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Sustainable Living Means Making Big Changes; Why Can't We Face Up to It? 29.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Get used to bike riding - cleaner cars won't be enough. (Image: Riding bicycle via Shutterstock) Despite the significant risks for human and non-human life, greenhouse gas emissions (GhG) are still rising. Something has to give – and that something would appear more significant than those with the power to stimulate change are willing to admit. The UK government’s Global Calculator is a good example. This recently released tool allows us to model the compatibility of our food, travel, housing and work environment with national targets to limit climate change. The climate secretary, Ed Davey, reckons the calculator shows “everyone in the world can prosper while limiting global temperature rises to two degrees, preventing the most serious impacts of climate change.” Yet even the most ambitious changes the tool advocates deviate little from our current “normal” patterns of behaviour – supposedly “essential” appliances still include tumble driers, while under the “extremely ambitious” scenario, the urban car ...
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For 'sustainable lifestyles' to succeed, we must talk about money 26.3.2015 TreeHugger
If we're going to push lifestyle change as a strategy, how we manage our money is one of the most important topics of all.
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Mayor Ed Lee faces fire over who benefits as S.F. booms 26.3.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The 656-condo Lumina complex promises a "transcendent living experience," with a club lounge, climbing wall and pet grooming station. The smallest units start at about $1 million. The penthouse is priced at $49 million, a city record.
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World Environment Day 2015 to promote sustainable lifestyles 25.3.2015 TreeHugger
The UN Environment Program takes aim at unsustainable consumption in 2015.
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Your Handy Guide to Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has hopped aboard the GOP clown car, announcing his candidacy on Monday at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Let's talk about Cruz by way of a refresher on what he's all about. Doh! Canada Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1970 to an American mother and a foreign (Cuban) father. Sound familiar? The only difference between the presidency-related birth circumstances of President Obama and Ted Cruz is that Obama was born in the United States and Cruz wasn't. Of course this doesn't matter because Obama is black with a funny-sounding "exotic" name and Cruz is a white guy named "Ted," so it'll be assumed that Cruz is totally a natural born citizen while Obama isn't. That seems fair. Legally-speaking, however, Cruz is perfectly eligible to be president based on the citizenship status of his mother. So can Obama, especially given how he was born in Hawaii. But don't expect a (fake) investigation by Donald Trump or any mass freakouts by a legion of conspiracy theorists over ...
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The Secret Ingredient for a Great Cup of Coffee: Hint, It's Not What You Think 21.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There are definitely some myths out there about sustainable products, and to be blunt, how good they are. Some people wonder whether something so focused on its mission can look great, taste great, feel great. (Apparently locally-grown wheat grass smoothies, raw yeast balls and sandpaper hemp pants don't float everyone's boat.) As it turns out, in the coffee world, sustainability not only goes hand-in-hand with quality, they're integrally linked. And Fair Trade has become an important vehicle for helping farmers improve crop quality and build strong relationships with quality-forward buyers. In fact, today nearly 100% of Fair Trade Certified coffees are specialty grade. Sorry to turn your world upside down, but it's true: sustainable practices and thriving farmers are the secret ingredients to your mind-blowingly delicious cup of joe. Here are a few reasons why: 1.) Poverty perpetuates lower quality According to the United Nations , about 2.8 billion people survive on less than $2 a day, and a majority ...
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Canadian Grocer to Sell "Ugly" Fruit 19.3.2015 Environmental News Network
If you have traveled to regions such as the Balkans, India or rural Latin America, the appearance of misshapen fruit and vegetables everywhere would have hardly surprised you; and of course, they are delicious. But shopping trends on both side of the Atlantic have led consumers to believe fruit should be uniform in color and shape.
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How City Trees, Related Vegetation Reduce Pollution, Improve Health 19.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The National Arbor Day Foundation has a simple app on its website that allows visitors to see how a city changes as it adds tree cover and other vegetation. Using a little sliding tool, one can gradually change the illustration from one with few trees to one with abundant trees. The difference is striking: everyone I know would prefer to live in the greener city. I love the Arbor Day app, but this is not a new subject for me. I have long maintained that the fates of nature and cities are intricately related: Nature needs cities , a truth still not sufficiently appreciated in the world of environmental advocacy, because compact urban and suburban communities reduce development pressure on the natural and rural landscape. We can't save the landscape with sprawl. But, just as important, cities need nature , a truth not sufficiently appreciated in the world of urbanist advocacy. Cities need both the beauty and function of nature, to reduce runoff pollution, restore and improve human and ecosystem health and, ...
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Going Green: Big Politics, Big Business, Big Bucks 17.3.2015 Yahoo: Business
Environmental causes were a noble pursuit … until hypocritical politicians, crony capitalists, activists and lawyers got into the game.
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Lyft CEO: We're Making Car Ownership 'Unnecessary' 17.3.2015 Yahoo: Business
Lyft CEO Logan Green said in a South by Southwest interview with the Wall Street Journal that his company's vision is making car ownership unnecessary. 
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Meatless Monday: The Eating of the Green 16.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Wearing green on St. Patrick's Day brings good luck, they say, but to get the whole Irish experience, eat green, too. Wild greens like dandelion and nettles have been Irish mainstays for centuries. What, did you think the ancient Celts celebrated St. Patrick's Day with green beer and Lucky Charms? Wild greens are just that, wild. We tend to dismiss them as weeds. The thing about weeds is they're tenacious, an admirable trait, and seeing them as nourishment rather than as a nuisance ups their appeal considerably. Perhaps the ancient Irish first ate them because they're abundant, free and handy -- local food before we even had a term for it -- but it turns out they're an herbalist's dream. Dandelion and nettles were crushed and applied as poltices, decocted for wine and tea, administered as a tonic and served up in soups, stews and more. These spring greens are where culinary and curative meet. Dandelion greens are dark, spiky and astringent -- that's that bracing, puckery sensation in the mouth. They act ...
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I Went to the Launch Party for the World's First Pot CSA. Here's What I Can Remember 7.3.2015 Mother Jones
"Hello and welcome," the voice said. "Thank you for joining us on this special evening to learn more about the clean cannabis movement." I was in a white van, bouncing up a steep hill to a party at an undisclosed location in Berkeley, California. The voice came from an iPhone held up by one of my hosts, a young woman wearing a cocktail dress and a headband of white flowers. "If you do not wish to participate in the cannabis," the voice continued, as meditative music played in the background, "do not have anything the flower girls are carrying." Duly warned, I was deposited at the front steps of Panoramic Sky, a three-story house designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright that rents on Airbnb, I later learned, for $2,800 a night. I was wearing a suit I'd bought earlier that day from Neiman Marcus, worried that I didn't own any clothes nice enough for the occasion. "Dress Code: Formal Attire (Great Gatsby meets California)," the invitation had said. A subsequent update noted that lots of "very important ...
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The Truth About Organic Products, From Alexandra Zissu (VIDEO) 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you absolutely cannot afford a 100% organic diet, green living expert and author Alexandra Zissu has a helpful resource for deciding which produce items you should absolutely spend the extra money to buy organic. Each year, the Environmental Working Group puts out a study on what the 12 most contaminated produce items will be, and which 15 fruits and veggies will be the cleanest. This changes each year based on the way things are grown and cleaned, so be sure to visit EWG.org before heading to your supermarket. Remember, pesticides are absorbed by the dirt and soak into the root of the plant, so items that have built-in shields like corn or bananas aren't always the least contaminated choice! For more of Alexandra's green living tips, view the slideshow ...
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Tips For Making Your Home More Green, From Alexandra Zissu (VIDEO) 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What are three things we can do to make our homes more green? Green living expert and author Alexandra Zissu says that taking off your shoes at the door may be annoying, but it stops you from tracking in harmful chemicals that may be on the soles of your shoes, such as lead dust and pesticide residue. Leaving your shoes at the door is better for your family, and even your pets. Swap out your cleaning products for all-natural ones. Make sure that there's no skull and crossbones warning on the products you use to clean your home, and be diligent about reading labels. Finally, Alexandra suggests putting on your "eco-goggles" when it comes to the things you bring into your home. Ask yourself, "Is this good for me? Is this good for the environment?" Doing so will help you become more aware of the home environment you're creating. For more of Alexandra's green living tips, view the slideshow ...
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How To Eat Healthy On A Limited Income, From Alexandra Zissu (VIDEO) 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you want to eat healthy, but have a limited budget to do so, green living expert and author Alexandra Zissu recommends researching the least contaminated produce items of the year by visiting EWG.org . Another tip for shopping healthy without breaking the bank is to buy less packaged foods, including snacks like potato chips, which can really add up! Also, buy things that are whole instead of in pieces, for example, a whole chicken instead of chicken breasts, or an entire head of broccoli instead of just the florets. Doing so will stretch your dollar! For more of Alexandra's green living tips, view the slideshow ...
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Tips For Going Green With A Baby, From Alexandra Zissu (VIDEO) 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What is green living expert and author Alexandra Zissu's number one tip when it comes to going green with a newborn? Buy less! The baby retail industry likes to make you believe that you absolutely need so many things for your newborn, but Alexandra says that it's really much simpler than it seems. You're already making the food your child needs, so if you're able to breastfeed, this will eliminate the costs of formula and bottles. Don't be shy about asking your friends for hand-me-down clothes -- babies outgrow clothing so rapidly that it's likely your newborn will only fit into them for a short period of time anyway. If you can't afford cloth diapers, choose an eco-friendly diaper that isn't harmful to your baby's skin. Invest in an eco-friendly mattress, which is important for your baby's health, and limit the amount of plastics that you expose him or her to. For more of Alexandra's green living tips, view the slideshow ...
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Three Common Household Items That Are Surprisingly Harmful, From Alexandra Zissu (VIDEO) 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When it comes to the safety our homes, green living expert and author Alexandra Zissu says there are three things that are very harmful to our households that many consumers don't realize. If you have a basement in your home, get it tested for radon, which is a common harmful chemical found in basements that don't have proper airflow. Pay attention to what paint is being used in your home, and never use a lead-based paint on your walls or DIY project. Finally, make sure you're not bringing any household cleaners into your home that have a skull and crossbones warning on the label. This indicates that the formula is poisonous, and therefore shouldn't be used in your home, or even poured down your drain into our water! For more of Alexandra's green living tips, view the slideshow ...
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The Most Dangerous Household Cleaners On The Market, From Alexandra Zissu (VIDEO) 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What are the most dangerous household cleaners on the market? According to green living expert and author Alexandra Zissu, do to patent laws, the actual formulas of household cleaning products are protected, so it's hard to know what exactly is in each product. One surefire way to know that a cleaning product is not safe to be used in your home? A skull and crossbones warning, which signifies that the product is poisonous. Avoid products that contain ammonia or chlorine as well. Find an eco-friendly replacement by going to an organic grocery store, and pay attention to what's written on each label! For more of Alexandra's green living tips, view the slideshow ...
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How To Tell If A Product Is Actually Eco-Friendly, From Alexandra Zissu (VIDEO) 2.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
How can we tell if a product is really eco-friendly? Green living expert and author Alexandra Zissu says that in order to really know if a product is green, you need to do your homework and be a smart consumer. Do research on the products you're buying, especially the food brands and cleaning products you're taking into your home. True green products will have a certification, not just a claim that it's green. For guidance, you can use Alexandra's website to see which products are truly green. For more of Alexandra's green living tips, view the slideshow ...
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'Duck Dynasty' star's STD rant gets ovation 28.2.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Speaking at CPAC, Phil Robertson cited a 2008 CDC study of STDs and said the estimated 110 million STD cases in the United States are "the revenge of the hippies."
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