Posts Tagged ‘tree hugger’

100% Wooden Bike Sets Land Speed Record

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Photos via www.splinterbike.co.uk UPDATE: I am a bit late on updating this information. However, rider James Tully did set the 100% Wooden Bicycle Land Speed Record on Thursday, August 18th 2011 with an average speed of 11.3 MPH. If you wish to see the bike, it is off to the British Transport Museum in Coventry […]

Consumerism Leads to Depression, Study Finds

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B Rosen/CC BY 2.0 Consumerism is a key driver in any capitalistic society and the centerpiece to our world economy — but despite the everyday role it plays in our lives, research suggests that this longing for material goods might actually be bumming us out. According to new a study from Northwestern University, people who […]

Deadly Recycling. How Kids in Laos Gather Explosive War Scrap to Put to Use.

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© Petz Scholtus Recycling is usually a good thing. However, in some places, it costs people’s lives because what they try to recycle is dangerous; it explodes. The cup above and the spoon below might seem harmless at first but these everyday objects are in fact made from UXO. COPE explains: UXOs are explosive weapons […]

Electric Milk Trucks Still Working in Jolly Old England

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via flickr/exfordy/CC BY 2.0 They call them milk floats, we call them milk trucks. The difference is that the English ones are electric. First invented for milk runs in 1889, no one seems to know why they are called “floats”. By the 1940’s many local dairies were using the battery-powered electric vehicles; there were thousands […]

Quirky Portraits of People and Their Dustbins Call Attention to Singapore Landfill

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After exhausting the landfill capacity on mainland Singapore, the city-state turned to the offshore island of Pulau Semakau in 1999 to create a landfill which can hold up to 63 million cubic meters of rubbish. Out of sight, out of mind? The incinerated rubbish that fills the Semaku Landfill may be hidden, but if photographer […]

How Collaborative Consumption Could Help Shrink Government

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One of the saddest things about the recent Agenda 21 conspiracy silliness has been the repeated accusation that environmentalism is somehow about abolishing private property or adopting communism. It’s true that many of us believe that owning less stuff can bring you more freedom, but that’s really a message about building a smarter economy, not […]

Farms Use 60 Times More Land Than Cities: It’s Time to Develop Terraculture

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TEDx/Video screen capture When I posted on Jonathan Foley’s 5 point plan for feeding the world, I focused on his suggestion that we need a LEED-type certification system for sustainable farming. But there’s much more to Foley’s work than certification systems. He has been extremely influential in drawing attention to agriculture’s astounding impact on our […]

Lenders Say Fracking Presents a Mortgage Risk

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Wyoming: Upper Green River Valley/CC BY 1.0 When Rolling Stone wrote about the big fracking bubble, they drew comparisons to the false accounting practices that drove the recent financial crisis. But the links to financial trouble may be as real as they are metaphorical, as the State Employees Credit Union, one of North Carolina’s major […]

Survival Skills Are Still Sustainable, Even If You’ll Never Need Them

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Perennial Plate/Video screen capture whenever we post about survival or outdoor skills like makind a DIY wood gasifier built from old cans; a wood-burning rocket stove made from wood; or food foraging lessons for the recession, the discussion invariably kicks off about how “green” such activities are and whether they can be sustained if they […]

Verde Energy Audit App for iPad Now Free Until Earth Day

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© Verde If you’d like some help tracking your home or office energy consumption, either to cut costs that come out of your wallet, or to cut down on energy with costs that come out of our environment, the new Verde iPad app will come in handy. And right now, it’s also free! Verde lets […]

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