By Todd Woody
If the stereotype of a typical American is an obese, SUV-driving, junk food-scarfing couch potato oblivious to the outsize environmental impact of his consumerist lifestyle, a new National Geographic survey of green attitudes and actions in 17 countries is not going to change many minds.
Americans came in dead last when it comes to sustainable behavior while feeling among the least guilty about their disproportionate consumption of the world's resources, found the survey of 17,000 consumers in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S.
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"The top-scoring consumers of 2012 are in the developing economies of India, China, and Brazil, in descending order," said the 204-page report of the fourth annual survey conducted for National Geographic by GlobeScan, a Canadian consulting firm. "Those in emerging economies
- ForbesWoman | Green – Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:14 PM EDT
By Todd WoodyRead More »from Survey: Americans Rank Last in Green Lifestyles, Don't Feel Guilty
I have been building a totally green home with reclaimed materials from mansions all over the world for 10 plus years. I have run low or out of steam and have been fought by this icky world on every step of my path. I Had a vision and my vision is good , the need is there and the intent is pure. Rochester Minnesota is a really sick place and needs a healthy alternative for the millions of people that come here for treatments at Mayo clinic. I believe that through healthy living eating of raw organic foods anything can be cured. I have a beautiful small piece of land that i have invested my life savings into in hopes of creating an oasis for travelers to visit and some to stay for extended periods. I feel a healing center with limited lodging would fit a large demand in this market. I have tried for years to find like minded people to share in my quest but fall short as I too have been ill with grief and resentment towards a very hostile world that has settled on being selfish andRead More »from Organic Farm & B & B
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Jacobo Benitez is limiting the number of people he is allowing to purchase SEO Fight Back. He wants to make sure he can provide theRead More »from SEO Fight Back Review and Discount
Fresh pasta with lemon olive oil -- an excellent use for olive oil. By s.e. smith, Networx
Have an old bottle of olive oil sitting around the house? Don't throw it out! I talked to Carol Firenze, author of The Passionate Olive - 101 Things You Can Do with Olive Oil, about some creative ways to use this versatile product around the house. She points out that olive oil is ecologically friendly and can be more cost-effective than commercial products, and she's especially fond of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), although she does have a caution for consumers: "Since the US doesn't have truth in labeling laws, many people buy what they think is EVOO only to find out that it is not good, fresh, tasty, etc., and it is refined."
Rich Colwell of Thundering Herd Ranch in California adds that consumers looking for high-grade oils might want to consider buying locally. Many olive oil ranches allow people to visit to take tours and taste their products, allowing people to meet the farmers, test oils, and find a flavor they like. Colwell explains that olive oilRead More »from Clever Uses for Olive Oil
Save energy by turning the TV off when you leave the room.By Carl Seville, Networx
It is remarkably easy to waste electricity in our homes. Reducing some of this waste requires replacing inefficient equipment, but much of it can be solved by low or no-cost changes, or often, just a change in behavior.
Mistake #1: Leaving Ceiling Fans Running
Starting with the simple stuff, an amazing amount of electricity is wasted by just leaving things on when not needed. Ceiling fans are the worst culprits - if you aren't sitting under a fan, it isn't doing anything but wasting energy. Turn them off when you leave the room, period. If you're too lazy to flip a switch, then invest in timers or occupancy sensors that will do it for you.
Mistake #2: Leaving the TV On
TVs run a close second to fans, and since they make a lot more noise, they should be easier to remember to turn off. Far too many people leave multiple TVs on all the time, and truthfully I have no idea why. Are they lonely? I've even seen people who leave them on forRead More »from 7 Electrical Use Mistakes that Will Cost You
By Michael Greger, M.D.
One of the reasons some studies haven't shown more impressive results tying disease reduction to the quantity of fruit and vegetable consumption (EPIC Study) may be because of the quality of fruit and vegetable consumption.
Variety is also important. We know, for example, spinach is healthier than lettuce (#1 Anticancer Vegetable~comparison of salad greens).
A big salad is better than small, but is spring greens mesclun mix a better choice than straight spinach? Is it healthier to eat one apple and one orange than it is to eat three apples or three oranges?
Though there are generic plant compounds like vitamin C that are found scattered throughout the plant kingdom, thereRead More »from Fight Inflammation with Food Synergy
By Toni Salter
What's the first thing you do when you get flowers?
Generally we smile with warmth and positive feelings and then almost instinctively, we smell the flowers. The fragrance can sometimes have just as much impact on a person as the beauty of the flowers themselves.
Sadly, in the quest to grow stronger plants and bigger blooms for commercial production, many flowers have been hybridized to the point of losing most of their fragrance.
This is something that growers are working to restore, but it can take many generations, trials and retrials to manage this, so the results are not to be achieved quickly.
Scents can serve as a powerful trigger for memories, both positive and negative depending on the association.
For me, the fragrance of the deep red 'Mr. Lincoln' Rose is a powerful reminder of love and romance, as I was courted by a man who grew these roses.Read More »from The Link Between Flowers, Scents and Emotions
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Green – Wed, Jul 11, 2012 3:22 PM EDT
By Shea Gunther, Mother Nature NetworkAdjustable glassesTechnology is a wonderful thing. It's hard to comprehend the level of complexity that enables our everyday life - it's a dizzying world that is getting faster week by week. There's merit in pushing the advancement of technology, but it's important to remember to take a step back and look for new ways to reapply technology to age-old problems. There's nowhere that's more vital than in the developing world.
When resources like energy, materials or education are scarce, the simplest technology is the better choice. Simple usually means reliable - and reliable can mean the difference between having a machine that functions and having a useless paperweight. When the technology cleans water or keeps food fresh, it can mean the difference between life and death. Here are five simple innovations that are making a big difference in people's lives in the developing world.
Rocket StoveRead More »from 5 Low-Tech Innovations Making a Difference in the Developing World
The rocket stove is a wonderfully efficient design that
- Oprah.com | Green – Wed, Jul 11, 2012 3:11 PM EDT
By: Kate RockwoodPhoto: Courtesy of Potting Shed CreationsRead More »from Green in 27 Seconds: Plant an Herb Garden Anywhere
From the brittle orchid on my desk to the wilted blooms in my last backyard, I've never met a plant I couldn't kill. (True story: I once watered a little potted shrub for nearly two weeks before realizing it was fake.)
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But on a recent grocery trip, I looked into my cart to admire my bounty of summer herbs and saw...a lot of plastic. It seemed each sprig of mint and leaf of basil was wrapped in its own little slip of bad-for-the-planet packaging.
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That grocery store moment was a gentle reminder that growing your own herbs can save both money and the eco-impact of shipping and shelving all that basil, mint, and chives. The hydroponic herb planters from Potting Shed Creations seem particularly forgiving. Made from recycled wine bottles, the planters come pre-filled and are slim enough to soak up sun on a windowsill.
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When the organic herbs are
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