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The Cutting-Edge Answer to Carbon Sequestration: Dumping?

Dumping corn stalks, wheat straw and other crop residues into the deep ocean, where cold and lack of oxygen would keep them from decomposing, would in effect sequester atmospheric CO2 on a time scale of millennia. It sounds suspiciously simple, but apparently it is possible to take the carbon ab...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Ocean, Waste

In Search of a Healthier (for the Planet) Fat

This weekend I was patting myself on the back while fulfilling my food resolution (to eat more fresh vegetables). Turning the thin slices of eggplant in a pan that had been lightly coated with cooking spray, I reflected that my diet was already happily low in fat, so no major adjustments were nee...

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Tags: Fat, Healthy cooking, Oil

Should Not Recycling Correctly Become a Crime?

This via Everyday Trash. Living in Sweden, one gets used to recycling. “To not recycle” is one of the things you just don’t_do, should you want to be able to blend in with your average crowd of people. We take it very seriously. A few years ago, municipal authorities brought a 77-year old woman ...

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Tags: Community, Crime, Europe, Policy

NYT: Rainforests Not as Badly Off as We Throught?

In an article that gives me a little hope on this Monday, the New York Times reports that jungle land is increasing in places like Panama, leading scientists to debate the environmental significance of these "secondary forests" compared to the ever-decreasing virgin rainforests in areas like the ...

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Tags: Rainforest, Reforestation

Catching More Flies with Organic Honey: Convincing Restaurants to Get Greener and Healthier

Behind that uniform your server may be green like you, just waiting for support to get the restaurant owner on board. When the subject of greening your favorite restaurants came up last week, I found this excellent how-to page from GreenYour and was going to leave it at that. But all our Cater t...

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Tags: Eating out, Green restaurant, Restaurant

Farms, Food, and Friends: A Fine Green Dining Experience

I have become the guinea pig of my own experiment. As a New Year’s resolution I decided to go cold turkey and quit corn syrup. Cooking at home has been pretty easy because generally the foods I make for myself and my partner are cooked from scratch; I know what goes into them. Problems arise when...

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Tags: Certified organic, Corn syrup, New year's resolutions, Organic, Restaurant

A Valentine in 2009: Giving Freely While Spending Frugally

According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, more valentines may be of the homemade variety this year because of tight budgets. This may actually be a good thing. We at New Dream are not ones to advocate for obligatory spending to mark any holiday. At this time of year it's hard to es...

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Tags: Gifts, Valentine's day

Fair-Trade Toast for Valentine's Day

Want to celebrate Valentine's with your main squeeze without putting the squeeze on poor farmers? Pair up a few morsels of your favorite organic, fair trade chocolate with America's first fair trade beer! Maine-based Peak Organic recently brewed up their first batch of Espresso Amber Ale. It's ma...

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Tags: Beer, Fair-trade alcohol, Valentine's day

Jelly-Filled Dreams - Week 3 High-Fructose Corn Syrup Free

January 27, 2009 On the way to work this morning, in the elevator to the 9th floor, I remembered the terrible nightmare I had… I was stuffing my face full of Boston creams and raspberry jelly-filled pastries. I was grabbing them ravenously and taking huge bites to satisfy some primeval craving....

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Tags: Corn, Cravings, Hfcs, New year's resolutions

What's In a Name? With Climate Change, We'll Still Feel the Heat

Does the environmental movement need to market a "little green pill"? Grist brought up a fascinating question today in the post Naming the climate disaster. Gar Lipow writes, "After all, denier blather about a new ice age also describes a (discredited) type of climate change," but says that "glo...

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Tags: Advertising, Green movement, Marketing

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