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Down To Earth archive for April 2010

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

Friday Quote - no thank you

"If you are like me, you get a lot of junk mail. On average, people in the U.S. receive 560 pieces of junk mail every year. That means every household receives unsolicited mail equal to 1.5 trees every year -- over 100 million trees for...

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Photo of the day: Iceland

This is was taken on a road leading to the Eyjafjallajokull volcano as it continues to billow smoke and ash during an eruption. Photo by Halldor Kolbeins in the Boston Globe. Check this in full size and many incredible photos of the eruption HERE.Thanks to...

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Dear Science: George Will WTF?

Proving once again why he won the lifetime achievement award in our "Dear Science" category (our media watchdog category addressing an environmental enigma: the climate skeptic) George Will recently took the chance to leverage the coal mine disaster in West Virginia to pull from the...

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Does this look like a tree that is 9,550 years old?

According to Wired Sceince, this ancient, 16-foot tall Norway spruce lives in the scrubby Fulufjället Mountains in Sweden. At 9,550 years, Old Tjikko is the oldest single-stemmed clonal tree, and took root not long after the glaciers receded from Scandinavia after the last ice age....

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Only 4 days left to name the Riverkeeper raft

Submissions for the Spokane Riverkeeper and DTE "Name the Riverkeeper Boat" competition are DUE BY THIS SATURDAY MAY 1.That means you only have four days left to come up with something fitting and something witty that generations of Spokanites will recognize and admire when they...

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New York City - the new Venice 

Though we may be big-time eco wonks, there's always a little George Costanza in us that makes us wish we would have went in to architecture. Designing the future, envisioning the built environment - sounds alright by us. Well today these two passions of ours...

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The jerk store called...

In today’s edition of celebrity news, Jason Alexander almost pulled a Costanza. The former Seinfeld actor hit a 14-year-old bicyclist while driving in Los Angeles. Fortunately, Alexander's publicist said that the actor fully accepted responsibility for the incident and was grateful the boy wasn't seriously...

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Tuesday Video II

If you missed The Simpsons last Sunday, their special Earth-Day related episode, you missed a heavily current-events referenced episode where they touched on an array of hot-button issues and topics including: support for Comedy Central’s South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone, whaling, shark...

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Image of the Day: spill baby spill

An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil a day is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the explosion aboard an offshore oil rig about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico last week - on Earth Day of...

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Tuesday Video: Lessons Of Darkness

German director Werner Herzog is known for strange films about the power of nature. One of his least seen is a short documentary that doesn’t really qualify as a feature-length but it will stay with you for a long time. It’s called "Lessons Of Darkness"...

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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

Another Green Monday 

Well that was fun, wasn't it? We're talking about Earth Day (both of them) and Spokane's Earth Week (as announced by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner in her proclamation). In the years that we've been doing DTE, we've never seen the base this invigorated and raring...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

Friday Quote 

On Wednesday, the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, one of our favorite writers Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth and The New York Times wrote of a query he had sent out to some of his contacts, people he called "thinkers and doers"...

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Happy Earth Day

What are you doing at your computer? Get outside and enjoy YOUR environment.But if you have to be stuck inside for any amount of time, spend that time enjoying the wonderful music of Xavier Rudd and Izintaba. The new album by the Australian music man,...

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Save Our Wild Salmon photo contest

What’s your favorite river? We’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by many beauties and if you’re into photography Save Our Wild Salmon has an easy contest to raise river awareness and promote our rivers. You have until April 30th to send them a photo of...

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The Atlas of Global Conservation

Kind of sounds like a Nic Cage movie doesn't it?Because of Earth Day, the changing of seasons, gardening preparation and generally increased outside activity, April is typically a month where more people show awareness and concern for the natural world than any other month.That attention...

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Earth Day: from someone who started it all

We've read a lot of articles the last couple weeks about Earth Day - articles looking back over the last 40 years and articles questioning the place Earth Day and environmental issues hold in the current economic and political landscape.But far and away the most...

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Who is Ray LaHood? 

If you said, Transportation Secretary then congratulations.And as the SRTC blog said, he is “somewhat of a rockstar with bicycle, pedestrian, and transit advocates, but he isn't gaining any popularity with conservatives and a lot of people in the manufacturing and trucking industries.”Image courtesy of...

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Tuesday Video II

Last week we shared a great quote from Robert Stone, director of the excellent documentary, “Earth Days.”“I would argue that the environmental movement, which is a similarly forward looking enterprise, would be well served by taking a look back at itself, however briefly, if for...

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