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Gulf Oil Spill Grows

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It's been more than a month since BP's offshore well failed and oil slick started pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. The largest oil spill in US history started with a catastrophic explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling platform on April 20, 2010, about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. 

Now, a month later, oil continues to spew from a well 5,000 feet below the water's surface, and somewhere between 5,000 and 100,000 barrels of crude oil (210,000 to 4.2 million US gallons according to the  Christian Science Monitor ) are being discharged daily. No one but BP knows just how much oil is being released each day, and they are refusing to allow independent scientists to measure the discharge, or the underwater plumes of oil not visible from the surface.   Read Full Story...
Thursday, May 20, 2010 in: News and Events, Environment and Green Living
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Call of the Wild

get it on your cell phone and help protect wildlife

The Center for Biological Diversity just released a new, free iPhone app, Wild Calls, to boost awareness of endangered species and to encourageyou  to take action to protect wildlife. Download the app from the Center or from the iTunes Store, and each week (or more frequently if you choose) one of 30 endangered species sounds recorded in each species' natural habitat will be selected from the Center’s library and “pushed” to you. Want to howl with the Mexican Wolf every time your phone rings?
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in: News and Events, Environment and Green Living
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Biking Directions Added to Google Maps

new directions route you out of traffic, away from big hills

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Monday, April 26, 2010 in: News and Events, Environment and Green Living
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Earth Day Turns 40

do you know what it's all about?

  Earth Day--it's one of those holidays that we're all aware of, even if we're not totally sure why it exists. For many of is, it gives us the vague sense that we should be turning off lights, signing petitions to save wolves and biking to work.

Earth Day was founded 40 years ago today by Senator Gaylord Nelson to help Americans make the environment a political issue. In its first year, 1970, more than 20 million demonstrators got involved in grassroots actions on Earth Day.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in: News and Events, Environment and Green Living
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Green Scene Gear: Novara Carema Pro

a fast, stable commuter perfect for bike to work month

As May is National Bike Month, and there are a couple of days this month that are being called National Bike to Work Day (there seems to be some disagreement as to which day it is), this week in Green Scene gear, we're profiling at an outstanding commuter ride. REI's Novara Strada (men's) and Carema Pro (women's) are performance commuter bikes--stable, swift, and solid at speed or when you're stopping and starting. Some aluminum frames can feel zippy at first, but after 20, 50 or 100 miles can be jolting. Not these bikes. Read Full Story...
Friday, April 09, 2010 in: Environment and Green Living, Gear
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Free Entry to Any National Park April 17-25

who says nothing is free?

Come one come all and visit any of the United State's 392 national parks during National Park week (April 17-25) for FREE. That's a whole week when you can visit your favorite national nark, or a national park that is not yet your favorite because you've never been there, but that could become a favorite.

But national park week is not the only time you can visit a national park for free. September 25, Public lands Day, and November 11, Veterans Day, you can also visit National Parks for free. Plan your visit now!

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010 in: News and Events, Environment and Green Living
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Most States Could Generate All Their Electricity With Renewables

new study shows potential of wind power and other renewables is huge

According to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), wind turbines on the continental US could generate 37 PWh a year. What NREL  researchers found: "current wind technology deployed in non-environmentally protected areas could generate 37,000,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year." So exclude national parks, wilderness and wetlands, lakes and ponds and high population areas, mount wind turbines on the rest and the US could generate twelve times the energy that we're currently using solely through wind power. Read Full Story...
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 in: News and Events, Environment and Green Living
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Icebreaker Gets the Plastic Out

new sock packaging gets rid of useless plastic

Coming soon to a retails store near you: Icebreaker socks without the that weird s-shaped clippy thing that socks are often folded over so they can hang on a display. Icebreaker is replacing these loopy pieces of plastic, called banit pins, with a folding cardboard wrap pack. Not only does this prevent discarded pins from ending up in landfills, but it makes it easier for shop employees to put the socks back in their packaging after you pull them out to fully examine them, or try them on.
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Monday, March 29, 2010 in: News and Events, Environment and Green Living, Gear
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Green Scene Gear: Helly Hansen North Marker

a high performance three layer jacket with minimal impact

High level performance in a low impact package—that’s Helly Hansen's North Marker 3L XP Ekolab jacket in a nutshell. This waterproof jacket has a polyurethane membrane that’s breathable as Paclite, and dry even when I was kneeling in a puddle to pitch my tent. The jacket is cut long in back for extra weather protection, with pit zips and a removable powder skirt that kept weather out and let me temperature regulate 99% of the time in conditions from mist to snow. Read Full Story...
Monday, March 29, 2010 in: Environment and Green Living, Gear
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The Goverment Can't Do Anything Right...Right?

a rant

I didn't write the rant below. I read it on the Facebook page of a friend of a friend, Konrad Maziarz, and I thought it was an appropriate response to much current political discussion. Off base? Or does it sum it up for you too?

This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided Read Full Story...
Friday, March 26, 2010 in: News and Events, Environment and Green Living
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