Must Reads

April 2015 Issue

Earth Day 2015

Hope for Our Future by Julianne Hale When we learn about the condition of our most valuable resource—this spinning planet we call home—we may feel a sense of urgency, desperation or even defeat. Global climate change is a powerful foe, and current efforts may seem like a losing race against time. Yet, mounting evidence suggests that the global community is making progress, giving rise to the possibility that climate change ... Read More »

The Color Green Makes Exercise Feel Easier

Fifty Shades of Fit Research from the University of Essex, in England, suggests that viewing natural green images while exercising may be better than being exposed to other colors. The researchers tested 14 people doing moderate-intensity cycling while watching video footage of predominantly gray, red or green imagery. Each of the participants underwent three cycling tests—one with each of the videos—along ... Read More »

Memory Works Better Reading Real Books

Paper Over Pixels Researchers from Norway’s Stavanger University and France’s Aix-Marseille Université found that readers remember a story better if it’s on paper. The study tested 50 people that read the same 28-page short story. Half of the group read the paper version and the other half read the story on a Kindle e-reader. The researchers discovered that readers of ... Read More »

Corporate Do-Gooders

U.S. Recognizes Companies for Earth-Sound Policies Each year, the U.S. Department of State presents Awards for Corporate Excellence recognizing U.S.-owned businesses that play vital roles worldwide as good corporate citizens. Parameters include supporting sustainable development, respect for human and labor rights, environmental protection, open markets, transparency and other democratic values. The 2014 winners, announced last December, include the EcoPlanet Bamboo ... Read More »

Affordable Health Care from Mother Nature

Unlike their Eastern counterparts, North American and some European herbalists seek to directly mitigate health issues or facilitate specific bodily functions using particular plants, roots and barks. Native Americans embraced the belief that Mother Nature provides, contending that the herbs of a local environment provide for all of the needs of the people dwelling there. For example, snake weed is ... Read More »

Nature’s Wisdom

Its Lessons Inspire, Heal and Sustain Us CHRISTINE MACDONALD The environment is not separate from ourselves; we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us. ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman While the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature is a prevailing theme in much of modern civilization, naturalists and ... Read More »

Earth in Peril

Children Confront Climate Change in HBO Documentary This month, Home Box Office (HBO), in collaboration with New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, will air the new documentary, Saving My Tomorrow. Scientists representing the museum discuss how temperature change affects life on Planet Earth, but the majority of voices are those of children. Their words cry out for universal ... Read More »

Acne Is Treatable with Proper Protocol and Commitment

by Dr. Mariana Boneva Over the past 10 years, the number of my clients who continue to suffer from acne long after puberty has progressively increased. Most of them are women who have tried nearly everything to fix the problem, from over-the-counter and prescription medication to light-based procedures. They finally come to me because they haven’t seen any significant results. ... Read More »

Ancient Voices Deliver Modern Warning

By Klara Ibarra If your experience is that your food comes from the grocery store and your water comes from the tap, you’ll defend to the death the system that brings those to you because your life depends on it. If, on the other hand, your food comes from a landbase and your water comes from a river, then you’ll ... Read More »

Non-Profits Enter To Win 5K Grant at NY Green Festival

The Green Festival Expo, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, will take place April 24-26 at the LEED-certified Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. Held in major cities throughout the United States, the Green Festival is designed as an inspiration and one-stop-shop for people who want to live a more balanced life. It includes presentations by ... Read More »