The TreeHugger Recap: Monday, June 20, 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 over the weekend, Friday through Monday, June 20.Animals
Stephen explored an innovative way to release animals into the wild with a post explaining how a team of vets are attempting to dress and smell like bobcats and recreate a seamless upbringing for kittens.

Eating Well
Summer is here and so is the heat, Blythe Copeland brought you a list of 10 cold dessert recipes for summers hottest days. Next, Kelly Rossiter encouraged your weekday vegetarianism with a recipe for orecchiette with nettles.

Art & Style
Lloyd explored the effect of the digital world on classic culture by questioning the impact of the eReader on home libraries. Next, he shared a modern green vacation home that you could rent for your next vacation or simply ogle for its sustainable design.

Energy
Mat brought us news of the nuclear power oversight in Japan and the US and an explanation of the risks. Next, Rachel Cernansky exposed Japan's new motivation to conserve energy. Finally, Brian explained the tactic of American Electrical Power to vilify the EPA and how it was exposed.

Green Thinking
A post from Lloyd shared Fox News' opinion on the hazards of green buildings. But how unbiased is the source?

Pollution
Mat explained the slow progress of the UNs efforts to cut global gas emissions and told why the former UN climate chief just announced the efforts as "dead in the water." We learned of an unconventional form of pollution in a post telling of a Portland, Oregon reservoir drained of all 8 million gallons after a man was caught peeing into it.

The Great Outdoors
Recent posts have been exposing the political unrest in Brazil dealing with protection of the Amazon, Mat drew attention to the overwhelming majority in favor of forest protection and how the government is ignoring the plea.

Green Advances
City life got some innovational green ideas with a post explaining the idea of a public urinal that filters pee to feed plants and another showing designs for a floating pool on NYC's east river that would filter river water. Next, we learned of a refrigeration warehouse that has been redesigned to run on solar. Finally, Mike shared the news of a Renault-Nissan R&D; lab that will be opening in silicon valley to focus on environmentally-efficient products.

People
Mat posted about the Better Life Initiative tool and how it measures nations' happiness based on life satisfaction, GDP, environment, etc. while letting you prioritize your options. How do you measure happiness? Next, Jacob Gordon showed a podcast of musician Ben Sollee in which he gives his opinions on coal and the wonders of the bicycle. Similarly, another post shared a video of New York deputy mayor telling us why he chooses to bike. For those of us who opt for public transportation, a following post covered a project that encourages Londoners to send in stories of kindness among commuters and posts them around the underground to inspire travelers. Then, Sami highlighted a program in which neighbors meet regularly and share advice on how to cut energy use and lead an environmentally-friendly life. Finally, Brian shared a profile of environmental activist Tim DeChristopher and told us why it is worth the read.

Business
Sami explored the economic hardship for youth in a recession and identified the new culture of sharing resources and communal living.

A Changing Environment
John Laumer shared that extreme drought has left the city of West Palm Beach, Florida with just a few weeks' worth of water left. Next, Brian posted a video of Al Gore expressing his opinions on extreme weather and climate change.

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

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