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10 Reasons to Love National Bike Month

We’re already well into May – and that means it’s National Bike Month. To celebrate our favorite mode of transportation (sorry, Segway, try again next year), here are a few reasons to put feet to pedals. Did you know… …that cycling is almost comically efficient? You’re getting around 3 times […]

How Green Is the Birth Control Pill?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of the birth control pill. The pill was first envisioned by family planning crusader Margaret Sanger as a remedy to the debilitating cycle of perpetual pregnancy for married women. Sanger’s own mother died at the age of 50 after 18 […]

Congress Gets Tough on Infertility-Causing Chemicals

Five years ago, a group of women’s health advocates met with scientists in California to discuss creeping infertility rates among men and women. Between 1995 and 2002, the number of couples having problems conceiving had grown from 6.1 million to 7.3 million. That meant that one out of every eight […]

Why Is There a Trash Vortex Forming in the Pacific?

What is the Pacific Garbage Patch? Simply put, it’s a swirling mass of plastic in the middle of the Pacific ocean that is big enough to qualify as the planet’s largest landfill. Roughly located in an area between 135° to 155°W and 35° to 42°N, much of the world’s trash […]

Pimp My Wildlife Vehicle

I was sitting in traffic recently, when I noticed that the license plate in front of me featured a majestic bald eagle, its wings spread in flight above a caption that instructed me to “Conserve Wildlife.” Clearly this is a worthwhile sentiment, although I was surprised to see it on […]

10 Reasons to Love National Bike Month

We’re already well into May – and that means it’s National Bike Month. To celebrate our favorite mode of transportation (sorry, Segway, try again next year), here are a few reasons to put feet to pedals. Did you know… …that cycling is almost comically efficient? You’re getting around 3 times […]

Scape-Goating BP Lets Big Oil Off Scot-Free

I’ve been watching the growing condemnation of BP from all sides of the political spectrum and it’s making me mad as hell! Now, don’t get me wrong – BP is no friend of mine. Some days I can’t bear to read the news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, […]

The 10 Least Green Government Subsidies

Urban sprawl, pollution, over-consumption, deforestation…like it or not, U.S. taxpayers are still paying for all of these things to occur in America and beyond. Despite recent investments in green jobs and technology, an array of government subsidies pay big dirty industries like oil, coal and factory farms to destroy the environment […]

Pimp My Wildlife Vehicle

I was sitting in traffic recently, when I noticed that the license plate in front of me featured a majestic bald eagle, its wings spread in flight above a caption that instructed me to “Conserve Wildlife.” Clearly this is a worthwhile sentiment, although I was surprised to see it on […]

Saving the World with Sandbag

Governments let companies pay to pollute. Imagine if you could pay companies not to pollute? Actually, you can. All you need is a web connection and a credit card. Carbon trading is a big part of how rich countries are attempting to meet their targets under the Kyoto Protocol. The […]

Bad Vibrations: How We're Deafening the Deep

There are few sounds in the natural world that are as soothing as the restless sea – so it’s a shame we’re drowning it out. In yet another assault on the biophony, human beings are flooding the depths of the oceans with noise pollution, turning the formerly Silent World into […]

Breathe Cleaner Air With These 7 Houseplants

I am marrying a man who knows how to work a houseplant. It is, as the Victorians might have termed, an extremely advantageous match. Why? Because I once kept a ficus tree in the same pot for 13 years and possess plant nurturing skills that work like a bottle of […]

BP Took Our Arms; the Government Is Taking Our Legs

We’re approaching the part of Louisiana where land and water become indistinct. South of New Orleans, approaching Grand Isle, we’re driving a series of elevated roadways and bridges, traversing a mammoth, venerable estuary the likes of which I’ve never seen. The likes of which I never knew existed. This area […]

Everest: Conservation in the Death Zone

“Mountains are not fair or unfair – they are just dangerous.” – Reinhold Messner Mount Everest, our planet’s highest mountain, has never been welcoming. Its aptly-named “death zone” (the height where the air is too thin to breathe) and has been claiming lives for the last half-century, including during the 1996 disaster […]

Our Water Has a Drug Problem

Last year, it was widely reported that drinking water in many major metropolitan areas was contaminated with trace amounts of drugs. All types of drugs – everything from over-the-counter pain medications to antidepressants to prescription medication for high blood pressure and heart disease. The drugs we ingest pass right through […]

Breathe Cleaner Air With These 7 Houseplants

I am marrying a man who knows how to work a houseplant. It is, as the Victorians might have termed, an extremely advantageous match. Why? Because I once kept a ficus tree in the same pot for 13 years and possess plant nurturing skills that work like a bottle of […]

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China’s Synthetic Natural Gas: Is It Really Clean Energy?

China is doubling-down on synthetic natural gas in hopes of reducing air pollution. But is this new natural gas any cleaner? A study published in Nature last month investigated the finer details of China’s recent approval of nine synthetic natural gas power plants (with plans to build 4o more). As you may […]

3 Ways China Is Working To Clean Up Its Air Pollution

China’s urban air pollution went off the charts this past winter, and the world took notice. With aggressive policies on the books, is this industrial giant finally admitting that health is more important than production?  In a list of the world’s most polluted nations, China is a shoe-in. An accelerated pace […]

Commit Airocide: NASA’s Revolutionary Air Purifier

Pioneered by NASA, this completely filterless air purification technology eliminates pollutants that aggravate your allergies and make you feel sick. When someone says “air pollution” I almost instantly envision power plant smoke stacks and smog over Los Angeles. It’s disturbing to realize that the air inside our homes can be […]

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