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Green Living: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
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.
Photos of the World's Greatest Trees: Biggest,...
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.
7 Important Earth Day Facts
Looking for Earth Day facts? Here is a brief list of facts about Earth Day, including links to Earth Day quotes, activities for kids, local and regional events, as well as games, songs and poems, and other great ways to celebrate Earth Day.
10 Surprising Uses for Vinegar
If you could invent a green-cleaning "wonder" product , it would probably end up being a lot like white
8 Great Earth Day Activities for Kids
Looking for Earth Day activities for kids? Earthday art projects, green games, crafts and other ideas will help children celebrate our Earth.
Bombed: The Effects of War on 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.
How to Recycle Cardboard
Recycling cardboard should be easy, but not all cardboard and paperboard can be recycled. Get the facts on how to recycle cardboard.
What Is LEED?
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.
12 Environmentalists You 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.
The Story of the First Earth Day
The first Earth Day is a story of persistence, imagination and good luck. Learn all about the history of Earth Day.
AC or Windows Down: What's Better for Gas...
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.
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.
8 Benefits of Green Buildings
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is the Green Movement?
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.
Earth Day Worksheets and Lesson Plans
Teachers looking for Earth Day worksheets and lesson plans will find what they're looking for here. Earth Day games, puzzles, crafts, songs and other Earth Day activities for kids will make the yearly environmental celebration complete.
Recycling Symbols Made Easy
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.
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.
The Science of Natural Beauty
Natural beauty and skin care products are becoming more popular as consumers look for safe, healthy lotions, shampoo, perfume and other beauty products. Some have few if any synthetic ingredients, and a few are certified organic products.
Craft Beer and Organic Beer: Get Hoppy
Craft beer and organic beer were once niche products, but sales of these suds have skyrocketed in recent years. What makes a beer organic, and is organic beer the same as natural beer?
A Brief Chat About the Keystone Pipeline
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 Fracking and How Does it Impact the...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Tips for Green Lawn Care
Green lawn care will give you a beautiful, safe lawn. Follow these organic lawn care tips for a healthy lawn that takes advantage of natural weed killers and other smart lawn care tips. These green lawn care tips will give you a green lawn that's safe and natural.
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.
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.
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.
What's Cracking With Organic 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.
Watt’s Up With Energy-Saving Light Bulbs?
Energy-saving light bulbs can save consumers money and provide good-quality light. With halogens, CFLs, LEDs, OLEDs, and incandescent bulbs available, what are the best options for energy-efficient lights?
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.
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.
What Is Sick Building Syndrome?
Sick building syndrome describes a range of health problems that can occur to occupants of a particular home or office building. Sick building is usually brought on by indoor air pollutants like mold, radon, smoke or other types of indoor pollution.
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.
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.
Is Fair Trade a Fair Deal?
As the market for sustainable, fair trade products grows, more shops are carrying certified fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, cotton clothing, fruits and other items. Learn about fair trade, organic and other certified sustainable goods.
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.
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.
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.
Let's Chat About Agribusiness and the Factory...
The environmental impact of the factory farm and big agribusiness cannot be denied. Though there are some advantages to factory farms, concentrated animal feed lots, or CAFOs, have horrific environmental impacts.
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.
What Is the Paleo Diet?
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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.
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 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.
Why Is Triclosan in Antibacterial Soaps?
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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 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.
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?
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.
How to Get Rid of Smells Naturally
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the EPA
America's EPA - the Environmental Protection Agency - was created in 1970 during the environmental movement's early years of progress. The history of the US EPA is one of environmental protection, marked by environmental impact assessments and the agency's famed MPG evaluations, as well as immense political controversy. Learn more about the mission of the USEPA and its role in environmental protection.
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?
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.
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?
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?
10 Steps to a Green Landscape
A green landscape is a smart way to conserve water and energy while reducing your use of pesticides, herbicides and other toxins. From composting and xeriscape designs to rain barrels and water features, here are the top 10 trends in organic lawn care and green landscaping.
Nuclear Power, Pros and Cons
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Hybrid Basics - What You Should Know About...
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about hybrid cars. Hybrids combine the innovation of electric car models with the tried and true gasoline-powered proven staying power. Read on to discover what makes hybrids so effective.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Discover Organic and Natural Dog Nutrition
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Would You Ever Live in a Micro-House?
Living in a tiny house might sound difficult, but people who have joined the micro-house movement consistently describe their mini-homes as more liberating than confining. Is a mini-home - like those offered by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company - in your future?
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.
Hot Drinks: Natural Tea and Organic Tea
The market for natural tea and organic tea is growing as fast as the demand for other organic foods. But what exactly makes it a natural, organic or fair trade tea?
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.
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.
8 Tips for a Green Laundry
Make clothes washing a little more sustainable by saving energy with these easy, affordable green laundry tips.
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.
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.
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.
Does LEED Really Work?
The LEED certification process has come under fire for not doing enough to encourage the construction of green buildings. What has the U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC, done to address them?
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.
Who Would Kill a Tree?
Who would kill a tree? Unfortunately, a handful of disturbed individuals have tried - and at times, succeeded - in killing trees, including some historically important, heritage trees. Who are these tree killers, and what prompts people to kill a beautiful, living tree?
Public Transportation: 8 Reasons People Hate It
Why do Americans hate public transportation so much? There are several reasons, many based on mass transit funding cuts. What's your beef about public transit and mass transportation?
Briefing: Radon Risk
A radon map reveals the areas where radon risk is highest. Learn how radon can affect your health.
8 Easy Ways to Have a Green Bathroom
Looking to go green in your bathroom? You can have a green bathroom with these easy ways to save water and energy. Your shower, your toilet and your sink can all be eco-bathroom fixtures. You'll lower your water and electric bills, too, with these green bathroom ideas.
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.
Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day
Gaylord Nelson was the founder of Earth Day, yet his name is largely unknown outside his native Wisconsin. Discover the history of Earth Day and its founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
What Is BPA?
Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical compound found in plastic baby bottles, canned foods, water bottles and many other common consumer products. BPA is suspected to be an endocrine disruptor, or hormone disruptor, a type of compound linked to birth defects.
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.
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.
Henry David Thoreau and 'Walden'
Henry David Thoreau spent his life in thoughtful observation of man, society and nature. This brief description of the life of Thoreau, and some illuminating Thoreau quotes, show how he became one of America's first and most ardent environmentalists.
What Is a Dead Zone?
The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is only one of hundreds around the world. Discover what causes dead zones, and how they can be restored.
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.
Organic Wine Est Arrivé!
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How to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
If you're wondering how to reduce greenhouse gases that are contributing to global warming and climate change, here is a list of easy ways to reduce greenhouse gas levels.
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.
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.
Advantages of Wind Turbines
Advantages of Wind Turbines. Green Living.
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?
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.
Briefing: The Bhopal Disaster
The name Bhopal evokes one of the most horrific man-made environmental disasters of all time: the Bhopal gas disaster of 1984, which caused thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of severe permanent injuries from sevin, carbaryl and methyl isocyanate or MIC.
Koch Brothers: Should You Boycott Them?
The conservative Koch brothers have channeled untold millions into political spending. Should you boycott Koch Industries?
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?
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.
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.
What's the Dirt on Green Dry Cleaning?
Green dry cleaning without the chemical perchloroethylene, or perc, can still get your clothes clean and fresh. Can dry cleaning with perchloroethylene really contribute to cancer, and where are the natural or green dry cleaners?
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?
10 Tips for Healthy, Green Babies
Parents looking for ways to have happy, healthy, green babies can use these 10 simple green baby tips. From your green nursery to eco diapers and green baby clothing, make your child and your home healthy, safe and natural.
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?
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.
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.
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.
'Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make...
In William McDonough and Michael Braungart's book, 'Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things,' the authors ask us to look beyond recycling and consider upcycling, downcycling, and the entire lifecycle of products, materials and waste.
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.
Make Your Own Vertical Farm
Green walls and vertical farms are as old as the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but architects, building managers and urban gardeners are taking a new look at an old idea. Discover the benefits of green walls, vertical gardens and vertical farming.
What Is Vegan Wine?
What is vegan wine and vegetarian wine? You could be forgiven for thinking all wines are free of animal products, but that's actually not the case. Vegan wines differ in their use of finings, products used to make the wine clear.
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.
Spring Cleaning Made Easy
Spring cleaning just got a lot easier with this spring cleaning list. Help for spring clean up after pets and kids, outdoor clean up, and green cleaning tips. Start your springcleaning today!
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.
All About Natural Foods
The quest for natural foods has revolutionized the way people shop, eat and live. But what is organic food, and what's the difference between regular food and organic produce and other food items?
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.
What Is a Green Funeral?
A green funeral is part of a growing movement toward more sustainable funeral practices. Honoring the deceased with a burial in a green cemetery is a return to time-honored traditions.
A Brief Chat About Local Foods
If you're looking for ways to eat green, try local foods. Locavores who choose locally grown foods whenever possible find a number of advantages to eating local foods. And there are many sources of local foods all around the country.
Energy Crisis: The OPEC Oil Embargo
The worst energy crisis the world has seen (so far) was the OPEC oil embargo. Also known as the 1973 oil crisis, the shutoff of Mideast oil devastated the economy of the Western world and demonstrated our crippling vulnerability to oil.
Calamities: The 7 Worst Man-Made Disasters in...
Natural calamities can be terrible, but when you remember that man-made disasters are preventable, we humans don't come out looking so smart. This list of accidents and catastrophes, from Chernobyl to Bhopal to Fukushima, highlights the worst manmade disasters in history.
Top 10 Ecotourism Hotspots
Ecotourism is a great way to minimize the environmental impact of tourism, but where can green travel fans go? Consider these green tourism destinations and ecotourism hotspots.
Hard Right: The Republican Platform and the...
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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.
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.
Edward Abbey and Earth First!
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Find a Good Green App
If you're looking for a green app to help you go green, look no further. Here's a list of some of the best green apps for iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and Blackberry phones. Find your favorite new environmental app here.
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.
Free-Range Chicken: What the Cluck?
What is free-range chicken, and is it better, safer or more nutritious than regular or organic chicken? Get the facts on freerange chicken.
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.
Do Wind Turbines Kill Birds?
Do wind turbines kill birds? Some claim that green-energy wind farms kill eagles, condors and thousands of other birds every year, giving wind energy a black eye.

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