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sustainability after death

At present, what is the most environmentally friendly way to deal with a human body after they die? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on May 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Character vs. imaginary nature

What are some examples in fantastic and speculative fiction of characters struggling to survive in a beautiful but alien and dangerous natural environment? All media acceptable. [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees on May 11, 2012 - 32 answers

Green brands that are truly green?

I'm highly skeptical of a lot of brands that trumpet their environmental friendliness. I know "greenwashing" is rampant. What are some green brands/products that walk the walk? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Mar 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Fight the future?

How do you deal with fears about global warming? [more inside]
posted by gentian on Mar 22, 2012 - 33 answers

What to do with 30-50 trees' worth of large branches?

What to do with 30-50 trees' worth of large branches in Orange County, NC? Burn, shred, give away for bird thicket, other ideas? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Oh what a wonderful world...

Asking for a friend: Any recommendations on books about social or environmental justice for a high school junior? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Mar 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Is the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal now protected from closure?

The Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal has just been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Will this complicate efforts to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan? [more inside]
posted by me3dia on Feb 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Why Bambi should've used birth control: a dimly remembered cautionary tale.

I can recall a text-book case of introducing a species (deer) into a new environment, where a lack of natural predators caused a population boom, followed by local extinction. I remember most of the details but I can't find the actual cite. Please help! [more inside]
posted by ianso on Jan 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Don't step on the helium!

Best way to paint a floor that gets a lot of traffic? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Jan 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Which clothing manufacturers care about more than just clothes?

What are other clothing manufacturers with clearly stated ethics? I'm thinking of Patagonia as an example. Who else? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jan 6, 2012 - 30 answers

Lazy green New Year's resolution

I usually use the New Year for a small environmental resolution. Can you help me find a good one for this year? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Dec 30, 2011 - 19 answers

How do I fight back from fracking?

Can you help me Metafilter? The Bureau of Land Management in Colorado is trying to lease 30,000 acres of farmland and wilderness for fracking, including land completely surrounding the farm I live on! [more inside]
posted by ambulance blues on Dec 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Bad way to start the day.

The air is usually very dry in the winter. Why are my car windows always frosted over without exception? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Impact of having kids vs. adoption

I vaguely remember reading an argument that in some situations, giving birth to a kid or two rather than adopting is not particularly worse (perhaps environmentally, or in terms of effects on population growth, or resource consumption, or something along those lines--the big picture/the global future.) Yes, I realize this sounds counterintuitive, but can anyone point me to such an argument? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Dec 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Please help me find a job that I can do with my environmental/renewable energy degree.

Please help me find a job that I can do with my environmental/renewable energy degree. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Nov 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Another idealistic career change question

I would like to become a professional writer, and possibly someday be a freelance writer. My background is in the humanities, but I’m wondering if seeking an advanced degree in science might help me in my endeavors. Or are there other options that I’m overlooking? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Nov 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Please help me find some specialist renewable/environmental recruitment agencies in the south west of England.

Please help me find some specialist renewable/environmental recruitment agencies in the south west of England. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Nov 10, 2011 - 2 answers

It's Syllabus Time

I'm designing a university course on the grand ol' theme of humanity's place in nature. What are some readings on this topic, from any discipline, that have fascinated/moved/influenced you? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 19, 2011 - 42 answers

Chemistry of Copper Etchant Solutions

What copper salt is left behind in this neutralized etchant solution? Also, how can I safely dispose of spent etchant in general? [more inside]
posted by [expletive deleted] on Oct 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Using context to get more things done?

How important is context to getting work done? What are effective ways to manipulate context to get more done? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Sep 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Does it need to involve weapons to be a hostile work environment?

Should I got to HR about a hostile work environment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Resources for green business initiatives?

Resources for green business initiatives? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust on Jul 28, 2011 - 1 answer

Does filtered water have less estrogenic activity?

Does a water filter filter plastics like BPA? Is there a way to test my tap water for them? Are there water filters that do not contain plastic? Does Aquafina or any other filter plastics? [more inside]
posted by vash on Jul 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Pros and Cons to commuting via kick scooter?

Does anyone out there use a kick scooter to commute? What are the benefits and challenges? [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy on Jul 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Ideas for an altruistic gift?

You recently completed a diploma in environmental site remediation. What intangible gift should I give you? [more inside]
posted by methroach on Jun 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Pay me not to drive?

Are there any programs that reward people for moving to within walking distance of their work place? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Jun 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Help a Python rookie do something slightly out of his league without flying too close to the sun

[PythonFilter] How can I create a location-based web application using Python? Or, what are some good resources to help me get started with this specific task? [more inside]
posted by Rickalicioso on Jun 8, 2011 - 5 answers

What are the up-and-coming, major, legitimate environmentally-friendly breakthroughs?

I'm thinking of doing a major career change, and I'm interested in up-and-coming environmental technologies. I'm having a hard time separating the facts from the hype. Help me figure out what the next great field of green technology is! [more inside]
posted by Dilligas on May 6, 2011 - 6 answers

What would you ask Bill McKibben?

What interview questions should I ask Bill McKibben? I'm interviewing him for our community blog, and would like to do this well. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo on May 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Does a bomb calorimeter give a value of heat energy per gram of material or electricity?

Does a bomb calorimeter give a value of heat energy per gram of material or electricity? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on May 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Looking for online environmental video recommendations.

I'm looking for awesome short environmental videos available online, to be included in an environmental video festival. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by binocularfight on Apr 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Taxing carbon?

The Australian government is working out the details for a tax on carbon. Where will the money raised in this tax go? What will it be used for? [more inside]
posted by robotot on Apr 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Environmental Education Curriculum?

Environmental Education Curriculum? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Mar 29, 2011 - 3 answers

When using a bomb calorimeter to combust meat, do I need to work out the sulphur content for meat?

Will the amount of sulphur in waste meat greatly affect the amount of energy produced from combusting waste meat? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Mar 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Indigenous resistance on behalf of the land

What are examples of ongoing struggles of indigenous people to protect their lands and the environment from corporations and/or the government? For example: Black Mesa Indigenous Support. I'm especially looking for movements that have organized enough so that they have information on how supporters can take action to help them. Thanks!
posted by long haired child on Mar 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Examples of environmental (in)justice in Mexico, Cuba, and/or northern South America?

Looking for examples of environmental (in)justice in Mexico, Cuba, and/or northern South America. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 28, 2011 - 4 answers

What is the world worth these days?

Ecological Economics filter: Is there a more current estimate of the global value of ecosystem services than Costanza's 1997 estimate of $33 trillion? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky on Feb 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me find a "green" kitchen cabinet.

What is the best source for reputable "eco-friendly" kitchen cabinets? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on Jan 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Who should get my money?

I want to give money to an environment or education charity. I hate bureaucratic waste, and I hate misguided uses of money. Any suggestions on where I should give? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Jan 17, 2011 - 19 answers

What's up with birds falling out of the sky?

Why are birds falling out of the sky? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Jan 5, 2011 - 38 answers

Help me find the right CFLs for my outdoor light?

Help me figure out if compact fluorescents are the right lights for my outdoor light fixture? Difficulty: the fixture is on an electric eye, the weather gets really cold in the winter, and the lights will be oriented vertically (with the sockets on the bottom). [more inside]
posted by fremen on Dec 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Will I be punished for my inability to choose?

Linux Question: KDE, Gnome, keeping things seperate, the future etc. (Ubuntu/Fedora). [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Dec 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Why are there still salt ponds in the SF Bay?

Why are levees around decommissioned salt ponds left in place? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Dec 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Must.Save.Earth. But how? I'm a Liberal Arts Major

Liberal Arts Grad. Must live green. Thinking about grad schools for 2012, or "green-collar" career, or starting a biz, or something else random. Already ruled out Law School. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Oct 25, 2010 - 18 answers

Easy ways to help the environment

What are the 1 or 2 most effective and easy-to-implement things that I (your average American) can do to reduce damage to the environment? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Oct 16, 2010 - 36 answers

Less immoral carbon offset scheme for a reluctant traveler

Dear mefites, I've got an unavoidable carbon-heavy trip ahead of me, and am feeling terribly guilty about it. I'm against carbon offsetting for companies on the whole, and am wary about it on the individual level. People excusing polluting by saying "hey, I'm planting trees" is silly. However, three of us can't avoid taking three flights and a ferry trip next year, and would like to put some money towards a project that will reduce more carbon than we are responsible for. So, what to do? [more inside]
posted by ingridbroad on Oct 14, 2010 - 12 answers

I want to learn more about unnatural disasters.

What are some great environmental documentary films and/or series? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Sep 25, 2010 - 16 answers

Is Diesel the greenest?

Making it simple, if possible: Is diesel a cleaner for the environment fuel than unleaded for a car that gets similar gas mileage? Basically, deciding whether to get a hybrid or a diesel car. [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased on Sep 24, 2010 - 13 answers

What's the deal with GIS these days?

So I'm really excited about the possibility of working in Geographic Information Systems - please help me get a sense of the lay of the land. [more inside]
posted by geneva uswazi on Sep 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Sorry dude, my kid's thirsty, I'm buying him a bottle of water

How does one remain friends with an uber-environmentalist/naturalist without having them drive you crazy? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Aug 18, 2010 - 33 answers

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