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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2013

Taking the reins

Thumbing his nose at partisan gridlock, President Barack Obama unveiled a climate-change plan late last month that attempts to use his executive powers to circumvent Congress, where action on climate change (or anything, for that matter) is slow if not
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2013

Aboard the omnibus

The state legislature is considering an enormous energy bill that combines provisions from several pieces of legislation into a package that encourages natural-gas expansion, energy-efficiency measures, and lowering electricity and heating costs.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 07, 2013

Back to our roots

It's a fundamental notch in any homesteader's totem pole: Root-cellaring, or the practice of storing fresh, whole, harvested fruits and vegetables in a cool environment (usually underground) in order to enjoy them long after the growing season has ende
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 09, 2013

Greasing the wheels

In the six months since we wrote about them last, the folks at Portland's Garbage to Garden curbside composting program have seen impressive growth.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 18, 2013

Lots of hot air

Independent US Senate candidate Angus King opened a recent debate at the University of Southern Maine by congratulating Chris Sauer, president and CEO of Maine's Ocean Renewable Power Company, which has started generating electricity for the power grid
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 21, 2012


Instant runoff

The city is considering a new stormwater fee that would help pay for improvements and maintenance to Portland's old and overburdened wastewater system and in doing so, keep raw sewage, industrial waste, pesticides, oil, and dog crap (some call it a "tox
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 08, 2012

Get into the garden

As the city considers expanding its community garden program, Portland has the opportunity to delve deeper into urban permaculture ("permanent agriculture") — building ecological systems that model nature, with plants that work together with minimal mai
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 16, 2012

Truth to power

It's the end of the world as we know it in author and environmental journalist Bill McKibben's latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (St. Martin's Griffin).
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 20, 2012

Get it together

"Political leaders, no matter the party, often can be barometers for public sentiment."
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011

Into the pipeline

Despite the fact that it could have major impact on global warming, and despite the fact that it is inspiring large-scale acts of civil disobedience among climate scientists and environmental activists, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project isn
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 02, 2011


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Fungus saves

Speaking of mushrooms — and this week, we clearly are! — I recently peered into the world of home mushroom growing, and came away with a brand-new respect for fungi.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 05, 2011

Killing ethanol

Estimates vary, but it's safe to say that restaurants and institutions (such as colleges or hospitals) waste tons of food every year; last September, a group of students at the College of the Atlantic noticed that their school was no exception.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2011

Earth Day observances

Last week, the Maine House voted to ban bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastics — much to the regret of beard-wanting ladies all over Maine.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2011

Layers of buying local

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.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2010
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Going Green Guide

Paint some leaves on some shit
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  April 16, 2010


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Review: No Impact Man

As an eco-idealist living in New York City, Colin Beavan made a media splash when he declared that he and his family would live 100 percent green for a year.
Green documentary does make its point
By TOM MEEK  |  October 02, 2009
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Interview: Colin Beavan

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

This past Earth Day, President Barack Obama, speaking at an Iowa wind-turbine factory, delivered a gusty peroration. "The nation that leads the world in creating new energy sources will be the nation that leads the 21st-century global economy," he said.
New England plays catch-up in the green-energy race
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 21, 2009

Weathering the weather

Sweltering summer heat is finally upon us, along with how-to-keep-cool considerations.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009

Going Green: July 10, 2009

Maine will never be a leader in wind-energy development, says Richard Silkman, co-founder and -manager of a firm that could revolutionize the way we address energy issues in this state and throughout the region. "We missed our chance," he stated flatly
Smart solar
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009


Going Green: June 12, 2009

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-al
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 12, 2009
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Generation Green

Republicans have a lot to say about the immorality of saddling the next generation with our national debt. But when it comes to leaving them a wrecked, depleted, and rapidly warming planet, they are taking the exact opposite line.
Once derided as tree huggers, eco-friendly youth are now the nation's most powerful (and feared) voting bloc. So why isn't the GOP listening?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 08, 2009
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Really going green

According to environmental activists, traditional funerary activities such as embalming, burial in concrete liners, and cremation are anything but planet friendly.
Eco-friendly cemeteries
By ALAN R. EARLS  |  February 25, 2009