All Brave Green World Articles

Responding to climate change and environmental degradation

  • Endangered People: Linguist To Document Dying Greenlandic Dialect

    Imagine watching the sun go down on October 24, and living in complete darkness straight through to when it finally rises again on the 8th of March. Imagine 40 below temperatures on a regular basis. Imagine...

  • Greenland Glacier Sheds Massive Ice Island

    It’s been over four decades since Greenland lost an ice chunk like the one “born” last week. The ice island – four times the size of Manhattan – calved off of northern Greenland’s Petermann glacier on August 5th....

  • Be Pro-Bee: Buy Shade Grown Coffee

    Bzzz. Bzzzzzzzz. Bz. Is that the sound of your caffeine buzz, or is it the hum of the millions of happy native bees you’re helping to house when you choose shade-grown coffee beans over conventional? ...

  • Stop Drinking Toxins Through Your Skin: Support The Safe Cosmetics Act

    Pertinent news for anyone who uses soap, shampoo, perfume, sunscreen, lip balm, moisturizer, etc etc etc: last Wednesday, Congress introduced a bill that would give the FDA the power to protect your hide from...

  • CSAs For Fruits De Mer

    A friend of mine, who works in the sustainable food industry, was alarmed by my recent post on overfishing. Not alarmed to learn about the demise of marine ecosystems (she already knows all that), but alarmed by...

  • Indian Ocean Coastal Areas Seeing Greater Sea Rise Than Global Average

    Is there a coastal area close to your heart? Imagine the water there 23 feet higher than it is now. Sea levels are rising, and it can be painful to try to wrap the mind around that fact (picture New York City with...

  • Washing And Drying By The Numbers

    Did you know that clothes dryers – generally speaking – use about nine times as much energy as do clothes washers? An energy-and-the-home graphic spread in Dwell Magazine’s July/August issue (they brought...

  • Not Plenty of Fish in the Sea: How We’re Emptying the Oceans

    We've all had well-meaning friends remind us that there are "plenty of other fish in the sea," but the phrase may not be the most fitting fortune-cookie counsel for breakup-ees anymore. The fact is that there...

  • Solar Airplane Braves The Night Sky, And Wins

    Last week, in a history book moment, an airplane was flown straight through a day-night cycle running on nothing – nothing – but the sun’s rays. Imagine the quiet, up there, as Solar Impulse CEO and co-founder...

  • Dinner In The Dumpster

    Opening my daily Treehugger news email just now, I noticed that headline: ‘Dinner in the Dumpster’. Oh, I thought, how fun! An article about freeganism! In fact, the article at hand wasn’t one about the people who...

  • Leaky Situations: Your Toilet Is Probably Overdrinking

    Grist’s Umbra Fisk (the website’s point person for green living questions) recently revisited the toilet issue and doled out some very important water-saving tips: sink a half-gallon of water in the tank of your...

  • San Francisco Decrees Cell Phone Radiation Transparency

    Two days ago, San Francisco mandated that all cell phones bear a new label: amount of radiation emitted. A sort of calorie-labeling for health-conscious tech consumers. The science is arguably not set in stone,...

  • World’s First All-Night Solar Flight

    Solar Impulse, a Swiss venture launched by explorer/innovator/engineer/psychologist/businessmen Betrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, is shooting beyond the moon and aiming for the sun. Their mission: build a...

  • Faster, Cheaper Method For Lead Paint Testing

    Lead paint has been banned in the states since 1978, but if you’re like me, you still wonder about the paint debris you inhale in your home, in your office, in general. You wonder if there’s actually some of the...

  • Dead Trees Make Good Homes: The L41 Proves Less Can Be More

    Speaking of green prefab houses, how many square feet, exactly, do you require before you’ll call it home? What about 220? I realize that, as a recently apartment-searching New Yorker wrung through the NYC rental...

  • House Of The Year: Green Fab, Pre-Fab

    Green pre-fab is getting a lot of attention right now in New York City. Hop downtown to the Financial District, and you’ll notice, amidst the suits and skyscrapers, a peculiar exhibit. We’ll call it “a Pre-Fab...

  • Tailpipe Diabetes: Traffic Pollution Is Getting Into More Than Your Lungs

    High fructose corn syrup, sedentary lifestyles, endocrine disrupting chemical BPA in our plastic water bottles… we’re already up against enough hurdles when it comes to combating the diabetes epidemic. But now...

  • Gulf Spill Making Marine Creatures Hormonal

    This could be an ideal time for creatures touched by the Gulf spill to pick up yoga and/or meditation. Here’s why. Consider the iguana. When iguanas get stressed out about things like famines brought on by El...

  • The Toxic Truth About Your Signature Scent

    Step away from the spray bottle. A warning email blast went out today from Ken Cook, President of the watchdog organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), alerting consumers to the risks they’re taking each...

  • Ozone Overload: Kudzu Vine To Blame

    Here’s the tricky thing about ozone: we want lots of it up high in the upper atmosphere, where it blocks radiation and protects us, but we want as little of it as possible down here on the surface of the earth,...