The TreeHugger Recap: Thursday, July 21, 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 on Thursday, July 21, 2011.Animals
David showed us a slideshow of animals we've recruited for pest control and explained the consequences. After, Mat told us about the over 1,500 cattle that have died from extreme heat in South Dakota.

Eating Well
Petz Scholtus told us about a movement to create zero waste cuisine that uses food scraps in interesting recipes. After, Lloyd shared Marion Nestle's response to Scientific America regarding salt and food politics. Following, we celebrated National Junk Food Day with healthy recipes for some junk food favorites. Lastly, Rachel warned that there may be unregulated arsenic levels in apple juice.

A Changing Environment
Jaymi mapped out the huge drought that is impacting the horn of Africa. Next, Mat showed us the driest place on Earth as it is covered in 32 inches of snow. He then counted the dramatic effects of climate-related disasters. After, Jacob Gordon introduced a podcast with the producer of "An Inconvenient Truth" Lawrence Bender. Later, Brian told us exactly why these overnight 107 degree temperatures are so bad.

Art & Style
Bonnie told us about some interesting posters and why they are good enough to eat. Emma then displayed some compostable swimwear from Miami fashion week. Option-G introduced their next print in the TreeHugger series. After, babies took the stage with Inhabitots best outdoor green play gear and an explanation of the Netflix of baby clothes - Plum. Paula Alvarado showed one architect's solution to women's hardships in Mexico with adobe homes.

Energy
Sami explained why a 50 MW solar farm is planning to grow to 400 MW due to low costs. Sierra Club's Sarah Hodgdon then announced a game-changer for clean energy that has come in the form of a $50 million donation from Bloomberg.

Green Thinking
Alex Davies shared the European vehicle CO2 rankings and gave the winners and the losers. Next, Lloyd argued for road sharing from the bikers' point of view. He then promoted his book review of "The Agile City" and live chat with its author James Russell. After, Mat told us that Sea Shepherd's ship Steve Irwin is being detained in the Shetland Islands and required a $1.4 million bond for release. Lloyd discussed the death by design concept of inefficient city planning that asks for accidents. After, Jaymi explained MIT's tracking system that shows where old gadgets go to die. Later, Sami compared spitballs to recycling and noted the lesson in each. Finally, Brian showed us an incandescent light bulb hoarder who has realized his mistake.

Science
Brian told us that roundup is stimulating the evolution of super weeds that grow three inches a day. Later, Jaymi showed us an army of tiny robots that are being used to monitor radioactive leaks in underground pipes.

Pollution
Jaymi told us that the Obama administration is claiming a stronger stance on e-waste. After, Brian listed the 20 states with the most toxic air.

The Great Outdoors
Sami showed a video about DIY aquaponics. Jaymi then noted a TED talk that explains how flowers play tricks on pollinators. After, we got a firsthand account from the cycling group traveling across Scandinavia. Finally Sami shared that tobacco farmers are transitioning to diversified, sustainable agriculture.

Green Advances
A.K. Streeter shared five contemporary ways to save space and water. Jaymi then discussed Bloomberg's $50 million donation to Sierra club. Following, we were shown a solar-powered bike bus concept that could make traveling green and easy. Later, Mike shared Bill Clinton's advice to paint your roofs white to combat heat. He then told us about Tesla's $100 million RAV4 deal with Toyota.

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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