Miscellaneous Green Archives

Make a Battery with Spare Change

By Megan Treacy

This instructable shows you how to make a battery out of a few pennies that can power a small calculator or a couple of LEDs.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Greg Hanscom

Neal Gorenflo

Neal Gorenflo had his come-to-Jesus moment with the sharing economy in a parking lot in Brussels.

It was June of 2004, and Gorenflo was well on his way to becoming a bona fide suit. He had worked in the telecommunications business and for an investment bank. Now he was on a strategy team for the global shipping company DHL, up for a promotion, and on a business trip in Belgium — and he just couldn’t live with himself.

“On the surface everything looked great,” Gorenflo says. “But I felt disconnected from my community and my potential and
Source: Grist

Missing the point of the cap-and-trade defeat

By Mark Hertsgaard

It’s a baffle. While reanalyzing the cap-and-trade fight and responding to Theda Skocpol’s controversial paper on it, my esteemed colleagues Bill McKibben, David Roberts, Joe Romm, and Eric Pooley have evidenced some sharp, and sharply worded, differences with one another. But all appear to agree that one big reason cap-and-trade “crashed and burned” on Capitol Hill, as Pooley phrased it, was the lack of public support: If only there had been a vibrant popular movement out in the country demanding serious action on climate change, things might have ended differently. For the record, I
Source: Grist

Newly Discovered Spider Builds Lifelike Decoy

By Stephen Messenger

For one tiny spider, recently discovered in the Peruvian Amazon, creating an incredibly convincing decoy of itself seems to come naturally.
Source: Tree Hugger

By David Roberts


Last week, I scolded greenies for indulging in the “cult of the presidency,” being unduly fixated on President Obama’s role in public life. Congress, the courts, state governments, cities, and citizen movements all deserve attention too. We need a reasonable sense of the limitations of the presidency.

On Sunday, The New Republic (newly redesigned!) published an interview with Obama that seems designed to feed me a little crow.

To see why, consider the issues of gun safety and climate change. A half-dozen months ago, both were considered political losers for Democrats. There was broad support for reform, but opposition
Source: Grist

By Jennifer Langston

The Berzins outside their 168-square-foot, mortgage-free home.

When my husband and I bought our first house, its 800 square feet of living space was perfect for two. It was what we could afford, and it suited us. We fought rarely, lived within our means without too much trouble, loved living within easy walking distance of restaurants and parks, went away many weekends, divided up the two closets, and dumped all the extra stuff in the basement.

Then we had a kid.

Jennifer Langston

Daycare bills made us broke, we argued 400 percent more often, and we spent
Source: Grist

By Lloyd Alter

Why take up so much space with a tub when you can just unfurl it when you need it?
Source: Tree Hugger

By David Roberts

Sierra Club

Earlier this month, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune announced that the Club would, for the first time in its long and storied history, officially participate in an act of civil disobedience — i.e., break the law. The target? The Keystone XL pipeline. “For civil disobedience to be justified, something must be so wrong that it compels the strongest defensible protest,” he wrote. “Such a protest, if rendered thoughtfully and peacefully, is in fact a profound act of patriotism.”

I called Brune to get some insight on the Club’s thinking and its future plans.

Source: Grist

By Lloyd Alter

It used to be a big deal, marketing design products as green. It doesn’t appear to be anymore.
Source: Tree Hugger

By Anna Lappe


Seven years ago, when I was conducting research for my second book about food, farming, and healthy eating, I spent some time digging into the website for the American Dietetic Association (what’s now called the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). What did the nation’s association of registered nutritionists tell us about healthy eating? Stuff like monosodium glutamate (or MSG) is a great flavorant for seniors whose taste buds might be fading, never mind that there have been health concerns raised about the additive. Scroll to the bottom
Source: Grist

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