hannah

1,117 Flips | 27 Magazines | 28 Likes | 20 Following | 73 Followers | @hannah | environmentalist and advocate for social change

15 Ways to Reduce Heat Inside Your Home Without Using Electricity

Many times just a few simple upgrades can dramatically reduce the heat that comes into your home, while other times the only option is to try to get …

US Energy Dept says "holy grail" of clean energy storage is imminent

Many countries are on the brink of becoming self-sufficient in their clean energy production, thanks to advances in battery technology that allow …

Global Avocado Demand Is Causing Mass Deforestation In Mexico

Global demand for avocados is fueling deforestation in central Mexico due to high price the fruits fetch. In the mountains of Michoacan, the state …

Our zoning codes are a relic of a suburban age. There's a better way to plan

Housing prices in Los Angeles are increasingly out of reach and building permits are unpredictable. These challenges seem as endemic to L.A. as sunshine and food trucks. But they don't have to be. They are merely symptoms of a planning deficit that affects how we live, work and experience the …

Urban Design

Top 10 Natural Cures for Cancer

Have you ever wondered how effective natural cancer treatments can be?Around 20 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After her …

Now this is how you design a freeway underpass

A California city turns a dark tunnel into an inviting walkway<p>Like most places in the U.S., the Silicon Valley city of Campbell made a big mistake a half-century ago. When California State Route 17 came plowing through town, transportation planners located it so close to Campbell’s historic …

Ultrasonic clothes dryers could shorten drying time to 20 minutes, and use 70% less energy

<b>The next game-changing technology might not be in the form of an electric car with a longer range, or more efficient solar panels, but rather a</b> …

BMW's new rechargeable home battery could rival Tesla's Powerwall

Many home owners are buying at-home batteries so they can store energy collected from solar panels and use it at night or when utility rates are high. It's also a more convenient way to charge an electric car if you have one.<p>The most commonly known option is Tesla's Powerwall, a $3,000 lithium …

What We’re Reading This Summer

A few months ago, I started commuting to the office from a small town on Long Island. The train ride, with its cheerful, sunny mornings and hushed, purple evenings, has done wonders for my reading life. For the last week or so, I’ve been hurtling through “Here I Am,” the upcoming novel by Jonathan …

Books

The energy transition could be profound – and there's a lot to lose for those who can't keep up

The energy internet, the ‘smart’ grid, solar energy and battery storage are converging and the economic benefits are clear<p>Change is coming to the energy landscape. A transition to a new energy economy is happening. In a country like Australia – awash with energy both under and above the ground – …

Clean Energy

Gardens in the sky: The rise of eco urban architecture - CNN Style

Written by By Matthew Knight, CNN<p>With its balconies bursting with trees and shrubs, the "Bosco Verticale," or "Vertical Forest" is giving rise to an entirely new take on the traditional idea of the urban jungle.<p>As city dwellers feel the squeeze on their living space and recreational areas, the twin …

Green Roofs

I'd Never Been Able To Meditate. Here's What Finally Worked For Me

<i>Is it possible for literally everything to go wrong in one day?</i> I thought to myself as I angrily laced up my sneakers.<p>It was a Tuesday, and I'd slept …

UK's out vote is a 'red alert' for the environment

From the ‘red-tape’ slashing desires of the Brexiters to the judgment of green professionals, all indications are for weaker environmental protections<p>Despite being an issue that knows no borders, affects all and is of vital interest to future generations, the environment was low on the agenda ahead …

European Union

Climate Change Has Claimed Its First Mammal Extinction

Climate change has claimed its first confirmed mammal extinction. The tiny Bramble Cay melomys (also known as the Bramble Cay mosaic-tailed rat,</i> …

Biodiversity

Secret Teacher: I refuse to let the negativity in teaching bring me down

There’s no doubt teaching faces huge problems. But we won’t be able to change anything unless we start shouting about how great the profession is<p>A few years ago, I did the unthinkable as a teacher. I cancelled my membership to the union and the education press.<p>I always tell my students “surround …

Teaching

Climate change is sucking the Colorado River dry

Even as the number of Americans relying on the Colorado River for household water swells to about 40 million, global warming appears to be taking a …

5 eco-friendly menstrual products that also protect women's health

A woman’s monthly cycle can be the source of great discomfort, but toxic disposable products can make it a downright nightmare. Though cotton tampons …

12 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to South East Asia

A few simple tips to help make your backpacking travels through South East Asia much more enjoyable.<p><b>1. Drivers physically driving on any side of the road.</b><p>There is virtually no traffic pattern, and cars will intertwine where ever they need to, just to get to their destination.<p><b>2. Crossing the street</b> …

The great hope of fixing America’s broken public transit systems rests with Millennials

Officials in Washington, DC said last week they may have to shut down portions of the Metro subway system for months because its piecemeal approach to maintenance is no longer sufficient.<p>The disclosure follows a shutdown of the entire Metro system on Mar. 16 for 24 hours. Three-quarters of a …

Urban Design

Tesla’s Cheaper Model 3 Could Strain Charging Infrastructure - MIT Technology Review

On Thursday, Tesla Motors unveils its Model 3, an electric car that will cost about half as much as the company’s flagship, the Model S. The new car …

Electric Vehicles

Artist advocates worm composting solution to reduce waste and methane emissions

Composting worms are excellent co-habitants that can help us reduce our greenhouse gas output by eating food scraps and waste paper that would …

A Helpful List of Havana Do's and Don'ts

Has the President's trip to Cuba inspired you to make your own plans to visit the Island? If so, you'll want to check out this handy list of Havana Dos and Don'ts before you go.<p>(The Paseo de Marti. Photo: Susan Portnoy)<p><b>DO</b> appreciate that Havana operates on "Cuba time", a kick back, laissez-faire …

Our Greener Future turns food waste and cardboard into classy home decor

Let’s face it, moving into a custom built eco-home can be very expensive. Most people struggle to afford proper insulation for their homes, never …

Design

11 TED Talks to watch when you're feeling totally burned out

If this sounds like you, odds are you're burned out.<p>Burnout isn't just the greatest challenge to the global health system or a drain on the American workplace — it's wreaking havoc on your well-being.<p>But with the help of TED's expansive online library of presentations, you can quickly learn what …

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. …

7 Motivational TED Talks That Will Change Your Life

To lead a life that we dream of, we need to learn, explore and then bring certain changes to our lives. TED is an incredible source of learning to …

15 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Others

<i>“You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.”</i> – John C. Maxwell<p>When it comes to getting results, it takes …

Research Says Women Need More Sleep Than Men

When it comes to who deserves a lie in, women win. But it’s not only because they’re more deserving — science says that women need more sleep than …

These $150,000 Prefab Houses Don’t Need Any Energy From The Grid

Deltec’s factory-built houses get their power from solar panels—and incredible gains in efficiency.<p>When a home-building company called Deltec Homes first launched in 1968, they focused on designing houses that could survive a hurricane. Now one of their main focuses is a different challenge—how to …

Prefab Homes