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3/15/2013
Walkable neighborhoods will help keep baby boomers active and healthy after retirement.
6/20/2011
In New York City, advocates unveil a bold vision to end the traffic violence.
6/26/2013
Vespa USA highlights five decades of smart metro mobility, freedom and fun.
7/10/2007
Efficient public transportation can play a key role in a sustainable energy future. So why is it not already a major effort in the United States?
5/21/2009
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives. 
4/18/2011
Replacing paper towels with rags is a super simple step toward sustainable living. Follow these simple tips to get disposable paper towels out of your house. You'll never miss them.
7/8/2011
Settling on a flooring option for the tipi was pretty simple after coming across an awesome company that was right under my nose the whole time.
6/7/2011
These money- and waste-saving alternatives to paper and plastic products eliminate the temptation to resort to disposable for your summertime outdoor dining needs.
8/10/2007
Make new friends, save big bucks on gas, reduce pollution!
1/20/2009
Our friends over at Utne Reader spotted
9/21/2012
Bike-Free Day happens all over the world on Sept. 22. Grist is challenging the US to rise to the occasion and celebrate with the global community this Saturday.
10/12/2010
Cam loves his four-wheel drive truck ... despite being an environmentalist!
11/5/2007
Parents and educators will find this new book helpful in education and efforts to reduce the harmful exhaust emissions children breathe on school buses.
6/7/2011
(Video) The U.S. Secretary of Transportation bikes to work at the behest of his bicycle commuting employees.
5/14/2013
The United States has one of the lowest rates of active transportation in the world, leading to poor cardiovascular health and other diseases.
5/21/2013
Driving patterns now closely resemble those from 1995, as young drivers are finding alternative forms of transportation.
1/11/2013
Good news for businesses! An Oregon report shows cyclists and walkers spend more than motorists.
9/17/2010
World Car Free Day is an annual international event to raise awareness about alternative transportation. Every Sept. 22, cities and towns around the globe recognize the negative impacts of car pollution and encourage walking or biking as ways to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
10/20/2010
Cam considers the effect of Peak Oil on our wandering ways....
10/24/2010
Cam considers how peak oil will impact our love of travel.
3/7/2013
Most Americans use vehicles to travel less than three miles, a distance that can easily be walked. Choosing active transportation over vehicles can improve your health, decrease your spending and minimize all that time you spend at stop lights.  
3/16/2011
As climate variability causes coffee yields to shrink and prices to soar, we may need to start looking at alternatives.
3/3/2011
Think you're safe because you're buying BPA-free plastic? A study has found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in 70 percent of plastic products--even those without BPA.
7/8/2008
Is it too hot to grow spinach where you live? Try these fabulous alternatives.
9/8/2010
SunRay Kelley’s Gypsy Wagon is an exciting, sustainable home on wheels built from a camper vehicle.
1/12/2010
The stylish new Sanyo eneloop bike features a partially-self-charging electric motor and can travel up to 40 miles on a single charge.
1/25/2011
Current Motor Company recently introduced a line of electric scooters that could take you where you need to go without using a single drop of gasoline. And with a potential $2,000 discount for new customers, the electric scooters could help your wallet while you help the environment.
2/1/2013
Integrating cycling and public transit is an inexpensive and efficient way to travel longer distances.
1/11/2013
How does your city rate for bikeability? Check the Bike Score website.
7/17/2013
The solar-powered tractor was painted Terry’s favorite color—green—before the motor was strapped in. After the motor was installed a battery stand was welded over the top of the DC drive motor which is large enough to accommodate twelve 250-amp deep-cycle batteries. Once the performance controller was installed battery cables were run, linking the batteries together.
4/22/2011
Cam considers the environmental implications of different forms of transportation and urges people to stop flying!
9/12/2011
Cam celebrates his daughter's engagement but considers the impact of flying across the world for the wedding.
5/27/2009
General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz recently discussed the price of the highly anticipated Chevrolet Volt. What do you think?
7/1/2008
Share the pain of rising gas prices together and join the discussion about what will finally motivate us to dramatically change our driving habits.
1/22/2010
Do you see yourself in an electric car? Dan Chiras lists the benefits of driving an electric vehicle, and predicts the benefits will increase as the technology becomes more sophisticated.
12/5/2013
Step on the gas with a clear conscience: Use Clean Cities' vehicle comparison site to find the right light-duty model among alternative fuel vehicles, and green up your life in the fast lane.
8/27/2012
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.
1/10/2013
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently released an updated version of its Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities -- the go-to bicycle infrastructure guide for planners, engineers and contractors.
3/12/2013
Saying ‘Yes’ to a cross country bicycling trip was easy. After I fully realized what my mouth had done, my brain had second thoughts.
7/9/2010
In this blog series, I’ll guide you through eight sustainable wedding issues that are both easy and fun to remedy.
7/1/2010
The all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe will debut Aug. 24, 2010. Developed as a stylish, driver-focused vehicle with an emphasis on efficient performance, the all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z introduces a sleek two-passenger coupe design with quick, sporty handling to the gasoline-electric hybrid segment.
7/22/2011
Nissan North America Inc. is expanding availability of the all-electric Nissan LEAF to U.S. consumers for the 2012 model year, with upgrades based on feedback thousands of Leaf owners.
7/22/2011
Recent reports have incorrectly stated that the 2012 RAV4 EV will only be marketed to fleet and car sharing programs. We’d like to set the record straight.
7/22/2011
Chevrolet dealers in all 50 states are now taking orders for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt electric car.
6/15/2010
With the Smart ForTwo electric drive, Smart is underlining its pioneering role on the road to attractive individual mobility with no local emissions in cities and urban areas.
1/18/2011
Leaders from America Bikes impress top transportation official with compelling new data on job creation and popular demand for active street design.
12/14/2012
Using an MPG app may help reduce your consumption of gas, and make your commute and road trips more economical and green.
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.
1/9/2013
Check out the 2012 Bicycle Travel Award winners selected by Adventure Cycling Association.
2/8/2013
Car sharing is becoming more popular in the United States, and is a greener method of transportation.
3/7/2013
People are traveling fewer miles in vehicles, suggesting more compact communities whose residents choose walking over driving.    
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.
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.
5/21/2013
These new vehicles may help the environment, but their soundless engines are a threat to the visually impaired, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.
5/21/2013
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will launch the city’s new bike share system – called “Divvy” – later this year, with the goal of expanding to 4,000 bikes at 400 neighborhood locations.
5/30/2011
Cam is back riding his solar-powered electric bike and he loves it!
9/14/2011
Andrew Rumbold of Bucks County Freedom Fuel will present a workshop on making biodiesel at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/22/2011
Dan Adams of Earthineer will present a workshop on building an electric car at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
11/21/2012
A Louisiana State University forestry researcher is looking at a fast-growing plant called switchgrass as a potential biofuel feedstock. Using switchgrass biofuel is practical because the plant requires little fertilizer and can tolerate drought and floods.
12/14/2012
As gas prices go up, more motorcycles appear on the roads. There's a strong belief among commuters that bikes are cheaper to own and operate. But which machine is really the winner in the battle of motorcycle vs. car?
2/15/2013
A Danish study has found that concentration improves among students who bicycle or walk to school.
10/29/2010
Managing editor John Rockhold gets a Honda CR-Z hybrid on loan and has a hard time returning to his desk.
10/7/2013
Technology similar to that used for tracking street use may be used to track pedestrians and keep them safe.
11/14/2012
A story of life, death and rebirth of a hoop house.
7/28/2011
Finally! Design experts and contractors say granite and marble have lost their luster. Find beautiful, natural alternatives to that and solutions to other common design mistakes, including dull color pallettes and overused water features.
6/8/2011
Let's quash, once and for all, the notion that only harmful chemicals can kill germs and bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract are natural antibacterials that keep your home clean--and safeguard your family's health.
4/19/2011
Ford focus electric offers eco-friendly features throughout the vehicle.
4/22/2011
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) notes the environmental benefits of commuting and traveling on a motorcycle.
1/20/2010
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras warns us that building nuclear power plants is not the solution to our current energy crisis.
7/8/2011
It is hard to believe but after more than 20 years of successful federal investment in biking and walking facilities, Congressional leaders are poised to eliminate dedicated funding for biking and walking.
5/11/2012
Alternative transportation magazine, A To B, is chock-full of innovative bicycle tecnology reviews and test drives for everything from folding bikes to E-motorcycles and all the accessories in between.
11/21/2012
Walking School Buses make a big impact by improving health, building community and filling in where school budgets fall short.
1/10/2013
Recent studies and stories from around the world indicate that bicycle travel of all kinds has increased in popularity. The Adventure Cycling Association lists nine new indicators that bike travel and tourism are booming.
1/16/2013
Triton College has installed electric car charging stations in an effort to promote greener lifestyles in the community.
2/26/2013
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched a new tool to help communities assess their readiness for plug-in electric vehicles.  
3/22/2013
Bike-share systems are popping up in cities across the Midwest as bike sharing becomes a more popular transportation option.
6/26/2013
In less than a month, Citi Bike – New York’s public bicycle option – has taken the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn by storm. Unfortunately, the highly anticipated bike share program already has its share of haters.
7/2/2008
Animal-vehicle wrecks cause about 200 human fatalities and 29,000 injuries a year. The fight between wildlife and urban developers seems never-ending, but wildlife crossings can be a solution. Learn how you can help just by giving your state's Department of Transportation a call.
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.
8/30/2013
Our efforts to improve energy efficiency in the United States might be faltering.
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.
7/29/2011
Renowned motorcycle inventor and longtime aerodynamics expert Craig Vetter stopped by the MOTHER EARTH NEWS office on his way home from his latest fuel economy challenge.
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.
12/29/2009
Dan Chiras asks why GM hasn't brought the EV1 back yet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3/22/2013
Cuba's bike transformation was the result of a change in context induced by external forces. It was a disruptive event that forced them to adapt. Here in America, a land of such excess, no such sudden disruption looms (nor could it be predicted, I believe). Our transportation context is centered on the car. Our culture and economy are “driven” by the car. So, how do we create a culture of transportation that is dominated by bicycles?
3/15/2013
Why spend hundreds of dollars on a readymade bicycle cargo trailer when you can build one yourself? Portland Pedalworks keeps the project easy and inexpensive in this how-to video.
12/4/2012
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is proud to announce we have won a prestigious publishing award for our Guide to Green Cars.


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