Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 110.

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The miracle of vinegar, baking soda, and boiling water comes to the rescue! Our shower drain had gotten clogged up yet again, and instead of heading to the store to buy toxic chemicals to clear it out, I unclogged it the natural way – dry baking soda, add some vinegar, plug up the drain. Wait a bit and pour in the boiling water. Voila – all clear! If you haven’t tried it, I recommend you give that a shot before buying dangerous chemicals. Anyway, on to the news…

In a bid to divert almost 10 percent of the Colorado’s Yampa river water for oil shale development, Shell Oil is meeting fierce opposition. At the same time that Shell is requesting water from the last unclaimed river in Colorado, communities throughout the front range are seeking more water and national parks like Dinosaur National Monument are stating that Shells water diversion may hurt the park.

After spending my evening running around my neighbors’ garbage dump garden chasing after the little dog who wanted to eat kitchen scraps from their compost for the 86 gazillionth m@#$#Q@ f@##$#g time, I thought I’d do a post about things you cannot compost.

Pharmaceutical pollution is out of control, polluting the waterways of our world to such a disturbing degree that now even the fish are carrying detectable levels of pharmaceuticals in their own bodies! A study conducted by Baylor University researcher Bryan Brooks, and published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, examined fish caught near Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia and Orlando, testing them for residues of pharmaceuticals. And what did the results show? That fish are contaminated with a chemical cocktail of prescription medications – Seven different pharmaceuticals, including cholesterol drugs, blood pressure drugs, allergy drugs and psychiatric medications used to treat bipolar disorder and depression.

Tesla Motors, the maker of the eye-catching, all-electric Roadster sports car, is set to pull away the tarp tomorrow on a street-ready prototype of its highly anticipated Model S sedan.

“Earth Hour” is upon us, the third annual ritual of turning off one’s lights for 60 minutes, beginning at 8:30 pm local time this Saturday, March 28. This year, the organizers hope to have 1 billion participants around the world. The idea: to raise awareness about climate change. Don’t count on me as being one of them.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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