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fire-cider

‘Fire Cider’ Ruled Generic in Court Case

Fire cider is a tonic that’s been used by herbalists for decades, whether to give a kick to prepared dishes or to impart an immunity boost when taken plain. And it’s anything but plain, with a base of apple cider vinegar that’s usually infused with garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and ...

lawn-removal

Methods for Removing Lawn

Some methods for removing lawn are more climate-wise than others; anything that minimizes soil disruption and doesn't burn fuels has a smaller carbon footprint. Options include: Stop Mowing, Fertilizing, and Watering In some drier climates, the turfgrass will die on its own when all its ...

MAX Update No. 77: MAX Gets Smogged

There have been a few questions about MAX’s legality among the Comments on these updates. Now I don’t think of myself as a scofflaw, and I sure don’t think rules are meant to be broken, but I often let the reason for the rule guide my interpretation of the rule.The EPA (Environmental ...

Convert Your Lawn Mower or Small Engine to Propane!

My fascination with propane as a fuel for internal combustion engines began in college, with a job at a local hardware store.  We had an old Caterpillar forklift that ran on propane.  I don’t know much about that lift – it was as old as the hills – but it had begun life as a ...

Carbon Credit Market: Companies Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint Could Be Frauds

A while back, we posted a blog about calculating your carbon footprint. If you want to calculate your footprint, you can follow that how-to and see what kind of effect you are having on the earth.When I calculated mine, like the author of that blog, I was quite embarrassed. It didn’t help ...

MAX Update No. 44: Responses to Sharp Criticisms

The crew at MOTHER EARTH NEWS received this letter about MAX, my response follows.As I read your article about the MAX car (Our DIY Car: The Quest for 100 MPG), I just had to laugh at the statements and outlandish assumptions that are being made. I am an automotive powertrain engineer and have ...

MAX Update No. 42: Is MAX Illegal?

“MAX is legal at the state level but illegal at the federal level.”Now that's a bold statement. Unless this is your first day on the Internet, you're probably aware that many bold statements are opinions presented as facts, and many unsupported statements lack the expected “LOL” at the ...

Automaker Bailout Sparks Interest from Environmental Groups

This week, Congress debated an auto industry bailout bill of $25 billion. The executives of the Big Three Automakers – Ford, Chrysler and General Motors – testified at congressional hearings (after spending tens-of-thousands of dollars to fly in on their luxury private jets, one of which ...

EPA to Tighten Standards on Lawn Equipment

Kiss your gas tank good-bye. Well, for your mower anyway.By 2011, the EPA will require a 35 percent reduction in emissions produced from gas-powered lawn equipment with less than 25 horsepower.There are some shocking statistics out there about the impacts of gas-powered lawn care equipment. One ...

To Moped Or Not To Moped…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years (which, admittedly, becomes more enticing everyday), you’ve probably seen a moped cruising around your city streets. As a college student, I encounter/dodge at least five every day on campus. The scariest part is that you can ...