The TreeHugger Recap: Wednesday, June 15, 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 yesterday, Wednesday, June 15.Animals
David shared a list of 10 newly-discovered species with some pretty crazy entries - from a snot-eating leach to a jumping cockroach.

Eating Well
Kitchenware took a design turn with a post highlighting some cool mobile cooking ideas that came out of the recent Electrolux competition. Next, we were taken through some new grilling ideas with recipes for both grilled pear bruschetta and a grilled fruit and cheese plate. Kelly continued the list of vegetarian options with a Weekday Vegetarian recipe for an Italian caprese sandwich. Meanwhile, Sami took us back to the farm and showed us what large scale shiitake mushroom growing looks like. Lastly, Lloyd shared a less-than-appealing food preparation tool - the happy hotdog man. Haven't you always wanted to eat processed meat in the shape of a little person? Gross.

Politics
Mike brought us some frightening news as another Brazilian anti-logging activist was murdered defending the Amazon. Next we learned of Michelle Bachman's eagerness to abolish the EPA and what that deregulation could mean.

Green Advances
The day's posts were rife with green technical solutions such as an iPhone speaker made of nothing but a piece of bamboo. Next, Lloyd contemplated which insulation is the greenest option and why the pick has recently become more difficult. Brian, then, explored the newest label for products made with at least 25% wind power.

People
Being green turned musical with Sami's post showing the urban farmers and brass bands working to rebuild a green New Orleans and another video expressing the grievances of an organic shopper in the form of a rap. Stephen Messenger, then, took us to a more grave issue with the death of a holy man whose 4-month fast to stop pollution in India's River Ganges went unnoticed by his government.

Art & Style
The art of decorative gardening was explored in an interview with string-garden creator Fedor van der Valk which followed an earlier post explaining the simplest ways to create your own living wall.

Green Thinking
In a post promoting her new book, Jacquelyn Ottman described why eco-innovation is the best solution to greenwashing. This questioning coincided with Bonnie Alter's earlier post which questioned the efficiency of retail activism and explored the question: is it just greenwash? Finally, we took a look at a new Velo Quebec PSA campaign video which emphasized the cohabitation of bikes and cars in a charming way and asked why they can't seem to get along on the roads.

The Digital Environment
Jaymi took a look at Google Earth's newest use as a scientific resource for tracking predator-prey relationships. Next, we saw a massive 6-meter globe made of interactive screens that give a visual perspective on what it's like to live in different areas, everything from the portrayal of wildlife to depicting the effects of the tsunami.

The Great Outdoors
An early post taught us that a huge new urban campground has been planned for Brooklyn in an effort to give a taste of nature's charm. Later, first hand conservation came back with the continued protests on Blair Mountain to conserve it from demolition.

Business
Rachel Cernansky informed us that the sustainable leather company Timberland was just sold for $1.8 billion and analyzed what impact it will have on the green goals of the company. Later, Mat walked us through a report on the voluntary carbon market and showed us why 2010 reached a record high volume.

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