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11 Dead, 300 Hospitalized After Drinking Poisonous Coconut Wine

11 Dead, 300 Hospitalized After Drinking Poisonous Coconut Wine

Christmas celebrations turned sour when 11 people died and over 300 were hospitalized in the Philippines after drinking a batch of poisonous coconut wine, local police said on Monday. Holiday revelers in the provinces of Laguna and Quezon, south of Manila, fell ill after drinking a wine called lambanog, a traditional Filipino alcoholic drink that […]

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    This Season, Focus on Creating Convivial Food Experiences

    This Season, Focus on Creating Convivial Food Experiences

    By Danielle Nierenberg and Jared Kaufman Eating together does more than make people happier — it can help us all be healthier, especially around the holidays. Conviviality — eating with good company — creates a joyous atmosphere around food that reminds us to honor the food and the people eating it as well as those […]

    4 Offseason Gardening Projects to Get You Ahead for Next Year

    4 Offseason Gardening Projects to Get You Ahead for Next Year

    By Brian Barth Late fall, after the last crops have been harvested, is a time to rest and reflect on the successes and challenges of the gardening year. But for those whose need to putter around in the garden doesn’t end when cold weather comes, there’s surely a few lingering chores. Get them done now […]

    10 Tips for a Sustainable Friendsgiving

    10 Tips for a Sustainable Friendsgiving

    By Andrea Spacht Collins It’s been a big year for me: new name, new address, renewed sense of purpose about the need to tackle climate change now. As the holiday season approaches, I’m reminded that I couldn’t have done any of these things on my own. I have a powerful community of friends who have […]

    5 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Gift Ideas

    5 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Gift Ideas

    By Brian Barth Do the planet a favor and skip the roses this year. Trace the path of a rose back from your local florist to the pesticide-drenched greenhouse in South America from whence it likely came, and you will quickly realize that beautiful red bud has had an outsize role in destroying the planet. […]

    10 Ways to Indulge and Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

    10 Ways to Indulge and Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

    By Melanie Gregg and Danielle Defries Before the holidays ruin your wellness plan and make you turn as green as the Grinch, try these 10 ways to help you stay on track and keep your festive spirit. Often we feel if we can’t stick to our regular routine, then why bother? As researchers in nutrition […]

    ‘Tis the Season to Redesign and Reduce Our Waste

    ‘Tis the Season to Redesign and Reduce Our Waste

    By Pamela Tudge The holiday season has a waste problem. On average, each Canadian produces 720 kilograms of municipal waste—more than the per capita output in the U.S. and double what is produced in Japan. And over the holidays, our waste volumes double. Think about it: We’re each throwing out several additional kilos of holiday […]

    How to Have Yourself a Plastic-Free Christmas

    How to Have Yourself a Plastic-Free Christmas

    By Manuela Taboada, Glenda Amayo Caldwell, Hope Johnson, Leonie Barner and Rowena Maguire Research shows that waste can double during the Christmas period, and most of it is plastic from gift wrapping and packaging. The British, for example, go through more than 40 million rolls of (mostly plastic) sticky tape every year, and use enough […]

    5 Ways to Have a Green Christmas (and Help the Planet)

    5 Ways to Have a Green Christmas (and Help the Planet)

    It’s pretty common this time of year to hear the song White Christmas, but at EcoWatch we want folks to have a green Christmas. With a couple of tips, you can make sure your winter festivities have a smaller carbon footprint. Here are five ways you can have a more environmentally friendly holiday. 1. Give […]