1. That this is not recyclable is a shameful wrong

     

  2. visualoop:

    Home Solar Power Discounts - One Block Off the Grid

     
  3. wespeakfortheearth:

    New Photos Reveal Terrible Depth of Texas Drought

    In Texas, there’s no avoiding this year’s record drought. Trees, parched of water, are dying. Fires are springing up in areas used to moist, almost swampy, conditions. Without enough grass to eat, even the longhorns are growing scrawny, their ribs showing through their hides.

    About 85 percent of Texas is in the highest level of drought possible, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

    Pictured above: (Left) The carcass of a cow that became mired in the mud in a dry stock tank in Knox County, Texas during the summer drought. and (Right) A scrawny Longhorn in Big Bend Ranch State Park, West Texas. Lower-than-usual levels of vegetation have left both livestock and wildlife struggling to find food.

    Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife

    Is this as bad as it looks? Why don’t we see and hear more in MSM?

     

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  5. usagov:

    Celebrate our beautiful country and volunteer to help take care of it: 

     
  6. mothernaturenetwork:

    Think before you take trash
    About 60 percent of the trash found on the streets in the San Francisco Bay area is fast-food and convenience store items. That’s unnecessary. But instead of worrying about preventing litter, what if we just don’t take trash in the first place?

    I’ve always thought that litter problems require “upstream” solutions, i.e., production and consumption that starts with the least amount of inorganic waste byproduct. Often if feels like the only action we can take is “downstream,” by picking up waste after it has become litter. Learn to choose fewer convenience items, including not just junk food but those popular 100 calorie snack packs, and we can move more of the solution back up stream.

     
  7. Circumnavigation of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by Chesapeake Bay Foundation members John Rodenhausen and Beth McGee

     
  8. Rain barrel assembled for a $40 kit and 10 minutes of time. Workshop by City of Chesapeake Master Garden Club & Public Works Dept.

     

  9. Better context on the carbon footprint of bicycles and bicycling this re-blog from the other day.

    commutercontempt:

    Environmental Impact On Commuting

    Via DC Streetsblog:

    Slate’s Brian Palmer wrote in an article this week that he’s thinking of switching his commute “from four wheels to two” but he’s concerned about the environmental impact of bicycling: specifically, “about all the energy it takes to manufacture and ship a new…

     
  10. jtotheizzoe:

    How soon does a bike pay back its initial carbon footprint?

    The answer? After you ride it for 400 miles.

    Unless it’s this bike, which will take a bit more.

    (via Slate Magazine)

    (via jtotheizzoe)