The Treehugger Recap: Monday, June 13, 2011
The sedated tiger being relocated after found in hotel. Photo credit: WWF Nepal/Min Bajracharya
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 yesterday, Monday, June 13.
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Monday we learned of the death of a tiger, translocated after wandering into a hotel in India. Later, we looked into the conservation potential of the 300 person protection task force just created to protect the estimated 400 tigers living in India and Bangladesh. Tigers weren't the only animal threatened by extinction. A post by Stephen Messenger told of the Great Indian Bustard and how its fate was sealed by a potential misspelling. Sami Grover updated us on the growing popularity of beekeeping with a post on beekeeping on NYC rooftops and found a video of a beauty queen using beekeeping as her talent. Lastly, Jeff Kart highlighted the unexpected dangers city bugs face.
Sami Grover posted another funny video from the newly-popular vegan black metal chef, proving that veganism and passivism are not synonymous. Kelly Rossiter shared something a bit more relaxed for those of us embracing a meat-free diet by introducing a recipe for a nettle and ricotta tart, written as part of the weekly vegetarian series. Introducing more recipes, chef Barton Seaver taught us about the importance of choosing fresh seafood and shared a recipe for his soft-shell crab. Lastly, we looked at the shocking popularity cicada ice cream.
Brian Merchant reminded us why Rush Limbaugh is the biggest climate naysayer and asked what happened to all of Obama's promised green jobs, before pointing to an email from pre-VP-candidate Sarah Palin on her hesitance toward big oil that has come out with the recent release of her emails as half-term Governor of Alaska.
A highlight of this year's winners of the Observer Ethical awards exposed us to interesting new green efforts and confirmed the trend toward fair trade goods. In another exciting post, Lloyd Alter revoked his previously negative opinion about living walls after considering new numbers and statistics. Lloyd then went on the explore other ways that green technology can move into the city landscape by explaining ISA's plans for a silo to be built on top of an existing Philadelphia building - perhaps too forward-thinking for the preservation-minded city.
A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT
Global climate change is taking a dramatic toll according to a post which revealed drastic new statistics that show a steep decline in snowpack since the 80s and another that shared the shocking water shortage caused by a Texas drought and the industries affected. However, the news wasn't all negative as Jaymi Heimbuch held a live chat session with Carolyn Sotka about her book, The Death and Life of Monterey Bay, and exposed the incredible impact that single species can have on an environment and the positive change that conservation can inspire.
Sharing data and graphic analysis from "Per Square Mile," Lloyd Alter posted some hard-to-believe data about the concentration of the global population - packed as tightly as the people of Paris, everyone could fit into the parameters of 3 states. But we learned that not everyone runs on the same limited resources and the output of billionaires is often much higher. Is there such thing as a green billionaire?
Lloyd Alter looked at the big news aboutformaldehyde and why you should be concerned about its use in building materials. Later, he followed up with more chemicals added to the list of toxic carcinogens - many are included in over the counter items that are more common than you'd think.
The law suit of plastic bag manufacturers against ChicoBags is coming back to the forefront of the news with their continued accusation that ChicoBags exaggerates the negative impact of their competitor - plastic bags. While one environmental impact was questioned, another was confirmed with the shocking news that farming may be the most dangerous industry of all due to the release of carbon and pesticides.
So, that's the Monday recap. If you like these posts, let us know and we'll consider doing more in the future!