Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 136.

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Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day on their own blogs with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be the largest-ever social change event on the web. One day. One issue. Thousands of voices. This year’s issue? Climate change. Climate change affects us all and it threatens more than the environment. It threatens to cause famine, flooding, war, and millions of refugees. Get involved.

Ever wonder what happens when you cross the finest mountain bike components money can buy, an 850w brushless DC motor and a 20ah lithium-ion battery with motocross styling and sensibilities? You get the Optibike OB1, an electric bike that can get up to 45 miles on a nine-cent charge, and what is arguably the finest electric bicycle in the world.

World leaders are gathering at the United Nations this week to discuss climate change, and amid all the rhetoric and promises about decreasing emissions within a certain number of years, something revolutionary and, more importantly, binding is being negotiated. It’s the global climate change treaty, and it’s expected to be finished around December.

As my car ages and needs many repairs to keep running, I am anxiously awaiting the development of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Apparently, I am not alone. According to the “Electric Vehicle Consumer Survey” conducted by Pike Research, 48 percent of consumers said they are “’extremely’ or ”˜very’ interested in purchasing a PHEV with a 40-mile range on a single charge”.

The health of at least 7 million inhabitants in Moldavia and Ukraine is seriously threatened by a single stock of old pesticides. This has been reported by the International HCH and Pesticides Association (IHPA). According to the organization the EU must act as fast as possible to disarm this ”˜biggest chemical time bomb of Europe’.

Bottled-water makers have stepped up a months-long price war this summer to win back customers who have turned on the tap to save money and reduce environmental waste. Finally, common sense about bottled water is seeping into the mainstream. Check out my guide to reusable water bottles if you don’t have one yet!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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