Mercedes Benz gives tractor trailers a green touch

Those tractor trailers you see on the highway are notorious gas guzzlers, to say nothing of the emissions they produce. Mercedes-Benz has created a new Aero-trailer concept.

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Urban Farming: a growing trend

If predictions are correct that climate change and rising sea levels will create greater numbers of urban dwellers, the need for greater local food resources will be critical.

Back in World War II, a large percentage of Americans had gardens to help supplement their food. This tradition, which continues today, has spread to the middle of some of our largest urban areas. Volunteers work to transform what many times were vacant lots full of crumbling concrete or overgrown weeds into thriving, colorful, sustainable, agricultural landscapes.

To find out what many large cities are doing to transform sometimes blighted areas and to view amazing pictures of urban farms, go to

Brighten your holidays with colorful energy efficient lights

LED holiday lights are a festive addition to any room

Now that it’s officially the holiday season, it’s time to pull out that holiday stuff that’s been tucked away all year. Before diving too deeply into decorations, you might want to update and replace those strings of incandescent lights you’ve been using.

This year, there are new and exciting options to consider – LED’s and solar lights.

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Old Plastic Bottles Bring Light (to the darkness)

Recycled plastic water bottles are helping bring light to rural Phillapine homes

Millions of people in the Philippines live in (relative) darkness. The cost of electricity is beyond the means of many, so residents of poorer communities resort to candles or kerosene lamps, which pose serious health and fire hazards.

Using electricity 24 hours per day, something most of us take for granted, raises a household’s expenses by approximately 40 percent. In a country where the average income ranges from minimum wage to less than $1 a day, this added expense isn’t seen as crucial.

However, there’s an incredibly simple solution that’s both greener and safer – the Solar Bottle Bulb.

To learn more about this simple lighting solution that’s changing lives, see

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

Drive safe out there as there are plenty of holiday revelers and folks whose minds aren’t on their driving on the roads.

Enjoy your friends and families, eat well (but healthy if you can) and have fun!

Thanksgiving Trouble: BPA in canned food

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving, enjoying safe food. Photo by Lexnger, Flickr

Along with family gatherings, too much food, and football, Thanksgiving is a time for food donations to those in need. But there’s an underside to these canned goods that spells trouble.

A new report by The Breast Cancer Fund called “BPA in Thanksgiving Canned Food” reveals that many of the canned foods associated with Thanksgiving contain high levels of BPA (Bisphenol A). BPA is used in a wide variety of applications, including linings of metal canned goods. BPA can leach from the inner metal coatings of the cans into the food itself. It also leaches from products like plastic food storage containers and baby bottles.

To learn more about the most recent, eye-opening report on the presence of BPA in canned food – especially those foods associated with Thanksgiving – see

Gaiam – eco-chic dressing for the Holidays

Gaiam's beautiful eco-friendly clothing that lets you look and feel great

With the holidays almost here, there are plenty of details to manage. There’s the food preparation, planning those important friends and family get-togethers and making sure you have all the decorations you need.

Then there’s dressing for the occasion – you want to look and feel great.

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The Great Smart Grid Debate

Editor’s Note:  This is the final of three stories about the Smart Grid, its components, and the issues related to its implementation.

The Smart Grid is meant to help consumers regulate their personal power consumption and to help utilities meet the projected power demands that will come with the growth in use of electrically-powered vehicles.

Countries across the globe are investing in the technology necessary to implement the Smart Grid, including New Zealand, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and France. Japan and South Korea are adopting the Smart Grid, and China will soon come onboard as well. Smart Meter programs also are rolling out in India and Brazil. The United States, however, is spending the most money on the innovation and deployment of Smart Grid technology.

To find out more about the growing opposition to Smart Meters, what’s behind it and the possible options consumers have, check out

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns how to save energy from you

The Nest Learning Thermostat takes the guesswork out of programming

Programmable thermostats, while useful, can be incredibly complicated. So much so that around 90 percent of folks that have them don’t program them!

Created to be real energy savers, all the programmable thermostats on the market lost their Energy Star ratings in 2008 because, the EPA said, the devices tended to create consumer confusion and could lead to increased energy use, not savings.

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The Benefits and Challenges of Smart Meters

Editor’s Note: This is the second of three stories about the Smart Grid, its components, and the issues related to its implementation.

The Smart Grid is a catch-all name for a number of technological fixes to the current electricity grid that would merge new technologies with changing energy needs and drive U.S. electricity generation, transmission, and distribution into the 21st century, according to Don Van Dollen, IntelliGrid programs manager for the Electric Power Research Institute.

A key component of the success of the Smart Grid is the SmartMeter.

For more on the issues surrounding SmartMeters, see