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Swap Out Your Lawn's Grass for Moss
Planting moss instead of grass can be great for some lawns. It saves water and reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides.
Dr. Bronner's Files Lawsuit Against Major Organic Body Care Brands
The long-simmering controversy over natural and organic personal care products heats up as Dr. Bronner's files a lawsuit against other major brands.
12 of the Greenest Colleges in America
NextStudent has just published a list of some of the greenest colleges and universities in America. Schools are leading the way in sustainability, green design, energy efficiency and more.
Big Recycling Bins Win Praise and Criticism
Large recycling bins are showing up across the country for single-stream recycling. Recovery rates are higher, but criticisms remain.
Scotts Miracle-Gro Recalls Pesticides After Rogue Employee Discovered
Some of Scotts Miracle-Gro lawn pesticides have been recalled, after a rogue employee was discovered, and the items were not properly labeled or registered by the EPA.
North Americas Toughest Lawn Pesticide Law Introduced
The battle over lawn pesticides and public health heats up as Ontario, Canada introduces a tough new law restricting lawn chemicals.
DOE Launches Home Energy Conservation Site
The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new Internet feature to help consumers and homeowners ramp up energy conservation, saving money as well as energy.
Harrison Ford's Creepy Environment Ad
Harrison Ford and the Ad Council teamed up to raise awareness and support for Earth Share. Check out their intense video.
Bisphenol-A in Plastic Baby Bottles, Wal-Mart, Canada, Nalgene Take Action
The debate over the safety of Bisphenol A (BPA) in polycarbonate plastics continues to heat up, with Nalgene, Wal-Mart and the Canadian Government all taking steps to ban Bisphenol A in baby bottles.
Office Politics Now Include Going Green
A new Xerox and Harris poll shows that office politics are going green; co-workers are stressing the importance of recycling, energy conservation, saving paper and more.
Wind Energy with Plug and Play Home Turbines
More and more homeowners are generating their own wind energy, thanks to better technology and plug and play wind turbines.
Risk in a Baby Bottle
A federal agency has for the first time raised concerns about the safety of Bisphenol A, an ingredient in many plastics that may mimic hormones.
To Spur Economy, Senate Votes to Extend Renewable Energy Tax Credit
Homeowners and businesses could benefit from a Senate-passed extension to the federal renewable energy tax credits, as well as economic stimulus for energy efficiency.
3 Suspect Plastics to Avoid in Baby Bottles, Water Bottles, More
Plastic bottles, from water bottles to baby bottles, can leach bisphenol A and other hormone disruptors into foods and liquids. Learn to use recycling codes to choose plastics that are more safe.
New Energy Star Standards Set for Water Heaters
New Energy Star labels will help consumers choose energy efficient water heaters, including tankless and solar powered water heaters.
Who Has More Rights, Cats or Birds?
Long Island's beaches are the site of a battle between conservationists and animal rights activists, over the rights of feral cats versus endangered piping plovers. It is a battle that is echoed across the world.
Former "Condo Commando" Highlights Challenges of Dense Living
Denser living arrangements, from condos to planned communities, offer hope of saving resources and reducing our environmental footprints. But New Urbanism means we have to learn to get along better.
Conduct a 5-Point DIY Home Inspection
Spring is a good time to get a jump on home improvement by conducting a DIY home inspection. Look for these simple things, and follow good home maintenance.
Bay Area Moves Toward Banning Home Fireplaces
California's Bay Area is taking steps to restrict home fireplaces, as regulators hope to reduce the smog and air pollution that is a hazard to public health.
Protecting Children from the Dangers of Lead Paint
The EPA has announced a new rule requiring contractors to take special precautions to handle lead paint abatement -- when doing renovations on older homes built before 1978. The law is being targeted to protect children's health.
New Study Further Links Parkinson's Disease and Pesticides
New research suggests a stronger link between the neurological disorder Parkinson's disease and exposure to toxic pesticides.
Affordable Green Building Coming to Harlem
New York's historic Harlem is getting a brand new green building, and the project is exciting because it will be affordable housing. Energy efficiency and good indoor air quality are featured, as well as a green roof and more.
Raleigh's Garbage Disposal Ban Spurs Composting
Raleigh North Carolina's ban on garbage disposals is a good impetus to start composting, says one writer. Composting protects water quality and eases pressure on landfills.
Washington State Gets Tough on Toy Safety
Washington State gets tough on toy safety, as the legislature sends strict standards on lead, cadmium and phthalates in toys to the governor. The toy industry is vigorously opposed to the law.
Shelter Population Surges after Closure of Horse Slaughterhouses
Horse slaughter has long been controversial in the U.S., and now animal advocates are reporting a surplus of horses in the shelter system, after the country's final three processing plants have been closed.
Crate and Barrel's New CEO Charts Green Course
Home goods retailer Crate and Barrel is going green, according to the company's new CEO, Barbara Turf. Sustainable initiatives include using more bamboo, recycled glass, soy-based foam and more.
Senate Debates Possible Ban on Phthalates in Toys
California's Senator Dianne Feinstein is leading the charge to ban phthalates in toys at the national level. The chemical has been called a carcinogen, and many parents seek safer toys as alternatives.
San Francisco Close to Passing Tough Green Building Codes
San Francisco is close to passing tough new green building codes, which would mandate energy efficiency, water conservation and more. Some of the standards require USGBC LEED certification, while others mandate Greenpoint Rated.
Being Inactive as Little as 2 Weeks Affects Health: Study
Surprising results of a new study suggest that risk factors for diabetes and other diseases increase after just two weeks of lessened exercise and physical activity.
DNC Host Arena to Go Carbon Neutral
Denver's Pepsi Arena, future home of the 2008 DNC (Democratic National Convention) is going green, by buying renewable energy certificates to offset its carbon emissions, installing solar panels and encouraging green transportation.
Philadelphia Proposes Record-Breaking New Green Skyscraper
Philadelphia's proposed American Commerce Center is slated to become the second tallest building in the world. It will also be an LEED certified gold green building, with high energy efficiency.
Green Building Best Weapon Against Global Warming: Report
A new report, announced in Canada, concluded that the most effective, cheapest way to slash greenhouse gas emissions and stave off global warming is to foster green building.
Beet Juice Catching On As Eco-Friendly Deicer
Beet juice holds high promise as an eco-friendly pavement deicer. Mixing the material with rock salt helps protect water quality and plants, and makes the salt work more efficiently.
School Defies Court, Blocks Boy's Service Dog
A teenager from Long Island continues his fight to attend school with his service dog, and the district is blocking him in defiance of a court ruling.
Got Your Ticket for the Foreclosed Homes Tour?
In this tough housing market, real estate agents in Florida have launched a program to get more people looking at foreclosed homes for sale -- a free bus tour.
Daylight Savings Time Raises Energy Use: Study
Daylight savings time is controversial, especially among greens, because it has both benefits, including reducing lighting needs, and problems, including increasing needs for heating and cooling. It definitely has an effect on energy and gas consumpt
Home Solar Panels Reviewed
Home solar panels are coming down in cost and up in efficiency. Check out these reviews of the best most efficient home solar panels, the best value home solar panels and the greenest home solar panels.
Will High Platinum Prices Hurt Air Quality?
Platinum is the key catalyst in catalytic converters and other air pollution control equipment, and record high prices may impact our ability to reduce particulates and other pollutants. Will these effect our ability to clean diesel exhaust?
First Labeled 'Carbon Subtracting' Products Announced
Guayaki's organic, fair trade yerba mate is now becoming the first product marketed as officially carbon subtracting.
Despite Booming Sales, CFL Adoption Rate Slow
CFLs, compact fluorescent light bulbs, are facing a slow adoption rate, despite relatively brisk sales and the benefits in terms of money savings and energy efficiency.
Sharp Developing Home Solar Power Batteries
Sharp, Daiwa House and Dai Nippon Printing are working to develop home solar power lithium ion batteries. They hope to make alternative energy more feasible for the home market.
U2's Bono Embroiled in Hotel Historic Preservation Controversy
U2's Bono is embroiled in controversy in Dublin, Ireland over the Clarence Hotel, which the rocker wants to renovate, using some green building techniques designed by architect Lord Norman Foster. Historic preservation supporters say its a destructiv
Top 12 Green IT Users and Providers
Green computing is taking off in the information technology (IT) world. Energy efficiency and energy conservation mean money saved, as well as decreased environmental impact. From the World Wildlife Fund to Discovery and Monsanto, companies are using
Model Homes: Build as I Say, Not as I Do
The New American Home 2008 model home in Florida, part of the National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show, boasts lots of green building, energy efficiency features. It is also huge, making one wonder about resource use.
President Bush: Economy Down Because We Built Too Many Houses
President George W. Bush told NBC's Ann Curry that the trouble in the economy stems from building too many houses. Indeed, the slumping real estate market appears to be pulling down America's prosperity.
Studies Show Mixed Results on the Effects of Pet Ownership on Human Health
Is having a pet good for personal health? Studies are mixed, with some saying dog owners actually get less exercise, and others saying they get more. Companion animals are known to lower stress, however.
Pesticides to Be Sprayed on San Francisco
The little brown apple moth, an invasive species from Australia, threatens agriculture in California. In response, the government will be spraying pesticides, Checkmate, over the San Fransisco Bay area. Residents are worried about public health and s
Buy this House, Get this Car Free
In a difficult housing market, some homeowners are looking for more incentives to attract real estate buyers. Some brokers are trying to even offer cars as incentives to close a sale.
Spurred by Insurance Companies, Online House Calls Increase
Major insurance companies now cover online house calls by doctors. With virtual healthcare, people can consult physicians over the internet, instead of having to go to a doctor's office. That saves resources, gas, congestion and greenhouse gases.
Nigerian 5-Year-Olds Repair OLPCs in "Hospital"
One Laptop Per Child's discount XO laptop is so easy to repair that 5-year-olds in Nigeria can replace parts. The OLPC XO is also designed for low power use, high energy conservation and energy efficiency.