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January 2009

A Case Study in Community Wind: Denmark

With wind power jobs now outnumbering* coal mining jobs for the first time ever (probably with good reason: you never hear stories of workers getting trapped in wind-mines) we thought we’d spotlight another model for community wind. We take you now to the land of Hamlet. The following is an excerpt from The Citizen-Powered Energy […]

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5 Ways to Save Water While on the Can

Here I sit, broken-hearted, because we’re using up too much of our supply of clean water unnecessarily. One of the worst offenders is the way in which most of us flush away our bodily waste. We take for granted the convenience of pulling a little lever and having gallons of clear, crisp, drinkable water transport […]

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Staying Small and Keeping It Local: The Companies We Keep

The following book review was originally published on Business books on the Triple Bottom Line abound. Trust me. I speak from experience. I am an MBA student in a program focused on sustainability, and a mountain of these books stands between me and the end of each semester. Most do an adequate job of […]

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LISTEN: Matthew Stein on The Lionel Show: Technology Always Fails

If you were tuned in to Air America earlier today, you might have heard author Matthew Stein (When Technology Fails, Revised and Expanded: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency) talking with Lionel on The Lionel Show. The two chatted amiably about drug-resistant super-diseases, antibiotics in our food supply, peak oil, and […]

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You, Your Apartment, and Your Chickens: Sustainable Farming at Its Best

As the list of salmonella-tainted peanut butter products continues to grow, let’s not forget another food known to carry the bacteria from time to time: eggs. As with so many factory-farmed products, you never really know what you’re going to get. (Forgive me for getting all Forrest Gump on you there.) If you have sufficient […]

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WATCH: Joel Salatin on Building Resilience into Agriculture

Joel Salatin, author of Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal, Holy Cows and Hog Heaven, and others has created a resilient organic farm that is nearly self-sustaining, with minimal inputs and “stage direction” from the farmers themselves. The system is forgiving of spiking energy prices, drought, flood, disease, and the unpredictable nature of industrial […]

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Chemical Companies Borrow from Tobacco Playbook to Stymie BPA Regulation

Bisphenol A is everywhere—in our cell phones, laptops, eyeglasses, baby bottles, and countless other products containing the plastic polycarbonate. And because of American manufacturers’ panic over “excessive regulation,” BPA and tens of thousands of other chemicals found in everyday products have undergone no government safety reviews. As investigative reporter Mark Schapiro points out in Exposed: […]

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Investing in Renewable Energy to Get America’s Swagger Back

President Obama’s stimulus bill passed in the House today, with members voting largely along party lines. (Not a single “Yea” vote from Republicans? Really? It’s a good thing we compromised on those tax cuts and cut family planning out altogether, then, eh? It really helped wrangle all those … zero votes.) So it seems we’ve […]

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Gore: The Time Is Now for “Decisive Action” on Global Warming

It seems awfully childish for the US not to have ratified the Kyoto Protocol simply because it provided exemptions to other polluters, like India and China. If India and China jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, do we follow? Bush II, Clinton, and the ’97 Senate said “yes.” Have things changed? Will we now have a […]

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Natural Home Heating: Air-Source vs. Ground-Source Heat Pumps

A reader comment on a previous post about home heating got my brain-hamster spinning his wheel about air-source versus ground-source (read: geothermal) heat pumps. What it boils down to is, when you’re choosing the proper heating/cooling system for your home, consider the local climate. The most energy-efficient system for one locale may not be the […]

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