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The Surprising Way Fumes From Farms Are Harming Our Health

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Lindsey Konkel

This post originally appeared at Ensia.

A Follow-up From Northern Minnesota

Posted on April 18, 2018 by Elden Lindamood

Editor's note: Architect Elden Lindamood wrote about the construction of his house in northern Minnesota in a series of blogs at in 2016. The first of them was called A Low-Energy House for Northern Minnesota. Here's his report on the first year of occupancy.

Set-Top Box Energy Use to Shrink Another 20%

Posted on April 17, 2018 by Noah Horowitz

The amount of energy consumed by the set-top boxes used to access pay TV in our homes is due to go down another 20% due to new commitments made by leading service providers such as Comcast, AT&T, and Dish Network.

Saving Sustainably: An Introduction

Posted on April 12, 2018 by Matt Bath

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero energyProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner/builder with relatively little building experience. You'll find Matt Bath's full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here.

Urban Heat: Can White Roofs Help Cool World’s Warming Cities?

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Fred Pearce

This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360.

What Makes a City Green?

Posted on April 9, 2018 by Anonymous


There are many indexes that aim to rank how green cities are. But what does it actually mean for a city to be green or sustainable?

New Life for Toxic Land

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Lynne Peeples

This post originally appeared at Ensia.

Awaiting Day Zero in Cape Town

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Adam Welz

This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360.

Greenwashed Timber: How Sustainable Forest Certification Has Failed

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Richard Conniff

This post first appeared at Yale Environment 360.

Agricultural Urbanism in Ecuador

Posted on March 21, 2018 by Fernando Pages Ruiz

The first thing that strikes you about the prominent billboard, when you make the turn onto Via a la Costa — the highway to the coast — that takes you from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to the beach resort towns along the Pacific shoreline of Ecuador, is the price: $29,500, all in, for a brand-new home.

Next, you puzzle the name of the development, Agro Vivienda, or “Agro-Habitat”: what does that mean?

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