The TreeHugger Recap: Monday, July 11, 2011

great bear rainforest photo

Photo by Neil Ever Osborne

With ~30+ new posts on each weekday, we understand if you miss a post here and there. To keep you up-to-date, here's what we covered Monday, July 11.Animals
Jaymi informed us that California is controlling their apple moth infestation by releasing wasps. After, David showed a unique pig-nosed turtle that's on the brink of extinction. Lastly, Mike explored the Taiwanese restrictions on shark finning and told why they weren't tight enough.

Eating Well
Bonnie reviewed "The Edible Front Yard" and explained how vegetables can be planted right alongside flowers for a pretty home garden. Mat then warned that the UK is estimated to eat up their local fish population by July 16 - over eating at its finest.

A Changing Environment
Mat shared how severe drought is driving thousands of climate refugees into Kenya and Ethiopia each day.

Art & Style
Jaymi told us about the threat of a massive pipeline in the Great Bear Rainforest and how conservation photographers are fighting it. Lloyd then showed a gorgeous bike storage facility. After, Mike presented a "Two Fords Freedom" ad from the 1950s that explains the trend for suburbia.

Warren McLaren reported that Australia's carbon pricing is calling for a clean energy future. Sarah Hodgdon then explored how electric vehicles bring us closer to freedom from oil. Mat shared that the first Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant got a $105 million loan guarantee from DoE. Later, Stephen discussed Brazil's recently reached wind energy milestone. Lastly, Rachel gave the news that Volvo met their 10 year energy reduction target after just one year.

Green Thinking
Blythe shared the sustainable garden starter kit that is a must-have for any new gardener. Lloyd then analyzed the absurdity of a product that cools you with a blue foam. Alex Davies presented an eco-conscious shoe company that uses carrier pigeons as a delivery method. Lloyd explored the history of sewers and drew conclusions from the developed technology. Next, Rachel noted the correlation between more roads and more traffic. After, Lloyd shared Fred Pearce's opinions of phosphorous and a potential pee-cycling future. Brian shared the NYC subway's record ridership and explained the popularity. Later, Sami showed us a new space energy drink which repurposes astronauts' urine. Brian then explained the environmental impact of the resurgence of soda fountains. Lloyd showed a cruiser design that is completely self-sufficient. Finally, Brian introduced Politico's latest analysis of what the government has done for the environment so far this year. Hint? It's next to nothing.

Jaymi explained the toxin that has left some small communities unable to meet drinking water standards a decade after its presence. After, Mat shared the prediction that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline could have 91 serious spills in 50 years. Brian showed how a new weedkiller is causing mass tree deaths. Finally, Chris showed an embarrassing video of the Exxon oil spill being cleaned up by men with paper towels and duct tape.

Green Advances
Sami shared the secrets of industrial composting from one big Texas company. He then explored a new composting facility dedicated to dirty diapers before explaining the truth behind electric car range anxiety. Next, Mike announced the electric version of a scion being brought to the US in 2012.

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