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Layers of buying local

Going green
When we drink a glass of organic milk, or eat organic pork sausage with our organic scrambled eggs, it’s easy to forget what goes into securing that “organic” label.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 09, 2010
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Cape Wind: It’s Complicated

Obama gave the green-energy project a green light. Now, a slew of messy coalitions are going to battle over the future of clean energy.  
Thousands of years ago, the terrain beneath what is now Nantucket Sound was dry, and populated by the ancestors of the Wampanoag people, who continue to revere it.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 07, 2010
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Eco-friendly

The second coming of organic beer
Once upon a time, before the heyday of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, all beer was organic. And now organic is back for good.
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 21, 2010
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Headphones TNG

Think Sound
New Hampshire green-tech nerd Aaron Fournier has an undeniable pitch for his new company, Thinksound, and its line of cool-daddy wood-grain headphones.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 27, 2010
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Going Green Guide

Big Fat Whale
Paint some leaves on some shit
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  April 15, 2010
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Sightings | City of Straw

Jagjaguwar (2010)
City of Straw works less like a conventional album of songs and more like a portal torn into this esteemed NYC-based experimental trio’s ominous world of heavy industrial noise that stays open for just 40 minutes.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 15, 2010

The ‘new Providence’?

Angel rising. Plus, the IRS blues, after the flood, drilling Obama, and Tiger talk
WRNI political reporter and Casa Diablo regular Scott MacKay was the first pundit to make the observation to your superior correspondents in the summer of 2002 that we were “about to witness either the last election of the ‘old Providence’ or the first election of the ‘new Providence.’ ”
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 08, 2010
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A wind farm — and a governor’s legacy — hang in the balance

Not Easy Being Green
With Governor Carcieri’s second and final term coming to an end, it is time to think about the “L” word — legacy.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 08, 2010

It’s the rain and snow, stupid

Plus, hard times for the Blackstone
For those morons who say after a blizzard, “How’s that for global warming!” may we point out that one of the harbingers of climate change is the severity of storms that we experience.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 31, 2010

Hog wild on the farm

Going green
Perhaps because it's more difficult to do at home, perhaps because for some it's a question of ethics or squeamishness, perhaps because eating less meat is one of the top things we all could do to help the environment, but we don't talk as often about organic, eco-friendly livestock farming.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 17, 2010

An unlikely clash: wind developers and environmentalists

Wind Dept.
The growing push for wind power in Rhode Island is creating friction between wind developers and an unlikely group of critics: environmentalists.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 13, 2010
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Cambridge finds it ain't easy being green

Greater Boston's Gas-House Gang
The hype leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Congress in Copenhagen last month reached near tsunami proportions, but in the end, the gathering went out like a neap tide.
By TOM MEEK  |  January 13, 2010
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The power of ignorant thinking

Big Fat Whale
Global warming is a lie
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 30, 2009

Faltering steps forward

Going Green
As in many other sectors, the green world in 2009 was marked as much by bluster as by tangible positive action.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 22, 2009

Change? What change?

Operation Afghan Tragedy. Plus, getting steamed over global warming and men in tights.
Nice to see Goldman Sachs employee Barack "President" Obama get rolled by Gen. Stanley McChrystal so we can send more troops to Afghanistan on a hopeless mission.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 16, 2009
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Let's Get Raw

Do It Clean Dept.
Couldn't score a seat at the Climate Change Conference underway in Copenhagen, but still want to reduce your carbon footprint? Perhaps you need to eat it raw.
By TOM MEEK  |  December 16, 2009

Youth to power

Going Green
Bates College junior Robert Friedman will be missing a couple weeks of class in December.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 24, 2009
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We're killing the oceans

Is it too late to save the seas that sustain us?
I meet world-renowned undersea photojournalist Brian Skerry at Legal Seafoods, across from the New England Aquarium, where he's the explorer in residence. He orders a chicken Caesar salad.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2009

Conservation in Copenhagen

Going Green
In about a month, representatives from almost 200 nations will converge on Copenhagen, Denmark, for what could be the most meaningful meeting on climate change, ever.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 04, 2009
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Review: Earth Days

Did you know Nixon once signed progressive eco-legislation?
Those who worry that the eco-movement seems incapable of getting beyond its white upper-middle-class base will be disturbed anew by Robert Stone’s Earth Days , where every talking head is a well-bred Caucasian.
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 07, 2009
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Interview: Colin Beavan

It's not easy going green
"In my twenties, I was really concerned with global warming. In my thirties, I was really focused on being a writer."
By TOM MEEK  |  October 02, 2009

Wall Street's death wish

Investing in mortality; plus, getting it right, and wireless, in West Virginia
If you read the front page of the September 6 New York Times , P+J hope you are either dumbfounded, appalled, frightened, or so pissed off that you went and got the Uzi from the attic and looked for the Amtrak schedule for the Northeast Corridor trains running to New York City and Washington, DC. At least it shows you are paying attention.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 09, 2009

Building on green energy

Going green
This month, my landlord will install new energy-efficient windows in my apartment. This is great news: Better insulation will reduce both my energy use and my heating bills. I'm happy to be experiencing first-hand what many agree is the single most-important step in the fight against global warming: eco-friendly building upgrades and weatherization.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 02, 2009

Letters to the Editor: August 28, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor
The venting of wind-power skeptics in the Phoenix piece " What's Wrong With Wind Power " (by Deirdre Fulton, August 21) really misses a major point — global warming. When we finally get down to grappling with dangerous climate disruption all forms of non-carbon emitting power will rise.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 26, 2009

Which way the wind blows

Letters to the Boston editor, August 28, 2009
The venting of wind-power skeptics in the Phoenix piece “ Why wind power blows ” really misses a major point: global warming. When we finally get down to grappling with dangerous climate disruption, all forms of non-carbon emitting power will rise.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 26, 2009

Weathering the weather

Going Green
Sweltering summer heat is finally upon us, along with how-to-keep-cool considerations.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 05, 2009
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The End of the Long Summer

Why we must remake our civilization to survive on a volatile Earth
In this nonfiction treatise about global warming and other ecological dangers, the author details why our environment is in much worse shape than we thought. In this excerpt, Dianne Dumanoski notes that, far from taming Mother Nature, our factories and habits have only enraged her, which could lead to Earth's inability to sustain life. In other words, we're all gonna die — enjoy your summer!
By DIANNE DUMANOSKI  |  July 22, 2009

Grappling with Going Green

The waste-to-energy incinerator debate
Green energy," for most, is solar panels and wind turbines.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 10, 2009

Going Green: June 12, 2009

Sleeping naked
Back when I started this column in May 2007, I sought inspiration from several blogs. Among my daily reading material was Colin Beavan's  NoImpactMan.typepad.com  (a New York dad's attempts to remove himself from the grid),  Treehugger.com  (a catch-all for eco-news and tips), and  TheCrunchyChicken.com  (a mom and wife's tales of cooking and living green). They all offered great insights, ideas, and analysis.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2009
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Maritime after time

Dutch seascapes at the Peabody Essex
There's no question about the Peabody Essex Museum's unwavering love of all things nautical. How many other museums employ a curator of maritime art and history (in this case, Daniel Finamore)?
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  June 03, 2009

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