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Monday, July 23, 2007

Cremation is a big environmental issue, as well as the choice of most Australians. While the process reduces us to ash, it also produces pollutants and carbon dioxide that goes directly into the atmosphere. According to estimates of the Australian government, one cremation produces up to 50 liters of carbon dioxide and it takes about 70 minutes.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Sustainlane.com is a user-driven directory of green products and business -- think social bookmarking meets the yellow pages. They've got a series of videos about a community of friends, The Unsustainables. This video about cosmetics is called Skin Deep (hey! clever name!). To find out what's in your personal care products, visit EWG's Skin Deep database.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Looking for a cheap mobile home? I know some people who are looking to get rid of theirs...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thousands of years of history were revealed this summer as drought drained the water from Lake Okeechobee in the Florida Everglades. Native American tools and jewelery, a hundred year old fishing boat, and ancient human remains are just a few of the things that archaeologists have pulled from the lake's muddy, expanding shores.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

When I was little, I loved the smell of house paint. I have asthma, though -- the kind of asthma that lands you in the hospital at two in the morning because your inhaler just isn't cutting it -- so whenever I tried to sneak into a room that was being repainted my mother would shoo me out of it.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

September 9th sounds like a good day for a green street festival, doesn't it?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Need smart, sound financial tips? Contact a broker. Interested in the bizarre ways people are making money using kegs, beetles, and rats? Read on, because this week’s Outside The Box is green in more ways than one.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Thanks to Jack Nicholson's Oscar-winning performance in Chinatown, the story of how Los Angeles stole the water from the Owens River may be the best-known environmental crime in U.S. history. (OK, I'm showing my age. Chinatown is from 1971, and in 2000 Erin Brockovich also brought home an Oscar for Julia Roberts. Brockovich is above-average entertainment. Chinatown is art.) But finally there's a happy ending.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

The European Happy Planet Index ranked Iceland as the best in Europe today, according to the new report released today by the New Economics Foundation.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

This week, in what many would term an unfortunate setback, Vermont's House of Representatives was unable to override the Governor's veto on an energy bill that would have provided incentives for renewable energy and an increased tax on the Vermont Yankee nuclear energy company. We feel for you, Vermont.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

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Friday, July 13, 2007

We're almost there! In the past week, more than ten thousand people have signed the petition to Grow Organics. We only need a couple thousand more to meet our goal, and we've got just over two days to do it.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

 

So much for "gone fishing". A report by the Canadian watchdog Environmental Defence has revealed that many types of Great Lakes fish are "somewhat or completely unfit for human consumption". And, the organization warns, fish advisories will increase as more categories of fish are found to be dangerously contaminated.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

 

Today's villain is brought to you by the letter C, for Coverup: Back in early June we posted a story about a couple of Jersey City journalists who were arrested for crossing police barricades to collect samples of contaminated soil on school grounds. That story revolved around a Paramus, NJ middle school and piles of soil contaminated with high levels of pesticides.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It was recently revealed in a new study that among some of the other “ingredients” that can be found in fertilizers Americans use on their lawns and gardens are steroids, drugs and fragrances. How does this happen you may ask? The “biosolid” fertilizers are partially made from the sludge left over after sewage is treated, which, as one can imagine, would make for quite the concoction.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Enviroblog's new weekly column, Outside The Box, features stories outside the norm and refusing to conform.

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Monday, July 9, 2007

 

Ever wonder about the safety of your imported cosmetics? Last week, the United States and the European Union agreed to trade information on safety of cosmetics. The agreement is planned in hopes of improving trade in cosmetics.

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Friday, July 6, 2007

 

I read blogs for a living. Okay, I also write, and edit, and coordinate, and track numbers, and a whole host of other things. But every day I receive links to interesting, diverse blogs where people who may have nothing else in common can agree on this one thing: they want to see more support for organics.

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Have you been counting down the days to the Live Earth concerts? We've been pretty quiet on the subject here at Enviroblog, but not because we don't care -- we've just been too busy keeping you in the loop about sunscreencorporate greenwashing, and which water bottles are safest. The Big Day is getting close, though, and we're starting to feel that Live Earth vibe.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

In a world where web-empires have been built on connecting you to people across the country and across the world, it can be easy to lose sight of what's going on in your own backyard.

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