6 Million People in China Went a Week Without Fossil Fuels

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A vast Chinese province of nearly 6 million people has generated all the power it needed for an entire week without using any fossil fuels, according to state-run Chinese media. Qinghai, a Tibetan plateau province in the country’s northwest, derived all of its power from wind, solar, and hydro-electricity from June 17 to June 23. The experiment was part of a trial run by the government to see if the electricity grid could cope without the kind of constant, reliable energy normally provided by fossil fuels.

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We are Hiring a Social Media and Web Content Manager for our Women’s Networks

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Women of Green & Women as Game Changers are seeking a part-time Social Media and Web Content Manager based out of Seattle, WA or elsewhere (can work remotely). We are accepting applicants starting June 26th until the position is filled. Ultimate goals for the position are to further engage and grow our Women of Green network and Women As Game Changers Facebook group and network, promote women entrepreneurs and game changers, find and/or develop engaging content related to the green, social justice and sustainability spheres and assist in developing alternative forms of network income.

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Guess What? Spending Time in Nature Actually Improves Your Mental Health & Productivity

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When was the last time you went outside just to enjoy nature? If it’s been a while, it might be time to head outdoors — especially if your mental health or productivity could use a boost. That’s because nature has been shown time and again to have healing benefits to those who simply spend time in the fresh air, around lush foliage, taking in incredible landscapes. But what exactly are the benefits of spending time in nature? Here are four ways the outdoors can improve your mental health and stoke your productivity.

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Hanover Becomes First New Hampshire Town to Commit to 100% Renewables

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The town of Hanover, New Hampshire voted on May 9th to establish a goal of transitioning to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050. The article approved at the Tuesday May 9th town meeting sets a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and a 2050 goal of transitioning heating and transportation to run on clean, renewable sources of energy.

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Want to Save Money While Conserving Energy? Here’s What You Need to Know

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If you’ve tried random tips to minimize your energy use at home and are wondering why it hasn’t affected your electricity bill, not even one bit, your efforts may not be enough. Although there are a lot of cost-saving tips to follow that effectively conserve energy, you might be missing ONE thing. Here is an infographic about how to save money and conserve energy at home.

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Arctic Stronghold of World’s Seeds Flooded After Permafrost Melts

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No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change. It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel. The vault is on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen and contains almost a million packets of seeds, each a variety of an important food crop. When it was opened in 2008, the deep permafrost through which the vault was sunk was expected to provide “failsafe” protection against “the challenge of natural or man-made disasters”. But soaring temperatures in the Arctic at the end of the world’s hottest ever recorded year led to melting and heavy rain, when light snow should have been falling. “It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that,” said Hege Njaa Aschim, from the Norwegian government, which owns the vault. […]

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Breaking Your Own Glass Ceiling: A Conversation with Women of Green Founder, Carolyn Parrs

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This week Carolyn was interviewed on the podcast THE ENERGY PARADIGM. Host and creator, Victor Porak de Varna, discusses with her how women can break their own glass ceiling and make a difference in the world — and what young women need to know when they start out. Let us know your big takeaway!

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One Thing Everyone Must Understand About Drinking Water

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In most U.S. households, it’s no big deal to get up in the middle of the night for a drink of water. It happens to many of us, and we don’t give it much of a second thought. Despite some notable recent exceptions, there is an abundance of clean and safe drinking water in this country. But do you really know where your drinking water comes from? Do you know about the infrastructure needed to deliver water to millions of homes each and every day? For many people, the water infrastructure issue came to the forefront during the crisis in Flint, where water from the Flint River was 19 times more corrosive than water from Detroit. The state Department of Environmental Quality violated federal law by not treating the river water with an anti-corrosive agent, according to a class-action law suit. The situation in Flint is one example of the country’s crumbling water infrastructure. Six billion gallons of treated water is lost each day due to leaky pipes, and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) estimates that we need $1 trillion to meet demands over the next 25 years.

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Women of Green – One of 75 Top Green Living Blogs For An Eco-Conscious Lifestyle

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We have some wonderful news to share with you all, our dear Women of Green community and beyond. We are elated to announce that we were chosen as one of the Top 75 Green Living Blogs For An Eco-Conscious Lifestyle by AJ Madison, the national home appliance authority. What an honor to have be highlighted for the work we do alongside so many other great green living blogs such as TreeHugger, EcoWatch, Recycle Nation, Petite Planet, Trash is for Tossers and many more. Thank you to our community for your support!

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Why Women Need to Be Leading on Climate Change Around the World

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Women who aim for high political office often face plenty of challenges along the way. As a result, “they have an ability to resist and lead which is undoubtedly stronger than that of most men with a typical career path,” says Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. That hardiness is coming in handy as many of the world’s cities – a growing number of them led by women – move to take the lead in adopting clean energy, adapting to climate threats and otherwise battling climate change. Women, “have the courage to bring about those changes,” said Hidalgo, Paris’ first woman mayor and the first female leader of a global network of more than 80 cities leading on climate action. In two years, the number of women in charge of large cities that are taking the lead on climate change has risen from four to 16, according to C40 Cities, which is organizing a conference for women leaders in New York.

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