Green News For The Weekend Volume 288

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November 23, 2012

Hope those of you reading this in the U.S. had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday. Avoid Black Friday and do something fun with family and friends instead… or better yet, check out some green news from the last week!

In an article in The Times, my colleague Felicity Barringer and I explore the issue of whether it makes sense to keep rebuilding, largely at the expense of federal taxpayers, in hazard-prone coastal areas. We made passing reference to a debate over the causes of beach erosion in Dauphin Island, Ala. The Rising Sea, and the Urge to Fight It

“I GUESS it is easy being green,” said Kermit the Frog as he bounced around a Ford Escape Hybrid in a 2006 television ad campaign. During the ad, Kermit displayed his innate talent for not blinking which, it has to be said, is due essentially to his congenital lack of eyelids. But had Kermit blinked, he would have missed the small print at the bottom of the ad which showed that at the time, this “green” vehicle had a fuel consumption slightly worse than the US average. Book Reveals How World’s Top Brands Greenwash The Public. Even the world’s top ENVIRONMENTAL organizations greenwash the public. Especially The Nature Conservancy.

It has come to our attention that Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed healthcare organization in the United States, has advised its members against GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in food. In its Northwest Fall 2012 newsletter, Kaiser suggested membership limit exposure to genetically modified organisms. Great news!

Earlier this year, I read the book The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan and recommended it to everyone I could think of. And earlier this week, PBS ran a two-night documentary by Ken Burns titled The Dust Bowl. I am sure it is available on the PBS website by now if you missed it, and you should definitely check it and the book out when you have a chance.


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