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Show Up on Thanksgiving or Get Fired 27.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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This holiday season, try to focus less on physical gifts and more on experiential ones 24.11.2014 TreeHugger
Giving physical gifts just for the sake of giving loses its noble purpose when it results in an overstuffed house and more trash in our landfill sites.
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These State Lawmakers Want To Save Thanksgiving From Greedy Retailers 24.11.2014 Mother Jones
In recent years, more and more big-box retailers have begun forcing their employees to work on Thanksgiving Day . Now, some Ohio state legislators have had enough. They're introducing bills that would give workers the right to refuse to punch in on Thanksgiving, and, if they do agree to show up on the holiday, to receive substantial overtime pay. "Thanksgiving Day is supposed to be a day when we retreat from consumerism," says Cleveland's Democratic State Rep. Mike Foley, the author of one such bill. "It's a day when you hang out with your family, go play touch football, have a big turkey dinner, and complain about your crazy uncle or cousin—but you don't think about super blockbuster sales at Target." Foley's House Bill 360 would allow stores to open on Turkey Day but ban them from retaliating against workers who opt to stay home with their families. Workers who do show up would be guaranteed triple wages—which would also apply on Black Friday if stores open earlier than normal (12:01 a.m. and earlier ...
'That Dragon, Cancer' brings a serious real-life ordeal to gaming 22.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
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If ladybugs move into your house this fall, make them welcome 21.11.2014 Environmental News Network
During the warm months of the year, ladybugs are like adorable, bright-colored lapel pins. They land on us, accessorize our clothing in brilliant red or orange with stylish black spots, and are delightful to have around. Several cultures even think of ladybugs as good luck charms for anything from marriage to childbirth to the weather to a good harvest. Then fall arrives and the ladybugs need to find warmth, which is most available inside people’s homes – where they often descend in large numbers. Suddenly they’re not as cute to many people as they seemed outdoors. But Jessica Ware, an insect expert and assistant professor of biology at Rutgers University-Newark, says having ladybugs indoors serves a very useful purpose, and humans should welcome their temporary houseguests. 
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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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Climate change: U.S. is easing its guilt with $3B pledge 18.11.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The United States is pledging $3 billion to a U.N. fund to help developing countries adjust to climate change [“U.S. pledges $3B to help poor nations with climate change,” Nation & World, Nov. 14].
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PlushBeds Awards the Most Influential Green Living Bloggers for 2015 15.11.2014 ENN Network News - ENN
The Top 50 Bloggers with the Most Meaningful Contributions in the Green Living Space
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Pope To G20: 'Unbridled Consumerism' Damages The Planet 13.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In what has become an annual ritual, Pope Francis now sends a letter to whomever is chairing the G20 each year to express his concerns about the global economy and the state of world affairs. Here is his letter this year to Tony Abbott, the prime minister of Australia, who is chair of the G20 Leaders' Summit that convenes in Brisbane Nov. 15-16: THE VATICAN -- The G20 agenda in Brisbane is highly focused one efforts to relaunch a sustained and sustainable growth of the world economy, thereby banishing the spectre of global recession. One crucial point that has emerged from the preparatory work is the fundamental imperative of creating dignified and stable employment for all. This will call for improvement in the quality of public spending and investment, the promotion of private investment, a fair and adequate system of taxation, concerted efforts to combat tax evasion and a regulation of the financial sector which ensures honesty, security and transparency. I would ask the G20 Heads of State and ...
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Shaking hands with the Dalai Lama 10.11.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Whether or not you get to shake the Dalai Lama's hand, the hills around Dharamsala offer a spiritual journey full of energy.
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Is the Vertical City a viable solution for sustainable living? 7.11.2014 TreeHugger
Some architects and planners believe that By building Vertical Cities we can save energy, support our growing population and preserve our horizontal spaces for food production, nature and recreation.
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Reforming Fashion By Making It More Eco-Conscious 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Are you one of those super environmental types who shops at Whole Foods and your local farmer's market, avoids GMOs and does your housekeeping only with eco-friendly soaps and detergents? I know a lot of people who fall into this category. But then when it comes to fashion, suddenly all their rules about purchasing products that are good for the earth fly away like a hat on a windy day. They're shopping at low-cost retailers like H&M or maybe paying attention to avoiding synthetic fabrics, but not really voting with their dollars in the way they do in every other domain of their lives. Well, perhaps it's time to start paying attention to your clothing choices as part of the larger picture in terms of saving the planet. That's where LA-based eco-friendly label Reformation comes into play. Founded in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, Reformation is a lifestyle brand that uses sustainable fabrics to create feminine, limited-edition items that don't sacrifice style. As Reformation grows and gains popularity, Yael ...
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Breaking point: Storming the barriers of unreason 28.10.2014 New Scientist: GM Organisms
Comedian Tim Minchin's graphic novel Storm takes on people who think knowledge is merely opinion misspelled but hippies are too easy a ...
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The great biannual clothing storage swap 24.10.2014 TreeHugger
In many ways, modern green living is very different depending on where you live. In this installment of our Town & Country series, Margaret and Katherine discuss one thing that is almost exactly the same.
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Superhighways and light rail: antagonists or evil twins? 23.10.2014 MinnPost
We are all familiar with how the introduction of superhighways to cities divided and damaged urban neighborhoods.  The impact of I-94 and 35W on Rondo and Phillips remains a source of aching melancholy over a half century after the fact. Much like the oral histories of tribal elders describing the days before the white settler came with his railroad, our historical societies feature oral histories from neighborhood elders about the days before the suburbanite came with his superhighway. Contemporary urban planners nod, knowingly. Jonathan F. Mack But wait a minute, don’t light rail lines divide urban neighborhoods much as superhighways do?  Is the modern urban planner, gasp, Robert Moses with rails? The first decade of returns from our Blue Line to the airport is not promising. This line deepened the Hiawatha moat and exacerbated the isolation of the neighborhoods east of it. Motorists and pedestrians alike have become painfully familiar with the “Hiawatha Double Whammy,” which is not a special at DQ but ...
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The New Farmers 22.10.2014 Orion Magazine Articles
Young people are flocking to farming as a meaningful and rewarding vocation.
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In Laguna Beach, kelp has arrived -- and it's raising a stink 21.10.2014 LA Times: Environment
Warmer air and water temperatures, combined with overseas tropical storms, delivered an ecologically desirable but olfactory disagreeable gift to the shores of Laguna Beach this summer: copious amounts of kelp.
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Sit less for a healthier life! 18.10.2014 Green Lifestyle and Sustainable Culture News - ENN
The more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life will tend to be—that’s the new consensus among researchers. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) now lists inactivity as the fourth biggest killer of adults worldwide, responsible for nine percent of premature deaths.1 In fact, the medical literature now contains over 10,000 studies showing that frequent, prolonged sitting—at work, commuting, and watching TV at night—significantly impacts your cardiovascular and metabolic function.
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Principles of Simply Sustainable Living 16.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Would you believe me if I told you that my inspiration for working on the environment came en route to living a beautiful life à la Martha Stewart (my former boss), Julia Child, Emily Post, and Alexandra Stoddard - domestic doyennes? To me, living a beautiful life is actually about respect - for oneself, for others and I maintain, for the environment. Taking the time to notice what's beautiful and to savor it, and when necessary, to protect it. The fact is, we all are visitors on this precious Earth - fortunate to wake every single day to the wonder and resources that surrounds us. Here's an idea to consider based on personal study of yoga and the environment. "Namaste" loosely translated means, "I bow to you." I've taken this translation one step further to encompass honoring all of life and planet Earth. Consider that you can practice "Namaste" outside of yoga through these simply sustainable steps: Every little thing you do is magic Never underestimate the power of one. One little step after another ...
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