Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 146.

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Last night I watched the movie Away We Go, starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. It’s a lovely movie, and I really enjoyed it, but it wasn’t just the story that impressed me – I learned via the special features that the crew who worked on this movie made sure to make the shoot as green as possible.

I joined the No Impact Project Experiment, a truncated version of Colin Beavan’s experience living with zero impact on the planet. In New York City. All I had to do was follow the downloadable (please don’t print!) How-To-Manual. How hard could it be? I am, after all, already very eco-conscious – some in my neighborhood might even consider me a hippy or an over-the-top crazed enviro-maniac. Let me tell you what happened

Companies like Monsanto claim that genetically engineered (GE) crops help farmers produce higher yields with fewer chemical herbicides, but how legitimate is that claim?

The US Government has just lost a landmark disaster-negligence case that may prove to be precedent setting. The Army Corps of Engineers was sued for negligence in Hurricane Katrina flood protection in New Orleans – and lost.

Could saving the earth be as simple as switching trash cans? Well, that’ the thought behind San Francisco’s innovative and highly successful new zero waste program that aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions produced by landfills each year.

To me, carbon offsetting has always felt like a scam. The premise is well-meant: pay an extra fee when you fly, and someone will plant a tree or take another eco-friendly action on your behalf. That action’s positive impact offsets or cancels out your share of the pollution caused by your airplane’s emissions. But let’s be honest: did anyone really believe this would be an effective way to save the world?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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