The Weekend Recap: Friday - Sunday, July 22 - 24, 2011


Aerial view of Ölüdeniz, Turkey. Photo: Dan Taylor / Creative Commons.

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, July 22-24, 2011.Animals
Mat told us that the cattle fed radioactive hay in Fukushima may double initial estimates. Next, Jaymi gave the news of an illegal boat caught with 357 dead sharks off the coast of the Galapagos Islands. She then shared a video taken by and of a Silverback Gorilla that gives an up-close-and-personal look. After, Alex Davies explained how zoo tigers are beating the heat by eating blood popsicles. Later, Stephen exposed the sex workers enlisted for a rhino-hunting scam and showed the inspiration for a monkey's first tool use.

Eating Well
Bonnie showed us Majesteas loose tea and explained why it is a great hostess gift. Sami then shared another Vegan black metal chef video of his making tempura asparagus sushi. After, Mike noted WhichFish.org which guides us through which fish are safe to eat. Sara Novak revealed that 58% of consumers prefer organic goods. Lastly, Jessica Root took us through Brooklyn's first certified green Chinese restaurant.

A Changing Environment
Mat explained how this latest heatwave differs from the ones we've had in the past. He then showed why nighttime temperatures are more influential on crops than daytime. Jaymi gave another reason for the need of a smart grid, record heat. Finally, John Laumer shared why record temperatures have become the new normal.

Art & Style
Lloyd walked us through some incredible playhouses that would cost you the sum of a real one. After, Alex Davies showed a colorful art exhibit which inflates garbage bags to teach about recycling. Jaymi shared a chainless hybrid electrical bike concept with an innovative design. Emma then noted a summer cosmetic line that's packed with flower petals. Later, she pointed out Levi's new commuter line which makes clothing more bike-friendly.

Energy
Sami debated mountaintop removal sites as solar spots. Mat then exposed Italy as holding second place in world solar rankings. Later, Brian showed an infographic about China beating the US in clean energy. Finally, Sami noted that the world's largest solar PV farm is planned for somewhere in the US.

Green Thinking
Sami asked if the BBC is giving climate skeptics too much air time. After, we heard 5 tips for cooling your home just by opening the windows. Brian contemplated the actual ease of mass extinction. Next, Sarak Novak emphasized the importance of supporting food security in New Orleans' lower ninth ward. Lastly, Daniel Kessler showed the DOE student contest which rewards energy innovators and entrepreneurs.

Pollution
Jennifer Hattam shared stories of pollution in Turkish paradise. She then explained how city-dwellers often waste their green cred on energy-hogging holidays. Later, Alex Davies explained how crushed fish bones could be the solution to lead-contaminated soil.

The Great Outdoors
Jaymi shared photos of beautiful waves to help your mind wander into cooler weather. Next, Christine Lepisto showed the largest mass of water discovered. Later, Bonnie Hulkower told us about the parklets popping up all over San Fransisco.

Green Advances
Brian told us that Portland Oregon recently banned the plastic bag. After, Lloyd discussed more about the Gates Foundation's plan to reinvent the toilet. Lastly, Jeff Kart showed how some Michigan airports are growing their own fuel.

Business
Lloyd explained why Kansas is suing the FED for moving EPA headquarters to the suburbs. After, Rachel showed how Boulder is rewarding bike-friendly businesses. Finally, Brian told us that Exxon and Koch were literally paid to write anti-climate laws.

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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