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Sustainability and Humans Rights Issues for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Construction

An open letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Olympic authorities criticizes the Olympics for knowingly exploiting tropical forests and potentially fueling human rights abuses in the construction and implementation of the games. The groups are calling for full transparency and an end to the use of rainforest wood to construct the Tokyo Olympic facilities, including the new National Olympic Stadium.

4 International Conferences Discussing Green Energy

  Following the events surrounding nuclear fallout in Japan last year, and the epic rise and fall of solar energy in the United States over 2012, the world is involved in a continuing conversation about exactly where the future of energy lies. Is nuclear power safe? Are wind and solar energy sources viable options for

Corian Countertops — Eco-Friendly Countertops

  I think I’ve still got a few years to go before I’m on the lookout for green (eco-friendly, that is) countertops. However, from what I hear, Corian countertops may be the way to go if you’re in the market for these. Why? Corian countertops (aka, solid surface countertops) have several features that make them relatively

The Total Guide: Green Home Buying

  By Zach Richard, Content Writer at Total Mortgage Services As the dominant species on this planet, human beings owe a duty of care to future generations to preserve and protect our environment to the best of our ability. We understand that it’s tough to make time to save the environment when we hold full time

Timber Frame Homes are Energy Efficient Homes

  Timber frame houses have a very long history, dating back to Neolithic times and continuing all the way through the present. The craft has been refined over that time, but the principles are the same — using felled trees to their fullest potential to create homes that are durable, economical, sustainable, and beautiful. Unlike

Empire State Building Gets a Greening [VIDEO]

Think you can’t green your home? Even the 1931 Empire State Building can and has done so. And while it cost a ton for the Empire Building to go green, the retrofit is expected to save $4 million a year and will pay for itself in 3 years. For more, watch the video below:

Obama Says "Climate Change" Again [VIDEO]

After notoriously leaving “climate change” and “global weirding” and the fact that 2010 was the hottest year on record out of his 2011 State of the Union address, Obama recently made sure to mention it in a speech at Penn State University. Different crowd, I guess, one that believes in science and understands the scientific

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