One Year Ago in TH: Michael Crichton, Water, Crocs

A year ago today in TreeHugger, we took note of the winner of a book prize created by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists; here's a hint...it wasn't to anyone telling them to stop looking for oil. Meanwhile, a new voice piped up in the debate over wind power, and there was (finally!) a departure from the stereotype of radical environmentalists vs. self-centered NIMBYs. We also discovered Hydro-dis, a "water disinfection technology [that] will allow businesses and everyday families to clean and reuse water again and again without the use of external chemicals." Sounds pretty good; does it really work?

TreeHugger was also dabbling in the art of weaving, trying Crocs on for size and taking a closer look at the final act that is green burial. A list of everything we covered last August 25, after the jump.Hydro-dis, a chemical-free water disinfection process, had just been developed as a joint venture between the University of South Australia's Ian Wark Research Institute, and an Adelaide company, SSS Water.

TreeHugger Warren wondered: Are crocs the Birkenstock of the 21st century?

David Robinson, a textbook buyer for the University of Alaska, Anchorage, showed us how he creates unique, even timeless designs in his office in the university bookstore from a wide range of recycled and reclaimed materials.

There was finally a new voice in the constant battle over wind power between the stereotypical radical environmentalist and the self-centered NIMBYs.

We stopped by Montreal's International Flora 2006, a four-month long flower show with Quebecois attitude. Unlike most garden exhibits that are created to be in bloom for one perfect week, this one was planted in June and visitors can watch as it grows and develops over the summer and autumn months.

TreeHuggerTV's newest episode brought a whole new meaning to the term Urban Jungle! We're not talking concrete and high rises, but about a beautifully green and fertile garden bearing fruit and veg for the community.

Following up a question about "What's on your plate?", we asked "What's in your rice bowl?" Unfortunately, the answer could be: more than you think, as commercial long grain rice grown in the United States has been found to include untested and unapproved genetically engineered rice.

If you've ever been to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv you'll notice something really gross covering candy bars and packaged goods in convenient stores: a thick layer of black greasy gunk. So we were glad to hear about Israel's purchase of a fleet of green buses to help cut back on air pollution.

We looked at the possibility of greening your burial so you can continue to benefit the planet, even though you aren't living on it anymore.

Native foods can be an important part of a TreeHugger diet; we pondered the top six underrated native foods.

We were glad to see that TreeHugging retailer ABC Home launched a line of organic home care products.

Lastly, global warming denier Michael Crichton received a book award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for "notable journalistic achievement, in any medium, which contributes to public understanding of geology, energy resources or the technology of oil and gas exploration." Hmm.

"One Year Ago in TH", a roundup of posts featured 365 days ago on TreeHugger, appears every Saturday on TreeHugger.

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