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July 2008

Making the Shift to Sustainability

Matthew Stein, author of When Technology Fails: Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, just posted a new article on The Huffington Post. From the article: These days, most people sense that our world is off balance and that we are sliding steadily towards some dark abyss. It can be hard to keep […]

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Video: The Zero X Electric Dirt Bike

Those of you who already know me know that I am many things. I am an eco-geek—I love lowering my carbon-footprint. I am “outdoorsy”—I love camping, hiking, and bicycling. And I am an avid motorcyclist—both on- and off-road. And if you REALLY know me, then you also know that—for the life of me—I cannot keep […]

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Recipe: Basic Sourdough Starter

The following recipe is from Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Katz. Starting a sourdough is as easy as mixing flour and water in a bowl and leaving it on the kitchen counter for a few days, stirring as often as you think of it. The yeast is there […]

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A Gardening Tip: Pinching Flowers to Prolong Bloom, When and How

The following gardening tip is from The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers by Lynn Byczynski. Pinching can be used to increase yield and to prolong bloom. It can be an important strategy for the commercial cut-flower grower, so it’s useful to understand how and when to do it. […]

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Ten Facts About the Water We Waste

As the globe’s temperature rises and the earth’s weather patterns go haywire, water is quickly becoming a hot topic in the US and elsewhere. Floods are sweeping through new areas, while others are drying out faster than ever. We’ve long had the luxury of holding a cavalier attitude about the water we use, and more […]

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Cartoon: The Birth of Greenwash, Inc.

Dennis “I am Batman” Pacheco just posted a new comic on his blog here at Chelsea Green. It is an “origin story,” of sorts. It details the birth of Greenwash, Inc.—a company that wants so-very-much to get on board the green movement. The third installment of our cartoon series: Greenwash, Inc. (Click here for a […]

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Project: Stay Cool this Summer with a Horizontal Trellis

Stephen and Rebekah Hren, authors of The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit, are full of an astounding number of great tips to reduce energy consumption. This one is not only a great way to reduce your summer cooling costs, but also is a fun project that will improve the […]

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Ten Guidelines to Successfully Storing Your Garden Produce

The following garden produce storage tip is from How to Store Your Garden Produce: The key to self-sufficiency by Piers Warren. Harvest produce for storage in its peak condition. Handle produce carefully – bruised fruit and vegetables will rot quickly. If you have to process your produce in some way before storage (e.g. the freezing […]

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Maine Takes the Lead on Combating Chemicals

As Mark Schapiro details in his book Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power, the EU is light-years ahead of the US in terms of regulating product chemical safety. The EU’s precautionary approach prevents harmful chemicals from being used in products before death and sickness. The US allows […]

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Censorship of the Media’s War Coverage

The New York Times recently reported on the story of one embedded journalist who was stripped of his access to covering the war because he published photos of dead American soldiers from the platoon he was with. As the article points out, after five years of war, it is difficult to find more than a […]

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