Does Being An Environmentalist Require A Certain Look?

September 21, 2016 by  
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I once wrote an article about sustainable living that generated a great deal of controversy. In addition to a rousing debate in the comments section, it also inspired a rather, erm, energetic rebuttal on another site. This post vehemently opposed…

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The Bacon Uprising: How China’s Top-Secret Strategic Pork Reserve Is Burning Down The Amazon

July 14, 2011 by  
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Fast Company has a very interesting article about how China’s demand for cheap pork for the growing middle-class is having a devastating affect on Brazil’s rainforest. “In the latest installment of the Butterfly Effect: The Chinese middle class is eating more and more meat, and Beijing wants to keep prices low. That means finding a way to feed all those pigs with grain imported from land cut from the Brazilian rainforest, leading to conflict within the BRICs.” Get the full story on

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History of the Bathroom Part 4: The Perils of Prefabrication

July 14, 2011 by  
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In 1940, Buckminster Fuller receieved Patent 2220482 for a prefabricated bathroom. Fuller wrote in his claim: Attempts have been made heretofore to provide prefabricated bathrooms with the object of lowering the cost of building a bathroom into a dwelling. Such bathrooms, however, by reason of their great weight and more or less conventional construction, have involved relatively high costs by the time they have been shipped and installed for use….It is an object of my invention … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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"Water Canary" Pinpoints Water Problems Using GPS and Crowd-Sourcing

July 14, 2011 by  
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Photo by Jon Gos via Flickr CC Knowing if there are issues with the quality of water in a given area starts with the ability to test it. Unfortunately, many areas lack the financial ability to regularly test water supplies. A device called Water Canary wants to change that, putting data in the hands of those who need it through an inexpensive tool, and offering the open-source community a chance to adapt and perfect it for local areas. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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North Face Steps Up To Responsibly Manage an Invisible Waste Stream

July 14, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Jason Cartwright / Creative Commons If you’re like a lot of people these days, you know that avoiding plastic use is a good idea. You ditch the single serving water bottles for a good steel one. You choose paper rather than plastic. But did you know that many of your clothing purchases, use plastic that you never see – Even from the greenest of companies, like The Nort… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Nike, Adidas, Puma, H&M and Others Found Discharging Toxic Chemicals Into Chinese Rivers

July 14, 2011 by  
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Image: Kick Photo via flickr After a year-long investigation of China’s giant textile industry, Greenpeace has found that hormone-disrupting chemicals and other toxins are being discharged into the country’s major water systems from major plants that supply big sports brands like Nike, Adidas and Puma, as well as international fashion brands like Lacoste, H&M, Calvin Klein and Converse. Despite claims of efforts to improve enviro… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Zimbabwe Rhinos Poisoned by Poachers, Horns Sold to South African Dealers

January 11, 2010 by  
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Wildlife conservationists in Zimbabwe are struggling to protect endangered rhinos – and now the uphill battle includes war veterans who have gotten into the rhino poaching business.

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GM Vice Chair Says Cadillac Converj is a Go

January 11, 2010 by  
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At a pre-Detroit Auto Show industry dinner last night, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz announced that GM has definitely green-lighted the virally popular Cadillac Converj EREV. The car, which is based on Volt technology, made its debut as a concept car at last year’s Detroit Auto Show

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State E-Waste Laws Successful, But May Be Challenged

January 11, 2010 by  
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Even as more states put e-waste laws into effect, a legal challenge to New York City’s law is raising issues about their future.  E-waste laws are just one example of a growing U.S.

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Dried Vulture Brains Rolled Into Cigarettes, Then Smoked for ‘Good Luck’

December 27, 2009 by  
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Another human superstition driving a protected species closer to extinction: Vulture brains are believed to increase luck in the lottery and at the race track. Africa’s protected vultures are becoming the victims of a growing trend: According to a popular superstition, smoking dried vulture brains will result in “visionary” powers.

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