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Portion Size and Sustainability
by James Mackinnon
NOVEMBER 11, 2007 - Alisa and I are currently on tour in Miami (where avocadoes and star fruit and citrus are in season…), so I haven’t had time to really research the details of this, but after almost two weeks in the United States, I just have to say I am absolutely overwhelmed by the portion size of restaurant meals - and I’ve started wondering how significant the consequences are in terms of sustainability.

America, your meal sizes are incredible. Not in every case, of course, but...
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Rock flour
Rock flour, or glacial flour, consists of clay-sized particles of rock, generated by glacial erosion or by artificial grinding to a similar size. Because the material is very small, it is suspended in river water making the water appear cloudy. If the river flows into a glacial lake, the lake may appear turquoise in color as a result. Examples of this are Lake Louise, Canada and Gjende lake in Norway.


Natural rock flour is typically formed during glacial migration...
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The Zero Waste Alliance
Zero waste suggests that the entire concept of waste should be eliminated. Instead, waste should be thought of as a “residual product” or simply a “potential resource” to counter our basic acceptance of waste as a normal course of events. Opportunities such as reduced costs, increased profits, and reduced environmental impacts are found when returning these “residual products” or “resources” as food to either natural and industrial systems. This may involve redesigning both products and proce...
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The School of the New Spirituality
The School of the New Spirituality (SNS) is the vision of luminary Neale Donald Walsch author of the bestselling Conversations with God book series. The SNS encourages like-minded people around the world to join with others in their communities in creating part time programs for young people to explore spiritual, not necessarily religious, concepts regarding peace, unity, and respectful understanding of the beliefs of others. The SNS is comprised of people from all walks of life with a variety o...
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Shambala of the Rockies
by by Allison Rae
Word is spreading about a magical, mystical place in the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
It is hidden, remote, like the lost city of "Shangri-La."

Or, as town mayor Kizzen Laki puts it, visiting Crestone is like an episode of Star Trek where the crew lands on a planet that's supposed to be home to a highly advanced technological society, and all they see are a few sheep herders wandering around. "Then they press a button, and a whole city appears out of nowhere."
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The New Dawn of Solar
Imagine a solar panel without the panel. Just a coating, thin as a layer of paint, that takes light and converts it to electricity. From there, you can picture roof shingles with solar cells built inside and window coatings that seem to suck power from the air. Consider solar-powered buildings stretching not just across sunny Southern California, but through China and India and Kenya as well, because even in those countries, going solar will be cheaper than burning coal. That’s the promise of th...
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“Natural Gas, Propane, and Biogas:
by By Nicholas Chambers
We all use gas. Propane, natural gas, or the products derived from them. Fossil-derived gas is about as American as cherry pie and gasoline. Some would even tout it’s benefits for being cleaner burning than other hydrocarbons, and available domestically profitable quantities. The trouble is when a large company whose business it is to seek the latter owns mineral rights in our backyard, not to mention on our National Wildlife Refuge, it is indeed a subject for consternation and stout resistan...
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Thankful living
by Annette Bridges

“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for” the sign said. I chuckled reading the three “always.” And I thought, yes, sometimes I need extra encouragement to remember that.

Too often there have been times in my life when I’ve put off being thankful, saying to myself: I’ll be thankful when I get accepted to my college of choice, I’ll be thankful when I meet my husband, I’ll be thankful when we build a new house, or when I lose weight. I was fooled into believin...
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Sun Gazing
by Mason Howe Dwinell L.Ac.
In November of 2002 there were some flyers put up around school (American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, ACTCM), about an Indian man, Hira Ratan Manek (HRM), coming to lecture in Berkeley, CA. The flyer was preaching this man's ability to store the sun's energy in his brain; it was also advertised that HRM hadn't eaten food in seven years. At the time I was certainly caught up in the ‘supernatural’ and the quest of 'enlightenment'. Along with many Bay Area individuals; I owned the tap...
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The Sun God
by From Christianity Unadorned

Why was the only true god born on a Pagan date—25 December?

The Christian world had no chronology. There is no clue in the gospels to the time of the year when Jesus was born except that it cannot have been the rainy season, winter, for shepherds would not have been out at night. Mary forgot the date of a uniquely wonderful day or forgot to mention it in the story. Early Christians found themselves having to tell the world of the most tremendous birth there ever w...
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Loss of Arctic ice leaves experts stunned
by David Adam
The Arctic ice cap has collapsed at an unprecedented rate this summer and levels of sea ice in the region now stand at record lows, scientists have announced.

Experts say they are "stunned" by the loss of ice, with an area almost twice as big as the UK disappearing in the last week alone.

So much ice has melted this summer that the Northwest passage across the top of Canada is fully navigable, and observers say the Northeast passage along Russia's Arctic coast could open la...
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Native Forest Network's Guide to Stopping Junk Mail

The average person gets only 1.5 personal letters each week, compared to 10.8 pieces of junk mail.
Each person will receive almost 560 pieces of junk mail this year.
That's 4.5 million tons of junk mail produced each year!
44 of all junk mail is thrown in the trash, unopened and unread.
Approximately 40 of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste.
By the year 2010, it is predicte...
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New Form Of Humans Being Made?
Dr Berrenda Fox provides evidence of DNA and cellular
changes in this interview by Patricia Resch.

Dr Fox is the holistic practitioner of the Avalon Wellness Centre in Mt Shasta, California. The Avalon Clinic represents the re-emergence of the ideal of healing as practiced on the original Isle of Avalon. Dr Fox has proven through blood tests that some people have actually developed new strands of DNA.


"PR: What are the changes that are happening...
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How to green your lighting
by Jacob Gorden
How we light up the places we live and work makes a big impact on how we feel. It also makes a big impact on the environment. The kind of bulbs, the kind of fixtures, the kind of power, and the habits we keep can all add up to a very significant greening. Start with the fact that a conventional incandescent bulb turns only around five to ten percent of its consumed energy into light, the rest goes out as heat. From there, there’s no limit to how green your lighting can be.

ten Ways to...
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Heaven on Earth
Please allow me to begin by thanking David Schroeder, a recent graduate of your Landscape Architecture department, for having the enthusiasm to find a way to bring me here today. David could you please stand and show yourself? I wish also to thank the Harrelson lecture committee, Prof. Dennis Werner and University Chancellor Mary Ann Fox for organizing this lecture. Could Chancellor Fox and the Committee please stand? Thank you.

If we look around our world today, at the general state ...
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Wild bees make honey bees better pollinators
by By Liese Greensfelder
BERKELEY – When honey bees interact with wild native bees, they are up to five times more efficient in pollinating sunflowers than when native bees are not present, according to a new study by a pair of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and UC Davis.
Honey bee and wild bee forage on sunflower
A wild bee (the bumble bee Bombus vosnesenskii) and a honey bee forage together on a sunflower. Honey bees that interact with wild, native bees are up to five times more effic...
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Counting the birds and the bees
Pollinator Populations Need to Be
Better Monitored

Three-quarters of all flowering plants rely on another organism to perform a critical step in their life cycle: pollination. In fact, about one-third of the world's food supply comes from crops that depend on bees, birds, bats, or other creatures to carry pollen to complete the fertilization process. When there are not enough wild pollinators in the area, farmers often lease thousands of colonies of bees to do the job.

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by Bill Mollison
I don't think anybody has summarized what is happening on the face of the Earth.

In order to change our ways, we seem to need to terrify ourselves, anticipating tidal waves and catastrophes. Now those things may come off, and the San Andreas fault may shift. But we can't do much about that. What is really happening is something for which we, as human beings, are personally responsible. It is very general. Almost everything we say applies everywhere.

The real systems that ar...
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Making a killing from hunger

For some time now the rising cost of food all over the world has taken households, governments and the media by storm. The price of wheat has gone up by 130 over the last year.1 Rice has doubled in price in Asia in the first three months of 2008 alone,2 and just last week it hit record highs on the Chicago futures market.3 For most of 2007 the spiralling cost of cooking oil, fruit and vegetables, as well as of dairy and meat, led to a fall in the consumption of these items. ...
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The Learning Garden
The Learning Garden was launched in March of 2001. Since then it has quickly become one of the country’s largest and most successful school gardens.

The Learning Garden is a model example of how school gardens can transform the lives of students and teachers and the environment of their community. For several years, many groups worked with the high school horticulture program to transform the 60,000 foot plot of land into a garden, but due to lack of stronger community support it rema...
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The art of living well and dying well are one

The Crestone Cremation Project is a non-denominational community-based group promoting informed end-of-life choices and supporting their fulfillment. Our main work is bringing awareness to the end-of-life process to members of our community, empowering them toward their end-of-life choices and then fulfilling those wishes.
Begun around the ancient process of cremation, CEOLP is without bias towards any end-of-...
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There are deep and mysterious relationships among the soil, water, sunlight, and air, and the bodies of plants that absorb and transform these elements. There are wondrous alchemies in the transmutation of these elements by plants into foods, medicines, and fragrances.

An aromatic plant creates its fragrance from nutrients of the soil and its symbiotic microbial ecologies. When we breathe that perfume, we are breathing the breath of the living soil.

An aromatic plant create...
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Over two thousand years ago, three sages made their way across the desert, following celestial signs. Among the various gifts they carried for the newly incarnated Avatar was a collection of resinous tears, one of the most sacred substances and valued medicines of the time. Ever since then, frankincense has been remembered as a fragrance associated with the Christian holidays.

Frankincense comes from northeastern African countries and the Arabian Peninsula. The primary producing areas...
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Army’s Olive Drab Turns Brighter Shade of Green
by Cassandra Stern
FORT CARSON, Colorado - Few realize that the U.S. Department of Defense is one of the largest purchasers and users of green energy in the country. The Air Force is the government’s largest buyer and the Army’s Fort Carson Base is home to the seventh largest photovoltaic (PV) generating station in the nation.

“It’s a very visible part of our installation. It lets people know we are committed to renewable and sustainable energy,” said Vincent Guthrie, Fort Carson’s utilities program man...
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New Solar Plant in the American Desert
by Cassandra Stern
Nevada Solar One uses more than 180,000 curved mirrors arranged in parabolic troughs to concentrate the sun’s rays onto tubes filled with synthetic oil to boil water into steam. Credit: Ansco Machine Company

Nevada Solar One powers 14,000 homes

When it came online in 2007, Nevada Solar One became the first new thermal solar electricity plant to be built in the U.S. in more than 17 years. Generating enough electricity to power 14,000 homes, the 64-megawatt plant is currently...
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