Green News For The Weekend Volume 310

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It’s May already. How did that happen? While I ponder that very question, here’s some green news for you to check out…

After 30 years of path-blazing work, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard has a few mutinous attitudes about the world of green business. He hates the word sustainability. He doesn’t want to emulate Apple. And at his company, he says, they actually ask themselves: Does the world really need another polo shirt?

Check out this compilation of the interviews conducted here on MNN over the years and read the thoughts of scientists, rock stars, CEOs, activists, and other cool people doing good things in the world.

Tribal groups in Earth’s largest rainforest are already being affected by shifts wrought by climate change, reports a paper published last week. Native populations are reporting shifts in precipitation patterns, humidity, river levels, temperature, and fire and agricultural cycles.

This weekend, I whipped up a Meditation Scrub. I’d forgotten how easy sugar scrubs are to make!

Just as we feared, it appears that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is ready to give up on wolf recovery before the job is done. The Service is expected to release its proposal soon to strip federal protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for most gray wolves in the United States. Under the proposed delisting, only Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest would still be protected by the federal law. The opportunity for expanding wolf recovery to areas with superb, unoccupied habitat in areas such as Colorado, Utah and California would be abandoned entirely.

The process of turning old clothes into functional bags is unlike most manufacturing processes. Instead of mass producing handbags overseas, I prefer to handcraft one-of-a-kind bags in my New England studio. I follow a process of sourcing, washing, deconstructing and reconstructing. Or as I like to say it: Rescue, Imagine, Liberate and Create.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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