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The Green Buzz: Monday, April 15

Written by | April 15th, 2013

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They are incredibly interesting to look at, though.

  1. Geckos don’t cure AIDS, so just leave them alone already. (Mongabay)
  2. How’s this for DIY? This bride made her own gown out of upcycled bread bag clips. (Treehugger)
  3. Ask Umbra attempts to solve the greatest mystery of our time: how green are Barbies? (Grist)
  4. A five-year-old narrates this sweet “nature documentary.” (DotEarth)
  5. Florida, land of horrifying invasive species infestations, braces for an onslaught of giant snails. (Christian Science Monitor)

The Green Buzz: Monday, March 25

Written by | March 25th, 2013

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BABY ANIMALS!

  1. Welcome to the world, new little baby endangered Rothschild giraffe! (Associated Press, via Christian Science Monitor)
  2. This chicken’s dad is a duck. (As far as we know, the giraffe’s father is a giraffe.) (Treehugger)
  3. Timely: Is it cruel to kill insects? (Grist)
  4. Here’s what the president can–and should– do to combat climate change. (Scientific American)
  5. Alligators hate treadmills. Alligators: they’re just like us! (Wired)

The Green Buzz: Monday, March 18

Written by | March 18th, 2013

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In case you didn’t get your fill of all things green yesterday:

  1. In Madagascar, political instability may have led to increased rates of deforestation. (Mongabay)
  2. What’s the eco-friendliest way to dispose of clothing that’s reached the end of its life cycle? Ask Umbra has a few ideas. (Grist)
  3. Bees– the latest weapon in the fight against HIV? (Treehugger)
  4. Left-leaning households (politically, that is) tend to use less energy than their more conservative counterparts. (Conservation Magazine)
  5. China’s new premier says he isn’t going to mess around when it comes to reducing pollution. (Inhabitat)

The Green Buzz: Monday, March 11

Written by | March 11th, 2013

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Use that extra daylight to catch up on your green news:

  1. In his latest column, Tom Friedman gives Mark Tercek‘s new book, Nature’s Fortune, a shout-out. (New York Times)
  2. Rainforests could be more resilient to climate change than previously thought– but only if we leave them alone. (Mongabay)
  3. Three “lucky” species of endangered sharks are now protected by a new global agreement. (Associated Press/Christian Science Monitor)
  4. Ask Umbra takes on a tough question: Is there hope for us on this planet? (Grist)
  5. Nothing brightens up a dreary Monday morning more than interspecies friendship. (Treehugger)

The Green Buzz: Monday, February 11

Written by | February 11th, 2013

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Have a sssssssuper new year.

  1. It’s the year of the snake! (Mongabay)
  2. Pope Benedict XVI, an advocate of the “cleaner, greener lifestyle,” will step down at the end of this month. (Treehugger)
  3. Rotating air gardens? Okay. (Inhabitat)
  4. Last year, wind power capacity grew 20% worldwide. (Guardian)
  5. Just how dangerous is hair dye? (Grist)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, January 28

Written by | January 28th, 2013

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Well, it’s not okay for Paul McCartney…

  1. It’s the question that’s on everyone’s minds: Is it okay to eat kangaroo meat? (Grist)
  2. An unexpected green benefit of the Super Bowl: reduced electricity consumption. (Green)
  3. The heat of cities like New York and Tokyo could lead to warmer winters in Siberia and Canada. (AP, via Christian Science Monitor)
  4. Paul McCartney reflects on his life as a vegetarian. (Huffington Post Green)
  5. This 10-year-old launched his own recycling business. What have you done for the planet lately? (Treehugger)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, January 7

Written by | January 7th, 2013

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May all your Mondays in 2013 be as cool and green as this one:

  1. If LEDs just aren’t doing it for you, FIPELs might be the solution. (EcoGeek)
  2. Birds: our “canary in a coal mine” re: mercury? (Mongabay)
  3. Discarded dolls=sustainable art. Really, really creepy sustainable art. (Treehugger)
  4. This ancient bird had some killer teeth. (Huffington Post Green)
  5. From Ask Umbra: Eat a baby orange, kill a baby seal? (Grist)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, November 26

Written by | November 26th, 2012

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Recover from your food and shopping coma with some great green news.

  1. The economy vs. climate change: we can–and should–tackle both, says our lead scientist Sanjayan. (Huffington Post Green)
  2. Solar power is great, especially when you’re in a war zone. (CleanTechnica)
  3. Upgrading to LED holiday lights? Don’t trash the old ones! (Grist)
  4. The UN climate summit in Doha begins. (Mongabay)
  5. Here’s what we could lose if sea levels continue to rise. (New York Times)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, November 5

Written by | November 5th, 2012

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Wait, what time is it?

  1. A tweet from our lead scientist showed a disturbing “suds tsunami” surging from a polluted river in Nairobi. (DotEarth)
  2. It’s the smartest lightbulb in the world! (CleanTechnica)
  3. How will we protect New York from the (gulp) next Sandy? (Guardian)
  4. Good news from Ask Umbra: your personal email hoarding habits don’t have a huge environmental impact, though it’s a different story for big-time data-centers. (Grist)
  5. No power? Out of gas? Have somewhere to go? What you need is a bike. (Treehugger)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, October 29

Written by | October 29th, 2012

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It’s a literally cool (and gray, and wet, and windy) morning from where we’re sitting. If you’re in Sandy’s path, too, please stay safe!

  1. Hurricane Sandy: by the numbers. (Star-Ledger)
  2. Hurricane Sandy poses an environmental threat to the Chesapeake Bay (and myriad threats elsewhere as well). (Washington Post)
  3. The New York Times’ Andy Revkin explores the possible connections between the “frankenstorm” and climate change. (DotEarth)
  4. Also, climate activists gathered in Times Square yesterday to bring attention to pretty much that same thing. (Huffington Post Green)
  5. If you’re shopping at all today, it should probably be online (for safety!), but whether online shopping is the greener choice is TBD. (Ask Umbra)
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