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Troubled Waters

Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking by Linda Sechrist All water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of water and thus a part of this cycle, we …

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Toxin-Free Beauty Salons

Pure Pampering Feels Natural and Safe by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist When clients walk into New York City’s Swing Salon, they may be surprised by what they don’t smell—the range of chemicals usually wafting around in hair salons. That’s because the owners have decided to use only natural and organic products. While …

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Developing Gardens Instead of Golf Courses

Agrihoods Use Onsite Farms to Draw Residents by April Thompson For thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments in corporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the …

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Eco-Beauty

Eco-Beauty

Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes Many of us have grown disenchanted with expensive, commercial beauty products that include toxic and even cancer-causing ingredients. Fortunately, safe, natural and affordable alternatives—including homemade shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, bath salts, body scrubs and butters—are stocked at many grocery and …

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Greenhouse Magic

Green House Magic

Eat Homegrown Organic Veggies Year-Round by Avery Mack Much of America’s supermarket produce is expected to ripen in trucks, stores or at home after traveling many hundreds of miles from field to table. During the past six years, as Americans’ hunger for fresher, better-tasting food has deepened, the number of …

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A Practical Guide to Composting

A Practical Guide to Composting

Pick the Best Option for You by Tracy Fernandez Rysavy Yard and food waste make up 25 percent of the garbage destined for municipal landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pick the right composter and this organic waste will easily turn into rich—and free—garden fertilizer, saving landfill space …

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Nature’s Wisdom

Nature's Wisdom

It’s Lessons Inspire, Heal and Sustain Us by Christine MacDonald “The environment is not separate from ourselves; we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us.” ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman While the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature …

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Green Arts

Green Arts

Tips for Finding Safe Eco-Supplies by Avery Mack “Creative energy is contagious,” says Kim Harris, co-owner of Yucandu, a hands-on craft studio in Webster Groves, Missouri. As one client crafter commented, “Art is cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun.” It doubles the pleasure when we trust the nature …

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The Sun’s Electrifying Future

The Sun's Electrifying Future

Solar Power is a Worldwide Eco-Goldmine by Linda Sechrist Energy Engine Humankind has sought for centuries to harness the Sun because the cumulative energy of 15 minutes of its rays shining on Earth could power the world for a year. Following the invention of the solar collector in 1767, a …

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Easing Earth’s Rising Fever

Easing Earth's Rising Fever

The Right Steps Now Can Avert the Worst of It by Christine MacDonald Renowned climate scientist Richard Somerville, Ph.D., uses simple language and sports analogies to help us understand climate change and the risks ahead. A distinguished professor emeritus, researcher at California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and author of The …

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