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The Film Everyone Needs to See: Plastic Paradise

The wide adoption of plastics for making everything from single-use shopping bags to toys to gadgets and electronics has been a boon for the consumer, but an environmental disaster for the planet. Being able to cheaply reproduce almost any shape in mass quantities has made it possible to make and distribute vast quantities of plastic […]

September 26th

Five Gallon Challenge Adds Drought Awareness to Ice Bucket Challenge

You probably can’t go more than five minutes on any social media platform without seeing videos of people doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been a massively successful fundraising vehicle for the organizations working to find treatments for those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. While there has been […]

August 28th

PUMP: The Story of America’s Oil Addiction

Most cars and trucks these days run on gas and diesel, and while electric vehicle and alternate fuel technologies are rapidly advancing and may someday play a major part in our transportation infrastructure, for the most part, we’re all at the mercy of the oil companies that monopolize our fuel options. But according to the […]

August 26th

Can Poverty Be Reduced through Environmental Protection of Natural Areas?

[Originally published at Inspired Economist] Little is known about the mechanisms through which ecosystem conservation programs affect poverty, but scholars are now accumulating evidence about the effects of environmental programs on social outcomes. A recent article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlights the progress being made by researchers in Costa […]

August 25th

One Electric Vehicle Data Logger to Rule Them All: MyEV

Electric vehicle owners tend to be a pragmatic and data-driven group, and while electric cars can offer a wide range of benefits to both the owners and the environment, the decision to buy an electric car often hinges on whether or not it makes financial sense for their particular situation. Because of that, electric vehicle […]

June 16th

Uncharted Amazon: Help Preserve Part of the Rainforest On Film

Just in case you’re new to the planet, it’s worth mentioning that one of the wildest and most untamed parts of the Earth is the Amazon rainforest, where an incredibly diverse biome is helping to keep the planet healthy. But just because some of us acknowledge the importance of the rainforests doesn’t mean that everyone […]

June 13th

Thin Film Solar Cells Short Film, Narrated by Han Solar

The solar energy movement is growing by leaps and bounds, and many, if not all, of us in the green scene are widely in favor of implementing more solar power where appropriate, as one way to cleanly generate power and future-proof our energy costs. And solar solutions are being developed from a variety of angles, […]

May 27th

Female Rapper Kellee Maize Lays Down an Anti-Fracking Track

http://youtu.be/IFjVj-ow9K8 It’s not often that hip-hop and environmental issues such as fracking go hand in hand, but in this case, female rapper Kellee Maize breaks it down for us. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is fraught with environmental risks, from groundwater pollution to the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and while the proponents […]

May 22nd

Environmental Rap Superhero Wants You to Catch the Litterbug

Self-styled environmental rap superhero Mr Eco, who has performed at over 100 elementary school assemblies, reaching more than 50,000 students across California with his edutainment message, is now taking on the litterbug with his latest eco hip-hop video. “Mr. Eco believes that monumental changes begin with the youngest members of society. He has combined his […]

May 15th

Climate Change as a Global Game of Tetris (Video)

One way of getting the message of global climate change across to people in a simple and easy to understand manner is to compare it to something that’s a lot more accessible to them, such as a video game, and in this case, Joss Fong uses the Tetris to explain how CO2 emissions affect the […]

April 24th

Official Music Video for Mother Nature on #EarthDay

As part of Green For All’s Earth Day coverage, they’re sharing this music video in the hopes of making us pause to reflect and celebrate our life here on Earth: “This Earth Day, we’re pausing to both reflect and celebrate. When we look around, we can’t deny that the problems facing our planet are daunting: […]

April 22nd

Eighth Continent Discovered: The Secret Continent

For your next vacation, consider taking a trip to the newest continent on Earth, The Secret Continent, and enjoy the Museum of Modern Junk, dine on Plastic Bouillabaisse, dress in Debris Couture, and even see some celebrities! This eighth continent is a charming destination, brought to you in part by big soda companies and their […]

April 16th

Heat Genius is a Smart Control System for Radiators

Making our heating and cooling systems smarter can make a big dent in not only our utility costs, but also the amount of resources it takes to keep us comfortable. However, for systems that use a boiler and radiators, making them more intelligent isn’t nearly as simple as it is with central heating, where a […]

February 27th

$600 Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane Makes the Case for Permanent Bikeways

Here’s a cheap and easy way to give people a taste of what a permanent protected bikeway would feel like, which could go a long way toward raising more public awareness of, and support for, dedicated bicycle transportation options. A community coalition working to build 30 new miles of well-designed and protected bikeways in Minneapolis […]

February 18th

Vintage Bicycles Could be the Truly Sustainable Bike Option

Environmentalists and active folks love bicycles, because they’re not only efficient and a fun way to stay fit, but they’re also probably the most sustainable method of transportation we have. But is buying a brand new bicycle really that environmentally friendly? After all, new bikes require an entire global supply chain to produce and distribute, […]

January 24th

This App Could Revolutionize Public Transit

For bus and train commuters, there’s a new app that aims to make your experience even easier and less stressful, with realtime tracking of public transit, as well as arrival predictions and proximity alerts. Getting around the city with public transit can be fraught with issues, from wondering just where in the heck your bus […]

January 6th