Green News For The Weekend Volume 284

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A super-fine collection of green news for you to check out…

Environmental groups sued the state of California on Tuesday in an effort to stop hydraulic fracturing as regulators attempt to devise new rules for the controversial oil and gas extraction practice. If you don’t know why hydraulic fracturing is bad, check out my article on the subject over at

The Obama administration on Friday gave final approval to a plan that opens up 285,000 acres in 17 zones in six Western states for streamlined utility-scale solar power development. The Department of the Interior said the fast-track sites are “characterized by excellent solar resources, good energy transmission potential, and relatively low conflict with biological, cultural and historic resources.” I will take lands being opened for solar over lands being drilled on for oil any day of the week.

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 120,000 ft came off as planned yesterday. After years of planning, and with the support of a great team of professionals, it was more like a NASA mission than a daredevil stunt. The organization that Baumgartner assembled, Red Bull Stratos includes a team of experts to support him as he ascended to more than 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and made a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. It was amazing, did you see it?

Twenty-five species of humans’ closest living relatives – apes, monkeys and lemurs – need urgent protection from extinction, a report by international conservation groups said on Monday.

When asked by a skeptical friend why you buy organic, do you find yourself tongue-tied? Was it obesity? Or thyroid problems? Why should you buy organic? There are numerous reasons to skip the mainstream supermarket food and shop at an organic grocer, but just one of those reasons revolves around the effects of pesticides. 7 Nasty and Crazy Effects of Pesticides in Food. As if you didn’t have enough of a reason to buy organic whenever possible.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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