Climate Change — Where Are We Now?

The Paris talks on climate have begun. How bad is the problem? Could we come through ok? Could a tech break-through help? These are a few of the vital questions answered briefly, simply and directly in a great Q&A by The New York Times: Short Answers to Hard Question about Climate Change. Of course, the […]

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For This Green Life Subscribers…

It’s been a pleasure writing for you and hearing from you these many years! As you may already know, I am wrapping up my This Green Life column for NRDC after more than a decade. If you didn’t know, read my farewell column here. As of now, I am not sure what I’ll do next. […]

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Better Deals for Healthy Food

If the high cost of organic food keeps you from eating the way you’d like, consider joining a food coop. As I explain here, these cooperative grocery stores and buying clubs are not in business to make a profit. As a result, organic food at coops can often be had for the same low price […]

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Wild Animals — Up Close and Personal

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.   –John Muir

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Making Earth Day Meaningful

Earth Day is not like other holidays — at least not on the surface. It serves neither the nation nor a religious community. Yet in another way, it is just the same. Its purpose is to shake us out of our complacency — that tendency to believe that the way things are is the way […]

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Benefits of Native Gardens

Learn more about the benefits and how to plan a native garden of your own. (Many great resources.) Have you ever wondered why your garden requires so much work? The birds and bees who visit know how to care for themselves, so why not the plants? The trouble is, most American gardens are planted with […]

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How Wolves Change Rivers

The interconnectedness of nature is greater than you could ever imagine. Watch this video to see how the wolf’s return to Yellowstone restored woodlands, increased wildlife and even changed the course of rivers for the better.

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Holiday Menus for Mixed Food Faiths

With more and more people cutting meat and other animal products out of their diets these days, the holiday menu is no longer the no-brainer it once was. If you are rethinking the idea of a meat-centric meal, here are a few crowd-pleasing vegan dishes to serve alongside a roast — or all on their […]

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Better Air at Home

The air inside your home can be much more heavily polluted than the air outside. But don’t look to the Environmental Protection Agency for protection. The only clean air standards the EPA enforces are the ones that apply to the out-of-doors. Within your home, the enforcement job is yours. Indoor pollutants range from sulfur dioxide […]

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Downsize & Declutter When You Move

I just moved after nearly 30 years in the same big place, and I did not take everything with me. My new home is smaller, so I had no choice, but I wasn’t sorry for it. On the contrary. Though the process of winnowing down my things was time-consuming and emotionally draining (and I do […]

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