Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 124.

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More than 800 animal and plant species have gone extinct in the past five centuries with nearly 17,000 now threatened with extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature reported on Thursday. At least 16,928 species are threatened with extinction, including nearly one-third of amphibians, more than one in eight birds and nearly a quarter of mammals.

When it comes to climate change – the defining environmental issue of of our era — Wal-Mart is moving in the wrong direction. …The problem is that all the good things that Wal-Mart is doing — increasing its use of renewable energy, driving efficiency in individual stores, improving its fleet operations and pushing up its recycling rate — are offset by the fact that the company is adding more stores and selling more stuff.

You’ve probably read in the news that the House has narrowly approved President Obama’s climate change bill. It’s often my knee-jerk reaction to support any measure to reduce our nation’s carbon footprint, but as responsible news gatherers, it’s our duty to examine all sides of an issue before forming an opinion.

At Lighter Footstep, we’ve always taken the greenness of bike transport as a given. But if you’re just getting started or perhaps trying to convince an employer that bicycle commuting is a good thing we’ve rounded up a dozen reasons to leave that car in the driveway and start covering pavement on two wheels. Let’s ride!

Peter King at Vermont Tiny Houses will be offering a tiny house building workshop on July 11th and 12th, 2009. He’ll be teaching tiny house design and basic construction skills; all experience levels are welcome. The class will build a 12 by 16 tiny house with a loft and a 12/12 gable roof. Most of the lumber will be pre-cut and ready for assembly so participants will get to see a complete tiny house go up in two days.

elephantjournal.com founder Waylon Lewis interviews Michael Pollan re: how to communicate green to the masses, why he eats meat, GMOs, cancer, diet, Swine Flu & Michelle Obama’s organic garden. If you haven’t read Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” yet, I highly recommend doing so!

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