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January 2009

Eat Local, or … Risk Death?

You hear news reports all the time about Salmonella outbreaks in spinach or some other product that probably originated halfway around the country or halfway around the world, but what exactly is it? Well, it’s not pleasant. From Salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called Salmonella. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, […]

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New Studies Show Heightened Toxics Risks in Newborns: Enviroblog

From enviroblog (with a tip of the hat to DailyKos): Newborn babies are more intensely exposed than previously documented to contamination by bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen and ubiquitous plastic component, according to two new studies published by Environmental Health Perspectives, the journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The studies offer […]

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Unf*ckers United: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Nau Clothing

Richard Seireeni’s The Gort Cloud: The Invisible Force Powering Today’s Most Visible Brands showcases green businesses that are taking sustainability into the corporate world without compromising their ideals or turning into well-meaning money pits—sustainable enterprises looking at more than just the bottom line.More information on the “gort cloud,” including the etymology of the name, can […]

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WATCH: Matthew Stein on Outside the Box

Matthew Stein, author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, spoke to Alex Kansary of Outside the Box for a Web-only video interview encompassing predictions for the new year, the emergency survival kit, and what it will take to survive in this brave new world. Visit Outside the […]

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James Lovelock on Saving Ourselves from Climate Change: “Not a Hope in Hell”

Scientist James Lovelock, whose work led to a global CFC ban that probably saved the ozone layer, is not an optimist. To put it another way, I would venture to say that some of his predictions would give optimists nightmares.Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis, sees a gigantic self-induced cull heading for mankind within the […]

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Iconoclastic Farmer Joel Salatin: “We actually care if the cows are happy”

Called “the high priest of the pasture” by The New York Times, Joel Salatin, author of Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front, is a maverick farmer. He doesn’t believe in pesticides. He doesn’t buy into the authority of the USDA. And he cares if his animals are […]

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A Citizen-Powered Energy Grid in 2009: A Case Study in Geothermal

The following is an excerpt from The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Crisis by Greg Pahl. It has been adapted for the web. Luther College, located in the small northeast Iowa town of Decorah, has two examples of successful, closed-loop, geothermal heat-pump systems. One is located in Baker Village, a student housing […]

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Alternatives to Electric Compressor Refrigeration?

Your refrigerator is one of the largest consumers of energy in your home. In an average home, refrigeration burns 125 watts per hour1. You can, of course, take steps to reduce the amount of electricity your refrigerator uses—by shag carpeting it, for example. But why not replace your fridge with something entirely renewable? I mean, […]

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Hunting After the Crash: How To Make Your Own Bow and F’n Arrow…

If the teetering economy collapses and food becomes scarce, how will you eat? Sure, you can farm. Sure, you can fish. But my oh my, those are so boring! You must be thinking that there’s got to be a more exciting way to feed your family. Well, what’s more badass than hunting for food using […]

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Five Ways to Cut Carbon While Cooking

There are many ways to decrease your carbon footprint by changing WHAT you cook for dinner: eat less meat, use local vegetables, grow your own, etc. But there are also many ways to decrease your carbon footprint by changing HOW you cook your dinner. Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert, authors of Energy: Use Less—Save More, […]

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