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The Joy of Fermentation
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00  |  Written by Guest Contributor | Blog Entry

Yogurt with Berries and Nuts photo by Peter GigerI’m addicted to fermentation. It started innocently enough—my boyfriend’s mom gave me the old yogurt maker that had been sitting unused in her cupboard since the 1970s. I simply had to plug it in and leave some milk (and a little yogurt culture) to incubate for six hours, but I soon realized the vast potential for experimentation. What if I tried a different kind of milk? Or left it out for 12 hours instead of six? I could make it sour or sweet, thin or creamy. With little tweaks to the process, I could sculpt a unique creation that precisely fit my tastes. Or it could surprise me! Read on…

 
Smudge: The 'Clean Coal' Ad Parody
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00  |  Written by Rick Theis | Commentary

Bituminous Coal photoIn a direct challenge to the coal industry's ubiquitous "Clean Coal" campaign, The Reality Coalition has issued a counter ad. The hilarious spot, called "Smudge," is a devastating parody of the shameless greenwashing efforts of Big Coal—helped along by many Republicans and even some Democrats from coal producing states. It also reflects poorly on disingenuous green advertising in general, like that of fellow environmental villains, Big Oil.

The ad drives home the point that "clean coal" is a myth. In fact, some 600 coal-fired power plants in the US cause a third of our carbon dioxide emissions, a major contributor to climate change. And presently not one of these plants captures and stores its global warming pollution. This is not likely to change anytime soon because the coal conglomerates and their front groups are spending more on "clean coal" propaganda than on research into how they might actually rein in coal plant CO2.

See the "Smudge" commercial parody here

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Eco Tube: Who Is Most Responsible for the Poor State of the Environment?
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
TV Crew and Interviewee photo by Illustir

EcoHearth went down to the Charging Bull near Wall Street in New York City and asked passersby, "Who is most responsible for the poor state of the environment—corporations, politicians or us as individuals?" To see the video containing a representative sample of the responses, click here.

 
Eco Tube: New York City Without Cars?
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
New York City Traffic photo by K. Sawyer Photography

On three consectutive Saturdays this past August, New York City banned cars on Park Avenue for a few hours and called the event "Summer Streets." Might this be a portent of things to come? EcoHearth took its camera crew around the city and asked people: "Can you envision New York City without cars?" To see their responses, click here.

 
Ten Steps to Socially Responsible Investing
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00  |  Written by Guest Contributor | Blog Entry

Ten Dollar Bill photo by Derek & KristiYou want to meet your financial goals, but want to do so without harming others, and in a manner that promotes the public good. This is a loose definition of socially responsible investing (SRI).

If you are opposed to pollution, war and worker exploitation, you wouldn't want to buy stock in a company that profits from one or more of these. If you think the use of fossil fuels causes global warming, you might choose to invest in the alternative energy sector, for example. It's not difficult to put your money where your beliefs are. Here are ten easy steps to get you on the road to to socially responsible investing. Read on…

 
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