Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 112.

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Holy winds, Batman! We have had days upon days of wind gusts of up to almost 50 MPH, which has made it pretty interesting to watch the birds try to eat out of the feeder. At least here we don’t have the dust and pollen like we did when the Santa Ana winds picked up in L.A., but still – some days it sounds like the roof is going to come right off the joint. While I go put away the outdoor furniture yet again, enjoy these news stories from this past week…

A $6 cardboard box that uses solar power to cook food, sterilize water and could help 3 billion poor people cut greenhouse gases, has won a $75,000 prize for ideas to fight global warming.

Plastic bags account for 50 percent of the plastic trash in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia River. In order to decrease the amount of plastic bags in the Anacostia, the D.C. Council proposed legislation that would put a five cents tax on disposable shopping bags. Eleven council members co-introduced it, and according to a Washington Post article, that almost guarantees it will become law.

Ken Saro-Wiwa, an environmental activist tortured and killed by the Nigerian government in 1995, may finally get justice served as Shell Oil and a senior company executive face human rights abuse charges on May 26, including execution and torture.

Republicans for Environmental Protection is calling on House GOP leaders to stop spreading misinformation about the climate and energy legislation Democrats released last week. In a pointed press release issued last week, the group challenged allegations made by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) that a plan to reduce climate-warming emissions amounts to a “light switch tax,” arguing that Boehner’s lies are a “disservice to American citizens.”

Rivers are the arteries of our infrastructure. Flowing from highlands to the sea, they breathe life into ecosystems and communities. But many rivers in the United States are in trouble. Rivers in Alaska, California and the South are among the 10 most endangered, according to a report released Tuesday by American Rivers, a leading river conservation group.

One Antarctic ice shelf has quickly vanished, another is disappearing and glaciers are melting faster than anyone thought due to climate change, U.S. and British government researchers reported on Friday. They said the Wordie Ice Shelf, which had been disintegrating since the 1960s, is gone and the northern part of the Larsen Ice Shelf no longer exists. More than 3,200 square miles (8,300 square km) have broken off from the Larsen shelf since 1986.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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