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This Odor-Free Urinal Works Without Water

Posted by GBM Research

Jun 24, 2014 7:41:00 AM

By Klaus Reichardt

ADMITTEDLY, URINALS ARE NOT an everyday topic of conversation. And when it comes to homes and apartments, they almost never enter the discussion. However, that may be changing and changing very soon.

Home urinals, ranging in popularity, have been found in parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, and even in India. However, the trend in the United States is still in its infancy. In addition, the economy, which has severely impacted the housing construction industry, has slowed things down considerably.

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Cathedrals for Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 22, 2014 1:51:10 PM

Wes Jackson, sustainable agriculture expert and founder of The Land Institute, builds cathedrals. Not the kind that are made of stone, with flying buttresses, soaring arches, and elaborate cherub covered domes. His cathedrals are composed of rich soils, grasses that dance gently in the breeze, and thriving symbiotic ecosystems. His cathedrals venerate nature, where every living creature is a perfect embodiment of enlightenment.

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A Site Better

Posted by Juliet Grable

Apr 15, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Though construction sites can contribute many types of pollutants, including heavy metals, chemicals and oils, sediment is the biggest culprit. As any contractor visiting a job site after a heavy rain can tell you, runoff wreaks havoc when it courses over raw ground or plows through piles of topsoil. What’s more, some areas can stay bare for months, leaving them vulnerable through several seasons.

Fortunately, common-sense measures can reduce, if not eliminate, this problem. Structural solutions include silt fences, sedimentation ponds, erosion control blankets and temporary or permanent seeding. Non-structural practices like picking up trash and debris, sweeping sidewalks and streets, maintaining equipment and training staff and subs can go a long way to keeping pollutants out of any stormwater that runs through the site.

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Just the Right Pressure

Posted by Matt Power

Mar 26, 2014 10:46:00 AM

I'VE LEARNED A LOT FROM MY FAILURES as a gardener. Back before I knew better, I used to unleash the full force of sprinklers and nozzle spray on my tomatoes, cucumbers and butternut squash. But inevitably, the plants would develop leaf mold, mildew or some other crippling disease, and I’d lose much of my crop. Now I understand that I was using too much pressure—adding too much water at the wrong time, aiming at the wrong part of the plant, expecting fast results.

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The Energy-Water Nexus

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 20, 2014 9:51:00 AM

Green Builder Media President Ron Jones has an ominous prediction: “If you think the oil wars are bad, wait until the water wars begin.” With severe drought conditions expanding across the globe, I fear that his warning may become a reality sooner, and more acutely, than we think.           

In this country, California, Texas, Arizona, and Georgia are on the frontline of the water crisis. Arizona just experienced its fourth warmest winter to date, causing water shortages across the state, and Texas is suffering through the lowest reservoir levels in 25 years.

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