The United States stands virtually alone in the world in not ratifying treaty on electronic waste. The dumping of electronic waste is a huge hazardous waste problem in the developing world, contaminating water supplies and land with toxic heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and acids, and putting some of the world’s poorest populations at great risk.
Almost everyone uses a computer these days. But not everyone knows how much energy is consumed by that one device.Most appliances or electronics tell you the number of watts they use. An average CPU uses 120 watts, while the monitor uses 150 watts. That's 270 watts of power while in use, but there are several easy ways to reduce that amount.
The World Community Grid uses grid technology and idle computers to power environmental and humanitarian research projects.
How much electricity is your computer using right now? You might be surprised how easy it is to find out.
This machine adds creativity and detail to woodworking projects
Cam has been an Apple Mac fan since the beginning.
Donna Pellegrin shares her mother's stories of growing up on a fertile, bountiful farm during the Great Depression, and of the homesteading skills that kept them well fed.
A new wastewater treatment plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will use methane gas to produce energy.
Green-building company PM Architecture recently put out a slide show about the negative aspects of buying bottled water.
It turns out that there are a few bright spots amidst the recession — and it looks like less waste might be one of them.
How to safely dispose of or make use of human waste is becoming a hot topic.
Dan Chiras questions the idea that disposable items are worth the tremendous waste they create.
Electronic Waste in Africa is on the rise. Computer recycling and waste management services offered by organizations around the world help control the hazardous waste. While waste disposal programs are starting up, organizations such as Computers for Africa send refurbished computers to rural Africa to aid with business and education.
Cam is getting burned out on technology and seeks solace in his "low tech" garden.
Wasting food in the U.S., making biogas, and using food waste to do it ... (Let's not waste all that wasted food!).
Summing up: How much food waste makes how much biogas to power what functions around the farmstead?
With over 2 million devices recycled, plus it's hitting the USA by storm, ecoATM is poised to make an environmental difference with market driven economics.
How can we clean up our rural spaces best. Is it up to individuals or governments?
These tips will help you keep your kitchen compost free of rotten smells and fruit flies.
Boulder Food Rescue is a non-profit what is helping to redefine food waste in America.
The negative effects of the recession are painfully clear, but is there a silver lining hiding among the clouds? There's some evidence that the recession might means good news for the environment, and you might find it in your own home. Check it out, and let us know what you think.
Did you know that you're going to have to make your digester either much larger or much warmer, if you expect to do practical biogas in the US? Well, here's that story...
There are two things that are true about biogas. The first is that biogas wants to happen. It wants to happen like plants want to grow, like fire wants to burn. And that force, that will to happen, has (at least) those two aspects: life, like the plants; and chemistry, like the fire.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has started a global campaign to help reduce food waste worldwide.
The Mother Earth News Fair staff and volunteers work on green initiatives to divert Fair waste from landfills, recycling and composting as much as possible.
Your deck or other outdoor structures may be made of wood treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA). Learn more about CCA-treated wood and how to dispose of it.
In this video, learn how the production and consumption of stuff affects the environment and community health.
We can create eco-friendly clothing without producing waste. Find out more about zero-waste design and its effect on the fashion industry.
A wedding using homegrown and local food and no disposable items. Decorations were things already on hand. The ceremony took place in a field and the reception was in a barn...and there was love-lots of it!
There’s a gold mine out back of your local restaurant in the form of wasted food. Learn to think like an ecologist and discover how nature turns “waste” into useable, renewable energy.
Temperature is central to biogas production, and warmer is better. Much better. So if biogas is not a hot topic, it should be.
Renewable energy's ugly duckling comes of age.
Thoughts on managing an event with lots of people and having minimal or no trash.
Save energy and resources and reduce waste when traveling by dumping all your trash in one receptical.
EcoSet consulting company helps Target and other corporations cut down on garbage and carbon during commercial production.
Kids Konserve provides solutions for packing waste-free lunches.
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.
A single, volunteer potato produces 10 pounds of potatoes in a hot bed. A recipe for addictive, oven-fried potatoes.
People are increasingly looking to get back to nature, rejecting the modern world and living off the Earth.
Ellen Sandbeck, who has nearly a quarter century of experience as the Head Worm Wrangler of Laverme's Worms, writes about how to make and run a homemade vermicomposting bin.
Describes two effective alternatives to composting. Many factors can limit the ability to produce compost. These two products offer different but practical ways to organically recycle food scraps.