Gratitude

A new year’s card for my fellow green travelers who make the big effort to do the little things that make the difference—

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Green Your Holidays

The joy and beauty of the holiday season often seem to come at the expense of Mother Earth. But the waste is not inevitable. There are plenty of ways to color your holidays green.

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Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

Living in Lower Manhattan–near sea level and near the water’s edge–I was in the evacuation zone for Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.

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Climate Saving Measures

Tired of waiting for government to get serious about saving the climate? Make your feelings known and take action in your own life to show you’re serious too. Here are suggestions ranging from the grand to the everyday.

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The Perils of Bird Migration

Migration is a risky business, as I’ve had the chance to experience vicariously this fall via Osprey’s Journey, a website I helped design that is tracking the migration of an osprey from Jamaica Bay in New York to South America. He goes by the name of Coley and though I’ve never seen him in the […]

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Where Did the Stars Go?

On a clear night a century ago, thousands of stars would have been visible to most people on the planet. Today, that’s only true for a minority — those living in rural areas far from urban settings. For the rest of us, the sky is relatively empty. Folks in the suburbs might see a few […]

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See the Milky Way Rising (video)

Once a familiar fixture of the night sky, the Milky Way is now invisible to most of the world’s people. The reason is light pollution from the artificial lights that keep our modern cities and suburbs ablaze at night. The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy, which has arms spiraling off a center piece. […]

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Coley the Osprey’s Migration

The development of lightweight solar-powered GPS transmitters in recent years has enabled scientists — and the bird-loving public — to discover where ospreys go when the weather turns cool and how they get there. One migrating osprey being tracked right now is “Coley,” who was equipped with a GPS backpack in May. After a summer […]

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Microbes R Us

Recent research has established that 90% of the cells in our bodies are not our own. They belong to microbes — bacteria and other microscopic creatures, collectively known as our microbiome. Like good guests who help with cooking and clean-up, many of these microbes perform valuable, not to say, essential services, providing enzymes for digestion, […]

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A New, Improved This Green Life

I am very excited to announce that there is a new, bigger, better, more attractive This Green Life on the NRDC website. Eight years after launching the original, I have finally organized the nearly 100 columns into useful categories like Animals, Health, Waste (Not!) and Spirit and Meaning. Now you can easily find what you’re […]

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