Over the years of writing for the Important Media Network (and its previous incarnation, Green Options), I have been instantly attracted to good consumer technology products that make the environment a priority. The Nest thermostat is a prime example of this, as are the various WiFi-controlled LED lights. So, when I heard about Blossom- a smart […]
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This hydroponic farm in Japan cuts water usage by 99%! The farm occupies an abandoned Sony chip manufacturing facility in Miyagi prefecture, near where the earthquake and tsunami struck the country in 2011. It is the brainchild of Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist who was inspired by a vegetable factory he saw at the Expo ’85 World’s […]
Back in 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “WaterSense” as a label for high-efficiency plumbing products that not only use less water, but work as well as “conventional” fixtures like faucets, toilets, and shower heads. That means that shower heads labeled with “WaterSense” have been tested for both spray force and water coverage and […]
Hi, gang! It’s been a while since our last post, and since then this “4 liter challenge” thing has surged in popularity and then kinda died down. A few weeks ago, however, our good friend Jeff McIntire-Strasburg took on the challenge and documented his day in words and YouTube videos which he was kind enough […]
Why waste water? In many countries, including the United States, water is treated to be clean enough to drink no matter what use it will be put to. We’ve talked a bit on Blue Living Ideas about various ways water can be reused and recycled before being sent back into the environment. Toilet to tap […]
When local sea turtle populations declined, the communities of Magdalena Bay joined together to save them, improving their fisheries at the same time.
With the 2012 Farm Bill moving through the U.S. Congress right now, it looks like conservation programs will be slashed significantly. So it’s good news to hear the USDA is funding a program separate from the conservation programs in the farm bill. The Water Bank Program is aimed at reducing flooding and enhancing wildlife habitat.
We talk a lot about water conservation and keeping our waterways healthy and clean around here, but I don’t think we focus as much on the why’s. Of course, we need clean drinking water to live and we want to protect our world’s ecosystems, but it’s always refreshing to hear from folks who are out there on the ground (or, in this case, in the oceans) talk about why this is so important.
In this inspiring talk, Arjen Weijers from Sea Shepherds talked about what they do and why it’s critical to our future.
A community in Mexico pulled together to conserve marine life in their area, and it worked!
Drought is a problem facing many parts of the world.Â It is a normal climate event that occurs from time to time; however, the cause is often not “natural”.Â Drought is often confused with aridity.Â Aridity is a permanent climate change, whereas drought is recoverable.Â According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, drought is defined […]
The Army Corps of Engineers has decided all trees must be removed that are 15 feet from a levee.Â The corps is worried tree roots could weaken levees meant to protect low elevation communities.Â Of course, the corps’ record is marred with mistakes when it comes to safeguarding communities from catastrophic floods, like New Orleans.