The TreeHugger Recap: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

shark streamlined photo

Photo by Jaymi Heimbuch

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 on Tuesday, August 2, 2011.Animals
Lloyd asked is urban chickens are a gateway drug for urban cows and pigs. Jaymi then showed four technologies inspired by sharks before giving an explanation of shark finning. Finally, Mike shared a video of humpback whales enjoying their time observing people.

Eating Well
Sami asked if veganism actually saves animals' lives. Lloyd then rethought the food label and encouraged food literacy. After, Rachel showed some healthy vending machines that make snacking a better idea.

A Changing Environment
Lester Brown explained why grain production is falling as soil erosion continues. After, Mat revealed that July's heat records doubled those of last year.

Art & Style
We saw the next TreeHugger print from option-g. Next, Emma shared a cool eco-fashion pop-up shop. Kimberley Mok showed a bamboo bike that is grown rather built. Following, Lloyd noted an incredible trailer built by a space station architect. Finally, Warren McLaren announced that a design showcase has gone national.

Sami shared that UK solar has deployed 30 MW in one month. He then explained that China's tariff should boost their solar capacity tenfold in five years. Later, Lloyd showed a nuclear engineer's opinion on Fukushima and the future of his industry.

Green Thinking
Mat told us that the greenhouse gas emissions from hydropower reservoirs are lower than thought. He then asked what the difference is between climate skepticism and denial. After, Brian showed how the Onion uncovered a strange disturbance in a herd of climate scientists. Later, he asked what the most effective mode of 21st century civil disobedience will look like. Stephen shared the story of a mother being fined after her daughter saved a baby bird. Following, Leonora Oppenheim announced that the International Green Awards are calling for entries. Lastly, Jennifer Hattam showed a video of a car parked in a Lithuanian bike lane being crushed by a tank.

Daniel Kessler announced that the US chamber has launched an effort to bring dirty tar sands oil to the south. Brian then told us that an illegal road has been built through protected wetlands for an unapproved $500 million coal terminal.

The Great Outdoors
Jerry shared an updated list of state parks that are facing closure. Following, Bonne showed a beautiful London Piet Oudolf garden.

Brian asked if a carbon tax could come out of the debt ceiling crisis. Daniel Kessler then shared Representative Steve King's opinion that birth control is Orwellian.

Green Advances
Bonnie announced that London's Boris bikes are a year old. After, Sami showed a way to compost kitty litter. Lloyd then explained the Copenhagen-inspired slow bike movement. Finally, Mike shared a video of the Tesla Model S in action.

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