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Sweetpea

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  1. I like meals that take little or no cooking. Things like orzo or couscous cook in 5 minutes, that saves alot of energy, cold salads and simple chopped veggies. I piund chicken thin so it cooks quickly. How do you cook green?

  2. I currently make my own toothpaste using coconut oil and baking soda. For laundry detergent, I blend together Ivory soap, borax, and washing soda. I use a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water to create a multipurpose cleaner. Pour that mixture in a spray bottle and you are ready for some serious cleaning action! I also use a combination of castor oil and olive oil as a facial cleanser. This regimen is better known as the oil cleansing method.

    How long do you allow your orange peels to soak before using the cleaner? Does the peel leave any film or residue on your container?

    Id like to know too. Anything to take the vinegar edge off cleaning. I dont like my house smelling like a pickle for an hour after cleaning.

  3. We have a very good bus system in Hawaii. I can get to every corner of the island and it runs on time almost all the time. The busses run on natural gas and are generally well maintained and clean. Many people and students of all ages even elementaty use the mass transit and it is extremely safe. There are almost no school busses. The thing that would get me to use mass transit more would be faster commute time. I generally dont have 2 hours to get from my home to work and then 2 hours back. I have young children and a 12 hour day away from home is not fair to them.

  4. Of course there should be higher quality standards and packaging should be minimized or at least from sustainable sources. But this is not possible under capitalism because all that matters is the rate of profit, they want to maximize profits will minimal regulation.

    So much junk gets sent through my letter box, it's such a waste!

    I am on every do not mail list. I rarely get unsolocited mail anymore except from Geico. They would be a very rich company if they didnt mail me 2 of the same letter 3 times a week.

  5. Is it just me or does it seem that there is an aweful lot of just garbage products being manufactured? What is the point of a one time use version of a multi use item. Example is dollar stire headphones. You may get one or two uses but then they break r fall apart. They go strait to the trash. Crayons that are so waxy they dont color, chalk thats so cheap it just crumbles. Sure it is a crayon or a piece of chalk but it isnt functional the way it should be. Whats the point? Do you think there should be higher quality standards for all these items being made just for the sake of making stuff?

  6. Interesting! So you notice no difference even when you have some really and smelly dirty clothes?

    My clothes have never smelled or felt cleaner. Vinegar kills the bacteria that feed off the dead skin and oils that build up along our clothes mainly the armpits and critch areas, feet, well you get it. With the bacteria killed off there is no smell. As far as the cleaning power its quite impressive. My husband came home covered in thin slimy cement that he let dry! I soaked the pants in the wash and ran the cycle, no more cement. Bleach can actually stain white clothes a yellow tint. Vinegar on the other hand causes the fibers to release the build up creating brighter colors and whiter whites. Sun is a natural bleach too. It also disinfects. Even i winter I will hang a jacket inside out in a sunny window. Any stale smell goes away in a few hours.

  7. I don't want to eat any GMO foods. I don't know why more people are not outraged by this and still buy and eat GMO foods. I can see if I was living in a country where food was limited, but not here in America.

    Because in many areas organics are very cost prohibitive for most. I would love to cut GMO's from my house but we wouldnt have enough to eat if I did. I could take on a second job to pay for it but then I would never see my family. While I feel horriblr about the situation it is expensive to eat as it is where I live and organics can be 2-3x the overpriced conventional produce.

  8. I love these green roofs! I wish more buildings would take advantage of the wasted space. Even if its just a simple potted garden there are still so many possibilities to expand into food production. You could grow sinple plants like herbs or strawberries on a rooftop.

  9. Here is another explanation why some people deny climate change: Cool dudes: The denial of climate change among conservative white males in the United States

    This study takes a look at climate denialism from a psychological point of view. They come to the conclusions that climate change denial is an example of "identity-protective cognition", mostly among "conservative white males". Other high-lights from the study:

    • System-justifying tendencies lead to climate change denial.
    • Climate change denial increased from 2001 to 2010.
    • Conservative white males are more likely than other Americans to report climate change denial.
    • Conservative white males who self-report understanding global warming very well are even more likely.

    It probably won't collapse tomorrow. Maybe in a few years time our world (the Western hemisphere) will look completely different. We can already see the devastating effects of climate change happening, mostly in poor countries that can't afford to adapt to a changing climate.

    I would personally say that the environmental organisations haven't been alarmist enough.

    True. The planet's climate has changed before. But this time man-made global warming is changing the climate much faster and on a scale never before seen. The consequences will not be pretty...

    Even more reason to turn out to vote this election. The less white males we have in office the better.(I have nothing against white males they have dominated with their ideologirs for so long the world is changing but they are not) We ovbiously need some new points of view and fresh ideas.

    I believe it is a mixture of everything. The natural cycle, the mass Co2 we are emmiting, the drain on the natural resources and the draining of gas and water pockets far beneath the earths crust. These were not meant to be pumped dry, not sure what we expect to happen other than an instability.

  10. That is huge, but it does make sense if it's going to produce more power. I'm not sure building turbines of this size is a good idea for off-shore locations, though. Not only is it going to take a lot more effort and resources to make sure it's secure, it will also entail large expenditures of resources to deal with any maintenance. I hope that doesn't put the carbon equation too far on the plus side.

    I tend to agree. Bigger is not always better.

    Technically speaking if everyone installed solar panels on their available roof space there would be very little need for as much generated electricity. Im surprised there is not more at home wind turbine technology. In places like where I live we have a steady wind almost year round. They are begining to scratch the surface of turbines here and the first windfarms are being installed as we speak.

  11. I believe we will begin to see more changes in the way our cities and government runs in the near future. The 30 and 40 somethings are entering the polotical arena more and more and the core values of this age group are vastly different of the older generations that did not grow up with the same environmental awareness.

  12. I would not be opposed to a 1 child per person rule. The population would not grow anymore and there would be some deaths at a youner age that would further decrease the population. As it is the earth was not made to sustain this level of need. We are depleating all resources faster than we can renew them. The aquaphours under Mexico city are collapsing and the midwest is next. Even if they stopped pumping water today the damage has been done already and mexico city is destined to fall into the earth because there is nothing to support it from within the earth. With droubt and famine on the rise it would be wise to impose some sort of viluntary measures or maybe offer rewards for larger families rather than more tax breaks for more children. Offer tax incentives for going into renewable energy feilds or making positive progress towards more natural approaches.

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