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How the ‘Mushroom Death Suit’ breaks down your body for nature

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

Artist and MIT research fellow Jae Rhim Lee is designing a suit that will make your body a veritable buffet for mushrooms.

 

 
 

Indoor air quality sensors could be coming to your smartphone

Read the full post at Treehugger.

Indoor air quality can be as much of a health concern as the air quality outdoors. Things like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, mold and other compounds can cause things like headaches, fatigue, respiratory illnesses and worse. The EU has started to focus on how to combat indoor pollution and is funding a new nanotechnology project that would allow people to have real-time air quality information wherever they are — at home, at work, even in the car.

Called IAQSENSE, the project aims to “develop new nanotechnology-based sensor systems that will precisely monitor the composition of the air in terms of both chemical and bio contaminants.” It is designed to be both tiny and low cost so that it can be adopted widely.

 

All the world’s water, in a single drop

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

Take a look at what the world’s water supply would look like as a single drop – and find out what your family can do to protect it.
 

How consumers can track products at the touch of a smartphone button

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Producers and suppliers trace and count every item they distribute. It’s time to share that information with everyone.
 

Wisconsin Research Shows Green Space Keeps You From Feeling Blue

Read the full story from the University of Wisconsin.

If you start feeling better as spring begins pushing up its tender shoots, you might be living proof of a trend discovered in data from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin: The more green space in the neighborhood, the happier people reported feeling.

 

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Green lifestyle

 

Can you go a day without trash? Try it on April 9

Read the full story at Grist.

Two-thirds of our waste doesn’t get recycled or composted. Youth activism nonprofit Global Citizen wants to see if you can get that down to zero on Wednesday, which it’s christened #ADayWithoutWaste.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Green lifestyle

 

Want a Healthier City? Prescribe Biking

Read the full story in Atlantic Cities.

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, how much health can riding a bicycle deliver?

A program just launched by Boston is betting it’s a significant amount. Prescribe-a-Bike, as it’s being called, will allow doctors at Boston Medical Center to write low-income patients prescriptions for a one-year membership to Hubway, the city’s bike-sharing system, for just $5. That’s $80 less than the usual charge for an annual subscription to the service.

 

Concern about overpopulation is a red herring; consumption’s the problem

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Population stability or decline is not an environmental panacea if it is accompanied by continued growth in consumption.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Consumption, Green lifestyle

 

Food waste in restaurants: out of home, out of mind?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

We’re in a different frame of mind when we eat out, but are we underestimating the impact of our leftovers?

 

Get free heirloom seeds at the Cleveland Public Library’s seed library

Read the full story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

There is another way that Northeast Ohio gardeners can get heirloom seeds for free. The Seed Library at the Cleveland Public Library offers seeds with the hope that gardeners will plant them and bring back saved seeds from the best-performing vegetables and flowers, said Rose Hoge, a librarian in the Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library who coordinates this Seed Library.

Want to start a seed library at your local public library? Watch this archived webinar from the Center for a New American Dream to learn how to get started.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Green lifestyle, Libraries

 
 
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