Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume Thirty Two.

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Another week down and fall is upon us…can you smell it? OK well I can’t because all I smell is low tide, but it’s almost leaf-changing time! Being from New England I do miss the seasons and I always looked forward to the changing of the leaves. I guess I will have to settle for cooler nights and less summertime crowds around here. On to the news!

NRDC recently tested 14 different air fresheners and found that 12 contained chemicals called phthalates (pronounced thal-ates), chemicals that can cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. Even air fresheners marketed as “all-natural” or “unscented” contained the hazardous chemicals. In addition to phthalates, air fresheners may contain allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde. I have written before about the dangers of air fresheners…they really have no business being inside anyone’s home.

In theory, burning a tank of ethanol could make driving even an Indy car carbon neutral, but the operative word is “could.” Biofuels as currently rendered in the U.S. are doing great things for some farmers and for agricultural giants like Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill, but little for the environment.

The dimmable CFL bulb is here! Over at Inhabit, they have a post discussing the long-awaited dimmable CFL and all the pictures that went along with the announcement event.

While the major car manufacturers are busily trying to release a model or two of plug-in hybrids in the next few years, the race is on between those companies that are already offering ZEV (Zero-emissions vehicles). One of those companies, ZENN, currently offers cars that can travel at up to 35mph with a limited range, but are trying to bring a vehicle to market that can break the 60 mph and 60 miles per charge barriers. I would buy one in a second…if I had somewhere to plug it in.

The single most effective way to cut one’s personal quotient of carbon dioxide pollution is switching from cars to public transit. That’s the finding of the American Public Transportation Association, which this week released a new report on CO2 and personal transportation. Um, no kidding. I could have told you that without spending all the money they probably spent on this study.

Have a good one everyone!

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