Illinois Sues Chicago Trump Tower for Breaking Clean Water Laws

It would appear that the Trump Organization’s business practices aren’t any more environmentally friendly than the policies of the current president, who ran it from 1971 to 2017.Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Tuesday that she had filed suit against the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago for taking and re-releasing millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River without the proper permits and without assessing the impact of its activities on the fish that live there.”Trump

Here’s the dirt on a rammed-earth renovation in Australia

Add heritage preservation, passive house design and a butterfly roof and it pushes a lot of buttons around here.

Could this plan force politicians to work together?

This simple idea could change how governments deal with the environment.

Climate mitigation takes root

Mangroves could well be our last line of defense against climate change. But they’re under threat.

SunPower Pivots to ‘Solar Energy Services’ Upon Exiting Utility-Scale Development

SunPower’s solar development team is officially all-in on distributed generation. The company’s utility-scale self-development team is now down to around 10 employees, as SunPower executes on its strategy to focus on residential and commercial and industrial projects, said CEO Tom Werner, in a recent interview. Most employees in that group have taken other jobs at SunPower or have moved on to other companies, with very

Pxise Lands Investment From Mitsui to Expand Real-Time Grid Balancing Software

Pxise Energy Solutions, the Sempra Energy spinout with software that can tap lots of wind and solar inverters, batteries, and other distributed energy resources to help balance the grid, has landed an undisclosed equity investment from Japanese trading house Mitsui. It’s the first outside investment for the company, which plans to use the money to expand its software in commercial applications ranging from large-scale wind and solar farms to small-scale microgrids — and, potentially, distributed energy resource (DER) management for applications like distribution grids that lie between those two extremes. Patrick Lee, president of Pxise (pronounced like “spice” without the “s”), declined to say how

Climate change science comeback strategies

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Credit: Image by Karin Kirk. Staircase wit. L’esprit de l’escalier. It’s the way the perfect response in an uncomfortable conversation comes cruelly late, occurring only after the crux moment has long since passed, and you’re descending the stairs on your way home. Why didn’t I think of that? you ask, kicking yourself for temporarily forgetting how carbon isotopes show that fossil fuels are indeed the source of the CO2 buildup in the atmosphere. As the American culture

Welcome to the Pliocene

The whole story in a table…. The graphic below (click on it for a large version) is adapted from a table in the supporting information from a newly published paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene, as the paper is entitled, looks at several climate states – the present day, the mid-Holocene, the

Musing about Losing Earth

The NY Times Magazine has a special issue this weekend on climate change. The main article is “Losing the Earth” by Nathaniel Rich, is premised on the idea that in the period 1979 to 1989 when we basically knew everything we needed to know that climate change was a risk, and the politics had not yet been polarized, we missed our opportunity to act. Stated this way, it would probably

Are the heatwaves caused by climate change? 

I get a lot of questions about the connection between heatwaves and climate change these days. Particularly about the heatwave that has affected northern Europe this summer. If you live in Japan, South Korea, California, Spain, or Canada, you may have asked the same question. The raindrop analogy However, the question is inaccurate and I will try to explain this through an analogy. Let’s say I go for a walk with a friend and my friend feels a few drops of water that fall on her. She asks me if it’s raining. But as long as there was only few drops of water, it could also be something else. I tell her that we can get

Global solar capacity set to pass one terawatt mark by 2023

A new report indicates changes in the international renewables market due to policy changes in China.

10 objectives for assessing Mobility as a Service

MaaS has the potential to transform cities, but first, we need a new paradigm for how we are using it.

Why you need prebiotics with your probiotic

As the Daily Green family ages, we have begun to explore dietary supplements. While we are no scientists, we can offer anecdotal evidence of our experiments. And we are extremely pleased with the results. At the beginning of the summer, Our Daily Green had the opportunity to partner with Vibranelle and Nutrivee to test the probiotic and prebiotic supplements. While many folks have heard about

Homemade Blueberry Rhubarb Jam

Two of the easiest crops you can grow in your home garden would be blueberries and rhubarb. They are also perhaps two of the most delicious and they pair really well for desserts and jams. It is just the right combo of sweet and tangy, in fact you may decide you like this pairing better than strawberries and rhubarb. It’s Blubarb! This recipe is lower in sugar than many others (ie 1 cup versus 5-6) and because it doesn’t have a lot of sugar I use Pomona’s pectin powder with calcium water to help it gel. Since it does not require sugar to jell, jams and jellies can be made with less, little, or even no

Fun And Safe Activities For Teens This Summer

Summer is in full swing and it is time to get out there and being having fun. The pools are going to be open and the campgrounds will be full. As a parent, you’ll definitely want to take some time off of work to spend with your children. And you also want your teens to have fun when you are not there to supervise right? You can help them choose fun activities to keep them occupied that are also safe. Within this guide, you will discover fun and safe activities for your teens and tweens this summer

Easy DIY Herbal Deodorant Without Baking Soda

Homemade deodorant in actually one of the easiest home beauty products you can make. The issue is that many homemade deodorant recipes use baking soda as a key ingredient and it can be an irritant to the skin. Even if you don’t notice anything at first, days or even weeks down the road you may start to feel itchy, irritated, and raw from using this harsh ingredient on a daily basis. This goes for many natural store bought brands too…which is often why so many

A Whole Bunch of Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic Use in Your Home & Life

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Top 10 Surprising Hidden Sources of Toxins in the Home

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Vitamin C: 6 Surprising Things for Moms and Kids to Know

Think you know everything there is to know about vitamin C? There is always more to learn! Recent studies and advice from medical professionals show us that not only can it boost your family’s health in some surprising ways. But it is also nature’s natural beautifier for moms (and dads, too)! Here are 6 facts you to know about

Get Rid of the 3 Most Toxic Cleaning Products in Your Home

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Non-Toxic & Eco-Friendly School Supplies for the Best Year Yet

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Planning a Family Ski Vacation

Don’t let the prospect of going on a ski trip with the family, kids and all, intimidate you. Ski resorts nowadays have tons of amenities and activities to keep your kids busy and entertained. Some of them even offer getaway time for the adults. By offering babysitting and after-hour activities, you can get away for some fun adult time. During the day, you can leave the kids in a camp-like environment or get them skiing at a young age. Most resorts offer professional lessons for

5 Good And Healthy Habits For Kids To Teach As A Parent

Undeniably, a behavior pattern, when repeated over and over again, develops into a habit. Gradually, habits form an individual’s character, which ultimately defines him or her. Though it is not impossible to develop new habits during your adolescence, habits, when practiced during childhood, leaves a huge impact. As we grow up, we find it extremely hard to modify our ways to lead lives or develop good