Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 210

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In many developed nations, increased energy efficiency has effectively lowered emissions of carbon dioxide. However, the cuts in advanced economies are merely an illusion, as manufacturing and dirty industries have moved offshore to the developing world such as China and India.

Mere months after signaling its intention to deregulate genetically engineered crops and potentially reverse the ban on Chinese chicken imports, the USDA is now allowing the industry that brought us E. coli-tainted spinach to police itself.

I’ve been asked to present the Take Back The Filter campaign (urging Clorox to take back and reuse/recycle used Brita water filter cartridges) as part of a panel at the California Resource Recovery Association’s (CRRA) annual conference next week. I am excited to have the opportunity to share the campaign with this audience, and when initially asked, wasn’t at all nervous about speaking: I’ve been talking about not much else for the past 3 months!

A couple weeks ago, I shared some NASA satellite photos that captured the destruction wrought by a West Virginia mountaintop removal mining operation over the course of 25 years. One of our readers, who goes by the Twitter handle @jaiden0, created this GIF animation using the photos — allowing you to witness 25 years of mountaintop removal mining in around 10 seconds. The result is stunning.

Do you have any idea how much of what you eat each day has been made from genetically modified organisms? Though I try to eat organic, like most Americans I’ve been consuming genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified (GMO) foods for the past 15 years.

Have a great weekend everyone…

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