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Indoor Plants Part 3: Peace Lily

Indoor Plants Part 3: Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) Houseplants that produce flowers can be difficult to find. Peace lily is an exception. Its white flower sits on top of a long stem but the real attraction is the white spathe that surrounds the flower like a Tudor queen’s ruff. This and its tropical foliage make peace lily one of the […]

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Compassionate Choices

Compassionate Choices

In the month and a half that I’ve been vegetarian, the question I’ve been asked the most has definitely been “WHY??” And whenever my family chows down on an In-n-Out Burger or on some bacon, I definitely ask myself that, too. But the other big question has been “What did you watch? Did you read […]

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Indoor Plants: A Life Support System Part 2

Indoor Plants: A Life Support System Part 2

(For Part 1 of Rick Perillo’s blog series on indoor plants, please visit http://greenlifestyles.org/indoor-plants/) Epipremnum aureum (pothos, devil’s ivy, money plant) You have seen this one growing in the waiting room of your dentist. Set against the backdrop of parenting magazines and sounds of dental drills, you did not take notice. But, on the Solomon Islands, […]

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Book Review: The Allergy-Fighting Garden by Thomas Leo Ogren

Book Review: The Allergy-Fighting Garden by Thomas Leo Ogren

The allergy-fighting garden would be a blessing in disguise to every gardener or homeowner suffering from allergies. Thomas Leo Ogren, who has a master’s degree in Agriculture, has dedicated years of research to the study of plants, herbs and trees in the context of allergic potential, and this book is a condensed version of all […]

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Eco Nuts: Laundry Detergent for the Eco-Conscious

Eco Nuts: Laundry Detergent for the Eco-Conscious

Eco Nuts laundry detergent has long been a staple of eco-conscious consumers and those that like to use environmentally friendly products. It also has main street appeal, too. It is priced reasonably, smells great, and does a wonderful job cleaning up clothes — especially those that my busy toddler has covered with food, dirt and […]

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Indoor Plants: A Life Support System: Part I

Indoor Plants: A Life Support System: Part I

“Since man’s existence on Earth depends upon a life support system involving an intricate relationship with plants and their associated microorganisms, it should be obvious that when he attempts to isolate himself in tightly sealed buildings away from this ecological system, problems will arise.” This observation was published in a 1989 NASA report on the […]

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China’s “Inconvenient Truth”? A Review of “Under the Dome”

China’s “Inconvenient Truth”? A Review of “Under the Dome”

China has experienced rapid economic growth over the past decade, but, as a consequence of the expansion of industry and an unregulated dependence on “dirty” energy, many parts of the country have also experienced the negative effects of heavy pollution. While it may be no secret that air quality and other environmental metrics in China […]

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Worldwide Upsurge in Green Energy Investments

Worldwide Upsurge in Green Energy Investments

According to the latest results of the United Nations Environment Programme’s 9th “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 Report”, created by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and the research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the global investments in renewable energy have grown 17%, resulting in $270 billion in new investments. The International Energy Agency […]

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Ventura Celebrates Earth Day 2015

Ventura Celebrates Earth Day 2015

On Earth Day we are reminded to “think globally and act locally.” So, I decided to experience some eco family fun in my own backyard and I made my way to the Ventura promenade to celebrate Earth Day, 2015.  Despite the fact that the information booths and activities were set up outside, no one seemed […]

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The Plentiful Land: Native Americans in Perspective

The Plentiful Land: Native Americans in Perspective

“I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man” ~Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe. Natural resources were important to every part of Native American life: from the clothes they wore […]

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