Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Flowers You Can Eat

A salad of cooked vegetables with flowers. Photo by Yelkrokoyade. GNU Free Documentation License Wikimedia Commons.

By Jessica Barber Goldblatt

A sprinkling of colorful flower petals in a salad, a tiny bouquet of Johnny jump-ups on a birthday cake or a sautéed daylily bud in a stir fry. Edible flowers are […]


Tainted Plants at Many Retail Garden Centers!

Staff Article

In April 2015, we heard some good news from the Toxic Action Center: that Lowe’s has finally committed to get rid of bee-killing pesticides!

Neonics, that are found in many plants being sold in commercial retail markets, can kill our […]

Roundup Troubles

By George Harvey

Here is yet another example of a potentially dangerous product that has been widely unleashed on the unwitting public and the environment before it has been proven harmless.

In late March we got word that the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen.” Glyphosate is the chemical name […]

Eating to Cool Off

Cooling Food

By Linda Prout

Yin foods cool us off and yang foods heat us up, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This is good to know when temperatures reach triple digits or you are uncomfortably hot. It’s also helpful in winter when you can’t seem to warm up.

Yin […]


A Solar-Powered Stage in Warner, NH

The Stage. Photos courtesy of Katherine Nevins, Main Street Bookends, Warner, NH.

By N.R. Mallery

The Jim Mitchell Community Park, in Warner, New Hampshire, opened to the public on October 10, 2010, through the efforts of the non-profit MainStreet Warner, Inc. This Park […]


Stand-Up Paddling, That’s What.

Steve Brownlee Paddling on Lake Dunmore Salisbury, VT. All photos by Emma Brownlee.

By Roger Lohr

Stand-up paddling (SUP) is now the newest contagious water chic. Statistics for stand-up paddling, which is among the fastest growing forms of recreation, is 70% male and a median age of 37. There […]

Solar Sal

By Joanne Coons

Solar Sal

Solar Sal, a 40-ft solar-powered boat, is a great example of a project that had the participation of a broader community. In this case there was not only a dedicated group of friends and helpers, but also help from an unlikely-sounding place, a school system. A lifelong commitment […]

Electronic Crack

By Larry Plesant

We’ve all heard comments that smartphones, which moving forward we will refer to as rectangles, being “electronic crack.” Well the scientific data is coming in, and it turns out that the electronic crack remark is spot-on. Here’s why:

You know how good and self-satisfied you feel after completing a task like cleaning […]

Is 2015 the ‘Year of the Ticks?’

Reasons and Repellents

Dog tick. Photo by Gary Alpert, GNU Free Documentation License. Wikimedia Commons

By Green Energy Times Staff

We should not let tiny biting creatures keep us from enjoying summer. Nevertheless, with the high tick population in the northeast and the diseases they can also carry moving into the area, it […]

Friends School of Portland

By George Harvey

Friends School of Portland is a independent Quaker school for preschool through eighth grade serving the area of Portland, Maine. Since its start, it has been on an island in Casco Bay connected to the mainland by a causeway. It is in Falmouth Maine, just north of Portland.

Artist’s rendering […]