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Sharing the land in India, supporting farmers in Mexico and Australia and other cool ways people are stopping desertification

June 21st, 2013

Desertification threatens lands across the planet as weather extremes worsen and development strips areas of protective trees and vegetation.The process displaces farms, wildlife, green areas and impoverishes local people by stealing their means of support. But groups around the world are finding unique, organic and sustainable solutions that push back desertification.

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Say hello to ‘lesula’, a new monkey species identified in remote part of Congo

September 14th, 2012

A team of scientists has identified a new species of monkey in a remote area in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a discovery that researchers say confirms the remote African region as a biodiversity hotbed. After
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Recycle: Burn an Enviro-Log instead of the wood in your fireplace

December 7th, 2010

Time to cozy up around the fireplace with a glass of nog and some holiday tunes to lift your spirits before the credit card bills arrive next month.

But why put all that soot into the air, or burn logs from trees that would have preferred more time in the forest? There’s an eco-friendly solution, the Enviro-Log, which is made from recycled cardboard waste. Now you’re cuddling in front of a fire that will produce less particulate pollution (which gets inside as well as outside, didn’t think of that did you?), can be used for cooking and will burn longer, on average, than regular fire wood.

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Green Goods: Marcal’s Small Steps

August 7th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Paper products are getting unquestionably more environmentally sensitive. With even big name brands like Kimberly-Clark publicly committing to using fibers from sustainably managed forests, you can expect to see stores make more room on the shelves for at least one “alternative” paper product brand.

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We say we’re green, but…

July 20th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

This was a week of news that really illustrated the push and pull between green ideals and the realities of life here on Planet X.

The Obama Administration put logging jobs ahead of forest preservation with its decision to allow a road into an undisturbed forest in the Tongass National Forest outside of Ketchikan, Alaska. The forest, a watershed and recreation area, had been left alone under a Clinton-era rule that protects “roadless” forests.

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Humana and Arbor Day, taming health care’s paper monsters

February 26th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

It’s taking some time, but the health care industry is slowly figuring out how to tamp down the paperwork that’s choking doctor’s offices and irritating patients across the nation. Increasingly physicians are emailing in prescriptions and we in the public are getting our rejections for medical treatment via online records. (Hey, at least we don’t have to wait for the bad news!)

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Greenpeace Faults Kimberly-Clark for “Iron*E”; For Using WALL*E

August 28th, 2008

By John DeFore

For a movie that explicitly addresses the perils of overconsumption, Pixar’s WALL*E is being used to promote an awful lot of consumer products.

One tie-in in particular is rankling Greenpeace. It seems that the lovable robot’s image has popped up on boxes of Kleenex, a product the activist group has criticized with a “Kleercut” campaign that asserts, “it takes 90 years to grow a box of Kleenex” because the product’s manufacturer Kimberly-Clark “all but refuses to use recycled paper in its products.” (Among other things, they’re trying to get parents and teachers to reject the company’s tissues in classrooms.)

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Wal-Mart Joins WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network; Announces Responsibility Goals For Jewelry

July 17th, 2008

By Barbara Kessler

Wal-Mart Stores is joining the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), World Wildlife Fund’s initiative to save the world’s most valuable and threatened forests. The giant retailer also announced this week that it is moving toward making some of the jewelry it sells meet standards for sustainability and social responsibility.

Both steps are aimed at aiding the environment, with dual goals of assisting wildlife in jeopardized forests, and in the case of the jewelry, mitigating human rights issues in mining operations.

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