The TreeHugger Recap: Wednesday, June 22, 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 over Wednesday, June 22.Animals
Jaymi showed us a new mirrored robot that records camera-shy animals. Next, Mat gave another benefit to wind power with a potential offshore shelter for harbor porpoises. Mat shared the research that elephants are as smart as apes and dolphins and asked for a reconsideration of their rights. Later, David explained why fragmented prairies are good homes for deer ticks. Lastly, Jaymi walked us through a study that reveals the critical habitats of the most common ocean predators.

Eating Well
Blythe put together a list of seven of the most ridiculously overpriced foods and how your money could be better spent. Sami, then explained how one village is finding success trying out ways to sustain a post-oil food system. Next, we heard of some great vegetarian recipes - baked goat cheese with red onion confit and summer peach caprese salad.

Art & Style
Rachel recommended a sundance-winning documentary "If A Tree Falls" that brings an interesting perspective to environmentalism and the ELF. Next, Lloyd explored a desk design that serves multiple functions as it converts from sitting to standing.

Energy
An early post showed a timelapse video of wind turbine installation that proves that visibility matters. Next, Mat shared the new IPCC prediction that renewable energy could be 77% of the global energy supply by 2050. Here's to hoping! Jaymi then posted a new solution to battery charging and renewable energy with a solar-powered "street charger." Finally, Mat introduced China's plans for 30 GW offshore wind power by 2020.

Green Thinking
Lloyd questioned a recent dark green article about free bread being an environmental disaster by asking us to consider what makes a significant impact. After, we were shown a slideshow of DIY basic bike repairs that will get you up and rolling this summer. Lloyd continued the bike discussion by highlighting a Wall Street Journal article that declares bikes as the victors on New York City streets. Finally, Lloyd questioned the necessity of a built-in kitchen by showing designs for some more portable alternatives.

Science
Leonora Oppenheim delved into the science behind ocean acidification by exposing Helen Findlay's work in the Arctic Sea ice.

Politics
Brian brought the big news of Gore blasting Obama for failing at adequately addressing climate.

Green Advances
Lloyd exposed the huge task of fixing the Javits Convention Center and explained how doing so will cut energy by 26%. Then, Mike turned attention to electric vehicles with a post about Tesla stopping production of the electric roadster to direct focus toward the ModelS and another exhibiting an electric bus that can charge in 10 minutes.

The Digital Environment
Brian brought a list of the best green games and apps from the Games for Change Festival and showed us how learning about the environment could be fun for just about anyone.

People
On Facebook, we asked why you bike and a follow-up post showed some of your best answers. Next, Rachel posted about the arrest of Greenpeace's director and explained why he is now banned from Greenland. Brian then shared a video of this year's Miss America contestants answering whether or not they think evolution should be taught in schools. Their absurd answers will surprise you, or not. Jennifer Hattam highlighted the most extreme of Moscow road rage and told why it is the worst in the world. Lastly, Stephen told us of a Brazilian priest who has replaced player sessions with tree planting.

Business
An early post announced the cancellation of a Trump resort set to be built on the Donald's Scottish golf course and why it is an environmental victory. Net, Sami explained why environmental restrictions could be a good thing for business before presenting an argument in another post for when and why to use money. Finally, Jaymi announced an exciting bank loan in the form of $52 million from World Bank to protecting biodiversity in Madagascar.

Pollution
Brian warned us that super-polluting liquid coal may be cost-effective by 2015 and explained why we're in big trouble if that happens.

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

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