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Top 10 Eco Friendly Countries

Thu, 2008/11/06 - 8:10pm

Based on Yale University’s Environmental Performance Index (EPI) for 2008, which measures factors such as a country’s environmental health, air pollution, water resources and productive natural resources, ten countries have once again made it to the top of the charts as the most eco-friendly nations in the world. 

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Curbing the Energy Appetite of Older Homes

Thu, 2008/11/06 - 8:10pm

It can be hard to live in a green house, especially when they’re what are often categorized as “older homes.” Not your new-fangled office building with geothermal heating, or house made of shipping containers. Older Victorian style homes, popular in New England and subject to reprisals until as late as the 1950s, are commonplace in my small-time town. My current job is even housed in one, a 1960s recreation with wrap-around porch. While the style is endearing, the fact is that house is a glutton for unnecessary electrical waste.

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Car Games

Thu, 2008/11/06 - 3:21pm

Race the eco-friendly way! Instead of burning fuel to get the kick of driving a race car, play some racing games instead. No fumes, no CO2, but still a lot of fun! give it a try

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The Importance of Bird Habitat Conservation

Thu, 2008/11/06 - 3:01pm

A look at the importance of preserving the natural habitats for birds and wildlife. Protection of these diverse ecosystems is essential and this story highlights some of the programs in place, the organizations involved and what you can do to get involved.

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Shades of Green: Hugg Green Social Network to Close

Wed, 2008/11/05 - 8:13pm

In a day of huge good news, there's some sad news: Treehugger brand Hugg.com, a Discovery company, has decided to close the doors on Hugg, a popular green social news site, as of this month.

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Interview with John Gunn and Jeff Laberge Bronze winners of the 2008 Holcim Awards North America

Wed, 2008/11/05 - 6:05pm

Interview with John Gunn and Jeff Laberge, winners of the Holcim Awards Bronze 2008 for Region North America. John Gunn, scientist, and Jeff Laberge, architect, won this prize for their project Living with Lakes Center for freshwater restoration and research, Sudbury, Canada.

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Interview with Liz Ogbu Silver winner of the 2008 Holcim Awards North America

Wed, 2008/11/05 - 6:03pm

Interview with Liz Ogbu Silver winner of the 2008 Holcim Awards North America. Liz Ogbu, designer, won the Holcim Awards Silver 2008 for her project: Self-contained day labor station, San Francisco,USA.

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Interview with Christopher J. Collins Gold winner of the 2008 Holcim Awards North America

Wed, 2008/11/05 - 6:01pm

Watch this Interview with Christopher J. Collins Gold winner of the 2008 Holcim Awards North America. Chris Collins, Executive Director, won the Holcim Awards Gold 2008 for his project: Solar 2 Green Energy: Arts and Education Center, New York, USA

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Patagonia: how to manage a clothing & gear company without compromising the environment!

Wed, 2008/11/05 - 5:56pm

To build the best product, to cause no unnecessary harm, to use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.This is the mission statement of Patagonia, the renowned outdoor gear and clothing company. Alternative Channel’s Alex Salzman discussed with CEO and President of Patagonia, Casey Sheahan, regarding the company’s CSR initiatives. Read how these outdoor enthusiasts manage their business without compromising their love for nature.

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What Can the World Expect from President Obama?

Wed, 2008/11/05 - 4:26pm

If Obama puts his policies where his pledges are, what are the environmental consequences? There are so many challenges we face; here, we take a look at the green ones...

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Book review of "The Polar Bears' Home: A Story About Global Warming" (and a giveaway of 4 books)

Wed, 2008/11/05 - 12:16am

Eco-Libris blog reviews "The Polar Bears' Home: A Story About Global Warming", one of Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing's Little Green Books, including an interview with the author, Lara Bergen. And there's a great giveaway as well: 4 books of the Little Green Books line!

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Diesel Solar Electric Boat A.K.A DSe Hybrid 12m

Mon, 2008/11/03 - 10:54pm

Apparently owning a big boat and being eco-friendly at the same time are now possible. Making it ’s debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the DSe Hybrid 12m from Island Pilot is powered using a combination of diesel, solar, electric power and when the production model comes out it will also have wind turbines to top everything.

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Habitat Destruction prompts founding of new Environmental Organization

Mon, 2008/11/03 - 8:52pm

The attached photograph was taken in October of 2008 as construction continues on a new 537 acre industrial park with rights to construct more than 6.2 million square feet new buildlings.  The sandhill cranes seen here are just a few of the species that will be displaced by continued development and urban sprawl.  Across the United States and in Countries around the world, irresponsible development such as this is rampant.

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Goodbye Styrofoam, Hello Clamshell

Mon, 2008/11/03 - 3:17pm

tyrofoam and paper boxes have always been a staple of my college dining hall. When exam rained down or the dining hall was a bit too crowded, to-go boxes have provided the best option. But unfortunately they produce a large amount of non-biodegradable waste that ends up in garbage can all across campus.  Luckily the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) has started a new campaign to say goodbye to the Styrofoam and hello to re-usable take-out containers.

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"Juice Bags" Bring the Power

Mon, 2008/11/03 - 3:16pm

Eco-friendly ware is big these days, with trends like organic cotton clothing and recycled shoes, but now it seems even solar is getting in the mix. The company Reware is taking “green” accessories and solar power to a whole new level with solar-powered bags.

Called “Juice Bags,” these designs all feature a flexible 7 watt solar panel, complete with 52 cells, fitted to the widest side of the bag. These cells captures light while you walk/jog/hike/run. There’s even a beach tote for lazier days in the outdoors.

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Fuel Efficient Heating Options for Winter

Mon, 2008/11/03 - 3:13pm

The first step you can take in being more efficient with your heating this winter is to make your home as snug as you can. You can do this by checking how well your windows and doors fit into their frames, making repairs,, or, if necessary, replacing with better units. Put thick rugs down in the winter and replace your photos with quilts and draperies on the wall. The additional material acts as insulation and helps to contain the heat that is produced by your heating unit.

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Climate Is Changing, And Faster Than Predicted

Mon, 2008/11/03 - 3:12pm

During the "Climate

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MIT SmartBiking Project

Mon, 2008/11/03 - 3:11pm

SENSEable City Laboratory has announced that they will initiate a new biking project in Copenhagen to reduce carbon emissions and increase fitness. The Danish city will be the urban laboratory for MIT’s SmartBiking project starting in November 2009. This start date dovetails with Copenhagen’s duties as host of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

MIT has developed smart bike technology that will allow easy mobilization, energy conservation and citywide mileage tracking. The SENSEable City Laboratory has created a rear wheel compartment that contains a lithium ion battery, smart tag and other electronic components.

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Forests destruction costs us more than the crisis in Wall Street

Mon, 2008/11/03 - 7:01am

Would you believe that annual loss from the disappearance of forests is greater than the current losses of Wall Street? According to a new study, the destruction of forests cost global economy $2-$5 trillion every year, whereas Wall Street has to date lost, within the financial sector, $1-$1.5 trillion.

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New York City’s Green Taxi Program Red Lighted By Federal Judge

Mon, 2008/11/03 - 12:06am

The initiative which would have started on Nov 1, specifically required a new cab coming in to service to get 25 miles per gallon, and the following year the standard would be 30 miles per gallon.

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