The TreeHugger Recap: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Coryphella polaris; Photos by Alexander Semenov
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 Tuesday, June 21.Animals
Jeff Kart explored a new sort of dangerous fish in a post describing the numerous recent injuries caused by jumping Gulf Sturgeon. Next, David shared the discovery of a new giant crab species in Costa Rica. Lastly, we heard about a young Antarctic emperor penguin who took a wrong turn then landed him on a New Zealand beach.
Sami introduced a new sort of artificial meat - the lab-grown kind - and explained how it could slash meat-related emissions by 96%. Then, Kelly gave the weekday vegetarian pitch with a tasty recipe for stuffed spring morels. Finally, a post explored the dangerous toxins associated with the "clean fifteen" and "dirty dozen" produce lists and showed why the numbers aren't quite accurate.
A Changing Environment
Mat taught us that the sea level rise in the last 100 years is the more drastic than any time in the last 2,000. Following up, Jaymi exposed the expert analysis of the ocean's decline and drew out the issues of climate change and pollution on marine environments. Lastly, Lester Brown raised the issue of deforestation in terms of livestock growth and overgrazing.
Art & Style
Posts focused on upcycling with a highlight on salvaged wood headboards (some to DIY) and a post by Colleen Vanderlinden that suggested reusing your old wooden ladder as a gardening trellis. Jaymi, then, showed the undersea photography of Alexander Semenov that will blow your mind.
Jaymi showed us an infographic that explains energy consumption and even points out potential for savings. Next, Lloyd warned us to do a little thinking before we start wishing for lower gas prices and mapped out the consequences. A final post brought to attention the massive solar field in Israel that is the first of many planned. Brian announced CleanPath's plan to invest $800 million in solar energy across the nation. After, we saw a video of the CEO of Solar Reserve and learned where the technology stands. Lastly, Lohn Laumer announced that TVA and reactor makers Babcock and Wilcox are working together to build miniature reactors that will contribute to a larger output.
The new green facebook game Double Impact is up and running and Chris invited you to cast your vote and choose the next challenge. Next, Jaymi shared the new idea for American Airlines to switch from paper to iPads and how that could save them over a million in fuel. Bicycles were a hot topic a slideshow giving tips on how to buy the right one and then in a later post, Bonnie explained why bikes have seemingly taken over Britain. Mat reviewed Alexis Modrigal's new book Powering The Dream and David promoted the live discussion with him on June 23 at 3:30 est - be sure to tune in! Lastly, Mat showed a point-counterpoint on the safety of fracturing and gave his personal opinion on the matter.
Jaymi brought up a first-of-its-kind survey that pinpoints the most prominent litter brand names that appear in the San Francisco bay. McDonalds. 7-eleven. We're looking at you.
Rachel Cernasky explained the rise of solar powered irrigation in Kenya and explained the environmental implications. Next, Llyod tackled green designs in an interview with Peter Busby on architecture and in another post which took a look at the Revolator and explained why the elevator design could have been revolutionary. Later, he explained LEED's new pilot credit and walked us through what it means for the industry. Mike told us about Charge, a documentary about the world's first zero emission motorcycle grand prix and gave his opinions on the film. Following, Paula Alvarado gave us a look at zero electricity lighting in plastic bottles that is popping up from Brazil to Chile. Lastly, Sami explored the electric motorbike and asked why is seems to be ignored.
A video posted by A. K. Streeter shows the Bike Queen's argument for pedestrian rights and why they are so immediately important. Next, Lloyd followed up on Monday's post about national happiness by sharing a poll. Just how happy are you? Finally, we heard of the discovery of a new uncontacted Amazon tribe in Brazil.
Mat told us that global oil consumption hit a record high in 2010 and how supply and demand are altering. After, Sami showed a video about a Gulf fisherman's struggle for economic survival, post-oil-spill. Lastly, the CEO of Green For All explained that we are in the middle of a green job revolution and why the world seems to be overlooking it.
So, that's the Tuesday recap. If you like these posts, let us know and we'll consider doing more in the future!