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Down To Earth archive for Jan. 1, 2010

THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2010

Photo(s) of the day 

Here are the world's top 7 disappearing glaciers:7) The Matterhorn - (Photo: c. 1960 & today, Getty Images)6) Alaska (Photo: Muir Glacier, 1941) and Photo: Muir Glacier, 2004)5) Himalays (Photo: NASA)

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2010

Sizing up the National Parks

We've been on a National Parks kick recently as we've been going back through Ken Burns' powerful "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" series. Which is why a certain feature in the latest Sierra Club magazine, Sierra, happened to catch our eye. It was called...

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One green minute

A recent issue of the horrible Cracked Magazine listed some worst case scenarios for a beloved topic of ours: Greenwashing. We refrain from linking to it because there’s some, ahem, potty humor but we have to share the winner, “It’s Green Minute!”“Earth day*, Earth Week,...

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iPad-thetic?

At first, we were led to believe the new iPad was the Jar Jar Binks of Apple but it could change commuting habits, or even if it sucks, the overall technology trend is in favor of mobile access to Internet and email. Hence telecommuting. These...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2010

Tuesday Video: Corporation runs for congress 

"It's our democracy. We bought it, we paid for it, and we're going to keep it."This is Onion caliber. We previously posted on the Supreme court ruling in "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission" that said corporations are free at last. No, really. Corporations are...

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MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2010

Another Green Monday

Last Friday, DTE attended Chicken Sh@#: The Party, the closing night of the urban ecosystem exhibit by Gabriel Brown and Rimas Simaitis at the Saranac Art Gallery. What was on view: An alternative use for hubcaps, worm bins for composting, tobacco plants blooming, sprouting seeds,...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2010

Wasting our Waterways - an Environment Washington report 

In a report released yesterday afternoon from Environment Washington, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, it was announced that industrial facilities dumped more than 193,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into the Yakima, Pend Oreille and Spokane rivers. The report, "Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution...

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Friday Quote 

"The worst thing that happened there is they ran out of caviar." - DTE enemy #1 Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe.While we usually enjoy bashing Senator Inhofe and everything that comes out of his mouth, this particular quote comes from a very fascinating report from CBS...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2010

The State Of The Union

President Obama’s first State Of The Union address was a reminder that he is such a gifted speaker. Thoughtful, deliberate and persuasive, and at times acknowledging the partisan rancor that has distorted issues, he focused primarily on jobs. He defensively said change wasn’t easy. He...

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Lithium mining: cleaner than coal, but.... 

Big news out of the automotive world last week as a sister company to Toyota Motor secured a lithium supply deal in Argentina that could help the world's largest automaker keep its lead in gasoline-electric hybrid cars.Immediately we were prompted to ask, "at what cost?"Any...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010


The Climate Killers

Sounds like a horrible Nicolas Cage movie doesn't it?But it's in fact the brilliant, funny, and very sad cover story of a recent Rolling Stone issue where they look at the "17 polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb global warming." From Warren...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2010

Coal in the West

If the story of coal in the west was a movie plot, the start of 2010 would definitely be considered the third act - the climax - the moment which marks a change for better or for worse. The Copenhagen climate conference ended 2009 leaving...

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Meet the Sierra Club's next Executive Director

We know many of our readers are also involved in many great organizations working on environmental justice, conservation issues, environmental protection, and just generally a heightened awareness about the issues we talk about most on DTE. So we felt it important to bring you some...

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MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2010

Another Green Monday 

Remember this image? Hard to imagine that's what our wonderful city looked like this time last year. But hey, if you're nostalgic for the past, call a friend or relative in the Midwest or the East Coast and talk about wild winter weather. It's been...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 24, 2010

Complete Streets needs you

It's Sunday morning and you know what that means. Fill up your cup of coffee, gather your thoughts, and do what's right for Spokane. Yep, that's right. It's time for another installment of "Contact Your Representatives." This time the Spokane County Commissioners need to hear...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2010


Friday Quote

"Men anpil, chay pa lou" - a Haitian proverb which translates as "Many hands lighten the load." Today's quote has little environmental meaning as our Friday Quotes tend to. Though it has universal meaning that can be applied to an array of situations. And obviously...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2010

10 Startling Global Warming Facts from 2009 

Some of you may be saying, "oh great, another list from 2009...". And that's what we thought when it was sent our way too - but there's a lot of interesting information to look at here. Especially given the contentious way the climate change debate...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2010


Yacht Rock, part deux 

It’s not often we get to say this but there’s good news concerning the Blackwell Island controversy: As part of the Marine Yacht Club expansion, which involves dredging the lake bottom, a revised plan will move contaminated sediments from a floodplain where Lake Coeur d’Alene...

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