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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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To Help Save Monarch Butterflies, Buy Organic

I was devastated to learn last week that the number of monarch butterflies who made it to their winter stomping grounds in Mexico plunged 59%

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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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Does Global Warming Cause Tornadoes and Floods?

Flooding in Smithfield, KY, 5.13.11. Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Is the rash of deadly tornadoes in Joplin, Tuscaloosa and other parts of the country related to global warming, as author and environmentalist Bill McKibben recently suggested in a satiric piece for the The Washington Post? How about the disastrous floods we’ve been […]

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Is July 2010 Heat Wave a Sign of Global Warming?

Updated 8/15/10 – July 2010 was the second warmest on record, according to a new NOAA report. While July didn’t quite break the record, the first half of the year did. It was the hottest January to June since record-keeping began in 1880. Is the extreme heat a sign of global warming? Probably — at […]

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Switch to Green Power in NYC in 3 Clicks

New Yorkers: if you’ve been meaning to sign up for green power, but found it too difficult till now, head on over to greenpowernyc.com. Pick a wind product or a blend or let the site choose for you. Any which way you’ll reduce your contribution to global warming for a few dollars a month. (The […]

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What do Americans Think of Global Warming?

In the new interactive anthology, Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming, new and established writers speak out from the depths of their own experience about the climate crisis. The 67 works in the anthology were selected from “nearly 1,000 submissions about beloved places, animals, plants, people, and activities at risk from a changing climate […]

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Best CFLs

Some people have commented that they’ve had bad experiences with compact fluorescents. Others have written in to say they’ve had terrific luck with them. I’m not surprised. Like most consumer products, CFLs vary in quality…a lot. There are differences in the color of their light, brightness and the amount of time they actually last (as […]

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Compact Fluorescents and Mercury

This much is true — compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) contain mercury and mercury is toxic. Also true — the mercury is sealed in, so you won’t be exposed unless a bulb breaks AND you don’t follow a few simple clean-up steps (below). This, too, is true — many of America’s favorite food fish are contaminated […]

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