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  • Eco-fashion: Transforming trash into treasures (Purses Made from Candy Wrappers)

    05/13/2008 9:49:41 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies · 261+ views
    CNN.Com ^ | May 13, 2008 | Valerie Streit
    MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Fashion designers are giving new life to worthless candy wrappers, newspapers and plastic bags; turning trash into trendy tote bags, purses and jewelry. From "post-consumer and industrial waste" comes durable, funky accessories reportedly worn by celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz and Petra Nemcova. One self-described eco-fashion label, Ecoist, has partnered with Coca-Cola, Luna Bar, and Aveda to create handbags made from misprinted and discontinued packaging. "We tap into that source of waste because it is reliable and unfortunately it's abundant," said Ecoist co-founder Jonathan Marcoschamer. "We believe that for the next few years there's...
  • The Age of Gullibility

    05/01/2008 9:58:37 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 52 replies · 94+ views
    Independent Individualist ^ | Apr 29, 2008 | Reginald Firehammer
    That this is the age of gullibility is proved by the fact that three of the most absurd frauds in history have become totally accepted and unquestioned in our age. The results of this universal credulity is a social disaster, the affects of which are apparent in every aspect of our culture. If you think something is terribly wrong with the society you live in, but have not been able to identify exactly what it is, this may help you. The Appeal of Science No rational individual either doubts or questions the power of science to discover the truth. Much...
  • Biodiversity's Bonn Boondoggle

    04/28/2008 4:53:07 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 1 replies · 49+ views
    Financial Post ^ | 4/28/08 | Peter Foster
    In my column last Friday – headlined “Bioperversity” – I suggested that a new book, “Sustaining Life,” from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which claimed that species loss was threatening medicinal discoveries and thus human health, was a typical alarmist crock. It was intended primarily as propaganda to whip up eco-hysteria ahead of next month’s huge United Nations conflab in Bonn to discuss the floundering Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). As if to prove my point, the IUCN the very next day issued a release about the so called “COP9,” that is, the ninth “Conference of the...
  • Chickenfeedhawks

    04/26/2008 7:18:36 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 2 replies · 76+ views
    National Review ^ | April 26, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    Last week, Time magazine featured on its cover the iconic photograph of the U.S. Marine Corps raising the flag on Iwo Jima. But with one difference: The flag has been replaced by a tree. The managing editor of Time, Rick Stengel, was very pleased with the lads in graphics for cooking up this cute image and was all over the TV sofas talking up this ingenious visual shorthand for what he regards as the greatest challenge facing mankind: “How To Win The War On Global Warming.” Where to begin? For the last ten years, we have, in fact, been not...
  • Potato heads are talking rot on food

    04/19/2008 5:14:51 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 3 replies · 97+ views
    The Times of London ^ | April 20, 2008 | Jeremy Clarkson
    A sinister government agency called Wrap (We Rape and Pillage) has spent vast lumps of our money to determine that, in Britain alone, we throw away 5.1m potatoes every day. Apparently this is so morally reprehensible that we should all commit suicide. Hmm. So we have one part of the government telling us that if we continue to eat too much we will become fat and everyone will explode. And now we have another part telling us that we have to finish everything on our plates because it’s wrong to throw food away. Is it though? Of course, eco-mentalists argue...
  • Psychoterratic Illness & other such GW buzzwords

    03/24/2008 10:36:48 PM PDT · by CottShop · 14 replies · 559+ views
    WorldChanging Team ^ | March 21, 2008 10:20 AM | Sanjay Khanna
    You can't make this stuff up folks- The latest victim of the supposed 'man-caused global warming' nut-o-rama are our psychological minds. That's right, it seems that some feller named Glenn Albrecht believes that we're all going to suffer from Psychoterratic illness. What is Psychoterratic illness you wonder? Why it's a malady whereby the mind goes psychotic when the terra firma is violated by we evil human beings. But wait- there's more. It seems that we're all about to suffer yet another crippling malady- Solastalgia. Again you ask, what ever can Solastalgia be? I'm surprised at you all. Shame on you!...
  • Perfect Timing: Domino Interviews Spitzer's Wife - Now We Know What Silda's Been Doing While ...

    03/12/2008 3:03:37 PM PDT · by XR7 · 9 replies · 1,820+ views
    AdvertisingAge ^ | 3/12/08 | Nat Ives
    When Eliot Spitzer was New York attorney general, the man seemed to own the press, seizing headlines with every investigation on Wall Street -- or prosecution of high-end prostitutes on Staten Island. Now that The New York Times has reported on Gov. Spitzer's much more amicable relationship with a separate ring of expensive prostitutes, the press will for a time own him. Nor will public life be much better for Silda Wall Spitzer, Mr. Spitzer's wife. So let's take a moment to appreciate the last softball interview Ms. Spitzer is going to have for a while: a video tour, for...
  • Researchers Challenge Water-Flow Model

    01/19/2008 1:08:56 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 90+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 18, 2008 | CORNELIA DEAN
    Decades ago, when geologists were developing ideas about how water typically flows across land, many of them studied the streams of the Mid-Atlantic States, concluding that they naturally move in ribbonlike channels cut through silty banks. In the years since, ecologists and conservationists have used this model in efforts to restore streams damaged by urbanization. Now, though, researchers at Franklin and Marshall College are challenging it. They say the streams studied by their geological predecessors were not “natural archetypes” but rather the artifacts of 18th- and 19th-century dam building and deforestation. The scientists, Robert C. Walter and Dorothy J. Merritts,...
  • At Man's Expense (NY Times Eco-Stupidity Alert)

    12/27/2007 10:48:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies · 126+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 26, 2007
    Media: The New York Times blubbers about how Cuba's environment will suffer in a post-U.S. embargo era of increased tourism. Better to preserve a "priceless ecological resource" than to free people from oppression.It is becoming increasingly more difficult to take the environmental movement, and science and environmental reporters, seriously because of stories such as the Christmas Day hand-wringer "Conserving Cuba, After the Embargo." Given great latitude by New York Times editors, reporter Cornelia Dean goes on for more than 2,000 words about "why many scientists are so worried about what will become of (Cuba's environment) after Fidel Castro and his...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury warns greed could wreck the Earth (Environmental Christmas Sermon)

    12/25/2007 6:24:47 AM PST · by Zakeet · 69 replies · 111+ views
    AFP ^ | December 25, 2007
    The leader of the world's Anglicans slammed "human greed" in his Christmas sermon, saying it threatened the Earth's fragile environmental balance. Doctor Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, told worshippers at Canterbury Cathedral in south-east England, that humanity needed to protect the world created by God. People should treat each other and nature with "reverence", the Church of England leader said. "More and more (is) clearly required of us as we grow in awareness of how fragile is the balance of species and environments in the world and just how our greed distorts it. "When we threaten the balance of...
  • European Union Has Doubled Ecological Pressure On Planet In 30 Years, Report Suggests

    11/28/2007 1:32:33 PM PST · by Brilliant · 10 replies · 42+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 28, 2007 | ScienceDaily
    The growing economic strength of the European Union has doubled the ecological pressure on the planet in the past 30 years, according to a WWF report. Despite technological advances, environmental pressure has been growing at a faster rate than the European population, creating a deficit of natural resources for the rest of the world and for future generations. “Just a generation ago much of Europe was an ecological creditor, using fewer resources than it had,” said Tony Long, Director of WWF’s European Policy Office. “But today Europe lives beyond its means. If the world’s citizens lived as Europeans, we would...
  • Cal mulls what to do with tree-sitters [Freeper advice needed]

    11/23/2007 9:14:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 106 replies · 218+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 22, 2007 | Michelle Locke
    BERKELEY, Calif. - University of California officials have won the legal right to oust a band of tree-sitters who've taken up residence in an oak grove standing in the way of a planned sports center. But how do you uproot a tree-sitter in Berkeley, one of America's most politically correct cities? "Extremely difficult," acknowledges campus spokesman Dan Mogulof. As the protest nears its one-year anniversary, plenty of people have suggestions: Fire hoses, skunk spray and tranquilizer darts are among the thorny ideas Internet posters have planted. So far, the university has moved cautiously. The university wants to remove dozens of...
  • Wolf Awareness Week Ends- Werewolf Awareness Week Starts Tomorrow !

    10/24/2007 3:31:14 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 6 replies · 64+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 10/24/07 | vanity
    Wolf Awareness Week ended yesterday-according to the National Wildlife Federation. They neglected,however, to mention Werewolf Awareness Week-which begins tomorrow and which ends on Hallowe'en.
  • World's only pure blue lizard at risk of extinction [thanks to environmentalists]

    09/08/2007 8:35:44 AM PDT · by grundle · 29 replies · 1,061+ views
    mongabay.com ^ | March 7, 2007 | Tina Butler and Rhett Butler
    High above the forest floor on the remote Colombian island of Gorgona lives a lizard with brilliant blue skin, rivaling the color of the sky. Anolis gorgonae, or the blue anole, is a species so elusive and rare, that scientists have been unable to give even an estimate of its population. Due to the lizard’s isolated habitat and reclusive habits, researchers know little about the blue anole, but are captivated by its stunning coloration.Approximately 35 miles off the Pacific coast of Colombia lies Gorgona, an island with a unique past and an uncertain future. A high security prison colony was...
  • Carbon Offsets — Buyer Beware

    07/19/2007 8:41:56 PM PDT · by yhwhsman · 10 replies · 586+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | Thursday, July 19, 2007 | Steven Milloy
    Junk Science: Carbon Offsets — Buyer Beware By Steven Milloy Congress began investigating the carbon offset industry this week. The inquiry could produce some “inconvenient truths” for Al Gore and the nascent offset industry. "snip"So how many offsets supposedly compensated for the CO2 sins of Al Gore and the dozens of individuals credited with producing a movie shot in Nashville, Los Angeles, and Beijing? According to a Web site release from NativeEnergy – which has since been removed – it only cost 40 tons of offsets (worth about $480) to make “An Inconvenient Truth” carbon neutral. It’s an absurdly low...
  • Al Gore Warming for 2008 Run?

    07/19/2007 2:07:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 949+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 18, 2007
    Al Gore maintains that he won't seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 -- but his actions seem to belie his words. Gore has kept himself very much in the public eye as the White House races kicked into gear, providing plenty of evidence that he's eying another run for president: His award-winning global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" brought him back into the limelight last year. His new book "An Assault on Reason" is a best seller, and when he launched his national book tour in May, one observer said the event seemed "more like a campaign stop...
  • Al Gore's Trendy Environmentalism in Barcelona (Spanish eco-businessman smackdown)

    07/10/2007 3:47:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 1,009+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | July 10, 2007 | Pablo Ouziel
    On the 23 of June, I had the opportunity to attend the Friends of Trees Conference in Barcelona. It has taken me a few weeks to digest all the information, which I, together with about 900 other people managed to inhale: The fumes of change, the organic revolution, the climate crisis, the need for solidarity and action. It was a most overwhelming task: and Al Gore's redundant joke of: "I used to be the next president of the United States," has hardly helped ease the intensity of the situation. The crowds clapped at every comment made by the speakers, who...
  • Worms [when used to compost garbage] are killing the planet, says top researcher

    06/25/2007 1:51:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 58 replies · 1,841+ views
    mrw.co.uk ^ | June 21, 2007 | Liz Gyekye
    Worm composting could be doing more harm than good to the environment, a leading researcher claimed today. Composting Association research director Jim Frederickson said: “Worms produce a significant amount of greenhouse gases. Recent research done by German scientists has found that worms produced a third of nitrous oxide gases when used for composting.” The ‘wiggly ones’ naturally produce nitrous oxide gases when they are put into the process of composting. Worms can be used for home grown composting or commercial composting and are typically red worms. They are used to recycle food scraps and other organic material into valuable soil...
  • Newsmaker: Nuke power not so clean or green (junk science hurl)

    06/11/2007 6:59:58 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 71 replies · 1,324+ views
    CNet ^ | June 11, 2007 | Elsa Wenzel
    Cold War-era nuclear fears have eased in recent decades, replaced by anxieties over global warming. Lately, in some circles, nuclear power has gained a new reputation as a pollution-free cure-all for a world starved for clean energy. But the nuclear industry hasn't cleaned up its act, according to Helen Caldicott, who spearheaded the nuclear disarmament movement in the 1980s. (Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling nominated Caldicott for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.) Caldicott, a pediatrician by training, has devoted 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the health hazards of nuclear power. Not only is atomic...
  • Going green: Vatican expands mission to saving planet, not just souls

    05/25/2007 1:34:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 513+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | May 25, 2007 | Carol Glatz and Alicia Ambrosio
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Expanding its mission from saving souls to saving the planet, the Vatican is going green. A giant rooftop garden of solar panels will be built next year on top of the Paul VI audience hall, creating enough electricity to heat, cool and light the entire building year-round. "Solar energy will provide all the energy (the building) needs," said the mastermind behind the environmentally friendly project, Pier Carlo Cuscianna, head of the Vatican's department of technical services. And that is only the beginning. Cuscianna told Catholic News Service May 24 that he had in mind other sites...