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How to Waste Less Plastic This Summer

After this miserable year in a miserable time in human history, you are right to greet summer with an explosion of joy and celebration. But summer also unfortunately usually comes with an explosion of trash, plastic waste, and other single-use garbage that will do nothing but choke the planet for the rest of time,…Read more… […]

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Your Internet Use Has a Carbon Footprint, Too

We’re so used to using computers and phones that they feel like an extension of our brains—it’s not just me, right? A Google query comes back as fast as a thought, and the information at my fingertips feels intangible like the information in my brain. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Find Safer Cleaning Products With These Ratings

Cleaning products don’t have to disclose their ingredients on the package, so it can be hard to know what you’re actually getting. If you’re looking for cleaners that are better for your health and for the environment, try these labels that show products have undergone some scrutiny.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Trash Inside It Than We Thought

For years, scientists have been tracking a large accumulation of floating trash, mostly bits of plastic, in the north Pacific ocean called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” or the “trash vortex.” This region, according to the latest research, has more lost and discarded plastic inside it than previous surveys…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Man Who Built His House Out of Stuff He Bought on eBay

Frank Alsema describes himself as a “city maker.” The retired TV producer lives in north Amsterdam, where his house has become a lab for more sustainable urban lifestyle. The community there and throughout the Netherlands aspire to what they call a “circular economy.” That means recycling and reusing everything,…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Go Ahead and Plant This Year’s Cheerios Seeds

Last year, Cheerios kind of fucked up. They did a giveaway of “wildflower” seeds in a misguided attempt to get people excited about helping bees. The seeds were not appropriate to release as wildflowers in most parts of the country, and it appeared at first that they had included a nasty invasive species. This year…Read […]

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Please Don’t Use Cloth Toilet Paper

“The family cloth” is a reusable alternative to toilet paper, made of rags, old t-shirts, sewn fabric, or purchased cloth wipes. They are mostly used for wiping pee, but some families use them for poop and periods. The practice (common until the modern era) is now mostly featured in eco-conscious and “frugal” …Read more… Continue […]

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Borderlands 2’s Opening Area Was Beautifully Sparse 

Borderlands 2 opens on a car full of post-apocalyptic freaks that gets run over by a train. Even people who didn’t play the game remember this scene and the song that went with it. It pivots to the game’s heroes and their bombastic attempts to escape death aboard a locomotive which ultimately self destructs on […]

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How to Bring Joy to the World By Not Destroying It This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us. That means warm hot chocolates, winter tunes, and all the consumerist habits environmentalists try to avoid all year. Behaving in an environmentally sound way is tough this time of year. I mean, wrapping paper is so cute—and Beyoncé always sells her own.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Mescaline and the Mother Earth – A Return to the Amazon Jungle (Pt 1)

Editor’s note: I have held off releasing this series of essays for some time now, for reasons I’m not quite sure I know how to articulate. Perhaps it was partially due to feeling emotionally and artistically ‘blocked’ after the election of Donald Trump, or perhaps it has been my own nervousness …Continue reading Continue Reading […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: Life in the Santa Rosa Firestorm

(Photo: Coffey Park, Santa Rosa, CA. Elijah Nouvelage, Special To The San Francisco Chronicle)The Banter Long Read: I’ve had an interesting week. And it all began with something inside my computer called “classpnp.sys.”…To continue reading this article, please go here. You’ll get …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Life in the Santa Rosa Firestorm

(Photo: Coffey Park, Santa Rosa, CA. Elijah Nouvelage, Special To The San Francisco Chronicle)The Banter Long Read: I’ve had an interesting week. And it all began with something inside my computer called “classpnp.sys.”…To continue reading this article, please go here. You’ll get …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Which Is Better for the Environment: Meatless Mondays or #NoRedOctober?

As a decade-long vegetarian, I support just about any initiatives that might reduce Americans’ reliance on animal products. And while I come at my choice primarily from an animal welfare position, I also recognize that the impact of livestock, and red meat in particular, is taking a toll on our environment.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Really Into Bats? You Need This Bat-Locator App

Bats are woefully understudied. Perhaps it is because they are not cute, or because they’re nocturnal and we don’t see them very often, or, as “citizen scientist” Danielle Gustafson says in a Bloomberg report on a new bat app, because they just don’t have good P.R. in pop culture. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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