Unique Earth Day Traditions to Start as a Family

April 20, 2017 by  
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When it comes to celebrating Earth Day on April 22, there is no shortage of ways environmentally conscious people choose to honor this day. (Check out the coolest 2017 events around the country here.) When you’re trying to raise young…

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How to Break the Paper Towel Habit

January 30, 2017 by  
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In almost every American kitchen, you’ll find a roll of paper towels. They have the coolest commercials, and I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic here when I say every girl had a crush on the Brawny man at some point. But why do we…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: For the Gadget Geek

December 4, 2013 by  
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Nine of the coolest eco-friendly gifts — from mason jar speakers to smartphone sleeves made from recycled cork — for your techie friends.

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sprinkle in moderation.

September 1, 2011 by  
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Water consumption doubles in the summer months, mainly due to the watering of lawns. Reduce your use by getting realistic about how much water your lawn really needs. The method is simple: don’t water grass or plants unless they show signs of needing it. Sound simple? It is! Here are a few more simple ideas to help you conserve: Avoid watering on a fixed schedule or if rain is forecast. Water during the coolest part of the day to avoid excess evaporation and let the water sink in slowly — water applied too fast runs off into storm sewers. Lawns are nice, but they’re also big resource-suckers. Next year, consider planting slow-growing grass, using non-toxic fertilizer, investigating rain-barrels and using more lawn space for native plants.

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Isn’t this the Coolest Bike-Only Bridge Ever? (Video)

August 29, 2011 by  
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Minneapolis Shows Us What Bike Infrastructure Should be Like Book publishers say that for every mathematical equation in a book, the audience is cut in half (which might be why physicist Stephen Hawking wrote A Brief History of Time without any math). There’s a similar rule with biking and cities: Every big inconvenience or safety hazard for cyclists will reduce the number of people who bike (not by half, but by a certain amount). The co… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Build Your Own Automated Greenhouse for Effortless Gardening (Video)

July 13, 2011 by  
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Photo via Clover This might be one of the coolest Arduino projects I’ve seen for gardening to date.

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Pocket-Sized Fuel Cell Charges Gadgets Away From Home

June 16, 2010 by  
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Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, a maker of cool fuel cell gadgets, like hydrogen-powered toy cars for kids , has introduced their coolest gadget yet:  a pocket-sized portable fuel cell power plant that can charge your cell phones, MP3 players and other devices. The MiniPAK , as it’s called, comes with two refillable cartridges that each store the same amount of energy as 1,000 disposable AA batteries.  It can charge devices requiring up to 3W and has a DC output of 2.5W.  It contains an air-breathing fuel cell and a solid-state hydrogen storage unit (meaning no self-discharging of the energy).

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Wind Power Catching Up With Natural Gas in Europe

June 14, 2010 by  
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The Europe Wind Energy Association is reporting that the amount of new power from wind turbines this year will be about the same as new power from natural gas plants, with wind possibly ranking as number one. Wind power has been steadily catching up with natural gas, the current leader in power generating capacity in Europe.  New wind power exceeded new gas power in 2008 and 2009, and the total installed capacity in the EU is now 85 GW.  Comparatively, natural gas generated 119 GW in 2007 (the latest figures available)

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free from the tree.

June 13, 2010 by  
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One of the coolest organizations we’ve heard of lately is Fallen Fruit , a grassroots Los Angeles-based group dedicated to mapping out the public places in that city where fruit trees grow or overhang. What does that mean

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april showers…

April 24, 2010 by  
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Spring is here and it’s mighty tempting to try to force lawns and gardens to green up and grow, but try to let April showers (not sprinklers!) bring May flowers. Water consumption doubles in the post-winter months, mainly due to the watering of lawns

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