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Make 2014 your healthiest yet! With these simple tips, you could be on your way to a healthier self AND a healthier planet! 

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[ What Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic? ]

As oil companies prepare to tap into Arctic oil, a new report from the National Research Council says we’re far from ready to clean up a spill.

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[ Scientific Wrangling Over Natural Gas and Climate Obscures the Need for Real Action ]

After decades of debate and with growing anxiety about climate change, the planet is no closer to a systematic solution to our collective energy challenge. Yet still we try.

At its impressive Vancouver gathering, National Geographic asked a simple question:  Is natural gas the bridge to a sustainable energy future? The meeting brought together an impressive group of industry specialists, community representatives, environmental activists, and Aboriginal leaders. The frank discussions ranged from highly specialized, technical observations to emotional appeals for environmental protection.…

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[ Oil and gas drilling could dim the night sky in Chaco Canyon ]

A thousand years ago, Chaco Canyon was a thriving cultural center for the ancestral Pueblo peoples of the Southwest. Multi-storied Great Houses containing hundreds of rooms lined the canyon and exotic birds and colorful pottery filled ancient marketplaces.

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[ Corn Waste for Biofuel Could Boost Emissions, Study Finds ]

The U.S. Department of Energy has been counting on leftover residue from corn cultivation—such as  stalks and cobs—as an abundant future source of renewable clean energy, and touted it as a potential goldmine for farmers as well.

But University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) researchers may throw a damper on those plans, with a newly published study in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change. They calculated that harvesting the corn residue may actually result in the release more climate-altering carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than federal environmental regulations allow.…

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[ Earth Day Pioneer Denis Hayes’ New Challenge: Greenest Commercial Building in the World ]

Forty-four years ago today, Denis Hayes convened the very first Earth Day, an event that drew millions to events across the United States and heralded a new global awareness of the need to preserve our natural resources.

Hayes is now at the vanguard of an effort to rethink our buildings and, by extension, our growing cities. More than two thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050. The planning decisions made in those cities will have a lasting impact on the well-being of people within them.…

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Green Tip of the Month

Reduce your heat consumption this winter AND stay warm! Programmable thermostats allow you to turn down the heat when you don’t need it (i.e. at night or while at work), and turn it up just before you get out of bed or come home. Having this kind of flexibility can make a big difference in your overall energy consumption and utility bills. For an extra push, consider turning off the heat to rooms that are not heavily used. 

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What is your goal for 2014?

Lose Weight
Quit a Bad Habit
Manage Stress
Save Money/Clear Debts
Eat Healthier

Check out our blog to find out how keeping your resolution can help our planet!