The TreeHugger Recap: Weekend, June 17-19, 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 the weekend, Friday through Sunday, June 17,18, and 19.Animals
Blythe Copeland brought us a slideshow highlighting the biggest animal news of the week - everything from new species to thought-to-be-extinct mountain lions. Birds stole the headlines over the weekend with posts featuring a halt in the Toronto Transit system that spared a family of ducks, a song remix competition starring threatened birds and a pitch for the creation of a chickenosaurus. Brian announced that 19,000 species are now in danger of extinction before Jennifer Hattam highlighted one that has made a comeback. In an effort to conserve African endangered species, we learned that Kenya expanded wildlife corridors to allow for the safe passage of elephants. Lastly, Kimberley Mok showed us Hong Kong's first urban beekeepers and explained why they secure the survival of local traditions.

Eating Well
In an early post, Sami delved deeper in to the debate of local food and discussed the reality of a world depending solely on small farms. Next, Walmart's views on the importance of healthy eating were shared in an effort to explain why it may be easier than you think. The grosser side of food was exposed in two posts from Sara Novak that told us of Listeria being found at a Kellogg cookie plant in Georgia and of a Japanese artificial meat made from human feces extract. How does that sound for summer grilling? Gross. Finally, Christine Lepisto took us through the real questions posed by the cicada ice cream trend and why people have developed a fear of consuming insects.

A Changing Environment
Sami explained the idea of geoengineering and told us why it shouldn't be dismissed just yet. Next, we saw the effects of climate change in a post showing photos of desertification in inner Mongolia and another which told of the 500,000 evacuated during a massive flood in China. Climate change impacts on the US were explored in a post by Sarah Hodgdon about the threatened San Gabriel mountains and John Laumer predicted a US internal migration. Finally, Brian drew attention to the opinions of one theorist who thinks that climate change should be encouraged because it is saving us from the black plague.

Art & Style
Emma Grady brought us a collection of TreeHugger photos from the week in a beautiful slideshow. Opinions were shared on the new Olympic Basketball Arena as Bonnie Alter likened it to a collapsible flatpack and Lloyd followed up by asking if it could be the ugliest building ever. Later, Lloyd told us of Kaid Benfield's theory that green buildings may have more to do with the right context than anything else. Lastly, we learned of innovative green design with the winner of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards Best in Green category, a surfboard made of 72 used beer cans and a project from Artist for Humanity Youth which developed plastic bag bar stools.

Energy
Mat announced that solar power module prices are predicted to drop to $1 per watt in 2012. Following, Mike told us of new solar investments with DOE awarding $2 billion in loans to double concentrating solar capacity in the US. Solar panels attracted attention with Obama failing to install them on the White House and the determined potential of rooftop solar power meeting half of New York City's peak energy needs. Wind power brought more attention to alternative energy with a wind-powered mosque being built in Germany and a video exploring the impact of wind farms on an American town. Finally, Lester Brown explained the advantages of geothermal power and why it seems to be heating up worldwide.

Green Thinking
Summer's heat generally means spikes in your bills too, but a post from the EPA explained measure you can take to cut costs with Energy Star. Next, Alex Davies shared the green pitch for a dropped speed limit in Strasbourg but showed why the city wasn't ready for the move.

Science
Mat explained the demand for a Dengue Fever vaccine and announced that one may be ready as soon as 2015.

The Great Outdoors
Every summer Paris brings nature to the city by setting up beached along the river, Alex Davies told us why this year is bigger than ever. Then, Sami explained why farmer's protection of nature is really worth billions a year.

Politics
Sami took a second look at the UK government's ignored peak oil warnings in an effort to uncover what was really missed. Next an interesting video of Van Jones challenging Glen Beck to a debate was posted. Finally, Bonnie Hulkower informed us that New York legislators have only until June 20th to pass the New York Solar Jobs act.

Green Advances
Mat explored new biofuel applications by announcing Honeywell's first scheduled non-stop trans-atlantic biofuel flight. Next, Mike exposed a different energy-efficient vehicle, Honda's new Fit Shuttle Hybrid.

People
Mat reopened the story of the fasting Ganga activist who died earlier in the week and brought up the suspicion of foul play. Edward Glaeser's argument against local agriculture was then pitched and analyzed. Next, Dan told us about the arrest of Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo and his actions against Arctic Oil Drilling. Finally, Stephen explained what has driven a 10-year-old girl in her fight to save a mountain.

Business
Lloyd followed up on discussions from last week by analyzing the true cost of the penny and telling why popular opinion is to ban it. Afterwards, we learned why it isn't cool to not support the EU 30% push for cutting gas emissions and promoting energy efficiency. Lastly, Mike explained the reason rare earth prices are doubling and what China's restrictions have to do with it.

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

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