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The New Electric Mini-Cooper

By Shannon Arvizu The Mini Cooper is fun and sporty–but what if it was also the greenest car on the market? This year marks the field trial of the new Mini-E, an all electric Mini Cooper. It consumes no ...

Tip #11: Plant a Garden, President Obama

By Wendy Gordon It wouldn’t be the first garden at the White House—John and Abigail Adams planted theirs in 1800—nor the most exotic—the oval office, in fact the whole West Wing, was an &...

Tip #3 For the 44th Prez: Time Your Showers

By Paul McRandle The economy needs help, "stimulus" if you will, and it’s a moment for thinking big—just recently Obama called for doubling the production of alternative energy nationwide in the next three years, a ...

Keep Melamine Out Of Kids

By Paul McRandle It’s great to see the back of 2008, but some of the year’s nastier aspects keep lingering: On Monday the USDA announced  that Topaz Wafer Rolls containing unhealthy levels of melamine were being recalled from ...

Nice Guys Finish Green

By Seth Bauer You’d be hard-pressed to find a more genial vineyard owner than Jeff Kunde. Four generations of winemaking in the Sonoma Valley have apparently mellowed the Kundes like a rich red. It may be thanks to ...

For Rent: Slightly Used Toys

By Paul McRandle Whether you have children of your own or know someone who does, selecting toys for kids can be an anxious experience: Will the child like it? Will the parent like it? How soon will it find its ...

Different Shades of Green in Wine Country

By Frances Lefkowitz Once upon a time the American pork industry created the slogan, “the other white meat,” to capitalize on the popularity of health food and to attract eaters who were shunning red meat. Now the wineries in Northern ...

Real Materialism is a Virtue

By Wendy Gordon Turns out a lot of people, not just Dick Cheney (remember the quote “Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but…”?), perceive green consumers as simply upscale do-gooders with enough discretionary income to buy the hybrid ...

California’s Green Wine Country

By Frances Lefkowitz In Mendocino–a Northern California county known for its dramatic hills, logging and a certain illegal recreational crop–vineyards are now so prevalent that even the hippies and the cowboys have become wine snobs. Mendocino also has ...

Getting Smart About Energy

By Paul McRandle At the UN climate conference in Poland this week, concerns have been raised that the current economic woes may pose a roadblock to taking the carbon out of our energy sources and investing in greener energy production.&...

Dim the Lights: Bring on the Dark Skies

I miss daylight. It’s hard to get up before the sun rises to exercise, or to leave work in the afternoon darkness. One of my favorite celebrations of the year is of the Winter Solstice, which marks, within a ...

Better Gas Mileage From a Filter?

By Seth Bauer My car is now filter-tipped. Last week, I let Skip Hansen, from a company named Sabertec, saw the ends off of my car’s tailpipes and clamp on his $199 product, The Blade. Kind of cool looking, the ...

FDA Criticizes Its Own Bisphenol-A Findings

By Catherine Zandonella, M.P.H. This September the FDA stated that bisphenol A (BPA)—used in plastic baby bottles, toys, dental sealants and food packaging—was safe. Now a draft report published October 31 by an FDA science ...