Green News For The Weekend Volume 271

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Some green news for you to check out this weekend. Stay cool, if you can.

Meteorologists reported that this spring was the warmest ever recorded for our nation – in fact, it crushed the old record by so much that it represented the “largest temperature departure from average of any season on record.” The same week, Saudi authorities reported that it had rained in Mecca despite a temperature of 109 degrees, the hottest downpour in the planet’s history. Not that our leaders seemed to notice. Where I live, it’s 65-70 and sunny every day so I don’t notice the heat that most of the country is experiencing. It’s easy not to notice other areas, so it’s good to keep tabs.

An area larger than the state of Montana went into severe drought in the past week, putting the portion of the country classified in “severe” drought at a new 21st-century high, according to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor report, released Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center. The report confirmed that 42.23% of the contiguous 48 states is now in a “severe” drought or worse, corresponding to levels 2 through 4 on the 0-to-4 Drought Monitor scale. Nearly 50%. Wow.

Hey Monsanto — I Want My Tomatoes From Nature, Not Your Labs. The biotech industry is willing to tamper with our food supply, our kids’ minds and our basic consumer rights. You guys know how I feel about Monsanto, especially their ties to The Nature Conservancy.

A 110-foot dredging barge sank in stormy Lake Huron early Thursday and a tugboat that was pushing the barge capsized, spilling an unknown amount of diesel fuel but not injuring anyone.

“Most Generation Xers are surprisingly disengaged, dismissive or doubtful about whether global climate change is happening and they don’t spend much time worrying about it,” said Jon D. Miller, author of “The Generation X Report.” That’s not good.

During the summer months, there are very few of us who wouldn’t like anything more than to be able to truly relax and enjoy the summer. Thankfully there are a few eco-friendly ways that you can use to clear your mind, body and soul, each of which will help revitalize you and give you back a little of that energy you long to possess. A hike in the hills is exactly what I need!

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