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Is having a third child an eco-crime? - The Mommy Files. A recent SFGate news story, “Arkansas family welcomes 18th child,” caught my attention.

Is having a third child an eco-crime? - The Mommy Files

The article reports on Michelle Duggar who delivered a baby girl, named Jordyn-Grace, last Thursday. “The ultimate Christmas gift from God,” said Jim Bob Duggar, the father. The Best Way You Can Go Green: Have Fewer Children. Baby decisions - adding to the world's woes? How responsible is it to have children in a world whose environmental health is already under stress?

Baby decisions - adding to the world's woes?

That's the question Joanna Benn poses this week in the Green Room. Is it selfish to have more than two children? One of the Whitehouse children lives elsewhere, leaving four remaining at home Is having more than two children selfish?

Is it selfish to have more than two children?

The future of the planet rarely plays a part when planning a family, but that's got to change, say environmental campaigners. Get Cool About Washing Laundry. Affordability Heating water accounts for 90% of the energy consumption of washing machines [PDF, 145 KB].

Get Cool About Washing Laundry

An ENERGY STAR®-approved washing machine will save water and energy. Cost savings By switching from hot to cold water for an average of three loads per week, you could save up to $27 per year on your energy bill. Health & comfort. Archives: Blog - Sustainability Showcase. Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip (script) Scarcity, Overshoot & Collapse. Growth isn’t Possible. Have a small family « Population Matters. Many people today seek to live in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

Have a small family « Population Matters

They travel less, or in ways that cause lower emissions. Transition Network. Hooked on Growth» Blog » One-Child Thinking. Jan 17, 2014 This week Huffington Post published a blog by Julie Cole titled 6 Reasons to Have 6 Kids.

Hooked on Growth» Blog » One-Child Thinking

Im not sure how much attention anyone is paying over there to what their bloggers are doing, but Cole’s piece cannot be defined as “progressive.” Progressive thinking about family size will take into account several factors that go unmentioned in her blog. They are clearly unconsidered by any couple that has conceived 6 children in the modern world. More about that below. Meanwhile, at, Sarah Brown recently penned a bit of a screed about the way she is treated as a woman who’s chosen to be childfree.

Wall of Shame - Transition Network. Letter from the SHIFT team - Sustainability Showcase. Dear reader, Welcome to the first issue of SHIFT magazine!

Letter from the SHIFT team - Sustainability Showcase

The team at Sustainability Showcase have been beavering away in the background for some time now, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our exciting new magazine. SHIFT magazine is a volunteer-run non-profit magazine whose focus is on examining our global emergency, and strategies for adapting to the future in store for us as the world rapidly changes. Speaking honestly and compassionately about the converging crises of ecological and economic collapse and peak resources, we aim to deliver not just food for thought, but inspiration to practical action. What we need is a shift: a shift in attitude, action, and the trajectory our civilization is on, and SHIFT magazine pulls no punches Each issue of SHIFT presents global issues from a whole-systems perspective, delivering fresh material from cutting-edge thinkers and doers who practice what they preach in the real world.

Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip. The Impossible Hamster Club. GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. Population Matters » for a sustainable future. One Hundred Months. Tips: Heating and Cooling. Heating & Cooling. Green Your Home. Reduce Your Electricity Use. Twenty Things You Can Do to Conserve Energy Conserving energy, by taking actions like insulating/weatherstripping your home and purchasing Energy Star certified (high efficiency) appliances, is usually the smartest, most economical and most potent environmental action you can take.

Reduce Your Electricity Use

Cleaner, greener energy supplies may provide the cleanest supplies of needed electricity, but minimizing the energy we need is still the first step to take before selecting the cleanest, greenest supplies. Whenever you save energy, you not only save money, you also reduce the demand for such fossil fuels as coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants. Reduce Your Electricity Use. Know your kilowatt-hour, and what it means to you. Want to cut your home energy use?

Know your kilowatt-hour, and what it means to you

Start by understanding how you're charged By definition, a kilowatt-hour is easily understood. But it can be hard to make dollars and sense of what it really means for daily home consumption. Estimating Appliance and Home Electronic Energy Use. If you're trying to decide whether to invest in a more energy-efficient appliance or you'd like to determine your electricity loads, you may want to estimate appliance energy consumption. Formula for Estimating Energy Consumption. Home Appliance Energy Use.

In the United States, over 20% of our total energy consumption is residential.

Home Appliance Energy Use

In fact, in the United States, we are the 7th largest per capita consumer of residential energy. Where is all of that energy going? Are you living with a "gas-guzzler"? Explore the application below to understand more about how we consume energy in our homes. Blue stars indicate ENERGY STAR models are available. Energy Efficiency. Residential - eWise - EnergyAustralia. Home Electronics. This is a consumer page on home electronics.

For more resources, visit the consumer electronics topic page. Wasting Food Means Wasting Energy - Cockrell School of Engineering. Mechanical engineering professor Dr. Michael Webber recently completed a study on the relationship between food and energy, which found that the U.S. could save 2 percent of its total energy consumption in one year if it would stop wasting food. Of all the polices and campaigns to save energy in the U.S., from switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs to pumping billions of dollars into corn ethanol production, one of the simplest and most underused ways to curb energy use might be in the advice our grandmothers have been giving us all along: Eat your leftovers. Laundry Room & Basement. Often neglected, the laundry room and the basement offer excellent opportunities for greening your home.

Through simple steps such as cleaning and maintenance, along with the purchasing of environmentally-friendly products typically used in these rooms, you can save on energy, reduce water use, and improve the indoor air quality in your home. Laundry Washing and drying your laundry is one of the most energy- and water-intensive chores in the home. With the average American family washing almost 400 loads of laundry each year, considering greener options when doing your laundry can save you money, as well as reduce energy and water use.

Which home electrical appliances consume the most? Fossil Fuels. Dangers of Fracking. What Is Fracking. Green your apartment/condo > FortisBC. Home energy sources. The CO2 emission factor used is 0.527 kg / kWh [Defra, 14]. This includes an allowance for the 7.5% of losses on the national grid [Defra, 14] and some other inefficiencies that occur before electricity reaches the end user. Global Warming 101. What is global warming? Think of a blanket, covering the Earth. When CO 2 and other heat-trapping emissions are released into the air, they act like a blanket, holding heat in our atmosphere and warming the planet. Infographic: The Climate Risks of Natural Gas. Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking.

Science, Democracy, and Fracking: A Guide for Community Residents and Policy Makers Facing Decisions over Hydraulic Fracturing. Recent advances in hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) technology are leading to a rapid expansion in domestic oil and gas production. The pace of growth is driving many communities to make decisions without access to comprehensive and reliable scientific information about the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on their local air and water quality, com­munity health, safety, economy, environment, and overall quality of life. Reduce your carbon footprint. Climate change is a serious problem, caused primarily by the carbon dioxide released from burning fossil fuels like oil, coal, and gas.

But there are things we can do about it — like choosing to go carbon neutral. Going carbon neutral is an easy way to take responsibility for the greenhouse gas emissions we create every time we drive our cars, take a plane, or turn on our computers. Global Warming: Confronting the Realities of Climate Change. Sea level rise is accelerating. Home Heating for the Hardy. Sleeping warm. Energy Links & Resources. Click on the “Show” link at the right of each category name to reveal a list of category links and resources. Debunking The Hot Water Laundry Myth - Why Are Consumers So Superstitious & Stubborn? Ask Real Simple: Does Washing Clothes in Cold Water Really Get Them Clean? Savers Guide. Saving Electricity. Lighting Controls. Dimmer Switch Guide. Energy Efficiency of Washing Machines. How Do I Save Power? How to Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Home Lighting. How to Wire a Dimmer to a Lamp.

Dimmer Switches for Energy Efficiency. What Individuals Can Do. City Green Solutions. How to Cut Down on Energy Waste. Energy saving big ideas - residential - EnergyAustralia. Your energy savings. Energy efficiency tips to reduce your energy usage. Energy Conservation & Efficiency Tips.