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[ 11 tips for photographing night skies ]

As rampant light pollution becomes more commonplace, many seek the beauty and joys of dark skies. Protected wild lands are the perfect places to revel in the timeless pleasure of starry skies.

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[ Mass Efficiency: Bay State Best In Saving Energy, Again ]

Massachusetts held the top spot for the fourth consecutive year and Wyoming again brought up the rear in the latest annual assessment of state energy efficiency efforts. In between, there was a lot of movement on the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, both positive and negative – Arkansas leaped six places to 31st, while Indiana fell 13 places to 40th.

Overall, the group behind the ratings, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, said states (and the District of Columbia) were doing a better job taking advantage of energy efficiency, which it called “a resource that is cleaner, cheaper, and quicker to deploy than building new supply.” The ACEEE said state programs helped trim electricity use by 24.3 million megawatt-hours in 2013, equal to the annual energy use of about 2 million homes and a 7 percent improvement over 2011.…

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[ Conservation Groups and Utah’s Daggett County Reach Agreement in Rep. Bishop’s Public Land Initiative; Agreement may serve as model for balance and collaboration ]

Michael Reinemer

This plan will result in new wilderness areas, river and wildlife protections in many sensitive areas of the county, and land exchanges to remove school trust lands from areas highlighted for conservation.

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[ Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in Japan ]

Thought leaders from across Japan’s energy sector gathered in Tokyo last week to discuss the role energy will play in adapting the country’s cities to a challenging environment of aging and declining population and increasing dependence on foreign sources for food and fuel. Tokyo-Yokohama, the world’s largest urban concentration, is already in many ways in the vanguard of the future of urban centers. What happens in this mega city is being watched closely across the planet for ideas to emulate or avoid.

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[ Study: time outdoors improves kids’ emotional IQ ]

Ever wonder what would happen if kids didn’t use electronics for a few days? After all, children have reported spending seven hours a day staring at screens.

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How Do You "Go Green"?

How do you GO GREEN?

Recycle paper, glass, and plastics
Use reusable shopping bags
Conserve water (turn off faucet when brushing teeth, short showers, etc)
Bike or walk instead of driving whenever possible

Green Tip of the Month:

Save natural resources, as well as late fees, by enrolling in easy, online bill-paying options with your bank, credit card companies, cable and utility providers. Paperless billing not only saves trees; it also eliminates the fossil fuel (read: CO2 emissions) needed to get all those dozens and dozens of billing envelopes from them to you and back again. Plus, you’ll save money on stamps, which can really add up over time.