Thumbs Up! The Top 20 TreeHugger Stories You Stumbled Upon in 2008


Last week, I brought you our Top 10 TreeHugger Stories of 2008, which represented our posts that got the most traffic overall. But for people interested in social media and the how it's shaping our green future (as I am), it's also interesting to break it down and look at how TreeHugger stories did with various social media sites. I recently took a look at our top stories on Digg in 75 Stories You Dugg: A Year of TreeHugger on; today, I bring you our top 20 posts among StumbleUpon users.

Thanks to all those that gave our stuff a thumbs-up on StumbleUpon. And now, onto the list! (*Not sure what StumbleUpon is or not sure how to use it? Click through and scroll to the bottom of this post to find out.)

denver water barrel ads use only what you need photo

image: Denver Water Campaign

20. Use Only What You Need -- To promote water conservation in Denver, the Denver Water Campaign tapped Sukle Advertising and Design to come up with these great billboards. Click the post title above to see all of the other ads.

19. Largest Water Solar Heater with PET Bottles Installed in Parana, Brazil

The State of Parana has added one more star to its green reputation: since a few days ago it hosts the largest solar water heater Brazil, built with 1.8 thousand PET bottles and 1.5 thousand tetra-packs.

18. Less is More: 300 Square Foot Apartment -- Who knows whether StumbleUpon users like this story because they love the tiny 300 square foot apartment or just couldn't believe how much was worked into such a small space. Regardless of your opinion on the place, it is an interesting way to put a floor plan together. Check out the pics to see for yourself.

17. Wind Power Produces 123% of Residential Energy Demand in Rock Port, Missouri

Rock Port, Missouri, is a small city of 1,300 people, and they just made history by being the first city in the US to be 100% powered by the wind, also making them #1 in the US for percentage of renewable energy.

trek soho belt drive photo

Image from Trek Bikes

16. Trek Embraces Chainless Bikes, Via Carbon Belt Drives -- I've never ridden a carbon belt-driven bike, but from the looks of these pictures and the specs from Trek, plus the conversation the followed the post in the comments, my curiosity is certainly piqued. We'll have to wait and see if Trek's foray into this niche gets the other large bike makers to offer their own belt-drive bikes.

15. Year Old Builds Working Wooden Bicycle -- Moving from carbon fiber belt drives, how about a bike chain (and entire bike) made from wood? These pictures have to be seen to be believed.

14. Bill Nye Goes to the Bathroom in "Stuff Happens" Premiere

Hosted by perennial TreeHugger favorite Bill Nye, Stuff Happens will delve into the secrets of the everyday things around us that we take for granted: What goes into making them, what goes into us when we use them, and what are some unintended environmental consequences associated with them.

Regional Environmental Awareness waterworld photo

Image from Naga DDB Malaysia via Osocio.

13. A Picture is Worth...Water World

For anyone who doesn't have Superman vision, the text from this striking image says: "Don't let this be our future. Save our rainforest, stop global warming".

12. Cool Eco-Campaign: Climate Change Melts Man in Buenos Aires -- The Red Cross of Argentina had a viral marketing hit with this street event involving a man "melting" into a puddle, as a statement on climate change. The story got a lot of attention online and helped bring attention to the cause.

11. Our Oceans Are Dying and We're At Fault -- This piece from the LA Times is a good overview of how messed up our oceans are. A sampling:

The overabundance of fertilizers (nitrogen) and fossil fuels that are dumped into the ocean every day, compounded with the overfishing and complete wipe out of all marine life predators to the bacteria have made conditions prime for bacteria and algae. Not only are algal blooms harmful to marine life, they are also toxic to humans in direct contact, as many cause rashes, burning eyes and stinging throats, not to mention make water bodies off limits to tourists and residents.

See the Top 10 Stumbled Upon Stories on Page 2.