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April 25, 2011
Credit: Gonzales2010/Flickr Recently, the professional organization of pediatricians, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), issued a strong policy statement calling...
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April 7, 2011
Pesticides are a type of poison used on farms to kill pests -- insects and the like. If you aren't careful residues of these poisons can end up in your food and have potentially...
March 23, 2011
Credit: Brenda Schweinsberg Did you know there are hidden harmful chemicals in most household air fresheners? “Well, they’re called phthalates,” explains 14-year-old Zach...
March 14, 2011
Credit:Robert Goodier Which has the most impact on your energy bill: the green things you do (like driving a hybrid and re-insulating your house), the type of house you...
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March 11, 2011
Credit: Jeremy Brooks/FlickrDry-cleaned clothing may look spotless, but the chemical perchloroethylene (PERC) is spoiling our air and groundwater while endangering the...
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February 24, 2011
Credit: Nissan2011 promises to be the year of the electric car—and it's only taken a century for us to get here since the demise of the earliest battery-powered vehicles...
February 2, 2011
Credit: Peasap/FlickrThis January, a study by the University of California San Francisco confirmed that pregnant women carry multiple chemicals in their bodies that...
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January 25, 2011
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January 21, 2011
Credit: Peter Essick, National GeographicAs we continue to appease our addiction by searching for oil from “friendly” countries, several exotic-sounding options having...
January 18, 2011
Credit:Cool the EarthThey did it for smoking. Now they’re doing it for pollution. Kids are confronting their parents’ destructive behavior and showing them how to live...
January 6, 2011
If you’ve gone through the previous smackdown steps, or even just some of them, you’ve made significant improvements in your home and commute, including sealing up your...
December 17, 2010
Credit: Wander/FlickrFew of us think about our carbon footprint when planning a family trip for the holidays or arranging business travel. But a bit of pre-planning can...
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December 16, 2010
Credit: Jason FulfordIf you pay a waste hauler thousands of dollars a year to take your business’ trash to landfill, you might want to listen to Jeffery Baldassari. He’s...
December 8, 2010
Georgia Tech Memorial Garden<br>Credit: NatShots Photography/FlickrUniversity application season is upon us and if the school of your dreams (or your child’s dreams...
December 1, 2010
Credit: Jake Mates/FlickrProbably the most dramatic of the energy wasters in your home, energy vampires (aka “phantom load”) are a bit more prosaic than the gothic...
November 22, 2010
Credit: Daniel R. Bloom/FlickrWhen looking at the issue of healthy schools, it's easy for administrators and parents to focus on the low-hanging fruit: switching to green...
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November 18, 2010
Credit: Chef Jess PhD/FlickrNothing gets you into the holiday spirit like a feast with family and friends. But even the healthiest foods can be harmful when food safety...
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November 17, 2010
Credit: Jessica Tommaselli (University of Connecticut)The humble dining tray – the ideal makeshift sled for a frosty evening, a last resort in a rowdy food fight, and...
November 17, 2010
Credit: Alan D/FlickrIf you're in the market for a new television for yourself (or if you're looking for one as a gift), make sure you buy one that doesn't boost the...
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November 9, 2010
Credit: Mikael Miettienen/FlickrTopTen USA is a new non-profit intended to help consumers and businesses identify the ten most energy efficient products within different...
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November 5, 2010
Spread of TCE plume near Fort Lewis, Washington. Credit: USGSIf you've ever fiddled with a bicycle chain, you know what a mess grease can make. Yet some of the chemicals...
November 4, 2010
Credit: TheSpeak/FlickrHormone-altering bisphenol-A (BPA) has occupied headlines (and our national head-space) for over two years — and is now affecting how brands as...
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November 1, 2010
Credit:Gregory Luke SmithPurchasing produce at the market can be irksome after months of fresh, homegrown summer delicacies. Fortunately you don’t have to battle the...
October 27, 2010
Credit:flickrStoring leftovers has long been a way to stretch out the pleasures of holiday meals over the following days and many a kitchen cabinet is well stocked with...
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October 19, 2010
Credit: Steelheadwill/FlickrFleas are obnoxious and if you’ve seen your pet scratching a lot or, worse yet, are bitten yourself, you know how itchy and uncomfortable the...
October 19, 2010
Credit: Gregory Luke SmithWe may still have occasional days of sun and short sleeves, but winter is on the way, and it comes bearing colder temperatures, wetter...
October 13, 2010
Credit: flickrWhitening clothes and sinks isn’t that easy without bleach, and although I have tried, I haven’t had much luck using hydrogen peroxide as a whitener.
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October 13, 2010
Credit: MyNeChimKi/FlickrWhitening clothes and sinks isn’t that easy without bleach, and although I have tried, I haven’t had much luck using hydrogen peroxide as a...
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October 13, 2010
When it comes to child health and nutrition, no single issue has garnered more attention for the past two years than school food. First Lady Michelle Obama has moved far beyond...
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October 6, 2010
Credit: deliriousfish/FlickrOne of the most important steps you can take to ensure that the gains you’ve put into place this year carry on into the next is to look at...
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September 30, 2010
Credit: D'Arcy Norman/FlickrWaste may seem like a problem of landfill space or resource consumption, but the more we waste the more carbon emissions we produce and those...
September 27, 2010
Credit: Kate Gardiner/FlickrAt current fishing rates, many of the world’s major fisheries face potential collapse within the next few decades, leaving shoppers to wonder...
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September 23, 2010
Credit: Fairfax County, VirginiaBed bugs are crawling into even the cleanest houses, apartment buildings, and hotels across the country and the world. Fear of getting...
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September 23, 2010
Credit: Gregory Luke SmithCertain things are essential at a ball game. Killer seats are good, but a cold beverage is just as important. And when a drink’s in one hand,...
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August 30, 2010
Credit: SteveSchaaf/FlickrWhen the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina rampaged through New Orleans five years ago, they left behind a toxic legacy – soil contaminated with...
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August 25, 2010
Credit: Matt Hintsa/FlickrWhether you're planning your last trip of the summer or thinking ahead to an escape from the cooler days of fall and winter, how you travel can...
August 16, 2010
Credit: Nathij Ahmed/FlickrWe bought our big green sofa about ten years ago, just before our children were born. After years of creating a safe and toxin-free home,...
August 13, 2010
Credit: Neal Foley/FlickrWhen I first started growing vegetables, I found myself waiting for the precise moment when my veggies looked like the stuff I’m used to seeing...
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August 11, 2010
Credit: Pipistrula/FlickrIt shouldn’t come as any surprise that global warming poses a threat to our water supply, as confirmed by a recent NRDC study, but by improving...
August 9, 2010
Photos courtesy of Greg Luke SmithPreparing a neglected area for planting can be the most laborious task in the garden. Hours are spent weeding and tilling the land....
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August 5, 2010
Credit: Hint of Plum/FlickrIt takes nearly sixteen gallons of water to grow just one head of lettuce, 18.5 for an apple. Multiply those numbers by the abundance...
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August 4, 2010
Ever wonder whether your organic body cream or toothpaste is actually made with organic ingredients? You wouldn’t be alone. The USDA has faced a lot of criticism for its weak...
July 21, 2010
Credit: Paul Falardeau/Flickr October 12, 2010 Update: A new report calls for a broad new strategy for testing industrial chemicals suspected of increasing breast cancer...
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July 6, 2010
Credit: Eduardo Amorim/FlickrAs our ten-ton diet gets to the halfway point, we come to an uphill portion of the trek—altering your diet. The difficulty here isn’t cost—...
June 21, 2010
The LEED Gold Perry Avenue building showcases the push made in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to create an industrial park that supports eco-friendly businesses and the green...
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June 21, 2010
Credit: autan/Flickr The Gulf oil spill is making Americans think twice before tossing some shrimp on the grill this summer and that might not be such a bad thing. After...
June 18, 2010
Credit: Stef Thomas/FlickrZoning, codes and other regulations—they’re responsible for plenty of protection to both our environment and us.  For instance, regulations...
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June 16, 2010
Credit: Matt Batchelor/FlickrWhen my husband and I exchanged two decades of urban existence for suburban life, I didn't know a rhododendron from a Rototiller. We did know...
June 15, 2010
Credit: Lululemon Athletica/FlickrForget the tie. How many does a man need, anyway? Give your dad something he’ll really appreciate—a good nap and then a trip to the park...
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June 11, 2010
Credit: Indy Charlie/FlickrSimple Steps editorial director had a phone chat recently with Dr. Sarah B. Warren, a psychologist and addiction specialist, who offers an...
June 1, 2010
A helpful how-to guide for keeping your computers, cell phones and other used electronics out of landfills.
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May 26, 2010
Credit: maistora/Flickr Rising carbon dioxide emissions don’t pose a problem in the atmosphere alone. The rising CO2 in our oceans is increasing acid levels, making...
May 24, 2010
Credit: Halle/FlickrWatching our nation’s top skiers fly down the slopes during the Winter Olympics was inspiring. However, I was less than inspired to find out that ski...
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May 24, 2010
Gina Solomon describes how Gulf spill workers can recognize the symptoms of exposure to petroleum fumes and the steps they should take to reduce their risks of long- and short-...
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May 20, 2010
Credit: Food Fanatic/FlickrPatented in 1964, the antibacterial, triclosan, quickly found use in medical supplies. By 1987, manufacturers were adding it to liquid hand...
May 19, 2010
Beekeeper Andrew Cote at New York City's Union Square Farmers' Market. Credit: Rob GoodierSwarms of newbies are taking up urban beekeeping, but the pursuit can be as...
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May 18, 2010
Credit: Old Shoe Woman/FlickrIn a representative sample of US children, those with higher levels of organophosphate (OPs) pesticide metabolites in their urine were more...
May 14, 2010
Credit: Bleu Celt/FlickrA new report on fragrances leaves a bad odor: 17 brands of popular perfumes, colognes, and body sprays were found to contain chemicals known or...
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May 11, 2010
The Levine home in Southern California exemplifies elements of passive cooling, including a "rain curtain" (right) fed by a storm water collection system that cools...
May 8, 2010
Photo credit: Paul Goyette/FlickrYou say they're where?Toxic chemicals—some known to cause cancer—are in our bodies and in our newborns as well. Researchers have found...
May 6, 2010
Though our oil addiction run amok is devastating the ecology and economy of the Gulf coast, there are communities around the U.S. that worry that using the sun to dry clothes will...
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May 5, 2010
Credit: SkyTruth/FlickrDr. Gina Solomon provides answers to the health questions raised by the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig explosion and the efforts being made to...
May 4, 2010
Credit: Robert Whitehead/FlickrHint: It’s green, one-size-fits-all, and doesn’t cost a penny.
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April 28, 2010
Credit: Jill Clardy/FlickrTraditionally, food-grade lemon oil has been used for dusting furniture because it is so lubricating and antispectic. I've included it in this...
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April 22, 2010
Credit: Rob GoodierNow that the winter snow and April showers have finally subsided, it's the perfect time to tune up the old two-wheeler and pedal your way to work. It...
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April 21, 2010
Photo credit: Atwater Village Newbie/FlickrSimple Steps will help you be the biggest loser on your block (and we mean this in the best way possible): Over the course...
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April 14, 2010
Photo credit: Nissanev/FlickrPicking a new car is never easy, but now with electric plug-in vehicles arriving, clean diesel options available and the unstable economy (...
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April 7, 2010
Alice Waters with children at Edible Schoolyard Photo credit: Doug HamiltonI had the pleasure of talking with Alice Waters, pioneering American chef, author, and the...
April 1, 2010
Photo Credit: Sippanont Samchai/Flickr The use of "antibacterial" hand soaps is so widespread that we hardly give it another thought. Yet as a result almost 75 percent of...
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March 20, 2010
One by one, FD &C food dyes—those that had been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—have been taken off the market in the U.S., and there are now only...
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March 20, 2010
On March 17, EPA released the results of its assessment of chemical spot-on flea and tick treatments, following the recent sharp increase in reported pet poisonings. As I...
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March 18, 2010
When I bathed as a young child my grandmother took it upon herself at times to let me know that the nurses in the first World War washed up with only a cup of water. This seemed...
March 13, 2010
Excerpted with permission from True Food: Eight Simple Steps to a Healthier You, National Geographic Books, 2009.
March 12, 2010
It wasn't until winter's end that the store of food from Joan Gussow's garden finally came up short. "I had to buy a carrot," says Gussow, a Columbia professor and author of This...
March 12, 2010
Recently on Facebook, a friend suggested that since there's already enough stuff in the world companies should just stop manufacturing things and everybody should trade what they...
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March 8, 2010
Ten years ago when I was contemplating pregnancy, concerns about autism never entered my mind. But today there are few new parents who haven’t considered the possibility that...
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March 5, 2010
This is the first in our new series in collaboration with Annie B. Bond, DIY diva and green living expert. As the snow melts and winter gives way to spring, it is time to pack...
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March 5, 2010
This is the first in our new series in collaboration with Annie B. Bond, DIY diva and green living expert. As the snow melts and winter gives way to spring, it is time to pack...
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February 26, 2010
The actress Meryl Streep melted audiences everywhere (like chocolate in a bain marie) for her Oscar-nominated performance in Julie & Julia, the quirky and wonderful movie...
February 26, 2010
In Step 2 of our series, we covered sealing and insulating the home to keep in the warm air. In Step 3, we look at how you heat the air in the first place. As daunting as it may...
February 18, 2010
A basic cotton T-shirt doesn’t seem quite so basic when you trace its life history.
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February 12, 2010
150 blocks that were once decaying in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, are on the verge of a green renewal through government grants and local business investment. What’s...
February 11, 2010
The very latest in green fashion isn’t the $20 organic cotton jeans at Kmart or the handloomed hemp/silk blends on the runway at Fashion Week. It’s a tiny sensor immersed in a...
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February 11, 2010
There’s a valley in Nicaragua that bristles with Arabica bushes under a cloud forest canopy. Blood red berries in patchy sunbeams and gap-toothed children leaving dirty...
February 1, 2010
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is everywhere. Among other places, it is found in the lining of nearly every can in the grocery store. Nearly every person in America has some BPA in his or her...
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February 1, 2010
Now that you have completed a home energy audit, your next step is to take its advice, starting with sealing, weatherstripping and insulating your home to keep in the air you pay...
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January 12, 2010
For 10 years Seattle’s eco-friendly sand-based strategy to control snow was more than adequate to manage the average 13 inches of snowfall the city received each winter.  But...
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January 11, 2010
It may seem hard to believe but each of us is responsible for over 20 tons of heat-trapping pollution being emitted into the atmosphere each year.  However, changes in our...
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January 8, 2010
Before you can start to make improvements at home, you have to take a cold, hard look at where you’re wasting energy. This is no simple task—unless you have infrared vision...
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January 6, 2010
Towers of junk electronics are teetering in lots, homes, roads and river banks in the developing world, shipped from western countries by some unscrupulous companies that claim to...
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January 4, 2010
Quietly, whether in rural communities or large cities, schools are finding novel ways to feed kids healthier, locally grown food, often cultivated by the children themselves as...
December 31, 2009
Please join Simple Steps in a discussion about the throwaway society, American habits and values, the ways of our parents and grandparents and the wisdom we can learn from them...
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December 28, 2009
Your child can’t sit still in class. He loses interest quickly when reading or doing a math problem. Could the chemical dyes in food be to blame?
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December 17, 2009
The pig is not the most glamorous animal. But the exotically named Austrian Mangalitsas of Woodinville, Washington's Herbfarm have become an irreplaceable addition behind the...
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December 15, 2009
Please note that while this table attempts to provide a reasonably comprehensive and accurate look at the insecticides most commonly found in pet flea control products, it does...
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December 9, 2009
As the time between sunup and sundown gets shorter and shorter, do you find yourself dreaming of white, sandy beaches and crystal blue water? Maybe grabbing a snorkel and some...
November 30, 2009
Every second, the US consumes 1,500 plastic water bottles. An estimated 38 billion of these disposable bottles end up in landfills every year – enough to circle the globe 150...
November 20, 2009
Fabrics are so ubiquitous it’s easy to forget the acres of cotton crops, herds of sheep and barrels of petroleum behind the yards and yards of fibers we use every day. But growing...
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November 18, 2009
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announces its second annual Growing Green Awards to recognize individuals who have demonstrated original leadership in the field of...
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November 6, 2009
Peter Hoffman is the chef owner of New York restaurants Savoy and Back Forty, which "work with a simple premise—to create delicious and memorable meals by sourcing the very best...
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November 6, 2009
NRDC’s Simple Steps is hosting a No Impact Week starting on Sunday, November 15 with Colin Beavan's No Impact Project. Described as a “carbon cleanse,” the week is an invitation...
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November 6, 2009
Kris French is a newly certified permaculture designer based in New York City, where she is deeply committed to bettering the urban environment by seeking natural design solutions...
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October 30, 2009
As useful as plastics are, the strikes against them are many. They're made with petroleum, a nonrenewable resource. Most won’t biodegrade—when they do break down, they do so into...
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October 22, 2009
Located on the bottom of plastic bottles is a number that signifies what type of plastic you are drinking out of. The numbers one through six relate to a specific resin (number 1...
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October 22, 2009
No pet owner wants to see his cat or dog suffer from fleas, much less have fleas in the home. But in some cases the treatment can be worse than the illness, so it is with some...
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October 21, 2009
Mechanics construct windmills in Indianapolis while lab techs in Silicon Valley crank out thin-film solar panels. Contractors in Portland weatherize Queen Anne homes, and their...
October 19, 2009
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October 9, 2009
Longer nights, baskets of gourds, random celebrities showing up at your doorstep demanding candy—yes, Halloween is upon us again. As a celebration (or contest) of creativity, All...
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October 9, 2009
Multi-story urban farms may feed city dwellers in the years to come. Rob Goodier interviews Dickson Despommier, a professor of public health at Columbia University, on the...
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October 9, 2009
New Yorkers share the boroughs with black bears, hawks, newts and other wildlife. Rob Goodier interviews biologists and citizen scientists engaged in studying species in urban...
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October 7, 2009
If your clothes washer still works, it may seem cost-effective to put off an upgrade. But your old machine may be hiking your water and electric bills without your even knowing...
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October 7, 2009
With faster and flashier computers coming out all the time, our desktops and laptops can seem outdated pretty quickly. So when they start to give us trouble, the decision to chuck...
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October 6, 2009
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October 6, 2009
Any halfway busy home chef requires a good array of saucepans, soup kettles and other cookware of all sizes. Even if you’re only cooking eggs and beans, you want to be sure they...
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October 6, 2009
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October 4, 2009
Much of the haze that once blanketed our cities has cleared since the 1970s, thanks to tough environmental laws. But air pollution, including the kind you can't see, still poses...
October 4, 2009
A 2009 study by the Associated Press found contaminants in the water of schools in all 50 states. To parents familiar with school districts' efforts to erradicate asbestos, lead...
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October 4, 2009
Want to know which bottles contain bisphenol A or whether you can reuse your PET water bottle? Read on to find the answers to our readers' most commonly asked questions.
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October 4, 2009
Given the huge amount of carbon emissions from vehicles, the shift from internal combustion engines to electric can't come too soon. And the news that telephone boxes in Madrid,...
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October 4, 2009
Photo credit: I, Timmy/Flickr The average American homeowner spends more than $1,000 a year to heat and cool her home. And that doesn't include the cost for repair or...
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October 4, 2009
Your 10-year-old clothes dryer has broken down again. It’s cheap enough to fix, but should you just replace it? Probably not, and here’s why:
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October 4, 2009
When your dishwasher is busted, the logical thing to do would be to call a repairman and get it fixed. You can't just run out and buy new appliances the second they break down....
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October 4, 2009
Considering that we have our refrigerators cooling our food around the clock, it’s a wonder they don’t need to be repaired more often. But when yours does falter, rather than...
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October 4, 2009
After the third cold shower of the week, it's clear that your water heater needs attention. How do you know if you should pay a repairman to patch up the problem, or if it's time...
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October 4, 2009
Maybe you feel you waste too much time on video games, but it's your wallet you should be worried about. Two years ago, NRDC commissioned a study on video game consoles that found...
September 30, 2009
Every day, more than 2 million California adolescents (62 percent) drink soda and 1.4 million (43 percent) eat fast food, but only 38 percent eat five or more servings of fruits...
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September 30, 2009
The Lunch Lady, Anne Cooper, was on The Daily Show the other night defending Michelle Obama for putting in a vegetable garden at the White House.  Yes, you read it right; she...
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September 30, 2009
An air conditioner is the kind of thing that you don’t get around to purchasing until you really need it. But the wrong model could end up costing you too much in energy bills...
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September 30, 2009
It’s embarrassing to consider how much gas we generate. Our cars, homes and lawnmowers spew out heat-trapping gases on a daily basis. But since carbon dioxide (CO2) is invisible,...
September 30, 2009
Photo credit: Beverly Pete On the blustery December morning I had set aside to preview the new high-tech, digitally enhanced smart grid coming soon to Boulder, Colorado, the...
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September 30, 2009
Spending one day a week working from home saves you time and money—and shrinks your carbon footprint.
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September 29, 2009
Credit:{salt of the earth}/Flickr While there may be signs we’re not hurtling toward a depression, job loss continues at a disturbing pace and the economy remains a mess...
September 29, 2009
After more than a decade of blockbuster growth, U.S. bottled water sales dropped 6% this past year. Why? Because environmentally-minded consumers, urged on by their Mayors (in...
September 29, 2009
There is a new fruit stand on the corner near my home. I think it’s terrific, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t belong there. The cart appeared on the day the New York Times...
September 29, 2009
It’s been endlessly debated, does recycling make economic sense? In New York City, back in 2002, Mayor Bloomberg proposed cuts to the city’s recycling budget, raising questions...
September 29, 2009
Goats eat anything and sheep aren't bad at nibbling down weeds, which is why the Maryland State Highway Administration is renting a herd of goats and sheep to control invasive...
September 29, 2009
Credit: Vipal/FlickrYou send your children off to school to open them up to a  world of learning but just getting them presents a risk to their developing brains....
September 28, 2009
Looking for reasons beyond energy conservation and lower utility bills to make your home more efficient? Look no farther than line 46 of your income tax form.
September 25, 2009
Pocos de nosotros damos mucha importancia a la glándula tiroides. Este órgano en forma de mariposa en la base del cuello es el que nos mantiene con energía y mantiene nuestro...
September 25, 2009
Few of us give much thought to the thyroid gland. This butterfly-shaped organ at the base of the neck keeps us feeling energetic and keeps our metabolism humming smoothly. The...
September 25, 2009
Updated September 21, 2010 to include research on exposure to particulate matter while matter. In the 1970s about 40 percent of our nation's children, myself included, walked or...
September 25, 2009
Can global warming change your life? If you are an allergy sufferer, it probably already has.
September 22, 2009
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September 17, 2009
Eating fish is a smart choice. It's a lean protein with great health benefits. But sometimes fish can be bad for you, and sometimes it's bad for the environment. Seafood can be...
September 16, 2009
Photo credit: seththerabbit/Flickr While it is true the United States has some of the best drinking water in the world, a disturbing new report conducted by the New York Times...
September 16, 2009
"How we eat determines to a considerable extent how the world is used," writes Wendell Berry in What are People For? You want to eat right, and to feed your family foods that are...
September 16, 2009
Si bien es cierto que Estados Unidos tiene una de las mejores aguas potables del mundo, The New York Times realizo un perturbador informe el cual reveló que uno de cada diez...
September 10, 2009
  While we’ve been enjoying summer in the Northern Hemisphere, flu season has been raging in the Southern, and in that time “swine flu” (or the H1N1 flu strain) has become...
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September 1, 2009
Credit: Luca Zappa/FlickrSummer is the season for good times and the open road, but unfortunately it is often accompanied by a trail of fast-food wrappers and carbon...
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August 31, 2009
Photo credit: ewanr/Flickr Humans can't eat grass, but the meat we eat should come from animals that did.
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August 28, 2009
The west branch of the Nishnabotna River runs within four miles of Ron Rosmann's farm and pastureland, so he was dismayed when he saw it on a list of dozens of watersheds in the...
August 27, 2009
Photo credit: Julien Hery/Flickr Being able to walk and bike safely and conveniently in your city means more than having a pleasant way to get around. It also indicates what your...
August 14, 2009
Desde la infancia se nos dice que debemos beber al menos ocho vasos de agua diarios. Lamentablemente más y más estadounidenses beben los ocho vasos de agua de las botellas de...
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August 7, 2009
Lulemon Athletica/FlickrPlanning a vacation can be a delicate subject if you’re trying to keep your carbon footprint small. You may have ideas for a destination with...
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August 4, 2009
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, man-made chemicals collect in our bodies, leading pregnant women to worry about what may be reaching their unborn...
August 4, 2009
Las sustancias químicas fabricadas por el hombre se han almacenado en nuestro cuerpo, según los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de enfermedades, lo cual preocupa a las...
July 28, 2009
Not only does every coastal state suffer from polluted and contaminated beaches, but those problems resulted in more than 20,000 closing and swimming advisory days in 2008 alone....
July 16, 2009
Whatever plans we have when we're young, the world often has its own plans for us. In these ongoing tough economic times, the fight against air pollution and global warming has...
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July 9, 2009
  Some 200 species of mosquitoes inhabit the United States, and in hot, damp weather they thrive. Mosquito-borne West Nile virus was bad enough, but pesticide spraying...
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July 8, 2009
We clean our kitchens and bathrooms constantly—as we should—but that doesn't mean we have to expose ourselves to lung irritants like ammonia and chlorine bleach or the hormone-...
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July 6, 2009
Photo Credit: Miles BargerGreen travel isn't only about the journey—it's about the destination, too. Here are eleven great picks, selected for sustainable practices...
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July 1, 2009
About 76 to 80 million cases of foodborne illness occur in the United States annually, most as a result of eating contaminated meat. But there’s no need to char your burgers into...
June 25, 2009
When the conversation turns to cap and trade, is your first thought “Oh, that will never work, it’s too complicated"? True, the concept can be harder to get one’s arms around...
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June 23, 2009
Cuando decidí unirme al siglo 21 y compre un nuevo iPhone la lista de motivos para hacer la compra, la encabezó el atractivo de la iAPP (tal vez excusas). Y entre el montón...
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June 22, 2009
In the early part of the 20th century, rivers in industrial cities, laden with raw sewage and oil-soaked debris, would catch fire a lot, and nobody would give them much mind. But...
June 11, 2009
Wondering where all the seats at Yankee stadium went after the demolition? Into aluminum foil, quite possibly! While it seems like something they could have done years ago, given...
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June 9, 2009
In the first study of its kind, researchers at Mount Sinai Children’s Medical Health Center have found that newborn girls whose mothers have high levels of phthalates from...
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June 8, 2009
Tempted to play hooky and go for a swim with the kids? Before you bodysurf on the swells, be sure you and your family will be as healthy when you leave as when you arrived.
June 2, 2009
Credit: Sifu Renka/Flickr It may be hard to believe, but the quickest, cheapest, greenest and best-for-you meals are the ones you make yourself from fresh, whole...
May 29, 2009
Photo credit: net efekt/Flickr One thing that is puzzling me these days are the plastics that are used so ubiquitously as packaging…plastics like you find wrapped around paper...
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May 28, 2009
Few companies are taking any action to address concerns regarding hormone-disrupting BPA, according to a recent study of 20 leading publicly-traded packaged food companies...
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May 21, 2009
The Lunch Lady, Anne Cooper, was on The Daily Show the other night defending Michelle Obama for putting in a vegetable garden at the White House. Yes, you read it right; she was...
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May 16, 2009
Your health and safety are in your own hands—it’s a truism, but one that some in the packaged food industry are too ready to promote. According to The New York Times, ConAgra,...
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May 7, 2009
We've made progress in fighting air pollution, but as the American Lung Association's State of the Air: 2009 report makes clear, our smog problem isn't going away. Air pollution...
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April 4, 2009
Parents are alarmed by a new study suggesting that baby lotions, powders and shampoos may be exposing young children to potentially harmful chemicals called phthalates. Many...
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April 3, 2009
President Hoover, campaigning in the 1920’s, promised Americans “a chicken in every pot.” This wistful dream of 80 years ago is an abundant reality to most American families....
January 19, 2009
Flea and tick treatments may contain toxic chemicals that can poison pets and harm people. Even when applied as instructed on the box, these chemicals are not safe, either for...
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January 14, 2009
Compact fluorescent light bulbs aren't the only option for conscientious, energy-efficient lighting. Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are small and incredibly durable. They last...
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December 10, 2008
If you've sat through a baby shower recently, the thought of making yours green may sound appealing—impossible, but appealing. Traditionally, the baby shower is a well-meant...
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December 4, 2008
Photo credit: will hybrid/Flickr Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are a class of chemicals found in many consumer products—from cosmetics to children's toys and baby products....
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November 26, 2008
Today's digital televisions are bigger and better—and, with almost a hundred channels, DVDs and video games, they're also on more hours a day. If you're like most people, your...
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October 15, 2008
Your pet can't tolerate fleas and ticks, and neither can you, but the wrong cure can be worse than the problem. Flea and tick treatments may contain toxic chemicals that can...
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September 17, 2008
Wash by hand or run the dishwasher? Spouses and roommates have long been divided over the question of which uses more water and electricity. And it's just complex enough to make...
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September 8, 2008
Photo credit: russelljsmith / CC BY 2.0 Getting enough exercise is vital for childrens' health. But kids at play may be exposed to a host of herbicides sprayed on lawns and...
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September 3, 2008
If your child is one of the 23 million kids who ride the bus to school every day, be advised: Her bus probably has a diesel engine and the exhaust from that engine contains...
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September 1, 2008
Here's what the other books won't tell you: baby's got quite a chemical load to bear.  
August 27, 2008
Arsenic is a deadly poison, so what's it doing at the playground? Since the 1970s, wood injected with arsenic has been hammered into outdoor decks, benches, picnic tables and...
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March 26, 2008
Microwaves don't blast you with dangerous radiation when in use, but that doesn't mean they pose no problems in cooking or heating food.
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November 8, 2007
Photo credit: Hawaii/Flickr The refrigerator is often the most power-hungry appliance in many homes, accounting for 10 to 15 percent of the average home energy bill. So...
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October 29, 2007
If you're packing your child's lunches in a soft vinyl lunch box, you'd be wise to check for lead. Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that is particularly harmful to a young child's...
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September 18, 2007
Could the floral scent of your air freshener contain toxic chemicals known to cause birth defects? NRDC recently tested 14 air fresheners and found that 12 contained phthalates (...
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