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Green Energy Times December 15 Edition

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Baa-baa black sheep …

Have you any wool: pillows?

By N.R. Mallery

I have loved my old pillow for years. That is a really good thing except for one problem, the words “for years.” It was getting old, and I decided, reluctantly, that it was time to replace it.

We spend much of our lives close to our pillows, […]

G.E.T. Comfortable with Green Mattresses

Good night and sleep tight. Photo credit: http://hamsterburrito.deviantart.com.

by Michelle Harrison

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays and end of year activities, it is time to take a well-deserved rest. A comfortable mattress is essential to making sure you get a good night’s sleep. The New Year brings “white” sales, but at […]

Holidays Add One Million Tons of Waste – in One Month

Reprinted with permission from Clare Innes at Chittenden Solid Waste District

Christmas morning insanity. Photo by It’s Twinsanity.

According to the EPA, the volume of household waste in the United States shoots up 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That adds up to about 1 million extra tons in just a month.

It […]

Hush up and Eat Your Shea Butter!

Shea Tree with fruit. Google Images.

By Larry Plesent

The latest research on shea butter, the African tree nut oil that is used as a moisturizer in everything from lotions to shampoo, shows that it may be even more beneficial to EAT YOUR SHEA BUTTER rather than simply slathering it onto your dry irritated […]

Residential and Community Scale Biogas – A Missing Link

Biogas generation. Here is a 52 °C thermophile anaerobic digestion system converting putrescible residual organic matter (i.e. brown trays), organic residues from slaugtherhouse activities and biosludge from wastewater treatment plants to energy. Image: http://bit.ly/biogas-power.

By Lonnie Coplen, LEEDAP, CPHC

Biogas is a combustible gas composed largely of methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide that is […]

Testing Your Water for Contaminants

Public water systems in the U.S. must provide customers with an annual water quality report disclosing contaminants and potential health effects, but if you’re still concerned, you can order an inexpensive home test kit that screens for heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins. Credit: Laura Nawrocik, FlickrCC.

By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss, EarthTalk®

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Ways Higher Education Institutions Can Go Green

By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

In recent years, colleges and universities have recognized the capacity for their independent communities to lead the nation as examples of sustainable and carbon-neutral institutions. Colleges in the U.S. and around the world have introduced conservation measures to reduce waste, installed solar panels to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, […]

Vermont Law School Institute for Energy and the Environment:

Loss and Damage at COP22

The entrance to COP22 venue in Marrakech, Morocco.

By Jonas Reagan

Every year, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convenes to address pressing climate-change concerns, develop strategies to effectively reduce discernible consequences, while building on previous agreements that have […]

Solar Is Booming … Costs Keep Falling

The Climate Reality Project, EcoWatch, Reposted with permission from EcoWatch

Today, solar power is everywhere. It’s on your neighbor’s roof and in tiny portable cellphone chargers. There are even solar powered roads. And as solar power heats up, prices are going down. In fact, over the past 40 years, the cost of solar has decreased by […]