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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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Green Merry Making

Green Merry Making

Retro-Fresh Family Traditions by Claire O’Neil Throughout the year, Santa’s good girls and boys of all ages make every effort to buy only what’s needed, plus recycle, reuse and repurpose. Then the holidays hit and discipline often gives way to indulgences. The season seems consumed by up-tempo decorating, feasting, shopping, …

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Sustainable Cityscapes

Sustainable City Scapes

Urban America is Going Green in a Big Way by Christine MacDonald Today, buzzwords like “sustainability” and “green building” dominate discussions on how to overcome the unhealthful effects of climate change, extreme local weather events and pervasive pollution. Now, a growing body of research indicates an unexpected upside of living …

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Fracking Versus Food

Fracking Versus Food

America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake by Harriet Shugarman What if farmers couldn’t confirm what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies …

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Musician with a Cause

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe …

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