Monthly Archives: February 2011

A Budgeter’s Guide to Rainwater Harvesting

Read the full story at Earth911. With much of the U.S. digging itself out from piles of snow, those toasty July days seem an eternity away. But the warm, dry months will come, and there is no time like the … Continue reading

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What to Do With Old Hairdryers, Curling Irons

Read the full post at Earth911. A standard, non-professional curling iron lasts 1-2 years, according to a spokesperson for Conair. So, getting the most out of this appliance by recycling keeps the materials out of landfills and gives it an … Continue reading

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How Many Stars Can You See?

Read the full story in Sky & Telescope. With half of the world’s population now living in cities, many urban dwellers have never experienced the wonderment of pristinely dark skies — and maybe they never will. This loss, caused by … Continue reading

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Student studies light pollution in Ottawa skies

Read the full story from CBC News. A Grade 8 student has spent months driving around Ottawa at night to measure levels of light pollution in the city. Stacy Glasburg, 13, started to document light levels in the city as … Continue reading

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Algae-based Fuel Takes Off With Qantas

Read the full post at Triple Pundit. Those of us who consider the convenience of air travel an indispensable part of our work lives, but feel guilty about the level of greenhouse gas emissions involved, keep hoping for some kind … Continue reading

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A Nano-Solution to Global Water Problem: Nanomembranes

New nanomaterials research from the University at Buffalo could lead to new solutions for an age-old public health problem: how to separate bacteria from drinking water. To the naked eye, both water molecules and germs are invisible — objects so … Continue reading

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Nokia, Samsung Take Top Spots in Good Guide’s Green Phone Ranking

Read the full post at GreenerComputing. With mobile phones becoming ever more ubiquitous around the globe, and taking on many of the tasks previously assigned to personal computers, measuring the environmental impacts of mobiles is an urgent task. This week, … Continue reading

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Inside the Retrofitted Empire State Building

Read the full story at Earth911. More than 3.5 million visitors pay $21 to stand on its observation deck every year, but the Empire State Building’s biggest financial endeavor is well below the 102nd story. In October 2010, the Empire … Continue reading

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EPA Establishes Clean Air Act Standards for Boilers and Incinerators

In response to federal court orders requiring the issuance of final standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators that achieve significant public health protections through reductions in toxic … Continue reading

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Which EPA Rules Are Outmoded?

Read the full story at Environmental Protection. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting the public to provide input on a plan that will guide EPA’s retrospective reviews of regulations as part of the agency’s response to President Obama’s Jan. … Continue reading

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