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11/10/2008
For decades environmentalists have been passionate about the cause and, it turns out, we were right. So why have we accomplished so little? Maybe it's the attitude.
4/25/2013
By focusing on environmental change this Earth Day, we can reach our green potential. Green initiatives need to be implemented, both individually and collectively, for us to reduce our environmental impact.
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.
9/3/2013
From IBM to Sprint to Dell, companies are going green and even realizing they can save green too.
9/19/2008
Ever wonder where the name "treehugger" came from? Well I've got the answer and a few other fun facts about the subject.
11/26/2008
What should we do about climate and energy issues? These three articles raise interesting questions.
4/21/2011
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program launched its 2011 Change the World, Start with Energy Star Campaign. This campaign encourages and inspires Americans to commit to energy efficiency by highlighting grassroots efforts of individuals all over the United States.
7/18/2011
Taking into account production, processing, consumption and disposal, the Environmental Working Group found that if everyone in the U.S. gave up meat or cheese one day a week for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
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.
6/9/2014
At a time when greenhouse gas emissions from cars and electricity generation around the world are at an all-time high, Heifer International in Cameroon is leading initiatives and programming to help reduce such emissions from livestock production there.
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.
11/3/2008
Eco-Libris offers people the opportunity to off-set the books they read by planting trees in developing countries.
4/20/2012
The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world’s largest and most prestigious award for grassroots activists. This year’s six inspiring and courageous prize winners (one from each of the six inhabited continental regions of the world) are...
2/10/2011
Our ideas, if they are to be effective, should be epidemically contagious.
9/24/2008
Three-hundred colleges and universities have been graded on their commitment to environmentalism. Did your alma mater make the Green Grade?
1/29/2010
Most people want to contribute to a positive future. But their intention is often obstructed by the things they perceive that they cannot do. In frustration, they stop thinking about it. When we stop thinking about it, we feel a sense of relief. That sense of relief is, perhaps, the biggest threat to the world’s natural environment today.  
1/27/2011
In Simran Sethi's final post, she describes her philosophy on sustainability.
6/29/2009
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the environmentally progressive Energy and Climate Change bill.
1/20/2011
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.
12/23/2010
Simran Sethi explains how the green faith movement can provide common ground among different groups.
7/27/2010
In this blog series, I’ll guide you through eight sustainable wedding issues — starting with rings, and making stops for invitations and food — that are both easy and fun to remedy. After all, it may be your big day, but that doesn’t mean you should forget the big picture. This blog is all about environmentally-friendly wedding food ideas.
7/21/2010
With WASHDROPS™, consumers can wash everything from vehicles and patio furniture to aluminum siding, conserve water, a precious resource, and be environmentally responsible.
6/4/2010
Ogden Publications, Natural Home’s publisher, is now a certified B Corporation, using its clout to solve social and environmental problems.
12/11/2012
An index of previous posts that have referenced green products. These posts have covered building- and home-related products, as well as chocolates, books, and other types of goods. Many of the products mentioned in these posts would make good gifts.
9/5/2008
Put your thoughts to paper (or take a compelling photograph) for a chance to be published!
12/16/2010
Greg Franta’s work on climate change and the built environment, as reflected in his book Cooling the Warming, is at the core of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Reinventing Fire initiative.
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.
2/11/2009
This easy-to-read graph shows the effects of slight climate change on crops, sea levels and weather.
3/14/2011
We know that heating, cooling and operating our buildings is responsible for 40 percent of total energy expenditures in this country. That’s a huge percentage. But we also know how to test, evaluate and improve buildings so that energy use can be cut dramatically.
6/28/2011
A bark beetle outbreak is causing widespread damage in Western forests, but we have every reason to believe the forest will recover.
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. 
4/17/2014
Engineering is helping to solve some of our biggest environmental challenges. Learn more during EEWeek.
6/19/2014
This is a listing of some of the green-themed films that came out between 2012-2014. These films are on a variety of topics, including food/agriculture, health, energy sources, water, climate change, animals, etc.
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.
3/11/2010
The environmental advocacy group, Earth Day Network, is rallying environmental activism through a climate rally and a new site where the environmental community can learn about issues and events. Learn more about their efforts and how you can get involved.
7/6/2011
Bird-X, Inc., a leader in producing humane pest and bird repellent products since 1964, is raising the bar even higher for the pest control industry, offering ‘green’ solutions for every pest and bird problem.
7/3/2012
A brief description of Manuel and Mary Ann's straw bale home and its efficiency.
12/14/2011
Select Kubota models now available for rent at the Home Depot.
1/31/2011
The “One Good Chair” competition winners, announced at Winter Las Vegas Market, demonstrate that minimal materials can result in maximum comfort.
5/26/2011
Ever wonder what, exactly, you're getting when you pay a little extra for Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood and paper products? This video offers a comprehensive look at the FSC's roots and branches.
6/27/2013
Taking personal responsibility for private-property protection in light of ongoing climate change and the hazards associated with same.
10/15/2009
For the third year in a row, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is participating in Blog Action Day, and suggesting some helpful articles on climate change.
9/1/2012
Research shows a direct connection between global warming and our extreme weather.
3/26/2010
The fourth annual Earth Hour is Saturday between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Turn off the lights and take a stand against climate change!
10/30/2008
Climate change researchers have found that Thoreau's observations in the mid-1800s help measure changes in climate.
9/25/2008
Climate change is only a symptom of human overpopulation.
1/6/2010
Learn why “Climategate” got so much attention, what scientists and skeptics are saying about it, and whether the scandal is mostly hype or if it warrants concern.
11/5/2008
New studies show that Antarctica is, in fact, becoming warmer, despite what the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says.
5/8/2013
Why do certain individuals care about the environment while others do not? Is it an intrinsic moral obligation? Are we born with an innate instinct to want to protect the earth and its natural resources?
4/23/2013
This post outlines the process when an inspector from your state regulatory agency visits your property to view pesticide damage.
1/21/2013
The Environmental Protection Agency has compiled a list of more than 100 green apps.
4/26/2013
Friday, May 10 is National Public Gardens Day. Find out what special events are happening at a garden near you.
6/4/2013
The Verdict discusses two possible findings of your spray drift incident after the State Enforcement Agency inspects your property.
5/14/2013
This installment explains what complainants might encounter during the time between the State’s pesticide drift inspection and the results of this inspection.
4/15/2013
Reporting Pesticide Drift outlines the steps you should take to report a pesticide incident to your state enforcement agency.
3/5/2014
Faith leaders urge Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline project in order to curb carbon emissions and protect God’s Creation.
6/11/2014
Whether you live on the beach or 1000s of miles away, there are easy ways you can protect coastal water quality.
7/3/2014
A study links Roundup herbicide and genetically modified maize to a wide range of health maladies, including liver and kidney damage.
5/23/2014
Memorial Day signifies the unofficial start of summer and onset of hot weather. Use these tips to stay cool.
4/9/2012
Tips on how to construct a compost bin and what to include in them.
5/11/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence pledges to go 'Meatless in May' to raise awareness about the environmental effects of consuming meat.
9/15/2009
Cell phone radiation has been a concern for years, but yesterday the Environmental Working Group released a report that rates the safety of cell phones on the market.
8/15/2008
Canada is helping define "green" products for its advertising industry.
2/18/2011
Cam considers the environmental implications of using paper diapers vs. cloth diapers.
9/24/2012
ForestryDegree.net provides a searchable database for people interested in forestry.
8/24/2010
Keep your skin protected from the sun as well as from toxic chemicals that can potentially cause severe health risks. These reviews of all-natural sunscreens explain which ingredients to avoid when choosing a sunscreen.
5/23/2011
A good layer of environmentally friendly mulch such as eucalyptus, pine bark or cocoa hulls will discourage weeds, keep soil up to 10 degrees cooler and help prevent plant disease. What's your favorite green mulch?
7/21/2009
Ecuadorians want $27 billion in environmental damages, in the largest environmental damages lawsuit, and Chevron says it won't pay.
2/15/2011
British scientists have found that many pesticides--including those commonly found in food and 16 that were previously considered safe--disrupt male hormones.
2/23/2011
Last year saw the biggest jump in CO2 emissions from power plants ever. Texas, Florida and Ohio lead the pack.
3/10/2011
People living near massive livestock operations may be at risk from the pollution they generate--which is higher in some cases than the nation's most polluted cities.
3/30/2010
Earth Days, a poignant, 2009 Sundance Film Fesitval success, will premier on Facebook April 11, and on the PBS Network April 19.
5/17/2013
Riches sometimes come from natural resources - not always connected with dollar signs.
5/7/2013
Global surface temperatures may be flat, but we’ll pay for this “respite” eventually.
6/10/2013
As the costs and consequences of climatological and ecological instability become impossible to ignore, people are recognizing the need to be more prepared for the challenges we could face in the short-term and the long-term. A variety of initiatives are arising to share ways of becoming more resilient—i.e., able to survive and thrive in the face of dangers and even disasters.
5/21/2014
As the planetary ecology falters, and finite resources are depleted, communities everywhere will be challenged to create vibrant local economies that function within and help to renew local ecosystems.
12/16/2008
Meet the new green team! Here are the people Obama picked for key environmental posts in the new administration.
7/24/2008
Couldn’t we create a sustainable healthy planet just because we decided to?
12/22/2008
The word is that nitrogen trifluoride is more of a problem than previously thought, and it's used to manufacture all kinds of high-tech equipment, including thin-film solar panels.
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.
2/28/2013
An overview of the permafrost meling tipping point.
5/19/2011
Animated DVD empowers kids on climate change.
6/8/2009
Carrotmob, a project of Virgance, a company that organizes activism campaigns, works to create social change by rewarding green businesses through consumer buying. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains more about this innovative activism group.
7/18/2008
Mankind has a historic opportunity to visualize its own future, and the future of the planet
8/25/2010
Cam compares the population density of his home to some of the most densely populated countries in the world....
2/15/2012
Cam thinks people worry about the small things (bugs), when they should be more concerned about the big things (climate change).
11/20/2008
President-elect Barack Obama addressed a new chapter in climate change in a video shown at the Global Climate Summit. Check it out here!
9/25/2009
The G-20 met in Pittsburgh this week to discuss global economic issues and agreed to eliminate fossil fuel subsides to combat gloabl climate change.
5/22/2009
A new report issued by The Lancet, an international medical journal, says global warming and climate change will create health risks for billions of people worldwide.
3/5/2010
Pro-Natura International is changing how the world fuels itself by turning renewable biomass and other waste products into green charcoal.
12/31/2007
This year, why not resolve to go on an energy diet? The idea is to set a few measurable goals to make your home more energy efficient and then keep track of your progress.
10/15/2011
How a small group of committed people can truly make a change for good.
2/6/2013
350.org founder, Bill McKibben, asks college students across the nation to “Do The Math” on why climate change matters and urges them to demand divestment from fossil fuels on campus.
8/14/2014
Criminal racketeering by the fossil fuel industry is destroying our environment.
11/18/2014
International non-profit biogas professionals and their projects.
2/4/2009
Believe it or not, the global warming debate still exists. The Inhofe EPW Press Blog now has 650 scientists that speak out against the fact that global warming is real and manmade. But are these sources credible?
2/22/2011
Now playing in select theaters, Carbon Nation is a non-preachy, solutions-based documentary that proves the benefits of a low-carbon economy.
8/28/2011
The role of natural cycles and anthropogenic forces on the climate are explained. We also demonstrate that the current global warming trend is happening at a faster rate than earlier periods and humans are responsible for the current warming trend.
3/25/2011
Gather your friends to host a party or just enjoy the quiet as you turn off the lights for one hour to show your love for the planet.
5/22/2013
There’s more than one way to be an environmental warrior. And some approaches work better than others. Elemental follows the stories of three environmental advocates united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most dire ecological issues affecting their respective communities. This isn’t only a story about plight and pollution, however. Rather, Gayatri Roshan’s and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee’s documentary works best as a character-driven study of eco-activism’s do’s and don’ts.
3/13/2013
What is Pesticide Drift? “Pesticide drift” is the movement of a pesticide through the air away from the intended target. You might actually see the drift in the form of a mist. You may smell it. But it can be invisible and odorless. The spray may be applied from the back of a tractor — referred to as a “rig.” Or it may be applied from a spray plane or helicopter.
11/25/2013
We’re interested in how our readers have lessened their environmental footprint.
11/7/2013
With the inventiveness of visionaries like Elon Musk, technological advances can help create a better world, while remaining useful and cool.
7/16/2014
A blog post calling for voluntary population control.
4/1/2014
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
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.
9/8/2010
The embrace of environmentalism by professional sports provides us all with a new and large opportunity to educate people worldwide about the need to do something, however small it might seem, to protect our biosphere.
8/27/2008
The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to cancel the use of carbofuran, but FMC Corporation stands in their way.
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.  
2/13/2013
For one week, BuildingGreen is offering a free download of an insulation guide, available with a 30-day trial of BuildingGreen Suite.
4/12/2011
The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world’s largest and most prestigious award for grassroots environmentalists. This year’s six inspiring prize winners (one from each of the six inhabited continental regions of the world) are...
6/1/2010
With the media reporting widespread vitamin D deficiencies and the Environmental Working Group's 2010 Sunscreen Guide reporting that some sunscreens may do more harm than good, there seem to be a few good arguments for getting a little exposure to unadulturated sunlight. What do you think? Will you change your sunscreen habits because of recent reports?
7/29/2010
Important provisions in the Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act have been removed, which would leave the Gulf of Mexico open to damage from unsustainable fish farming methods.
3/21/2012
A strong partnership between Cascades and Office Depot to deliver on customer need for softness and strength while significantly reducing total environmental impact.
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. 
2/1/2010
Action For Nature encourages youth 8-16 to apply for the Young Eco-Hero Awards program.
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.
7/10/2008
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land could be under pressure from the perceived need for ethanol-producing corn.
3/27/2013
An interview with Jeremiah Gettle, discussing his thoughts on and solutions to pressing environmental issues facing the world today.
9/24/2008
The EPA continues to fight a six-year battle against White House and Pentagon officials about drinking-water standards.
4/23/2013
Honey bees, the Boston tragedy, and our power to create the world we’ve been waiting for.
12/30/2010
Simran Sethi explores resolutions for healthy eating and offers a resource, The Cleaner Plate Club.
11/13/2012
A Nov. 5, 2012, press release from consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP warns current CO2 reductions put us on target for 6 degree average global temperature increase.
5/1/2014
"Grass, Soil, Hope" by Courtney White is a new book from Chelsea Green Publishing that discusses combating climate change through land-based carbon sequestration efforts such as composting and increasing biodiversity.
1/23/2014
Another season of pigs and the work of raising, feeding and butchering them in the urban setting.
3/26/2014
The USDA first published a plant hardiness zone map based on temperature in 1960. Hardiness zones are based on the average annual extreme minimum temperature. What's your zone?
7/8/2014
A video documenting the "One Day Cob House" build in Reno, Nevada.
6/30/2008
 We are focusing our attentions in the wrong place. Motorcyclists, mountain-bikers, skiers and steeplechasers all learn the same lesson: When you have a lot of forward momentum you have to train your attention beyond the short-term challenges. You need to be thinking ahead. You need to form a picture of yourself successfully negotiating the coming obstacles. You have to visualize the successful outcome. Your reflexes and, hopefully, some previous visualization are taking care of the ruts under the tires of your bicycle. Your attention should be trained on the area where you will arrive in the next few seconds. Your mind visualizes the best route and your body begins making adjustments in your approach. If you focus on the intermediate obstacle, you’re likely to hit that obstacle. It’s recently occurred to me that I don’t hear anyone describing the world in which we want to live 20 years from now. Almost no one, it seems, is visualizing the successful outcome. We’re too busy arguing about where to drill for oil.
6/24/2009
The House votes on the Climate Energy Bill Friday and President Barack Obama encouraged the passage of the bill.
8/2/2012
Environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben clarifies the equations behind global warming, and points to the movement that could be spurred by the math.
2/12/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Bryce Oates sings the praises of mixed-species perennial pastures for in-between seasons—even if they don't fully alleviate the need for watching and waiting.
8/8/2012
An explanation of why one degree Celsius makes such a big difference in our climate.
6/10/2009
A solar-powered cooker made out of cardboard boxes, which aims to reduce carbon emissions, deforestation and the spread of water-borne diseases, took home the first prize at the Climate Change Challenge.
7/18/2008
We’re here to confront our own biology, the essential nature that tells us to keep reproducing and expanding. If you could view the entirety of human experience from the dawn of our evolution to the present, if you could pick the human century you’d like to witness first-hand, you might choose this one.
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.
7/31/2009
From books and blogs to television news and online media, there are dozens of sources for learning about global warming. We want to know: Where do you go for reliable information about global warming?
8/28/2008
Solar energy is the ultimate source of all life, and there's lots of it.
10/20/2012
Climate Change is a real threat to the future of humankind, but within that threat is the seed of opportunity.
9/26/2008
The news on climate change isn't good, but renewable energy could lead us to a brighter future.
8/27/2008
We need a new "green revolution" to ensure a healthy habitat for humanity's future.
7/18/2008
Al Gore is calling on Americans to support a rapid transition to renewable energy. Tell us what you think.
5/26/2010
A team of mountaineers have set out for Mount Everest's "death zone" to pick up trash which has resurfaced as an effect of climate change.
10/29/2010
A new episode in the PBS series Journey to Planet Earth, hosted by Matt Damon, will feature Mother Earth News contributing editor and visionary Lester Brown’s “Plan B” on how we can save civilization in the face of global climate change.
1/14/2010
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently moved back the minute hand on the symbolic Doomsday Clock by one minute, in part because of what they see as hope for mitigating catastrophic climate change. Tell us what you think about their decision.
12/5/2012
A new report from the World Bank warns of what a 4-degree global warming world will look like.
10/30/2014
Modern, industrial agriculture as we know it today is running out of time, and it's much later than we think.
11/17/2014
An index of posts related to energy, power, and climate, with a strong focus on solutions.
1/6/2011
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
1/13/2011
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.
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.
8/8/2013
The different emotions you may experience as you deal with Pesticide Drift on your property or your person.
1/1/0001
Don’t miss these featured documentaries showing on PBS’s Earth Day programming.
4/23/2009
On Earth Day 2009, the Plastic Bag Reduction Act was introduced to the House of Representatives, proposing a five cent tax on single-use bags. We want to know, would you vote yes for the tax?
4/24/2013
An introduction to Paula Baker-Laporte's future readers : about Paula, multiple chemical sensitivities, Building Biology and the role of green building in health.
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.
11/5/2013
Inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk leaves little doubt about how far vision and imagination can take us in addressing ecological challenges.
12/19/2013
Tiny plastic beads in cosmetics are found in the Great Lakes, putting fish and human health at risk.
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.
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.
1/26/2009
President Barack Obama signed an executive order to help reduce automobile gas emissions in the United States. This is the first of many steps that the Obama administration plans to make to improve global warming.
11/1/2011
Mountain Rose Herbs hosted a three day benefit festival for Cascadia Wildlands in September of this year.
2/18/2011
Because it could cause eye and skin irritation and harm reproductive systems, the Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding it. Baking soda is a solid, safe alternative.
2/2/2011
The EPA will regulate perchlorate and other toxic chemicals--but you may want to consider water filters in the meantime.
7/25/2011
Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.
1/12/2009
The cosmetics industry may have to pay if the Obama administration makes new regulations on the way chemicals are tested.
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.
4/21/2011
Inspiring video by two female bicycle travelers crossing borders, making friends, and documenting the human effort to keep the natural world connected despite our nation state boundaries.
5/24/2013
You may want to think twice the next time you reach for that cola. A recent study has found that one can of soda a day can increase chances of prostate cancer by 40 percent.
6/27/2008
It's surprisingly easy to figure out how many carbon dioxide emissions come from producing the electricity for your home, or burning a full tank of gas. Check out this carbon calculator, or find out how to do a quick ballpark estimate.
12/16/2013
Why Tesla cars, Space-X and other creations of Elon Musk are not the kind of visionary thinking we so desperately need.
3/20/2014
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
3/12/2014
How fast climate change will require you and your descendants to move north in order to keep farming and gardening a serious question you should be asking yourself.
7/17/2014
Homes in the United States a responsible for one fifth of all carbon dioxide emissions. Simply taking steps to reduce these on a domestic level will help positively impact carbon outputs, decreasing environmental damage.
2/2/2009
Former Vice President Al Gore thinks 2009 needs to be the year that America creates a climate bill. And he's got a plan to back it up!
11/22/2010
This posting will discuss how clouds, volcanoes and water vapor effect the climate.
5/31/2012
Climate change is here to stay, with violent and unpredictable weather. This presents challenges to home gardeners, so is there a way to storm proof our gardens?
8/27/2008
We have three big challenges confronting us: preserving our habitat, controlling our population and reforming our economic systems.
10/22/2012
One thing I know for sure is that many in the local farm and food scene are working through the same issue. We are numbers people in search of numbers. We aren’t crazy unscientific loons like our industrial brothers and sisters think we are.
4/26/2011
Maddy Harland writes about principles that underpin our understanding and practical application of permaculture. She relates them to designing a green home and garden but also explains how permaculture can help us to create more sustainable lifestyle
12/5/2008
Round two of three international conferences to determine new emissions standards for the next Kyoto Protocol meets this week and next week in Poznan, Poland.  
7/9/2012
Drought is hard on us out here in Farm Country. But drought in the midst of boiling hot summer is amongst the worst conditions I can imagine.
11/2/2012
Bill McKibben is doing a national tour to raise awareness about climate change and to build a movement around changing the way we use energy.
3/18/2013
Earth warming is causing rapid glacier melt all over the world raising the average sea level at an alarming rate.
5/14/2012
We wanted to write up a post about asparagus to explain how farmers look at the crop, but also as a sort of apology to our customers. We have spent many hours in the field and on the phone seeking farmers with an existing asparagus supply. We had man
1/17/2011
This posting discusses the role of the Milankovitch Cycles in initating glaical/interglacial periods. It also discusses the role of sunspots in short term climate change.
8/15/2011
This posting will discuss the role of volcanic and anthropogenic release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It will also discuss they play in global warming and ocean acidification.
8/27/2008
Humanity needs a new spiritual vision to cope with its shrinking habitat.
5/28/2011
In this blog we talk about our three differnet types of solar technology that we have on the Homestead.
12/21/2009
Taking a bus or a train can be a great green way to reach your vacation destination. We'd like to hear more about your bus or train travels and what you liked, or didn't like, about the experience. Share your story 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.
9/7/2012
After months of waiting, worrying and hoping, the clouds finally arrived here at Yellabird Farm last week and brought us the long-sought gift of good rain. It was a great two days of slow and soaking moisture that the cracked soil guzzled up...
7/26/2012
Worrying about keeping up with Justin's chores while trying to maintain my 8-5 day job was a losing battle.
11/16/2010
In this posting we discuss the role of the positive Arctic Feedback Factor in amplfying climate change. We also discuss how this feedback factor triggers the release of methane from the floor of the Arctic Ocean and from the permafrost.
1/9/2013
Describes hopeful developments toward healthful soil and a safer climate.
9/12/2011
A recent Gallop poll concludes there is a big significance difference betwen what scientists and the general public know about climate change. This posting discusses two basic facts about climate change that can't be refuted.
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.
4/18/2011
Farms which have earned Rainforest Alliance certification go beyond conserving the environment and improving the lives and livelihoods of farm workers; they also help to curb climate change.
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.
8/4/2012
All of us farmers,large and small, are a big part of the engine that drives the economy of rural communities, rural counties and rural states.This year, we are learning a lot about what happens when that engine sputters.
11/2/2012
Many media outlets are pulling no punches when it comes to global climate change as a major factor in Hurricane Sandy's catastrophic destruction.
10/27/2010
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
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.
10/31/2014
Climate change is a sign of the end of the industrial age. If humans are going to survive the end of the industrial age it will be because individuals and groups of neighbors take these matters into their own hands. It cannot happen any other way.
11/14/2014
Being a homesteader and living off the land often means being subjected to natural conditions beyond our control, sometimes predictable changes of seasons and temperatures, other times curve balls such as unseen pest pressure, hard frosts in late May or heavy snow in early November. A lifestyle where these natural circumstances is the main determining factor for what gets done when is getting increasingly rarer – humans have gained what some consider an advantage by manipulating the world into a state where we, in many ways, can remain unaffected from the forces of nature.
2/24/2011
Location near public transporation and walkability are as important as green materials and design in creating a green home, study finds.
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.”
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.
3/30/2011
BPA levels in families who ate fresh rather than canned and packaged food dropped by 60 percent, a study found. Cooking at home with fresh food is the best way to avoid this potentially dangerous chemical
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.     
7/28/2011
This is a rundown of films that came out in the last few years. These films cover a wide range of environmental topics, from energy, climate, and fuel, to food, farming, and health. Many of the films have won awards or been critically acclaimed.
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.
11/25/2008
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking comments until Nov. 28 on how it should rule on global warming pollutants.
3/24/2011
Medical marijuana was a $1.7 billion industry last year--just shy of Viagra as pot-related businesses crop up across the country.
7/19/2012
In an era of increasing volatility of the weather and climate, we need new coping skills. Preparedness is an important factor in dealing with bad weather events.
10/30/2011
Over the last 2 decades BeeWeaver has seen change in who keeps bees, and why they keep bees. The journey of the last 20 years has not been easy for the bees but the efforts of these New Beekeepers will keep the amazing honeybee a part of our word.
5/19/2011
Air conditioning accounts for as much as 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill. These simple tips can help you reduce your mechanical cooling needs, meaning more money for you and better-quality air for the world.
6/21/2011
  At the Healthy Homes Conference in Denver today, I heard Home Depot Foundation CEO Fred Wacker say that the nonprofit sector is so far ahead of the profit sector in addressing healthy homes that it’s embarrassing for the profit sector. I heard Ellen Tohn of Tohn Environmental Strategies say that the government will fund energy-efficiency updates in 1 million homes in the next year, making it paramount that energy workers understand healthy home principles. Poorly done house tightening could trap residents inside with contaminants and create hazards. And I was pleased to hear health care pioneer Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, put quality housing in the same arena as diet, exercise and public policy as a key to achieving individual health. “If you don’t have healthy housing, I don’t care how many times you push away from the table or how far you walk, you’re not going to be healthy,” he said.  
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.
10/27/2010
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
10/23/2012
The Obama Administration releases its plans for new renewable energy sources.  Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, explains that the new solar energy zones span six states and keep both domestic energy and environmental preservation in mind. If completed, the power generated from these solar energy zones would provide electricity to roughly seven-million homes.  
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.


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