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Green Thursdays: The World’s 10 Greenest Countries

Where's South Africa, you ask? Definitely not in the top 10. You can change that. Story from Green Buzz: The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) is a method of measuring the performance of national governments related to environmental policies. Yale University and Columbia University release the EPI every year ...

Green Thursday: Prisoners in Brazil Can Reduce Their Sentences by Producing Electricity

I found this article really interesting. Do you think it's taking advantage of prisoners or a great use of manpower? Story from Treehugger: b3d_/CC BY 2.0 Although prisons are ostensibly intended as places where convicted criminals can pay their debts to society, confinement behind bars rarely yields anything ...

Green Thursdays: Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Story from Inhabitat: Excessive packaging is one of our top pet peeves here at Inhabitat, so we were really inspired by this flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object, saving a bundle on wasteful filler. Designed by Patrick Sung, the packaging design concept features triangulated ...

Green Thursdays: Clever Design Uses Newspaper to Make a Real Umbrella

Story from Treehugger: © Shiu Yuk Yuen The image of the person caught in the rain without an umbrella, holding a newspaper over their head to keep dry, is a classic one. So is the pile of broken and discarded umbrellas in the gutter. But if London-based product designer Shiu Yuk Yuen can bring her solution to the ...

Green Thursdays: A Beginner’s Guide to Going Off the Grid

Story from MintLife:     The idea of “going green” has swept through Western culture pretty quickly. The ideas of conservation and helping the environment started with niche groups, but now permeate the core principles of major corporations. But a certain group of individuals are still on the ...

Green Thursdays: Carbon Footprint of E-Readers Higher Than Print

Story from Ecogeek: Digital delivery of content for e-readers is a rapidly expanding market. Many assume that, because trees aren't being cut down and used to maufacture paper for books, e-readers (including the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and the like) are a greener way to read books and magazines. But a broader look at ...

Green Thursdays: See How Meat-eating Adds Up

Story from NPR: Meat has more of an impact on the environment than any other food we eat. That's because livestock require so much more food, water, land, and energy than plants to raise and transport. Take a look here at what goes into just one quarter-pound of hamburger meat. What It Takes To Make A ...

Green Thursdays: A Workspace Powered by Sitting

I would SO buy this. What an idea! Story from Ecogeek: Swedish Designer Eddi Törnberg has designed the best human-powered work station we've seen yet because unlike other concepts that require you to do things like ride a bike while you're working, it doesn't require a person to do anything more than sit and ...

Green Thursdays: Tracing the Money, and the Masterminds, of Illegal Logging

Story from NY Times: Endangered forests and plants don’t get quite as much public attention as endangered animals generally do. Last month the World Bank addressed that deficit by issuing a study, titled “Justice for Forests,” that candidly laid out the problems posed by a “global epidemic” of illegal ...

Green Thursdays: Why Coal Power is bad news for our water

From Greenpeace Africa: Although South Africa has been blessed with amazing natural resources, sadly water isn’t one of them. While we have incredible coastlines and fisheries, fertile lands for feeding the nation, and an abundance of renewable energy sources, when it comes to perhaps the most precious resource ...

Green Thursdays: The Future of Wind Power – 9 Cool Innovations

From TreeHugger: TreeHugger/Screen capture Our economy has an insatiable appetite for energy, and because of the negative side effects of fossil fuels, the quicker that we can supplement and/or replace petroleum-based power sources, the better. Wind power is a great way to generate clean renewable energy, and the ...

Green Thursdays: 10 reasons why Arctic drilling is a really stupid idea

From Greenpeace International: 1. It’s extremely dangerous. The Arctic environment is one of the harshest in the world, and everything you do there is more complicated than anywhere else. 2. Our climate can’t afford it. As the impacts of climate change become more visible and the danger becomes greater, ...

Green Thursdays: Successful Young Americans Drift Away From Car Culture

Story from TreeHugger: Robert Couse-Baker/CC BY 2.0 Lost art of the driveway tune-up. DC StreetsBlog documents a major car culture tipping point in: U.S. PIRG Report: Young Americans Dump Cars for Bikes, Buses . Though there are few real surprises, interesting data are offered to back up the common observation ...

Green Thursdays: Google Street View Offers Virtual Tour Of Amazon Basin

Story from Yale360: Google this week expanded its popular Street View feature to the forests of the Amazon basin, posting more than 50,000 photos that allow online users a virtual tour of the world’s largest tropical region. The photos, taken last summer in the Rio Negro Reserve, provide a panoramic view of tropical ...

Green Thursdays: Long-Term Studies On The Effects of Disappearing Snow and Ice

Story from Science Daily: Regions of Earth where water is frozen for at least a month each year are shrinking as a result of global warming. Some of the effects on ecosystems are now being revealed through research conducted at affected sites over decades. They include dislocations of the relationships between predators ...

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