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The 12 Environmentalists Everyone Should Know
Environmentalists have had a big impact on our lives, but most people can't name one famous environmentalist. Here is a list of 10 ecologists and environmentalists that everyone should know, including Rachel Carson, Gaylord Nelson, John Muir, David Brower, Gifford Pinchot, Theodore Roosevelt, Chico Mendes, Wangari Maathai, Henry David Thoreau, Julia Hill, Aldo Leopold and Edward Abbey.
How Much Do You Know about the History of the...
What is the green movement? The story of the environmental movement and conservation history is a tale of men and women who devoted their lives to protecting the natural world. Discover the early conservation movement, environmental history and the recent years of green history.
How to Make Your Own Homemade Herbal Shampoo
Commercial shampoos often contain questionable ingredients which may not be good for your scalp, but making your own is easy and tailored for you!
The New Wave: Shipping Container Homes
Shipping container homes have captured the imagination of architects and residents alike. Creative builders are crafting beautiful, elegant shipping container architecture made of ISBU blocks.
The Right Way to Dispose of Motor Oil
When it's time to dispose of oil, where do you take it? Knowing where and how to dispose of used motor oil can save a lot of time - and save the environment. Most people don't know that motor oil recycling is an option, yet recycled oil can be reused over and over with no drop in oil quality.
Should You Buy an Air Purifier?
If you're looking for an air purifier to clean impurities like smoke, pollen, dust, mold and pet dander from the air in your home, what should you look for? Or do air purifiers work? Here's some advice for clearing up the air you breathe with an air filter.
Indoor Plants and Indoor Air Quality
Do indoor plants purify air? Several studies support the popular notion that indoor air quality is improved with phytoremediation from indoor house plants. Fight indoor air pollution with houseplants.
7 Recycling Symbols to Know
Recycling symbols for paper, plastic and metal are explained in easy-to-understand language. Learn how to recycle by finding out what different recycling symbols mean.
10 Uses for Vinegar You Never Knew About
If you could invent a green-cleaning "wonder" product , it would probably end up being a lot like white
Photos of the World's Oldest, Tallest, and...
Where is the largest tree in the world? But is it also the world's tallest tree? How big is the biggest tree on Earth? And how old is the world's oldest tree? Discover these and many other magnificent heritage trees in this list of some of the greatest trees alive today.
Is Organic Milk Worth the Price?
Organic milk has many advantages over regular milk, but price isn't one of them. What are the benefits of organic milk, and why is it so expensive? Compare organic milk vs regular milk, and get the facts on milk hormones and milk antibiotics.
Your Quickie Guide to Recycling Cardboard
Recycling cardboard should be easy, but not all cardboard and paperboard can be recycled. Get the facts on how to recycle cardboard.
Get Inspired for Earth Day with These Funny and...
If you seek inspirational quotes for Earth Day, here is a compendium of nature quotes, environmental quotes and inspirational quotations that celebrate our common natural heritage.
6 Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality
Improving indoor air quality shouldn't be complicated. These simple tips can help you improve conditions and improve your overall quality of life.
How to Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
One of the scariest parts of house cleaning is disposing of household hazardous waste -- the old paint, bug spray, motor oil and other hazardous waste materials that are found in every garage and kitchen. Here's how to dispose of hazardous wastes the safe and easy way.
A Guide to Plastic Recycling
Much of our modern world is made of plastic, which means recycling plastic is more important than ever. But how do you recycle plastic, and what do plastic recycling numbers mean? Here's some guidance on recycling plastic bottles, bags, containers and other items made of plastic.
How to Compost: 7 Easy Steps
Discover how to compost in this easy, one-page step-by-step guide to composting. From selecting the right bin to turning the compost, you'll see how easy composting is.
Aluminum Recycling: Yes You Can
Aluminum recycling and can recycling is one of the environmental movement's great success stories. In some places, over 95% of all aluminum is recycled. But can you recycle metal items like coat hangers, steel cans, aluminum foil and other items?
6 Tips for Natural Pest Control
Natural pest control is safer, and often more effective, than chemical pesticides at managing the bugs that want to share your home. There are safe, natural practices that will keep you healthy and keep your home free from insects and other pests.
How Does War Affect the Environment?
The effects of war on the environment can be devastating. Impacts of war include species loss, habitat destruction and the loss of environmental protections. Discover the consequences of war with Jurgen Brauer, Carl Bruch and Geoffrey Dabelko.
Briefing: Transparent Solar Cells
Yang Yang of the California NanoSystems Institute, or CNSI, is leading a team that has created a transparent polymer solar cell that can be applied to windows. The technology has the potential to revolutionize solar energy.
How to Make Homemade Weed Killers
You don’t have to poison your lawn in order to achieve a beautiful, weed free yard. A few basic ingredients is all you need to curb weeds—naturally.
Briefing: Barrier Islands Under Siege
Barrier islands are a critical part of the coastal ecosystem that protects seafront property, but coastal erosion, commercial development and other threats may remove these defenses, leaving shorelines vulnerable to storms.
Green Bullets: Hunting with Lead-Free Ammunition
The U.S. military is switching to non-lead ammunition to reduce the risk of lead poisoning. Many hunters, too, are switching to lead-free ammo, green ammo or green bullets.
The Great Garbage Patch: It's Alive!
The oceans of the world are hosting several garbage patches, and it now appears that each garbage patch contains a vast ecosystem of microbes, including disease-carrying Vibrio bacteria.
Beached Whales and Sonar: What's the Link?
Beached whales and sonar - what's the link? New research has found a disturbing connection between whale beaching and sonar used by navies to track submarines.
EPA, MPG and You
EPA gas mileage ratings are an industry benchmark, but few understand how fuel economy numbers are derived. Get the facts on the EPA, MPG and fuel-efficient cars and trucks.
Has MillerCoors Gone Green?
MillerCoors, owner of the largest single brewery in America, has gone green. The Golden, Colo., brewery is now landfill-free,
Going to a Green School: The Green College List
green schools, green college. Green Living.
Understanding LEED Green Building Certifications
What are LEED-certified buildings -- and are they really green? The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification means that the construction of a home or commercial building is designed to save energy, water and other resources. But are all LEED buildings really green? Many architects and contractors say no.
What Is DDT?
DDT is a controversial chemical compound used as a pesticide, and though it's effective at fighting malaria and other insect-born diseases, DDT has been banned in many countries including the United States. Find out more about the history and the effects of DDT.
13 Free Natural & Earthy Fonts
Inspired by green living, or just a happy coincidence — these fonts range from beautiful to versatile, whimsical to elegant.
Get the Facts on Organic and Free-Range Eggs
Organic eggs are different from free-range eggs. Organic eggs must meet specific USDA standards for feed, antibiotic use and other criteria. But what about cage-free eggs, vegetarian eggs and so-called natural eggs? Get the facts on egg grading.
Tire Recycling: Let's Burn Some Rubber!
Tire recycling has a number of environmental benefits, but it's not as widely practiced as it could be. Recycled tires can be reused in a number of different ways, from playground mats to planters to tire-derived fuel. Here's everything you need to know about recycled tires and tyre recycling.
Honeywell Quietclean Air Purifier: a Review
The Honeywell Air Purifier has a built-in, permanent air filter that can be removed for cleaning. Though it's not a HEPA-type air purifier and it emits ozone (a potentially hazardous gas), the Honeywell QuietClean Air Purifier is Energy Star certified.
Briefing: R-Value and Insulation
What is an R-value? If you're installing insulation, or insulating any structure, understanding the different r-values for foam, rolls and loose insulation is critical to project success.
How to Live With No Car
Life with no car sounds un-American, but millions of people are finding that an auto-free lifestyle liberates them. From sexy electric motorcycles to use public transportation to good ol' walking, the alternatives to driving a car can be really sweet.
How Safe Is Roundup?
Roundup, made by Monsanto, is a widely used weed killer. But questions about the safety of Roundup and its ingredients, namely glyphosate and POEA, continue to plague the herbicide.
How to Recycle Anything
Learn how to recycle anything with this list of recycling options. Get the facts about recycling glass, plastic, cans and metal containers.
The 8 Best Benefits of Building Green
Why do people build green buildings? There are many benefits to green sustainable architecture. Construction costs may or may not be higher, but energy efficiency and water conservation mean green buildings and sustainable architecture are actually cheaper -- in the short run and the long run. Get the facts on green building benefits.
12 Easy Tips for Saving Water at Home
Water treatment requires a lot of resources (and your budget) but these tips can help you reduce the amount of water you consume… simply!
Green Cleaning with Homemade Cleaners
Ready to start green cleaning with homemade cleaners? Clean your home with the eight healthy, green cleaners listed here. From the kitchen sink to the bathroom shower and toilet, these eco-friendly natural cleaners will get the job done -- and for a lot less money.
Let's Talk About VOC-Containing Paint
What is a volatile organic compound, or VOC? VOCs are found in a number of products including paint. There are eco-friendly paint products, including low-VOC paint and no-VOC paint and painting supplies.
Eco-Friendly House Cleaning Tips
You get a lot back from going green, even if it doesn't seem so at first. There are even more benefits than you think.
DEET vs. Natural Insect Repellents
Many natural insect repellents claim to repel bugs as well as DEET. But how effective is a natural repellent made of green ingredients like lemon eucalyptus oil, picaridin or IR3535?
Try Homemade Dish Detergent
For clean, sparkling dishes and glasses, try a natural, homemade dish detergent that's safe for you and the environment. Washing your dishes doesn't have to dirty the environment with homemade dishwasher detergent.
Isn't It Time You Get Up to Speed on the...
The Keystone Pipeline is one of the most controversial environmental and energy issues facing America. Will the Keystone Pipeline, developed by TransCanada Corporation, provide needed jobs and energy, or will it be a financial and environmental disaster? Get the facts on the Keystone Pipeline, and view a Keystone pipeline map.
What Is Biomass Energy?
What is biomass energy, and is it a practical alternative to fossil fuels and other non-renewable forms of energy? Discover the many sources of biomass energy like switchgrass, and its advantages and disadvantages as a source of renewable energy.
How to Get Rid of Smells Naturally
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All About Battery Recycling
Battery recycling is one of the most successful recycling efforts in the world. About 98 percent of car batteries are recycled. Get the facts on how to recycle batteries.
Advantages of Wind Turbines
Advantages of Wind Turbines. Green Living.
How To Naturally Treat Tough Stains
There are great methods that can help you remove stubborn stains, without resorting to toxic products.
10 Great Laundry Detergent DIY Recipes
Making your own detergent is a great way to save money and keep toxic chemicals and skin irritants off of your body. Give these great recipes a try!
Get the Facts on Recycling Electronics
Recycling electronics isn't as easy as it should be, but with the amount of heavy metals and other hazardous components in TV sets, computers, cell phones, monitors and other electronic devices, it's important to get the facts on how to recycle electronics and other e-waste.
Rain Water Harvesting with a Rain Barrel
A rain barrel is an ideal rain water harvesting system. But what should you look for in a rain barrel? And what can you safely do with stored rain water? Discover the facts about rain water harvesting with a rain barrel.
How to Change a Thermostat
Change a thermostat to a programmable thermostat and save hundreds of dollars each year in lower energy bills. It's easy to install a thermostat to save energy - and money - today.
8 Tips for Green Cleaning
Green cleaning is a smart way to clean your house the safe, non-toxic way. Take a look at these tips for cleaning your house with natural cleaners and green cleaning products from the store, or try homemade cleaners in your kitchen, bathroom and everywhere in your home.
Eco-Friendly Items That Pay for Themselves {...
Here are a few eco-friendly items to help you get started with a healthier home and more wiggle room in your monthly budget!
The Life of Julia Hill
Julia Hill, a.k.a. Julia Butterfly Hill, is among the most interesting environmentalists active today. Best known for spending over two years high in the branches of a redwood tree named Luna, Julia Hill remains active in environmental and social causes.
Organic vs Inorganic: Food Fight!
Organic vs inorganic - which is the better produce? Organic fruit and organic vegetables are grown under the watchful eye of the USDA organic program. But what makes organic fruit different, and are organic vegetables safer or healthier to eat?
Who Was John Muir?
John Muir was one of the most influential environmentalists in America, if not the world. His writings and activism inspired a generation of conservationists -- from presidents to Boy Scouts -- yet he's largely unknown today. Who was John Muir, and how did he further the cause of environmental preservation?
8 Reasons to Hate Christmas
I hate Christmas. But despite the millions of people who also hate xmas, we refuse to cancel Christmas. Here are 8 reasons why we should.
Should You Blast the AC or Roll Down the Windows?
What gives your car better gas mileage: driving with your car's air conditioning on and the windows rolled up, or rolling the windows down and leaving the AC off? Look at what the experts say and learn how to improve your car's MPG on hot days -- AC or windows down.
Discover Organic and Natural Dog Nutrition
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The Causes and Effects of Acid Rain
Acid rain has emerged as one of the most important green issues of our time. But what causes acid rain, and what are the effects of acid rain?
Natural First Aid Must-Haves
All of the healing without any of the toxic chemicals and unnecessary ingredients. Here are a few items you should never be without!
What Is Grass-Fed Beef?
Grass-fed beef, as the name implies, comes from cows raised in grass pastures instead of raised on grain. Fans of grass-fed cattle claim it's a leaner, healthier and tastier meat, and has many environmental advantages as well, but it's different from organic meat.
Let's Talk About Indoor Pollutants
Indoor air quality is affected by asbestos, radon, carbon monoxide, mold and other kinds of indoor pollutants. Get the facts on air quality and health, sick building syndrome, healthy ventilation and indoor air pollution.
How Safe Is Plastic in a Microwave?
We all put plastic in the microwave, but is it safe to microwave plastic? And can BPA or phthalates make you sick? The answer may surprise you.
The Glass Recycling Process
Glass recycling reduces the energy needed to create glass bottles, jars and other glass objects. Get the facts on the glass recycling process, find where to recycle glass, and learn how glass recycling is good for you and the environment.
What Are Genetically Modified Foods?
Many people don't realize that the food they're buying and eating may be genetically modified foods, or GMO foods. What exactly are genetically engineered foods, and are they safe to eat?
Dispose of Medication the Safe Way
The safe way to dispose of medication doesn't mean flushing drugs down the toilet, where they'll pollute groundwater and drinking water supplies. But what is the safest way to dispose of drugs?
8 Reasons to Love LED Lights - And 1 Reason Not...
LED lights are shining bright these days. Discover why LEDs, also known as light-emitting diodes, are being used in LED home lights and elsewhere.
10 Most Effective Eco-Friendly Home Cleaners
When it comes to delivering a big eco-friendly bang for your buck, these 10 cleaners are most effective.
Organic Food: Worth the Cost?
What is organic food, and is it worth paying more for USDA-certified organic products? There are many green benefits to sustainable farms, but organic foods can still be junk food.
5 Homemade Detox Drinks For Weight Loss
These five drinks can go a long way in helping you achieve your weight loss goals while eliminating toxic substances from your body at the same time.
What Is a Greenhouse Gas?
What is a greenhouse gas? Discover the link between greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, the Earth's greenhouse effect, and how GHG can influence global warming and climate change. Change your green house gas output.
What to Compost - and What Not to Compost
If you're wondering what to compost, and what items are not safe for your composting bin, look no further. This list of EPA-approved composting materials will help you sort out what should and should not be put in your compost.
Lead: The Useful Toxin
Lead has been used for thousands of years, but that usefulness comes at a price: lead poisoning, or plumbism. Get the facts about lead, Pb.
Briefing: Eutrophication and Algal Blooms
What causes eutrophication and algal blooms, and how does it result in hypoxia? Get the facts on this worldwide environmental problem.
How to Naturally Freshen Your Home
While you may not want a spray can of fake flower smells, you may find that you do want a way to “freshen up” your home naturally. These tips can help!
Nuclear Power, Pros and Cons
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Briefing: The Seveso Disaster
Seveso, Italy, was the scene of one of the worst industrial disasters in European history, when several tons of poisonous gas -- including TCDD, a type of dioxin -- were released into a residential area. Discover the history and the aftereffects of the Seveso disaster.
Briefing: The Farm-to-Fork Movement
The farm-to-fork movement - sometimes called farm to table or farm to market - is actually a return to an older, more traditional way of getting food on your plate. From the farm or ranch to homes, businesses and farm-to-table restaurants, get the facts on this foodie revolution.
The Hidden Dangers of Eyelash Extensions
While wearing eyelash extensions may seem great, there are hidden dangers to consider before giving them a try.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: The Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide - chemical formula CO - is a potentially deadly gas that's produced when a fuel is burned, including wood, gasoline, oil, plant matter or another source of combustion. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Rachel Carson and Silent Spring
Rachel Carson is often credited with starting the modern environmental movement through her book Silent Spring. What was it about Silent Spring that made it such an environmental classic? Find out in this biography of Rachel Carson and a synopsis of Silent Spring.
Grow These 3 Healing Herbs to Keep the Doctor...
Herbs are not only fun to grow at home, but also come with many health benefits. Learn how these three power herbs can get you started!
How to Save Energy: 12 Steps
Here are 12 easy tips for how to save energy. From your car to your dinner table, oil and other petroleum products have taken hold of every aspect of our lives, but you can easily loosen oil's grip on your existence by saving energy while saving money, too.
Amazing Homemade Laundry Detergents
Home-made laundry detergents are a great way to save money and keep your family and home environment toxin free.
Meet the True Green Hollywood Celebrities
Green Hollywood celebrities aren't all Tinseltown talk -- some, like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Norton, Ed Begley, Jr., Robert Redford, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz actually walk the walk.
How to Conserve Water
If you're looking for ways to conserve water, follow these simple tips, and you'll save water in more ways than you thought possible. Water conservation is up to you.
What Is a GMO?
A genetically modified organism, or GMO, is a living organism whose DNA has been fundamentally altered through genetic engineering. How safe are GMO crops and foods, and what are the social, legal and environmental issues surrounding GMO research?
The Dirt on Fracking: 11 Common Questions...
What is fracking? Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas from deep underground. But how safe is fracking, and what are the potential risks?
DIY Teeth Whitening Products
These tips may seem a bit radical, but they work and are well worth a try. Plus they'll save you a pretty penny!
The 7 Hallmarks of a Green Building
Ever wonder what makes a green building green? Sustainable building design is not just a fad, as energy efficiency, green products and safe, healthy buildings become more prominent worldwide. These seven criteria define green buildings, sustainable architecture and green homes.
What Is Organic Beef?
What is organic beef, and is this so-called green beef also healthy beef? Organic beef is not the same as grass-fed beef or pasture-fed meat, and there's no consensus on what constitutes healthy beef.
Should You Boycott BP Over the BP Oil Spill?
Should you boycott BP? Millions of consumers are considering a boycott of the troubled oil and gas company over the BP oil spill. But what, if anything, will a boycott of BP accomplish? What else can you do to protest the BP oil spill?
Can Hunting be Good for the Environment?
There are many benefits of hunting, including population control of wildlife. And new endeavors like green hunting and green safaris are opening up the sport of hunting to new enthusiasts.
Who Killed Chico Mendes?
Chico Mendes was an activist best known for his efforts at saving the rainforests of Brazil from logging and ranching activities. But his conservation efforts were too successful for some, and Mendes was shot and killed one night. Who killed Chico Mendes?
Is Bamboo Green?
A sustainable bamboo floor has the look and hardness of a hardwood floor, with the reputation of being a sustainable, green flooring option. But is bamboo green when used as flooring or other uses?
Rain Water Harvesting with Algreen's Rain Barrel
A rain barrel is a great idea for rain water harvesting. This review of Algreen Product's rain water harvesting system includes information on rain water storage and a user's review of an Algreen rain barrel.
10 Ways to Improve Your Gas Mileage
Looking for tips to improve the gas mileage of your car? Your car's fuel consumption can be improved by following some simple tips. Discover how to save gas today and get a better MPG tomorrow.
Why Is Triclosan in Antibacterial Soaps?
Triclosan is found in antibacterial soaps and hundreds of other household products, including clothing, furniture, toys and furniture. Experts agree that using so-called
8 Great Reasons to Compost
Are you ready to start composting? Here are 8 good reasons why compost is a good idea. Discover the many benefits of composting.
Plant a Wind Break to Save Energy
How can a tree help you save energy? A wind break or even a single shade tree, if planted in the right place, can greatly reduce your home's electric bills. Learn how wind breaks and shade trees can save energy while beautifying your home.
Vinegar: What is it good for?
That bottle of vinegar in the cupboard may actually be more versatile and useful than you think. Here are some uses for in and out of the kitchen!
5 Foods to Help Prevent Sun Damage
Reduce your risks from the skin-damaging effects of the the sun with these five nutrient packed foods!
How to Wash Your Car the Green Way
A green car wash means you don't have to waste water and send pollutants downstream. Learn how to wash your car the sustainable way with these green carwash tips.
Best Organic Food Buys
Organic food can be a little more costly, so look for the best organic food buys whenever possible, courtesy of the Environmental Working Group, or EWG.
Homemade Natural Make-Up Recipes
Making your own make-up is the best way to have control over what goes into the products you use on your skin — and you may find that you prefer them!
Cleaning a Broken CFL Light Bulb
Got a broken compact fluorescent bulb in your house. Safely cleaning up a broken CFL bulb isn't as easy as sweeping it into the trash - especially if you have children or pets. Find out how to make CFL cleanup a safe task, and make sure your cleanup doesn't endanger your family.
What Is Soil? Get the Dirt on Dirt
What is soil? It's essential for the survival of life on Earth, but due to soil erosion, it's disappearing fast. Get the facts on soil conservation.
Briefing: Blue-Green Algae and Health Risks
Toxic blue-green algae can make people sick and can kill dogs and other animals. Several states have issues warnings about HABs, or harmful algal blooms, for summer. Get the facts on toxic algae blooms and cyanobacteria.
What Is a Xeriscape?
Xeriscape is a type of landscape design that emphasizes the beauty of drought-tolerant plants that need less water to thrive. But what does xeriscaping look like, and is a xeriscape landscape design a good idea for places like Florida, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and California?
What Does "Organic" Really Mean?
Food, cosmetic, & cleaning product labels refer to how the ingredients were grown and processed — but what do those labels really mean?
Find a Truly Green Christmas Tree
Having a green, sustainable holiday usually means finding a green Christmas tree. But what's best, an artificial or real Christmas tree? There are several options for having green Christmas trees.
Should We Ban Plastic Bags?
Should we ban plastic bags? A number of communities already have, while others have proposed a tax on the use of plastic bags.
8 Easy Ways to Go Green
If you're looking for simple ways to go green, these 8 ideas will help to make it easy, fun and economical to start green living. Live green today with these steps on how to be greener.
Greywater for Beginners
Greywater isn't part a sci fi plot point, but part of a system of conserving, retaining, & reusing a valuable resource. These tips can get you started!
Was Theodore Roosevelt an Environmentalist?
Theodore Roosevelt was more than America's 26th president -- he was also a Nobel Prize winner, a soldier and big-game hunter, and an ardent environmentalist who founded many of our national parks. Find out more in this biography of Teddy Roosevelt.
The Green Benefits of a Roof Garden
If you're looking for a great way to conserve energy, save money, enjoy fresh local produce and reuse wasted space, consider a roof garden. The popularity of rooftop gardens is soaring as people discover the many benefits of using formerly empty roof areas. A roof garden can be a simple or extensive, depending on how much you can invest in rooftop gardening.
What Is Compost Tea?
Compost tea is a great way to help your garden plants thrive, and this simple compost tea recipe requires only a few supplies and ingredients.
Organic Gardening Tips for Effective Pest Control
In the battle with pests, you may need to use all that the nature has to offer. These tips can help as you winterize and plan next season's garden.
Let's Talk About Straw Bale Homes
Straw bale homes have been around for hundreds of years, but are now back on the green radar as a smart way to build sustainable homes and green buildings. Architects, contractors, designers and home owners are looking at strawbale houses for their great energy-saving potential and soundproofing, as well as the speed and ease of straw bale construction.
A Brief Chat About Phthalates
What is a phthalate and why should you worry about phthalates? These chemicals are found in many household products like toys and baby bottles, and are endocrine disruptors that may be affecting your family's health.
A Brief Chat About Exotic Pets
The international trade in exotic pets and exotic animals is a multi-billion dollar industry that's threatening to wipe out populations of endangered species worldwide. Why do people want exotic animal pets, and what happens to exotic pet animals when they're imported into a foreign country?
The Story of Earth Day: How the Seed Was Planted
The first Earth Day is a story of persistence, imagination and good luck. Learn all about the history of Earth Day.
How Real Is the Water Crisis?
The water crisis now gripping some parts of the world is likely to spread, and few nations are prepared for a world water crisis. Drought, water shortage and a lack of safe drinking water are among the most immediate challenges facing the world today.
Edward Abbey and Earth First!
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Who Makes the Best Natural Sunscreen?
Natural sunscreen with SPF -- what's the best one to protect you and your baby's sensitive skin, according to the EWG, or Environmental Working Group? Is it Coppertone, Soleo, Blue Lizard, Mustela or another? Find tips on how to buy and use fragrance-free, organic sunblock.
Aldo Leopold and 'A Sand County Almanac'
Aldo Leopold is often considered the godfather of wilderness preservation. His best-known books, A Sand County Almanac and Game Management, are among the most eloquent pleas for the conservation of wilderness ever written. Find out more about the life and times of this leading environmentalist.
Briefing: Invasive Species
Invasive species like the Burmese python, the red lionfish and the snakehead fish are taking over some ecological communities in places like Florida. These exotic species are introduced by pet owners, in cargo containers or natural means. Get the facts on invasive species, non-native species and invasive animals.
The Buzz on Organic Coffee
Organic coffee - what makes it different? Learn about fair trade coffee, shade-grown coffee and bird-friendly coffee, so you can relax and enjoy your next cup o' joe.
8 Tips for a Green Laundry
Make clothes washing a little more sustainable by saving energy with these easy, affordable green laundry tips.
Let's Talk About Climate Change
Climate change and global warming are hot topics, and getting hotter every day. Here's a brief conversation about the facts on greenhouse gases, politics like the Kyoto Protocol, and your carbon footprint.
Bee Death: What's Causing Colony Collapse?
Scientists worldwide are alarmed at the high rates of bee death caused by colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Is it nosema, clothianidin, neonicotinoid or some other cause? Get the facts on hive collapse and colony collapse disease.
Your 2013 Calendar of Green Holidays
Looking for a calendar of green holidays or an environmental holiday calendar? Whether you're looking for Earth Day, Arbor Day, the vernal equinox or some other event, here's a green calendar of environmental events and celebrations for 2013.
7 Fast Favorite Healthy Recipes
Eating healthy doesn't have to be hard or boring. Here are a few easy recipes that will leave you craving more and impressing your friends!
The Life of Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai was an environmental leader and an activist for human rights. Founder of Africa's Green Belt Movement, Maathai was awarded the Nobel Prize for her efforts on behalf of the natural world and the people of Africa. Here's a bio of Wangari Maathai.
Briefing: The Greenhouse Effect
Take a look at how the greenhouse effect makes life on the planet possible, and how it also contributes to global warming and climate change. Discover how the green house effect works.
What Is Organic Chocolate and Fair Trade...
Organic chocolate and fair-trade chocolate are fast-growing segments of the candy market. But what makes organic chocolate different, and how fair is fair trade chocolate?
Woody Biomass: Using Wood as Fuel
Woody biomass is an ancient way to use plant matter as fuel, and wood is again becoming a popular energy source. Wood pellets, firewood and other plant materials are used for heat in many homes and businesses, and woody biomass is used for heat and energy in many businesses and institutions. Discover other facts about wood fuel and woody biomass as a source of energy.
5 Sustainable Foods to Help Soothe Chapped Lips
We can use a lip balm to protect and soothe our lips, but it’s important to know what your body needs to prevent chapped lips in the first place!
Briefing: Radon Risk
A radon map reveals the areas where radon risk is highest. Learn how radon can affect your health.
A Brief Chat About Renewable Energy
Renewable energy describes several different sources of energy, from solar power to geothermal heat pumps. Discover how clean energy is transforming the intersection of environmental policy and energy economics worldwide.
What Is a CFL?
What is a CFL, and how do compact fluorescent lamps save money? Read this definition of CFLs and learn about the benefits and risks of CFL lighting.
Natural Lice Prevention & Treatment
Treating lice naturally is a kinder and gentler approach than the toxic chemicals found in traditional treatments — and they can work just as well!
How to Have a Green Christmas
Looking for ways to have a green Christmas this year? Make your holiday green with these tips on green gifts, sustainable travel, homemade decorations and more.
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