most need the education ever see the film?
11/26/2008
What should we do about climate and energy issues? These three articles raise interesting questions.
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.
8/27/2008
We need a new "green revolution" to ensure a healthy habitat for humanity's future.
4/2/2013
CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. I know that when I purchased new lamps for my house, they had a whole shelf of incandescent bulbs right next to it, and I had to go search the store for CFLs, so I understand if you are currently using incandescent bulbs. But it’s worth the switch — not only are CFLs equal in light quality, they last way longer and will save you hundreds of dollars over their lifetime.
11/8/2010
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
8/12/2011
Demise of the Southern Energy and Environmental (See) Expo
8/6/2012
Tips on how to save water at home and protect water quality during National Water Quality Month.
10/3/2011
Tips on how to conserve water in the fall with weather-based irrigation controllers.
12/5/2011
Hold on to the holiday spirit while saving energy and money this season with holiday LED lights.
2/21/2012
Installing a rain gauge can help determine how much water your plants really need.
6/18/2012
June is National Rivers Month! Help protect your local waterways with these simple tips.
1/14/2013
Tips on how to save energy, water and fuel at home and on the road in 2013!
7/11/2007
Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson will be remembered for her significant conservation efforts, especially with wildflowers and the preservation of native plants.
8/6/2013
One of the oldest CSAs in the country and how they do it.
4/1/2013
Tonight when you get home from work or school, call your utility company and ask what incentives they have for you to get an energy audit for your home. Many utilities have been offering free energy audits for years, but very few people have actually taken advantage.
3/20/2013
Rain gardens provide many benefits including filtering out pollutants and keeping runoff out of city storm sewers.
7/10/2008
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land could be under pressure from the perceived need for ethanol-producing corn.
2/20/2009
Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition, is now available in print and by download from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Learn how to make your soil perform at its very best!
3/1/2011
Looking for a fun summer job? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has student jobs available for youth interested in conservation and wildlife.
4/19/2010
Disneynature is premiering its new documentary, Oceans, on Earth Day 2010 to show the beauty and harsh reality of the Caribbean's threatened coral reefs. A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased from April 22 thru 28 will go to support the preservation of coral reefs in the Bahamas.
5/27/2009
While conservation is neccessary for providing for an ever-growing human population, it alone cannot solve our problems. In fact, it may distract us from the real issue at hand.
6/15/2010
Water conservation can help you save big on money and energy. Here are a few ways to help you conserve water at home by simply using water-efficient appliances. 
11/26/2013
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, try these tips for a healthy & environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33317
5/21/2013
Here are seven devices that will help you conserve energy in your home, and maybe even help make our world livable again.
12/19/2013
The sun provides us with enough clean energy that if ever effectively harnessed, we might never need any other form again. Sadly, we are only able to harness a fraction of it's potential. Fortunately, we are making great progress to get where we want to be.
1/15/2014
Efficiency pays off! Resolve to save energy, water, fuel and money in 2014. Get started with these tools.
3/19/2014
Chase down household leaks and fix them to save water and money during the Earth Gauge #FixALeak Week.
4/15/2014
Explore ways to reduce both your direct and indirect water footprint. Reducing your water footprint could make a huge different to both the environment and finances.
1/15/2014
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
6/17/2014
The Drought Pod experiment assists growing tomatoes in drought.
1/13/2011
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.
8/23/2010
Simran Sethi looks back at her New Year's resolution: to nourish herself.
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.
3/14/2011
A cheap plastic pin reveals allies on Capitol Hill.
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.
3/4/2011
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.
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.
11/21/2008
Detroit automakers ask Congress for $25 billion, but that money could come with some energy efficiency strings.
10/16/2008
Sustainable farming expert Michael Pollan has some words of wisdom for the next president of the United States.
3/20/2009
Relax: HR 875 isn't a bill to outlaw organic farming, as you might have heard. But it's not exactly good news for pesticide-free producers, either. Here are the details.
6/25/2009
Smithfield's hog farms produce a lot of meat and make a lot of money, but at what cost? Can we continue to look the other way as they pollute  waters, abuse animals and terrorize their neighbors?
5/21/2013
It has been fifteen months since heritage breed hog farmer Mark Baker sued the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to stop the implementation of an invasive species order (ISO). The swine ISO supposedly targeted feral swine but could be applied to any domestic pig not raised in confinement. Baker has yet to have his day in court and it is still not settled when his trial will take place. It is common for lawsuits like this to turn into wars of attrition; the state has virtually unlimited resources while the farmers are bled of theirs over the course of the litigation.
12/18/2008
Lester Brown from the Earth Policy Institute held a teleconference on Dec. 11 to discuss the advantages of a green economy, for the environment and the U.S. work force.
4/3/2013
People took a stand against one of the largest multi-national oil companies in the world and resolved to fight back against Shell’s plans to annihilate the Sacred Headwaters. And we were successful. After 5 years of incredible campaigning, community organizing, hard-hitting ads, protests and a storm of media coverage, Shell agreed to forfeit its tenures in the Sacred Headwaters and public pressure catalyzed the government of British Columbia to ban all further oil and gas development in the region.
3/18/2013
Earth warming is causing rapid glacier melt all over the world raising the average sea level at an alarming rate.
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.
12/14/2012
World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built.
3/29/2013
As America’s fuel use continues to decrease, proposed solutions such as the Keystone XL pipeline and food-to-fuel conversions may be unnecessary.
3/8/2011
China joins Canada, Europe and the United Arab Emirates in banning BPA from children's products. What is the United States doing? So far, nothing.
7/11/2013
The Department of Natural Resources seeks to fine a family for possession of prohibited swine.
3/27/2009
More on the much-feared food safety bill, HR 875, and its Congressional counterparts.
11/22/2013
Solar lights replacing kerosene lamps in developing countries do more than solve energy poverty, they are also helping curb climate change by reducing black carbon emissions.
11/8/2013
As soon as my wife, son and I stepped off the Shepler’s Ferry, one of only three ferry services to Mackinac Island, our connection to motorized transport ceased to exist. Since 1898, cars and nearly every other form of motorized, gas-guzzling transportation are illegal on this Michigan island.
5/2/2014
Monsanto's Roundup Ready system transformed typical weed problems into a national superweed crisis, only healthy farms can correct the damage done.
3/3/2014
The USDA has extended the comment period on agricultural "coexistence," which will determine how much protection organic farmers and seed breeders will have from GM seed contamination, until March 4.
4/4/2014
Leading food sovereignty activist Vandana Shiva will present “Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope” in Kansas City. Many other farming and gardening workshops and events are planned for April 17-18, 2014.
6/5/2011
The Washington State Conservation Commission gave away trees at the Mother Earth News Fair as part of their conservation efforts.
5/18/2011
In the first study of its kind, Duke University researchers found multiple toxic chemical flame retardants in car seats, breast-feeding pillows, changing pads, crib wedges and bassinet mattresses. Ask about flammability standards before you buy.
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.
8/27/2008
We have three big challenges confronting us: preserving our habitat, controlling our population and reforming our economic systems.
8/27/2008
Humanity needs a new spiritual vision to cope with its shrinking habitat.
10/14/2011
Renowned sportsman and conservationist Beau Turner is bringing his knowledge and unique talents exclusively to Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, with the debut of his new original series, Beau Knows Outdoors.
4/3/2013
Some large electronics can use as much energy as a light bulb while in "stanby" mode, meaning you should unplug them when you leave the house or know you won’t use them for awhile. Having a large electronic setup plugged into a  power strip makes it much easier to completely power it down, especially if it has a lot of plugs like a home theater system or computer.
4/4/2013
There are two situations which do not require you to be heating your home: when it is warm and when you are not at home. Since it is still a bit chilly outside, you may want to consider setting up a routine of turning down the set temperature on your thermostat when you head out in the morning and when you go to bed.
4/26/2013
Replacing a task that uses electricity with one that does not is a no-brainer when trying to save on your energy bill — and air drying is one of the easiest ways to go.
5/7/2013
Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
8/29/2011
Let's stop for a minute and think about what we are doing!
4/25/2012
Monitoring energy use has led to increased motivation for conservation
1/18/2011
The White Hawk Project aims to save an endangered stretch of primary virgin rainforest on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
12/30/2010
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.  
4/14/2011
We use more water than we need in our homes every day. If you’re curious to know how much water your own home might be wasting, check out this infographic on U.S. residential water consumption from eLocal.com.
6/4/2010
Save energy and resources and reduce waste when traveling by dumping all your trash in one receptical.
6/11/2010
Now's the time to redouble our efforts to tap into energy efficiency. The potential is huge and the benefits are even greater.
5/23/2013
In a recent study, researchers found that watching videos about wind farm-related illnesses made participants claim the same symptons.
6/2/2010
The Niagara Conservation Corporation has developed a new pressure-assisted toilet, the Stealth, which uses even less water than your standard pressure-assisted toilet.
2/25/2014
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
11/25/2008
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking comments until Nov. 28 on how it should rule on global warming pollutants.
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.
7/15/2011
One small brown bat can eat several thousand insects each night. Install a bat house and invite them to feast in your yard.
8/31/2012
More than 15 tips for saving water inside your home and outside in your yard and garden. Reducing your water use will not only lower your water bills and help prevent water shortages during drought periods in your area. It also...
2/24/2011
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) assures consumers that manufacturers have rectified many of the issues related to using CFLs, making them into mere myths. These issues include usage in three-way fixtures, non-compatibility in dimmers, the high price of CFLs and CFL use in fans and candelabras. Additionally, CFL users should understand the lifespan of the bulb and causes of flicker.  
11/15/2011
Cover crops are grown between planting seasons as a way to give back to the soil what cultivation takes from it. And cover crops aren’t just for large-scale growers—they can help you get the most out of your backyard vegetable garden too!
7/10/2009
This week the G-8 met and talked about climate change but did not accomplish most of their goals because of a lack of cooperation from developing countries.
5/13/2010
Three-day workshop announcement on net zero energy homes by leading authority on energy efficiency and renewable energy, Dan Chiras. Learn how to reduce your utility bill through conservation, effriciency, & clean, affordable, renewable energy.
10/4/2010
I am especially concerned with the electricity hogs that keep us burning coal.
10/25/2010
Simran Sethi interviews Tom Kostigen about water waste and conservation.
12/7/2011
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!
8/13/2012
Hiking The Ozarks' Lost Valley - Where getting lost is part of the fun! By Mike McArthy of Photozarks
1/20/2011
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.
1/7/2011
The Evergreen Institute lowers prices to encourage more participating in its January workshops in home energy efficiency, electricity and electrical wiring, and basic PVs: An Introduction to Solar Electricity.


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