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Jan 24, 2014

Originally, I’d planned just to update the post I wrote on Wednesday when I got the decision of the Longwood, Florida city council about Sean Law’s accrued fines levied over his budding permaculture food forest. But there’s plenty to share – enough to warrant a separate post. First, the decision: as expected, the city council [&hellip

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Jan 23, 2014

Today, January 22, the southern portion of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline is set to become operational, although environmentalists and Texas homeowners are continuing to fight against it. TransCanada is surely celebrating now that it has a pipeline

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Jan 23, 2014

By Emily E. Adams The amount of Arctic sea ice has plummeted in recent decades—a bold manifestation of the rise in temperature resulting from the rapid increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. After staying below 300 parts per million (ppm) for some 800,000 years, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere skyrocketed as [&hellip

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Jan 22, 2014

Over the past few years, I’ve come across a number of stories of homeowners running afoul of City Hall by choosing to plant gardens in front of their houses instead of “traditional” lawns. These gardeners have risked everything from snubs by the neighbors to jail time for their choice to “foodscape” the front yard. A [&hellip

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Jan 21, 2014

While I enjoy my current life and lifestyle, I freely admit that I sometimes fantasize about living a more itinerant lifestyle: the idea of roaming the country in the spirit of Travels with Charley or Blue Highways really appeals to me.  That includes traveling in a vehicle in which I could also live. Now, the traditional [&hellip

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Jan 21, 2014

My own initial reaction to the chemical spill in West Virginia’s Elk River was likely similar to many others not in the area: “That’s terrible… I’m sure they’ll take care of it.” More specifically, that was my “individual person who feels powerless to help” response. My environmental blogger response was probably more along the line [&hellip

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Jan 20, 2014

I was recently offered a Philips SlimStyle LED for review. $0 is a pretty good price for an LED, so I took it. I have to admit that this is the first LED I’m using as a “normal light bulb.” All the others we have are CFLs. After about one week&hellip

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Jan 17, 2014

I was an assistant professor at an historically Black university (or an HBCU) back when I started sustainablog in 2003. As such, I’ve always had an interest in sustainability initiatives at these schools. Unfortunately, HBCUs tend to get overlooked when it comes time to put together those lists of top sustainability institutions. While some may [&hellip

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Jan 17, 2014

As we’ve noted numerous times before, gardening creates benefits well beyond fresh, hyperlocal food. It can provide fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods with limited access to them. It can offer opportunities for physical activity to people who aren’t interested in jogging. And, of course, it can serve as an educational activity. So, when I come [&hellip

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Jan 16, 2014

Though I’ve never been a hunter, and haven’t fished in decades, I’ve often thought (and occasionally said) that those of us in the environmental movement should reach out to sportsmen and women more than we do. While some of us take issue with the act of hunting, and still others of us just don’t want [&hellip

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