Category: Sustainable Livelihoods

Ten Ways to Save the World

Written by | September 10th, 2013

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Check out these innovative ways that people around the world are already adapting to the impacts of climate change. Vote and help pick the winner!

Farm to Closet: The Art of Spinning

Written by | September 9th, 2013

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Next up in our Farm to Closet series, we’re getting behind a spinning wheel with freshly sheered sustainable wool and learning how to spin fiber into something usable. How hard could it be?

Farm to Closet: Do You Know Where Your Wool Comes From?

Written by | September 3rd, 2013

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Knowing where your food comes from – the “farm to table” concept – is all the rage. But what about your clothes? Can it still be done “naturally”? Is it possible to follow that path?

The Green Buzz: Monday, August 26

Written by | August 26th, 2013

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Cooking in your dishwasher? Disappearing beaches? It’s all in today’s green news.

  1. No more federal funds means endangered desert tortoises at a nature center must be euthanized. (Spokesman-Review)
  2. Air-tight food containers or canning jars + food + dishwasher = eco-friendly, efficient dishwasher cuisine. (NPR)
  3. Scientists have found the source of mercury in Pacific Ocean fish — and they say levels will only get higher. (US News and World Report)
  4. Yosemite’s Rim Fire is moving closer and a history of natural fire suppression isn’t helping. (National Geographic)
  5. As Florida beaches erode, sand is getting harder and harder to find. (The New York Times)

The Green Buzz: Monday, August 19

Written by | August 19th, 2013

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Apparently human females aren’t the only ones who like a multi-tasking male…

  1. Female frogs look for males who can do two or more things at the same time. Smart gals! (Science World Report)
  2. In case you missed it, scientists have discovered a new species of mammal! (National Geographic)
  3. 16 things you love that climate change is totally going to ruin. (Grist)
  4. In Texas alone, 30 communities could run out of water by the year’s end. (Mongabay)
  5. MNN has some great tips on how not to waste so much. Our fave? Move away from disposables. (MNN)

The Last Tree for Orangutans

Written by | August 16th, 2013

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Orangutans are in trouble because their habitat is diminishing at an unsustainable rate. This World Orangutan Day, we take a look at their plight.

The Green Buzz: Thursday, August 15

Written by | August 15th, 2013

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We’re buzzing over water wars, vegetarian fish and the greenest colleges in today’s green news.

  1. How do you save populations of “feed” fish from overfishing? Turn the carnivorous farmed fish who eat them into vegetarians, of course. (Washington Post)
  2. When you think of the military, do you think “environmentally friendly?” If not, you may want to think again. (MNN)
  3. Florida is suing Georgia over water. Let the water wars begin. (Bloomberg)
  4. Oldest petroglyphs in North America found in a dessicated Nevada lake. (National Geographic)
  5. The greenest colleges in the U.S. have been ranked – check them out! (Huffington Post)

Protecting What We’re Afraid Of

Written by | August 5th, 2013

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Despite our fear of sharks we’re beginning to respect these great predators and recognize how important they are to keeping oceans healthy.

The Green Buzz: Monday, August 5

Written by | August 5th, 2013

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There’s news on another unexpected consequence of climate change in today’s green news.

  1. Costa Rica is closing its zoos and setting the animals free. (International Business Times)
  2. Is climate change connected to a global rise in violence? A new study in Science says yes. (BBC News)
  3. Moonbird has been spotted in Canada! (Philly.com)
  4. A world without lions, elephants and rhinos? We’re on the way to that reality. (National Geographic)
  5. Could planned grazing revive the world’s grasslands? (NPR)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, August 1

Written by | August 1st, 2013

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It’s a new day and a new month, so let’s start it off right with some green news.

  1. Want to get closer to nature? Try following a toddler, for whom “…the dried worm as tragic as a starving polar bear; the walnut shell as mysterious as the queen conch.” (Grist)
  2. Iraq has declared its first national park in the southern marshlands that many call the cradle of civilization. (National Geographic)
  3. Amazon Prime sure is convenient… but is it eco-friendly? (MNN)
  4. The Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act has many asking if it’s really time for space environmentalism. (Wired)
  5. The Caribbean has lost 80 percent — that’s right, 80 — of its coral reef cover in recent years. (The Guardian)
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