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Quote of the Day: President Barack Obama on Climate Change : TreeHugger
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s... Continue Reading
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Canadians rush to save 11 trapped killer whales
(CNN) — Time is running short for a pack of killer whales trapped by ice near a small Canadian village on Hudson Bay, the town’s mayor said Wednesday. The 11 whales are confined in a space of about 30 feet by 30 feet, where they use an opening for a breathing hole, Inukjuak Mayor Petah Inukpuk said. The orcas were discovered Tuesday morning by a northern Quebec seal hunter. The two large and nine smaller killer whales are at least 6 miles (10 kilometers) from open water, the mayor said. They appear to be part of a family pack. The Canadian... Continue Reading
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Roots and Shoots
[vimeo 28060239 w=500 h=283] Jane Goodall on Roots & Shoots from the Jane Goodall Institute on Vimeo.   What is Roots & Shoots? Roots and Shoots is a large network initiated by Jane Goodall years a go that is actively active in over 132 countries of people of all ages making a difference. So if you are anywhere in the world and you want to do good find the local Roots and Shoots groups. http://www.rootsandshoots.org   Related articles The Heart of the Jungle (theglobalmail.org) Jane Goodall to promote conservation as Rose Parade grand marshal – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com)... Permalink
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Eat Packaging, Save Landfills
We’re a society addicted to plastic. Sure, more and more municipalities are outlawing plastic shopping bags, but we’re still consuming tons (literally) of it in other parts of our lives. Plastic is increasing as a portion of our overall waste and is expected to account for 12% of household waste in 2012. It’s no surprise if you consider what we’re loading into our reusable shopping bags. Granola bars, juice bottles, pre portioned treats, sleeves of crackers, cereal, cheese, hummus, tofu, bread…. they’re all wrapped in plastic. All that plastic isn’t going anywhere fast – it just sits in landfills and floats... Continue Reading
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Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes Into Effect
Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the first communities in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles. According to the Associated Press, the plastic bottle ban resulted from a three-year campaign by local activists. The activists pushed to reduce waste and fossil fuel use. Octogenarian Jean Hill lead the charge, telling The New York Times in a 2010 interview, “The bottled water companies are draining our aquifers and selling it back to us.” She declared, “I’m going to work until I drop on this.” The campaign Ban the Bottle claims that “It takes 17 million barrels of oil per year... Continue Reading
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Man’s Time on Earth, in Depressing Cartoon Form
MAN from Steve Cutts on Vimeo. Artist Steve Cutts produced a short, animated history of humans’ time on earth—and maybe a prediction of what’s next. It’s pretty bleak, so early in the morning in a fresh, brand-new year is probably the best time to check it out, right?... Permalink
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How Crowdfunding Saved 722 Square Miles of Rainforest
In 2007, Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, made an offer to the rest of the world. Underneath his country’s Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, lie 846 million barrels of oil valued at $7.2 billion. If the rest of the world could provide Ecuador with half that sum, Correa proposed, the oil would stay in the ground and the rainforest above it would stay intact. By August 2010, with the help of the United Nations Development Programme, Ecuador had set up a trust fund to receive whatever funds it could raise and set a... Continue Reading
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Name Bubbles Bag-Tag Campaign Benefits Water For People
Name Bubbles announces today a $24,000 dollar donation made in support of Water For People, a global organization committed to building a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation Saratoga Springs, NY (PRWEB) December 13, 2011 Name Bubbles, the award-winning personalized name labels company, announced the results of their global giving program to support Water For People, a non-profit organization that brings long-lasting water and sanitation solutions to 11 developing countries in Asia, Africa, South and Central America. Name Bubbles made an initial $10,000 donation to Water For People in 2010 and pledged earlier this... Continue Reading
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Device that harvests water from thin air wins the James Dyson Award
Young Melbourne-based inventor Edward Linacre has won the 2011 James Dyson Award, making it the second year in a row where the prestigious prize has gone to an Aussie. Linacre stole this year’s competition with his Airdrop irrigation concept that collects water from thin air. The Swinburne University of Technology design graduate was driven to transform an ancient cooling technique into a new sub-surface irrigation system, following the enduring Australian drought that saw high levels of farmer suicide along Australia’s Murray- Darling Basin. The Airdrop irrigation concept is a low-tech design that uses the simple process of condensation to harvest... Continue Reading
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