Soil-Savvy Advice for Perky Plants and Tasty Veggies

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World’s largest sovereign wealth fund could ditch oil and gas stocks

November 20, 2017 by  
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Norway raked in money from oil in the past. But now the country’s Norges Bank , which manages its $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund – the world’s largest – is recommending the government dump fossil fuel stocks. They said the move “will make the government’s wealth less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil and gas prices.” According to Bloomberg , this could mean unloading $35 billion in stocks – and European oil stocks plummeted after the proposal. The movement for fossil fuel divestment appears to be gaining speed. Norway could get rid of their shares of big oil companies like ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell. 350.org’s Bill McKibben said the proposal was “as astonishing as the moment when the Rockefellers divested the world’s oldest oil fortune.” Norway’s fund controls around 1.5 percent of global stocks, according to Bloomberg. Related: Catholic churches to make massive divestment from fossil fuels Norges Bank recommended the move in a letter to the Ministry of Finance, but the government probably won’t make its final decision until next year. They said the idea requires a thorough assessment. The move could include divesting from current shares, and not investing in oil and gas in the future. Bloomberg said the fund has already sold most of its coal stocks. While environmental activists have praised the proposal, Bloomberg said it’s more about hedging risk than combating climate change . Norges Bank deputy governor Egil Matsen said in their statement the advice is based on financial arguments, and doesn’t reflect a certain view of the “profitability or sustainability of the oil and gas sector.” Rystad Energy senior partner Per Magnus Nysveen said “this has nothing to do with the environment .” But according to Mindy Lubber, president of nonprofit Ceres , if Norway takes the significant step, others will follow – which could ultimately be a good move for the planet. Via Bloomberg , The Guardian , and Norges Bank Images via andy muir on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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If you eat seafood, you’re probably eating fleece microfibers

February 7, 2017 by  
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If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors (or simply like to feel warm and cozy throughout the day), you’re probably a fan of synthetic fleece jackets. But what you might not know is that every time one of these items runs through the wash, it releases thousands of microscopic plastic fibers into the water supply. These microfibers end up being eaten by fish and marine life – where they eventually end up back on our plates. A study last year from the University of California Santa Barbara , in collaboration with the clothing company Patagonia, shows that every time polyester fleece jackets are run through the wash without detergent, up to 2 grams of these fibers could be shed. It’s worse for top-load washing machines, which release seven times more fibers than the front-load variety. Unlike clothes dryers, which can capture loose fibers in lint traps, loose material in washing machines ends up simply being washed down the drain. Unfortunately, these microfibers are so small that wastewater treatment plants can’t filter them out. Instead, they end up being released into the environment, where they’re eaten by wildlife. Related:  Patagonia says synthetic fibers (including their own) are polluting the oceans Are these microscopic bits of plastic harmful when ingested? It’s not entirely clear. Some studies have show certain species can’t cope well with the microfibers: water fleas who inadvertently eat fleece fibers are more likely to die, and common crabs that have ingested the tiny bits of plastic eat less food overall. But further research is needed to show if humans who eat fleece-filled seafood suffer any ill effects. Unfortunately, short of avoiding fish altogether, it’s impossible to know whether you’re ingesting microfibers or not. For now, the only real solution is to either avoid washing your fleece when possible, or rig your washing machine with a filter to catch microfibers before they enter waterways. Sadly, that won’t do much unless everyone who wears synthetic fleece takes this advice to heart. Via NPR Images via Kelly and StockSnap  

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New Silk light bulbs automatically adjust brightness according to the time of day

July 2, 2015 by  
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No one can underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Most of us have heard, yet maybe not followed, the advice to turn off bright lights and screens before going to bed because of the rousing effects light has on our brains. A new Kickstarter campaign by the company Saffron is introducing the Silk system of light bulbs to do the work for us. This system is connected through a series of bulbs which automatically adjust color temperature to the time of day and the Sun’s natural shifts in brightness. Read the rest of New Silk light bulbs automatically adjust brightness according to the time of day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automatic light system , circadian rhythm , connected light system , light affecting sleep cycles , saffron kickstarter , silk by saffron , silk light bulbs , silk lighting system

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2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles

July 2, 2015 by  
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In the market for a zero-emissions vehicle that can travel almost as far as a regular gas-powered vehicle? Up until now, you’re only choice has been the Tesla Model S with its 265 mile range, but Toyota has just announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has a driving range of 312 miles, which is longer than any other zero-emissions vehicle on the market. Read the rest of 2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric vehicle , fuel cell vehicle , green car , green transporation , hydrogen , hydrogen powered vehicle , Toyota , Toyota fuel cell vehicle , Toyota Mirai , zero-emissions

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HOW TO: Create a Natural Medicine Cabinet Stocked with Edible Remedies

July 12, 2014 by  
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Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” We often fail to take this advice as literally as Hippocrates meant it! If you’re interesting in taking a more natural approach to your family’s health, there are a number of great items to keep on hand. Our handy guide will show you everything you need to create a natural medicine cabinet stocked full of herbs, teas, veggies, and other gifts from the earth. You may already have some of these things in your kitchen! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: herbal remedies , home remedies , how to create a natural medicine cabinet , medicinal herbs , natural first-aid , natural medicine , natural remedies

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How to engage employees: Advice from four leaders

June 14, 2012 by  
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Learn how to best engage employees from strategies recently offered at the Sustainable Brands conference.

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How She Leads: Hannah Jones of Nike

February 6, 2012 by  
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The head of sustainability and innovation at Nike offers her advice to entrepreneurs and other sustainability professionals, and details on how her company is experimenting with radically new and different materials, redesigning supply chains, and driving social innovation in the athletic apparel industry.

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Philly, Oakland Among Cities Winning Advice on Green Development

December 29, 2011 by  
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With the coming new year, eight U.S. cities will get free help from sustainable building and development experts who’ll take a fresh look at the towns through a green lens.  

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Would You Like TreeHugger to Provide a Weekly Vegetarian Meal Plan? (Poll)

December 6, 2011 by  
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Here at TreeHugger, we have some of the best vegetarian and vegan recipes on the web thanks to our Green Wine Guide and Weekday Vegetarian. As a result, we are constantly asked to provide meal plans. Well, we took your advice and started one this week.

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