An open letter to the GreenBiz community

November 9, 2016 by  
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Like so many of you, I awoke this morning hoping against hope that last night had been merely a horrible dream. It wasn’t, of course. The 2016 election was a gut punch — a stunning and devastating indictment of decency, fairness and inclusion, one that will long reverberate in ways we can’t yet even imagine. It is, in a word, unfathomable.

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Ancient beaver-like critter epitomizes lightning speed of evolution after dinosaurs went extinct

October 5, 2015 by  
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When you think about creatures that might survive an apocalypse event, you might think about cockroaches or some kind of armored lizard. A critter that is small and furry and, frankly, kind of cute isn’t what immediately comes to mind. Yet, after nearly 75 percent of the species on Earth were wiped out some 66 million years ago, that’s just what happened. This morning, scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced the discovery of a furry plant-eating mammal that lived just a few hundred thousand years after the dinosaurs went extinct. The three-foot-long animal had buck-toothed incisors, making it look a bit like the beavers we’re familiar with today. Read the rest of Ancient beaver-like critter epitomizes lightning speed of evolution after dinosaurs went extinct

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NASA reveals sneak peek of Pluto’s “message of love” on Instagram

July 14, 2015 by  
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This morning, we woke up to a world forever changed. Well, that’s technically true of every morning, but this morning, NASA gave the world a first look at the surface of Pluto . That in itself is both cool and newsworthy; that the space agency chose Instagram as the venue for the reveal is icing on the cake. Rather than release initial images on the agency’s own website, as is usually the case, NASA partnered with the Facebook-owned photo sharing app for the sneak peek of this mysterious non-planet. Read the rest of NASA reveals sneak peek of Pluto’s “message of love” on Instagram Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: closest photos of pluto , nasa , new horizons mission , new horizons spacecraft , photos from space , pluto , pluto surface

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Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

August 19, 2014 by  
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Although many people now read the news online or on their  e-readers , actual printed newspapers are still enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. There’s just something special about sitting down with a cup of coffee to go through the morning paper, isn’t there? Even more special is the fact that scientists at Tulane University have found a new use for the morning news, other than just recycling it when it’s been read: converting it to biofuel! The Tulane scientists have found that a bacterial strain, which they are calling TU-103 , can actually turn  newspapers into butanol to power cars. Read the rest of Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacterial strain , biofuel , butanol , eco design , green design , Newspapers to fuel , renewable energy , sustainable design , TU-103 , Tulane University

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Is Your Morning Cup Of Tea Fueling Child Slavery?

July 29, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Even if you don’t drink fair trade coffee , chances are you’ve already heard about the low wages and poor working conditions many coffee farmers experience around the world . Maybe you’ve even turned to tea as a more sustainable and humane alternative to that morning cup of coffee . Unfortunately for tea lovers everywhere, The Guardian has some bad news:  Wages for tea-pickers in India are incredibly low – less than 20 cents per hour. In fact, they’re so low that parents can’t afford to support their children, making their daughters easy prey for traffickers. Read the rest of Is Your Morning Cup Of Tea Fueling Child Slavery? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: child slavery , child tea pickers , child trafficking , fair trade tea , fair wage , sex trafficking , slaves pick tea , tea , tea picker wage , tea pickers        

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President Obama Expresses Doubts About Keystone XL Pipeline

July 29, 2013 by  
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Since President Obama’s speech in June addressing the issue of climate change , pundits, citizens, and industry leaders have awaited the president’s decision on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline . The project would bring diluted bitumen from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada all the way across the US and down into the Gulf of Mexico. Debates have raged over its impact on global warming, the economy, and environmental safety. In a recent interview with The New York Times , the President expressed doubts over one of the main arguments for the pipeline – namely that it would create more jobs. Read the rest of President Obama Expresses Doubts About Keystone XL Pipeline Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alberta , canada , Climate Change , CO2 , diluted bitumen , economy , epa , gulf of mexico , jobs , Keystone XL Pipeline , president obama , republicans , state department , tar sands , The New York Times , US        

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Dunkin’ Donuts to Phase Out Foam Cups

June 25, 2013 by  
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Written by Melissa Hincha-Ownby, Mother Nature Network Over the course of the next few years, fans of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee won’t have to feel guilty about having their morning cup of Joe in an environmentally damaging foam cup. In its …

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Make Solar Cells in a… Microwave?

June 21, 2013 by  
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Your craziest microwave experiments probably involved doctored-up ramen noodles or pancakes in a jar. But researchers at the University of Utah have slightly higher aspirations for the humble kitchen appliance and just may use it to revolutionize…

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OYD Design’s Izzy Juicer Uses a Simple Hand-Crank to Deliver Your Morning Glass of OJ

September 28, 2012 by  
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The  Izzy Juicer  by OYD Design is a simple green alternative to power-hungry juicers that seem to be dominating our store shelves these days. Believing that human-power is more than plenty to get the job done,  OYD Design  fitted their Izzy with a traditional hand-crank that they say pulls more juice and nutrients than its electric-powered counterpart. The machine also features a flywheel and freewheel gear system that keeps the machine steady and stable, avoiding messy spills and ensuring you get a refreshing glass of juice time and time again! + Izzy Juicer The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to  see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our  instructions  carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: hand crank juicer , Izzy Juicer , Onur Y. Demiroz , OYD Design , people powered energy , people powered juicer , people-powered

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The true cost of food

August 14, 2012 by  
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What is the full natural capital cost of your morning orange juice? A debut monthly column looks at the hidden price tags.

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