Green News For The Weekend Volume 266

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A collection of green news for you to check out this weekend…

Ikea recently unveiled one of its newest marketing slogans, “We Love Wood,” in all of its market around the world. The company, which has made roughly $30 billion in profits in the last three years alone, seems to be loving wood so much in its stores that it’s killing near-ancient trees in Russia to make its billions. The company has been rightly accused of cutting down trees in the northern Russia forest region of Karelia which are more than 600 years old in some cases. Environmentalists contend that thee trees have significant value for preservation and conservation, not the least of which is their age and their ability to withstand virtually all of the elements nature can throw at them.

Although no one ever believed that inhaling black, grit-filled smoke would do you any favors, the World Heath Organization notes that doing so is much worse than merely unkind: the WHO has officially decreed that inhaling diesel fumes can cause lung cancer and has added the fumes to its list of Group 1 Carcinogens, those known to cause cancer in humans.

For a few years now, we’ve been able to walk up to a vending machine, swipe our credit cards, and watch an iPod pop out of the slot. Why shouldn’t there be a kiosk that reverses this relationship, and buys used electronics from us? Meet the EcoATM, a machine equipped with the cameras and artificial intelligence to quickly determine what kind of used cell phone you’ve got, and offer an estimate on how much it’s worth.

Environmental Protection Agency statistics from 2010 show Americans composted and recycled over 85 million tons of trash. That’s a lot of trash, but it’s not even half of the more than 250 million tons that were generated in 2010. Perhaps more Americans don’t recycle and compost simply because they don’t know much about it, especially composting.

For many people summer is the time of the year when they hit the road to do some traveling. Whether it is for a family vacation, a simple road trip, a business trip or any other reason, summer seems to be a busy time of the year for the travel industry. Although many people will be flying, taking the train, or riding on the bus to their chosen destination, those who are driving will want to be sure that fuel economy hits the road with them. In order to help you with that, here are some of my favorite fuel economy tips.

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