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How does public transportation help the environment?

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In January 2004, the citizens of Milan, Italy, were preparing for a strike that would shut down all public transportation. Since an estimated 28 percent of greater Milan’s 3 million populace relied heavily on public transit, the strike meant gridlock and frustration for most of the city. For a team …

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How radical ideas turned Curitiba into Brazil’s ‘green capital’

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In the late 1960s, Brasília cast a long shadow across Brazil. Built from scratch in just four years, the city was a symbol of modern, rational, functional planning. “President Kubitschek wanted to build a new capital,” architect Oscar Niemeyer said in a BBC interview. “He wanted a city that would …

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Green beans – why pulses are the eco-friendly option for feeding and saving the world

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

We all know the score: current trends predict there will be 9.7 billion mouths to feed by 2050. Producing enough food without using more land, exacerbating climate change or putting more pressure on water, soil and energy reserves will be challenging. In the past, food security researchers have focused on …

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Are hedges better at fighting urban air pollution than trees?

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

  The British countryside is famed for its hedgerows. According to scientists, cities need more dense lines of shrubs in order to effectively combat automobile-borne air pollution. (Photo: Jenny Brown/flickr) Make no mistake: the temperature-lowering, mood-improving, habitat-providing, air-scrubbing power of urban trees cannot be underestimated. But as far as that …

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100+ Ways to conserve water

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

INDOOR TIPS KITCHEN #1There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you. #2When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water. #3Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. …

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How to Attract Bees and Other Native Pollinators With a Foraging Habitat

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Pollinators like bees, wasps, butterflies, and moths are a key part of our ecosystem — pollinating 70 percent of flowering plants — but they face many threats to their health and habitat. In Attracting Native Pollinators (Storey Publishing, 2011), The Xerces Society takes a proactive, practical, and straight-forward approach to …

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Green & Safe Gardening: The Ultimate Guide to Clean Plant Care

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Sprouting a green thumb have many health benefits for adults, and even makes a great choice to teach children as a hobby they can pursue on their own. Yet you need to be aware of some of the risks and dangers found in your garden in order to make sure …

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How to naturescape

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Curious about native plants? Interested in a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape? Concerned about health and water quality? Or did you just stumble on to this page by accident? Regardless, we welcome you and hope we can satisfy or pique your curiosity. In the pages that follow, we will introduce some basic …

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Rwanda Clean Stove Inyenyeri Partnership

Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017

Matter of Trust has partnered with Inyenyeri on a project to assist with their outreach in Rwanda  re clean stove technology and renewable energy eucalyptus pellets.  For more information on what they do and why this is important for health and the environment, please check out their website Inyenyeri.org Inyenyeri gets the …

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A Cooking Revolution: How Clean Energy and Cookstoves Are Saving Lives

Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017

Cooking: it’s a simple act that has brought families around the world together for thousands and thousands of years. Chef José Andrés in Haiti As a chef, I can think of few things more beautiful than that. However, I also know how deadly such a simple act can be — not only to …

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