Posted on December 29, 2014 by Envirothink
A growing forest of cloned redwood trees, photo by Archangel Ancient Tree Archive
The world is losing the equivalent of 68,000 soccer fields of trees daily. More than 7,600 square miles of trees are wiped out each year!
In the U.S. alone, up to 98 percent of our old growth forests are gone.
There’s a growing movement towards reforestation. Pacific Coast redwoods and sequoias, along with a team of committed visionaries, are playing a key role in this movement.
To learn how long-forgotten giant redwood stumps are being brought back to life to help reforestation around the globe, click here.
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Posted on December 23, 2014 by Envirothink
photo courtesy of normanack
Water availability with the continuing drought has become a global issue.
Research shows that one of the easiest ways to nurture land, help the environment and have the land retain water is soil conservation through composting – turning food waste and yard scraps into usable garden soil that’s then applied to various landscapes.
To learn more about compost’s remarkable ability to save tens of thousands of gallons of water and help alleviate the drought, click here.
Filed under: Drought | Tagged: compost, drought, environment, food waste, garden soil, global issue, landscape, soil conservation, water, Water availability, water retention | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 22, 2014 by Envirothink
Retention pond at Toyota’s Mississippi plant retention pond – now certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council as a Wildlife at Work program
Humans are wise to learn from Nature. Rather than insist on creating a picture perfect habitat, environmental specialists learned that letting Nature “win” has many rewards for wildlife.
Filed under: Wildlife | Tagged: beavers, biodiversity, habitat, Nature, retention pond, Sean McCarthy, Toyota, water retention, wildlife, Wildlife at Work program, Wildlife Habitat Council | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 15, 2014 by Envirothink
Smart technology has moved beyond smartphones and personal electronics. Its future lies in household interconnectedness – smart homes that make Jetson-like living closer than ever. As our appliances, thermostats and other devices become electronically entwined, there are shining stars and bumps in the road that light our way along the path to connectivity. Enter remote controlled lighting.
Filed under: Cool Technology | Tagged: General Electric, LED lighting, Link LED Connect, personal electronics, remote controlled lighting, smart home, Smart technology, Smartphone | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 8, 2014 by Envirothink
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household spends over $2,200 a year on energy bills. Nearly half that goes to heating and cooling costs. Utilizing a programmable “smart” thermostat can take a bite out of that.
Filed under: Technology | Tagged: energy, energy bills, energy consumption, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, indoor climate, Programmable thermostats, smart thermostats | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 5, 2014 by Envirothink
With Christmas and Chanukah around the corner, it’s time to get that shopping list together and get going. To find the perfect holiday gift, why not go Fair Trade?
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Posted on December 3, 2014 by Envirothink
Ten year-old Traci Weinstein from Irondequoit, NY has collected 25,000 pairs of shoes for those in need. Weinstein began collecting shoes Labor Day weekend. After three months of multiple shoe collections throughout her community, she wrapped up her efforts during a final shoe drive Thanksgiving weekend with a grand total of 26,925 pairs of shoes. This shoe collection benefits the Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.
Filed under: Inspiration | Tagged: anti-poverty, fundraising, micro-enterprise, not-for-profit, people in need, shoe collection, Soles4Souls, Traci Weinstein | Leave a comment »