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All you need to know about nature deficit disorder

<b>It's tough to connect with nature at this time of year.</b><p>Your days are spent under artificial lights in an office, while the last of autumn's blooms are hidden beneath piles of decaying leaves.<p>NDD, or nature deficit disorder, has become a buzzword of late.<p>Although it's not a recognised medical …

Ecology

Let Go Or Be Dragged

You do not suffer because things are impermanent. You suffer because things are impermanent and you think they are permanent.<br>— Thich Nhat Hanh<p>Next …

Man-made "wind trees" will finally make it possible to power homes using turbines

Picture a steady breeze blowing through the leaves of a tree. Now imagine these leaves could do more than simply churn in the current of air—what if they could capture the wind and transform it into renewable energy?<p>Energy from wind is the fastest-growing source of electricity in the world, …

Renewable Energy

A Robot That Grows All The Food You Need In Your Own Backyard

Imagine if there was a machine that would take care of your garden 24/7 and do everything from planting seeds to killing weeds. Well, actually, there …

Are we raising a generation of nature-phobic kids?

The childhood I had wandering through the woods and fields near my home unsupervised from morning until dark today seems like a lost world. Many children now spend fewer than 30 minutes per week playing outside.<p>It's not just kids and their preoccupation with iPads and video games, or busy streets …

EPA

14 foods that you should really buy organic

It's hard to believe that changing the food system can start in your kitchen. But it's true. If you're cooking, you're likely to be eating more …

The US will be totally unrecognizable by the end of this century

Calling it a trend would be an understatement. This warming is relentless.<p>But miserably hot summers aren't even the worst problem facing us in the coming decades.<p>Here are some of the craziest ways climate change will change the US as we know it:

Climate Change

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Eco-Cooler air conditioner cools a home without using electricity

Air conditioning units are expensive devices both to buy and to run. When they stop working, that’s also an expensive problem to solve. Even so, if …

Part microbe, part machine: Bionic leaf sucks up carbon dioxide as it makes liquid fuel

A team of scientists at Harvard University says it has come up with a bionic leaf — a system that could use solar power and hydrogen-eating bacteria to generate liquid fuel. The findings, described in the journal Science, offer an alternative path to making carbon-neutral solar fuels.<p>Part microbe …

Carbon Dioxide

Harvard scientists created a 'bionic leaf' that's better at converting the sun's energy than real plants

Researchers at Harvard University have created a system that allows them to store the energy of the sun, converting solar energy into chemical energy using a hybrid mechanism of inorganic chemistry and living organisms.<p>Comparing their invention with the natural process of photosynthesis, they refer …

Clean Energy

World Environment Day: 13 celebs who will inspire you to save the planet | health and fitness

As World Environment Day (June 5) approaches this Sunday, take cue from these stars who are using their celebrity status to change the world for the …

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Container gardening a growing trend in Fredericton apartments

A growing trend called container gardening has hit the green thumb circuit, and it has been helping Fredericton apartment dwellers cut down their …