Thank, Ryan, for the link and the motivation to make a long overdue post!
Opower, an energy consulting firm, compared the electricity useof 145,000 American households during last year’s Super Bowl with consumption on other winter Sundays when the weather was similar. Power use was down by as much as 7.7 percent, depending on the region of the country. And in the West, where the game ended early in the evening, electricity consumption was depressed until bedtime.
When it comes to Christmas trees, Americans increasingly prefer plastic pines over the real thing.
Kim Jones, who was shopping for a tree at a Target store in Brooklyn this week, was convinced that she was doing the planet a favor by buying a $200 fake balsam fir made in China instead of buying a carbon-sipping pine that had been cut down for one season’s revelry.
“I’m very environmentally conscious,” Ms. Jones said. “I’ll keep it for 10 years, and that’s 10 trees that won’t be cut down.”
But Ms. Jones and the millions of others buying fake trees might not be doing the environment any favors.
In this day and age, it is baffling to me that we actually need to INTRODUCE legislation "that would require chemical manufacturers to prove the safety of their products before they're released into the market." Should this not be the de facto standard? Unfortunately not!!
Newark, New Jersey (CNN) -- Of the 84,000 chemicals on the market today -- many of which are in objects that people come into contact with every day -- only about 1 percent of them have been studied for safety, Sen. Frank Lautenberg said Tuesday. Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, told a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health that such little oversight means that children in the United States are virtual "guinea pigs in an uncontrolled experiment."
I recently attended West Coast Green here in SF with my friend Bill H. We attended the keynote address by with Bill McDonough who was, as always, entertaining and engaging. He told the following story about New Oxford College:
The college had a main hall built in the early 1600s with beams 40-feet long and two-feet thick. A committee was formed to try to find replacement trees because the beams were suffering from dry rot. If you keep in mind that a veneer from an English oak can be worth seven dollars a square foot, the total replacement costs for the oaks were prohibitively expensive.
A young faculty member suggested, "Why don't we ask the College Forester if some of the lands that had been given to Oxford might have enough trees to call upon?" And when they brought in the forester, he said, "We've been wondering when you would ask this question.
When the present building was constructed 350 years ago, the architects specified that a grove of trees be planted and maintained to replace the beams in the ceiling when they would suffer from dry rot." Bateson's remark was, "That's the way to run a culture." Our question and hope is, "Did they replant them?"
This year’s extreme heat is putting the world’s coral reefs
under such severe stress that scientists fear widespread die-offs, endangering
not only the richest ecosystems in the ocean but also fisheries that feed
millions of people.
From my friends at Gray is Green - they have recently published their first series of fact sheets. The fact sheets are designed to quickly and efficiently convey concepts of sustainability to your communities. The first three fact sheets focus on food - meat, fish and corn. You can download them here.
CNBC’s documentary, "Trash Inc: The Secret Life of
Garbage," premiers on Wednesday, September 29th at 9pm ET/PT.
Reported by CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla, "Trash Inc: The Secret Life of
Garbage," takes an inside look at what happens to our garbage after we
throw it out – where it goes, who touches it, and who makes money. Beyond
the bags piled at the curb, viewers will see the intricate logistical ballet
performed every day by armies of sanitation workers, engineers, and even
entrepreneurs, to get rid of – and sometimes get rich from – our trash.
Viewers will also get a stunning and surprising look, once we throw something
away, at where “away” can be – just part of the exploding worldwide
environmental challenge posed by garbage.
Climate change wasn’t the only environmental issue on
Congress’s agenda over the past three years — it just seemed that way.
With the cap-and-trade bill dead in the Senate, lawmakers and environmental
groups are looking to shine the spotlight on a slew of problems that received
almost no attention in recent years, such as acid rain, overfishing, polluted
drinking water and toxic chemicals in consumer products.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined President and
Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda, Co-Founder and
Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Motors Elon Musk and Lieutenant Governor Abel
Maldonado to announce an historic new partnership between the automotive
companies that will benefit California's economy and environment.
Toyota announced it will invest $50 million in Tesla Motors
and will partner with Tesla to manufacture electric vehicles (EVs).
Additionally, Tesla announced that it will acquire the NUMMI
plant in Fremont and begin production of its Model S EV in 2012.
Today's action could create more than 1,000 green jobs in