The TreeHugger Recap: July 7, 2011


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With ~30+ new posts on TreeHugger.com each weekday, we understand if you miss a post here and there. To keep you up-to-date, here's what we covered Thursday, July 7.Animals
Stephen announced that the infamous lizard smuggler has just received a sentence in LA. After, Jaymi shared a post about the most important fish in the sea before telling us that modern Polar Bears are actually from Ireland. Good news came with a post announcing that the egg industry is backing federal regulation for hen welfare.

Eating Well
Sami showed us a video about finding wild food in the mountains of New Mexico. After, Kelly gave us a Weekday Vegetarian recipe for white bean and vegetable stew.

Art & Style
Bonnie explained why one urban roof garden has been a 10-year project. Later, Emma told us how one product line uses juice to refresh your skin. Lloyd then shared a building with a green roof that is constructed of recycled shipping containers. Option-G released their next TreeHugger print that you will want to walk away with. Lloyd analyzed the importance of window placement and structure in greening a building. Kimberley Mok then showed us one artist's flowing sculpture made of 10,000s of recycled feathers. Finally, Paula Alvarado took us through a stunning recycled cabin complete with a rotating kitchen and a hanging bed.

Energy
Petz Scholtus showed us how one of the most famous cathedrals in Spain is going green with CFL light bulbs. Alex Davies then showed a different angle with UNESCO not allowing 3 wind turbines to be built near France's most famous monastery. Sami shared an old mine that has been converted into a 1.4 MW solar power plant. Later, we learned how InkJet can produce solar power cells. Later, Jacob Gordon shared a podcast with Seth Fletcher on super batteries, electric cars and the new lithium economy. Lastly, Mike walked us though geothermal energy with a real break down of ground-source heat pumps.

Green Thinking
Sami told us that the British Prime minister is asking ministers and civil servants to fly coach to cut emissions. Jaymi then shared a wooden iPad speaker that lets you take it on the go, sans electricity. Later, Mat asked why genetically modified bluegrass is exempt from federal regulation.

Pollution
A.K. Streeter exposed the failed attempt of one family to live a 1-tonne low-carbon lifestyle. Rachel then explained how fracking waste waster is poisonous to plants and trees. Next, Mat discussed the spreading of the Yellowstone River oil spill. Lastly, Mike investigated Japan's ocean-floor earth mining and showed its harm to marine ecosystems.

The Great Outdoors
Davis told us about a new book "An Elegant Wilderness" and shared the era of the Adirondacks that it exposes. Next, Sami shared a video explaining how to make your own compost tumbler from recycled wood.

Politics
We learned how the latest Department of the Interior appropriations bill is a declaration of war on America's basic environmental protection systems. After, Mat exposed the 47 groups urging New York's governor to fully ban fracking.

So, that's the Thursday recap. If you like these posts, let us know and we'll consider doing more in the future!

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