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December 2014

Cave Habitats - December 23, 2014
Nature builds neighborhoods in the most interesting places. Caves, for example, are pretty spectacular neighborhoods. In a typical cave, you might find beavers, bears, bats, and raccoons -- they're the neighbors that let everyone know when th...

Saving Energy On Street Lights - December 22, 2014
Already declared the third smartest city in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine, Ann Arbor, Michigan recently had another bright idea. They decided to replace all their downtown street lights with L.E.D.s. By replacing more than a thousand incandescent...

Nature Provides Clues For Survival - December 19, 2014
Believe it or not, sometimes, it's a good idea to be "as cold as ice." Take, for example, the arctic ground squirrel. He's a creature that knows a thing or two about the cold. The soil it lives in is permanently frozen. And, as...

Beetle Juice - December 18, 2014
The African Stenocara beetle has learned a thing or two about water conservation. Living in the Namib desert, it uses its wings to capture water vapor molecules and funnel them into its mouth. Hoping to capitalize on the beetle's adaptation to a...

Water Use - December 17, 2014
Did you know it takes over 132 gallons of water to make a tortilla? No doubt, more than you thought. But it's also more than experts thought too! Because until recently, no one tracked how much water ordinary products really require. Until...

Books Vs. E-Readers - December 16, 2014
Paper book or e-reader? Which is greener? Digital readers may save trees. But are they better environmentally overall than good ol' book books? The New York Times conducted a life-cycle assessment of both to see which came out ahead. Fi...

San Francisco's City Hall Chooses Green Vendor - December 15, 2014
San Francisco, a lovely progressive earth-conscious city by the Bay, is coming out with a new web site listing products that meet the city's strict environmental standards. It's called the "SF Approved List" and it's a rol...

Eat Your Green Food - December 12, 2014
Looking for a five-star dinner tonight? Check out the greens. Not vegetable dishes, but supply chain color. That's because more restaurants are serving delicious meals while minimizing the environmental impact it takes to source those meals, ...

Ocean Sinks - December 11, 2014
Our oceans have had their fill of carbon dioxide! So says a significant new study from Columbia University. It reports that oceans no longer absorb the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide at the rate they used to. So more carbon dioxide...

Off-put By Offsets - December 10, 2014
Carbon offsets are setting off controversy. Here's the gig: Airplane travelers, commuters or anyone generating carbon emissions, can pay a fee to balance or "offset" their environmental sins. The fee funds pollution-mitigating work,...

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