Archive for June, 2009

Cool People Care | Saving the World, Five Minutes at a Time | Information, Inspiration

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Cool People Care | Saving the World, Five Minutes at a Time | Information, Inspiration

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Rolling in the Gutter

BlueBall_1581Tonight on my walk, this small blue ball rolled past me in the gutter. Luckily I was able to pick it up before it fell into the storm drain.

Since it was damaged, I’m sending it to the landfill unless someone can come up with a use for it.

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Full Bottles of Water

I found another full bottle of water yesterday as I was cycling through the neighborhood. This bottle was in a different neighborhood. I picked it up and fell off my bike, as I had only unclipped on pedal. Oh well, road rash is my life. The young tuli poplar in my yard is doing quite well on a diet of bottled water.

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More on Bottled Water

EcoSafeBottle_0643I’ve been waging a war on empty plastic water bottles tossed onto the streets for a few years now. Earlier this week, I noticed a full unopened plastic water bottle on my street. I did not pick it up as I thought a walker or runner might have placed it there intentionally. Since it was still there today, I picked it up, emptied the contents on a young tulip poplar in my yard and recycled the bottle.

I’ve also found full bottles of beer left behind on an abandoned lot. Those I emptied on the ground before I recycled the bottles. Now I know that beer is good for my compost pile. Next time I’ll dump the beeer there.

I would never drink an unopened bottle of anything that I find. Too risky for me.

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Food Inc.

Why I’m mostly vegetarian and eat the way I do: Food Inc.

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A Refreshing Start

This is great, but we still need to work to change behavior patterns:

House Passes Bill to Address Threat of Climate Change

Published: June 26, 2009

WASHINGTON — The House passed legislation on Friday intended to address global warming and transform the way the nation produces and uses energy.

The vote was the first time either house of Congress had approved a bill meant to curb the heat-trapping gases scientists have linked to climate change. The legislation, which passed despite deep divisions among Democrats, could lead to profound changes in many sectors of the economy, including electric power generation, agriculture, manufacturing and construction.

The bill’s passage, by 219 to 212, with 44 Democrats voting against it, also established a marker for the United States when international negotiations on a new climate change treaty begin later this year.

At the heart of the legislation is a cap-and-trade system that sets a limit on overall emissions of heat-trapping gases while allowing utilities, manufacturers and other emitters to trade pollution permits, or allowances, among themselves. The cap would grow tighter over the years, pushing up the price of emissions and presumably driving industry to find cleaner ways of making energy.

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