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43 Articles by Kristy Arbon

16 Ways to Save Energy for Free

In 2002, the Rocky Mountain Institute put out a little publication called “Cool Citizens: Everyday Solutions to Climate Change,” (PDF) which gave the conscious energy user a guide to decreasing their consumption. In a to-do list of 39 household measures, the author, Richard Heede, identified eight that come for free ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in January 2008, about Climate Change (1 comment)

A place called The Locavore

The Locavore founder, Chris March, and waiter, Duncan Forbes If not local, eat family-farmed; if not family-farmed, eat organic; if not organic, eat fair trade. – The Locavore menu This is the motto of a sharp little cafe in the South Australian Adelaide Hills. The Locavore is the first “100-mile diet ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in December 2007, about Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Consumerism, Health, Industry & Business

Reviewing King Corn, the Movie

Corn subsidies arrived in the United States in the early 70s as a gift from taxpayers to farmers in a time of national food shortage. Bureaucrats dreamed of cheap food for all Americans, so farmers grew corn. And grew and grew. Today, as the makers of documentary film, King Corn ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in December 2007, about Agriculture & Food, Health, Industry & Business, Media

DIY Electric Car Conversions

The United States House of Representatives approved increases in federal vehicle fuel efficiency requirements last Thursday, in an energy bill (PDF) that also gets rid of billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil companies and encourages the use of renewable fuels. But the average American has been able to ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in December 2007, about Transport

Natural Capitalism: a Brief Bio

In the 1990s, natural capitalism emerged as "... a coherent theory of how to exploit market systems and mechanisms of neoclassical economics to save energy, discourage waste, mimic ecology (biomimicry), and in general to support the goals of environmentalism." Soon after the term was coined a book titled Natural Capitalism: Creating ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in December 2007, about Philosophy & Religion

Strong Words from Nobel Laureates

Former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore, accepted his Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on Monday. Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, as part of the three-day official program, Gore challenged the American leadership to listen to the climate demands of the people. The American ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in December 2007, about Media, Politics & Government, Weather

Blissfully Biodiesel

Is biodiesel a clean alternative for anyone with a diesel engine? The fellow in the first clip believes so, but his gloss over the environment's ability to sustain a large acreage of feedstock crops may be naive and self-serving. Just because Canada has a lot of land and clean ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in December 2007, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Transport

Book review: How to Re-imagine the World

We have a dream that our own children and our children's children will again be able to freely drink the waters of rushing streams, breathe deeply in the morning air and see the glittering stars at night ... We have a dream that we ourselves might be able to come ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in November 2007, about Philosophy & Religion

Trees for Farms, Trees for Life

Writer's Note: This post is the third in a series that explores the sustainable work of committed individuals. After exploring one man's experimentation with a stand-alone, solar powered car and a family's energy independence, this article follows the work of a dedicated tree planter and the organization ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in November 2007, about Climate Change, Environment & Wildlife

One Family's Story of Energy Independence

Writer’s note: This post is the second in a series that showcases the humble efforts of individuals to do their bit to prevent further global warming. After exploring a stand-alone solar-powered car, we’ll now look at a grid-shy solar-powered property. Ben and Lena don’t do things the ... keep reading

Written by Kristy Arbon in November 2007, about Clean Technologies

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