The TreeHugger Recap: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

young mountain gorilla photo
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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, July 26, 2011.Animals
Stephen told us about six gorillas orphaned by poachers that were just airlifted home and rereleased.

Art & Style
Bonnie showed us the world's biggest photo which has been displayed in aid of Orange County Great Park. After, Gina Pell took us through her top eco-picks of the summer. Emma announced that Versace has banned sandblasted jeans. Following, we saw the best new sustainable products from the LA designers and agents show. Lloyd then explained how architectural design is key to cooling a home without air conditioning. Next, he showed an interesting house made of recycled hummers. Later, Brian shared that an art dealer has been charged after one of the largest American seizures of ivory on record.

Sami told us about Germany passing more aggressive renewables law. Next, Lloyd shared Microsoft's proposal of heating your home with a data furnace. Sami then showed the first solar-powered town which plans to by 30% renewables by 2015. Later, Mike announced that 2/3 of the rooftops in New York City are suitable for solar power.

Green Thinking
Sami told us that UK electric car sales are down 50% despite the government grant. After, Lloyd defended white roofs against opposition. Rachel shared WWF's response to report that they have been pandering to the loggers. Brian then explained how communities designed for cars are deadly. Finally, Lloyd asked if steel construction has a lower carbon footprint than wood.

The Great Outdoors
Paula took us through a vertical garden made of recycled PET bottles at a home in Sau Paulo. Alex Davies then told us about the World Naked Bike Ride in NYC that protested car culture and body shame.

Brian informed us that congress is considering what seems to be the most anti-environmental legislation ever. After, he explained how the radical fringe is hijacking both the debt ceiling and the climate debate.

Green Advances
Sami told us how honey could help fight MRSA and other superbugs. Jaymi then showed us a human powered drill that just struck water in Tanzania. Mike announced that Toyota aims to sell 17,000 Prius plug-ins in the US next year. After, he shared the release of Nissan's new electric car in China.

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