While international relief agencies struggle to protect people displaced by ware, drought and civil unrest, they often neglect the environmental devastation that follows in the world’s overcrowded refugee camps.
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The wine industry is seeing a lot of green these days—green energy. Several wineries in California’s Napa Valley are taking advantage of the state’s high quotient of sunny days by installing solar panels to mitigate their electricity costs.
It’s no big surprise that the environmentally friendly Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is buying renewably generated "green power," but the appearance on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) annual top 10 list of schools like the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois is more eye-opening.
Another prenatal precaution has been added to the running list: don’t breathe! A number of studies have concluded exposure to air pollution, such as that found routinely in major American cities, can adversely affect fetal development (see "Womb Pollution?" In Brief, November/December 2004).
After being unable to find an acceptable CD replication service to mass produce his music, Craig Minowa founded Earthology Records in 1997. From the start, Minowa knew that he would build his company with the core value of living lightly on the Earth. The record company boasts a wind-powered recording studio that is also geothermally heated, built with recycled materials and set within an organic farm.