March 2014 - Our Daily Green

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sell your old iPad for cash (sponsored post)

Now is a Great Time to Get Cash For Your Old iPad
Do you have an older model iPad you have been holding on to? Are you looking to get something new? To help consumers get the best value for their old devices, Gazelle, the nation’s leading consumer electronics trade-in site, ran an analysis on the depreciation of iPad trade-in value over time and published their findings in an infographic.

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As you can see within just a year the average iPad trade-in value of older iPads significantly decreases as time passes from the point of release. With Apple re-releasing the iPad 4 at just $399 this past week, this is a great opportunity to trade in your older device for a newer one. Plus if you lock in an offer today you will have 30 days to send your old or unwanted iPad to Gazelle. This gives you the opportunity to hold onto your old device until after your new iPad is in hand. Because you are a valued reader of this site, if you click through to Gazelle you will earn an extra $10 on any iPad with a trade in value of $25 or more! (Offer expires 3/28) Visit Gazelle today, and see what your device is worth!
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tesla's Elon Musk responds to the people of New Jersey (from

Elon Musk Writes Letter To The People Of New Jersey (via Clean Technica)

Editor’s Note: Following our first article and then second brief article on the Tesla–New Jersey controversy, here’s one more. I’m not going to add commentary unless I’m stimulated to down in the comments. Below is simply a letter from Tesla…

Thursday, March 13, 2014

20 effective home remedies for swollen feet (from

20 Effective Home Remedies For Swollen Feet (via Style Craze)

Do you often wish that work would end fast so you can just get into bed or prop up your feet? Do you dread wearing high heels for fear that the swelling in your feet won't go away for the next 3 days? People who have swollen feet often suffer silently…

Friday, March 7, 2014

Saving our blue future (from

The human race and our planet need a new water ethic.

Photo by Wolfgang Schmidt
Have you heard? The world is running out of accessible clean water.
Humanity is polluting, mismanaging, and displacing our finite freshwater sources at an alarming rate. Since 1990, half the rivers in China have disappeared. The Ogallala Aquifer that supplies the U.S. breadbasket will be gone “in our lifetime,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
By 2030, global demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent, a surefire recipe for great suffering. Five hundred scientists recently told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that our collective abuse of water has caused the planet to enter “a new geologic age” and that the majority of the planet’s population lives within 31 miles of an endangered water source.
Yet in election after election the world over, no one’s paying attention to this urgent issue.
That’s why I’m calling for a new water ethic that places water and its protection at the heart of all policy and practice. This may strike you as far-fetched, but we must do it now. The future of the planet and the human race both depend on it.
And taking our water crisis seriously will change everything.
What would farm policy look like if we understood that the global food system is depleting local watersheds through the export of a torrent of “virtual water”? Vast quantities of water are embedded in apples, corn, and other crops.
How would trade policy change if we understood that global trade deals give global firms the right to claim “ownership” of the water they use in other countries?
Would our energy policies change if we realized that water-guzzling biofuels may be more environmentally dangerous than the fossil fuels they’re supposed to replace?
This new water ethic should honor four principles.
First, water is a human right and must be more equitably shared. The United Nations has recognized that drinking water and sanitation are fundamental rights and that governments have obligations not only to supply these services to their people but also to prevent harm to source water. This provides an important tool to local communities as they confront dangerous mines, dams, and fossil-fuel extraction operations around the world.
Second, water is a common heritage of humanity and of future generations and must be protected as a public trust in law and practice. Water must never be bought, hoarded, sold, or traded as a commodity on the open market and governments must maintain the water commons for the public good, not private gain. While private businesses have a role in helping find solutions to our water crisis, they shouldn’t be allowed to determine access to this basic public service. The public good trumps the corporate drive to make profits when it comes to water.
Third, water has rights too, outside its usefulness to humans. Water belongs to the Earth and other species. Our belief in “unlimited growth” and our treatment of water as a tool for industrial development have put the earth’s watersheds in jeopardy. Water isn’t merely a resource for our convenience, pleasure, and profit. It’s the essential element in a living ecosystem. We need to adapt our laws and practices to ensure the protection of water and the restoration of watersheds — a crucial antidote to global warming.
Finally, I deeply believe that water can teach us how to live together if only we will let it. There is enormous potential for water conflict in a world of rising demand and diminishing supply. But just as water can be a source of disputes, conflict, and violence, water can bring people, communities, and nations together in the shared search for solutions.
Preserving water supplies will require more collaborative and sustainable ways of growing food, producing energy, and trading across borders. It will demand robust democratic governance.
It is my deepest hope that water can become nature’s gift to humanity and teach us how to tread more lightly on the earth — in peace and respect with one another.
Maude Barlow, author of the new book Blue Future, Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever, chairs the board of the Council of Canadians and Food & Water Watch.  Distributed via OtherWords.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Renewables' disruption of the utility business model is a good thing (from

Renewables’ Disruption Of The Utility Business Model Is A Good Thing (via Clean Technica)
Originally published on Rocky Mountain Institute. Amory B. Lovins. Renewables are making headway in Europe and bringing a low-carbon electricity system to the forefront. Renewables were 69 percent of new capacity added in 2012 in Europe and 49 percent…