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New map shows size of forests in U.S.

Y Green: A new map created by the Woods Hole Research Center shows the height, coverage, and carbon storage levels of forests in the U.S. The map was put together by using NASA satellite images from 2000-2001 as well as ground-level surveys by the USGS and USDA Forest Service. The dataset for the map includes the forest measurements amount of carbon stored in vegetation as of 2000. The scientists involved in the project will use the map as a baseline to monitor changes in forest cover and the carbon cycle....

Catching rain with rain barrels

Y Green: When I was young, we used to high-tail it outside, clanging pots in hand, at the first whisper of a spring or summer storm. It was our firm belief that shampooing with rainwater imbued our hair with magic. Girlhood diversions aside, the truth is that harvesting rainwater may be more important than we realize. According to the UN, 20 percent of the world`s population in 30 countries faces water shortages. This number is expected to rise dramatically by 2025. Although water is something that many...

Steam showers: Save water, ease stress

Y! Green: Steam showers are the modern day equivalent of the steam baths of ancient Rome and the traditional Finnish saunas. Historically, wet steam baths have been used for cleansing, relaxation, detoxification and as a social activity. In Scandinavia and the Baltics, saunas and steam baths were often family activities. In fact, most cultures have a tradition of some kind of steam room, including Native American huts and Japanese mishiburo, dating to the 12th century. Warm, moist air opens the pores, increases...