Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 126.

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Hope you guys have been enjoying the guest posts that friends of The Good Human have been publishing this week. I have 1 more week of vacation and have a few more lined up for next week, so stay tuned. On to the Reads for the week…

Wouldn’t it be great if you could walk through the downtown area of a big city and see a little green instead of just concrete and buildings? Wouldn’t it be even better if a little extra urban vegetation could also lessen air pollution and aid in public health? The idea is not so far-fetched , a growing number of cities are adopting “vegitecture”.

For those familiar with “sustainability” and business, there’s nothing new here, just a quick review of another of the many frameworks/tools to gauge an organization’s (corporation’s) adoption of sustainability principles. Maybe It’ll be a good reminder.

Turkish students at Sakarya University have built a hydrogen car that gets 1,336 mpg. Well, sorta.

The Center for Biological Diversity supports the President Obama’s proposal to end the use of nationwide permits to allow mountaintop removal coal mining. The Center is disappointed, however, by the administration’s lack of leadership in enforcing existing laws to prevent current destructive practices.

Very cool! I, greenUPGRADER’s own Doug Gunzelmann, will be embarking on a cycling trip that will take me across Brazil through the heart of the Amazon Jungle. Originally the Transamazonica was built to open up the interior of the Amazon for settlement.

When it comes to material consumption I tend to look to Tyler Durden’s maxim, “The stuff you own ends up owning you.” We are an over “stuffed” society, from food and drink, to technological conveniences, to mental distractions. But try and suggest this to someone who holds to the notion that one must better society by bettering oneself and the only obvious way to do this is, own more and want more, and the results may be disastrous. (I totally understand that!)

An environmental and civil engineer has developed an inexpensive arsenic filtration system that uses aquatic plants, namely cattails, to remove poisonous arsenic from drinking water.

10 green Twitterers you should follow. There’s a wealth of environmental knowledge floating around on Twitter, 140 characters at a time. Here are a few good green folks to follow.

Have a great weekend!

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