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Are there alternatives to conventional, energy-hogging air conditioners?

Are there alternatives to conventional, energy-hogging air conditioners?

Pictured: The chlorofluorocarbon coolant widely used in air conditioners through the 1980s was phased out because it was damaging the Earth’s protective ozone layer, but the chemicals that replaced it are some 2,100 times stronger as greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide. We may have saved the ozone layer, but -- whoops! -- there goes the climate.

Dear EarthTalk: Has an alternative to air conditioning to keep rooms cool been invented that is significantly cheaper and/or that uses significantly less energy than traditional air conditioning?                                        -- Ashutosh Saxena, Allahabad, India

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Attract birds & butterflies no matter what size your landscape

Attract birds & butterflies no matter what size your landscape

Add a little extra color and motion to your summer garden with containers designed to attract birds and butterflies. Many garden centers continue to sell annuals throughout the summer and many of these mid-season annuals are a bit bigger, providing instant impact.

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Marriage is about commitment

Marriage is about commitment

When this happens, seven women will grab the same man, and each of them will say, “I'll buy my own food and clothes! Just marry me and take away my disgrace” (Isaiah 4:1 CEV).

The book Isaiah talks a day when seven women will look for one man to give them his name. They will be willing to marry the same man and share him with six others. This will never work because marriage is a union between two people that results in something greater. Marriage requires, an exclusive, committed relationship that result in two people becoming one emotionally and spiritually.

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10 tips for hosting a girlfriends getaway

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- Vacation partnering is on the rise among women. With many people facing the rising costs of caring for families, paying down debt and still wanting to live 'the good life,' traveling for pure relaxation seems out of reach. That is why partnering with sisters and friends is a way to enjoy traveling while sharing the cost and having a fun experience.

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Give summer stressed plants a helping hand

Give summer stressed plants a helping hand

Don't let summer stressors ruin your landscape's good looks. Instead give your plants' natural defenses a boost and keep both vegetable gardens producing and flowers blooming.

Busy summer schedules can lead to plant neglect and less-than-picture-perfect gardens. When you team this with summer heat and drought that can lead to wilting, brown leaves, and poor growth, and add insects and diseases that can further weaken and damage plants, gardens can really suffer.

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The world needs your light

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. (Mathew 5:14).

If you have been following the local and world news, you know that the world needs light now more than ever. Matthew 5:14 tells us that we are the light of the world. This is a powerful truth because all of us begin life full of power and potential.  We all have the power to emit a light that cannot be hid, a light that illuminates our pathways and gives meaning to our journeys.  No darkness or sadness can overtake us when we let our light shine. This powerful outlook on life is our gift to ourselves and to the world.

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Great bake-free desserts ideas for summer

(StatePoint) Nobody likes working in front of a hot oven during the summer. But if you and your family love desserts, you’ll still want to partake of sumptuous treats that will keep you all cool.

According to top dessert experts, there’s a whole world of alternatives to baking for those who suffer from a year-round sweet tooth.

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