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A Cloud in Every Silver Lining: The New Obstacle to a Green-Tech Revolution

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Rare earth elements are essential to many of the green technologies we're betting on to launch the new low-carbon economy. But while demand for rare earths has grown, their production has not.

Haitian Women: Rea Dol vs. the Republic of NGOs

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Take a walk for ten years in Rea Dol's shoes and you might learn something about the imperialist attitude of NGOs in Haiti. "They would not help me before the quake. Why would I bother to ask them now?"

Paper Trail: A Day of Waste? (VIDEO)

James M. Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James M. Lynch

A paper towel seems wasteful at first, but when you consider that you'll have to wash a cloth towel, it could actually be 'greener' to use paper at times.

Africa Water Project Captures Difficulty Of Global Struggle

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Strong leadership is missing. A few members of Congress have been working on the water problem and Matt Damon, the actor, has made it his cause. But the issue is not getting traction.

Weekly Mulch: Green products, green energy

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger Ed. note: This week's Mulch is pint-sized and will run on Monday rather than Friday. We'll be back to our re...

Living Sustainably: How To Reduce Your 'Forkprint'

GOOD | Adam Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Eating outside of your home generally requires three things: food, food containers, and food utensils. With increased awareness of global warming, m...

Save Those Presidents

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Presidents' Day sales are so retro. Get with it, and save presidents in the 21st century fashion. The Presidents' Day holiday was officially establish...

White Goat or White Elephant?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

How exactly does a 63,000 pound machine that converts used office paper into rolls of toilet tissue make a difference in our carbon footprint?

Plastiki, Boat Made From 12,000 Recycled Bottles, Prepares To Sail Pacific Ocean (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

San Francisco group Adventure Ecology took recycled materials to another level when they built the Plastiki, a durable ship kept afloat by recycled pl...

Subsidizing Junk Mail in the Great Recession

Todd Paglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Todd Paglia

If you think receiving your daily dose of junk mail just kills trees, clogs landfills, exacerbates climate change, is an invitation to identity theft,...

Is it Right To Disapprove of David Paterson?

Will Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Will Schwartz

We don't need a lame duck. We need a strong executive now; one that can tame the wilds of our legislature, or at the very least stand up to its corruption.

Outrageous and Excessive Holiday Deals (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | ThienVinh Nguyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A big part of the enticement of holiday shopping is getting "deals." Here at HuffPost Green, we think that the frenzy around Black Friday and holiday...

Want to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Reduce Your Trash Footprint!

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

The Product Policy Institute has recently released two new reports that confirm product and packaging waste contribute forty-four percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

No More Plastic Water Bottles

Adele Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Adele Israel

I attempted to estimate the number of plastic bottles of water sold in Grand Junction in one week. But discount giants and other corporations hold on to sales figures tighter than oil companies hang on to fracking formulas.

How to Green Your 2010

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Whether you call them resolutions, goals, or lifestyle changes, here are four key measures you can take to make 2010 easier on the planet.

Why Won't Borders Donate Their Soon-To-Be-Trashed Books?

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Erik Ose

Current Waldenbooks employees have come forward to alert the public that the company plans to dispose of many unsold books in the cheapest, easiest, least responsible way possible - by trashing them.

The Pentagon's Black Hole

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

It's not that DOD is flunking audits. You flunk an audit when you track the money and find it was not spent as intended. DOD cannot track the money; the Department of Defense is unauditable.

Air Travel Made Greener: 4 Tips

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Though air travel is unavoidable at times, there are a few things responsible travelers can do to make flights greener.

My Blue Shield Experience Embodies Our Stupid and Wasteful Health Insurance System

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

Recognize this melody? If you're a Blue Shield of California member, you hear it pretty much every time you call and end up holding till an actual person answers. A few days ago I heard it for half an hour.

Meatless Monday: Leftovers, Encores, It's All Good

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Caribbean pigeon peas and rice, green beans with jalapeno and garlic, these are nothing the Pilgrims had on their table or even had in their minds at ...

Trash Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Looking to lower your impact on the planet? Look no further than your trash bin. We Americans produce a lot of trash -- by some estimates about 250 million tons of the stuff per year.

Reuse or Recycle? Try Freecycling

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Merritt

Unfortunately, there is more to sustainable living than just recycling. Recycling is good, but it is even better not to use disposable goods if possible.

Don't Have a Cow

Elihu Dietz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elihu Dietz

Meat is wasteful: it takes 10,000 pounds of grain to produce 1000 pounds of meat. But is abstaining from eating meat really the solution?

Report: Health Care System Wastes Up to $850 Billion Annually

Politics Daily | David Sessions | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

According to a report by Thomson Reuters, the American health care system wastes between $505 billion and $850 billion every year, which is up to a th...

Newtown Wastewater Treatment Plant, A Smelly and Unique Stop-Off In Greenpoint During Open House New York

Katharine Jose | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

By 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, all the free tours of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant were full. The tall chain-link fence gate was o...