Green News For The Weekend Volume 252

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A weekly roundup of important green news stories from around the web…

The two 25-foot simulated oil pump jacks bobbing up and down at the southeast corner of 46th Street and Eighth Avenue are actually a new sculptural work by the New York-based artist Josephine Meckseper. “I wanted to show the consequences, or the flip side, of what we actually have to do to provide all of that energy,” Ms. Meckseper, 47, said in an interview last week.

Though decidedly more info than graphic, the Federal Trade Commission has produced an infographic to educate consumers on keys to remember when replacing windows.

Something strange has happened in the past few weeks, and it’s so odd that it’s made me take notice. While dining in restaurants and asking for water to drink, I’m brought a bottle of water instead of a glass of tap water. Which is very troubling.

Want to shop less and live more? Maybe reading about how companies entice you to buy stuff you don’t need will help you avoid their pull. Martin Lindstrom’s book “Brandwashed” could help you do just that. Martin, a guy often hired by major companies to convince people open wallets to products, shares his trade secrets in this book — arming readers with the knowledge to figure out when they’re being taken advantage of.

I kept collecting my plastic waste all year and just today have finally made the time to photograph and post the 2011 tallies. Surprisingly, and somewhat disappointingly, the total was almost exactly the same weight as last year: 2.11 pounds. Keep in mind that this number represents both recyclable and non-recyclable plastic because I don’t consider recycling to be the answer to the plastic problem. While recycling is necessary, reducing our consumption should be the first priority. (Beth is quite an inspiration, be sure to visit her site)

Have a great weekend everyone!

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