The TreeHugger Recap: Thursday, June 30, 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, June 30.Animals
Sami explained why animal and worker abuse go hand in hand in the meat industry. He then shared why Canada is amking an effort to breed stronger honeybees before telling us about community supported chicken keeping. We heard the shocking statistic that West and Central African elephant populations have declined 50% in the last 40 years. After, David showed a slideshow of a few of the hundreds of species discovered in the Philippines in the last year. Finally, Jeff Nield introduced Eggzy, an online roost network for backyard chickens.

Eating Well
Blythe Copeland gave us recipes for pineapple mojitos and other interesting recipes for grilling this summer. Next, Kelly shared a weekday vegetarian recipe for mushroom and potato curry soup. Lastly, Lloyd explained why the study comparing local diets to meat free ones is dated and debunked.

A Changing Environment
Jaymi showed the haunting iceberg images revealed in Camille Seaman's TED talk. Mat then explained the massive climate crunch facing California vineyards and told what losses they can expect to see.

Art & Style
Petz Scholtus gave us a recap of the Rock-A-Field music festival and explained why its efforts make it the greenest one around. Next, we saw interesting from Gavin Turk. Emma Grady shared a Brazilian accessory company that is making hat ties out of craft beer caps. Paula Alvarado introduced a new magazine, "The Plant Journal," designed to explore the creative relationships between people and plants. Lloyd then told us about the cool hats being shown to Will and Kate and explained how they represent the current state of Canada. After, Chris introduced the new TreeHugger flickr community and shared an incredible photo from a guest. Kimberley Mok showed a compact Swedish micro-home that challenges the popular cube. Lastly, we saw the latest addition to Option-G's TreeHugger print series.

Energy
Mike told us how stealth new wind turbines won't interfere with radars. After, we learned that a college in California became the first to produce more energy that it uses. Brian then explained what is next in wind power technology before announcing that Denmark plans to be 42% wind power by 2020 and potentially 100% by 2050. Lastly, he told us why a manmade island could act as a battery for wind power.

Green Thinking
Jaymi told us about a cycling duo who is biking across two continents in the name of water. After, Sami explained why the truth behind the McDonald's hot coffee law suit could have environmental implications. Rachel then shared how some California cities are recycling asphalt to fill pot holes. Green and cheap! She then gave the surprising statistic that having a meat-free diet one day a week saves more GHG emissions than a 100% local diet. Later, Lloyd explained how everyday furniture can double as a home gym. Finally, Brian presented a case study on Copenhagen that defends adopting their environmental plans.

Pollution
Lloyd gave us a look into why petroflourinated chemicals could be linked to ADHD. After, we heard that the NRDC Annual Beach Report had grim news about the state of our beaches.

The Great Outdoors
Alex Davies shared a 1955 British cycling film that highlights the timeless joys of countryside touring.

Politics
Mat tols us that New Jersey voted to
ban fracking, while New York's governor plans to partially lift their state moratorium on it. He later followed up with a post about the EPA's plan to add new fracking air quality regulations. Mike then shared the news of the German Parliament's acceptance of the 2022 nuclear shutdown proposal.

Green Advances
Lloyd showed us a neat propane-powered coffee maker that could be great for the caffeine-addicted campers out there. Later, we heard about the European phone company Orange's release of a sound-charged t-shirt that powers your cell phone. Finally, Mat announced that the first factory farm biofueled flight was just completed.

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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