The TreeHugger Recap: Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Image: NASA; ESA; G. Bacon, STScI

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 Wednesday, July 6.Animals
Jennifer Hattam told us how Siberian birds are getting a helping hand from locals in surviving the tough winter. Jaymi then told us about a fun pocket penguins app that shows 24/7 live penguin footage before explaining the outrage in the UK that followed the killing of a polar bear on a TV show.

Eating Well
Lloyd explained how chocolate customization has been made easier with a 3D printer. Next, Blythe shared nine delicious alternative ice creams, from organic to gluten-free. Sami then explained the brutal process of trapping feral pigs as a green solution before diving into the politics of community gardening and municipal land to fight hunger. Lastly, Jerry shared a wine-accompanying recipe for olive oil cake with currants and sea salt.

A Changing Environment
Rachel shared the consequences of an arctic mega mine being pushed by a UK billionaire. After, Mat explained the effects of the snowmelt flooding Yellowstone River and how it impacts the oil spill cleanup. Lester Brown walked us through the relationship between rising temperatures and food security. Finally, Lloyd told us about a potential open quarry set to be built outside Toronto that would be the second largest in North America.

Art & Style
Lloyd told us how plywood designs from the 60s can teach us lessons today. Later, CasaSugar shared a post about decorating your fireplace for summer.

Energy
Sami shared the promising news of how solar worked to smooth the energy shortage after the fukushima disaster.

Green Thinking
Blythe exposed six lame excuses for why you aren't a bike commuter and explained the best ways to get over them. Lloyd then questioned the promise of being recyclable on some consumer goods and shared why it may not be for the best. Lastly, we heard of a GOOD challenge that asks you to limit your waste for the month.

Science
Jaymi explored the similarities between technology and nature by showing a snail-inspired robot. After, Christine Lepisto announced that NASA's hubble telescope just celebrated its millionth space observation.

Pollution
Mat told us that China's coal production is predicted to peak in 2027. He then analyzed the real cost of air travel and explained why neither the airlines nor the passengers can afford to pay for the emissions. After, Stephen warned us of the potential connection between air pollution and brain damage and depression.

Politics
Mat exposed the Chinese oil companies and state authority that has covered up a 324 square mile oil spill for the last month. After, Rachel compared the National Parks policies of Obama and Bush.

Green Advances
Bonnie told us what sound studios are doing to go green. Then, Sami announced that FedEx has added 4,000 efficient delivery vehicles to their fleet. Finally, Lloyd shared a different sort of solution that involved urinals that can be strapped onto trees.

People
Jaymi showed us an uninhabited island that has just been bought on Craiglist as a haven for artists. Afterwards, Lloyd shared the new poster child for Toronto's war on bikes, a man who crashed his bike into a car by running a red light on a one way street.

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