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Seeking Sanctuary: How to Reduce Electromagnetic Radiation at Home

by Emily Courtney Americans are attached to their gadgets, and the tech industry is all too happy to deliver the latest innovations to consumers that clamor for convenience, connection and unlimited mobility. Meanwhile, telecom companies are busy installing fifth-generation (5G) infrastructure designed to take the nation’s communications revolution to a …

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Green Cars Update: Plug Into the Latest Trends

by Jim Motavalli Through August in the U.S., automakers sold 36,380 battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV), compared to 16,514 by the same time last year. Sales are booming, although it’s not reflected in fairly flat sales of green cars overall. The reason is that hybrid sales are being …

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Zero Waste Lifestyle: Ways to Make Far Less Trash

by Avery Mack In manufacturing, a zero waste policy means designing products so that all resources are used or reused. It’s a concept Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, embraced for her family a decade ago in Mill …

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A Clean, Green Bedroom Relieves Stress

by Karen Totino Human beings are a unique species; we have an entire room in our home for the sole purpose of not being awake. Often, this doubles as our sanctuary from a hectic world with a stressful pace. When we’re interested in making our home as comfortable, sustainable and …

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We Need Clean Waters: Streams and Rivers Are Life Links

by Avery Mack Creeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, …

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Pumped Up About Geothermal

Homeowners Like its Eco-Friendly Cost Savings by Jim Motavalli It’s an uncertain time for home-based geothermal heating and cooling, which has been increasing for years. The good news is that the cost of the technology is down and its efficiency is up. Yet a helpful 30 percent federal income tax …

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Healthy Climate, Healthy People

Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall Samantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, …

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Kick the Plastic Habit: Choose Earth-Friendly Alternatives

by Avery Mack Grocery bags, bottles, cups and straws comprise much of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic manufactured worldwide in the past 65 years. Once discarded, 79 percent resides in landfills and litters the environment, with more created daily. Annually, the equivalent of five grocery bags of trash for …

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Solar Heats Up: Demand Surges as Prices Fall

  by Jim Motavalli Now is a good time to buy a solar system and get off the grid. Solar photovoltaic prices have fallen 67 percent in the last five years, reports Alexandra Hobson with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It’s a boom period for solar—a record 14.8 gigawatts …

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