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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 […]

Robo Fish to the Rescue

British scientists have come up with a colourful and creative way to detect pollution in the sea. They have created a carp-shaped robot that looks like a fish, acts like a fish, but of course, isn’t a fish. Each “Ëœrobo fish’ is capable of navigating around without human intervention and has chemical sensors […]

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 […]

7 Things You Should Know About China’s Pollution Problem

7 truths you need to know about China’s environmental notoriety. As I’m writing this, I’m preparing for my return trip to Chongqing, China after a two-month vacation living at home with my parents in beautiful (albeit morbidly freezing) Fargo. While I’m reveling in the fact that I’ll be going to […]

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 […]

The Story of Stuff: A Conversation with Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard talks about the path to a healthy community, taking back our democracy and the three things that make people happy. Annie Leonard has spent twenty years investigating where our stuff comes from, how we use it and where it goes. She is the creator of The Story of Stuff project, […]

The 20 Most Influential Women in Green

They’re building national parks, protecting endangered species, revealing environmental injustice and making crucial decisions that will affect the future of our planet. Or, maybe they’re just making it cool to be vegan. But in all their varied contributions, these 20 women – from global environmental leaders to community activists – […]

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 […]

9 Reasons to Ditch the Bottle Once and for All

Bottled water is everywhere. Supermarkets, gas stations, even vending machines offer it, but there are compelling reasons to kick the bottle habit for good. 9. Cost: A single bottle of water generally runs about one to two dollars. In some cases, such as at concerts or amusement parks, one bottle […]

The Story of Stuff: A Conversation with Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard talks about the path to a healthy community, taking back our democracy and the three things that make people happy. Annie Leonard has spent twenty years investigating where our stuff comes from, how we use it and where it goes. She is the creator of The Story of Stuff project, […]

Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death: YOUR Plastic Footprint

  It’s been an interesting few weeks. UN meetings, talks with major film and television networks about filming my nonprofit’s expeditions as we sail around the world studying plastic in our oceans. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the concept of global pollution in terms of scale. The scale of problems […]

7 Things You Should Know About China’s Pollution Problem

7 truths you need to know about China’s environmental notoriety. As I’m writing this, I’m preparing for my return trip to Chongqing, China after a two-month vacation living at home with my parents in beautiful (albeit morbidly freezing) Fargo. While I’m reveling in the fact that I’ll be going to […]

Good & Plenty

Our planet is in peril and it seems there’s more grim environmental news every day. Of course, it’s important we recognize the gravity of the situation so we can change rather than continuing blithely in our old, polluting habits. But the relentless delivery of bad news makes it easy to […]

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 […]

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Let’s Learn About Environmental Justice [Video]

Sometimes you just need a crash course in racism and poverty, and how these subjects relate to pollution and climate change. The following video from Grist explains how certain people in cities and nations are more impacted by pollution. Because, after all, social justice is an environmental issue. Now, on […]

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 […]

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Let’s Learn About Environmental Justice [Video]

Sometimes you just need a crash course in racism and poverty, and how these subjects relate to pollution and climate change. The following video from Grist explains how certain people in cities and nations are more impacted by pollution. Because, after all, social justice is an environmental issue. Now, on […]